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PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 9945 NW 88th Ave Medley, FL 33178 Forward and Address Correction VOLUME 14, NUMBER 3, FEBRUARY 1st, 2006 Abaco Club Announces Expansion PlansRitz Carlton Hotels Will Add Hundreds of UnitsPolice Held Annual Church ServiceThe Royal Bahamas Police Force held its annunal church service on Janualy 22 at the Dundas Town Church of God Cathedral. The police paraded from the police station to the church accompanied by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band. The parade included other uniformed service, Customs, Immigration and Road Traffic. The Abaco Community Youth Band was also part of the parade. Please see story on page 5Magistrates Court Opens New Office The Chief Justice, Sir Burton Hall, was present at the opening of a new, much larger office for the Magistrates Court in Marsh Harbour. The office includes a private office for our Magistrate, Mr. Crawford McKee, offices for the Chief Court Clerk and stenographers and an Enquires Office. Shown here Mr. Hall on the left is accepting a gift, half model of a sailing dinghy, from Mr. McKee. Please see story on page 6Cherokee Hears of Ritz CarltonThe Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, right, with developer Peter de Savary told of the expansion of Winding Bay with a partnership with the Ritz Carlton Hotel company. They are discussing it with Cherokee Sound resident, Kathy Sawyer. By Lindsey Delaplaine Friends of the Environment hosted two community meetings in January, one in Hope Town and one in Man-O-War. The meetings were organized for a dual purpose: allowing scientists to report on the research they are doing on Abaco and, as part of the process of creating a proposal to formalize Fowl Cay as a national park under the care of the Bahamas National Trust, Friends of the Environment requested public feedback on the concept of the proposal. The meetings opened with a report from three of the scientists who were on Abaco working with the Bahamas BiocomplexityFriends Hosts Community Meetings Please see Meetings Page 2 By Lee Pinder A Town Meeting was held to inform the residents of Cherokee Sound that The Abaco Club on Winding Bay has approached government to expand their existing facility by an additional $317 over the next 10 years. The developer, Mr. Peter de Savary, has partnered with Ritz Carlton, an internationally known five-star hotel and resort operator to build and additional 265 units. These will include a 120-room hotel with 40 rooms in a Great House and the rest as cabanas. There will be 50 Ritz Carlton Club Units, 70 Ritz Carlton residences, 60 cottages on Yellow Wood Creek and 26 apartments at a new tennis facility. An additional clubhouse will be built with four penthouse suites. Construction of the 30 one-bedroom cabanas is to begin immediately. Ritz Carlton will provide long term management services and a continuing training program. Television cameras, newspaper reporters and concerned citizens turned out for a meeting in the old schoolhouse to hear of their plan. The Island Administrator, Roderick Bowe acted as moderator for the evening and made the appropriate introductions of local and Governmental officials and Winding Bay personnel. While Mr. de Savary told of the work that had already been accomplished at Winding Bay despite threats of hurricanes and mis-shipment of materials to other islands he had only words of praise for his personal dealings with the people of Cherokee. Mr. Baltrum Bethel from the Hotel CorPlease see Winding Bay Page 4

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Page 2 The Abaconian February 1, 2006 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 on 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 no 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 purchasers' 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 experience 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, nationally and internationally. Real Estate Knowledge H.G. Christie agents are committed and dedicated to continuing education and are willing to better themselves for the benefit 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 Project. This is a five year project covering the entire Bahamas archipelago. A large international group of scientists is doing baseline research on the potential impacts of proposed marine preserve areas. The scientists have studied the variety of marine ecosystems that exist here and discovered that they are all interrelated. Although some species, like the Nassau grouper and the spiny lobster, or crawfish as it is more popularly known, spend their adulthood on the reefs, they spend their early years in the tidal creeks among the mangroves. The scientists shared that larger fish lay more eggs than smaller ones. In fact, according to Craig Dahlgren, one of the biocomplexity scientists, a large female snapper produces as many eggs as 212 small snappers. The scientists have learned that the type of ecosystems that exists across The Bahamas vary from island to island. Reefs, tidal creeks and turtle grass habitats are different around Andros than they are on Abaco. Therefore, not only do all of the ecosystems have to be protected in order to protect the diversity of fish, corals and sea vegetation, but they have to be protected in each of the island groups. Once the scientists reported their findings, the second half of the meeting began. Olivia Patterson, a Bahamian who graduated with a marine biology degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, presented the case for Friends. She has worked as a research associate for the Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey and was the Director of the Sandy Point Environmental camp last summer. She explained that Fowl Cay had first been proposed as a national park in 1975 by biologist and second homeowner, Dr. John Storr, on behalf of the Abaco Conservation Society. Dr. Storr wrote in the original proposal that in the reefs in the upper cays of Abaco, fish may be found in such large numbers that two swimmers 15 to 20 feet apart very often cannot see each other because of the intervening living wall of fish. Ms. Patterson pointed out that this in no longer the case. Ms. Patterson explained that, as Fowl Cay has historically been treated as a park, 30 years of resident and visitor education has already been invested in the area. Fowl Cay currently serves as an attraction to Abaco visitors. The Pelican Land and Sea Park, which contains Sandy Cay reef, alone cannot sustain all of the traffic from rental boats, dive operators and cruisers who want to dive and snorkel in parks on Abaco. Ms. Patterson explained that once the young fish leave mangrove nurseries, reefs are where they grow into big fish. Unless the small fish are protected, they will not have the opportunity to grow and reproduce. And, as fish outgrow their reef habitat, they move beyond the edges of the preserve. Fisherman and visitors will be the prime benefactors from this overflow. In general most of the people who attended the meetings supported the creation of the park. In fact, some people who attended said they felt the park should be increased in size in the new proposal to ensure that it is large enough to truly protect the fish and marine life and not just serve as an aquarium. There were some fisherman who haveScientists Present Data to Support Park MeetingsFrom Page 1 Please see Meetings Page 26

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 3 Damianos Sothebys International RealtySIRbahamas.com Marsh Harbour Office: t 242.367.5046 f 242.367.5045 HOPE TOWN ELBOW CAY MARSH HARBOUR TREASURE CAY HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY ELBOW ROOM Home with 3 master suites. 100 linear feet on the ocean and deeded dock slip in Marnies 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 DOLPHIN Two bed two bath home in Dorros Cove Subdivision 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 WINDOVER Tranquil gardens surround this immaculate 3 bed 2.5 bath home on 2 lots with exquisite views of the Sea of Abaco & surrounding cays. Ver andahs, upper deck gazebo & more. $1,350,000. #2638 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 BAHAMA PALM SHORES Beautiful 4 bedroom, 4 bath home sits on just over 1 acre with 100 feet of oceanfront. Solid CBS construction, sprinkler system 15 KW generator and airconditioned 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: 242.367.5046 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY BIG POINT Beachfront property 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 x 149 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. Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 MARSH HARBOUR TWO LOTS Quiet neighbourhood, 100 x 200 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 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 TREASURE CAY Wonderful canal lot is situated on the northern side of Galleon Bay Drive & overlooks the new Carleton Point Development. There are fantabulous views of the canal waterways & other condominium complexes. $310,000 #3071 Stan Sawyer: 365.8198 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SURF SONG Clear aqua ocean and 125 feet of white sand beach at this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath beach house. Garage generator & more. Located in North Elbow Cay in Hope Town Point Subdivision. US$1,500,000. #2785 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY GAZEBO VILLAS Two 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 TILLOO CAY Spectacular Sunrise! Unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean. Beachfront Lot 100x190. Tropical landscape. Community dock for your boat. $248,000. #3120. Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY HILL TOP 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 & outdoor living space. $850,000. #2855 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SWEETINGS LANDING 3 bed 2 bath 1,300 sq. ft. + 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 Beautiful piece of property with 109 ft. on the Sea of Abaco approx 380 ft deep, total area 39,190 square feet. Build your own private dock. Easy access to the town of Hope Town. One of a kind. $750,000 #3126 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY NOREASTER Lovely 2 bed 2 bath cottage, on a spacious lot steps from a lovely ocean beach. Furnished, dock access 3 minutes away. Great rental history. $400,000. #1945 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY BLUE MOON Quaint 2 bed, 1 bath home in White Sound, 1 minute walk to the ocean beach. Porch overlooks White Sound Harbour. Small detached garage, fully furnished, great rental history. $435,000. #3128 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 MARSH HARBOUR PELICAN POINT Very private cul-de-sac. Elevated property has 435 feet of waterfrontage, & 75 foot dock with 6,500 pound boat lift. 3 bed, 3 bath 2,900 sq. ft. main house with spacious deck & more. US$1,690,000. #2769 Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY RUDYS PLACE RESTAURANT Well established, fully licensed restaurant and bar. 1728 sq. ft. air conditioned, 1/4 acre main road lot with dock access. Restaurant equipment and furniture included. Excellent business opportunity. $325,000 firm. #2681 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 TREASURE CAY TRANQUILITY Very clean CBS inside and out central air conditioned 3 Bedroom 2 Bath home in peaceful neighbourhood in Treasure Cay. Mature fruit trees in backyard. $235,000 #3070. Stan Sawyer:242.366.8198 MARSH HARBOUR PELICAN SHORES2 acres with 200'+ of protected deep water, perfect for large vessel docking. Spacious 2800 sq ft.home with 4b/ 3.5b & screened-in porch. Excellent for private estate or development. $2,298,000. #2818 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163ABACO AGENTS 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$260,000. #2990 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING1 Feb 06 Section A

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Page 4 The Abaconian February 1, 2006 COLOR YOUR LIFE NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sundayporation of The Bahamas spoke of the benefits of this project and how The Abaco Club had already been written up in such prestigious newspapers as The Wall Street Journal as well as in many golf and travel magazines. And as a gentleman from Tourism once said, This is advertising worth its weight in gold. He pointed out that we are now on the electronic network and connected to the rest of the world through the new fiber optic communications systems unfolding all over The Bahamas making it possible for visitors to never be out of touch with business connections, family or friends whenever they are needed. He said this would be of great benefit to our own community as well as Abaco. His prediction was that this is a very good thing. Mrs. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Minister of Financial Services and Investments, laid out in more detail the proposed expansion. She pointed out that while their offices were considering this newly proposed project that our views would be taken into account and that we are key stake holders in the future of this area of Abaco. She specifically asked who was against this project and of those persons present, no hands were raised. When Mrs. Maynard-Gibson asked who was for it, it seemed unanimous that all were in favour. She pointed out that Mr. de Savary has finished Phase One of the project involving a $100 investment as proposed in 2003 and that he now wishes to accelerate Phase Two by bringing in the Ritz Carlton group with more financial backing. She said that this governments goal is to encourage development and investor confidence on all the Family Islands so that expansions can be made and there will be jobs in the future for the youth of the nation. She pointed out that this addition is expected to bring in an additional 65,000 new tourists into Abaco over the next ten years. Mrs. MaynardGibson laid out six proposed contributions to be made by The Abaco Club for the specific benefit of Cherokee Sound. She was happy that investors have confidence in the continued growth of our island and reminded the people of Abaco that the doors are opening, the opportunities are available and told us not to wait too long or other Bahamians would come in and take advantage of the business and job opportunities as they are presented. Only one question was put forth from the floor and that was from Michael Jorgensen of J & J Electric, a resident of Cherokee who asked if there were any proposed plans to make the winding and treacherous road safer for the many who must drive it on a daily basis. He wanted to know if the bends could be straightened or a better quality of reflective white line could be painted down to middle since there is so much more traffic using the roads since construction began at Winding Bay back in 2003. Mr. de Savary, said he too had to use the road and, yes, the problem would be looked into and discussed with the people in the road traffic department about possible lighting or cats eye to be installed for greater safety and visibility. Mr. de Savary went on to say that they would provide a garbage compactor, arrange for refuse removal and clean up of our dump when the compactor was in place. He pointed out that they would make a significant contribution to the cost of getting potable water to all the homes in Cherokee, and that thatched shade umbrellas would be provided near the public access road to the beach at Winding Bay plus picnic facilities near the ball field and Long Dock in the way of toilets, showers and barbeque grills. Mr. de Savary reminded us that there is a government nurse at The Abaco Club and that Cherokee persons are welcome to call on Nurse Brown at any time in case of any emergency. He announced that Winding Bay would be contributing $50,000 per year to a fund intended for emergency medical, special educational or other pressing needs of the community. He suggested that local government members assist in appointing a committee to oversee this fund and its expenditures. Mr. de Savary assured our residents that he is desirous of being a good neighbour by positively contributing to the Abaco community towards its future development and well being. Administrator Bowe expressed thanks to all who came and stated that Town Meetings of this sort are real diplomacy in action. The meeting was adjourned to a fabulous presentation of food supplied by The Abaco Club on Winding Bay to satisfy all the hungry appetites generously. Winding BayFrom Page 1Ritz Carlton Hotel Will Establish HereRex Albury, Chairman of the Cherokee Sound/Casuarina Point Town Committee and Councillor, is discussing the expansion of The Abaco Club of Winding Bay with Mark Scott, Project Manager of the resort.

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 5 White 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@abacoinet.com www.seasprayresort.comBoat House Boat House Boat House Boat House Boat House RR RR R eses eses es tt tt t auraur auraur aur antant antant antCome for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Bahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun. Stew Fish Chicken Souse Cornbeef & Grits Steam Sausage & Grits 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 TownPolice Band Led Parade to ChurchThe Royal Bahamas Police Force Abaco District held its annual church service on January 22 at the Church of God Cathedral in Dundas Town. The police officers were accompanied by officers from Immigration, Customs and Road Traffic. The officers assembled at the police station in Dundas Town and marched to the church Twenty members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band were present and led the parade which included about 40 police officers. Following the officers were 34 members of the Abaco Community Youth Band which has been organized by ASP Wayne Miller, Abacos police chief. The Police band played several selections on the way to the church which bystanders enjoyed. The two and a half hour service was intended to congratulate the officers for a job well done and to inspire them to do their best in carrying out their duties. They were encouraged to view their work with vision. The Police band accompanied several congregational hymns. Special music was provided by the Dundas Town Praise Team, Nurse Barbara and Sgt. Johnson. Special guests included Assistant Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade from Freeport, ASP Miller, several administrators and local government officers. Bishop Anthony Campbell, pastor of the Church of God Cathedral preached a sermon on Vision. He urged the congregation to make the invisible visible, to become risk takers in carrying out their duties, going beyond the call of duty to assist the public. Most people have no vision beyond their present circumstance but they should strive to be remembered in life for something they accomplished. The service included a prayer of dedication, asking Gods blessing on the officers. At the end of the service there was a moving tribute to six members of the force who passed away in 2005. As the band played the last post and reveille, the Police flag was slowly lowered and raised again. On return to station ACP Greenslade During the annual church service that the police attended, tribute was paid to six members of the force who passed away last year. In a moving tribute the police flag was lowered, then raised. The service was held this year at the Dundas Town Church of God Cathedral.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 FoodsASP Wayne Miller has started an Abaco Community Youth Band which brings discipline and order to the youth of Central Abaco as well as giving them the chance to learn to play an instrument. ACP Ellison Greenslade congratulated him on how well the young people did and how sharp they looked in white shirts and dark pants. Please see Police Page 26

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Page 6 The Abaconian February 1, 2006 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 MaintainedOur Customers Get Extra Attention 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 at theHope Town Harbour LodgeVV VV V alentinealentine alentinealentine alentine s Dinner T s Dinner T s Dinner T s Dinner T s Dinner T uesdayuesday uesdayuesday uesday Febr, Febr Febr, Febr Febr uaruar uaruar uar y 14th, 2006 y 14th, 2006 y 14th, 2006 y 14th, 2006 y 14th, 2006Come early and start the evening with a cocktail & complimentary canapes in Rays Place before you enjoy a delicious dinnerAppetizerAppetizer AppetizerAppetizer Appetizer Vol au Vent : shrimp & mushrooms with a white wine sauce in a puff pastry SoupSoup SoupSoup Soup Portabello Mushroom and Brie, sprinkled with herbed croutons SaladSalad SaladSalad Salad Pear Salad ; mixed greens, with a pear poached in merlot candied walnuts, gorgonzola, crumbled bacon with a mango dressing EntreeEntree EntreeEntree Entree Lobster Thermador Lobster Thermador Lobster Thermador Lobster Thermador Lobster Thermador : Delicious Abaco Lobster Tail cooked to perfection with sweet bell peppers. Bermuda onions & spices in a white wine sauce and baked in the shell, served with julienne vegetables and mushroom rice Filet OskarFilet Oskar Filet OskarFilet Oskar Filet Oskar : A delicious filet topped with asparagus, lobster & bearnaise sauce, served with julienne vegetables and mushroom rice Grilled Rack of Lamb Grilled Rack of Lamb Grilled Rack of Lamb Grilled Rack of Lamb Grilled Rack of Lamb; encrusted with honey & herbs. served with mint jelly, julienne vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes Chicken Marsala Chicken Marsala Chicken Marsala Chicken Marsala Chicken Marsala; tender chicken marinated in Marsala Wine and spices...baked to perfection with fresh mushrooms, julienne vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes DessertDessert DessertDessert Dessert Triple Cappuccino Mousse with white Chocolate RESERVATIONS REQUIRED : Phone 366-0095 VHF Channel 16 Love Is In the Air $50.00 per person $50.00 per person $50.00 per person $50.00 per person $50.00 per person gratuity not included gratuity not included gratuity not included gratuity not included gratuity not includedBy Jennifer Hudson Immediately upon entering Marsh Harbours courtroom in the Dove Plaza, one is now assailed by a pervading odour of fresh new varnish and one cannot help but notice the sparkling new appearance of the premises. The floors have been polished like glass, the benches richly stained and walls painted, giving it a fresh and more businesslike aspect. It happens the world over that when the arrival of a dignitary is expected, a place is more often than not given a facelift. The Marsh Harbour courtroom owes its make over to the recent one-day visit from Nassau of the Chief Justice, Sir Burton Hall, who came to look at plans for designated new offices. According to Mr. Crawford McKee, Magistrate for Abaco, a year or so ago it was decided that if advancement was to be made, now was the time to go ahead. Arrangements were worked on as to where new offices should go and what offices were needed. John Schaeffer, who was at that time Engineer in Charge at the Ministry of Works on Abaco, drew up a plan which was then followed. This recently all came to fruition and the new office block was officially opened at a ceremony on January 16. The office block, which occupies Suite 203 in the Dove Plaza, incorporates four offices: 1. The Enquiries Office at the front which, as its name implies, will be staffed to deal with all inquiries in person or via telephone and will accept payment for fines. 2. Office for Court Clerks and Stenographer (whenever one is hired). 3. The Magistrates Office, very dignified with dark furniture and plush red carpet befitting this position. 4. Office of the Chief Court Clerk. An ample area houses filing cabinets in the very spacious corridor running the length of the judicial suite. Prior to the opening of these offices the court staff was having to operate in extremely cramped quarters, but they are now happily and efficiently settling into their well appointed offices in these splendid new premises.A Review of the Court System on AbacoMr. Crawford McKee, a native of Scotland, took up the position of Magistrate for Abaco in February 2001. After leaving private practice in Scotland, Mr McKee worked overseas in Hong Kong and Gibraltar which gave him the advantage on Abaco of being able to pull from experiences of other work abroad. Prior to 2001 there had been no magistrate on Abaco as, up until then, the Island Administrator dealt with all the minor cases in addition to all his other duties. During those years a magistrate either from Nassau or Freeport would come a few times a month to deal with any major cases. Chief Justice at that time, Dame Joan Sawyer, realised that by the end of the 20th Century the time had come for a permanent resident magistrate to be placed in Marsh Harbour. She thus asked Mr McKee to fill that post, and he arrived the following year. Mr. McKee said that, upon his arrival, the Island Administrator simply handed over to him all the files plus those pertaining to Abaco from Nassau and Freeport. That was his entire introduction to the system. Ms. Valerie Dean, who had up until that time worked in the Administrators Office, was given the job as Court Clerk. The new Magistrate took over all civil and criminal work for the island and its cays plus all road traffic and domestic cases. He also hears preliminary inquiries to decide if there is sufficient evidence for the matter to go before the Supreme Court. Once a week he sits in Juvenile Court with two other assessors for offenders under the age of 18 years. Court staff is kept extremely busy. All preliminary paperwork for court cases has to be done by the staff on the day of the court proceedings. They deal with inquiries at the Court office including telephone inquiries. When a person is given bail, staff and clerks prepare the bail papers. Ms. Dean has dealt with this heavy workload since moving to the court department in 2001. However, Magistrate McKee noted that theAbacos Courtroom and Offices Receive a Face LiftMagistrate Crawford McKee is pleased with his new office suite. The enlarged space will accommodate additional staff which is anticipated. Mr. McKee arrived on Abaco in 2001 and is the first Magistrate Abaco has had serving full time. Up until his arrival the Administrator acted as Magistrate. Please see Court Page 20

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 7 A Unisex SalonOfra Cosmetics Acrylic Nails Hair Braiding Matrix, Nexus and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Monday Saturday 9am 5pm In Memorial Plaza 367-3623 Located at waterfront on Marsh Harbour strip Marsh Harbour, AbacoOpen 11 am until 7 days a weekHappHapp HappHapp Happ y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail yy yy yPhone: (242) 367-2278 Fire Victims Receive Clothing from Florida CoupleBy Barbara Williams A Melbourne, Florida, couple, Dorothy and Frank Wolfe, shipped a 20-foot container of clothing, shoes and toys to Marsh Harbour over the Christmas holidays to be distributed to victims of the recent fire in the Mud and other needy persons throughout the island. The clothing was distributed by the Marsh Harbour Church of God. Rev. Lernis Cornish is the churchs pastor. On December 29 we distributed over 500 packages of clothing, shoes and toys to residents affected by the fire, said Mrs. Barbara Williams of Dundas Town, a member of the church who helped to coordinate the distribution. We also sent out packages for distribution to the needy in Moores Island, Coopers Town and Cedar Harbour. The Wolfes, an elderly couple who own Fire victims from The Mud assembled at the Marsh Harbour Church of God on December 29 to receive packages of clothing and shoes donated by Church of God missionaries Dorothy and Frank Wolfe from Melbourne, Florida, shown on the right. On the left are Mr. and Mrs. Augustine Williams. Rev. Lernis Cornish is the pastor of the church that distributed the goods. a dry cleaning chain in the Melbourne area, fell in love with Abaco years ago and have been visiting since then. They are Church of God missionaries and were quite moved by the news of fire tragedy. They decided right away to donate the materials. Mrs. Williams said church member Barry Bostwick travelled to Melbourne in midDecember to help the Wolfes load the container. Mrs. Williams, a social service worker who is the wife of Dundas Town township chairman, Augustine Williams, said the elderly couple are still active in missionary work in Guatemala where they assist in the building of homes for poor people. They have maintained a close relationship with the Abaco community through the church and were delighted to make the donation. Haitians received bundles of clothing which was donated by an American couple who sent over a 20-foot container of clothing. The clothes were distributed by the Marsh Harbour Church of God which meets in the old Marsh Harbour Primary School. Photo by Augustine Williams Remember to Subscribe toThe AbaconianTo Keep up with All the News of the Island February 14th, 2006 February 14th, 2006 February 14th, 2006 February 14th, 2006 February 14th, 2006Appetizer Smoked gouda cheese cake SOUP Seafood Chowder SALAD Mesclun Salad with mandarin oranges, honey walnuts. Served with a champagne vinaigrette dressing. ENTREES Roasted Grouper in a Potato-Crust Fresh local Grouper filet, with a blanket of golden crisp, paper-thin potato slices, laced with a lemon butter sauce and fresh buttered asparagus. Dijon Crusted Rack of Lamb Oven roasted herb Dijon New Zealand Rack of Lamb, roasted to perfection. Served with a mint sauce, whipped garlic mashed potatoes, and fresh buttered asparagus. Boursin Stuffed Chicken Breast Boneless breast of Chicken stuffed with French boursin cheese, basil, walnuts and spinach. Finished with a creamy white wine sauce, whipped garlic mashed potatoes and fresh buttered asparagus. Roasted Pork Pinwheel Pork Tenderloin stuffed with sun dried tomato stuffing, and finished with a mushroom sauce over pasta and fresh buttered asparagus DESSERT Chocolate Covered Strawberries WHite Chocolate Mousse with fresh strawberriesPRICE PER PERSON : $48.00 PRICE PER PERSON : $48.00 PRICE PER PERSON : $48.00 PRICE PER PERSON : $48.00 PRICE PER PERSON : $48.00Call us for Reservation and Information at 366-0133 or VHF 16 for Reservation

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Page 8 The Abaconian February 1, 2006 Dave RalphThe AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Jennifer Hudson, Portia Jonsson, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Cave Bluto, Lindsey Delaplaine, Samantha Evans, Lee Pinder, Colyn Rees, Nicholas Roberts, Barbara Williams, Ed Whitcraft Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) 990 Old Dixie Hwy #14 Lake Park, FL 334037,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $40.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface The Editor Says . Who Decides if It Is Progress? Letters to the EditorWe Helped Release a TurtleDear Editor, On December 24, 2005, some local Green Turtle Cay fisherman in Whale Cay Channel captured a female Loggerhead turtle. I arrived on the island for the holidays on December 23. The next day my friends, Morgan and Evan Plummer and I, were on our way to town and noticed this very large turtle in a bin on the side of the road. This upset us very much as well as several of the towns people. We spent the next few days trying to find out about the turtle and making some phone calls to see if we could save it and to find out if capturing a loggerhead turtle was legal. The turtle was a loggerhead female that was tagged in Juno Beach on May 21, 2003, by the Zoology Department of the University of Florida. Her tag number was RRL690. After exhausting our efforts, my uncle Chris Plummer told the three of us to negotiate a price for the turtle so we could release it. The fisherman wanted $500 with the big day set for December 28, 2005. Chris paid the $500 and Roy Boles gave an additional $100 reward money that the university had offered the fisherman. Before her release the fisherman helped to weigh and measure her. The top of her shell measured 36 inches wide by 40 inches Please see Letters Page 9 Front Street in Marsh Harbour is in very bad shape with deep potholes and very rough, borken-up concrete. A one block section from Port of Call Marina to Sandys Corner was paved with chip and seal a few years ago. But the rest of the road has had only a few patches since it was first put in many years ago. The rest of the road to the freight dock is in terrible shape. Progress has come in many forms, many increments and is viewed differently by the people affected. Abaco has been an island of interesting growth and contrasts since it began its climb out of its sleepy subsistence economy in the mid-1950s to the vibrant growth we are witnessing now. Weekly seaplanes in 1958 gave way to daily flights at the new airport in Marsh Harbour. Canned and dry groceries arrived on the weekly mail boat along with a few fresh vegetables. At that time the ten cars in Marsh Harbour had limited options for travel. A two-rut road went past the airport and on to Crocketts farm. Adventuresome souls could drive on a winding two-rut extension to the Big Mangrove Landing and signal a boat from Cherokee. Before the airport opened, a few hardy visitors, ardent fishermen and adventuresome people would come on the seaplane and an occasional yacht would pass through the area. Tourism as we know it was unheard of. A quantum leap occurred in 1959 with the arrival of the pulpwood operation at Snake Cay. The highway the company built to the airport and the arrival of the company store was a piece of progress welcomed by everyone. Fresh produce, frozen meats and dairy products were now available. Ice cream was regularly available on the island for the first time. In 1963 the present Batelco office opened and introduced a modern telephone system. Although callers had to go to the office to make a call, both parties could talk on a duplex connection at the same time. Previously, it had been a one-way conversation concluding with the word over, signifying that the other person could talk. Progress came in many forms. Small resorts and restaurants opened. Some visitors bought land and constructed second homes. Airlines came on a regular basis. Small coastal freighters began plying between Marsh Harbour and West Palm Beach. Jobs were created as little businesses were established and expanded. There was no opposition to new ventures as they were all small and only incrementally impacted the economy. Progress was welcomed with open arms. The first development which generated some resistance was the arrival of the Premier Cruise Line to Bakers Bay on the north end of Guana Cay in 1989. Preparations included the dredging of a channel and a turning basin for the cruise boat. The worlds second largest dredge arrived in 1988 and began work. A small group of dissidents attempted to stop the dredge but were frustrated in their small boats by its massiveness. The discharge pipe extended a half a mile out the back and was immune to their picket line. A cutting head on the front extended 30 feet into the water quietly cutting the rock below. Court action to stop an operation of this magnitude was unheard of. As forecast by those with a knowledge of the area, the operation closed when the lease expired, and the company reviewed the lost days when weather closed the Whale Cay Channel. Abaco is still blessed with continuous investment by small developers and homeowners. Supplying and servicing our second homeowners has proved to be a fertile area for enterprising individuals. Recent years have seen larger projects and a much heavier level of investment. The Abaco Club began the trend in 2003 with its massive, by our standards, development between Cherokee and Little Harbour. The company encountered an initial but mild level of local resistance. The developer and Nassau politicians came to make peace with a skeptical group of residents in Cherokee. The residents concluded that the project was a done deal, and they might as well get used to its presence two miles out of town. The Abaco Clubs $100 million investment had the further good fortune of falling within the jurisdiction of the South Abaco District Council which, in general terms, looked forward to some economic development in its territory. The Abaco Club recently announced a partnership with the Ritz Carlton hotel chain and announced further development over the next ten years of nearly $350 million. Cherokee is somewhat apprehensive of its new neighbor and is quietly wondering how this will impact the town in the near and long term future. The Abaco Club is adding to the Abaco economy and the general progress of the island by leaps and bounds. Progress, if you will, at the wholesale level. The Discovery Land developers arrived last year to develop 500 acres on the north end of Guana Cay. They were welcomed with open arms by central government which adds them to their ledger listing job creation, revenue sources and overall tourism potential. Government looks at the big picture: if it is good for The Bahamas, it has got to be good at the local level. However, the Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club, as it is known, had the misfortune of its project being located within the Hope Town District Councils authority. The incremental progress that brought Hope Town and the other cays into prominence has also spawned an awareness of the various short and long term effects of development, good and bad. Local government, which is now in its tenth year, is getting more experienced and willing to test the authority those elected believe they were given in local matters. There is now a gentle tug of war as local and central government interpret the rules and exercise their respective authority. Is Nassau or Sandy Point better equipped to judge the merits of Disney at Gorda Cay? Is South Abaco qualified to decide on the merits of the Abaco Club and the impact it will make to its neighbors or to The Bahamas in general? Are the residents of Cherokee or Guana Cay looking out for their individual towns at the expense of the larger picture? We are not going to second guess the process. The Bakers Bay project is attempting to follow this pattern and has governments blessing. The objecting residents have taken a new tack by going to the court for relief. The first of several court decisions may be known about the same time as this paper is published. There are many interested parties waiting to see where this action leads. Developers on other Bahamian islands may face similar court challenges by disgruntled local residents. Using the court is a new tactic to halt perceived threats to local quality of life issues. This type of resistence can be expensive, and it remains to be seen how this plays out. A substantial expansion is being undertaken by Abaco Beach Resort with approval from Nassau to the exclusion of local government. The owners expect to see a successful conclusion as there is no golf course, there are no nearby reefs, no dredging and the project is entirely Bahamian owned. We began with a short overview of Abacos growth and economic progress. The pace is quickening, and we need to get a grip on our future. How we accomplish this is an uncertain process. Probably it must evolve into a cooperative effort between local government, central government authorities and those people in the affected area. Our growth is an evolving process and other projects are on the drawing board. Water, power, communications, schooling, airport, worker housing and other areas of the Abaco support structure must be looked at carefully as this accelerated growth pattern continues. Government is constantly praising Abaco for being such a desirable location in attracting investors and being able to support this level of development. However, it is neglecting to invest in the support elements which are its responsibility. Throughout the years, government has found Abaco to be an enigma, somewhat rebellious, not necessarily going in the direction government wanted but steadily making headway in its own free-spirited way. Government does enjoy the revenue of our efforts. Government spokesmen even admit, although somewhat begrudgingly, to Abacos appeal to investors, both small and large. There is more fruit for government to harvest as Abaco grows, but there must be capital investments in various parts of our infrastructure. We must continue to urge government to improve this support structure.

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February 1, 2006 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 long, The bottom was 29inches wide by 30 inches long; her head was 9 inches long and she weighed 254 pounds. She was put into the back of a pick up truck and taken to Black Sound Marina. From there she was put into a whaler for her voyage back to sea. I went in the boat with the turtle and fisherman to witness her release. Roy Boles followed with his friend George Cross, who was a big help with the release. Chris Plummer and his boys followed in their boat to film the release. We took her to the outside reef in the back of Green Turtle Cay, and boy did she go when she hit the water. What a spectacular thing to see and be a part of. This day will always be in our memories and heart. Hopefully, she will be safe for many more years to come. Ryan Patterson, age 13 Davie, FloridaFront Street Badly Needs HelpEditor, First of all, I want to bring to attention the condition Front Street in Marsh Harbour. It was a street at one time but is now more like a quarry pit almost at the old freight dock. It takes a good strong stomach to ride over this road; in fact, from just below Kenny Longs home all the way down to the old freight dock most of Front Street is in a disgraceful disrepair. Could this situation be remedied by a good hot mix coating real soon. Sincerely, Carolyn A. Lowe (See photo on page 8)No Crown Land for BahamiansDear Mr. Editor, I would like to thank you for publishing my letter. My name is John A. Deal, I own a small but reliable tow truck service. I am writing to express my dismay at the way things work. I have applied for a piece of Crown Land in order to start a much needed salvage operation Junk Yard, one where in the future, scrap metal would be shipped off to be recycled. I have been in contact with many leaders in our community who all tell me the same thing . will look into it for you and see what I can do. Well, after one year of trying, I have an answer. I was NOT approved. Why ? Is there another salvage operation going on? I dont think so, correct me if I am wrong. I guess that sending scrap metal off and ridding our community of derelict vehicles and scrap metal is not a good idea or environmentally friendly. I can almost assure you that if I were a foreigner that had millions of dollars at my disposal, I would be granted the land and PRIME LAND at that. What has happened to the dream of being an ENTREPRENEUR. I thank you again for your time. John A. Deal JohnnyCritical of Bakers BayDear Editor, Does the Bakers Bay Development Group think that buying lunch for 100 people or buying air time on Radio Abaco changes the fact that theyre going to kill our Bahamian reef? The top coral reef scientist in the world visited, examined the reef, stated that its one of the most beautiful and last remaining and has categorically stated that, no matter what, the reef will be dead in five years, just like all the reefs in the Florida Cays are dead. These people are going to come in, bulldoze, build, sell to foreigners and leave. What are we leaving our grandchildren in years to come, a dead reef, for money that went OUT of the country? No Thanks! Signed, Ya aint foolin no one!To the Wonderful People of Abaco and Especially Elbow CayDear Editor, All too often your generosity to others goes unnoticed and unappreciated. I do not know more giving people than Bahamians. Who else would provide public land at no cost to a foreigner to do with as he pleases, allow him to operate a business on it and use it as his private dump. That you allow this while he competes against Bahamians trying to provide the same services without these advantages makes your gift all the greater. Just one word of advice; dont let your children go into the sand, gravel and cement business. I dont think theyll make it... at least not on Elbow Cay. One small voiceResponse to Criticisms of FNM RallyDear Editor, I am writing in response to a letter written to you in the December 15th issue by Samuel D. Albury. As an FNM supporter I was very disturbed by what Mr. Albury had to say about the rally held in Marsh Harbour. Since when do these two parties compliment each other? When was the last time any PLP minister or supporter said anything good about the FNM? Unfortunately, it just doesnt happen. Instead of Mr. Albury outlining the good the PLP has done for the Bahamas, all he did was whine about the FNM. Mr. Albury, I remember in 1992 when the FNM won the government, there were settlements like Cherokee Sound, Little Abaco and other parts of The Bahamas still without power after 25 years of the PLP Government. Also, there were islands without phones, with roads full of pot holes, schools on Andros with drop toilets, etc. No Bahamian should be proud of that! But, after a few years of the FNM government a lot of these problems were solved. Mr. Albury mentioned how his dad used to read the papers whenever he could get them. Today, after the FNM being in power, he has the privilege to sit in his home and listen to Radio Abaco due to the private license given to a fellow Bahamian under the FMN and in addition watch the FNM and /or PLP conventions on cable television throughout The Bahamas, again under the SUNSHINE government. This is a little food for thought. Mr. Albury, dont ever believe that any government is perfect, because I dont. But I believe the FNM is the better choice for our country. There were just so many positive things done for our people and our country under this government. Lastly, instead of nit picking about what was said at an FNM rally, why dont you tell us of some the good things the PLP has done for the Bahamas recently. You didnt seem to take the time to do that. Actually, if I continued to say all the things the FNM has done for the country, there is no way the editor could publish this letter. FNM SupporterReasons for Not Entering PoliticsDear Sir, I am very honoured to have been encouraged of late to offer myself by a few very serious people as an FNM candidate for nomination for the South Abaco constituency. While such a position should be very desirable, if only for the prestige it offers, it is more importantly an opportunity to possibly bring some real change to Abaco. However, I shall not, in fact, be seeking the FNM nomination, or any other for that matter, for several reasons. They are as follows: (a) I simply cannot financially afford to enter into active politics at this time. As we all know, the situation in The Bahamas is one where MPs are expected to bribe many voters, if only for the price of a ham and turkey, and they (MPs) are expected to continue to appease the voters after having been elected by paying electric bills; making personal loans; doing all kinds of favours, etc. I find the whole sordid affair to be rather tedious. (b) I am not prepared to put my family through the stress of being related to a practitioner of active politics. The demands are, at times, too great. At least that is the case if one is determined to do ones utmost in representing ones constituents to the best of ones ability. (c) I cannot in good conscience seek the FNM nomination anyway, as I am at times just as critical of them as I am of the PLP. I dont think that I would be very popular in any political party for very long, as I am not good at following all of the time. A yes man, I am not. So, I shall remain on the outside, calling a spade a spade. In this capacity I will owe no one anything, nor will they owe me. Finally, I have heard a lot of people lately say that they are so fed up with the political process that they arent even going to register to vote. I can truly understand their frustration. As for me though, the fight will never end until I die, or until I win the lottery and can thus afford to maintain a summer home in Alaska and a winter home in the Palm Beaches. Seeing as that is not bloody likely, here I shall remain, registering and voting every opportunity I get until finally we get what we deserve. I hope I have that many good years left to live. In any event, HAPPY NEW YEAR, Bahamas. It aint heaven for sure, but it aint hell. Not yet anyway. Sincerely William (Billy) RobertsBEC Gives Terrible ServiceDear Editor, Kindly print the following letter. The Hon. Bradley B. Roberts, Minister of Works Dear Mr. Roberts, It has been three days now that the power is off on Guana Cay. They say two transformers blew. Well, one of the said transformers was reported at Christmas time to have smoke coming out of it, and the person calling was told there was nothing wrong. When he called back two days later to report that there were sparks coming out of this transformer, he was again told not to worry. Today is January 16, and for three days we are without power from a transformer that was reported three weeks ago. The locals say the BEC workmen come out and go up to Nippers in rented golf carts. I understand that the power is out in Marsh Harbour as well. It has been years now that were hearing, They turned the power off to fix the system. Were without power EVERY WEEK for up to 10 hours at a time. How are the mothers supposed to get families ready for school and work? Our WATER doesnt work without power. But I believe the power is on at Mr. Benebys house. The head of BEC in Marsh Harbour needs to resign or be fired for gross incompetence. If its not his fault because hes not getting the equipment and backup support he needs from Nassau, then the General Manager in Nassau needs to resign or be fired for gross incompetence. This is 2006. Developers are being given priority and the people have no power. This is a disgrace, and we ask your assistance in finding out exactly where the problem lies. In answering us, the people of Abaco who PAY huge amounts of money for this service, please send your reply to our local newspaper, The Abaconian for publication. The e-mail address is davralph@batelnet.bs. Its time heads rolled. Thank you. Signed, A Fed Up Customer Cc: The Abaconian Cc: The Nassau Guardian Cc: Mr. Benjamin Beneby LettersFrom Page 8More Letters to the Editor Please see Letters Page 26 Advertise in The Abaconian

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Page 10 The Abaconian February 1, 2006 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 Diamante Dental ClinicDr. J. Denise Archer D.D.S. Garnett Archer Mem. Blvd., Suite #6 P.O. Box AB 20579 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Website: www.diamantedental.com (appointments can be made online) Tel: 242-367-4968 Fax: 242-367-3001 Emergency 242-554-8327 Email: dentalspecialistabaco@yahoo.com Dr. Barry L. Russell February 17 of the Bahamas Orthodontic Center Orthodontics (Braces) Dr. Kendal Major February 15 Periodontics (gum disease) Implants Dr. J. Denise Archer Mondays Saturdays General Dentistry Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) available Richs Boat RentalsAbacos Best Rental Fleet At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21 Paramount $170 $475 $790 26 Paramount $225 $675 $1100 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour Located in Marsh Harbour Ph: 367-3006 Fax: 367-3387 wireless@abacoinet.comHigh-Speed Wireless Internet Dial-up Internet Access Coffee Bar Internet Cafe Our coffee bar will be opening on February 1 st, 2006! Come and enjoy a cup of coffee with us Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderA New YearEven though there were many island wide events scheduled over Christmas and New Years to keep everyone busy, probably the most excitement to be had in our settlement occurred on the 29th of December at the conclusion of a very successful mock Antiques Roadshow in the settlement when Junkanoo made its very first appearance in Cherokee thanks to the Abaco Tourism Office and kind generosity of The Abaco Club in Winding Bay. The old timers in Cherokee always like to talk about Firsts, such as the first radioand the first outboard engine for their boats or the first time ice came to Abaco. These are memories to cherish and remember because they all made a vivid and exciting difference in our lives. Today, changes are happening so fast we dont seem to have time to experience new things that are happening everyday. Yesterday, wrist-watch telephones were only a fantasy in a comic book and now astronauts can travel around the earth in only a few of hours. But, there are still a few of us who want to take time to stop and smell the roses and personally experience life. I believe future old timers will look back and say I was there to see the first Junkanoo parade to come to Cherokee. I guess Im just sentimental. Since the crowd quickly gathered, it seems almost everyone in Cherokee heard the definite beat of the Junkanoo drums and the sound of the weird horns, the shaking of the homemade cow bells and the blowing of the whistles. The dance doesnt seem to tell any story, it certainly doesnt seem to have a routine dance pattern and definitely no time limit. However, the music is both exotic and hypnotic, and the march which they call Rushin is a slow and methodically gyrating shuffle. Not many are familiar with the history of Junkanoo or even if it is unique to The Bahamas. But one thing is for certain, and that is, that its not Rock and Roll. The Spring City Rockers group kept their audience entertained for over an hour that evening. In Nassau some 40 years ago when our tourism numbers first began to increase dramatically, the audience or onlookers were more apt to join in the spirit of the parade than to sit on the sidelines in reserved bleachers as they do now-a-days. And in fact, there were a few who were moved by the music in Cherokee, too, South Abaco News Please see South Page 11 Cherokee Sound celebrated a first on December 29 when the Spring City Rockers took their costumes, drums and other instruments to that communtiy to display their talents in a rush that last for one hour. It was the concluding feature of the Cherokee Roadshow. During the program at the Cherokee Sound Roadshow, native son Patrick Bethel, right, was honoured for his service to his community and country. He was given a plaque presented by another native son, Hartis Pinder.

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 11 Hole-in-the-Wall LighthouseI am the oldest Imperial lighthouse in The Bahamas. I have been the guiding light for Bahamian and world shipping for over 170 years. I am now very sick from rust, neglect, and rotting away. Please, dont let me die. Join The Save the Hole-in-the-Wall Lighthouse Fund. Remember, I am your most outstanding historical monument. South Abaco 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. Dont 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!but mostly today it seems it is more of a show, a tourist attraction and a money maker than just a local custom and tradition. I was in Freeport when it first came to the second city sometime in the mid 1960s and witnessed one of the earliest Junkanoo parades made up of local residents (not professionals) held on Green Turtle Cay about 12 years ago on New Years Day. If you ask about the Junkanoo in Cherokee these days and, if SouthFrom Page 10 More South Abaco News 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 the person was there, they will smile, but they might also break down and tell you just how much they really enjoyed it back in 2005.A Real Life FairytaleThe entire community was invited, plus a few more, to celebrate the first local wedding to be held in Cherokee in over a year on January 7 when Mrs. and Mrs. Stephen Sawyer gave their eldest daughter, Kellie Denise, in marriage to Darrell Roger Pinder. The bride and groom were both born and raised in Cherokee and were surrounded by their many Assembly of God Church members, family and friends in a grand and sumptuous affair held in the local Methodist church on that day to handle the large number of well-wishers. The bride wore a lovely pristine white floor-length gown of intricate lacework with a flowing train and a floating headdress of yards and yards of tulle. She carried a traditional bridal bouquet composed of live roses in a variety of many colours that was truly breathtaking. She was led down the aisle by a bevy of lovely young bridesmaids all adorned in pale sea foam green satin gowns, with a flower girl, a ring barer and miniature bride and groom as well as a lovely maid of honour. The groom, his best man and ushers wore the traditional black tuxedos. Not that they werent lovely, too, for the whole bridal party looked picture perfect. The church was all aglow in candlelight adorned with fresh flowers and a beautifully decorated arch for the newlyweds to stand under. The presiding minister at the service was Rev. Richie Roberts from Man-O-War with Troy Albury from the Snap Shop acting as official photographer. Afterwards a reception and sit down dinner was held to accommodate all that came. The new Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Pinder took off on a honeymoon cruise and will return to a brand new home waiting for them to commence their new life together. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.Valentines TeaRev. Carla Culmer will be hosting her 10th annual Valentines Tea for the Methodist Church on February 8. It is an afternoon when just the ladies get together to sip a little tea, munch some little cakes and have a little fun. You wont want to miss it. Many antiques were on display in the W.W. Sands Community Center. This is a collection of antique clocks and watches belonging to Mr. Derek Albury of Casuarina Point.

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Page 12 The Abaconian February 1, 2006 Abaco FSCAbaco FSC Abaco FSCAbaco FSC Abaco FSCA Bahamian Financial Service Corporation Investment Fund Administration Fund Formation and Licensure Articles of Association and Offering Memorandums Shareholders registration, issuance and redemption of shares All accounting and administration including monthly financial statements, partner statements, and NAV calculations Government compliance Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider International Business Companies (IBCs) incorporation and registration Serve as director, nominee shareholder, officer, or local agent Custodial and local account administration Central Bank applications Registered agent services 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: 707-516-7765A reader inquired: Who is responsible for all the beautiful plantings all over Marsh Harbour. Weve been talking about beautification and sidewalks for 10 years, and it is finally happening! Please give us an editors note to tell us so we can say THANK YOU!! Ed. Note: We are happy to tell you that Randy Key of Pine Woods Nursery has taken responsibility for beautifying the road from the traffic light to Spooners, putting in plants, hanging baskets and banners and maintaining them. Sidewalks were put in slowly by the Marsh Harbour Town Committee. We salute both of these for doing a great job!Marsh Harbours Beautification Is Appreciated Remember Medical Access SeminarBy Robert Wilson A seminar will be held at Boat Harbour Marina on February 15th to discuss accessing healthcare services in Central Abaco. The public is invited, land-based visitors as well as visiting yachtsmen. The purpose of the seminar is to bring public attention to the available medical resources and services and how to access those services while on Abaco. The event is sponsored by the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club, the Marsh Harbour Marina and Yacht Club, Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour, the Ministry of Tourism and The Abaconian newspaper. 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

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Page 14 The Abaconian February 1, 2006 OPEN MON SAT FROM 8 AM 7 PM & SUN 9 AM 2 PM WELL BLOW YOUR MIND, NOT YOUR BUDGET The freshest produce, specially-cut meat,groceries, supplies,housewares,electronics, lawn and garden & more.All at great prices with daily Smart Buys for even bigger savings.You CAN have it all. All in one place:Solomons SuperCenter. Nathan Key Drive,Marsh Harbour,Abaco Tel:242-367-2601/2 Fax:242-367-2731 Open MonSat from 8:00 am:00 pm,Sun from 9:00 am:00 pm LOOK FOR FANTASTIC SPECIALS EVERY DAY THROUGHOUT THE STORE

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 15 Chris Thompson Real EstateOffering the Islands Most Exclusive Listings One Purple Porpoise Place, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas ph 242.366.0216 fax 242.366.0223 Chris Thompson Greg Roberts* Private Islands Waterfront Homes and Land* Investment Property Acreage Project/Property Management Complete Service from Sales to Construction ***** Exclusive Agents for Matt Lowes Cay ***** www.ChrisThompsonRealEstate.com Detached bedrooms, office, gym and library all feature ocean vistas, and a central pool with open decking. Generator, 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 & #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.MOMMAS 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 Unique 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.THIRD SUNRISE

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Page 16 The Abaconian February 1, 2006 Central Abaco NewsYacht Club Holds Annual Cook-OffBy Dave Bluto The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club January Chili Cook-Off Social was a big hit and over 120 club members joined the fun in the big tent at Abaco Beach Resort. Attending were reciprocity guests from visChili Contest Winners were, left to right, Brantley Vitek, Lazy Bones Best Medium Chili; John DeWetter, Leonore Best Mild Chili; Robert Wilson, Gypsy Common Most Original; and Dave Bluto, Chablis Best Hot and Spicy Chili. iting yacht clubs: the Pasquotank River Yacht Club in North Carolina, the Rappahannock Yacht Club in Vifginia, and the Pelican Yacht Club in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Twenty-six macho male chefs prepared chili of various tastes, all presenting at least a gallon of their efforts to the hungry crowd. New residents of Abaco, Michael and Agnes Adams, very generously gave donations to two projects that help Abaco youth. Abaco Pathfinders is an organization that raises money for scholarships for college students studying abroad. It has about 40 students who are being assisted each year. The other is the Every Child Counts School that works with students who have serious problems keeping them from being able to attend normal classrooms. Shown here, left to right, Kathy Weldon representing Every Child Counts, Agnes and Michael Adams with daughter Mirabelle, and Mrs. Blumberg representing Abaco Pathfinders.ECC and Pathfinders Receive DonationMembers of the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club enjoy eating the chili after the chili cook-off competition named the winners. Gallons of chile soon disappeared as 120 club members sampled the variety. Support the Cancer SocietyDonate Used Items to Be Sold in Their Thrift Shop Call 367-3744 for info

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February 1, 2006 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 CaribbeanCaribbean Travel &Life Magazine Visit Our On-Site Models Today! Phase1-4 SOLDOUT NowSellingonTreasureCay!BahamaBeachClubPhase5 3&4Bedroom/3BathLuxuryBeachfrontCondominiums Private Gated CommunityTwo Freshwater Pools & SpaDesigner Interiors AvailableOptional Detached GaragesLocal Bank FinancingTerrific Rental Income potential Treasure Cay Resort Area Amenities include:Spectacular 31/2mile White Sand Beach150 slip Marina for Yachts to140 feet18 hole Championship Golf CourseTennis, Snorkeling & Scuba DivingRestaurants, Grocers & Duty Free ShoppingInternational Airport (6,500 foot runway)Residences from $742,500 plus closing costs 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 (Feb 3)Oral Maxillo Facial Surgeon (Wisdom teeth)Dr. Antoine Clarke (Feb 16-17)Periodontics (Gum disease & implants)Dr. Woodley ThompsonOrthodontic (Braces) (Feb 9-10)Dental Hygiene Available 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 The fledgling Art Guild started in Central Abaco has as its goal to assist Abaco youth in developing their artistic abilities. The group has raised money to give a donation of $500 to each of the government high schools on the island for art supplies. Additionally, Michael and Agnes Adams gave each school $500 for art supplies. Shown above are, left to right, Mr. Adams presenting a check to Ms. Rebecca Valrejean, art teacher at S.C. Bootle High School in Coopers Town; Mr. Kenneth Roberts, Senior Master at Abaco Central High School; Ms. Marlee Mason of the Art Guild presenting a check to Mrs. Lori Thompson, art teacher at Abaco Central High School. Mr. Adams is hoping that someone in the community will match his funds, assisting the schools even more. RememberCountry Music Sensation FeaturingAaron TippinAbaco Beach Resort February 4 7 p.m. $25 Central Abaco NewsArt Teachers Receive Donation

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Page 18 The Abaconian February 1, 2006 More Central Abaco NewsFinished cement blooks are curing after being formed at ABaco Block and Concrete. The block making machine is in the background. Dr. Woodley Thompson was the lucky winner of a $200 gift basket in John Bulls Christmas draw. He was presented with his prize on January 12th in the new store by Assistant Manager Kathy OKelleher. Dr. Thompson is an orthodontist from Nassau who visits the Agape Family Dental Centre in Marsh Harbour monthly. During his visit just before Christmas he decided to do some Christmas shopping in the John Bull store. During the month of December and up until January 6th, customers purchasing at least $100 worth of items or any Davidoff product were eligible for the drawing. This entitled Dr. Woodley to be entered into the drawing for an SUV at John Bulls main store in Nassau. He was not lucky enough, however, to win the Grand Prize which went to a lady from Nassau.Abaco Block and ConcreteBy Mirella Santillo The Abaco Block and Concrete plant is located on the waterfront next to Parkers Landing in Murphy Town. It opened its doors in February 2002 and was set up initially to supply American Bridge Company with concrete for the construction of the public freight dock in Marsh Harbour. The project required concrete with specifications that could not be found on the island and which the company formulated. Abaco Block and Concrete supplied American Bridge with over 6000 yards of concrete, part of which was a special marine mix. It was not until the contract with American Bridge expired that ABC started serving the public with a different mix for their needs, said Mr. Leo Bethel, the resident manager. Abaco Blocks concrete is computer batched and the trucks are processed and weighed twice to ensure the accuracy of the concrete. Because of the demand for construction material on Abaco, in mid-2004 the company decided to go into block making. Unfortunately, because of two hurricanes, the company did not start production until November 2005. As we looked out of Mr. Bethels office window into the yard, he pointed to the machine in the process of producing blocks in rows on the ground. The machine fills a 10-block mold with concrete mixed from one of the two cement storage silos. It is presently making about 3500 blocks per day and is capable of producing 6000 blocks day when fully operational in the near future. The 8-inch blocks are sold for $1.65 a piece. There is a delivery fee which varies depending on where the blocks are going. At present, six trucks deliver concrete to the Marsh Harbour area and throughout the main island. The company sells sand and rock imported from Grand Bahama. The sand is made by crushing the rock and does not contain any salt. Abaco Block and Concrete will soon offer local sand at competitive prices. By the end of the year Mr. Bethel hopes to start the production of 6-inch blocks. Abaco Block and Concrete can be reached at 242-367-2891.Assistance for the Haitian CommunityBy Jennifer Hudson Several months ago, a census began in the communities of the Mud and Pigeon Pea. Though some data was obtained and given to the College of the Bahamas for the International Organization for Migration, the census was not completed due to an immigration raid. The Island Administrator is still waiting for a copy of the findings which will be sent to the government for viewing. The cleanup in those areas, which was being undertaken by Urban Renewal andLucky Winner Claims Prize Please see Central Page 19

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 19 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 Washers, Dryers Microwaves Stoves, Fridges Freezers Phones, Satellites Car Stereo Systems Flat Screen TVs and much moreEvery Day Great Low PricesNew Stock for the New Year Come and See Us TodayAbaco Distributors Ltd. Ph : (242) 367-2265 (242) 367-2128 More Central Abaco News CentralFrom Page 18 others, has presently come to a halt owing to various challenges. Administrator Rolle has recommended to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Renewal what he feels is really needed, that is another subdivision or two smaller subdivisions. However, he does not want anyone to get the idea that a subdivision is being created for Haitians. An addition to the Central Pines subdivision has been suggested for Bahamians and for contract workers who are permit holders. Another subdivision has been suggested in the Spring City area. To enable Haitians to move into such subdivisions, employers might have to build apartments for their Haitian employees, who will then have to pay rent. Mr. Rolle feels that government needs to look at the current immigration laws and make provision that when permits are issued, employers must provide sanitary housing for employees who are permit holders working for them. January 23 was a big day for the Marsh Harbour Sporting Association. Leaders of the association signed a 99-year lease giving them the use of three plots of Crown and Treasury land in Marsh Harbour. Papers were signed in Administrators office while several community leaders looked on. President of the Association, Mr. Gurth Russell, right, signed the papers representing the association. Senior Administrator Revis Rolle, standing, is putting the his seal on the papers while Mr. Robert Sweeting, Member of Parliament for South Abaco, looks on. Mr. Russell commented that the application has been in process for 17 years. The largest piece of land, more than 18 acres on Don MacKay Boulevard, connects to both Forest Heights Academy and St. Francis de Sales School. It is anticipated that the sporting facilities built on the property will be available for the schools to use. Another piece of land is where the Marsh Harbour Community Library is located and includes adequate land for a proper library. The third piece is adjoining the boat slip across from Regattas of Abaco adjacent to the BEC distribution station. It is anticipated that it will be made into a park. Check out The Abaconian online atwww.abaconian.com

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Page 20 The Abaconian February 1, 2006 NCR Forms Office Stationary Flyers Certificates Tickets Brochures Photo Scanning Wedding/Funeral Programs Business Cards Envelopes Menus Labels Laminations ...MoreAbaco Print ShopFriendly and Professional Printing ServicesLocated in the Abaco Shopping Center Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-3202 Fax : (242) 367-3201FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS!Call us today... Monday Friday 9am 5pmThe Marsh Harbour Marina Yacht Club will be installing lights at several locations around Central Abaco to improve boating safety. Pictured is yacht club member, Steve Skul-nick, installing an Amber light on the piling located a Sanka Shoal. The yacht club had a piling installed (courtesy of Drill Rig) with a one-mile Amber light at the flat rock shoal leaving Eastern Shores heading towards Matt Lowes Cay where several boating accidents have occurred. The club will be installing additional lights as the time permits. The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club will be installing lights on the floating nuns they installed and maintain in the channel leading into Marsh Harbour.Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department Fights Another FireA vacant house with no electrical supply burned on January 20. Three trucks from the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department responded. The roof and interior were completely burned, leaving only the cement block walls. This is the foundation of the future Fire House for the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department. The building is off Pole Line Drive next to the library. It will be a metal building and will have facilities for repairing as well as housing the fire trucks. The department now has five operational pumper trucks and one tank truck. Another pumper truck is on its way. A number of trucks are required because of the lack of fire hydrants. The trucks have to leave the scene of the fire to get to a hydrant which is a serious hindrance in getting a fire under control.Marina Yacht Club Is Improving Navigation Please see Court Page 6 amount of work has now increased to the point where one person can no longer deal with it, and so more staff is needed, thus necessitating the additional office space. He stated that the dramatic rise in the population of Abaco over the last few years has caused an increase in the number of civil, traffic and domestic cases to be heard. Ms. Dean is presently in Nassau for two years participating in a cadetship programme which is a prestigious course for promising civil servants. She was selected for this course on the strength of her excellent performance in the court system. Presently, Ms. Deleveaux is filling her position and Ms. Smith, who has worked for years in the court system in Nassau, is also assisting. It is Magistrate McKees opinion that the whole court system on Abaco has now become very much more complicated and involved. Every Wednesday and Thursday several Defence Counsel staff from Nassau are present for cases here. Currently, there is no court stenographer in Marsh Harbour but Mr. McKee feels that the court is definitely in need of one and that it will only be a matter of time. Thanks to the newly opened office block space is ready and waiting whenever the position is filled.

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 21 CURRYS FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front bahamian cuisine on Hope Town's waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner DailyLunch 11:30 am 3 pm Dinner 6 9 pmAppetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m Call 366-0087 366-0292 VHF Ch 16ICE RENTAL BIKES 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 Potters 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 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 As published in the Nassau Tribune January 16, 2006Investment Currency Market RateFor Bahamians to make investments in securities and real estate overseas, they have to go through the Investment Currency Market at the Central Bank. The premium bid and offer rates the rates at which Bahamians purchase foreign currency to make the investment, and what they pay when they redeem it are to be halved from 25 and 20 per cent respectively to 12.5 per cent and 10 per cent. Current investors, should they wish to do so, will be allowed until March 31, 2006, to liquidate their investments at the old rate.Publicly Traded Securities Listed on BISX as BDRsAnnually, up to five per cent of the external reserves at previous years end, but not to exceed $25 million, can be used to fund the structure of BDR issues at the official exchange rate. Approvals will be required from regulators, and the operational framework for this is still being worked out. Broker/dealers will be allowed to structure and market the BDRs.Broadening of Capital Markets IvestorsTempor ary Residents and Permanent Residents (with a restricted right to work) can invest in obligations of BISX listed companies up to an aggregate total of 10 per cent of the issue/offering They can also invest in government-registered stock, for which the Central Bank acts as registrar, subject to a $100,000 per person/entity limit. Companies designated as resident for exchange control purposes, and with no term restrictions on their domestic operations, such as insurance companies and brokerage houses, can now invest in BISXlisted stocks up to a limit of 10 per cent of the issue/offering per investing entity. There are no limits on their investments in other public and private sector securities. All investments have to be in Bahamian dollars.Regional Cross Border ListingsBISX-listed companies can list their stock on CARICOM exchanges Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados subject to a limit of 10 per cent of their issued share capital, and a maximum of $20 million per annum. CARICOM companies on the main regional exchanges can list on BISX, provided the cost value of net capital (purchases less sales) invested by Bahamians does not exceed $5 million per quarter and $20 million annually.Foreign investments by the National Insurance Board (NIB)NIB has been allowed to invest a maximum of $25 million annually abroad, at the official exchange rate.Employee Stock Option/ Share Purchase PlansTO allow Bahamian employees of foreign-owned institutions in the Bahamas to take advantage of opportunities arising from their employment, the investment limit on employee contributory ESOPs has been increased from $10,000 per year to $25,000 per year through the official market.Timeshare InvestmentsResidents may now invest up to $25,000 per family unit, once every ten years, at the official rate to purchase timeshares abroad.EmigrationBahamians taking up permanent residency abroad may now transfer out the foreign currency equivalent of $250,000 per annum, at the official rate, which is an increase over the previous $125,000 limit.Exchange Control: Amendments in Detail Please see Exchange Page 26

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Page 22 The Abaconian February 1, 2006 Peter Brachman 85, passed away on December 26 in Allegan, Michigan. He was a country doc, making house calls and seeing patients at his home after office hours until he retired. He was a second home owner on Green Turtle Cay for over 35 years and loved to bonefish and play cards. He was responsible for five Michigan families becoming second homeowners on Green Turtle Cay. He will be remembered for his skill as a physician and for the twinkle in his eye. He will be missed by his wife Nancy, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The funeral for Joseph Cooper 77 of Coopers Town, was held on January 21 at the Church of God Cathedral in Coopers Town. Bishop Archilus Cooper officiated and interment was in the South Side Public Cemetery in Coopers Town. He is survived by his sons Lionel, Ivrone, William (Billy) and Gary; daughters Jerona Burrows and Sherelane Russell; adopted son Max Roberts; daughters-in-law Hortence, Melvem, Lynette and Rosetta Cooper; sons-in-law Robert Russell and Claude Burrows; grandson-in-law Freddie Williams; grandchildren Shantell, Kendrick, Nekisha, Chrissy, Nadia, William, Demi, Garvin, Whitney, Donnell, Lashanda, Elkino, Leonardo, Jarvin, Angelica, Samantha, Ricardo, Malincia, Deangelus, Penny, Pam and Stevenette; granddaughter-in-law Carolee Russell; great-grandchildren Nathan, John, Javon, Lester, PAngelo, Ciarthia, Geno, Walanta, Tylesha, Kavon, Vonte, KC, Mariano; sisters Cleotha Edgecombe, Sheila Adderley and Vernie Smith; brothers Bishop Archileous, Hartman, Eric, Henry and Samuel Cooper; brothers-in-law Metious Edgecombe, Neville Adderley and Rudy Smith; sisters-in-law Estelle, Macey, Vivian, Lillian and Neita Cooper; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral of Elder Thomas Raymond Davis 77 of Marsh Harbour was held on January 15 at Bethany Gospel Chapel in Murphy Towno. Pastor Lucina Curry officiated assisted by Pastor David Cartwright and interment was follow in the Murphy Town Public Cemetery. He is survived by sons Thomas, Carl, Clyde and Scott Davis; daughters Ettamae Williams, Gloria Mills, Sheila Simms and Margueritte Rodgers; step-children Loretta, Ormand, Noramae, Austin, Wilton, Edward and Jerome; grandchildren Jewel, Melissa, Angelo and Achaz Davis, Shantique Wright, Ryan and Oneil Williams, George Jr and Gina Mills, Shawn, Shayne, Jermaine and Sherise Simms, Jarrod McBride and Rasheed Rodgers; great-grandchildren Jada, Taina, Cameron, Barisha and Ryan Jr; step-grandchildren; step-great grandchildren; sisters Hilma Curry, Inez Knowles and Leotha McDonald; nieces Tamara Moss, Trinette Martin, Tanya McDonald, Ramona Bethel, Vangie McIntosh, Minalee Bodie, Brenda Deveaux, Jackee Bootle, Sophia Smith, Patrice Parker and Karen Cooper; nephews Keith, Kirk, Kendal, Leonard Jr and Kim Knowles, Earlin Ward, Glen, Patrick, Clifton and Gary McDonald, Wilfred, Hilliard, Carl, Emmett, Jonathan, Rocklyn and Lester Bootle; daughters-in-law Carol, Lucille and Bonita Davis; sons-in-law Livingstone Williams Jr, George Mills and Lealand Simms and Daniel Rodgerss; sisters-in-law Aremina Smith, Elva Bootle, Nita Woodside, Gloria Spencer and Gloria Marshall; brothers-in-law Leonard Knowles, Douglas McDonald, Rupert Bootle, Drexel Marshall, Junior Nixon, Greg Spencer and Pastor Alpheus Woodside; grandson-in-law Barrington Wright; grand-daughter-in-law Shekera Williams; godchildren Rev. Audley Swain, Shirley Barr, Gwendolyn Penn, Dorothy McPhee and Debbie Johnson; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for J ames Alexander Roberts 65 formerly of Dundas Town, was held on January 14 in Freeport. Interment was on Grand Bahama. He is survived by his wife Althea Roberts; sons Tyrone, Trevor, Terrance Tall Boy, Calvin and James II; daughters Terri, Tanya, Jamie and LaTara; grandchildren Shonetee, Khia, Robert, Jade, Lorenzo, Perez, Donya, Trevor Jr, Rachael, Ivantae, Jaiya, JaiQuan, Jahmai, Kanye and Nnakicia; great-grandchild Shasse Shepherd; sisters Nadean Feaster and Dorcas Roberts; aunt Winifred Carter; nieces Sherry Brown, Charmaine Tate, Sophia Kavari, Nicole Darling, Shaune Burnett, Tabitha Fowler, Jacqueline Orlando, Susan Russell, Carlene, Carlicia, Draskel, Dannica Russell, Juliette Patterson, Chandel and Chanrika Morley; nephews Anthony, Floyd, Cardinal, Min. Steveson Feaster, David Tate, Spencer Adderley, Remardo Brennen, Keith and Gino Rolle, Dwight Russell, Marvin and Davon Marley and Charlton Jr; mother-in-law Susan Morley and Mildred Rolle; son-in-law Steadman Roberts; daughter-in-law Felicia Roberts; brothers-in-law Will Feaster, Calvin Russell, Carl Russell, Charlton Morley, Alphas, Alfred and John Russell; sistersin-law Delores Russell, Lynn Rolle, Rachael Morley, Wilderline Roberts, Elizabeth Armbrister, Ellamae Russell; Florine Rolle, Delores Blackburn, Cynthia and Lovely Russell; nieces-inlaw; nephews-in law, grand-nieces and many other relatives and friends.Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 23 THE OUTBOARD SHOPMarsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 E-mail-theoutboardshop@abacoinet.comAuthorized Distributor Now In Stock Available 40 90 HP 200 250 HP Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Dolphin MarineGreen T urtle Cay 242.365.4262 Island MarineP arrot Cay 242.366.0282 Roberts MarineGreen Turtle Cay242.365.4249 Sea Horse MarineHope Town 242.365.0023 Fishermans Marine L ong Island 242.337.6226 Minns Watersports Exuma 242.336.2604 O.B.S. Marine F reeport 242.352.9246 Up to three year warranty extensive parts inventory and factory trained mechanics is a private charter plane company providing safe, reliable transportation to and from the islands of the Bahamas and southeastern Florida.has opened its new facility at the Marsh Harbour International Airport. We are a full service FBO with Customs, Immigration, Fuel, VIP Lounge and many other five star services. We handle all your aircraft ground handling service needs the way you want. CHEROKEE AVIATION Tel.# 242-367-0525 Fax.# 242-367-0526 VHF 122.80P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : fboinfo@cherokeeair.comCHEROKEE AIR Tel.# 242-3673450 Fax.# 242-3673451P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : info@cherokeeair.comCherokee Air Cherokee AviationBy Jennifer Hudson The Can cer Caring Centre, Phase 1, in Nassau was officially opened in Nassau on September 30, 2005. Attending the ceremony from Abaco were Cancer Society of Abaco President, Hugh Cottis, his wife Sylvia, and Jennifer Hudson. The Cancer Societys Caring Centre is the first facility of its kind in the Bahamas and provides a home away from home, offering temporary accommodation for cancer patients from the Family Islands for a maximum stay of three months and minimum of three nights for a nominal nightly rental fee. Thus, it is available for any Abaconians needing accommodation during a course of cancer treatments. Its mission statement is: To provide a caring environment that will offer quality shelter, comfort and support to cancer patients undergoing treatment, particularly those from the Family Islands. The Centre is located in Centreville, adjacent to the Cancer Society Headquarters and is conveniently close to doctors offices, treatment centres and hospitals since no type of medical treatment is actually provided at the facility. All Cancer Caring Centre suites are double occupancy rooms and will be shared by two persons at a time. Should the cancer patient be a minor (under 18 years of age), an adult must accompany the patient and one approved adult will be allowed to reside in the room with the minor. The rooms are bright and airy and all beds are covered with attractive handmade quilts which were donated by local quilters. Each room also has a balcony with lounge furniture overlooking a beautifully landscaped garden. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the common room where a cable ready television and VCR are available. The Society has compiled a Residents Guide which contains important information about the Centre, its rules and regulations and other useful tips. Items which residents are required to bring with them to the centre are: photo identification, bed and bathroom linens including an extra pillow, toiletries, prescription medications, telephone calling cards, stamps, emergency contact names and numbers, money for rental/food/incidentals, mug for hot beverages, thermal water pitcher and drinking glass.Cancer Caring Centre in Nassau Will Accommodate Family IslandersAdditional information about the Cancer Caring Centre may be obtained by telephoning (242) 3234482, or 324-4441, e-mailing to cancersociety@coralwave.com or cancersociety@hotmail.com.or visiting their website at www.cancersocietybahamas.org. By Jennifer Hudson The Cancer Society of Abaco has donated $30,000 towards the Cancer Caring Centre. This is in addition to providing free yearly Pap smear and PSA clinics in Marsh Harbour, Coopers Town and Moores Island and providing air fares on an ongoing basis to cancer patients requiring medical treatment abroad. A large part of the revenue for this is now generated by the operation of the Cancer Society Thrift Shop located in the Marsh Harbour Community Library building. The Thrift Shop relies on donations of good quality, clean clothing and household items and is presently very much in need of donations. If you have items which you could donate please deliver them to the Brass and Leather Shop in the Abaco Shopping Plaza (opposite Kentucky Fried Chicken) or telephone 3673744 or 3674009 for collection. The Thrift Shop is open on the THIRD Saturday of every month between 9 a.m. and 12 noon (instead of every Saturday as in the past).The Cancer Society of Abaco Is Seeking Donations THE OUTBOARD SHOPMarsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 E-mail: theoutboardshop@abacoinet.com

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Page 24 The Abaconian February 1, 2006 By Jennifer Hudson A group of ten volunteers with the group New Directions International was in Marsh Harbour from January 12 to 19 to assist with the construction of a new building for the Friendship Baptist Church adjacent to the Mud and Pigeon Pea. Eight of the group were from North Carolina where New Directions International is based, one was from South Carolina and one was specially flown in from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to act as coordinator and translator. When I first met the group on a very cold and windy Saturday, they were packing up early as the cold wind was making it difficult to work. Wes Morgan, leader of the group, jokingly said that he had a complaint against the Ministry of Tourism since they were told the weather would be warm and sunny. However, by Monday the group had their wish, and the weather was indeed delightful. When I arrived to speak with them that day, instead of being huddled up in anoraks and parkas with hoods, they were now in shorts with some of them even barebacked. A truckload of blocks had just arrived at the site and the volunteers quickly formed a line and soon had the blocks stacked in workable piles throughout the site. The new Friendship Baptist Church will be quite a sizeable building in order to accommodate the many Haitians which it will serve from the surrounding community. This building will replace the old church which has stood on land adjacent to the new Port Authority building for many years. The government now needs that land in order to expand the new Port facility and has provided the alternate location in exchange. This new church, which has been approved since the year 2001, comes under the banner of the Bahamas Evangelical Churches Association of which Pastor Silbert Mills church, Friendship Tabernacle, is also a member. It is hoped to at least have the roof on by the time the old church has to be torn down so that services will be able to be held even though the building will not have reached completion. Churches have funded the materials, and two masons have been hired in order to move the job along more quickly while the missionary volunteers provided the unskilled help. Also assisting are Antoine Joseph, Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, Roland Swain, Pastor Emeritus of Friendship Tabernacle, and Pastor Silbert Mills. The missionary volunteers brought with them a large supply of clothing, shoes, new underwear (from a manufacturer located nearby their headquarters), books, pencils and other school supplies. These they gave to Pastor Swain for distribution amongst the residents of the Mud and Pigeon Pea. Since New Directions International is a partnership mission agency, it seeks out indigenous national pastors as partner pastors in the countries to which its volunteers go. Since their main work is in Haiti, they thus became involved with Haitian Pastor Joseph, Silbert Mills and Roland Swain, who assist with the Haitian congregations here. Wes Morgan, Haiti co-ordinator and leader of the volunteer mission group, is a remarkable man. In 2004 he was diagnosed with stomach cancer. After having his stomach totally removed, it was then found that the cancer had spread to his liver and lungs. He was diagnosed as terminally ill by the doctors and given only a few months to a year to live. However, incredibly, he still finds the strength to go on with his missionary work. Last October as soon as he had finished several months of chemotherapy, he travelled to Haiti for more church building. He arrived on Wednesday, still weak from his treatments, and two days later faced the horrific experience of being kidnaped. He and another team member, Paul, were just leaving the security of their gated and barred guesthouse and were turning their SUV around when three men, who had been hiding in the bushes, rushed up and held guns to their heads. Two men jumped into the back seat with Paul each holding a gun to his head and the third got in the front next to Wes and held a gun to his head. At first, the two men thought they were being robbed, but it was far more horrifying than that. They were taken to City Soleil, which was described by Wes as an impoverished and lawless slum which police and the UN troops will not enter. They were turned over to five heavily armed men who threatened to kill them if they did not produce money. The kidnappers demanded $300,000 in fast U.S. cash or the two would be dead. The captives were forced to make phone calls to procure the money, but this enabled them at the same time to tell their friends of their plight. Wes requested food since,International Group Aids in Church Construction Please see Church Page 25 L OCAL GO VERNMENT A UTHORITY HOPE TOWN DISTRICT TOWN MEETING ON PLANNING AND ZONINGEight weeks of open discussion within each community to gather comments and feedback on the White Paper on Town Planning and Zoning MEETING SCHEDULE GUANA CAY Location: All Age School Time: 6:30 8:30pm Day: Thursday Night Dates: February 2nd, 16th, 2006 March 2nd, 16th, 30th, 2006MAN-O-WAR Location: All Age School Time: 6:30 8:30pm Day: Monday Night Dates: January 30th, 2006 February 13, 17th, 2006 March 13th, 27th, 2006 ELBOW CAY Location: St. James Methodist Church Time: 6:30 8:30pm Day: Wednesday Night Dates: February 1st, 15th, 2006 March 1st, 15th, 29th, 2006T OPICS T O BE DISCUSSED: Week One: Introduction Week Two: Waste Management and Wetland ProtectionWeek Three: Zoning Open Spaces and ResidentialWeek Four: Zoning Business and Commercial Week Five: ConclusionFor More Information visit us at: www.hopetowncouncil.com

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 25 having no stomach, he needed to eat constantly. He was brought some Haitian food which he was afraid to eat. He then requested wrapped crackers and water which they did actually bring him. Wes began to share the gospel with his tall six-foot machine gun wielding guard who, when asked via Paul the translator, if he was a Christian, replied, I cant, I have a gun. By the end of the afternoon the terrorist leader and guard allowed Wes to pray with them. Finally, the ransom price began to go down as the captors became convinced that their captives were missionaries. Miraculously, the ransom demand finally came down to $10,000, and Wes told them that he could get that for them. By this time he learned, via phone calls, that the FBI had now entered the case, but he told his friends to tell them not to attempt a rescue as he was afraid if the captors became antagonised, they would shoot both him and Paul. Finally, after dark a vehicle brought the money, the captors took the money. They released Wes and Paul but took hostage the pastor who was bringing it. They held him while they counted the money. Once they saw it was all there they released ChurchFrom Page 24 him. Wes Morgan explained that since the situation in Haiti is now so dangerous and volatile, and especially after his and Pauls recent experience, he can no longer take teams there. He learned of the Haitian refugees on Abaco and felt that assistance here would be consistent with the work the organisation had been doing in Haiti. So he brought his team here instead. He stated that their primary purpose is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with service in His name. On the Sunday evening during their weeks stay, they worshiped at Friendship Tabernacle, Friendship Mi ssion and Baracca Church. Ten volunteers with New Directions International worked on constructing a new building for the Friendship Baptist Mission Church. The congregation is now meeting in a building adjacent to the Marsh Harbour freight dock. The dock needs the land for expansion and has notified the church that it will have to move. They hope that the building will be constructed to the stage that it can be used for services by the time they have to vacate their present building. The volunteers are shown stacking blocks convenient for the masons. Church Has to Vacate Present Building Civic OrganizationsKiwanis Club of Great Abaco Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Mackerels Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-5932Pilot Club of Abaco Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Central Abaco Primary, Dundas Town, 367-3457Pilot Club of South Abaco Last Thursday. monthy, J.A. Pinder School, Sandy Point, 366-4001Rotary Club of Abaco Tuesdays, 6 p.m., weekly at Anglers Restaruant, Abaco Beach Resort

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Page 26 The Abaconian February 1, 2006Area 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 CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle CayCocobay Cottages6 cott365-5464 Island 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 Inn 22 rm366-0133 Club Soleil 6 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 Hill 4 villas366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse366-3121Hotels and House Rental AgentsMan-O-WarIsland Home Rentals +8 hse365-6048 Schooners Landing 5 condos365-6072Marsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms367-2158 Abaco Real Estate +6 hse367-2719 Alesias 3 rms367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms367-4000 Ds 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 effic367-2227Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort14 rm366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club 365-8500 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 Lighthouse MarinaHope TownLighthouse Rentalsand Property SalesDeep Water Dockage Gas Diesel Ice Bait Dry StorageNew 10 ton marine forklift Full service marina Fiberglass repair Bottom painting Bright work Waxing Gift shop Largest selection of fishing tackle T-shirts Souvenirs Marine suppliesYamaha Sales and Service Factory Trained Mechanics Cottage Rentals Property SalesPh 242-366-0154 Fax 366-0171 Email: lighthouse@abacoinet.comFreeport Skiffs13 15 17 Now AvailableCall for information Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 PoliceFrom Page 5 praised ASP Miller on forming the youth band and working with them so diligently. He was impressed by the uniforms of white shirts and dark pants that the group wore and praised them for being interested in learning and diligently doing well. For this he is rewarding them with a trip to Freeport. Those in the parade were served a buffet meal under a tent at the station.Credit Facilities for Temporary ResidentsTemporary Residents may now borrow up to $50,000 for consumer loans, up from $15,000. Further, Temporary Residents who have resided and worked in the Bahamas for at least three years, may borrow up to $200,000 to finance owner occupied dwellings, eliminating the need for a case by case consideration of requests. ExchangeFrom Page 21 MeetingsFrom Page 2 been fishing in that area since birth who want the park moved to another area, preferably to somewhere not so close to where they live or want the possibility explored of being allowed to fish in certain areas explored. Many of the people who attended the meetings pointed out, correctly, that unless the mangroves and creek areas are protected, protecting the reefs will be a losing battle. Also enforcement is a huge issue. It was rightly pointed out that without enforcement, which has not been occurring onWe Need Better Phone ServiceDear Editor, Would you kindly print this letter. The Hon. Bradley B. Roberts, Minister of Works Dear Min. Roberts, When I need tech support for a software problem, I call a 1-800 number and speak to someone in India. We put a man on the moon 25 years or so ago. Why can we not have telephone service on Abaco? On Guana Cay there are boxes still open from Hurricane Floyd! (1999) There are people who have been waiting TWO YEARS for their out-of-order phones to be fixed. There are people who have waited a year for new phones. There are no phones west of the Dolphin Beach Resort, and yet Im sure Bakers Bay would have no problem getting phones if the courts allow them to come in as developers and kill our reef. We have families moving off the island because they cannot conduct business. When you call Batelco, after the automated answering machine picks up and you press the extension for customer service, the phones just ring and ring and no one answers them. When you go into the Batelco office, you see why. The phones just ring and ring and no one answers them! We have just called for the resignation and/or firing of the head of BEC, and the head of Batelco should follow him. We encourage all residents to call your direct line, at 242-302-9514, to make you aware every time we go so long without repairs, as these LettersFrom Page 9 men are just patchwork-fixing serious problems that need permanent fixes for paying customers. As with our BEC letter, we ask your response and plan of action be submitted to our local paper, The Abaconian at davralph@batelnet.bs. We thank you in advance for your assistance to the people of Abaco. Signed, A Fed Up Customer Cc: Mr. H. Romer, Batelco Manager on Abaco Cc: The Abaconian Abaco, the laws are meaningless and only hurt those who choose to follow them. For more information or to register your thoughts on the proposal, please contact Friends of the Environment ad 242-3672721 or info@friendsoftheenvironment.org. AA and Al Anon MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AlAnon group of Marsh Harbour meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays and Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at the Hope Town Library. The AA group and the AlAnon group meet in the Treasure Cay Community Center on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Please call 357-6511 for additional information.

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February 1, 2006 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. Bahamas 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.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Sea Spray.......................$$ .........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 11 Dec 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 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 B, Ft Laud .......... 367-2095 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 Calypso Fort Lauderdale ...................... 367-0140 USAir Ft. Laud and W. Palm Bch ...................... 367-2231 Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B. ............... 367-4852 Yellow Air Taxi Ft Lauderdale ..................... 954-359-0292 Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air .............................................................. 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters .......................................... 367-2089 Taxi Cab Fares for one or two passengers Plus extra for each passengers above two Between Marsh Harbour Airport and : Ferry Dock or Murphy Town to Ammons Dr ...........$12 + $3 Bristol Cellers thru A. Beach Hotel or Govt dock thru Dundas Town....................................................$10 + $3 Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyers Market..........$10 + $2 Govt Clinic thru Western Auto ................................$ 6 + $2 Gov. freight dock through Dundas Town................$10 + $3 Murphy Town to Shell Sta......................................$14 + $4 Pelican Shores to Frankie Russel house ...............$14 + $4 Eastern Shores to Peas & Rice house..................$14 + $4 Beyond Russell house or Peas & Rice house.......$16 + $5 Great Cistern ..........................................................$20 + $5 Spring City ..............................................................$15 + $5 Snake Cay ............................................................$35 + $10 Treasure Cay .......................................................$60 + $ 10 Casuarina Point ....................................................$60 + $10 Treasure Cay Airport or Bah Palm Shores.........$70 + $ 10 Little Harbour or Cherokee ...................................$80 + $10 Crossing Rocks ..................................................$100 + $10 Sandy Point ........................................................$135 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wallys & Eastern Shore.......$ 2 each Jib Room................................................................ $ 3 each Solomons Super Center ..........................................$5 + $3 Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Govt dock ........................$ 6 + $3 Government Freight Dock .......................................$ 7 + $3 Gov.Clinic, W. Auto or Nat. Insurance.....................$ 9 + $3 Mother Merle restaurant .........................................$10 + $3 Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour Children under three free Uncaged pets as people Luggage $.50 each over four, Surf boards $3.00 ea. Between Treasure Cay Airport and: Effective July 2004Treasure Cay Resort ..............................................$18 + $5 Madeira Park ..........................................................$12 + $4 Green Turtle Cay ferry d ock.....................................$6 + $4 Moxy .......................................................................$16 + $5 Bahamas Star farm ................................................$20 + $5 Sand Banks ............................................................$22 + $5 Joes Creek .............................................................$40 + $6 Black Wood............................................................ $16 + $5 Fire Road & Coopers Town...................................$35 + $5 Cedar Harbour ........................................................$50 + $5 Wood Cay ...............................................................$55 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $60 + $5 Fox Town................................................................ $65 + $5 Crown Haven ..........................................................$70 + $5 Marsh Harbour Airport ..........................................$70 + $10 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour............................. $60 + $10 T 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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VOLUME 14, NUMBER 3, FEBRUARY 1st, 2006 This sentinel on the southern most tip of Abaco has stood there since 1836 and is succumbing to the ravages of time, the damage of hurricanes and the pilfering by vandals. Although the light mechanism was removed in 1995 when the light was automated, this is still one of the most stunnings sites of the Bahamian heritage. majestic and memorable. By Colyn I. Rees On the 9th of January 2006, I decided to make the trip to the famous lighthouse at the southern end of Abaco, which is approximately 50 miles south of Marsh Harbour and roughly the same from Nassau. To get there you must drive on the road to Sandy Point, which is our southernmost settlement on Abaco. After passing the settlement of Crossing Rocks, you continue until you reach the Y or where a road turns left and goes almost due south. This is an old logging road that has been neglected foe years but is still usable for the rest of the journey south through the pine forest until you are nearing the south shore of Abaco. Then make a left turn and drive toward the lighthouse. As you get closer, the road is rougher and closes in on your vehicle with the trees brushing you on both sides. You will soon see the lighthouse in the distance, and the land clears somewhat before you have to climb the final stretch to the so-called parking area. This is rough ground, and you should think twice before you go right up to the parking spot just below the first buildPlease see Lighthouse Page 2Abaco Beach Resort Announces Expansion PlansRestoration Project Is Planned for Cross HarbourOnce again this year Abaco was very much in the limelight at the Cacique Awards Ceremony. Eight persons from Abaco were finalists in seven categories and won four out of the seven. The four winners were Floyd Lowe, owner of the Green Turtle Ferry, (Transportation); Brendal Stevens, owner of Brendals Dive Shop in Green Turtle Cay (Sustainable Tourism); Avis Miller, Manager of the Treasure Cay Resort (Hotel Manager of the Year) and Raymond Lowe from the Green Turtle Club (Hotel Supervisor of the Year). According to Bernadette Harding, the Abaco finalists were very well supported at the Awards Ceremony by family and friends. They were a lively group, and each time an Abaconian was announced as a winner, the Abaco contingent cheered and waved placards saying ABACO. No other island was as inventive. The next issue of The Abaconian will have details about the four winners.Abaco Won Four Cacique Awards A convention center, 100 condominiums, a fine dining restuarant and a marina accommodating larger boats are all in the expansion plans of Abaco Beach Resort. Construction is scheduled to begin this winter on a major renovation of the resort. The first phase is expected to take 18 months to complete. See story on page 10. A field trip to Cross Harbour introduced many to the creek at the south end of Abaco, the site of a lumber camp during the first half of the 20th century. A causeway there for a railroad to the ocean has divided the creek, hampering the natural development of fish and other creatures. Friends of the Environment with assistance with international scientists plan to open an access in March to allow normal flow of water under the roadway. Here high school students are studying the wildlife with Dr. Craig Layman, one of the advisors of the project. By Mirella Santillo and Abaconian Staff At the time logging took place in the southern part of Abaco in the first half of the 20the century, a causeway was constructed over a large creek for a railroad to transport the logs to the dock on the south coast. The causeway blocked the tidal flow to half of the creek. The closed section subsequently filled in with mangroves. Tidal creek expert, Dr. Craig Layman, in association with Friends of the Environment, has planned a restoration project. Dr. Layman was one of about 30 scientists who participated in the Second Abaco Science Conference last month. He showed the importance of restoring creeks and the problems which ensue due to the fragmenting of tidal creeks. Creeks with mangroves offer important habitats for many sea creatures, fish and invertebrates. They have importance ecologically and economically. Creeks are the nursery areas for some stage of the Please see Cross Harbour Page 6Light Station Is in Serious DisrepairVadalism, Hurricanes and Years of Neglect Are Taking Their Toll

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Page 2 B The Abaconian February 1, 2006ings. I did the trip in my old truck so I was not worried about the paint job. After getting my cameras ready, I climbed up the slope to the compound on the western side of the lighthouse and was shocked to see what has happened and what is slowly destroying what is left of one of the most famous lighthouses in The Bahamas. The lighthouse sits at the top of the highest point on the peninsula that juts out into the ocean in a southerly direction. It is in this point of land that Hole-in-the-Wall gets its name. In 1951 I took a beautiful aerial photograph of the lighthouse from a Grumman Widgeon Amphibian, showing in detail the lighthouse and the people who were stationed there. This photograph can be seen in many offices and homes today on Abaco. I flew the plane very low over the ocean by the peninsula and photographed the actual big Hole in the Wall right through the rocky peninsula. This time I photographed all the buildings of interest, inside and out, some of which are displayed with this article. I could not believe what I was seeing and recording, The doors are off their hinges, the bathroom was filthy, and every where you looked, you could see decay. The pathways overgrown. When 1 first visited Abaco in the mid-1940s, I found what I thought was the most beautiful group of islands in the Bahamas. I also found that Abaco had been neglected in many ways, as the government of the day was more interested in Eleuthera and a few other islands. I could not understand why but found that many of the settlements had lost a lot of their residents who were forced to go to Nassau and other places to find work and make a few pounds to be able to support their families. It was at this time that I decided to try to encourage some development In the early 1950s I was instrumental in rebuilding a www.erabahamas.com DUPUCH REAL ESTATE Marsh Harbour, AbacoTel. 242.FOR.SALE or 367-0288Fax.242.367.0289 info@erabahamas.com 2818 CASUARINA POINTSPACIOUS BEACHFRONT, 4 BED AND 4 BATH, GORGEOUS VIEW OF BAY AND ATLANTIC OCEAN OFFERED AT $695,000 13240 PELICAN SHORESTHIS 3 BED, 3.5 BATH HOME IS SITUATED ON 2 ACRES, POTENTIAL FOR CONDO / TOWN HOUSES WITH PRIVATE MARINA$2,200,000 13088 SAND BAR AT CHEROKEEPOTENTIAL FOR EXPANSION, 2+/ACRES OF PRISTINE WATER FRONT PROPERTY, SMALL VILLA & RESTAURANT BUILDINGS SPECTACULAR VIEW OF OCEAN AND SOUND $2,455,000 SAND BAR LOTS $169,000 13312 CASUARINA POINTLOVELY 4 BED, 2 BATH, CANAL FRONT HOME SITE ON 120 FEET OF SEAWALLED PROPERTY. A BOATSMANS DREAM. COME RELAX WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. $600,000 2840 ISLAND DREAM3.75 ACRE SEA-TO-SEA 2 BED / 1.5 BATH COTTAGE PROTECTED BOAT BASIN/ WITH HORSESHOE DOCK BRING YOUR YACHT. MOTIVATED SELLERREDUCED PRICE $1,850,000 13254 HARBOUR FRONTON THE HARBOUR IN PELICAN SHORES THIS ELEGANT, SPACIOUS, 5 BED, 4.5 BATH HOME IS PERFECT FOR A FAMILY OR CORPORATE INVESTORCALL FOR DETAILS 13403 BAHAMA PALM SHORESLOVELY 4 BED, 4 BATH FURNISHED HOME. SITS ON 1/2 AN ACRE, VERY PRIVATE$640,000 13180 BAHAMA PALM SHORESLOVELY ISLAND STYLE 3 BED, 3 BATH BEACHFRONT HOME ON ONE ACRE COME & RELAX OFFERED AT $580,000 3035 CHEROKEE HILL TOPEXTRAORDINARY OCEANVIEW PROPERTY, PRIVATE AREA, 1/2 ACRE LOTS AVAILABLE STARTING AT $189,000 13359 CHEROKEE HOMECUTE 3 BEDROOM / 1 BATH COTTAGE, IMMACULATELY KEPT & VERY COMFORTABLE OFFERED AT $166,000 13001-13003 LITTLE HARBOURON THE HARBOUR FRONT IN QUAINT LITTLE HARBOUR, EXTRAORDINARY VIEWS, GREAT ELEVATIONS STARTING AT $170,000 PETER DUPUCH BRI CRS CIPS BROKER (242) 357-8001peter@eradupuch.com JAMES REES Tel: 242-366-3088 MARSH HAROUR & NORTH & SOUTH ABACO jamesanddonna@ erabahamas.com DONNA REES 242-366-3088 (h) MARSH HARBOUR & OUTER CAYS jamesanddonna@ erabahamas.com NEW LISITINGSRENTAL BEACHFRONT TREASURE CAY TWO ADJACENT LOTS ONLOTS AVAILABLE IN CASUARINA POINT AND 2 BED 2 BATH @ $2,500 MONTH GOLF COURSE, PRICED AT $42,000 EACHBAHAMA PALM SHORES STARTING AT $25,00 0 Hole-in-the-Wall Lighthouse Is a National Disgrace LighthouseFrom Page 1 This is the view of the the southern most point of Abaco as seen from the top of the Hole-in-the-Wall lighthouse. The lighthouse was automated in 1995 which relieved the government of having to station two lighthouse keepers at this remote site. One of the field trips organized by the recent Abaco Science Conference was to the Hole-in-the-Wall lighthouse. The group was appalled by the damage and deterioration of all the structures there. home to create the New Plymouth Inn, the supplying of electricity, and many other Please see Lighthouse Page 4

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 3 B Damianos Sothebys International RealtySIRbahamas.com Head Office, Nassau: t 242.322.2305 f 242.322.2033 TREASURE CAY Prime development. Ten acre property with 460 feet waterfront, including a 120 foot beach. Four 2 bed 2 bath cottages. Dev elopment potential as a marina, resort or fishing lodge. Price upon request. #2407 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY RUBYS LOVE Comfortable 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath family home 5 minutes from Treasure Cays world famous white powder sandy beach. Needs some TLC but is fully furnished. $205,000. #3028 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 GREEN TURTLE CAY Beautiful lot overlooking Coco Bays tranquil harbour. A dredged channel to an exisiting dock is a great bonus for the avid boater. Perfect for your future vacation home! $650,000. #3031 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY CARIBE With just a 3 minute walk to fabulous Treasure Cay beach, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features landscaped property and a spacious master bedroom $215,000. #2841 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY SANDY SHORES Beautifully laid out 3 bed 2.5 bath family home. This 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 TREASURE CAY CASTLE ROCK Nestled amid palm trees and tropical foliage is this 4 bed 4 bath home with heated fresh water swimming pool. World famous location. Excellent rental history. US$1,700,000. #3029 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY HILLTOP ESTATES 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 NN NN NEAREAR EAREAR EAR THETHE THETHE THE B B B B BEAEA EAEA EA CHCH CHCH CHHOMESWEETHOME Package deal with 2 deeded parcels of land. 1 vacant lot & a spacious 2 bed, 2 ba home on the other lot, together 1/2 acre. Fully furnished & with A/C, heating, & ceiling fans. $350,000 #3032 Stan Sawyer 242.365.8198 TREASURE CAY CROSSWINDS Four bed 3 bath 2,800 sq. ft. family home and apartment. Located in multi-millionaire neighbour-hood. Family room, 2 central A/Cs, 2 generators, 2 fresh water wells and garden. $820,000. #2516 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TILLOO CAY HUNKALOO Beautiful waterfront property consists of 2 br. 2 ba home & a 1 br 1ba guest house. Tropical island foliage. Two plus acres that is Sea to Sea with protected docking on the Sea of Abaco. $995,000. #2724 Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY CLOUD NINE Fractional ownership of 2 bed 2 bath cottage with lovely open floor plan. Located on Hope Town Point & two minute walk to beautiful white sand beach. $225,000. #2427 Kerry Sullivan: 242. 366.0163 TILLOO CAY TILLOO DREAM Two parcels, 1 acre on the Sea of Abaco, & 1/3 acre with a 1 bed 1 bath cottage which has a spacious deck & access to the Atlantic Ocean with a shared dock. $597,000. #2723 Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SIROCCO This 4 bed, 3 bath home overlooks beautiful gardens with the bluegreen Sea of Abaco in the distance. Central A/C, tile throughout with cypress tongue & groove. US$1,850,000. #3125 Jane Patterson:242.366.0035 TREASURE CAY CASA BELLA Luxury 3 bed 3.5 bath home bordering white sand & crystal blue water. Professionally dec-orated 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 SUGAR LOAF CAY WATERFRONT PARROT POINT Unique 4.96 acre property. Private marina with 278 lineal feet of dock space. 5 water cisterns, electricity, telephone, furnished main house & guest cottage. US$4,000,000. #2817 GeorgeDamianos: 242.362.4211 TREASURE CAY SERENITY HOUSE Modern 5,600 sq. ft. two storey 4 bedroom 4.5 bath CBS home. Incredible views from every room. Designed by a noted architect. Two lots with 290 ft oceanfront. US$ 3,900,000 # 1660 Stan Sawyer: 242.366.8198 TREASURE CAY NEW LISTING NEW LISTING TREASURE CAY SEAGRAPES World famous location. Beautiful residence with awesome ocean views. Professionally decorated featuring 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, open concept kitchen, dining & living rooms ideal for entertaining. $3,500,000. #2887 Stan Sawyer: 242.366.81982 Feb 06 Sect B

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Page 4 B The Abaconian February 1, 2006 GENERAL CONTRA GENERAL CONTRA GENERAL CONTRA GENERAL CONTRA GENERAL CONTRA CTCT CTCT CT ORS &ORS & ORS &ORS & ORS & CONSTRCONSTR CONSTRCONSTR CONSTR UCTION MAN UCTION MAN UCTION MAN UCTION MAN UCTION MAN AA AA A GEMENTGEMENT GEMENTGEMENT GEMENTProfessional care of all building needs from start to finish We currently have job openings in Abaco for: Skilled Masons, Carpenters & Steel Fixers A minimum of three years experience required Contact Mr. Bernard Haynes at (242) 557 2550 for job applicationsCavalier Abaco Office:(242) 367 0664Contact Niels Wiethuchter or Tom Wallace for more informationCavalier Construction Company Ltd. Crawford Street P.O. Box N-8170 Nassau, Bahamas www.cavalierbahamas.comBuilding The Bahamas since 1956! developments that took place on Abaco. That was the beginning of the tourist business as we know it today. It was during these years that I made many trips on the Stede Bonnet on my fishing smacks to Cherokee and other boats that depended so much on the Hole-in-theWall lighthouse. I can remember coming out over Nassau bar by the Hog Island lighthouse on many occasions, and within a couple of hours looking ahead for that wonderful glow that could be seen as you approached Hole-in-the-Wall. Millions of tons of shipping have passed this light which has been responsible for their welfare and safety, navigating through the area. Surely, the government will not let such a historic monument as the Holein-the-Wall lighthouse die. The Government Treasury in Nassau receives a significant amount of revenue from customs and other sources on Abaco. When this is compared to the small amount we seem to get in return, government should welcome the opportunity to assist those people who contribute so much to The Bahamas in general. This is a government property which belongs to the Bahamian people. Some assistance should be provided to allow dedicated volunteers to arrest the decay and bring the structures back into serviceable condition and save this historic monument for the benefit of all people in the future. It is without a doubt one of the more interesting places of interest on the island. It is located in an area that I feel has great potential as a deep water port between Cross Harbour and Sandy Point, similar to Freeport. I m sure that before long you will find great interest being shown, as this is the only area where very large ocean going ships can come in so close to land. With harbour development we could have a booming city in the south of Great Abaco. So, to all Bahamians and Friends of the Bahamas, let us try and save this great and outstanding monument, the Hole-in-the-Wall lighthouse and its surrounding structures that has been the guiding light for 170 years. Replace your old countertops with locally made tops of Marble & Granite For More Information Call 242-367-4726(Abaco Ace Hardware)Marsh Harbour, Abaco & : 367.2798 : 367.5098 : 367.2798 : 367.5098 : 367.2798 : 367.5098 : 367.2798 : 367.5098 : 367.2798 : 367.5098 Light Station Needs Much Work LighthouseFrom Page 2 The extensive damage to the two lighthouse keepers houses and other buildings can be seen here. The entire station needs much repair work.

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February 1, 2006 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 February 1, 2006 Ph: 367-2222 Fax: 367-2888 Van StrattonNN NN N ASSASS ASSASS ASS AA AA A U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR Y LY L Y LY L Y L TD.TD. TD.TD. TD.INSURANCE AGENCY BB BB B AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS TT TT TGeneral Insurance Company Limited Bahamas First General Ins. Co. Ltd.Monday Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 Vanria M. Lightbourn announces the opening of her Law Chambers known as V. M. Lightbourn & Co. located on the Second Floor of the Damianos Building Bay Street, Marsh Harbour, Abaco effective 4th January, 2006. You can reach Mrs. Lightbourn at Tel: 367-0300 to 0301 & Fax : 367-0302 P.O.Box AB-20365 Marsh Harbour AbacoVV VV VMM MM M LL LL L development of many species of fish including the Nassau grouper. The young fish and invertebrates then move out to reefs. It is important directly as the habitat for bonefish which is a tourist draw. It is essential for land crabs that travel from the coppice to ocean to spawn. Healthy creeks provide for stable shorelines. He brought out the fact that Southeast Asia suffered severe coastal damage because of altered shorelines including mangrove removal. Several problems occur from human interference. These include pollution, over-harvesting of sea life, dredging and filling, altering water flow and blocking tidal flow. Abaco has several examples of creeks that have been altered. Cross Harbour, a large tidal creek and wetland area west of Hole-in-the-Wall, was divided by a railroad causeway several decades ago. Studies are now underway of the fish and invertebrate life on both sides of the causeway. Fish are now being tagged to estimate density and to track fish movement before and after the restoration. Large concrete culverts will be installed under the road in March to restore tidal flow in natural tidal channels. Dr. Layman was involved with a creek restoration project on Andros. The flow had been stopped 60 years ago to make a path to the ocean. The project created two openings and mangroves were removed by hand that were blocking the channel. An immediate change was noticed. Within a day fish were moving from one area to the other. Within a year sharks, barracuda, rays and other larger fish were found in the previously blocked area. These projects can involve many local people including students, both in the field work prior to the opening and during the work of putting in culverts or opening channels. Dr. Layman is an food web ecologist who is interested in the dollar value from the increased number and size of fish and other creatures which will happen from opening the creeks. He will study the fish populations after the creek is opened, comparing that to the studies made prior to the opening. By determining how many more fish there are, what size and weight they are, estimating the size of the creek area, he can then get an idea of the economic food value of the project. Dr. Layman strongly urged Abaco people to work toward opening up Stink Pond which is north of Bahama Coral Isle. It has been blocked for about 40 years with the causeway put in for the S.C. Bootle HighCross Harbour Project Will Expand Creek Cross HarbourFrom Page 1 Dr. Craig Layman explains to the group on a field trip the importance of opening up the creek to a free flow of water, greatly expanding the nursery area of the creek. The plan is is to put concrete culverts in to restore the water flow. While on a field trip David Knowles, left, Department of Agriculture officer on Abaco, examines mosquito fish caught on the impounded side of the causeway while Mr. Brian Langerhans checked salinity levels and temperature of the water. The railroad causeway is visible behine Mr. Knowles. Mr. Langerhans is studying the mosquito fish on both sides of the causeway to see what changes take place after the causeway is opened. Please see Cross Harbour Page 22

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 7 B Mailin Sands mailin@coldwellbankerbahamas.comPh# 242-3672992 P.O. Box AB 20403 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com Chris Farrington, BRI chris@coldwellbankerbahamas.com Ph# 242-3654695 P.O. Box AB22758 Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. Feb. 1st, 2006NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTINGUNDER CONTRACTNEW LISTING Where will y ou stretch Your hammock? Man-OWar#54392/bed/bath island home. 1,280s q,ft. Features generator, tool shed, wrap around covered porch. Partially furnished and awaiting its new owner-$399,000-Call Mailin Marsh Harbour-#54642bed/ 2 bath home situate in Sweetings Village, a fast growing neighbourhood. Furnished, central A/C, hobby room and outside patio space. $250,000 -Call Mailin Green Turtle Cay#5532-Beach house on Bita Bay features 2beds/2bath and panoramic views of the turquoise ocean. Ideal spot for great snorkeling just off shore. Central A/C, fully equipped kitchen, water maker and more. Great rental historyCall Chris Man-OWar 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. $750,000.00-Call Mailin ManjackCay-10 acres of property with beautiful beachfront at both ends. Protected anchorage on west side. Close to Green Turtle Cay. Great development property $2,000,000-Call one of our agents today! 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-Call Chris Green Turtle Cay-#5347 this island dream is a rare find for the discerning yachtsman whos 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 $2,300,000.00-Call Chris Orchid Bay-#5428Gorgeous bay front lot available in Orchid Bay. Over acre, and runs more than 100 on the Sea of Abaco. Picturesque views of the sea and surrounding cays. Best of both worlds-dockage and beach access. 705,000Call Mailin Man-O-War Cay-#5451Two cottages, both with 2beds/2baths located on 16,000 sq. ft. of waterfront property. Features 60,000 gallon rain water cistern, generator house and 15KW generator. Endless views of the Atlantic Ocean. Great vacation getaway. Post card pretty view. $1,100,000.00 -Call one of our agents. Yellowwood#5484Large waterfront lot available. Comprising 37,368 sq.ft of property, this parcel commands endless ocean views and runs 184 on the Atlantic. Great lot for your dream ocean front home. Close to The Abaco Club on Winding Bay and only minutes from Cherokee Sound$275,000Call Mailin Yellowwood-#5492Vacant property features elevations and views of Cherokee Sound. This 33,690 sq.ft. lot is in a great location for a home.. Close proximity to Cherokee Sound and Little Harbour-$82,000-Call Mailin 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 included. Close to Cherokee Sound. A MUST SEE!$219,000 Call Mailin Lubbers-#0350 -vacant lot in Abaco Ocean Club is available. This lot comprises 10,125 sq.ft. and is a great building lot. Quiet, and peaceful surroundings. Dont delay -$70,000Call Mailin Long Beach#5520-Long Beach is a peaceful 40 minute drive from Marsh Harbour. Lot 115 is a corner lot and acre in size. All lots have access to a beautiful powder white beach. $55,000.00-Call Mailin Leisure Lee-PRICE REDUCED#53663 bed, 2-bath 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. $325,000.00 Call Mailin Man-OWar#5475-Vacant property from sea to sea on Eastern Harbour. Total of 160 of waterfront. Rare offer. $830,500 Call Mailin Vacant Lots for Sale Green Turtle Cay Three lots situated on the Atlantic Ocean with over 90 ft. of beach front each Offered at $440,000 each. Sea to Sea Lot on White Sound. Lot has a cottage already built, and is ideal for a dock with good depth at the shoreline. Offered at $550,000 1.5 Acres of elevated property with spectacular views of the Sea of Abaco. Near to Resorts, Marinas and Beaches. Offered at $1.2m 1/2 Acre lot on Blacksound, ideal for a dock and home site. Owner financing available. Offered at $602,000 Building lot with a shared 100 dock on beautiful Blacksound. Just outside of the settlement and near to beaches at Gillam Bay. Offered at $550,000UNDER CONTRACT

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Page 8 B The Abaconian February 1, 2006WINDWARD 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 Pilot House special unique location with a commanding, enviable view of the Sea of Abaco. Water front home, 2 storey, CBS/ frame. Upstairs master and guest bed, 2 baths, large living/ dinning/ open kitchen; lower level 1bed / 1 bath, 2 car garage plus 1 car/boat garage. $1,230,000 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. 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 1 Lower unit 2 bed / 2 bath, 15 wide boat slip, includes car. Newly decroated. MUST SEE $430,500 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 Ocean front properties Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. Sand Piper Beach Sunrise Point 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 $742,500 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 widows 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 BRIGANTINE 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 / Harbours 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 SOLD UNDER CONTRACT SOLDA study of mosquito fish was undertaken by Mr. Brian Langerhans, a graduate student working with Dr. Layman. He researches ecological and evolutionary changes. Since tidal creeks are the nursery and the habitat of numerous sea creatures, he thought of comparing the mosquito fish living in each side of the creek and look for possible morphologic changes. Mosquito fish are very small fish that inhabit Abacos creeks and blue holes and are live-bearing fish. He has been studying these fish in blue holes because that is a very controlled environment. The fish life in these vary but present an opportunity to see how the mosquito fish differ from one location to another depending on the presence of gobies which feed on mosquito fish. His studies have concluded that over the years there are definite changes. Where predators are present, the mosquito fish, specifically the males, show several different characteristics from the blue holes with no predators. Their bodies shape, swimming abilities and reproductive organs were definitely affected by the presence or absence of predators to make them more attractive to females.. Mr. Langerhans then expanded his studies to include the mosquito fish in creeks that had been fragmented by humans for roads or railroads that have been put in during the past decades. His studies show that the mosquito fish in the blocked-off areas with no predators had already developed the same body characteristics of the fish in the blue holes without predators. This was in contrast to the fish in the open areas where predators were present. The very quick changes in the fish is a dramatic demonstration that species change to adapt to their environment, even in a very short time span of 50 to 70 years. Mr. Langerhans is interested in finding out if there will be a reversal of these bodily changes in the fish once the tidal flow has been restored.Fish Separation Shows Adaption to HabitatRemnants of the dock for ocean going sailboats is visible on the shoreline at Cross Harbour. A lumber camp at that location shipped lumber to Nassau, the United States and Cuba. A railroad carried the lumber to the dock located where deep water comes in close to shore. This causeway was built for a railroad to carry lumber to the dock during the first half of the 20th century. In March Friends of the Environment expects to put concrete culverts under the road to allow the water to flow freely between both sides. Road Safety Is Everyones Responsibility

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 9 B LEISURE LEE:Rocks Cleft(Ref #466) Fully furnished, topsider home, 3 bedroom, 3 bath with 2,600 s/f on 2 levels located on peninsula with 360 degree waterfront views, canal front dockage for 100+ yacht, boat ramp, lots of amenitites includes vehicle and boat. Price: $986,000.LITTLE HARBOUR:Waterfront Property(Ref #347) 2.2 acres, sea to sea, total 280' water frontage, ideal for boat dockage in protected Little Harbour, large natural cave. $910,000.NORTH ABACO:Waterfront Lot(Ref #431) Large waterfront lot includes 20,000+ sq.ft with 110 ft of waterfront on the Sea of Abaco. Deep water access, views of Spanish Cay, just 3 miles south of Coopers Town. All utilities accessible. $114,500.REDUCEDBAHAMA PALM SHORES:Beach Front Parcel(Ref #337) Spacious 17,129 sq. ft., 124 foot sandy beach frontage on Atlantic Ocean, Spectacular ocean views $299,000.TURTLE ROCKS:Turtles Rock(Ref #361) 3 bedroom 2.5 bath beach front home built in 2000 on 1.18 acres with 102 on the beach, very private area, fully furnished. $755,000.GUANACAY:Two Commercial Lots(Ref#368) 2 adjoining lots, harbour front road location, across from the public dock, total frontage 161 feet, $245,000 each.BUSTICK BIGHT: Waterfront Acreage(Ref#381) 2.73 acres, featuring 900+ of water front on protected Bustick Bight, located just 6 miles north of Marsh Harbour, open zoning, ideal location $425,000.SPLIT ROCK:Waterfront Parcels(Ref#299) Large waterfront lot(s) in new Split Rocks subdivision. This prime property consists of 1.39 acres and features over 100 feet of frontage on the beautiful Sea of Abaco. Call for pricing.MARSH HARBOUR:Great Abaco Club Canal Lot(Ref#440) Choice cleared lot ready for construction in highly desireable gated community, dockage potential for 55 vessel plus 26 runabout, location provides great rental home possibilities and use of all resort amenities. Limited number of lots available in this community! Price $499,000. Prime Real Estate Listing Throughout Abaco TREASURE CAY:"Trident House"(Ref #317) Superb 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath fully furnished beach front home, 3,500 square feet, sensational beach & ocean views, many extras $2,500,000."Casuarina Beach House"(Ref #350) Fabulous 2 storey 6 bedroom, 5.5 bath, fully furnished, plus efficiency, pool, 80' beach frontage, recently renovated $2,300,000."Beachfront Vacant Lot"(Ref #462) 1.82 acre cleared lot with 144 of prime beach frontage, located on prestigious Ocean Blvd, all utilities available, limited beach lots available in this area. Price $1,550,00."Harbours Edge"(Ref #191) 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,500 s/f harbour front home, 90 of bulkhead for dock with 8+/depth, waterfront views though large glass doors, open kitchen, interior decor includes hand painted tropical mural, 2 car garage, 1/3 acre lot with privacy walls, Mediterranean style pool, fully furnished. Price: $1,265,000."Four Bedroom Mariners Cove"(Ref #454) Luxurious fully furnished 4 bedroom, 3 bath two level waterfront condominium overlooking both Treasure Cay Marina and poolside. Large kitchen for entertaining, master suite overlooks marina with sitting area and balcony. Price $485,000."Brigantine Beach Condo"(Ref #369) 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath bath townhouse with ocean views just steps from the beach, furnished, rental history $458,000.Canal Lot on Brigantine Bay(Ref #321) Oversized, cleared, 130' canal frontage, deep water $365,000."Two Bedroom Mariners Cove"(Ref #454) 2 bedroom, 1 bath fully furnished, two level poolside unit within view of Treasure Cay Marina and just a 5 minute walk from the Treasure Cay Beach. Can be combined with listing #455 to make a 3 bed/2bath with open living area. Price $317,900."One Bedroom Mariners Cove"(Ref #455) 1 bed, 1 bath fully furnished ground floor poolside unit. Mariners Cove offers pool, tennis courts, laundry facilities, on site management, good rental potential. Price $200,000.Canal Lot Package(Ref #396) Two adjoining canal lots sold together as a package for a total of 20,000 +/sq. ft. on Galleon Bay Drive and 168+ of bulkhead, cleared, possible ocean views $275,000 each or $540,000. Residential Inland Lot(Ref #442) Choice residential lot on paved Flamingo Drive, located just one block from Ocean Blvd. 10,000 s/f & 80 on the road. All utilities are available at the property boundary, including TV & DSL. Price $45,000. We Exceed Client Expectations!www.abacoestateservices.comPlease contact us for additional details on this sampling of our featured listings or for information on our other prime properties throughout Abaco. Phone: (242) 365.8752Cell: (242) 357.6570 Sales Team of Ed & Cindy Newell James Moir Broker Members Bahamas Real Estate AssociationABACO ESTATE SERVICESREALESTATESALES VACATIONRENTALS1st January, 2006 New Doctor Is in Treasure CayBy Ed Whitcraft John G. Shedd, M.D. FACEP, has established a practice of Family Medicine at the Corbett Medical Centre in Treasure Cay. He and his wife Cheryl, both Central Floridians and long term homeowners on Green Turtle Cay, have purchased a home and will be residing in Treasure Cay. Dr. Shedd graduated from Florida State University in 1975, received his M.D. from the University of Florida, College of Medicine in 1980, and completed his Family Practice Residency in 1983. He is Board Certified in both Family and Emergency Medicine. His past positions include Directorships of the Emergency Departments of North Florida Regional Medical Centre and Florida Hospital Ormond and Chairman of the Department at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach. He was also the Medical Director of Volusia County EMS. Dr. Shedd, during his career, also served on the State Medical Directors Advisory Panel, the State EMS Advisory Council and the Board of Directors of the Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation. He is a past President of both the Florida State Association of EMS Directors and the Florida College of Emergency Physicians. He was honored as EMS Director of the Year for the State of Florida in 2004. He is planning to assist, as he can, in the training and development of First Responder skills on Abaco. John and Cheryl have two children, a son, John, in college at Rollins and a daughter, Summer, who is a professional horse trainer; both live in Florida. Cheryl, though not currently active, has ten years experience in OB/GYN and Prenatal Nursing. Their 14 years as part time residents of Green Turtle Cay demonstrate the enthusiasm they have for Abaco. John is a keen free diver and competitive swimmer. They are a great addition to the community.Abaco Agent Attends CyberStar GatheringSandra Evans of Sandra Evans Real Estate Sales was one of only 200 top real estate agents invited to attend the recent Allen F. Hainge CyberStar Summit in San Antonio, Texas. Other CyberStars agents attended from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Mexico. A leading member of the CyberStars, Sandra has long been a market leader on Abaco. Sandras personal network of referral sources and her emphasis on her Web site www.AbacoAgent.com as a top consumer service for effective communication has made her a unique success. The three-day event focused on using technology and personal marketing strategies. Sandra participated in information and discussion sessions on techniques and tools for marketing property, customer service, blogging, pod casting, staging property for faster sale, responses to changing markets, success in international real estate, implementing consumer-oriented Web sites and client appreciation programs. According to Sandra, she learned more about using the latest in todays technology and successful strategies so that I can better serve my clientele and help them achieve a more successful home sale or purchase. Sandra is the only Certified International Property Specialist currently working on Abaco. People in the News 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 ABACO1115 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 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. 1 Feb 061 234 Beach Walk is a 3/2 home in the settlement of Guana Cay. Just steps to the beach. Call Today Tilloo Sea to Sea 1107 Great new price on over 3 acres of bay and oceanfront land. Unlimited possibilities. Guana hillside home 1251 Two bedroom home with spacious patios overlooking the Atlantic and The Sea of Abaco. Great price Call today We are a small ompany, big on service, and based on honesty and trust. Watching Bay near Cherokee Sound offering lots starting at $35,500. Beach access for all lots.

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Page 10 B The Abaconian February 1, 2006 SUPPLIESLTD GASPropane Gas SuppliersOffice Phone : 367-0383 l 367-0382P.O. Box AB2535 Front Street Opposite SnappasMarsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas We believe in Customer Service 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 By Jennifer Hudson Mr John Neophytou, General Manager of the Abaco Beach Resort, has announced the commencement of a large expansion project at the resort. This massive undertaking is expected to take between six and ten years to complete and will be undertaken in five or six phases. Mr Neophytou stated that it was felt that the resort had been in need of change for quite some time, long before the Bakers Bay project came on stream. Our desire is to move the hotel into the upscale bracket, thus taking it to the heights of a five-star resort. Several changes and innovations will come on stream in order to achieve this goal. A signature swimming pool will be installed in a new location closer to the beach so that the pool and beach will almost become one, making it possible for service not only around the pool area but also on the beach. The pool will be three times larger than the present pool with a spacious deck area and swim-up bar. The current Anglers Restaurant will become Anglers Bar and Grill with a more bar-like setting and an area with games such as pool and darts which will serve as a meeting place for guests and will be especially useful on rainy days. A new, much larger restaurant will be built with an additional second-floor designated as a fine dining restaurant. Adjoining this will be a 15,000 square-foot Convention Centre with 12,000 square feet under air and additional breakout rooms for meetings. This will provide plenty of space for hosting tournaments. The existing hotel, with its 82 rooms will remain, with the addition of a new 3000 to 5000 square feet health spa and fitness centre nearby. On completion of all five phases, a total of 100 two and three-bedroom condominiums will have been constructed, ranging in size from just under 2000 square feet to 3500 square feet and forming a condo hotel. Phase 1 will begin with two condo buildings, one with nine units and the other with 14 units. The Marina Residences will offer two bedroom flats and three bedroom lofts, providing four styles from which to choose. The loft units feature a second storey, housing the third bedroom and bath. All units will be for sale and owners will be able to rent them out if desired. They are designed with lockouts so that either all or part may be rented. The architectural style is based on traditional Bahamian inspired themes, with Bermuda roofs, dormer windows, louvered shutters and wide verandahs creating the unique character for the Abaco Beach Resort. Each condo will have its own car parking and golf cart spots. All units will be wired to backup generators and will be equipped with hurricane-proof windows and garbage and laundry chutes. Elevators to the second and third floors will be in all new buildings. Groundbreaking will take place at the end of January or beginning of February, and it is expected that the first phase will be completed within 18 months. Some units have already been sold and broker participation will be invited to sell remaining units. All owners and guests will be able to enjoy the full amenities of the hotel. The entire concept is to encourage homeowners to spend more time on Abaco, stated Mr. Neophytou. Regarding the marina, he feels that it is now time to make provision for larger boats. Whereas five years ago the average boat at the marina was 40 feet in length, today the average boat is over 50 feet. Therefore, it is expected that the marina may be expanded a little at a time. Mr Neophytou stated that there are a lot of expenses involved in running a hotel; prices of utilities and goods keep going up and staff ask for raises to cope with the rising cost of living, so it is necessary to generate more revenue to keep the hotel going. The owners and management decided that the answer is to bring more people in. Towards this end the condos were designed with growth in mind and the expansions and innovations will make the resort more desirable. With all the major new projects presently coming on stream in Abaco, many business people patronize the Abaco Beach ResortResort Plans Upscale ExpansionThis is an artists aerial rendition of the new expansion of Abaco Beach Resort. Please see Expansion Page 23

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 11 B 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 Pinder Marsh Harbour 2 Bed, 1 Bath Home on large lot. Fully furnished. Old Ballpark Rd. EXCLUSIVE NEW PRICE $175,000 Regattas of Abaco CONDO 2 bed downstairs / 2 bath, fully furnished, swimming pool, tennis courts, security. EXCLUSIVE $290,000 High Rock Beautiful home 3 bed / 2 bath, furnished, family room, central air, over 2,000 sq. ft. EXCLUSIVE $710,000 Pelican Shores elevated lot on the harbour. One of the last lots available on Pelican Shores with beautiful views. Can be made into 2 lots. Exclusive Call for Info Regattas Units Rentals Daily, Weekly, Monthly 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 Elevated Lot on the Harbour. Great views Exclusive 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 Lots In Murphy Town Lots for sale approx. 90 x 100 $36,000 each Lots on Forest Drive Call for info. HIGH ROCK Beautiful waterfront home 4 bed / 4 bath on two acres of nicely landscaped property, swimming pool, fully furnished, boat house and dock, fantastic views EXCLUSIVE Price upon inquiry 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 Dont Have It, We Will Find It!HIGH ROCK 3 bed / 3 bath home, fantastic views of Marsh Harbour, Hope Town and Lubbers Quarters, 2 car carport, central air, beautifully landscaped lot, Exclusive 1.08 acres, 50 ft. above sea level CALL for INFO EXCLUSIVE Well Done Drilling ServicesSpecializing inWell Drilling: Water Wells, Drainage Wells, Septic Disposal Wells Seawater Reverse Osmosis Systems: 350GPD to 200,000GPDExcavator Rental: Specialized Excavator Foundation Drilling for home foundations in sand and Excavator Digging Piling Holes: Piling Holes for home foundations and utility poles plantedTrenching: Trenching for underground utility services We serve all of Abaco including the caysCall us today for a free consultationMarsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Hope Town FairSaturday fun for the whole family February 25 featuring The Best Souse Hot Dogs Bake Sale Raffle Kids Games Live Demonstration Live & Silent Auction Famous NASCRAB races11 am 3 pm in Jarrett Park Ferries depart Marsh Harbour 10:30 am & 12:15 Return 1:30, 3 or 4 pm News of the CaysMan-O-War CaySchool NewsBy Kellie Janes Upon returning to school in January, our senior students attended the Science Alliance Conference hosted by Friends of the Environment. They enjoyed meeting scientists and learning about the local scientific research. All of our students have enjoyed having our friends Bob and Barbara here for fun science this week. They hosted a learn and earn science party. The students had to learn the science concept behind each sciPlease see Cays Page 14 Man-O-WAr school students are shown here with Bob and Barbara, visitors who have learn and earn science parties with the students, teaching them basic scientific principles. The teaching is done through experiments and practical everyday life experiences. ence toy in order to earn it. Grade five students learned about air and the Bernoulli Principal. They had to be able to explain the relationship between air pressure and velocity to earn their rewards. They learned how this applies to sailboats and flying machines. Grades 1-4 studied air and the atmosphere. They really enjoyed learning the science behind sound waves and the whistles and kazoos they earned. Balloon powered snowman cars were earned by those students who learned the principles

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Page 12 B The Abaconian February 1, 2006 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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February 1, 2006 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 #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.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 #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.EASTERN SHORES #10066. NEW! Out There. Island cottage situated on 1 acre, spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Sea of Abaco. Carefully deisgned encompassing 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and wide open plan living area. Open beam ceilings, spacious screened and open deck. Tile floors, tongue & groove cypress walls/ceilings. Includes 6800kw Honda generator, ample rainwater cisterns, golf cart. $514,000. #9073. NEW! Almost new! Nicely elevated cottage overlooks the Sea of Abaco and catches every tropical breeze. Two bedrooms, 2 baths, hobby room, laundry nook, home is wired for generator power. Tiled living areas, carpeted bedrooms. Sturdy cement construction, tongue and groove ceilings. The perfect first home or retirement cottage! Move in condition! $230,000.#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 wont last long! $285,000. 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. $69,500.TREASURE 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. $150,000.MURPHY TOWN #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. #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. REDUCED! UNDER CONTRACT! REDUCED! UNDER CONTRACT!BAHAMA PALM SHORESUNDER CONTRACT!BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND GUANA CAY SWEETINGS VILLAGE

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Page 14 B The Abaconian February 1, 2006 OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER TIESTIES TIESTIES 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! Seven lots for sale near two major beaches; a public dock and a major resort. 8,000 sq. ft to 14,134 sq, ft, B$158,600 to B$244,000. with all closing costs in. New listing! Five lots for sale in quiet high end residential Coco bay area within walking distance of three major beaches and a resort. Lush wooded land. 10,000 to 19,000 sq. ft. B$78,000 to $183,000 with all closing costs in. 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. Caretakers 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! 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. 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! 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! 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 plus 7% to close. New listing! Two newly constructed three bedroom, two bath 40x36 furnished cottages plus porch on approximately one-half acre of land each on the Atlantic Ocean beach on the north end of the island. Conch Shell and Conch Pearl are landscaped and feature an 18 vaulted living room ceiling; 9,000 gallon rain water tank; and a ground floor store room for golf cart storage. Use of shared private dock on Coco Bay included. Dock has 4 1/2 ft. draft at low tide. Just 75 yards off shore is an incredible snorkeling reef. Amenities include: Central A/C; W/D; hand painted cabinets by local artist; and storm shutters. $1.55 million each (closing costs included) 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 Deck House Lot 8A and 9 Coco Bay prime water front residential Gillam Bay House Sold: Getzaway Cottage Gillam Bay Lots H1 and H2 Three lots in Settlement Creek 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 More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 11 Please see Cays Page 15 of an action and its opposite reaction. The younger students were invited to stay after school one day to investigate all of the cool science toys that Bob and Barbara have donated to our school. A few of the students that began industrial arts lessons last summer were invited to stay for an extra session where they constructed their own miniature moving vehicles made from metal parts, nuts and bolts. Our time with Bob and Barbara goes way too fast, and we hope theyll be able to return soon. The Man-O-War Parrots, our school softball team, have been practicing and would invite other softball teams out to play. Our team is co-ed with students from ages 5-ll. Any teams with a similar mix, please get in touch and come out to have a game. We thank our coaches Fred Sweeting and Haziel McDonald for taking on this challenge to work with our students after school. You two are great to do this. We want to thank Teddy Fick for working with our students to improve their soccer skills. Sadly, Teddy has returned to his home on the Isle of Man. If there are any soccer coaches out there in the Harbour or on shore at Man-O-War, please let us know. Parents, teachers and friends are getting ready for our annual school fund raiser, the Flea Market and Bazaar. It will be held on February 18th at Man-OWar Marina. Please mark your calendars and visit Man-O-War that day.Flea Market Promises Great FunThe 20th annual Flea Market in ManO-War will be held on February 18. The Flea Market raises funds for the school and this year will go toward finishing the resource room. This new area will be for music, science, art and computers. At present these activities are in the classrooms which can be distracting for other students in the main building. Money will also go toward textbooks, school supplies and school repairs The Flea Market will have plenty of entertainment which will include a raffle, an auction, a crab race, a white elephant table, artwork, used books and native and ornamental plants along with a great selection of food and beverages. The Man-O-War School sells all food and drink and 100 percent of the food sales goes to the school. The public is invited to set up tables and can sell any non-food items. The school asks that 10 percent of the gross sales be donated to the school. Special ferries will be running to ManO-War between the cays and Marsh Harbour. They ask that those using the ferries call to let the company know so an appropriately sized boat is used.Green Turtle CayClinic Renovations UnderwayBy Nicholas Roberts For many years the Green Turtle Cay clinic has been the site of many births (mine included) on the island. In recent years the building and its grounds have, sadly, fallen into a state of disrepair. Thanks to the efforts of the community, the clinic is being revamped and updated with the latest medical equipment. When the 1-2 punch of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne pounded Abaco in Sep-

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 15 B AbaAba AbaAba Aba co Rco R co Rco R co R eal Estateal Estat eal Estateal Estat eal Estat e Agencye Agency e Agencye Agency e Agency Abaco Real Estate AgencyAbacos Oldest and Most Experienced Real Estate Agency EXCLUSIVE LISTINGGUANA 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 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 100 waterfront with dock and great 3/2 home $399,000 Great value in a 3/2 centrally located family home $205,000 139 of waterfront with 40 dock and substantial home $575,000 1 acre of pristine dockage property with boat ramp $125,000 1 acre properties on secluded and beautiful beachfront $208,500 @.Bill Thorndycraft & Sandra EvansSandra Evans Real Estate SalesPhone: (242) 367-0365 l Cell: (242) 357-6638www.AbacoAgent.comRealtors You Know And TrustBay Street, Abaco Bahamas CaysFrom Page 14 Ms. Rejina Etukudo is the nurse on Green Turtle Cay. More News of the Cays Please see Cays Page 23 tember 2004, the clinics roof and grounds were badly damaged, compounding damage already there from years of neglect. In March 2005, Mrs. Myrtie Lowe along with several other local citizens formed the We Care foundation to garner interest and support in the clinic. We were very concerned about the clinic in regards to the health of the citizens on Green Turtle Cay, Mrs. Lowe said, So we decided to form this foundation in order to try and get it updated and repaired. Besides Mrs. Lowe as the chairman, We Care also has Maxwell McIntosh as its cochairman, Mrs. Kay Roberts as secretary and Mr. Chris Dale as the treasurer. Other members include Mrs. Denise McIntosh, Mrs. Julie Farrington and Ms. Patricia McIntosh. Since the government would only provide the new roof and labor for the repairs to the inside ceiling, the new committee raised money for the rest of the project through fund raisers, donations from second homeowners and a walk-a-thon. All labor was donated. So far, the foundation has raised over $18,000 in donations. Chris Dale, who has a second home on Green Turtle Cay and has been coming to the Bahamas for many years, is one who has been instrumental within the project as both the committee treasurer and as one who physically works on the clinic itself. Weve completely renovated the inside and plan on tackling the outside next, says Mr. Dale. Weve completely revamped the emergency room, and an electrical bed has been donated for those patients that have to stay overnight. The renovations on the overnight room will start in the New Year. In addition, the old kitchen will be converted into a bathroom and storeroom. In the end, we should be able to handle immediate first aid and basic emergencies. The clinic nurse at this time is Ms. Rejina Etukudo, a native of Nigeria, who has worked at the clinic for the last two months and been in the Bahamas for three. I practiced for 20 years in Nigeria before my husband, who works with Sandilands in Nassau, asked me to come here, she says, I lived for a month in Nassau before Public Health asked me to come here. I like it here very much its Abaco Agent

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Page 16 B The Abaconian February 1, 2006 Friends of the EnvironmentAnnounces6th Annual Reef BallFeaturing Modern Vintage BandMarch 4 $75 per person Abaco Beach ResortFor information Call 367-2721 or E-mail: www.friendsoftheenvironment.org Regular Menu withValentines Dinner SpecialsFree Flowers & Glass of Champagne for all ladies! Prizes & Surprises!Monday Feb 14th, 2006Telephone: (242) 367-3498 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 specializing in all your party gifts & favorsCome see our Wide Variety of Balloons Decorations Chocolates Teddy Bears Gift Items Greeting Cards & Much More...Monday Saturday Tel : (242) 367-2785 ll ll l Fax (242) 367-3023Queen Elizabeth Dr., Marsh Harbour, AbacoMoores IslandBy Rothamae RolleSchool NewsReport Card Day was a huge success at the school this term. We had 99 percent parent attendance. The morning started off with a special assembly conducted by the 9th grade students on the theme Self-discipline. A special guest speaker, Mr. Osbourne Stuart, descendant of Moores Island and the President of Adler Realty and Investment Co. Ltd., spoke to the children and parents encouraging them to dream big and to be creative in their thinking. He challenged the staff to set goals for their students and students to set goals for themselves, incorporating self-discipline to achieve these goals. Following the assembly, the 5th grade spelling bee was held. After the spelling bee the students were dismissed for the day. Then parents were invited to the classrooms to meet with teachers to discuss students results for the first term.Honor roll for the fall termMarkeisha Douglas, Weternique Davis, Christie Davis, Liberty Clarke, Khazeriah McBride, Mikayla Rolle, Kenrie Seymour, Terrinique Stuart, Karrinique Stuart, Davantee Tate, Ethan Johnson, Jaquohn Stuart, Anwar Johnson, Tyreke Davis, Khosygen Hield, Megan Davis, Duston Stuart, Stevanna Thompson, Alferniece Simms, Stephon Green, Christon Hield, Oneil Stuart, Markwella Davis, Audrea Hield, Alicia Ronard, Vanessa McBride, Briantino Fox, Marsha Davis, Sasha Davis, Nevandria Rolle, Keriann Stuart, Santrecia Hield and Roddenon Davis.Central Abaco PrimaryAll Boys Reading Challenge EndsBy Portia Jonsson After three months of encouraging the boys at Central Abaco Primary to read and become better readers, the All Boys Reading Challenge at the school climaxed on January 20th with a special assembly. This Reading Challenge was open to all the boys in grades 3 6 and is part of the School News Please see School Page 17 Central Abaco Primary School just completed a program to encourage boys in grades 5 -6 to read more books for pleasure. The winners are shown here with Mrs. Coral Johnson, Library Program Coordinator, who organized the program. The winner, Bobby Sawyer, is shown on the left proudly showing the trophy he earned.

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 17 B ... THE BATTERY WITH THE LIGHTNING BOLT OF LIFE!!!BATTERIES A/C Delco Marine Trojan Golf Cart 6 & 8V Truck/Tractor Diesel Marine Batteries Diesel Automotive Batteries Gel Batteries High Reserve Capacity Batteries UPS Computer Batteries WE DONT PRO-RATE OUR WARRANTY(If an Epic Battery fails due to workmanship any time during that year, Epic would replace that battery free of charge!)Delivery Service AvailableFULL ONE YEAR GUARANTEE!Located in the Colina Building on Queen Elizabeth Dr. Ph: 367-3742 Fax: 367-0064 ARAWAK AGENCYCUSTOMS BROKERS Air & Sea Shipping Customs Clearance Freight Forwarding Transportation & Logistics Services Ship AgenciesFor More Information:Tel: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasVisit our office on Front Street One Call Does It All My voice is silent to you now, But Ill wait for you up here. Im singing praises to my Lord, In a land of peace, no fear. The joy we have in heaven, Earth cannot close compare Because Jesus shed His precious blood, You can be certain youll be there. I know youll miss my cheerful smile, My seat will empty be. But take comfort in the fact, Well be together through all eternity. You saw the calm and peace I had, As I prepared to leave this earth. Its all because I trusted Christ, And experienced that new birth. Did you know theres joy in heaven When a soul is saved below? Ive sought to live for Jesus, His word says we can know. Its not goodbye, just good night To those who know Gods Son. The good news about salvation, The work has all been done. Ill wait at heavens gate For my beloved wife and family. Will you join us up in heaven? Receive Gods gifts, its free Ive pulled up anchor, loosed the moorings, And reached that heavenly shore. Im in the land of Promise, Death, tears and night shall be no more. I see the face of my Redeemer Who died to set me free Not just some fleeting moment, But for all eternity. I checked to see the cost, That I might have this pleasure. It took Jesus death, His precious blood, Thats love that has no measure. If Darvin could speak one word today, Is there any doubt what he would say? Your sins can be forgiven if youll only trust, If you'll only trust in Jesus and His Word obey. By Ray Zander 9-10-05 Dear Family and Friends, As you know, the year 2005 was a long and trying time for us, as we faced medical trials and the loss of our dear loved one. We understand that we are not the only ones that felt the effects of these events, but that you too have endured through and have sorrowed with us. For this we thank you. Thank you for your prayers and love offerings, which came in so many forms. Your spiritual, emotional, and physical support was very much needed in our lives and is truly appreciated. May God bless you in 2006, as you have allowed Him to use you to be a blessing to our family. Thank you for the light that you shed in our time of darkness. Blessings, The Sands Family Darvin Sands Thank You to our Many Friends & Family Darvin Basil SandsApril 22, 1946 October 9, 2005 More School NewsBahamian Heritage Program at the school. At the launch of the challenge on September 30th Mrs. Coral Johnson, Library Program Coordinator, focused particularly on the fathers and gave them a special charge to support and encourage their sons in this venture of reading as many books as they could. At the assembly she voiced her disappointment by the lack of father and son participation but recognized and thanked those who supported the students. Bobby Sawyer of grade 4 was named the winner for having read 20 books and completing the reports. In addition to receiving a small trophy and certificate, he won a scooter for acquiring the love of reading that will transcend all areas of his academics. Pastor Lewis of Victory Tabernacle Baptist Church, who has adopted the school, told the students that knowledge is the key to success and great knowledge can be gained from a book. He reminded them to stay focused and let the sky be their limit.Treasure Cay Primary WinsBy Samantha V. Evans On January 20th the District Spelling Bee for grade 5 was held at the Learning Resource Center in Marsh Harbour. Twenty-one grade five students from Coopers Town, Moores Island, St. Frances de Sales, James A Pinder, Man-O-War Cay, Treasure Cay Primary, Agape Christian, Fox Town Primary, Amy Roberts and Central Abaco Primary schools battled for the winning spots. However, in the end only one school could take the trophy. The winning speller was Clydesha Cornish from Treasure Cay Primary who was tearfully overjoyed. In second place was Briantino Fox from Moores Island All Aged School and third place went to Hilton Jallim from Agape Christian School. All students in the competition are winners because they are the best spellers in their respective schools. Congratulations to all of the contestants and their coaches for a job well done. All participants will receive certificates of participation. The next level competition is scheduled for January 27th when the grade 6 students will compete for the winning spots.School Mass for the New YearBy Samantha V. Evans Peace, love and togetherness was the message stressed as St. Frances de Sales SchoolFrom Page 16 Catholic School prepared to put students in an upbeat spirit for the New Year. On January 6th the Music and Religion Department worked together to prepare a program that aimed to bind everyone together. Mrs. Kumar, the principal, stated that this is timely especially since World Peace Day is acknowledged by the Catholic System early in January and seeing that we live in a world where there is so much war and strife. 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Page 18 B The Abaconian February 1, 2006 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: COMMERCIAL DOCKSPRIVATE DOCKSSEA WALL CONSTRUCTIONBOAT LIFTSDOCK 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 ConstrConstr ConstrConstr Constr uctionuction uctionuction uction Sous Chef Resident ButlerSalary and benefits will be based on experience and will include health benefits. Applications can be directed to: Indira Edwards Director, Human Resource and Training P.O. Box AB20766 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Or iedwards@bakersbayclub.com As part of our commitment to employ 200 Bahamians on our project, we are seeking qualified Bahamians to apply for the position of: Thank you to everyone who helped make the New Year's Eve fireworks in Hope Town such a success!By Portia Jonsson Adopting, Improving and Providing a More Sensitive and Professional Service was the theme of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Abaco Districts four-day specialized investigative training seminar held January 9th January 12th at New Vision Ministries. This seminar sought to expose participants to issues surrounding adult and adolescent victims of sexual abuse, increase the awareness of matters pertaining to child sex abuse cases and develop the knowledge and skills of participants in a broad range of matters pertaining to suspect interview techniques. Other objectives included understanding the conceptual, interpersonal and technical levels pertaining to investigative procedures, particularly as it relates to serious crimes, acquiring a better understanding of interrogative skills as it relates to child victim/witness interviews and providing an overview of computer crimes, victim advocacy, death notification, special victims and cultural diversity. Today we live in an ever-changing environment, said Abacos Police Chief, ASP Wayne Miller, where we are constantly reminded to become change agents if we are going to successfully overcome the challenges of a changing society. This holds true, he added, whether we are law enforcement officers, school administrators, health care providers, social workers or otherwise. ASP Miller advised that it is against this backdrop that their skills be continually sharpened and their know-how improved in order to provide the kind of professional service that is expected. He thanked participants for joining in this seminar saying it takes partnership and seriousness to fight the scourge of child abuse within our communities and country. Officers were charged to use thePolice Hold Week Long Training SeminarSome of the presenters at the police training seminar are shown here. They are, left to right, Mrs. Salomie Gibson, Chief Welfare Officer at the Department of Social Services; Mrs. Debbie Reith, Florida State investigator; Mr. John Eckersen, Florida State investigator; Mrs. Robin Corbett, founder of the Victim Advocacy Program in Daytona Beach; ASP Wayne Miller, Abacos Police Chief; W/Cpl. Jennifer Rolle; Mr. Steve White, sex crime investigator; District Superintendent Rudolph Smith;and Chief Inspector Godfrey Ferguson. team approach, bringing in Social Services when dealing with domestic violence and child abuse cases. Crime is not only the problem of the Police, he said, but everyones concern. Mr. Miller stressed the importance of continuing this teamwork and partnership in order to better our community. The facilitators sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience were Mrs. Robin Corbett, founder of the Victim Advocacy Program of the Daytona Beach Police Department; Mrs. Debbie Reith, State Attorneys Office investigator, Sex Crimes Division; Ms. Suzy Williams, registered nurse; Mr. John Eckersen, State Attorneys Office investigator, Homicide Division; Mr. Steve White, sex crime investigator and former homicide investigator; Mr. Bob Wheeler, chief investigator for the State Attorneys Office; and Ms. Kristen Cassello. Keeping families healthy will make our country stronger. A shared responsibility in strengthening families and preventing child abuse requires the shared commitment of everyone.

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 19 B Steiner H H ouse, T T reasure C C ay R R oad 4 BR, 2 1/2 BA $809, 000 Bahama B B each C C lub 2039, Deluxe Beach-front Condo 3 BR, 2 BA $850,000 Galleon B B ay C C anal Waterfront Homesite $303,000 Sand D D ollar 2BR, 2B, Beach front Condo, under renovations UNDER C C ONTRACT$462,500 Helen's P P oint, G G alleon B B ay Waterfront 4 BR, 3 BA Home, Sea of Abaco views $1,388,000 Galleon B B ay R R oad Homesite overlooking Treasure Cay Marina $405,000 Sand B B anks H H arbour Up to 10 Acres Available. Pr ice upon request Twin P P alms, B B rigantine C C ana l Home, 3 BR 2BA pool and dock $870,000 Early L L ight, R R oyal P P oinciana 2 BR, 2BA Condo on Treasure Cay beach $695,000 Atlantis 2 2 202 2 BR, 2 BA Condo with 25' wide boat slip, includes boat lift $405,000 SOLD Atlantis2203 2 BR, 2 BA Condo with 15' wide slip, shares private breezeway with 2202 $405,000 SOLD Marsh Harbour Office 367-SOLD (7653) Hope Town Office 375-8655 www.paradisebahamas.com Frank Knowles Sales Agent Cell # 375-8655 frank@paradisebahamas.comPelican Shores Exclusive Harbour front lots, prestigious neighbourhood, protected harbour frontage, side by side lots. $549,000 eachNear Winding Bay Exclusive Yellowood lots, spectacular ocean views overlooking Winding Bay beach. Call for further details.Beach front South Abaco Exclusive 2 lots 100 x 140 ea. $120,000 each Donna Darville Sales Agent Ph/Fax 367-SOLD (7653) donna@paradisebahamas.com If youd like to buy or sell a piece of property,Call Uncle BillTel : (242) 365-8061Madeira Park Plaza Suite1ll ll l P.O. Box AB-22182 Treasure Cay, Abaco Bahamasemail : wfhertz@cocotels.netWilliam Hertz Limited l l l l l Tel. & Fax. 365-8061email : wfhertz@cocotels.net156 acres 3000ft Beach front Crossing Rock Ripe for development Treasure Beach Lot 155ft x 700ft deep Beach front Beach Town House, 3400 sq.ft.2 Mil.Duplex Villa in Treasure Cay$385,000 Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned & RehubbedPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless AluminumSandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas By Mirella Santillo Long time resident of Marsh Harbour, Capt. Joe Maggio, owner and captain of the Abaco-built schooner, William H. Albury lately realized the dream of his life: sailing around Cape Horn to Antarctica. It is something I wanted to do for many years, said Capt. Joe, but it could never be arranged for me to sail as crew until late November 2005. So when the invitation came, in spite of his being in the process of planning for the 18th year of the Scouts sailing program, he packed up his gear and flew to Buenos Aires, then to Tierra del Fuego and proceeded to the port of Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina, where he boarded the tall ship Europa The ship was manned by a crew of 18 and carried 38 guests, mostly European journalists and photographers. The trip took the travelers as far as 65 degrees south into the Antarctic ice belt where the temperatures went as low as minus 15 degrees, although it was summer there. The daylight lasted for 23 hours, a phenomenon that was hard to get accustomed to, said Capt. Joe. We encountered mountainous seas, winds of 50 mph and numbing cold that I had never seen in my life time of sailing, he recalled. In these extreme conditions, the people on board had to wear several layers of thermal clothing. The demands of being an able seaman on a 160-foot square-rigger, where we were always wet and tired, made me realize that I should have done this 30 years and 30 pounds ago, joked the Capt. However, he said that the severity of the weather was off-set by the beauty of the Antarctic continent and the wildlife encountered there, such as penguins, seals, groups of orca and humpback whales and albatross. Christmas was spent aboard the ship, where in spite of the remoteness, he was able to call his wife in Florida. The trip ended on December 28th. Capt. Joe is now back in Marsh Harbour organizing the nine boats of the Scouts float for the summer program. For all the adventure, challenge and ice beauty, I prefer to be sailing down the cays of Abaco with Rocky, the local dolphin celebrity, heralding the bow of the William H., confessed the captain.Local Sailor Travels to Antarctica Joe Maggio, captain of the schooler, the William H. Albury crewed aboard the tall ship, the Europa around Cape Horn, the experience of a lifetime.

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Page 20 B The Abaconian February 1, 2006 You can now find your favourite newspaperThe Tribuneand your favourite magazines at these great locations: MAN-O-WAR GROCERY BUDS & BLOOM THE CHEMIST SHOPPE HIT MUSIC & VIDEO ISLAND PHARMACY PRICE RIGHT GROCERY STORE SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SERVICE STATION TEXACO QUALITY STAR VERNONS GROCERY HOPE TOWN BAHAMAS FAMILY MARKET K & S AUTO SERVICE LTD SOLOMONS SUPERCENTER LOWES FOOD STORE GREEN TURTLE CAY SEA SPRAY RESORT AND MARINA Nassau and Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper ABAB ABAB AB AA AA A COCO COCO CO Applications available Lyford Cay Foundation Scholarships The Lyford Cay Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for academic sc holarships at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Apply for: The US $5000/yr Lyford Cay Foundation Awards Cdn$7,500/yr The Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation Awards Estelle Siebens Excellence Awards in specialized disciplines Applications available from all secondary school guidance counsellors, Financial Aid Office at C.O.B. or through the Lyford Cay Foundation at P.O. Box N-7776, Nassau, Bahamas Or online at www.lyfordcayfoundation.com DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION MARCH 31, 2006 Affordable Reliable200-800 GPD SC Compact 1000-1500 GPD SC StandardSK WatermakersMarine, Residential, and Commercial Systems from 150 to 10,000 Gallons per Day Superior Warranty Coverage Highest Quality Components Wide Range of Options RO Parts & Supplies(772) 489-0852 www.skwatermakers.com4675 N. US 1 Ft. Pierce, FL 34946Installation Available in Abaco by:PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LTD. (242) 366-0112 Hope Town By Nicholas Roberts Since their inception in the 1800s, lighthouses have been an integral part of Bahamian trading and shipping. These days, they are mostly automated, but almost 40 years ago, they had to be run by keepers, who along with their spouse and young children, would live near the lighthouses. Since some of the lights were on remote islands far from any land, hence the name rock stations, they had to be supplied with food, kerosene and maintenance materials on a bi-weekly basis. To ship these supplies, the British Imperial Lighthouse service would look through applications and appoint both a ship and a capable crew that would be needed to make the trip, two weeks out of every month, to all nine of the major Bahamian lighthouses that stretched from Cay Lobos, 50 miles off the coast of Cuba, to the Hope Town lighthouse. From 1967 to 1973, two ships, first the 107-foot Navy Chaser Goldfinger and then the 147-foot former Navy LCI Anna Patricia were the vessels that accomplished this task. Captaining both vessels was Everette Roberts, who had applied for and was accepted for the job. Together with his brothers, Bert and Scott, they made the long trip two weeks a month to deliver supplies to the isolated lighthouses. They were often the only people that the keepers and their families would see for months at a stretch. There were circuits that we would have to go on, Mr. Roberts says, The first circuit would include the lighthouses at Dixon Hill on San Salvador, Bird Rock on Crooked Island, Castle Island off Acklins Island and Inagua. We would get to those by traveling from Nassau along the Exuma Cays; then we would swing south of Cat Island to San Salvador, then south to the other lights. Cay Lobos was on its own circuit, which we called the Windward Circuit, and we reached that by traveling directly south from Nassau. Finally we would make runs to Great Isaac near Bimini, Great Stirrup in the Berry Islands, Hole-in-the Wall and Elbow Cay. A native of Green Turtle Cay, Mr. Roberts had been working in Nassau for more than 20 years, most notably in the freight handling and lumber companies, before he accepted the position with the Lighthouse Service. During the summer trips, he was often joined by his wife, Peggy, and their four children. Most of the time, the real obstacle we faced was the weather, Mr. Roberts remembers. It was often rough along some of the circuits, so there were many sleepless nights. Despite the fact that we always tried to leave in good weather, storms would sometimes spring up and we would have to ride them out. Like any seafaring trade, there were a number of memorable incidences that would fall under the heading of disasters or unfortunate events. For Mr. Roberts, the one that stands out most clearly was when the Castle Island lighthouse off the southwest tip of Acklins Island, went dark for 48 hours. The keepers had gone fishing, and a sudden storm had swept them out to sea, where they drifted before being picked up by a freighter. Meanwhile, back at Castle Island, a German freighter was coming through the passage when it ran aground due to there being no guide from the lighthouse for it to go safely through. The case ended up in litigation in London, though Mr. Roberts has no knowledge of how the case eventually ended up. In 1973 the British government decided to automate the isolated lighthouses, and in 1995 the Bahamian government did the same to the light at Hole-In-The-Wall. However, three of the stations Dixon Hill, Great Inagua and Elbow Cay are still manned today, proving that the practice of light-keeping has not completely succumbed to modern technology. After four more years living and working in Nassau, Mr. Roberts decided to move back to his home island in 1977, and a year later began as manager at the then new Abaco Yacht Services facility, a position he still holds today. The tradition of family members assisting continues two of his children, Scott and Crystal, are also on staff at the shipyard. Sadly, both the Goldfinger and the Anna Patricia have since been lost at sea. Anna Patricias fate has a tinge of irony, as she met her fate on the rocks of Long Island, a fate she once helped many other boats avoid.A Look Back at Lighthouse Maintenance

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February 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 21 B Ph. 242-367-3420 Cell 242-375-8465Realtors Ruth Albury Percy PinderLocated above theSand Dollar ShoppeP.O.Box AB 20473 Marsh Harbour, Abacowww.moskorealty.com 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 Marsh Harbour, commercial shop /office spaces available in Royal Harbour Village shops. Great location, high traffic area. Please call for details. 242-367-3262 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 Houses and Land For Rent and For SaleClassified Advertisements RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS 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 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALECasuarina Point 1/4 acre lot only 400 from a gorgeous beach. $50,000 Call 366-3010 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE RENTAL COMMERCIAL PROPERTY Abaco acreage south of Treasure Cay S.C. Bootle Hwy to water at Hill Creek. 140 x 1500 Beautiful view of Treasure Cay & Guana Cay. Great potential. By owner $200,000 nett. Call 242-356-7848 or evenings 242-324-1328Hope 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 Property in Sweetings Village and Guana Cay. Call 367-0890 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALECherokee Yellow Wood, vacant property in view of Cherokee Sound and overlooking Winding Bay. 13,478 sq. ft. Call 366-2005 for more details $100,000 Dundas Town apartment, near Grace Baptist Church, hilltop, fully furnished, 6 bedrooms, split level triplex, air conditioned rooms. For sale by owner. Asking $350,000. Call 365-0448 or 392-1335. David Henfield or John Stuart Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Leisure Lee Lovely home site with views of canal system and Sea of Abaco. For sale by owner. $75,000 Call 242-362-1021 Little Harbour 1/2 acre building site, high elevation, good ocean view, walk to Petes Pub. Best deal in Little Harbour, $145,000 net. Call owner 970-562-3868. 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 Treasure Cay canal lot, Galleon Bay, almost 1/2 acre, 122 water frontage with sea wall. $30,000 Call 366-3010 4140 NW 2nd CT BOCA RATON, FLORIDA 33431 TEL : 561-338-8738 FAX 561-338-8737 FOR INFO & PRICES GO TO www.aguapurausa.com or call our distributor in Abaco : MR. CLAY WILHOYTE : (242) 366-0087Corrosion free components for long service life Simple controls for trouble free operationEasy accessibility to all componentsSingle phase units available to 14,400 GPD capacityStainless steel triplex plunger pumps by CAT PUMPSAll pumps close coupled to electric motorHigh rejection Reverse Osmosis membranesUnit frame of rustproof fiberglass structural channel Operation controlled by feed water pressure with low pressure switch and solid state time delay relayTen Standard Models : 100, 150, 300, 1000, 2300, 3600, 4600, 7200, 10800, & 14400GPDAll units factory tested Customers support by professional engineering staff Most competitve prices in the industryAGUAPURA U.S.A. = BEST VALUE IN SEA WATER R.O. EQUIPMENT Claridge Golf CartsFREE delivery to your Treasure Cay Condo, Home or Villa. Call today 242-365-8248 or Email: golfcarts@abacoinet.com Rentals Sales Service Parts 2 & 4 passenger rental carts Explore Treasure Cay in style in our specialty cartsBy Jennifer Hudson National Tourism Week for the Islands of The Bahamas was held in Nassau from January 8-13 under the banner My Bahamas: To A Common Loftier Goal This was the third annual conference of the Ministry of Tourism and this year the main sponsor was BTCs Hello Phone Card. Although the National Tourism Conference was making its third appearance, this year it was part of a larger and broader vision. National Tourism Week made its debut encompassing several events and activities designed to focus attention on the needs and development of the tourism industry. Attending the conference from Abaco were Ms. Jeritzan Outten, Director of the Ministry of Tourisms Abaco office, and staff members Bernadette Harding and Wynsome Ferguson. Twenty delegates inNational Tourism Holds Week of Activitiesall attended from Abaco including the Island Administrator, Chief Councillors and representatives from the many resorts. This number rose to more than 40 persons on the final night as finalists, family and friends were escorted into Nassau by Ministry of Tourisms Mrs. Kendy Anderson to attend the prestigious Cacique Awards Ceremony. A two-day careers fair was held in Nassau for 11th and 12th grade high school students. The head boy and head girl from Abaco Central High School, accompanied by their guidance counsellor, represented Abaco. Master classes were also offered for two days for all conference participants. The Master Classes covered a wide range of topics pertaining to tourism. The opening ceremony was held at the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino on January 11 and began with a parade of flags by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. Keynote speaker was Professor, the Hon. Rex Nettleford, Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, who is regarded as the Caribbeans foremost intellectual and renaissance man and is the holder of 11 honorary doctoral and other academic awards from leading universities on both sides of the Atlantic. The Down Home Welcome Reception was held at Festival Place and, as its name implies, provided good native food such as fire engine, conch and souse, washed down with switcher, to the accompaniment of a live band and limbo. The week climaxed with the Cacique Awards Ceremony on the Friday evening, January 13, when four Abaconians received Cacique awards.. Bernadette Harding and Wynsome Ferguson assisted with registration and protocol throughout the entire conference. Advertise in The Abaconian

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Page 22 B The Abaconian February 1, 2006 ThanksIris Pinder of Cherokee Sound would like to thank everyone for the love and support shown to her family during the hospitalization and death of her son, Stanton Chea. She asks for continued support. May God bless everyone. Straw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsLocated Don MacKay Blvd. and Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard AcceptedTropical SouvenirsSouvenirs 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 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 CaBig Ca Big CaBig Ca Big Ca t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 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 Sick Copier?Call the Copier DoctorWe make house calls! Most brands serviced We make business quality rubber stamps: Deposit Stamps, Daters, Address Stamps Self-inking and traditional stylesCall 367-4709 Island PharIsland Phar Island PharIsland Phar Island Phar macymacy macymacy macyPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 8:30 am 6 p.m. Sundays 9 am 12 Noon Ph. 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. Fax 367-6544 islanpharmacy@yahoo.com 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 of Jesus Christ Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Sunday Kids Korner 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Interactive Bible Study7:30 p.m. Thursday Prayer Time12:10 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Friday Youth Night (high school & up)7:30 p.m. Pastors/Leaders Derek Benjamin Ted Pearce David Lowe Youth Pastor: Chris Pinder For Directions call 242-367-3324 derekbenjamin@coralwave.com www.nvministries.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 Cross HarbourFrom Page 6 way. That creek opens up into the Marles on the southwest side of Abaco. Northeast of the highway is a very large closed-in wetland that is filling up with mangroves. The creek does not open into Abaco Sound. The end of the creek is a very large basin with is populated with very large snappers. By Samantha Evans Head Boy, Jude Vilma, and Head Girl, Samantha Pinder, of Abaco Central High School were accompanied to Nassau by their guidance counselor to participate in two days of the Tourism Week Activities: The Career Fair and the Opening Ceremony. We left for Nassau on the first flight Tuesday morning. Upon arriving on Nassau, we went to the Wyndam to check in. Afterwards, we went to Sir Kendal Isaacs Gym for the second day of the Career Fair. A number of speakers presented on the tourism market today and that tourism is in need of the best and the brightest. Samantha Pinder remembers Ed Fields saying, The tourism industry is a very good thing to get involved in. Jude Vilma said, This was a good experience for me and I enjoyed the conference. Not only did I make new friends and met important people, I learnt a lot, too. We even took some pictures with the Minister of Tourism and got to say a few words to him. We viewed the many exhibits presented by some of the top resorts in the country. Ms. Pinder recalls. They were all telling us what job opportunities there were and how handsomely they pay. They even had chefs preparing food on site. It was great! After we left the Gym we had some fun at the Mall at Marathon and the Carnival. The opening ceremony was held at the Wyndam Crystal Palace Ballroom. The highlight of the morning was the guest speaker Professor Nettleford who explained the importance of claiming ownership of Our Bahamas and loving it and not waiting for someone to visit us to tell us that what we have is beautiful. He encouraged us to take care of our precious commodities: our sun, sand and sea but most importantly, ourselves. The ceremony ended with a Junkanoo rush out by Government High School, the winners of the High School Division of 2005s Junior Junkanoo Parade in Nassau. They were awesome! You could not help but get up, shake your cowbells and dance to the Junkanoo! We attended two sessions that were conducted by Tommy Thompson and Vernice Walkine, who shared the plan for the tourism Industry to ensure that we maintain our edge. Ms. Pinder remembers them talking about branding each Family Island which she agrees with because she feels that all the islands get categorized as one when, in fact, they are different in many ways. Jude recalls some facts stated by Ms. Walkine, who said that some tourists view Bahamians as rude and that they are tired of experiencing the same things over and over again. He commented that they should be able to feel a new experience every time they visit. He continued that not only do they come for the sun, sans and sea but because it is safe here. Two areas of weaknesses mentioned were our attitude and complacency as a people. It is important for all of us to realize that we have a role to play in the tourism industry. The gas attendant and the cashier all play a part, not only the hoteliers. We must all realize that this is our Bahamas first so we must treat each other hospitably and not only try to sweet up the tourists. We must be nice to all. Finally, they stressed the importance of us ensuring that we train the children and expose them to all that the tourism industry has to offer from primary school so that when they graduate, they can be the best and the brightest that the Bahamas has to offer.Students Share Their Tourism Week Experience

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February 1, 2006 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 9-5Case Loader 6806, year unknown, Firestone 21L24 rear tires, runs good, looks bad, needs new hydraulic lines (we have) loaded. Scotland Cay. Call Curran 954-523-3344For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service DAMIANOS REALTY CO. LTD Is seeking to hire Licensed Real Estate Agents 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. Seeking a clerical/accounting position Qualifications include: Degree (bachelors) in business administration, computer skills, communication skills and six CXC subjects along with honour roll certificates. Willing to work Mondays Saturdays. Anytime. Call 559-9261 Wanted Cashier with experience in hair and beauty supply products, nail technician, hair stylist. Call 367-2386. Full Time Help Wanted Front Desk Clerk Duties include answering phone, serving fuel, taking reservations, operating cash register for gift store. Applicant must possess excellent customer service skills, proper phone etiquette, computer literate, and able to work six days a week. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday thru Sunday. Monday off. Inte rested persons please apply in person at Sea Spray Resort Westerbeke Marine Generator 4.5 Kil at 60 HZ, includes sound proof cover, 1400 hours. Call 365-6444 Mooring in Man-O-War 4.5 ft. at low water, long term rate, for boats to 30 Call 365-6433 Sails and parts, Dacron mains and jibs. In good shape, in Man-O-War. Call 365-6433 Inflatable Dinghy, Zodiak 4-man, inflatable floor, oars and air pump. In Treasure Cay. $250 Call 365-8670 16.5 Malibu 1984, w/ 2003 50 HP Mercury (3 hrs). w/ trailer. $6950. Can be seen at National Marine. See Royce or call 242-367-2326 or 367-5960 27 Catalina sailboat, 1976, 5 sails incl. spinnaker, diesel inboard, auto pilot, 3.5 draft. $7900 Call 375-8079 or 561-202-8532 COMMERCIAL SERVICES EQUIPMENT FOR SALE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE WANTED TO BUY 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 SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & BoatsYamaha 80cc motor bike with helmet and cover. Like new. $1000 Call 366-2135 91 GMC Jimmy Brand new paint job & serviced on Nov 8th, 2005. $4500 OBO Call 4775422 or 801-413-2864. 98 Ford F-150 pick-up, Harley Davidson model, red, 4 wheel drive, loaded with all the toys, beautiful condition. Call 365-8188 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 ONO 00 Dodge Dakota low miles, fully loaded, includes headers, exhaust, supercharger, full leather, one of a kind paint job. Call 359-6481. First $19,000 takes it. 02 GMC Envoy SLE with only 50,708 miles, black, as is. $22,000. Please only serious inquiries. Call 5-9 p.m.or send text to 375-9003 or call 367-2295 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 28 Mako, 1987, 225 Ocean Runners, split console, 6-man life raft, Furuno depth recorder. REDUCED $14,500 Duty paid.Ph: 321-7954577 email: peter.zabinski@mina.com 32 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 Gulfstar Trawler 1983 with 6 cyl Perkins Diesel. Asking $45,000 Tel: 242-366-0351 or 407-384-7301 BUSINESS FOR SALE Ice Cream Parlour Great location Interested persons call 367-2831 Medical Funds NeededIris Pinder of Cherokee Sound needs open heart surgery to replace a valve in her heart. An account has been opened at Scotia Bank in the name of Iris Pinder Medical Fund Account number 70045-400/044 This is a needy situation and the estimated cost is $25,000. The family would appricate assistance. Drill RigDock Construction Boat Lift SalesQualityBOABOA BOABOA BOA T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC.These lifts are made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel to maintain their finish and strength in our saltwater environment .Freddy Albury 242-367-4769 Brandon Thompson 242-367-2704 Fax: 367-2704 P.O. Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: drillrig@coralwave.com www.drillrig.i8.comWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts up to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote,Many homes and businesses were decorated with poinsettias for the Christmas holidays. The beautiful plants come in many colors from burgundy to pink, from spotted to basic red, pink or white. They are quite hardy and keep their color for many weeks. However, with time their bottom leaves begin dropping and soon can become an eyesore with most ending up in the refuse. However, this need not be the case. They can make very attractive plants in the garden or can be maintained as potted plants. Poinsettias are in the Euphorbia family. Plants in this family are hardy and do not like a lot of moisture but prefer to dry out between waterings. The poinsettias originate in Mexico and have been propagated into the large number of color variations that we see in the shops. The plants need to be kept in bright light. Make sure that the decorative foil wrapping has holes in it or remove it altogether. This will allow the water to drain after the plant is watered. If they have been maintained regularly, they will be very attractive for months without any further care than watering. However, if the leaves drop off, leaving a bare stem, the plants can be cut back, allowing them to put out new leaves. These will be green as the plant maintains green leaves until late fall when the bracts or special leaves turn red and small flowers form in the center. If planted in the garden, the plants need sunshine part of the day and will need regular watering and fertilizing. They can grow to six feet. The plants need 12 hours of dark in the fall to begin to set their flower buds. If they are planted where there is artificial light, it can delay their blooming. However, colorful flowers in the garden can look great even if they are not in bloom by Christmas. quiet and the crime level is low. Its perfect. In addition, many people who live on Green Turtle Cay volunteer to work at the clinic from time to time. CaysFrom Page 15Christmas Plants Can Be Beautiful All Year LongIn the New Year, the outside part of renovating the clinic will begin. The outside of the building has to be repainted, most if not all of the windows have to be replaced and the landscaping still needs to be addressed. Weve had some difficult stages, admits Mrs. Lowe, as we have had people working on their free time. However, by March, we hope to have the project completed. We are trying to get more equipment, and we also want to operate a small pharmacy out of the clinic. As someone who has watched the Green Turtle clinic fall into disrepair over the years, its truly heartening to see the community coming together to improve it for our needs.

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Page 24 B The Abaconian February 1, 2006Green 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"Scotland 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 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"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 -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 LISTING 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"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 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. # AS10585 NEW LISTING $650,000 "Golden Palms" NEW LISTINGElbow Cay Dorros Cove 6 bedrooms, 5 baths, 3,600 sq.ft. in two connected buidings. Waterfront home with amazing views of Tilloo Cay, Tilloo Cut and the Atlantic Ocean. Swimming Pool Private boat slip. Furnished. # AB112 NEW LISTING $1,750,000. "Point of View" NEW LISTING Man-O-War Cay 3 Bedroom, 2 bath, 1,400 sq.ft. home, 330 sq.ft of screened porches. Set on several beautifully landscaped parcels with a total area of over 15,000 sq.ft. in the southeastcentral area of the Settlement. Furnished # NEW LISTING $695,000. "British Colonial" NEW LISTINGMarsh 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" Dickies Cay 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, 3,360 sq.ft. home. set on almost 1 Acre sea-to-sea on Man-O-War Harbour. Private, protected deep water dock. Auxiliary Generator. Wonderful Harbour Views. Offered fully Furnished # AS10693 NEW LISTING $2,000,000 "Viking" NEW LISTINGGreat 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 # AS10689 NEW LISTING $635,000. "Junkanoo Splash" 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 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 # PS10565 NEW LISTING $1,190,000. "Aeolian" NEW LISTING Sea of Abaco 1.4 acres. 300' from the Abaco mainland Near Leisure Lee Excellent elevation. Deep water 8' at western end. Water, electricity and cable nearby. 3 Miles from Treasure by car or boat. #AB5147 $375,000. "Carrington Cay" PRIVATE ISLANDElbow 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 service Bahamas Largest Real Estate Data Base The largest number of luxury property listings in Abaco The most extensive geographically distributed and best trained active agent network in Abaco The most professional, best researched and produced marketing materials in the Bahamas Agents' own vessels for convenient access to all areas. HOMES The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for:CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES SALES RENTALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPRAISALS Telephone: (242) 367 5454Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamase.mail: abaco@hgchristie.com02/01/06VACANT LAND 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.Great Guana Cay "Lost Shaker" Beach-front parcel, 36,839 sq.ft. .8457 Acre, 50' of Ocean frontage good elevations with fabulous ocean views........................#AS10575 NEW LISTING $545,500. Man-O-War Cay Rare Sea-to-sea parcel on the Eastern Harbour 80' of harbour frontage, 200' in depth 0.40 Acre Good Elevation for great Sea of Abaco Views.....#AS10694 NEW LISTING $830,500. Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Fabulous Canal Front Building Site 5,207 sq.ft. dockage for 55 Vessel and 25' runabout .......................................................#AB5187 NEW LISTING $545,000.