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January 15, 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 02 January 15th, 2014 Whats Inside Green Turtle Cay woke up New Years Day to the sound of cow bells. A15 Part 2 of the hit series: Is the Airport Open Yet? A22 Find the most recent things you cant live with B14 Visitors Guide. A19 An uplifting story about a young boys survival in the face of all odds, and a familys will to hold on to hope. B7 A community helps it self heal. A5 Crime Report. A7 Crossword B13 Questions about VAT? The Min. of Finance opens a hotline. A21 Whats Happening Jan 16-18: Abaco Sci ence Alliance Jan 17: Abaco Cham bers FACTA Seminar Jan 24-26: Art for the Parks Jan 25: BASRAs Eve ning of Elegance Jan 30-Feb 1: 18th An nual Family Conference Fec 6-7: ECCs Music Doing Good Concerts Full Calendar A8 Airport opening delayed again By Timothy Roberts The Deputy Prime Minister and Min ister of Works and Urban Renewal, Philip Brave Davis said that certain delays are causing the government to put off again the opening of the Marsh Harbour Interna tional Airport Terminal until some other issues are addressed. The new Marsh Harbour interna tional airport terminal will not open this month as expected and Mr. Davis noted that a technical team from the Ministry of Works came to Abaco to assess the air within a week. They thought they had everything it would be done in January, but Im now advised because of certain delays that they have to put it off again because there are some other issues that have to be ad dressed, Mr. Davis said. They have not designs have to be done to meet what I call airport requirements. He said he would be able to give a ter the technical team briefs him. Mr. Davis could not say how much the delay would cost government but noted that the projects contingency fund is near Please see Airport Page 6 Above: The U.S. Embassys Youth Ambassadors Kandise Kelly and Catalina Albury, of Forest Heights Academy, Berthony McDermott from S.C. Bootle High School, Conrad Cornish of Abaco Central High School and Ministry of Education representative Kimberly Brown and Education and Cultural Specialist, Myra McPhee at the U.S. Embassy. For the full story about these students honour see Section B Page 2. Four Abaco students selected as Youth Ambassadors in Leadership Program

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 2014 Fire Dept. pushed to its limits battling Pigeon Pea blaze By Timothy Roberts With mere hours left in 2013, trag edy struck the migrant village known as the Pigeon Pea destroying a large number of shanty homes, leaving hundreds homeless Central & All Abaco and a mother and child dead as the New Year rolled in. Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue (MH VFR), Treasure Cays Abaco Crash Fire and Rescue and Bahama Palm Shores Fire against an enormous blaze which destroyed the southern portion of the extremely con gested community. accessing the area due to narrow entrances lined with cars and residents moving in and out seeking to save their possessions from represented a worst-case scenario. Mr. Sawyer said that assistance was called in from Treasure Cay and Bahama sistance was what helped turn the tide in We are grateful today for those been appointed to prevent unsafe rebuilding in the area. The improper construction, he said, acted like a trap. Fire engines were not able to make it through the roads to departments help, they certainly made a difference. We are also thankful for those who brought us water and helped in other ways. being investigated it is believed to have started in the home where mother and son, believed to be Darlene Jacobs and oneyear-old Dornel Jacobs Jr., both perished. Preliminary numbers suggest as many as 70 homes, possibly more, were de Above: Minister of Works and Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis visited the said the govern ment will assist, and will also ensure residents help themselves by preventing rebuilding in such unsafe conditions. Please see Fire Page 6

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January 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 3 DAMIANOS

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Page 4 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 2014 Coldwell Banker

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January 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 Furniture Plus Central & All Abaco Former resident leads drive to By Timothy Roberts town known as the Pigeon Peas destroyed over 70 homes a former resident comes to their aid bringing relief to victims with the assistance of community members and churches. On January 5, 2014, Mack Altidor brought to the victims of the Pigeon Peas ing food, clothing, school items and more. Mr. Altidor said when he thought about all the families affected, including some of his own, and after hearing the statement from the Deputy Prime Minister, Philip Brave Davis who said We want selves he felt compelled to help. I honestly agreed with him. So I decided to donate my salary for the month of De cember, he said. His fam ily lost their home and all of their per sonal belong ings in the mother and son who per He said on January 1 he was able to and helped them get some of basic ameni ties that they needed, but I felt a need to not only do for my immediate family but also do something to help the kids and oth ers in my community who were also af fected. He sought help from friends in the community and formed the Pigeon Peas Disaster Relief Committee which is now the Abaco Humanitarian Association. We went out and bought basic ne cessities and food items for the people and sought the help of others in the community and the help and feedback that we received from the people here in Abaco and The Ba hamas at large was nothing short of what I was expecting, Mr. Altidor said. The people showed me that this was not a Haitian issue, it was not a Bahamian issue; it was simply a humanitarian issue. He said he was overwhelmed by the support and added that he is proud to be an Abaconian, as not only did the churches in Abaco, but the people of Abaco showed up and are still showing up at designated drop-off locations and asking "How can we help". He said Pastor Samuel Cornish sim ply showed me what it means to be a leader and has been the spiritual father that I've always known him to be. He's been there for me since 2003 when I was trying to get in school and I will forever be grate ful to the Change Ministries International family. He said the Abaco Christian Coun cil and other organizations also supported and are working continuously around the clock, and I think that we as Abaconians should be very proud of the way we came together. They distributed food items, school uniforms, school shoes and supplies, cloth ing, and boys haircuts and much more. We were able to feed more than 200 per sons, bought school uniforms, shoes, boys haircuts for school and school supplies for more than 75 boys and girls. We are still seeking the help of the public in assisting us with some bedding for those that are still displaced and sleep many cases homeless, he said. He said that everyone who were dis placed and knew of the aid being provided came out to get some assistance and were very grateful and encouraging. He said the people whose homes were not affect ed have also been helpful in allowing other friends and strangers to stay in their homes for the short time. Mr. Altidor said that going forward the needs of the people range from basic necessities to long term relocation. He noted that The Abaco Humanitarian As sociation/Pigeon Peas Disaster Relief Committee are in communication with the housing going forward. this was not a Haitian issue, it was not a Bahamian issue; it was simply a humanitarian issue.

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 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 ly used up. According to a Nassau Guardian re port, Director of Works John Canton said that the airport terminal may now open sometime in February; however, the date was not set in stone. According to Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin, her ministry has completed its tasks to get the airport ready for operation and has ap proved hiring. I know that from my side we have done our interviews for engagement of se the equipment has been installed and there has been training, but the actual construc tion is [up to] the Ministry of Works, she said. The urgent need to open this new termi nal is com pounded by the profound inadequacy of the current terminal and the gross in convenience to passengers using that ter minal, she said in the House of Assembly. On January 11, 2013 Mr. Davis said. Those designs are almost complete; hence the airport opening will be delayed for an other three to four months. Whatever there He said, The challenge they have at the moment is relocating the generator and the energy system for the lighting of the airport which is now going to be placed in the [control] tower, which was not part of the original plan. On January 13, 2014 James Edge combe, Partner in FES Construction, said that the work that remains to be done en tails relocating the generator and energy system for the runway lighting to the con mac in front of the terminal building. He said the interior works were minor cos metic adjustments. In May 27, 2013 Mr. Davis an nounced that the revised terminal (not in clusive of the new freight building and run way extension) will cost $30.8 million and the completion date for the revision was set for August 2013. In July 5, 2013 Mr. Davis said they are completing the punch list and gave an eight week timetable for completion. At that time he said changes had been au thorized to commence. He also added that they are looking at adding at least an ad ditional 600 feet to accommodate larger aircraft. They have not said design some redesigns have to be done to meet what I call airport requirements. In August 2013 Work on airport pe rimeter fencing started; however, the Air port Terminal Building contractor had not received mobilization for the changes to be done. In September 26, 2013 Mr. Davis told Abaco Business Outlook attendees of vex ing technical issues that will delay Ter minals opening, and on October 22, 2013 Mrs. Hanna-Martin noted in the House of Assembly that the Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal would open in January of 2014. Airport From Page 1 Central & All Abaco stroyed leaving hundreds homeless while according to early reports about 250 resi dents have come forward so far; however, there are possibly more as often many fear deportation if they seek assistance. One resident reported that it was to in and out trying to get their furniture and clothing and there were many cars block ing a lot of the structures. It was a tough time for them. It is to tal devastation over here. Even the homes that did not get totally destroyed have wa ter damage or damage to the roof. A lot of these people are illegal so they arent even going to get the help from the government because they do not want to get deported. This is total disaster, said a witness who did not want to be named. Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave an initial assessment. Mr. Davis said the government sym pathizes with residents and their loss. He said the government will assist, and will also ensure residents help them selves by preventing them from rebuild ing unsafe structures with improper electri cal set ups, which he called a trap. For them, they are crying for our help and we intend to help, he said. That is why the prime minister im mediately dispatched me here this morning We understand and we empathize with the residents here, but I cry out to the residents that they need to help themselves. We are going to do our part [to en sure] that they live in safe, sanitary sur roundings. Davis said a Ministry of Works of shantytowns on the island to assist in pre venting any further structures from being built contrary to proper regulations. Fire From Page 2

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January 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 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 Fighting At 8:00am on Saturday 14th Decem Unit arrested a 20 year old male of The Mudd and a 31 year old male also of The The suspects were arrested at Marsh Harbour Government Clinic. Both sus pects got into an altercation in the Mudd involving each other. They were brought to M.H.P.S. where they were charged for They were released on $500.00 bail to attend court on 18/12/13. Stolen Vessel At 9:15am on 15th December, 2013, a 46 year old female of Hope Town, Ab aco, reported for her neighbor that some time between 8:00pm on Saturday 14th De cember, 2013, and 8:00am on Sunday 15th December, 2013, some unknown persons/s stole her green 2002, 28ft Scout boat with two 225HP Yamaha engines from Hope Town, Abaco. Police action requested. Causing Grievous Harm On Monday 16th December,2013 at Police Station contacted the Marsh Har bour Police Station and reported that on same date sometime around 2:15am a 16 year old male and a 13 year old male got into an altercation resulting in the 16 year old receiving wounds to the face. He was transported to the Moores Island Community Clinic and was treated by the local nurse. The 13 year old is in police custody and assisting with the inves tigation. Arson (Suspect Arrested) At 4:00am on 25th December, 2013, a 33 year old male of Dundas Town, Aba co, reported that sometime around 3:30am while he was asleep at his residence, he was awoken by his neighbor informing him As a result, he and his neighbor ex tinguished the same and while doing so, he saw a male known to him watching them and then run away. He suspects this male cused him of stealing his girlfriend. Police action requested. Investigation continues. Suspect Arrested the MHPS arrested the suspect from Cen tral Pines, Abaco, reference to this matter. He was interviewed and charged for the offence. Firearm and Ammunition Arrest (Suspect arrested and charged) At 8:38pm on 25th December, 2013, tion reported that they received informa tion that a vehicle travelling south along Ernest Dean Hwy pulled to the side of the road near the entrance of B.E.C. Power Station, Wilson City, where the occupants and sped off in a southern direction. Police action requested. of the Sandy Point Police Station acting the description near Hole-In-The-Wall on male occupants age 31 years of Central Pines and Dundas Town, Abaco who were found in Possession of a handgun contain ing live ammunition. The suspects were transported to M.H.P.S. where they were evidential value. They are expected to be Bahamas. Unlawfully Carrying Arms (Suspect arrested and Charged) At 6:08pm on 27th December, 2013, an anonymous caller contacted the M.H.P.S. and reported that there was a slim dark male in the area of Roderick Strachan Store located on Crockett Drive, Abaco, with a cutlass in his hand stating that he was going to stab someone. Police action requested. patched to the scene where they arrest ed the suspect, aged 33 years from the Mudd, Abaco who was found in posses sion of a knife. The suspect was brought to M.H.P.S. where he was charged for the offence in court on 6/1/13. Possession of Dangerous with Intent to Supply (Suspect Arrested and Charged) At 2:55am on 9th January, 2014, of on mobile patrol in the area of the former they observed a green Ford Taurus with three occupants acting suspicious. The unit pursued the vehicle which collided into a B.E.C. pole in Dundas Town near Surfside bar. The driver, a 32 year old male, exited two occupants, a male age 30 years and 20 years old, were arrested at the scene. A search of the vehicle revealed three (3) plastic wraps containing suspected mari juana. As a result all persons were charged and arraigned and remanded to Her Maj esty Prison. Stealing (Suspect Arrested and Charged) At 7:00am on 9th January, 2014, a 26year old female of Central Pines, Ab aco, reported that at about 5:30am same date, while at her place of work Marsh Please see Crime Sec. B Pg 11 Crime Report

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 2014 From the Editor's Desk // Ministry of (Not) Works 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) 9am @ Anglican Hall dington I must start by expressing my empathy and sadness for those residents of the Pigeon Pea who lost their homes and everything they have on this earth, and es pecially for the family and friends of those two lives lost during the New Years Eve Fire. Its a trag edy plain and simple. I dont have to write and pre tend that there is some great love local Abaconians foster in their heart for our Haitian migrants. Over the years we have devel oped a complicated dynamic, at best. But tragic events like the the dust of bitterness and antago nism. At least for a short while. And in these moments we dont complicate boundaries, like where the Pigeon Pea and Mudd end and where Marsh Harbour begins. We look across the divide a see our own humanity. The out pouring of support from every area of Abaco to help those dis placed and grieving is beautiful. The same sources of this support, in a lot of cases I have seen, also happen to be some of the biggest critics of the situation that has brewed in our homegrown shanty towns. And with good reason. I overheard some one with the Fire Department de worst case scenario for Abaco. The shanty towns are construct ed in such a way that prevents any mobility of rescue crews Its because they build, and are somehow allowed to build, with out the safety and construction guidelines Bahamians are sup posed to follow. A tragedy that would be be allowing that area to rebuild as before. I say that not to belittle their plight of poverty, which is a very real and unjust cycle, but because allowing reconstruction will lead to the same results. I will echo what our Deputy Prime Minister said about refraining from rebuilding would be help ing themselves. Mr. Davis has stated that a Ministry of Works ground here to ensure that no construction resumes. I hope the Ministry of Works is as good at preventing con struction in the Pigeon Pea as they are at preventing construc tion at the new terminal.

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January 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Thankful for Improvements I am so thankful that Marsh Harbour ferry dock now has a ramp for low tide. The ramp makes it so much easier for getting into the ferry. Now we need one in Man O War. -Wanda VAT Will Cripple Us I do not usually write letters, but I feel I must as I think that VAT will not only affect me negatively, but all of us. I have read some of the new proposals as to how VAT not only scary, but terrifying. All of the pro-VAT people have been saying that VAT will not affect or hurt businesses, but it will be the consumer that ends up paying for VAT. many computer systems will have to be changed or updated result ing in the cost of thousands of dol lars. Secondly, with the latest pro posed VAT setup, a business can its deemed to have tried to cheat the government. It is quite pos sible that a business could make an honest mistake and that mistake, if deemed corrupt could cost a busi ness $50,000. A business would have to hire a full time paralegal to ensure that no penalties occur. Do we honestly think that any busi nesses can afford these extra costs in tough times? word underlined earlier in this letter, the consumer. Again, the pro-vat persons are referring to consumers as if they are some mythical group of people that will incur all of the VAT charges. I ask, who are the consumers? We are all the consumers. We consume food every day. Our ve hicles consume fuel every day. We have to purchase clothes regularly and so on. The government has said that eventually some duty rates will be dropped to help compensate for VAT. While this may be helpful, we all know that the reduced duty rates will not equally compensate Letters to the Editor for the 15% VAT. I would like to fast forward to July 2014. At this time, all the busi nesses will have been paid the full duty on all of its stock and still have to add a 15% VAT at its point of sale. We will have to pay that, as we are the consumers. I realize that the government needs money. I did not just write to complain, but in fact offer the following suggestions as to how the government could procure funds in ways other that VAT: 1. Stricter enforcement on col lection of import duty 2. Add a %5 sales Tax 3. Government cut spending, i.e. taking unnecessary trips all over the world and taking a huge entourage. I implore the government to reconsider the VAT proposal and leave them with this thought: if one has a goose that lays golden eggs, wouldnt it be better to care for that goose so that it can consistently pro duce those golden eggs rather than squeeze the goose so hard that its forced to lay a lot of eggs quickly but ultimately dies? Thank you, Fred Sweeting A Thank You to Everyone who Made Hope Town Junkanoo a Success The Hope Town Fireworks and Junkanoo was totally paid for through individual, family and business donations. on by troy Pritchard and Mr. Cook right down at the dock by Sunshine started their colourful display and was followed by the pounding of the Junkanoo drums kalik bells and the sensational Junkanoo rush. The rush went through the Hope Town Settlement from Sun shine Park past the Edge, around Captain Jacks, back by Sip Sip and and Hope own School. It was a great night and a great way to welcome 2014 for locals and visitors alike. I would especially like to thank: Alburys Ferry, Denn Puckett, erties, Harbour View Groceries, Harbours Edge, HG Christie, Da mianos, Sugar Shack, Hope Town house Marina, Abacays, Tanny Key, Troy Pritchard, Froggies, Phil Phillips, Al Sharpio, Hook House, Sundried Ts, Abaco Ts, Valdo Prosa, Allan Williams, Todd Murrian, Tom Callahan, Allen Ba con, Joseph Oneal, Don Moore, Mark Duffy, Reed, Bob Monta vanni, Hope Town Hideaways, Pe Gooding, Imports Unltd., Captain everyone else who made this night possible. CORRECTIONS Last issue we ran a photo and cap tion titled Women honoured dur ing Green Turtle Cay Tree Light ing Ceremony it should read, and honoured during Guana Cay Tree Lighting Ceremony. We apologize to the residents of both lovely settle ments.

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 2014 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 www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 Central & All Abaco By Timothy Roberts Partnering together, the International Gospel Mission, Abaco Christian Council (ACC), Red Cross and members of the community are providing relief and assis the Haitian shanty town of the Pigeon Pea. Pastor Stephen Knowles, President of the ACC, said the International Gospel Mission kindly let their facility to be the distribution center for goods which include many clothing and food items and also some shelter for a few persons displaced as well. Mr. Knowles said no single agency has all the resources to deal with this and going forward this is the way this has to be done. Agencies, the church and all of us have to join in the effort and bringing relief as much as we can for as long as we can. Sarone Kennedy, Head of the Abaco Red Cross, said they are partnering with the ACC and others in making sure provi sions are mad for the people as best as they are able, recognizing that there were many people affected by this disaster. Were trying to do what we can; not working at cross-purposes but linking hands to make this work so that we are not re-inventing the wheel but pooling our ef forts to provide a better response to their needs, Mr. Kennedy said. We have seen a good response and weve been able to help a lot of people, he said. Were glad to be able to partner with the Council, and others in the com munity to make this happen. They expressed gratitude to all the many who have shown support and do nated items and time to assist the people in this time of need. We stand as testimony that people from around the nation and even from other countries as not as uncaring as some may think, said Mr. Kennedy. US Embassy considering Consul visit to Abaco for passport renewals The U.S. Embassy in Nassau is gaug ing the publics interest in response to pos sibly visiting Abaco for Passport renewal services. If you are a citizen of the United States and wish to have your passport re newed or know of a citizen needing such a service they are kindly asking you to con tact them. pervisor, ACS with the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, is the lead for the project. She can be reached via email at acsnassau@state. gov in order for persons to be documented in the count. The e-mail must state whether its 1, 2 or 3 children/adults for renewal. T This would be for US Passport RE Based on the amount of interest they get, they will organize a trip to Abaco. North Abaco On Jan. 11, Integrated Medical Cen tre (IMC) spearheaded a number of events leading up to the opening of its new In tegrated Medical Centre Treasure Cay honouring Rev. Stafford Symonette and Mrs. Diane Solomon. Medical Symposium: First in the line of events was a Medi cal Symposium at Full Gospel Assembly under the theme: Patient Centered Care. Dr. George Charite, IMC director, welcomed all local and international guests in attendance. He said it was a step for ward in providing medical care to the com munity of Abaco. Integrated Medical Centre Trea sure Cay is starting a new trend of medi cine in The Bahamas, and this new trend of medicine is where we are encompassing complete health care: medical, surgical, and spiritual, Dr. Charite said. We want to provide a complete healing environment to our patients in our community; so this that were starting in Treasure Cay is go ing to continue into Marsh Harbour, and very soon, it will continue to other islands in The Bahamas. As moderator, Dr. Carnille Farqu harson, family medicine specialist, was enthused about the services that Abaco and Grand Bahama residents will be able to take advantage of. Dr. Rogelio Ribas Baptist Health International: Rogelio Ribas of Baptist Health Interna tional. Dr. Ribas spoke on the topic: Can cer: The Future Is Now. He talked about the upgrades in technology that is ongoing stateside, while warning that technology may not always be the best approach. After addressing the four pillars of cancer medical, surgical, radiation and interventional oncology Dr. Ribas in troduced the concept of robotic surgery to the audience. The advantages of robotic surgery translates into less blood loss, re duced hospital stays and equal or better outcomes. While Baptist Health offers a number of personalized services at its hospitals and centres across the United States, Dr. Ribas emphasized that it is of utmost importance that patients speak directly with their pri mary physicians who can instruct them on what to do. Dr. Mary Beth Tomaselli Oncol ogy Referral Network of America (OR NOA): Next, Dr. Mary Beth Tomaselli, a breast surgeon at Oncology Referral Net work of America (ORNOA), gave a pre Above: The two honourees: Rev. Stafford Symonette and Mrs. Diane Solomon along with Vanessa Lockhart far right in green. Integrated Medical Centre opens new location in Treasure Cay sentation on Breast Cancer Prevention, Diagnosis and Surgical. As a child, she mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Tomicelli urged women to do self-breast examinations monthly from the age of 20. Examinations should be done on the tenth day following the menstrual diation therapy, breast ultrasounds, breast MRIs, breast Tomosynthesis and mastecto mies along with the pros and cons of each procedure noting that no imaging study is 100 percent accurate. Dr. Christina Gomez Holy Cross Hospital: Her talk was followed by Dr. Chris tina Gomezs presentation on Advances in Breast Cancer. Dr. Gomez, a medi cal oncologist at Holy Cross Hospital, was excited to share cancer statistics that were just released on Jan. 7 of this year. She began with a recent patient case before re visiting the newfound statistical data. In her presentation, Dr. Gomez said that research shows that cancer mortality rates have declined and that 1.3 million cancer deaths were avoided in 2013. She were taken over a 10-year period. Never theless, Dr. Gomez said that there contin ues to be 1.6 million new cancer cases each year, and in The Bahamas, breast cancer has the highest morbidity rate among wom en. Dr. Theodore Turnquest Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH): Cancer Screening Essentials was the timely topic tackled by Dr. Theodore Turnquest, a consultant oncologist at the Princess Margaret Hospital. He agreed that breast cancer accounts for most of the pa tients they see. eight Bahamian women will be affected by breast cancer, and as a result, The Ba hamas ranks #6 in the world in terms of breast cancer deaths per 100,000 popula tion. He reiterated the importance of do ing mammograms, clinical and self-breast examinations, and breast MRIs. Startlingly, colorectal cancer is on the rise. Colorectal cancer is ranked second in men after prostate cancer, and third in women following breast cancer and cervi cal cancer. In endometrial (uterine) can cer statistics, The Bahamas ranks 12th fourth most common cause of cancer-relat Please see Medicine Page 16 Advertise in The Abaconian today! 367-3200 Support Community News and Promote Your Business. 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January 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 Abaco Hardware North Abaco Treasure Cay Announces New Format for June 2014 Competition Press Release ment (TCBT) announces a new date and format for its 31st Annual tournament, June 25-29, 2014. Held at Treasure Cay Beach day and Saturday, with an optional Family Fun Day, Kettle of Fish Tournament and Rock the Dock Party on Sunday. Stephen Kappeler, General Man ager, said, We took into consideration that some tournament participants may like to depart on Sunday to return to work on Monday. Plus, scheduling the event after school is out will make it easier for partici pants to include their families. value and social events, the world-class competition attracts teams from around the nament also offers social parties, dinners and fun competitions. The guaranteed cash payout ranges from $10,000 for a mini mum of ten boats and up to $50,000 for participation of 50 boats. The TCBT offers a special bonus of one free room night at the resort or a free day of dockage for registrations made prior to March 31, 2014. The early registrations also receive an entry into a drawing for free tournament dockage for boats up to 60 feet and additional prizes. the Bahamas, Treasure Cay is known for grander-size record-breaking marlin, large cus of the TCBT, the tournament includes Fun Fish Division awards for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. The Fun Fish Division offers an op tional payout rivaling top prizes of U.S. based tournaments. In addition to the cash prizes, winners receive beautiful trophies and the top team is honored on a statuesque Perpetual Trophy showcased in the resort's Spinnaker Restaurant, one of the largest air conditioned out-island restaurant facilities available for events. Awards are also pre by the participants own digital and/or video camera with an image that can verify the time and date the photo was taken. The TCBT is open to the public and center con soles over 30 feet are welcome. The top TCBT team will qualify for the IGFA Offshore World Championship, with information available at www.igfaoff shorechampionship.com. In addition to its great food and fam ily social events, the TCBT also raises funds for the children of the Treasure Cay Primary School. Details, photos and the tournament magazine are available on www.treasure cay.com. Information can also be found at www.facebook.com/treasurecayresort. Registration for up to six team mem bers, including boat entry, cash prize eligibility, dinners, cocktail parties, team goody bag and room discounts is only Above: current champions, Southern Comfort tournament. Photo credit Jonathan Wolff. $2,950 per team and can be made online at www.treasurecay.com. Current Champion Team Southern Comfort The 2013 TCBT winner was Southern ing Domarlo, owned by Doug Macdonald, Ts Too, owned by Bob Wolsey, Sarasota, day to snag third place. Domarlo claimed the Ultra Champ award for most points earned by prior Fish tournament resulted in the catch of snapper. Championship in Treasure Cay, June 4-7, 2014. Above: the crew from Pandemonium with Fishman.

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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 2014 Standard Hardware STANDARD HARDWARELumber & Plumbing Supplies email: standardhardware@netbusiness.com We boast a fully stocked lumber yard complete with pine, cypress, fir, molding, windows, roofing supplies, plywood and much more. Visit us today and let our friendly and professional staff assist you! The Combustion Music Hope Town Music Fest welcomed 10 hit songwriters to Hope Town on December 5 for four days of music, sun and fundraising. With over 60 #1 hits under their belts, the performers wowed the Hope Town crowds at four dif ferent venues around the island. The free shows were packed at ev ery venue as performers ran through their repertoires of hit songs as the crowds sang time visitors to the island, got a true taste of Hope Town with great weather, snor The festivities even included a Junk display at the closing event at The Hope Town Inn and Marina. While the event was free, the festi val did collect donations and sell CDs, signed posters and T-shirts at each event. All of the proceeds were split between the festival's two worthy causes: Every Child Counts and Hope Town Fire and Rescue. The Fire and Rescue folks were on hand at every event helping and collecting dona tions, and the last night two ECC students got on stage with Chris Farren and Chris Destefano and each sang a song to thunder Hope Town Music Fest raises over $25K for local charities The Cays Above: performers from the Hope Town Music Festival. Over $25K was raised over four days for ECC and Hope Town Fire & Rescue. ous applause. Through the donations and many generous sponsors, the Combustion Mu sic Hope Town Music Festival raised over $25,000 for these two great charities. Many thanks go out to the event's main sponsors, The Hope Town Harbour well as all of the other great sponsors in cluding: The Hope Town Inn and Marina, The Harbour's Edge, The Abaco Inn, The Academy of Country Music, Suntrust Bank, Warner Chappell Music, Elbow Cay Properties, Hopetown Hideaways, Abaco Buzz and Albury's Ferry. Great weather, great surroundings and great music made for a truly excep tional event. Below: Chris Farren performing with Hope Towns own Karen Forbes.

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January 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 By Timothy Roberts The Gully Roosters (a local band) en tertained festive crowds as hundreds of Ba hamians and visitors waited for the Junk anoo parade to commence on New Years Day in Green Turtle Cay. At about 3pm the sounds of goat skin cheered and danced, with some joining in the throng, as a wonderful display of col orful costumes and rhythmic music moved methodically through the roads of New Plymouth. Slammers Junkanoo group displayed an Arabian theme of including an impressive Scorpion King costume which capti vated the crowd along with the hypnotic Junkanoo beats. The costumes, varying in size dis played vivid colors while the rushers, who ranged from young boys and girls to older men and women, appeared very enthusias tic and pleased to be rushing in the parade. As the group moved forward the dancers came into view, making their way down the streets as people joined in, The Cays Green Turtle celebrates New Year with Junkanoo dancing to the pulsating sounds of the goat skin drums, cowbells, horns and whistles. The dancers were followed by the band of drummers, horn blowers and cow-bell shakers who kept a steady pace for the du ration of their long trek around the settle ment of New Plymouth. Young and old alike enjoyed the sights and sounds, as people continued to have a good time dancing, eating and drinking. The streets were full of activity as many people visited shops, vendors and restaurants to buy a variety of treats. A variety of American and Bahamian foods were on sale throughout town. Whether you were interested in hamburgers and hot dogs, or cracked conch or conch fritters or were just looking for desserts, there was a delicious variety sure to please. The festival continued into the eve ning as people celebrated in anticipation of the beginning of a new year. The day was fun as many were delighted with the days celebration. Songwriters Festival promises to entertain Elbow Cay The 2nd Annual Patrick Davis Hope Town Songwriters Festival will take place February 18 22. The events will take The current lineup of performers in cludes: James Otto, Corey Crowder, Djan go Duncan, James Slater, Chris Destefano, Mark Bryan, Tyker Reeve, Kylie Sackley, Davis. ery night after at Sea Spray, Abaco inn, will be an acoustic session and the Fare well Jame at Harbours Edge. Mysterious noise heard Residents of Elbow reported a mys terious noise that sounded like a boom or explosion on Jan 12 around 8:30 am. Residents were unable to pinpoint the source of the noise, some claiming to hear it coming from the North End of Elbow Cay, some hearing it emanating from the mainland of Abaco. No smoke was visible to indicate an explosion. Some on the ground speculate that the source of the noise was a Sonic Boom which is caused when a military jet breaks the sound barrier. After the single loud noise no further incidents were reported. Above: the Scorpion King from the GTC Junkanoo Parade. Above: Junkanoo on Green Turtle Cay for

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 2014 North Abaco ed deaths in the country. Dr. Turnquest recalled when they used to only see three or four cases a year, but now with smoking rates going up, the cases have increased as well. Its preventable if people stop smok ing, he said, pointedly. With prostate cancer, The Bahamas places 13th worldwide, and locally, pros tate cancer is the No. 1 cause of death in Bahamian men. Therefore, research shows done greatly outweighs the harm associ ated with testing. Men ages 45 and over, can speak to their doctors about the risks For the general cancer screening, Dr. Turnquest said it is important to know your family history, and that there are various exams to choose from. He warned that Ba hamians must do everything in moderation particularly with alcohol intake. In the case of breast cancer in men who are obese, he said it is the wife who usually detects it. Men who also undergo hormonal manipulation may also be at risk for breast cancer. During the question and answer ses was related to a vaccine for cancer. Dr. Gomez answered by saying that doctors are making baby steps in that direction with the reduction in mortality rates, but there is no cure as yet. Based on Dr. Turnquests presenta tion, a frightening revelation is that Ca ribbean men appear to be predisposed for prostate cancer no matter where they re locate. Dr. Winston Campbell Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH): An interesting presentation was given by PMH consultant, Dr. Winston Camp bell, on Obstructive Sleep Apnea The Often Missed Diagnosis. According to Dr. Campbell, the three critical areas of the condition are nasal obstruction, the tongue or the uvula soft palate. He gave the signs of OSA and elaborated on the assessment scales used to measure the tongue position and the risk of developing OSA. Finally, a list of home sleep devices were given to aid those with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Tragically, OSA can lead to many chronic non-communicable diseases including congestive heart failure, arrhyth mias, atherogenesis, and endothelial dys function as well as diabetes and obesity. For men, OSA leads to low testoster one and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Campbell contended that there is an economic burden caused by OSA when it results in hypertension that costs the Ba hamian government $38 million in medical spending or diabetes that totals $26 mil lion. Dr. Ali Malek St. Marys Hospital (West Palm Beach): Dr. Ali Malek of St. Marys Hospital in West Palm Beach touched on the impact of strokes and issued Guidelines for Man agement of Strokes in Remote Areas. In the case of a stroke, time is of the essence because when brain cells die they are not salvageable, he emphasized. During a stroke, 1.9 million brain cells die every minute, Dr. Malek added. Additional research states that for ev ery hour a stroke continues, up to 200 mil lion nerve cells die and the brain ages four years. Doctors focus on the penumbra of the stroke, or in other words, the area that is not damaged by the stroke. They then seek to determine why the patient suffered a stroke and determine measures of pre venting another one. Eighty three percent of strokes are classed as Ischemic strokes, while the re maining 17 percent are called hemorrhagic strokes. Risk factors can range from family able risk factors like obesity, hypertension, smoking and cholesterol. He was astounded that Bahamians are surrounded by such a beautiful environ ment and an abundance of seafood, yet we take foods that are healthy and transform them into unhealthy foods because of what we add to them. He reminded the audience that processed foods are not good for the body largely because they are made from the poorest ingredients. Dr. Malek urges patients to see their pri mary care physicians. While some medica tions may help with strokes, there are some that do not. If someone is having a stroke, Dr. Malek recommended placing the stroke slightly raised to reduce the blood pressure in the brain. Additional tips are that if the victim is unconscious, gently roll him so he is lying on his left side and pull the chin forward. This keeps the airway open and allows any vomit to drain and not affect breathing. If the victim is conscious, give all the positive support you can. Remem ber to never give a stroke victim anything to eat or drink because the throat may be paralyzed causing them to choke. Educate the community, Dr. Malek repeated. Time is Brain; the best stroke is the one you dont have. Dr. Gemma Rolle Princess Marga ret Hospital (PMH): As the presentations began to wind down, Dr. Gemma Rolle spoke on Up dates in Gastroenterology. She also ad dressed colorectal cancer (CRC) and its ties to family history/genetics and lifestyle risk factors. Dr. Rolle focused on the de velopment of polyps in these patients and the potential of them turning into cancer. A number of screening methods are used to detect polyps with a colonoscopy being the gold standard. Not only does the colonoscopy allow the detection of pol yps, but it also allows for the removal of them at the same time. She also introduced the terms: polypectomy and chromoendos copy. Circling back to colonoscopies, Dr. Rolle explained that a colonoscopy can be done every 10 years and can be used to di agnose other things. However, its shortfall is that small polyps can be missed; a full bowel preparation is required; the patient is sedated; and they may require a missed day at work. A colonoscopy can risk serious com plications such as bleeding, tearing/perfo ration, infection, severe abdominal pain, cardiovascular events or death. In light is such complications, Dr. Rolle was well aware that some patients will generally mistrust physicians or harbour fatalistic views about cancer, or they can simply have symptoms that do not allow them to do the procedure. Screening guidelines dictate that screening begins at age 50. Based on the will determine the amount of years in be tween for screenings. Hersch of West Boca Hospital in Florida. He gave the insight on sports medicine be ginning with should dislocations that can ferior. He suggested learning two or three techniques, and among the techniques are Kochers Method, Scapula Manipulation, Cunningham Technique, Stimson Meth od and Traction Counter Traction. Dr. Hersch also gave after care advice adding that younger patients tend to have a high recurrence of dislocation. He used college, high school and junior high players in pop ular sport of football as examples. Dr. Herschs next topic was AC and AC Joint separation, and the types of sur geries available from Grades 1-6. Elbow injuries were addressed along with injuries to the biceps, knees, anterior cruciate liga of initial treatments like RICE, AROM, Dr. Hersch ended his presentation by com paring surgery versus non-surgical proce dures. Official Opening of Integrated Medi cal Centre Treasure Cay: Following closing remarks by Dr. Farquharson, the group dispersed to the site of the Integrated Medical Centre Treasure Cay for the Health Fair and Gos pel Concert. Guests were encouraged to tour the building, which is comprised of the Rev. Stafford Symonette Medical Pa vilion, the Diane Solomon Surgical Cen tre, and the Integrated Medical Spa located next to the Spinnaker Restaurant. Father Rogelio Madrazo prayed a blessing over the medical centre before Mrs. Solomon was asked to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Onlookers to the building by theCreative Construction team with its detailed moulding as well as the welcoming and impressive design of the spas interior. The Integrated Spa will offer massage therapy and specialty massages, aesthetic services, an infrared sauna, hydrotherapy, body waxing, body wraps/scrubs and spe cialty facials. Ricardo and Avalon Millers ed in the Integrated building, and has been open since last year to serve the people of North Abaco. Renardo Curry, MP for North Aba co, was also in attendance, and was invited to make remarks as the guest speaker and opened. Curry said that Integrated Medical Centre in Treasure Cay would prove para mount to the island because of the share of challenges and loss of life in the absence of it. I am pleased to announce that with the establishment of this new facility in ad dition to a number of other private prac tices on the island including the arrival of the new mini hospital in the Central Abaco district, the demeanor of most Abaconians of leaving the island in search of medical attention will be that of the past. Most, if not all, of the medical healthcare services needed will be acces sible on the island of Abaco, Curry con cluded. Health Fair/Gospel Concert: At the Health Fair, there were repre sentatives from Baptist Health Internation al, the National Workers Health Plan Net work, Holy Cross and an air ambulance service. A bouncing castle was provided for the younger ones, as well as food and drinks for everyone. Gospel groups like Genesis, New Direction, Jes Us, legendary Bahamian gospel singer Rev. Simeon Outten and the teams entertained the audience.

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January 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 JOHN CASHREALTY www.treasurecayrentals.com Lot 2 Block 200 Galleon Bay Estates 142 of canal frontage with dock, electric, boathouse, garage and lovely marina views. $399,000 Lot 35 Block 167 Anchorage Estates multi family canal lot adjacent to Palm Bay $249,000 Lot 32 Block 3 Homesite located on Treasure Cay Drive across from golf course. $59,000 Lot 74 Block 199 14,439 sq. ft. Canal front homesite with Sea of Abaco views $149,000 Royal Palm 2338 2 Bed 2 Bath newly furnished lower condo with boat slip & storage locker, very smart upgrades $299,000 NEW PRICE Bahama Beach Club 2024 3 Bed 2 Bath 1645 sq. ft. Luxurious fully furnished second oor condo at Treasure Cay beachfront resort with pool bar/ restaurant. $675,000 OWNER FINANCING Ocean Villa 911 2 Bed, 2 Bath fully furnished, steps from Treasure Cay beach, excellent buy. $275,000 Twin Palms 3 Bed, 2 Bath charming 1800 sq. ft. newly renovated home with pool & dock and 2 min walk to T. C. Beach $849,000 OWNER FINANCING Roberts Home 3 Bed 2.5 Bath fully furnished 3000 sq ft CBS home with 2 car garage and dock $949,000 Mariners Cove 1510 Townhouse 2 bed, 1.5 bath, professionally decorated, lovely marina view $219,000 Royal Palm 2321 2 Bed, 2 Bath tastefully furnished marina condo, end unit with pool in front, boatlift and storage $229,000 NEW PRICE Beach Villa 635 2 Bed 2 Bath 1,025 sq. ft. charming renovated villa, large garage, many extras & upgrades. $279,000 NEW LISTING Royal Poinciana 2513 Oceanfront 2 bed, 2 bath fully furnished condo with water views from every room! $545,000 Lot 5 Block 191 Brigantine Bay canal front homesite with serene water views. $310,000 NEW LISTING Las Brisas 4 Bed, 3 Bath 2 Den 3000 sq ft private luxurious beachfront home on Windward Beach. $1,575,000 NEW PRICE Royal Palm 2309 2 Bed, 2 Bath fully furnished lower condo, situated between two pools w/boat slip on Treasure Cay Marina. $249,000 NEW LISTING Royal Palm 2377 2 bed, 2 bath fully furnished lower condo on Brigantine Bay w/boat lift $249,000 NEW PRICE Lot 8 Block 198 Brigantine canal homesite with 90 ft. of seawall in Treasure Cays most protected canal. Choice water views. $235,000 WILL TRADE FOR CONDO Lot 6 Block 198 canal front homesite with 91 of seawall on Treasure Cays most protected canal at THE best price! $125,000 NEW PRICE Lot 21 Block 200 Galleon Bay Estates 20,164 sq. ft. canal front homesite with terric Sea of Abaco views $199,000 Marina View Villa Modern 2 bed/2bath CBS, fully funished home, 1,000 sq. ft. plus porches, overlooking Treasure Cay Marina Royal Palm 2404 THE most outstanding 3 bed, 3 bath upper level condo with lavish kitchen and bath upgrades, designer furnishings, and expansive marina views. $399,000 NEW LISTING John CashABR, BRI, CRB, CRS, RSPS, Broker SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD UNDER CONTRACT Business The Oasis treats guests to complimentary tasting during Grand Opening Chefs Antonio Huyler, Demeko Saunders and David Thompson of Trio Culinary invited guests to an evening of complimentary tasting at The Oasis on Jan. 11. The restaurants grand opening cel ebration was opened in prayer by Rev. Dr. Silbert Mills and was well attended as guests socialized, sipped drinks, and sampled one-of-a-kind dishes as soft music played in the background courtesy of DJ/ sor for the Abaco Science Alliance Conference. Press Release Friends of the Environment is host ing the 6th biennial Abaco Science Al liance Conference January 16th 18th at New Vision Ministries in Marsh Harbour. The conference provides a unique opportu nity to learn about research and programs taking place in Abaco and the rest of The Bahamas, meet with scientists and pro by those individuals. Registration is now open through Friends of the Environments The Conference opens on Thursday evening with an informal cocktail party and open house at FRIENDS education center for speakers and attendees. Speakers are coming from Universities and organiza tions in the United States, the Caribbean, and across The Bahamas, as well as Abaco based researchers and program directors. Friday is a day full of interesting speakers at New Vision Ministries. Topics to be covered include: The impact of nutrients on the marine environ ment, historical and modern bird records from fossils and observations, conserva tion planning and a population study on beaked whales. Fridays talks are offered to school students free of charge thanks to sponsorship of the conference by JS Bank of Canada. Interested schools should contact Friends of the Environment to sign up. Saturdays talks will occur in the Entertainer Rebel Tony. a strawberry mojito concoction as well as sushi leading up to a conch chowder appe tizer that awakened the appetite. The ten derized conch was fused with fresh lemon grass, Red Thai Curry and coconut milk. Guests also bit into tasty servings of homemade egg rolls, and curried shrimp. Meanwhile, Chef Demeko skillfully prepared homemade ravioli, and Chef demonstration in front of the mesmerized audience. Dessert consisted of a roasted pineapple coconut sherbet. During his remarks, Chef Antonio emphasized that the menu will be creative and interactive with the fusion of differ ent cuisines made from fresh, local ingre dients. The dining room will come alive zling platters and a fresh herb garden, he boasted. Future plans include a Family Day complete with hand-rolled pizzas, cotton candy and bouncing castles for the chil dren along with freshly made pastas, sushi, chocolates made in-house, comedy shows, football Sundays, full Bahamian and Inter national breakfast spreads and brunches. The Oasis serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is located behind the Memorial Plaza and is situated next to the Christian Counsel 8331 or 458-7096 for reservations. In closing, Chef Antonio expressed: Thank you for dining with us at Oasis... Your culinary journey starts here! morning and will look at coral reef restora tion, invasive species and a proposal for an important bird area in Abaco. Saturday afternoon will be devoted trip will be joining local expert Nancy Al bury on an expedition to visit Gilpin Point along with Perry Maillis to introduce one of Abacos newest fossil sites. The trip will explore the coastal habitat at Gilpin Point, with opportunities for snorkeling, bird watching and participating in fossil col lection for the research project. The sec expert, Woody Bracey, to one of Abacos unique bird habitats. More information about the con are all available on the FRIENDS web site: www.friendsoftheenvironment.org or call 367-2721. Bank of Canada sponsor students to attend ASAC for free

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 2014 The Moorings Yacht Charters The Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class The Conch Inn Resort Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you. The Conch Inn Marina Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina Tide North Bar Channel February 2014 Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new sailing yachts 38 ft. mono hull or 44 ft. catamaran SAILING VACATIONS Sunsail Food Planet By Samantha Evans Food Planet began serving Haitian and Bahamian cuisine in Novembe, 2013. They pride themselves in having the best Greo in town which can be served with serve native Bahamian dishes which are guaranteed to satisfy your palette. New dishes will be coming on stream pwa with rice (black/white bean sauce). They will also be selling drinks and des serts. According to manager Shanalee Paul her mom is the cook and she loves prepar ing food. It was also a means to generate hon est income. Since they have been open, the word is spreading of how great their food is and business has been good. Dinners are sold for $8 and $10 and kids plates are $5 all day every day. They are located in Dundas Town, three houses down on the left from Shawnys Take-A-Way. They are open Monday to Sunday 1pm until and can be contacted by calling 475-0424, 4583280 or 559-9204. You Save Auto Rental By Samantha Evans On December 1, 2013, You Save Auto Rental opened its doors in the Am bassador Inn Building on Crocket Drive. They rent cars for $50 per day and vans for $60 daily. To rent a car, persons must be 25 years or older and possess a valid drivers license. At You Save Auto Rental, they pride themselves in excellent service and afford able prices, and guarantee clients that they will get their moneys worth when they rent a vehicle from them. They will pick up clients from the airport and drop them back to the airport once they have returned Since they opened, the feedback has been good. Rentals can be done by the day, week or month. For every sixth day, a cli ent will get a free day. The motto for this business is Saving You Time and Money The owner of this business is War ren Ellis. They are open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm. They can be reached by calling 699-3346. Favour Connection By Samantha Evans On October 29, 2013, Favour Con nection opened for business in the Island in Marsh Harbour. They specialize in male and female fashion including tops, pants, dresses and skirts. They sell dressy and casual tops, and cologne for males. For ladies, they also carry sandals, accessories, perfume, socks and under wear. Early in 2014, they will carry chil drens clothing, mens tennis shoes, and jeans for men and women in a variety of sizes and colors. The owner of Favour Connection is Samantha Bodie from Green Turtle Cay. They are open Monday through Sat urday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A & S Safety Professionals Store offers a wide range of safety equip ment and welding supplies. Their exten sive line up of medical products includes: medical gases; medical concentrators for rent; safety vests; hard hats; earplugs; safety glasses, dust masks, etc. In their welding section, they carry masks, gloves, rods, tips gases and lots more. Pick up and delivery service is available for medical gases and medical oxygen concentrators. If you need to have have smoke alarms and smoke detectors purchase. Additionally, CPB and First Aid classes are offered along with disaster, evacuation and emergency planning and responders, and the business is equipped also a safety planner, manager and EMS instructor. The Variety Store features house hold items, health and beauty supplies, and sporting goods. Basketball, softball, golf, and football equipment are always in store. There are also toys, party supplies and kitchenware. Store is located at the Rubis Service Station Building in Central Pines across from Soul Saving Ministries Intl. Business hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, and closed on Sundays. Phone contacts are: 475-3246 or 225-4168 (Vibe). fessionals and Variety Store. Entrepreneur Watch

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January 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 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 Further Business By Timothy Roberts The Abaco Chamber of Commerce tion Company in their grand opening event on December 12 at the stores location next to Corner Value on Queen Elizabeth Drive. Brian Bullard, principle owner, said though the store has been open for about ing to cement the fact that we are here to offer professional service to the communi ties of Abaco. Mr. Bullard, a technician who has been in the business almost 30 years, said that the company offers professional sales, installation and repair of marine and land communication particularly VHF marine and land based radios. He said he was appreciative of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce who came out in support of the Grand Opening. While I am a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Freeport I have never seen such support as I have with the Abaco Chamber, he said. I especially appreci ated the efforts of Mrs. Richard for us. He said he hopes with this business tury with communication especially since many communities in Abaco are so spread out. We want to introduce a separation between the land based communication and the sea based communication, he said. Mr. Bullard added that a technician is the best salesman and I regard myself as a technician and a customer will come in and bring his challenge or problem to me and my job is to solve those problems and provide solutions truthfully, honestly and He said he loves what he does and stays up to date in the industry. I believe in fair work, fair products for a fair price. Ive had great success over many years and Id like to see that continue in Abaco. Abaco Chamber joins new radio communication store for grand opening Press Release Albury Brothers Boats, builders of 27', 23' and 20' center console outboard boats, announced its partnership with Sun dance Marine. Sundance will represent the builder at their six Florida locations, pro viding additional convenience to Albury Brothers clients. Sundance will display se lect new boats and provide transaction as sistance including trade-ins, plus service and storage. The relationship between Sundance and Albury Brothers actually goes back ten bury Brothers in Florida. We built the third US Albury Brothers 23 for one of the owners of Sundance. Here is a guy who could have any new boat, every year, at wholesale, yet he chose our 23. He be came a fan and we started building a boat our owners, he keeps 2 or 3 Albury boats in the family at all times. His enthusiasm spilled over to Sundance employees and pretty soon they were fans and active in the brokerage market. We are very proud the Sundance Marine professionals sincerely believe in our boats. Mitch Milesi, Principal at Sundance said This is not our typical dealership arrangement. Albury Brothers produces a limited amount of boats per year. We have patiently waited, for the opportunity to partner with them. Our goal is to teach folks about the Albury Brothers design, then go out in choppy seas and let the boat do the talking. Albury Brothers Boats are known for their smooth ride, sea kindliness, strong construction and classic lines. For more information visit, Albury Brothers on Man O' War Cay, or near the Port of Palm Beach in Florida. You may also call 242365-6086 in The Bahamas, 561-863-7006 in the US, or email info@alburybrothers. com. Sundance Marine has 6 locations from Miami to Melbourne and has intro duced thousands of people to the boating lifestyle. Sundance offers more than just sales, with storage, great service and their legendary Bimini Blast for over 26 years. Albury Brothers Boats partners with Sundance Marine Ministry of Finance launches VAT Hotline Press Release The Minis try of Finance announced today it has launched a hotline with experts standing by to answer questions about the proposed Value Added Tax system set to go into effect July 1. The hotline number is 225-7280. It is staffed between 9 am and 5 pm daily Monday-Friday. The VIBE line is toll-free throughout The Bahamas. Since we launched the number two days ago without a lot of fanfare in the testing stage, we have had very interest change is needed, but they just want more information, said Financial Secretary John Rolle. What we have heard so far is evidence that the greatest need for infor mation is on the part of the consumer as businesses have made it a point of learn ing as much as they can to date. When you hear questions like Should I buy a new car now or wait? Which will be least expensive in taxes? or Do I have to pay VAT on my condo association fees? or How will it af fect the price of baby formula? its clear that the upcoming schedule for VAT items and exemptions will be very helpful. Government intends to publish the 17. The hotline is also accepting com ments for consideration. A series of town meetings is planned CherokeeAir caters to jet rush in December Above: CherokeeAir took care of 70 aircraft arrivals on December 27, 2013. Over half of the aircraft were jets. They brought 300 persons who left for Winding Bay, Hope Town, Above: members of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce joined Brian Bullard in the Grand Opening of CBS Marine on December 12.

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 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 The Abaconian presents Is the Airport Open Yet? Vol. II No. Why? Another deadline passed and another round of excuses. We have been told that February may, or may not, be the next target date. Also: the contingency fund needed for completion is nearly used up. The tangible work done that drained the funds? A fence, a security check-in and some minor cosmetic work. The one thing the Minister of Works will detail in regards to whats left to be done? The one critical thing preventing the airport from opening, despite the Minister of transport saying she is ready to move forward with hiring? Check Back Next Issue for Another Exciting Installment in: Is the Airport Open Yet? Business Abaco EV Sales enhances its electric car line-up This month, Abaco EV Sales ex pressed its appreciation for the reception November. By now, youve probably seen the compact, burnt orange vehicle zipping through town hence its name: The Zip Model. Because of the enthusiastic response, distributors are sending four more electric vehicles comprised of three electric cars and an eight-passenger electric van, which will arrive on Abaco in six to eight weeks. Abaco EV Sales Proprietor Mark Anthony Swain said the electric cars will be at the sales lots new location, which is situated next to Abaco Neem at the airport roundabout. The vehicles are equipped with a 10 KW electric motor that can be fully charged after approximately six hours at a cost of $7.90 on your electricity bill, and remain the general Marsh Harbour area. Impressively, the electric car can travel a distance of 135 miles before the suggested recharge. The cost of the electric car is $24,000, and the electric vans cost $26,000 includ ing import duties. In comparison, the smallest Japanese car on sale in The Baha mas is priced at $28,000. tomers will receive a $2,000-discount. Special orders are also available for the sports model cars. Essentially, clients can pay for the vehicle in six years with a 15-percent down payment and consistent payments of $362.68 per month, according to one of the local banks. Fortunately, the savings on fuel will cars payment. Because of the high cost of fuel particularly on the cays, Swain hopes to encourage residents and business owners to upgrade from golf carts to electric cars to reduce fuel costs. The savings are not dreds of dollars in overall maintenance. As more cars are sold, Abaco EV Sales will put in infrastructural work in terms of charging stations with meters or timers. The charging stations will be lo cated in Coopers Town and between Cherokee Sound and Sandy Point for mo torists travelling on long stretches of roads who may need an additional charge. The charging stations will also be useful for taxi drivers with electric vehicles to charge their motors while waiting on customers at the ferry docks. The cars come equipped with 110 volt and 220 volt plugs. Other amenities include 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels, right hand or left-hand drive steering, ra dio/CD player, air condition and heater, remote control lock, four wheel suspension system and optional GPS capabilities. All electric cars carry a two-year warranty and replacement parts and repair labour is also available. For a short time during their introductory promotion, there will be no charge for installing a home charging station. Contact Mark Anthony Swain in Ab aco at 1(242)533-4285, or Paul Swain in Nassau at 1(242)475-5412. Above: the Zip Model car.

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January 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 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 Winter Schedule only (Jan 3rd to Apr 15th, 2014) Mon & Wed: Dep Nassau 2 pm...Arrive S. Abaco 8 pm... Dep S. Abaco 9 pm. Tue & Thu: Arrive Freeport Wed & Fri: Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutes Marsh Harbour cont... North Abaco Sandy Point Treasure Cay Casaurina Point Cherokee Crossing Rocks Green Turtle Cay Hope Town Marsh Harbour 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 The Great Abaco Express Eco & Historical bus tours Call 367-2165 or 559-9160 Charter Fishing Boats 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 Not on Sundays or holidays

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Page 24 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 2014 HOME INSURANCE Your Peace Of Mind Is Important To Us! Insurance Management makes home protection a priority with the most dependable protection in The Bahamas. It's how they've earned their good reputation. Coverage you can rely on.INSURANCE MANAGEMENT(BAHAMAS) LIMITED. INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTS email: info@imbabaco.comNassauRosetta Street P.O.Box SS-6283 Tel: (242) 394-5555 Fax: (242) 323-6520Freeport1, Pioneers Way P.O.Box F-42541 Tel: (242) 350-3500 Fax: (242) 350-3510AbacoQueen Elizabeth Dr. P.O.Box AB-20666 Tel: (242) 367-4204 Fax: (242) 367-4206EleutheraQueens Highway P.O.Box EL-25190 Tel: (242) 332-2862 Fax: (242) 332-2863ExumaQueens Highway P.O.Box SS-6283 Tel: (242) 336-2304 Fax: (242) 336-2305

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January 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 22 NUMBER 02 January 15th 2014 Christine Lightbourne, Pilot Club of Abaco President, and four other members took time off to support and assist S. C. Bootle High Schools Dynamic Dolphin Anchor Club (DDAC) prior to the Christ mas holiday season. According to Principal Huel Moss Jr., DDAC launched an initiative to aid the elderly in Fire Road and Coopers Town with food baskets and packages. After conducting a survey within the Fire Road and Coopers Town communi ties, students composed a list of needy per sons with emphasis on the elderly. Thereafter, Moss said that advisors, student club members and members of the Pilot Club of Abaco, walked throughout the communities and distributed 25 pack ages to the elderly and sang Christmas carols. Bags were decorated with customdesigned tags. Recipients were very appreciative and grateful for the timely gifts they re S. C. Bootles Anchor Club distributes food to needy, elderly persons Please see Anchor Page 4 Above: members of SC Bootles Anchor Club and the Pilot Club of Abaco launched an initiative to help the elderly and those in need in their community. Sponsored artists helped by Alburys Ferry and Furniture Plus Above: Students display their Alburys Ferry inspired art on January 14. Three students were sponsored by Christy Young to attend the Walt Bartman art classes at the Hum mingbird Cottage Art Center this year. Alburys Ferry decided to help as well and allow the students to ride over to Hope Town and back for free. Left to right: Darin Knowles, Hannah Bonamy, Denis Knowles, Brandin Pinder and Marlee Mason. See page 4.

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 15, 2014 Music Doing Good Presents The Power of One in Hope Town and Marsh Harbour Every Child Counts The Power of One, a concert pre sented by Music Doing Good, will take place on Thursday, February 6 at Hope town Harbour Lodge Poolside in Hope town (5:30 p.m. Dinner and 7 p.m. Con cert); and Friday, February 7, Marquee Room at Abaco Beach Resort, Marsh Harbour (6 p.m. Doors Open, 7 p.m. Concert). This is a fund and friend raising event. Ticket price: Donations greatfully accepted. Contact: 242-367-2505 For the third year, Music Doing Good travels from Houston, Texas to Hope Town and Marsh Harbour, Abaco to perform two cation for children with learning, develop mental or physical disabilities (regardless Lyn Major, Founder and Administrator of have seen the difference in [the kids] since they have been working with the musicians the power of a caring few is so amazing! maximize each child's ability to become a productive, successful and independent School & YouthNews citizen. The theme behind The Power of One is that in order to effect positive change, it starts with an intent and action of just one person. And often times, the ripple effect of that intent or action creates a groundswell that galvanizes others to im pact the lives of many. The musical reper is created to evoke a sense of inspiration in the audience. Iconic tunes from great artists such as John Lennon, Bob Marley, the Beatles and Cole Porter will be performed in addition to many original songs by Music Doing Counts will also perform several songs on also share their rendition of the Junkanoo with the guests. Music Doing Good is a Houstontransforms lives by providing music experi ences and education to underserved people and by fostering the talent of those served. In addition to concerts, Music Doing Good offers an instrument granting program, de livers afterschool music classes in Hous ton-area Title I schools, provides scholar ships for middle and high schoolers, and one-on-one songwriting sessionsall with a focus on youth. The outreach programs use music to stimulate minds, open hearts and ignite imagination! Music Doing Good touches the lives of thousands of individu als annually as the organization strives to create a world where we all live in concert. For more information about Music Doing Good, please visit www.music doinggood.org Child Counts, visit www.everychildcount sabaco.org email: everychildcountsaba co@gmail.com Four Abaco students selected as Youth Ambassadors to participate in Leadership Exchange in US Press Release On Thursday, January 9, the Unit the students and chaperone representing Abaco Island who will travel to Denver, Colorado and Washington, D.C. from February 2-25, 2014, to participate in the exchange program. The students were selected based on their strong leadership skills and a commitment to community service. Please see Ambassadors Page 4 Above: the Music Doing Good group performing last year.

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 15, 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. Man-O-War Hardware Non-Corrosive Hardware An Extensive Selection of Brass, Stainless & Monel Bolts, Nails & Screws Hinges & Barrel Bolts Stainless Steel Hurricane Clips #1 Lumber Plain & Pressure Treated Pine, Fir, Cypress Teak & Mahogany Interior, Exterior & Marine PLYWOOD For quotes or information Call Walter Sweeting Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 365-6011 l Fax (242) 365-6039 Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDSWe stock a wide variety of parts and tyres. If you need an item that is not in stock, we will quickly import it for you Open 7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 During the three-week exchange, the Bahamian youth leaders will join students from throughout the Caribbean in two U.S. cities for hands-on community-based ac tivities. The students exciting one-day visit to Nassau included a courtesy call on U.S. Charg dAffaires John Dinkelman and fairs staff. During the meeting with the Charg, the students discussed the upcom ing program and issues facing youth in The Bahamas. The four youth leaders who were se Ambassador Program are: Kandise Kelly and Catalina Albury, both students at For est Heights Academy, Berthony McDer mott from S.C. Bootle High School and Conrad Cornish, who will represent Abaco Central High School. The students will be accompanied by cation who will serve as the groups chap erone and act as a mentor to the students upon their return to The Bahamas. brings talented high school students to the United States to promote mutual under standing, increase their leadership skills and prepare participants to make a differ ence in their home communities by becom ing active and engaged citizens through the Caribbean and Latin America currently participate in the program. 2013/14 with students previously selected from New Providence and Grand Bahama to participate in the youth leadership ex change. School & Youth News Ambassadors From Page 2 ceived, Moss shared. Food items were collected by the students of S. C. Bootle undertaken by the Dynamic Dolphin An chors. The club is looking forward to big ger and better ways of assisting persons within our local communities and beyond. Thanks to the Pilot Club of Abaco for as sisting with the distribution, he concluded Anchor From Page 1 Alburys Ferry and Furniture Plus sponsor young artists By Timothy Roberts After learning of art workshops for talented, young Abaco artists on Hope Town taught by Walt Bartman, Alburys Ferry decided to assist these young artists by sponsoring free ferry rides to and from the Cay for the duration of the classes. Hummingbird Cottage Art Center, an old Loyalist home restored by Jim and educational centre for the arts in Abaco. Christy, who hails from Maryland, is her self an artist who is experienced in all me diums but recently discovered a passion for oils under the tutelage of Walt Bartman. Seven years ago Christy decided to sponsor an Abaco student to attend Walt Bartmans Outdoor 10 Day Art Workshop which is held in Hope Town annually. This year three students were sponsored, includ ing one from Agape Christian School and, and Hannah Bonamy. In an effort to make the sponsorship more meaningful now, as well as for the future, Alburys Ferry asked the students to produce a painting related to Alburys Ferry which they would in turn display the painting along with the students infor mation in the gift shop at the Crossing in Marsh Harbour. Denis Knowles, General Manager of Alburys Ferry said Marlee Mason, an artist who lives in Hope Town, came to him with the idea to assist by sponsoring the ferry transportation. Denis son, Da rin Knowles, also Operations Manager of Alburys Ferry, took the idea even further and said why dont we, when the students painting of something regarding the ferries and we will post it in the snack bar. Anytime we can be of help or assist like this we enjoy it, he said. Hannah Bonamy, student of Agape Christian School, said that Mr. Bartman taught her a lot. She said it was a great ex perience and that she was thankful to Ms. Mason and to all the sponsors for making it possible. Brandin Pinder, student of St. Fran cis de Sales School, said he got a lot out of Mr. Bartmans workshop and that the ex perience helped him learn new things about painting. He said he was thankful for the sponsors who helped him go to the work shop as well as his school teachers. Marlee Mason is an artist who assists in the sponsorship of Abaco kids to the Outdoor Art Workshop. She said students are suggested by their art teachers for se lection. Ms. Mason also noted that Furni ture Plus also sponsors the paint supplies for the students who participate, which is very helpful as there is not a good selection of materials available to Abacos talented youth. Above: art student Hannah Bonamy holds a familiar scene she painted with Alburys Ferry General Manager Denis Knowles. Every year Walt Bartman holds an Art Work shop in Hope Town and some talented young Abaco artists are sponsored to attend. This year, Alburys Ferry decided to go a step further and provided free rides for the three young students who were chosen. The students in return painted scenes about Alburys Ferry. Furniture Plus also donated paint supplies.

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January 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 School & Youth News By Timothy Roberts On December 16 Agape Christian School presented the Abaco Cancer Soci ety with a donation of funds raised from an out-of-uniform day at the school. Cecile Albury, Principle of Agape Christian School, said they raised money for the Abaco Cancer Society with an out of uniform day and we did that because there are people who have that very bad disease and it touches babies all the way to older men and women, and the Abaco Cancer Society helps people to obtain treatment. Jo Ann Bradley, President of the Abaco Cancer was on-hand to receive the donation. She said, I really appreciate everything you have done to help us help others. We help 86 people in Abaco at the moment. She said that 100 per cent of all the money raised for the Cancer Society goes to helping people who have cancer and all the work and items are donated by volun teers. Agape raises funds for Cancer Society Above: Abaco Cancer Society volunteer, Jo-Ann Bradley, accepts a donation from Agape School. Funds were raised during an Out-of-Uniform day. By Rakasha McIntosh & Hannah Strachan Grade Ten Students Starting off the 2013/2014 school member Interact Club raised awareness Forest Heights Interact Club has successful year the help of Interact Co-Advisor Lori Thompson. and money for breast cancer research and for the less privileged. During the month of October, In teract sold hats, t-shirts, bottles and other Please see Interact Page 14

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 15, 2014 Art for the Parks to spotlight Bahamian Beauty Press Release This January, some of the most cel ebrated Bahamian artists will gather at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina to share the beauty of their work while protecting the beauty of The Baha mas. Now in its 5th year, the Art for the Parks Festival will take place January 24 26, 2014 in collaboration between Abaco Beach Resort, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) and corporate sponsors. Over thirty artists and artisans will exhibit, providing both residents and visi tors a unique opportunity to view and pur chase artwork, while raising awareness and funding for the preservation of Abacos six national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. We look forward to once again host ing this wonderful event and are proud to play a part in the preservation of our natural environment, said Manny Alex iou, owner of Abaco Beach Resort. What makes Art for the Parks so unique is that it not only showcases the natural wonders of The Bahamas through the work of our tal ented art community, but it also reminds us of the importance of protecting these areas so that future generations can enjoy them. and purchasing works in all mediums in cluding oils and acrylics, vibrant watercol ors, handcrafted wood products, dazzling jewelry and incredible fabric art. Lifestyles Art for the Parks commences with a cocktail reception and silent auction and continues through the weekend with musi cal entertainment, local cuisine, an interac tive childrens arts and crafts tent, chalk art competition, live art demonstrations by select artists as well as a Heritage Tent with live demonstrations and history work shops about the region. The Art for the Parks event was the idea of local Abaco artists who wanted a show that would allow them to promote and display their art while supporting the national parks on Abaco. said Lynn It has been a great partnership with the artists participating in the planning of the event, as well as the amazing support we have received from the Abaco Beach Re sort and local corporate partners. preservation of Abacos six national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. The national park system in Abaco includes Walkers Cay National Park, Black Sound Cay National Reserve, Tilloo Cay Reserve, Pelican Cays Land & Sea Park, Abaco National Park and Fowl Cays National Park. The youth of Abaco are also a part of the event, stated David Knowles, BNT Director of Parks. This year, stu dents have been invited to participate in the Take me Outside Video competition where students are asked through a short about the outdoor environment of Abaco. The BNT will announce the winners of the competition at the Art for the Parks event. Art for the Parks in Abaco opens on Friday, January 24 from noon 3 pm with the gala opening at 6 9pm.; Saturday, January 25 from 10am 6pm and Sunday, January 26 from 11am 3pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12 years of age. For more information about the event Marsh Harbour 367-6310. Above: local artist David Lowe displaying his work during last years Art for the Parks event. North Abaco Audubon Society holds Christmas Bird Count Above: many beautiful birds were spotted during the North Abaco Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. Photo by Uli Now lan By Mirella Santillo participated in the North Abaco Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. The group was happy to see a good amount of spe cies on their trip. Between the two groups, eighty six species were spotted on Janu ary 2. More species, including an Osprey, were sighted on Green Turtle Cay two days prior by Dr. Woody Bracey and Bar ton Thretheway bringing the total count to since the North Abaco count started. As the participants who had met in front of Spankys at the Treasure Cay Road and SC Bootle Highway junction separat ed, Dr. Bracey went north to the former citrus farm and the pine forest, accompa nied by three ladies. A group of three which included Carolyn Wardle, a seasoned ornithologist who had come from Nassau for the oc ponds at the Treasure Cay Golf Course. They were later joined by David Knowles, Park Director for the Bahamas National Trust. There they spotted a Canada Goose, WhiteCheeked Pintails and some Com mon Moorhens. Only a couple of Hairy Woodpeckers were spotted at the Bluff Point launching area, but the Moxeys Nursery was home for quite a few species including a Greater Blackbirds, too many to count, were dis turbed when the group reached the Trea was also home of a great number of Tur key-necked Vultures. At the farm, several species of raptors were seen: besides several pretty American Kestrels, a Merlin, a Peregrine Falcon and two Northern Harriers were spotted. But for the group scouting the farm and the for est, the highlight of the day was a bright red Summer Tanager. The air was still for most of the morn ing and rain started falling soon after lunch Flycatchers, Loggerhead Kingbirds, Cres encountered. Both groups reported a large number of Smooth-billed Anis, Palm Warblers, Black-face Grassquits, Striped-headed winged Blackbirds, but the warblers were not as abundant as in former counts. Late afternoon, the bird-watchers met at Dr. Braceys house for drinks while tal meet new acquaintances and catch up with old ones as some of the participants only meet once a year, or less, in some cases. Dr. Bracey and his wife Betsy as well as Mrs. Wardle were leaving the follow ing day for Freeport to take part in anoth er Audubon Society Christmas Count on Grand Bahama. Above left to right: Dr. Elwood Bracey, Carolyn Wardle, Ylva LJungholm, Darla Alsteen, Barton Thretheway and Uli Nowlan.

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January 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 The story one childs survival and the power of hope and prayer By Canishka Alexander October, 2013. At the time of his birth, doctors were not convinced that he would live to see an other day much less a year. With a due date of Jan. 3, 2009, Destins mother, Audra Parker-Bootle, had to undergo an emer gency C-section exactly three months early at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH). He weighed two pounds, 10 ounces at birth. Destin was transferred to PMHs Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where he for his life. Audra said that it was then that her challenge as a mother began. In the coming weeks, she was only allowed to visit him twice a day. Initially, Destin experienced severe stomach distention, and to make matters worse, he contracted a blood fungus/blood disease that led to total dehydration. Nee dles were connected from Destins head to his toes, and because of the dehydration his veins collapsed, so he was not able to be lay ahead. Destin was scheduled to have three operations, but each time they were can celled by his doctors. They explained to Audra that they could only do one course of treatment maybe two to combat the blood fungus he had picked up. After two treatments, it was expected that major organ failure or brain damage would occur. Faced with a grave decision, Audra was told that there was nothing else the doctors could do. They met me at the door, and said that Destin was not responding to any thing, Audra tearfully recounted. They He was about seven or eight weeks old, and he was laying there just dried up. They didnt know if he would see the next day, and I just stood there with tears running down my cheeks. I said to the doctors, I hear you, but God has the last say. One of the doctors suggested she pray, so that God would allow them to see just one vein. He said if Destin could get through the night, we would deal with the next day. I just looked at Destin, and my heart was broken. After much prayer, Audra decided to go ahead with the treatments. Destin did ment, so she agreed to a third treatment. A third treatment is unheard of, but it was the treatment that Destin responded to. It was uphill from there, Audra ex claimed. He rallied extremely well, and was transferred to the Special Care Unit. Their troubles were still not over. Destin was also challenged with re ceiving milk because there was nothing on the market that his fragile body tolerated. His doctor recommended Nutramigen, which costs about $48 a can for 10 ounces Lifestyles of formula. He was able to drink the Nutramigen, but Audras high spirits would only last for a short time before another setback sent little Destin back to the Neonatal Unit for four weeks. During that time, she received her share of early morning calls that made her heart and time stand still. They called me and told me they didnt want me to be surprised when I got there, and he wasnt there. There were babies that did not make it while he was there, but he just kept hanging on. When she wasnt reading the Book of Psalms to Destin, she would sing: The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power. A feeling of peace began to resonate within her. as long as he moved his foot, she knew he was alright. One day, he was not moving his foot. Intuitively, Audra knew some thing else was wrong, but thankfully, Des tin was discharged from the hospital three months later weighing four pounds. Audra later discovered that as a re sult of the treatment and challenges faced by Destin, there was something slightly different about his left foot. This led to a series of follow up visits to doctors at the Neurology Clinic, and Neonatology Clinic. Destin had to have screenings done at the Neurological Development Center [NDC], and then they were able to return to Abaco. Her strong faith in God would help her get through the next two and half con secutive years of seeing specialists and at tending clinic for Destins therapy every four to six weeks in Nassau. In 2010, she made a decision to visit Joe DiMaggio Childrens Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale. rebral palsy / spastic diplegia, which only affected his left lower extremity. She was told by a local Bahamian neurologist, and thopaedic surgeon at Joe DiMaggio Chil drens Hospital, that Destin had suffered some brain damage. Outside of that, the boy is brilliant hes absolutely brilliant, Audra beamed. But he was literally taught how to creep by one of the professionals at NDC; they had to teach him to creep, they had to teach him to sit down all the things thats natu rally instinctive for other children, he had to learn how to do. I watched him, and I cried because it seemed to me like he was suffering with painful. I really credit Miss May at NDC because she was just wonderful. Audra said that instead of creeping, Destin used to pull with one arm and drag the other leg. However, he learned how to creep and how to walk, and at nine months, he was talking. He spoke early, but he had to learn how to do everything else. Destin still visits an Orthopedic Spe cialist and goes once a year for screening and updates at Joe DiMaggio Childrens Hospital. He visits Dynamic Orthopedic and he requires night time and day-time braces. Only the muscles in his right leg developed, so he lacks muscle toning in his left leg. Unless some form of a miracle hap pens, and I pray that it does, Destin will wear some form of bracing perhaps for the rest of his life for maintenance. Destins survivor personality made it easy for his mother to travel with him, and he never fussed about going to the doc tor. In his mind, its like he understood what had to be done, she shared. He has Above: Destin Bootle at his birth: 2 pounds, 10 ounces. Scheduled for three operations, Destins mother never gave up hope. Please see Survivor Page 10

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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 15, 2014 GROUP LTD CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING ESTATE SERVICES DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTIONPlanning, Management, Execution of all Stages of Residental, Commercial, Infrastructure or Renovation ProjectsENGINEERING DESIGN & CONSULTINGStructual & Civil Engineering Licensed Professional EngineerESTATE SERVICESProperty Management & MaintenanceAbaco Shopping Center, P.O.Box AB 20200 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas jnicksims@gmail.comnick sims PRESIDENT & ENGINEER 242-577-7467 Tel/Fax: 242-367-sims BETTER BUILDING SOLUTIONS Looking back, when Audra was six weeks along in her pregnancy, she remem bered visiting Dr. Francis Biney because she had concerns. Because her pregnancy was considered high risk, she had to leave the island. She spent the duration of her pregnancy in Nassau attending doctors ev ery week. Along the way, she had several hospital emergencies, and six weeks prior to giving birth to Destin, she was admitted to PMH. Throughout her pregnancy, Audra would make a note of everything that hap pened in her journal. Through the trying times, Audra committed to singing spiri tual hymns, prayer and reading Scriptures. Convinced her unborn child was a girl, Audra began calling him Alissa Jor was having a boy, she settled on the name Destin after her last hospital admission. I came up with the name Destin after being admitted to hospital with all the chal lenges that we were having trying to save this child; he was just determined to make it, Audra explained. I feel like he was determined to help me get through, and I and something that would remind him of where God had brought him from, and that he was destined to be here, and destined for great things. And so hence his name is Destin Joshua Jordan Bootle. Audra was convinced during that time that God had assigned a guardian an gel in the form of a female doctor, who went above and beyond her call of duty to care for her. She would check on Audra periodically, and pleaded for her to get into the operating theatre when it was time. According to Audra, the doctors ac tions saved her babys life. To date, he has had two surgeries due to umbilical hernia and he had an emergen cy surgery two years ago. Another surgery was repeated, and he was scheduled to un dergo a third surgery in August. Destin is currently in K-5 at Little Darlings Academy, and he was head boy for two years in a row in K-3 and K-4. He is doing extremely well, and he is now able to run, walk, hop, skip and jump you know, he is a little tumble weed. Audra attributes Destins continued development to ongoing physical therapy pist at Major Changes Rehab Center, who works in partnership with Integrated Medi cal Center. Destin receives manual physi cal therapy treatments a minimum of three days per week for one hour. When Destin started therapy, he was not able to stand on his left foot or his toes, he was not able to balance on his left foot, he was unable to jump with both feet equally, and he was not able to hop on his left foot. Audra said the therapist has essen tially been teaching Destins left leg what to do so that it becomes a habit. I am grateful to have physical ther apy here on the island because care, pa tience and professionalism given by the owner and staff of Major Changes Rehab is paramount, Audra said. Although, she lost a lot during Des tins journey, Audra said it has been worth it. I am noting how awesome God is, and that there is nothing that is impossible. I am grateful and want to take this oppor tunity to celebrate this gift of life that God has given to me, and to publicly thank all those who supported me even up to today. I thank God for my family, and my mom, who has been my pillar of strength. I want to encourage other mothers and families going through the same situ ation, or facing the same battle. The road is not easy, the challenges may be great, help is available. It is possible with Gods help to survive it. Audra gave a special thank you to her and forth to see them because it was a sac their marriage. She thanked her mother for her great support, and gave another special thank you to all of her family, her broth ers and sisters especially Sherlene ParkerSmith and Bishop Burnell Parker. She was grateful to her entire church family of Re vival Time Pentecostal Church in Crown port while she was in Nassau. Audra expressed gratitude to her her and ensured she attended her hospital or clinic visits each week; and to Grammy G, who accompanied her during the ma jority of her visits at the hospital. Finally, she profusely thanked Miss May at the Neurological Development Center; Dr. Steve Lochan, Consultant Neonatologist at Princess Margaret Hospital; and the en tire medical staff at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at PMH. Survivor From Page 7 Lifestyles Above: Destin Bootle today: healthy and happy. By Mirella Santillo Society of The Bahamas-Abaco Branch for 2014, took place on January 11 at the home Approximately thirty members at tended the gathering which took place out breeze keeping the temperature very com fortable. On the agenda was the discussion of volunteers participation in the Arts for the Parks show taking place the weekend of January24-26, the signing up of mem bers interested in attending the February 8 meeting on Green Turtle Cay, the monthly ing advice on bonsai brought by members. President Barbara Foreman opened the meeting telling the assembly of her projects for the Art for the Parks. The So ciety will have a couple of tables so she reminded people to bring plants to be sold or even craft items such as plant hangers, the model of which she had brought. The of the season in September to start accumu lating an inventory for that event. She also informed the attendees that Abacos police department held a pre-Christmas party at the Solid Gold Night Club on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour on December 14. To show support for the Abaco police force, Emrick Seymour, Assistant Commissioner Also enjoying the evening were, above left to right, Jackson McIntosh (Cat Island Admin and Preston Cunningham (Senior Island Administrator, Central Abaco District.) Police Dept. captures Christmas Spirit with party the plants to the buyers cars with the help of trolleys lent by Abaco Groceries. Furthermore she mentioned the pos sibility of a kids corner where Society members could demonstrate how to seed and transplant. Many people signed the registry to man the tables or help with the kids, so it should be a very successful event for the Society. The February meeting will be held at the home of a Green Turtle Cay resident and a special ferry has been arranged to carry the members in order for them to ar rive by 10:00 am. The presenter will be Mr. Richard Blue Jones who will speak of a chartered ferry. The auction was as usual conducted by Gardener Jack Hardy. There was a nice mixture of plants from herbs and to matoes to ornamentals. They all sold. Only a few people had brought bonsai trees that had been started after a previous them to trim them back, to repot them or just leave them the way they were. The meeting adjourned late morning. Above: Horticulture Society President Barbara Foreman addressing the assembly during

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January 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 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 Press Release Round Two of the RC Laser Tour of Abaco returned to Snappas Bar & Grill in Marsh Harbour. It was a beautiful day af ter the recent cold snap and a rainy week. Winds were out of the south at about 15 mph, but were off shore, so racers had calm waters and were protected from the heavier gusts. However, because of the off shore breeze, the short windward leg had to be Jim Kaighin returned to form after winning 6 of the 9 races. Randy Key won race 3 and edged out Anders Ljungholm by committee responsibilities and did a great job. She had some tough calls to make and that were too close to call. She also took the pictures. Thanks were given to Snappas for hosting to Harbour View Marina for let ting the group use their dock. The next regatta is in Treasure Cay on Brigantine Bay January 25. The competitors this race were: Jim Kaighin, Randy Key, Anders Ljungholm, Jeff Gale, Joey Gale, Victor Patterson, Brian Malone and Dwayne Wallas. Sports RC Laser Regatta returns to Snappas Above: racers take to the harbour during the second leg of the RC Laser Regatta. The next race will take place in Treasure Cay on January 25. Photo by Celia Rogers. Softball season to begin in April By Canishka Alexander The Abaco Softball Association (ASA) recently announced that the 2014 softball season will open on April 25. ASA Secretary Juanyette Curry said that all team and player fees must be submitted by April 11 along with team rosters because no teams will be allowed to play after the deadline. Curry was pleased to add that insur ance fees will be deducted from the player fees. Following the seasons opening, an Abaco Softball Tournament will be held in May, and then several players will be trav elling to Nassau in June for a National All Star Tournament. Creters Bulldogs play ers will go on to participate in a tourna ment in Spanish Wells on July 4-5. Curry made an urgent appeal to those interested in assisting the ASA throughout the season to also assist with the National Round Robin Tournament scheduled for October on Abaco. She said they are hopeful that the Town are properly maintained to host games at those locations this year in addi tion to the Murphy Town Ball Field. For the 2014 season, Haziel McDon ald is now the Abaco Softball Association (ASA) President. He is assisted by Mark Douglas, vice president; Laura Albury, treasurer; George Cornish, assistant trea surer; Juanyette Curry; secretary; and Densil Pinder, asst. secretary. For more information regarding the Abaco Softball Associations 2014 sched ule, contact Haziel McDonald or Mark Douglas. Harbour, she observed that the company cell phone was missing, valued at $50.00 Police action requested. the premises and later, sometime around 6:35am on same date while at M.H.P.S., males possession. As a result, he was ar rested in reference to Stealing and charged for the offence. Housebreaking and Stealing (Suspect Arrested and Charged) At 12:25am on 11th January, a 19 year old female of Fox Town, Abaco, re ported that sometime around 12:20am on same date she arrived home to her resi dence and discovered that someone broke in the victims vehicle while taking cash. The culprit in this matter is Delmond Parker of Fox Town, Abaco who is known to the Police. Police action requested. Arrest update At 6:30 p.m. on Monday 13th, Janu ary 2014, the suspect in this matter Del mond Parker age 33 years of Fox Town, M.H.P.S. in Murphy Town and Southside Road. Stealing At 12:50pm on 9th January, 2014, a 68 year old male of Marsh Harbour, Crime From Sec. A Page 7 Please see Crime Page 12 Crime Report

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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 15, 2014 $299 $299 LADIESMENLOSE 20lbs IN 5 WEEKS NO HUNGER Quick Start Detoxification Weight Loss Program INCLUDES Diet Guide Food Journal Nutritional Supplements Doctors Instruction Weekly Body Composition Evaluation Fitness Center Membership Program Starts Tue. Jan. 28Bring a Friend Get an $80 Gift Free! Abaco, reported that sometime between 9:00am on Wednesday 8th January, 2014 and 11:30am on Thursday 9th January, 2014, some unknown person/s entered his shop situated on Key Drive, Marsh Har bour and stole his heavy silver link chain. Police action requested. Stealing At 12:00pm on 9th January, 2014, a 23 year old female of Dundas Town, Aba co, reported that sometime around 9:00am same date, she returned home from spend ing the night out and discovered that some unknown person/s stole her black and from the back yard of her residence. Police action requested. Investigation continues. Stealing (Suspect Arrested and Charged) At 3:40pm on 9th January, 2014, a 43 year old male of Murphy Town, Abaco, reported that sometime around 2:00pm on nest Dean Hwy, Marsh Harbour and dis covered that some unknown person/s stole an undetermined amount of lumber from his premises. Police action requested. Sometime around 4:00pm on 9th victim went to the construction site of an other male located in Central Pines, Abaco where a large amount of lumber were ob served on the premises. The complainant by some marking. Investigation continues. Shopbreaking At 1:23pm on 12th January, 2014, a 50 year old male of Marsh Harbour, Aba co, reported that sometime 1:00pm he was making checks of his Plaza located Don McKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour and discov ered that some unknown person/s entered a action requested. Investigation continues. Shop breaking At 7:30am on 12th January, 2014, a 30 year old female of Dundas Town, Abaco, reported that sometime between 7:00am on Saturday 11th January, 2014 and 12:30pm on Sunday 12th January, 2014, some unknown person/s entered her work place located om Stratton Drive, Marsh Harbour, Abaco and stole cash. Investigation continues. Shopbreaking At 10:55pm on 12th January, 2014, a local Security Services Ltd., contacted the M.H.P.S. and reported that there was an alarm activated at a local liquor store located in Marsh Harbour. Police action requested. breach. However nothing appears to be stolen. Investigation continues. Crime From Page 11 Lifestyles By Lee Pinder Cherokee has an unusual custom of Residents make up dummies to submit for the event, usually the young folks, but many of the older generation still make them up as well. of burnable material tightly enclosed in a cage of chicken wire and sometimes stuffed anything from a coconut or a milk bottle or even a recently caught wild boars head. They dress them in discarded cloth ing and often add a wig and make-up for usually tell who are the experienced build ers, they seem to be on taller crosses, have some unique characteristic and tend to burn longer. ter dark as a big crowd gathers to watch the spectacle at the waters edge at the Spit (a portion so named at the western tip of the settlement). People remember years past and other outstanding Guys and almost everyone still speculates at why it is done 5th and no one seems to know. As the Guys burn down children ally someone has brought along some of night sky and keep everyone mesmerized with oohs and ahhs over their beauty, it seems young and old alike love a good It doesnt last long, maybe half an hour or so, then people start drifting away at church at 11:00 p.m. Another year gone, a new one to look forward to. By Canishka Alexander of God in Christs (COGIC) Bahamas Ju risdiction made a donation to the Depart ment of Social Services on Jan. 7. Joined by Charlamae Fernander, Serena Brown and Selva Sawyer of Social Services, Ken nedy donated numerous boxes of notebooks and pencils. Kennedy explained that under the leadership of Bishop Tony L Hanna, funds forts in Pigeon Peas. He said they chose to purchase composition books for students, while a gentleman from Woslee Construc tion bought the pencils. Meanwhile, the Dept. of Social Ser vices with its overview of the number of schools and students who attend each school, its representatives were left to dis tribute the school supplies accordingly. We are hoping that we will be able to continue this effort as much as possible into the short term, so we can see these children get back on their feet and the chil tinuity in their life, Kennedy expressed. We are making that effort, and we are happy to do so. COGIC makes presentation to Dept. of Social Services Above: Charlamae Fernander, Selva Sawyer, and Serena Brown of the Dept. of Social Services; and Sarone Kennedy of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC). Bringing in the New Year in Cherokee

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January 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 Across 1. Barter 2. A ticket 4. When the earth passes through the moons shadow 6. Type of serpent found in The Bahamas 9. Metopium toxiferum, a tree you wouldnt want to hug. 11. Found in deep water and deep pockets. 13. Houses many books 15. A-Z 17. Bright navigational aid. Down 1. To betray King or Country. 3. Common machine component. 5. Abacos forest 7. Home of the Great Wall 8. ___________ Creed; popular videogame series, the most recent of which patially set in The Bahamas and Abaco. 10. Popular Nassau hotel & casino. 14. In the eye of the beholder. 16. Skill Across 3. BEAKS Parrots and octopuses both have _____ 6. DAVIS Deputy Prime Minister 8. BLACKBEARD Pirate captain of the Queen Annes Revenge 9. CELESTIAL Starry navigation method 11. SOLAR Clean energy source 12. ROGERS Governor that expelled pirates 13. PEARLS Found in oysters and conch 15. FISH Scaly ocean dweller 16. COOKIE Popular baked good 17. MANTA Also known as the Devil Ray Down 1. DUST _____ in the wind 2. HERMITAGE Found on top of Mt. Alvernia in Cat Island 4. PIRANHA Toothy fresh water 5. CHAMPAGNE Popular New Years drink 7. RESOLUTIONS Commonly made at the beginning of a new year 10. TORTOISE Fossils of these slow moving reptiles have been found in Abaco blue Holes. 11. SENSEI Karate master 14. SYNE Auld Lang _____ Jan 1 Answers

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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 15, 2014 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 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 Leisure Lee House, for sale by owner. Canal front, across street from beach, lockout w/4 bed, 3 bath, 3 living areas. $400,000 Website: emeraldbay.4t.com, email: goldendw@juno. com, 423-707-7830 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 Marsh Harbour, luxury penthouse for rent, 3 bed, 3.5 bath, pool, beach, dock, at The Crossing Condos. Call 577-0277 or email: neil@hgchristie.com Hope Town, Bay-Side Lot. Private and quiet. $395,000. jandkoakes@hotmail.com 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 Murphy Town, Triples (Fully Rented). Last appraisal at $240,000, will sell for $190,000, will throw in extra lot. No reasonable offer re fused. Good starter investment. Call 456-1292 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. breast cancer items at school and out side of Maxwells and Abaco Groceries for Breast Cancer Research. Also, they held several bake sales and as a school managed to raise over two thousand dollars. Furthermore, the annual canned food drive held as a school competi tion resulted in most students giving a generous donation to the less fortu nate. Consequently, money and Toys for Tots along with over forty box es of canned food, turkeys and hams were donated to and distributed by the Abaco Rotary Club to bring the joy of Christmas to many less fortunate fami lies. Whatever food was left was then donated to Lovely Reckley as she will to school children who would normally go without. They, also, set up a booth at the 2013 Christmas Bazaar. There they sold hand-painted Christmas orna ments, crafts and baked goods raising over eight-hundred dollars to use in fu ture service projects. Of course, the club is always ready to help both locally and internationally. After the Haiyan Typhoon killed more than 6,000 people in Asia, Interact do nated to that cause as well as continued to support the World War II veterans who reside in The Bahamas. On an in ternational level, they will help eradi cate Polio through their ongoing fund ing of vaccinations worldwide. This determined Interact Club School & Youth News Interact From Page 5 By Timothy Roberts Agape Christian School's 4th, 5th, and 6th grades performed a Christmas written and directed by Courtnee Romer, Teacher of Drama, Music and and 13th. The play addressed the issue that may be struggles people face daily; Christ and asks for the assistance of Christians at a church she attends to help out a family who is struggling. In the end they are able to share God's love and give the best gift ever sus. The well prepared students per formed their parts in the play very well and along with several musical num bers the message was well conveyed. Uplifting and encouraging songs left parents, family members and friends with the thought on their minds that Jesus is the best gift for "Christ mas this year". Agape students perform Christmas musical Above: Agape students and teachers at their Chrsitmas play, For Christmas This Year. It was written and directed by Agape Drama teacher, Courtnee Romer. also has several projects slated for the Abaconians. These include a swing and picnic bench at Owanta's Pond as well as chairs, benches and picnic tables at the Memorial Wall of Heroes in Marsh Harbour. The Interact Club has been very successful this year, Mrs. Carroll Co-Adviser of Interact stated. All the projects so far have thrived.

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January 15, 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 02 January 15th, 2014 Whats Inside Green Turtle Cay woke up New Years Day to the sound of cow bells. A15Part 2 of the hit series: Is the Airport Open Yet? A22Find the most recent things you cant live with B14Visitors Guide. A19An uplifting story about a young boys survival in the face of all odds, and a familys will to hold on to hope. B7A community helps it self heal. A5Crime Report. A7Crossword B13Questions about VAT? The Min. of Finance opens a hotline. A21 Whats HappeningJan 16-18: Abaco Sci ence AllianceJan 17: Abaco Cham bers FACTA SeminarJan 24-26: Art for the ParksJan 25: BASRAs Eve ning of EleganceJan 30-Feb 1: 18th An nual Family ConferenceFec 6-7: ECCs Music Doing Good ConcertsFull Calendar A8 Airport opening delayed againBy Timothy Roberts The Deputy Prime Minister and Min ister of Works and Urban Renewal, Philip Brave Davis said that certain delays are causing the government to put off again the opening of the Marsh Harbour International Airport Terminal until some other issues are addressed. The new Marsh Harbour interna tional airport terminal will not open this month as expected and Mr. Davis noted that a technical team from the Ministry of Works came to Abaco to assess the air within a week. They thought they had everything it would be done in January, but Im now advised because of certain delays that they have to put it off again because there are some other issues that have to be addressed, Mr. Davis said. They have not designs have to be done to meet what I call airport requirements. He said he would be able to give a ter the technical team briefs him. Mr. Davis could not say how much the delay would cost government but noted that the projects contingency fund is near Please see Airport Page 6 Above: The U.S. Embassys Youth Ambassadors Kandise Kelly and Catalina Albury, of Forest Heights Academy, Berthony McDermott from S.C. Bootle High School, Conrad Cornish of Abaco Central High School and Ministry of Education representative Kimberly Brown and Education and Cultural Specialist, Myra McPhee at the U.S. Embassy. For the full story about these students honour see Section B Page 2. Four Abaco students selected as Youth Ambassadors in Leadership Program

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 2014 Fire Dept. pushed to its limits battling Pigeon Pea blazeBy Timothy Roberts With mere hours left in 2013, tragedy struck the migrant village known as the Pigeon Pea destroying a large number of shanty homes, leaving hundreds homeless Central & All Abaco and a mother and child dead as the New Year rolled in. Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue (MHVFR), Treasure Cays Abaco Crash Fire and Rescue and Bahama Palm Shores Fire against an enormous blaze which destroyed the southern portion of the extremely con gested community. accessing the area due to narrow entrances lined with cars and residents moving in and out seeking to save their possessions from represented a worst-case scenario. Mr. Sawyer said that assistance was called in from Treasure Cay and Bahama sistance was what helped turn the tide in We are grateful today for those been appointed to prevent unsafe rebuilding in the area. The improper construction, he said, acted like a trap. Fire engines were not able to make it through the roads to departments help, they certainly made a difference. We are also thankful for those who brought us water and helped in other ways. being investigated it is believed to have started in the home where mother and son, believed to be Darlene Jacobs and oneyear-old Dornel Jacobs Jr., both perished. Preliminary numbers suggest as many as 70 homes, possibly more, were de Above: Minister of Works and Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis visited the said the govern ment will assist, and will also ensure residents help themselves by preventing rebuilding in such unsafe conditions. Please see Fire Page 6

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January 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 Furniture Plus Central & All Abaco Former resident leads drive to By Timothy Roberts town known as the Pigeon Peas destroyed over 70 homes a former resident comes to their aid bringing relief to victims with the assistance of community members and churches. On January 5, 2014, Mack Altidor brought to the victims of the Pigeon Peas ing food, clothing, school items and more. Mr. Altidor said when he thought about all the families affected, including some of his own, and after hearing the statement from the Deputy Prime Minister, Philip Brave Davis who said We want selves he felt compelled to help. I honestly agreed with him. So I decided to donate my salary for the month of December, he said. His fam ily lost their home and all of their personal belong ings in the mother and son who perHe said on January 1 he was able to and helped them get some of basic ameni ties that they needed, but I felt a need to not only do for my immediate family but also do something to help the kids and oth ers in my community who were also af fected. He sought help from friends in the community and formed the Pigeon Peas Disaster Relief Committee which is now the Abaco Humanitarian Association. We went out and bought basic necessities and food items for the people and sought the help of others in the community and the help and feedback that we received from the people here in Abaco and The Ba hamas at large was nothing short of what I was expecting, Mr. Altidor said. The people showed me that this was not a Haitian issue, it was not a Bahamian issue; it was simply a humanitarian issue. He said he was overwhelmed by the support and added that he is proud to be an Abaconian, as not only did the churches in Abaco, but the people of Abaco showed up and are still showing up at designated drop-off locations and asking "How can we help". He said Pastor Samuel Cornish sim ply showed me what it means to be a leader and has been the spiritual father that I've always known him to be. He's been there for me since 2003 when I was trying to get in school and I will forever be grate ful to the Change Ministries International family. He said the Abaco Christian Coun cil and other organizations also supported and are working continuously around the clock, and I think that we as Abaconians should be very proud of the way we came together. They distributed food items, school uniforms, school shoes and supplies, cloth ing, and boys haircuts and much more. We were able to feed more than 200 per sons, bought school uniforms, shoes, boys haircuts for school and school supplies for more than 75 boys and girls. We are still seeking the help of the public in assisting us with some bedding for those that are still displaced and sleep many cases homeless, he said. He said that everyone who were displaced and knew of the aid being provided came out to get some assistance and were very grateful and encouraging. He said the people whose homes were not affect ed have also been helpful in allowing other friends and strangers to stay in their homes for the short time. Mr. Altidor said that going forward the needs of the people range from basic necessities to long term relocation. He noted that The Abaco Humanitarian Association/Pigeon Peas Disaster Relief Committee are in communication with the housing going forward.this was not a Haitian issue, it was not a Bahamian issue; it was simply a humanitarian issue.

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 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 ly used up. According to a Nassau Guardian re port, Director of Works John Canton said that the airport terminal may now open sometime in February; however, the date was not set in stone. According to Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin, her ministry has completed its tasks to get the airport ready for operation and has approved hiring. I know that from my side we have done our interviews for engagement of sethe equipment has been installed and there has been training, but the actual construc tion is [up to] the Ministry of Works, she said. The urgent need to open this new termi nal is com pounded by the profound inadequacy of the current terminal and the gross inconvenience to passengers using that terminal, she said in the House of Assembly. On January 11, 2013 Mr. Davis said. Those designs are almost complete; hence the airport opening will be delayed for an other three to four months. Whatever there He said, The challenge they have at the moment is relocating the generator and the energy system for the lighting of the airport which is now going to be placed in the [control] tower, which was not part of the original plan. On January 13, 2014 James Edgecombe, Partner in FES Construction, said that the work that remains to be done entails relocating the generator and energy system for the runway lighting to the con mac in front of the terminal building. He said the interior works were minor cosmetic adjustments. In May 27, 2013 Mr. Davis announced that the revised terminal (not inclusive of the new freight building and run way extension) will cost $30.8 million and the completion date for the revision was set for August 2013. In July 5, 2013 Mr. Davis said they are completing the punch list and gave an eight week timetable for completion. At that time he said changes had been au thorized to commence. He also added that they are looking at adding at least an ad ditional 600 feet to accommodate larger aircraft.They have not said design some redesigns have to be done to meet what I call airport requirements.In August 2013 Work on airport pe rimeter fencing started; however, the Airport Terminal Building contractor had not received mobilization for the changes to be done. In September 26, 2013 Mr. Davis told Abaco Business Outlook attendees of vex ing technical issues that will delay Ter minals opening, and on October 22, 2013 Mrs. Hanna-Martin noted in the House of Assembly that the Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal would open in January of 2014.Airport From Page 1 Central & All Abaco stroyed leaving hundreds homeless while according to early reports about 250 residents have come forward so far; however, there are possibly more as often many fear deportation if they seek assistance. One resident reported that it was toin and out trying to get their furniture and clothing and there were many cars block ing a lot of the structures. It was a tough time for them. It is to tal devastation over here. Even the homes that did not get totally destroyed have wa ter damage or damage to the roof. A lot of these people are illegal so they arent even going to get the help from the government because they do not want to get deported. This is total disaster, said a witness who did not want to be named. Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave an initial assessment. Mr. Davis said the government sym pathizes with residents and their loss. He said the government will assist, and will also ensure residents help them selves by preventing them from rebuild ing unsafe structures with improper electri cal set ups, which he called a trap. For them, they are crying for our help and we intend to help, he said. That is why the prime minister im mediately dispatched me here this morning We understand and we empathize with the residents here, but I cry out to the residents that they need to help themselves. We are going to do our part [to en sure] that they live in safe, sanitary surroundings. Davis said a Ministry of Works ofshantytowns on the island to assist in preventing any further structures from being built contrary to proper regulations.Fire From Page 2

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January 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 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 FightingAt 8:00am on Saturday 14th Decem Unit arrested a 20 year old male of The Mudd and a 31 year old male also of The The suspects were arrested at Marsh Harbour Government Clinic. Both sus pects got into an altercation in the Mudd involving each other. They were brought to M.H.P.S. where they were charged for They were released on $500.00 bail to attend court on 18/12/13.Stolen VesselAt 9:15am on 15th December, 2013, a 46 year old female of Hope Town, Ab aco, reported for her neighbor that some time between 8:00pm on Saturday 14th De cember, 2013, and 8:00am on Sunday 15th December, 2013, some unknown persons/s stole her green 2002, 28ft Scout boat with two 225HP Yamaha engines from Hope Town, Abaco. Police action requested.Causing Grievous HarmOn Monday 16th December,2013 at Police Station contacted the Marsh Harbour Police Station and reported that on same date sometime around 2:15am a 16 year old male and a 13 year old male got into an altercation resulting in the 16 year old receiving wounds to the face. He was transported to the Moores Island Community Clinic and was treated by the local nurse. The 13 year old is in police custody and assisting with the inves tigation.Arson (Suspect Arrested)At 4:00am on 25th December, 2013, a 33 year old male of Dundas Town, Aba co, reported that sometime around 3:30am while he was asleep at his residence, he was awoken by his neighbor informing him As a result, he and his neighbor extinguished the same and while doing so, he saw a male known to him watching them and then run away. He suspects this male cused him of stealing his girlfriend. Police action requested. Investigation continues. Suspect Arrested the MHPS arrested the suspect from Cen tral Pines, Abaco, reference to this matter. He was interviewed and charged for the offence.Firearm and Ammunition Arrest (Suspect arrested and charged)At 8:38pm on 25th December, 2013, tion reported that they received informa tion that a vehicle travelling south along Ernest Dean Hwy pulled to the side of the road near the entrance of B.E.C. Power Station, Wilson City, where the occupants and sped off in a southern direction. Police action requested. of the Sandy Point Police Station acting the description near Hole-In-The-Wall on male occupants age 31 years of Central Pines and Dundas Town, Abaco who were found in Possession of a handgun containing live ammunition. The suspects were transported to M.H.P.S. where they were evidential value. They are expected to be Bahamas.Unlawfully Carrying Arms (Suspect arrested and Charged)At 6:08pm on 27th December, 2013, an anonymous caller contacted the M.H.P.S. and reported that there was a slim dark male in the area of Roderick Strachan Store located on Crockett Drive, Abaco, with a cutlass in his hand stating that he was going to stab someone. Police action requested. patched to the scene where they arrested the suspect, aged 33 years from the Mudd, Abaco who was found in posses sion of a knife. The suspect was brought to M.H.P.S. where he was charged for the offence in court on 6/1/13.Possession of Dangerous with Intent to Supply (Suspect Arrested and Charged)At 2:55am on 9th January, 2014, ofon mobile patrol in the area of the former they observed a green Ford Taurus with three occupants acting suspicious. The unit pursued the vehicle which collided into a B.E.C. pole in Dundas Town near Surfside bar. The driver, a 32 year old male, exited two occupants, a male age 30 years and 20 years old, were arrested at the scene. A search of the vehicle revealed three (3) plastic wraps containing suspected mari juana. As a result all persons were charged and arraigned and remanded to Her Maj esty Prison.Stealing (Suspect Arrested and Charged)At 7:00am on 9th January, 2014, a 26year old female of Central Pines, Ab aco, reported that at about 5:30am same date, while at her place of work Marsh Please see Crime Sec. B Pg 11 Crime Report

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 2014 From the Editor's Desk // Ministry of (Not) Works 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) 9am @ Anglican Hall dington I must start by expressing my empathy and sadness for those residents of the Pigeon Pea who lost their homes and everything they have on this earth, and es pecially for the family and friends of those two lives lost during the New Years Eve Fire. Its a tragedy plain and simple. I dont have to write and pretend that there is some great love local Abaconians foster in their heart for our Haitian migrants. Over the years we have devel oped a complicated dynamic, at best. But tragic events like the the dust of bitterness and antago nism. At least for a short while. And in these moments we dont complicate boundaries, like where the Pigeon Pea and Mudd end and where Marsh Harbour begins. We look across the divide a see our own humanity. The out pouring of support from every area of Abaco to help those dis placed and grieving is beautiful. The same sources of this support, in a lot of cases I have seen, also happen to be some of the biggest critics of the situation that has brewed in our homegrown shanty towns. And with good reason. I overheard some one with the Fire Department de worst case scenario for Abaco. The shanty towns are construct ed in such a way that prevents any mobility of rescue crews Its because they build, and are somehow allowed to build, with out the safety and construction guidelines Bahamians are sup posed to follow. A tragedy that would be be allowing that area to rebuild as before. I say that not to belittle their plight of poverty, which is a very real and unjust cycle, but because allowing reconstruction will lead to the same results. I will echo what our Deputy Prime Minister said about refraining from rebuilding would be help ing themselves. Mr. Davis has stated that a Ministry of Works ground here to ensure that no construction resumes. I hope the Ministry of Works is as good at preventing con struction in the Pigeon Pea as they are at preventing construc tion at the new terminal.

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January 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Thankful for ImprovementsI am so thankful that Marsh Harbour ferry dock now has a ramp for low tide. The ramp makes it so much easier for getting into the ferry. Now we need one in Man O War. -WandaVAT Will Cripple UsI do not usually write letters, but I feel I must as I think that VAT will not only affect me negatively, but all of us. I have read some of the new proposals as to how VAT not only scary, but terrifying. All of the pro-VAT people have been saying that VAT will not affect or hurt businesses, but it will be the consumer that ends up paying for VAT. many computer systems will have to be changed or updated result ing in the cost of thousands of dol lars. Secondly, with the latest pro posed VAT setup, a business can its deemed to have tried to cheat the government. It is quite possible that a business could make an honest mistake and that mistake, if deemed corrupt could cost a busi ness $50,000. A business would have to hire a full time paralegal to ensure that no penalties occur. Do we honestly think that any busi nesses can afford these extra costs in tough times? word underlined earlier in this letter, the consumer. Again, the pro-vat persons are referring to consumers as if they are some mythical group of people that will incur all of the VAT charges. I ask, who are the consumers? We are all the consumers. We consume food every day. Our vehicles consume fuel every day. We have to purchase clothes regularly and so on. The government has said that eventually some duty rates will be dropped to help compensate for VAT. While this may be helpful, we all know that the reduced duty rates will not equally compensate Letters to the Editor for the 15% VAT. I would like to fast forward to July 2014. At this time, all the busi nesses will have been paid the full duty on all of its stock and still have to add a 15% VAT at its point of sale. We will have to pay that, as we are the consumers. I realize that the government needs money. I did not just write to complain, but in fact offer the following suggestions as to how the government could procure funds in ways other that VAT: 1. Stricter enforcement on col lection of import duty 2. Add a %5 sales Tax 3. Government cut spending, i.e. taking unnecessary trips all over the world and taking a huge entourage. I implore the government to reconsider the VAT proposal and leave them with this thought: if one has a goose that lays golden eggs, wouldnt it be better to care for that goose so that it can consistently pro duce those golden eggs rather than squeeze the goose so hard that its forced to lay a lot of eggs quickly but ultimately dies? Thank you, Fred SweetingA Thank You to Everyone who Made Hope Town Junkanoo a SuccessThe Hope Town Fireworks and Junkanoo was totally paid for through individual, family and business donations. on by troy Pritchard and Mr. Cook right down at the dock by Sunshine started their colourful display and was followed by the pounding of the Junkanoo drums kalik bells and the sensational Junkanoo rush. The rush went through the Hope Town Settlement from Sunshine Park past the Edge, around Captain Jacks, back by Sip Sip and and Hope own School. It was a great night and a great way to welcome 2014 for locals and visitors alike. I would especially like to thank: Alburys Ferry, Denn Puckett, erties, Harbour View Groceries, Harbours Edge, HG Christie, Da mianos, Sugar Shack, Hope Town house Marina, Abacays, Tanny Key, Troy Pritchard, Froggies, Phil Phillips, Al Sharpio, Hook House, Sundried Ts, Abaco Ts, Valdo Prosa, Allan Williams, Todd Murrian, Tom Callahan, Allen Bacon, Joseph Oneal, Don Moore, Mark Duffy, Reed, Bob Monta vanni, Hope Town Hideaways, Pe Gooding, Imports Unltd., Captain everyone else who made this night possible.CORRECTIONSLast issue we ran a photo and cap tion titled Women honoured dur ing Green Turtle Cay Tree Light ing Ceremony it should read, and honoured during Guana Cay Tree Lighting Ceremony. We apologize to the residents of both lovely settle ments.

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 2014 Honesty 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 www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 Central & All Abaco By Timothy Roberts Partnering together, the International Gospel Mission, Abaco Christian Council (ACC), Red Cross and members of the community are providing relief and assis the Haitian shanty town of the Pigeon Pea. Pastor Stephen Knowles, President of the ACC, said the International Gospel Mission kindly let their facility to be the distribution center for goods which include many clothing and food items and also some shelter for a few persons displaced as well. Mr. Knowles said no single agency has all the resources to deal with this and going forward this is the way this has to be done. Agencies, the church and all of us have to join in the effort and bringing relief as much as we can for as long as we can. Sarone Kennedy, Head of the Abaco Red Cross, said they are partnering with the ACC and others in making sure provi sions are mad for the people as best as they are able, recognizing that there were many people affected by this disaster. Were trying to do what we can; not working at cross-purposes but linking hands to make this work so that we are not re-inventing the wheel but pooling our efforts to provide a better response to their needs, Mr. Kennedy said. We have seen a good response and weve been able to help a lot of people, he said. Were glad to be able to partner with the Council, and others in the com munity to make this happen. They expressed gratitude to all the many who have shown support and do nated items and time to assist the people in this time of need. We stand as testimony that people from around the nation and even from other countries as not as uncaring as some may think, said Mr. Kennedy.US Embassy considering Consul visit to Abaco for passport renewalsThe U.S. Embassy in Nassau is gaug ing the publics interest in response to possibly visiting Abaco for Passport renewal services. If you are a citizen of the United States and wish to have your passport re newed or know of a citizen needing such a service they are kindly asking you to con tact them. pervisor, ACS with the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, is the lead for the project. She can be reached via email at acsnassau@state. gov in order for persons to be documented in the count. The e-mail must state whether its 1, 2 or 3 children/adults for renewal. T This would be for US Passport RE Based on the amount of interest they get, they will organize a trip to Abaco. North Abaco On Jan. 11, Integrated Medical Cen tre (IMC) spearheaded a number of events leading up to the opening of its new In tegrated Medical Centre Treasure Cay honouring Rev. Stafford Symonette and Mrs. Diane Solomon. Medical Symposium: First in the line of events was a Medi cal Symposium at Full Gospel Assembly under the theme: Patient Centered Care. Dr. George Charite, IMC director, welcomed all local and international guests in attendance. He said it was a step for ward in providing medical care to the com munity of Abaco. Integrated Medical Centre Trea sure Cay is starting a new trend of medi cine in The Bahamas, and this new trend of medicine is where we are encompassing complete health care: medical, surgical, and spiritual, Dr. Charite said. We want to provide a complete healing environment to our patients in our community; so this that were starting in Treasure Cay is go ing to continue into Marsh Harbour, and very soon, it will continue to other islands in The Bahamas. As moderator, Dr. Carnille Farquharson, family medicine specialist, was enthused about the services that Abaco and Grand Bahama residents will be able to take advantage of. Dr. Rogelio Ribas Baptist Health International: Rogelio Ribas of Baptist Health Interna tional. Dr. Ribas spoke on the topic: Cancer: The Future Is Now. He talked about the upgrades in technology that is ongoing stateside, while warning that technology may not always be the best approach. After addressing the four pillars of cancer medical, surgical, radiation and interventional oncology Dr. Ribas in troduced the concept of robotic surgery to the audience. The advantages of robotic surgery translates into less blood loss, re duced hospital stays and equal or better outcomes. While Baptist Health offers a number of personalized services at its hospitals and centres across the United States, Dr. Ribas emphasized that it is of utmost importance that patients speak directly with their primary physicians who can instruct them on what to do. Dr. Mary Beth Tomaselli Oncol ogy Referral Network of America (ORNOA): Next, Dr. Mary Beth Tomaselli, a breast surgeon at Oncology Referral Net work of America (ORNOA), gave a preAbove: The two honourees: Rev. Stafford Symonette and Mrs. Diane Solomon along with Vanessa Lockhart far right in green. Integrated Medical Centre opens new location in Treasure Cay sentation on Breast Cancer Prevention, Diagnosis and Surgical. As a child, she mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Tomicelli urged women to do self-breast examinations monthly from the age of 20. Examinations should be done on the tenth day following the menstrual diation therapy, breast ultrasounds, breast MRIs, breast Tomosynthesis and mastecto mies along with the pros and cons of each procedure noting that no imaging study is 100 percent accurate. Dr. Christina Gomez Holy Cross Hospital: Her talk was followed by Dr. Chris tina Gomezs presentation on Advances in Breast Cancer. Dr. Gomez, a medi cal oncologist at Holy Cross Hospital, was excited to share cancer statistics that were just released on Jan. 7 of this year. She began with a recent patient case before revisiting the newfound statistical data. In her presentation, Dr. Gomez said that research shows that cancer mortality rates have declined and that 1.3 million cancer deaths were avoided in 2013. She were taken over a 10-year period. Never theless, Dr. Gomez said that there contin ues to be 1.6 million new cancer cases each year, and in The Bahamas, breast cancer has the highest morbidity rate among wom en. Dr. Theodore Turnquest Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH): Cancer Screening Essentials was the timely topic tackled by Dr. Theodore Turnquest, a consultant oncologist at the Princess Margaret Hospital. He agreed that breast cancer accounts for most of the pa tients they see. eight Bahamian women will be affected by breast cancer, and as a result, The Ba hamas ranks #6 in the world in terms of breast cancer deaths per 100,000 population. He reiterated the importance of doing mammograms, clinical and self-breast examinations, and breast MRIs. Startlingly, colorectal cancer is on the rise. Colorectal cancer is ranked second in men after prostate cancer, and third in women following breast cancer and cervi cal cancer. In endometrial (uterine) cancer statistics, The Bahamas ranks 12th fourth most common cause of cancer-relat Please see Medicine Page 16 Advertise in The Abaconian today! 367-3200 Support Community News and Promote Your Business. 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January 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 Abaco Hardware North Abaco Treasure Cay Announces New Format for June 2014 CompetitionPress Release ment (TCBT) announces a new date and format for its 31st Annual tournament, June 25-29, 2014. Held at Treasure Cay Beach day and Saturday, with an optional Family Fun Day, Kettle of Fish Tournament and Rock the Dock Party on Sunday. Stephen Kappeler, General Man ager, said, We took into consideration that some tournament participants may like to depart on Sunday to return to work on Monday. Plus, scheduling the event after school is out will make it easier for partici pants to include their families. value and social events, the world-class competition attracts teams from around the nament also offers social parties, dinners and fun competitions. The guaranteed cash payout ranges from $10,000 for a mini mum of ten boats and up to $50,000 for participation of 50 boats. The TCBT offers a special bonus of one free room night at the resort or a free day of dockage for registrations made prior to March 31, 2014. The early registrations also receive an entry into a drawing for free tournament dockage for boats up to 60 feet and additional prizes. the Bahamas, Treasure Cay is known for grander-size record-breaking marlin, large cus of the TCBT, the tournament includes Fun Fish Division awards for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. The Fun Fish Division offers an op tional payout rivaling top prizes of U.S. based tournaments. In addition to the cash prizes, winners receive beautiful trophies and the top team is honored on a statuesque Perpetual Trophy showcased in the resort's Spinnaker Restaurant, one of the largest air conditioned out-island restaurant facilities available for events. Awards are also pre by the participants own digital and/or video camera with an image that can verify the time and date the photo was taken. The TCBT is open to the public and center con soles over 30 feet are welcome. The top TCBT team will qualify for the IGFA Offshore World Championship, with information available at www.igfaoff shorechampionship.com. In addition to its great food and fam ily social events, the TCBT also raises funds for the children of the Treasure Cay Primary School. Details, photos and the tournament magazine are available on www.treasure cay.com. Information can also be found at www.facebook.com/treasurecayresort. Registration for up to six team mem bers, including boat entry, cash prize eligibility, dinners, cocktail parties, team goody bag and room discounts is only Above: current champions, Southern Comfort tournament. Photo credit Jonathan Wolff. $2,950 per team and can be made online at www.treasurecay.com. Current Champion Team Southern Comfort The 2013 TCBT winner was Southern ing Domarlo, owned by Doug Macdonald, Ts Too, owned by Bob Wolsey, Sarasota, day to snag third place. Domarlo claimed the Ultra Champ award for most points earned by prior Fish tournament resulted in the catch of snapper. Championship in Treasure Cay, June 4-7, 2014. Above: the crew from Pandemonium with Fishman.

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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 2014 Standard Hardware STANDARD HARDWARELumber & Plumbing Supplies email: standardhardware@netbusiness.com We boast a fully stocked lumber yard complete with pine, cypress, fir, molding, windows, roofing supplies, plywood and much more. Visit us today and let our friendly and professional staff assist you! The Combustion Music Hope Town Music Fest welcomed 10 hit songwriters to Hope Town on December 5 for four days of music, sun and fundraising. With over 60 #1 hits under their belts, the performers wowed the Hope Town crowds at four dif ferent venues around the island. The free shows were packed at ev ery venue as performers ran through their repertoires of hit songs as the crowds sang time visitors to the island, got a true taste of Hope Town with great weather, snor The festivities even included a Junk display at the closing event at The Hope Town Inn and Marina. While the event was free, the festi val did collect donations and sell CDs, signed posters and T-shirts at each event. All of the proceeds were split between the festival's two worthy causes: Every Child Counts and Hope Town Fire and Rescue. The Fire and Rescue folks were on hand at every event helping and collecting dona tions, and the last night two ECC students got on stage with Chris Farren and Chris Destefano and each sang a song to thunder Hope Town Music Fest raises over $25K for local charities The Cays Above: performers from the Hope Town Music Festival. Over $25K was raised over four days for ECC and Hope Town Fire & Rescue. ous applause. Through the donations and many generous sponsors, the Combustion Mu sic Hope Town Music Festival raised over $25,000 for these two great charities. Many thanks go out to the event's main sponsors, The Hope Town Harbour well as all of the other great sponsors including: The Hope Town Inn and Marina, The Harbour's Edge, The Abaco Inn, The Academy of Country Music, Suntrust Bank, Warner Chappell Music, Elbow Cay Properties, Hopetown Hideaways, Abaco Buzz and Albury's Ferry. Great weather, great surroundings and great music made for a truly excep tional event. Below: Chris Farren performing with Hope Towns own Karen Forbes.

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January 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 By Timothy Roberts The Gully Roosters (a local band) en tertained festive crowds as hundreds of Ba hamians and visitors waited for the Junk anoo parade to commence on New Years Day in Green Turtle Cay. At about 3pm the sounds of goat skin cheered and danced, with some joining in the throng, as a wonderful display of col orful costumes and rhythmic music moved methodically through the roads of New Plymouth. Slammers Junkanoo group displayed an Arabian theme of including an impressive Scorpion King costume which capti vated the crowd along with the hypnotic Junkanoo beats. The costumes, varying in size dis played vivid colors while the rushers, who ranged from young boys and girls to older men and women, appeared very enthusias tic and pleased to be rushing in the parade. As the group moved forward the dancers came into view, making their way down the streets as people joined in, The Cays Green Turtle celebrates New Year with Junkanoodancing to the pulsating sounds of the goat skin drums, cowbells, horns and whistles. The dancers were followed by the band of drummers, horn blowers and cow-bell shakers who kept a steady pace for the du ration of their long trek around the settle ment of New Plymouth. Young and old alike enjoyed the sights and sounds, as people continued to have a good time dancing, eating and drinking. The streets were full of activity as many people visited shops, vendors and restaurants to buy a variety of treats. A variety of American and Bahamian foods were on sale throughout town. Whether you were interested in hamburgers and hot dogs, or cracked conch or conch fritters or were just looking for desserts, there was a delicious variety sure to please. The festival continued into the evening as people celebrated in anticipation of the beginning of a new year. The day was fun as many were delighted with the days celebration.Songwriters Festival promises to entertain Elbow CayThe 2nd Annual Patrick Davis Hope Town Songwriters Festival will take place February 18 22. The events will take The current lineup of performers includes: James Otto, Corey Crowder, Djan go Duncan, James Slater, Chris Destefano, Mark Bryan, Tyker Reeve, Kylie Sackley, Davis. ery night after at Sea Spray, Abaco inn, will be an acoustic session and the Fare well Jame at Harbours Edge.Mysterious noise heard Residents of Elbow reported a mys terious noise that sounded like a boom or explosion on Jan 12 around 8:30 am. Residents were unable to pinpoint the source of the noise, some claiming to hear it coming from the North End of Elbow Cay, some hearing it emanating from the mainland of Abaco. No smoke was visible to indicate an explosion. Some on the ground speculate that the source of the noise was a Sonic Boom which is caused when a military jet breaks the sound barrier. After the single loud noise no further incidents were reported. Above: the Scorpion King from the GTC Junkanoo Parade. Above: Junkanoo on Green Turtle Cay for

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 2014 North Abaco ed deaths in the country. Dr. Turnquest recalled when they used to only see three or four cases a year, but now with smoking rates going up, the cases have increased as well. Its preventable if people stop smok ing, he said, pointedly. With prostate cancer, The Bahamas places 13th worldwide, and locally, prostate cancer is the No. 1 cause of death in Bahamian men. Therefore, research shows done greatly outweighs the harm associ ated with testing. Men ages 45 and over, can speak to their doctors about the risks For the general cancer screening, Dr. Turnquest said it is important to know your family history, and that there are various exams to choose from. He warned that Ba hamians must do everything in moderation particularly with alcohol intake. In the case of breast cancer in men who are obese, he said it is the wife who usually detects it. Men who also undergo hormonal manipulation may also be at risk for breast cancer. During the question and answer ses was related to a vaccine for cancer. Dr. Gomez answered by saying that doctors are making baby steps in that direction with the reduction in mortality rates, but there is no cure as yet. Based on Dr. Turnquests presenta tion, a frightening revelation is that Caribbean men appear to be predisposed for prostate cancer no matter where they re locate. Dr. Winston Campbell Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH): An interesting presentation was given by PMH consultant, Dr. Winston Camp bell, on Obstructive Sleep Apnea The Often Missed Diagnosis. According to Dr. Campbell, the three critical areas of the condition are nasal obstruction, the tongue or the uvula soft palate. He gave the signs of OSA and elaborated on the assessment scales used to measure the tongue position and the risk of developing OSA. Finally, a list of home sleep devices were given to aid those with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Tragically, OSA can lead to many chronic non-communicable diseases including congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, atherogenesis, and endothelial dysfunction as well as diabetes and obesity. For men, OSA leads to low testoster one and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Campbell contended that there is an economic burden caused by OSA when it results in hypertension that costs the Bahamian government $38 million in medical spending or diabetes that totals $26 mil lion. Dr. Ali Malek St. Marys Hospital (West Palm Beach): Dr. Ali Malek of St. Marys Hospital in West Palm Beach touched on the impact of strokes and issued Guidelines for Man agement of Strokes in Remote Areas. In the case of a stroke, time is of the essence because when brain cells die they are not salvageable, he emphasized. During a stroke, 1.9 million brain cells die every minute, Dr. Malek added. Additional research states that for every hour a stroke continues, up to 200 mil lion nerve cells die and the brain ages four years. Doctors focus on the penumbra of the stroke, or in other words, the area that is not damaged by the stroke. They then seek to determine why the patient suffered a stroke and determine measures of pre venting another one. Eighty three percent of strokes are classed as Ischemic strokes, while the re maining 17 percent are called hemorrhagic strokes. Risk factors can range from family able risk factors like obesity, hypertension, smoking and cholesterol. He was astounded that Bahamians are surrounded by such a beautiful environ ment and an abundance of seafood, yet we take foods that are healthy and transform them into unhealthy foods because of what we add to them. He reminded the audience that processed foods are not good for the body largely because they are made from the poorest ingredients. Dr. Malek urges patients to see their pri mary care physicians. While some medica tions may help with strokes, there are some that do not. If someone is having a stroke, Dr. Malek recommended placing the stroke slightly raised to reduce the blood pressure in the brain. Additional tips are that if the victim is unconscious, gently roll him so he is lying on his left side and pull the chin forward. This keeps the airway open and allows any vomit to drain and not affect breathing. If the victim is conscious, give all the positive support you can. Remem ber to never give a stroke victim anything to eat or drink because the throat may be paralyzed causing them to choke. Educate the community, Dr. Malek repeated. Time is Brain; the best stroke is the one you dont have. Dr. Gemma Rolle Princess Marga ret Hospital (PMH): As the presentations began to wind down, Dr. Gemma Rolle spoke on Up dates in Gastroenterology. She also ad dressed colorectal cancer (CRC) and its ties to family history/genetics and lifestyle risk factors. Dr. Rolle focused on the de velopment of polyps in these patients and the potential of them turning into cancer. A number of screening methods are used to detect polyps with a colonoscopy being the gold standard. Not only does the colonoscopy allow the detection of pol yps, but it also allows for the removal of them at the same time. She also introduced the terms: polypectomy and chromoendos copy. Circling back to colonoscopies, Dr. Rolle explained that a colonoscopy can be done every 10 years and can be used to di agnose other things. However, its shortfall is that small polyps can be missed; a full bowel preparation is required; the patient is sedated; and they may require a missed day at work. A colonoscopy can risk serious complications such as bleeding, tearing/perforation, infection, severe abdominal pain, cardiovascular events or death. In light is such complications, Dr. Rolle was well aware that some patients will generally mistrust physicians or harbour fatalistic views about cancer, or they can simply have symptoms that do not allow them to do the procedure. Screening guidelines dictate that screening begins at age 50. Based on the will determine the amount of years in between for screenings. Hersch of West Boca Hospital in Florida. He gave the insight on sports medicine beginning with should dislocations that can ferior. He suggested learning two or three techniques, and among the techniques are Kochers Method, Scapula Manipulation, Cunningham Technique, Stimson Meth od and Traction Counter Traction. Dr. Hersch also gave after care advice adding that younger patients tend to have a high recurrence of dislocation. He used college, high school and junior high players in pop ular sport of football as examples. Dr. Herschs next topic was AC and AC Joint separation, and the types of sur geries available from Grades 1-6. Elbow injuries were addressed along with injuries to the biceps, knees, anterior cruciate liga of initial treatments like RICE, AROM, Dr. Hersch ended his presentation by com paring surgery versus non-surgical procedures. Official Opening of Integrated Medi cal Centre Treasure Cay: Following closing remarks by Dr. Farquharson, the group dispersed to the site of the Integrated Medical Centre Treasure Cay for the Health Fair and Gospel Concert. Guests were encouraged to tour the building, which is comprised of the Rev. Stafford Symonette Medical Pavilion, the Diane Solomon Surgical Cen tre, and the Integrated Medical Spa located next to the Spinnaker Restaurant. Father Rogelio Madrazo prayed a blessing over the medical centre before Mrs. Solomon was asked to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Onlookers to the building by theCreative Construction team with its detailed moulding as well as the welcoming and impressive design of the spas interior. The Integrated Spa will offer massage therapy and specialty massages, aesthetic services, an infrared sauna, hydrotherapy, body waxing, body wraps/scrubs and spe cialty facials. Ricardo and Avalon Millers ed in the Integrated building, and has been open since last year to serve the people of North Abaco. Renardo Curry, MP for North Aba co, was also in attendance, and was invited to make remarks as the guest speaker and opened. Curry said that Integrated Medical Centre in Treasure Cay would prove paramount to the island because of the share of challenges and loss of life in the absence of it. I am pleased to announce that with the establishment of this new facility in addition to a number of other private prac tices on the island including the arrival of the new mini hospital in the Central Abaco district, the demeanor of most Abaconians of leaving the island in search of medical attention will be that of the past. Most, if not all, of the medical healthcare services needed will be acces sible on the island of Abaco, Curry con cluded. Health Fair/Gospel Concert: At the Health Fair, there were repre sentatives from Baptist Health Internation al, the National Workers Health Plan Net work, Holy Cross and an air ambulance service. A bouncing castle was provided for the younger ones, as well as food and drinks for everyone. Gospel groups like Genesis, New Direction, Jes Us, legendary Bahamian gospel singer Rev. Simeon Outten and the teams entertained the audience.

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Beach $849,000 OWNER FINANCING Roberts Home 3 Bed 2.5 Bath fully furnished 3000 sq ft CBS home with 2 car garage and dock $949,000 Mariners Cove 1510 Townhouse 2 bed, 1.5 bath, professionally decorated, lovely marina view $219,000 Royal Palm 2321 2 Bed, 2 Bath tastefully furnished marina condo, end unit with pool in front, boatlift and storage $229,000 NEW PRICE Beach Villa 635 2 Bed 2 Bath 1,025 sq. ft. charming renovated villa, large garage, many extras & upgrades. $279,000 NEW LISTING Royal Poinciana 2513 Oceanfront 2 bed, 2 bath fully furnished condo with water views from every room! $545,000 Lot 5 Block 191 Brigantine Bay canal front homesite with serene water views. $310,000 NEW LISTING Las Brisas 4 Bed, 3 Bath 2 Den 3000 sq ft private luxurious beachfront home on Windward Beach. $1,575,000 NEW PRICE Royal Palm 2309 2 Bed, 2 Bath fully furnished lower condo, situated between two pools w/boat slip on Treasure Cay Marina. $249,000 NEW LISTING Royal Palm 2377 2 bed, 2 bath fully furnished lower condo on Brigantine Bay w/boat lift $249,000 NEW PRICE Lot 8 Block 198 Brigantine canal homesite with 90 ft. of seawall in Treasure Cays most protected canal. Choice water views. $235,000 WILL TRADE FOR CONDO Lot 6 Block 198 canal front homesite with 91 of seawall on Treasure Cays most protected canal at THE best price! $125,000 NEW PRICE Lot 21 Block 200 Galleon Bay Estates 20,164 sq. ft. canal front homesite with terric Sea of Abaco views $199,000 Marina View Villa Modern 2 bed/2bath CBS, fully funished home, 1,000 sq. ft. plus porches, overlooking Treasure Cay Marina Royal Palm 2404 THE most outstanding 3 bed, 3 bath upper level condo with lavish kitchen and bath upgrades, designer furnishings, and expansive marina views. $399,000 NEW LISTING John CashABR, BRI, CRB, CRS, RSPS, Broker SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD UNDER CONTRACT Business The Oasis treats guests to complimentary tasting during Grand Opening Chefs Antonio Huyler, Demeko Saunders and David Thompson of Trio Culinary invited guests to an evening of complimentary tasting at The Oasis on Jan. 11. The restaurants grand opening cel ebration was opened in prayer by Rev. Dr. Silbert Mills and was well attended as guests socialized, sipped drinks, and sampled one-of-a-kind dishes as soft music played in the background courtesy of DJ/ sor for the Abaco Science Alliance Conference. Press Release Friends of the Environment is host ing the 6th biennial Abaco Science Al liance Conference January 16th 18th at New Vision Ministries in Marsh Harbour. The conference provides a unique opportu nity to learn about research and programs taking place in Abaco and the rest of The Bahamas, meet with scientists and pro by those individuals. Registration is now open through Friends of the Environments The Conference opens on Thursday evening with an informal cocktail party and open house at FRIENDS education center for speakers and attendees. Speakers are coming from Universities and organiza tions in the United States, the Caribbean, and across The Bahamas, as well as Abaco based researchers and program directors. Friday is a day full of interesting speakers at New Vision Ministries. Topics to be covered include: The impact of nutrients on the marine environ ment, historical and modern bird records from fossils and observations, conserva tion planning and a population study on beaked whales. Fridays talks are offered to school students free of charge thanks to sponsorship of the conference by JS Bank of Canada. Interested schools should contact Friends of the Environment to sign up. Saturdays talks will occur in the Entertainer Rebel Tony. a strawberry mojito concoction as well as sushi leading up to a conch chowder appetizer that awakened the appetite. The ten derized conch was fused with fresh lemon grass, Red Thai Curry and coconut milk. Guests also bit into tasty servings of homemade egg rolls, and curried shrimp. Meanwhile, Chef Demeko skillfully prepared homemade ravioli, and Chef demonstration in front of the mesmerized audience. Dessert consisted of a roasted pineapple coconut sherbet. During his remarks, Chef Antonio emphasized that the menu will be creative and interactive with the fusion of differ ent cuisines made from fresh, local ingre dients. The dining room will come alive zling platters and a fresh herb garden, he boasted. Future plans include a Family Day complete with hand-rolled pizzas, cotton candy and bouncing castles for the chil dren along with freshly made pastas, sushi, chocolates made in-house, comedy shows, football Sundays, full Bahamian and Inter national breakfast spreads and brunches. The Oasis serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is located behind the Memorial Plaza and is situated next to the Christian Counsel 8331 or 458-7096 for reservations. In closing, Chef Antonio expressed: Thank you for dining with us at Oasis... Your culinary journey starts here! morning and will look at coral reef restoration, invasive species and a proposal for an important bird area in Abaco. Saturday afternoon will be devoted trip will be joining local expert Nancy Al bury on an expedition to visit Gilpin Point along with Perry Maillis to introduce one of Abacos newest fossil sites. The trip will explore the coastal habitat at Gilpin Point, with opportunities for snorkeling, bird watching and participating in fossil collection for the research project. The sec expert, Woody Bracey, to one of Abacos unique bird habitats. More information about the con are all available on the FRIENDS web site: www.friendsoftheenvironment.org or call 367-2721. Bank of Canada sponsor students to attend ASAC for free

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 2014 The Moorings Yacht ChartersThe Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class The Conch Inn Resort Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you. The Conch Inn Marina Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina Tide North Bar Channel February 2014 Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new sailing yachts 38 ft. mono hull or 44 ft. catamaran SAILING VACATIONS Sunsail Food PlanetBy Samantha Evans Food Planet began serving Haitian and Bahamian cuisine in Novembe, 2013. They pride themselves in having the best Greo in town which can be served with serve native Bahamian dishes which are guaranteed to satisfy your palette. New dishes will be coming on stream pwa with rice (black/white bean sauce). They will also be selling drinks and des serts. According to manager Shanalee Paul her mom is the cook and she loves prepar ing food. It was also a means to generate hon est income. Since they have been open, the word is spreading of how great their food is and business has been good. Dinners are sold for $8 and $10 and kids plates are $5 all day every day. They are located in Dundas Town, three houses down on the left from Shawnys Take-A-Way. They are open Monday to Sunday 1pm until and can be contacted by calling 475-0424, 4583280 or 559-9204. You Save Auto RentalBy Samantha Evans On December 1, 2013, You Save Auto Rental opened its doors in the Ambassador Inn Building on Crocket Drive. They rent cars for $50 per day and vans for $60 daily. To rent a car, persons must be 25 years or older and possess a valid drivers license. At You Save Auto Rental, they pride themselves in excellent service and afford able prices, and guarantee clients that they will get their moneys worth when they rent a vehicle from them. They will pick up clients from the airport and drop them back to the airport once they have returned Since they opened, the feedback has been good. Rentals can be done by the day, week or month. For every sixth day, a cli ent will get a free day. The motto for this business is Saving You Time and Money The owner of this business is War ren Ellis. They are open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm. They can be reached by calling 699-3346. Favour ConnectionBy Samantha Evans On October 29, 2013, Favour Con nection opened for business in the Island in Marsh Harbour. They specialize in male and female fashion including tops, pants, dresses and skirts. They sell dressy and casual tops, and cologne for males. For ladies, they also carry sandals, accessories, perfume, socks and underwear. Early in 2014, they will carry chil drens clothing, mens tennis shoes, and jeans for men and women in a variety of sizes and colors. The owner of Favour Connection is Samantha Bodie from Green Turtle Cay. They are open Monday through Sat urday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A & S Safety Professionals Store offers a wide range of safety equip ment and welding supplies. Their exten sive line up of medical products includes: medical gases; medical concentrators for rent; safety vests; hard hats; earplugs; safety glasses, dust masks, etc. In their welding section, they carry masks, gloves, rods, tips gases and lots more. Pick up and delivery service is available for medical gases and medical oxygen concentrators. If you need to have have smoke alarms and smoke detectors purchase. Additionally, CPB and First Aid classes are offered along with disaster, evacuation and emergency planning and responders, and the business is equipped also a safety planner, manager and EMS instructor. The Variety Store features house hold items, health and beauty supplies, and sporting goods. Basketball, softball, golf, and football equipment are always in store. There are also toys, party supplies and kitchenware. Store is located at the Rubis Service Station Building in Central Pines across from Soul Saving Ministries Intl. Business hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, and closed on Sundays. Phone contacts are: 475-3246 or 225-4168 (Vibe). fessionals and Variety Store.Entrepreneur Watch

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January 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 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 Further Business By Timothy Roberts The Abaco Chamber of Commerce tion Company in their grand opening event on December 12 at the stores location next to Corner Value on Queen Elizabeth Drive. Brian Bullard, principle owner, said though the store has been open for about ing to cement the fact that we are here to offer professional service to the communi ties of Abaco. Mr. Bullard, a technician who has been in the business almost 30 years, said that the company offers professional sales, installation and repair of marine and land communication particularly VHF marine and land based radios. He said he was appreciative of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce who came out in support of the Grand Opening. While I am a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Freeport I have never seen such support as I have with the Abaco Chamber, he said. I especially appreci ated the efforts of Mrs. Richard for us. He said he hopes with this business tury with communication especially since many communities in Abaco are so spread out. We want to introduce a separation between the land based communication and the sea based communication, he said. Mr. Bullard added that a technician is the best salesman and I regard myself as a technician and a customer will come in and bring his challenge or problem to me and my job is to solve those problems and provide solutions truthfully, honestly and He said he loves what he does and stays up to date in the industry. I believe in fair work, fair products for a fair price. Ive had great success over many years and Id like to see that continue in Abaco. Abaco Chamber joins new radio communication store for grand opening Press Release Albury Brothers Boats, builders of 27', 23' and 20' center console outboard boats, announced its partnership with Sun dance Marine. Sundance will represent the builder at their six Florida locations, pro viding additional convenience to Albury Brothers clients. Sundance will display select new boats and provide transaction as sistance including trade-ins, plus service and storage. The relationship between Sundance and Albury Brothers actually goes back ten bury Brothers in Florida. We built the third US Albury Brothers 23 for one of the owners of Sundance. Here is a guy who could have any new boat, every year, at wholesale, yet he chose our 23. He became a fan and we started building a boat our owners, he keeps 2 or 3 Albury boats in the family at all times. His enthusiasm spilled over to Sundance employees and pretty soon they were fans and active in the brokerage market. We are very proud the Sundance Marine professionals sincerely believe in our boats. Mitch Milesi, Principal at Sundance said This is not our typical dealership arrangement. Albury Brothers produces a limited amount of boats per year. We have patiently waited, for the opportunity to partner with them. Our goal is to teach folks about the Albury Brothers design, then go out in choppy seas and let the boat do the talking. Albury Brothers Boats are known for their smooth ride, sea kindliness, strong construction and classic lines. For more information visit, Albury Brothers on Man O' War Cay, or near the Port of Palm Beach in Florida. You may also call 242365-6086 in The Bahamas, 561-863-7006 in the US, or email info@alburybrothers. com. Sundance Marine has 6 locations from Miami to Melbourne and has intro duced thousands of people to the boating lifestyle. Sundance offers more than just sales, with storage, great service and their legendary Bimini Blast for over 26 years. Albury Brothers Boats partners with Sundance Marine Ministry of Finance launches VAT HotlinePress Release The Minis try of Finance announced today it has launched a hotline with experts standing by to answer questions about the proposed Value Added Tax system set to go into effect July 1. The hotline number is 225-7280. It is staffed between 9 am and 5 pm daily Monday-Friday. The VIBE line is toll-free throughout The Bahamas. Since we launched the number two days ago without a lot of fanfare in the testing stage, we have had very interest change is needed, but they just want more information, said Financial Secretary John Rolle. What we have heard so far is evidence that the greatest need for infor mation is on the part of the consumer as businesses have made it a point of learn ing as much as they can to date. When you hear questions like Should I buy a new car now or wait? Which will be least expensive in taxes? or Do I have to pay VAT on my condo association fees? or How will it affect the price of baby formula? its clear that the upcoming schedule for VAT items and exemptions will be very helpful. Government intends to publish the 17. The hotline is also accepting com ments for consideration. A series of town meetings is planned CherokeeAir caters to jet rush in DecemberAbove: CherokeeAir took care of 70 aircraft arrivals on December 27, 2013. Over half of the aircraft were jets. They brought 300 persons who left for Winding Bay, Hope Town, Above: members of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce joined Brian Bullard in the Grand Opening of CBS Marine on December 12.

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 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..cont The Abaconian presentsIs the Airport Open Yet? Vol. IINo.Why? Another deadline passed and another round of excuses. We have been told that February may, or may not, be the next target date. Also: the contingency fund needed for completion is nearly used up. The tangible work done that drained the funds? A fence, a security check-in and some minor cosmetic work. The one thing the Minister of Works will detail in regards to whats left to be done? The one critical thing preventing the airport from opening, despite the Minister of transport saying she is ready to move forward with hiring? Check Back Next Issue for Another Exciting Installment in: Is the Airport Open Yet? Business Abaco EV Sales enhances its electric car line-up This month, Abaco EV Sales expressed its appreciation for the reception November. By now, youve probably seen the compact, burnt orange vehicle zipping through town hence its name: The Zip Model. Because of the enthusiastic response, distributors are sending four more electric vehicles comprised of three electric cars and an eight-passenger electric van, which will arrive on Abaco in six to eight weeks. Abaco EV Sales Proprietor Mark Anthony Swain said the electric cars will be at the sales lots new location, which is situated next to Abaco Neem at the airport roundabout. The vehicles are equipped with a 10 KW electric motor that can be fully charged after approximately six hours at a cost of $7.90 on your electricity bill, and remain the general Marsh Harbour area. Impressively, the electric car can travel a distance of 135 miles before the suggested recharge. The cost of the electric car is $24,000, and the electric vans cost $26,000 includ ing import duties. In comparison, the smallest Japanese car on sale in The Bahamas is priced at $28,000. tomers will receive a $2,000-discount. Special orders are also available for the sports model cars. Essentially, clients can pay for the vehicle in six years with a 15-percent down payment and consistent payments of $362.68 per month, according to one of the local banks. Fortunately, the savings on fuel will cars payment. Because of the high cost of fuel particularly on the cays, Swain hopes to encourage residents and business owners to upgrade from golf carts to electric cars to reduce fuel costs. The savings are not dreds of dollars in overall maintenance. As more cars are sold, Abaco EV Sales will put in infrastructural work in terms of charging stations with meters or timers. The charging stations will be lo cated in Coopers Town and between Cherokee Sound and Sandy Point for mo torists travelling on long stretches of roads who may need an additional charge. The charging stations will also be useful for taxi drivers with electric vehicles to charge their motors while waiting on customers at the ferry docks. The cars come equipped with 110 volt and 220 volt plugs. Other amenities include 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels, right hand or left-hand drive steering, radio/CD player, air condition and heater, remote control lock, four wheel suspension system and optional GPS capabilities. All electric cars carry a two-year warranty and replacement parts and repair labour is also available. For a short time during their introductory promotion, there will be no charge for installing a home charging station. Contact Mark Anthony Swain in Ab aco at 1(242)533-4285, or Paul Swain in Nassau at 1(242)475-5412. Above: the Zip Model car.

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January 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 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 Winter Schedule only (Jan 3rd to Apr 15th, 2014) Mon & Wed: Dep Nassau 2 pm...Arrive S. Abaco 8 pm... Dep S. Abaco 9 pm. Tue & Thu: Arrive Freeport Wed & Fri: Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutesMarsh Harbour cont... . . . . . North Abaco . . . . Sandy Point . . Treasure Cay . Casaurina Point . Cherokee . . . Crossing Rocks . Green Turtle Cay . . Hope Town . . Marsh Harbour . . . 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 ............ ....376-9858The Great Abaco Express Eco & Historical bus tours Call 367-2165 or 559-9160 Charter Fishing Boats 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* Not on Sundays or holidays

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Page 24 Section A The Abaconian January 15, 2014 HOME INSURANCE Your Peace Of Mind Is Important To Us! Insurance Management makes home protection a priority with the most dependable protection in The Bahamas. It's how they've earned their good reputation. Coverage you can rely on.INSURANCE MANAGEMENT(BAHAMAS) LIMITED. INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTS email: info@imbabaco.comNassauRosetta Street P.O.Box SS-6283 Tel: (242) 394-5555 Fax: (242) 323-6520Freeport1, Pioneers Way P.O.Box F-42541 Tel: (242) 350-3500 Fax: (242) 350-3510AbacoQueen Elizabeth Dr. P.O.Box AB-20666 Tel: (242) 367-4204 Fax: (242) 367-4206EleutheraQueens Highway P.O.Box EL-25190 Tel: (242) 332-2862 Fax: (242) 332-2863ExumaQueens Highway P.O.Box SS-6283 Tel: (242) 336-2304 Fax: (242) 336-2305

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January 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 22 NUMBER 02 January 15th 2014 Christine Lightbourne, Pilot Club of Abaco President, and four other members took time off to support and assist S. C. Bootle High Schools Dynamic Dolphin Anchor Club (DDAC) prior to the Christ mas holiday season. According to Principal Huel Moss Jr., DDAC launched an initiative to aid the elderly in Fire Road and Coopers Town with food baskets and packages. After conducting a survey within the Fire Road and Coopers Town communi ties, students composed a list of needy per sons with emphasis on the elderly. Thereafter, Moss said that advisors, student club members and members of the Pilot Club of Abaco, walked throughout the communities and distributed 25 pack ages to the elderly and sang Christmas carols. Bags were decorated with customdesigned tags. Recipients were very appreciative and grateful for the timely gifts they re -S. C. Bootles Anchor Club distributes food to needy, elderly persons Please see Anchor Page 4 Above: members of SC Bootles Anchor Club and the Pilot Club of Abaco launched an initiative to help the elderly and those in need in their community.Sponsored artists helped by Alburys Ferry and Furniture PlusAbove: Students display their Alburys Ferry inspired art on January 14. Three students were sponsored by Christy Young to attend the Walt Bartman art classes at the Hum mingbird Cottage Art Center this year. Alburys Ferry decided to help as well and allow the students to ride over to Hope Town and back for free. Left to right: Darin Knowles, Hannah Bonamy, Denis Knowles, Brandin Pinder and Marlee Mason. See page 4.

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 15, 2014 Music Doing Good Presents The Power of One in Hope Town and Marsh Harbour Every Child CountsThe Power of One, a concert presented by Music Doing Good, will take place on Thursday, February 6 at Hope town Harbour Lodge Poolside in Hope town (5:30 p.m. Dinner and 7 p.m. Con cert); and Friday, February 7, Marquee Room at Abaco Beach Resort, Marsh Harbour (6 p.m. Doors Open, 7 p.m. Concert). This is a fund and friend raising event. Ticket price: Donations greatfully accepted. Contact: 242-367-2505 For the third year, Music Doing Good travels from Houston, Texas to Hope Town and Marsh Harbour, Abaco to perform two cation for children with learning, develop mental or physical disabilities (regardless Lyn Major, Founder and Administrator of have seen the difference in [the kids] since they have been working with the musicians the power of a caring few is so amazing! maximize each child's ability to become a productive, successful and independent School & YouthNews citizen. The theme behind The Power of One is that in order to effect positive change, it starts with an intent and action of just one person. And often times, the ripple effect of that intent or action creates a groundswell that galvanizes others to impact the lives of many. The musical reperis created to evoke a sense of inspiration in the audience. Iconic tunes from great artists such as John Lennon, Bob Marley, the Beatles and Cole Porter will be performed in addition to many original songs by Music Doing Counts will also perform several songs on also share their rendition of the Junkanoo with the guests. Music Doing Good is a Houstontransforms lives by providing music experiences and education to underserved people and by fostering the talent of those served. In addition to concerts, Music Doing Good offers an instrument granting program, de livers afterschool music classes in Houston-area Title I schools, provides scholar ships for middle and high schoolers, and one-on-one songwriting sessionsall with a focus on youth. The outreach programs use music to stimulate minds, open hearts and ignite imagination! Music Doing Good touches the lives of thousands of individu als annually as the organization strives to create a world where we all live in concert. For more information about Music Doing Good, please visit www.music doinggood.org Child Counts, visit www.everychildcount sabaco.org email: everychildcountsaba co@gmail.com Four Abaco students selected as Youth Ambassadors to participate in Leadership Exchange in USPress Release On Thursday, January 9, the Unit the students and chaperone representing Abaco Island who will travel to Denver, Colorado and Washington, D.C. from February 2-25, 2014, to participate in the exchange program. The students were selected based on their strong leadership skills and a commitment to community service. Please see Ambassadors Page 4 Above: the Music Doing Good group performing last year.

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 15, 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. Man-O-War HardwareNon-Corrosive HardwareAn Extensive Selection of Brass, Stainless & MonelBolts, Nails & Screws Hinges & Barrel BoltsStainless Steel Hurricane Clips#1 LumberPlain & Pressure TreatedPine, Fir, Cypress Teak & MahoganyInterior, Exterior & MarinePLYWOOD For quotes or information Call Walter Sweeting Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, BahamasPh: (242) 365-6011 l Fax (242) 365-6039 Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDSWe stock a wide variety of parts and tyres. If you need an item that is not in stock, we will quickly import it for you Open 7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 During the three-week exchange, the Bahamian youth leaders will join students from throughout the Caribbean in two U.S. cities for hands-on community-based ac tivities. The students exciting one-day visit to Nassau included a courtesy call on U.S. Charg dAffaires John Dinkelman and fairs staff. During the meeting with the Charg, the students discussed the upcoming program and issues facing youth in The Bahamas. The four youth leaders who were se Ambassador Program are: Kandise Kelly and Catalina Albury, both students at For est Heights Academy, Berthony McDer mott from S.C. Bootle High School and Conrad Cornish, who will represent Abaco Central High School. The students will be accompanied by cation who will serve as the groups chap erone and act as a mentor to the students upon their return to The Bahamas. brings talented high school students to the United States to promote mutual under standing, increase their leadership skills and prepare participants to make a differ ence in their home communities by becom ing active and engaged citizens through the Caribbean and Latin America currently participate in the program. 2013/14 with students previously selected from New Providence and Grand Bahama to participate in the youth leadership ex change. School & Youth News Ambassadors From Page 2 ceived, Moss shared. Food items were collected by the students of S. C. Bootle undertaken by the Dynamic Dolphin Anchors. The club is looking forward to big ger and better ways of assisting persons within our local communities and beyond. Thanks to the Pilot Club of Abaco for assisting with the distribution, he concludedAnchor From Page 1 Alburys Ferry and Furniture Plus sponsor young artists By Timothy Roberts After learning of art workshops for talented, young Abaco artists on Hope Town taught by Walt Bartman, Alburys Ferry decided to assist these young artists by sponsoring free ferry rides to and from the Cay for the duration of the classes. Hummingbird Cottage Art Center, an old Loyalist home restored by Jim and educational centre for the arts in Abaco. Christy, who hails from Maryland, is herself an artist who is experienced in all mediums but recently discovered a passion for oils under the tutelage of Walt Bartman. Seven years ago Christy decided to sponsor an Abaco student to attend Walt Bartmans Outdoor 10 Day Art Workshop which is held in Hope Town annually. This year three students were sponsored, includ ing one from Agape Christian School and, and Hannah Bonamy. In an effort to make the sponsorship more meaningful now, as well as for the future, Alburys Ferry asked the students to produce a painting related to Alburys Ferry which they would in turn display the painting along with the students information in the gift shop at the Crossing in Marsh Harbour. Denis Knowles, General Manager of Alburys Ferry said Marlee Mason, an artist who lives in Hope Town, came to him with the idea to assist by sponsoring the ferry transportation. Denis son, Darin Knowles, also Operations Manager of Alburys Ferry, took the idea even further and said why dont we, when the students painting of something regarding the ferries and we will post it in the snack bar. Anytime we can be of help or assist like this we enjoy it, he said. Hannah Bonamy, student of Agape Christian School, said that Mr. Bartman taught her a lot. She said it was a great experience and that she was thankful to Ms. Mason and to all the sponsors for making it possible. Brandin Pinder, student of St. Fran cis de Sales School, said he got a lot out of Mr. Bartmans workshop and that the experience helped him learn new things about painting. He said he was thankful for the sponsors who helped him go to the work shop as well as his school teachers. Marlee Mason is an artist who assists in the sponsorship of Abaco kids to the Outdoor Art Workshop. She said students are suggested by their art teachers for se lection. Ms. Mason also noted that Furni ture Plus also sponsors the paint supplies for the students who participate, which is very helpful as there is not a good selection of materials available to Abacos talented youth. Above: art student Hannah Bonamy holds a familiar scene she painted with Alburys Ferry General Manager Denis Knowles. Every year Walt Bartman holds an Art Work shop in Hope Town and some talented young Abaco artists are sponsored to attend. This year, Alburys Ferry decided to go a step further and provided free rides for the three young students who were chosen. The students in return painted scenes about Alburys Ferry. Furniture Plus also donated paint supplies.

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January 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 School & Youth News By Timothy Roberts On December 16 Agape Christian School presented the Abaco Cancer Society with a donation of funds raised from an out-of-uniform day at the school. Cecile Albury, Principle of Agape Christian School, said they raised money for the Abaco Cancer Society with an out of uniform day and we did that because there are people who have that very bad disease and it touches babies all the way to older men and women, and the Abaco Cancer Society helps people to obtain treatment. Jo Ann Bradley, President of the Abaco Cancer was on-hand to receive the donation. She said, I really appreciate everything you have done to help us help others. We help 86 people in Abaco at the moment. She said that 100 per cent of all the money raised for the Cancer Society goes to helping people who have cancer and all the work and items are donated by volun teers. Agape raises funds for Cancer SocietyAbove: Abaco Cancer Society volunteer, Jo-Ann Bradley, accepts a donation from Agape School. Funds were raised during an Out-of-Uniform day. By Rakasha McIntosh & Hannah Strachan Grade Ten Students Starting off the 2013/2014 school member Interact Club raised awareness Forest Heights Interact Club has successful year the help of Interact Co-Advisor Lori Thompson. and money for breast cancer research and for the less privileged. During the month of October, In teract sold hats, t-shirts, bottles and other Please see Interact Page 14

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 15, 2014 Art for the Parks to spotlight Bahamian BeautyPress Release This January, some of the most celebrated Bahamian artists will gather at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina to share the beauty of their work while protecting the beauty of The Bahamas. Now in its 5th year, the Art for the Parks Festival will take place January 24 26, 2014 in collaboration between Abaco Beach Resort, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) and corporate sponsors. Over thirty artists and artisans will exhibit, providing both residents and visi tors a unique opportunity to view and pur chase artwork, while raising awareness and funding for the preservation of Abacos six national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. We look forward to once again host ing this wonderful event and are proud to play a part in the preservation of our natural environment, said Manny Alexiou, owner of Abaco Beach Resort. What makes Art for the Parks so unique is that it not only showcases the natural wonders of The Bahamas through the work of our tal ented art community, but it also reminds us of the importance of protecting these areas so that future generations can enjoy them. and purchasing works in all mediums in cluding oils and acrylics, vibrant watercol ors, handcrafted wood products, dazzling jewelry and incredible fabric art. Lifestyles Art for the Parks commences with a cocktail reception and silent auction and continues through the weekend with musi cal entertainment, local cuisine, an interac tive childrens arts and crafts tent, chalk art competition, live art demonstrations by select artists as well as a Heritage Tent with live demonstrations and history workshops about the region. The Art for the Parks event was the idea of local Abaco artists who wanted a show that would allow them to promote and display their art while supporting the national parks on Abaco. said Lynn It has been a great partnership with the artists participating in the planning of the event, as well as the amazing support we have received from the Abaco Beach Re sort and local corporate partners. preservation of Abacos six national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. The national park system in Abaco includes Walkers Cay National Park, Black Sound Cay National Reserve, Tilloo Cay Reserve, Pelican Cays Land & Sea Park, Abaco National Park and Fowl Cays National Park. The youth of Abaco are also a part of the event, stated David Knowles, BNT Director of Parks. This year, students have been invited to participate in the Take me Outside Video competition where students are asked through a short about the outdoor environment of Abaco. The BNT will announce the winners of the competition at the Art for the Parks event. Art for the Parks in Abaco opens on Friday, January 24 from noon 3 pm with the gala opening at 6 9pm.; Saturday, January 25 from 10am 6pm and Sunday, January 26 from 11am 3pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12 years of age. For more information about the event Marsh Harbour 367-6310. Above: local artist David Lowe displaying his work during last years Art for the Parks event. North Abaco Audubon Society holds Christmas Bird CountAbove: many beautiful birds were spotted during the North Abaco Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. Photo by Uli Now lan By Mirella Santillo participated in the North Abaco Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. The group was happy to see a good amount of species on their trip. Between the two groups, eighty six species were spotted on Janu ary 2. More species, including an Osprey, were sighted on Green Turtle Cay two days prior by Dr. Woody Bracey and Bar ton Thretheway bringing the total count to since the North Abaco count started. As the participants who had met in front of Spankys at the Treasure Cay Road and SC Bootle Highway junction separat ed, Dr. Bracey went north to the former citrus farm and the pine forest, accompa nied by three ladies. A group of three which included Carolyn Wardle, a seasoned ornithologist who had come from Nassau for the oc ponds at the Treasure Cay Golf Course. They were later joined by David Knowles, Park Director for the Bahamas National Trust. There they spotted a Canada Goose, WhiteCheeked Pintails and some Com mon Moorhens. Only a couple of Hairy Woodpeckers were spotted at the Bluff Point launching area, but the Moxeys Nursery was home for quite a few species including a Greater Blackbirds, too many to count, were dis turbed when the group reached the Trea was also home of a great number of Turkey-necked Vultures. At the farm, several species of raptors were seen: besides several pretty American Kestrels, a Merlin, a Peregrine Falcon and two Northern Harriers were spotted. But for the group scouting the farm and the forest, the highlight of the day was a bright red Summer Tanager. The air was still for most of the morn ing and rain started falling soon after lunch Flycatchers, Loggerhead Kingbirds, Cresencountered. Both groups reported a large number of Smooth-billed Anis, Palm Warblers, Black-face Grassquits, Striped-headed winged Blackbirds, but the warblers were not as abundant as in former counts. Late afternoon, the bird-watchers met at Dr. Braceys house for drinks while tal meet new acquaintances and catch up with old ones as some of the participants only meet once a year, or less, in some cases. Dr. Bracey and his wife Betsy as well as Mrs. Wardle were leaving the following day for Freeport to take part in anoth er Audubon Society Christmas Count on Grand Bahama. Above left to right: Dr. Elwood Bracey, Carolyn Wardle, Ylva LJungholm, Darla Alsteen, Barton Thretheway and Uli Nowlan.

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January 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 The story one childs survival and the power of hope and prayerBy Canishka Alexander October, 2013. At the time of his birth, doctors were not convinced that he would live to see another day much less a year. With a due date of Jan. 3, 2009, Destins mother, Audra Parker-Bootle, had to undergo an emergency C-section exactly three months early at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH). He weighed two pounds, 10 ounces at birth. Destin was transferred to PMHs Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where he for his life. Audra said that it was then that her challenge as a mother began. In the coming weeks, she was only allowed to visit him twice a day. Initially, Destin experienced severe stomach distention, and to make matters worse, he contracted a blood fungus/blood disease that led to total dehydration. Nee dles were connected from Destins head to his toes, and because of the dehydration his veins collapsed, so he was not able to be lay ahead. Destin was scheduled to have three operations, but each time they were cancelled by his doctors. They explained to Audra that they could only do one course of treatment maybe two to combat the blood fungus he had picked up. After two treatments, it was expected that major organ failure or brain damage would occur. Faced with a grave decision, Audra was told that there was nothing else the doctors could do. They met me at the door, and said that Destin was not responding to any thing, Audra tearfully recounted. They He was about seven or eight weeks old, and he was laying there just dried up. They didnt know if he would see the next day, and I just stood there with tears running down my cheeks. I said to the doctors, I hear you, but God has the last say. One of the doctors suggested she pray, so that God would allow them to see just one vein. He said if Destin could get through the night, we would deal with the next day. I just looked at Destin, and my heart was broken. After much prayer, Audra decided to go ahead with the treatments. Destin did ment, so she agreed to a third treatment. A third treatment is unheard of, but it was the treatment that Destin responded to. It was uphill from there, Audra exclaimed. He rallied extremely well, and was transferred to the Special Care Unit. Their troubles were still not over. Destin was also challenged with re ceiving milk because there was nothing on the market that his fragile body tolerated. His doctor recommended Nutramigen, which costs about $48 a can for 10 ounces Lifestyles of formula. He was able to drink the Nutramigen, but Audras high spirits would only last for a short time before another setback sent little Destin back to the Neonatal Unit for four weeks. During that time, she received her share of early morning calls that made her heart and time stand still. They called me and told me they didnt want me to be surprised when I got there, and he wasnt there. There were babies that did not make it while he was there, but he just kept hanging on. When she wasnt reading the Book of Psalms to Destin, she would sing: The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power. A feeling of peace began to resonate within her. as long as he moved his foot, she knew he was alright. One day, he was not moving his foot. Intuitively, Audra knew some thing else was wrong, but thankfully, Des tin was discharged from the hospital three months later weighing four pounds. Audra later discovered that as a re sult of the treatment and challenges faced by Destin, there was something slightly different about his left foot. This led to a series of follow up visits to doctors at the Neurology Clinic, and Neonatology Clinic. Destin had to have screenings done at the Neurological Development Center [NDC], and then they were able to return to Abaco. Her strong faith in God would help her get through the next two and half con secutive years of seeing specialists and at tending clinic for Destins therapy every four to six weeks in Nassau. In 2010, she made a decision to visit Joe DiMaggio Childrens Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale. rebral palsy / spastic diplegia, which only affected his left lower extremity. She was told by a local Bahamian neurologist, and thopaedic surgeon at Joe DiMaggio Chil drens Hospital, that Destin had suffered some brain damage. Outside of that, the boy is brilliant hes absolutely brilliant, Audra beamed. But he was literally taught how to creep by one of the professionals at NDC; they had to teach him to creep, they had to teach him to sit down all the things thats natu rally instinctive for other children, he had to learn how to do. I watched him, and I cried because it seemed to me like he was suffering with painful. I really credit Miss May at NDC because she was just wonderful. Audra said that instead of creeping, Destin used to pull with one arm and drag the other leg. However, he learned how to creep and how to walk, and at nine months, he was talking. He spoke early, but he had to learn how to do everything else. Destin still visits an Orthopedic Spe cialist and goes once a year for screening and updates at Joe DiMaggio Childrens Hospital. He visits Dynamic Orthopedic and he requires night time and day-time braces. Only the muscles in his right leg developed, so he lacks muscle toning in his left leg. Unless some form of a miracle hap pens, and I pray that it does, Destin will wear some form of bracing perhaps for the rest of his life for maintenance. Destins survivor personality made it easy for his mother to travel with him, and he never fussed about going to the doctor. In his mind, its like he understood what had to be done, she shared. He has Above: Destin Bootle at his birth: 2 pounds, 10 ounces. Scheduled for three operations, Destins mother never gave up hope. Please see Survivor Page 10

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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 15, 2014 GROUP LTD CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING ESTATE SERVICES DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTIONPlanning, Management, Execution of all Stages of Residental, Commercial, Infrastructure or Renovation ProjectsENGINEERING DESIGN & CONSULTINGStructual & Civil Engineering Licensed Professional EngineerESTATE SERVICESProperty Management & MaintenanceAbaco Shopping Center, P.O.Box AB 20200 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas jnicksims@gmail.comnick sims PRESIDENT & ENGINEER 242-577-7467 Tel/Fax: 242-367-sims BETTER BUILDING SOLUTIONS Looking back, when Audra was six weeks along in her pregnancy, she remem bered visiting Dr. Francis Biney because she had concerns. Because her pregnancy was considered high risk, she had to leave the island. She spent the duration of her pregnancy in Nassau attending doctors every week. Along the way, she had several hospital emergencies, and six weeks prior to giving birth to Destin, she was admitted to PMH. Throughout her pregnancy, Audra would make a note of everything that hap pened in her journal. Through the trying times, Audra committed to singing spiri tual hymns, prayer and reading Scriptures. Convinced her unborn child was a girl, Audra began calling him Alissa Jor was having a boy, she settled on the name Destin after her last hospital admission. I came up with the name Destin after being admitted to hospital with all the chal lenges that we were having trying to save this child; he was just determined to make it, Audra explained. I feel like he was determined to help me get through, and I and something that would remind him of where God had brought him from, and that he was destined to be here, and destined for great things. And so hence his name is Destin Joshua Jordan Bootle. Audra was convinced during that time that God had assigned a guardian an gel in the form of a female doctor, who went above and beyond her call of duty to care for her. She would check on Audra periodically, and pleaded for her to get into the operating theatre when it was time. According to Audra, the doctors ac tions saved her babys life. To date, he has had two surgeries due to umbilical hernia and he had an emergen cy surgery two years ago. Another surgery was repeated, and he was scheduled to un dergo a third surgery in August. Destin is currently in K-5 at Little Darlings Academy, and he was head boy for two years in a row in K-3 and K-4. He is doing extremely well, and he is now able to run, walk, hop, skip and jump you know, he is a little tumble weed. Audra attributes Destins continued development to ongoing physical therapy pist at Major Changes Rehab Center, who works in partnership with Integrated Medi cal Center. Destin receives manual physi cal therapy treatments a minimum of three days per week for one hour. When Destin started therapy, he was not able to stand on his left foot or his toes, he was not able to balance on his left foot, he was unable to jump with both feet equally, and he was not able to hop on his left foot. Audra said the therapist has essen tially been teaching Destins left leg what to do so that it becomes a habit. I am grateful to have physical therapy here on the island because care, pa tience and professionalism given by the owner and staff of Major Changes Rehab is paramount, Audra said. Although, she lost a lot during Des tins journey, Audra said it has been worth it. I am noting how awesome God is, and that there is nothing that is impossible. I am grateful and want to take this opportunity to celebrate this gift of life that God has given to me, and to publicly thank all those who supported me even up to today. I thank God for my family, and my mom, who has been my pillar of strength. I want to encourage other mothers and families going through the same situ ation, or facing the same battle. The road is not easy, the challenges may be great, help is available. It is possible with Gods help to survive it. Audra gave a special thank you to her and forth to see them because it was a sac their marriage. She thanked her mother for her great support, and gave another special thank you to all of her family, her broth ers and sisters especially Sherlene ParkerSmith and Bishop Burnell Parker. She was grateful to her entire church family of Re vival Time Pentecostal Church in Crown port while she was in Nassau. Audra expressed gratitude to her her and ensured she attended her hospital or clinic visits each week; and to Grammy G, who accompanied her during the ma jority of her visits at the hospital. Finally, she profusely thanked Miss May at the Neurological Development Center; Dr. Steve Lochan, Consultant Neonatologist at Princess Margaret Hospital; and the en tire medical staff at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at PMH. Survivor From Page 7 Lifestyles Above: Destin Bootle today: healthy and happy. By Mirella Santillo Society of The Bahamas-Abaco Branch for 2014, took place on January 11 at the home Approximately thirty members at tended the gathering which took place out breeze keeping the temperature very com fortable. On the agenda was the discussion of volunteers participation in the Arts for the Parks show taking place the weekend of January24-26, the signing up of mem bers interested in attending the February 8 meeting on Green Turtle Cay, the monthly ing advice on bonsai brought by members. President Barbara Foreman opened the meeting telling the assembly of her projects for the Art for the Parks. The So ciety will have a couple of tables so she reminded people to bring plants to be sold or even craft items such as plant hangers, the model of which she had brought. The of the season in September to start accumu lating an inventory for that event. She also informed the attendees that Abacos police department held a pre-Christmas party at the Solid Gold Night Club on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour on December 14. To show support for the Abaco police force, Emrick Seymour, Assistant Commissioner Also enjoying the evening were, above left to right, Jackson McIntosh (Cat Island Admin and Preston Cunningham (Senior Island Administrator, Central Abaco District.)Police Dept. captures Christmas Spirit with party the plants to the buyers cars with the help of trolleys lent by Abaco Groceries. Furthermore she mentioned the possibility of a kids corner where Society members could demonstrate how to seed and transplant. Many people signed the registry to man the tables or help with the kids, so it should be a very successful event for the Society. The February meeting will be held at the home of a Green Turtle Cay resident and a special ferry has been arranged to carry the members in order for them to ar rive by 10:00 am. The presenter will be Mr. Richard Blue Jones who will speak of a chartered ferry. The auction was as usual conducted by Gardener Jack Hardy. There was a nice mixture of plants from herbs and tomatoes to ornamentals. They all sold. Only a few people had brought bonsai trees that had been started after a previous them to trim them back, to repot them or just leave them the way they were. The meeting adjourned late morning. Above: Horticulture Society President Barbara Foreman addressing the assembly during

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January 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 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 Press Release Round Two of the RC Laser Tour of Abaco returned to Snappas Bar & Grill in Marsh Harbour. It was a beautiful day af ter the recent cold snap and a rainy week. Winds were out of the south at about 15 mph, but were off shore, so racers had calm waters and were protected from the heavier gusts. However, because of the off shore breeze, the short windward leg had to be Jim Kaighin returned to form after winning 6 of the 9 races. Randy Key won race 3 and edged out Anders Ljungholm by committee responsibilities and did a great job. She had some tough calls to make and that were too close to call. She also took the pictures. Thanks were given to Snappas for hosting to Harbour View Marina for let ting the group use their dock. The next regatta is in Treasure Cay on Brigantine Bay January 25. The competitors this race were: Jim Kaighin, Randy Key, Anders Ljungholm, Jeff Gale, Joey Gale, Victor Patterson, Brian Malone and Dwayne Wallas. Sports RC Laser Regatta returns to SnappasAbove: racers take to the harbour during the second leg of the RC Laser Regatta. The next race will take place in Treasure Cay on January 25. Photo by Celia Rogers. Softball season to begin in April By Canishka Alexander The Abaco Softball Association (ASA) recently announced that the 2014 softball season will open on April 25. ASA Secretary Juanyette Curry said that all team and player fees must be submitted by April 11 along with team rosters because no teams will be allowed to play after the deadline. Curry was pleased to add that insur ance fees will be deducted from the player fees. Following the seasons opening, an Abaco Softball Tournament will be held in May, and then several players will be trav elling to Nassau in June for a National All Star Tournament. Creters Bulldogs players will go on to participate in a tourna ment in Spanish Wells on July 4-5. Curry made an urgent appeal to those interested in assisting the ASA throughout the season to also assist with the National Round Robin Tournament scheduled for October on Abaco. She said they are hopeful that the Town are properly maintained to host games at those locations this year in addi tion to the Murphy Town Ball Field. For the 2014 season, Haziel McDonald is now the Abaco Softball Association (ASA) President. He is assisted by Mark Douglas, vice president; Laura Albury, treasurer; George Cornish, assistant trea surer; Juanyette Curry; secretary; and Densil Pinder, asst. secretary. For more information regarding the Abaco Softball Associations 2014 sched ule, contact Haziel McDonald or Mark Douglas. Harbour, she observed that the company cell phone was missing, valued at $50.00 Police action requested. the premises and later, sometime around 6:35am on same date while at M.H.P.S., males possession. As a result, he was ar rested in reference to Stealing and charged for the offence.Housebreaking and Stealing (Suspect Arrested and Charged)At 12:25am on 11th January, a 19 year old female of Fox Town, Abaco, reported that sometime around 12:20am on same date she arrived home to her resi dence and discovered that someone broke in the victims vehicle while taking cash. The culprit in this matter is Delmond Parker of Fox Town, Abaco who is known to the Police. Police action requested. Arrest update At 6:30 p.m. on Monday 13th, Janu ary 2014, the suspect in this matter Del mond Parker age 33 years of Fox Town, M.H.P.S. in Murphy Town and Southside Road.StealingAt 12:50pm on 9th January, 2014, a 68 year old male of Marsh Harbour, Crime From Sec. A Page 7 Please see Crime Page 12 Crime Report

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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 15, 2014 $299 $299 LADIESMENLOSE 20lbs IN 5 WEEKS NO HUNGER Quick Start Detoxification Weight Loss Program INCLUDES Diet Guide Food Journal Nutritional Supplements Doctors Instruction Weekly Body Composition Evaluation Fitness Center Membership Program Starts Tue. Jan. 28Bring a Friend Get an $80 Gift Free! Abaco, reported that sometime between 9:00am on Wednesday 8th January, 2014 and 11:30am on Thursday 9th January, 2014, some unknown person/s entered his shop situated on Key Drive, Marsh Har bour and stole his heavy silver link chain. Police action requested.StealingAt 12:00pm on 9th January, 2014, a 23 year old female of Dundas Town, Aba co, reported that sometime around 9:00am same date, she returned home from spend ing the night out and discovered that some unknown person/s stole her black and from the back yard of her residence. Police action requested. Investigation continues.Stealing (Suspect Arrested and Charged)At 3:40pm on 9th January, 2014, a 43 year old male of Murphy Town, Abaco, reported that sometime around 2:00pm on nest Dean Hwy, Marsh Harbour and dis covered that some unknown person/s stole an undetermined amount of lumber from his premises. Police action requested. Sometime around 4:00pm on 9th victim went to the construction site of an other male located in Central Pines, Abaco where a large amount of lumber were ob served on the premises. The complainant by some marking. Investigation continues.ShopbreakingAt 1:23pm on 12th January, 2014, a 50 year old male of Marsh Harbour, Aba co, reported that sometime 1:00pm he was making checks of his Plaza located Don McKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour and discovered that some unknown person/s entered a action requested. Investigation continues. Shop breakingAt 7:30am on 12th January, 2014, a 30 year old female of Dundas Town, Abaco, reported that sometime between 7:00am on Saturday 11th January, 2014 and 12:30pm on Sunday 12th January, 2014, some unknown person/s entered her work place located om Stratton Drive, Marsh Harbour, Abaco and stole cash. Investigation continues.ShopbreakingAt 10:55pm on 12th January, 2014, a local Security Services Ltd., contacted the M.H.P.S. and reported that there was an alarm activated at a local liquor store located in Marsh Harbour. Police action requested. breach. However nothing appears to be stolen. Investigation continues.Crime From Page 11 Lifestyles By Lee Pinder Cherokee has an unusual custom of Residents make up dummies to submit for the event, usually the young folks, but many of the older generation still make them up as well. of burnable material tightly enclosed in a cage of chicken wire and sometimes stuffed anything from a coconut or a milk bottle or even a recently caught wild boars head. They dress them in discarded clothing and often add a wig and make-up for usually tell who are the experienced build ers, they seem to be on taller crosses, have some unique characteristic and tend to burn longer. ter dark as a big crowd gathers to watch the spectacle at the waters edge at the Spit (a portion so named at the western tip of the settlement). People remember years past and other outstanding Guys and almost everyone still speculates at why it is done 5th and no one seems to know. As the Guys burn down children ally someone has brought along some of night sky and keep everyone mesmerized with oohs and ahhs over their beauty, it seems young and old alike love a good It doesnt last long, maybe half an hour or so, then people start drifting away at church at 11:00 p.m. Another year gone, a new one to look forward to. By Canishka Alexander of God in Christs (COGIC) Bahamas Ju risdiction made a donation to the Depart ment of Social Services on Jan. 7. Joined by Charlamae Fernander, Serena Brown and Selva Sawyer of Social Services, Ken nedy donated numerous boxes of notebooks and pencils. Kennedy explained that under the leadership of Bishop Tony L Hanna, funds forts in Pigeon Peas. He said they chose to purchase composition books for students, while a gentleman from Woslee Construc tion bought the pencils. Meanwhile, the Dept. of Social Services with its overview of the number of schools and students who attend each school, its representatives were left to dis tribute the school supplies accordingly. We are hoping that we will be able to continue this effort as much as possible into the short term, so we can see these children get back on their feet and the chil tinuity in their life, Kennedy expressed. We are making that effort, and we are happy to do so. COGIC makes presentation to Dept. of Social ServicesAbove: Charlamae Fernander, Selva Sawyer, and Serena Brown of the Dept. of Social Services; and Sarone Kennedy of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC).Bringing in the New Year in Cherokee

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January 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 Across 1. Barter 2. A ticket 4. When the earth passes through the moons shadow 6. Type of serpent found in The Bahamas 9. Metopium toxiferum, a tree you wouldnt want to hug. 11. Found in deep water and deep pockets. 13. Houses many books 15. A-Z 17. Bright navigational aid. Down 1. To betray King or Country. 3. Common machine component. 5. Abaco s forest 7. Home of the Great W all 8. ___________ Creed; popular videogame series, the most recent of which patially set in The Bahamas and Abaco. 10. Popular Nassau hotel & casino. 14. In the eye of the beholder 16. Skill Across 3. BEAKS Parrots and octopuses both have _____ 6. DAVIS Deputy Prime Minister 8. BLACKBEARD Pirate captain of the Queen Annes Revenge 9. CELESTIAL Starry navigation method 11. SOLAR Clean energy source 12. ROGERS Governor that expelled pirates 13. PEARLS Found in oysters and conch 15. FISH Scaly ocean dweller 16. COOKIE Popular baked good 17. MANTA Also known as the Devil Ray Down 1. DUST _____ in the wind 2. HERMITAGE Found on top of Mt. Alvernia in Cat Island 4. PIRANHA Toothy fresh water 5. CHAMPAGNE Popular New Years drink 7. RESOLUTIONS Commonly made at the beginning of a new year 10. TORTOISE Fossils of these slow moving reptiles have been found in Abaco blue Holes. 11. SENSEI Karate master 14. SYNE Auld Lang _____ Jan 1 Answers

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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian Janurary 15, 2014 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 242367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale 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 Leisure Lee House, for sale by owner. Canal front, across street from beach, lockout w/4 bed, 3 bath, 3 living areas. $400,000 Website: emeraldbay.4t.com, email: goldendw@juno. com, 423-707-7830 Treasure Cay Canal front property with 111 dock, boat lift, davits, & cleaning station. REDUCED 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 Marsh Harbour, luxury penthouse for rent, 3 bed, 3.5 bath, pool, beach, dock, at The Crossing Condos. Call 577-0277 or email: neil@hgchristie.com Hope Town, Bay-Side Lot. Private and quiet. $395,000. jandkoakes@hotmail.com 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 Murphy Town, Triples (Fully Rented). Last appraisal at $240,000, will sell for $190,000, will throw in extra lot. No reasonable offer refused. Good starter investment. Call 456-1292 COMMERCIAL RENTALSOffice 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.breast cancer items at school and out side of Maxwells and Abaco Groceries for Breast Cancer Research. Also, they held several bake sales and as a school managed to raise over two thousand dollars. Furthermore, the annual canned food drive held as a school competi tion resulted in most students giving a generous donation to the less fortu nate. Consequently, money and Toys for Tots along with over forty box es of canned food, turkeys and hams were donated to and distributed by the Abaco Rotary Club to bring the joy of Christmas to many less fortunate fami lies. Whatever food was left was then donated to Lovely Reckley as she will to school children who would normally go without. They, also, set up a booth at the 2013 Christmas Bazaar. There they sold hand-painted Christmas orna ments, crafts and baked goods raising over eight-hundred dollars to use in fu ture service projects. Of course, the club is always ready to help both locally and internationally. After the Haiyan Typhoon killed more than 6,000 people in Asia, Interact do nated to that cause as well as continued to support the World War II veterans who reside in The Bahamas. On an international level, they will help eradi cate Polio through their ongoing fund ing of vaccinations worldwide. This determined Interact Club School & Youth News Interact From Page 5 By Timothy Roberts Agape Christian School's 4th, 5th, and 6th grades performed a Christmas written and directed by Courtnee Romer, Teacher of Drama, Music and and 13th. The play addressed the issue that may be struggles people face daily; Christ and asks for the assistance of Christians at a church she attends to help out a family who is struggling. In the end they are able to share God's love and give the best gift ever sus. The well prepared students performed their parts in the play very well and along with several musical num bers the message was well conveyed. Uplifting and encouraging songs left parents, family members and friends with the thought on their minds that Jesus is the best gift for "Christ mas this year". Agape students perform Christmas musicalAbove: Agape students and teachers at their Chrsitmas play, For Christmas This Year. It was written and directed by Agape Drama teacher, Courtnee Romer. also has several projects slated for the Abaconians. These include a swing and picnic bench at Owanta's Pond as well as chairs, benches and picnic tables at the Memorial Wall of Heroes in Marsh Harbour. The Interact Club has been very successful this year, Mrs. Carroll Co-Adviser of Interact stated. All the projects so far have thrived.

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January 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 SERVICES Buying? Selling? Want more business? A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201 BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE COLOR OPTIONS FOR YOUR CLASSIFIEDCall 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 ResultsAdvertise with a Classified 27, Center Console,Very Rare 2011 Albury 4-Strokes (87 Hours), extended engine war & 8 color monitors), Furuno 72 NM Radar Sinrad auto pilot, brand new (3) Odyssey Bat leaning post w/ 30 Gallon Livewell, full can vas console & seat covers, numerous tackle storage. Owners declining health forces sale! $159,900 OBO / Trade. Delivery to Bahamas Possible. Contact: Chris 772.528.0840, fram bes.chris@gmail.com. Located: South Florida. More pictures available upon request. [28 LOA] Parker 2501. Volvo Penta 5.7L V8 DuoProp I/O. Sunbrella Canvas. Well main tained. Duty Paid. $20,000 OBO. 3656237 3656235 info@divetimeabaco.com 30 1997 Mako Special Edition, Cuddy Cabin runs well, three new batteries 2013. $23,000 or email: byoung@ruscomfg.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 HOUSEBOAT 32 Boston Whaler Type FG Very Roomy Layout. On Abaco, Duty Paid. It was our home while building our house. $ info and pictures: notayacht3@gmail.com Cell: 242-475-3742 US: 708-632-8675 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 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 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, Direct Injection 175hp. 250+/hours on each. frugal operating. $5,850 ea. Jimmy at Roberts Marine (242) 375-8758 9 Fiberglass Dinghy, Hope Town $350. Please call 242.366.0635 15 Whaler, 2010, Condition, asking $ 7,900 call 357 6687 18.5 Edgewater 2002, H, 242-458-0355, 321-541-7135 or rsands@ 23 2001 Parker, 577-3149 or email: info@summerviewcottage. com 1996 Toyota Surf Jeep for sale diesel $3,000. Call 242-554-9543 2006 Ford Fusion for sale. Price for quick sale. Call 475-9947 ITEMS FOR SALEStore fixtures and inventory for sale. Locat ed across the street from Curly Tails restaurant in green and white building. Place a Business Classied ONLY $ 45 per issue for black & white Call for DISCOUNTED price on 6 or More issues or color option prices. Contact Us 367-3200 or email abaconiannews@gmail.com WANT MORE BUSINESS? 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 Rentals: Services: Big Cat Equipment en-GBNassau 242-457-4SOD (4763) or 225-4SOD (4763)en-GB Abaco 242-357-6975 Fax: 242-367-2424 GRASS GRASS GRASS en-GBFrom Our Farm to Your Door!en-GBWe Now Have en-GBSODen-GBfor Immediateen-GB Delivery!

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