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November 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 26 NUMBER 21 November 1st, 2017 By Bradley Albury The Abaco Chamber of Commerce hosted their third quarterly Mix and Mingle in Elbow Cay on October 26, 2017 at Sea Spray Resort. The guest speakers for the evening were the Honourable Dionisio D’Aguilar – Minister of Tourism and Aviation; and Randy Butler – Sky Bahamas CEO. Min. D’Aguilar preceded the meeting with a visit to the Elbow Cay Lighthouse and heard from Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society regarding investments that must be made to continue maintaining the famous lighthouse as one of the premier tourist destination in Abaco. Chamber of Commerce members and local businesspersons enjoyed a fun soiree at Sea Spray – sampling complimentary wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres – before the introduction and presentations from speakers. Mr. Butler spoke about his experience in the aviation industry – both public and private. He talked about businesses being good corporate citizens but lamented that regardless of charitable spending businesses still are taxed the same. He said this provides less incentive to companies to inCHAMBER PAGE 2 Tourism Minister Visits Elbow Cay for Chamber of Commerce Mix and MinglePrior to attending the Abaco Chamber of Commerce’s Mix & Mingle at Sea Spray Resort, the Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dion isio D’Aguilar (above center in jacket), along with other members of the Ministry of Tourism and the Central / South Abaco Membe r of Parliament, were given a tour by the Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society (ERLS). While on site, the ERLS noted that repairs are despe rately needed for the public dock servicing the lighthouse grounds. 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 RequestedMHVFD Hosts Grillout FundraiserOn Oct 28 Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fired & Rescue hosted a fundraiser on the fire dept. grounds. Burgers, hot dogs, sodas and sweets were on offer as youngsters got to ride in one of the fire engines. By Timothy Roberts The discovery of the body of young woman on October 26, 2017 has left the communities of Abaco shaken as the search for answers continues. Lavardo Huyler, a resident of Dundas Town, was arraigned in magistrate’s court in Freeport, Grand Bahama and charged on Monday, October 30, with the murder of the woman. It is alleged that the accused, sometime between October 21 and October 26, at Marsh Harbour, Abaco, by means of unlawful harm intentionally caused the death of a woman, whom the judge said is still formally unidentified. Deputy Chief Magistrate Ferguson informed Huyler he was not required to enter a plea to the charge of murder, and that a preliminary inquiry will be held into the matter to determine if there is sufficient evidence against him to stand trial in the Supreme Court. “I see where a female is unidentified; the circumstances may Community Stunned by Loss of Young Mother in Apparent Murderchange in the future, right now we do not know the identification of the person who is alleged to have died,” said Deputy Chief Magistrate Ferguson. On the issue of bail, the prosecution asked –due to the seriousness of the offence – that bail be denied according to Section 438 Part C and Part G of the Bail Amendment Act. The judge told Huyler that due to the nature of the offence he was not entitled to bail. He is entitled to apply for bail in the Supreme Court. He was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services in New Providence until February 26, 2018 when a preliminary inquiry will be held. It is believed, though still unconfirmed at press time, that the body is that of 25-year-old Harderia Bootle, mother of three children, who was reported missing on October 21 by her family. The body of the young woman was discovered partially covered TRAGEDY PAGE 8


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Page 4 Section A The Abaconian November 1, 2017 Paint Place LOCAL NEWS By Timothy Roberts While recent roadworks have been completed within the historic part of Hope Town, patching a rough area that was seen to be hazardous, there is concern about other roads which have been long neglected by Central Government. Hope Town District Council member and resident, Don Cash said the joint effort between the council and the community was just completed in mid-October making the main thoroughfare from St James Methodist Church to The Jib safer and much more pleasing to look at. Mr. Cash, however, said that the conditions of the North End road and Dune road are in “a deplorable state” and is hopeful that Central Government will soon see fit to assist in some way to ensure the roads drivability and safety. While to date there are not any known plans on the table to address specific roads in Hope Town, Central and South Abaco Member of Parliament James Albury said Following Completion of Work in Town, North End and Dune Roads Remain Worrisome Unchecked erosion along the dune road on Elbow Cay has long been a concern of residents. “I remain committed to working with the Ministry of Works and Local Government to get some of these necessary repairs and road works done for Hope Town.” Mr. Cash said the North End road is barely drivable after a good rain, especially for golf carts. He added that there are only two companies that allow their rental carts to go to the North End because of the conditions of the roads. He said that there are at least 30 rental homes on North End and all told about 70 homes in total. The Council and Central government have previously discussed paving the North End road and various ways to do it from asphalt to sand and seal, Concrete or just a proper grating and rolling. A report in early 2016 that Central Government intended to pave the road with asphalt was met with mixed feelings with residents of the area, some of whom would like to maintain the rustic and natural appeal of a non-paved road. He said that a suitable solution to some residents is just paving with concrete areas that wear due to traffic and weather. Mr. Cash expressed concern as the Dune Road is in terrible shape. He said it is being undermined by erosion and the top is in extremely rough shape. Something bad is potentially going to happen there sooner or later, he explained. The Dune road was demolished in 1999 after the passing of Hurricane Floyd and was not properly restored and secured despite promising conversations with multiple administrations. Local Government did, however, work to assist in making the road safer but that has since been impacted by hurricanes and storms. Mr. Cash said that the work in town had to be carried out in October because “once we get in the busy season it’s too much traffic. You can’t close the road for a week; can’t close it for a day within a month or so.” He said that the Hope Town District Council was able to scrape together a third of the money. The quote for repairs was for about $7000 to patch the road from the Jib to the Methodist Church, “which was the worst stretch in town.” He said he put out a request for donations via Facebook and within a week they were able to raise enough money from local residents and businesses. He said they were especially thankful to Abaco Construction who donated the equipment to get the work done. The work was carried out by Jean Alcime and “he did a good job.” He said the work took just over a week to complete. “They jackhammered the holes, pressure washed them out and filled them with concrete.” He said that while there are a couple spots within the historic district they are considered minor and can be fixed with a bag of secrete.


November 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 LOCAL NEWS By Dave Ralph The Hope Town District Council held its monthly meeting on October 4 in the Man-O-War Primary School to discuss routine matters. The Council feels it can represent its constituents better by meeting in the various settlements. Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting announced that the district would be getting $20,000 in capital funds from Central Government to be shared between the three townships for minor capital improvements. Nassau appears to have given approval for a resort on Elbow Cay to purchase or lease land it has reclaimed in White Sound. This area was once a public beach. The Hope Town District Council Holds Meeting in Man-O-WarCapital Funds, Cell Tower and Other Items Top AgendaThe Hope Town District Council met in the school at Man-O-War for its October meeting. Central Abaco Administrator Maxine Duncombe is seated. Standing are John Pinder, Don Carey, Jeremy Sweeting, Don Cash and Arthur Elden. Council has repeatedly requested that Nassau not sanction this acquisition. CouncilÂ’s lease for North Pelican Cay has been renewed, preserving this cay for public use. A recent letter from the Port Authority in Nassau stated that the Council could approve private docks up to a length of 240 feet. However, this was later acknowledged to have been in error. The previous length of 120 feet maximum is the limit for local approval. A Town Meeting in Man-O-War resulted in public approval for Cable Bahamas to erect a tower for cell phone antennas. Due to conflicting opinions on the location of the tower, another Town Meeting will be held to confirm the location of the tower. A Cable Bahamas representative attended the original meeting to answer technical questions. A 90-foot tower is now on Abaco ready to be erected in town which is the company's choice for technical reasons. If the tower must be located at the dump site on the edge of town, the tower will have to be 120 feet tall and will have to be ordered. Near the close of the meeting, the Administrator and Chief Councillor were disappointed by the outburst of a new member on the Council who felt he was being treated unfairly. Recognizing that new members may not be familiar with meeting protocols and accepted business standards, the Administrator may schedule training sessions for newly elected members on how meetings and government standards are observed. The Council meeting lasted about seven hours which is normal for this Schedule III District consisting of three settlements. For this year, six meetings are scheduled to be held in Hope Town, three meeting each in Man-O-War and Guana Cay. Meetings away from the District office in Hope Town are often a challenge as all the CouncilÂ’s files are in the Hope Town office.


Page 6 Section A The Abaconian November 1, 2017 Shoe Village LOCAL NEWS By Lee Pinder With twenty persons in attendance, Mrs. Jackie Estavez, Chief Councillor for South Abaco District, opened the meeting and a prayer was given by the Secretary, Ms. Davis. The new South Abaco Island Administrator, Donald Rolle, was introduced and he addressed the audience saying he was there to hear about the residentsÂ’ concerns. Also in attendance were: Michael Saunders, from CherokeeÂ’s local board and John Roberts representing Casuarina and Bahama Palm Shores. Mrs. Estavez said she had received several complaints and Cherokee Town Meeting Highlights Improvements Residents SeekJohn Roberts (Casuarina & Bahama Palm Shores), Michael Saunders (Cherokee), Donald Rolle (South Abaco Island Administrator) and Jackie Estavez (Chief Councillor for South Abaco District) field concerns and questions from residents during Cherokee Town Meeting. wanted to address them first. A discussion was held regarding the pond across from BTCÂ’s building suggesting it be filled in or that a proper drain constructed. The land locked pond has a tendency to become stagnant. In addition, the soak-away or drainage from several properties need cleaning and extending so water could exit into the mangrove. Richard Sawyer said he would clean out the drains as best he could and make a suggestion to the Council as to how the problem could be solved. A resident brought up concerns about abandoned or empty houses within the settlement that are not being cared for or maintained. She suggested that the owners be notified of their derelict condition and that they should be taken care of or torn down. The Administrator said he would get their addresses and let them know in writing of the committeeÂ’s concerns. Another resident asked if anything could be done to repair the sides of the roads as the cement verges are crumbling. An attendee also requested that the speed limit within the settlement be raised from 10 MPH to 15 MPH as a more reasonable speed and that large properly marked signs be put up to inform drivers. It was also suggested that a policeman be brought in periodically (without prior notice) to stop speeders. The audience felt if a few were heavily fined that it would stop others from breaking the speed limit. In addition, someone requested that the administrator approach BEC to install proper lighting in the way of street lights along the Cherokee access road; one at the first turn after you leave the highway, approximately four miles in and a second one at the next turn, approximately one more mile further on. Both turns are extremely dangerous spots within the dark forested area. Without any other lighting there, several persons have run off the road, especially in these two spots. Someone also inquired about spraying for flies, mosquitoes and sandflies as they continue to be a local problem. They remarked that they were kept under control while The Abaco Club at Winding Bay sprayed regularly within the settlement, but that they were no longer doing it. The administrator said that he would check with the Department of Agriculture and request a solution for this problem. An additional Cherokee resident asked about keeping the Winding Bay beach access road, through The Abaco Club at Winding BayÂ’s property, be cleared of long grass, sand prickles and poison wood. It was also suggested that a key to the bathrooms and showers in the beach parking lot area could be left with someone in Cherokee where persons wishing to use the facility could pick it up and return it, whenever needed. The resident also asked if garbage collection could be picked up on a more predicable schedule. Council member, Micheal Saunders, brought up the subject of speed bumps in Yellow Wood as well as in the settlement to try and slow down speeders and to protect persons and pets who might be on the road. The audience agreed with the sugCHEROKEE PAGE 7


November 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 Furniture Plus LOCAL NEWS gestion. A sign announcing “You Are Entering The Settlement of Cherokee Sound – Please Slow Down” was suggested. Regarding spraying for insects, Kevin Sawyer said he keeps bees and asked that he be informed when they planned to spray (as the spray kills his bees) as he would need to take some precautions. One resident complained about long abandoned boats stating that they either need to be made seaworthy, or be destroyed as they are an eyesore. One being in the creek area and another near the old dump. Some people complained that there was not sufficient notice of the meeting and maybe that was why there were not more in attendance. Mrs. Estavez advised the audience about the South Abaco District Councils Blog on the internet for persons to stay informed. However, it was noted not everyone in Cherokee have computers or cell phones, so it would not help them. Administrator Rolle promised he would be addressing the concerns and problems and said he would have another meeting soon to bring residents up-to-date on his progress. The meeting was adjourned with a prayer by Micheal Knowles, also a member of Local Government. CHEROKEE By Timothy Roberts Recent comments from Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis regarding a deadline for illegal migrants to leave the country by December 31, 2017 as he warned that an aggressive pursuit and deportation will be the fate of anyone who does not comply, has left Bahamians of Haitian descent upset. Abaco has one of the largest Haitian immigrant and Haitian Bahamian populations in the country; many of whom live in the congested and often unregulated communities of The Mudd, Pigeon Peas and Sand Banks among others. In interviews conducted with The Tribune residents of the Mudd and Pigeon Pea in Abaco sent a strong warning to the Prime Minister over the new deadline saying that: “Five years will come again”. There was extreme disappointment from many in the community over the tone struck by Dr. Minnis, whom they feel betrayed members of the Haitian community after pandering for their vote ahead of the general elections. “We as Haitian,” said Bahamian Anne-Rose Jean, “we don’t have no problem with him (Dr. Minnis), because we know that five years coming again. We put him there, remember Dr. Minnis, we put you where you are today. You reach after four months and we are the same people you throw the rock at, but another five years will come again. “We don’t put you there forever, after five years you will see what’s going on because Haitian is a nation who don’t scared suffering. We used to that, we used to suffering, and so we will wait another five years because we sure you coming again.” While the deadline does not affect Ms. Jean, 40, she took strong exception to Dr. Minnis’ statement because it signaled that there would be no real change to the government’s futile, costly, and inhumane approach to immigration. Many residents said they are not against the enforcement of immigration laws; however they are against unlawful deportations and detention, irregular processing and subsequent backlogs, and a complete lack of political will to provide meaningful solutions. A frequent suggestion was for the Department of Immigration to modernize and clear its backlog before setting off on Abaco’s Haitian Population Wary of Prime Minister’s Remarksa crusade similar to the one that became an international spectacle and human rights disaster on November 1, 2014. Sandra, a 16-year-old, said that she plans to stay with friends if her parents get deported along with her two younger siblings; hoping to complete her studies next year and become a business woman after applying for citizenship at 18. However, she said it was heartbreaking watching other children languish in the community because they cannot attend classes. Stephanie, Sandra’s younger sister, will turn five next month. It is not expected that she will be able to enter grade 1. “I don’t feel no type of way (about the deadline), but I feel bad for the kids who aren’t going to school,” Sandra said tearfully. While officials have stressed that the new deadline would affect migrants of all nationalities, shanty town residents said that coded language made it clear that Haitians were the target given historic prejudices as the largest migrant group in the IMMIGRATION PAGE 22


Page 8 Section A The Abaconian November 1, 2017 I f you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address belowName: Address: City: St. Postal code: + Country: E-mail or Tel # NAME ON CARD: CARD NUMBER: EXP DATE: SIGNATURE: AMOUNT PAID: Master Card VisaWE NOW ACCEPT MASTER CARD/VISAThe above subscription is a gift from: ORDER Your Abaconian Today GIFT Give a Subscription as a Make Check out to: The Abaconian 2012 U.S. Address: # 189 990 Old Dixie Hwy, Suite 8, Lake Park, FL 33403 Local Address: P.O. Box AB 20213, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas One Year Subscription US$ or B$ $27 Bahamas via surface $49 USA via 3 rd Class US$70 Canada via Airmail US$105 UK, Europe SurfaceYou can now order or renew through our website. Visit: From the Editor's Desk //Solidarity of Compassion Community Calendar rade in rocks in bushes on S. C. Bootle Hwy just outside of Central Abaco. Police reported on Thursday that around 2 p.m., officers were called to S.C. Bootle Highway to investigate an odd smell in bushes. Shortly after, they discovered the body, according to police. North Abaco Family Island Administrator Terrece Bootle-Bethel, Harderia’s aunt, speaking in an interview with the Nassau Guardian said “She was a very beautiful, vibrant, young woman with great prospects, so you can imagine the grief that the family is feeling in lieu of her tragic death.” Mrs. Bootle-Bethel said the community has been struck with a “sense of tremendous grief and shock”. “I saw it in the faces and the response of the persons in general, [including] the immediate family, extended family, friends and the general community of Abaco,” she said. “I saw anger. I saw bewilderment. There is a sense of tremendous grief and shock. The family’s greatest fear began last Saturday after Harderia left her mother’s home, according to Mrs. Bootle-Bethel, never to be Tragedy has again stricken our small island. The loss of a 25-year-old mother of three in what clearly appears to be a heinous, deliberate act has cut Abaco deep. I did not know her personally but I know many who did. Despite how it may sometimes seem, Abaco remains a close-knit community that feels the wounds of our neighbours with unflinching clarity. The loss of anyone’s friend, daughter, son, mother or classmate is enough to make us all take pause. Especially when that loss is so senseless. I have no other words except to join with all others of Abaco in expressing solidarity of compassion and grief. TRAGEDY heard from again. “We knew something was wrong because she was a caretaker of her kids, a provider for her kids,” Mrs. Bootle-Bethel said. “To accept that she would walk away from her children was a reality we just could not face. We knew that was something she would never do.” Mrs. Bootle-Bethel said after the young mother wasn’t heard from all day Saturday, the family contacted the police. She said when the family finally found her, it was far worse than what they expected. “It was tragic,” she said. “A group from her hometown and her closest family and friends from the Blackwood community [went] into that area and they came upon her and what looked like an entombment of rocks and [they] were able to see partial exposure of her body. “[It was] because of their familiarity with her appearance, what she looked like, her body posture, composure, that they knew that, that was possibly her.” Bootle-Bethel said the community has suffered a great loss and all the family wants is justice for the death of the young mother.


November 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Message in a BottleDear Editor; You recently published a story from Jean Logan who had found a bottle with a message in it in front of our GTC property, Cocobay Cottages. She also posted the photo and information on FB and I was able to get in contact with the person who had put the bottle at sea. His name is Rui Marcelino and he is a published author in Portugal with 6 books to his credit and the seventh book being the reason for putting a message in a bottle. We had started planning a trip to Portugal when we saw the article in The Abaconian. I got in touch with Rui and we corresponded back and forth sharing information about our plans and making an appointment to meet in Lisbon at the beginning of our stay We met Rui, his wife Paula and daughter Filipa (also a published author of children's books) at our hotel; they took us to a very famous and gorgeous restaurant for lunch. Furthermore, they took us on a tour of Sintra, Cascais and Estoril, with their comments on their fabulous country and points of interests What a start to a marvelous vacation ......And made possible by the inexplicable luck of finding a floating bottle on a very small, remote island! Needless to say, they had never heard of Green Turtle Cay or the Abaco's BUT upon researching the location, they would love to come over. We have invited the Marcelino family to visit us next year and share our own corner of Paradise with them. I can't wait to read what Rui will put in his novel about the curious turn that his action of throwing a bottle at sea has started for all of us. A new friendship for sure and who knows what else?Nicole Fleming Owner Cocobay CottagesPreserving Our PastFellow Abaconians, The settlement of Cherokee Sound was established more than two hundred and thirty years ago, and even though we may be a little late in trying to find out more about our past, we want to start now, before all is lost. We have an old home that has been given to us to use as a museum. It originally belonged to Ridley Pinder, and more recently to Eric Sands. The present owners have leased us the house for this very important project and we are asking the public to tell us their family stories, share some photos or personal items and some financial assistance, if possible. We are appealing to all Abaconians, especially those persons with a family connection to Cherokee or those who are also interested in preserving the past; those who may have inherited a memento or family keepsake and feel it should be in a museum. Today more and more people are connecting with their past and we are anxious to see what we will uncover, and, at least, in the future our children and grandchildren will be able to follow their roots from this point forward. Needless to say, some major renovations and repairs will have to be done first, in order to preserve the building, but nothing ever gets accomplished unless we take that first step. IÂ’m asking you to contact me, tell me what you have and itÂ’s story and who owned the item. Nothing is too small or unimportant. Lee Pinder 366-2053


Page 10 Section A The Abaconian November 1, 2017 LIFESTYLES Press Release When Donald Whitman semiretired, he expected to kick back and enjoy his lakeside retreat, but soon found himself deep into writing financial and medical thrillers. He has now released his third novel, Isle of Deceit. Drugs, arson, murder and island charm carry the compelling novel which features Martin, who retires to a cay on the beautiful Abaco Islands to start a new chapter in his life. However, the tranquil charms of island life can't stop the shark instinct that made him such a formidable real estate developer. A huge development is coming to the island, and Jim is enticed to take part. “I always loved reading and wanted to write, but when I began the first book, Fatal Healing which is about a pharmaceutical company that starts a disease because it has the cure, I was hooked.” says Whitman. Donald Whitman is a native of Albany, Georgia. After graduating college, he began a career in real estate re-development and management, with re-building projects including six story hotels and large apartment communities as well as single family homes. He and his brother own two homes in the Abacos. One reader says, “Best book yet by Donald Whitman! The descriptions of Island life in the Bahamas were fantastic and had me wanting to book a flight and head that way! The drama that unfolds and the suspense that builds made it hard to put down. I finished this book quickly and look forward to reading more from Whitman!” The books are available online on and other booksellers. Author Pens “Isle of Deceit” as an Abaco Island Mystery Author, Donald Whitman, has written several thrillers his latest being set in Abaco. Press Release The Combustion Music Hope Town Music Festival is again bringing their hit songwriters to the Abacos Dec 8-10, 2017. Founded in 2013, the festival has brought big time songwriters, who collectively have written over 150 #1 hit singles, to this incredible community. “It was my goal to introduce many of my songwriter friends to this special island that my family and I have grown to love over the past 14 years, and to introduce Hope Town and its residents to the incredible musical talent of these writers, and finally and most importantly, to raise a bunch of money for some very worthy charities,” says Combustion Music founder and President Chris Farren. In 2013, the festival brought a group of over 20 participants from Nashville Combustion Music Hope Town Music Festival set to Return in Early DecemberPerformers and organizers from last year’s Music Festival which raised over $30,000 for local charities. and wowed the local crowds with packed shows at 4 different Hope Town venues over three days and nights. With the help of great sponsors both on the island and in the states, Hope Town Music Festival raised over $30,000 for three local charities in the first year. “We at SunTrust Music Row have been involved with the Hope Town Music Festival since its inception in 2013. We are so glad to be a part of such a great cause, that gives back to such a special place,” said SunTrust’s Dusty Miller. The festival has grown every year since. In 2015 the festival distributed over $55,000 and in 2016 raised over $75,000. Chip Esten, the star of ABC’s “Nashville” was a first-time performer last year. MUSIC PAGE 11 Abaco's First Choice For Farm Fresh Tel: ( 242) 577-7697 or US: (561)229-0263Email: or Greenhouse Grown & Organic Field GrownClean, Healthy, Consistent, Right In Your BackyardTrusted Quality Through AccountabilityThat’s Certified OrganicLook For Sir Eden Quality Throughout AbacoSupplying Restaurants, Grocery Stores and Farmers MarketsWeekly Farmers Market on Guana CayEvery Saturday 10:30am to Noon or untilPlace Your Order Today UsingFacebook, Instagram, WhatsApp or Email


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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian November 1, 2017 LIFESTYLES to residents afflicted by the disease. Mrs. Austin not only monitored the event but she also held the finish line rope, registering people in the order of their arrival. As they reached back the registration table, participants were offered cupcakes. Back in the Church Hall, people could buy chicken souse and Johnny cake – again as a fundraising effort. By 8:30am, everyone had returned and Mrs. Austin was calling the participants to announce the winners in each category. In the under twelve category, the winner was Malick Martin; in the under twenty’s the first place went to Prince Pena from Agape Christian School; Stephan Johnson, also from ACS, won the under 30; Jasmin Curry came first in the under forty. Inspector Murphy took the first place in the under fifty. Ray Clarke took the over fifty’s first place. The relay race’s first place went to the Defense Rangers and Ivan Curry from Patrick Bethel High school won the overall race. The winners were gifted a bag of items compliments of Baptist Health Hospital. RELAY By Mirella Santillo On October 11, a crowd of Murphy Town residents flocked to the site of the new Murphy Town Community Center (still under construction) located on Forest Drive to enjoy the festivities of Murphy Town Day, an event organized by the Murphy Town Association together with the Murphy Town Committee. The vast grounds with ample parking were the perfect setting for children's activities, a food display and bar, the latter well away from the bouncing castle and the area where children games were taking place. People relaxed under tents, socializing or participating in intense games of dominos. Matthew Taylor, the emcee for the day, directed the children's games, which included the egg and spoon race, the two legged race, and the bag race.Community Celebrates Murphy Town Day The Murphy Town community came together on October 11 at the site of the under-construction town center to socialize, eat and p lay games like sack race and egg carry (above right.) Henley Dawkins was manning the barbecue and two tables displaying an array of Bahamian food were well attended by customers. People even came as far as Marsh Harbour to take out chicken, ribs, or fried fish dinners. Addressing the crowd, Mr. Taylor explained that the Community Center was designed as a legacy to the children of Murphy Town. “The focus of the Community Center is to hold events for the kids, as well as boosting the economy of the community among ourselves,” Mr. Taylor elaborated. He mentioned that there will be a Halloween function and further down the road a Market Day. Aside from the games, children also enjoyed watching farm animals such as goats and piglets. In the late afternoon, the Dawkins sisters treated the assembly to a Gospel Singing performance. For the past few years, Mr. Gilbert Davis, the Murphy Town Committee Chairman has been very involved in overseeing the construction of the Community Center, even helping with building during his free time. The building is under a roof, but there is quite a lot of finishing work to be done inside. Mr. Davis said that he would like the Center to be completed by December.


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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian November 1, 2017 BUSINESS paying salaries. BahamasAir, for example, spent ~$100 million dollars in recent years to purchase five new planes bringing the fleet total up to eight – however BahamasAir has 869 employees. He said it put government in a difficult position between cost-cutting and putting Bahamians out of work. Min. D’Aguilar spoke about how the United States manages Bahamian airspace and collects the fees from airlines for itself. The Bahamas hopes to negotiate in the coming months to control its own airspace, collect the fees and pay the USA to manage the airspace from those fees – resulting in a net gain for The Bahamas. This, the Minister said, is his number one goal and he meets with the International Civil Aviation Organization later this year. Speaking as the Minister of Tourism, D’Aguilar also said he met with representatives of AirBnB, an online marketplace for rental homes and short term leases, that has been disrupting the traditional hotel business in The Bahamas. AirBnB said they would not collect VAT, due to accounting issues revolving around valuing homes that are rented, but would collect a simpler shared economy tax on behalf of the government and remit it to the Bahamian Treasury. D’Aguilar also said he wants to cut back on burdensome regulations on the second home market. He wants to instead allow the free-market more room to reguDAGUILAR NOW HIRING1) OUTLET ATTENDANT (Must be able to cook, prep, operate a cash register, and serve customers. WAGES PLUS AUTO GRATUITY) 2) COOK ITALIAN & SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 3) BARTENDER WITH ENTERTAINMENT PERSONALITY 4) SECURITY MUST HAVE PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE 5) LANDSCAPE PERSONNEL 6) UTILITY STEWARD 7) GARBAGE/SANITATION WORKER SEND RESUME TO: As a sponsor of the events, Aliv provided several raffle prizes as names were drawn from business cards. Sky Bahamas also provided a raffle prize of round trip tickets. late itself via property reviews. He said the current checklist of regulations, and noted government inefficiencies, is too large a barrier to entry to the market. The audience had a question and answer session followed by a raffle drawing. Patrons had placed business cards in a raffle earlier in the evening. The Abaco Chamber of Commerce has made a concerted effort this year to reach out to the business community throughout “all of Abaco” including far north, south and the Cays. The event was sponsored by Aliv, ry and Abaco Print Shop. Min. D’Aguilar speaking to a local tour guide Glender Knowles. By Canishka Alexander Sassy Chic is the name of Jigeria Dean’s cosmetic line, and she holds fast to her company’s slogan that “Makeup is art; beauty is passion.” After only seven months in business, but with three years of experience in the cosmetic industry overall, 24-year-old Jigeria shared how the idea for her cosmetic line came about. Quite simply, it was love. “I just loved playing with makeup as Abaco Businesswoman Develops Home-Based Cosmetic Line In this photo, Jigeria is wearing one of her Sassy Chic lip glosses called Bitten. This lip gloss is very rich and is worn along with one of her popular gel eyeliners called Mermaid. COSMETIC PAGE 19


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November 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 LOCAL NEWS a kid, and after selling cosmetic products for over a year, I said to myself, ‘Someday I want to be selling my own cosmetic line because if I could sell other people’s products, I could sell my own,’” Jigeria recalled. “Makeup is my dream, so I just pushed myself harder each and every day to make my dreams come true,” she added. “I inspired people by telling them they did not need a lot of make up because they are naturally beautiful. Once you have on a very nice lipstick or lip gloss, or mascara to lighten up your eyes and a little face powder, it will light up your whole face.” While developing her home-based cosmetic line, Jigeria set out to become more knowledgeable about the makeup industry. Being in the makeup industry, she learned about different skin tones, textures and shades; products that are good for dry and oily skin; fashionable colours worn during each season; and how to select colours that perfectly compliment people’s eye colour. Sassy Chic launched with 14 shades of liquid matte lipsticks, six shades of lip gloss, five shades of regular lipstick and eight shades of gel eye liners. Her cosmetics cater to the needs of women who wear makeup every day as well as those who wear it for special occasions only. “I have plans to expand my line, but I am taking it one day at a time,” she revealed. “I am now working on other products for the new year such as foundations, face powder, highlighters, etc.” COSMETIC Jigeria considers her products as safe to use because they cause no break outs, and are made from ingredients like seed oil and mineral oil. To gain additional knowledge and for the further development of her cosmetic line, she continues to travel to makeup shows around the world. Her daily mantra is “makeup is a girl’s best friend," and she absolutely loves to see a smile on other women’s faces knowing that they are confident because they look their best wearing Sassy Chic products. Another reason behind her customers’ smiles is one of her best sellers – the liquid matte lipsticks. “The liquid matte lipsticks are all-day wear, and the colours are popping. They are bold, very smooth and easy to apply,” she shared. “My customers love them because they last all day. Once you put it on, you don't need to re-apply them.” Still, the lipsticks aren’t the only thing that has her customers smiling. The products are reasonably priced, so the customers receive value for their money. Compared to her competition’s products, Jigeria said that with a cosmetic line that is fairly new on the market, she is satisfied with the sales she has made so far. In addition to the products she offers, her services extend to makeup application for weddings, birthday, showers, Halloween, Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival or any other special occasion. “Makeup is my dream,” she reiterated. “I don't only sell it, I apply it also.” Jigeria who travels back and forth between Abaco and New Providence promotes her cosmetic line mainly on social She also advertises her line by wearing her products daily. Purchases can be made locally, and for online orders, the company ships to the Family Islands as well. If you are interested in purchasing products from Sassy Chic, contact Jigeria Dean at 1(242) 458-0358, or send an eNew Business: Shooters BilliardBy Canishka Alexander Owned by Melinda Williams and Alpachino Kemp, Shooters Billiard Pool Hall, Bar and Restaurant opened for business on Oct. 13. Shooters is located in Central Pines in the Teacher’s and Salaried Workers Building Complex, Suite # 8. Equipped with a darts hall as well at its spacious location, Shooters also offers a specialty menu with flavoured wings, lobster and conch wraps and mouth-watering burgers. Be sure to ask for the house drink: Shooters Water. Open daily including holidays, Shooters business hours are from 11 a.m. to midnight. Telephone contact is 1(242) 6991425. The first Shooters’ Pool Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 11. Press Release Bahamian owned Abaco Beach Resort recently promoted Sangia Mitchell ployee. Mitchell has been working at the Abaco Beach Resort since 2008 where she started out as a bartender. Her career path has been on a steady upward trend as she has excelled with each training opportunity provided by the resort, moving from bartender to activities assistant to pool attendant. Sangia's innate ability to make guests from all over the world feel welcome and special convinced management that she Abaco Beach Resort Names New Lead Employee was deserving of this promotion. From the first year of her employment her supervisors have known that Ms Mitchell’s outgoing personality, determination and hard work were the qualities that would take her far in the hospitality business. “What I enjoy most about the company is knowing that we can pull together as one and that the person I’m doing the job for is going to be happy. I want to do something that I know I can do well and Abaco Beach Resort allows me to really wow my guests” says Mitchell. She also stated that she looks forward to learning more in her new position as she will have further opportunities to develop her client communication skills and present herself as the young professional that she is. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Sangia for a few months and I recognize what a dedicated and excellent team member she is here at Abaco Beach Resort,” General Manager Kashmie Ali says. “I look forward to the opportunity to continue guiding her towards and helping her achieve her goals in this organization.” Mitchell aims to one day become the banquet and catering manager at Abaco Beach Resort. A graduate of Abaco Central High, Mitchell started her working career at the now-closed Hummingbird restaurant where her mother was a chef. As a waitress Mitchell found that interacting with guests and providing them with a stellar hospitality experience was where she wanted her career to go and she is finding that at Abaco Beach Resort. Above: Sangia Mitchell has an innate ability to make guests from all over the world feel welcome and special.


Page 20 Section A The Abaconian November 1, 2017 LOCAL NEWS Cruise Abaco LLC at Abaco Beach Resort Call 321-473-4223 Email All the newest models of Fountaine Pajot and Jeanneau By Timothy Roberts Workers at a construction site in Hope Town were greeted with a surprise on October 23, 2017 just as they arrived to begin work when an object believed to be a fragment of a meteorite slammed into the recently erected roof not far from the crew. Todd Cash, Owner of Abaco Construction Company in Hope Town, said that the object, about the size of a golf ball, reportedly hit the plywood which was just recently put on the home and was wedged in the hole it made. He said that the worker who discovered it, and now has the keep-sake in his possession, said it was too hot to touch initially. While it has not yet been scientifically examined to verify where it came from, NEMA (The National Emergency Management Agency) noted that coincidently, one of the year's best shows peaked between October 20 and 22 when the Orionid meteor shower reached its best viewing. In their statement that said that meteorites surviving to hit the ground is an extremely rare event and that more than 90 percent of meteorites are comprised of rock, while the remainder consists wholly or partly of iron and nickel. “The one that fell in Abaco was comprised wholly of iron. It is extremely rare for a meteorite to survive the passage through the earth's atmosphere to strike planet earth because the majority of them are burned up as they pass through the earth's atmosphere,” they statement read. “The meteors that streak across the sky are some of the fastest and brightest among meteor showers because the Earth is hitting a stream of particles almost head-on. It is speculated that perhaps this meteorite might have come from this meteor shower.” Possible Meteorite Strikes Construction Site in Hope TownAn object believed to be a meteorite struck a roof under construction nearby the crew.


November 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 LIFESTYLES Looking for Extraordinary People with Great Personality Willing to Learn Team Player Positive Attitude Passion for Exceptional Service are Extraordinary People, Creating Extraordinary Available Positions Camp Discovery Educator Receiving Clerk Massage Therapists Property Manager Residential Services Representatives Reservationist Housekeepers Housemen Public Space Attendants Executive Sous Chef Line Cooks Bartenders Servers Stewards Home Care Services Technicians Equipment Steward Security Officers Traffic Officers Landscape Technicians Skilled Mechanic Equipment Operator Email Resume to: Applications available at The Department of Labor, Marsh Harbour By Canishka Alexander William Anthony Davis has been appointed a Justice of the Peace (JP) for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Upon a recommendation given by a member of the Government, and approved by the Cabinet, Davis received instruments of instructions from the Attorney General’s Office effective Aug. 8. He received his personal seal as a Justice of the Peace, and was officially sworn in last month (Oct. 23) at the Administrator's Office by Senior Deputy Family Island Administrator Maxine Duncombe. New Justice of the Peace Sworn In William Anthony Davis, JP. Pilot Club of Abaco members shipping goods to assist hurricane victims in the southern Bahamas. (L to r) Abaco Pilot Club President Barbara Williams; Charlotte Swann; Aquilla Jones; Keora Archer; Lorna Rolle; and Augustine Williams. By Canishka Alexander Members of the Pilot Club of Abaco remain busy throughout the year as they engage in various fundraising activities and social initiatives under the leadership of President Barbara Williams. Last month, several Pilots volunteered at a Back-to-School event in North Abaco, and a Pilots’ Training took place later that day to kick off the organization’s 2017-2018 year.Pilot Club Members Involved in Charitable Projects Throughout the Year Then on Oct. 18, celebrations for Founder's Day 2017 took place at the Conch Inn and Marina during their monthly business meeting. Pilot Keora Archer was honoured as the Club Ambassador 2017 2018! Members enjoyed light refreshments and fellowship to commemorate Founder's Day. “Just as our Founders were proud of the organization they created almost 100 PILOT PAGE 22


Page 22 Section A The Abaconian November 1, 2017 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Island-wide Abaco ListingsAbaco Cottage 114 hse 366-0576 Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529Casuarina PointSea Grape/Coco Plum 2 Units 367-2107CherokeeLee Pinder 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075Grand CayRosie’s Place 352-5458Green Turtle Cay Abaco Breeze 13 hse 577-4570 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 Ocean Blue Properties 34 hse 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 Guana CayDive Guana 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Guana Sunset Beach 13 units 36 5-5133 Ocean Frontier 6 cott 519-389-4846 Ward’s Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands 9 hse 36 5-5140Hope TownAbaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Crystal Villas 5 villas 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Prop 98 hse 366-0035 Firefly Resort 7 villas 366-0145 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 366-0557Lubbers Quarters CayLubbers’ Landing 4 villas 577-2000Man-O-WarIsland 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 367-4151Sandy Point Oeisha’s Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Rickmon’s Bonefishing 10 rm 800-628-1447South AbacoDestination Schooner Bay Ltd. 10 hse 699-3186Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure 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 365-8801Turtle RockVillas at Palmetto Beach 3 villas 262-820-1900 Hotels and House Rental Agents Web Sites with Abaco Information www.bahamas.comJun 1, 2015Hope Town..cont REGULAR FERRY SCHEDULE Marsh Harbour to Hope Town20 minute ride6:30 am / 7:15am / 9:00am / 10:30am /12:15pm 2:00pm / 4:00pm / 5:45pm / 10:00pm**Friday & Saturday OnlyHope Town to Marsh Harbour5:45 am/ 6:50am / 8:00am / 9:45am / 11:30am 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:00pm / 5:00pm / 6:30pm / 10:30**Friday & Saturday OnlyMarsh Harbour to Man-O-War20 minute ride7:15 / 9.00am / 11.00am / 12:15pm 4:00pm / 5:45pmMan-O-War to Marsh Harbour 8:00am / 10:30am / 1:30pm / 3:30pm/ 5:00pmMarsh Harbour to Scotland/Guana Cay30 minute ride*6:45am / 10:30am / 1:30pm /3:30pm 5:45pm 6.45am ferry leaves from Union Jack DockScotland/Guana Cay to Marsh Harbour8:am / 11:30am / 2:30pm / 4:45pm / 6:30pm** **Scotland Cay Pickup to Marsh Harbour By RequestAny 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 FARESOne Way: $19.00 Round Trip Open Return: $30.00Children 6-11: One way $11.00/ Round trip $17.00Children 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. ere & Back.....AgainUPDATED DEC 2016Ph: 242-367-0290 Fax: 242-367-0291Alburys Ferry Service**Charters Available On Request** “Honesty and Quality You Can Count On”Brandon Thompson Residential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyleSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsOffering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experience Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 LOCAL NEWS country. Many surmised that the move was a desperate attempt to revive plummeting approval ratings for the Minnis administration, and expressed outrage that the Haitian community was still being scapegoated for the nation’s ills. Ms. Jean continued: “I want this message to go into the government’s ears, the Prime Minster, because he spoke to me at the rally here before the election. (Dr. Minnis) He said where you from, I said Farm Road, he said you know me well, I said yeah I know you well. “That Prime Minister job is not Minnis position, Minnis should have stayed where he was, you’re a doctor stay right there. They don’t give no chance to nobody else, the pot only boiling one side some get, some don’t get none, some are dying. Dr. Minis catch your sense because you’re dealing with Haitians, remember, that’s a nation that’s not scared of suffering. “We will have an answer for you in the next five years,” Ms. Jean added, “put that to your head and thank you very much.” IMMIGRATION Administrator Maxine Duncombe was interested in seeing Man-O-War recently. Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting is seen here, during the tour, showing her the special plaque that commemorates town elders that is located in the grave yard.Administrator Tours Historic Man-O-Waryears ago, they would be equally proud of the organization it has become,” Keora expressed through the Pilot Club of Abaco’s Facebook page. “As Pilots, we continue to give back to our community, and serve as we are called to serve. The original vision of Pilot still burns brightly, and we are eager to “Do More. Care More. Be More." A day later, Pilots were at it again extending care to families in their time of need. They sent a donation of clothing and shoes from the Pilot Club of Abaco to hurricane-ravaged victims in the southern Bahamas. Pilot International’s focus is to positively impact the lives of countless individuals around the globe and promote awareness for the demands and challenges they face every day. Its members uplift and appreciate caregivers by providing needed services or small gifts to brighten their day, which are also known as Pick Me Ups. “Our service model fosters a diverse group of people who care for their communities and want to make the world a better place. We are proud of our multi-generational membership and our dedication to service in our communities worldwide. In essence, Pilot is a family that cares for each other and our communities around the world. Our Pick Me Up program is an extension of the many ways we care,” Keora expressed. The Pilot Club of Abaco thanked Dean’s Shipping Co. Ltd. and the Abaco Shoe Gallery for their support in this project. Their next upcoming fundraiser is a Comedy Show featuring Will Stubbs and David Wallace on Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Anglican Parish Hall. Tickets are $20, and part proceeds will assist victims in the southern Bahamas affected by hurricanes. PILOT


November 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 Visitors Guide d Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutes Marsh Harbour to Hope Town: 6:30 am 7:15am 9:00am 10:30am 12:15pm 2:00pm 4:00pm 5:45pm 10:00pm Return: 5:45am 6:50am 8:00 am 9:45am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 5:00pm 6:30pm 10:30pm Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War : 7.15am 9:00am 11:00am 12:15pm 4:00pm 5:45pm Return: 8:00am 10:30am 1:30pm 3:30pm 5:00pm Marsh Harbour to Guana Cay/Scotland cay (6:45am Union Jack Dock ) ( From Conch Inn )10:30am 1:30pm 3:30pm 5:45pm Return: 8:00 am 11:30am 2:30pm 4:45pm **6:30pm **Scotland Cay pick up to Marsh Harbour by request Fare: Ph 367-3147/0290 From Crossing Beach ) Note: During the month of August through December there are some adjustments made to the schedule. You are advised to contact the oce for the changes. Green Turtle Ferry: T Cay Airport to Green T Cay: 8:30am 10:30am 11:30am 1:30pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 4:30pm 5:00pm Return: 8:00am 9:00am 11:00am 12:15pm 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:30pm * Note: 4:30 pm trip to GTC not on Sundays ** Note: 4:30 pm trip will be made from New Plymouth only Abaco Adventures: Treasure Cay to Guana Cay: Treasure Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Pinders Ferry Service: Crown Haven, Abaco to McLeans Town, Grand Bahama: Return: B.S. Ferry : Bahamas Ferries: Emergency Services The following services are provided by volunteers Medical Services ......................................367-2295 ........................367-0020 ........................................365-8288 ..........................................367-1304 Treasure Cay..............................................365-8092 ...............................................458-1234 ...................................367-0050 ...........................367-2510 .............................365-0300 ..........................365-4028 .................................366-4010 Airlines Serving AbacoAirGate Aviation Air Unlimited American Eagle Miami .....................................................367-2231 Bahamasair Delta........................................................................1-800-221-1212 Flamingo Air ................................................242-351-4963 Silver Airline .....................367-3415 Sky Bahamas ............................................367-0996 Western Air Nassau ...........................................................367-3722 Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida Cherokee Air Charters ..............................................367-1920 Inter Island Charters ............................................................225-9592 Island Wings ..................................................................954-274-6214 Pharmacy Chemist Shoppe, Marsh Harbour......................... ..........367-3106 g Veterinary Alburys Ferry Service:Dental Services Restaurant Guide Marsh Harbour/Murphy/Dundas ................................ ..................367-4488 ................................... ..................367-2158 ............................... ..................367-4444 ......................... ..................367-2301 ..................... ..................367-3778 ....................... ..................367-5523 ........................... ..................367-2880 ......................................... ..................367-5253 .................................. ..................367-2700 ............... ..................367-2615 ....................................... ..................699-0310 ......................... ..................367-2770 ................................ ..................367-6622 ............................... ..................367-4005 Snappas .................................... ..................367-2278 .................................... ..................367-2074 Hope Town .............................. ..................366-0133 Capn Jacks ........................ $$ ............. 366-0247 ......................... ..................366-0087 .............. ..................366-0760 .................. ..................366-0095 .................................... ..................366-0423 .............................. ..................366-0558 Sea Spray ‚ ....................... $$ ............. 366-0065 Little Harbour .................................. ..................577-5487 Lubbers Quarter ................................. ..................577-3139 ...................... ..................577-2000 Man-O-War Guana Cay Grabbers ................................... ..................365-5133 Nippers ..................................... .................365-5111 ............................... ..................365-5175 Treasure Cay Coco Beach Bar & Grill. ....... $$ ............. 365-8470 ............................. ..................365-8185 ............. ..................365-8469 ........................ ..................365-8195 ................ ..................365-9385 Green Turtle Cay .................... ..................365-4271 ................... ..................365-4389 .............. ..................365-4625 .................365-4039 .................. ..................365-4234 .................365-4060 Sandy Point ..................................... ..................366-4120 .................... ..................699-0249 Schooner Bay 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........................................365-5140McPhee Charters-Marsh Harbour.....242-441-7547 Bonefish Guides Jody Albury..............375-8068 Sidney Albury.............477-5996 Richard Albury............577-0313 Terrance Davis .......... 375-8550 Buddy Pinder ............ 366-2163 Justin Sands ............. 359-6890 Danny Sawyer .......... 367-3577 Jay Sawyer ............... 367-3941 Abaco Lodge..............577-1747 O’Donald McIntosh ... 477-5037 Edward Rolle ............ 365-0024 Pedro Thurston ......... 365-2405 Anthony Bain ............ 366-4107 Rickmon’s..................366-4233 Pete’s Guest House...366-4119 Patrick Roberts..........366-4285 Oeishas...................366-4139 Junior Albury ...............366-3058 Dana Lowe..................366-2275 Donnie Lowe................366-2275 Lionel (Dee) Albury.......366-2018 Marty Sawyer .............. 366-2115 Maxwell Saywer..........366-3058 Randy Sawyer... ......... 366-2284 Robin Albury.................366-0278 Will Sawyer .................366-2177 Tony Russell ...............577-1968 Rick Sawyer ................365-4261 Ronnie Sawyer ...........357-6667 Maitland Lowe ............366-0234 Tom Albury ..................366-3141 Capt. Joe Pritchard ... 559-9117 Carey McKenzie.........365-8313 Marsh Harbour .............................................367-2655 ..............................367-1035 ..........................................367-0500 ...................................367-3910 ..........................577-0148 Quality Star Car Rentals .................... 367-2979 ......................................367-4602 ..................367-4643 ....................................367-2513 .........................................367-4887 The Moorings Boat Rentals .............. .367-4000 Green Turtle Cay ..................365-4411 .............................................365-4311 ........................................365-4065 .............................................365-4655 .......................................365-4119 ........................................................365-4176 ............................................365-4145 ......................................365-4147 .................................365-4375 .............................365-4634 ............................................365-4259 Guana Cay ..365-5175 ................365-5178 .....................................365-5175 Lubbers Quarters ....................................................577-0148 Man-O-War ..................................365-6502 .............................365-6013 .................................365-6024 ................ Hope Town ...............................475-0954 .....................................366-0380 .................................................366-0530 ..................................366-0064 ..........................................366-0448 ..............................366-0282 ................................................366-0361 ....................................366-0023 ............................................366-0069 Treasure Cay .............................365-8749 ..........................365-8687 ......................................................365-8771 ..........................................365-8623 ...............................................365-8582 ...........................................365-8761 Schooner Bay Attractions .................................... ...... ........................ .....................Hope Town ...........................................Hope Town ............ ............... .......................... ..................................Man-O-War Cay BeachesPocket Miles of beach (most exposed to ocean) Taxi Cab Fares one or two passengers Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel PhoneGreen Turtle Cay .......................38 ......... ................365-4247 ..............40 ......... ................365-4271 ..........15 ............................365-4531 ...............10 ......... ................365-4226 ...........10 ......... ................365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina.. ..150.... F.............. ..365-8250 Man-O-WarMan-O-War Marina ..........28 ......... .................365-6008Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina 200 ....... F .............367-2158 .......................... 80. ........33 ......... ................367-2182 ...............29 ........... .................367-4255 Marsh Harbour Marina ......80 ......... .................367 2700Hope TownHope Town Marina ............62 ............................ 366-0003 Lighthouse Marina ........ 6 ....... F .............366-0154 Sea Spray .................... 60 ....... F .............366-0065South Abaco ....................15 ......... ................475-7626Spanish CaySpanish Cay Marina ...........40 ......... ................365-0083Guana Cay ..........158 ........... ................365-5802 ............37 ........... ................365-5070 .........................66 ........ ................365-5175 Tours & Excursions ....... ..........367-4117 ............. ..........577-0004 .......... ..........365-8749 .............365-4411 ......... ..........365-8506 ....367-2787 .......366-0431 .........376-9858 Dive Shops Dive Time, Boat Harbour, Marsh Harbour..............365-6235 Wi-Fi HotspotsMarsh Harbour: Abaco Beach Resort Snappas Grill & Chill Curly Tails Green Turle Cay: Guana Cay: Guana Grabbers Hope Town: Abaco Inn Capn Jacks H.T. Harbour Lodge Sea SprayM-O-W Cay: Man-O-War MarinaEveryone reads The Abaconian Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised March 2017 All phones use area code 242 unless noted Restaurants Services Transportation* Fri & Sat only


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November 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 26 NUMBER 21 November 1st, 2017 Section B Above: Richard Roberts, Lavaughn Stubbs, Karen Rolle, Sophie Bootle and Jason Quashie. Missing from the photo: Julie Michel, Cerizia Francois and Chaplain Kermet Newbold By Mirella Santillo Reverend Gabriel Swing and his wife Jan, with The Bahamas Youth Network, organized the visit of Dr. Chuck Monson, an Optometrist from Charlotte, North Carolina to provide vision screening to students in some of the public schools of Abaco. The first screening was held at Patrick J Bethel High School with the seventh graders being the first to be led to the upper floor where the examinations were conducted by a team of volunteers who traveled with Dr. Monson from North Carolina. The Team was composed of Dr. MonsonÂ’s wife, Lisa, who registered the students and a group of four assistants, Shawn Bailey, Jon and Sandy Michel and Algie Grubbs. The examination room was set up in one of the larger classrooms, with reading posters tagged to the walls and a display of reading glasses in various strength and even colors. Students were registered and ushered into the classroom where they were screened for difficulties with near vision (reading) and distance vision (classroom board). The students who did not pass the initial screening, were individually assessed BYN PAGE 2 By Mirella Santillo The musical team of Every Child Counts was still honing the presentation they were planning for their guests, as the delegation of the BakerÂ’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club made its appearance on October 11. Dr. Livingston Marshall, Mr. Peter Whalen, Mr. Geoffrey Jones and Ms. Ce-BakerÂ’s Bay Makes $176,500 Donation to ECCAssisting Living Facility Closer to Realityline Albury entered the courtyard to the beat of drums. They were greeted by Mrs. Lyn Major and immediately welcomed by a student, Keith Clarke, who acted as Moderator for the event. Ms. Albury was carrying a large poster, only the back of which was visible. Dr. Livingston Marshall, Geoffrey Jones, Celine Albury and Peter Whalen presenting a $176,500 cheque to ECCÂ’s Lyn Major. The money was raised during BakerÂ’s BayÂ’s fishing tournament and will go towards a planned assisted living facility where people can continue to grow while still being part of the school By Mirella Santillo New members for the PTA board of the 2017-18 school year at Patrick J Bethel High School were elected on in September. Pastor Jason Quashie, who had previously held that title for the year 2015-16, was elected President; Karen Rolle is the new Vice-Presiden, Lavaungh Stubbs will hold the position of Treasurer with Sophie Bootle as Assistant-Treasurer. Julie Michel New Patrick J Bethel PTA Board Outlines Goals for Yearwill be acting as Secretary. The Public Relations persons are Cerizia Francois and Richard Roberts, a returning board member. The new elects held a meeting in Spring City on the evening of October 10. Explaining the goals of his PTA board, Pastor Quashie mentioned that there are a number of important matters to be adPTA PAGE 7 ECC PAGE 9 Bahamas Youth Network Sponsors Eye Testing in Abaco Public SchoolsBYN volunteers and some Coopers Town Primary students.


Page 2 Section B The Abaconian November 1, 2017 SCHOOL & YOUTH NEWS by Dr. Monson, who conducted a more indepth examination. Some of the children were fitted with glasses before leaving the room. Rev. Swing and Mrs. Swing also helped with registering and sending each student to be examined to the screening room. Mrs. Swing took many of the students’ blood pressure as they left the examination room. The team spent two days at Patrick J Bethel High School screening all of their 600 plus students. On October 12, the vision screening group moved to Central Abaco Primary School. On Friday October 13, the team traveled north to examine the students of the two public schools in Cooper’s Town: Cooper’s Town Primary School and S C Bootle High School. Commenting on the results of the screening, Rev. Swing said that altogether 1100 students were examined; More than 300 of whom received prescription glasses. Dr. Monson was also able to diagnose many children with astigmatisms and other serious vision problems. They were encouraged to follow up with local doctors and eye specialists. Dr. Monson stated, “Nearly all of the students never had a screening before.” Rev. Gabe Swing serves as the OutIsland coordinator for The Bahamas Youth Network, working with students on Long Island and Abaco. Rev. Swing also serves as the pastor of Kirk of the Pines, a church that currently meets on Sundays at 9 AM at Forest Heights Academy in Marsh HarBYN bour. The Bahamas Youth Network is described as a relational, Christ-centered, Community-based Youth Ministry in The Bahamas, working with churches, schools, and other community organizations to impact the youth of the community it serves. Rev. Swing stated, “The Bahamas Youth Network sponsored this vision screening to help meet real needs in the community and demonstrate the great love that Christ has for all of the children and families of The Bahamas.” Above: Coopers Town Primary with BYN volunteers. Right top to bottom: students getting tested and outfitted with new glasses. By Canishka Alexander During a general assembly held at Patrick J. Bethel High School on Oct. 17, District Superintendent Dr. Lenora Black gave highlights from the recent All Males Service, which some of the school’s male students had attended. Dr. Black was accompanied by Assistant District Superintendent Dominique McCartney-Russell. During her remarks, Dr. Black recognized Rolner Paul Jr. and Ivan Curry Jr. as high-achieving males who have distinguished themselves as students of excellence. Both young men have adopted an exceptional standard of work and are devoted to their academic pursuits. Paul Jr. also received a full scholarship to attend Forest Heights Academy for his outstanding academic efforts. Curry Jr. later received the esteemed title of Head Boy during a Prefect Installation Ceremony. McCartney-Russell was invited to the stage to deliver brief remarks. She told the students that she was excited to partner with her colleagues in the field of education and looked forward to the continued success of students in the Abaco district.General Assembly at Patrick Bethel High Highlights Students’ AccomplishmentsIvan Curry Jr. (center) receiving his accolades as an outstanding male student from Asst. District Superintendent Dominique McCartney-Russell (left) and District Superintendent Dr. Lenora Black (right). PJB PAGE 4


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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian November 1, 2017 “I’m grateful for the opportunity,” she affirmed. Next, a cheque presentation was made to Canishka Alexander, who has organized a medical campaign on on Joanne Brave's behalf for funding to correct a condition she has called scoliosis. Joanne’s spine is severely curved at 80 degrees, and she is in urgent need of surgery. Before the assembly came to a close, Language Arts Teacher Ruby Rolle distributed certificates to students for their participation in the Templeton World Foundation’s “Laws of Life” essay competition. Everyone in attendance was asked to offer a moment of silence in memory of Joan Miller, one of the school’s janitresses who passed away. On Oct. 19, students were asked to wear a purple ribbon in solidarity with Joan’s family. The week’s theme was: “Love of Learning.” Following the assembly, Brave arrived and was accompanied by Rolle. Brave visited several classrooms to briefly speak with students about scoliosis, and to collect additional donations toward her cause. Altogether, Patrick J. Bethel High School’s staff and students donated more than $1,000 to Joanne. PJB By Canishka Alexander Angels Academy presented its PreHalloween Haunted House Fright Night on Oct. 26 extending an invitation to children in the community to attend. According to Garnell Limperes, one of the organizers and a teacher at the school, it was a concerted effort to successfully pull off the event with staff, parents and community stakeholders doing their part. For a $5 admission fee, tickets for the Haunted House were purchased from Jacqueline Estevez along with tickets for food, drinks and snacks. Principal Barbara Johnson manned the entrance to the Haunted House. Adults accompanying children were given free entry. There were so many popular characters in attendance – ladybugs, witches, mermaids, skeletons, pirates, zombies, princesses, Snow White, Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sofia the First, and even Michael Jackson. True to form, Michael did his signature moonwalk dance to the amazement of the audience. Children were given a grand tour of the Haunted House by Ashton Sawyer despite seeing the bloody warning sign: “Abandon all hope ye who enters here.” Sawyer did the walk through entering a door with the words “stop, run die” to introduce the children to the other characters on site. Sawyer was assisted by the talented cast of Lance Bethel, Suzanne Sweeting, Louis Schneider, Lydia Hill, Heather Johnston, Sophia Joseph and Braxton Haupert who also helped with either making, donating or setting up props, coming up with the theme and ideas and were among the ghoulish characters featured in the haunted house. “Ashton, Lance and Louis were part of my team since the Island Waves Community Centre, and we did the Haunted House then, so I just utilized them,” Limperes explained. “The others – Suzie, Lydia, Sophia, Braxton and Heather – all enjoy creative activities, holidays and community venues, so they willingly and eagerly offered their assistance.”Angels Academy Presents Pre-Halloween Haunted House Event Of course, an event could not be successful without food. Limperes commended Malena Scott, a parent, for the scrumptious conch fritters, chicken and fries and hamburgers that she prepared. Outside a giant, blown-up spider guarded the entrance to tables that disHALLOWEEN PAGE 5We sell parts for "all makes" of truck as well as CAT and CUMMINS diesel parts. Rely on The Worlds Best for the Parts You Need for the Parts You Need Kenworth of South Florida Parts Department stocks a huge selection of OEM parts for Kenworth, Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit Diesel, Eaton, Spicer, Meritor, Bendix and Several other Make and Model Truck Parts... Naples: 239.984.5102 305.808.3000 x301 954.523.5484 561.882.9775 772.409.1800www. BACK ON THE ROADSAVINGS SCHOOL & YOUTH NEWS


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Both Suzanne and Heather have kids who go to the school. “I was in charge of organizing the whole thing, and I helped with the theme, making props and flyers, getting teams together etc. Because the date changed for mid-term break, I had to leave before the event itself, but had plans to play a lead role as well. “But that’s okay; I’m so glad we have a good team where I could slip away.” HALLOWEEN CAPS Awards Day, Prefect Installation Rewards Students of Excellence By Canishka Alexander “Rewarding Excellence: A Prevailing Attitude,” was the theme of Central Abaco Primary School’s (CAPS) Awards Day and Prefect Installation Service on Oct. 23. Tianna Bootle served as the moderator. Following the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, the prayer was given by Latario Curtis; Kevisha McPhee shared the Scripture reading from Phil. 4:8-9; and a warm welcome was delivered by Carrington Cash to all in attendance. Music Teacher Ervin Colebrooke directed the school choir in a selection of “He has Done Marvelous Things,” followed by a recorder ensemble accompanied by the sound of maracas and drumming as students of the Lower Primary Choir played “Tell Somebody God is Good.” Rachel Brice introduced District Superintendent Dr. Lenora Black as the speaker for the occasion. Dr. Black emphasized that the district’s one goal was undergirded by the Ministry of Education’s theme of “Understanding the Whole Picture: Imaging the Finished Results.” “Excellence is the guide word, and it’s such a profound word,” she expresed. “Excellence does not speak to the notion of perfection; it succinctly speaks to time on the spectrum toward our best self.” She went on to explain that what is considered excellence in Grade 1 could not be deemed excellent at a Grade 6 level hence excellence is progressive. With excellence, Dr. Black recognized that we are not at a fixed point because we get better daily with training and learning. “I like the notion of excellence being rewarded,” she admitted. Dr. Black added that excellence is recognized beyond the school and home and that it extends to the wider community. She recalled the recent All Males Service where a student of Patrick J. Bethel High School gave an outstanding oration that touched the hearts of all those who were there. The student, Rolner Paul Jr., went on to receive a full scholarship from Forest Heights Academy. Over the course of her life, Dr. Black shared some of the attributed that she has learned about hard work: 1) It doesn’t kill you; and 2) It is a trait that once you embrace it, you don’t put it down. “Excellence cannot take a day off,” she asserted. She indicated that arriving at the point of excellence involves the 5 Ps: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. She told students that they must plan to be a person of excellence; however, they don’t get to be excellent all by themselves. “It’s not a journey of one – first you came from a supportive home, and caring schools, so don’t forget the people who helped you along the way. Tell them Above: the Central Abaco Primary's School Choir. thanks.” Dr. Black said that people of excellence are also persistent. “If you would have gotten up one more time than you have fallen down, you win,” she emphasized. “You must have a positive mindset because sometimes you are the only one not raining on your parade.” Forecasting the upcoming All Abaco District Awards, Dr. Black promised that the results would be pleasing to many of the awardees coming from the grouping that was there that day. Numerous awards were distributed to the students of excellence beginning with the Principal’s Award, which recognizes students with a GPA of 3.8 to 4.0. Awards for music and athletic accomplishments were given as well as most outstanding male and female awards and most improved student awards for each grade level. The distribution of awards was complimented by the introduction of 53 prefects installed during the ceremony. The newly installed prefects joined their voices in reciting the Prefect Pledge and Song. Once the pinning of prefects was completed, the Heads of Prefect Body Selection took place. Tianna Bootle was crowned Head Girl, and Ronnallee Delancey received the title of Deputy Head Girl. Christopher Turnquest was awarded the position of Head Boy, and Muhammad Anjum was named Deputy Head Boy. Principal Beatrice Moxey closed out the ceremony with the Vote of Thanks, and Pastor Jason Quashie gave the benediction.


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Fri. 7:30am 6pm Sat 7:30am-7pm The Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food Fair SCHOOL & YOUTH NEWS By Mirella Santillo A special assembly was held on October 6 at St Francis Catholic Church to honor Breast Cancer Month as well as bringing awareness to the students about the attributes of “Good Character,” such as solidarity and compassion among others, which could help dealing with cancer and other issues. Speakers addressed the student body, most of them dressed in pink, with examples and advice. The first to speak was Mr. Alexis Tayam, St. Francis de Sales Religious Studies Coordinator. He based his character definition on a scripture reading of a good samaritan who helped a wounded man on the side of the road. Mr. Tayam asked the assembly “What were the character traits of the good samaritan?” “It is not our status in life that determines our character. Being rich, poor, Christian or non Christian does not prevent us to be kind and compassionate to others. Compassion, kindness, love, honesty, courage and perseverance are not merely values of religion but of humanity, a humanity that could be lost if we do not practice these,” Mr. Tayam said. The next speaker, Mrs. Theresa Haynes, a four-year breast cancer survivor, spoke about her ordeal and how she managed to beat the disease. “Cancer does not necessarily mean death,” she said. Mrs. Haynes stressed the importance of regular check-ups for early detection. She added that turning to the support and love of her family gave her the perseverance to go through the treatments and the mental ordeal caused by cancer. She advised people to practice compassion and solidarity towards people with the disease. Following the speeches, the Spanish teacher introduced a video that showed people around the world illustrating the various traits of good character. She then turned to students in the room, asking them about their favorite persons and which qualities they admired in them. on Breast Cancer Month St. Francis students at the special assembly. By Canishka Alexander Motivational speaker and author, corporate trainer and education ambassador, Andre Norman has committed his life to influence others to make positive changes in their own lives. His life didn’t start out that way, however. Norman grew up in a home with an abusive father who eventually left his mother to raise him and his siblings on her own. A high school drop out, Norman began making bad choices that led to his arrest and imprisonment. While in prison, he became a wellknown prison gang leader, but all it took was meeting a mentor who inspired his mindset change to set him on the right course. In that moment, he overcame the abuse, illiteracy, gangs and prison of his past using it to inspire others. Invited by the Rotary Club of Abaco, the dynamic speaker arrived on Abaco on Oct. 22 visiting with students from Oct. 23-24. While on Abaco, he also met with Department of Social Services probationers, and travelled to a Corporate Leadership Conference at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay. His visit to The Bahamas also took him to the nation’s capital to meet with Commissioner of Police Anthony Fergu-Motivational Speaker Meets with Students, Leaders in The Bahamas Andre Norman speaking to students at ECC. son and key officers, followed by a seminar with police gang units. It was at Every Child Counts that ‘The Abaconian’ caught up with Norman to hear what he had to share with the students there. Several students from Wesley College were also in attendance. Accompanied by Carrie Lowe and Jason Carlie, Norman began with a brief history of where blacks came from and how they ended up in different parts of the world. Using History, Money and Respect as headings, he promised to show the students how they could come up with a business idea to create a company that produces gross revenues of $600,000 a year. In fact, he shared how he assisted a team of four young people no older than 25 in making $1 million last year. “I’ve worked with presidents and world leaders, but I’m here because you’re just as important as children anywhere in the world.” Sharing his background, Norman told the students that all anyone needs in life is a chance. He made a promise to never make his mother ashamed to call his name again. He told them how he applied at Harvard University for a job, and was selected from among thousands of candidates. NORMAN PAGE 7


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He explained that with an additional teacher, the reading program that has been so successful in improving grades and tests results in the past, could resume. Other goals of this year’s PTA would be the upgrade of the internet service in most of the classrooms. He said that BTC has adopted Patrick J Bethel High school and has promised to install wireless through the rooms. Working on an intercom system to facilitate communication throughout the school is another project as well as improving security. The planning of a School Fair to be held next February is also among the topics to be discussed. PTA “Don’t tell me you can’t,” he advised. “There is no ‘I can’t;’ there’s only I won’t.” He shared key points in an interactive exercise with the students to demonstrate how they could come up with creating a video to discourage teenagers from using drugs. With the right focus group and information, the video could be sold to churches, schools and universities around the world to make money. “If someone watches your video, you saved their life. What is a better job on the planet than saving lives?” Norman questioned. “Who you are today, right in this moment, you are enough!” His presentation ended in a session to hype the students. “Why are we here?” Norman asked “To learn,” the students responded with 10 synchronized claps. “Who’s better?” “Us,” they chorused with 20 claps. “What do we represent?” “The Bahamas,” they answered ending with 50 claps. According to Norman’s biography, he launched his program, Project FootNORMAN prints, in 1999 “to teach corporate audiences how focus, purpose, resilience and effective planning can overcome even the most daunting challenges in the business world.” In 2009, he presented at the Young Presidents Organization World Presidents Organization (YPO WPO) Global Leadership Conference in Miami and also participated in the 2010 GLC in Barcelona, Spain. Norman has had the opportunity to lecture at several prestigious universities, including Harvard University School of Law, as a featured speaker at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning as well as the London Business School’s Sloan Fellowship. His life experience has allowed him to speak on a wide range of topics inclusive of substance abuse, gangs, families in crisis, and mentoring by travelling to schools, churches and community centers around the world. He works with social risk groups in Honduras, Sweden, Guatemala, Liberia, Trinidad and The Bahamas. Norman is an Ambassador of Hope, and he shares his gifts with those whom he comes in contact with. Overall, his mission is to save lives and inspire hope through collaboration. Norman lives in Boston. By Mirella Santillo On October 11, Archbishop Patrick Pinder, traveled to Abaco for his annual visit to the Catholic schools of Central Abaco, attending a function at St Francis Catholic Church where he was treated to several performances by the students of the Catholic School. He was accompanied by Claudette Rolle, Director of Catholic Education for The Bahamas. The District Superintendent of Education Dr. Lenora Black, as well as her soon to be replacement, Dominique McCartneyRussell, attended the ceremony; so did the local Superintendent of Police, Kevin Mortimer. Father Burton of St John the Baptist Anglican Church and Father Roger of St Francis Church were also present. The officials entered the Church preceded by two male students bearing the Bahamian and the school flags. After the welcome by a student, Aidan Clarke, and the announcement of the performances by Head Girl, Destiny Murphy acting as MC, the Principal, Mrs. Leandra Kelly-Adderley, introduced the entire school’s staff, starting with the Headmaster, Elmer Bongon, to the Archbishop who acknowledged them one by one. The Lower Primary children were the first to perform a choral verse entitled "Our Profile". Next were the winners of the National Arts Festival, the under twelve re-Archbishop Visits Abaco Catholic SchoolsArchbishop Patrick Pinder (above center) visited Abaco on October 11. corder ensemble. The St. Francis de Sales Pop Band followed with a musical medley. Dr. Black, Mrs. Claudette Rolle, and Archbishop Pinder then briefly addressed the assembly in turn. Dr. Black expressed her pleasure to attend yet another function at the church and explained that she too was the product of Catholic Primary Education that "she wore proudly." Mrs. Rolle thanked the community of Abaco for its support of the school and acknowledged the departure of Dr. Black who is retiring in January 2018. She praised the District Superintendent "for her contribution to the nation,” adding, "you have been a good mentor, the person who follows you will do great things." Two students handed out to the Archbishop two contribution checks coming from fundraising among all the Catholic Schools of the country. One was for a schools’ dormant fund, the other was to go to a relief fund for Hurricane Irma victims. The Archbishop expressed his gratitude and thanked the administration and the teachers for the job they were doing. He praised the school for its character driven values as well as the Director of Education and the Principal for being so resourceful. 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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian November 1, 2017 SCHOOL & YOUTH NEWS "wonderful welcome" he received. The Archbishop’s visit to St Francis de Sales was preceded by one at Every Child Counts earlier the same morning. There a full assembly welcomed him. The Archbishop walked the school grounds and listened to students talk about a program relating to mindfulness and peer mediation. He was treated to several performances. The Drum Band, winner of the National Arts Festival in that category, demonstrated its talent. The senior choir sang and there was a duet performance by Alex Curry and Ronel Ecarment. ARCHBISHOP By Mirella Santillo The National Arts Festival winning score requirements were raised from 85 to 90 points in 2017. Nonetheless, students from three local schools (Agape Christian School, Every Child Counts and St Francis de Sales Catholic School) gathered first places in music with scores over 90. Noella Clarke and Clanae Davis from Agape Christian School received the highest score of 96 for performing a duet in the Pop Singing category. The next highest score went to Ashanti Duncanson with St Francis de Sales Catholic School. She performed solo in the Pop Singing category and was awarded 94 points. Also from St Francis de Sales, the teachers’ Gospel Male Group placed first in their category with 92 points. From St Francis de Sales again, the Recorder Ensemble, twelve years old and under, won that category with 92 points. The last first place went to the Senior Drum Group of Every Child Counts. They collected 91 points in the Instrumental Ensemble category. All winners in the National Arts Festival will be handed out their trophies during the annual Awards Ceremony to be held in January 2018.Three Abaco Schools Received Awards at the National Arts Festival By Canishka Alexander The Department of Education’s Abaco District presented its Teachers’ Professional Development Exercise last week. The school-based session was held on Oct. 25, while the district-wide exercise was held on Oct. 26 at Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS) under the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) theme: “Understanding the Whole Picture: Imaging the Finished Results.” The moderator was Paul Knowles, Principal of J.A. Pinder Primary School and 2017-2019 Teacher of the Year for the Abaco District and CAPS. Education Officer Sandy Edwards led the audience in devotion, while Rev. Livingstone Edwards, pastor of Daystar Bible Church, delivered the devotional thought for the day. Meanwhile, District Superintendent Dr. Lenora Black brought the welcome remarks along with the purpose for the program. Jamal McIntosh, Teacher of the Year at Patrick J. Bethel High School, introduced the guest speaker – Donavon Bowe. Bowe, a teacher from The Beacon School in Grand Bahama, spoke on the topic: “Capacity Building for Educational Practitioners.” “Just a little foundation for our conversation this morning: The Bahamas’ Ministry of Education (MOE) has responsibility for more than 50,000 K-12 students in approximately 170 educational institutions in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and these institutions are dispersed over 14 districts in the major islands,” he Teachers in Abaco District Attend Professional Development ExerciseTeachers attending Professional Development Exercise at Central Abaco Primary School on Oct. 26. shared. “The ministry’s goal is to increase the graduation rate from 50% to 80% by 2030.” In his delivery, Bowe covered three main points regarding the teacher as a professional, teacher efficacy and how connecting with the personal journey of the students can assist teachers in reaching them. While addressing his first point on professionalism, Bowe said that professionalism is not as simple as slipping into professional wear. In fact, he cited the Teaching in Focus: Teacher Professionalism International Survey (TALIS), which indicates that teacher professionalism is about a teacher’s knowledge, a teacher’s autonomy and their membership of peer networks. These, he said, are the key elements that lead to more effective teaching. “Until we increase our knowledge base as teacher professionals, our finished results will continue to look the same,” Bowe admonished. “Many of you comWORKSHOP PAGE 9


November 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 plained about coming here this morning for this professional development session, but you want your students to be excited when they come to your class. The excitement that you have for learning is in direct relationship to that of your students.” After expounding on the points of teacher autonomy and peer networks, Bowe conducted a short exercise called exercising truth. The teachers were asked to raise their hands if they had visited Facebook that morning, checked a Whatsapp message or if they have an Instagram account. “If you have raised your hand at least once, you are already a part of a network, no membership fee, so with just a little bit more work you can cultivate these platforms to your benefit,” he informed them. “Social media is here to stay and if you don’t embrace it, you will be left behind… the small classroom that you are in is not the world. “We are preparing our students not to takes tests, but to live life.” Bowe said that teachers around the world are increasingly being asked to teach more diverse student populations, which includes disadvantaged and immigrant students as well as students who may not be proficient in the country’s principle language. “Investing in teachers’ professionalism is one way that education systems can help teachers face these challenges and, by doing so, ensure that all students receive the high-quality teaching they need to succeed,” he assured. WORKSHOP His final point was efficacy. “Teacher efficacy is about rooting for kids. I’m a teacher at Grand Bahama’s only public special education institution, The Beacon School, currently working with my second cohort of Senior Boys in Job Readiness Program, [which is comprised of] high functioning students who will one day make their mark in society.” Instead of telling a student they should have done better when they fail to get the correct answers on a test, or come up a few words short on an essay, he congratulates them on what they got right and helps them focus on how to improve next time. “Learning must be intentional, and teacher efficacy proves for greater achievement. We have to believe in our students because amazing things happen when a school staff shares the belief that they are able to achieve collective goals and overcome challenges to impact student achievement,” he expressed. “My students know that if anyone has their back, it’s me.” Bowe was pleased to see great strides being made in The Bahamas to increase the value placed on education despite the existence of many external pressures. Therefore, he encouraged teachers to do their part to make education relevant and fun. Acting District Superintendent Dominique Russell informed teachers of the room locations where they would go to participate in Sessions 2 and 3 of the development exercise following a 15-minute break. Presenters for the afternoon sessions included: Willarine Rodgers, subject secretary from the Ministry of Education’s Evaluation and Assessment Division; Lonice Hart and Latoya Burrows, SEO Social Studies Teachers at Gerald Cash Primary School; Camru Rahiem, mathematics teacher at Moore’s Island Comprehensive School; Nadia Smith-McDermott, 6th grade teacher at Fox Town Primary School; and Bloneva Pinder, preschool teacher at Central Abaco Primary. The participants were comprised of preschool, upper and lower primary teachers as well as high school teachers and NEC Administrators. Russell closed out the program with session takeaways and the benediction. In 2015, Captain Ed Dwyer, who is in charge of organizing the club’s annual fishing tournament, decided to choose the school as the beneficiary of the generosity of members participating in the tournament. The club’s executives were impressed with the school’s achievements in the last ten years and as mentioned by Dr. Marshall, “we now consider the school as a partner.” After being treated to poetry, singing, and drumming performances by the drum band and the choir, the Baker’s Bay team presented the poster that Ms. Albury had carried in earlier. The team turned around the poster, showing an enlarged check with the amount of $176,500 that the school will receive. The representatives handed it to Mrs. Lyn Major, Director of Every Child Counts. Following the presentation, Mr. ECC Geoffrey Jones, Director of Sales and Marketing, explained that the money came from fundraising held during the June Baker’s Bay Fishing Tournament, saying “Celine held an auction that took a good deal of money from the members.” Ms. Albury later mentioned that the highest bid on a cooler she had offered for auction was $25,000. She said the check also included the entry fees. Mr. Peter Whalen, General Manager of the resort, thanked the children for their performance. “We are thankful to be a part of it,” Mr. Whalen said. He went on to express his pleasure to be involved with the school. “We hope you can use the money to grow,” Mr. Whalen added. Addressing the Baker’s Bay’s representatives, Mrs. Major explained that the last part of her vision for the school was to “Add an assisted living facility where children will continue to grow while still being part of the school.” “We are most grateful for your donation,” Mrs. Major said. Pastor Erlyn Baillou, a long-time supporter of the school, explained that the site for the facility has already been outlined at the back of the property. The building will measure 70 feet by 35 feet and will be comprised of enough rooms with bathrooms to accommodate eight to ten lodgers and one or two resident care givers, as well as a common area, thus ensuring the continuing care and longevity of the students who graduated. 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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian November 1, 2017 SPORTS By Canishka Alexander Abaco Championship Winners 5 Star Ag and Turf Bulldogs and Abaco Groceries Diamond Dollz travelled to the Bahamas Softball Federation’s Rozina Taylor National Round Robin & Championships in New Providence from Oct. 27-30 to represent the island of Abaco. On Day 1, in Game 1 against Andros Navigators, the Diamond Dollz edged away with one run to beat them on Oct. 27. The score was 7-6. The Bulldogs also managed to score one run over the BTC Blazers out of Grand Bahama to beat them 4-3 in the men’s game. An official Opening Ceremony at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex was also held that night. Day Two brought tremendous losses for both the Dollz and Bulldogs. New Providence’s C&S Hitmen won 9-0 over the Bulldogs, while the Sunshine Auto Lady Wildcats of New Providence beat the Dollz: 10-0. On to the playoffs, the Wildcats outperformed the Dollz, but this time the score settled at 7-5. In the men’s game, the Bulldogs won by forfeiture over the Blue Water Jets of Eleuthera. The Blazers returned to win 6-3 over the Hitmen, and the Bulldogs enjoyed a victorious sweep over Andros beating them: 13-2. The Blazers accumulated another win by default over the Jets, while the Hitmen beat the Bulldogs in a close game: 2-0. Entering the Bronze Medal round on Day 3, the Blazers beat the Bulldogs to face the Hitmen for the national championship title. The Wildcats shut down the Dollz to win 11-3. Despite this loss, this was the first time the Diamond Dollz made it to the BSF Round Robin championship game to place second in the nation.Diamond Dollz Secure Silver, Bulldogs Capture Bronze at BSF Round Robin Tournament Above left: the Abaco Groceries Diamond Dollz. Above right: 5 Star Ag and Turf Bulldogs. Mirella Santillo The Abaco Schools Sports Association season started on October 2 with three games played at Agape Christian School’s Grace Gymnasium. The ACS girls Eagles played the Patrick J Bethel’s Marlins in the very first game of the season. The junior Eagles and the senior Eagles played the SCB Dynamic Dolphins‘ juniors and seniors in the second and third game. Four high school teams entered the volleyball tournament, including the Eagles, the Marlins, the St. Francis de Sales Tornadoes, and the SC Bootle Dynamic Dolphins. A couple of meets between primary school teams had also been scheduled. Approximately half way into the season, the score was nearly evenly spread between three schools. The Eagles seemed to be leading, with the girls having won all four games played so far and the senior and junior boys having lost one game each out of four. The Marlins are in second position with senior boys and girls teams, each having lost only one game out of four. The SCB Dolphins junior boys won the two games they played. The St. Francis de Sales’ Tornadoes had not been doing too well, but still had six games to play before mid-term break in all three categories. There were still several days of playing before October 26 mid-term, with three days in Cooper’s Town, including a remake of a game cancelled on October 12, so the St Francis’s Tornadoes will not be the only one with more chances to advance. As of October 17, the Eagles had six more games to play; the Patrick J Bethel Marlins had nine more games to play, and the Dolphins seven. Games were to be suspended during mid-term, resuming on November 1. The championships games should take place during the second or third week of NovemberAbaco Schools Sports Association Starts Season with Volleyball Above: Agape Eagles on the volleyball court.


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November 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 SCHOOL & YOUTH NEWS By Canishka Alexander On Oct. 24, Patrick J. Bethel High School (PJBH) held its Prefect Installation Ceremony. A total of 47 students were installed. Three male leaders – Jordan Vilma, Ivan Curry Jr. and Dremiko McIntosh – were chosen among the prefects for the 2017-2018 school year. However, anticipation continued to build as students awaited the announcement of the school’s heads and their deputies. Finally, it was announced that the school’s Head Boy is Ivan Curry Jr. and the Deputy Head Boys are Dremiko McIntosh and Jordan Vilma. Jackline Jean-Jacques is PJBH’s Head Girl along with Alexis Williams and Twanesha Lightbourn as Deputy Head Girls. Earlier in the month, prefects participated in a training seminar at the Marsh Harbour Church of Christ on Oct. 3. The seminar speakers were Toastmaster RayDon Poitier, who gave a presentation on Patrick J. Bethel Prefects Accomplish Many Feats in October The Prefects of Patrick J. Bethel High School. Photo: Curlain Coakley-Sawyer Public Speaking. Sgt. James Johnson, who also serves as School Police, spoke about non-violent conflict resolutions. Meanwhile, Pastor Victor Roberts delivered his remarks on building leader character. Four days later, Curlain CoakleySawyer, Business Teacher and Coordinator in charge of the Prefects, was accompanied by several prefects to the Bahamas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (BASCD)’s one-day conference in New Providence. “Four prefects attended along with myself namely Jordan Vilma, Christano Swain, Alexis Williams and Stephanie Cartwright. The conference was really encouraging, and this was an effort to give our young people more exposure,” Coakley-Sawyer explained. “The theme was ‘It’s Time! Changing Culture; Changing Outcomes’. We attended two sessions: one was healthfocused on ensuring that we keep our bodies healthy to live a full and productive life and the second one was on supported-living, which is living life fully, taking care of self –first, and keeping stress down.”Murphy Town Community Assoc. Organizes Children’s Halloween PartyOn Oct. 28, the Murphy Town Community Association organized a Spooktacular Children’s Halloween Party at the Murphy Town Community Center. Children from Murphy Town and surrounding communities were invited to dress in their Halloween costumes for a chance to win the Best Costume Competition. Organizers provided food, drinks and fun games for the children to engage in. Face painting was also available.


Page 14 Section B The Abaconian November 1, 2017 OBITUARIES Funeral Service for the late Vascille Stuart, age 44 years of Moores Island, was held on Saturday October 14 2017 at St. MatthewÂ’s Baptist Church, Moores island Abaco. Officiating was be Pastor. Ismeal Williams assisted by other Ministers of the gospel. Interment will follow in The Big Bay Public Cemetery. He was predeceased by his Mother: Melvina McBride; Memories will always be treasured in the hearts of his: Wife: Peggy Stuart; Children: Vatira, Viesha & Vascille Stuart Jr.;Father: Edward Stuart; Mother-in-law: Emily McBride; Brothers: Wilfred Hield,Tyrone Davis, Alexander Ronard, Johnathan, Osborne, Standley, Bradley, Edward Jr. and Burselle Stuart; Sisters: Joann and Tina Stuart, Esther Williams,Lindell Delancy,Pandora Hield, and Pheva Roberts; Brother-inlaw: Wayde Delancy, Eugene McBride, Pastor Ishmael Williams and Rev Nicholas Roberts; Sister-inlaws:Veronica, Verna, Ethlyn, Eleanor and Terry Stuart, Francis and Tarrah Davis, Claudette and Aneta Mcbride, Adline Johnson, Annalee Knowles, Sabrina Hield and Lillian Ronard; Nieces: Samantha Hield, Santricia Charles, Alicia Ronard, Ellissa and Stevanna Thompson, Tyra, Melrose, Velma, Creola, Tavonia Davis, Stanya, Renea, Rudell and Diaja Stuart, Jacanna Theoc, Uniska and Ashley Johnson, Tamika Knowles and Linese McBride; Nephews: Nicholas, Nickeem and Nickeil Roberts, Ellison Davis, Stephon Thompson, Rodrick Ferguson, Elliott and Rashad Ronard, Wiltrico Hield, David Gibson Jr, Laubron Delancy, Cecil and Ozzie Stuart, Johnalthon Jr, Brendon, Cameron and Brell Stuart, Renaldo Knowles, Eugene Jr, Deandre and Kye McBride, Ashward, Ethan and Carlekward Johnson, Mannix Ospin Jr and Zhivargo McBride; God children: Dominique Swain, Wendella Stuart and Roshanna Martin. As well as a host of other relatives and friends. Joan Ulease Miller age 56 years of Murphy Town Abaco died on October 4 2017 at The Princess Margaret Hospital. She is survived by her Children: Shawon Green Alicia Parker and Lenetra Miller, Delmon Parker, Nathaniel Hall; Two (2) Sisters: Sharon Russell and Monaleta Knowles; One (1) Son-inlaw: Marvin Green; A host of other relatives and friends who will be listed at a later time. Benjamin Dawkins, 84, of Murphy Town, Abaco, died at his residence on Sunday, 22nd October 2017. He is survived by his sons: Henley and Vandyke Dawkins; daughters: Estar Owenta McDonald, Gwendolyn Dawkins, Emma Dawkins Ferguson, Misty Davis, Millie Dawkins and Roshelle Dawkins Brice; sister: Marjorie Roberts; numerous grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Mr. Kenneth Harcourt Thompson, 77, of Man-OWar Cay, OBITS PAGE 15


November 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 WELL DONEDRILLING SERVICES &CARIBBEAN MARINE CONSTRUCTION Equipment Rental:CAT 330DL excavator (98,000# class)CAT 420F backhoeCAT 277B skid steer (rubber track)Komatsu mini-excavatorSterling Terex 23.5 Ton boom truckGrove 18 Ton boom truckP&H 22 Ton all terrain craneCAT 953TL Telehandler Services:Crane services Transport services Excavation services Land clearing and earth moving Auger cast piles for foundations Vibro sheet pile installation services Wooden and concrete pilling sales & installation Supply wells & Injection wells Sales, delivery, excavation and installation SEPTIC TANKS Marsh Harbour, Abaco 242-367-4842 SEPTIC TANKS CURRY’S FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front OBITUARIES Abaco, The Bahamas, died peacefully at the Princess Margaret Hospital, Shirley Street, Nassau, on Thursday, 19th October, 2017. Mr. Thompson’s service was held at Man-O-War Cay Gospel Chapel, Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, on Monday, 30th October, 2017. Brother Jim Bethel and Brother Jay Sands officiated and interment followed in Man-OWar Cay Public Cemetery, ManO-War Cay, Abaco. Mr. Thompson was predeceased by his wife, Vashti Una Thompson; parents, Kenneth and Lilas Thompson and his sister, Sarah Albury. He is survived by his daughter, Ena Joy Thompson; sister, Patsy Bethel; brother-in-law, Paul Bethel and many other relatives and friends. DESMON RICARDO HEPBURN, 45, of Dundas Town, Abaco, died at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Monday, October 2nd, 2017. He is survived by his Sons: Dru, Dre and Donavan Hepburn; Mother: Barbara HepburnReckley; Sisters: Debra Miller, Gail Hepburn and Phyliss Sullivan; Brothers: Samuel “Austin”, David and Kevin Hepburn, Keno Archer, Bradley, Wayne and Joel Reckley; other relatives and friends including: Michelle Lowe. Funeral Service For HENRY COOPER, 80, of Claridge Road and formerly of Coopers Town, Abaco, was held on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at Transfiguration Baptist Church, Market and Vesey Streets. Officiating was Rev. Dr. Stephen Thomas. Cremation followed. He was predeceased by his brothers: Joseph and Charles first granddaughter: Anya Kendera Cooper. Henry will be sadly missed by his wife of 57 years: Lillian; Children & Spouses: Elder Craig & Ella Cooper; Sherolyn & Larry Sears, Joann Stubbs, Pamela & Galvin Adderley and Tamara & Raymond Sears; 11 Grandchildren: Anquin and Anika Cooper; Kyle and Vestra Sears, Bijan and Jeffon Stubbs; Bria, Tiahra and Gyles Adderley; Reyhan and Raymond Sears; Brothers & Spouses: Archilaus (Estelle), Hartman (Macy), Eric (Vivian) and Samuel (Anita) Cooper; Sisters & Spouses: Cleotha Edgecombe (Medious); Sheila Adderley and Vernie Smith (Rudy); Uncle: Cornelius Ambrose; Godchild: Agatha Williams; Brothers-in-law: Henry Stubbs and Nehemiah Stubbs of Miami Florida; Numerous Nieces and Nephews. A host of other relatives and friends including: Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham; Genevieve LaRoda; Romeo Farrington; Corrine Duncombe; The Ambrose family; The Stubbs family; The Lowe family; The McIntosh family; The Cornish family; The Russell family; The Bonamy family; The Rolle family; Bahamas Customs; Transfiguration Baptist Church family; Trinity City of Praise Family; Dunamis Outreach Ministries; Royal Towers and Coral Towers Taxi Stands; Intertrust (Bahamas) Limited and The Coopers Town Community. Tommy Thompson, age 57, of Marsh Harbour passed away on Saturday September 16th, 2017. The Celebration of Life Service for Mr Thompson was held on Sunday September 24th, 2017 at New Vision Ministries in Marsh Harbour. On behalf of His wife Renee, His daughter Alanna and His son Avery, we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the ladies of the Abaco EMS Ambulance Service, The caring and OBITS compassionate Doctors, Nurses and Staff at the Marsh Harbour Mini Hospital and The Staff of the Kemp's Funeral Home and Restview Memorial. We would also like to thank everyone who has called, visited, messaged, and brought us food during this difficult time, we are grateful for your outpouring of support. We would further like to thank everyone who helped prepare food and drinks for the Celebration of Life Service for Tommy, your help was greatly appreciated. Thank you to Kent Sawyer, Kevin Sawyer, Tanya Cartwright, Ted Pierce, Dave Lowe, Andy Stratton, Keith Stratton, Cecile Albury, The Staff of Computer Creations and The Staff of Buds and Blooms. Left to cherish and keep alive Tommy's memories are: His wife Renee Thompson, Daughter Alanna ThompsonBass, son Avery Thompson, sonin-law Joey Bass, mother-in-law Effie Schneider, Honorary father Art Yergey. Family: Scott and Nancy, Dan, Mike and Joyce, Ivy, Eleanor and Lowell, Clio and Curtis, Betty and Steve, Levon and Steve, Louis, Eugene, Carl, Connie, Steve and Missy, Kitty and Dick, Lucille, Gayle, Vince, Palmer and Shelby, David and Barbara, Lance and Jordana, Krispin, Trent, Susan, Kyle, Chesney, Monique, Stacey, Shanna and Dwayne, Krista and Brenton, Nicole, Heather and Randy, Ashley, Ryan, Loretta and Harrison, Jennifer, Karla, Holly, Brad, Grant and Mailin, Regnar, Megan, Aunt Rosie, Miguel, Kristin.


Page 16 Section B The Abaconian November 1, 2017 as are all Bahamian harbours by order of the Port AuthorityNotice to MarinersThe harbour of Marsh Harbour is a NO WAKE ZONE SUDOKU e rules to play Sudoku are quite simple. Fill in the blanks so that each row, each column, and each of the nine 3x3 grids contain one instance of each of the numbers 1 through 9. EASY # 267 MEDIUM # 267HARD # 267 Solutions to the Sudoku puzzles (October 1st issue) # 266 Easy # 266 Medium # 266 Hard Call 367-3200 to Sponsor a Puzzle of Your Own.Your Ad Here: 367-3200Your Ad Here: 367-3200 FUN & GAMES OCT 1 Answers Ad363200 Across1. Landmass surrounded by water 5. An economic trend that is set to crash, or “burst,” is known as this. 6. Atypical, not representative. 10. Serious; Aft-most part of a ship. 12. ________, Upward, Onward, Together 14. Famous Blue Hole in Long Island 15. Congest roads. 16. Doppelganger, pretender 17. Calcium carbonate based sedimentary rockDown2. Equipment used with diving and breathing underwater. 3. National bird of The Bahamas 7. Able to read 8. Harbour Island is famous for having a beach with sand that is this unusual colour. 9. Copying; replicating 11. Sweet substance made by bees. 13. Bladed utensil 15. Victory Across 3. PREQUEL 4. SHARK 8. KOREA 10. THUNDERBALL 11. CHESS 13. PINDLING Down 1. GOLF 2. HUMMINGBIRD 3. PIZZA 5. VICTORIA 6. GOOGLE 7. GROUPER 9. ACCOUNTING 12. KREMLIN


November 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 Serving the Abaco’s with Competence, Exclusivity & PassionSheree’s Way, Elbow Cay SOLD $1,800,000 MLS 27505 Tamarind Hill, Elbow Cay 2000sq. ft Home 3 b, 3 b, 900 sq. ft Guest Cottage, view of Sea of Abaco, pool, 20 kw Generator $1,150,000 MLS 27365 Serenity Bluff, Green Turtle Cay. SOLD MLS 21841 Hummingbird Treehouse, Green Turtle Cay 2055 sf, 751 sf under air, 2 bd, 2 bth, 5330 sf 0.122 acre, Sea of Abaco views. $295,000 MLS 29910 Aunt Pat’s Bay lots 13, 15, 22 & 25 Elbow Cay Private Community paved roads, views of sea, Beach access, public dock. Starting at $230,000 MLS 23109 Bluff Point, Green Turtle Cay 2033 sq. ft. On 2 levels. 2 beds. 2 baths 2 acres. 16 kw gen. Private dock. $1,250,000 MLS 25467 Watch Hill, Guana Cay. 1686 sq. ft / 2 levels. 3 bd, 3 bth. 726 sq. ft decks. .408Acre. 80’ beachfront. Generator. Rental History. $775,000. MLS 26304 Surcouf, Green Turtle Cay SOLD MLS 21912 Sea to Bay, Guana Cay. 1400 sq. ft. 3 bd 2 bth. 11.5 Acre. Private harbour. 1977’ waterfront. Development property. $3,100,000. MLS 19436 Sea LavenderElbow Cay 135ft of Atlantic Beach, Lot .87 of an acre 1,110 sf of A/C living space, 2 bed, 2 baths Fireplace pool $1,150,000 B MLS 27696 K.J’S Landing – Dorros Cove, Elbow Cay 3,500 sf, Veranda, 1675 sf 3bd-2bth, water plant, 30 KW generator, and more $985,000 US MLS 29755 Beach House, Guana Cay Under Contract MLS 22407 Van Dyke House, Green Turtle Cay. 3053 sq. ft. 5 bd 4 bth / 2 levels. 0.244 Acre. Private Dock. Great Rental History. $1,175,000. MLS 26854 2017 Engel & Vlkers. All rights reserved. Engel & Vlkers and its independent franchisees are Equal Opportunity Employers an d fully support the principles of the Fair Housing Act. Each property shop is independently owned and operated. All information provided is deemed reliable but is no t guaranteed and should be independently veried. If your proper ty is currently represented by a real estate broker, this is not an attempt to solicit your listing. Paul Thompson Elbow Cay Luxury Real Estate Advisor 242-577-3627 Christopher Plummer Green Turtle Cay Luxury Real Estate Advisor 242-577-8511 Abaco Jewel, Summerset, La Conchita, Green Turtle Cay 3 units overlooking Sea of Abaco, Rental History, Starting at: $280,000 MLS 28936-28938 Woodcote Corner, Green Turtle Cay 6630 sq. ft. On 3 levels, 8 beds, 4.5 baths 2.27 acres. 25 KW gen. Private dock. Starting at $1,775,000 MLS 29527


Page 18 Section B The Abaconian November 1, 2017 Abaconian Yellow Pages By: Kristen Pearce You’re probably asking what this has to do with a “Health and Fitness” column. But this is a topic that greatly affects our overall wellness. Far too many of us wake up each day feeling grumpy and unsatisfied. Each day feels like a chore. We hate to get up and go to work. We count down hour in the day and every day until Friday. But what if we could make a SWEAT IT OUT!With Kristen Pearce Set Up Your Day to Go Smoothly Kristen Pearce is passionate about health, fitness, and wholeness. As a certified group fitness instructor, she offer classes throughout the week, mornings and evenings. She also hosts Nutrition Challenges throughout the year which all are welcome to join. few changes that would perhaps make our days go a little better? What I am about to suggest is not a “one size fits all” kind of routine. But instead, I am offering a few suggestions that could possibly help us to feel better, and perhaps make our days a little more pleasing. Set your alarm for a few minutes earlier than you have to get up. I know you’re wondering how is less sleep going to make you feel better? But think about it, don’t the days you’re not in a rush seem to go a little better? While we are on this topic, go to bed earlier. I think we would all agree that when we get the right amount of sleep for our bodies, our day seems to go better. Each person needs a different amount of sleep, so I am not going to tell you to get eight hours of sleep every night. You know the amount of sleep that works best for you; do your best to get that amount. Set your intention for the day. When you wake up, do what you have to do to get yourself in the mood that you would like to carry throughout your day with you. This is a great time to pray, read your Bible, listen to a podcast or music. Start your day doing something that puts you in a better mood. Eat a nourishing and satisfying breakfast. You will find that eating healthier food will put you in a better mood as your day goes on. Take your time. Eat it slowly. Enjoy your coffee or tea. Start thinking of this time as your “refueling” time for the day. Find something to be thankful for. This can be included in setting an intention for the day. If we can set our minds on thankfulness, blessings, and positivity first thing in the morning, we are more likely to carry those kinds of thoughts throughout our day. Move your body. Not everyone has the most energy in the mornings, but you will find that on the days that you wake up early enough to go for a walk or do a workout, that your day will go better. Exercise gives you endorphins, which are the “happiness hormone.” Getting those bad boys going early in the morning will keep you in a better mood throughout your day. You will also find that when exercising in the morning, fewer excuses get in the way. Avoid social media. Yes, I said it. If you find that your social media is filled with negativity, complaints, and drama, it’s best to avoid it. You do not need to start your day by getting sucked into the negativity. There is an old saying, “Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn.” If you can find the things that put you in a better mood first thing in the morning, you will most likely have a better day.


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