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February 15, 2014 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 04 February 15th, 2014 Bahamian Group seeks to purchase Abaco Club at Winding BayBy Timothy Roberts A Bahamian group, headed by Dwight Smith, is seeking to purchase the Abaco Club at Winding Bay as part of a nearly $500 million Bahamian capital development project with big plans. Mr. Smith, the head of the Police Staff Association, said he has secured funds from the Security Forces of the Bahamas Pension Trust a pension plan established just under two years ago to cover members of the enforcement forces in The Bahamas such as police, immigration and customs to supply mortgages for those seeking to buy homes throughout The Bahamas and make home ownership more affordable for Bahamians. Abaco Club property redeveloped into one which includes an Olympic training facility and a stem cell research project. Mr. Smith said he has established a competent management team leading the initiative and has received positive feedStates. A group of representatives from the Pension Trust has visited the Abaco Club property, which is now for sale as well as being the subject of a legal dispute after Please see Marriot Page 15 Poor conditions at Port to be addressed Whats Inside Moon craters or Abaco potholes? Take your best guess on B14Police and Min. or while demolishing illegal building. A2See this months fea tured artist. B10Scientists excited by fossil discoveries at Gilpin Point. A15Students have worked all year to earn these honours. B1Is the Airport Open Yet? A22Music Doing Good lives up to their name for a third year. B1 Whats HappeningFeb 18-22: Hope Town Songwriters FestivalFeb 19-23: HT Sailing Club Jubilee CelebrationsFeb 21: Junior Love Rush JunkanooFeb 22: Senior Love Rush JunkanooMarch 1: Reef BallMarch 1: TC Library Yard Sale FundraiserMarch 21-24: Great Ab aco Family Fitness Week end Abaco Chamber hosts VAT discussion Above: a vehicle being stripped for parts, collaborating reports that the domestic dock at the Marsh Harbour International Port is being used as a junk yard. The gate into the dock, which is supposed to be closed and locked, has in fact been broken for years. There is also lack of lighting for harbour channel markers, among other maintenance concerns. The Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin with the Ministry of Transport and Aviation said steps are being taken to repair the facility and install CCTV cameras. See page 5. Bahamian Chambers of Commerce and the Coalition for Responsible Taxation are concerned that the government is rushing into implementing a poorly understood VAT tax. They are pushing to educate the public about VAT as well as sug gest alternatives to the government. Recently the Abaco Chamber of Commerce held a meeting concerning these measures. See page 2.

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian February 15, 2014 Central & All Abaco By Timothy Roberts The Ministry of Works, with police escort, demolished a recent illegally built home in the shanty town known as the Mudd after the builder ignored stop work Works demolishes illegal buildingBelligerent conduct threatens safety of Police and Min. of Works crewBoth the woman responsible for the house being built along with three other residents of the Mudd were taken into police custody afterwards. They were all charged with throwing missiles and disorderly behavior and were remanded into custody. William Krezel, Area Engineer for the Ministry of Works in Abaco, said the builder was issued two stop work orders which she disobeyed. This was followed by an eviction notice on January 14 giving her 48 hours to collect her belongings and leave. Mr. Krezel said the woman asked him what could she do, as she had nowhere dure is to speak to Social Services which he said she refused to do. On January 17 another eviction notice was given giving her a further 48 hours. The Ministry of Works set in place plans to demolish the home on January 22 but ran into problems securing a tractor to carry out the work. A week later on January 29 a tractor was secured, and accompanied by molish the illegal home. During the demolishing of the home a group of residents of the Mudd began The woman who was evicted was belliger ent and as they were leaving the area she attacked Mr. Krezel jabbing her hand in his neck, back, & hip. were picked up later were taken into custo dy. According to Abacos Superintendent of Police, Noel Curry they were charged and remanded to her Majestys Prison in Nassau. Above: on Jan 29 after issuing eviction notices, the Min. of Works, escorted by police, demolished an illegal home in the shanty town known as the Mudd. The po lice and crew were attacked with rocks and several residents were arrested after the incident.Chamber hosts VAT meetingAlternatives discussedOn Jan 31 the Abaco Chamber of Commerce hosted the Abaco community to a meeting to discuss the upcoming Value meeting was led by Chamber president, Dennis Lightbourne. This particular meet ing was one of several that have been, and will be, organized by The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confed tion represents 17 major associations throughout The Bahamas including 700 businesses and 65,000 employees. Mr. Lightbourne said the purpose of these meeting were to educate the public alternatives to the Bahamian people. Mr. Lightbourne said, however, that whatever does end up being implemented the Cham ber will do all it can to help implement it smoothly. The Coalition had started meetings with the government before the holiday break. Mr. Lightbourne began by laying out scenarios for VAT as the Coalition and BCCEC understood them. VAT will increase the cost of goods and services. VAT implementation will likely create an informal, cash-based econ omy which will cause the governments With increased costs to shipping, both directly with VAT on shipping and indirectly with VAT added to ship mainte will have an added burden for the Family One thing Mr. Lightbourne continu ally pointed out was the lack of transpar be the right direction for the country to go, however, the sources of all the numbers provided by the government have been shrouded. The Bahamas does not have a Free Penalties to individuals and busi nesses with failure to comply with VAT business, prison and seizing the businesses owners passport. Mr. Lightbourne said he believed Bahamians will not be able to Game the system, as they have in the past because of the additional teeth included in the VAT bill and the risks involved to the govern ment if it implements the bill and fails. All businesses will have to purchase new software that is compatible with VAT accounting, or in some other way show known yet what this might require. There is no provision for credit. The VAT bill as it is now requires businesses to pay VAT every month on all invoices, regardless if the business has collected rev enue for that invoice yet or not. Please see Taxation Page 16

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 Furniture Plus Poor conditions at Port to be addressedBy Timothy Roberts Minister of Transport and Aviation, reports of the poor conditions at both the domestic and international sides. the use of the domestic dock as a junk yard as presently there is a vehicle that is being stripped for parts on the dock. There are quently stationed at the dock. The gate to the domestic side, which is supposed to be closed and locked after hours, has been broken for years. There is a garbage bin, presumably used by those ing and has not been collected in over a month. On the international side there are a number of maintenance and repair is sues that remain unresolved as well as a lack of lighting on the harbour chan nel markers, among other issues. Mrs. Central & All Abaco said the situation is not good and that the Ministry of Transport and Aviation is in the process of implementing a number of measures to strengthen the security at the bilitate physical conditions. She said these steps include the repair of lighting, installation of CCTV and the maritime training whose major task will facility view is currently being undertaken.Ministry of Transport and Aviation is in the process of imple menting a num ber of measures to strengthen the security at the Marsh Harbour port facility and to rehabilitate physical condi tions. Central Abaco Council Jan 20, 2014By Dave Ralph Council members decided to move forward with a one-time $5,000 scholarChief Councillor for Central Abaco. En deavours will be made to see that this scholarship continues when local government reconvenes in July with new or per haps some of the present members. This Council cannot obligate a future Council to this commitment. Several roundabouts are ugly weed patches, and members discussed various options to beautify them. Without resolution, the non-performance of some government employees who do grounds maintenance and cleaning work at schools, airport and other govern An unknown complication is the status of some of these employees when clinic staff move to the new hospital and the new air Council received a complaint from someone denied the right to bury his son the question of whether the cemeteries are public and therefore are maintained by local government or if they are private and therefore not eligible for local govern ment support. Further information is being sought. Seminar speaker says how to prepare for VATBy Timothy Roberts Claire Basden addressed the audience at Change Ministrys Vision Empower ment Seminar on January 18 on how to prepare for the implementation of Value start on July 1 of this year. Mrs. Basden said that with this new nancial reporting procedures and will now have to be knowledgeable about VAT, its laws and regulations and how it affects their business as a whole. persons intensify their pre-implementation procedures to insure that all necessary systems are in place to position their business to be VAT-ready, she said. She said that even though the gov ernment has not yet released all the details there are still a number of things people can do to be better prepared. She said they should analyze and identify the impact of VAT on their business, develop an implementation strategy, estimate the costs and allocate resources to prepare. She said businesses need to register where applicable. She noted that Bahami ans often wait until the last minute to get ready for something or get things done. Businesses need to adjust their business processes and structure, adapt or change systems and review their arrange ments with their suppliers and customers. She added that they then need to educate and train their staff, suppliers and custom ers about VAT. Get informed and learn how it will affect you and your business, she said. ject to VAT, and learn of the requirements for registration. whether the goods or service you provide will attract VAT determine if your annual quired to register those businesses gross ing over $100,000 per annum. She said that if required to, be sure to register by the date provided with all business documents ready. Mrs. Basden said businesses need to Please see VAT Page 6

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian February 15, 2014 ensure their business is ready to deal with VAT, including the software used for sales and accounting; you must ensure they are compliant with VAT to ensure a smooth transition. Central & All Abaco VAT From Page 5 At the time of this writing the gov ernment has not released what software is considered to be compliant. She said that invoices play a special role in a VAT system as they provide the means for verifying VAT charges due, payable and amounts claimed. They are the essential basis for administering VAT, she said. She said to make sure your invoicing is VAT compliant and make needed adjustments now. She said businesses should start ana items are priced for shelf display and it is possible to reduce your inventory, do so now in order to avoid having many goods that need to be re-priced. Also avoid mak ing large orders of new stock prior to the implantation date especially with slow moving items. She said that if youre registered for VAT accurate record keeping is of utmost importance. You must be prepared to be able to produce accurate and up to date books where ever and whenever required She said that employees should be made aware of how VAT will affect their products and be able to assist customers in understanding it as well. Accounting staff will need to know how to complete daily transactions and know how to complete Mrs. Basden said to ensure your cus tomers and clients understand the implica tions of VAT on the goods and services contracts. Above: Claire Basden speaking about VAT at a recent seminar on Abaco. By Timothy Roberts February through June every year can be particularly dry and it is during this out the pine forests of Abaco. Presently Palm Shores. living in or near heavily forested areas, or persons that have farms or properties in the middle of the forested areas, to create a buffer zone between them and potential Cleaning your property of debris and maintaining your landscaping are impotential of damage and loss in the event dead vegetation from around your home or that or on or near your roof. Ensure that propane tanks are a safe distance from anyThe main idea is to minimize com your house so that your home is not at sig Farmland and other properties direct ly in the forests should create and maintain sures that will give you complete protection as wind conditions, heat and humidity conditions that are beyond the control of forts; however, every measure taken in prevention makes you that much safer in on how you can be better prepared in the at 477-5901 or send a message through the Bush Fire Season Precautions

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February 15, 2014 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 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 Abaco Science Alliance promotes research on Abaco and around The BahamasBy Mirella Santillo & Samantha Evans ing with cocktails and hors -doeuvres at Friends of the Environment Education Center, held in the evening of Thursday January 16, the 2014 Abaco Science Alli Moderated with the energetic presence of Paleontologist David Steadman turned MC for the occasion, the confer ing presentations either on topics of little known Bahamas resources or on the chal lenges facing some of the more obvious resources. Some of the presenters such as Ste phen Cone, David Steadman, Todd Pover, Kathleen Sullivan-Sealy or Janet Franklin, to mention a few, were from various uni as many were young researchers from The Bahamas, especially from the Cape Eleu After the opening remarks from MP was enthusiastically presented by Nikita the health of the Bahamian coral reefs and their conservation Central & All Abaco Presenter Stephen B. Cone talked about The Mangrove Action Plan, a topic already addressed in previous years, but not yet resolved and no less important in view of the prospective future commercial developments considered on the shores of Abaco. Mr. Cone reiterated the role of the mangrove regarding the health of the coast al eco-system and economy. Mangroves absorb 75% of wave and storm energy thus dampening the impact of storms on coastal communities; they stabilize shorelines and prevent erosion while acting as nursery for important species of sea-life. They trap sediments and nutrients and sequestrate 1.5 metric ton per hectare of carbon. Deep-Water Elasmobranch Surveys tute, took the assembly through the deep branch, a group of sea creatures including skeleton, but rather a cartilaginous one, live. population decline in many shallow water sharks, rays and chimeras are considered deep-water species. was another topic covered. more concerns on its effect on the local Spiny Lobster, are being voiced. The inter actions between these two ocean residents are not well understood. A researcher at with shelters to determine if there was any displacement of habitat by either species. cantly more time outside of the shelters and present, suggesting that competition for shelter could negatively affect the abundance of lobsters found in condos. Krystal Ambrose reached the stage announcing that she was about to talk trash. By this statement she did not mean that she was not going to use proper language, but that she was going to inform the assembly about her research on the accumulation of plastic garbage on the beach es of Eleuthera. On Saturday morning, January 18 the Abaco Science Alliance were held at New Vision Ministries. Several research ers were on hand to give information and updates on various studies that they have been conducting on Abaco or on various ing depleted and what can be done to help restore them to their natural beauty. Dr. Woody Bracey then spoke about bird Data an important bird area-the sand spit at the South East corner of Green Turtle Cay. This research began in 1972 when his medical group bought property there and they have been tracking shorebirds ever since. Dr. Thomas Goreau spoke about harmful algae blooms linked to nitrogen runoff from the golf course on Guana Cay. Project which he started in January 2014. residence there and restoring life to the sea bed there. To help with the recovery of reefs he tion, harmful algae blooms, controlling phosphorus, looking at golf course locations, setting ecologically sound standards and enforcing them once they are estab lished. who spoke about the Zamia Conservation a Zamia is which is a Cycad. A Cycad is called the Coontie. There are three types of Coontie found in the Bahamas. The weekend of talks promoted lively discussion and many signed up for the ad-

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian February 15, 2014 From the Editor's Desk // F 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) en en en

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 The Abaco Community, the most generous and compassionate people on earth! Please afford me the opportunity to gratitude to the entire Abaco community my greatest time of need. er and seven cousins who are all so dear deadly typhoon that hit The Philippines on November 8, 2013. The Abaco Commu nity became aware of my plight to a great who immediately sought me out when he learned of my tragedy. done without the outpouring of love, com from so many in our Abaco community, ciative of all the words of encouragement, every hug, the tap of your hands on my shoulder, and the reminders that God has a plan for everything. constant telephone calls, email messages, the way from Abaco. Now more than ever, est, most compassionate and generous peo ple on earth. Despite my broken heart, you trial of my life. Please know that my surviving family of your help. We know that God will richly bless you for all you have done for us. Thank you, Abaco, from the bottom demonstration of Christs unconditional love. wound that is longing for healing. Forever grateful, St. Francis de Sales Catholic SchoolLetters to the Editor on Great Guana Cay. On Monday, 3 Feb This has been desperately needed for a number of years. The island is growing the island will help to deter crime and keep law and order. less than a week now and we can already bility on his shoulders as there are many the Cay he will have his hands full but he seems ready for the challenge. Troy D Albury Great Guana cayPotcakes thank you On Saturday 1st February, a rum mage sale was held in aid of Abaco Shel with many turning out to pick up a bargain and to simultaneously help the potcakes of Abaco. All measure of interesting things changed hands, attesting to the accuracy of that well known idiom, one mans trash solute pleasure to see broad smiles on the faces of those who rummaged and found just what they were looking for. Friends and volunteers of Abaco Shelter worked tirelessly throughout the day, selling items and sharing information on the valuable contribution Abaco Shel ter makes to the island and its dogs. The generosity shown by the community was heartwarming and will greatly assist in rehabilitating, feeding, housing and rehom ing the many stray dogs and puppies res cued from a life of suffering on our streets. Abaco Shelter is entirely funded by public donations, and has high outgoings in terms of food, shelter maintenance and the spay/neuter program. But most im portantly, since many animals are weak and sickly when they arrive at the shelter, a large share of the money donated goes towards vital veterinary care and medica tions. Workers at the shelter are all volun teers, so 100% of the donations go to the animals. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who helped to make Saturdays rummage sale such a huge success for the animals. To the many folk who shared their animal stories with us, purchased items and made generous donations, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. To all our friends and dedicated shelter volunteers, who continually give of their best with unceasing energy, out them, this event would not have been possible, we would like to thank the Marsh their grounds and the Bahamas National Trust for the loan of their tent and tables. This was a day of great teamwork and cooperation which will have a very positive impact on the life saving work of the shelter. For more information, including ways in which you can volunteer or donate, please visit www.abacoshelter.org and on Facebook, at Abaco Shelter.In response to "No Reason for High Prices"Fresh-Cut Fries and $5 Draft Beer! Draft beers in frosty cold Mason jars for $5, along with fresh-cut French fries with parsley and sea salt, also for $5.... these are popular items at Lubbers' Land ing, a small resort on the island of Lub bers' Quarters. We also serve local beers in bot tles and cans, for $6, as well as Strongbow hard cider for $7... Fresh-squeezed cocktails are our specialty, especially our house favorite Saltwater Margarita, made with real, fresh-squeezed lime juice, dark Our menu consists of several handcrafted burgers, all created and made intuna and a variety of delicious seasonings. tuna, we also have a chopped and ground conch burger and a vegetarian black bean burger, along with a Wagyu beef burger and another favorite, Fish-n-Chips... All for $16 and are served with our fresh-cut French fries, which have never been frozen! We do also have a Tropical Salad with dried fruit and walnuts, appealing as a side salad or, for those wanting to skip the bun and combine with any one of our burger selections, as a hearty meal. Our focus is on fresh, hand-crafted and reasonably priced fare and we hope you'll join us at Lubbers' Landing to sample our fries and cold draft beer real soon! Lubbers' Landing is located on the out-island of Lubbers' Quarters, just west of Tilloo Cut and Tahiti Beach on Elbow Cay. -Lubbers' Landing

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian February 15, 2014 By Canishka Alexander South Abaco Farmers Association ing on Jan. 30 at the Dundas Town Burial Society. The meeting was attended by a tive chairman. South Abaco SAFA members hold elections, of the Agriculture Division; Judith Thompson, AGM Land Acquisition; John Burrows, Marketing Manager; Anthon Thompson, asst. manager of Agriculture Following an 18-month break, Vanria Lightbourne led the meeting with opening dents Leslie Thompson and George Martin for their Presidents Overview. Thompson was happy about the partnership between continued assistance. Likewise, Martin encouraged the members to work as a team, and shared about farming again. Although there have been challenges, Martin said he was hope vitalize farming on Abaco. 2013 report. She disclosed that the account balance is a little more than $100, so she members to ensure that their registration fees of $50 is paid along with their $20 monthly dues. Annually, SAFAs legal fees alone amount to $900. Vanria Lightbourne, Arnold Dorsett gave his presentation. farmers. Take on the challenge to produce be achieved as a group. perienced by farmers particularly with the aggressive bamboo grass found in the Spring City and Norman Castle areas and for farmers who have no equipment and no funding to maintain the area. So the same concerns you have, we have been painstakingly trying to ad dress it on how to set up that whole area to make it more productive, Thompson said. Spring City is not in order unfortunate working painstakingly to try to go ahead to reproduce a plan to put it in place. We are your friends, and we are your partners; we are working with you. By March 30, all farmers need to be received a lease offer letter. chairman, which shows his commitment to giving his support. You can stay in the receipt of the letter, and say that you will your chance while we are resurveying. Farmers who prefer the two-acre plots and want to escape the bamboo grass can move to the front area of Spring City. We have seen the agricultural product for Abaco; it was successful, she said. At the end of the day, you cannot always rely on the government the government is here to help you. During the question and answer seg that infrastructure be addressed mention ing that there is a stress factor of shipping livestock from Abaco to New Providence. Additionally, he commented that while he has heard a lot about the countrys 20-year Agricultural Plan, he has not seen it. Dorsett said they have considered mobile slaughter facilities, and are looking to duplicate the Bahamas Agricultural and dros in more islands. Burrows focus was on quality, con sistency and standards during his presen access local and international markets. A new Farmers Database will develop traceability schemes, which works in hand with access to companies like Ba hamas Food Services, Atlantis, and Baha Mar that are interested in Bahamian grown products. These steps will lead to the cre tion backing. Burrows said they will organize farmers with a planting schedule that is designed to stagger their planting, and to prevent products from spoiling in the Pro more detailed in its marketing approach, and work closely with associations to actively market their produce from the day they plant their seeds. A Standards Desk along with a Test ing Facility will also be established to al low Bahamian farmers access to the international market. For us to access that market, we duce that has been growing right here lo cally will be of the consistency and quality that they are looking for, Burrows said. Above left to right: Vanria Lightbourne and George Martin of SAFA; Leslie Thompson, who is now the inspector and consultant for the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Cor poration (BAIC); Jacqueline Estevez, SAFA treasurer; Arnold Dorsett, assistant general manager (AGM) of the Agriculture Division; Judith Thompson, AGM Land Acquisition; and John Burrows, Marketing Manager. Please see SAFA Page 11

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 South Abaco Standards in place it sends the message that our country has no standards, so we cannot refuse importers bringing in certain prodspeaker, and again emphasized the need for cooperation and a coordination of all assist persons in the central role of oper livestock, and bringing all of those ele ments together to successfully penetrate farmers to help them developing a business plan and marketing skills. dissolved and new members were elected. The results determined that the President Shanishka Cambridge; Assistant Public for Feb. 25.SAFA From Page 11 By Mirella Santillo As part of an agreement with the Government of The Bahamas and Lindar conducting a combined operation with the Bahamas National Trust under the supervision of Arien Sidden, a forestry consultant, Bahamas Department of Forestry, to make Department of Forestry Workshop held in South Abacoa forest inventory similar to the one con ducted on Andros. The operation also serves as a workshop to further train people to recognize the various potentials of pine trees, wheth er for logging or conservation. A preliminary training had taken place during the summer of 2013 in the Spring City area. Presently three people, previous participants in the Spring City workshop, are doing a forest inventory and marking trees in the Buckaroon Bay area tries. a few miles east into the forest. Since January 13, Latonya Williams, tional Park Warden, all with the Bahamas National Trust and advised by Arien Sid den, have been marking trees to create a dustries who will start logging in that area. With the help of a GPS, they are sur meters away from a road and marking them with different colour tapes. Future crop trees are marked with blue tape; trees ready to harvest are marked with orange tape while trees to be retained are wrapped with yellow tape. The trees particulars, such as the stand and the stem qualities and the dimen sion and vitality of the crown are also described. All the data is dated and signed by the person who took the measurements. The data is to be retained by the Bahamas National Trust. The survey workshop in the Bucka roon Bay area is conducted simultaneously with the Spring City logging operation. Above: training to better recognize and understand the pine forest for logging and con servation.

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 NOW ONLINE ONE PRICE, MORE COVERAGE!! CLASSIFIEDS By Mirella Santillo A few years ago Perry Maillis, a land owner in South Abaco and an avid beach comber, found something that looked like a bone. But it was not a Kentucky Fried of the Environment and since then, his col lection of bones has increased by dozens. because of their impact on the islands That bone was of a tortoise which was ra diocarbon dated to be over 900 years old. Since then many more fossils were re covered on that shore after the involvement of Nancy Albury, a researcher and the loseums and Monuments Corporation and of Paleontologist Dr. D avid Steadman, a frequent visitor to Abaco involved in the ence Alliance Conference, which hosted many outstanding researchers on the envi ronment of Abaco, Dr. Steadman made Point. The discoveries led the scientists line which seems to have receded several hundred feet. Professor Steadman started his pre sentation by stating that faunal and landscape changes on Abaco had been derived The fossil story on Abaco started Sawmill Sink Bluehole. The bluehole was Point is a high energy area with changes at high tide and low tide and rise in sea level. The fossils at Gilpin Point were discovered in peat deposits found under water, ap the sand at the lowest of low tide. Accord ing to Mr. Maillis this only occurs for a couple of months per year, in November South Abaco Gilpin Point intrigue scientistsand December. project to the listeners, Dr. Steadman im parted the preliminary conclusions that a group of scientists, himself included, had deducted from the site. Because of the peat containing Cabbage Palm fossils and the buttonwood stumps still on the beach that were radiocarbon dated to around 950AD, suggests that the area was a lagoon at that time and the position of the beach was much further offshore than it is today. Buttonwood lives near fresh water, indication of a rise in the sea level since then. The fossils of animals included pieces of shells of green turtles bearing marks of crocodile bites. The bone pieces found at Gilpin Point are much smaller than the ones found in the blue hole, but they are very abundant. The bones were burnt indicating the presence of humans. Bite marks on the inside of the shell indicates that the turtles were probably killed, cooked and eaten by humans but the crocodiles later scavenged the remains. The only human artifact found on the site was a round polished shell bead. Besides the bones of sea turtles and tortoises, bones of Cuban Crows, one tooth from a hutia and several belonging to Cuban Crocodiles were also recovered. The researchers were able to identify seventeen species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, of which only ten still live on Abaco. The site is important not only for prehistory but also gives us a perspective of Above: Dr. David Steadman (left) exam ines fossil fragments from Gillpin Point in South Abaco. Discoveries from the area indicate Lucayan Indians cohabited Abaco with extinct tortoises and crocodiles. home owners sued the Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp over alleged breaches of duty relating to allegations of poor main tenance, among a variety of concerns, and say they have held discussions with the owners about purchasing the property which they believe may have prompted the homeowners decision to go public with their lawsuit. The lawsuit also alleges that the homeowners are concerned about the owners plans to sell the property, which Marriott Vacations has indicated could be worth around $28 million, to a group which plans to undertake a large-scale redevelopment of the property. es Group in The Bahamas indicated the full cost, which is in the hundreds of millions. Smith said that they spoke with a group of doctors who are interested in spearheading the stem cell facility, and believe the Olympic facility could create a reliable source of revenue for the group as they move ahead with their residential development plans. There are plans to set aside $9 mil for the Security Forces of The Bahamas Pension Trust from which it would offer Plans are to make the trust a public investment with Bahamians able to buy in through an initial public offering. development an inclusive one which adto do their best to help the country at large. There has been no word from Marriot on how seriously they are taking the group statement to indicate if there are other buyers interested.Marriot From Page 1 Cay to Cay Art Group to exhibit By Timothy Roberts On Friday, February 28 from 4 to for the Cay to Cay Art Group's week-long The CCAGS, as they are commonly called, is a most welcoming, receptive and non-competitive group growing from a trio of women who wanted to paint together in The coterie of women and a few good Town, Lubbers Quarters, Tilloo or ManO-War any given Tuesday. The oldest member is in her eighties and the youngest is in her twenties. They The Bahamas, Canada, Great Britain, GerThe members of the group also reprepertise, from professional painters to those just learning to draw from a workbook. the support for each individual has led to remarkable growth in their art; growth which is nurture and appreciated by the entire group. Such is the spirit of CCAGS! The show will run through March 5 and everyone is welcome. 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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian February 15, 2014 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 TREASURE CAY Interior lot, Flamingo road $48,000 Rock Point waterfront lot, exc price $120,000 Golf Course Lot $35,000 MAKE OFFER www.islandpropertiesbahamas.comTel: (242) 367-0737 Fax: (242) 367-0736 Chris & Molly Roberts 2/2 Beachfront Villa with 100' of sandy beach frontage $390,000 Cute 1 bed, 1 bath, furnished cottage, close to beach $116,000 2 Acre beach front estate lot $550,000 Beautiful interior lot $18,000 Beachfront lot $120,000 1 B/R-Conch Cottage $116,000 9 + acres 8 Mile Bay Beach access $199,000 Interior lot 17, block 26, section 4 $25,000CASUARINA POINT 4 Bed, 4 Bath Beachfront home, extensive decking, 2 cabanas $795,000 Beachfront lot $152,000 Sea view lot, 100 ft. to beach $38,500 Lots $25,000 and up REDUCED! 4/4 Beachfront home/duplex $375,000. Great deal for vacation rental income Find Your Vacation Spot GUANA CAY South end hilltop lot $86,000 2/2 Great Atlantic Views, shared dock, steps to beach, rental income $265,900 Pelican Shores waterfront lot 1.3 acres elevated hilltop on the harbour, dock & seawall $895,000 Eastern Marsh Harbour lot, plans passed for 7 unit multi-family complex $350,000 Commercial lot near hotel $120,000 Iggy Biggy complex & residences call for details Commercial lot between Conch Inn & Boat Habour Jacks Jungle homesite & dockage $135,000 Additional lots available. Beach Access lot close to town $120,000 3 Waterfront lots, one with dock starting at $137,000. OWNER MOTIVATED 2/3 acre oceanfront lot $180,000 Hilltop lot with starter cottage $198,000 68+ acres of prime property with oceanfront access. Great for off the grid development site or private estate. $1,980,000 2 Acres $150,000, 4 Hilltop acres $300,000 Lots starting at $15,000 Hilltop lots with ocean view $40,000 $70,000 Gorgeous beach front lot 17,000sq.ft $198,000 3/2 Homes beach access $ 195,000 Seaview lot, off the grid $30,000 The Cays Hope Town District Council 1 Feb 2014By Dave Ralph asked by Nassau if there were any areas holiday cleaning. Neither Guana Cay, Man-O-War Cay or Elbow Cay had any unusual circum bers are putting together a request, hoping that money will still be available. Approval was given for a bed and were approved for a 9,500 square foot residence at Baker's Bay on Guana Cay, esti mated to cost $2.8 million. Batelco had been given permission earlier to construct a 60-foot cellular tower the company now asks instead to build a 100-foot tower on the government land a 100-foot tower at the coastal refuse site will be somewhat higher than a 60-foot located. The request is under consideration. A letter from the Prime Minister's ofa sand mining request off Baker's Bay on Guana Cay. The Council will ask for more information as it was unclear as to the goal of the project, possibly to deepen coastal areas, possibly to sell the sand com undisclosed area. The Minister of Transport has reminded Council that the public's concerns and suggestions must be heard and recorded before any legal changes can be made to Mr. Lightbourne said the Coalition was not just there to complain to the gov ernment. They have provided alternatives. -Enforcing Budget Caps Property, Customs and Business License easy to collect and brings in $190 million in new revenue immediately would replace license fees and closes loopMr. Lightbourne reiterated that VAT may indeed be the correct system to imple ment. But with the short timeframe of im cation on the subject and the closed-doors research and reasoning of the government Mr. Lightbourne said the above highlight ed measures would buy enough money and time to fully understand VAT and its im pacts on the Bahamian economy. The Coalition is hiring an independent for the country, including VAT. The gov ernment, according to the Coalition, has only run models that include VAT. Grace Gym was provided to the Chamber for use free of charge. Neither Abaco representative was present for the meeting.Taxation From Page 2 All Abaco Crime ReportThrowing Missiles, Disorderly Behaviour and Assault the Mudd community assisting Ministry of Works Personnel with a demolition project the resident of the home threw rocks and istry of Works Personnel. Suspect Arrested 32 year old male and a 20 year old female all of the Mudd. They were charged for the offences, attended court on 31/1/14 and Housebreaking On 29th January, 2014, a female of Coopers Town, Abaco, reported that person/s entered a residence at Treasure Cay, Abaco. Housebreaking On 30th January, 2014, a 52 year old female of Treasure Cay reported that sometime between Thursday 23rd January, 2014, and Thursday 30th January, some unknown person/s entered a residence. Assault On 1st February, 2014, a female of Spring City reported that her boyfriend assaulted her by punching her in the face and back. Further, he threatened to burn down her house. Causing Harm On 4th February, 2014, a female of same date while at Surfside Club he was approached by a male known to him who punched him in the face and hit him to the back of his head with a rock causing inju ries. Suspect Arrested pect, a 21 year old male of Dundas Town, charged and will attend court on 17/2/14. Stealing from a Vehicle A male of Murphy Town reported that sometime on 3rd February, 2014, a male known to him was caught by him breaking into his vehicle, The culprit searched the interior and stole a plastic bag containing $5.00 in coins. Suspect arrested suspectan 18 year old male of Murphy court on 10/2/14. Housebreaking On 7th February, 2014, a male of same date he caught a male known to him of Central Pines, Abaco coming out of his tool shed in his yard. Police action request ed. Suspect Arrested pect a 58 year old male of Central Pines Abaco reference to this matter. The sus pect was interviewed and charged. Stealing On 7th February, 2014, a male of Sweetings Track reported that sometime between 5th February, 2014 and 6th February, 2014, some unknown person/s stole boat that was on a trailer in Casaurina Point, Abaco. Drunk & Disorderly Behaviour New Providence for Drunk and Disorderly in Green Turtle Cay where he was found drunk and wrestling his family members. 10 & 11

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 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 l Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, BahamasPh: (242) 365-6011 l Fax (242) 365-6039 Crossword Carroll Sawyer The Family of Carroll Sawyer would like to say a heartfelt Thank You to all who called on, visited, said a prayer and who helped in any way.June 25, 1938 January 18, 2014Thank Youe Sawyer Family Across 2. GUANA Where residents sit 4. BLACK ______ Wood, North Abaco village. 6. DISNEY Company that runs the crusie ship port on a South Abaco island. 8. INGRAHAM Countrys second PM, hailed from Abaco. 9. SISAL Once farmed in Abaco for rope. 12. LUCAYANS inhabitants. 13. INK Used to write with and to escape predators. 14. WRECKING Lighthouses prevented this industry. 15. GREEN with the setting sun. 16. GILPIN Abaco Site where tortoise fossils have been found on dry land.Down 1. LOYALISTS Wyannie Malone lineage. 3. ADVERTISING Marketing activity. 5. HABACOA Abacos name on Juan de la Costas 1500 AD map. 6. DOLPHIN Echolocating aquatic mammal. 7. SOUSE A Bahamian breakfast made with chicken, pork, sheeps tongue or pigs feet. 10. FLAMINGO Pink because of its diet, national bird. 11. WALKERS Northernmost Cay in The Bahamas. 14. WIND Powered boats before gas and diesel engines.

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian February 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 March 2014 Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new sailing yachts 38 ft. mono hull or 44 ft. catamaran SAILING VACATIONS Sunsail 2013 in review: Part IIBy Jennifer Hudson August. Plans for the August opening of the were again delayed. The Abaco Judo team comprising Championships. The team defeated many champions from Brazil, America, the Do Africa to win bronze and silver at the Championships in Fort Lauderdale. the newly formed North Abaco Volunteer Brigade. The new department will handle emergencies from Blackwood to Crown missioner of Police, Ellison Greenslade, were on hand for the ceremony. program facilitated by Early Access Training Centre in Nassau. September. According to the Department of Ma disappointing with some seeing as much as a 50% reduction based on last year's opening. Poaching, undersized harvesting and water temperature were blamed. The Bahamas National Sailing Team returned from the World Championship time a Bahamian team had competed on the world stage Brandon Sands of Cherokee Sound was only Abaconian to participate and he was selected to carry the banner for the Bahamas. On September 26 Every Child Counts Schools new training centre opened to provide training and opportunities for graduated ECC students. Dignitaries and supporters gathered to celebrate the open ing of the new training centre. October. The Deputy Prime Minister, Philip Brave Davies, speaking at the 10th an nual Abaco Business Outlook, addressed further concerns regarding the new airport regarding equipment and space. A proposed seaplane service looking test run to the island on October 19 with a view to starting regular service in the New Year. After months of complaints from quent the airport, the driveway at the old terminal was paved. The blacktop helped considerably towards preventing the ac cumulation of mud and potholes that have plagued the area. The Abaco Cancer Society was the recipient of donations raised from the Open Water Swim and the inaugural Pink November. Creters Bulldogs returned to Abaco November 4 bringing back the winning ti tle from the Bahamas Softball Federation's national round robin tournament. made possible by donations and fundraisers the historic Epworth Methodist Chapel at Cherokee Sound was once again able to hold services in its original building hav ing worshipped in the interim in the WW Sands community centre. The Abaco Judo Club stunned the entire Caribbean region by winning four gold, two silver, one bronze medal and Bridgetown Barbados. Coopers Town library and computer Please see Review Page 22 Year in Review

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 Honesty and Quality You Can Count OnBrandon Thompson Customized to suit your lifestyleSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsOffering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experience www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 Business Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the approvals and start of vertical construction phase for a 100% Bahamian owned & op erated boutique hotel located at Schooner Bay Village, South Abaco slated to open in December of 2014, one that will employ more than 20 persons and generate more than $3 million alone in economic activity for South Abaco. Schooner Bay Village began devel opment in 2007 and now with the project istence of more than 30 houses and busi nesses around a viable harbour, the visita tion has grown, real estate sales are rising to blossom into 2015. On Friday the 31st, the Prime Min ister met with the Bahamian owner and principal investor and his partner the Sand piper VP & Managing Director James the government's support for this locally owned & operated boutique hotel operation coming on line in south Abaco at Schooner Bay. The PM commented on the genuine importance of Bahamians partnering and investing in such ventures in their own country, in the largest economic sector The PM was also briefed on business one that follows the time tested model for Turtle Cay Club in The Abacos. construction in December 2013 and will open to the public in December of this year through the village for a total inventory of more than 40 bedrooms. inn and restaurant on the harbour front seating up to 50 serving the village residents, boaters, visitors and the general public. The design is inspired by the lovely a two-and-half story traditional Bahamian verandah house accompanied by two du water. The 10 village cottages are lovely with docks. Please see www.dsbbahamas. com/cottages for more. With its restaurant, bar, other inn a popular meeting place in the heart of Schooner Bay. The main inn will offer seven rooms restaurant will seat guests in the indoor dining room and outside on the classical created by a Bahamian born, but Cordon Bleu and Swiss-trained master chef in corporating many of the locally grown and regionally caught products available from The Commons at Schooner Bay and South Abaco. The inn will offer a variety of differ ent rates packages such as B&B and modicatering to a diverse clientele. The Sandpipers ambiance will evoke the real character of the Bahamas el egant, but simple and will complement nacular styles found along Schooner Bays Bay Street corridor. Amanda Lindroth, will complete the effect of understated sophistication, helping charming, inviting staple of the Schooner Bay waterfront in the tradition of other iconic Amanda designs such as Old Fort Club, Dunmore Beach Club and The Balmoral. VP & Managing Director James A. Malcolm has been part of the Schooner Bay project for over 5 years and originally 1995 James was hired by Chris Blackwell/ Pink Sands reopened after a 3 year closure tive Director of Group Travel for Min. of Tourism from 2005-2008. Sandpiper Inn to be Schooner Bays and restaurant By Canishka Alexander On Feb. 3, Chantelle Sands, manager Saunders of the All Abaco Junkanoo Comlik, we are delighted to be a part of this anoo around The Bahamas, so we felt it wish you all the best in your endeavours with raising funds and supporting the Abaco community. Ferguson thanked Sands on behalf of the All Abaco Junkanoo Committee for their partnership once again, adding that tinued support. Parade takes place on Feb. 21-22 adjacent Presentation from Burns House to Love Rush Junkanoo CommitteeAbove left to right: Wynsome Ferguson, Chantelle Sands and Ruth Saunders. JOHN CASHREALTY www.treasurecayrentals.com Cash Property on Guana Cay Harbour 60 ft. wide parcel along the public road, approx. 400 ft. of depth. Excellent location for commercial or residential development. $599,000 NEW LISTING Harbour View on Guana Cay Harbour 2 Bed 1 Bath waterfront home situated on 2500 sq. ft. lot with unobstructed view of harbor. Perfect for rental cottage or easily converted to oce or retail space. $199,000 NEW LISTING 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 $549,000 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 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 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 Above: the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie (left) with Sandpiper Inn Managing Director James Malcolm

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian February 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 INVEST IN ABACO BUY LOCALLY SAVE LOCAL JOBS PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BAHAMIAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY! JAVA Great Coee & Fine Art Espresso Cappuccino Latte Mocha Iced Coffee Chai Tea Pastries and moreShare our love of Coffee Paintings Cermaics Quilts Sculptures Handicraft Jewelery By Local Artists Serving a Variety of Fine Cuisine Bahamian American International In a Charming Island Atmosphere December. For the tenth year the traditional annual Christmas bazaar welcomed the December. three-month December 1 to February 28 closed season for the Nassau grouper this Educational Foundation noted that it is time for the closed season on this highly in our legislation rather than having to wait on a Ministerial decree each year. The year ended on a less than pleas ant note when homeowners at the Orchid and removal of the long-standing property managers on December 12. Then on De in connection to the armed daylight rob bery of the Deputy Prime Minister's resi dence was arrested on Abaco.Review From Page 20 The Abaconian presentsIs the Airport Open Yet? Part IVNo.Why? Abaconians will simply grumble to themselves before making a racket? has denied allegations that the design will be too costly to operate. Abacos economy, and indeed the entire countrys economy, suffers each day we rely on the old terminal. Min. of transport and Aviation de scribed the old terminal as a profound inadequacy. The Dir. General good idea. But somehow we cant get past the punch list for opening up to the lounge. pancy by the end of February. So, be sure to Is the Airport Open Yet?

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February 15, 2014 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 . ................................... $$$ . .................. 367-2158 Back 2 Da Island.........................$....................367-0150 Casiahs.......................................$................... 367-0514 Curly Tails . ............................... $$$ . .................. 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 Treasure Cay..........................365-8061 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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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 22 NUMBER 04 February 15th 2014 By Canishka Alexander The Dept. of Education held its Annual District Awards Ceremony 2014 at New Vision Ministries on Feb. 5 under the theme: Excellence for allYes, We Say So! Jessica Pierre and Desmondo Bootle of Abaco Central High School were the Masters of Ceremonies, and invited Felicia Roberts of Mary E. Albury High School to the stage to welcome the audi ence. Felicias welcome was complimented by Central Abaco Primary Schools Choir, as students sang a lively selection in Creole and English. In her remarks, Dr. Lenora Black, District Superintendent, told students that tronic media, she was pleased to highlight a story that speaks to students our future leaders who have discovered that God requires a more excellent way. This story has been told repeatedly on school campuses by the many students gathered today, who have been recognized by their hard work and due diligence dis played throughout the course of the previ ous school year. Our students would have demon strated an acknowledgement of the essen tial role that excellence and discipline plays in the success of all their endeavours, Dr. Educations District Awards recognizes Abacos top students, athletes Abaco students earn top national honoursPlease see Awards Page 2 By Kathleen Ralph The Power of One was the theme of the Music Doing Good concert to ben Town Harbour Lodge on February 6 and at the Pavilion at Abaco Beach Resort on February 7. This annual event was very well at tended at both locations. The music followed the theme that each person is important and has some thing to contribute. The musicians enter tained the audiences, frequently singing with the students of ECC to make delight ful music. Along with singing, the ECC students did a junkanoo rush that the crowd loved. The students are encouraged to de velop their artistic and musical abilities, and it is amazing what they have accom place in his age category for singing in the Bahamas National Arts Festival in Nassau. ECC is a school for special students who have learning or physical disabili -Music Doing Good performs another great show with ECCPlease see Music Page 5 Above: students and Music Doing Good Performers take the stage at Abaco Beach Resort on February 7. Above: Abaco students were honoured for their achievement during the District Awards Ceremony on Feb 5.

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian February 15, 2014 Black continued. Discipline must be ac companied by an uncommon degree of dedication and determination. Dr. Black also extended thanks to the Ministry of Education and her technical team for their hard work. She admonished the students to encourage their friends to follow their good examples and to encour age the male students particularly as they take on true leadership positions as priest, provider and king. Be excellent in every aspect of your life and undertaking, she urged. These students are featured prominently because they deliberately chose a more excellent way. Audience members gave a standing ovation for Ronel Escarment of Every Child Counts following his rousing rendition of Youll Never Walk Alone. lie Rolle recognized all corporate sponsors, which soon led to the presentation of awards. There were numerous National Competition and National Arts Festival winners along with Top Sports Achieve swimming champions. cluded: Daelin Delancy of Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS) in the 400 meters; Elta Charles of CAPS in the shot put; and Ure Mills of Fox Town Primary School captured the 100 meters and 200 meters at the Frank P. Rahming Primary Track and Field Nationals. School & Youth News More gold medals were acquired at the Bahamas National Judo Championships by Ozeke Swain of Long Bay School; Maximus Andrews of St. Francis de Sales School; William Russell of Agape Christian School; John Pintard II of St. Francis; Sebastian Parr of Angels Academy; and Taryn Carroll of Angels Academy; Desmondo Bootle and Desmond Bootle of Abaco Central High School and Jonathan Strachan of St. Francis also earned gold medals at Barbados International Caribbe an Championships. Dre Hall of ACH with a bronze medal in the US Open; Gold at the Bahamas Championships; 1 Silver and two gold medals at the Barbados Champi onships. At the RBC Bahamas National Swim Meet, gold medals were awarded to Noah Albury of Man-O-War Primary; Carter Al bury and Maddox Pinder of Agape Christian School; McKenzie Dam of Agape; Lilly Higgs of Forest Heights; Brayden Dam of Agape; and Miller Albury of Forest Heights in the 200 meter backstroke, 200 meter medley relay, 200 meter free style relay, 400 meter medley relay and 400 meter freestyle relay with bronze med als earned at CARIFTA in the 400 meter freestyle and medley relays. Margaret Albury Higgs of Forest Heights gold medal listings were exten sive: 50 meter breaststroke; 100 meter breaststroke; 200 meter IM relay, breast ley relay; 400 meter freestyle, freestyle re lay, IM relay, medley relay; and 800 meter freestyle. Higgs set two National Records at the CCCAN with two gold medals and one silver medal. She earned CARIFTA gold medals in the 200 meter IM; 50 me ter breaststroke; 100 meter breaststroke; 200 meter breaststroke; and 400 meter IM relay. She was the top medal winner at CARIFTA on the Bahamas Team. Thereafter the awards continued with GLAT, BJC and BGCSE Awards. For Grade 3, Dania Curry of Fox Town Pri mary School for Writing; Erica Roberts of Man-O-War Primary in Mathematics; and Declan John Bethel of Angels Academy in Language Arts. For Grade 6, Samuel Col lie of Long Bay School in Language Arts; Scarlet Taylor of Agape in Writing Skills; Joey Gale and Khalea Richard of Hope Town Primary School in Writing Skills; Kaitlyn Russell of Treasure Cay Primary School; and Rashon Neymour of CAPS in Science and Social Studies. better: Kiara Tilus (Abaco Central High School); Giavanna Noel Manni (Mary E. Albury School); Briantae Kelly (Smith Memorial School); Vanessa Jean and Romea Rolle (S.C. Bootle High School); Giovanni Morris and Kyla Ann Harvey (Long Bay School); Cierra Carroll, Johanan Cartwright, Benjamin Higgs and Zoya Thompson (Agape Christian School); Joshua Archer, Macneisha Alfre, Marvin Cash, Jessica Knowles, Shawntalay McDonald, Ranisha Newbold, Abby-Gae Raymore, Alexis Sawyer, Raniece Smith and Falkeisha Thompson (St. Francis de Sales School); and Aurora Aitken, Christopher D. Albury, Isabella Albury, Landon Albury, Zavion Archer, Aaliyah Gibson, Margaret Albury Higgs, Jacob Hull, Nico Jonsson, Scott Lightbourn, Bailey McBride, Rakasha McIntosh, Isaac Miller, Trinard Missick, Andrew Pinder, Ayanna Pritchard, Madison Sands, Hannah Stra chan, Dante Stuart and Savanah Williams (Forest Heights Academy). In the BGCSE examinations, students earning 5 Bs or better: Jake Consulta and Charese Kemp (St. Francis); Olujimi Scott and Payton Stubbs (Abaco Central High School); Clydesha Cornish, Sherrie Romer and Shantell Bernadin (S.C. Bootle High School); and Miranda Albury, George Colby Cross, Amanda McIntosh, Alexan dra Philpott and Rebecca Strachan (Forest Heights). Overall Top District Winners: Dania Curry Top GLAT Grade 3; Joey Gale Top GLAT Grade 6; Vanessa Jean Abacos Top BJC Public School Recipient; Marga ret Albury Higgs Abacos Top BJC Re cipient in Private Schools. Sherrie Romer earned the Top BGCSE results for Abacos Public Schools (2 As and 5 Bs); and Re becca Strachan obtained 8 As and 4 Bs for the Top Private School BGCSE results. Overall Top National Winners were S.C. Bootle High School which placed second nationally for the Most Improved GPA in Government Class B Schools (BGCSE); and Margaret Albury Higgs earned Top BJC Craft in the country; the award for Overall National Top BJC Student in Private Schools and Overall National Top BJC Student for 2013.Awards From Page 1

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian February 15, 2014 Business owner donates laptops to St. Francis de Sales studentsBy Samantha Evans Mr. Marcus Bethel, owner of Kentucky Fried Chicken-Abaco, has a passion for education as his dad Patrick Bethel does school year, he donated four laptops to the school for The KFC Essay Competition. Mr. Bethel has been supporting the school through essay writing for four years and he always presents the students with top-of-the-line laptops. The laptops are given to the top essay writers from the up per and lower primary school, the junior school and the high school. The essays go before a panel of judg es before the top ones are selected. Ac cording to Principal Josephine Kumar, only three essays made the grade this time because to win the laptop the essays must be A quality work. They do not lower that standard, she explained. The laptops were won by Malia Sweeting upper primary, Liberty Clarkejunior high school, and Chelsae Ramotarsenior school. Principal Kumar stated that this competition gives the students another incentive to excel in another area of education which is writing. The students are given a new topic each year and it varies by grade level. The topics the essay competition win ners received were as follows: upper pri mary: Which is more important? Good character or lots of money? The topic for junior high school grade 7 9 was: You have been asked to persuade your school mates to be more environmentally con science. Write the words of your speech. The topic for the high school grades 10-12 was: Discuss the importance of work and given their topic several weeks in advance to research their topic and could only enter School & Youth News the exam room with a pen. No notes were allowed. The hour and a half exam was invigi lated by the principal. She and her staff are grateful to Mr. Bethel for being very sup portive of their school. He is a good cooperate citizen who she stated does his best to help all sections of the community. St. Francis de Sales wins Grade Six Spelling BeeBy Samantha Evans The Grade 6 Spelling Bee took place on Wednesday, January at the Old Friend ship Tabernacle Church in Dundas Town. The competition began at 10 am with 23 spellers all ready to capture the winning spot. It was clear from the beginning that indeed it was. The students did an excellent job studying the words given to them to learn. But, as this process began, the best spellers emerged making a clear statement that they came to win. After ten rounds of spell ing from the Seen List, the students were given words to spell from an unfamiliar list called the Unseen List which quickly separated the good spellers from the best spellers. In third place was Jaslyn McIntosh from Coopers Town Primary School, in second place was Brody Roberts from Agape Christian School and the winner was Fanaeya Nicholson from St. Francis de Sales Catholic School. On hand to give brief remarks was Dr. Lenora Black, Superintendent of Education for the Abaco District. She com mended the spellers and substitutes for a job well done and told the audience that she is yearning to hold another national trophy and they all agreed with an eruption of applause. After her comments, the spellers were Donations received for By Samantha Evans At the start of the new academic school year in January 2014, many students from Central Abaco Primary and Abaco Central High School were unable to return to school due to losing many of their school uniforms and supplies in the munity on New Years Eve. Those students who were able to at tend school came in their own clothing or given to them by neighbors and concerned citizens. During the second week of January donations were received from Social Services and Forest Heights Academy to Both entities dropped of items to the School for distribution through the Guid ance Department. Social Services donated uniforms and school supplies and Forest Heights Academy donated clothing, school supplies, notebooks, towels, blankets, san itary items, and toiletries. The items were distributed to the students through their classroom teachers while others were given items directly. The students were most appreciative for the love shown to them for the Abaco com munity. Writing Workshop held for CAPS teachersBy Samantha Evans Seasoned educator and teacher at S.C. Bootle High School, Enzil Cooper, was invited by the Grade 6 Coordinator of Central Abaco Primary School, Eleanor Hield, to host a writing workshop for her teachers. She stated that the purpose of this ses sion was to expose them to strategies they can use to help their students write better for the GLAT exam. The teachers stated that the approach Mr. Cooper took was great as it encour aged the brain to think from the outset with brain teasers and other such activities. He exposed them to new ways of teaching vocabulary, planning lessons, teaching journal writing using media prompts, writing without words to show students the impor tance of words, and integrating other sub jects into writing skills. The teachers learned how to create games to teach vocabulary, how to be gin writing by allowing students to write in groups, and how to use comic strips to write stories. The teachers have used some of these unique strategies since the workshop and are looking forward to seeing much better writing pieces turned in by their students. The workshop was held on Saturday January 18, 2014 from 10am to 12 noon at Central Abaco Primary School. In at tendance were Abaco District Superinten dent of Education, Dr. Lenora Black, and School Principal Beatrice Moxey. Forest Height Academy fundraiser of the yearPress Release The Forest Heights Academy PTA on Saturday, January 18, 2014. A Scav enger Hunt started out the days activities at 11:30am at Forest Heights Academy, where teams for the hunt were registered and given the rules. Each team had to scour Marsh Har before meeting back at New Vision Minis tries within the one hour time allotment, to have their scores tallied. The winning team, including Jesse Sims, Scott Lightbourn, Allie Bethel and Janell Collins (driven by Nick Sims), re et of chicken kindly donated by KFC. Hamburgers and Hot Dogs were sold and the action continued with games of BINGO. Players excitedly marked their boards Grand Prize of the day a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. It was a great day of enjoyment and fun was had by all who were there. The PTA would like to thank ev eryone who supported the event and, of course, those who generously donated both time and money. All proceeds from the day were donated to the Philippines Relief Fund. The PTAs next event is a Parents & Teachers vs. Students Softball Game to be held on Saturday, March 29, where the with A & W Travel, which can be used to purchase any travel arrangement desired, such as a 7 day Alaskan or Caribbean Cruise for two. spellers their trophies. The judges for this Spelling Bee were Eunice Mills, Samantha V. Evans and Tracey Simmons who were The pronouncer was Sandy Edwards.

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 ties. Funding is always needed to keep the school operational. Recently the school built a workshop to assist older students with gaining work experiences within their individual capabilities. Music Doing Good is a charitable foundation based in Houston, Texas, that assists in fund raising through music edu cation programs and concert events. The group learned about Every Child Counts several years ago and has encouraged the children in developing their musical abili ties. Three years ago they assisted in forming the ECC Choir. School & Youth News Music From Page 1 Forest Heights Academy continues Green JourneyBy Isabella & Christopher Albury Grade Ten Students One year after Forest Heights Acade my received its Green Flag, it is still going strong! Late last year the school became but in The Bahamas, to receive the Green Flag. The now green school is making a tremendous effort to maintain a clean and eco-friendly environment by involving stu dents and teachers alike. small, it still has ambitious plans for the year ahead. They plan to build a water catchment irrigation system to water their own thriving native learning garden. Located behind the school, it is maintained after school by volunteers and members of the club. The Eco club also does many things throughout the school year to keep the com munity involved. This includes events such as the most recent two week long compost competition, which encouraged students to bring in all natural compostable material to school to be put in their teams bucket to win house points. The competition aimed to bring in compost to keep the gardens soil fertile while raising awareness. The Eco club also focuses on having recycle bins in each classroom, using the water heater only when absolutely neces sary, turning off lights whenever leaving the classrooms and encouraging healthy eating by selling fruit in the morning. Eco Schools President James Boyce says, Our goal is to make the school more eco friendly and try to educate the entire school about sustainability. The program has been very success ful promoting teamwork among the student body as well as encouraging a healthy way of living. Above: the FHA Eco Garden. Agape Christian School wins Grade Five Spelling Bee By Samantha Evans On January 29, 2014, twenty-eight students took part in the Grade 5 Spelling Bee held at the old Friendship Tabernacle Building in Dundas Town. The competi tion began at 10am and these students were as sharp as tacks when it came to knowing their spelling words. The students were so good that af ter nine rounds of spelling from the Seen List words, nineteen students advanced to the Unseen List of spelling. At the end of round ten there were ten spellers left and after round eleven only three spellers were left. After a continuous round after round of great spelling left all present sitting on pins and needles, the top three spellers were announced. They are: Darrinique Stuart of Moores Island All Age School in the third place, Deoria McIntosh of Coopers Town Primary in second place and the winner from Agape Christian School Branae Bain. The students were presented with cer trophies as well. The judges for the event were Eunice Mills, Samantha V. Evans and Tracey Simmons. The pronouncer was Sandy Edwards.

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian February 15, 2014 Email: info@jmjelectricltd.com INVEST IN ABACO BUY LOCALLY SAVE LOCAL JOBS PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BAHAMIAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY! 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 F riday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 Press Release With a focus on leadership and de mocracy, Majority Rule Day was observed and a Local Government Junior Council (LGJC) Swearing-in Ceremony took place last month in Coopers Town. The ceremony began with the in troduction of the Mistress of Ceremony, Patiqua Cooper, who serves as Head Girl Prefect, and who was formerly an LGJC member at its inception. Cooper gave a history of the LGJC in The Bahamas as well as its introduction to Abaco. An elaborate history was given of the efforts of the group since its incep tion. Some of the notable efforts includ ed: community clean-ups; organization of the Coopers Town Community Library; presentation to teachers on Teachers Ap preciation Day; refurbishment and mainte nance of S.C. Bootles school sign; paint ing of the Independence Memorial Wall; a shared winning of the LGJC logo; and the construction and donation of three picnic benches. Other former members were called on to participate in the ceremony. Johnny Auguste opened in prayer, while Ashvonn Russell established protocol and gave a heart-warming welcome. Two 11th grade students Beranda Pinder and Tamia Wells performed a duet, which was well received. School & Youth News Majority Rule and Swearing-in Ceremony for Local Government Junior Council held After the performance, Neil Camp bell, North Abaco Administrator initiated was joined by Deputy Chief Councillor Ejnar Cornish, who brought remarks on behalf of Chief Councillor Gary Smith. Cornish extended the invitation for residents to call upon the Local Govern kind. He asked students to look for projects that they are passionate about and present it to the senior council. Cornish stated that help of the LGJC. He then presented a LGJC coordinator and assistants, thanking them for their tireless efforts with the stu dent leaders and the program. Administrator Campbell then called Senior Island Administrator Preston Cun ningham, who brought remarks from the Minister of Agriculture and Local Govern ment, the Hon. V. Alfred Gray. Administrator Campbell continued the ceremony reminding the LGJC student body that while they were one of the top three councils in the nation, they had the resources and the ability to achieve excel lence and become the top council in the country. Administrator Campbell noted that the two LGJC members who were away at a debate competition would be sworn in at a later date. Each student was called forward to read a contract, sign and repeat the oath loudly before the school body. Assisting with this part was Administra tor Lavon Harris-Smith from the Southern Abaco District along with the Administra tor Cunningham, the Deputy Chief Councillor, Principal Huel Moss and Teacher Laura Davis. Afterwards, Mr. Campbell continued with the admonishment for students to seek new ways to bring better to their communi ties. He encouraged them to call upon the Island Administrators for assistance of any kind and to make their presence felt. Fi nally, he expressed his congratulations and his thanks for a job well done. The National Anthem and pledge of allegiance signaled the end of the formal session. Majority Rule Ceremony Soon platform guests of administra the district were invited to join S.C. Boo tle students for their Majority Rule post ceremony. Afterwards, Ms. Cooper resumed the moderation and within the same beat gave a dynamic speech on the Overview of Majority Rule written by Laura Davis. The speech gave a timeline of the Burma Road Riot and its immediate results along with the rise of political parties and trade unions. It also highlighted the struggle of The Womens Suffrage Movement. movers and the shakers of this revolution. Davis was assisted by another former LGJC member. The Governor Generals speech was read by Principal Huel Moss. As he as cended the stage to speak, a throng of students from varying grades dressed in formal wear, took their place in the front left side of the audience. They represented the dynamic leaders of the time. Represented were: Dame Dr. Doris Johnson, Sir Milo B. Butler, Sir Randol Fawkes, Georgiana Symonette and the oth er female suffragettes, Mr. Alvin Braynen and Sir Lynden Pindling. Each took turns as they were called, to share about the part that they played in advancing universal suffrage. As they ascended the stage, a brief biography was given by the moderator. The students memorized main parts of the actual speeches wherever possible. Most elaborate were Dr. Doris John son, Sir Randol Fawkes, Sir M. Butler and Sir Lynden Pindling. The ceremony was most successful based on the response of the guests, teach ers and students. Above: Local Government Junior Council member being sworn in during a ceremony in Coopers Town.

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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian February 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 Stacey Bethel-AdderleyBy Jennifer Hudson Stacey BethelAdderley is a multital ented young lady with creativity oozing out of every pore. She describes herself as a mixed media children's artist who received her BFA in fashion design with a minor in art history from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She subsequently attended the postgraduate programme in Art Educa tion at the University of Arkansas in Little from the Association of Christian Schools International. She also received her dance Ms. Adderley started her career in Fashion Design in Nassau designing cos tumes for teen pageants. In 2000 she was chosen to design costumes for the New Year Celebration show at Atlantis Resort and Casino. Her career path then took a turn when she decided to pursue a career in teaching art education. She has taught art the Agape Christian School and is now em ployed as art teacher at Angels Academy. Ms. Adderley loves working with children and in April 2012 opened her own studio, Creative Studio Boutique, on Don McKay Boulevard above Home Fab rics. Here she offers after-school classes in and Saturday workshops, summer camps, birthday parties and an Artistic Expres-Artist Highlightsion for Troubled Youth programme. She is spurred on by her two children both of whom love art. Alicia loves to dance, sing and paint and Bracey loves to draw and write stories which he illustrates. Like all budding young artists, Stacey began displaying her talents at the age of three years by scribbling on walls and books instead of reading them. "My mom and dad and school art teacher, Miss Moya Strachan whom I remember well encouraged me," says Ms. Adderley. She also be gan dancing at the age of three with Janet Cartwright at the Nassau Royal Academy of Dance and continued classes all the way up through school and throughout college. "Whilst very young I developed my artistic talents by joining art clubs, deco rating Christmas cookies and participating in school plays, choir and ballet and then in high school I painted back drops and props for the Nassau Operatic Society, recollects Ms. Adderley. When I went off surrounded by art galleries and culture and my passion for art grew even more." Ms. Adderley states that whenever she makes art it is based on her mood or environment. Her two favourite pieces are an illustration of a Junkanoo girl and the drawing of her brother Christopher Bethel who was killed in a car accident in 2009. However, nowadays her art is especially based on her two young kids Bracey and Alicia. "I make my art fun and whimsical like them," she says. "Sharing my talents with others, both students and the community, is what God intended for me and though I may not showcase my work as much as I should, teaching gives me the opportunity to let has given them. My biggest supporters are my husband Wade Adderley, my family in Nassau and my New Visions family." Ms. Adderley states her philosophy thus; "We are all born creative but if we neglect to develop and strengthen these skills our creativity becomes inhibited. By assisting and encouraging a child's creativ ity you set the stage for endless opportunities for that childs imagination. Healthy imagination not only creates a resourceful and productive individual but it also builds self-esteem which is an important tool that will be used for the rest of that child's life. When a child creates a work of art they are not just drawing a picture they are also creating aspects of self-importance, indi viduality and engaging in self-expression." Ms. Adderley is currently a member of Abaco Island Artists and has partici pated in local shows throughout the year including the Abaco Inn Art Show and the Bahamas National Trusts Art for the Parks. The last show she participated in was Kaleidoscope III in Nassau. Her work can be purchased at shows or at her Cre ative Studio Boutique. The Creative Studio Boutique is open Monday to Friday 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM and on Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM. Contacts are: creativestudioabaco@ gmail.com and telephone 242 559 9087. SUPPORT Your Local Cancer Society. Above: Stacey Bethel-Adderley

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 By Timothy Roberts The Wildhawgs swept the Makos in the Abaco Youth Football Association in Harbour winning both junior and senior divisions. In the Junior Division game the Marsh Harbour Wildhawgs took the early lead over the Man-O-War Makos on a pair out the second half with more running. The Wildhawgs won the contest 45 to 20. In Senior Division play the Wildhaw gs played an impressive defensive game giving up only six points. Meanwhile the offense played a well-rounded and bal anced game winning over the Makos 27 to 6. Junior Division Standings has the Green Turtle Cay Falcons undefeated at three wins and no losses. The Wildhawgs loss and the Makos are in third place with no wins and seven losses. Senior Division Standings has the Wildhawgs in the lead with four wins and two losses. The Falcons are in second with three wins and three losses and the Makos in Green Turtle Cay on February 15 with games starting at 10:30am at the softball Sports Wildhawgs sweep Makos Abaco Softball Association members, teams prepare for 2014 season By Canishka Alexander As men and womens softball teams on Abaco began their training for the 2014 season, Abaco Softball Association (ASA) Vice President Mark Douglas gave an up date on what players and fans can expect in the upcoming months. VP Douglas and President Haziel McDonald will be featured in a live inter view on Radio Abaco on March 1, so fans are encouraged to listen in. After winning the Bahamas Softball Federation's National Round-Robin Tournament on Nov. 3, and excitement for the sport. The Bulldogs will be among the teams participating in Spanish Wells for the Creters Bulldogs have been selected to try out for the Bahamas National Softball Team. They are: Lyle Sawyer; Grant Albury; Andrew Albury; Tyler Russell; and Nigel Bootle Jr. Douglas said they will be attending a fundraiser to assist the Bahamas National Softball Team with their travel expenses on March 28 in Nassau. On April 4, a team and managers meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Murphy Town Ball Field. Douglas reiter ated that the deadline for players fees and team and sponsors fees is April 25. And all fees must be paid in full by that date. players fee is $50 per player. The players fee will include insurance coverage. The 2014 softball season opening date for Abaco is May 9, followed by the All Abaco Softball Tournament from June 20-21 where all Bahamas softball teams are invited to participate. Later on in the year, Abaco will be hosting the Round Robin Tournament in October, and the event is expected to be a big boost economically for the community. Registration now open for GAFFWPress Release The third annual Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend is slated to take place in Treasure Cay from March 21 24, 2014. The scenic resort location lends a gorgeous backdrop to the races, including one of the Top 10 beaches in the world and smooth, The events include a 1-mile open water swim along the nearly 4 miles of pristine white beaches and clear blue seas. on Friday afternoon, followed by a wel come reception and brief opening cerperformances by the Abaco Swim Club. Persons of all ages and abilities took place, with gear ranging from performance skin suits to a rented mask and snorkel. Peter Wagner won the event for the second year in a row in 2013. Please see GAFFW Page 12 A power running game helped the Wildhawgs win the day.

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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian February 15, 2014 The main events take place starting at the crack of dawn on Saturday. The simul taneous Sprint and Olympic triathlons oc cur with both individuals and relay teams taking part. The Sprint distance includes a 500m swim, 20km bike (12.4 miles), and a 5km run (3.1 miles) and the Olympic dis tance is a 1500m swim, 40km bike (24.8 miles) and a 10km run (6.2 miles). The popularity of the triathlons is increas ing each year, as both locals and tourists share their experiences here. said Lee McCoy, managing director of the events. The relays are becoming increasingly popular as friends and family share their training and race experience to complete the challenge. Father and son duo Greg and Simon Lowe are both returning to compete, each one having won the Olympic triathlon in alternate years. After the triathlons on Saturday morning, the youngsters get their chance to race. The Kids' 1-mile fun run takes place within the resort on safe roads, wellattended by volunteers and parents alike. The children get to watch their parents race in the triathlons, and then the parents get to cheer on their kids afterward it's truly a After lunch at the Coco Beach Bar, the children are invited to participate in a junior cheer clinic, hosted by the Cheer coaches show the young participants and parents everything from entry level poses SportsGAFFW From Page 11 to advanced moves. The awards ceremony for Saturday's triathlon events takes place at the Spinnaker Restaurant that evening. This year some of the overall awards are being cast in bronze by Peter Johnston in Little Harbour, and other locally hand-crafted awards are being sought. This 3.1 mile or 6.2 mile event attracts strollers, speed walker, joggers, and elite distance runners alike. The course again takes place within the Treasure Cay Re sort and along scenic coastlines. This year race in the Abacos. The weekend's events close out with overall winners, those competing in all three events. Friends of the Environment website and during the event, the main prize being a Jamis bicycle provided by Cycles Unlimited out of Nassau, with other great prizes being added to the list. The Treasure Cay Resort is set to host the event, increasing capacity from last year's sold out weekend. Special event rates and rooms are blocked off, those in terested should contact the resort directly to book accommodation. Transportation into Abaco is being provided by Bahama sAir and Bahamas Ferries, with both ser vices offering special trips. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Out Island Promotion Board offer special pack ages to those staying at the resort, includ ing free airfare with certain travel arrange ments. More information on travel, accom modation and specials is available on the event website, www.GAFFW.com The Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend raises money for two main ben Friends of the Environment. Both orga Their support of the event is greatly ap preciated, providing volunteers and organizational support to the weekend's events. Online registration is now open and early-bird registration savings are in effect until the end of January. Local registra tion in Abaco is available at Friends of The Asheville School Blues swim team recently won the boys and girls team championships. Miller Albury, son of Bill and Victoria Albury, had the fastest splits in the 200 Medley Relay and the 400 Free Relay and helped both relay teams break school records. Our team effort was great today, said fellow Bahamian, and Head Boy, Michael Holowesko. Everyone did what they were supposed to do to make this happen Longtime Asheville School coach Frank Kriegler estimated that the Buncombe County meet has been held for the last 20-25 years. Miller Albury, a resident of Abaco, also recently broke the Asheville school record for 100 Backstroke. This was one of his short term goals going into the swim season, and he was very excited to achieve this goal so quickly. He is now setting his sights on break ing more records and hopes to be a part of the Bahamas National Swimming Team again this year. the Environment. For more information on registration please visit their website or GAFFW Local youth helps break records abroadAbove: local youth, Miller Albury, is at tending Ashville School in North Carolina, USA. His efforts with their swim team re cently led to school records being smashed. Above: racers at last years Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend. The GAFFW has quickly become one of the most anticipated yearly sporting activities on Abaco with a You Holler, We Woller Telephone: Shaolin Rolle (242) 727-9178 or (242) 727-9179 Email: rollesewage@hotmail.com* Sewer Plant Operations Waste Oil Movement Pump Service:* Grease Traps Septic Tank Storm Drains Sanitary Well Blow Out Wastewater Treatment Portable Toilet Rentals Jetter Machine Camera & Locator Inspection system NOW IN ABACO B&B Galaxy Wastewater Co.

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 School & Youth News St. Francis de Sales Interact Club adopts a school in the PhilippinesBy Samantha Evans The deadly typhoon that hit the Phil ippines on November 8 last year claimed many lives and left the community there devastated. According to St. Francis teach er Elmer Bongon, the Abaco schools In teract Club recently launched their Adopt a School Program and decided to adopt a school from the Philippines. They reached out to the president of Sacred Heart School there but due to lack of power it took two months to reach them. They recently received a reply from the president about the schools condition. The school had 786 students prior to the typhoon hitting but only 225 of them were able to return to school due to being homeless or losing the lives of their par ents. He also reported that the school was totally devastated and is in dire need of re pair. The Interact Club in conjunction with the entire school body of St. Francis de Sales Catholic School are now raising funds to help the school in its recovery. All funds raised will be sent to the school in February. Mr. Bongon stated that this project further enhanced the students humanitar ian skills and made them more appreciative of the blessings they currently receive yet sometimes take for granted. K-Kids collect garbage from Central Pines communityBy Samantha Evans As a part of their community service project, the members of Central Abaco Primary Schools K-kids joined Friends of the Environment in their clean-up campaign. On Friday January 24, 2014, the kids took to the streets of Central Pines to collect garbage in the vicinity of their school. In half an hour they had collected six bags of garbage ranging from juice cans, beer bottles, chip bags and food contain ers. Coordinator of K-kids, Neulessa Ma jor, stated that they were shocked by the amount of garbage collected in such a short period of time covering only the area of the school in the Central Pines community. Now that they have collected the garbage, they will compile the information and for ward their data forms to Friends of the Environment. Once again, residents are reminded to keep their environment clean. St. Francis Interact Club receives Presidential CitationBy Samantha Evans St. Francis de Sales Catholic School received the highest award that could be given to any Interact or Rotary Clubs from Rotary International. The award was given for the 2012-13 school year but they are just now receiving it here at the school on Abaco. The award was received for Peace through Service and they had to meet the following criteria: meet regularly as a group, engage in community service both locally and internationally and partici pate in the Rotary Essay Competition. They won this award out of eighty-six clubs in District 7020 covering ten coun tries in the Caribbean. This school was the only one to receive this award. Along with the plaque, they received a check for $1,431.00 to support their projects. To date they have used the mon a new playground for the primary school, paint the pedestrian crossing in front of the school, and assist the school with the purchase of surveillance cameras. The international projects they en gaged in included a clothing drive for FEMA, donation of funds to UNESCO, and sending new and used clothing to Haiti. The local projects they took part in includ ed adoption of the turtle pond next to the school, coastal clean-up from Don Mackay Blvd to the Airport round-about, visiting the old folks home and the collection of canned goods and non-perishable items for Thanksgiving which were donated to So cial Services, Heal Our Land and First Assemblies of God in Marsh Harbour. Majority Rule celebrated at CAPSBy Samantha Evans The Majority Rule assembly was held on Thursday January 9, 2014 at Central Abaco Primary School. Promptly at 10:00 a.m. the assembly began; under the theme, From whence we cameThe struggle to majority rule. The assembly began with a prayer and the singing of the National Anthem followed by a lively yet informative as sembly led by the student body. The listen ing audience was reminded that there is a season for everything under the sun, Grade Five student and moderator Shavante Roberts further stated that the Bible declares this message of hope and promise. A song selection entitled, Bahamian Pioneers was performed by a mixture of grade 5 and 6 female students. They were followed by Savannah Valsaint, Kha lin Wallace and Kaitlyn Francis who paid homage to the forbearers of this momen tous occasion such as the late Sir Lynden Pindling, the late Sir Milo Butler and the late Sir Randol Fawkes, and Clarence A. Bain. This was then followed by a skit depicting an interview with Sir Randol Fawkes, written by Culture Club leader, Jesika Smith. It reminded the students of the lives of the great men that came before all of us and the wonderful legacy they left begin for them and others to follow. The audience was moved at hear ing the song, We Shall Overcome. As the song was played, boys neatly dressed in suits, shirts and ties, marched down the aisle holding pictures of a pioneer of majority rule. As each child took to the stage they stated the name of the person they represented and the constituency that individual represented at the time. At the end of this performance they marched off in grand style, with their heads lifted up high to the song, Lift ev ery voice and sing. The assembly culmi nated with an excerpt video documentary presentation retrieved from YouTube that was shown to the entire school on, The Struggle to Majority Rule. 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February 15, 2014 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 04 February 15th, 2014 Bahamian Group seeks to purchase Abaco Club at Winding Bay By Timothy Roberts A Bahamian group, headed by Dwight Smith, is seeking to purchase the Abaco Club at Winding Bay as part of a nearly $500 million Bahamian capital de velopment project with big plans. Mr. Smith, the head of the Police Staff Association, said he has secured funds from the Security Forces of the Bahamas Pension Trust a pension plan established just under two years ago to cover members of the enforcement forces in The Bahamas such as police, immigration and customs to supply mortgages for those seeking to buy homes throughout The Bahamas and make home ownership more affordable for Bahamians. Abaco Club property redeveloped into one which includes an Olympic training facility and a stem cell research project. Mr. Smith said he has established a competent management team leading the initiative and has received positive feed States. A group of representatives from the Pension Trust has visited the Abaco Club property, which is now for sale as well as being the subject of a legal dispute after Please see Marriot Page 15 Poor conditions at Port to be addressed Whats Inside Moon craters or Abaco potholes? Take your best guess on B14 Police and Min. or while demolishing illegal building. A2 See this months fea tured artist. B10 Scientists excited by fossil discoveries at Gil pin Point. A15 Students have worked all year to earn these hon ours. B1 Is the Airport Open Yet? A22 Music Doing Good lives up to their name for a third year. B1 Whats Happening Feb 18-22: Hope Town Songwriters Festival Feb 19-23: HT Sailing Club Jubilee Celebrations Feb 21: Junior Love Rush Junkanoo Feb 22: Senior Love Rush Junkanoo March 1: Reef Ball March 1: TC Library Yard Sale Fundraiser March 21-24: Great Ab aco Family Fitness Week end Abaco Chamber hosts VAT discussion Above: a vehicle being stripped for parts, collaborating reports that the domestic dock at the Marsh Harbour International Port is being used as a junk yard. The gate into the dock, which is supposed to be closed and locked, has in fact been broken for years. There is also lack of lighting for harbour channel markers, among other maintenance concerns. The Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin with the Ministry of Transport and Aviation said steps are being taken to repair the facility and install CCTV cameras. See page 5. Bahamian Chambers of Commerce and the Coalition for Responsible Taxation are concerned that the government is rushing into implementing a poorly under stood VAT tax. They are pushing to educate the public about VAT as well as sug gest alternatives to the government. Recently the Abaco Chamber of Commerce held a meeting concerning these measures. See page 2.

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian February 15, 2014 Central & All Abaco By Timothy Roberts The Ministry of Works, with police escort, demolished a recent illegally built home in the shanty town known as the Mudd after the builder ignored stop work Works demolishes illegal building Belligerent conduct threatens safety of Police and Min. of Works crew Both the woman responsible for the house being built along with three other residents of the Mudd were taken into police custody afterwards. They were all charged with throwing missiles and dis orderly behavior and were remanded into custody. William Krezel, Area Engineer for the Ministry of Works in Abaco, said the builder was issued two stop work orders which she disobeyed. This was followed by an eviction notice on January 14 giving her 48 hours to collect her belongings and leave. Mr. Krezel said the woman asked him what could she do, as she had nowhere dure is to speak to Social Services which he said she refused to do. On January 17 another eviction notice was given giving her a further 48 hours. The Ministry of Works set in place plans to demolish the home on January 22 but ran into problems securing a tractor to carry out the work. A week later on January 29 a tractor was secured, and accompanied by molish the illegal home. During the demolishing of the home a group of residents of the Mudd began The woman who was evicted was belliger ent and as they were leaving the area she attacked Mr. Krezel jabbing her hand in his neck, back, & hip. were picked up later were taken into custo dy. According to Abacos Superintendent of Police, Noel Curry they were charged and remanded to her Majestys Prison in Nassau. Above: on Jan 29 after issuing eviction notices, the Min. of Works, escorted by police, demolished an illegal home in the shanty town known as the Mudd. The po lice and crew were attacked with rocks and several residents were arrested after the incident. Chamber hosts VAT meeting Alternatives discussed On Jan 31 the Abaco Chamber of Commerce hosted the Abaco community to a meeting to discuss the upcoming Value meeting was led by Chamber president, Dennis Lightbourne. This particular meet ing was one of several that have been, and will be, organized by The Bahamas Cham ber of Commerce and Employers Confed tion represents 17 major associations throughout The Bahamas including 700 businesses and 65,000 employees. Mr. Lightbourne said the purpose of these meeting were to educate the public alternatives to the Bahamian people. Mr. Lightbourne said, however, that whatever does end up being implemented the Cham ber will do all it can to help implement it smoothly. The Coalition had started meetings with the government before the holiday break. Mr. Lightbourne began by laying out scenarios for VAT as the Coalition and BCCEC understood them. VAT will increase the cost of goods and services. VAT implementation will likely create an informal, cash-based econ omy which will cause the governments With increased costs to shipping, both directly with VAT on shipping and indirectly with VAT added to ship mainte will have an added burden for the Family One thing Mr. Lightbourne continu ally pointed out was the lack of transpar be the right direction for the country to go, however, the sources of all the numbers provided by the government have been shrouded. The Bahamas does not have a Free Penalties to individuals and busi nesses with failure to comply with VAT business, prison and seizing the businesses owners passport. Mr. Lightbourne said he believed Bahamians will not be able to Game the system, as they have in the past because of the additional teeth included in the VAT bill and the risks involved to the govern ment if it implements the bill and fails. All businesses will have to purchase new software that is compatible with VAT accounting, or in some other way show known yet what this might require. There is no provision for credit. The VAT bill as it is now requires businesses to pay VAT every month on all invoices, regardless if the business has collected rev enue for that invoice yet or not. Please see Taxation Page 16

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 Furniture Plus Poor conditions at Port to be addressed By Timothy Roberts Minister of Transport and Aviation, reports of the poor conditions at both the domestic and international sides. the use of the domestic dock as a junk yard as presently there is a vehicle that is being stripped for parts on the dock. There are quently stationed at the dock. The gate to the domestic side, which is supposed to be closed and locked after hours, has been broken for years. There is a garbage bin, presumably used by those ing and has not been collected in over a month. On the international side there are a number of maintenance and repair is sues that re main unre solved as well as a lack of lighting on the harbour chan nel markers, among other issues. Mrs. Central & All Abaco said the situation is not good and that the Ministry of Transport and Aviation is in the process of implementing a number of measures to strengthen the security at the bilitate physical conditions. She said these steps include the repair of lighting, installation of CCTV and the maritime training whose major task will facility view is currently being undertaken. Ministry of Transport and Aviation is in the process of imple menting a num ber of measures to strengthen the security at the Marsh Harbour port facility and to rehabilitate physical condi tions. Central Abaco Council Jan 20, 2014 By Dave Ralph Council members decided to move forward with a one-time $5,000 scholar Chief Councillor for Central Abaco. En deavours will be made to see that this scholarship continues when local govern ment reconvenes in July with new or per haps some of the present members. This Council cannot obligate a future Council to this commitment. Several roundabouts are ugly weed patches, and members discussed various options to beautify them. Without resolution, the non-perfor mance of some government employees who do grounds maintenance and cleaning work at schools, airport and other govern An unknown complication is the status of some of these employees when clinic staff move to the new hospital and the new air Council received a complaint from someone denied the right to bury his son the question of whether the cemeteries are public and therefore are maintained by lo cal government or if they are private and therefore not eligible for local govern ment support. Further information is being sought. Seminar speaker says how to prepare for VAT By Timothy Roberts Claire Basden addressed the audience at Change Ministrys Vision Empower ment Seminar on January 18 on how to prepare for the implementation of Value start on July 1 of this year. Mrs. Basden said that with this new nancial reporting procedures and will now have to be knowledgeable about VAT, its laws and regulations and how it affects their business as a whole. persons intensify their pre-implementation procedures to insure that all necessary sys tems are in place to position their business to be VAT-ready, she said. She said that even though the gov ernment has not yet released all the details there are still a number of things people can do to be better prepared. She said they should analyze and identify the impact of VAT on their busi ness, develop an implementation strategy, estimate the costs and allocate resources to prepare. She said businesses need to register where applicable. She noted that Bahami ans often wait until the last minute to get ready for something or get things done. Businesses need to adjust their busi ness processes and structure, adapt or change systems and review their arrange ments with their suppliers and customers. She added that they then need to educate and train their staff, suppliers and custom ers about VAT. Get informed and learn how it will affect you and your business, she said. ject to VAT, and learn of the requirements for registration. whether the goods or service you provide will attract VAT determine if your annual quired to register those businesses gross ing over $100,000 per annum. She said that if required to, be sure to register by the date provided with all busi ness documents ready. Mrs. Basden said businesses need to Please see VAT Page 6

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian February 15, 2014 ensure their business is ready to deal with VAT, including the software used for sales and accounting; you must ensure they are compliant with VAT to ensure a smooth transition. Central & All Abaco VAT From Page 5 At the time of this writing the gov ernment has not released what software is considered to be compliant. She said that invoices play a special role in a VAT system as they provide the means for verifying VAT charges due, payable and amounts claimed. They are the essential basis for administering VAT, she said. She said to make sure your invoicing is VAT compliant and make needed adjustments now. She said businesses should start ana items are priced for shelf display and it is possible to reduce your inventory, do so now in order to avoid having many goods that need to be re-priced. Also avoid mak ing large orders of new stock prior to the implantation date especially with slow moving items. She said that if youre registered for VAT accurate record keeping is of utmost importance. You must be prepared to be able to produce accurate and up to date books where ever and whenever required She said that employees should be made aware of how VAT will affect their products and be able to assist customers in understanding it as well. Accounting staff will need to know how to complete daily transactions and know how to complete Mrs. Basden said to ensure your cus tomers and clients understand the implica tions of VAT on the goods and services contracts. Above: Claire Basden speaking about VAT at a recent seminar on Abaco. By Timothy Roberts February through June every year can be particularly dry and it is during this out the pine forests of Abaco. Presently Palm Shores. living in or near heavily forested areas, or persons that have farms or properties in the middle of the forested areas, to create a buffer zone between them and potential Cleaning your property of debris and maintaining your landscaping are im potential of damage and loss in the event dead vegetation from around your home or that or on or near your roof. Ensure that propane tanks are a safe distance from any The main idea is to minimize com your house so that your home is not at sig Farmland and other properties direct ly in the forests should create and maintain sures that will give you complete protec tion as wind conditions, heat and humidity conditions that are beyond the control of forts; however, every measure taken in prevention makes you that much safer in on how you can be better prepared in the at 477-5901 or send a message through the Bush Fire Season Precautions

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 The Abaco Community, the most generous and compassionate people on earth! Please afford me the opportunity to gratitude to the entire Abaco community my greatest time of need. er and seven cousins who are all so dear deadly typhoon that hit The Philippines on November 8, 2013. The Abaco Commu nity became aware of my plight to a great who immediately sought me out when he learned of my tragedy. done without the outpouring of love, com from so many in our Abaco community, ciative of all the words of encouragement, every hug, the tap of your hands on my shoulder, and the reminders that God has a plan for everything. constant telephone calls, email messages, the way from Abaco. Now more than ever, est, most compassionate and generous peo ple on earth. Despite my broken heart, you trial of my life. Please know that my surviving family of your help. We know that God will richly bless you for all you have done for us. Thank you, Abaco, from the bottom demonstration of Christs unconditional love. wound that is longing for healing. Forever grateful, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School Letters to the Editor on Great Guana Cay. On Monday, 3 Feb This has been desperately needed for a number of years. The island is growing the island will help to deter crime and keep law and order. less than a week now and we can already bility on his shoulders as there are many the Cay he will have his hands full but he seems ready for the challenge. Troy D Albury Great Guana cay Potcakes thank you On Saturday 1st February, a rum mage sale was held in aid of Abaco Shel with many turning out to pick up a bargain and to simultaneously help the potcakes of Abaco. All measure of interesting things changed hands, attesting to the accuracy of that well known idiom, one mans trash solute pleasure to see broad smiles on the faces of those who rummaged and found just what they were looking for. Friends and volunteers of Abaco Shelter worked tirelessly throughout the day, selling items and sharing information on the valuable contribution Abaco Shel ter makes to the island and its dogs. The generosity shown by the community was heartwarming and will greatly assist in re habilitating, feeding, housing and rehom ing the many stray dogs and puppies res cued from a life of suffering on our streets. Abaco Shelter is entirely funded by public donations, and has high outgoings in terms of food, shelter maintenance and the spay/neuter program. But most im portantly, since many animals are weak and sickly when they arrive at the shelter, a large share of the money donated goes towards vital veterinary care and medica tions. Workers at the shelter are all volun teers, so 100% of the donations go to the animals. We would like to take this oppor tunity to thank everybody who helped to make Saturdays rummage sale such a huge success for the animals. To the many folk who shared their animal stories with us, purchased items and made generous donations, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. To all our friends and dedi cated shelter volunteers, who continually give of their best with unceasing energy, out them, this event would not have been possible, we would like to thank the Marsh their grounds and the Bahamas National Trust for the loan of their tent and tables. This was a day of great teamwork and cooperation which will have a very posi tive impact on the life saving work of the shelter. For more information, including ways in which you can volunteer or do nate, please visit www.abacoshelter.org and on Facebook, at Abaco Shelter. In response to "No Reason for High Prices" Fresh-Cut Fries and $5 Draft Beer! Draft beers in frosty cold Mason jars for $5, along with fresh-cut French fries with parsley and sea salt, also for $5.... these are popular items at Lubbers' Land ing, a small resort on the island of Lub bers' Quarters. We also serve local beers in bot tles and cans, for $6, as well as Strong bow hard cider for $7... Fresh-squeezed cocktails are our specialty, especially our house favorite Saltwater Margarita, made with real, fresh-squeezed lime juice, dark Our menu consists of several handcrafted burgers, all created and made intuna and a variety of delicious seasonings. tuna, we also have a chopped and ground conch burger and a vegetarian black bean burger, along with a Wagyu beef burger and another favorite, Fish-n-Chips... All for $16 and are served with our fresh-cut French fries, which have never been fro zen! We do also have a Tropical Salad with dried fruit and walnuts, appealing as a side salad or, for those wanting to skip the bun and combine with any one of our burger selections, as a hearty meal. Our focus is on fresh, hand-crafted and reasonably priced fare and we hope you'll join us at Lubbers' Landing to sam ple our fries and cold draft beer real soon! Lubbers' Landing is located on the out-island of Lubbers' Quarters, just west of Tilloo Cut and Tahiti Beach on Elbow Cay. -Lubbers' Landing

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian February 15, 2014 By Canishka Alexander South Abaco Farmers Association ing on Jan. 30 at the Dundas Town Burial Society. The meeting was attended by a tive chairman. South Abaco SAFA members hold elections, of the Agriculture Division; Judith Thompson, AGM Land Acquisition; John Burrows, Marketing Manager; Anthon Thompson, asst. manager of Agriculture Following an 18-month break, Vanria Lightbourne led the meeting with opening dents Leslie Thompson and George Martin for their Presidents Overview. Thompson was happy about the partnership between continued assistance. Likewise, Martin encouraged the members to work as a team, and shared about farming again. Although there have been challenges, Martin said he was hope vitalize farming on Abaco. 2013 report. She disclosed that the account balance is a little more than $100, so she members to ensure that their registration fees of $50 is paid along with their $20 monthly dues. Annually, SAFAs legal fees alone amount to $900. Vanria Lightbourne, Arnold Dorsett gave his presentation. farmers. Take on the challenge to produce be achieved as a group. perienced by farmers particularly with the aggressive bamboo grass found in the Spring City and Norman Castle areas and for farmers who have no equipment and no funding to maintain the area. So the same concerns you have, we have been painstakingly trying to ad dress it on how to set up that whole area to make it more productive, Thompson said. Spring City is not in order unfortunate working painstakingly to try to go ahead to reproduce a plan to put it in place. We are your friends, and we are your partners; we are working with you. By March 30, all farmers need to be received a lease offer letter. chairman, which shows his commitment to giving his support. You can stay in the receipt of the letter, and say that you will your chance while we are resurveying. Farmers who prefer the two-acre plots and want to escape the bamboo grass can move to the front area of Spring City. We have seen the agricultural prod uct for Abaco; it was successful, she said. At the end of the day, you cannot always rely on the government the government is here to help you. During the question and answer seg that infrastructure be addressed mention ing that there is a stress factor of shipping livestock from Abaco to New Providence. Additionally, he commented that while he has heard a lot about the countrys 20-year Agricultural Plan, he has not seen it. Dorsett said they have considered mobile slaughter facilities, and are looking to duplicate the Bahamas Agricultural and dros in more islands. Burrows focus was on quality, con sistency and standards during his presen access local and international markets. A new Farmers Database will de velop traceability schemes, which works in hand with access to companies like Ba hamas Food Services, Atlantis, and Baha Mar that are interested in Bahamian grown products. These steps will lead to the cre tion backing. Burrows said they will organize farmers with a planting schedule that is designed to stagger their planting, and to prevent products from spoiling in the Pro more detailed in its marketing approach, and work closely with associations to ac tively market their produce from the day they plant their seeds. A Standards Desk along with a Test ing Facility will also be established to al low Bahamian farmers access to the inter national market. For us to access that market, we duce that has been growing right here lo cally will be of the consistency and quality that they are looking for, Burrows said. Above left to right: Vanria Lightbourne and George Martin of SAFA; Leslie Thompson, who is now the inspector and consultant for the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Cor poration (BAIC); Jacqueline Estevez, SAFA treasurer; Arnold Dorsett, assistant general manager (AGM) of the Agriculture Division; Judith Thompson, AGM Land Acquisition; and John Burrows, Marketing Manager. Please see SAFA Page 11

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 South Abaco Standards in place it sends the message that our country has no standards, so we cannot refuse importers bringing in certain prod speaker, and again emphasized the need for cooperation and a coordination of all assist persons in the central role of oper livestock, and bringing all of those ele ments together to successfully penetrate farmers to help them developing a business plan and marketing skills. dissolved and new members were elected. The results determined that the President Shanishka Cambridge; Assistant Public for Feb. 25. SAFA From Page 11 By Mirella Santillo As part of an agreement with the Government of The Bahamas and Lindar conducting a combined operation with the Bahamas National Trust under the supervi sion of Arien Sidden, a forestry consultant, Bahamas Department of Forestry, to make Department of Forestry Workshop held in South Abaco a forest inventory similar to the one con ducted on Andros. The operation also serves as a work shop to further train people to recognize the various potentials of pine trees, wheth er for logging or conservation. A preliminary training had taken place during the summer of 2013 in the Spring City area. Presently three people, previous participants in the Spring City workshop, are doing a forest inventory and marking trees in the Buckaroon Bay area tries. a few miles east into the forest. Since January 13, Latonya Williams, tional Park Warden, all with the Bahamas National Trust and advised by Arien Sid den, have been marking trees to create a dustries who will start logging in that area. With the help of a GPS, they are sur meters away from a road and marking them with different colour tapes. Future crop trees are marked with blue tape; trees ready to harvest are marked with orange tape while trees to be retained are wrapped with yellow tape. The trees particulars, such as the stand and the stem qualities and the dimen sion and vitality of the crown are also de scribed. All the data is dated and signed by the person who took the measurements. The data is to be retained by the Bahamas National Trust. The survey workshop in the Bucka roon Bay area is conducted simultaneously with the Spring City logging operation. Above: training to better recognize and understand the pine forest for logging and con servation.

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 NOW ONLINE ONE PRICE, MORE COVERAGE!! CLASSIFIEDS By Mirella Santillo A few years ago Perry Maillis, a land owner in South Abaco and an avid beach comber, found something that looked like a bone. But it was not a Kentucky Fried of the Environment and since then, his col lection of bones has increased by dozens. because of their impact on the islands That bone was of a tortoise which was ra diocarbon dated to be over 900 years old. Since then many more fossils were re covered on that shore after the involvement of Nancy Albury, a researcher and the lo seums and Monuments Corporation and of Paleontologist Dr. D avid Steadman, a frequent visitor to Abaco involved in the ence Alliance Conference, which hosted many outstanding researchers on the envi ronment of Abaco, Dr. Steadman made Point. The discoveries led the scientists line which seems to have receded several hundred feet. Professor Steadman started his pre sentation by stating that faunal and land scape changes on Abaco had been derived The fossil story on Abaco started Sawmill Sink Bluehole. The bluehole was Point is a high energy area with changes at high tide and low tide and rise in sea level. The fossils at Gilpin Point were discovered in peat deposits found under water, ap the sand at the lowest of low tide. Accord ing to Mr. Maillis this only occurs for a couple of months per year, in November South Abaco Gilpin Point intrigue scientists and December. project to the listeners, Dr. Steadman im parted the preliminary conclusions that a group of scientists, himself included, had deducted from the site. Because of the peat containing Cabbage Palm fossils and the buttonwood stumps still on the beach that were radiocarbon dated to around 950AD, suggests that the area was a lagoon at that time and the position of the beach was much further offshore than it is today. Buttonwood lives near fresh water, indication of a rise in the sea level since then. The fossils of animals included pieces of shells of green turtles bearing marks of crocodile bites. The bone pieces found at Gilpin Point are much smaller than the ones found in the blue hole, but they are very abundant. The bones were burnt indicating the presence of humans. Bite marks on the inside of the shell indicates that the turtles were probably killed, cooked and eaten by humans but the crocodiles later scavenged the remains. The only human artifact found on the site was a round polished shell bead. Besides the bones of sea turtles and tortoises, bones of Cuban Crows, one tooth from a hutia and several belonging to Cuban Crocodiles were also recovered. The researchers were able to identify seventeen species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, of which only ten still live on Abaco. The site is important not only for prehistory but also gives us a perspective of Above: Dr. David Steadman (left) exam ines fossil fragments from Gillpin Point in South Abaco. Discoveries from the area indicate Lucayan Indians cohabited Abaco with extinct tortoises and crocodiles. home owners sued the Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp over alleged breaches of duty relating to allegations of poor main tenance, among a variety of concerns, and say they have held discussions with the owners about purchasing the property which they believe may have prompted the homeowners decision to go public with their lawsuit. The lawsuit also alleges that the homeowners are concerned about the owners plans to sell the property, which Marriott Vacations has indicated could be worth around $28 million, to a group which plans to undertake a large-scale redevelopment of the property. es Group in The Bahamas indicated the full cost, which is in the hundreds of millions. Smith said that they spoke with a group of doctors who are interested in spearheading the stem cell facility, and believe the Olympic facility could create a reliable source of revenue for the group as they move ahead with their residential development plans. There are plans to set aside $9 mil for the Security Forces of The Bahamas Pension Trust from which it would offer Plans are to make the trust a public investment with Bahamians able to buy in through an initial public offering. development an inclusive one which ad to do their best to help the country at large. There has been no word from Marriot on how seriously they are taking the group statement to indicate if there are other buy ers interested. Marriot From Page 1 Cay to Cay Art Group to exhibit By Timothy Roberts On Friday, February 28 from 4 to for the Cay to Cay Art Group's week-long The CCAGS, as they are commonly called, is a most welcoming, receptive and non-competitive group growing from a trio of women who wanted to paint together in The coterie of women and a few good Town, Lubbers Quarters, Tilloo or ManO-War any given Tuesday. The oldest member is in her eighties and the youngest is in her twenties. They The Bahamas, Canada, Great Britain, Ger The members of the group also repre pertise, from professional painters to those just learning to draw from a workbook. the support for each individual has led to remarkable growth in their art; growth which is nurture and appreciated by the entire group. Such is the spirit of CCAGS! The show will run through March 5 and everyone is welcome. The Cays

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian February 15, 2014 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 TREASURE CAY Interior lot, Flamingo road $48,000 Rock Point waterfront lot, exc price $120,000 Golf Course Lot $35,000 MAKE OFFER www.islandpropertiesbahamas.comTel: (242) 367-0737 Fax: (242) 367-0736 Chris & Molly Roberts 2/2 Beachfront Villa with 100' of sandy beach frontage $390,000 Cute 1 bed, 1 bath, furnished cottage, close to beach $116,000 2 Acre beach front estate lot $550,000 Beautiful interior lot $18,000 Beachfront lot $120,000 1 B/R-Conch Cottage $116,000 9 + acres 8 Mile Bay Beach access $199,000 Interior lot 17, block 26, section 4 $25,000CASUARINA POINT 4 Bed, 4 Bath Beachfront home, extensive decking, 2 cabanas $795,000 Beachfront lot $152,000 Sea view lot, 100 ft. to beach $38,500 Lots $25,000 and up REDUCED! 4/4 Beachfront home/duplex $375,000. Great deal for vacation rental income Find Your Vacation Spot GUANA CAY South end hilltop lot $86,000 2/2 Great Atlantic Views, shared dock, steps to beach, rental income $265,900 Pelican Shores waterfront lot 1.3 acres elevated hilltop on the harbour, dock & seawall $895,000 Eastern Marsh Harbour lot, plans passed for 7 unit multi-family complex $350,000 Commercial lot near hotel $120,000 Iggy Biggy complex & residences call for details Commercial lot between Conch Inn & Boat Habour Jacks Jungle homesite & dockage $135,000 Additional lots available. Beach Access lot close to town $120,000 3 Waterfront lots, one with dock starting at $137,000. OWNER MOTIVATED 2/3 acre oceanfront lot $180,000 Hilltop lot with starter cottage $198,000 68+ acres of prime property with oceanfront access. Great for off the grid development site or private estate. $1,980,000 2 Acres $150,000, 4 Hilltop acres $300,000 Lots starting at $15,000 Hilltop lots with ocean view $40,000 $70,000 Gorgeous beach front lot 17,000sq.ft $198,000 3/2 Homes beach access $ 195,000 Seaview lot, off the grid $30,000 The Cays Hope Town District Council 1 Feb 2014 By Dave Ralph asked by Nassau if there were any areas holiday cleaning. Neither Guana Cay, Man-O-War Cay or Elbow Cay had any unusual circum bers are putting together a request, hoping that money will still be available. Approval was given for a bed and were approved for a 9,500 square foot resi dence at Baker's Bay on Guana Cay, esti mated to cost $2.8 million. Batelco had been given permission earlier to construct a 60-foot cellular tower the company now asks instead to build a 100-foot tower on the government land a 100-foot tower at the coastal refuse site will be somewhat higher than a 60-foot located. The request is under consideration. A letter from the Prime Minister's of a sand mining request off Baker's Bay on Guana Cay. The Council will ask for more information as it was unclear as to the goal of the project, possibly to deepen coastal areas, possibly to sell the sand com undisclosed area. The Minister of Transport has re minded Council that the public's concerns and suggestions must be heard and record ed before any legal changes can be made to Mr. Lightbourne said the Coalition was not just there to complain to the gov ernment. They have provided alternatives. -Enforcing Budget Caps Property, Customs and Business License easy to collect and brings in $190 million in new revenue immediately would replace license fees and closes loop Mr. Lightbourne reiterated that VAT may indeed be the correct system to imple ment. But with the short timeframe of im cation on the subject and the closed-doors research and reasoning of the government Mr. Lightbourne said the above highlight ed measures would buy enough money and time to fully understand VAT and its im pacts on the Bahamian economy. The Coalition is hiring an independent for the country, including VAT. The gov ernment, according to the Coalition, has only run models that include VAT. Grace Gym was provided to the Chamber for use free of charge. Neither Abaco representative was present for the meeting. Taxation From Page 2 All Abaco Crime Report Throwing Missiles, Disorderly Behaviour and Assault the Mudd community assisting Ministry of Works Personnel with a demolition project the resident of the home threw rocks and istry of Works Personnel. Suspect Arrested 32 year old male and a 20 year old female all of the Mudd. They were charged for the offences, attended court on 31/1/14 and Housebreaking On 29th January, 2014, a female of Coopers Town, Abaco, reported that person/s entered a residence at Treasure Cay, Abaco. Housebreaking On 30th January, 2014, a 52 year old female of Treasure Cay reported that sometime between Thursday 23rd January, 2014, and Thursday 30th January, some unknown person/s entered a residence. Assault On 1st February, 2014, a female of Spring City reported that her boyfriend as saulted her by punching her in the face and back. Further, he threatened to burn down her house. Causing Harm On 4th February, 2014, a female of same date while at Surfside Club he was approached by a male known to him who punched him in the face and hit him to the back of his head with a rock causing inju ries. Suspect Arrested pect, a 21 year old male of Dundas Town, charged and will attend court on 17/2/14. Stealing from a Vehicle A male of Murphy Town reported that sometime on 3rd February, 2014, a male known to him was caught by him breaking into his vehicle, The culprit searched the interior and stole a plastic bag containing $5.00 in coins. Suspect arrested suspectan 18 year old male of Murphy court on 10/2/14. Housebreaking On 7th February, 2014, a male of same date he caught a male known to him of Central Pines, Abaco coming out of his tool shed in his yard. Police action request ed. Suspect Arrested pect a 58 year old male of Central Pines Abaco reference to this matter. The sus pect was interviewed and charged. Stealing On 7th February, 2014, a male of Sweetings Track reported that sometime between 5th February, 2014 and 6th Feb ruary, 2014, some unknown person/s stole boat that was on a trailer in Casaurina Point, Abaco. Drunk & Disorderly Behaviour New Providence for Drunk and Disorderly in Green Turtle Cay where he was found drunk and wrestling his family members. 10 & 11

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 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 l Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 365-6011 l Fax (242) 365-6039 Crossword Carroll Sawyer The Family of Carroll Sawyer would like to say a heartfelt Thank You to all who called on, visited, said a prayer and who helped in any way.June 25, 1938 January 18, 2014Thank Youe Sawyer Family Across 2. GUANA Where residents sit 4. BLACK ______ Wood, North Abaco village. 6. DISNEY Company that runs the crusie ship port on a South Abaco island. 8. INGRAHAM Countrys second PM, hailed from Abaco. 9. SISAL Once farmed in Abaco for rope. 12. LUCAYANS inhabitants. 13. INK Used to write with and to escape predators. 14. WRECKING Lighthouses prevented this industry. 15. GREEN with the setting sun. 16. GILPIN Abaco Site where tortoise fossils have been found on dry land. Down 1. LOYALISTS Wyannie Malone lineage. 3. ADVERTISING Marketing activity. 5. HABACOA Abacos name on Juan de la Costas 1500 AD map. 6. DOLPHIN Echolocating aquatic mammal. 7. SOUSE A Bahamian breakfast made with chicken, pork, sheeps tongue or pigs feet. 10. FLAMINGO Pink because of its diet, national bird. 11. WALKERS Northernmost Cay in The Bahamas. 14. WIND Powered boats before gas and diesel engines.

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian February 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 March 2014 Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new sailing yachts 38 ft. mono hull or 44 ft. catamaran SAILING VACATIONS Sunsail 2013 in review: Part II By Jennifer Hudson August. Plans for the August opening of the were again delayed. The Abaco Judo team comprising Championships. The team defeated many champions from Brazil, America, the Do Africa to win bronze and silver at the Championships in Fort Lauderdale. the newly formed North Abaco Volunteer Brigade. The new department will handle emergencies from Blackwood to Crown missioner of Police, Ellison Greenslade, were on hand for the ceremony. program facilitated by Early Access Train ing Centre in Nassau. September. According to the Department of Ma disappointing with some seeing as much as a 50% reduction based on last year's open ing. Poaching, undersized harvesting and water temperature were blamed. The Bahamas National Sailing Team returned from the World Championship time a Bahamian team had competed on the world stage Brandon Sands of Cherokee Sound was only Abaconian to participate and he was selected to carry the banner for the Bahamas. On September 26 Every Child Counts Schools new training centre opened to provide training and opportunities for graduated ECC students. Dignitaries and supporters gathered to celebrate the open ing of the new training centre. October. The Deputy Prime Minister, Philip Brave Davies, speaking at the 10th an nual Abaco Business Outlook, addressed further concerns regarding the new airport regarding equipment and space. A proposed seaplane service looking test run to the island on October 19 with a view to starting regular service in the New Year. After months of complaints from quent the airport, the driveway at the old terminal was paved. The blacktop helped considerably towards preventing the ac cumulation of mud and potholes that have plagued the area. The Abaco Cancer Society was the recipient of donations raised from the Open Water Swim and the inaugural Pink November. Creters Bulldogs returned to Abaco November 4 bringing back the winning ti tle from the Bahamas Softball Federation's national round robin tournament. made possible by donations and fundrais ers the historic Epworth Methodist Chapel at Cherokee Sound was once again able to hold services in its original building hav ing worshipped in the interim in the WW Sands community centre. The Abaco Judo Club stunned the entire Caribbean region by winning four gold, two silver, one bronze medal and Bridgetown Barbados. Coopers Town library and computer Please see Review Page 22 Year in Review

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 Honesty and Quality You Can Count On Brandon Thompson Customized to suit your lifestyle Sales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 years Offering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experience www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 Business Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the approvals and start of vertical construction phase for a 100% Bahamian owned & op erated boutique hotel located at Schooner Bay Village, South Abaco slated to open in December of 2014, one that will employ more than 20 persons and generate more than $3 million alone in economic activity for South Abaco. Schooner Bay Village began devel opment in 2007 and now with the project istence of more than 30 houses and busi nesses around a viable harbour, the visita tion has grown, real estate sales are rising to blossom into 2015. On Friday the 31st, the Prime Min ister met with the Bahamian owner and principal investor and his partner the Sand piper VP & Managing Director James the government's support for this locally owned & operated boutique hotel operation coming on line in south Abaco at Schooner Bay. The PM commented on the genuine importance of Bahamians partnering and investing in such ventures in their own country, in the largest economic sector The PM was also briefed on business one that follows the time tested model for Turtle Cay Club in The Abacos. construction in December 2013 and will open to the public in December of this year through the village for a total inventory of more than 40 bedrooms. inn and restaurant on the harbour front seating up to 50 serving the village residents, boaters, visitors and the general public. The design is inspired by the lovely a two-and-half story traditional Bahamian verandah house accompanied by two du water. The 10 village cottages are lovely with docks. Please see www.dsbbahamas. com/cottages for more. With its restaurant, bar, other inn a popular meeting place in the heart of Schooner Bay. The main inn will offer seven rooms restaurant will seat guests in the indoor dining room and outside on the classical created by a Bahamian born, but Cordon Bleu and Swiss-trained master chef in corporating many of the locally grown and regionally caught products available from The Commons at Schooner Bay and South Abaco. The inn will offer a variety of differ ent rates packages such as B&B and modi catering to a diverse clientele. The Sandpipers ambiance will evoke the real character of the Bahamas el egant, but simple and will complement nacular styles found along Schooner Bays Bay Street corridor. Amanda Lindroth, will complete the effect of understated sophistication, helping charming, inviting staple of the Schooner Bay waterfront in the tradition of other iconic Amanda designs such as Old Fort Club, Dunmore Beach Club and The Bal moral. VP & Managing Director James A. Malcolm has been part of the Schooner Bay project for over 5 years and originally 1995 James was hired by Chris Blackwell/ Pink Sands reopened after a 3 year closure tive Director of Group Travel for Min. of Tourism from 2005-2008. Sandpiper Inn to be Schooner Bays and restaurant By Canishka Alexander On Feb. 3, Chantelle Sands, manager Saunders of the All Abaco Junkanoo Com lik, we are delighted to be a part of this anoo around The Bahamas, so we felt it wish you all the best in your endeavours with raising funds and supporting the Aba co community. Ferguson thanked Sands on behalf of the All Abaco Junkanoo Committee for their partnership once again, adding that tinued support. Parade takes place on Feb. 21-22 adjacent Presentation from Burns House to Love Rush Junkanoo Committee Above left to right: Wynsome Ferguson, Chantelle Sands and Ruth Saunders. JOHN CASHREALTY www.treasurecayrentals.com Cash Property on Guana Cay Harbour 60 ft. wide parcel along the public road, approx. 400 ft. of depth. Excellent location for commercial or residential development. $599,000 NEW LISTING Harbour View on Guana Cay Harbour 2 Bed 1 Bath waterfront home situated on 2500 sq. ft. lot with unobstructed view of harbor. Perfect for rental cottage or easily converted to oce or retail space. $199,000 NEW LISTING 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 $549,000 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 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 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 Above: the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie (left) with Sandpiper Inn Managing Director James Malcolm

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian February 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 INVEST IN ABACO BUY LOCALLY SAVE LOCAL JOBS PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BAHAMIAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY! JAVA Great Coee & Fine Art Espresso Cappuccino Latte Mocha Iced Coffee Chai Tea Pastries and moreShare our love of Coffee Paintings Cermaics Quilts Sculptures Handicraft Jewelery By Local Artists S e r v i n g a V a r i e t y o f F i n e C u i s i n e B a h a m i a n A m e r i c a n I n t e r n a t i o n a l I n a C h a r m i n g I s l a n d A t m o s p h e r e December. For the tenth year the traditional annual Christmas bazaar welcomed the December. three-month December 1 to February 28 closed season for the Nassau grouper this Educational Foundation noted that it is time for the closed season on this highly in our legislation rather than having to wait on a Ministerial decree each year. The year ended on a less than pleas ant note when homeowners at the Orchid and removal of the long-standing property managers on December 12. Then on De in connection to the armed daylight rob bery of the Deputy Prime Minister's resi dence was arrested on Abaco. Review From Page 20 The Abaconian presents Is the Airport Open Yet? Part IV No. Why? Abaconians will simply grumble to themselves before making a racket? has denied allegations that the design will be too costly to operate. Ab acos economy, and indeed the entire countrys economy, suffers each day we rely on the old terminal. Min. of transport and Aviation de scribed the old terminal as a profound inadequacy. The Dir. General good idea. But somehow we cant get past the punch list for opening up to the lounge. pancy by the end of February. So, be sure to Is the Airport Open Yet?

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February 15, 2014 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 ................................... $$$ .................. 367-2158 Back 2 Da Island.........................$....................367-0150 Casiahs.......................................$................... 367-0514 Curly Tails ............................... $$$ .................. 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 Treasure Cay..........................365-8061 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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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 22 NUMBER 04 February 15th 2014 By Canishka Alexander The Dept. of Education held its An nual District Awards Ceremony 2014 at New Vision Ministries on Feb. 5 under the theme: Excellence for allYes, We Say So! Jessica Pierre and Desmondo Boo tle of Abaco Central High School were the Masters of Ceremonies, and invited Felicia Roberts of Mary E. Albury High School to the stage to welcome the audi ence. Felicias welcome was complimented by Central Abaco Primary Schools Choir, as students sang a lively selection in Creole and English. In her remarks, Dr. Lenora Black, District Superintendent, told students that tronic media, she was pleased to highlight a story that speaks to students our future leaders who have discovered that God re quires a more excellent way. This story has been told repeatedly on school campuses by the many students gathered today, who have been recognized by their hard work and due diligence dis played throughout the course of the previ ous school year. Our students would have demon strated an acknowledgement of the essen tial role that excellence and discipline plays in the success of all their endeavours, Dr. Educations District Awards recognizes Abacos top students, athletes Abaco students earn top national honours Please see Awards Page 2 By Kathleen Ralph The Power of One was the theme of the Music Doing Good concert to ben Town Harbour Lodge on February 6 and at the Pavilion at Abaco Beach Resort on February 7. This annual event was very well at tended at both locations. The music followed the theme that each person is important and has some thing to contribute. The musicians enter tained the audiences, frequently singing with the students of ECC to make delight ful music. Along with singing, the ECC students did a junkanoo rush that the crowd loved. The students are encouraged to de velop their artistic and musical abilities, and it is amazing what they have accom place in his age category for singing in the Bahamas National Arts Festival in Nassau. ECC is a school for special students who have learning or physical disabili Music Doing Good performs another great show with ECC Please see Music Page 5 Above: students and Music Doing Good Performers take the stage at Abaco Beach Resort on February 7. Above: Abaco students were honoured for their achievement during the District Awards Ceremony on Feb 5.

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian February 15, 2014 Black continued. Discipline must be ac companied by an uncommon degree of dedication and determination. Dr. Black also extended thanks to the Ministry of Education and her technical team for their hard work. She admonished the students to encourage their friends to follow their good examples and to encour age the male students particularly as they take on true leadership positions as priest, provider and king. Be excellent in every aspect of your life and undertaking, she urged. These students are featured prominently because they deliberately chose a more excellent way. Audience members gave a standing ovation for Ronel Escarment of Every Child Counts following his rousing rendi tion of Youll Never Walk Alone. lie Rolle recognized all corporate spon sors, which soon led to the presentation of awards. There were numerous National Competition and National Arts Festival winners along with Top Sports Achieve swimming champions. cluded: Daelin Delancy of Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS) in the 400 meters; Elta Charles of CAPS in the shot put; and Ure Mills of Fox Town Primary School captured the 100 meters and 200 meters at the Frank P. Rahming Primary Track and Field Nationals. School & Youth News More gold medals were acquired at the Bahamas National Judo Championships by Ozeke Swain of Long Bay School; Maximus Andrews of St. Francis de Sales School; William Russell of Agape Chris tian School; John Pintard II of St. Fran cis; Sebastian Parr of Angels Academy; and Taryn Carroll of Angels Academy; Desmondo Bootle and Desmond Bootle of Abaco Central High School and Jonathan Strachan of St. Francis also earned gold medals at Barbados International Caribbe an Championships. Dre Hall of ACH with a bronze medal in the US Open; Gold at the Bahamas Championships; 1 Silver and two gold medals at the Barbados Champi onships. At the RBC Bahamas National Swim Meet, gold medals were awarded to Noah Albury of Man-O-War Primary; Carter Al bury and Maddox Pinder of Agape Chris tian School; McKenzie Dam of Agape; Lilly Higgs of Forest Heights; Brayden Dam of Agape; and Miller Albury of For est Heights in the 200 meter backstroke, 200 meter medley relay, 200 meter free style relay, 400 meter medley relay and 400 meter freestyle relay with bronze med als earned at CARIFTA in the 400 meter freestyle and medley relays. Margaret Albury Higgs of Forest Heights gold medal listings were exten sive: 50 meter breaststroke; 100 meter breaststroke; 200 meter IM relay, breast ley relay; 400 meter freestyle, freestyle re lay, IM relay, medley relay; and 800 meter freestyle. Higgs set two National Records at the CCCAN with two gold medals and one silver medal. She earned CARIFTA gold medals in the 200 meter IM; 50 me ter breaststroke; 100 meter breaststroke; 200 meter breaststroke; and 400 meter IM relay. She was the top medal winner at CARIFTA on the Bahamas Team. Thereafter the awards continued with GLAT, BJC and BGCSE Awards. For Grade 3, Dania Curry of Fox Town Pri mary School for Writing; Erica Roberts of Man-O-War Primary in Mathematics; and Declan John Bethel of Angels Academy in Language Arts. For Grade 6, Samuel Col lie of Long Bay School in Language Arts; Scarlet Taylor of Agape in Writing Skills; Joey Gale and Khalea Richard of Hope Town Primary School in Writing Skills; Kaitlyn Russell of Treasure Cay Primary School; and Rashon Neymour of CAPS in Science and Social Studies. better: Kiara Tilus (Abaco Central High School); Giavanna Noel Manni (Mary E. Albury School); Briantae Kelly (Smith Memorial School); Vanessa Jean and Ro mea Rolle (S.C. Bootle High School); Giovanni Morris and Kyla Ann Harvey (Long Bay School); Cierra Carroll, Jo hanan Cartwright, Benjamin Higgs and Zoya Thompson (Agape Christian School); Joshua Archer, Macneisha Alfre, Marvin Cash, Jessica Knowles, Shawntalay Mc Donald, Ranisha Newbold, Abby-Gae Raymore, Alexis Sawyer, Raniece Smith and Falkeisha Thompson (St. Francis de Sales School); and Aurora Aitken, Chris topher D. Albury, Isabella Albury, Landon Albury, Zavion Archer, Aaliyah Gibson, Margaret Albury Higgs, Jacob Hull, Nico Jonsson, Scott Lightbourn, Bailey Mc Bride, Rakasha McIntosh, Isaac Miller, Trinard Missick, Andrew Pinder, Ayanna Pritchard, Madison Sands, Hannah Stra chan, Dante Stuart and Savanah Williams (Forest Heights Academy). In the BGCSE examinations, students earning 5 Bs or better: Jake Consulta and Charese Kemp (St. Francis); Olujimi Scott and Payton Stubbs (Abaco Central High School); Clydesha Cornish, Sherrie Romer and Shantell Bernadin (S.C. Bootle High School); and Miranda Albury, George Colby Cross, Amanda McIntosh, Alexan dra Philpott and Rebecca Strachan (Forest Heights). Overall Top District Winners: Dania Curry Top GLAT Grade 3; Joey Gale Top GLAT Grade 6; Vanessa Jean Abacos Top BJC Public School Recipient; Marga ret Albury Higgs Abacos Top BJC Re cipient in Private Schools. Sherrie Romer earned the Top BGCSE results for Abacos Public Schools (2 As and 5 Bs); and Re becca Strachan obtained 8 As and 4 Bs for the Top Private School BGCSE results. Overall Top National Winners were S.C. Bootle High School which placed second nationally for the Most Improved GPA in Government Class B Schools (BGCSE); and Margaret Albury Higgs earned Top BJC Craft in the country; the award for Overall National Top BJC Stu dent in Private Schools and Overall Na tional Top BJC Student for 2013. Awards From Page 1

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian February 15, 2014 Business owner donates laptops to St. Francis de Sales students By Samantha Evans Mr. Marcus Bethel, owner of Ken tucky Fried Chicken-Abaco, has a passion for education as his dad Patrick Bethel does school year, he donated four laptops to the school for The KFC Essay Competition. Mr. Bethel has been supporting the school through essay writing for four years and he always presents the students with top-of-the-line laptops. The laptops are given to the top essay writers from the up per and lower primary school, the junior school and the high school. The essays go before a panel of judg es before the top ones are selected. Ac cording to Principal Josephine Kumar, only three essays made the grade this time because to win the laptop the essays must be A quality work. They do not lower that standard, she explained. The laptops were won by Malia Sweeting upper primary, Liberty Clarkejunior high school, and Chelsae Ramotarsenior school. Principal Kumar stated that this competition gives the students another incentive to excel in another area of edu cation which is writing. The students are given a new topic each year and it varies by grade level. The topics the essay competition win ners received were as follows: upper pri mary: Which is more important? Good character or lots of money? The topic for junior high school grade 7 9 was: You have been asked to persuade your school mates to be more environmentally con science. Write the words of your speech. The topic for the high school grades 10-12 was: Discuss the importance of work and given their topic several weeks in advance to research their topic and could only enter School & Youth News the exam room with a pen. No notes were allowed. The hour and a half exam was invigi lated by the principal. She and her staff are grateful to Mr. Bethel for being very sup portive of their school. He is a good coop erate citizen who she stated does his best to help all sections of the community. St. Francis de Sales wins Grade Six Spelling Bee By Samantha Evans The Grade 6 Spelling Bee took place on Wednesday, January at the Old Friend ship Tabernacle Church in Dundas Town. The competition began at 10 am with 23 spellers all ready to capture the winning spot. It was clear from the beginning that indeed it was. The students did an excellent job studying the words given to them to learn. But, as this process began, the best spellers emerged making a clear statement that they came to win. After ten rounds of spell ing from the Seen List, the students were given words to spell from an unfamiliar list called the Unseen List which quickly separated the good spellers from the best spellers. In third place was Jaslyn McIntosh from Coopers Town Primary School, in second place was Brody Roberts from Agape Christian School and the winner was Fanaeya Nicholson from St. Francis de Sales Catholic School. On hand to give brief remarks was Dr. Lenora Black, Superintendent of Ed ucation for the Abaco District. She com mended the spellers and substitutes for a job well done and told the audience that she is yearning to hold another national trophy and they all agreed with an eruption of ap plause. After her comments, the spellers were Donations received for By Samantha Evans At the start of the new academic school year in January 2014, many stu dents from Central Abaco Primary and Abaco Central High School were unable to return to school due to losing many of their school uniforms and supplies in the munity on New Years Eve. Those students who were able to at tend school came in their own clothing or given to them by neighbors and concerned citizens. During the second week of Janu ary donations were received from Social Services and Forest Heights Academy to Both entities dropped of items to the School for distribution through the Guid ance Department. Social Services donated uniforms and school supplies and Forest Heights Academy donated clothing, school supplies, notebooks, towels, blankets, san itary items, and toiletries. The items were distributed to the students through their classroom teachers while others were given items directly. The students were most appreciative for the love shown to them for the Abaco com munity. Writing Workshop held for CAPS teachers By Samantha Evans Seasoned educator and teacher at S.C. Bootle High School, Enzil Cooper, was invited by the Grade 6 Coordinator of Central Abaco Primary School, Eleanor Hield, to host a writing workshop for her teachers. She stated that the purpose of this ses sion was to expose them to strategies they can use to help their students write better for the GLAT exam. The teachers stated that the approach Mr. Cooper took was great as it encour aged the brain to think from the outset with brain teasers and other such activities. He exposed them to new ways of teaching vo cabulary, planning lessons, teaching jour nal writing using media prompts, writing without words to show students the impor tance of words, and integrating other sub jects into writing skills. The teachers learned how to create games to teach vocabulary, how to be gin writing by allowing students to write in groups, and how to use comic strips to write stories. The teachers have used some of these unique strategies since the workshop and are looking forward to seeing much better writing pieces turned in by their students. The workshop was held on Saturday January 18, 2014 from 10am to 12 noon at Central Abaco Primary School. In at tendance were Abaco District Superinten dent of Education, Dr. Lenora Black, and School Principal Beatrice Moxey. Forest Height Academy fundraiser of the year Press Release The Forest Heights Academy PTA on Saturday, January 18, 2014. A Scav enger Hunt started out the days activities at 11:30am at Forest Heights Academy, where teams for the hunt were registered and given the rules. Each team had to scour Marsh Har before meeting back at New Vision Minis tries within the one hour time allotment, to have their scores tallied. The winning team, including Jesse Sims, Scott Lightbourn, Allie Bethel and Janell Collins (driven by Nick Sims), re et of chicken kindly donated by KFC. Hamburgers and Hot Dogs were sold and the action continued with games of BINGO. Players excitedly marked their boards Grand Prize of the day a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. It was a great day of enjoyment and fun was had by all who were there. The PTA would like to thank ev eryone who supported the event and, of course, those who generously donated both time and money. All proceeds from the day were donated to the Philippines Relief Fund. The PTAs next event is a Parents & Teachers vs. Students Softball Game to be held on Saturday, March 29, where the with A & W Travel, which can be used to purchase any travel arrangement desired, such as a 7 day Alaskan or Caribbean Cruise for two. spellers their trophies. The judges for this Spelling Bee were Eunice Mills, Samantha V. Evans and Tracey Simmons who were The pronouncer was Sandy Edwards.

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 ties. Funding is always needed to keep the school operational. Recently the school built a workshop to assist older students with gaining work experiences within their individual capabilities. Music Doing Good is a charitable foundation based in Houston, Texas, that assists in fund raising through music edu cation programs and concert events. The group learned about Every Child Counts several years ago and has encouraged the children in developing their musical abili ties. Three years ago they assisted in form ing the ECC Choir. School & Youth News Music From Page 1 Forest Heights Academy continues Green Journey By Isabella & Christopher Albury Grade Ten Students One year after Forest Heights Acade my received its Green Flag, it is still going strong! Late last year the school became but in The Bahamas, to receive the Green Flag. The now green school is making a tremendous effort to maintain a clean and eco-friendly environment by involving stu dents and teachers alike. small, it still has ambitious plans for the year ahead. They plan to build a water catchment irrigation system to water their own thriving native learning garden. Lo cated behind the school, it is maintained after school by volunteers and members of the club. The Eco club also does many things throughout the school year to keep the com munity involved. This includes events such as the most recent two week long compost competition, which encouraged students to bring in all natural compostable material to school to be put in their teams bucket to win house points. The competition aimed to bring in compost to keep the gardens soil fertile while raising awareness. The Eco club also focuses on having recycle bins in each classroom, using the water heater only when absolutely neces sary, turning off lights whenever leaving the classrooms and encouraging healthy eating by selling fruit in the morning. Eco Schools President James Boyce says, Our goal is to make the school more eco friendly and try to educate the entire school about sustainability. The program has been very success ful promoting teamwork among the student body as well as encouraging a healthy way of living. Above: the FHA Eco Garden. Agape Christian School wins Grade Five Spelling Bee By Samantha Evans On January 29, 2014, twenty-eight students took part in the Grade 5 Spelling Bee held at the old Friendship Tabernacle Building in Dundas Town. The competi tion began at 10am and these students were as sharp as tacks when it came to knowing their spelling words. The students were so good that af ter nine rounds of spelling from the Seen List words, nineteen students advanced to the Unseen List of spelling. At the end of round ten there were ten spellers left and after round eleven only three spellers were left. After a continuous round after round of great spelling left all present sitting on pins and needles, the top three spellers were announced. They are: Darrinique Stuart of Moores Island All Age School in the third place, Deoria McIntosh of Coopers Town Primary in second place and the winner from Agape Christian School Branae Bain. The students were presented with cer trophies as well. The judges for the event were Eunice Mills, Samantha V. Evans and Tracey Simmons. The pronouncer was Sandy Edwards.

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian February 15, 2014 Email: info@jmjelectricltd.com INVEST IN ABACO BUY LOCALLY SAVE LOCAL JOBS PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BAHAMIAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY! Quality Star Auto Service Station And Garage Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour THE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDS We 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 Press Release With a focus on leadership and de mocracy, Majority Rule Day was observed and a Local Government Junior Council (LGJC) Swearing-in Ceremony took place last month in Coopers Town. The ceremony began with the in troduction of the Mistress of Ceremony, Patiqua Cooper, who serves as Head Girl Prefect, and who was formerly an LGJC member at its inception. Cooper gave a history of the LGJC in The Bahamas as well as its introduction to Abaco. An elaborate history was given of the efforts of the group since its incep tion. Some of the notable efforts includ ed: community clean-ups; organization of the Coopers Town Community Library; presentation to teachers on Teachers Ap preciation Day; refurbishment and mainte nance of S.C. Bootles school sign; paint ing of the Independence Memorial Wall; a shared winning of the LGJC logo; and the construction and donation of three picnic benches. Other former members were called on to participate in the ceremony. Johnny Auguste opened in prayer, while Ashvonn Russell established protocol and gave a heart-warming welcome. Two 11th grade students Beranda Pinder and Tamia Wells performed a duet, which was well received. School & Youth News Majority Rule and Swearing-in Ceremony for Local Government Junior Council held After the performance, Neil Camp bell, North Abaco Administrator initiated was joined by Deputy Chief Councillor Ejnar Cornish, who brought remarks on behalf of Chief Councillor Gary Smith. Cornish extended the invitation for residents to call upon the Local Govern kind. He asked students to look for projects that they are passionate about and present it to the senior council. Cornish stated that help of the LGJC. He then presented a LGJC coordinator and assistants, thanking them for their tireless efforts with the stu dent leaders and the program. Administrator Campbell then called Senior Island Administrator Preston Cun ningham, who brought remarks from the Minister of Agriculture and Local Govern ment, the Hon. V. Alfred Gray. Administrator Campbell continued the ceremony reminding the LGJC student body that while they were one of the top three councils in the nation, they had the resources and the ability to achieve excel lence and become the top council in the country. Administrator Campbell noted that the two LGJC members who were away at a debate competition would be sworn in at a later date. Each student was called forward to read a contract, sign and repeat the oath loudly before the school body. Assisting with this part was Administra tor Lavon Harris-Smith from the Southern Abaco District along with the Administra tor Cunningham, the Deputy Chief Coun cillor, Principal Huel Moss and Teacher Laura Davis. Afterwards, Mr. Campbell continued with the admonishment for students to seek new ways to bring better to their communi ties. He encouraged them to call upon the Island Administrators for assistance of any kind and to make their presence felt. Fi nally, he expressed his congratulations and his thanks for a job well done. The National Anthem and pledge of allegiance signaled the end of the formal session. Majority Rule Ceremony Soon platform guests of administra the district were invited to join S.C. Boo tle students for their Majority Rule post ceremony. Afterwards, Ms. Cooper resumed the moderation and within the same beat gave a dynamic speech on the Overview of Majority Rule written by Laura Davis. The speech gave a timeline of the Burma Road Riot and its immediate results along with the rise of political parties and trade unions. It also highlighted the struggle of The Womens Suffrage Movement. movers and the shakers of this revolu tion. Davis was assisted by another former LGJC member. The Governor Generals speech was read by Principal Huel Moss. As he as cended the stage to speak, a throng of stu dents from varying grades dressed in for mal wear, took their place in the front left side of the audience. They represented the dynamic leaders of the time. Represented were: Dame Dr. Doris Johnson, Sir Milo B. Butler, Sir Randol Fawkes, Georgiana Symonette and the oth er female suffragettes, Mr. Alvin Braynen and Sir Lynden Pindling. Each took turns as they were called, to share about the part that they played in advancing universal suf frage. As they ascended the stage, a brief biography was given by the moderator. The students memorized main parts of the actual speeches wherever possible. Most elaborate were Dr. Doris John son, Sir Randol Fawkes, Sir M. Butler and Sir Lynden Pindling. The ceremony was most successful based on the response of the guests, teach ers and students. Above: Local Government Junior Council member being sworn in during a ceremony in Coopers Town.

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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian February 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 Stacey Bethel-Adderley By Jennifer Hudson Stacey BethelAdderley is a multital ented young lady with creativity oozing out of every pore. She describes herself as a mixed media children's artist who received her BFA in fashion design with a minor in art history from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She subsequently attended the postgraduate programme in Art Educa tion at the University of Arkansas in Little from the Association of Christian Schools International. She also received her dance Ms. Adderley started her career in Fashion Design in Nassau designing cos tumes for teen pageants. In 2000 she was chosen to design costumes for the New Year Celebration show at Atlantis Resort and Casino. Her career path then took a turn when she decided to pursue a career in teaching art education. She has taught art the Agape Christian School and is now em ployed as art teacher at Angels Academy. Ms. Adderley loves working with children and in April 2012 opened her own studio, Creative Studio Boutique, on Don McKay Boulevard above Home Fab rics. Here she offers after-school classes in and Saturday workshops, summer camps, birthday parties and an Artistic Expres Artist Highlight sion for Troubled Youth programme. She is spurred on by her two children both of whom love art. Alicia loves to dance, sing and paint and Bracey loves to draw and write stories which he illustrates. Like all budding young artists, Sta cey began displaying her talents at the age of three years by scribbling on walls and books instead of reading them. "My mom and dad and school art teacher, Miss Moya Strachan whom I remember well encour aged me," says Ms. Adderley. She also be gan dancing at the age of three with Janet Cartwright at the Nassau Royal Academy of Dance and continued classes all the way up through school and throughout college. "Whilst very young I developed my artistic talents by joining art clubs, deco rating Christmas cookies and participating in school plays, choir and ballet and then in high school I painted back drops and props for the Nassau Operatic Society, recollects Ms. Adderley. When I went off surrounded by art galleries and culture and my passion for art grew even more." Ms. Adderley states that whenever she makes art it is based on her mood or environment. Her two favourite pieces are an illustration of a Junkanoo girl and the drawing of her brother Christopher Bethel who was killed in a car accident in 2009. However, nowadays her art is especially based on her two young kids Bracey and Alicia. "I make my art fun and whimsical like them," she says. "Sharing my talents with others, both students and the community, is what God intended for me and though I may not showcase my work as much as I should, teaching gives me the opportunity to let has given them. My biggest supporters are my husband Wade Adderley, my family in Nassau and my New Visions family." Ms. Adderley states her philosophy thus; "We are all born creative but if we neglect to develop and strengthen these skills our creativity becomes inhibited. By assisting and encouraging a child's creativ ity you set the stage for endless opportuni ties for that childs imagination. Healthy imagination not only creates a resourceful and productive individual but it also builds self-esteem which is an important tool that will be used for the rest of that child's life. When a child creates a work of art they are not just drawing a picture they are also creating aspects of self-importance, indi viduality and engaging in self-expression." Ms. Adderley is currently a member of Abaco Island Artists and has partici pated in local shows throughout the year including the Abaco Inn Art Show and the Bahamas National Trusts Art for the Parks. The last show she participated in was Kaleidoscope III in Nassau. Her work can be purchased at shows or at her Cre ative Studio Boutique. The Creative Studio Boutique is open Monday to Friday 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM and on Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM. Contacts are: creativestudioabaco@ gmail.com and telephone 242 559 9087. SUPPORT Your Local Cancer Society. Above: Stacey Bethel-Adderley

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 By Timothy Roberts The Wildhawgs swept the Makos in the Abaco Youth Football Association in Harbour winning both junior and senior divisions. In the Junior Division game the Marsh Harbour Wildhawgs took the early lead over the Man-O-War Makos on a pair out the second half with more running. The Wildhawgs won the contest 45 to 20. In Senior Division play the Wildhaw gs played an impressive defensive game giving up only six points. Meanwhile the offense played a well-rounded and bal anced game winning over the Makos 27 to 6. Junior Division Standings has the Green Turtle Cay Falcons undefeated at three wins and no losses. The Wildhawgs loss and the Makos are in third place with no wins and seven losses. Senior Division Standings has the Wildhawgs in the lead with four wins and two losses. The Falcons are in second with three wins and three losses and the Makos in Green Turtle Cay on February 15 with games starting at 10:30am at the softball Sports Wildhawgs sweep Makos Abaco Softball Association members, teams prepare for 2014 season By Canishka Alexander As men and womens softball teams on Abaco began their training for the 2014 season, Abaco Softball Association (ASA) Vice President Mark Douglas gave an up date on what players and fans can expect in the upcoming months. VP Douglas and President Haziel McDonald will be featured in a live inter view on Radio Abaco on March 1, so fans are encouraged to listen in. After winning the Bahamas Softball Federation's Nation al Round-Robin Tournament on Nov. 3, and excitement for the sport. The Bulldogs will be among the teams participating in Spanish Wells for the Creters Bulldogs have been selected to try out for the Bahamas National Soft ball Team. They are: Lyle Sawyer; Grant Albury; Andrew Albury; Tyler Russell; and Nigel Bootle Jr. Douglas said they will be attending a fundraiser to assist the Ba hamas National Softball Team with their travel expenses on March 28 in Nassau. On April 4, a team and managers meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Murphy Town Ball Field. Douglas reiter ated that the deadline for players fees and team and sponsors fees is April 25. And all fees must be paid in full by that date. players fee is $50 per player. The players fee will include insur ance coverage. The 2014 softball season opening date for Abaco is May 9, followed by the All Abaco Softball Tournament from June 20-21 where all Bahamas softball teams are invited to participate. Later on in the year, Abaco will be hosting the Round Robin Tournament in October, and the event is expected to be a big boost economically for the community. Registration now open for GAFFW Press Release The third annual Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend is slated to take place in Treasure Cay from March 21 24, 2014. The scenic resort location lends a gorgeous backdrop to the races, including one of the Top 10 beaches in the world and smooth, The events include a 1-mile open water swim along the nearly 4 miles of pristine white beaches and clear blue seas. on Friday afternoon, followed by a wel come reception and brief opening cer performances by the Abaco Swim Club. Persons of all ages and abilities took place, with gear ranging from performance skin suits to a rented mask and snorkel. Peter Wagner won the event for the second year in a row in 2013. Please see GAFFW Page 12 A power running game helped the Wildhawgs win the day.

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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian February 15, 2014 The main events take place starting at the crack of dawn on Saturday. The simul taneous Sprint and Olympic triathlons oc cur with both individuals and relay teams taking part. The Sprint distance includes a 500m swim, 20km bike (12.4 miles), and a 5km run (3.1 miles) and the Olympic dis tance is a 1500m swim, 40km bike (24.8 miles) and a 10km run (6.2 miles). The popularity of the triathlons is increas ing each year, as both locals and tourists share their experiences here. said Lee McCoy, managing director of the events. The relays are becoming increasingly popular as friends and family share their training and race experience to complete the challenge. Father and son duo Greg and Simon Lowe are both returning to compete, each one having won the Olympic triathlon in alternate years. After the triathlons on Saturday morning, the youngsters get their chance to race. The Kids' 1-mile fun run takes place within the resort on safe roads, wellattended by volunteers and parents alike. The children get to watch their parents race in the triathlons, and then the parents get to cheer on their kids afterward it's truly a After lunch at the Coco Beach Bar, the children are invited to participate in a junior cheer clinic, hosted by the Cheer coaches show the young participants and parents everything from entry level poses Sports GAFFW From Page 11 to advanced moves. The awards ceremony for Satur day's triathlon events takes place at the Spinnaker Restaurant that evening. This year some of the overall awards are being cast in bronze by Peter Johnston in Little Harbour, and other locally hand-crafted awards are being sought. This 3.1 mile or 6.2 mile event attracts strollers, speed walker, joggers, and elite distance runners alike. The course again takes place within the Treasure Cay Re sort and along scenic coastlines. This year race in the Abacos. The weekend's events close out with overall winners, those competing in all three events. Friends of the Environment website and during the event, the main prize being a Jamis bicycle provided by Cycles Unlimited out of Nassau, with other great prizes being added to the list. The Treasure Cay Resort is set to host the event, increasing capacity from last year's sold out weekend. Special event rates and rooms are blocked off, those in terested should contact the resort directly to book accommodation. Transportation into Abaco is being provided by Bahama sAir and Bahamas Ferries, with both ser vices offering special trips. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Out Island Promotion Board offer special pack ages to those staying at the resort, includ ing free airfare with certain travel arrange ments. More information on travel, accom modation and specials is available on the event website, www.GAFFW.com The Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend raises money for two main ben Friends of the Environment. Both orga Their support of the event is greatly ap preciated, providing volunteers and orga nizational support to the weekend's events. Online registration is now open and early-bird registration savings are in effect until the end of January. Local registra tion in Abaco is available at Friends of The Asheville School Blues swim team recently won the boys and girls team championships. Miller Albury, son of Bill and Victoria Albury, had the fastest splits in the 200 Medley Relay and the 400 Free Relay and helped both relay teams break school records. Our team effort was great today, said fellow Bahamian, and Head Boy, Mi chael Holowesko. Everyone did what they were supposed to do to make this happen Longtime Asheville School coach Frank Kriegler estimated that the Bun combe County meet has been held for the last 20-25 years. Miller Albury, a resident of Abaco, also recently broke the Asheville school record for 100 Backstroke. This was one of his short term goals going into the swim season, and he was very excited to achieve this goal so quickly. He is now setting his sights on break ing more records and hopes to be a part of the Bahamas National Swimming Team again this year. the Environment. For more information on registration please visit their website or GAFFW Local youth helps break records abroad Above: local youth, Miller Albury, is at tending Ashville School in North Carolina, USA. His efforts with their swim team re cently led to school records being smashed. Above: racers at last years Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend. The GAFFW has quickly become one of the most anticipated yearly sporting activities on Abaco with a You Holler, We Woller Telephone: Shaolin Rolle (242) 727-9178 or (242) 727-9179 Email: rollesewage@hotmail.com* Sewer Plant Operations Waste Oil Movement Pump Service:* Grease Traps Septic Tank Storm Drains Sanitary Well Blow Out Wastewater Treatment Portable Toilet Rentals Jetter Machine Camera & Locator Inspection system NOW IN ABACO B&B Galaxy Wastewater Co.

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February 15, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 School & Youth News St. Francis de Sales Interact Club adopts a school in the Philippines By Samantha Evans The deadly typhoon that hit the Phil ippines on November 8 last year claimed many lives and left the community there devastated. According to St. Francis teach er Elmer Bongon, the Abaco schools In teract Club recently launched their Adopt a School Program and decided to adopt a school from the Philippines. They reached out to the president of Sacred Heart School there but due to lack of power it took two months to reach them. They recently received a reply from the president about the schools condition. The school had 786 students prior to the typhoon hitting but only 225 of them were able to return to school due to being homeless or losing the lives of their par ents. He also reported that the school was totally devastated and is in dire need of re pair. The Interact Club in conjunction with the entire school body of St. Francis de Sales Catholic School are now raising funds to help the school in its recovery. All funds raised will be sent to the school in February. Mr. Bongon stated that this project further enhanced the students humanitar ian skills and made them more appreciative of the blessings they currently receive yet sometimes take for granted. K-Kids collect garbage from Central Pines community By Samantha Evans As a part of their community service project, the members of Central Abaco Pri mary Schools K-kids joined Friends of the Environment in their clean-up campaign. On Friday January 24, 2014, the kids took to the streets of Central Pines to collect garbage in the vicinity of their school. In half an hour they had collected six bags of garbage ranging from juice cans, beer bottles, chip bags and food contain ers. Coordinator of K-kids, Neulessa Ma jor, stated that they were shocked by the amount of garbage collected in such a short period of time covering only the area of the school in the Central Pines community. Now that they have collected the garbage, they will compile the information and for ward their data forms to Friends of the En vironment. Once again, residents are reminded to keep their environment clean. St. Francis Interact Club receives Presidential Citation By Samantha Evans St. Francis de Sales Catholic School received the highest award that could be given to any Interact or Rotary Clubs from Rotary International. The award was given for the 2012-13 school year but they are just now receiving it here at the school on Abaco. The award was received for Peace through Service and they had to meet the following criteria: meet regularly as a group, engage in community service both locally and internationally and partici pate in the Rotary Essay Competition. They won this award out of eighty-six clubs in District 7020 covering ten coun tries in the Caribbean. This school was the only one to receive this award. Along with the plaque, they received a check for $1,431.00 to support their projects. To date they have used the mon a new playground for the primary school, paint the pedestrian crossing in front of the school, and assist the school with the pur chase of surveillance cameras. The international projects they en gaged in included a clothing drive for FEMA, donation of funds to UNESCO, and sending new and used clothing to Haiti. The local projects they took part in includ ed adoption of the turtle pond next to the school, coastal clean-up from Don Mackay Blvd to the Airport round-about, visiting the old folks home and the collection of canned goods and non-perishable items for Thanksgiving which were donated to So cial Services, Heal Our Land and First As semblies of God in Marsh Harbour. Majority Rule celebrated at CAPS By Samantha Evans The Majority Rule assembly was held on Thursday January 9, 2014 at Central Abaco Primary School. Promptly at 10:00 a.m. the assembly began; under the theme, From whence we cameThe struggle to majority rule. The assembly began with a prayer and the singing of the National Anthem followed by a lively yet informative as sembly led by the student body. The listen ing audience was reminded that there is a season for everything under the sun, Grade Five student and moderator Shavante Rob erts further stated that the Bible declares this message of hope and promise. A song selection entitled, Bahamian Pioneers was performed by a mixture of grade 5 and 6 female students. They were followed by Savannah Valsaint, Kha lin Wallace and Kaitlyn Francis who paid homage to the forbearers of this momen tous occasion such as the late Sir Lynden Pindling, the late Sir Milo Butler and the late Sir Randol Fawkes, and Clarence A. Bain. This was then followed by a skit depicting an interview with Sir Randol Fawkes, written by Culture Club leader, Jesika Smith. It reminded the students of the lives of the great men that came before all of us and the wonderful legacy they left begin for them and others to follow. The audience was moved at hear ing the song, We Shall Overcome. As the song was played, boys neatly dressed in suits, shirts and ties, marched down the aisle holding pictures of a pioneer of majority rule. As each child took to the stage they stated the name of the person they represented and the constituency that individual represented at the time. At the end of this performance they marched off in grand style, with their heads lifted up high to the song, Lift ev ery voice and sing. The assembly culmi nated with an excerpt video documentary presentation retrieved from YouTube that was shown to the entire school on, The Struggle to Majority Rule. 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