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VOLUME 14, NUMBER 17, SEPTEMBER 1st, 2006 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 By Mirella Santillo The very popular bi-weekly entertainment, Junkanoo, closed for the season on August 11th. Over for a while are the performances by popular groups, the resounding of Junkanoo beats, the dancing, singing, the friendly urging of MC Shelly Austin inviting the crowd to join in the recreations, the chatter of the people filling up Goombay Park and the odor of the delicious Bahamian food served at the booths. It was a great season. First class Bahamian entertainers were numerous, including the New Wave Dancers, Modern Vintage Band, KB, the Backyard Quadrille Dancers, Therese Hepburn, Ira Storr and The Spank Band and, of course, the Royal Police Marching Band and the Police Pop Band. And both were performing on that last evening, the marching band getting the crowd’s attention and the cameras flashing as they marched and played their popular repertoire. The Pop Band got the dancers Rock n’ Rolling till the end of the evening. The rhythms of Action Man and Lasido Sands played by DJ Antonio got people into the swing and the limbo contest was as popular as ever with the young. As energetic as Goombay Season EndsBahamian Talent Entertains Crowds For the first time this year’s Goombay Festival held a Teen Competition during each of the Goombay Festivals. The three finalis ts were named on August 11. First place was Denton Gay shown on the right with second place winner, Patricia Curry, in the middle and third place winner, Kendaro Murray, on the right. Please see Goombay Page 2 Bahamas Information Services The Ministry of Transport and Aviation has placed all airports within The Bahamas under a heightened security alert. The alert is a direct result of the Transportation Security Administration of the United States isAll Airports Are under Heightened Alert suing new security protocols after United Kingdom authorities foiled a plot to blow up multiple international flights between the U.S. and Britain. The alert affects all airPlease see Airport Alert Page 25 Smugglers Are Sentenced GTC Band Gets Instruments The Green Turtle Cay Marching Band received a huge tuba along with a slide trombone, a trumpet and a set of marching bells as a gift from a group of boaters who come regularly to Green Turtle Cay. The Edgewater Powerboat Company from Edgewater, Florida brings a flotilla of boats for a summer fling and assists the band and the Amy Roberts Primary School with needed supplies. This year 36 boats came in the group. The tuba is proving to be a popular instrument as three band members are eager to learn to play it. Please see story in Section B. Two Bahamians faced court proceeding for transporting illegal immigrants from Grand Bahama allegedly to Bimini. They are shown here on their way to court where they both pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle 15 immigrants. They are Peter Laurence Russell of Grand Bahama in the red shirt and Gentry Fox of Nassau in the blue shirt. By Mirella Santillo A 25-foot open speed boat carrying 18 people, adrift for eight days, was rescued by a Russian tanker. The story ended when the Marsh Harbour Police received a call from Freeport Harbour Control on the Please see Smugglers Page 22

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Page 2 The Abaconian September 1, 2006 Joint Venture ofMarsh Harbour Shipping Co. & United Abaco Shipping Co. NEW EXP ANDED SER VICE 2 Weekly Sailings to Marsh Harbour from West Palm Beach 2 Weekly Sailings to and from Nassau 1 Weekly Sailing from West Palm Beach and Marsh Harbour to Spanish Wells Eleuthera NEW Warehouse outside of Port Security Area. General Cargo, 20' & 40' Dry and Refrigerated Containers, Drive-on Ramps, Special Charters available RELIABLE, DEPENDABLE AND PERSONALIZED SERVICE 708 710BlueHeronBoulevardOld Dixie HighwayBroadwayMart i nLutherKing, Jr .Boulevard45thStreetAustralianAvenueAvenue R 1North Congress A v enue EXIT 76 ABACO SHIPPING II Heavy Lift Services Gulfstream Line EXIT 74 West 13th Street 2006 D.A. Lee Riviera Beac h Port of Palm BeachLakeWorth 95 95 PeanutIsland ABACOSHIPPING ABACOSHIPPING Bahamas Address:P.O. Box AB20737 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2091 Tel: 242-367-3341 Fax: 242-367-2235 Fax: 242-367-4885 e-mail: unitedabacoshippingco @coralwave.comU.S. Delivery & Receiving Address:Gulfstream Lines Heavy Lift Services 1210 West 13th Street Riviera Beach, Florida 33404 Tel: 561-840-9393 Fax: 561-863-3451 Contact: Tina Diaz NEW OFF-POR T F A CILITY 1210 West 13th Street Riviera Beach, Florida 33404When Shipping to Abaco Remember ABACO SHIPPING M/V TRITON EXPRESS M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL always, Shelly Austin orchestrated the performances of the evening. Even the Ministry of Tourism’s staff, feeling the nostalgia of a last event, took the floor to dance when Gary McDonald played calypso. It was the awaited day for the last five teens’ contestants when they would be told who was the Abaco Teen of the Year. Judges Jeritzan Outten, “Stretch” Morley and Garnelle Stuart awarded first place to 14-year-old Denton Gay, a dancer. He was awarded $500. Second place winner was another dancer, Patricia Curry, 18 years old who received $200. The third place winner was Kendaro Murry, a singer who received $100. The Royal Bahamas Police Force marching Band entertained at the last Goombay Festival held in Marsh Harbour on August 11. Its performance is always the highlight of an event. Shown here are the clarinetists and saxophonists during their maneurvers. Goombay Park is the venue for the Goombay Festivals held each summer showcasing Bahamian culture, music, dance, crafts and food. Booths offer a variety of crafts and gift items while other booths tempt the party goers with great foods. Picnic tables and a raised walkway offer a relaxed atmosphere while the crowds enjoy the music and entertainment. As the evening unrolled, blessed by clement weather, and the crowd swelled, the Junkanoo Group, the Spring City Stingers rushed through the park, colors flashing and cow bells ringing. The group alternated performances through out the season with the Spring City Rockers. Both groups can now take the time to prepare for the annual Christmas Junkanoo Parade. Before the Police Pop Band took the stage, once again by popular demand, the New Wave Dancers from Grand Bahama put on a great show. The crowd was slow to arrive but also slow to leave. What will now take the place of Junkanoo on Friday nights? Till next year! GoombayFrom Page 1 Six Shows Highlighted the Summer Season Much of the entertainment of the Goombay Festivals featured young people. A singer on the left and a dancer on the right were part of the Teen Talent Compeitition.

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 3Kerry Sullivan t 242.366.0163 f 242.366.0164 Jane Patterson t 242.366.0035 c 242.375.8117 Laurie Schreiner t. 242.367.5046 h. 242.366.3143 c: 242.359.6216 Stan Sawyer t 242.365.8198 c 242.477.5821B B B B B AHAMA P AHAMA P AHAMA P AHAMA P AHAMA P ALM SHORES ALM SHORES ALM SHORES ALM SHORES ALM SHORES SECTION THREE Block 14, Lot 20 $40,000. Contact Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 TILL TILL TILL TILL TILL O O O O O O CA O CA O CA O CA O CA Y Y Y Y Y TILLOO BEACH SUBDIVISION #1836 Hillside interior lots with shared dock starting at $150,000. Oceanfront lot #3120 Docking on the Sea of Abaco Spectacular Sunrise! 100x190. $248,000. Contact Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 L L L L L UBBERS Q UBBERS Q UBBERS Q UBBERS Q UBBERS Q U U U U U AR AR AR AR AR TERS TERS TERS TERS TERS INTERIOR LOTS from $52,500. LARGE LOT #1589 with dock. $105,000. Lot 20 AOC #3164 Waterfront. $365,000. LOT 17 AOC #3346 Waterfront. $215,000. BEACHFRONT LOT #3357North end of Lubbers. 208 feet of beachfront, over 1 acre. $349,900. Contact Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 BAHAMA PALM SHORES #2853 TRANQUIL BREEZESB B B B BEA EA EA EA EA CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT 4 bed, 4 bath home on 1 acre+ with 100 feet of sandy beach. Solid CBS construction. Price Reduced. $995,000.LaurieSchreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #3126 RUSSELL TRACT109 109 109 109 109 FT FT FT FT FT.. .. ON ON ON ON ON THE THE THE THE THE S S S S SEA EA EA EA EA OF OF OF OF OF A A A A AB B B B B A A A A A CO CO CO CO CO total area 39,190 sq.ft. Good elevation. Build your dream house with private dock. $750,000.Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #3317 AUNT PAT’S BAYP P P P PANORAMIC ANORAMIC ANORAMIC ANORAMIC ANORAMIC W W W W WA A A A A TER TER TER TER TER V V V V VIEWS IEWS IEWS IEWS IEWS, deeded dock slip in White Sound Harbour, 1/3 acre building site. $590,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2893 BORN AGAINS S S S SEA EA EA EA EA OF OF OF OF OF A A A A AB B B B B A A A A A CO CO CO CO CO in Lucayos, 2,076 sq. ft. excellent elevation, 3bed 3bath with apartment, shared dock. $1,175,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2681 RUDY’S PLACET T T T TURNKEY URNKEY URNKEY URNKEY URNKEY B B B B BAR AR AR AR AR AND AND AND AND AND R R R R REST EST EST EST EST A A A A A URANT URANT URANT URANT URANT or renovate into single or multi-family dwelling. Opportunity Knocks. $ $ $ $ $ 325,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2989 ELBOW ROOM110 110 110 110 110 FT FT FT FT FT.. .. ON ON ON ON ON THE THE THE THE THE OCEAN OCEAN OCEAN OCEAN OCEAN, deeded dock slip in Mar nie’s Landing, three master suites, swimming pool, absolutely turn key. $1,875,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2509 GAZEBO VILLAST T T T TW W W W W O O O O O H H H H HARBOUR ARBOUR ARBOUR ARBOUR ARBOUR FR FR FR FR FR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT V V V V VILLAS ILLAS ILLAS ILLAS ILLAS, each with 2bed 2 bath, close to sandy beach, excellent rental history. Both for $1,590,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l WHITE SOUND #3312T T T T TW W W W W O O O O O B B B B BEA EA EA EA EA CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT LO LO LO LO LO TS TS TS TS TS south of Abaco Inn. 120 ft. on the ocean. Deeded dock access in White Sound. $800,000.Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l WHITE SOUND #3459W W W W WA A A A A TERFR TERFR TERFR TERFR TERFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT elevated 3.1 acres just south of Sea Spray with 100 feet on the Sea of Abaco. $1,600,000.Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2638 WINDOVERG G G G GORGEOUS ORGEOUS ORGEOUS ORGEOUS ORGEOUS S S S S SEA EA EA EA EA V V V V VIEWS IEWS IEWS IEWS IEWS with tranquil gardens, immaculately kept 3 bed, 2.5 bath home, nicely furnished. $975,000.Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l WHITE SOUND #3207 LOT B7 W W W W WA A A A A TERFR TERFR TERFR TERFR TERFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT 3/4 acre on excellent surfing beach, 101 linear feet on the ocean. Close to public dock. $434,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com www.SIRbahamas.com C C C C CONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED IN IN IN IN IN S S S S SECTION ECTION ECTION ECTION ECTION B B B B B , , P P P P PA A A A A GE GE GE GE GE 3 3 3 3 309-1-06 GREEN TURTLE CAY #3208 TURTLE’S NESTH H H H HARBOURFR ARBOURFR ARBOURFR ARBOURFR ARBOURFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT estate, cottage, dock, pool, 2.7 acres. $3,800,000. H H H H HARBOURFR ARBOURFR ARBOURFR ARBOURFR ARBOURFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT 2 bed 2 bath, 100 ft. dock permit. $950,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.comELB ELB ELB ELB ELB O O O O O W CA W CA W CA W CA W CA Y Y Y Y Y l l l l l HOPE T HOPE T HOPE T HOPE T HOPE T O O O O O WN WN WN WN WN BIG POINT #2969 acre beachfront property with 90 ft. beach, 1 mile south of town, just south of a scenic rock cliff with oceanfront cave. US$595,000. Contact Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 DORROS COVE #3448 One block off the ocean, Lot #15, clear view of the Atlantic, and shared dock. New Listing. $225,000. Contact Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 WHITE SOUND #2866 Oceanfront lot with 100 ft on the water and 300 feet deep. A beautiful waterfront building site just steps away from the public dock and sandy beach. Excellent elevation. $600,000. Contact Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2813 BLUE HORIZONB B B B BEA EA EA EA EA CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT on pink powder sand close to Hope Town village, 4bed 2bath, attached garage. New Listing. $1,500,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com GREEN TURTLE CAY #3031 WATERFRONT COCO BAYH H H H HARBOURFR ARBOURFR ARBOURFR ARBOURFR ARBOURFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT 115 ft, dredged channel, 40 ft dock. Close proximity to resorts and beach. Perfect home site. $650,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2279N N N N NOR OR OR OR OR TH TH TH TH TH E E E E END ND ND ND ND B B B B BEA EA EA EA EA CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT L L L L LO O O O O T T T T T with 120 linear ft. of pink sand. Excellent swimming beach. Build y our dream home! $675,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #3376 COCONUT COTTAGEO O O O OCEAN CEAN CEAN CEAN CEAN V V V V VIEW IEW IEW IEW IEW on Breezy Hill, 4 bed 3 bath with guest house, excellent elevation, close to sandy beach. $635,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com

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Page 4 The Abaconian September 1, 2006 Central Abaco News The Central Abaco dump continues to be a problem. It is neither burned regularly nor bulldozed regularly. The garbage piles up and dumping sometimes goes out to the road. Now a man directs traffic during the week. However, on weekends the dump is closed. This means that persons wanting to dump on Saturday afternoon or Sunday will probably dump along a roadside even though it is illegal. Bahamas Waste Ltd. has supplied several garbage containers at the entrance to the dump for the convenience of those wanting to use the dump on weekends. The solid waste landfill project south of Spring City will eliminate this dump when it is opened, hopefully by the end of the year. First Annual Car and Bike ShowGoombay Park was once again the site of a lively entertainment on the evening of August 5th as proud owners of cars and motorbikes brought their vehicles to the show. According to organizer, Mr. Deon Dean, approximately 15 cars and seven bikes entered the competition. The vehicles were judged for the best audio systems, the best overall look with the most of the original trims. Chevrolet Impala, Caprice, Luminum or Tajo could be seen, spotless and chromes shining as well as Suzuki, Kawasaki and Honda bikes. The event was aimed as being a complete entertainment with Reggae music by Bush Man from Jamaica, Bahamian food and drinks. Prizes were awarded the winners of the show. Mr. Dean with Cheese Promotion organizes promotions and brought the entertainment to Abaco. He has worked with the Ministry of Tourism on occasions and had brought several Reggae groups to Solid Gold such as Ancient Man, Chuck Fender or Spank Band.Boat Towing Service Is Now AvailableTowBoatU.S., the largest on-the-water towing service for recreational boaters in the United States, now has two locations in The Bahamas offering towing service, TowBoatU.S. Marsh Harbour and TowBoatU.S. West End on Grand Bahama. The two operations are an expansion of Please see Central Page 25 A Car and Bike Show was held at Goombay Park in Marsh Harbour on August 5. The cars were judged on cleanliness and fancy rims which can cost into the thousands of dollars. Most of the cars and motorcycles were local but some came from Nassau. Freezers Dive Gear Generators25% OFF O N S H O T G U N S H E L L SW i t h t h e p u r c h a s e o f T E N C a s e s o r m o r e

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Page 6 The Abaconian September 1, 2006 South Abaco News Crossing RocksTown Honours Their HeroesChairman of the National Independence Committee, Mr. Winston Saunders, told Crossing Rocks residents that their choice of singing Now Thank We All Our God at the commissioning ceremony of their Wall of Local Heroes on August 5 sums up the spirit of the initiative. “We thank Him for the lives of those who made the great contributions they have because with contribution comes sacrifice and it was my feeling that we are old enough now to start celebrating each other, saying thanks to each other, publicly, for the work that those of us do in the various areas,” he said. The honourees were educator Mrs. Dorothy McKinney and Rev. Mervin Burrows, the pastor of St. Mark’s Native Baptist Church in Crossing Rocks. Mrs. McKinney died a few days before the unveiling of the wall. Administrator for South Abaco Mr. Roderick Bowe oversaw the committees set up in the various settlements in South Abaco to compile the list of honourees from nominations.Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderRain – Finally!Rain, blessed rain. After 23 days of South Abaco residents attended the Commissioning Ceremony for the Wall of Local Heroes in Crossing Rocks on August 5. drought we received nearly two inches of rain in one day, which was much needed. It is unbelievable what a difference one rainfall can make to our gardens.Who Knew?I’m sure everyone saw the trailers on television advertising the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Man’s Chest And afterwards saw when their sponsor announced that a brand new Volvo SUV was buried somewhere in The World. They invited you to go to your nearest Volvo car dealer to pick up your treasure map to help you find the buried Volvo. Well, where do you think they buried it? Right here on Abaco. Right next door (almost) at Little Habour. And a man from Virginia found it. Six other finalists came to Abaco but were eliminated. He got the brand new custom designed Volvo SUV and the others got all consolation prizes of Volvos. Sometimes, LIFE just isn’t fair.Cherokee Family HistoryCherokee’s genealogy book has been updated with additional facts, some interesting photos and is more user friendly. With these added inserts, it has now grown On August 6 Cherokee Sound residents dedicated a Wall of Heroes. In town for the ceremony was Mr. Winston Saunders, Chairman of the National Independence Committee, who initiated the concept of a Wall of Local Heroes for each community. Cherokee Sound honoured Mr. Benny Sawyer for boat building and Mr. Walter Sands for religion and community service. Mr. Saunders conceived the idea of Walls of Local Heroes as a way for various settlements throughout The Bahamas to memorialize community leaders, past and present, as part of this year’s official Independence celebrations. Please see South Page 7

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 7 More South Abaco News to three volumes. If you discover a discrepancy or that someone has been omitted, kindly make a note on a blank piece of paper and leave it in the book so that at the next update it can be corrected. More information is needed about the Clark and Johnson families. Also, one of the newest entries will be for Mathew Anthony Pinder born on August 8, 2006 to Keith and Cheryl Pinder in Miami, Florida. As babies are being born every day and the older folks die, it is important that we keep a record for future generations. This is not an easy task and your input is needed and greatly appreciated.A Little Piece of Cherokee TriviaCan you remember when there were no fences in Cherokee, the yards were sanded every week and swept every day, when your neighbours tied brightly coloured pieces of cloth around their chickens’ legs to identify them and nearly every home had a rock oven. It was also a time when everyone went to church. My, how times change.Sandy PointNew Experiences with the BMMSBy Brittany I. Symonette Being on the sea with wind whipping my hair, I am looking at one of the most fascinating and vibrant scenes of my life, pods of dolphins swimming happily with each other, playfully riding on the bow CentralFrom Page 6 of the boat and occasionally looking directly in my eyes as to say “hello,” then blowing stagnant smelly water out their blowholes. However, it was a pleasant moment in time I won’t soon forget, and it was truly a privilege to take part in. I was thrilled at my unique scholarship opportunity to work alongside skilled scientists at the Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey. I considered it my duty as a Bahamian citizen to know as much about my country’s environment as I could and explore ways to protect it. For this reason when I was given the chance to work with the BMMS, I jumped to the challenge, even though some thought it was out of my comfort zone (I have a mild case of motion sickness when out in the boat for more than an hour). But I’m all about overcoming obstacles, no matter how many pills I had to take or useless “anti-motion sickness” wristbands. I knew I had to reach my goal and grow from this experience, no matter how much it physically or emotionally hurt. However, it was worth it because I found a group geared towards the protection of all marine mammals and public-awareness of the surrounding settlement of Sandy Point, and ultimately The Bahamas. I had no problem helping out doing data entry where we record the events of our boat outings, or photo identification where we take photos of various cetaceans and match them up to record their number of sightings each individual has. I knew at the end of the day I was making a difference, however small it may be. It motivated me to do a better job to see The BMMS residents’ sheer genuine love and determination to protect these animals, and it definitely shined through in everything that they did. As told to me by a resident of the BMMS “Since its establishment in 1971 the survey has endeavored to document the population of the various species of marine mammals and, in turn, use the information to fight for more ecologically sound regulations.” They strive to reach out to the members of the community to motivate a positive attitude towards the marine environment because it affects us in so many ways. Also, I was very impressed by the implementation of the Sandy Point Environmental Camp whose goal it is to educate children on their environment and aims to create more environmentally aware and active citizens. It was interesting to see firsthand how they took in the information and added on their personal stories to help their learning process. I learned many new lessons on my adventure and even though it has been four weeks, the memories and words are still fresh in my head. The feeling of being on the boat looking at the magnificent creatures of the sea and feeling fresh and reborn still lingers. I will forever be indebted to the board of The Friends of the Environment and the wonderful staff of the Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey. For information on how you can be apart of the wonderful experience or donate to their efforts, call 367-4155. Brittany Symonette was thrilled to earn a scholarship to work with the scientists at the Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey in Sandy Point. She worked at doing data entry and identifying marine mammals by photographs after trips out to sea. Recycle Aluminum CansBins Located at Abaco Shopping Centre & Sea Star Car Rental

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Page 8 The Abaconian September 1, 2006 Dave Ralph The Editor Says . A View of the Hope Town Council 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 Graphic Artist: Kelli-Ann Sands Reporters/Writers: Portia Jonsson, Mirella Santillo, Vernique Russell Contributors: Lee Pinder 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) $45.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface By Larry Smith What will happen when in the very near future Fidel Castro is no longer the allpowerful dictator of Cuba? It is the question on everyone’s lips these days and since The Bahamas is only a few dozen miles from Cuba at its closest point, it is a particularly pregnant question for us. Castro has been the leader of Cuba since 1959 when Cubans from all walks of life united against their despised president, Fulgencia Batista. A lawyer and onetime election candidate, Castro became a charismatic revolutionary figure who described his political goals as “representative democracy and social justice in a well-planned economy.” After moderates broke with the Revolution and were either executed, imprisoned or exiled, the US made a fatal mistake by supporting Cuban exiles in the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. Ever since, Castro has maintained a special intransigence towards America, which led to a nuclear showdown at the height of the Cold War. According to Felix Masud-Piloto, director of DePaul Univesity’s Centre for Latino Research, “When someone has been in power for so long and has played such a central role in everything that has happened in Cuba, as well as its relations with the rest of the world, it’s going to leave a big hole. Whether you love him or hate him, Fidel Castro is a giant in international politics — a dominant political figure of the 20th century.” Some analysts say that Castro’s cession of power to his brother Raul in order to undergo abdominal surgery a week or so ago is merely protocol required by the Cuban constitution. And even if he were to die or become incapacitated, there is no sign that the Communist Party will be overthrown. Dr. Brent Hardt of the US Embassy in Nassau told Tough Call that America wanted a free and democratic Cuba reintegrated into the inter-American system, “The imposition of Raul Castro denies the Cuban people their right to freely elect their government. We are ready to help Cuba through a democratic transition and are prepared to rapidly provide substantial humanitarian relief to support a genuine transition.” And already there are credible calls in the US for an end to the trade embargo and normalization of relations. Some lawmakers want to repeal the 1996 Helms-Burton Act, which prevents the United States from lifting sanctions until Cuba holds free elections and releases political prisoners. The law also prohibits recognizing a transitional Cuban government led by Castro’s brother and designated successor, Raul. Most analysts think little will change in the immediate aftermath of Castro’s death or incapacitation. His hardline brother, Raul, has a strong base in the military, although he lacks Fidel’s charisma. So the most likely short-term outcome, they say, is a military-backed regime that will seek to maintain the status quo. But few doubt that the communist system will eventually collapse without Castro, despite the support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for an ongoing anti-American alliance. Analysts say that cautious market reforms following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 “began to unravel the entire structure so that the frightened government quickly backtracked.” During the Cold War, the Soviets subsidized Castro by supplying cheap oil and buying Cuban sugar at a premium. And the Cuban economy declined by more than a third after the Soviet bloc disintegrated. An important part of the regime’s response was to allow foreign investment in the tourism sector for the first time. In 1989 there were only about 300,000 visitors generating $240 million for the Cuban economy, but by 2005 more than 2.3 million tourists visited the island, choosing from more than 43,000 hotel rooms and spending $2.6 billion. Most of the travelers were from Canada, Britain, Italy, Spain and Mexico. Although this is roughly half of the BaSoft Call How Castro’s Exit Will Affect Cuba and The BahamasAbout eight years ago, central government concluded that the offshore cays of Elbow Cay, Guana Cay, and Man-O-War Cay were different from the Marsh Harbour area. That is, their goals, outlook, environmental concerns and town values were different from those of the greater Marsh Harbour area. These obvious differences in values caused them to be separated at the second term of local government in 1999 and be put in charge of their own affairs as the Hope Town District Council. It sounded so simple. In looking at a map, these towns would appear to be of a similar nature. They are all a part of the barrier islands protecting Abaco Sound from the Atlantic Ocean, and each has a small native settlement. Obviously, the towns must think alike. Green Turtle Cay could be added to this list. But being farther away and separated by the intimidating Whale Cay Channel, Green Turtle Cay keeps to itself. It had been a part of the North Abaco Council for the first three terms of local government, sharing decisions with Cooper’s Town, Treasure Cay and Little Abaco. Then Green Turtle Cay was separated and given singular status last year as a self-governing Council. A primary reason for this change was to eliminate the logistics of a ferry boat and taxi ride to Cooper’s Town for meetings and their different attitudes concerning community values. The Green Turtle Cay residents are quite satisfied to be in charge of their town affairs. Since Hope Town was the historical government hub for Central Abaco for 100 or more years until 1960 when government functions moved to Marsh Harbour, the new grouping of Guana Cay, Man-O-War Cayand Elbow Cay was given the title of the Hope Town District Council. The name in itself is the source of minor irritations as the residents of Guana Cay and Man-O-War Cay feel that they should be identified on an equal basis to Hope Town. Then there is the matter of representation on the Council. Hope Town and ManO-War were each allocated three representatives while Guana Cay was allocated only one. This was based on either population or more likely on registered voters in each settlement. As a result, Guana Cay residents feel that their single council member is out numbered as the seven council members sit around the table. Although there is a psychological and numerical imbalance, the Council business is generally conducted quite smoothly with the wishes of each town respected by the other representatives of the other two towns. There will always be contentious decisions within a town which must be resolved by those representing their town. Outsiders can voice their opinion and make observations but must let those involved come to grips with the contentious issues. In the case of Hope Town or Man-OWar, there are three elected council members to present, debate and resolve those contentious issues. However, in the case of Guana Cay, only one representative is present and an observer is left to wonder whose side he is presenting. If he happens to be absent for health, job or other reasons, then no Guana Cay issues are personally presented. Routine Guana Cay matters such as building and dock permits and shop licenses would have to be decided by members of the other two towns without first hand knowledge from a Guana Cay representative. In reviewing the Guana Cay situation, it would appear that an alternate council member should be available to represent town interests in the absence of the normal Council member. By attending meetings with the elected Council member, the alternate member would have knowledge of meeting procedures. This would be better than the present all or nothing representation they are now stuck with. Hope Town has had two contentious issues that we can recall, the addition, then the removal of speed bumps. Then the installation of a gate to restrict traffic through town and the subsequent issuance of keys for those justifying their vehicle in town. With at least three town councillors voting, it can be presumed that the democratic process is working. In the case of Guana Cay, one is never sure who spoke the loudest to their single representative to get their way in Council. Guana Cay has asked for two more representatives so they could have equal representation. Although that would give each settlement three Council members, it would not prevent two towns from ganging up and controlling issues in the third town. For the past six to eight months, Guana Cay has felt left out as their Council member, Mr. Glenn Laing, has been away with health problems, leaving the cay without first-hand representation. Town residents have been agitating lately for a new Council member, or better yet, for three Council members to match Hope Town and ManO-War. It was recently said that the Department of Local Government in Nassau was aware of the Guana Cay situation, and it was expected that nominations would be requested for the vacant position. To date, nothing has been heard on this. The latest twist to the Hope Town Council is that the Chief Councillor, Mr. Wayne Hall, has taken a job in Nassau and subsequently missed three Council meetings. The Local Government Act provides that anyone missing three meetings without cause can be terminated, causing a new member to either be elected or in some instances be appointed. As a result, the Minister declared that Mr. Hall had defaulted on his obligation to the Council causing him to vacate the position. The Deputy Chief Councillor, Mr. Jeremy Sweeting, has stated that elections will be called to fill this position. We must presume that a similar election will be held for a Guana Cay Councillor. Once the two new Councillors are chosen or appointed, the entire Council will meet and choose among themselves their Chief Councillor. The logistics of the Hope Town District Council are awkward as there is no direct or public connection between the three towns. Even between the closest two, ManO-War and Hope Town, a visit first requires a trip into Marsh Harbour, then transfer onto the next available ferry to the other town. For the Guana Cay member, a two-mile taxi ride in Marsh Harbour is necessary between the appropriate ferries. It is neither a requirement nor expected that Council members own a boat to facilitate attending meetings in other towns. As a result, Council meetings are often held to coincide with the ferry schedule. This may lead to either unfinished business or to hasty decisions made while watching the clock. Some members are able to use their own boat to attend meetings, but their stipend does not provide for transportation expenses. Transportation on scheduled ferries is provided for by a monthly subsidy paid to the ferry for all government workers traveling on government business. Night meetings are a different matter and more costly as there are no scheduled night ferries. Night meetings require that one or more ferries be chartered which adds a considerable expense. A night meeting may require one or more additional charters from Marsh Harbour to get the Administrator to and from the meeting. Council members have ensured fairness by holding public meetings in the three towns. Hope Town gets the larger share of monthly Council meetings as the main office and files are there. Local Government is an evolving process. There will always be minor changes to be made to keep it functioning smoothly. Please see Soft Call Page 26

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Dear Ms. Outten, We all wish to thank you and your staff for all of the help which you gave us after our boat burned at Guana Cay on July 6th. You came to our rescue when we really needed help. After being rescued from the stormy waters, we were standing on the dock all wet, without a dime in our pockets and nowhere to turn. Your administrative assistant, Ms. Wynsome Ferguson, came to our aid, helping us into a hotel room and arranged for us to take the ferry next morning to meet us in Marsh Harbour. She and Ruth Saunders got us a complimentary dinner at Nippers to ease our hunger and cheer us up. The next morning she met us at the ferry and took us to your office, arranged for plane tickets to depart on Sunday, got us lunch and took me to the Police Station to file the report. She then helped us find a room which was near impossible with the regatta going on. She is a wonderful person and you are so lucky having her work for you. I wish her a rewarding career in her chosen profession. If either of you comes to Florida, please give us a call. You are welcome at our house anytime. Richard Starita, Captain and the entire crew of Haze IIIRipped Off by a Taxi DriverTo the Editor, An open letter to the Hon. Leslie Miller: I have been to the Bahamas many times from my college years in the 1960s when I lived in and went to school in Florida. This vacation I was upset immediately by what I call a legalized theft. Six of us were taken from Marsh Harbor Airport to the east end (easter Shores). One taxi ride by taxi #132 cost $55. This was a rip off. Three of us called a cab from east end to the airport and it was $15. I think it is time that the cabs put in meters or charge by the mile with posted rates instead of stealing from the consumer. My greatest concern was the write-up about crawfishing. I see Abaco crawfishing going the same way as rockfish went in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Crawfish are being fished out. Maryland had to ban rockfish fishing for years until the supply could be replenished. Now is the time for Abaco to act to save the crawfish. My suggestions are as follows: 1. Effective January 1, 2007, crawfish can be caught from August 1 to December 31, no other times by anybody. 2. Effective January 1, 2007, all traps and condos are banned forever. 3. Enforce no littering by all too much debris is thrown by the roadway (and later washed into the water) and into the water which will contaminate sea life stop the problem before it starts. 4. Strictly enforce anybody who captures undersize crawfish or catches over the limit. The maximum penalty should be enforced. There should be no limit distinction made between tourist fishing and islander fishing. Tourists come for a short period of time to have fun. Many catch and release fish. If tourists stopped coming, the island economy would be seriously negatively impacted. Sincerely, Roderick LossComments on Land DisputeDear Sir: Following receipt of two not so nice letters from two departments of government, many legal documents were forwarded to government departments and, I understand, on to the Attorney General’s office. The land in question is the East Side property of Roy Newbold. This land has been private property since 1935, the lawyers tell me, and has been recorded since then. I don’t believe a woman on the Council will get my property as easy as her family got the Militana Calcutta. Garbage pickup has been discontinued below Government House on the eastern side of Stede Bonnet Road. The excuse is that there is no place for the truck to turn around. I am suggesting that the big garbage truck use the same space that was used in the 80s and 90s and which is still the 40foot cut put there then for that purpose. Respectfully, Roy NewboldThoughtfulness Is AppreciatedDear Editor, Thank you, Sgt. Ray Bollard of the Police Department for being a Good Samaritan. We thank you for stopping to help us change the first falt tire and following us when we got the second flat tire. We appreciate your following us home to make sure we got there safely. Thanks for your help, comfort and support in our time of need. The Bethels Earl, Doris and LindaComplaint Against the PoliceDear Editor, On July 28 my car was hit by a man on a big dirt bike from the Mud. It really did a job on my car. The man ran away. I called the police but he was rude and did not send one. So I think if I was black, someone would have come. I have learned not to call the police if you are white. No police! No justice! So many police are no good. So be glad of the few good ones we do have. Dee Dee RobertsResponse to Dr. Michael RiskDear Editor, Response to Affidavit of Dr. Michael Risk (Part I of II) On 9th August, 2006, excerpts of an Affidavit sworn by one Dr. Michael Risk and filed on behalf of Save Guana Cay Reef Association Ltd (SGCR) before the Privy Council were published in an article appearing in the Business Section of the Tribune. After reviewing the Affidavit of Dr. Michael Risk, I have concluded that the document contains a number of statements that mis-characterize the effects of Baker Bay Golf & Ocean Club on the environment. Moreover, in numerous instances, the ‘opinions’ expressed by Dr. Risk are not supported by the facts. Below are my detailed responses to specific comments presented by Dr. Michael Please see Letters Page 24

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Page 10 The Abaconian September 1, 2006 Light Impressions Tile Outlet New Arrivals in Stock NOW!Keep Your House Clean, Cool & Comfortably Stylish With Today’s CeramicsSouth America • Mexico South America • Mexico South America • Mexico South America • Mexico South America • Mexico Spanish • Italian. . Spanish • Italian. . Spanish • Italian. . Spanish • Italian. . Spanish • Italian. .We stock: Spacers • Caps • Trims • and Accessories Thin-set • Mastic • Grouts • Saws & Blades• Free estimates • Free delivery for larger orders • Special pricing for builders and contractors • Installation also optionalAbaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on display • Ceramic • Granite • Stone • Procelain • Vinyl • Wood 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 North Abaco News North Abaco NewsBy Vernique RussellFirst Pool in Cooper’s TownThe residence of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Russell has the first swimming pool in the community of Cooper’s Town. This stateof-the-art built swimming pool was designed and built by Mr. Robert Russell, himself. The pool is five feet in depth and uniquely shaped to accommodate his family and a guest or two. Equipped with proper tiling, lighting and other fixtures, this uniquely designed pool is clean and well maintained by Mr. Russell. His wife, children and grandchildren all enjoy the swimming pool that allows them to relax, chill out and cool down during these extremely hot summer days. This awesome display of craftsmanship will take your breathe away at one glance.Still Going StrongGod’s Creative Hands has been in operation for the past few decades and today is still going strong. Mrs. Estelle Major, the owner of God’s Creative Hand, has provided essential and creative craft skills since her children were very small. Today after 50 years she is still going strong. Located along the Treasure Cay Drive is the home of Mrs. Major behind whose doors are crafts made from straw, shells, yarn, cloth materials and much more. Estelle’s Creative Hands creates extraordinary out of ordinary and brings beauty to dullness. Ms. Major is a pioneer in creating and constructing “things” Bahamian. A seamstress, hair stylist and even an upholsterer, she has been working in these capacities for the last 50 years and each year she gets better at it. Mrs. Major makes straw art work including straw bags, hats, dolls and slippers. She makes rag dolls, place mats, draperies, stuffed animals, pillows and jewelry. A master of designing and sewing gowns, skirts and pants, anything under the sun she can sew or mend. Got a couch you need covered? This is the person for that. She is a hair stylist and an expert in Bahamian bush medicine remedies. After 50 plus years of creating artwork of this kind, Estelle says, “I can still do all things through Christ who is my strength” and declares that it is because of His blessings upon her she is still going and using her gift for His glory. Whether she was employed or not, sewing and constructing artifacts with simple things such as straw and yarn have always been a part of her life. She reminisced on times past when her children and grandchildren journeyed with her through the bushes to find straw to make hats and bags to sell. Indeed, as she looks all around her, she says, “I’m blessed.” She is still going strong after all this time. If you were to pass by her home, she will probably be constructing something beautiful. But don’t just drive by; Stop in and see all the beautiful souvenirs and treats just for you. Truly, she uses her talent to the best of her abilities and maximizes her full potential as an artist. God Creative Hands is still here, still creating and still going strong.Keep Up the Good WorkEnrolled at the University of Mexico in Pasco, Mexico, is the lovely Kimiko Cecile Knowles. Kimiko has just completed her first year there and has done exceptionally well. She is presently studying International Relations and seven foreign languages including French, Spanish and German. This past semester Kimiko excelled in all her classes obtaining 9 A’s (10) and 5 A-‘s (9.5). She has dedicated herself to finishing at top and with grades like these obviously she is on her way. Kimiko is the daughter of proud parents Orthnell and Stephanie Hield. We encourage you to keep up the good work and continue to strive for the sky. Marco Cooper is another student is doing exceptionally well in his quests for success. Macro is now enrolled in high school in Texas on a basketball scholarship. He is playing Division 1 level of basketball and is doing very well. Macro was awarded a student scholarship to Sunland Christian School in Freeport, where he was selected for his latest scholarship. Marco is a former student of the Sherlin Bootle High School in Cooper’s Town. Marco is excelling in both academics and athletics. He is the proud son of Joe and Yvette Cooper of Cedar Harbour.It’s Back to School TimeIn just a few days, buses will run and bells will rings and school will be in session, summer time will be over and so will play time. Students, you are encouraged to put your feet to the pedal; and work extremely hard. Education is very important and is a necessity to becoming successful on life’s journey. The country’s national average is a D+, according to the Ministry Please see North Page 11 Steve Pedican of the North Abaco Festival and Power Boat Committee presented a check to Every Child Counts. The money is from the power boat races and and a Treasure Cay golf tournament held that same week end. Accepting the check is Lyn Major, Director of ECC, a school for students with physical and mental handicaps that require special education.

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 11 “A Unisex Salon”Ofra Cosmetics • Acrylic Nails Hair Braiding Matrix, Nexus and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Monday Saturday • 9am 5pm In Memorial Plaza • 367-3623 More North Abaco News of Education latest release of the BGCSEs results. Our country is in trouble and students you must value your education. This new school calls for a new attitude. Make this school year the best of them all. Be focused and dedicated, remember discipline and drive with determination. The sky is the limit and anything is possible, if you believe it you can achieve it. Remember proper preparation prevents poor performance, how you prepare is how you will perform so prepare wisely. Help yourself do better and accomplish more by setting goals and working towards them, studying harder and please don’t be afraid to ask questions. The only person who determines your outcome is you, you are responsible for the A’s and the F’s. Education is really the key to success, so don’t take it lightly but work very hard and be the best you can be. Parents help your children to be better and more productive students, visit their schools, doing monthly checkup and assist to the best of your abilities with homework and projects. Together you can accomplish more. Happy New School Year!Just Like NewOn September 4th students of the Treasure Cay Primary School will return to their newly renovated and refurbished school. For the past school year, September 05 thru June 06, students were unable to attend school at the Ministry of Education facilities that is provide for them due to renovations that were being conducted. As a result the students were split up and classes were held at Full Gospel Assembly of God Church for grades 1-5 and St. Simon by the Sea Anglican Church for grade 6. This school year students will return to the Treasure Cay Primary as they know and love and will have to adjust to a few changes. The new and improved Treasure Cay Primary School will now be a haven of comfort for both faculty staff and students. The school now hosts a principal block, an administration area, and security center. New bathrooms have been constructed and all the classes have been refurbished, there is also a new staff room for the teachers. The Treasure Cay Primary school is expecting a new teacher. On September 4th when the school gates swings open and the bell rings, students will be delighted to walk back on campus. The principal and teaching staff eagerly await the new school year. The principal at Treasure Cay Primary is Mrs. Myrtis Russell.Thank youDuring the school year September 05June 06, Mrs. Navida Mills was a part of the teaching staff at the Treasure Cay Primary school teaching grade 1. She worked hard and was extremely dedicated to her job. Sadly Mrs. Mills’ time here has expired and she will no longer be a part of the teaching staff at Treasure Cay Primary. The community of Treasure Cay would like to say “thank you” for your time here with us. It is our sincere prayer that you continue to touch lives as you impact life changing knowledge to the gems of this country. Thank you for the service you render and best wishes wherever the journey leads you next.Destiny Bookstore’s First AnniversaryOn August 27th Destiny Bookstore, located at the Cornish Plaza in Treasure Cay, opened its doors to residents in North Abaco. One year has passed and God has been good to the owners of the store. Destiny Bookstore offers a large variety of Christian books and CDs. The bookstore is equipped to meet all your spiritual growth needs, offering books on intercessory prayers, fasting and spiritual growth. They also carry school curriculum textbooks, office supplies, school supplies and much more. With school on the verge of opening for the new school year, Destiny is the right place to meet all you school needs. Destiny Bookstore also offers internet services. Destiny Bookstore invites you to stop and get your gears for the school year.One-of-a-Kind Police Officer“There is no such thing as good police, all a dem is crooks.” For years this has been the belief of many Bahamians. But despite the negativity that may surround police officers, it good to know good ones still exist. The commitment to loyalty, integrity and Please see North Page 13 NorthFrom Page 10

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 13 trust is taken as an oath by the officers. While for some it’s just an oath, for other it is a code of morals and a guideline of standards. The community of Treasure Cay has been blessed with a police officer who goes beyond the call of duty. This young man has made his presence felt here in the community in many capacities. He is energetic and vibrant, loyal and dedicated and more importantly, he is full of character. He is a role model to all the young men in the community, one whose career path is more than a job. It is an opportunity to reach all he comes into contact with. He lives the oath he took daily and it’s evidential in the little things he do. He has given those in doubt a reason to believe that “good police” do exist, and given the young men a reason to strive for excellence. This young man is a father, counselor, police officer and a pillar of strength. This giant of a man exists in the person of PC Zhivargo Hepburn. Officer Hepburn has worked tirelessly to steer the young men in the Treasure Cay district in the right directions. He makes himself available in the evening to hang out and play basketball with the boys. While to most people this is not a big deal, the young men are most appreciative of it. Working hand in hand with the people in the community of Treasure Cay, he has proved himself to be one of the best police officers to be assigned to Treasure Cay. For your hard work, patience, time, efforts, and wise counsel, we would like to say thanks. For taking time to entertain and guide us, we say thank you. For going beyond the call of duty for our sake, we say thank you. For giving us hope and being an inspiration we say thank you. And for being a “good police,” we say thank you.Happy BirthdayMadame Florence Sawyer celebrated her 54th birthday with family and friends at her home on August 13th with an afternoon reception. Madame Sawyer, who is still looking 16, hosted a lovely lunch reception and those in attendance was surely treated as kings and queens. We want to extend a Happy Belated Birthday and let you know that we are glad you are well and back home with us. Madame Sawyer is the co-proprietor with her husband Elmore Sawyer of the Caf La Florence in Treasure Cay.Administrator Is WelcomeThe communities in North Abaco extend a warm welcome to Mr. Theophilus Cox, our new island administrator responsible for the North Abaco District. This includes Green Turtle Cay and Grand Cay. We are delighted to have you here and are looking forward to working with you. Our homes and heart are opened to you and whatever you need, we are waiting to assist in making your stay here as comfortable as possible.Marching BandCalling all who love music and have an interest in learning to play an instrument or be a part of a marching band. Be at the Treasure Cay Community Center on September 2nd at 10 a.m. for the initial meeting for setting up the Treasure Cay Community Band. A special invitation is extended to all between the ages of 799, who are willing to dedicate themselves and work hard to come out and sign up for the band. The band will be open to all, regardless of race, gender or creed. Parents, a special appeal is extended to you to attend the meeting as there will be much help needed with supervision. For further information, contact Constable Hepburn at the Treasure Cay Police Station at 365-8048. More North Abaco News NorthFrom Page 11 Marine ElectronicsCapt. Pat and Ann McFadenFactory authorized Sales, Service and Repair of: Web: www.merlinsmarine.com E-mail: merlin@abacoinet.com VHF CH 16 Tues Fri 8-5 F.C.C. Licensed, Factory Trained Technician At the Jib Room. Marsh Harbour Marina Tel: 242-367-2163Fax 242-367-3388 SIMRAD Please see North Page 16

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 15 Offering the Islands Most Exclusive ListingsŽ One Purple Porpoise Place, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamasp h 2 2 4 2 3 6 6 0 2 1 6 f f a x 2 2 4 2 3 6 6 0 2 2 3w w w C h r i s T h o m p s o n R e a l E s t a t e c o mE x c l u s i v e L L i s t i n g sC h r i s T T h o m p s o n B B r o k e r G r e g R R o b e r t s B B r o k e r White Sound Hilltop lot adjacent to Aunt Pats Bay in White Sound. 1/3 acre with private dock slip and views of the Sea of Abaco and Atlantic $355,000 CONCH QUEST Ocean front villa, 2 bedroom, 1 bath with room to expand. Open deck overlooks excellent surfing location. Just steps from marina and restaurant, rental history available. $795,000 JACKS JUNGLE Lubbers Quarters waterfront west side over 1/2 acre with deeded dockslip. $240,000 WHITE SOUND Rare Ocean front find in White Sound, large lot with Dock on White Sound Bay. 150on the ocean and White Sound Bay, 129on North Boundary, and 94on South Boundary. Ideal spot to build second home, or income producing rental $899,000 OCEAN FRONT WHITE SOUND Lots #13 & #14 with dockage on White Sound Bay $499,000 each. DORROS COVE Lot #18 335,000 and Lot #20 $362,000 UNDER CONTRACT LYNARD CAY 3 acres on Sea of Abaco, north of pond $730,000 1 acre north of pond on Sea of Abaco $365,000 FAR NIENTE, North End, Elbow Cay4 bed / 4 bath on the Sea of Abaco North End, Elbow Cay. Large open floor plan, fully furnished, beautiful beach $3,900,000 SUMBLIME, Hope Town SettlementHistoric Hope Town house with dockage. Main house 4 bed 2.5 bath with detached dock house. Rental history available. $1,600,000 MARNIES LANDING Private waterfront marina community of 1/2 acre lots. Lot #2B reduced to $499,000 Lot #2 Oceanfront $895,000 UNDERCONTRACT MAGNUSON HOUSE,North End, Elbow CayQuiet 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 HIGH HOPES,North End, Elbow CayAtlantic Ocean, North End Elbow Cay 3 bed 3 bed bath, large ocean side deck, excellent history $1,450,000 BLEST NEST,North End, Elbow CayHigh on ocean dune at North End. 3 bed / 3 bath (detached guest cottage) panoramic views, excellent rental history $1,425,000 MAYHOUSE,North End, Elbow CayOcean front North End Elbow Cay large 1.5 acre property, 2 bed / 2bath villa, generator room, can be subdivided.Reduced price $3,900,000 TOWN BREAK,Hope Town 5 bed / 4 bath oceanfront turn key home on beautiful sandy beach, located at the north of historic Hope Town settlement. Open decking, beautiful decor and exellent rental history. $2,300,000 KIWI HOUSE,White Sound, Elbow CayNewly custom built Bahamian style home, 2story, 3 bed, 2.5 bath. Expansive decking Pool, central AC, generator. Spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean $897,000 PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSEWhite Sound, Elbow CayOceanfront home with POOL, 4 bed / 3 bath, open kitchen on top floor. Efficiency cottage adjacent to main house, rental history $1,800,000U N D E R C C O N T R A C T1st August 2006C h r i s T h o m p s o n R R e a l E E s t a t e Private Islands Investment Property Waterfront Homes and Land* Acreage Project/Property Management ***** Exclusive Agents for Matt Lowes Cay *****

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Page 16 The Abaconian September 1, 2006 COMMERCIAL DOCKSPRIVATE DOCKSSEA WALL CONSTRUCTIONBOAT LIFTSDOCK DEMOLITION & REMOVALOffice Tel: 367.4842 Cellular: 357.6564 P.O.Box AB-20757, Marsh Harbour DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Constr Constr Constr Constr Constr uction uction uction uction uction Restaurant&BarOntheHopeTownWaterfront € 242.366.0247orVHF16Specializing in Bahamian Foods€ Open Monday thru Saturday € Breakfast 8:30…10:00 a.m.Lunch &Dinner 11:00 a.m.…9:00 p.m.Bar Open 8:30 a.m.…tilHappy Hour 5:00…6:30 p.m. Music € Wed. & Fri. 8:00 …11:00 p.m. You’re Shining BrightOn a recent talk show on Radio Abaco 93.5, Mrs. Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism for Abaco, boasted about the awesome job Michelle Mikula is doing at the Ministry of Tourism. We the people of North Abaco would like to join with her and say “keep up the good work.” Indeed, you are shining and we are all so proud of you. Michelle is responsible for Public Relations and was the inspiration behind the Abaco Teen Talent Search competition held at the Junkanoo Summer Festival, formerly known as Goombay. Michelle, keep shining the spotlight is on you! You’re doing a tremendous job.CongratulationsThe communities of North Abaco, Treasure Cay especially, send congratulations to Rashida Murray on her graduation. Rashida graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelors degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. She is thankful to the Prime Time Foundation that sponsored her education at LSU. Congratulations and all the best as you venture into your new career.Fund Raiser SuccessfulUnder the patronage of Bishop Archilus and Estelle Cooper and Bishop Arthur and Christine Knowles, a grand gospel benefit concert was held at Workers House in Grand Bahama. The concert was held as a fund raiser to assist the Church of God Cathedral in Cooper’s Town with their building funds and featured talent from Grand Bahama and Abaco. The ministering performers included Rev. Rudy Robert and The Sensational Seven, Simeon Outten, The New Direction, Leonardo Curry, The Nairn Sisters, Rev. Livingston (Winkes) Dames and others. The concert was held on August 11th and was a grand success. Mr. Jackson McIntosh and the concert committee would like to thank everyone who supported the venture.Couseling Is Offered at Life Gate MinistriesManifested for God’s glory is the Life Gate Christian Ministries. Under the leadership of Bishop Terrance and Elder Shawnee Strachan, this institute of worship has brought hope and restoration to lost souls. Committed to serve as God leads and answer when He calls, the Strachans are prepared to do every good work that God has set before them. After a crusade was held in Cooper’s Town in April 2003 under Apostle C. Clifford Smith of Southside Christian Ministry International in Nassau, Life Gate Christian Ministries in Cooper’s Town was born. From April of 2003 to August 2004, Brother Michael and Sandra Russell looked after the affairs of the ministries. Even though present pastor, Bishop Terrance Strachan made bimonthly visit to minister, this was not the ideal plan of God. Thus on March 28 he was ordained as pastor of the ministry and relocated to Abaco in August of 2004. Since then he has been doing a tremendous through the Holy Spirit reaching souls, counseling and ministering to the needs of his congregation and society at large. Located about four blocks north of Cooper’s Town with its church office in the central Cooper’s Town area is Life Gate. Like any new organization, starting out was a little rough; it called for a lot of hard work and teaching but it is rewarding. After two years, it’s a blessing to see the growth in his members, say Bishop Strachan. Life Gate seeks to feed the entire man spiritually, educationally and even socially. In July the church dedicated the month to financial empowerment, bringing personnel from the bank and insurance businesses to educate. Realizing that there must be balance, Life Gate provides essential counseling and seminars to empower. With all the ills of society and daily crisis, Life Gate seeks to educate; as the Word of God declares “For the More North Abaco News Please see North Page 13 Please see North Page 17

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 17 2,3,4&5Bedroom BeachfrontRentalsTreasure Cay, Abaco, BahamasPhone: 242-365-8500 Fax: 242-365-8501www.BahamaBeachClub.com TollFreeReservations:800-563-0014 18HoleGolf Course,Tennis,BoatRentals, Scuba,IslandTours,Shopping&More!One of the10Best Beaches in the WorldŽNational Geographic LUXURYCONDOMINIUMS Tbh J & J ELECTRIC BILL 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 lack of knowledge, the people perish.” As far as living and adjusting to life here on Abaco, Bishop Strachan says that this is a dream to be away from the busy city. Being here has glued his family closer together, and his relationship with God has blossomzed into something special. He enjoys working here and looks forward to seeing Abaco entering the season that God is about to enfold. It is his hope that the people make themselves available for the release. Life Gate Christian Ministries is manifested for God’s glory, called to bring hope and restoration, ordained to render intimate worship experience with God and destined for greatness.Big Cell and One Stop AutoBig Cell opened its door about a month ago in Treasure Cay at the Brent Lowe Plaza. Offering auto parts and cell phones, they have a large variety of cell phones that are available at reasonable prices. Big Cell and One Stop store hours are from 8 a.m.6:30 p.m. Whatever you need for your car or cell phone can be purchased there. If they don’t have it, they will get for you.The New DirectionAbout 14 year ago a few men launched a gospel group after dedicating their lives to God. They called themselves The New Direction and sought to spread the message of Christ through music. Today they are still singing of the good news. Clint, Curtis, Gary, Vernon, Lowell, Leo, Stephen, Mario, Cramston and Livingston are members of the New Direction. This group of talented men has recorded their first CD on which they wrote their own songs. These men have performed at numerous events on many occasions. Driven by the desire to get the word out about God’s love and saving grace. They rehearse at least once a week. With songs such as I’ve Been Born Again and This Is the Day these guy are a pleasant sound to the ear. They have united various types of music to create unique songs and sound. Complete with fantastic musicians, these guys will keep you on your feet. They have the ability to make old sounds new and harmonize their voices to blend just right. The rendition of I’ve Been Redeemed Hallelujah Square and Old Ship of Zion are top of the chart and will send ratings blowing through the skies if they were judged. The most remarkable fact about this group is that they are sold out for God’s glory. They have kept going this long by God’s grace and are honored to share His goodness. The New Direction is a part of Full Gospel Assembly in Treasure Cay and their CD’s can be purchased from members of the group.Best WishesHappy Birthday to Princess Rayven McKinney! Hope that royalty remembers your address and showers you with many gifts. Also Happy First Day to school to you. May you be the best student you can be. Do well and study hard, all the best as you start this new chapter in your life.CongratulationsTo Open Doors Ministry in Fox Town on its 40th Anniversary! Open Doors began ministry on Abaco in 1966 and has been under the leadership of Pastor George Russell ever since. Truly the Lord has been good to the congregation there and His blessings are evident. The communities of North Abaco congratulate you on your anniversary and encourage you to press on toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus. More North Abaco News Please see North Page 16

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Page 18 The Abaconian September 1, 2006 Church News Friendship TabernacleSenior Citizens Were Honored at a Special ServiceBy Mirella Santillo On July 30th Pastor Silbert Mills celebrated a special service at Friendship Tabernacle in Dundas Town to honor senior citizens of Dundas Town and Murphy Town. During the usual morning service 13 senior citizens, all members of the church, were awarded certificates of appreciation. After the service three buildings located on the church grounds, the cafeteria, the day care center and the lodge, were named and dedicated to three influential residents, two who have passed on, the third to Rev. Roland Swain. The cafeteria was renamed the Roland Swain Fellowship Center. The day care became the Viola’s Center in memory of Mrs. Viola Mills, Pastor Mills’ mother. And the lodge was dedicated to Mrs. Ceta Morley, who had been instrumental in securing donations to help rebuilding and refurbishing it after Hurricane Floyd in 1999. It is now the Ceta Morley’s Lodge.Conference Focuses on FamilyBy Mirella Santillo Focus on the Family was the theme of the Bahamas Evangelical Church Association conference held at Friendship Tabernacle in Dundas Town on August 7 to 10. It is a subject which, according to many church leaders, needed to be addressed. The first session of the conference was held on the evening of August 7th and featured guest speaker, Mr. Zhivargo Laing. Pastor Mills explained the reason behind this conference. “There is a serious breakdown of Bahamian families that are affected by external and internal measures that need to be addressed.” During interludes between speakers, the music group from Treasure Cay, The New Dimension sang and played Gospel music. Mr. Laing came from Nassau especially for the conference and wanted to impress on Abaconians the definition of family. “Because of the times we live in,” he stated, “it is no wonder that families are having such tremendous challenges.” He explained seven principles that define a “family. Good family members do not come from good families, good families come from good family members,” was Mr. Laing ending statement. The conference continued with a day session on Tuesday with guest speaker, Pastor Wilbur Outten, and a night session with Elder Wenzel Mc Bride approaching the challenge of coping with adolescents with the topic Teens in the Family That evening the guest speaker was Rev. Coapland Morley, who talked about Restoration in the Family “There is hope,” he promised, “because I know that you realize that when a home goes bad, so does the Church and so does the nation.” Wednesday morning was marked by the discussion by Dr. Sandra Dean Patterson, who came from Nassau for the occasion, and Pastor Silbert Mills on the touchy subject of Abuse in the Family Pastor Mills approached the subject from the Biblical perspective which encourages family members to love, cherish and respect each other. “Abuse is directly the opposite,” he stated. “Abuse cannot only be physical but also verbal and show in disrespect for another member.” Infidelity in the family was discussed by Pastor Ronald McIntosh from Cooper’s Town. He talked about returning to structures within a household. “When you compromise the structure, you leave the door open for anything to come in or go out.” The closing of the conference took place on Thursday with morning speaker, Rev. Kenneth Knowles. The evening session was dedicated to the remedies of keeping a healthy family with inspirational speaker, Deacon Jason Edgecombe, discussing Love in the Family and Bishop Neil Ellis Hope in the Family Pastor Mills, the host and organizer of the conference, was pleased with the response and the turnout of the community members to each of the four-day services. Even on Wednesday evening when the power went out, nobody left the church, he stated. He hopes that the topics made people more focused on family issues and helped them reassess where they are. It was a call for re-commitment, a call to remember the laws and promises made at marriage. He added that he was happy to be have been able to utilize the local ministers to address some of the subjects as well as Creole speaking ministers.Abuse Is a Major ProblemBy Mirella Santillo and Jo-Ann Bradley A conference on Family Focus was held Rev Roland Swain and his wife, center, were honoured by having a building at the Friendship Tabernacle Church in Dundas Town named after Rev. Swainhim because of his work in the church. Standing with them are Pastor Silbert Mills and his wife Dolly. Please see Church Page 19

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Page 20 The Abaconian September 1, 2006 NIPPERS BEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA• 50 Deepwater Slips • Fuel/Oil/Bait/Ice • Fresh Water • Garbonzo Reef Bar WATERFRONT VILLAS• One, two & three bedroom units • On the ocean & harbour • Full kitchen/air cond/sat TVFor local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : seasprayres@abacoinet.com www.seasprayresort.com Boat House Boat House Boat House Boat House Boat House R R R R R es es es es es t t t t t aur aur aur aur aur ant ant ant ant ant Come for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Bahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun.• Stew Fish • Chicken Souse • •Cornbeef & Grits • Steam Sausage & Grits Enjoy a delicious dinner with us Sea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Abaco Express Providing U.S. Mail and Parcel ServiceBetween West Palm Beach and Marsh Harbour Call for Details 242-367-3450 • 561-689-1010 www.cherokeeair.comBy Mirella Santillo Second only to complaints about BEC are the complaints about the telephone company, Bahamas Telecommunication Corporation, by community’s residents. As of July 17th, BTC on Abaco has a new Acting Senior Manager, Ms. Arlene Clarke, who is determined to face all the challenges, technical and public image and turn around the telephone company with an improved technical system and a consumer-friendly operation. Ms. Clarke was appointed to Abaco to replace Mr. Henry Romer, who is now Vice President for the Nortern Bahamas. A native of Eleuthera, Ms. Clarke spent the last 16 months in Freeport as Sales Manager in charge of marketing and public relations. Prior to that she was Regional Manager for Bimini. She was a technician with a total of 20 years experience in that field. She comes to us well prepared to face the many problems that have been affecting the telephone service on our island. “I have major challenges to resolve on Abaco,” she explained, “the first one being the telephone system. I have brought in two technicians from Grand Bahama to help resolve this issue. Another important issue is human resources, and I seek to address that within 90 days. I hope that within that time, customers’ calls will be answered by humans.” To increase the technical staff, Ms. Clarke is advertizing for two more technicians and is seeking additional staff for the reception. Answering a complaint on GSM cellular phones, she explained that these phones are being used without the support of BTC since the system is not yet operative. The equipment is not ready, the service is not good. “We do not support the use of GSM cellular phones at the present time,” she insisted. It is in the process of being tested and that is the reason these phones are not sold by BTC. The GSM system has only been implemented on two islands, New Providence and Grand Bahama, and it is not until September 18th that it will be offered on Abaco. Mark this date, as for two days BTC will hold an open house to offer consumers a line of new products associated with the GSM system including blackberry phones and VIBE, a voice over the internet system similar to Vonage and, assured Ms. Clarke, comparable in cost. The company is presently working on providing more reliable communications with the installation of a submarine network comprised of fiber optic cables to serve the main island, from Cooper’s Town to Sandy Point. It will offer more reliable, safer service and improve overseas communications. It is presently being tested and will be in place sometime by the end of September. The cays will be dealt with subsequently. However, Green Turtle Cay is on the list for service to be improved within the next 90 days. On her list of things to address in the near future is the improvement of BTC’s image versus the customers’ image. “Presently, it is not customer friendly,” she deplored. “We need to introduce telemarketing and customer visits. We need to develop a data base of complaints to know how to target our efforts to improve and provide more reliable communications. We want to improve the company’s image and visibility in the community. To that effect we will organize town meetings to interact with the residents, introducing new plans and receiving complaints and suggestions.” Note that as of June, BTC’s office in Marsh Harbour is open six days a week. Cashiers are now on duty from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and customer service representatives are there until 6 p.m. to help Monday to Friday. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. “I am looking forward to work on Abaco and I am excited about the challenges. The island’s atmosphere is very similar to the place I come from in Central Eleuthera. I received a warm welcome and reception from the staff who seems very cooperative in facing the changes,” concluded Ms. Clarke. Batelco: New Manager, New Services, New Hours Ms. Arlene Clarke

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 21 By Lindsey Delaplaine The Ministry of Tourism and Friends of the Environment are working in conjunction to host the International Coastal Cleanup throughout the month of September. During this month people from around the world will be cleaning up their waterways. With all of our many coastlines, from beaches to tidal creeks and harbours, to make a real difference it is important Abaco gets involved. You are invited to Take a Day to Leave a Legacy with a team from your business, church, social organization or group of friends and/or family to help Abaco by cleaning up trash and debris from our coastal areas. In the words of Bernadette Harding with the Ministry of Tourism, “This is an awesome opportunity to contribute to the conservation and sustained protection of our coastal communities.” Last year’s cleanup was a very successful effort and the groups hope to have even more participation this year. In addition to the traditional beach and mangrove clean up, underwater clean ups are also being organized. The organizers are making available a presentation about importance of coastal areas and the impact they play on our lives to anyone who is interested in learning more. They are willing to provide the presentations on site, if requested. The presentations will include information on the reasons for the clean up and the scientific approach that the Ocean Conservancy uses to weigh and measure the collected debris. The Abaco Tourist Office and Friends of the Environment want to stress the importance of your participation in this campaign. Not only are clean coastal areas important for environmental reasons, but the trash in our community impacts our very vital tourism industry. Trash has been climbing higher and higher as a complaint on the Ministry of Tourism’s exit surveys. Each group will be given a data sheet to fill up with the results of their efforts. Those sheets will be complied and sent as the representation of Abaco’s efforts. As all scores will be recorded internationally, the organizers look forward to full participation. For a registration form contact Anita Knowles at Friends of the Environment or call 367-2721 or Bernadette Harding at The Ministry of Tourism or call 367-3067. The Ministry of Tourism will be making free t-shirts available to all persons who show up on-site and participate in the coastal clean up exercise. Coastal Cleaning Is Underway Again Support the Cancer Society Donate Used Items to Be Sold in Their Thrift Shop • Call 367-3744 for info

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Page 22 The Abaconian September 1, 2006 morning of August 12th, stating that they had been contacted by the tanker, the Eastern Power that had encountered a small boat with 18 people on board, according to a report from Mrs. Bonnie Hall, who was taking radio communications for BASRA in Hope Town that day and was contacted by the Marsh Harbour Police at approximately 11 a.m. The Marsh Harbour Police had been informed that the Eastern Power found the boat at a coordinate north of Allen’s Pensacola and was heading south. Hr Captain, Sergei Zateev, communicated that when he got closer to Marsh Harbour, he would contact BASRA or the Police. The story had supposedly started eight days earlier when the boat left Grand Bahama with 13 Haitians, two Jamaicans (nine men and six women) and allegedly three Bahamians en route to Florida via Bimini, according to the story told to Nurse Fernander. She learned the details from the people who were brought to the clinic to be treated for dehydration, among them a pregnant woman. The group encountered engine problems soon after leaving Grand Bahama and drifted out to the open ocean. The boat’s two Yamaha outboards soon after leaving Freeport. At about 6 p.m. on August 12 BASRA was informed by Captain Zateev that he would be off Elbow Cay around 7:30 that evening. Immediately the Police, the Defense Force and the Department of Immigration were contacted. The freighter was spotted approximately three to four miles off Tilloo Cut. The authorities proceeded to Hope Town on a Defense Force boat and two additional boats provided by Rich’s Rental at the request of the Police. BASRA also responded by sending a boat to the freighter. According to Mr. Michael Davies, who was captaining one of Rich’s Rental boats, he towed the disabled boat to Marsh Harbour, while Mr. Jonathan Sweeting took four sick people and two Bahamians on the other boat. They were taken to the Marsh Harbour dock at Crossing Beach where Crash Rescue and EMS met them with an ambulance. The operation lasted nearly five hours. Nurse Fernandez, the clinic’s head nurse, confirmed that 17 people were brought to the clinic suffering various degrees of dehydration. “They were treated and discharged, most of them during the night or early Sunday morning,” she said. The patients included a pregnant woman who was diagnosed as being 33 weeks pregnant. “She was not sure of her dates,” said the nurse. Cpl. Knowles, who was in charge of dispatching, said that a team of Police officers, Immigration Officer Hutchinson, left Marsh Harbour around 8 p.m. to return to the ferry dock at 9:30 p.m. According to BASRA and the Police, the Eastern Power ’s captain stated that he had rescued 18 people from the disabled boat. However, only 17 people were accounted for. On August 13th the illegal immigrants were sent to the Detention Center in Nassau where they will await deportation to their respective countries. The two Bahamians were brought to Court on August 14th and sentenced to 18 months each in prison. It has been reported that the Jamaicans paid $4500 each and the Haitians $3500 each. At these prices, a successful trip would have grossed $54,000. SmugglersFrom Page 1 15 Immigrants Plus Two Are Rescued at Sea By Mirella Santillo On August 14th two Bahamian men were sentenced to 18 months in jail for transporting 15 illegal immigrants to Bimini by Magistrate Crawford McKee. They were found the previous Saturday by a freighter drifting in a boat north of Allen’s Pensacola together with 16 other people, The two men were brought to court on Monday morning after spending the weekend in custody, to appear before Magistrate McKee. They pleaded guilty to the charge of attempting to smuggle illegal immigrants to the United States. Peter Laurence Russell of Grand Bahama and Gentry Fox, of Nassau pleaded guilty of the charges of “assisting illegal passengers, found Saturday August 12th, not in possession of the proper documents to enter the country of destination.” Senior Immigration Officer, Mr. Hutchinson, read the accusation: “They were headed to Bimini to take the immigrants for jobs when they encountered a problem with the boat and drifted at sea where they were rescued and transferred to Marsh Harbour.” The defense attorney for the two men, Ms. Kara Butler, asked for the judge’s mercy, explaining that the men did not have a job, were on drugs and therefore could not have owned the boat. Instead of the twoyear jail term that is the sentence for smuggling illegal aliens, she tried to have the men committed to the mental hospital of Sandilands to enter a drug rehabilitation program. A cousin of Mr. Russell, she pleaded that he did not have any relatives except for her. “If he does not perform, he can always be sentenced subsequently,” she said. The Magistrate informed the court that he would take a 15 minute recess before rendering his verdict. He came back stating that Peter Laurence Russell and Gentry Fox were indeed convicted of the charges of transporting 15 illegal aliens to Bimini. “It is in your favor that you pleaded guilty,” he said, “but the drug problem is not a factor for the Court to consider. You were doing illegal smuggling for personal gain. You do not have sufficient finance to pay any fine. You have committed a serious offense which carries a maximum sentence of 24 months in prison. You will go to prison for a period of 18 months.”Two Were Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison Keep up with the Happenings on AbacoSubscribe to The Abaconian Today

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 23 Minimize storm damage to your home. Our Lexan or aluminum shutters protect your home. Make your own custom ply-wood shutters. Mar Mar Mar Mar Mar sh Harbour • Or sh Harbour • Or sh Harbour • Or sh Harbour • Or sh Harbour • Or der a der a der a der a der a t 367-2660 • 367-2811 • 367-2820 t 367-2660 • 367-2811 • 367-2820 t 367-2660 • 367-2811 • 367-2820 t 367-2660 • 367-2811 • 367-2820 t 367-2660 • 367-2811 • 367-2820 PAINT Transparent Storm Shuttersof bullet-proof LEXAN Full Storm Protection AND Daylight Don’t be in the dark Top quality & Performance Storm shutters are one of the most cost effective steps you can take to protect your home. Keep the wind and water outside while you are safe inside. Don’t wait until the last minute. Order custom shutters today!2500 Watt Gas GeneratorsNow in stockSpecial Purchase Special Price Be ReadyBuy NowStock up on tarps, flashlights, coolers and batteries. UseVisqueen plastic to protect furniture and bedding.June 2005Aluminum shutter kits pre-cut to fit each door or window 8 1600 KW BroadCrown Standby Diesel Generators Powered by John Deere engines Your TV, refrigeration, water pump and air conditioning can operate during power outages. CURRY’S FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front Boats equipped with:VHF • Bimini Top • Cooler Anchor & Lines • Compass Dive Ladder • Life Jackets Paddle • Flares • Flashlight Fire Extinguisher • First Aid Kit30 Boats to Choose From All Meticulously Maintained35% off all rentals through February 11 W eekly Rates: 26’ Paramount$1295 23’ Albury Bros$1015 22’ Boston Whaler$ 945 20’ Albury/Hydra$ 910 18’ Privateer$ 665 Rates do not include gas Open 7 days 8am 5pmLocated in Hope Town & Marsh Harbour Call (242) 367-2513 • Fax (242) 367-2516 www.seahorseboatrentals.com The funeral for Dorothy McKinney, 66, of Crossing Rocks was held on August 13 at the South Abaco Seventh Day Adventist Church in Crossing Rocks. Pastor Leonardo D. Rahaming officiated assisted by Elder Isaac Collie and Elder Richard Berry. Interment was in the Public Cemetery in Crossing Rocks. She is survied by her husband Glen McKinney; children Gray, Shawn, Maydon, Wendy, Vernice McKinney and Merle Wilmore; brothers Lyoyde Walker and Morris Bain; grandchildren; sisters-inlaw Laurine Walker and Berline Bain; brother-in-law Rev. Mervin Burrows; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Alonzo Adams, 67, of Marsh Harbour, formerly of Blackwood, was held at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Blackwood on August 12. Fr. Dwight Rolle officiated assisted by Layman Euclid Baillou. Interment followed in the Blackwood Public Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Magnola Adams; sons Jeff, Roscoe, Kurt and Troy Adams; daughters Judy Ann Adams and Mageieen McIntosh; grandchildren Nart, Assia, Mancini, Edwin Jr., Santana, Sanremo, Lexi, Nakera, Alvardo, Gatavia, Breanna, Alacia, Romeo, Anthomy Jr., Antonio, Merlin Jr., Daniel, Antonysha, Antoneka, Santia and Antonia; great-grandson Nabre; daughter-in-law Salina Adams; sons-in-law Pastor Edwin Wilson and Peter McIntosh; sisters Savaletta Reckley, Mildred Russell, Evelyn Russell, Annie McIntosh and Lucy Davis; brothers-in-law Jonathan Reckley, Ortneil Russell, Hastin Russell and Mr. Davis; sisters-in-law Delphne McIntosh, Minerva Reckley and Muriel Poitier; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends. Obituaries of Family and FriendsSinkholes Present Serious Traffic Hazard Two sinkholes in Central Pines Estates are very deep and extensive. These unmarked holes could cause very serious damage to a vehicle if the driver was not aware they are present. The holes are much more than potholes; rather they are sinkholes where the rock has collapsed under the pavement. It will require heavy equipment to make the repairs. In the meantime, they are a danger lurking to snag an unsuspecting motorist. Have You Registered to Vote?

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Page 24 The Abaconian September 1, 2006 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 B & V Plaza Don MacKay B lvdT 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 Risk’s affidavit. This is the first of a two part series in response to his affidavit. I. Dr. Risk states that two years ago he formed an impression after review of “parts of the developer’s EIA.” Reviews of partial EIAs can often provide an incomplete perspective of the full scale of the issues and may, as it appears in this case, lead to inaccurate conclusions and recommendations. During the two years since Dr. Risk’s review of the “parts of the developers EIA”, the always intended review of the complete draft of the EIA has been submitted to the BEST (Bahamas Environmental Science and Technology) Commission. The Commission completed its review of the Baker’s Bay EIA in November 2005 and concluded “no objections” to the designs and plans for the Baker’s Bay golf course and marina. All other components of the project plans to date were also acceptable to the Commission, with conditions attached to and subsequently accepted by the developers to all appropriate components of reviewed EIA Development plans. Based on his non-involvement in the EIA review process, Dr. Risk is completely out of date and unfamiliar with the currently proposed project, the site conditions, and the approved EIA, EMP, and other permits. Dr. Risk has never contacted Discovery Land Company (DLC) or Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club (BBC) to request readily available and updated documents, back-up, or a tour of the site. He has not communicated with the Researchers at University of Miami since initial contact either. II. Dr. Risk states that DLC has not responded to requests for dialogue. Nothing could be further from the truth. We can document several meetings with Residents of Guana Cay and members of SGCRA with extensive dialogue about the project and changes to the plan resulting from the dialogue. These meetings date back to at least August 2004, with subsequent meetings held in August 2005 and June 2006. Further, DLC has advertised on radio, in newspapers, and on national TV for interested entities to accept an open invitation to tour the project site and have dialogue with us about the project. III. The above referenced Tribune article quotes Dr. Risk as follows: “I outlined several extremely serious deficiencies in the EIA, where aspects of the development that could develop into fullblown environmental catastrophes had been handled badly, or not at all. I underlined problems with the marina dredging, runoff of nutrients from the golf course (I dove a lovely fringing reef no more than 20 yards from one of the proposed holes), and emphasized that there were grave problems with the marine monitoring program.” Response: We note that Dr. Risk has not reviewed the Environmental Monitoring Plan (EMP) for the Passerine at Abaco, Ltd/Baker’s Bay project. The concerns he voiced and which are repeated above are all addressed in the EMP and being practiced by the independent Environmental Monitoring Team (EMT) team from the University of Miami as well as the BBC in-house environmental management team on property. IV. Dr. Risk states that he does not understand that any deficiencies of the draft EIA have been addressed. We note that he has never attempted to understand whether or not they have. He has not called, made written request, nor attempted to schedule meetings to discuss and or review the current EIA and EMP. Importantly, the BEST Commission conducted an in-depth and exhaustive review of the EIA where additional documentation, changes, clarifications, etc. were requested and subsequently provided by the developers. It was only after these iterations that the favourable review of the EIA was concluded by the BEST Commission in early November 2005. VII. In point 11 of his affidavit Dr. Risk states “It would appear that operations on Great Guana Cay fall well short of best practices. Dredge plumes have become common, mangroves have been bulldozed, and silt curtains are ineffective and I am told by Troy Albury are not being used at all where they should be. Corals along that coast will now be in a state of stress from sediments, to add to the levels they were already experiencing; the best way to kill coral is to put sediment on it, and this appears to be what is happening. Many acres of forest have been bulldozed down, causing further environmental stress.” Response: Dr. Risk states that he has been “told by Troy Albury (that silt curtains) are not being used at all where they should be.” This is simply a completely false and uninformed statement that Dr. Risk makes on the basis of what he has been told by Mr. Troy Albury. Dredge related activities only commenced at the project site during June 2006 and the use of properly installed silt curtains have been well documented by the project contractors and the in-house BBC environmental team. Further, there is no evidence that coral reefs are being adversely impacted by any sediments originating from development activities at BBC. Importantly, Dr. Risk’s statements are anecdotal and not based on any quantitative or scientific information. Bulldozing, but more accurately clearing of any trees at the project site is consistent with approved EIA standards, acceptable development practices, best environmental management practices, as well as appropriate Government of The Bahamas permits and approvals. VIII. The above referenced Tribune article quotes Dr. Risk as follows: “Another of my fears has been realized: the bedrock on the island is much closer to the surface than previously estimated. This means that any wastewater discharge, and all fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides used on the proposed golf course (or as part of the preparations of the development), will be on the reef in a matter of hours. It appears that the developers have already removed substantial areas of topsoil which means that any substance with an environmental impact (oil, fertilizers, pesticides, etc) will simply pass straight into the reefs, destroying it.” Response: The assertions here are false More Letters to the Editor LettersFrom Page 9 Please see Letters Page 25

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 25 and opinionated. Dr. Risk provides no scientific information and or quantitative measures to support these allegations. Detailed geotechnical studies conducted by the BBC developers provides the data necessary to determine bedrock depth on the island; to our knowledge, Dr. Risk and or his associates have not conducted these kinds or any comparable studies. Most disturbing, the development site to date has no areas where “the developers have already removed substantial areas of topsoil”; a statement that is grossly false and its associated consequence (“......which means that any substance with an environmental impact (oil, fertilizers, pesticides, etc) will simply pass straight into the reefs, destroying It”), is intended to harm the reputation of the developers. In closing, it is important to note that proper research and testing using proven and novel approaches are needed rather than public judgments and pronouncements based on speculation and hearsay. This will do more to ensure the generation of reliable base line measurements and data that can stand up to the scrutiny of other members of the scientific community. More importantly, such an approach will provide the optimal and most beneficial environmental safeguards for the Great Guana Cay community. The environmental team at Baker’s Bay is committed to this methodology. It is regrettable that the proper fact finding methods appear not to have been followed by Dr. Risk in such an important case. Livingston S. Marshall, Jr., PhD (Marine Science) Sr. VP, Environmental & Community Affairs Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club Originals byLou Lihou Anne Ray Malcolm Rae William Johnson Shula Raney Fritz Keck Kim Rody Photography by TuppyLocal ArtistsBeth Sweeting Zandrick Jones Lori Thompson Dion Lewis Colyn ReesLocated Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh HarbourTel: 367.0579GALLERYOriginal Art lPrints lFramingBlue Sky TowBoatU.S., Port Canaveral, Florida, and represent the first full-time, 24-houra-day service in the area. TowBoatU.S. Marsh Harbour is located adjacent to Rainbow Rentals. A 25foot Steiger Craft pilothouse, operated by Wayde and Tracey Collins, is in Marsh Harbour. The boat can be identified by its distinctive red hull, white bow stripes and TowBoatU.S. lettering along the sides. The boat has a full complement of towing and salvage equipment including extra fuel, pumps, airbags and battery “jump packs” to handle every breakdown from running out of fuel to running aground. “This region sees a lot of transient cruisers, and tournaments bring in the big sportfishing crowd, but there are also local boats that could use our assistance on occasion,” said a representative of TowBoat U.S. Many cruisers are unfamiliar with local waters and sometimes get into trouble running aground in shallows. Boaters in need of towing assistance can reach the operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week by VHF radio on channel 16, or they can call TowBoatU.S. in Marsh Harbour at 367-4602 or 357-6851. BoatU.S. toll-free Dispatch Service can also be called at 800-391-4869. Like an auto club, BoatU.S. offers onthe-water assistance plans starting at around $37 a year. Without a towing plan, boaters face costs that average about $600 per incident in the States. Boaters can call 800-888-4869 or visit http:// www.BoatUS.com/Towing for more information. For membership information visit http://www.BoatUS.com or call 800-395-2628. Please see Central Page 4 LettersFrom Page 24 craft flying to and from the United States. The public is advised of the following: • No liquid or gels are permitted in carry on baggage or be in accessible property or on one’s person except: • Baby formula, breast milk, or juice if a baby or small child is traveling • Prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger’s ticket • Insulin and essential other non-prescription medicines. These measures will require longer waits at the airports and passengers on commercial flights are asked to be patient, to arrive as early as they can. Travelers are asked to keep these new rules in mind when packing their luggage. The discovery of prohibited items may cause them to be confiscated and slow down the departure process. These restrictions do not apply to charter flights. Airport AlertFrom Page 1 Remember Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results

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Page 26 The Abaconian September 1, 2006Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseIsland-wide Abaco ListingsAbaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Casuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder + 3 hse366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages5 cottages366-2075Grand 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 Villas365-5028 Ward’s Landing4 units 904-982-2762Hope 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 villas366-0557Hotels and House Rental AgentsLubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse366-3121Man-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 rm366-6334Sandy PointOeisha’s Resort366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort14 rm366-4119 Rickmon’s Bonefishing 10 rm366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse365-0083Treasure 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. May 06 Restaurants ClosedThe following restaurants will be temporarily closed for staff vacations or renovationsGreen Turtle Club Closed Sep 5 28Guana Cay Orchid Bay closed until NovHope Town Abaco Inn closed Sept 5 Oct 19 Capt Jack closed Harbour’s Edge closedMarsh Harb. Curly Tail closed Sep mid Oct Humingbird closed 3 weeks in Oct Jib Room closed Aug 19 Mid Nov Mangoes closed Sapodilly’s closed Aug 19 Sept 8 Wally’s closed Sept 2 Oct 30Treasure Cay Coconuts closed until Oct hamas’ total visitor count of 5 million last year, it has to be noted that Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, with mountain ranges, fertile plains and valleys, and a 2300-mile coastline with deep harbours, coral islands and miles of beaches. Cuba also offers a proud history and culture blending Spanish and African influences. Cuba now has 10 international airports served by 100 airlines connecting to 40 cities worldwide. And there are 16 regions throughout the island with possibilities for another 164,000 hotel rooms. If US travel restrictions were lifted, Cuban officials predict total visitors in 2010 could reach 12 million. So the competitive threat that Cuba poses to the rest of the region is enormous. According to the Barbados Free Press weblog, this threat cannot be overstated. “Thanks to the USA’s embargo and travel ban, Barbados has not had to vie with Cuba for American tourism dollars. With a dramatic resurgence in the Cuban tourism industry, and an increased number of Cuban resorts catering to both the low and highend tourists from the USA and Europe, can Barbados still be competitive? We already lose significant visitors to Cuba from the Canadian and European markets. Without the American-legislated “head-start” how will we fare?” And, the bloggers added for good measure, “Think about the potential impact of over 100,000 square kilometres of Cuban lands being dumped onto the free market at rock bottom prices in an attempt to jumpstart Free Cuba’s economy and foreign investment.” Bahamian tourism officials have been thinking about the long-term impact of an opening of Cuba on the US market, although they do not see it as an immediate threat: “We are an English destination and they are a Spanish destination,” one official source said, “so that is an advantage for North American tourists. “Certainly we will have to increase our marketing efforts to differentiate our product, to maintain and grow our US and other country market share. But Cuba and The Bahamas are two different destinations that can effectively compete. We will have to continue our efforts to target new markets like China, India, and Brazil. “The biggest pluses for our tourism industry and foreign second home owners are proximity to the US, political stability and the fact that most of the coastal lands in southeast Florida are developed. These will remain advantages in the future (evident by the recently approved Ginn, Mayaguana and Baker’s Bay developments). Proximity to the US will also be a plus for Cuba, but I doubt that their promotion of this will adversely impact us in the short term. “The curiosity factor for visiting Cuba will be huge, but high-end travelers demand a greater level of service than that currently offered by most Cuban properties and businesses. There will be a period of time for Cuba to catch up.” And it is also likely that there will be a power struggle in Cuba that could go on for years. Since the state owns all hotels, management chains can leave with little loss in the event of unrest. And even with an elected government, there will be many problems related to Cuban-Americans seeking to reclaim properties confiscated by the Castro regime. Perhaps the most immediate risk to The Bahamas from a post-Castro transition is the same as that faced by the United States the prospect of mass migration. Soft Call The Looming Cuban Threat Soft CallFrom Page 8 The average Cuban lives on about $8$10 a month, surviving on food rations and free health and education services. But Communist Party members live much better than ordinary people and have access to luxury goods and better jobs. Political discontent in 1980 led to the exodus of more than 100,000 Cubans to Florida during the Mariel Boatlift, overwhelming local authorities and the US Coast Guard. Another wave of emigration came after the collapse of the Soviet bloc, which threw Cuba into an economic tailspin in the early 1990s. Post-Castro instability in Cuba can be expected to lead to more mass migration, although there is no sign of that yet. Newspaper reports say that the Coast Guard, which routinely patrols the water between Cuba and Florida, has been closely watching for any increase of refugees following Castro’s health announcement. Florida’s Governor Jeb Bush said recently that the state was reviewing an emergency mass migration plan should instability in Cuba grow. And the Bush Administration says military forces stand ready to avert any mass immigration of Cubans in the event of chaos on the island another Cuban blockade. In the worst-case scenario, there could be a civil war, producing two or threee million refugees, experts say. If such an exodus does occur, many Cubans will no doubt end up on Bahamian shores. And the pregnant question is, what will we do about that rely on the Americans?

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 27 Dive Shops Abave & Below...........................................367-0350 Dive Abaco, Marsh Harbour...................... 367-2787 Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harb.........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 Loggerhead Boat Rental....................365-5461 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 notedAlbury’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 Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm 3 4 5 6:30 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 onlyGreen Turtle 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 destinationsAbaco 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 timePinder’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 or Marsh Harbour 367-5250 for sailing dates • Adults $95 RT, $55 OW • Cars & trucksIslander Express Bus M Harbour & Sandy Point -call 366-4444 or 457-9958Enovahs 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 .........367-3941 Man-O-War David Albury ........365-6059 Crossing Rocks Tony Russell ...........3 66-3259Bonefish GuidesCherokee Theodore Sawyer .... 366-2111 Will Sawyer ............. 366-2177 Marty Sawyer .......... 366-2115 Noel Lowe ...............366-2107 Randy Sawyer .........366-2284 Casaurina Point Junior Albury ............366-3058 Budy Pinder .............366-2165 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 ...........365-4261 Visitors’ Guide Restaurants • Services • Transportation Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) + Picnic tables & restroom only ‡ Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour Anglers.........................$$$.............367-2158 Curly Tails.........................$.............367-4444 Gino’s ...............................$.............367-2002 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Jamie’s Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room........................$$.............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken....................367-2615 Mangoes.......................$$$.............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 Mother Merle’s................$$ Back Street Cafe............$$ 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 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..............$$$.............365-8195 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...................$$$.............365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro...........$$.............365-4200 Green Turtle Club.........$$$.............365-4271 Harvey’s Island Grill.......$$.............365-4389 Laura’s Kitchen...............$$.............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 Nancy’s............................... Pete & Gays.................$$$.............366-4119 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge..................366-4477 Everyone reads The Abaconian Abaco Chamber of Commerce 367-5822 • Fax 367-5823 • www.abacochamber.org Please bring errors & revisions to our attention Emergency ServicesPolice Marsh Harbour 367-2560 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Dundas Town 367-2935 or 4935 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 Fire Man-O-War 365-6911 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbou r 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 Medical Services Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour.367-2295 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic............367-0020 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre..............367-0049 Government Clinic Marsh Harbour........367-2510 Corbett Clinic Treasure Cay...................365-8288 Government Clinic 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 Jul 06Compliments of The Abaconianwww.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 Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Tours & Excursions Abaco Island Tours • Marsh Har. 367-2936 Above & Below Marsh Harbour 367-0250 Excursion boat • Froggies • Hope T 366-0024 Excursion boat • Froggies • Hope T 366-0431 Airlines Serving AbacoAbaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ....... 367-2266 Air Florida Ft. Lauderdale .................................. 367-5599 Air Sunshine Ft. Lauderdale .............................. 367-2800 American Eagle Miami....................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud .......... 367-2095 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach ........................ 367-3415 Fla Coastal Airlines Vero B & Ft Lauderdale..... 367-0179 Island Express Ft Lauderdale ...................... .... 367-0169Major’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 .......................................... 367-3450 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 R ussel house ...............$14 + $4 Eastern Shores to Peas & Rice house..................$14 + $4 Beyond Russell house or Peas & Rice house.......$16 + $5 Great Cistern ..........................................................$20 + $5 Spring City ..............................................................$15 + $5 Snake Cay ............................................................$35 + $10 Treasure Cay .......................................................$60 + $ 10 Casuarina Point ....................................................$60 + $10 Treasure Cay Airport or Bah Palm Shores.........$70 + $ 10 Little Harbour or Cherokee ...................................$80 + $10 Crossing Rocks ..................................................$100 + $10 Sandy Point ........................................................$135 + $10 • Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wally’s & Eastern Shore.......$ 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 • Caged pets as people Luggage $1.00 each over four, Surf boards $4.00 ea. • Between Treasure Cay Airport and: Effective 13 Nov 05Treasure Cay Resort ..............................................$20 + $5 Madeira Park ..........................................................$14 + $4 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock.....................................$8 + $4 Moxy .......................................................................$18 + $5 Bahamas Star farm ................................................$24 + $5 Sand Banks ............................................................$24 + $5 Joe’s Creek, Leisure Lee .....................................$44 + $10 Black Wood............................................................ $18 + $5 Fire Road & Cooper’s Town...................................$37 + $5 Cedar Harbour ........................................................$55 + $5 Wood Cay ...............................................................$60 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $65 + $5 Fox Town................................................................ $70 + $5 Crown Haven ..........................................................$75 + $5 Marsh Harbour Airport ..........................................$75 + $10 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour............................. $65 + $10 T C Hotel to G Turtle Ferry (Blue Hole $24).........$18 + $ 5 T C Hotel to Bonefish Marles.................................$22 + $5 T C Hotel to Joe’s Creek ........................................$35 + $5 T C Hotel to Moxey .................................................$16 + $5 T C Hotel to Banyan Bch Club XX........................... $6 + $3 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport.................. $75 + $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 & swim onMermaid Reef off M Harb. 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 Area code 242

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VOLUME 14, NUMBER 18, SEPTEMBER 1st, 2006 Buried Volvo Is Prize for Solving PuzzleLittle Harbour Was the Site of the $82,000 Car A backhoe and a crane were required to raise the container with the fancy Volvo, the prize for solving a series of complex puzzles. The Volvo was won by a man from Virginia, but the six other finalists were also awarded Volvos. The well kept secret location of the car created quite a stir both on Abaco and internationally. The Volvo company filmed several locations on Abaco which will be used in their promotions. Plans were well in motion last year October for the 4.1K Swim-A-Thon to take place. More than 70 swimmers, mainly nationals, had signed up to compete in Abaco’s open water swim between Marsh Harbour and Hope Town. However, due to strong weather conditions, the Abaco Swim Club Aerial Shows Congested Pigeon Peas This dramatic photo of the Pigeon Pea community shows how densely the houses are packed into the area. In some places it is impossible to pass between the buildings. There have been two serious fires in the community, the last one destroying 70 houses, leaving 270 persons homeless. Sanitation is a major problem. Counting roofs is a marginal exercise as many buildings house two or more families. The large buildings are Abaco Hardware’s warehouses. We thank Colyn Rees for this spectacular photo. Fire Destroys Boat at MH Dock A late night fire destroyed the 44-foot catamaran belonging to Bill Gilmore of Maryland. The boat, the Boomerang, was in storage at Long’s Landing in Marsh Harbour. The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department was successful in confining the fire to just the one boat. Open Water Swimming Competition Is Planned and the Abaco Tourist Office, joint hosts, were forced to cancel. Though disappointed by last year’s turn of event, Abaco Tourist Office believes that it is an ideal sports-tourism event for the Please see Swim Meet Page 6 Please see Volvo Page 2 David Hutz, a 30-year-old man from Herndon, Virginia, reached true pirate status when he uncovered a buried Volvo XC90 V8 SUV at Little Harbour on Abaco. He was the winner after a challenging twomonth global, multi-media treasure hunt for the vehicle that Volvo Car Corporation secretly hid as part of its sponsorship of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Mr. Hutz, a computer programmer, competed in a grueling, clue-filled search conducted by foot, boat, motor vehicle and helicopter in a local two-day competition reminiscent of reality television shows. The buried Volvo XC90 featured a variety of elements inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, including menacing graphics

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Page 2 B The Abaconian September 1, 2006 www.grahamrealestate.comEkali by The SeaVilla San Paulo is a spacious, beautiful, 3 bed, 2 bath villa resembling a Swiss chalet. It also features wide, covered decks which are ideal for entertaining just 20ft from the sea. Only a step away from the villa is a beautiful 27ft swimming pool edging the sea with a cabana at one end which affords spectacular views to those relaxing within. Under contract. The Main House on 2 levels is Ekali a beautiful 3 bed, 3 bath house that has a rich English flair. The Guest Quarters are on the ground level & boast another 2 bed, 2 bath with full kitchen, open dining & sitting room. Just outside the lovely French doors on the sea side is a spacious deck. The existing 60ft dock is included with this property. $1,600,000 Set back on a hill Kashmir 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 very attractive, well built home sits at the center of the estate and is constructed with aluminum & hurricane proof glass. This home is spacious & can accommodate a very large family. $1,300,000 Alcantara I & Alcantara II are 2 identical 4 bed, 4 bath homes, built using the best craftsmanship. Alcantara I & 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 2 homes sit a large, spacious 35ft. pool. $1,400,000 Ekali by The Seas a magnificent commercial property consisting of 5 upscale villas & 1 cozy cottage. 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. Now you can be a part of this idyllic community by the sea. Choose from one of these unique existing homes. Call Patti Love at Graham Real Estate today to find out more about this exciting investment opportunity!NOW SUBDIVIDED INTO AN OCEANFRONT COMMUNITY WITH EXISTING HOMES FOR SALEPatti LoveOffice: (242) 366-0601 Cell: (242) 554-9429 Fax: (242) 366-0602Regional Offices: Nassau (242) 356-5030 € Eleuthera (242) 335-5464Email: patti@grahamrealestate.comEkali by The Sea Showing Integrity Every Day from the film, black leather seats, custom painted 20-inch wheels and more. Seven finalists had competed in a series of mental and physical challenges on the islands that either eliminated them from competition or advanced them to the buried vehicle. The finalists included a person from England, Austria, Japan, Spain and three from the United States. After Mr. Hutz determined the final location, Curtis Sands dug up container with a backhoe while Robert Claridge used a crane to lift the container clear of the hole. The container doors were opened and officials presented Mr. Hutz with the keys to the $82,000 Volvo. The six other finalists turned out to be winners after all as Volvo surprised them with keys to new Volvos at the conclusion of the hunt. The story began last June when the Volvo Cars put a series of 15 puzzles on the internet. These finalists were the first among their respective nations to complete a fun, yet challenging, online treasure hunt presented by Volvo that launched on June 12, concludong four weeks later and eliciting 52,000 participants in the U.S. alone. The seven finalists arrived on Abaco on August 8 unaware of where they were going until their aircraft landed. They were taken first to Green Turtle Cay where they found clues. These clues then took them to Guana Cay and Hope Town where more difficult clues were confronted. At each stage one of the finalists was eliminated. When the clues finally took them to Little Harbour, there were only two left, Mr. Hutz and Mr. Horibe from Japan. The Volvo had been buried at Little Harbour several months earlier. It was secure in a container buried in a high dune north of Pete’s Pub. Wynsom Ferguson of the Abaco Tourism Office was one of the local coordinators working with the producers of the event. She successfully kept her fellow workers in the dark on the project. There may have been as many as 70 Abaco persons who were in on different aspects of the project. Curtis Sands dug the original hole for the container during the night. Robert Claridge used his mobile crane to lower the container into the hole. Very few Abaco persons were privy to information about the car and those persons were required to sign non-disclosure agreements. Surprisingly, Judd Allison, Miami producer from Picture Perfect Productions, was coordinator of the Volvo promotion. The container is shown here being lifted from its burial place. Mr. Allison and Kevin Johson from Bingo Pictures opened the doors to the container, showing the special Volvo to the world for the first time. The car was won by David Hutz from Virginia in a Volvo promotional. These two photos provided by Picture Perfect Productions. VolvoFrom Page 1 Modern Pirate Treasure Was a Volvo Please see Volvo Page 6

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 3 B MARSH HARBOUR #3100W W W W WA A A A A TERFR TERFR TERFR TERFR TERFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT Ten acre pennisula perfect for a marina or small development. Deep water with a dredged canal. $2,500,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com TILLOO CAY #2723 TILLOO DREAMW W W W WA A A A A TERFR TERFR TERFR TERFR TERFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT on the Sea of Abaco 1 bed 1 bath cottage, 1.33 acre of land, access to the Atlantic, shared dock. $597,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #2516 CROSSWINDSS S S S SEA EA EA EA EA V V V V VIEWS IEWS IEWS IEWS IEWS 4 bed 3 bath 2,800 sq.ft. furnished family home with apartment, central A/C, generator, fresh water well. $820,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #3071C C C C CANALFR ANALFR ANALFR ANALFR ANALFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT lot on the northern side of Galleon Bay Drive overlooking Carleton Point Development. $310,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com MARSH HARBOUR #2818 HARBOUR HOUSEH H H H HARBOURFR ARBOURFR ARBOURFR ARBOURFR ARBOURFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT 2 acres, 200’+ of protected deep water. 2,800 sq. ft. 4 bed, 3.5 bath home with excellent elevation. $2,298,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #1660 SERENITY HOUSEB B B B BEA EA EA EA EA CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT E E E E EST ST ST ST ST A A A A A TE TE TE TE TE 290 ft. of sandy beach, modern 2storey, 4 bed 4.5 bath 5,600 sq.ft. home on 2 expansive lots. $4,900,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com NORTH OF TREASURE CAY #2115 HILLTOP ESTATESW W W W WA A A A A TERFR TERFR TERFR TERFR TERFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT 3 bed 2 bath home plus cottage, 60 ft. above sea level, 6 acres with hundreds of fruits trees. $650,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com MARSH HARBOUR #3248 VILLA ESPANOLAT T T T TR R R R R OPIC OPIC OPIC OPIC OPIC AL AL AL AL AL 4 bed, 3 bath island home. Extreme privacy, yet close to town. Spacious formal dining room and kitchen. $1,200,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #2887 SEAGRAPESB B B B BEA EA EA EA EA CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT residence, professionally decorated 3 bed, 3.5 bath home enclosed beautifully landscaped property. $3,500,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #3079W W W W WA A A A A TERFR TERFR TERFR TERFR TERFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT prime development. 4 acres, four 2 bed 2 bath cottages, pool. Potential as a marina /fishing lodge. $640,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com SUGAR LOAF CAY #2817 PARROT POINTW W W W WA A A A A TERFR TERFR TERFR TERFR TERFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT unique 4.96 acres, private marina, 2 bed 2 bath plus 1 bed 1 bath cottage. Electricity from mainland. $3,500,000.George.Damianos@SothebysRealty.com 242.362.4211 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #2934 SANDY SHORESB B B B BEA EA EA EA EA CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT well-kept 3 bed, 2.5 bath home, elevator, panoramic views, spacious verandahs, with serene ambience. $1,700,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #3076 BEACH VILLA 715 B B B B BEA EA EA EA EA CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT cozy 2 bed, 2 bath villa Magnificent beach, marina, golf and tennis nearby. Great vacation home or rental. $440,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com www.SIRbahamas.com TILLOO CAY #2724 HUNKALOOS S S S SEA EA EA EA EA T T T T T O O O O O S S S S SEA EA EA EA EA with dock on the Sea of Abaco with a 2 bed 2 bath home plus guest cottage on 2+ acres. $995,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #3073 MY ISLAND RETREATB B B B BEA EA EA EA EA CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT 4 bed, 3 bath retreat, cathedral ceilings, wrap-around screened-in verandahs. Great views, great price. $1,300,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #3032 HOME SWEET HOMES S S S SP P P P P A A A A A CIOUS CIOUS CIOUS CIOUS CIOUS 2 bed 2 bath home with family room, fully furnished with A/C. Plus additional vacant lot. $350,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #3028 RUBY’S LOVEC C C C COMFOR OMFOR OMFOR OMFOR OMFOR T T T T T ABLE ABLE ABLE ABLE ABLE 3 bed 2 bath 1,600 sq.ft. home, converted garage close to the beach, needs TLC, furnished. $205,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.comStan Sawyer c 242.477.5821 Laurie Schreiner t 242.367.5046 Kerry Sullivan t 242.366.0163 Jane Patterson t 242.366.056909-1-06GREEN TUR GREEN TUR GREEN TUR GREEN TUR GREEN TUR TLE CA TLE CA TLE CA TLE CA TLE CA Y Y Y Y YWATERFRONT LOT overlooking Coco Bay’s harbour. with a dredged channel to an exisiting dock. #3031 $650,000. Contact Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821B B B B B AHAMA C AHAMA C AHAMA C AHAMA C AHAMA C OR OR OR OR OR AL ISL AL ISL AL ISL AL ISL AL ISL AND AND AND AND ANDLot 58, Block 11, Subdivision 1. #3351 $24,000.Contact Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY #3070 TRANQUILITYP P P P PEA EA EA EA EA CEFUL CEFUL CEFUL CEFUL CEFUL N N N N NEIGHBORHOOD EIGHBORHOOD EIGHBORHOOD EIGHBORHOOD EIGHBORHOOD very clean CBS 3 bed 3 bath with central A/C. Mature fruit trees in backyard. $235,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com C C C C CONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED IN IN IN IN IN S S S S SECTION ECTION ECTION ECTION ECTION A, A, A, A, A, P P P P PA A A A A GE GE GE GE GE 3 3 3 3 3 LUBBERS QUARTERS #3361 SUMMER VIEWW W W W WA A A A A TERFR TERFR TERFR TERFR TERFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT lot with dockage, 100 feet on the water with high elevation, eastside of Lubbers across from Tahiti Beach. $420,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com LUBBERS QUARTERS #1851 FLIP FLOPSB B B B BEA EA EA EA EA CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR CHFR ONT ONT ONT ONT ONT Very private beach house on 1.19 acres of lush, tropical foilage, sleeps 4 with a private dock and beach. $499,900.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com

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Page 4 B The Abaconian September 1, 2006 Aisle of Palm Realty P. O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas Phone 242-367-0080 Fax 242-367-0081 Aisle of Palm Realty Brent Cartwright web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.comPlease call us for information on these fine listings or any of our other listings throughout Abaco Email: brent@aisleofpalmrealty.com web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.com Maria Silvester 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 Two waterfront lots available in desirable harbourfront community in the heart of Marsh Harbour. Call for details 15 Jun 06 Tilloo Sea to Sea 1107 Great new price on over 3 acres of bay and oceanfront land. Unlimited possibilities.We are a small company, BIG on SERVICE, and based on TRUST and HONESTY Watching Bay near Cherokee Sound offering lots starting at $45,000 Beach access for all lots. 1256 Guana Cay beachfront home on double lot. Home offers 3/2 on two levels. Excellent rental home. Priced Right to sell 1248 Great Cistern hillside lot with great views of the Sea of Abaco. 28,000+ square feet. $65,000 1267 Marsh Harbour commercial One acre prime commercial with 60' x 36' building. Lots of room for expansion. Priced Right!! 1258 Scotland Cay beach lot Half acre beach lot ready for dream home. Over 100' of pristine beach 1272-Bahama Palm Shores Beachfront Lot. Best beachfront buy in Abaco $250,000 Under Ccontract Under Ccontract1189 Great Abaco Club home with dock and great views. Also has pool. 1278 Bahama Palm Lots starting at $14,000 in fast growing community. Beach access. AffordableReliable200-800 GPD SC Compact1000-1500 GPD SC StandardSK WatermakersMarine, Residential, and Commercial Systems from 150 to 10,000 Gallons per Day Superior Warranty Coverage Highest Quality Components Wide Range of Options RO Parts & Supplies(772) 489-0 852www.skwatermakers.com4675 N. US 1 Ft. Pierce, FL 34946Installation Available in Abaco by:PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LTD. (242) 366-0112 Hope Town Lubbers QuartersThe Legend of Cracker PinderBy Mirella Santillo A recluse lived on Lubbers Quarters until his death in1954. Legend has it that “Cracker Pinder ” was running away from the Georgia’s legal system where he had shot the Sheriff after an argument. After making his way to Florida, he caught a schooner to Wilson City, then went to Hope Town where he spent the next two years. There he met the Commissioner, Lucene Pinder, whose name he took. It is said that his family in Georgia would send him funds through the Commissioner. After a while he moved to Lubbers Quarters, became a fisherman and a farmer. He planted many fruit trees. Since he was better at farming than fishing, he would “pole” to town once a month to exchange his vegetables for meat and fish. The remnant of his stone dock is still sitting on the shore today. When the adjacent property came on the market, Patrick and Linda Stewart made an offer, bought it and build a restaurant that they named Cracker P’s in remembrance of the old man next door. Mr. Stewart is the chef and manager. Being a farmer at heart, he turned the seven acres around the restaurant into a little Garden of Eden. Stone and grass paths lined with various kinds of hot pepper plants, bird peppers, goat peppers, Havana’s and many more, meander through the property, among sapodillies, grapefruit, sugar apples, tamarind, guavas, pomegranate, plantains and citrus trees. The dark soil is rich and light and “everything seem to grow,” said Mr. Stewart. He is planning to keep adding more and more fruit trees and more peppers which are the base of Cracker P’s hot sauce, bottled on the premises and for now, used only in the restaurant. Sapodillies and guavas are used to cook some of the dishes on the menu. Chef Patrick hopes to market the hot sauce nationally in the very near future. As a hobby, Chef Patrick started bee keeping and the result is a delicious homey that is sold at the bar. He started with 10 News of the Cays hives but a setback left him with only one for the time being. “I will add more hives very soon, hopefully about 15 more.” In the meantime, he collects honey from hives located on the Coop’s farms near Cherokee. Having bees on a farm helps pollinate the vegetables, but many farmers do not want to bother dealing with bees. The premises are also the home of seven spotty brown pigs that feed on the delicious restaurant left overs. Mrs. Linda Stewart left her real estate job to help her husband run the restaurant, which is open for lunch Tuesday to Sunday and for dinner Wednesday to Sunday durMan-O-War Gospel Chapel emphasized Sunday School songs at their Bible School. Please see Cays Page 6 ing the summer. Weekends are very popular with people coming not only from Hope Town but also Marsh Harbour. Unfortunately, the season is over on Lubbers, and Cracker P’s will be closed from August 13th till Christmas. Patrick Stewart keeps busy managing his restaurant, Cracker P’s, maintaining a garden for fresh foods for the restaurant and keeping bees. He is shown here at one of his hives. Man-O-WarBy Charmaine Albury July and August have been exciting months for residents and visitors of Man-

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 5 B Nassau (242) 356-5030 Eleuthera (242) 359-7660Showing Integrity Every DayOnly 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!Ekali lies in a lush tropical setting on the Sea of Abaco which offers breathtaking views of the ocean. Now you can be a part of this idyllic community by the sea. There are 6 available,1/2 Acre lots w/ own dock slip. All of these lovely homesites come with full access to the facilities of Ekali Estates. This includes, magnificent oceanfront, own dock slip in brand new marina, lush landscaped grounds and pool. Charming Bahamian Cottage sleeps 8 people. This property is a boaters delight within mins of Elbow Cay, w/ own large dock, Green Bananas is situated on a magnificant beach overlooking The fishing cut of Tilloo. It has 1 master bed, & a 10ft area that sleeps 6 & a smaller day bed in the living area. Fully furnished. Enjoy the Grand covered deck that situated on the beach with a built in bar for entertaining. #2147 $833,000Green Bananas Cottage Lubbers Quarters14 +/acres. 330 feet of secluded beach front, 70 ft elevations, fruit trees, lush landscaping, small cottage with separate "snore box", a stones throw away from the world famous "Abaco Club". Winding roads throughout the property. Little Harbour 2 miles to the north. A developers paradise.NEW LISTING! NEW LISTING! Casuarina PointEXCLUSIVE LISTINGS Ocean View Cottage Lubbers Quarters #1926 $518,000Ocean view Cottage is a one of a kind tree house secluded in Lubbers Quarters Cay. On the side of Ocean view Cottage is a hill that is 50ft above sea-level. The living room w/ hardwood floors & 6 French doors which open onto a screened porch is on the main floor. The porch wraps around on 3 sides w/ an enticing view from every door to window. This charming cottage is a must see! Sits 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 $462,000Spectacular ocean views from this choice hilltop location. Ideal for a subdivision, on rapidly growing Lubber's Quarters, 15,190 sq. ft of lush terrain, this immense acreage will give a great return on investment. A must see, as this location is in great demand. Ocean View Subdivision Lubbers Quarters #1946 $300,000 #1955 $7,500,000Little Harbour Winding BayCall 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, RealtorKashmir 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 1 storey, 3 bed, 2 bath very attractive, well built home is constructed w/ aluminum & hurricane proof glass. This home is spacious & can accommodate a very large family. The kitchen is ideal for entertaining, w/ lovely breakfast area. Kashmir HouseEkali by The Sea, Hope Town#1929 $1,300,000Breathtaking views await you once you are standing upon this lovely 10,000 square foot hill top property in Long Beach. Lot # 370 is a corner lot with great elevation and views of the open Atlantic Ocean. Nestled in a quiet neighbourhood about 30 minutes south of Marsh Harbour with quality neighbours to entertain once you build your dream home. Long Beach #2205 $75,500 Ekali by The Shore Hope Town #1927 $310,000

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Page 6 B The Abaconian September 1, 2006 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 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 $300,000 Regattas of Abaco CONDO 2 bed downstairs / 2 bath, fully furnished, swimming pool, tennis courts, security. EXCLUSIVE $290,000 High Rock Beautiful home 3 bed / 2 bath, furnished, family room, central air, over 2,000 sq. ft. EXCLUSIVE $710,000 Pelican Shores 2 Prestigious WATERFRONT lots on Pelican shores with deep water frontage and street frontage, already cleared with high and flat elevation. Lots can be sold individually Lot 1 approx 10,000 sq. ft. $569,000 Lot 2 approx. 12000 sq. ft. This lot includes an inground swimming pool with landscaped area. $699,000 Exclusive, Call for Additional Info Marsh Harbour 2 Bed, 1 Bath Home on large lot. Fully furnished. Old Ballpark Rd. EXCULSIVE NEW PRICE $175,000 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 Casurina Point Lot $80,000.00 Bahama Palm Shores Lot in Section I Price $41,000 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: les liepinder@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 Sid’s Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 New Life Bible Church in Man-O-War took the Bible School students on an imaginery trip to the Holy Land. The Man-O-War Church of God studied the first action heroes at their Bible School. The churches coordinated the dates of their Bible Schools so that the children could attend all three. O-War. Independence Day was celebrated on July 8th and was a day filled with fun festivities for all ages. The three churches each held Vacation Bible School. New Life Bible Church had VBS on July 17-24 with the theme The Holy Land Experience MOW Gospel Chapel’s VBS was on July 31-August 4 with the theme Celebrate Sunday School Songs Isabelle Hope MOW Church of God had their VBS on August 7 August 11. Their theme was The First Action Heroes Each VBS was a lot of fun with approximately 40-50 kids attending. MOW Gospel Chapel was blessed by the singing of Cooling Waters member, Pastor Lucien Curry on August 13th. Pastor Curry is the son of the late “Uncle” Ben Curry of Murphy Town. On July 18 Shane and Samantha and their daughter, Grace Albury, welcomed the newest member of their family, Isabelle Hope. Congratulations!Softball Team Travels InternationallyOn August 10 the softball team Texaco Pirates, travelled to Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, to play in the International Softball Conference. They were invited to play in the conference as a result of winning their division at the AAU Tournament at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in January this year. Greg Gardner of Exuma and Adney “The Heat” Bethel are also playing for this Abaco team at the tournament. The Texaco Pirates have played in the last four AAU fast pitch tournaments at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. We, the fans, are proud of this team More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 4 for representing The Bahamas at these tournaments and look forward to the next event in January 2007. Visit the website to see photos of the Pirates from the last four years. location, which would attract some needed business to the destination during the traditionally slow travel period. The SWIFT Swim Club based in Nassau, whose Assistant National Coach, Dominic Latella resides in Marsh Harbour, contacted the Abaco Tourist Office and offered to assist in jointly coordinating the event. Further, the date was agreed for October 14th, Columbus Day weekend. SWIFT Swim Club, with Andy Knowles as Head Coach, has great affiliates with many swim clubs throughout The Bahamas. They include Grand Bahama and New Providence clubs, Abaco Swim Club, the Caribbean and the USA, thereby encouraging many competitors and spectators to travel to Abaco for this event. Through this joint venture the swimming event will be renamed the Abaco Open Water Swim Race and will increase the distance to 5K, meeting the requirements of FINA, the world governing body for swimming which recognizes open water swimming. It is expected that this collaboration will produce a world class event that will attract international swimmers and will be another exciting swim meet sanctioned by the Bahamas Swim Federation. For further information please contact The Abaco Tourist Office at 242-367-3067. Swim MeetFrom Page 1 relatively few people in Little Harbour were aware of the night burial of the car. Now that the hunt is over, Abaco is bound to receive much publicity from the saga of the buried Volvo. Everyone can view all the excitement of the historic hunt when Volvo premieres a series of Webisodes chronicling the hunt at www.volvocars.us/thehunt on August 25. VolvoFrom Page 2

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 7 B Casuarina Pointvacant lot in quiet community, 10,000 sq.ft a nd situated across from the canal.-$80,000 *Lubbers -lot comprises 10,094 sq.ft and is one lot in from the Sea of Abaco. $110,000.00 *Sweeting’sVillage.Interior lot now available in fast gr owing community. Won’t lastlong. $60,000 *Sand Banks -Canal property, small home, with mature fruit trees. Very private. Lots also available –Call for details. *Bahama Coral Islandvacant property in Bahama Coral Island, financing available-Call for details. August 15th, 2006Green Turtle Cay-#5191 Luxurious home located on a 2.5 mile sandy beach. Consisting 5 bed, 4 baths with wrap around verandas. Offered at $2,500,000Call Chris .NEW LISTING Bahama Palm Shores -#5670 –3 bedroom, 4,876 sq ft island home on 2 acre lot with 220’ of beachfront, generator and pool. $995,000.00-Call Mailin .Green Turtle Cay-#5532-2 bed/2 bath beach house on Bita Bay. Central A/C, fully equipped kitchen, water maker and more. Great rental history Call Chris Yellowwood -#5427Incomplete 1bed/1bath home comprises 24,621 sq ft. Built of wood & durable cement siding. $150,000.00-Call Mailin Yellowwood-2H-# 548437,368 sq.ft., featuring 184’ on the Atlantic rocky shoreline, minutes away from Cherokee Sound and Winding Bay. $275,000.00 –Call Mailin Green Turtle Cay-1.6 Acre beachfront lot located on the most beautiful beach on the island. Approx. 130’ on the beach and 560’ deep. $850,000 –Call Chris NEW LISTING Galleon Bay, Treasure Cay #5701-Canal front, 122’ sea walled, 20,000 sq.ft. $305,000.00 -Call Claudius . NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Guana Cay-#5734 Vacant beachfront property running 78’ on the Atlantic & comprises approx. 18,350 sq.ft. This won’t last long. $350,000 –Call Mailin NEW EXCLUSIVEMAGNIFICENT ACREAGE"Pascoe House“This 4.673 acre property comprises approx. 600 ft of harbour front in the prestigious Pelican Shores area, Marsh Harbour, Abaco and features a deep water dock. The 2-bed, 1.5-bath Pascoe House has 2,500 sq ft of living space with the living room and patio commanding gorgeous harbour views.The property includes a 2 bed/2 bath guest cottage with porch, a 1 bed/1 bath cottage, dock house, one car garage and generator house.Beautifully landscaped yard. US$4,500,000-Call Mailin .ManjackCay -10 acres with beautiful beachfront at both ends. Protected anchorage on west side.. Great development property $2,000,000.00 –Call one of our agents today. .Man-O-War Cay # 5509 3 bed/3bath, two story home near Atlantic Ocean. Upstairs loft, 17.5 KW generator, outdoor patios, basement,manicured lawn. $750,000.00-Call Mailin .Leisure Lee-#5366 -3bd, 2bth home 1,600 sq ft, in quiet neighborhood with extensive wrap around screened in porch and central A/C. Beach access. $295,000.00 –Call Mailin Man-O-War Cay-#5451-Two cottages, both with 2 bds/2 bths, on 16,000 sq. ft. of waterfront property. 60,000 gallon cistern, and 15KW generator. $1,100,000.00 –Call Mailin .Green Turtle Cay -#5347 -An island dream! 2 bed/2 bath beachfront home has a private dock and dredged channel. Offered at $2,300,000.00Call Chris www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com Chris Farrington, BRI Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Ph# 242-365-4695 chris@coldwellbankerbahamas.com Claudius Rolle Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph# 242-367-2992 claudius@coldwellbankerbahamas.com Lee Pinder Cherokee Sound, Abaco Ph# 242-366-2053 lee@coldwellbankerbahamas.com 100 Years. Millions of Dreams.Find Yours Here NEW LISTING Leisure Lee-#5739 A lovely 3 bed, 2 bath canal front home. Features 57’ dock and over 17,000 sq.ft of property. A boater’s delight.-$950,000-Call Mailin .New Exclusive ListingsYellowwood Creek Lot 19K -1.470 acre parcel, runs approx. 365’ on the Atlantic rocky shoreline. -$399,000 Lot 19L and 19M -both lots comprise 1.171 acres and feature stunning views of the Atlantic.-$299,000 each All three of these lots boasts great elevations. Yellowwood is a few minutes away from Cherokee Sound, Little Harbour and Winding Bay.-Call Mailin Turtle Rocks-Multi family lot, 27,507 sq.ft., power & cable to boundary, beach access, $85,000.00 –Call Claudius .Bahama Palm Shores -#5742This beachfront lot comprises 83,842sq.ft-200’ stretches across a powder white sand beach. Electricity in place. $550,000.00-Call Mailin .NEW LISTING Treasure Cay-Listing #5740 Beachfront two bedroom, two bathroom villa with a "Lagoon" style swimming pool. Offered at $636,000 Call Chris. MailinSands Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph.# 242-367-2992 mailin@coldwellbankerbahamas.comREDUCED .NEW LISTING Green Turtle#5777-2 bed/2 bath beach house w/ loft.1 bed/1 bath apart. Below, wrap around porches, standby gen., water maker, central A/C. Offered at $1,850,000.00 -Call Chris NEW LISTING Green Turtle#5777-2 bed/2 bath beach house w/ loft.1 bed/1 bath apart. Below, wrap around porches, standby gen., water maker, central A/C. Offered at $1,850,000.00 -Call Chris

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Page 8 B The Abaconian September 1, 2006 Kathleen Albury, BRI a professional Licensed Real Estate Appraiser who has performed work for most local financial institutions, many attorneys and private individuals. She also serves as a Broker with H.G. Christie, Ltd. with eight years of extensive and varied experience in real estate, both in the U.S. and the Bahamas, six 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: ... the battery with the lightning bolt of life!!!Automotive Batteries Gel Batteries High Reserve Capacity Batteries UPS Computer Batteries A/C Delco Marine Trojan Golf Cart 6 & 8V Truck / Tractor Diesel Marine Batteries DieselFULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!!(If an epic battery fails due to workmanship any time during that year, Epic would replace that battery free of charge!) DELIVERY SERVICE AVAILABLE WE DON’T PRO-RATE OUR WARRANTY R e s t a u r a n t & B a r INNOVATIVE ISLAND CUISINE Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner OPEN 7 DAYS LIVE MUSIC THUR/FRI/SUNConch Out Happy Hour FRI 5pmcurlytails@batelnet.bs@ The Conch Inn Marsh Harbour Ph 367 4444 VHF 16 By Mirella Santillo According to Capt. Joe Maggio, the founder of the Scout’s affiliated, Sea Base 1500 members (young people and their troop leaders) visited Abaco this year, from the middle of February to August 8th. Sea Base in Marsh Harbour is one of the Scouts’ three High Adventure locations, the others being the Sea Base Headquarters in the Florida Keys, also for sailing and sea sports, and in New Mexico for mountain climbing and horseback riding. Capt. Joe, the Marine Superintendent for Sea Base, is long time familiar with Abaco. He was a boat charter captain on our waters from 1975 to the time he started the Scout program 17 years ago. The popularity of the program has grown over the years to the point that it is now completely booked for the next three seasons. As a matter of fact, Captain Joe is looking for more sail boats to work with the Scouts. Sea Base will license them with the Port Authority. The program presently operates with five boats during the spring session and nine during the summer season. These boats include the locally built William H. Albury the Tall Ship of The Bahamas. Capt. Joe who runs Sea Base with program director and accountant Leon Bradley, said, “The Scouts contribute approximately $ 500,000 to the community, between dockage fees, water and electricity, shower contributions to the Moorings and spending money from the visiting groups such as restaurants and other expenses.” To alleviate the stress on the Moorings, Sea Base has just recently entered into an agreement with Marsh Harbour local government committee to build a 150-foot dock at the Memorial Garden and to participate in the beautification of the that location. The Memorial Garden Committee has given its approval for the project. However, Capt. Joe is expecting an answer from the Scouts to approve the budget for the undertaking. If everything works according to plans, the construction of the dock would start in November. Capt. Joe said that Mr. Randy Key, who is in charge of landscaping, is waiting for cooler weather to start planting. J & J Electrical has been retained for the electrical work. “I think it will help the community,” said Capt. Joe. We are always trying to help.” He explained that the William H Albury that was designated Tall Ship of The Bahamas in 1976, will be kept there and there will be a plaque explaining the history of the ship. The season is nearly over for Sea Base. The last group to participate arrived from Green Bay, Wisconsin, on August 2nd afSea Base Program Is More Popular Than Ever Boy Scouts from all over the United States come to Abaco to sail on one of the nine boats available to them. In the week that they are here, they explored the seas, reefs, beaches and towns while learning the art of sailing and navagation. This group is just arriving. For ten years Mr. James Richard has taught science at schools around the country spending four years in Bimini, five years at S.C. Boodle High School in Cooper’s Town and one year at Forest Heights Academy in Marsh Harbour. Since January of this year he served as Deputy Principal at Forest Heights Academy and now serves as Principal, taking over the helm from former principal, Mr. Paul Vernall. Mr. Richard said this school year the students are looking forward to participating in more sporting activities since taking first place in the swim meet held in June. Plans are also underway for a school website and the drama club will continue after school under the direction of Ms. Kennedy. A school fair is normally held each spring, which is a major fund-raiser for the school, and the monies help the computer lab and updating the audio and video equipment. There is an active Governor General Award unit at the school, which superceded the old Duke of Edinburgh program and keeps the students involved in community service and camping expeditions. A visit to a foreign country has been a highlight for tenth to twelfth graders, but this year Mr. Richard said the school will focus on more domestic trips to see our own beautiful family islands. He looks forward to a great school year. Forest Heights Academy has10 teachers, two administrators and 150 students in grades 7-12, 30 percent of them are from the cays. Twenty-five students graduate each year and most go off to pursue higher education in New Providence, U.S.A. and Canada. ter a very long trip. The group was divided between the Pellucide a 46-foot sailboat with Capt. Bob Knaus, a Floridian who has sailed with Sea Base for four years, at the wheel, and Highland Wanderer with Capt. Brian Forbes and Mate Catherine Ingham, both from Scotland. The Highland Wanderer is a 40-foot racer/cruiser. During their stay, the Scouts learn how to sail, snorkel, swim if they do not know how and visit several of the local cays. The last week of the season was reserved for the local Boy Scouts and a group of approximately six children left the dock on August 5th to sail on the William H. Albury The local Scout Chapter is being reorganized under the leadership of Mr. Anwar Reckley. Forest Heights Academy Names New Principal Mr. James RichardRoad Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 9 B "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.Rock Point Waterfront Lot(Ref # 586) Located on Rock Point Dr. 90 ft on Sea of Abaco at entrance to Treasure Cay Marina. 11,818 s/f enjoys cool south-easterly summer ocean breezes & also overlooks the bonefish flats of Gun Powder Creek to the west. Price: $299,500Waterfront Lots"(Ref #260) Four adjoining sea-walled waterfront lots on Galleon Bay Rd with spectacular views of the Sea of Abaco, cleared ready for construction, excellent value, Price $220,000 each."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.Joes Creek Vicinity Lot 15(Ref# 567) Offering 2.139 acres with a 50 ft elevated ridge, 956ft deep from highway to Coromont Pond, ideal for private residence or small subdivision, electricity & telephone at highway, easy access to Marsh Harbour & Treasure Cay. Price: $149,700"One Bedroom Mariners Cove"(Ref #439) Fully furnished and meticulously maintained one bedroom, one bath ground level, poolside condominium, recently completely renovated, all new appliances & furnishin gs, customs cabinetry, terracotta tile floor, lots of amenities. Rental potentialPrice $185, 000.Flamingo Drive Lot 66Ž(Ref #558) Large residential lot situated on a quiet Flamingo Drive cul-de-sac, an ideal home building site, all utilities, including electricity, water, telephone, Cable TV & DSL access available at the lot line. Price: $46,785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. Golf Course Area Corner Lot(Ref #559) Oversized corner lot # 7 offering paved street frontage on two sides, plus all utilities at lot line, enjoy the solitude & greenery of the golf course, just a few hundred feet away. Price: $35,100LEISURE 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.Canal Lot 206Ž(Ref #597) Cleared 11,242 s/f lot with 171 feet of bullheaded seawall, views of Treasure Cay and the Sea of Abaco. All utilities available. Price $265,000. 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. $608,000. Reduced!!!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, lot#8 $299,000, lot#9 $349,000.00.SCOTLAND CAY:Waterfront LotŽ(Ref#319) Large lot with 125 feet on Sea of Abaco, Private island with air strip, elevations up to 50+/$500,000.MARSH HARBOUR:Sea View Lot with DockageŽ(Ref#493) Select residential lot in Great Abaco Club, 7,750 sq. ft. in size, finger dock for 25 vessel, direct access to Sea of Abaco, gated community, all utilities available, use of all resort amenities, close to restaurants, shops, etc reduced$395,000. Prime Real Estate Listing Throughout Abaco TREASURE CAY:"Argyll House"(Ref #483) Elegant & luxurious 4 bedroom, 5.5 bath Ocean Blvd. Estate approx. 6,900 s/f, on 1.6 acres with 153 on the beach, landscaped, fully furnished, high ceilings, marble floors, 2 car garage, includes vehicles. $4,900,000.TradewindsŽ(Ref # 589) Luxurious 1 acre beachfront estate 4 bedroom 3.5 bath main house on T.C. point beach plus 3 bedroom 3 bath 2 storey guest house. Spectacular views, superior architectural design and finishes throughout, fully furnished Price: $4,575,000"Peace & Plenty"(Ref #503) Splendid 7 bedroom, 4.5 bath 2 storey, fully furnished Ocean Blvd beachfront estate, situated on 1.453 superbly landscaped acres with 163 feet of spectacular beach frontage, magnificent views, covered balconies, superior finishes, guest cottage, ideal location with privacy. $3,800,000."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.OceanaŽ(Ref #498) Furnished 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath private home with open floor plan and British Colonial decor for elegant and comfortable living, located on Sandpiper Beach with magnificent views, garage, landscaped, beachside deck. $1,875,000."Alexandre"(Ref #510) 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath harbour front residence, 3,000+s/f with loft, CBS construction with high ceilings, French doors overlooking harbour, 60 dock plus boat lift, landscaped double garage, screened patio, fully furnished, pool, Price $1,850,000. Beach Lot (Ref # 590) Located on Leeward Beach near the T.C. Point with 136 of fabulous beach frontage, views of Green Turtle Cay, total of 28,700 s/f, ready for construction, all utilities available, quiet & secluded Cul de saq. Price: $1,330,000Ocean Blvd. Beach Lot(Ref # 585) Prime location with 140ft on magnificent beach, total of 1.37 acres, partially cleared, all amenities at lot line. Price: $1,215,000"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 $1,200,000."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.Pilot HouseŽ(Ref #568) Waterfront 3 bedroom 3 bath 2 storey home overlooking Sea of Abaco on narrow peninsula for superior water views, drive through carport with private boat ramp, perfect house for bone-fishing enthusiast. Price: $1,160,000"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 (Ref #556) Well situated residential canal front parcel overlooking the wide expanse of the protected waters of Brigantine Bay. 15,306 s/f & 91 feet of bulkhead, cleared & leveled, ready for construction $363,000.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. $350,000.Canal Lot on Galleon BayŽ(Ref #569) Protected canal lot near Galleon Bay entrance for quick access to Sea of Abaco, utilities at lot line, very well priced. Price: $331,500We 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 VACATIONRENTALS15 August 2006UNDERCONTRACT UNDERCONTRACT • NCR Forms • Office Stationary • Flyers • Certificates • Tickets • Brochures • Photo Scanning • Wedding/Funeral Programs • Business Cards • Envelopes • Menus • Labels • Laminations • ...More Abaco P Abaco P Abaco P Abaco P Abaco P rint Shop rint Shop rint Shop rint Shop rint Shop Friendly 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 5pmIt is affectionately called August Monday but it is really the day our country has set aside to reflect and give thanks for our freedom. The question really is “Are we free?” Have we as Bahamian really freed ourselves of slave mentality? I think after more than 172 years of freedom we are still living as slaves, oppressed and frightened by authority and difference. We must free ourselves. It is almost as if we are trained or naturally born to adapt to slave mentality. We allow things that can be changed to go on year after year after year. Nobody wants to take a stand, but everyone wants to complain. When will we emancipate ourselves and truly be free? No, we are not in chains and answer to a master, but we are mentally in bondage. We live as if it is wrong for us to speak out against the ills of society but okay for us to accept them. We are a democratic nation with freedom of speech, religion, expression, and we elect our governing parties to make decisions for us. Whether they are beneficial or detrimental we sit back and accept them without fuss or fights. We allow our educational facilities and healthcare facilities to be run down and neglected and sit back and say nothing. Our children are suffering and no one wants to take a stand. Drugs are destroying our homes and no one is saying anything. Teenage pregnancies increase monthly and nothing is being done to bring hope and restoration to our future generations. Then we sit back and say the government isn’t doing this or that. How long will we depend on government to do things we can start changing? We must change our mind set of thinking; we must speak out against things that are wrong. We must live as free people do and maximize our right to democracy. The legendary Bob Marley said it best: “We must emancipate ourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our mind.” Bahamians, we must not accept the way of the past generations. Our forefathers and ancestors were uneducated and didn’t have a choice but to adapt. But we are educated and can help ourselves be better and more productive citizens. When will we stop pulling each other down and start building one another up? When will we unite and demand that our children’s school facilities are equipped and provide adequate protection and shelter and proper education? When will speak out and ensure that our healthcare facilities are outfitted to meet the needs of everyone who comes through their doors? Will we continue to wander in the wilderness instead of entering our promised land? Fellow Abaconians, the time has come for us to demand change. We must search ourselves and start the changes within ourselves. For too long we have sat back and watched young people destroy their lives, our children fail, dreams died and our people hurt. For too long our children have been attending facilities that look like dump sites. We have hardened our hearts and watched people throw their lives away. A part of being free is being your brother’s keeper, elevating each other to higher levels. Let’s get it right and free ourselves, educate ourselves, and elevate ourselves and each other. Let’s search our souls and free our minds. Viewpoint by Vernique RussellAre We Really Free?

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Page 10 B The Abaconian September 1, 2006 Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 844-5387 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 Rich’s Boat Rentals “Abaco’s Best Rental Fleet” At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21’ Paramount $170 $475 $790 26’ Paramount $225 $675 $1100 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour Diamante Dental ClinicDr. J. Denise Archer D.D.S. Garnett Archer Mem. Blvd., Suite #6 P.O. Box AB 20579 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Website: www.diamantedental.com (appointments can be made online) Tel: 242-367-4968 • Fax: 242-367-3001 Emergency 242-554-8327 Email: dentalspecialistabaco@yahoo.com • Dr. Barry L. Russell September 8 of the Bahamas Orthodontic Center Orthodontics (Braces) • Dr. Kendal Major September 20 Periodontics (gum disease) Implants • Dr. J. Denise Archer Mondays Saturdays General Dentistry Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) available Causing Harm A resident of Goombay Park in Marsh Harbour was sitting on his porch at 3:30 a.m. on July 1 when his neighbour came and punched him in the mouth, then spanked him in the chest with a cutlass, causing minor injuries. Causing Harm A resident of the Mud was stabbed in the back while watching a soccer game at the field by the Abaco Central High School about 7 p.m. July 2. It was unknown who caused the attack. Uncontrollable Child A Murphy Town girl of 15 was reported to the police on July 3 by her mother as being uncontrollable. Arrest A Nassau man with two outstanding warrants for his arrest was found here and taken into custody about 5 p.m. on July 7. Threats of Harm A clerk in the Let’s Talk Wireless Store in Marsh Harbour was verbally threatened by a man she knew of Dundas Town which caused her to fear for bodily harm. This occurred in mid-afternoon on July 4. Shopbreaking During the night of July 4, Gully’s Restaurant and Bar at the Treasure Cay ferry dock was broken into and a quantity of liquor and cigarettes being stolen. Arrest A Dundas Town man was arrested July 5 for making threats of harm and causing harm. Stealing A Dundas Town business owner suspected an employee of stealing a substantial amount of cash and checks from a bank deposit bag sometime during the morning of July 5. A search warrant was executed on the employee’s residence in the Mud. Over $3,000 was discovered hidden in a VHS machine. The employee and a female occupant of the residence were taken into custody. Shopbreaking The Chelsea Choice Water Company in Marsh Harbour was broken into and cash was stolen during the night of July 5. Shopbreaking On July 6 a 20-foot container on Keys Drive, Marsh Harbour, belonging to Scandi Woodworks was discovered broken into and a $3,000 Yahama generator had been stolen. Stealing A Dundas Town man reported on July 6 that his 16-year-old brother had stolen his cell phone, a wallet and a gold bracelet. This occurred ten days previously. The juvenile was arrested for stealing. Shopbreaking Having experienced several breakins, the owner of Abaco Dickies clothing store in Marsh Harbour, checked his store just before midnight on July 7 and discovered a young male inside. The juvenile resident of Pigeon Peas was turned over to the police. Housebreaking At noon on July 8, the caretaker of a house in Murphy Town discovered that the hose had been broken into. Causing Harm At 3 a.m. on July 10 a patron at a nightclub on Don Mackay Boulevard was punched in the face by a man he could identify. Housebreaking and Assault An elderly woman returned to her Murphy Town home about noon on July 10 and was attacked and beaten in her house by a man wielding a knife. She suffered a wound to her head. Causing Damage A Spring City man’s jeep had two windows smashed by a group of youth about sundown on July 10 while attending a beach party in Treasure Cay. Stabbing A Mount Hope man and a friend from Freeport were involved in an altercation with a group of males at a beach party in Treasure Cay. The Abaco resident was subsequently flown to Freeport with multiple stab wounds while the Freeport man was treated at the clinic in Fox Town and released. This incident happened about 6 p.m. on July 10. Dangerous Drugs A Spring City resident was arrested in Marsh Harbour just after sundown on July 10 when found in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. Causing Damage Around midnight on July 11 someone entered the property of a Dundas Town man and slashed twelve tires. Stealing After a complaint of theft, jewelry belonging to a Spring City minor was discovered in her aunt’s possession who lived im Murphy Town. The aunt was arrested on July 12 and charged with stealing. Causing Harm A Spring city resident was arrested on July 12 for causing harm. House Breaking A break-in through a jimmied front door netted someone a laptop computer, a DVD player and a guitar stolen from a Murphy Town house sometime between July 9 and 12. Dangerous Drugs During a search warrant executed on a Guana Cay residence on July 14, Indian hemp was found in a mug in the kitchen causing two occupants to be arrested. House breaking Sometime on Saturday night, July 15, or the following day, a Marsh Harbour house was broken into by the front door being jimmied. Money and jewelry were stolen. Attempted Shop Breaking Police responding to a 1 a.m. burglar alarm on July 25 found an intruder inside the Let’s Talk Wireless store in Marsh Harbour. A resiPolice Crime Report dent of Dundas Town was arrested Sudden Death Mary McIntosh, 79, died of natural causes at her residence in Crown Haven about 1 a.m. on July 25. Assault and Threats of Death A fight ensued between a Dundas Town man and a Madeira Village man just before noon on July 26. The Dundas Town man was punched in the eye and threatened to be shot, putting him in fear of his life. Unlawful Sexual Intercourse A Dundas Town mother reported on July 27 that an adult male was having sex with her 15-year-old daughter. Unlawful Sexual Intercourse Two adult male were reported on July 27 having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl of the Mud. Causing Harm About 4:30 on July 29, an employee of Marsh Harbour Auto Parts heard a disturbance outside and discovered a dark male laying face down and bleeding from the nose. He appeared unconscious. He was subsequently taken to the clinic and later flown to Nassau for further treatment. Assault and Threat of Harm About 1 a.m. on July 30, a Murphy Town resident was at a bar on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour when he was threatened by another patron who brandished a knife and seemed intent on stabbing him. Assault While at a night club on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour, a Frank Knowles Hope Town 242-366-0024 Donna Darville Marsh Harbour 242-367-SOLD (7653)Find Your Paradise withThe Abaco Real Estate Specialists! donna@paradisebahamas.com frank@paradisebahamas.comFeatured Properties• Marsh Harbour triplex in town, walking distance to restaurants, shops. Immaculate condition. All units rented. $465,000 MOTIVATED SELLER! • Restaurant for sale Great location on main road with sea views! Property for sale as well. Call today for details. • Waterfront acreage overlooking Winding Bay Breath-taking views of the Atlantic. $625,000 • Hilltop Lots Spectacular Atlantic views! $77,000 each • Lubbers Quarters Hilltop seaview lots starting from $45,000 Great investment! • Bahama Coral Island Interior lot $18,000 Shop our lisings online atwww.ParadiseBahamas.comNew Exclusives Please see Police Page 24

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 11 B A b a c o R R e a l E E s t a t e A A g e n c yAbacos Oldest and Most Experienced Real Estate AgencyTelephone : (242) 367-2719Contact Bill Thompson 477-5712 Lil Bill Albury or Elaine ThompsonABACO REAL ESTATEP.O.Box AB20404, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-2719 lFax: (242) 367-2359 www.abacobahamas.com This amazing GUANACAY 3 bedroom 3 bathroom home is built on a 50,730 sq. ft. lot with 130 ft of protected waterfront. Located on the water between the settlement & Blue Water Grill. Construction & finish work are of the highest quality. Beautifully landscaped, manicured gardens. Generator house w/ standby generator and r/o water system. This home is beautifully furnished and is turn-keyŽ. Must be seen to be appreciated. By appointment only.Ž SEASHORE VILLAS3 Town Houses, each 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bath, Living & Dining room, full kitchen, tv, vcr, cd player, satellite, all central a/c, fresh water swimming, pool, deck & Gazebo. Fully furnished. Exclusive Listing by Appointment only. CALLFOR INFOHARBOUR VIEW HAVENTop floor; 2 bd w/ Queen Beds, 1 bathroom, one single room with futon, full kitchen, living room, Dining room, full balcony. One single unit with 1 bd, 1 bath & futon. These 2 units open into one. Central A/C, T.V. Satellite, VCR, & CD Player, Ground floor; 1 bd w/ Queen bed, 1 bath, ground floor office, Cistern 48,000 gallon. Exclusive Listing by Appointment only.SUNRISE COTTAGE2 Bedroom 2 bath, fully equipped kitchen, Central A/C., Satellite TV., CD Player For more information on this business please see www.guanacayvillas.com CONTACT : BILL THOMPSON: 367-2719P.O.Box AB20404, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-2719 lFax: (242) 367-2359 l www.abacobahamas.comGUANA CAY GUANABEACH FRONT Large beach front lot 300 yards NE of Nippers $525,000 gross 2 / 2 HOUSE IN SETTLEMENT Great location 150 yards to beach Next to Batelco & School, 21,000+ lot nice 2 / 2 house, $585,000 gross 3 VACANT LOTS Located in settlement next to Batelco 1) 8251 sq. ft. 2) 7922 sq. ft. $160,000 each 3) 7593 sq. ft. 1 VACANT LOT NEW PRICEŽ 10,400+ sq. ft. great views, near Boat Harbour, $119,000 HOPE TOWN / LUBBERS HOPE TOWN 50waterfront 300deep in Hope Town Harbour on Back Creek $570,000 gross LUBBERS 2 acres 115waterfront $600,000 gross NewŽ Abaco Ocean Club LUBBERS Lots 39 & 40 $99,000 gross each CHEROKEE WATCHING BAY, CHEROKEE NewŽ Subdivision, limited number of investor lots available. Interior lots from $50,000, Ocean view lots from $190,000 gross YELLOW WOOD CREEK 1.17 Acre Hilltop lot Winding Bay Oceanviews $300,000 Gross SOUTH ABACO OLDKERR 2 miles south of Bahama Palm Shores 10.8 acres, Great elevations $165,000 gross BAHAMAPALM SHORES 4 Interior lots from $25,000 LONG BEACH Interior Lots from $55,000 Lots with Great Ocean views from $79,900 MARSH HARBOUR COMMERCIALLOT near Spooners Dept. Store $150,000 REGATTAS OF ABACO 4 2/2 fully furnished Units 203, 302, 303 & 503 $315,000 each SUNRISE BAY only 6 lots remain in this beautiful subdivision from $184,000 CROSSING BEACH AREA 3/4 acre 138waterfront $365,000 BUSTIC BAY 5 minutes north of Marsh Harbour Two 1/2 acre lots w/ 100waterfront each $109,000 each CENTRALPINES Lot #227 $30,00015 July 2006 MH Fire Dept. Is Losing Two Valuable Members Steve Skulnich and Mary have been a tremendous help to the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department. However, they will be returning to the States Shortly. The firemen honoroured them at a party on August 19 at Snappas. By Jennifer Hudson Mr. Steve Skulnick, who has been working with the Marsh Harbour Fire Department, and Mary, also a volunteer with the Fire Department, are leaving Abaco to return to the United States because of health and family reasons. They will be greatly missed by the Marsh Harbour community where they have given themselves wholeheartedly to the cause of firefighting. Mr. Skulnick brought much experience as a firefighter with him to Abaco, having worked as a bulldozer operator for the Redding City Fire Department in California on forest fires during the summer and as a volunteer firefighter on structural fires during the winter with the Old Shasta Fire Department just outside Redding. On his retirement from the fire department, he purchased a boat with which he arrived in Abaco just after Hurricane Floyd in 1999. He helped at Little Harbour for a while and then worked on his first fire in Abaco the following April when a bush burned from the airport all the way to behind the St. John the Baptist Anglican Church building. “How it came about,” said Steve, “was that I saw the fire from my boat in the harbour and called someone on the radio with an offer to help.” While Steve returned to the United States for a short time, he kept in touch with Fire Chief John Hall and was instrumental in acquiring a load of equipment for the department and in assisting in aquiring a tanker truck. On his return to Abaco he began seriously working with the Fire Department. This has been a great boon to the department since, not only is Mr. Skulnick very experienced in fighting all types of fire, he is always available since he is retired. Whereas other Abaco fire fighters have to get off work, he is free and able to get to the fires quickly. “Mary and I have our radio on all the time and at night we turn it up so that we can hear the call. So we are usually the first ones out,” said Steve. Every time Steve and Mary go out to a fire they, along with all the other fire fighters, put their lives at risk, but Steve and Mary’s medical insurance will not cover them in the Bahamas. Mr. Skulnick has undertaken multiple trainings in the United States. He is an Incident Commander and has a certification in Wildland Urban Interface Fire Operations from the National Fire Academy and also Alternative Water Supply, Planning and Implementation Programme for Structural Fire Protection, among many others. The longest fire he has ever fought lasted 32 days in Northern California. Mary arrived to take up residence on Abaco two years ago and immediately became actively involved with the Marsh Harbour Fire Department, receiving instruction from Retired Chief Norwell Gordon. Mary was already able to handle trucks as she had learned how to drive tri-axles in the United States so it was not too difficult for her to learn how to handle fire trucks. She also had a fair knowledge of fire fighting as she had worked as an auxiliary on a volunteer fire department and assisted with fund raising, gaining much insight into its workings. Steve and Mary have also jointly undertaken Community Emergency Response Team Training for NEMA in Abaco; Introduction to Prescribed Fire from the Nature Conservancy and Introduction to the Incident Command System for NEMA. They have endeavoured to share the knowledge they have gained with their fellow fire fighters here. Steve feels that the Marsh Harbour Fire Department has neither enough trained personnel or equipment to handle a fire in the type of structures that we are seeing built here in Marsh Harbour. “All the department is really able to do in most instances is stop the fire from spreading,” he sadly states. Presently the department has to work on donations from local businesses, private homeowners and tourists which is augmented with a local government stipend of $416 per month. unless the government were to step in and give the Fire Department more than the current $416 per month. Since before the Mud fire that consumed 70 houses, Mr. Skulnick has been trying to get the authorities in Nassau to put in fire hydrants which are so badly needed. “The lack of fire hydrants is detrimental to the way the department could safely and effectively fight a fire.” He cites the close proximity of businesses along the tourist strip and the area of Maxwells Super Market and Standard Hardware warehouses as prime examples of “clear and present danger.” Steve and Mary will continue their work with volunteer fire departments in North Carolina and intend to always keep in touch with the Marsh Harbour Fire Department and assist by sending gear and equipment whenever possible. 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 12 B The Abaconian September 1, 2006 The Bahamas government has the responsibility to protect and manage the fishing resources for the benefit of the Bahamian people. The intent of the law is to allow visitors to catch fish for their immediate enjoyment but not to compete with commercial Bahamian fishermen. The following guidelines apply mainly to visitors. Fishing from a boat owned by a nonBahamian requires a fishing permit for the boat. The boat is licensed which covers the occupants. This is usually purchased by cruising boats when clearing Customs on entering the Bahamas. The permit fee is $20 for one visit, usually considered 3 months, or $150 annually. Foreigners with boats here should purchase the fishing permit separately. The permit is valid for all people on board. Foreign owned boats, even if registered in the Bahamas, must obtain the sportfishing license before the occupants begin fishing. Locally, permits may be purchased in Cooper’s Town and Marsh Harbour from the Fisheries Officers. Boats owned by Bahamians do not need a permit for recreational fishing. This includes 100% Bahamian-owned rental boats. Foreigners can fish from a Bahamian owned rental boat without obtaining a fishing permit. Non-Bahamian fishermen in a boat are “restricted to hook and line” with a maximum limit of six lines in the water. Anyone may use an electric reel but only five hooks per line are allowed. Six or more hooks on a line is considered long-lining which is illegal. Boats entering at a port of entry will receive a fishing license as part of the “Entry Package” given by customs. Non-Bahamians arriving by aircraft would have to obtain a fishing license from a fisheries officer during their work days, Monday Friday. Permits are required by non-Bahamians wanting to use more lines, to fish with spears or nets, to use a fish traps or for any other type of fishing method. Although not emphasized in the past, a permit is required before a foreigner can use a spear for scalefish or crawfish. The fishing license referred to earlier does not give this permission as normally issued. However, the officer issuing the license can endorse it to include spearfishing. The endorsement constitutes the required permit. Foreign persons with a Bahamian boat, either by being built here or by paying the duty, must get a fishing license which costs $.20 per foot. As Bahamians are enforcing the fishing rules more closely, foreigners are advised to check with a fisheries officer to understand the current requirements. As this piece is written, there are proposed changes to the fishing rules. However, they have not been implemented yet. Foreigners are advised to stay clear of the “condos” which are constructed and placed by Bahamian fishermen for their own use. Bahamian fishermen are very possessive of these artificial habitats and do not treat foreigners kindly when they are found raiding their condos. To avoid confrontation, foreigners looking for crawfish are advised to confine their search to reefs and other natural habitats frequented by crawA Summary of Fishing Rules Please see Fishing Rules Page 13

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 13 BRe: Marsh Harbour Dump Site Hours of OperationThe public is advised that effective immediately the Marsh Harbour dump site will only be open to receive waste (garbage, debris, etc.) at the following times:Monday Friday 7:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Saturday 7: 00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. The site will be closed on Sundays and public holidays.No waste is to be dumped along the access road or at the entrance to site. Vehicles are to dispose of all waste in the designed drop off area as directed by personnel at the site. Your cooperation in the matter is required so as to reduce operational cost and to ensure that the site is properly maintained. Violators will be prosecuted. All vehicles transporting waste through the streets of Dundas Town, Murphy Town, Marsh Harbour and neighboring communities are to ensure that their loads are properly secured to prevent littering. Further, the Environmental Health Services Act Chapter 232, Environmental Health Services (Collection and Disposal of Waste) Regulations, 2004 Rule 38 states “A person shall not use or permit to be used any vehicle for the conveyance or storage of waste unless such vehicle is fitted with a suitable cover capable of preventing the dropping, spilling or blowing off of waste while it is being transported.” Persons acting in contravention to this regulation are guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5000) or imprisonment for a period not exceeding twelve months. The Department of Environmental Health Services and the Department of Local Government anticipates your cooperation and assistance as we work together to keep our environment clean and healthy. Ministry of Energy and Environment Department of Environmental Health Services OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER TIES TIES TIES TIES TIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-561-656-9708 • Telephone/Fax 1-242-365-4636 E-mail: oceanblu@batelnet.bs • www.oceanblueproperties.comSales, Rentals and Property ManagementON GREEN TURTLE CAY: Two story furnished home with outstanding views of Black Sound and Gillam Bay. 1.67 acres. Total three bedrooms; three baths; two kitchens/living/dining areas. Central A/C. Guest house with one bedroom and one bath. Two vehicles. 120’ dock on hurricane sheltered Black Sound. Large porch and surrounding deck. $1.99 million, includes all closing fees. New listing! Two 9,000 sq. ft. lots with water view of Coco Bay. $250,000 and $350,000 each plus 7% to close. 190’ water front 12,500 sq. ft. lot with dock and electric on Coco Bay. Dredged channel. Good elevation. $650,000 plus 7% to close. “Beau Soleil” immaculate, well appointed, furnished 2 story home on the beach overlooking all of White Sound. Total of three bedrooms; three baths; 2 kitchens/living/dining areas. All with water view. Central A/C. Garage. Shared private 120’ dock with 6’ m/w. Approximately 1/2 acre. $1.5 million (includes all closing costs.) New Listing! 19,175 sq. ft. lot within walking distance of two great beaches and a major resort. $201,300 with all closing costs in. New Listing! One half acre lot on Black Sound in hurricane sheltered area. Good dock site. Owner will finance. $595,000 with all closing costs in. Two bedroom two bath furnished home with enclosed porch, large deck, laundry room, and generator. New free-standing carport shelter. 1/4 acre. $485,000 with all closing costs in. New listing! 15,870 sq. ft. lot with views of and access to Atlantic Ocean. $250,000 inclusive of all closing costs. 85’ of beach front on Bight O Bay. One acre. Can build four homes with outlying buildings. $840,000 with all clsoing costs in. New listing! Mainland Abaco. Two deep water waterfront lots on Sea of Abaco. Approximately 18,000 sq. ft. each. Utilities available. $150,000 and $185,000 each with all closing costs in. New listing! Mainland Abaco. Ten acre parcel with 150’ on Abaco Highway and water front on Angel Fish Creek. Near Fire Road. $325,000 with all closing costs in. Under Contract: Gillam Bay Beach Parcel fish. There are restricted areas where fishing is not allowed by any means by any person. The Pelican Cay Park and the Fowl Cay Preserve are two areas in central Abaco where this would apply. No marine resource may be taken from the park areas and enforcement is by the Bahamas National Trust. Marine resources include everything in the water; fish, shells, rocks and seaweed. Since the marine parks do not have signs and fenceposts, it is wise to give them extra clearance so there is no question as to your location. Enforcement officers strongly suggest that you do not combine a fishing trip with a visit to a park. If authorities board your boat in a park and find fish on board, problems will ensue since you cannot prove where they were caught. Also, if you are out deep sea fishing and a Fisheries Officer finds dive equipment on board as well as fish, problems may arise. Spear-fishing is not allowed by anyone in the coastal zone of Abaco, or any Bahamian island, defined as within two hundred yards from the coast as measured at the lowwater mark. This prohibited zone is the same for all Family Islands except Freeport which has a one mile exclusion zone. A little enforced rule, in the past, is that all spear fishing requires a permit from the Minister. This applies to Foreigners and Bahamians equally. All divers holding a permit may spear fish while free diving but are not allowed to use power guns or trigger-operated guns of any kind. The most common spear used is the Hawaiian sling. Recreational divers may not spear fish, or catch conch or crawfish while using an underwater air supply of any kind. Commercial Bahamian fishermen need a “compressed air license” to catch crawfish with a compressor but cannot use SCUBA gear. Licensed Bahamian fishermen may fish by free diving to any depth. When using compressed air and having a compressor permit, commercial fishermen must only fish in the 30 to 60-foot zone and then only to catch crawfish during the season. Within the permitted zone, they are only allowed to spear crawfish. Note that compressor use begins at the 30 foot level and extends to 60 feet. Compressors are not to be used in water shallower than 30 feet. It is interesting to note that virtually all of Abaco’s popular fishing grounds (inside the barrier reef) are less than 30 feet deep. This includes the Little Bahama Bank extending to Walkers Cay, the Abaco Sound from Little Harbour north beyond Coopers Town and most of the waters in Abaco’s south-side marles. Bang-sticks using shotgun shells for personal protection underwater are allowed but must have an annual firearm license from the Police and permission by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. The following bag limits for fish apply to all non-Bahamians, whether in a foreign boat or Bahamian boat regardless of the fishing method. (Foreigners are advised to seek advise on the bag limit as changes to the limits are currently under consideration.) • A combined total of six fish per person per vessel for kingfish, dolphin and wahoo. All other migratory fish caught, unless it is to be eaten, shall not be injured unnecessarily but returned to the sea alive. Vessel bag limits are 20 pounds of scalefish, 10 conch and six crawfish per person at any time. The possession of turtle by non-Bahamians is prohibited. Grouper and rockfish weighing less than three pounds may not be taken. The bag limits may be legally taken to Florida when the vessel leaves the Bahamas. Foreign and Bahamian Nationals may export the following quantities from the Bahamas without permission from the Minister: • A total of not more than six kingfish, dolphin and Wahoo; or • More than ten pounds of conch or crawfish; or • More than twenty pounds of demersal fish (reef fish). Any fish within the bag limit can be given away to friends or others but visitors who Rules Require a Licence for Spear Fishing Fishing RulesFrom Page 12 A fish pot comes aboard. Fish pots are traditional among Bahamians but visitors are not allowed to use them. The fishermen are checking to see what this one has collected. The Leopard, a fishing boat based in Marsh Harbour, is headed out with a load of condos to put out before crawfish season opens. Condos are not traps but merely habitats for crawfish to gather in. Please see Fishing Rules Page 25

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Page 14 B The Abaconian September 1, 2006 www.erabahamas.com YELLOWOODExtraordinary hilltop property offering endless views of the Atlantic Ocean and creeks. Near the Abaco Club. Motivated Seller. #13474Price: $120,000 www.erabahamas.com WATCHING BAYSituated on 8 acres offering 250 feet of Watching Bay beachfront. 90 foot elevations and 35 foot dunes. One of a kind. #13482 Price: $2,185,000 CHEROKEE HILLTOPExtraordinary property boasting scenic ocean views, located in a quiet private area with 1/2 acre lots available. #3035 Price: $189,000 SAND BAR AT CHEROKEEGreat potential for expansion, 2 acres of pristine waterfront property small villa & restaurant buildings. Spectacular views. #13088$2,455,000Visit our website today! D u p u c h R R e a l E E s t a t e Marsh Harbour Office POBox AB 20340, Abaco, The Bahamas Tel.: (242) 367-0288 Fax: (242) 367-0289 € e-mail: jamesanddonna@erabahamas.com CASUARINA POINT Canal front lot with ocean access in quiet community. Water, electricity, cable and phone ready. Price $80,000 WATCHING BAY New development near Cherokee Sound and Winding Bay. Ocean access with all lots, utilities available. Price $45,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORES Beautiful seaside community interior lots available with electricity/phones. Starting from $27,000 SAND BAR Lots with spectacular views of ocean and sound. Good value lots, fantastic potential for development. Price $169,000 LUBBERS QUARTERS Own a peice of paradise. Two lots located on beautiful, secluded island. Electric/phone available. Each $48,000 TREASURE CAY Vacant lots with all amenities close by and utilities in place. Interior and Golf Course lots available. Starting from $20,000 LEISURE LEE Interior lots available with great coppice growth and within easy walking distance of beautiful, peaceful beach. Price$49,950 TURTLE ROCKS Private and secluded, yet only minutes from both Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. Lots available. Starting from $49,950 RED BAY Over 12 acres with deepwater, shoreline, great elevation and views of the Sea of Abaco and the outer Cays. Price $495,000 01 September 06 GREEN TURTLE CAY1.5 acres on gorgeous ocean beach with 135 feet of frontage and great elevations. This is the last available peice in this area. #2809Price: $850,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORES BEACHFRONTComfortable island style 3 bed, 3 bath home on one acre of property. Enjoy an afternoon on the deck overlooking the azure blue Atlantic Ocean.100 of gorgeous beachfront. Come relax & enjoy the Bahamiam lifestyle at its best. #13180 Price: $580,000 CASUARINA POINT BEACHFRONT HOMENice 4 bedroom, 4 bath furnished home/duplex located in beautiful seaside community of Casuarina Point. Gorgeous beachfront with views of the Atlantic. Generator, cable, phone, fenced, deck, turnkey! Bring your friends and family! #2818Price: $580,000 CASUARINA POINTTwo storey waterfront 4 bed, 2 bath home situated on 120 of sea walled property. Boaters dream. Boat/car storage, boat ramp. #13312 Price: $590,000 REDUCED PRICE NEW LISTING LITTLE HARBOURLovely 2 bedroom, 2 bath home overlooking the harbour and channel entrance of Little Harbour. Small private dock. Walking distance to beaches, fishing and dining. Steps from Petes Pub and the Museum. #13494 Price: $870,000 LITTLE HARBOUR HOMEComfortable CBS 2 bed, 2 bath home situated on approximately 4 acres with 135 beachfront and 70 elevations. Nicely landscaped with fruit trees. Enjoy sitting on the deck viewing the ocean sunrise. Garage, generator house, cabana with BBQ deck. #13495 Price: $1,450,000 NEW LISTING MURPHY TOWNCute 2 bedroom, 1 bath home sits on a large parcel of land that can be subdivided. Nicely landscaped yard. Plenty of room for expansion. This size property is hard to find! #13475Price: $350,000

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 15 B YOUR FIRST CHOICE IN BAHAMIAN REAL ESTATE GUANA CAY TREASURE CAY BAHAMA PALM SHORES LYNYARD CAY GUANA CAY LEISURE LEE CROSSING ROCKS BAKERS HEIGHTS BAHAMA PALM SHORES BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND PINEHURST BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND MARSH HARBOUR PELICAN 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. Apromising property with superior land value and great potential for the discerning, imaginative buyer. $925,000#10181. Nestled in the heart of the settlement, this super home is surrounded by lush specimen foliage, a winter garden and well maintained lawns. The main living area on the second story encompasses a wide open living/dining space, 2 bedrooms and one bath. The ground floor features a guest bedroom, abth, laundry room and storage. Enjoy panoramic views from the widows walk and porches. $400,000. #9601. Building site situated in Anchorage Estates, the perfect location for a small multifamily project. Located adjacent to the roundabout, this 14,000 sq.ft. lot is zoned muti-family and could be developed for a small boutique style resort. $69,500 #10202: Gorgeous, generously-sized home site on Eight Mile Bay beach. Approx. .85 acres of nicely elevated land thickly treed with native hardwoods and coconut palms. Wonderful views, wide sugar sand beach. Bahama Palm Shores offers underground utilities, telephone and high speed Internet access. Also available adjoining .85 acre parcel for a grand total of 1.7 acres of prime beach front! $350,000. #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. #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. Agreenway borders one boundary making the site secluded and private. $68,500. #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 #562105. NEW! Prime development property located just 11 miles North of Marsh Harbour on Queens Highway. The property features lovely wooded rolling terrain with hills of up to 30in elevation. The convenient location midway between the hub of Abaco, Marsh Harbour and the resort at Treasure Cay, presents great potential for development. $1,360,000. #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. #562126.NEW! Lovely wooded home site in the Pinehurst subdivision located adjacent to Bahama Palm Shores and within just a few minutes of beautiful Eight Mile Bay. Convenient to the Queens highway and only 20 minutes into the main settlement of Marsh Harbour. Invest in Abacos future! $13,500 #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. Motivated seller! $28,500. #10350 : Located on Guana Cay this small cottage presents a multitude of opportunities for the imaginative buyer. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, this property could transition well into a vacation or rental cottage. Situated in heart of the settlement, the cottage is just steps from ferry dock, amenities and attractions $160,000 #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. $422,000 #562133: NEW! 3 bed 2 bath, solid well built house, fully furnished with all new appliances and cabinets. Country Cottage has decking off master bed with walk in closets, and covered back porch. Ideally located on quiet road, but close to amenitities of Marsh Harbour. Excellent investment for rental or permanent family home. $347,000. #562174 : Green Cay is a nature lovers paradise. Situated just 1/2 mile off the west coast of Great Abaco Island, this tropical island offers seclustion, wildlife, fishing and all the beauty of island living. Perfectly suited for private retreat, bonefishing resort, etc $1,500,000 .www.bahamasrealty.bs UNDER CONTRACT NEW LISTING NEW LISTING UNDER CONTRACT PRICE REDUCED! UNDER CONTRACT NEW LISTING! NEW PRICE BUSTIC BIGHT Email : abaco@bahamasrealty.bsTelephone: (242) 367-3262 lFax (242) 367-3260These offerings are subject to errors, omissions, change of price or withdrawn without noticeŽ1st August 2006

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Page 16 B The Abaconian September 1, 2006 Drill Rig Dock Construction Boat Lift SalesQualityBOA BOA BOA BOA BOA T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC.These lifts are made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel to maintain their finish and strength in our saltwater environment .Freddy Albury 242-367-4769 Brandon Thompson 242-367-2704 Fax: 367-2704 P.O. Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: drillrig@coralwave.com www.drillrig.i8.comWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts up to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote, S t e i n e r H H o u s e T T r e a s u r e C C a y R R o a d 4 BR, 2 1/2 BA $ 8 0 9 0 0 0 U U N D E R C C O N T R A C T R o y a l P P a l m 2 BR, 2 BA Marina front condo, fully furnished, with boat slip. Tropical decor $ 5 7 5 0 0 0 H e l e n s P P o i n t G G a l l e on B B a y Waterfront 4 BR,3 BA Home, Sea of Abaco views $ 1 3 8 8 0 0 0 G a l l e o n B B a y R R o a d Homesite overlooking Treasure Cay Marina $ 4 0 5 0 0 0 A t l a n t i s 2BR, 2BA Canal front condo with 14 wide boat slip. Completely redone with furnishings. $ 5 4 9 0 0 0 R a z z a l l H H o u s e T T r e a s u r e C C a y B B e a c h 4BR, 3BA Oceanfront, fully furnished with excellent rental history. $1,735,000.00. N E W LL I S T I N G P a r k e r P P l a c e G G a l l e o n B B a y spacious 4BR Waterfront home with beautiful Sea of Abaco views. $995,000.000. N E W L I S T I N G T r e a s u r e H H o u s e Oceanfront 2 BR, 2 BA Island decor top-sider villa overlooking gigantic lagoon pool $ 5 7 9 0 0 0 0 0 N N E W L I S T I N G M a r i n a P P o i n t Canalfront home, 3 Br, 3 BA w/ loft, 3 car garage, and boat dock, view ofTreasure Cay Marina $ 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S S O L D Abaco 2006 Fall Travel PromotionInternational visitor arrival to Abaco take a significant drop during the fall months due to the unpredictable weather that usually occurs during this period. Daily operation of many tourists-related establishments are affected, resulting in some proprietors closing completely to concentrate on renovations and general maintenance while others operate on selective days. Staff members who are laid off during this period usually take vacation until the traditional Thanksgiving weekend when business recommences fully. The reoccurrence of this business pattern each year inspired the Director of the Abaco Tourist Office, Ms. Jeritzan Outten, to introduce the Domestic Fall Promotion in 2005. Through this travel promotion, favorable rates were produced in accommodations, transportation and meals that encouraged Bahamians from throughout The Bahamas to take the opportunity to visit Abaco. The result was a better flow of visitors to the destination during this regularly low tourist season. The relative success of last year’s domestical promotion encouraged expansion beyond The Bahamas to include the broader international travel market. This year’s response in product participation is considered “tremendous,” with an even greater blend of discounted rates from various hoteliers, restaurants, airlines, car, boat and golf-cart rental companies. An awareness campaign of the promotion last year was distributed through print and electronic media advertising covering major national and local newspapers, radio stations and internet email blasts. To facilitate the international exposure for 2006, news releases, internet activity and radio ads will be placed in Palm Beach, Broward, North Dade and Marathon Counties in South Florida. During the fall promotion the Abaco Tourist Office will also host several events that will give visitors cultural and general activities to look forward to while visiting the destination. It is expected that this promotion will create a more active fall season. For more information, please contact the Abaco Tourist Office at 367-3067.Third Annual Christmas FestivalIn a few months the holiday bug that inspires sharing, giving, splurging, laughing, eating, drinking, and spending time with friends and family will dominate the yearend activities. Many of those conditions prevail during the Yuletide holidays amongst people worldwide and Abaco is known to promote an exciting celebration that is as diverse as its many cays. With that in mind, the Christmas Festival Committee continues to incorporate components in the Annual Christmas Festival which makes it a success amongst visitors and locals, year after year. Although in its initial stage of planning for the third annual event, the committee gave a sneak peek into what visitors and locals should expect at this year’s festivities. The holiday spirit will be felt on December 9th in the park opposite Memorial Plaza in Marsh Harbour from 12 noon10:30 p.m., showcasing the Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching and Pop Bands, a boat parade, a dog show, belling, drumming and head/mask competitions; the Abaco Youth Marching Band, a Junkanoo parade, Toys for Tots, fireworks, a taste of Abaco’s finest cuisine, choirs, soloists, calypso bands, games and much more designed to satisfy the appetites of the young and not so young. As with the two previous festivals, the Abaco Tourist Office, Scurvy Few, the Boat Parade Committee and the Christmas Bazaar committee will once again partner in Abaco Tourist Office Has Fall Plans making their usual contribution to the festival. In addition, the committee has received support from various business organizations throughout Abaco and is anticipating this year to be bigger and better. For more information, please contact the Abaco Tourist Office at 367-3067. Friends of the Environment sponsored a lei party at Snappas on August 12. The informal get together brought together Friends members, town people and visitors having a good time.Lei Party Brought Friends Together Check out The Abaconian online at www.abaconian.com

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 17 B HGChristie.com abaco-realestate.com08/01/06Derek 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 BRI Broker -Appraiser Elbow Cay (242) 366-0700 Cell: (242) 477-5350 kathleen @hgchristie.comNeil Aberle BRIEstate 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 "Claire's Beach" Great Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates Beachfront Building Site 30,920 s.f. 0.71 acres 117' Ocean Beach 35' Elevation Fabulous Ocean and Sea of AbacoViews #TS10565 $850,000. NEW SALES RENT ALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL ALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for:CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES SALES RENT ALS APPRAISALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPRAISALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL Sea of Abaco near Leisure Lee 1.4 Acres 300' from mainland Excellent Elevation 8' water at western end 3 Miles south of Treasure Cay #AB51471 $455,000. "Carrington Cay" PRIVATE ISLAND "Conched Out" Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay 3.08 Acres -Total 225' On Atlantic Ocean 235' On Coco Bay 30' Elevation #TS10560 1 1/2 Acres $1,393,000. 3.08 Acres $2,600,000. NEW NEW Great Guana Cay Beachfront Building Site 16,500 s.f. 0.3787 Acre 100' Beach Frontage Over 200' of depth Good Elevation Superb Ocean Views Lush Native Vegetation #TS10564 $425,000. "Secret Beach" "Buttonwood" Elbow Cay Buttonwood Bay Lot # 28 18,000 s.f. 0.413 acres Hilltop Site Community Dock Access #PS10566 $183,000. NEW Great Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates Beachfront Building Site 36,839 s.f. 0.845 Acre 65' Beach Frontage Good Elevation Superb Ocean Views Lush Native Vegetation #AS10575 $545,500. "Lost Shaker" 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 $642,000. "Treasure View" NEW PRICE Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Beautifully Landscaped Site 6,927 sq.ft. Private, protected dockage for 65' and 25' vessels. #AS10718 $750,000. "Parcel # 43" NEW "Lubbers Sea-to-sea" Lubbers Quarters 1.94 Acres Sea-to-sea 97' of East frontage 120' of West Frontage Deep water for dock on Lubbers Channel Beautiful Beach on west. Lush native vegetation. #AS10719 $910,000. NEW NEW WEBSITE Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned & RehubbedPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless AluminumSandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas By Mirella Santillo The Green Turtle Cay Marching Band received a major contribution from a group of regular visitors, boaters from the Edgewater Powerboat Company from Edgewater, Florida, and a regional dealer, Hontoon Marine of Deland, Florida. Their gift included a tuba, a slide trombone, a trumpet and a set of marching bells to the great excitement of the band’s organizers and musicians. They also received several reeds and $180 for music. This year marked the 15 annual Edgewater-Bahamas Rendezvous in Green Turtle Cay sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Turslow with Edgewater Powerboats and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Fisher with Hontoon Marine. Thirty six boats and 125 people gathered from all over the Eastern United States, an all time high number since they started to reunite. Mrs. Andrea Turslow, wife of Edgewater Powerboats’s President, Mr. Peter Turslow, said, “For the past four years we have incorporated a community project in our itinerary. This year the recipients were the Amy Roberts Primary School and the Green Turtle Cay Marching Band.” The Marching Band’s Treasurer, Mrs. Saunders explained that a brand new tuba was purchased from M&M in Fort Lauderdale. Although a couple of children have started to practice during the summer, it is presently kept at the home of the Marching Band’s President, Mr. Floyd Johnson, until regular practice resumes the middle of September. “Extra mouth pieces have been ordered to allow more than one person to use it and three young men have already expressed an interest in learning,” explained a grateful Mrs. Saunders. Green Turtle Cay residents are grateful to the boaters who come annually in the Edgewater Powerboat flotilla. This year the boaters assisted the Green Turtle Cay Marching Band with several instruments and other supplies and the Amy Roberts Primary School with school supplies. Shown above are Mrs. Carl Fischer, Mr. Mike Hill and Mr. Peter Turslow, all with Edgewater Powerboats, Mr. Brent Curry, Vice President of the band, Mr. Floyd Johnson, President of the Band, Mr. Greg Curry, Chief Councillor for Green Turtle Cay, Mrs. Bridgette Russell, Immigration officer, Mr. Carl Fischer, and Mrs. Mary Hill, both with Edgewater Powerboats. Marching Band Received Tuba and Other Instruments On Marsh Harbour's waterfront • Call 367-2074 or VHF Ch. 16We thank our customers for their patronage and we look forward to serving you on October 30 We will be closed Sept 2 Oct 29 for annual vacations

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Page 18 B The Abaconian September 1, 2006By Mirella Santillo Approximately 40 local high school and college students were given jobs in various government offices around town as part of the annual summer program, organized by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Housing. The program, that is aimed at training students in a career field they might later pursue, was spread over a four-week period and divided into two sessions. The first session ran from July 17th to the 28th, the second session followed from July 31st to August 11th. Three students were given jobs at Customs including Davina Knowles and one at Immigration. Raquell Berry, a college student, went to Social Services, some were placed at Road Traffic, four students worked at the Police Station, two at the Department of Education, three at the Administrators office and one at the Court House. Two other college students, Deandrea Cornish and Sidney Archer, were placed at the Port Authority and Leo Gideon started the second session at the Post Office. We interviewed some of the students to find out their duties in their temporary jobs, what they learnt from it and how it refers to their future careers. Leo Gideon is an 18-year-old student from Grand Bahama where he attends Tabernacle Baptist Academy. His ambition is to play college basketball, and he is hoping to get a scholarship to that end. He already took part in a basketball camp earlier in July at the University of Miami where he would like to study. At the Post Office he helped sort the mail. He likes Abaco a lot and when not at work, he played basketball at the Ocean View Park in Dundas Town. Sixteen-year-old Shontae Newbold from Murphy Town just graduated from Abaco Central High School this year and soon after school was over took a job of receptionist/ office clerk at the Court House. She will be there till the end of August. She plans to go to the College of The Bahamas in Freeport next year to pursue a career in education. In the meantime she will be a teachers aide at Central Abaco Primary School in September. Shontae, whose favorite subject is religious knowledge, said, It was a fun environment to work in and I learnt a lot about the world. At 17 Raquell Berry already has a year of college behind her. She attends the Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Jamaica, where she is studying primary education for needy children. She thought that the two-week session at Social Services will help her in her future career of teaching children with ADD. Her plans are to help the children focus more by providing not only educational care but also psychological and medical help. Determined to attend university for the seven years it will take her to get her Masters degree, she said, I will come back to teach here on Abaco. Students Got Work Experience This Summer Leo Gideon is a college student who worked at the post office this summer. He enjoyed the experience and appreicated the pay he received. At the Marsh Harbour Police Station, I met Dneco Cleare, who started there on July 31st and will stay the whole month working with police records and accounts under the supervision of Cpl. Minnis, whom he called his mentor. Dneco, who has worked the two previous summers at the Port Authority filing and doing computer work, will complete his high scchool education next year. He, too, has his future very clearly planned: after graduation he will apply for a job in the Police Force.. His favorite subject is mathematics and during his free time, he enjoys playing softball and basketball. It was a great job and a great start for as a learning experience towards my career. It is very professional here at the Station. All the young people seemed very pleased and interested in what they were doing and happy to make money.Sail Away Attracts Local BoatersLocal boaters looked forward to the fourth annual Sail Away on the north end of Guana Cay. Friends gathered from several communities to enjoy a Sunday afternoon on the beach. Food and drinks were sold to raise money for the Abaco Rage and Every Child Counts School. 1. Proposals are requested for a cleaning contract for the B.E.C. Marsh Harbour, Administrative Office and Marsh Harbour Power Station (including bathrooms and kitchens). Services will be required five (5) days per week Monday Friday. 2. Proposals are requested for a cleaning contract for the B.E.C. Green Turtle Cay Office. Services will be required two (2) days per week Tuesday and Thursday. 3. Proposals are requested for the landscaping, cleaning and up-keep of the Green Turtle Cay Power Station. 4. Proposals are requested for the landscaping, cleaning and upkeep of the Guana Cay sub station. 5. Proposals are requested for a cleaning contract for the B.E.C. Treasure Cay Office. Services will be required five (5) days per week Monday Friday. 6. Proposals are requested for a cleaning contract for the B.E.C. Hope Town Office and light landscaping & cleaning of the B.E.C. Hope Town grounds. Services will be required one (1) day per week (Wednesday) and twice per month for light lanscaping & cleaning of the grounds. 7. Proposals are requested for the landscaping, cleaning and upkeep of the Man-O-War sub-station. 8. Proposals are requested for the landscaping, cleaning and upkeep of the Moores Island sub-station. 9. Proposals are requested for the cleaning, landscaping and up-keep of the following Bahamas Eelectricity Corporation stations or substations: Crossing Rocks Bahama Palm Shores Casuarina Point Cherokee Sound Fox Town Green Turtle Cay, ferry dock location Leisure Lee Marsh Harbour managers residence Marsh Harbour Power Station Marsh Harbour Government Dock Marsh Harbour Stores Compound Murphy/Dundas Town, across from Grace Baptist Church O.P.S. sub-station, Opposite Island Breezes PWD, Public Works Department Treasure Cay Bahamas Electricity Corporation Abaco Operations Cleaning and Landscaping Invitation For Proposals 2006-2007 The Corporation Reserves The Right To Reject Any Or All Proposals. Interested persons should present a monthly cost for cleaning the premises in writing, accompanied by a valid business license and proof of citizenship, in a sealed envelope with the word "TENDER" clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. Bids should of sent to B.E.C. Marsh Harbour, Abaco, to the Attention of Mr. Benjamin R Beneby, Manager, B.E.C. Abaco on or before September 22, 2006

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 19 BWINDWARD 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 WINDWARD BEACH ESTATES “Bahama Sunset” Canal front two storey CBS home with 141 ft. water frontage with dock. Upper level has living / dining / kitchen, master bedroom with ensuite bath, den / optional bedroom and bath, and large covered dock. Downstaris 1 bed / 1 bath / living also large garage / workshop. Unique property with fantastic sunset view as well as sunrise ocean view. $1,107,000 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. $1,160,000 + 7.5 closing 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.comMember “NEW” STORAGE UNITS, centrally located in Treasure Cay town centre. Storage units come in assorted sizes for boats, cars, golf carts and ”stuff.” Starting at $25,000 CONDOMIUM DEVELOPMENTS 1. CARLETON LANDING Newest opportunity Canal front condo and cottage units with available boat slips Starting at $680,000 +14%closing 2. PALM BAY Townhouse units in protected harbour with boat slips Phase One SOLD OUT Phase Two COMING SOON 3. THE COTTAGES Now the newest oceanfront development on Treasure Cay beach com prising individual luxury units Starting at $725,000 + 14% closing 4. 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 ROYAL PALM Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool 3 bed / 3 bath upper end unit, 12’ wide slip with boat lift, includes golf cart. $553,500 2 bed / 2 bath lower unit, 16’ wide slip, includes golf cart and 22’ boat $553.500 TREASURE HOUSE Ocean front luxury units with lagoon pool/ waterfall Unit #7 Octagonal two storey 2 bed/ 2 bath home. Good rental potential. $636,000 + 7/ 5% closing BAHAMA BEACH CLUB Resale condo available in first project. Ready to go. Never rennted but definite potential Upstairs unit 3 bed / 2 bath with den / optional 4th bed. Completely furnished with many extra features including garage and Jeep Renegade. MUST SEE $900,000 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 $500,000 Bldg 4 Downstaris end unit 2 bed / 2 bath, totally redone, 12’ wide slip $435,600 VACANT LOTS AVAILABLE • Ocean front properties Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. Sand Piper Beach Sunrise Point Beginning at $1,250,000 • Canal Front Beginning at $264,500 • Rock Point Waterfront, bulkheaded Beginning at $267,000 • Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $50,000 ROYAL POINCIANA Ocean Front Condos with on site pool and tennis 2 bed / 2 bath downstairs end unit with wrap-around deck. Never rented. Fully and tastefully furnished. Special must see unit. $738,000 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Marina View 2 bed / 2 bath, end unit, extra features, never rented $212,000 OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Special garden location near pool, 2 bed / 2 bath. Great rental unit with many repeat guests $369,000 Second row beach with direct ocean access. Great view. 2 bed / 2 bath, many special features. MUST SEE $553,500 SANDPIPER BEACH “Lacey Daze” Hard to beat the layout and location of this special CBS home. Ocean front with patio access are living / dining / kitchen / den (optional bedroom) / master bedroom with ensuite bath. Other rooms include guest bedroom and bath, powder room, double gargage and utility / workshop area in addition to private 1 bedroom efficiency apartment. Many features. MUST SEE. $2,337,000 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 “Goombay House” 2 storey canal front octagon home located on 2 lots (fenced in). Upstairs includes master bed with ensuite bath, den / optional bedroom, guest bedroom, bath, open kitchen / dining / living room, wrap around deck with screened porch. Downstairs storage, parking, workshop / utility. Dock with boat lift. $922,500 UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT SOLD Winding Bay Development Brings Many Visitors The Abaco Club at Winding Bay is located on one of the most beautiful beaches on Abaco. The headland juts out framing the beach, giving the residences there a choice view of the beaches. Homes are now under construction along the beach and cottages on the golf course are being built which will provide more accommodations. This private club resort offers a variety of activities, both ashore and at sea and is now managed by Ritz Carleton. They pamper to every whim and fancy of their guests.

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Page 20 B The Abaconian September 1, 2006 Special Summer/Fall Air Fare for Bahamian Residents• All travel on these tickets must be completed by 12/15/2006. • Tickets may be purchased at the ticket counters or through the Ft Lauderdale office and must be paid in full at time of purchase. • Purchaser must present valid Bahamian passport with US visa, or valid passport ofanother country with valid Bahamian work permit and valid US visa at time ofpurchase. • Tickets are non-refundable. • Baggage allowance of 50 lbs including carry-on. Excess baggage traveling with you is $0.70 per pound and travels on a space available basis. • All freight and excess luggage checked in at departure will travel within one weekat the rate of $0.45 per pound.Abaco Price $190 plus US taxes of $38.65 and Bahamian departure tax ($15)Eleuthera Price $240 plus US and Bahamian taxesSPECIAL FREIGHT RATEDeliveries Thru October 31, 2006$0.45 per pound (DIM Weight Pricing)Marsh Harbour 367-0140 • Treasure Cay 365-8660 Ft. Lauderdale 954-359-8266 North Eleuthera 335-1696 • Governor’s Harbour 332-3340 • Rock Sound 334-2795 Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday thru Friday • Charters & Water available on request Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 477-5292 375-8833 Great Guana Cay Replace your old countertops with locally made tops of Marble & Granite For More Information Call 242-367-4726(Abaco Ace Hardware)Marsh Harbour, AbacoBy Jennifer Hudson Rotarian Bill Schweizer has been a dedicated member of the Rotary Club of Abaco during the years he and his wife have resided on Abaco. He has been instrumental in organizing the Bell Ringing each December, enabling the needy to receive Christmas food parcels and has also worked unstintingly on the International Services Committee. He became a member of Rotary Club many years ago in the United States as he admired Rotary International’s goals of helping people in need worldwide and gave 25 years of service in Livingstone County, Illinois, on programmes involving youth and housing for the handicapped. His aim here has been to orchestrate and put the entire Rotary ideals to work for Abaco. During the June 6 Rotary meeting he was presented with a plaque from the Abaco Central High School to show its appreciation for his “unswerving dedication and commitment to the students of the school.” After numerous telephone calls and emails during the course of an entire year, Mr. Schweizer was instrumental in securing a large grant to assist both the Abaco Central High School and Every Child Counts School. The grant, which amounted to approximately $28,000, was split between the two schools and included donations from the Rotary Foundation, the Windermere Rotary Club of Florida and the Rotary Club of Abaco. The amount which was presented to the Abaco Central High School was specifically for the purchase of 18 computers for students to use. According to school Principal, Mr. Euthal Green, these will be placed in a new computer lab which the Department of Education intends to build in an effort to upgrade the facility. “Mr. Schweizer has demonstrated that Rotary is really a driving force ensuring that the students of Abaco Central High School will be on the cutting edge of technology. This is a giant leap as government would not have been able to supply the comRotarian Bill Schweizer Will Be Missed puters,” stated Mr. Green, who wished to offer special thanks on behalf of the students and staff. Another person who expressed sincere gratitude to Mr. Schweizer was Mrs. Lyn Major, Principal of the Every Child Counts School, the other beneficiary of the grant, who stated that she greatly appreciated the support Mr. Schweizer had given for the second year in a row. Last year he enabled the school to put in a new “In and Out’ driveway plus a fence in the back. This year the grant was to go towards providing computers for the students, but, unfortunately, the criteria had to be changed due to a series of recent break-ins at the school in which equipment was stolen, thus necessitating a large portion of the grant being allocated for closed circuit cameras for placement throughout the school. “We have had to put a large portion of the money towards protection instead of education,” stated Mrs. Major. Although it was not possible to purchase all of the desired computers, the very generous grant did make it possible to purchase one lap-top, a copier, some lunch and classroom tables, vocational carpentry starter kits, a refrigerator and various kitchen needs in addition to the video surveillance equipment. “Mr. Schweizer will be sadly missed by the Rotary Club of Abaco which is very proud of him and grateful for his efforts,” stated Jo-Ann Bradley, whose term as President of the Rotary Club of Abaco for the past year has just ended. “I am both honored and overwhelmed by the recognition and appreciation I have received from Abaco Central High School and Every Child Counts School,” said Mr. Schweizer, who added that while he is sad to be leaving, he is pleased that he will be replaced by Bill Albury and asks that anyone who would like to help by donating to good causes should contact Mr. Albury at 367-2278. A recent letter from Abaco Central High School states that the school is going to name the computer lab after him. Goombay Festival provided entertainment for locals as well as visitors. The event also allows young people to learn the art of costume making and keeps up the tradition of native music. It give the local marching band an event that gives them exposure and lets the community see their progress. Junkanoo Makes Memories

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 21 B Well Done Drilling Services Specializing inWell Drilling: Water Wells, Drainage Wells, Septic Disposal Wells Seawater Reverse Osmosis Systems: 350GPD to 200,000GPDExcavator Rental: Specialized Excavator Foundation Drilling for home foundations in sand and Excavator Digging Piling Holes: Piling Holes for home foundations and utility poles plantedTrenching: Trenching for underground utility services We serve all of Abaco including the caysCall us today for a free consultationMarsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 AbacoAgentBill Thorndycraft & Sandra EvansPhone: (242) 367-0365 lCell: (242) 357-6638 Abaco, Bahamaswww.AbacoAgent.comSandra Evans Real Estate Sales Bahama Coral Island: lots $15,000 & $23,500. Bahama Palm Shores: undeveloped lot $19,950. Dundas Town: Sea view lot, near park $46,500. Great Cistern Cay: 3/2, waterfront w/dock $575,000. Guana Cay: 7 acres Sea to Sea. Sale Pending Guana Cay: 2/2 cottage Sea to Sea access $345,000. Sand Bank Creek: 3/2, new build, dock $375,000. Sand Bank Creek: one acre waterfront $125,000. Turtle Rocks: view lot, beach access $58,800. Turtle Rocks: 2 one acre beachfront $208,500@ Leisure Lee: Canal property, $150,000.00. Best Value For Rent: 3/2, central, waterfront $3,250./month The date for the third annual Abaco Business Outlook conference has been announced. On September 20th at the Abaco Beach Resort, business leaders from major sectors in the country will address the Abaco edition of Bahamas Business Outlook. Participants from Abaco, New Providence and other Family Islands are expected to converge for the Outlook. The aim of Abaco Business Outlook is to give a practical assessment and an informed outlook for the economy of that island for the next 12 months. “The conference focuses on issues that are important to the people of Abaco, people who are living there, working there and investing there,” said Joan Albury, President of The Counsellors Ltd. and founder of Abaco Business Outlook. The conference brings together experts in tourism, economics, financial services and developing industries. Organizers for the event went on a fact finding mission, gathering information from Abaconians about the needs of their island. “We have talked with key players on Abaco to find out what are their issues and what is it that they would like to get out of this conference. They want to know about infrastructure plans for Abaco, how does development impact the environment, migration and immigration, diverThird Abaco Business Outlook Is Planned sification of the economy and business opportunities and trends,” said Ms. Albury. Speakers include the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Transport and Aviation Minister; David Johnson, Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Tourism; Paul Major, consultant to the Domestic Investment Board; Michael Albury, President of Friends of The Environment; Keith Major, Vice-President at ColinaImperial and Chairman of Bahamas Electricity Corporation; Antonio Stubbs, Senior Vice President at BTC; Earl Deveaux, Marketing Director at Lucayan Tropical Produce. In addition to the prestigious slate of speakers, the Outlook will also feature leading entrepreneurs from Abaco. Organizers are excited about the lineup of speakers who will share their knowledge with the participants. This will not only be a time of networking for business persons and residents, but Abaconians will be encouraged to become more active in their communities by giving back. “It is important that we continue to educate our people. At the end of the day we want to make sure Abaconians are more informed about the issues facing that island and solutions for these issues. We also want people to leave knowledgeable about how to invest their time and resources, future plans for the private sector and the plans of the government,” states Albury. Advance registration for the September 20th event can be made online at www.tclevents.com or by calling The Counsellors Ltd. at 322-7505/6 or in Abaco 1-242-3 67-3067. The Abaco Business Outlook gives Abaconians an overview of our economy. Speakers from government and the private sector cover many topics specifically about Abaco. The turnout for the two previous seminars has been very good. This is a photo from last year’s seminar. Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 Open 9 am 5 pm Mon. Fri.

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Page 22 B The Abaconian September 1, 2006 Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Window Glass Cut and Installed Screens Made and Repaired Commercial Store Fronts Installed and ReplacedYale WindowsIn Marsh Harbour on Don MacKay Blvd. 367-2442 Hope Town District Council21st August 2006Resignation of Chief Councillor Wayne HallThe Hope Town District Council, after being contacted by the Ministry of Local Government, has issued this following statement by Deputy Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting regarding the status of Chief Councillor Wayne Hall. “It is with much regret that we inform the public of the resignation of our Chief Councillor Wayne Hall. The resignation comes, after his relocation to Nassau in June. Since that time, I have chaired three meetings in his absence, and the Department of Local Government has contacted the Council asking for a resignation from Mr. Hall due to his absence. In accordance with Part VI (26) of the Local Government Act, his seat is officially declared vacant, and no official resignation letter from Mr. Hall is needed. An election for his seat in the township of Hope Town will take place in short order. On behalf of our Council, I would like to take this opportunity to express that we, as a Council, have enjoyed working with Mr. Hall since we took office last year. We felt as if we achieved much, and his legal knowledge of Local Government Procedure was a tremendous asset to our Council. Because of his proposal regarding the White Paper, our Council received national recognition, and although it was unsuccessful, the Council under Mr. Hall’s leadership was the first Council to attempt such a feat. We, as a Council, have learned much from our experience with him on the Council. It saddens us that circumstances have brought us to this point, but we will move on and continue to do the work of our communities. A new Chief Councillor will be elected amongst our Council in the shortest possible time frame.” Mr. Wayne Hall has not issued a statement at this present time. He did indicate to the Council, that although he is not required to present a letter of resignation due to his absence of three meetings, he would still write a letter to the Minister of Local Government, explaining his resignation in detail. The election and swearing-in of the new Chief Councillor will take place in a matter of weeks, and we will keep the public and press well informed when this is to happen. On August 5th Abaco Central High’s Class of ’86 celebrated their 20th reunion in grand style at Mangoes Restaurant. Over 20 classmates turned out to share laughs, greet old friends and relive good times.Recognition and tributes were paid to their former primary and high school teachers Mrs. Eva Adderley, Mrs. Ruth Edgecombe, Mr. Malcolm Spicer, Mrs. Myrtis Russell, Mr. Jack Hardy and Ms. Felemease Sawyer for playing an such an important role in their lives. This class is the first and only in Abaco to stage its 10th and 20th reunion.ACH Class of ‘86 Held Reunion Patrick Bethel of the University of Cherokee Sound is shown presenting Joe Whitlock of Marsh Harbour with a certificate of competency to practise meteorology on the island of Abaco while his employer, Hilland Albury, looks on. Joe has studied under Bonnie Schneiber of CNN Headline News, Rick Johnson of the Weather Channel and Basil Dean of the Department of Meteorology, Nassau. The certificate, issued by the University of Cherokee Sound Department of Meteorology, gave Mr. Whitlock the authority to practise meteorology and hurricane predictions on Abaco Island only. It was signed by Mr. Patrick J. Bethel, BSC, Former Mayor of Cherokee Sound.Meteorology Certificate Was Awarded By Portia Jonsson Preparing children for a new school year typically involves buying new uniforms, replacing last year’s backpack and stocking up on new school equipment. Often overlooked are other important issues such as a child’s feelings and emotions about starting or returning to school. Back to school can be a rough time, an exciting time or both. Parents need to take it seriously and not just let it sneak up. As your child grows, routines change with needs, social life and the classes he or she takes. It takes participation, creativity and flexibility, but there are lots of things parents can do to help smooth out the wrinkles and get their kids off to a steady start at school. Remind your child that he or she is not alone in feeling anxious during the first day of school. Before school starts, ensure that all the paperwork has been done in order to avoid any confusion and extra stress during the first day of school. When appropriate, perhaps you can drive or walk your child to school and pick him or her up on the first day. Make sure that your child has had his or her annual medical check-up. Make sure that you make the proper arrangements with school authorities if your child needs to take medication at school. If your child has any allergies, make sure that the school is aware of them and is prepared for any allergic reactions. Organize your family’s time with a daily schedule. Designate specific times for homework, play and bedtime – and stick to them. Family time is even more important than homework time. Build it into the schedule so you can all share the events and details of the day. Before bed each night, prepare for the next day: pack lunches and backpacks, press uniforms and put necessary belongings in the same location. This will help ensure a smooth start to each day. By recognizing that school is stressful to most children, parents can continually support their children and keep an open dialogue on any school-related issue with their child. Knowing that we as parents are on their side is reassuring to our children. On a final note that I find works well is that children are reassured when they discover that their parents went through school and survived. It is always a good idea to share your school experience with them too. Preparing for Back to School

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 23 B A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs • 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16 Guana Harbour Grocery Offices RelocateBy Portia Jonsson The offices of the Speech Therapy Services and the Health & Family Life Education Program of the Department of Education have relocated to the old Western Auto Parts Building opposite the Anglican Church. The Ministry of Education provides Speech and Language services to children in our community. Speech therapy is a remedial process. It implements a series of practice activities designed to meet specific needs. When it is noticed that a child’s communication system is not as intelligible as that of the majority of other children, when the child’s verbal communication with others is not at an age-appropriate level and there is inadequate verbal content for interactive exchange of ideas, speech therapy is usually advised. Over a period of time, if there is regular attendance and consistent home practice of the prescribed activities, improvement in the child’s speech and language skills will not only become evident but there will be a measurable difference. For further information please contact Mrs. Valerie Whyly, Speech Pathologist at 367-5394. The Health & Family Life Education Program aims to reduce the number of unintended teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections among adolescents. The program focuses on adolescents in The Bahamas and individuals who influence them such as parents, teachers, guidance counselors, peers, law enforcers, the church and community. Mrs. Sandy Walker-Edwards, Health & Family Life Coordinator has worked with this program for the past five years. Adolescents and adults may feel free to call Mrs. Edwards at 367-5394 or visit the new office Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with any questions or concerns you may have on any of the adolescent health issues.New Boutique OpensBy Portia Jonsson Kera’s Fashion and Beauty Supplies located on the Port Road behind M & R Food store in the aqua and white building is now open for business. Kera’s Fashions specializes in the latest men and women styles, handbags, belts, hats, fashion accessories, perfumes, kids clothing and a limited supply of shoes. Steam pressing is also available. Store hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.Christian Council Holds ElectionsBy Mirella Santillo The annual election of the Christian Council Board members took place on August 3rd at Unity Baptist Church in Treasure Cay. The five members from the previous year were unanimously re-elected. Bishop Campbell, pastor for the Church of God in Dundas Town, remains the President. Bishop Ed Laroda of Unity Baptist Church is still the Vice President. Pastor A.B. Lewis of Victory Tabernacle in Dundas Town is the Secretary, Bishop Clifford Henfield with Grace Baptist Church is the Treasurer, assisted by Assistant Treasurer, Pastor Eldon McIntosh of St. Thomas Anglican Church in Wood Cay. Bishop Campbell explained that the Christian Council represents the voice of the Christian families of Abaco and it intervenes in community matters, making sure of fair dealings among the island residents. News Briefs Bishop Anthony Campbell

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Page 24 B The Abaconian September 1, 2006 You can now find your favourite newspaper The Tribune and your favourite magazines at these great locations: MAN-O-WAR GROCERY BUDS & BLOOM THE CHEMIST SHOPPE HIT MUSIC & VIDEO ISLAND PHARMACY PRICE RIGHT GROCERY STORE SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SERVICE STATION TEXACO QUALITY STAR VERNON’S GROCERY HOPE TOWN BAHAMAS FAMILY MARKET K & S AUTO SERVICE LTD SOLOMON’S SUPERCENTER LOWE’S FOOD STORE GREEN TURTLE CAY SEA SPRAY RESORT AND MARINA Nassau and Bahama Islands’ Leading Newspaper AB AB AB AB AB A A A A A CO CO CO CO CO The Next Step for Cross HarbourThe restoration of Cross Harbour tidal creek has been a huge success. Water now flows freely to and from the upstream wetland, and fish have already begun to feed in the upstream mangrove habitat. Now it is time to move the project forward. The scientists involved want to explore whether juvenile fish (e.g., snapper) that feed in upstream restored areas eventually move back out of the creek and into the marine environment. From an environmental education perspective, Friends of the Environment wants to continue the hands-on experience Abaco students received when they participated in the creek restoration. Both goals can be achieved through an exciting new program Friends is launching: Adopt A Fish, Adopt A School. A small transmitter tag (<1” long with <3/8” diameter) will be inserted into the body cavity of fish in a simple surgical procedure. The fish’s skin will then be stitched up just as if it were a person! Every minute the tag will let off a signal with a unique frequency that can be detected by speciallydesigned acoustic telemetry receivers. By placing receivers along the re-created Cross Harbour channel, all the way from the upstream blue holes to the creek mouth, it will be possible to detect all movements of tagged fish within the creek and the near shore ocean. In this way, fish usage of habitats in the creek can be monitored, and fish that eventually move to the ocean can be detected. Friends is seeking people that would be interested in sponsoring the cost of the tags, $400 per tag, including shipping and setup costs. The tag will then be “donated” to a local school, so that both the donor and area students will be able to claim a fish as their “own.” This fall and winter field trips will be arranged so that donors and students can participate in capturing “their” individual to be tagged. In the first phase of the project, the focus will be on tagging snapper individuals, as these are the most common individuals in the creek system. Data from the receiver array will be downloaded twice a month, and information on each fish’s movements will uploaded to the Friends’ web site. In this manner, donors and students will be able to frequently track the recent movements and location of their tagged individual. Dr. Craig Layman, the lead scientist on the creek restoration project, will oversee scientific aspects of the project. The movements of the fish will provide direct information of the critical link between mangrove and coral reef habitats. Further, it will show that restoring mangrove and creek ecosystems will benefit not Adopt A Fish, Adopt A School Friends just received word that a $10,000 grant written to the Lyford Cay Foundation based in Nassau, has been approved! The grant will allow Friends to purchase two artificial reef ball molds which will facilitate the creation of artificial coral reef heads that can be placed on the seabed floor. Permission has been obtained from the Port Department to use these molds to expand the reef area at Mermaid Reef, located just off Pelican Shores in Marsh Harbour. This fall each school in the Abaco area will have the opportunity to build its own reef balls, place them on the sea floor and then monitor them as the new corals grow only wetland habitats, but also marine and coral reef fisheries. Although these linkages are often implied, there remain very few examples of tracking individual fishes from juvenile to adult habitats. This project is another example of how the integration of scientists, students and interested community members can provide a firm foundation to conserve and manage the natural resources of Abaco. As very unique donation to support conservation on Abaco, why not adopt a fish? In fact, adopt a whole school! For more information, please contact Friends at 367-2721 or at or send tag donations to Friends of the Environment, P.O. Box AB-20755, Marsh Harbour. and sea life is attracted. The grant also provides for snorkeling equipment and swim vests to make sure every child can participate in this hands-on learning opportunity. This program is part of Friends new environmental education initiative. Friends is currently in the process of raising funds for an Education Coordinator to assure the success of the program. For more information about the initiative or to get involved, please contact Friends’ Executive Director, Lindsey McCoy at or 367-2721. Friends Receives Lyford Cay Foundation Grant Fish will be tagged at Cross Harbour to study their movements through the creek. This shows one of the tagged fish. Dundas Town man was punched in the mouth. The assailant was identified. Causing Damage A car belonging to a Murphy Town resident had the hood and back fender scratched by a sharp object sometime Saturday night or Sunday, July 30 or 31. Damage is estimated at $2500. Attempted Arson About 10 a.m. on July 31, an arson attempt was discovered where a fire had been set at a back door of Marsh Harbour Electronics in the Marsh Harbour Shopping Centre. However, no further damage was noted. PoliceFrom Page 10

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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 25 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Houses and Land For Rent and For SaleClassified Advertisements RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS 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 Prime Land on Bustick Bay Two 1-acre tracts of land on the bay with 100 ft. frontage each. Properties are located adjacent to the Abaco Highway and 6 miles north of Marsh Harbour. Treasure Cay is 15 miles north. Electricity on site. Price: $185,000 each. Phone: 1-242-324-1476. Elbow Cay lot, Dorros Cove deeded dock slip at Tahiti Beach. Panaramic views. $386,000 Call Steve 678-416-2214 Guana Cay 5 bed/3 bath house on interior lot with ocean view. Shared dock. Call for info. 365-5181 Guana Cay 2 bed/2 bath on water, with dock, like new. Asking $725,000. Call 365-5181 for details Guana Cay 500-yard walk to beach. Good rental history. Brokers protected. Motivated priced to sell. Call Danny 404-256-9626 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE COMMERCIAL RENTALS Commercial building for rent in Dundas Town. One building 3 spaces, bar, restaurant, and/or available commercial space. Contact 367-5906 or 367-0348 Winding Bay Little Harbour Location Location Location14+ acres on the corner of Little Harbour and Cherokee roads. Very near the entrance of the Abaco Club. Approx 10 acres of woodlands that rise to give a spectular view of the Atlantic, Winding Bay, Yellowwood Creek and the Bight of Old Robinson. 1600+ feet of waterfrontage on the creek, accssible for kayaking, bonefishing, etc. Over two acres of this parcel has been cleared and groomed. Great location for private or commercial use. Electricty is available. Will not divide. Serious inquires only • 242-422-4496 231-536-2791 or 906-492-3633 NE Florida Brand new intracoastal condos and lots with full service marina, tennis, dinning & more. Incl membership to Yacht & Beach Club. The Selby Group 866-439-3759 or selbygroup@bellsouth.net. Enjoy 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 Man-O-War 5 acres sea to sea or will divide. Contact 242-357-6700 or 772-321-5613 Sweeting Tract, Marsh Harbour. For rent or for sale. New 2 bed 2 bath triplex. For more info call 367-2289 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 Cherokee Sound Vacation resort. For rent by day or week. Call 242-323-4416 or 366-2075 Guana Cay 2 bed apt. $1000/ mo, furnished, no pets. Also new vacation rental $900/ wk. Long term rate available. Call 904-982-2762 or www.wardslanding.com Hope Town Specialist. A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or hopetown.com Marsh Harbour, fully furnished 2 bed 2 bath, central A/C. Available Nov 1. Call 5-10 p.m. 367-3295 Duplex for Short Term Rental in Nassau Located in Little Blair, 2 bed/ 1 bath, cable, laundry, facilities, no petes allowed. $100 pernight, $550 per week, monthly rate available. Please inquire at 242-393-1962 By Mirella Santillo On August 5th a group of young people from all over Abaco assembled at Central Abaco Primary School to participate in a combined HIV/AIDS education and art program. Organized by Lillian Blades, a Bahamian artist from Nassau, the project is involved in making a quilt aimed at educating young children about AIDS and remembering people stricken with the disease. The finished quilt, which will require the participation of 300 children throughout The Bahamas, will comprise 300 mini-canvasses of 12 inches square, each placed on both sides of six wood panels, each measuring four feet by eight feet. Approximately 20 children gathered at Central Abaco Primary to paint, create and express themselves. Lillian Blades explained, “The idea of bringing together things that have different histories is an important part of my art-making process. When I work with a community on a collaborative, public art project, I encourage them to express themselves however they feel is best in the given material so their unique character or voice is heard. The idea of a quilt is the perfect way to celebrate a community.” Quilt Project Teaches Youth About HIV/AIDS Primary school children gathered at Central Abaco Primary School to prepare squares that will eventually form a quilt. The students were given freedom to express themselves creatively and at the same time were being educated about HIV and AIDS. The Abaco squares will be part of national quilt that will be displayed in Nassau. Fishing RulesFrom Page 13 Subscribe to The Abaconian sell or exchange their fish for accommodations or dockage are subject to prosecution. Note that the limits must match the number of people. For instance, four people can have 80 pounds of fish. If one person leaves, 20 pounds of fish should accompany him, leaving 60 pounds for the other three. This also applies to boats returning to Florida as the U. S. authorities respect these limits. Visitors with crawfish must ensure that they do not exceed the limit of six per person at any time. The limits are not accumulative for successive days or for people no longer in your group. Legal size for crawfish caught by anyone is a minimum tail length of five and one half inches (5”) or a three and a quarter inch (3”) carapace (shell) length. Egg bearing females must not be disturbed. The eggs are visible as a red mass (berries) under the tail. The closed season on crawfish is from April 1st to August 1st and applies to everyone. There are no limits to the amount of fish that can be legally purchased by visitors. However, amounts above the bag limits should be documented with receipts and invoices to clarify the origin of the fish. Bahamians may have any quantity of fish but must observe the minimum sizes. Any crawfish in freezers of Bahamians, second home owners or visitors on April 1st, the first day of the closed season, should be documented with a letter to the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. You may or may not be inspected by a Fisheries officer to verify the quantity. The bag limit applies to freezers ashore as well as boats. Remember that the amount of fish must not exceed the limit for the the number of people in the house for non-Bahamians. Only adult conch may be taken by Bahamians and visitors. The adult conch is identified by a wide and well flared lip on the shell. Juvenile conch have a thin lip which has not yet flared. Help keep conch plentiful in the Bahamas by leaving the juveniles. One other rule requires that fish resources imported (on your boat) into the Bahamas must be declared to Fisheries officials or in their absence to Customs officers. This is to avoid any misunderstanding as to whose fish are on board. If you have undeclared fish on your cruising boat when you enter the Bahamas, they are presumed to be Bahamian and must be within the bag limits. Present fishing regulations are under review and are expected to be revised. The Abaconian compiled this information from Fisheries officers assigned to Abaco and the Department of Fisheries in Nassau.

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Page 26 B The Abaconian September 1, 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 Accepted Tropical Souvenirs Souvenirs • Cuban Cigars • Casual Clothing T-Shirts • Venus Swimwear • Jewelry Children’s Clothing and lots more ...Located in Simmon’s Plaza next to Snack Shack Mon Sat • 9 5 • Phone: (242) 367-4822 B’s Sunrise Business Service Directory 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 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 BAHAMA TILE LICENSED INSURED Office : 367-7072Larry LoweCell : 477-5966 Marble l Granite l Ceramic Porcelain l Mud Work l Kitchens Bathrooms l Entire Home Commercial & Residential Padding & all necessary accessories Installation and quotes availableDelivery within a week!! Carpet Carpet CarpetRoss Pinder477-5019For all your carpet needs, call Ross Pinder @ 477-5019. Serving all of Abaco with over 25 years experience. Lots of samples to choose from... FOR SALE Iggy Biggy located in two prime tourist locations Sucessful long standing (16 yrs) Turnkey Retail Business, Serious Inquires Only Call 561.628.7946 A A A A A baco Island baco Island baco Island baco Island baco Island Phar Phar Phar Phar Phar macy macy macy macy macyPrescriptions • Testing Beauty Supplies • Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 8:30 am 6 pm Sundays 9 am 12 Noon Ph. 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. Fax 367-6544 • islanpharmacy@yahoo.com Well Drilling ServicesServing All of AbacoAndrew MajorMarsh Harbour Abaco, BahamasTel: 551-7375 367-4659(leave a message) DRA NAGE SOLUTIONS Church Listing If you would like your church listed here, call 367-2677 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 Send Coral Is on the Endangered Species List Excepts from a New York Times article, May 22, 2006 On May 9, for the first time, two species of Caribbean coral — acropora palmata, or elkhorn, and acropora cervicornis, or staghorn — were added to the list of threatened species under the Federal Endangered Species Act. It was a needed step, say marine biologists and environmentalists who focus on coral, and probably overdue, but just one narrow glimpse at the universe of woes affecting the undersea invertebrates in the Florida Keys, throughout the Caribbean and across the globe. “Elkhorn and staghorn used to be the dominant species on the Caribbean reef as recently as the early 80s,” said Jennifer Moore, a natural resource specialist for the protected resources division of the National Marine Fisheries Service. “But the species has declined 97 percent since the late 70s.” There is no one answer to what is killing these coral. The greatest culprit seems to be disease, especially “white diseases,” which fleck the coral with pox and bands of deathly white. But there are other stresses, including degraded water quality, nutrient runoff from agriculture, human poaching and boating accidents. Of perhaps greater impact are instances of coral bleaching affecting these and other corals that have occurred with increasing frequency in recent years. In these outbreaks, which are directly tied to rising ocean temperatures and reach their height in the warmest months, vast fields of coral shed their gaudy colors, turn bone-white and die. “Last year was a particularly bad outbreak,” said Tyler Smith, a coral biologist at the University of the Virgin Islands. “We lost anywhere from 70 to 100 percent of our coral to bleaching.” Florida was somewhat spared in that outbreak, only because the mighty swirl of Hurricane Wilma dragged cooler, lifesaving water into the region. And while water temperatures have gone up only a little in recent decades — just a degree or two — it is enough to affect these fragile organisms. “They were already living near their temperature maximum, so just a tiny rise can push them over the edge,” Ms. Moore said. With their thick flat ears, just like the elk horns for which they were named, the coral form a distinctive and imposing structure, covering pretty much the entire spectrum of browns from light tan to chocolate. Much harder hit in the Florida Keys are the staghorns, which, like their namesake, are tall and fingershaped, when you can find them. “The importance of getting these coral on the threatened list is, most of all, that it raises awareness of the problem,” Mr. Donahue said. AA and Al Anon MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AlAnon group of Marsh Harbour meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays and Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at the Hope Town Library. The AA group and the AlAnon group meet in the Treasure Cay Community Center on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Please call 357-6511 for additional information. 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September 1, 2006 The Abaconian Page 27 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service Driver / Salesperson, 25 yrs older, Chelsea’s Choice. Courteous, responsible. Phone 3674842. Call for further information Abaco Aviation Centre at Marsh Harbour International Airport is taking applications for the following positions: 1. Receptionist / reservations clerk / point of sale cashier Applicant must possess good organizational skills, be fully computer literate and have experience in dealing with the public. High school diploma required and a minimum of five BGCSE’s including English and maths. 2. Accountant / Administrative Assistant Applicant should have a minimum of five years experience in the areas of public accounting, internal auditing and business administration with the ability to thrive in an environment of pressing deadlines and constantly changing conditions. Applicant must possess excellent written and oral communication skills as well as computer proficiency. 225 HP Mercury Outboard 30” shaft, less than 75 hr. since new. DUTY PAID. $9000. May be seen at National Marine. Call Tom Wheeler 440-477-1904 Quick Sale 2 boats 18.5’ Wahoo just like new, 21’ Chris Craft with cabin. Asking $15,500. Call 365-5181 Make an offer 17’ Albury, center console with Yamaha 100 HP, less than 40 hrs. on engine. Contact Ron or Davon at 357-6968 20’ Sail Fish, 90 HP Mercury engine, 70 gal. gas tank, depth finder, Garmin 160 Blue, new VHF, outriggers, fish finder. “Looking for new owner to fish with.” Call 366-2047, 359-6565, 359-6042 21.1’ Mako, Deep-V hull, new 225 Mercury, less than 40 hrs. New steering/ cables/ instruments/ trim tabs/ pump/ upholstery/ covers/ rocket launcher and more. Beach or fish. $30,000 Call 242-364-6585 Nassau COMMERCIAL SERVICES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats 26’ Regulator “96, Hope Town. DUTY PAID. Needs repair. $30K as is. 242-366-0662 26’ Mako with 200 HP Yamaha 2 stroke, kept on lift, DUTY PAID. $15,000 Call 359-6376 27’ World Cat, twin 225 HP Hondas, GPS, auto pilot, radar, sounder, 270 hrs, perfect condition. At Boat Harbour, slip 203 till July 1. Call 410-251-7319 or sdeeley@ascd.net. $112,500 28’ Bertram FB w/ twin Volvo 130 HP turbo diesels, excellent deep sea fishing boat with rod holders and outriggers. 165 gal fuel. Two Bimini tops, three burner stove, shower, head, 75 gal fresh water, saltwater wash down, sleeps 4. Fresh bottom,sides cleaned and waxed. New stuffing boxes, Engines/ two new exhaust risers, new turbo, new injector pump. Ready for fishing or weekend trips. Asking $44,500 OBO Call 366-2065 or 434-3908 31' Hydrocat, ‘98, with twin 200 HP Evinrude engines. DUTY PAID Asking $55,000 OBO. Please contact Mark @ 242-366-0342 for futher information. 32’ Island Gypsy Sportfish 175 Ford Lehman, 8 KW Westerbeke, air conditioned, etc. $44,000 Call 365-4120 35’ Sea Ray Sundancer cabin cruiser New Yanmar diesel. Cruises at 20 knots. New 6.5 KW diesel generator, new air conditioning, fridge, stove, ice maker, TV/VCR, hot & cold running water. Custom hard top with new side curtains and much, much more. New bottom paint. Must sell. DUTY PAID Appraised at $135,000. Will sell for $75,000 OBO Dinghy included. Truly turn key. Phone 366-0684, cell 477-5877 34’ Catalina 1988 shoal draft sailboat, DUTY PAID, 27 HP Yanmar, 12 v. refrig, many upgrades. Lying Abacos. $41,500. Call 828-6690828 Fax 828-664-1710 38’ Gulfstar Trawler 1983 with 6 cyl Perkins Diesel. Asking $45,000 will consider offers Tel: 242-366-0351 or 407-384-7301 45’ #1 Hull Crawfishing Boat with stabilizers. Fully equipped. $70,000 OBO Serious inquiries call 366-0430 45’ #1 hull, fiberglass crawfishing boat with stabilizers. Call 367-2707 or 375-3830 BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE 21’ Cobia with 150 HP HPDI Yamaha, T-top, GPS, VHF, stereo, compass, salt water wash down, new trailer, console enclosure. $25,000 Call 365-5195 22’ Abaco-built fiberglass boat, 200 HP Evinrude motor, float-on trailer, Garmin colour map GPS, VHF, fishfinder. Asking $20,000 OBO Contact Earl 367-2289 or 357-6813 22’ Laguna Sailboat with 2004 15 HP Mercury Outboard. Call Steve at 367-0409 22’ Grady White Seafarer ‘88 w/200 HP Johnson, cuddy cabin. DUTY PAID. Asking $17,000. At Outboard Shop. Call 367-2703 or 781-631-0643 23’ Carolina Outer Banks center console, Ttop, 150 HP Yahama 4 stroke, GPS, VHF, depth finder, stereo, 2 batteries, live well & wash down, less than 20 hrs., better than new, wife doesn’t like the color, DUTY PAID. $55,000 Call 359-6376 23’ Proline, ‘04, center console, T-top, like new w/ brand new 250 HP E Tech. Less than 100 hr. on boat, less than 15 hr. on motor. New trailer. DUTY PAID. $60,000. May be seen at Andy’s Auto, Treasure Cay. Call Tom Wheeeler 440-477-1904 24’ Boston Whaler, ‘95 w/2 Yamahas 200 HP, Furuno GPS,Furuno depth sounder,auto pilot. Surveyed 8/05 @ $45,000. DUTY PAID $40,000 OBO 367-4479 24’ Sea Fox Bayfisher 2004, 225 HP 4 stroke (60 hrs total) trailer, VHF, CD, 55 mph. DUTY PAID. $22,000 359-6376 or 321-759-5554 25’ Grady White Sailfish, ‘88, w/ 2 225 HP Evinrudes, cuddy cabin, depth sounder, DUTY PAID, good condition. Asking US $16,000 At Green Turtle Shipyard. Call 365-4648 or 215256-9990 or 25’ Seacraft 2 engines. $16,000. New trailer $6000. Contact 457-3907 EQUIPMENT FOR SALE 1996 Bob Cat. Good condition. $12,000 Call 365-5195 MERCHANDISE FOR SALE An above ground swimming pool 24’ round and 4 ft deep. Brand new, still in the box. If interested pleas call 365-4359 GE water softening system, never used. Duty paid. $450 OBO Call 367-0558 1997 Toyota Tacoma truck. $10,000 OBO Call Steve at 367-0409 Harley Davidson XR Sportster, 2003, 6000 mi. Factory race bike, 1200 cc’s. $14,000 OBO Call 242-424-0345 or 394-6248Employment OpportunityRoad Technician Abaco Position Description: Company seeks to employ a Road Technician to assist with installation and training for “Point-Of-Sale” related equipment. The successful applicant should possess the following: Qualifications: • Minimum of two years experience in technical field OR Pursuing A.A. Degree in Computer Science or related field • Must be Computer Literate Minimum Requirements: • Excellent organizational skills • Ability to prioritize and multitask • Ability to train and confidently communicate with customers • Excellent interpersonal skills • Valid driver’s license • Own vehicle would be an asset Applicants should submit resumes to: Attn: Human Resource Manager P.O. Box N-1004 Nassau, Bahamas Email: recruiter1004@yahoo.com Deadline for receipt of resumes is September 15, 2006 Vehicles for Sale All very clean and mostly loaded Recently serviced, duties paid • Ford Focus 2000, 4 door $9,900 • Cheverolet venture 2001 Ext van $11,900 • Oldsmobile Silhouete Van 1998 $8,900 • Pontiac Grand Am 4-door 2000 $9,500 • Nissan Sentra 4-door $6,900 • Ford Ranger Pickup 2003 $11,900 "All in Marsh Harbour" Call "KiKi" at 553-7894

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