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By Mirella Santillo Guarding the Anglican Church Heritage was the theme of this years Anglican Men Conference, addressed on March 12 in a series of presentations by laymen and clergy of the Church at St John the Baptist Anglican Church in Marsh Harbour. The conference began on March 10 with a welcome reception sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism which took place by the pool at Regattas of Abaco. Representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Jeritzen Outten, Ms. Wynsome Ferguson and newcomers Ms. Millie Dawkins, Mrs. Bernadette Harding, Ms. Melinda Williams and Ms. Doranell Swain greeted the visitors who came from all over The Bahamas. Mr. Estin Sawyer entertained the assembly with old musical favorites throughout the evening. Wine and soft drinks were offered and a table was loaded with food. When the latecomers, whose planes had been delayed, had arrived, Mrs. Outten welcomed the out-of-town visitors and the evening was underway. Friday was dedicated to Council business. The closed meeting started after an early mass at the Anglican Church. Their meeting dealt with reports from the secretary and the accountant and reviewed and accepted VOLUME 13, NUMBER 7, APRIL 1st, 2005 PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 9945 NW 88th Ave Medley, FL 33178 Forward and Address Correction Anglican Mens Council MetSeven Anglican Churches Host Annual CouncilThe Most Rev. Archbishop Drexel Gomez is shown here in the center with other members of the clergy of the Anglican Church of th e Bahamas at a service held at St. Simon by the Sea Anglican Church in Treasure Cay. The Anglican Mens Council were here for their annual business meeing and fellowship conference. This was taken at the ordination of Father Fequel LaPlante. Please see Anglicans Page 2Guana Residents Protest in NassauWith placards and flyers defining their cause, about 30 Guana Cay residents protested in Rawson Square on March 16. They feel that the Passerine Development recently approved for the north end of Guana Cay will be detrimental to the wetlands in that area and the nearby offshore reefs. They feel that the local people should have been consulted and their wishes taken into consideration. On March 16 several charter planes left Abaco filled with passengers from Guana Cay on a mission. Aboard were leaders and supporters of the Save Guana Cay Reef (SGCR) organization. Their destination was Parliament Square in Nassau and their mission was to peacefully protest the Please see Guana Protest Page 4Illegal House Is DestroyedOn March 14 Mr. Jeffery Cooper assisted by Mr. John Schaeffer of the Ministry of Works tore down a house under construction located off the Bahama Star Farm road. The house was being built illegally on Crown Land. The owner, a single woman raising three children, is now unemployed since the Bahama Star Farm closed. She put her savings of $4000 into materials to construct the house. This was the second house torn down in the Treasure Cay area. Mr. Cooper was accompanied by Police and Immigration officers. Advance Clocks One Hour April 3Daylight Savings Time begins 2 a.m. April 3. Set your clocks ahead one hour either at bedtime on Saturday evening, April 2 or on Sunday morning, April 3.

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Page 2 The Abaconian April 1, 2005 UNITED ABACO SHIPPING COMPANYOffice located above B&D Marine at the traffic lightWeekly freight between W. Palm Beach, Nassau, & Marsh Harbour General Cargo, 20 & 40 ft. Containers, Drive-on Stern Ramp 20 ft. Refrigerated ContainersSpecify M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL Sailing ScheduleIn Abaco Call (242) 367-2091, Fax (242) 367-2235 or call on VHF ch. 16 P.O. Box AB 20737, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas In USA call Palm Beach Steamship Company at (561) 844-5387 Warehouse A 2nd door, 158 B East Port Road, Riviera Beach, Fl 33404 Sunday Depart Marsh Harbour Monday Arrive Port of Palm Beach Monday Depart Port of Palm Beach Tuesday Arrive Marsh Harbour Wednesday Depart Marsh Harbour Thursday Arrive Arawak Cay, Nassau Thursday Depart Arawak Cay, Nassau Friday Arrive Marsh 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 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.comchanges to their Constitution. The changes will still have to be approved by the Bishop before being implemented. The conference officially opened on March 12 after another mass with addresses by Council Chairman Herbert Scott and by Archdeacon Cornell Moss. The first presentation was made by Canon Basil Tynes and referred to the history and tradition of the Church and involved a discussion of a text in I Timothy. The second presentation made by layman, Mr. Chandler Sands, pertained to the Anglican heritage being assailed. The final speaker, The Most Rev. Archbishop Drexel Gomez, addressed the ways to go forward towards guarding that heritage. The conference ended on March 13 with two church services held at St. Simon by the Sea Anglican Church at Treasure Cay. The first service in the morning was the Anglican Church Mens Thanksgiving Service. All the men who attended the conference, approximately 175, smartly dressed in their red jackets and grey trousers, gathered at the Treasure Cay School to march to the church singing Marching to Zion The service was performed by Archbishop Gomez, who reminded the congregation during his sermon, Being a Christian came from within and we were all messengers for God with a duty to spread His message. The final service was dedicated to the ordination to the priesthood of Mr. Fequel LaPlante. This was the first Anglican Church ordination ever to take place on Abaco. Again, the Chief Celebrant was Archbishop Gomez with Co-Celebrants, the Venerable Archdeacon Cornell Moss, Rev. Canon Harry Bain, Rev. Father Norman Lightbourne, Rev. Father Stephen Grant, Rev. Father Rudy Cooper, Rev. Father Dwight Rolle and Rev. Father Earl Hepburn. The sermon was preached by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Gilbert Thompson of New Providence. The Deacon of the mass was Rev. Bernard Been of Grand Bahama. After the sermon Mr. LaPlante was presented by members of the congregation to the Archbishop, who proceeded with the rituals of the ceremony. Assisted by His Grace, Monsignor Gomez, Mr LaPlante kneeled at the altar for the final rites of the consecration and ordination which ended with Father LaPlante being dressed with the priests stole and garment. People came from all over Abaco for the ordination, and St. Simon by the Sea was well attended for both services on that special Sunday. It was a heavy agenda for the Most Rev. Drexel Gomez, Archbishop of the Church of The West Indies and Bishop of the Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands. He had just returned from a trip to Barbados before coming to Abaco. The weekend activities on Abaco included the dedication of a new Anglican Church Hall in Blackwood.Anglicans Review Ways to Guard HeritageThe Anglican men assembled from all over The Bahamas are preparing for a march into the Sunday morning church service at St. Simons by the Sea Anglican Church in Treasure Cay. Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday thru Friday Charters & Water available on request Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 477-5292 375-8833 Great Guana Cay AnglicansFrom Page 1

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 MARSH HARBOUR OFFICE Donna Darville Tel: 242-367-5046 Fax: 242-367-5045 donna@damianos.com HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CAY Kerry Sullivan Tel: 242-366-0040 Fax: 242-366-0164 kerry@damianos.com ELBOW CAY PROPERTIES Jane Patterson Tel: 242-366-0035 Fax: 242-366-0569 jane@damianos.com LUBBERS QUARTERS & TILLOO CAY Laurie Schreiner Tel: 242-366-3143 Fax: 242-366-3143 laurie@damianos.com BUILDING SITES 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 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 foliage$420,000Jane 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 OLE KERR ACREAGE Beautiful 9.210 acre parcel, n ear the beach and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The settlement of Ole Kerr is located three miles south of Bahama Palm Shores in South Abaco. Offered for sale at $180,000 Internet Ref. #2694 Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 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 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: 242-366-0569 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 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 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 l ighthouse, 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 Exclusive Affiliate of TREASURE CAY WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTInternet Ref. #2407200 oceanfront with 4 acres4 furnished cottages 2 bedrooms ensuite baths, kitchen and living areaConstructed of high quality, low maintenance materialsDevelopment potential as a marina, resort or bonefishing lodgePrice upon inquiryStan Sawyer: 242-477-5821 April 1, 2005 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 UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT TREASURE CAY CROSS WINDSInternet Ref. #25164 bed 3 bath 2,800 sq. ft. family home & apartmentSolid CBS construction inside and outFamily room, 2 central A/Cs2 Generators, 2 fresh water wellsApartment with large bed & bath, living room & kitchen with great rental history$820,000Stan Sawyer: 242-477-5821 NEW LISTING LUBBERS QUARTERS TURNKEY HOME & APT.Internet Ref. #2425Charming 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished homeStainless steel kitchen appliances & central A/CGround floor studio apt. with built-in sofas, beds, kitchen & bathLush tropical flora200 from sandy beach$425,000Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143 See our Exclusive Properties Treasure Cay ad on page 13 NEW LISTING

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Page 4 The Abaconian April 1, 2005Open DailyOpen Daily Open DailyOpen Daily Open DailyBreakfast 8:30 10 a.m. Lunch & Dinner 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Bar Open 8:30 a.m. til Happy Hour 5:00 6:30 p.m. Live Music Weds. & Fri. 8 11 p.m.Specializing in Bahamian Foods Restaurant & Baron theHope Town Waterfront Tel 366-0247 or VHF 16 Closed SundaysProtesters Predict Damage to Wetlands and ReefGuana Cay development. About 30 Guana Cay residents, equipped with posters, began their protest in front of Parliament Square. The group was granted permission for the demonstration, which took place at the same time the Prime Minister and other cabinet members arrived for their weekly meeting. Led by Attorney Fredrick Smith, and co-chairs of SGCR Troy Albury and Erin Lowe, the supporters marched up and down Bay Street with placards and distributing flyers outlining their cause and stating their reasons for protesting. The SGCR organization has made many attempts to contact members of local and national government. However, there has been no response to the numerous letters and phone calls. SGCR supporters made unsuccessful attempts to discuss their concerns with the lawyers representing the development company. Well come to you, if you wont come to us, said one supporter. Its not that we do not want developGuana Protest From Page 1 By Mirella Santillo On March 12 Mr. Robert Sweeting, Member of Parliament for South Abaco, visited Great Guana Cay to meet with the concerned residents protesting the Passerine Project and to discuss with them the conditions and terms in teh recently signed Heads of Agreement. The meeting, was to take place at the school. However, on the way there Mr. Sweeting was met by a crowd of angry protesters accusing him of having let them down and refusing to meet with him. Carrying protest banners, approximately 40 people had gathered at their usual meeting place under the old fig tree facing the harbour. They claimed that they had not been informed sufficiently ahead of time to have their attorney, Mr. Frederick Smith, present. Mr. Smith lives on Grand Bahama and could not make it to Guana Cay at such short notice. Mr. Sweeting was taken aback by the accusations, claiming that as a member of the opposition, he had always tried his best for his constituents, sometimes against his own beliefs. He asked, Why didnt you discuss your concerns before? He said, If you had concrete evidence of the negative impact of the project on the reefs, you should have brought it to me and I would have presented it. He had come to inform them of the concessions he had obtained from the developers on their behalf. Mr. Sweeting informed them that out of Please see Guana Protest Page 5 Mr. Robert Sweeting, MP, went to Guana Cay on March 12 to discuss with the community the development that has been approved for the north end of the island. He had been able to get several concessions from the developers. However, he was met by angry people who felt that he had not represented them well. They are concerned about the environmental impact the development will have on their wetlands and nearby reef. ment in Guana Cay. We want the best development and this project is not the best, said a Guana Cay native while protesting. The proposed plan is to build a 575-acre development on the northern end of Guana Cay. The Bahamas government has granted the developers land at the northern end of the seven-mile-long island. The proposed development will include an 18-hole golf course, a 240-slip marina, 75-room villa style hotel and more than 350 home sites. The leaders and supporters of the SGCR organization have many reasons to support their opposition to this project. Residents say that the fertilizers used on the golf course will runoff thus killing the reef that is just offshore. The dredging for the marina will destroy 70-plus acres of mangrove and fish estuary. In addition, the residents fear that the turtle nesting grounds, which are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, will be destroyed. A Full Lunch MenuMon. Tues. Thurs. Fri. 11:30am 2:30pm Sat. 9am 2:30pm Evening Dinner 6 9pm same daysClosed WednesdaysSunday Dinner 6 9pm Come by for our Saturday morning snacks Bar snacks 6pm... untilRestaurantLive Music all open days by Estin SawyerCuban Cigars & Island FashionsHarbour-side Dining on our waterfront deckRestaurant Phone : 367-2366www.mangoesabaco.comConvenient dinghy dock for boaters Marina docks being reconstructed

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5105 acres of Crown Land, 66 acres would be left untouched and managed by a foundation formed by the Bahamas National Trust, the University of Miami and the In stitute for Marine Science, part of The College of The Bahamas. Of the 42 acres of Treasury Land, 12 acres would be leased by the Passerine Project. Two of these acres will be for the desalination plant, sewerage and electricity, four acres for employee housing, four acres for solid waste disposal and two acres for dry boat storage. In addition, eight acres will be leased for six years for a staging area. There will be approximately 80 housing units for the staff and police accommodations. Five to eight acres will be reserved for a beach park and a community center with 500 feet of beach front accessible to Bahamians and residents. However, these concessions did not address the problems that the golf course and the marina could cause and which are the main concerns of the protesters. Mr. Troy Albury, spokesman for the protesters, said that they were not entertaining negotiations anymore: It is NO to the golf course and NO to the marina. Mr. Sweeting told them, Nothing can now change the signed agreement, and that a good way to invest the funds they had raised would be to make sure the developers live up to their promises. He felt that it was too late to fight and that it was a waste of their efforts. At the school another group of residents waited for Mr. Sweetings visit. The school had been decorated with more banners and drawings by the children of some of the endangered sea creatures, (several species of turtles and the whistling duck) supposedly threatened by the development. Mrs. Chere Pinder, Principal, said that the children made a study of these animals which nest, breed and live on the cay. The group at the school, although opposed to the marina and the golf course, wanted to hear what he had to say. They had been informed of his coming to the island the previous morning and said that the message had been passed on to everyone concerned. Their attitude was to try to negotiate for a smaller marina and a smaller golf course to minimize the damage and see what could be done to make the development as environmentally safe as possible. Their position was that negotiations were important and might resolve more than abrupt opposition. Mr. Sweeting listened to the group and discussed their concerns.Residents Raise FundsOn 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 passers by on their way to Nippers Beach Bar. They were protesting against the development of the Passerine Project, for which governments approval was finally granted on March 1 with the signing 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. 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 on February 3 with request for private dona-Guana Cay Plans to Continue Protest Guana ProtestFrom Page 4 tions, a raffle ticket sale and direct crowd contact last weekend. 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, especially the 300-acre golf course and the proposed dredging of the wetlands and bonefish flats for a 240-boat slip marina. Another issue is the grant by the government to the developers of 149 acres of Crown Land, comprised of wetlands in the Joes Creek area, which is now a marine life 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. The coalition is not opposed to development but is concerned that the huge amount of chemicals needed to maintain the golf course will kill the offshore reefs within two years. The information has been docuHair, Body & Soul Unisex Salon Need a new look? Let us help! BarberingWaxingMassagesFacialsAcrylic NailsAirbrushingEar PiercingHair ExtensionsLonnette, Florence, Misty &CindyTuesday Saturday 9 am 6 pm Located on Crockett Drive next to K & S AutoTel: 367-0125 Please see Guana Protest Page 22 Enjoy Dinner in Romantic Hope TownFerry $20 RT *Late trips Fri & Sat only Leave Crossing Beach 12:15 2:00 4:00 5:45 9:0010:45 Return from Hope Town 1:303:00 4:009:45 11:30P.O. Box AB 20163, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Phone: 242-367-0290 or 242-367-3147 afs@batelnet.bsAlburys Ferry Service JUST ARRIVED4KW GAS$1750 $1400 5KW GAS$1925 $1500 6KW GAS$2295 $1800Reg. PriceSale Price Waverunners 2005XL 700 $7350Abaco Outboard Engines For further Information Tel: 242-367-2452 Fax: 242-367-2354email : yamahaacaco@hotmail.com 2 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 $2500

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Page 6 The Abaconian April 1, 2005White 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 Barefoot Elegance22 Romantic Tropical Rooms nestled upon the sand dunes.ABACO INNABACO INN ABACO INNABACO INN ABACO INN2 miles south of Hope Town, Elbow CayNEW! Sushi SpecialCall for twice monthly dates Keep an eye out for special events throughout the year. Remember the Marsh Harbour Hope Town ferry every Friday and Saturday nights. Come dine with us. CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION Tel: (242) 366-0133/0333 fax: (242) 366-0414 www.abacoinn.netTreasure CayTCPOA Held Annual General MeetingBy Jennifer Hudson The Treasure Cay Property Owners Association held its 33rd annual general meeting on March 15th in the Treasure Cay Community Centre when several major issues were discussed. First on the agenda was the matter of water and sewage. A customer service representative from New Providence along with a Water and Sewage Corporation representative for Treasure Cay were on hand to formalize the relationship with the Water and Sewage Corporation and answer questions. Residents were told that the office is now open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., phone 365-8936. Once all meters are in place, meter boxes will be set up, and the corporation hopes to have billing out by April. Mr. Ed Whitcraft, President of the TCPOA, stated that the quality of water is excellent. It has been tested and is better than the standards set by the World Health Organizaion, making it good for drinking. Four and a half million dollars are still needed to finish the system which will raise the water rates if residents have to pay for it. A bid has been put out to develop it on a privatized basis. The sewer system, however, falls short of even Bangladesh standards and would probably be condemned by the WHO, stated Mr. Whitcraft, who noted, Nothing lowers property values quicker than toilets that dont flush. An update on the Treasure Cay airport situation was given by Mr. Jos Konsten, general manager of the Treasure Cay Resort, who reminded members of the decision in 2004 to do something about the airport as it was no longer acceptable. The plan was to build a new international airport and use the existing one as a domestic airport. All 28 airports in The Bahamas have to be fully compliant with FAA safety standards and security measures by 2006 or the United States can stop any US aircraft going in or out of any airport. He feels that, while Marsh Harbour is more likely to be favoured as the airport of choice, Treasure Cay has the better airport as it has a longer runway. He has put into action plans to raise $1.5 million dollars to improve the Treasure Cay airport and has prepared a document for Cabinet, but nothing can be done until Cabinet gives its approval. He believes that everything is working in favour for Treasure Cay but says that if government does say no, he does not know where to turn. He suggested that the new Passerine Development on Guana Cay may be interested in becoming a partner in this as Treasure Cay is a shorter boat ride away than Marsh Harbour. Mr. Konsten also addressed the matter of the quality of workers hired by contractors and stated that in 2004 letters were sent to all contractors to get police reports on all their workers which will deter a lot of people coming in from New Providence and Grand Bahama. ASP Wayne Miller is very supportive of this. In his Presidents address Mr. Whitcraft North Abaco News Please see North Page 7 Each year the Treasure Cay Property Owners Association recognizes one person or couple who has contributed significantly to that community. This year the honour went to Bruce and Doreen Barth, long time residents of Treasure Cay who are heavily involved in many aspects of that community. Shown above is Mrs. Barth accepting the award from Mr. Wardy Thompson while Mr. Barth on the left and Mr. Ed Whitcraft on the right look on. A Full Lunch MenuMon. Tues. Thurs. Fri. 11:30am 2:30pm Sat. 9am 2:30pm Evening Dinner 6 9pm same daysClosed WednesdaysSunday Dinner 6 9pm Come by for our Saturday morning snacks Bar snacks 6pm... untilRestaurantLive Music all open days by Estin SawyerCuban Cigars & Island FashionsHarbour-side Dining on our waterfront deckRestaurant Phone : 367-2366www.mangoesabaco.comConvenient dinghy dock for boaters Marina docks being reconstructed

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 7 addressed several other issues: The Doctor: This has been a more difficult problem than thought. Though several doctors have been short listed and visited Treasure Cay, a replacement for Dr. Wilson has not yet been found. Young doctors find it difficult to live here because it is too quiet and too far from schools and other activities while older doctors find the on call requirements too great. Dr. Biney is presently serving in the clinic for the interim. Meetings have been held with Mr. Barry Rassin of Doctors Hospital, a private hospital in Nassau, in the hope that he can assist in obtaining a doctor for Treasure Cay and this looks hopeful. The Passerine Development has shown an interest in a clinic at Treasure Cay. Emergency Services: Treasure Cay is one of the only communities on Abaco without a fire engine though there are plans underway for a building to house one. The Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham has said that there will be no duty charged on a fire truck and he will help get one through. Security: Mr. Ingraham and ASP Miller both stated at the previous meetings that the Police Force is unable to provide enough police protection to deter crime in the community. A private security force is needed. As regards organization, Mr. Ingraham stated that the Treasure Cay community needs to become organized like Lyford Cay in Nassau. Mr. Whitcraft concluded his address by saying that this is a very expensive island to run due to its widespread geographical layout and the government cannot possibly afford to do everything. What we need we have to contribute to. The financial report, read by Mrs. Erica Erim, was approved, and Mr. Whitcraft announced the need to appoint a new auditor. He proposed the appointment of Ms. Phyllis Rolle and this was accepted. Mr. Whitcraft announced that he will continue as President of the association for another More North Abaco News Please see North Page 20 NorthFrom Page 6 Once yearly the residents of Treasure Cay hold a Yard Sale. It is an opportunity for everyone to sell unwanted items, cleaning out cabinets and closets. Anyone can set up shop and people are attracted from many communities for the wide variety of merchandise offered. This year the sale was held on March 5 at the site of the old hotel and proved to be once again a popular event. year, making it his fourth year in office. Election of members of the nominating committee and executive committee was carried out by Mr. George Erhart and election of officers for the coming year by Mr. Whitcraft. Mr. Wardy Thompson gave a report on hurricane relief and declared that, although it had been a lot of work, it had been a pleasure to do it. He had received fantastic help in donations and $95,000 was raised, just short of the $100,000 target. Flooding and wind-blown debris can BLAST through windows and sliding glass doors ruining household furnishings and irrecoverable treasures. And thats not to mention the dangers it presents to you and your family. Rollaway Shutters can protect your home even in windloads of 140 m.p.h. Installed on the outside and controlled on the inside, Rollaway Shutters also offer protection from vandals, harsh sunlight and heat and cold. With four styles to choose from to suit your needs, Roll-a-way Storm and Security Shutters can secure your home in minutes from theft or storm. Call now for a FREE estimate with no obligations or come to ABACO HARDWARE ( Local distributors for Roll-a-way ) for a custom quote today.ABACO HARDWARE LTDDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour Tel: (242) 367-2170 e-mail: abacohdwe@batelnet.bs For more info on Roll-a-way Storm and Security Shutters please contact us. With Roll-a-way shutters, the days of having to manually board up your home can be a thing of the past! Accordian shutters in front of sliding glass doors. Bahama shutters are available in an array of colors. Colonial shutters look like traditional wood shutters.Orders Placed before April 30th will receive special discount HURRICANE SEASON.IT CAN BE A REAL BLAST

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Page 8 The Abaconian April 1, 2005The 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, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Annabelle Cross, Lindsey Delaplaine, 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 Dave RalphThe Editor Says . Immigrant Settlements Get AttentionBy Jennifer Hudson The Good: The grass verges in Murphy and Dundas Towns have at last been cut, giving a neater appearance. The Bad: Stray dogs on the streets are rapidly increasing in number causing one to wonder if the SNIP (Spay and Neutering programme ), which has done such a good job in the past, is still in operation. The Ugly: The amount of litter on the streets in Murphy and Dundas Towns is unbelievable. Are the garbage trucks out of service or what? As one drives through, one sees garbage cans piled high and overflowing with garbage bags, that is, the ones that have not already been knocked over by all the stray dogs and whose contents are piled high on the ground all around and much of which has been blown all over the town. The sides of the road are thick with strewn garbage, and it even hangs from bushes like washing put out to dry. This is not only an eyesore for the residents and people who drive through but whatever must it do for our tourist industry? Tourists must be horrified when they see the ugly mess they have come to when theyViewpoint: Our Environment The Good, the Bad and the Uglywere expecting a clean, attractive environment. Although the majority of their time is spent along the tourist strip, which has been made most attractive due to the generosity of Randy Key, they do venture further afield. Why would they keep coming to a messy island when they can go to other places in the Caribbean which are much cleaner (and I know this to be so from statements made from people who are widely travelled.) People are also dumping along the sides of the road. Where I go walking along what should be an attractive little lane I pass a television set, a refrigerator and even a toilet! Another growing problem is that of the pile-up of derelict vehicles which creates a real eyesore in some areas such as on the road to Treasure Cay which is travelled by tourists every day. Please could the Town Committees or the District Council do something about getting this mess cleaned up and a decent garbage collection service before it is too late for our very precious commodity... tourism? Thirty years of continual growth of our Haitian communities has finally registered with government as needing attention. The Urban Renewal group in Nassau is now extending its area of concern to include Abaco and is establishing an office here. Several meetings have been held in Pastor Memes church in Pigeon Peas recently with representatives from Urban Renewal, Police, Immigration, Housing and other agencies. One meeting conducted by Ms. Jewel Major of Urban Renewal took the names and circumstances of Haitians who had submitted resident and citizenship applications months ago and who are waiting for replies. She has promised to work with Immigration locally and in Nassau to determine the status of these applications. Local Immigration has assured everyone that the applications are checked locally for completeness and accompanied with the required documents, then are forwarded without delay to their superiors in Freeport. At this stage they cannot provide any further assistance. Most concerns voiced in the meetings centered on immigration issues. Several themes by government were central in the different sessions. The Haitian communities occupied by squatters must be considered temporary and not viewed as something to be allowed for the long term. Assistance will be offered those who qualify to buy land and want to build elsewhere. In the past two weeks, four families have purchased lots in the Central Pines subdivision in Dundas Town. This was a direct result of recent explanations on who qualified and how to go about the process. The local Immigration office will assist in explaining the application process leading to permanent residence or citizenship for those who qualify. It was made clear that those who are here illegally face the ultimate prospect of being sent back to Haiti. If there are any other options for those here illegally, they must come from the politicians with changes to present laws. The police and immigration officers do not make the laws but only see that laws are enforced equally by everyone in The Bahamas. A recent meeting with Haitian residents included representatives from the Pan American Health Organization, the Ministry of Health, The Ministry of Environmental Health, and Keep the Bahamas Green Committee. Concerns at this meeting were related to health issues, both present and potential. A major effort is underway to clean up garbage, trash, old appliances and vehicles which are breading grounds for rats, mosquitoes and other vermin. One benefit of the recent focus on these areas is that a volunteer community effort is now underway to clean up the garbage and trash. Refuse containers will be placed at the entrance points to the Mud and Peas for residents to put garbage. It has been intimated that funding will be allocated in the next local government budget to continue and expand this service. There appears to be a limited amount of funding for several large trash containers to be placed immediately. There have been several scheduled community clean-ups with residents working to improve living conditions. This is being encouraged by the different agencies in an effort to reduce the threat of epidemic diseases which have the potential of becoming prevalent. Another minor but hopeful sign is an informal survey team comprised primarily of policemen who are preparing a map of the Mud in order to facilitate access by emergency vehicles. Volunteer firemen will find this helpful as they can often see the smoke but are not always sure of the best way to get to the scene. Advances in telephone technology have allowed the residents in these communities to get cell phones without the need for an extensive network of wires. The delivery of clean water to these residents was a concern and will be investigated further. The desire for electricity will be harder to accommodate as there are serious safety and regulatory issues to contend with. Perhaps the low-cost subdivision concept initiated in the Ingraham administration will be re-visited. Low cost would be defined as being substantially lower than the $14,000 plus figure now being mentioned for the lots in Central Pines Estates. The recent demolition in the Tr easure Cay Farm area of a squatters house under construction will publicly remind officials of the escalating illegal construction boom. The approximately 600 square foot building structure was not closed in and no one was displaced by the action. A distraught women showed up during the exercise, a single mother with three dependent children, who said she paid $4000 to have the house built. She has been out of work since the Bahama Star Farm closed earlier this year. This new colony is a half mile or more from the Green Turtle Cay ferry landing near the airport. The structure was demolished under the eyes of the police and immigration officers and carried out by the engineer from the Ministry of Works and assisted by Jeffrey Cooper of Coopers Town. The expansion of the four Haitian communities will probably continue unless government takes positive steps to curtail the practice. The four main Haitian communities are: the 15 20 acre Mud the five acre Pigeon Peas (These two are in the center of Marsh Harbour) a several acre Sand Banks settlement by the highway a mile south of the Treasure Cay turn-off The ten-acre (more or less) settlement off the highway on the road to the Normans Castle farm area (Bahama Star farm) We must remember that whatever problems exist are directly related to the booming Abaco economy and the need for workers. Other islands brag that they have no resident Haitians. However, even the most illiterate Haitian can figure out where the money and opportunities can be found. Perhaps Urban Renewal must find innovative ways to entice Bahamians to move to Abaco. All of this current attention and other signs are the most effort we have seen by government toward solving the problem. We need to be supportive of these efforts and hope that they will continue and expand.

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9 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 Thanks for Your Efforts for Our StudentsDear Editor, To Mr. and Mrs. Blumberg: I just returned home from the Pathfinders auction tonight and I wanted to thank you for all your hard work The prizes donated for the auction were fabulous. Joan, you did a GREAT job of putting it all together and the support was tremendous! I also wanted to say a giant thank you to the whole Pathfinders board You have chosen to do something you did not HAVE to do, helping Abacos youth and the future generation. You are making a wonderful difference in their lives. In the past five years the number of students who are furthering their education has risen in leaps and bounds You are helping to sow those seeds of desire by showing them that they do have a choice. By doing so you are helping even more than the ones on your scholarship list. Again, thank you for Tabithas scholarship. We are very proud of her accomplishments and thank you for all you do for them all. Maureen KoeppProject Will Ruin Guana CayDear Editor, I realize that as a tourist to your country that I really should just mind my own business and stay out of your political affairs. However as a frequent visitor to Guana Cay, I would like to offer my opinion on the Passerine Project. My husband and I along with my sister and her husband have been coming to your beautiful Guana Cay for the past six years. We have enjoyed this tranquility so much that last year we came twice. My sister and her husband are retired but my husband and I work 40 plus hours a week. The thing we most look forward to is vacationing on Guana where it is quiet, relaxing, beautiful, and we can refuel our spirit for the coming months. My question and concern with the Passerine Project is: Why would you want to make Guana Cay like the other busy islands? If people want to go to The Bahamas with a marina and golf course are there not other islands with these facilities? I have read Mr. Sealeys letter and his assessment of the project sounds economically safe and sound, he mentions the damage and existing blights on the environment left from the Disney project. How many years did it take for these disturbances to be recognized? Who is responsible for allowing such travesty to happen? And what assurances do the Bahamian people; especially the residents of Guana Cay have that their beautiful island will stay intact? Unfortunately the actual damage that this project could cause would be unknown until years later, no matter how much monitoring takes place. I might also ask how many Guana Cay residents would actually purchase boat slips for this marina? If having a marina for boat docking is indeed a concern of the residents, I am assuming residents of Guana Cay, then why are the residents opposing this so adamantly? Again, I realize that none of this is my business, since we own no property on this island, just dearly love the area and enjoy vacationing in Guana Cay and have become quite fond of some of the residents. My concern lies not only with the true residents of Guana but also the fact that places of tranquil beauty and serenity are becoming nonexistent. Actually if the project does go through, this would be saving us a lot of money since the reason for coming to Guana Cay would sadly no longer exist. Mr. Sealey, I would like for you to ponder the idea that maybe it is not ignorance or misinformation, but instead a true love for their native land that the Abaconians do not want to see greed and progress destroy their homeland. Now I realize that my expertise is not in land development nor have I been privileged to see the plans for this development. However, I have visited the cay and I am a reader of The Abaconian and Mr. Sealey, I am not reassured by your assessment of this project. As far as any development enhancing an already beautiful island, there is absolutely no way a development can out paint the beauty God has laid before you on this island. Thank you for allowing me to share a concern and view. Cynthia GillamWe Want Our DepositDear Editor: Please treat this as an open letter to BATELCO. They will be getting a copy also. LETTER TO BATELCO: In April 2004, we sold our home on Guana and notified you to close our telephone account. In spite of numerous letters from us, you continued to bill us monthly charges for two extra months until you finally stopped additional billing, but never returned our deposit. Instead, you are still issuing monthly statements showing new balance due of $45.36 and a deposit held of $300. We have written you many letters asking for the return of the remainder of our deposit ($254.64) mailed to us at our billing address. In addition, several requests were made on our behalf by some Bahamian friends at your Marsh Harbour office. One Batelco representative told our friend that the deposit was not returned because they did not have our address! (You will note from the enclosed copy of a recent bill that you have our address on file.) She gave you our address. We dont know why it is taking so long to get the return of our money. It has cost us much time and money (postage) to try to get what belongs to us. I will go on record to say that we have heard from one friend that it took him three years to get the return of his deposit, and only when he went personally to Batelco. This is obviously not a cost effective thing for us to do, nor should we have to do this. I certainly hope that this letter will force you to do the right thing. Thomas & Geri JagelLetters to the Editor Mr. Peter de Savary, developer of the Abaco Club at Winding Bay is shown presenting a check for $10,000 to ASP Wayne Miller for purchasing band instruments. Mr. Miller has begun a marching brass band as one of his programs to help the youth of Central Abaco. Behind are Mr. Jerry Wisdom, Ms. Vanria Lightbourne, Mr. Gentry Morris, Ms. Cleola Cooper, Sgt. Ernest Rahming and WPO Lisa Campbell.Police Receive Donation for Band Instruments ASP Wayne Miller of the Royal Bahamas Police Force is making enormous strides on Abaco in policing and community service. A former member of the world renowned Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, Mr. Miller is presently the Chief of Police for Abaco but has not forgotten his first love, music. Mr. Miller saw the need to harness all the vigour of the youth on this island in positive ways. By forming a Community Marching Band, its members will be trained by qualified police and civilian musicians. The young people will be taught discipline, kept on a straight and narrow path and give their communities something that is needed while having fun and enjoyment doing so. ASP Miller envisioned at the commencement a group with a minimum of 75 to 80 musicians and performers. He knew that there were no funds to purchase instruments and uniforms. He formed an executive board that wrote letters to businesses one of which was sent to Mr. Peter de Savary, the developer of The Abaco Club on Winding Bay. Since his arrival to Abaco, Mr. de Savary has made many contributions and donations to worthy recipients. A firm believer in the empowerment of youth because they are the future, Mr. de Savary did not hesitate to support ASP Millers quest to organize a marching band. Mr. de Savary donated $10,000 towards the formation of the band. While presenting the cheque to Mr. Miller, Mr. de Savary said, The club is still in its infancy stage and has yet to begin turning profits. Based on the success of the Abaco Club, I will be able to contribute much more. This particular project means a lot to me because it helps to produce a better quality of young persons that will be a benefit to all of Abaco in the future. Mr. Miller thanked de Savary for his generous donation This generous donation will go far to secure a better structured life for many young people on Abaco. It will also contribute enormously to helping them become productive citizens. Eventually all will witness the results of our works, and I hope that others in the community will follow suit because now is the time to focus the next generation.

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Page 10 The Abaconian April 1, 2005 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 Central Abaco NewsPirates of the Caribbean, Sequels II and IIIBy 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 online at: www.piratescasting.com. Application are still being considered. The movies, like the first one, will be comedy adventures and will feature the same characters impersonated by the same actors including star Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom. Two hundred fifty persons were photographed and submitted application forms applying as cast members for the sequels of Pirates of the Caribbean. Applicants that the film makers are interested in will be notified. Shown above is Caitlyn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Scott. Please see Central Page 11 ASP Wayne Miller, Abacos Police Chief, held a meeting with the residents of Pelican Shores, Little Orchard and High Rocks to stress the importance of preventing crime rather than waiting until crimes occur. The group is making plans to have a neighbourhood watch and were appreciative of the support they are receiving from the police. ASP Miller is shown here with residents after discussing security problems. 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

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April 1, 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! RIGHT Washers Dryers Microwaves Stoves Fridges Freezers Phones Satellites Car Stereos/Amps Stereos TVs Speakers Home Appliances Abaco Distributors Ltd. Ph: 242-367-2265 242-367-3042SALES SERVICES REPAIRS AND ACCESSORIES We Now Carry Flat Screen TVs Every Day Great Low PricesWE HAVE MOVED TT TT T OO OO O AIRPORAIRPOR AIRPORAIRPOR AIRPOR TT TT T More Central Abaco NewsTrauma One Is ClosingJennifer Hudson Trauma One, which has provided ambulance service to Abaco since September 1995, will cease to exist at midnight on March 31st when the vehicle licences expire and the teams retire. The emergency phone number will be disconnected on April 1st. In a letter dated January 20th, 2005, to Dr. Swarna, District Medical Officer, and Dr. Baldwin Carey, Director of Public Health, Mr. Dan Wiltfang, Founder and Director of Trauma One, stated the reasons for its closure as an estimated debt of $15,000, stress of the volunteers, exposure to health hazards from sickness or injury and lack of appreciation which adversely affects their participation, leaving the service undermanned. Mr. Wiltfang stated, I do not wish to see this service simply vanish, but this is a course which must be taken as I can no longer carry this burden physically, emotionally or financially. He further stated that although it seemed that the service has been utilized about 75 percent by the resident population and about 25 percent by the visiting population, a review of the donations received up to the end of the ninth fiscal year of operations (September 2004) shows that the service was funded about 80 percent by the visiting population and only about 20 percent by the resident population. Mr. Wiltfang wished to thank all those persons in the community who have assisted Trauma One over the years. In 1996 the Ministry of Health sent a letter to Trauma One pledging its support in the form of payment for services, but CentralFrom Page 10 The navigational light on Inner Point at the entrance to Marsh Harbour has been out for about 18 months. This 30-foot boat went up on the rocks, throwing two of the occupants into the water. Two others were thrown down in the boat. No one was injured severely although the accident could have been much worse. The boat had to be removed by the Abac ocays Freight barge. There are other navigational lights not operational, making our waters quite dangerous for boaters such as these who were returning home after dark. nothing has yet been received, according to Mr. Wiltfang. A proposal was sent to the Ministry for government to purchase the equipment upon the closure of Trauma One, but no acknowledgment of receipt of the letter has been received. Therefore on April 1st the two vehicles which were brought in duty free will be donated to the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic, and some of the other equipment will be donated to various rescue groups. The remaining two vehicles will be sold to cover outstanding operating expenses. A series of yard sales has been effected to help erase the debt. The prospective lack of ambulance service on Abaco is of grave concern. Firstly, emergency medical services are vital to any community, and who knows how many of our people may suffer. Secondly, there is the concern of its effect on the international airlines when it is realised that there is no longer any ambulance service on Abaco. Trauma One was very much in the spotlight in 2001 after the Aaliyah plane crash. Please see Central Page 22

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Page 12 The Abaconian April 1, 2005 B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdTel: 367-2798 Fax: 367-5098 South Abaco NewsCherokee SoundBy Lee PinderCondolencesHarvey Albury, born in Cherokee Sound to Hermes and Lauretta Albury on February 28, 1928, and living in Treasure Cay since 1976, passed away on March 15, 2005. His funeral was held at the Assemblies of God Church with many friends and relatives in attendance and interment at the Cherokee Sound Public Cemetery. Left to mourn his passing were his wife of 45 years, Ruth Anne, his children and grandchildren and many other family members and friends. Our sincere condolences to his family.Another LossEric Loraine Coo Sturrup, born in Rock Sound, Eleuthera, on August 31st, 1940, passed away after a long illness on March 10th. Even though he and his wife were not Cherokee residents, they owned a home in Yellow Wood and his funeral service was held on March 19 at Epworth Chapel where he had been a member for several years and regularly attended church. Many business colleagues and old friends came from Nassau to pay their last respects along with a host of close friends and acquaintances here on Abaco. A quiet and unassuming man, Coo was always smiling and had a good sense of humor and will be a big loss to all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Joann and daughter Kimberly Roberts as well as many other relatives and family. May he rest in peace.Newest ArrivalsYizel and Richard Albury are the proud new parents of a son, Haven Riley, born on February 13th in Freeport. Mother and baby are home again in Man-O-War but will undoubtedly be spending plenty of time in Cherokee where Dad was born and the babys grandparents still reside. Congratulations to the Albury family. Geneology of Cherokee Sound Is AvailableFor over five years Roosevelt Pinder, born in Cherokee but now living in Nassau, has been collecting family names and dates compiling a record of the settlements genealogical history. The rough draft is now available for perusal in our public library which is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 3 until 4 p.m. We hope that those with Cherokee roots will take a few minutes to drop by and look up their family and make notations as to additions, deletions or corrections. The information contained in the book is kept in a computer file and changes can be made where applicable. This is our history and we want it to reflect correct information. Its complete authenticity depends on receiving and recording true data. This document will be passed on to future generations and the information we record now will be significantly important to the lasting history of our grandparents, parents, children and our childrens children. Please take a few minutes to make sure you and your family are correctly listed in this historical document.Young People Raise Funds and Elect New OfficersAnxious to get the ball rolling, the young people in our community got together for a cookout on March 5 on the school grounds. Word got around and everyone showed up to give them support and enjoy a good steak dinner with baked potatoes and corn-on-thecob. The weather warmed up and made for a very pleasant evening to enjoy a community cookout and a few games of volleyball. The event raised nearly $500 dollars. Now they have a better idea of how much work it takes to raise funds, and they have a brand new bank account that they can watch grow. These young people know what they want and seem to be forging ahead in their efforts to get a meeting place and recreational center here in our community. They called their second meeting on March 12 to elect a leader in the form of a chairman, various officers and a committee of their peers to put forth ideas and make decisions. Again, a good number of local town folk wanting to help them get a good start came out for the meeting. And, as would be expected, the young people were nervous and unsure of how to control the crowd and proceed with the business at hand. They must surely have felt intimidated by the adults present while they are still trying to find their way. Undoubtedly, they will settle down and manage to accomplish more when they have a little more experience and are really on their own without so many adults looking over their shoulder.Residents Are Progressing on Long Dock RepairsWith a final goal of 800 feet in length, Cherokees famous Long Dock is well on its way (over 300 feet at last measurement) to being returned to its former grandeur, thanks to some very dedicated and hardworking volunteers. Government does allot us a small stipend for the upkeep of our docks but it doesnt accumulate for the times when we really need it like this past year when we were hit with back to back storms. Many times over the years some very genPlease see South Page 13 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: 242-367-3260 Hope Town Tel: 242-366-0601 Fax: 242-366-0602www.bahamasrealty.bs E-mail: abaco@bahamasrealty.bs Bahama Coral Island. Building site. Nice elevation, fresh water well. Power runs close to this property #7735. $20,000 Bahama Palm Shores Two adjacent home sites just one block from Eight Mile Beach. Buy both for a generous building envelope. Good elevation. Build up for views #3646. $41,000 each Bahama Palm Shores Almost beach front! 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Contact: George Damianos (242) 362-4211 george@damianos.com EXCLUSIVE PROPERTIESTREASURE CAY April 1, 2005 2,3,4&5Bedroom BeachfrontRentalsTreasure Cay, Abaco, BahamasPhone: 242-365-8500 Fax: 242-365-8501www.BahamaBeachClub.comTollFreeReservations:800-563-0014 18HoleGolf Course,Tennis,BoatRentals, Scuba,IslandTours,Shopping&More!One of the10Best Beaches in the WorldNational Geographic LUXURYCONDOMINIUMS Tbh More South Abaco News SouthFrom Page 12 erous people have come to our rescue and given us yet one more donation to rebuild our Long Dock. We cannot thank these people enough, and it really wouldnt be fair to single out any one person but want them to know that their generosity is appreciated. Shrimp Found Dead on Cherokee ShoresThousands of shrimp, some baby squid and small fish washed up on the beaches of Cherokee Sound. The shrimp were no more than one inch in length and the tiny marine decapod crustaceans came in with the morning tide already dead. No one knows the cause for their demise or mysterious appearance on our shores. These tiny shrimp are often found when the fishermen clean and gut their fish. This incident was reported to the Environmental Health Department in Marsh Harbour and they said they would check into it. I have been told that someone locally has sent a specimen to the U.S. for analyzing. Living so close to the sea, it is always a great concern when we find dead sea life on the beaches, no matter what kind it is, especially when there is no apparent reason for it. We wonder if whatever killed them could be harmful to humans as well. Normally at this time of the year, especially after a good rain, we would see little rain crabs all over the roads, but not this year. Where are they? Something must be killing them, too. Parrots ReturnOver the years our local flock of Bahamian parrots has been dwindling down from 33 birds about 20 years ago to only a few after the storms last year. However, good news! Five were spotted in the settlement over the last couple of weeks, and as noisy as they are, it was a welcome sound to once again hear them here in Cherokee, up on the hill (yes, you can hear them when you are out on the Long Dock) and when we drive through Yellow Wood. I know this will make many of our second-home owners and returning visitors very happy. Oddly enough, Man-O-War seems to have acquired a new flock that they never had before around this same time, and we feel that they may just be Cherokee-born parrots who lost their way in the confusion of the hurricanes that hit Abaco last year. Tuppy Weatherford tells me she has some of them tame enough to land in her yard when she puts fruit out for them. As a result of her humanitarian generosity, she has gotten some fantastic close-up photos that she now has for sale in her new Blue Sky Gallery in Marsh Harbour. You can stop Please see South Page 14 The Long Dock in Cherokee lost all its decking during the two hurricanes last September. Slowly the dock is being rebuilt. At present about one-third of it is replaced. The workers are hoping to take it out 800 feet so small boats can use it once again.

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They asked each church member to commit $20 monthly which would enable them to obtain a bank load to purchase the instruments for the band. The church members were receptive and a loan was arranged leading to the purchase of the musical instruments last June. Presently, nearly all 40 band members have either a clarinet, saxophone, trombone, snare drum, bass drum or cymbals. Mr. J. Roberts is the trumpet player. The majority of the participants, whose ages range from nine to 32 years, received their initial musical instruction from Pastor Lenny Ettienne and practiced under the supervision of Const. Anderson. The band was mamed the Maria Lightbourne Brass Marching Bank in honor o f Mrs. Maria Lightbourne, who was the first organist at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and played there for 30 years. Currently, the band has resumed the practice sessions with Const. Anderson and is available for special events.Moores IslandCommonwealth Day Is CelebratedBy Ruthamae Rolle A special Commonwealth Day Assembly was held at Moores Island All-Age on March 14. Staff, students and parents celebrated Commonwealth Day in a special assembly where students learnt about some of the member countries. Those persons present enjoyed songs, foods and dances from various Commonwealth countries. The boys of the school were given a challenge to read as many books as they could between February 4 to March 4. The person reading the most books in his age category would to receive a prize. The winners of this special competition were announced at the special assembly. The winner in level one was Shelton Rolle, level two was Lester Hield, and the winner from level three was Vascille Stuart. The boys received trophies and books as prizes.Students Prepare for PageantMiss and Little Miss Moores Island AllAge School pageant scheduled for March 22. The contest is being organized by the teachers and sponsored by the PTA and various businesses on the island. The objective is to provide the students with an opportunity to display their talents in a healthy competition while having fun and to raise funds to assist with school projects. The event will also feature other performances by students who are not competing as well as from members of the PTA and the wider community. Spring is the time of the year when nature displays great beauty in the form of lush green plants and brilliantly blooming flowers. Hence, organizers have decided to use flowers as the theme for the pageant. The girls are encouraged to display inner beauty as well as their outer beauty. They are as beautiful as the flowers whose names they carry.Police Celebrate 165 yearsMembers of the community join officers Ferguson and Johnson of the Moores Island Police in celebration of the Police Forces 165th anniversary. Saturday 12m March, 2005. More South Abaco News SouthFrom Page 13 Please see South Page 15 The Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Sandy Point has begun a marching brass band for youth. They have raised money for instruments and have Lennie Etienne instruct the young people. They are now proficient and can play for church services and other events.

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 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 Residents enjoyed souse chicken, boiled fish and fresh home-made bread at the Police station after a long walk through both settlements of The Bight and Hard Bargain. Nurse Collie from the government clinic was on hand to do blood pressure checks. The Chief Councillor and her Deputy along with other Council members also joined in the Saturday morning walk. Other activities for the month include attending a worship service at Greater Bethel Baptist Church on March 12, a visit to Moores Island All-Age School to talk to the students on road safety and a community walk-about on March 16.Bahama Palm ShoresProvided by the Palm Shores Owners Association More South Abaco News SouthFrom Page 14 The Palm Shores Owners Association held its third annual general meeting on February 25 at the home of Jack and Kathy Nesbitt. The following members were elected to the executive board for the upcoming year: Anita Knowles President, Bruce Smith Vice President, Leo Bethel Treasurer, Moores Island will be hosting a pageant to name Little Miss Moores Island All Age.The contestants are, left to right, Shantika Davis Miss Marigold; Isrinique Rolle Miss Pansy; Glennece Culmer Miss Rose; Kaylor Simms Miss Daffodil; Alferniece Simms Miss Sunflower; Ashley Rolle Miss Daisy; Raniesha Knowles Miss Shell Rose The contestants for Miss Moores Island All-Age are, standing, Natalya Simms Miss Lily, Shandira Davis Miss Violet, Jacklyn Davis Miss Carnation, Joseline Lightbourne Miss Hibiscus, Kerstella Simms Miss Dahlia, Ashley Johnson Miss Magnolia, Angelique Rolle Miss Yellow Elder and Kamilah Simms Miss Zinnia. In the front are Nevandria Rolle Miss Petunia and Keriann Stuart Miss Buttercup. Please see South Page 16 Abaco FSCAbaco FSC Abaco FSCAbaco FSC Abaco FSCA Bahamian Financial Service Corporation Investment Fund Administration Fund Formation and Licensure Articles of Association and Offering Memorandums Shareholders registration, issuance and redemption of shares All accounting and administration including monthly financial statements, partner statements, and NAV calculations Government compliance Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider International Business Companies (IBCs) incorporation and registration Central Bank applications Registered agent services Custodial and local account administration Serve as director, nominee shareholder, officer, or local agent Government compliance Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Dedicated to e-commerce and client communication through the internet Data storage of all client documents (both hard and soft copies) Monthly, quarterly, or annual preparation of financial statements Bank reconciliations, Payroll, Accts Payable, and Accts ReceivableMemorial Plaza, Suite 202, P.O.Box AB-20763, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas Tel: 242-367-0220 Fax: 707-516-7765 Dr. Therese M. Bonamy (full time)General Dentistry (Aesthetic, Restorative & ZOOM (Bleaching)Dr. Munir Rashad (Apr 1)Oral Maxillo Facial Surgeon (Wisdom teeth)Dr. Antoine Clarke (Apr 7-8)Periodontics (Gum disease & implants)Dr. Woodley ThompsonOrthodontic (Braces) (Apr 14-15)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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Page 16 The Abaconian April 1, 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 Renee Bethel Secretary, Jack Nesbitt, Marge Hamilton and Art Capling Directors Last years activities were not limited to the regular road and verge maintenance. The disastrous forest fire season of last March and April together with the direct hits by Hurricanes Jeanne and Francis in August and September resulted in a considerable increase in the amount of work that had to be done. The association hired a bulldozer to cut a number of fire breaks, and the volunteer Casuarina/Bahama Palm Shores Fire Brigade fought blazes day and night for several weeks. Although much of Abaco was burned, fire penetrated our community only in a few areas where it was contained successfully. As everyone is aware, the two hurricanes that hit in close succession did extreme damage to buildings and property. The association took prompt action to get roads open. The cutting and removal of fallen trees from the roads entailed substantial expense with further clean up expenses being anticipated for the association. A voluntary work Bee is scheduled for April 2 so community members can take part in cleanup and planting improvements along the main entry road as well as reinstalling signs and flagpoles near the highway. This volunteer activity is part of Community Day which will include a potluck lunch and get together at the esplanade from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other association projects include the organizing and equipping of a local fire station by the volunteer firefighters of Bahama Palm Shores under the leadership of Brother Bob Cornea. Training sessions will be conducted for the volunteers. Other issues involve follow-up of three petitions including the matters of road ownership, the provision of cable television/ internet and the installation of a phone system. Batelco has begun installing overhead lines and phones to a few homes but was interrupted by the hurricanes and has yet to be restarted. The association has not resolved the matter of transferring the roads from the developer of Bahama Palm Shores to the government or received a commitment on television and internet service from Cable Bahamas. The new executive board of the association will continue to pursue all three of these issues. Since the inception of the Palm Shores Owners Association, funds generated by yearly dues have gone to critical maintenance work and fire protection. If we are to undertake any upgrading or improvement projects, additional funds will be required either through increased membership, increased dues or both. We anticipate a full and active year ahead and look forward to your support. Just a reminder, the association continues to stress the following: Please drive your vehicles on the road and not on the beach. Please take your trash with you or put in trash barrels provided. Please heed the speed limit and the stop signs as we have children playing and riding their bicycles and people walking on the roads. Please keep your dogs leashed and not allowed to roam. Please obey stop signs and drive slowly. SouthFrom Page 15 More South Abaco NewsBy Portia Jonsson Make You A Celebrity Over Night was the theme of the 2005 Little Miss Fabulous Pageant held March 6th at the Anglican Parish Hall. After a late start, the evening got off to an exciting start with the introduction of the 14 young ladies who were vying for the crown. The audience got a second look at the contestants as they modeled sportswear showcasing various sports including basketball, tennis, soccer and golf. This delighted the crowd and got a resounding applause crowd and one could tell that many had already chosen their favorite. As the night wore on, the competition heated up and crowds anticipation grew as the display of talent drew near. While the contestants were readying themselves, entertainment was provided by Little DD, Gods Ultimate Soldiers and HBP who danced, sang and rapped. The talented and very brave young ladies danced, sang and rapped trying to win over the hearts of the four judges. During one of the performances the audience became so involved it seemed as if they, too, were a part of the act. It was time for the contestants to show off their evening wear and answer a question. The gowns were elegant and fitting for any princess at a ball. Each was asked the same question, If you had one wish, what would it be and why? Some wished for wealth while others wanted to help those in need, world change, a clean environment, tranquility for all to live in harmony and to win the pageant in order to make her parents proud. The judges, Agatha Simms, Ismenette Riche, Cleola Cooper and Veronard DeVille, tallied the scores and the results were read. The contestants were judged on posture, confidence, talent, answer, eveningwear and clarity. In addition to the crown, trophy and floral bouquet, Ms. Jonnasant received a cash prize. Her court also received trophies and floral bouquets. All contestants received a certificate of participation and gift baskets.Pageant Draws a Big CrowdDiana Jonnasant Little Miss Lily was crowned Little Miss Fabulous Pageant in Marsh Harbour. Second place went to Little Miss Gardenia Dedrie Odeus and coming in third was Little Miss Daisy Caroline Joen.

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 CJCJ CJCJ CJ s s s s s WW WW W elding & Mac elding & Mac elding & Mac elding & Mac elding & Mac hine Shop hine Shop hine Shop hine Shop hine Shop On the waterfront at the end of Key Club Rd. Marsh Harbour Phones: 367-4011 or 367-4879 Fax: 367-4018 Custom Fabrication Decorative Security Bars Marine Items Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, Boat Trailers Fuel & Water Tanks Outboard Brackets Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Machine Shop Offering: Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Cylinder Head ResurfacingCustom T-tops Made & Fitted hereAluminum, Stainless & Black Iron Welding By Jennifer Hudson An appreciation service for His Excellency, Mr. Jack Thompson and the NEMA, Abaco, Team was held on March 13th at the Full Gospel Assembly in Treasure Cay in recognition of outstanding service above and beyond the call of duty. The love and esteem in which the people of Abaco hold Mr. Thompson was evident throughout the entire service. He was described as a unique man who has the ability to walk with kings but keep the common touch; a man who is respected by all and who has time for everyone; a man who can be Jumping Jack to teenagers but His Excellency when called upon; a man who remains humble yet dignified; and a man who is a giant in community service though small in stature. Rev. Stafford Symonette, Senior Pastor of the Full Gospel Assembly, said it demonstrated what kind of a man Mr. Thompson is that when he was invited to attend this service of appreciation, he requested that his entire team be invited also. It takes a big man to take his honour and share it with others, said Mr. Ricardo Smith, Deputy Coordinator with the NEMA team responsible for North Abaco, who thanked Mr. Thompson on behalf of the team and said what a wonderful person he had been to work with. Bishop Clifford Henfield, guest speaker, began his address by stating that the government could not have made a better choice for Abaco than Jack Thompson. We have seen Abaco turned around in record time because of Jack Thompson and his team. He has helped all classes but went all out for the lower class. When mentioning the rumour of a proposed move for Mr. Thompson to Grand Bahama, he elicited a chuckle from Mr. Thompson by saying, We do not know how much longer he will be with us, but prayer changes things! Bishop Henfields advice to Mr. Thompson was to stay faithful and focused wherever your destiny leads you, stay humble and God will exalt you to greater heights because the time will come when you will stand not before the Prime Minister but before the King of Kings and you will hear well done. The Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, also sent his apologies and a letter to Mr. Thompson which was read to him by Ms. Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism, Abaco, which attested to the profound impact he had had on the community. Commemorative plaques were presented to Mr. Jack Thompson and the entire NEMA team and also to Mr. Wardy Thompson of Treasure Cay and the Treasure Cay Property Owners Association for their great contribution in raising $100,000 for the hurricane relief effort. Several moving and well deserved tributes were paid to Mr. Thompson by ministers representing many of the churches on Abaco. Mr. Robert Sweeting summed up very well the caring nature of Mr. Thompson when he mentioned that Mr. Thompson earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education and had begun his career nurturing plants but then felt himself called to nurture human beings, firstlyJack Thompson and NEMA Team Is RecognizedMr. Jack Thompson was honoured at a special church service at Full Gospel Church in Treasure Cay on March 13. He is shown holding the plaque he was given along with Pastor Stafford Symonette on the left and Mr. Joe Norris on the right. as a teacher and then as an administrator. In his vote of thanks, Mr. Thompson thanked God for making him available to the people of his country and for giving him the strength to go on from day to day. This year he celebrates his 25th year in government. This is the most challenging task I have undertaken, he said, but I happily took it on for Abaco. When people had asked him about giving up his Lincoln car and other luxuries in Canada to come to Abaco, he replied, What are you living for if you cannot help someone? He thanked especially Mr. Robert Sweeting, M.P. for South Abaco who had been with NEMA every step of the way, and also Mr. Gary Smith, Superintendent of Customs, who was extremely helpful and had all the headaches to deal with. Mr. Thompson ended by saying that a decision will be made shortly on how NEMA will go forward and asked that people give their support to Mr. Neil Campbell and Mr. Ricardo Smith, Deputy Coordinators. Following the service the congregation was invited to join Mr. Thompson and his team for a fellowship dinner in the community hall. 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Page 18 The Abaconian April 1, 2005 Light Impressions Tile OutletNew Arrivals in Stock NOW!Keep Your House Clean, Cool & Comfortably Stylish With Todays CeramicsSouth America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. .We stock: Spacers Caps Trims and Accessories Thin-set Mastic Grouts Saws & Blades Free estimates Free delivery for larger orders Special pricing for builders and contractors Installation also optionalAbaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on display Ceramic Granite Stone Procelain Vinyl Wood 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 By Jennifer Hudson Urban Renewal meetings were held in the Pigeon Pea on March 17th and 18th to continue the process which was begun two weeks earlier and to make good on the promises. Ms. Jewel Major, Deputy Director of the Urban Renewal Commission in Nassau, and Mr. Hutcheson of the Immigration Department, Abaco, were on hand to assist the residents of the Mud and Pigeon Pea with the processing of their applications and to answer related questions. At the first meeting 91 people brought immigration documents and passports and were assisted by the two officers in filling out forms to be taken into Nassau in order to expedite the granting of permanent residence and citizenship. The following evening ASP Miller, Chief of Police for Abaco, Ms. Jewel Major and Mr. Hutcheson all addressed the standing room only crowd which had gathered in Pastor Memes Church to hear answers to their important questions, all of which concerned immigration matters. Mr. Miller stated how pleased he was to see that in the two weeks since clean up got underway, persons in the Haitian community had already been moving derelict vehicles, cleaning up yards and renting trucks to have the trash removed to the dump. He thanked Mr. Joseph, who had done tremendous work mobilizing the people and making the community a better place. He felt that the meeting was a fine starting point to recognize the two communities and address some of the challenges they face. Ms. Major said that her heart was delighted when, on a walkabout in the area, she saw all the cleaning up which had taken place in the two weeks since she was last there. She spoke plainly to the people when she said It is no big secret that no one wants the Mud here. Our mandate is to get rid of the Mud and Pigeon Pea and help you get out in an orderly way. It is the commissions aim for those people who have legal status to purchase land and move out of the Mud and Pigeon Pea. As soon as a family has departed the house will be knocked down. People will move out of the area either by purchasing their own land or being deported. The commission will make sure that the children and elderly are all right and that the area is cleaned up and is safe. It was reported that Mr. Richard Gibbs from the Department of Housing had spoken to the Haitian community the previous week about the opportunity for person with legal status to purchase land and since then four persons had been into the office and paid deposits. The Police Department, BEC, Batelco, Department of Housing, Immigration, Environmental Health, Social Services and Ministry of Works are all partners in the Urban Renewal Project. BEC will be going into the area to work out some sort of system from the entanglement of illegal wires, and residents will be made to pay BEC for their electricity. There will be a better and safer supply, and some street lights will be installed. Presently, the young men leave the area in the evenings and go into town to play their music due to the lack of lighting in the area. Environmental Health will play an active role in ensuring that it will be a healthy environment with regular garbage collections and the problem of the open cesspits will be dealt with. A policeman will map out the area to find easy access routes in and out in the case of emergencies such as fire. Mr. Hutcheson reiterated to the members of the Haitian community present that, while he was there to answer questions and assist, the mandate is to try to dissolve the Mud. The Prime Minister says that you deserve to live in better conditions, he told them. The meeting was opened for questions and a steady stream of persons came to the microphone expressing their concerns on immigration matters. Some of the questions were answered by Mr. Hutcheson on the spot, but in some cases he needed to be able to see documentation or files in order to be able to fully address the concern and asked those persons to meet with him in his office. The overwhelming concern was why it takes so long to receive papers after applying for permanent residence or citizenship. Persons were advised that often applications are not fully documented; but if all photographs and required documents are submitted at the time of application, processing will not take long though there is a backlog of applications. Requests were also made for work permits to be renewed more quickly. Regarding the concern of persons wanting to see relatives who are held at immigration or the police station following a round-up, they were asked to allow several hours to pass in order for matters to be dealt with before going to visit. If they could carry in anything to assist such as documents, that could help expedite matters.Immigration Was Questioned in Pigeon PeaA meeting was held in the New Haitian Mission Baptist Church in Pigeon Peas on March 18. Speaking to group is Izlaine Jean-Louis translating for the government officials. Seated are ASP Wayne Miller, Abacos Police Chief, Ms. Jewel Major, who will be heading up the Urban Renewal team on Abaco, and Mr. Jerome Hutcheson from the Immigration office. Please see Haitian Page 19 WILD DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER TOUR This exciting day trip includes a Bahamas Marine Mammal Research guide, beverages on board your 37 vessel, plus a welcome drink, lunch and gratuities at one of our top restaurants on the surrounding cays. Departs at 10:00am from Boat Harbour Marina at the Abaco Beach Resort, Marsh Harbour and returns at 4:00pm. Call to book today! Abaco Island Tours, telephone 242-375-8718 or 367-2936 An Evening at the Abaco Inn, Elbow Cay This romantic tour is a must for a Friday or Saturday evening, where you will dine by the Atlantic Ocean and one of the best sunset spots in the Bahamas. Your evening at the Abaco Inn includes round trip ferry, transportation to and from the Abaco Inn, dinner, a glass of wine and gratuities. For more information, please call Abaco Island Tours telephone 242-375-8718 or 367-2936. SUNSET CRUISE Departing from Boat Harbour Marina, located at the Abaco Beach Resort, one hour before sunset & returning one hour after the sun sets. While you are taking in the sights and sunset, enjoy a glass of wine, a local rum punch & cheese & crackers. For more information, please call Abaco Island Tours telephone 242-375-8718 or 367-2936. An Experience of a Lifetime

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 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. 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Containing lively, inspirational, and tenderly funny tales of mythical characters, unlikely heroes, and authentic Bahamian vignettes, Sand in My Shoes goes beyond the usual idyllic island images. 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 the beautiful Bahamian islands. Mrs. Sarles stories also draw inspiration from her work as a physical therapist and healer. After spending time abroad, she returned to her roots in the northern Bahamas where her ties are strong in both the Abaco and Grand Bahama communities. Sand in My Shoes is available in Marsh Harbour at Abaco Treasures and Java Coffeehouse, and at Ebb Tide Gifts in Hope Town as well as online at www.sandinmyshoes.net. The community is invited to attend the book signing.Marina Gottlieb Sarles Will Sign Her New Book Pastor Patrinell Wright of the world famous Total Experience Gospel Choir brought joy and excitement to Coopers Town last April 1 when she conducted the first ever mass choir on Abaco. Over 80 voices in the choir pleased and entertained the students of S.C. Bootle High School after only 10 hours of instruction and rehearsal. Now a year later, Pastor Wright will arrive in Treasure Cay to repeat the performance. She is expected on April 5th. Pastor Wright, founder and spiritual leader of the Total Experience, began her journey of inspiring children and adults from around the world 30 plus years ago when she trekked into the ghettos of Seattle, Washington, and recruited people of the ages of seven to 70 to sing the praises of the Lord. They have since sung with Dionne Warwick, Michael Bolton and Ray Charles to name a few. The choir has traveled around the world singing in the countries around the world. After her experience on Abaco, Pastor Wright became enamored with the people of Coopers Town and has tirelessly worked to gather books, clothing and school supplies for Coopers Town and other North Abaco communities. Though the recent tsunami has caused most communities int the Seattle area to concentrate their attention on sending supplies to Asia, Pastor Wright was able to gather additional support for the Family Islands. Those who are interested are encouraged to look for the announcement of the upcoming concert on Radio Abaco. The tentative dates are April 10 through the 12th. Listen for tracks of Pastor Pats C.D. to be played on Radio Abaco in the coming weeks. She has just released a collection of old time spirituals featuring drums and vocals entitled Im So Glad It is sure to capture your heart.Seattle Choir Director Will Visit S.C. Bootle Mr. Hutcheson gave the reminder that one month ago the Minister of Immigration issued a warning that they would be picking up illegals. So anyone who is not supposed to be here should be trying to get regularized because the chance of being picked up is very real. Every country has to have order and rules. Rev. Carlton Dorsette asked for assistance for several young people in the Coopers Town area who, for various reasons, have no identity. The atmosphere at the meeting was one of appreciation from the residents of the Mud and Pigeon Pea as was evidenced by many of the people prefacing their questions with thanks to the officers for all they are doing to try and assist them. Ms. Major, in summing up, said, We need to learn how we can live together and appreciate each others culture. An Urban Renewal office will be established in the NEMA office in Marsh Harbour as the headquarters for Bahamians and an office will be set up in the Mud for Haitians. A 24-hour police presence will be at the office in the Mud. HaitianFrom Page 18 ABACO SPRING FLING ~ Hosted by Forest Heights Academy PTA ~A Day Of fun for the whole family !!! RAFFLES GAMES GALORE FACE PAINTING CAR WASH ARTS FLEA MARKET MUSIC BOOK SALE CRAFT BOOTHS LOCAL MERCHANTS 367-3539Saturday April 30thFrom 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM~at Forest Heights Academy~ FREE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS 8 & UNDER

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Page 20 The Abaconian April 1, 2005 Ph: 367-2222 Fax: 367-2888 Van StrattonNN NN N ASSASS ASSASS ASS AA AA A U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR Y LY L Y LY L Y L TD.TD. TD.TD. TD.INSURANCE AGENCY BB BB B AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS TT TT TGeneral Insurance Company Limited Bahamas First General Ins. Co. Ltd.Monday Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16Guana Harbour Grocery This money was used to rebuild the kitchen at St. Simons by the Sea Anglican and Full Gospel Assembly churches which were totally lost in the hurricanes and to help repair roofs throughout North Abaco in both the Bahamian and Haitian communities. Forty seven stoves and refrigerators and 86 bed sets were bought for persons in need. The library books at the school which were ruined will be replaced and grades one through six will be supplied with the workbooks they need. Mr. Erhart gave an update on the proposed security measures for the community and displayed stickers which are being prepared for vehicles and homes of Treasure Cay residents and posters for placement around the community. Other aspects of security were discussed and a motion was passed to begin with low key security and monitor its success rate over the next two years. The fact that many street signs are still down since the hurricanes was mentioned by one of the residents who was told that the matter would be rectified as soon as possible. Mrs. Barbara Hadley, Chairman of the Treasure Cay Humane Society, gave a short report on the recent Tea Party which raised $6,000 for the Humane Society. The final matter of the day was the presentation of the TCPOA Annual Community Service Award which Mr. Whitcraft described as his favourite part of the meeting. This year the award went to Bruce Barth and his wife, Doreen, who, he said, have done so much in so many ways for the Treasure Cay community over the years.Two Bicycles Are Donated to the PoliceBy Mirella Santillo On March 18 two new red 21-speed bicycles were handed to the Treasure Cay Police by Mr. George Erhart and Mr. Edward Whitcraft on behalf of the Treasure Cay Property Owners Association. There to receive them were ASP Wayne Miller, Abacos Police Chief, and Corp. Bartlett, officer in charge of the Treasure Cay Police Station. The security measures that had been discussed in a meeting of the TCPOA were briefly reviewed. They included a $1,000 reward sticker for apprehending suspects, the issuance of reflecting car stickers that will identify residents of Treasure Cay, home stickers stating that the area is patrolled by the police and the installation of surveillance cameras throughout the town. ASP Miller congratulated the TCPOA for their participation in controlling the safety and security of the area. He thanked the residents for their gift of the two bicycles that will help the policemen patrol quietly, especially at night. He added, I hope that other communities throughout Abaco will follow your example and become involved. Mr. Erhart and Mr. Whitcraft thanked Corp. Bartlett for his recent crack down on trucks speeding through town, many with unsecured loads. Their concern was that these trucks were not only speeding, but were not keeping their loads covered, allowing debris to litter the community. Mr. Miller added, Contractors will be warned and will be asked to register all their employees working at Treasure Cay. He added, It is their responsibility to ensure that their employees respect the law. More North Abaco NewsOn March 18 the Treasure Cay Property Owners Association presented two 21-speed bicycles to the police for the use of the police officers stationed in Treasure Cay. Shown are Corp. Bartlett, presently assigned to the Treasure Cay station, Mr. George Erhart and Mr. Edward Whitcraft from TCPOA and ASP Wayne Miller, Abacos Police Chief. NorthFrom Page 21 NorthFrom Page 7 Doors & Windows Moldings & Millwork Pressure Treated & Dimensional Lumber Custom Cypress Builders Hardware Tools, Plumbing & Electrical items202 Old Dixie Highway Lake Park half mile from The Port of Palm Beach Call now 561-842-4666 Distributors for: The leading provider of automotive, household, hardware, and industrial products and services in The Bahamas.Make NAPA your choice for all of your automotive parts and service needs. AUTO& Home CenterNo one can match NAPA's products, services, and commitment.Don MacKay Blvd. Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone : (242) 367-2117

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21 35th AnnualAbaco AnglersFishing Tournament April 21-28, 2005 Entry FeesAdults $85.00 Juniors $40.00Dates/TimesThursday, April 21, 2005 thru Thursday, April 28, 2005 7 am to 6 pmWeigh StationsLighthouse Marina, Hope Town Petes Pub, Little Harbour ** Other locations may be addedBanquetTo be announced Friday, April 29, 2005 Cocktails at 6 pm (cash bar) Dinner at 7 pm Awards Presentation Following Raffle: Donations from area merchants Trophies by Pete JohnstonFun For The Entire Family! 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 Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 22 Styles Factory direct Easy to Install Health Benefits Add value to your property FREE QFREE Q FREE QFREE Q FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TETE TETE TE Chris Thompson Kathy OKelleher www.bluehawaiianfiberglasspools.com e-mail: pools@hopetown.comFiberglass Pools242-366-0224 Fax 366-0434 242-367-2835 Fax 367-3654Grand CayPolice Attend Church Service in Grand CayBy Portia Jonsson In recognition of the 165th Anniversary of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, ASP Wayne Miller and his officers attended and shared in the Sunday morning worship service at the Shiloh Baptist Church on Grand Cay on March 20th. Addressing the congregation ASP Miller said the Royal Bahamas Police Force was established to maintain law, order and peace in the country and for preventing and detecting crime, apprehending offenders and enforcing the law. The demands on the force continue to grow, and the police have a duty to ensure that the communities that they serve get the maximum benefit. With that in mind, they have embarked on many ambitious programs. Today the police face very different policing challenges. From petty theft to organized criminal enterprise, from unlawful sexual intercourse among school age children to major local and international drug trafficking, from domestic violence between husbands and wives to mass murders. The list sometimes appears endless and yet every single issue is one of great importance. ASP Miller advised that the polices ability to tackle these issues depends on whether the members of the public repose trust and confidence in them and ultimately whether they receive sufficient support to do their job. From his experience gained in almost 25 years of service ASP Miller knows that policing remains one of the most powerful influences for good in society and that police officers have the proven potential to improve communities and make a real difference to peoples lives. Through his officers and staff, he is committed to provide the Abaco community with a type of personal policing service where all police officers stationed on Abaco will be responsible for a small part of the island. Regardless of the size the police officer is responsible to ensure that the area receives the kind of policing service it deserves. He told members of the church that the police are determined to get personal with persistent offenders such as drug dealers and abusers and all others who continually try to make other people lives a misery. His message to them was simple if you continue to commit crime, be prepared to spend the time because the police will target you until you stop. After his address ASP Miller presented Mr. Rosie Curry with a plaque of appreciation for his outstanding contribution to the Royal Bahamas Police Force and another plaque to 12th grade student Francetta Johnson for winning the Police Essay Competition. Following the church service a luncheon was held for all Grand Cay residents. More North Abaco News NorthFrom Page 20 This is a reflective sticker for vehicles belonging to Treasure Cay residents. It will help police identify vehicles which do not belong there.

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Page 22 The Abaconian April 1, 2005Area 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 CURRYS FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour frontLack of emergency ambulance service could be one more thing for the FAA, which is seeking to upgrade the safety and security of all the airports, not to be happy about and could have serious repercussions for the economy.Chiropractor at Auskell ClinicBy Jennifer Hudson The science of Chiropractics has been known to receive some scepticism in the past as the word Chiropractor has often conjured up thoughts of someone roughly jerking bones back into place. But Dr. John Bartlett, a licensed Doctor of Chiropractics who trained in Canada and the United States, says that chiropractics has changed greatly and chiropractic care is all about health maintenance through gentle manipulation of the joints. Dr. Bartlett, who has begun treating patients at the Auskell Clinic on a bi-weekly basis, says, I have studied many different techniques in order to effectively treat infants, adolescents and older people who all require different treatments, and I certainly do not employ any harsh techniques. His training included acupuncture, massage therapy, physiotherapy and nutrition. At his office in Nassau he is noted for his work in the field of Sports Medicine (Olympic athletes are some of his patients) and the treatment of herniated discs, degenerative joint disease, arthritis pain, migraine and tension headaches and sciatic pain. He also does a lot of work with asthma patients. Pain, says Dr. Bartlett, is a precursor to stress which raises blood pressure and causes heart problems and diabetes. He takes a gentle approach and his office in Nassau includes a sauna and whirlpool for relaxing the muscles prior to treatment. Although he is unable to utilize those on Abaco, he is able to bring with him his treatment table, ultrasound machine and codetron, a machine used in conjunction with acupuncture. He is the only person in The Bahamas using such a machine. He also brings a supply of cremes for pain and sports injuries. Dr. Bartlett will be available for consultation at the Auskell Clinic two Saturdays each month and is recognized by all major insurance companies.Marsh Harbour Clinic Now Has a MorgueBy Jennifer Hudson A morgue, with the capacity to house two bodies, has recently been constructed at the Marsh Harbour Community Clinic. This was a much needed facility as previously bodies had to be taken to the morgue in Coopers Town. Doctor Swarna, District Medical Officer at the Government Clinic in Marsh Harbour, is very pleased to have this new facility on site. More Central Abaco News CentralFrom Page 11 Kim Gilbert, Nail Technician, on the left and Loretta Coakley, Hairstylist, on the right recently spent two days at Options Beauty Salon showing their work to Abaconians. The two will visit Abaco two days each month. Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Pinder and Mr. and Mrs. Ivar Unhjem, proud grandparents, and Mr. and Mrs. Ronny Unhjem, the proud and happy parents, would like to announce the birth of Bradley Ryan Unhjem born December 8, 2004, in Florida. mented by existing research. According to Mr. Albury, the protesters would be agreeable to a reasonably sized, low density housing development with a break water protected marina in the Bakers Bay area if they are satisfied that it would have a minimal impact on the cay and its environment. Guana ProtestFrom Page 5 Abaco Print ShopFor all yourBusiness StationeryBusiness Stationery Business StationeryBusiness Stationery Business Stationery Envelopes Letterheads Business Cards NCR Forms Duplicate, Triplicate with numbering, perforated Single Forms Personalized Scratch Pads Brochures Fliers Offering Full Color Printing & Logo Design3 5 Business Days for production Abaco Shopping Center Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201

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April 1, 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 ....3664286 Nicholas Roberts Derrick Gaitor Ferdinand Burrows366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain .......3664107 Floyd Burrows .....3664175 Links Adderly .......3664335 Valentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows .....3664233 Marsh Harbour Jody Albury .........3758068 Terrance Davis ....3674464 Buddy Pinder .......3662163 Justin Sands .......3673526 Danny Sawyer .....3673577 Jay Sawyer .........3673941Bonefish Guides Man-O-War David Albury........365-6059 Cherokee 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 ServicesPolice Marsh Harbour 367-2560 The following services are provided by volunteersFire 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 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 Russel house ...............$14 + $4 Eastern Shores to Peas & Rice house..................$14 + $4 Beyond Russell house or Peas & Rice house.......$16 + $5 Great Cistern ..........................................................$20 + $5 Spring City ..............................................................$15 + $5 Snake Cay ............................................................$35 + $10 Treasure Cay .......................................................$60 + $ 10 Casuarina Point ....................................................$60 + $10 Treasure Cay Airport or Bah Palm Shores.........$70 + $ 10 Little Harbour or Cherokee ...................................$80 + $10 Crossing Rocks ..................................................$100 + $10 Sandy Point ........................................................$135 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wallys & Eastern Shore.......$ 2 each Jib Room................................................................ $ 3 each Solomons Super Center ..........................................$5 + $3 Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Govt dock ........................$ 6 + $3 Government Freight Dock .......................................$ 7 + $3 Gov.Clinic, W. Auto or Nat. Insurance.....................$ 9 + $3 Mother Merle restaurant .........................................$10 + $3 Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour Children under three free Uncaged pets as people Luggage $.50 each over four, Surf boards $3.00 ea. Between Treasure Cay Airport and: Effective July 2004Treasure Cay Resor t..............................................$18 + $5 Madeira Park ..........................................................$12 + $4 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock.....................................$6 + $4 Moxy .......................................................................$16 + $5 Bahamas Star farm ................................................$20 + $5 Sand Banks ............................................................$22 + $5 Joes Creek .............................................................$40 + $6 Black Wood............................................................ $16 + $5 Fire Road & Coopers Town...................................$35 + $5 Cedar Harbour ........................................................$50 + $5 Wood Cay ...............................................................$55 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $60 + $5 Fox Town................................................................$65 + $5 Crown Haven ..........................................................$70 + $5 Marsh Harbour Airport ..........................................$70 + $10 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour............................. $60 + $10 T 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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Page 24 The Abaconian April 1, 2005 OPEN MON SAT FROM 8 AM 7 PM & SUN 9 AM 2 PM WELL BLOW YOUR MIND, NOT YOUR BUDGET The freshest produce, specially-cut meat,groceries, supplies,housewares,electronics, lawn and garden & more.All at great prices with daily Smart Buys for even bigger savings.You CAN have it all. All in one place:Solomons SuperCenter. Nathan Key Drive,Marsh Harbour,Abaco Tel:242-367-2601/2 Fax:242-367-2731 Open MonSat from 8:00 am:00 pm,Sun from 9:00 am:00 pm LOOK FOR FANTASTIC SPECIALS EVERY DAY THROUGHOUT THE STORE

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VOLUME 13, NUMBER 7, APRIL 1st, 2005 Hope Town Celebrates Heritage DayCrowds Watch Sculling Competition and Enjoy a Days FestivitiesHeritage Day is a celebration of Hope Towns past and has demonstrations of skills necessary to survive in the early days of the settlement. It is also the major fund raising event for the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum which depicts life of 100 years ago. This picture shows some older and some younger citizens displaying the skill of sculling. Mr. Chester Thompson, an elder of the town, easily won the competition. At one point during the day Abaco dinghies paraded into the harbour with flags hoisted showing the flags which have flown over The Bahamas. Many shore activities and games were included in the annual event. Please see Pathfinders Page 18 By Jennifer Hudson The third annual Abaco Pathfinders Fund Raising Auction Night, which took place on March 12th in the pavilion of Abaco Beach Resort, was a resounding success, raising just over $100,000 for scholarships abroad for deserving young Abaconians. The auction has grown bigger and better each year. The first year $20,000 was raised, the following year the figure rose to $50,000 and this years figure left the organizers feeling ecstatic for it willAuction Raises $100,000 for Pathfinders ScholarshipsThe major fund raising event for the Abaco Pathfinders is an annual auction. This years event, both a silent and a live auction, raised over $100,000 for its scholarship fund. The fund assists many Abaco young people to go away for education beyond high school. A wide variety of items wa available to bid on including artwork such as these carved dolphins. make a big difference in the amount and level of the scholarships they will be able to award. This year there was more of everything, said Jim Blumberg, more food, more drinks, more people and more items for auction. Jim, who is the auctioneer for all these events, has been in the auction business all his life which accounted for the excellent job Please see Coast Page 18 Coastal environments globally are under severe threat due to human activity, climate change and natural disasters. The Bahamas coastal environment faces similar challenges to maintain the integrity of its coastal resources. Recognizing this fact the Ministry ofAbaco Will Observe Coastal Awareness Month Please see Hope Town Page 17 Tourism and its partners have selected the month of April to educate residents and visitors of the importance of our coastal resources to the socio-economic development of The Bahamas.Teachers of the Year Are HonouredA luncheon was held on March 18 to honour the Teachers of the Year. At that time it was announced that Ms. Arlene R. Johnson-Moss of Central Abaco Primary School was the overall winner for Abaco. She will compete in Nassau for the national title. Shown above are Mrs. Annie Green, Ms. Moss, Ms. Bridgeanne McIntosh and Ms. Deanne Albury. Please see story on page 3mmmm By Lindsey Delaplaine Despite overcast skies, residents and tourists, school children and government officials all turned out for Hope Towns Heritage Day on March 4th. The day was started with the official flag raising by Franklin Russell, the oldest living relative of Wyannie Malone, the founder of Hope Town. The programs Master of Ceremonies was Bonnie Hall, costumed in historic dress. The children of the Hope Town All Age School kicked off the festivities with a concert featuring Loyalist, Where Do You Come From? written by a Hope Town School Alumni, and Dr. Dodges History written by former Hope Town resident Gordon Wynne. The St. James Singers delighted the crowd with a lovely rendition of Let the Lower Lights Be Burning Susan Bethel, President of the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum, spoke briefly about the history of Wyannie Malone, how she arrived in The Bahamas via Florida fleeing the results of the Revolutionary War in the United States. She spoke about the museums history and highlighted the continuing genealogy work that was started by the McAleers and is continued today by Linda Cole. Marsha Smith spoke briefly about her passion for the uses of local flora and fauna. She is about to publish a book on the subject, entitled Bush Medicine and Bahamian Folklore On this day Mrs. Smith focused on the many varieties of tea that could be made from local plants. Dont buy tea from the stores, she advised, herbs are free and plentiful. Later she manned a popular booth distributing a variety of free samples of delicious tea made from local plants.

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Page 2 B The Abaconian April 1, 2005 For more information contact Laurence Higgs or Ian Carroll Tel: 242-367-5205 Fax 242-367-4018 Email: mhby@abacoinet.com www.mhby.com Services include: Short & long term haul-out (up to 24.5 beam) Aluminum & stainless steel fabrication & repairs Welding & machine shop (CJs Welding on site) Hydraulic trailer for lifting small vessels Bottom cleaning & painting Blister prevention & repair Fiberglass & gel coat repairs Hydraulic hoses and fittings Well stocked marine store Mechanical repairs Marine Store Products: Yanmar Engines & Generators Marine Paints & Accessories Repair & Resin Supplies Yanmar Parts & Service Bottom Paint & Solvents Stainless Steel Bolts etc. Cleaning Supplies Cutlass Bearings Fuel Dock Zincs Full Service Boat Yard 85-ton Acme Boat Lift Bottom blister repair Propeller repair 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 By Mirella Santillo For the fifth consecutive year Barefoot Man, famous singer and song writer, performed in concert at Nippers Beach Bar and Grill on Great Guana Cay. Nippers is known throughout Abaco as a weekend party place and a favorite hangout through the week for second home owners, tourists and boaters. On Sundays the decks and the pool are usually crowded, but said Mr. Johnny Roberts, the owner, The Barefoot Man concert is the event of the year. He expected close to 2000 people on that day. March 6 was a beautiful sunny mild Sunday, and people rushed to Great Guana Cay as early as 9:30 a.m. on the extra ferry scheduled for the occasion, which according to the captain was nearly full. The subsequent ferries were packed, and by noon Nippers was swarming with local residents, vacationers and mainland residents who came by private boats. At a stop at Sea Shore Villas on my way to Nippers, I found Mrs. Barry Kuappe, vocalist and congo drum player, relaxing by the pool while waiting for the performance to start. She said her husband, Mr. Chuck Kuappe, was checking the instruments on site. Both are part of the trio Barefoot Man and the Sea NB. At Nippers, Barefoot Man was already signing autographs on T shirts, shoes, caps or anything that could be written on and socializing with the fans before the performance. Mr George Nowak, better known as Barefoot Man, was a regular visitor of Green Turtle Cay as a youth. He used to walk around barefoot and play his guitar, and was nicknamed barefoot boy by the older folks. The nickname stuck and he became the Barefoot Man as he grew older. However, he really discovered Abaco and Guana Cay in 1968 between performances. They were small happenings then, he recalled. He was married for a while to a resident of Green Turtle Cay and added, I visit the island several times a year to see my daughter and grandchildren besides the yearly concert, adding, I make a point of staying for at least a week when I come for the concert to have time to enjoy my family, my friends and one of my favorite hobbies, fishing. Among all my travels, Abaco remains my favorite place, and I might settle here permanently when my younger daughters are finished with school. He jokingly mentioned, Abaco people like to party and he muses, My concert is one more excuse to do so. However, many people stated that their reason to be at Nippers that Sunday was to hear him sing, some of them for the first time. His popular CD In the Bahamas contains humorous songs written about Great Guana Cay and Bahamian people so they relate to his music. People had prepared for the occasion by decorating T shirts, golf carts and boats banners with bare feet. The festivities started at noon with JohnnyBarefoot Man Draws Huge Crowd at NippersRoberts welcoming the patrons, introducing the musicians and reminded people to have fun, clean fun. And fun people did have, dancing to the rhythms of Stone McEwan and Thunder (Milo and Curtis) who played for nearly two hours before Barefoot Man started performing a little before 2 p.m. Barefoot Man and Sea NB offered their fans two sessions throughout the afternoon, ending around 7 p.m. People were lulled into late afternoon by popular replays of Caribbean songs and the latest Barefoot Mans songs. The crowd did not ebb away until 8:30 p.m., according to Mr. Roberts, who was extremely pleased with the event, saying, It went perfectly with no incidents. A few people were disappointed that Barefoot Man started so late in the afternoon, and others were uncomfortable because of the huge crowd, but Mr. Roberts said, I received numerous calls the following day from people expressing their thanks for a great day of music and fun. As for Mr. Roberts, he also had thanks to giveTo all of my staff for the tremendous job they did. Well see you next year, Barefoot Man. The Barefoot Man performs a concert yearly at Nippers on Guana Cay. Thousands attend to hear the easy rhythms and calypso beat of his music as he performs his own songs, many of which have lyrics about Abaco. He is shown here before the concert autographing a wide variety of items. Diamente Dental ClinicDr. J. Denise Archer D.D.S. Garnett Archer Mem. Blvd., Suite #6 P.O. Box AB 20579 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Website: www.diamantedental.com (appointments can be made online) Tel: 242-367-4968 Fax: 242-367-3001 Emergency 242-554-8327 Email: dentalspecialistabaco@yahoo.com Dr. Barry L. Russell April 1 of the Bahamas Orthodontic Center Orthodontics (Braces) Dr. Kendal Major April 8 Periodontics (gum disease) Implants Dr. J. Denise Archer Mondays Saturdays General Dentistry Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) available

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 B 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 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 Bahama OutpostGreen Turtle CayMail & Business Center Computer time rental Mail Boxes with U.S. address Regular or color copying Send & receive faxes Office supplies Check your E-mail Surf the Web Overseas & local phone calls Courier service Ph: 242-365-4695 or 242-365-4047 E-mail chris.f@batelnet.bs www.greenturtlerealestate.com next to Currys Food Store By Mirella Santillo During a ceremony held at Spinnaker Restaurant on Treasure Cay on March 18 five teachers from various public schools were rewarded for their outstanding teaching skills. From these five Ms. Moss was declared Teacher of the Year for Abaco. She received a trophy and a $1,000 gift certificate. The runners up each received $250, a gift from the two members of Parliament for Abaco, Mr. Robert Sweeting and Mr. Hubert Ingraham. Addressing a dining room packed with school principals, teachers, students and family members, Master of Ceremony Frank Hepburn, Principal of Crossing Rock Primary School, introduced the honourees and the dignitaries which included Ms. Arlene R Johnson-Moss, Central Abaco Primary; Mrs. Annie Green, James A Pinder Primary; Mrs. Bridgeann McIntosh, Coopers Town Primary; and Ms. Deanne Albury, Hope Town Primary. Mr. Elkins was pronounced Teacher of the Year for Man-O-War Cay. Missing was Mrs. Elva Davis from Abaco Central High, who was in Nassau, accompanying two students at the Carifta trials. Mr. Rudolph Smith, District Superintendent, praised the group. I wish to command all the teachers and the administrators for what they have done here, he addressed the head table. I hope to have a national winner from Abaco. Another speaker, Mr. Donald Cash, Administrator for North Abaco, recalled his 28 years in education, starting as a teacher on per month salary to end as a vice principal on a $30,000 per year salary. He said, Teaching was my first love and I did not want to leave a profession that I admired all my life. He mentioned the adverse conditions teachers had to put up with recently in the schools because of the hurricanes. He said that although he did not condone a strike, he sympathized with them. After lunch Mrs. Sandy Edwards introduced the guest speaker, former North Abaco Administrator, His Excellency, Mr. Jack Thompson. He called for a moment of silence in memory of Mrs. Doris Hall, a teacher from Central Abaco Primary. May her soul rest in peace. Mr. Thompson said, I feel at home in the company of hard working teachers who are indeed the nations builders. He went on to say, Teaching in The Bahamas is a challenge. To prepare our children for life living, teachers have to be a lot of things to all students. Not only do they have to provide education, but also social relief, recognizing the student coming from a troubled home and finding out what impacts that students performance. A teacher not only has to provide spiritual guidance, teaching children to revere God, but also expose them to modern necessities such as computers, internet, email, teach them how to live in a community, to respect each other and learn self esteem, to be honest and hard working. Teachers are indeed our nations builders. He ended saying, You cant pay a teacher. Teaching is a calling. Teachers continue to teach life, continue to make a difference. Member of Parliament for North Abaco, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, being delayed in Nassau, joined the ceremony late but spoke on his arrival. Mr. Ingraham said, When I was in office, I tried to give teachers the recognition they deserved. I have been around teachers all my life; I have been married to one for many years. He added, I hope that as we go on there will be fewer and fewer difficulties for teachers. A way to do that would be for central government to recognize the needs of The Bahamas and to delegate to local authorities, adding help is on the way. The ceremony ended with Ms. Moss explaining how her transfer to Abaco from Grand Bahama 23 years ago led to this day. She added I am blessed to be here on Abaco, and I am glad that I did not retire as planned.Teachers of the Year Are Recognized Support the Cancer SocietyDonate Used Items to Be Sold in Their Thrift Shop Call 367-3477 for info

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Page 4 B The Abaconian April 1, 2005 ROOMS TO GO Open Monday Friday 9am 5pm Saturday 9am noon Tel: (242) 367-2230 or (242) 367-2300 Fax: (242) 367-2391 Quality FurnitureCompetitive Prices Richs Boat RentalsAbacos Best Rental Fleet At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21 Paramount $110 $295 $645 26 Paramount $180 $450 $925 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour Let the Cash family help you find your piece of paradise in Treasure Cay. P.O. Box AB 22212 Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Tel:(242) 365 8467Fax: (242) 365-8771 Cell: (242) 477 5056 e.mail: jic@oii.netJohn I. Cash, BRI, CRSReal Estate BrokerHGChristie.com Dr. Paul Vasser Seydel a long time resident of Hope Town, passed away on March 17 at the age of 90 at a hospice near his home in Roswell, Georgia. He was a chemist, linguist, author, explorer and sailor. His career as a chemist was spent mostly at the laboratories of SeydelWoolley & Co where he was president of that company. He published two technical books concerned with textile operations as well as writing a number of technical articles. Dr. Seydel was widely traveled and was a member of the Explorers Club of New York and in 1953 led an expedition down the Peruvian part of the Amazon River to collect information and artifacts of the Bora Indian Tribe for the Museum of Natural History in New York. He was proficient in German, French, Italian, Spanish and the Swiss dialect, as well as a usable knowledge of Russian. Dr. Seydel was an avid sailor. His latter years were spent cruising the Bahamas with a base in Hope Town where the Seydels had many friends. He is survived by his wife Jean and brother as well as many nephews, nieces and step-children. Memorial donations may be made to the Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017. The funeral for Augusta Russell, 82, formerly of Coopers Town, was held in Freeport on March 12. Interment was in Freeport. She is survived by daughters Paula Dickenson-Hall, Ettamae Augusta, Agatha McKinney, Karen McKenzie and Barbara Russell; sons Maxwell Russell Sr., Steven Rolle Sr., and Derrick Russell Sr.; adopted children Clarence and Michellene Poitier; grandchildren Debbie, Kathy, Treniece, Ruth, Billy, Kevin, Obel, Kenan, Oxwell, Scott, Kim, Dionne, Trace, Jan, Adrian, Tiffany, Shaida, Suerenea, Anassis, Alden, Yasmin, Craig, Timothy, Martin, Brenda, Judy, Lipton, Winston, Elicia, Mark, Marvin, Samantha, Max Jr., Sherrad, Brandford Jr., Jammal, Faith, Steven Jr., Sasha, Denyca, Derrick Jr., Derriny, Derrinyi; great grandchildren; sister Hazel Forbes; brother-in-law Hastin Russell; sister-in-law Evelyn Russell; nieces and nephews Myrtle and Noel Bootle, Alfred Murray, Netterine, Ann, Adean, Lisa, Marshall, Glenn, Ivan, Brian, Utel Joseph, Stuart, Raymond, Hasen Jr., Pete and Nebra Russell, Terry Rolle, Carroll and Gaylene Laing, Everett and Eleanor Bootle, Rosemae Sands, Laforina Jordan and Maypron Thompson; daughters-in-law Nyoshi and Miranda Russell; sons-in-law Deacon Ruben Hall, Bishop Lipton McKenzie and Ivan McKinney; seven grandsons-in-law Harry Connolly, Lynden Missick, Roger Brown, Vernon Grant, Alexander Williams, Elvis Stuart and Telvin Jackson; six granddaughters-in-law, Savbanna Austin, Stacy, Susie, Gena, Maureen and Shantell Dickenson. The funeral for George Stanley Davis, 74, formerly of Sandy Point was held in Nassau on March 12. He is survived by his daughter Pandora Davis; sons Samuel, Garfield, Fritz, Gregory, Eurklin and Burklin Davis; grandson DeVaughn Davis; granddaughters Latasha, Terah and Cristel Sands and Jana Davis; daughterin-law Connie Davis; brother-in-law Alvin Adderley; sisters-in-law Cynthia Adderley and Merkelene Lightbourne; nieces Mae, Dimple, Rozelda, Candace, Joan and Rhonda Davis, Francena Cleare, Beryl Bastian, Angela Smith and Qualine Simmons; nephews Nelson Davis and Bruce Simmons; godchildren Rev. Dr. Carrington S. Pinder and Rev. Sabrina Pinder and family and many other relatives and friends. The funeral of John Randolph Sawyer 64, formerly of Green Turtle Cay was held on Freeport, Grand Bahama, on March 17th and interment was on G rand Bahama. He is survived by his wife Annie Sawyer; children Julieann Moss, Susan Roberts, John Jr, Selena, Dominique and Shaun Sawyer; sister Adoline Pinder; grandchildren Douglas, Tiffany, Gordon and Katie Roberts, Krissie-Lee Basile, Amanda and Becky Albury, Jessica Spicer, Ashley and Domicko Sawyer, Delton Thompson Jr, Rickaya Patton and Shaundrea Sawyer; great grandchildren Ahzure Albury, Garvin Roberts and Christopher Basile; niece Michelle Palomino; nephew Winston Pinder Jr; son-in-law Godfrey Roberts; brother-inlaw, Billy Thompson; sister-in-law Elaine Thompson; great grandnieces Franchesca and Danielle Palomino; grandson-in-law Christopher Basile; and many other friends and relatives. The obituaries for Eric Loraine Coo Sturru and Harvey Albury are on page 12 of Section A.Obituaries of Family and FriendsSupport Citizens Against Crime

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April 1, 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 April 1, 2005 by Bahamian AuthorMARINAGOTTLIEBSARLESThursday, April 7, 2005 SAPODILLYS5:00PMto 8:00PMAutographed Copies Available $20BOOKSIGNINGANEWBOOK OFISLANDSTORIESIntroducing a collection of inspirational and tenderly funny stories filled with lively characters and unforgettable island moments. FOREWORDBYTHERT. HONOURABLEHUBERTA. INGRAHAMFORMERPRIMEMINISTERTHECOMMONWEALTHOF THEBAHAMASOn sale in Marsh Harbour at Abaco Treasures, Java Coffeehouse, and Ebb Tide, Hopetown.www. sandinmy shoes .net News of the Cays Please see Cays Page 7Hope TownSailing Clubs Busy SpringBy Lindsey Delaplaine The Hope Town Sailing Club hosted a successful racing clinic on February 28th. About 50 people turned out for tips on racing from a variety of instructors including: Bob Knaus, Doug Moody, George Holloway, Doug Beherndt, Ron Engle and Jeff Gale. Holloway, an organizer of the event, was pleased with the attendance and wanted to thank the great instructors, especially local sailing rock star Jeff Gale. Jeff is the current North American Henderson 30 champion and has a number of impressive wins and placings to his name. The Sailing Club held its annual meeting on March 1st. With members spilling out the doors; the Clubs officers were reelected for a second year. On the agenda was the possibility of creating a Junior Sailing Program for Bahamian youth. The Sailing Club is investigating the feasibility of such an undertaking. It would include buying a small fleet of Optimist Prams and finding a place to store them while they are not being used. Abaco dinghies were featured during the meeting for two reasons. The first is the upcoming Abaco Dinghy Races. The races start on March 12th and will be held for three consecutive Saturdays. Sam Hummel on the sailing vessel Treasure is hoping to create a register of local Abaco dinghies to encourage their use as well as to try and make sure they stay around. These dinghies are an icon of Hope Town, just like the lighthouse, said Hummel. They are being sold off the island before people are even aware that they are available. Hummel can be reached on VHF Channel 16 for more information. On March 2nd the Sailing Club held its Spring Regatta. Although it was not a day for the faint of heart or for the small boat sailors, 15 big boats turned out for the race. Two boats did not start the race, one citing a mutiny from the crew, and two boats failed to finish, but all agreed it was a successful day. With winds gusting near 20 knots the boats moved rapidly through the two-triangle course. The Sailing Club recently made a policy change to its rating system. They decided to give an eight percent bonus to those boats whose crew is living aboard. Whether or not that was the reason, the top four boats, in corrected time, were only separated by 19 seconds. The top finishers on corrected time were: first place Yellowbird skippered by Gerri and Skip Smith; second place Jasmine skippered by Ron Engle; third place Windswept skippered by Bob and Lisa Conley. At the post race stand-up Conley commented on the welcoming attitude of the Sailing Club. Its really nice that they include visitors in their races. Even better, they give you food afterwards. The Conleys have been visiting Abaco for 10 years and this was their third race with the Club. They said it is one of their favorite parts of the Abaco experience.New Book Will Benefit Every Child CountsBy Lindsey Delaplaine British author Elizabeth Betty Webb launched her new book at a reading hosted by the Hope Town Writers Circle on March 15. There was a full crowd at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge as Ms. Webb started by reading one of her poems which detailed an adventure in the life of her childrens pets. She was assisted in the reading by students from Every Child Counts. Other students simultaneously acted out the pets exploits. Ms. Webb followed by reading the first chapter of her new book, Madrigal, the SeThe Hope Town Sailing Club organizes a series of races during the winter months. This is a scene during one of the races.

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 7 B Drill RigDock Construction Boat Lift SalesQualityBOABOA BOABOA BOA T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC.These lifts are made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel to maintain their finish and strength in our saltwater environment .Freddy Albury 242-367-4769 Brandon Thompson 242-367-2704 Fax: 367-2704 P.O. Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: drillrig@coralwave.com www.drillrig.i8.comWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts up to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote, More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 6 cret Witch It is described as a childrens adventure and features an adult white witch who gets herself into all sort of dilemmas while trying to do good. The author said, Witches have gotten a lot of bad press. I thought it was about time to hear about a good witch. Ms. Webb has a long history in Abaco and is a founder of the Hope Town Writers Circle. All of the profits from the Abaco sales of Webbs book will go to benefit Every Child Counts, Abacos first full time Special Educational and Literacy Program. Mr. Wally, a teacher at the Marsh Harbour based school, told the crowd that they currently are serving 44 students and have six children on the waiting list. Although their resources are stretched thin, they are working to find a way to accommodate everyone. The school is funded entirely by private donations and the majority of those who attend are on scholarships.Tsunami Flea Market Was SuccessfulBy Lindsey Delaplaine A flea market to benefit Tsunami victims raised $1,400 on March 13. Organizers Christine McCully and Patte Myers put together the flea market because they wanted to do something to help the Tsunami victims. After doing research on the tragedy, they decided to direct the funds raised to the International Red Cross to support DNA testing which is used to reunite families who were separated in the disaster. The organizers want to thank everyone who volunteered and donated items to make the day possible. The items that were not sold were donated to the Cancer Society.Green Turtle CayBy Annabelle Cross That dormant feeling we get during the winter has passed on Green Turtle Cay, and activities are springing up all over town. The days are getting longer and there are many signs that spring is here. The warmer weather is a welcome change after a very cool winter, cold to those of us who enjoy 85 degree weather!Firemen Hold Fund Raising DinnerThe Green Turtle Cay Volunteer Fire Department held a very successful fund raising dinner at the Green Turtle Club on February 26th. The tickets were sold out before the event as the community came together to support a very worthwhile cause. Chef Anthony Notarfrancesco and the staff of the Green Turtle Club did an excellent job in preparing the buffet dinner as well as the atmosphere for an enjoyable evening. A silent auction of donated art work, dinners at local restaurants and small appliances raised more money for the event. Island Spice, (Kevin McIntosh) with the help of old friends Billy Roberts, Joel Reckley and Ricky Sawyer entertained the crowd. Fire Chief Junior Roberts publicly acknowledged persons who helped the group and presented an award to Mr. Curtis Curry for his continued support and help. It seems that not only the ladies were eager for a night to get all dressed up. A group calling themselves The Supremes looked a lot like volunteer firemen! After a few songs and Please see Cays Page 8 Some of the students from Every Child Counts dramatized the action in a poem written by Elizabeth Betty Webb, while other students helped her read it to a large crowd at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. Proceeds on Abaco from the sale of the Mrs. Webbs new book, Madrigal, the Secret Witch, will go to Every Child Counts. 13001 13013 LITTLE HARBOURON THE HARBOUR FRONT IN QUAINT LITTLE HARBOUR. 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Page 8 B The Abaconian April 1, 2005 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. an attempt at dancing in heels, I think they decided NOT to give up their day jobs. The Fire Department was pleased with the success of the event and they plan to use the funds to build a fire house for the truck as well as their equipment. Chief Junior hopes to have a ground breaking for the new building as early as the end of March.Island Roots Festival Plans Fund RaisersThe Island Roots Heritage Festival Committee has been very busy organizing two fund raisers in March. The March 4th Wine Tasting, sponsored by Burns House and hosted by Pat and Louise Green, was a huge success, drawing a crowd of more than 250. Lil Joe Cartwright of Freeport and his band had the crowd dancing and thoroughly enjoying the evening. Committee members and friends of the committee provided delicious hors doeuvres for the guests. The event drew a crowd from Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour and the weather was perfect for the event. Seen enjoying the evening were Ms. Jeritzan Outten, Ms. Wynsome Ferguson and Mrs. Kendy Anderson of the Abaco Tourist Office, Mr. Don Cornish of the Miami Tourist Office and our very own ASP Wayne Miller, Abaco Police Chief. Our Police Officer Ferguson was seen looking very smart in his uniform, greeting guests. The Abaco Tourist Office is very supportive of Island Roots Heritage Festival and the fund raising events. A lovely framed Colyn Rees photograph brought top bid in the silent auction. On March 18 the Committee hosted a luncheon and jewelry show at the home of George and Annabelle Cross. Artist Teresa Ellis Cetto displayed her collection of Imaginings in Gold and Silver. While enjoying a lunch of roast beef, salmon, chicken, shrimp, salads and wonderful desserts, guests enjoyed the jewelry display and spoke to the artist. The jewelry is handmade using sea glass, beach stones, gemstones, gold and silver. Some lucky ladies left with bling-bling to add to their collection! Mrs. Andersons charming husband Clarendon had the awesome task of being the only man at the event! He stepped right in at a moments notice and was bartender. Poor Clarendon, all alone with 50 women! The Committee is busy organizing a More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 7 Please see Cays Page 9 The Green Turtle Cay Volunteer Fire Department held a Firemens Ball at the Green Turtle Club on February 26 to raise money needed to maintain their equipment. Great music and delicious food made the night a memorable one, allowing the women to have a good reason to dress up. Green Turtle Cay has been busy raising money for their islands needs. This wine tasting provided funding for their Island Roots Festival which is scheduled for May 20 22. This event drew more than 250 people. Wir eless C o v e r age f o r Boat e r s Out Island Inter.Net Marsh Harbour All marinas, main anchorage & Boat Harbour Marina Hope Town Harbour anchorage Man-O-War anchorage White Sound, Elbow Cay Lubbers anchorage Guana Cay main harbour anchorage Guana Cay Fishers Bay anchorage Treasure Cay Marina & anchorage Little Harbour Entire settlement and AnchorageWireless@abacoinet.com367-3006New now sign-up online

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9 B Well Done Drilling ServicesSpecializing inWell Drilling: Water Wells, Drainage Wells, Septic Disposal Wells Seawater Reverse Osmosis Systems: 350GPD to 200,000GPDExcavator Rental: Specialized Excavator Foundation Drilling for home foundations in sand and Excavator Digging Piling Holes: Piling Holes for home foundations and utility poles plantedTrenching: Trenching for underground utility services We serve all of Abaco including the caysCall us today for a free consultationMarsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 8 schedule of events for the Festival on May 20, 21 and 22. They are working on lining up big name Bahamian entertainment for the evenings of May 20th and 21st as well as The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band. Junkanoo, Maypole, performances by Amy Roberts Primary, Tiny Turtles Preschool, Island Spice and the newly formed Green Turtle Cay Marching Band will all be part of the daytime schedule. So make plans to be a part of the second Island Roots Heritage Festival and celebrate Things Bahamian and Ties to Key West.School NewsCongratulations to Quitel Charlton and Chantelle McIntosh, who competed in the Annual Speech Competition sponsored by the Rotary Club. Quitel, a student of Amy Roberts Primary, won third place in the Primary division and Chantelle, a student of S.C. Bootle in Coopers Town, won third place in the senior division. In other Amy Roberts Primary news, a Life Skills Training Seminar conducted by Mrs. Sandy Walker-Edwards of Health and Family Life Education Unit was held at the school on March 8 and 9. The students of 4th 5th and 6th grades learned about resolving conflict, self esteem, drugs and AIDS. On Commonwealth Day, the students went to school dressed as what they would like to be when they grow up. There are aspiring artists, singers, chefs, lawyers, doctors, accountants, cosmetologists, mechanics, forensic scientists and marine biologists at Amy Roberts Primary. Guest speakers including a commercial pilot and a professional chef talked to the children about achieving success through higher education. Amy Roberts Primary will have a Fair and Grand Raffle on April 9th at the school. There will be great Bahamian food, fun games and the drawing of the Grand Raffle. Proceeds will benefit the students.Other NewsCongratulations to Barbara McIntosh and Gino Simms, who were married in Freeport on March 19th. Barbara is the daughter of Cardinal and Gladys McIntosh. Visitors to our island will know Barbara from shopping at Sids Grocery. All the best to Mr. and Mrs. Simms as they start their new life together. A fund raiser was held at the basketball court on March 19th for Euturpy McIntosh. Euturpy was diagnosed with breast cancer and has had surgery. She is undergoing treatments that require her to travel to Florida. Chicken and steak dinners were sold, and the children and those young at heart enjoyed hoopla, bingo and other games. Hopefully, with treatments and the prayers of her family and friends Euturpy will be able to enjoy a bright future.Commercial Captains Take Required CourseTwenty nine men attended a Standard of Training and Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers course (STCW) offered by The Bahamas Defense A display of beautiful jewelry and an equally beautiful display of delicious food enticed Green Turtle Cay residents to another fund raising on March 18 for the Island Roots Festival. This one was held at the home of Annabelle and George Cross. The jewelry was handcrafted by Teresa Ellis Cetto. The Green Turtle Cay Marching Band performed at The Miracle Church of God on March 13th. Bishop Johnny Lowe presented band leader Floyd Johnson with a check to help the band. A special offering was collected from the congregation for the band. The band performed a lovely rendition of Majesty Please see Cays Page 23 THE OUTBOARD SHOPMarsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 E-mail: theoutboardshop@abacoinet.com Full range of Johnson two stroke and four stroke Evinrude outboard engines from 2hp to 250hp lower than US prices Up to three year warranty Extensive parts and inventory 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 Turtle Cay242.365.4249 Sea Horse MarineHope Town 242.365.0023 Fishermans Marine L ong Island 242.337.6226 Minns Watersports Exuma 242.336.2604 O.B.S. Marine F reeport 242.35 2-9246 Authorized Distributor

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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 W E HONOUR THE FULL WARRA NTY P ERIOD NOT P RO-RA TED(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 A Unisex SalonOfra Cosmetics Acrylic Nails Hair Braiding Matrix, Nexus and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Monday Saturday 9am 5pm In Memorial Plaza 367-3623 School NewsCentral Abaco PrimarySchool Celebrates Bahamian History MonthBy Portia Jonsson Under the theme Africa From Whence Weve Come Central Abaco Primary celebrated its annual Bahamian History Month in a special assembly held on March 21st. Keynote speaker for the service was the Min. of Social Service and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie Griffin. Also participating attendance were Chief Welfare Officer Charlamae Fernander, District Superintendent Rudolph Smith, ASP Wayne Miller, Ms. Felemease Sawyer, Rev. Stapleton and Rev. William Gibson. The school choir, teachers and pre-school class were dressed in traditional African costumes sewn by principal Eunice Mills and teacher Arlene Johnson-Moss. The Central Abaco Primary choir under the direction of Mrs. Morris entertained the audience in song. A procession of flags for some of the countries from whence we came were proudly paraded for all to see. They included Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Gambia. Bringing brief remarks was District Superintendent, Mr. Rudolph Smith who admired the choirs handsome and beautiful dress and praised the students for doing well. After hearing from the students he said there was no doubt in his mind from whence we came. For some he added it may have been an introduction while for others it was a revision. He encouraged the students to take advantage of all the lessons being taught at their school. He reminded them of the US Ambassadors visit to their school not long ago and said how fortunate they were to have one of their own among them this day. The Hon. Melanie Griffin came to Abaco specially to speak to the students said the Bahamas has a rich history and is a melting pot of various cultures. The history of The Bahamas dates back to October 1492 but records indicate that the islands were inhabited before they arrived. As time went on slaves came with their owners and the numbers grew and grew. Minister Griffin advised that slavery is a part of history some persons wish to forget or ignore, but there are many positive aspects of our ties to the past. She added that it is impossible to record our history without mentioning the great Bahamians who made this country what it is today. She told the boys and girls of Dame Dr. Doris Johnson, the first woman to hold a position in the cabinet and paved the way for women today. She mentioned Lottie Pinder and Miriam Cornish of Abaco, both midwives who delivered many children here. Other heroes named were Sir Milo Butler, Sir Oscar Pindling, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham and Mr. Sherlin Bootle. The Bahamas is a beautiful country, and Minister Griffin admonished the students to be proud of their home. She told them to take time to enjoy not only Abaco but other islands because it will give them a great appreciation for our country. She added that God has blessed us when He landed us on the shores of the Bahamas. Central Abaco Primary School celebrated Bahamian History Month with the theme Africa, From Whence Weve Come to give the students concepts about their anchestry Preschool students of the school spell out the name AFRICA and say what it means to them during the celebrations at the school on March 21st. A Ancestors, F Folklore brought to our land, R Rich culture, I Islands of the Bahamas, C Congo drums and A Art collections. Eighth grade students of Forest Heights Academy enjoyed a day in Hope Town after reading Chester Thompsons book, The Fledging, which described life in that town many years ago. Mr. Thompson, seated at the table, hosted them for the day. Please see School Page 11 P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Ph. 242-367-4962 www.landandsearealty.com E-mail: lesliepinder@hotmail.com or leslie@landandsearealty.com Leslie PinderIf We Dont Have It, We Will Find It!PELICAN SHORES Fantastic parcel of land on the harbour, over 1 acre, very private area REGATTAS OF ABACO Unit for Sale 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished with granite counter top good rental income$265,000.00 Marsh HarbourRegattas of Abaco 2 Bed, 2 Bath upstairs unit c/air, fully furnished, tennis courts, swimming pool and more UNDER CONTRACT High Rock Beautiful home 3 bed / 2 bath, furnished, family room, central air, over 2,000 sq. ft. EXCLUSIVE $510,000 Don MacKay Blvd. Large lot 1.5 acres, across from Abaco Wholesale EXCLUSIVE $335,000 Regattas of Abaco Condos For sale or rent by Day, Week or Month 2 bed / 2 bath, fully furnished, swimming pool, tennis courts, security EXCLUSIVE Call for Info. High Rock Beautiful waterfront home 4 bed / 4 bath on two acres of nicely landscaped property, swimming pool, fully furnished, boat house and dock, fantastic views EXCLUSIVE Price upon inquiry Don MacKey Blvd. 2 buildings on 2 1/2 acres $1.3 million Pelican Shores elevated lot on the harbour. One of the last (Beautiful views) Lots available on Pelican Shores. EXCLUSIVE $450,000 Treasure Cay Carleton Landing Condos on the canal Call for info. Bahama Palm Shores 2 bed / 2 bath home on stilts, on 2 lots, furnished, C/air, tool shed, standby generator & much more Call for Info. Royal Harbour 4 Lots on the water Under Contract RENTAL Pelican Shores 3 bed x 2 bath, fully furnished on the harbour, weekly or monthly Call for Info. P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas www.landandsearealty.com E-mail: lesliepinder@hotmail.com or leslie@landandsearealty.com Telephone : 242-367-4962 UNDER CONTRACT

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 11 B COMMERCIAL DOCKSPRIVATE DOCKSSEA WALL CONSTRUCTIONBOAT LIFTSDOCK DEMOLITION & REMOVALOffice Tel: 367.4842 Cellualar: 357.6564 P.O.Box AB-20757, Marsh Harbour DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine ConstrConstr ConstrConstr Constr uctionuction uctionuction uction PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES Available every Thursday 10:30 am 6:30pmChristina G. Messarra Christina G. Messarra Christina G. Messarra Christina G. Messarra Christina G. MessarraPhysiotherapist Suite 105, Memorial Plaza (Within FitCo Gym) Tel: 367-5939 or 242-323-0121 Nassau More School NewsShe urged them to learn more about our country, be good citizens and be grateful to those who help them along lifes way. The students were encouraged to give God thanks for His blessings upon us.Forest Heights AcademyAcademics PlusForest Heights in its continuing effort to complement academics with the arts held a photo competition this month. Beautifully composed photos were submitted in four different divisions. Winners were Senior Division: Abaco Life, Heather Weatherford, Honourable Mention, Cassie Sands; Junior Division, Abaco Life Gabrielle Manni, Flora and Fauna, Adriana Phillpot and Meredith Albury; Emotions, Gabrielle Manni, Honourable Mention, Candace Malone. Note cards will be made from these and will be available at the Abaco Spring Fling on April 30th. On March 2nd, Grade Eight took a field trip to Hope Town. The group had just finished the book The Fledgling by Chester Thompson, who spent the day with them on a walkabout the settlement reminiscing with the young people. They toured the Wyannie Malone Museum which was a very special event as it brought the history of the loyalists and the book alive for them. A very special thanks to Mr. Thompson, who enchanted the group. Meanwhile Forests Heights Drama Club is putting the finishing touches on its Spring Musical, Snow While and the Seven Dwarfs, SchoolFrom Page 10 Students at Central Abaco Primary are learning some of their lessons in a practical way, they are growing gardens. Here they are examining their vegetable crops which they hope will soon produce tomatoes. The pre-school classes at St. Francis de Sales School put on an annual Easter Bonnet Parade, all dressed in their finest. Some of the best-dressed boy and girl winners in the fourth annual Easter Bonnet Parade are, left to right, Lorenz Carter (Pre-K), Marbria Wilmore (Kindergarten), Tariq McDonald (Grade 1) and Hendranique Williams (Grade 1). which will be performed at the school on April 15 and 16 at seven oclock. Tickets will go on sale April 4 so be sure to put this on your calendar as it is always a magical evening. Finally, Students of the Month of February are: Senior, Cheynea Turnquest and Junior, Antonia Wright. Cheynea, a 10th grader, is currently out on work experience Please see School Page 12 ~ 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 12 B The Abaconian April 1, 2005 ABACO HARDWARE Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour, AbacoTel: 367.2170 Fax: 367.2928with the rest of her class and Antonia was the winner of the Annual Rotary Speech Competition. Congratulations to both!Abaco Central HighTwo Students Will Go to Carifta TrialsBy Mirella Santillo On March 11 Mrs. Elva Davis, language arts and physical education coach, went to Grand Bahama with two of her students, Karem Parker and Traz Nixon, to compete in the Grand Bahama Track and Field Championship. Karem Parker ran the 100m in the fastest time in the category under 20 years old and placed third in the 200m. Traz Nixon placed third in the 100m for the same category. Because of their performances on Grand Bahama, both boys were invited to Nassau for the Carifta Trials to take place on March 25-26.Around the World in One WeekBy Portia Jonsson Have you ever wanted to make a trip around the world but did not want to leave home? For the week of March 7th 11th Abaco Central High School allowed you to do just that. You could have visited Argentina, Great Britain, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, United States or see what was in your own backyard, The Bahamas. During the week long activities exhibits featured arts and crafts, food products, clothing, music, currency and wealth of information about the various countries. Guyana showcased historical buildings, Music therapist, Dr. Robert Krout, paid his annual visit to the Hope Town School to have the children on their feet singing and dancing to his guitar beat. He has been working in New Zealand recently so the children also got a geography lesson about New Zealand and its natural heritage. Hope Town School student Aly Boyce proudly poses with Mr. Hugh Cottis, a Rotary Club Speech Contest judge, and the prop she used to enhance her speech. The speech was titled If I had a magic lamp that could grant me three wishes, what would they be? Out of a record number of 15 entrants, Aly won the Primary Divsion title with her delivery of three unselfish wishes. They were 1. a home for children who lost parents in the tsunami, 2. a wish for people to protect and respect the environment and 3. a hope for all the worlds people to be able to get an education. national symbols, places of interest and the history of the Republic of Guyana. The Bahamas showed off its straw products, bush medicine, Androsia, produce, seafood and arts and crafts. The United Kingdom displayed all the British products that can be bought in food stores here like HP sauce, baked beans and rich tea biscuits. The United States saluted their heroes and just about everything else American; Levis jeans, apple pie, Barbies, cornbread and baseball. A cultural show featuring the parade of flags, each countrys national anthem, a pageant, cultural performances and food fair closed out the International Fair. The winners in the exhibit competition were announced. The Bahamas won first place followed by the United States and then Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Greene, schools principal said the week long activities heralds an important factor that there is diversity among us, but strength in diversity. Sometimes he would look at our neighbor to the north and think about what makes it a great nation. It is because the United States is made up of different cultures. In The Bahamas we need to start celebrating this strength that is among us. This international day tells him that the unity has to continue and go deeper if we are to become a better nation. He admonished the students to remember that diversity gives us greater strength. More School News SchoolFrom Page 11 Please see School Page 13

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 13 B SchoolFrom Page 12J.A. Pinder Primary SchoolSports Day Is OrganizedBy Mirella Santillo According to school Principal, Ms Brenell Clarke, It was the first time in years that J.A. Pinder Primary School held properly organized Sports Days. The sport events were held on February 23 and 24 and took place along the roads of the new subdivision where a tent had been erected to house the food tables and drinks. Two in-school houses were formed to compete against each other, the Marlins whose captains were Mrs. Annie Green and Mrs. Simone Pinder, and the Bold and Beautiful whose captains were Mrs. Anastasia Bullard and Mrs. Vendella Leyse Bowe. Twenty-five children participated in several field events including shot butt, softball throw, 50m, 75m, 100m, 200m, 400m, and 800m races. Primary School children were not the only one to compete as pre -scholars and parents also participated in several events. The little ones ran in the 50m and 75m races, and the parents in the 100m race, in the egg and spoon relay and crokersack relay. Food prepared by janitress Mrs. Angelitta Roberts was served throughout the day by Mrs. Mildred McKinney, also a school janitress. Ms. Clark said, I wished to thank to all the parents and community members who funded the events and helped make them such a great success and I extend my congratulations to all the athletes who participated. More School NewsOther School NewsMs Brenell Clarke, J.A. Pinder Primary Schools Principal, wishes to congratulate the following Honour Roll students: 1st Grade: Lunsworth Lightbourn, Stephon Mc Kinney, Hakeem Roberts, Chancey Adderley, Kiara Moxey, Entynique Rolle 2nd Grade: Raymond Bain, Frederick Pinder, Fredericka Storr 3rd Grade: Virgil Bain, Yashar Fox 4th Grade: Devantee Greene 5th Grade: Anishka Lightbourne 6th Grade: Orrenda BainStudent Places ThirdThe principal, staff and students of J. A. Pinder Primary School wish to congratulate Orrenda Bain on her 3rd place achievement in the recently held Abaco District Spelling Bee competition. Congratulations also to the other participants from Sandy Point: Kenneth Miller and Aaliyah Greene. Keep up the good work. J.A. Pinder will hold an in-house spelling bee competition on April 20 and a mathematics in-house competition on April 22. Four students from J.A.Pinder: Orrenda Bain, age 11, Darron Colebrook, age 9, Virgil Bain, age 7, and Johnette Storr, age 6, will take part in the Police Spelling Bee competition in Marsh Harbour on April 22. Everyone participated in the J.A. Pinder Sports Day. From adults to toddlers they enjoyed the day. Above, the egg and spoon competition proved to be popular. The sporting event was held in the new subdivision which government opened to allow residents to build homes on higher land than the settlement of Sandy Point. Even the toddlers had their races. The adults enjoyed the sack race. Chris Thompson Real EstateOffering the Islands Most Exclusive Listings One Purple Porpoise Place, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas ph 242.366.0216 fax 242.366.0223 Chris Thompson Greg Roberts* P r i v a t e I sland s Wat e rfront H o m es and L and I n v estment P r o p e rty Acr eage P r o j ect /Pr o p e rty Managem ent C o mplet e S e rvice fro m S ales t o C onstruc t ion ***** Ex clu siv e Agent s f o r Matt L o w e s C a y ***** www.Ch r isT hompsonR ealE s t a t e com

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We can now be contacted at the telephone numbers listed below.(242)(242) (242)(242) (242) 367-2549367-2549 367-2549367-2549 367-2549 367-2628367-2628 367-2628367-2628 367-2628 367-2573367-2573 367-2573367-2573 367-2573 367-2576367-2576 367-2576367-2576 367-2576 367-5285367-5285 367-5285367-5285 367-5285 HELP WANTEDPositions are available for the following job opportunities: Warehouse workers Store packersApplicants should be fluent in speaking and reading in EnglishInterested persons should contact the Warehouse Manager of Burns House Ltd at 367.3712 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 Guana Cay 1162 Sea to Sea property of 3.5 acres. Also interior lots with sea views available. 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! 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 1117 & 1118 One cottage of 2/1 and one home of 3/2 on spectacular beachfront near town. Both homes have great rental history. By Mirella Santillo Local government election are due to be held in June. The local officials are elected for a three-year term. We have asked several in leadership roles to tell of their successes as well as their frustrations. Mr. David Bethell, a 28-year resident of Green Turtle Cay, has been Chairman of the Green Turtle Town Committee for nearly four years. The Town Committee, comprised of five members, had several projects in the planning before the hurricanes. The road on the hill by the school was to be widened with grooves to reduce skidding and a sidewalk built from the school to the beginning of town to make it safer for the children to walk home. Unfortunately, all the funds reserved for these endeavors were spent in the aftermath of the two hurricanes cleaning the township, repairing the government docks, hiring trucks to dispose of the debris to the dump and clearing the roads for BEC and Batelco. Mr. Bethell stated proudly, Within a week you could hardly see that the island had been visited by two devastating hurricanes. The $29,700 town budget was enough to cover the clean up and minor repairs, but the seawall by Centennial Park was beyond the towns finances and help from central government is awaited. The main problems to overcome on the island are garbage disposal and road maintenance. Different recycling programs were experimented with, but most of them proved to be too expensive to maintain. The only one kept is the recycling of Kalik beer bottles that are redeemed back to Nassau for $2 per case. Enforcing a maximum truck weight is another issue facing the Town Committee. The roads on the cay were not made to carry heavy loads and a 15,000 pound limit has been imposed by the Committee. This decree has not been respected willfully. The next Town Committee meeting will address ways of making people comply. Mr. Bethell would like more communication between the Townships and the District Councils. Green Turtle Cay is the only island in the Northern District. It makes it difficult to attend meetings and see people from the mainland. Planning and licensing depends on Coopers Town. Green Turtle residents applying for building permits have been given local help to expedite the process. The plans are reviewed locally before being submitted to Coopers Town, but licensing and planning meetings there have not been held as regularly as before, increasing the delays for approval. To facilitate the cays internal affairs, an application was submitted to Central Government two years ago to make Green Turtle Cay a category three district which would allow decision to be made locally. No answer has yet been heard from Nassau. Asked if he will run again in the next election, Mr. Bethell answered, It will depend on circumstances. He has not made up his mind yet, but he added that if he did not, there were a lot of qualified candidates to take his place.Local Government Leaders Speak OutBy Jennifer Hudson Permission has now been granted by government for work to begin on the repairs to the roof and cargo doors at the Port Departments cargo facility. According to Capt. Cyril Roker the contract has been awarded to R&R Roofing Company of Treasure Cay. This will take care of the damage which still remain outstanding since Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. Blue tarpaulins have been covering holes in the roof and containers have had to be pushed against the building to act as cargo doors in the interim. BEC restored electricity to the buildings about six to eight weeks ago where employees had been working without air conditioning for several months. This also restored the very bright yard lights at the facility which had been noticeably very dark at night. Capt. Roker reported that everything is back to normal now in the dock area regarding the oil spill which has now been contained. As he could not speak for the situation in the mangrove area Ms. Green of the Environmental Health Department was contacted and stated that the oil which has converged in the area of the mangroves will take some time to disperse. The Department prefers that the area now be left alone for nature to take its course so that the mangroves will, in time, become cleaned up naturally. Dock Repairs Will Begin Soon

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 B By Jennifer Hudson On February 1st six new members of staff took up posts in the Abaco Ministry of Tourism office bringing the number of Ministry staff there to nine. The new staff members will be working under the guidance of Ms. Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism for Abaco, Winsome Ferguson, Executive Assistant and Office Administrator, and Kendi Anderson, co-ordinator of People to People projects, weddings and the airport. Ms. Jeritzan Outten said, Tourism on Abaco is growing very fast so the extra staff were crucial in keeping pace with the demands. Twenty five prospective candidates, all from Abaco, underwent a thorough interview and elimination process. When the group was narrowed down to ten, a person from the Human Resources Department in Nassau was brought in to select the final six who were all selected on their performances in the interviews with no political interference at all. They all deserve to be here,stated Ms. Outten, who is very pleased with how well things are working out with the new staff. Mrs. Bernadette Harding replaces Don Cornish, who is now in the Ministry of Tourisms office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Bernadette has assumed the position of Assistant Office Manager with special responsibility for Product Development, Sales and Events. All the office information staff come under her. Senior Information Assistant is Doranel Swain, who has now been taken on full time after having worked part-time with the Ministry of Tourism for the past four years. Doranel is responsible for exit surveys at the airport and marinas and is described by Ms. Outten as a talented person who is doing a good job, hence the decision to take her on full time. Melinda Williams, who is a resident of Sandy Point, was hired to work as information assistant on Castaway Cay, a post which is still being worked on by the Ministry of Tourism. Melinda will represent the Ministry of Tourism there and be available to answer questions from the 10,000 visitors who visit there on average per week. She will help them learn about the larger district beyond the confines of the cay so that, hopefully, they will one day return as land-based visitors. Michelle Mikula from Treasure Cay is an information assistant who will be based in the unit the Ministry wishes to create in Treasure Cay for the entire north Abaco area including Green Turtle Cay. In the interim she is receiving training and is presently working as a receptionist with cross training especially in Internet development. Millie Dawkins is another new information assistant. All the information assistants work on a roster system which allows them to be rotated between the two airports of Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay and in Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana Cay and Hope Town as well. They are given at least two days each month in the office, whenever possible, in order to prevent them from feeling disconnected. Indira Edwards is now a full time trainer for both the Industry Training and Bahamahost programmes and will work closely with headquarters in Nasssau since she will be presenting basically the same programmes but with more relevance to Abaco. Hoteliers, cab drivers and shop clerks are among those who will benefit from the seminars at all levels. The programme will be built around whatever is needed and appropriate people will be found to come in to speak. Indira will hold responsibility for public relations including Internet development which is a powerful marketing tool. It is hoped that the Abaco tourism website, which was felt to be lacking in the past, will be developed into something to be proud of. Ms. Outten is very pleased with her new staff who, she says, are very helpful. At present they are still settling in and learning the ropes. But once they are fully in command of all their duties, the workload on the executive staff should be eased considerably. A two-day Ministry of Tourism Retreat was held in March of last year attended by top level Ministry of Tourism officials including the Minister of Tourism, Director General of Tourism and Permanent Secretary plus investors, business persons and community people at which a strategic business plan was formulated, the purpose of which is to,strategically improve and sustain the quality of our Abaco product for the benefit of suppliers and consumers. Its vision for the year 2014 is to be able to say,Abaco is a collection of model island communities We celebrate our diverse heritage and the success of a thriving tourism industry. Balanced growth with ecological integrity provides a distinctive quality of life for all. In order to achieve this and to facilitate all the areas in the plan it was decided to expand the support staff in the Abaco office and so the six new persons were hired at one time. Another result of the Retreat was to create nine Task Force Committees which are formed of a variety of people from all of communities on Abaco. These include: Training/Education; Ground Transportation, Tours/Airport; Business Development; Marinas/Sea Ports and Cruise Ships; Events and Sports Tourism; Ecotourism/ Environment; Marketing/Airlift; Culture/Entertainment/ Arts; Domestic/Religious Tourism.The Ministry of Tourism Adds New Staff 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 There is a large domestic tourism market here now such as religious conventions and heritage festivals which do their share in bringing more money into the economy of Abaco, said Ms. Outten, who is very pleased with the level of support from the entire community which she describes as tremendous. The staff at the Ministry of Tourism office now includes six new ladies. Shown above are Ms. Wynsome Ferguson, Mrs. Kendy Anderson, Ms. Melinda Williams, Ms. Indira Edwards, Ms. Michelle Mikula, Ms. Millie Dawkins, Ms. Doranell Swain, Mrs. Bernadette Harding and Mrs. Jeritzan Outten, Abacos Director of Tourism. 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 ocean views, Offered @ $339,000 Includes boat slip Bahama Palm Shores 3 Lots 80 x 125 sq.ft. @ $25,000 each New Exclusive Bahama Palm Shores 1 acre with 100 beach front $239,000EASTERN SHORESMarsh HarbourSandy PointNEW EXCLUSIVETHE WHEELHOUSE Two Story, 3 bed & 2 bath, dock slip, beach with boat mooring PANORAMIC VIEWS Great Rental History $675,000 gross NEW EXCLUSIVELOOKOUT HOUSE Eastern Shores $1,575,000 grossContact Bill Thompson 477-5712 Lil Bill Albury or Elaine ThomsonNEW EXCLUSIVE LISTING!2 beautiful beach front lots 90 x 180 $89,900 each if purchasing both or $109,900 each if purchasing separately CROSSING BEACH AREA3/4 Acre 138 waterfront $365,000CROSSING BEACH AREA2 Acres 196 waterfront $735,000NEW EXCLUSIVE LISTING!2 Bahama Coral Island lots 85 x 120 from $16,500 Treasure Cay Lot in Country Club Estates near golf course $35,000

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Page 16 B The Abaconian April 1, 2005 Local Agent:Marsh Harbour Shipping Company P.O.Box AB 20777242-367-3341 Fax:242-367-4885 Ray Weatherford,Shelly Russell and John BethellThe BestConnectionto AbacoSaturday departure and Sunday arrival,ready for Monday pick-upFull Container Load Services including expanded area of equipment positioning throughout the southeast United StatesWe provide fenced and secure dockside storage and parking in Marsh HarbourConveniently located near Interstate 95 at 1489 Martin Luther King,Jr.Blvd.Riviera Beach,FL 561-844-8306Consistent and personal customer serviceLess-than-container load, Refrigerated and Consolidation Services MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO MERCPANGA & MIMSA BOATSBy Lindsey Delaplaine Recent attempts to protect the Abaco Parrot have sparked some controversy. The group Parrots International recently undertook a predator control project which involved trapping and killing feral cats that were suspected of killing parrots and their young in Southern Abaco. Local humane societies have complained about the project for a variety of reasons. Parrots International is an American nonprofit organization whose goal is to benefit parrots everywhere by promoting and fostering international cooperation. Based on research done by Caroline Stahala, the group submitted a proposal to the Bahamian government for a predator control project. In the application they cited a number of reasons for the increased threat to the parrot population. A forest fire in July of 2004 exposed the parrots to increased predation by destroying ground cover. In the 30 days following the fire 21 of the 77 nests were attacked, leaving only 56 breeding pairs. It was estimated by Stahala that 50 unfledged chicks were lost to predators. Parrots International further explained that the population was hit hard by the two hurricanes that blasted Abaco last fall. The hurricanes caused large scale destruction of their habitat and food sources and came at an unfortunate time for the birds as many of the chicks were still in the nest and were unable to escape. The group asked permission to trap and remove the feral cats within the breeding area of the parrots, citing high exposure to extinction pressures and stating that predator control was imperative. The application was approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Bahamas National Trust and Friends of the Environment. Local humane societies heard about the project and called each of the groups listed to complain. Jane Thompson, co-founder of Friends of Abaco Animals, explained their concerns about the project. Unlike the raccoons, which have recently appeared, cats are not an invasive species. They were brought with the Loyalists in 1783 and have been here as long as the English settlers. She explained that if the local population of cats is killed off, more cats will simply move into the area, a belief which is supported by local veterinarians. You will never be able to reach the bottom of the barrel. She believes cats are not solely responsible for the deaths of the birds and cited a recent study conducted by the San Francisco SPCA that concluded that rats caused more damage to ground nesting birds than cats in the Golden Gate area. The local humane societies are also concerned about the methods used to trap the cats and the manner in which the cats are put to sleep. It was reported that a dentist associated with Parrots International purchased euthanol, a legally controlled substance in the United States used for euthanasia, which raised concerns about the professionalism and experience of the per-Parrot Preservation Has CriticsFor the third year in succession, the Outboard Shop has earned the highest award offered by the supplier of their Evinrude outboard engines. During the BRP Annual Awards Dinner held earlier this year, the Outboard Shop received the Evinrude Clean Technology Award and the Best Overall Performance for Evinrude and Johnson Award. The Evinrude Clean Technology award is given to the distributor whose Evinrude sales last year exceeded 51 percent of its total engine sales. The Outboard Shop captured the Best Overall Performance for being the leader in service, engine and parts sales in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Outboard Shop wishes to thank its dealers because their support and cooperation made this possible. Accepting the awards on behalf of the Outboard Shop was Mr. Jason Lowe, left. On the right is Josh Pinder. Outboard Shop Wins Two Awards P.O. Box AB-20180 Marsh Harbour, Abaco PH: 367-0020For Appointments Call 367-0020Dr. Paul Hunt Pediatrician, Asthma and Allergy Testing April 2, 2005 Dr. Jon Bartlett Chiropractor April 2, 2005 Dr. Harold Munnings Gastroenterologist (Stomach) April 2, 2005 Dr. May Hestmo Hand and Orthopedic Surgeon April 2, 2005 Dr. Elisabeth Darville Ultrasound April 4, 2005 Dr. KJA Rodgers Opthalmologist April 7, 2005 Dr. Micheal Caplia Optometrist April 7 and 8, 2005 Dr. Frumentus Leon Obstetrician / Gynecologist April 9, 2005 Ms. Sandra Watson Ultrasound Technician April 9, 2005 Mr. Christopher R. Monize Physical Therapist April 9, 2004 Dr. Rosetta Ingraham, Dermatologist April 11, 2005 Dr. Elisabeth Darville Ultrasound April 11, 2005 Dr. Bernard Rolle General Medicine/ Diabetes Specialist April 13, 2005 Dr. Jerome Lightbourne Pediatric Cardiologist April 15, 2004 Dr. Daniel Johnson Foot Doctor April 8, 2005 Please see Parrots Page 22 son responsible for handling the cats. As an alterative, Friends of Abaco Animals suggested an annual spay and neutering program. They believe it will be more cost effective and limit the population in the area. In addition, the females will be less likely to hunt if they do not have young to provide for and the males will be less aggressive if they are not mating. David Knowles, the Agriculture Officer based in Marsh Harbour, is responsible for overseeing any projects or research that take place in this area. Gaining control over a population of wild animals, especially one that is threatening an endangered species, is a goal of the government, said Mr. Knowles. The government is currently at a disadvantage in addressing these problems and welcomes the partnership of other organizations. Mr. Knowles is aware that people are upset, but he believes cats are

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 B The Hope Town School children successfully plaited and unplaited the May Pole in front of an appreciative crowd. They actually performed much better than the adults, who had to start over before finishing the task. A small boat and flag parade was held in the harbour featuring all of the flags that have waved over The Bahamas from the Spanish flag of Ferdinand and Isabella planted by Columbus to the present day flag of the independent Bahamas. A sculling demonstration followed with people of all ages showing off their skills. Chester Thompson was heard saying, Riding a bike and sculling are two things you never forget. Afterwards, local auHeritage Day in Hope Town is eagerly anticipated as a day to appreciate ones roots, to enjoy historical displays, to see demonstrations, to participate in games and competitions and renew friendships with family and friends. Plaiting the Maypole is one of the many traditional pasttimes that add to the ex perience. thor Dave Gale gave a brief talk about the art of sculling and its importance. The official program was capped off by a very popular Beautiful Knee contest. The crowd was asked to vote for the most beautiful knees with their dollars. Contestants were hidden from the crowd by a curtain with only their knees and legs showing. The event raised over $1,000 for the museum and Chester Thompson was awarded the prize a leg full of garters. Other aspects of the day included book signing tables, food and dessert stations and a sea shell exhibit. Mrs. Bethel said that next year they hope to have Heritage Day be a two-day event which will include the official opening of the newly expanded historical museum. They had hoped that this would be the year, but plans had to be pushed back as a result of the hurricanes. Heritage Day Provides Time to Explore the Past Heritage DayFrom Page 1 Chester Thompson won the beautiful knee contest which raised over $1000 for the benefit of the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum. The contestants were hidden by a sheet with only their knees showing. Mr. Thompsons prize was wearing all the garters. Other entrants were Dave Gale, Patrick Bethel, Frank Kenyon and David Ralph.

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Page 18 B The Abaconian April 1, 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 Latter Rain Ladies MinistriesPresents Conference 2005under the ThemeDestined to Succeed Guest Speaker from See-It Ministries Nashville, TennesseeConference Host:Minister Brenda ArcherGuest Speaker:Prophetess Sharon EilandWednesday, April 6 Thursday, April 7 Friday, April 8 7 p.m. nightlyChurch of the Latter Rainhe did in getting people to part with their money for this very worthy cause. He was quick to point out that, although he was on the stand, it was really his wife, Joan, who deserved all the praise as she was fully responsible for the entire set up and even told him how to think. Jim and Joan Blumberg would like to thank all who attended and express their gratitude to those who so generously donated items for auction and those who bid so generously. The first part of the evening was devoted to the silent auction with a great variety of items up for bid including fishing trips, airline tickets, ships paraphernalia, wood carvings and bamboo items but the one which seemed to draw most bidders was a window bench with a secret drawer from Thailand. The excitement mounted as time for bids to close approached, and there were people jockeying to make their signature the final one against their favourite item. Original paintings, hand-carved wood tables, vacation rentals and round trip air tickets were some of the items in the live auction with the highest bids going for a one years membership at the Winding Bays Abaco Club and a seven night stay in Paris. A continuous slide show was shown of the first graduating class of scholarship recipients who will complete their courses this year. The professions they will be pursuing are medicine, physiotherapy, business, accounting, marine biology, culinary arts and elementary education. Also on hand to support the venture was Ms. Tiffany Cooper, Customer Service Representative for Twin Air Calypso, the airline which flies all the scholarship recipients to and from Florida at no charge. Many young people of Abaco will be provided with an opportunity for success as a result of the generosity of all who assisted this event. PathfindersFrom Page 1Successful Auction Raises Funds for ScholarshipsThe Abaco Ministry of Tourism office and Friends of the Environment have joined forces to bring Abaco together in this years Coastal Awareness month. Some of the planned activities include the following: April 2nd: Friends of the Environment Fifth Annual Reef Ball will be held at the Pavilion at Abaco Beach Resort. Tickets are $75 Live music will be provided by the Modern Vintage band. April 16th through 20th Coastal Awareness Week will highlight a coastal clean up. Private groups and schools are encouraged to select an area of coast to clean. They are also encouraged to make a day of it with an activity such as a picnic. It is suggested that each group choose a leader who would be responsible to organize the day and arrange for disposing of collections. An application form was provided by the Ministry of Tourism. It was to be completed and returned to the Tourism office by March 31st, 2005. The three largest collections will receive prizes. All groups will be recognized with certificates of participation. April 22nd Earth Day Friends of the Environment will be hosting a fun day along with a number of the cays and schools. Certificates and prizes will be presented. Other Activities: Throughout the month schools will be requested to make arrangements for an appropriate day and time for a presentation on one of the following areas: the environment, reefs, and coastal areas. Churches will be asked to select a Sunday during the month to share a religious sermon based on the importance of the environment and protecting it. Local civic groups are being approached to hold a community function that would be based around environmental awareness. CoastFrom Page 1 ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: New! 90 feet of white sandy beach front on Coco Bay with elevations throughout of approximately thirty feet. 360 feet in depth running towards the Atlantic Ocean. Residential, 3/4 acre, located at north end of island near Coco Bay Cottages. Great for viewing the sunset and watching small boats sail by towards South Abaco. US 595,000 plus 7% to close New! 1854 sq. ft. lot with wood building located in the heart of New Plymouth. Just a short walk to Sea of Abaco & public dock. $72,000 plus 6: to close Quiet waterfront on Black Sound. Excellent storm protection. 1.35 acres. 125' dock. Close to bonefish flats and Gillam Bay beach. $650,000 A jewel of a home with pool set high on a bluff overlooking the Sea of Abaco. One acre. Stunningly landscaped with wooden decks and walkways. Six building set in pod arrangement. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths. Wicker and rattan furniture. A/C throughout. Satellite TV. 1.98 million plus 7% to close Two inland lots 1/3 acre each located within walking distance of Coco Bay Beach and Ocean Beach. Good elevation. B$90,000 each firm Motivated Seller! Brand new two bedroom two full bath home located within five minutes walk of Coco Bay Beach and Ocean Beach. Central A/C. 40 x 32. Tile floors; porch and deck. Fully landscaped with white picket fence. 9 ft. high ceilings throughout. Centrally located near public dock; beaches and a major resort. Perfect for first time buyers or retirees! B $325,000 gross New! Spacious two bedroom two bath furnished home on the beach at beautiful Gillam Bay. Excellent rental history. Within one mile from historic New Plymouth and two miles from two major resorts. A/C in bedrroms. Full kitchen with separate dining room. Laundry room. 135 on beach. 19,735 sq. ft. of property. $850,000 gross New! 112 x 200 ocean front lot on north end of island. Outstanding ocean veiws. Reef is close enough to swim to. $495,000 plus 7% to close Four unit income producing building with views of Coco Bay and dock. $700,000 plus 7% to close. New! Prime water front commercial / residential location in the town of New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay. Site of take-away restaurant plus two bedrooms and two baths; kitchenette and great room. Private deck. Furnished two story building. Near public dock. Views of water from both floors. $350,000 plus 2% to close A perfect site on White Sound. 2 bedroom 2 bath main house with deck and porch. Boathouse and 2 Whalers. Guest cottage with one bedroom and one bath. Waterfront on the Sea of Abaco. Only accessible by boat. $660,000 ONO Two bedroom one bath basically furnished home with large deck and view of Coco Bay. Just steps away from beautiful Coco Bay Beach. 18,000 gallon rain water tank. Basement. Garage. Good elevation. 1/3 acre. B $398,000 firm North End: Stunning, furnished 3 bed 2 bath home with fireplace. 125' on Atlantic Ocean. 35' elevation. Commanding views of the ocean. Spacious screened-in porch. One acre. $1.32 million plus 7% to close MUNJACK CAY: 1/4 acre on Atlantic Ocean. 125' frontage. $183,000 gross SOLD: Lot 11 Coco Bay $70,800 gross Lot No. 4 Bight O Bay Beach $360,000 plus 7% to close Lot 3 Coco Bay $110,000 plus 7% to close UNDER CONTRACT: Lot 12 and 14 Coco Bay Tract Coady Point Treehouse No. 2 Seabreeze Cottage Lot 9 Coco Bay TractOCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER TIESTIES TIESTIES TIES G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-561-656-9708 Telephone/Fax 1-242-365-4636Sales, Rentals and Property ManagementE-mail: oceanblu@batelnet.bs www.oceanblueproperties.com Subscribe toThe AbaconianTo Keep up with All the News of the Island

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 B Mailin Sands -mailin@mlrealty.net Ph# 242-367-2992 Fax# 242-367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas 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 April 1, 2005

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Page 20 B The Abaconian April 1, 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! $868,000 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 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. $370,000Treasure 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 Starting at $625,000 + closing costs 2. PALM BAY Townhouse units in protected harbour with boat slips Starting at $525,000 + closing costs 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 $660,000 Plus 14% closing VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. ocean front 1 acre+/Beginning at $800,000 Canal Front Beginning at $175,000 Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $35,000 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass CompanyWindow Glass Cut and InstalledScreens Made and Repaired Commercial Store Fronts Installed and ReplacedYale WindowsIn Marsh Harbour on Don MacKay Blvd. 367-2442By Jennifer Hudson In an effort to further upgrade the business and tourism sectors on Abaco, Mr. Revis Rolle, Senior Island Administrator, is organizing several courses which will be invaluable in helping keep the island on the cutting edge. These courses will be designed to aid local residents in gaining needed skills in the hospitality and business areas so that they will be ready for planned multi-million dollar developments. As a former educator, Mr Rolle sees as one of his strengths the opportunity to be able to coordinate these courses as a means of preparing the community for what is to come, and he encourages people to sacrifice a little to benefit a lot.A Course for ManagersThe first course which is due to begin at the beginning of March, depending on demand, is for the Certification of Professional Managers and is being offered by the Institute of Certified Professional Managers, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. This course runs for a minimum duration of six months but can be completed over a period of up to two years if desired, depending on the students personal schedule. This organization came into being as a result of the Fortune 500 companys discovery that academics are not necessary for good practical on the ground managers. The programme can help you learn practices that are critical to a professional career in management and position you to meet challenges and increase your value through an internationally recognized management certification programme. The minimum for entry into this programme is an Associate Degree and preference will be given to persons with wide and extensive experience in the field of management over the years. Although this course has been rated at the Baccalaureate level by American and international assessment centres, it is not an academic course. Participants will work individually and in groups to build case studies and come up with solutions to problems. The modules covered will be: Personal Skills; Administrative Skills and Interpersonal Skills. Programme coordinator will be Mr. Rolle, who will be utilizing practitioners in the field including a CPA and lawyer of repute and other persons who have had great success in business.Skills Will Be TaughtAnother very important programme to come on stream in March will be from the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute in Nassau. This will train people in preparation for three or four big investments that the Prime Minister will be officially pronouncing shortly, the first of which will be the development on Guana Cay. There will be a great demand for artisans on these projects. The aim is prepare for the future onslaught of globalization ushered in by the FTAA. Persons must have certification, not just know how, warned Mr. Rolle. He went on to say, In 1942 there may not have been a riot if it were explained to Bahamians that their American counterparts had certification and they had none. We do not want a repeat of the Burma Road Riot on Abaco. So we must prepare by taking time out and sacrificing to obtain internationally recognized certification. Mr. Rolle suggested that this approach be taken by businesses, the Chamber of Commerce and service clubs as a public relations exercise to help people see the opportunities and to get what training they should.Hospitality TrainingThe third course to be offered will be by the School for Hospitality and Tourism Studies. The reason for this, said Mr. Rolle, is that Abaco has a tourism product that is unique. Abaco is a high end niche market. If we are going to keep on the leading edge, we want persons working in tourism, e.g., waiters, cooks, chefs, housekeeping, front office personnel and marina staff to make sure that they get internationally recognized certification as they continue to upgrade their skills. We need the kind of service that people will scream about similar to that at Atlantis, he continued. We have the Bahamahost programme but we must step into the next level where training is more expansive and sustained.A Course for EntrepreneursA course offered by the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the College of the Bahamas is scheduled to come on stream next. This course will work with the business community and the Chamber of Commerce to provide training in whatever areas are needed. The programme will be tailor made to the group. Business owners and management will have the opportunity to sharpen their skills and improve the performance of their employees and their productivity levels. It is hoped that the seminars will spawn the birth of new businesses. For those persons wishing to strengthen their skills in the educational field, a Masters in Education programme run by Florida International University is scheduled to come on stream between now and May.Degree Courses Will Be OfferedFinally, in late summer or early fall a programme from Nova Southeastern University will offer a Masters and a Doctorate in Business for graduates of the Certified Managers Course. It is expected that the fees for the BTVI course will be approximately $100 plus cost of tools, the Certified Professional Managers Course approximately $2,000. The School for Hospitality and Centre for Entrepreneurship will adjust the costing of their fees accordingly for the area..Several Courses Will Be Offered on Abaco Remember Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results

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April 1, 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 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 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 Guana Cay brand new rental, 4 bed, deep water dock, privacy, plenty availability, 561-805-8673 nancycanary@hotmail.com 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 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 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 3567848 or 324-1328 Island Property ManagementJulie Farrington & Leslie SawyerP.O. Box AB-22758 Green Turtle Cay Abaco Tel: (242) 365-4695 or 365-4047 email: ipmjulie@batelnet.bs www.go-abacos.com/ipm Vacations RentalsNEW LISTINGS:Bahama Palm Shores: Lowest price. Two properties $10,000.ea. Cove Estates: Unfinished but livable home. Must see $165,000 Eastern Shores Classic: Superior construction, large living areas, rustic charm, 108 of Sea of Abaco. $862,000 Great Cistern: Waterfront property in artist colony. $148,800 Great Cistern: Stylish and cozy, 138 of waterfront, 3 bed/ 2 bath villa with dock. $574,700 Marsh Harbour: Commercial property on main road. $287,500 Scotland Cay: Rare opportunity in Coconut Creek $422,000 Turtle Rocks: Lovely property. Good value $58,800 Sandra Evans, BRI, CIPS (242) 367-2365 Bill Thorndycraft (242) 357-6638We get the job done! PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALEElbow 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 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 Scotland Cay excluisve pvt. island for property owners and guests only. Located 7 mi. N. of Marsh Harbour between Guana & Man-OWar. 2 mi. of pristine pink powder beach with a uniquely protected lagoon and marina. Paved airstrip & roads. Daily scheduled ferry service from Marsh Harbour. Deeded 1/2 acre lot, 200 to beach & ocean with 180o unobstructed ocean view. $350K net. 850-519-1990 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 540-721-6786, 540-885-1459, e-mail LakeCare@aol.com $299,500 FOR SALE BY OWNERMurphy Town Newly constructed duplex located off Forest Drive, quiet family neighborhood. Each unit 2 bed / 1 bath, kitchen, living, laundry, central A/C, excellent yard space. Asking price $185,000 gross or $179,000 net. For further inquiries please call DAY: (242) 424-3176 or (242) 323-7826 ext. 229, EVENINGS: (242) 324-7845 Ph. 242-367-3420 Cell 242-375-8465Realtors Ruth Albury Percy PinderLocated above theSand Dollar ShoppeP.O.Box AB 20473 Marsh Harbour, Abacowww.moskorealty.com By Mirella Santillo On March 8th local bonefishing guides were invited by the Ministry of Tourism and the Port Authority to attend a meeting pertaining to the new requirements concerning the licensing of boats used by the guides to take people bone fishing. The meeting was meant to outline the reasons why guides should hold a Class B Captain license, why they should use a properly licensed and inspected vessel whatever the size of the boat, and have liability insurance coverage. Mrs. Jeritzen Outten, Director of Tourism for Abaco, made the opening presentation followed by speaker Mr. Benjamin Pratt, also with the Ministry of Tourism, and by Capt. Cyril Roker, Chief Port Officer on Abaco. Mrs. Outten emphasized the tourism aspect of bonefishing, explaining that mostly wealthy people indulge in this sport, andLicenses Are Required for Bonefishermenthat it is becoming a very lucrative opportunity. She continued, However, these people have requirements when hiring a guide. They like to know that the guide is licensed and has insurance. She indicated that as that sport is becoming increasingly popular three bonefishing championships will be organized in the near future. Tournaments will start in Grand Bahama, then Andros and Exuma. Abaco will be the last leg of the championship. Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour has expressed hopes of hosting the event which could happen as early as November. Bonefishing was until recently an unregulated seasonal activity practiced from January to June. However, if properly organized, it could become a year round profession needing to operate as a licensed business. Mrs. Outten added, All the fisherman should get together to share ideas which could improve the business. Mr. Benjamin Pratt, was appointed by the Ministry of Tourism to deal with bonefishing certification. He came from Nassau for the March 8th meeting. A native of Andros, Mr. Pratt said, I came to the job with a passion in the bonefishing business. He mentioned, Until recently, fishing was a business opened to anyone. No licensing was required and there were no guidelines. The government is trying to close the industry and make it available to licensed people only. Mr. Pratt said, The requirement for the certification came out of several safety concerns and public relation issues. In case of an accident at sea the guide should be able to administer CPR and know how to use a first aid kit. The guide / captain must be qualified to deal with boat engines should a problem arise and know how to properly use the bonefishing equipment such as tying a fly and casting the line. He should know how to deal with customers in all circumstances. When applying for a Class B license, the Standard of Training and Certification of Watchkeeping for seafarers course is required covering the above mentioned situations. He said, As the industry grows, we are opening ourselves to liability and lawsuits, explaining the need for liability insurance. A fly fishing association is in the process of being created with offices in Nassau. Its board including Bahamians and foreigners, met last October. The board will appoint an Executive Director at the Aprils meeting. This will make the Bahamas an official fly fishing destination. Capt. Roker began with the statement that the concerns of his department, revenues and safety, were different from the Ministry of Tourisms. Upon taking his position on Abaco, he conducted an assessment of the islands docks and boats. That showed that Please see Guides Page 22Call us about putting your ad here to be seen by everyone interested in Abaco

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Page 22 B The Abaconian April 1, 2005 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 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. ________________________________ 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 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 Management COURSESCOURSES COURSESCOURSES COURSESClass A License Celestial Navigation Personal Survival Basic & Advanced Property Appraisal Don CornishCall 367-0035For Professional Fast & Accurate Appraisals Glen Properties Call 367-4585 or Fax 367-3091Souvenirs Cuban Cigars Casual Clothing T-Shirts Venus Swimwear Jewelry Childrens Clothing and lots more ...Located in Simmons Plaza next to Snack Shack Mon Sat 9 5 Phone: (242) 367-4822 Bs Sunrise Guardian Angel Security CompanySecuring Life and Property 24 Hr. Security Guards Bodyguards Money Escort Mobile Patrol, etc.P.O. Box AB 20156 Tel 242-367-5187 B B a a h h a a m m a a D D a a w w n n D D e e s s i i g g n n s s Custom Quilts and Fabrics Behind B&LPlaza 367-4648 phone/fax Want More Business?A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201 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 COfew people had fishing licenses, captain licenses or registered boats. These licenses and registrations are mandatory. He insisted, It is my job to require that they be enforced. However, he said that the STCW was designed for people going from foreign port to foreign port and was implemented because of accidents that have happened. He agreed after consideration to exempt the bonefishing guides of the STCW requirement, saying that he will quiz them with a couple of questions and expedite the exam. But he was adamant that they must have a Class B captain license, that they have their boats inspected and licensed and that they have liGuidesFrom Page 21 ability insurance. The boats must be brought to the Port to be inspected to make sure that life jackets, flares, fire extinguishers and first aid kits are on board before they can be licensed. Upon applying for licensing, the guides must bring a police record, a physical examination certificate and be in possession of a class B captain license. Some fishermen present expressed their concern that foreigners were bringing flat boats on their yachts to take people bonefishing without the need of licensing. Why should I, a Bahamian, invest time and money in licenses, registration and insurance while the foreigners can just come here and do it? At this comment Capt. Roker promised, I will investigate the matter and take the necessary steps, if he found anybody guilty. Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned & RehubbedPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless AluminumSandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas the major cause of the decline in the parrot population. Although he is open to sugges tions, he said that Parrots International is using techniques that have been proven to be successful in other countries and that they are professionals in this area. While spaying and neutering programs have their place, this situation is going on out in the wild where it is difficult to undertake such a program, he said. He was concerned about being able to find someone to pay for and oversee such an undertaking. The Parrots International project has recently finished Phase One and left the island. The group will assess their findings and make a recommendation to the Ministry of Agriculture as to the how to proceed in the future. ParrotsFrom Page 16 Public NoticeThe public is notified that the Abaco section of the Passport Office will be open on Thursdays and Fridays only. The Passport Office will be collecting applications and doing interviews on Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Persons wishing to pick up passports can do so on Fridays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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April 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 B Help WantedThe following vacancies exist at Treasure Cay Resort and Marina Golf Equipment Maintenance Mechanic Plumber Front Desk Clerk Bus Persons Room Attendant Applicant can send resume to Human Resources Department at fax 365-8362 or telephone 365-8801 ext. 6001 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 COMMERCIAL SERVICES 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 16 Flats Boat includes trailer, pole, seats, jackplate, and 30 HP motor (only 2 hours) For info contact 359-6473 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 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. EMPLOYMENT PPORTUNITIES87 Buick LeSabre, loaded, A/C, runs good. $25,000 OBO Call Karen 366-0266 94 Dodge Caravan Good condition $5,900. Please call 366-2803 98 Plymouth Voyager 7 seater van, A/C, CD player, $8500 ONO. Contact Lillian 366-3016 / 559-9228 00 Dodge 3/4 ton cargo van, beautiful condition with racks inside, radio, auto, air. $14,900 OBO 365-8188 Motorcycle, brand new, DUTY PAID, 200 cc, 4 stroke, electric start. $3500 Call Rod at 3663506 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 EQUIPMENT FOR SALE17 Proline CC 1996, 2004 Yamaha 90 HP, nice run about boat for the Sea of Abaco, includes trailer. DUTY PAID $11,500 OBO Call 305-451-5751 or 305-942-3597 20 Shamrock cuddy cabin 220 HP V8 inboard, f/w cooled. Harding double axle trailer. DUTY PAID Boat kept in dry storage. $12,000 Call Dale 365-4359 or Bill 365-4319 24 Rampage Cuddy Cabin 240 HP Yanmar diesel, 70 hrs. Excellent condition. DUTY PAID. Call Darvin Sands at 242-365-6007 days and 365-6093 nights 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 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 Wanted: Dinghy or boat under 12, fiber glass. Call 357-6806 between 7 p.m. 10 p.m. Wanting to buy 20 boat trailer. Call Rick Zandali 367-2886 BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS WANTEDPortable saw milll and portable 12 wood chipper (diesel). Asking $18,000 for both. Will split. Call 366-4141 EQUIPMENT FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS Bluff House on Green Turtle Cay seeks a handyman 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 Job vacancy for gardener / handiman to work in MH. Call 359-6121 Job vacancy for maid / care taker for house in Coopers Town. Call 359-6121 EMPLOYMENT PPORTUNITIESThe Treasure Cay Community Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization (501-C-3), needs a highly motivated, personable individual with some experience in office management and accounting. In addition to filing, typing and computer skills, the job description also requires fundraising skills including phone solicitation, personal visits and creative writing. The residency of the Executive Director will be in the Treasure Cay Community where an attractive office will be provided. The work schedule will be 8 hours daily, Monday through Friday, all normal Bahamian holidays will be offered along with a liberal vacation schedule. Annual Salary: $45,000 to start. Please e-mail resume and cover letter in confidence to exxact@wyoming.com EXECUTIVE DIRECT OR Force. The course was conducted by Mr. Rivers and Mr. Armbrister of the Defense Force and Capt. Glynn Lightbourn. The group participating in the course included the ferry captains, dive boat operators, charter boat operators, fishing boat captains and marine construction crews. After four evenings of instructions, studies and tests the men were awarded diplomas of certification. Even though most of the men have had years of experience operating their boats and going to sea, they felt that the course was worth their time. Congratulations to all those who completed the course!Poor Crawfish Season EndsWith the end of March comes the end of the crawfish season. For many of the local fishermen the season ended with Hurricane Frances. The water remained muddy for many weeks after the hurricanes during the months when the fishermen take their biggest catches. With visibility came the realization that their habitats had been destroyed. Then the cold fronts started and didnt seem to let up. Now its the end of what is possibly the worst season that many can remember. Hopefully, the 2005-2006 will be a lot better. The fishermen and students of Abaco suffered some of the worst losses caused by the hurricanes.Easter GreetingsEaster is early this year! Easter Monday is the official start of beach picnics for many Bahamians. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and it will be warm enough for a day at the beach. The children are definitely looking forward to their break from school and then its back for their last term in the school year. The hurricanes of 2004 disrupted the school year for many Abaco students. Here at Amy Roberts Primary the students were very fortunate not to have missed many school days. Happy Easter and Happy Spring to all! CaysFrom Page 9 For Sale Atlantic Bay Skiff, 22 feet, 8-foot beam, fiberglass, 350 MerCruiser inboard, center console, Bimini, VHF, depth sounder, US registered, fully found, DUTY PAID. Asking $18,500 OBO Call 3658608 or 365-8420 For Sale French doors, 3 sets, Anderson high performance doors, new in carton, warranteed. $2980 each. in Hope Town. Call Philip 3669680 Keep up with the Happenings on AbacoSubscribe toThe AbaconianToday

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Page 24 B The Abaconian April 1, 2005 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.