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VOLUME 13, NUMBER 8, APRIL 15th, 2005 PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 9945 NW 88th Ave Medley, FL 33178 Forward and Address Correction Bakers Bay Project Is ExplainedHope Town Council Hears Pros and Cons of Controversial DevelopmentDevelopers of the Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club and opponents of the project, Save the Guana Cay Reef Association, met with the Hope Town District Council on April 6. As many as possible squeezed into the small Council office in Hope Town. The Council first heard from Steve Adelson and Ed Divita, partners in the development who gave the Council an update on their plans. They expect construction of the first phase will begin by June 1 of this year and be completed by June, 2008. It will include a 180-slip marina, a freight dock, a desalination plant, 75 villa-style rooms, infrastructure for 350 residential lots, marketing facilities, a community center for the residents of Guana Cay and a commercial center which will include a bar and restaurant, a general store and other shops. All businesses in the marina village will Please see Bakers Bay Page 2 Developers of the Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club and representatives of the Save Guana Cay Reef Association met with the Hope Town District Council on April 6 to present their differing sides of the development. Chief Councillor Walter Sweeting is on th e left. Seated facing him are Mrs. Erin Pagliaro of SGCR; Glen Laing, Councillor for Guana Cay; Jeff Key, Councillor for Hope Town; and Senior Administrator Revis Rolle. Both groups presented their view of the controversial development for the north end of Gr eat Guana Cay.Tourism Figures Show GrowthTourism figures for Abaco continue to improve with visitor numbers increasing, with rising room rates and increasing lengths of stay. Mr. Gary Young, right, presented interesting statistics to business leaders and government personnel on March 31. With him are Ms. Wynsome Ferguson of the Abaco Tourism office and Don Cornish, now in the Tourism office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. By Mirella Santillo Abaco shares a reputation second to none in The Bahamas as far as tourists are concerned. That was the conclusion of Mr. Gary Young, Director of Research and Development for the Ministry of Tourism. Eighty-five percent of our visitors recommended Abaco as vacation destination, a very high number of satisfied visitors. On March 31 a meeting was held at the Anglican Parish Hall. It had two purposes: to relate the endeavors of the Ministry of Tourism on Abaco to promote tourism and create an even better destination for the tourists and to inform the audience of tourisms Please see Tourism Page 4Reef Ball Raises Funds for FriendsThe fifth annual Reef Ball was held on April 9. This event of Friends of the Environment will provide funding for their many environmental projects. During the evening their new Board of Directors was presented. From the left is Erin Pagliaro, President, Jim Richard, Anne Pleydell-Bouvierie, Cha Boyce, Lory Kenyon, David Knowles, Anita Knowles, Jeritzan Outten, Dianne Claridge, Jo-Ann Bradley and Bill Albury. Not pictured are Deb Patterson, Nan Kenyon, Michael Lightbourn and Michael Parotti. By Jennifer Hudson The closing of the Trauma One Ambulance Service on March 31st seems to have spurred the government into action. On April 6th Mr. Paul Newbold, Field Director for National Emergency Medical Services, convened a meeting in Marsh Harbour which he termed a feed back mission in order to determine what is going on, what is going to happen and how its going to happen. He had spoken with the Hon. Dr. Marcus Bethel, Minister for Health, and Dr. Baldwin Carey, Director of Public Health, who is responsible for clinics which are a Public Health issue. Mr. Newbold began by saying, There must be something sustainable here on Abaco with all the proper protocols in place, and I am here to solicit suggestions as to how to best carry this out. The government is not against a stipend to keep an ambu-New Ambulance Service Is Discussed Please see Ambulance Page 21 By Mireilla Santillo People from all over Abaco attended the Reef Ball held at the Abaco Beach Resort on April 2nd. For the 5th year Friends of the Environment organized the event which is a fund raiser for the preservation of Abacos environment. The evening started with Mr. Peter Michie taking the crowd on a tour of the reefs with a ceiling projection. He explained that the $75 entrance fee would be used to place moorings in various areas so boats could tie up without anchoring on the reefs. He mentioned, We have to find a balance between Please see Reef Ball Page 15

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Page 2 The Abaconian April 15, 2005 UNITED ABACO SHIPPING COMPANYOffice located above B&D Marine at the traffic lightWeekly freight between W. Palm Beach, Nassau, & Marsh Harbour General Cargo, 20 & 40 ft. Containers, Drive-on Stern Ramp 20 ft. Refrigerated ContainersSpecify M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL Sailing ScheduleIn Abaco Call (242) 367-2091, Fax (242) 367-2235 or call on VHF ch. 16 P.O. Box AB 20737, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas In USA call Palm Beach Steamship Company at (561) 844-5387 Warehouse A 2nd door, 158 B East Port Road, Riviera Beach, Fl 33404 Sunday Depart Marsh Harbour Monday Arrive Port of Palm Beach Monday Depart Port of Palm Beach Tuesday Arrive Marsh Harbour Wednesday Depart Marsh Harbour Thursday Arrive Arawak Cay, Nassau Thursday Depart Arawak Cay, Nassau Friday Arrive Marsh Harbour Resort Features: Spectacular 3-mile beach Championship golf course Marina-view restaurant & bar Pool,tennis,watersports 150-slip full-service marina Diving,snorkeling & dive shop Boat rentals,charters & guides Hotel rooms,2 or 3 BR suites Treasure Cay Road (exit off Bootle Hwy) TREASURE CAYHOTEL RESORT & MARINA Hotel: 242-365-8801 Spinnaker Restaurant: 242-365-8469 Golf Course: 242-365-8045 Treasure Divers: 242-365-8465 www.treasurecay.com be operated by Bahamians. A five-acre public beach will be reserved for public use between Joes Creek and Guana Seaside Village. Three service docks will be on the Abaco Sound but no docks will be on Bakers Bay. The project is putting into place requirements which will be a first for The Bahamas. They will require that all buildings on the shoreline be set back 30 to 50 feet from the dune crest. The marina will be built to maintain good flushing action and will meet Blue Flag marina standards. The links golf course will not be constructed until Phase Two. When it is built, it will feature Hawaiian grass which thrives on brackish water. There will be a natural buffer around the course and the run off will be collected in lined ponds so the water recycled. Following their presentation, Mr. Fred Smith, representing the Save the Guana Reef Association, announced that the group was taking legal action. The Guana residents feel that they were not consulted and are concerned about several areas. They feel that local government needs to be involved in the decision-making process. If the project were partially built but then abandoned, it would be disastrous. Troy Albury is not comfortable with government but admitted that he was impressed with the plan. He wants to be assured that the project will be completed. Erin Pagliaro does not want this project to be like projects in other areas, referring to unfinished developments. She mentioned that chemicals will leach into the sea since there is no bedrock in that area, only sand. Another problem Mrs. Pagliaro has is that 33 acres of wetlands will be dredged according to the developers EIA study. Mr. Revis Rolle heard both groups and mentioned that democracy is in progress. He wants both groups to be impartial and fair and feels that there is still an opportunity to salvage the relationship. He wants to see dialogue continue. Chief Councillor Walter Sweeting mentioned two town meetings held last year regarding this project. At the initial meeting last February the developers were not present. At the second meeting in August the developers along with Mr. Beltran Bethel were present. At that time Mr. Bethel stated that it was the beginning of a consultative process. However, no more meetings were held. Mr. Sweeting questioned why the channel would be dredged to an 11-foot depth, noting that dredging will not be done outside the marina channel area and the surrounding area does not carry 11 feet. Mr. Smith brought out that the Treasury land was being leased to the developers rather that sold. If it were sold, that would require Parliaments approval. The two sides agreed that no work would take place that would require a permit until a permit is granted. The Supreme Court has agreed to review the proceedings. The legal procedure is directed against the Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry Christie, and two other government officials. Bakers Bay From Page 1 By Mirella Santillo The Discovery Land Company presented the concepts of the Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club to government officials during a meeting at Abaco Beach Resort on March 22. Several of the developers involved inGovernment Leaders Hear About Bakers Baythe project invited them to a dinner function that included details of the project. Present were the companys engineers and public relations personnel to talk about the development and clarify areas of controversy such as the golf course and the proposed marina. Mr. John Head explained features of the proposed golf course that made it environmentally safe. The type of grass to be planted on the golf course, Seashore Paspalum, is one that does not required large amount of fertilizing and can be watered with brackish or refuse water. He explained, The salt in the brackish water acts as a pesticide, and the refuse water as a fertilizer, adding that last year only five gallons of fertilizer was used on the golf course that the company owns on Hawaii, much less than the huge amount predicted in the Guana Cay residents survey. Mr. Steve Adelson, one of the partners, reassured the audience that every precaution would be taken to preserve the natural habitat and the integrity of the island. He stated that the proposed marina consisting of 33 acres, smaller that the 50 acre marina of Boat Harbour Marina. It will probably be downsized from 240 to about 180 slips. Its construction will be overseen by a Blue Flag certified engineer, who was also present that evening. Mr. Adelson mentioned that the three docks planned on the sea side have been cancelled to lessen the pollution to Joes Creek. He explained that the native vegetation will be preserved and utilized as much as possible. Orchids and air plants taken out of the wild during construction will be transplanted to a nursery until they can be re-used for landscaping. Apart from utility vehicles, there will be no motorized vehicles; only electric golf carts will be allowed. These statements were confirmed by Mr. Ed Devita, another partner who took the podium to answer questions. It was emphasized that Bahamians will be guaranteed beach access as well as access to the public areas of the development. The Discovery Center, a beach park of five acres will have public rest rooms and fire pits for barbecues. The first facility to be built, Bakers Landing, will be a temporary beach club made of collapsible structures, later to be dismantled. Construction is not scheduled to start until later this year, after all the appropriate agencies have given their final approvals. Phase one of the project is due to be completed within two years. Mr. Steve Adelson was one of the presenters at a casual dinner meeting in Marsh Harbour to discuss the newly approved Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club. Government leaders were informed of their plans and were able to question the developers. It Pays toAdvertise

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 MARSH HARBOUR OFFICE Donna Darville Tel: 242-367-5046 Fax: 242-367-5045 donna@damianos.com HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CAY Kerry Sullivan Tel: 242-366-0040 Fax: 242-366-0164 kerry@damianos.com ELBOW CAY PROPERTIES Jane Patterson Tel: 242-366-0035 Fax: 242-366-0569 jane@damianos.com LUBBERS QUARTERS & TILLOO CAY Laurie Schreiner Tel: 242-366-3143 Fax: 242-366-3143 laurie@damianos.com BUILDING SITES HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY NOREASTER 1Internet Ref. #19452 bed 2 bath 1,000 sq.Great rental historySeaviews & steps away frombeautiful ocean beach spacious lotFurnished & dock access Reduced $400,000NOREASTER 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 LUBBERS QUARTERS Charming 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished home. Stainless steel kitchen appliances & central A/C. Ground floor studio apt. with builtin sofas, beds, kitchen & bath. Located 200 feet from sandy beach. $425,000. Ref. #2425 Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143 OLE KERR ACREAGE Beautiful 9.210 acre parcel, near 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 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 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 lighthouse, and the Atlantic OceanDock accessExellent for further development$1,500,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEW LISTING Exclusive Affiliate of April 15, 2005 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 NEW LISTING UNDER CONTRACT HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TILLOO CUTInternet Ref. #1671Dorros Cove Subdivision3 bed 2 bath 1700 sq. ft. traditional island homeFireplace and A/CAlmost 1 acre landscapedPanoramic ocean viewPrivate dock slipFully furnishedExcellent valueReduced $878,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 UNDER CONTRACT 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 TREASURE CAY WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT -Four acres with 200 oceanfront. Four fully equipped furnished cottages each with 2 bed 2 baths. Quality construction. Development potential as a marina, resort or fishing lodge. Price upon inquiry. #2407 Stan Sawyer: 242-477-5821 TREASURE CAY MANGO HOUSEInternet Ref. #2671Beautiful sandy beachfront2 storey 3 bed 2 bath homeNative custom stone art workSecond floor living, dining and bedrooms opening to verandahs with sea viewsGround floor guest suite withliving room, patio & seaviewsLush tropical environment$1,550,000Stan Sawyer: 242-477-5821 TREASURE CAY CASA BELLAInternet Ref. #2640Powder sand beachfrontProfessionally decorated 3 bed 3.5 bath home5200 sq. ft. with 12 ceilingsMarble floors, custom cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steelappliances & Anderson windowsDesigner furnishings & more$3,100,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040

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Page 4 The Abaconian April 15, 2005 Gold & Silver Jewellery, Bronze Sculpture & Nautical CuriosThe work of three generations of JohnstonsVisitors to our PP PP P ub & Galleryub & Gallery ub & Galleryub & Gallery ub & Gallery are always welcome Open 7 days a weekFF FF F ri: Happy Hour 5pm Until ri: Happy Hour 5pm Until ri: Happy Hour 5pm Until ri: Happy Hour 5pm Until ri: Happy Hour 5pm Until 13 miles South of Marsh Harbour by road or boat Website: www.petespub.com e-mail: pete@petespub.com P.O. Box AB-20282, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 366-3503 Table Sculpture by Greg Johnston, trends in 2004. The guest speaker was Mr. Young, a specialist in statistics. He explained last years tourism figures by analyzing visitor responses on immigration cards. Sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, the breakfast meeting was well attended with close to 80 persons present. After enjoying food catered by the Back Street Restaurant, the group listened to the various speakers introduced by Mrs. Jeritzen Outten. She opened the meting by saying, Today is a report for 2004. We are looking for signals indicating what to look for this year. She presented the six new staff members of the Abaco Tourism office, who have specific tasks to improve visitors stay. She explained that last year, after two days of retreat at the Abaco Beach Resort spent to examine the opportunities and the threats to our tourism product, it was determined that certain areas needed to be implemented to ensure the continuous growth of tourism. Nine committees were formed to carry out these tasks. After Tourisms goals had been outlined, Mr. Young said that he had been collecting data since 1999 from immigration cards. According to visitor comments, he said, Abaco needs to address the garbage and litter problem. This is the main areas of complaint from visitors. The statistics are the visitors voice. The objective is to make their stay a better experience. Here are some of the results for last year. The total spending in The Bahamas for 2004 was $1.883 billion of which $ 91 million was attributed to Abaco. This is pure expenditure, not reflecting custom duties. The average spending per person on Abaco is $ 921. Hotel revenue was down 1 percent, but the daily room rate was up from $147.90 to $ 156.06. Regarding the visitors nights, Abaco registered a growth of 18 percent, the highest in The Bahamas. Our island had a 34 percent growth in hotel nights, the second best in the country. Nassau/ Paradise Island was last. The number of nights spent in vacation homes increased by 63 percent; this includes time sharing, apartment and villas rentals. There was a 17 percent increase in boat visitors nights, the second after Nassau. As far as recommendations, 85 percent of visitors will recommend Abaco as a vacation destination. In that category it was determined whether people were repeat visitors or not, whether they thought they got the value for their money, whether their stay was better or as good as expected, whether they would recommend the island. People who answered yes to all the questions account for 65 percent of the people visiting The Bahamas. The next group were mostly favorable but found the stay expensive. They made up a little over 25 percent. The last group felt they did not get good value for their money. Fortunately, they account for only about 10 percent of our visitors. According to that percentage, approximately 1000 people who visited Abaco went back home dissatisfied. One of our goals is to reduce that number. Some of the reasons for people visiting Abaco are the closeness to the United States, the safety and security offered by the island. Getting here is not only easy and it is also one of the best destination in the Caribbean. Travel security has now a large impact on where people go for vacation. It is foreseen that by 2009 most of the visitors to Abaco will continue to be from the United States. The number of Europeans visiting America or Americans visiting Europe is expected to be down by 28 percent by that time. Most people will stay on their side of the ocean. Another interesting piece of information gathered was that the hurricanes had more impact on travelers to Abaco than September 11 did. TourismFrom Page 1Abaco Has Great Potential in TourismThe Anglican hall was filled with business persons and government personnel to hear Mr. Gary Young, statistician with the Ministry of Tourism who gave findings on tourism on Abaco. He analyzes the data from immigration cards which tourists fill out. In the foreground is Mr. Robert Sweeting, MP for South Abaco. Please see Tourism Page 22 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 The boat building center of Cherokee Sound in the early 1950s. Astunning series of photos by Colyn Rees a window on history. Artists/Photographers

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 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.net 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 NEW starting from $7350 .85 HP Like New $4500 100 HP 4 Stroke 25 Shaft $7500 200 HP Pre-mix $8000 48HP Commercial $2500 By Jennifer Hudson During the Abaco Business Report Meeting held on March 30th at which Tourisms Director of Research and Development, Mr. Gary Young, gave his presentation, chairpersons or their representatives of the tourism committees gave an up-date on the work of their various committees. There are nine task forces which, according to Director of Tourism for Abaco, Jeritzan Outten, are doing a very good job and are all about making a difference. The task forces came into being as the result of a two-day retreat held last year at the Abaco Beach Hotel when an ambitious ten-year business plan was drawn up and the committees were devised as part of that plan. Each committee has representatives from various communities on Abaco. Following is a brief outline of goals of each group as outlined during the presentation. Training and Education presented by Jo-Ann Bradley. Our goal is to create an awareness amongst the tourism and hospitality industry regarding customer service. The group hopes to put in place within the next two years an integrated programme in primary and secondary schools and to assist educators with tourism programmes. Airport, Ground Transport and Tours presented by Bobby Jones. We are working, observing, recommending and monitoring all areas of air and ground transportation. This task force has been divided into three sub-groups each with its own individual chairperson. 1. Training. 2. Transportation and Security. 3. Environmental Maintenance and Repairs. The airports in Marsh Harbour and North Abaco are being studied. Business Development Looking at areas which are a natural fit such as birding, bonefishing, boating. Targeting the visiting white collar community will need an infrastructure of conference rooms, business centres and larger airport. There is a need to increase services for boaters in order to keep them here longer such as repairs, electrical, welding. Eco-tourism and the Environment presented by Deloris Stubbs. The objective is to work closely with local environmentalists and environmental projects. The month of April will be set aside for the observation of Coastal Awareness and several events are scheduled. Marinas, Seaports and Cruises presented by Captain Cyril Roker. Their objectives are to anticipate and prepare for infrastructural demand (such as markers, moorings and pump-outs) and service growth in the area of seaports, marinas and cruise ships. To investigate the value of the Blue Flag Marina Certification concept for Abaco marinas and to monitor ferry operations (new schedules, transfer fees). Marketing and Airlift presented by Molly McIntosh. The committee recently had the benefit of a guest speaker on the important topic of night flying which would be an asset. Virgin Atlantic Airline will begin flying into Nassau and this will bring in more European visitors. More flights are needed and the airports need upgrading. The subject of advertising brochures and co-op and internet advertising will be addressed. There is a need for writers to come in and produce more articles and a need to know where business is coming from in order to help market Abaco more effectively. Culture, Entertainment and Arts presented by Bryan Thompson. This category covers a wide spectrum and the mandate is to improve the Bahamian experience with an Abaco flair. There is a need for more native shows, gospel concerts and outlets to display native talent. More courses should be set up for students as the cultural arts are being lost and workshops should be set up to encourage persons in Junkanoo and arts and crafts. More use should be made of Goombay Park. Domestic and Religious Tourism presented by Reverend Carlton Dorsett. This represents a huge market, and it is hoped to encourage more religious and domestic tourism to Abaco. Ways need to be found to encourage more Bahamians to visit from other islands. The Anglican church recently held a national conference here and ways need to be found to increase this type of tourism with various denominations. Camp Abaco is a year round attraction and particularly in July and August hundreds of children come there from around the country. Retreats are now a big thing. Events and Sports Tourism presented by Bernadette Harding. The emphasis is on special events and encouraging group travel to Abaco for sporting events and nature based ventures. Entertainment and sports are capable of attracting a variety of foreign groups and family travel. The Ministry of Tourism plans to assist such ventures as the Sandy Point Homecoming, a swim-a-thon at Elbow Cay and the Heritage Festival at Green Turtle Cay plus try to organize a Country and Western Festival. They would like to build up Junkanoo and encourage the cays to participate and hopefully form additional groups.Tourism Committees Give Status Reports

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This applies to food wholesalers, grocery shops, restaurants, bars serving food, street food vendors and even conch salad vendors. Owners, managers and employees of those businesses have to attend the course. The health certificate issued to employees working in those establishments, necessary for their licensing, will not be delivered until the course has been taken. Only the government clinic doctor is now allowed to perform the physical examination and deliver the Food Handlers Certificate because he is the only one to receive the list of the people having taken the course,. Such a seminar was offered on March 10 at the Resource Center in Marsh Harbour, one of many already held on Abaco since November of 2004. The instructor, Mrs. Dolores Stubbs, said We offer seminars three times per month in different locations. So far she has held seminars in Treasure Cay, Fire Road, Green Turtle Cay, Hope Town, Great Guana Cay, Sandy Point and several in March Harbour. On March 10th 89 people reported for the course, which had to be relocated to Central Abaco Primary School to accommodate the number of participants who had come from as far as Treasure Cay, Cherokee Sound and Green Turtle Cay. Mrs. Stubbs, a native of Eleuthera, grew up in Nassau where she started to work with the Department of Environmental Health. She eventually became a Health Inspector and was trained last year by the Ministry of Health, in conjunction with the Pan American Health Organization, to become a Food Safety Trainer, before coming to Marsh Harbour last spring. She explained, The purpose of the course is to provide employers and employees with the knowledge and the skills needed to handle food safely. The emphasis of the course is on food born illnesses, why they happen and what to do to prevent their happening. During the seminar Mrs. Stubbs reminds people about personal hygiene, how important it is to wash hands and how to wash them properly. She explained how to manage food safety by preventing cross contamination and by controlling the temperature at which the food is being kept. Cleaning and sanitizing were also explained.. The course is held with the help of videos and there is a questions and answers period to clarify any misconception the students might have. People are quizzed at the end of the course to make sure that they have understood and remembered what they have been taught. So far 731 people have attended the seminars which cost $5 each time. There is an additional $5 fee for the physical exam, in all, a very reasonable investment for the amount of knowledge received. One participant, an employee of Fishers Bay Blue Water Grill, said, It was all based on common sense, but it was good to be reminded.Food Handling Courses Are Required Support Citizens Against CrimeA group of citizens in Central Abaco has maintained a crime watch patrol for the past several years. Two vehicles patrol the area at night and have been a definite deterrent against crime. The program is supported by donations from businesses and residents of the area. ASP Wayne Miller, Abacos Police Chief, is encouraging the formation of neighbourhood crime watch groups. As a result there is a renewed interest in expanding the Citizens Against Crime patrol. Additional funding will be necessary and the group is appealing for support from the entire Central Abaco community as an anticipated budget of $30,000 will be required. Send all donations to Citizens Against Crime, P.O. Box AB 20095, Marsh Harbour, or call Randy Key at 367-2763 for more information.

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 7 Ladies...Ladies...Ladies If you love clothes, jewelry, bags and shoes (and what girl doesnt) You have got to shop at Iggy Biggy! All the girls in the know have been shopping Iggy Biggy for years.GET IN THE GROOVE... If you havent been You gotta go. Arrivals!ABACO (242) 367 5792AE95 NEWSpring SpringThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State have announced that effective January 1, 2006, all U.S. citizens and foreign nationals traveling to the United States from The Bahamas, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Central America and South America, will be required to present a valid passport or another secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States. Currently, U.S. citizens and some citizens of other countries in the Western Hemisphere are not required to present a passport to enter or re-enterRegulations for Travel to US Will Changethe U.S. when traveling within the Western Hemisphere. Legislation passed by the U.S. Congress in 2004 mandated a plan to require U.S. citizens and foreign nationals to present a passport or other secure document when entering the United States. U.S. citizens currently residing in or visiting The Bahamas who do not currently possess valid U.S. passports who anticipate traveling back to the United States after January 1, 2006, can submit applications for a new or renewed passport at the U.S. Embassy in Nassau or at any passport facility located in the United States. First-time passport applicants must appear in person to submit their application materials. Specific information about application procedures and fees is available online at www.travel.state.gov or from the Embassys Consular Section. Potential travelers are strongly encouraged to submit their passport application form and required documentation well in advance of the implementation date in nine months for the new travel document requirement.Notice Bird WatchersBird Watching MeetSunday, April 17 Meet before 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Office of Friends of the Environment, Marsh Harbour Guided Tour by Reg Patterson 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 15, 2005 Dave RalphThe 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: Lindsey Delaplaine, Candace Key, 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 The Editor Says . Comments on the Ambulance Service Central Abacos volunteer ambulance service, Trauma One, ceased operation on March 31, 2005, after approximately eight years of operation. A lack of funding and support, indifference locally and by Nassau health authorities, increased regulations and authoritarian edicts were the main causes for its closure. Now that the volunteer service has been disbanded, government is wringing its hands and asking for ideas on how to best provide the service. It is amazing that government is now concerned but could not make any effort earlier. It would have been much easier to work with a functioning operation. Health officials from Nassau held a meeting here on April 12 to get ideas on replacing the service. In the meantime one of the ambulances is parked at the Marsh Harbour police station for safekeeping. Ambulance response requires two persons, a driver who may not have medical training and a person trained in initial emergency medical care on arrival and during transportation to a doctor. A typical response may require these two persons to stay with the injured person for two or three hours while at the clinic or while waiting for a medical flight. Afterwards, the ambulance must be cleaned, disinfected and restocked. It now appears that government is working to send two medical technicians to Abaco to work with local volunteers. It remains to be seen how this will work out. Since the closure of Trauma One there have been several incidents where an ambulance was requested but there was varying degrees of success in getting acceptable service. In the first instance we are aware of, a call was taken by one of the volunteer firemen who used his car to take a man with a suspected heart problem to the clinic in the early evening. Initial calls for the ambulance were not successful. In the second instance, a call came after midnight to the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department. A woman on a boat at the Conch Inn wanted an ambulance to take her husband to the doctor as he was experiencing a fluctuating rapid heartbeat. That episode was an exercise in frustration. Since the ambulance service had only recently been discontinued, new procedures had not been put in place. Not knowing where the ambulance was or how to request it, several attempts were made to contact a taxi, both by phone and VHF radio without success. A fireman then called believing that the ambulance was in the care of the police. A call to the police confirmed this, but it was there only for safekeeping, and they had no one to drive it. They suggested calling the clinic. The woman at the Conch Inn asked the watchman at the government clinic to talk to the doctor on the phone to give the symptoms and get some comfort under the circumstances. However, the system does not allow patients or their families to contact the government doctor until the patient is at the clinic and examined by the nurse. If warranted, the nurse will then call the doctor. Unable to get either a taxi or the ambulance in the middle of the night, the patient could not get to the clinic. The woman finally was given the nurses phone number by the clinic watchman, but she found the call unsatisfactory and was blown away by the response. She was told to contact the police for the ambulance. (That had been attempted earlier.) By now the policeman on duty had located a driver and sent the ambulance to the Conch Inn. A policeman accompanied the driver as two people were needed to carry the patient on a stretcher. Reports are that further frustrations followed as the ambulance personnel were not familiar with the mechanics of unfolding the stretcher or how to get the stretcher and patient back into the ambulance. We understand the nurse was on hand at the clinic when the ambulance arrived. All of this took about 45 minutes which can lead to drastic results for many medical situations. An automobile accident Sunday afternoon, April 11, saw the ambulance take two adults and three children to the clinic. The next day at noon a heart problem had the ambulance taking a patient to the clinic, then to the airport for a medical flight to more comprehensive facilities. On one of these two trips, clinic staff locked the door when the ambulance arrived and the injured had to wait outside for the doctor to arrive. Some fire departments have volunteers who are also trained as medical first responders, but they may not always be available when needed. In the case of the ambulance, every volunteer must have First Responder training. Several Abaco towns have volunteer fire departments or Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Associations which respond to emergency situations. They seem to be well financed with donations from their respective communities and substantial financial assistance from the visitors to those communities. The ambulance did receive a small monthly stipend from the Central Abaco Council, but they mainly relied on community donations. It was apparent to many persons locally that the government health system was not prepared to either give financial help or sanction the service. It is not clear why health authorities showed no interest in the volunteer service until it closed as it appeared to be a reasonably well functioning service. The ambulance is one of many instances of central governments indifference to Family Island problems. Other instances are noted where action is not forthcoming until a situation reaches crisis proportions. School repairs after the hurricanes, entire roofs missing, no electricity, windows still broken, Schools opening with insufficient staff Government warehouse roof not fixed seven months after the storms Garbage in Hope Town addressed after reaching a crisis Treasure Cay water hook-up took over three years to connect Treasure Cay sewer system unresolved Years of inaction to the Mud and Pigeon Pea situation, still unresolved Years of indecision to airport expansion, still unresolved Among the Family Islands, Abaco is probably a leader with volunteer organizations providing fire, medical, and search and rescue assistance. These organizations should receive governments encouragement even if they cannot be helped financially. Government can choose to ignore a garden club with little repercussion whereas a working ambulance or fire department should be encouraged to continue providing efficient service with well trained volunteer staff. They should not be hindered with bureaucratic obstacles. The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department receives a small stipend from local government to help with maintenance and operational expenses. None of the volunteers is paid. Authorities do not appear to be anxious to assume responsibility for these other emergency services on Abaco. Some of the weaker organizations could use moral and professional support, perhaps from appropriate government agencies. Money is important for most organizations, and fortunately, there are people willing to contribute to keep various organizations functioning. Much effort goes into raising the necessary funds. It is a rare organization that can raise enough money to hire persons to actually do the work. Then there are the volunteers who donate their time and energy to these organizations such as Trauma One. This entails training, upgrading their technical skills, being familiar with and maintaining the equipment. It is a much greater commitment than driving through town with the sirens blaring. The volunteers are often awakened in the middle of the night by emergency calls. Firefighters have often been on the job for 12 18 hours. We must applaud Mr. Daniel Wiltfang, who founded the system, and his team who kept it operational for so many years all on a volunteer basis. We are not aware of any complaints during that time. Aside from public fund raising events, the volunteers kept their problems to themselves. The procedure for calling the ambulance will be published when routine service is restored.

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9Letters to the Editor 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 Plea to Support DevelopmentDear Sir: I will be grateful for your favourable consideration in placing the following in your newspaper. To All Abaconians and especially those on Guana Cay: There has in recent times been much controversy over the proposed development in the Bakers Bay area. I would like to add my two cents worth. I am 62 years old and have lived ALL of my life on Abaco. I remember when all of our towns were small. Some of our people were forced to leave here and seek employment in other places. Those who stayed and eked out a living, as did my parents, were poor. We were grateful for the first developer, Mr. James B. Crockett, who began the first commercial farm and shipyard. This was a blessing as many of our parents for the first time were able bring home a regular weekly pay cheque. Marsh Harbour forever changed for the better after this. The same type of things happened in all of our towns over the years. We were glad when the second homeowners came and fueled our economy and today we are one of the most prosperous islands in our Bahamaland. I recall when my grandfather sold all of his holdings in Boat Harbour (on Guana Cay) to Mr. Otton for five pounds ($14). This was back in the early fifties. He thought he was getting a great price for worthless land. Im certain that today you could not buy what a one hundred dollar bill can cover in this area for that amount. Some of the people today who are complaining about the soon to be successful development on Bakers Bay were nowhere to be found when Guana Cays economy was non-existent. They came here in the last few years and are successfully reaping the benefits. Cant you see that for future generations the economy of ALL our islands needs to grow; otherwise, your kids will have to go in search of employment, as many others had to do? I am given to understand that an expatriate recently told our elected Member of Parliament that if he would not produce certain documents for him that he (our M.P.) could get off the island. If this is true, I feel the person should apologize to our M.P. and all the people of South Abaco. Can you imagine me saying to a U.S. Senator if he did not give me certain things, he could leave his state? The INS would soon escort me to the nearest airport to catch the first flight out. In the latest edition of The Abaconian there was a letter from some visitors who were complaining about what this new development would do to Guana Cay and how they would not enjoy coming here anymore. The interesting thing is they are still hard working people who put in their 40 hours a week. Nothing wrong with this, I am happy to see working people come to Abaco. How many of this type will it take to spend the kind of money one homeowner/ boat owner or club member in the Bakers Bay Golf Club would spend? I have looked at and discussed the proposed project in detail with the principals in the development and from what I have seen and had heard, I am convinced that this will be one of the finest of its kind anywhere in the world. The concerns of the good people of Guana Cay would be non-existent if they would allow themselves to learn what is planned rather than being influenced by some expatriates who wish our islands to remain as they were when they first came however many years ago. The developers are just as much if not more concerned as you are about the environment. They are going to be bringing in a far higher upscale clientele than we are presently getting. Do you believe these people want to see a dead reef? Did any of you ever anchor your boat on a reef? Did any of you ever squeeze detergent or gasoline under a shoal to get crawfish out? I was recently in Guana and was so pleased to see the size yachts tied to the Orchid Bay Marina. Ill bet those guests drop a few coins in your settlement. I recall how much opposition there was about this development. I also recall the opposition to Nippers and Guana Beach Resort. Yet the world has not ended and your economy continues to thrive. You leading CITIZENS of Guana Cay, I challenge you to get involved in a constructive way and learn what is going to happen, be a part of it. Dont be unduly influenced by those who have made and continue to make their money in some other places and are not concerned about a thriving economy for you and your children. Become members of the Bahamas National Trust and have input as to what happens to Joes Creek and the Wetlands. I repeat here what was told to me some years ago regarding growth of a business which directly relates to the economy of any island, town or country, If it does not grow, it will die! The Bakers Bay project will go forward, and some day you will acknowledge the short term as well as the long-term benefits to our island. Yours truly, Jack AlburyProud of Her Birth PlaceDear Editor, This letter is for anyone interested and its purpose is to let Abaco know how proud I am of one of its smallest communities, Cherokee Sound. Cherokee was never really heard of by most people a few years ago. If you told someone you were from Cherokee, they would look at you and ask where you were talking about. Now its a whole different story. I am sure with the Winding Bay Project being so close a lot more people now know about it. But its also because the people of little Cherokee try to do whatever they can for their community and because of this they are noticed. This is where my pride comes in. January of this year I celebrated my 18th birthday right here in Cherokee as I did the others. And to me no where else would have been a better place to celebrate. To let you know what I mean about the people doing what they can, I will mention a few things. Just last year a group of citizens got together and restored Cherokees old school rather than see it demolished and forgotten. The dedication of these people and the support of all of Cherokee and beyond was overwhelming. Now because of this, the new W. W. Sands Community Centre can be enjoyed by everyone. Then also after every major hurricane its almost a given that the Long Dock will be washed away. As it did after the two storms of 2004, instead of sitting back and not doing anything about it, the men of Cherokee always get together and re-build it voluntarily. They are now in the process of doing just that. This is because they know what the Long Dock meant to them as children, and they want that to continue with future generations. And now again in 2005 one night at the volleyball court some of the youth, shall I call them, started reflecting on the restoration of the old school and decided to do the same for the clinic. A building that has been neglected for some time and is in ruins. They later got together and elected their committee which I am a part of. Since then weve had a number of fund raisers and everyone has been more than willing to support us and lend a helping hand whenever its needed. What makes me especially proud is not only the dedication of these chosen committees and the men who volunteer but of everyone involved. Those who make sure the guys at the dock have something to eat everyday when they work or the ones who help with our cook-outs or even the guys who get the supplies from Marsh Harbour. And the best thing of all is now seeing the youth get together working with each other to accomplish something so great. I hope everyone everywhere can one day come and see for themselves and agree that what I am saying is true. I also hope that they can be as equally proud of their home. Never deny where you are from, even somewhere as small as Cherokee. It is the best thing about yourself. Kimberly LoweGuana Cay Reef Lobby Asks Robert Sweeting for SupportDear Mr. Sweeting, The Save Guana Cay Reef Association would like to sincerely thank you for your efforts to share the Heads of Agreement for the proposed development Passerine/ Bakers Bay golf club, marina and foundation. Please understand that we are committed to fighting this atrocity in the name of our livelihood and heritage as well as our marine and terrestrial eco-systems. However, we do not hold you personally liable for decisions made autonomously by the Cabinet and the Prime Minister on the behalf of the foreign developers. We would like to restate our official position to you and to those who are exposed to this letter. Our association is owned and operated by born Bahamian citizens. The scale of the Passerine project at Bakers Bay development as proposed is inappropriate for Great Guana Cay. Furthermore, the lack of consultation and consideration by government and investors to overwhelming local outcry against this proposal fuels a deep resentment that will not be overcome at this late stage. Our displeasure and discomfort with you, Mr. Sweeting, as representative of the people was obvious when you came here. Our feelings were not hidden away you heard and saw true feelings from true Bahamians. Although some attacks may have been misplaced, the people of Great Guana Cay are distrustful of their government. We now understand that you personally are not completely comfortable with the proposed development and were yourself not properly consulted by the Prime Minister or the foreigners. The will of the people from the very beginning of this fight has been unequivocally NO to Bakers Bay golf club, marina and foundation. The government has not addressed our concerns properly, and you as their representative bore the brunt of that very real sentiment. You have told us that you oppose this development; others say that you have stated otherwise and even had meetings to the contrary. We want to believe you, and we want to support you in any fight that you have left for us. You are our representative, our community member, and we respect your word. Why is saving Great Guana Cay Reef saving the Bahamas? Because saving Great Guana Cay from economic and environmental disaster at this late stage is an unprecedented push by an overwhelming minority against all odds and monetary means to preserve that which is theirs by birthright. There are communities throughout The Bahamas that by no fault of their own have been railroaded by government and foreigners to squander a God-given gift. We will not be another; we will not go away. Where else have we to go? We fight for Family Island heritage and vision which is steeped in perseverance, handiwork, limited means, pristine quiet not golf. Big is not better in our Bahamas. Our livelihood requires smallness, sustainable growth, not forced dominion, not at all costs, not at the expense of what is best for us, for our children, and their children to come. We will not accept Passerine or any development in Bakers Bay that seeks, by its very nature, regardless of proposed mitigation or foundations to undermine local heritage, economy and democratic principle. Please know, Mr. Sweeting, that we wish you would not have given up the campaign that you yourself started against this proposed project in late 2003. Please stand by us now as we should have stood by you then. Furthermore, we are calling upon those in our surrounding communities throughout The Bahamas to heed our warnings lest they be the next to fall prey to foreign rule. Very truly yours, Save Guana Cay Reef Lobby Please see Letters Page 20

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Page 10 The Abaconian April 15, 2005 ABACO HARDWARE Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour, AbacoTel: 367.2170 Fax: 367.2928 Center Console with T-Top 2 Dive Platforms with Swim Ladder VHF Depth Finder Igloo Cooler 2 Anchors Full Safety Equipment Offers the Smooth and Ultra Dry Ride of the MERCPANGA HullP.O. Box AB-22995 Man-O-War Cay Abaco Bahamas Ph: (242) 365-6008 Fax: (242) 365-6151 e-mail: mowmarina@hotmail.com News of the CaysHope TownCay Topics Hosts Sculptor Pete JohnstonBy Lindsey Delaplaine The final lecture in the Cay Topics series, held on March 23rd at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge, featured Little Harbour artist and entrepreneur Pete Johnston. Hostess Ann Krout used the opportunity of introducing Pete to thank her hard working committee who made the series possible. Instead of a lecture, Johnston treated the audience to an instruction in the lost art of casting, complete with examples of his work in various stages of the process. Wax sculptures, rough castings and finished pieces were passed around so everyone could get a hands-on feel. Members of the audience who were wearing examples of Johnstons jewelry volunteered as models to display the variety of his work. Johnston invited anyone who was interested in learning more about casting to visit his gallery in Little Harbour on Thursdays. There they can watch the process take place from 11 a.m. 1 p.m., although he recommended calling ahead. After the demonstration Pete answered questions about how he became an artist, growing up in Little Harbour and his recent trip to Haiti. He has been an artist for as long as he can remember. He said, I used a lot of four-letter words as a kid, and my mom used to wash my mouth out with soap. One time I spit out a dolphin and she knew she had an artist. Both of Johnstons parents were artists, and his sons are carrying on the tradition as the third generation of Johnston artists.March Madness Abaco StyleBy Lindsey Delaplaine In March the Hope Town Sailing Club hosted a series of three Saturday races for Abaco dinghy sailors. The series was a success with an ever growing population of spectators turning out to watch, much to the delight of the organizers. Its such a beautiful sight to see all of those dinghies racing across Abaco Sound together, said one spectator. The first Saturday race was postponed until Sunday, but on March 13 eight dinghies ventured out to the Sound to compete. Three races were held with overall winners being tabulated. They were: first Pim Epler, second Doug Behrendt, and third Sid Roberts. The second race on March 19 featured 10 dinghies. Pim Epler was the overall winner once again, with Mike Jackson placing second and Mike Keane taking third. The final race on March 26 was held in high winds. A few brave sailors had to swim after the notoriously tricky boats capsized. Of those who did finish, first place went to Sid Roberts, second place to Pim Epler, and Tina Harrison took third.Raging FundraiserBy Lindsey Delaplaine It was a beautiful, warm spring day when the crew of the Abaco Rage hosted a Hope Town dock party fund raiser on March 29. The event started early and featured music and a variety of foods and beverages for The Cay Topics Committee is shown with featured speaker Pete Johnston at their meeting on March 23. According to Chairman Ann Krout, interesting speakers are the reason Cay Topics has been such a success. They are, from left, Fay Mack, Margy Hyde, honorary member Patti Toler, Pete Johnston, Betsy Helm, Vice-chairman Dottie Shrier, Ann Krout and Kitty Donnan. Committee member Meg Peacock was not present. Please see Cays Page 11

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Page 12 The Abaconian April 15, 2005 family guardians 40th anniversary calendar photo contest -a celebration of nature14 winning entries will appear in Family Guardians 2006 calendar. Winning entries receive a gift certificate valued at $400 ea ch. Entry deadline is May 31, 2005 2005 ADWORKSSALES OFFICES: NASSAU, FREEPORT, ABACO & ELEUTHERA CORPORATE CENTRE: EAST BAY STREET, NASSAU P.O. BOX SS 6232 2006 CALENDAR PHOTO CONTEST ENTRY FORMNAME ...................................................................................................... TEL BUSINESS ......................................HOME ....................................... P.O. BOX ......................... STREET ADDRESS.........................................I agree that in the event one or more of my entered photographs is selected as a winner in the 2006 Family Guardian Calendar Photo Contest it will become the property of Family Guardian Insurance Co. Ltd., and I assign to Family Guardian all rights pertaining to its use in any way whatsoever. I also confirm that the photos entered in this contest were taken in The Bahamas by the undersigned. SIGNATURE ............................................................................................ DATE ................................. NUMBER OF PHOTOS ENTERED.................(maximum of 5)Return with photos to: Calendar Contest, Family Guardian Corporate Centre, Village & Eastern Road Roundabout, Nassau, BahamasENTRY DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2005 INSURANCE COMPANY RULES 1 Family Guardians 40th Anniversary Calendar Photo Contest is open to all photographers. The title for the companys 2006 calendar will be A CELEBRATION OF NATURE. Photographs may be of any subject (animate or inanimate) or a scene which is a striking example of nature as found in The Bahama Islands. All photographs must be taken in The Bahamas 2DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS MAY 31, 2005. 3All entries are to be delivered to Family Guardians Corporate Centre,Village and Eastern Road Roundabout, Nassau, between 9:00am and 5:00pm weekdays only. Envelopes should be marked Calendar Contest. 4 All entries must be accompanied by an official entry form, available at any Family Guardian office or when published in the newspapers. 5 Only colour images in horizontal format will be considered. Images can be provided as 35mm film or digital images on CD. 35mm film canbe positive (slides) or colour negatives. Digital images must be of high quality (2700 x 2100 pixels or larger) Digital images showing signs ofphoto manipulation or compression will be rejected. To ensure the best colour reproduction, digital images should be supplied in RAW, TIFF or high quality JPEG and in the original colour format the camera uses (LAB or RGB). All entries must be supplied with prints which will be used in the judging process. The photographersname and photo subject should be written on the reverse of the print. 6 Judging of entries will be based on beauty, interest, composition, colour, originality and quality of photograph. Preference will be given to fauna photographed in its natural state, rather than in captivity. The photographs selected will appear in Family Guardians 2006 calendar. The decision of the judges will be final. 7 All entries are submitted at the owners risk. It is the companys intention to return all entries in their original condition. However, Family Guardian will assume no liability for any loss, damage or deterioration. 8A gift certificate valued at $400 will be presented for each of the photographs used. More than one entry from a single photographer may be selected. Photographic credits will be given in the calendar. The number of entries per photographer is limited to a maximum of 5 photos. 9 The winning photographs, along with all publication and reproduction rights attached thereto, become the property of FamilyGuardian and the company reserves the right to use such in the future. 10 Employees of Family Guardian, its affiliated companies or family members are not eligible. 11 Previously published photos not accepted.sortment of stunning photos for sale. Emerson Albury displayed his half-boat models of long ago Abaco dingies. He had sold three pieces by mid-day and said the sales had made my day and my wife happy. Other artists included Zyandric Jones from Dundas Town, who displayed canvases with bold angles, dark colours, and intense contrasts. Bev Gordon had a stunning display of silver wrapped sea glass jewelry, and Linda Schleif displayed her glass bead necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. Every Child Counts had a popular booth offering crafts made by its students. It was hard to see what was for sale because the crowds of buyers were three deep at times. John Head, owner of the Abaco Inn said, We had a beautiful day to have a great art exposition of really talented artists. We wanted to create a festive atmosphere for people to have fun. He succeeded. More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 11Humane Societies Raise FundsBy Candace Key Animal care givers from Green Turtle Cay, Man-O-War Cay and Marsh Harbour gathered in Hope Town on April 9 to join with the Friends of Abaco Animals in the first annual Walk-a-Dog-a-Thon. All who took part in the family fun agreed it couldnt have been more successful. Gorgeous weather and a congenial group of adults, children, dogs and one brave cat, Chaunsey, made the event popular with tourists and locals alike. Students and adults worked hard to promote the event by having people sponsor them to walk in aid of the humane group which has been providing spaying\neutering services and other forms of animal care since 1983 in Hope Town. Presently, there is a very successful network of knowledgeable and concerned animal lovers from most areas of Abaco who band together in an effort to make animal lives on Abaco healthier and happier. The event began in Hope Towns Jarret Park where interested people purchased tshirts and cookies shaped like dogs, bones and cats, children had their face painted and introduced themselves and their dogs to each other. The merry group of approximately 30 children, adults, dogs and the inquisitive Chaunsey set off for their walk to Turtle Hill and back about one and a half miles. Members of animal welfare groups from all over Abaco joined together in Hope Town to raise money for their work. Pictured above is a group of walkers and their dogs ready to hike for help. They were sponsored by Abaco residents and visitors. Please see Cays Page 22

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 13 Chris Thompson Real EstateOffering the Islands Most Exclusive Listings One Purple Porpoise Place, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas ph 242.366.0216 fax 242.366.0223 Chris ThompsonGreg Roberts* Private Islands Waterfront Homes and Land Investment Property Acerage Project/Property Management Complete Service from Sales to Construction ***** Exclusive Agents for Matt Lowes Cay ***** www.ChrisThompsonRealEstate.com HIGH HOPES Atlantic Ocean, North End Elbow Cay 3 bed 3 bed bath, large ocean side deck, excellent history $1,450,000FLAMINGO VILLASFabulous villas located at the mouth of Hope Town Harbour. Each 2 bed / 2 bath, incredible West Indian decor, open decking and shared pool. Excellent rental $865,000 eachBLEST NESTHigh on ocean dune at North End. 3 bed / 3 bath (detached guest cottage) panoramic views, excellent rental history $ 1,725,000Exclusive Listings Hope Town Exclusive Listings Hope Town Exclusive Listings Hope Town Exclusive Listings Hope Town Exclusive Listings Hope TownLOTS 53 NORTH END Pristine oceanfront property at the secluded north end $495,000MAGNUSON HOUSE quiet North End Elbow Cay, 3 bed/3 bath (detached master efficiency) overlooking white sandy beach, large wrap deck, sold fully furnished, great art work, boat, golf cart included $1,525,000 ATLANTIC HORIZONS Dorros Cove ocean front home, 3 bed/3 bath, pool, dock slip at Tahiti Beach, furnished, great rental history $1,500,000 SOLD CASA LUISA located one lot away from long sandy beach just south of Turtle Hill. Custom 3 bed/2 bath home, good rental history, turnkey $630,000 SEA TO SEA ESTATE PROPERTY PARCEL 4 last available lot on this lush estate property. On the Sea of Abaco, North End Elbow Cay, access to incredible beach, and perfect spot for a deep water dock $785,000 PARCELS 1, 2, 3, AND 5 SOLD BREAKERS White Sound, great ocean front lot located on surfers dream, Garbonzo Beach. Great building site for single family home, or 2 villas, convenient location, walk to marina and restaurant $595,000 SWEPT AWAY perfect family home located one lot from the ocean in White Sound steps to restaurant and marina. 2 bedroom/2 baths, large open kitchen with pass through dining bar. Fenced back yard, room to add pool or cottage $793,000 JOES CAY 3 acre private cay located in White Sound. Great elevations and surrounded by deep water perfect for dock $1,762,000 UNDER CONTRACT AUNT PATS BAY Rare opportunity, 5.18 acres located on the Sea of Abaco in White Sound. High elevation, white sand beach, deep water dockage. UNDER CONTRACT DORROS COVE 1/2 acre lots with Atlantic Views, seconds away from Tahiti Beach. Some with dock slip starting at $152,000 to $230,000 OCEAN HOUSE Just at the edge of historic Hope Town located on beautiful beach. 2 bed / 2 bath, large lot with room to expand, $1,300,000 SOLDMARNIES LANDINGPrivate waterfront community of 1/2 acre lots from the Sea of Abaco to the Atlantic Ocean, dock slip included starting at $330,000 SOLDSOLD SOLDSOLD SOLD

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A visit to the store will unveil 3,678 square feet of luxury including a complete cosmetic and perfume department, beautiful displays of exquisite jewellery, a remarkable selection of timepieces, cameras and photographic equipment, writing instruments, tobacco products, leather goods, luggage and gift items. The new John Bull is a beautiful store for a beautiful island.Book Signing Proved PopularBy Jennifer Hudson Mrs. Marina Gottlieb Sarles was radiantly happy as she signed copies of her newly released book, Sand in My Shoes, at Sapodillys on the evening of April 7th. Marina, who now resides in Grand Bahama and launched her book there in February, came to Abaco for a special book signing since she has close ties with Abaco having spent the early part of her life here. She grew up in Marsh Harbour and attended school on the old steamship Robert Fulton at Snake Cay as her parents were the doctor and nurse for Owens Illinois at the time. From the age of 11 she continued her education at Queens College in Nassau and then later in Europe and the United States. After spending many years as a physical therapist and energy healer, Marina is now enjoying her life as full time writer which she finds very rewarding. This inspiring book, Sand in My Shoes which is a collection of short stories inspired both by her parents and her life in the islands, is her first, though she is a regular contributor to a Grand Bahama magazine. Many people attended the event to purchase their copies and have a few words with the charming author. The evening went very well and I received many positive comments from people who had read the book, said Marina. The book has been selling very well and is already in a second printing. The book signing area was attractively decorated in shades of pink to show case the delicately beautiful cover of the book with even Marina herself in a colour coordinated wardrobe. All the wait staff and bartenders became a part of the celebration as they sported eye-catching T-shirts depicting the books cover. Copies of the book may be purchased in Marsh Harbour at Abaco Treasures, Java and Bellevue and in Hope Town at Ebb Tide. In addition the book is on sale on-line at www.sandinmyshoes.net. Mrs. Sarles has now embarked on a second book for which she draws inspiration from the life of her mother and will tell the story of a young woman who escapes the terrors and persecution of Germany in World War II.Small Business Seminar Is ScheduledThe Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation will conduct a threenight Small Business Management Seminar for New Entrepreneurs with Big Dreams on April 18-20. The seminar will be held at the Anglican Parish Hall in Marsh Harbour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night. Marina Gottlieb Sarles This seminar will teach persons how to establish and successfully operate a small business and to keep the business going and the money flowing. the charge for the seminar is $65. Contact BAICs Marsh Harbour office at telephone 387-0066 or fax 367-0067 by April 15th if you want to attend.Abaco Man Comes Fifth in Florida CompeitionThis years third annual radio controlled Laser 2005 Eastern Regional MidWinter Regatta was held March 12 and 13 at Marco Island, Florida. The regatta was the largest group for Lasers that have ever competed together, not only on Marco, but also all over the United States. Twenty-three boats competed in the two-day event. The boats came from New York, Minnesota, the Bahamas, Wisconsin, Colorado, California, New York, and several towns in Florida. This years first place winner from California had 38 points. Jim Kaighan from Marsh Harbour placed fifth with a score of 46.

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Page 16 The Abaconian April 15, 2005 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! Lighthouse MarinaHope TownLighthouse Rentalsand Property SalesDeep Water Dockage Gas Diesel Ice Bait Dry StorageNew 10 ton marine forklift Full service marina Fiberglass repair Bottom painting Bright work Waxing Gift shop Largest selection of fishing tackle T-shirts Souvenirs Marine suppliesYamaha Sales and Service Factory Trained Mechanics Cottage Rentals Property SalesPh 242-366-0154 Fax 366-0171 Email: lighthouse@abacoinet.comFreeport Skiffs13 15 17 Now AvailableCall for information School NewsEvery Child Counts School Holds Thank You PartyBy Jennifer Hudson The students and staff of the Every Child Counts School wanted to say thank you to all those who have helped the school in so many ways and what better way to do it than with a party? So on March 18th, the final day of term, they threw a party to which they invited family, friends and helpers. The festivities began with a delightful programme in which all the children took part either in skits, singing, signing or the recorder group which was directed by student Michael Pedican. Anthony Garcia did an excellent job as M.C. and Alonzo Williams ably led everyone in the singing of the National Anthem. Before the children took to the stage, Ms. Joan Moss, long time friend of the school who has frequently sung at their functions, delighted everyone with a song. She was leaving immediately afterwards for a flight into Nassau where she has chosen to permanently relocate. She was presented with a bouquet of flowers by the school. A skit, Cat and Cracker was specially written for the children by Elizabeth Webb, a part time resident of Hope Town, and was adapted from one of her own childrens experiences. Mrs. Webb is a published childrens author in Britain and the publishers have allowed copies of her latest book Madrigal the Secret Witch to be sold in the Bahamas with all proceeds from the sales going to the Every Child Counts School. All the copies she brought with her have already sold out but the books will be available in stores here soon. Mrs. Lynn Major, Principal of the school, thanked the audience of helpers and well wishers for all their assistance which enables the children to reach their full potential. She referred to the song which a group of young children had signed to music, the words of which were, You raise me up to be more than I can be, saying, What you do helps us to raise them up. Mrs. Major was pleased to announce that the school continues to expand. Presently there are 45 students and nine staff members. A vocational class was added this school year and it is hoped to be able to add another next year. The school has just learnt that it will have the use of a piece of land at the back which will be large enough for a playing field so clearing will soon begin on The students of the Every Child Counts School in Marsh Harbour produced a musical program for parents, friends and supporters. The school works with students who need special help and relies entirely on donations. The program was the students way of thanking their many supporters. Please see School Page 17 Mrs. Elva Davis was chosen Teacher of the Year for Abaco Central High School. Sharing this special day with her were her husband, Mr. Lynden Davis Sr., son Lynden Jr. and daughter, Liyah, all shown above. Opening Soon...THE TOP OF ABACOThe Best View of Marsh Harbour...Period!Conch Crawl R Conch Crawl R Conch Crawl R Conch Crawl R Conch Crawl R estaurantestaurant estaurantestaurant estaurant and Barand Bar and Barand Bar and Barpresents Chef Kaydon McLennonA Chef with a difference specializing in Bahamian and Italian CusineGraduate of the Culinary Arts Institute of the College of the Bahamas Trained at Carlines and Flutys Restaurant in New York City Ships Chef for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Head Chef at Vesuvios and Baccis Restaurant in NassauOpen 7 days a week Tel : (242) 367-4444Serving from 7:30am until 10:00pmLocated on Bay Street on the waterfront At The Conch Inn in Marsh HarbourDAILY SPECIALSLunch & DinnerLive EntertainmentWednesday Sunday Sunday NightItalian NightWednesday NightChinese NightThursday NightSeafood NightSaturday NightRibs & Chicken Happy Hour Daily 5-7pmRegular Menu ALWAYS available!

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 Wireless Coverage for Boaters 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 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 Oceanfrontier Log CabinsRental and Vacation Club Memberships On Beautiful Guana Cay Beach Six two-bedroom cabins sleep six, queen size bed in loft, kitchenette, private deck, full bath, short walk to townRent by the day or weekCall now 888-541-1616 or 519-389-4846 Website: www.oceanfrontier.com E-mail: info@oceanfrontier.com NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday More School News SchoolFrom Page 16 that. There are six more children on the waiting list for a place in the school, and Mrs. Major is now trying to determine how to be able to accommodate them. Following the programme guests were invited to stay for lunch and to have a look around the school.Abaco Central High Elva Davis Day Is ObservedBy Portia Jonsson Far too often teachers are not recognized or appreciated for their hard work, dedication and the crucial role they play in society or the vital contributions to the education and development of our children and future leaders. On April 7th the administrators, teachers and students of Abaco Central High School came together and staged a special assembly to salute and applaud their Teacher of the Year Mrs. Elva Davis. Mrs. Davis was one of the honorees recognized by the Ministry of Education last month for her outstanding teaching skills. A motorcade through the streets of Marsh Harbour got the celebrations off to an exciting start. Arriving at the school in a limousine, Mrs. Davis was presented with a floral bouquet and escorted to the stage. Guest speaker for this ceremony was former principal of the school, Mr. Benjamin Stubbs. Mrs. Davis was born in Matthew Town, Inagua, but moved to Grand Bahama when she was a young child. She was granted a full volleyball scholarship and attended Indian River Community College in Florida and Jackson State University. While at Jackson State University she excelled in academics and sports and was honored in both her junior and senior years as the athlete with the highest grade point average. After graduating she started her teaching career in Grand Bahama. Mrs. Davis was described as an ordinary lady with extraordinary qualities as well as a feisty gamer who hates to lose on and off the field. She, together with her husband, saw the need for sporting activities for children here and embraced that challenge and today Youth in Action provides kids of all ages and abilities the opportunity to participate in positive and healthy lifestyles. Tributes were paid to the honoree in song, poem and dance. Mrs. Michelle Bailey roasted Mrs. Davis and joked about her dancing and dressing style. Mr. Stubbs told of meeting Mrs. Davis Please see School Page 18 On March 23rd the students and teachers in grades three and four of the Treasure Cay Primary School took a field trip to the Treasure Cay beach. The trip was organized by Ann Smith, a volunteer teacher at the school, so the children could learn more about protecting and cleaning up their environment.They cleaned the entire strip of beach from the Beach Villas to Banyan Beach. After refreshments provided by 12 second home owners who volunteered as chaperones, they had a sand castle building contest. It was a highly successful day of educational fun for students and adults alike.

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Page 18 The Abaconian April 15, 2005 Displays Booths Forest Hikes Student Displays Food and Drink for sale Friends of the Environment Friends of the Environment Friends of the Environment Friends of the Environment Friends of the EnvironmentPresentsEarth Day CelebrationsTheme: Abacos Pine Forest EcosystemNew Vision Ministries Grounds, Marsh Harbour South from Marsh Harbour; turn left into Sweetings Tract; Church is over the hill on the left Date: April 22nd, 2005 Schedule:Set-Up: 9 a.m. 10 a.m. Open to Public: 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Earth Day Ceremony: 1 p.m. Venue: New Vision Ministries Grounds On hand: Environmental Organizations and Educational Opportunities Sponsored by Friends of the Environment In Association with The Ministry of Tourismin 1983 when she began teaching at Hawksbill High School. He talked of all the students she helped through the years but mainly those with discipline problems. Each home room class presented Mrs. Davis with a gift and a luncheon at the Fine Dining Restaurant followed the ceremony.Abacos Teacher of the Year Is Dedicated to TeachingBy Portia Jonsson During a special Teachers Luncheon held March 18th at the Spinnaker Restaurant in Treasure Cay, Mrs. Arlene Johnson-Moss More School News SchoolFrom Page 17 Mrs. Toni Prahl of Peach Tree City, Georgia, spent several days at the Hope Town School working with blind student Anna Albury and her assistant Tia Knowles along with teacher Mrs. Deanne Albury on blind education methods. She held meetings with teachers to discuss techniques and technology advancements available. Her visit was arranged by Annas parents, Lambert and Theresa Albury, and was of great value to all involved. Mrs. Eleanor Epler, a docent at the Yale University Museum of Art in Connecticut, visits Hope Town yearly with her husband. She spends a morning at the Hope Town School teaching the museums A Is for Art childrens art history appreciation outreach program. Through her visits the children have come to recognize many of the famous art masters and their work. of Central Abaco Primary was named Teacher of the Year for the Abaco District. Mrs. Moss joined the teaching staff of Central Abaco Primary in 2002 but she has been teaching for over 26 years in all primary grade levels. She has seen some of the students she taught in grade one now teachers themselves at the Hugh Campbell School in Freeport on Grand Bahama. Mrs. Moss believes that learning begins in the womb, not in the classroom. At the beginning of each school year she meets with all the parents. She usually asks them what they expect of her and then tells them what she expects of them. Some of the things she discusses with the parent are the health, eating habits, dress code and behaviour of the child and how they can help at home. She believes in on hands experience. Some of the challenges she faces today in teaching are language barriers and lack of parental involvement. Mrs. Moss says teachers can only do so much. Parents need to do their part and become involved in their childs education. She received numerous prizes including a $1000 gift certificate to be used for any workshop or conference she attends, a $25 gift certificate from Jack Thompson, a gift basket from Chief Councillor Cay Mills, flowers and a plaque from the Ministry of Education. Mrs. Moss attends Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel and is actively involved in the Awana Club where she serves as group leader. SubscribersPlease send your E-mail address to davralph@batelnet.bs for renewal noticesAt New Visions Ministries BAHAMAS HOT MIXCivil Engineering Contractor Providing Abaco & surrounding cays with the following services for over 10 years:Site clearance Earthworks Water & Sewerage installation Road paving Car park & drive ways Airfields Asphalt related products Materials testingLarge Fleet of Heavy Equipment available for rent:D8 Dozer Excavator TrucksLoaders Low Boy RollersTractor Heads Graders Trenchers Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-3956 367-3957 Fax: (242) 367-3959 BAHAMAS HOT MIX For FREE estimates contact Harlin Johnson

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 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 Abaco Police also staged a Spelling Bee competition at the Learning Resource Centre on March 22nd. Students from St. Francis de Sales, Agape Christian, Central Abaco Primary, J.A. Pinder, Treasure Cay Primary and Wesley College schools competed in this event. The spelling bee winners were Blair Drakes 1st Place, Sherlycia McKenzie 2nd Place and Lyndeisha Curry 3rd Place. All the contestants received certificates of participation. The winners are shown with ASP Wayne Miller, Police Chief for Abaco. More School NewsIn celebration of the 165th Anniversary of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Abaco Police staged a General Knowledge competition at the Learning Resource Centre on March 21st. Schools competing in this event included Agape Christian School, St. Francis de Sales and S.C. Bootle Secondary. The all girl team (Clayshaun Brown, Vanessa McIntosh and Elaine Fenelus) of S.C. Bootle Secondary School emerged victorious. They were coached by Nadira Kawalram. ASP Wayne Miller in the center. Marine ElectronicsCapt. Pat and Ann McFadenFactory authorized Sales, Service and Repair of: Web: www.merlinsmarine.com E-mail: merlin@abacoinet.com VHF CH 16 Mon Fri 8-5 F.C.C. Licensed, Factory Trained Technician At the Jib Room. Marsh Harbour Marina Tel: 242-367-2163Fax 242-367-3388 SIMRAD 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 15, 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 Cherokee Resident Is IrateDear Editor, This is for everyone who read the piece about the drugs in Cherokee and to the idiot who wrote it. First to the people. Please dont let that trash ruin Cherokees good name. If you go by what they said, you are probably thinking that we have some of the biggest drug dealers and drug users in the world up here in Cherokee. Well, I can tell you that this information is a bunch of garbage. Its true that no matter where you go in this world youre going to find all kinds of different people, some more pleasant than others, but what can we do? Kill them? Well, to tell you the truth, I think that if some could get away with murder, they wouldnt think twice about it. Now to that idiot. I hope that you dont think that what you have done has made matters any better. In fact, youve only made them worse. Are you trying to ruin our good name? Whats your problem anyway? If you are so unhappy and miserable living here, then why dont you go and live somewhere else. Maybe you should try cleaning up your own back yard instead of digging around in other peoples. Just maybe then you wouldnt have the time to find all this junk to tell the world. Talking about the dogs, a lot of them seem to have more common sense than you do. Do you know that these papers go all over the world? What do you think the tourists will think about us? Not to mention our own people. Even though you may have said that its only a few that do these things, when people are talking, they always say Cherokee people. Get my point? Please, and when I say this, I know that I am speaking for a lot more people. Use your head next time and think really long and hard before putting something like that in the paper again. Im saying and asking you please, but I know that you are probably anything but pleased right about now. A concerned residentConcerning March 15, 2005, ArticleDear Editor, The only problem we have in our community is that people who came from abroad here to live are trying to take over. They dont know how to keep their tongues in their own mouth and stop mingling in other persons business. It was asked, Do drug dealers read the newspaper? Do you read your Bible? If you dont, I think you sure need to. Also you must be only five years old to write an article like the one you put in the paper March 15, 2005 to the editor. You need to go back about 25 years ago. Who will you LettersFrom Page 9 blame then? Are these cocaine and drug users any nuisance or bother to you? You want to make them be even though theyre not. Maybe you should try it and see what its like. Their getting high or whatever you might call it and you must be having the side effects! Are they breaking in, holding you at gun point and you begging for your life? No! Cant a white person have a black friend? Apparently not in your eyesight. Do you have any black friends? Im most certain you do. So if a car (with blacks) comes into our community, theyre coming to sell drugs? The law not only goes for cocaine and marijuana users, it also goes for people who get under measure crawfish and small conch. Some are so small it would take about 10-15 for a pound. They wait for low tide to collect baby conch. The deep water conch only take about two at the most for a pound. Does that tell you that it is wrong where these people are collecting them? So youre breaking the law also. The best is yet to come. Cant cars come into to Cherokee? How many do in a day? Im sure you must know. You know who the drug users are! Have you seen them doing it? No! Youre just speculating someone is doing something wrong. If youre so concerned about them leaving, why dont you leave. That will make our community have less gossipy. Because people like you need to find a better job than just gossiping all day long about other people that are no problem to you. Some of you need to keep quiet because there are a lot of skeletons in your closet that will wander out. You must not be too afraid for writing something like this to shame our community. I think its beyond shameful. How do you think tourists are going to think about our community when they read what you wrote and whoever else is involved. Because everyone who has read it knows who all of you are that would want something like that put in the paper. How would you feel if you were to go to jail for something that someone assumes is going on or your getting blamed on doing. Speculations! Speculations! Speculations! Did you actually see a drug dealer in Cherokee with the drugs in his hand and the buyer with the money to buy it? Its all speculations. We can live a lot more peacefully if you were the ones to leave. But like you put in the article you wrote, I wish I could make them all leave and find somewhere else to live but I guess thats not possible. That suits for you, not the ones who youre assuming are doing something wrong. I dont see anyone doing anything wrong. Do you see anything wrong with having a drink? OK, then everyone has their own way of a good feeling or whatever you may call it. Here are some scriptures of the Bible you should know about. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. Ephesians 4:29 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles. Proverbs 21:23 If anyone among you thinks he is religious and does not brindle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this ones religious is useless. James 1:26 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3 A wholesome tongue is the tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. Proverbs 15:4 Do unto others as you will have them do unto you! Cherokee people need to wake up and read more of their Bible instead of causing trouble. The only poison here is the tongues of people causing trouble. I hope you find this letter rather interesting. A very concerned personMore Letters to the Editor Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Open 9 am 5 pm Mon. Fri.

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21lance service going, and we need to see how this can be worked out. He referred to a letter which was sent by Daniel Wiltfang, former director of Trauma One, to the government last January. Mr. Wiltfang stated that two vehicles have been taken to the Marsh Harbour government clinic, one of which is in good shape, loaded with equipment and has been driven since March 31st by Dr. Swarna. Mr. Newbold replied that a mechanic will need to come from Nassau to see the state of the ambulance and forward the report to him. Mr. Newbold asked the group for suggestions on how to continue an ambulance service. The group included Medical Officer for Abaco, Dr. Swarna, and his wife, nurses from the government clinic, ASP Wayne Miller and a woman police officer, Health and Family Life educator, members of Hope Town Fire and Rescue, BASRA, the Red Cross, first responders and Dan Wiltfang and his wife of Trauma One. Many concerns were voiced as to the serious situation now in hand. There had already been a boating accident since the closure of Trauma One. Fortunately, it was not too serious but the concerns were what would have happened if the four boat occupants had needed emergency transportation. Mrs. Patti Toler, who operates the Cruisers Net stated that she has been told to announce to listeners that in an emergency they must call a taxi. Mr. Adrian Newbold pointed out that he believes people in Nassau do not realise the rapid economic growth of Abaco which is moving at a very fast pace and how essential the emergency services are not only for our residents but for our tourist industry. Nurse Gray informed of the high numbers of emergency flights out of Marsh Harbour: nine in January, six in February, nine in March, and already two in April. Other concerns were voiced regarding maintenance of an ambulance, liability issues, lack of reliable security service at the clinic which should be a 24-hour service, lack of adequate equipment at the Marsh Harbour clinic and recognition for volunteers. The question of training was brought up as the Health Professions Act of 1998 stated that all volunteers must be qualified. It was mentioned that Mr. Colin Albury operates a Crash and Rescue Service on Abaco. Recommendations that were made included the following: There be a mix of paid staff and volunteers to man the ambulance service with the paid staff as operators for 24/ 7 day to day operations. As a stop-gap measure an ambulance to be stationed at the Police Station with a roster of eight volunteers to man it. Transfer at least two persons from Nassau and/or Freeport to operate the service until a local programme is stabilized. Ambulance service needs to be a government service. Funding needs to be in place for equipment maintenance and training. ASP Miller stated, This situation warrants immediate attention, and asked that an ambulance be taken immediately to the Police Station where officers will respond until the volunteer roster has been drawn up by Sarone Kennedy. Mr. Newbold emphasized that the Minister is wanting to make a decision and promised that he would take the information gathered, strengthen it, emphasize it and get it to the Minister immediately on his return to Nassau. Mr. Newbold from the Public Hospitals Authority in Nassau has sent an update about the ambulance situation. Two government EMS personnel have been obtained for Abaco, and it is planned that they will begin work here by 18th of April. A lady from Nassau who has previously worked on Abaco will be here for two months and for the first 25 days a man from Freeport will be here. He will be followed by somebody else for the remainder of the two-month period. It is expected that this will give enough time for the organization of a permanent ambulance service here. As a result of a traffic accident which occurred on April 1 in Murphy Town, three persons had to be taken to the government clinic. The ambulance was driven by a police officer. Fortunately, none of the injuries was serious. On April 5 and 8 visitors were taken to the clinic. The first was taken by a fireman using his own vehicle. The second, after midnight, by the ambulance after some initial confusion and delay in mobilizing the ambulance. A traffic accident on Sunday afternoon got a faster response taking two adults and three children to the clinic. However, it was reported that clinic staff kept the door locked until the doctor arrived.Nassau Will Send PersonnelNo Ambulance Service Causes Hardship AmbulanceFrom Page 1 The Moorings Yacht Charters The Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class crewed yacht charter Sailing Sloops and cats 35 ft. 47 ft. Power catamarans 37 ft.The Conch Inn Resort Hotel rooms on the harbour front Conch Crawl waterfront restaurant and bar Dive Abaco a complete dive facilityThe Conch Inn Resort and MarinaPO Box AB20469, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph 242-367-4000 Fax 367-4004 Email: themoorings@batelnet.bswww.conchinn.com Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you.The Conch Inn Marina Our dock reconstruction is well underway. Phone us for the status Texaco fuel station is in service Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina Tides:Pelican Harbor based on Hampton Roads (Sewells Point), Virginia (NOAA) 26 23 N 76 58 W May 2005 Average Tides Mean Range: 2.6 ft MHWS 3.1 ft Mean Tide: 1.4 ft Sunday 6 n 6 Monday 6 n 6 Tuesday 6 n 6 Wednesday 6 n 6 Thursday 6 n 6 Friday 6 n 6 Saturday 6 n 6 1 (EDT) 2 (EDT) 3 (EDT) 4 (EDT) 5 (EDT) 6 (EDT) 7 (EDT) 8 (EDT) 9 (EDT) 10 (EDT) 11 (EDT) 12 (EDT) 13 (EDT) 14 (EDT) 15 (EDT) 16 (EDT) 17 (EDT) 18 (EDT) 19 (EDT) 20 (EDT) 21 (EDT) 22 (EDT) 23 (EDT) 24 (EDT) 25 (EDT) 26 (EDT) 27 (EDT) 28 (EDT) 29 (EDT) 30 (EDT) 31 (EDT) -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 2:39a 2.8 9:13a 0.3 3:16p 2.4 9:26p 0.2 3:48a 2.7 10:15a 0.2 4:24p 2.6 10:38p 0.2 4:54a 2.7 11:13a 0.1 5:26p 2.7 11:44p 0.1 5:54a 2.7 12:05p 0.0 6:22p 2.9 12:43a -0.1 6:48a 2.7 12:53p 0.0 7:12p 3.1 1:36a -0.1 7:37a 2.6 1:37p -0.1 7:59p 3.2 2:24a -0.2 8:23a 2.6 2:20p -0.1 8:42p 3.2 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 3:10a -0.2 9:06a 2.6 3:01p 0.0 9:24p 3.2 3:53a -0.1 9:47a 2.5 3:41p 0.0 10:04p 3.1 4:35a 0.0 10:27a 2.4 4:21p 0.1 10:44p 3.0 5:16a 0.2 11:07a 2.4 5:02p 0.2 11:25p 2.8 5:58a 0.3 11:48a 2.3 5:44p 0.4 12:06a 2.7 6:40a 0.5 12:32p 2.2 6:30p 0.5 12:51a 2.6 7:26a 0.6 1:20p 2.2 7:21p 0.6 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 1:39a 2.4 8:13a 0.6 2:13p 2.2 8:18p 0.7 2:32a 2.4 9:02a 0.6 3:08p 2.3 9:19p 0.7 3:27a 2.3 9:51a 0.6 4:03p 2.4 10:20p 0.6 4:22a 2.3 10:39a 0.5 4:55p 2.5 11:18p 0.5 5:16a 2.4 11:25a 0.4 5:44p 2.7 12:11a 0.4 6:07a 2.4 12:10p 0.3 6:31p 2.9 1:02a 0.2 6:56a 2.5 12:55p 0.2 7:17p 3.1 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 1:50a 0.1 7:44a 2.5 1:40p 0.1 8:04p 3.3 2:38a 0.0 8:31a 2.6 2:27p 0.0 8:51p 3.4 3:27a -0.1 9:19a 2.6 3:15p -0.1 9:40p 3.4 4:16a -0.1 10:09a 2.6 4:05p -0.1 10:31p 3.3 5:07a -0.1 11:01a 2.6 4:59p -0.1 11:24p 3.2 6:00a -0.1 11:56a 2.5 5:57p 0.0 12:21a 3.1 6:55a 0.0 12:56p 2.5 7:00p 0.1 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 1:21a 2.9 7:52a 0.0 1:58p 2.6 8:07p 0.1 2:23a 2.7 8:49a 0.1 3:03p 2.6 9:17p 0.2 3:27a 2.6 9:46a 0.1 4:05p 2.7 10:26p 0.1 Monthly High & Low High May 24, 9:40p 3.4 ft Low May 7, 2:24a -0.2 ft Printed by Tides & Currents for Windows by Nobeltec Corporation. 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Page 22 The Abaconian April 15, 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 3650083Treasure 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 A dog-loving couple from a boat visiting in Hope Town walked carrying a beautiful wooden urn containing their beloved dogs ashes and memories in their backpack. Golf cart service was provided for any tired pooch (or person!) Visitors and locals encouraged the walkers as they passed by. Some even stopped to give donations. CaysFrom Page 12 Statistics demonstrated that the way our visitors do business has changed tremendously with reservations now being made mostly through the internet. Online bookings have increased by1000 percent. It was estimated that 40,500 of our visitors stayed in vacation homes in 2004, accounting for 447,000 visitors nights. The tourism review showed that Abaco is not small in the shadow of Nassau, but on the contrary is holding a very competitive position in the Caribbean market. Its occupancy growth rate for 2004 was the third after Grand Bahama and the Caribbean. Mr Young said, Abaco should be aware that it holds a dominant position in TourismFrom Page 4 The Bahamas. Mr Young commented on the way Abaco responded faster than Grand Bahama in terms of recovery from last years storms. We have good dynamics, good customer support and great response on recommendation. We should be looking to a very positive season. Back Street CafeOpen 7 Days a WeekServing Breakfast from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. Lunch from ll:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dinner from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.Chef Terell offers the finest in Bahamian cuisine as well as the occasional specialty night serving dishes from Europe, Mexico, and the Far East.Mouth watering pizza is the speciality of the house Friday and Saturday nights. Delicious baked goods are created on the premises. Breads, cakes, pastries, pies and beef patties are available for purchase. Home delivery in the Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town and Murphy Town areas is available.Chef TerellFormerly Head Chef Abaco Beach HotelCall (242) 367-2782 for reservationsFlour House Catering ServiceAND April 15, 2005 WILD DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER TOUR This exciting day trip includes searching for dolphins in their natural habitat with our Bahamas Marine Mammal Research guide. Beverages available 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 Experience of a Lifetime Sunset Cruise A Romantic Evening at the Abaco InnFor more information about these tours and other tours, Call Abaco Island Tours, telephone 242-375-8718 or 367-2936Warehouse Roof Is Still Not RepairedBoth warehouses at the government freight dock in Marsh Harbour sustained major damage to their roofs and the large doors. Now, six months after the storms, repairs are still not done. It is hoped that repairs can be completed before another storm does further damage. You name it, we can do it!Your Friendly and Professional Printing ServiceAbaco Print Shop Abaco Print Shop Abaco Print Shop Abaco Print Shop Abaco Print ShopLocated in the Abaco Shopping Centre Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201Book Binding Yearbooks Photo Scanning Business Cards Laminating Certificates and much more . . Professional Graphic Services (Graphic Artist on Site) Carbonless Forms Envelopes Wedding Stationery Office Stationery Brochures Funeral Stationery Tickets Invitations Menus Calendars Labels Flyers

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 Dive Shops Marsh HarbourDive Abaco...................................367-2787 Abaco Dive Adventures................367-2963Hope TownFroggies...................................... 366-0431Treasure CayTreasure Divers............................365-8465 Treasure Cay Adventures.............365-8111Green Turtle CayBrendals Dive Center...................365-4411 Guana Cay Dive Guana...........365-5178 Man-O-Wa r Dive Shop.............365-6013 Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Rentals Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals..............................367-2655 Blue Wave Boat Rentals....................367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals.......................367-5570 Laysue Boat Rentals.........................367-4414 Pier One Boat Rentals.......................367-3587 Power Cat Boat Rentals....................367-4620 Rainbow Boat Rentals.......................367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals...........................367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals.........................367-4887 Wilmac Car Rentals.......367-4970 or 367-4313 Green Turtle Cay Bay Street Rentals............477-5300 365-4070 C & D Cart Rental..............................365-4084 D & P Cart Rental..............................365-4655 Donnies Boat Rentals.......................365-4119 New Plymouth Cart Rentals.365-4188 or 4149 Reef Boat Rentals.............................365-4145 Sea Side Carts..................................477-5497 T & A Cart Rentals.............................375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals................365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & bikes................365-5178 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals.................365-6059 Island Treasures Cart Rentals...........365-6072 Ria-mar Golf Cart Rentals.................365-6241 Water Ways Boat Rent..357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Bike Shop Bicycle Rentals................366-0292 Cats Paw Boat Rentals.....................366-0380 Hope Town Cart Rentals....................366-0064 Island Cart Rentals............................366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals...............366-0282 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................366-0023 Sea Spray Resort Boat Rentals.........366-0065 T & N Cart Rentals............................366-0069 Treasure Cay Alison Car Rent.................................365-8193 Cass Carts........................................365-8771 Claridges Cart Rentals......................365-8248 Cornish Car Rentals..........................365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals...............................365-8465 Richs Boat Rentals...........................365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals...........................365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks..............365-8749Ferry Schedule Departure times shown Daily unless noted Albury s Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 VHF Ch. 16Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach7:15 9 am 10:30 12:15 pm 2 4 5:45 9+ 10:45+ Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm 3 4 5 6:15 9:45+ 11:30+Marsh Harbour > Man-O-War 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach10:30 am 12:15 pm2:30* (M-Sat) 4 5:45 Return 8 am 11:30 1:30 pm 3:15* (M-Sat) 4:30 Marsh H. > Guana Cay (& Scotland Cay with advance notice) 40 min. from Conch Inn 6:45am 10:301:30 pm 3:30 5:45 Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 6:30Same day fare Adult oneway $15 / Round Trip $20 Kids 6-11 half fare Free under 6 From Union Jack Dock Except holidays + Hope Town late trips Fri & Sat only Green T urtle Ferry Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Ch 16Green Turtle Cay to Treasure Cay Airpor t 8 am 9 11 12:15 1:30 3 4:30 Treasure Cay Airport to Green Turtle Cay 8:30 am 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5One way adult $7 (Children $3) Round trip $12 Extra to some destinations Abaco Adventures Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday Lv 12 & returns 4:45 p.m. $25 RT T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $35 RT T Cay to Guana Cay Sunset Cruise Fr $25 call for time Pinder s Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -Crown Haven, Abaco to McLeans Town, Grand Bah. Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLeans Town to Crown Haven Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Fare $40 one way Children half fare Call Abaco 365-2356 for information Bus between Freeport and McLeans Town Rental automobiles at both terminals. Bahamas Ferries Between Nassau & Sandy Point under 4 Hr. Friday & Sunday Lv Nassau 3:30 pm Lv Sandy Point 8 pm Adults $90 RT, $50 OW Cars, trucks and cargo Call Sandy Point 366-4119 or Marsh Harbour 367-5250 Islander Express Bus between Marsh Harbour & Sandy Point -For information call 366-4444 or 457-9958 Enovahs Bus Service Hourly bus through Murphy Town, Dundas Town & Marsh Harbour to Ferry dock. Spring City early morning & late afternoon. Sandy Point Patrick Roberts ....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 EmergencyServicesPolice 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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PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 9945 NW 88th Ave Medley, FL 33178 Forward and Address Correction VOLUME 13, NUMBER 8, APRIL 15th, 2005 By Mireilla Santillo A man born to serve, a man who has spent most of his life in public service, dedicating himself to others, introduced His Excellency, Mr. Jack Thomson, recently. Abaco has witnessed some of that dedication during the last six months that he has spent helping people recover from the devastation of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. His help has not only been material but also moral. It has been a wonderful journey reaching out, assisting and comforting people, said Mr. Thompson, who came to Marsh Harbour, appointed by the Prime Minister, the Hon Perry Christie, as Director of NEMA on Abaco. He began his assignment on October 6th, 2004, and left Marsh Harbour on April 8th after leaving systems in place for the smooth operation of the agency, saying, There is still work going on, but a lot has been accomplished. The systems that he left in place will ensure the efficient operation of NEMA should other hurricanes strike. The systems will be used as guidelines by government which is proposing to make NEMA a legal entity. This would make hurricane relief efforts much easier. During an interview before his departure, Mr. Thompson discussed the accomplishments of the agency and the challenges that were met. He thought that the duty free policy was a success and benefitted many people. The duty free vouchers for supplies in the local hardware and food stores facilitated those who could notJack Thompson Is TransferredNEMA Efforts Winding Down After Six Months Please see Thompson Page 2Gospel Chapel Choir Presented Easter CantataThe Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel choir, under the direction of Kevin Sawyer, presented an Easter Cantata to audiences in Marsh Harbour, Green Turtle Cay, Guana Cay and Cherokee Sound. The very moving narration of the events of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ were reverently portrayed in song and visual images. By Jennifer Hudson The 26-member choir of the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel presented an Easter Cantata entitled You Thought of Us at the church on Palm Sunday, March 20th. During the previous week they traveled to Green Turtle Cay, Man-O-War Cay, Guana Cay and Cherokee to share it with the people of those communities and they hope to take it to Treasure Cay. The audience was asked not to applaud as the choir did not want any glory for themselves but it was, indeed, a praiseworthy performance and the choir deserves appreciation for a job very well done. The singers, ably directed by their choirmaster, Kevin Sawyer, performed with tremendous precision, passion and joy. One of the songs was gracefully signed for the deaf by Mrs. Marshall, a teacher at Agape School. The story was sensitively narrated by Mr. Stephen Bill. Though the choir has performed cantatas previously, this was the first time that a multi-media presentation had been attempted. During a very moving solo by Troy Albury, scenes depicting the crucifixion were shown on a screen which provided a very dramatic impact enabling the audience to become emotionally in Please see Church Page 6 Clean Up Begins in the MudResidents of the Mud, a community of mostly Haitian immigrants, have begun cleaning up their community. They are raising money to hire equipment to remove derelict vehicles, old appliances and other debris. The clean-up is a result of the efforts by Urban Renewal, a government agency helping crowded substandard residential areas upgrade. Fire Threatened Central PinesA very strong wind spread a woods fire in Central Pines Estates, threatening several residences. Twenty firemen of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department battled the fire. Brush fires raced through Central Pines Estates driven by westerly winds approaching 40 miles per hour on April 2. The fires were started by embers blown from the nearby dump. Eight to ten houses were endangered. Wide roads that would normally stop the fires advance were no barrier to flames in the dry woods driven by the high wind. Firemen attacked the mid-day fire using four fire engines and were augmented by homeowners wetting their houses with garden hoses. The Casuarina volunteer firemen were conducting their drill and quickly decided to assist with a real fire came with their truck from Casuarina Point. Four Marsh Harbour fire engines were already at the fire along with 20 firemen. The fires appeared to be unstoppable until Mother Nature intervened in the late afternoon with a weather shift bringing a rain squall and a drop in the wind. This Please see Fire Page 21

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Page 2 B The Abaconian April 15, 2005 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 is a private charter plane company providing safe, reliable transportation to and from the islands of the Bahamas and southeastern Florida.has opened its new facility at the Marsh Harbour International Airport. We are a full service FBO with Customs, Immigration, Fuel, VIP Lounge and many other five star services. We handle all your aircraft ground handling service needs the way you want. CHEROKEE AVIATION Tel.# 242-367-0525 Fax.# 242-367-0536 VHF 122.80P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : fboinfo@cherokeeair.comCHEROKEE AIR Tel.# 242-3673450 Fax.# 242-3673451P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : info@cherokeeair.comCherokee Air Cherokee Aviation 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 A farewell party was held for Mr. Jack Thompson on March 30 at Regattas of Abaco. Many testimonials and emotional personal reminisces made the evening an unforgettable one for the government officials and others who attended. Mr. Thompsons many attributes were brought out in the accolades he received. Mr. Thompson was well loved on AbacoNEMA Manager Was Given a Farewell PartyAbaco Appreciated Thompsons Style ThompsonFrom Page 1 travel to the United States to buy their supplies. Remaining supplies that NEMA purchased to supplement the hardware stores will be distributed in the community to what has already been done. Fifty-one replacement houses and so far 31 houses have been delivered. Twenty are still under construction including houses being built in Spring City for seven families from Snake Cay. Mr. Thompson said, The decision was made to relocate these families to an area with infrastructure in place rather than to put them back on Snake Cay. The most challenging aspect was getting supplies to remote areas such as Moores Island. Two cargo ships delivered building material to Hard Bargain. Government guaranteed loans were granted to business people who suffered extreme loss so they could get back into business rapidly. Repair materials were difficult to find as NEMA was competing with Abaco projects such as Winding Bay, hotels and marinas. There was a great demand for building materials in Florida and the Caribbean which also had massive storm damage. Contractors were in such demand that they held two or three jobs, going where the money was best. This, of course, slowed. the efforts of NEMA to move speedily. Mr. Thompson, who was Administrator for North Abaco from 1994 to 1998, has never been far from our island for very long. After leaving in 1998, he spent five years as Chief Officer in the Passport Office in Nassau. He temporarily returned to North Abaco after Floyd in 1999. Mr. Thompson was appointed Deputy High Commissioner and Consul General to Canada in November of 2003. Barely a year later, in October of 2004, Mr Thompson was called back from Ottawa to coordinate hurricane relief. Asked whether he would be returning to Canada, Mr. Thompson enigmatically answered, I do not know what the future holds. I work for the government of the day. I hope to be a faithful servant of the Prime Minister. It is his call to determine where he needs the service of his appointees. Mr Thompson, who is five years away from retirement, said that after leaving public service, he would like to enjoy life, answer personal calls, visit new places. He wants eventually to be more involved in Christian ministry, to answer the call of God which is very strong, to inspire others, to be an example, especially for young people. He hopes to be in a position to offer counseling to people who do not have anyone to talk to. He would like to become involved in youth programs, helping young people realize that they can become whatever they decide to be in spite of challenges. Local government was another topic of the interview. Local government for the Out Islands is wonderful. It has much to offer, given full maturation the way it should. It has come a long way; there are competent and able residents to govern their own affairs and who know where the community should go. However, a determination will have to be made whether too much power or not enough has been given. after his five years as Administrator in North Abaco and again when he was asked to come after Hurricane Floyd in 1999. During his recent assignment here he has put into place systems which will probably be adopted by central government to distribute food and water initially after the storms and then to expedite the delivery of supplies and materials to those who suffered damage to their houses. Mr. Jack Thompson, left, was honoured at a farewell party on March 30. Accolades were voiced by many as he is very well liked throughout Abaco. Mr. Gary Sawyer presented a hand carved boat as a gift from Man-O-War.

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 B AbacoWholesaleFRESH PRODUCE CHOICE MEATS GROCERIES SUPPLIES EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR FOR FAMOUS BRANDS DON MACKAY BLVD.MARSH HARBOUR,ABACO.(242) 367-2020/8 FAX:(242) 367-2242 OPEN MON-FRI 8:30 AM 5:00 PM AND SAT 8:00 AM-1:00 PM The more you buy, the more you save.UNBEATABLE SELECTION. UNBEATABLE PRICE. Call us at Abaco Wholesale today and ask about our volume buying because the more you buy, the more you save! Club NewsRotary Donates Book Bags to School StudentsBy Jennifer Hudson Book bags filled with school supplies were delivered to all schools throughout Abaco during the week of March 7-11 on behalf of the Rotary Club of Abaco by member Bill Schweizer of the Abaco club and Debbie McKenzie and Anne Raynes of the North Mecklenberg Rotary Club in North Carolina. The supplies included rulers, crayons, paper and pencils. These bags were distributed by the teachers to students in need of such. While all of the schools, including those on the cays and Moores Island, received bags, the greatest need was found to be at Central Abaco Primary School. These high quality book bags were donated by members of the Rotary club of North Mecklenberg, North Carolina, and Rotary Clubs in South Florida and Nassau, with the majority coming from the North Mecklenberg Club. Some of the bags contained personal notes for the recipients from students in the United States. About two years ago the Rotary Club of Abaco, wishing to increase its international ties, joined with the Rotary Club of North Mecklenberg as a sister club. Immediately following the two devastating hurricanes last September the North Mecklenberg Club contacted the club here to find out how they could assist and the request was sent back for 350 book bags. Club members immediately began to send in donations but had difficulty in finding enough bags as the school term had just begun and the stores were totally depleted of bags. However, the local college stepped in and contacted its local supplier to fill the need. Within two months the bags were ready to be shipped and were loaded onto two private boats headed for Abaco. However, difficulties arose with weather and the boats had to put into West Palm Beach and never made it to Abaco. The Rotary Club of West Palm Beach retrieved the bags and put them onto the Legacy bound for Marsh Harbour. Mr. Jack Thompson, head of NEMA, assisted in bringing in the bags and supplies duty free while Arawak Agency cleared the bags and Abaco Air flew the bags to Moores Island at no cost. Ms. McKenzie and Ms. Raynes traveled from North Carolina to be here to assist with the sorting of the bags and delivery to the schools. Debbie was also here last Christmas to assist with Rotarys Christmas projects of ringing bells and delivering food packages to the needy. She spoke at the Rotary Club meeting in Marsh Harbour on March 8th on the prospect of expanding the Please see Clubs Page 15 Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club members enjoy the camaraderie of their montly meetings which are held at Abaco Beach Resort. Commodore David Bhuto is addressing the group

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Page 4 B The Abaconian April 15, 2005 SOLD OUT BUT...$1,920,000There are housewarming parties and then there are HOUSEWARMING PARTIES. To test the quality of a new three-house complex in the Great Abaco Club at Abaco Beach Resort, Mr. and Mrs. John Wright, three generations of Wrights and friends gathered. It was the second week of March and the weather was sunny and warm. Lounging around the pool deck were John, his wife Kathy and some of their family and friends. totaling 25 people. It all began six years ago when Mr. Wright came to the Abaco Beach Resort to By Portia Jonsson The weekend of March 4th and 5th was an especially exciting one for dart lovers when the Bahamas Darts Federation met at the Anglican Parish Hall to stage its 21st annual Gold Cup of Darts, sponsored by Abaco Hardware. The tournament was made up of the top players from Grand Bahama, New Providence and Abaco and pitted each island against the others. This tournament is anxiously awaited each year and is the longest running tournament on the Bahamas Darts Federation annual calendar. Each island spent months choosing their teams in trials and tournaments held locally in an effort to capture the top prize and bragging rights of Best Island in the Country The tournament consisted of two sections, a team event and an individuals knockout event, which was made up of mens and ladies singles, doubles and mixed triples. All the points were added together and this gave the overall Gold Cup standings. After all was settled, the Nassau Darts Association took the Gold Cup for the 12th successive year with 160 points followed by Grand Bahama with 118 and then Abaco with 90 points. It was not all smooth sailing for the Nassau Darts Association though, with top singles winner Errol Rolle from Grand Bahama taking out Ken Braithwaite from Nassau in a nail biting final and womens doubles winners, Faith Sawyer and Lenora Pinder of Abaco beating Trudy Johnson and Kim Russell of Nassau. Once again Trudy Johnson won the ladies singles as well as the MVP for the ladies while Harry Brown, also from Nassau captured the mens MVP award. The Abaco Darts Association consisted of Ladies Lenora Pinder, Faith Sawyer, Angela Russell, Ronnie Ferguson, Louise Maury Men Donald Burrows, Gary Bethel, Mark Albury, Shane Sawyer, Lloyd Deveaux, Ken Russell, Dwight McDonald, John Pintard, Rhyan Spicer and Kevin McDonald-Captain Results for the 2005 Gold Cup Gold Cup Winners Nassau Mixed Triples Winners Barry Payne, Harry Brown, Trudy Johnson Mixed Triples Runner-up Ken Brathwaite, Cepeda Moss, Kim Russell, Nassau Womens Doubles Winners Faith Sawyer, Lenora Pinder, Abaco President of the Bahamas Darts Association, Mr. Malcolm Spicer, remarked that once again a fantastic tournament was put on with all the associations prepared andNational Darts Tournament Was Held Hereready for battle. Twenty-one years of uninterrupted tournaments is a major achievement for any sporting organization and all the local associations should be proud of their commitments and efforts. He added that choosing the National Team for this years World Cup in Perth, Australia, this September will be harder than ever but after seeing the tournaments displays we can be assured that there will be representation of some of the best players in our region there.Family Members Come for Housewarmingfish in a tournament. He fell in love with the place and decided to build his vacation home here. A builder himself, he considered many area contractors before deciding upon Angelo Mackie of A&M Builders. Mr Wright said he made the three-home complex the showplace that it is today. The center house is 3,000 square feet and the two flanking houses are each 2,300 square feet under air, each with 1,000 feet of deck connecting them together. There are a total of 13 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms (many with Jacuzzi tubs), three kitchens, three laundry rooms, four living rooms, three outside grills, a beautiful kidney shaped pool and six boat slips. The pool has with a fountain featuring a bronze sculpture of the Ages of Man by Little Harbour artist Randolph Johnston. A competitive fisherman, Mr. Wright is in residence during most of the spring tournaments. But during the off season the three-home complex may be rented for family reunions or corporate and business gatherings. The 21st annual Gold Cup Darts Tournament was held in Marsh Harbour on March 4 and 5 and was sponsored by Abaco Hardware. Shown above is Mitchell Albury of Abaco Hardware presenting trophies to Faith Sawyer and Lenora Pinder for winning the Womens Doubles

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 B Nassau (242) 356-5030 Eleuthera (242) 359-7660Showing Integrity Every DayThis lot is located in beautiful Leisure Lee, just 15 minutes north of Marsh Harbour. It is situated on a protected canal waterway, great for boating enthusiasts & nature lovers. It is approx. 9000 sq. ft. & is the perfect place to perch your dream home. This lot is in a great neighbourhood that is fast growing, so don't miss your opportunity to own your own little piece of paradise. Bahama Palm ShoresEXCLUSIVE LISTINGS Peek-A-View Hope Town #2136 $868,000.00One of the finest homes on Elbow Cay & overlooking the beautiful crystal blue Atlantic Ocean. Centrally located on the island, 'Peek-a-View' is a great choice for a second or retiring home. The property is beautifully landscaped & the home is open & spacious. This 4 bed, 3 1/2 bath home has a large, open kitchen, Jacuzzi tub & his & her closets in the master suite. Located just 20 minutes from Marsh Harbour in beautiful Bahama Palm Shores is this great parcel of land. Just across the street is the beautiful eight mile beach. This property is approx. 22,000 sq. ft. & is the perfect spot for your island dream house. The community of Bahama Palm Shores offers second home owners & full-time residents a personal atmosphere. Bahama Palm Shores #2172 $156,000.00This magnificent property is comprised of three lots. A gorgeous 2 bed, 2 bath cottage w/ all new quality furniture, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, computer, television & new laundry facilities. The house also has new septic, cistern, IPE decking, & new hurricane windows.The entire house has also been re-roofed. Must be seen to truly appreciate all of its wonderful features. Clifford Sawyer House Hope Town #2147 $780,000.00 Turtle Rocks Marsh Harbour #2176 $242,000.00Located just 15 minutes north of Marsh Harbour is this beautiful lot. With 100 feet of Sea-of-Abaco frontage & 125 feet on the main road you will be well secluded from the outside world. The entire property is 2.5 acres & can be sub-divided at a later date into no more that 5 1/2 acre lots. This is the last one available in this area, so call our office today for more details. This offering consists of three consecutive lots on Banyan Tree Drive in beautiful Bahama Palm Shores. Priced to sell at a mere $89,000 you can build your home on one lot and keep two for future use or resale. Only a short walk from the beach, this property is an excellent buy. Call our office or make an appointment today. #2171 $89,000.00Located on Key Club road in Marsh Harbour is approx. 6.5 acres of prime real estate. This property is situated in a very quiet, residential area & faces the ocean with great views of the neighbouring cays. This spectacular lot has over 450 ft. of water frontage w/ 50 ft. elevations. This lot has great potential & could be used for a sub-division or commercial business. Commercial Acreage Marsh Harbour #2150 Call for PriceBahama Palm ShoresThis lot is located near Fry's Mangrove on Elbow Cay. It is situated between the Sea of Abaco & a creek making it an ideal location for nature lovers & boating enthusiasts. The property is approx. 41,000. sq. ft. & is just a few minutes from Hope Town. This is a great investment opportunity for those that want their own little piece of paradise. #2168 $144,000.00Beautiful Wooded Lot Elbow Cay #2175 $130,000.00Leisure Lee Marsh HarbourOnly minutes from Marsh Harbour & Elbow Cay, there are two 80 x 125 choice lots available. Identical in size & price, both lots can boast picturesque sunsets, & views of the Sea of Abaco. There is soon to be dockage close by. Roads are in great condition, & this desirable location is walking distance from the local restaurant. Tahiti Beach is a skiff ride across. Abaco Ocean Club Lubbers Quarters #2200 & #2201 $70,000.00Call for an appointment today. To view all of our Bahamas Listings go to www.grahamrealestate.com Marsh Harbour (242) 367-0100 Cell: (242) 357-6819 Fax: (242) 367-0099 june@grahamrealestate.comJune E. Russell, BRIHope Town (242) 366-0601 Cell: (242) 554-9429 Fax: (242) 366-0602 patti@grahamrealestate.comPatti Love, Realtor 2 lots available each lot priced at

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Page 6 B The Abaconian April 15, 2005 Alburys Ferry ServiceEnjoy 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.bs B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdTel: 367-2798 Fax: 367-5098 Tuesday, April 19th, 11 am 5 pm Wednesday, April 20th, 10am-3pmSt. John's Parish Hall, Marsh HarbourAccepting Applications For Immediate Hire and Continuous Employment For:Sous Chefs Cooks Food and Beverage Captains Bartenders Food and Beverage Servers Kitchen Stewards Housemen Resident Butlers Housekeepers Laundress Fitness Instructors (Yoga, Pilates, Strength Classes) Massage Therapists Recreation Director(will require outstanding local knowledge of Abaco Islands, sailing, fishing, boating, etc)The Baker's Bay Club is currently under development on Great Guana Cay. When completed, the Club will include a remarkable 180 slip marina and village, signature golf course, tasteful residential community, as well as clubhouse and beach club. Baker's Bay will be the finest development and the best employer in the Bahamas. Professionals Only, Please Call 242-359-6190 Baker's BayGOLF & OCEAN CLUBIs pleased to host the first of manyJob Fairsvolved. Many weeks of dedicated practice went into making the cantata such a moving and successful presentation.Youth Group Attends Conference in TennesseeBy Jennifer Hudson Ten young people from the Man-OWar Church of God accompanied by Pastor David Hoard, Youth Pastor Bruce Stecker and his wife, Miss Emily and several parents, recently spent five days in Tennessee attending the Church of Gods Winterfest. Twenty-five thousand youth from all over southeastern United States gathered in the Knoxville Coliseum for the event. This was a quite an experience for all these young people to come together and the Man-O-War group saw more people in one minute than they had in their whole life, said Pastor Hoard. It was a time of preaching, singing and musical group performances all geared to teenagers, and it touched all of their lives. The young people made lots of new friends especially from the church in Georgia where Pastor Hoard was previously pastor. The group from Man-OWar flew into Atlanta and then combined with the youth group from the North Georgia church to make the journey to Knoxville by bus. After attending the conference the young people visited Pigeon Forge where they enjoyed shopping and go-carting. The youth group had been fund raising in Man-O-War for many months, organizing dinners and walk-a-thons to raise the necessary funds. This is the second year a group from Man-O-War has attended the Winterfest. Last year eight young people went and next year Pastor Hoard is hoping to increase the numbers even more than this years group.Ordination Service at the Kirk of the PinesBy Jennifer Hudson Easter Sunday, March 27th, was an exciting day in the life of the Kirk of the Pines Presbyterian Church as a piece of history was made when Mr. Haynes Hendry was ordained to the Eldership of the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, Tampa, Florida. This will actually enable him to be an elder at any Presbyterian church anywhere. The Palma Ceia Church is a sister church to the Kirk of the Pines and the congregation there has helped the church here in its growth by supplying Bibles and hymn books. Rev. Chuck Greenwood, retired pastor of the Palma Ceia Church, and his wife have been regular boating visitors to Abaco for many years, and Chuck has attended the Kirk of the Pines since its inception ten years ago. He felt that it would further strengthen the ties between the two churches to perform the ordination here in Abaco. The church was full for the occasion with both regular members and visitors from the Palma Ceia Church. Following the joyful Easter Service there was an Easter egg hunt in the grounds for all the children. Church News Please see Church Page 7 Mr. Haynes Hendry from the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Florida, was ordained as an Elder at the Kirk of the Pines Presbyterian Church in Marsh Harbour. This enables him to be an elder at any Presbyterian Church. The Tampa church is the sister church of the Abaco church. ChurchFrom Page 1 POSITION: Development Construction ManagerREPORTS TO: Vice President of DevelopmentEssential Function: Plans, directs and coordinates activities of designated projects to ensure that goals and objectives of the development are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors. Manage the construction of assigned project site improvements including amenities on-site and off-site infrastructure construction. Duties & Responsibilities: Manage and assist the design team in reviewing construction plans, suggesting cost and time saving methods and improving construction coordination and equipment utilization Manage and assist the design team in expediting subdivision approvals and other permits Prepare field reports, status reports, incident reports, construction schedules and other information requested Assist in the bidding and negotiation of construction contracts with general contractors Administer the construction contracts and changes thereto, protecting projects interest at all times Establish good working relationships with governmental inspectors, the design team and general contractors Monitor civil construction costs during construction and suggest ways to avoid unnecessary costs Provide construction quality control through regular monitoring of construction Participate in meetings with developer and design team as requested Establish work plan for staff and contractors Direct and coordinate activities of project personnel contractors to ensure project progresses on schedule and within prescribed budget Review status reports prepared by project contractors and modify schedules or plans as required Prepare project reports for owners, management and others Coordinate project activities with activities of government regulatory or other governmental agencies Bahamian only please send application and resumes by mail or email to:Douglas A Shipman V.P. of Development, Discovery Land Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club Great Guana Cay, Bahamas dshipman@discoverylandco.com Deadline for Receipt of Applications is April 27, 2005

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 7 B 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 STANDARD HARDWAREMarsh Harbour 242-367-2660, 2881, 2820 Fax 242-367-2645 Contractors Ask about our special price scheduleA full stock of electrical hardware for contractors and homeowners From inside to outside From roof to floor There's plenty more Inside our store Special homeowner pricing on major projects 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.comRepresenting the pioneers: COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIALFILTRATION SYSTEMSWATER SOFTENERS, REVERSE OSMOSIS, CARBON FILTERS, STAINLESS STEEL & PLASTIC PUMPS, SALT & MOREContractor Prices Available CALL/FAX365-8749oremail: ohall@aol.com ATLANTICFILTER CORP PRICES BELOW U.S. RETAILFellowship Groups Are Busy at St. AndrewsBy Jennifer Hudson The mens and womens fellowship groups of St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas Town have both been extra busy recently organizing fund raising social events. Although Valentines Day was officially past, the members of the womens fellowship helped church members keep the special feeling alive for their post Valentine dinner on March 5th. Rev. Carla Culmer along with 43 members and guests attended this affair in the church hall which had been appropriately decorated in a red and white theme for the occasion by Ruth Smith, who first came up with the idea for the dinner. The event was an elegant formal affair with full service of a three-course meal on fine china and a menu in French. After dinner a fun time ensued with games such as the Dating Game and afterwards the husbands serenaded their wives with romantic songs. Rev. Carla said it was a fun filled evening and she hadnt laughed so much in a long time. Members of the catering committee were Felamese Sawyer, Gelita Sawyer, Gary Smith and Cypriana Williams. The event was held as a fund raiser for the womens group whose aim it is to send some of the women to a retreat where they will receive exposure at an international level. On March 13th the Mens Fellowship combined with the Pilot Club of Abaco to host a joint concert in the church. In his opening remarks, Mr. Craig Cornish, President of the Pilot Club of Central Abaco, mentioned the work which the club does in raising funds for work concerning brainrelated disorders while also assisting in the local community. After an invocation by Rev. Culmer, moderator for the evening, His Excellency Mr. Jack Thompson and Mr. Jerry Cornish took to the microphone and led the proceedings in a very lively manner. Among those performing were the Praise Dancers, Church of God Soldiers, the Anchor Club of Abaco Central High School, St. Andrews mens fellowship and the Jesus quartet.St. Andrews Methodist Church Maundy Thursday ServiceJennifer Hudson It has become a tradition at the St. Andrews Methodist Church on the day before Good Friday, which is known as Maundy Thursday, to hold a service at 5:30 a.m. entitled The Nails of the Cross In this moving and meaningful service scriptural passages are read depicting the nails of betrayal, envy, indecision, cruelty and hatred. As persons entered the church for this service they were each handed a nail and at the end of the service each person hammered their nail into the cross representing a sin, situation or problem which they were trying to deal with in their life. More Church News ChurchFrom Page 6 During the service Rev. Carla Culmer washed the hands of each person in the congregation which was symbolic of the washing of the disciples feet by Jesus and was a time for people to become reconciled with each other both within the church and also in the wider community.Anglicans Ordain Father Fequel LaPlanteBy Mirella Santillo Father Fequel LaPlante was ordained to the Anglican Churchs priesthood on March 13 during a ceremony held at St. Simon by the Sea Anglican Church at Treasure Cay. Father LaPlante, who is a Jamaican citizen, first became involved with the Salvation Army and practiced its theology and social work for 13 years. His wife, Myra, was also Salvation Army officer. After serving that church for several years he attended a theological school on Barbados. While there, Father LaPlante joined the Anglican congregaPlease see Church Page 8

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Page 8 B The Abaconian April 15, 2005 WESTERN CLOSE SUBDIVISION LOT NO. 9 PROPERTY SIZE: 3 Bed, 21/2 Bath (10,325 sq. ft) LOCATION: Bellot Rd. off Gladstone Rd. APPRAISED VALUE: $244,000.00 Creative Relations INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD SUBMIT OFFERS TO PURCHASE (WITH TELEPHONE CONTACT AND POSTAL ADDRESS) TO CHERRYMISSICK, THE PLAZA, MACKEYSTREET, OR CALL502-6200 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. *WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANYOR ALLOFFERS. SINGLE DWELLING RESIDENTIAL NASSAU JOHN TERRACE LOT NO. 3 PROPERTY SIZE: Single Storey Residence/ Two Storey Apartment (3,483 sq. ft.) LOCATION: 200 ft. from Lincoln Blvd./Wulff Rd. Intersection APPRAISED VALUE: $135,000 PROPERTIES FOR SALE GOLDEN GATES SUBDIVISION No.1 LOT NO. 314 PROPERTY SIZE: Single Family Residence (5,000 sq. ft.) LOCATION: Malcolm Rd. West of Reef Lane APPRAISED VALUE: $115,000 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) 367-4842tion while he studied for his bachelors degree. Father LaPlante mentioned, Many Bahamians preparing for priesthood attended Coddington Theological College. I became friends with many of them. After his graduation in 2003 he was assigned by Archbishop Gomez to Abaco where he settled in Crown Heaven 13 months ago to work with Father Dwight Rolle and prepare for his final step into the priesthood. Asked where he would like to serve, Father LaPlante answered, It does not matter. My service is to the Lord wherever I am. One of the reasons for his being on Abaco is to reach out to the Haitian community because of my knowledge of the creole language. He explained that many people on Haiti practiced the Episcopalian faith, and he hopes those people will join his parish after finding out that he can communicate with them in their language. Father LaPlante is pleased to assist Father Rolle with his five parishes in North Abaco. Because of the geographical location of these churches, it is difficult for Father Rolle to attend each of them, and Father LaPlante helps with services in two of More Church News ChurchFrom Page 7 Father Fequel LaPlante was ordained in the St. Simon by the Sea Anglican Church on March 13. The funeral for William Tex Russell, 50, of Fox Town was held on April 2 at End Time Harvest Church in Crown Haven. Bishop Tyrone Mills officiated and interment was in the Public Cemetery of Fox Town. He is survived by his father George Russell; step-mother Patrice Russell; daughter Latoya Bastian; grandchildren Jeffrey Bastian Jr. and Jadd Bastian; sisters Lovely Reckley, Badine Rolle, Rosemary Russell, Jackie Williams, Martha Heirrix, Gretal Moss, Pleasant McMreary and Diana Kandpal; brothers Dave, Willie, Kevin, Bradley and Randy Russell; stepbrother Caedallas; stepsisters Chapelle and Locova Rolle; aunts and uncles, Erskine and Ruth Wells, Charles and Lettymae Jones, Thomas and Gina Lightbourne, Jonathan and Genevieve Russell, Joseph and Ella Russell, Vyrona Archer, Leonza Thompson, Kathy Russell, Florence McIntosh, Florence Thompson, Olga Russell and Clement Fox; nieces Cornelia Morley, Chandell Reckley, Hendrenique Williams, Daniella Moss, Vanessa Simms, Julian and Willicia, Brandysha, Brenika and Vashti Russell; nephews Lando Morley, Anwar Reckley, Marion Rolle, R.J. Williams, Cordell Moss, Joseph McMreary, Roderick Simms, Chase, Blake and Devonte Munchie and Bradley Russell Jr.; grandnieces and nephews Yvonne Curry, Shawnelia Francis, Lannekka and Knjah Morley; son-in-law Jeffrey Bastian Sr.; brothers-in-law Bradley Reckley, Michael Rolle, Henry Williams II, Wilfred Moss, Brian Heirrix, Aaron McMreary and Samit Kandpal; sisters-inlaw Julie, Precious and Miquel Russell; a host of other relatives and friends.Obituaries of Family and Friendsthe parishes every Sunday. Father LaPlante is looking forward to fulfill my vocation of working for The Lord and to be able to reach the Haitians for whom Christ also died. Shane Cash, son of Don and Carrie Cash of Hope Town, has been named to the Deans List at Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey, where he is majoring in history and secondary education. Student Is on Deans List Dont Drink and Drive

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9 B Tel.9 6 6 3367-WOODDon MacKay Blvd. 325-WOODTel.9 6 6 346 Madeira Street DaybedsDaybeds DaybedsDaybeds DaybedsITS BOTH...a sofa & bed. ITS BOTH...a sofa & bed. ITS BOTH...a sofa & bed. ITS BOTH...a sofa & bed. ITS BOTH...a sofa & bed. Multi-functional furniture Multi-functional furniture Multi-functional furniture Multi-functional furniture Multi-functional furniture for small spaces and for small spaces and for small spaces and for small spaces and for small spaces and tight budgets. tight budgets. tight budgets. tight budgets. tight budgets. Is it a sofa? Is it a bed? Is it a sofa? Is it a bed? Is it a sofa? Is it a bed? Is it a sofa? Is it a bed? Is it a sofa? Is it a bed? WE COME TO YOU! Crime Report March 7 22, 2005 A body was discovered on the morning of February 14 in a center console outboard boat found adrift between Scotland Cay and Guana Cay. The body was identified as Eltoro Yogi Adderly of Dundas Town and had a gunshot wound to the head. His wristwatch was missing. A Guana Cay man was taken into custody on February 15 on charges of murder and theft. Christopher Sands of Guana Cay was arraigned in Magistrates Court on February 18 on charges of murder and theft. He was remanded to Fox Hill Prison pending a Preliminary Inquiry in the Magistrates Court scheduled for July 5. A Fox Town man was arrested on March 7 related to a shop-breaking incident in Crown Haven on December 11, 2004. Four tires were punctured on a Castaway Cay truck during the night of March 4 while parked at a marina in Sandy Point. Damages were valued at $580. A woman living on Guana Cay was threatened with a beating by her husband while visiting in Crown Haven on March 8. She was put in fear and asked for police assistance. Tools were stolen when a pickup truck was broken into while parked in Marsh Harbour during the night of March 11. Taken were a drill, grinder, hammer and handsaw valued at $427. A bicycle was stolen from a Hope Town residence in mid-morning on March 9. A resident of the Mud was arrested on March 12 for assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly behaviour and obscene language. He was released after posting $500 bail and providing one surety. Unknown persons set a fire in a Malibu outboard boat about 7:30 a.m. on March 15 in Crown Haven. Fighting at Abaco Central High School caused six students to be arrested on March 15 then subsequently released on the same day. Of those arrested, four were from the Mud and Pigeon Peas and two were from Dundas Town. A woman living in Hope Town was arrested March 15 in reference to a suspicious drowning there six weeks ago. A janitress found two students in an intimate encounter at the S.C. Bootle High School. They were discovered in a female restroom after school was dismissed March 15. The girls grandmother requested police action. A Sandy Point girl attending Abaco Central High School on March 17 was hit in the head with a piece of steel during an assault by a female student. A 13-year-old girl from Sandy Point was arrested on March 17 at the Murphy Town Park for being drunk, acting in a disorderly manner, using obscene language and resisting arrest. Caribbean Constructors had an attempted break-in during late afternoon on March 18 at their office near the Marsh Harbour airport. The office door had been tampered with and cement blocks had been thrown through windows on company trucks. While at an Esso Service Station, a Murphy Town man was hit in the head with a stick by a young man he knew of March 19 in the afternoon. A short time later a young man from Dundas Town was arrested and released on $500 bail. Friendship Baptist Mission in Dundas Town was broken into early Saturday evening on March 19 and a $1,000 speaker was stolen. The next day it was discovered that thieves broke into the church again during the night and stole another speaker and a 14 channel mixing board altogether valued at $3000. William Tex Russell of Fox Town was discovered on the floor of his residence on the morning of March 20. Dr. Mukerjee pronounced the body dead. An autopsy will be performed although foul play was not suspected. A red and white Honda 650 motorcycle valued at $3,500 was stolen from a Dundas Town yard while the owner was visiting his girlfriend during the day of March 20. A resident of the Pigeon Peas suffered injuries to his left hand on the morning of March 22 during a fight with a man he knew. Infant Goselene Jacques Louis of the Mud died suddenly at her mothers residence about noon on March 22. The infant was born with a heart problem and foul play was not suspected. Two Hard Bargain men were beaten about by two Hard Bargain young men wielding pieces of wood late in the afternoon of March 22 while at a local bar. One of the injured was treated and released from the Moores Island clinic while the other man was treated and referred to the Marsh Harbour clinic. A young man from Blackwood was arrested in the presence of his mother on March 22 with reference to an unlawful sexual intercourse matter reported earlier in March. He was released pending further investigations. Two young men from Blackwood were arrested on March 22 related to an earlier matter concerning unlawful detention and indecent exposure. They were both released on bail after being interviewed with their parents.Police Crime Report

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Page 10 B The Abaconian April 15, 2005Corner Value Liquid Propane Gas LPG Tanks refilled LPG Appliances by Maytag Appliances Refrigerators Household Goods Kitchenware Clothing, Shoes Stationery Hallmark CardsQueen Elizabeth Drive One Block East of the Traffic Light P O Box AB20490, Marsh harbourPhone 367-2250 Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Marina Nippers Susan Parrotti's Forest Heights Art Class Ebb Tide Froggies Outisland Adventures Abaconian Hope Town Harbour Lodge Shoe Place The Reef Ball Committee Dive Abaco Abaco Dive Adventures Peter Michie Sea Horse Boat Rentals Radio Abaco Hope Town Hideaways Catherine Pyfrom Modern Vintage Band The Cruisers Net Snappa's Bar & Grille Java Coffee House Elbow Cay Properties Abaco Island Tours Computer Creations Friends of the Environment Friends of the Environment Friends of the Environment Friends of the Environment Friends of the EnvironmentTo all those individuals who gave so generously of your time and materials to make the Reef Ball a tremendous success You Know Who You Are! Friends Board Members thank you for a smashing, successful, super evening. You are the true friends of the environment! wishes to thank the following for their overwhelming generosity in making ourFifth Annual Reef Ball a huge success! 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 The Wonders of the Sea Displayed in CherokeeBy Portia Jonsson Collecting shells has been a pastime of many, young and old, for centuries. Shells delight and fascinate us in the visual combination of shape and colour. Smooth or textured, shells treat us to a remarkable display of natures art. The wonders of the sea were displayed in Cherokee Sound on March 26th during the fourth annual Sea Shell Show and Exhibition at the W.W. Sands Community Center which, according to resident Lee Pinder, just keeps getting better. Persons from all over the island turned out to see these wonderful treasures and were treated to some unusual shell designs and artwork. Seashells throughout history have been used to produce beautiful works of art. Some of the shells were transformed into jewelry, ornaments and other objects. Even in prehistoric times, shells were traded far from their place of origin, often becoming symbols of wealth and status. The exhibition showcased many shells and other sea life that can be found along our shores. Besides seashells of all kind, sand dollars, coral, sponges, sea fans, glass balls, conch shells and Portuguese floats were displayed. The seashell craft called Sailors Valentine was displayed. It involves stunning intricate mosaics made primarily of colourful shells and often incorporates sentimental messages. The story of Sailors Valentines evokes romance, majestic sailing ships and long sea voyages, adventures in the New World and daydreams of loved ones across wide oceans. Ribbons were awarded in all categories and a floating Conch Shell trophy presented to the Best in Show winner. Capturing this title was Shirley Higgs of Marsh Harbour for her flower arrangement made of seashells. This entry was made up of more than 1000 yellow and orange cockles and clams. During the exhibition local artisans, like the husband and wife team of Stewart and Corella Sands, displayed their work. Mr. Sands, formerly of Man-O-War Cay and a resident of Cherokee Sound for nine years, makes clocks, magazine racks, lamps, napkin holders and birdhouses from cypress and pine. Mrs. Sands makes handbags, baby bibs, pot holders, quilts, pillows, place mats and ladies skirts using the Androsia and batik fabrics. There were lots of eats and treats as well as a car wash on the basketball court. It was a beautiful day and everyone had an enjoyable time. All the proceeds from the exhibition will go to the Cherokee Primary School.Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderVisiting ChoirThe Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel Choir came to Cherokee on March 19 to perform a program entitled Saving ... An Easter Musical in the W.W. Sands Community Center. People came from near and far to hear them sing and they were not disappointed; the hall was packed to capacity. Their rendition of some old and favourite hymns made it an evening of enjoyment for everyone present and refreshments were served afterwards outside on the school patio to sustain them on their journey home. The various Abaco settlements have always come together for evenings just like this one over the years for inspiration and fellowship, but mostly they come for the good singing. It seems there is nothing that can lift a persons spirits like a room filled with happy voices, it just sends a tingle down your back. I hope it will always continue.Shell Show WinnersA very successful Sea Shell Show and Exhibition was held on March 26 and again on March 28 in Cherokees community center. Outside private vendors sold various foods and craft items and donated $10 to $20 to the school for the rental of their space. The weather was fantastic and the crowds just kept coming. All in all it was a Mrs. Shirley Higgs won Best in Show at the Sea Shell Show and Exhibition for a display of flowers made of shells. She will keep the perpetual trophy for one year. Mrs. Higgs on the right accepts the trophy from Mrs. Lee Pinder, organizer of the show. South Abaco News Please see South Page 11

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 11 B Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDSWe stock a wide variety of parts and tyres. If you need an item that is not in stock, we will quickly import it for you Open7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 13001 13013 LITTLE HARBOURON THE HARBOUR FRONT IN QUAINT LITTLE HARBOUR. EXTRAORDINARY VIEWS GREAT ELEVATIONS.STARTING AT $170,000 Resort Location 13088 THE SAND BAR at CHEROKEEHAS EXCELLENT POTENTIAL FOR EXPANSION, 6 +/-ACRES OF PRISTINE WATERFRONT PROPERTY. OFFERED AT $3,500,000Island Dream BEST VALUE IN ABACO! 13150 TURTLE ROCKS2.5ACRES WITH 148 +/FEET OF SHORELINE/ BEACH. MATURE COCONUT PALMS AND FRUIT TREES. FEATURES A LOVELY BEACH, AND A FLAT ROCK SHORELINE. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF THE SEA OF ABACO. $220,000. 2818 CASUARINA POINTSPACIOUS BEACH FRONT, 4 BED AND 4 BATH. GORGEOUS VIEW OF BAY AND ATLANTIC OCEANOFFERED AT $580,000 PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH BRI CRS CIPS BROKER (242) 357-8001peter@eradupuch.comDONNA REES DONNA REES DONNA REES DONNA REES DONNA REES Tel: 242-366-3088 (home) MARSH HARBOUR & OUTER CAYSjamesanddonna@erabahamas.comERIKA FESZT RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT RUSSELL ERIKA FESZT RUSSELL Tel: 242-366-0440 MARSH HARBOUR/HOPETOWNerika@erabahamas.comwww.erabahamas.comJAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES Tel: 242-366-3088 (home) MARSH HAROUR & NORTH & SOUTH ABACOjamesanddonna@erabahamas.com2809 GREEN TURTLE CAY 3.719 ACRES COCO BAY TO ATLANTIC OCEAN WITH DOCK AND DREDGED CHANNEL. $1,200,000. TREASURE CAY TWO ADJACENT LOTS ON GOLF COURSE. PRICED AT $35,000 EACH MARSH HARBOUR COMMERCIAL ACREAGE. CALL FOR DETAILS. 27 ACRES JUST NORTH OF LEISURE LEE $450,000. LOTS AVAILABLE IN CASUARINA POINT AND BAHAMA PALM SHORES. STARTING AT $12,750. LUBBERS QUARTERS LOTS STARTING FROM $89,000 SELLING FAST !!!!! CHEROKEE HILLTOP 100 ELEVATION, BREATHTAKING OCEAN VIEW,4 LOTS. STARTING AT $149,000.P.O. Box AB-20340 P.O. Box AB-20340 P.O. Box AB-20340 P.O. Box AB-20340 P.O. Box AB-20340 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Marsh Harbour, Abaco Marsh Harbour, Abaco Marsh Harbour, Abaco Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE or 367-0288 or 367-0288 or 367-0288 or 367-0288 or 367-0288 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289info@erabahamas.com info@erabahamas.com info@erabahamas.com info@erabahamas.com info@erabahamas.com DUPUCH REAL ESTATE Tilloo Dream 13151 HUNKALOO2 BED/2 BATH WITH GUEST COTTAGE ON 2 +/ACRES SEA-TO-SEA. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. LANDSCAPED GARDEN WITH DOCK SLIP.$1,100,000 Hunkaloo13157 MOON SHADOW2 BED/2 BATH WITH GUEST COTTAGE ON 4 +/ACRES SEA-TO-SEA. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. LANDSCAPED GARDEN WITH DOCK SLIP.$1,100,00013137 TILLOO DREAM1 1/3 ACRE WATERFRONT PROPERTY WITH 1 BED/1 BATH COTTAGE AT BACK OF PROPERTY WITH ALL AMENITIES,DOCKSLIP PERFECT TO STAY IN WHILE BUILDING WATERFRONT HOME, DOCK SLIP.$500,0002840 ISLAND DREAM3.75 ACRE SEA-TO-SEA 2 BED/1.5 BATH COTTAGE (W/ APPROVED PLANS FOR MAIN HOUSE)PROTECTED BOAT BASIN W/ HORSESHOE DOCK. BRING YOUR YACHT. MOTIVATED SELLER!! $2,900,000 2836 BAHAMA PALM SHORES BEACHFRONT PROPERTY ON GORGEOUS ATLANTIC VIEW. (16,800 SQ.FT) REDUCED PRICED AT $138,000. 05/04/15REDUCED PRICEgood days outing for all who showed up and we want to thank everyone for their support. The judges this year included Jill Wells, Tara Hingle, Veronica Saunders and Hugh Cottis. Within four categories there were 30 ribbons awarded and some of the top winners were as follows; In the Natural Shells category a Special Award was given to Lee Pinder for a display including a West Indian Crown Conch, a Doghead Triton and a large Volute shell. A First Prize ribbon went to Shirley Higgs for a display of four boxes showing various small local shells. In the category of Other Things from the Sea a Special Award was given to Hartie Albury for a collection including a Sea Pancake, a Sea Biscuit, a Sea Potato and a large Sea Urchin (better known locally as a Shark Egg) and First Place ribbon went to Lee Pinder for a display including a large photo of a group of local young men standing on the dock by a 15-foot hammerhead shark), surrounded by some very large sponges and exceptionally large shells. Regrettably, we had only one entry in the Childrens section, Die Hepburn, but he still won a ribbon for his efforts. In the Artwork category a Special Award was won by Shirley Higgs for a delicate halo made of tiny shells. Shirley also won the First Prize in the category and the overall Best in Show ribbon and trophy for a large urn filled with handmade shell flowers. With a possible total of 40 points Shirleys entry captured 38 to win the trophy. Congratulations to all the ribbon winners. There was a extensive display of locally found shells as well as some prized treasurers from afar and unlimited artwork that boggled the mind and was a feast for the eyes. If you missed the show, you missed a treat. Our added thanks to Jo-Ann Bradley for our raffle prize which was her rendition of a school of grunts painted on a large conch shell. It was won by one of our judges, Veronica Saunders. There is so much talent on this small island and so few chances when you get to see it. This very successful fund raiser made $754 for the school.Genealogy of Cherokee SoundIt may be as simple as a misspelled name of a family member or adding the name of the newest baby in the family, but these little corrections need to be done to set the record straight. Please make a trip to the Cherokee Sound Library and look up your family and your ancestors to verify if they are listed correctly in the new Genealogy Record of Cherokee Sound.School NewsThe students in the higher grades held a very successful Rock-A-Thon with each participant finding his or her own well travelled vehicle out of grandmas parlour. As the participants were rocking away, I noticed that some of the rockers they were SouthFrom Page 10 More South Abaco News Please see South Page 12 The Sea Shell Show and Exhibition had a wide variety of items from the sea. This collection shows a Sea Pancake, a Sea Biscuit, a Sea Potato and a large Sea Urchin, sometimes called a Shark Egg. The men of Cherokee are progressing well in the construction of the Long Dock. This time they are making the dock much higher and will extend it out to deeper water so small boats can tie up to it.

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Page 12 B The Abaconian April 15, 2005 B & D MarineAbacos Largest and Most Complete Supply of Marine Products Bait Rods Reels Fishing Tackle & Dive Gear Filters Pumps Hoses Anchors & Ropes Marine Paints Hardware & Maintenance Items At the Traffic Light P.O. Box AB 20461 Marsh Harbour Abaco Tel: 242-367-2622 Fax 242-367-2395 Outboards & GeneratorsSUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKI 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! Secluded 4 bedroom, 2 bath home just across the road from Eight Mile beach. #8928. $422,000 Select PropertiesEXCLUSIVE One of the few remaining large tracts of undeveloped island properties left in Abaco. Bordering the Sea of Abaco with the Atlantic on the east, Lynyard Cay has long been a favourite of sailors, boaters and naturalists. Encompassing approximately 77 acres, the land features good elevations, a pond and dense native coppice. Beautiful Atlantic beaches fringe the east side of the property and sheltered sandy coves are scattered along the Sea of Abaco shore. The land runs approximately 3,200 feet north to south with a width of approximately 1,400 feet. This property is ideal for those seeking seclusion and privacy. A unique offering, this Lynyard Cay property is all well-suited for development. List #9297 PLEASE CALL FOR DETAILSDundas Town Well kept triplex with added bonus efficieny unit! Live in one unit and enjoy the income from the others. #9092. $298,000 Guana Cay UNDER CONTRACT Beach front! 1.5 acre home site with superb elevation just north of Orchid Bay. #8842.Guana Cay UNDER CONTRACT Outstanding beach front home site. Conveniently located near settlement, but secluded and well north of Nippers. #9079. Casuarina Point Nice secluded 10,000 s.f. building site. Dont let this one slip away prices are rising! #9389. Great Price!!! $22,000using were the very same ones their mothers used to rock them as babies and were in turn themselves rocked by their mothers before them. Wouldnt it be interesting if some of those rockers had a speedometer or odometer to tell just how far they had rocked and actual record kept of every baby they lulled back to sleep. I wonder how many of todays mothers even have rockers as they seem to be just another relic out of the past. In years gone by nearly every home in Cherokee reserved a place of honor for grandmas rocker. Whether the rocker was new or old the students took their task very seriously and rocked away for five hours without losing a beat or a single victim. They had signed up lots of sponsors beforehand with boastful assurances of success. However, Ms. Lowe had forbidden them to collect the sponsorship monies until they had finished the job. As all the sponsorship monies have not yet been collected we cannot give you a final figure for this first-of-its-kind fund raiser in Cherokee, but feel confident in telling you that it will prove to be a very fulfilling and profitable day. The children took the challenge very seriously and stuck it out to the end. They managed to have a very enjoyable ride along the way. Congratulations to them all!Young People Working HardAs far as I know the young people have not yet adopted a club name for themselves, but that has not stopped them from moving ahead towards their goal for a recreational center in Cherokee where they can meet. Their car wash which took place on the More South Abaco News SouthFrom Page 11 school grounds at the same time as this years Sea Shell Exhibition and Show was a huge success. I have heard varying amounts taken in that day, but do not have a final figure yet. All of them worked very hard all day and potential customers lined up to have them clean their cars and trucks inside and out. They must have been very tired at the end of the day. They had also made homemade ice cream and cut up gallons and gallons of conch salad. The conch salad was really good (but it maybe could have used a little more conch) and the ice cream was the best I ever tasted (especially the jelly coconut). We congratulate these young people who are learning that a hard days work often pays off.BEC Plays a Dirty TrickBEC decided to shut off our electricity not for a few minutes but all day on March26, a holiday weekend. They were working overtime to re-string new wires in the settlement, wires that had been damaged six months before by the hurricanes. Cherokee residents had been advised that the electricity would be off for three hours on the preceding Wednesday. After waiting all day in anticipation of having no electricity and making sure not to start any projects that might require electricity, it did not happen. Strange that the workmen would forfeit their holiday and choose that particular time to disrupt our holiday and proposed fund raiser, for that is the very day Cherokee put on there annual Sea Shell Show and Exhibition, It seems that they could have scheduled this job with a little more forethought. The workmen had to work around people all during the day as they came and went from the school grounds since the work being done was on the same road as the school. In addition, and probably more importantly, because the electricity was shut off, water could not be pumped for use in the school toilets. They had to be kept locked and could not be used by the many visitors that day. This was a real problem and an embarrassment. No one could figure out why BEC would choose to do the work on a holiday and many were quite upset. And to top it off, their main office was closed and, of course, there was no one who could be reached for comment.Moores IslandPageant Was Great SuccessBy Ruthamae Rolle Our pageant to name Little Miss Moores Island 2005 and Miss Moores Island All Age 2005 was held on March 22. It was a long tiring evening but well worth it. The contestants captivated the judges and the audience with their melodious voices, fascinating dramatizations and graceful and exciting dances. An estimated 350 persons watched the show. The tremendous support from the community in the form of ticket sales forced the show to be relocated from the schools multipurpose room to the public park. Little Miss Moores Island 2005 is Miss Raneisha Knowles, a five-year-old student of grade one who captivated the judges with her interpretive dance selection. Making up her court is first runner-up Shantika Davis, who did a modern hip-hop style dance, second runner-up Kaylor Simms, who sang, and third runner up Ashley Rolle, who did a poem. Ms. Photogenic was Raneisha Knowles. Best Church Wear was Shantika Davis and Best Talent piece was Shantika Davis. Miss Moores Island All-Age 2005 is Miss Ashley Johnson, who gave a stunning performance of Maya Angelous Phenomenal Woman. Her court consisted of first runner up Nevandria Rolle, who serenaded the audience with Celine Deons The Heart Must Go On Her performance earned the Please see South Page 14

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 13 B 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" 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 PRICEMan-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 LISTINGGreen Turtle Cay Coco Bay, 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, 2,300 sq.ft. Water-front Home 4,800 sq.ft. of Decks. Recently completely Renovated. Over 1/4 Acre with 100' of bay front. Fabulous views. Private dock with dredged channel. #AB140 NEW LISTING $1,725,000 "Bay Lodge" NEW LISTINGMan-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 LISTING Great Guana Cay 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,686 sq.ft. Beach-Front Home 725 sq.ft. of Decks. Over 1/4 Acre with 80 of ocean front. Fabulous views. Deeded access to semi-private dock. Beautifully Furnished. Great Rental History. #AB142 NEW LISTING $1,380,000 "Watch Hill" NEW LISTING Northern Abaco Cays 20 acre private island. 1,000' wide glorious lagooon with fabulous crescent beach. 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Studio home, Cabana, protected dock-slipway 50 years remaining on a 99 year lease. #AB126 NEW LISTING $2,200,000. "Little Hog Cay" NEW LISTINGTurtle Rocks 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,200 sq.ft. Beach-Front Home Almost 1,600 sq.ft. of Covered wrap-around veranda. 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 LISTINGElbow Cay 2 Two Storey Waterfront Homes. A total of 9 bedrooms, 8 baths in 4,000 sq.ft. Set up as four separate rental units with great history. About 1/12 Acres with 170' of Sea of Abaco frontage. Furnished. Fabulous views. Private dock. #AB141 NEW LISTING $1,925,000 "Twin Dolphin Point" NEW LISTING 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 PRICE 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 Margot LeeEstate Agent Man-O-War CayTel: (242) 365-6156 Fax: (242) 365-6229 e.mail: margot@abacoinet.com 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.netMarsh 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. #AB121UNDER CONTRACT Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club -"Robin's Nest" 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 UNDER CONTRACT Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores "Endless Summer"4 bedroom, 3 bath 2,700 sq.ft. Home. Private Dock with boat lift on the Sea of Abaco. Some of the most Fabulous Panoramic Views in Abaco. Across the road from Beach. fully Furnished. #AB118 $1,500,000.Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Sea View" 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 UNDER CONTRACT 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.com4/15/05 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. Look for H.G. Christie's Island Breeze Magazine The Guide to Wonderful Real Estate Opportunities Throughout the Bahamas 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 CONTRACTSea of Abaco "Carrington Cay" 300' from the Abaco mainland, near Leisure Lee 1.4 acres. Excellent elevation. #AB5147 $375,000.

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Page 14 B The Abaconian April 15, 2005 Out Islands Finest Vacation Homes Waterfront Properties New Marina Rentals & Sales1 Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Chris & Peggy Thompson, Proprietors Phone 242-366-0224 Fax 242-366-0434 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 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 Guana Cay 1162 Sea to Sea property of 3.5 acres. Also interior lots with sea views available. Guana Cay 1117 & 1118 One cottage of 2/1 and one home of 3/2 on spectacular beachfront near town. Both homes have great rental history. Under Contract Cherokee 1157 Abaco pine built home in the heart of the settlement. Offers one bed and bath with sleeping loft $125,750 Bahama Palm 1160 Section one home site w/ foundation started for 2/1 home. Finish to your liking. $35,500 award for the best talent piece. Second runner up was Keriann Stuart, who treated the audience to her melodious voice and was the winner of the Miss Photogenic award. Third runner up was Shandira Davis with her hilarious dramatization of Banana Woman. Kamilah Simms won the award for the Best Evening Gown. The students and parents are now looking forward to preparing for next years pageant.Bush Fire Burns Out of ControlBy Jennifer Hudson A bush fire at the beginning of April burned for several days on Moores Island threatening residences and p,,,ody had to vacate homes due to smoke. Homeowners went to the public waMore South Abaco News SouthFrom Page 12 ter pump to fill buckets to be trucked to the fire. This action along with cutting roads as fire breaks were the only means they had for fire fighting as there is no fire truck on Moores Island. The situation was a difficult and frustrating one as there was hardly any water in any of the homes in that area, thus resulting in the necessity to go to the pump. For days the water pressure had been extremely low in the daytime, only building up during the night hours. There is a new water plant in Hard Bargain but, unfortunately, BEC has yet to come and hook it up. The fire started in an area close to the settlement of the Bight, threatening homes there before moving into Hard Bargain approximately four miles away when the wind changed direction and picked up strength. It is very frightening at night to see the flames lighting up the sky, said Mrs. Laing. Everybody is doing what they can to help but we need to get a fire truck. We will have to begin holding fund-raisers and seeking donations; we have people ready and willing to train. A fire engine was a high priority item on the agenda of the Disaster Preparedness meeting held on the island that evening. On March 8th heavy rains of a weak cold front blessed the island with exactly what was needed to put out the fire. By the following day everybody could breathe a sigh of relief as the fire had been completely extinguished.Girl Is Burned in House FireBy Jennifer Hudson It was ironic that, while the people of Hard Bargain were labouring to extinguish the bush fire which was threatening their livelihood, a family in the other settlement of The Bight had to deal with another fire. This one was a house fire in which a 13year-old girl was burned. On March 7th Shandera Davis, a 9th Grade student at the Moores Island School, was at home with her younger sister and father in the 10-room, split level house owned by Mr. Davis. At 9.45 p.m. fire broke out in an upstairs bedroom, trapping Shandera in the room as her sister and father were downstairs at the time. Shandera was rescued by her father, police and neighbours who climbed onto the roof and Winners of the Little Miss Moores Island and Miss Moores Island All Age School are shown here. The pageant proved to be a very popular event. Please see South Page 23 BAHAMA PALM SHORES:Beachfront Parcel (Ref #337) Spacious 17,129 sq. ft., 124 foot sandy beach frontage on Atlantic Ocean, Spectacular ocean views $299,000. Residential Lot (Ref #332) Large, 15,000 sq. ft. Just one block from pristine sandy beaches $25,000.LEISURE LEE:"Beach Reach" (Ref #249) 2,030 sq, ft. beachfront 2 bedroom, 2 bath home. Fully furnished, Immaculately maintained, panoramic sea views $599,000. Canal Lot (Ref #287) Deep water canal lot, 130' frontage, seawall and boat davits installed. $180,000.TURTLE ROCKS:Turtles Rock (Ref #361) 3 bedroom 2.5 bath beachfront home built in 2000 on 1.18 acres with 102 on the beach, very private area, fully furnished. $755,000. Beachfront Parcel (Ref #143) 2.55 acres with 155' white sandy beachfront on Sea of Abaco, excellent elevation, lush natural vegetation, fresh water pond $303,000. Ridgetop Home (Ref #123) 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 4,520 sq. ft. home on 5.84 acres, 2 car garage, large modern kitchen, Requires repairs and completion $375,000. GUANACAY:Two Commercial Lots (Ref#368) 2 adjoining lots, harbour front road location, across from the public dock, total frontage 161 feet, $245,000 each. Prime Real Estate Listing Throughout Abaco TREASURE CAY:"Amnesia" (Ref #297) Elegant, fully furnished 4 bedroom, 3 bath canalfront home, 3,000 sq. ft., newly built, superior construction, 60' dock, boat lift $1,275,000. "Casuarina Beach House" (Ref #350) Fabulous 2 storey 6 bedroom, 5.5 bath, fully furnished, plus efficiency, pool, 80' beach frontage, recently renovated $2,300,000. "Maison de Mer" (Ref #351) 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 storey "fixerupper" canalfront home on Brigantine Bay, 86' canal frontage, docking facilities, 2 car garage $525,000. Canal Lot on Brigantine Bay (Ref #321) Oversized, cleared, 130' canal frontage, deep water $275,000. Canal Lot (Ref #348) 10,000 sq. ft. fully seawalled, 80' frontage on Brigantine Bay $180,000. "Trident House" (Ref #317) Superb 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath fully furnished beachfront home, 3,500 square feet, sensational beach & ocean views, many extras $2,500,000.LITTLE HARBOUR:Waterfront Property (Ref #347) 2.2 acres, sea to sea, total 280' water frontage, ideal for boat dockage in protected Little Harbour, large natural cave. $910,000. We Exceed Client Expectations! www.abacoestateservices.comPlease contact us for additional details on this sampling of our featured listings or for information on our other prime properties throughout Abaco. Phone: (242) 365.8752 Cell: (242) 357.6570 Sales Team of Ed & Cindy Newell James Moir Broker Members Bahamas Real Estate AssociationABACO ESTATE SERVICESREALESTATESALES VACATIONRENTALS

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 B ... THE BATTERY WITH THE LIGHTNING BOLT OF LIFE!!!BATTERIES A/C Delco Marine Trojan Golf Cart 6 & 8V Truck/Tractor Diesel Marine Batteries Diesel Automotive Batteries Gel Batteries High Reserve Capacity Batteries UPS Computer Batteries WE DONT PRO-RATE OUR WARRANTY(If an Epic Battery fails due to workmanship any time during that year, Epic would replace that battery free of charge!)Delivery Service AvailableFULL ONE YEAR GUARANTEE!Located in the Colina Building on Queen Elizabeth Dr. Ph: 367-3742 Fax: 367-0064 TREAS URE CAY S HOPPING CENTRE,ABACO (242) 365-8350 FAX:(242) 365-8352 OPEN MON-S AT 8AM 6PM AND S UN 9AM-1PMCome visit our newly renovated store. More products.Great service. More from our store. A BRAND NEW LOOK 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 relationship between the two clubs even further. An adult exchange was proposed and the idea was very enthusiastically received. Five members of the Abaco Rotary Club have volunteered to host members of the North Mecklenberg Club for a week in June and there will be a return exchange in the fall. The two clubs are looking forward to getting to know each other better and supporting each other through shared projects. ClubsFrom Page 3 More Club NewsTwo members of the RMHYC painted the pilings at Whale Cay Channel. Shown here is Ray Vallerie on Last Dance who was assisted by Jim Fenn on Fennders.Pilot Club Visits SchoolPilot Club of Central Abaco Club News In the month of March the Pilot Club of Central Abaco engaged in their annual Brain-minders Program which educates students aged 6-7 years old on how to protect their brains during play, riding their bike or riding in a car. Project Director Donnaree Cornish stated that this year the club focused on visiting additional cays and traveling to the northern part of Abaco to educate the students. On March 2nd Mrs. Sharon Dorsette and Donnaree Cornish visited Man-O-War School where they were welcomed by students with a zest for learning. Mrs. Kelly Janes, principal, stated that she had heard about our visit last year and she anticipated our visit. On March 4th they visited Treasure Cay Primary School where Mrs. Myrtis Russell is the principal. They were greeted by over 100 students with broad smiles excited about the story book characters. At both schools students answered all their questions correctly and displayed their knowledge by using illustrations and reality events that can happen when not wearing a helmet during a bicycle ride or when using their skate-board. One of the kids stated that he was knocked down by a car but did not got seriously hurt because he was wearing a helmet. Coloring books and certificates were issued to all the students. On March 13th the Pilot Club of Central Abaco in conjunction with St. Andrews Methodist Mens Fellowship hosted a Gospel Concert at St. Andrews Methodist Church. Rev. Jerry Cornish and Mr. Jack Thompson moderated. The event was well supported by persons from all over the island. Two churches, Victory Tabernacle and Kirk of the Pines, cancelled their services to attend the event, which brings to mind the scripture Oh, how good it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. March 21st through 25th was Brain Awareness Week internationally. So please buckle up, wear your helmet and become a Brain-Minders Buddy The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club By Commodore Dave Bluto The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club was started in 1980 by retired Canadian Charlie Murphy in the old Conch Inn. He ran the club until Jack Turner took over in 1994. Many boaters joined the yacht club, raising the membership to 200 members in 1990. When Charlie retired, he turned the reins over to Jack Turner in 1994. Other commodores have included Capt. Keenan Van Mill, Bob Toler, Don Van Beck and John Mitchell. In 2005 Dave Bluto was elected as the seventh RMHYC Commodore. The RMHYC assists the community with donations and manpower for worthwhile projects. Special events such as Blind DinPlease see Clubs Page 20

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Page 16 B The Abaconian April 15, 2005 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 Marsh HarbourRegattas of Abaco 2 Bed, 2 Bath upstairs unit c/air, fully furnished, tennis courts, swimming pool and more SOLD 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 MacKay 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. Call for info. 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 HIGH ROCK 3 bed / 3 bath home, very desirable area, fantastic views of Marsh Harbour, Hope Town and Lubbers Quarters, 2 car carport, central air, beautifully landscaped lot, 1.08 acres, 50 ft. above sea levelEXCLUSIVE Price on inquiry UNDER CONTRACT15 Apr 05Forest Heights Academy Principal Paul Vernall comfortably shifted his hat to become tour guide exceptional for a week as he organized a tour over the February mid-term break. Three teachers and three parents accompanied 28 upper school students as they embarked on a trip of a lifetime aboard a 747-400 bound for London. As Lonnie Key put it, Most of the students had never been out of Florida, and the plane was bigger than most of our houses. Others thought it was so big it would never get off the ground. But after 12 hours of anxiously waiting in the sky, the excited group arrived tired, but ready to begin their adventure. Before the group left, they were given an assignment to write an article or narrative describing their experiences, and each student had an equally unique response, each, as they say, priceless. So the following article is an anthology of some of their stories, truly London through the eyes of a teenager. From the start it was impossible for the group to avoid the obvious contrast of London and Abaco. Bradley Albury was overwhelmed at how the vivid green, grassy meadow contrasted with the dull gray of the sky and buildings. But as we all know the people are what truly represent the country, and Corenthea Johnson had an interesting reaction. From the time I arrived on Virgin Airways, I knew this was going to be different from what I am used to. You would think we spoke two languages as different as apples and oranges. The Bahamas was once a part of the British empire but you wouldnt know it, `Are you in a queue? a lady asked. I stared, just wondering what she was talking about. Then it was explained to me by on of my classmates that a queue was a line. Why didnt she say line in the first place? Doesnt she speak English? Another shock to this group was the weather. They were greeted by a lovely morning fog, and the rested group prepared for their first tour as described by Lonnie. We gathered outside our hotel, The Glouchester, and climbed aboard an open top double decker bus. After that we climbed aboard a river boat for a scenic tour of the Thames River. During these tours, we were harshly reminded how cold London be. With the wind blowing and the temperature dropping to 40 degrees, it was the perfect combination for frozen Abaconians. Matthew Duggan summarizes the next four days. We went to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Parliament, then on to the Science Museum. Then on Friday we went to The Tower of London and St. Pauls Cathedral and the Imperial War Museum. Then Saturday we went to the British Museum and on the London Eye and to the famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Chamber of Horrors and the Planetarium. Sunday brought the Changing of Guard at Buckingham Palace and a wonderful Ghost walking tour. Obviously, the focus of this trip was a historical one, and the group definitely appreciated it. Nathaniel Malone was quite amazed by St. Pauls Cathedral. When we first arrived, the building caught my eye. I was amazed that human beings could create something so astounding. There were tall ceilings and endless artwork, and we even got to see where Princess Diana and Prince Charles were married. It was overwhelming that we were walking where such royalty had once walked. Charlotte Collins felt, History is everywhere you turn in London. We went on numerous tours but I enjoyed the Tower of London most. The first place we went was the Bloody Tower. Creepy is one of the many words I felt as I was climbing the steps. Thinking back hundreds of years, the person who would climb these steps would never come out of here alive. However, I would. Reaching the top and looking around sent chills up my back because this is where peopleForest Heights Teens Visit in London Please see Forest Heights Page 17 Waterfront with Dock Situated in beautiful Black Sound. 1.5 acre lot with a 125 ft. dock Near beach and settlement. Under Contract! Treasure Cay #1322 Three bedroom two bath home near beaches and golf course. Fully furnished with all amenities. $265,000 Reduced! Historic Club & Inn #5077 Located in the heart of a story book Colonial village, this 150 year old landmark has been meticulously maintained in its original dcor. Consisting of 10 guest rooms, 40 seat restaurant, lounge, pool and patio. A rare find that will allow you to enjoy a lifestyle reminiscent of the old days. This once in a lifetime opportunity is offered at $1,780,000 Coco BayDeep water lot with a dredged channel. Spectacular views of the bay, ideal for a future dock. $498,000 Beachfront Beautiful 1.5 acre plot located on a 2.5 mile white sandy beach. 100 ft. of frontage with elevations for magnificent views. $550,000 Beachfront acre lot located virtually on the Atlantic beach Sold! Black Sound 2 acre deep water harbour side lot near settlement ideal for boaters. $91,000 Greenway Canal Lot Treasure Cay with splendid un-obstructed views of the canal. $35,000 Under contract! Waterfront with Pool & Dock Three bedroom 2 1/ 2 bath located in beautiful White Sound, overlooking the Harbour. This new house is sure to be a pleaser. Offered at $1,100, 000 Big Bluff Two lots with panoramic views of White Sound and near to resorts and beaches. $180,000Green Turtle Cay OfficeP.O. Box AB 22758 Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Email: chris@mlrealty.net www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com Beach/Canal lot package Enjoy the best of two worlds, a beautiful sandy beach and a safe canal front lot for your boat. Located in Leisure Lee, these adjoining lots are a rare find for the person who loves living on the beach and boating. $600,000 Coco Bay Waterfront with DockBeautiful lot overlooking Coco Bay, has a deep water dredged channel and dock. Property is landscaped and ready to build. Offered at $ 482,000 Sold! White Sound One acre lots on White Sound with good elevations and magnificent views of the Harbour. Last two remaining lots on White Sound. $545,000 Coco Bay Good investment property located near Coco Bay. The property consists of 1.5 acres of elevated land with natural foliage. $325,000 Beachfront -Two bedroom two bath house situated right on the beach. Excellent rental history and ready to enjoy. $850,000 plus 7% closing costs. Building Lots -1/4 acre and acre lots located near resort and beaches. Prices start at $59,000 Acreage 4 acre plot located 3 miles South of Treasure Cay over 250 of water frontage and 900 deep. $298,000 excluding stamp duty and purchasers legal fees. SeatoSea with a Dock3.6 acre plot with over 135 of beautiful beachfront extending to a protected bay with your own private dock. $1,320,000 New Three Bedroom Two Bath In quiet residential neighborhood. Near to beach and docking facilities. Large deck with swimming pool for those hot summer days. $665,000. Chris Farrington BRIOffice (242) 365-4695 Fax (242) 365-4697

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 B NASSAU & THE FAMILY ISLANDS GLENISTON GARDENS LOT NO. 0 Block 7 PROPERTY SIZE: 3 Bed, 2 Bath (10,875 sq. ft.) LOCATION: East Side ofJean St. off Prince Charles Dr. APPRAISED VALUE: $189,000 TOWER ESTATES SUBDIVISION LOT NO. 47 PROPERTY SIZE: 10,908 sq. ft. LOCATION: Tower Estates Dr. APPRAISED VALUE: $195,000 WESTERN CLOSE SUBDIVISION LOT NO. 9 PROPERTY SIZE: Triplex (10,325 sq. ft.) LOCATION: Bellot Rd. off Gladstone Rd. APPRAISED VALUE: $244,000 YAMACRAW BEACH ESTATES LOT NO. 247 PROPERTY SIZE: Single Family Under Construction (6,935 sq. ft.) LOCATION: West Side of Acklins Circle APPRAISED VALUE: $100,000 GOLDEN GATES SUBDIVISION No.1 LOT NO. 314 PROPERTY SIZE: Single Family Residence (5,000 sq. ft.) LOCATION: Malcolm Rd. West of Reef Ln. APPRAISED VALUE: $115,000 GOLDEN GATES SECTION No.2 LOT NO. 579 PROPERTY SIZE: 3 Bed, 2 Bath Single Family Residence (60x100 sq. ft.) LOCATION: St. Vincent Rd. APPRAISED VALUE: $233,000 GLADSTONE ROAD ALLOTMENT LOT NO. Crown Allotment No. 53 Lot #D PROPERTY SIZE: 3 Bed, 2 Bath (5,995 sq. ft.) LOCATION: Bellot Rd. West of Faith Ave. APPRAISED VALUE: $124,000 CULMERSVILLE SUBDIVISION LOT NO. 25 PROPERTY SIZE: Triplex Apartment (4,800 sq. ft.) LOCATION: Orchid Ln. APPRAISED VALUE: $160,000 UNION VILLAGE LOT NO. 57 PROPERTY SIZE: Single Family Residence (1,295 sq. ft.) SITE AREA: 6,820 sq. ft. LOCATION: Peach St. off Montrose Ave. APPRAISED VALUE: $50,528 PROPERTIES FOR SALE STAPLEDON GARDENS LOT NO. 544 PROPERTY SIZE: Single Family Residence (9,600 sq. ft.) SITE AREA: 2,457 sq. ft. LOCATION: 130 ft. North of Spitfire Rd. APPRAISED VALUE: $224,000 JOHN TERRACE LOT NO. 3 PROPERTY SIZE: Single Storey Residence/ Two Storey Apartment (3,483 sq. ft.) LOCATION: 200 ft. from Lincoln Blvd./Wulff Rd. Intersection APPRAISED VALUE: $135,000 TWYNAM HEIGHTS ESTATES LOT NO. 61 PROPERTY SIZE: 2 Storey Residence (9,100 sq. ft.) SITE AREA: 1,173 sq. ft. LOCATION: Victoria St. & Coronation Rd. APPRAISED VALUE: $203,000 SEVEN HILLS ESTATES LOT NO. 15 PROPERTY SIZE: Single Family Residence (5,000 sq. ft.) SITE AREA: 1,693 sq. ft. LOCATION: Blue Hill Rd. South APPRAISED VALUE: $145,000 SANDILANDS VILLAGE ROAD PROPERTY SIZE: Residence/ Apartment Complex (11,600 sq. ft.) SITE AREA: 5N North Side of Sandilands Village APPRAISED VALUE: $386,000 SHIRLEY STREET LOT NO. 1 & 3 PROPERTY SIZE: Commercial (13,000 sq. ft.) SITE AREA: 3,236 sq. ft. LOCATION: Southern Side of Shirley St. APPRAISED VALUE: $775,000 MURPHY TOWN ABACO LOT NO. 122 Crown Allotment PROPERTY SIZE: Apartment Complex (9,000 sq. ft.) LOCATION: Bay St., Murphy Town APPRAISED VALUE: $96,940COWPEN ROAD-HOLLYWOOD SUBDIVISION LOT NO. Crown Grant A-66 PROPERTY SIZE: (10,875 sq. ft.) LOCATION: 350 West of Refuge Court APPRAISED VALUE: $71,000 LISTED PROPERTIES VACANTLOTS NASSAU INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD SUBMIT OFFERS TO PURCHASE (WITH TELEPHONE CONTACT AND POSTALADDRESS) TO CHERRYMISSICK, THE PLAZA, MACKEYSTREET, OR CALL502-6200 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANYOR ALLOFFERS. Creative RelationsLISTED PROPERTIES RESIDENTIAL& COMMERCIAL Explore the Golden Reef and find a delightful array of resortwear fashions, Abaco Gold jewellery and other fine gold jewellery to dazzle you, art prints, and many other souvenirs and gifts to take back home to remind you of your visit with us. Located in the heart of New Plymouth Green Turtle Cay on Parliament Street Tel: (242) 365-4511 were executed. All the walls were stained, possibly from the blood of those who had been killed in the same spot that I was standing. She was also very impressed with a tour of the Crown Jewels. I had never seen so many jewels together in one spot before. Conveyor belts carried us along past the glass cases to see all the crowns and jewels. Even the most recent crown of Queen Elizabeth II and the cuffs of Prince Charles were on display. Saturday brought the contemporary more frivolous tours as the students visited the London Eye and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Christian Wilhoyte describes, The London Eye is basically a big Ferris wheel with big capsules that hold about 20 people taking about half an hour to rotate. At the top, which is about 480 feet, there is a magnificent view of London. We could see Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St. Pauls Cathedral and the House of Parliament all from the top. Madame Tussauds was definitely a favorite of the teens. Nikita Roberts enjoyed this and thought the figures were so lifelike that it was hard to tell who was real and who was not. And the Planetarium was a big dome shaped theatre that made me feel I was actually looking up into space. Rayanne Malone gives her account of the Chamber of Horrors. Our expectations can sometimes be so wrong. Thoughts of a silly thing to frighten children went through my mind. As we entered, lights flickered with frightening sights. Suddenly, a horrifying figure started chasing behind me, slamming his reaper into the walls. I yelled and screamed, for he just kept on chasing me. This was no ordinary haunted house, I thought to myself as I was escorted out by another horrid creature. This attraction really does live up to its name. On Sunday, Kerry Sawyer reports, we went and visited the Queen .... I wish. But we did get to see where she lives and the Changing of the Guards was one of the best parts of the trip. Principal Vernall describes his favourite event. I enjoyed the ghost walking tour. An aspiring actress in a black cape took us on a tour of spooky alleys, churches, graveyards and haunted buildings. It was a dark and drizzly night setting the tone as she brought history to life while singing little ditties to entertain us. But the underground transportation system definitely left the greatest impression on all. Out of everything we did, Matthew Duggan explains, my most memorable part of the trip was the underground subway. We traveled on it everyday and had cards scanned by machines. The first time I saw it I was a little confused because they had lots of different maps you had to look at. Most of the time we had to change and get onto another train. But after the first couple of times I became an expert. Kurt Key continues, We got on and I noticed there were poles. When the train pulled away, I fell down and suddenly realized what they were for. All became acclimated, finding humour in the recorded Mind the Gap and even became street smart, wearing their backpacks on their frontsides as they became aware of the possibilities of pickpockets. The girls were amazed at the shopping as Heather Weatherford found. London is one of Europes most fashionable cities with its gigantic department stores, Harrods being one of the most famous, selling elegant dresses for as much as equal to about American $500. And one must never overlook the food which Kerry Sawyer describes. Food in London is much different than in the Bahamas. We had Chinese, Indian and even Polish, which was especially good. And, of course, there were the Fish and Chips. After all of these amazing new experiences two students made some interesting observations. Ashley Knowles writes, I now have a new respect and appreciation for tourists who visit the Bahamas for the first time. I felt like a tourist for the first time in my life, and it was a very humbling experience. I will now forgive the tourists who start their outboards out of the water and take off with their anchors still hanging. I have also figured out that I am no city girl, but simply an island girl. Raine Sands sums it up best. Even though I have vowed to return to London, there is still a chance I may never return, and I am very glad that I took this opportunity. I know that while some of my childhood memories will fade, this one will always stay bright in my mind. All fully appreciated the experience and, After a great vacation and excellent school trip, we students thank Mr. Vernall and the other teachers and chaperones for all the effort and hard work put into the trip. This was not the first of such adventures experienced by Forest Heights students and hopefully not the last, for first hand experience beats a text book any day! Forest HeightsFrom Page 16Sightseeing Made Many MemoriesIt Pays to Advertise

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Page 18 B The Abaconian April 15, 2005 Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE Trident/Turquoise Seas You cannot be more on thebeach than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 31/2 bath in the main house with detached garage /bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widows walk. WOW! $2,500,000 + 7.5% closing 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 + 7.5% closing 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 +14%closings 2. PALM BAY Townhouse units in protected harbour with boat slips Starting at $525,000 +14% closing 3. TREASURE LANDING Condo units on interior property with direct beach access $349,000 + 14% closing 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 $701,250 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 SOLD UNDER CONTRACT Dr. Hubert Minnis Ob Gyn / Ultrasound April 16, 2005 Dr. Richelle Knowles Dermatologist April 16, 2005 Dr. Elisabeth Darville Ultrasound April 18, 2005 Ms. Kim Scriven Audiology Hearing aids, hearing testing April 22, 2005 Dr. Elaine Lundy General Practioner April 23, 2005 Dr. Elisabeth Darville Ultrasound April 25, 2005 Dr. Bernard Rolle General Medicine/ Diabetes Specialist April 27, 2005 Ms. Ava Thompson Child & Adolescent Psycologist April 30, 2005 Dr. Cargill Clinical Psycologist, Adults April 30, 2005 Dr. Edwin Demeritte, Neurologist / Neurophysiologist (Adults & Children) April 30, 2005 Dr. Winston Campbell, Ears, Nose & Throat Specialist, Sleep Apnea April 28, 2005 P.O. Box AB-20180 Marsh Harbour, Abaco PH: 367-0020For Appointments Call 367-0020Dr. Jerome Lightbourne Pediatric Cardiologist April 15, 2004Dale Hill Wants to See ChangesBy Mirella Santillo Mr. Dale Hill, owner of Rental Wheels, was elected to the Marsh Harbour Town Committee and appointed to the Port Authority Committee in the elections held in 2002. Although a native of Nassau, Abaco was his second home while he grew up until he moved to Marsh Harbour nearly 19 years ago. He had great expectations for the town, but was faced with disillusionment when trying to resolve things quickly. It is an eye opener to see how the government works, he said. There are some grey areas within the powers of the boards. The boards should not go against the recommendation of the Town Committee. He continued, People can go to Nassau to obtain licenses that have been denied here on Abaco, overruling the local licensing board! He thinks, One town committee of elected, responsible people who could make decisions, could represent all the boards. By meeting once a month, this committee could keep control of the issues at hand and resolve them in a more expedient way. He is of the opinion that more responsible people should give a try at being involved on the Town Committee, if only to understand the way it works. Does he think we should have a town beautification committee? No more committees! answered Mr. Hill. Two people could take it upon themselves to handle it. He explained, Mr. Randy Key is doing a great job at beautification and so is Mrs. Yvonne Key. Look at the sidewalks and the flowers. They are doing that by themselves. The town looks much better lately. It is difficult to do more in that respect because of lack of money. There is already not enough money for the essentials, such as curb improvement, street signs, sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and stop signs to mentioned a few. Most projects are sponsored by the local business people. Mr. Hill voiced his opinion. Each township should be able to control what is happening in their town. They should not have their decisions overturned by an outside group. Each community should have its own representative to decide on what should be done in that town. They have a better knowledge of where a particular dock or a particular house is, but unfortunately there are not enough people to appoint. He is glad, however, that the local government has not turned into a political entity and that the different parties have worked well together. He deplores that not enough of the revenues stay on Abaco. For example, the upkeep of the airport and the Spring City roads, which is under the Ministry of Works, is not done because the government mower is broken and are no funds to either sent it to Nassau or to repair it locally. With more power and more money from Central Government, we could improve Marsh Harbour and the island tremendously! Mr. Hill will stay on the Port Authority Committee if appointed again, but he is not sure at this point whether he will run again for the Town Committee. His final comment was, As a Town Committee member, I would like to express my thanks to the Administrators for their help and guidance. They have helped resolve more than one issue.Cay Mills Will Run AgainBy Portia Jonsson Once again Mr. Cay Mills will offer himself for re-election and hopes to again to become Chief Councillor in this years upcoming Local Government elections slated for June. If re-elected for a second term, Mr. Mills would like to see a supporting cast of Councillors and Town Committee members who can put aside self and think first about the people and district they represent. Chief Councillor Mills advised that the sad part of his first term in office was seeing the eagerness of so many persons during the elections and their burning desire to be fill various positions and be on certain boards and then not bothering to come to a scheduled meeting once a month. For him this is very disturbing that persons would hold the whole district hostage, especially those on the Licensing and Town Planning Boards who refuse to show up for a couple hours one day a month. Mr. Mills feels that these persons should not offer themselves for any positions nor should persons who cannot give of themselves for the betterment of their community.Elected Councillors Speak Out About Local Government Support the Cancer SocietyDonate Used Items to Be Sold in Their Thrift Shop Call 367-3477 for info

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 B Mailin Sands -mailin@mlrealty.net Ph# 242-367-2992 Fax# 242-367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas BahamaCoral Island-vacant lot situated in subdivision. Elevated.-$40,000 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 G uanaCay Two vacant lots side by side situated only a short distance from the settlement. $144,000 each. Marsh Harbour-#5106. Great opportunity. Established commercial complex. Currently features several retail stores and two rental apartments. All currently rented. Ideally situated on the main tourist strip. FANTASTIC INVESTMENT www.coldwellbankerbahamas.comMarsh Harbour-# 5220-Large Parcel of property 100 X 270 with two concrete warehouses, would be ideal for certain commercial adventure. Property fenced in. Call today for more details.Dundas Town-#5222-Property situated in prime location running 135 on the waterfront. Fixer upper situated on property. Views of the harbour and Sea of Abaco. $125,000 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. $325,000 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 April 15th,2005DundasTown-#5276 Incoming producing property, unfinished duplex on elevated lot. Can be finished to ones own taste. Situated on lot 100x128-$92,000. Call for more details. Man-O-War Cay-Vacant interior lot close to the Atlantic Beach, restaurants, and grocery stores. $120,000.00 UNDER CONTRACT

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Page 20 B The Abaconian April 15, 2005 Horizontal storage tanks Cone bottom Pick-up truck tanksLow profile tanks Vertical tanks POLYETHYLENE TANKS Also: pumps, bladders, softeners, RO systems, desalinators, DI systems, filters, etc. . Resilient Wont crack UV stabilized Better than F G No bad smell No bad taste Inexpensive Ships easily Many sizes Many Shapes Lots in stock Bulkhead fittings installed Distributors wantedADVANCED WATER ENGINEERING, INC. Indian Harbour Beach, FL Ph: 321-777-4909 Fax 321-773-8338 E-mail: info@advancedwater.com For prices call or E-mail NOW ghy Races and Poker Runs became the new sports in Marsh Harbour. Seminars to help Abaco boaters hone their boating skills were formed and attended by hundreds of cruisers over the years. A website was started allowing members access to club information, weather and important facts and information about Abaco. A survey by the club in 2003 revealed that the average amount that sailboat members spent was $8,925 while those on power boats spent $14,725. Home owners spent $37,204 during the winter season. This represents over $2,000,000 a year in revenues for the community. The RMHYC built a dinghy dock for boaters at the Union Jack Dock. The RMHYC, with approval by the Port Authority, placed red and green channel markers in the harbour to assist new boaters in finding their way safely into the harbour. The club sends out two newsletters a year to all of their members, sharing information with members on Customs and Immigration regulations, marina information and other useful news of Abaco. The newsletter has prompted many new cruisers to come to Abaco. Many Florida members frequent the waters of Abaco during the summer months. The yacht club has now grown to over 1800 members with mates and is highly organized to assist cruisers coming to this area. After the destructive Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, the RMHYC moved quickly to rebuild the damaged dinghy dock at Union Jack Dock and restored the Marsh Harbour channel markers, spending $5,400 for the year. The RMHYC has donated an average of $3,000 to $4,000 a year to Abacos cruising community. The first project the RMHYC completed in 2005 was to paint and restore original colors to the old rusty Whale Cay channel markers. The international colors of red and green will assist all boaters in a safe passage. An agreement was recently reached to coordinate lighting the channel markers in Marsh Harbour with the Marsh Harbour Marina and Yacht Club and will be completed as soon as approvals for placement and lighting are received. In addition, both yacht clubs have started raising funds to place lighted channel markers at the North Man-O-War Channel and other dangerous sites around Abaco. Anyone interested in assisting in this project can contact either yacht club; the Jib Room at 367-2700 or the RMHYC at 367-2158 ext.509. The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Clubs purpose is to provide fellowship, information and support services to cruisers, landholders and others who enjoy visits and extended stays on Abaco. An additional purpose, when circumstances permit, is to provide equipment, grants and other support services to persons or community organizations in the Marsh Harbour vicinity for the benefit of the cruising community. More Club News ClubsFrom Page 15

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 PROPERTY AND 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 Marsh Harbour fully furnished, well appointed, 4 bed, 3 bath home on 3/4 acre on Sea of Abaco. With dock and boat lift. Available for long term rental. Call 367-0124 Marsh Harbour 2 bed 2 bath apt. in Government Sub. Call 367-2446 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 Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Green Turtle Cay, great lot for sale by owner, near Coco Bay, water view, sheltered from hurricanes by natural ridge. 181 x 50 $90,000. After 4 p.m. 365-4079 Lubbers Quarters beaut iful home across from Tilloo Cut with 2 kings / 2 baths / queen loft. Gorgeous view, convenient location, private boat slip, central A/C, turn key, rental history. By owner 242-366-0266 www.abacohomeforsale.com Marsh Harbour 3 bed/2bath newly refurbished home on high ground. New roof, tongue and groove cypress on interior walls and ceilings, 20 x 40 cement porch/patio. Over one acre fenced with fruit orchard of grapefruit, orange, tangerine and lime trees. Well and city water. This tropical paradise a steal at $250,000. Call 367-5503 or 357-6561 Marsh Harbour, fully furnished and well appointed, 4 bed 3 bath home on 3/4 acre on Sea of Abaco, with dock and boat lift. Available for long term rental. 367-0120 Marsh Harbour, Govt. Sub, 3 bed 2 1/2 bath, 2100 sq. ft. 1 bed efficiency on bottom floor, garage. For more informmation contact Clarice Roberts 367-3131W or 367-5354 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 Dormy Villa, 2 bed 2 bath villa. Call for price. 366-4046 or 357-6823 Ph. 242-367-3420 Cell 242-375-8465Realtors Ruth Albury Percy PinderLocated above theSanddollar ShoppeP.O.Box AB 20473 Marsh Harbour, Abacowww.moskorealty.com Marsh Harbour, commercial shop /office spaces available in Royal Harbour Village shops. Great location, high traffic area. Please call for details. 242-367-3262 NEW LISTINGS:Bahama Palm Shores: Lowest price. Two properties $10,000.ea. Commercial property: Excellent location with clear title deeds. Oversize lot on heavily trafficked road includes concrete building. $399,000 Cove Estates: Unfinished but livable home. Must see $165,000 Eastern Shores Classic: Superior construction, large living areas, rustic charm, 100 of Sea of Abaco. $862,000 Great Cistern: Water front property in artist colony. $148,800 Great Cistern: Stylish and cozy, 149 of water front, 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 & HOUSES FOR SALE 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 540-7216786, 540-885-1459, e-mail LakeCare@aol.com $299,500 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE RENTAL COMMERCIAL PROPERTY put the fire out with only a few spots needing follow up. The Central Pines Estates subdivision is bordered by the dump and the BEC power plant. The dump and the power plant were well out of town when they were put there years ago. The dump is scheduled to be moved to an area south of Spring City, possibly this year and resume life as a modern sanitary land fill with no burning. BEC would like to move to a larger and more distant site but there are no plans at the moment. They would like a location where their 20,000 gallon per day fuel consumption could be serviced directly by pipeline from offshore tankers and with room to expand their plant in unison with Abacos growth. The Casuarina Point/Bahama Palm Shores fire truck and volunteer crew were called to support the Marsh Harbour Fire Department with the fire in the new Central Pines Estates. This fire engine was recently donated to Casuarina Point/Bahama Palm Shores and this was the first fire it responded to. FireFrom Page 1Fire Was Driven by High Winds By Jennifer Hudson At the third Treasure Cay Events Group Concert held on March 15th in the Community Centre concert goers received a rare treat as they were held spell bound by the performance of Paul Minnis and his accordion. The very talented Mr. Minnis performed selections ranging from contemporary jazz to classical. Mr. Minnis is also an artist and educator who works in many different mediums and whose art work is on display in many private and corporate collections and museums. His largest is a 200-foot mural he did for American Airlines. Some of his work was on display at the concert.Accordionist Performed at Treasure Cay

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Page 22 B The Abaconian April 15, 2005 You can now find your favourite newspaperThe Tribuneand your favourite magazines at these great locations: MAN-O-WAR GROCERY BUDS & BLOOM THE CHEMIST SHOPPE HIT MUSIC & VIDEO ISLAND PHARMACY PRICE RIGHT GROCERY STORE SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SERVICE STATION TEXACO QUALITY STAR VERNONS GROCERY HOPE TOWN BAHAMAS FAMILY MARKET K & S AUTO SERVICE LTD SOLOMONS SUPERCENTER LOWES FOOD STORE GREEN TURTLE CAY SEA SPRAY RESORT AND MARINA Nassau and Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper ABAB ABAB AB AA AA A COCO COCO COTHE NOMINATIONS COMMITTEEwishes to announce that applications are now being invited from all qualified members who wish to be considered for recommendation as candidates for the seats to become available on either the Board of Drectors or The Supervisory Committee at the 28th Annual General Meeting to be held on Saturday May 21, 2005. All members interested in serving in either capacity should collect an application form from any office of the Teachers and Salaried Workers Co-operative Credit Union Limited offices in Nassau, Freeport or Abaco. Completed applications, along with the other information requested should be returned to any of the offices on or before the close of business on Friday April 29, 2005. Any application, not fully completed or without the requested supporting information, or received after the aforementioned date will not be eligible for consideration. TEACHERS AND SALARIED WORKERS CO-OPERATIVE CREDIT UNION LTD.BIG ENOUGH TO SERVE SMALL ENOUGH TO CARE 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 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 SUNSHINE TRUCKINGFor all your trucking needs Authorized Trained Dealer for TyrFil The Worlds Foremost DeflationProof Tire SystemCall Now 367-4061 Fax 3668 For Industrial, Off-the-Road, Golf Cart, Wheelbarrow, Motorcycle, Car & Truck Tires ABACOINFO.COMAbacos most complete source of island information Web Design, Maintenance, and MoreCall Computer Creations at 367-2004www.abacoinfo.comNail Technology ClassesLearn How to Do Nails the Professional Way Registration Deadline April 22, 2005 Contact Daphne 242-375-5105 ABACO FENCING CO.We make sure its secure Best prices on all your fencing material & quality work that lasts Call or fax 242-367-2277, Mobile 242-559-8273 PO Box AB20976, Marsh Harbour Email: abacofencing@hotmail.com MAGARIMS CONSTRUCTION CO.Licensed Contractor Large or Small JobsCall 357-6970 or 367-0246 The recipie for better health is as simple as 1-2-3 Fruits, vegetables & grains. The next best thing to fresh fruit & vegetables is: Call Joan Nixon 367-4500 or 375-8410Road Safety Is Everyones Responsibility Want More Business?A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201 Remember to Subscribe toThe AbaconianTo Keep up with All the News of the Island

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April 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 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 Mooring for rent in Man-O-War, 4.5 feet at low water, special rate for long term. Call 3656433 16 Flats Boat includes trailer, pole, seats, jackplate, and 30 HP motor (only 2 hours) For info contact 359-6473 16 Edge Water CC, 1998 70 PH Yamaha, unsinkable, new boat covers, excellent condition. $12,500 Ph. 367-2350 16' Rahming Bonefisher 1996, 2004 OMC 50 HP with extra lower unit, 4 blade ss prop, Bob's jackplate, Lenco trim tabs, trailer/new tires. In great shape. DUTY PAID. $11,800 OBO. Call 242-365-8423 or email willmurrm@netscape.net 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 21 Cobia 214 CC, 2002 150 HP HPDI with 309 hrs., lean post w/ cooler, T top, compass, raw water pump, console enclosure, VHF, Garmin GPS map 238 sounder, dual batteries, dual battery charger and dual batteries for 24 v. rod, new trailer never used, motor has 2 yrs factory warranty. Contact 365-5195 MERCHANDISE FOR SALEFrench doors, 3 sets, Anderson high performance doors, new in carton, warranteed, DUTY PAID. No shipping, no hassle. $2980 each. In Hope Town. Call Philip 366-0680 Gateway laptop computer $1800, New lawn mower $450, Remote control plane $500, GE 24 cu. ft. refrigerator $1700, Time for water heater $40, Used lawn mower $400, 2 used chest of drawers $90 each, Mens bicycle $300, Childs 20 bicycle $125, Meat slicer $40. Prices negotiable. Call 367-2997 Two brand new (still in box) smooth top electric stoves. $850 each. Call 477-5807 or 3674500 Aluminum glass doors, 5 doubles, 5 and 6, used but in good condition. $400 total Call 3663507Real Estate Sales Agent WantedMarsh Harbour Damianos Real Estate Company wishes to employ for their Marsh Harbour, Abaco office a licensed, experienced and reputable Sales Agent. The successful applicant must have exceptional phone and communication skills, be self-motivated, enthusiastic and be prepared to work as part of a team. If you feel like joining our innovative and successful company, please forward your resume to mark@damianos.com or fax to (242) 3624730. Bluff House on Green Turtle Cay seeks a handy man with experience in carpentry, electronics and plumbing. No certifications required. Full or part time. Call David Phillips at 3654247. Positions are also available for front office staff. For more information please call Tracey at 365-4247 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 Housekeeping position available in Murphy Town. Please contact Danario at 367-0274 or 367-2519 US souvenir company looking for a sale person to work part time on their own schedule to sell to gift shops on Abaco. E-mail resume to islandgifts 0404@yahoo.com or fax to 941-9238674 EMPLOYMENT PPORTUNITIES87 Buick LeSabre, loaded, A/C, runs good. $2500 OBO Call Karen 366-0266 98 Toyota Camry Cloth interior, CD player, power windows and locks, grey. Asking $12,500 Contact Chris Pinder at 375-8835 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 00 Dodge Durango fully loaded. $17,000 Contact 367-2262 or 367-4485 22 Atlantic Bay Skiff, 8-foot beam, fiberglass, 350 MerCruiser inboard, center console, Bimini, VHF, depth sounder, US registered, fully found, DUTY PAID. Asking $18,500 OBO Call 365-8608 or 365-8420 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 34 Venture, 2001 w/ twin 250 HP saltwater series Yamahas. 600 hrs, immaculate condition, DUTY PAID, loaded, too many extras to list. Serious inquiries. Call Sidney Albury 9-5 Ph. 367-2091 After 5 p.m. 367-2031 Wanted: Dinghy or boat under 12, fiberglass. 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 20 courten sttel container, ideal for storage, excellent condition. $2900 Call 367-2673 VEHICLES FOR SALE EQUIPMENT FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS rescued her through the bedroom window. Shandera received severe burns to both her arms and face and was taken to the Moores Island Clinic. At about 12.20 a.m. she was air lifted to Nassau by a private charter, accompanied by both parents, and SouthFrom Page 14 is in the Intensive Care Unit at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Persons lined up with buckets to help extinguish the fire which they managed to confine to the one bedroom. Three of the other bedrooms received smoke damage. It is not known what caused the fire.Citrus Grove Is Being DestroyedThe citrus groves of Bahama Star Farm are being ripped up and destroyed because of the Citurs Canker disease found there the end of 2004. Big Cat Heavy Equipment Company won the government contract to do the work which is now about 90 percent complete. The trees are left to dry and will eventually be burned.

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