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VOLUME 13, NUMBER 6, MARCH 15th, 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 February 28 a trailer tank of diesel fuel belonging to BEC, fell back on the deck of the M/V Legacy while being shifted to accommodate more cargo in Marsh Harbour. The tank was punctured in two places and spilled fuel onto the deck and into the harbour. A generator, transformer and fuel tank were being returned to BEC in Nassau from Grand Cay when the accident happened while docked in Marsh Harbour. According to Mr Benjamin R Beneby, Manager of the BEC Abacos office, the equipment had been installed temporarily on Grand Cay after the hurricanes. He explained, BEC usually supplies Grand Cay with electricity bought from the Walkers Cay plant. However, that plant had been damaged in the hurricanes, and the generator, the transformer and the tank, on loan from BEC in Nassau, were used until the Walkers Cay plant was operational again. Capt. Roker, Chief Officer of the Port Authority on Abaco, immediately investigated the spill, assisted by Mr. Benjamin Ferguson, Freeport Port Director, who flew that same day from Grand Bahama. Captain Roker estimated that 2000 galPlease see Oil Spill Page 20Diesel Spill Is Confined at Harbours HeadEstimated 2000 Gallons Is Collected by Response TeamA crew from BayChem, a Nassau company, came to Marsh Harbour with material to absorb an estimated 2000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled in the harbour. The fuel spilled when a tank truck was punctured from an accident at the freight dock when it was being moved. A westerly wind blew the fuel to the head of the harbour. Much of the fuel in open water was contained with floats until it could be absorbed by Peat Sorb. But the diesel in the mangroves has proved to be more difficult to clean up.Senior Citizens of Cedar Harbour Are Honored US Ambassador Visits AbacoMr. John Rood, recently named U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas, spent two days on Abaco, speaking, visiting schools, being interviewed on Radio Abaco and re-acquainting himself with the area. He frequently vacationed on Elbow Cay. He is shown here at a Chamber of Commerce meeting in Marsh Harbour on February 24. Pictured, left to right, are Mr. Derek Lee, Chamber Co-President, Mr. Rood, Mr. Revis Rolle, Administrator for Central Abaco, and Mr. Robert Claridge, Co-President. Please see story on page 2. Mr. Peter de Savary, the founder and the chairman of The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, has once again extended his generosity to the community of Abaco by assisting the Wild Horses of Abaco. Now on more than 500 acres of land north of Treasure Cay, the horses roam as they have done for centuries. They are one of The Bahamas valuable natural treasures. In spite of the controversy that surrounds how the horses came to Abaco, what is known with all certainty is that the entire heard are Spanish Barbs. This fact was verified by DNA testing that was done through the relentless efforts of Ms. Milanne Mimi Rehor. Mimi has devoted 13 years of her life to the preservation, protection, care takEleven senior citizens of Cedar H arbour were honoured at a banquet for their contributions to their community. They are shown here with the organizers of the event. Please see story on page 4.Abaco Club Donates to Horses Please see Horses Page 17

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Page 2 The Abaconian March 15, 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 Harbour Resort Features: Spectacular 3-mile beach Championship golf course Marina-view restaurant & bar Pool,tennis,watersports 150-slip full-service marina Diving,snorkeling & dive shop Boat rentals,charters & guides Hotel rooms,2 or 3 BR suites Treasure Cay Road (exit off Bootle Hwy) TREASURE CAYHOTEL RESORT & MARINA Hotel: 242-365-8801 Spinnaker Restaurant: 242-365-8469 Golf Course: 242-365-8045 Treasure Divers: 242-365-8465 www.treasurecay.com By Jennifer Hudson United States Ambassador to The Bahamas, His Excellency Mr. John D. Rood, paid a two-day visit to Abaco on February 9th and 10th accompanied by the Embassys press officer Mr. Mike Taylor. Mr. Rood took up his post in Nassau on September 2nd and is the eleventh U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas since our Independence. His first day on Abaco was spent in Hope Town addressing a meeting there and the following day was spent at three locations in Marsh Harbour. Firstly, Mr. Rood spoke at a morning assembly at the Central Abaco Primary School where he shared a great rapport with the students and expressed his admiration at the confident display of public speaking of fifth grade student, Barbrianna Dawkins. The alertness and excellent behaviour of the school children also impressed him. He informed the children of his great admiration for the late Martin Luther King and shared some of that great leaders words with them. He then spoke in a one-hour live programme broadcast by Radio Abaco. In the absence of Silbert Mills, who was off the island at the time, Mr. Rood was interviewed by host Mr. Richard Fawkes of the Freeport News and Mr. David Ralph of The Abaconian Mr. Rood began by outlining his major priorities and concerns as Ambassador: To represent the President of the United States and his country in Tthe Bahamas. Management and direction of his staff, comprising 300 Americans and Bahamians. Bi-lateral issues such as the Haitian situation, drug trafficking, money laundering. Visa services for Bahamians, Americans and prisoners. Public diplomacy which involves meeting schoolchildren, involvement in HIV/ Aids campaigns and generally trying to bring the world closer together. Mr. Rood then addressed the various issues which were put to him by Mr. Fawkes and Mr. Ralph. The Haitian migration challenge: The question of whether to grant citizenship or return people to their own country is a worldwide problem, but we should encourage the people coming from Haiti to do so lawfully. The ultimate goal of the United States government is to bring stability to Haiti; then there will not be the desire to flee for economic reasons. The drug war: There is a tremendous relationship between The Bahamas and the United States and a great will to fight the problem between the two countries. Much progress has been made, but there are still things to build on as 10 percent of the cocaine continues to come through The Bahamas. The United States is placing more focus now on reducing demand which will ultimately reduce trafficking. Effectiveness, security and safety of the airport: The safety and security of Americans traveling abroad is the number one priority. Issues with safety, delays, poor condition of the runway and types of aircraft are some of the concerns regarding Abaco. Increased security measures are being worked on by the TSA and Aviation Ministry and will be taken up with the Aviation Minister in the Bahamas. Mr. Rood further stated that everywhere he hears concerns regarding the airport here and The Bahamas needs to invest in this airport before serious problems occur, not only in the area of safety but even in a decrease in traffic. People deserve to be served in a better fashion, he said. Educational opportunities: The educational opportunities should be looked at both ways, not just with a view towards students from Tthe Bahamas traveling to the U.S. for further education. There should be opportunities for exchanges both ways, short term as well as long term and opportunities to facilitate educational ideas between the two countries. The U.S. would like to make sure that children have the infrastructure here to be able to complete their education in The Bahamas. United States population in Abaco: The large U.S. population likes it here and the residents call it home. They should register with the American Embassy and give an email address so that they can be contacted in the case of emergencies such as hurricane alerts. Mr. Rood said how impressed he was that they have become more than visitors and that they make him proud. He noticed that the American community in Hope Town is far more involved in the school than the American community in Marsh Harbour is. This, he feels, is because of the less intimate atmosphere of Marsh Harbour due to its greater size: and he would like to encourage the Americans in Marsh Harbour to become involved. He suggested a reception at the schools for the visitors where they could be invited to become involved. Mr. Rood concluded this interview by stating: We would like to provide the resources to The Bahamas to ensure that it stays the type of neighbour we want. Following the interview at Radio Abaco Mr. Rood addressed members of the Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon at the Abaco Beach Hotel. He reiterated several of the points he had made during his radio interview and told the members, What makes a good ambassador is being able to put oneself in someone elses shoes. I am honoured to have such a big job. There is a lot to do and in the four years I have here I intend to make the effort to get out to the Family Islands. During the question and answer segment Mr. Rood was again tackled on the question of the airport and encouraged people to write to the Ministry with their concerns. In answer to the concern voiced by a member of the audience regarding the large amount of money which a resident of Abaco must spend in order to travel to Nassau and stay overnight in order to obtain a visa, Mr. Rood said that he is looking into having consular personnel go to the Family Islands to give interviews for a visa and take the passports back to Nassau which would then be returned to the persons without them having to leave the island. Mr. Rood agreed to liaise with one of the members in trying to establish a job corps programme such as Teen Up for the young people of Abaco. The main perspective that he wanted to impress upon his audience was, We are partners with the shared objective of a vision of a common future. The Chamber luncheon meeting was chaired by new president Derek Lee. Other head table guests included co-president, Robert Claridge; 1st vice president, Cindy Hayworth; Island Administrator, Revis Rolle and Member of Parliament for South Abaco, Mr, Robert Sweeting.Ambassador Addresses the Chamber of Commerce 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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March 15, 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 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 COMPANYEXCLUSIVE 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. #2588 NEW EXCLUSIVE 105 ft. x 105 ft. lot in White Sound area of Elbow Cay, near ocean. Asking price $175,000. Internet Ref. #2648 Call Jane Patterson 242-366-0035.LUBBERS QUARTERS JACKS JUNGLE High elevation, waterfront and interior lots with lush native foliage. Private dock slip. From $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 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: 242-477-5821GREAT HARBOUR CAYAwsome beach views 300 to beach $89,000. #2635 Donna Darville: 242-367-5046TILLOO 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: 242366-0040 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: 242-477-5821 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. #1704CHEROKEE SOUND NEAR WINDING BAY One Acre hilltop overlooking Atlantic and Winding Bay $220,000. 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. 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 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 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY DEMWELLSInternet Ref. #18282 bed 2.5 bath island homeTwo storey with covered porch and balconySea of Abaco view from upper deckV-joint cypress wood interiorOpen living/dining roomsElevated wood deck at the rear great for BBQLush native foliageJane Patterson: 242-366-0569 TREASURE CAY Stan Sawyer Tel: 242-365-8198 Cell: 242-477-5821 stan@damianos.comwww.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: 242-367-5046 LUBBERS QUARTERS Charming 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished home. Stainless steel kitchen appliances & central A/C. Ground floor studio apt. with builtin sofas, beds, kitchen & bath. Located 200 feet from sandy beach. $425,000. Ref. #2425 Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143 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 MARSH HARBOUR APARTMENT BUILDINGSInternet Ref. #16693 Duplex Apartment Bldgs.Great location in townEach Duplex is comprised of two 2 bed 1 bath apts. 750 sq. ft. eachFurnished & A/CLandscaping/mature treesGreat Rental HistoryEach Duplex for sale at $300,000Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569MARSH HARBOUR This commercial building is located in the heart of town. Ground floor 1,800 sq. ft. office/shop space and two 1 bed 1 bath unfurnished apartments upstairs. Central A/C, walk-in traffic and great rental history. $440,000. Internet Ref. #1707 Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 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 $895,000 FIRMKerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY SILVER PLUMEInternet Ref. #2649Spectacular ocean viewsIsland Style elevated home2 bedrooms 2 bathsCozy V-joint wood interiorTiled floorsWrap around deck with views of Hope Town lighthouse and the seaGround level outdoor shower$875,000Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569 NEW LISTING LUBBERS QUARTERS HOTEL RESORTInternet Ref. #2644Own a business in paradise!4 Fully equipped furnished homes on six lots240 feet of sandy beachfront200 foot dock/Four 20 boatsBackup generatorLush tropical gardens, Tiki huts, two cabanas & moreEstablished turn-key operation$2,900,000Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143 NEW LISTING TREASURE CAY MANGO HOUSEInternet Ref. #2671Sandy beachfront3 bed 2 bath residenceSecond floor living, dining and bedrooms opening to Verandahs with sea viewsGround floor guest suite with living room & patioLush tropical gardenSerene island ambience$1,550,000Stan Sawyer: 242-477-5821 NEW LISTING 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 RUDYS PLACE RESTAURANTInternet Ref. #2681Well established, fully licensed restaurant and barManagers house 840 sq. ft.6 lots totaling 1.3 acresFabulous elevation with endless views of the Sea of Abaco, the lighthouse, and the Atlantic OceanDock accessExellent for further development$1,500,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEW LISTING HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY LADY BUG LOFTInternet Ref. #1975Overlooking Tahiti Beach3 bed 2 bath 1600 sq. ft. two storey island home2nd floor loft with fabulous views of Sea of AbacoWrap around deckCentral A/CSpacious 21,113 sq. ft. lotPrivate dock slip$920,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEW LISTING TREASURE CAY VILLA ESMERALDAInternet Ref. #2640Luxury 3b/3.5bath beachfront home bordering powder white sand, and crystal blue waterBreathtaking viewsProfessionally decorated with highest quality finishes5200 sq. ft. with 12 ceilings2 car attached garageBeautiful outdoor living space$3,100,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEW LISTING Exclusive Affiliate of Exclusive Affiliate of

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Page 4 The Abaconian March 15, 2005 Queen Elizabeth Dr., Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Shopping Centre, Treasure Cay Open Monday Saturday 9 am 6 pmPh: 367-2180 Fax: 367-5241Major credit cards accepted Check out our large selection of fine wines and spirits In down town Marsh Harbour Conveniently close to the water front. Sunday, March 27, 2005 Seatings will be from 6:30 pm 8:30 pm$48 per person gratuity not included Appetizers Shrimp & Mushroom Vol au Vent Puff PastryShells filled with shrimp & mushrooms in a white wine sauce Soup Cream of Carrot SoupSprinkled with croutons Salad Lodge Salad: mixed greens, red onions, cherry tomatoes, mandarins, bacon bits, sugared walnuts with olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette dressing Entr ee Selection Cornish Game Hen: stuffed with mushroom wild rice served with mashed potatoes, mange tout & baby spring carrotsPrime Rib au jus: tender beef cooked to your liking, served with sweet potato cake with Tasso, mange tout & baby spring carrotsTiger Prawns: marinated in olive oil, garlic, lime juice & cooked in garlic butter, served with mushroom rice, mange tout and baby spring carrotsSpring Rack of Lamb: encrusted with honey and herbs, served with mint jelly, sweet potato cake with Tasso, mange tout and baby spring carrots Dessert Lodge Easter Chocolate Surprise Reservations Required, Phone #366-0095 or VHF Channel 16 North Abaco NewsCedar HarbourElderly Are HonouredOn February 26 the Cedar Harbour Development Association hosted the senior citizens of that community at a banquet in their honor. Eleven older residents enjoyed a program, a delicious meal and received a plaque thanking them for their contributions to that community. The banquet was held at the Tangelo Hotel in Wood Cay. Guest speaker for the evening was Mrs. Zelma Albury, who reminisced on old times and mentioned details of the lives of each of the honoured guests. She praised the contributions that the elderly had made to their community and felt that there is a need for more people like them to be role models. Those honoured were Mr. Albert Teacher Wilchombe, Jr., Mrs. Mable Wilchombe, Mrs. Jeroline Auntie Lene Russell, Mrs. Annie Mother Mills, Mr. Charley Unka Tuna Mills, Mrs. Beatrice Aunt Bea Roberts, Mrs. Rebecca Auntie Beck Russell, Ms. Alinder Mills, Rev. Dr. Allan Unka Allan J. Mills, Mrs. Movena Mills and Mr. Alfred Unka Frada Bain. The Cedar Harbour Development Association is headed by Mr. Austin Mills.Treasure CayHumane Societys Fund Raiser Is a Great SuccessBy Jennifer Hudson The Treasure Cay Humane Societys fund-raiser Tea by the Sea held on February 22nd at the Bahama Beach Club was such a huge success that the committee would like to make it an annual event. One hundred and twenty ladies (and a few gentlemen) attended this elegant affair to enjoy a traditional English tea while being serenaded with music by violinist Jennifer Hudson. The committee had been very busy making sure that all the details were taken care of from the delicate sets of china to the coordinating table cloths and stunning table centerpieces and, of course, the wonderful selection of delicate sandwiches, cakes and cups of tea. The tea included a silent auction of miniature teapots and a raffle of assorted tea items. This was a concerted community effort with many people giving so generously for such a lovely cause, said Mrs. Barbara Hadley, Chairman of the Treasure Cay Humane Society and chief organizer of the event. It was heartwarming to see how many people love our furry friends. The money raised will help fund the spay and neutering programme and assist in getting a facility built and purchasing the necessary equipment. Two adorable little puppies were in attendance and received a great deal of attention. They were the two most recent pups which had been found by society members and were seeking adoption. At the end of the afternoon both lucky pups went home with adoring new owners. One will be going to California and the other to Canada. Dr. Bailey, the veterinarian who assists the society with animal care, came to show his support as did Kendi Anderson from the Ministry of Tourism.Carleton Landing Host RealtorsBy Mirella Santillo On February 25 Mr. John Darville and Mr. Ian Fair, developers of Carleton Landing in Treasure Cay, invited real estate agents to view the project as the first carriage house is nearing completion. Approximately thirty agents, mostly from Abaco and a few from Nassau, attended the presentation given by the two developers and the luncheon held on site, catered by the Spinnaker Restaurant Carleton Landing is located past Galleon Bay on a canal with ocean access. The project comprised eight carriage houses, each containing four large apartments, and five free standing three-bedroom cottages with verandahs. The first phase of the project will be finished by the end of June with the completion of the carriage houses. The construction of the docks is about to start, and the building of the cottages will start in about three weeks, said Mr. Darville. The landscaped grounds will have a common tennis court and swimming pool. Special features include large rooms, high ceilings in living rooms and bedrooms, verandahs and metal roofs. Boat slips will be available. The project does not have a sales office, but the units are offered for sale by any local licensed real estate agent. Both Mr. Darville, owner of the ARCOP architectural firm, and Mr. Fair are from Nassau. Tea by the Sea very successfully raised funds for the Treasure Cay Humane Society. The turn-out for the event was excellent and the miniature tea pot auction raised much needed funds for their spay and neuter program..

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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 JUST ARRIVED2 Passenger 2000 Model Gas $4500. 4 Passenger 2000 Model Gas $5500. 85 HP Like New $4500 100 HP 4 Stroke 25 Shaft $7500 200 HP Pre-mix $8000 48HP Commercial $25004KW GAS$1750$1400 5KW GAS$1925$1500 6KW GAS$2295$1800Reg. PriceSale Price Waverunners 2005XL 700 $7350USED MOTORS USED GOLF CARTSAbaco Outboard EnginesFor Further InformationTel :242-367-2452 Fax: 242-367-2354Email:yamahaabaco@hotmail.com

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Page 6 The Abaconian March 15, 2005 Center Console with T-Top 2 Dive Platforms with Swim Ladder VHF Depth Finder Igloo Cooler 2 Anchors Full Safety Equipment Offers the Smooth and Ultra Dry Ride of the MERCPANGA HullP.O. Box AB-22995 Man-O-War Cay Abaco Bahamas Ph: (242) 365-6008 Fax: (242) 365-6151 e-mail: mowmarina@hotmail.com South Abaco News Royal Harbour Village, Bay Street, Marsh Harbour Phone: 242-367-0137 Fax: 367-0136 www.theconchpearl.comNicole Ferguson Kathy Hura Sonia Isaacs Stephen Knowles Marlee Mason Sean McNamara Eddie Minnis Roshanne Eyma Roddie Pinder Chan Pratt Colyn Rees J. Michael Skinner Don Wood Jeweler/Gemologist AppraiserPeter Bradley, G.I.A.Gallery ManagerSandra Albury Cherokee artist Kathy Hura specializes in reef fish painted in acrylics with the frame incorporated into the painting. Her excellent use of colour and photo realistic renderings make her pieces sought after by those who love Abacos marinelife Artists/Photographers Moores IslandBy Ruthamae D. RolleThe Marlins Won the Intraschool Sports CompetitionThe Moores Island sports competition was held on February 23rd and 24th. The meet was officially opened by Mrs. Lillian Laing, Chief Councillor of the Moores Island District. The crowd was entertained by cheerleaders from the various houses. Lobsters, Marlins and Sharks were the three houses competing. Defending champions were the Marlins. They were successful in defending their championship, winning this years competition with a total of 262 points. Lobsters finished second with 197 points and Sharks third with 144 points. The most outstanding female athlete is Francheska McBride and the most outstanding male athlete is Antoin Davis. The students will now prepare for the Abaco interschool competition, the high school nationals and primary school nationals. The event was a successful one. It was well supported, as it usually is here on Moores Island. All of the officials were our parents and the concession stand was held by the PTA. Special fun events included the female teachers race. We also had a male teachers and coaches race, a number of parents races and the preschoolers races. Special thanks to the entire community for their support!School Pride ActivitiesThe School Pride Week was February 11-18. The objectives were: To foster a greater sense of pride in Moores Island All-Age School as a family To further develop pride in school surroundings To provide opportunities for display of students talents in art, language arts and the performing arts Activities: 1. Clean-up Campaign 2. Gardening Competition Science 3. Mascot competition Art and Craft 4. Slogan Competition Language Arts 5. Banner Competition Language Arts and Art and Craft 6. Cheerleading Competition Language Arts and Performing Arts 7. A Parade Through the Community Culminating activities were held on February 22nd, which included a brief ceremony in which students chanted positive messages encouraging excellence in academics, reading and protecting our environment. The class banners were judged during this activity. The judges were Mr. Neil Campbell, Administrator; Mrs. Lillian Laing, Chief Councillor; Mrs. Francis Davis, Councillor; Ms. Rebecca Knowles, PTA President; and Mr. Junior Green, resident. The finale was the parade through the streets. Grade six was the winner of the gardening competition and grade eight was the winner of the banner competition.Cherokee SoundBy Lee Pinder This Years Tea Cup WinnerCorella Sands is the lastest winner of the coveted bone china tea cup awarded every year at Epworth Methodist Churchs Valentine Tea Party. In addition, Sherry Sands won the silliest hat contest by a unanimous vote of all the ladies present. Her little straw hat was festooned with various baby items borrowed from her new grandson and she looked quite Please see South Page 7 The students and teachers of the Moores Island All Age School work together on a flower garden in the school yard. Note that the repairs on the roof are still not done. Epworth Chapel in Cherokee Sound hosts a womens Valentine Tea Party annually. Each year an English bone china cup is presented to one of the guests. This year the cup was awarded to Mrs. Corella Sands, center. On the left is Mrs. Eleanor Jorgensen, a church leader, and on the right is Rev. Carla Culmer, Methodist minister. A full lunch menu beginning March 17thMon. Tues. Thurs. Fri. 11:30 am 2:30 pm Sat. 9 am 2:30Evening Dinner 6 9 pm same days Closed WednesdaysEASTER SUNDAY Dinner 6 9 pmEASTER Monday Lunch & DinnerRegular schedule except closed Good FridayRESTAURANT Bar Snacks 6pm... until Use our temporary entrance through the boutiqueCuban CigarsLive Music all open days by Estin SawyerDinghy dock for marine customersMarina docks being reconstructedRestaurant Phone: 367-2366www.mangoesabaco.com Waterfront deck open again for Harbour-side dining

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The weather was perfect in the Jorgensens garden where the tea party was held and the ladies all seemed to enjoy the games, refreshments and the good company. Sea Shell Show and ExhibitionCherokee is having another Sea Shell Show on March 26th from 11a.m. till 4 p.m. at the W.W. Sands Community Center on the school grounds. The entries will include native shells as well as shells of the world, art work and craft items and many other things from the sea or items depicting things out of the sea. Judging will take place prior to opening with ribbons being given in all catagories as well as a traveling Best-In-Show trophy to be awarded and judged by three independent persons from off the settlement. Our community was settled by fishermen and many of our residents still go to sea for their livelihood. Our lives have revolved around things that come from the sea. Almost every home in Cherokee has a cherished shell they keep on a shelf. Our desire is to bring them out of their hiding places and put them on display for others to see and enjoy. Many of the shells in the show you will have seen before if you have been to one of our three previous shows, but with each new show we have many new entries and someone always brings out a prized item and there are always new and different SouthFrom Page 6 things to see. The show is only an exhibition and the shells are not for sale. There will be food and drinks available, plus a car-wash and local artistry and craft items for sale. A fee of $3 will be charged for adults and $1 for children to view the exhibition. There will be a local craft item raffled off and all proceeds from the show and raffle will go to the Cherokee Primary School. We are hoping for our usual perfect weather and a good turnout of visitors. See you there. School NewsThe Cake and Pie Raffle raised $200 towards the students planned field trip to Eleuthera in June. The annual Easter egg competition will take place before the Easter break and everyone is busy with their artistic skills and decorating an egg in hopes of winning the First Prize of $20. Good luck. The younger students went on a field trip, visiting a dentists office, the police station as well as Radio Abaco. In addition, they have had several impressive visitors such as a police officer/fireman, a farmer and a seamstress. Im sure this was very educational for the little ones and they all enjoyed themselves. The older students visited Hope Town on Heritage Day and are practicing up for a Rock-A-Thon on April 8th. They will be looking for sponsors and the winner will be the one who rocks (in grandmas rocking chair) for the longest period of time. Im sure there will be a special prize for the rockingest rocker but the monies raised from their sponsors will all go towards their proposed Eleuthera Field Trip in June. Rock On Baby! A Talent Show will be held at the end of April for the students. The theme this year is Famous Inventors and the students will have to choose a famous inventor from history and try to impersonate that person and his or her famous invention. This talent show promises to be challenging for the students and exciting for the spectators. You wont want to miss it. Our New Public FacilitiesWhen are we going to have the use of our new public restrooms? We are still waiting for the ceptic tanks to be dug so that the plumbing can be hooked up. With the school restrooms being constantly used wheneven we have a public function they break down frequently which then causes problems for the schoolchildren. What is it going to take to get the job done, surely not that much? Answers, we need some answers, but more importantly, we need the bathrooms!Newest ArrivalBorn to Crystal and Mark Albury of Yellow Wood a son on February 10th, 2005 at Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Mother and son are doing just fine and they have named him Kaden Marcus Albury. Congratulations to the family.Remember Cherokees Shell Show March 16

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Page 8 The Abaconian March 15, 2005The Editor Says . Changes Are Due for Local Government Dave RalphMarch has been designated as Local Government month, and it is appropriate that the subject is receiving public attention again. Persons interested in running for the local government positions will begin to campaign in May for June elections. New town committees will form in July with district councils being formed in late July or August if all goes according to schedule. Hurricanes and tie votes have been known to disrupt well meant plans. Mr. V. Alfred Gray, Minister for Local Government, has stated that changes to The Act are under consideration and expects to have them implemented by the time the next term begins in July. He did not give details except for a change in titles of administrators to more clearly reflect seniority, experience or magnitude of responsibility. He suggested that the rules must be amended to provide for the removal or demotion of elected local government officers when circumstances warrant. Mr. Gray said, We feel that if a selected official does not behave in accordance with the expectations of the majority who selected him, they should be able to remove him on a majority vote, and in the law today that is not possible. There have been several instances throughout the Family Islands where Chief Councillors have become obsessed with their title and position much to the annoyance of their fellow Councillors. They have hid behind the obscure language in The Act which implies that those chosen to be the Chief Councillor are guaranteed the position for the full three-year term. Allowing Councils to select a new chief from within their group would add an element of accountability to the position. Knowing that errant behavior might cause a Chief Councillor to be demoted should be motivation for them to provide acceptable leadership. Mr. Gray said the Department of Local Government must be re-established with a Director in order to move forward. Perhaps Abaco will see Mr. Gray in the next few weeks as he promotes community awareness in anticipation of elections for the fourth term beginning July 1. He hopes to visit all of the Family Islands prior to the new term. Besides some tinkering with The Act and the regulations governing the committees and councils, some groups can use handholding and coaching to do a more effective job. Perhaps a staff in Nassau dedicated to the functioning and well-being of local government would bring some needed motivation and inspiration. Much of the success of the new committees and councils will depend on the outcome of the elections. For instance, in areas where entire town committees and councils are replaced with newcomers, the learning process must start anew. If persons who have served in the system are re-elected, the learning process will be shorter or minimal, allowing meaningful council business to get underway immediately. District councils are now preparing their budgets for the coming fiscal year, and The Act mandates that town meetings are to be held to get input from the public. Experience has shown that the public on Abaco responds to these meetings with various degrees of interest and input. We have seen public meetings with three persons mutely attending while other areas may bring 50 75 persons who are quite vocal in their participation. Local government definitely needs some cheerleaders and publicity to generate enthusiasm for public participation which is lacking at the moment. Budgeted funds given the new councils will become effective July 1 and are expected to remain tight and may parallel the sparse funding allocated to the present councils. Some townships and councils are expected to copy their last years figures and hope to get by as they were forced to do last year. One area worth considering is the re-organization of the Central Abaco District with the inclusion of Guana Cay, Hope Town and Man-O-War Cay. However, provision should be made giving these three settlements autonomy over Town Planing and Licensing matters. In fact, each of the townships within the Central Abaco District should be responsible for its own licensing and town planning decisions. Most of the items for which the Central Abaco District Council are responsible for relate to the larger community which includes the cays, ie, the airport, the clinic, Abaco Central High School, the dump site, the port, the ferry subsidy for government officers conducting business on the cays, and the public docks used by residents and visitors on the cays and tourism in general. Most of the matters that caused the separation of the cays six years ago were over town planning and coastal environmental issues in which opinions by residents on the cays differed from the thinking in Marsh Harbour. It is worth noting that the contentious issues first rejected by Hope Town, then approved on appeal by Council were finally rejected when Hope Towns original objections were upheld by the Minister. This vindicated the original decisions made by the local authorities. The logistics of managing and operating a Central Council in Marsh Harbour would be easier to contend with than the two Councils now serving central Abaco. There are regular ferries between the cays and Marsh Harbour allowing relatively easy movement of people. There is no public transportation between Guana Cay, Man-O-War and Hope Town, meaning Councillors must use their own boats or charter a boat for meetings. A similar argument holds for residents on the cays submitting applications, paying for licenses and permits and conducting other government business and who regularly travel between the cays and Marsh Harbour. Residents on the cays are burdened when attempting to conduct business in one of the other settlements on the cays. Present commerce, schooling and social contacts flow to and from Marsh Harbour and are minimal between the cays. Abaco is an archipelagic island state within an archipelagic country. The economy and the population are growing. Those responsible for the Local Government system should keep this in mind when revising The Act and make changes to facilitate local government functions in the Central Abaco District. Consolidating many of the administrative functions in a central office should make management, accountability and oversight easier. The Central Abaco District is the largest in the country outside of Freeport and is expanding rapidly. Government should recognize the potential this area presents and take steps to strengthen the system rather than perpetuate measures keeping it fragmented. It is also possible that the Central Abaco area is ready for a city manager to coordinate much of the administrative affairs of local government. This would take much of the burden off the Chief Councillor and might make that position acceptable to more candidates. Under this scenario, Council would make the decisions and the manager and staff would follow through with the details while coordinating with the administrator. The present duties and responsibilities of the Chief Councillor for Central Abaco require much time and effort. Many well qualified persons who are in normal work situations cannot consider the position because of work and time constraints. This severely limits the choices for this important position. A dedicated Town Manager answering to the Council would ease the burden and help ensure that government got its moneys worth from the million dollar budget. It remains to be seen what changes are being considered and will be implemented. However, whether operating under the present rules or an improved system, there is much that can be accomplished at the local level. It does take a bit of cooperation, but that is where the guiding hand of a competent and knowledgeable administrator comes into play. The AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Jennifer Hudson, Portia Jonsson, Mireilla Santillo Contributors: Lindsey Delaplane, Indira Edwards, Leslie Kennedy, Lee Pinder, Ruthamae Rolle Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) 8902 N. Military Tr., 181 Palm Bch Grdns, FL 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 Mr. Revis Rolle, Senior Administrator for the Central Abaco District, has begun a relief fund to aid victims of the Tsunami which devastated countries in the Indian Ocean. He is suggesting that employers ask each employee to donate $10 toward the Abaco Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund. Businesses, churches and other organizations and individuals are asked to donate more. These donations can be delivered to Mrs. Maryann Deveaux in the Office of the Administrator in Marsh Harbour. Abaco and The Bahamas were badly affected by Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne but our experiences were minimal when compared to the massive destruction in Sr, Lanka, Indonesia and India. We need to show appreciation to God Almighty for His blessings and goodness.Tsunami Aid Is Requested by Administrator

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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9We Have a Community ProblemDear Editor, Do drug dealers read the newspaper? I hope so. If they dont, maybe they have a friend who reads it and will tell them what I am saying. It totally amazes me. Cherokee is a place that for years would not allow anyone to obtain a liquor license. People made all kinds of noise when the Sand Bar opened a few years ago. But for the last five years they have been allowing these cars to come into our settlement to sell cocaine. And everybody knows whats happening. Its unbelievable. Is it maybe because they are used to alcohol and its effects but dont know about cocaine? They are beginning to find out there are things happening now that have never happened here before. And guess what? The best is yet to come! Why wont anyone write down these cars license numbers and stop this? People have complained about the grass smokers for years. Well, guess what? Marijuana is illegal like cocaine but that is where the comparison ends! Youll never see a grass smoker doing the things cocaine makes people do. Theres only a few people in our community who do cocaine. Everyone knows who they are. I wish I could make them all leave and find somewhere else to live but I guess thats not possible. So the least we should do is stop these dealers from bringing the stuff to them. If they want it, let them get it somewhere else! Some of our kinds are going to get caught up in this mess. Im so afraid, but not too afraid to do something about it. Cherokee people wake up and stop arguing about dogs! Stop these drug dealers from coming into our settlement to sell their poison! Very ConcernedThanks, Dr. SwarnaDear Editor: A few weeks ago I had a medical emergency which was handled extremely well by the medical staff at the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic. I am visiting Abaco on a sailboat and on a Sunday morning I was taken to the clinic by Trauma One ambulance with an acute respiratory tract infection. Dr. Swarna Benerji provided treatment for the next couple of days and I seemed to be improving. I took a turn for the worse and it quickly became obvious that I was in need of immediate hospitalization. Dr. Swarna and his staff spent several hours on Tuesday evening arranging for an air ambulance and finding a hospital in Fort Lauderdale that would admit me as a patient. He also provided my husband and me transportation to the airport. I found Dr. Swarna to be very professional, competent and caring. I am very appreciative of the time, effort and compassion shown by this fine doctor. The Marsh Harbour Government Clinic is indeed fortunate to have him as their Medical Director along with his able staff including his physician wife and his nurse, Karen Gray. Sincerely, Sue Doran S/V SkybirdAn Idea for Cistern OwnersDear Sir/Madam I would be grateful for space in your esteemed paper to describe a new device which could be of interest to those in the islands who are dependent on catchment of rain for their water supplies. My wife and I call this device a Bahamian Crud Catcher as it is designed to trap leaves, sand, salt, bird feathers, etc. from our roof that might otherwise end up in our water cistern. We built our house on Elbow Cay three years ago and installed gelcoat-lined fibreglass cisterns. A year later it was obvious that leaves and fine sand were accumulating in the bottom of the cisterns and more has arrived since then. Although we might be tempted on occasion by an herbal tea, as a toxicologist, herbal tea of oleander, poison wood leaves or of unknown origin flowing from our taps is not attractive. The Bahamian Crud Catcher is based on the not illogical assumption that leaves, salt and sand would be washed off the roof and into the gutters by the first rain to fall. This might not be the case for major storms, but in that case, the bungs are out of our down-pipes and no water is collected. The catcher comprises a tank approximately 36 inches high and 18 inches in diameter, which stands vertically and is connected by a T-fitting to the horizontal collection pipe that carries water from the gutter down-pipes to the cisterns. The tank holds approximately 30 gallons and we have one on each side of the house. Sixty gallons represents approximately 0.1 inch of rain on our roof. The tanks have conical tops with a 3-inch threaded fitting at the top the same size as the collector pipe. There is a 6-inch round clean-out port at the bottom of the tank in the front and a plastic faucet on the side about 12 inches from the bottom. The only moving part is a 5-inch childs rubber ball inside the tank. When it rains, the first water from the roof fills the tanks and the rubber ball jams the opening at the top so that leaves. etc. cannot escape. Thereafter the rain is diverted into the cistern. The tanks can b..at the tanks are collecting a lot of leaves and sand that would otherwise be in our cistern. We wont know until our cisterns are emptied and cleaned whether the Crud Catchers are collecting all the debris. Our tanks were made of inch UV resistant polyethylene by Plasco Welding and Fabrication, Thorndale, Ontario. Sincerely yours, Clifford ChappelWatch the Paint LabelDear Mr. Ralph I would be grateful if you would allow me to pass on some information that could be important to those contemplating the use of an elastomeric coating on their roof. There are two kinds of coatings offered for sale in Abaco. The first type bears a label indicating that the coating is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use on roofs that will be used to collect potable water. The second type of coating does not have a label indicating EPA approval, however, it also does not have a label saying that it should not be used for roofs that will be used for water collection. It is only when you email the manufacturer that you learn that the coating should not be used for roofs used for collecting potable water. Information on what harmful substances may be present in these products is not available. Sincerely, Clifford Chappel, D.V.M., Ph..D.Encouraged By Iraqi ElectionDear Sir, The recent election in Iraq proved many things to me, and not all of them were political. All the same, it is politics, or I should say the practice thereof, that shapes the domestic and foreign policies of every country on earth, and therefore, for the most part, the conditions under which the people of those countries will live. I believe that there are Bahamians that are interested in the unfolding situation in Iraq, thus I would like to offer this opinion. Thanking you in advance.. As I watched the people of Iraq celebrating in the streets, showing off their ink dipped fingers after having voted in the first free elections in 50 years, I felt overjoyed for them. There are so many reasons that one should have felt joy. Here are a few: Reason 1: There have been many lives laid down in the line of duty in Iraq; and every time one of these Heroes was extinguished, it devastated me, both for their own sacrifice and for the burden of grief that their loved ones must bear. Finally, it seems that it may have been worth it, and I believe if it were possible to call some of these great soldiers back from the grave and ask them how they felt about it, they would say that they would do it again. (Man, just writing that gives me goose bumps.) Reason 2: We here in The Bahamas and the U.S. take for granted our so called God given right to vote. It is a right to be sure, but more importantly it is a responsibility; and many of us are failing miserably in this regard when we dont even bother to participate in the process of democracy by actually voting. And to think that we dont even have to worry about being shot at or blown to bits on our way to the polling station! In a word disgraceful! While we might decry the antics of some politicians or the policies of our government, we must never cease to attempt to change things with our vote because the fight never ends! Reason 3: It would seem that it is actually possible to export democracy. And one of the most vital prerequisites to doing this is to remove any stumbling blocks such as ruthless dictators. As we all know, at least those of us who know history, freedom does not come freely. It must be hard fought for and jealously guarded. Congratulations to a President (George W.) who was unflinching in his resolve to see this thing through. And contrary to the biased reporting of the liberal press, there are hundreds of thousands, nay millions, of Iraqis who welcome the presence of American troops and who realise that it is because of them that freedom is within their grasp. Who would have thought that these elections would have ever occurred, much less come off as well as they did? Probably everybody except the liberal establishment around the world Bahamians amongst them and especially the detractors of the Bush Administration. It is these people (the liberals) who warned us that there would be tens of thousands of American casualties in the war with Saddam Hussien. Yes, I said the war against Saddam Hussien. It is absolutely important to recognize that this was not a war to conquer a people, but a military exercise to remove a murderer from his position of very abusive power over a demoralized people and to stop him from further suspected development of weapons of mass destruction. We mustnt forget that there were plenty of other people who agreed with the intelligence reports that identified Saddam Husien as a threat to the security of the U.S., and the world for that matter. Most notably among them was Bill Clinton. He said this: Heavy as they are, the cost of action must be weighed against the price of inaction. If Saddam defies the world and we fail to respond, we will face a far greater threat in the future. Saddam will strike again at his neighbors. He will make war on his own people. And mark my words, he will develop weapons of mass destruction. He will deploy them and he will use them. New York Times, December 17, 1998 (Emphasis mine.) WOW!!! And not only Bill Clinton. Virtually every intelligence department in (militarily) developed countries agreed that Saddam Hussien was a threat. George W. Bush has been called every derogatory name in the book because of his determination to depose one of the worlds worst tyrants. He has even been compared to Adolf Hitler, for Gods sake! Get real, people! What about Saddam? Any Hitler similarity there? It is very clear to me that the people of the free world really do not understand the nature of evil, (oops, is that politically correct?) and thus are not able, or willing, to identify the evil doers. Saddam Hussien is an evil man as was Adolf Hitler. He (Saddam) deserves nothing from decent law-abiding people except a speedy trial, and hopefully, swift justice. Why subscribeReceiving the Abaconian regularly will keep you informed on issues such as: Rresort & 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 Letters to the Editor Please see Letters Page 20

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Page 10 The Abaconian March 15, 2005 GRAND OPENINGHome & Office Furniture Office & School SuppliesDesk & Computer Workstations Entertainment Centres Bedroom Furniture Filing Cabinets Calculators Desk Organizers Paper, Forms, & Envelopes P en, Pencils, Markers & Correction Notebooks, Binders & File Folders Dictionaries & School Supplies T ape, Adhesive & Glue Staplers & Punches and much more..... Located inside of the MARCO A/C building just off Located inside of the MARCO A/C building just off Located inside of the MARCO A/C building just off Located inside of the MARCO A/C building just off Located inside of the MARCO A/C building just off Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh HarbourFor ordering and deliveries just call (242) 367.3186 tel (242) 367.3469 faxWe offer a wide assortment of items such as: OPEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 8AM 5PM SATURDAY 8AM NOON ... THE BATTERY WITH THE LIGHTNING BOLT OF LIFE!!!BATTERIES A/C Delco Marine Trojan Golf Cart 6 & 8V Truck/Tractor Diesel Marine Batteries Diesel Automotive Batteries Gel Batteries High Reserve Capacity Batteries UPS Computer Batteries WE HONOUR THE FULL WARRANTY PERIOD NOT PRO-RATED(If an Epic Battery fails due to workmanship any time during that year, Epic would replace that battery free of charge!)Delivery Service AvailableFULL ONE YEAR GUARANTEE!Located in the Colina Building on Queen Elizabeth Dr. Ph: 367-3742 Fax: 367-0064 Central Abaco NewsWine Tasting Is an Educational ForumBy Jennifer Hudson The first Wine Lovers Tasting and Educational Forum to be held on Abaco took place on the evening of February 17th for selective guests at the A&K Liquor Store in Marsh Harbour. It was a pleasant occasion for wine lovers to gather, sample the featured wines and become more informed on the wines and wineries. Wines for the evening were from the Kobrand Corporation which currently owns, co-owns or distributes some of the most sought after brands in the world. The wineries represented were Benziger and Cakebread Cellars (California) and Maison Louis Jadot (France). Mr. Larry Nocera, National Director of Kobrand, was the guest speaker and gave a very interesting history of each of the wineries. Ms. Therese Demeritte, Brand Representative for Wines with the Burns House Group, sponsors of the event, said that the aim of the evening was to bring people with a common love of wines together and educate them on wines from different countries. These wine tasting forums were first started by the company in Nassau last October and have been very successful in both Nassau and Freeport. We need to re-establish our connection with Abaco, and this will be the first of many events in Abaco to show our appreciation for your patronage, stated Mr. Wendell Seymour, Marketing Manager from the company in Nassau. Seven people came from The Burns House Group in Nassau for the event in addition to Mr. Nocera from Fort Lauderdale. The company has previously held three training sessions on Abaco for people in the industry at the Green Turtle Club, Bluff House and Hope Town Harbour Lodge jointly with the Sea Spray Resort and the Abaco Inn. Each of the first 24 people to arrive received a complimentary bottle of wine and I was pleased to be one of the lucky ones. Guests also received 30 percent off any of the featured wines for the evening. The best promotion was that with the purchase of any two bottles of the featured Kobrand wines during the event, persons became eligible for a trip for two to California to visit Benziger and Cakebread Wineries, courtesy of American Airlines and the Kobrand Corporation. The lucky winner of the trip was Jim Eastwood, who was presented with his prize by Mr. Wendell Seymour, Marketing ManBurns House Group sponsored a wine tasting and educational forum on February 17 at A & K Liquor store in Marsh Harbour. The highlight of the evening was the drawing of a raffle ticket entitling the winner to a complimentary trip to California to visit two wineries there. The winner was Jim Eastwood shown accepting the prize. Others there, left to right are Mr. Larry Nocera, National Director of Kobrand; Mr. Wendal Seymour from Burns House Group; Ms. Therese Demeritte, Burns House Brands Representative; Mr. Eastwood; Mr. Neko Grant, Burns House Manager from Freeport, and Mr. Robert Donathan, Butler &Sands. Please see Central Page 11

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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 11 The Paint PlacePh : (242) 367-2271Open 7:30am 4:30pm Monday Saturday Abaco Shopping Centre Don MacKay Blvd. Email : paintplcabaco@coralwave.comWhen youve got to paint it the first time. Come check out our wide selection of Interior, Exterior and Marine Paints. Paints, Brushes Rollers and Trays Color swatches and more....Visit Our NEW Display Room! WEVE EXP ANDED! RIGHTA Quiet, Secluded Corner inTreasure CayHave a Boat?Tie Up & Step Ashore! A Slip comes Free With a Villa RentalA family owned propertyLuxury 2bdrm. villas on private waterfront property. Furnished with central air & 2 full baths. Deep water docks with gazebos Daily Weekly Monthly Compare Our Rates!www.brigantinebayvillas.comRentals: (850) 492 Villas: (242) 365Email: bbvbahamas@aol.com More Central Abaco Newsager. Jim, who is the third cousin of movie star Clint Eastwood in expressing his delight at winning the prize, said that this is the first time in his life that he has ever won anything. The crowd was a little smaller than the organizers had hoped because they had not been able to send out as many invitations as they would have liked. They had to accommodate the travel schedule of their guest speaker. They were, nonetheless, quite pleased with the result. They are planning another such event for November when they hope to reach an even wider clientele of experienced wine drinkers. The Burns House Group is sponsoring a VIP Wine Club which offers several benefits and interested persons may sign up at A&K Liquors in Marsh Harbour or one of the other Burns House Group locations. The event was co-sponsored by American Airline/American Eagle and Anglers Restaurant of Abaco Beach Resort which provided a wonderful array of hors doeuvres for the evening.Treasure Hunt Brings PilotsBy Indira Edwards, Abaco Tourism Office A slate of eight planes carrying a total of 20 persons for the annual Bahamas Treasure Hunt lead by Mr Thierry Pouille arrived in Marsh Harbour on February 21st. The treasure hunters were greeted by a welcome reception hosted by the Abaco Tourism Office and the salty island sounds of Mr. Estin Sawyer. Mr. Pouiller is currently the organizer of the Bahamas Treasure Hunt. He took over CentralFrom Page 10 the event five years ago from the publishers of the Bahamas Pilots Guide. Mr. Pouille has compiled a database of over 10,000 pilots from trade shows for pilots. The Bahamas Treasure Hunt evolved many years ago. However, five years ago it was reinvented to appeal to a wider range of people. The objective behind the treasure hunt is to expose more pilots to the Bahama Out Islands. The pilots are kept in constant contact with Mr. Pouille during their journey to the Bahamas. This allows the pilots to be given a guided tour all the way to Abaco. Mr. Pouille indicated that the Bahamas Treasure Hunt allows the pilots to discover and explore without the fear of encountering the unknown. Upon arrival to Abaco the pilots were given booklets containing information on the history of The Bahamas and a list of clues that allowed them to explore the different stores, services and adventures that Abaco offers. Prizes for winners of the various activities throughout the treasure hunt ranged from hotel vouchers to dinner tickets. This gave the local resorts and restaurants an opportunity to benefit from this activity. The treasure hunters visited Harhour Island, Eleuthera; Stella Maris, Long Island; Staniel Cay, Exuma; and Inagua before returning to Florida.A & W Travel Service Wins Triple AwardBy Mirella Santillo On October 15, 2004, Dollar Rent a Car company introduced an all inclusive insurEight planes took part in a Treasure Hunt organized the Ministry of Tourism to acquaint pilots with the Family Islands. The pilots with their companions are shown here on their arrival on February 21 at the Marsh Harbour International Airport Please see Central Page 22

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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 13 Damianos Realty CompanyNassau: (242) 322-2305 Lyford Cay:(242) 362-4211 Hope Town:(242) 366-0040 Treasure Cay:(242) 477-5821www.damianos.comGeorge Damianos PresidentEXCLUSIVE PROPERTIESTREASURE CAY Exclusive Affiliate of: TREASURE CAY "Villa Esmeralda" Luxury 3 bed 3.5 bath beachfront home bordering white sand and crystal blue water. Breathtaking ocean views, 5,200 sq. ft. with 12' ceilings, professionally decorated with highest quality finishes, granite countertops, marble floors, gourmet kitchen, study, and 2 car attached garage. US$3,100,000. Internet Ref. #2640. Contact: Kerry Sullivan (242) 366-0040 kerry@damianos.com TREASURE CAY Nestled in a tropical garden with coconut palms is Mango House, a two-storey home with walls adorned in native custom stone art work. Second floor living, dining and bedrooms opening to verandahs with sea views. Ground floor guest suite with living room and patio. Great views of powder sand beaches. Serene island ambience. $1,550,000. Internet Ref. #2671 Contact: Stan Sawyer 477-5821 stan@damianos.com TREASURE CAY The Blue House Uniquely designed 4 bed 5 bath beach house on Treasure Cay Beach. Great ocean views, master suite and bedroom/study, three bedroom suites with private baths; each bath has access to the outdoor deck. Hurricane shutters, 3 central A/C units, open kitchen, cathedral ceiling in main living area and more. US$2,090,000. Internet Reference #2086 Contact: Nick Damianos (242) 322-2305 nick@damianos.com TREASURE CAY Serenity House is a modern 5,600 sq. ft. two story CBS home offering incredible ocean views from every room. All floors are marble and ceilings are open wood-beam in this four bedroom, four and a half bath, two car garage home. Designed by noted Bahamian Architect John Darville. Two fully landscaped lots with 290 ft. oceanfront. Fully furnished at US$3,900,000. Contact: George Damianos (242) 362-4211 george@damianos.com EXCLUSIVE PROPERTIESTREASURE CAY Your Key to Real Estate Sales & Appraisals In The Bahamas Serving The Bahamas for Over 50 YearsRoyal Harbour Village. Opposite Boat Harbour Entrance Visit our web site to view these properties and moreTel: 242-367-3262 Fax: 242-367-3260www.bahamasrealty.bs E-mail: abaco@bahamasrealty.bs Select Properties Marsh Harbour Area Marsh Harbour Area. NEW! Income! Only two years old, modern triplex with the added bonus of a nearly completed efficiency apartment. Well built, solid, concrete construction, tile floors. Nice private and spacious back yard area. Convenient part of the community within blocks of the Central Abaco Primary School and all amenities. Nice quiet culde-sac location. Listing #9092.Please call for details.Bahama Palm Shores. UNDER CONTRACT! Coral Ridge Drive. Nice 13,000 s. f. homesite in Section One. Densely wooded. Walk to Eight Mile Beach! #9053$ 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 NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday Oceanfrontier Log CabinsRental and Vacation Club Memberships On Beautiful Guana Cay Beach Six two-bedroom cabins sleep six, queen size bed in loft, kitchenette, private deck, full bath, short walk to townRent by the day or weekCall now 888-541-1616 or 519-389-4846 Website: www.oceanfrontier.com E-mail: info@oceanfrontier.comA bright new light has appeared on the Bahamas literary horizon with a just-released book of island stories, Sand in My Shoes by Bahamian author, Marina Gottlieb Sarles, Mikki to her longtime friends. An eclectic collection of island-inspired stories, the book contains lively and tenderly funny tales of mythical characters, eccentric heroes and authentic snippets of everyday life that celebrate the unique spirit of The Bahamas. Marina Gottlieb Sarles is a storyteller who grew up in The Bahamas. Her stories draw inspiration from her childhood in the islands where her immigrant parents were the village doctor and nurse. Her father, Dr. Ejnar Gottlieb, was the first doctor in Grand Bahamas Pine Ridge settlement. His medical career then took him to Marsh Harbour where he and his wife, Owanta, were cornerstones in the medical community of Abaco for many, many years. Spending most of her early years in Marsh Harbour, the authors Abaco roots run deep. Following in the footsteps of her parents, who were both amazing storytellers and medical professionals, Marina Gottlieb Sarles draws inspiration from her beloved Bahamas as well as from her years as a physical therapist and faculty member at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing in New York. Former Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham, writes in his foreword to the book, Marinas collection is an important addition to the growing awareness of Bahamian literature. Marinas love of her homeland and of the many characters that populated her life is brilliantly displayed through warm recollections . The authors husband, James, is President of James Sarles Realty in Grand Bahama. She is the sister of the late Cay Gottlieb, attorney, musician, and founder of Cool 96 FM Radio, and Frederik F. Gottlieb, attorney and former MP for Abaco. The heartwarming and entertaining pages of Sand in My Shoes hold special memories of growing up as an island girl, as well as reflections on the laughter, tears, natural wonders and common bonds that connect everyone who loves these beautiful Bahamian islands.Gottliebs Daughter Writes Island Stories A book signing on Abaco is being planned for mid-April. Look for details on when and where in The Abaconian soon. In the meantime, the book can be found at Abaco Treasures and Java Coffeehouse in Marsh Harbour, Ebb Tide in Hope Town and local gift shops, or online at www.sandinmyshoes.net. By Jennifer Hudson As part of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Abaco Districts 165th anniversary calendar of events and in a further effort to widen the scope of the community policing programme which ASP Miller has begun on the island, a District Constable Seminar was held on March 5th at the Central Abaco High School. Approximately 20 persons attended the meeting to offer their services for the voluntary position of District Constable. These prospective candidates were instructed by Inspector Williams from Nassau District Headquarters. Their duties will be to assist the police by being the eyes and ears within their communities, and they will have powers of arrest. In order to qualify as District Constables persons must be in good standing within their community and willing to support the police. They are required to fill out an application form and must meet certain qualifications such as being in possession of a Bahamian passport, being persons of good repute and having committed no criminal offences. It is expected that the screening process will have been completed within three weeks at which time a ceremony will be held to install the District Constables and to inform the public so that people will be aware of who the new constables are for their area.Seminar Is Held for Constables

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Page 14 The Abaconian March 15, 2005 Conch Crawl Restaurant and Barpresents Chef Kaydon McLennonA Chef with a Difference Specializing in Bahamian and Italian Cuisine Open 7 days a week Serving from 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Located on Bay Street on the waterfront in Marsh Harbour (242) 367-4444Good Friday MenuSoup Good Friday Seafood Chowder with hot cross bun Salad Heart of Palm Tropical Salad or Tossed Green Salad Entree Fried Grouper $18.95 Curried Grouper $20.00 Steamed Grouper $20.00 All Entrees served with hot cross bun, peas & rice, fries or mashed potatoes, and fresh vegetables Dessert Cheese Cake, Chocolate Cake, or Key Lime Pie Easter Monday MenuSoup Lobster Bisque Salad Assorted Green Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette Entree Lobster Thermidor $32.00 Stuffed Grouper $25.50 Oven Roasted Chicken $18.50 All Entrees served with peas & rice, plantain, and coleslaw Dessert Guava Duff Graduate of the Culinary Arts Institute of the College of the Bahamas Trained at Carlines and Flutys Restaurants in New York City Ships Chef for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Head Chef at Vesuvios and Baccis Restaurants in NassauHappy Hour Daily Two for One 5-7 p.m.Daily Specials Lunch & Dinner News of the CaysUS Ambassador Visits Hope TownBy Linsdsey Delaplaine The newly appointed American Ambassador spent time on Abaco on February 23rd and 24th, visiting Hope Town and Marsh Harbour. The Hon. John Rood wanted this to be the first Out Island area he visited because this is where he has the most history. He used to spend time in Hope Town on family vacations staying at Burl Ivess old house. The first stop for the Ambassador was a luncheon address, sponsored by Cay Topics, at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. The Ambassador began his remarks by talking about his background, history with The Bahamas, his love of service and explaining the three main elements of his job: management and administration, bilateral relations and public diplomacy. Under his managerial duties, Ambassador Rood supervises 300 people who work for the American Embassy. Appointed in July of 2004, Rood arrived in The Bahamas in September just before Hurricane Frances. The severity of the hurricanes meant Rood was thrown into the job, it was his responsibility to determine who was to be evacuated and when. He worked to rally the Coast Guard to provide aid and supplies in much needed areas. According to Rood, during his interview with then Secretary of State Colin Powell, staff management is an area that often gets overlooked. Mr. Powell said he had never dismissed anyone for creating an international policy incident, but he has recalled many people for poor leadership and management. Rood is currently working on building relations between American and Bahamian staff under his supervision. Bilateral relations encompasses work with the Bahamian Foreign Minister and other government officials to represent U.S. interests on a variety of issues. One of the hottest topics has been cooperation on Haiti. Mr. Rood has been working with the Bahamian government to encourage them to cooperate more with U.S. efforts in the country but has met with little success. He is working with the Bahamian government on issues being discussed by the United Nations. He is working to provide an understanding of the reasons for U.S. decisions in an attempt to garner support for those decisions come vote time. Finally, Mr. Rood has been encouraging education on issues regarding free trade and the Free Trade agreement. When asked about any progress on the agreement, he answered, While there are no discussions underway, the U.S. believes trade is the best opportunity for countries to be prosperous and a prosperous neighbor is a good neighbor. He said the U.S. is not pressuring the Bahamas to sign any agreements nor would funding ever be withheld as a punishment for failure to sign. He wants signatures because people see the advantages, not because they were forced. Public diplomacy entails the representation of Americans who reside in the Bahamas, Americans who are simply here for a visit and the provision of VISAs for those who wish to travel to the U.S. These duties include visiting any Americans who are serving time in Bahamian jails. He spoke about a 21 year-old woman who was recently arrested for drug trafficking. She was invited to The Bahamas by a cousin and was told by that cousin she couldnt leave unless she carried drugs with her. She agreed but was so nervous at that airport she confessed when asked if anything was wrong. She is currently serving three years. Alth ough conditions at the prison are primitive, and diplomatic staff work to provide water and magazines for entertainment, Rood believes she is safer here Please see Cays Page 15 American Ambassador John Rood, center, poses with Ann Krout, an organizer of Cay Topics in Hope Town, and Chester Thompson outside the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. Mr. Thompson presented Mr. Rood with a copy of two of his books as a thank you for taking the time to speak to Hope Town

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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 ABACO HARDWARE Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour, AbacoTel: 367.2170 Fax: 367.2928 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 More News of the Caysthan she would be in a Federal prison in the U.S. He hopes her story will be a deterrent to others. As a part of his public diplomacy Mr. Rood is currently working to promote literacy. He and his staff read to school children in Nassau each Wednesday. He made a stop at the Hope Town School to read to children during their visit. He is working with the Education Minister on the issue and hopes these efforts will put a different face on America for Bahamians. During a question and answer session after his speech, Mr. Rood fielded a number of questions ranging from provocative to friendly. He was asked why the U.S. has refused to sign the Kyoto Accord reducing air pollution, especially when it is possible that the Greenhouse Effect could be responsible for the increase in the number of hurricanes, as well as their severity, and failure to sign only benefits Texas oil companies. Ambassador Rood responded that he wasnt sure there was conclusive evidence that hurricanes are increasing in numbers or in strength since one of the strongest ever occurred in the 1920s. He said that, right now, the U.S. is more concerned with pollution in developing countries. When asked if he would mention the poor state of the Marsh Harbour airport to Prime Minister Christie, Rood replied that he had brought it up with Mr. Christie as well as to the Aviation Minister. He informed the crowd that they should write letters to the governCaysFrom Page 14 ment, and make sure to send a copy of the letters to him so that he could follow up with the proper officials. He agreed that more money needs to be invested in the tourism infrastructure. One person asked Ambassador Roods opinion of the drug situation. Rood answered, was a big year; several trafficking organizations were dismantled and I believe the situation has improved in the big picture, but he said he couldnt speak to isolated pockets. Mr. Rood said trafficking between The Bahamas and the U.S. has decreased and respect for the rule of law is on the rise. He is pleased that Bahamian laws regarding trafficking have become tougher Please see Cays Page 21 Members of the Bahamas Amateur Surfing Association held a competition on January 22 to determine who will be competing in the Pan American games. They are shown at their awards dinner held that night at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. 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

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President, Kevin Sterling, congratulated club members for their dedication and hard work, telling them what a great job they do for a small club while expressing his desire for more members. He was pleased to announce that this year ten club members will be going to the district conference which is a large delegation from such a small club. The meeting took the form of a nostalgic look back over the years of Rotary in general but the Abaco branch in particular. President Kevin asked various questions of some of the members present to get a general picture of the scope of the club both past and present. Perhaps the most notable event, it was felt, was the admittance of women to this formerly all male club. The Rotary Club of Abaco was the first Rotary Club in The Bahamas to allow women to become members in 1988. The first ladies to be inducted in Abaco were Debbie Curry and Cheryl Key. Sandra Albury, who is now a very dedicated member of Rotary in Abaco, joined Rotary in Nassau as soon as they allowed women into the club there. Hugh Cottis, a member of the club for 30 years, spoke of its early days and particularly when women were first admitted to the club. He felt that in past years the club was more classy and, in fact, in the early days when ladies were only admitted on ladies night on any fifth Monday of the month those evenings were an elegant affair with the ladies wearing long gowns. Rotarians were reminded of some of the highlights of Rotary Internationals history such as: 1905 Chicago attorney, Paul Harris, organized the first Rotary meeting on 23rd February leading to the formation of the Rotary Club of Chicago. The Rotary Club of Abaco was begun in 1971 by Lindsey Scott, who was the first president. President Kevin cut the centennial birthday cake and closed the celebration by saying that the club has grown from strength to strength, and he believes that its vibrancy lies in the quality of its members and their willingness to get things done.Wheelchairs Are Delivered to IncapacitatedBy Mirella Santillo On February 25 wheelchairs donated to The Bahamas by the Wheel Chair Foundation, through the intermediary of The Rotary Club, arrived in Marsh Harbour. Mr. Kevin Sterling, President of The Rotary Club of Abaco, accompanied by club members Mrs. Jo-Ann Bradley and Mr. Bill Schweizer, picked them up on Friday afternoon. Mr. Sterling explained, Over 200 wheelchairs were shipped to Nassau to be dispersed through The Bahamas. Abaco received 33 of those. He explained that after the project was set up in September 2004, an announcement was made on Radio Abaco to let people know and find out who was in need of a wheelchair. The first recipient was Mrs. Naomi Hepburn of Dundas Town. She said, I needed one but could not afford it. I am very thankful. The second delivery took us to Murphy Town where Mrs. Lourne Farrington received one. She had difficulty walking and was very grateful. Two more residents of Murphy Town were on the list of recipients, Mr. Clifford Knowles and Mr. Georges McKenzie. Both of them had suffered serious injuries in their earlier days. Mr. Knowles was in a traffic accident in Freeport severely injuring his legs. He was very excited about the wheelchair. Mr. Mckenzie had his legs crushed by an oil drum while working on a cargo boat over 20 years ago, said his wife, Mrs. Armanta McKenzie. He lost strength in his leg as he got older. The wheelchair was very welcome. All recipients were shown the chairs special features and how to operate them in a safe way. An additional four wheelchairs were delivered on February 28 in the Marsh Harbour area. More wheelchairs were delivered to other parts of Abaco including Man-O-War, Treasure Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Fox Town, Coopers Town, Crown Heaven and Sandy Point.Pilot ClubProvided by the Pilot Club The Pilot Club of Central Abaco hosted a social titled Remembering Pilots This event was held on February 4th at the Back Street Caf and guests were informed about Pilot International and the clubs in The Bahamas and around the world. President Craig Cornish encouraged those who are Please see Clubs Page 17 Mrs. Naomi Hepburn of Dundas Town is proud of her new wheelchair. A total of 33 wheelchairs were donated for Abaco residents.

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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 BAHAMAS HOT MIXCivil Engineering Contractor Providing Abaco & surrounding cays with the following services for over 10 years:Site clearance Earthworks Water & Sewerage installation Road paving Car park & drive ways Airfields Asphalt related products Materials testingLarge Fleet of Heavy Equipment available for rent:D8 Dozer Excavator Trucks Loaders Low BoyRollers Tractor Heads Graders Trenchers Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-3956 367-3957 Fax: (242) 367-3959 BAHAMAS HOT MIX For FREE estimates contact Harlin JohnsonWhite Sound, Elbow Cay FULL SERVICE MARINA 50 Deepwater Slips Fuel/Oil/Bait/Ice Fresh Water Garbonzo Reef Bar WATERFRONT VILLAS One, two & three bedroom units On the ocean & harbour Full kitchen/air cond/sat TVFor local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : seasprayres@oii.net www.seasprayresort.comBoat House Boat House Boat House Boat House Boat House RR RR R eses eses es tt tt t auraur auraur aur antant antant antCome for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Bahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun. Stew Fish Chicken Souse Cornbeef & Grits Steam Sausage & Grits Sign up for our BILLFISH TOURNAMENT April 5th 9thRemember Hope Town Marsh Harbour ferry service on Friday and Saturday nights Sea Spray will pick up from Hope Town 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 not part of the club to join as the experience is immeasurable. The club is built on friendship and service. Every year they can travel around the world, dining in five-star hotels, making friends from Japan, Canada, Hawaii, Singapore and The Bahamas. President-elect Claudius Rolle welcomed their guests and stated that they all enjoy themselves. Mrs. Sharon Dorsette read the history of the Abaco Pilot Club and recognized the clubs founding member, Ms Charlamae Fernander, who started the club in 1998 and was their first President. At the time the club had 25 charter members. Many have since relocated to different islands. Our Presidents included Mrs. Veronica Nairm (1999-2000), Mrs. Sharon Dorsette (2000-2001), Mrs. Neulessa Major (20012002), Ms. Joyce Coleby (2002-2003), Mrs. Zallimoon Chu (2003-2004) and the first male president, Mr. Craig Cornish (2004-2005). The Anchor Club is the youth arm of the Pilot Club and there are presently three Anchor Clubs, at Abaco Central, St. Francis de Sales and S.C. Bootle. Expressions of thanks were extended to all the school Anchor Advisors, especially Mr. Cecil Simon from St. Francis de Sales and Philippa Farrington who is at Abaco Central High.District Governor VisitedThe District Governor, Ms. Katrina Cartwright, accompanied by GovernorElect, Ms. Loretta Paris, made an unofficial visit to Abaco on November 27 of last year to assess the damages done by Hurricanes Francis and Jeanne. Both ladies were troubled by the disaster left by the storms. Governor Cartwright and members from The Pilot Clubs of Nassau donated boxes of clothing to the club here to be distributed to the needy. ClubsFrom Page 16 On February 19th Mrs. Cartwright made her official visit to hold a training session with the executives and club members which took place at St. Andrews Methodist Church Hall. She stated that since her first visit Abaco has truly made a vast improvement to its properties and businesses. She found it hard to believe the devastation that the island has experience just a little over four months ago. Abaconians have truly bounced back tremendously.Meals on WheelsOne of the Pilot Clubs signature programmes, Meals on Wheels, was held on February 12th when Pilots and Anchors distributed meals to the Senior Citizens and the needy within the communities of Spring City, Marsh Harbour, Dundas and Murphy Town. Mr. Peter de Savary, developer of the Abaco Club on Winding Bay, has donated materials to Ms. Milanne Mimi Rehor for a shelter and fencing for the wild horses of North Abaco. Mimi has spent 13 years working to save the horses. ing and the fund raising that is needed to maintain and sustain these magnificent animals. She has led the struggle to obtain the protected preserve that The Bahamian government has established for the horses. The closing of the Bahama Star Farm in Treasure Cay, the farm close to the preserve, brought on a new challenge for Mimi and the horses. There is now an immediate need for fencing and shelter to house the workers and keep the herd away from the infected plants and grounds. Mr. de Savary, being an animal lover and a preservationist, fe;t dutybound to assist. On February 26th assistance for the horses came from Mr. de Savary and The Abaco Club in the Horses From Page 1 form of building materials to begin the construction of the shelters and fences. When asked how she felt about her generous donation from Mr. de Savary, Mimi said,. The timing could not have been better; there is so much to be done and there is little to none in resources. Mr. de Savary said, I am more than delighted to help. The horses are an integral part of the history of Abaco and everyone should get involved to insure that they are around for future generations. He further went on to say, I admire the work that Mimi is doing and she and the horses can expect more assistance from The Abaco Club in the very near future.Wild Horses Have Benefactor

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Page 18 The Abaconian March 15, 2005 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 Police Crime Report Please see Crime Page 19 A Sandy Point man had the rear window of his car damaged on November 5 when another resident there willfully threw a rock at it. He is now in discussion with the police. A Dundas Town man reported on November 8 that someone withdrew $600 from his bank account on October 23. He suspected his room mate. On November 8 a fire was reported in a bedroom of an apartment in Dundas Town caused by a child lighting a candle. Damage of approximately of $10,000 was confined to the bedroom. The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department put out the fire and there were no injuries reported. A man alternating residence between Nassau and Dundas Town was arrested on November 9 for stealing. A man living in the Mud section of Marsh Harbour was arrested on November 9 on immigration matters. A Murphy Town man was arrested on November 11 on charges related to an attempted break-in to a house on Forest Drive. A Dundas Town man suffered a chap on the hand by a Murphy Town man wielding a cutlass at a Marsh Harbour night club. The incident was reported on November 11 although it occurred six days earlier at 2 in the morning. A resident of the Mud reported on November 11 that at 7:30 a.m. while at his house, he was wounded on his neck by another resident of the Mud wielding a cutlass. A 15-foot outboard boat was found adrift off the shore of Great Cistern on November 15 by a Marsh Harbour fisherman. The boat was taken to the Marsh Harbour police station for safekeeping. An intruder was seen leaving a Dundas Town apartment at noon on November 15 when the owner drove up in her car. The apartment had been left secured. A Dundas Town man was arrested on November 15 with reference to a number of house break-ins. A Coopers Town woman reported her 16-year-old daughter missing on November 16 when she did not arrive home from school. She is suspected of running off with a young man from Coopers Town with whom she has run off with previously. A car belonging to a resident of the Mud was broken into on November 7 and a $100 CD changer was stolen. This incident was reported on November 16. A Dundas Town man was arrested on November 19 for hitting another man in the chest with two bottles at a Dundas Town Club on November 17, then threatening to kill him two days later while in front of a Marsh Harbour business. A Murphy Town resident was beaten about the body by another resident there and received injuries to his hands and feet on Nov. 20. The Treasure Cay gas station was broken into during the evening of November 10 and $30 was stolen. Five search warrants were executed between midnight and 2 a.m. on November 21. Three grams believed to be cocaine was found in a Dundas Town bedroom and the occupant was arrested. Marijauna and $1106 in cash were found in a searched house in the Mud. Two men were arrested as a result. Three of the five houses were searched with negative results. A Coopers Town man reported on November 22 that while driving through Blackwood about midnight, a group of men threw rocks and bottles at his car causing damage. Two Marsh Harbour men were arrested late at night on November 22 when found acting suspiciously and were discovered to have a bag of marijuana in their truck. An attempted house breaking was reported by a Murphy Town resident on November 24 when he discovered a screen had been removed and an attempt made to pry open a window. A person living on the S.C. Bootle Highway discovered that someone had broken into her house between 8:30 a.m. on November 23 and 6:30 the next afternoon. Stolen was a 5,000 volt Toby generator valued at $1,000. Her ex-boyfriend was suspected. Eight students of Abaco Central High School were arrested on January 12 at the school for disturbing the peace by fighting. They were released in custody of their parents pending an appearance in Juvenile Court the next day. An assault by several female students on a girl student at Abaco Central High School was reported on January 12. Three young men of Dundas Town were arrested on January 12 for trespassing and carrying arms at Abaco Central High School. A man was arrested on January 12 at his residence in Treasure Cay for embezzlement from the Beach Villas. A U. S. resident in Treasure Cay had a sliding glass door forced open during the night of January 13. The house was then entered, searched and $200 was taken. A Dundas Town man visited his property on the S.C. Bootle Highway and discovered that a 70 HP outboard engine valued at $3000 had been stolen sometime prior to January 14. A car left unattended at Marsh Harbour Auto Parts was entered and items valued at $1500 were stolen sometime between January 6 and 14. Missing items included a Kenwood Amplifier, White Epic Center and a Pymont Crossover. The President of Southern Air Charter reported that $14,121 had been stolen between August, 2004 and January 12, 2005. Embezzlement of ticket sales was suspected. A brush fire believed to be caused by arson originated near Abaco Central High School January 13 burned westerly through the woods and destroyed a trailer at the corner of Forest Drive and South Side Road. Lost to the fire were welding materials, a compressor and tools valued at $15,000. GSM cellular phone activation cards valued at $1960 were reported missing January 17 from the Batelco managers residence on Grand Cay. They were believed to have been taken December 20. Serial numbers of the cards are 8712-06199. A woman living in the Mud reported an attempted rape in the afternoon of January 20. A young man she vaguely knew entered her house, pushed her onto her bed and attempted to remove her clothes. A struggle followed and the assailant fled. A man parked at his parents house in Marsh Harbour in the afternoon of January 20 and returned early the next morning to find items stolen valued at $1375. Missing items included a Milwaukee 1/2 inch Hammer Drill Kit, a Milwaukee 7 Skil saw, a Black and Decker plane, and a Motorola V60 cellular phone # 1-242-551-4003. A Murphy Town woman reported on January 21that her babys father threatened to harm her. A resident of the Mud reported an asNew MenusLive Music Every Friday & Saturday Nights!!! Open Daily Mon SatLunch 11:30 3pm Dinner 6pm 9pmTel: 367-3498HAPPY HOUR Every Friday & Saturday 5:30 to 7:30pm 2 for 1 highballsOPENMarch 25th GOOD FRIDAY Lunch & Dinner March 26th March 28th EASTER MONDAYClosed March 27th Easter Sunday COM ING SOON!Mexican Nite! Magaritas & Mexican Food

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A 13-year-old girl reported to a pastor on January 23 that her stepfather had sexual intercourse with her against her will on three occasions ending in October last year. Social Services was unable to locate her mother and she was left in the care of the pastor. A resident of Treasure Cay had her condominium broken into between January 1 and 22. Stolen were 6 dining room chairs, a gold sand dollar pendant and a gold ring together valued at $6114. A trailer behind Burns House in Marsh Harbour was broken into during the night of January 26 and someone stole six cases of Guinness valued at $240. A Murphy Town woman was hit in the face by her ex-boyfriend causing a wound to her lip. This happened on January 27 at 8 p.m. Twenty minutes later a Murphy Town man was arrested. He was charged and later released on bail. During December and January, Treasure Cay residents had been reporting a series of housebreaking and burglary incidents with cash amounts taken ranging from $100 to $465 and a variety of valuables taken valued as high as $25,000. The police responded with undercover surveillance, increased uniform patrols and road blocks. On Feb. 2 a search warrant was executed in Dundas Town with night vision goggles being found. Another house there was searched at the same time which resulted in the discovery of a bag of jewelry. Both persons were arrested and charged with housebreaking, stealing and receiving. One of the men had recently been in jail for similar conduct. Assorted rings and gold chains valued at $3050 were recovered and identified by one of the robbery victims. On February 5, a safe was located in an overgrown area of Treasure Cay. It was subsequently identified by the owner living in a nearby home which had been burglarized on January 31. The End Time Harvest Church in Crown Haven was broken into through a window during the night of February 7, 2005. Nothing appeared to have been taken. Robbers forced open a door at Russells Grocery Store in Crown Haven, entered during the night of February 7 and damaged the cash register. Nothing appeared to have been taken. Revival Time Church in Crown Haven was broken into by forcing a window open during the night of February 7. An undetermined amount of cash was taken from the pastors office. A Crown Haven man was arrested on February 13 at his house in reference to housebreaking, stealing and receiving. An 18-year-old woman was assaulted February 13 about mid-night while at a night club on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour. A Grand Cay man reported on February 14 that his son threw a piece of block through a window about mid-night causing damage. The son, who lived at the residence, was later arrested. On February 12, five bundles of shingles worth $168.75 were noted missing from property in Coopers Town. An hour later a Coopers Town resident was arrested, charged with stealing and subsequently released on bond. Mid-afternoon on February 16, a Fire Road man pushed a policeman, used obscene language to his annoyance, acted in a disorderly manner, then fled into nearby bushes. The assailant was later arrested on three charges and released on bond. A Treasure Cay man was identified and reported to have assaulted a Murphy Town man with a cutlas at a new night club on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour. The assault occurred sometime in December late in the afternoon. An American visitor was hit in the mouth with a cup of alcohol causing a minor cut. This happened while sitting in a friends car about 11 pm in Coopers Town on Feb. 18. A Marsh Harbour man was threatened with death while at the Central Abaco dump in the afternoon of February 18. Two Dundas Town men were arrested March 1 for causing harm and are to appear in court before the magistrate. A resident of Spring City was arrested on March 1 after found acting suspiciously in his vehicle and subsequently found with 21 plastic bags of a substance believed to be marijuana. On March 3 at 9:30 a.m., a 15-year-old girl of Dundas Town was surrendered to police by her grandmother as an uncontrollable child due to sleeping out, coming home late from school and leaving home without permission. About 10:30 on March 3 the minor was found at an apartment in Marsh Harbour, interviewed and arrested in the presence of her grandmother and a social worker as being an uncontrollable child. She was released into the care of her grandmother and was scheduled to appear in court in Coopers Town. About noon on March 3, during the investigation of the uncontrollable child, the police, with the assistance of their dog Kato, discovered a 25-year-old man concealed in the attic of the apartment. He revealed himself and was arrested for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse. A 24-year-old woman was arrested at the same apartment for Aiding and Abetting, and Harbouring a Minor. During the morning of March 3 police approached a car parked in downtown Marsh Harbour whose driver was acting suspiciously. On seeing the police, the car reversed and sped off. However, the police were able to stop him and found a grassy substance in the car believed to be marijuana. During the investigation one of the officers was assaulted and received a minor abrasion to his elbow. The man was arrested and charged with Drug Possession, Assault, Resisting Arrest and Causing Harm. A vagrant was arrested at the Treasure Cay airport on March 3 in the morning for using Obscene Language and Disorderly conduct. A search warrant was executed in the morning of March 3 in Dundas Town resulting in a small quantity of marijuana seeds and cigarettes being found. The man living there was charged with Possessing Dangerous Drugs.

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Page 20 The Abaconian March 15, 2005 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 Blue SkyGALLERYBahamian Ar Bahamian Ar Bahamian Ar Bahamian Ar Bahamian Ar tt tt t FF FF F ramingraming ramingraming raming Originals and Prints Originals and Prints Originals and Prints Originals and Prints Originals and PrintsTuppy WeatherfordPP PP P ercy Archer Building ercy Archer Building ercy Archer Building ercy Archer Building ercy Archer Building Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh Harb. Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh Harb. Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh Harb. Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh Harb. Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh Harb.Phone 367-0579 Phone 367-0579 Phone 367-0579 Phone 367-0579 Phone 367-0579Open 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Open 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Open 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Open 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Open 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Oh, and by the way, as far as acting unilaterally is concerned, lets just say that when your own a is on the line, youre not going to be waiting around for the neighbors to lend a helping hand. In fact, depending upon where you live, your so called neighbors might be in on the action to do you in. One simply cannot be too careful. (N.B. Speaking of Adolf Hitler, isnt it a blessing that real leaders like Sir Winston Churchill realized the threat of this evil man? Can you imagine what would have happened if the practice of appeasement the policy of Neville Chamberlain had continued with Nazism?) War is not a good thing, no matter what the circumstances are that might lend support to using it as a tool of uprooting bad people. And unfortunately, innocent people will always be victims in any given fire fight between opposing forces during a war. But it is extremely naive to think that every hot situation in the world, especially the Middle East, can be handled without the use of military might. Thus, war can be labeled a necessary evil. Just be thankful that the country with the greatest might is the United States of America. Diplomacy is a great tool of reconciling differences among gentlemen. However, I dont think of terrorists and/ or tyrants as gentlemen. Do you? History will be the final judge on whether this whole business of going into Iraq was the right thing to do. As for me, I fully supported the decision from the get go. I have to admit that I was beginning to feel a little uneasy as the friendly casualties grew larger every day, and indeed I still cringe every time there is a new attack in which good Iraqis or LettersFrom Page 9 American and British troops are killed. But I have never abandoned the belief that it was the right course of action. Now, it appears that the situation in Iraq may be fixable after all, and I am remaining positive that it will continue to get more stable as time passes. I cannot tell you how proud I am of the U.S. Marines and Army and the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom and those Iraqis who have seized upon the opportunity to help to usher in a new age of stability for their fellow countrymen. If there is any such thing as a clean war, these people have fought it. And by the way, I dont know how everybody else feels, but it is better that one innocent person die and prevent the escape of ten guilty ones instead of the other way around. Am I then a Conservative? I know its not fashionable to say so these days, at least not in certain circles, but thank God for the United States of America! As long as she is strong, the rest of the free world is safe. When she weakens, well, I dont even want to think about it. Oh, and by the way, for those who are so quick to blame the present situation in Iraq on the past policies of the U.S., well, you would be right! However, make sure you know who the actual guilty parties are. Heres a hint: They were soft on foreign policy, especially as it pertains to the Middle East. As for the United Nations, we can only hope that theyll catch up. Finally, I close with a word from Howard Dean in which he was stating his opposition to the war: We dont know whether in the long run the Iraqi people are better off. Well, I might be senile, but arent the Iraqi people better off today? Sincerely, William (Billy) Roberts Diesel SpillFrom Page 1 lons of diesel spilled into the sea. The strong wind blowing that day from the west pushed the spill rapidly toward the head of the harbour into mangroves and Richs Boat Rental. The overpowering odor of the fuel could be smelled around the head of the harbour from the Conch Inn Hotel & Marina to Richs Boat Rental. On Tuesday the dark oily spread, surrounded by floats, could be seen at the bottom of the boat ramp. Mr. Michael Davis, manager for Richs Boat Rental, said Personnel from the Port Authority came yesterday evening with rubber floats to contain the spill. However, this first cleanup process was initiated by BayChem, a company from Nassau, called for assistance by BEC, according to Capt. Roker. This was confirmed by Mr. Beneby, who stated, Even though BEC did not have any liability in the accident, the company was in the best position to organize the clean up. He further added, The spill had to be dealt with immediately because of the possible impact on the environment. By Monday evening Baychem had cordoned off both the mangrove area and Richs Boat Rental boat ramp with floats to contain the spill and dumped several bags of Peat Sorb, to absorb the oil. On March 2nd they had a four-member crew on site, raking the solidified oil from the bottom of the ramp and placing it in containers to be taken back to Nassau. The operation manager for Baychem, Mr. Patrick Bain, explained that Peat Sorb is an environmentally friendly compound that absorbs oil molecules without releasing them again, making it easy to dispose of it later. He was hoping to have the boat rentals ramp cleaned up by Wednesday evening, but he estimated that it would take approximately one week to complete the cleanup. The Baychem crew was assisted in the cleanup by four people from BEC. The mangrove area was expected to take longer because of access and because the spill had spread in pockets. The spill raised numerous environmental issues because of the contamination of the mangroves which are a hatchery for many fish and sea organisms. ABACO INNEaster Sunday Dinner MenuSunday, March 17th, 2005 Seating 6:00, 7:00, 8:00SoupLobster BisqueSaladBaby Spinach with roasted pine nuts, mandarin orange section tossed with a citrus vinaigretteEntreesMarinated Roast Rack of LambOven roasted rack of lamb with Dijon marinade, served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and fresh buttered asparagusHerb Crusted Prime Rib of Beef with creamy horseradish Served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and buttered asparagusHoney Baked HamHoney glazed ham served with wild rice pilaf and fresh buttered asparagusBaked Stuffed ChickenBoneless breast of chicken stuffed with proscuitto, roasted peppers, gorgonzola cheese and topped with sun dried tomatoes & cream sauce served with rice pilaf and fresh buttered asparagusDessertChocolate Franjelico Cheese Cake Pecan Bourbon Creme BruleePrice per Person $42 (Gratuity Not Included )Ferries leaves Marsh Harbour at 4 pm and 5:45 pmWe provide transportaion from Hope TownReservations Required For more information please contact Wilma Call us on VHF 16 or Phone 242-366-0133 or Email:events@abacoinet.net

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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21over the years. After their visit to the Hope Town School, MR. Rood and his staff hosted a Meet and Greet at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge over cocktail hour. On February 24th Mr. Rood traveled to Marsh Harbour. Mr. Rood became involved in politics during Jeb Bushs gubernatorial campaign in Florida. He became an Ambassador because he wanted to serve his country and be able to make a difference. He is an avid fisherman and hunter. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, he served on the Florida Commission for the Preservation of Fish and Wildlife. Professionally, Rood has spent most of his working life in various aspects of real estate but sped up his retirement to take advantage of an opportunity to become Ambassador. Mr. Rood is currently posted in Nassau with his wife and 16 year-old daughter; his two older children are in college.Surfing Team Is Selected for Pan American GamesBy Lindsey Delaplaine The Bahamas Amateur Surfing Association held team trials for the 2005 Pan American Games on January 22nd. The competition was open to the entire Bahamas, but the participants came from Elbow and Guana Cays. The top four competitors in each category will travel to represent The Bahamas at the Games. According to Christine McCully, Treasurer of the Surfing Association, the date and location of the Games have not yet been set. This will be our second time at the games and were really excited, says McCully. Last time we werent able to take a full team; this year we will be able to fill all of the spots. Taking a full team will place The Bahamas in a better scoring position.Junior Mens (17 years and under)Christian Wilhoyte Joe Thompson Joshua Sands Bradley Albury Brandon Sands Eric Maynard Corey EngleOpen Mens resultsBlake Sands Jeff Gale Andrew Wilhoyte Tim Albury Scott Patterson Tito BaldwinWomens Division resultsChristine McCully Ashley KnowlesLong Board resultsJeff Gale Joe Thompson Tito Baldwin Joshua Sands The results were announced at a banquet held at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge that evening. Scott Patterson presented the awards after a speech and gave a special thanks to the judges of the competition: Phil Remery, Chris Chapman and Chris Thompson. Joe Thompson received the award for most improved. Specific people were not selected for the CaysFrom Page 15 More News of the CaysPolice RecordsBy Mirella Santillo Corp. Detective 2202 Rolle, supervisor in charge of the records office, announced that since October of 2004 applications for police certificate can be accepted only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This is to insure that proper checks are made before issuing the certificates. All applicants must present a valid passport when applying for travel or requesting a visa. For other instances, Bahamians can use a recent voters card, a valid drivers license, an original birth certificate or an affidavit. Non-Bahamians must present a valid passport and a work permit. There is a $2.50 charge for that service. Certificates can be collected only between 10 Body Board and Knee Board divisions, those spots will be filled by other team members at the Games. The Surfing Association would like to thank everyone who has been involved this year for all of their hard work and the time they have given to make these events possible. Police News a.m. and 4 p.m. These certificates are now computerized.Police Success in Debating CompetitionBy Jennifer Hudson Congratulations to the Police Debating Team from Abaco on winning first place in the Northern Regions Debating Competition in Freeport on February 21st. The team, which was headed by team captain Inspector Ferguson, included Woman Reserve Sergeant Moxey and presenters P.C. Duncombe and P.C. Rolle The team will travel into Nassau to represent the northern region at the Debating Competition on March 3rd. The Moorings Yacht Charters The Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class crewed yacht charter Sailing Sloops and cats 35 ft. 47 ft. Power catamarans 37 ft.The Conch Inn Resort Hotel rooms on the harbour front Conch Crawl waterfront restaurant and bar Dive Abaco a complete dive facilityThe Conch Inn Resort and MarinaPO Box AB20469, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph 242-367-4000 Fax 367-4004 Email: themoorings@batelnet.bswww.conchinn.com Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you.The Conch Inn Marina Phone us for the reconstruction status of Marsh Harbours leading marina Texaco fuel station is in service Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina Tides:Pelican Harbor based on Hampton Roads (Sewells Point), Virginia (NOAA) 26 23 N 76 58 W April 2005 Average Tides Mean Range: 2.6 ft MHWS 3.1 ft Mean Tide: 1.4 ft Sunday 6 n 6 Monday 6 n 6 Tuesday 6 n 6 Wednesday 6 n 6 Thursday 6 n 6 Friday 6 n 6 Saturday 6 n 6 1 (EST) 2 (EST) 3 (EDT) 4 (EDT) 5 (EDT) 6 (EDT) 7 (EDT) 8 (EDT) 9 (EDT) 10 (EDT) 11 (EDT) 12 (EDT) 13 (EDT) 14 (EDT) 15 (EDT) 16 (EDT) 17 (EDT) 18 (EDT) 19 (EDT) 20 (EDT) 21 (EDT) 22 (EDT) 23 (EDT) 24 (EDT) 25 (EDT) 26 (EDT) 27 (EDT) 28 (EDT) 29 (EDT) 30 (EDT) -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 12:39a 2.8 7:20a 0.4 1:10p 2.2 7:15p 0.2 1:49a 2.7 8:30a 0.4 2:22p 2.2 8:29p 0.2 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 4:03a 2.7 10:39a 0.3 4:35p 2.3 10:44p 0.1 5:13a 2.8 11:40a 0.2 5:42p 2.5 11:53p 0.0 6:16a 2.8 12:35p 0.0 6:41p 2.8 12:55a -0.2 7:11a 2.9 1:23p -0.1 7:33p 3.0 1:50a -0.3 8:01a 2.9 2:08p -0.2 8:21p 3.1 2:41a -0.4 8:47a 2.9 2:51p -0.3 9:06p 3.2 3:28a -0.3 9:30a 2.8 3:31p -0.2 9:49p 3.2 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 4:13a -0.3 10:12a 2.7 4:11p -0.1 10:31p 3.1 4:57a -0.1 10:53a 2.6 4:51p 0.0 11:12p 3.0 5:40a 0.1 11:34a 2.4 5:32p 0.1 11:54p 2.8 6:25a 0.3 12:16p 2.3 6:14p 0.3 12:39a 2.7 7:12a 0.5 1:01p 2.2 7:01p 0.4 1:28a 2.5 8:03a 0.6 1:52p 2.1 7:55p 0.6 2:23a 2.4 8:59a 0.7 2:49p 2.1 8:55p 0.6 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 3:23a 2.4 9:56a 0.7 3:51p 2.1 10:00p 0.7 4:23a 2.4 10:50a 0.7 4:50p 2.3 11:01p 0.6 5:18a 2.4 11:37a 0.6 5:43p 2.4 11:57p 0.5 6:07a 2.5 12:21p 0.4 6:30p 2.6 12:47a 0.4 6:52a 2.6 1:01p 0.3 7:12p 2.8 1:33a 0.2 7:35a 2.7 1:39p 0.2 7:53p 3.0 2:17a 0.1 8:16a 2.7 2:17p 0.1 8:33p 3.1 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 3:00a 0.0 8:58a 2.7 2:57p 0.1 9:14p 3.2 3:44a 0.0 9:40a 2.7 3:37p 0.0 9:57p 3.3 4:30a 0.0 10:25a 2.6 4:21p 0.0 10:43p 3.3 5:18a 0.0 11:12a 2.6 5:09p 0.0 11:34p 3.2 6:11a 0.1 12:04p 2.5 6:03p 0.1 12:29a 3.0 7:08a 0.2 1:02p 2.4 7:04p 0.2 1:31a 2.9 8:10a 0.3 2:07p 2.4 8:12p 0.2 Monthly High & Low High April 25, 9:57p 3.3 ft Low April 8, 2:41a -0.4 ft Printed by Tides & Currents for Windows by Nobeltec Corporation. (503) 579-1414 www.tides.com Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new power boats 34 ft. mono-hull or 37 or 45 ft. Catamaran Tide North Bar ChannelApril 2005

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Page 22 The Abaconian March 15, 2005 Area 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 The funeral for Eltoro Adderley 29, known as Yogi Bear, of Dundas Town was held on February 26 at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas Town. Rev. Carla Culmer officiated and interment followed in the Public Cemetery in Marsh Harbour. He is survived by his parents Clifford and Reinadel Adderley; son Akeem Adderley; brothers Neil and Dwaine Adderley; sisters Nikita Rankin and Patrice Huyler; nephews Keonte Nightingale, Tyneil and Nakajah Adderley; nieces Joi Isaacs, Ghandi Levarity and Aaliyah Adderley; aunts Lilia Strachan, Bernice Brown, Estelle McIntosh, Eva Adderley, Rocelia Agbim, Nita Roberts, Gwendolyn, Melanie, Ruth, Bethsheeva, Idamae, Susan and Francis Jones; uncles Paul, Richard, Simon, Fred and Lincoln Jones, Chris Agbim and David Roberts; grandaunts Merle Williams, Rebecca Simms and Jenny Reckley; sister-in-law Nanette Adderley; brother-in-law Gladston Rankin; cousins Greta, Ruby, Cortney, Melanie, Serena, Malena, Leitheria, Josephina, Katrina, Marisa, Kanishka, Tanya, Tishera, Anaka, Shirley, Angela, Betty, Lenora, Debbie, Carla, Yvette, Desiree, Hoan, Janis, Juliet, Jewel, Shanice, Jelisie, Abagail, Theresa, Delarese, Julie, Rosie, Kathy, Gina, Debbie, Sandra, Jestina, Stevenson, Roderick,Obituaries of FamilyAlphonso, Phillip, Herbert, Kermy, Shannon, Carl, Dave, Ted, Anthony, Shane, Shaquille, Kristin, John, Julien, Tyrone, Dwight, Craig, Jerod, Daniel, Marcus, Zandel, Wayne and Freddy and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for William Lightfoot, 57 of Sandy Point was held on March 5 at the Assemblies of God Church in Sandy Point. Pastor Erskine Wells and Rev. Rupert Rolle officiated and interment was in the Sandy Point Public Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Andrea; children Tia, Tishka, Taneshia, William, Jr. and Billy; brothers Silbert Fox, Jimmy and Rudolph Lightbourne, James, David and Mark Greene; sisters Lessie Rolle, Diana Smith and Barbara Jenkins; adopted sisters Beryl Bain, Gloria Adderley, Josephine Fox, Becky Deveaux and Carmela Peralta; adopted brother, Sylvester (Tony) Thompson; motherin-law Dorothy Zivitz; brothers-inlaw Dudley Smith, Sr. and Rev. Rupert Rolle; sisters-in-law Inez Fox, Rachael Lightbourne, Annie and Leona Greene; uncles Whitney Clarke, Sr. and Capt. Ernest Dean, Sr.; aunts Eloise Lightfoot, Dorene Black, Erma Pratt and Eunice McQuay; godchild; nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. ance program for Bahamians citizens and residents with a Bahamian drivers license renting cars in Florida. The program ran until December 15 and was submitted to all travel agencies in the Bahamas for their clients. Mrs. Bettee Albury of A & W Travel in Marsh Harbour explained that as an incentive Dollar offered money prizes at the end of the program to reward the agents who had rented the most cars under the all inclusive conditions. The first prize was $1,000, the second prize $500 and the third $250. A & W Travel Service won all three prizes! Mrs. Albury, a travel consultant, Mrs. Kathryn Albury, the office manager, and Ms. Kimberley Russell, travel agent, were invited to Nassau to receive the awards on February 3, 2005. They were put up for the night at the Hilton British Colonial. The happy trio who are in the habit of working together and covering each others business, pooled the money and divided it evenly between the three of them. CentralFrom Page 11 Another lucky travel agent from Marsh Harbour, Mrs Natasha Albury, whose company, Travel Spot, placed fourth and fifth in the car rental competition, went along to Nassau for the party. Little did she know that she would come back the lucky winner of the door prize! This included a twonight stay at the Sheraton in Fort Lauderdale, a rental car for three days and $100 cash spending money. All and all a very rewarding event for our travel agentsEarly Bird CafBy Mirella Santillo If you are an early riser with no time to cook breakfast at home and if you love Bahamian food, the Early Bird Caf is the place for you. As early as 6:30 youll find the typical morning fare such as corned beef and grits, sardines and grits or tuna and grits. There is usually warm Johnny Cake ready to accompany boiled fish (in season), stew fish, stew conch or chicken and sheep tongue souses. Eula Greene and Katy McIntosh are there six days a week to cook the food and take orders. On occasion it can get crowded there before 9 a.m with construction workers, taxi drivers, government employees and business people all patronizing the little establishment. The decor is not much, but the patrons do not care: they all have some place to go in a hurry and the food is wholesomely good. You might even be entertained while you are waiting. Mr. Herbert Knowles Milo ( carpenter and musician) often stops there for breakfast and enjoys serenading the waiting customers. More Central Abaco News The three employees of A & W Travel Service won the first three prizes offered to all travel agencies in The Bahamas for reserving rental cars in teh United States. They are Kimberly Russell, Kathryn Albury and Bette Albury.and Friends

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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 Dive Shops Marsh HarbourDive Abaco...................................367-2787 Abaco Dive Adventures................367-2963Hope TownFroggies...................................... 366-0431Treasure CayTreasure Divers............................365-8465 Treasure Cay Adventures.............365-8111Green Turtle CayBrendals Dive Center...................365-4411 Guana Cay Dive Guana...........365-5178 Man-O-Wa r Dive Shop.............365-6013 Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Rentals Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals..............................367-2655 Blue Wave Boat Rentals....................367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals.......................367-5570 Laysue Boat Rentals.........................367-4414 Pier One Boat Rentals.......................367-3587 Power Cat Boat Rentals....................367-4620 Rainbow Boat Rentals.......................367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals...........................367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals.........................367-4887 Wilmac Car Rentals.......367-4970 or 367-4313 Green Turtle Cay Bay Street Rentals............477-5300 365-4070 C & D Cart Rental..............................365-4084 D & P Cart Rental..............................365-4655 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 367-0290 VHF Ch. 16Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach7:15 9 am 10:30 12:15 pm 2 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 > Man-O-War 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach10:30 am 12:15 pm2:30* (M-Sat) 4 5:45 Return 8 am 11:30 1:30 pm 3:15* (M-Sat) 4:30 Marsh H. > Guana Cay (& Scotland Cay with advance notice) 40 min. from Conch Inn 6:45am 10:301:30 pm 3:30 5:45 Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 6:30Same day fare Adult oneway $15 / Round Trip $20 Kids 6-11 half fare Free under 6 From Union Jack Dock Except holidays + Hope Town late trips 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 Children half fare Call Abaco 365-2356 for information 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 Please bring errors, omissions or corrections to our attention 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 16 Fire 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 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 4 Mar 05Compliments of The Abaconian www.abaconian.com 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...... Rebuilding......F ....367-2366 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 .......................................... 367-2089 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 Russe l 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 dock.....................................$6 + $4 Moxy .......................................................................$16 + $5 Bahamas Star farm ................................................$20 + $5 Sand Banks ............................................................$22 + $5 Joes Creek .............................................................$40 + $6 Black Wood............................................................ $16 + $5 Fire Road & Coopers Town...................................$35 + $5 Cedar Harbour ........................................................$50 + $5 Wood Cay ...............................................................$55 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $60 + $5 Fox Town................................................................ $65 + $5 Crown Haven ..........................................................$70 + $5 Marsh Harbour Airport ..........................................$70 + $10 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour............................. $60 + $10 T C Hotel to G Turtle Ferry or Blue Hole............... $14 + $ 6 T C Hotel to Bonefish Marles.................................$20 + $5 T C Hotel to Joes Creek ........................................$30 + $6 T C Hotel to Moxey .................................................$14 + $5 T C Hotel to Banyan Bch Club.................................$6 + $3 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport.................. $70 + $10

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PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 9945 NW 88th Ave Medley, FL 33178 Forward and Address Correction VOLUME 13, NUMBER 6, MARCH 15th, 2005 Passerine Project Receives ApprovalHeads of Agreement Was Signed for $400 Million Resort on Guana CayThe Passerine Development for the north end of Great Guana Cay was signed on March 1 in the Cabinet office in Nassau. The project will be comprised of 350 home sites, a 75-room villa hotel, a marina for the use of the property owners and an 18-hole golf course. Seated above are the Min. of Health, the Hon. Dr. Marcus Bethel; The Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie; the Min. of Financial Services and Investments, the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson; Chairman of the Hotel Corporation, Mr. Beltron Bethel.Standing are Mr. Jay Manelley, Bullock Manelley Partners; Mr. Michael Melham, Discovery Lands; Mr. Joe Aranson, Discovery Lands; Ms. Stacey Moultrie, BEST Commission; Mr. Gary Sawyer; Mr. John Head, of the Passerine Development; Mr. Alan Bullock, bullock Manelley Partners; Mr. Frederik Gottlieb, attorney for the Passerine Development; and Mr. Kayus Fernander Financial Services The European Humanitarian Commission hosted an important meeting in Nassau on February 28 to identify ways to assist residents of the Pigeon Pea and the Mud in Marsh Harbour and Sand Banks near Treasure Cay in order to minimize the impact of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. Several knowledgeable Abaconians including members of the Haitian Task Force on AbacoImmigrant Task Force Meets ECHO in Nassauwere invited by Senior Island Administrator Revis Rolle to accompany him so that they could provide quality suggestions and ideas to the group. The health of people living on Abaco was on the agenda for discussion. That included Batelco held Open Houses in Treasure Cay on February 24 and in Marsh Harbour on Feburary 25. Their goal was to show appreciation of their customers. They held a drawing in which the winners won vouchers for $50 worth of groceries at Price Right. Shown here is Mr. Henry Romer presenting Mr. Wayne Ohmstead with his voucher.Batelco Holds Open House Please see Task Force Page 15 By Mirella Santillo On February 25 Batelco held an Open House at its Marsh Harbours Office to thank customers for theirTourism Rcognizes Visitorspatience and understanding while repairs were being done to restore the Please see Batelco Page 17 A Heads of Agreement was signed in Nassau at a brief ceremony in governments Cabinet Chambers on March 1 by government agents and the principals of the Discovery Land Company, who are the developers of the Passerine project slated for the north end of Guana Cay. Four hundred million dollars was given as the value for the completed ten-year project. Included in the development will be a 240-slip marina, an 18-hole golf course, a 75room villa style hotel and 350 residential lots. Beach access was promised along with a community building suitable for a fire station, clinic and public meetings. A public staging area and nearby dock for freight and garbage handling was included in the plan on display. The project is expected to employ 200 persons in phases to suit sustainable development. The project is not to be viewed an invasion, and there should be no disruption to the Guana Cay lifestyle. Giving brief remarks prior to the signing were the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Perry Christie, and Ms. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Minister of Financial Services and Investments. Please see Passerine Page 20 Several times a year, the Abaco Tourism Office recognizes our visitors and second homeowners at a social function in their honour using their popular People-to-People format. Two recent gatherings were held back-to-back -one at Treasure Cay on February 24 and another in Marsh Harbour on February 25. Light food, drinks and a variety of entertainment are typically presented and include local music, a Junkanoo parade, a Limbo contest and and questions on local culture with prizes offered for correct answers. Junaknoo rushes entertained visitors and second homeowners at receptions hosted by the Abaco Tourist Office on Abaco. These annual receptions show the appriciation the Bahamas has for the visitors. Please see Reception Page 10

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The Rotary Club held its Annual Speech Competition on February 21. Participants from Forest Heights, Upper School: Brittany Benjamin and Lee Andra Thompson and Lower School: Antonia Wright and Brittany Symonette were the winners of the school competition. The school event encompassed grades 8-12 with all participating. Public speaking is a very important skill and there was a great deal of talent to consider. These four articulate students are now preparing for the district level from which the top three winners will go to Nassau for the National Texaco Speech Competition. This year the topics were particularly strong issues, dealing with the causes of crime and the prevention of littering. Consequently, the real importance of this competition was that the students developed quite an awareness in both of these subjects. As a footnote, many of the students were proud to point out the successful aluminum can recycling program inspired by science teacher, Ms. Alana Carroll. It is in its third year and Ms. Carroll faithfully hauls off large bags of aluminum cans on a regular basis. Hopefully, these practices will begin a grass roots effort. Meanwhile, Forest Heights is waiting for the return and all of the wonderful stories of the 20 some students who traveled to London for their mid-term break. Organized by Principal, Mr. Paul Vernall, the trip was sure to be culturally, historically and socially unforgettable. Finally, as a culmination of all their achievements, the Students of the Month were named for December and January. The honorees were Lower School: Joe Thompson and Stephen McComb and Upper School: Adam Cash and Nyika Wilmore.St. Francis de SalesVolunteers Rebuild LibraryBy Mirella Santillo The Rotary Interact Youth Club helped volunteers rebuild and paint St. Francis de Sales Schools relocated library after the old one was condemned as a result of the damage inflicted by last year two storms. Like so many schools on Abaco, St. Francis suffered extensive damage during the hurricanes. There are still repairs to be completed there, as in other schools, but there was a lucky break in the case of the school library. The school library was a wooden structure on stilts erected on one side of the main building. During the storms it lost part of its roof and one of the walls caved in. Most of the books were destroyed by floods of water pouring in. The building was out of order for the first three months of the school year until volunteer librarian Mrs. Mary Mauck and her husband, Mr. Dennis Mauck, returned for their winter stay in Marsh Harbour at the beginning of November of 2004. Mrs. Mauck, a boater and a repeat visitor to Marsh Harbour for many years, was trained in the late s to take care of the library by school librarian Sister Patty-Ann. Since then, she has been St. Francis wintertime volunteer librarian. So, one can imagine her distraught to find out upon her return last November that the library was closed and thousands of books destroyed. Mrs. Kumar, the Principal, involved with the running of the school and the other repairs, could not foresee the reopening of the library for the 2004-05 school year. A solution had to be found. It was decided that it was not practical Please see School Page 3 Members of the PTA of Coopers Town Primary School had their children boycot the school on March 3 protesting the lack of a teacher for Grade 5. The regular teacher for that class left on maternity leave before Christmas and the Ministry of Eduction had not sent a replacement. Several days after the protest, a teacher has arrived. 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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Page 4 B The Abaconian March 15, 2005 Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDSWe stock a wide variety of parts and tyres. If you need an item that is not in stock, we will quickly import it for you Open7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 changed for school books. The librarian said, There are now approximately 2,500 books here compared to close to 10,000 before the storms. She mentioned that 50 boxes of books donated by the Rotary Club of Annapolis, Maryland, believed to have been misplaced, are now on their way to Marsh Harbour. So she is happily preparing cataloguing labels while waiting for their arrival. During my visit students were in and out of the room, looking for stories to read or reference books for school projects. Mrs. Kumar expressed her gratitude for the help of everyone involved in rebuilding that most used school facility.Agape Christian SchoolBike-a-thon Raises FundsBy Rhonda Hull On February 16 grades 4, 5 and 6 of Agape Christian School had a bike-a-thon to raise funds for the school. All of the students brought their bikes to school, even those from Hope Town, Guana Cay and Green Turtle Cay. At approximately 1 p.m. the students, their teachers and a few parents headed off towards Spring City following the lead of a motorbike policeman. It was quite a sight to see about 80 bicycles moving down the road. Everyone really enjoyed the five-mile ride and a lot of funds were raised for the school. Thank you to everyone.Abaco Central HighPeer Counselors Workshop Is HeldBy Portia Jonsson A one-day Abaco Central High Peer Counselors Training Workshop was held on March 2nd at the Learning Resource Centre. Under the theme Influence Peers By Positive Examples the workshop was conducted by the Adolescent Health Education Program Coordinator, Mrs. Sandy Edwards. The upper primary students of Agape Christian School participated in a bike-a-thon on February 16 to raise funds for the school Some of the girls are preparing for the start. They are Erinlee Sands, Paige Sands, Brionna Russell, Blair Saunders and Miranda Albury, all grade 4 students. More School News SchoolFrom Page 3 Mrs. Sandy Edwards, Adolescent Health Education Program Coordinator, held a training seminar for Abaco Central High peer counselors. The twelve students were chosen for leadership qualities and are being trained to work with the fellow students to create a better campus atmosphere. The program is developing peer conselors for all schools on Abaco.,,,,,, Please see School Page 6

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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 B Nassau (242) 356-5030 Eleuthera (242) 359-7660Showing Integrity Every DayThis lot is located in beautiful Leisure Lee, just 15 minutes north of Marsh Harbour. It is situated on a protected canal waterway, great for boating enthusiasts & nature lovers. It is approx. 9000 sq. ft. & is the perfect place to perch your dream home. This lot is in a great neighbourhood that is fast growing, so don't miss your opportunity to own your own little piece of paradise. Bahama Palm ShoresEXCLUSIVE 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 $780,000.00 Turtle Rocks Marsh Harbour #2176 $242,000.00Located just 15 minutes north of Marsh Harbour is this beautiful lot. With 100 feet of Sea-of-Abaco frontage & 125 feet on the main road you will be well secluded from the outside world. The entire property is 2.5 acres & can be sub-divided at a later date into no more that 5 1/2 acre lots. This is the last one available in this area, so call our office today for more details. 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 Elbow Cay #2175 $130,000.00Leisure Lee Marsh HarbourOnly minutes from Marsh Harbour & Elbow Cay, there are two 80 x 125 choice lots available. Identical in size & price, both lots can boast picturesque sunsets, & views of the Sea of Abaco. There is soon to be dockage close by. Roads are in great condition, & this desirable location is walking distance from the local restaurant. Tahiti Beach is a skiff ride across. Abaco Ocean Club Lubbers Quarters #2200 & #2201 $70,000.00Call for an appointment today. To view all of our Bahamas Listings go to www.grahamrealestate.com Marsh Harbour (242) 367-0100 Cell: (242) 357-6819 Fax: (242) 367-0099 june@grahamrealestate.comJune E. Russell, BRIHope Town (242) 366-0601 Cell: (242) 554-9429 Fax: (242) 366-0602 patti@grahamrealestate.comPatti Love, Realtor 2 lots available each lot priced at

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Page 6 B The Abaconian March 15, 2005 STANDARD HARDWAREMarsh Harbour 242-367-2660, 2881, 2820 Fax 242-367-2645 Contractors Ask about our special price scheduleA full stock of electrical hardware for contractors and homeowners From inside to outside From roof to floor There's plenty more Inside our store Special homeowner pricing on major projects P.O. Box AB-20180 Marsh Harbour, Abaco PH: 367-0020For Appointments Call 367-0020Dr. Darville Ultrasound March 14, 2005 Dr. Francis Biney Ear, Nose, Throat March 16, 2005 Dr. Hubert Minnis Ob Gyn / Ultrasound March 19, 2005 Dr. Gregory Neil Plastic Surgeon March 19, 2005 Dr. Darville Ultrasound March 21, 2005 Dr. Francis Biney Ear, Nose, Throat March 23, 2005 Dr. Bernard Rolle General Medicine/ Diabetes Specialist March 30, 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 Twelve students, all in grades 10 and 11, were told the benefits of having a peer counseling program in their school and the ground rules for its training. Mrs. Edwards explained how the process worked. The Abaco Central High Peer Counselors is a process in which specially trained volunteer student peer counselors provide support, direction and assistance to other students. The peer counselors listen and talk with other students who request support for social/emotional concerns or assistance with solving problems or resolving conflicts. They act as facilitators between two students in conflict but do not take sides, give advice or assume responsibility for solving someone elses dispute. The Abaco Central High Peer Counselors are trained to help others solve their own conflicts. They are not guidance counselors. Having peer-counseling programs in place not only at the Abaco Central High School but in all schools throughout Abaco will prove beneficial. The program can be a very effective tool for resolving student conflicts. It teaches important life skills such as effective communication and de-escalating anger. Conflict resolution skills are reinforced through real-life practice, and students are encouraged to work together to resolve their differences. Peer counselors may experience increases in self-esteem, insight and feelings of empowerment as their abilities to help themselves and others grow. Before the students can become Abaco Central High Peer Counselors, they will have to participate in a 10-week training program during which they learn skills necessary for being peer counselors. After successfully completing the training program, they may apply to become Abaco Central High Peer Counselors. The selected Abaco Central High Peer Counselors participate in ongoing training and supervision by a professional counseling staff member. They follow an established peer mediation process to help More School News SchoolFrom Page 4 students clarify their issues or disputes, seek options and reach a mutually satisfactory solution. The ground rules for the Abaco Central High Peer Counselors training are simple. Treat everyone with respect, listen when someone is speaking and one person is to speak at a time. Respect each others privacy. If an activity involves sharing a personal experience, share only what you are comfortable saying in public. Lastly confidentiality; what is said in class stays in class. The annual Speech Competition of the Rotary Club of Abaco and the Ministry of Education was held on February 21st at the Learning Resource Center in Marsh Harbour. Students competed in three categories: Primary, Junior and Senior Divisions. Schools participating in the Primary Division were Agape Christian School, Amy Roberts, Central Abaco Primary, Coopers Town Primary, Hope Town Primary, Long Bay School, St. Francis de Sales and Moores Island All Age. Winners of the primary grades were, left to right, Quitel Charlton 3rd Place-Amy Roberts, Aly Boyce 1st Place-Hope Town Primary and Alia Diehl 2nd Place-St. Francis de Sales. All competitors received a certificate of participation. Participating schools in the Junior Division of the annual Speech Competition were Abaco Central High, Forest Heights Academy, St. Francis de Sales, S.C. Bootle Secondary and Moores Island All Age. Winners in the junior division were, left to right, Alexis Williams 3rd Place-St. Francis de Sales, Antonia Wright 1st Place-Forest Heights Academy and Brittany Symonette 2nd Place-Forest Heights Academy. Please see School Page 7 In Remembrance of the LateDorothy Leona RussellBorn April 27, 1933 Died March 20, 2004Gone but will never be forgottenThe day you left the world was the day all of your family was left with deep pain and sorrow. With each passing day we mourn your loss more and more. One day we hope to meet you in that land of peach and joy.

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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 7 B After the Abaco Central High Peer Counselors training is completed, the participants will receive a badge and a certificate.Students Hear from Motivational SpeakersBy Portia Jonsson On March 3rd vocational course students in grades 10 through 12 at Abaco Central High School heard from Dr. Carolyn Jewell and Mr. Ernest Taylor, who motivated them and stressed the importance of vocational education. The two speakers were the guests of Mrs. Martha Smith, Home Economics SchoolFrom Page 6 More School NewsSchools participating in the senior division of the Speech Competition were Abaco Central High, Long Bay, Forest Heights Academy, S.C Bootle High School and St. Francis de Sales. Winners in the senior division Chantelle McIntosh 3rd Place-S.C. Bootle High, Brittany Archer 1st Place-St. Francis de Sales and Samantha Baillou 2nd Place-St. Francis de Sales. On February 5th the Abaco School Sports Association held its Annual Road Race. Posing with their trophies are four students of St. Francis de Sales who competed in this event. Left to right: Amber Wilmore (Special Award), Nathan Princilus (2nd Place, 10 years and under), Shinero Kemp (6th Place, under 16 years) and Godfrey Rolle Jr. (1st Place, 10 years and under). teacher. Dr. Jewell is the Chairman of the Department of Marketing and Business Education at Fayetteville State University, North Carolina. For the past four years she has visited South Andros for the business workshop put on each year at the school where Mrs. Smith taught. During her one-day visit to Abaco Central High, Dr. Jewell taught the students how to use their vocational courses to secure a future and integrate their academic and vocational courses. In her presentation she stressed the importance of vocational education and the need to be successful in their courses. The students were told they need a good business sense in order to market themselves and their product. Motivational speaker Mr. Ernest Taylor from Henderson, Tennessee, helped the students see the value of planning and setting goals. This was his first time to Abaco but third time to The Bahamas. In order to be successful Mr. Taylor told them they would have to be organized. Successful people know where they are going before they get there because they have already planned. He explained lifes formula, R2A2, to the students and encouraged them to remember it. R2A2 stands for Recognize, relate, assimilate and apply. The students were asked to recognize the ideas and principles being used, relate these principles to them, and then make these ideas a part of them. Finally, they would need to ask themselves, what action will I take, and when will I start? Mr. Taylor reminded the students that a positive attitude would keep them focused and in turn open doors for them. The key to success, he said, is action. The more action taken the easier success will become. B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdTel: 367-2798 Fax: 367-5098 ~ Hosted by Forest Heights Academy PTA ~Saturday April 30thFrom 1 1 :00 am until 4:00 pm at Forest Heights AcademyWe invite all local merchants, artists and craft persons interested in participating in the Abaco Spring Fling to reserve your space today. Please call Jan at 365-6006 or Brenda at 365-6061 for a reservation or more information on the event. No food or drink booths available Deadline for Booth Reservations-April 15, 2005 ABACO SPRING FLING A day of fun for the whole family

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Page 8 B The Abaconian March 15, 2005 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 How would you like to own your own private island? Located on Don MacKay Blvd. Marsh Harbour, AbacoTel: 367-WOOD 9 6 6 3 Tuesday Friday 10 am 5 pm Saturday 10 am 2 pm Alburys Ferry Service Dinner in Romantic Hope Town for only $20 Round Trip Leave Crossing Beach 12:15 2:00 3:30 4:00 5:45 9:00 10:45 Return from Hope Town 1:30 3:00 4:00 9:45 11:30Fridays and Saturdays People in the NewsAbaco Violinist Performs in MovieViolinist Jennifer Hudson, founder of the Bahamas Concert Orchestra in Nassau and now a resident of Abaco, traveled into to Nassau recently to perform in a movie with five other members of the Bahamas Concert Orchestra. The string sextet was asked to perform music for a dance scene and spent the day on a 132-foot luxury yacht anchored off beautiful Sandy Cay (Honeymoon Island). The scene on the yacht was quite lavish with everyone dressed in black and white formal attire set against a backdrop of sunny blue sky, azure waters and palm trees on the little island nearby. The music had to be performed many times over until the film crew were satisfied with the acting and dance sequence being filmed, but the musicians did not mind at all as it was so interesting and such a wonderful experience. They are all looking forward to seeing and hearing themselves in the movie! The movie entitled Taking Charge is an action/drama starring British actors Malcolm McDowell, Amanda Brooks and Jasmine Kerr, granddaughter of the late movie actress Deborah Kerr, and is due to be released late summer. The drama is described as a cautionary tale of a spoiled girl who takes matters into her own hands after she is cut off by her billionaire father. The majority of the movie was filmed in Tucson, Arizona, with just the last scenes being filmed on the yacht in The Bahamas.Students Receive HonoursSamantha Major of Elbow Cay has been named to the Deans List for the fall of 2004 at Shenandoah University in Virginia where she is majoring in biology. The school offers a variety of programs and has an enrolment of 3300 students. Bianca Bethel has been selected to be included in the Whos Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She was selected by Florida Southern College in Lakeland for her academic achievement, her service to the community, her leadership in extracurricular activities and their potential for continued success. She will be a life time member. She is a senior and is a biology major planing to become a physical therapist. She is the daughter of Will and Kim Bethel of Marsh Harbour.A Budding MusicianBy Portia Jonsson Twelve year-old Avery Thompson began singing at the very young age of two and gave his first performance at church. At the age of four he took out a guitar and played it and had his poetry put to music at age five. At nine years Mr. Silbert Mills of Radio Abaco recorded a selection of songs Avery performed in hope of playing them on the radio. Unfortunately, the recording was not clear and was unable to be used. Avery has been told by many people that his singing has touched and inspired their lives. His voice is much older than his years. Avery says that country music is his first love followed closely by old time gospel music. He loves Elvis Presley, Credence Clearwater Revival and George Jones. His dream is to become a country singer and travel to Nashville, Tennessee, home of the Grand Ole Opry. He has written four of his own songs and started recording a variety of music with Jammin Jan Cartwright. Avery hopes to release an album in the near future. Avery is very active in his church and Jennifer Hudson was one of six string musicians who played aboard a luxury yacht for the filming of party scene in a movie. The boat was anchored off Sandy Cay near Nassau. The group is shown here during the filming of Taking Charge Please see People Page 9

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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9 B Lighthouse MarinaHope TownLighthouse Rentalsand Property SalesDeep Water Dockage Gas Diesel Ice Bait Dry StorageNew 10 ton marine forklift Full service marina Fiberglass repair Bottom painting Bright work Waxing Gift shop Largest selection of fishing tackle T-shirts Souvenirs Marine suppliesYamaha Sales and Service Factory Trained Mechanics Cottage Rentals Property SalesPh 242-366-0154 Fax 366-0171 Email: lighthouse@abacoinet.comFreeport Skiffs13 15 17 Now AvailableCall for information PeopleFrom Page 8 performs the first communion song at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church during Sunday morning mass. He puts God first in everything he does and sings to His honour and praise. This past Christmas he received a banjo and blue grass mandolin to add to his already extensive musical collection of harmonicas, tambourines, drums, guitars and keyboards, mariachis, and flute. When Avery is not playing or writing music, he enjoys painting lighthouses and landscapes, gardening and woodwork. Avery is a 7th grade student at Forest Heights Academy, the son of Tommy and Renee Thompson and grandson of Effie Schneider. Ruth Firstbrook celebrated her 100th birthday last month in Canada. Her son Bill and his wife Lorna celebrated her birthday in Treasure Cay with more than 75 family members and friends. When she visited Treasure Cay recently, she exclaimed that she should have come here 30 years ago. She is shown here with her son Bill and his wife Lorna. Blue Sky Gallery OpensBy Portia Jonsson On February 28th Tuppy Weatherford opened the Blue Sky Gallery in the Percy Archer Building on Queen Elizabeth Drive in Marsh Harbour. The gallery showcases artwork from various talented artists including William Johnson, Anne Ray, Lihou, Malcolm Rae, Kim Rody and Shila Raney. Ms. Weatherford offers framing and has over eight years experience in the framing business. Ms. Weatherford loves photography and has enjoyed taking pictures of local island scenery, children and the Abaco parrot for about 15 years. Her photographs are on display also.Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 12 Noon on Saturday. The telephone number is 367-0579 Business Briefs Doors & Windows Moldings & Millwork Pressure Treated & Dimensional Lumber Custom Cypress Builders Hardware Tools, Plumbing &202 Old Dixie Highway Lake Park half mile from The Port of Palm Beach Distributors for:

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Page 10 B The Abaconian March 15, 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 Out Islands Finest Vacation Homes Waterfront Properties New Marina Rentals & Sales1 Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Chris & Peggy Thompson, Proprietors Phone 242-366-0224 Fax 242-366-0434 The occasions were used by Abacos Tourism Director, Ms. Jeritzan Outten, to showcase six new staff members to the Local Tourism Office. They were Millie Dawkins, Michelle Mikula, Doranell Swain, ReceptionFrom Page 1 By Mirella Santillo Ever dreamt of being in a movie? If you are weathered and rugged looking, have some sailboat experience and have dabbled in martial arts at some point, now is your chance to take part in the extra casting for the sequels II and III of Pirates of the Caribbean On March 6 Mr. Tom Gustafson, Caribbean Casting Director, and Mrs. Pepper Johnson, Local Casting Assistant for Pirates of The Caribbean, took applications for possible participants who were photographed by the two photographers who completed the auditing crew. The audition took place at Below Decks at Abaco Beach Resort where approximately 250 people came to apply. Mr. Gustafson was looking for piratylooking, scruffy individuals, mostly men. About 100 people will be needed on Exuma and Grand Bahama. He added that he was flying back to St Vincent the following day to join movie Director, Mr. Gore Verbinsky, so that they could decide which people fit the prototype they needed. The choice will be based on availability and ability to provide their own accommodations. Applicants will be notified by email or telephone whether they need to present themselves for a camera test which should take place in about one month at which time Mr. Gustafson would be back. The shooting is scheduled to start on St Vincent in two weeks and Dominica in one month. The filming will continue for two weeks in May on Exuma. There will be a recess period during the summer, after which time the shooting will resume on Grand Bahama in September. Mr Gustafson mentioned, I hope that people have a boat to stay on or some kind of accommodation because all the hotels are already completely reserved for the regular crew during the filming. People will be needed for as little as a couple of days to as long as three months; they will be expected to work a 14-hour day at minimum wages. So you might not become millionaires, but you might have some fame and fun! If you are still interested you may send a photo and apply on line at: www.piratescasting.com. Application are still being considered. The movie, like the first one, will be a comedy adventure and will feature the same characters impersonated by the same actors including star Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom.Pirate Movie Is Seeking CastBernadette Harding, Melinda Williams and Indira Edwards. These six new staff members will become more visible as they become integrated into the various facets of the Abaco tourism programs. 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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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 11 B By Mireilla Santillo On March 6 while a crowd was enjoying the Barefoot Man Concert at Nippers, some concerned residents of Great Guana Cay were raising funds by selling soft drinks, rum punches, food items, T shirts and raffle tickets in a booth under an old fig tree to passersby on their way to Nippers Beach Bar and Grill. They were protesting against the development of the Passerine Project for which governments approval was finally granted on March1 with the signature of the Heads of Agreement. The March 5th weekend fund raising that started Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and ended Sunday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. brought in a substantial amount of money, according to one resident. Another protester, Mr. Troy Albury, said that this money will be added to previous donations to be invested in the legal battle against the various boards and the Prime Minister to challenge the action. This protest has been on going for nearly a year after the development proposal by Discovery Land Co Inc. became known. Residents including Bahamians and second homeowners contacted the Prime Minister, the developers and the real estate brokers to inform them of their concern. A group was formed in late December 2004, and town meetings have been held since the beginning of the 2005 to decide on a plan of action. A fund raising campaign started in February with requests for private donations, raffle ticket sales and a direct crowd contact with last weekend action. Some of the funds received have already been used to hire a reef specialist, Dr Michael Risk, to determine the environmental impact of the development on Great Guana Cays off shore reefs which is the main concern of the group. They are concerned about the 300-acre golf course and the proposed dredging of the wetlands and bone fish flats for a 240boat slip marina. Another issue is the grant by the government to the developers of 149 acres of Crown land comprised of these wetlands in the Joes Creek area, which are now a marine nursery including that of the local sea turtles. Mr. Albury mentioned that a prominent Bahamian attorney from Grand Bahama, Mr. Fred Smith, has been hired to initiate the legal procedures together with a Public Relations firm to carry the message. Mr. Albury stated that the signing of the agreement on March 1st gave the protest concrete issues to fight against. The coalition is not opposed to the development per se, but are concerned that the huge amount of chemicals needed to maintain the golf course, tons of nitrates, six tons of phosphates and six tons of potassium yearly plus insecticides will kill the off shore reefs within two years. The information has been documented by existing research. According to Mr. Albury the protesters would be agreeable to a reasonably sized, low density housing development with a marina protected by a break water in the Bakers Bay area if they are satisfied that it would have minimal impact on the cay and its environment. Two web sites have been formed giving information on the issue: www.saveguanacayreef.com and www.coconuttelegraph.net.Guana Residents Protest New Development 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 DUPUCH REAL ESTATE PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCHBRI CRS CIPS BROKER (242) 357-8001 peter@eradupuch.com DONNA REES DONNA REES DONNA REES DONNA REES DONNA REESTel: 242-366-3088 (home) MARSH HARBOUR & OUTER CAYSjamesanddonna@erabahamas.com ERIKA FESZT RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT RUSSELLTel: 242-366-0440 MARSH HARBOUR/HOPETOWN erika@erabahamas.com 2840 TILLOO CAY3.75 ACRE SEA TSEA PROPERTY; 2 BED/1.5 BATH COTTAGE; APPROVED PLANS FOR A 3 BED/2 BATH NEW ENGLAND STYLE HOME; PROTECTED BOAT BASIN W/ 170FT. HORSESHOE DOCK WITH BOAT LIFT AND SPACE FOR 35FT CRUISER; PROTECTED BY SEA WALL & REAKWATER; DEEP WATER ACCESS;OUTSIDE 80 FT. DOCK W/ POWER ONSHORE LINE. BRING YOUR YACHT! MOTIVATED SELLER! TURNKEY OPERATION. 2837 BAH. PALM SHORESWELL MAINTAINED 3 BEDROOM/ 2 BATH C/A CYPRESS CEILINGS, CERAMIC TILE. OFFERED AT $341,000. OFFERED AT $341,000. OFFERED AT $341,000. OFFERED AT $341,000. OFFERED AT $341,000. www.erabahamas.com 2809 GREEN TURTLE CAY 3.719 ACRES COCO BAY TO ATLANTIC OCEAN WITH DOCK AND DREDGED CHANNEL. CALL FOR PRICING CALL FOR PRICING CALL FOR PRICING CALL FOR PRICING CALL FOR PRICINGTREASURE CAY TWO ADJACENT LOTS ON GOLF COURSE. PRICED AT $35,000 EACH PRICED AT $35,000 EACH PRICED AT $35,000 EACH PRICED AT $35,000 EACH PRICED AT $35,000 EACH .. .. .MARSH HARBOUR COMMERCIAL ACREAGE. CALL FOR DETAILS. ACREAGE JUST NORTH OF LEISURE LEE CALL FOR INFO. LOTS AVAILABLE IN CASUARINA POINT AND BAHAMA PALM SHORES. LUBBERS QUARTERS LOTS STARTING FROM $89,000 WITH DOCK SPACE. CHEROKEE HILLTOP 100 ELEVATION, BREATHTAKING OCEAN VIEW,4 LOTS. STARTING AT $149,000. At the Stop Light At the Stop Light At the Stop Light At the Stop Light At the Stop Light Marsh Harbour,Abaco Marsh Harbour,Abaco Marsh Harbour,Abaco Marsh Harbour,Abaco Marsh Harbour,AbacoTel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE or 367-0288 or 367-0288 or 367-0288 or 367-0288 or 367-0288 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289info@erabahamas.com info@erabahamas.com info@erabahamas.com info@erabahamas.com info@erabahamas.comJAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REESTel: 242-366-3088 (home) MARSH HAROUR & NORTH & SOUTH ABACOjamesanddonna@erabahamas.com2818 CASUARINA POINTSPACIOUS BEACH FRONT 4 BED 4 BATH, GORGEOUS VIEW OF BAY AND ATLANTIC OCEAN. 2937 BAH. PALM SHORES 100 X 150 LOT NEXT TO ESTATE LOTS, BUILD FOR VIEWS OF THE ATLANTIC. UNDERGROUND ELECTRIC AND PHONE. $38,000.$38,000. $38,000.$38,000. $38,000.WHITE SOUND ELBOW CAY4 ONE BEDROOM AND 3 TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT COMPLEX. GOOD INCOME EARNER WAITING LIST FOR TENANTS. $925,000.$925,000. $925,000.$925,000. $925,000. Elbow Cay2836 BAH. PALM SHORES BEACHFRONT PROPERTY ON GORGEOUS ATLANTIC VIEW. (16,800 SQ.FT) REDUCED PRICED AT $138,000. PRICED AT $138,000. PRICED AT $138,000. PRICED AT $138,000. PRICED AT $138,000. Harbour Properties 13001 LITTLE HARBOURTWO ON THE HARBOUR PROPERTIES. ONE OF A KIND BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF THE ATLANTIC AND HARBOUR GREAT ELEVATIONS. INTERIOR LOTS AVAILABLE.CALL FOR DETAILS CALL FOR DETAILS CALL FOR DETAILS CALL FOR DETAILS CALL FOR DETAILS 13013 LITTLE HARBOUREXTRAORDINARY VIEWS OF THE HARBOUR AND SEA OF ABACO 800 SQ. FT. 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 Island Dream Great Buy!

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Page 12 B The Abaconian March 15, 2005 J & J ELECTRICBILL JOHNSTONMIKE JORGENSENELECTRICAL CONTRACTORSINDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL SPECIALISTS CELL: 242-357-6674 (BILL) CELL: 242-477-5222 TEL: 242-367-5145 FAX: 242-367-5144 P.O. BOX AB 20413 MARSH HARBOUR ABACO BAHAMASE-mail: abacobill@batelnet.bs By Jennifer Hudson Mrs. Litty Bacon, a second home resident from Canada who has made Marsh Harbour her winter home since the mid1970s, unfortunately, was seriously injured on March 1st on Pelican Shores as the result of a situation which could have been avoided. Litty was taking an early morning walk near her home when she was attacked by three dogs which suddenly rushed out of their driveway baring their teeth. This caused her to lose her balance and fall. Fortunately, men in a pick-up truck passing by kindly put Litty into the truck and took her to her home. Several friends came to assist her. When it became obvious that Littys hip was most likely broken, Trauma One, no longer in business, was contacted to see if they would loan a stretcher. Dan Wiltfang agreed to assist and took her to Dr. Boyces clinic where an X-ray confirmed a broken hip. From the time of the diagnosis when Dr. Binard called the insurance company in Canada, it took 12 hours before Litty could be airlifted out. It is not clear whether the delay was due to slow handling by the insurance company or the time it took to find a bed in one of the overcrowded hospitals of Canada but Dr. Binard was rightly disgusted at the delay. In the case of a life and death emergency that length of time could be fatal. As it was, it was too long for a person who was in great discomfort. At 8.45 p.m. a Lear Jet finally arrived from Atlanta to the new Cherokee Aviation FBO where Claude Sawyer, Ground Operations Manager, was extremely helpful and expeditious. While the pilots were very impressed with the new FBO, they were horrified at the state of the airport runway since the jet was badly jarred when one of the jets wheels hit a serious pothole. Litty was handed over to the care of the two paramedics on board and left for the hospital in Canada with a great send off from about 15 friends. This situation brings several issues to the forefront. Firstly, the problem of vicious dogs running loose is a growing one. Several cases of dog bites have been treated at the clinics recently and the situation is very serious. People who have dogs which are liable to be a danger to the public are required by law to keep the dogs restrained in their yards. They must not be allowed to run free in the streets. Secondly, it hammers home the point even harder that the airport runway must be fixed before damage is done to planes which could cause a serious accident. Even if the government is sadly not ready to build a new airport, one wonders why the potholes could not at least be filled until a new runway can be built. Thirdly, the closing of the Trauma One Ambulance Service due to absence of assistance from the government and lack of local funding is of grave concern since there will be no service available for transporting injured or incapacitated patients to a medical facility.Medical Emergency Highlights Several Problems Recycle Aluminum CansBins Located at Abaco Shopping Centre & Sea Star Car Rental Chris Thompson Real Estate Offering the Islands Most Exclusive Listings One Purple Porpoise Place, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas ph 242.366.0216 fax 242.366.0223 Chris Thompson Greg Roberts* Private Islands Waterfront Homes and Land Investment Property Acreage Project/Property Management Complete Service from Sales to Construction ***** Exclusive Agents for Matt Lowes Cay ***** www.ChrisThompsonRealEstate.com Dr. Therese M. Bonamy (full time)General Dentistry (Aesthetic, Restorative & ZOOM (Bleaching)Dr. Munir Rashad (Mar 18)Oral Maxillo Facial Surgeon (Wisdom teeth)Dr. Antoine Clarke (Mar 17-18)Periodontics (Gum disease & implants)Dr. Woodley ThompsonOrthodontic (Braces) (Mar 10-11)Dental Hygiene AvailableCall today for an appointmentAll emergencies and walk-in 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 The Dental Specialists AGAPE FAMILY DENTAL CENTRE

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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 13 B Man-O-War Cay 3 + 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 NEW PRICE $3,900,000 "Ceylon's Isle" "Rosewood" NEW PRICE 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 NEW PRICE $1,275,000 "Surfside" NEW PRICE 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 PRICEMan-O-War Cay 5 Bedroom, 4 bath, 3,000 sq.ft. home, 2,400 sq.ft of covered verandahs. set on over 1/3 Acre with 100' of Beach-front. Fabulous ocean views. Swimming Pool, Generator, Water-maker. Fully furnished. #AB138 NEW LISTING $1,400,000 "Utopia" NEW LISTINGTurtle Rocks 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,525 sq.ft. Beach-Front Home Almost 1,200 sq.ft. of Covered wrap-around porch. Over 2 acres with 100' of Sea of Abaco Beach-front. Fabulous views of the sea and outlying cays. Fully Furnished. #AB139 NEW LISTING $1,175,000 "Hidden Paradise" NEW LISTINGMarsh 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, 2 bath home 1,487 sq.ft. 2 Lots totalling 11,895 sq.ft. Home on Lot 16 New Swimming pool on lot 17. 89' Layalong dock with great versatility in sizes of vessels. #AB136 NEW LISTING $1,178,000 "Robin's Nest" NEW LISTING 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 John Cash, BRI, CRSBroker Treasure CayTel/Fax: (242) 365-8467 Cell: (242) 477-5056 e.mail: jic@oii.net Margot LeeEstate Agent Man-O-War CayTel: (242) 365-6156 Fax: (242) 365-6229 e.mail: margot@abacoinet.com Man-O-War Cay Ocean Beach-front. Superb, beautifully maintained, 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath 3,300 sq.ft. home on two levels. Wraparound covered and open decks. Fabulous ocean views. Central A/C, Generator. #AB134 NEW LISTING $995,000. NEW LISTING "Czanne" 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. #AB67NEW PRICE $2,390,000 "Pelican Point" NEW PRICE "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. 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 Derek A. Lee, BRIAbaco District Managing Broker Marsh Harbour Man-O-War CayTel: (242) 367-4608 Cell: (242) 357-6856 e.mail: dereklee@oii.netMan-O-War Cay 3/4 acre sea-to-sea. Elegant 1 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath, 1,220 sq.ft., home. 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath guest house. 3,300 sq.ft. of decks and porches. Private Dock, Beach. Central A/C, Generator, watermaker Beautiful lush sub-tropical landscaping.#AB133 NEW LISTING $1,800,000. NEW LISTING "Bien Choisi"Man-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 LISTINGMarsh Harbour, Central Cays and South AbacoMarsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Casa Sirena" -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$1,035,000Marsh 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. 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.com3/15/05 VACANT LAND Great Guana Cay 5.9 Beautiful sea-to-sea acresSouth end of Great Guana Cay 395' of Ocean frontage. 160' of Sea of Abaco frontage. 245' of semi-private boat basin frontage. Good elevations for fabuolus ocean and sea views #AB5176 $2,950,000. Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay Area "Madiera Hill" 1.497 Acres 312' x 209' Waterfront access super views. # AB5143 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 UNDER CONTRACT 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. Great Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay and North AbacoGreat Guana Cay "Plum Loco" 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1,228 sq.ft. home on almost 1/2 acre with 100' of beautiful beachfront. Furnished and fully equipped#AB97UNDER CONTRACT 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 tastefullyFurnished. #AB120 $2,290,000.Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Drive -"Steiner House" 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 2,200 sq.ft. home on two levels upper level deck almost 1/2 Acre Good Sea of Abaco Views. Short stroll to beach. Great family home. fully Furnished. #AB116 $925,000.Sand Banks Creek "Dannie's Den" 2 bedroom, 2 bath new home + 80' Waterfront Almost 1 1/2 wooded acres. Private Dock # AB73 $355,000. PRIVATE ISLANDSSea of Abaco "Cornish Cay" 38 Acre private Island 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 Northern Abaco Cays "Little Hog Cay" 20 acre private island. 1,000' wide glorious lagoon 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 $2,200,000 Sea of Abaco "Carrington Cay" 300' from the Abaco mainland, near Leisure Lee 1.4 acres. Excellent elevation. #AB5147 $375,000.

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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 B Explore the Golden Reef and find a delightful array of resortwear fashions, Abaco Gold jewellery and other fine gold jewellery to dazzle you, art prints, and many other souvenirs and gifts to take back home to remind you of your visit with us. Located in the heart of New Plymouth Green Turtle Cay on Parliament Street Tel: (242) 365-4511 CongratulationsTo Matthew Claridge of Treasure Cay, youngest son of Norman and Donna Claridge, on his engagement to Barbara Plossl of Marietta, Georgia, daughter of Keith and Marian Plossl. The wedding date has not been set at this time. the need everyone has for clean water, for proper waste disposal, for sanitary facilities and for freedom from the scourges of rat infestations and mosquitoes. A small amount of money, $21,000, for a project underwritten by the European Humanitarian Commission was made available for both Grand Bahama and Abaco. An undetermined amount of the money was already earmarked for rat and mosquito control. The group debated what was the next most important use for the money. It was agreed that it was critical for community health to have waste disposal containers available for residents of the Pigeon Pea, the Mud, and Sand Banks to use. As the outright purchase of large containers (three for Pigeon Pea, four for the Mud, and two for Sand Banks) would exceed the budget of the project, it was agreed that they could be rented and placed in areas accessible for large segments of the population. Money from the project would pay for both the rental and for the cost of removal of garbage until July 1 when the new fiscal year would start. The Ministry of Health agreed to look into adding enough money into local budgets for continuation of garbage removal after July 1. Additional discussion focused on the urgent need for clean water for the residents of Sand Banks. Cisterns, it was agreed, are expensive, stand pipes and chlorination have to be installed and a fall back might be a mobile water truck. All options were on the table, and it was decided to continue research on what might be done. The issue of sewerage for all the communities was tabled for now because of the reality that deep well infusion or septic tanks cant be put on land that is not owned. In a wrap-up it was agreed that a team from the Ministry of Health will come to Abaco in the near future to continue evaluation and assessment of the needs of these three communities, to put into place some training, one a fast track program and the second a more in-depth program, educating the population in the need for proper sanitation, use of clean water, the importance of using the waste disposal containers and more. Mr. Revis Rolle, Senior Island Administrator, concluded the meeting by saying that he and committees under his direction had started work. A census was being conducted; and while, he said, it will not be a highly scientific survey, it will be a launching pad. The intent is for his office to gather a profile on the Haitian community. When that is done, it will bring to fore more accurate information and can be used as a baseline that other agencies can use to do more in-depth studies. Officials at the meeting were Mr. David Taylor, Regional Advisor from the Pan American Health Organization, and Ms. Lynda Campbell, Representative for both the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization. They were joined by Ms. Elma Garraway, Permanent Secretary, and Dr. Merceline Dahl-Regis the Chief Medical officer from the Ministry of Health. Those attending the meeting from Abaco included Barbara Johnson of the Red Cross,Priorities Were Named for Immigrant CommunitiesDelores Stubbs, Health Inspector from the Department of Environmental Health in Marsh Harbour, Izlaine Jean, Memose Daniels, Jo-Ann Bradley, Linda Thurber, Ellen Petit, James Julmist, Geffrey Victor, Philia Lewis, Luzema Durmac and Wilmer Odeus. A group of Abaconians traveled to Nassau for a for a meeting with officials of the European Humanitarian Commission. They are, seated, Barbara Johnson of the Red Cross; Senior Administrator for Central Abaco, Mr. Revis Rolle; and Pastor Sitour Pasterun. Standing are Izlaine Jean; Geffrey Victor; Ms. Delores Stubbs, Health Inspector from the Department of Environmental Health in Marsh Harbour; and Memose Daniels, Not pictured were JoAnn Bradley, Linda Thurber, Ellen Petit, James Julmist, Philia Lewis, Luzema Durmac and Wilmer Odeus. Sunrise BayA private, residential Community on the Sea of Abaco in the heart of Marsh Harbour(Next Door to Regattas of Abaco) SELLING FASTOnly 14 Lots remainingABACO REAL ESTATEP.O.Box AB-20404 Marsh Harbour, Abaco,Bahamas Phone : (242) 367-2719 Fax : (242) 367-2359 www.abacobahamas.comRoyal Harbour Marsh Harbour Lot #26 consisting of 14,583 sq.ft. Offered @ $125,000 Dorros Cove Elbow Cay Lots #39 & #40, Offered as one parcel. Approx. 220 x 220 fabulous unobstructed ocen views, Offered @ $339,000 Includes boat slip Bahama Palm Shores 3 Lots 80 x 125 sq.ft. @ $25,000 each NEW LISTING 5 acre tract near Sandy Point Airport $35,000 grossBAHAMA PALM SHORESMarsh HarbourSandy PointCROSSING BEACH AREA 3/4 Acre 138 waterfront $365,000 CROSSING BEACH AREA 2 Acres 196 waterfront $735,000NEW EXCLUSIVEBahama Palm Shores 1 Acre with 100 beach front $239,000 NEW EXCLUSIVELOOKOUT HOUSE Eastern Shores $1,575,000 grosContact Bill Thompson 477-5712NEW EXCLUSIVE LISTING!2 beautiful beach front lots 90 x 180 $89,900 each if purchasing both or $109,900 each if purchasing seperately 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 Task ForceFrom Page 1

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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 B The Chamber of Commerce offered a prize to the business in Marsh Harbour which was judged the best decorated this past Christmas. The competition was limited to those buinesses which were active members of the Chamber of Commerce. The winner was Bahamas Realty. The prize, a rib model of a dinghy, was presented to Molly Roberts by Michael Albury at the Chamber meeting held on February 10. It was Michaels last official duty as Chamber President.Best Decorated Business Is Recognized It Pays to Advertiseservice affected by the hurricanes. A team of customer service representatives from Nassau came to Abaco to meet with the public on a one-to-one basis. Open Houses were held on Treasure Cay on February 24 and in Marsh Harbour the following day. One of the representatives, Ms. Desiree Clark, invited people to fill a survey to assess their complaints and find out their expectations regarding service and new products. She mentioned that later this year Global System for Mobile Communications will be available to Abaconians. This system will enable cell phones to ha ater number of features, such as internet connection from the mobile telephone. The service will be cheaper than the present one. Public Relations Manager, Ms. Shena Bowleg, wishes to thank the customers for their support during the hurricanes. She realizes that numerous households were without service for a long time, but she added, Everything is virtually restored and nearly back to normal. Some of the lines still have problems because of salt water damage, but the equipment is here to replace the faulty ones. This should be achieved within two weeks. She would like to inform people that applications for new services that had been suspended since the hurricanes will resume as of February 28 at which time the restoration of service will have been fully completed. People who applied between October and February 28 will be taken care of before any new applicants. Batelco is moving towards a new system of repairs whereby repairs will be done within 48 hours of request. The company is trying to reduce that time to 24 hours for Abaco. The company asks that people call the office to report any problems so outstanding issues can be resolved. Ms. Bowleg said, Mr. Henry Romer, Manager of the Abaco operation, indicated that any system improvements pending before the hurricanes will be implemented shortly. She added, The main goal was to restore service first. The network will be evaluated to see what has to be optimized. The marketing team, which included Marketing Manager, Ms. Lolita Moxey, and representatives, Ms. Colette Brown and Ms. Cecille Cash, all from Nassau, was accompanied by a consultant from Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Cheryl Mellon. Ms. Mellon has been in Nassau since July with a consultant team from JPJ Coursemart. Her team has been working with the marketing group as well as with other departments of Batelco to help the company serve their customers better, to meet the competition, to improve the service and to provide the products that customers want. She hopes to visit as many cays as possible to understand the people of The Bahamas and better assess their needs. The JPJ Coursemarts team will be in The Bahamas for an indefinite period of time. BatelcoFrom Page 1Batelco Held Open House to Say Thank You to Customers BAHAMA PALM SHORES:Beachfront Parcel (Ref #337) Spacious 17,129 sq. ft., 124 foot sandy beach frontage on Atlantic Ocean, Spectacular ocean views $299,000. Residential Lot (Ref #332) Large, 15,000 sq. ft. Just one block from pristine sandy beaches $25,000.LEISURE LEE:"Beach Reach" (Ref #249) 2,030 sq, ft. beachfront 2 bedroom, 2 bath home. Fully furnished, Immaculately maintained, panoramic sea views $599,000. Canal Lot (Ref #234) Choice canal lot, fully sea-walled, dock, boat lift and utilities installed. $145,000. Canal Lot (Ref #287) Deep water canal lot, 130' frontage, seawall and boat davits installed. $180,000.TURTLE ROCKS:Beachfront Parcel (Ref #143) 2.55 acres with 155' white sandy beachfront on Sea of Abaco, excellent elevation, lush natural vegetation, fresh water pond $298,000. Ridgetop Home (Ref #123) 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 4,520 sq. ft. home on 5.84 acres, 2 car garage, large modern kitchen, Requires repairs and completion $375,000. NORTH ABACO:Oceanfront Lot (Ref #333) Large 19,345 sq. ft. lot with 106' ocean frontage, deep water shoreline $75,000. Prime Real Estate Listing Throughout Abaco TREASURE CAY:"Amnesia" (Ref #297) Elegant, fully furnished 4 bedroom, 3 bath canalfront home, 3,000 sq. ft., newly built, superior construction, 60' dock, boat lift $1,275,000. "Casuarina Beach House" (Ref #350) Fabulous 2 storey 6 bedroom, 5.5 bath, fully furnished, plus efficiency, pool, 80' beach frontage, recently renovated $2,300,000. "Maison de Mer" (Ref #351) 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 storey "fixerupper" canalfront home on Brigantine Bay, 86' canal frontage, docking facilities, 2 car garage $525,000. Canal Lot on Brigantine Bay (Ref #321) Oversized, cleared, 130' canal frontage, deep water $275,000. Canal Lot (Ref #348) 10,000 sq. ft. fully seawalled, 80' frontage on Brigantine Bay $180,000. "Trident House" (Ref #317) Superb 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath fully furnished beachfront home, 3,500 square feet, sensational beach & ocean views, many extras $2,500,000.LITTLE HARBOUR:Waterfront Property (Ref #347) 2.2 acres, sea to sea, total 280' water frontage, ideal for boat dockage in protected Little Harbour, large natural cave. $910,000. We Exceed Client Expectations! www.abacoestateservices.comPlease contact us for additional details on this sampling of our featured listings or for information on our other prime properties throughout Abaco. Phone: (242) 365.8752 Cell: (242) 357.6570 Sales Team of Ed & Cindy Newell James Moir Broker Members Bahamas Real Estate AssociationABACO ESTATE SERVICESREALESTATESALES VACATIONRENTALS 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 web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.comPlease call us for information on these fine listings or any of our other listings throughout Abaco BEST BUYS IN ABACO1105 Bonefish Lodge located on the beach in Sandy Point with 10 rooms, large dining room and kitchen, just minutes to the flats. 1115 5 lots with amazing views and excellent elevations. All lots 1+/acre in size and underground utilities to come. Email: brent@aisleofpalmrealty.com web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.com Maria Silvester Coral Point 1007 Two adjacent parcels of land approx. 1.5 acres each with 40' elevations and 130'+ of waterfront. One parcel is vacant, other has partially completed home of 3/2 Bahama Palm 1160 Section one home site w/ foundation started for 2/1 home. Finish to your liking. $35,500 Cherokee 1157 Abaco pine built home in the heart of the settlement. Offers one bed and bath with sleeping loft $125,750 Watching Bay Section of interior and ocean view lots starting at 27,500 Bahama Palm Shores Seven lots exclusively listed starting at $12,750. Bahama Palm is HOT! HOT! Tilloo Cay 1021Only one lot left. 100' of waterfront and great elevations and deep water draft. $199,900 Liesure Lee 1138 Gorgeous corner canal lot with deep water and long views of the waterway Under Contract Guana Cay 1162 Sea to Sea property of 3.5 acres. Also interior lots with sea views available. Guana Cay 1117 & 1118 One cottage of 2/1 and one home of 3/2 on spectacular beachfront near town. Both homes have great rental history.

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Page 18 B The Abaconian March 15, 2005 Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE Trident/Turquoise Seas You cannot be more on thebeach than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 31/2 bath in the main house with detached garage /bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widows walk. WOW! $2,520,000 Cross Winds Split level CBS home extra large lot acrossfrom 2 beach greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1 bed/ 1 bed, living kitchen, enclosed patio. Plus! Plus! Plus! $984,000 SANDPIPER BEACH 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. MOTIVATED SELLER $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 Seaductress / Harbours Edge Modern CBS 3bed/ 3 bath home including private entry suite, pool, detached 2 car garage Exceptional location and view. Many more features, must see to appreciate. NEW PRICE$899,000 + 14% closing 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 BEACH VILLA SUBDIVISION Garden location 2 bed/ 2 bath$181,500 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 $602,250 Plus 14% closing VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. ocean front 1 acre+/Beginning at $800,000 Canal Front Beginning at $150,000 Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $35,000 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLDCorner Value Liquid Propane Gas LPG Tanks refilled LPG Appliances by Maytag Appliances Refrigerators Household Goods Kitchenware Clothing, Shoes Stationery Hallmark CardsQueen Elizabeth Drive One Block East of the Traffic Light P O Box AB20490, Marsh harbourPhone 367-2250New Meters Are Being Installed in Treasure CayThe Water and Sewerage Company is presently dealing with a lot of projects in Treasure Cay and Green Turtle Cay. Mr. Anthony Bostwick, Abacos Financial Manager for the Water and Sewerage Corporation, and presently acting as Area Manager on Abaco, took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to discuss them. He said, As we speak, all existing water meters located on Treasure Cay properties are being replaced with new ones. He added, The sewerage treatment plant has to be replaced. Negotiations are being carried out with several companies to undertake the project of installing a private sewerage system. Bids are being submitted and considered by the corporation. The pump station is in good working condition since all the electric panels have been changed, and the water quality is excellent. He said that the water is tested every week. Mr. Bostwick, who has been with Water and Sewerage on Abaco for over five years, previously worked on Eleuthera, Spanish Wells, Harbour Island, Exuma and Bimini, as a Revenue Collection Manager. Because of his experience in dealing with islands where water supply is a problem, he usually ends up overseeing the projects.Water Proposals for Green Turtle CayWater supply is a huge problem on Green Turtle Cay. Rain is the only water supply, and every day people pray for rain because no matter how large a cistern is built, it is hardly big enough to insure a continuous water supply throughout the year. On February 23 Mr. Donald Demeritt, Chairman of Water and Sewerage Corporation, and Mrs. Sandra Edgecombe, both from Nassau, held a meeting on Green Turtle Cay with Mr. David Bethell, Chairman of the New Plymouth Town Committee, to discuss what would be the best solution to provide a constant supply of water to the cay. Two possibilities were considered: either the building of a reverse osmosis plant or running a pipeline from the mainland. Either project would ensure distribution of water throughout Green Turtle Cay. Presently pipes are in place only in the settlement of New Plymouth, but Mr. Bostwick said, I have great hopes that this will happen this year. It is a priority item. He mentioned that in the mean time, a two-inch emergency meter has been installed at the ferry dock on the Treasure Cay side to allow water to be barged to Green Turtle Cay, which Mr. Reggie Sawyer delivers to the school, the clinic and residences whose water supply is low.Water & Sewerage Corporation Discusses ProjectsBREA Meets with the Foreign Investment BoardBy Mirella Santillo Members of the Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) were invited to a meeting with the Foreign Investment Board to discuss issues pertaining to developers and foreign Realtors selling Real Estate in The Bahamas. On February 10 Mr. Brent Cartwright, President of the Abaco Chapter of BREA, and nine other members of the Real Estate Association met in Nassau with Mrs. Allison Gibson Maynard, Minister of Financial Services and Foreign Investment. One of the main issues discussed was BREAs concern that the Real Estate Association Act of 1995 was not being adhered to. The Act clearly states, Any person selling real estate in The Bahamas and receiving a commission must be Bahamian and licensed under BREA. The Act also states, All developers must obtain a Developers License from BREA before selling their properties. Mr. Cartwright said, By applying for the license, they would be made aware of the real estate selling laws of the country. However, many developers do not have such license and developments around The Bahamas are being sold without the involvement of licensed BREA members. The Act of 1995 also states that non-Bahamian real estate agents are only supposed to receive a maximum of 25 percent referral fee. Mr. Cartwright said, This situation has a direct impact on Abaco agents because of the number of foreign developments taking place presently on the island. And so many more have been presented to the Foreign Investment Board waiting for approval. As a result of the meeting, Mrs. Gibson Maynard and the Board of Foreign Investment vowed to work closely with the Real Estate Association to resolve these issues. Advertise in The Abaconian

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March 15, 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 Long BeachBeautiful area featuring gorgeous white beach. All lots approx. acre, and have beach access. Financing available. Call today. BahamaCoral Islandvacant property in Bahama Coral Island, financing available, Call for details. Treasure CayCanal Lots in desirable location, sea views, great buyUNDERCONTRACT Cabbage Point5 acre 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 GuanaCa yTwo vacant lots side by side situated only a short distance from the settlement. $144,000 each. 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. Sweetings 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. $325,000Sweetings 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. PRICED REDUCED COLDWELL BANKER LIGHTBOURN REALTY UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT Green Turtle Cay-#5191 Luxurious home located on a 2.5 mile sandy beach. Consisting of five bedrooms, four bathrooms with wrap around verandas. Careful craftsmanship and attention to detail describes this villa. Offered at $2,400,000 Green Turtle Cay-#0272 Unique "Pod Style"luxury estate situated high on a bluff overlooking the Sea of Abaco. This three bedroom three and bathroom consists of 3,289 square ft. and over 2,000 sq. ft. of decking. Built with attention to detail, this can be described as "Island living at it's best". Offered at $1,980,000. Green Turtle Cay-#5077 Historic 10 room Inn located in "Story Book" pretty New Plymouth. Consisting of 10 guest rooms 40 seat restaurant and bar,patioand swimming pool. Painstakingly restored to it's original Colonial condition. Offered at $1,780,000.Green Turtle Cay-#5282 Luxury Waterfront Estate with over 100' of frontage. Swimming pool, dock and guest cottage. Property is 1.7 acres of elevated land with panoramic views. Offered at $3,500,000 Chris Farrington, BRI Sales Associate Green Turtle Cay, Abaco (242) 365-4695 Business (242) 365-4697 Fax (242) 559-8800 Cell chris@mlrealty.net____________________________________________________________________ Great HarbourCay-#2096-Charming 1B/1B house on elevated lot in the beautiful Barry Islands. There is also an attached 14x22 building with its own entrance ready to become a second bed and bath. This island style home also features a 1B/1B guest cottage, and looks over the golf course and Ocean.-$230,000Yellowwood-#5263-Adorable 2B/2B cottage, newly built, and never lived in! Large lot 100 x 150. Features laundry room, hobby room, outside patios, and central A/C. A MUST SEE!-$219,000 March 15th2005DundasTown-#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. Man-O-War Cay-Vacant interior lot close to the Atlantic Beach, restaurants, and grocery stores. $120,000.00 UNDER CONTRACT

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Page 20 B The Abaconian March 15, 2005 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 CO Port DepartmentPublic NoticeTO ALL BONEFISHNG GUIDESRegistration of Bonefishing Boats and Certification of Boat Masters under the Boat Registration Act of 1991It has been brought to this Departments attention that many of the Bonefishing Guides in the Abacos have been conducting fishing trips without the proper registration or license to do so. Please be advised that all Bonefishing Guides must hold a Class B Boat License and no boat may ply for hire without the proper registration issued from the Port Department to do so. Your compliance in these matters is greatly appreciated as any Bonefishing Guide that is found without a valid certificate of registration and an unlicensed master will be PROSECUTED Captain Cyril A. Roker Port Administrator New Edition Now AvailableSixteenth Annual Edition includes updated colour nautical charts, 8 additional pages, new colour aerial photographs, a proven GPS waypoint system and progressive harbour entry photographs to provide expert guidance for novices or experienced mariners.Also Available direct from White Sound Press Voice: 386 423-7880 Fax 386 423-7557 Web: www.wspress.com email: orders@wspress.comStill Only $19.95Available at most marina stores and fine gift shops throughout Abaco. Wholesale distribution in Abaco by Abaco Treasures and Solomons Abaco. Retail in United States by West Marine, Boat US, Boaters World, Cruising Guide Publications, and Bluewater Books and Charts. The Cruising Guide to AbacoMr. Christie commented that opposition is usually expected, but he felt the overall plan was good and will benefit Guana Cay and the greater Abaco community. He acknowledged that the project is in eco-sensitive areas and measures have been undertaken to minimize harmful effects. He was impressed that the developers demonstrated expertise in dealing with environmental issues in other projects they have undertaken. Runoff issues related to the golf course are not to be taken lightly, he said, and good environmental practices are to be followed. Mr. Christie acknowledged the decisive and positive effect second homeowners have had on the Abaco economy and the enormous publicity they give Abaco. This development fits Abacos demonstrated growth pattern of second homeowners and small resorts which is being aggressively encouraged for other parts of The Bahamas. He emphasized the importance of demonstrating the value of linkages between Bahamians and the second homeowners in other parts of The Bahamas. While investigating the project, Mr. Christie said both of Abacos Members of Parliament were consulted and cooperated in the preliminary discussions. Concerns of the Guana Cay residents were noted and changes made in the original design to accommodate their concerns. A new aspect of this project is the formation and inclusion of an environmentally oriented foundation to oversee the maintenance of the affected wetlands. Mrs. Allyson Maynard Gibson told how developments on Abaco had impacted construction in other areas of The Bahamas. Over 60 acres of eco-sensitive land will be administered by a foundation established to monitor its continued health. Dr. Livingston Marshall, assigned to the Prime Ministers office to advise on science and environmental issues, will work with this foundation. She reiterated that the Heads of Agreement protects the publics right of access to the beach and provides for the establishment of a beach park and a community center. Other projects by this group have shown a dedicated concern for the environment which is the main attraction and selling point in the long term. Mrs. Gibson expects the development will blend in with the general expansion of Guana Cay and become an accepted part of the greater community. She fully expects that project workers will experience an improved lifestyle as a result of their employment there. She said, Although we expect opposition to continue, the Prime Minister is dedicated to the development of Abaco. In conclusion, Mr. Michael Meldman, Chairman of the Discovery Land Company, thanked government for its cooperation and assistance in bringing the project to this stage. This Passerine Project will be the largest project undertaken by Discovery Land. They are looking forward to incorporating the environment and local culture into the finished project. He stated that it is easy to build a golf course or hotel but more difficult to do these by incorporating and maintaining the present environmental and cultural elements into the final product.Project Will Spur Abaco Economy PasserineFrom Page 1 Support the Cancer SocietyDonate Used Items to Be Sold in Their Thrift Shop Call 367-3477 for info

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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Approx 4.5 acres 140 x 1500 Road to sea at Hill Creek. Mostly high land. Overlooking Treasure Cay and Guana Cay, just north of Leisure Lee. Possibility of adjoining similar tracts. For sale by owner. $100,000 Non-nego. Phone 356-7848 or 324-1328 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 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 BAHAMAS 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. $900 / week, discount for extended stay. 242365-5082 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 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS (242)367-2365 (242)357-6638 We get the job done! Turtle Rocks: Oversize lot with Sea of Abaco views and access. Convenient neighbourhood scheduled to be gated. Property appreciating fast, buy now. $58,800We pay for U.S. referrals Sea Grape RealtyVictor R. Patterson Memorial Plaza P.O. Box AB 20123 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2749 E-mail: seagraperealty@hotmail.comElbow Cay:Interior lot with paved road, electric, telephone lines for $53,500 Best deal on Elbow Cay! Lot on Centerline Road, 100 x 100. Good title. $45,000 Zoned commercial. Lot with magnificent view of Atlantic Ocean! Paved road and utilities.Lubbers Quarters:Acre-sized lot with private dock slip! Priced to move at $65,000 Hillside acre with private dock slip and utilities. $145,000 Green Turtle Cay, great lot for sale by owner, near Coco Bay, water view, sheltered from hurricanes by natural ridge. 181 x 50 $90,000. After 4 p.m. 365-4079 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 Marsh Harbour, Govt. Sub, 3 bed 2 1/2 bath, 2100 sq. ft. 1 bed efficiency on bottom floor, garage. For more informmation contact Clarice Roberts 356-3131W or 367-5354 Treasure Cay, nice 2 br. 2 bath, fully furnished ground floor unit at Sand Dollar condo Nice pool and beach. By owner. 365-8499, US 540721-6786, 540-885-1459, e-mail LakeCare@aol.com $299,500 By Jennifer Hudson. The Hon. Bradley B. Roberts, Minister of Works and Utilities, issued a press release on January 25th regarding the privatization of Bahamasair. He announced the appointment of McKinsey and Co. as the privatization consultant to Bahamasair and stated, It is the governments goal to have privatized the National Flag Carrier by the end of the summer of this year. The Ministry of Works has entered into an agreement with McKinsey and Company to develop a low cost Airline Business Plan to serve as the National Flag Carrier, identify prospective partners, identify sources of funding/capital and to prepare the framework for an Initial Public Offering. Their consultancy started in midJanuary and will have a duration of four months at a competitive fee of $1 million which the government expects to partially recover from the recapitalization of the National Flag Carrier. The intention is to attract a foreign partner who will own less than 50 percent of the equity in a National Flag carrier while Bahamians (individuals and corporations) and the government will own the majority of equity. According to advice received from our Washington counsel, to qualify as a National Flag Carrier with all of the attendant be nefits and advantages relative to route and gate rights, the airline would have to be majority owned and effectively managed by locals. We are confident that enough local capital exists to invest in a well run low cost profitable National Flag Carrier, stated Mr. Roberts. In the P.L.P.s pre-election platform Bahamasair was to: Reduce its losses Outsource low density/unprofitable family island routes Expand its network internationally Privatize the airline Mr. Roberts stated, I am pleased to report to date, half way through its term in office that this government, through the hardworking board of Bahamasair, was well on the way to achieving its mandate with respect to restructuring the National Flag Carrier. Losses for the fiscal year 03/04 were reduced by almost 60 percent compared to 02/03. All of the Andros routes have been outsourced to a local charter operator. Other such domestic routes are targeted for outsourcing in the near future. The matter I wish to focus on today is the privatization of A National Flag Carrier, not necessarily Bahamasair, he stressed, as it may not make sense to keep beating a dead horse. The government has approved McKinsey and Company as the consultants to perform the necessary critical tasks in conjunction with a privatization committee comprised of knowledgeable professionals from the airline and related ministries. McKinsey and Company is the largest management consultancy firm in the world and is a truly global organization with specialists in 18 different industries and their travel industry experience is vast.Bahamasair May Be Privatized Keep up with the Happenings on AbacoSubscribe to The Abaconian Today

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Page 22 B The Abaconian March 15, 2005 SEA HORSE BOAT RENTALS has an immediate opening in the full time position of RENTAL BOAT ASSISTANT. Successful candidate will be able to interact well with our guests, be a team player, familiar with the geography of the Central Abaco area, familiar with outboard powered boats and have a positive attitude. If this is you please call 366-0023 and ask for Stanfford. Salary based upon your abilities. POSITION AVAILABLE 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 SUZUKIBy Mirella Santillo In 1994 the FNM Prime Minister, Mr. Hubert Ingraham, initiated de-centralization by introducing local government on Abaco. The first local government election was held in 1996. Mr. Michael Malone won that first election as a member of the Marsh Harbour Town Committee, was elected Chairman of the Town Committee and was appointed Chairman of the Central Abaco Port Authority. From 1996 to 1999 he performed the duties of Chief Councillor of the Central Abaco District Council, which he relinquished to Mr. Silbert Mills in the 1999 elections. In 2002 he was elected Town Committee Chairman again and Chief Councillor for the Central District, resigning from that position in March of 2003 and stepping down as Chairman of the Marsh Harbour Town Committee. However, he is still an active member of the Town Committee. As we approach election time, lets find out from an old head where the struggling local government is heading. Mr. Malone recalls that there was a lot of enthusiasm and learning to do during the first term. There were lots of challenges for this newly elected committee, in the business sector and the management of the dump, for example. The new members were given a system that had to be interpreted and implemented, but they had to work with a small budget. Mr. Malone sees these former local government politicians as the founding fathers of the system. He remembers the help of Mr. Everette Hart, then Administrator, who, he said, was a gentleman to work with. He added that the right Administrator can lead you to make the right decisions. It should not be a power fight between local government and the administrator as it can be with some administrators who want to control the situation. Mr. Malone sees himself as an Independent, standing between FNM and PLP. His involvement in local government was not to take a stand, but to assure its best functioning. According to Mr. Malone, The present government has not done its best for local government. What are the problems deriving from the lack of support from Nassau that led to the present public disinterest? First, he does not think that the right people are involved. Money is also a problem. They are told what tools to use but not given money to buy them. Originally, Hope Town, Great Guana Cay and Man-O-War were part of the Central Abaco District Council. The cays were made into a separate district in the 1999 election, but according to Mr. Malone, the system worked better when they were part of Central Abaco. He thinks that there are fights between the townships for the wrong reasons and a lack of respect between the central and the local governments. It has been a flat atmosphere on Abaco for the last couple of years; there is no motivation. There has not been much assistance given from Nassau However, on the eve of the elections due to be held in late spring, Mr. Malone thinks we have to challenge people to get involved to maintain and improve local government. He has a lot of confidence in Mr. Revis Rolle, the new administrator, and recommends that he be approached for support and advice. He is of the opinion that Mr. Rolle should call local townships meetings during the next few months and organize forums with local government people to find out who is liked or not liked. He sees Mr. Rolle as a visionary, a motivator, who, however, still needs the support of central government. To raise community interest, Mr. Malone advises that the local press and radio organize surveys in the population to encourage them to express their opinion whether it is satisfaction or discontent. Public town meetings with government representatives from Nassau should be held. We need to build back enthusiasm, not power, he said. From 1996 to 1999 there were more older heads involved, now there are younger people looking out for themselves instead of the good of the community. None-the-less, he thinks that new blood is needed. As far as tourism is concerned, more should be done on the part of the hotels to entertain the tourists. Talks on the history of the island could be given by a representative of the Ministry of Tourism on a regular basis, and local shows such as limbo could be offered twice or thrice a week. A beautification committee to monitor and improve the look of the town and the island in general needs to be appointed. There is still a lot to do.Where Is Local Government Going?

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March 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 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 & MARINE ITEMS BOATS & MARINE ITEMS 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 Bahamian Homemade Jam guava, mango, seagrape, cherry, plum, tomato, etc. Handcrafted Strawwork Come and see our display. Call 367-2649 14 Boston Whaler Center Console w/ steering, no motor. Asking $2500 or next best offer. Call day 365-4119, night 365-4173 16 Flats Boat includes trailer, pole, seats, jackplate, and 30 HP motor (only 2 hours) For info contact 359-6473 17 Proline CC 1996, 2004 Yamaha 90 HP, nice run about boat for the Sea of Abaco, includes trailer. DUTY PAID $11,500 Call 305-451-5751 or 305-942-3597 MERCHANDISE FOR SALE2 rebuilt 20 KW generators $6900 each. 2 new 12 utility trailers w/ 3 sides and ramp $3950 each. Contact Randy Key at 367-2674 or 3596081 4 big 20 rims, chrome, w/ tires. $1900 ONO. Call 554-9712 or nights 365-0391 New lawn mower, timer for heater, 3-wheel bicycle, used lawn mower, childs bicycle, upright freezer, meat slicer. Call 367-2997 CQR Anchor 45 lbs original. CQR anchor never used. For sale for $450 Call 365-8109 Real Estate Sales Agent Wanted Marsh Harbour Damianos Real Estate Company wishes to employ for their Marsh Harbour, Abaco office a licensed, experienced and reputable Sales Agent. The successful applicant must have exceptional phone and communication skills, be self-motivated, enthusiastic and be prepared to work as part of a team. If you feel like joining our innovative and successful company, please forward your resume to mark@damianos.com or fax to (242) 3624730. Bluff House on Green Turtle Cay seeks a handy man with experience in carpentry, electronics and plumbing. No certifications required. Full or part time. Call David Phillips at 3654247. Positions are also available for front office staff. For more information please call Tracey at 365-4247 Vibrant Sales Person needed for beauty supply store. Call 242-373-3348 or 242-646-5828 Needed: Person for accounting and bookkeeping certificates required. Must have experience in money management and billposting. Must be willing to work flexible hours. Computer knowledge a must. Knowledge of Quick Books would be a bonus. Interested persons may call 3674968, fax 367-3001. E-mail address: dentalspecialistabaco@yahoo.com 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 SALE93 Chevrolet S10 4-wheel drive. $6500 Please call 366-2803 94 Dodge Caravan Good condition $6500. Please call 366-2803 98 Chevy Lumina sedan as. Interested persons may send in written bids to The Bahamas Development Bank. P.O. Box AB 20956, Marsh Harbour, Abaco by 31 March 2005. The right is reserved to reject any or all bids. 00 Dodge 3/4 ton cargo van, beautiful condition with racks inside, radio, auto, air. $14,900 OBO 365-8188 For sale or hire 1997 Case 4-wheel drive 580L backhoe low hours, 2 buckets, new hydraulic 24 auger w/ quick disconnect, forklift attachment. New back tires, front 85%. Professionally maintained with new chrome exhaust manifold, muffler and exhaust pipe. Beautiful! DUTY PAID Price $44,000 firm. Hire with operator $125/ hr. local area 366-2284 9 am 5 pm Cherokee Portable saw milll and portable 12 wood chipper (diesel). Asking $18,000 for both. Will split. Call 366-4141 EQUIPMENT FOR SALE 17 Boston Whaler and trailer $7500 Please call 366-2803 25 Mako with twin Evinrudes, Bimini top and s/s frame, two v-berths, portable potty, s/s rod holders, dive flat form, large cooler, portable shower, fish station, etc. Please call 365-8028, 477-5171 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 26 Mako Cuddy Cabin DUTY PAID, needs new engine. $2500 View at Dolphin Marine 3654262 36 Sea Ray 2 new factory rebuilt diesel 3208 turbo charged 320 HP Cats, 1 generator, 2 central A/C, elec. stove, H2O heater, fridge, 100 gal fresh water tank, 300 gal diesel tanks. Ready to go. DUTY PAID Phone 242-367-2615 Wanting to buy 20 boat trailer. Call Rick Zandali 367-2886 DINGHY BOAT WANTEDWanted: Dinghy or boat under 12, fiberglass. Call 357-6806 between 7 p.m. 10 p.m.________________________________ Diane FletcherChartered AccountantFinancial Statement Preparation Audits and Investigations Business Licenses Accounting Software Installation &Training Specializing in Restaurant and Point of Sale Softwaredfletcher@coralwave.comWorking with you in AbacoNassau Cellular 359-3207 SUNSHINE TRUCKINGFor all your trucking needs Authorized Trained Dealer for TyrFil The Worlds Foremost DeflationProof Tire SystemCall Now 367-4061 Fax 3668 For Industrial, Off-the-Road, Golf Cart, Wheelbarrow, Motorcycle, Car & Truck Tires Business Service DirectoryGadites Maritime & Navigational Institution P.O.Box CB-13328 Nassau, Bahamas Tel/Fax: 242-362-4305 (home) Cell: 242-557-1617 Email:gaditesmaritime@hotmail.comInternational License Class B License Radar Observer Unlimited Bridge Resource ManagementCOURSESCOURSES COURSESCOURSES COURSESClass A License Celestial Navigation Personal Survival Basic & Advanced ABACOINFO.COMAbacos most complete source of island information Web Design, Maintenance, and MoreCall Computer Creations at 367-2004www.abacoinfo.com Property Appraisal Don CornishCall 367-0035For Professional Fast & Accurate Appraisals Glen Properties Call 367-4585 or Fax 367-3091 Want More Business?A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201

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