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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 4, FEBRUARY 15th, 2006By Jennifer Hudson Country music sensation Aaron Tippin drew a crowd of almost 500 to the pavilion at the Abaco Beach Resort on the evening of February 4 for the Ministry of Tourism’s First Country Music Celebration, a benefit concert to aid the wild horses of Abaco. Since his entire childhood was spent around horses, Mr. Tippin jumped at the opportunity to assist this cause. Aaron Tippin is a very lively performer with great audience interaction, and the crowd quickly warmed to his charismatic personality. Among the numbers he performed were his first single hit You’ve Got to Stand for Something which cracked the top 10 in 1991 and There Ain’t Nothing Wrong with the Radio which stayed at number one for three weeks in 1992. He was joined on stage by his wife, Thea, for their number one hit Kiss This which she cowrote. Their two young sons also stood on stage and clapped along with their parents during this final number. Mr. Tippin, earlier in the programme, explained that he and his band recently came up with the idea of actually putting a bicycle together on stage Country Star Performs for 500Concert Will Benefit Abaco’s Wild Horses Please see Concert Page 2 Aaron Tippin, well known country music star came to Abaco to perform for the benefit of Abaco’s wild horses. The production was held at the pavilion at Abaco Beach Resort on February 4 to an audience close to 500 people. While he and his group were here, they visited several communities, all of which were filmed to be made into a television show that will be aired soon.Min. Gibson Speaks to Homeowners Students Display Art at ShowThe Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Housing, was on Abaco on January 27 to meet with the new residents of Spring City who received government-built houses last June. They were not given the houses but must pay rent or get a mortgage. Two families have already gotten mortgages but several others were not making payments of any kind. They have been given 30 days to make rental payments or arrange for a mortgage. Mr. Gibson, center is discussing the situation with Ms. Sheila Greene, Permanent Secretary, and Mr. Melvin Seymour, Director of Housing, while Bishop Clifford Henfield looks on. See story on page 5. The Ninth Annual Art Festival held at Abaco Beach Resort featured many new artists. For the first time Abaco Central High School students displayed art and several pieces sold during the show. Art work of the Every Child Counts was also on display. The art show was held on January 27-28 with a preview wine and cheese tasting reception on January 26. This annual event is anticipated by the artists and viewers alike as an opportunity to showcase the talent of our residents and visitors. A wide range of art work was displayed, paintings, watercolors, fabric art, jewelry and photography. Two Abaconians showed outstanding photography for the first time. Shown here are Arsenio Burrows, Kanusha Mackey, Watson Francius, Sekeron Dorsette and Delmar Saunders. See story on page 6. An early afternoon alert by the U.S. Coastguard on January 27 put Central Abaco’s rescue groups in full swing. Initial calls indicated an ELT transmitter had signaled indicating distress three miles off the north west tip of Guana Cay. Although an initial distress signal was reported, it was not persistent as it should have been. The wind was high and sea conditions were quite rough, but local boats and a Coast Guard helicopter combed the area and found no signs of an oil slick, debris or other indications of a downed aircraft. Residents on Scotland Cay checked the landing strip there and reported the three aircraft parked there were not transmitting on their ELT radios and were not the type of aircraft being looked for. The search was called off shortly before sundown by the Coast Guard, BASRA and local boaters. The signal gave the name of the aircraft owner, Bahamian James Wells, and aircraft type, a single engine Dragon Fly with registration No. N50433.Plane Crash Report Is Believed False

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Page 2 The Abaconian February 15, 2006 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 HGChristie.com Derek Lee, BRI Abaco District Managing BrokerMarsh Harbour (242)367-5454 Chris Plummer, BRI Assistant District Manager Estate AgentGreen Turtle Cay (242) 365-4052 Kathleen Albury, BRI Estate Agent AppraiserElbow Cay (242) 366-0700 Neil AberleEstate Agent Marketing SpecialistMarsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Chris AlburyEstate Agent Marine SpecialistMan-O-War Cay (242) 365-6008 Faron SawyerEstate Agent Transportation SpecialistAbaco (242) 367-3450 Bill JohnstonEstate Agent Utility SpecialistLittle Harbour (242) 367-5454 Robbie BethelSales Assistant Photography SpecialistHope Town (242) 366-0700 Silbert MillsSales Assistant Media SpecialistAbaco (242) 367-5454 Retta ThomasOffice Manager Support ServicesMarsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Why appoint a Managing Broker?SECURITY a managing broker or brokerage company will keep the keys to the property in a locked office. The Broker can also accompany o n all showings which allows the owner to have complete confidence in who views their house. PRE-QUALIFY PROSPECTS … The managing broker will pre-qualify all prospective purchasers to ensure that all showings will be to quality prospects. Our purchasers will be ready, willing, and able to buy. FLEXIBILITY A managing Broker gives the owner flexibility to be in or out of the country. The owner can come and go as they please with n o worry about their house being shown. This can also allow for the owners to be out of the country for closing. ADVERTISING The managing broker or brokerage assumes all costs of advertising. The owner does not have to put out their own money. HASSLE FREE … The managing broker is there to arrange all of the details. They will handle everything from the showing, other agents' or pu rchasers' questions, negotiations, the deposit, writing contracts, and seeing it through to the closing. Why select H.G. Christie?Personnel The largest and most widely distributed network of trained professional agents in Abaco. Our agents have a fifty years of exp erience collectively. Hours 24/7/365. Agents are ready, willing and able to assist at anytime, day, night, weekends, holidays. Team Our agents work together as a team sharing information, properties and prospects. Multiple Agents More than one agent will meet with you, and inspect your property at the time of listing to share ideas and give you a second individual with whom to work. Presentation The best researched and produced marketing materials in the Bahamas, if not internationally. Broker Relationships We make the greatest effort of any agency to expose your property to all other local and many national brokers. Transportation All of our agents have access to vessels so we can avoid the inconvenience of reliance on ferry schedules. Database The largest and most extensive Real Estate Database in the Bahamas. Exposure Our network offices and our association with Christie's Great Estates offers the greatest possible exposure, locally, nationall y and internationally. Real Estate Knowledge H.G. Christie agents are committed and dedicated to continuing education and are willing to better themselves for the benefi t of their clients and customers. Abaco Knowledge The wide range of our agents' background and interests allows them to accurately answer most questions. If we don't know, we will research and find an answer. For an appointment, call our team of professionals: See our Display Ad on the Back Cover of Section "B"DO YOU WANT TO SELL YOUR PROPERTY? Let H.G. Christie be your Managing Broker! The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for:CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES during the singing of one of the songs. The bicycle was constructed during this performance and was donated to the Every Child Counts School. Accompanying Mr. Tippin on this visit was his fun loving six member band, his producer, Mr J. R. Davis, and colleagues. The concert was filmed for a television segment which will air shortly on the Country Music Across America Show on the Great American Country Network, a cable network that reaches about 50 million homes throughout the United States. Mr. Davies, along with Mr Tippin and family, spent three days on Abaco prior to the concert. During that time, they were hosted by members of the Ministry of Tourism’s Abaco office and taken to all the points of interest throughout Abaco. Mr. Davies will be producing a show about Abaco for the network. Abaco’s own Stone McEwan opened the programme with a selection of good down-home Bahamian music accompanied by a talented bass guitarist from Blackwood. Mr. McEwan is to be praised for also bringing some young talent to the stage, affording them valuable exposure and allowing the audience to see some of the great young talent Abaco has to offer. Kyshara Adderley, a 16-yearold student at Abaco Central High School, provided vocal backing for Stone on two of his songs and had the opportunity to showcase her mature voice in a stirring solo. ConcertFrom Page 1Concert Attracted Audience from Many TownsKyshara Adderley, a student at Abaco Central High School, sang with Stone McEwan, left, and Wes Cornish from Blackwood, who performed at a concert featuring Aaron Tippen, well known country music star. The concert raised funds for the wild horses of Abaco. Please see Concert Page 4

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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 3 Damianos Sothebys International RealtySIRbahamas.com Marsh Harbour Office: t 242.367.5046 f 242.367.5045 HOPE TOWNKerry Sullivan t 242.366.0163 f 242.366.0164 kerry.sullivan@sothebysrealty.comELBOW CAYJane Patterson t 242.366.0035 f 242.366.0569 jane.patterson@sothebysrealty.comMARSH HARBOURLaurie Schreiner Marsh Harbour Office: 242.367.5046 Lubbers Quarters: 242.366.3143 Cell: 242.359.6216 laurie.schreiner@sothebysrealty.comTREASURE CAYStan Sawyer t 242.365.8198 c 242.477.5821 stan.sawyer@sothebysrealty.com HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY OCEANFRONT ELBOW ROOMŽ Home with 3 master suites. 100 linear feet on the ocean and deeded dock slip in Marnies Landing. Expansive outdoor living area with swimming pool. Great rental history & more. $2,175,000. #2989 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SEA VIEWS SASSE DOLPHINŽ 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 SEA VIEWS WINDOVERŽ 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 BEACHFRONT Beautiful 4 Bed, 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. 2 Bed 1 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 $300,000 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 $125,000 LOT 83 AOC $112,500. #2857 Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 TILLOO CAY TILLOO BEACH SUBDIVISION Hillside interior lots with shared dock starting at $85,000. #1836. 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 BEACHFRONT SURF SONGŽ Clear aqua ocean and 125 feet of white sand beach at this 3 Bed 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 WATERFRONT GAZEBO VILLASŽ 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 BEACHFRONTSpectacular 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 SEA VIEWS HILL TOPŽ Beautifully restored 3 Bed 1 Bath heritage home. Double lot on highest elevation in Hope Town Village. One block off the water. Panoramic views from rooftop gazebo. Lush garden & outdoor living space. $850,000. #2855 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY HARBOURFRONT SWEETINGSLANDINGŽ 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 NEAR THE BEACH NOREASTERŽ 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 MARSH HARBOUR WALLYSŽ This perfectly situated restaurant, bar & boutique dazzles with its island ambience. It is in the hub of the tourist area & in the most charming section of town. Make this your MargaritavilleŽ. $2,800,000 #2768 Laurie Schreiner:242.367.5046 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SEA VIEWS BLUE MOONŽ 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 WATERFRONT10 ACRE PARCEL is perfect for a marina, small development or commercial endeavor. Deep water on the Sea of Abaco with a canal dredged on the backside of the parcel. $2,500,000 #3100 Laurie Schreiner: 242.366.3143 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY RUDYS PLACE RESTAURANTŽ 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 TRANQUILITYŽ Very clean CBS inside and out central air conditioned 3 Bed 2 Bath home in peaceful neighbourhood in Treasure Cay. Mature fruit trees in backyard. $235,000 #3070. Stan Sawy er:242. 477.5821 MARSH HARBOUR HARBOURFRONT HARBOUR HOUSEŽ 2 acres with 200'+ of protected deep water, perfect f or large vessel docking. Spacious 2800 sq. ft. home with 4Bed/ 3.5Bath & screened-in porch. Excellent for private estate or development. $2,298,000. #2818 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163ABACO AGENTS NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING

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Page 4 The Abaconian February 15, 2006 COLOR YOUR LIFEThirteen year-old Avery Thompson, a student at Forest Heights Academy, is a very talented young man with a love for stringed instruments. He already plays about 12 and is now endeavouring to master the art of the violin. Not only does he have a talent for playing any instrument he picks up, but he has also been blessed with a beautiful singing voice. The audience was greatly impressed by his performance of country hits and rewarded him with a standing ovation. The pavilion was very colourfully decorated for the evening with balloons, posters and country western motifs by the Ministry of Tourism staff. Straw hats and bandannas were in evidence, adding further to the atmosphere of the occasion. Guests were welcomed at the beginning of the evening by Mrs Bernadette Harding, who introduced the MC for the evening, Mr Arthur Eldon, “Country Bob.” Ms. Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism on Abaco, introduced Ms. Milane Rehor, Managing Director of WHOA (The Wild Horses of Abaco Preservation Society), who spoke briefly on her work with the wild horses of Abaco, noting that it is an endangered breed of Spanish barbs. “It is not known exactly how they got here, but their DNA shows that they are definitely Spanish,” she said. Since the horses are urgently in need of financial assistance to prevent extinction, she thanked everyone in attendance for making a contribution to assist this project. The Hon Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism, a great country music fan, was scheduled to bring remarks but was prevented from doing so by extremely bad weather detaining him in Grand Bahama. Ms. Outten presented his apologies. At the close of the programme Mr. Avery Thompson, a talented 13-year-old, performed at the concert featuring country musician Aaron Tippin. Avery enjoys learning to play many instruments. He was well received by the audience. ConcertFrom Page 2 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 Tippin was presented with several gifts in appreciation of his visit and as a reminder for him of his visit to Abaco. He was quite moved by this token of generosity and said that his whole trip had been “extra special.” He thanked the Ministry of Tourism and the people of Abaco for making him and his family feel so welcome, saying, “I had never been here before but found it to be incredible.” and he loved being here. Ms. Outten thanked Bahamasair and the Abaco Beach Resort for their generosity and said that the Ministry is already looking forward to next year to another celebration, which will be even bigger. B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdT T T T T el: 36 el: 36 el: 36 el: 36 el: 36 7 7 7 7 7 .2 .2 .2 .2 .2 798 F 798 F 798 F 798 F 798 F ax: 36 ax: 36 ax: 36 ax: 36 ax: 36 7 7 7 7 7 .5098 .5098 .5098 .5098 .5098 Country Concert Included Local Musician s

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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 5 Four families living in new government houses in Spring City were given eviction notices effective January 24, 2006, for nonpayment of rent. These four and two more had been notified several times earlier to initiate rent payments or arrange for a mortgage if they wanted to buy the houses. Two families subsequently made arrangements to obtain mortgages. On delivering the recent notice demanding immediate eviction, the Abaco Christian Council appealed to government to seek a peaceful end to the problem, and a 14-day extension was granted. The houses were built in Spring City for families squatting in government-owned houses at Snake Cay which were severely damaged in recent hurricanes. The new houses were offered on generous terms. Monthly rent was to be paid, or the occupants could obtain a mortgage leading to eventual ownership. Since officially accepting their houses in early June of last year, government officers had seen no effort made to either pay rent or obtain a mortgage. As a result, warning letters were issued last year to the occupants on August 15, September 26 and December 6. A final notice on January 24 of this year requesting immediate eviction got everyone’s one’s attention. The occupants met with the Minister of Housing, the Hon. Shane Gibson, on January 27 in Marsh Harbour. They agreed to begin paying rent and were allowed to continue living in the houses. Terms were extended to allow the back rent to be paid. One of the occupants pledged to pay the entire $36,750 within 30 days. The land was provided free with only the subsidized cost of the house to be paid for. Purchase prices were $36,750 for a threebedroom house and $28,500 for a two-bedroom unit. Monthly rent payments were equally minimal at $250 for a three-bedroom house and $200 for a two-bedroom house. Rental terms were to be worked out for an occupant of a single bedroom house who was receiving disability payments and without a job. The other occupants have the option of paying the stipulated rent each month or obtaining a mortgage. This could be from an institution of their choice or from the Mortgage Corporation of the Bahamas. Renting would not allow heirs to eventually take possession whereas purchasing the house would contractually give full ownership rights. Mr. Gibson emphasized that the agree-Government Eviction Notices Were PostponedConstruction Begins At Abaco Beach ResortConstruction is underway at the Abaco Beach Resort as it begins a major expansion program. The resort will eventually have a convention centre, additonal restaurants and 100 condominiums. The resort hopes to encourage our visitors to spend more time here. Many business people also patronize the Abaco Beach Resort so it will cater to these business people as well as to visitors and second homeowners. “This large expansion will generate many jobs for Abaconians, not only during the construction phase, but on an ongoing basis for additional employees at the resort. It will have the positive effect of bringing more revenue into Abaco,” stated Mr. Neophytou, resort manager. While on Abaco on January 27 to resolve a dispute with occupants of government houses in Spring City, the Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Housing, made a few general comments on the long awaited lowcost subdivision and on Central Pines in Dundas Town. He expected that phase two of Central Pines would begin in four to six weeks as the existing subdivision is sold out. This would extend from the dual carriage road at Central Abaco Primary School to the border of Marsh Harbour. This begins at the circle at Crockett Drive and Forest Drive and extends to the marles (swamp) on S.C. Bootle Highway. More interesting was his statement that the long awaited low-cost subdivision could begin in two to four weeks. Land on the S.C. Bootle Highway immediately west of the BEC power station is now being studied for this site. Details were not given, but Mr. Gibson hoped the cost of a lot could be kept within a $5,000 $7,000 range. A second area for a similar subdivision is being considered for an area on the highway south of Spring City. Both of these would be for Bahamians and others who qualify. Illegal immigrants would not qualify, but discussions are underway for the inclusion of those with residence permits and perhaps work permits. The intention is to provide low cost lots for those who are not now property owners and need help getting started on home ownership. Both areas would include recreational areas and provision for churches and businesses.New Subdivision Is Weeks from Inception Please see Eviction Page 21

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Page 6 The Abaconian February 15, 2006During the wine and cheese reception at the opening of the art show at Abaco Beach Resort, the Spring City Rockers rushed through the pavilion, entertaining the guests and artists. Malcolm Rae, well known artist from Nassau, frequently comes to Abaco for the Abaco Beach Resort art show. He is discussing the show with Bridgitte Bowyer Carey, an Abaco artist who regularly displaysshows her work at art shows. By Jennifer Hudson The ninth annual Abaco Art Festival was held January 27-29 at the Abaco Beach Resort, and public opinion rated it the best yet. Mr. John Neophytou, General Manager of the Abaco Beach Resort, stated shortly after the event that he had received many positive comments about this year’s show. People were impressed by the increased originality and individuality of expression, plus the general presentation of the show. Twenty-eight artists showed their work, and selections of students’ work from the Every Child Counts School and Abaco Central High School were also displayed. Along with the artists from Abaco, with whose work we have become familiar, it was good to see artists from Nassau and Grand Bahama, bringing a new dimension to the show. The work shown this year was varied and encompassed oil, acrylic and water colour paintings, photography, fabric collage and quilted fabric art, water colours on silk, pencil and pastel art, historical fine art, sculpture and handmade jewellery. It was interesting to note the number of artists this year who have branched out into an additional style. Jeep Byers has always been known as being very versatile in his art forms creating impressionistic water colours and colourful dreamlike contemporary paintings inspired by the beauty of the Abaco islands but the paintings he showed this year were strikingly different, more colourful, simple and fun. He explained that his new style is the result of his recent tour of all the islands of The Bahamas which inspired him to want to paint pictures which express happiness and jollity and the liveliness and colour of life in The Bahamas. “These have proved very popular,” he says. Bob Zwickel has experimented with colourful pastels and has received very favourable comments. Marjolein Scott, who is well known for her delicate water colours on silk paintings featuring whimsical nature scenes and mermaids, also displayed her very bold and striking new pieces featuring black Bahama mamas. Kim Rody, an artist from Florida, who shows her bold and colourful fish paintings each year, displayed very different abstract pictures this year. “It is healthy for artists to change and come out with something new,” she said. Maureen Koepp, a very talented fabric artist, has become well-known for her extremely detailed quilted art pieces which are constructed “using hundreds of fabrics and thousands of stitches to bring the beaches and reefs to life.” This year it was interesting to see that Maureen, in addition to her underwater marine studies, has expanded to encompass beach-scapes which are truly delightful. Kim Roberts is another fabric artist who is always looking for new ideas, and this year introduced three-dimensional collage artwork and a fun line featuring her “Moody Mamas.” Making his debut at the art show this year was Tim Higgs with his underwater photography. Tim is an avid scuba diver and instructor whose interest in underwater photography grew out of his desire “to capture the beauty of God’s creation beneath theArt Festival Attracted Hundredsseas.” His incredible framed pieces of underwater life drew much attention from the crowd, and he was very pleased with the response he received at his initial showing. Jo-Ann Bradley was a first-time exhibitor. Though she has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and studied under Daniel Green, whom she describes as “the best portrait artist in the United States,” she had never before shown her work. She was delighted with the response to her oil paintings of Cherokee Sound and other Bahamian fishing villages, selling most of her pieces and receiving her first commission. Five artists from Grand Bahama participated in the Abaco Art Festival this year for the first time. They tried spreading their wings further afield since the market in Grand Bahama has been very depressed since the recent devastating hurricanes. Also they wanted to make people more aware of artists on Grand Bahama. All of these artists are very talented and amazingly, all but one are self-taught. Nicole Angelica works in oil on board, and her work was most impressive. As a child she was always sketching with crayons and pencils and her father recognised an innate talent and enTim Higgs of Marsh Harbour showed his underwater photographs for the first time at the Art Festival. Brilliant colors and striking portraits of fish and turtles proved to be popular with the festival goers. Please see Art Festival Page 7

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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 7 10 years in the out islandsby Under the Palms(203) 389-3304outislands@underthepalms.com visit our site at underthepalms.comabaconian.com abacoislandrentals.com pineapplesbar.com louiesseasidevillas.comvisit some of our clients sites:abacotranquility.com baystreetrentals.com waterwaysrentals.com schoonerslanding.comWeb sites starting at$600 We contacted Under the Palms to develop a new web site for us within 3 months it was up and running. With over 50 pages and close to 300 pictures, that was a lot of work to accomplish in a short period of time. We are extremely happy with the result, they know and love the Abacos and that comes across in their workŽ. Julie Farrington, Island Property Management, Green Turtle Cay visit our site at abacoislandrentals.com couraged her, she said. As she grew older, she purchased books and DVD’s from which she studied, fast developing an incredible talent. Today, she runs her own studio on Grand Bahama. Sheldon Saint first realised that he had artistic talent at eight years when his teacher asked the class to draw an Easter Bunny. On seeing his drawing the other children realised it was something special and all asked him to do theirs. After graduating from high school, he began drawing all day and studying books on art and was especially influenced by Rembrandt, Renoir, and Monet. His incredible patience shows through in his outstanding portraits and figures, and his art work is so exquisite that it is hard to believe that he has had no formal training. Rupert Watkins, another self-taught artist who lives in Freeport, specialises in primitive art and abstract with acrylic on canvas. His work is currently on display at the Artists International Exhibition in Lyford Cay, Nassau, which has been organized by Princess Azamat Guirey, herself a renowned museum artist. Sean Connery is an admirer of Rupert’s work and recently purchased one of his pieces. Terry Lord Rolle, though self taught, inherited her talent from a family of artists and bases her work on Bahamian history. “I like to remember the way things were as a child growing up and capture this for the future,” she says. Alisa Streather was the only artist from Grand Bahama who is not self-taught. She has a degree in art and teaches at the Jack Hayward High School, having previously taught for four years at the high school in Cooper’s Town. She recently took four years off to dedicate time to her painting and won second place in the Discovery Cruise Line competition two years ago. For the past two years an invitation has been extended to high school art teachers to bring groups of students to the show so that they can meet with the artists who are always happy to discuss their work and techniques with students and encourage those with talent and interest. Mr. Neophytou was disappointed that no school groups attended to view the show but was very pleased that the Abaco Central High School had a booth. Mrs. Lori Thompson, art teacher at the school, is to be greatly commended for encouraging her students to take part in the show where they were able to not only display their work but also have the opportunity to sell some. Several of the students sold pieces of their work and altogether raised $565; 20 percent of that went as commission to the resort along with the cost of the booth all of which totaled $153, 30 percent to the school to purchase materials for the technical drawing and carpentry departments and 50 percent of the remaining money went to the students who sold their work which was very exciting for them. As a result of persons seeing the school’s work on display at the show some donations have since been received and these have been placed on account at Bellevue for the purchase of art supplies. While Mrs. Thompson herself was at the booth for the cocktail evening on Friday, art students Anthony Newman grade 9, Watson Francis grade 10 and Delmar Saunders grade 10 ran the booth on Saturday. They had high praise for their teacher Art FestivalFrom Page 632 Artist Displayed a Variety of WorkBridgitte Bowyer Carey, left, is showing her work to an admirer. One of her special features is fish and nautical scenes painted on driftwood. Sonya Weatherford, left, and Kim Roberts, both Abaconians, are discussing the show. They both produce popular art work. Please see Art Show Page 13

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Page 8 The Abaconian February 15, 2006 Dave RalphLetters to the EditorThe Editor Says . Can Local Rules Prevail?The AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Jennifer Hudson, Portia Jonsson, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Annabelle Cross, Samantha Evans, Heather Moore, Lee Pinder, Nicholas Roberts, Patrick Smith, Robert Wilson Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abaco’s most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) 990 Old Dixie Hwy #14 Lake Park, FL 334037,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moore’s Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $40.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Keep It Small, Quaint and BahamianDear Editor, Progress is defined by Webster’s dictionary as to move forward, to develop to a higher, better or more advanced stage. It’s great that scholars can tell us what words mean from their point of view. I happen to believe words can be much more personal and local. Progress can be very different for politicians, developers, landowners and, sadly, last of all, the regular people who work every day, raise their families and love the islands we live on. When big money for super projects is available, many people will jump on the “bandwagon.” The little people who often have a much purer view have a hard time being heard. They can’t hire connected lawyers, wine and dine “consultants,” and hire “experts” to make their case. I take my hat off to the people who have lived on these islands for over 200 years who still can appreciate the natural beauty of the area. The Family Islands can remain fantastically beautiful and retain their getawayfrom-the-crowds atmosphere if they resist large developments. There are many other places people can go to enjoy “super luxury,” Frenchtrained chefs and caviar. What makes Abaco special? Could it possibly be small quaint locally-owned restaurants and resorts where people know your name? Maybe it’s because there is so little crime. Most houses for rent can’t find keys they have never used. Local people and tourists who get to know each other over many years of return visits see each other’s children grow to adulthood. The small rental agencies that can always make person adjustments work out “no problem.” Everyone coming here can’t have a $50,000 wedding party, but you can still have a romantic beach wedding or in the church for the “regular people” and not spend enough to buy a small house. The government has finally decided that the Family Islands are where it’s “really happening.” I hope local people do not let them decide in what direction the islands should go. Big resorts generate mega bucks but where do these mega bucks go? No one that I ever heard of wants to put millions of their cash into something that can’t get more millions in profit to themselves. They do not pour millions into any project to “make work for locals.” They do not come to a project with the basic idea of improving the economy or least of all the environment. Local, small, personal resorts can all have a distinct appeal to visitors who return frequently. Over the 12 years we have lived here I do no recall anyone saying anything about the Hilton, Ritz, or the Biltmore hotels. They fall in love with Nippers, Cracker P’s, Capt. Jack’s, Sapodilly’s, Pete’s Pub, on and on, all small quaint spots. Don’t forget big isn’t always better. The most important thing is that these are your islands you have been here for 200 years. Don’t let anyone ruin what your generations have made a very special place in this world. Money counts but people count much more. Old Mr. Curly TailComments on the Hope Town Council MeetingDear Editor, I have been reading about local government meetings and all the problems they seem to be having poor attendance, bickering, mishandling of funds and equipment. I decided to visit our meeting at Hope Town. Contrary to popular belief in the past, visitors are welcome to sit in and listen. I was very impressed with the businesslike manner in which the meeting was held. Chief Councillor Wayne Hall had an agenda prepared that obviously took a considerable amount of time. The meeting was well attended, minutes were read from the previous meeting and the agenda followed. There was a lot of material to be covered and all properly prepared applications were decided upon. A special problem of trash burning at Man-O-War was discussed and acted upon. Meetings can be very frustrating and time-consuming when they are not run in a businesslike manner. Members go away with no feeling of accomplishment or satisfaction of doing their job. I feel this causes them to become discouraged, miss meetings and eventually quit altogether. I have great respect for people who get involved in their community organizations especially those in local government who have to deal with extremely limited funds. Thanks to the Council of Hope Town for letting me attend a well run meeting. Dan McCullyA Plea to the Min. of TransportDear Editor: I write on behalf of my constituents about the oil-rig ship that is grounded on our reef east of Man-O-War Cay, Abaco. This ship was exploring for oil in the Walker’s Cay, Abaco, area for a few years prior to Hurricanes Francis and Jeanne of 2004. I spoke with the Minister responsible for the issuing of licences for this operation, prior to 2004, and expressed our concerns about this matter. On a few occasions this ship was partially submerged at its mooring. The Minister, Hon. Leslie Miller, informed me that the owners of this operation had no working capital and that their licence would be revoked. I heard no more until the ship broke its mooring in one of the hurricanes of 2004. For the next several months this ship cruised The Bahamas unattended, mostly between Exuma and Long Island, causing much concern to mariners as a navigation hazard. Environmentalists were also concerned as it threatened the reefs off Stocking Island. Eventually, this rusting eyesore was towed back to Walker’s Cay, Abaco, and re-moored. Along came Hurricane Please see Letters Page 9 We discussed various elements of Abaco’s progress in our last editorial and the push and pull between Local Government and Central Government in Nassau. We were unaware of the program that Hope Town’s Chief Councillor, Wayne Hall, is undertaking to provide for orderly growth in an acceptable manner with rules and ordinances developed at the local level. [See Hope Town Council Proposes Regulations in this issue, section B, page 1] Mr. Hall has laid out an ambitious program for the residents of the three towns in his district to ponder with five meetings in each town spaced two weeks apart. He and his six Councillors are not telling people how to manage their towns but rather are asking for their ideas. He has put together a White Paper of more than 100 pages of ideas culled from small towns across America and Canada that are facing similar growth challenges. The White Paper is being presented and discussed in town meetings to see if zoning, wetland protection, garbage collection and other issues can be spelled out for those communities to follow or modify as conditions change in the future. Mr. Hall pointed out that the laws originating in Nassau are broad in scope and apply to the entire Bahamas. Hope Town observes them just like Marsh Harbour does and like Cooper’s Town does. They can be modified to be effective for a particular area but that is a cumbersome option which Nassau is not particularly keen on. An interesting example of this is the Road Traffic Act which applies to the entire Bahamas. However, due to an incident in Hope Town in the mid-1960s, a law was formulated just for Hope Town, prohibiting motor vehicles on the town roads beyond the Methodist Church. A previous Hope Town Council used this to their advantage to enforce the las with the installation of a locked gate near this junction to slow the escalating traffic running through Hope Town. Recognizing the need for a fire truck, a garbage truck or perhaps a delivery truck with a load of water to drive through town, keys to the lock are issued to qualified individuals allowing them to pass the gate. The Council is careful that they do not give permission to drive through town, only pass through the gate. If anyone driving in town is challenged by some authority, he is on his own. In Mr. Hall’s presentation, he was careful to point out that few laws stand forever but are often subject to change and modification as society and circumstances change. The course which he has embarked on will be interesting to watch for several reasons. To a casual observer, the three main cays which make up the Hope Town District, Elbow Cay, Man-O-War Cay and Guana Cay along with some lesser cays, may look similar at first glance but they are distinctly separate in their outlook. We will let an social anthropologist mull over the differences as they are too profound to be presented here. However, the three towns may end up with three different versions of the proposed White Paper. At the conclusion of the public forum, Mr. Hall will assemble the various suggestions into a master plan for approval at a referendum by Bahamian voters in the affected areas. Although everyone, Bahamians and foreign second homeowners, are invited to participate in the initial process, by current law only Bahamians on the voting register can vote on the issues. If the White Paper is accepted by popular vote, it will be sent to Nassau hoping that Parliament will accept it and make it law. What will actually happen when Nassau receives it is anyone’s guess. Is Nassau apt to allow the Hope Town District to have a 100 or 200-page rule book of its own choosing? Are the authorities apt to congratulate Hope Town and use these rules as the basis for giving all the Family Islands their own set of rules? Or will they take the White Paper and study it to death, effectively delaying any decision into oblivion. Nassau will probably be too polite to tell Hope Town that they have wasted their time. While the existing rules are being pondered and changes contemplated, people are beginning to understand that collectively they can stand up and be noticed that changes can be made. Historically, it is activists which cause laws to be changed. This is not just a Hope Town phenomena but is happening to different degrees in other parts of the Bahamas. Harbour Island is objecting to a boat ramp being taken over with Nassau’s approval, overriding a local decision. Bimini is beginning to use stronger language and actions in resistance to a huge development there which is seriously altering a large mangrove area. If the Hope Town District is successful, and it will probably be years before we know if they succeeded, other districts will follow in Hope Town’s footsteps.

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This now becomes the responsibility of the Minister of Transport and Aviation. After this matter was brought up in Parliament, the Minister’s response was that the ship was secured, and they were waiting for weather conditions to improve to have it moved. I visited the ship this week, and it remains firmly stuck on our beautiful reef. This is outrageous. Minister, we need help, not promises and excuses. Sincerely, Robert P. Sweeting, M.P.Man-OWar Resident Is Opposed to Proposed ParkDear Editor, This letter is in response to the article Friends Host Community Meetings in your last issue. A statement was made, and I quote, “In general, most of the people who attended the meetings supported the creation of the park.” I MUST point out that “most of the people” referred to were NOT local, native ManO-War Cay people, and some were not even Bahamian! The vast majority of locals at the Man-O-War meeting were STRONGLY OPPOSED to the idea. Picture this, about eight or nine miles to our south, there is a protected park. We can no longer enjoy family camping and cook out trips. Now, less than two miles to our north, “they” want to protect that, too! We will have nowhere to enjoy catching a meal of fish or conch and cooking it “on the rocks.” Sure, we can travel further away (some can’t afford this) But where can we take our catch to enjoy it? Not to the park area, we will be fined. What are we to do? Why not protect the Fowl Cay reef area only. Don’t take away the cays and the fishing bars. Why not go further north; there are other areas rich in mangroves, turtle grass, shallows, etc., prime area for species to reproduce and increase in number. Protecting resources is well and good, but so is protecting our Bahamian heritage. These cays surrounding the Fowl Cay area have been enjoyed by locals for many, many years. People here look forward to catching a meal of fish and conch and enjoying a swim while they wait to eat their catch. To any government officials who might be reading this, PLEASE help us to protect our Bahamian heritage, and don’t let “them” decide what we can and cannot do. Our kids will have nowhere to go to enjoy what has been passed down from generation to generation. Also, I would like to finish with the questionable timing of the Man-O-War meeting. It was held while two of the three churches on the island were in service, and most of the younger men were away at a softball tournament. Was this intentional? Makes us wonder. From a very disappointed local who enjoys family time at the “cays” and would like to keep it this way. Very UpsetLet’s Appreciate the Good Service We GetTo Whom it May Concern, I am a resident of Abaco and I would like to say that I am very appreciative of the service the locals and tourists alike receive here. I visit our neighboring island, Freeport, often enough and I must say I am certainly not pleased with the service I receive while I’m there. I recently went to visit my family, and there were very few cashiers who made you feel welcome. However, my biggest problem was with a saleswoman in Port Lucaya. Now, let me first say, every other jewelry store I have been to in my life the salesperson takes notice of you regardless if their helping another customer or not. She smiles at you and says, “I’ll be with you in one minute.” That makes you feel satisfied. Well, I was admiring a showcase with some lovely rings and I saw the older saleswoman helping a couple look at some rings. Since she did not appear to be too busy talking or anything, I said, “Excuse me.” Well, the couple glanced in my direction, but the older woman didn’t stir one inch. I repeated myself about five more times and still no motion from the saleswoman. By this time, I as well as everyone else in the store wondered if she was deliberately ignoring me or just deaf. Finally, the man whose wife the saleswoman was helping said, “M’am?” and she finally turned my way. She looked like stone. If looks could kill, I’d be dead. She did not smile, not anything at all. I felt like a small child who did something heinous. Well, I said to her, “Um, I just wanted to know the price of these rings here.” And she didn’t change her expression when she replied,”When I’m finished helping these people, I’ll deal with you.” Then she went back to what she was doing. I was infuriated! I wasn’t wasting anymore of my time in that store. Before I walked out the door, I simply said, “You’re very rude.” I guess I could have handled it in a more mature way, but I had never had anyone act that way to me as a customer before and I was insulted. Lastly, I would like to say to everyone, appreciate the service you receive here, because when you go away its always such a relief to be back home. Yours truly, DRWCritical of Local Government ProposalEditor, The Abaconian Having been involved in Local Government for several years in the 1990s, I know very well that it is often a thankless and tough job. You have to put in hours of your time and most of what you get is complaints rather than thanks. For that reason, I am very hesitant to criticize anyone in Local Government, even when I disagree with something that they might have done. However, I think that they are currently making such a huge mistake, I feel that I must speak up. When Local Government was created, one of the most important things that was done was that they were not given the authority to raise any sort of taxes. It’s not that I think they would be less irresponsible with our tax money than the central government is, but the simple fact is that the more people who have the ability to yank money out of our pockets the less well off we will be. Unfortunately, the Marsh Harbour Town Council is trying to do an end run around this and impose a tax on us. Even worse, they are choosing to target the least wealthy citizens. Using a blueprint from a successful (and voluntary) scheme based in Man-OWar, the Town Committee has set up an unelected shadow board called the Marsh Harbour Management Board (hereafter referred to as the Marsh Harbour Tax Board). They have twisted the language in the Local Government act to suggest that if you are renting a house monthly, this is somehow a “business” and that they will no longer pick up your garbage. The end result is that if you are unable to afford your own home, you will now be charged an extra fee of $300 per year on top of everything else to have your garbage hauled away. So what if you pay the same taxes as those who own houses and you are trying to save up to buy your own property – they will not pick up your garbage unless you pay extra taxes to them. The idea LettersFrom Page 8More Letters to the Editor Please see Letters Page 26

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Page 10 The Abaconian February 15, 2006Green Turtle CayBy Annabelle Cross A Belated Happy New Year to all! We are already into the second month of 2006! After a busy holiday season, Green Turtle Cay has settled into a quiet start to the new year. As is the tradition, we welcomed in the new year with the traditional Junkanoo parade. Once again the Junkanoo committee must be commended for its hard work and producing a beautiful parade. Crowds lined the street to wait for the first sounds of cowbells and goat skinned drums. The parade started right on time and made a one and a half laps around town. It was then onto the basketball court for more Junkanoo music, dancing and the arrival of “Bunce.” The children are always eager to see Bunce, but usually run and hide after “he” is released! ( Bunce is a very old tradition. A frightening looking character is rolled around town in a wheelbarrow and after the wild story of “his” capture is told, “he” escapes into the crowd. There is a great effort to subdue “him” and the good guys win!) The first few months of the new year are usually quiet on GTC. Not many outdoor events are planned because everything depends on the weather. The cold fronts this year have brought windy weather to Abaco. This is not good for the fishermen who are experiencing a bad season. Hurricane Wilma destroyed the habitats that replaced the ones destroyed by Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004. Many of the fishermen are discouraged and have had to look for other employment. With only weeks left in this season, they can only hope for a better start in August. Hopefully, the weather will be better and the laws will be enforced to protect against poaching. It’s quiet around town, but there are plans in the making for upcoming events. Amy Roberts Primary is planning its annual fund raiser for April 8th to be held at the school. There will be food, games and the drawing of the grand raffle. The 6th grade students of Amy Roberts are raising funds for their field trip. It has become a tradition for the graduating class to take a trip to Nassau during their last months of Primary school. It is a small class this year, so they are working hard to fund their trip. The school will also host a Road Race on February 25th for primary school students. Mr. Williams, the physical education coach is organizing this event. The Island Roots Heritage Festival Committee is busy with plans for the 3rd Island Roots Heritage Festival to be held May 5, 6 and 7th. Their wine tasting fund raiser held at The Green Turtle Club and sponsored by Bristol Wines & Spirits was a huge success. The Brilanders from Harbour Island entertained the crowd of approximately 300. There was a wonderful selection of hors d’oeuvres prepared by committee members and friends. The committee is grateful to all who helped to make the event a success and to all who support their efforts. The proceeds will help fund the festival! The Green Turtle Cay Volunteer Fire Department is planning the second annual Fire Man’s Ball to be held February 25th at the Green Turtle Club. For further information and tickets please contact Fire Chief Junior Roberts at 3654133. Congratulations to Christopher and Pamela Roberts on the birth of their son Carson Riley, who was born on December 20th in West Palm Beach. Big brother Reagan is also very proud of his baby brother! Congratulations to our local cacique award nominees and winners. Brendal Stevens of Brendal’s Dive Shop won in the Sustainable Tourism category. Brendal has operated his successful dive operation for many years. He is concerned for the environment and has a great interest in the preservation of the reefs and marine resources. Raymond Lowe has worked himself up to his supervisor position at the Green Turtle News of the CaysConstruction work continues on Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s newest fire station which is located adjacent to Sea Spray Resort and will service the southern end of the island. The 640-square-foot building will accommodate one pumper truck and have sufficient space for a workshop area and storage. The new fire station is being built largely by volunteers from local construction crews working on Saturdays. It is hoped that the building will be completed by the end of March.Work Continues on New Fire Station for Elbow Cay Please see Central Page 11

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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 11 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 Club. Raymond is a very friendly, helpful person and deserving of recognition as supervisor of the year. Mr. Floyd Lowe won in the transportation category. Everyone who lives or has visited GTC knows what a valuable service the Green Turtle Ferry Service provides. Mr. Lowe has owned the ferry service since 1970, when he began with two wooden boats for two scheduled daily trips. Now the service provides reliable, safe transportation in comfortable fiberglass boats to tourists, locals, day workers, government officials and high school students. Our community is CentralFrom Page 10 More News of the Caysvery proud of our winners! In the upcoming months there will be new babies to welcome, newlyweds to congratulate and other events around town to enjoy. For now some of us will enjoy the “cold” months and others will dream of warm, humid days!!Wine Tasting Leads to Crowded ClubBy Nicholas Roberts January 21st was a pleasant night – light breezes, a perfect, moderate temperature and a clear sky. It was a perfect setting for the 3rd Annual Wine-Tasting Fund Raiser held at the Green Turtle Club. The event was held to raise money for the forthcoming Annual Island Roots Heritage Festival, which is to be held this spring. This event not only celebrates our rich history and culture, but also celebrates our special relationship with Key West, our sister city. This year’s Roots Heritage Festival committee is headed by Mrs. Karen McIntosh and has Mrs. Annabelle Cross as co-chairman, Mrs. Leslie Dames as Treasurer, Ms. Kola Wells, Ms. Amanda Roberts, Mrs. Julie Farrington, and Ms. Trina Cooper. “We’re hoping to raise at least $5,000 tonight,” Ms. McIntosh said, “The Ministry of Tourism gives us $15,000 and we raise the rest of the money through selling T-shirts and other such souvenirs.” The money from the Guy Fawkes day in November will also go toward expenses for the festival. More than 300 people crowded into the resort that evening to taste the four types of wine and to enjoy a table full of hors d’oeuvres and desserts including such appetizing foods as baked brie with pecans and apricots, tomato bacon cheese on rye, ham puffs and Moroccan chicken with Please see Cays Page 20 The Island Roots Heritage Festival Committee organized a wine and cheese tasting party held at the Green Turtle Club to raise funds for the May festival. Some of the committee members at the wine tasting are shown here. Standing are Lesley Dames, Julie Farrington, Tina Lowe and Annabelle Cross. Seated are Trina Cooper, Leainer McIntosh and Karen McIntosh.

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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 13 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 who is an extremely accomplished artist. “She is a good role model and inspires us,” they said. “One day we want to be as good as she is.” Mrs. Thompson said that the students were well received by both the public and the artists, and it was another positive experience for them helping to continue the momentum begun by their Junior Junkanoo win. These students study under difficult circumstances as they have no supplies to work with. They were very excited recently to receive a donation from the Abaco Art Guild, which enabled them to buy new paint and paint brushes. The students enjoyed the show, and they felt that it changed their outlook of their future. They will look more seriously at careers in art. They appreciated their experience. It was pleasing to see the Every Child Counts School represented again this year with a good selection of students’ artwork Jeep Buyers from Elbow Cay is another local artist whose work is very popular with those attending the Art Festival at Abaco Beach Resort. He works with acrylics and watercolors. Art FestivalFrom Page 7 displayed on note stationery and other items. The majority of artists who took part in the art festival were very pleased with the turnout and felt that it had been a good show for them. The event began on Friday evening with a very well attended cocktail party with fine wines complements of Butler and Sands Co. Ltd. The Junkanoo parade, while perhaps adding to the party atmosphere, was felt by many to be far too loud and cumbersome for the venue. That was the only negative remark I heard about the 9th Annual Art Festival which was not only a great social event but brought people from all of the cays together to appreciate good local art. Local Students Displayed Art Their First Showing Beautify Your Home & Garden With....!" Rose Bushes !" Orchids !" Bromeliads !" Flowering Shrubs Silk Flower Baskets !" Beautiful Gift Items !" Pets & Garden Supplies MondayFriday : 9-5 Saturday: 9-3! Ph (242) 367-2674 !" Fax (242) 367-4755 Don Mackay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Don Mackay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Don Mackay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Don Mackay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Don Mackay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Airport Airport Airport Airport Airport

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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 15 Chris Thompson Real Estate“Offering the Islands Most Exclusive Listings” One Purple Porpoise Place, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas ph 242.366.0216 fax 242.366.0223 Chris Thompson Greg Roberts* Private Islands Waterfront Homes and Land* Investment Property Acreage Project/Property Management Complete Service from Sales to Construction ***** Exclusive Agents for Matt Lowe’s Cay ***** www.ChrisThompsonRealEstate.com THIRD SUNRISEUnique ocean front property, turnkey, with all ammenities. Main house features large open kitchen with dinning and living areas, surround deck with unlimited views of the Sea of Abaco and Atlantic Ocean. Detached bedrooms, office, gym and library all feature ocean vistas, and a central pool with open decking. Generatore, watermaker, dockage, lush landscaping. Excellent rental potential. View by appointment only $4,470,000.BLEST NESTHigh on ocean dune at North End. 3 bed / 3 bath (detached guest cottage) panoramic views, excellent rental history $1,425,000Exclusive Listings Exclusive Listings Exclusive Listings Exclusive Listings Exclusive ListingsFAR NIENTE 4 bed / 4 bath on the Sea of Abaco North End, Elbow Cay. Large open floor plan, fully furnished, beautiful beach $3,900,000 .CONCH 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 CONTRACT MARNIES 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 #2 Oceanfront with dock slip $895,000. Lot #2B Interior with oceanview and dock slip $570,000. JACKS 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. AUNT PATS BAY Rare opportunity, 5.18 acres located on the Sea of Abaco in White Sound. High elevation, white sand beach, deep water dockage. SOLDWHITE 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.KIWI HOUSENewly custom built Bahamian style home, 2-story, 3 bed, 2.5 bath. Expansive decking Pool, central AC, generator. Spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean $897,000. 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 $1,485,000

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Page 16 The Abaconian February 15, 2006North AbacoNorth Abaco District Council Meeting on January 24 With Ministry of WorksStephen Pedican, Chief Councillor The North Abaco District Council met with the supervisor and staff of the Ministry of Works for North Abaco to discuss concerns and complaints about upkeep and maintenance of roadside verges of the highway and equipment. Complaints were made to the Council that the roadside from Treasure Cay to Crown Haven has not been cut on a regular schedule as it should. Also staff were reportedly arriving to work late and leaving early and the equipment was not being properly maintained which led to frequent breakdowns. The Ministry of Works’ crew denied these complaints. However, they could not convince Council otherwise. The Ministry of Works’ crew were congratulated and praised for the good work in the past and were encouraged to step it up so as to minimize complaints from the residents of North Abaco. Presently, all Ministry of Work tractors are down so as it stands roadsides are not being cut. North Abaco Ministry of Works does not have a budget from Central Government and the little that is allocated through Local Government is insufficient to meet the growing needs of North Abaco. District Council has brought this concern to the attention of the Minister responsible for Ministry of Works and the Minister responsible for Local Government. There has been no increase in the overall budget. It is believed that the budget for North Abaco is combined with Central Abaco through Central Government but North Abaco does not receive any funding from this combined account. Councillor Gary Smith is assigned to Ministry of Works in order to assist with needs and complains and report back to Council.Meeting on January 24 With Garbage CollectorsThe North Abaco District Council met with the two contractors for garbage collection in North Abaco on January 24. They both were told that complaints were made due to the irregular collection of garbage. There have been instances when for two weeks garbage was not collected or was collected only once per week when the collection schedule is twice per week. Complaints were made of garbage falling off the truck or being blown off into the streets. These allegations were also denied by the contractors. They did agree that the collection of garbage was not being done twice weekly. They were both advised to get back on schedule as they were being paid for twice weekly pick-up. The contractor, who does not have the proper garbage truck, was advised to put a tarp over the garbage while in transit and was encouraged to invest in a proper garbage truck as his counterpart had recently done. The garbage contractors said that the settlements have grown tremendously and that the money they are being paid is inadequate when you consider staff, staff insurance, vehicle insurance, license and inspection annually. One contractor compared what he makes compared to what a garbage collector makes in Central Abaco. He also went on to say that residents must be made aware that they are only responsible for contained household garbage, not building material, trees, appliances or garbage scattered about by the animals.District Council MeetingOn January 24 the North Abaco District Council was given a capital budget of $82,000 which was divided four ways among the Council, Treasure Cay Township, Cooper’s Town Township, Fire Road/ Blackwood Township and Little Abaco Township. In a specially called meeting the Council will revisit the budget to see what special projects each township is expected to carry out and dtermine how much funding each township is allocated. Also District Council has assigned portfolios for all Council members in an effort to assist with and minimize concerns from the various ministries and departments of Central Government. They will then to report back to Council. The portfolios are as follows: • Stephen Pedican, Chief Councillor finance and statuary boards, NEMA, Road Traffic • Eric Collie, Deputy Chief Councillor Social Services and Security • Wilfred Curry Agriculture, Fisheries andLocal Government at Work Please see Local Govt. Page 17 The government dock in Crown Haven is heavily used. The ferry to MacLean’s Town on Grand Bahama uses it regularly as well as Little Abaco fishermen. However, it was badly damaged by the two hurricanes of 2004 and has not been repaired. It is dangerous to use but is the only dock available. Min. Bradley Roberts has said recently that someone is to come to repair all government docks in North Abaco. Abaco Outboard EnginesFor further informationTel: 242-367-2452 l Fax: 242-367-2354yamahaabaco@hotmail.com (not actual photo shown)

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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 17 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 P.O.BoxAB22275 Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Phone: 242-365-8500 Fax: 242-365-8501 E-mail: Craig@bahamabeachclub.comBroker Participation Invitedwww.BahamaBeachClub.comFor more information, see your Real Estate Professional or contact: Toll Free 800-284-0382 "Best Beach in the Caribbean"Caribbean Travel &Life Magazine Visit Our On-Site Models Today! Phase1-4 SOLDOUT NowSellingonTreasureCay!BahamaBeachClubPhase5 3&4Bedroom/3BathLuxuryBeachfrontCondominiums €Private Gated Community€Two Freshwater Pools & Spa€Designer Interiors Available€Optional Detached Garages€Local Bank Financing€Terrific Rental Income potential Treasure Cay Resort Area Amenities include:€Spectacular 31/2mile White Sand Beach€150 slip Marina for Yachts to140 feet€18 hole Championship Golf Course€Tennis, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving€Restaurants, Grocers & Duty Free Shopping€International Airport (6,500 foot runway)Residences from $742,500 plus closing costs Ports • Antonio Fox Aviation and Education • Gary Smith Public Water and Utilities • Kevin McIntosh Youth and Sports • Earlin Mills Immigration and Labour • Leslie McIntosh Housing and Post Office • Garnette Edgecombe Health and Crown LandTreasure Cay Town MeetingAntonio Fawkes, Chairman The Treasure Cay Township held its first meeting for 2006 on January 25 at Full Gospel Assembly. The Committee made it a town meeting in order to address the concerns of the residents and inform the residents of its plans and special projects for the year 2006. Despite airing the time and place of the meeting, the attendance was disappointing. However, the feedback from the few attendees was informative and positive. Planned capital projects are the following: • Securing the graveyard with a higher wall in order to discourage residents of Sand Banks from using the graveyard to park vehicles, to clean vehicles and use as a playground which is left littered with garbage. Graves of residents buried cannot be found. There is total disrespect for the graveyard. A planned meeting with residents of that area will be held in the coming weeks. • Repairing fencing of the basketball court • 300 feet of new fencing for the Treasure Cay Primary School • Clearing of land in Madeira Park for a community playground • Continuation beautification of the entrance to Treasure Cay • Community clean up in Madeira Park and Sand Banks to collect and dispose of unwanted appliances and debris • Dump site attendant’s booth to be built. • Improvement to Treasure Cay dump site, clearing a new area for dumping. • Removal of all abandoned vehicles along roadside in Sand Banks. Residents attending the town meeting commended the township members for the direction it is headed in addressing the conMore Local Government at Work Local GovernmentFrom Page 16 cerns and issues.Cooper’s Town/ Fire Road/ Blackwood TownshipEric Collie Chairman/Deputy Chief Councillor The Cooper’s Town Township is looking to rename streets in Cooper’s Town, in particular, making the street running north and south next to the Church of God a one way street, naming it Saunders Street. The township is also looking to put stop signs at all the streets. Small scale capital projects discussed were construction of a new library, continued work at the new park in Fire Road which was bought and donated by the Cooper’s Town/Fire Road Heritage Committee in partnership with the District Council. The drainage canal in Blackwood is in need of cleaning and building a system to prevent future clogging from rough seas which bring in debris and sea grass. Street lighting is a continued concern. Most of the street lights are out and residents are complaining.Little Abaco TownshipWilfred Curry, Chairman The Little Abaco township discussed the construction of a basketball court in Wood Cay. Wood Cay and Fire Road are the only two settlements in the north that do not have a basketball court. Other concerns discussed included fencing the Crown Haven park which was cleaned up by residents. Other projects are the fencing upgrade of the Mount Hope park, upgrade of the fencing in the park in Cedar Harbour and restoration of cemeteries in Cedar Harbour and Wood Cay. Another concern is the Crown Haven dock which was extensively damaged during the last hurricane. To date no repairs have been made and it is very dangerous for ferry customers boarding the ferry, walking over a plank to get on the boat. Last word from the Hon. Bradley Roberts, Minister of Works, is that someone is on the way for all dock repairs in North Abaco. Hope Town FairSaturday fun for the whole family on 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 Benefit Event for Hope Town Fire and Rescue

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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 19 By Robert Wilson It’s often said that good things happen to those who wait. And for many of our visiting boaters the sailing vessel Rejoice arrived just in time with Capt. Forest Golden and his wife Susan aboard. Some referred to it as a “Golden” opportunity. Capt. Golden is a 100-ton licensed captain and hails from Newport, Rhode Island. More importantly, he serves as a Vessel Examiner for the U.S. Power Squadron with the Newport Sail and Power Squadron and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and boating experience. As a service to yachtsmen visiting from the U.S., Capt. Golden announced on the Abaco Cruiser’s Net that during his stay he was offering a complimentary inspection of vessels in accordance with guidelines established by the U.S. Coast Guard. The inspection includes a review of the safety equipment and proper procedures while operating a vessel and insures everyone aboard that the minimal standards have been met. “About half of the vessels we check do not pass the first time,” said Golden. “It’s usually something minor like an outdated fire extinguisher or flare that’s been overlooked by the owner.” Once the on-board equipment has been updated and the vessel meets the standards established, a certification sticker is awarded. Marine insurance companies recognize the value of the USPS inspections, and most will discount their premiums for the vessels certified. “This is our third trip to The Bahamas and I know how easy it is to overlook something,” commented Capt. Golden as he inspected a sailboat at Boat Harbour. “I have enjoyed being around boats for much of my adult life, and this is a way I can do something good for the boating community.” Abaco Beach Resort will be hosting the 9th Annual Black Boaters Summit, Abaco Edition. This is a group of African Americans who will charter boats from Moorings and sail the waters of Abaco Sound. Capt. Paul Mixon, a long time sailor, got into the event planning and charter business by accident eight years ago when a yacht charter company offered him the use of four boats for one week in the British Virgin Islands. The event proved so popular that he ended up with a flotilla of ten yachts filled with African American vacationers, most of whom had never set foot on a yacht. All of the catamarans were skippered by U.S. African Americans. Last August, the 8 th Annual Black Boaters Summit hosted 24 yachts with 192 sailing participants and 84 landlubbers in the British Virgins. Sixteen BBS sailors will arrive in Marsh Harbour on March 24 for seven days of sailing on two chartered Moorings boats. “Abaco is the perfect location to launch a second BBS,” says Cap’n Paul. “The geography is right to host an event of both sailors and landlubbers. And with the ferry service in place, we can transport our landlubbers to parties with our sailors almost anywhere on Abaco. For more information you can contact Cap’n Paul by calling (510) 222-6308 or email Black Sailors Will Enjoy Abaco WatersGood Samaritan Sails Into Abaco GENERAL CONTRA GENERAL CONTRA GENERAL CONTRA GENERAL CONTRA GENERAL CONTRA CT CT CT CT CT ORS & ORS & ORS & ORS & ORS & CONSTR CONSTR CONSTR CONSTR CONSTR UCTION MAN UCTION MAN UCTION MAN UCTION MAN UCTION MAN A A A A A GEMENT GEMENT GEMENT GEMENT GEMENTProfessional care of all building needs from start to finish We currently have job openings in Abaco for: Steel Fixers A minimum of three years experience required Contact Mr. Bernard Haynes at (242) 557 2550 for job applicationsCavalier Abaco Office: (242) 367 0664 Contact 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!

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Page 20 The Abaconian February 15, 2006 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 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 informationspicy tomato sauce. Among the desserts included were mini-cheesecakes, rocky road Rice Krispies Treats and grasshopper brownies. Speaking for myself and most of the attendees that evening, it was the biggest crowd I had ever seen at the Green Turtle Club. Bahamians, our adopted Bahamians and visitors alike came from all over to sample the wine and food being offered. Green Turtle Ferry transported three boat loads of people from the mainland to the club for the event that night; it’s estimated that between 90 and 100 of them made up the total attendance. The wine was supplied by Bristol Wine and Spirits, a prestigious international wine distributor. Available for tasting were five different types of wine from three suppliers. The wine tables were manned by representatives from Bristol Sellers, and attendees were urged to buy wine or were given a list of places that sell the beverage. The live entertainment for the night was the Harbour Island based group, the Brilanders, whose song Party in the Backyard is a huge hit right now. Originally, the band was supposed to play from 6 to 9 p.m., but they proved to be so popular with the attendees that a collection plate was taken up for them to extend their performance to 11. By the time the night was over, the dance floor was packed. Larry Cleare, lead singer of the group, took a few moments to speak to me about the experience and reception they’ve had on Abaco. “Two of us got here yesterday, and three got here today,” he said, “and the reception we’ve gotten on Green Turtle has been great. We’re having a wonderful time.” During the evening Mr. Victor Cooper was presented with a door prize – a gift basket filled with, among other things, a bottle of champagne. During a speech, mention was made of the fact that three Green Turtle Cay residents – Mr. Floyd Lowe, Mr. Brendal Stevens and Mr. Ray Lowe – recently won three of the prestigious Cacique Awards, which recognize excellence in the Bahamian tourist industry. It was a wonderful night for all involved. Though it’s not yet known just how much money was raised by this event, it’s a safe bet that it will go a long way toward funding the Heritage Festival. A toast to the organizers and the Green Turtle Club for a great evening! More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 11 The Wine and Cheese Tasting party held on January 21 raised funds for the Island Roots Heritage Festival that will be held on Green Turtle Cay in May. The planning committee brought a band from Harbour Island, Eleuthera, for the occasion. The band is named the Brilanders, after the nickname of the island, Briland. The evening proved to be a very enjoyable event.

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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 21 Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 840-9393 M/V Legacy c/o Palm Beach Steamship 158 B East Port Road Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Nassau Contact Ph./Fax: (242) 393-4371 Western End Potter’s Cay Dock Nassau, New ProvidenceServing Marsh Harbour and the Cays with Freight Service from Nassau and Palm Beach• Departing Palm Beach Weekly service* • Departing Nassau Every Tuesday Night Arriving Marsh Harbour Early Wednesday Morning Extended Services to Green Turtle Cay* For more information on the Palm Beach service Call Trinity Customs Brokerage (242) 367-4297 ARAWAK AGENCYC U S T O M S B R O K E R S Air & Sea Shipping Customs Clearance Freight Forwarding Transportation & Logistics Services Ship AgenciesFor More Information:Tel: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasVisit our office on Front Street One Call Does It AllŽ Royal Harbour Village in Marsh Harbour (242) 367-0137 www.theconchpearl.comWood Sculpture by Perry Petry Oil Paintings by Nicole Angelica Sea Glass Jewelry by Marlee MasonFriday Evening, February 17th 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Live Music Good Munchies and Wine m e e t t t h e a a r t i s t e e v e n t 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 Jacksonvillements signed when the occupants were given the keys to the houses in June must be upheld. He said it was never government’s intention to give free housing to those able to pay. Government could not set the precedent of providing free houses to those squatting in houses they had not invested in. There have been instances where a house was replaced to a deserving victim of a hurricane and who was unable to provide for themselves. However, it was always a reEvictionFrom Page 5 Hope Town visitor Joe Dawes from Michigan, here with his mother, father and seven brothers and sister, recently found a treasure washed up on the beach. After many days of ragey conditions, an antique, coralencrusted surveyor’s instrument obviously broke loose from a wreck on the barrier reef and washed ashore. Our picture shows Joe presenting this instrument to the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum curator, Mr. Tony Bennett. The museum will present its annual Heritage Day activities on March 3. All schools, community members and visitors are invited to attend on that day from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Visitor Donates Beach Find to Museumplacement for one which they owned and on land they owned. This was not the case at Snake Cay where the land and the buildings were government owned and the occupants had jobs. It was noted that these families were not served by electricity or other utilities, and government wanted these families to live in a normal community and enjoy a higher standard of living. It is believed that one family is still living at Snake Cay, and efforts are underway to provide housing at Spring City.

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Page 22 The Abaconian February 15, 2006 BAHAMAS HOT MIXCivil Engineering Contractor Providing Abaco & surrounding cays with the following services for over 10 years:Site clearance Earthworks Water & Sewerage installation Road paving Car park & drive ways Airfields Asphalt related products Materials testingLar Lar Lar Lar Lar g g g g g e Flee e Flee e Flee e Flee e Flee t of Hea t of Hea t of Hea t of Hea t of Hea vy Eq vy Eq vy Eq vy Eq vy Eq uipment uipment uipment uipment uipment a a a a a v v v v v ailable f ailable f ailable f ailable f ailable f or r or r or r or r or r ent ent ent ent ent : : : : :D8 DozerExcavator TrucksLoaders Low BoyRollers Tractor Heads GradersTrenchers Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-3956 367-3957 Fax: (242) 367-3959 BAHAMAS HOT MIX For FREE estimates contact Harlin Johnson Located at waterfront on Marsh Harbour strip Marsh Harbour, AbacoOpen 11 am until 7 days a weekHapp Happ Happ Happ Happ y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y y y y yPhone: (242) 367-2278 Central Abaco NewsCustoms Celebrates International Customs DayBy Jennifer Hudson The Customs Department celebrated its 17th International Customs Day on January 26 along with approximately 157 other member countries of the World Customs Organisation with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. This day is set aside each year for all member countries to honour and give awards to long serving employees. Officers go to church as a family and set aside a week of activities, both social and civic. The Abaco Customs Department celebrated with a luncheon on January 26 and those persons to be honoured travelled in to Nassau. The awards ceremony was held at the Radisson Cable Beach Hotel on February 3rd with the Governor General making the presentations. Family members of the honorees also attended the presentation ceremony. Persons who were honoured this year for 25 years of service were Senior Customs Officer Cleophas Smith, Superintendent at the airport; Senior Customs Officer Ricardo Toote, Superintendent at Treasure Cay; Chief Customs Guard, Donald Burrows; and Grade 1 Officer, James Davis. Honoured for 20 years of service were Grade 1 Officer Molly Davis and retired Grade 1 Officer Collette Bootle who resigned from the service last year.Urban Renewal Holds WorkshopBy Portia Jonsson A timely and informative one-day workshop was conducted by the Department of Urban Renewal on January 21st at the Learning Resource Centre in Marsh Harbour. Presenters for the day included Dr. Sue Fairclough, General Practitioner and Psychiatrist, Nurse Iris Fernander, Mrs. Sandy Edwards and W/Cpl. Jennifer Rolle who sought to educate and heighten the awareness of domestic violence, sexual abuse and anger management. Domestic violence is a widespread problem and Abaco, like other places faces a major challenge in putting an end to it. Domestic Violence or Spouse Abuse is physically or emotionally harmful acts between husbands and wives or between other individuals in intimate relationships. Domestic violence is sometimes referred to as intimate violence. It includes violence that occurs in dating and courtship relationships, between former spouses and between gay and lesbian partners. Abuse between intimate partners can take on many forms. It may include emotional or verbal abuse, denial of access to resources or money, restraint of normal activities or freedom (including isolation from friends and family), sexual coercion or assault, threats to kill or to harm and physical intimidation or attacks. In extreme cases, domestic violence may result in the death of a partner. Domestic violence cuts across lines of race, nationality, language, culture, economics, sexual orientation, physical ability and religion to affect people from all walks of life. Domestic violence is serious wherever and whenever it happens. Attending the workshop were Social Services officers, guidance counselors and high school students.Marsh Harbour Clinic Holds Walk-a-thonBy Portia Jonsson The month of January was designated Physical Activity and Goal Setting Month on the 2006 Healthy Lifestyle Initiative Calendar. In an effort to empower individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices and encourage community action, the nursing staff at the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic staged a Walk-a-thon under the theme Get Up and Move on February 4th from the traffic light to the clinic. The walk-a-thon was open to all ages and participants were eligible for free flu vaccines, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings. Those behind in their immunizations were encouraged to come out and be immunized for Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and Tetanus. Please see Central Page 23 Chat and Chill is the new name of Mackerel’s Restaurant in Dundas Town. Kathy Adderley is manager with Chef Joe Johnson offering a variety menu. During the month of January the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic observed Health Month. This included a walk-a-thon which was very poorly supported. Shown above are Nurses Iris Fernander and Susan Lil and Environmental Staff Ms. Greene and Ms. Stubbs.

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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 23 THE OUTBOARD SHOPMarsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 E-mail-outboardshop@abacoinet.com !" Full range of Johnson two stroke and four stroke Evinrude outboard engines from 2hp to 250hp at lower than US prices Up to three year warranty • Extensive parts Inventory • Factory trained mechanics Dry boat storageAssociated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Dolphin MarineGreen T urtle Cay 242.365.4262 Island MarineP arrot Cay 242.366.0282 Roberts MarineGreen Turtle Cay242.365.4249 Sea Horse MarineHope Town242.365.0023 Fishermans MarineL ong Island 242.337.6226 Minns Watersports Exuma 242.336.2604 OBS MarineF reeport 242.352-9246 Authorized Distributor What makes you Review Account Information Pay Bills Make Credit Card Payments Transfer Funds Reorder Cheques Request Drafts & Wire TransfersImagine having your own Commonwealth Bank branch,wherever you are,whenever you need it. CB Online Banking,our newest service,offers you complete control,flexibility and convenience of 24 hour access to your financial information. www.combankltd.comVisit your home branch to Get Started Now! CLICK? BANKING 2005 CreativeRelations.net Free until March 31,2006 More Central Abaco NewsHowever, the turnout for the walk-a-thon was very disppointing. The nursing staff thanks Mr. Eugene Weatherford and Standard Hardware for their donations to the clinic and would like to remind everyone of their daily clinic schedule. MondayGeneral Clinic TuesdayAntenatal AM Family Planning PM WednesdayGeneral Clinic AM Immunization PM ThursdayGeneral Clinic Dundas Town Clinic Weekly Doctor/Nurse Visit FridayGeneral Clinic Man-O-War/Guana Cay Visits Home Visiting PM Open for emergencies after 5 p.m. Oncall Nurse/Doctor will be at entrance door.Restaurant Opens with New ManagementMackerel’s Restaurant in Dundas Town was damaged in the 2004 hurricanes and did not re-opened its doors until New Year’s Eve 2005, this time under new ownership and with a new name: Chat and Chill Native Grill. For a satisfying dining experience outside Marsh Harbour, try this new eatery located on the Front Street in Dundas Town. The restaurant has been completely refurbished in bright burgundy and pink with comfortable wicker armchairs. Wood paneling, tile floors, silk palms and attractive prints complete the elegant tropical decor. The dining room is separate from the bar area while a side room, sitting approximately 20 people can be used separately for parties. Ownermanager, Kathy Adderley greets customers while Chef Joe Johnson offers an international menu with Bahamian, French, American and oriental dishes. A lunch buffet with a good variety is offered or one may still order from a regular menu. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays lunch continues through the afternoon. Dinner, served from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., CentralFrom Page 22 offers an elaborate menu with choices of salads and entrees. Traditional Bahamian dishes are available and Chef Joe will cater to your special request if the ingredients are available.” He also offers a few exotic dishes as well as traditional desserts. Chat and Chill has a full bar. The restaurant is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. A complimentary station wagon will shuttle people without transportation. On Thursday evenings one can enjoy karaoke. For more information call 367 -3044 or VHF channel 16. Please see Central Page 25 Dr. Livingston Marshall, left, Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club’s Senior Vice-President of Environmental and Community Affairs, presented a check for $3000 to ASP Wayne Miller, Officer in charge of the Abaco District, for purchasing instruments for the Abaco Community Youth Marching Band. 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 15, 2006By Jennifer Hudson Yvonne Key and Gurth Russell are two people with a vision for the future of Marsh Harbour. For many years Mrs. Key has had a dream for a well equipped library and Mr. Russell’s goal has been a ball field. On January 23 these two community-minded citizens were able to take a huge step closer to their goal when, in the office of Senior Administrator Revis Rolle, Mr Russell, President of the Marsh Harbour Sporting Association, signed a 99-year land lease agreement. Also present at the signing were Shannon Albury, Vice President of the Sporting Association, Yvonne Key, Deputy Chief Councillor; Neil Campbell, Deputy Island Administrator, and Kandy Pinder, Town Committee member. Mr. Russell has been trying to obtain a lease for this land since 1992 and stated that the Rt. Hon Perry Christie, Prime Minister, assisted greatly in making it possible. The land obtained will encompass three projects: a ball field, library and memorial garden. The area which has been assigned as a ball field is Crown land and consists of an 18-acre parcel between Forest Heights Academy and St. Francis de Sales school. The remainder of the land, formerly BGAIL property leased by Owens Illinois and then returned to the government when the company left Abaco in the 1970s, has been subleased to a group headed by Yvonne Key for a library and park.Sporting Goals Are AmbitiousMr. Russell stated that softball has always been big on Abaco. This year the Abaco softball team in competition in the United States won four out of five games and was only beaten by the United States’ team. Gurth himself has played softball for 25 years, but is now more interested in bringing it to the young people. He is, therefore, delighted to have received this lease on the land for a ball field and has drawn up an impressive plan. The long range plans encompasses a softball field, basketball courts, volleyball court, tennis courts, a building with an indoor Olympic-size swimming pool, concession stands, bleachers, parking lot and entrance and exit roads. The initial stage will be the construction of the softball field which Mr Russell hopes to have completed by the end of this year. The total cost for this sporting complex is expected to be $1.1 million; $750,000 of this will be for the pool and building alone. Trees will be cut out for the entrance and exit roads and softball field but Mr Russell states firmly that the area will not be bulldozed and as many trees as possible will be left in place for landscaping and shade. “The completion date will depend upon how people respond with assistance and donations,” he says. He is pleased with the initial response and says that people are eager to start. He is willing to accept any assistance, good advice and donations of bleachers and fencing in addition to monetary donations. Anyone who would like to assist with the ballpark is asked to call Gurth Russell at 359-6871 or Shannon Albury at 367-2655. Mr. Russell feels that this project will be a tremendous success for the use of private individuals and all schools. He will shortly be sending letters out to business places seeking donations and assistance and organising fund raisers for which any help will be greatly appreciated. People from Europe, Canada and the United States have offered to help and Mr. Russell does not intend to ask government for anything at present. Churches in Abaco are interested in assisting with the project because they are looking for constructive and healthy activities for the youth of Abaco.A New Library Is PLannedMrs. Key stated that she has always wanted the people of Marsh Harbour to have their own library and park so she joined with the 45-year-old Marsh Harbour Sporting Association which has the advantage of strength and continuity. Mrs. Key established a library five years ago in the small building which was once the office of Dr. Ejnar Gottlieb on a monthly lease basis from the government. This library, which is run by a group of volunteers, is a much-needed entity in the community and is especially useful to students for research projects and access to computers as well as borrowing books for pleasure. The building is old, however, in need of much renovation and is too small. Mrs. Key is pleased that she has now been able to obtain sufficient land on which to build a new more substantial library before having to demolish the old one so that its service will be uninterrupted. It is hoped that plans for the new library complex will include a separate room for meetings of the Cancer Society and its thrift shop, which is presently accommodated in a room adjoining the library. The new building will offer facilities for the use of Alcoholics Anonymous, which meets in the present library twice a week and per-Marsh Harbour Plans Major Projects Please see Projects Page 25 The Moorings Yacht Charters• The Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class crewed yacht charter Sailing Sloops and cats 35 ft. 47 ft. Power catamarans 37 ft.The Conch Inn Resort Hotel rooms on the harbour front Curly Tails restaurant and bar on the waterfront Dive Abaco a complete dive facilityThe Conch Inn Resort and MarinaPO Box AB20469, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph 242-367-4000 Fax 367-4004 Email: themoorings@batelnet.bswww.conchinn.com Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you.The Conch Inn Marina Full service docks with power Cable TV connections underway Texaco fuel station Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina Tides:Pelican Harbor based on Hampton Roads (Sewells Point), Virginia (NOAA) 26 23 N 76 58 W March 2006 Average Tides Mean Range: 2.6 ft MHWS 3.1 ft Mean Tide: 1.4 ft Sunday 6 n 6 Monday 6 n 6 Tuesday 6 n 6 Wednesday 6 n 6 Thursday 6 n 6 Friday 6 n 6 Saturday 6 n 6 1 (EST) 2 (EST) 3 (EST) 4 (EST) 5 (EST) 6 (EST) 7 (EST) 8 (EST) 9 (EST) 10 (EST) 11 (EST) 12 (EST) 13 (EST) 14 (EST) 15 (EST) 16 (EST) 17 (EST) 18 (EST) 19 (EST) 20 (EST) 21 (EST) 22 (EST) 23 (EST) 24 (EST) 25 (EST) 26 (EST) 27 (EST) 28 (EST) 29 (EST) 30 (EST) 31 (EST) -1.0 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 2:58a -0.7 9:08a 3.0 3:19p -0.6 9:31p 3.1 3:50a -0.6 9:55a 2.9 4:04p -0.6 10:20p 3.1 4:42a -0.5 10:43a 2.7 4:50p -0.5 11:11p 3.0 5:35a -0.3 11:32a 2.5 5:37p -0.3 -1.0 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 12:03a 2.8 6:32a 0.0 12:24p 2.2 6:29p -0.1 1:01a 2.6 7:33a 0.2 1:21p 2.0 7:26p 0.1 2:05a 2.5 8:39a 0.4 2:24p 1.9 8:30p 0.2 3:14a 2.4 9:45a 0.4 3:31p 1.9 9:36p 0.3 4:20a 2.4 10:46a 0.4 4:34p 2.0 10:39p 0.3 5:18a 2.4 11:38a 0.4 5:30p 2.1 11:34p 0.2 6:05a 2.5 12:22p 0.3 6:17p 2.2 -1.0 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 12:23a 0.1 6:45a 2.6 1:00p 0.2 6:58p 2.4 1:06a 0.1 7:22a 2.6 1:34p 0.1 7:36p 2.5 1:46a 0.0 7:56a 2.6 2:06p 0.1 8:11p 2.6 2:23a 0.0 8:29a 2.6 2:37p 0.1 8:44p 2.7 3:00a 0.1 9:01a 2.6 3:07p 0.1 9:16p 2.8 3:36a 0.1 9:34a 2.5 3:37p 0.1 9:49p 2.8 4:12a 0.2 10:08a 2.4 4:09p 0.2 10:24p 2.8 -1.0 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 4:51a 0.3 10:45a 2.4 4:45p 0.2 11:04p 2.7 5:35a 0.4 11:27a 2.2 5:28p 0.3 11:52p 2.7 6:28a 0.5 12:17p 2.2 6:19p 0.3 12:49a 2.7 7:30a 0.5 1:18p 2.1 7:23p 0.3 1:57a 2.6 8:40a 0.5 2:28p 2.1 8:35p 0.3 3:10a 2.7 9:48a 0.4 3:40p 2.3 9:49p 0.1 4:19a 2.8 10:49a 0.2 4:47p 2.5 10:58p 0.0 -1.0 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 5:21a 2.9 11:43a 0.0 5:46p 2.8 12:01a -0.3 6:17a 3.0 12:33p -0.2 6:41p 3.0 12:58a -0.4 7:09a 3.0 1:20p -0.4 7:31p 3.3 1:51a -0.5 7:58a 3.0 2:05p -0.5 8:20p 3.4 2:43a -0.5 8:46a 3.0 2:50p -0.5 9:08p 3.4 3:33a -0.5 9:33a 2.8 3:35p -0.4 9:56p 3.3 Monthly High & Low High March 30, 9:08p 3.4 ft Low March 1, 3:19p -0.6 ft Printed by Tides & Currents for Windows’ by Nobeltec Corporation. 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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian 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 13th, 27th, 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 F F F F F orest Heights Ac orest Heights Ac orest Heights Ac orest Heights Ac orest Heights Ac ademy ademy ademy ademy ademyEntrance T Entrance T Entrance T Entrance T Entrance T est for Grade 7 est for Grade 7 est for Grade 7 est for Grade 7 est for Grade 7March 4, 2006 • 9 A March 4, 2006 • 9 A March 4, 2006 • 9 A March 4, 2006 • 9 A March 4, 2006 • 9 A .M. .M. .M. .M. .M.(limited sp (limited sp (limited sp (limited sp (limited sp ace a ace a ace a ace a ace a v v v v v ailable in other grades) ailable in other grades) ailable in other grades) ailable in other grades) ailable in other grades)Please cont Please cont Please cont Please cont Please cont act administra act administra act administra act administra act administra tion tion tion tion tion for additonal informa for additonal informa for additonal informa for additonal informa for additonal informa tion tion tion tion tion telephone: 242-367-3539 telephone: 242-367-3539 telephone: 242-367-3539 telephone: 242-367-3539 telephone: 242-367-3539 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 Abaco’s Marching Band Receives DonationThe youth of the Abaco Police Youth Community Marching Band will soon be playing to the tune of $3,000 worth of additional instruments and music, thanks to a recent corporate donation. In a check presentation to ASP Wayne Miller, right, officer in charge of the Abaco District, Dr. Livingston Marshall Jr., left, Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club’s Senior Vice-President of Environmental and Community Affairs, said that the financial donation represented the company’s commitment and support for the youth of Abaco and the country. “We look forward to their continued growth and the police’s continued CentralFrom Page 23 stewardship of the young people of this country and the safety and security of us all,” Dr Marshall said. ASP Miller responded to the kind gesture by thanking the company’s executives for honouring a commitment that they made a few months ago. “We are so grateful that they have come to the fore, and I am sure that this will go a long way toward the further development of the Abaco community youth band,” added ASP Miller. “The band has already made its debut and is experiencing resounding success and applause throughout Abaco. The additional funds will go a long way toward helping the little ones.” haps other civic groups.A Memorial Park is PlannedA section of land on Queen Elizabeth Drive, opposite Regattas of Abaco, has been designated as a Memorial Park. Mrs. Key’s aim is to have the land bulldozed, grassed over and benches placed for people to sit and relax. This vision of a peaceful garden, which will be for the enjoyment of both local residents and tourists, will also provide a children’s play area and an area for boaters to walk their dogs with perhaps a floating dock to make it easier for them to come ashore. In the Memorial Garden at Green Turtle Cay bronze busts memorialise distinguished Bahamians, but in the new Marsh Harbour Memorial Park, Mrs. Key envisions plaques in honour of people who have “made” Marsh Harbour. Any family member of a Marsh Harbour descendant who has passed on may apply to place a plaque in remembrance of that person. Now the major task will be to raise the money for these projects and Mrs. Key is seeking the support of interested persons who would like to make donations for either the library or park. She would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to serve on the committee for the park or the library and may be contacted at 3672243 (H) or 3673623 (W). Since the ball park, library and memorial park will each have its own separate committee and fund-raising account, persons wishing to donate must specify which project they are donating towards. Cheques may be made out to The Marsh Harbour Sporting Association and should be marked either Ball Park, Library or Memorial Garden. ProjectsFrom Page 24Funds Will Be NeededDrive SafelyDon’t Be an Abaco Fatality

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Page 26 The Abaconian February 15, 2006 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseIsland-wide Abaco ListingsAbaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Casuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder + 3 hse366-2053Grand CayRosie’s Place352-5458Green 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 Inn22 rm366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott366-0003 Crystal Villas 6 villas 321-783-4576 Elbow Cay Prop +53 hse366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm366 0095 Hope T Hideaways +63 hse366-0224 Hope T Villas + 3 hse366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages +3 hse366--0266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas366-0065 Tanny Key +43 hse366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse366-3121Hotels and House Rental AgentsMan-O-WarIsland Home Rentals +8 hse365-6048 Schooner’s Landing 5 condos365-6072Marsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms367-2158 Abaco Real Estate +6 hse367-2719 Alesia’s 3 rms367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms367-4000 D’s Guest House6 rms 3367-3980 Great Abaco Club + 12 hse367-4151 Island Breezes Motel8 rms367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas6 cott367-3600 Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 effic367-2227Moore’s IslandMoore’s Is Bonefish Camp8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeisha’s Resort366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort14 rm366-4119 Rickmon’s Bonefishing 10 rm366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club365-8500 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 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 cartsis that this is a tax on the rich – that the fee is charged to those who own rental property, but there is a serious flaw in this argument. Nearly all monthly rentals do not include utility fees – and garbage collection is certainly a utility – so the renters will have to pay it. This is totally unfair and must not be allowed to stand. Upon further inspection, this idea has several other flaws. The fee of $300 per house will get your garbage hauled away, but this money will not actually go to pay for the garbage removal. Instead, it will be used to do projects around the town such as landscaping and what not. Excuse me, but if there is not enough money to pay the garbage company, shouldn’t they be the only ones to get paid out of this money? Or if they only need an extra $100 for each house, why is the charge $300? The answer is because this is an illegal tax and it MUST not be paid. Until this situation is resolved, I call on every responsible citizen to refuse to pay one penny to the Marsh Harbour Tax Board. Until Local Government is made to fulfill its obligations to the taxpayers of Marsh Harbour, we must find alternate means to have our garbage removed. This experiment cannot be allowed to succeed. The root of this problem is that Central Government does not send enough money to the Local Government to even meet the minimum needs of the community, much less to carry out any discretionary work. I understand the frustration of the local boards at this, but unfortunately, this is the worst possible solution. Imagine the greedy tax collectors in Nassau rubbing their hands together in glee over this scheme. How long before they stop sending ANY money for garbage and all of us have to pay $300 a year? Abaco sends millions of dollars in tax revenue to the Central Government. It is not right for Local Government to penalize us for the failures of Central Government to send us our fair share of money back. We must not just make sure that this idea fails; we must get a public commitment from both the PLP and FNM during this election cycle to properly fund Local Government. Once again I would like to say that I very much appreciate the people who serve in Local Government. They work very hard and do not get much appreciation for it. But this is a huge mistake and I must oppose them on it. Respectfully, Victor PattersonMore Letters to the Editor LettersFrom Page 9

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February 15, 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 Brendal’s 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 Rich’s 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 Donnie’s 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 Cat’s 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 Cas’s Carts........................................365-8771 Claridge’s Cart Rentals......................365-8248 Cornish Car Rentals..........................365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals...............................365-8465 Rich’s 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 McLean’s Town, Grand Bah. Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLean’s 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 McLean’s 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 O’Donald 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.........................$$$.............367-2158 Conch Crawl.....................$.............367-4444 Gino’s ...............................$.............367-2002 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hibiscus Cafe.................$$.............367-2782 Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Jamie’s Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room........................$$.............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch-5pm)367-2615 Mangoes.......................$$$.............367-2366 Pop’s Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodilly’s.................... $$$.............367-3498 Sea Shells........................$.............367-4460 Snack Shack....................$.....+....367-4005 Snappas...........................$.............367-2278 Subway..............................................367-2798 Wallys...........................$$$.............367-2074 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn...............$.............367-2022 Mother Merle’s................$$ Hope Town Abaco Inn.....................$$$.............366-0133 Cap’n Jacks......................$.............366-0247 Harbour’s Edge............. $$.............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.........................$$$.............365-5143 Orchid Bay.........................................265-5175 Treasure Cay Florence’s Cafe................$ Coconuts............................ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudson’s Delight..............$.............365-8648 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............365-8469 Touch of Class..............$$$.............365-8195 Traveller’s Rest..................................365-8654 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...................$$$.............365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro...........$$.............365-4200 Green Turtle Club.........$$$.............365-4271 Laura’s Kitchen...............$$.............365-4287 McIntosh’s Restaurant......$.............365-4625 Plymouth Rock Cafe..........................365-4234 Rooster’s Rest................$$.............365-4066 Sundowners.......................................365-4060 Wrecking Tree Restaurant Harbour Caf (ferry dock).$.....+....365-8635 Sandy Point Big J’s...............................$.............366-4020 Nancy’s............................... Oeishas.............................................366-4139 Pete & Gays.................$$$.............366-4119 Seaside Inn..................$$$.............366-4120 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge..................366-4477 Everyone reads The Abaconian Abaco Chamber of Commerce 367-5822 • Fax 367-5823 www.abacochamber.org Abaco area code 242 unless listed otherwise Please bring errors & corrections to our attention Emergency ServicesPolice Marsh Harbour 367-2560 The following services are provided by volunteersFire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Dundas Town 367-2935 or 4935 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 Fire Man-O-War 365-6911 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbou r 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 Medical Services Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour.367-2295 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic............367-0020 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre..............367-0049 Government Clinic Marsh Harbour........367-2510 Corbett Clinic Treasure Cay...................365-8288 Government Clinic Cooper‘s 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 Walker’s Cay Walker’s 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 Lau d.......... 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 .......................... 367-0169Major’s 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 Gov’t dock thru Dundas Town....................................................$10 + $3 Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyer’s Market..........$10 + $2 Gov’t Clinic thru Western Auto ................................$ 6 + $2 Gov. freight dock through Dundas Town................$10 + $3 Murphy Town to Shell Sta ......................................$14 + $4 Pelican Shores to Frankie Russel house...............$14 + $4 Eastern Shores to Peas & Rice house..................$14 + $4 Beyond Russell house or Peas & Rice house.......$16 + $5 Great Cistern ..........................................................$20 + $5 Spring City............................. .................................$15 + $5 Snake Cay............................................................$35 + $10 Treasure Cay .......................................................$60 + $ 10 Casuarina Point ....................................................$60 + $10 Treasure Cay Airport or Bah Palm Shores.........$70 + $ 10 Little Harbour or Cherokee ...................................$80 + $10 Crossing Rocks ..................................................$100 + $10 Sandy Poin t........................................................$135 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wally’s & Eastern Shore.......$ 2 each Jib Room................................................................$ 3 each Solomon’s Super Center ..........................................$5 + $3 Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Gov’t dock ........................$ 6 + $3 Government Freight Dock .......................................$ 7 + $3 Gov.Clinic, W. Auto or Nat. Insurance.....................$ 9 + $3 Mother Merle restaurant .........................................$10 + $3 Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour Children under three free • Uncaged pets as people Luggage $.50 each over four, Surf boards $3.00 ea. Between Treasure Cay Airport and: Effective July 2004Treasure Cay Resort ..............................................$18 + $5 Madeira Park ..........................................................$12 + $4 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock.....................................$6 + $4 Moxy .......................................................................$16 + $5 Bahamas Star farm ................................................$20 + $5 Sand Banks............................................................$22 + $5 Joe’s Creek.............................................................$40 + $6 Black Wood............................................................$16 + $5 Fire Road & Cooper’s Town...................................$35 + $5 Cedar Harbour ........................................................$50 + $5 Wood Cay...............................................................$55 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $60 + $5 Fox Town................................................................$65 + $5 Crown Have n..........................................................$70 + $5 Marsh Harbour Airport ..........................................$70 + $10 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour............................. $60 + $10 T C Hotel to G Turtle Ferry or Blue Hole ...............$14 + $ 6 T C Hotel to Bonefish Marles.................................$20 + $5 T C Hotel to Joe’s 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 (866-473-3779) 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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A cocktail reception was held on February 3 at the exclusive Abaco Club on Winding Bay for invited guests to meet Mr. Tippin and his crew. Guests were given the opportunity to pledge donations to the Abaco Wild Horses fund. The relaxed reception on the deck of the club house overlooked beautiful Winding Bay and the setting sun while Jamming Jan provided a musical background. Mr. Tippin expressed his thanks to The ABaco Club for hosting a lovely reception.VOLUME 14, NUMBER 4, FEBRUARY 15th, 2006Reception Honors Music Star Four Abaconians Won Cacique AwardsThree from Green Turtle Cay and One from Treasure Cay Were Honoured Ms. Avis Miller Mr. Brendal Stevens Mr. Floyd Lowe Mr. Raymond Lowe The Ministry of Tourism selects top people from many nominated in seven categories for their contribution to tourism. They are honoured at a banquet and receive a trophy in recognition of their work.St. Francis School Celebrates Special DaySt. Francis de Sales School celebrates the Feast Day of its patron saint. After a church service, the students marched from the church on Don MacKay Boulevard oo Dove Plaza where they were picked up by bus for the trip back to their school. Their fledging marching band accompanied the group. By Jennifer Hudson Abaconians once again this year received a large portion of the spotlight at the 2005 Cacique Awards ceremony held in Nassau. Eight persons from Abaco were finalists in seven of the categories and won four out of the seven. The purpose of the Cacique Awards is to recognise tourisms finest, and each year the winners in the publicly nominated categories are determined by the decision of an esteemed Blue Ribbon panel of judges. This year, the winners, Avis Miller, Manager of the Year; Raymond Lowe, Supervisor of the Year; Floyd Lowe, Transportation; and Brendal Stevens, Sustainable Tourism, were all from North Abaco. The people of Green Turtle Cay must be extremely proud as three of the winners hold positions on the cay which is, indeed, quite an achievement for such a small community.Avis MillerOn receiving the distinction of becoming a winner of the prestigious Cacique Award, Ms. Avis Miller, Manager of the Treasure Cay Hotel, said that she was truly honoured to have been selected as Manager of the Year. When she heard that she had been nominated, she at first declined as she describes herself as being a person who does not like the spotlight but just likes to go about doing her job well. She did, however, eventually agree to the nomination and apologised to her nominators for her reticence. When she actually won the award, Avis said that it was totally overwhelming and an awesome feeling and was worth it all in the end. Normally a retiring sort of person, Avis said that on the night of the awards she was so excited she was definitely not herself. Her little six-year-old niece who saw her on television asked her afterwards, Why did you act crazy like that? Her award will be mounted in a glass case and placed in the hotel lobby, along with her finalists plaque as she would like to share it with all the other workers. Please see Cacique Awards Page 2 The Hope Town Council, which includes Elbow Cay, Man-O-War Cay and Great Guana Cay, has embarked on a new avenue for local government. Its Chief Councillor, Wayne Hall, has combed the Internet and taken development and zoning guidelines from other towns of a similar size and disposition to the three in his jurisdiction. Armed with this information and adding items that might be more appropriate for concern here, he and his Council members are holding a series of five open meetings in each of the three towns. A White Paper is being presented in four sessions as a working plan to amend and not as a done The Carnival Is ComingFebruary 24 March 10Rides Games Fun FoodH.T. Council Proposes Regulationsdeal. Verbal comments are noted in the meetings, and he is encouraging written suggestions. The Hope Town Council has a web site where the entire White Paper available for view. Provision is made on the site for returning comments by Email. Those with an Internet connection can visit www.hopetowncouncil.com. At the town meetings, the White Paper is handed out in sections as relates to that evenings agenda. The fifth and final meeting in each town Please see HT Council Page 4

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Page 2 B The Abaconian February 15, 2006Avis began her career in the hospitality industry in the late 1970s, when she joined the staff of the Ambassador Beach Hotel in Nassau. After working there for several years, she moved to Abaco and worked in Marsh Harbour for Marsh Harbour Power and Light, the company that preceded the Bahamas Electricity Corporation. She moved to Treasure Cay in 1981 to take up the position of front office cashier/clerk in the 38-room hotel and rose through the ranks of front office supervisor, front office manager, assistant hotel manager, until finally accepting the post of Hotel Manager in January of last year. Avis appreciates working in the hospitality field as she enjoys meeting people and making them happy. She likes to provide a Bahamian flavour for her guests as she feels that they want to get away from what they always see at home and taste our culture. It is a strong belief of hers that more Bahamian culture should be offered to guests especially in the Out Islands. It is Aviss desire that more people become dedicated to jobs in the hospitality field, and she would like to see more young people entering the field. Avis would like to thank the community for its support and for showing just how happy and proud they are for her.Raymond LoweMr. Raymond Lowe was surprised enough to even be nominated for a Cacique award. But when he was announced as the winner in the Hotel Supervisor of the Year category, he said, I was even more surprised and enjoyed every moment of it. Mr. Lowes award makes the third Cacique trophy for the family as his father, Vertrum Lowe, won a Cacique award recently in the Handicraft category for his boat building skills, and several years ago his uncle, Alton Lowe, wellknown artist, won for Creative Arts. Raymond Lowe has been a full-time employee with the Green Turtle Club for the past 33 years but actually started working there part-time at the age of 12 assisting his father as a dockhand until leaving school. His father, Vertrum Lowe, has worked at the Green Turtle Club for 40 years and Raymond says that he owes his success to his father and to Earklin McIntosh, who has worked 38 years at the club. These two men have been his mentors and taught him all that he knows. We have always worked as a team, he says. Mr. Lowe has acquired endless skills and is proficient in carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, painting and tile laying, garnering him the title Mr. Everything. He became Maintenance Manager/Supervisor at the Green Turtle Club in 2003 and oversees all the property upkeep and maintenance of the buildings. He carries out all the ordering of supplies for the restaurant and assists with other administrative functions. In fact, I have done everything at the club from fixing beds to pulling weeds, he said. In her letter of nomination for Mr. Lowe, Ms. Lynn Johnson, Manager of the Green Turtle Club, who herself won the Cacique award last year as Hotel Manager of the Year, had high praise for her right hand man stating, Ray has exemplified the type of employee all managers wish they had. Mr. Lowe was accompanied into Nassau for the awards ceremony by many members of his family, including his wife and his daughter, who flew in specially from Florida where she is at college. Unfortunately, his father was not able to attend as he fell ill. An active church member, Mr. Lowe donates his time and skills to assist with the upgrading and repairing of facilities within his community. At the beginning of February Raymond travelled into Nassau to be honoured at a luncheon sponsored by the Hotel Association since he has also been nominated as Hotel Supervisor of the Year for the entire Caribbean.Floyd LoweThe winner of the Cacique Award in the Transportation category was Mr. Floyd Lowe, President of Green Turtle Cay Ferry, who was recognized for the ferry companys outstanding service to the public. Mr. Lowe bought out the Green Turtle Cay Ferry service in 1971 from his brother Harold, who had begun the service in the early 1960s after predicting a tourism boom but later wished to sell the operation in order to move to Florida. At the time of its inception the ferry service consisted of just a couple of wooden boats, but Mr. Floyd has upgraded the fleet to a total of four fibreglass boats, each with a capacity to hold 40 passengers. A few years ago Mr. Lowe sold out a part of the ferry service to his sons and grandsons, though he himself still takes an active part in its day-today running. Mr. Lowe is justifiably proud of the many praiseworthy comments he has received over the years. He has been congratulated by both visitors and locals who have described the Green Turtle Ferry Service as the best of any of the ferries they have experienced anywhere. In 1987 Mr. Lowe received a personal letter from American Ambassador, Mrs. Carol Boyd Hallett, praising the service she experienced. Travellers are most impressed that schedules are never missed. Mr. Lowe stated that there has never been a cancellation except when a hurricane is pending. Mr. Lowes ferries have transported people to Treasure Cay in the middle of the night in the case of emergencies and extra ferries are laid on for special occasions such as the New Years Day Junkanoo. The ferry service has remained accident free even throughout all its night runs. Mr. Lowes son, Nigel, went to receive the trophy at the ceremony in Nassau on his fathers behalf as Mr. Lowe did not feel up Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDSWe stock a wide variety of parts and tyres. If you need an item that is not in stock, we will quickly import it for you Open7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 Abaco Showed Well with Cacique Awards Cacique Awards From Page 1 Please see Cacique Awards Page 23 www.erabahamas.com DUPUCH REAL ESTATE Marsh Harbour, AbacoTel. 242.FOR.SALE or 367-0288Fax.242.367.0289 info@erabahamas.com 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 YATCH. 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 13415 BAHAMA PALM SHORESGREAT STARTER HOME, STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. OFFERS 1 BED, 1 BATH, APPROX. 750 SQ. FT. LOCATED IN QUIET AREA, $105,000. 13001 LITTLE HARBOUR140 FEET ON THE HARBOUR IN QUAINT LITTLE HARBOUR. EXTRAORDINARY VIEWS, GREAT ELEVATION $500,000 13002 -BEAUTIFUL HILLSIDE LOT OVERLOOKING THE HARBOUR 15,400 SQ. FT. PROPERTY $170,000 13003 TOMS CURRY POINTON THE RIDGE OVERLOOKING THREE BODIES OF WATER. PRIME BUILDING SITE, GREAT ELEVATION, GREAT VIEWS $550,000 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.comNEW LISITINGSTREASURE CAY TWO ADJACENT LOTS ONLOTS AVAILABLE IN CASUARINA POINT AND GOLF COURSE, PRICED AT $42,000 EACHBAHAMA PALM SHORES STARTING AT $25,000 UNDER CONTRACT3552 MULTI-FAMILY LOT IN EASTERN DISTRICT OF MARSH HARBOUR $98,000 EACH

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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 3 B Nassau: 242.322.2305 Lyford Cay:242.362.4211 Marsh Harbour:242.367.5046 Hope To wn:242.366.0163 Treasure Cay:242.477.5821 Elbow Cay Properties:242.366.0569 Lubbers Quarters Cay:242.366.3143 Eleuthera & Harbour Is:242.332.2820Damianos Sothebys International RealtySIRbahamas.com Head Office, Nassau: t 242.322.2305 f 242.322.2033 George Damianos, CRS, CIPSgeorge.damianos@sothebysrealty.com TREASURE CAY WATERFRONTPrime development. Ten acre property with 460 feet waterfront, including a 120 foot beach. Four 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 NEAR THE BEACH RUBYS LOVEŽ Comfortable 3 Bed, 2 Bath family home 5 minutes from Treasure Cays world famous white powder sandy beach. Needs some TLC but is fully furnished. $205,000. #3028 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 GREEN TURTLE CAY WATERFRONT Beautiful lot overlooking Coco Bays 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 NEAR THE BEACH CARIBE Ž With just a 3 minute walk to fabulous Treasure Cay beach, this 3 Bed, 2 Bath home features landscaped property and a spacious master bedroom $215,000. #2841 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY BEACHFRONT SANDY SHORESŽ 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 BEACHFRONT CASTLE ROCKŽ 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 SEA VIEWS HILLTOP ESTATESŽ Hilltop 3 Bed 2 Bath home located 60 feet above sea level with scenic views. The five acre property features hundreds of fruit bearing trees, hillside cottage and double carport. $650,000. #2115 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY N N N N NEAR EAR EAR EAR EAR THE THE THE THE THE B B B B BEA EA EA EA EA CH CH CH CH CHHOME SWEETHOMEŽ Package deal with 2 deeded parcels of land. 1 vacant lot & a spacious 2 Bed, 2 Bath home on the other lot, together 1/2 acre. Fully furnished & with A/C, heating, & ceiling fans. $350,000 #3032 Stan Sawyer 242. 477.5821 TREASURE CAY WATER VIEWS CROSSWINDSŽ Four Bed 3 Bath 2,800 sq. ft. family home and apartment. Located in multi-millionaire neighbour-hood. Family room, 2 central A/Cs, 2 generators, 2 fresh water wells and garden. $820,000. #2516 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TILLOO CAY WATERFRONT HUNKALOOŽ Beautiful waterfront property with 2 Bed 2 Bath home & a 1 bed 1bath guest house. Two + acres that are Sea to Sea with protected docking on the Sea of Abaco. $995,000. #2724 Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY WATER VIEWS CLOUD NINEŽ 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 WATERFRONT TILLOO DREAMŽ 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 SEAVIEWS SIROCCOŽ 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 SUGAR LOAF CAY WATERFRONT PARROT POINTŽ 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 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY OCEAN VIEWS SILVER PLUMEŽ Charming 2 Bed, 2 Bath home with cozy pine interior & tiled floors throughout. .4098 acre property has lots of room for additions or garden.Dock & beach access steps away. $800,000. #2649 Jane Patterson:242.366.0035 TREASURE CAY BEACHFRONT SERENITYHOUSEŽ Modern 5,600 sq. ft. two storey 4 Bed 4.5 Bath CBS home. Incredible views from every room. Designed by a noted architect. Two lots with 290 ft oceanfront. US$ 4,900,000 # 1660 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY NEW LISTING NEW LISTING TREASURE CAY BEACHFRONT SEAGRAPESŽ World famous location. Beautiful residence with awesome ocean views. Professionally decorated featuring 3 Bed, 3.5 Baths, open concept kitchen, dining & living rooms ideal for entertaining. $3,500,000. #2887 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 SUGAR LOAF CAY WATERFRONT Parrot PointŽ Unique 4.96 acre property. Private marina with 278 lineal feet of dock space. Five water cisterns, electricity, telephone, furnished main house and guest cottage. US$4,000,000. #2817 George Damianos: 242.362.4211

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Page 4 B The Abaconian February 15, 2006 Replace your old countertops with locally made tops of Marble & Granite For More Information Call 242-367-4726(Abaco Ace Hardware)Marsh Harbour, Abaco A b a c o R e a l E s t a t e A g e n c yAbacos Oldest and Most Experienced Real Estate AgencyContact Bill Thompson 477-5712 Lil Bill Albury or Elaine ThompsonABACO REAL ESTATEP.O.Box AB20404, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-2719 Fax: (242) 367-2359 www.abacobahamas.com lMARSH HARBOUR LISTINGS l lSOUTH ABACO LISTINGS lWATCHING BAY, CHEROKEENewŽ Subdivision, limited number of investor lots available. Interior lots from $48,000 Ocean view lots from $120,000 grossOLD KERR2 miles south of Bahama Palm Shores 10.8 acres, Great elevations $165,000 gross BAHAMAPALM SHORES6 Interior lots from $25,000LONG BEACH2 Interior lots from $50,000YELLOW WOOD CREEK1.6 Acre lot w/226on the ocean overlooking Winding Bay $650,000 GrossYELLOW WOOD CREEK1.17 Acre Hilltop lot Winding Bay $300,000 GrossSANDYPOINT5 Acres near airport $50,000 grossSANDYPOINT2 Beachfront Lots $89,900 each lGUANA CAY l lHOPE TOWN lLUBBERS lTILLOO CAY lORCHID BAY1.07 acre lot 144waterfront on Sea of Abaco $849,000GUANABEACH FRONTLarge beach front lot 300 yards NE of Nippers $495,000 gross 2 / 2 HOUSE IN SETTLEMENTGreat location 150 yards to beach Next to Batelco & School 21,000+ lot nice 2 / 2 house $585,000 gross3 VACANT LOTSLocated in settlement next to Batelco 1) 8251 sq. ft. 2) 7922 sq. ft. $160,000 each 3) 7593 sq. ft.2 VACANT LOTSDolphin Beach Estates, side-by-side lots, Great Sea of Abaco views, each lot 33,500 sq. ft., $175,000 each1 VACANT LOT10,400+ sq. ft. great views, near Boat Harbour, $120,000HOPE TOWN50waterfront 300deep in Hope Town Harbour on Back Creek $570,000 grossLUBBERS2 acres 115waterfront $600,000 grossCOMMERCIALLOTnear Spooners Dept. Store $150,000COMMERCIALBUILDINGacross from Golden Grouper $520,000REGATTAS OF ABACO2/2 fully furnished $276,000 2/2 fully furnished $286,000ROYALHARBOURLarge Interior Lot $165,000SUNRISE BAYonly 9 lots remain in this beautiful subdivision from $142,000CROSSING BEACH AREA3/4 acre 138waterfront $365,000CENTRALPINES ESTATESLarge Interior Lot 15,690 sq $29,500SINGLE FAMILYHOME2 bed 1 bath next to Abaco Hardware $120,000BUSTIC BAY5 minutes north of Marsh Harbour 2 1/2 acre lots w/ 100waterfront each $89,000 TILLOO CAYHappy Cats, nestled on 3 acres of Sea to Sea property with private dock, Fresh water, swimming pool,4 bed 3 bath 3,380 sq. ft.Home, central a/c standby generator, Caretakers cottage, 5,500 gallon cisterns $1,650,000 gross will summarize the recommendations. Mr. Hall then anticipates a vote by registered voters on whatever is concluded. He is asking for input from all residents whether registered or not as all must live with the rules. However, there is no provision in Bahamian law for voting by anyone except registered voters. Mr. Hall admits that this approach is breaking new ground for local government but says that he has permission from Central Government to continue to see where it leads. There is no assurance that Central Government will accept the results as binding local rules or ordinances. The first session began on January 30 in Man-O-War. Similar meetings were held on February 1 and 2 in Hope Town and Guana Cay, respectively. See the announcement in this paper on page 25 of section A for dates and topics. Man-O-War Residents Took It in Stride The 11 residents attending in Man-O-War were generally in favor of the attempt although they were skeptical that it would come to pass. They asked if one set of rules would apply to all three towns and were told that each town is different. Each should make suggestions as it feels appropriate. In general terms, it was said that uniformity is beneficial. Hope Town Had Many Questions As might be expected, the Hope Town meeting had the largest turn-out with about 50 people in the Methodist Church on February 1. They were receptive to the concept but had reservations on how it would be implemented and enforced. A question on who initiated this process disclosed that the Council undertook it on its own although Central Government is aware of the exercise. It is believed this is a unique process and not being undertaken by other islands or districts. Several comments were made by the Hope Town residents which relate to traffic and vehicles: • Large cars are not appropriate on small roads and should be banned. • A pre-paid disposal fee should be collected on vehicles to assist with their removal when junked. • Heavy equipment moving through town and damaging roads should be controlled better. • It is presently illegal to drive through Hope Town, and the law needs to beZoning Will Be Tested by Hope Town Counci l Man-O-War residents listen to Wayne Hall, Chief Councillor of the Hope Town District Council, as he explains the White Paper he is putting forward for their consideration. Mr. Hall is holding a series of meetings in Hope Town, Man-O-War and Great Guan Cay asking for suggestions so future development can be orderly. HT CouncilFrom Page 1 amended relative to present conditions. Topics that residents felt warranted further discussion were: • Protection of the coastal dunes. • Noise and lights bothering nearby residents at the basketball court at night. • The possible formation of an architectural oversight board and a historical preservation board. Items needing attention now on Elbow Cay were: • Make it easier to register to vote. • Install one or more public notice boards. Please see HT Council Page 6

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February 15, 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! FEATURED PROPERTY NEW LISTING! Casuarina PointEXCLUSIVE 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.$6,200,000Sits on a double lot with over 150' canal frontage. Hardy panel exterior, concrete base, Very well constructed. The interior needs to be completed to new the owners specifications. 10ft ceilings, large walk-in master closet. Decking out back, very private. 1 floor, no garage. brand new, never lived in. This is the "Bone Fishing Capital" of Abaco #2226 $462,000Beautiful 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 Ekali Estates is a magnificent commercial property, situated on 463 ft of beachfront, with a private 60 ft dock. This vast estate is home to 7 vacation rental properties including 5 upscale villas & 1 cozy cottage. With only 1/3 of the 7 available acres of property developed, the Estate offers lots of room to expand. An excellent investment property & is currently being operated with very little overhead, hence is strictly a profit making venture. Ekali lies in a lush tropical setting on the Sea of Abaco. Beautifully landscaped & laden with mature fruit trees, one can marvel at the spectacular views & sunsets from this choice location. You can find further details of each of the 6 properties that make up Ekali' at www.grahamrelestate.com choose by reference number, MLS #1883. This unique island estate is spectacular, must be seen to be appreciated!#1883 Ekali Estates' Elbow CayThis magnificent property is comprised of three lots. A gorgeous 2 bed, 2 bath cottage w/ all new quality furniture, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, computer, television & new laundry facilities. The house also has new septic, cistern, IPE decking, & new hurricane windows.The entire house has also been re-roofed. Must be seen to truly appreciate all of its wonderful features. Clifford Sawyer House' Hope Town #2147 $692,000

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Page 6 B The Abaconian February 15, 2006 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. If you’d like to buy or sell a piece of property,Call Uncle BillTel : (242) 365-8061Madeira Park Plaza Suite1l l l l 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 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. EXCULSIVE NEW PRICE $175,000 Regattas of Abaco CONDO 2 bed downstairs / 2 bath, fully furnished, swimming pool, tennis courts, security. EXCLUSIVE $275,000 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 (Beautiful views) Lots available on Pelican Shores. Can be made into 2 lots. Exclusive Call for Info Little Orchard Lovely 3 bed / 2 bath home, furnished, split air a/c units with effiency apt. on the side, great neighbourhood for kids. EXCLUSIVE $315,000 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. Regattas Units Rentals Daily, Weekly, Monthly 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: le sliepinder@hotmail.com or leslie@landandsearealty.comIf We Dont Have It, We Will Find It!HIGH ROCK 3 bed / 3 bath home, fantastic views of Marsh Harbour, Hope Town and Lubbers Quarters, 2 car carport, central air, beautifully landscaped lot, Exclusive 1.08 acres, 50 ft. above sea level CALL for INFO EXCLUSIVE • Repair the public telephones. • Repair dock damage due to ferries and freight boats. Many comments related to Council’s new authority under these rules and their ability to enforce the new rules • How would complaints be handled. • Who would judge the nature of the complaint. • Who would enforce the new rules. Mr. Hall stated that if the white paper is amended locally, accepted by a local vote and accepted by Nassau, the authority to take complaints and enforce the rules would be with Council to be dealt with locally. Presently, Council has no authority to enforce anything, and this exercise is an attempt to bring some control to the local level. Zoning issues were mentioned. However, this topic is expected to bring the most public response, and two future evenings are devoted in each town to residential and commercial zoning. That portion of the White Paper was not yet available. Specific zoning issues brought out were: • The need to plan for orderly growth in the future and not dwell on errors of the past except to ensure they are not perpetuated. • Present conflicting situations would be left alone although a change of ownership might allow a review of marginal situations. • Rental cottages were acknowledged but not discussed further. A Bahamian asked how do you control influential or wealthy persons who may be for or against development to the detriment of the greater community. Mr. Hall’s answer was that clear-cut rules based on community input would assist Council, which has final authority, in making decisions. He felt that large projects would have to be presented at a town meeting. The Council was repeatedly thanked for its effort to clarify these issues in a public forum, then document them in the form of ordinances or rules.Guana Cay Residents Were OutspokenThe Guana Cay meeting in the school house on February 2 was the most contentious with a majority of the 30 persons attending doing their best to focus the issues on the Baker’s Bay development rather than on town issues in general. It was obvious that they felt left out of the governing process both locally and nationally. They wanted more representation on the Council than the one vote they now have versus the three each for Hope Town and Man-O-War. Mr. Hall explained that this representation was determined by Nassau. He suggested they lobby their representative and others to have this changed. Residents complained about the lack of a Post Office and a central bulletin board. A request was made for a notice board at the grocery store. A common complaint was that development plans of any nature are not posted, and they have no fore-knowledge of what is happening to their island. Several asked how the Baker’s Bay project could build on land they did not own, referring to Crown or Treasury Land. On this issue and many others raised, Mr. Hall could only take notes and promise to research the issue, then report back. He was at a disadvantage as many of their questions related to issues which arose before he took office last July. The audience was not satisfied that none of the six Councillors was taking ample notes on the issues raised. Kathleen Frederick volunteered to take notes so there would be a record of the evening. There was dissatisfaction with the building permit process where local applications take forever but the Baker’s Bay people are able to get quick permits. The Baker’s Bay employees were accused of speeding through town during all hours of the night and using unlicensed vehicles. Residents told of earlier attempts to establish zoning rules but which failed. It was sometimes difficult to gauge the mood of the audience, but they seemed to be in favor of zoning, if their guidelines were used. Questions were raised about Nassau issuing permits allowing some persons to bypass the local permit process. Mr. Hall was not aware of this happening during his seven months of office. A request to Mr. Hall for a record of all permits issued affecting Guana Cay was partially answered by Dr. Livingston Marshall of the Baker’s Bay organization who said these documents were now before the court and would soon be publicResidents Showed Interest in HT Council Proposals HT CouncilFrom Page 4 Please see HT Council Page 19

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Page 8 B The Abaconian February 15, 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: info@treasurecayrealestate.com or realestate@treasure cay. comMember 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 BAHAMA BEACH CLUB 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 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 $50,000 OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Pool side / garden location 2 bed / 2 bath $369,000 Second row beach with direct ocean access. Great view. 2 bed / 2 bath, many special features. MUST SEE $553,500 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Marina View 2 bed / 2 bath, end unit, extra features, never rented $212,000 LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE “Trident”/”Turquoise Seas” You cannot be more “on the beach” than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 3 1/2 bath in the main house with detached garage / bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widow’s walk. WOW! $2,500,000 + 7.5% closing “Cross Winds” Split level CBS home extra large lot across from 2 beach greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1bed/ 1 bed, living kitchen, enclosed patio. Plus! Plus! Plus! $868,000 + 7.5% closing 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” / “Harbour’s Edge” Modern CBS 3bed/ 3 bath home including private entry suite, pool, detached 2 car garage Except ional location and view. Many more features, must see to appreciate. NEW PRICE $1,265,000 + 7.5% closing SOLD SOLD UNDER CONTRACT More South Abaco NewsCherokee SoundBy Lee PinderWater Will Be Piped inAfter our last Town Meeting on January 24, the Department of Water and Sewage quickly sent their workmen to Cherokee to measure the streets to see how much pipe would be needed to supply water to our residents. Let us hope this is not just for show and that they are serious about their promise and that we will soon have the much needed water in our settlement.Newest ArrivalBorn to Cynthia and Peter Roberts, a daughter, Tattiana Dimonique, in Nassau on January 25. Mother and daughter doing fine and are already back home. Congratulations to the happy family.Winter Birds ReturnOur winter birds are flying south once more. I’m not speaking of the little feathered ones, but our second-home owners who come our way every year to escape the cold north winds back home. Many of them have been a part of our community for over 30 years. They’ve experienced our births and deaths, our heartaches and our joy and are just as much a part of this settlement as our famous Long Dock (which, by the way, they have seen destroyed and rebuilt many times). They came to Cherokee and Little Harbour, too, long ago, long before we were ever on a tourist map or so internationally renowned as we are now. We’re happy to have them back and happier still to welcome them once again to the sunny Bahamas.New Access RoadThere is a new access road for the residents and property owners at the top of Cherokee’s Hill. Cut out and adjoining onto Colyn Rees’ road, it runs along side for approximately 100 yards, then turns at a 90 degree angle about half way up the hill and travels south and runs for another 100 yards to join onto the old road. It consists of hard packed quarry but may need additional work to survive the rainy season.Eye-WinkersIt has been suggested that “we should not forget the past,” so for want of a better name at this time, I shall call us the “EyeWinkers” (a nostalgic reference to our old timers). To start off, we shall attempt to meet once each month on the third Friday evening in the month at the old schoolhouse at 7 p.m. We shall look for lecturers or speakers (or just plain folks) who want to reminisce about days gone by. We hope to share some videos, photos and keepsakes from the past. I guess our recent Antiques Roadshow spurred some of us into thinking about old times and how much we miss those good old days. If you think you may be a potential “EyeWinker,” we would love to have you join us. We all have something we can share, and sharing is what it’s all about. Our first meeting is set for February 17. At this time we are still awaiting confirmation on our first speaker, but I guarantee you, it will be an evening well spent, interesting and provocative. Please come and join us.New Rentals Are AvailableKim and Simon Rhodan have almost completed their five new cabins for rental to visiting visitors and fishermen within the settlement. Located off the creekside entrance road and behind the cemetery they are colourful and quaint, but at the same time completely modern with all amenities included. They were built to accommodate a single person or a couple, but there is room for a small child in the loft area. With the increased interest in our area and more and more persons discovering Cherokee every day, these new rentals are certainly a welcome addition.Sand Bar Will ReopenEllen Sawyer, the manager of the Sand Bar, tells me she plans to reopen the second week in March but only on weekends, weather permitting. A great meeting place with an unbelievable ocean view and ambiance, this little seaside restaurant has been a positive addition to our area and, needless to say, a great miss while it has been closed over the winter. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is anxiously awaiting its reopening. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Pinder were married in Cherokee on January 7.

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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 9 B Ekali Estate is a magnificent commercial property consisting of 5 upscale villas, 1 cozy cottage & a private 60 ft dock. With only 1/3 of the 7 available acres of property developed, the Estate offers lots of room to expand with a long list of potential. Ekali lies in a lush tropical setting with beautifully landscaped gardens on the Sea of Abaco which offers breathtaking views of the ocean during the day and unimaginable evening sunsets. It proves to be an excellent investment property & is currently being operated with very little overhead & hence is strictly a profit making venture. The Main House on 2 levels is "Ekali" a beautiful 3 bed, 3 bath house that has a rich English flair. The Guest Quarters is on the ground level & boasts another 2 bed, 2 bath with full kitchen, open dining & sitting room. Villa San Paulo is a spacious, beautiful, 3 bed, 2 bath villa resembling a Swiss chalet. Only a step away from the villa is a beautiful 27 ft swimming pool edging the sea with a cabana at one end which affords spectacular views to those relaxing within. Cashmere House is a unique home that offers a view of the ocean from every room as well as magnificent views of the nearby English gardens. This home is very spacious and can accommodate a very large family. Tucked away for privacy is The Cottage, a cozy 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom villa built with a richly woven Brazilian wood. The Cottage is only steps away from all of the other amenities that the property has to offer. Alcantara I and Alcantara II are two identical 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom homes, built using the best craftsmanship. Alcantara I and II sit on very high, solid concrete bases hence they stand above all the other cottages, overlooking the entire estate with an excellent view of the Bay of Abaco from the wrap around porch. Just below these two homes sit a large, spacious 35 ft. pool with nearby decking for your comfort and relaxation. Other features of this impressive estate include 463ft of beachfront, extensive wooden canopy style walkways to the beach, luscious landscaping w/ mature fruit trees, water purity filter & 2 diesel generators. Patti LoveOffice: (242) 366-0601 Cell: (242) 554-9429 Fax: (242) 366-0602 Email: patti@grahamrealestate.comNassau (242) 356-5030 Eleuthera (242) 359-7611Web: www.grahamrealestate.comShowing Integrity Every Day EXCLUSIVETo view more details about Ekali Estates' go to www.grahamrealestate.comSince it's inception in 1990, Graham Real Estate has distinguished itself as one of the premier real estate and rental firms for exclusive and luxurious real estate properties in The Bahamas.$6,200,000 Web Ref#1883Ekali Estates, Hope Town 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 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: St. Francis de Sales Celebrates Feast DayBy Samantha V. Evnas On January 24th the family of St. Francis de Sales celebrated the feast of its patron saint in grand style. The parish priest, Fr. Rogelio Madrazo, better known as Fr. Roger, along with the parishioners and the St. Frances de Sales school body, celebrated holy mass at the church. Fr. Roger provided the congregation with a short biography of St. Francis and cited examples of St. Francis’s great intellectual prowess and School Newshis contribution to Catholicism. After the mass everyone joined in a parade from the church to the Dove Plaza with the lively accompaniment of the school band. Students carried flags, banners, placards and balloons. On reaching the Administrator’s office, the students released the helium balloons into the air with loud cheers. The school was very proud of the band’s performance as it is still in its infant stage and continues to improve by leaps and bounds. On returning to school after the parade, the students participated in a minifun day. The day ended with an exciting basketball game between Agape Christian School and St. Francis. St. Francis won with a score of 47-18. Mrs. Kumar, Principal, expressed how grateful she was to Mr. Revis Rolle, the Island Administrator, for granting permission to hold the parade. She expressed gratitude to the Royal Bahamas Police Force for the police escort provided to ensure everyone’s safety. The St. Francis de Sales community is planning to make this celebration an annual event.Parent Night at Strong TowerBy Samantha V. Evans On January 26th Parent Night was held at Strong Tower Church to provide parents with information to help prepare their children for college. Mrs. Hinsey, representative from the Lyford Cay Foundation, saw Parent Night as a necessity because parents have to sign the checks and ensure that students are equipped for college. She stated that globalization and FTAA are coming and students have to be prePlease see School Page 10

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Page 10 B The Abaconian February 15, 2006 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 Please see School Page 11 pared. She continued that it is now necessary for every student to have at least one degree under his belt in order to compete. Even if students plan to go straight into the work place after they graduate, parents must explain to them the importance of having their qualifications on paper. Work experience is good, but it alone will not secure a position or a job nor will it open doors for promotion. Today, students who complete college make 67 percent more in salary than students who never go to college. College costs a lot of money. On average, college tuition is $30,000 per annum. State colleges are cheaper costing about $16,000-$18,000 but the disadvantage of this is that a student cannot get a scholarship. In addition, only if the student is a resident of that state can he take advantage of cheaper resident feesget a tuition cut. Scholarships and grants are available but students must qualify, even to play sports. Students need to know that once they get a scholarship, they must maintain the criteria or their funding will be pulled. Parents have the responsibility to monitor their children’s grades and activities to ensure that they maintain their grades, or they will miss out on opportunities. She continued that parents must not deprive children of hard work. They must realize that they have to work to earn whatever it is they want. It is all right for them to clean the classroom and to clean up the school grounds or to volunteer to help others in need. Mrs. Hinsey stressed the importance of students building experience and being exposed through volunteering. This is what colleges are looking for. Students have to be well-rounded. Parents are encouraged to equip kids with skills to survive when they are no longer with them. Parents are reminded to encourage their children to be the best they can be and to embrace opportunities that are available. When they are serious, support them in going to get whatever degree they want to pursue. Encourage children to read and to do research so that they can find out what the demands are in the country. She stated that the professions that the The Bahamas need more of are the following:: pharmacology, radiology, diesel technicians, economists, skilled carpenters, financial analysts, engineering, aquatics, marine biology, education and all technical fields. Students need to have a sense of direction; they need to know their purpose. The majority of the students in grade 12 who attended the Thursday morning session could not answer that question nor could they say what they will do after graduation. Even more of them did not have a resume, had no idea what the SAT is or score cut off, did not research colleges or jobs nor had the college-bound students filled out application or scholarship forms as yet. Planning and preparation are very important. Students need to get the ball rolling now and not wait until they graduate or until August to start looking for jobs or researching colleges. Parents were encouraged to play an active role in the scholarship search. Mrs. Hinsey encouraged them to start spending money on college catalogs instead of polo jackets, Timberlands and Jordons. She stated that they should spend money on things that will change their children’s lives for the better instead of throwing money away. Finally, she told them to seek out what More School News SchoolFrom Page 9 Dr. Robert Krout, music therapist from Houston, Texas, spent his annual visit to Hope Town School recently singing and playing his guitar to the children’s delight. He always has the children clapping and dancing as he performs their favorite songs and adds new ones to their repertoire.Hope Town Students Enjoy Musician 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 @. Vacant property in exclusive area with water view and direct beach access $58,800 1 acre of unspoiled property with nearly 300 of beautiful waterfront $125,000Abaco AgentBill Thorndycraft & Sandra EvansSandra Evans Real Estate Saleswww.AbacoAgent.com Realtors You Know And TrustBay Street, Abaco, Bahamas Phone: (242) 367-0365 l Cell: (242) 357-6638Great Values!

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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 11 B LEISURE LEE:Canal Front Home"(Ref #214) 2 bedroom 2 bath single story CBS construction home, open living/kitchen on the end of a finger canal, tile floors, central A/C, low maintenance, 50 of bulkhead canal front with deep water and dock, fully furnished, includes vehicle. Close to beach access $465,000.Rocks CleftŽ(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 PropertyŽ(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.BAHAMA PALM SHORES:Beach Front ParcelŽ(Ref #337) Spacious 17,129 sq. ft., 124 foot sandy beach frontage on Atlantic Ocean, Spectacular ocean views $299,000.TURTLE ROCKS:Turtles RockŽ(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 LotsŽ(Ref#368) 2 adjoining lots, harbour front road location, across from the public dock, total frontage 161 feet, $245,000 each.BUSTICK BIGHT: Waterfront AcreageŽ(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 ParcelsŽ(Ref#299) Large waterfront lot(s) in new Split RocksŽ 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 LotŽ(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.SOUTH ABACO:Long Beach Ocean ViewŽ(Ref#349) Two choice adjoing corner lots with great elevation, cleared with views of the Atlantic Ocean and the marls to the South, walking distance to beach, quiet neighborhood. Price $59,175 each 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.Galleon Bay Canal Lot"(Ref #422) Prime Canal Front cleared lot totaling 10,295 s/f and 88+ feet of protected canal water frontage situated on the wide expanse of pictureque Galleon Bay, quick access to the Sea of Abaco. Great price. $275,000."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 $1,550,000."Harbours 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 Mariners 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 Mariners 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 Mariners Cove"(Ref #455) 1 bed, 1 bath fully furnished ground floor poolside unit. Mariners Cove offers pool, tennis courts, laundry facilities, on site management, good rental potential. Price $200,000.Residential Inland LotŽ(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 VACATIONRENTALS15th February, 2006 scholarships are available in The Bahamas. Our students are competing with kids all around the world. She encouraged parents to continue to push. Even though much is expected and much has to be done, all is not lost.Students Away Are Doing WellBy Patrick Smith Several Abaco students are enrolled in high school in the United States. We have recently heard from Patrick Smith, who used to teach at Abaco Central High School. He has given us information about several of these students. Patrice Smith is an 11th grade student at the Coyle High School in Coyle, Oklahoma. She is five feet ten inches high and is the starting Center/Forward for the Lady Blue More School News SchoolFrom Page 10 Jackets Basketball Team. Despite the team’s disappointing season, Patrice is the leading scorer and rebounder averaging 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game. She has also excelled academically with a GPA of 3.42. Patrice is the daughter of Patrick and Vinita Smith and attended the former Dundas Town Primary School. Brandon Williams is a 10th grade students at the Coyle High School in Coyle, Oklahoma. Brandon is six feet and the starting guard for the Coyle Blue Jackets Varsity Basketball Team. The Blue Jackets are presently ranked # 8 in class B with a record of 16-4. Brandon is averaging 11points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 5 assists per game. He has a GPA of 3.0. Brandon is the son Ms. Maxine Ferguson of Spring City and is a former student of Abaco Central High School and the Mighty Marlins Basketball Team. Anton Parker is a graduating senor at the Coyle High School. Anton stands six feet five inches and is the starting Center for the Coyle Blue Jackets Varsity Basketball Team. Anton is averaging 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game. He is on the superintendent’s list with a GPA of 4.0. Anton is a former student of the S.C. Bootle High School and the S.C. Bootle Dolphins Basketball Team. He is planning to further is education and a basketball career at Rogers State University or Langston University in the fall. He is the sone of Calvin and Patrice Parker of Fox Town.Students Visit with the Minister of EducationBy Samantha V. Evans Several students of Abaco Central High School along with the School Counselor and Police Officer Deveaux visited with the Hon. Please see School Page 14

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Page 12 B The Abaconian February 15, 2006 On March 24 Solomons SuperCenter Nathan Key Drive € Marsh Harbour, Abaco 242-367-2601/2 Mon-Thur: 8am-7pm, Fri & Sat: 8am-8pm, Sun: 8am-2pm Solomons Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Shopping Centre € Treasure Cay, Abaco 242-365-8350 Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm & Sun: 9am-1pm Cost Right Abaco Don MacKay Blvd. € Marsh Harbour, Abaco. 242-367-2020/8 &fax:242-367-2242 Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm One little card. So many uses.The perfect gift. For anyone. Anytime. Anywhere. the gift card Your own debit card:Use the gift card to budget your grocery spending. Put whatever amount you want on the card and redeem it whenever you need to, on whatever you want.Your convenience card:Put money on the gift card and donate to a special causeƒ or let someone else do your shopping.

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February 15, 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 upŽ. 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 upŽ! 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 CreekŽ, western boundry runs 120', eastern boundary 133'. Serious inquiries only, please.EASTERN SHORES #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 cul-de-sac location. Fully furnished, this wont 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. $135,000.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.BAHAMA PALM SHORES #9934. SouthwindŽ. 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! REDUCED! UNDER CONTRACT!BAHAMA PALM SHORESUNDER CONTRACT!BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND SWEETINGS VILLAGEREDUCED! REDUCED! REDUCED! REDUCED! REDUCED! UNDER UNDER UNDER UNDER UNDER CONTRACT! CONTRACT! CONTRACT! CONTRACT! CONTRACT! UNDER UNDER UNDER UNDER UNDER CONTRACT! CONTRACT! CONTRACT! CONTRACT! CONTRACT!#10181. NEW! Super Bahamian style two-story home completed in March, 1990. Concrete block on the ground floor and frame above. An 8 wide wraparound deck on South and East for great views! Main living area on second level contains two bedrooms, full bath with shower, modern kitchen with all amenities, open living, dining areas. Ground floors house third bedroom and bath, a 13,000 gallon water cistern and utility/storage area. Includes 5500 watt gas backup generator, golf cart, tools $512,500. BAHAMA PALM SHORES#10066. NEW! Out ThereŽ. Island cottage on 1 acre, spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Sea of Abaco. Carefully designed encompassing 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and wide open plan living area. Includes 6800kw Honda generator, ample rainwater cisterns, golf cart. $514,000. GUANA CAYSOLD! SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! SOLD!NEW! NEW! NEW! NEW! NEW!

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Page 14 B The Abaconian February 15, 2006 • NCR Forms • Office Stationary • Flyers • Certificates • Tickets • Brochures • Photo Scanning • Wedding/Funeral Programs • Business Cards • Envelopes • Menus • Labels • Laminations • ...MoreAbaco P Abaco P Abaco P Abaco P Abaco P rint Shop rint Shop rint Shop rint Shop rint ShopFriendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing ServicesLocated in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201FOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS!Call us today... Call us today... Call us today... Call us today... Call us today... Monday Friday Monday Friday Monday Friday Monday Friday Monday Friday 9am 5pm 9am 5pm 9am 5pm 9am 5pm 9am 5pm Out Islands Finest Vacation Homes Waterfront Properties • New Marina Rentals & Sales1 Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Chris & Peggy Thompson, Proprietors Phone 242-366-0224 • Fax 242-366-0434 This group of Abaco Central High School boys went to Nassau in December and visited the Hon. Alfred Sears, Minister of Education. They appreciated the time he took to talk with them. Shown above are Officer Deveaux, Wayde Archer, D’Neco Cleare, Min. Sears, Leslie Parker, Stanley McIntosh and Counselor, Ms. Samantha Evans. Alfred Sears, Min. of Education, at the end of the December school term. They were very pleased that the Minister gave them nearly two hours of his time. He told the boys his life story and his experience at the Boys Industrial School, stating that as a young person he skipped school, stole and got into trouble. As a result of that, he was sentenced to four years at the Boys Industrial School. While there, he read a lot of books and because of his love for reading, he was able to learn about countries all around the world. He told them that this experience made it possible for him to turn his life around. As a result of his reading and improving academically, he was released a year earlier when he was accepted into St. Augustine’s College. He encouraged the boys to dream, to have a plan. He told them that it doesn’t matter where they where born, but they are old enough to determine where they will end up. He told them that he had overseers who encouraged him but some were negative. He made it a part of his life to read and better himself. He told them to stay determined and encouraged them to get involved in some activities or sport that would help them to become determined. Practice will help them to become determined. He encouraged them to prepare for success like they prepare for a game. He encouraged them to set goals, to be persistent and to persevere. He told them that educaMore School News SchoolFrom Page 11 A winner of the logo competition held at the Abaco Central High School from November 1st to December 2nd last year was crowned on January 16th. The competition not only showcased the artistic talents and boosted the self-esteem of the students but also served as a means of discovering a new logo for the life skills text, Quiet Reflection Series written by Ms. Samantha Evans and approved by the Ministry of Education. Some of the rules and guidelines set out for the students’ artwork were to depict a Bahamian fruit or vegetable and Bahamian culture, be fun and pleasant to look at and name of the text book represented. Winning the first place prize was 10th grader Kanesha Mackey, followed by Karon Johnson of Grade 11 and Jasmine Bodie, an 11th grader took the prize for third place. All three received trophies, gifts and certificates of participation for their efforts. Please see School Page 15

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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 15 B Bahamas Address:P.O. Box AB20737 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2091 242-367-3341 Fax: 242-367-2235 242-367-4885 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.comU.S. Delivery Address:Gulfstream Lines/Heavy Lift Services 801 Avenue E. Riviera Beach, Fl 33404 Tel: 561-840-9393 Fax: 561-863-3451 Contact: John Gilson Joint Venture ofUnited Abaco Shipping Co.&Marsh Harbour Shipping Co.* Weekly sailings from West Palm Beach and Nassau. NEW Warehouse outside of Port Security Area. When Shipping to Abaco RememberABACO SHIPPINGRELIABLE, DEPENDABLE AND PERSONALIZED SERVICE General Cargo, 20' & 40' Dry and Refrigerated Containers, Drive on Ramps, Special Charters to the Cays. M/V TRITON EXPRESS M/V DUKE OF TOPSAILABACOSHIPPINGABACOSHIPPING Abaco FSC Abaco FSC Abaco FSC Abaco FSC Abaco FSCA Bahamian Financial Service Corporation Investment Fund Administration! ! ! Fund Formation and Licensure ! ! Articles of Association and Offering Memorandums ! ! Shareholders registration, issuance and redemption of shares ! ! All accounting and administration including monthly financial statements, partner statements, and NAV calculations ! ! Government compliance Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider! ! ! International Business Companies (IBC’s) incorporation and registration ! ! Central Bank applications "! "! "! "! "! Registered agent services "! "! "! "! "! Custodial and local account administration "! "! "! "! "! Serve as director, nominee shareholder, officer, or local agent ! ! Government compliance Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting! ! ! Dedicated to e-commerce and client communication through the internet ! ! Data storage of all client documents (both hard and soft copies) ! ! Monthly, quarterly, or annual preparation of financial statements ! ! Bank reconciliations, Payroll, Accts Payable, and Accts ReceivableMemorial Plaza, Suite 202, P.O.Box AB-20763, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas Tel: 242-367-0220 Fax: 707-516-7765 tion is needed know matter what they plan to do because they need to know how to count their money, how to invest it, how to speak good English and to write. He told them that they must make wise decisions and plan for growth and change. All of this will prepare them for life. He allowed the students to ask him anything they wanted but a few of them played the shy role. One of the boys asked him to explain his portfolio as Minister of Education and Attorney General which he did. The day was great! He told the group that they have his full support and to keep him abreast of their progress. Presently, the students are in school and programs are in place to help them to make wise decisions and to take their education more seriously.Scholarships Available from the Lyford Cay FoundationBy Samantha V. Evans Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc. and The Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation offer more than 300 partial scholarships each year to Bahamian students pursuing tertiary education at approved colleges, universities, technical or vocational schools in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. Scholarships are awarded to colleges or universities of choice (and not to students) More School News SchoolFrom Page 14 on the understanding that beneficiaries will return to The Bahamas to impart the skills and knowledge gained in their education, experience and exposure abroad for the enrichment of The Bahamas. Each year new awardees are added to replace graduating students, keeping the total of scholars at a constant level. The competition is intense and candidates are required to go through a rigorous application process and satisfy established criteria for selection. An independent screening committee comprising of prominent citizens representing education, government and the private sectors, are responsible for making the final selections. Academic Scholarships – Launched in 1982 and offered at the under-graduate, graduate, and doctorate levels. Students must maintain required GPA to have the scholarship renewed annually. Technical Training Scholarships – Introduced in 1995 offered to Bahamian students who seek to train or upgrade skills in areas where there is a shortage of well qualified Bahamians in the work force. The Estelle Siebens Scholarship – for exceptional Bahamian students wishing to study education, economics and agriculture. This scholarship is for $10,000 per year. Shirley Oakes Butler Trust – Grants three graduate level scholarships. Taylor Family Endowment – For any student who is awarded a scholarship from the Lyford Cay Foundation and attends Taylor University. The school will match the money received from the Foundation times two. All Bahamas Merit Scholarship Worth $100,000 over a four year period this goes to the most outstanding student graduating from a Bahamian high school. Chevening Scholarship For graduate students studying in the United Kingdom. The Abaco Scholarship Fund – Established in 1998 by Abaco residents to provide financial assistance for students from Abaco. College of the Bahamas Endowment Fund – started in 1996 for students attending the College of The Bahamas. These scholarships were discussed in detail at Parent Night held at Strong Tower Church on January 26th. The Foundation continues to grow and to establish new initiatives that will further advance the opportunities for higher education for citizens in The Bahamas. Parents are encouraged to check the deadline of these scholarships and to apply early.

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Page 16 B The Abaconian February 15, 2006 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 AbacoV V V V VM M M M M L L L L L Pilot Club Installation of Anchors and PilotsOn January 28th the Pilot Club celebrated the installation and initiation of new Anchors and Pilots at Abaco Youth Ministries on Forest Drive. Abaco Pilot Club president, Claudius Rolle, gave the official greeting and stated that even though a lot of negative things are said about the youth, he is overjoyed to see so many Anchors who are making a positive difference. The program began with the initiation of the new Pilots. Four new members were initiated: Carol Johnson, Rosalie Stubbs, Cindy Charles and Cecil Simon. This part of the ceremony was led by Mrs. Adrianne Spicer. The new members read the club pledge which stated that they will serve the club and help in all activities. They agreed to be loyal and to work as one. They were presented with their pins and certificates by the president of Abaco Pilot Club. Mr. Simon stated that they are governed by a Code of Ethics and they will consider themselves worthy of the task at hand, to improve self, enlarge their vision, to be ambitious, honest and fair, to give as well as to take, to be generous and loyal to pilot members and others. The chartering of new Anchor Clubs at St. Frances de Sales and Forest Heights Academy followed. Advisor for St. Frances is Mr. Simon and Forest Height’s advisor is Mrs. Richards. Mrs. Veronica Nairn led this part of the ceremony and stated that the first Pilot Club meeting was held in 1921 and the first Anchor Club was established in 1952. The main focus of the Pilot Club is brain disorders and each club has one fund raiser to raise money for this cause every year. Members being installed from each Anchor Club signed their charter. They were told that the charter must be displayed at every meeting and official functions. Afterwards, they were presented with membership certificates by their school advisors. Abaco Central High School Anchors were presented with membership certificates as well but they were chartered since 1998. Mrs. Cindy Charles presented them with their certificates. All members repeated the anchor club pledge. Mrs. Charles read a poem called The Candle which explained that life is like a candle string. It gives light and makes dark School Club News Please see Clubs Page 17 Memers that were installed in the Anchor Club at Abaco Central High School are shown above. That club was chartered in 1998. These are the members of a new Anchor Club chartered at St. Francis de Sales School. Members from three clubs were installed on January 28.

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Page 18 B The Abaconian February 15, 2006 BirthAnnouncementTatiana Diamonique Roberts,a precious little baby girl was born to Peter & Sentia Roberts of Cherokee Sound on January 25th, 2006. They are very proud parents. Abaco Markets Limited is looking for anAccounts ClerkTo join our Accounting TeamRequirements: -Bachelors or Associates degree in accounting, economics or finance -At least 1 year relevant experience; -Excellent PC skills; Duties: -General support for all areas within the Accounting Department; -Accounts reconciliations, vendor invoice processing, check preparation and data entry -Assisting with budget preparation and special projects, as assigned To apply for this position, please email your detailed resume and cover letter to mnknowles@abacomarkets.com or fax to 367-3516 of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards and helps build good will and peace in the world. The Rotary Club of Abaco is a part of that great organization. One of the goals is to build membership so that they can assist with more programs and earn more money to help people, not only on Abaco but within the ten Caribbean countries in the District. Just as Rotary is a worldwide organization, so is the Interact Club. Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people ages 14-18. Interact gives young people the opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends. It was with great pleasure that these two significant service clubs, Rotary and Interact, met on January 17th, 2006. The Interact Club has a number of plans for this school year. Its plans include 35 hours weekly cleaning Don MacKay Boulevard and cleaning Sybil’s House bi-weekly. The members have started the legwork on the Adopt-a-pet. They assisted Rotary members in ringing the bell at the Christmas Festival to purchase food baskets for the needy and collected canned food for Christmas Holiday baskets. They are presently working on a number of other projects. The persons installed as new Interact Club officers of the St. Francis de Sales club were Club President, Elsie Bain; Vice President, Alisha Williams; Secretary, Eden McIntosh; Treasurer, Lisa Kemp; and Sergeant-at-Arms, Samantha Baillou. The club directors are Simone Pedican, Director of Club Service; Brittany Archer, Director of Community Service; Nekhira Saunders, Director of International Service; and Randolph Humes, Director of School Service. The Club Advisors are Samantha Alfred Duverny and Barbara Plossl. The Interact Club meets every Friday afternoon in the Computer Room at St. Francis de Sales School. The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday night at the Back Street Caf at 6 p.m. The president of the Rotary Club is Jo-Ann Bradley. More School Club News ClubsFrom Page 17 Members of the Interact Club of St. Francis de Sales School are cleaning the verges of Don MacKay Boulevard. The Interact Club is a service-oriented club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Abaco. Members are shown here with their Advisor, Ms. Barbara Plossl. 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 Scholarships available $7,500 Lyford Cay Foundation Technical Training Awards Interested in a career in... agriculture/agribusiness air conditioning & refrigeration auto, marine & aviation mechanics construction & related trades diesel technology & mechanics heavy equipment operation machine shop/welding computer service technology hospitality & tourism technical instruction & education health care, medical technology & more Apply today for a Lyford Cay Foundation Technical Training Scholarship Applicants must be Bahamian with high school diploma Plan to pursue a vocation valuable to The Bahamas Pledge to return to The Bahamas upon graduation Other qualifications may apply Applications available from The M anager’s Office, BTVI, or write to Technical Training Scholarships, Lyford Cay Foundation, P.O. Box N 7776, Nassau. or online at www.lyfordcayfoundation.com DEADLINE DEADLINE DEADLINE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION TO SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION TO SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION TO SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION M M M MAY AY AY AY 1 1 1 1, 200 200 200 2006 6 6 6

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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 19 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 DON’T 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 !COMMERCIAL DOCKS!PRIVATE DOCKS!SEA WALL CONSTRUCTION!BOAT LIFTSOffice Tel: 367.4842 Cellular: 357.6564 DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Dr. Duranda Ash Opthamologist February 24 25, 2006 P.O. Box AB-20180 Marsh Harbour, Abaco PH: 367-0020Mammograms OfferedFor Appointments Call 367-0020Dr. KJA Rodgers Opthalmologist February 15, 2006 Dr. Michael Caplia Optometrist February 15-16, 2006 Dr. Daniel Johnson Podiatrist February 16, 2006 Dr. Hubert Minnis Ob Gyn / Ultrasound February 18, 2006 Ms. Diane Davis Mammogram Radiographer Technologist February 18, 2006 Ms. Kim Scriven Audiology Hearing aids, hearing testing February 18, 2006 Dr. Winston Campbell, Ears, Nose & Throat Specialist, Sleep Apnea February 23, 2006 Dr. Edwin Demeritte, Neurologist / Neurophysiologist (Adults & Children) February 25, 2006 information as a court decision was expected in mid-February. It was stated that 11 acres were recently bulldozed, and it was asked how this was allowed. A request was made for the rules related to beach use and access as overzealous security guards for the Baker’s Bay development are chasing people off the beach. Mr. Marshall was adamant that the beach could be used. In the absence of notices being given to Guana Cay residents by the Hope Town Council on items coming before Council, Troy Albury of the Save the Guana Reef organization, asked Mr. Hall to HT CouncilFrom Page 6 notify him personally of all items coming before Council related to Guana Cay. The garbage issue was more in common with the other towns although Guana Cay has no staging area to hold the bins or to collect appliances and larger trash items. The residents noted that the dump site they had used for 40 years at an inland mangrove swamp had been closed and given by government to the Orchid Bay development without making any alternate provisions. It was noted that the Guana Cay Freight Company takes garbage to Marsh Harbour six days a week. More bins will be needed in March when the season picks up. The volunteer secretary, Ms. Kathleen Frederick, kept asking if the issues could come to a vote. She was reminded that this and the next four meetings are for discussions on the issues to seek recommendations, and a vote may be arranged in late April. She did volunteer to send a written list of the residents concerns to Mr. Hall for consideration in the White Paper. Although skeptical of Mr. Hall’s success with this White Paper, the Guana Cay residents attending did feel it was worth a try. Thanks to Kent LeBoutllier for her helpful notes on the Hope Town meeting. 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: Civic OrganizationsKiwanis Club of Great Abaco Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Mackerel’s Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-5932Pilot Club of Abaco Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Central Abaco Primary, Dundas Town, 367-3457Pilot Club of South Abaco Last Thursday. monthy, J.A. Pinder School, Sandy Point, 366-4001Rotary Club of Abaco Tuesdays, 6 p.m., weekly at Anglers Restaruant, Abaco Beach Resort

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Page 20 B The Abaconian February 15, 2006 By Robert Wilson When you cruise in foreign countries, there are some things that you miss. Recently we visited the quaint, New-England type settlement on Elbow Cay of Hope Town, which is noted for its historic lighthouse and home-made bread from Vernon’s Grocery. We were hungry for some American food. In particular, I wanted a good burger with all the trimmings and Carolyn wanted a BLT. After glancing at the menu, we ordered. “My wife will have a BLT toasted and I’ll have a burger with fries.” The Bahamian waitress asked, “What kind of burger would you like, sir.” Somewhat surprised, I responded, “I only thought there was one kind of burger.” “No, sir,” she explained. “We have a chicken burger, a grouper burger, a conch burger, and, of course, a hamburger, but that is made with beef.” Blasphemy! We have been gone less than a year, and they are already trying to destroy an American institution! I ordered an “American-style” hamburger and Carolyn’s BLT. We hadn’t had breakfast that morning so I also decided to try one of those conch burgers as an appetizer. While waiting for our food, we pondered over the origination of the term “hamburger,” fully aware that they were not made with ham. My conch burger was made with pieces of conch, battered and lightly fried. Somewhat chewy, but it was good. The only time I could remember hearing the word conch was when Jimmy Buffet talked about his time in The Conch Republic in the Florida Keys. I was strangely curious and asked the waitress if she would permit me to peruse the menu once again. I discovered Bahamian’s do all sorts of things with conch. They love it! They fry it and crack it; jerk it and blacken it. They make salads with it and even dress it up with a little coconut. “Is this some Bahamian form of catfish?” I asked the waitress. Trying to keep from laughing in my face, she gave me a quick lesson in why you would never want to come back to this world as a conch. Conch are snail-like mollusks which crawl along the seabed protected by a shell (the type you buy at the beach and use for a door stopper). When threatened, they quickly retreat inside the shell. Their bodies are somewhat slimy and very muscular. Browntip, an Abaconian fisherman who also plays the saw in a local bar, says the conch hide in the grassy bottoms of the ocean using the grass to hide from predators. “Don’t find da conch in dee sand,” he explains. And when the meat is harvested from its shell, there are two techniques. The most prevalent means of removing the muscular creature is to break a small hole in the shell, insert a knife to cut the muscle from where it is attached and then pull the snail-like creature from the “horn” of the shell. Browntip says he removed the conch from the shells by biting them and physically pulling them out with his teeth until an elderly Bahamian woman taught him the former, more esthetic technique. We have eaten conch prepared various ways and in some of the finer oceanside eateries. Plymouth Rock Liquors and Caf in New Plymouth was one of the more memorable. It has only five chairs at the bar and no tables. Since 1969 it has been the primary breakfast and luncheon establishment on Green Turtle Cay. Their patrons apparently like to spice up their conch, so sitting on the bar are 70 different hot sauces that would embarrass anyone from Louisiana. Carolyn and I sampled Jump Up and Kiss Me, Pain 100% and Tongue of Fire. We were enamored with the names Colon Cleaner, Don’t Be A Chicken and a sauce labeled, Rectal Revenge. David Letterman would have assigned a Number 2 to any list he had of favorite names with the sauce labeled Bush & Dick, complete with pictures of George Bush and Dick Cheney. But our Number One Hot Sauce at the Plymouth Rock Liquors and Caf Bar had to be the Burn In Hell Osama. I doubt we will ever entirely change our diets and forget about hamburgers and catfish, but we have enjoyed the food on Abaco. We had previously met the crews from a number of Florida sportsfishing boats. Reently, Dire Staits and Hey Daddy returned to the marina after a day of offshore fishing. Later that evening, over a game of dominoes, I said “Being sailboaters and all, what does dolphin taste like anyway?” That is all it took. Our freezer is now full of dolphin, snapper and grouper. And tonight, as sundown approaches, we are blowing a conch horn salute to show our appreciation to Mike and Henry, the crew from Hey Daddy and wish them well as they head back to Appalachicola, Florida. Until next time guys! The use of golf carts on the streets of Marsh Harbour has been an annoyance for several years to the Central Abaco District Council members and the motoring public. Different methods to curtail the use of these vehicles by Administrators and the Central Abaco Council over the past several years were not successful. During the Central Abaco Council meeting of 25 January 2006, an ordinance was proposed to ban the use of golf carts and similar vehicles on the downtown streets of Marsh Harbour. After a short discussion, it was accepted. Administrator Rolle explained that it became effective immediately and would be forwarded to Nassau to be formalized. This ordinance is a result of the growth of vehicles on the area roads and the general feeling that the carts impede the orderly flow of traffic. The ability to initiate ordinances for the orderly growth and development of a community is advancing local government into new areas of their governing process.Americans Feast on Ocean DelicaciesOrdinance Prohibits Golf Carts in Marsh Harbour Advertise in The Abaconian

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February 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 21 B Horizontal storage tanks Cone bottom Pick-up truck tanksLow profile tanks Vertical tanks POLYETHYLENE TANKS Also: pumps, bladders, softeners, RO systems, desalinators, DI systems, filters, etc. .• Resilient Won’t crack UV stabilized Better than F G No bad smell No bad taste Inexpensive Ships easily Many sizes Many Shapes Lots in stock Bulkhead fittings installed Distributors wantedADVANCED WATER ENGINEERING, INC. Indian Harbour Beach, FL Ph: 321-777-4909 • Fax 321-773-8338 E-mail: info@advancedwater.com For prices call or E-mail NOW A press conference was held at Abaco Central High School by teachers, officials from the Bahamas Union of Teachers and their attorney at noon on January 31. A public statement was made that legal action will be taken against Parliamentary Secretary Veronica Owens in the Ministry of Education. This action stems from a visit Ms. Owens made to a school assembly on November 25 of last year and her approximately three hours at the school. Her observations during that visit were put into a report to Mr. Creswell Stirrup, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, then on to the Minister, the Hon. Alfred Sears. Ms. Owens alleges that the principal has no leadership ability and was disrespected by school staff, that some teachers do not teach, that some teachers leave the school grounds randomly during the school day and some teachers displayed negative attitudes towards the students. The teachers have repeatedly asked, through their union representatives, for a retraction and apology by Ms. Owens. However, she appears to be steadfast in letting her statement remain on the record. When asked if the teachers would strike over this issue, it was said a strike was not being considered. Satisfaction will be resolved through the courts. The union, teachers and school administration will demand a compensatory settlement for damages to their character. Representing the teachers at the high school press conference were Freeport Attorney, Mr. Fayne Thompson, and Bahamas Union of Teachers President, Ms. Ida Poitier. Other members of the union present were Ms. Belinda Wilson, Secretary General, Mr. Terrance King, Vice President, and Mr. Rudy Sands, Area Vice President from Grand Bahama. It was brought out that the school suffered damages from two hurricanes and two fires.High School Teachers Take Legal ActionPortions of the school were without electricity for nearly a year which created a poor environment for the students and teachers. 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 3 bed, 1 bath, fully equipped, TV, DVD, all appliances, internet, wireless, cable, water, view of Sea of Abaco. $1500/ month. Call 4775807 BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com 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 SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE RENTAL COMMERCIAL PROPERTYGuana Cay 2 bed apt. $1500/ mo, no pets. Also new vacation rental $900/ wk. Call for details. 904-982-2762 Guana Cay 2 bed, 1 1/2 bath cottage, furnished. Yearly rental. $1300/ month. Call 242-365-5040 Hope Town Specialist. A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or hopetown.com Marsh Harbour 2 bed, 2 bath house, fully furnished, central A/C, fenced yard, ready to move in. on Nathan Key Drive. Call 367-3295 after 5 p.m. Cherokee 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 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALEDundas 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 Cay’s Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com 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, High elevation w/panoramic views. Harbour water front plus protected water front on pond for small boat. 3B/2B home with wraparound decks & screened porch. Beautifully furnished and landscaped. Harbour mooring included. By owner. (242) 366-3509 or email: fineart@direcway.com Little Harbour 1/2 acre building site, high elevation, good ocean view, walk to Pete’s Pub. Best deal in Little Harbour, $145,000 net. Call owner 970-562-3868. 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 Teachers of the Abaco Central High School are upset about a negative report about the school made by Parliamentary Secretary, Ms. Veronica Owen. Union officials announced that the teachers and administration will bring a lawsuit against her and the Ministry of Education if a retraction is not made. Shown here are Mr. Rudy Sands, Union Area Vice President, Mr. Fayne Thompson, Union lawyer, Ms. Ida Poitier, Union President, Mr. Euthal Greene, School principal, Ms. Belinda Wilson, Secretary General, and Mr. Terrance King, Union Vice President.

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Page 22 B The Abaconian February 15, 2006 Straw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsLocated Don MacKay Blvd. and Airport Phone 367-2431 • Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 • Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard AcceptedTropical Souvenirs Business Service Directory Guardian Angel Security CompanySecuring Life and Property 24 Hr. Security Guards Body Guards Money Escort Mobile Patrol, etc. Servicing Abaco and the CaysP.O. Box AB 20156 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242-367-5187 Big Ca Big Ca Big Ca Big Ca Big Ca t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 Amelia Airways, Inc.Based in South Florida Serving Florida, the Keys, The Bahamas and other destinations throughout the US and CaribbeanPhone # 954-491-4942 Fax# 954-489-9126Fly with Us on Your Schedule ________________________________ Diane FletcherChartered AccountantSpecializing in Restaurant and Point of Sale Softwaredfletcher@coralwave.comWorking with you in AbacoNassau Cellular 359-3207Financial Statement Preparation Audits and Investigations Business Licenses Accounting Software Installation &Training 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 Phar Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar macy macy macy macy macyPrescriptions • Testing Beauty Supplies • Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 8:30 am 6 p.m. Sundays 9 am 12 Noon Ph. 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. Fax 367-6544 • islanpharmacy@yahoo.com Fyne’s Pest ControlPhone 365-8409 • Cell 359-6312 Stephen Fynes Professional ExterminatorPO Box AB22214 Treasure Cay www.Fynes@msn.comCommercial, Residential, Pre-construction Treatment BAHAMA TILELICENSED INSURED Office : 367-7072Larry LoweCell : 477-5966 Marble l Granite l Ceramic Porcelain l Mud Work l Kitchens Bathrooms l Entire Home 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 Children’s 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 Worship11:00 a.m. Sunday Kids’ Korner9:30 a.m. Tuesday Interactive Bible Study7:30 p.m. Thursday Prayer Time12:10 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 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 SendPlanning for the 2006 Sport YearBy Mirella SantilloYouth in ActionAs students settled in the second semester of school, sports programs resumed. On January 14 Youth in Action started its second session with basketball. The association is now using the Dundas Town court at Ocean View Park for its Saturday mornings practice. Mr. “Stretch” Morley said that “about 50 children registered for the program in spite of the bad weather that Saturday.” Youth in Action is planning to travel to Freeport in May to defend its title in the Hoytes Tournament won by the 14 and under boys and the 12 and under girls. The program, founded with the help of Mr. Lyndon Davis, who has returned to Freeport, has continued actively under the supervision of “Stretch” Morley, one of the founders, and community members such as teacher Mr. Patrice Charles, Mrs. Anita Rolle, Mr. Jude Hart, Ms. White and several parents. The soccer game that was to end the soccer session in December had to be postponed because of bad weather and a makeup game between Nassau and Abaco was planned for the end of January at the Murphy Town Park. Basketball The Abaco Basketball League held its first game on January 13. The league comprises of 11 teams made up of adults and teenagers. North Abaco: Treasure Cay Central Abaco: The Murphy Town, a mixed team of older men; The Fantasy Parrots; Murphy Town, Dundas Town and Spring City, a joined team; The Jam Rocks Brawlers from Dundas Town; The Elvis McIntosh Construction team; The Frigid Ballets, a Haitian team; The Police Crime Stoppers, the local police team From the South: The Winding Bay Parrots; The Crossing Rock Cobra; The Sandy Point Royals Games are planned for Friday and Saturday evenings for the first two weeks and thereafter Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for the Abaco championship. The National championship will take place at Easter time.Youth MonthThe Youth Coordinator, Mr. Morley, is planning for Youth Month in May and he mentioned recruiting for the Bahama Games which are tentatively planned for the week of July 16 to 22. A definite date will be set at the next sport conclave that will take place in February. Athletes in the following fields are invited to register: basketball, soccer, volleyball, weight lifting, track and field, swimming, sailing, boxing, cycling, net ball, body building, lawn tennis and power lifting.BasketballDisappointed spectators left Ocean View Park when the basketball game in process was interrupted by heavy rain. On January 20th the Abaco Basketball League met for the second time this season. Two games were planned: the Marsh Harbour Fantasy Pirates against the Winding Bay Parrots and the Frigid Ballers against the Jam Rocks Brawlers. The first game was full of action under the close evaluation of referees. The third quarter was nearly over when the rain came pouring down. Disappointed organizers, players and spectators rushed to their cars. “A proper gymnasium is what we need,” muttered the demoralized league’s president. At the time the score was 66 for the Fantasy Pirates to 52 for the Winding Bay Parrots. The last quarter of that game was rescheduled for January 31st in the evening, as well as the game between the Frigid Ballers and the Jam Rocks Brawlers. Sports News

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However, when he watched the complete ceremony on television a few days later, he said that he really wished he had gone. He intends to gather together all of the 10 people involved in the ferry service for a group picture which will be placed with the trophy in the ferry office for all to see. Mr. Lowe has been involved in many community projects throughout the years and is a well-known, respected and very generous member of the community.Brendal StevensBrendal Stevens was first nominated for a Cacique Award 10 years ago and has also been nominated for the past two years in the Sports and Leisure category. Although he was delighted to be nominated, he had never been an actual winner. However, this year he was nominated once again, this time in the Sustainable Tourism category. He was excited to attend his fourth ceremony as a nominee. When he was actually pronounced the winner in his category, he became so emotional that he could not deliver his speech. “To win was really the icing on the cake,” he said. Mr. Stevens has being involved in tourism for over 40 years and has turned his love for the environment, and particularly the ocean, into a thriving tourism-based business. He established Brendal’s Dive Centre on Green Turtle Cay in 1985 and the company offers many different services in addition to diving. These include eco-tourism adventure trips, snorkeling, kayaking, dolphin encounters, sunset sailing cruises, glass bottom boat rides, island hopping by boat and seafood picnics where people can hand feed stingrays. Mr. Stevens began his career as a diver at Small Hope Bay on Andros where he worked for seven years as a dive master and instructor. One of his students during this time was the late Sir Lyndon Pindling. He teaches first aid and life-saving and his dive shop is universally recognised as a centre where anyone can finish his scuba training begun somewhere else and complete their open water dive. In 1993 Mr. Stevens was named one of only 150 instructors in the world to have certified over 5000 divers. He has instructor ratings from seven different organisations and is director of the Bahamas.Dive Association. He has assisted Jacques Cousteau as a technical safety diver and his business has been featured in many international magazines and television shows. Another of Mr Steven’s hobbies is woodcarving, and he has made a beautiful stand from redwood to encase his treasured trophy which now sits above the counter in his dive shop. He hopes that the recognition afforded his business from the honour of his Cacique trophy will serve as an example and encouragement for many Bahamians. “Tourism is a business for the future,” he says. “Some of the best diving in the world is here, but there are few diving instructors since people feel they can make more money from lobster fishing.” He encourages people interested in ecotourism to work at it and be dedicated to the industry. Other finalists from Abaco were Patrick Roberts, bonefishing guide; Peter Johnston, sculptor; Leanne Russell, artist; and Kim Roberts, crafter. Caique AwardsFrom Page 2 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 Case 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. 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 Abaco Outboards Parts manager needed, 35 years experience. Fax resume to 367-2354. Do NOT apply in person Westerbeke Marine Generator 4.5 Kil at 60 HZ, includes sound proof cover, 1400 hours. Call 365-6444 14’ Boston Whaler $3,000 OMO GTC 3654119 16’2” long flats boat with trailer 2001 Scout bonefishing boat, poling platform, wired for trolling motor, two pedestal seats, center console, 90 HP Yamaha engine with 25 hrs. Asking $13,600. Call 359-6016 or 366-3511 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 BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats94 Ford Taurus, fully loaded, good running condition, needs front and back bumpers. Asking $3000. To view or make offer call 559-8656 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 $20,000 ONO 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 38’ Gulfstar Trawler 1983 with 6 cyl Perkins Diesel. Asking $45,000 Tel: 242-366-0351 or 407-384-7301 MERCHANDISE FOR SALEUtility Poles for sale Contact 367-4061

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Page 24 B The Abaconian February 15, 2006 SALES RENT ALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL ALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for:CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES "Hope Town Apartments" Elbow Cay White Sound 7 Apartment Units Total of 3,800 s.f. 4 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Apartments 3 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Apartments Central A/C All fully Furnished Great Rental History #AB156 $925,000. "Watch Hill" Great Guana Cay 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths. 1,686 s.f. Residence 725 s.f. Open Decks. 80' of Prime Beachfront Over 1/4 Acre Superb Ocean Views Semi-private Dock Fully Furnished. Great Rental History #AB142 $1,380,000. Man-O-War Cay 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. 1,921 s.f. Residence. 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath 400 s.f. Guest Cabin 172' Ocean Beach Front 1.189 Acres Beautifully Landscaped Semi-Private Dock Fabulous Views #AB150 $1,840,000. "Sunsplash" Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths. 2,300 s.f. Residence. On 2 Lots totaling 10,180 s.f. Swimming Pool 100' Of Private Dockage Fabulous Views #AB149 $1,750,000. "Jaffa" Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 5,207 s.f. Building Site. Semi-private dock. Dock rated for a 55' Vessel and a 25' Runabout. #AB5187 $545,000. "Lot # 30" HGChristie.com abaco-realestate.com02/15/06 Scotland Cay 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths -1,300 s.f. Residence 300' of Ocean Beach 1 Bedroom, 1Bath Guest House "Playhouse" with Bar Covered & Open Decks Fabulous Ocean Views #AB160 $2,315,000. "Summer Camp" Scotland Cay 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths 1,470 s.f. Residence 124' of Ocean Beach 2,000 s.f. of Decks Central A/C 30,000 gal Fresh Water Fabulous Views Furnished #AB161 $1,100,000. "Casa Bueno" Derek Lee, BRIAbaco District Managing Broker Marsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Res: (242) 365-6156 dlee@hgchristie.comChris Plummer BRIAssist. District Manager Estate Agent Green Turtle Cay (242) 365-4052 Cell: (242) 554-9451 chris@hgchristie.comKathleen Albury BRIEstate Agent -Appraiser Elbow Cay (242) 366-0700 Cell: (242) 477-5350 kathleen @hgchristie.comNeil AberleEstate Agent Marketing Specialist Marsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Cell:(242) 359-6274 neil@hgchristie.comChris AlburyEstate Agent Marine Specialist Man-O-War Cay (242) 365-6008 Cell: (242) 477-5245 calbury@hgchristie.comFaron SawyerEstate Agent Transportation Specialist Abaco (242) 367-3450 faron@hgchristie.comBill JohnstonEstate Agent Utility Specialist Little Harbour (242) 367-5454 Cell: (242-357-6674 bill@hgchristie.comRobbie BethelSales Assistant Photography Specialist Hope Town (242) 366-0700 (242) 375-8533 robbie@hgchristie.comRetta ThomasOffice Manager Support Services Marsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 retta@hgchristie.com Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasTelephone: (242) 367 5454 e.mail: abaco@hgchristie.comMargo SawyerEstate Agent Green Turtle Cay I.T. Specialist (242) 365-4052 Cell: (242) 551-7976 msawyer @hgchristie.comSilbert MillsEstate Agent Media Specialist Abaco (242) 367-2935 Cell: (242) 375-8359 smills@hgchristie.com Elbow Cay Dorros Cove 6 Bedrooms, 5 Baths. 3,600 s.f. Residence. 2 Connected Buildings Ocean Waterfront Amazing Views Swimming Pool Private Boat Slip Furnished. #AB112 $1,750,000. "Point of View" NEW Elbow Cay Hope Town 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. 1,300 s.f. Residence. 630 s.f. of open decks. 91' of Harbour Frontage Superb Views Great Rental History. Furnished. #PS10565 $1,190,000. "Aeolian" NEW "Sea-esta" Great Cistern Abaco 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths. 1,680 s.f. Residence. 155' of Water Frontage 20,580 sq.ft 0.5 acre of land Great Views of the cays Private #TS10557 $483,000. NEW Great Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths. 3,000 s.f. Residence Open Decks. 100' of Beachfront Over 1/2 Acre Superb Ocean Views Fully Furnished. #AB123 $1,425,000. "Surfside" NEW Great Guana Cay 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath 930 s.f. Residence 750 s.f. of Decks 250' on Sea of Abaco 47,930 s.f. 1.1 acres Ample space for additional Residences Great elevation Fabulous Views Dock Permit approved #AS $1,385,000. "Coco Di Mama" NEW Great Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths. 2,100 s.f. Residence 670 s.f. Raised Decks. Over 1/2 Acre Great Views Beach & Dock Access Furnished. #AS10668 $838,000. "Pura Vida" NEW "Vista Mar" Great Guana Cay Orchid Bay Lot # 39 45,100 s.f. 1.035 acres 158.5' on Sea of Abaco 6,500 s.f. foundation in place 13,000 gal Cistern Building Plans Approved Fabulous Views #TS10552 $838,000. NEW Great Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. 1,150 s.f. Residence 760 s.f. Covered Porch 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath 490 s.f. Apartment Workshop Great Views Near Settlement #AS10689 $640,000. "Junkanoo Splash" NEW Great Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates Beachfront Building Site 36,839 s.f. 0.845 Acre 50' Beach Frontage Good Elevation Superb Ocean Views Lush Native Vegetation #AS10575 $545,500. "Lost Shaker" NEW Great Guana Cay 3 Rooms, 8 Baths 6,000 s.f. Hotel 365' of Water Frontage 60,027 s.f. 1.37 acres 300' plus Dock Commercial Corporate Retreat or convert to family estate. #TS10556 Price on Request "Guana Harbour Club" NEW Green Turtle Cay New Plymouth 10 Rooms 40 Seat Restaurant Pool Patio 12,723 s.f. of land 0.29 acre #AB27 Price on Request "New Plymouth Inn" NEW Man-O-War Dickies Cay 5 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Baths. 3,360 s.f. Residence. 1,200 s.f. Covered Deck 0.84 Acres Sea-to-Sea Private 136' Dock. Auxiliary Generator Superb Harbour Views Furnished. #PS10693 $2,000,000. "Viking" NEW Man-O-War Cay Settlement 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. 1,400 s.f. Residence. 330 s.f. Screen Porches Land 15,000 s.f. Parcel 25,000 gals Fresh Water Beautifully Landscaped Furnished #AS12429 $695,000. "British Colonial" NEW Man-O-War Cay Settlement 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath. 1,270 s.f. Residence. 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath 400 s.f. Guest House Workshop Crow's Nest for great views. 0.373 Acre Beautifully Landscaped #AS10585 $650,000. "Golden Palms" NEW Man-O-War Cay Eastern Harbour Rare 0.40 Acre Building Site Sea-to-sea 80' of Harbour Front Average Depth 200' Good elevation #AS10694 $830,500. "Eastern Harbour" NEW Treasure Cay 2 Lots offered as a single parcel 24,140 s.f.over 0.5 acre 174' of water frontage Overlooks entrance to Treasure Cay Marina Cleared and ready to build All utilities available #AS10592 $739,000. "Treasure View" NEW "Villa Gladys" Wood Cay Little Abaco 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths 1,147 s.f. Residence 124' of Ocean Beach 9,849 s.f. of land 12' easement to water to build dock. #AS10593 $211,000. NEW NEW WEBSITE