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May 1, 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 09 May 1st, 2014 Central Pines Business Complex openedWill include movie theater, retail shops and fast food restaurant North Abaco Town Planning hears development disputeBy Timothy Roberts The North Abaco Town Planning Board held a special meeting to discuss plans before them from Treasure Sands Club and to hear objections from Abaco Defenders on the proposed plans. Several members of Abaco Defend ers, along with their Attorney, Carey Leonard, and consultant, former Senator Michael Pintard, attended the meeting seeking facts. Mr. Pintard said that the Abaco De fenders were formed because of what they believed to be unauthorized construction going on in Treasure Cay and to address is being damaged. He said what we are trying to do now, in order for the group to formulate a ground information, what we are unaware of is exactly what is the nature of the de velopment at the site. He said further that information is a prerequisite to any kind of consultation, and according to the town planning and subdivisions act, had an application been made, one of the requirements of the act is that a public consultation take place. We have not met anyone in North Abaco yet that has attended such a meeting. Please see Development Page 7 Whats Inside CARIFTA swimmers make history. B10Surprise, surprise. Is the Airport Open? A22Arsonist caught and charged. A6Reclaiming the communitys image, one towed car at a time. A2On April 12 hula skirts were all-the-rage in ManO-War. B2Crossword B13Survivors relive neardeath experience. A16Letters to the Editor A9 Whats HappeningMay 2-4: Green Turtle Cay Heritage FestivalMay 3: Christian Counselling Centre Treasure Cay Golf TournamentMay 7-10: Bahamas Guana Cay LegMay 9: Abaco Softball Season openingMay 16-17: Central AbCommunity Calendar A8 Moores Island airs grievances in Town MeetingAbove: Member of Parliament for Central & South Abaco, Mr. Edison Key, addresses the crowd in Moores Island during the April 25 town meeting. Many different government departments came out to the remote island to discuss problems and solutions. See page 2. ties and businesses. See page 5.

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian May 1, 2014 have secured permission from property owners and the support of local police and Town Council in preventing illegal and un sightly parking in the Marsh Harbour area. Recently signs have been posted in certain green areas alerting motorists that parking is not allowed. Flyers were also placed in car windshields alerting drivers that after April 21 cars would be towed. According to one concerned citizen, illegal parking is just one part of the issue. The appearance of Marsh Harbour is be ing degraded, and this is an extra serious problem for Abaco considering tourism is the driving industry. They're destroying all efforts we make attempting to keep our downtown area looking nice. Prior to the No Parking signs and subsequent enforcement, the area of Marsh Harbour from the stop light to Memorial Plaza would be littered with parked vehi cles: mostly commuters going to work in Guana Cay. An alarming amount of trash was also being generated in these areas adding to the decline in the areas appearance. Efforts to tow vehicles and prevent ing the illegal parking appear to be working. The areas of concern are less congest ed and motorists are beginning to get the message that vehicles are not welcome on the lawns and there will be enforcement of the rules. Marsh Harbour residents say Enough! to unsightly parking problem in town Central & All Abaco ing in the past, thereby degrading the towns image. Concerned citizens have mustered the support of police, town council, and property owners to enforce towing in these noMoores Island Town Meeting highlights neglectBy Timothy Roberts Moores Islanders and government agencies came together for a Town Meet ing hosted by the Moores Island District Council to discuss a number of issues facing the isolated community on April 25. Minister of Parliament for Central and South Abaco Edison Key noted that he had sent $10,000 from his Constituency Allowance for 2013/2014 to assist the com munity with whatever they felt was needed most. After hearing the needs of the people of Moores Island Mr. Key pledged at the end of the meeting to give Moors Island $25,000 when he received his $50,000 allocation for 2014/2015. He reassured Moores Islanders that them for their support over the years. He also told them that he would like to see Moores Island have a nice harbour believ community. Chief Councillor Thomas Hield said that the Council negotiated with the De partment of Environmental Health Service (DEHS) to clean the islands dumpsite which had grown out of control and got it cleaned up. The Council also hired a person to clean cemeteries and the school grounds, but had to cut him due to budget cuts. He said the Councils main concern is the public dock which is deteriorating and he wants something done before someone gets hurt or worse. He said it seems when the government comes and sees their issues they throw their notes in the garbage when they leave. Department of Marine Resources noted the harbour with compressors on board caught with the compressor on board they He noted that there have been recent sightings of a manatee in the Moores Is land area and advised that the creature is protected under the act as a marine mam for, interfere with or harass it. The only research which requires permission. Olivia Patterson, Deputy Director of Friends of the Environment added that they welcome any reports of sightings and movements of the manatee. Marques Williams, the newly ap pointed Port Administrator, said that he will not toss their concerns in the garbage and expects to return to bring assistance to Moores Island as he can see the hazard. He behalf to assist them. He also noted that they will look at the channel lights as well. Gaynell Rolle, head of the Depart ment of Inland Revenue, noted that there Please see Moores Page 6

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 3 DAMIANOS

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Page 4 Section A The Abaconian May 1, 2014 Coldwell Banker

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 FURNITURE PLUS Teachers and Salaried Workers CoOperative Credit Union Ltd. opened its Central Pines Shopping and Business Complex on April 11. Built by Woslee Construction, the $15 million complex will house a number of restaurants and a fast food chain, movie theatre, food store, clinic, bakery and retail stores. During the opening ceremony, Mc Donald Rolle, Master of Ceremonies, gave praise to the Almighty God through on Pastor Stephen Knowles of the Abaco Christian Council to lead in the invocation. In his introduction of the Abaco Cen tral High School Band, which provided the instrumentals for the National Anthem, Rolle encouraged the students to become whoever they want to be as he highlighted successful Abaco businessmen. Central & All Abaco Donald Symonette, chairman, greet ed the audience with the welcome, and soon brief remarks were offered by Renardo Curry, MP for North Abaco and Par liamentary Secretary, and Hon. Michael Halkitis, Minister of State for Finance, respectively. Curry joined community stakehold ers in a thunderous round of applause for such a substantial investment by the credit union. He acknowledged that the establish ment of the complex was truly an historic moment for the people of Abaco in its ex tensive commerce history. During his remarks, Minister Halki tis described the complex as an impressive project noting that the credit union had car ried out a successful review of its service structure through its excellence in service delivery, an increase in its range of ser vices and in serving the under-served. Youve built a strong, viable insti tutional model for the rest of the region, Halkitis lauded. I hope that member ship increases and that more lives are improved. According to Nathaniel Adderley, Director of Societies, the credit unions commitment to serve people has caused it to become an indigenous model in the mains vibrant. Teachers and Salaried Workers conis a catalyst in economic advancement and job creation, Adderley opined. The cooperative model is a proven model of suc cess. The Hon. V. Alfred Gray was introduced as the keynote speaker. Min. Gray said that Teachers and Salaried Workers Co-operative Credit Union was established in 1977 with a savings deposit of $90 and cial institution that contributes to the devel opment of The Bahamas. Youve heard all of that, but what they did not say is that they have more money in the bank than the Bahamian government that you did not know, he chuckled. And they have not told you that I am extremely comfortable with the future of credit unions, and so it is my whale-sized pleasure to declare this opened, Minister Gray exclaimed. A dance selection was performed by students of Central Abaco Primary School, followed by the vote of thanks by Lenn King, secretary to the board. At the close of the benediction, Min ister Gray assisted with the cutting of the ribbon and unveiling of the plaque at the Credit Union Building followed by a tour of the complex. Opening ceremony held for Credit Unions Business Complex Not many 30-year-olds have the re sponsibility of revamping an entire depart ment, but then again, not many people in general are like Marques Williams. Technically trained as a maritime professional, Williams became Abacos new Port Administrator two months ago. The prior Port Administrator, Leeland Russell, was on secondment from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and is now retired. According to Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin, Wil liams will oversee the repair and upgrade of the Port, which includes closed circuit Abacos new Port Admin to oversee department overhaul ministrator. Please see Port Page 6

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian May 1, 2014 Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and floors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site:abacomarbleandgranite.com television, enhanced lighting, and retraining of security personnel because ultimate ly there will be an increase in manpower. He is also responsible for general compliance under the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, which is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities, developed in response to the perceived threats to ships and port facilities in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States. Defence Force as Marine Seaman/Com mando Squadron in 2003-2006, and later attended SUNY Maritime in the hopes of becoming a captain. He graduated in 2006 with a bachelors degree in International Maritime Trade and Transportation with a minor in Intermodal and Maritime Security. Upon graduation, I was taken up by the BMA (Bahamas Maritime Authority), and I went to London to be in their graduate program, he shared. I worked in every department at BMA then I worked at the IMO (International Maritime Orga nization), which is the maritime branch of the United Nations because it gives all the regulations for the industry. tion as a Maritime Auditor/Lead Auditor at Warsash Maritime Academy in Southampton, Hampshire, UK. That experience afforded him the opportunity to observe how laws are made, provide input, and work on the initial de Central & All Abaco Port From Page 5 velopment of the Maritime Yacht Code. Although it was determined that The Bahamas has a good international maritime program, they wanted to discover what the overall maritime regime in each country is. hamas. They train auditors from all over the world, and inspect how maritime is conducted in each persons country, Wil liams explained. They saw our shortcom ings and what we were good at, and wrote recommendations that catapulted The Bamaritime strategy from the audit. From there, Williams was employed as Assistant Port Controller at the Port Department in Nassau, and Ballast Water Management was among the specialized training he received, and it is a major issue in the maritime industry. Ships come from all over the world and take sediments from other countries, on the list of more threatening invasive species, we have to preserve our country because The Bahamas is the birthing area for almost the entire Eastern seaboard. This strategic placement has lent it as well as for Abaco. He said: There are a lot of things that have to be done for us to be inter nationally compliant, but there is a lot of value in ports. Ports help to build cities; 95 percent of the worlds cargo is transported by ships. Williams said although the industry is male-dominated, women are making their mark in this lucrative industry with many business opportunities available for Bahamians. At the Port Department, Williams is Jackie Williams, accountant/receptionist; Sarah Swain, registrar; Gary McDonald, dock master; Samuel McPhee, who car ries out inspections and investigations; Leon Wilchcombe, security manager with two lighthouse keepers: Jeffrey Forbes and Elvis Parker. North Abaco man charged By Timothy Roberts a North Abaco resident was charged with damaging and endangering property by the in the Magistrates Court. Treasure Cays Crash, Fire & Res cue Chief, Colin Albury, witnessed Jeffrey Cabbage Point at Leisure Lee on Sunday, April 13. When he approached him Mr. of police, arrested Mr. Cox and brought him before the court to be charged and re Despite many dangerous and damag culprits are rarely caught and almost never charged with their crimes. The Magistrate read the charge that on Sunday April 13 at about 11:30am at Cabbage Point, Leisure Lee Mr. Cox did damaging and endangering property by Cox, who is believed to be mentally chal lenged, responded incoherently in the end saying that the police locked him up in jail for something he didnt do despite admit decent around a coconut tree. The plea of not guilty was entered and the Magistrate ruled that Mr. Cox should be remanded to Sandilands Rehabilitation Center and the court requested a psycho logical evaluation. The trial was adjourned to April 28. Mr. Albury noted that this case is a He said that there have been many times no charges were brought to them for their offense. Mr. Albury is hoping to see more in courts and charged and that people will get dangerous and costly. are challenges in the cays in collecting business license fees an advised the com munity to get their renewal applications in May to inspect shop licenses. She also ad vised everyone with property to register it even though they may not pay tax on it so that they will have a record of the property which will assist when persons face prop erty disputes. Superintendent of Police for Abaco, Noel Curry, congratulated Moores Island for being a good statistic when it comes to crime as he reports no issues on the is land, despite a few challenges. He added island soon to replace the ones presently there. He noted that there has been some issues with alcohol being sold to minors which has led to some bad behavior among some teenagers. The Principal of Moores Islands school, Ms. Ruthamae Rolle, said they have requested a maintenance man as pres ently the two male teachers on staff have to assist with those issues. We do our best with the little we have, she said. Pastor Anthony Williams spoke of the changes he is making in the lives of the 16 boys who live with him and asked for whatever assistance could be provided to Persons in the community also expressed concerns about the bathroom facil ities at the school requesting a new block of bathrooms be built. There was also a request for a fence to be put up around the school so that children dont wander off and get in trouble. Some would also like to see a security guard at the school. It was noted that the preschool was far too small and that they should have a larger facility. A teacher from the school noted that some teachers work overtime and that they need a PE teacher as presently they have a resident who volunteers twice a week to do PE with the students. She wants to see the students in Moores Island have the same opportunity that other children have across the country. Residents said that their track has produced some good athletes and some have even earned scholarships and they are overdue and deserving of better facilities for these young athletes. Another resident said they would like to see the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture have a presence on the island as there is not enough positive activities for youth to be involved in. Concerns were voiced that there Please see Moores Page 21 Moores From Page 2

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 North Abaco Weve not seen any site plans; weve not seen the application; we do not have a clear understanding of anything that has been applied for, he said. Chairman of the Town Planning Board Kenneth Major Jr. said We see nothing wrong with the plans before the board, but having a complaint or rather a letter expressing objection is why we are here today. He added that Your group should have been consulted before he bought the property, but if he owns the property and its at the point he has an application here; were just waiting to hear your side. Mr. Pintard said that members of the Abaco Defenders have clearly indicated in the public domain that there are items of that the owner takes certain steps, and he said this so far hasnt been done. North Abaco Administrator, Neil Campbell asked that if Treasure Sands is proof that there are historical artifacts at the proposed site. Carey Leonard, Attorney for Abaco Defenders, responded that they cannot say with certainty until they know where the building is going, and that this is the reason being proposed. Mr. Campbell reiterated that if there are artifacts where Treasure Sands wants to build they would certainly call in the relevant agency; however, he said if we have no proof, how can we stop him? Mr. Pintard questioned what the requirements are to be followed by law when plans for a development are before the board. According to law when a develop ment is being built in a community it is required that the stakeholders are consulted with by way of a mandatory public meet ing. Mr. Campbell responded that there is no development before the Town Plan ning Board; that they are viewing plans for a storage shed and a gazebo. Mr. Major added that there were no plans for a devel opment presented to the board. Mr. Pintard said In light of the fact that he has acted inappropriately on other aspects of that property we believe some thing is untoward even in terms of what is before this board. He added that Town Development From Page 1 Planning cannot make a decision without considering the entire scope of works and the overarching plans. Mr. Leonard presented a survey that shows the range of property that encom passes where artifacts have been found. Mr. Pintard said we are here to ascertain facts from the owner and from town planning so that we can advise our clients and I believe any decision you make at this point would be premature and it is inappropriate according to the law because you have had no public consultation. Mr. Major noted that if what was said about the artifacts was indeed true that it had implications for the public beach and the Anglican and Catholic Churches which may also be on that stretch of land. Mr. Major also noted again that the only thing the board has in front of them are plans for a storage shed and a gazebo and that he knows nothing of the master plan Mr. Pintard referred to. He added that the plans before them had already been approved by the Department of Environ mental Health and the Ministry of Works. Managing Partner for Treasure Sands, Tim Blakely, said he is confused about the controversy as he is simply apply ing for three wooden structures and they are talking about dredging and everything else which has been dealt with through the Foreign Investment Board (FIB). Were just here to seek permission from these gentlemen to build three wooden structures on land thats been owned for thirty years not reclaimed land, he said. Im just Mr. Leonard stated that the FIB mere ly gives approval in principal subject to all the necessary permits being approved. Mr. Pintard asked when they will hold a public consultation meeting on the development. Mr. Campbell said there is no development before the board. Mr. Pintard said that, then to what end are the buildings before them being built. Mr. Pintard added that the developer himself stated in several articles in national newspapers that he is building a develop ment. He said that each time they approve a building without seeking consultation for the broader project they are making an er ror in law. He said he is simply asking the board to pause and look at what the law says; not his opinion. The law requires a public hearing. By Bishop Carroll For more than six months The Urban Renewal 2.0 Crown Haven Community Center has been planning ways to bring positive change to Little Abaco. Under the leadership of Center manager, Bishop Ken Carroll, the Center was able form a group of volunteers from the community. The group is called: Cleanliness is Next to Godliness. Community volunteers aim to keep Little Abaco cleanA meeting was held on Sunday, April 6 at St. Annes Anglican Community Center in Crown Haven. A board of directors was elected from the neighborhood and Catechist Tommy Rolle was elected Presi dent. Mr. Rolle accepted the position and hopes, with great enthusiasm, that other communities in Little Abaco may follow and maintain the Little Abaco community. Please see Cleanliness Page 15

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian May 1, 2014 From the Editor's Desk // Baby Steps 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/VISA What is the measure of suc cess? I would argue that there is Success is overcoming obstacles and growing. It is one foot in front of the other. In that sense, is Abaco successful? Context from history is critical when talking about our future. But we are also witnessing many things must grapple with now. The question we all must grapple with is should we accept success in baby steps? And if so, how small of steps are we willing to accept? Are those we elect leading with timid baby steps, afraid to overstep the stride of those next to them in their political party? If so do we want this crawling conformity? The crawling conformity that we have accepted for so long now has provided our basic infrastruc ture: electricity, running water and roads. But it is also the reason pow er cuts are unquestioned and author ities are unpunished. It is why water supplies get cut because one public utility company doesnt know where the pipes of the second one are. And why it takes just short of rioting to make a main thoroughfare in town drivable. Our leaders, for a long time, have come to think that we should expect and accept a slow drive of progress with many detours. They make sure the right pockets are before any work is started. They make the process a political theater. They wait until the eleventh hour to the people have to front the cost. Sad thing is it seems we do accept it. We like our bumbling baby steps, the government can argue. Surely a population serious about its own economic well-being, they may say, wouldnt let the running joke that is the unopened new air port stand. They would be protest ing at the site every other week end. They may say about us, if they are really so unhappy with paying that much for electricity with so little to show for it they would be demanding reform. They may look at us and re mark to each other, they enjoy the political blame game just as much as we do. As long as they never hold government accountable as a sepa rate entity, and instead treat us sim ply as political parties, we can do We like our success but only when it is comfortable. When we dont have to work for it or make any noise. But I think that can change. We in Abaco have the his torical context that shows we have the willpower and pride to pave our time. Baby steps may be necessary sometimes. But it is high time we learned how to run.Community Calendar(See TheAbaconian.com for More Calendar Events) Treasure Cay Golf Tournament the Basics Youth Program Launch by

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Please Stop the Noise on Treasure Cay BeachDear Editor, This is not a new problem but it is now getting completely out of hand. Every public holiday we hear loud mu sic blasting from Treasure Cay Public Beach. Not just one night, but every night. It normally starts around noon and can go to 2 in the morning even though they are limited to a 10pm deadline. The music is so loud it can be heard from 3 miles away and if you are unfortunate to live a few 100 yards away you can hear every repeating beat and shout and scream. This last Easter weekend was just those groups that have taken it to an extreme with no regard for residents and visitors to beautiful Treasure Cay. Violence is also occurring on Good Friday. A little after 10pm a young Bahamian was stabbed and required emergency treatment at Coo pers Town Government Clinic. Unfortunately the public beach is located outside of Treasure Cay and beyond the limits of local security so we are reliant on police action "or the lack thereof" to monitor the proceed ings. Action must be taken by authorities otherwise more serious problem will arise. If this goes unabated, vacationers will not return and home owners will question whether it's the idyllic part of the world they once thought it was and question their commitment to Abaco. This great Bahamian country and in particular Treasure Cay relies heavily on tourism and without the tourist I don't know how the local economy will survive. -Concerned, Frustrated and An gryA True Display of Family IslandsDear Editor, On March 29, 2014 William Rob erts was laid to rest at New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay following a funeral. On behalf of his family, a "thank you" Dog Owners I am Requesting Your Consideration & Decency Dear Editor Once again I am complaining about the disruption of sleep, peace and quiet, relaxation, and my SANITY in my own home because of neighbors dogs. It isnt one or two barking every so often, one can deal with that, it is they are only 30 feet away from my bedrooms it is all the more disruptive. I wake up exhausted because I am interrupted during the night, I cant have a Sunday nap because of the barking, I cant sit on my porch because of the barking, I have to close my win-Letters to the Editor goes to everyone who helped make the day a special memorial. The family is grateful to all for the overwhelming support and kind ness: Mr. Pinder and his funeral staff for the professional and caring atten tion, the New Plymouth Gospel Cha pel and congregation for being a bright embodiment of Christianity as shown by the hospitality and caring for others, and all who played a part in the day. The term 'Family Islands" has been used over the decades in reference to the Bahamas with New Provi dence in dominance, but that term changed on March 29. On that day, New Plymouth and Green Turtle Cay came together as one family to pay re spects, remember and wish farewell to a departed son. Noted was the Chapel congrega tion generously, caringly allowing the church to be the funeral mass site, the people who respectfully stood along the procession route from the chapel to cemetery, the businesses that paused activities during the procession and residents who cared about the family in this time of mourning. People came from as far away as Canada for the occasion and returned home impressed by how the island 'family' came together in such a way and stating that such class, caring and dignity set the standard for the entire world to emulate. Sincerely, Thomas Roberts dows, turn on the A/C, fan and T.V. in order to try and get some relief, who can afford the electricity to do that all the time and why should I have to? On top of this it devalues your real estate and mine. The sad thing is that the neighbors know how this is affecting those around them but still do nothing about it. I just dont get it! I would never do that to my neighbours. Where is the respect, consideration or morals? I have tried to get used to it...it aint happen ing! I am asking you to please consider your neighbors around you and how this is affecting their lives. Please do something to make this better. -Frustrated and Exhausted Neigh bor FULL SERVICE MARINA WATERFRONT VILLAS Bahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun.Enjoy a delicious dinner with usHappy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pmOpen Year RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor barBoat House Restaurant Sea Spray will pick up from Hope Town For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065U.S. Ph: 717-200-1359, email : info@seasprayresort.com www.seasprayresort.comWhite Sound, Elbow Cay No Pride in Our Community?Dear Editor, In the greater scheme of things such as VAT, unsustainable national debt, insane BEC bills, downsizing and outsourcing, my concerns may seem trivial to some. A friend once told me if we take care of the small things, the large problems will take care of themselves. My issue is with the garbage thrown on the sides of the road in Marsh Harbour between the red light and Rum Runners. Each and every day a group of concerned businessmen in the Marsh Harbour area subsidize picking up this garbage, mowing the ers, and maintaining street light ban ners. Generally it would be agreed that 95% of all tourists coming to the island and visiting areas such as Hope Town, Man-O-War Cay, Bakers Bay, and Eastern Shores have to drive through this strip of town. Cars are illegally parked on the lawns and the sides of the road, styrofoam take-out containers are tossed in the bushes next to Standard Hardware. Behind the wall where sub-contractors for projects on the cays wait on their morning ferries, the gar When visitors come to our island, they all go back with an impression. Hope Town or Man-O-War, for ex ample, is a fantastic memory of is land hospitality and friendship. Tidy, clean and well-kept too! The memory of Marsh Harbour is a lasting im age of walking and driving through a dirty and garbage ridden community, and we can be assured they tell their friends back home. How about we resurrect our sense solution to this problem? Sincerely yours, Randy Key

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian May 1, 2014 Back for Limited time onlyDon McKay Blvd Marsh Harbour Ph: 367-2615 The Byrle Patterson Memorial Garden, located on Hope Town's Back Street, near the Hope Town Harbour Lodge, had lain unnoticed by many for several years. However, that has all recently changed and the garden is now a beautifully landscaped retreat where one can enjoy sitting for some or wandering around the garden admiring all the interesting plants and plaques placed The Cays Hope Towns Byrle Patterson Memorial Garden memorializes history and loved ones in memory of many loved ones. The garden, which is situated on Crown Land on which once stood the old Commissioners House, was started several years ago by the McAleer fam ily who wanted to memorialize Byrle Patterson, who was one of the matriarchs of Hope Town. She is remembered as being a phenomenal lady who was always carry ing out good works amongst the people of the community and for the church and the museum. Mrs. Patterson died in 1981 at the McAleers, who also ran the museum for several years, put in plants which were donated and some benches. But once the McAleer family were no longer on Elbow Cay the garden became untended. Then came along a veritable dynamo from England named Cliona Bacon. Mrs. Bacon and her husband, Alan, purchased the house opposite the memorial garden and she was saddened to look out over this area and see how untended it had become. She therefore decided to ask if she could take care of the garden. Her desire was to transform this area into something of lasting beauty but want ed to do it properly so once the permit to go ahead was granted by the local author ity work began. The day Cliona started on the project still stands out very clearly in her mind; it was on Sunday, December 12, 2010 at precisely 7:30am. She had the help of a Haitian whom she said worked extremely hard and also help from Chris Thompson and his late wife Peggy. Since Mrs. Bacon is only here for a certain number of months out of the year, Louanne Judge, who is a professional garden designer, and Danny Trembley con tinue the work while she is away. "There was nothing there except weeds and no landscaping at all so I found some stones from the foundation of the old Commissioners house, marked out a design and with borrowed tools cut the stones into the shapes I needed to form small rebegan donating plants and I had lots of volunteers. It was a complete community effort and I like to think of it as their gar den," says Mrs. Bacon. Hope Town Landscape architect, Mi chael Myers, drew up plans for the gar den which he presented to Town Council. The Hope Town Association under the presidency of Dan McCully gave money to build an entrance arbour for which Pat McCully donated the wood. Hope Town Association gave money for Billy Gates to build the arbour which now stands as a beautiful entrance to the memorial garden with its name up above and two bench seats on either side. An attractive gazebo, which was donated by visitors from France, stands at the far end of the garden to provide a welcome shady spot in which to sit and enjoy the view. Also at the far end is an area which would lend itself very well to the formation of a small amphitheater so Cliona Bacon has this in mind for a perfect spot for wed ding ceremonies, christenings or theatrical performances. Once through the entrance arbour the Please see Garden Page 11 Above: Cliona Bacon (left) with Debbie Patterson (right) in front of the Byrle Patterson Memorial Garden. Above: the Memorial Gardens sculpture and plaques. Bronze plaques are being sold to raise money to repair the seawall.

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 Abaco Hardware The Cays site bronze sculpture of two seagulls by well-known bronze artist James Mastin. This sculpture is in honour of Byrle Patter son for whom the garden is named. A little further back is another bronze sculpture of dolphins believed to be by Pete Johnson of Little Harbour. The design of the garden is under stated and peaceful consisting of two cen side of the garden with casual plantings of very attractive native plants. Many of the plants are accompanied by eye-catching natural wood signs painted with a picture mation about the plants and their medicinal properties. These signs were all made and donated by two very artistic young ladies, Ellie Strube and Mary-Beth Hawes who are frequent visitors to Hope Town. The largest tree on property is a Mir acle Tree which was planted years ago by the community and is believed to heal 400 different ailments. Pathways lead from the arbour around the garden and each of the pathways is in laid with special paving stones from Florida which are beautifully inlaid with shells and sea glass. In the centre of each paving stone is an 8 x8 space prepared to hold a bronze plaque. Many of these spaces have family members and friends to memorial -Garden From Page 10 ize persons who have passed on. Mrs. Bacon emphasised that these plaques are in memory of loved ones who have already passed on and not for people who are still living. "I see this as a way of permanently linking people to this is land who have passed so that generations to come will come and sit by a plaque and feel the essence of the person memorial ized, she says and encourages persons to purchase plaques for their deceased loved ones. Information about all persons memo at the Wyannie Malone museum so that family members and friends can come and look up the records at any time. The sea wall which separates the property from the beach is in a very bad state of repair and is in fact very close to falling down. This sea wall provides a re tainer for the property protecting it from the ravages of the ocean. Quotes of up to $50,000 have been received for the repair of this sea wall and it is hoped that some monies can be raised from the selling of the memorial plaques but much more will be needed and so donations are being sought. Anyone wishing to donate may send a cheque made out to The Byrle Patterson Memorial Garden c/o Debbie Patterson, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas. More information may be obtained from Mrs. Pat terson at 366 0088 or by e-mailing her at quadrisonic@gmail.com. By Timothy Roberts Members of Green Turtle Cay Dis trict Council responded to a fellow council members criticisms of an ongoing beach restoration project stating that the facts dont bear out his position. In an article in the April 15, 2014 edition of The Abaconian council member Donnie Adderleys alleged that a project, featuring what he refers to as a bulk head built by a single homeowner on Gil lam Bay, has caused the loss of hundreds Green Turtle Council responds to Gillam Bay criticismof feet of beach on Gillam Bay in Green Turtle Cay. In addition, Mr. Adderley questioned whether such a bulkhead is permitted by law as well as making other claims and assertions. According to Kenvin Jones, member of the Council, said the project was ap proved by the council unanimously, and that Mr. Adderley was present at the time. The Abaconian was shown the plans with Above: Council Members voted unanimously to approve what Council Member Kenvin Please see Gillam Page 14

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 suit. Applauding this great move, Member of Parliament for North Abaco, Renardo Curry, was on hand on Friday, April 11 to commend the groups continuing work. Mr. Curry made a kind donation of gar dening tools to assist in the cleaning cam paign. The group will also be partnering with other persons in the community. Mr. Curry noted that programs like and indicated that this is what Urban Re newal 2.0 is all about not just small home repairs but also building relationships with the residents, as well as civic and private organizations to help the constituency grow. North Abaco Cleanliness From Page 7 Press Release Formed around concerns about un regulated development, Abaco Defenders took a step forward by asking an independent scientist to visit Sand Banks/Gunpow der Creek in Treasure Cay to verify the health of and life in the creek. According to a group representative, When work was done here by Treasure Sands, no environmental impact study was performed, so we, as a community, had no way of knowing how this creek would be affected, and what was in it to affect. Since the Government and the developer were not providing that information we decided to try and get it for ourselves. Zach Zuckerman, a researcher for the Cape Eleuthera Institute volunteered to come and do a quick survey of the creek area on Saturday, April 5th. Olivia Pat terson, the Program Coordinator from Friends of the Environment, joined him and a group from Treasure Cay to kayak and snorkel through the creeks. Together they found a creek teeming with life. He stated that as Sand Banks Creek contains dense turtle grass the area sup ports a high density of turtles. Throughout the day they saw at least 75-100 turtles of three species. There is a high density of sub-adult lemon sharks, as they were able to see more than 25 individuals ranging 3-6 feet in length. The creek boasts large areas of submerged mangrove prop roots, and a variety of habitat types, which is important to a healthy creek system. Particular areas contained dense mats of Laurencia algae, which are criti cal habitat for the juvenile Nassau grouper that were observed in ledge and grass to harvest-able size were present in rock ledges as well as ledges found beneath red mangrove roots. Medium to large mut ton and adult grey snapper were also in abundance, which are important mid-range predators to assist in keeping the system eco-tourism, were also found in healthy numbers. He stated that continued disturbance, from activities related to large scale development, may have a negative impact on species assemblage and abundances. If any works in and around the creek do take place he recommended an ongoing assess ment of species to provide data to moni tor the impact on continued health of the creek. That evening Mr. Zuckerman volunteered to host an educational session on the importance of mangroves based on the work that is taking place in Eleuthera. It was a well-attended session, people seemed interested to learn the role that mangroves play in protecting nearby land from storm surges and their importance as juvenile habitat for critical species like grouper and snapper. After the talk, the question and an swer session turned to the work that has been done in the area. Fiona Bootle from Abaco Defenders rose and spoke about the groups concerns that a full development proposal had not been provided for review. She added that local Councils are being asked to approve independent buildings without knowing story about the size and location of the development continues to change over time, community will be affected. Concerns about the increased poten the historical importance of the area as a portion of the Carleton landing site. They assured residents that they were not against the development, they just want to know what is it and how the community will be impacted before it moves forward. An area such as this, once damaged, takes a great deal of time and money to restore. Abaco Defenders explained that they are working to try and get those answers. They have become a community partner with Save The Bays, which is currently as sisting other local groups around the coun try in holding the Government accountable to their own laws when it comes to devel opment. Bootle encouraged people with con cerns to reach out to Abaco Defenders, as they are here to work with the community and protect the environment of the Baha mas, which is critical to the economy and quality of life in the country. Abaco Defenders survey Treasure Cay creeks HOPE TOWN HIDEAWAYS Inclusive of Chris Thompson Real Estate www.hopetown.com Specializing in Residential & Commercial Real Estate throughout The Abacos HOPE TOWN HIDEAWAYSCarolina Wind $2.875 M USD Also for Rent From $4,000/wk plus tax Always Wendy Starting at $4500/wk plus tax Cay Nous Starting at $2500/wk plus tax Abaco Vistas Starting at $4,500/wk plus tax Donald Seas $1.9 M USD Also for Rent From $2,500/wk plus tax Tahiti Sunset $1.026 M Also for Rent From $2,500/wk plus tax Ocean View Lot 1 $140,000 BSD Abaco Pineapple Beach $1.29 M USD Also for rent from $4,000/wk plus tax Guana Cay Lot 89 $675,000 NEW LISTING CHEC engages Mil North Abaco PortPress Release Chinese Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) has engaged the expertise Coastal Services Ltd. (CCS) as the $39 million project moves one step closer to ground breaking in North Abaco. review, comment, stamp and seal CHECs designs for the Abaco port to make sure all the drawings that are handed into the Ministry of Public Works will comply with all the local and relevant laws and codes. Principal of CHEC Bahamas Felix Chang said support from CCS will enhance the award-winning international engineer requirements for this port development. We are pleased to establish mutually Coastal Services, said Mr. Chang. We look forward to completing our project known for. Construction on the North Abaco Port Development is expected to be completed in roughly two years and is to be funded by the Export Import Bank of China and the government of The Bahamas. A minimum of one-third of the projects investment will be shared throughout the community directly and indirectly during the construc tion phase. We are excited about partnering with CHEC and assisting as we can, said CSS engineer Carlos Palacious. We are very familiar with the local environment, design recruitment and what is needed in terms of Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission practices for The Bahamas and for the region. Were excited to join up with the Chinese team from a design process point of view. Above: MP Curry (right) donating garden ing equipment to the group in Little Abaco.

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian May 1, 2014 NOW ONLINE ONE PRICE, MORE COVERAGE!! CLASSIFIEDS Honesty and Quality You Can Count OnBrandon Thompson Residential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyleSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsOffering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 By Mirella Santillo On April 12, the All Abaco Junkanoo Committee held a ceremony to acknowl edge the winners of the Junkanoo Love Rush Parade that took place on February 21 and 22 of this year. The ceremony was scheduled for late afternoon in the open courtyard at the Government Complex. However, it was moved under one of the porches since the weather was threatening to break. Many showed up and were welcomed by committee member: Wynsome Ferguson. The Junkanoo Committee members were all present as well as Junior and Se nior Junkanoo group leaders. The Director of Culture, Dr. Linda Moxey-Brown had traveled from Nassau to represent the Min istry of Youth, Sports and Culture. Senior Island Administrator Preston Cunningham, North Abaco Administrator Neil Campbell and South Abaco Administrator Lavawn Harris-Smith represented the different districts of the island. Moderated by the Grand Marshall, Central & All Abaco Junkanoo groups acknowledged during awards ceremonyMatthew Sawyer, the ceremony unfolded. The beginning of the ceremony was a re years of Junkanoo on Abaco and was nar rated by the Committee Chairman, Wil liam Tony Davis. Mr. Davis recognized the various people who contributed to the development of Junkanoo during that pe riod. This will be the last year for the pres ent committee to organize Junkanoo on Abaco, so the Chairman reminisced on the main events that happened over the years he was in charge, including the decision to hold the parade in February instead of December. He acknowledged the different groups who participated when the parade route was a very short onegroups from Spring City, Green Turtle Cay, Sandy Point, Dundas Town and Murphy Townwho all contributed to the growth of the parade. He also mentioned the schools which, this year, put on one of the best shows ever. This years parade was so successful that it prompted comments that the Abaco show was second only to Nassau. Addressing the new committee, Davis said You are receiving Junkanoo in the best of shape. Dr. Moxey-Brown conveyed the apologies of Minister Daniel Johnson who was unable to attend, and reiterated her pleasure to be on the island. Speaking on Junkanoo, she comment ed this is our culture, we should support I trust the ones taking over will also do a wonderful job. She mentioned that 85% of her budget goes to support Junkanoo. She congratulated the participants and concluded that she was looking forward to an even more fantastic parade next year. The trophies were handed out to the representatives of the different groups. third place in the primary school division and high school division for best banner, best choreography, best music, best cos tumes, best execution of theme and best group performance. The overall winner in the primary school category was Central Abaco Pri mary School, followed by Treasure Cay Primary School with Fox Town Primary in third place. Forest Heights Academy was the overall winner in the high school division for the third year in a row. Abaco Central High School placed second followed by Grand Cay All Age School in third place. Only two groups participated in the senior division. A check for $10,000.00 dollars was handed out to Mr. Colon Curry, leader of the Spring City Rockers. Mr. Arnold Newbold, the leader of the Green Turtle Cay Little Island Slam mers accepted a check for $ 7,000. Schools also received a monetary prize. The ceremony was appropriately fol lowed by a musical Junkanoo rush, led by members of the Abaco Central High School group. They were soon joined by other participants. Top Left: Director of Culture, Dr. Linda Colon Curry the Top: North Abaco Admin. Neil Campbell accepting the prize on be half of Grand Cay All Age School. Left: Arnold Newbold receives GTC Island Slammers prize from Dr. performance. in the high school division. This In September 2013, the US Coast Guard released photos and news of the heroic rescue of two Abaconian men stranded at sea for eight days. Comments on the Coast Guard Facebook page expressed skepticism on several levels. Some thought it impossible to survive that length of time without fresh water, not to mention constant exposure to the elements. Some questioned the origin of the men, thinking it more likely they were refugees. Others speculated on the contents of the small Sometimes truth is the most unbeliev able story of all.Survivors relive near-death experience in Drifting Hope spotted on their capsized boat. Their rescuers estimated they had only hours more to live had they not been found. Please see Drifting Page 17

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Marsh Harbour Pharmacy Mon-Sat: en-GB 8:30 6pm & en-GBSun:en-GB 9am-4pmen-GB Ph:en-GB 242-367-2544 en-GBFax: en-GB242-367-6544 Treasure Cay Pharmacy Mon-Sat: 9am 5pm Ph: 242-365-8061 Fax: 242-365-8062 Perscriptions Vitamins Supplements Glucose & Cholesterol Testing Health & Beauty Supplies Accepts all Major Insurance Plans Accepts National Prescription Drug Cards Accepts US Perscriptions Fast and reliable service! www.abacoislandpharmacy.com E-mail: abacoislanpharmacy@gmail.com Central & All Abaco Membership Drive encourages public to join Toastmasters club Toastmasters of the Abaco Lighthouse Beamers organized a membership drive on March 28 at Maxwells Supermarket. According to President Charmaine Bonaby, the four-hour membership drive was very successful with approximately 10 sign ups. We had magazines and other liter ature from Toastmasters on why to join, how Toastmasters helps, etc. We also had our newsletter available, she recalled. We let interested persons know when and where our club meets, [and we] also took their names and phone numbers for follow up. Bonaby was joined by the Lighthouse Beamers Vice President (VP) of Member ship Glender Knowles and VP of Public Relations, TM Syrena Hollingsworth. A membership drive was held almost three years ago, so this is the most recent membership drive and the second one to be held. Bonaby said that another membership will probably be held next year when the incoming executive board is established be cause the Toastmasters year ends on June 30. Abaco Lighthouse Beamers currently has 18 active members, and this year alone, four new members were voted in. They meet every second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Conch Inn. Heal Our Land positions itself to assist community Last month, Heal Our Land Founder Kathleen Knowles made an appeal to the Abaco community to assist with the construction of its Community Center, Juvenile and Counseling Center and Shelter for the Homeless. Heal Our Land Community and Social Center is an organization, which began offering assistance to individuals and fami lies in need on the island of Abaco in June 2001. Knowles explained that the center was established to respond to the loud cry for help from the hurting, the powerless and the destitute. Since [Heal Our Land] began its assistance, we have helped numerous in dividuals and families by providing rental assistance, funds for utility bills, medical assistance, foster homes for abused chil dren, jobs for unemployed individuals, shelter for the homeless, and distribution of food and clothing, Knowles expound ed. She added that Heal Our Land has been funded through gifts and donations resources from community-minded indi viduals. Presently, the main focus is now on the Youth Programme, which has three Getting Back to the Basics Programme, which will launch during May at the Heal Our Land Center located on Reckley Street, Murphy Town. The Sunday School Programme is a programme that will be held every Sun day from 3 p.m.-5p.m. and youths will be taught the Word of God and about values and discipline. The second arm is the Juvenile Cen ter that targets children/youth to realize their potential and to help rebuild their lives. Knowles said the programme will help them to discover who they are, and teach them to learn what they can become while instilling in them that they were born to be a winner. munity and inter-island competitions with children ages 4 to 17 year old and their parents and the community. We are now in the process of com pleting the Community Center in Murphy Town because the foundation has been completed. Help us to help save our youth be cause this is a project that will bring deliv erance, healing and restoration to all fami lies. Let us together make it happen as it is urgently needed, Knowles urged. Donations can be made to Heal Our Lands Royal Bank Marsh Harbour Ac count #3085. If you require additional information, please contact Kathleen Knowles at 554-8880; Churton Toote: 458-0320; Floyd Johnson: 359-6667; and Jerry Cornish: 475-5114. Short Read has published Drifting Hope, Stranded in Open Water, the true story of Mike Russell and Anthony Dougthe simple desire to stock his freezer and take him out in Anthonys brother-in-laws boat. Calm waters and a bright blue sky escorted them to Great Isaac Cay. They were dropping anchor when the violent storm attacked with no warn ing. Relentless waves sent the boat end over end, catapulting all of the provisions, life vests, gear and Mike into the raging waters. The squall stopped as quickly as it started and left the two men with only a Drifting Hope places the reader on the boat with Mike and Anthony as the dence in certain rescue to the kind of utter hopelessness that invites the ocean depths to swallow their misery. The harrowing ordeal proved to be the ultimate test of faith, strength and mental fortitude. Every spiritual, mental and emotional capacity was pushed to the breaking point. Days after search parties had been called off, a Texas cargo ship spotted the pair and radioed Coast Guard Sector Miami. It was Helicopter Rescue Swimmer, victims were dehydrated to the point of near-death. Stallings dropped from the MH-65 rescue chopper and swam toward the men for a situation and medical assessment. He pinched their skin as a test for dehydration. Hydrated skin returns to its natural state al most instantly, Mike and Anthony still had lumps where Stallings pinched them after the twenty-minute ride to Delray Medical Center. He believes they had only hours to live without rescue. Mere acquaintances prior to the fate ful trip, now Mike and Anthony talk each day. They relive the time spent adrift in open water in a way only the two of them can understand. They compare the healing progress of deep wounds, lingering feel ings of constant motion and the inability to sleep through the night. They talk about second chances, what they will do now with the new life theyve been given and what they will not do. Drifting Hope, Stranded in Open Water by S. Horton is available from Amazon, iBookstore and Nook.Drifting From Page 16 Above: Bahamian recording artist K.B. donates proceeds from his CD, K.B. and Friends, Volume #4, to support the environ Ferguson, the new President of the Board of Friends of the Environment accepted the for setting the bar high for entertainers to support the environment that supports all Bahamians. Press Release K.B.s music is based on the people and the beauty of The Bahamas. Now hes giving back to the environment that has given him the inspiration for so many of his hits by donating proceeds from his fourth K.B. and Friends Album to Friends of the Environment (FRIENDS), which provides environmental education through programs and works to preserve the envi ronment of Abaco by operating a number of grassroots conservation programs. when he performed at their annual Reef Ball fundraising event in early 2013. He says, I was impressed with how hard they were working and the difference they were making in Abaco. They are changing at titudes and getting the kids out into the en vironment. I wanted to support that work. I love the Bahamas, and we need our envi ronment to be healthy to keep our country K.B. gives back to the environmentEnds Abaco tour with donation Please see KB Page 20

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian May 1, 2014 and our economy healthy. Tripp titled Turn Her Loose and Let Her Go, the international sensation She Fat and his string of hits and successful albums that followed, K.B. has been a leader in the Bahamian music industry for some time. His efforts to include other Bahamian mu sicians in the opportunities that came his way continued as the artist grew as a writ er/producer. In addition to his own extensive discography, which includes hit albums Conch Juice, Island Boy, Bush Me chanic and Bahamian Culture; K.B. has also produced a number of K.B. and Friends compilation albums. Now K.B. is becoming a leader in bringing together the Bahamian entertain ment industry and groups that support the Bahamas environment. As a Board Mem ber for Save The Bays, K.B. took time out from his concerts in Abaco to stop by FRIENDS and deliver his donation to the new President of the Board of Directors of FRIENDS, Wynsome Ferguson. Ferguson, who is also the Director greatly appreciate K.B.s contribution and we are glad that he is setting a standard for entertainers to support the environment that inspires them and brings so much to our country. Central & All Abaco KB From Page 17 Approximately 200 animals were spayed and neutered during the Spay and Neuter Clinics held on April 25, 26 and 27. While a few of these were cats, the majority were dogs. This service was absolutely free and several community mem bers who could not otherwise afford the charge brought in their dogs. However, most of the animals were stray potcakes brought in by volunteers who spent the three days catching stray animals. Volunteers set traps and also went door-to-door and reported that they had a good response from owners. Once neutered these animals were then released. The areas focused on for this Clinic were Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town, Murphy Town, Central Pines and Spring City al Above: volunteers caring for dogs after their surgeries. though animals were also brought in from Bahama Palm Shores, Casuarina Point and Green Turtle Cay. The organizers were delighted to during this three day clinic. The clinics were held at Dr. Bailey's Island Veterinary Clinic whose premises were an absolute hive of activity during that time and three veterinarians worked tirelessly during those three days dealing with the many animals that were brought in. Dr. Bailey of Abaco, Dr. Dorsett of Nassau and Dr. Wildgoose of Grand Baha ma (who also brought in a tech) performed the surgeries. The organizers of the clinics are extremely grateful to Dr. Bailey whom they say is always willing to jump on board in opening his premises for these clinics and performing surgeries. The clinics were promoted by four animal rights groups, namely Friends of Abaco Animals, Abaco Shelter (formerly Pop's shelter, BAARK from Nassau and Royal Potcake Rescue which is based in Atlanta. Although spay and neuter clinics have been held on Abaco previously they were originally organized by BAARK from Nassau. This was the second spay and neuter clinic organized by an Abaco group, the year. A large band of volunteers helped on each of the days, working in the clinic dealing with the animals before and after their surgeries while others combed the neighbourhoods to bring in animals which needed neutering. Most of the volunteers were animal lovers from Abaco but they were also joined by three volunteers from Nassau and six from the Royal Potcake Rescue in Atlanta. Leisa Plummer, who spearheaded the organization of this three day clinic, stated her gratitude to these volunteers and also to the wonderful second-homeowners who had opened their homes to housing the volunteers. She also expressed thanks to the sponsors who had made these much-need ed spay and neuter clinics possible, namely Deans Shipping, Abaco Island Properties, Bahamasair, BNT, Chris Thompson Real Estate, Conch Inn, Golden Grouper, Hope Town Hideaways, Island Breezes Motel, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Schooner Bay Please see Spay Page 21

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 ABACO FREIGHT COURIER SERVICE Ocean & Air Walk-In & Special Handling 6671 W Indiantown Rd, Suite 50-453 Jupiter, Florida 33458 Ph: 561-689-1010 561-502-2632 nick@abacofreight.com Nick Mazzeo Two Locations to Better Serve You! Marsh Harbour Pharmacy Mon-Sat: en-GB 8:30 6pm & en-GBSun:en-GB 9am-4pmen-GB Ph:en-GB 242-367-2544 en-GBFax: en-GB242-367-6544 Treasure Cay Pharmacy Mon-Sat: 9am 5pm Ph: 242-365-8061 Fax: 242-365-8062 Perscriptions Vitamins Supplements Glucose & Cholesterol Testing Health & Beauty Supplies Accepts all Major Insurance Plans Accepts National Prescription Drug Cards Accepts US Perscriptions Fast and reliable service! www.abacoislandpharmacy.com E-mail: abacoislanpharmacy@gmail.com Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries & SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area WIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Frozen Meat Dry and Canned Goods Homemade Breads Central & All Abaco and members of the general public, also Maxwells and Abaco Groceries for the do nation of feeding supplies. The vets donated their time and skills for a very minimal charge. The group is hoping to hold two clinics a year and successive clinics will be concentrating on animals from areas of North Abaco and South Abaco. Mrs. Plummer stated that they very much need the support of dog and cat owners. The goal of the group is to now collect $10,000 to run the next spay and neuter clinic. They are urging the public to donate and anyone wishing to do so should send donations to the Abaco Shelter or Royal Potcake Rescue stipulating that they are for the spay and neuter clinic. These groups can be contacted on their websites or on their Facebook pages. Volunteers are also needed to assist at the Abaco Shelter (formerly Pops) either with caring for the dogs, donating food, transporting animals or fostering. Leisa Plummer states that there are on average 36 dogs in the shelter at any one time. There are not only puppies but also teen age' dogs and older ones all of which make great pets.Spay From Page 21 Above: Dr. Dorsett (From Nassau) operat ness Weekend was held on April 25, 26 and 27 at the Schooner Bay Village in South Abaco. Residents of Schooner Bay and visitors from Nassau and the United States indulged themselves in a weekend of pampering. Relaxing and healthful ac tivities included stretching and yoga on the beach at sunrise and sunset, delicious healthy meals, a healthy cooking demon stration, spa treatments and a guided tour with bird watching on coppice trails with Bahamas National Trust guide Marcus Davis. Yoga classes were led by Mrs. Elaine Pilon and spa treatments administered by Vanessa Lockhart and Shamir Armbrister. Spa treatments included pedicures and manicures, facials, regular massage and hot stones massage Clients were able to choose between two hand massage or four hand massage in which both therapists Spa and Wellness Weekend at pampers guests at Schooner Baywould work on the person at the same time doubling the therapeutic results. Delicious brunches were enjoyed in the beautiful picturesque beach setting in front of the cabana and on the Friday night a progressive dinner was held beginning with cocktails in one location and moving to various other spots within the village for each successive course. Despite the threat of bad weather for the weekend which prevented the arrival of some visitors from Nassau who were planning on travelling to Schooner Bay by boat, Ms. Jennifer Duncombe, Adminis trative Assistant/Sales Coordinator was and wellness weekend and stated that she is looking forward to many more which will be even bigger and better. has been times, purportedly about a year, when no doctor visited Moores Island. In recent times the doctor has only shown up every other month. Residents said there is a need for the doctor to come at least once a month but other believe it necessary for them to visit twice a month. Gaynell Rolle said that the government is looking to hire 30 doctors most of which will be sent to the out islands. It was also noted that the clinic building has outlived its ability to serve the needs of the community. The Nurse said that Moores Island deserves the same courtesy afforded to other settlements. The clinic also needs to be located on higher ground. The nurse also noted that blood work is challenging due to the lack of a regular has often had to pay out of pocket to have them shipped. on the island as residents have no means of Another resident noted that there is a growing stray dog population on the island and some persons have been harassed and attacked by them. Concerns were expressed about the sea wall that was damaged in Hurricane Sandy and that there is a lack of shelters when storms come through. People spoke up that they are fed up and tired and a constant chorus from the audience was that they dont care about us! Mr. Key noted that the majority of the issues Moores Island face came about due to lack of money and its isolation.Moores From Page 6

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian May 1, 2014 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise en-GBIsland-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 en-GBere & Back.....Againen-GBEFFECTIVE: March, 2014en-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 / 9:00am / 11:00pm / 12:15pm en-GB 4:00pm / 5:45pmen-GBMan-O-War to Marsh Harbour en-GB8:00am / 10:30am / 1:30pm /3:30pm / 5:00pmen-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 The Abaconian presentsIs the Airport Open Yet?Part IXNo.Why? Although government stated that they were eyeing the end of April for a possible soft opening for the Leonard M Thompson International Airport, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis revealed that the opening could be delayed as late as the end of May. The airport terminal, initially expected to open in October 2012, has seen a number of deadlines come and go for the last year and a half and this last delay leaves Abaco nians no less frustrated but unsurprised. On April 23 outside of the house of Assembly Mr. Davis told reporters that although most of the work at the airport was complete, the facility was not scheduled to open until sometime in May because of numerous factors. He said: Marsh Harbour airport is almost done and I think we are scheduled to open sometime in May. There were a lot of delays and a number of factors contributed to the delay. As I am currently advised, as I stand here it is still May. I dont know of the work (required) relates to the runway, the parking area and the other accom modations. (The) work required is to ensure the airport is as aesthetically functional (as possible). So yes, another missed deadline, but whos counting?Check Back Next Issue for Another Exciting Installment in: Is the Airport Open Yet? By Jim Albertson The 12th Annual Man-O-War Invi tational Offshore Fishing Tournament was held April 24th through the 26. Although the criteria for winning, the location, many same, each tournament is very different. Last year's weather was windy and the seas were rough. This year's weather was absolutely perfect all three days: blue skies and calm seas. Last year's winning Captain Jeffrey Albury. This year's winday of the tournament aboard the "Bimini Twist"/Captain Gene Crockett. The tournament base was Man-OWar Marina and the awards banquet was held at "Sea to Sea", the home of Scott and Judy Gregory, Man-O-War Cay. This year's winners were: Top Boat, Largest Dolphin "Bimini Twist", Captain Gene Crockett from Wachapreague, Virginia Tournament Grand Slam "Flying Tiger", Captian Buzzy Allen from Jack sonville, Florida Biggest Tuna "Bluebird", Captain Scott Gregory, Quincy, Florida Gone Fishin Man-O-War Invitational enjoys

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May 1, 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 Marsh Harbour 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 Sailboat Rentals . .......................... 577-0148 Quality Star Car Rentals . .................................... 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 Green Turtle Cay 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 Guana Cay Alburys Property Management, Cart Rentals . .. 365-5175 Dive Guana Boats, Golf Carts & Bikes . ................ 365-5178 Orchid Bay Cart rentals . ..................................... 365-5175 Lubbers Quarters Cruise Abaco . ............................................. 321-220-8796 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals .................................. 365-6502 Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals . ................................. 365-6024 Waterways Boat Rental . ................ 357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town 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 Treasure Cay Abaco Adventures Kayaks . ............................. 365-8749 Blue Marlin Golf Cart 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 Schooner Bay Ts Carts............................................................557-1015 DSB Bike Rentals...............................................376-9858 Bonefish Guides Visitors Guide Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper Marsh Harbour/Murphy/Dundas Abaco Pizza. . ................................ $ . .................. 367-4488 Anglers . ................................... $$$ . .................. 367-2158 Back 2 Da Island.........................$....................367-0150 Casiahs.......................................$................... 367-0514 Curly Tails . ............................... $$$ . .................. 367-4444 Foxies Pizza................................$................... 367-2058 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 Oasis ..........................................$$................. 699-4000 Rumrunners...............................$$.................. 367-0171 Snack Shack . ............................... $ . .................. 367-4005 Snappas . .................................... $$ . .................. 367-2278 Wallys . .................................... $$$ . .................. 367-2074 Hope Town 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 . .............................. $$ . .................. 366-0558 PapanastyBBQ...........................$$.................. 366-0654 Sea Spray . ............................... $$ . .................. 366-0065 Sugar Shack + . ............................ $ . .................. 366-0788 Little Harbour Petes Pub . .................................. $$ . .................. 577-5487 Lubbers Quarter Cracker Ps . ................................. $$ . .................. 366-3139 Man-O-War Islanders Seaside Rest . ................ $ . .................. 365-6380 Dockn Dine . ................................. $ . .................. 365-6139 Island Treats Snack Bar . ................ $ . .................. 365-6501 Guana Cay Bakers Bay Market Place . ...... $$$ . .................. 612-1021 Grabbers . ................................... $$ . .................. 365-5133 Nippers ..................................... $$ . ................. 365-5143 Orchid Bay . ............................... $$$ . .................. 365-5175 Treasure Cay Bahama Beach Club.................$$$...................365-8500 Coco Beach Bar & Grill. . .............. $$ . .................. 365-8470 Creative Hands Bakery.................$...................365-8153 Florences Cafe . ............................. $ . ................. .365-8185 Spinnaker Restaurant . ............. $$$ . .................. 365-8469 Touch of Class . ........................ $$$ . .................. 365-8195 Treasure Sands Club . ................ $$$ . ................. .365-9385 Green Turtle Cay 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 . $$ . ................. 365-4039 Plymouth Rock Cfe . .................... $$ . .................. 365-4234 Shorties Take-a-Way...................$$..................365-4342 Sundowners . .............................. $$ . ................ ..365-4060 The Wreaking Tree.....................$$...................365-5263 Sandy Point Nancys ...................................... $$ . .................. 366-4120 Schooner Bay The Blacky Lodge . .................. $$$ . .................. 376-0321 The Red Marlin Bistro...............$$....................426-5440 Judy Maes Kitchen....................$.....................475-7626 Beach Cabana Bar......................$.....................376-9858 Emergency Services Emergancy Medical Services (Ambulance) 367-2911 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 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 Medical Services Abaco Family Medicine, M.H . ...................................... 367-2295 Abaco Medi-Center, M.H.............................................367-9999 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic, M.H . ........................ 367-0020 Chiropractor-Dr. Lewis, M.H........................................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 Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Green Turtle CayBlu 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 CayTreasure Cay Marina........ . ..150......... . F............... . ..365-8250 Man-O-WarMan-O-War Marina . .......... 28 . ......... F . .................365-6008 Marsh HarbourBoat 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 TownHope Town Marina . ............ 62 . ............................ . 366-0003 Lighthouse Marina . .............. 6 . ......... F . ................366-0154 Sea Spray . .......................... 60 . ......... F . ................366-0065 South AbacoSchooner Bay . .................... 15 . ......... F . ................475-7626 Spanish CaySpanish Cay Marina . ........... 40 . ......... F . ................365-0083 Guana CayBakers 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 Airlines Serving Abaco Abaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is . ........................... 367-2266 New Smyrna Beah.......................1-386-478-0600 Miami . ..................................................... 367-2231 US Reservation..............................1-800-433-7300 Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud .............................367-2095 Craig Air Jacksonville...........................................................367-3522 Island Wings Ft. Lauderdale.....................................1-954-274-6214 Freeport ............................................................... 367-0446 Orlando, Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach . ............ 367-3415 US Reservation...................................1-800-231-0856 Nassau . ......................................................... 367-0996 Reservation.......................................1-242-377-8993 Nassau . ........................................................... 367-3722 Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida .........................................................367-1920 Taxi Cab Fares one or two passengers 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 Attractions 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.................................367-3067BeachesPocket 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 Miles of beach (most exposed to ocean) www.theabaconian.com Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay. F advised to contact the oce for the changes. Green Turtle Ferry Abaco Adventures Pinders Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Bahamas Ferries Winter Schedule only (Jan 3rd to Apr 15th, 2014) Dep Nassau 2 pm...Arrive S. Abaco 8 pm... Dep S. Abaco 9 pm. Arrive Freeport Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutesMarsh Harbour cont... Terrance Davis . .......... 375-8550 Buddy Pinder . ............ 366-2163 Justin Sands . ............. 359-6890 Danny Sawyer . .......... 367-3577 Jay Sawyer . ............... 367-3941 Abaco Lodge..............577-1747 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh . ... 477-5037 Edward Rolle . ............ 365-0024 Pedro Thurston . ......... 365-2405 Sandy Point Valantino Adderley . .... 366-4323 Anthony Bain . ............ 366-4107 Rickmons.........366-4139/4477 Petes Guest House...366-4119 Patrick Roberts..........366-4285 Treasure Cay Capt. Joe Pritchard . ... 559-9117 Carey McKenzie.........365-8313 Casaurina Point Junior Albury . ............... 366-3058 Cherokee Donnie Lowe................366-2275 Maxwell Sawyer............366-3058 Marty Sawyer . ............ ..366-2115 Randy Sawyer . ............ 366-2284 Will Sawyer . ................. 366-2177 Crossing Rocks Tony Russell . ............... 366-3259 Green Turtle Cay Rick Sawyer . ................ 365-4261 Ronnie Sawyer . ........... 357-6667 Hope Town Maitland Lowe . ............ 366-0234 Tom Albury . .................. 366-3141 Marsh Harbour Jody Albury . ................375-8068 Sidney Albury............... . 477-5996 Richard Albury . ............577-0313 Dental Services 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 Pharmacy Abaco Island Pharmacy, Marsh Harbour......................367-2544 Treasure Cay..........................365-8061 Chemist shoppe, Marsh Harbour.................................367-3106 Veterinary Caribbean Veterinary Centre, Marsh Harbour..............367-3551 Island Veterinary Clinic, Marsh Harbour......................367-0062 Everyone reads The AbaconianBring errors & revisions to our attention Revised April 2014All phones use area code 242 unless notedTours & Excursions . .......... ....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 Lucky Strike Hope Town.............................366-0101 Sea Gull Hope Town.................................366-0266 A Salt Weapon Hope Town........................366-0245 Down Deep...................................................366-3143 Local Boy......................................................366-0528 Back Breaker................................................365-5140Marsh Harbour: Abaco Beach Resort Snappas Grill & Chill Curlytails Mangoes Restaurant Hope Town: Abaco Inn Capn Jacks H.T. Harbour Lodge Sea Spray Wi-Fi HotspotsGreen Turle Cay: Sundowners McIntosh Restaurant Jolly Roger Bar & Bistro Leeward Yacht Club Bluff House Guana Cay: Guana Grabbers Nippers Bar & Grill M-O-W Cay: Man-O-War Marina Islanders Restaurant

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 22 NUMBER 09 May 1st, 2014 CARIFTA swimmer returns as heroHope Town School held a wine & cheese fundraiser on April 17. A fo cus of the fundraiser was the book the schoolchildren wrote and illustrated: Up Cycles to School. A great crowd turned out to the Hope Town Harbour Lodge to enjoy an evening browsing auction items, interacting with the stu dents and socializing over a glass of wine. A centerpiece of the evening was throughout the event as individuals and families put money towards art sup plies, playground equipment, musical instruments and many other supplies and necessary services. One of the big gest individual donations came from the Mack family, who funded a years worth of high speed internet for the school. The largest big ticket item that did not get funded that night was the set of twelve tablets priced at $500 a piece, or a total of $6,000. The school is still Throughout the evening students Hope Town School Wine & Cheese event raises fundsPlease see Wine Page 2 Above: a welcome home party at the airport for Abaco Swim Clubs Joshua Wong who competed with the Bahamas National Team at CARIFTA in Aruba. Thanks to the efforts of came out to a fundraiser for the school held at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge.

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian May 1, 2014 Abaco Real Estate proudly displayed their collective work. Up Cycles to School has been selling throughout Abaco and goes towards funding the public school. The books were, of course, on sale that night as well. Local artist, Atilla Festz, had on dis play shirts that featured artwork from the school students. In a unique style, the art depicted sharks, crabs, marlins and many other Bahamian animals. Proceeds from sale of the shirts went towards the school. The private room at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge provided a great venue for the event. Guests mingled between auction stations, the wine table and spoke to teach ers, students and volunteers. School & Youth News Wine From Page 1 Above: guests holding the students book, Up Cycles to School. Below: group hug. On April 12 Friends of the Man-OWar Swimmers held a luau cookout at the home of Dr. Leo & Charlotte Landhuis in Man-O-War. Guests at the event were treated to a Hawaiian themed afternoon complete with hula skirts and leis on the beach. Food was served and fresh coconut milk was on hand to wash it down. The event was organized to raise money for the swimmers and the swimming program on Man-O-War. Six children from Man-O-War have travelled and competed in national swim meets so far. A live and silent auction kept people busy as they tried to secure the best deals of the day. A limbo contest, best-dressed competition and live music kept everyone entertained. Organizer and coach, Amelia Putnam Sands, said to the crowd, The Man-OWar Swimmers would not exist without the help of everyone here. We have had so many generous sponsors and supporters. Our friends have provided their time, ideas, prizes, items for auction and so much more. Our parents have been cook ing, decorating and setting up this luau for all to enjoy. I have seen the most support for the Man-O-War Swimmers while plan ning this event. She also reminisced about the origins of organized swimming on the cay, Orga nized swimming started on MOW with our very own Arthur Eldon. He used to teach the kids in the harbour and Im happy to be involved in getting the kids back into the sport.Luau supports Man-O-War swimmersAbove: Coach Amelia Putnam Sands introduces some of the swimmers.

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian May 1, 2014 en-GBDr. Mitchell will be at Integrated Medical Centre on en-GB Thursday May 8, 2014 Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax : 366-2022Mon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm Sat 7:30am-7pmThe Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food Fair OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Sales, Rentals and Property Management ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: NEW LISTING!!! 1/4 acre waterfront lot on the Sea of Abaco high on a blu overlooking the Sea of Abaco and Munjack Cay. Stunning sunsets. $245,000.00. NEW LISTING!!!11,000 sq.ft.lot with good elevation just a short walk to Coco Bay Beach and a public dock. B$44,000.00. NEW LISTING!!! 10,868 sq, ft. lot in prime residential area near Coco Bay Beach. $42,000.00. NEW LISTING!!! Immaculate large three bedroom two bath furnished home with views of Black Sound and the Sea of Abaco. Central A/C. Short distance to town of New Plymouth and Long Bay Beach. B$395,000.00 SOLD!!! Hilltop commercial lot on entry road to settlement of New Plymouth.. Great Opportunity! Twin Palms oers two immaculate attached furnished waterfront townhouses on the Sea of Abaco. Each side mirrors the other with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. A/C throughout. Internet and satellite. 2 Kayaks. Mini putts. Newly built 60 dock accommodates 42 boat. .537 acres. Asking Price $1.65m.. JUST REDUCED!!! 9,600 sq.ft. lot just steps to the Atlantic Ocean Beach. Quiet residential area. B $55,000.00. BACK ON MARKET! 85 x 120 lot with start-up foundation. Less then 300 steps to the Atlantic Ocean Beach. A great buy at B$59,000.00. 20,000 sq.ft. parcel 125 from Long Bay Beach. Water view possible. Water and power accessible. B $195,000.00. PRICE REDUCTION!!! The Pink Pearl Completely re-furbished 115 year old historic wood building centrally located in the heart of New Plymouth. Commercial/or residential use. Excellent tenant in place .Short walk to Settlement Creek and ferry service. Parking area. B$169,900.00. The Golden Reef Large two story commercial building in the heart of historic New Plymouth. Shop/oce space on ground oor. Two furnished two bedroom one bath apartments on second oor with good rental history and sea views. Parking space. $550,000.00 Funeral Service for Leah Made line Pinder, age 60 years, of Marsh Harbour, Abaco, was held at The Grace was Pastor David Cartwright assisted by Kevin Sawyer. She is survived by her husband: Rob ert Noel Pinder; her children: Heather Samantha Sawyer and Robert Zach Pinder; two grandchildren: Samantha Noelle Sawyer and Alexander Clint Sawyer; sonin-law: Clint Hamilton Sawyer; sisters: Janice Burchards and Marsha Geraghty Starling; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; many dear close friends in Abaco and Nassau.Alma Albury (nicknamed Flash) born March 10th 1940, died on March 17th 2014 in Nassau after a long illness. He was born in Man-O-War Cay and resided in Treasure Cay since 1966. He left his wife Rosemary Albury and his chil dren Hank, Lounette, Roddy, Jed and their families, numerous relatives and friends to miss him. Thank you all for your prayers. Remembering Family and Friends Crime Report EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Marco Air Conditioning is accepting applications for: Point Of Sale/Oce Assistant. Applicants must be computer literate, have accounting skills, Procient in Excel and Word and ability to multi task a must. Interested persons can submit resume via fax: 367-3469, P.O. Box AB-20192 or drop o along with your contact number, references and police record. No telephone calls please. All Genders welcome. StealingAt 11:50am on Friday 25th April, 2014, a 56 year old male of Murphy Town reported that sometime between 4:00pm on 24th April, 2014 and 8:00am on 25th April, 2014, some unknown person/s entered a storage area and stole three (3) tires lice action requested. Investigation continues.ShopbreakingAt 8:55am on Tuesday 22nd April, 2014, a 29 year old male of Leisure Lee, Abaco & c/o a local provisioning company located in Marsh Harbour reported that sometime between 21/4/14 and 22/4/14, some unknown person/s entered his work place and stole an assortment of beers, juice and food. Police action requested. Investigation continues.Found DrugsAt 12:50am on 23rd April, 2014, tion found while on patrol a clear plastic bag containing suspected marijuana and reported while making a check of a local Club located in Dundas Town, Abaco.Tthe same was discovered on the inside. Investigation continues.Call 919 to report suspicious behaviour. Abaco Central High School wins the annual Mathematics and Science ContestBy Mirella Santillo A team of three grade 12 students from Abaco Central High School won the annual Mathematics and Science contest organized by the Department of Education. Conrad Cornish, Jessica Pierre and by a margin of 10 points in front of SC Bootle. Four high schoolsSt Francis de Sales, Agape Christian School, SC Bootle and Abaco Central High School participat ed in the three hour competition that was held on April 11 at Friendship Tabernacle. The contest was divided in two levels; questions in level I had to be answered within ten seconds; questions in level two had to be answered in thirty seconds. The subjects included algebra, variations, ge ometry, biology, botany, minerals and vitamins. The students explained that a speed run decided on the winners. They said that felt they were under pressure because of the time limit and thus committed a few mistakes that cost them points. They are still pleased with the results Bootle High School. School & Youth News Agape Christian School wins Primary Math and Science CompetitionBy Samantha Evans On Wednesday March 26, beginning at 10am, the Primary Mathematics and Science Competition was held at the Old Friendship Tabernacle Church in Dundas Town. Nine schools participated and had a team of three students to compete from Grades 4 to 6. The participating schools were: Amy Roberts, Agape Christian School, Angels Academy, Central Abaco Primary, Coopers Town Primary, Long Bay School, Hope Town School, Crossing Rocks Pri mary and St. Francis de Sales Catholic School. The students were asked to answer questions individually and as a team. All questions were from the Science and Math ematics Primary School Curriculum. The top three teams from this com petition were: Crossing Rocks Primary School in third place, Amy Roberts in second place and Agape Christian School Felemease Sawyer from the Department of Participants from the top three schools

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 School & Youth News By Samantha Evans On Wednesday evening April 2, 2014, the Kiwanis Club of Central Abaco the Key Club and K-kids and the Charter Ceremony for the K-kids. President of the Kiwanis Club of Abaco, Mr. William Davis, gave the highlights of the positive things the students have been doing such as community clean-ups. He is a product of Key Club so was able to assure the parents that it will build the moral and character of their children. Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis Bahamas, Christine King, brought brief remarks. She gave a brief history of the Kiwanis Club in The Bahamas and spoke of the social and leadership aspects of the youth arms of this association. Remarks were also given by Senior Island Admin istrator Preston Cunningham who com mended those who take the time to mentor youth and congratulated those youth who joined these clubs to make a difference in the communities where they live and go to school. The guest speaker was Renardo Curry, M.P. for North Abaco and Parliamen Minister. He began by commending the Kiwanis Club for mentoring Abaco youth and those across The Bahamas because and charters club on Abaco on April 2. they are the future. He encouraged the members to have a mindset of service and to remain humble when they are given opportunities to serve. He told the youth that there are three things he embraced since leaving high school. Firstly, they must be dedicated to their dreams and to themselves. Secondly, they must have integrity. They should not cheat on exams, take credit for the work of others, nor be dishonest in their business dealings. Finally, they must be prepared to work as a team. Teamwork is important if they are to success because they will need the expertise of others. Melford Clarke, Bahamas District Admin istrator, and the K-kids were presented with their charter by Stephen Brennen, Assistant K-kids District Administrator. President-Vinesha LaRose, Secretary-Jes sica Pierre, Treasurer-Kermeisha Curry, and Editor-Kelsey Burrows. The three di rectors are: Sondley Cajuste, Malesha Joseph, and Nagee Williams. The executive Saunders, Vice President-Jerry Laguerre, Secretary-Brenisha Davis, TreasurerAshanti Thompson and Editor-Kaithlyn Francis. The three directors from grades 4, 5, and 6 are: Nikia Ferguson, Lorvencia Orvil, and Arianna Cartwright. handbook. The world premiere of Every Child Counts documentary to be held in Nassau Press Release Every Child Counts, a pioneering special needs school in Abaco which refus es to leave any child behind, has become the subject of an international documen tary. partnered with Ryerson University after discovering a shared interest in the school. The three-year project chronicles the jour ney from typical island school to a beacon of hope for disabled children faced with limited educational options. As the name suggests, the school excludes no child beThe world premiere of the documen tary will take place in Nassau this Satur day, April 26 at 7pm at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and will be attend ed by the president of Ryerson. nadian television team who originally in tended to make a short fundraising video, but quickly realized that the inspirational story has a much broader appeal. The premiere coincides with recent efforts by the Bahamian government to pass legislation concerning disability is sues, in particular providing for the educa tional needs of special needs children. The school is hoping it will receive Please see Film Page 6

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian May 1, 2014 THE NEW GOVERNMENT COMPLEX TELEPHONE NUMBERS Administrators Oce..........................242-699-0000 Dept of Education.................................242-699-0016 Dept of Environmental Health............242-699-0032 Min of Finance/Business License..........242-699-0052 Dept of Immigration.............................242-699-0067 Magistrates Court................................242-699-0092 National Insurance Board.....................242-367-2639 Public Treasury.....................................242-367-2647 Dept of Social Services.........................242-699-0150 Ministry of Tourism.............................242-699-0152 Local Government Council.................242-699-0165 Auditor General Dept..........................242-699-0171 Bahamas Mortgage Corp.....................242-699-0177 Dept of Information Technology...........242-699-0182 Dept of Housing...................................242-699-0187 Dept of Labour.....................................242-699-0200 Dept of Marine Resources....................242-699-0202 Road Trac Dept.................................242-699-0217 Ministry of Youth Sports & Culture.....242-699-0228 Prime Ministers Oce........................242-699-0241 Passport Oce.....................................242-699-0244 FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE TO CUT OUT AND SAVE Above: His Excellency the Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes welcomes Grade 4, 5 and 6 students from Fox Town Primary School, Abaco to Government House on Monday, 6; Ms. Nadia McDermott, Grade 4 teacher; Ms. Claudette Adderley, Grade 3 teacher and a parent, Ms. Nicola Mills. (BIS PHOTO/Letisha Henderson) School & Youth News Fox Town Primary pays courtesy call to Governor Generalsome funding if the legislation passes. Currently, salary for only two teachers is pro vided by the government and all other costs must be covered by donations and modest tuition fees. on the schools founder, Lyn Major, who refuses to turn away any student, even if their parents can afford to pay nothing. The school costs around $400,000 a year to run. On Friday evening, the president of Ryerson, Sheldon Levy, will host a special reception at the British Colonial Hilton for members of the Bahamian educational community to tell them about the Ryerson Bahamas Project a scheme which to date has seen 40 Ryerson students volunteer at Every Child Counts. The academic placements run every spring for 5-9 weeks and see the students trained in disability teaching, curricula, Film From Page 5 and community organizational skills. They work directly in the classroom with the students, and also develop educational resources on topics such as human rights, disability awareness and anti-bullying pre sentations and materials. They also assist with the Special Olympics and other school activities and with the schools new vocational training and sales center. The Bahamas Project is expanding into a Ryerson University International Community Engagement credit course, beginning in February 15. All the course ac tivities are developed in collaboration with Every Child Counts. Saturdays premiere is being held under the patronage of Catholic Archbishop Patrick Pinder. Attendees will have a chance to meet and talk with the schools founder and some of its facilitators, includ ing producer Wendy Loten of Loten Media. By Mirella Santillo A group of forty six people from Grand Bahama, comprised of thirty six grade four students, Principal, teachers and parents came for a days visit to Abaco on April 16. The Principal of Walker Parker Pri-Freeport students visited Abaco on one-day excursionmary School in Freeport, Mrs. Jacqueline Pinder, accompanied by students, teachers and chaperons was picked up in Crown Haven from the early morning ferry from Grand Bahama by tour operator, Mrs. Please see Visit Page 7

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 VERTICAL CONSTRUCTION & PROJECT MANAGEMENT School & Youth News By Canishka Alexander On April 12, cadets enrolled in the Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corps of Abaco participated in a practical outdoor class room experience. According to Abacos BMCC Coordinator Glender Knowles, the cadets took part in a bridge familiarization and learned parts of the ship onboard the M/V Duke. Knowles thanked Captain Michael Bethel for granting permission to them for the tour, and applauded Captain Chu for his presentation. The cadets were also en gaged in a navigation exercise aboard Al bury's Ferry to Hope Town Harbour. This exercise included observation of navigation markers, headings, ranges, tides, wind direction, draft of the vessel and safety equipment on board the vessel, Knowles explained. Additionally, the Cadets were tested on the general rules of the road, and I thank Mr. Dennis Knowles and owners of Albury's Ferry for sponsor ing this event. Later, a brief lecture took place at the Marsh Harbour Port Administration tor, Marques Williams, who is a graduate of the prestigious SUNY Maritime. Wil liams spoke about the business side of the maritime industry. He also informed the cadets of the importance of the Internation al Maritime Organization (IMO), which is responsible for making up the rules that govern the industry. Finally, Knowles made an appeal to students interested in becoming cadets and looking forward to joining the Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corps, which is an afterschool program for students in Grade 10 to 12. Please contact Glender Knowles at 646-7072 or speak to your schools guidance counsellors for contact information. BMCC Cadets schooled on navigation by maritime professionalsAbove: BMCC Cadets standing alongside Abaco BMCC Coordinator Glender Knowles Every year, the Tribune newspaper organizes an Easter Basket Colouring Competition from Marsh Harbour and two of them placed in the six to seven year-old category. Grace Ann Bethel and Faith Francis placed second and third, respectively. This was The photo shows Grace Ann and Faith Francis along with Joshua Bethel, Kaitlyn Francis and Laila Parotti, who placed at the local level. Abaco children place second, third in Tribunes Easter Colouring Competition By Samantha Evans Crossing Rocks Primary School along with the Crossing Rocks community Walk on 15th March, 2014. The walk be gan at the St. Marks Baptist Church at 8 a.m. In attendance were District Superintendent Dr. Lenora J. Black and Admin istrator for South Abaco Lavon HarrisSmith. Ms. Smith gave a brief history about the One Bahamas Unity Walk. Dr. Lenora Black gave well wishes to all par ticipants and expressed her gratitude to all in attendance. Participants walked for one mile through the community. The walk concluded at the bus stop where Administrator Smith conducted cool down exercises. The walk was coordinated by Principal Mrs. Simone Pinder who thanked all supporters and encouraged them to invite more community members for next years walk.Crossing Rocks Primary School held One Bahamas Unity WalkGlender Knowles. Driving from Crown Haven after a breakfast stop, they headed to the Green Turtle Cay ferry dock where they boarding the ferry at 11:30. On Green Turtle Cay, they visited the Albert Lowe Museum and the Memorial Sculpture Garden, before settling for lunch at the Wrecking Tree. Back to the main island on the 3:00 pm ferry, they were driven to the famous Treasure Cay beach to enjoy a few mo ments of sand and sea near the Coco Bar.Visit From Page 6 For Mrs. Pinder, it was an amazing trip. The Principal said it was an educa tional, exciting, engaging trip, a thrilling experience outside the classroom. It was dren. Some of them had never been out of Grand Bahama. For Anastasia Clarke, a grade 4 teacher, the trip to Treasure Cay was es pecially enjoyable. The ferry ride was also fun. I loved Treasure Cay, she said. Mrs. Knowles had planned for the group to stop for pies in Coopers Town, before taking the visitors back to Crown Haven to catch the afternoon ferry back to Grand Bahama.

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian May 1, 2014 Above: On April 5, the Scotia Defenders held a beach volleyball tournament in Nasand eight men teams. Shakera Cooper (l) and Lakeshia Albury (r), who are both from Abaco, placed second in the women's category. Margaret Albury (pictured in the middle) assisted in distributing trophies and cash prizes. SportsAbaco girls place in beach volleyball tournament By Mirella Santillo An annual soccer competition be tween Abaco Central High School and SC Bootle High School took place over two days on April 8 and April 15 at the Murphy The outcome was a victory for the Abaco Central High School Marlins who won two games by two goals to one (2-1) against their long-time rivals, the SC Bootle Dynamic Dolphins. petitions started between the two schools that ACH won, explained Coach Christine Jenoure. She added that Loudjino Box was the MVP for ACH together with a few other students who contributed to the victory. The best players for the Marlins were Emmanuel Lor Fils, Woodly Jean, Relle -Plench Pharisien, Carry Jean-Louis, Johnson Jean and Loudjino Box. Abaco Central High School wins soccer competition over rival SC Bootle High Bootle. Sherwood Simms Basketball Tournament competitionBy Mirella Santillo The Sherwood Simms Basketball Tournament, which started on March 20, culminated in three championship games played on April 12. The Abaco Central High School Marlins won the under-15 championship over the Zion Knights 23 to 15 and beat Change Ministries team in a very heated game that went into over time, 34 to 30 In the under-13 category, the cham pionship game went to Change Ministries team who beat the Zion Knights 23 to 15. The Marlins had defeated the Youth In Action team in the under-15 category, 35 to 19 during the play-off the previous day, qualifying for the championship. Also in the under-15 category, the Zion Knights had defeated Randy Davis Change Ministries team 20 to 18 in a well matched game. In the third play-off game, Abaco Central High Schools Marlins under-19 defeated Pastor Emmet Archers Youth Ministries team 30 to 22 In the fourth game, a strong Change Ministries team, which included some of Please See Simms Page 9

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 the Eagles best players (Agape Christian Schools team) won over the Zion Knights 38 to 21. The last play-off game in the open category ended up with another victory for Change Ministries against the Knights 41 to 27. The Eagles Coaches, Mr. Wayde Adderley and Mr. Godfrey Rolle Sr at tended the games as spectators. It was to be the Marlins against Change Ministries in the championship. The under-13 game featuring Central Abaco Primary School against the Zion Knights was cancelled as the young children had participated in a two-day InterSchool Sports event and were too tired to attend. During the Friday games the Marlins quarter, closing at 13 to 2 at half time. They allowed Change Ministries to equal ize with a tie of 22 points each. The refer SportsSimms From Page8 ees decided on a 3 minute overtime which still ended in a tie. The teams were then given four shots each which decided on the outcome as the Marlins did not miss a shot. In the under-13 age group, Treshawn Swain with Change Ministries was voted the best player. In the under-15, Wesley Romanville was the MVP for the Marlins. Edwood Stuart also from ACH was the MVP in the under-19 category. Godfrey Rolle was the MVP for Change Ministries in the open-age group. Shantel Penn coaches the under-15 Marlins while the Principal, Ricardo Ferguson, takes care of the older boys. They will be traveling to Bimini to participate in a tournament after Easter. Randy Davis is the coach for all the Change Ministries teams while Pastor Emmett Archer coaches the Youth Minis tries teams; Stretch Morley still coaches Youth in Action and Nelson Carol coaches the Zion Knights. Gilbert Davis, Christopher Smith and Ishmael Morley acted as referees since the beginning of the tournament. All the games took place at the Zions Cathedral Basket ball court. The second annual Church League Summer Basketball program will start in May after examinations have ended. Above: the ACH championship senior boy team.

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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian May 1, 2014 Royal Harbour Village Suite 102A Marsh Harbour, Abaco (Next to Abaco Gold) Dr. Barry Russell Orthodontist Will be in oce Monday May 12 th Ph: 242-367-0164 E-mail: AbacoDentalAssociates@gmail.com Serving a Variety of Fine Cuisine Bahamian American International In a Charming Island Atmosphere CongratulationsTo Brandon Sawyer For completing the Professional Pilot Program Which included a Commercial Helicopter License Instrument Rating & Instructor Love, Mom & Dad We are so proud of you! Overview Provided by Nassau Guardian, Individual Stories by Timothy Roberts The Bahamas Swim Team made his tory after winning the 2014 CARIFTA time since the event began. It took four grueling days of compe tition to get it done, but, at the end of it all, the 36-member Bahamian swim team emerged victorious over 20 other countries swimming title. The win comes on the just a few days earlier. Since the coming together of the young but talented squad, there have been a lot of high hopes and expectations. Head leading up to the event. He often spoke about the strength and depth of the squad and its ability to do something special. with 736.50 points, more than 100 points country, Aruba, scored 618 points, and third, with 540 points. The Bahamas also 55 total medals 23 gold, 22 silver and 10 bronze. Aruba was next with 51 total med als 16, gold, 16 silver and 19 bronze, and Trinidad & Tobago was third on the medal chart with 34 total medals 16 gold, 11 silver and seven bronze. This year served somewhat as a year of redemption for Team Bahamas, after 10 years. Joanna Evans and Margaret Albury Higgs were expected to be key contributors for the team, and they did not disappoint. ners in their respective divisions. Albury Higgs captured the 13-14 girls division with 78 total points, more than twice as much as the next highest scorer, Lesy Celini of Guadeloupe, with 35 points. Evans also took her age division quite convincingly. She won the 15-17 girls di vision with 70 points. Daniella Van den SportsBerg, of Aruba, was the next highest scor er, with 41 total points. The Bahamas won 16 medals on the to 55. Albury Higgs was very impressive as she dominated the 13-14 girls 200 me ters (m) individual medley (IM), as well as 100m freestyle. Dustin Tynes was also impressive. breaststroke in a CARIFTA record time of in the 15-17 girls 50m breast, and Samuel Gibson took the gold in the 11-12 boys The 11-12 boys won the 400m med ley relay in 4:33.43, almost 10 seconds The team consisted of Peter Morley, Izaak Bastian, Darren Laing and Samuel Gibson. boys 50m breast. The open water division was added to the competition this year. It has not been one of the countrys main focus over the years, but even so, Evans managed to win gold in the 15-17 5k open water swim race, an event that Coach Knowles feels needs more focus.Joshua WongAbove: Joshua with his parents Kristi and Jeremy Wong. Joshua Wong made a strong showing to make an even bigger impact for Team Bahamas at CISC in the summer. He competed well in every race he entered and missed earning three medals in three events by a combined total of .86 sec onds. At the end of the competition Joshua placed fourth in the 100 and 200 meter Breaststroke and seventh in the 50 meter of the 400 meter Medley Relay team. He said I really didnt know what to adjusted to everything it got easier. Like Joshua said that CARIFTA was a real eye-opener for him with the level of competition there. It was one race after another; it was really fast. I didnt expect it to be that fast, he said. This is what I was training for, Joshua said. You really have to work hard to get on the team and I am really proud of myself for making it there. He said he is also happy that he dropped time in all of his races which was one of his biggest goals. He said Its a really good feeling to know that Im a part of that team (that won Miller AlburyAbove: Miller Albury swimming in Aruba. Miller Albury said he was proud to be a part of the Bahamas National CARIFTA Swim Team, making history for The Bahamas in Aruba. Although this was his third appearance at CARIFTA, this one was "Special", as the team came away with Please See CARIFTA Page 11 Above: Joshua was greeted by a large crowd when he returned from CARIFTA, including Abaco Swim Club coaches. Left to right: Brenda Sawyer, Chris Higgs, Joshua Wong, Sara Knowles and Laurence Higgs.

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 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 10 & 11 Sportshistory of the competition. Miller made his contribution swim of those events, with personal best times in 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle and "It was a tough meet for me, espe cially in backstroke, with strong competi deciding winners and losers", Miller said, one-one-hundredth of a second. However, Miller said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience adding that these are "some of the best memories of my life. I was happy to be a part of this experi ence and love this entire team with all my heart". Miller missed the welcome home both in Nassau and in Abaco as he and other teammates returned directly to school in the US. He says he will now set his sights on The RBC National Swimming competition in June and hopes to attend the CICS swimming competition in Barbados in July.Lily HiggsAttending her second CARIFTA event Lily Higgs said that this years expe in more focused and in much better shape. Even though I was at the younger end of the age group, I was still determined to get on the podium and I achieved my goal with CARIFTA From Page 10 a bronze in the 200 meter Individual Med ley! she said. She said It was great to see all the friends from other countries around the Caribbean, and I met knew ones this year. She said she looks forward to repre senting the Bahamas again in Barbados for July. in the 400 meter Individual Medley, sixth place in the 5K open water swim and eighth place in the 800 meter freestyle with personal best times in every race.Margaret Albury HiggsCompeting in her fourth CARIFTA, Margaret Albury Higgs continues to make her country proud, including a record breaking performance. "Since I was entered this year under converted (short course) times, it was not a sure thing that I would win even the races others. When I broke the record for the 100 Breast, it was a great feeling, she said. And I am so proud to be a part of the as well. She said she has been working hard training, and is very pleased with her re the 200, 100 and 50 meter breaststroke, and 400 and 200 meter individual medley. She earned four silver medals in the 800, 400 and 200 meter freestyle and 200 meter the 5K open water swim. Albury set a new CARIFTA record in the 100 meter breaststroke with a time of 1:14.91, and was the High Point winner for her age group with 82 total points. Above: Albury (left) and Lily (right) with their father Chris Higgs.

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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian May 1, 2014 Abaco Marine Props Propellers Reconditioned & RehubbedBrass Stainless Aluminum Sandblasting & Marine Grade Welding on Stainless & Aluminum Across the Street from Abaco Outboards Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-4276 Fax: 242-367-4259 Certied Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas For more info Visit www.epyontech.org 242 .367.1329 Abacos Technology SuperStore Man-O-War Primary conducts Call to Action Day to raise awarenessBy Kellie Janes Man-O-War Primary's Eco Club 'God's Gardeners' Call to Action Day was held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The Club members had been busy planning long before this day. The eco committee decided about climate change by surveying adults in the community. The students wrote the survey with questions that would help them determine the level of knowledge on the topic of climate change and carbon footprints. After surveying 48 residents, the grade six students made graphs showing the results. The graphs showed that most of the adults surveyed knew very little about global climate change. The students de cided that it was very important to inform the community about simple steps they can take to reduce co2 gas emissions. The aim was to get the residents of the community to make some simple life style changes to reduce the carbon footprint of the island. The committee chose three members to write a play for the school to perform. The play featured a mad scientist, Walter. (played by Nathan Sweeting) and his as sistant the lovely Luna (played by Aaliyah Roberts). Walter was trying to make a potion to stop Global Warming. He traveled the Globe speaking with a Canadian, a Russian, an Australian, a Jamaican, and change. As a result of their travels the mad scientist Walter realizes that the warming atmosphere is making changes worldwide. He sees that his potion won't work but some simple actions taken by all of us will help reduce co2 emissions. The lower primary students were in charge of asking the audience to make some pledges to take steps that result in smaller carbon footprints. Pledges were: -To walk or ride bikes more often. -Use the sun to dry laundry when possible. -Always take a reusable bag to the grocery store. -Change lights at home to use com Turn off lights and/or unplug electri cal gadgets when not in use. School & Youth News The students made small laminated signs to place at key locations to remind people of the pledges they were making. These were given to those who attended the play. These small reminders will help those in the audience remember to take their reusable bags to the grocery store, use their laundry line and join the students on walking-Wednesdays. The Eco Club was delighted by the turn out on Tuesday evening. Many friends came to New Life Bible Chapel for the play. Man-O-War Grocery Store has joined our initiative and will be offering their customers a discount each time they remember to bring their reusable bags for a purchase. The students will be taking a follow up survey when they return after Easter break. This will help them determine if the residents who attended the play have been successful in making these simple life style changes. acter Matters which used a collection of classic fairytale stories to show why good character is important. The play was also part of an appeal to assist in raising funds for Agape entertains with school play CAPS wins Grades 5 and 6 General Knowledge CompetitionBy Samantha Evans On Wednesday April 9, 2014, the Grades 5 and 6 General Knowledge Com petition was held at the Old Friendship Tabernacle Church in Dundas Town. The competition began at 10 am with six schools participating. The schools were: Amy Roberts, An gels Academy, Agape Christian School, Hope Town School, Central Abaco Pri mary, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School and Man-O-War. The students received three rounds team questions. The questions came from four categories including Language Arts, Family Life, Social Studies and Religious Knowledge. At the end of the competition, the top three schools were: in third place Long Bay School with 60 points, in second place Man-O-War All Aged School with 70 points and the winning school with perfect scores was Central Abaco Primary School with 95 points. Each member of the winning team was presented with a trophy and By Samantha Evans On a cool spring, Sunday afternoon on April 13, the Spring Lenten Tea Party was held at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church Hall on Don Mackay Blvd. The event began at 4pm at which time the judg es began viewing the displays for the Eas ter Bonnet Competition, the Table Deco rating Competition and the Fan Decorating Competition. Each category was judged based on Originality, Creativity, Execution of Theme, and Presentation. Once the judges were done, the per formances started. Many churches took part in this Lenten Tea Party, with per formances ranging from singing to danc ing to chorale reading to modeling. The guest performers were the Culture Club of Central Abaco Primary School, the Choir from Marsh Harbour Seventh Day Adventist Church, Dancers from St. Mar tins Church, models from K-kids, songs by Tanna Newbold and Akeem Adderley, a dance by St. Andrews Angels, and models from St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. Once the performances were done, the judges announced the winners in each category. The winner of the Fan Decorat ing Competition was Monica Adderley. The winner of the Table Decorating Com petition was Central Abaco Primary School K-kids. Finally, the winner of the Easter Bonnet Competition was Evelyn Smith. All participants were presented with was acting Rector for the host church Mrs. Angela Palacious. This event was hosted by the Anglican Church Women (ACW) where the coordinator for the second year was Kayla Wallace. Spring Tea Party held at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church Team from SCAN Bahamas visits Abaco public schools to discuss abuseen By Samantha Evans During the third week of March, a team of three representatives from the SCAN Team in New Providence vis ited the island of Abaco. While visiting schools, they shared pertinent information with teachers and students. They enlight ened students about the various types of child abuse such as physical, emotional, neglect, and sexual. Several demonstrations were conducted and a moment of question/answer period was held. At smaller schools like James A. Pinder, students were also allowed to speak with the team individually in the presence of the principal. They also highlighted some matters of concern which were noted. Overall, both teachers and students found the presentation interesting, informative and rewarding. The presentation was made to students from Grades 4 and over.

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 Across 3. ELEUTHERA Home of the Glass Window Bridge 6. ALEXANDRIA Abaco ruins near Hole in the Wall on Soldier Road 10. MANGROVE Fish nursery 11. BEAR Grizzly, Black, Brown, Etc 12. WHITE Sound shared by Elbow Cay and Green Turtle Cay 14. KEYS Open doors 16. OYSTERS Tasty bivalves 19. COCONUT Filled with jelly and water 21. LIGHTHOUSE Candy striped in Hope Town Across 4. Island community off of Sandy Point 6. Beautiful, Invasive Species 11. Light W ind 12. Fix 14. Filtered through grounds 15. Heavenly Host 16. Edible part of the coconut 1. Virgin cooking oil 2. Location of 2014 CARIFTA 4. Controls the tides, romantic 5. This Haven far north. 6. Bahamian rock 7. Autumn 8. Assistance 10. 212 Degrees Fahrenheit 13. Before the present 1. HAULING 2. RELAX Many come to The Bahamas to do this 4. TURTLE Feed on sea grass, protective shell 5. STARFISH Common echinoderm 7. FATE Destiny 8. LEATHER Animal hide 9. FLAMINGO National bird 12. WHALES Dolphins larger cousins 13. MARSH This Harbour is Abacos capitol. 15. SAILING Sport using wind 17. RAY Manta, eagle, etc. 18. KNOTS Stomaches and rope can both be tied in _______ 20. TOY Play thingApril 15 Answers

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Be Ready for the Hurricane Season FOR FREE ESTIMATE CONTACT Ph: 561-756-3020 Fax: 954-697-0309 gmdesignbuilding@gmail.com Installation Available by Local Bahamian Craftsmen Impact Hurricane Windows & Doors RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Minimum for 3 lines of info $10 per issue Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color highlight on word ing, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242367-3677 Email: abaconianHouses and Land For Rent and For Sale The New Plymouth Inn, Located in historic New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay. The inn features quiet Colonial charm with 11 guest rooms, 50 seat restaurant and bar, garden and porate retreat, school for art, culinary, ocean research, sailing or family home. Designated historic landmark, circa 1820. Tax exempt. For sale by the owner of forty years. Priced to sell! Call 1-242-365-4138 or 242-559-9104. PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALEMarsh Harbour, Government Sub, For sale by owner Duplex located in. Large corner lot of land. Can easily be converted into 4 bedroom, 2 bath house. $325,000 Net. Phone 242-342-5066/357-0386 Hope Town, 18,850 sq.ft property situated at the end of Nigh Creek, running from Nigh creek to the back creek. Close to town $200K, negotiable. Call Basil Russell 393-3604 or 423-0044 Great Cistern, 3 bed, 2 bath with view across Sea of Abaco, access to sea, turn key, all you need it your tooth brush. $1500/month. Call 554-9872 Guana Executive Rental, 2 bedroom, fully quipped and furnished. $1300, includes cable. Call 904-982-2762 Marsh Harbour, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, water included, $1100/mo. Call Mrs. Green at 367-2660 Marsh Harbour, Regattas, 2 bed condo overlooking pool with tennis courts & beach access. $1500/mo. Contact Fran 458-3682 or e-mail jadeonthebrain@yahoo.com Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores Cozy island home, 3 br/2 bath, 1500sf fully furnished bring your clothes, master suite w/king bed, waterviews, pool, family area, avail June 1st. Non-smoking home, short or long term lease $2000 monthly plus utilities 561-694-0443 Paradise Island / House for rent has 3 bed 2 bath / fully furnished / all appliances / living/ dining/ den/ large rooms / patio / washer, dry er. Available immediately; $2,250 per month; call 426-1158 or email : realestatedirector@ gmail.com Get ResultsAdvertise with a Classified TODAY School & Youth News Bakers Bay extends sports program to wider communityBy Samantha Evans Bakers Bay Club launched its Com munity Footprints Program this year as a means of giving back. This program was started for Guana Cay children but has now been extended to other schools. Mr. Robert Bobbie Russell, Sports professional at the resort, recently took some students from James A Pinder School to teach them tennis and golf. He is pleased that this program started which exposes students to many new sports and opportunities in this area. He stated that the program is still small but he is looking forward to it being offered to more schools in the near future. He added that through his employment at Bakers Bay, he has been able to offer tennis classes to stu dents on mainland Marsh Harbour as a way of him giving back and sharing his talent with the community youth. He reached out to the MP for North Abaco, Renardo Curry, who sponsored three months of lessons for the students he already had enrolled. After those three month had expired, Mr. Russell matched those three months to assist the youth. Mr. Russell stated that he is very pleased with the performance of the youth in the program. He noted that Rhonda Hull is the sponsor of the program being offered at James A. Pinder which has been running for 10 weeks now. The program is offered during the school day and caters to twentyThe program is very successful as the students can tell the different tennis posi tions and movements of tennis. He said that he told the students that they do not know who will see them when they play and give them a scholarship. He added that it is because of scholarships that he and Golf Pro Rachel Riley went off to college and can now teach the sport. He noted that he and Rachel will soon start their school visits to tell about the opportu nities in sports. He encourages students to join the Bahamas Golf Federation Junior Division so that they can make the team and com pete for the Bahamas. Rachel Riley is the Chairman of the Junior Federation. To learn more they can email: rriley@bakers bayclub.com or funbobrussell@bakersbay club.com.

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 SERVICES VEHICLES FOR SALE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EQUIPMENT FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Items for Sale, Employment, Services, Cars & Boats BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Get ResultsAdvertise with a Classified Minimum for 3 lines of info $10 per issue Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color highlight on word ing, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242367-3677 Email: abaconian19 2003 Spanish Wells Hull, 200 HP Yama ha 800 hrs, Bimini top, dive compressor, GPS $25,000. Call 359-6574 20 2011 Albury Brothers, Yamaha 150 4-Stroke (JUST 12 HOURS!) Extended engine warranty until august, 2016 Furuno GPS / Radar / Sonar Combo Unit, ICOM VHF w/ antenna fresh water washdown, dual batter ies, battery charger, Lenco trim tabs w/ trim $59,900. Contact: Chris 772.528.0840 Located: Southeast Florida 25 Irwin Sailboat Free Willy 15 hp HON DA outboard, needs TLC but is a great shal low draft sailboat. Can be seen in Great Guana Cay harbor. Bahamian registered and DUTY PAID! Contact Troy at Dive Guana 365 5178 26 Florida Marine, with twin 200HP, 2-stroke Yamaha outboards, new Garmin mini top, VHF, 1 downrigger, 2 outriggers, $19,000. Reduced to $15,000. DUTY PAID. Call 366-0154 or email: robertauger@msn. com 9 Fiberglass Dinghy, Hope Town $350. Please call 242.366.0635 13 Boston Whaler, new bottom paint, new Hull Sides Paint, New Rubrail. Dry Hull, Very nice Whaler in Excellent Condition. No En gine. $1,800. Call 366 3137 17 Offshore, 85 HP Yamaha in superb condi tion, low hours, 2013 Garmin 421s,Aluminum trailer, Priced to sell at $6,000 OBO. Call 3674760 19 Cornish Shrimper, UK boat, Classic sail boat moored at TC. Gaff rig with wood mast, boom, and bow sprit. Finished wood interior in Retractable centerboard (1 ft. to 4 ft.) Sleeps 2. Overnight cruiser or day sailor. Main, Jib and Covers. Sold separately trailer and motor. Collector quality. Turn heads with this rare beauty.242 $17,000 US, 365 8128 poppywf@ yahoo.com ask for Terry Fletcher 27, Center Console,Very Rare 2011 Albury Brothers, fully loaded, twin Yamaha 250 4-Strokes (87 Hours), extended engine warranty until 8/16/2016, Furuno Electronics (12 & 8 color monitors), Furuno 72 NM Radar Sinrad auto pilot, brand new (3) Odyssey Bat teries, Taco 18 outriggers, LED lighting, leaning post w/ 30 Gallon Livewell, full can vas console & seat covers, numerous tackle storage. Owners declining health forces sale! $149,900 OBO / Trade. Delivery to Bahamas Possible. Contact: Chris 772.528.0840, fram bes.chris@gmail.com. Located: South Florida. More pictures available upon request. 29 Blackfin, Twin 250 HP Saltwater Series Yamahas. Duel control steering. Perfect for 577-5000 38 Chug Echo designed by Dudley Dix (few made), steel hull, aluminum superstructure, Lehman 120 diesel, Garman GPS maps, radar, sonar, 2 heaters, A/C, fuel polisher, 120 gal diesel, 40 gal water, propane stove, electric refrigerator, microwave, refrigerator. DUTY PAID and registered MOW. Asking $65K. Needs TLC Inquiries. May contact owner at john.long50@gmail.com 44 Thompson Trawler, double cabin, twin diesels, generator, inverter, dual a/c, well $43000. 727 543 3346, sailbum56@aol.com US TAXATION FOR DUAL CITIZENS: Tax Return Preparation & Consulting, Quick books and Business Accounting. Florida Contact: Scott Williams, CPA at 954-419-1000 Scott@JDGilbert.com and www.jdgilbert.com 1999 Chrysler Minivan excellent condition, 70,000 miles,Plates good thru 4/2015. Priced to sell at $5,000 OBO. Call 367 Club Cart, Golf Cart, 2-seater, gas, carryall, Good Condition. Call 365-6502 or 475-8768 Boulders of Sale. All different sizes. For more information call: 367-2833 or 458-2808 Used Bantam Crane, for sale, Call 365-6006 Real Estate Sales Professional. Prior resort residential exp. preferred. Email: mark@ pordesresidential.com School & Youth News Left: The students and teachers of For est Heights Academy stood in support of the proposed East Abaco Creeks National Parks. They spelled out the letters for the East Abaco Creeks (EAC) on the school Friends of the Environment and the Baha mas National Trust proposed that the wet land habitat at Snake Cay Creek, Bight of Old Robinson and Cherokee Sound be put aside for the use of future generations. The would still be allowed, but that existing marine resources regulations will be en forced to protect juveniles. Aerial photography by David Rees.

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May 1, 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 09 May 1st, 2014 Central Pines Business Complex opened Will include movie theater, retail shops and fast food restaurant North Abaco Town Planning hears development dispute By Timothy Roberts The North Abaco Town Planning Board held a special meeting to discuss plans before them from Treasure Sands Club and to hear objections from Abaco Defenders on the proposed plans. Several members of Abaco Defend ers, along with their Attorney, Carey Leonard, and consultant, former Senator Michael Pintard, attended the meeting seeking facts. Mr. Pintard said that the Abaco De fenders were formed because of what they believed to be unauthorized construction going on in Treasure Cay and to address is being damaged. He said what we are trying to do now, in order for the group to formulate a ground information, what we are unaware of is exactly what is the nature of the de velopment at the site. He said further that information is a prerequisite to any kind of consultation, and according to the town planning and subdivisions act, had an application been made, one of the requirements of the act is that a public consultation take place. We have not met anyone in North Abaco yet that has attended such a meeting. Please see Development Page 7 Whats Inside CARIFTA swimmers make history. B10 Surprise, surprise. Is the Airport Open? A22 Arsonist caught and charged. A6 Reclaiming the commu nitys image, one towed car at a time. A2 On April 12 hula skirts were all-the-rage in ManO-War. B2 Crossword B13 Survivors relive neardeath experience. A16 Letters to the Editor A9 Whats Happening May 2-4: Green Turtle Cay Heritage Festival May 3: Christian Coun selling Centre Treasure Cay Golf Tournament May 7-10: Bahamas Guana Cay Leg May 9: Abaco Softball Season opening May 16-17: Central Ab Community Calendar A8 Moores Island airs grievances in Town Meeting Above: Member of Parliament for Central & South Abaco, Mr. Edison Key, addresses the crowd in Moores Island during the April 25 town meeting. Many different government departments came out to the remote island to discuss problems and solutions. See page 2. ties and businesses. See page 5.

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian May 1, 2014 have secured permission from property owners and the support of local police and Town Council in preventing illegal and un sightly parking in the Marsh Harbour area. Recently signs have been posted in certain green areas alerting motorists that parking is not allowed. Flyers were also placed in car windshields alerting drivers that after April 21 cars would be towed. According to one concerned citizen, illegal parking is just one part of the issue. The appearance of Marsh Harbour is be ing degraded, and this is an extra serious problem for Abaco considering tourism is the driving industry. They're destroying all efforts we make attempting to keep our downtown area looking nice. Prior to the No Parking signs and subsequent enforcement, the area of Marsh Harbour from the stop light to Memorial Plaza would be littered with parked vehi cles: mostly commuters going to work in Guana Cay. An alarming amount of trash was also being generated in these areas adding to the decline in the areas appearance. Efforts to tow vehicles and prevent ing the illegal parking appear to be work ing. The areas of concern are less congest ed and motorists are beginning to get the message that vehicles are not welcome on the lawns and there will be enforcement of the rules. Marsh Harbour residents say Enough! to unsightly parking problem in town Central & All Abaco ing in the past, thereby degrading the towns image. Concerned citizens have mustered the support of police, town council, and property owners to enforce towing in these noMoores Island Town Meeting highlights neglect By Timothy Roberts Moores Islanders and government agencies came together for a Town Meet ing hosted by the Moores Island District Council to discuss a number of issues fac ing the isolated community on April 25. Minister of Parliament for Central and South Abaco Edison Key noted that he had sent $10,000 from his Constituency Allowance for 2013/2014 to assist the com munity with whatever they felt was needed most. After hearing the needs of the people of Moores Island Mr. Key pledged at the end of the meeting to give Moors Island $25,000 when he received his $50,000 al location for 2014/2015. He reassured Moores Islanders that them for their support over the years. He also told them that he would like to see Moores Island have a nice harbour believ community. Chief Councillor Thomas Hield said that the Council negotiated with the De partment of Environmental Health Service (DEHS) to clean the islands dumpsite which had grown out of control and got it cleaned up. The Council also hired a person to clean cemeteries and the school grounds, but had to cut him due to budget cuts. He said the Councils main concern is the public dock which is deteriorating and he wants something done before someone gets hurt or worse. He said it seems when the government comes and sees their issues they throw their notes in the garbage when they leave. Department of Marine Resources noted the harbour with compressors on board caught with the compressor on board they He noted that there have been recent sightings of a manatee in the Moores Is land area and advised that the creature is protected under the act as a marine mam for, interfere with or harass it. The only research which requires permission. Olivia Patterson, Deputy Director of Friends of the Environment added that they welcome any reports of sightings and movements of the manatee. Marques Williams, the newly ap pointed Port Administrator, said that he will not toss their concerns in the garbage and expects to return to bring assistance to Moores Island as he can see the hazard. He behalf to assist them. He also noted that they will look at the channel lights as well. Gaynell Rolle, head of the Depart ment of Inland Revenue, noted that there Please see Moores Page 6

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 FURNITURE PLUS Teachers and Salaried Workers CoOperative Credit Union Ltd. opened its Central Pines Shopping and Business Complex on April 11. Built by Woslee Construction, the $15 million complex will house a number of restaurants and a fast food chain, movie theatre, food store, clinic, bakery and retail stores. During the opening ceremony, Mc Donald Rolle, Master of Ceremonies, gave praise to the Almighty God through on Pastor Stephen Knowles of the Abaco Christian Council to lead in the invocation. In his introduction of the Abaco Cen tral High School Band, which provided the instrumentals for the National Anthem, Rolle encouraged the students to become whoever they want to be as he highlighted successful Abaco businessmen. Central & All Abaco Donald Symonette, chairman, greet ed the audience with the welcome, and soon brief remarks were offered by Renar do Curry, MP for North Abaco and Par liamentary Secretary, and Hon. Michael Halkitis, Minister of State for Finance, respectively. Curry joined community stakehold ers in a thunderous round of applause for such a substantial investment by the credit union. He acknowledged that the establish ment of the complex was truly an historic moment for the people of Abaco in its ex tensive commerce history. During his remarks, Minister Halki tis described the complex as an impressive project noting that the credit union had car ried out a successful review of its service structure through its excellence in service delivery, an increase in its range of ser vices and in serving the under-served. Youve built a strong, viable insti tutional model for the rest of the region, Halkitis lauded. I hope that member ship increases and that more lives are im proved. According to Nathaniel Adderley, Director of Societies, the credit unions commitment to serve people has caused it to become an indigenous model in the mains vibrant. Teachers and Salaried Workers con is a catalyst in economic advancement and job creation, Adderley opined. The cooperative model is a proven model of suc cess. The Hon. V. Alfred Gray was intro duced as the keynote speaker. Min. Gray said that Teachers and Salaried Workers Co-operative Credit Union was established in 1977 with a savings deposit of $90 and cial institution that contributes to the devel opment of The Bahamas. Youve heard all of that, but what they did not say is that they have more money in the bank than the Bahamian government that you did not know, he chuckled. And they have not told you that I am extremely comfortable with the future of credit unions, and so it is my whale-sized pleasure to declare this opened, Minister Gray exclaimed. A dance selection was performed by students of Central Abaco Primary School, followed by the vote of thanks by Lenn King, secretary to the board. At the close of the benediction, Min ister Gray assisted with the cutting of the ribbon and unveiling of the plaque at the Credit Union Building followed by a tour of the complex. Opening ceremony held for Credit Unions Business Complex Not many 30-year-olds have the re sponsibility of revamping an entire depart ment, but then again, not many people in general are like Marques Williams. Technically trained as a maritime pro fessional, Williams became Abacos new Port Administrator two months ago. The prior Port Administrator, Leeland Russell, was on secondment from the Royal Baha mas Defence Force (RBDF) and is now retired. According to Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin, Wil liams will oversee the repair and upgrade of the Port, which includes closed circuit Abacos new Port Admin to oversee department overhaul ministrator. Please see Port Page 6

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian May 1, 2014 Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and floors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site:abacomarbleandgranite.com television, enhanced lighting, and retrain ing of security personnel because ultimate ly there will be an increase in manpower. He is also responsible for general compliance under the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, which is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities, developed in response to the per ceived threats to ships and port facilities in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States. Defence Force as Marine Seaman/Com mando Squadron in 2003-2006, and later attended SUNY Maritime in the hopes of becoming a captain. He graduated in 2006 with a bachelors degree in International Maritime Trade and Transportation with a minor in Intermodal and Maritime Secu rity. Upon graduation, I was taken up by the BMA (Bahamas Maritime Author ity), and I went to London to be in their graduate program, he shared. I worked in every department at BMA then I worked at the IMO (International Maritime Orga nization), which is the maritime branch of the United Nations because it gives all the regulations for the industry. tion as a Maritime Auditor/Lead Auditor at Warsash Maritime Academy in South ampton, Hampshire, UK. That experience afforded him the op portunity to observe how laws are made, provide input, and work on the initial de Central & All Abaco Port From Page 5 velopment of the Maritime Yacht Code. Although it was determined that The Ba hamas has a good international maritime program, they wanted to discover what the overall maritime regime in each country is. hamas. They train auditors from all over the world, and inspect how maritime is conducted in each persons country, Wil liams explained. They saw our shortcom ings and what we were good at, and wrote recommendations that catapulted The Ba maritime strategy from the audit. From there, Williams was employed as Assistant Port Controller at the Port Department in Nassau, and Ballast Water Management was among the specialized training he received, and it is a major issue in the maritime industry. Ships come from all over the world and take sediments from other countries, on the list of more threatening invasive species, we have to preserve our country because The Bahamas is the birthing area for almost the entire Eastern seaboard. This strategic placement has lent it as well as for Abaco. He said: There are a lot of things that have to be done for us to be inter nationally compliant, but there is a lot of value in ports. Ports help to build cities; 95 percent of the worlds cargo is transported by ships. Williams said although the industry is male-dominated, women are making their mark in this lucrative industry with many business opportunities available for Baha mians. At the Port Department, Williams is Jackie Williams, accountant/receptionist; Sarah Swain, registrar; Gary McDonald, dock master; Samuel McPhee, who car ries out inspections and investigations; Leon Wilchcombe, security manager with two lighthouse keepers: Jeffrey Forbes and Elvis Parker. North Abaco man charged By Timothy Roberts a North Abaco resident was charged with damaging and endangering property by the in the Magistrates Court. Treasure Cays Crash, Fire & Res cue Chief, Colin Albury, witnessed Jeffrey Cabbage Point at Leisure Lee on Sunday, April 13. When he approached him Mr. of police, arrested Mr. Cox and brought him before the court to be charged and re Despite many dangerous and damag culprits are rarely caught and almost never charged with their crimes. The Magistrate read the charge that on Sunday April 13 at about 11:30am at Cabbage Point, Leisure Lee Mr. Cox did damaging and endangering property by Cox, who is believed to be mentally chal lenged, responded incoherently in the end saying that the police locked him up in jail for something he didnt do despite admit decent around a coconut tree. The plea of not guilty was entered and the Magistrate ruled that Mr. Cox should be remanded to Sandilands Rehabilitation Center and the court requested a psycho logical evaluation. The trial was adjourned to April 28. Mr. Albury noted that this case is a He said that there have been many times no charges were brought to them for their offense. Mr. Albury is hoping to see more in courts and charged and that people will get dangerous and costly. are challenges in the cays in collecting business license fees an advised the com munity to get their renewal applications in May to inspect shop licenses. She also ad vised everyone with property to register it even though they may not pay tax on it so that they will have a record of the property which will assist when persons face prop erty disputes. Superintendent of Police for Abaco, Noel Curry, congratulated Moores Island for being a good statistic when it comes to crime as he reports no issues on the is land, despite a few challenges. He added island soon to replace the ones presently there. He noted that there has been some issues with alcohol being sold to minors which has led to some bad behavior among some teenagers. The Principal of Moores Islands school, Ms. Ruthamae Rolle, said they have requested a maintenance man as pres ently the two male teachers on staff have to assist with those issues. We do our best with the little we have, she said. Pastor Anthony Williams spoke of the changes he is making in the lives of the 16 boys who live with him and asked for whatever assistance could be provided to Persons in the community also ex pressed concerns about the bathroom facil ities at the school requesting a new block of bathrooms be built. There was also a request for a fence to be put up around the school so that children dont wander off and get in trouble. Some would also like to see a security guard at the school. It was noted that the preschool was far too small and that they should have a larger facility. A teacher from the school noted that some teachers work overtime and that they need a PE teacher as presently they have a resident who volunteers twice a week to do PE with the students. She wants to see the students in Moores Island have the same opportunity that other children have across the country. Residents said that their track has produced some good athletes and some have even earned scholarships and they are overdue and deserving of better facilities for these young athletes. Another resident said they would like to see the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture have a presence on the island as there is not enough positive activities for youth to be involved in. Concerns were voiced that there Please see Moores Page 21 Moores From Page 2

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 North Abaco Weve not seen any site plans; weve not seen the application; we do not have a clear understanding of anything that has been applied for, he said. Chairman of the Town Planning Board Kenneth Major Jr. said We see nothing wrong with the plans before the board, but having a complaint or rather a letter expressing objection is why we are here today. He added that Your group should have been consulted before he bought the property, but if he owns the property and its at the point he has an application here; were just waiting to hear your side. Mr. Pintard said that members of the Abaco Defenders have clearly indicated in the public domain that there are items of that the owner takes certain steps, and he said this so far hasnt been done. North Abaco Administrator, Neil Campbell asked that if Treasure Sands is proof that there are historical artifacts at the proposed site. Carey Leonard, Attorney for Abaco Defenders, responded that they cannot say with certainty until they know where the building is going, and that this is the reason being proposed. Mr. Campbell reiterated that if there are artifacts where Treasure Sands wants to build they would certainly call in the relevant agency; however, he said if we have no proof, how can we stop him? Mr. Pintard questioned what the re quirements are to be followed by law when plans for a development are before the board. According to law when a develop ment is being built in a community it is required that the stakeholders are consulted with by way of a mandatory public meet ing. Mr. Campbell responded that there is no development before the Town Plan ning Board; that they are viewing plans for a storage shed and a gazebo. Mr. Major added that there were no plans for a devel opment presented to the board. Mr. Pintard said In light of the fact that he has acted inappropriately on other aspects of that property we believe some thing is untoward even in terms of what is before this board. He added that Town Development From Page 1 Planning cannot make a decision without considering the entire scope of works and the overarching plans. Mr. Leonard presented a survey that shows the range of property that encom passes where artifacts have been found. Mr. Pintard said we are here to ascer tain facts from the owner and from town planning so that we can advise our clients and I believe any decision you make at this point would be premature and it is inap propriate according to the law because you have had no public consultation. Mr. Major noted that if what was said about the artifacts was indeed true that it had implications for the public beach and the Anglican and Catholic Churches which may also be on that stretch of land. Mr. Major also noted again that the only thing the board has in front of them are plans for a storage shed and a gazebo and that he knows nothing of the master plan Mr. Pintard referred to. He added that the plans before them had already been approved by the Department of Environ mental Health and the Ministry of Works. Managing Partner for Treasure Sands, Tim Blakely, said he is confused about the controversy as he is simply apply ing for three wooden structures and they are talking about dredging and everything else which has been dealt with through the Foreign Investment Board (FIB). Were just here to seek permission from these gentlemen to build three wooden structures on land thats been owned for thirty years not reclaimed land, he said. Im just Mr. Leonard stated that the FIB mere ly gives approval in principal subject to all the necessary permits being approved. Mr. Pintard asked when they will hold a public consultation meeting on the development. Mr. Campbell said there is no development before the board. Mr. Pintard said that, then to what end are the buildings before them being built. Mr. Pintard added that the developer himself stated in several articles in national newspapers that he is building a develop ment. He said that each time they approve a building without seeking consultation for the broader project they are making an er ror in law. He said he is simply asking the board to pause and look at what the law says; not his opinion. The law requires a public hearing. By Bishop Carroll For more than six months The Urban Renewal 2.0 Crown Haven Community Center has been planning ways to bring positive change to Little Abaco. Under the leadership of Center manager, Bishop Ken Carroll, the Center was able form a group of volunteers from the community. The group is called: Cleanliness is Next to Godliness. Community volunteers aim to keep Little Abaco clean A meeting was held on Sunday, April 6 at St. Annes Anglican Community Cen ter in Crown Haven. A board of directors was elected from the neighborhood and Catechist Tommy Rolle was elected Presi dent. Mr. Rolle accepted the position and hopes, with great enthusiasm, that other communities in Little Abaco may follow and maintain the Little Abaco community. Please see Cleanliness Page 15

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian May 1, 2014 From the Editor's Desk // Baby Steps The Abaconian Bradley M. Albury Editor-in-Chief AB 20213 Marsh Harbour Abaco, The Bahamas Logo Photo Credit: Tuppy Weatherford Reporters/Freelance Contributors: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-3200 FAX 242-367-3677 AbaconianNews@gmail.com Subscribe NOW Order form on Abacos most complete newspaper. 2022 Aero Circle New Smyrna Beach FL. 32168 8,000 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rates: $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Order The Abaconian Today JUNE 2012 Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail or Tel # 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$65 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 2022 Aero Circle, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168 or: P.O. Box AB 20213, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribe? The Abaconian will keep you informed on issues such as: Master Card Visa WE NOW ACCEPT MASTER CARD/VISA What is the measure of suc cess? I would argue that there is Success is overcoming obstacles and growing. It is one foot in front of the other. In that sense, is Abaco successful? Context from history is critical when talking about our future. But we are also witnessing many things must grapple with now. The question we all must grap ple with is should we accept success in baby steps? And if so, how small of steps are we willing to accept? Are those we elect leading with timid baby steps, afraid to overstep the stride of those next to them in their political party? If so do we want this crawling conformity? The crawling conformity that we have accepted for so long now has provided our basic infrastruc ture: electricity, running water and roads. But it is also the reason pow er cuts are unquestioned and author ities are unpunished. It is why water supplies get cut because one public utility company doesnt know where the pipes of the second one are. And why it takes just short of rioting to make a main thoroughfare in town drivable. Our leaders, for a long time, have come to think that we should expect and accept a slow drive of progress with many detours. They make sure the right pockets are before any work is started. They make the process a political theater. They wait until the eleventh hour to the people have to front the cost. Sad thing is it seems we do ac cept it. We like our bumbling baby steps, the government can argue. Surely a population serious about its own economic well-being, they may say, wouldnt let the running joke that is the unopened new air port stand. They would be protest ing at the site every other week end. They may say about us, if they are really so unhappy with paying that much for electricity with so little to show for it they would be demanding reform. They may look at us and re mark to each other, they enjoy the political blame game just as much as we do. As long as they never hold government accountable as a sepa rate entity, and instead treat us sim ply as political parties, we can do We like our success but only when it is comfortable. When we dont have to work for it or make any noise. But I think that can change. We in Abaco have the his torical context that shows we have the willpower and pride to pave our time. Baby steps may be necessary sometimes. But it is high time we learned how to run. Community Calendar (See TheAbaconian.com for More Calendar Events) Treasure Cay Golf Tournament the Basics Youth Program Launch by

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Please Stop the Noise on Treasure Cay Beach Dear Editor, This is not a new problem but it is now getting completely out of hand. Every public holiday we hear loud mu sic blasting from Treasure Cay Public Beach. Not just one night, but every night. It normally starts around noon and can go to 2 in the morning even though they are limited to a 10pm deadline. The music is so loud it can be heard from 3 miles away and if you are unfortunate to live a few 100 yards away you can hear every repeating beat and shout and scream. This last Easter weekend was just those groups that have taken it to an extreme with no regard for residents and visitors to beautiful Treasure Cay. Violence is also occurring on Good Friday. A little after 10pm a young Bahamian was stabbed and re quired emergency treatment at Coo pers Town Government Clinic. Unfortunately the public beach is located outside of Treasure Cay and beyond the limits of local security so we are reliant on police action "or the lack thereof" to monitor the proceed ings. Action must be taken by authori ties otherwise more serious problem will arise. If this goes unabated, vacationers will not return and home owners will question whether it's the idyllic part of the world they once thought it was and question their commitment to Abaco. This great Bahamian country and in particular Treasure Cay relies heav ily on tourism and without the tourist I don't know how the local economy will survive. -Concerned, Frustrated and An gry A True Display of Family Islands Dear Editor, On March 29, 2014 William Rob erts was laid to rest at New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay following a funeral. On behalf of his family, a "thank you" Dog Owners I am Requesting Your Consideration & Decency Dear Editor Once again I am complaining about the disruption of sleep, peace and quiet, relaxation, and my SANITY in my own home because of neighbors dogs. It isnt one or two barking every so often, one can deal with that, it is they are only 30 feet away from my bedrooms it is all the more disruptive. I wake up exhausted because I am interrupted during the night, I cant have a Sunday nap because of the bark ing, I cant sit on my porch because of the barking, I have to close my win Letters to the Editor goes to everyone who helped make the day a special memorial. The family is grateful to all for the overwhelming support and kind ness: Mr. Pinder and his funeral staff for the professional and caring atten tion, the New Plymouth Gospel Cha pel and congregation for being a bright embodiment of Christianity as shown by the hospitality and caring for others, and all who played a part in the day. The term 'Family Islands" has been used over the decades in refer ence to the Bahamas with New Provi dence in dominance, but that term changed on March 29. On that day, New Plymouth and Green Turtle Cay came together as one family to pay re spects, remember and wish farewell to a departed son. Noted was the Chapel congrega tion generously, caringly allowing the church to be the funeral mass site, the people who respectfully stood along the procession route from the chapel to cemetery, the businesses that paused activities during the procession and residents who cared about the family in this time of mourning. People came from as far away as Canada for the occasion and returned home impressed by how the island 'family' came together in such a way and stating that such class, caring and dignity set the standard for the entire world to emulate. Sincerely, Thomas Roberts dows, turn on the A/C, fan and T.V. in order to try and get some relief, who can afford the electricity to do that all the time and why should I have to? On top of this it devalues your real estate and mine. The sad thing is that the neigh bors know how this is affecting those around them but still do nothing about it. I just dont get it! I would never do that to my neighbours. Where is the re spect, consideration or morals? I have tried to get used to it...it aint happen ing! I am asking you to please consider your neighbors around you and how this is affecting their lives. Please do something to make this better. -Frustrated and Exhausted Neigh bor FULL SERVICE MARINA WATERFRONT VILLAS Bahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun.Enjoy a delicious dinner with usHappy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pmOpen Year RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor barBoat House Restaurant Sea Spray will pick up from Hope Town For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065U.S. Ph: 717-200-1359, email : info@seasprayresort.com www.seasprayresort.comWhite Sound, Elbow Cay No Pride in Our Community? Dear Editor, In the greater scheme of things such as VAT, unsustainable national debt, insane BEC bills, downsizing and outsourcing, my concerns may seem trivial to some. A friend once told me if we take care of the small things, the large problems will take care of themselves. My issue is with the garbage thrown on the sides of the road in Marsh Harbour between the red light and Rum Runners. Each and every day a group of concerned businessmen in the Marsh Harbour area subsidize picking up this garbage, mowing the ers, and maintaining street light ban ners. Generally it would be agreed that 95% of all tourists coming to the island and visiting areas such as Hope Town, Man-O-War Cay, Bakers Bay, and Eastern Shores have to drive through this strip of town. Cars are illegally parked on the lawns and the sides of the road, styrofoam take-out containers are tossed in the bushes next to Stan dard Hardware. Behind the wall where sub-contractors for projects on the cays wait on their morning ferries, the gar When visitors come to our island, they all go back with an impression. Hope Town or Man-O-War, for ex ample, is a fantastic memory of is land hospitality and friendship. Tidy, clean and well-kept too! The memory of Marsh Harbour is a lasting im age of walking and driving through a dirty and garbage ridden community, and we can be assured they tell their friends back home. How about we resurrect our sense solution to this problem? Sincerely yours, Randy Key

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian May 1, 2014 Back for Limited time onlyDon McKay Blvd Marsh Harbour Ph: 367-2615 The Byrle Patterson Memorial Gar den, located on Hope Town's Back Street, near the Hope Town Harbour Lodge, had lain unnoticed by many for several years. However, that has all recently changed and the garden is now a beautifully landscaped retreat where one can enjoy sitting for some or wandering around the garden admiring all the interesting plants and plaques placed The Cays Hope Towns Byrle Patterson Memorial Garden memorializes history and loved ones in memory of many loved ones. The garden, which is situated on Crown Land on which once stood the old Commissioners House, was started several years ago by the McAleer fam ily who wanted to memorialize Byrle Pat terson, who was one of the matriarchs of Hope Town. She is remembered as being a phenomenal lady who was always carry ing out good works amongst the people of the community and for the church and the museum. Mrs. Patterson died in 1981 at the McAleers, who also ran the museum for several years, put in plants which were donated and some benches. But once the McAleer family were no longer on Elbow Cay the garden became untended. Then came along a veritable dynamo from England named Cliona Bacon. Mrs. Bacon and her husband, Alan, purchased the house opposite the memorial garden and she was saddened to look out over this area and see how untended it had become. She therefore decided to ask if she could take care of the garden. Her desire was to transform this area into something of lasting beauty but want ed to do it properly so once the permit to go ahead was granted by the local author ity work began. The day Cliona started on the project still stands out very clearly in her mind; it was on Sunday, December 12, 2010 at precisely 7:30am. She had the help of a Haitian whom she said worked extremely hard and also help from Chris Thompson and his late wife Peggy. Since Mrs. Bacon is only here for a certain number of months out of the year, Louanne Judge, who is a professional gar den designer, and Danny Trembley con tinue the work while she is away. "There was nothing there except weeds and no landscaping at all so I found some stones from the foundation of the old Commissioners house, marked out a de sign and with borrowed tools cut the stones into the shapes I needed to form small re began donating plants and I had lots of volunteers. It was a complete community effort and I like to think of it as their gar den," says Mrs. Bacon. Hope Town Landscape architect, Mi chael Myers, drew up plans for the gar den which he presented to Town Council. The Hope Town Association under the presidency of Dan McCully gave money to build an entrance arbour for which Pat McCully donated the wood. Hope Town Association gave money for Billy Gates to build the arbour which now stands as a beautiful entrance to the memorial garden with its name up above and two bench seats on either side. An attractive gazebo, which was do nated by visitors from France, stands at the far end of the garden to provide a welcome shady spot in which to sit and enjoy the view. Also at the far end is an area which would lend itself very well to the formation of a small amphitheater so Cliona Bacon has this in mind for a perfect spot for wed ding ceremonies, christenings or theatrical performances. Once through the entrance arbour the Please see Garden Page 11 Above: Cliona Bacon (left) with Debbie Patterson (right) in front of the Byrle Patterson Memorial Garden. Above: the Memorial Gardens sculpture and plaques. Bronze plaques are being sold to raise money to repair the seawall.

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 Abaco Hardware The Cays site bronze sculpture of two seagulls by well-known bronze artist James Mastin. This sculpture is in honour of Byrle Patter son for whom the garden is named. A little further back is another bronze sculpture of dolphins believed to be by Pete Johnson of Little Harbour. The design of the garden is under stated and peaceful consisting of two cen side of the garden with casual plantings of very attractive native plants. Many of the plants are accompanied by eye-catching natural wood signs painted with a picture mation about the plants and their medicinal properties. These signs were all made and donated by two very artistic young ladies, Ellie Strube and Mary-Beth Hawes who are frequent visitors to Hope Town. The largest tree on property is a Mir acle Tree which was planted years ago by the community and is believed to heal 400 different ailments. Pathways lead from the arbour around the garden and each of the pathways is in laid with special paving stones from Flor ida which are beautifully inlaid with shells and sea glass. In the centre of each paving stone is an 8 x8 space prepared to hold a bronze plaque. Many of these spaces have family members and friends to memorial Garden From Page 10 ize persons who have passed on. Mrs. Bacon emphasised that these plaques are in memory of loved ones who have already passed on and not for people who are still living. "I see this as a way of permanently linking people to this is land who have passed so that generations to come will come and sit by a plaque and feel the essence of the person memorial ized, she says and encourages persons to purchase plaques for their deceased loved ones. Information about all persons memo at the Wyannie Malone museum so that family members and friends can come and look up the records at any time. The sea wall which separates the property from the beach is in a very bad state of repair and is in fact very close to falling down. This sea wall provides a re tainer for the property protecting it from the ravages of the ocean. Quotes of up to $50,000 have been received for the repair of this sea wall and it is hoped that some monies can be raised from the selling of the memorial plaques but much more will be needed and so donations are being sought. Anyone wishing to donate may send a cheque made out to The Byrle Patterson Memorial Garden c/o Debbie Patterson, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas. More in formation may be obtained from Mrs. Pat terson at 366 0088 or by e-mailing her at quadrisonic@gmail.com. By Timothy Roberts Members of Green Turtle Cay Dis trict Council responded to a fellow council members criticisms of an ongoing beach restoration project stating that the facts dont bear out his position. In an article in the April 15, 2014 edition of The Abaconian council member Donnie Adderleys alleged that a project, featuring what he refers to as a bulk head built by a single homeowner on Gil lam Bay, has caused the loss of hundreds Green Turtle Council responds to Gillam Bay criticism of feet of beach on Gillam Bay in Green Turtle Cay. In addition, Mr. Adderley questioned whether such a bulkhead is permitted by law as well as making other claims and assertions. According to Kenvin Jones, member of the Council, said the project was ap proved by the council unanimously, and that Mr. Adderley was present at the time. The Abaconian was shown the plans with Above: Council Members voted unanimously to approve what Council Member Kenvin Please see Gillam Page 14

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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian May 1, 2014 STANDARD HARDWARE Lumber & Plumbing Supplies email: standardhardware@netbusiness.com Let Standard help you plant your Spring ideas! Lawnmowers Trimmers Chainsaws Irrigation Hoses We stock a wide variety of the signatures of the council members on it including Mr. Adderleys. Mr. Jones said that the project Mr. Adderley refers to is not a bulkhead built by one homeowner, but rather a seawall built with the necessary permits as required by Bahamian law. He noted that the sea wall was a part of a beach restoration proj ect not unlike one that successfully took place in New Providence. He said that four homeowners have funded the project to protect their homes from ultimate destruction due to the beach erosion caused by hurricanes, tropical storms and sea rages that have occurred in the past several years, the most severe of which was hurricane Sandy in 2012. He said that the ocean was lapping at the steps of several homes at this point. This project underwent a rigorous review and approval process that culmi nated in numerous approvals beginning with a vote in February 2012 by residents of Green Turtle Cay in favor of the project by a margin of 53 to 1. Mr. Adderley, he said, was also present at that meeting and did not oppose. Mr. Jones said it wasnt until 2013 that all the various approvals needed had been received and that the restoration proj ect could begin. Unfortunately hurricane Sandy had occurred in the meantime and further to the cost and duration of the proj ect, he said. The Cays Gillam From Page 11 Upon approval of the project by the BEST Commission and at their require ment, the project has been supervised by Caribbean Coastal Engineering Services (CCES) of Nassau. Four homeowners have paid all expenses. Mr. Jones said that the project is delayed due to weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances. Unfor tunately, at the current time the sea wall is still visible and the sand replenishment contemplated by the scope of this project that would cover the sea wall and restore the beach has also been delayed, he said. Mr. Jones said that the erosion of the beach at Gillam Bay has been an issue for a long time. Groynes were installed at most property boundaries to slow erosion on the Bay over 20 years ago. He said these groynes worked well for many years but most were not maintained and began to lose their effectiveness. He said that eventually the groynes were breached on the land side and the rate of erosion increased dramatically. Surveys done prior to the installation of the seawall indicated that over 100 of the properties had been lost since surveys done around 2005. Mr. Jones said that the property shown in the photo Mr. Adderley gave The Abaconian had already eroded to about the same point prior to the installation of the seawall. He added that the owner of this property was given the option to be a part of the restoration project but opted not to. By David Cowan Green Turtle Cay met on April 2, 2014 in The event was well attended as Basic Life Support (BLS) skills were taught. The practice session was assisted by David Cowan, M.D., a part time resident from Orlando, Florida. Dr. Cowan brought practice mannequins and also brought a (AED). It is well known that in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest, the odds of survival are improved if proper resuscita tion is started promptly. Toward that goal, rive and provide aid quickly and to coor dinate their efforts for the best interest of the victim. team practices BLS skills Above: Green Turtle Cay residents who have volunteered their time to become prepared to help their neighbors in case of an emergency. Included are Thomas Sawyer (Fire Roberts, Christopher Roberts, Joshua Pinder, Julie Farrington, David Cowan, M.D. (holding donated AED), and others.

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 suit. Applauding this great move, Member of Parliament for North Abaco, Renardo Curry, was on hand on Friday, April 11 to commend the groups continuing work. Mr. Curry made a kind donation of gar dening tools to assist in the cleaning cam paign. The group will also be partnering with other persons in the community. Mr. Curry noted that programs like and indicated that this is what Urban Re newal 2.0 is all about not just small home repairs but also building relationships with the residents, as well as civic and private organizations to help the constituency grow. North Abaco Cleanliness From Page 7 Press Release Formed around concerns about un regulated development, Abaco Defenders took a step forward by asking an indepen dent scientist to visit Sand Banks/Gunpow der Creek in Treasure Cay to verify the health of and life in the creek. According to a group representative, When work was done here by Treasure Sands, no environmental impact study was performed, so we, as a community, had no way of knowing how this creek would be affected, and what was in it to affect. Since the Government and the developer were not providing that information we decided to try and get it for ourselves. Zach Zuckerman, a researcher for the Cape Eleuthera Institute volunteered to come and do a quick survey of the creek area on Saturday, April 5th. Olivia Pat terson, the Program Coordinator from Friends of the Environment, joined him and a group from Treasure Cay to kayak and snorkel through the creeks. Together they found a creek teeming with life. He stated that as Sand Banks Creek contains dense turtle grass the area sup ports a high density of turtles. Throughout the day they saw at least 75-100 turtles of three species. There is a high density of sub-adult lemon sharks, as they were able to see more than 25 individuals ranging 3-6 feet in length. The creek boasts large areas of submerged mangrove prop roots, and a variety of habitat types, which is important to a healthy creek system. Particular areas contained dense mats of Laurencia algae, which are criti cal habitat for the juvenile Nassau grou per that were observed in ledge and grass to harvest-able size were present in rock ledges as well as ledges found beneath red mangrove roots. Medium to large mut ton and adult grey snapper were also in abundance, which are important mid-range predators to assist in keeping the system eco-tourism, were also found in healthy numbers. He stated that continued disturbance, from activities related to large scale de velopment, may have a negative impact on species assemblage and abundances. If any works in and around the creek do take place he recommended an ongoing assess ment of species to provide data to moni tor the impact on continued health of the creek. That evening Mr. Zuckerman vol unteered to host an educational session on the importance of mangroves based on the work that is taking place in Eleuthera. It was a well-attended session, people seemed interested to learn the role that mangroves play in protecting nearby land from storm surges and their importance as juvenile habitat for critical species like grouper and snapper. After the talk, the question and an swer session turned to the work that has been done in the area. Fiona Bootle from Abaco Defenders rose and spoke about the groups concerns that a full development proposal had not been provided for review. She added that local Councils are being asked to approve independent buildings without knowing story about the size and location of the de velopment continues to change over time, community will be affected. Concerns about the increased poten the historical importance of the area as a portion of the Carleton landing site. They assured residents that they were not against the development, they just want to know what is it and how the community will be impacted before it moves forward. An area such as this, once damaged, takes a great deal of time and money to restore. Abaco Defenders explained that they are working to try and get those answers. They have become a community partner with Save The Bays, which is currently as sisting other local groups around the coun try in holding the Government accountable to their own laws when it comes to devel opment. Bootle encouraged people with con cerns to reach out to Abaco Defenders, as they are here to work with the community and protect the environment of the Baha mas, which is critical to the economy and quality of life in the country. Abaco Defenders survey Treasure Cay creeks HOPE TOWN HIDEAWAY S Inclusive of Chris Thompson Real Estat e www.hopetown.com Specializing in Residential & Commercial Real Estate throughout The Abacos HOPE TOWN HIDEAWAYSCarolina Wind $2.875 M USD Also for Rent From $4,000/wk plus tax Always Wendy Starting at $4500/wk plus tax Cay Nous Starting at $2500/wk plus tax Abaco Vistas Starting at $4,500/wk plus tax Donald Seas $1.9 M USD Also for Rent From $2,500/wk plus tax Tahiti Sunset $1.026 M Also for Rent From $2,500/wk plus tax Ocean View Lot 1 $140,000 BSD Abaco Pineapple Beach $1.29 M USD Also for rent from $4,000/wk plus tax Guana Cay Lot 89 $675,000 NEW LISTING CHEC engages Mil North Abaco Port Press Release Chinese Harbour Engineering Com pany (CHEC) has engaged the expertise Coastal Services Ltd. (CCS) as the $39 million project moves one step closer to ground breaking in North Abaco. review, comment, stamp and seal CHECs designs for the Abaco port to make sure all the drawings that are handed into the Ministry of Public Works will comply with all the local and relevant laws and codes. Principal of CHEC Bahamas Felix Chang said support from CCS will enhance the award-winning international engineer requirements for this port development. We are pleased to establish mutually Coastal Services, said Mr. Chang. We look forward to completing our project known for. Construction on the North Abaco Port Development is expected to be completed in roughly two years and is to be funded by the Export Import Bank of China and the government of The Bahamas. A minimum of one-third of the projects investment will be shared throughout the community directly and indirectly during the construc tion phase. We are excited about partnering with CHEC and assisting as we can, said CSS engineer Carlos Palacious. We are very familiar with the local environment, design recruitment and what is needed in terms of Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission practices for The Bahamas and for the region. Were excited to join up with the Chinese team from a design process point of view. Above: MP Curry (right) donating garden ing equipment to the group in Little Abaco.

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian May 1, 2014 NOW ONLINE ONE PRICE, MORE COVERAGE!! CLASSIFIEDS Honesty and Quality You Can Count On Brandon Thompson Residential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyle Sales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 years Offering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 By Mirella Santillo On April 12, the All Abaco Junkanoo Committee held a ceremony to acknowl edge the winners of the Junkanoo Love Rush Parade that took place on February 21 and 22 of this year. The ceremony was scheduled for late afternoon in the open courtyard at the Gov ernment Complex. However, it was moved under one of the porches since the weather was threatening to break. Many showed up and were welcomed by committee member: Wynsome Fergu son. The Junkanoo Committee members were all present as well as Junior and Se nior Junkanoo group leaders. The Director of Culture, Dr. Linda Moxey-Brown had traveled from Nassau to represent the Min istry of Youth, Sports and Culture. Senior Island Administrator Preston Cunningham, North Abaco Administrator Neil Campbell and South Abaco Administrator Lavawn Harris-Smith represented the different dis tricts of the island. Moderated by the Grand Marshall, Central & All Abaco Junkanoo groups acknowledged during awards ceremony Matthew Sawyer, the ceremony unfolded. The beginning of the ceremony was a re years of Junkanoo on Abaco and was nar rated by the Committee Chairman, Wil liam Tony Davis. Mr. Davis recognized the various people who contributed to the development of Junkanoo during that pe riod. This will be the last year for the pres ent committee to organize Junkanoo on Abaco, so the Chairman reminisced on the main events that happened over the years he was in charge, including the decision to hold the parade in February instead of December. He acknowledged the different groups who participated when the parade route was a very short onegroups from Spring City, Green Turtle Cay, Sandy Point, Dundas Town and Murphy Townwho all contributed to the growth of the parade. He also mentioned the schools which, this year, put on one of the best shows ever. This years parade was so successful that it prompted comments that the Abaco show was second only to Nassau. Addressing the new committee, Davis said You are receiving Junkanoo in the best of shape. Dr. Moxey-Brown conveyed the apologies of Minister Daniel Johnson who was unable to attend, and reiterated her pleasure to be on the island. Speaking on Junkanoo, she comment ed this is our culture, we should support I trust the ones taking over will also do a wonderful job. She mentioned that 85% of her bud get goes to support Junkanoo. She congrat ulated the participants and concluded that she was looking forward to an even more fantastic parade next year. The trophies were handed out to the representatives of the different groups. third place in the primary school division and high school division for best banner, best choreography, best music, best cos tumes, best execution of theme and best group performance. The overall winner in the primary school category was Central Abaco Pri mary School, followed by Treasure Cay Primary School with Fox Town Primary in third place. Forest Heights Academy was the overall winner in the high school division for the third year in a row. Abaco Central High School placed second followed by Grand Cay All Age School in third place. Only two groups participated in the senior division. A check for $10,000.00 dollars was handed out to Mr. Colon Curry, leader of the Spring City Rockers. Mr. Arnold Newbold, the leader of the Green Turtle Cay Little Island Slam mers accepted a check for $ 7,000. Schools also received a monetary prize. The ceremony was appropriately fol lowed by a musical Junkanoo rush, led by members of the Abaco Central High School group. They were soon joined by other participants. Top Left: Director of Culture, Dr. Linda Colon Curry the Top: North Abaco Admin. Neil Campbell accepting the prize on be half of Grand Cay All Age School. Left: Arnold Newbold receives GTC Island Slammers prize from Dr. performance. in the high school division. This In September 2013, the US Coast Guard released photos and news of the heroic rescue of two Abaconian men stranded at sea for eight days. Comments on the Coast Guard Facebook page ex pressed skepticism on several levels. Some thought it impossible to survive that length of time without fresh water, not to mention constant exposure to the elements. Some questioned the origin of the men, thinking it more likely they were refugees. Others speculated on the contents of the small Sometimes truth is the most unbeliev able story of all. Survivors relive near-death experience in Drifting Hope spotted on their capsized boat. Their res cuers estimated they had only hours more to live had they not been found. Please see Drifting Page 17

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 Customs Brokerage Service Air & Sea Import & Export Entries Serving all Vessels from Foreign Ports Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: abacocustoms@batelnet.bs Tel: 242-367-2333 Fax 242-367-3136No job too big or small!!With our professional line of trucks we can truck it all. Give us a call today & let us give you quality prompt service Containers 20, 40, 45 Flatbeds, Flatracks & Piggyback Trucks WE CAN HAUL IT ALLTel: 242-367-2976 VHF 16 Two Locations to Better Serve You! Marsh Harbour Pharmacy Mon-Sat: 8:30 6pm & Sun: 9am-4pm Ph: 242-367-2544 Fax: 242-367-6544 Treasure Cay Pharmacy Mon-Sat: 9am 5pm Ph: 242-365-8061 Fax: 242-365-8062 Perscriptions Vitamins Supplements Glucose & Cholesterol Testing Health & Beauty Supplies Accepts all Major Insurance Plans Accepts National Prescription Drug Cards Accepts US Perscriptions Fast and reliable service! www.abacoislandpharmacy.com E-mail: abacoislanpharmacy@gmail.com Central & All Abaco Membership Drive encourages public to join Toastmasters club Toastmasters of the Abaco Lighthouse Beamers organized a membership drive on March 28 at Maxwells Supermarket. According to President Charmaine Bonaby, the four-hour membership drive was very successful with approximately 10 sign ups. We had magazines and other liter ature from Toastmasters on why to join, how Toastmasters helps, etc. We also had our newsletter available, she recalled. We let interested persons know when and where our club meets, [and we] also took their names and phone numbers for follow up. Bonaby was joined by the Lighthouse Beamers Vice President (VP) of Member ship Glender Knowles and VP of Public Relations, TM Syrena Hollingsworth. A membership drive was held almost three years ago, so this is the most recent membership drive and the second one to be held. Bonaby said that another membership will probably be held next year when the incoming executive board is established be cause the Toastmasters year ends on June 30. Abaco Lighthouse Beamers currently has 18 active members, and this year alone, four new members were voted in. They meet every second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Conch Inn. Heal Our Land positions itself to assist community Last month, Heal Our Land Founder Kathleen Knowles made an appeal to the Abaco community to assist with the con struction of its Community Center, Juve nile and Counseling Center and Shelter for the Homeless. Heal Our Land Community and So cial Center is an organization, which began offering assistance to individuals and fami lies in need on the island of Abaco in June 2001. Knowles explained that the center was established to respond to the loud cry for help from the hurting, the powerless and the destitute. Since [Heal Our Land] began its assistance, we have helped numerous in dividuals and families by providing rental assistance, funds for utility bills, medical assistance, foster homes for abused chil dren, jobs for unemployed individuals, shelter for the homeless, and distribution of food and clothing, Knowles expound ed. She added that Heal Our Land has been funded through gifts and donations resources from community-minded indi viduals. Presently, the main focus is now on the Youth Programme, which has three Getting Back to the Basics Programme, which will launch during May at the Heal Our Land Center located on Reckley Street, Murphy Town. The Sunday School Programme is a programme that will be held every Sun day from 3 p.m.-5p.m. and youths will be taught the Word of God and about values and discipline. The second arm is the Juvenile Cen ter that targets children/youth to realize their potential and to help rebuild their lives. Knowles said the programme will help them to discover who they are, and teach them to learn what they can become while instilling in them that they were born to be a winner. munity and inter-island competitions with children ages 4 to 17 year old and their parents and the community. We are now in the process of com pleting the Community Center in Murphy Town because the foundation has been completed. Help us to help save our youth be cause this is a project that will bring deliv erance, healing and restoration to all fami lies. Let us together make it happen as it is urgently needed, Knowles urged. Donations can be made to Heal Our Lands Royal Bank Marsh Harbour Ac count #3085. If you require additional information, please contact Kathleen Knowles at 554-8880; Churton Toote: 458-0320; Floyd Johnson: 359-6667; and Jerry Cornish: 475-5114. Short Read has published Drifting Hope, Stranded in Open Water, the true story of Mike Russell and Anthony Doug the simple desire to stock his freezer and take him out in Anthonys brother-in-laws boat. Calm waters and a bright blue sky escorted them to Great Isaac Cay. They were dropping anchor when the violent storm attacked with no warn ing. Relentless waves sent the boat end over end, catapulting all of the provisions, life vests, gear and Mike into the raging waters. The squall stopped as quickly as it started and left the two men with only a Drifting Hope places the reader on the boat with Mike and Anthony as the dence in certain rescue to the kind of utter hopelessness that invites the ocean depths to swallow their misery. The harrowing or deal proved to be the ultimate test of faith, strength and mental fortitude. Every spiritual, mental and emotional capacity was pushed to the breaking point. Days after search parties had been called off, a Texas cargo ship spotted the pair and radioed Coast Guard Sector Mi ami. It was Helicopter Rescue Swimmer, victims were dehydrated to the point of near-death. Stallings dropped from the MH-65 rescue chopper and swam toward the men for a situation and medical assessment. He pinched their skin as a test for dehydration. Hydrated skin returns to its natural state al most instantly, Mike and Anthony still had lumps where Stallings pinched them after the twenty-minute ride to Delray Medical Center. He believes they had only hours to live without rescue. Mere acquaintances prior to the fate ful trip, now Mike and Anthony talk each day. They relive the time spent adrift in open water in a way only the two of them can understand. They compare the healing progress of deep wounds, lingering feel ings of constant motion and the inability to sleep through the night. They talk about second chances, what they will do now with the new life theyve been given and what they will not do. Drifting Hope, Stranded in Open Water by S. Horton is available from Amazon, iBookstore and Nook. Drifting From Page 16 Above: Bahamian recording artist K.B. donates proceeds from his CD, K.B. and Friends, Volume #4, to support the environ Ferguson, the new President of the Board of Friends of the Environment accepted the for setting the bar high for entertainers to support the environment that supports all Bahamians. Press Release K.B.s music is based on the people and the beauty of The Bahamas. Now hes giving back to the environment that has given him the inspiration for so many of his hits by donating proceeds from his fourth K.B. and Friends Album to Friends of the Environment (FRIENDS), which pro vides environmental education through programs and works to preserve the envi ronment of Abaco by operating a number of grassroots conservation programs. when he performed at their annual Reef Ball fundraising event in early 2013. He says, I was impressed with how hard they were working and the difference they were making in Abaco. They are changing at titudes and getting the kids out into the en vironment. I wanted to support that work. I love the Bahamas, and we need our envi ronment to be healthy to keep our country K.B. gives back to the environment Ends Abaco tour with donation Please see KB Page 20

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian May 1, 2014 and our economy healthy. Tripp titled Turn Her Loose and Let Her Go, the international sensation She Fat and his string of hits and successful albums that followed, K.B. has been a leader in the Bahamian music industry for some time. His efforts to include other Bahamian mu sicians in the opportunities that came his way continued as the artist grew as a writ er/producer. In addition to his own extensive discography, which includes hit albums Conch Juice, Island Boy, Bush Me chanic and Bahamian Culture; K.B. has also produced a number of K.B. and Friends compilation albums. Now K.B. is becoming a leader in bringing together the Bahamian entertain ment industry and groups that support the Bahamas environment. As a Board Mem ber for Save The Bays, K.B. took time out from his concerts in Abaco to stop by FRIENDS and deliver his donation to the new President of the Board of Directors of FRIENDS, Wynsome Ferguson. Ferguson, who is also the Director greatly appreciate K.B.s contribution and we are glad that he is setting a standard for entertainers to support the environment that inspires them and brings so much to our country. Central & All Abaco KB From Page 17 Approximately 200 animals were spayed and neutered during the Spay and Neuter Clinics held on April 25, 26 and 27. While a few of these were cats, the majority were dogs. This service was ab solutely free and several community mem bers who could not otherwise afford the charge brought in their dogs. However, most of the animals were stray potcakes brought in by volunteers who spent the three days catching stray animals. Volunteers set traps and also went door-to-door and reported that they had a good response from owners. Once neu tered these animals were then released. The areas focused on for this Clinic were Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town, Murphy Town, Central Pines and Spring City al Above: volunteers caring for dogs after their surgeries. though animals were also brought in from Bahama Palm Shores, Casuarina Point and Green Turtle Cay. The organizers were delighted to during this three day clinic. The clinics were held at Dr. Bailey's Island Veterinary Clinic whose premises were an absolute hive of activity during that time and three veterinarians worked tirelessly during those three days dealing with the many animals that were brought in. Dr. Bailey of Abaco, Dr. Dorsett of Nassau and Dr. Wildgoose of Grand Baha ma (who also brought in a tech) performed the surgeries. The organizers of the clinics are extremely grateful to Dr. Bailey whom they say is always willing to jump on board in opening his premises for these clinics and performing surgeries. The clinics were promoted by four animal rights groups, namely Friends of Abaco Animals, Abaco Shelter (formerly Pop's shelter, BAARK from Nassau and Royal Potcake Rescue which is based in Atlanta. Although spay and neuter clinics have been held on Abaco previously they were originally organized by BAARK from Nas sau. This was the second spay and neuter clinic organized by an Abaco group, the year. A large band of volunteers helped on each of the days, working in the clinic dealing with the animals before and after their surgeries while others combed the neighbourhoods to bring in animals which needed neutering. Most of the volunteers were animal lovers from Abaco but they were also joined by three volunteers from Nassau and six from the Royal Potcake Rescue in Atlanta. Leisa Plummer, who spearheaded the organization of this three day clinic, stated her gratitude to these volunteers and also to the wonderful second-homeowners who had opened their homes to housing the vol unteers. She also expressed thanks to the sponsors who had made these much-need ed spay and neuter clinics possible, namely Deans Shipping, Abaco Island Properties, Bahamasair, BNT, Chris Thompson Real Estate, Conch Inn, Golden Grouper, Hope Town Hideaways, Island Breezes Motel, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Schooner Bay Please see Spay Page 21

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 ABACO FREIGHT COURIER SERVICE Ocean & Air Walk-In & Special Handling 6671 W Indiantown Rd, Suite 50-453 Jupiter, Florida 33458 Ph: 561-689-1010 561-502-2632 nick@abacofreight.com Nick Mazzeo Two Locations to Better Serve You! Marsh Harbour Pharmacy Mon-Sat: 8:30 6pm & Sun: 9am-4pm Ph: 242-367-2544 Fax: 242-367-6544 Treasure Cay Pharmacy Mon-Sat: 9am 5pm Ph: 242-365-8061 Fax: 242-365-8062 Perscriptions Vitamins Supplements Glucose & Cholesterol Testing Health & Beauty Supplies Accepts all Major Insurance Plans Accepts National Prescription Drug Cards Accepts US Perscriptions Fast and reliable service! www.abacoislandpharmacy.com E-mail: abacoislanpharmacy@gmail.com Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries & SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area WIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Frozen Meat Dry and Canned Goods Homemade Breads Central & All Abaco and members of the general public, also Maxwells and Abaco Groceries for the do nation of feeding supplies. The vets donated their time and skills for a very minimal charge. The group is hoping to hold two clinics a year and successive clinics will be concentrating on animals from areas of North Abaco and South Abaco. Mrs. Plummer stated that they very much need the support of dog and cat owners. The goal of the group is to now collect $10,000 to run the next spay and neuter clinic. They are urging the public to donate and anyone wishing to do so should send donations to the Abaco Shelter or Royal Potcake Rescue stipulating that they are for the spay and neuter clinic. These groups can be contacted on their websites or on their Facebook pages. Volunteers are also needed to assist at the Abaco Shelter (formerly Pops) either with caring for the dogs, donating food, transporting animals or fostering. Leisa Plummer states that there are on average 36 dogs in the shelter at any one time. There are not only puppies but also teen age' dogs and older ones all of which make great pets. Spay From Page 21 Above: Dr. Dorsett (From Nassau) operat ness Weekend was held on April 25, 26 and 27 at the Schooner Bay Village in South Abaco. Residents of Schooner Bay and visitors from Nassau and the United States indulged themselves in a weekend of pampering. Relaxing and healthful ac tivities included stretching and yoga on the beach at sunrise and sunset, delicious healthy meals, a healthy cooking demon stration, spa treatments and a guided tour with bird watching on coppice trails with Bahamas National Trust guide Marcus Da vis. Yoga classes were led by Mrs. Elaine Pilon and spa treatments administered by Vanessa Lockhart and Shamir Armbris ter. Spa treatments included pedicures and manicures, facials, regular massage and hot stones massage Clients were able to choose between two hand massage or four hand massage in which both therapists Spa and Wellness Weekend at pampers guests at Schooner Bay would work on the person at the same time doubling the therapeutic results. Delicious brunches were enjoyed in the beautiful picturesque beach setting in front of the cabana and on the Friday night a progressive dinner was held beginning with cocktails in one location and moving to various other spots within the village for each successive course. Despite the threat of bad weather for the weekend which prevented the arrival of some visitors from Nassau who were planning on travelling to Schooner Bay by boat, Ms. Jennifer Duncombe, Adminis trative Assistant/Sales Coordinator was and wellness weekend and stated that she is looking forward to many more which will be even bigger and better. has been times, purportedly about a year, when no doctor visited Moores Island. In recent times the doctor has only shown up every other month. Residents said there is a need for the doctor to come at least once a month but other believe it necessary for them to visit twice a month. Gaynell Rolle said that the govern ment is looking to hire 30 doctors most of which will be sent to the out islands. It was also noted that the clinic build ing has outlived its ability to serve the needs of the community. The Nurse said that Moores Island deserves the same courtesy afforded to other settlements. The clinic also needs to be located on higher ground. The nurse also noted that blood work is challenging due to the lack of a regular has often had to pay out of pocket to have them shipped. on the island as residents have no means of Another resident noted that there is a growing stray dog population on the island and some persons have been harassed and attacked by them. Concerns were expressed about the sea wall that was damaged in Hurricane Sandy and that there is a lack of shelters when storms come through. People spoke up that they are fed up and tired and a constant chorus from the audience was that they dont care about us! 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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian May 1, 2014 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 ere & Back.....Again EFFECTIVE: March, 2014 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 / 9:00am / 11:00pm / 12:15pm 4:00pm / 5:45pm Man-O-War to Marsh Harbour 8:00am / 10:30am / 1:30pm /3:30pm / 5:00pm 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 The Abaconian presents Is the Airport Open Yet? Part IX No. Why? Although government stated that they were eyeing the end of April for a possible soft opening for the Leonard M Thompson International Airport, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis revealed that the opening could be delayed as late as the end of May. The airport terminal, initially expected to open in October 2012, has seen a number of deadlines come and go for the last year and a half and this last delay leaves Abaco nians no less frustrated but unsurprised. On April 23 outside of the house of Assembly Mr. Davis told reporters that although most of the work at the airport was complete, the facility was not scheduled to open until sometime in May because of numerous factors. He said: Marsh Harbour airport is almost done and I think we are scheduled to open sometime in May. There were a lot of delays and a number of factors contributed to the delay. As I am currently advised, as I stand here it is still May. I dont know of the work (required) relates to the runway, the parking area and the other accom modations. (The) work required is to ensure the airport is as aesthetically functional (as possible). So yes, another missed deadline, but whos counting? Check Back Next Issue for Another Exciting Installment in: Is the Airport Open Yet? By Jim Albertson The 12th Annual Man-O-War Invi tational Offshore Fishing Tournament was held April 24th through the 26. Although the criteria for winning, the location, many same, each tournament is very different. Last year's weather was windy and the seas were rough. This year's weather was absolutely perfect all three days: blue skies and calm seas. Last year's winning Captain Jeffrey Albury. This year's win day of the tournament aboard the "Bimini Twist"/Captain Gene Crockett. The tournament base was Man-OWar Marina and the awards banquet was held at "Sea to Sea", the home of Scott and Judy Gregory, Man-O-War Cay. This year's winners were: Top Boat, Largest Dolphin "Bi mini Twist", Captain Gene Crockett from Wachapreague, Virginia Tournament Grand Slam "Flying Tiger", Captian Buzzy Allen from Jack sonville, Florida Biggest Tuna "Bluebird", Captain Scott Gregory, Quincy, Florida Gone Fishin Man-O-War Invitational enjoys

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May 1, 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 Marsh Harbour 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 Sailboat Rentals .......................... 577-0148 Quality Star Car Rentals .................................... 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 Green Turtle Cay 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 Guana Cay Alburys Property Management, Cart Rentals .. 365-5175 Dive Guana Boats, Golf Carts & Bikes ................ 365-5178 Orchid Bay Cart rentals ..................................... 365-5175 Lubbers Quarters Cruise Abaco ............................................. 321-220-8796 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals .................................. 365-6502 Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals ................................. 365-6024 Waterways Boat Rental ................ 357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town 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 Treasure Cay Abaco Adventures Kayaks ............................. 365-8749 Blue Marlin Golf Cart 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 Schooner Bay Ts Carts............................................................557-1015 DSB Bike Rentals...............................................376-9858 Bonefish Guides Visitors Guide Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper Marsh Harbour/Murphy/Dundas Abaco Pizza. ................................ $ .................. 367-4488 Anglers ................................... $$$ .................. 367-2158 Back 2 Da Island.........................$....................367-0150 Casiahs.......................................$................... 367-0514 Curly Tails ............................... $$$ .................. 367-4444 Foxies Pizza................................$................... 367-2058 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 Oasis ..........................................$$................. 699-4000 Rumrunners...............................$$.................. 367-0171 Snack Shack ............................... $ .................. 367-4005 Snappas .................................... $$ .................. 367-2278 Wallys .................................... $$$ .................. 367-2074 Hope Town 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 .............................. $$ .................. 366-0558 PapanastyBBQ...........................$$.................. 366-0654 Sea Spray ............................... $$ .................. 366-0065 Sugar Shack + ............................ $ .................. 366-0788 Little Harbour Petes Pub .................................. $$ .................. 577-5487 Lubbers Quarter Cracker Ps ................................. $$ .................. 366-3139 Man-O-War Islanders Seaside Rest ................ $ .................. 365-6380 Dockn Dine ................................. $ .................. 365-6139 Island Treats Snack Bar ................ $ .................. 365-6501 Guana Cay Bakers Bay Market Place ...... $$$ .................. 612-1021 Grabbers ................................... $$ .................. 365-5133 Nippers ..................................... $$ ................. 365-5143 Orchid Bay ............................... $$$ .................. 365-5175 Treasure Cay Bahama Beach Club.................$$$...................365-8500 Coco Beach Bar & Grill. .............. $$ .................. 365-8470 Creative Hands Bakery.................$...................365-8153 Florences Cafe ............................. $ ................. .365-8185 Spinnaker Restaurant ............. $$$ .................. 365-8469 Touch of Class ........................ $$$ .................. 365-8195 Treasure Sands Club ................ $$$ ................. .365-9385 Green Turtle Cay 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 $$ ................. 365-4039 Plymouth Rock Cfe .................... $$ .................. 365-4234 Shorties Take-a-Way...................$$..................365-4342 Sundowners .............................. $$ ................ ..365-4060 The Wreaking Tree.....................$$...................365-5263 Sandy Point Nancys ...................................... $$ .................. 366-4120 Schooner Bay The Blacky Lodge .................. $$$ .................. 376-0321 The Red Marlin Bistro...............$$....................426-5440 Judy Maes Kitchen....................$.....................475-7626 Beach Cabana Bar......................$.....................376-9858 Emergency Services Emergancy Medical Services (Ambulance) 367-2911 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 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 Medical Services Abaco Family Medicine, M.H ...................................... 367-2295 Abaco Medi-Center, M.H.............................................367-9999 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic, M.H ........................ 367-0020 Chiropractor-Dr. Lewis, M.H........................................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 Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Green Turtle Cay 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 Treasure Cay Marina........ ..150......... F............... ..365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina .......... 28 ......... F .................365-6008 Marsh Harbour 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 Hope Town Marina ............ 62 ............................ 366-0003 Lighthouse Marina .............. 6 ......... F ................366-0154 Sea Spray .......................... 60 ......... F ................366-0065 South Abaco Schooner Bay .................... 15 ......... F ................475-7626 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina ........... 40 ......... F ................365-0083 Guana Cay 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 Airlines Serving Abaco Abaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ........................... 367-2266 New Smyrna Beah.......................1-386-478-0600 Miami ..................................................... 367-2231 US Reservation..............................1-800-433-7300 Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud .............................367-2095 Craig Air Jacksonville...........................................................367-3522 Island Wings Ft. Lauderdale.....................................1-954-274-6214 Freeport ............................................................... 367-0446 Orlando, Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach ............ 367-3415 US Reservation...................................1-800-231-0856 Nassau ......................................................... 367-0996 Reservation.......................................1-242-377-8993 Nassau ........................................................... 367-3722 Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida .........................................................367-1920 Taxi Cab Fares one or two passengers 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 Attractions 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 Beaches Pocket 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 Miles of beach (most exposed to ocean) www.theabaconian.com Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay. F advised to contact the oce for the changes. Green Turtle Ferry Abaco Adventures Pinders Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Bahamas Ferries Winter Schedule only (Jan 3rd to Apr 15th, 2014) Dep Nassau 2 pm...Arrive S. Abaco 8 pm... Dep S. Abaco 9 pm. Arrive Freeport Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutes Marsh Harbour cont... Terrance Davis .......... 375-8550 Buddy Pinder ............ 366-2163 Justin Sands ............. 359-6890 Danny Sawyer .......... 367-3577 Jay Sawyer ............... 367-3941 Abaco Lodge..............577-1747 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh ... 477-5037 Edward Rolle ............ 365-0024 Pedro Thurston ......... 365-2405 Sandy Point Valantino Adderley .... 366-4323 Anthony Bain ............ 366-4107 Rickmons.........366-4139/4477 Petes Guest House...366-4119 Patrick Roberts..........366-4285 Treasure Cay Capt. Joe Pritchard ... 559-9117 Carey McKenzie.........365-8313 Casaurina Point Junior Albury ............... 366-3058 Cherokee Donnie Lowe................366-2275 Maxwell Sawyer............366-3058 Marty Sawyer ............ ..366-2115 Randy Sawyer ............ 366-2284 Will Sawyer ................. 366-2177 Crossing Rocks Tony Russell ............... 366-3259 Green Turtle Cay Rick Sawyer ................ 365-4261 Ronnie Sawyer ........... 357-6667 Hope Town Maitland Lowe ............ 366-0234 Tom Albury .................. 366-3141 Marsh Harbour Jody Albury ................375-8068 Sidney Albury............... 477-5996 Richard Albury ............577-0313 Dental Services 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 Pharmacy Abaco Island Pharmacy, Marsh Harbour......................367-2544 Treasure Cay..........................365-8061 Chemist shoppe, Marsh Harbour.................................367-3106 Veterinary 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 April 2014 All phones use area code 242 unless noted Tours & Excursions .......... ....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 Lucky Strike Hope Town.............................366-0101 Sea Gull Hope Town.................................366-0266 A Salt Weapon Hope Town........................366-0245 Down Deep...................................................366-3143 Local Boy......................................................366-0528 Back Breaker................................................365-5140 Marsh Harbour: Abaco Beach Resort Snappas Grill & Chill Curlytails Mangoes Restaurant Hope Town: Abaco Inn Capn Jacks H.T. Harbour Lodge Sea Spray Wi-Fi Hotspots Green Turle Cay: Sundowners McIntosh Restaurant Jolly Roger Bar & Bistro Leeward Yacht Club Bluff House Guana Cay: Guana Grabbers Nippers Bar & Grill M-O-W Cay: Man-O-War Marina Islanders Restaurant

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 22 NUMBER 09 May 1st, 2014 CARIFTA swimmer returns as hero Hope Town School held a wine & cheese fundraiser on April 17. A fo cus of the fundraiser was the book the schoolchildren wrote and illustrated: Up Cycles to School. A great crowd turned out to the Hope Town Harbour Lodge to enjoy an evening browsing auction items, interacting with the stu dents and socializing over a glass of wine. A centerpiece of the evening was throughout the event as individuals and families put money towards art sup plies, playground equipment, musical instruments and many other supplies and necessary services. One of the big gest individual donations came from the Mack family, who funded a years worth of high speed internet for the school. The largest big ticket item that did not get funded that night was the set of twelve tablets priced at $500 a piece, or a total of $6,000. The school is still Throughout the evening students Hope Town School Wine & Cheese event raises funds Please see Wine Page 2 Above: a welcome home party at the airport for Abaco Swim Clubs Joshua Wong who competed with the Bahamas National Team at CARIFTA in Aruba. Thanks to the efforts of came out to a fundraiser for the school held at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge.

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian May 1, 2014 Abaco Real Estate proudly displayed their collective work. Up Cycles to School has been selling throughout Abaco and goes towards funding the public school. The books were, of course, on sale that night as well. Local artist, Atilla Festz, had on dis play shirts that featured artwork from the school students. In a unique style, the art depicted sharks, crabs, marlins and many other Bahamian animals. Proceeds from sale of the shirts went towards the school. The private room at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge provided a great venue for the event. Guests mingled between auction stations, the wine table and spoke to teach ers, students and volunteers. School & Youth News Wine From Page 1 Above: guests holding the students book, Up Cycles to School. Below: group hug. On April 12 Friends of the Man-OWar Swimmers held a luau cookout at the home of Dr. Leo & Charlotte Landhuis in Man-O-War. Guests at the event were treated to a Hawaiian themed afternoon complete with hula skirts and leis on the beach. Food was served and fresh coconut milk was on hand to wash it down. The event was organized to raise money for the swimmers and the swimming program on Man-O-War. Six children from Man-O-War have travelled and competed in national swim meets so far. A live and silent auction kept people busy as they tried to secure the best deals of the day. A limbo contest, best-dressed competition and live music kept everyone entertained. Organizer and coach, Amelia Putnam Sands, said to the crowd, The Man-OWar Swimmers would not exist without the help of everyone here. We have had so many generous sponsors and support ers. Our friends have provided their time, ideas, prizes, items for auction and so much more. Our parents have been cook ing, decorating and setting up this luau for all to enjoy. I have seen the most support for the Man-O-War Swimmers while plan ning this event. She also reminisced about the origins of organized swimming on the cay, Orga nized swimming started on MOW with our very own Arthur Eldon. He used to teach the kids in the harbour and Im happy to be involved in getting the kids back into the sport. Luau supports Man-O-War swimmers Above: Coach Amelia Putnam Sands introduces some of the swimmers.

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian May 1, 2014 Dr. Mitchell will be at Integrated Medical Centre on Thursday May 8, 2014 Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax : 366-2022Mon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm Sat 7:30am-7pmThe Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food Fair OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Sales, Rentals and Property Management ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: NEW LISTING!!! 1/4 acre waterfront lot on the Sea of Abaco high on a blu overlooking the Sea of Abaco and Munjack Cay. Stunning sunsets. $245,000.00. NEW LISTING!!!11,000 sq.ft.lot with good elevation just a short walk to Coco Bay Beach and a public dock B$44,000.00. NEW LISTING!!! 10,868 sq, ft. lot in prime residential area near Coco Bay Beach. $42,000.00. NEW LISTING!!! Immaculate large three bedroom two bath furnished home with views of Black Sound and the Sea of Abaco. Central A/C. Short distance to town of New Plymouth and Long Bay Beach. B$395,000.00 SOLD!!! Hilltop commercial lot on entry road to settlement of New Plymouth.. Great Opportunity! Twin Palms oers two immaculate attached furnished waterfront townhouses on the Sea of Abaco. Each side mirrors the other with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. A/C throughout. Internet and satellite. 2 Kayaks. Mini putts. Newly built 60 dock accommodates 42 boat. .537 acres. Asking Price $1.65m.. JUST REDUCED!!! 9,600 sq.ft. lot just steps to the Atlantic Ocean Beach. Quiet residential area. B $55,000.00. BACK ON MARKET! 85 x 120 lot with start-up foundation. Less then 300 steps to the Atlantic Ocean Beach. A great buy at B$59,000.00. 20,000 sq.ft. parcel 125 from Long Bay Beach. Water view possible. Water and power accessible. B $195,000.00. PRICE REDUCTION!!! The Pink Pearl Completely re-furbished 115 year old historic wood building centrally located in the heart of New Plymouth. Commercial/or residential use. Excellent tenant in place .Short walk to Settlement Creek and ferry service. Parking area. B$169,900.00. The Golden Reef Large two story commercial building in the heart of historic New Plymouth. Shop/oce space on ground oor. Two furnished two bedroom one bath apartments on second oor with good rental history and sea views. Parking space. $550,000.00 Funeral Service for Leah Made line Pinder age 60 years, of Marsh Harbour, Ab aco, was held at The Grace was Pastor David Cartwright assisted by Kevin Sawyer. She is survived by her husband: Rob ert Noel Pinder; her children: Heather Samantha Sawyer and Robert Zach Pin der; two grandchildren: Samantha Noelle Sawyer and Alexander Clint Sawyer; sonin-law: Clint Hamilton Sawyer; sisters: Janice Burchards and Marsha Geraghty Starling; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; many dear close friends in Abaco and Nassau. Alma Albury (nicknamed Flash) born March 10th 1940, died on March 17th 2014 in Nassau after a long illness. He was born in Man-O-War Cay and re sided in Treasure Cay since 1966. He left his wife Rosemary Albury and his chil dren Hank, Lounette, Roddy, Jed and their families, numerous relatives and friends to miss him. Thank you all for your prayers. Remembering Family and Friends Crime Report EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Marco Air Conditioning is accepting applications for: Point Of Sale/Oce Assistant. Applicants must be computer literate, have accounting skills, Procient in Excel and Word and ability to multi task a must. Interested persons can submit resume via fax: 367-3469, P.O. Box AB-20192 or drop o along with your contact number, references and police record. No telephone calls please. All Genders welcome. Stealing At 11:50am on Friday 25th April, 2014, a 56 year old male of Murphy Town reported that sometime between 4:00pm on 24th April, 2014 and 8:00am on 25th April, 2014, some unknown person/s en tered a storage area and stole three (3) tires lice action requested. Investigation continues. Shopbreaking At 8:55am on Tuesday 22nd April, 2014, a 29 year old male of Leisure Lee, Abaco & c/o a local provisioning company located in Marsh Harbour reported that sometime between 21/4/14 and 22/4/14, some unknown person/s entered his work place and stole an assortment of beers, juice and food. Police action requested. Investigation continues. Found Drugs At 12:50am on 23rd April, 2014, tion found while on patrol a clear plastic bag containing suspected marijuana and reported while making a check of a local Club located in Dundas Town, Abaco.Tthe same was discovered on the inside. Investigation continues. Call 919 to report suspicious behaviour. Abaco Central High School wins the annual Mathematics and Science Contest By Mirella Santillo A team of three grade 12 students from Abaco Central High School won the annual Mathematics and Science contest organized by the Department of Education. Conrad Cornish, Jessica Pierre and by a margin of 10 points in front of SC Bootle. Four high schoolsSt Francis de Sales, Agape Christian School, SC Bootle and Abaco Central High School participat ed in the three hour competition that was held on April 11 at Friendship Tabernacle. The contest was divided in two lev els; questions in level I had to be answered within ten seconds; questions in level two had to be answered in thirty seconds. The subjects included algebra, variations, ge ometry, biology, botany, minerals and vi tamins. The students explained that a speed run decided on the winners. They said that felt they were under pressure because of the time limit and thus committed a few mistakes that cost them points. They are still pleased with the results Bootle High School. School & Youth News Agape Christian School wins Primary Math and Science Competition By Samantha Evans On Wednesday March 26, beginning at 10am, the Primary Mathematics and Science Competition was held at the Old Friendship Tabernacle Church in Dundas Town. Nine schools participated and had a team of three students to compete from Grades 4 to 6. The participating schools were: Amy Roberts, Agape Christian School, Angels Academy, Central Abaco Primary, Coo pers Town Primary, Long Bay School, Hope Town School, Crossing Rocks Pri mary and St. Francis de Sales Catholic School. The students were asked to answer questions individually and as a team. All questions were from the Science and Math ematics Primary School Curriculum. The top three teams from this com petition were: Crossing Rocks Primary School in third place, Amy Roberts in second place and Agape Christian School Felemease Sawyer from the Department of Participants from the top three schools

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 School & Youth News By Samantha Evans On Wednesday evening April 2, 2014, the Kiwanis Club of Central Abaco the Key Club and K-kids and the Charter Ceremony for the K-kids. President of the Kiwanis Club of Abaco, Mr. William Davis, gave the highlights of the positive things the students have been doing such as community clean-ups. He is a product of Key Club so was able to assure the parents that it will build the moral and character of their children. Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis Bahamas, Christine King, brought brief remarks. She gave a brief history of the Kiwanis Club in The Bahamas and spoke of the social and leadership aspects of the youth arms of this association. Remarks were also given by Senior Island Admin istrator Preston Cunningham who com mended those who take the time to mentor youth and congratulated those youth who joined these clubs to make a difference in the communities where they live and go to school. The guest speaker was Renardo Cur ry, M.P. for North Abaco and Parliamen Minister. He began by commending the Kiwanis Club for mentoring Abaco youth and those across The Bahamas because and charters club on Abaco on April 2. they are the future. He encouraged the members to have a mindset of service and to remain humble when they are given op portunities to serve. He told the youth that there are three things he embraced since leaving high school. Firstly, they must be dedicated to their dreams and to themselves. Secondly, they must have integrity. They should not cheat on exams, take credit for the work of others, nor be dishonest in their business dealings. Finally, they must be prepared to work as a team. Teamwork is important if they are to success because they will need the expertise of others. Melford Clarke, Bahamas District Admin istrator, and the K-kids were presented with their charter by Stephen Brennen, As sistant K-kids District Administrator. President-Vinesha LaRose, Secretary-Jes sica Pierre, Treasurer-Kermeisha Curry, and Editor-Kelsey Burrows. The three di rectors are: Sondley Cajuste, Malesha Jo seph, and Nagee Williams. The executive Saunders, Vice President-Jerry Laguerre, Secretary-Brenisha Davis, TreasurerAshanti Thompson and Editor-Kaithlyn Francis. The three directors from grades 4, 5, and 6 are: Nikia Ferguson, Lorvencia Orvil, and Arianna Cartwright. handbook. The world premiere of Every Child Counts documentary to be held in Nassau Press Release Every Child Counts, a pioneering special needs school in Abaco which refus es to leave any child behind, has become the subject of an international documen tary. partnered with Ryerson University after discovering a shared interest in the school. The three-year project chronicles the jour ney from typical island school to a beacon of hope for disabled children faced with limited educational options. As the name suggests, the school excludes no child be The world premiere of the documen tary will take place in Nassau this Satur day, April 26 at 7pm at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and will be attend ed by the president of Ryerson. nadian television team who originally in tended to make a short fundraising video, but quickly realized that the inspirational story has a much broader appeal. The premiere coincides with recent efforts by the Bahamian government to pass legislation concerning disability is sues, in particular providing for the educa tional needs of special needs children. The school is hoping it will receive Please see Film Page 6

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian May 1, 2014 THE NEW GOVERNMENT COMPLEX TELEPHONE NUMBERS Administrators Oce..........................242-699-0000 Dept of Education.................................242-699-0016 Dept of Environmental Health............242-699-0032 Min of Finance/Business License..........242-699-0052 Dept of Immigration.............................242-699-0067 Magistrates Court................................242-699-0092 National Insurance Board.....................242-367-2639 Public Treasury.....................................242-367-2647 Dept of Social Services.........................242-699-0150 Ministry of Tourism.............................242-699-0152 Local Government Council.................242-699-0165 Auditor General Dept..........................242-699-0171 Bahamas Mortgage Corp.....................242-699-0177 Dept of Information Technology...........242-699-0182 Dept of Housing...................................242-699-0187 Dept of Labour.....................................242-699-0200 Dept of Marine Resources....................242-699-0202 Road Trac Dept.................................242-699-0217 Ministry of Youth Sports & Culture.....242-699-0228 Prime Ministers Oce........................242-699-0241 Passport Oce.....................................242-699-0244 FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE TO CUT OUT AND SAVE Above: His Excellency the Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes welcomes Grade 4, 5 and 6 students from Fox Town Primary School, Abaco to Government House on Monday, 6; Ms. Nadia McDermott, Grade 4 teacher; Ms. Claudette Adderley, Grade 3 teacher and a parent, Ms. Nicola Mills. (BIS PHOTO/Letisha Henderson) School & Youth News Fox Town Primary pays courtesy call to Governor General some funding if the legislation passes. Cur rently, salary for only two teachers is pro vided by the government and all other costs must be covered by donations and modest tuition fees. on the schools founder, Lyn Major, who refuses to turn away any student, even if their parents can afford to pay nothing. The school costs around $400,000 a year to run. On Friday evening, the president of Ryerson, Sheldon Levy, will host a spe cial reception at the British Colonial Hilton for members of the Bahamian educational community to tell them about the Ryerson Bahamas Project a scheme which to date has seen 40 Ryerson students volunteer at Every Child Counts. The academic placements run every spring for 5-9 weeks and see the students trained in disability teaching, curricula, Film From Page 5 and community organizational skills. They work directly in the classroom with the students, and also develop educational resources on topics such as human rights, disability awareness and anti-bullying pre sentations and materials. They also assist with the Special Olympics and other school activities and with the schools new vocational training and sales center. The Bahamas Project is expanding into a Ryerson University International Community Engagement credit course, be ginning in February 15. All the course ac tivities are developed in collaboration with Every Child Counts. Saturdays premiere is being held under the patronage of Catholic Archbish op Patrick Pinder. Attendees will have a chance to meet and talk with the schools founder and some of its facilitators, includ ing producer Wendy Loten of Loten Me dia. By Mirella Santillo A group of forty six people from Grand Bahama, comprised of thirty six grade four students, Principal, teachers and parents came for a days visit to Abaco on April 16. The Principal of Walker Parker Pri Freeport students visited Abaco on one-day excursion mary School in Freeport, Mrs. Jacqueline Pinder, accompanied by students, teachers and chaperons was picked up in Crown Haven from the early morning ferry from Grand Bahama by tour operator, Mrs. Please see Visit Page 7

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 VERTICAL CONSTRUCTION & PROJECT MANAGEMENT School & Youth News By Canishka Alexander On April 12, cadets enrolled in the Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corps of Abaco participated in a practical outdoor class room experience. According to Abacos BMCC Coordinator Glender Knowles, the cadets took part in a bridge familiarization and learned parts of the ship onboard the M/V Duke. Knowles thanked Captain Michael Bethel for granting permission to them for the tour, and applauded Captain Chu for his presentation. The cadets were also en gaged in a navigation exercise aboard Al bury's Ferry to Hope Town Harbour. This exercise included observation of navigation markers, headings, ranges, tides, wind direction, draft of the vessel and safety equipment on board the vessel, Knowles explained. Additionally, the Ca dets were tested on the general rules of the road, and I thank Mr. Dennis Knowles and owners of Albury's Ferry for sponsor ing this event. Later, a brief lecture took place at the Marsh Harbour Port Administration tor, Marques Williams, who is a graduate of the prestigious SUNY Maritime. Wil liams spoke about the business side of the maritime industry. He also informed the cadets of the importance of the Internation al Maritime Organization (IMO), which is responsible for making up the rules that govern the industry. Finally, Knowles made an appeal to students interested in becoming cadets and looking forward to joining the Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corps, which is an afterschool program for students in Grade 10 to 12. Please contact Glender Knowles at 646-7072 or speak to your schools guid ance counsellors for contact information. BMCC Cadets schooled on navigation by maritime professionals Above: BMCC Cadets standing alongside Abaco BMCC Coordinator Glender Knowles Every year, the Tribune newspaper organizes an Easter Basket Colouring Competition from Marsh Harbour and two of them placed in the six to seven year-old category. Grace Ann Bethel and Faith Francis placed second and third, respectively. This was The photo shows Grace Ann and Faith Francis along with Joshua Bethel, Kaitlyn Francis and Laila Parotti, who placed at the local level. Abaco children place second, third in Tribunes Easter Colouring Competition By Samantha Evans Crossing Rocks Primary School along with the Crossing Rocks community Walk on 15th March, 2014. The walk be gan at the St. Marks Baptist Church at 8 a.m. In attendance were District Superin tendent Dr. Lenora J. Black and Admin istrator for South Abaco Lavon HarrisSmith. Ms. Smith gave a brief history about the One Bahamas Unity Walk. Dr. Lenora Black gave well wishes to all par ticipants and expressed her gratitude to all in attendance. Participants walked for one mile through the community. The walk con cluded at the bus stop where Administrator Smith conducted cool down exercises. The walk was coordinated by Principal Mrs. Simone Pinder who thanked all supporters and encouraged them to invite more com munity members for next years walk. Crossing Rocks Primary School held One Bahamas Unity Walk Glender Knowles. Driving from Crown Haven after a breakfast stop, they headed to the Green Turtle Cay ferry dock where they boarding the ferry at 11:30. On Green Turtle Cay, they visited the Albert Lowe Museum and the Memorial Sculpture Garden, before settling for lunch at the Wrecking Tree. Back to the main island on the 3:00 pm ferry, they were driven to the famous Treasure Cay beach to enjoy a few mo ments of sand and sea near the Coco Bar. Visit From Page 6 For Mrs. Pinder, it was an amazing trip. The Principal said it was an educa tional, exciting, engaging trip, a thrilling experience outside the classroom. It was dren. Some of them had never been out of Grand Bahama. For Anastasia Clarke, a grade 4 teacher, the trip to Treasure Cay was es pecially enjoyable. The ferry ride was also fun. I loved Treasure Cay, she said. Mrs. Knowles had planned for the group to stop for pies in Coopers Town, before taking the visitors back to Crown Haven to catch the afternoon ferry back to Grand Bahama.

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian May 1, 2014 Above: On April 5, the Scotia Defenders held a beach volleyball tournament in Nas and eight men teams. Shakera Cooper (l) and Lakeshia Albury (r), who are both from Abaco, placed second in the women's category. Margaret Albury (pictured in the middle) assisted in distributing tro phies and cash prizes. Sports Abaco girls place in beach volleyball tournament By Mirella Santillo An annual soccer competition be tween Abaco Central High School and SC Bootle High School took place over two days on April 8 and April 15 at the Murphy The outcome was a victory for the Abaco Central High School Marlins who won two games by two goals to one (2-1) against their long-time rivals, the SC Boo tle Dynamic Dolphins. petitions started between the two schools that ACH won, explained Coach Christine Jenoure. She added that Loudjino Box was the MVP for ACH together with a few other students who contributed to the victory. The best players for the Marlins were Emmanuel Lor Fils, Woodly Jean, Relle -Plench Pharisien, Carry Jean-Louis, Johnson Jean and Loudjino Box. Abaco Central High School wins soccer competition over rival SC Bootle High Bootle. Sherwood Simms Basketball Tournament competition By Mirella Santillo The Sherwood Simms Basketball Tournament, which started on March 20, culminated in three championship games played on April 12. The Abaco Central High School Mar lins won the under-15 championship over the Zion Knights 23 to 15 and beat Change Ministries team in a very heated game that went into over time, 34 to 30 In the under-13 category, the cham pionship game went to Change Ministries team who beat the Zion Knights 23 to 15. The Marlins had defeated the Youth In Action team in the under-15 category, 35 to 19 during the play-off the previous day, qualifying for the championship. Also in the under-15 category, the Zion Knights had defeated Randy Davis Change Ministries team 20 to 18 in a well matched game. In the third play-off game, Abaco Central High Schools Marlins under-19 defeated Pastor Emmet Archers Youth Ministries team 30 to 22 In the fourth game, a strong Change Ministries team, which included some of Please See Simms Page 9

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 the Eagles best players (Agape Christian Schools team) won over the Zion Knights 38 to 21. The last play-off game in the open category ended up with another victory for Change Ministries against the Knights 41 to 27. The Eagles Coaches, Mr. Wayde Adderley and Mr. Godfrey Rolle Sr at tended the games as spectators. It was to be the Marlins against Change Ministries in the championship. The under-13 game featuring Central Abaco Primary School against the Zion Knights was cancelled as the young chil dren had participated in a two-day InterSchool Sports event and were too tired to attend. During the Friday games the Marlins quarter, closing at 13 to 2 at half time. They allowed Change Ministries to equal ize with a tie of 22 points each. The refer Sports Simms From Page8 ees decided on a 3 minute overtime which still ended in a tie. The teams were then given four shots each which decided on the outcome as the Marlins did not miss a shot. In the under-13 age group, Treshawn Swain with Change Ministries was voted the best player. In the under-15, Wesley Romanville was the MVP for the Marlins. Edwood Stuart also from ACH was the MVP in the under-19 category. Godfrey Rolle was the MVP for Change Ministries in the open-age group. Shantel Penn coaches the under-15 Marlins while the Principal, Ricardo Fer guson, takes care of the older boys. They will be traveling to Bimini to participate in a tournament after Easter. Randy Davis is the coach for all the Change Ministries teams while Pastor Emmett Archer coaches the Youth Minis tries teams; Stretch Morley still coaches Youth in Action and Nelson Carol coaches the Zion Knights. Gilbert Davis, Christopher Smith and Ishmael Morley acted as referees since the beginning of the tournament. All the games took place at the Zions Cathedral Basket ball court. The second annual Church League Summer Basketball program will start in May after examinations have ended. Above: the ACH championship senior boy team.

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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian May 1, 2014 Royal Harbour Village Suite 102A Marsh Harbour, Abaco (Next to Abaco Gold) Dr. Barry Russell Orthodontist Will be in oce Monday May 12 th Ph: 242-367-0164 E-mail: AbacoDentalAssociates@gmail.com 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 CongratulationsTo Brandon Sawyer For completing the Professional Pilot Program Which included a Commercial Helicopter License Instrument Rating & Instructor Love, Mom & Dad We are so proud of you! Overview Provided by Nassau Guardian, Individual Stories by Timothy Roberts The Bahamas Swim Team made his tory after winning the 2014 CARIFTA time since the event began. It took four grueling days of compe tition to get it done, but, at the end of it all, the 36-member Bahamian swim team emerged victorious over 20 other countries swimming title. The win comes on the just a few days earlier. Since the coming together of the young but talented squad, there have been a lot of high hopes and expectations. Head leading up to the event. He often spoke about the strength and depth of the squad and its ability to do something special. with 736.50 points, more than 100 points country, Aruba, scored 618 points, and third, with 540 points. The Bahamas also 55 total medals 23 gold, 22 silver and 10 bronze. Aruba was next with 51 total med als 16, gold, 16 silver and 19 bronze, and Trinidad & Tobago was third on the medal chart with 34 total medals 16 gold, 11 silver and seven bronze. This year served somewhat as a year of redemption for Team Bahamas, after 10 years. Joanna Evans and Margaret Albury Higgs were expected to be key contributors for the team, and they did not disappoint. ners in their respective divisions. Albury Higgs captured the 13-14 girls division with 78 total points, more than twice as much as the next highest scorer, Lesy Celini of Guadeloupe, with 35 points. Evans also took her age division quite convincingly. She won the 15-17 girls di vision with 70 points. Daniella Van den Sports Berg, of Aruba, was the next highest scor er, with 41 total points. The Bahamas won 16 medals on the to 55. Albury Higgs was very impressive as she dominated the 13-14 girls 200 me ters (m) individual medley (IM), as well as 100m freestyle. Dustin Tynes was also impressive. breaststroke in a CARIFTA record time of in the 15-17 girls 50m breast, and Samuel Gibson took the gold in the 11-12 boys The 11-12 boys won the 400m med ley relay in 4:33.43, almost 10 seconds The team consisted of Peter Morley, Izaak Bastian, Darren Laing and Samuel Gibson. boys 50m breast. The open water division was added to the competition this year. It has not been one of the countrys main focus over the years, but even so, Evans managed to win gold in the 15-17 5k open water swim race, an event that Coach Knowles feels needs more focus. Joshua Wong Above: Joshua with his parents Kristi and Jeremy Wong. Joshua Wong made a strong showing to make an even bigger impact for Team Bahamas at CISC in the summer. He competed well in every race he entered and missed earning three medals in three events by a combined total of .86 sec onds. At the end of the competition Joshua placed fourth in the 100 and 200 meter Breaststroke and seventh in the 50 meter of the 400 meter Medley Relay team. He said I really didnt know what to adjusted to everything it got easier. Like Joshua said that CARIFTA was a real eye-opener for him with the level of competition there. It was one race after another; it was really fast. I didnt expect it to be that fast, he said. This is what I was training for, Joshua said. You really have to work hard to get on the team and I am really proud of myself for making it there. He said he is also happy that he dropped time in all of his races which was one of his biggest goals. He said Its a really good feeling to know that Im a part of that team (that won Miller Albury Above: Miller Albury swimming in Aruba. Miller Albury said he was proud to be a part of the Bahamas National CARI FTA Swim Team, making history for The Bahamas in Aruba. Although this was his third appearance at CARIFTA, this one was "Special", as the team came away with Please See CARIFTA Page 11 Above: Joshua was greeted by a large crowd when he returned from CARIFTA, including Abaco Swim Club coaches. Left to right: Brenda Sawyer, Chris Higgs, Joshua Wong, Sara Knowles and Laurence Higgs.

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 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 10 & 11 Sports history of the competition. Miller made his contribution swim of those events, with personal best times in 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle and "It was a tough meet for me, espe cially in backstroke, with strong competi deciding winners and losers", Miller said, one-one-hundredth of a second. However, Miller said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience adding that these are "some of the best memories of my life. I was happy to be a part of this experi ence and love this entire team with all my heart". Miller missed the welcome home both in Nassau and in Abaco as he and other teammates returned directly to school in the US. He says he will now set his sights on The RBC National Swimming competition in June and hopes to attend the CICS swimming competition in Barbados in July. Lily Higgs Attending her second CARIFTA event Lily Higgs said that this years expe in more focused and in much better shape. Even though I was at the younger end of the age group, I was still determined to get on the podium and I achieved my goal with CARIFTA From Page 10 a bronze in the 200 meter Individual Med ley! she said. She said It was great to see all the friends from other countries around the Caribbean, and I met knew ones this year. She said she looks forward to repre senting the Bahamas again in Barbados for July. in the 400 meter Individual Medley, sixth place in the 5K open water swim and eighth place in the 800 meter freestyle with personal best times in every race. Margaret Albury Higgs Competing in her fourth CARIFTA, Margaret Albury Higgs continues to make her country proud, including a record breaking performance. "Since I was entered this year under converted (short course) times, it was not a sure thing that I would win even the races others. When I broke the record for the 100 Breast, it was a great feeling, she said. And I am so proud to be a part of the as well. She said she has been working hard training, and is very pleased with her re the 200, 100 and 50 meter breaststroke, and 400 and 200 meter individual medley. She earned four silver medals in the 800, 400 and 200 meter freestyle and 200 meter the 5K open water swim. Albury set a new CARIFTA record in the 100 meter breaststroke with a time of 1:14.91, and was the High Point winner for her age group with 82 total points. Above: Albury (left) and Lily (right) with their father Chris Higgs.

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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian May 1, 2014 Abaco Marine Props Propellers Reconditioned & RehubbedBrass Stainless Aluminum Sandblasting & Marine Grade Welding on Stainless & Aluminum Across the Street from Abaco Outboards Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-4276 Fax: 242-367-4259 Certied Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas For more info Visit www.epyontech.org 242 .367.1329 A b a c o s T e c h n o l o g y S u p e r S t o r e Man-O-War Primary conducts Call to Action Day to raise awareness By Kellie Janes Man-O-War Primary's Eco Club 'God's Gardeners' Call to Action Day was held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The Club members had been busy planning long be fore this day. The eco committee decided about climate change by surveying adults in the community. The students wrote the survey with questions that would help them determine the level of knowledge on the topic of climate change and carbon foot prints. After surveying 48 residents, the grade six students made graphs showing the results. The graphs showed that most of the adults surveyed knew very little about global climate change. The students de cided that it was very important to inform the community about simple steps they can take to reduce co2 gas emissions. The aim was to get the residents of the community to make some simple life style changes to reduce the carbon footprint of the island. The committee chose three members to write a play for the school to perform. The play featured a mad scientist, Walter. (played by Nathan Sweeting) and his as sistant the lovely Luna (played by Aaliyah Roberts). Walter was trying to make a potion to stop Global Warming. He trav eled the Globe speaking with a Canadian, a Russian, an Australian, a Jamaican, and change. As a result of their travels the mad scientist Walter realizes that the warming atmosphere is making changes worldwide. He sees that his potion won't work but some simple actions taken by all of us will help reduce co2 emissions. The lower primary students were in charge of asking the audience to make some pledges to take steps that result in smaller carbon footprints. Pledges were: -To walk or ride bikes more often. -Use the sun to dry laundry when possible. -Always take a reusable bag to the grocery store. -Change lights at home to use com Turn off lights and/or unplug electri cal gadgets when not in use. School & Youth News The students made small laminated signs to place at key locations to remind people of the pledges they were making. These were given to those who attended the play. These small reminders will help those in the audience remember to take their reusable bags to the grocery store, use their laundry line and join the students on walking-Wednesdays. The Eco Club was delighted by the turn out on Tuesday evening. Many friends came to New Life Bible Chapel for the play. Man-O-War Grocery Store has joined our initiative and will be offering their customers a discount each time they remember to bring their reusable bags for a purchase. The students will be taking a follow up survey when they return after Easter break. This will help them determine if the residents who attended the play have been successful in making these simple life style changes. acter Matters which used a collection of classic fairytale stories to show why good character is important. The play was also part of an appeal to assist in raising funds for Agape entertains with school play CAPS wins Grades 5 and 6 General Knowledge Competition By Samantha Evans On Wednesday April 9, 2014, the Grades 5 and 6 General Knowledge Com petition was held at the Old Friendship Tabernacle Church in Dundas Town. The competition began at 10 am with six schools participating. The schools were: Amy Roberts, An gels Academy, Agape Christian School, Hope Town School, Central Abaco Pri mary, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School and Man-O-War. The students received three rounds team questions. The questions came from four categories including Language Arts, Family Life, Social Studies and Religious Knowledge. At the end of the competition, the top three schools were: in third place Long Bay School with 60 points, in second place Man-O-War All Aged School with 70 points and the winning school with perfect scores was Central Abaco Primary School with 95 points. Each member of the win ning team was presented with a trophy and By Samantha Evans On a cool spring, Sunday afternoon on April 13, the Spring Lenten Tea Party was held at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church Hall on Don Mackay Blvd. The event began at 4pm at which time the judg es began viewing the displays for the Eas ter Bonnet Competition, the Table Deco rating Competition and the Fan Decorating Competition. Each category was judged based on Originality, Creativity, Execution of Theme, and Presentation. Once the judges were done, the per formances started. Many churches took part in this Lenten Tea Party, with per formances ranging from singing to danc ing to chorale reading to modeling. The guest performers were the Culture Club of Central Abaco Primary School, the Choir from Marsh Harbour Seventh Day Adventist Church, Dancers from St. Mar tins Church, models from K-kids, songs by Tanna Newbold and Akeem Adderley, a dance by St. Andrews Angels, and models from St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. Once the performances were done, the judges announced the winners in each category. The winner of the Fan Decorat ing Competition was Monica Adderley. The winner of the Table Decorating Com petition was Central Abaco Primary School K-kids. Finally, the winner of the Easter Bonnet Competition was Evelyn Smith. All participants were presented with was acting Rector for the host church Mrs. Angela Palacious. This event was hosted by the Anglican Church Women (ACW) where the coordinator for the second year was Kayla Wallace. Spring Tea Party held at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church Team from SCAN Bahamas visits Abaco public schools to discuss abuse By Samantha Evans During the third week of March, a team of three representatives from the SCAN Team in New Providence vis ited the island of Abaco. While visiting schools, they shared pertinent information with teachers and students. They enlight ened students about the various types of child abuse such as physical, emotional, neglect, and sexual. Several demonstrations were con ducted and a moment of question/answer period was held. At smaller schools like James A. Pinder, students were also al lowed to speak with the team individually in the presence of the principal. They also highlighted some matters of concern which were noted. Overall, both teachers and students found the presentation interesting, infor mative and rewarding. The presentation was made to students from Grades 4 and over.

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 Across 3. ELEUTHERA Home of the Glass Window Bridge 6. ALEXANDRIA Abaco ruins near Hole in the Wall on Soldier Road 10. MANGROVE Fish nursery 11. BEAR Grizzly, Black, Brown, Etc 12. WHITE Sound shared by Elbow Cay and Green Turtle Cay 14. KEYS Open doors 16. OYSTERS Tasty bivalves 19. COCONUT Filled with jelly and water 21. LIGHTHOUSE Candy striped in Hope Town Across 4. Island community off of Sandy Point 6. Beautiful, Invasive Species 11. Light Wind 12. Fix 14. Filtered through grounds 15. Heavenly Host 16. Edible part of the coconut 1. Virgin cooking oil 2. Location of 2014 CARIFTA 4. Controls the tides, romantic 5. This Haven far north. 6. Bahamian rock 7. Autumn 8. Assistance 10. 212 Degrees Fahrenheit 13. Before the present 1. HAULING 2. RELAX Many come to The Bahamas to do this 4. TURTLE Feed on sea grass, protective shell 5. STARFISH Common echinoderm 7. FATE Destiny 8. LEATHER Animal hide 9. FLAMINGO National bird 12. WHALES Dolphins larger cousins 13. MARSH This Harbour is Abacos capitol. 15. SAILING Sport using wind 17. RAY Manta, eagle, etc. 18. KNOTS Stomaches and rope can both be tied in _______ 20. TOY Play thing April 15 Answers

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Contact Fran 458-3682 or e-mail jadeonthebrain@yahoo.com Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores Cozy is land home, 3 br/2 bath, 1500sf fully furnished bring your clothes, master suite w/king bed, waterviews, pool, family area, avail June 1st. Non-smoking home, short or long term lease $2000 monthly plus utilities 561-694-0443 Paradise Island / House for rent has 3 bed 2 bath / fully furnished / all appliances / living/ dining/ den/ large rooms / patio / washer, dry er. Available immediately; $2,250 per month; call 426-1158 or email : realestatedirector@ gmail.com Get Results Advertise with a Classified TODAY School & Youth News Bakers Bay extends sports program to wider community By Samantha Evans Bakers Bay Club launched its Com munity Footprints Program this year as a means of giving back. This program was started for Guana Cay children but has now been extended to other schools. Mr. Rob ert Bobbie Russell, Sports professional at the resort, recently took some students from James A Pinder School to teach them tennis and golf. He is pleased that this program started which exposes students to many new sports and opportunities in this area. He stated that the program is still small but he is looking forward to it being offered to more schools in the near future. He added that through his employment at Bakers Bay, he has been able to offer tennis classes to stu dents on mainland Marsh Harbour as a way of him giving back and sharing his talent with the community youth. He reached out to the MP for North Abaco, Renardo Curry, who sponsored three months of lessons for the students he already had enrolled. After those three month had expired, Mr. Russell matched those three months to assist the youth. Mr. Russell stated that he is very pleased with the performance of the youth in the program. He noted that Rhonda Hull is the sponsor of the program being offered at James A. Pinder which has been running for 10 weeks now. The program is offered during the school day and caters to twentyThe program is very successful as the students can tell the different tennis posi tions and movements of tennis. He said that he told the students that they do not know who will see them when they play and give them a scholarship. He added that it is because of scholarships that he and Golf Pro Rachel Riley went off to college and can now teach the sport. He noted that he and Rachel will soon start their school visits to tell about the opportu nities in sports. He encourages students to join the Bahamas Golf Federation Junior Division so that they can make the team and com pete for the Bahamas. Rachel Riley is the Chairman of the Junior Federation. To learn more they can email: rriley@bakers bayclub.com or funbobrussell@bakersbay club.com.

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May 1, 2014 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 SERVICES VEHICLES FOR SALE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EQUIPMENT FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Items for Sale, Employment, Services, Cars & Boats BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Get Results Advertise with a Classified Minimum for 3 lines of info $10 per issue Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color highlight on word ing, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 2423673677 Email: abaconian 19 2003 Spanish Wells Hull, 200 HP Yama ha 800 hrs, Bimini top, dive compressor, GPS $25,000. Call 359-6574 20 2011 Albury Brothers, Yamaha 150 4-Stroke (JUST 12 HOURS!) Extended en gine warranty until august, 2016 Furuno GPS / Radar / Sonar Combo Unit, ICOM VHF w/ antenna fresh water washdown, dual batter ies, battery charger, Lenco trim tabs w/ trim $59,900. Contact: Chris 772.528.0840 Lo cated: Southeast Florida 25 Irwin Sailboat Free Willy 15 hp HON DA outboard, needs TLC but is a great shal low draft sailboat. Can be seen in Great Guana Cay harbor. Bahamian registered and DUTY PAID! Contact Troy at Dive Guana 365 5178 26 Florida Marine, with twin 200HP, 2-stroke Yamaha outboards, new Garmin mini top, VHF, 1 downrigger, 2 outriggers, $19,000. Reduced to $15,000. DUTY PAID. Call 366-0154 or email: robertauger@msn. com 9 Fiberglass Dinghy, Hope Town $350. Please call 242.366.0635 13 Boston Whaler, new bottom paint, new Hull Sides Paint, New Rubrail. Dry Hull, Very nice Whaler in Excellent Condition. No En gine. $1,800. Call 366 3137 17 Offshore, 85 HP Yamaha in superb condi tion, low hours, 2013 Garmin 421s,Aluminum trailer, Priced to sell at $6,000 OBO. Call 3674760 19 Cornish Shrimper, UK boat, Classic sail boat moored at TC. Gaff rig with wood mast, boom, and bow sprit. Finished wood interior in Retractable centerboard (1 ft. to 4 ft.) Sleeps 2. Overnight cruiser or day sailor. Main, Jib and Covers. Sold separately trailer and motor. Collector quality. Turn heads with this rare beauty.242 $17,000 US, 365 8128 poppywf@ yahoo.com ask for Terry Fletcher 27, Center Console,Very Rare 2011 Albury Brothers, fully loaded, twin Yamaha 250 4-Strokes (87 Hours), extended engine war ranty until 8/16/2016, Furuno Electronics (12 & 8 color monitors), Furuno 72 NM Radar Sinrad auto pilot, brand new (3) Odyssey Bat teries, Taco 18 outriggers, LED lighting, leaning post w/ 30 Gallon Livewell, full can vas console & seat covers, numerous tackle storage. Owners declining health forces sale! $149,900 OBO / Trade. Delivery to Bahamas Possible. Contact: Chris 772.528.0840, fram bes.chris@gmail.com. Located: South Florida. More pictures available upon request. 29 Blackfin, Twin 250 HP Saltwater Series Yamahas. Duel control steering. Perfect for 577-5000 38 Chug Echo designed by Dudley Dix (few made), steel hull, aluminum superstructure, Lehman 120 diesel, Garman GPS maps, radar, sonar, 2 heaters, A/C, fuel polisher, 120 gal diesel, 40 gal water, propane stove, electric refrigerator, microwave, refrigerator. DUTY PAID and registered MOW. Asking $65K. Needs TLC Inquiries. May contact owner at john.long50@gmail.com 44 Thompson Trawler, double cabin, twin diesels, generator, inverter, dual a/c, well $43000. 727 543 3346, sailbum56@aol.com US TAXATION FOR DUAL CITIZENS: Tax Return Preparation & Consulting, Quick books and Business Accounting. Florida Con tact: Scott Williams, CPA at 954-419-1000 Scott@JDGilbert.com and www.jdgilbert.com 1999 Chrysler Minivan excellent condition, 70,000 miles,Plates good thru 4/2015. Priced to sell at $5,000 OBO. Call 367 Club Cart, Golf Cart, 2-seater, gas, carryall, Good Condition. Call 365-6502 or 475-8768 Boulders of Sale. All different sizes. For more information call: 367-2833 or 458-2808 Used Bantam Crane, for sale, Call 365-6006 Real Estate Sales Professional. Prior resort residential exp. preferred. Email: mark@ pordesresidential.com School & Youth News Left: The students and teachers of For est Heights Academy stood in support of the proposed East Abaco Creeks National Parks. They spelled out the letters for the East Abaco Creeks (EAC) on the school Friends of the Environment and the Baha mas National Trust proposed that the wet land habitat at Snake Cay Creek, Bight of Old Robinson and Cherokee Sound be put aside for the use of future generations. The would still be allowed, but that existing marine resources regulations will be en forced to protect juveniles. Aerial photography by David Rees.

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