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VOLUME 13, NUMBER 23, DECEMBER 1st, 2005 PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 9945 NW 88th Ave Medley, FL 33178 Forward and Address Correction Fire Destroyed 60+ Houses in the MudOne Fatality While Hundreds Were Left HomelessA major fire began in the Mud by a woman with a kerosene lamp who perished in the fire. The fire spread quickly through the area where houses are built in close proximity. Without adequate roads, fire trucks could not access the area. Volunteer firemen from four fire departments responded and took better than four hours to get the fire under control. A lack of a water supply in the vicinity hampered the firemen. By Richard E. Fawkes Yet another disaster waiting to happen in one of the illegal immigrant shanty towns of densely constructed tinder-box houses in Abaco happened on November 17. Seventy-four-year-old Celianese Dorisca burnt to death and 130 homes were reduced to blackened cinder and grey ash as a fire, apparently started when she accidentally toppled a kerosene lamp in her house, raged pitilessly through acres of The Mud in Marsh Harbour between 6 and 10 p.m., leaving about 800 men, women and children homeless. In a sometimes volatile situation requiring police intervention, dozens of panicky and outraged fire victims behaved menacingly toward volunteer fire-fighters, sometimes attempting to seize hoses in their desperation to save their own homes which were mostly beyond saving in the crackling, quickly moving conflagration. Some yelled accusations at the firefighters that they were deliberately allowing their homes to burn because they were Haitians and the fire-fightThe Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Housing, and the Hon. Melanie Griffin, Minister of Social Services, arrived on Abaco early on the day following the disastrous fire in the Mud. They walked through the area before they had a meeting with local leaders. Shown here are, left to right, Abaco Police Chief, Abaco’s Police Chief ASP Wayne Miller; Ms. Griffin; Mr. Gibson and Assistant Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade. Young shoppers Amelia and Nico admire the beautiful sparkly ornanments and other goodies at Buds and Blooms during its annual Christmas Open House on the evening of November 26th. Shoppers were also put in a holiday spirit by the displays at Simcoe Jewellers.Plaza Hosts Shop Hold Open House Two Ministers Look at Fire Ruins Baker’s Bay Work Is on Hold Pending January Court Decision Please see Fire Page 2 Please see Baker’s Bay Page 10 A court decision on November 22, 2005, reinstated the right of the Save Guana Cay Reef Association to present their case to be heard. The Court of Appeal reversed the earlier decision of the court in Freeport which previously had dismissed the association’s request for a hearing. The decision now allows the Save Guana Cay to appeal the decision of the government which allows Discovery Land Development to construct the Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club on the north

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Page 2 The Abaconian December 1, 2005 HGChristie.com Derek Lee, BRI Abaco District Managing BrokerMarsh Harbour (242)367-5454 Chris Plummer, BRI Assistant District Manager Estate AgentGreen Turtle Cay (242) 365-4052 Kathleen Albury, BRI Estate Agent AppraiserElbow Cay (242) 366-0700 Neil AberleEstate Agent Marketing SpecialistMarsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Chris AlburyEstate Agent Marine SpecialistMan-O-War Cay (242) 365-6008 Faron SawyerEstate Agent Transportation SpecialistAbaco (242) 367-3450 Bill JohnstonEstate Agent Utility SpecialistLittle Harbour (242) 367-5454 Robbie BethelSales Assistant Photography SpecialistHope Town (242) 366-0700 Silbert MillsSales Assistant Media SpecialistAbaco (242) 367-5454 Retta ThomasOffice Manager Support ServicesMarsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Why appoint a Managing Broker?SECURITY a managing broker or brokerage company will keep the keys to the property in a locked office. The Broker can also accompany o n all showings which allows the owner to have complete confidence in who views their house. PRE-QUALIFY PROSPECTS … The managing broker will pre-qualify all prospective purchasers to ensure that all showings will be to quality prospects. Our purchasers will be ready, willing, and able to buy. FLEXIBILITY A managing Broker gives the owner flexibility to be in or out of the country. The owner can come and go as they please with n o worry about their house being shown. This can also allow for the owners to be out of the country for closing. ADVERTISING The managing broker or brokerage assumes all costs of advertising. The owner does not have to put out their own money. HASSLE FREE … The managing broker is there to arrange all of the details. They will handle everything from the showing, other agents' or pu rchasers' questions, negotiations, the deposit, writing contracts, and seeing it through to the closing. Why select H.G. Christie?Personnel The largest and most widely distributed network of trained professional agents in Abaco. Our agents have a fifty years of exp erience collectively. Hours 24/7/365. Agents are ready, willing and able to assist at anytime, day, night, weekends, holidays. Team Our agents work together as a team sharing information, properties and prospects. Multiple Agents More than one agent will meet with you, and inspect your property at the time of listing to share ideas and give you a second individual with whom to work. Presentation The best researched and produced marketing materials in the Bahamas, if not internationally. Broker Relationships We make the greatest effort of any agency to expose your property to all other local and many national brokers. Transportation All of our agents have access to vessels so we can avoid the inconvenience of reliance on ferry schedules. Database The largest and most extensive Real Estate Database in the Bahamas. Exposure Our network offices and our association with Christie's Great Estates offers the greatest possible exposure, locally, nationall y and internationally. Real Estate Knowledge H.G. Christie agents are committed and dedicated to continuing education and are willing to better themselves for the benefi t of their clients and customers. Abaco Knowledge The wide range of our agents' background and interests allows them to accurately answer most questions. If we don't know, we will research and find an answer. For an appointment, call our team of professionals: See our Display Ad on the Back Cover of Section "B"DO YOU WANT TO SELL YOUR PROPERTY? Let H.G. Christie be your Managing Broker! The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for:CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES Bahamas Address:P.O. Box AB20737 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2091 242-367-3341 Fax: 242-367-2235 242-367-4885 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.comU.S. Delivery Address:Gulfstream Lines/Heavy Lift Services 801 Avenue E Riviera Beach, Fl 33404 Tel: 561-840-9393 Fax: 561-863-3451 Contact: John Gilson Joint Venture ofUnited Abaco Shipping Co.&Marsh Harbour Shipping Co.* Weekly sailings from West Palm Beach and Nassau. NEW Warehouse outside of Port Security Area. When Shipping to Abaco RememberABACO SHIPPINGRELIABLE, DEPENDABLE AND PERSONALIZED SERVICE General Cargo, 20' & 40' Dry and Refrigerated Containers, Drive on Ramps, Special Charters to the Cays. M/V TRITON EXPRESS M/V DUKE OF TOPSAILABACOSHIPPINGABACOSHIPPING ers did not care about them; that the firefighters were more concerned with saving “white” businesses in adjacent downtown Marsh Harbour. One volunteer emergency rescue worker said someone hit him on the leg with a piece of two by four. One firefighter was bruised when she was attached with a knife that cut her turn-out gear. No arrests were made. Firefighters encountered tremendous difficulties maneuvering their equipment through the labyrinth of narrow, twisting lanes and cul-de-sacs. Accessing water was a major challenge with no running water or fire hydrants in the illegal settlement. Seawater had to be pumped a thousand feet from the port. The Marsh Harbour and Casuarina/Bahamas Palm volunteer fire departments’ vehicles were used with personnel from Hope Town and Guana Cay along with many citizen volunteers from throughout the community assisting. Hundreds of fire victims stood or sat in shock and disbelief along the roadside leading to the port among possessions like sofas, beds and chests they were able to drag from their homes before the ferociously licking flames could engulf and consume them. At least two fire-fighters were overcome by heat and smoke and had to be taken by ambulance to a private clinic. Rev. Stephen Knowles, immediate past president of the Abaco Christian Council, happened on the scene when only two homes were ablaze. A visibly shaken Rev. Knowles said he did his best to help rescue persons from the structures, including Ms. Dorisca. In her case, Rev. Knowles said with deep chagrin, it was too late. The heat was too intense and he could already see her bones FireFrom Page 1Fire Spread Rapidly Through Immigrant Area Please see Fire Page 4 Volunteer firemen fought the fire for four hours before getting it under control. Many factors kept them from being effective including interference by the residents. No fire hydrants are anywhere near the area so the fire trucks had to leave the area to refill each time their truck ran dry. Lack of access roads and roads blocked by residents’ furnniture and other belongings hampered the firemen’s efforts.

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 Damianos Sothebys International RealtySIRbahamas.com Marsh Harbour Office: t 242.367.5046 f 242.367.5045Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated.ABACO AGENTS HOPE TOWNKerry Sullivan t 242.366.0163 f 242.366.0164 kerry.sullivan@sothebysrealty.comELBOW CAYJane Patterson t 242.366.0035 f 242.366.0569 jane.patterson@sothebysrealty.comMARSH HARBOURLaurie Schreiner Marsh Harbour Office: 242.367.5046 Lubbers Quarters: 242.366.3143 Cell: 242.359.6216 laurie.schreiner@sothebysrealty.comTREASURE CAYStan Sawyer t 242.365.8198 c 242.477.5821 stan.sawyer@sothebysrealty.com HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY ELBOW ROOMŽ Oceanfront home with 3 master suites. 100 linear feet on the ocean and deeded dock slip in Marnies Landing. Expansive outdoor living area with swimming pool. Great rental history & more. $2,175,000. #2989 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SASSE DOLPHINŽ Located in Dorros Cove Subdivision with 2 beds 2 baths, panoramic ocean views, on half acre hilltop lot. Central A/C and 400 sq. ft. detached garage. New 30 KW generator, licensed dock slip and more. $1,100,000. #2987 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY WINDOVERŽ Tranquil gardens surround this immaculate 3 bed 2.5 bath home on two lots with exquisite views of the Sea of Abaco & surrounding cays. Verandahs, upper deck gazebo, 10KW diesel generator & more. $1,400,000. #2638 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 BAHAMA PALM SHORES Beautiful beachfront home! This 4 bedroom, 4 bath home sits on just over 1 acre with 100 feet of oceanfront. Solid CBS construction, sprinkler system for the landscaping, 15 KW generator and air-conditioned bedrooms. $1,050,000. #2853. Laurie Schreiner: 242.366.3143 BAHAMA PALM SHORES Charming duplex in Section One of this peaceful community. Two bed one bath unit downstairs and a one bed one bath unit upstairs. Second floor balcony, attached garage and spacious 15,000 sq. ft. lot. $250,000. #2753 Laurie Schreiner: 242.366.3143 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY BIG POINT Beachfront pr operty with 90 feet on the Atlantic Ocean, just south of a scenic rock cliff with oceanfront cave. US$725,000. #2969 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 WHITE SOUND Ocean lot with 100 feet on the water x 300 feet deep. A beautiful waterfront building site, on the Atlantic Ocean, just steps away from the public dock and sandy beach. Excellent elevation. $600,000. #2866. Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 BUTTONWOOD High elevation 107 ft. x 149 ft. lot with Sea of Abaco views. $183,000. #3000. Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 LUBBERS QUARTERS WATERFRONT LOTS from $140,000. INTERIOR LOTS from $52,500. AOC GREAT BUILDING SITES One lot off the Sea of Abaco with access to public beach 300 feet away. LOT 82 AOC $118,000 LOT 83 AOC $106,000. Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 TILLOO CAY TILLOO BEACH SUBDIVISION Hillside interior lots with shared dock starting at $85,000. #1836. SEA TO SEA 3 3/4 acres $715,000. #1884 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 MARSH HARBOUR TWO LOTS Quiet neighbourhood, 100 ft. x 200 ft. lots each $55,000 or both lots for $100,000. #2623 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. #2513 PELICAN SHORES Waterfront lot, 8,000 sq. ft., beautiful sea views. $581,000. #2719 LITTLE HARBOUR Beautifully elevated building site with panoramic views. 52 feet of waterfront on Hurricane Hole (entrance to the harbour). 50 ft. of water in the pond very protected for docking. Access by water or by road. US$280,000. #2990 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 OLE KERR ACREAGE BEACHFRONT ACREAGE Beautiful 9.210 acre parcel, near the beach and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. $180,000. #2694 BAHAMA PALM SHORES SECTION THREE Block 14, Lot 20 $47,000. Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 GUANA CAY Build your vacation home! 135 ft. x 165 ft. lot $145,000. #2499 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SURF SONGŽ Clear aqua ocean and 125 feet of white powder sand beach at this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath beach house. Garage generator & more. Located at the north end of Elbow Cay in Hope Town Point Subdivision. US$1,500,000, #2785 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY GAZEBO VILLASŽ 2 Waterfront villas in Hope Town Village. Each with 2 bed 2 baths upstairs and spacious living areas downstairs. Fully furnished and professionally landscaped grounds. Excellent rental history. $1,490,000 for both. #2509 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY LADY BUG LOFTŽ Overlooking Tahiti Beach is this two storey 3 bed 2 bath 1,600 sq. ft. island home. Wrap around deck, 2nd floor loft with Sea of Abaco views, central A/C and 1/2 acre lot. Private dock slip. $920,000. #1975 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY HILL TOPŽ Beautifully restored 3 bed 1 bath heritage home. Double lot on highest elevation in Hope Town Village. One block off the water. Panoramic views from rooftop gazebo. Lush garden & private outdoor living space. $850,000. #2855 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SWEETINGS LANDINGŽ Harbourfront 3 bed 2 bath 1,300 sq. ft. home. Bonus second floor space. Additional waterfront lot kitty corner to the property, excellent docking space. Nicely landscaped. US$1,800,000. #2911. Kerry Sullivan, 242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY LAS OLASŽ Oceanfront cottage near the Sea Spray Resort with 2 bedrooms 1 bath. Wrap around deck, terracotta tiled floors & panel wood interior. Enjoy the surrounding natural beauty, ocean views & surf. $875,000. #2871 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY NOREASTERŽ Lovely 2 bed 2 bath cottage, on a spacious lot steps away from a beautiful ocean beach. Furnished, dock access. $400,000. #1945 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 PARROTS PERCHŽ Fractional ownership for $225,000. #2427 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 UNDER CONTRACT HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY Loyalist 2 bed 1 bath cottage. Beachfront location with Atlantic Ocean views, hardwood floors, screened-in porch with seaviews. Lush tropical 5,000 sq. ft. lot. The town of Hope Town is just steps away. Great rental history. $690,000. #2967 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 UNDER CONTRACT LUBBERS QUARTERS OCEANVIEW COTTAGEŽ Secluded 2 bed 2 bath hillside home, 50 feet above sea-level. Spectacular seaviews, French doors, screened wrap around porch. Energy efficient Solar powered home with propane appliances. $512,000. #2849 Laurie Schreiner: 242.366.3143 MARSH HARBOUR PELICAN POINTŽ lies in a very private cul-de-sac in Pelican Shores. The elevated property has 435 feet of waterfrontage, and 75 foot dock with 6,500 pound boat lift. Three bed 3 bath 2,900 sq. ft. main house with spacious deck & more. US$1,690,000. #2769 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY RUDYS PLACE RESTAURANTŽ Well established, fully licensed restaurant and bar with potential for growth. 1728 sq. ft. air conditioned, 1/4 acre main road lot with dock access. All restaurant equipment and furniture included. Excellent business opportunity. $325,000 firm. #2681 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 MARSH HARBOUR Great investment opportunity! 3 duplexes -2 bed 1 bath, 750 sq. ft. each side, furnished and air-conditioned. Separate furnished one bed cottage. Attractive landscaped grounds with mature shade trees. $300,000 each duplex. #1669 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SWEET HAVENŽ Four bed 2 bath home in White Sound, built as a duplex easy to convert back. Good elevation, large yard, no zoning. New Bermuda roof, ocean view and wrap around deck. Excellent rental potential. $375,000. Internet Ref. #2825 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 UNDER CONTRACT NEW PRICE UNDER CONTRACT

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Page 4 The Abaconian December 1, 2005 Fine Dining Fine Dining Fine Dining Fine Dining Fine Dining Relaxed Atmosphere Relaxed Atmosphere Relaxed Atmosphere Relaxed Atmosphere Relaxed AtmosphereFor Reservations Call: (242) 367-2158 EVERY SUNDAY from 10:30am to 2:30pm $30.00 per person, Children under 12, 1/2 Price INCLUDES: All you can eat buffet, FREE Mimosa, FREE soft drinks, FREE ParkingSUNDAY BRUNCHWhite Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA• 50 Deepwater Slips Fuel/Oil/Bait/Ice Fresh Water Garbonzo Reef Bar WATERFRONT VILLAS One, two & three bedroom units On the ocean & harbour Full kitchen/air cond/sat TVFor local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : seasprayres@oii.net • www.seasprayresort.comBoat House Boat House Boat House Boat House Boat House R R R R R es es es es es t t t t t aur aur aur aur aur ant ant ant ant antCome for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Bahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun. Stew Fish Chicken Souse Cornbeef & Grits Steam Sausage & Grits Remember Hope Town Marsh Harbour ferry service on Friday and Saturday nights Enjoy a delicious dinner with us Sea Spray will pick up from Hope Townprotruding from her burning flesh as he tried in vain to get close enough to extricate her from the deadly inferno. ASP Wayne Miller, officer-in-charge of the police on Abaco; Mrs. Salomie Gibson, Director of Social Services on Abaco and several of her workers; Barbara Johnson, Red Cross group leader; Silbert Mills, cochair of the Disaster Preparedness Committee; Elaine Martinborough, Director of the Abaco Urban Renewal office; Haitian Pastor Meme and his wife; and Rev. Leonardo Rahming of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, along with Christian Council President Bishop Campbell and Rev. Knowles Initial estimates of the number of house destroyed was high. More careful checking suggests that the fire in the Mud burned probably about 60 to 70 houses rather than the first estimate of 128. The number of persons registering as being homeless totaled 251 which is more in keeping the estimate of number of houses burned. It is believed that illegal persons displaced have not come forward to register so the total is probably between 260 and 280. Some believe it could be as high as 360. Many people have been displaced but much less than originally stated. They have moved in with relatives and friends in neighboring houses. Except for the initial few houses, many residents were able to salvage their furniture, clothing and personal items. They emptied their houses, taking their belongings away from the path of the fire. Government officials suggested that some of the homeless could stay at Camp Abaco as that was the only place they could find to house these people until they could find housing on their own. However, the immigrants did not want to go there so that plan was cancelled. The government is cleaning up the site of the fire and plans to enclose the two acres with a fence to prohibit anyone from rebuilding in that area. Government ministers are considering long range plans to reduce the density of the community. Initial Estimates of Burned Houses Were Too High FireFrom Page 2 met as the fire was brought under control at the Adventist church to discuss emergency contingencies for shelter, food and clothing for the victims. Senior Administrator Revis Rolle and Assistant Administrator Neil Campbell were off the island. Mr. Mills reported to the group that he had spoken twice to Prime Minister Perry Christie, who told him he was sending Housing Minister Shane Gibson and Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin to Abaco early the following morning to assess the situation. [See story.] The governing Progressive Liberal Party was in the midst of its convention. Pastor Rahming made his church available for Social Services registration and shelter. St. Francis de Sales Catholic ChurchLack of Access Hampered FirefightersMany houses that burned had been emptied of furniture and household items. Many residents were able to salvage most of their belongings. The fire in the Mud on November 17 saw firemen from four volunteer fire departments working together. Marsh Harbour had three trucks on the scene with 15 persons. Most of these were trained firemen supplemented by men from town who respond whenever there is a serious fire. Since the fire was so extensive, other fire departments were called to assist. Hope Town sent six people, two pumps, hose, two boats, breathing apparatus, spare air bottles, personnel turnout gear and hose fittings. The Hope Town crew set up a pump at the freight dock to deliver sea water, laid out 1350 feet of hose and put a booster pump in the middle of the line to get an additional supply of water to the fire. Guana Cay responded with four people, first aid kits and personnel turnout gear. They were positioned on the hoses in the area fed by Hope Town’s pump and a Marsh Harbour engine. The Casuarina/Bahama Palm department responded with their truck and four men. The firemen were on the scene for between five to seven hours. It was about four hours before the fire was brought under control. After that they monitored the twoacre site to put out localized blazes as they occurred.Four Fire Departments Respondedwas also opened as a shelter that night, but, while a few families showed up at the Adventist church to register their loss and needs, no one showed up that night for shelter. Most people seemed to have found refPlease see Fire Page 26

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 The fire that swept through an area of the Mud in Marsh Harbour left nothing undamaged. The two-acre burned area will be cleane d up and fenced to make sure that no construction takes place in that area. By Richard E. Fawkes “My brother came running, saying Grammy dead; that she burned in the fire in her house,” said a weeping 12-yearold Sheena St. Duc, a sixth-grade student at Central Abaco Primary, the morning after the fire that destroyed 130 homes in the Mud, as she gingerly made her way through a haze of acrid fumes and smouldering ruins, supported by her art teacher, Eleanor Darville. Sheena’s grandmother was 74-year-old Celianise Dorisca, the only person to perish in the conflagration of November 17 that left about 800 persons homeless in the densely populated illegal slum thick with structures built in violation of the building codes. Ms. Dorisca lived next door to Sheena’s mother, Monique Bernard. “Yaya was just talking and laughing with us,” said Sheena of her grandmother,“I Saw My Grammy’s Bones,” Cried Victim’s Granddaughter“then she went to her house to get her Bible. She was lighting a lamp and it fell, catching fire. People heard her screaming, but the fire had spread too fast. They couldn’t help her. I was in the house doing my homework when my brother came to say Grammy was dead. I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe my grammy was dead. I saw my grammy’s bones.” The fire, which was started around 6 p.m., quickly engulfed Ms. Dorisca’s home and spread to the surrounding structures — miraculously sparing her daughter’s house. It raged for about four hours before it was finally brought under control by volunteer fire-fighters from Marsh Harbour, Hope Town, Guana Cay and Casuarina, with the help of many persons from throughout the community.Haitian Ambassador Checked on Welfare of Immigrants His Excellency Louis Harold Joseph, Haiti’s Ambassador to The Bahamas, toured the immigrant community and discussed their problems with local officials. He is shown here talking with Senior Adminsitrator Revis Rolle Merry Christmas T h e s s t a f f o o f W W r a c k e r s J J o h n B B u l l A A b a c o G G o l d C C o n c h P P e a r l G G a l l e r y a a n d J J a v a would like to cordially invite you the public to join us onFriday, December 9, 2005for a C h r i s t m a s B B l o c k P P a r t yon Marsh Harbours Treasure CornerD o o r s o o p e n a a t 5 5 : 3 0 p m a a n d c c l o s e a a t 9 9 : 0 0 p m .Refreshments will be available.Junkanoo Band to perform starting at Java Coffee Shop and ending at John Bull

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Page 6 The Abaconian December 1, 2005 Abaco has several volunteer fire and rescue departments which have dedicated, committed men and women who are willing to risk their lives for the benefit of their communities. Several of these fire departments were involved with the fire on November 17 in The Mud area of Marsh Harbour. All fire situations have inherent dangers but those expected hazards were compounded by other issues not normally encountered. Fires in these communities present unique challenges for the firemen. Several locations on Abaco have concentrations of immigrants, some legal and some illegal, with the two largest in the center of Marsh Harbour. The houses are crowded together with minimal roads. Some of the houses are so close that roofs almost touch. When a fire occurs in such an area, it is nearly impossible to keep it from spreading to surrounding buildings. The fire trucks in Marsh Harbour each hold from 750 to 1000 gallons of water. When that water is gone, the truck has to go to a water supply to refill. Rarely is there a fire within range of one of the few hydrants. At full pumping capacity these tanks can be emptied in seven to 10 minutes. Most areas of Abaco do not have fire hydrants so water is obtained from a hydrant on Don MacKay Boulevard, a trip that may take 30 minutes. In congested areas just as the Mud and Pigeon Peas, the firemen are often not able to get fire trucks close to the fire and with limited water have to use it judiciously. There are several reasons why going into these areas is very hazardous. One of these is open cesspits. These are usually coveredIngraham Donated $10,000 from FNM for VictimsThe Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham visited the Mud on November 18, the day after the fire, to offer sympathy and support. He assured the residents that the government would assist them. He donated $10,000 from the Free National Movement party which he gave to the Catholic Church for distribution. over with boards but these may be knocked aside in the confusion of a fire. Several of our firemen have slipped into these and have had to be hosed down. This is a serious health hazard. Another danger comes from the drop cords that are strewn between the houses. When wet with water from the fire hoses, any connections could cause the water to carry an electrical current. Firemen have been shocked from chain link fencing. Other dangers are from explosive materials kept inside the houses. Because of the threat of theft, some of the residents keep their propane tanks inside the house. In several fires these tanks have exploded, once sending a 2 by 4 piece of lumber high into the air. So far, none of our firemen has been injured by any of these explosions. In this past fire drums of diesel in buildings were found that the residents were trying to empty. This fuel was for generators.Safety Issues Concern FiremenTwo firemen from Hope Town brought a high pressure pump to pump sea water to the fire. They used 1350 feet of hose with a second pump to get the water to the fire scene. Some residents of The Mud were upset because they felt that the salt water would not extinguish the fire. Please see Concerns Page 26 Come in and see our new stock and arrivalsof Appliances, Furniture, Toys and much more...NEW ARRIVALS

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 7 ABACO OUTBOARD ENGINESFor further information Tel: 242-367-2452 Fax: 242-367-2354 yamahaabaco@hotmail.com DENYO GENERATORS 25 -$14,500 45 -$19,500 60 -$22,000 75 -$24,500 YAMAHA GENERATORS EF2600 -$799 EF4000 -$1,699 EF5200 -$1,999 EF6600 -$2,995ABACO OUTBOARD ENGINES Tel: 242-367-2452 Fax: 242-367-2354yamahaabaco@hotmail.com Super Specials while supplies lastUntil Dec 31st. 2005

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Page 8 The Abaconian December 1, 2005The Editor Says . Is a Low Cost Subdivision the Answer? Dave RalphLetters to the EditorThe 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: Richard Fawkes, Portia Jonsson, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Patrick Bethel, Amanda Darville, Lindsey Delaplaine, T.H. Neill, Lee Pinder, Marjolein Scott Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abaco’s most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) 990 Old Dixie Hwy #14 Lake Park, FL 334037,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moore’s Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $40.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Immigration Problems Plague Other Countries, TooDear Editor, My wife and I recently spent two weeks on your wonderful island while vacationing from Sacramento, California. We enjoyed the beautiful waters surrounding Abaco, the good local food and especially meeting the people who live on Abaco Island and the surrounding cays. The people of Abaco are your best emissaries and wonderful hosts. We enjoyed our conversations about your history, your culture, politics and contemporary issues. What I found most interesting in those conversations about current day issues is how similar they are to the issues we face back home; the health of our economy, immigration and assimilation of different cultures, our views and perceptions of “foreigners,” the cost of groceries and fuel and the everyday concerns of work, family and church. Your immigration issues involving Haitians is much the same as we face with our international neighbor Mexico. We struggle to address the issue of legal immigration and work permits that will support the symbiotic relationship between the Mexican workers and our economy. The United States, like The Bahamas is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicity that welcomes diversity. However, until we can effectively deal with legal immigration and until we can assimilate the Mexican immigrant into our social and cultural structure, we will continue to face significant problems. The major fire loss in the Mud, which occurred just before we left, is an unfortunate result of the lack of assimilation of the Haitian immigrant. My wife and I are looking forward to our next trip to the Bahamas and thank the people of Abaco for making our stay such a wonderful experience. Rich and Alta SchellBarge Aground Is Still a ProblemDear Editor: Would you kindly print the following.Open Letter to Mr. Kermitt Waters and Liberty OilsDear Mr. Waters: I must begin by saying that I appreciate you informing the citizens of Abaco that you are working toward removing the drilling barge, the Louis J Goulet from the reef betweeen Man-O-War and Hope Town. However, I must also let you know that a few of your statements in your letter to the citizens of Abaco are in fact false. The Louis J Goulet is in fact sitting ON the reef, NOT “...off the reef near Johnny’s Cay.” It is not securely anchored. I have personally snorkeled completely around the barge and to the bitter end of the anchor chain. There is no anchor attached to the end of the chain. The reason that the barge is not moving is because it is securely aground on the reef at the bow and the stern. There is only a small area in mid-ships that is clear of the reef. As for safe havens and ports to secure your vessels in event of a hurricane, the Container Port of Freeport is relatively close to Walker’s Cay and can accommodate vessels drawing up to 50.85 feet and has a overall berth length of close to 11,000 feet. Have you checked with the Container Port to see if they would be willing to berth your vessels in the event of a hurricane? I am personally not of the mind that drilling for oil in the Bahamas “...is so important to all the people of the Bahamas...,” however I do know that tourism is extremely important to all Bahamians and that fishing is important to most Bahamians and that your barge has already done extensive damage to our reef on which our tourism and our local fishermen depend. I must admit that you are entirely correct in that the weather may have been a hindrance. This underwater photo shows the steel hull of the drill rig barge hard agound on the reef between Man-O-War and Hope Town. The Liberty Oil Company said it would be sending a tug to tow the barge away. However, a tug has not shown up yet. A man is now living aboard the barge. Please see Letters Page 9 Fall has brought more than a change in the weather as government now seems willing to tackle the social ills of the immigrant communities. This accelerated effort is a direct result of the recent fire destroying an estimated 60 70 houses and displacing between 260 370 persons. Prime Minister Christie has stated that rebuilding on the fire site will not be allowed, that the area will be cleaned, fenced and possibly grassed for a park or playing field. Housing Minister Shane Gibson has stated that illegal persons will not receive any government benefits beyond initial humanitarian aid. Those registering as displaced and being here legally are receiving extended aid and basic supplies. Initial visits were made by different government ministers to give comfort, express their condolences and assure those affected that government help was on the way. Min. Gibson held a subsequent meeting with church leaders, local government leaders and heads of government departments to discuss long term solutions to the problem. At this later meeting, Mr Gibson presented a list of suggestions asking for community input and local government approvals so that the accepted ideas could be implemented. He asked that local government take the lead in finding solutions and implied that these suggestions would be seriously considered by central government for implementation. His ideas included some street lights to give illumination at night and access roads through the area for police, fire and other vehicles. Roads would also give a measure of fire protection as fire breaks. He acknowledged that roads would present challenges as some houses would have to relocate. He acknowledged that some thought would have to be given to this. He was careful to say that improvements were not to be taken as permanent but must be temporary measures leading to long term solutions. The most welcome suggestion was the establishment of a low cost subdivision for Bahamians and others with a legal status here. Present law allows only Bahamians to purchase government land. He felt that this obstacle could be overcome with thoughtful legislation and careful background checks on those purchasing the low cost lots. He was careful not to speculate on a price for a low cost lot or where a suitable location might be. Concerning the price, he conceded that the lots would be smaller that those offered in Central Pines and paved roads would be of a lesser quality. Water, power and other utilities would be available. He asked that local leaders suggest suitable locations and discuss these and other ideas in a town meeting. Once the proposals are accepted locally, they can be sent to the Ministry of Housing for consideration. To this end, Chief Councillor for Central Abaco, Cubel Davis, called council members to meet in a special session for summarizing ideas and locations. To questions of timing and the present lack of funding for a subdivision, Mr. Gibson stated that the Ministry of Housing operates differently from other ministries and raises money through bonds, loans and other measures for approved projects. He felt that once a site was approved by the community and was made available by government, it could be open for sales in four to five months. Note the qualifying statement “after being approved and made available . .” The sooner a site can be chosen, approved by a local consensus, submitted for government’s approval and acquired by housing then roads and utilities can be put in. Legislation or rules could be revised during this period, broadening the qualification base for purchasers. In theory this could be ready for land sales in six months but 8 12 months or more is probably more realistic. This low-cost subdivision concept is merely a suggestion at this point. But, having been made by the Minister of Housing, it leads us to believe it is being considered seriously. Expanding on this line of thought, the Minister said those qualified to purchase lots there would have to abide by the laws, rules and building code applicable to everyone building in the Bahamas. There were suggestions from the community leaders present to encourage duplexes, apartments and commercial buildings. Min. Gibson wholeheartedly agreed, noting that rental units, duplexes and apartments would encourage others to move who may not be in a position to build. Provision would have to be made for shops and other commercial enterprises which communities require. It was stressed that if this subdivision is made, it would be for Bahamians first followed by those with a yet-to-be-determined status; possibly residency or by those on a work permit. A qualifying review process would ensure that those applying were truly at the low end of the economic spectrum. Being a first time landowner might be another qualifier. Government’s avowed plan to speed up the processing of immigrant applications for citizenship or residency would greatly expand the pool of potential purchasers and give them access to mortgage financing. Min. Gibson proposed that government would make the land available but that any purchasers now living in the Mud or similar communities would have to bear their own costs to buy a lot, build a house and move. He alluded to some provision for those holding a work permit allowing for purchase by a mortgage or other arrangement, possibly with the assistance or backing of employers. A question was raised if these initiatives applied only to Central Abaco. Mr. Gibson was adamant that solutions that work here would be applied to North Abaco and other areas with similar problems. As unfortunate as the recent fire was, the minister has handed the Central Abaco Council and the people of Abaco a golden opportunity to become immediately involved in finding solutions to the immigrant communities. It will be interesting to see what our Central Abaco Council members suggest as an appropriate site and what other measures they propose. And be prepared, as the Minister said, for town meetings to approve or amend the Council’s suggestions so the report to government represents a consensus of the community. Then we can look to government and ask when they will make good on implementing the suggestions.

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9Order The Abaconian Today Jun 2005Name 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: 990 Old Dixie Hwy, #14, Lake Park, FL 33403 or: P.O. Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribeReceiving the Abaconian regularly will keep you informed on issues such as: • Resort & hotel development • Improvements to roads, airport, docks, schools, etc. • Phone and electric company changes • Fishing, boating & sporting activities • Immigration, taxes or duty changes • Changes to laws and regulations • Community events • New business ventures • Changes in airline service • Actions by local government However, I would think that now that winter weather is upon us, it would be best for you to have your salvage team at the ready in Abaco to begin salvage as soon as the weather breaks. We had three days of nice weather last week and the barge still sits on our reef. As I write this, we are on our third day of beautiful weather on Abaco with light winds and virtually no swell on the ocean and I have seen no salvage operation near the barge. I also have a hard time believing that a professional salvage operation would not be able to remove such a barge from our reef given just about any weather that we get in the Bahamas. If you feel the need to write another letter to the people of Abaco, I would hope that it would be an apology for the damage that your vessel has done thus far. If you are at all interested in seeing this damage for yourself, I will be happy to take you out to the reef behind Johnny’s Cay. I will even provide snorkel gear for you. What size fins do you wear? Thank you, Lory Kenyon Hope TownThanks to the CommunityDear Editor Please allow me space in your informative, widely circulated paper to express my heart felt thanks to the wider Abaco community for recently supporting me both financially and spiritually on my trip to England to receive an environmental award. When I was nominated for the award by the Ministry of Education through the Science and Technology Division headed by Assistant Director of Education, Mrs. Beverly Taylor, I considered it a very big honour. The Green Organization, who sponsors the annual Green Apple Awards, is one of Britain’s best known and largest environmental philanthropic organizations. I sent in my resume/report of activities I have been involved with students for the past 28 years here on Abaco—and waited. I wars later notified I was on the short list of finalists and ultimately, that I had been chosen as a winner! When the Abaco Principal’s Association heard the news they immediately decided to raise money to send me England to receive the award. Mrs. Cecile Albury and Mr. Frank Hepburn took the leadership role with the support of Superintendent, Mr. Rudolph Smith. The decision was made to also help fellow Principal, Mrs. Chere Pnder, who has suffered several serious medical problems in the post few years, and to raise enough money to send Principal, Mrs. Anne Bootle to accompany me. Word spread be beyond the business community of Marsh Harbour to Hope Town and Green Turtle Cay by Cecile’s letter and support grew. Peter Michie and property owners in Hope Town took up the banner and sent emails to winter residents about the plan. He also wished to aid the Every Child Counts School if extra funds were received. When cheques, cards and e-mail pledges began coming in, I was completely awed. The award was exciting but what was so very much more important were the comments and the outpouring of appreciation I received from you all my Abaco friends. I want you to know how much I will always cherish your support. Your words made all the years of teaching seem so speLettersFrom Page 8 cial and spurred me on to achieve even more! I received the thanks for myself and for all my Abaco colleagues who work just as hard and harder than I to prepare students for the future. The award ceremony in the House of Parliament in London was beyond belief. What a thrill just to be inside that unbelievable building! People from all over the world were honoured for making the earth a better place to be. Basically, I was just doing what came natural to a nature lover who believes in the importance of respect for the environment as the supporter of our lives. For if we do not teach the future generation to protect the precious little we have left them of our environment, their future will certainly be bleak. By integrating environmental studies into all subjects, the students become empowered to make choices at a young age about topics that will impact their future. Traveling to foreign countries, speaking to adult gatherings and with officials, writing and speaking out about their feelings gives students a more confident personality. Projects and forums, Internet communication and beach monitoring the hands-on approach builds knowledge like no textbook can. Certainly there can be no better classroom than our gorgeous sur-More Letters to the Editor Your best choice for all your Christmas parties... Ask for special festive menus. Reserve early for best date & menu features.roundings outdoors. The future will tell how well the children have learned their lessons about environmental protection. I feel confident about them and with your continued support, the future will certainly be brighter for all of .Abaco’s unique environment— and our lives that it sustains. God bless each and ever one of you. Sincerely, Mrs. Candace M. Key, Principal Hope Town SchoolAbaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! 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Page 10 The Abaconian December 1, 2005 Troy Albury is a spokesman for the Save Guana Cay Association who is protesting the development of Baker’s Bay. He was pleased that the Court of Appeal in Nassau overturned the ruling that the court in Freeport had made. However, he wants to bring out two points. The judge did not issue an injunction against the Discovery Land Company, the company developing the Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club. However, according to Mr. Albury, the judge threatened repeatedly to issue an injunction. But the Discovery Lands Company submitted a paper indicating that the company would voluntarily halt work. Mr. Albury wants the public to know that the judge said many times that she was minded to bring an injunction and he feels she would have if the Discovery Company had not submitted the paper.. Dr. Livingston Marshall has made the comment that he has met with Guana Cay residents and has addressed most of their concerns. However, Mr. Albury met with Dr. Marshall and later wrote an open letter in The Abaconian to Dr. Marshall. He has never gotten back to them. One of the conditions that the group is insisting on is that there be no golf course on Guana Cay. Mr. Albury stated that there are hard scientific facts that there will be damage to the reef. Two scientists, neither of them paid, have stated that there is no way there can be a golf course so close to the reef without damaging it. The Save Guana Cay Reef people look forward to the court date in January. They want to be heard. Government won’t talk with them; the developers won’t talk with them. The developers are completely overstepping Local Government. All approvals for permits and other required permissions must first be approved by local government which is not happening. Mr. Albury regrets if anyone does lose his job because of this action.Save Guana Cay Reef Speaks OutCourt Allows Protests to Be Heardend of Great Guana Cay. The judicial review application must now be heard before January 31, 2006, by a different judge. Dr. Livingston Marshall, senior vicepresident of environmental and community affairs with the Discovery Land Development company, proposed to the court that the company would voluntarily halt further construction in five aspects of the development until the court date in January. At the hearing before the Court of Appeal on Tuesday, 22nd November, 2005, Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club/Passerine Project at Great Guana Cay, Abaco, accepted the view expressed by the Justices that the issues raised by the landowners of Great Guana Cay should be decided on its merits and should not be dismissed solely on the ground that the Applicant was a company rather than the landowners themselves. Baker’s BayFrom Page 1Baker’s Bay Developer Volunteers RestrictionsToday, the Court of Appeal gave the landowners permission to become applicants personally in order for the application to proceed and directed that the action instituted by the landowners be heard by a judge of the Supreme Court before the 31" of January, 2006. Pending the determination of the action by a Judge of the Supreme Court, Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club/ Passerine Project voluntarily undertook to the Court that it would not: 1. Cut, tear down or remove any vegetation or trees; 2. Disturb or remove any mangrove or wetlands; 3. Excavate or dredge the land or seabed; 4. Erect any further buildings or structures on the land; 5. Construct or pave any further roads. “These undertakings demonstrate the continued commitment of Baker’s Bay to the judicial process and to the environment,” said Dr. Livingston Marshall, Jr., Senior Vice President, Environmental & Community Affairs at Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club. “We remain confident that the project will proceed to a successful and timely completion. The Baker’s Bay project has always complied with the laws of the Bahamas, and in particular, all works carried out by the project to date have been in complete compliance with the laws of The Bahamas.” Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club is a $500 million planned development at the Northern end of Great Guana Cay and is currently employing 151 Bahamians, either directly or through contractors. A Statement from Fred Smith, Lawyer Representing Guana Protestors The recent ruling regarding in the Court of Appeals is a victory for local residents and shows that there is due process in the law. Residents have rights in the courts. The law is there for everyone and the court will listen to their legitimate concerns about environment issues, about Crown Land, about their heritage and culture. Government must respect the rights of local people which will now be heard by a precedent-setting trial affecting future development in The Bahamas. No longer will the Cabinet or politicians in Nassau be able to dictate to Family Islands. In 1993 the FNM passed the Local Government Act that gives the local people authority over their own affairs. The real question is who gets to choose the future for any community. Is it the dictatorial absentee politicians from Nassau who may never had stepped foot to decide or people of Guana Cay and other island settlements.Court May Expand Family Island Rights Please see Court Fight Page 26 New Year’s Eve 2005You are cordially invited to an unforgettableNew Year’s Eve Celebrationat Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Live Entertainment by KB, Terez Hepburn & Colyn McDonald December 31st, 2005 7:00pm Gourmet Fusion of Bahamian, Italian, Chinese & French Cusine Buffet includes home made pastas, soups, orientalstir fry, savory chicken, prime rib, salads, potatoes, french cheeses, puddings, cheesecakes, guava duff and more! Exotic cocktails, Champagne, Party Favors $125.00 per person Tickets on sale starting December 1st. You are cordially invited to an unforgettableNew Year’s Eve Celebrationat Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Live Entertainment by KB, Terez Hepburn & Colyn McDonald December 31st, 2005 7:00pm Gourmet Fusion of Bahamian, Italian, Chinese & French Cusine Buffet includes home made pastas, soups, orientalstir fry, savory chicken, prime rib, salads, potatoes, french cheeses, puddings, cheesecakes, guava duff and more! Exotic cocktails, Champagne, Party Favors $125.00 per person Tickets on sale starting December 1st. Call for your reservation : 367-2158 Ext. 6003

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 11 Located at waterfront on Marsh Harbour strip Marsh Harbour, AbacoOpen 11 am until 7 days a weekHapp Happ Happ Happ Happ y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y y y y yPhone: (242) 367-2278 By Richard E. Fawkes Bahamasair and the Ministry of Tourism laid out the red carpet, so to speak, to mark the beginning of the airline’s twiceweekly flights between Fort Lauderdale and Marsh Harbour on November 17. The 50seat Dash-8 prop jet emerged from the runway through jets of water sprayed from a fire truck to demonstrate airport fire safety, just minutes after its scheduled 1:45 p.m. arrival. As the aircraft came to a stop on the tarmac, the Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band struck up a smart welcome. Passengers, including a contingent of travel agents, descended the gangway to greetings by a receiving line headed by South Abaco MP Robert Sweeting; Ministry of Transport and Aviation Undersecretary Lorraine Armbrister; Bahamasair Managing Director Paul D. Major; Ministry of Tourism Airlift Development Director Tyrone Sawyer; and Abaco Tourism Director Jeritzen Outten. Mr. Major said the thrust behind establishing the new route is the fact, “Marsh Harbour has been experiencing an economic boom over the past 10 years. “Enhancing the growth of Abaco is key to sustaining its reputation as the Mecca for sailing, fishing and diving that brings so many visitors to the Islands of The Bahamas. With such a wide variety of activities for the eco-tourist, as well as those just coming to enjoy the sun, sand and sea, Abaco must have the necessary airlift needed to ensure that our visitors can get here from as many points in Florida as possible. Bahamasair has been mandated by the government to provide that airlift. “So it is with great expectation that we launch this inaugural flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Marsh Harbour. Our forecast has projected that this route will be a success and we have listened to the Ministry of Tourism and you the people of Marsh Harbour who have long awaited this flight.” The “listening” to the Ministry of Tourism Mr. Major referred to was an initiative by the local tourism airlift task force last year to impress upon Bahamasair, through Mr. Sawyer, the need to operate a larger aircraft on the lucrative Ft. Lauderdale to Marsh Harbour route to enhance the capacity of the private carriers using small aircraft. Ms. Outten said travellers needed to be able to bring their scuba, golf and surfing gear. Mr. Sawyer said that, with code sharing now in place with USAIR, Bahamasair could double the passenger volume connecting to Abaco.Bahamasair Launches Fort Lauderdale ServiceMembers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band were on hand to welcome the guests who arrived on the inaugural flight of Bahamasair from Fort Lauderdale. They are shown here mingling with the travel agents, government representatives and local persons at the reception held to mark this occasion. Bahamasair’s Managing Director of Commercial Services, Van Diah, said he supported the expansion because over the years Abaco has averaged an almost 100 percent passenger load, and that he would support the Ft. Lauderdale run as long as it can clear a minimum 65 percent booking. He reported the inaugural flight arrived with 44 passengers and departed with 40, and that bookings are strong through Christmas. The airline’s Abaco manager, Particia Lightbourne, said there are no plans to hire new staff because of the additional flights as the Treasure Cay staff would be utilized for the extra hands needed on Thursday and Sunday, the days of operation. Students from the Amy Roberts Primary School in Green Turtle Cay entertained the guests and government officials on their arrival on the inaugural flight of Bahamasair from Fort Lauderdale. The new service will be twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays. Please see Bahamasair Page 23

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Page 12 The Abaconian December 1, 2005 AGAPE FAMILY DENTAL CENTRECall today for an appointmentAll emergencies and walk-in are welcome!Proverbs 3:5-6Tel : 242-367-4355/4 Fax: 242-367-2193 P.O.Box AB 20676 Don MacKay Blvd.Email: agapedental @batelnet.bsThe Dental SpecialistsDr. Therese M. Bonamy (full time)General Dentistry (Aesthetic, Restorative & ZOOM (Bleaching)Dr. Munir Rashad (Dec 2)Oral Maxillo Facial Surgeon (Wisdom teeth)Dr. Antoine Clarke (Dec. 8-9)Periodontics (Gum disease & implants)Dr. Woodley ThompsonOrthodontic (Braces) (Dec 8-9)Dental Hygiene Available Don Mackay Blvd. near Marsh Harbour AirportCOME INAND SEEOUR NEWSELECTIONOFCHRISTMASGIFTS & ITEMSMay all the beauty of the season be yours. Place Your Order For Xmas Trees & PoinsettiasMonday Friday 9-5 !" Saturday 9-3 Ph (242) 367-2674 !"Fax (242) 367-4755Cherokee SoundBy Patrick BethelRemembrance Sunday ServiceA Service of Remembrance was held at Epworth Methodist Chapel in Cherokee Sound on November 13, 2005. The service was conducted by Patrick Bethel, the sermon delivered by Vincent Higgs, both lay preachers in the Methodist Church. The background to Remembrance Day as well as the history of the poppy was presented. Patriotic hymns were sung including that well know O God, Our Help in Ages Past. The fourteen veterans from Abaco were recognised and their names are below:• Harrington Albury, British Navy, Hope Town • Roland Cash, U.S. Army, Great Guana Cay • Alfred B. Malone, British Navy, Hope Town • Daniel Malone, British Navy Hope Town • George Roberts, U.S. Navy, Green Turtle Cay • Allan Russell, British Navy, Hope Town • Mertland Russell, British Navy, Hope Town • Donald Sands, British Navy, Great Guana Cay • Thomas Sweeting, British Navy, Man-O-War • Lucien Stratton, U.S., Marsh Harbour • Chester Thompson, British Navy, Hope Town • Hartis Thompson, Royal Air Force, Hope Town • Maurice Thompson, British Navy, Hope Town • Leonard Thompson, Royal Canadian Air Force, Hope TownTwo of the brave men, Roland Cash and Alfred B. Malone, gave the ultimate sacrifice. Three of the veterans are still alive, Capt. Leonard M. Thompson at 88, Chester Thompson at 84, and Donald Sands. Young Cody Bethel, son of Capt. Michael Bethel, was the flag bearer. The service ended with the singing of the National Anthem. South Abaco NewsMore Cherokee NewsBy Lee PinderGamma and TomatoesThankfully, we escaped tropical depression Gamma and are appreciative of the rain it brought our way to help give our winter gardens a jump start. With a little luck we may even have tomatoes by Christmastime.“Bugged” In The BahamasThe crawfishermen are still being held back by the poor weather. In addition, they are all talking about the Bugging in The Bahamas article published in a U.S. fishing magazine and mentioned in your Letters to the Editor. Not only did the last hurricanes flip and scatter their traps (or habitats), but it seems as if there may have been some pirating going on. These traps are privately owned and strategically placed at great expense to their owners, and other boats helping themselves to the crawfishing that collect in the habitat during the closed season is nothing less than stealing. Still the murky muddy waters continue to keep our boats in port. It seems there are more elements than just the bad weather for them to contend with and only some can afford to lay new traps. Bahamians try to respect U.S. laws and restriction on fishing grounds and it’s only fair that visitors try to obey ours.Holiday HazardsTrust me, you do not want to go to the States at this time of the year. The shops and malls are full of beautiful holiday decorations but the pushing and shoving have already begun. Besides having to go through all the check points, wand waving, removing of keys, jewelry and shoes, you will most certainly be held up checking into your return flight by someone traveling with four or five big pieces of luggage with each of these containers capable of holding a small elephant. But if you are a person that pays attention to the rules, you have one small case that is only slightly over the specified size and weight allowed, and you will be charged overweight charges and your bag will undoubtedly be left behind, promised to arrive on the next flight while all of theirs arrive safe and sound. Then the best part of the trip is when you hear them tell the Bahamian Custom’s Officer they were only there for two days and they didn’t even make a purchase. (This is really a hidden message saying that we are better off to buy locally. Yes, we may have to pay a couple of dollars more, but this way we feed our local economy, keep the merchants happy and save ourselves ONE BIG HEADACHE, not to mention saving on shoe leather. Happy holiday shopping.)Antiques RoadshowThere are lots of holiday festivities planned for Cherokee every year. First is the Kids’ Korner program on December 11th followed by the Candlelight Service on December 18, Please see South Page 13

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 Chris Thompson Real Estate“Offering the Islands Most Exclusive Listings” One Purple Porpoise Place, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas ph 242.366.0216 fax 242.366.0223 Chris Thompson Greg Roberts* Private Islands Waterfront Homes and Land* Investment Property Acreage Project/Property Management Complete Service from Sales to Construction ***** Exclusive Agents for Matt Lowe’s Cay ***** www.ChrisThompsonRealEstate.com THIRD SUNRISEUnique ocean front property, turnkey, with all ammenities. Main house features large open kitchen with dinning and living areas, surround deck with unlimited views of the Sea of Abaco and Atlantic Ocean. Detached bedrooms, office, gym and library all feature ocean vistas, and a central pool with open decking. Generatore, watermaker, dockage, lush landscaping. Excellent rental potential. View by appointment only $4,470,000.BLEST NESTHigh on ocean dune at North End. 3 bed / 3 bath (detached guest cottage) panoramic views, excellent rental history $1,525,000Exclusive Listings Exclusive Listings Exclusive Listings Exclusive Listings Exclusive ListingsCONCH QUEST Ocean front villa, 2 bedroom, 1 bath wth room to expand. Open deck overlooks excellent surfing location. Just steps from marina and restaurant, rental history available. $795,000 .SEA TO SEA ESTATE PROPERTY PARCEL4 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 PARCEL 4 UNDER CONTRACT PARCELS 1, 2, 3 and 5 SOLDBREAKERS Ideal ocean and interior lot on surfers dream, Garbonzo Beach. Perfect for single family homes or villas, and just steps away from restaurants and marina facilities. Ocean front lot $499,000 and interior lot with beach access $249,000JOES CAY 3 acre private cay located in White Sound. Great elevations and surrounded by deep water perfect for dock $1,762,000 UNDER CONTRACTAUNT PATS BAY Rare opportunity, 5.18 acres located on the Sea of Abaco in White Sound. High elevation, white sand beach, deep water dockage. SOLDMARNIES LANDING Ocean Front Lots, private marina community, convenants permit main house and guest cottage on these large dock slip included: Lot #2 $895,000 Lot #6 $770,000 UNDER CONTRACTJACKS JUNGLE Lubbers Quarters Cay consists of 2 parcels, waterfront lot over 1/2 acre $240,000, and interior lot over 1 acre $120,000. Deeded dock slips for each lot included. Lubbers Quarters lots #113 and #115 Interior lots with easy access to public dockage, utilities in place, ideal location for island style cottages. Each lot priced at $59,500.WHITE SOUND Rare Ocean front find in White Sound, large lot with Dock on White Sound Bay. 150’ on the ocean and White Sound Bay, 129’ on North Boundary, and 94’ on South Boundary. Ideal spot to build second home, or income producing rental $899,000.MARNIES LANDINGPrivate waterfront community of 1/2 acre lots from the Sea of Abaco to the Atlantic Ocean, dock slip included starting at $600,000. HIGH HOPESAtlantic Ocean, North End Elbow Cay 3 bed 3 bed bath, large ocean side deck, excellent history $1,450,000.MOMMA’S MARLINTurnkey ocean front home 4 bedroom, 2 bath, large open deck, great rental history $850,000. UNDER CONTRACT MAGNUSON HOUSEQuiet 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 $1,595,000

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Page 16 The Abaconian December 1, 2005 Open Monday Saturday : 9 am 6 pmPh: 367-2180 / F Ph: 367-2180 / F Ph: 367-2180 / F Ph: 367-2180 / F Ph: 367-2180 / F ax : 367-5241 ax : 367-5241 ax : 367-5241 ax : 367-5241 ax : 367-5241Queen Elizabeth Dr., Marsh Harbour & Treasure Cay Shopping Centre, Treasure Cay Local Stores Hold Christmas Open HouseBy Portia Jonsson Christmas music filled the air in Memorial Plaza on the evening of November 25th as patrons walked from store to store during Buds and Blooms and Simcoe Jewellers Annual Open House. These open houses give shoppers the opportunity to avoid the Christmas rush and shop early for gifts or just browse the assortment of merchandise for all their holiday gift giving and decorative needs. Simcoe Jewellers is ready to welcome all Christmas shoppers. A wonderful display of beautiful rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings sparkled brightly under the store’s holiday lights. Buds and Blooms is “jam packed” with everything you would need for your holiday decorating needs. Shoppers were greeted with elaborately dressed trees, oneof-a-kind Christmas wreaths and florals, exquisite porcelain dolls, comfy blankets and quilts, a large array of candles and other decorative items. The evening was enjoyed by all and a great way to get everyone in the holiday spirit.Abaco Dog Training ClubBy Amanda Darville Three dogs and their handlers from the Abaco Dog Training Club traveled to Nassau to compete in obedience trials on November l3, 2005. There are three main stages of obedience, Novice, Open and Utility. A dog must receive three qualifying scores of 170 points or over out of a possible score of 200. Once the dog receives three qualifying scores or “legs,” the dog is awarded a title. For Novice, the dog must be able to heel on leash, complete a figure-eight on leash, stand for examination by the judge, heel off leash, complete a recall, a one-minute sit stay and a three-minute down stay. The Abaco dogs did extremely well. Katie, a three-year-old Shetland sheepdog Central Abaco News Three dogs with their owners competed in obedience trials at a dog show in Nassau. The three are part of the Abaco Dog Training Club in Marsh Harbour. The well trained dogs did very well. All three dogs scored enough points to earn them titles. They are, left to right, Kim Sturrup-Roberts with her golden retriever Maya, Amanda Darville with her Shetland sheepdog mix India and Maureen Koepp with her Shetland sheepdog Katie. Two shops in Memorial Plaza, Simcoe Jewellers and Buds and Blooms, held an Open House on November 25. Shoppers enjoyed the special festive atmosphere to view jewellery, decorations and gifts. owned and handled by Maureen Koepp, received her last two legs and completed her Novice title. Maya, a five-year-old golden retriever owned and handled by Kim Sturrup-Roberts, received three legs and completed her Novice title and placed first in Rally Obedience with a qualifying score of 98/100. India a one-year-old Shetland sheepdog mix owned and handled by Amanda Darville, received two legs toward her

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 P.O.BoxAB22275 Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Phone: 242-365-8500 Fax: 242-365-8501 E-mail: Craig@bahamabeachclub.comBroker Participation Invitedwww.BahamaBeachClub.comFor more information, see your Real Estate Professional or contact: Toll Free 800-284-0382 "Best Beach in the Caribbean"Caribbean Travel &Life Magazine Visit Our On-Site Models Today! Phase1-4 SOLDOUT NowSellingonTreasureCay!BahamaBeachClubPhase5 3&4Bedroom/3BathLuxuryBeachfrontCondominiums €Private Gated Community€Two Freshwater Pools & Spa€Designer Interiors Available€Optional Detached Garages€Local Bank Financing€Terrific Rental Income potential Treasure Cay Resort Area Amenities include:€Spectacular 31/2mile White Sand Beach€150 slip Marina for Yachts to140 feet€18 hole Championship Golf Course€Tennis, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving€Restaurants, Grocers & Duty Free Shopping€International Airport (6,500 foot runway)Residences from $742,500 plus closing costs Open Monday thru Saturday Breakfast 8:30 10 a.m. Lunch & Dinner 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Bar Open 8:30 a.m. ‘til Happy Hour 5:00 6:30 p.m. Music Wednesday and Friday Nights Satellite Sports TV • Ice for Sale Restaurant & Bar On the Hope Town Waterfront • Tel 366-0247 or VHF 16Specializing in Bahamian Foods Abaco FSC Abaco FSC Abaco FSC Abaco FSC Abaco FSCA Bahamian Financial Service Corporation Investment Fund Administration! ! ! Fund Formation and Licensure ! ! Articles of Association and Offering Memorandums! ! ! Shareholders registration, issuance and redemption of shares ! ! All accounting and administration including monthly financial statements, partner statements, and NAV calculations ! ! Government compliance Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider! ! ! International Business Companies (IBC’s) incorporation and registration ! ! Central Bank applications "! "! "! "! "! Registered agent services " " Custodial and local account administration "! "! "! "! "! Serve as director, nominee shareholder, officer, or local agent ! ! Government compliance Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting! ! ! Dedicated to e-commerce and client communication through the internet ! ! Data storage of all client documents (both hard and soft copies) ! ! Monthly, quarterly, or annual preparation of financial statements ! ! Bank reconciliations, Payroll, Accts Payable, and Accts ReceivableMemorial Plaza, Suite 202, P.O.Box AB-20763, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas Tel: 242-367-0220 Fax: 707-516-7765 More Central Abaco News Please see Central Page 19 Ms. Barbara Deveaux, middle, and Ms. Beatrice Wong, right, show Avon customers the line up of new and exciting beauty and skin care products during the Avon Expo held November 19th at the Parish Hall. Novice title.Avon Expo Showcased New ProductsBy Portia Jonsson Women have been selling Avon since number almost five million and Avon products are sold in over 100 countries around the world. On November 19th Ms. Beatrice Wong, a successful Avon representative for the past six years, hosted an Avon Expo at the Parish Hall in Marsh Harbour giving customers the chance to see and test new and exciting products, shop early for Christmas 1886. Mrs. P.F.E. Albee of New Hampshire pioneered the company’s now famous direct-selling method, and her name is still honored today in the company. Avon’s sales representatives – men and women – now and receive free samples and giveaways. Despite the cool weather, power outage and small turnout, the show went on. Ms. Barbara Deveaux of Freeport, Grand Bahama, and Avon sales representative for 20 years, along with Ms. Andrea Donaldson, full-time Avon representative

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Page 18 The Abaconian December 1, 2005 Ph: 367-2222 Fax: 367-2888 Van StrattonN N N N N ASS ASS ASS ASS ASS A A A A A U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR Y L Y L Y L Y L Y L TD. TD. TD. TD. TD.INSURANCE AGENCY B B B B B AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS T T T T TGeneral Insurance Company Limited Bahamas First General Ins. Co. Ltd.Monday Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “A Unisex Salon”Ofra Cosmetics • Acrylic Nails Hair Braiding Matrix, Nexus and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Monday Saturday • 9am 5pm In Memorial Plaza • 367-3623 A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs • 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16Guana Harbour Grocery Ph: (242) 367-2265 • (242) 367-2128We have the largest selection in town TV’s, DVD Players, Combos, Stereos, Car Systems, Satellite systems, washers, dryers, stoves, fridges, freezers,microwaves, and so much more... More Central Abaco NewsA wine lovers tasting was held on November 25 at A & K Liquor Store in Marsh Harbour. Butler and Sands sponsored the evening event and featured wines from Torres, Spain. It was also an educational forum which included a talk by a wine expert from Spain. Mr. Christian Gonzalez Toledo from the Torres Winery was a guest speaker who told the story of wine making in that part of Spain and was able to answer questions. The store gave a free bottle of wine to the first 24 persons to arrive. Anyone buying two bottles of the featured wines was eligible to win a Torres wine gift package. The winner of this drawing was Kendy Anderson, who received an 18-bottle wine rack filled with Torres wines and other gifts. She is shown here with Mr. Toledo. Ms. Gwen Martin and her team at Special Touch Beauty Salon are spearheading a collection drive of clothing, shoes and household goods for the victims of Hurricane Wilma on Grand Cay. The drive, which started on October 28th will continue as long as there is response. Ms. Martin said so far the response has been good and she has the assistance of all the beauty salons on the island. All donations will be sent to Cpl. Bartlett on Grand Cay who will make distributions. Ten homes on Grand Cay were destroyed and the families lost everything.

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 Boats equipped with:VHF • Bimini Top • Cooler Anchor & Lines • Compass Dive Ladder • Life Jackets Paddle • Flares • Flashlight Fire Extinguisher • First Aid Kit30 Boats to Choose From All Meticulously Maintained35% off all rentals through February 11 W eekly Rates: 26’ Paramount$1295 23’ Albury Bros$1015 22’ Boston Whaler$ 945 20’ Albury/Hydra$ 910 18’ Privateer$ 665 Rates do not include gas Open 7 days 8am 5pmLocated in Hope Town & Marsh Harbour Call (242) 367-2513 • Fax (242) 367-2516 www.seahorseboatrentals.com Regardless 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) 423-1774E-mail: flyvintage@aol.com • www.vpj.com CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIPDaily Service Marsh Harbour Melbourne Treasure Cay Orlando Intl. Daytona Beach Jacksonville Now Serving Abaco !" Most reliable delivery service 7 days a weekBIG SKY AIR FREIGHT BIG SKY AIR FREIGHT BIG SKY AIR FREIGHT BIG SKY AIR FREIGHT BIG SKY AIR FREIGHT Courier Service Letter Delivery Package Deliveries Freight Services3000 Southern Blvd Hangar D West Palm Beach, Fl 33406 (561) 228-8745 Tel (561) 615-3897 Fax www.bigskyairfreight.com We will recieve all internent and mail order deliverys Licensed and bonded freight agentsfor five years, were on hand to recruit representatives, offer skin care and beauty tips and answer any Avon questions. In addition to the many giveaways throughout the day, a gift basket filled with beauty products and a two-piece weekend luggage set were raffled off at the end of the show and I am happy to report that I was the lucky winner of the beauty gift basket. CentralFrom Page 17 Friends of the Environment is hosting the Second Abaco Science Alliance Conference in Marsh Harbour on Thursday, January 5th to Sunday, January 8th, 2006. The theme is “A conference to share scientific knowledge of Abaco and the Bahamian environment.” The purpose is to provide a forum for the networking of researchers and the sharing of scientific information in and around Abaco. We hope to encourage more research in the area for educational purposes and to stimulate the use of these findings in local environmental management decisions. Some of the presentations will be: • Kirtland’s Warbler’s winter habitat use in the Bahamas by Joseph M. Wunderle, Jr.Conference Will Feature Top Scientists More Central Abaco News• Restoration of Cross Harbour Sound Creek by Craig A. Layman • Paleo-climatic significance of sediment records from The Bahamas by Kenneth H. Orvis • Fire history from Bahamian sediments and tree rings by Sally P. Horn • Pollen analysis at West Pond, Abaco by Allison J. Stork Effects of fire on the ecology of Bahamian pine yards by Joseph J. O’Brien, Ph.D. The conference will begin with a welcome reception at the Conch Inn on January 5. Presentation will begin on Friday at 9 to 5 at New Visions Hall and will continue through Saturday 9 to noon. A field trip to Little Harbour is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. The closing reception will be at Snappas on Saturday evening. An all-day field trip to Holein-the-Wall is scheduled for Sunday For further information contact Friends of the Environment at 242-3672721 or Email info@friendsoftheenvironment.org The web site is http// www.friendsoftheenvironment.org/ FEATURING: FEATURING: FEATURING: FEATURING: FEATURING:Taste of Abacos Finest Cuisine Toys for Tots & Kids’ Games Choirs, Quartets & Soloists Calypso Bands Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching & Pop Bands Drumming, Belling & Mask Competitions Arts & Crafts Photos with Santa Face Painting Fireworks Display Christmas Tree LightingMarsh HarbourSaturdayDecember 10th, 2005 12 Noon 10:00 p.m. The Abaco Tourist Office 242-367-3067SPONSORSAbaco Tourist Office The Abaconian The Abaco Club on Winding Bay Abaco Petroleum Christmas Bazaar Freeport News Radio Abaco Rotary Club Scurvy Few

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Page 20 The Abaconian December 1, 2005 By Portia Jonsson BTC officials along with the “Hello Girls” Betty and Karen were on Abaco for two days to introduce the new Hello phone card, the phone card that gives back. The vibrantly coloured, nationally-themed pre-paid phone card came into effect on November 4th and replaces the existing Bahamas Direct prepaid card which are still valid. As a valued-added bonus to its customers, the back of the Hello phone card has a “Scratch and Win” area, which will give each customer the opportunity to win a prize with every card they purchase including tickets on Bahamasair, tote bags, mugs, clocks, pens and pencils. One lucky customer will win the Grand Prize – a Ford Escape SUV. The Hello phone card also gives back in other ways. Three charities: YEAST (an organization for young men), The Ranfurly Home for Children and the AIDS Foundation will receive a donation from BTC each quarter. With their Hello phone card, customers can make both local and international long distance calls. The card can be used from abroad to make long distance calls to The Bahamas from the United States, Canada, The United Kingdom and Switzerland. The card can be purchased in denominations of $5, $10 and $20 and can be re-charged at any BTC office. BTC is very excited about this venture and wants to ensure that its customers are kept on the cutting edge of technology. BTC looks forward to bringing further new and enhanced products and services to its customers in the near future including GSM cell phones which will be introduced on Abaco soon.BTC Introduces the New Hello Phone CardBahamas Telecommunications Corporation held a open house at its office in Marsh Harbour to introduce its new Hello Phone Cards. An FM radio station from Nassau, More 94, was on Abaco for a live remote which was followed by Silbert Mills of Radio Abaco promoting the new phone cards. At the head of the table is Jeff Lloyd of More 94 with Batelco staff from Nassau, Carol Barnett, Karen Wells, Betty Vedrine and Kirk Griffin, Vice President for the Northern Bahamas. Civic OrganizationsKiwanis Club of Great Abaco Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Mackerel’s Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-5932Pilot Club of Abaco Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Central Abaco Primary, Dundas Town, 367-3457Pilot Club of South Abaco Last Thursday. monthy, J.A. Pinder School, Sandy Point, 366-4001Rotary Club of Abaco Tuesdays, 6 p.m., weekly at Anglers Restaruant, Abaco Beach Resort

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21 visit our our latest designs:www.abaconian.comwww.abacotranquility.com (203) 389-3304www.underthepalms.comLive Support Monday-Friday!Just call for immediate assistance 8:30am-4:30pm M-FWeb Design & Hosting10 years in the out islands Is your website more than 3 or 4 years old? Chances are its time to update the look. Dont lose viewers to the competition with an old or outdated site. Keep ahead of the competition, keep them coming back! "They completely understand what Abaco is all about, what should have been a huge time-consuming project for me ended up so easy. I didn't have to do anything, and they got it right the first time. So professional, a delightful team to work with."Nancy McDanielwww.blueberryhilllanding.comHas your website been out in the sun too long! Resort Features:€ Spectacular 3-mile beach € Championship golf course € Marina-view restaurant & bar € Pool,tennis,watersports € 150-slip full-service marina € Diving,snorkeling & dive shop € Boat rentals,charters & guides € Hotel rooms,2 or 3 BR suites Treasure Cay Road (exit off Bootle Hwy) TREASURE CAYHOTEL RESORT & MARINA Hotel: 242-365-8801 Spinnaker Restaurant: 242-365-8469 Golf Course: 242-365-8045 Treasure Divers: 242-365-8465 www.treasurecay.com By Richard E. Fawkes One big difference between Prime Minister Perry Christie at the conclusion of the PLP convention in Nassau on November 18 and former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham at the conclusion of the FNM convention exactly one week before was that Mr. Christie did not emerge from a challenge to his leadership, as did Mr. Ingraham. Following a triumphal entrance to the convention, to the accompaniment of the song The Storm is Over Mr. Christie proceeded to deliver a passionate address devoid of any apologies for his government’s performance, but instead assertive of achievements of great success on which to build future accomplishments. “This PLP government is presiding over the greatest boom the Bahamas tourism industry has ever seen,” he declared. “People from all over the world are falling over themselves trying to catch a plane or a cruise ship to The Bahamas.” He bragged that the country’s external reserves are up from $373.5 million under the FNM to $800 million under the PLP, and that the party was able to manage the government’s financial resources without increasing taxes. Hammering home one of the main thrusts of the convention of demonstrating that his government accomplished a lot and that his style of leadership was not one of indecisiveness (the other being that the party had unity and did not have to make any extra effort to prove it), Mr. Christie asserted that his government had introduced “a rational, methodical approach to government and policy formation. “Gone are the days when one man thought he had all the answers. Gone are the days when one man bullied the Cabinet and the public service into doing his bidding. Gone are the days and ways of Quick-Draw McGraw.” Mr. Christie further drove home the contrasting of his style of leadership to that of Mr. Ingraham by explaining that his government introduced an approach based on “sound planning principles, expert research, close consultation with our partners in the private sector and informed public consensus. “The FNM likes to boast that they were more ‘decisive.’ But that’s where they were wrong. They were not decisive at all they were reckless.” Mr. Christie also had his big “surprise” at his party’s convention in Dr. Bernard Nottage, although not quite as surprising as Mr. Ingraham’s revelation of former PLP Senator Edison Key, as the doctor’s return was publicly whispered the entire week leading up to his appearance. The convention gave a thunderous welcome on the night before Mr. Christie’s speech to the former PLP deputy leader and minister, who had left the party to form the Coalition for Democratic Reform (CDR). Of Dr. Nottage’s return, Mr. Christie said, “I will be appointing this man to play an important role in the Commonwealth,” but stopped short of being specific, claiming it would be constitutionally inappropriate to make such an announcement at the convention. The Prime Minister called Dr. NottagePM Welcomes Nottage’s Return at Convention Men’s, Women’s & Children’s Wear T-Shirts Infant’s Clothing Household Items LuggageQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh HarbourMon Sat 8:30 am 5:30 pmTel: 367-2017 at Work at Play We’ve Got Something for Everyone We’ve Got Something for Everyone Please see Christie Page 22 The Rt. Hon. Perry Christie

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Page 22 The Abaconian December 1, 2005 CURRY’S FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front • NCR Forms • Office Stationary • Flyers • Certificates • Tickets • Brochures • Photo Scanning • Wedding/Funeral Programs • Business Cards • Envelopes • Menus • Labels • Laminations • ...MoreAbaco P Abaco P Abaco P Abaco P Abaco P rint Shop rint Shop rint Shop rint Shop rint ShopFriendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing ServicesLocated in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201FOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS!Call us today... Call us today... Call us today... Call us today... Call us today... Monday Friday Monday Friday Monday Friday Monday Friday Monday Friday 9am 5pm 9am 5pm 9am 5pm 9am 5pm 9am 5pm one of his oldest and dearest friends, who has given service to the country in a variety of capacities, both public and private, and that he was man of many talents. Mr. Christie also welcomed Dr. Nottage’s wife Portia and those members of the CDR who came over to the PLP with him. “He will become an important member of our team, and he is my dear friend Dr. Bernard J. Nottage,” the Prime Minister concluded his tribute affectionately. ChristieFrom Page 21 Min of Housing Seeks SolutionsThe Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Housing, returned to Abaco on November 25 to discuss solutions to the crisis created by the fire in the Mud on November 17. He is shown here, center, with Ms. Jewel Major with Urban Renewal and Senior Administrator Revis Rolle as they listen to local imput. The meeting was held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the group included Local Government officials along with representatives of many government agencies. Mr. Gibson put forward some ideas for consideration. He stated that the government will not assist illegal persons beyond initial humanitarian aid. He recommends some temporary improvements which would include street lights and opening up access roads. This would mean that some individuals would have to relocate their houses. Government is considering creating a new subdivision, less expensive, that would be available to Bahamians and other qualified persons. He asked for local imput as to where this new subdivision should be located. Government contracted to have ten cement block houses built in Central Pines Estates. They are all sold. Mr. Shane Gibson inspected the houses and was pleased with the workmanship shown in the construction. Mr. Shane Gibson inspecting a new government-funded house

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 !COMMERCIAL DOCKS!PRIVATE DOCKS!SEA WALL CONSTRUCTION!BOAT LIFTS!DOCK DEMOLITION & REMOVALOffice Tel: 367.4842 Cellular: 357.6564 P.O.Box AB-20757, Marsh Harbour DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Constr Constr Constr Constr Constr uction uction uction uction uction Abaco is lucky to have this new service put on at this time, in light of the fact that the Hon. Bradley Roberts, Minister of Works, who intends to privatize the airline, reported ivatize to avert having to inject $17 to $20 million in direct subsidies into the airline,” Mr. Roberts told the convention, “and another $4 to 5 million indirectly through other government agencies. The situation is simply becoming untenable.” The Ministry of Tourism hosted the visiting travel agencies to a weekend of familiarization the length and breadth of Abaco and its main cays in an effort to have them vigorously sell the island. Mr. Sawyer said that with the additional Bahamasair flights and code sharing with other airlines, Abaco has the potential of doubling its current air-visitor number of 100,000 per year. Bahamasair’s Director of Domestic Sales, Mike Sands, was the master of ceremonies; Bahamas Out Islands Promotion Board Director Nettica Symonette brought greetings; the Jes’us a capella quartet sang the national anthem; a group of students from Amy Roberts Primary on Green Turtle Cay made a Junkanoo music and dance presentation; and the Royal Bahamas Police Force Pops Band entertained the visitors under the Texaco tent with traditional Bahamian favourites. Sapodilla’s Restaurant catered. BahamasairFrom Page 11 The funeral service for Lionel James McSweeney, 38, of Dundas Town was held on November 19 at Rock Sound, Eleuthera. Interment was in the Rock Sound Public Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Lisa McSweeney; son Jermaine McSweeney; daughter Kaylisa McSweeney; adopted daughter Katie McSweeney; mother Gloria McSweeney; brothers Larry, Leo and Raphael McSweeney; sisters Yvonne McKenzie, Ambrosine and MoniqueObituaries of Family and FriendsMcSweeney, Annie Ferguson and Shelly Knowles; adopted sister Shanette Maynard; uncles George, Donald and Nelson Goodman, Prince Miller, Gracian Sands, James, Edward, Glen and Rudolph McSweeney; aunts Gladys Goodman, Elizabeth Knowles, Julie tte Mackey and Avis Sands; nephews; nieces; mother-in-law Bernice Brown; father-in-law Spence Laing; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law; granduncles; grandaunts; uncles-in-law; aunts-in-law; and many other relatives and friends. The Cacique Awards for 2005 include six finalists from Abaco. Three finalists are selected for each of seven categories, making a total of 21 finalists. The finalists will attend the tenth annual Cacique Awards banquet, this year to be held in Nassau on January 13. The Cacique Awards are awarded annually by the Ministry of Tourism to honor those who make contributions to the tourism industry.Cacique Award Finalists Are RevealedThe finalists from Abaco include Floyd Lowe nominated in the Transportation category, Patrick Roberts in the Sports, Leisure and Events category, Peter Johnston and Leanne Russell in the Creative Arts category, Kim Roberts in the Handicraft category and Brendal Stevens in the Sustainable Tourism Category. We hope many of our Abaco finalists are selected for the awards.

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Page 24 The Abaconian December 1, 2005 THE OUTBOARD SHOPMarsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 E-mail-outboardshop@abacoinet.comAssociated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Dolphin MarineGreen T urtle Cay 242.365.4262 Island MarineP arrot Cay 242.366.0282 Roberts MarineGreen Turtle Cay242.365.4249 Sea Horse MarineHope Town242.365.0023 Fishermans MarineL ong Island 242.337.6226 Minns Watersports Exuma 242.336.2604 Authorized Distributor Now In Stock Available 90 250 HP Light Impressions Tile OutletNew Arrivals in Stock NOW!Keep Your House Clean, Cool & Comfortably Stylish With Today’s CeramicsSouth America • Mexico South America • Mexico South America • Mexico South America • Mexico South America • Mexico Spanish • Italian. . Spanish • Italian. . Spanish • Italian. . Spanish • Italian. . Spanish • Italian. .We stock: Spacers • Caps • Trims • and Accessories Thin-set • Mastic • Grouts • Saws & Blades• Free estimates • Free delivery for larger orders • Special pricing for builders and contractors • Installation also optionalAbaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on display• Ceramic • Granite • Stone • Procelain • Vinyl • Wood By Richard E. Fawkes Minister of Housing and National Insurance, the Hon. Shane Gibson, thanked Assistant Commissioner of Police Elliston Greenslade for his intervention into a “potentially volatile situation” at a community meeting that Mr. Gibson and Minister of Social Services and Community Development Melanie Griffin had called to dialogue with victims of The Mud fire. The situation Mr. Gibson was referring to was an outburst by a young man of Haitian parents who said he was born in The Bahamas, who declared to loud applause by many in the largely immigrant audience that he “was going to kill” a volunteer fire fighter who told him there was no more water to put out the fire, if there were no others around. The young man, whom several persons cheered on as “Scotty,” further declared that the people in The Mud did not want the government’s food, water and clothing, and promises, but wanted action to get them out of the slum. Assistant Commissioner Greenslade addressed “Scotty” directly, saying he had spoken to the young man before the meeting and had encouraged him to speak his mind at the public forum rather than bottle up his anger. After Scotty’s kill remark was broadcast on Radio Abaco, many Bahamians at the meeting and later in the general community, expressed shock and dismay at the violence of the remark and what many persons called “the ungratefulness” of the Haitian community. Several elders of the Haitian community, including pastors, also expressed shock and regret and expressed apology and thanks on behalf of their community. There seemed to be a marked division of strident militancy and polite solicitousness between the immigrant youth and older persons, respectively, at the meeting at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Marsh Harbour that morning. Minister Gibson vigorously defended the volunteer fire fighters, several of whom were present at the meeting, against charges that they deliberately allowed the homes to burn. He reminded them that there was no water available to fight the blaze that destroyed the Straw Market in Nassau in 2001. “Is it fair to conclude from that that the fire department wanted to let the Straw Market burn down?” he asked. He challenged them that the fire fighters volunteered to leave the safety of their homes and their families, knowing they might not return, to risk their lives to help save lives and homes in The Mud, and that it was unfair to accuse them of not caring. He pointed out the extremely difficult challenges of fighting fires in The Mud, with its lack of running water and fire hydrants,Gibson Met with Immigrants after FireClean up of the burned out area began days after the fire. First two backhoes bogged down. Then a D-8 was used but very soon mired in the mucky soil that gives the Mud its name. The area was filled with spoil from dredging the channel back in the mid 1960s. After the area is cleaned up, government plans to fence it off so further construction cannot take place. Central government wants to stop all new construction in the immigrant communities. Please see Meeting Page 25 After walking through the burned out area of the Mud, the Hon. Shane Gibson, the Hon. Melanie Griffin and Assistant Commissioner Ellison Greenslade held a meeting with Haitians in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. It was during this meeting that one young man admitted that he was so upset with a fireman that he would have killed him if there hadn’t been so many people around.

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 25 B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdT T T T T el: 36 el: 36 el: 36 el: 36 el: 36 7 7 7 7 7 .2 .2 .2 .2 .2 798 F 798 F 798 F 798 F 798 F ax: 36 ax: 36 ax: 36 ax: 36 ax: 36 7 7 7 7 7 .5098 .5098 .5098 .5098 .5098 tightly packed houses, and narrow, unlit alleyways all the result of illegal building without respect for standards and codes. MeetingFrom Page 24 The Ministry of Works employee, Mr. Clyde Cornish, is painting numbers on existing houses in the Mud in an effort to keep track of new construction. For her part, Minister Griffin responded to Scotty’s declaration about not wanting the government’s help, demanding that those present let the officials know if they did or did not want the temporary assistance of food, water, clothing and shelter. Many in the audience responded that they would gladly accept the assistance. In his opening remarks, Minister Gibson had stated that the government was prepared to look at the longer-term solution, on which he could not make any promises at the meeting, of accelerating the citizenship applications of those who qualified so they could purchase land in a new section of the Central Pines government subdivision in Dundas Town that was about to be opened for sale. He said the government was also willing to look into changes in the law so that persons on work permits or with permanent resident status may also purchase public land. At present, Bahamian law only permits citizens to purchase land in government-owned subdivisions. Mr. Gibson declared that no rebuilding would be allowed in the area. In the meantime, he said, persons were encouraged to find lodging with families and friends, and shelters that Social Services and the Red Cross were setting up. Min. Gibson and Min. Griffin urged persons to register for assistance and shelter, and to let Social Services know where they were staying so they could be given assistance. Only 251 persons had registered for assistance by the following week, however. Many Mud residents instead spoke to the officials about assisting them in purchasing land to build houses. Some even told Minister Gibson the government should lower the cost of the public subdivision lots so they may more easily buy lots. Min. Gibson told them the government could not sell them or any other immigrants be they Jamaican, American, or Canadian government land any cheaper than it was selling to Ba-Haitians Voiced Frustration with Firemen Please see Meeting Page 26 Located in Marsh Harbour Ph: 367-3006 Fax: 367-3387

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Page 26 The Abaconian December 1, 2005 CITIZENS AGAINST CRIMEKeeping your neighbourhood safe since 2001. We need your help to keep going. Donations can be sent to: Citizens Against Crime P.O.Box AB-20095 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas or call Randy Key at (242) 367-2674 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseIsland-wide Abaco ListingsAbaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Casuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder + 3 hse366-2053Grand CayRosie’s Place352-5458GreenIsland Properties +34 hse365-4047 New Plymouth Inn9 rm365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties +30365-4636 Roberts Cottages3 cott365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 Donna Sands +12 hse365-5195 Guana Beach Resort6 units365-5133 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott365-5106 Harbour View Haven365-5028 Ocean Frontier 519-389-4846 Sea Shore Villas365-5028Hope TownAbaco Inn22 rm366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott366-0003 Crystal Villas 6 villas 321-783-4576 Elbow Cay Prop +53 hse366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm366 0095 Hope T Hideaways +63 hse366-0224 Hope T Villas + 3 hse366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages +3 hse366--0266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas366-0065 Tanny Key +43 hse366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse366-3121Hotels and House Rental AgentsMan-O-WarIsland Home Rentals +8 hse365-6048 Schooner’s Landing 5 condos365-6072Marsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms367-2158 Abaco Real Estate +6 hse367-2719 Alesia’s 3 rms367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms367-4000 D’s Guest House6 rms 3367-3980 Great Abaco Club + 12 hse367-4151 Island Breezes Motel8 rms367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas6 cott367-3600 Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 effic367-2227Moore’s IslandMoore’s Is Bonefish Camp8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeisha’s Resort366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort14 rm366-4119 Rickmon’s Bonefishing 10 rm366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club365-8500 Banyan Beach Resort21 rm365-8111 Island Dreams + 45 hse365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort95 rms365-8801Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villa365-2222Web Sites with Abaco Informationhttp://www.abaconian.com 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 with multiple cottages and houses Rev. 29 Aug 05 Diamente Dental ClinicDr. J. Denise Archer D.D.S. Garnett Archer Mem. Blvd., Suite #6 P.O. Box AB 20579 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Website: www.diamantedental.com (appointments can be made online) Tel: 242-367-4968 • Fax: 242-367-3001 Emergency 242-554-8327 Email: dentalspecialistabaco@yahoo.com • Dr. Barry L. Russell December 9 of the Bahamas Orthodontic Center Orthodontics (Braces) • Dr. Kendal Major December 7 Periodontics (gum disease) Implants • Dr. J. Denise Archer Mondays Saturdays General Dentistry Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) available Rich’s Boat Rentals“Abaco’s Best Rental Fleet” At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21’ Paramount $150 $395 $695 26’ Paramount $200 $575 $995 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour Again the danger of an explosion or major flare-up is severe. In the fire on November 17 other hazards came from the residents themselves. Some of the younger men felt that the firemen were not adequately protecting their houses. Groups of excited residents would take the hoses from the firemen to direct the water on buildings of their choice, then berate the firemen because the water ran our. Once the water was gone, nearby building could not be protected. The firemen understand their limitations with available water and use it carefully. That may mean ignoring a structure that is beyond saving in order to protect nearly buildings. Bystanders would incorrectly assume that the firemen were indifferent to getting the fire extinguished. Trucks leaving for more water had to back down narrow roads, avoiding cars and furniture. Sometimes when the truck would return from refilling their tanks, the roads which they had just used were blocked with household items that the residents had removed from houses in the path of the fire. This meant that any plans for stopping the fire at natural fire breaks had to be rethought. Even more serious were the threats from men with knives that the firemen had directed at them. One of our firemen, a woman from the Marsh Harbour department actually had her fire jacket cut and was bruised with the knife that was thrust at her. Fortunately, the knife did not penetrate her skin. But this hostility was scary. Many firemen expressed that they were not anxious to return to such dangers. The police department and the fire departments have been in talks concerning some of the problems unique to the Marsh Harbour situation. A meeting held on November 23 proved to be very beneficial. The firemen want police protection when they are called to a fire in one of these immigrant communities. The police were not aware of some of the problems faced by the firemen. Many problems were discussed and solutions were suggested. This is the first time the two groups have met to work out problems. The cooperation between the two groups was evident and future meetings will work out more details. uge with friends, family and neighbours. This was the fifth major fire in the twin illegal shanty towns of The Mud and Pigeon Peas in the last decade. The last was in May 2003, when 70 houses were destroyed in Pigeon Peas. In The Mud, five houses were burnt down in October 1994, 14 in December 1998, and 20 in March 2000. Please see Fire Page 4 ConcernsFrom Page 6 Court FightFrom Page 10 hamians. Min. Gibson and Griffin were dispatched to Abaco by Prime Minister Christie the morning after the fire, to assess the devastation and speak to the victims. Assistant Commissioner Greenslade, who is in charge of the Northern Bahamas Region of the Police, arrived that morning from Freeport. A contingent of ten internal security officers under the leadership of Inspector Strachan arrived to remain on duty here as long as required. Commissioner Greenslade also brought a team of fire officers from Freeport to investigate the fire. MeetingFrom Page 25 In essence, it is about respect for local rights, to send a clear message to developers and government that this situation is not a flash in the pan but the beginning of appeal after appeal, challenges in the courts, fight in the media and on the internet. A political struggle to vindicate the rights of Guana Cay residents is now underway. The greater message is that this is not just about Guana Cay. The same thing is happening on Harbour Island, Bimini, Mayaguana, Grand Bahama, Exuma and Andros. Central Government thinks the Family Islands are theirs to do with as they wish. Government pays lip service to respecting the environment, but every day is destroying the environment. The Bahamas is a coastal community with very little land. We need to preserve it not only for Bahamians but for investors and tourism. If we dredge the mangroves, fill in the wetlands, destroy the flora and fauna, not only will we be killing the goose that laid the golden egg, but we will be destroying our heritage. There will be nothing left. We can’t continue to give away all our land. There is no need to give exemptions for customs duties, stamp tax, business licence and hotel tax as investors will still come. This is the cheapest deal in town. Investors can pay normal taxes. In an earlier era we may have had to give enticements but we are now a sought-after destination and newcomers can they pay their own way. It shows we have no faith or belief or pride in our Bahamas if we continue to give away our land.

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 27 Dive Shops Dive Abaco, Marsh Harbour.........367-2787 Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh H.367-2963 Froggies, Hope Town................... 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay....365-8465 Treasure C. Adventures................365-8111 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay.......365-4411 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 Bargain Car Rentals..........................367-0500 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 $45 OW / $90 RT Children half fare Call Abaco 365-2356 for information Bus between Freeport and McLeans Town Rental automobiles at both terminals. ahamas Ferries Sandy Point to Nassau under 4 Hr. Call Sandy Point 366-4119 Wednesday, Friday & Sunday Lv Sandy Point for Nassau Adults $90 RT, $50 OW Islander Express Bus M Harbour & Sandy Point -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. The Great Abaco Express Marsh Harbour bus to N Abaco Call 367-2165 Lv Marsh H. 5 am & 12:30 pm, connect with ferry to Grand Bahama & bus to Freeport Lv Crown Haven 9:30 am & 5:30 pm bringing ferry passengers to Marsh Harbour From Freeport take cruise ship to Ft. Lauderdale or ferry to West Palm Beach Sandy Point Patrick Roberts .... 366-4286 Nicholas Roberts Derrick Gaitor Ferdinand Burrows366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain ....... 366-4107 Floyd Burrows ..... 366-4175 Links Adderly ....... 366-4335 Valentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows ..... 366-4233 Marsh Harbour Jody Albury ......... 375-8068 Terrance Davis .... 367-4464 Buddy Pinder ....... 366-2163 Justin Sands ....... 367-3526 Danny Sawyer ..... 367-3577 Jay Sawyer ......... 367-3941Bonefish 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 ......... 366-0234 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) + Picnic tables & restroom only Provides ride from town 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...........................$$$.............367-2074 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn...............$.............367-2022 Mother Merles................$$ Hope Town Abaco Inn.....................$$$.............366-0133 Capn Jacks......................$.............366-0247 Harbours Edge............. $$.............366-0087 H T Harbour Lodge.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Rudys Place.................$$$.........366-0062 Sea Spray.......................$$ .........366-0065 Man-O-War Pavilion .............................$.............365-6185 Hibiscus.............................................365-6380 Island Treats Snack Bar....................365-6501 Guana Cay Blue Water Grill............$$$.............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 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 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 & corrections to our attention Emergency ServicesPolice Marsh Harbour 367-2560 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Dundas Town 367-2935 or 4935 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 Fire Man-O-War 365-6911 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbou r 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 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 29 Nov 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 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 Laude rdale........ .... ......... 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 Poin t........................................................$135 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wallys & Eastern Shore.......$ 2 each Jib Room................................................................$ 3 each Solomons Super Center ..........................................$5 + $3 Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Govt dock ........................$ 6 + $3 Government Freight Dock .......................................$ 7 + $3 Gov.Clinic, W. Auto or Nat. Insurance.....................$ 9 + $3 Mother Merle restaurant .........................................$10 + $3 Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour Children under three free Uncaged pets as people Luggage $.50 each over four, Surf boards $3.00 ea. Between Treasure Cay Airport and: Effective July 2004Treasure Cay Resort ..............................................$18 + $5 Madeira Park ..........................................................$12 + $4 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock.....................................$6 + $4 Moxy .......................................................................$16 + $5 Bahamas Star farm ................................................$20 + $5 Sand Banks............................................................$22 + $5 Joes Creek.............................................................$40 + $6 Black Wood............................................................$16 + $5 Fire Road & Coopers Town...................................$35 + $5 Cedar Harbour ........................................................$50 + $5 Wood Cay...............................................................$55 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $60 + $5 Fox Town................................................................$65 + $5 Crown Have n..........................................................$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 Points of InterestAlbert Lowe Museum...........................Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibitsGreen Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden.............. Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum............Hope Town Elbow Cay Light Station...............................Hope Town Walk to & swin onMermaid Reef off M Harbour Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole off Treasure Cay farm road Open Nights OnlyTo Abaco by land and sea from Florida Take Discovery Cruise Line (954-971-7347) from Ft. Lauderdale or CloudX ferry (866-4733779) from West Palm Beach to Freeport Bus to McLeans Town Ferry to Crown Haven Bus to Green Turtle Ferry or Marsh Harbour Taxi to Marsh Harbour ferry dock Ferry to Hope Town, Man-O-War or Guana Cay

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By Lindsey Delaplaine The 7th annual Big Hill Box Car Derby Races were a huge success with most of Hope Town and many guests from other islands turning out to enjoy the fun. This event started in 1996 and was originally held on Boxing Day. But due to the busy holiday season, the event was moved to the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. It has been held every year since, except for 1999 after Hurricane Floyd and last year after the double strikes of Jeanne and Francis. The course is set on Elbow Cay’s “Big Hill” right in the center of the island. The race track is 800 feet long and, thanks to the recent completion of the road paving, speeds were faster than ever. The event was sponsored by Gatorade this year, but everyone on Elbow Cay came together to make the event possible. There were volunteers everywhere with most of the local businesses contributed something. Cracker P’s donated a lot of the food along with Sweeting’s Grocery, Vernon’s Grocery, Abaco Grocery, Hope Town HarbourBox Car Races Are a Rousing SuccessHope Town’s Annual Event Draws Competitors and SpectatorsVOLUME 13, NUMBER 23, DECEMBER 1st, 2005 Please see Box Car Page 2 The Annual Box Car Derby held on Elbow Cay on the Saturday after Thanksgiving is anticipated eagerly by spectators and particpants alike. People from several towns compete in the down hill and slalom races for adults and juniors. The event is a f und raiser for sports programs on the cay. Here the Green Machine took on Stephen Malone.College Fair Attracted 28 CollegesBy Lindsey Delaplaine The Bahamian ban on grouper will once again come into effect on December 13 until February 3, 2006. In November, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, sent a strong warning that persons caught fishing for grouper during the ban period would be fully prosecuted. He said these persons would face a $5,000 fine and could have their vessels confiscated. “Fishermen beware.” said Gray in an article published in the Bahama Journal.Grouper Ban Starts December 13“You’re not to be caught with grouper in your boat after the season closes because if you’re found in possession of them, the outcome would not be one that you would enjoy.” Gray said persons who already have an abundant supply of grouper and intend to sell them during the closed season should make a report at the Department of Agriculture so that they would not be subjected to prosecution. Min. Gray said the grouper ban has as-Walk-a-thon Raises School FundsThe PTA of St. Francis de Sales School in Marsh Harbour raises funds each year for school enhancement by holding a walk-a-thon. This year the money will be spent to purchase additional computers for the school’s computer lab. This year the walkers and cyclists, with a police escort, rode and walked all the way to Spring City while the very young children went to the Airport Round-about. Scho0l Principal Receives Environmental RecognitionPrincipal Candace Key of Hope Town was honored by winning the prestigious Green Apple Environmental Award. This was for her efforts in environmental education with studetns for the past 28 years. Local businesses and individuals raised funds for her and Anne Bootle to travel to London for receiving the award. The awards were presented at the Parliament building. See story on page 6. This year’s college fair was held on November 15 at New Visions. These male students get a glimpse of student life at Berkeley College in New York. That school does not require students to take the SAT exam. This fair provides an opportunity for students to discuss their specific questions and problems with counsellors from schools. These counsellors can provide information about courses offered by the school as well as facts about scholarships available and campus life. See story on page 6. Please see Grouper Page 20

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Page 2 B The Abaconian December 1, 2005 Abaco ExpressProviding U.S. Mail and Parcel ServiceBetween West Palm Beach and Marsh Harbour Call for Details 242-367-3450 561-689-1010 www.cherokeeair.com 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 242-366-3088 (h) MARSH HARBOUR & OUTER CAYSjamesanddonna@ erabahamas.comwww.erabahamas.comJAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES Tel: 242-366-3088 MARSH HAROUR & NORTH & SOUTH ABACOjamesanddonna@ erabahamas.com2809 ATLANTIC OCEAN PARCEL WITH BREATHTAKING BEACH ,VERY PRIVATE COCO BAY PARCEL WITH DOCK AND DREDGED CHANNEL. $750,000.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 13359 CHEROKEE HOMECUTE 3 BEDROOM /1 BATH COTTAGE, IMMACULATELY KEPT & VERY COMFORTABLE.CALL FOR DETAILS13001 13003 LITTLE HARBOUROn the habour front in quaint Little Harbour. Extraordinary views Great Elevations.STARTING AT $170,000 TREASURE CAY TWO ADJACENT LOTS ON GOLF COURSE. PRICED AT $42,000 EACH .MARSH HARBOUR COMMERCIAL ACREAGE. CALL FOR DETAILS LOTS AVAILABLE IN CASUARINA POINT AND BAHAMA PALM SHORES STARTING AT $25,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORES BEACH LOT STARTING AT $110,00 REGATTA TIME SHARE FOR SALE STARTING AT $6,000CHEROKEE HILLTOP 100 ELEVATION, BREATHTAKING OCEAN VIEW, 3 LOTS. STARTING AT $189,000. CHEROKEE SAND BAR LOTS STARTING AT $169,000. 13254 HARBOURFRONTON THE HARBOUR IN PELICAN SHORES, THIS ELEGANT, SPACIOUS, 5 BED,4.5 BATH HOME IS PERFECT FOR A FAMILY OR CORPORATE INVESTER. CALL FOR DETAILS.11/15/05 THE SAND BAR at CHEROKEEPotential for expansion. 2+/acres of pristine water front property. Small villa and restaurant buildings. Spectacular views of ocean ad sound.$2,455,000. 2818 CASUARINA POINTSPACIOUS BEACH FRONT, 4 BED AND 4 BATH. GORGEOUS VIEW OF BAY AND ATLANTIC OCEANOFFERED AT $695,000 2840 TILLO CAY3.75 ACRE SEA-TO-SEA 2 BED/1.5 BATH COTTAGE PROTECTED BOAT BASIN W/ HORSESHOE DOCK. BRING YOUR YACHT. MOTIVATED SELLER!!REDUCED PRICE $1,850 ,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORESLOVELY ISLAND STYLE 3 BED,2 BATH BEACHFRONT HOME. 20 ON 100 GORGEOUS BEACH FRONT. COME & RELAX!! OFFERED AT $580,000 13240 PELICAN SHORESTHIS 3 BED, 3.5 BATH HOME IS SITUATED ON 2 ACRES. POTENTIAL FOR CONDO/TOWNHOUSES WITH PRIVATE MARINA. $2,000,000. 3035 CHEROKEEHILLTOPEXTRAORDINARY OVEANVIEW PROPERTY. PRIVATE AREA. 1/2 ACRE LOTS AVAILABLE STARTING AT $189,000.TWO NICE BUILDING LOTS IN SECLUDED DEVELOPMENT. GREAT INVESTMENT. SOLD 13312 CASUARI NA POINTLOVELY 4 BED, 2 BATH CANAL FRONT HOME, SITE 120 FEET OF SEA WALLED PROPERTY. A BOATSMANS DREAM. COME RELAX WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. $750,000 13345 CASUARINA POINTCUTE COTTAGE ON CORNER LOT WITH EXTRAORDINARY VIEWSUNDER CONTRACTSAND BAR LOTS $169,00013088 Box CarFrom Page 1 Lodge, Abaco Inn, L.V.A., Capn Jacks, Island Bakery and Sea Spray. Prizes were contributed by Cracker Ps, On Da Beach, Froggies, Lighthouse Marina, Imports Unlimited, Sea Horse Marine, Island Marine, T&N Golf Cart Rental, Island Cart Rental, the Chopping Block, Hope Town Wine and Spirits, Da Fina Tings, Fantasy Boutique and Ebb Tide. This year there were 13 adult entrants in the race. The father and son team of Pat and Dan McCully competed in Sun Streak, father Dan handling the downhill and Pat taking his turn in the slalom. Justin Thompson drove Hard Times, complete with a rear spoiler. The champion for the last few years, Rick Sweeting, was there to defend his title in New Creation. The team of Colyn Lightbourne, Tommy Bethel and Mike Jones raced in the Flintstone mobile, yabba-dabba, doing their way down the course. Corey Engle piloted the Bahamas Amateur Surf Association car, which had the best paint job, but one of the slower times. Wahoo Wally drove for Cracker Ps. The second female driver ever in the Box Car races, Monica Cook, drove 48 Hours, so named because they started work on the box car 48 hours before the race. Rumor has it they were practicing in the dark the night before. That practice must have paid off as Cook did an excellent job in her first appearance. Another father and son team, Shane and Don Cash, competed with Last Minute #14 a cart that resembled a street luge. It had good speed, but seemed to be difficult to maneuver from the reclined position Cash was forced to drive in. He gave the crowd, and his mother, a heart stopping moment when he veered off the course during the slalom race. The Marsh Harbour Yacht Club entered a dingy on wheels, the Jib Room, which moved so slowly they took a standard poodle for a ride in one of the races. Stafford Patterson drove Streamliner. While he wasnt the fastest on the track, he definitely had the best sound, thanks to the speakers he had mounted on either side of his box car. The Scurvy Few, who are currently News of the Caysrunning the local Toy-for-Tots effort in Marsh Harbour, had a fast-looking entrant name for their group. Charles Cook piloted the Green Machine, a five wheeled cart modeled after a Big Wheel. Local sailboat racer Jeff Gale rounded out the adult fleet with Lounge Lizard, another cart modeled after a street luge, but this one didnt quite have the speed as Gale had trouble crossing the finish line in one heat. He defended his cart, saying it was just slow to get started. In the down hill races defending champion Rick Sweeting once again took first with the Scurvy Few close behind. The McCully team came in third. Rick Sweeting also took first in the slalom event, but the McCullys beat out the Scurvy Few for second, leaving them to take third. Justin Thompson took first in the consolation competition, the Flintstone mobile took second, Charlie Cook was third and Jeff Gale took fourth. Please see Cays Page 3 Even the youngest spectators can dream of racing one the box car entries. However, it will be a few years before he will be able to compete. The derby does have Junior categories as well as adult categories.

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 B Nassau: 242.322.2305 Lyford Cay:242.362.4211 Marsh Harbour:242.367.5046 Hope To wn:242.366.0163 Treasure Cay:242.477.5821 Elbow Cay Properties:242.366.0569 Lubbers Quarters Cay:242.366.3143 Eleuthera & Harbour Is:242.332.2820Damianos Sothebys International RealtySIRbahamas.com Head Office, Nassau: t 242.322.2305 f 242.322.2033Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated. George Damianos, CRS, CIPSgeorge.damianos@sothebysrealty.com TREASURE CAY SEAGRAPESŽ World famous location. Sandy beachfront residence with awesome ocean views. Professionally decorated featuring 3 bedrooms 3.5 baths, open concept kitchen, dining & living rooms ideal for entertaining. $3,700,000. #2887 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY SERENITY HOUSEŽ is a modern 5,600 sq. ft. two storey four bedroom 4.5 bath CBS home offering incredible ocean views from every room. Designed by noted Bahamian Architect John Darville. Two fully landscaped lots with 290 ft. oceanfront. US$3,900,000. #1660 TREASURE CAY CASA BELLAŽ Luxury 3 bed 3.5 bath beachfront home bordering white sand and crystal blue water. Professionally decorated 5,200 sq. ft. of living space with 12 foot ceilings. Marble floors, granite countertops and more. US$3,100,000. #2640 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 TREASURE CAY CASTLE ROCKŽ Nestled amid palm trees and tropical foliage is this beachfront 4 bed 4 bath home with heated fresh water swimming pool. Panoramic vistas at this world famous location. Excellent rental history. US$1,550,000. #3029 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY CROSSWINDSŽ Four bed 3 bath 2,800 sq. ft. family home and apartment. Located in multi-millionaire neighbourhood. Family room, 2 central A/Cs, 2 generators, 2 fresh water wells and manicured garden. $820,000. #2516 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY HILLTOP ESTATESŽ Hilltop 3 bed 2 bath home located 60 feet above sea level with scenic views. The five acre property features hundreds of fruit bearing trees, hillside cottage and double carport. $650,000. #2115 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY Prime waterfront cottage development. Ten acre property with 460 feet waterfront, including a 120 foot beach. Four 2 bed 2 bath fully equipped cottages. Development potential as a marina, resort or fishing lodge. Price upon inquiry. #2407 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY SANDY SHORESŽ Beautifully laid out 3 bed 2.5 bath family home. This beachfront two storey home features an elevator and spacious living areas. Enjoy panoramic 360 degree views and serene ambience. $1,700,000. #2934 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 SUGAR LOAF CAY Parrot PointŽ Private island ambience at this 5.97 acre property with private harbour, marina with 300 lineal feet of dockage and electricity, main house, cottage, B.E.C. power, generator and ample fresh water. $4,000,000. #1669 George Damianos: 242.362.4211 Sid’s Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 J & J ELECTRICBILL JOHNSTONMIKE JORGENSENELECTRICAL CONTRACTORSINDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL SPECIALISTS CELL: 242-357-6674 (BILL) • CELL: 242-477-5222 TEL: 242-367-5145 FAX: 242-367-5144 P.O. BOX AB 20413 MARSH HARBOUR ABACO BAHAMASE-mail: abacobill@batelnet.bs More News of the CaysThe juniors had three entrants. CaysFrom Page 2 Bronson Roberts raced the Flintstones mobile down the course, giving the crowd their only serious crash for the day. Luckily, the driver and the cart were both ok. His crash left Ben Cabral in Yellowtail and Stephen Malone to battle it out for first and second with Stephen coming out on top. The money raised during the races went to benefit Youth Sports, but Youth Sports was not the only lucky group. Thanks to emcees Tanya and Tito, the Bahamas Amateur Surf Association auctioned off one of their T-shirts for $450, with the Abaco Inn as the top bidder. Not to be out done, the Hope Town School auctioned off a pan of macaroni and cheese. The pan went for $500, purchased by Gary Sawyer, who donated it back to the school. They auctioned it off again for a $350 donation from Winding Bay. Later Baker’s Bay offered to match the donation from Gary Sawyer, which meant, combined with the bake sales, nearly $2,000 raised for the school.Harbour Lodge Hosts Art ShowBy Lindsey Delaplaine The Hope Town Harbour Lodge hosted a wine and cheese tasting, sponsored by Bristol Wines and Spirits in conjunction with a local art show on November 23rd. Nineteen local artists participated in the event. The art varied from Christmas and holiday decorations to paintings, pottery and jewelry.Town Boasts New LightsBy Lindsey Delaplaine It’s taken three District Councils and several years, but thanks to help from the Ketays and the Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Hope Town finally has street lights on the southern entrance to town. According to former Councillor Diane Bethel, the town had planned to put the lights in last year, but the plans were delayed by the hurricanes. This year the Council was ready to move forward, but they hit a financial roadblock. To wire the lights into the town’s electrical system would mean digging a trench quite a distance, an expense that the town budget couldn’t cover. Trying to find a solution, Councillor Bethel approached the Lodge to see if the town could connect into their power system. The Lodge agreed and went a step Tanya Sims was one of the artists who displayed art work at the annual art show held at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge on November 23. She has just recently begun showing her work on Abaco. Please see Cays Page 4

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Page 4 B The Abaconian December 1, 2005 Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday thru Friday • Charters & Water available on request Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 477-5292 375-8833 Great Guana Cay Aba Aba Aba Aba Aba co R co R co R co R co R eal Estat eal Estat eal Estat eal Estat eal Estat e Agency e Agency e Agency e Agency e Agency Abaco Real Estate AgencyAbaco’s Oldest and Most Experienced Real Estate Agency“ EXCLUSIVE LISTING”GUANA CAY BEACH FRONT300 yards NE of Nippers Large 105’ x 300+’ building site HURRY $550,000 SANDY POINT BEACHFRONT2 Beautiful Lots $89,900 each or $165,000 for bothSUNRISE BAYMarsh Harbour Only 10 lots remaining From $142,000OLD KERRJust South of Bahama Palm Shores 10.8 acres Great Elevations $165,000LONG BEACHLots 316 & 418 $48,000BAHAMA PALM SHORES2 lots $27,500 eachMARSH HARBOURCommercial Lot Near Spooners Dept Store $150,000ABACO REAL ESTATEP.O.Box AB-20404 Marsh Harbour, Abaco,BahamasPhone : (242) 367-2719 Fax : (242) 367-2359 • www.abacobahamas.comContact Bill Thompson 477-5712 Lil Bill Albury or Elaine Thompson MARSH HARBOURCOMMERCIAL2300 +/sq. ft. Building 10,500 sq.ft. property GREAT LOCATION Call for information CROSSING BEACH AREAMarsh Harbour 3/4 acre 138’ waterfront $365,000REGATTAS OF ABACOUNIT 307 2/2 Beautifully furnished GREAT BUY $276,000YELLOWWOOD, CHEROKEE1.17 Acres Great Views of Winding Bay & Atlantic $300,000BUSTIC BAY2 1/2 Acre Lots each with 100 ft Waterfront. 10 minutes to Marsh Harbour $89,000 eachORCHID BAY, GUANA CAY1.07 Acre waterfront Lot 144 on Sea of Abaco $849,000LEISURE LEEInterior Lots from $34,800DORROS COVEElbow Cay Lot#39 With private boat slip $250,000UNDER CONTRACT Former Hope Town Councillor Diane Bethel presents a bouquet of flowers to Raymond and Catherine Ketay, owners of the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. The Ketays donated the elegant new street lights that grace the sidewalks on the southern entrance to Hope Town. More News of the Cays2005 2006 Hope Town Sailing Club Racing CalendarThe Hope Town Sailing Club holds a series of races each winter. The cruising class races are open to all cruising sailboats, small and large. No membership or entry fee is required. Any skipper can register at 9 a.m. at the Hope Town Sailing Clubhouse on race day or can contact the Race Committee Chairman on VHF Ch. 66 after 10 a.m. on Race Day. A BYOB Awards Party follows each race at the Clubhouse at 4:30 p.m. Monday, December 26 11 a.m. The H. Bowen White Trophy Race Wednesday, January 4, 2006, 11 a.m. The Charles P. Manchee Trophy Race Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 11 a.m. The S. Yeardley Smith Trophy Race Wednesday, F ebruary 1, 2006, 11 a.m. The William Gillies Hope Town Cup Race #1 Friday, February 3, 2006, 11 a.m. The William Gillies Hope Town Cup Race #2 Wednesday, February 15, 2006, 11 a.m. The Founders’ Cup Race Wednesday, March 1, 2006, 11 a.m. The Spring Regatta Race Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 11 a.m. The Burton Russell Trophy Race Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 11 a.m. The Charles Pollack Trophy Race The Hope Town Sailing Club also hold a series of Abaco Dinghy Races that are open to all Abaco-built dinghies. No membership or entry fee is required. Again, register with the Race Committee Chairman out on the race course. A BYOB Awards Party follows each race at the Clubhouse at 4:30. Saturday, March 11, 2006, 10 a.m. Tune Up Challenge Race Saturday, March 18, 2006, 10 a.m. Baverstock Race Saturday, March 15, 2006, 10 a.m. Abaco Joy Trophy Race For more information call the Hope Town Sailing Club Race Committee on the VHF radio at any time Ch. 16 or 68. Spectator boats are welcome. It’s a beautiful sight and a fun day on the water. further; they offered to buy the lights for the town. Councillor Bethel was happy to agree as budget constraints had meant that the lights the town could afford were not as high of quality as the Council would have liked. Once the style of lights was agreed CaysFrom Page 3 upon, Council paid for the hard costs of wiring in the lights, and Jamie Bethel and Richard Cook made the installation possible by donating their time and expertise with assistance from Tommy Bethel. Now, not only do they light the road into town, but when the power is out, thanks to the Lodge’s generator, they continue to shine even while town is dark.Chili Cook-off Calls All ChefsThe First Annual Hope Town Chili Cook-Off in support of Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue is December 27th. Anyone interested in competing can pick up their entry papers at Lighthouse Liquors in Hope Town or from our website, http:// www.hopetownfirerescue.com. There are cash prizes for the winners. First place will be $200 plus a trophy, second place $125 plus a trophy, people’s choice $75 plus a trophy. The entry deadline is December 19 and they would like to see many entering this fun competition. Ferries will leave Marsh Harbour at 9 a.m. 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. and will return to Marsh Harbour at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. Competitors need to be there by 9:15 and are asked to be there until 2:30. Judging will take place at 11:15. The public is invited to attend even if you do not enter the competition Samples and bowls of chili will be available from 11:30 to 2:15.

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 B Nassau (242) 356-5030 Eleuthera (242) 359-7660Showing Integrity Every DayIncredible hilltop home named for the ancient Tamarind tree that stands proudly surrounded by the breezey wraparound verandah. Beautiful, fully furnished 2 bed 2 bath home with one bedroom apartment and one acre of land in very private Lucayos Subdivision. Awesome view of the Sea of Abaco. Community dock steps away. Only 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 $70,0002 lots available each lot priced atNEW LISTING! Long BeachEXCLUSIVE LISTINGS Peek-A-View' Hope Town #2136 $868,000One 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 $156,000Breathtaking views await you once you are standing upon this lovely 10,000 square foot hill top property in Long Beach. Lot # 370 is a corner lot with great elevation and views of the open Atlantic Ocean. Nestled in a quiet neighbourhood about 30 minutes south of Marsh Harbour with quality neighbours to entertain once you build your dream home. Long Beach #2205 $89,000 Buttonwood #1849 $143,000This lovely, elevated lot overlooks the Sea of Abaco and is located in the quiet Buttonwood subdivision. Only a 10 minute walk to the settlement of White Sound and the beach, this lot is an excellent spot to build a cottage or rental home surrounded by native foliage. The community dock is just down the hill from the property. Gorgeous, 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath secluded home situated beachfront on the shores of Long Beach, minutes from Marsh Harbour. This picture book 2 story beach house is newly constructed, never lived in move in and decorate to your own taste. Excellent construction Hardy panel siding and hurricane resistant windows. #2221 $549,900Beautiful home overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Private dock permit already approved. Ideal family hideaway w/ private water access. 2 of the 4 beds have private quarters & baths. Ideal for entertaining, there is a bar set into the living room & a cosy fireplace to enjoy on those cooler tropical evenings. Wraparound decks are the perfect spot to enjoy the ocean view. West Wind' Buttonwood #1852 $1,500,000This 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 $144,000Beautiful Wooded Lot Elbow Cay #2175 $1,200,000Tamarind Hill White SoundCall 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

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Page 6 B The Abaconian December 1, 2005 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 ON 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 Bahama Palm Shores Bahama Palm Shores EXPERTS!!! No one sells more Bahama Palm Shores lots than us. Call today for available lots and prices. 1218 NEW EXCLUSIVE Two story home in Bahama Palm Shores offering two beds along with detached one bedroom guest cottage. A GREAT BUY!! Guana Beach House 1117 two bedroom beach house on beautiful beach perched on high dune. Great views. Excellent rental Shell House 1118 Three bedroom home verlooking the prettiest part of Guana's beach. Perched high on dune with steps to beach. Superb rental and great layout. Additional lot behind home included. 1216 NEW EXCLUSIVE 3/2 home upstairs with 2/1 and 1/1 apartments downstairs. All units fully and tastefully furnished. A must see!! Call for more info. Yellowwood hillside 1208 Hillside lot with great views of Cherokee and the mainland beaches and ocean looking south and views of Winding Bay. 1226 Royal Harbour waterfront Ideal protected dockage in Marsh Harbour. Close to town, all underground utilities. Yellowwood oceanfront 1221 0,000+ square foot oceanfront lot with spectacular views of Watching Bay. Over 120' of oceanfront Tilloo 1.8 acres with deeded dock slip, on Tilloo Pond 1 Nov 05 College Fair Is a SuccessBy Portia Jonsson Hundreds of Abaco’s high school students flocked to New Vision Ministries on November 15th for Abaco Central High’s Fourth Annual College Fair. The fair, which boasted a record breaking 28 colleges and universities including six from Canada and four from The Bahamas, allowed the students to explore their interests and find a college that is right for them. College Fair Chairperson, Mrs. Isobel Sherman, said word of word from the college representatives have made the fair grow. This college fair may not have had peanuts and popcorn but it was very informative. It gave the students the chance to talk to admission officers and school representatives and get a scoop on everything including what courses are offered to life on campus. It also helped them to rule out colleges, as well as introduce them to new ones. It was disappointing not to see more parents there accompanying their children as they explored their options for post secondary education. Choosing a college may be the most important decision of a student’s life. A college choice shapes other choices – lifestyles, values, occupations and place of residence. Ms. Shannals Johnson, Senior Mistress and Guidance Counselor at St. Francis de Sales School, would like to see the colleges offer more scholarships to international students and be more lenient with the SAT’s, which she says is a challenge for our students. First-timer to the fair was Berkeley College located in New York, which specializes in business. Berkeley College was one of the few colleges there that does not require SAT’s and scholarships are available to international students starting from 10 percent to 25 percent off the tuition. Scholarships are based on academics, background and financial need. Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) representative said they are being pressed by students, teachers and administrators as to when BTVI will establish an institution here. She advised that students are most interested in cosmetology, carpentry, office systems and construction. The information, she said, will be passed on to the directors in Nassau. Organizers of this year’s fair extend a special thank you to Abaco Reach Resort, Benjamin Stubbs, North Rock Water, Frederik Gottlieb, Mangoes Restaurant and all the participating schools.Principal Brings Back GoldBy Lindsey Delaplaine This fall Hope Town School Principal Candace Key was nominated for and won the prestigious Green Apple Environmental Award. The award was given by the Green Organization, a London-based environmental nonprofit. Even more impressive than winning the award for an outstanding career of environmental education, PrinciSchool Newspal Key won the Green Apple’s highest award level – she brought back the Gold. Principal Key was nominated for the award by the Ministry of Education through the Science and Technology Division by Assistant Director of Education, Mrs. Beverly J.T. Taylor. She was chosen based on her 28 years of environmental education and her involvement in many national and international environmental education forums, projects and conferences. She has traveled around The Bahamas, to Europe and the United States with her students for those projects as well as sponsoring environmental education forums for Abaco school students in Hope Town. During her tenure at the Hope Town School, it has taken part in many UNESCO and Bahamas Environmental Education Program projects. Currently, Hope Town is the signatory school in the Bahamas for the UNESCO’s Small Island Voice student internet forum. This forum allows students who live on islands from around the world Please see School Page 8 Grade 8 students went “head-to-head” in a record breaking 23 rounds in the Ministry of Education’s spelling bee competition held November 18th at the Learning Resource Centre. Emerging victorious were left to right: 2nd PlaceSantrecia Hield (Moores Island All Aged School), 1st PlaceAshley Hill (Agape Christian School) and 3rd Place-Candice Collins (St. Francis de Sales). The other schools competing were S.C Boodle Secondary, Abaco Central High and Forest Heights Academy. Congratulations to the winners! 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 PinderPELICAN SHORES Fantastic parcel of land on the harbour, over 1 acre, very private area EXCLUSIVE Marsh Harbour 2 Bed, 1 Bath Home on large lot. Fully furnished. Old Ballpark Rd. EXCULSIVE NEW PRICE $175,000 High Rock Beautiful home 3 bed / 2 bath, furnished, family room, central air, over 2,000 sq. ft. EXCLUSIVE $710,000 Pelican Shores Duplex 1,200 sq.ft. each side. Furnished, central air, patios. EXCLUSIVE $450,000 Regattas of Abaco Condos For sale or rent by Day, Week or Month Regattas of Abaco 2 bed upstairs / 2 bath, fully furnished, swimming pool, tennis courts, security. $275,000 SOLD1 MORE AVAILABLE $290,000 Call for Info Pelican Shores elevated lot on the harbour. One of the last (Beautiful views) Lots available on Pelican Shores. Exclusive $485,000 High Rock elevated large 3 bed / 3 bath, excellent sea views, nicely furnished, 2 car carport, central air, 1.08 acres $1.150 Million EXCLUSIVE Don MacKay Blvd. 2 buildings on 2 1/2 acres 1.3 million Exclusive Treasure Cay Carleton Landing Condos on the canal Call for info. Pelican Shores Large Lot on the Harbour. Can be made into two lots. Call for Info Bahama Palm Shores 2 bed / 2 bath home on stilts, on 2 lots, furnished, central air, tool shed, stand by generator & much more. Call for Info Little Orchard Triplex Two, 1 bed, 1 bath apartments One, 2 bed, 2 bath apartment, central air, fully furnished. Price $440,000 Murphy Town Lots for sale approx. 90’ x 100’ $36,000 each Forest Drive & Crocket Drive Two lots for sale. Call for info. SOLDHigh 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 P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas www.landandsearealty.com Telephone : 242-367-4962E-mail: lesliepinder@hotmail.com or leslie@landandsearealty.comIf We Don’t Have It, We Will Find It!

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 7 B Mailin Sands mailin@coldwellbankerbahamas.comPh# 242-367-2992 Fax# 242-367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20403 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour-#5106. Great Opportunity. Established commercial complex. features several retail stores and two rental apartments. All currently rented. Ideally situated on main tourist strip. GREAT INVESTMENTwww.coldwellbankerbahamas.comDundas 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. Yellowwood-Large waterfront lot available. Comprising 37,368 sq.ft of property, this parcel commands endless ocean views and runs 184 on the Atlantic.-$275,000 COLDWELL BANKER LIGHTBOURN REALTY Green Turtle Cay-#5191 Luxurious home located on a 2.5 mile sandy beach. Consists of five bedrooms, four bathrooms with wrap around verandas. Careful craftsmanship and attention to detail describes this villa. Offered at $2,300,000 Green Turtle Cay-#5077 Historic 10 room inn located in story book pretty New Plymouth. Comprising 10 guest rooms 40 seat restaurant and bar, patio and swimming pool. Painstakingly restored to its original Colonial condition. Offered at $1,780,000. Chris Farrington, BRI Sales Associate Green Turtle Cay, Abaco (242) 365-4695 Business (242) 365-4697 Fax (242) 559-8800 Cell chris@coldwellbankerbahamas.com ___________________________________________________________________ Yellowwood-#5263-2B/2B cottage newly built. on large lot -100 x 150. Features a laundry room, outside patios, and a hobby room.central A/C, and all appliances are include. A MUST SEE!-$219,000 Dec 1st 2005Dundas Town-#5276 Income producing property, unfinished duplex on elevated lot. Situated on lot 100x128-$92,000. Call for more details. Lubbers-#0350 -vacant lot in Abaco Ocean Club. Comprises 10,125 sq.ft. call today for more details. $70,000UNDER CONTRACT Green Turtle Cay-#5347 This island paradise is a rare find for the discerning yachtsman who is looking for privacy and all the amenities the island has to offer. 2 bed/2bath home also has a private dock and dredged channel. Offered at $2,300,000.00NEW LISTING NEW LISTINGSand Banks Near Treasure Cay -5432 10acres of property with a 1bed/1bath home features a canal and dock. Great bonefishing! Property has lots of potential, Call today. Yellowwood Cottage-#5027 partially completed 1bed/1 bath cottage on a 150x175lot. Near to Cherokee Sound. $150,000.00 Leisure Lee-#5366-3 bed, 3bath home in quiet neighborhood. 1,600 sq.ft. living space, extensive wrap around screened in porch and central A/C. All lots have beach access. $347,000.00Yellowwood-Vacant property features elevations and views of Cherokee Sound. This 33,690 sq.ft. lot is a great location for a home.-$82,000 NEW LISTINGOrchid Bay-#5428-The only bay front lot available in Orchid Bay. Over acre, and runs more than 100 on the Sea of Abaco. Picturesque views! Call today! This wont last long.-$789,000Ready to sell? Looking to buy? Call us today! orPlease visit our new office location on Queen Elizabeth Drive, Next to the Fire Station. Man-O-War Cay # 5439 2 bed/2 bath home in immaculate condition, 1,280 sq. ft. Features generator, tool shed and wrap around covered porch. Furnished and awaiting its new owner-$399,000. Man-O-War Cay-#5451-Two, 2bed/2bath cottages on 16,000 sq. ft. of waterfront property. Features 60,000 gallon rain water cistern, generator house and 15KW generator. Post card pretty view. $1,100,000.00 Call today!Marsh Harbour-List#5464-2bed/ 2 bath home in SweetingsVillage. Furnished, central A/C, hobby room and outside patio space. Call now! $250,000 NEW LISTING NEW LISTINGManjackCay-10 acres of property with beautiful beachfront at both ends. Protected anchorage on west side. Close to Green Turtle Cay.$2,000,000Man-O-War-#5475-Vacant property from sea to sea on Eastern Harbour. Total of 160 of waterfront. Rare offer. $830,500 Call now! NEW LISTING NEW LISTINGUNDER CONTRACT Man-O-War Cay # 5509 3 bed/3bath, two story home. Short distance to the Atlantic Ocean. Features an upstairs loft, 17.5 KW generator, several outdoor patios, basement, manicured lawn. $750,000.00NEW LISTING Long Beach-#5520 Long Beach is a 40 minute drive from Marsh Harbour. Lot 115 is a conerlot and in size. $55,000.00NEW LISTINGGreen Turtle Cay

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Page 8 B The Abaconian December 1, 2005 OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER TIES TIES TIES TIES TIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-561-656-9708 • Telephone/Fax 1-242-365-4636 E-mail: oceanblu@batelnet.bs • www.oceanblueproperties.comSales, Rentals and Property ManagementON GREEN TURTLE CAY: New listing! Family estate located on Gillam Bay and Black Sound consisting of one two story furnished house with three bedrooms; three baths; two kitchens and two living areas. Sits on rise of land with spectacular views of both Gillam Bay and Black Sound. 1.67 acres. Two vehicles. 2 car garage. Caretaker’s cottage with one bedroom and one bath. House has 120' dock on Black Sound in hurricane sheltered waters. 3.9 acres of property with 340' of beachfront on Gillam Bay. Estate can be sold as two parcels. $1.99 million for 2 story house. $3 million for beachfrout parcel. Viewing by appointment only. New listing! 118 feet of beachfront on north end of Bight O Bay. 174' deep. 1/3 acre. Gorgeous beach cove lot with stunning views of Atlantic Ocean. $620,000 (all closing costs included) New listing! 12,500 sq. ft. inland lot. Within walking distance of GT Club; Coco Bay Beach and Ocean Beach. Electrical supply nearby. $100,000 (all closing costs in.) New listing! Two newly built block construction 40x36 3 bedroom 2 bath furnished homes at the north end with beach access and gorgeous ocean views. The reef is only 75 yds. off shore for great diving. l8' vaulted ceilings in living room A/C. W/D. TV. Hand-painted cabinets. Storm shutters. RO system setup in but not installed. Use of shared private dock on Coco Bay. One half acre each. $1.55 million each (closing costs included.) New listing! Waterfront lot on Bay. Dock to be decked over with 10' draft protected during storms. A few steps and you are on Coco Bay Beach. Outstanding water views. 12,000 sq. ft. $650,000.00 plus 7% to close. New listing! 90' of beachfront on south end of Bight O Bay. 560' deep. One acre of spectacular white sandy beach. $840,000 (all closing costs in) New listing! Two 3/4 acre lots each with 112' of beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean. Short walking distance to great diving reef within 75 yards of shore. Exquisite ocean views. Quiet residential area. Ten minutes to a major resort. Each $625,000 plus 7% to close. For the discerning buyer seeking privacy and a secluded location. Two bedroom three bath furnished Bahamian style home overlooking Bluff Harbour and the Sea of Abaco. Good elevation. 30,000 gallon cistern. Dock with sling on Bluff Harbour. 2 acres with over 1,000 feet of shoreline. Gazebo to watch the sunsets. $3 million gross. Four unit furnished income-producing building with views of Coco Bay and use of shared private dock. $700,000 plus 7% to close. Three bedroom two bath newly constructed home in residential area overlooking green space and pond. Jacuzzi. A/C throughout. Fully fitted out kitchen. Vaulted ceilings throughout. Large decks. Screened porch. Landscaped. 1/4 acre. Close to town and within walking distance of Ocean beach. B$660,000 North End: Stunning three bedroom two bath home block construction home with fireplace. Outstanding views of Atlantic Ocean. 35' high elevation. Spacious screened in porch. One acre. 125' on ocean. $1.32 million plus 7% to close. Under Contract: Wood building on lot in New Plymouth Getzaway Cottage Gillam Bay Deck House Lot 8A and 9 Coco Bay prime water front residential to communicate knowledge and concerns and receive information and advice from students on other islands who have experienced similar situations. This month the Hope Town School has been invited to present an internet “paper” on various aspects of eco-tourism for other students involved in the forum to respond to. Green Apple Awards were given to many organizations in the United Kingdom. Organizations from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales were all represented. In the International Division awards were made to individuals and organizations from such More School News SchoolFrom Page 6 countries as Bahrain, Sri Lanka, Egypt, the United States and The Bahamas. Also winning from The Bahamas was the Waste Not recycling program and the Ministry of Tourism for their Coastal Awareness Activities. Those groups won the Bronze and the Silver level awards, respectively. The awards were presented in the House of Parliament in London. Mrs. Key stated, “Simply being inside the magnificent House of Parliament was an award in itself. The majesty and the presence of the historic building was awe inspiring.” The awards were presented in a pavilion overlooking the Thames River with the new London Eye attraction in the background. After the awards Mrs. Key and Mrs. Anne Bootle, the Principal of the Amy Roberts Primary School on Green Turtle Cay, found time to take a ride on the London Eye ride (the highest observation tower in the world), and travel to the Lake District of England and briefly to Scotland. While they were there, they enjoyed visiting with Bahamian friends now living in England. Mrs. Key said, “The trip was a wonderful experience for both of us. It was the trip of a lifetime.” Funds to sponsor the trip were raised locally by the Abaco Principal’s Association. Together with the Marsh Harbour business community, corporate partners, winter residents and business owners in Hope Town and Green Turtle Cay more than enough money was raised. Excess funds were donated to Mrs. Chere Pinder, Principal of the Great Guana Cay School, who has been seriously ill for several years. A donation will also be made to Every Child Counts.Abaco Central High School Gives ThanksBy Portia Jonsson Schools in The Bahamas have long had a tradition of Harvest Thanksgiving Services celebrated in the month of October, in keeping with the Church of England traditions. Please see School Page 9 Students, teachers and administrators of Central Abaco Primary came together for a special assembly on November 24th to celebrate Thanksgiving Day and give thanks to God for His blessings. A special luncheon for the teachers and guests followed the ceremony. Grade 6 students of Central Abaco Primary took prind in displaying some of the food items kindly donated for victims of Hurricane Wilma. A Thanksgiving service was held at their school on November 24th.

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9 B Blue SkyGALLERYOriginal Art !" Prints !" Framing Originals byLou Lihou Anne Ray Malcolm Rae William Johnson Shula Raney Alvin Moss Photography by TuppyLocal Artists Beth Sweeting Zandrick Jones Lori Thompson Dion Lewis Located Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh HarbourTel: 367.0579 More School News SchoolFrom Page 8 In recent years they have adopted the month of November following the American tradition. Our culture and heritage leads us to strive to put God first in all things and at this time of year we give thanks to Him for His many blessings. At Abaco Central High they hope to put the harvest back into harvest thanksgiving and gave thanks for the harvest of the sea and the land on November 24th in a Harvest Blessings Service at the school. Thanksgiving praises were offered in song, poem, scripture reading and dance. Guest speaker for the day was the Rev. David Cartwright of Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel. Many of the students have been hard hit by devastating fires and offered thanks to God for the comfort He has sent them in their time of need.Forum Stresses Reducing CrimeBy Portia Jonsson Abaco Central High School has decided that it has had enough of the negative dose of crime, violence, bad press and other deviant behavior aimed at destroying their young students, and it is now time for them to re-claim their children. To this end, a student forum was staged by the Guidance Department under the theme Stomping Out Crime One Student at a Time on November 25th on the school grounds. The purpose of this forum was to give students a safe environment to voice their opinions and concerns about pressing matters occurring in the school and community. Guest speakers for the day were Ms. Veronica Owens, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Cecil Thompson, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Education, Woman Sergeant Strachan, Mrs. Sandy Edwards, Mr. Patrick Glinton, Mr. Edward Taylor and Tajah Deveaux, Abaco Central High’s peer counselor. Topics included Psychological Effects of Deviant Behavior on Teenagers, Prosecution of Teenagers, Safe School Initiative, School Violence and The Developmental Effects of Early Sexual Activities on The Body. Mr. Glinton, a former Rastafarian and now jet-ski businessman from Nassau, gave students a powerful, honest and eye-opening account of his past life of crime and admonished them not to travel the same road. Crime and violence do not pay, he told them, but knowledge is power. Mr. Glinton recalled having a gun put to his head and the trigger pulled three times but “for some reason” he said, “I am still here today.” He sat on death row for three years and was released from jail in 1993. He told the students that these years in school are their most valuable time in life because what they do there would determine their future. “Respect the teachers,” he said in closing, “because what they have you need.” At aged 17 Mr. Taylor was charged with murder and served twelve and a half years in Fox Hill prison, locked away from society. He encouraged the students not to give up or be discouraged when persons count them out because he too was counted out, never to be seen or heard from again. Today he is a living testimony that one can overcome a life of despair. “I am impressed by what I have seen here today,” Ms. Owens stated and asked to be Please see School Page 11

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Page 10 B The Abaconian December 1, 2005 TREASURE CAYSHOPPING CENTER OPEN MONDAY-SATURDAY 8AM-6PM & SUNDAY 9AM-1PM CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTEDMORE PRODUCTS NEWLY RENOVATED Come and see whats new at Solomons Treasure Cay (formerly Treasure Cay Mini-mart) ONE STOP SHOPyou can have it all More of what you need in Treasure Cay

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 11 B Drill RigDock Construction Boat Lift SalesQualityBOA BOA BOA BOA BOA T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC.These lifts are made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel to maintain their finish and strength in our saltwater environment .Freddy Albury 242-367-4769 Brandon Thompson 242-367-2704 Fax: 367-2704 P.O. Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: drillrig@coralwave.com www.drillrig.i8.comWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts up to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote,The top spellers of grade 7 competed island wide on November 25 at the Learning Resource Center in Marsh Harbour. Coming in first place was Austen Koepp from Agape Christian School. Second place was Tyroneka Albury from Abaco Central High on the left and Darian Lightbourne of S.C. Bootle High School on the right. More School Newsincluded in the commitment that was made that day. “You have received a lot of good words and good seeds have been planted today,” she added. “I see a lot of anger but SchoolFrom Page 9 know after today you will be working it out and will be making the right choices.” She challenged them to go forward with a commitment to do what is right and reminded them that they have the support of the Ministry of Education. The marriage of Ms. Memose Daniels and Mr. Don Cornish was a private ceremony which took place on the beach at Treasure Cay on November 25 with Paster Earlyn Baillou officiating. Their reception was held at Regattas of Abaco on November 25. The bride was radiant as she and Don arrived as guests congratulated them. The evening was made more enjoyable with Shelley Austin as MC. The guests enjoyed a delightful meal by Terrell Russell and dancing to familar tunes played by Antonio Anderson. The Maid of Honour was Ms. Daniels sister, Antonaise, and the Best Man was “Stretch” Morley. Mr. Cornish is with the Ministry of Tourism and is presently working in the Fort Lauderdale office. Previously he is was manager of the Abaco Tourism office. Mrs. Cornish is employed at the Abaco Print Shop.Wedding Bells Ring for This Couple Tel. (242)367-2696 Fax: (242)367-5329 P.O. Box AB-20997 Marsh Harbour, Abaco www.islandlivingrealestate.com Beach Front Home, Treasure Cay $2,700,000 2-story, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on 2 lots adjoining a white sand beach. 4,700 sf of fully furnished and decorated luxury interior. Tray ceilings, crown moldings, recessed lighting, garage, & new appliances. Elevated Waterfront, Lynard’s Cay $144,000 No. 739 3/4 acre on the Sea of Abaco, Atlantic seaviews and deep water for a dock. Short distance from Little Harbour and Cherokee

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Page 12 B The Abaconian December 1, 2005 the perfect gift. For anyone. Anytime. Anywhere. the gift cardAny Amount! $25.00 $1,000.00Anywhere!Gift cards are available from and redeemable at any Solomon's or Cost Right locationsanywhere in The Bahamas & Turks & Caicos.Anytime!Your gift card never expires and you don't have to spend it all at once: the balance will remain on your card until spent.Anything!Redeem gift cards on anything in any of our 8 locations: Groceries, electronics, clothing, toys, housewares & more!Your Choice:Offers, terms & conditions apply to the gift cards available from and redeemable at Abaco Markets Solomons and Cost Right loc ations only. The gift card has no value until activated with purchase. Gift cards cannot be returned, exchanged or redeemed for cash. Gift cards cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or damaged. Perfect for Christmas gifts and bonusesfor employees,customers & associatesEmail giftcards@abacomarkets.com or call 1.242.325.2122 for more information Early Shopping Made Easy It's the gift that's "always just right"!SOLOMON'S, Queens Highway (Across from Kent Motors), Freeport, Mon-Sat: 8am-8pm & Sun: 8am-noon THOMPSONS WHOLESALE, Milton Street, Freeport, Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm, SOLOMON'S SUPERCENTER, Nathan Key Drive, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Mon-Thur: 8am-7pm, Fri & Sat: 8am-8pm, Sun: 8am-2pm SOLOMON'S TREASURE CAY (formerly Treasure Cay Mini-Mart), Treasure Cay Shopping Centre, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm & Sun: 9am-1pm COST RIGHT (formerly Abaco Wholesale), Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm, Credit cards accepted SOLOMONS SUPERCENTRE, Old Trail Road, Nassau, Mon…Sat: 8am9 pm & Sun 7am-12noon, Credit Cards accepted COST RIGHT, Town Centre Mall, Nassau, Mon…Fri: 9am-9pm & Sat 8am-9pm, Credit Cards accepted COST RIGHT, Leeward Highway, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, Open 7 days a week: 8am-9pm, Pizzeria hours: Sun-Thurs: 10am-11pm, Fri & Sat: 10am-mid night, Credit Cards accepted

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 13 B #8928. Secluded 4 bedroom, 2 bath home. Located directly across the lane from Eight Mile Bay and its gorgeous beach. Rooftop deck enjoys some of the best views in the area. Room to expand and put your personal touch to this promising home. $422,000BAHAMA PALM SHORES LYNYARD CAY#9510: Greenland Bay. Gorgeous, unspoiled beach front, dazzling white sand, rolling grassland interior. Parcels encompass 100 to 200 feet on the beach, depth of +/300’. 30 miles south of Marsh Harbour. Only one parcel may be sold in each instance; the entire acerage is not offered a whole. Starting at $ 120,000. GREENLAND BAY#9770: Leisure Lee. Lovely, oversized wooded home site containing 18,204 sq. ft. Inland location, road-to-road site with possible views of canal system and the Sea of Abaco if buyer “builds up”. A greenway borders one boundary making the site secluded and private. $68,500. LEISURE LEE #9492. Lovely homesite in secluded Bahama Coral island; just 10 minutes north of Marsh Harbour. Elevated and just across from natural wildlife area and 5 minutes to the secluded beach area. Great views if “built up”! Buy now for the future! $21,000.BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND EASTERN SHORES #9662. Treasure Cay. Located in Galleon Bay of Treasure Cay, this approx. 10,000 sq.ft. site is loca ore for the lucky buyer. Build up on “stilts” for views on all levels and added protection. Wellpriced for a quick sale $60,000.TREASURE CAY UNDER CONTRACT #9756. Lovely, oversized home site in Casuarina Beach Estates. Located at the end of a schedule cul-de-sac and directly on the golf course. Great investment for the future!. Price to sell at $45,000.TREASURE CAY DUNDAS TOWN #9601. Building site situated in Anchorage Estates, the perfect location for a small multi-family project. Located adjacent to the round-about, this 14,000 sq.ft. lot is zoned muti-family and could be developed for a small boutique style resort. $69,500TREASURE CAY #9323. Just built and never lived in! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, nicely detailed with arched interior doorways, tile and modern fully equipped kitchen. The perfect starter home for a young family. Near Government high school and all conveniences of town living. $165.000.MURPHY TOWN UNDER CONTRACT#3646: Two nice side-by-side home sites just 300 feet from Eight Mile Bay Beach. Good elevation, cleared and ready to build. Buy both for a generous building envelope and ‘build up’ for Atlantic Ocean views and breezes. $41,000 each.BAHAMA PALM SHORES #9939. Lovely wooded home site located in the secluded community of Bahama Palm Shores. The site is situated within 300 ft of the gorgeous 8 Mile Bay and its sugar sand beach! Build up for views and breeze. Priced to sell! $38,000.BAHAMA PALM SHORES #9934. “Southwind”. One of the first homes built on the lovely peninsula of Pelican Shores. Encompassing just under one acre of land, fronting on Duck Pond. Comprised of 2 bedroom/2 bath, den/library, open living and dining area and galley style kitchen. Included is a guest cottage, pool, enclosed 12Kw generator and dock. A promising property with superior land value and great potential for the discerning, imaginative buyer. SERIOUS INQUIRES ONLY PLEASE.PELICAN SHORES #9935. Lovely home site of approximately 10,000 sq.ft with high elevation and views of the sea on the west of Abaco and the South Side. Conveniently located just 3 miles north of Marsh Harbour. $35,000.BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND REDUCED !#9486: Rare homesite located on the secluded peninsula of Eastern Shores. Property runs sea-to-sea, 70' on the protected “Creek”, western boundry runs 120', eastern boundary 133'. Serious inquiries only, please. #9297: Bordering the Sea of Abaco with the Atlantic Ocean to the east, this expansive parcel boasts 77 fabulous acres, including high elevations, a pond, dense native coppice, numerous coconut palm trees and pristine white sand beaches. Serious inquiries only, please. #9092: Modern triplex with efficiency apartment. Well-built, solid concrete construction, tile floors. Spacious back yard. Convenient to Government Primary school and all amenities. Nice quiet culde-sac location. Fully furnished, this won’t last long! $285,000. REDUCED!UNDER OFFER!

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Page 14 B The Abaconian December 1, 2005BRIGANTINE BAY “Dolphin” Very special canal front CBS home, 2bed / 2 bath with living/dining/kitchen opening on to a covered porch. Also garage/ utility room as well as dock and boat lift. MUST SEE $984,000 GALLEON BAY CANAL / ESTATES “Seaductress” / “Harbour’s Edge” Modern CBS 3bed/ 3 bath home including private entry suite, pool, detached 2 car garage Except ional location and view. Many more features, must see to appreciate. NEW PRICE $1,265,000 + 7.5% closing WINDWARD BEACH ROAD “Darnell House” REAL PACKAGE DEAL Canal front home fully furnished, vacant beach front lot, car / golf cart / 23’ boat. Well planned home has 3 bedrooms / 3 bath, including master suite with 2 guest bed rooms, den, open livingroom, dining, kitchen, utility room, screened-in porch on canal side, large garage and covered carporte/breezeway, landscaping with fenced section. MUST SEE $1,284,000 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! $400,000 Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts Sales Associate Everett Pinder(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax Treasure 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 $556,000 +12% closing 3. TREASURE LANDING Condo units on interior property with direct beach access $349,000 + 14% closing 4. THE COTTAGES Now the newest oceanfront development on Treasure Cay beach com prising individual luxury units Starting at $625,000 + 14% closing TREASURE HOUSES Ocean Front Development Comprising 12 Luxury Units with Lagoon Pool / Waterfall Unit #9 2 bed / 2 bath octagonal home. Completely redone with additional storage below and storm shutters $550,000 ROYAL PALM Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Phase II Marina side 2 bed / 2 bath -12 ft. wide slip. Special location, end unit, never rented $430,500 ATLANTIS Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool Bldg 4 Upstairs end unit, 2 bed / 2 bath, totally redone, with boat slip, includes golf cart. MOTIVATED SELLER $406,000 OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Pool side / garden location 2 bed / 2 bath $369,000 VACANT LOTS AVAILABLE • Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. ocean front/ Sand Piper Bch. Beginning at $875,000 • Canal Front Beginning at $264,500 • Rock Point Waterfront, bulkheaded Beginning at $175,000 • Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $45,000 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Marina View 2 bed / 2 bath, end unit, extra features, never rented $212,000 BAHAMA BEACH CLUB New luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / onsite pool and many other features Starting at $783,500 Plus 14% closing LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE “Trident”/”Turquoise Seas” You cannot be more “on the beach” than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 3 1/2 bath in the main house with detached garage / bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widow’s walk. WOW! $2,500,000 + 7.5% closing “Cross Winds” Split level CBS home extra large lot across from 2 beach greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1bed/ 1 bed, living kitchen, enclosed patio. Plus! Plus! Plus! $868,000 + 7.5% closing SANDPIPER BEACH “Idle Hour” Seeing is believing describes the many features of this special home on our beautiful beach. Living space 2750 sq. ft., garage 450 sq. ft. beach side porch 550 sq. ft. Master suite bedroom / bath plus 2 guestbedrooms / 2 baths, large living / kitchen / dining / family room. Many, many features. MUST SEE $2,400,000 SOLD SOLDPart II By J. Hedden The pine forests of the Bahamas have been subjected to, if not directly exploited by, mankind ever since the first settlers arrived perhaps over a thousand years ago. However it is only within the last 400 years that the influence of man has had a direct effect on the welfare of the forest. Western man has always found it difficult to settle an area and try and maintain a harmony and balance with his surroundings. This is the price of increased trade and consumer demand for products. In the Bahamas this led to the annihilation of large iguana populations, the eradication of the West Indian monk seal, the extinction of the marine alligator, the disappearance of the chickcharne (a large owl) and now the threat to crawfish, conch and grouper populations. Greed always seems to overrule the need for well planned conservation practices; while simultaneously exploiting the commodity population. And so many of the native pine forest species have already disappeared. The original peoples of these islands, also extinct, lived in close harmony with their surroundings, which is why early settlers could describe large populations of parrots, turtles, seals, flamingoes, iguanas and the like. Now the individuals that survive are protected in an attempt to prevent total extinction. Direct removal of a species is not the only way that western man has had far reaching effects on wildlife. Often his exploitation and altering of an environment will alter the ecological succession so that permanent changes to a species population will occur. This may well be so with the Bahamian pine forest, fires, and forest exploitation by man. As stated in the previous article, economic impact on the forest has occurred for over a thousand years through various forms of exploitation, including extraction of coontie for food, water, clay for pottery, commercial lumbering; and more recently, forest clearing for agriculture and developmentment (housing, water projects, mining and communications). Natural occurrences such as forest fires, hurricanes, freezes, salt water penetration all have an effect on the forest. For example, hurricanes may seriously reduce wild bird populations, allowing the pine borer (insect) numbers to explode, killing off large areas of pine before the bird population is able to recover. Natural fires occur during the wet and rainy summer months as thunderstorms develop from convectional air movements over the marls, and lightning strikes will often result in fire setting. These are usually contained to small areas, and of low intensity, due to green and wet foliage and grasses in the lower forest canopy. The result is localised burning which thins out excessive plant growth and numbers, returning nutrients to the land. In the absence of forest fires the broadleaf canopy would eventually grow into the pine canopy and block access to light, thus effectively removing the pine completely from the forest. So in a period of 50 to 100 years the forest would become a coppice (broadleaf) forest instead of a pine forest Fire has a complex ecological effect, and extremes either way could mean the annihilation of the pine forest. The “fire climax” demonstrates vividly how ecosystem components are constantly interacting, often with seeming disastrous consequences to the casual observer. The facts however show that forest fires do have benefits. The coppice (broadleaf) component of the under-storey is thinned, allowing young pine saplings to vertically emerge into the next level. The pine saplings themselves are thinned, retaining vigorous ones, thus reducing excessive competition for limited nutritional resources. The effects of high heat on the rock assists in break up into smaller soil like components, more beneficial for plant establishment. This “fire factor” has also encouraged adaptation and survival of native species. Animals go underground, including the parrot, which gives good protection from fast moving surface burning fires. Broadleaf components of the under-storey retain many stem buds just below ground level, thus allowing rapid regrowth after fire passage. Pine trees maintain a thick bark, and rings of needles around growing points to allow insulation from the heat. Palm trees maintain a thick fibrous trunk, new growth emerging centrally from the top; thus allowing protection of growing points from the fire. Fire also helps protect the forest from invasive “foreign species.” Many, including Casuarina and Brazilian pepper, are carried into the forest as seeds, quickly establishing themselves as a young part of the community. However, because they are not adapted to deal with fire, the young invaders are soon eliminated from the forest. Fire will also work in synergy with other environmental components to preserve the health of the forest. The seasonality of natural fires (rainy season) allows rapid recycling of nutrients by fungi and soil living animals for the nextFires Keep a Pine Forest Healthy Please see Pine Forests Page 15

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 B Bahamas Address:P.O. Box AB20737 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2091 242-367-3341 Fax: 242-367-2235 242-367-4885 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.comU.S. Delivery Address:Gulfstream Lines/Heavy Lift Services 801 Avenue E. Riviera Beach, Fl 33404 Tel: 561-840-9393 Fax: 561-863-3451 Contact: John Gilson Joint Venture ofUnited Abaco Shipping Co.&Marsh Harbour Shipping Co.* Weekly sailings from West Palm Beach and Nassau. NEW Warehouse outside of Port Security Area. When Shipping to Abaco RememberABACO SHIPPINGRELIABLE, DEPENDABLE AND PERSONALIZED SERVICE General Cargo, 20' & 40' Dry and Refrigerated Containers, Drive on Ramps, Special Charters to the Cays. M/V TRITON EXPRESS M/V DUKE OF TOPSAILABACOSHIPPINGABACOSHIPPING Congratulations!to Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Marty Roberts Jr.on the celebration of their marriage on September 3, 2005 at the Church of God on Man-O-War Cay. Kimberly is the daughter of Samuel & Vernell Rolle and Curtis is the son of Marty & Sherrie Roberts. The officiants were Bro. Bob Cornea & Bro. David Hoard. Kimberly moved to Abaco in June of this year and is employed at Bahamas Development Bank as an Administrative Assistant. Curtis is an Assistant Manager on Sandy Cay. Curtis & Kim are both 25 years old. They met each other in Nassau & after their first date they knew that God had brought them together for a reason. generation of the forest species. Hurricanes and storms of the summer also bring in marine salts and minerals to be part of this process. Hurricanes will also bring down trees with trunks damaged by fire, thus allowing more physical area and space for the new generation of trees. It can be seen that fires are a very important (essential) component of the Bahamian pine forest. They prevent the broadleaf under-storey from competing for light with the upper pine canopy (fire pruning). Fires assist in recycling nutrients through the different structural and metabolic levels of the forest community. Fires help eliminate invasive plant species from the forest. Fires also thin the numbers of pine trees in the community preventing overcrowding and loss of forest health. However, commercial exploitation for lumber over the last century has allowed frequent casual access by humans using the system of reservation roads. Boar hunting, dumping of garbage and farming have led to the careless start of forest fires before the normal summer season. Fires now occur during the dry season when vegetation is flammable, when winds tend to be constant and stronger, and the amount of fuel (dead undecomposed vegetation) is at its highest. The net result is a fire that burns hotter and engulfs a very large portion of the forest before burning itself out. The effect on the forest can be devastating. The immediate results are decimation of populations of fauna and flora during their early breeding season, destruction of whole populations of young replacement pine trees; and upper canopy, or crown, fires killing adult pine trees. The longer term effects are enhanced by the more frequent occurrences of these fires, which prevent normal succession in the ecosystem, stopping replacement of members of the pine land community. This could lead to the eventual removal of the pine forest and along with it the higher rainfall enjoyed by the pine areas. The forest fires that occurred in the spring of 2000, after Hurricane Floyd, were extremely hot because of fuel loading, so that many crown fires occurred killing adult pine (Spring City highway), and burning areas of normally immune coppice forest (Turtle Rocks and Schooner Bay). Both of these areas were limited in size. The pine will likely recover because of the closeness of seed bearing trees in the area while the coppice will take much longer. Larger areas would be much less likely to recover. The cure of course lies in two facets. 1) Do not prevent forest fires from occurring. They are essential for the health of the native pine forest. 2) Prevent careless, and arson caused, fires during the dry season and early spring when fires are at their most devastating. Don’t forget that the forest is becoming an essential part of our tourism Pine ForestsFrom Page 14Forests Are a Natural Resouce to Be Protected

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Page 16 B The Abaconian December 1, 2005 Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 840-9393 M/V Legacy c/o Palm Beach Steamship 158 B East Port Road Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Nassau Contact Ph./Fax: (242) 393-4371 Western End Potter’s Cay Dock Nassau, New ProvidenceServing Marsh Harbour and the Cays with Freight Service from Nassau and Palm Beach• Departing Palm Beach Weekly service* • 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 S t e i n e r H H o u s e T T r e a s u r e C C a y R R o a d 4 BR,2 1/2 BA $ 8 0 9 0 0 0 B a h a m a B B e a c h C C l u b 2039, Deluxe Beach-front Condo 3 BR,2 BA $ 8 5 0 0 0 0 G a l l e o n B B a y C C a n a l Waterfront Homesite $ 3 0 3 0 0 0 S a n d D D o l l a r 2BR, 2B, Beach front Condo, under renovations $ 4 6 2 5 0 0 H e l e n s P P o i n t G G a l l e o n B B a y Waterfront 4 BR,3 BA Home, Sea of Abaco views $ 1 3 8 8 0 0 0 G a l l e o n B B a y R R o a d Homesite overlooking Treasure Cay Marina $ 4 0 5 0 0 0 S a n d B B a n k s H H a r b o u r Up to 10 Acres Available. Pr ice upon request T w i n P P a l m s B B r i g a n t i n e C C a n a l Home, 3 BR 2BA pool and dock $ 8 7 0 0 0 0 E a r l y L L i g h t R R o y a l P P o i n c i a n a 2 BR, 2BA Condo on Treasure Cay beach $ 6 9 5 0 0 0 A t l a n t i s 2 2 2 0 2 2 BR, 2 BA Condo with 25' wide boat slip, including boat lift $ 4 0 5 0 0 0 U N D E R C C O N T R A C T A t l a n t i s 2 2 0 3 2 BR, 2 BA Condo with 15' wide slip, shares private breezeway with 2202 $ 4 0 5 0 0 0 U N D E R C C O N T R A C T 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 seven years of extensive and varied experience in real estate, both in the U.S. and the Bahamas, five 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. HGChristie.comP.O. Box AB 20777 Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 367 5454 Fax: (242) 367 5452 Hope Town, Elbow Cay Tel: (242) 366 0700 Fax: (242) 366 0701 Cell: (242) 477 5350 e.mail: kathleen@hgchristie.comWhen you require a Real Estate Appraisal, please call: By Richard E. Fawkes In a bid to engage in a profitable enterprise, a goal that has thus far proven elusive to it, the Abaco Agricultural Co-operative Society Limited (Farmers’ Co-op) has entered into a joint venture with B.G. Harmon, owner of B.G. Harmon Farms, to produce and market turf grasses (sod) and pot-grown tomatoes, commencing this month. At a meeting at Central Abaco Primary on November 19 the co-op’s chairman, Augustine Williams, informed the membership that the organization was forming a company called Abaco Farm Products Limited with Mr. Harmon to produce and market the products. Mr. Williams said Mr. Harmon, a U.S. citizen who has been involved in large-scale citrus farming in Abaco for 20 years, had invited the co-op’s management committee to join him in the joint venture some months ago, but that they were only able to publicly present the proposal at this time. Abaco Farm Products will be 60-percent owned by the co-op (with 100,000 shares at $1 per share) and 40-percent owned by Mr. Harmon (with 70,000 shares). Co-op members already own 40,000 shares by virtue of their membership. Mr. Williams said the remaining 60,000 shares are being offered to the 60-member co-op in two additional categories: members may purchase up to $2,000 worth of “special” shares; and they may also purchase additional shares at a minimum of $5,000. Shares in the company are not being offered to the general public. Mr. Harmon’s interest in approaching the co-op, according to Mr. Williams, was the 100 acres of land at Bahama Palm Shores on which the co-op has an option from the Crown. The sandy soil is considered ideal for the cultivation of sod. The co-op has agreed to lease 50 acres to Abaco Farm Products, starting with a first phase of 25 acres, which has already been cleared. Mr. Harmon, who was not available for comment, has done research which not only points to the viability of cultivation but a dynamic Bahamian market for the product through golf courses, recreational fields and business and residential properties, according to Mr. Williams. These needs are currently met through importation. Mr. Harmon has thrown into the deal a tomato farm he began near Spring City last year, which has been averaging $36,000 in sales per month on the domestic market. The co-op has assessed the infrastructure for growing the tomatoes in pots off the ground, along with other investments in this going concern at $200,000. Mr. Harmon is also offering equipment and machinery, along with farm management and expertise to the enterprise. The co-op will have primary responsibility for marketing. The joint sod and tomato enterprises are expected to employ 15 persons in the first year of operation. According to co-op member Rev. Charles Carey, who will manage the co-op’s side of the enterprise, the co-op and its members stand to benefit from a 100 percent return on their investments in a year, with cash dividends projected as high as $10 per share for members in good standing. Sod sales are projected to reach $83,000 per month as of April of 2006, with joint sod and tomato showing a potential income of $940,500 for an over $500,000 in profits after expenditures of $350,000. In projecting this to be its first profitable venture, the co-op is planning to use the windfall to retire outstanding debts, establish a mutual aid fund for members, upgrade equipment to better serve member’s needs, launch its corn milling programme and pay cash dividends to its membership, according to the venture’s prospectus. B.G. Harmon Farms’ citrus groves outside Spring City were among those hit by the deadly citrus canker which first appeared at Bahama Star Farms near Treasure Cay last year December. All the major citrus farms on Abaco have been closed and quarantined since then, resulting in the groves undergoing destruction and the local citrus industry being killed.Farmers’ Co-op and BG Harmon Undertake Joint Venture Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass CompanyWindow Glass Cut and Installed Screens Made and Repaired Commercial Store Fronts Installed and ReplacedYale WindowsIn Marsh Harbour on Don MacKay Blvd. 367-2442 Keep up with the Happenings on AbacoSubscribe to The Abaconian Today

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 B ARAWAK AGENCYC U S T O M S B R O K E R S Air & Sea Shipping Customs Clearance Freight Forwarding Transportation & Logistics Services Ship AgenciesFor More Information:Tel: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasVisit our office on Front Street One Call Does It AllŽ 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 Hope Town Abaco, Bahamas375-8655Mike Jones Sales Cell # 551-5545 mike@paradisebahamas.com Frank Knowles Sales Agent Cell # 375-8655 frank@paradisebahamas.com Officer Retires after 40 YearsBy Mirella Santillo On October 31 Inspector Milton Swain retired from the Police Reserves after 40 years of service. We all remember seeing him patrolling at the Marsh harbour airport in his full attire. Young Milton Swain, who was born in Murphy Town and grew up there, left Abaco to look for a job in Nassau. He found one with the Ministry of Health at Princess Margaret Hospital. The year was 1958. Seven years later an Act of Parliament established the Police Reserved and Milton Swain was one of the first to join. Inspector Swain said that when he was young, he used to say to himself, “I’d like to get a job where I can help my country.” And he feels that his wish was granted with the two jobs he held. “I worked fifteen years at the Police Station over the hill at the corner of Market Street and Quakoo Street. I enjoyed that. At that time it was entirely a volunteer job. The Police Reserves have come a long way now from what it used to be, he said, explaining the small stipend that he started to receive ten years ago. It was not much, not enough to live on, but it was something. I was lucky, he went on, that during my tenure I did not encounter any serious problem.” “When I came back home five years ago after spending 42 years in Nassau, I held a job at the Port Authority for a few months and then at the airport. I am glad to be home and retired with my health and strength. Asked what were his plans are for the future, Inspector Swain answered that after some rest, he’ll probably look for another job, something not too stressful, such as school security, perhaps. “When you have worked all your life, you have to keep working. Otherwise you get bored and sick so when I am tired of being home, I’ll start looking.” There was a small gathering at the Marsh Harbour Police Station on November 3 during which fellow officers bade him goodbye and joined in taking photographs. Police NewsThis group of police officers successfully took a course in first aid taught by Cpl. Joleathia Stubbs from Nassau. She is a paramedic and a trauma technician, holding 12 national licences. Shown are W/RP Margaret Reckley, W/Sgt. Ellen Strachan, Cpl. Christopher Farquharson, Cpl. Stubbs, W/Cpl. Jennifer Rolle, Sgt. Freemen Johnson and Insp. Godfrey Ferguson. In front are Pc. Smith and Cpl. Corey Scott. Inspector Milton Swain

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 B Well Done Drilling ServicesSpecializing inWell Drilling: Water Wells, Drainage Wells, Septic Disposal Wells Seawater Reverse Osmosis Systems: 350GPD to 200,000GPDExcavator Rental: Specialized Excavator Foundation Drilling for home foundations in sand and Excavator Digging Piling Holes: Piling Holes for home foundations and utility poles plantedTrenching: Trenching for underground utility services We serve all of Abaco including the caysCall us today for a free consultationMarsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842By Marjolein Scott A group of artisans and crafters from Abaco visited Nassau for the Annual Christmas Jollification. The event was held at The Retreat on Village Road, a lush 11-acre sanctuary that is the home of the Bahamas National Trust, the country’s chief agency of environmental conservation and manager of the country’s parks. The festivities began on November 18th for members of the Bahamas National Trust only and continued Saturday and Sunday for the general public. Overcast skies didn’t dampen the spirits of the record number of people attending the event. With over 60 booths to choose from, Christmas shoppers found an abundance of arts and crafts unique to The Bahamas. Exhibiting fine artists from Abaco Jeep Byers, Bob Zwickel and Marjolein Scott set up a Fine Art Gallery at the event. Their booth was overflowing with interested lookers and buyers. Jewelers Marlee Mason, Peter Bradley, Rome Heyer and newcomer Tanya Simms set up their booths in the Pavilion and the wrap around porch of the Trust offices. Close by was Kim Roberts, displaying her quilts. Steven Knowles showed his bowls and other wooden creations. Garnell Stewart played the keyboard to the delight of onlookers. Lynn Gape, Public Relations and Information Officer for the National Trust and organizer of the event, was very impressed by the Abaco artists in attendance.Abaco Artists Attend Nassau Christmas Show 11:00am 6:00pmFREE ADMISSION FREE ADMISSION FREE ADMISSION FREE ADMISSION FREE ADMISSION$2.00 fee for Antiques appraised Two Appraisers from Orlando Two Appraisers from Abaco Antique jewellery, watches & clocks will be appraised For more info contact Lee Pinder @ 366-2053 Proceeds benefit the Cherokee Sound Primary SchoolTalks on Abaco Antique Registry Stories by Patrick Bethel Plaiting Maypole Old Time Games Lots of Food & Drinks On October 20th a pool team from Mount Hope traveled to Freeport to represent Abaco in the 12th Annual Valley National Eightball Association International Bahamas Shoot Out, which was held this year at hotels in Port Lucaya. This is the first time that Abaco has been represented at this tournament. The team that went was the BJ’s Hustlers and was sponsored by Jonathan “Jonsie” Curry, who is the owner of BJ’s Bar and Restaurant in Mount Hope. Mr. Curry is a big supporter of many sports in North Abaco and should be an example to other businesses throughout Abaco. The team consisted of the following ten members: Captain-Harry Saunders, Norwood McDermott, Felix Johnson, Garvin Pinder, Rudolph Pinder, Pedro Thurston, Tom Lightborne, Jacob Cornish, Wesley Rolle and Romeo Rolle. These guys ended up winning the “B” division team title and bringing home a nice large trophy. And in the individual play there were approximately 200 players. Rudolph “Doolah” Pinder came in 10th and Jacob Cornish came in 11th. The League was started in 2004 by Sid Dawes (League President) along with Edwin Sands (VNEA Charter Holder) and they played a mini season and a full season that year. The Hustlers were supposed to compete in the tournament last year. However, due to Hurricanes Francis and Jean the host hotel was badly damaged and the tournament was canceled. Fortunately, The Hustlers kept their game together and were able to represent Abaco very, very well. Mr. Dawes stated that he is “very proud of their accomplishment” and hopes that it will inspire some more positive participation in the future. Congratulations to all of you at BJ’s.Abaco Pool Team Brings Home “B” Division TrophyNine artists from Abaco displayed their art work at the annual Christmas Jollification held in Nassau by the Bahamas National Trust. Their work sold well during the three-day event. Several attended for the first time. Become a December Member at a happy hour receptionfrom 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. hosted at Harbour sEdge (Hope T own) on December 12th Snappas (Marsh Harbour) on December 14th and the Blue W ater Grill (Guana Cay) on December 16th. Some Membership BenefitsAGAmembers appear in an artist directory Art Supply Discounts! Inside track to festival and art events in the Bahamas Networking opportunites Support Local ArtsArt Guild ofAbacoJoin theThe AGAis a non-profit organization Sharing a mission to support Abaco art and enhance the cultural life of Abaco.Welcoming Patrons, Artists, Galleries, Teachers and Students

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Page 20 B The Abaconian December 1, 2005 NippersBar and GrillCOMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2005/COM/COM 0032 IN THE SUPREME COURT COMMERCIAL DIVISION THE MATTER OF TRANQUILITY BEACH RESORTS LIMITED AND IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES ACT, CHAPTER 308 OF THE STATUTE LAWS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS NOTICE OF ADVERTISEMENT OF PETITION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Petition for the Winding-up of the above-named Company, TRANQUILITY BEACH RESORTS LIMITED, by the Supreme Court was on the 27th day of May, 2005 presented to the said Court by RANDY WALTER ALBURY of Guana Cay, Abaco, The Bahamas. AND that the said Petition is directed to be heard before The Honorable Justice Mrs. Vera Watkins of the Supreme Court sitting at Court No. 3, 2nd Floor, Supreme Court Building, Bank Lane, Nassau, Bahamas on Monday, the 23rd of January, 2006 at 10.30 in the forenoon; and any Creditor or Contributory of the said Company desirous to support or oppose the making of an Order on the said Petition may appear at the time of hearing in person or by his Counsel for that purpose; and a copy of the Petition will be furnished by the undersigned to any Creditor or Contributory of the said Company requiring such copy. SignedCallenders & Co. One Millars Court P.O. Box N-7117 Nassau, Bahamas Attn: Cheryl D. Cartwright Attorneys for the Petitioner, Randy Walter Albury Telephone: (242) 322-2511 NOTE: Any person who intends to appear on the hearing of the said Petition must serve on or send by post to the above-named notice in writing of his intention so to do. The notice must state the name and address of the person, or, if a firm, the name and address of the firm, and must be signed by the person or firm:, or his or their solicitor (if any), and must be served or, if posted, must he sent by post in sufficient time to reach the abovenamed not later than 4 o’clock in the afternoon of the 22nd day of January, 2006. 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(242) 366-0112 Hope Town sisted in protecting grouper stocks in Bahamian waters and he believes that, for the most part, Bahamians have respected the ban. “Not many Bahamians have violated the law; the violators are usually persons from the Dominican Republic, Hondurans and Americans. They are the principal violators, but we are on their case now with the new marine patrol boats,” Gray said. Research has shown that The Bahamas and Belize are among the last areas where the Nassau grouper is still in abundance. It is already commercially extinct in the rest of the Caribbean. If preventative measures were not taken, officials say the grouper could have faced extinction in The Bahamas. Groupers need the ban, according to the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, because they are very slow growing fish, and they have the unfortunate habit of “grouping” together in GrouperFrom Page 1Ban Will Preserve Grouper Aggregationsthe thousands to reproduce. Nassau groupers form “spawning aggregations” at predictable places during the full moons in the winter months. Fishermen have long known about these aggregations and have targeted them. The problem being that many of the fish caught at aggregations have not yet had the chance to release their eggs, which has a huge impact on the overall population. Some Bahamian aggregations that once had tens of thousands of fish now only have a few hundred or have disappeared completely. There is strong evidence that once an aggregation has been fished out, it will not return. According to BREEF, the Nassau grouper is the most valuable of the Bahamian finfish species, with commercial landings valued at over $1.8 million in 2001. Because Bahamian grouper catches were showing marked signs of decline, many people, including BREEF, worked hard to get the grouper ban into place. NOTICEMonthly Meeting for Central Pines Home Owners Association meetings are held the first Monday of each month at the Central Abaco Primary School Next meeting will be December 5 Committee members meet 6:15 p.m. Residents meet 7 p.m. See You There! By Nancy Russell For this addition of the paper I have to give the biggest Kudos to all the Abaco volunteer firefighters for again another job well done. They all do the very best they can without the best resources and circumstances. Sometimes it’s the condition and location of the structures they are called to save. Sometimes the people who are losing their homes misunderstand why the trained firefighters do not use limited water supplies on a structure that cannot be saved so they may protect what can be saved. Sometimes it’s a fire truck that breaks down or gets stuck in the mud. Sometimes they can’t get adequate water pressure from the marginal Marsh Harbour water system. But without the man some veteran firefighters call “Chief You Got,” Norwel Gordon, there might not be a Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Gordon involved himself after watching a boat burn to the waterline. It just got towed across the harbour to sink. Shortly thereafter he watched a house burn to the ground. Norwel was raised in Martinez, California and had been associated with a traditional volunteer fire department from the time he was about nine years old.. His next door neighbour was a member of the Martinez Volunteer Fire Department so he often visited the fire station and became a fan of the membership. Norwel was also interested in electricity, radio and electronics. His knowledge of electrical circuits gave him the skill to repair the town fire alarm system in one day at a time they were used to waiting several days for an engineer to come from San Francisco to do repairs at great expense. He became a dedicated supporter of volunteer systems and was awarded full membership in that department when he was 16 years old. We appreciate all that Mr. Gordon has done for our communities.Kudos Kor Kudos Kor Kudos Kor Kudos Kor Kudos Kor ner ner ner ner ner

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December 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Houses and Land For Rent and For SaleClassified Advertisements RENTAL COMMERCIAL PROPERTYMarsh Harbour, commercial shop /office spaces available in Royal Harbour Village shops. Great location, high traffic area. Please call for details. 242-367-3262 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE LIVE YOUR DREAM ATEnjoy the life style you deserve . Luxury vacation rentals with private boat slips and all resort amenities in a gated community. Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152 www.greatabacoclub.com Elbow Cay’s 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 Tilloo Cay charming hideaway, 1 br/ 2 ba cottage, safe haven, tucked in cove with dock. Panoramic view of ocean in all directions from top of hill. On approx. 3.75 accres, sea to sea. Generator, battery and solar powered. Call 508-5403240 or e-mail jvlvworthington@adelphia.net Little Harbour 1/2 acre building site, high elevation, good ocean view, walk to Pete’s Pub. Best deal in Little Harbour, $145,000 net. Call owner 970-562-3868. RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSBlackwood private, two bedroom apartments, fully furnished, on the water. $800 monthly. First & last months’ rent & security deposit required Call 365-0614 or 554-8424 Sweeting’s Village for sale by owner. 2 bed 2 bath, 1400 sq. ft., furnished, Central A/C, carport, w/tool room. Call 367-5978. Little Exuma 8 1/4 acre lots. Package price $80,000 (net) or 2 side by side lots for $25,000 (net). Call 1-242-365-8674 Trailer Home fully furnished. $25,000.00. Call 366-2853 between 5:00pm 9:00pm. Lubbers Quarters Eastside beachfront lot, 1 acre, with dock and electric. $525,000.00. 242-375-8313 info@watercolourscottages.com BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Guana Cay 2 bed apt. $1500/ mo, no pets. Also new vacation rental $900/ wk. Call for details. 904-982-2762 Guana Cay long term rate, fully furnished, newly renovated, 1 bed and 2 bed rentals, TV, VCR, pool and sandy beach. Call Jerry, Guana Sunset Resort 365-5133 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 Marsh Harbour, townhouse for rent. Located at the corner opposite Boat Harbour, behind John Bull. $2500. Call 359-6455 or 559-8687. RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSLittle Harbour New 2B/ 2B home on 1/2 acre. Fantastic ocean view, high elevation, nearly finished. Buy now and save. Owner 970-562-3868. Lubbers Quarters Waterfront property and/or beach cottage. Pretty 2bed/bath cottage on 72 ft.private beach front with private dock, electricity. Vacant water front lots with private dock. Brokers protected. Please call 242 366 0347 or email: conch@ctinternet.com East Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco Homes • Property Beachfront Condos Corporate Rentals Sandra Evans, BRI, CIPS (242) 367-0365 Bill Thorndycraft (242) 357-6638 www.AbacoAgent.comJust South of Treasure Cay Beautiful parcels of land available. Mostly high land. From the hill you can see Treasure Cay & Guana Cay. Property runs from highway to sea. Electricity and cable on highway. 8 + acres. Possibility of putting in 30’ road (1500 ft) and 30 lots approx. 120 x 100. You do the math. $400,000 net. Interested? Call 356-7848 or evenings 324-1328By Richard E. Fawkes The United States of America was so grateful to Rosa Parks for her courage and humanity in helping the nation to overcome the worst ravages of the racially motivated degradation of the Jim Crow apartheid system imposed upon Americans of African descent for the hundred years following the Civil War’s ending of slavery, that after she died at 92 on October 24 she was accorded the rare honour of lying in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. Mrs. Parks, who decided to no longer accept a second-class citizenship based upon her skin colour by refusing a white man’s demand, backed by segregationist law, that she stand up on a bus so he may sit down on December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, came to be regarded as a symbol of the best in humanity that America has to offer. African-American human rights leaders like her and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who preferred a struggle of peace and dignity to one of violence and rancour, helped to spare their country a lot of bloodshed as U.S. citizens of African descent sought to claim their full, constitutionally guaranteed citizenship over racial prejudice and intolerance, while morally challenging their white fellow citizens to confront and overcome those debilitating prejudices. In the process, Mrs. Parks helped the United States to teach the world that a nation is morally and materially crippled when a portion of its population is inhumanely degraded by another portion. That you cannot enslave or subjugate for your economic or social benefit a group of people of a certain racial, ethnic or national origin while you enjoy “the good life” at their expense, while shunting them off to some “invisible” ghetto and not expect them to at some point struggle to assert their human dignity and claim their human rights through one means or another. Neither was the United States free of violent, costly confrontations in the human rights struggle: the slave rebellions; the Civil War; the inner city riots of the sixties and even in the nineties. But in the end, it was the mobilization of the majority of society and its leadership to pass and implement laws — the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling outlawing “separate but equal” laws; the passage of the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Acts; and the exercise of Affirmative Action — that laid the foundations for eliminating inequality and laying the basis for gradually eliminating prejudice, which cannot be legislated out of existence. These are what saved the United States from the fate of Rwanda and the Balkans in the 1990’s — genocidal wars of ethnic cleansing; and helped it to make even greater strides in setting an example to the world as a nation of great diversity and tolerance.France TodayFor the past few weeks France has been scarred and unsettled by the rioting by youth of North African Arab descent in its urban centres, sparked by an incident in which two youths were accidentally electrocuted in an electrical substation while hiding from the police. But the incident was like a long-awaited spark to ignite a powder keg of resentments born of alienation and second-class citizenship; social and economic marginalization; racial and cultural prejudice; and of police brutality. Many of these youths are second and third generation French citizens of parents and grandparents from the former French North African colonies of Morocco and Algeria. France, one of the former great European empires, once held countries in North Africa, Saharan and West Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, and the Caribbean in colonial subjugation. France fought a decadeslong costly war to hold onto Vietnam in the thirties through the fifties, and in the fifties and early sixties to hold onto Algeria. France is still involved in its former West African colonies to the extent that French troops are today posted in the Ivory Coast as peacekeepers in an unstable political situation, but resented by many natives as foreign invaders. In the Caribbean and the Pacific, France maintains the fiction that its present-day colonies in those areas are overseas departments and not colonies. Yet, the country seems to be in denial about itself as a nation of racial and ethnic diversity and seems to have learned nothing from the U.S. or British experiences. The youth rioting today are descended from the many Algerians and Moroccans brought to France following World War II to help rebuild the country and operate its factories. But most were marginalized by racial and cultural prejudice in their ethnic ghettoes, practicing their Muslim religion. The descendants know no other country, however, and remain caught between the “alien” world of their traditionalist, Arabic-speaking parents and grandparents and the rejected world of their native land which continues to marginalize them. And so the French leaders are forced to address a complex, exploding issue after the horse has left the barn, so to speak, with unknown outcomes and an uncertain future.Abaco and The BahamasWe on Abaco and the rest of The Bahamas should be taking note as we seek to address the increasingly intractable challenges posed by the large Haitian immigrant population within our midst. Shouting “Go back to Haiti!” or saying children of illegal immigrants should go where their parents are from simply will not do. Neither will clinging to our blind prejudices shield us from the inevitable. Granted Bahamians did not enslave Haitians as was the American experience; neither did we go out and conquer and colonize Haiti and benefit from such colonial exploitation as did the French of its former colonies. But we did take advantage of and encourage the use of the cheap labour of Haitians fleeing poverty and political oppression in their native land, without implementing rational policies to govern and control their sojourn here. Now, after generations of our unbridled practices, which led to their establishing illegal housing communities and raising families, what do we say to the many children who know no other country and will inevitably, as surely as human aspirations and the yearning for dignity and citizenship rights beat in the breast of every human being, these children will demand what they perceive to be theirs? And they will either do so like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. did — peacefully and constitutionally or as the youth in France are now doing, God forbid! We must act now. We must act justly, wisely, learning from the mistakes and good sense of history; and decisively, before we, like the French, are caught in the worst possible way, to the detriment of all.Viewpoint Viewpoint Viewpoint Viewpoint Viewpoint . Lessons for Us from the US and France

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Page 22 B The Abaconian December 1, 2005Souvenirs Cuban Cigars Casual Clothing T-Shirts Venus Swimwear Jewelry Childrens Clothing and lots more ...Located in Simmons Plaza next to Snack Shack Mon Sat 9 5 Phone: (242) 367-4822 Bs Sunrise Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar macy macy macy macy 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. Business Service Directory Guardian Angel Security CompanySecuring Life and Property 24 Hr. Security Guards Body Guards Money Escort Mobile Patrol, etc. Servicing Abaco and the CaysP.O. Box AB 20156 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242-367-5187 Big Ca Big Ca Big Ca Big 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 Amelia Airways, Inc.Based in South Florida Serving Florida, the Keys, The Bahamas and other destinations throughout the US and CaribbeanPhone # 954-491-4942 Fax# 954-489-9126Fly with Us on Your Schedule Want More Business?A low cost ad like this GIACO & CO. Gary ClarkeWest of Forest Drive Ph:(242) 367-4560 Cell :(242) 456-5291We sell steel already put together for construction needs. We also do burgular bars.Specializing in Bending Fabrication of Rebar for Foundation Decks, Columns and Belt Course. Well Drilling ServicesServicing All of AbacoAndrew MajorMarsh Harbour Abaco, BahamasTel: 551-7375 DRA NAGE SOLUTIONS can bring fast results Call 367-3202 Fax 367-3201 Church Listing Kirk o the Pines For information and help please ring an Elder at 367-3643, 367-4479-367-3477 or 367-2365 (Presbyterian) Seek and Ye Shall Find Sunday Mornings at NineWelcomeSaturday Morning Childrens Club at half past tenSaturday and Sunday at Forest Heights Academy (Don MacKay Blvd. near airport round-about)Thursday Evenings at six thirtyBible Study & Discussion Group (in varius homes) New Vision MinistriesOur Mission Turning people into devout followers ofSunday Worship11:00 a.m. Sunday Kids Korner9:30 a.m. Tuesday Interactive Bible Study7:30 p.m. Thursday Prayer Time12:10 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Pastors/Leaders Derek Benjamin Ted Pearce David Lowe For Directions call 242-367-3324 derekbenjamin@coralwave.com Dundas Town Church of GodWhere Everybody Is Somebody and Jesus Is Lord!Sunday Prayer Meeting6:00 a.m. Sunday School9:45 a.m. Morning Worship11:00 a.m. Evening Worship6:00 p.m. Weekdays (Prayer Meeting) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday5:00 a.m. Monday Night7:00 p.m. Wednesday Night F.T.H.7:00 p.m. Friday Youth Night7:00 p.m. Tuesday, ThursdayFamily Night For Transportation call Rev. Jerry Cornish at 367-2457 or 367-4719 (church) or contact Bro. Val Nesbitt at 367-5565 Bishop Anthony Campbell242-367-4718 or cell phone 242-457-5565 Dtcog@coralwave.comJesus Saves We exist to: Reach, Develop, Train, Love and Send By Richard E. Fawkes A committee of clergy, educators and healthcare professionals headed by Sandy Walker-Edwards, coordinator of the Adolescent Health Education Programme of the Ministry of Education, has finalized plans for a week of educational activities intended to increase Abaconians awareness of AIDS with particular focus on youth in the schools. AIDS Awareness Week will run from November 26 through December 2. It is part of the national and international activities that revolve around International AIDS Day on December 1 that are intended to help keep the global community focused on combating the ravages and facing the challenges of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Ms. Walker and her team, including Abaco Christian Council President Bishop Anthony Campbell, Abaco Central Highs guidance counsellor Samantha Evans, Central Abaco Primarys guidance counsellor Rosalie Stubbs, St. Francis de Sales guidance counsellor Shannals Johnson and Nurse Sylvie Cooper of the Ministry of Health, outlined the activities during a meeting at the Learning Resource Centre in Marsh Harbour on November 8. The theme of this years AIDS Awareness Week is Know the Facts A highlight of the week on Abaco will be a live panel discussion on the challenges of HIV infection and AIDS on Radio Abaco on December 1 (International AIDS Day) at 9 a.m. with Ms. Edwards and a group of high school students hosted by station manager Silbert Mills. AIDS Awareness week will commence on November 26 with a workshop titled HIV and Youth at 10 a.m. and another titled HIV and Adults at 4:30 p.m. at the Learning Resource Centre. Both workshops will be facilitated by Keith Kemp, a Cedar Harbour native who is chairman and programme director of Youth Ambassadors for Positive Living. This organization is part of a network of the Commonwealth Youth Programme and is based in Nassau. It was launched by the Ministry of Healths HIV/ AIDS Department in 2002 in an effort to facilitate the involvement of youth in programme activities for the development of positive lifestyles, and engaging young people speaking to other young people about HIV/AIDS. Mr. Kemp assisted with AIDS Awareness Week here on Abaco last year. On November 27 a youth participatory service will be held at the Church of God Cathedral in Dundas Town at 3 p.m. The organizing committee is making a special appeal to parents to attend this service with their children. Apart from Bishop Campbells delivery of a charge to the young people, the service will be conducted by them. The committee organizing AIDS Awareness Week in Abaco (November 26 to December 2) met to finalize plans at the Learning Resource Centre in Marsh Harbour on November 8. From left to right are Shannals Johnson, guidance counsellor at St. Francis; Nurse Sylvie Cooper, Ministry of Health; Bishop Anthony Campbell, President of the Abaco Christian Council; Samantha V. Evans, guidance counsellor at Abaco Central High; Sandy WalkerEdwards, coordinator of the Ministry of Educations Adolescent Health Education Programme, committee chairperson; and Rosalie Stubbs, guidance counsellor at Central Abaco Primary.Committee Planned AIDS Awareness Week Please see AIDS Page 23

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December 1, 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 Forklift, Hyster S40XL 3-stage warehouse, used, well maintained, in use now. $10,000 OBO 367-2128 Call between 9-5 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and ServiceIce Cream Parlour, great location. Intersted persons should call 367-2831Wanted to Rent a substantial dock or mooring in Man-O-War for a 48', 25 ton, classic motorsailer, long term, each winter, Dec. to April. Call Bob at (519) 899-2401 Canada before October 15. Full Time Help Wanted Front Desk Clerk Duties include asnwering phone, serving fuel, taking reservations, operating cash register for gift store. Applicants must possess excellent customers service skills, proper phone etiquette, computer literate, and able to work six days a week. Hours are 8 am to 5 pm Tuesday thru Sunday. Monday off. Interested person please apply in person at Sea Spray Resort. DAMIANOS REALTY CO. LTD. Is seeking to hire Licensed Real Estate Agents and Apprentices in its Marsh Harbour, Abaco, office. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to join an established growing company. Visit our website www.damianos.com to learn more about our company or contact Mr. George Damianos at 242-362-4211 email: george@damianos.com. Handy Man / Laboror Needed. Call 365-8730 88 Fiberglass Chevy Bus $5000.00. Call 3662853 between 5:00pm 9:00pm. 91 GMC Jimmy $5,500 OBO Call (242) 4775422 or 801-413-2864. Brand new paint job & serviced on Nov 8th, 2005 92 Lincoln Continental, A/C, Excellent Condition. For sale, $2,500 OBO. Tel: 365-2401 or 357-6826 94 Dodge Ram 1500, $10,000.00. Call 3662853 between 5:00pm 9:00pm. 17’ Flats boat w/50 HP w/trailer w/bonefishing equipment (rods, reels, etc.) $10,500 O.N.O. Call for info 554-8471 17’ Boston Whaler Montauk 2003, 90 HP Mercury/Yamaha 4 stroke, Bimini, VHF, depth sounder, GPS, swim platform. Full Sunbrella cover used 90 hours, in storage. Contact Keith or Blake Albury, MOW 242-365-6006 17’ Key West Boat with Yamaha engine & trailer. $12,000.00. Call 366-2853 between 5:00pm 9:00pm. 20’ Bimini top. 125 Mercury NEW $8000. Call 367-2884 10:00am 6:00pm 20’ Albury 2002, CC, Yamaha 200 HP 2 stroke, Bimini top, spray rails, fresh water, DUTY PAID. $36,000 Call 772-263-1031 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 23’ Albury 2004 CC, Mercury 225 Optimax, VHF, color GPS, plotter, depth, compass, Ttop, rocket launchers, DUTY PAID. $56,000 772-263-1031 25’ Grady White Sports Fish twin “90” 200 HP Evinrudes, all effects, 2 VHF, Live Well, Depth Sounder, Out riggers, fully found. At Dolphin Marine, GT. Ph: J. McAllister Fl. 561799-9426. or 242-365-8420 $15,000, OBO. 25’ Irwin Sailboat 1976 w/mooring rights in Hope Town harbour. Abaco registered in good condition. 8 HP Johnson outboard, sails & many extras. Dry Stored @ Edwins Yard 2 Man-OWar Cay. Price: $10,000. Call 365-6007 / 3660204 or owner 011-3496-584-3141 (Spain). 26’ Monza w/ twin 225 HP Optimax, VHF, chart plotter, fish finder, depth finder, fresh water shower. Call 367-4576 Hrs. 8-5. 28’ Mako, 1987, 96’ 225 Ocean Runners, full tower, NEW Rupp riggers, Furuno depth recorder, split console. $22,500. Ph: 321-7954577 email: peter.zabinski@mina.com 99 Cadillac Escalade, white, w/leather interior, A/C, DVD player, screen by dash & screens in back headrest, CD player, sound system, 22’ rims. Call daytime 551-4163 or 3753511. After 6 p.m. call 365-8867 $23,000 O.N.O. 00 Dodge Dakota low miles, fully loaded, includes headers, exhaust, supercharger, full leather, one of a kind paint job. Call 359-6481. Asking $20,000. MARINE ITEMS WANTED TO RENT BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats COMMERCIAL SERVICES EQUIPMENT FOR SALE EMPLOYMENT PPORTUNITIES VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BUSINESS FOR SALE32’ Island Gypsy Sportfish 175 Ford Lehman, 8 KW Westerbeke, air conditioned, etc. $44,000 Call 365-4120 34’ Catalina 1988 shoal draft sailboat DUTY PAID 27 HP Yanmar, 12 v. refrig, many upgrades. Lying Abacos. $51,500 Call 828-6690828 Fax 828-664-1710 37’ Hatteras w/twin 671 Detroil diesel engines 190 HP each. 300 gal watermaker, 8 KW generator, 2 central A/C units, fridge, stove, microwave, icemaker. Appraised in 2003 for $148,000. Asking $65,000 OBO. MUST SELL. Call 242-366-0342 38’ Bertram, classic 1964, flybridge, sedan cruiser, repowered with twin Cummins 555 diesel engines in 1990, low hours, galley up, 8 KW Yanmar diesel generator, solid overbuilt fiberglass hull, sleeps, 6, head with shower. Bahamian registry. $39,000 USD. Must sell, owner will consider all serious offers. Boat at Abaco Yacht Services, Green Turtle Cay. Call 242365-4033, fax 242-365-4216, email ays@oii.net WANTED TO RENT A BOATGraduate from College of Charleston (S.C.) looking for sail boat, fair condition, that can be repaired and lived on. Limited funds. Call Sheftall @ 912-927-1517. BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE38’ Gulfstar Trawler 1983 with 6 cyl Perkins Diesel. Asking $45,000 Tel: 242-366-0637 Or 407-384-7301 School assemblies are planned throughout the island on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with the week’s activities culminating in a youth march and rally on December 2. The march will kick-off from Ocean View Park in Dundas Town at 10 a.m., accompanied by the newly formed Police Community Youth Band. Students will be stopping along the route to distribute information leaflets on HIV/AIDS to spectators and workers at various businesses and government offices as the march proceeds along the front road through Dundas Town, past the port area and on to Don MacKay Boulevard through downtown Marsh Harbour, terminating at the Resource Centre where the rally will be held. In preparation for AIDS Awareness Week and as a way of further involving students in the activities, Ms. WalkerEdwards and her committee sponsored a poster contest in the schools with the winning design printed on the event’s T-shirt. Elsie Antoinette Bain, a twelfth-grade student at St. Francis de Sales School, won AIDSFrom Page 22 the contest. Her slogan is Embrace D HIV Victims; Not D Virus chosen for its combination of message and expression of humanitarian sensitivity as well as artistry. Second place went to eleventh-grader Dominque Evans, also of St. Francis, with the slogan Protect Yourself B-4 U Wreck Yourself In third place was Kanesha Mackey of Abaco Central High whose slogan was Be Aware of the Consequences World AIDS Day was first observed on December 1, 1998, as a result of its being proposed by the World Health Organization, an agency of the United Nations, at the World Summit of Health Ministers on Programmes for AIDS in January of that year in London, United Kingdom. The special day, with the week of activities which developed around it, was intended as a way of encouraging governments, communities and individuals to talk about HIV/AIDS — thereby increasing knowledge and understanding of it while promoting awareness of the social implications associated with the pandemic which has severely affected every country and stratum of persons on the planet. The winning AIDS Awareness Week poster, which will be printed on the event’s T-shirt, by Elsie Antoinette Bain, a twelfth-grade student at St. Francis. Second-place poster, by Dominique Evans, an eleventh-grade student at St. Francis.AIDS Week Will End with a March Road Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility

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Page 24 B The Abaconian December 1, 2005 Elbow Cay Buttonwood Bay -2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 1,056 sq.ft home on 1/3 acre Over 600 sq.ft. of Covered verandahs and deck. Excellent design and use of space. Convenient location. Great View. Furnish ed # AB88 NEW LISTING $399,500. NEW LISTING "demwells" Great Guana Cay -Dolphin Beach Estates 4 Bedroom, 4 bath, 2,100 sq.ft. home. 670 sq.ft of raised decks Sited on one half acre. Central Air Great Ocean and Sea of Abaco Views. Beach and Dock Access. Furnished. #AS11731 NEW LISTING $838,000. "Pura Vida" NEW LISTINGMan-O-War Cay 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 1,270 sq.ft. home. 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 400 sq.ft. guest house with full kitchen. Separate workshop with crows nest for great views set on .373 acre in the southeast area of the settlement. # AB NEW LISTING $650,000 "Golden Palms" NEW LISTINGScotland Cay "Summer Camp"300' of prime Ocean Beachfront. 2 Bedroom & Bunkroom, 2 Bath 1,300 sq.ft. home on two levels. Guest Cottage, "Playhouse" with Bar. Covered and open decks.Fabulous ocean views. #AB160 $2,315,000. "Summer Camp"Scotland Cay 162' of Sea of Abaco Frontage. 3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath 2,150 sq.ft. home on two levels with Central A/C, 360 sq.ft. Shop, 260 sq.ft. Bar, 1,137 sq.ft. of covered and open decks. Fabulous views. Private Dock #AB158 $1,545,000. "Samahab"Scotland Cay 3 Bedroom, 2 bath, 1,815 sq.ft. home. 630 sq.ft of covered and open decks. Sited on two lots for a total of 1.04 Acres. Central Air, 2 Golf Carts. Auxiliary Generator Great Ocean Views. Fully Furnished #AB162 $635,000. "Green Door"Great Guana Cay 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,150 sq.ft residence and 760 sq.ft. of covered porch on upper floor, 1 bedroom 1 bath, 490 sq.ft apartment on ground floor plus large workshop. Great Ocean Views. near settlement # AB112NEW LISTING $640,000. "Junkanoo Splash" NEW LISTINGElbow Cay Hope Town 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,300 sq.ft residence with 630 sq.ft. of open decks. Land with91' of harbour entrance frontage -Excellet views of the lighthouse and Sea of Abaco. Great Rental History. Furnished # AS10565 NEW LISTING $1,190,000. "Aeolian" NEW LISTINGMan-O-War Cay 4 Bedroom, 2 bath, 1,536 sq.ft. home, 440 sq.ft of covered verandah. set on a 6,469 sq.ft. parcel in the northwest-central area of the Man-O-War Settlement Auxiliary Generator, Fully furnished and equipped. #MW1001XH NEW LISTING $575,000. "Cragamo" NEW LISTINGScotland Cay 124' of of Atlantic Ocean Beach-front. 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 1,470 sq.ft. home with Central A/C. Over, 2,000 sq.ft. of covered and open patios and decks. 19,000 gals fresh water. Fabulous Ocean views. #AB161 $1,100,000. "Casa Bueno"Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Unique 3 bedroom, 3 bath home 2,800 sq.ft. Living Space on 3 levels. Upper Level Decks Superb Views. On 2 Lots totalling 10,180 sq.ft. Swimming Pool. 100' of Private dockage. #AB149 $1,750,000 "Jaffa"Green 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 $1,725,000 "Bay Lodge"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 $1,380,000 "Watch Hill"Elbow Cay White Sound 7 Unit Apartment Building, Total of 3,800 sq.ft. Four 1 bedroom, 1 bath units and three 2 bedroom, 1 bath units. All fully Furnished Central A/CLaundry BuildingExcellent Rental History # AB156 $925,000. "Hope Town Apartments" 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 se rvice Bahamas Largest Real Estate Data Base The largest number of luxury property listings in Abaco The most extensive geographically distributed and best tr ained active agent network in Abaco The most professional, best researched and produced marketing materials in the Bahamas Agents' own vessels for convenie nt 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.com12/1/05 VACANT LAND Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Canal Front Building Site 5,207 sq.ft. dockage for 55 'Vessel and 25' runabout #AB5187 NEW LISTING $545,000. Sand 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. PRIVATE ISLANDSSea of Abaco "Carrington Cay" 300' from the Abaco mainland, near Leisure Lee 1.4 acres. Excellent elevation. #AB5147 $375,000.Man-O-War Cay 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,921 sq.ft. main beach-front residence. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 400 sq.ft. guest cabin. 1.189 well landscaped acres. Semi-private dock on harbour. Fantastic Ocean Views. # AB150 $1,840,000 "Sunsplash" 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 $995,000. "Czanne" Meet our Abaco Team of Agents and discover Why you need a Managing Broker in our H.G. Christie Ad on Page 2 of the first section. Elbow Cay "Twin Dolphin Point" Unique Estate 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 1/2 Acres with 170' of Sea of Abaco frontage. Completely Furnished. Fabulous Sea of Abaco Views. Private dock. A fun property for living your dream or for investment. #AB141 Each Home Separately $975,000. The Complete Estate $1,925,000. "Twin Dolphin Point"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 # AB112 NEW LISTING $1,750,000. "Point of View" NEW LISTINGGreat 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 LISTING $1,425,000 "Surfside" NEW LISTING