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January 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAIDWEST PALM BCH FLPermit NO 4595Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian Stuart Web Inc. 5675 SE Grouper Ave Stuart, FL 34997 Change Service RequestedVOLUME 22 NUMBER 01 January 1st, 2014 Homeowners Freaked out after armed take over of Orchid Bay By Timothy Roberts Homeowners at an Abaco resort/ma rina development were shocked and a bit freaked out after a representatives from Grant Thornton (Bahamas), backed by pochid Bay removing the long-standing property managers on December 12, 2013. Backed by police, and claiming au thority under a U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee chid Bay gated neighborhood and marina on Great Guana Cay changing the locks at U.S. Bank Synovus is seeking to re coup from W.B. Johnson Investment Com pany, Monarch Flight, LLC, and William B. Johnson over $5 million on a defaulted ruling. WB Johnson is the former owner of the Ritz Carlton Hotels and his company William B Johnson International, LLC owns the outstanding and issued shares of Guana Cay Abaco Development Company Since the takeover of the property, Derek Sweeting of Grant, Thornton has been placed in charging of the resort/ma rina and are keeping business operations going. However, second-homeowners are having concerns along with the confusion over what is happening. Jon Moseley, second-homeowner at taurant/marina and if indeed they have all necessary permits and licenses to legally operate. By Timothy Roberts connection to the armed daylight robbery of the Deputy Prime Ministers residence was arrested in Abaco on Friday, Decem ber 27, 2013 At about 7:25 a.m. on Friday the Final suspect wanted in DPM robbery captured on AbacoMarsh Harbour Police Station received a call from a member of the community who reported a strange male wearing all black in the area of Murphy Town.Please See Suspect Page 5 Whats InsideVisitors Guide. A19Could the key to discovering alien life be found in Abacos Blue Holes? A6Things get colourful on Elbow Cay during 5K. B2New running feature: Is the Airport Open Yet? A18Illegal construction in broad daylight, no appar ent concern from authori ties. B15A four-eyed conch and a close encounter with a manta, see this weeks Sights Around Abaco. B12Abaconian Crossword Puzzle B17News from around the Cays. A10BNT proposing new parks on Abaco. A7 Whats HappeningJan 10: Majority Rule Day (Public Holiday)Jan 16-18: Abaco Science Alliance ConferenceJan 17: Abaco Chamber US Tax SeminarJan 24-26: BNTs Art for the ParksMORE Events A8 Abaco dances into New YearDespite community challenges throughout the year, the holidays bring everyone together for a festive end to the year. In particular, the last days of the year are punctuated with parties and Junkanoo performances across the Cays. Above the Stingers Group performs at Sea Spray on Elbow Cay. For the story see page 14. Above: Jeffrey Bongo King in Abaco police custody. he was the last remaining suspect wanted in connection of robbing the Hon. Philip Davis, the countrys acting Prime Min ister at the time of the robbery. Please see Orchid Page 6

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian January 1, 2014 Santa visits Cherokee for 67th year of tree-lighting South Abaco By Lee Pinder If you were looking for someone spe cial on Christmas Eve they were probably in Cherokee. This year the little settlement crowd of over 200 at their annual Com munity Christmas Tree lighting. men and boys have gone to the pine yards and picked a large native yellow pine and put it up beside the Methodist Church on the day before Christmas. They decorate it gaily and presents start to mysteriously materialize underneath. It might be a new bicycle for Zack, or a pet rabbit in a hutch for Sabastain or a new dolly for Madison. The children gather all around to wait to see what Santa has brought them. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus arrive in their brightly lit sleigh led by Rudolph-theRed-Nosed Reindeer to the cheers from the year Santa must have lost some weight bemany wont learn his true identity until Santas helpers quickly start to hand cited children sitting on the ground at their feet. They had been waiting for this all the calendars leading up to the big day the children think it will never get here. Its a dark night with no moon but the Christmas Lights on the tree give the whole evening a magical atmosphere and proud parents want to capture the looks knee to thank him for their gifts. The weather prediction called for rain, but it only came when the evening was winding down and almost everyone had gone home, and then only a slight spry. for many it has been too many to count. This evening has always been a special oc casion in Cherokee and they look forward to being back home visiting with family and friends. After all the gifts have been handed out and Santa has been sent off to three loud Hip, Hip Hoorays the crowd heads across the street to the Community Centre for a something to eat. This year they had a choice of Curried Chicken or Cur ried Mutton, with white rice, cole slaw and macaroni ncheese, or Soused Chicken or Soused Wild Pork, with fresh sour, pep pers and Johnny cake and a table full of desserts. Most of the food was donated and prepared right in Cherokee. Cash donations were accepted at the door to help pay for the necessary containers, drinks, and other items not donated. Usually there is enough collected each year to pay for the year and every year the local ladies try to come up with a different menu. This year not everyone ate curry or souse, but there were very few dissenters and many more praising the cooks. always an agitation to those who turn in early and are just beginning to close their eyes in sleep, but a real delight of the little ones who have been looking forward to seeing them. Set off at the waters edge and lighting up the night sky they were before 10:30 p.m. Its an evening to forget your troubles, an evening of being with friends and remembering other times in Cherokee and those that are not with us anymore and all the fond memories that come to mind. This event is a local tradition that residents hope never dies. Above: eager children meet Santa during his visit to Cherokee for the annual tree-lighting ceremony. The tree-lighting ceremony, one of the settlements most beloved traditions, started in 1946.

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January 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 sponded in an unmarked vehicle and spot frey King; alias Bongo of Kemp Road. The suspect, who gave a false name, was brought in to the station and prepared for transport to New Providence. The ar rest took place without incident and he was Central & All Abaco Suspect From Page 1 aged 21, 22, 24 and 25 were arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident which took place at the Philip Brave Da viss home at Westridge on Monday, De cember 9. Two of those arrested were taken be fore the courts for allegedly stealing items Local man in custody for allegedly hospitalizing toddler Harbour Magistrates Court in regards to Causing Grievous Harm to a one year old police, was brought to Marsh Harbour clinic by his mother and had to be taken to hospital because of serious injuries. He added, while standing in the de no child. her decision to deny bail citing concerns for the defendants safety. He was remand ed to Her Majestys Prison. The case was pushed to Feb 27 at 10 am. Magistrate Ancella Williams presided legal counsel. Above: Shaquille Fox, accused of causing grievous harm to a one year-old boy, in police custody in Abaco about to be arraigned. He plead not guilty and was denied bail. His court case will be heard on Feb 27. By Timothy Roberts Reg Patterson, weary of the potholes in Marsh Harbours roads, has decided to and hopefully bring a little relief to drivers. help the community and these holes in the road are one of my pet peeves, he said. I noticed a pile of quarry behind Standard Hardware. So I asked Scott Weatherford if I could use some of it and he very kindly said yes. So I grabbed whatever buckets I had my buckets and started putting the quarry in holes and tamping it down. Mr. Patterson said whenever it hasnt some holes, adding that if I could save one person some damage I am happy to help. Resident patches holesAbove: local concerned citizen, Reg Patterson, using his free time to patch holes in Abacos public road.

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian January 1, 2014 White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA WATERFRONT VILLAS For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : info@seasprayresort.com www.seasprayresort.comBahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun.Enjoy a delicious dinner with usSea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Happy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pm Open Year RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor barBoat House Restaurant OFFERING SPECIAL MARINA RATES $500 a month for vessels 50 feet or more $300 a month for vessels under 50 feetSpecial effective from September 2013 to February 28, 2014 Central & All Abaco The nice young man who pumped my gas into my golf cart admitted that he is an accountant and knows nothing about pumping gas, and didn't know where the gas went in to a golf cart, Mr. Moseley said. He added that when another resident tried to pay for gasoline for his boat with a check he was told they don't know what business entity he would write a check to. If they don't know what business entity is running the fuel dock, how can it have licenses and permits to store thou sands of gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel? Mr. Moseley, an attorney from Virginia, said None of us understand why it was appropriate or necessary to handle any of this through an armed invasion of Settle ment Harbour by Synovus Bank through Grant Thornton. He said the only question he believes needs answering is whether the entity that Synovus Bank. The allegation is that a wealthy chid Bay in foreclosure from the Royal Bank of Canada, putting Jimmy Albury in chid Bay to preserve its value, for too little money, he said. However, he said that if the new en owed to Synovus Bank, then the real pur chase price was the cash outlay plus any other debts that have to be paid. Synovus Bank. The real purchase price is the amount paid to Royal Bank of Canada plus the debts that still have to be paid off. What in the world does any of that have to do with an armed invasion of Settlement Harbour on Great Guana Cay? he said. He asked why couldn't the court sim chid Bay avoid the prior loans, or still owe Mr. Moseley indicated that there are further issues of concern surrounding WB Johnson which include bankruptcy and liti chid Bay Development, indicate the kinds of games he is playing and what the origins of the problem are. He indicated that according to a Lender Liability Law Report in May 2012 it was noted that WB Johnson was, as late as September 2, 2011, trying to borrow antop of what he had previously borrowed. The report said that as late as Sep tember 2, 2011, Johnson represented to the banks and the courts that some of the land -unimproved land -in The Bahamas was He also claimed to the banks and the courts that $200 million was needed None of the $200 million Johnson was seeking to borrow is actually needed to chid Bay's completeness or successful operation, Mr. Moseley said. The report also indicated that WB Johnson claimed that a horse farm in Ten nessee worth perhaps $5 million was worth $75 million. Paul Andy Gomez, managing part ner at Grant, Thornton said, There are many issues on the table, and this is the beginning of a long road. Were going to investigate all propmake sure they were properly authorized. My aim is to ensure my clients [Synovus] claim is perfected, get their money back to my client, assess the true value of the property and then potentially sell it. The Alburys, though, have indicated their intention to take legal action to overturn the Grant Thornton takeover. Their attorney, Roy Sweeting, of 4, 2013, e-mail response to Mr. Gomez alleged that the court orders he was operat ing under were ( wholly defective. He urged the Grant Thornton accoun tant to act in good faith given the precariousness of your own position. Legal actions between the parties are ongoing while Grant, Thornton keeps the properties in operation.Orchid From Page 1 Scientists explore fringe life in Abacos blue holesBy Timothy Roberts Jennifer Macalady, a geomicrobiol ogy research professor from Pennsylvania State University, is studying microbial life in Abacos blue holes and is getting a look back in time. Ms. Macalady said she is in The Bahamas because there is nowhere like it; theres no place that we can study what we are studying here. And what is special about blue holes gen near the bottom which usually leads to a bloom of microbes that are unusual because they are living in conditions that are unusual, she said. She said that what has their interest is that it is like the global ocean was billions of years ago, so when we are looking at microbes in blue holes we are really looking back in time. Thats whats so compel ling about coming to The Bahamas. There are three or four blue holes that should have plenty to research here for the She said they are at the beginning of their work here and that she, along with a large group of scientists, are working in many places all over the world on mi crobes that live in the environment. The project we are working on now Please See Fringe Page 7

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Among other requirements, appli cants must be Bahamian and be responsible for any breakfast debris that the workers discard before boarding the ferry. The Guana Cay freight service asked for an assigned landing space at the port. Council members supported the request but assignments are made through the Port Members were receptive to establish ing a $5,000 scholarship in the memory of Methods of establishing and administrating this program were discussed along with a desire to implement it in time for this years applicants. Several derelict houses in Marsh Harbour need to be demolished and carted bottom and it has a microbial community its growing on the walls of the blue hole down deep where theres hardly any light So what its doing is living on a few photons per chlorophyll per day, she said. She said that this is one of the sites NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is really interested in be Central & All Abaco Fringe From Page 6 cause it represents one of the ultimate lim its to life which is an energy limitation. community which is like how we think mi crobial communities were billions of years ago, she said. And its living on almost and yet its conspicuous life. cause it means even at the limits of energy that you can still have this conspicuous life going on. Above: Jennifer Macalady comparing samples from one of Abacos blue holes. The conditions for life in blue holes is of note to NASA and any search for extraterrestrial ing of limits of energy.. South Abaco By Kathleen Ralph The Bahamas National Trust held two meetings on Abaco to get feedback from the public in its proposal of two additional national parks to be established on Abaco. dShan Maycock, Lindy Knowles and Da vid Knowles met with residents in Sandy Point on December 10 and in Marsh Har bour on December 11. These two parks under consideration were chosen for their ecological, economic or historic importance. Parks are protected Bahamian people. Management plans are put in place to maintain these areas to sustain the natural environment for healthy The government has made a com mitment to set aside 20 percent of the near-shore and marine areas of the coun try with some form of protection by the year 2020 with 50 percent of this area beBNT presents park proposals Above: Lindy Knowles from Nassau, standing at left, and David Knowles of the Abaco proves of the concept, a long process begins on establishing the actual management plan or rules governing the protected area. has been set aside. It is important to save several types of environments in order to provide adequate habitats for all types of mangroves are protected, and it is in these areas where marine life starts. This suggested area is on the south coast of Abaco. It is a large bay with protected mangrove areas that are the nursery for marls of Abaco to spawn here. Tracking to Moores Island and to Eastern Grand Bahama. A few years ago a project opened up part of a closed area and reclaimed 150 acres, restoring channels to the sea. This tions. The BNT studies showed an abun dance of juvenile conch in the Cross Harbour area. Please see Parks Page 18

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian January 1, 2014 From the Editor's Desk // Clutter The Abaconian Bradley M. Albury Editor-in-Chief AB 20213 Marsh Harbour Abaco, The BahamasLogo Photo Credit: Tuppy Weatherford Reporters/Freelance Contributors: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo, Lee Pinderen Phone 242-367-3200 FAX 242-367-3677 AbaconianNews@gmail.com Subscribe NOW Order form on Abacos most complete newspaper.2022 Aero Circle New Smyrna Beach FL. 321688,000 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rates: $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Order The Abaconian TodayJUNE 2012Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail or Tel # 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$65 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 2022 Aero Circle, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168 or: P.O. Box AB 20213, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribe?The Abaconian will keep you informed on issues such as: Master Card VisaWE NOW ACCEPT MASTER CARD/VISACommunity Calendar(See TheAbaconian.com for More Calendar Events) Wrap it up and put a bow on thought it was a good year or a bad one, nobody can say it wasnt eventful. Still reeling from the recession many Abaconian business people 2013 had been their worst year in recent memory. There were some bright spots, certainly, but a gloomy atmosphere clouded many longtime business owners. The threat of either. And I dont use that word, threat, lightly. Many people be lieve it will be a devastating blow to all honest businesses. Many Bahamians believe VAT to be the result of an outside entity forcing the hand of a government who seems to not care to listen to alternatives. Understand it or not, were told, its going through and ness owners, you might as well close up shop now and get a government job, because our bloated public sector is where every last drop of VAT money will be wasted. Some, however, are not too concerned about VAT for various reasons. Enough has started to turn around that they are hedging their bets for an improvement in coming years. National businesses are moving into Abaco and creating jobs. And some local businesses have well. Another thing that saw improvement in 2013 (relying on vary ing degrees of the word improve ment) was our roads. Blacktop tar has slowly been drizzled from the center of town to the airport. A few spots here and there have been skipped or skimped for one reason or another, but we have been prom ised a complete and satisfying job. Weve also been promised an airport. Im not sure what else I can say about the tragic saga of our happy ending. The new furniture and renovating the old terminal has me believing that we are being told something, Get comfortable. Weve had a year through that many in the marine, and indeed ev ery, business can breathe comfort ably. No hurricanes. A few scares here and there but it has been a qui et year in the Atlantic. Lets pray for another one in 2014. We didnt need any hurricanes for things to be turbulent here, however. Good and bad weve been and CARIFTA gold. A year of charity drives and completed projects. A woman ran the entire length of the island earlier this year! And an Abaco softball team beat every one else in the country. Yes, so much has happened that a lot of it gets forgotten in the clutter. So in 2014 your chalon what happened around you in how you personally got down in the trenches to make the changes to our communities that you wanted to see happen. Happy New Years!

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January 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Letters to the Editor No Reason for High PricesDear Editor: I have recently returned from a trip to Freeport. At a local bar I bought and a serving of mozzarella sticks each lunch at the hotel where I was stay and fries freshly cut from real potatoes and I was charged only $12.50. where I can buy draught beer on Aba co but a 12 ounce bottle of beer costs from $7.00 at a resort in Marsh Har bour to $9.00 at a bar in Treasure Cay. In Nassau it is possible to buy a twenty ounce draught of several European beers for $9.00 which is the same price as a twelve ounce bottle of beer sold in Treasure Cay. Most of the fries served in restaurants on Abaco have been fro zen and thawed, long thin sticks with no soft interior and no taste, yet they cost more than the ones in Freeport. hand crafted fries of the Jib Room. Grand Bahama would have cost at least $20.00 to $30.00 at local restaurants. A lot less food for a lot more money. I complemented the waitress on the quality and quantity of food and commented on the price. When she learned where I was from she said that pensive. While on the subject of the cost of food on the Island, it is noted that the Duke brings in food from the US. The and then it goes on to Nassau. Yet the price of food on New Providence is markedly lower than here. planations my fellow readers can offer to account for the above observations. Peter BradleyWe Need Answers on Orchid BayDear Editor: Someone in government should from Nassau run a gasoline and die legally-required environmental permits with U.S. law, permits are not transfer rable, including because a professional trained in environmental management of fuel storage tanks must be on staff and on-site. I have seen before that a license cannot be carried over when there is change of management because of the need for environmental training. on Great Guana Cay last Thursday, announcing that they represent Syno vus Bank in the USA. Synovus Bank loaned $2.5 million entirely inside the USA to Georgia businessman WB Johnson, who lost Synovus' money in So now Synovus wants the peo ple of the Bahamas to pay for a U.S. businessman's stock market losses. WB Johnson's companies are in bank ruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in already foreclosed, but Synovus Bank is trying to recover his stock market gambling losses from the Abacos. But in the interim, what happens the gasoline and diesel storage tanks? A trained professional is supposed to be available. The nice young man who pumped gas into my golf cart told me he came to work on an accounting audit and doesn't know anything about pumping fuel. A Guana resident pub licly posted that he wanted to write a the entity running the fuel dock. I don't know how there can be proper licenses and permits if they have not even decided yet what the company is. Jon MoseleyRaising Awareness on Animal CareDear Editor: I recently came to Abaco over the Thanksgiving holiday and my family and I rented a house. I am appalled how animals are treated in Abaco, and I don't mean the stray Potcakes. (They look to be well taken care of.) In the area where we vacationed, pies. The dog is owned. I spent my dog. She's as thin as a rail. I even spoke to the owner and she refused to part with the animals. Since my holi day, the dog has been getting fed and watered twice/week by a volunteer from your local shelter. I cannot believe that this animal will starve to death. That's horrible. As the editor of the paper, can you not do something to resolve the dog's life? Apparently there is no legal support from the Abaco police. In the States, the dog would have been removed by now. Can you please help this dog? Sincerely, Kelly MeierGoogle Earth Doesnt LieDear Edittor: maps, even in The Bahamas, but not on Google Earth, just look for the blu est waters. A recent visitor from the U.K. was on the internet searching for a good vacation spot and came across Cherokee Sound, Abaco, in The Ba hamas. He said that as he scrolled across the globe he was looking for clear blue waters, indicating shallow banks which are the perfect environ ment and breeding grounds for the il The party in question is an avid Needless to say, he was not disap pointed and we know he will be com ing back. men have been telling us that Chero grounds of anywhere in the world and, of course, we welcomed their praises, doesnt lie. -Anonymous Schooner Bay is the closest marina to the famed Hole in the Wall fishing grounds. Stop into our protected harbor offering transient slips for vessels up to 65 feet. Fuel, provisions, restaurants and a farmers market are now open. 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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian January 1, 2014 KFC The Cays Golf carts decorated for Christmas on Green TurtleBy Mirella Santillo The Christmas spirit came early on Green Turtle Cay this year with a Thanks giving dinner catered by McIntosh Restau rant. The dinner was a fundraiser for the events scheduled for the month of Decem the golf-cart parade, a boat parade, a performance by Greg Russell, a torch parade and a Junkanoo rush. Lights have been hung throughout New Plymouth with the help of Floyd yer. During the evening of December 14, people gathered at the basketball court where students of the Amy Roberts School were waiting, torches in hand, to start their parade through town led by teacher J. Rus sell. In the meantime, adults socialized, young children ran out their energy on the creativity by decorating Christmas ornaments. The little paraders then lined up on the court and sang carols before being rewarded with a present. The evening culminated with a parade of decorated golf carts, but unfortunately there were not as many entries as the organizers had hoped for. Five carts entered the parade with only two decorated and an other with lights. However, the quality of the decorations made up for the scarcity of participants. lights, Deborah Lowe drove through town above her cart, teddy bears sitting on the the small vehicle. Megan Sawyer followed her, with children in Christmas attire sit ting in the cart that was topped with a big present, wreaths and Christmas decora tions galore. As they returned to the basketball court, the participants were met with judg es who took their time inspecting the carts before announcing the results. Mrs. Lowe was declared the lucky voucher for two at Harveys. Taking the second place, Mrs. Sawyer was the recipi ent of a luncheon for two at Pineapples. A massage was the third positions prize; it will be enjoyed by Ricky Sawyer. All three contestants received a bottle of cider. Above: Deborah Lowe next to her winning golf cart. The golf cart parade was one of Green Turtle Cays many festivities to close out the year. GTC decorated for Festival of LightsBy Timothy Roberts nity minded persons have come together to raise money and spirits for the Christ mas season, ensuring the town of New Plymouth is festively decorated through a number of events beginning with a Thanksgiving dinner and continuing with a golf cart parade and a soup night complete with Santa Claus, singing and Junkanoo. While the events have been put to gether by James and Marilyn Saunders for the last four years this year they have stepped aside to allow someone else to take the lead. Francis Macintosh took up the mantle and kept the events going for 2013. they had a Thanksgiving Dinner along with 14 they continued with a golf cart parade as well as the children from the school do ing a torch light procession. Please See Lights Page 11

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January 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 ALL YOU NEED UNDER ONE ROOFPH: (242) 367-2170Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour, AbacoThank You For Your Patronage! We at Abaco Hardware would like to wish our patrons a New Year of Happiness & Success!2014DRAWING WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE JANUARY 15 NEWSPAPER The Cays was soup night and featured a visit from Santa Claus who shared gifts with the chil dren. It also featured the singing of Greg Russell, an entertainer from the Carolinas who visits Green Turtle Cay every year. The night was concluded with a mini-Junk anoo rush. Ms. Macintosh said that unfortunate -Lights From Page 10 ly there were not enough sign-ups for the boat parade this year and hopes for better participation in the future. front street and include an archway for the ferry dock. The objective is to make the town look pretty, she said. They also held a Christmas yard dec orating contest with prizes going to the top three yards. As part of Green Turtle Cays festivities at the end of the year, a short tree lighting cer emony was held. During the ceremony, certain women in the community were honoured. vester, Chorene Fording. Donna Sands handed over the rewards to these women for having reached their old age. Mr. Glenn Laing in the background. Women honoured during Green Turtle Cay Tree Lighting Ceremony Above: Santa paid a visit to Green Turtle during the Festival of Lights. The Festival is held for the town. Other events held during the Festival of Lights included a Christmas Golf Cart parade, a family game night and dinner, a torch light procession, junkanoo and a performance by Carolina musician Greg Russell. For the previous four years the Festival was organized by James and Marilyn Saunders, this year Francis Macintosh took charge.

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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian January 1, 2014 Standard Hardware HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 The Cays Man-O-War sings carols and decorates town for Christmas the night was enjoyed by all. Below: a street corner festively decorated. MOW Tree Lighting celebrates season Rockers victorious in Sea Spray Junkanoo contestAbove: Sheila Roberts with Chief Counsel lor Jeremy Sweeting. Mrs. Roberts did the Tree. annual Junkanoo Competition on Decem and the Rockers, made their way to Elbow Cay to delight the crowd. Tourists and locals alike crowded the street beside Sea Spray to get a look as each group rushed. Sea Spray served a delicious buf fet that evening prior to the rush. Burns House and Kalik were also on hand to pro vide drink specials to the thirsty patrons. In a very rare occurrence when talking about time, but a few minutes early. As the Stingers made their way to the beat of drums and horns, the crowd pushed in to get closer to the music. The best seats in the house belonged to those who pur judges. After the drum beat fell, the Stingers cleared the way and after a brief break the Though both groups equally enter tained the crowd, the judges felt that the Above: Rockers lead man Colin Curry accepts the prize money from Sea Sprays Junior Mernard and Burns Houses Chantelle Sands.

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January 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and oors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site:abacomarbleandgranite.com North Abaco North Abaco congregates in Coopers Town for Tree LightingBy Kendell Carroll The Heroes Wall in Coopers Town was the backdrop for talent on December 14. Students of the Northern District came to Coopers Town and displayed their many gifts. They thrilled those in atten dance with outstanding performances. The evening was a success thanks to the efforts under the leadership of Neil Campbell. The evenings theme was: Early and cultivating the spirit of love, peace and joy. The moderator of the evening was Rev. John McIntosh Senior Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church and Director of pleased that a great number turned out. The praise team consisted of residents from the community. They opened with the song Joy to World as many stood on their feet in great spirits. Pastor Marie Neely walked gracefully to the podium and in a soft, but powerful, voice gave the invocation. Bish op Kendell Carroll, Center Manager of Ur brought the welcome address and pointed out that this is the only time of year with ing on the gift that was given to the world in Bethlehem. He concluded by thanking the many sponsors who contributed to the great event. Kneth Carroll, a seventh grade stu dent of S.C. Bootle High School, broke down the meaning of Christmas in a poem titled A Christmas Poem by Alyce Pick ett. Without delay, the students show cased their version of the traditional Christ of Treasure Cay Primary School presented a heartfelt drama. Young male students, dressed in black clothes and top hats, participated through a Broadway-themed New York monologue with their partners. and Alisha Velle articulated the Christmas Cornish, a grade three student, and Dania Curry, a grade four student, brought forth one of the highlighted performances. They great rendition while other students partici pated in their dramatization of the Christmas Story. Coopers Town Primary students Tod ers, shocked those in attendance with their outstanding dance and theatrical presenta tion. Teacher Lynette Cooper articulately Lashanti Russell of The New St. Andrews Baptist Church and her dance partners, who were dressed in burgundy with white belts, brought many to their feet as they cheered on the great dance performance. Zion Baptist Youth Dance Ministry, dressed in traditional Christmas colours, were able to shock the audience in their selection of Joy to the World. Bishop Cedric Bullard encouraged those in attendance to remember to share the holiday spirit by showing love to all. Mr. Gary Smith Chief Councilor of the North Abaco District, welcomed all who came, being sure to thank them for coming out to celebrate this time of the year. Mr. Neil Campbell, North Abaco District Administrator, informed all that this program is just the beginning of many to come to bridge the gap between settlements. He commended Wilton Saunders in the great work he had done in making sure that the Christmas tree lights were in place. keynote speaker Bishop Terrance Strachan Senior Pastor of Life Gate Ministries, rein Nassau. The Christmas prayer was given and the switch was pulled. The lights dazzled the audience. Sister Grace Pinder, Senior Clerk at Coopers Town Clinic, helped Santa make his grand entrance and bring out goodies. Along with his helpers, he brought smiles to many faces. Some sat on Santas lap to take pictures, while others accepted the gifts and candy bags and said a warm thank you. As people left with Christmas songs in their heads, it surely was a night to remember. 14 Tree Lighting.

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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian January 1, 2014 en-GBere & Back.....Againen-GBEFFECTIVE: JULY 2012en-GBPh: 242-367-0290 Fax: 242-367-0291 en-GBREGULAR FERRY SCHEDULEen-GB Marsh Harbour to Hope Townen-GB20 minute rideen-GB7:15am / 9:00am / 10:30am /12:15pm 2:00pmen-GB 4:00pm / 5:45pmen-GBHope Town to Marsh Harbouren-GB8:00am / 9:45am / 11:30am /1:30pm 3:00pmen-GB 4:00pm / 5:00pm / 6:30pmen-GBMarsh Harbour to Man-O-Waren-GB20 minute rideen-GB7:15 / 10:30am / 12:15pm / 2:30pm* en-GB 4:00pm / 5:45pmen-GB *Except Sundays and Holidaysen-GBMan-O-War to Marsh Harbour en-GB8:00am / 11:30am / 1:30pm /3:15pm* / 5:00pmen-GB *Except Sundays and Holidaysen-GBMarsh Harbour to Scotland/Guana Cayen-GB30 minute rideen-GB6:45am / 10:30am / 1:30pm /3:30pm 5:45pmen-GBScotland/Guana Cay to Marsh Harbouren-GB8:am / 11:30am / 2:30pm / 4:45pm / 6:30pmen-GBAny stops outside the main harbour will be aen-GB minimum charge of two persons. Two persons or overen-GB will remain at regular charge.en-GBDuring the month of August through December there en-GB are some adjustments made to the schedule.en-GB You are advised to contact the oce for any changes.en-GBREGULAR FERRY FARESen-GBOne Way: $17.00en-GB Round Trip Open Return: $27.00en-GB Children 6-11: Half Priceen-GB Children 5 and under: Freeen-GB Hope Town and Man-O-War ferries depart fromen-GB the Ferry Dock at Crossing Beach. en-GB Guana /Scotland Cay depart from the Conch Inn.en-GB Prices subject to change without notice.en-GBAlburys Ferry Service Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise en-GB en-GB Island-wide Abaco Listingsen-GBAbaco Cottage 114 hse 366-0576en-GB en-GBAbaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529en-GBCasuarina Pointen-GBSea Grape/Coco Plum 2 Units 367-2107en-GBCherokee Lee Pinder 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075 en-GBGrand Cay Rosies Place 352-5458 en-GBGreen Turtle Cay Barefoot Homes 14 hse 577-4092 Bluff House Club 12 units 365-4200 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties 34 hse 365-4047 en-GBLeeward Yacht Club 5 hse 365-4191 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties 34 hse 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 en-GBGuana Cay Dive Guana 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Guana Sunset Beach 13 units 365-5133 en-GBOcean Frontier 6 cott 519-389-4846 Wards Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands 9 hse 365-5140 en-GBHope Town Abaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Crystal Villas 5 villas 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Prop 53 hse 366-0035 en-GB Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 63 hse 366-0224 en-GBHope Town Inn 6 rm 4 Villas 3 Suites 366-0003 Hope T Villas 3 hse 366-0266 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages 4 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key 43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557 en-GBLubbers Quarters Cay Lubbers Landing 4 villas 577-2000 en-GBMan-O-War Island Home Rentals 2 hse 365-6048 Waterway Rentals 14 hse 365-6143 en-GBMarsh Harbour area Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms 3 67-2158 Abaco Real Estate 6 hse 3 67-2719 Abaco Towns 16 apts 3 67-0148 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 3 67-2022 Conch Inn 9 rms 3 67-4000 Living Easy 16 hse 3 67-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 3 67-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 3 67-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 3 67-3600 Regattas 32 apts 5 77-6764 HG Christie 11 hse 3 67-4151 en-GBSandy Point Oeishas Resort 3 66-4139 Pete & Gays Resort 14 rm 3 66-4119 en-GBSpanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 3 65-0083 en-GBTreasure Cay Abaco Estate Services Mult hse 3 65-8752 Bahama Beach Club 88 units 3 65-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 5 units 877-786-8455 Treasure Cay Resort 95 rms 3 65-8801 en-GBTurtle Rock Villas at Palmetto Beach 3 villas 262-820-1900 Hotels and House Rental Agents Web Sites with Abaco Information en-GB en-GBwww.abaconian.com www.abacoinet.com www.abacocottage.comen-GB www.abacos.com www.oii.net www.bahamas.comen-GBHope Town..contHonesty and Quality You Can Count OnBrandon Thompson Residential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyleSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsOffering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experience www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 on the back of Abaco, on the west, are one of the largest in The Bahamas and are criti cal to the marine heath of a very large area. before going out to deeper waters. This is the second of the suggested areas to be protected. The BNT has a variety of levels of protection. The suggestion for the marls and some low-impact development. There will need to be smaller replenishment areas within the marls that would have more limitations. rine Protected Areas by the BNT follow: 1. Restricted Access Zone This is the highest level of protection and are small areas where access is limited. These 2. Sanctuary This is a no-take zone, but residents and visitors can enjoy the area although nothing is to be removed. It is set duce more, thus stocking the surrounding areas. 3 Habitat Protection This allows do not harm the sea-bed, mangroves of shore. 4. General managed area These Parks From Page 7 activities but with sustainable catch limits. 5. Special Purpose Area Areas with The BNT staff has done ecological assessments of the corals, sea grasses and mangroves of both proposed areas includ absence of sea grass in some areas where The residents of Sandy Point gave cautious approval of the BNT plans after The residents wanted assurances that they would be involved with the actual manage ment plan which details what can and cannot be done in the various areas. It was farther west to include Duck Pond, a fresh water pond that does not dry up and is home to many fowl and water birds. The residents of Central Abaco who attended were mostly in favor of the plans. Neither meeting was well attended. Establishing an area as a park or protected area is just the beginning of a long process. After the government approves the area as a park, the BNT consults with local residents to establish a management plan or rules. The BNT is a non-governmental agency that works closely with government and manages all the national parks through out The Bahamas. The Bahamas is the only country in the world where national parks are not managed by the government. The BNT manages 27 parks throughout The South Abaco The Abaconian presentsIs the Airport Open Yet?No.Why? January was given as the newest date in a string of lapsed deadlines. It is now only the beginning of January, perhaps the end of January was the target. Installment in: Is the Airport Open Yet?

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January 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 Dive Shops Dive Abaco Since1978, Marsh Harbour.................................. 367-2787 Dive Time, Man-O-War............................................................365-6235 Froggies, Hope Town.............................................................. 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay.........................................365-8571 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay......................................... 365-4411 Dive Guana............................................................... 365-5178 A & P Car Rentals . ............................................. 367-2655 Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals . .............................. 367-1035 Bargain Car Rentals . .......................................... 367-0500 Blue Wave Boat Rentals . ................................... 367-3910 Cruise Abaco. . .................................................... 577-0148 Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco) . ...................... 367-2979 Rainbow Boat Rentals . ...................................... 367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars . .................. 367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals .......................................... 367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals . .................................... 367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals ......................................... 367-4887 The Moorings Boat Rentals . ............................. .367-4000 Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental . .................. 365-4411 C & D Cart Rental . ............................................. 365-4311 Cruising Cart Rentals . ........................................ 365-4065 D & P Cart Rental . ............................................. 365-4655 Donnies Boat Rentals . ....................................... 365-4119 Harbour View Golf Carts....................................365-4411 Kool Karts . ........................................................ 365-4176 Reef Boat Rentals . ............................................ 365-4145 Sea Side Carts & Bikes . ...................................... 365-4147 T & A Cart Rentals . ............................................ 365-4259 Donna Sands Cart Rentals . ............................... 365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & Bikes . ................................. 365-5178 Orchid Bay Cart rentals . ..................................... 365-5175 Cruise Abaco . ............................................. 321-220-8796 Conch Pearl Boat Rentals .................................. 365-6502 Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals . ................................. 365-6024 Waterways Boat Rental . ................ 357-6540 & 365-6143 Cats Paw Boat Rentals . ..................................... 366-0380 Elbow Cay Cart . ................................................. 366-0530 Hope Town Cart Rentals . .................................. 366-0064 Island Cart Rentals . .......................................... 366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals .............................. 366-0282 J Rs Cart Rental . ................................................ 366-0361 Sea Horse Boat Rentals . .................................... 366-0023 T & N Cart Rentals . ............................................ 366-0069 Abaco Adventures Kayaks . ............................. 365-8749 Blue Marlin Rentals. . ......................................... 365-8687 Cashs Carts . ...................................................... 365-8771 Cornish Car Rentals . .......................................... 365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals . ............................................... 365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals . ........................................... 365-8761 Wendals Bicycle Rentals...................................365-8687 Ts Carts............................................................557-1015 DSB Bike Rentals...............................................376-9858 Visitors Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper Abaco Pizza. . ................................ $ . .................. 367-4488 Anglers . ................................... $$$ . .................. 367-2158 Casiahs.......................................$................... 367-0514 Curly Tails . ............................... $$$ . .................. 367-4444 Golden Grouper . ......................... $$ . .................. 367-2301 Island Family Rest . ..................... $$ . .................. 367-3778 Java Coee House . ....................... $ . .................. 367-5523 Jamies Place . ........................... ..$$ . .................. 367-2880 Junovias.....................................$$..................367-1271 Jib Room . .................................. $$ . .................. 367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken . ............... $ . .................. 367-2615 Mangoes . ................................. $$$ . .................. 367-2366 Rum Runners.............................$$.................. 367-0171 Snack Shack . ............................... $ . .................. 367-4005 Snappas . .................................... $$ . .................. 367-2278 Wallys . .................................... $$$ . .................. 367-2074 Abaco Inn . .............................. $$$ . .................. 366-0133 Capn Jacks . ................................ $$ . .................. 366-0247 Firey.......................................$$$................. 366-0145 Harbours Edge . ......................... $$ . .................. 366-0087 H T Coee House (B & L) . .............. $ . .................. 366-0760 HT Inn & Marina.........................$$................. 366-0003 H T Harbour Lodge . .................. $$$ . .................. 366-0095 Munchies . .................................... $ . .................. 366-0423 OnDa Beach . .............................. $$ . .................. 366-0558 Sea Spray . ............................... $$ . .................. 366-0065 Sugar Shack + . ............................ $ . .................. 366-0788 Petes Pub . .................................. $$ . .................. 577-5487 Cracker Ps . ................................. $$ . .................. 366-3139 Bradleys on the Harbour . ............. $ . .................. 365-6380 Dockn Dine . ................................. $ . .................. 365-6139 Island Treats Snack Bar . ................ $ . .................. 365-6501 Bakers Bay Market Place . ...... $$$ . .................. 612-1021 Grabbers . ................................... $$ . .................. 365-5133 Nippers ..................................... $$ . ................. 365-5143 Orchid Bay . ............................... $$$ . .................. 365-5175 Bahama Beach Club.................$$$...................365-8500 Coco Beach Bar & Grill. . ................ $ . .................. 365-8470 Florences Cafe . ............................. $ . ................. .365-8185 Spinnaker Restaurant . ............. $$$ . .................. 365-8469 Touch of Class . ........................ $$$ . .................. 365-8195 Treasure Sands Club . ................ $$$ . ................. .365-9385 Blu House . ............................. $$$ . .................. 365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro . ...................... $$ . .................. 365-4247 Green Turtle Club . .................... $$$ . .................. 365-4271 Harveys Island Grill . ................... $$ . .................. 365-4389 Lizard Bar & Grill........................$$...................365-4191 McIntoshs Restaurant . .............. $$ . .................. 365-4625 Miss Emilys Restaurant . ............. $$ . .................. 365-4181 New Plymouth Inn . .................... $$ . .................. 365-4161 Pineapple Restaurant Bar & Grill . $$ . ................. 365-4039 Plymouth Rock Cafe . .................. $$ . .................. 365-4234 Shorties Take-a-way...................$$..................365-4342 Sundowners . .............................. $$ . .................. 365-4060 Nancys ...................................... $$ . .................. 366-4120 The Blacky Lodge . .................. $$$ . .................. 376-0321 The Red Marlin Bistro...............$$....................426-5440 Judy Maes Kitchen....................$.....................475-7626 Beach Cabana Bar......................$.....................376-9858 Police Hope Town 366-0667 Police Man-O-War 365-6911 Police Treasure Cay 365-8048 Police Green Turtle Cay 365-4550 B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Man-O-War 365-4019 Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue 365-9111 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue......Marine VHF 16...............366-0282 Hope Town 366-0549 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 T reasure Cay 365-8749 Abaco Family Medicine, Marsh Harbour . ..................... 367-2295 Abaco Medi-Center.....................................................367-9999 . Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic . ................................ 367-0020 Chiropractor-Dr. Lewis.................................................367-0020 Chiropractor-Michael Hendley, D.C....242-439-0768...367-0020 Corbett Clinic, Treasure Cay . ........................................ 365-8288 Integrated Medical Center . .......................................... 367-1304 Emergency . ............................................... 458-1234 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre . ................................... 367-0050 Government Clinic, Marsh Harbour . ........................... 367-2510 Government Clinic, Coopers Town . ............................. 365-0300 Government Clinic, Green Turtle Cay . .......................... 365-4028 Government Clinic, Hope Town . .................................. 366-0108 Government Clinic, Sandy Point . ................................. 366-4010 Kidney Centre, Marsh Harbour....................................367-3310 Out Island Chiropractor...............................................367-2584 Blu House ....................... 38 . ......... F . ................ 365-4247 Green Turtle Club . .............. 40 . ......... F . ................ 365-4271 Black Sound Marina . .......... 15 . ............................ 365-4531 Other Shore Club . ............... 15 . ......... F . ................ 365-4226 Abaco Yacht Service ........... 10 . ......... F . ................ 365-4033 Leeward Yacht Club............ 26............................365-4191Treasure Cay Marina........ . ..150......... . F............... . ..365-8250 Man-O-War Marina . .......... 28 . ......... F . .................365-6008 Boat Harbour Marina . ...... 192 . ......... F . .................367-2158 Conch Inn . .......................... 72. . .........F.................367-4000 Harbour View Marina . ........ 40 . ......... F . ................367-2182 Mangoes Marina . ............... 29 . ........... . .................367-4255 Marsh Harbour Marina . ...... 62 . ......... F . .................367 2700 Hope Town Marina . ............ 62 . ............................ . 366-0003 Lighthouse Marina . .............. 6 . ......... F . ................366-0154 Sea Spray . .......................... 60 . ......... F . ................366-0065 Schooner Bay . .................... 15 . ......... F . ................475-7626 Spanish Cay Marina . ........... 40 . ......... F . ................365-0083 Bakers Bay Marina . .......... 158 . ........... . ................365-5802 Guana Hide-aways . ............ 37 . ........... . ................365-5070 Orchid Bay . ......................... 66 . ........ F . ................365-5175 Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Abaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is . ........................... 367-2266 AirGate Aviation New Smyrna Beah.......................1-386-478-0600 American Eagle Miami . ..................................................... 367-2231 US Reservation..............................1-800-433-7300 Bahamasair Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud .............................367-2095 Craig Air Jacksonville...........................................................367-3522 Island Wings Ft. Lauderdale.....................................1-954-274-6214 Regional Freeport ............................................................... 367-0446 Silver Airline Orlando, Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach . ............ 367-3415 US Reservation...................................1-800-231-0856 Sky Bahamas Nassau . ......................................................... 367-0996 Reservation.......................................1-242-377-8993 Western Air Nassau . ........................................................... 367-3722 Abaco Air . .............................................................................. 367-2266Cherokee Air Charters .........................................................367-1920 Extra $3 for each passengers above two ective Dec 08Clinic, Downtown, Stop Light, . ........................................................ $10 Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore close, Ferry . ........................................ $15 Spring City . ........................................................................................ $15 Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch . ............................. $15 Murphy Town & Great. Cistern .......................................................... $20 Snake Cay . ........................................................................................ $35 Casuarina Point ................................................................................. $60 Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour . ............................................. $80 Bahama Palm Shore . ......................................... ................................ $90 Crossing Rocks . ................................................................................ $105 Sandy Point . ................................................................................... $150 Leisure Lee . ....................................................................................... $50 Treasure Cay Airport, G Turtle ferry . ................................................... $80 Treasure Cay Resort ........................................................................... $85 Fox Town . ........................................................................................ $165 Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel . ................................................. $ 10 Nat. Ins. Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr. Cistern . .......................................... $10 Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Eective Dec 08Green Turtle Cay ferry dock . ......................................... ...................... $10 Madeira Park . .................................................................................... $20 Sand Banks . ...................................................................................... $25 Treasure Cay Resort ........................................................................... $30 Leisure Lee . ....................................................................................... $45 Black Wood . ...................................................................................... $20 Fire Road & Coopers Town . ............................................................... $40 Cedar Harbour . ................................................................................. $60 Wood Cay . ......................................................................................... $70 Mount Hope . .................................................................................... $80 Fox Town . .......................................................................................... $85 Crown Haven . ................................................................................... $90 Marsh Harbour airport . ..................................................................... $80 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport . .............................................. $80 Treasure Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour . ................................................ $85 Treasure Cay Hotel to Green Turtle Ferry . ........................................... $25 Treasure Cay Hotel to Blue Hole . ........................................................ $30 Albert Lowe Museum . ................................ Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits . .. Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden . .................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum . ................. Hope Town Elbow Cay Lighthouse . ..................................... .. Hope Town Swim Mermaid Reef o Marsh Harbour . ........ Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole . ........... Treasure Cay farm road Art studio & working foundry . ...................... Little Harbour Man-O-War Heritage Museum...................Man-O-War Cay Man-O-War Boatyards . .............................. Man-O-War Cay Hole-inWall lighthouse -very rough road......South Abaco Cedar Harbour plantation ruins need guide...North Abaco Blackwood blue hole & sisal mill......................North Abaco Abaco wild horses by appointment..................... 367-4805 Bird watching ask tourism.................................367-3067 Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour Witches Point 3 miles S. of Marsh Harbour Little Harbour 20 miles S. of Marsh Harbour Cherokee 23 miles S of Marsh Harbour www.theabaconian.comAlburys Ferry Service Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay From Conch Inn advised to contact the oce for the changes. Note: 4:30 pm trip to GTC not on Sundays ** Note: 4:30 pm trip will be made from New Plymouth only Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Summer Schedule only (April to Dec) Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 hours. Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 Call for rates. Not on Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutesMarsh Harbour cont... Terrance Davis . .......... 375-8550 Buddy Pinder . ............ 366-2163 Justin Sands . ............. 359-6890 Danny Sawyer . .......... 367-3577 Jay Sawyer . ............... 367-3941 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh . ... 477-5037 Alexander Rolle . ........ 365-0120 Edward Rolle . ............ 365-0024 Pedro Thurston . ......... 365-2405 Sandy Point Valantino Adderley . .... 366-4323 Anthony Bain . ............ 366-4107 Rickmons.........366-4139/4477 Petes Guest House...366-4119 Patrick Roberts..........366-4285 Treasure Cay Capt. Joe Pritchard . ... 559-9117 Carey McKenzie.........365-8313 Casaurina Point Junior Albury . ............... 366-3058 Cherokee Donnie Lowe................366-2275 Maxwell Sawyer............366-3058 Marty Sawyer . ............ ..366-2115 Randy Sawyer . ............ 366-2284 Will Sawyer . ................. 366-2177 Crossing Rocks Tony Russell . ............... 366-3259 Green Turtle Cay Rick Sawyer . ................ 365-4261 Ronnie Sawyer . ........... 357-6667 Hope Town Maitland Lowe . ............ 366-0234 Tom Albury . .................. 366-3141 Marsh Harbour Jody Albury . ................375-8068 Sidney Albury............... . 477-5996 Richard Albury . ............577-0313 Agape Family Dental, Marsh Harbour..........................367-4355 Abaco Dental Asso......................................................367-0164 Diamante Dental, Marsh Harbour................................367-4968 Man O War Dental Clinic..............................................365-6508 Abaco Island Pharmacy, Marsh Harbour......................367-2544 Chemist shoppe, Marsh Harbour.................................367-3106 Caribbean Veterinary Centre, Marsh Harbour..............367-3551 Island Veterinary Clinic, Marsh Harbour......................367-0062 Everyone reads The AbaconianBring errors & revisions to our attention Revised July 2013All phones use area code 242 unless noted . .......... ....367-2936 . ..................... ....367-4117 Abacos Nature Adventure . ........................... ....577-0004 Adventure on Prozac T Cay . ........................ ....365-8749 . .................. ....365-4411 . ....................... ....365-8506 . ...... ....367-2787 . ......... ....366-0024 ............ ....376-9858 Charter Fishing Boats Lucky Strike Hope Town.............................366-0101 Sea Gull Hope Town.................................366-0266 A Salt Weapon Hope Town........................366-0245 Down Deep...................................................366-3143 Local Boy......................................................366-0528 Back Breaker................................................365-5140 Abaco Beach Resort Snappas Grill & Chill Curlytails Mangoes Restaurant Abaco Inn Capn Jacks H.T. Harbour Lodge Sea Spray Sundowners McIntosh Restaurant Jolly Roger Bar & Bistro Leeward Yacht Club Bluff House Guana Grabbers Nippers Bar & Grill

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January 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 22 NUMBER 01 January 1st 2014 Abaco gets Colourful during the Holidays The Abaco Cancer Society raises money with Little Harbour Art ShowBy Mirella Santillo Variety was the evident at the Cancer Society Art Show held on December 21 at Petes Pub in Little Harbour. Art ists came by the dozen to support the local organization that depends on the support of the community to help cancer patients with their expenses. Tents were set up in the parking lot and on the upstairs deck to shelter the numerous artists who arrived early on that Saturday morning to put their creations on display. From a large assortment of quilted items by Vonda Bethel, to Sea-Glass Jew elry by Celia and the Bead Lady, the wide variety of items brought many patrons. There were also sea-heart creations by Melanie Rees, Christmas decorations, and some serious arts exhibits upstairs by Mar jolein Scott, Jo-Ann Bradley, and Ritchie Eyma. There seemed to be something for ises from 11 oclock on. Above: artist Celia Rogers displays her sea-glass jewelry and David Rees scenic and wildlife photography at the Cancer Society Art Show in Little Harbour on December 21. Please see Art Page 13 Above: that start of a colourful 5K course on Elbow Cay. For the story see page 2. Photo credit: Jamie Cash Sweeting.

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 1, 2014 Abaco Real Estate Press Release The third 242 Colour Run of the year occurred in Hope Town, Abaco on Decem ber 28. After having successful races in Nassau & Freeport, the response in Abaco still surpassed the organizers expectations. Over 150 people participated in the colour ful fun run/walk, with scores of volunteers and spectators taking part as well. The excitement started to build the host for the event. While most of the participants were staying in Hope Town, there were approximately 40 persons who came over on the special Albury's Ferry trip, which brought them directly to and locations, including Nassau, Eleuthera, Canada, the US and the UK. A group, apt ly named I thought your said rum, also Over 150 in 242 Colour Run and Tangerine Curry-Dinnick accompany Journey Higgs at the Flamingo Pink colour station. participated in the Nassau 242 Colour Run in July, and made a special trip to Abaco for the event. Participants of all ages took part, from kids in strollers to grandparents and all stages of life in-between. Just before 8:30, the runners and for the Colour Toss, where racers took individual colour packets and tossed them in the air, creating a cloud of colour. The colour coated runners and walkers then started out on the 5k (3.1 mile) course. The colourful fun continued on the race course where volunteers from Hope Town and the Rotary Club of Abaco manned colour stations. Each colour sta tion had a unique colour Flash Caribbean Please see Colour Page 8

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 1, 2014 Fredericks Agency Ltd.Customs BrokersCustoms Brokerage Services Air and Sea Import and Export Entries Serving all vessels from foreign portsQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email: abacocustoms@batelnet.bs CURRYS FOOD STORE Customer 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 frontABACO FREIGHTCOURIER SERVICESOcean Air 6671 W Indiantown Rd, Suite 50-453 Jupiter, Florida 33458 Walk-in and special handling nick@abacofreight.com Nick Mazzeo By Canishka Alexander Angels Academys students and staff added a holiday spin to last years Christ mas Program with A Christmas Peter Pan story, which was directed by Stacey Adderley, the schools drama teacher. Even the Christmas Sing-A-Long Songs were sung to familiar tunes with a grams theme. In Act I, Tinker Bell summoned a few of the characters to help save Peter Pan and Santa Claus from Captain Hooks pirates on Christmas Eve. Act II revealed that Santa Claus had been frozen in the North Pole, so he was unable to deliver Christ mas presents. Santas elves were tasked with searching for the Lost Toys. Snow fairies along with the help of the audience un-froze Santa Claus in Act III, so he gathered the Lost Toys on his sleigh to deliver them to children all over Wendy and the children home. They were them the Lost Toys they had met at the North Pole. Barbara Johnson thanked the parents for their attendance and support of the school. She added that it was only the be ginning of things to come, so they must prepare themselves for the future. She in vited the teachers to sing a few Christmas songs before dismissing the audience. Angels Academys presents A Christmas Peter Pan story The Scholastic Institute has big plans for AbacoBy Samantha Evans The Scholastic Institute has been silently making its mark on the island of Abonly in Abaco and Freeport, they can boast of graduating hundreds of persons who have gone on to enroll in technical col leges, universities and community colleges locally, in the United States, and Mexico. President Kendris Hield stated that they have an obligation to prepare the populace for the many opportunities that will be coming on stream in this country so he hopes that more persons (regardless of age) will embrace this avenue to explore their education. He stated that The Scholastic Institute is recognized by the Ministry of Education and registered as a GED Insti tute in The Bahamas. They have also been approved to be a private center for BJC and BGCSE exams so they plan to make these exams available to their students at both sites very soon. Hield noted that even though having a high school diploma is important, it is just as important for their students to have obtained passes in the countrys standard ized tests. He introduced the new coordinator for the Abaco campus, Vincent Coakley, and thanked him for all of the work he has done over this past year. He stated that Mr. Coakley has the heart of a lion and he hopes one day to present him with a plaque in the shape of a lion which he said he truly deserves. He spoke of Mr. Coakleys com mitment to helping the Abaco community achieve education at every possible level which makes him happy that the Scholas tic Institute is able to make that possible. Hield stated that they will be graduating another group in 2014 and will start a new Central Abaco Primary searches for the love this ChristmasBy Samantha Evans The Culture Club of Central Abaco Primary School organized and held its on Thursday December 12, 2013 under the theme: Oh Christmas, Where Has the Love Gone? The entire school came together to put on this dynamic production which was well attended by parents. The students danced, recited poems, sang Christmas songs and took part in drama productions. The audience also learned the true mean ing of the Christmas tree as explained by the students. They explained the Christmas tion for the living room. The green colour represents hope, the needles are turned upward to indicate how we must turn our hearts and desires heav enward, the red ornaments and decorations represent the blood of Christ, candy canes originally had three stripes to represent the stripes Christ endured for us the shape of the candy cane is in a J to represent the name Jesus and the star is the promise of a savior for the world. This was amazing to hear yet there was so much more explained. The students of Grade Three gave a sign language ren dition of Great is Thy Faithfulness and the night ended with the drama The Mean Giant performed by the Culture Club. Principal Beatrice Moxey was pleased with the support shown by the parents. The program was free but refreshments were sold. group early next year as well. Interested persons can contact Vin cent Coakley at 367-5461 or 475-0203, by sending an email to thescholasticinstitute@ hotmail.com, or by contacting the presi dent on 439-5761. School & Youth News Above: Angels Academy students performing.

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January 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax : 366-2022Mon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm l Sat 7:30am-7pmThe Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food Fair Abaco Marine Props Propellers 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 AluminumCertied Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas Every Child Counts holds Christmas Celebration By Mirella Santillo The annual Every Child Counts Christmas Celebration was held this year on the morning of December 16. The joy ous event took place under a large tent in the schools courtyard Many parents, volunteers, and in volved community members attended. Orchestrated by Mistress of Ceremony and also a student of the school, Cardesha Wright, the event continued for approximately one hour amid applause and cheers. Students were involved in all the aspects of the performance, from acting and singing to dancing and drumming. The Christmas celebration was put together as a special acknowledgment of the volunteers, community members and visitors who all play a role in the running of the school, and contribute time and money. It was also a way to demonstrate the meaning of Christmas. It offered those gathered a glance at the very special talents nurtured by the school staff and other people involved. From an institution for children with into a community of students who, given the opportunity to reveal themselves, have become poets, artists, and musicians. The performances given on December 16 were evidence of this. After the invocation and the singing of the National Anthem the little ones act ed out a living nativity scene while singing Christmas carols, followed by an interpretation of Go Tell it on the Mountain by the school choir. next on the stage with a senior nativity scene and a rendering of Holy Night by last years National Arts Festival. The celebration continued with Ms. Ellens Christmas Rappers, followed by the ECC Drumline. The Drumline also placed in the National Arts Festival, winning sec ond. They accompanied Miss Madelines Mrs. Lyn Major acknowledged the crowd, thanking all present and offering them good holiday wishes. After the performance, people went on to visit the training center where many art projects were on display. Some were for sale; some were saved to enter in next years National Arts Festival. School & Youth News By Canishka Alexander Attractive Christmas decorations in the Marsh Harbour area were a treat to see during the holiday season. The decorations attached to lamp poles were hung as far as the airport roundabout to the downtown area and along the restaurant and hotel strip on Queen Elizabeth Drive. Contributions were from the students of Angels Academy, Every Child Counts, Agape Christian School and Abaco Central High School with holiday greetings written in English, Spanish and Creole. poles with Christmas decorationsApril Stratton-Parotti explained that the idea for the decorations originated from Kandy Pinder. She mentioned it to me at our family reunion in late October, and I ran with it so to speak, she elaborated. I called some of the schools asking them to participate Agape, Angels Academy, ECC and ACH; I solicited some of the local businesses for According to Stacia Pitt, ACH art teacher, technical drawing students of ACH assisted with cutting out the boards to be decorated. Stratton-Parotti said her aim was to have a decoration placed on every other lamp post from the airport to The Crossing Beach for a total of 75 pieces, and she was nearly able to accomplish that. Next year, she is looking forward to having additional poles decorated with solar-powered lights for each decoration. To donate to the project, contact April Stratton-Parotti at: vanstrattoninsurance@ yahoo.com. Above: ECC children performing during their schools annual Cristmas Celebration.

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 1, 2014 MARINE NAVIGATION COURSE en-GBAbaco, this is your opportunity to study en-GB Marine en-GB Navigation en-GB at a professional level. en-GB Call Mr. Key at 367-5351 or e-mail pgk434@yahoo.com en-GBThe Bahamas School of Marine en-GB Navigation is oering a en-GB Terrestrial en-GB Navigation Courseen-GB (2 Months, 3 en-GB Nights per Week) at Friends of the en-GB Environment board room commencing en-GB at 7 pm on Monday, January 20, 2014. en-GB The en-GBrst class is freeen-GB with no payments en-GB until class #2.en-GBOther courses include:en-GB Seamanship/Marine Safetyen-GB en-GB (individuals & groups) anden-GB Celestial Navigation en-GBMethods en-GB 229 & 249. Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Frozen Meat Dry and Canned Goods Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Sales, Rentals and Property Management ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: UNDER CONTRACT!!! Hilltop commercial lot on entry road to settlement of New Plymouth.. 6,100 sq.ft. lot just 30 from Coco Bay Beach. Short walk to public dock. Power and water. $250,000.00. Great Opportunity! Twin Palms oers two immaculate attached furnished waterfront townhouses on the Sea of Abaco. Each side mirrors the other with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. A/C throughout. Internet and satellite. 2 Kayaks. Mini putts. Newly built 60 dock accommodates 42 boat. .537 acres. Asking Price $1.65m.. JUST REDUCED!!! 9,600 sq.ft. lot just steps to the Atlantic Ocean Beach. Quiet residential area. B $55,000.00. UNDER CONTRACT!!! 85 x 120 lot with start-up foundation. Less then 300 steps to the Atlantic Ocean Beach. 20,000 sq.ft. parcel 125 from Long Bay Beach. Water view possible. Water and power accessible. B $195,000.00. Chic furnished artists home with two master bedroom suites plus 1/2 bath. Water view of White Sound. Within walking distance to a public dock with ramp. A/C throughout. Artist studio with north light exposure. Garage, workshop, golf cart. $495,000.00. PRICE REDUCTION!!! The Pink Pearl Completely re-furbished 115 year old historic wood building centrally located in the heart of New Plymouth. Commercial/or residential use. Excellent tenant in place .Short walk to Settlement Creek and ferry service. Parking area. B$169,900.00. The Golden Reef Large two story commercial building in the heart of historic New Plymouth. Shop/oce space on ground oor. Two furnished two bedroom one bath apartments on second oor with good rental history and sea views. Parking space. $550,000.00.Two elevated waterfront parcels on the Blu overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Stunning sunsets. Approximately 1/4 acre each with 85 each on the water. Naturally deep water for a dock. Priced to sell TOGETHER for a total of $ 395,000 + 7 1/2% to close School & Youth News By Canishka Alexander Five contestants were revealed during the Little Glitz and Teen Miss Abaco Un veiling on Dec. 13. Hosted by Miss Abaco Beauty Pageant Director TJay Stubbs, the event included an Ultimate Shopping Ex perience at Island Girl Boutique II. As the guests waited for the contes tants unveiling, they were served cocktails and encouraged to browse the racks of clothing, while DJ Emerge provided entertainment. Little Glitz contestants in fashionable pink and white dresses and matching candycurled hairstyles. The youngest, and most shy, of the group was three-year-old Au drey Higgs, Miss Home Fabrics. Audrey sell, Miss Marsh Harbour; and Victoria Albury, 6, Miss Alburys Ferry. In the Teen Miss category, there were two contestants: Represented as Miss Murphy Town was Gabrielle Pierre, 15, and Curtisa Mills, 16, as Miss Treasure Cay. The contestants all wore clothing from Island Girl I and II, and one of the guests said that she would have liked to see more Island Girl clothing modeled by the contestants to show what is available at the store. However, those who attended commented that the unveiling offered a good, joyed the experience, and travelled from Man-O-War Cay to support her that eve ning. Leading up to the Little Glitz and Teen Miss Abaco Beauty Pageant at the Abaco Convention Centre on Dec. 20, Stubbs announced that every time a contestant was voted for or a ticket was pur chased, a larger donation would be made to three families living with children who have autism. We are more than a pageant, but a movement, he exclaimed. As the competition heated up, the number of contestants dwindled down to two in each category. The beauty pag -Miss Abaco Beauty Pageant crowns Teen Miss, Little Glitz winners Above left: Victoria Albury, Little Glitz winner. Above right: Gabrielle Pierre, Teen Miss Abaco winner. eant featured a National Costume segment along with an Evening Gown and question and answer segment. In the end, Gabrielle Pierre was crowned Teen Miss Abaco, while Victoria Albury captured the Little Glitz title. Stubbs thanked everyone for their support, and announced that he would ful raiser called Deep House Music in Hope Town on Dec. 24. Facebook to supporters of the Miss Abaco Beauty Pageant by Stubbs, who wrote: As I get ready to take my three-year hiatus, it would not be fair without saying thank you to everyone. Miss Abaco Beauty Pageant was formed after I saw a need for a proper pageant on the island that will do more than just get pretty girls, but will also build self-esteem in each of them. It started off as only an idea, but grew into something awesome It will give me time to properly formulate a working team and a system I can be totally happy with. By Samantha Evans Five proud students graduated from the Scholastic Institute on Saturday night December 14, 2013 at 7pm with the chosen theme: Accomplishing Our Goals One Step at a Time. After the students marched in, the program began. The presi dent of the Scholastic Institute, Kendris Hield, addressed the graduates. He expressed his congratulations to them for embracing education and recog nizing its importance to the advancement of their futures. He encouraged them not Five graduate from The Scholastic Institute on Abacoto stop at their GED High School Diploma but to seek tertiary level training and skills. He told them to properly prepare them selves to embrace opportunities when they come along and not wait until opportunities are upon them to seek training. Following Hields message, the Vale dictorian, Carl Swann, gave his speech. This softspoken, intelligent young man explained why he decided to get his GED Above: the Scholastic graduates. Please see Scholastic Page 7

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January 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 Abaco Real Estate School & Youth News high school diploma. He stated that he got could not say that he was a high school Over this past year, Carl explained how hard and challenging the journey was but he stuck it out because he didnt want the stigma attached to him of being a high school dropout. Now he can say with much pride that he is not only a high school graduate, but valedictorian of his class. Not only did he achieve his diploma but he learned how to become a better person. He plans to continue on to pursue tertiary it through to the end. The guest speaker for the night was the Ministry of Education, Sandy Edwards, who told the graduates to take the journey to achieving their goals one step at a time. to obtain their GED High School Diploma is one in the right direction. She told the graduates that focused, hard work is a real step for success. She gave the students three words of encouragement as they continue their jour ney towards achieving success. Firstly, she told them to surround themselves with positive people. Further, she told them to be careful the type of music they listen to and what they watch on television. Secondly, every minute of their time is pre cious. Therefore, they must not waste time because lost time can never be reclaimed. Thirdly, push hard for their goals. She en couraged them to be adventurous and de velop an attitude of gratitude. Scholastic From Page 6 After Edwards gave her charge to the graduates, they received their diplomas from President Hield. The graduates are Oconno Cooper, Alexandrina Innocent, Shem McLennon Collegitorian, Selena Sawyer Salutatorian, and Carl Swann Valedictorian. A plaque was given to the top three graduates and the guest speaker. Mr. Hield also presented two special awards to Bishop Anthony Campbell for allowing them to host their graduation ceremonies the graduates participated on the program which was moderated by Pamela Burrows. The Scholastic Institute has big plans for AbacoBy Samantha Evans The Scholastic Institute has been silently making its mark on the island of Abin Abaco and Freeport, they can boast of graduating hundreds of persons who have gone on to enroll in technical colleges, uni versities and community colleges locally, in the United States, and Mexico. President Kendris Hield stated that they have an obligation to prepare the populace for the many opportunities that will be coming on stream in this country so he hopes that more persons (regardless of age) will embrace this avenue to explore their education. He stated that The Scholastic Institute is recognized by the Ministry of Education and registered as a GED Insti tute in The Bahamas. They have also been approved to be a private center for BJC and BGCSE exams so they plan to make these exams available to their students at both sites very soon. Hield noted that even though having a high school diploma is important, it is just as important for their students to have obtained passes in the countrys standard ized tests. He introduced the new coordinator for the Abaco campus, Vincent Coakley, and thanked him for all of the work he has done over this past year. He stated that Mr. Coakley has the heart of a lion and he hopes one day to present him with a plaque in the shape of a lion which he said he truly deserves. He spoke of Mr. Coakleys com mitment to helping the Abaco community achieve education at every possible level which makes him happy that the Scholas tic Institute is able to make that possible. Hield stated that they will be graduating another group in 2014 and will start a new group early next year as well. Interested persons can contact Vin cent Coakley at 367-5461 or 475-0203, by sending an email to thescholasticinstitute@ hotmail.com, or by contacting the presi dent on 439-5761. St Francis students remind Abaco of the simplicity of ChristmasBy Samantha Evans Under the theme: A Child is Born, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School held its Christmas Program on Wednesday night, December 11, 2013 beginning at 6pm at the Catholic Church in Marsh Har bour. The focus of this years program was to go back to the simplicity of Christmas which is the celebration of Christs birth; not gifts. They want people to know that even without the gifts, they can still celebrate Christmas. The program was divided into three parts: Part I was called Waiting Hoping which looked at the Advent Season when people prepare their hearts for Christmas. The students dedicated the song We are the World to the Philip pines. Part II was the Drama: The Mean ing of Christmas. The focus of the drama was awareness and the play allowed the ac ings that surfaced rather than it being about a new sofa for Christmas. Part III addressed the Christmas Spir it. The students of Grades 7 and 8 read the poem by Patrick Bethel called Jesus is the Reason. The evening ended with a Junkanoo Rush out by Kindergarten and Grade 1. The Coordinator was Mr. Ronan Sarmine to who was also in charge of the music. He was assisted by Georgia Williams-Curry who was in charge of the drama, the sound system and rehearsals were done by Mr. Elmer Bongon, and the props for drama and Junkanoo costumes were made by Ireneo Ajero. The teachers also assisted by work ing with their students. They began preparation for this program the last week in November. Special invited guests for this event were Dr. Lenora Black, Mr. Patrick Bethel and the PTA Board.

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 1, 2014 Beautiful Wall Maps of the Bahamas, Caribbean, en-GBCoastal Florida & More!en-GBwww.IslandMapStore.comen-GBPhone: 239-963-3497en-GBIsland Map Store By Canishka Alexander Sensei Churton Toote, founder of the Abaco Karate Academy, promoted several of his students on Dec. 11 at the Dundas Town Burial Society. Sensei Toote instructs the students from the Nisei Goju Ryu Karate system. Among those receiving promotions to green belt were Brandon Frank; Tayjoun McDonald; Marlon Russell; Joshua Smith; Sensei promotes students at Abaco Karate Academy Above: Sensei Churton Toote sits in the midst of recently promoted students at the Abaco Karate Academy on Dec. 11. and Ashton McDonald. Jessica Pierre was promoted to purple belt; and Steve Jeffery his dedication and his contributions to the academy. Sensei Toote invited the students to demonstrate what they had learned, begin instruction, they quickly completed the de tailed movements of their katas and every now and then one would cry out from the exertion of their technique. Sensei Toote began martial arts training at the age of 18, quickly advancing through the degrees of Black Belt, and in 1997 he was inducted into the Karate Hall of Fame by the Eastern USA International Martial Arts Association. Karate classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. SportsBreeze Blue, Sunburnt Orange, Flamingo Pink, Bahamian Yellow, or Key Lime Green. As the participants danced their way through the colour stations they were coated head-to-toe, leaving laughter and smiles throughout the Elbow Cay course. The Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue department was on hand to lend support to the water station, where persons could rehydrate on the course. The allof the event, along with the Rotary Club of Abaco. The 242 Colour Run is designed to be a fun, feel-good event. As such, no are taken down. This didn't stop serious runners from completing the 5km course at a fast pace; nor did it stop groups of people dressed in tutus, reindeer antlers, and other funky and colourful costumes from dancAs everyone past through the event water donated by The FoodStore Limited. with the colour-coated participants and the festivities continued. Ensueno fabric soft ener beach balls entertained the kids while the adults settled into the restaurant area, enjoying Bahamian breakfasts served up by The organizers then thanked the sponsors, participants, volunteers, specta tors, and all those involved for helping to create such a wonderful feel-good event. Last, but not least, a few great prizes were drawn at random from those entered into the event. Hope Town Canvas provided a unique beach-bag made from re cycled Abaco Rage sails and Harbour's The Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend donated two entries into their events being held in March 2014. Abaco Buzz, who provided marketing for the event, also do-Colour From Page 2 Above: Tutus and 242 Colour Run Sunglasses add to the fun. nated a months worth of their services. The 242 Colour Run has now com pleted their 2013 Bahama Islands tour, and is currently planning the 2014 events. The Hope Town race will tentatively return on December 27, 2014. Other 242 Colour Runs are being planned for Nassau and Freeport. New to the 2014 schedule will be a race in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera. For more details and to learn about how to par ticipate, visit their website www.run242. Above: Ryan Patterson may have been the

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January 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 Amazing hilltop lots with fantastic sea views. ese lots are the best priced lots in the subdivision, and boast the best views. Bakers Creek is located roughly 8 miles north of Marsh Harbour and also from Treasure Cay. e subdivision features underground utilities to all lots and access for all homeowners to the beach where picnic tables are available. Each lot is 11,300 sq. (.26 acres) BSD $39,900 Property For Sale BAKERS CREEK BEACH LOT 10 BAKERS CREEK Bakers Creek Lots 9 & 10 Sports the Abaco Club at Winding Bay named Michael Evert this years champion. This is the third year Mr. Evert has taken the trophy.Abaco Club names Golf Champion three years running Man-O-War holds festive Jingle Jog in the Jingle Jog 5K and more than twenty children signed up for the 1 Mile Fun Run. The Jingle Jog was held on Man-O-War on December 14. Some embraced the season and came to the run dressed in Santa Hats or costumes. The event was set to start at 9:30 am. Placing for the 5K Men were Troy Sims (22:41), Alton Janes (26:15) and John Haestead (26:44). Placing for the 5K Women were Linand Kelly Parker running it in 29:45. Placing in the Kids 1-Mile Fun Run were Brayden Dam (7:53), Noah Albury (8:05) and Emily Sims (8:36). The event was hosted by the Abaco Swim Club. Thompson, Kelly Parker, Heather Moore Landing. Left: Roman Pinder crossing the 1-Mile Above: the RC boats had challenging winds to face. Photo by Ylva Ljungholm. Submitted by Howard Kaighin Tour of Abaco began the last Saturday of 2013. We were all invited for lunch at the keep our lunch from blowing away. We all had burgers or wraps at the restaurant, all reasonably priced and open to the pub lic. It is worth the drive and a nice after noon outing to visit Schooner Bay. We all knew what was coming, and what was coming was a tough afternoon of sailing. Winds were 18-25. We im-2014 RC Laser Tour kicks offmediately had to switch all the B-Rigs to C & D rigs. Saturday was just one of those days you hope to get through without too much carnage. There was a rescue or a breakdown in between each and every one the races, which made for a long afternoon. Jim Kai but Randy Key, with his new C-sail and 1 point. Please see Laser Page 18

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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 1, 2014 Sights Around Abaco I said MANTA, not SANTA!It might be winter, but in Abaco that doesnt mean you cant still go for a swim. Here, Kai Survance went swimming with a manta ray on the inside of Bakers Bay, Guana Cay. The photo was taken by Kais father, Jeff Sur vance. Submit your photos to the editor: BradleyAlbury@gmail.comAll the better to see you with, my dear.An extra set of eyes still wont be enough to help a cautious conch from being scooped up by a hungry Bahamian. However, when Daniel, Tiffany and Laurence Higgs pulled this four-eyed anomaly out they werent very keen on adding it to their conch salad. Submit your photos to the editor: BradleyAlbury@gmail.com

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January 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 By Canishka Alexander The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) held its monthly Da Market event at the submissions entered into the Cookie Com petition. Judges Deborah Basden, Georgia Cornish and Canishka Alexander were asked to sample each cookie and rate them provided to the judges by Lauren Riviere of Abaco Delightz along with other excit David Knowles of BNT announced ners as Kathleen Ralph; Michael and Jen nifer Lightbourn of Lightbourn Family Farm, Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts of Bahama Dawn Designs; Lauren Riviere; and Cleopatra Burrows of PH & Bs Delights Co., Inc. The winners collected prizes of coffee mugs, bags, water bottles and T-shirts with BNTa logo printed on them. While David Knowles of BNT announced that the next big BNT event is Art for the Parks, BNT staff members want to meet with the vendors before the next Da Although popular among visiting boaters, Knowles would like to see more local sup port for Da Market. He commended the loyal participants who were present that day including Love ly Reckley, Shanishka Bain-Cambridge, Edgburt Tinker and Lennie Etienne and invited them to continue to be a part of the event. Moving forward, Knowles envisioned attracting locals to promote more of their unique products. The idea is to create unique things, and have a venue to showcase those items, he said. Indeed, Da Market provides a venue for farmers, artists and entrepreneurs to sell locally produced items at reasonable prices. Products include fresh vegetables, jams and jellies, vegan food, fresh bread and baked goods, crafts and jewelry, and As an extension of Da Market, Sturrup-Roberts will be hosting quilting classes at her home for interested persons. Lifestyles Left to right: Michael Lightbourne of Lightbourn Farm; Latonya Moss of Fruity Freddie Farms; Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts of Bahama Dawn Designs; Lauren Riviere of Abaco Delightz; Cleopatra Burrows of PH & Bs Delights Co., Inc.; and David Knowles of the BNT organizes Cookie Competition at Da Market Rotary holds Golf Tournament and donates to Abaco Crash Fire & Rescue Patrons came by car, boat, and foot to enjoy the balmy weather and the strong drinks concocted by the Petes Pub bar tenders. The aroma of grilled wild boar and other delectable dishes produced by the cook also enticed people to hang around. Many came back to the art tables after their libations. Melanie Reess necklaces and key chains featuring sea heartslarge beads often found on beaches among sea weedswere very popular with the buyers of lo cal souvenirs. David Rees photos of local landscapes also found a few buyers. The Cancer Society tables, covered in Christ mas knick-knacks, soon became bare and most participants also met their sales ex pectations. Overall, it was a very successful event not only for the Abaco Cancer Society but also for the many artists who enjoyed the exposure. Petes Pub too came out a winner. The restaurant had contributed to the space and catered to the many patrons who came that day.Art From Page 1 Above: the beautiful watercolour artwork of Marjolein Scott displayed at the Cancer Society Little Harbour Art Show. The Rotary Club of Abaco held its annual Golf Tournament on December 14. A silent auction and dinner was held the evening before at the Coco Beach Bar in Treasure Cay. The tournament was held at the Treasure Cay Golf Course. Fewer people joined in the fun this year, however those that did spend the The winning group this year was: George Riviere, Sheen Cooke, Jeffrey Rodgers and Peggy Carder. The Roraty Club of Abaco also made a presentation to Abaco Crash Fire & Res cue in Treasure Cay. Compressed air tanks were donated, which Fire Chief Colin Al bury said were desperately needed. Above: Rotarians Dwayne Wal las and Bryan Thompson with do nated compressed air tanks in front of Abaco Crash Fire & Rescues truck. Right: Rotarian Debbie Curry tees up.

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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 1, 2014 FOR SALEFully Loaded Twin Yamaha 250 4-Strokes (87 Hours) Extended Engine Warranty until 8/16/2016 Furuno Electronics (12 & 8 Color Monitors) Furuno 72 NM Radar Sinrad Auto Pilot Brand New (3) Odyssey Batteries Taco 18 Outriggers LED Lighting Leaning Post w/ 30 Gallon Livewell Full Canvas Console & Seat Covers Numerous Tackle Storage Very Rare 2011 Albury Brothers 27 Center Console Owners declining health forces sale! $159,900 OBO / Trade. Delivery to Bahamas Possible Contact: Chris 772.528.0840 frambes.chris@gmail.com Located: South Florida More pictures available upon request Cherokee performs Christmas on Main StreetBy Lee Pinder Cherokees Assemblies of God and Peggy Albury, one of its faithful members, produced another outstanding play on Fri day, December 20 entitled Christmas on Main Street. The story revolved around the commercialization of Christmas and how people are forgetting what Christmas is all about: the birth of Jesus. In the small community of only around 160 persons, more than thirty cast members told a very moving story of how people of today have forgotten what Christmas is all about (with all the remain ing residents of Cherokee seated in the audience that night). The merchants are always trying to entice customers with lots of sales and the razzle-dazzle of endless com mercials and it seems as if the people cant remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas. Their message admonished the problem with only think about the lights, the gifts and the parties. The mayor of the imaginary town in the play cancelled the annual Christmas Program which the people had been performing in the Town Square every year. He said it would cause a disruption, and besides, he was running for another term in it. The program organizers were devas tated and disappointed to think he could be so uncaring of their town tradition. Members of the play decided to go door to door on Main Street in their community to see if they could rally some support to continue this tradition and get the Mayor to change his mind. In one house they were met with indifference by a couple who were only interested in appearances and what their neighbours thought about the elaborate dec orations they had put up. The next house they visited was occupied by young people, who even though they had been brought up in the church thought the whole idea of cel ebrating Christmas was old-fashioned, out-of-date and not-with-it. ladys house, she was a Christian and believed in Christmas. She was very upset that the Mayor would cancel this long standing tradition and said she would can vas all her friends and get them to call the go on. After all, a majority of the towns folks looked forward to beginning their Christmas season each year gathering in Lifestyles the Town Square to see the annual program and hear the story of Christs birth. with calls requesting that he allow the Christmas Play to continue. When the Mayor came to tell the or ganizers that he would again allow the play to continue, they asked him what made him change his mind. He replied that he had received a call from his own daughter who had reminded him of the joy they had both experienced by attending the play when she was a very small girl. His daughter was the same lady who had started the petition to re-instate the play and who lived in the last house the Caroling group had visited. The littlest angel (who knew all the words to the songs), Taylor Carroll (3 years old) was the great-great granddaugh ter of the oldest member in the choir, Clar rey Lowe (84 years old) and a member of the Church who was continuing to keep up one of the local traditions in Cheerokee that night. The pianist, Glenn Newbold, played harmonica solo by Rev. Bateman Sands (80 years old) as well as a presentation by Thomas Rietsom, another local young man playing a bugle solo, and the drummer, Thomass father, just set the mood for an outstanding rendition of The Little Drummer Boy. Charmane Saunders helped in the selection of musical pieces and choirs performance was so impressive that it left a lump in many throats. But, the players were the ones who told the story, and they scene showing Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus in the manger, with wise men and shepherds, angels and animals. All the costumes and scenery were devised by Peggy, including a donkey and a sheep (this lady has many hidden talents). The whole evening moved along smoothly from the beginning without any apparent glitches and the audience held their ap plause until the end when they exploded with enthusiasm and appreciation. Many people were involved in the production, which will only be seen once since next year they will come up with a completely new play with another theme of how to tell the old, old story. Refresh ments were served on the sidewalk in front of the church afterwards. Even though no collection was taken up, many people were very generous in supplying the vast amount of food that was served. Above: Carolers in Cherokee Assemblies of Gods Christmas play Christmas on Main Street. By Canishka Alexander Kathleen Knowles, president of Heal Our Land Family Crisis Center in Dundas Town, was recently awarded the Henry G. Stewart Award in Nassau for Community Service. Knowles also serves as the Execu tive Director for The Peoples Foundation and Heal Our Land Community and Social Programme in Nassau. Knowles has been serving throughout the communities of Abaco and other is lands, and has a passion to reach the downtrodden and persons who have given up hope. Whatever the situation, she goes beyond the call of duty to give hope to those who are crying out. One of her greatest strengths is bring ing out the best in others, and helping them She strongly believes that everyone is somebody. The Peoples Foundation and Heal Our Land Community and Social Programmes major project for 2014 is to construct two community centers one in Abaco, which is in progress, and the other in Nassau. Community centers for Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and Andros are sched uled for 2015. Presently, they are in the process of establishing community centers in Nassau in areas such as Bain Town, Nassau Vil lage, Kemp Road, Fox Hill and Culmers ville. In July, a center was established on Robinson Road and St. Vincent Charles Street in the Englerston Community. Knowles said that these community development and empowerment centers will serve as a spiritual hospital that brings healing to every wound and to those hurting in our communities. Lives will be transformed helping people to help themselves by building com munities economically, socially and spiri-Heal Our Land founder receives community service award Above: Kathleen Knowles, president of Heal Our Land Family Crisis Center in Dundas Town, being awarded the Henry G. Stewart Award in Nassau for Community Service. Please see Award Page 15 Pilot Club honours caregivers at 2nd Annual Emerald Ball By Canishka Alexander The Pilot Club of Abaco held its 2nd Annual Emerald Ball at the Touch of Class Restaurant on Dec. 14. President Christine Lightbourne extended a heartfelt welcome to guests attending the phenomenal event. Lightbournes remarks were followed by those of Lauren Riviere, Mistress of Ceremony and Membership Coordinator, who spoke regarding the Pilot Clubs efforts and its focus on brain safety, youth development, educational programs and awareness campaigns. TJay Stubbs joined Riviere as the Master of Ceremony engaging the audi ence in humour and lots of door prizes. Meanwhile, Charlotte Swann, Lead ership Coordinator, explained what the Clubs Pick-Me-Up Programme entails with respect to addressing the needs of caregivers. Pilot International and its members are called to care more; at its core, Pilot International is an organization that cares, Swann shared. Pilot International is also proud of its multi-generational member ship, and of our dedication to friendship and service. In essence, Pilot is a family, and we celebrate families. We are a family that cares for each other, for our communities and for our world. Four outstanding caregivers on Abaco were honoured during the ceremony: Please see Pilot Page 15

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January 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 Lifestyles tually for a stronger nation, she empha sized. Everyone in the community can be a part of helping to build cleaner, healthi er, wealthier and crimeless communities. We are building families for a stron ger nation, and we are networking with other organizations, churches and the gov ernment. Together we will stand to save our nation especially our youth a Joshua generation. We are here to love with our hearts and serve with our hands. All volunteers, or those who wish to are invited to come on board. For more information on The Peoples Foundation and Heal Our Land Community and Social Programme, contact 356-3136 (Nassau) or 554-8880 (Abaco). Leona Russell; Marilyn Edgecombe; Rochelle Stuart; and Marva Mercius. Presi dent Christine Lightbourne, who is also a caregiver, was acknowledged. During her presentation, Mercius ex plained that one of her nine-year-old twins named Devon is autistic, so it is a team effort for the family to care for a specialneeds child. Because he does not verbally communicate, people see him as being out of control or unruly when he makes screeching sounds and hand movements that draw attention. the entire family is never together at vari ous events because someone would always have to stay home with him because he does not do well in crowds, she said. The little things that people take for granted like taking a family vacation bespecial-needs child. Mercius and her husband David the same love and attention to their oldest daughter and Devons twin, who are very supportive, loving and helpful with Devon. For Mercius, the most important thing is having a strong support system in and out of the home. Nevertheless, she thanked God for entrusting her with Devon. Mercius ended by thanking the Pilot Club for recognizing them and for their work as she encouraged the other caregivers in the knowledge that God will not put more on them than they can bear. as well as an auction for Christmas candy trees. Stacy Dean, president elect, closed out the event with the vote of thanks. En tertainment was provided by DJ Craig Boo Allen.Pilot From Page 14 Above: Marva Mercius, who spoke on behalf of the honourees at the Pilot Club's Emerald Ball on Dec. 14.Award From Page 14 Above: A joyful service was held at the Kirk of the Pines Presbyterian Church, Marsh Harbour, on December 15 to welcome the Rever end George Carey from the United States Reverend Carey is the Director of World Outreach for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He travels the globe telling of the church's work and encouraging people in Ministry. He preached the sermon during the morning service and also preached in the Presbyterian churches in Nassau and Freeport during his week in The Bahamas. The goal of his visit to Abaco was to see how he can be of future assistance to the Kirk of the Pines. Following the service there was a time of fellowship for the congregation to get to know Reverend Carey and his wife, Nita, and then all enjoyed a Christmas luncheon together. Kirk of the Pines welcomes Director of World Outreach By Mirella Santillo The last meeting of the Horticultural Society of The BahamasAbaco Branch for 2013 was held at the home of Shirley Higgs. It was more social gathering than a meeting as the business of the day was reduced to a few words by President Barbara Foreman at the end of the event. She thanked the attendees for their presence and announced the agenda for the next couple of months. But, foremost, the gathering was to celebrate the Societys annual Christmas Luncheon. The balmy weather on that Saturday December 14 was perfect for an outdoor assembly and the venue could not have been more enjoyable. Tables were set around the pool area which boasted a great view of the harbor and amply accommo dated the thirty people who attended. The guests arrived early with the food they had pledged to contribute and plants for the monthly auction. Soon the food and dessert tables were loaded and after a short while of mingling, auctioneer Jack Hardy proceeded with the offering of the many plantsmostly any possible kind of toma toesthat the gardeners avidly purchased at a reasonable price. Horticultural Society holds annual Christmas LuncheonAbove: Horticultural Society members mix and mingle during their annual Christmas Luncheon. Ham and turkey, mix greens salad, quiche, vegetables and home -made bread were soon piled up on plates. The dessert assortment was even more tempting with cakes, pumpkin pie and ginger cookies, among other goodies. Meetings will resume on January 11. The Horticultural Society will also participate in the Arts for the Parks event scheduled for the weekend of January 24 2014. There will be plants galore for sale from vegetable seedlings to ornamentals and hands-on demonstration for kids on how to plant seedlings. By Timothy Roberts Despite Stop Work Orders being issued, illegal construction continues to progress in the Shanty Village known as the Mudd. Several houses have been issued Stop Work Orders in the past few months; however, the notices are ignored and work continues. This work continues despite the ap parent willingness from Central Govern ment to tear down homes illegally built which dont meet basic environmental standards. The unhindered progress of the bla tant and illegal construction has many in the community wondering if the government is powerless to enforce these laws.Illegal construction continues in broad daylight despite Stop Work OrdersAbove: despite several issuances of Stop Work Orders by local government, illegal construction continues in the shanty town of the Mudd. It is unknown if the homes being built meet safety and environmental standards because they are progressing without the inspections every Bahamian is required by law to have.

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Page 16 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 1, 2014 THE NEW GOVERNMENT COMPLEX TELEPHONE NUMBERS Administrators Oce..........................242-699-0000 Dept of Education.................................242-699-0016 Dept of Environmental Health............242-699-0032 Min of Finance/Business License..........242-699-0052 Dept of Immigration.............................242-699-0067 Magistrates Court................................242-699-0092 National Insurance Board.....................242-367-2639 Public Treasury.....................................242-367-2647 Dept of Social Services.........................242-699-0150 Ministry of Tourism.............................242-699-0152 Local Government Council.................242-699-0165 Auditor General Dept..........................242-699-0171 Bahamas Mortgage Corp.....................242-699-0177 Dept of Information Technology...........242-699-0182 Dept of Housing...................................242-699-0187 Dept of Labour.....................................242-699-0200 Dept of Marine Resources....................242-699-0202 Road Trac Dept.................................242-699-0217 Ministry of Youth Sports & Culture.....242-699-0228 Prime Ministers Oce........................242-699-0241 Passport Oce.....................................242-699-0244 FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE TO CUT OUT AND SAVE Funeral Service for Mrs. Mi nerva Davis Simms age 76 years, Resident of Moores Is land Abaco, will be held on Saturday 7th December, 2013, at 10am at Zion Baptist Church, B. Wenith Davis OBE, President of Zion United Baptist Church, assisted by Pastor Charles T. Dorsett, Pastor Alvin La ing, Rev. Christopher Dean, Rev. Edward Laroda & Minister Jefford Simms, Interment Moores Island Public Cemetery. Left to mourn her memories are, sons, Pastor Nixon Simms Jr., Israel & Arlington Rolle, one (1) step-son, Brady Simms, three (3) daughters-in-law, Jenni fer Simms, Angela & Sheniqua Rolle, one (1) step-daughter-in-law, Princess Simms, thirteen (13) grand-children, Kenya Agaro, Keva McPhee, Kendrick, Kerstella, Kamilah & Kaylor Simms, Daniel, Isrin ique, Ashley, Isron, Shelton, Shanton & Lanique Rolle, two (2) grandsons-in-law, Gregory Agaro & Joshua McPhee, one (1) granddaughter-in-law, Tamara Simms, one (1) sister-in-law, Beverley Davis, seven (7) step-grandchildren, Vernie, Dominic, Dominique, & Dominica Simms, David, Devon & Angelique Ferguson, three (3) great-grandchildren, Joshua Jr., & Kevisha McPhee & Dylan Agaro, two (2) niec es, Eulease & Loretta Simms, sixteen (16) nieces-in-law, Beulamae, Evelyn, Pasty, Lucinda, Meltina, Brenda, Yvonne, Shanty, Emily, Hilda, Gloria, Shirley, Gen evie, Sybalene, Dellarese & Daisymae, one (1) nephew, Jake Davis Jr., seven (7) nephews, Alfred, David, Lealon & Minister Jefford Simms, Simeon & Roland Stuart & Randolf Knowles, six (6) grandnieces, Debra, Angela, Geraine, Nishka, Elvina & Jermina, eight (8) grand-neph ews, Cardo, Timmy, Jerome, Clinton, (45) grand nieces, Iris, Janet, Theresa, Kimberley, Floria, Carla, Tasha, Tina, Nelly, Rantica, Sanchay, Karen, Prestina, Victoria, Melony, Charla, Calvana, Rav ena, Shavonne, Shalanda, Stacy, Precious, Benisha, Sophia, Selena, Rudell, Saman tha, Savanna, Masheva, Melissa, Sharissa, Natalya, Alferniece, Reesie, Oprah, Simmiette, Shantera, Shanderia, Shameka, Sharmin, April, Robin, Malinda, Claudine Lloyd, Emmerson, Carlton, Derek, Os car, Jermaine, Randolf Jr., Rantio, Ran den, Jean, Luke, Lathario, Kendal, Santo, Avery, Raegan, PJ, Anton, Quinton, Cohen, Quten, Dudley, Audley, Dave, Hosea, Delly, Gruz, Leonardo, David Jr., Jermaine, Shawn, Shean, Simeon Jr., & Shannon, Sergio, Ramardo, Fedrick, Rolando, Eugene, Darren, Eljay, Uzziah, Owen, Angelo, Spencer, Brandon, Nichogrand nieces, Dorsha Cornish, Bianca, Lowe, Favour Stuart, Letisha & Tammy Davis, four (4) great grand nephews, MJ., Zion & Makito Davis, AJ., Brent Lowe, numerous great great grand nieces & nephews, great grand & great great grand Remembering Family and Friends nieces 7 nephews-in-law, seven (7) God Children, Ruthmae, Ettie, Terry, Ellis, Joseph, Annie & Anderlee, other relatives & friends including., Allardyce, Zelma, Basil, Loretta Stuart, Doris, Meltina & Min Jackson Davis, Olga, Patrick & Marjorie Swain, Thelma, Stephanie, Clarece, Fran cina, Carolyn, Alexander, Millie, Leonie, Audrey & Locksley Hield, Jeremy Pinder, Church Family, Pastor Preston Knowles & Greater Bethel Native Baptist family, Pastor Anthony Williams & Soul Seeking Family, Pastor Geneva & Min Ishmael Williams & St. Matthews Baptist Family, Pastor Ferguson & Free Community Holiness Baptist Church, Bishop Rudolph Balfour, & New Wine Kingdom Minis tries, The Zion United Baptist Convention families Judith & Tony McPhee & family, The Crew members of Freedom Riders, The Dean Families, The Staff of Female Medical I & II at Princess Margaret Hos pital, Moores Island Community Clinic, The McPhee, The Rolle, The Simms, The Davis, The Swain, The Knowles, and the Stuart Families, Deaconess Dorothy, Julie & Sonamae Davis, The Entire Community of Moores Island, Murphy Town & Freeport.Bar bara Terese Gibson age 61 years of Dundas Town, Abaco died at the Rand Memo rial Hospital on Monday, December 2nd, 2013. She is survived by her 2 sons: Eugene Desmond Gibson and Brent Armbrister; 2 brothers: Jameel Smith and John Smith and a host of other relatives and friends too nu merous to mention. Fu neral Service for Evelyn Russell age 81 of Coo pers Town Abaco, who died November 30th, at the Princess Margaret Hospital, was held on Saturday 11:00 a.m. at Faith Walk Church Of God Coopers Town, Abaco. Bishop Archilaus Cooper assisted by Pastor Hubert Edgecombe and Pastor Clayton McIntosh will Public Cemetery, Coopers Town Abaco. Holding precious memories are: Her children, Florence and Elmore Sawyer, Raymond and Pamela Russell, Evelyn And Anthony Cooper, Angelina And Hartman Cooper II, Errilly Russell, Nebra Russell, Peter Russell, Gail and Deolie McIntosh, and Hasting Russell Jr. Adopted children: Ruth Cornish, Lenora Cooper, Molly Davis, DeMario McIntosh Kevin McIn tosh and Lesa Russell. Judy Ann Adams. Reno,and Salem. Sisters: Savalita Reckley and Lucille Davis. Grand Children: Trevor and Gardenia Lightbourne, Charles and Nikki Sawyer, Templeton and Elizabeth Sawyer, Tara and Jamal Moss, Ameko and Amanda Sawyer, Jamal and Kim Russell, George and Mona Knowles, Sanfa Knowles, Anthony Jr, Antonette, Deanna, and Samuel Cooper. Caramel, Andrew, Calivia and Arsenio Cooper. Phenisia and P.J. Baillou, DeAngelo Poitier. Jade Rus sell. Tassie and Petra Russell. Kristin and Deandra McIntosh. Sherell Russell. 30 Great Grand Children and 3 Great Great Grand Children..Two Brothers in law. Orthneil Russell and Carl Davis. Sister in Law: Magnola Adams. Many nieces, nephews and other family and friends. Edward Captain Ed Car pinello, long time visitor, owner and benefactor of Treasure Cay passed away on November 13, 2013. Known locally as captain Ed or Edex, he served as a career captain for United Airlines as well as US Air Force with the retired rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Born on Sept 17, 1929, Ed graduated from Seton Hall University on a swimming scholarship. He served the Air Force during the Berlin Crisis before settling into a career with the airlines. Never one to re lax, he was part owner of a popular restaurant, head of a summer lifeguard program, managed investment properties and could always be found working on one project or another. Always a passionate aviator, he airplane throughout the Abacos and more recently a Cessna. After many years of traveling the world, Captain Ed fell in love with the Abacos for close to forty years and made airplane between his other homes in Light house Point, Florida and Bay Head, New Jersey. Ed was always on the go and never hesitated to lend a hand, and is beloved by in hard to get parts or staples. Captain Ed is survived by his former wife Anne, four children, Gloria, Edward, Anne and Barbara and many loving grandchildren. Captain Ed was one of the last of his swashbuckling era of pilots. Tips up and full throttle we will miss you Cap tain Ed! A memorial service Alva Emerson Pinder, of Torrance, California and formerly Nassau, The Bahamas, will be held at New Vision Ministries, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas, on Saturday, 4th January, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Mr. Christopher Pinder and Mr. Sid

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January 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 Across 3. RINGS Five gold ______. 7. STAR Led the wise men. 10. PINE Abacos forest 11. REPTILE Lizard, turtle, snake. 12. BELLS Jingle all the way. 13. CAROLS Christmas songs. 16. CHESTNUTS Roast 17. WINTER After Fall.en en en en Down 1. EARTH Our planet. 2. MINNIS Bahamian artist Eddie. 4. GROUPER Delicious, has a closed season. 5. KING Male monarch. 6. JAGGER Rolling Stones Mick. 8. FROST This Jack nips at your nose. 9. BINARY Computer language 13. CAMEL Animal that stores water in its hump. 14. BOXCART This derby in Elbow Cay features downhill racing. 15. SNOW Necessary for a White Christmas. Across 3. Parrots and octopuses both have _____ 6. Deputy Prime Minister 8. Pirate captain of the Queen Annes Revenge 9. Starry navigation method 11. Clean energy source 12. Governor that expelled pirates 13. Found in oysters and conch 15. Scaly ocean dweller 16. Popular baked good 17. Also known as the Devil RayDown 1. _____ in the wind 2. Found on top of Mt. Alvernia in Cat Island 5. Popular New Years drink 7. Commonly made at the beginning of a new year 10. Fossils of these slow moving reptiles have been found in Abaco blue Holes. 11. Karate master 14. Auld Lang _____ December 15 Crossword Answers

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Page 18 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 1, 2014 Local darts players compete to join Abaco national teamBy Mirella Santillo Local darts players took part in a tournament on December 15 to qualify for the team that will represent Abaco in the National Gold Cup to be held in Freeport on February 7-8, 2014. team: Brad Cooper, Dwight Miller, Mark Albury, Shane Sawyer, Shawn Light bourn, Lloyd Deveaux, Pedro Poitier, AnDave Mulock had a good day with Tracey Kelly manned the rescue kayak and picked up the buoys for us. Lenore Mulock and Ylva Ljungholm resumed where they left off last year, and Agape basketball teams continue on road to excellence By Canishka Alexander Agape Christian Schools junior and senior boys basketball teams recently competed in the Walter Bethel Pre-Season Tournament, which is in its third year. According to Coach Wayde Adder ley, the seniors won their championship game: 5250. Timothy Bullard was selected Most Valuable Player (MVP), while Godfrey Rolle and John Saunders earned All Tournament honours. Although the juniors lost in a close championship games 33 to 30 Devantae Moxey was chosen as the MVP, and the All Tournament status was bestowed upon Omar McKenzie and Javares McIntosh. Coach Adderley expressed his pride in having students from Sandy Point to Crown Haven attending Agape, adding that each of the players are excelling in their own way. Timothy was deemed MVP in Agapes basketball tournament as well. Devantae, 13, was the MVP even though the team lost in the 14 and under tourna ment. We are going to have some special kids in a few years, Coach Adderley predicted. Theres been some growing pains to start with, and we were playing with who we had. In a year or two from now, we will have some good young players. Gregory Munroe led the tournament in block shots, and Javares led the whole tournament with steals. 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He said that Agape is set up good for the future with the boys basketball teams especially with 13 year olds, who are already 6 guards. He said they will make a good solid run at Hugh Campbell Basketball Tournament in the next two to three years. Mean while, the team plans to travel to Catholic High School in Freeport on Dec. 18 then to CI Gibsons tournament on Dec. 26 in Nassau. Future plans also include allow ing the 13-years-old players to meet with Quentin Hall, Head Coach of the Baha mian National Teams under 15 Cadets, to determine their chances of being on the national team. Coach Adderley paused to thank those parents who are supportive of their children athletically and academically. The players have been putting in consistent practice over the years. One of those players is Khari McKenzie consistent comes to practice every day for the past three years. He was named MVP in the junior division in their last tournament, and was credited for hitting the winning shot to beat CI Gib son. They are going to do some big things down the road, he said. Many years of starting to pay off. gela Russell, Lenora Pinder, and Theresa Lowe. Also included are Abaco Darts As sociations President, Faith Sawyer, last years mens single champion, Robin Al bury, last years womens single cham pion, Keisha Albury, and Team Captain Roscoe Thompson. They will try their best in February feating darts players from Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and New Providence. names of the winning teams have been engraved since 1985 is presently held at Abacom. Abaco held it in 1993, 2011, and 2013. With roughly six weeks to go, the players are practicing every Saturday after noon at D&R Bar.Laser From Page 9 we always appreciate their help. And we appreciate the invitation from Glen Kelly and the behind the scenes efforts to make this event possible. Next on the race calendar is Snappas on January 11. Placement was as follows: Randy Key, Jim Kaighin, David Mulock, Charlie Cooke, Anders Ljungholm, Glen Kelly Above: Randy Key (in blue), the days racing victor, retrieves his boat from the harbour.

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January 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID WEST PALM BCH FL Permit NO 4595 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian Stuart Web Inc. 5675 SE Grouper Ave Stuart, FL 34997 Change Service Requested VOLUME 22 NUMBER 01 January 1st, 2014 Homeowners Freaked out after armed take over of Orchid Bay By Timothy Roberts Homeowners at an Abaco resort/ma rina development were shocked and a bit freaked out after a representatives from Grant Thornton (Bahamas), backed by po chid Bay removing the long-standing prop erty managers on December 12, 2013. Backed by police, and claiming au thority under a U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee chid Bay gated neighborhood and marina on Great Guana Cay changing the locks at U.S. Bank Synovus is seeking to re coup from W.B. Johnson Investment Com pany, Monarch Flight, LLC, and William B. Johnson over $5 million on a defaulted ruling. WB Johnson is the former owner of the Ritz Carlton Hotels and his company William B Johnson International, LLC owns the outstanding and issued shares of Guana Cay Abaco Development Company Since the takeover of the property, Derek Sweeting of Grant, Thornton has been placed in charging of the resort/ma rina and are keeping business operations going. However, second-homeowners are having concerns along with the confusion over what is happening. Jon Moseley, second-homeowner at taurant/marina and if indeed they have all necessary permits and licenses to legally operate. By Timothy Roberts connection to the armed daylight robbery of the Deputy Prime Ministers residence was arrested in Abaco on Friday, Decem ber 27, 2013 At about 7:25 a.m. on Friday the Final suspect wanted in DPM robbery captured on Abaco Marsh Harbour Police Station received a call from a member of the community who reported a strange male wearing all black in the area of Murphy Town. Please See Suspect Page 5 Whats Inside Visitors Guide. A19 Could the key to discov ering alien life be found in Abacos Blue Holes? A6 Things get colourful on Elbow Cay during 5K. B2 New running feature: Is the Airport Open Yet? A18 Illegal construction in broad daylight, no appar ent concern from authori ties. B15 A four-eyed conch and a close encounter with a manta, see this weeks Sights Around Abaco. B12 Abaconian Crossword Puzzle B17 News from around the Cays. A10 BNT proposing new parks on Abaco. A7 Whats Happening Jan 10: Majority Rule Day (Public Holiday) Jan 16-18: Abaco Sci ence Alliance Conference Jan 17: Abaco Chamber US Tax Seminar Jan 24-26: BNTs Art for the Parks MORE Events A8 Abaco dances into New Year Despite community challenges throughout the year, the holidays bring everyone together for a festive end to the year. In particular, the last days of the year are punctuated with parties and Junkanoo performances across the Cays. Above the Stingers Group performs at Sea Spray on Elbow Cay. For the story see page 14. Above: Jeffrey Bongo King in Abaco police custody. he was the last remaining suspect wanted in connection of robbing the Hon. Philip Davis, the countrys acting Prime Min ister at the time of the robbery. Please see Orchid Page 6

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian January 1, 2014 Santa visits Cherokee for 67th year of tree-lighting South Abaco By Lee Pinder If you were looking for someone spe cial on Christmas Eve they were probably in Cherokee. This year the little settlement crowd of over 200 at their annual Com munity Christmas Tree lighting. men and boys have gone to the pine yards and picked a large native yellow pine and put it up beside the Methodist Church on the day before Christmas. They decorate it gaily and presents start to mysteriously materialize underneath. It might be a new bicycle for Zack, or a pet rabbit in a hutch for Sabastain or a new dolly for Madison. The children gather all around to wait to see what Santa has brought them. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus arrive in their brightly lit sleigh led by Rudolph-theRed-Nosed Reindeer to the cheers from the year Santa must have lost some weight be many wont learn his true identity until Santas helpers quickly start to hand cited children sitting on the ground at their feet. They had been waiting for this all the calendars leading up to the big day the children think it will never get here. Its a dark night with no moon but the Christmas Lights on the tree give the whole evening a magical atmosphere and proud parents want to capture the looks knee to thank him for their gifts. The weather prediction called for rain, but it only came when the evening was winding down and almost everyone had gone home, and then only a slight spry. for many it has been too many to count. This evening has always been a special oc casion in Cherokee and they look forward to being back home visiting with family and friends. After all the gifts have been handed out and Santa has been sent off to three loud Hip, Hip Hoorays the crowd heads across the street to the Community Cen tre for a something to eat. This year they had a choice of Curried Chicken or Cur ried Mutton, with white rice, cole slaw and macaroni ncheese, or Soused Chicken or Soused Wild Pork, with fresh sour, pep pers and Johnny cake and a table full of desserts. Most of the food was donated and prepared right in Cherokee. Cash dona tions were accepted at the door to help pay for the necessary containers, drinks, and other items not donated. Usually there is enough collected each year to pay for the year and every year the local ladies try to come up with a different menu. This year not everyone ate curry or souse, but there were very few dissenters and many more praising the cooks. always an agitation to those who turn in early and are just beginning to close their eyes in sleep, but a real delight of the little ones who have been looking forward to seeing them. Set off at the waters edge and lighting up the night sky they were before 10:30 p.m. Its an evening to forget your trou bles, an evening of being with friends and remembering other times in Cherokee and those that are not with us anymore and all the fond memories that come to mind. This event is a local tradition that residents hope never dies. Above: eager children meet Santa during his visit to Cherokee for the annual tree-lighting ceremony. The tree-lighting ceremony, one of the settlements most beloved traditions, started in 1946.

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January 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 sponded in an unmarked vehicle and spot frey King; alias Bongo of Kemp Road. The suspect, who gave a false name, was brought in to the station and prepared for transport to New Providence. The ar rest took place without incident and he was Central & All Abaco Suspect From Page 1 aged 21, 22, 24 and 25 were arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident which took place at the Philip Brave Da viss home at Westridge on Monday, De cember 9. Two of those arrested were taken be fore the courts for allegedly stealing items Local man in custody for allegedly hospitalizing toddler Harbour Magistrates Court in regards to Causing Grievous Harm to a one year old police, was brought to Marsh Harbour clinic by his mother and had to be taken to hospital because of serious injuries. He added, while standing in the de no child. her decision to deny bail citing concerns for the defendants safety. He was remand ed to Her Majestys Prison. The case was pushed to Feb 27 at 10 am. Magistrate Ancella Williams presided legal counsel. Above: Shaquille Fox, accused of causing grievous harm to a one year-old boy, in police custody in Abaco about to be arraigned. He plead not guilty and was denied bail. His court case will be heard on Feb 27. By Timothy Roberts Reg Patterson, weary of the potholes in Marsh Harbours roads, has decided to and hopefully bring a little relief to drivers. help the community and these holes in the road are one of my pet peeves, he said. I noticed a pile of quarry behind Standard Hardware. So I asked Scott Weatherford if I could use some of it and he very kindly said yes. So I grabbed whatever buckets I had my buckets and started putting the quarry in holes and tamping it down. Mr. Patterson said whenever it hasnt some holes, adding that if I could save one person some damage I am happy to help. Resident patches holes Above: local concerned citizen, Reg Patterson, using his free time to patch holes in Abacos public road.

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian January 1, 2014 White Sound, Elbow Cay FULL SERVICE MARINA WATERFRONT VILLAS For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065 email : info@seasprayresort.com www.seasprayresort.com Bahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun. Enjoy a delicious dinner with us Sea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Happy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pm Open Year Round Come lounge at The Helm, our indoor bar Boat House Restaurant OFFERING SPECIAL MARINA RATES $500 a month for vessels 50 feet or more $300 a month for vessels under 50 feet Special effective from September 2013 to February 28, 2014 Central & All Abaco The nice young man who pumped my gas into my golf cart admitted that he is an accountant and knows nothing about pumping gas, and didn't know where the gas went in to a golf cart, Mr. Moseley said. He added that when another resident tried to pay for gasoline for his boat with a check he was told they don't know what business entity he would write a check to. If they don't know what business entity is running the fuel dock, how can it have licenses and permits to store thou sands of gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel? Mr. Moseley, an attorney from Vir ginia, said None of us understand why it was appropriate or necessary to handle any of this through an armed invasion of Settle ment Harbour by Synovus Bank through Grant Thornton. He said the only question he believes needs answering is whether the entity that Synovus Bank. The allegation is that a wealthy chid Bay in foreclosure from the Royal Bank of Canada, putting Jimmy Albury in chid Bay to preserve its value, for too little money, he said. However, he said that if the new en owed to Synovus Bank, then the real pur chase price was the cash outlay plus any other debts that have to be paid. Synovus Bank. The real purchase price is the amount paid to Royal Bank of Canada plus the debts that still have to be paid off. What in the world does any of that have to do with an armed invasion of Settlement Harbour on Great Guana Cay? he said. He asked why couldn't the court sim chid Bay avoid the prior loans, or still owe Mr. Moseley indicated that there are further issues of concern surrounding WB Johnson which include bankruptcy and liti chid Bay Development, indicate the kinds of games he is playing and what the origins of the problem are. He indicated that according to a Lender Liability Law Report in May 2012 it was noted that WB Johnson was, as late as September 2, 2011, trying to borrow an top of what he had previously borrowed. The report said that as late as Sep tember 2, 2011, Johnson represented to the banks and the courts that some of the land -unimproved land -in The Bahamas was He also claimed to the banks and the courts that $200 million was needed None of the $200 million Johnson was seeking to borrow is actually needed to chid Bay's completeness or successful op eration, Mr. Moseley said. The report also indicated that WB Johnson claimed that a horse farm in Ten nessee worth perhaps $5 million was worth $75 million. Paul Andy Gomez, managing part ner at Grant, Thornton said, There are many issues on the table, and this is the beginning of a long road. Were going to investigate all prop make sure they were properly authorized. My aim is to ensure my clients [Synovus] claim is perfected, get their money back to my client, assess the true value of the property and then potentially sell it. The Alburys, though, have indicated their intention to take legal action to over turn the Grant Thornton takeover. Their attorney, Roy Sweeting, of 4, 2013, e-mail response to Mr. Gomez al leged that the court orders he was operat ing under were wholly defective. He urged the Grant Thornton accoun tant to act in good faith given the pre cariousness of your own position. Legal actions between the parties are ongoing while Grant, Thornton keeps the properties in operation. Orchid From Page 1 Scientists explore fringe life in Abacos blue holes By Timothy Roberts Jennifer Macalady, a geomicrobiol ogy research professor from Pennsylvania State University, is studying microbial life in Abacos blue holes and is getting a look back in time. Ms. Macalady said she is in The Ba hamas because there is nowhere like it; theres no place that we can study what we are studying here. And what is special about blue holes gen near the bottom which usually leads to a bloom of microbes that are unusual because they are living in conditions that are unusual, she said. She said that what has their interest is that it is like the global ocean was billions of years ago, so when we are looking at microbes in blue holes we are really look ing back in time. Thats whats so compel ling about coming to The Bahamas. There are three or four blue holes that should have plenty to research here for the She said they are at the beginning of their work here and that she, along with a large group of scientists, are working in many places all over the world on mi crobes that live in the environment. The project we are working on now Please See Fringe Page 7

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Among other requirements, appli cants must be Bahamian and be responsible for any breakfast debris that the workers discard before boarding the ferry. The Guana Cay freight service asked for an assigned landing space at the port. Council members supported the request but assignments are made through the Port Members were receptive to establish ing a $5,000 scholarship in the memory of Methods of establishing and administrating this program were discussed along with a desire to implement it in time for this years applicants. Several derelict houses in Marsh Harbour need to be demolished and carted bottom and it has a microbial community its growing on the walls of the blue hole down deep where theres hardly any light So what its doing is living on a few pho tons per chlorophyll per day, she said. She said that this is one of the sites NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is really interested in be Central & All Abaco Fringe From Page 6 cause it represents one of the ultimate lim its to life which is an energy limitation. community which is like how we think mi crobial communities were billions of years ago, she said. And its living on almost and yet its conspicuous life. cause it means even at the limits of energy that you can still have this conspicuous life going on. Above: Jennifer Macalady comparing sam ples from one of Abacos blue holes. The conditions for life in blue holes is of note to NASA and any search for extraterrestrial ing of limits of energy.. South Abaco By Kathleen Ralph The Bahamas National Trust held two meetings on Abaco to get feedback from the public in its proposal of two additional national parks to be established on Abaco. dShan Maycock, Lindy Knowles and Da vid Knowles met with residents in Sandy Point on December 10 and in Marsh Har bour on December 11. These two parks under consideration were chosen for their ecological, economic or historic importance. Parks are protected Bahamian people. Management plans are put in place to maintain these areas to sus tain the natural environment for healthy The government has made a com mitment to set aside 20 percent of the near-shore and marine areas of the coun try with some form of protection by the year 2020 with 50 percent of this area be BNT presents park proposals Above: Lindy Knowles from Nassau, standing at left, and David Knowles of the Abaco proves of the concept, a long process begins on establishing the actual management plan or rules governing the protected area. has been set aside. It is important to save several types of environments in order to provide adequate habitats for all types of mangroves are protected, and it is in these areas where marine life starts. This suggested area is on the south coast of Abaco. It is a large bay with protected mangrove areas that are the nursery for marls of Abaco to spawn here. Tracking to Moores Island and to Eastern Grand Bahama. A few years ago a project opened up part of a closed area and reclaimed 150 acres, restoring channels to the sea. This tions. The BNT studies showed an abun dance of juvenile conch in the Cross Har bour area. Please see Parks Page 18

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian January 1, 2014 From the Editor's Desk // Clutter The Abaconian Bradley M. Albury Editor-in-Chief AB 20213 Marsh Harbour Abaco, The Bahamas Logo Photo Credit: Tuppy Weatherford Reporters/Freelance Contributors: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-3200 FAX 242-367-3677 AbaconianNews@gmail.com Subscribe NOW Order form on Abacos most complete newspaper. 2022 Aero Circle New Smyrna Beach FL. 32168 8,000 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rates: $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Order The Abaconian Today JUNE 2012 Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail or Tel # 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$65 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 2022 Aero Circle, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168 or: P.O. Box AB 20213, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribe? The Abaconian will keep you informed on issues such as: Master Card Visa WE NOW ACCEPT MASTER CARD/VISA Community Calendar (See TheAbaconian.com for More Calendar Events) Wrap it up and put a bow on thought it was a good year or a bad one, nobody can say it wasnt eventful. Still reeling from the recession many Abaconian business people 2013 had been their worst year in recent memory. There were some bright spots, certainly, but a gloomy atmosphere clouded many longtime business owners. The threat of either. And I dont use that word, threat, lightly. Many people be lieve it will be a devastating blow to all honest businesses. Many Bahamians believe VAT to be the result of an outside entity forcing the hand of a government who seems to not care to listen to alternatives. Understand it or not, were told, its going through and ness owners, you might as well close up shop now and get a gov ernment job, because our bloated public sector is where every last drop of VAT money will be wasted. Some, however, are not too concerned about VAT for various reasons. Enough has started to turn around that they are hedging their bets for an improvement in coming years. National businesses are mov ing into Abaco and creating jobs. And some local businesses have well. Another thing that saw im provement in 2013 (relying on vary ing degrees of the word improve ment) was our roads. Blacktop tar has slowly been drizzled from the center of town to the airport. A few spots here and there have been skipped or skimped for one reason or another, but we have been prom ised a complete and satisfying job. Weve also been promised an airport. Im not sure what else I can say about the tragic saga of our happy ending. The new furniture and renovating the old terminal has me believing that we are being told something, Get comfortable. Weve had a year through that many in the marine, and indeed ev ery, business can breathe comfort ably. No hurricanes. A few scares here and there but it has been a qui et year in the Atlantic. Lets pray for another one in 2014. We didnt need any hurricanes for things to be turbulent here, however. Good and bad weve been and CARIFTA gold. A year of charity drives and completed proj ects. A woman ran the entire length of the island earlier this year! And an Abaco softball team beat every one else in the country. Yes, so much has happened that a lot of it gets forgotten in the clutter. So in 2014 your chal on what happened around you in how you personally got down in the trenches to make the changes to our communities that you wanted to see happen. Happy New Years!

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January 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Letters to the Editor No Reason for High Prices Dear Editor: I have recently returned from a trip to Freeport. At a local bar I bought and a serving of mozzarella sticks each lunch at the hotel where I was stay and fries freshly cut from real potatoes and I was charged only $12.50. where I can buy draught beer on Aba co but a 12 ounce bottle of beer costs from $7.00 at a resort in Marsh Har bour to $9.00 at a bar in Treasure Cay. In Nassau it is possible to buy a twenty ounce draught of several European beers for $9.00 which is the same price as a twelve ounce bottle of beer sold in Treasure Cay. Most of the fries served in restaurants on Abaco have been fro zen and thawed, long thin sticks with no soft interior and no taste, yet they cost more than the ones in Freeport. hand crafted fries of the Jib Room. Grand Bahama would have cost at least $20.00 to $30.00 at local restaurants. A lot less food for a lot more money. I complemented the waitress on the quality and quantity of food and commented on the price. When she learned where I was from she said that pensive. While on the subject of the cost of food on the Island, it is noted that the Duke brings in food from the US. The and then it goes on to Nassau. Yet the price of food on New Providence is markedly lower than here. planations my fellow readers can offer to account for the above observations. Peter Bradley We Need Answers on Orchid Bay Dear Editor: Someone in government should from Nassau run a gasoline and die legally-required environmental permits with U.S. law, permits are not transfer rable, including because a professional trained in environmental management of fuel storage tanks must be on staff and on-site. I have seen before that a license cannot be carried over when there is change of management because of the need for environmental training. on Great Guana Cay last Thursday, announcing that they represent Syno vus Bank in the USA. Synovus Bank loaned $2.5 million entirely inside the USA to Georgia businessman WB Johnson, who lost Synovus' money in So now Synovus wants the peo ple of the Bahamas to pay for a U.S. businessman's stock market losses. WB Johnson's companies are in bank ruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in already foreclosed, but Synovus Bank is trying to recover his stock market gambling losses from the Abacos. But in the interim, what happens the gasoline and diesel storage tanks? A trained professional is supposed to be available. The nice young man who pumped gas into my golf cart told me he came to work on an accounting au dit and doesn't know anything about pumping fuel. A Guana resident pub licly posted that he wanted to write a the entity running the fuel dock. I don't know how there can be proper licenses and permits if they have not even decided yet what the company is. Jon Moseley Raising Awareness on Animal Care Dear Editor: I recently came to Abaco over the Thanksgiving holiday and my family and I rented a house. I am appalled how animals are treated in Abaco, and I don't mean the stray Potcakes. (They look to be well taken care of.) In the area where we vacationed, pies. The dog is owned. I spent my dog. She's as thin as a rail. I even spoke to the owner and she refused to part with the animals. Since my holi day, the dog has been getting fed and watered twice/week by a volunteer from your local shelter. I cannot believe that this animal will starve to death. That's horrible. As the editor of the paper, can you not do something to resolve the dog's life? Apparently there is no legal support from the Abaco police. In the States, the dog would have been removed by now. Can you please help this dog? Sincerely, Kelly Meier Google Earth Doesnt Lie Dear Edittor: maps, even in The Bahamas, but not on Google Earth, just look for the blu est waters. A recent visitor from the U.K. was on the internet searching for a good vacation spot and came across Cherokee Sound, Abaco, in The Ba hamas. He said that as he scrolled across the globe he was looking for clear blue waters, indicating shallow banks which are the perfect environ ment and breeding grounds for the il The party in question is an avid Needless to say, he was not disap pointed and we know he will be com ing back. men have been telling us that Chero grounds of anywhere in the world and, of course, we welcomed their praises, doesnt lie. -Anonymous Schooner Bay is the closest marina to the famed Hole in the Wall fishing grounds. Stop into our protected harbor offering transient slips for vessels up to 65 feet. Fuel, provisions, restaurants and a farmers market are now open. 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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian January 1, 2014 KFC The Cays Golf carts decorated for Christmas on Green Turtle By Mirella Santillo The Christmas spirit came early on Green Turtle Cay this year with a Thanks giving dinner catered by McIntosh Restau rant. The dinner was a fundraiser for the events scheduled for the month of Decem the golf-cart parade, a boat parade, a per formance by Greg Russell, a torch parade and a Junkanoo rush. Lights have been hung throughout New Plymouth with the help of Floyd yer. During the evening of December 14, people gathered at the basketball court where students of the Amy Roberts School were waiting, torches in hand, to start their parade through town led by teacher J. Rus sell. In the meantime, adults socialized, young children ran out their energy on the creativity by decorating Christmas orna ments. The little paraders then lined up on the court and sang carols before being re warded with a present. The evening culminated with a parade of decorated golf carts, but unfortunately there were not as many entries as the or ganizers had hoped for. Five carts entered the parade with only two decorated and an other with lights. However, the quality of the decorations made up for the scarcity of participants. lights, Deborah Lowe drove through town above her cart, teddy bears sitting on the the small vehicle. Megan Sawyer followed her, with children in Christmas attire sit ting in the cart that was topped with a big present, wreaths and Christmas decora tions galore. As they returned to the basketball court, the participants were met with judg es who took their time inspecting the carts before announcing the results. Mrs. Lowe was declared the lucky voucher for two at Harveys. Taking the second place, Mrs. Sawyer was the recipi ent of a luncheon for two at Pineapples. A massage was the third positions prize; it will be enjoyed by Ricky Sawyer. All three contestants received a bottle of cider. Above: Deborah Lowe next to her winning golf cart. The golf cart parade was one of Green Turtle Cays many festivities to close out the year. GTC decorated for Festival of Lights By Timothy Roberts nity minded persons have come together to raise money and spirits for the Christ mas season, ensuring the town of New Plymouth is festively decorated through a number of events beginning with a Thanks giving dinner and continuing with a golf cart parade and a soup night complete with Santa Claus, singing and Junkanoo. While the events have been put to gether by James and Marilyn Saunders for the last four years this year they have stepped aside to allow someone else to take the lead. Francis Macintosh took up the mantle and kept the events going for 2013. they had a Thanksgiving Dinner along with 14 they continued with a golf cart parade as well as the children from the school do ing a torch light procession. Please See Lights Page 11

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January 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 ALL YOU NEED UNDER ONE ROOFPH: (242) 367-2170Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour, AbacoThank You For Your Patronage! We at Abaco Hardware would like to wish our patrons a New Year of Happiness & Success!2014DRAWING WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE JANUARY 15 NEWSPAPER The Cays was soup night and featured a visit from Santa Claus who shared gifts with the chil dren. It also featured the singing of Greg Russell, an entertainer from the Carolinas who visits Green Turtle Cay every year. The night was concluded with a mini-Junk anoo rush. Ms. Macintosh said that unfortunate Lights From Page 10 ly there were not enough sign-ups for the boat parade this year and hopes for better participation in the future. front street and include an archway for the ferry dock. The objective is to make the town look pretty, she said. They also held a Christmas yard dec orating contest with prizes going to the top three yards. As part of Green Turtle Cays festivities at the end of the year, a short tree lighting cer emony was held. During the ceremony, certain women in the community were honoured. vester, Chorene Fording. Donna Sands handed over the rewards to these women for having reached their old age. Mr. Glenn Laing in the background. Women honoured during Green Turtle Cay Tree Lighting Ceremony Above: Santa paid a visit to Green Turtle during the Festival of Lights. The Festival is held for the town. Other events held during the Festival of Lights included a Christmas Golf Cart parade, a family game night and dinner, a torch light procession, junkanoo and a performance by Carolina musician Greg Russell. For the previous four years the Festival was organized by James and Marilyn Saunders, this year Francis Macintosh took charge.

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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian January 1, 2014 Standard Hardware H A P P Y N E W Y E A R 2 0 1 4 The Cays Man-O-War sings carols and decorates town for Christmas the night was enjoyed by all. Below: a street corner festively decorated. MOW Tree Lighting celebrates season Rockers victorious in Sea Spray Junkanoo contest Above: Sheila Roberts with Chief Counsel lor Jeremy Sweeting. Mrs. Roberts did the Tree. annual Junkanoo Competition on Decem and the Rockers, made their way to Elbow Cay to delight the crowd. Tourists and lo cals alike crowded the street beside Sea Spray to get a look as each group rushed. Sea Spray served a delicious buf fet that evening prior to the rush. Burns House and Kalik were also on hand to pro vide drink specials to the thirsty patrons. In a very rare occurrence when talking about time, but a few minutes early. As the Stingers made their way to the beat of drums and horns, the crowd pushed in to get closer to the music. The best seats in the house belonged to those who pur judges. After the drum beat fell, the Stingers cleared the way and after a brief break the Though both groups equally enter tained the crowd, the judges felt that the Above: Rockers lead man Colin Curry accepts the prize money from Sea Sprays Junior Mernard and Burns Houses Chantelle Sands.

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January 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and oors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site: abacomarbleandgranite.com North Abaco North Abaco congregates in Coopers Town for Tree Lighting By Kendell Carroll The Heroes Wall in Coopers Town was the backdrop for talent on December 14. Students of the Northern District came to Coopers Town and displayed their many gifts. They thrilled those in atten dance with outstanding performances. The evening was a success thanks to the efforts under the leadership of Neil Campbell. The evenings theme was: Early and cultivating the spirit of love, peace and joy. The moderator of the evening was Rev. John McIntosh Senior Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church and Director of pleased that a great number turned out. The praise team consisted of residents from the community. They opened with the song Joy to World as many stood on their feet in great spirits. Pastor Marie Neely walked gracefully to the podium and in a soft, but powerful, voice gave the invocation. Bish op Kendell Carroll, Center Manager of Ur brought the welcome address and pointed out that this is the only time of year with ing on the gift that was given to the world in Bethlehem. He concluded by thanking the many sponsors who contributed to the great event. Kneth Carroll, a seventh grade stu dent of S.C. Bootle High School, broke down the meaning of Christmas in a poem titled A Christmas Poem by Alyce Pick ett. Without delay, the students show cased their version of the traditional Christ of Treasure Cay Primary School presented a heartfelt drama. Young male students, dressed in black clothes and top hats, par ticipated through a Broadway-themed New York monologue with their partners. and Alisha Velle articulated the Christmas Cornish, a grade three student, and Dania Curry, a grade four student, brought forth one of the highlighted performances. They great rendition while other students partici pated in their dramatization of the Christ mas Story. Coopers Town Primary students Tod ers, shocked those in attendance with their outstanding dance and theatrical presenta tion. Teacher Lynette Cooper articulately Lashanti Russell of The New St. Andrews Baptist Church and her dance partners, who were dressed in burgundy with white belts, brought many to their feet as they cheered on the great dance performance. Zion Baptist Youth Dance Ministry, dressed in traditional Christmas colours, were able to shock the audience in their selection of Joy to the World. Bishop Cedric Bullard encouraged those in attendance to remember to share the holiday spirit by showing love to all. Mr. Gary Smith Chief Councilor of the North Abaco District, welcomed all who came, being sure to thank them for coming out to celebrate this time of the year. Mr. Neil Campbell, North Abaco District Ad ministrator, informed all that this program is just the beginning of many to come to bridge the gap between settlements. He commended Wilton Saunders in the great work he had done in making sure that the Christmas tree lights were in place. keynote speaker Bishop Terrance Strachan Senior Pastor of Life Gate Ministries, re in Nassau. The Christmas prayer was given and the switch was pulled. The lights dazzled the audience. Sister Grace Pinder, Senior Clerk at Coopers Town Clinic, helped Santa make his grand entrance and bring out goodies. Along with his helpers, he brought smiles to many faces. Some sat on Santas lap to take pictures, while others accepted the gifts and candy bags and said a warm thank you. As people left with Christmas songs in their heads, it surely was a night to re member. 14 Tree Lighting.

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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian January 1, 2014 ere & Back.....Again EFFECTIVE: JULY 2012 Ph: 242-367-0290 Fax: 242-367-0291 REGULAR FERRY SCHEDULE Marsh Harbour to Hope Town 20 minute ride 7:15am / 9:00am / 10:30am /12:15pm 2:00pm 4:00pm / 5:45pm Hope Town to Marsh Harbour 8:00am / 9:45am / 11:30am /1:30pm 3:00pm 4:00pm / 5:00pm / 6:30pm Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War 20 minute ride 7:15 / 10:30am / 12:15pm / 2:30pm* 4:00pm / 5:45pm *Except Sundays and Holidays Man-O-War to Marsh Harbour 8:00am / 11:30am / 1:30pm /3:15pm* / 5:00pm *Except Sundays and Holidays Marsh Harbour to Scotland/Guana Cay 30 minute ride 6:45am / 10:30am / 1:30pm /3:30pm 5:45pm Scotland/Guana Cay to Marsh Harbour 8:am / 11:30am / 2:30pm / 4:45pm / 6:30pm Any stops outside the main harbour will be a minimum charge of two persons. Two persons or over will remain at regular charge. During the month of August through December there are some adjustments made to the schedule. You are advised to contact the oce for any changes. REGULAR FERRY FARES One Way: $17.00 Round Trip Open Return: $27.00 Children 6-11: Half Price Children 5 and under: Free Hope Town and Man-O-War ferries depart from the Ferry Dock at Crossing Beach. Guana /Scotland Cay depart from the Conch Inn. Prices subject to change without notice. Alburys Ferry Service Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Island-wide Abaco Listings Abaco Cottage 114 hse 366-0576 Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529 Casuarina Point Sea Grape/Coco Plum 2 Units 367-2107 Cherokee Lee Pinder 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075 Grand Cay Rosies Place 352-5458 Green Turtle Cay Barefoot Homes 14 hse 577-4092 Bluff House Club 12 units 365-4200 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties 34 hse 365-4047 Leeward Yacht Club 5 hse 365-4191 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties 34 hse 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 Guana Cay Dive Guana 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Guana Sunset Beach 13 units 365-5133 Ocean Frontier 6 cott 519-389-4846 Wards Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands 9 hse 365-5140 Hope Town Abaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Crystal Villas 5 villas 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Prop 53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 63 hse 366-0224 Hope Town Inn 6 rm 4 Villas 3 Suites 366-0003 Hope T Villas 3 hse 366-0266 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages 4 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key 43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557 Lubbers Quarters Cay Lubbers Landing 4 villas 577-2000 Man-O-War Island Home Rentals 2 hse 365-6048 Waterway Rentals 14 hse 365-6143 Marsh Harbour area Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate 6 hse 367-2719 Abaco Towns 16 apts 367-0148 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 Living Easy 16 hse 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas 32 apts 577-6764 HG Christie 11 hse 367-4151 Sandy Point Oeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083 Treasure Cay Abaco Estate Services Mult hse 365-8752 Bahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 5 units 877-786-8455 Treasure Cay Resort 95 rms 365-8801 Turtle Rock Villas at Palmetto Beach 3 villas 262-820-1900 Hotels and House Rental Agents Web Sites with Abaco Information www.abaconian.com www.abacoinet.com www.abacocottage.com www.abacos.com www.oii.net www.bahamas.com Hope Town..cont Honesty and Quality You Can Count On Brandon Thompson Residential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyle Sales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 years Offering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experience www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 on the back of Abaco, on the west, are one of the largest in The Bahamas and are criti cal to the marine heath of a very large area. before going out to deeper waters. This is the second of the suggested areas to be pro tected. The BNT has a variety of levels of protection. The suggestion for the marls and some low-impact development. There will need to be smaller replenishment ar eas within the marls that would have more limitations. rine Protected Areas by the BNT follow: 1. Restricted Access Zone This is the highest level of protection and are small areas where access is limited. These 2. Sanctuary This is a no-take zone, but residents and visitors can enjoy the area although nothing is to be removed. It is set duce more, thus stocking the surrounding areas. 3 Habitat Protection This allows do not harm the sea-bed, mangroves of shore. 4. General managed area These Parks From Page 7 activities but with sustainable catch limits. 5. Special Purpose Area Areas with The BNT staff has done ecological assessments of the corals, sea grasses and mangroves of both proposed areas includ absence of sea grass in some areas where The residents of Sandy Point gave cautious approval of the BNT plans after The residents wanted assurances that they would be involved with the actual manage ment plan which details what can and can not be done in the various areas. It was farther west to include Duck Pond, a fresh water pond that does not dry up and is home to many fowl and water birds. The residents of Central Abaco who attended were mostly in favor of the plans. Neither meeting was well attended. Establishing an area as a park or pro tected area is just the beginning of a long process. After the government approves the area as a park, the BNT consults with local residents to establish a management plan or rules. The BNT is a non-governmental agency that works closely with government and manages all the national parks through out The Bahamas. The Bahamas is the only country in the world where national parks are not managed by the government. The BNT manages 27 parks throughout The South Abaco The Abaconian presents Is the Airport Open Yet? No. Why? January was given as the newest date in a string of lapsed deadlines. It is now only the beginning of January, perhaps the end of Janu ary was the target. Installment in: Is the Airport Open Yet?

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January 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 Dive Shops Dive Abaco Since1978, Marsh Harbour.................................. 367-2787 Dive Time, Man-O-War............................................................365-6235 Froggies, Hope Town.............................................................. 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay.........................................365-8571 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay......................................... 365-4411 Dive Guana............................................................... 365-5178 A & P Car Rentals ............................................. 367-2655 Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals .............................. 367-1035 Bargain Car Rentals .......................................... 367-0500 Blue Wave Boat Rentals ................................... 367-3910 Cruise Abaco. .................................................... 577-0148 Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco) ...................... 367-2979 Rainbow Boat Rentals ...................................... 367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars .................. 367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals .......................................... 367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals .................................... 367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals ......................................... 367-4887 The Moorings Boat Rentals ............................. .367-4000 Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental .................. 365-4411 C & D Cart Rental ............................................. 365-4311 Cruising Cart Rentals ........................................ 365-4065 D & P Cart Rental ............................................. 365-4655 Donnies Boat Rentals ....................................... 365-4119 Harbour View Golf Carts....................................365-4411 Kool Karts ........................................................ 365-4176 Reef Boat Rentals ............................................ 365-4145 Sea Side Carts & Bikes ...................................... 365-4147 T & A Cart Rentals ............................................ 365-4259 Donna Sands Cart Rentals ............................... 365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & Bikes ................................. 365-5178 Orchid Bay Cart rentals ..................................... 365-5175 Cruise Abaco ............................................. 321-220-8796 Conch Pearl Boat Rentals .................................. 365-6502 Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals ................................. 365-6024 Waterways Boat Rental ................ 357-6540 & 365-6143 Cats Paw Boat Rentals ..................................... 366-0380 Elbow Cay Cart ................................................. 366-0530 Hope Town Cart Rentals .................................. 366-0064 Island Cart Rentals .......................................... 366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals .............................. 366-0282 J Rs Cart Rental ................................................ 366-0361 Sea Horse Boat Rentals .................................... 366-0023 T & N Cart Rentals ............................................ 366-0069 Abaco Adventures Kayaks ............................. 365-8749 Blue Marlin Rentals. ......................................... 365-8687 Cashs Carts ...................................................... 365-8771 Cornish Car Rentals .......................................... 365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals ............................................... 365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals ........................................... 365-8761 Wendals Bicycle Rentals...................................365-8687 Ts Carts............................................................557-1015 DSB Bike Rentals...............................................376-9858 Visitors Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper Abaco Pizza. ................................ $ .................. 367-4488 Anglers ................................... $$$ .................. 367-2158 Casiahs.......................................$................... 367-0514 Curly Tails ............................... $$$ .................. 367-4444 Golden Grouper ......................... $$ .................. 367-2301 Island Family Rest ..................... $$ .................. 367-3778 Java Coee House ....................... $ .................. 367-5523 Jamies Place ........................... ..$$ .................. 367-2880 Junovias.....................................$$..................367-1271 Jib Room .................................. $$ .................. 367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken ............... $ .................. 367-2615 Mangoes ................................. $$$ .................. 367-2366 Rum Runners.............................$$.................. 367-0171 Snack Shack ............................... $ .................. 367-4005 Snappas .................................... $$ .................. 367-2278 Wallys .................................... $$$ .................. 367-2074 Abaco Inn .............................. $$$ .................. 366-0133 Capn Jacks ................................ $$ .................. 366-0247 Firey.......................................$$$................. 366-0145 Harbours Edge ......................... $$ .................. 366-0087 H T Coee House (B & L) .............. $ .................. 366-0760 HT Inn & Marina.........................$$................. 366-0003 H T Harbour Lodge .................. $$$ .................. 366-0095 Munchies .................................... $ .................. 366-0423 OnDa Beach .............................. $$ .................. 366-0558 Sea Spray ............................... $$ .................. 366-0065 Sugar Shack + ............................ $ .................. 366-0788 Petes Pub .................................. $$ .................. 577-5487 Cracker Ps ................................. $$ .................. 366-3139 Bradleys on the Harbour ............. $ .................. 365-6380 Dockn Dine ................................. $ .................. 365-6139 Island Treats Snack Bar ................ $ .................. 365-6501 Bakers Bay Market Place ...... $$$ .................. 612-1021 Grabbers ................................... $$ .................. 365-5133 Nippers ..................................... $$ ................. 365-5143 Orchid Bay ............................... $$$ .................. 365-5175 Bahama Beach Club.................$$$...................365-8500 Coco Beach Bar & Grill. ................ $ .................. 365-8470 Florences Cafe ............................. $ ................. .365-8185 Spinnaker Restaurant ............. $$$ .................. 365-8469 Touch of Class ........................ $$$ .................. 365-8195 Treasure Sands Club ................ $$$ ................. .365-9385 Blu House ............................. $$$ .................. 365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro ...................... $$ .................. 365-4247 Green Turtle Club .................... $$$ .................. 365-4271 Harveys Island Grill ................... $$ .................. 365-4389 Lizard Bar & Grill........................$$...................365-4191 McIntoshs Restaurant .............. $$ .................. 365-4625 Miss Emilys Restaurant ............. $$ .................. 365-4181 New Plymouth Inn .................... $$ .................. 365-4161 Pineapple Restaurant Bar & Grill $$ ................. 365-4039 Plymouth Rock Cafe .................. $$ .................. 365-4234 Shorties Take-a-way...................$$..................365-4342 Sundowners .............................. $$ .................. 365-4060 Nancys ...................................... $$ .................. 366-4120 The Blacky Lodge .................. $$$ .................. 376-0321 The Red Marlin Bistro...............$$....................426-5440 Judy Maes Kitchen....................$.....................475-7626 Beach Cabana Bar......................$.....................376-9858 Police Hope Town 366-0667 Police Man-O-War 365-6911 Police Treasure Cay 365-8048 Police Green Turtle Cay 365-4550 B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Man-O-War 365-4019 Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue 365-9111 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue......Marine VHF 16...............366-0282 Hope Town 366-0549 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 Abaco Family Medicine, Marsh Harbour ..................... 367-2295 Abaco Medi-Center.....................................................367-9999 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic ................................ 367-0020 Chiropractor-Dr. Lewis.................................................367-0020 Chiropractor-Michael Hendley, D.C....242-439-0768...367-0020 Corbett Clinic, Treasure Cay ........................................ 365-8288 Integrated Medical Center .......................................... 367-1304 Emergency ............................................... 458-1234 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre ................................... 367-0050 Government Clinic, Marsh Harbour ........................... 367-2510 Government Clinic, Coopers Town ............................. 365-0300 Government Clinic, Green Turtle Cay .......................... 365-4028 Government Clinic, Hope Town .................................. 366-0108 Government Clinic, Sandy Point ................................. 366-4010 Kidney Centre, Marsh Harbour....................................367-3310 Out Island Chiropractor...............................................367-2584 Blu House ....................... 38 ......... F ................ 365-4247 Green Turtle Club .............. 40 ......... F ................ 365-4271 Black Sound Marina .......... 15 ............................ 365-4531 Other Shore Club ............... 15 ......... F ................ 365-4226 Abaco Yacht Service ........... 10 ......... F ................ 365-4033 Leeward Yacht Club............ 26............................365-4191 Treasure Cay Marina........ ..150......... F............... ..365-8250 Man-O-War Marina .......... 28 ......... F .................365-6008 Boat Harbour Marina ...... 192 ......... F .................367-2158 Conch Inn .......................... 72. .........F.................367-4000 Harbour View Marina ........ 40 ......... F ................367-2182 Mangoes Marina ............... 29 ........... .................367-4255 Marsh Harbour Marina ...... 62 ......... F .................367 2700 Hope Town Marina ............ 62 ............................ 366-0003 Lighthouse Marina .............. 6 ......... F ................366-0154 Sea Spray .......................... 60 ......... F ................366-0065 Schooner Bay .................... 15 ......... F ................475-7626 Spanish Cay Marina ........... 40 ......... F ................365-0083 Bakers Bay Marina .......... 158 ........... ................365-5802 Guana Hide-aways ............ 37 ........... ................365-5070 Orchid Bay ......................... 66 ........ F ................365-5175 Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Abaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ........................... 367-2266 AirGate Aviation New Smyrna Beah.......................1-386-478-0600 American Eagle Miami ..................................................... 367-2231 US Reservation..............................1-800-433-7300 Bahamasair Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud .............................367-2095 Craig Air Jacksonville...........................................................367-3522 Island Wings Ft. Lauderdale.....................................1-954-274-6214 Regional Freeport ............................................................... 367-0446 Silver Airline Orlando, Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach ............ 367-3415 US Reservation...................................1-800-231-0856 Sky Bahamas Nassau ......................................................... 367-0996 Reservation.......................................1-242-377-8993 Western Air Nassau ........................................................... 367-3722 Abaco Air .............................................................................. 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters .........................................................367-1920 Extra $3 for each passengers above two ective Dec 08 Clinic, Downtown, Stop Light, ........................................................ $10 Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore close, Ferry ........................................ $15 Spring City ........................................................................................ $15 Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch ............................. $15 Murphy Town & Great. Cistern .......................................................... $20 Snake Cay ........................................................................................ $35 Casuarina Point ................................................................................. $60 Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour ............................................. $80 Bahama Palm Shore ......................................................................... $90 Crossing Rocks ................................................................................ $105 Sandy Point ................................................................................... $150 Leisure Lee ....................................................................................... $50 Treasure Cay Airport, G Turtle ferry ................................................... $80 Treasure Cay Resort ........................................................................... $85 Fox Town ........................................................................................ $165 Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel ................................................. $ 10 Nat. Ins. Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr. Cistern .......................................... $10 Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Eective Dec 08 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock ............................................................... $10 Madeira Park .................................................................................... $20 Sand Banks ...................................................................................... $25 Treasure Cay Resort ........................................................................... $30 Leisure Lee ....................................................................................... $45 Black Wood ...................................................................................... $20 Fire Road & Coopers Town ............................................................... $40 Cedar Harbour ................................................................................. $60 Wood Cay ......................................................................................... $70 Mount Hope .................................................................................... $80 Fox Town .......................................................................................... $85 Crown Haven ................................................................................... $90 Marsh Harbour airport ..................................................................... $80 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport .............................................. $80 Treasure Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour ................................................ $85 Treasure Cay Hotel to Green Turtle Ferry ........................................... $25 Treasure Cay Hotel to Blue Hole ........................................................ $30 Albert Lowe Museum ................................ Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits .. Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden .................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum ................. Hope Town Elbow Cay Lighthouse ....................................... Hope Town Swim Mermaid Reef o Marsh Harbour ........ Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole ........... Treasure Cay farm road Art studio & working foundry ...................... Little Harbour Man-O-War Heritage Museum...................Man-O-War Cay Man-O-War Boatyards .............................. Man-O-War Cay Hole-inWall lighthouse -very rough road......South Abaco Cedar Harbour plantation ruins need guide...North Abaco Blackwood blue hole & sisal mill......................North Abaco Abaco wild horses by appointment..................... 367-4805 Bird watching ask tourism.................................367-3067 Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour Witches Point 3 miles S. of Marsh Harbour Little Harbour 20 miles S. of Marsh Harbour Cherokee 23 miles S of Marsh Harbour www.theabaconian.com Alburys Ferry Service Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay F rom Conch Inn advised to contact the oce for the changes. Note: 4:30 pm trip to GTC not on Sundays ** Note: 4:30 pm trip will be made from New Plymouth only Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Summer Schedule only (April to Dec) Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 hours. Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 Call for rates. Not on Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutes Marsh Harbour cont... Terrance Davis .......... 375-8550 Buddy Pinder ............ 366-2163 Justin Sands ............. 359-6890 Danny Sawyer .......... 367-3577 Jay Sawyer ............... 367-3941 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh ... 477-5037 Alexander Rolle ........ 365-0120 Edward Rolle ............ 365-0024 Pedro Thurston ......... 365-2405 Sandy Point Valantino Adderley .... 366-4323 Anthony Bain ............ 366-4107 Rickmons.........366-4139/4477 Petes Guest House...366-4119 Patrick Roberts..........366-4285 Treasure Cay Capt. Joe Pritchard ... 559-9117 Carey McKenzie.........365-8313 Casaurina Point Junior Albury ............... 366-3058 Cherokee Donnie Lowe................366-2275 Maxwell Sawyer............366-3058 Marty Sawyer ............ ..366-2115 Randy Sawyer ............ 366-2284 Will Sawyer ................. 366-2177 Crossing Rocks Tony Russell ............... 366-3259 Green Turtle Cay Rick Sawyer ................ 365-4261 Ronnie Sawyer ........... 357-6667 Hope Town Maitland Lowe ............ 366-0234 Tom Albury .................. 366-3141 Marsh Harbour Jody Albury ................375-8068 Sidney Albury............... 477-5996 Richard Albury ............577-0313 Agape Family Dental, Marsh Harbour..........................367-4355 Abaco Dental Asso......................................................367-0164 Diamante Dental, Marsh Harbour................................367-4968 Man O War Dental Clinic..............................................365-6508 Abaco Island Pharmacy, Marsh Harbour......................367-2544 Chemist shoppe, Marsh Harbour.................................367-3106 Caribbean Veterinary Centre, Marsh Harbour..............367-3551 Island Veterinary Clinic, Marsh Harbour......................367-0062 Everyone reads The Abaconian Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised July 2013 All phones use area code 242 unless noted .......... ....367-2936 ..................... ....367-4117 Abacos Nature Adventure ........................... ....577-0004 Adventure on Prozac T Cay ........................ ....365-8749 .................. ....365-4411 ....................... ....365-8506 ...... ....367-2787 ......... ....366-0024 ............ ....376-9858 Charter Fishing Boats Lucky Strike Hope Town.............................366-0101 Sea Gull Hope Town.................................366-0266 A Salt Weapon Hope Town........................366-0245 Down Deep...................................................366-3143 Local Boy......................................................366-0528 Back Breaker................................................365-5140 Abaco Beach Resort Snappas Grill & Chill Curlytails Mangoes Restaurant Abaco Inn Capn Jacks H.T. Harbour Lodge Sea Spray Sundowners McIntosh Restaurant Jolly Roger Bar & Bistro Leeward Yacht Club Bluff House Guana Grabbers Nippers Bar & Grill

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January 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 22 NUMBER 01 January 1st 2014 Abaco gets Colourful during the Holidays The Abaco Cancer Society raises money with Little Harbour Art Show By Mirella Santillo Variety was the evident at the Can cer Society Art Show held on December 21 at Petes Pub in Little Harbour. Art ists came by the dozen to support the local organization that depends on the support of the community to help cancer patients with their expenses. Tents were set up in the parking lot and on the upstairs deck to shelter the numerous artists who arrived early on that Saturday morning to put their creations on display. From a large assortment of quilted items by Vonda Bethel, to Sea-Glass Jew elry by Celia and the Bead Lady, the wide variety of items brought many patrons. There were also sea-heart creations by Melanie Rees, Christmas decorations, and some serious arts exhibits upstairs by Mar jolein Scott, Jo-Ann Bradley, and Ritchie Eyma. There seemed to be something for ises from 11 oclock on. Above: artist Celia Rogers displays her sea-glass jewelry and David Rees scenic and wildlife photography at the Cancer Society Art Show in Little Harbour on December 21. Please see Art Page 13 Above: that start of a colourful 5K course on Elbow Cay. For the story see page 2. Photo credit: Jamie Cash Sweeting.

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 1, 2014 Abaco Real Estate Press Release The third 242 Colour Run of the year occurred in Hope Town, Abaco on Decem ber 28. After having successful races in Nassau & Freeport, the response in Abaco still surpassed the organizers expectations. Over 150 people participated in the colour ful fun run/walk, with scores of volunteers and spectators taking part as well. The excitement started to build the host for the event. While most of the participants were staying in Hope Town, there were approximately 40 persons who came over on the special Albury's Ferry trip, which brought them directly to and locations, including Nassau, Eleuthera, Canada, the US and the UK. A group, apt ly named I thought your said rum, also Over 150 in 242 Colour Run and Tangerine Curry-Dinnick accompany Journey Higgs at the Flamingo Pink colour station. participated in the Nassau 242 Colour Run in July, and made a special trip to Abaco for the event. Participants of all ages took part, from kids in strollers to grandparents and all stages of life in-between. Just before 8:30, the runners and for the Colour Toss, where racers took individual colour packets and tossed them in the air, creating a cloud of colour. The colour coated runners and walkers then started out on the 5k (3.1 mile) course. The colourful fun continued on the race course where volunteers from Hope Town and the Rotary Club of Abaco manned colour stations. Each colour sta tion had a unique colour Flash Caribbean Please see Colour Page 8

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 1, 2014 Fredericks Agency Ltd. Customs Brokers Customs Brokerage Services Air and Sea Import and Export Entries Serving all vessels from foreign ports Queen Elizabeth Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email: abacocustoms@batelnet.bs CURRYS FOOD STORE Customer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed ice Green Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072 Located on the harbour front ABACO FREIGHT COURIER SERVICES Ocean Air 6671 W Indiantown Rd, Suite 50-453 Jupiter, Florida 33458 Walk-in and special handling nick@abacofreight.com Nick Mazzeo By Canishka Alexander Angels Academys students and staff added a holiday spin to last years Christ mas Program with A Christmas Peter Pan story, which was directed by Stacey Adderley, the schools drama teacher. Even the Christmas Sing-A-Long Songs were sung to familiar tunes with a grams theme. In Act I, Tinker Bell summoned a few of the characters to help save Peter Pan and Santa Claus from Captain Hooks pirates on Christmas Eve. Act II revealed that Santa Claus had been frozen in the North Pole, so he was unable to deliver Christ mas presents. Santas elves were tasked with searching for the Lost Toys. Snow fairies along with the help of the audience un-froze Santa Claus in Act III, so he gathered the Lost Toys on his sleigh to deliver them to children all over Wendy and the children home. They were them the Lost Toys they had met at the North Pole. Barbara Johnson thanked the parents for their attendance and support of the school. She added that it was only the be ginning of things to come, so they must prepare themselves for the future. She in vited the teachers to sing a few Christmas songs before dismissing the audience. Angels Academys presents A Christmas Peter Pan story The Scholastic Institute has big plans for Abaco By Samantha Evans The Scholastic Institute has been si lently making its mark on the island of Ab only in Abaco and Freeport, they can boast of graduating hundreds of persons who have gone on to enroll in technical col leges, universities and community colleges locally, in the United States, and Mexico. President Kendris Hield stated that they have an obligation to prepare the pop ulace for the many opportunities that will be coming on stream in this country so he hopes that more persons (regardless of age) will embrace this avenue to explore their education. He stated that The Scholastic Institute is recognized by the Ministry of Education and registered as a GED Insti tute in The Bahamas. They have also been approved to be a private center for BJC and BGCSE exams so they plan to make these exams available to their students at both sites very soon. Hield noted that even though having a high school diploma is important, it is just as important for their students to have obtained passes in the countrys standard ized tests. He introduced the new coordinator for the Abaco campus, Vincent Coakley, and thanked him for all of the work he has done over this past year. He stated that Mr. Coakley has the heart of a lion and he hopes one day to present him with a plaque in the shape of a lion which he said he truly deserves. He spoke of Mr. Coakleys com mitment to helping the Abaco community achieve education at every possible level which makes him happy that the Scholas tic Institute is able to make that possible. Hield stated that they will be graduating another group in 2014 and will start a new Central Abaco Primary searches for the love this Christmas B y Samantha Evans The Culture Club of Central Abaco Primary School organized and held its on Thursday December 12, 2013 under the theme: Oh Christmas, Where Has the Love Gone? The entire school came together to put on this dynamic production which was well attended by parents. The students danced, recited poems, sang Christmas songs and took part in drama productions. The audience also learned the true mean ing of the Christmas tree as explained by the students. They explained the Christmas tion for the living room. The green colour represents hope, the needles are turned upward to indicate how we must turn our hearts and desires heav enward, the red ornaments and decorations represent the blood of Christ, candy canes originally had three stripes to represent the stripes Christ endured for us the shape of the candy cane is in a J to represent the name Jesus and the star is the promise of a savior for the world. This was amazing to hear yet there was so much more explained. The students of Grade Three gave a sign language ren dition of Great is Thy Faithfulness and the night ended with the drama The Mean Giant performed by the Culture Club. Principal Beatrice Moxey was pleased with the support shown by the parents. The program was free but refreshments were sold. group early next year as well. Interested persons can contact Vin cent Coakley at 367-5461 or 475-0203, by sending an email to thescholasticinstitute@ hotmail.com, or by contacting the presi dent on 439-5761. School & Youth News Above: Angels Academy students performing.

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January 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen Foods Phone or Fax : 366-2022 Mon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm l Sat 7:30am-7pm The Place to be is Cherokee! Cherokee Food Fair Abaco Marine Props Propellers Reconditioned & Rehubbed Phone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless Aluminum Sandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and Aluminum Certied Propeller Repair Technician The ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas Every Child Counts holds Christmas Celebration By Mirella Santillo The annual Every Child Counts Christmas Celebration was held this year on the morning of December 16. The joy ous event took place under a large tent in the schools courtyard Many parents, volunteers, and in volved community members attended. Orchestrated by Mistress of Ceremony and also a student of the school, Cardesha Wright, the event continued for approxi mately one hour amid applause and cheers. Students were involved in all the aspects of the performance, from acting and singing to dancing and drumming. The Christmas celebration was put together as a special acknowledgment of the volunteers, community members and visitors who all play a role in the running of the school, and contribute time and money. It was also a way to demonstrate the meaning of Christmas. It offered those gathered a glance at the very special tal ents nurtured by the school staff and other people involved. From an institution for children with into a community of students who, given the opportunity to reveal themselves, have become poets, artists, and musicians. The performances given on December 16 were evidence of this. After the invocation and the singing of the National Anthem the little ones act ed out a living nativity scene while singing Christmas carols, followed by an interpre tation of Go Tell it on the Mountain by the school choir. next on the stage with a senior nativity scene and a rendering of Holy Night by last years National Arts Festival. The celebration continued with Ms. Ellens Christmas Rappers, followed by the ECC Drumline. The Drumline also placed in the National Arts Festival, winning sec ond. They accompanied Miss Madelines Mrs. Lyn Major acknowledged the crowd, thanking all present and offering them good holiday wishes. After the performance, people went on to visit the training center where many art projects were on display. Some were for sale; some were saved to enter in next years National Arts Festival. School & Youth News By Canishka Alexander Attractive Christmas decorations in the Marsh Harbour area were a treat to see during the holiday season. The decorations attached to lamp poles were hung as far as the airport roundabout to the downtown area and along the restaurant and hotel strip on Queen Elizabeth Drive. Contributions were from the students of Angels Academy, Every Child Counts, Agape Christian School and Abaco Central High School with holiday greetings written in English, Spanish and Creole. poles with Christmas decorations April Stratton-Parotti explained that the idea for the decorations originated from Kandy Pinder. She mentioned it to me at our family reunion in late October, and I ran with it so to speak, she elaborated. I called some of the schools asking them to participate Agape, Angels Academy, ECC and ACH; I solicited some of the local businesses for According to Stacia Pitt, ACH art teacher, technical drawing students of ACH assisted with cutting out the boards to be decorated. Stratton-Parotti said her aim was to have a decoration placed on ev ery other lamp post from the airport to The Crossing Beach for a total of 75 pieces, and she was nearly able to accomplish that. Next year, she is looking forward to having additional poles decorated with solar-powered lights for each decoration. To donate to the project, contact April Stratton-Parotti at: vanstrattoninsurance@ yahoo.com. Above: ECC children performing during their schools annual Cristmas Celebration.

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 1, 2014 MARINE NAVIGATION COURSE Abaco, this is your opportunity to study Marine Navigation at a professional level. Call Mr. Key at 367-5351 or e-mail pgk434@yahoo.com The Bahamas School of Marine Navigation is oering a Terrestrial Navigation Course (2 Months, 3 Nights per Week) at Friends of the Environment board room commencing at 7 pm on Monday, January 20, 2014. The rst class is free with no payments until class #2. Other courses include: Seamanship/Marine Safety (individuals & groups) and Celestial Navigation Methods 229 & 249. Sids Food Store Groceries Toiletries Souvenirs Serving New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Frozen Meat Dry and Canned Goods Homemade Breads WIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay Tel: (242) 365-4055 OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Sales, Rentals and Property Management ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: UNDER CONTRACT!!! Hilltop commercial lot on entry road to settlement of New Plymouth.. 6,100 sq.ft. lot just 30 from Coco Bay Beach. Short walk to public dock. Power and water. $250,000.00. Great Opportunity! Twin Palms oers two immaculate attached furnished waterfront townhouses on the Sea of Abaco. Each side mirrors the other with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. A/C throughout. Internet and satellite. 2 Kayaks. Mini putts. Newly built 60 dock accommodates 42 boat. .537 acres. Asking Price $1.65m.. JUST REDUCED!!! 9,600 sq.ft. lot just steps to the Atlantic Ocean Beach. Quiet residential area. B $55,000.00. UNDER CONTRACT!!! 85 x 120 lot with start-up foundation. Less then 300 steps to the Atlantic Ocean Beach. 20,000 sq.ft. parcel 125 from Long Bay Beach. Water view possible. Water and power accessible. B $195,000.00. Chic furnished artists home with two master bedroom suites plus 1/2 bath. Water view of White Sound. Within walking distance to a public dock with ramp. A/C throughout. Artist studio with north light exposure. Garage, workshop, golf cart. $495,000.00. PRICE REDUCTION!!! The Pink Pearl Completely re-furbished 115 year old historic wood building centrally located in the heart of New Plymouth. Commercial/or residential use. Excellent tenant in place .Short walk to Settlement Creek and ferry service. Parking area. B$169,900.00. The Golden Reef Large two story commercial building in the heart of historic New Plymouth. Shop/oce space on ground oor. Two furnished two bedroom one bath apartments on second oor with good rental history and sea views. Parking space. $550,000.00.Two elevated waterfront parcels on the Blu overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Stunning sunsets. Approximately 1/4 acre each with 85 each on the water. Naturally deep water for a dock. Priced to sell TOGETHER for a total of $ 395,000 + 7 1/2% to close School & Youth News By Canishka Alexander Five contestants were revealed during the Little Glitz and Teen Miss Abaco Un veiling on Dec. 13. Hosted by Miss Abaco Beauty Pageant Director TJay Stubbs, the event included an Ultimate Shopping Ex perience at Island Girl Boutique II. As the guests waited for the contes tants unveiling, they were served cock tails and encouraged to browse the racks of clothing, while DJ Emerge provided entertainment. Little Glitz contestants in fashionable pink and white dresses and matching candycurled hairstyles. The youngest, and most shy, of the group was three-year-old Au drey Higgs, Miss Home Fabrics. Audrey sell, Miss Marsh Harbour; and Victoria Albury, 6, Miss Alburys Ferry. In the Teen Miss category, there were two contestants: Represented as Miss Mur phy Town was Gabrielle Pierre, 15, and Curtisa Mills, 16, as Miss Treasure Cay. The contestants all wore clothing from Island Girl I and II, and one of the guests said that she would have liked to see more Island Girl clothing modeled by the contestants to show what is available at the store. However, those who attended com mented that the unveiling offered a good, joyed the experience, and travelled from Man-O-War Cay to support her that eve ning. Leading up to the Little Glitz and Teen Miss Abaco Beauty Pageant at the Abaco Convention Centre on Dec. 20, Stubbs announced that every time a con testant was voted for or a ticket was pur chased, a larger donation would be made to three families living with children who have autism. We are more than a pageant, but a movement, he exclaimed. As the competition heated up, the number of contestants dwindled down to two in each category. The beauty pag Miss Abaco Beauty Pageant crowns Teen Miss, Little Glitz winners Above left: Victoria Albury, Little Glitz winner. Above right: Gabrielle Pierre, Teen Miss Abaco winner. eant featured a National Costume segment along with an Evening Gown and question and answer segment. In the end, Gabrielle Pierre was crowned Teen Miss Abaco, while Victoria Albury captured the Little Glitz title. Stubbs thanked everyone for their support, and announced that he would ful raiser called Deep House Music in Hope Town on Dec. 24. Facebook to supporters of the Miss Abaco Beauty Pageant by Stubbs, who wrote: As I get ready to take my three-year hiatus, it would not be fair without saying thank you to everyone. Miss Abaco Beauty Pageant was formed after I saw a need for a proper pageant on the island that will do more than just get pretty girls, but will also build self-esteem in each of them. It started off as only an idea, but grew into something awesome It will give me time to properly formulate a working team and a system I can be totally happy with. By Samantha Evans Five proud students graduated from the Scholastic Institute on Saturday night December 14, 2013 at 7pm with the cho sen theme: Accomplishing Our Goals One Step at a Time. After the students marched in, the program began. The presi dent of the Scholastic Institute, Kendris Hield, addressed the graduates. He expressed his congratulations to them for embracing education and recog nizing its importance to the advancement of their futures. He encouraged them not Five graduate from The Scholastic Institute on Abaco to stop at their GED High School Diploma but to seek tertiary level training and skills. He told them to properly prepare them selves to embrace opportunities when they come along and not wait until opportunities are upon them to seek training. Following Hields message, the Vale dictorian, Carl Swann, gave his speech. This softspoken, intelligent young man explained why he decided to get his GED Above: the Scholastic graduates. Please see Scholastic Page 7

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January 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 Abaco Real Estate School & Youth News high school diploma. He stated that he got could not say that he was a high school Over this past year, Carl explained how hard and challenging the journey was but he stuck it out because he didnt want the stigma attached to him of being a high school dropout. Now he can say with much pride that he is not only a high school graduate, but valedictorian of his class. Not only did he achieve his diploma but he learned how to become a better person. He plans to continue on to pursue tertiary it through to the end. The guest speaker for the night was the Ministry of Education, Sandy Edwards, who told the graduates to take the journey to achieving their goals one step at a time. to obtain their GED High School Diploma is one in the right direction. She told the graduates that focused, hard work is a real step for success. She gave the students three words of encouragement as they continue their jour ney towards achieving success. Firstly, she told them to surround themselves with positive people. Further, she told them to be careful the type of music they listen to and what they watch on television. Sec ondly, every minute of their time is pre cious. Therefore, they must not waste time because lost time can never be reclaimed. Thirdly, push hard for their goals. She en couraged them to be adventurous and de velop an attitude of gratitude. Scholastic From Page 6 After Edwards gave her charge to the graduates, they received their diplomas from President Hield. The graduates are Oconno Cooper, Alexandrina Innocent, Shem McLennon Collegitorian, Selena Sawyer Salutatorian, and Carl Swann Valedictorian. A plaque was given to the top three graduates and the guest speaker. Mr. Hield also presented two special awards to Bishop Anthony Campbell for allowing them to host their graduation ceremonies the graduates participated on the program which was moderated by Pamela Burrows. The Scholastic Institute has big plans for Abaco By Samantha Evans The Scholastic Institute has been si lently making its mark on the island of Ab in Abaco and Freeport, they can boast of graduating hundreds of persons who have gone on to enroll in technical colleges, uni versities and community colleges locally, in the United States, and Mexico. President Kendris Hield stated that they have an obligation to prepare the pop ulace for the many opportunities that will be coming on stream in this country so he hopes that more persons (regardless of age) will embrace this avenue to explore their education. He stated that The Scholastic Institute is recognized by the Ministry of Education and registered as a GED Insti tute in The Bahamas. They have also been approved to be a private center for BJC and BGCSE exams so they plan to make these exams available to their students at both sites very soon. Hield noted that even though having a high school diploma is important, it is just as important for their students to have obtained passes in the countrys standard ized tests. He introduced the new coordinator for the Abaco campus, Vincent Coakley, and thanked him for all of the work he has done over this past year. He stated that Mr. Coakley has the heart of a lion and he hopes one day to present him with a plaque in the shape of a lion which he said he truly deserves. He spoke of Mr. Coakleys com mitment to helping the Abaco community achieve education at every possible level which makes him happy that the Scholas tic Institute is able to make that possible. Hield stated that they will be graduating another group in 2014 and will start a new group early next year as well. Interested persons can contact Vin cent Coakley at 367-5461 or 475-0203, by sending an email to thescholasticinstitute@ hotmail.com, or by contacting the presi dent on 439-5761. St Francis students remind Abaco of the simplicity of Christmas By Samantha Evans Under the theme: A Child is Born, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School held its Christmas Program on Wednesday night, December 11, 2013 beginning at 6pm at the Catholic Church in Marsh Har bour. The focus of this years program was to go back to the simplicity of Christmas which is the celebration of Christs birth; not gifts. They want people to know that even without the gifts, they can still celebrate Christmas. The program was divided into three parts: Part I was called Waiting Hoping which looked at the Advent Season when people prepare their hearts for Christmas. The students dedicated the song We are the World to the Philip pines. Part II was the Drama: The Mean ing of Christmas. The focus of the drama was awareness and the play allowed the ac ings that surfaced rather than it being about a new sofa for Christmas. Part III addressed the Christmas Spir it. The students of Grades 7 and 8 read the poem by Patrick Bethel called Jesus is the Reason. The evening ended with a Junkanoo Rush out by Kindergarten and Grade 1. The Coordinator was Mr. Ronan Sarmine to who was also in charge of the music. He was assisted by Georgia Williams-Curry who was in charge of the drama, the sound system and rehearsals were done by Mr. Elmer Bongon, and the props for drama and Junkanoo costumes were made by Ire neo Ajero. The teachers also assisted by work ing with their students. They began prep aration for this program the last week in November. Special invited guests for this event were Dr. Lenora Black, Mr. Patrick Bethel and the PTA Board.

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 1, 2014 Beautiful Wall Maps of the Bahamas, Caribbean, Coastal Florida & More! www.IslandMapStore.com Phone: 239-963-3497 Island Map Store By Canishka Alexander Sensei Churton Toote, founder of the Abaco Karate Academy, promoted several of his students on Dec. 11 at the Dundas Town Burial Society. Sensei Toote instructs the students from the Nisei Goju Ryu Karate system. Among those receiving promotions to green belt were Brandon Frank; Tayjoun McDonald; Marlon Russell; Joshua Smith; Sensei promotes students at Abaco Karate Academy Above: Sensei Churton Toote sits in the midst of recently promoted students at the Abaco Karate Academy on Dec. 11. and Ashton McDonald. Jessica Pierre was promoted to purple belt; and Steve Jeffery his dedication and his contributions to the academy. Sensei Toote invited the students to demonstrate what they had learned, begin instruction, they quickly completed the de tailed movements of their katas and every now and then one would cry out from the exertion of their technique. Sensei Toote began martial arts train ing at the age of 18, quickly advancing through the degrees of Black Belt, and in 1997 he was inducted into the Karate Hall of Fame by the Eastern USA International Martial Arts Association. Karate classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sports Breeze Blue, Sunburnt Orange, Flamingo Pink, Bahamian Yellow, or Key Lime Green. As the participants danced their way through the colour stations they were coated head-to-toe, leaving laughter and smiles throughout the Elbow Cay course. The Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue department was on hand to lend support to the water station, where persons could rehydrate on the course. The allof the event, along with the Rotary Club of Abaco. The 242 Colour Run is designed to be a fun, feel-good event. As such, no are taken down. This didn't stop serious runners from completing the 5km course at a fast pace; nor did it stop groups of people dressed in tutus, reindeer antlers, and other funky and colourful costumes from danc As everyone past through the event water donated by The FoodStore Limited. with the colour-coated participants and the festivities continued. Ensueno fabric soft ener beach balls entertained the kids while the adults settled into the restaurant area, enjoying Bahamian breakfasts served up by The organizers then thanked the sponsors, participants, volunteers, specta tors, and all those involved for helping to create such a wonderful feel-good event. Last, but not least, a few great prizes were drawn at random from those entered into the event. Hope Town Canvas pro vided a unique beach-bag made from re cycled Abaco Rage sails and Harbour's The Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend donated two entries into their events being held in March 2014. Abaco Buzz, who provided marketing for the event, also do Colour From Page 2 Above: Tutus and 242 Colour Run Sun glasses add to the fun. nated a months worth of their services. The 242 Colour Run has now com pleted their 2013 Bahama Islands tour, and is currently planning the 2014 events. The Hope Town race will tentatively return on December 27, 2014. Other 242 Colour Runs are being planned for Nassau and Freeport. New to the 2014 schedule will be a race in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera. For more details and to learn about how to par ticipate, visit their website www.run242. Above: Ryan Patterson may have been the

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January 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 Amazing hilltop lots with fantastic sea views. ese lots are the best priced lots in the subdivision, and boast the best views. Bakers Creek is located roughly 8 miles north of Marsh Harbour and also from Treasure Cay. e subdivision features underground utilities to all lots and access for all homeowners to the beach where picnic tables are available. Each lot is 11,300 sq. (.26 acres) BSD $39,900 Property For Sale BAKERS CREEK BEACH LOT 10 BAKERS CREEK Bakers Creek Lots 9 & 10 Sports the Abaco Club at Winding Bay named Michael Evert this years champion. This is the third year Mr. Evert has taken the trophy. Abaco Club names Golf Champion three years running Man-O-War holds festive Jingle Jog in the Jingle Jog 5K and more than twenty children signed up for the 1 Mile Fun Run. The Jingle Jog was held on Man-O-War on December 14. Some embraced the season and came to the run dressed in Santa Hats or costumes. The event was set to start at 9:30 am. Placing for the 5K Men were Troy Sims (22:41), Alton Janes (26:15) and John Haestead (26:44). Placing for the 5K Women were Lin and Kelly Parker running it in 29:45. Placing in the Kids 1-Mile Fun Run were Brayden Dam (7:53), Noah Albury (8:05) and Emily Sims (8:36). The event was hosted by the Abaco Swim Club. Thompson, Kelly Parker, Heather Moore Landing. Left: Roman Pinder crossing the 1-Mile Above: the RC boats had challenging winds to face. Photo by Ylva Ljungholm. Submitted by Howard Kaighin Tour of Abaco began the last Saturday of 2013. We were all invited for lunch at the keep our lunch from blowing away. We all had burgers or wraps at the restaurant, all reasonably priced and open to the pub lic. It is worth the drive and a nice after noon outing to visit Schooner Bay. We all knew what was coming, and what was coming was a tough afternoon of sailing. Winds were 18-25. We im 2014 RC Laser Tour kicks off mediately had to switch all the B-Rigs to C & D rigs. Saturday was just one of those days you hope to get through without too much carnage. There was a rescue or a breakdown in between each and every one the races, which made for a long afternoon. Jim Kai but Randy Key, with his new C-sail and 1 point. Please see Laser Page 18

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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 1, 2014 Sights Around Abaco I said MANTA, not SANTA! It might be winter, but in Abaco that doesnt mean you cant still go for a swim. Here, Kai Survance went swimming with a manta ray on the inside of Bakers Bay, Guana Cay. The photo was taken by Kais father, Jeff Sur vance. Submit your photos to the editor: BradleyAlbury@gmail.com All the better to see you with, my dear. An extra set of eyes still wont be enough to help a cautious conch from being scooped up by a hungry Bahamian. However, when Dan iel, Tiffany and Laurence Higgs pulled this four-eyed anomaly out they werent very keen on adding it to their conch salad. Submit your photos to the editor: BradleyAlbury@gmail.com

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January 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 By Canishka Alexander The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) held its monthly Da Market event at the submissions entered into the Cookie Com petition. Judges Deborah Basden, Georgia Cornish and Canishka Alexander were asked to sample each cookie and rate them provided to the judges by Lauren Riviere of Abaco Delightz along with other excit David Knowles of BNT announced ners as Kathleen Ralph; Michael and Jen nifer Lightbourn of Lightbourn Family Farm, Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts of Ba hama Dawn Designs; Lauren Riviere; and Cleopatra Burrows of PH & Bs Delights Co., Inc. The winners collected prizes of coffee mugs, bags, water bottles and T-shirts with BNTa logo printed on them. While David Knowles of BNT an nounced that the next big BNT event is Art for the Parks, BNT staff members want to meet with the vendors before the next Da Although popular among visiting boaters, Knowles would like to see more local sup port for Da Market. He commended the loyal participants who were present that day including Love ly Reckley, Shanishka Bain-Cambridge, Edgburt Tinker and Lennie Etienne and invited them to continue to be a part of the event. Moving forward, Knowles envi sioned attracting locals to promote more of their unique products. The idea is to create unique things, and have a venue to showcase those items, he said. Indeed, Da Market provides a venue for farmers, artists and entrepreneurs to sell locally produced items at reasonable prices. Products include fresh vegetables, jams and jellies, vegan food, fresh bread and baked goods, crafts and jewelry, and As an extension of Da Market, Stur rup-Roberts will be hosting quilting classes at her home for interested persons. Lifestyles Left to right: Michael Lightbourne of Lightbourn Farm; Latonya Moss of Fruity Freddie Farms; Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts of Bahama Dawn Designs; Lauren Riviere of Abaco Delightz; Cleopatra Burrows of PH & Bs Delights Co., Inc.; and David Knowles of the BNT organizes Cookie Competition at Da Market Rotary holds Golf Tournament and donates to Abaco Crash Fire & Rescue Patrons came by car, boat, and foot to enjoy the balmy weather and the strong drinks concocted by the Petes Pub bar tenders. The aroma of grilled wild boar and other delectable dishes produced by the cook also enticed people to hang around. Many came back to the art tables after their libations. Melanie Reess necklaces and key chains featuring sea heartslarge beads often found on beaches among sea weedswere very popular with the buyers of lo cal souvenirs. David Rees photos of local landscapes also found a few buyers. The Cancer Society tables, covered in Christ mas knick-knacks, soon became bare and most participants also met their sales ex pectations. Overall, it was a very successful event not only for the Abaco Cancer Society but also for the many artists who enjoyed the exposure. Petes Pub too came out a win ner. The restaurant had contributed to the space and catered to the many patrons who came that day. Art From Page 1 Above: the beautiful watercolour artwork of Marjolein Scott displayed at the Cancer Society Little Harbour Art Show. The Rotary Club of Abaco held its annual Golf Tournament on December 14. A silent auction and dinner was held the evening before at the Coco Beach Bar in Treasure Cay. The tournament was held at the Treasure Cay Golf Course. Fewer people joined in the fun this year, however those that did spend the The winning group this year was: George Riviere, Sheen Cooke, Jeffrey Rodgers and Peggy Carder. The Roraty Club of Abaco also made a presentation to Abaco Crash Fire & Res cue in Treasure Cay. Compressed air tanks were donated, which Fire Chief Colin Al bury said were desperately needed. Above: Rotarians Dwayne Wal las and Bryan Thompson with do nated compressed air tanks in front of Abaco Crash Fire & Rescues truck. Right: Rotarian Debbie Curry tees up.

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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 1, 2014 FOR SALEFully Loaded Twin Yamaha 250 4-Strokes (87 Hours) Extended Engine Warranty until 8/16/2016 Furuno Electronics (12 & 8 Color Monitors) Furuno 72 NM Radar Sinrad Auto Pilot Brand New (3) Odyssey Batteries Taco 18 Outriggers LED Lighting Leaning Post w/ 30 Gallon Livewell Full Canvas Console & Seat Covers Numerous Tackle Storage Very Rare 2011 Albury Brothers 27 Center Console Owners declining health forces sale! $159,900 OBO / Trade. Delivery to Bahamas Possible Contact: Chris 772.528.0840 frambes.chris@gmail.com Located: South Florida More pictures available upon request Cherokee performs Christmas on Main Street By Lee Pinder Cherokees Assemblies of God and Peggy Albury, one of its faithful members, produced another outstanding play on Fri day, December 20 entitled Christmas on Main Street. The story revolved around the commercialization of Christmas and how people are forgetting what Christmas is all about: the birth of Jesus. In the small community of only around 160 persons, more than thirty cast members told a very moving story of how people of today have forgotten what Christmas is all about (with all the remain ing residents of Cherokee seated in the au dience that night). The merchants are al ways trying to entice customers with lots of sales and the razzle-dazzle of endless com mercials and it seems as if the people cant remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas. Their message admonished the problem with only think about the lights, the gifts and the parties. The mayor of the imaginary town in the play cancelled the annual Christmas Program which the people had been per forming in the Town Square every year. He said it would cause a disruption, and besides, he was running for another term in it. The program organizers were devas tated and disappointed to think he could be so uncaring of their town tradition. Members of the play decided to go door to door on Main Street in their community to see if they could rally some sup port to continue this tradition and get the Mayor to change his mind. In one house they were met with indifference by a couple who were only interested in appearances and what their neighbours thought about the elaborate dec orations they had put up. The next house they visited was occupied by young people, who even though they had been brought up in the church thought the whole idea of cel ebrating Christmas was old-fashioned, out-of-date and not-with-it. ladys house, she was a Christian and be lieved in Christmas. She was very upset that the Mayor would cancel this long standing tradition and said she would can vas all her friends and get them to call the go on. After all, a majority of the towns folks looked forward to beginning their Christmas season each year gathering in Lifestyles the Town Square to see the annual program and hear the story of Christs birth. with calls requesting that he allow the Christmas Play to continue. When the Mayor came to tell the or ganizers that he would again allow the play to continue, they asked him what made him change his mind. He replied that he had received a call from his own daughter who had reminded him of the joy they had both experienced by attending the play when she was a very small girl. His daughter was the same lady who had started the petition to re-instate the play and who lived in the last house the Caroling group had visited. The littlest angel (who knew all the words to the songs), Taylor Carroll (3 years old) was the great-great granddaugh ter of the oldest member in the choir, Clar rey Lowe (84 years old) and a member of the Church who was continuing to keep up one of the local traditions in Cheerokee that night. The pianist, Glenn Newbold, played harmonica solo by Rev. Bateman Sands (80 years old) as well as a presentation by Thomas Rietsom, another local young man playing a bugle solo, and the drummer, Thomass father, just set the mood for an outstanding rendition of The Little Drum mer Boy. Charmane Saunders helped in the selection of musical pieces and choirs performance was so impressive that it left a lump in many throats. But, the players were the ones who told the story, and they scene showing Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus in the manger, with wise men and shepherds, angels and animals. All the costumes and scenery were devised by Peggy, including a donkey and a sheep (this lady has many hidden talents). The whole evening moved along smoothly from the beginning without any apparent glitches and the audience held their ap plause until the end when they exploded with enthusiasm and appreciation. Many people were involved in the production, which will only be seen once since next year they will come up with a completely new play with another theme of how to tell the old, old story. Refresh ments were served on the sidewalk in front of the church afterwards. Even though no collection was taken up, many people were very generous in supplying the vast amount of food that was served. Above: Carolers in Cherokee Assemblies of Gods Christmas play Christmas on Main Street. By Canishka Alexander Kathleen Knowles, president of Heal Our Land Family Crisis Center in Dundas Town, was recently awarded the Henry G. Stewart Award in Nassau for Community Service. Knowles also serves as the Execu tive Director for The Peoples Foundation and Heal Our Land Community and Social Programme in Nassau. Knowles has been serving throughout the communities of Abaco and other is lands, and has a passion to reach the downtrodden and persons who have given up hope. Whatever the situation, she goes be yond the call of duty to give hope to those who are crying out. One of her greatest strengths is bring ing out the best in others, and helping them She strongly believes that everyone is somebody. The Peoples Foundation and Heal Our Land Community and Social Pro grammes major project for 2014 is to construct two community centers one in Abaco, which is in progress, and the other in Nassau. Community centers for Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and Andros are sched uled for 2015. Presently, they are in the process of establishing community centers in Nassau in areas such as Bain Town, Nassau Vil lage, Kemp Road, Fox Hill and Culmers ville. In July, a center was established on Robinson Road and St. Vincent Charles Street in the Englerston Community. Knowles said that these community development and empowerment centers will serve as a spiritual hospital that brings healing to every wound and to those hurt ing in our communities. Lives will be transformed helping people to help themselves by building com munities economically, socially and spiri Heal Our Land founder receives community service award Above: Kathleen Knowles, president of Heal Our Land Family Crisis Center in Dundas Town, being awarded the Henry G. Stewart Award in Nassau for Community Service. Please see Award Page 15 Pilot Club honours caregivers at 2nd Annual Emerald Ball By Canishka Alexander The Pilot Club of Abaco held its 2nd Annual Emerald Ball at the Touch of Class Restaurant on Dec. 14. President Christine Lightbourne extended a heartfelt welcome to guests attending the phenomenal event. Lightbournes remarks were followed by those of Lauren Riviere, Mistress of Ceremony and Membership Coordinator, who spoke regarding the Pilot Clubs ef forts and its focus on brain safety, youth development, educational programs and awareness campaigns. TJay Stubbs joined Riviere as the Master of Ceremony engaging the audi ence in humour and lots of door prizes. Meanwhile, Charlotte Swann, Lead ership Coordinator, explained what the Clubs Pick-Me-Up Programme entails with respect to addressing the needs of caregivers. Pilot International and its members are called to care more; at its core, Pilot International is an organization that cares, Swann shared. Pilot International is also proud of its multi-generational member ship, and of our dedication to friendship and service. In essence, Pilot is a family, and we celebrate families. We are a family that cares for each other, for our communities and for our world. 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January 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 Lifestyles tually for a stronger nation, she empha sized. Everyone in the community can be a part of helping to build cleaner, healthi er, wealthier and crimeless communities. We are building families for a stron ger nation, and we are networking with other organizations, churches and the gov ernment. Together we will stand to save our nation especially our youth a Joshua generation. We are here to love with our hearts and serve with our hands. All volunteers, or those who wish to are invited to come on board. For more information on The Peoples Foundation and Heal Our Land Community and Social Programme, contact 356-3136 (Nassau) or 554-8880 (Abaco). Leona Russell; Marilyn Edgecombe; Ro chelle Stuart; and Marva Mercius. Presi dent Christine Lightbourne, who is also a caregiver, was acknowledged. During her presentation, Mercius ex plained that one of her nine-year-old twins named Devon is autistic, so it is a team effort for the family to care for a specialneeds child. Because he does not verbally communicate, people see him as being out of control or unruly when he makes screeching sounds and hand movements that draw attention. the entire family is never together at vari ous events because someone would always have to stay home with him because he does not do well in crowds, she said. The little things that people take for granted like taking a family vacation be special-needs child. Mercius and her husband David the same love and attention to their oldest daughter and Devons twin, who are very supportive, loving and helpful with Devon. For Mercius, the most important thing is having a strong support system in and out of the home. Nevertheless, she thanked God for entrusting her with Devon. Mercius ended by thanking the Pilot Club for recognizing them and for their work as she encouraged the other caregivers in the knowledge that God will not put more on them than they can bear. as well as an auction for Christmas candy trees. Stacy Dean, president elect, closed out the event with the vote of thanks. En tertainment was provided by DJ Craig Boo Allen. Pilot From Page 14 Above: Marva Mercius, who spoke on be half of the honourees at the Pilot Club's Emerald Ball on Dec. 14. Award From Page 14 Above: A joyful service was held at the Kirk of the Pines Presbyterian Church, Marsh Harbour, on December 15 to welcome the Rever end George Carey from the United States Reverend Carey is the Director of World Outreach for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He travels the globe telling of the church's work and encouraging people in Ministry. He preached the sermon during the morning service and also preached in the Presbyterian churches in Nassau and Freeport during his week in The Bahamas. The goal of his visit to Abaco was to see how he can be of future assistance to the Kirk of the Pines. Following the service there was a time of fellowship for the congregation to get to know Reverend Carey and his wife, Nita, and then all enjoyed a Christmas luncheon together. Kirk of the Pines welcomes Director of World Outreach By Mirella Santillo The last meeting of the Horticultural Society of The BahamasAbaco Branch for 2013 was held at the home of Shirley Higgs. It was more social gathering than a meeting as the business of the day was reduced to a few words by President Bar bara Foreman at the end of the event. She thanked the attendees for their presence and announced the agenda for the next couple of months. But, foremost, the gathering was to celebrate the Societys annual Christmas Luncheon. The balmy weather on that Saturday December 14 was perfect for an outdoor assembly and the venue could not have been more enjoyable. Tables were set around the pool area which boasted a great view of the harbor and amply accommo dated the thirty people who attended. The guests arrived early with the food they had pledged to contribute and plants for the monthly auction. Soon the food and dessert tables were loaded and after a short while of mingling, auctioneer Jack Hardy proceeded with the offering of the many plantsmostly any possible kind of toma toesthat the gardeners avidly purchased at a reasonable price. Horticultural Society holds annual Christmas Luncheon Above: Horticultural Society members mix and mingle during their annual Christmas Luncheon. Ham and turkey, mix greens salad, quiche, vegetables and home -made bread were soon piled up on plates. The dessert assortment was even more tempting with cakes, pumpkin pie and ginger cookies, among other goodies. Meetings will resume on January 11. The Horticultural Society will also participate in the Arts for the Parks event scheduled for the weekend of January 24 2014. There will be plants galore for sale from vegetable seedlings to ornamentals and hands-on demonstration for kids on how to plant seedlings. By Timothy Roberts Despite Stop Work Orders being issued, illegal construction continues to progress in the Shanty Village known as the Mudd. Several houses have been issued Stop Work Orders in the past few months; how ever, the notices are ignored and work continues. This work continues despite the ap parent willingness from Central Govern ment to tear down homes illegally built which dont meet basic environmental standards. The unhindered progress of the bla tant and illegal construction has many in the community wondering if the govern ment is powerless to enforce these laws. Illegal construction continues in broad daylight despite Stop Work Orders Above: despite several issuances of Stop Work Orders by local government, illegal construction continues in the shanty town of the Mudd. It is unknown if the homes being built meet safety and environmental standards because they are progressing without the inspections every Bahamian is required by law to have.

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Page 16 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 1, 2014 THE NEW GOVERNMENT COMPLEX TELEPHONE NUMBERS Administrators Oce..........................242-699-0000 Dept of Education.................................242-699-0016 Dept of Environmental Health............242-699-0032 Min of Finance/Business License..........242-699-0052 Dept of Immigration.............................242-699-0067 Magistrates Court................................242-699-0092 National Insurance Board.....................242-367-2639 Public Treasury.....................................242-367-2647 Dept of Social Services.........................242-699-0150 Ministry of Tourism.............................242-699-0152 Local Government Council.................242-699-0165 Auditor General Dept..........................242-699-0171 Bahamas Mortgage Corp.....................242-699-0177 Dept of Information Technology...........242-699-0182 Dept of Housing...................................242-699-0187 Dept of Labour.....................................242-699-0200 Dept of Marine Resources....................242-699-0202 Road Trac Dept.................................242-699-0217 Ministry of Youth Sports & Culture.....242-699-0228 Prime Ministers Oce........................242-699-0241 Passport Oce.....................................242-699-0244 FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE TO CUT OUT AND SAVE Funeral Service for Mrs. Mi nerva Da vis Simms age 76 years, Resident of Moores Is land Abaco, will be held on Saturday 7th December, 2013, at 10am at Zion Baptist Church, B. Wenith Davis OBE, President of Zion United Baptist Church, assisted by Pas tor Charles T. Dorsett, Pastor Alvin La ing, Rev. Christopher Dean, Rev. Edward Laroda & Minister Jefford Simms, Inter ment Moores Island Public Cemetery. Left to mourn her memories are, sons, Pastor Nixon Simms Jr., Israel & Arlington Rolle, one (1) step-son, Brady Simms, three (3) daughters-in-law, Jenni fer Simms, Angela & Sheniqua Rolle, one (1) step-daughter-in-law, Princess Simms, thirteen (13) grand-children, Kenya Aga ro, Keva McPhee, Kendrick, Kerstella, Kamilah & Kaylor Simms, Daniel, Isrin ique, Ashley, Isron, Shelton, Shanton & Lanique Rolle, two (2) grandsons-in-law, Gregory Agaro & Joshua McPhee, one (1) granddaughter-in-law, Tamara Simms, one (1) sister-in-law, Beverley Davis, seven (7) step-grandchildren, Vernie, Dominic, Dominique, & Dominica Simms, David, Devon & Angelique Ferguson, three (3) great-grandchildren, Joshua Jr., & Kevi sha McPhee & Dylan Agaro, two (2) niec es, Eulease & Loretta Simms, sixteen (16) nieces-in-law, Beulamae, Evelyn, Pasty, Lucinda, Meltina, Brenda, Yvonne, Shan ty, Emily, Hilda, Gloria, Shirley, Gen evie, Sybalene, Dellarese & Daisymae, one (1) nephew, Jake Davis Jr., seven (7) nephews, Alfred, David, Lealon & Min ister Jefford Simms, Simeon & Roland Stuart & Randolf Knowles, six (6) grandnieces, Debra, Angela, Geraine, Nishka, Elvina & Jermina, eight (8) grand-neph ews, Cardo, Timmy, Jerome, Clinton, (45) grand nieces, Iris, Janet, Theresa, Kimberley, Floria, Carla, Tasha, Tina, Nelly, Rantica, Sanchay, Karen, Prestina, Victoria, Melony, Charla, Calvana, Rav ena, Shavonne, Shalanda, Stacy, Precious, Benisha, Sophia, Selena, Rudell, Saman tha, Savanna, Masheva, Melissa, Sharissa, Natalya, Alferniece, Reesie, Oprah, Sim miette, Shantera, Shanderia, Shameka, Sharmin, April, Robin, Malinda, Claudine Lloyd, Emmerson, Carlton, Derek, Os car, Jermaine, Randolf Jr., Rantio, Ran den, Jean, Luke, Lathario, Kendal, Santo, Avery, Raegan, PJ, Anton, Quinton, Co hen, Quten, Dudley, Audley, Dave, Ho sea, Delly, Gruz, Leonardo, David Jr., Jermaine, Shawn, Shean, Simeon Jr., & Shannon, Sergio, Ramardo, Fedrick, Ro lando, Eugene, Darren, Eljay, Uzziah, Owen, Angelo, Spencer, Brandon, Nicho grand nieces, Dorsha Cornish, Bianca, Lowe, Favour Stuart, Letisha & Tammy Davis, four (4) great grand nephews, MJ., Zion & Makito Davis, AJ., Brent Lowe, numerous great great grand nieces & nephews, great grand & great great grand Remembering Family and Friends nieces 7 nephews-in-law, seven (7) God Children, Ruthmae, Ettie, Terry, Ellis, Jo seph, Annie & Anderlee, other relatives & friends including., Allardyce, Zelma, Ba sil, Loretta Stuart, Doris, Meltina & Min Jackson Davis, Olga, Patrick & Marjorie Swain, Thelma, Stephanie, Clarece, Fran cina, Carolyn, Alexander, Millie, Leonie, Audrey & Locksley Hield, Jeremy Pinder, Church Family, Pastor Preston Knowles & Greater Bethel Native Baptist family, Pastor Anthony Williams & Soul Seek ing Family, Pastor Geneva & Min Ishmael Williams & St. Matthews Baptist Fam ily, Pastor Ferguson & Free Community Holiness Baptist Church, Bishop Rudolph Balfour, & New Wine Kingdom Minis tries, The Zion United Baptist Convention families Judith & Tony McPhee & family, The Crew members of Freedom Riders, The Dean Families, The Staff of Female Medical I & II at Princess Margaret Hos pital, Moores Island Community Clinic, The McPhee, The Rolle, The Simms, The Davis, The Swain, The Knowles, and the Stuart Families, Deaconess Dorothy, Julie & Sonamae Davis, The Entire Community of Moores Island, Murphy Town & Free port. Bar bara Terese Gibson age 61 years of Dundas Town, Abaco died at the Rand Memo rial Hospital on Monday, December 2nd, 2013. She is survived by her 2 sons: Eugene Desmond Gibson and Brent Armbrister; 2 brothers: Jameel Smith and John Smith and a host of other relatives and friends too nu merous to mention. Fu neral Service for Evelyn Russell age 81 of Coo pers Town Abaco, who died Novem ber 30th, at the Princess Margaret Hospital, was held on Saturday 11:00 a.m. at Faith Walk Church Of God Coopers Town, Abaco. Bishop Archilaus Cooper assisted by Pastor Hubert Edge combe and Pastor Clayton McIntosh will Public Cemetery, Coopers Town Abaco. Holding precious memories are: Her children, Florence and Elmore Sawyer, Raymond and Pamela Russell, Evelyn And Anthony Cooper, Angelina And Hartman Cooper II, Errilly Russell, Nebra Russell, Peter Russell, Gail and Deolie McIntosh, and Hasting Russell Jr. Adopted children: Ruth Cornish, Lenora Cooper, Molly Davis, DeMario McIntosh Kevin McIn tosh and Lesa Russell. Judy Ann Adams. Reno,and Salem. Sisters: Savalita Reckley and Lucille Davis. Grand Children: Trev or and Gardenia Lightbourne, Charles and Nikki Sawyer, Templeton and Elizabeth Sawyer, Tara and Jamal Moss, Ameko and Amanda Sawyer, Jamal and Kim Rus sell, George and Mona Knowles, Sanfa Knowles, Anthony Jr, Antonette, Deanna, and Samuel Cooper. Caramel, Andrew, Calivia and Arsenio Cooper. Phenisia and P.J. Baillou, DeAngelo Poitier. Jade Rus sell. Tassie and Petra Russell. Kristin and Deandra McIntosh. Sherell Russell. 30 Great Grand Children and 3 Great Great Grand Children..Two Brothers in law. Orthneil Russell and Carl Davis. Sister in Law: Magnola Adams. Many nieces, nephews and other family and friends. Edward Captain Ed Car pinello long time visitor, owner and benefactor of Treasure Cay passed away on November 13, 2013. Known locally as captain Ed or Edex, he served as a career captain for United Airlines as well as US Air Force with the retired rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Born on Sept 17, 1929, Ed graduated from Seton Hall University on a swimming scholarship. He served the Air Force dur ing the Berlin Crisis before settling into a career with the airlines. Never one to re lax, he was part owner of a popular restau rant, head of a summer lifeguard program, managed investment properties and could always be found working on one project or another. Always a passionate aviator, he airplane throughout the Abacos and more recently a Cessna. After many years of traveling the world, Captain Ed fell in love with the Abacos for close to forty years and made airplane between his other homes in Light house Point, Florida and Bay Head, New Jersey. Ed was always on the go and never hesitated to lend a hand, and is beloved by in hard to get parts or staples. Captain Ed is survived by his former wife Anne, four children, Gloria, Edward, Anne and Bar bara and many loving grandchildren. Captain Ed was one of the last of his swashbuckling era of pilots. Tips up and full throttle we will miss you Cap tain Ed! A me morial ser vice Alva Emerson Pinder of Torrance, California and formerly Nassau, The Bahamas, will be held at New Vision Ministries, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas, on Saturday, 4th January, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Mr. Christopher Pinder and Mr. Sid

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January 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 Across 3. RINGS Five gold ______. 7. STAR Led the wise men. 10. PINE Abacos forest 11. REPTILE Lizard, turtle, snake. 12. BELLS Jingle all the way. 13. CAROLS Christmas songs. 16. CHESTNUTS Roast 17. WINTER After Fall. Down 1. EARTH Our planet. 2. MINNIS Bahamian artist Eddie. 4. GROUPER Delicious, has a closed season. 5. KING Male monarch. 6. JAGGER Rolling Stones Mick. 8. FROST This Jack nips at your nose. 9. BINARY Computer language 13. CAMEL Animal that stores water in its hump. 14. BOXCART This derby in Elbow Cay features downhill racing. 15. SNOW Necessary for a White Christmas. Across 3. Parrots and octopuses both have _____ 6. Deputy Prime Minister 8. Pirate captain of the Queen Annes Revenge 9. Starry navigation method 11. Clean energy source 12. Governor that expelled pirates 13. Found in oysters and conch 15. Scaly ocean dweller 16. Popular baked good 17. Also known as the Devil Ray Down 1. _____ in the wind 2. Found on top of Mt. Alvernia in Cat Island 5. Popular New Years drink 7. Commonly made at the beginning of a new year 10. Fossils of these slow moving reptiles have been found in Abaco blue Holes. 11. Karate master 14. Auld Lang _____ December 15 Crossword Answers

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Page 18 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 1, 2014 Local darts players compete to join Abaco national team By Mirella Santillo Local darts players took part in a tournament on December 15 to qualify for the team that will represent Abaco in the National Gold Cup to be held in Freeport on February 7-8, 2014. team: Brad Cooper, Dwight Miller, Mark Albury, Shane Sawyer, Shawn Light bourn, Lloyd Deveaux, Pedro Poitier, An Dave Mulock had a good day with Tracey Kelly manned the rescue kayak and picked up the buoys for us. Lenore Mulock and Ylva Ljungholm resumed where they left off last year, and Agape basketball teams continue on road to excellence By Canishka Alexander Agape Christian Schools junior and senior boys basketball teams recently competed in the Walter Bethel Pre-Season Tournament, which is in its third year. According to Coach Wayde Adder ley, the seniors won their championship game: 5250. Timothy Bullard was se lected Most Valuable Player (MVP), while Godfrey Rolle and John Saunders earned All Tournament honours. Although the juniors lost in a close championship games 33 to 30 Devantae Moxey was chosen as the MVP, and the All Tournament status was bestowed upon Omar McKenzie and Javares McIntosh. Coach Adderley expressed his pride in having students from Sandy Point to Crown Haven attending Agape, adding that each of the players are excelling in their own way. Timothy was deemed MVP in Agapes basketball tournament as well. Devantae, 13, was the MVP even though the team lost in the 14 and under tourna ment. We are going to have some special kids in a few years, Coach Adderley pre dicted. Theres been some growing pains to start with, and we were playing with who we had. In a year or two from now, we will have some good young players. Gregory Munroe led the tournament in block shots, and Javares led the whole tournament with steals. He also mentioned that Coach Patrick Smith is coaching the girls basketball team twice a week, and is in the process of getting them in some games. RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Minimum for 3 lines of info $10 per issue Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color highlight on word ing, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 2423673677 Email: abaconian news@gmail.com Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale Get Results Advertise with a Classified Casuarina Point, tastefully furnished 3 bed 2 bath house, central air, beach views, 15 mins from Marsh Harb. $1,000/mon. Ph. 225-3211 Dundas Town, Central Pines Estate, Curley Tail Road. Two Apts for rent. 2 bed, 2 bath, & a 2 bed, 1 bath, both fully furnished and ready for occupancy. Call 357-3909, 565-1041 or 458-3485 Great Cistern, 3 bed, 2 bath, turn key access to sea. $2200/month. Call 554-9872 Marsh Harbour, Government Sub, For sale by owner Duplex located in. Large corner lot of land. Can easily be converted into 4 bedroom, 2 bath house. $325,000 Net. Phone 242-342-5066/357-0386 Treasure Cay Canal front property with 111 dock, boat lift, davits, & cleaning station. RE DUCED to $279,000. Call 305-245-6043 or hquin1902@gmail.com PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Marsh Harbour, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, water included, $1100/mo. Call Mrs. Green at 367-2660 Casuarina, For sale by owner, Lot # 100, across the street from the canal, 75x160. Asking $45,000. Call 367-3472. Serious inqui ries only! Hope Town, Prime North-End, Beach-Front, Bay-Side Lot. Private and quiet. $395,000. jandkoakes@hotmail.com COMMERCIAL RENTALS Office Space for Rent, 900 sq. ft. in plaza next to Kidney Center on Don, McKay Blvd. For more information call 577-0420 or email: f_pinder@yahoo.com When you place a classied ad in The Abaconian it will also be placed on our website for FREE, for the same time period. SAME PRICE, MORE COVERAGE!! Contact Us For More Information 367-3200 or email: abaconiannews@gmail.com www.theabaconian.com ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!! **STARTING JAN 1, 2014** The Abaconians web-site will have a new classied section. Sports By the summer, Coach Adderley said the girls will be ready to travel to Freeport to compete. to juggle both teams, but I am so thrilled to have Mr. Smith here working with the girls, he said. You will see an upswing in their program. At this point, Coach Adderley said he realizes that it takes years to build a good program, and that it is important to stay committed and consistent. He said that Agape is set up good for the future with the boys basketball teams especially with 13 year olds, who are already 6 guards. He said they will make a good solid run at Hugh Campbell Basketball Tourna ment in the next two to three years. Mean while, the team plans to travel to Catholic High School in Freeport on Dec. 18 then to CI Gibsons tournament on Dec. 26 in Nassau. Future plans also include allow ing the 13-years-old players to meet with Quentin Hall, Head Coach of the Baha mian National Teams under 15 Cadets, to determine their chances of being on the national team. Coach Adderley paused to thank those parents who are supportive of their children athletically and academically. The players have been putting in consistent practice over the years. One of those play ers is Khari McKenzie consistent comes to practice every day for the past three years. He was named MVP in the junior division in their last tournament, and was credited for hitting the winning shot to beat CI Gib son. They are going to do some big things down the road, he said. Many years of starting to pay off. gela Russell, Lenora Pinder, and Theresa Lowe. Also included are Abaco Darts As sociations President, Faith Sawyer, last years mens single champion, Robin Al bury, last years womens single cham pion, Keisha Albury, and Team Captain Roscoe Thompson. They will try their best in February feating darts players from Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and New Providence. names of the winning teams have been engraved since 1985 is presently held at Abacom. Abaco held it in 1993, 2011, and 2013. With roughly six weeks to go, the players are practicing every Saturday after noon at D&R Bar. Laser From Page 9 we always appreciate their help. And we appreciate the invitation from Glen Kelly and the behind the scenes efforts to make this event possible. Next on the race calendar is Snappas on January 11. Placement was as follows: Randy Key, Jim Kaighin, David Mulock, Charlie Cooke, Anders Ljungholm, Glen Kelly Above: Randy Key (in blue), the days racing victor, retrieves his boat from the harbour.

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January 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 SEEKING EMPLOYMENT SERVICES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE COLOR OPTIONS FOR YOUR CLASSIFIED Call 367-3200 Fax 367-3677 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color high light on wording, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242-367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com Items for Sale, Employment, Services, Cars & Boats BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Get Results Advertise with a Classified TODAY 23 2001 Parker, 200 Yamaha hpdi w/outrig 577-3149 or email: info@summerviewcottage. com 30 1997 Mako Special Edition, Cuddy Cabin Fisherman, two 250HP Yamaha outboards, runs well, three new batteries 2013. $23,000 Firm. Call Bob Young 1-800-787-2620, ext 27 or email: byoung@ruscomfg.com 38 1982 Bertram, 3208 Diesel engines,8kw generator, A/C, water maker, sleeps 6, Duty Call 699-2259 or 475-2507 for more info, or email htwaterco@gmail.com Abaco Powerline Construction Co. Special izes in: overhead & underground power line construction, bucket truck & truck rentals, drill holes, tree trimming & more. Call 475-2905 or email: dalepmills@hotmail.com 40 Lindsey Globemaster Center Cockpit Motorsailer with Double Fore and Aft Cabins each with a Private Head. 6 of Headroom in the Main Cabin, Lehman Diesel 120hp. Duty Pd, Located MOW Cay, $60k: Contact 242577-0609 Handyman needed, 2 days per week, carpen try, painting, woodwork, cleaning, managing buildings. Must be Bahamian, have own trans portation, experience and tools. Email aba coislandbahamas@yahoo.com. Pay is good. Sea Doo L.R.V. 4 seater that is in great shape and is a tremendous ride! Located Scotland Cay. Asking $4250. Contact 561-628-5251, 561-459-1174 or 242-375-8226 Sea Doo GTX 3 seater. Its in good shape except it needs motor rebuilt. Make offer. Contact 561-628-5251, 561-459-1174 or 242375-8226 Evinrude Re-Power Orphans, Two Evinrude Direct Injection 175hp. 250+/hours on each. One owner, perfectly maintained. Excellent & frugal operating. $5,850 ea. Jimmy at Roberts Marine (242) 375-8758 Trailer: dual axle aluminum trailer for 22 ft boat. Brand new. Duty paid. $3,000. (242) 366 0204 or paulgooding7@gmail.com 9 Fiberglass Dinghy, Hope Town $350. Please call 242.366.0635 13 1997 Whaler with 30 hp Mercury, elec tric start 2-stroke. Duty paid. $5,000 (242) 366 0204 or paulgooding7@gmail.com 18.5 Edgewater 2002, Yamaha 150 low Dual axle trailer, DUTY PAID $19,500. M H, 242-458-0355, 321-541-7135 or rsands@ 23 & 27 Concept Boats, 26 Paramount Boats with twin motors & a 23 Excalibur (miniature cigarette boat). Sold separately or ous enquiries only. 37 year old female Bahamian citizen seeks employment as a waitress, bartender, cook, housekeeper or caretaker. Willing to move. Call 242-636-4967 When you place a classied ad in The Abaconian it will also be placed on our website for FREE, for the same time period. SAME PRICE, MORE COVERAGE!! Contact Us For More Information 367-3200 or email: abaconiannews@gmail.com www.theabaconian.com ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!! **STARTING JAN 1, 2014** The Abaconians web-site will have a new classied section. ABACO ISLAND PHARMACY LTD.We have moved! Next to ECC and across from BTC, Marsh Harbour 367.2544 tel 367.6544 faxabacoislanpharmacy@gmail.comPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Supplements 8:30am 6pm Sundays 9am 4pm Business Service Directory Abaco Glass Company Window Glass and Mirrors Cut and Installed Commercial Store Fronts Installed and Replaced Don MacKay Blvd. 367-2442 Yale Windows Rentals : Services: Big Cat Equipment THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS IS TO MARKET AND PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS ON A CONSISTENT BASIS. One way to get your business known is to start with a BUSINESS CLASSIFIED for only $45 per issue for B&W or opt for our six issue discount rate. Contact Us For More Information 367-3200 or email: abaconiannews@gmail.com GET YOUR BUSINESS KNOWN!! Nassau 242-457-4SOD (4763) or 225-4SOD (4763) Abaco 242-357-6975 Fax: 242-367-2424 GRASS GRASS GRASS From Our Farm to Your Door! We Now Have SOD for Immediate Delivery! The Lord will bless & keep you. The Lord will make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. He will give you His peace. Rise and Shine Motivational/Inspirational Moments Peterson James Sr. aka Bro. James email: peacebestill@hotmail.com Contact: 458-5451/365-0108 Have a Blessed New Year

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