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December 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 26 NUMBER 23 December 1, 2017 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 Requested By Canishka Alexander The Airport Authority conducted Table Top and Full-Scale Emergency and Contingency Exercises at the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport on Nov. 14-15. Key airport employees, heads of government departments along with community stakeholders were selected to take part in the exercise in the event of an emergency at the airport. The focus of the first session was a Airport Authority Conducts Contingency Training Exercise at Leonard Thompson Intl.19th Annual Big Hill Boxcart Derby Crowns New Queen Julieann Mills, Airport Security Manager; Vivian Miller, deputy general manager of The Airport Authority; and Senior Deputy Family Island Administrator Maxine Duncombe during a contingency exercise at the airport. Everyone was evacuated from the terminal. Table-Top Meeting, which outlined each personÂ’s role during an emergency while the following day involved a full-scale contingency exercise and drill. Vivian Miller, deputy general manager of the Airport Authority, said that every three years they are required to carry out such an exercise, and that between Dec. 4-8, an inspection of the airport and all airline carriers will take place by the U.S. LTIA PAGE 2 Fire Departments Receive Donated GearMembers of the Hope Town District Council along with Administrator Maxine Duncombe presided over the distribution of donated fire equipment. Volunteer firemen from Guana Cay, Man-O-War, Hope Town and Marsh Harbour were present for the ceremony and accepted the donated equipment. See Page 7.The Annual Boxcart Derby benefitted Hope Town Primary School, Abaco Swim Club and Hope Town Junior Sailing this year. The overall winner, or, Queen of the Hill, was Ryan Knowles (center right.) From left to right: John Pinder, Dwayne Wallas (first p lace Sr. Slalom, second place Sr. Downhill), Ryan Knowles (Queen of the Hill) and Frank Knowles. See Page 4. WhatÂ’s Inside


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Page 4 Section A The Abaconian December 1, 2017 LOCAL NEWS Paint Place By Bradley Albury The 19th Annual Big Hill Boxcart Derby was held on Elbow Cay on November 25, 2017. According to the organizers it was a huge success that benefitted Hope Town Primary School, Abaco Swim Club and Hope Town Junior Sailing. This year had the largest amount of junior participants in the Derby’s history with eleven junior participants – outnumbering even the senior racers. This year’s “King of the Hill” was actually a queen Ryan Knowles, in the junior division, won overall. Dwayne Wallas in the “HG Christiemobile” took first place in the Sr. Slalom and second place in Sr. Downhill. Brady Cobb, piloting the “Melesi,” took first in the Sr. Downhill with Jack Davis in the “Raging Flames” earning third place. Teddy Ziskind, sporting a Star Wars theme, took the Showmanship Award. Sec-Big Hill Boxcart Derby Features High Speed Thrillsond Place Showmanship was won by Kyle Albury during his Boxcart Derby debut. As the overall winner, the Junior Category was swept by Ryan Knowles – also piloting the “HG Christie-mobile.” She took first place in the Jr. Downhill and Slalom. Maitland Lowe pulled into a close second and was followed in third place be Blake Cash. Perfect weather greeted the spectators and racers that day. Over 600 burgers made their way off the grill throughout the day’s action. Organizers could not have done it without generous support of the Abaco community and corporate sponsors. Over thirty businesses donated and sponsored the event. Organizers offered special thanks to the primary sponsors: HG Christie, BTC, Firefly Resort, Cracker Ps, Fredericks Agency, Abaco Petroleum, and Abaco TShirt & Design. The 20th Annual Boxcart Derby is scheduled for November 24, 2018. Spectators enjoyed watching custom built boxcarts race down Big Hill during the nineteenth year of Elbow Cay’s boxcart race. This year featured the most junior competitors ever. Ryan Knowles was the best racer on the hill on Nov 25. Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 Sid’s Food StoreGroceries Toiletries & SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area WIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Frozen Meat Dry and Canned Goods Homemade Breads


December 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 LOCAL NEWS of security is coming for restricted areas moving forward. He said that security personnel have the responsibility of building relationships and knowing who is who to determine when something goes amiss. Essentially, everyone at the airport is supposed to be a part of the security team, Forbes said. Mills soon shifted the discussion to access control noting that there are four points of access at the airport. Golf 1 access point is where non-passenger screening (NPS) takes place. Non-passengers are people with no tickets like ticket agents, employers, etc. In order to access the airside (Golf 4), everyone must be screened. Golf 3 refers to the Fire Station entrance. Golf 2, which is the doorway next to the baggage claim area is non-operational. She gave a detailed explanation of how entry to the Security Restricted Area (SRA) is made from Bahamas Customs and Immigration as well as Cherokee Air Limited/Cherokee Aviation, Inter Island Charters and Zig Zag Airways. In the second session of the meeting, Forbes split the participants into two teams to go through the procedure of a bomb threat at the airport. Stephen Gordon, Quality Control Officer, was also there on behalf of the Airport Authority. The goal of the bomb threat exercise SAFETY was to determine the role of every department. “Every department should have a procedure in the place in the case of a bomb threat,” Forbes informed them. Additionally, they must account for everyone and know the evacuation route. Research has proven that parking lots are the worst places to evacuate to, Forbes said. The Crisis Management Team must contact the Island Administrator who will contact the media. “Do not use a cell phone because it can trigger the bomb. Do not communicate by handheld radio either; you need a runner who can carry information back and forth,” he directed. “It’s important for a number of people to know what’s going on. Training is important so you know what should and shouldn’t be happening in an emergency.” The following day a full-scale bomb threat exercise took place. Everyone was evacuated from the terminal and accounted for by Miller. Senior Family Island Administrator Maxine Duncombe was on the scene and awaited the police report on the matter before sharing details with reporters. Overall, Miller was pleased with the evacuation time and everyone’s involvement. Once the all-clear was given, all airport personnel and passengers were allowed to re-enter the terminal By Lee Pinder A large group of followers gathered on Sunday November 19, 2017 in the Cherokee Sound’s Assembly of God Church to rededicate their sanctuary after major renovations. There were visitors from as far away as Nassau, Sandy Point, Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. The ceremony opened with Roger Pinder giving opening remarks welcoming the visitors and reminiscing about his first recollections of coming to the church when he was a very small boy. Then he introduced his father-in-law the Pastor of the church, 85 year old Bateman Sands Cherokee Assembly of God Church Rededicated During Stirring Ceremony Visitors came from as far away as Nassua to attend and participate in the rededication service. Also in attendance was 102 year old Mrs. Violet Weech who was living in Cherokee when the original church was constructed. who gave the opening prayer. Afterwards, the congregation stood to sing some very inspirational Praise and Worship songs. With the ceiling raised during the renovations it made the singing that much more moving, besides being loud and hardy. Then Brother Bob Cornea gave some of the actual history of the church, listing the many pastors who served over the years. The original building was a church in Nassau and was taken down and brought over by Pastor Earl Weech in 1947. He then introduced Mrs. Violet CHURCH PAGE 6


Page 6 Section A The Abaconian December 1, 2017 Shoe Village LOCAL NEWS Weech, Earl Weech’s wife, who was sitting in the congregation and announced that she was 102 years old and was here in Cherokee when the original church was put up. She was accompanied by her daughter Dianne. Within a few years the present church, built of cement block, was built right around the old wooden building and when it was finished the wooden church on the inside was taken apart, piece by piece and reconstructed across the street, where it has been occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Gene Sawyer ever since. At some point the church received a roof over the entrance, but otherwise has remained the same until the recent renovations where the ceiling was raised, dry wall installed, new wooden wainscoting replaced around the perimeter of the sanctuary and new doors and new carpeting installed. For the congregation, the actual transformation is all to the glory of God. Brother Bob gave a listing of the many visiting Pastors who have come to Cherokee’s Assemblies of God to minister to the members, including himself and his wife Phyllis. He told about their move to Cherokee, over fifty years ago and the poor condition of the Abaco highway which was only a pot-holed quarry road, about the amount of furniture and possessions they brought with them, expecting a large boat to ferry them across the Sound from Big Mangrove to the settlement and how surprised they were when there was no big boat, only four or five very small skiffs. CHURCH He told about the fellowship and comradery that has existed between the Assemblies of God and the Cherokee Methodist Church from the very beginning, and stopped to introduce Rev. Marie Neilly who as in attendance. He said there were many other Pastors from fellow churches there as well and he told about the faithfulness of the many local Lay-Preachers. Brother Bob thanked Violet Weech for her husband’s dedication and help in organizing the church in the beginning and he told her how thrilled everyone was that she was able to attend this Rededication Ceremony seventy years later. A very special performance was given by “New Direction,” a group of five men who sang a couple wonderful renditions of some favourite hymns, all to the delight of the audience. Pastor Gary Curry from Nassau gave an inspirational message about the need to have a place on earth where God could dwell. He told about the many impressive churches and cathedrals in various locations that he had been fortunate enough to visit and how Christians were responsible to provide these dwelling places for God and Cherokee’s church was a good example. Then, Superintendent Rev. Dr. Patrick Paul led the congregation in the Prayer of Dedication which the congregation recited together and Brother Roger Pinder led everyone in the closing hymn and Rev. Marie Neilly was invited to give the closing prayer. Afterwards a fellowship dinner was served at the Cherokee Community Center for all to enjoy. By Lee Pinder Epworth Chapel in Cherokee Sound as well as many other churches throughout The Bahamas observes Remembrance Day each year on November 11 also called Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Poppy Day or ANZAC Day (in Australia and New Zealand which is held on April 25) and is universally observed throughout The Bahamas, the United States and the British Commonwealth plus many other countries with two moments of silence to honour the men and women who left their homelands in times of conflict serving in their country’s armed forces. The date commemorates the armistice agreement that ended the first World War on November 11, 1919. The poppy is a symbol of Remembrance Day, sometimes called “Flander’s Poppy” after the popular post-war poem commemorating the day, as they represent the blood of the millions who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war and are sold each year to assist retired veterans. The poppies are worn proudly on the lapel as a show of support for our servicemen. Over the years “Unknown Soldiers” were laid to rest at Westminster Abbey in London and Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C. as well as the many other local war memorials and they have become traditional places to lay annual wreaths in remembrance of the fallen as they represents the 100,000 of the fallen servicemen who were buried in unmarked graves during World War I. We are told that thirteen Abaconian men joined up to serve in WWII and came back and we remember them and all their many comrades’ who died in the conflict and did not return home. They are all gone now, but there are still many who continue to serve today.Abaco Honours Remembrance Day and the Abaconians that Served in the World Wars


December 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 Furniture Plus By Dave Ralph Firemen from four volunteer fire departments on Abaco shared donated fire equipment on November 18, 2017. In a brief ceremony held on Man-O-War, Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting of the Hope Town District Council presented firemen's protective clothing, boots and other items to the fire departments of three other districts. Several years ago Mr. Sweeting established an informal relationship with the City Council of Stuart, Florida. During one of his visits with the Stuart Council members, two volunteer fire departments, the City of Stuart and the Martin County fire departments, offered surplus equipment to Mr. Sweeting for his district. After satisfying the needs of the Man-O-War, Hope Town and Guana Cay fire departments, enough was left to give a substantial amount of the bunker gear to the Marsh Harbour volunteer firemen. Fire terminology calls this protective clothing "bunker gear." Roy Russell, Man-O-WarÂ’s fire chief, had accompanied Mr. Sweeting to Stuart to select suitable items and was subsequently present for the Man-O-War ceremony. Troy Albury, fire chief in Guana Cay, Troy Pritchard and James Williams from Hope Town and Shame Evans and Lavern Johnson representing Marsh Harbour all accepted bunker gear and other equipment. Well-funded fire departments in the United States often upgrade their equipment as technology improves the safety factor for the firemen. Our firemen are quite happy to use last yearÂ’s technology when fighting fires. A final item donated was a heavy duty Jaws of Life rescue system accepted by Tim McDonald of the Marsh Harbour fire department in recognition of his past experience with the Marsh Harbor ambulance service and proven abilities in emergencies. That four-part system augments a smaller set acquired by Marsh Harbour several years ago that accompanied the purchase of a used fire engine. Mr. Sweeting thanked The Treasury for granting duty exemption for the equipment and recognized Michael Bethel, captain of the Duke of Topsail, for facilitating the delivery to Abaco. LOCAL NEWS Four Departments to Share Donated Fire Gear By Timothy Roberts The Hope Town District Council met in Man-O-War on November 18 to conduct their regular business as part of the commitment to hold meeting in the different parts of their District. Among business discussed Self Drive (SD) Plates were discussed at length as persons who were awarded plates for golf cart rentals were facing difficulties in meeting the deadline to claim their plates as they were faced with multiple issues, such as financing for new carts, or receiving new carts to the island before the deadline. Meanwhile one company recently awarded SD plates requested an additional five plates hoping to expand as some plates remain unclaimed. Further, Councillor Donnie Carey was concerned that franchises were asking for plates for new carts when they had plates attached to carts not on the road or not road worthy, suggesting they wait until all their carts are brought to a state of good condition before being granted any further plates. The council agreed to 90 day extensions for several Golf Cart Rentals to give them time to finalize and bring to service the carts that they requested plates for. They noted; however, they would not give any further extensions.Hope Town Police Vehicle Donation, Man-O-War Dock Repairs and School Air Condition Among HTDCÂ’s AgendaCart Rental Companies seeking additional plates were also to be notified that they may reapply after 90 days to ensure those initially awarded plates would have more than enough time to get their carts and plates in order. It was brought to the CouncilÂ’s attention resort in Hope Town that a resort undertook maintenance scooping prior to seeking approval from the Council. There was also concern about work done by a public right of way. Council members agreed to address the matter with the Resort Owner and also to send a letter reminding companies that scooping, or other such work should not be commenced unless they are shown a proof of permit to do so. It was noted with thankfulness that Central and South Abaco Member of Parliament James Albury would be donating a vehicle to Hope Town to ensure the resident officer had access to transportation. It was suggested that the vehicle be placed in the care of the District Council so that the vehicle could not be taken away from Hope Town. Bids for the reconstruction of the Man-O-War lower public dock were received and reviewed. Only two bids were received and the council agreed to award HTDC PAGE 20


Page 8 Section A The Abaconian December 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 // Corporate Citizens What makes a good corporate citizen? Discount sales? Giveaways? Cold beer and BBQ at a holiday event? While the previous are indeed nice they are closer to marketing gimmicks than they are the sign of a business that wants to make a positive dent in the towns they operate. Abaco has been blessed with a multitude of community-minded businesses and business owners. A reflection of our island’s giving nature I think, and a complimentary actor to the overwhelming amount of charities and non-profits that do good here. Pick a cause: education, environment, animal welfare, sports. You will find at least two or three organizations that champion any given cause in Abaco and behind those organizations you will find several businesses that pledge their support annually. Look at the recent Box Cart Derby in Elbow Cay. As a single event it sought to raise funds for three causes: Hope Town Primary School, the Abaco Swim Club and Hope Town Junior Sailing. Over thirty businesses sponsored the Derby. That is a lot of good being done and a lot of fun being had. That is just one example. Others like the Pink Rose Ball, the Reef Ball, ECC Concerts, etc. all have dozens of businesses support to varying degrees. Yes, larger corporations like BTC, ALIV and Baker’s Bay have stepped up to the plate in recent years – but for as long as fellow Abaconians have needed help, their causes have been seen to by smaller, local businesses. The “mom and pops.” In lean times and fat times you could point to many Abaco enterprises and commend them. Though many things have changed in the past decades this seems to be a very fortunate constant. Here is my pitch: support these businesses. This time of year it is tempting to buy from the States, especially with the advent and ease of online shopping, but save some of your wallets for the guys and gals back home who in turn keep Abaco beautiful or keep civic committees going. But there is the flip side to good corporate citizens. They are easy to spot. They don’t get glowing headlines – in fact you barely hear about them at all. Unfortunately many of these businesses are the same ones that do not need your money. Lobby your local government, representative, or Chamber of Commerce to leverage such businesses to show that they actually enjoy doing business in such a generous island as Abaco. Community Calendar


December 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, I am an American property owner and investor at Schooner Bay. I’ve been in love with the Bahamas and its people since my first visit here in the early 1980’s. Over the last five years I’ve come to know the Kelly family, delightful hard-working local Bahamians who own and operate a farm here at Schooner Bay, Driftwood Food Company. I’ve just learned that the developer, Schooner Bay Ventures, has suddenly shut off the water supply to their farm, jeopardizing their entire crop investment which I’ve been told is more than $20,000. The farm is a food source that many Bahamians have come to depend on for their produce. Apparently the developer wants the Crown Land for their own use and they want the Kelly’s out. I am pleading with you and the Bahamian Government to intercede immediately to protect the interests of the Kelly family. You should know that I was attracted to Schooner Bay due primarily to the development plan that was presented to me. It’s a hardbound community development Handbook outlining rules and regulations, and it required the full knowledge and consent of the Bahamian Government. Among the plans described was “Crown Land” to be set aside to foster local Bahamian Business development. This was something property owners fully supported and “bought into...” Clearly there is something wrong here. It’s been wrong for a long time. We need your immediate help to save a local Bahamian business loved by all at Schooner Bay, and hold the developer accountable for agreements made. Thank you. Schooner Bay HomeownerHelp Save Driftwood Farms Bahamian Word of the Week: FERLŽDe“nition: Noun; Tin FoilŽ associated with packaging up more than your fair share of leftovers.Usage: Christmas comin John, with all these dinner parties you better have your ferl ready. Comics by Barefoot Man


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December 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 NATIONAL NEWS Press Release Every two years, Friends of the Environment (FRIENDS) brings together researchers who work in The Bahamas to share new information on the Bahamian environment, policies, management, and education. Unlike other conferences, the Abaco Science Alliance Conference (ASAC) is designed for the general public. The projects being discussed are making significant scientific contributions to the country, but we want the community to know how useful these projects are to us, and how they impact our everyday lives. So expect to hear presentations without a lot of scientific jargon. Thanks to sponsorship by Aliv, conference registration for all community members is free. Transportation assistance is also being provided for local high schools to attend. There is a very exciting line up of presentations covering topics such as: whales and dolphins, using drones for research, Bahamian fisheries, mangroves, citizen science, bats, and turtles. Plus, there will be a soft opening for the Bahamas’ first Natural History Museum. FRIENDS hopes you will join them. Wednesday January 3rd Welcome Reception and Soft Opening of the Bahamas’ First Natural History Museum at Friends of the Environment Thursday January 4th FREE Educational talks and poster presentations, 9am 3pm, New Vision Ministries Friday January 5th FREE Educational talks and poster presentations, 9am 3pm, New Vision Ministries Saturday January 6th Optional field trips, limited space, some fees for transportation may apply. FRIENDS would like to thank our community partners for helping with the event: Antiquities, Monuments, and Museum Corporation, JS Johnson, The Abaco Chamber of Commerce, and The Abaconian. For a more detailed schedule and more information, please visit: www. Abaco Science Alliance Conference to be Held January 3-6 By Mirella Santillo In early October, Cha Boyce took over from Kristin Williams as Executive Director at Friends of the Environment (FRIENDS). Boyce shared her immediate goals for the non-profit environmental agency, including keeping focused on educational programs and continuing to build on what was already planned. “My first goal,” explained Boyce “is to continue the educational programs with presentations during the school years, summer camps, field trips and to try to bring more students to the Kenyon Center to use the laboratory, learn how to use the microscope for example, as well as provide them with a number of programs geared to their age group.” Schools are invited to participate in ongoing programs and to benefit from fea-Friends of the Environment Executive Director Details Goals Left to right: Olivia Patterson Maura Program Coordinator, Cha Boyce Executive Director and Cassandra Abraham Education Officer. FRIENDS PAGE 19


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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian December 1, 2017 LIFESTYLES Pete’s Pub Press Release A first time event took place recently on Moore’s Island. Abaco Shelter together with Royal Potcake Rescue and support of BAARK conducted a free spay and neuter clinic at the Moore’s Island Burial Society building (generously donated by the Burial Society) in New Bight. The attending vets were Dr. Chante Wildgoose and Dr. Deyanza Hanna of Freeport. Getting everyone and all the supplies there was no easy feat. The BAARK truck packed with traps and crates was shipped from Nassau via mail boat, supplies such as more traps and crates, tents, food and other supplies were shipped by mail boat from Sandy Point and volunteers flew by charter airplane at their own expense. The payoff however was great; a total of 75 animals were spayed or neutered, 55 dogs and 20 cats. The residents of Moore’s Island were awesome, very kind and appreciative and took full advantage of the opportunity to have their pets spayed or neutered. A big thank you to all who helped make this undertaking a success. The fall Marsh Harbour Clinic is scheduled for December 8 – 10 at Friends of the Environment on Pole Line Rd. in Marsh Harbour. These services are free to the public and funded purely by donations. To support their efforts by making a donation you can do so by going to their webpage at and clicking the donation button or giving a check made out to Pop’s Shelter to any one of their volunteers.Free Clinic Spays & Neuters 75 Animals in Moore’s IslandDr. Deyanza Hanna (left) along with his assistant Anthony performing an operation. Above: the BAARK vehicle made it to Moore’s Island from Nassau and parked in front of the burial society building where the clinic was held. Right: Dr. Chante Wildgoose holing a puppy.


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Extensive knowledge, experience & skill through application in: -Client and Customer Service -Leadership & Man Management -Security Systems & management -AC, DC & Solar Power Systems -Telecommunications, TV Systems and Networking -Project Management, material procurement and budgeting -Civil construction & maintenance -Marine, Air and Land logistics in the Bahamas -Marine & off-road equipment operation & maintenance. -Microsoft Office, IT systems, WiFi, LTE and hardware. Resided in the Bahamas for over 10 years, Nassau, GB & most of the Cays & Family Islands. Qualified SCUBA diver. Fly Fishing & tying instructor. Biography & local references available on request. Please contact or 1-506-757-8632 By Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Bahamas hotels, yacht and marina operators from throughout the islands were in full attendance at the recent 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), held November 1-5, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale. The Bahamian operators were there to ensure that the boating enthusiasts knew that the marinas in The Bahamas were not impacted by the recent storms that devastated parts of the Caribbean, and that they are in fact, open for business and ready to book. Some 1,200 boats were featured at the world’s largest in-water boat show, which bought together 105,000 international buyers and sellers from 50 countries. FLIBS’ 58th event showcased 1,000 exhibitors who displayed their marine products and accessories, valued in excess of $4 billion Bahamas Marinas and Boating Partners Declare Abaco and Bahamas “Open for Business” During Fort Lauderdale Intl. Boat Show Molly McIntosh (Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina front row left) and Stephen Kappeler (Treasure Cay Beach, Marina and Golf Resort center far back) were a few of the industry partners to represent Abaco at the 2017 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. dollars over 3 million square feet in seven locations in Fort Lauderdale: Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Broward County Convention Center, The Sails Marina, Hall of Fame Marina, Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina, Pier 66 Marina and Las Olas Municipal Marina. Boating industry partners for The Islands of The Bahamas were fully present to showcase, connect and secure business for their respective establishments. Among them were the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA), leading hotel and marina properties, the Bahamas Maritime Authority and the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM). Throughout the five-day event, officials from the MOTA and ABM conducted seminars to avid boaters on the endless possibilities of cruising and chartering in The Bahamas, new marina developments and expansion, new programs, boating specials and a registration drive for upcoming (2018) boating flings. ‘We in The Bahamas are fortunate to have been spared the wrath from the recent hurricanes, which damaged some of our Caribbean neighbors in the south. We are thankful that our marinas and hotels did not receive any damages and are opened for business,” said Richard Treco, Sr. Manager of Vertical Markets at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. “The crystal clear waters of The Bahamas which spans more than 100,000 square feet of ocean are located just 55 nautical miles off the coast of Florida and are ideal for pleasure boating, charters, beer boat charters and super yachts, and we have made it increasingly easier for boaters to do so,” he said. “Through our alliance with the ABM, we now have a one-stop agency, that can do everything the avid boater needs or wants for chartering our waters; from securing a captain, to assisting with customs and immigration clearance and boat registration, they can do it all with one call,” he said. Joe Dargavage, Vice President of ABM and General Manager of Romora Bay Resort & Marina said, “no other country offers the multiple vacation experiences and boating specials like The Bahamas. Boaters can clear customs once, upon arrival at their first port of entry, and then use that one permit, for up to three crewmembers to cruise the rest of The Bahamas’ pristine islands, for up to one year.” “For many of our islands, boating sustains us. It provides a significant percentage of our total revenue so it was essential for us, and the boating operators of The Bahamas to attend this (FLIBS) event to further heighten the awareness that The Bahamas is indeed open for business”. The majority of the marinas in The Bahamas provides full dockage services and can accommodate boats on average of 100 to 250 feet, and in some cases super yachts up to 400 feet. Currently, all member marinas of The Bahamas Out Island Promotion Board are providing a $300 fuel credit for stays in The Bahamas. Other industry partners that participated in FLIBS included Romora Bay Resort & Marina, Grand Bahama Yacht Club, Grand Lucayan, Treasure Cay Hotel, Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina, Abaco Beach Resort, Staniel Cay Yacht Club, Leeward Yacht Club, Resort World Bimini, Bay Street Marina, Flying Fish Marina, Great Harbour Cay Marina, Port Lucaya Marina, Cape Eleuthera, Coastline Adventures, Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board and The Bahamas Maritime Authority.


Page 18 Section A The Abaconian December 1, 2017 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 By Bradley Albury Since September 2012 a hydroponics farm based in Schooner Bay has provided local produce to market. Operating first as Lightbourn Family Farms, and, later in January 2015, as Driftwood Food Company, the farm has grown vegetables in an area of the 100 acre parcel of Crown Land known as The Commons. On November 20, 2017, Driftwood Food Company was forced to stop growing and harvesting after Schooner Bay Ventures alerted the owners, Glen and Tracy Kelly, that their water supply was being cut off. The Kellys had approximately $20,000 worth of produce at the site. Panicked, the Kellys put out a call for help to the Abaco community – which responded. Customers and neighbours joined the staff of Driftwood Farms to save as much of the crops as they could. The Casuarina Volunteer Fire Department made trips to the farm to fill water tanks which helped prolong the window of time. Only twenty percent of the growth was rescued and moved to private property available to the Kellys. The Commons is Crown Land originally intended to be leased to Schooner Bay Ventures to be used for farming, recreation, community, arts/sciences and small business incubation. The Commons was to be managed under a Foundation with a Board of Director of local stakeholders. Permission for this was granted by the government in early 2009. Unexpectedly to The Foundation members, documentation for The Foundation was never registered. Instead, the non-exclusive license for the 100 acres was issued directly to Schooner Bay Ventures (SBV). SBV never sanctioned The Foundation rendering it an unofficial body. Regardless, the Foundation and its Board met for several years – ending in 2014. Because SBV held the license, Bahamian businesses such as Driftwood Food Company operated on the Crown Land with SBV’s permission. Driftwood, and formally Lightbourn, were never able to obtain a written lease from SBV and proceeded under a verbal agreement. In April 2015 SBV once again rejected the terms from Driftwoods written proposal. Further, SBV asserted that Driftwood Farms could not claim ownership of the majority of trees on the farm claiming that many were planted, at cost, by SBV who then contracted Lightbourn Farms to manage the area. SBV further stated that ownership of the plants did not pass on to Driftwood Farms when the Kellys took over the business from Lightbourn. Driftwood Farms was given 60 days notice at this time to vacate the farm. BUSINESS Driftwood Farms Struck Blow Following Water Being Cut by Schooner Bay VenturesIn July 2015 The Bahamas Investment Authority contacted SBV to reiterate the government’s position that The Commons be used for “for the benefit of all residents of Abaco,” including incubating small businesses and farming. They further requested SBV review its position regarding Driftwood Farms. The Abaco Chamber of Commerce hosted a meeting in February 26 of 2016 for people of the South Abaco community (including aggrieved business owners operating within The Commons) to meet with representatives of SBV to discuss differences that had risen and make plans for the way forward. SBV sent no representatives to that meeting or several other that followed. Following this, Driftwood Farms continued to operate the hydroponics farm in The Commons until November 2017 when their water supply was cut. During this time they reached out to the Abaco Chamber of Commerce, Local Government and relevant government ministers and representatives as well as applying directly for Crown Land. After water was cut on November 20, 2017 the Kellys again appealed to relevant authorities who have attempted to assist with little success due largely in part to the legal framework SBV operates under. Though Driftwood Farms managed to save some of their crop and move it to private property it is too cost prohibitive to salvage much of the equipment – such as the piping necessary to operate a hydroponics farm. Though the Kellys hope to continue serving the Abaco community, their business has been dealt a devastating blow. They thanked their supporters in an email “We have had an overwhelming amount of help this morning that we have moved all that is possible to move to our new location. If you hadn’t made it out thank you for wanting to help but we are finished. Thank you so much for the great support and help.”


December 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 PEOPLE By Canishka Alexander LaSasha Williams is in urgent need of a Cochlear Implant (CI), and has recently started a medical campaign on the popular crowdfunding platform: The cost of the cochlear implant is an astonishing $100,000. The eldest daughter of Llewellyn and Deborah Williams of Dundas Town, LaSasha serves as a Disability/Deaf and Hard of Hearing advocate. She was born with a moderate to severe bilateral, progressive Sensorineural hearing loss, which causes significant hearing loss due to cochlear GoFundME Campaign Launched to Assist Woman in Need of Cochlear Implant LaSasha Williams, a strong advocate for Bahamians living with disabilities, has launched a crowd-funding initiative to help her with a medical procedure. and/or nerve damage in both ears. Sadly, LaSasha’s hearing loss has deteriorated over the years from moderatesevere to severe and now profound. Her most recent audiogram confirms a profound hearing loss in both ears, therefore her hearing loss is classified as deaf and most hearing aids offer no assistance to her. However, once LaSasha receives a Cochlear Implant, and the world’s most powerful hearing aid, this will allow her to hear most sounds including speech and enjoy conversations. Presently, understanding speech or even lip reading poses a challenge for her because of her profound hearing loss. Imagine her predicament living independently in Nassau where she is faced with obstacles every day, whether at home, work or socially because of the inability to hear. Therefore, LaSasha and her family firmly believe if she is given the opportunity to get at least one cochlear implant (left ear) and a very powerful hearing aid (right ear), her situation would greatly improve. Having a CI would not only improve her personal life and professional endeavours, it will also help to increase her efficiency and passion for helping Disabled and Deaf/Hard of Hearing communities through advocacy and rehabilitation services, which she has been actively involved in for more than 14 years. Regarding her work on Abaco, LaSasha accompanied the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities last year to advise and explain certain provisions of the Persons With Disabilities (Equal Opportunities) Act, 2014 to individuals and established institutions. LaSasha has also worked along with International Christian Centers for the Deaf (ICCD) Missionaries Kayla Rohr and Tali DiPalma in February 2015. They were in search of deaf or hard of hearing children and young adults who can benefit from attending a boarding school in New Providence where they will be taught basic education, sign language and the Gospel of Christ. LaSasha needs your assistance to raise $100,000 to defray the expenses of a Cochlear Implant surgery, hospital and MRI/CT/Lab fees, and a Phonak Naida hearing aid. For more information, contact LaSasha Williams by email at: or message her on WhatsApp at 1-242-551-7455. Donations can also be made her account at CIBC First Caribbean Bank: Account #:201696509. tures of the FRIENDS Education Centre such as the Mary E. Albury Nature Trail, solar demonstration site, and bush medicine and pollinator gardens. As a former event coordinator for the organization, Boyce intends to continue to plan fundraising events to pay for environmental educational programs which are provided to the community at minimal cost and sometimes no cost at all. FRIENDS She also would like to see FRIENDS continue to be a resource to the community by referring them to experts or scientists who can assist with public environmental concerns, while the organization acts to bring awareness to the environment by focusing on local habitats. “I feel that the organization is more effective by providing education and awareness,” she explained “and by leaving the handling of issues to activists and advocacy groups.” She mentioned, excitedly, the soonto-be-opened Natural History Exhibit of the Antiquities Monuments and Museums Corporation’s National Museum of The Bahamas, in partnership with Friends of the Environment. Among other scientific data the museum exhibit will demonstrate the negative influence of humans on the original fauna and flora of Abaco as described below: “Inspired by the discovery and science behind exceptionally well preserved fossils of prehistoric wildlife found in The Bahamas, this museum exhibit will showcase how the natural environment has changed and continues to change with the arrival of people to the islands.” The exhibit will feature fossils of animals that once existed in abundance on Abaco but are now extinct. As the new director, Boyce will be working to increase the exposure of the Kenyon Research Centre. One outreach project will be to invite schools from other islands of The Bahamas to stay at the Kenyon Centre while providing them with environmental activities such as field trips to the blue holes and the coral reefs among other local ecosystems.


Page 20 Section A The Abaconian December 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 to LBT Marine at the cost of $6,584.38 including Value Added Tax. The council also agreed to pay for half the $700 cost of a new air condition unit for Man-O-War Primary which has already been bought and installed. The Council then discussed at length how to divide the expenses on a backup generator for the Council’s main office in Hope Town. The generator, which costs $6000, would also service the post office, police station and clinic. It was suggested that the cost for the generator be split evenly three ways at $1500 each; however, members from Man-O-War and Great Guana Cay disagreed positing that as Hope Town is a bigger district that they ought to bear the bigger portion of the bill, suggesting Hope Town pay $2000 and the others pay $1000 each. Deputy Chief Councillor John Pinder suggested that the initial cost of the generator be split even and that Hope Town would deal exclusively with the installation and ongoing maintenance of the generator. The matter was deferred as no motion was accepted. HTDC By Timothy Roberts The Gala Premiere of the Bahamian made film ‘Cargo’ – an action filled human drama inspired by true events – unveils in Abaco on December 6 at the Abaco Beach Resort and is open to the public. It tells the story of Kevin, a Bahamian fisherman with a gambling addiction in Nassau, who takes a job smuggling Haitians to Florida in a desperate ploy to support his family. ‘Cargo,’ produced by Bahamian production company Best Ever Film Ltd., has already won a Bahamian Icon Award and the Amnesty International Human Rights Award at the Trinidad+Tobago Film Festival. The film stars Warren Brown, Gessica Geneus, Omar J. Dorsey, Jimmy JeanLouis, Persia White and Sky Nicole Gray. “Cargo is the culmination of seven years of raising money, writing, researching and looking within to make a work of art that we are ultimately proud of,” stated Writer and Director Kareem J. Mortimer. The film is a feature length version of Mortimer’s award-winning short film ‘Passage,’ which was released in 2012 and won ten awards including an African Movie Academy Award and a Bahamian Icon Award. Mr. Mortimer remembers the first images of dead people he ever saw on TV – the bodies of migrants who drowned trying to enter The Bahamas. “It was a very jarring image and I’ve never been able to forget it.” He said. “It never goes away, these stories, it keeps coming back and coming back, and it was sort of the entry way for me to explore the story which eventually became Cargo.” He said the themes that play out in ‘Cargo’ involve race, class, migration, gaming and gambling, extra marital affairs. “The film unpacks a lot – the larger issue is the human smuggling, but it also encapsulates those other issues as well,” he said. He said that as all the characters in the film are Bahamian the culture of the Bahamas is very prevalent throughout the film. Business partner and Producer Alexander Younis said that he and Mortimer met “four years ago at a time that was vital for Kareem as a filmmaker in the Caribbean and in The Bahamas, and with ‘Cargo’ being such a local story, being so deeply rooted in The Bahamas, it was a crucial decision, so to shoot the film in The Bahamas was a commitment from all of us.” He said they pushed forward even though it was known that, “when it comes to film, things are more costly [in The Bahamas] including equipment and we’re proud that of 140 people employed by the production 80 were Bahamians in crew as well as cast in front of the camera.” Mr. Mortimer says he plans “to continue telling stories – there’s a new project coming – it’s still in the incubator so I can’t share it yet. This is his thirteenth project which includes documentaries and commercials as well as full length features ‘Children of God’ and ‘Wind Jammers,’ both of which were filmed in The Bahamas as well. He said that ‘Children of God’ has travelled to 26 countries worldwide and was in more than 100 film festivals and has been seen by millions of people. Mr. Younis said that Best Ever Film Company is a production company with local investors and is committed to producing up to 5 feature films over the next 10 years. Mr. Mortimer advised any young person wanting to purse film that it “starts with a belief in yourself – confidence not arrogance – and with that you are always able to see a way for you to accomplish your dreams, whether you come from privilege or not. When you don’t believe in yourself you become insecure and you sabotage yourself.” Mr. Younis added that Bahamian filmmakers ought to seek to share and collaborate, “it is not a competition and it’s not a threat to one’s career as a filmmaker in The Bahamas.”Bahamian Film Sets Premier Date in Abaco


December 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 NEW NEW NEW!! LOTS OF NEW STUFF ARRIVING WEEKLY THIS TIME OF YEAR Check Out our Fun Annual Christmas Open HouseHope Town: Wed Dec 6, 2017 6:00pm to 8:30pm Marsh Harbour: Sat Dec 9, 2017 9:30am to 8pm 20% OFF Storewide during these hours! Save BIG for Christmas Gift Giving! Discounts, Food, Drinks and Fun!! Support your local businesses! Way Cool Island Style Stu for You AND Your HomeŽ Gifts, Jewelry, Clothing, Handbags, Footwear, Hats, T-Shirts, Home Decor and More!! Dont Miss The Exciting Bay Street Hop and Shop Event Its All Happening Dec 9th This Year!! LIKE US ON FACEBOOK FOR SPECIALS AND DISCOUNTSEven on our SALE merchandise By Canishka Alexander The Pilot Club of Abaco presented a Comedy Show featuring Will Stubbs and David Wallace at the Anglican Parish Hall on Nov. 24. The duo collaborated to deliver hilarious, gut-busting comedy throughout the show. The Comedy Show was organized by Pilot Club Committee members: President Barbara Williams; Margo Dean; Keora Archer; Charlotte Swann; Lorna Rolle; Paul Pinder; and Augustine Williams to raise funds for the organization. President Williams welcomed all as Pilots celebrated and protected brains during their designated “night of laughter.” Mr. Williams led in the opening prayer, which was promptly followed by the singing of the National Anthem. The introduction of the Hallelujah Boys was next on the agenda, and what an introduction it was! Soon the entire audience chimed in with them to sing “Praise You the Lord. One side would sing, “Allelu, allelu, allelu, alleluia,” while the opposite side bellowed out: “Praise ye the LIFESTYLES Pilot Club Brings the Laughs with Comedy Show Featuring Well-Known Bahamian ComediansBahamian Comedians David Wallace and Will Stubbs performing onstage at the Pilot Club’s Comedy Show. Lord.” In the First Act, Will Stubbs immediately began telling jokes about the difference between white people and black people’s worship styles. He said while whites rush through their services, blacks tend to draw out the service. “Black churches give the Holy Spirit a work over,” Stubbs quipped. Meanwhile, David Wallace talked about his humble beginnings as a child. “We had three meals: oatmeal, corn meal and missed meal,” Wallace shared. On to the religious check, the audience was asked to raise their hands to indicate which denomination they subscribe to. Making a wise-crack on the Baptists, Wallace observed that as long as they’ve been marching to Zion, they should have arrived there by now. Piggy-backing off of Stubbs’ view on the difference between white people and black people, Wallace said they even pray differently. While white people quickly get to the point of what they are praying to God for, black people go through a series of illustrious names and descriptions for God, which eventually causes them to forget what they even prayed to God for. Both men agreed that you must listen carefully to people who pray in tongues because it is a telling sign of what is lacking in the person’s life. For example, a woman without a vehicle who was speaking in tongues, professed that, “I-ShouldaBought-A-Honda.” As for the single man looking for a wife, he cried out something to the tune of,” Ah-Sheila-Tasha-Shanda!” More jokes ensued with Wallace telling the story of a Bible salesman who stuttered, but made record sales by selling more than 100 Bibles in a week. The punch line was that he asked the people he went to if they wanted to purchase a Bible or if they preferred him to read it to them. Needless to say, you can figure out what option they chose. Giving the church folks a break, Stubbs revisited a time when his family was ‘Po,’ not poor, because they were so poor they could not afford the extra letters in the word. Unfortunately, raised in a family that wore hand-me-downs, Stubbs was the only boy and the youngest sibling, COMEDY PAGE 22


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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** LIFESTYLES “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 so all of his sisters’ clothes were passed on to him. Next, the question was asked among the audience members about who they preferred to discipline them – their father or mother? “I preferred my father to beat me,” Stubbs said, “because my mother had an anointing for beating. That belt used to turn corners.” At least he was better off than his friend Chubby who had a father who stuttered. Poor Chubby used to receive a swipe with the belt for every word his father uttered, so you can imagine how long those beatings lasted. But according to Stubbs, there was nothing more frightening than receiving the “eye” from his mother that pierced him like a two-edged sword and had him lying to the neighbour. Another joke was about people with big vocabulary or rather a “no-cabulary” when it comes to pronouncing big words. Phrases like “I was constipating on coming” i.e. contemplating, or the bank manager telling a gentleman he did not have enough “cholesterol” instead of collateral abounded. Too bad for the teller that would not allow him to return to her wicket after waiting three hours in line. According to the teller, when you leave the wicket the transaction is final, and the customer would have to rejoin the line to be served by her again. Stubbs informed her that he had only come to get $30, and instead she gave him $530. All of a sudden, the teller was anxious for him to return to her wicket. “When I have walked away from the wicket, the transaction is final,” he retorted as he walked off. In Wallace’s Act, he did an age check to determine the year those in attendance were born. Picking on a female in the crowd, he claimed he attended school with her and revealed to the audience how much she used to cheat off his test papers. Not only did she cheat so much that she wrote his name on her paper, but another time Wallace wrote “I don’t know” to a test question, and she wrote, “Me neither.” Afterward, more jokes were told COMEDY about the family, women transforming their appearances, marriages and infidelity. During the intermission, Pilot Club member Deborah Williams called off door prize numbers and announced the names of the three winners. She encouraged the audience to also purchase food and drinks that had been prepared by fellow Pilots. Finally, the moment the audience had been waiting on soon arrived. Wallace named off all the productions they had accomplished to date with Election 2002: “If You Don’t Laugh, You’ll Cry”; Election 2007: Count It Again”; and Election 2012: “What Just Happened?” Audience at Pilot Club of Abaco's Comedy Show on Nov. 24. They were trying to determine if to name their Election 2017 production, “The Last Shuffle” or “Red Salami.” Wallace impersonated the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, while Stubbs appeared as Rt. Hon. Perry Christie in their finale. Many insults were hurled to and fro between the two “prime ministers”. While “Mr. Christie” was called a great pretender and called out for using holograms at his rallies, “Mr. Ingraham” was informed that you cannot pinch a hologram and that his comment about the PLP only being able to break ground was in fact accurate. “How you going to build if you don’t break ground?” he was asked. “Mr. Christie” continued: “Not one of the Ps in PLP stand for perfection. We had the gall, the audacity and the gumption that when we did wrong, my God, we did wrong, right!” The final act ended with the signature “Perry Shuffle” by Stubbs. The last door prize to be awarded was a flat screen television before President Williams gave the Vote of Thanks at the end and extended a heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported their Comedy Show fundraiser.


December 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. 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December 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 26 NUMBER 23 December 1st, 2017 Section B By Mirella Santillo During the weekend of November 16-19, the Lady Eagles of Agape Christian School defeated all their opponents in the Volleyball National Championships held in Freeport at the St Georges Gymnasium. They beat CV Bethel two games to one in the championship finals. Seven schools played against each other in round robin elimination. Games were best-of-three. In the preliminary round the Eagles played St Georges Jaguars, one of the best team in Grand Bahama, and won two games to one. They then tied one to one with CV Bethel from Nassau. The next opponent was the Lucaya International Buccaneers, also a Grand Bahama team that the Eagles beat two to nil in the play-off But they nearly lost the victory in the semi-final to CI Gibson, in a game which according to Coach Stephan Johnson was the best of the tournament. After a tie in the first two games, they went from losing 10-3 in the third game to come back with a win of 15 to 12, ultimately beating CI Gibson two games to one, which left the By Canishka Alexander The Ministry of Education’s Religious Studies Speech Competition took place at Court #2 on Nov. 15. Education Officer Sandy Edwards was the moderator, and she gave the contestants and the audience guidelines pertaining to the competition. The topic was: “I Know Who I Am.” The first speech was given by Aysha Parker of Fox Town Primary School. Aysha began her speech with lyrics from Sinach’s “I Know Who I Am” song. She talked about her appearance, and how God never makes mistakes. Lady Eagles Win Volleyball National Championship VOLLEYBALL PAGE 2 By Canishka Alexander Students and teachers busied themselves setting up project displays at the Friends of the Environment Science Fair 2017 at New Vision Ministries on Nov. 16. “Exploring the Value of Marine Resources” was this year’s theme. Victor Roberts gave the opening prayer, and the welcome was given by Lianna Burrows, FRIENDS education officer. Meanwhile, Khalea Richard, a student of Forest Heights Academy, introduced the guest speaker – Enie Hensel, a graduate student of Applied Ecology who attends NC State University (NCSU). Hensel’s research interests are “exploring the intertwining interactions between top-down and bottom-up mechanisms that have been anthropogenically impacted in coastal ecosystems.” She is currently investigating how structure com-FRIENDS Science Fair Explores the Value of Our Country’s Marine Resources Patrick J. Bethel won first place for both the Upper and Lower High School categories. plexity and the presence of top predators affect patch reef fish communities in Abaco. Her observations included aerial views are well as underwater observations. She said the earth is like our bodies and it has to be regulated, and that it also has systems like mangroves, coral reefs, deserts and forests. She encouraged the students to become aware of regulations that protect sharks and turtles in The Bahamas. “What resources are in our backyard?” she asked. Hensel said that there are mangrove tidal creeks, which provide nurseries before animals go off into the deep blue sea, and then there are tidal creeks and flats well known for bonefishing. Going deeper into the ocean, she said there are awesome seagrass meadows, which are responsible for photosynthesis, SCIENCE PAGE 6 Religious Studies Competition Focuses on Self-Awareness in God Destiny Adderley of Cooper’s Town Primary School, second place; Angels Academy Student – Maddox Pinder, the winner; and Ashley Smith of Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS), third place, spoke on the topic of "I Know Who I Am" for the Ministry of Education’s Religious Studies Speech Competition on Nov. 15. “God does all things well,” she affirmed. “Everything was created by God.” She quoted Deut. 7:6 noting that she is a Daughter of the King. Singing lines of “I Know Who I Am” throughout her speech, she also cited Ephesians 2:10 and Philippians 4:13. Deuteronomy 31:6 and 1 John 4:4 followed suit. Aysha soon ended with an anecdote about a classmate who came to school without lunch giving her an opportunity to share her lunch. The second contestant was Antoine Russell of Crossing Rocks Primary School. He recalled going through life barefoot and RELIGION PAGE 13 The National Champion Lady Eagles in Freeport. Photos via Coach Stephan Johnson.


Page 2 Section B The Abaconian December 1, 2017 SPORTS Eagles to face CV Bethel in the championship finals. They won the first game 28-26; lost the second one 23 to 25 and won the last game 15-10. The Eagles’ performance was achieved thanks to the defense of Deanna McDonald, voted the MVP of the tournament, and to the success at the net of setter Raquel Albury. Celebration after the victory was sweet as the whole team jumped of joy, cartwheeled and hugged. As Coach Johnson recalled the work of his Eagles, Stephan Johnson said that the Eagles won twenty six games in the last three years, a feat that gave them national recognition. “They made history,” he proudly added, “as the first small private school’s team of this caliber from a Family Island.” The winners did not receive their medals immediately as they might be handed out by Governor General Lady Pindling in a subsequent ceremony. The Patrick J Bethel Marlins placed fourth in the National Championship. Not resting on their laurels, the Eagles started the basketball season on November 21 with games on Monday, Tuesday and Friday to carry-on for a week before the Christmas Holidays. The Timothy Bullard’s Basketball Tournament will be held at Grace Gymnasium on December 13-14 and 15. Coach Johnson will travel with his senior boys to Nassau on December 27 to play in the New Providence Basketball Christmas Classic. VOLLEYBALL Coach Johnson hyping his team up in Freeport. Above: tournament MVP Deanna McDonald. Below: Best net setter Raquel Albury. After successfully passing exams on Nov. 16, three students of the Abaco Karate Academy received promotions. Pictured (l to r): Charles Calma, purple belt; Ghannen Lowe, green belt; and Isaiah Adderley, green belt alongside Sensei Churton Toote, founder. Karate classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Dundas Town Burial Society. Karate Students Receive Promotions A Marsh Harbour WildHawgs Peewee runs down the field during a game against the Green Turtle Cay Falcons in Green Turtle Cay. WildHawgs won the game and move to the Championship game on December 9. The regular season came to a close with some exciting games in Green Turtle Cay bringing the playoff picture some clarity as The Marsh Harbour WildHawgs and Murphy Town Tigers visited the Falcons.Regular Season Comes to Close for AYFFAThe WildHawgs completed a regular season sweep of all teams finishing with a six win and zero losses as and will go diFOOTBALL PAGE 14


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December 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 STUDENTS AWAY Donte Richard is a freshman at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan, USA. He is majoring in Computer Engineering. A recipient of the Bahamas Merit Scholarship, he graduated Forest Heights Academy in 2017. His parents are Mr. James Richard and Mrs. and Mr. Leazona & Tony & Bethell. Landon R. Albury started Technical School located in Clearwater, Florida, on October 3, 2016 where he is studying Aviation Mechanics & Avionics. He is the son of Ross & Sonia Albury of Marsh Harbour and a 2016 graduate of Forest Heights Academy. Landon is the recipient of a Federal Pell Grant and FAFSA scholarship. Landon will finish up his 15th month course in Aviation Mechanics in December 2017. He will graduate on the 22nd of December. He will be continuing on for another five more months to finish a course in avionics. Abaco Marine Props Propellers Reconditioned & Rehubbed Brass Stainless Aluminum Sandblasting & Marine Grade Welding on Stainless & Aluminum Across the Street from Abaco Outboards Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-4276 Fax: 242-367-4259 Certi“ed Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas Hannah M. Bonamy has entered her junior year where she continues her studies in Interior Design with a minor in Illustration at the Savannah College of Art & Design located in Savanah, Georgia. She is in her last year. She is a 2014 graduate of Agape Christian School and the daughter of Gaetano and Dr. Therese Bonamy of Marsh Harbour. Catalina Albury is majoring in Biology at at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She completed her freshman year, 2015-2016, on the Dean’s List, volunteered at the Loaded Ladle and Student Union Farmer’s Market. She was also Global Ambassador for the International Center and was featured on the Dalhousie’s homepage. Her sophomore year she finished on the Dean’s List. She volunteered for the Canadian Blood Association, Dalhousie Student Union student farmer’s market, and was a Second Year representative for Dalhousie in the Undergraduate Biology Society. She is employed at Dalhousie University as a correspondent of the Student Life blog. Her third year, in progress, she began research for her Honor’s Thesis in Biology. She is working part time in quantitative chemistry. She is speaking at the ASAC on January the 4th on the topic of “Microplastics, Marine Mammals, and Us” along with Diane Claridge of BMMRO. She is the recipient of BAM Scholarship, Lyford Cay Scholarship and Canadian Scholarship. Catalina is the daughter of Troy and Maria Albury of Great Guana Cay. “I ever grateful to the Abaconian community for supporting me in my educational journey.” Savion Bethell is a freshman at Johnson & Wales University in Miami, Florida. He is majoring in Hotel & Tourism Management/Political Science. He is a graduate of Forest Heights 2014-2017. His parents are Michael & Danevia Bethell of Dundas Town, Abaco He is the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship. Shania Roberts is a freshman attending Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. She is majoring in Elementary Education and is a graduate of Forest Heights Academy 2012-2017. Her parents are Ronald & Gina Roberts of Great Guana Cay


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She explained how they begin life in deep water reefs about 100 feet down and how this environment becomes a habitat used for spawning. At dusk, they mate and aggregate to spawn baby groupers. For 40 days, the baby groupers float in open ocean until taken back to nearshore nurseries before migrating to patch reefs for up to five to six years before they mature. At night, they go into seagrass beds to hunt. When they reach maturity, Hensel said the groupers relocate to the barrier reefs to live out the rest of their lives. Judging soon began giving the participants the opportunity to explain what their presentations were about. The schools were judged on their originality, presentation and appearance, student explanation and content. Participating schools were: Patrick J. Bethel High School, Amy Roberts Primary School, Hope Town Primary School, Man-O-War Primary School, Central Abaco Primary School, Treasure Cay Primary School, Long Bay School, Agape Christian School, Angels Academy, Forest Heights Academy, Cooper’s Town Primary School and Moore’s Island Comprehensive School. According to FRIENDS Education Director Cassandra Abraham, the turnout was great with 218 students in attendance accompanied by 29 teachers. In terms of the quality and detail of the presentations and the students' ability to adequately address the topic regarding the value of our marine resources, Abraham said some of the schools “really stepped up their game with the quality of their projects this year.” “Many of the students commented that they didn't really understand the importance until actually researching and putting together their projects,” Abraham explained. “This is our goal every year, to pick topics that are thought-provoking and that help students to understand important conservation principles and our effects on SCIENCE Trivia segment at the Science fair. our environment.” Long Bay’s lower primary students gave a presentation on wave power used to create renewable energy to charge cell phones. At Agape Christian’s lower primary school display, the students focused on coral reef habitats and the need to protect them. They outlined the benefits of coral reefs as well as the benefits of sea urchins, which help to keep the coral reefs healthy by eating 45 percent of the algae found on them. According to the students, sea urchins can also be consumed. Meantime, Patrick J Bethel’s Operation OWW included findings from a survey of 200 people. They, too, outlined the benefits of coral reefs, and how other areas are impacted when coral reefs are. The students also looked at the impacts made to mangroves, and sandy beach and rocky shore ecosystems. Going forward, they want to partner with organizations like the Bahamas National Trust to create a program that will encourage Bahamians to maintain the health of our coral reefs. For Forest Heights, the participants focused on whether plastic or paper bags are better for the environment. The bags were placed in a salt water environment to represent the mangroves and compost. The students observed how fast the GoGreen Bags and paper bags would biodegrade and documented any changes that occurred each week. The greatest change was in the brown paper bags, which not only broke down faster but are not poisonous to fish. Surprisingly, the green bags were the ones with poisonous substances that caused fish to die. Overall, the students concluded that reusable bags are best; however, they should be washed before reuse to prevent bacteria from forming in the bags. Other fascinating displays revealed a wealth of information about the Queen Conch by Hope Town School and Cooper’s Town Primary School; mangroves and conch by Man-O-War’s Lower Primary students; and natural disasters and pollutants in our ocean by Man-O-War’s Upper Primary students. The value of coral reef biodiversity and the impact of coral reefs on the environment and humans was discussed by Agape Christian School’s Upper High School and Lower High School students, respectively. Long Bay’s Upper High School reviewed the Magnus Effect; Wind as a Marine Resource. Conchspiration Conchsequence was the theme of Patrick J. Bethel High School’s Upper High School students. Moore’s Island Comprehensive School did their presentation on the economic importance of conch and lobster to the people of Moore’s Island. Over at Angels’ Academy, the students looked at resources that are beneficial to Abaconians, and what they value most about the environment. Amy Roberts Primary School’s message was to treasure our marine resources. Central Abaco Primary focused on the Nassau Grouper and how to protect it along with “fishy facts” about the grouper. In the non-competitive school category, there were presentations of Underwater Protection and Mangled Mangroves. During the School Trivia segment, FRIENDS Education Director Cassandra Abraham and Jarro Curry, a FRIENDS student volunteer, arranged the contestants onstage and went over the rules. It was an exciting segment as students rushed to raise their flags to indicate they had the correct answer. As for the presentations, winners for the Lower Primary School projects were: Man-O-War Primary School, first; Central Abaco Primary School, second; and Treasure Cay Primary School, third. In the Upper Primary division, Hope Town Primary placed first with Man-O-War coming in second and Angels Academy in third place. FAIR PAGE 10 Restaurant andBarSPECIALIZING IN BAHAMIAN FOODS Open Monday thru SaturdayBreakfast 8:30…10:00 a.m. Lunch & Dinner 11:00 a.m.…9:00 p.m. Bar Open 8:30 a.m.…til Happy Hour 5:00…6:30 p.m. Music Wednesday and Friday Nights Visit the website for more events Satellite Sports TV € Ice for sale € FREE WIFI Wholesale liquor to go € Free delivery ON THE HOPE TOWN WATERFRONT 242.366.0247 or VHF 16 Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen Foods Phone or Fax : 366-2022Mon. 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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian December 1, 2017 SCHOOL & YOUTH NEWS Abaco's First Choice For Farm Fresh Tel: ( 242) 577-7697 or US: (561)229-0263Email: or 3 m 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 Sir Eden In the Lower Primary School category, Patrick J. Bethel clinched first place, second place went to Forest Heights, and Long Bay took third. In the Upper Primary category, Patrick J. Bethel obtained first place again; Forest Heights, second; and Long Bay, third. Some of the prizes were a GoPro with an accessory kit; a 2200 Lumens HD projector and pointer; and a $100-gift certificate to Bellevue Business Depot. All prizes were donated to schools and not individual students. Although they did not place, this year was the first time that students from Moore’s Island participated. Nonetheless, their teacher Carlotta Simms was grateful for the exposure it gave the students as they look forward to participating next year. “We were happy that with the help from our members’ donations from our Annual Reef Ball we were able to charter a flight for the students and a teacher from Moore's Island to participate in the Science Fair,” Abraham expressed. Sponsors from the BEP Foundation – Charles de La Baume and Ariane de La Baume – assisted with the presentation of awards to the winners. Other sponsors included Disney Animal Conservation, Bellevue Business Depot, G & L Transportation and New Vision Ministry. Representatives from Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) and Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO) were also in attendance. The FRIENDS Science Fair has been held since 2004. FAIR Little and Junior Miss Regency Abaco Pageant to Act as Development ProgramPress Release Esteem Productions, an organization founded by Ms. Rayette McDonald has teamed up with The Miss Regency Bahamas Organization, to host the inaugural Little and Junior Miss Regency Abaco. “This is more than a pageant, but a developmental program for little girls ages 7-12”, stated Ms. McDonald, who will serve as Director for the pageant. “We are so excited to present this to the young ladies of Abaco and work with parents and communities in training the contestants to stand out not only on the stage but in life”. Contestants aged 7-10 will compete for Little Miss Regency Abaco and 11-12 year olds will compete for the title of Junior Miss Regency Abaco. Contestants will take part in a three month training program that will focus on proper communicating, entrepreneurship, talent development, first Aid and safety awareness, model techniques and etiquette. The program will end with a competition. Contestants will compete in the areas of float parade, talent, fashion and design, photogenic, evening gown, sportswear and interview. The winner of the local pageant will take home awesome prizes and go on to represent Abaco at the national competition in New Providence in April of 2018. The winner of the National pageant will go on to represent The Bahamas in the international pageant, in Las Vegas. Application forms are available at Gift Loft next to NUA Marsh Harbour and the pageant team will be at Maxwells Store on Saturday 25th November, 2017 from 12pm-3pm. The local pageant is set for Saturday March 30th, 2018. By Canishka Alexander Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS) held its Annual Thanksgiving Service on Nov. 23. The theme was: “Give Thanks.” Teacher Simone Pinder introduced Tianna Bootle, head girl, as the moderator. Following the opening prayer by Deputy Head Boy Muhammed Anjum, and the Scripture Reading by Ashley Smith, the pre-school students came onstage to offer a CAPS Annual Thanksgiving Assembly Emphasizes Giving, Being ThankfulPre-schoolers giving the welcome at the Thanksgiving Assembly at Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS). thunderous welcome to the audience. Moving along, Grade 1 performed in a Thanksgiving acrostic. Grade 2 sang, “We Eat Turkey,” during their selection. A recorder ensemble was accompanied by a piano selection of “Tell Somebody God is Good” under the direction of Music Teacher Ervin Colebrooke. Destiny Liberal and Kesciana Dany CAPS PAGE 12


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Their selection was followed by a praise of Thanksgiving by the School Choir as they sang, “Oh, Give Thanks,” and “Brand New World.” The Culture Club gave an enthusiastic recitation of “Give Thanks.” Meanwhile, the students of Grade 5 entertained the audience with a production about a Thanksgiving festival organized to honour the forefathers of the festival. Families prepared food to bring to the festival, and on the day of the festival, there were a lot of people waiting on the line for food. SCHOOL & YOUTH NEWS CAPS Several of the children were asked what they were thankful for, and each gave a different response. The production ended with the singing of “It’s Harvest Time Again.” Head Boy Christopher Turnquest introduced Yvette Poitier as the guest speaker. She began by thanking Colebrooke for his dedication to the Student Christian Movement, and for keeping it going in her absence. Poitier told the story of how Thanksgiving came into being with the Pilgrims in America cultivating the land and during harvest how they brought all of their goods together to give God thanks. Destiny Liberal and Kesciana Dany performing in a liturgical dance at CAPS' Annual Thanksgiving Assembly on Nov. 23. She told the students that Thanksgiving is a two-way street whereas there is a thanks and there is a giving part. However, she said that God said it is better to give than to receive. “We’ve become so materialistic,” she sadly noted. “How many of you thank your parents for clean water? For a roof over your head? Things don’t just come automatically; parents have to work hard to provide for us.” She was thankful for a country like The Bahamas, which she considers abundantly blessed. “The blessings we receive come from God; He is a good God.” She said that Thanksgiving is not just a day for ham and turkey, but to also go into our cupboards and share with our neighbours. For the students, she encouraged them to share their lunches with someone who doesn’t have any. She also encouraged the students to thank their parents for all that they do. “When I was a little girl, we used to sing a song, ‘There’s a roof up above me, food on my table…shoes on my feet,’” Poitier reminisced. She ended her speech by singing THANKS PAGE 13


December 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 SCHOOL & YOUTH NEWS “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart.” Deputy Head Girl Ronalee Delancy made a special presentation to Poitier on behalf of the school. Next, Grade 4 students went onstage to sing the School Song, which was written by their teacher Jesika Smith. Principal Beatrice Moxey was called on to give closing remarks and the Vote of Thanks. First, she called on a student from each grade level to come forward and express what they were thankful for. The comments ranged from parents to butterflies to sharing, life itself, seeing a new day, God’s blessings, the island of Abaco, family, friends and education. Principal Moxey said that she was thankful for everyone at CAPS, for life, health, strength and daily bread. She thanked the parents for giving to those who are less fortunate with their overwhelming donation of canned and dry goods. She also thanked everyone for their involvement in the including the committee members for their part in the Thanksgiving service. Following the Thanksgiving ceremony, a luncheon was held for teachers. THANKS without food some days. Quoting, Phil. 4:19 was the Scripture that kept him as it reminded him that God will supply all of our needs. In Job 33:4, Antoine said it was God’s spirit that made him, and that he is special and unique. Before becoming head boy, he said he was a mischievous boy who is now a role model to his peers. Despite being called dumb or stupid RELIGION by others, he was pleased to say that he has chosen the right path. “God listens to my prayers, and He helps me,” he shared. Tall, dark, handsome and intelligent, Antoine was assured that he is made in the image of God. Over to Omari Mills, a student of St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, he quoted Jer. 1:5, which says that God knew him before he was formed in his mother’s womb. “I’m an enthusiastic, straight A, honour roll student,” he exclaimed. He said there is a lot going on the world to confuse us, and despite the number of friends we may have online, they are not always our true friends. “God is our true friend, and He promised never to leave us,” Omari declared. “We were not created by evolution or any other thing.” After quoting Gen. 1:27, he said many television advertisements use beauty products to convince us that we’re beautiful, but these products are used to conceal and mask our true identities. More Scriptures were quoted from Psalm, 1 Timothy and Proverbs by him. “I am strong; I am brave; I am an overcomer; I am Omari Mills,” he concluded. Angels Academy Student – Maddox Pinder – informed everyone that he comes from a big family that goes to church regularly. “My self-identity and spirituality are all rooted in God and the Bible – He’s the ultimate Creator of all things,” Maddox acknowledged. He then quoted John 3:1617. As he reflected on his life, Maddox shared that he is good in swimming and football. He was given the opportunity to compete in the Goodwill Games in Guyana. While there, Maddox secured two gold medals and a silver medal in swimming. Presently, his sights are set on representing The Bahamas at the CARIFTA Games. Maddox said that even while participating in sports he knows that God is with him, so he shows love and kindness to others no matter what the result. His hobbies are fishing where he enjoys the thrill of the catch and he is mindful of being responsible and respectful of what God provides. So among Maddox’s faith, talents and hobbies, he sees his life as an example of God’s love as he ended with Matthew 5:14-15. Agape Christian School Student Eugene Dawkins said he went to the Creator to ask who he is, and he found the answer in the blueprint and manual that God gave us – the Bible. His first stop on his journey of self-discovery was in Genesis where Joseph was in the palace. As Joseph was, Eugene said he is a forgiving person and although things may not go the way he likes all the time, he is on the way to the Promised Land. Over to Exodus, he spoke with Moses, who like him, had difficulty with his speech and was afraid of people laughing at him. “Look at me in a speech competition; I am an overcomer,” he observed. He crossed over to Jeremiah, who thought he wasn’t qualified until God told him to do what he instructed him to do because He would be with him. “I am Eugene Bentley Dawkins. I am destined to overcome great things in life; I am the answer to the problems in the earth; I am a game changer and a trailblazer, but most importantly, I am here!” Ashley Smith of Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS) was up next. “People think I am intelligent, and they’re right,” she expressed. “But I am also courteous, brave, beautiful and artistic. In Psalm 139:14, she said there is so much beauty that God has made in this world. “I am artistic like the Great Artist,” she indicated. Ashley added that everyone is also talented in their own way. For example, she is a writer, and she likes to encourage her friends. “I try to make my friends happy, and I encourage them to do well,” she said. “I learned to encourage from the Great Encourager.” She clarified that because she is brave BIBLE PAGE 14


Page 14 Section B The Abaconian December 1, 2017 YOUTH that doesn’t mean she is fearless. She told the story of being afraid to go on a ride at a theme park, but overcoming her fear, she decided to go on the 185-foot slide. The first time around, Ashley felt like she was “plummeting to her death,” but she ended up going on the slide two more times because she actually discovered she enjoyed it. So Ashley learned to be brave because Isa. 43:2 tells her that God promises to be with her. The final contestant was Destiny Adderley of Cooper’s Town Primary School. After informing the audience that she is a complete package of “downhome goodness0”, she incorporated an acoustic using the letters of her name to lay the foundation of her speech. It began with the “daintiful” letter D, which she explained meant that she is destination-driven, and she takes advantage of every opportunity she is given. E was for her earnest, sincere personality. S represented spectacular, while T was for her tenacious and talented attributes. She quoted verses from 1 John 4:4, Phil. 4:13 and Matt. 19:26. Talented seems like an understatement considering Destiny is involved in track and field as a sprinter, she sings, plays the piano and clarinet, and is an inspirational dancer. She has participated in the National Children’s Choir, and was first runner-up in Joy FM’s Jingle Competition. On to I for intelligence, Destiny is an honour roll student – a status which she has consistently maintained. N was for nocturnal as she described herself as a night owl. Finally, the Y stood for yearning as she arises every day to pray to God with her family. To sum it all up, Destiny said that like the meaning of her name, she is filled with purpose. Assistant District Superintendent Dominique Russell commended the students for their outstanding speeches noting that her prayer would be that they are continually reminded of who they are, and that God’s will would be done in their lives. The results were soon in after the judges’ deliberations were complete. Maddox Pinder of Angels Academy placed first, and Destiny Adderley of Cooper’s Town Primary School came second. Ashley Smith of Central Abaco Primary School was awarded third place. BIBLE rectly to the Championship game (as there are only three teams) to wait on their opponent on December 9. The WildHawgs took the early lead against the Falcons, but the Falcons battled to stay in the game. However, the WildHawgs defense helped to cap off the game and keep their win streak alive winning 38 to 14. The Junior Division Falcons had a fight on their hands to keep their undefeated season alive as they faced both the WildHawgs and Tigers. In the first game the Falcons took the lead in the first half of the game; however, the WildHawgs battled back in the second half of the game, but fell short losing 38 to 26. In the second game the Falcons again held a definitive lead in the first half but the resilient Tigers battled back to tie the game with just 10 seconds left. The Falcons tossed a last moment deep pass down the sideline and were rewarded with a clutch TD denying the Tigers a chance to take it to overtime and winning the game 40 to 34. In the Senior Division the WildHawgs took on the Falcons and managed to outscore their opponents in the highest scoring game of the day – 51 to 31 – as the WildHawgs clinched the number one seed for the playoffs and going directly to Championship (as there are only three teams) set for December 9. The Playoffs will be held at the Murphy Town Park on December 2 where teams will play to decide who plays in the Championship Games set for December 9. Final Regular Season Standings: Peewee Division Wildhawgs 6-0 Makos 2-4 Falcons 1-5 Junior Division Falcons 8-0 Tigers 3-5 Wildhawgs 3-5 Bull Sharks 3-5 Makos 3-5 Senior Divison Wildhawgs 4-2 Sharks 3-3 Falcons 2-4 FOOTBALL After the competition, Maddox appeared stunned and overcome with emotion as he explained that it was his first competition, and he was still shocked to know he had won. Nonetheless, he was excited about going to New Providence to represent Abaco in the Religious Studies Speech Competition there on Nov. 24. Maddox proceeded to place second out of thirteen competitors in that competition. Gardening With Jack Leftovers, Anyone? Jack Hardy Abaco’s resident gardening expert. The vegetables we grow in our yards tend to fall into familylike categories: tomatoes and peppers, cucumbers and squash, cabbage and kale, lettuce and greens, and the root crops. Extensive as these categories are there are a few vegetables left over that may well deserve your attention. Celery is a swamp plant that demands lots of water but even if we treat celery right it will not look like the celery we buy from the store. But that is all right; in many ways it is better. Forget about celery sticks to use with a dip, forget about diced stems in chicken salad. Think about sinewy dark green stalks that give excellent flavour to soups, stews and souses. Think about finely minced leaves that are far stronger in taste than store bought – and you get them untrimmed. In other words, primarily think of celery as a herb. Another pleasing aspect of home-grown celery is that once the head is cut (at about the 2-inch from the ground mark) the plant will renew its growth on a cut and come again basis. Celery plants can be grown 8 inches apart in rows or blocks. You can also grow a single celery plant in a 3-gallon pot with moisture-retentive potting mix as the medium. The other day I discovered that one of my 3-gallon black pots did not have any drainage holes in the bottom; they were two inches from the bottom. As soon as I noticed this feature I thought to myself: “Celery!” That two inches of water at the bottom of the pot will help keep my celery happy. While on the subject of swamp plants I should mention watercress. Although true watercress requires running water such as a stream the version available in seed form would grow very well in my special pot – and any other pot that is watered religiously every day. If you have enjoyed minestrone soup in Switzerland you almost certainly have eaten chard. Chard is a horrible name for a very useful vegetable. It grows very like celery with stalks that are sometimes red, with spinach-like leaves. It is a great favourite in restaurants along the Mediterranean coast in France and Italy, where the GARDENING PAGE 15 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


December 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 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 # 269 MEDIUM # 269HARD # 269 Solutions to the Sudoku puzzles (November 15 issue) # 268 Easy # 268 Medium # 268 Hard Gardening stems are often served cooked and drizzled with a fine French sauce. Chard does not have a strong flavour and the greens made from the leaves will satisfy those who do not like the taste of spinach. Chard is the vegetable I recommend to fellow gardeners who want to grow something different and useful – and tasty. Grow chard as for celery but without the great need for water. Garden peas – or English peas – were once the dominant side vegetable. Peas were served with everything. They were the first canned vegetable and also the first frozen vegetable. Like many other veggies, the peas you grow yourself taste superior to canned or frozen. Peas love cool weather and I would recommend planting packets in late December and January. With most vegetables we plant some seeds now and some more later on. Not with peas. Plant every seed in the package (or packages) because the pea season is short. The seeds (dried peas) can be planted a mere two inches apart in rows on both sides of suspended netting or dead branches two to three feet tall and pressed into the ground. Peas are fast growing and once they start to produce full pods they should be picked on a daily basis. There are three types of peas: the classic, the mangetout with an edible pod, and snow peas that are eaten before peas develop. If you want the best of all worlds, see if you can find peas with the word ‘Oregon’ in the name. These go through several stages and can be used as snow peas, mangetout, and shelled for English peas. Oregon peas are easy to grow and last longer than most others. GARDENING SWEAT IT OUT!With Kristen Pearce 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. This is Your “Get To” By: Kristen Pearce For far too long, we have been crippled by the words “I have to”… I have to go to work…. I have to exercise…. I have to go on a diet…. I have to (fill in the blank). These words create chores: things we dread doing. We sit on the metaphoric couch for as long as possible, and then when the time comes, we drag our feet, because we hate feeling like we “have to” do anything. What if we could change our mindset? What if we could use our thoughts to change the way we look at things that we “have to” do? If we could grasp how powerful the mind is, we could truly change our world! What are some of the things you feel you “have to” do? What if you could change your mindset from thinking “I have to” to “I get to”? For you, is it that you “have to” go to work? What if you could remind yourself that having a job is a blessing? Many people in this very community would love to have the job that you dread going to every day. What if you could go to work each day feeling blessed for the job you have? Would that change the way your days go? For you, is your “have to” exercise? Exercise has gotten a bad reputation. It’s a punishment. It’s that dreaded thing we “have to” do because we have gained weight or because the doctor said so. No matter what the reason, you can change your mindset about it. Think of all the people in the world that are physically incapable of moving their bodies. They cannot even stand, let alone, walk or run, or punch or kick. If you are physically able to move your body, you are so very blessed! What if each time you moved your body in exercise, you did so with gratitude? Would that change the way you view your workouts? The body is capable of great things, and when you exercise and push your body, you will get to see how truly amazing your body is! Is your “have to” that you feel you need to eat better or go on a diet? The word diet has truly become a 4-letter word in our society. It is frowned upon because it is seen as another punishment. We feel sad and deprived each time we are on a diet. But have you ever noticed that if you fuel your body with healthy foods, you actually feel better and have more energy? I am not talking about eating a slice of an apple and a crouton as a meal. I am talking about fully fueling your body, meeting your daily caloric intake with healthy, whole foods. When we do so, we actually end up feeling pretty good. So, why can’t we change our mindset to view it in that way? Why can’t we go into each day or week saying, I “get to” fuel my body with the foods that make me feel awesome? The mind is crazy powerful. And if we could tap into that power, and change our mindsets from negatives into positives, if we could change our “have tos” into “get tos”, we could truly start to see our lives change for the better!


Page 16 Section B The Abaconian December 1, 2017 OBITUARIES Eric Jesse Sawyer was born on June 29, 1990, to Caroline and Brian Sawyer. Eric’s sister Michelle named him after Prince Eric from her favorite movie “ The Little Mermaid”. He lived for twenty-seven years on Green Turtle Cay. He was a good baby, always content and an excellent sleeper. He ran before he walked and kept his family on their toes. Early on he participated in Green Turtle Cay’s Awana, learning his Bible verses through sign language and liked to go to Sunday school with his sister at the Gospel Chapel. He attended the Tiny Turtle Preschool by way of his mother pulling him in a wagon that his father had converted into a fire truck for him. Leah Pinder, Eric’s “Sugarmama” amongst many other things was instrumental in getting him to school each day and taking him to Marsh Harbour’s Awana program. At the time Abaco did not have services available for children with special needs. Through meeting Mrs. Lyn Major, Eric became one of the founding members of Every Child Counts and continued for there 20 years. Eric was a proud graduate of Every Child Counts and was employed by Starfish Enterprises. Eric was eagerly anticipating the assisted living residence that is in the works. Eric embraced life the same way he embraced those who were lucky enough to have known him ...with a giant bear hug. He loved people, and in his twenty-seven years he amassed a circle of friends from around the world. He kept a detailed calendar with the names and birthdays of these many friends, carefully notated so that he could send each person a beautiful card that he created with great care. If you were really lucky, you might have received a video of Eric serenading you on your special day. With the arrival of Facebook and texting, Eric was able to keep in touch with his many friends and family members using only the touch of a keyboard. He once said that he loved to “comment.” And “comment” he did!!! Many people who were blessed to be on his contact list will miss their daily texts from Eric and Facetime chats. As a student at Every Child Counts, Eric grew both academically and socially. Thanks to the vision of Mrs. Lyn and the tenacity of his mother, Caroline Sawyer, he was able to receive the education that we all want for our children. Following graduation, Eric worked at Starfish Enterprises where he created items that were sold throughout the Abacos. The saying “It takes village to raise a child” is definitely true in Eric’s case. From the ferry boat captains who looked out for him on his way to school to the community members who would check on him from time to time, Eric always had someone tending to him. It was a blessing for Eric to grow up in a place like Green Turtle Cay. He relished in having the freedom and independence to ride his bike, swim as often as he liked, visit friends when he wanted and make trips to the grocery store to buy his favorite snacks. Eric loved his many friends at ECC, and they loved him back. Over the last ten years, he met many close friends on the Buddy Cruise who were grateful that they were able to spend this last special cruise with their dear friend. Myron Sawyer and Eric became friends when they were little boys, and Myron referred to him as “My Eric.” Eric and Myron shared a special, oncein-a-lifetime friendship. They understood each other in a way that only the closest of friends do. They defended each other and missed each other when they were apart. They fussed at times and forgot about what they were fussing about five minutes later. They were inseparable. Their friendship was special and everlasting. Eric enjoyed travelling with his family visiting dear friends making memories from Key West to Michigan, to New Mexico all the way to Alaska. He spent many summers visiting his Nana and going to overnight summer camp in Orlando. He loved spending time with his niece Mila and nephew Anderson by reading to them, playing peek-a-boo, watching girl meets world, taking them to theme parks and character breakfasts. He was everything you could want in an uncle never forgetting a birthday and always remembering to send them a post-card from all of his travels. In the past few years, Eric welcomed three new brothers to his home. He gladly shared Mommy and Pops with brothers, Ronel, Peter, and Richard. He was proud to introduce them as his brothers, and they watched over him and loved him. Whether it was on the Buddy Cruise, at Nippers, or at the Green Turtle Club, Eric loved to dance. He personified the expression, “Dance like nobody’s watching!!!” Eric loved to sing along with his favorite videos. And when he sang, he did it with gusto!!! If you happened to be walking by his house when he was at home, you just might have heard him belting out one of his favorite tunes...even if the windows were closed.If Eric heard about the pending arrival of a new baby, he had a list of names ready for the expectant mother to choose from. At one time, “Topanga” topped the list of girls’ names, and “Eric” was always a good choice for a baby boy. Eric Jesse Sawyer was smart, and witty, and kind. He swam like a fish and gave the best hugs. He loved fried chicken, French fries, and ice cream. His favorite color was blue, and he loved to watch old musicals and the Disney Channel. He could get out of trouble by uttering three little words, “You so pretty.” He danced through this life full of joy and mischief. He gave more than he took. He left this world a better place. Kashmir Breysund Kathalia Reckley, 18, of Green Turtle Cay, Abaco,Bahamas died at The Princess Margaret Hospital on Friday November 17th 2017. She is survived by her father: Kirk "Juice" Reckley; mother: Beryl Reckley; brothers: Kareem and Kamir; sisters: Bridgette Cooper and Chardonnay Pinder; grandfather: Leroy Reckley ; grand mother: Leona Gardiner; step grand father: Wiliam Gardiner; step grandmother: Sonia Reckley; numerous uncles and aunts cousin and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral Service are entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home and Crematorium #153 Baillou Hill Road (opposite Bahamas Power and Light) Funeral Service for the late Estella Jane Edith Lightbourne age 99 years of #9 Hutchinson Street off Jerome Avenue and formerly of Cedar Harbour Abaco was held on Saturday 11th November, 2017 at New Lively Hope Baptist Church, Jerome and Cheasepeake Avenue. Officiating was Rev. Dr. A. Shelton Higgs assisted by Rev. Hilbert Flowers, Rev. Lavardo Duncanson and Minister Junior Robinson. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive. She was predeceased by her husband Lewis Lightbourn, Mother and Father Samuel and Cecelia and baby brother Freddie Russell, Sisters Merle, Tina and Nethilee Bodie. She is survived by her daughter: Veronica Gale Delvera Wallace; grandchildren: Cecelia Ann (Norman) Bedford, Julian (Joann) Wallace, Corey Wallace Sr., Ellsworth Cumberbatch, Nakia Donaldson; great grand children: Tramine Bedford, Rashard (Tia) Bedford, Isreal Bedford, Samuel Adderley, Julian Wallace Jr, Selena Wallace, Sasha, Corey Jr. and Johnathan Wallace, Ellsworth Cumberbatch Jr., Kadijah Cumberbatch, Shiolah Cumberbatch; adopted grandsons and daughters: Barry Rahming, Cody, Cameri and Camera; great great grandchildren: Nehvea and Payton Bedford and Amia Cumberbatch; nephews and nieces: Idell (Willard) Hepburn, Freddie (Beverley) Russell Jr., Lindsay Bastian, Tyrone (Manette) Russell, Anthony (Nancy) Russell, Patricia, Kim, Sidney, and Jim Russell, Ingrid, Samuel and Karen Russell, Fredericka Neely, Cheryl Bastian, Sharmmaine (Sidney) Hart, Pastor Emma (Don) Forbes, Steve (Tamika) Fynes & Christine Gibson, Dec. Craig (Wendyann) Knowles, Deaconess Christine Knowles, Rabbi Yeshoua (Jean) Collins; Doctors Chinn and Johnson, Nurses and staff from Female Medical I, Keva Nethersole, Donna Robert, Linda, The Team of doctors and nurses on Female Medical at Princess Margaret Hospital, Former Staff of Radison, Retirees of Hotel Association. Funeral Service for the late Arnold Hepburn age 73 years of Dundas Town Abaco, was held on Saturday November 18th, 2017 at Friendship Tabernacle, Dundas Town, Abaco. Officiating was Pastor Shawn Robins assisted by Rev. Nehemiah Saunders. Interment followed in the Church Cemetery. He is survived by his Daughter Sally (Patrick) Newbold; 5 grand children Acaino, Ashton, Patrick (Philipa), Prince, Kyle; 1 great grand son AJ; 3 brothers Joel (LeEsther) Hepburn, James (Emerald) Hepburn and Wendel Cornish; 4 sisters Patrice (Edward) Rolle, Sandrina and Delrosa Hepburn and Eulamae Pinder; 7 neice Olive Forbes, Karen (Wilton) Antonio, Claudine (Hudson) Burrows, Tomeka Calma, Nickola (Ezra Jr.) Fox, Marsha Humes and Dewina Hepburn; 20 nephews Bishop Clifford Henfield, Rodulph (Vernie) Smith, Sultan (Gail) Sands, Anthony (Deborah Mae) Douglas, Nehemiah (Vernetta) Saunders, Micheal (Sherry) Humes, Ted (Beverly) Cornish, Marvin Dean, Andrew Calma, Mark and Marvin Russell, Analdo Dawkins, Adrian, Anthony and Quintin Cornish, Jamal (Sunni) Hepburn, James Hepburn Jr, Zyandric (Natasha) Jones, Dwayne Jones, Demetrio (Tajah) Hepburn and Delmar Saunders. Numerous grand, great grand nieces and nephews and god children; A host of other Relatives and friends including: Hon. Darren Henfield M.P. & family, Pastor Shawn and Jacquiline Robins, Genova and George Wilmore, Ann Wilmore, Elvert Mills and family, Althea Mills and family, Alice Smith, Nadine Feaster and family, Joy and April Stratton and family, Bernadette and Kenneth Murray and family, Nurse Shensi Rolle, Kately Bovery, The Mills family, the Cornish family, The Sawyer family, Marsh Harbour Health Center, Marsh Harbour EMS Team, Dundas Town and Murphy Town Community and The Grace Baptist Church Family. Funeral Service for Lorraine Margaretta Curry age 94 of Cedar Harbour, Abaco who died on October 10, 2017 was held on Saturday November 11, 2017 at The Church of God of Prophecy, East Street Tabernacle, East Street. Officiating was Bishop Hulan A. Hanna assisted by Bishop Dr. Woodley Thompson. Interment followed in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road. She is survived by her brothers: George & Charles Wallace of Fort Pierce Florida; Nieces, Margaret Wallace and family, Rosemary Wallace and family, Deborah Elliott and family, Beryl Rolle and family, Veda Rolle and family, Kendrice Rolle Coakley and family, Monique Whymns& family, Wendy Rose & family, Deloris Rose & family, Carla Williams and family, Sansha Bain & family, Utophia Elliott and family, Sandra Grant and family, Geraldine Rolle and family, Laura Gardiner & family, DoralynRolle and family, Leshan & Dwayne Ferguson and family, Deborah McKenzie and family, Lydia Curry and family; Nephews, Rudy Wallace and family, George Jr. and family, Jerome & Everett Ferguson, Randy Rose and family, Ricardo Oliver and family and Charles Jr, Rev. Rolston Smith & family, Joe Curry and family, Edwin Curry and family, OBITS PAGE 18


December 1, 2017 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 Serving the Abaco’s with Competence, Exclusivity & PassionThe Dodd Beachfront Estate 3.3 acres, 427 ln/ft beachfront, 438 ft of Canal front. Can be sold as one Estate or in 2 parcels $1,900,000 MLS 25050 & 25051 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 Casa Cielo, Green Turtle Cay 1,355 sq. ft., 2 bd. 2 bth. Screened porch, Open decks, 0.540 Acres, Sound to Sea w/ dock and generator $775,000. MLS 12983 Seaturtle Treehouse, Green Turtle Cay 751 sq. ft. 2 bd. 2 bth. 1,885 sq. ft. Decks & screened porches. 180 degree water views, dock. $399,000. MLS 29114 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 Sea Fan, Green Turtle Cay, 1,182 sq. ft. 2 bd. 2 bth, 2.276 sq. ft., 0.206 Acre, private dock, two Generators. REDUCED PRICE $480,000. MLS 21064 Peaceful Times Green Turtle Cay 2 bd 2 bth 2,149 sq. Ft., .31 acres, elevation, hillside, marina nearby. $399,000 MLS 25863 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 Beach House, Guana Cay. 768 sq. ft., 336 sq. ft. Open decks, 2 bd, 1bth. 0.342 Acre, 60’ beachfront, $430,000. 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 Dolphin, Green Turtle Cay 3 bd 3 bth in 3 cottages. 4,853 sq. ft. 2.65 acres. 492’ on White Sound, 420’ on Sea of Abaco, 2 docks. $1,175,000 MLS 20532 Coco Hideaway, Green Turtle Cay 3 bd, 2 bth, 1,518Sq ft. Plus 4th bd mother in law suite downstairs. Public dock. $582,000 MLS 21781


Page 18 Section B The Abaconian December 1, 2017 David Curry and family, Samuel Whymns and family, Neil Whymns and family, John Whymns and family, Leonard Curry and family. The Acklins Street family and the entire staff of theThompson Ward of the Geriatric Hospital;Church family: National Overseer: Bishop Franklin & Minister Rovena Ferguson, General Presbyter Emeritus: Bishop Brice & Teacher Advira Thompson, Former National Overseer: Bishop Elgarnet& Minister Jacqueline Rahming; Pastor: Bishop Hulan & Valerie Hanna; Associate Pastor: Bishop Woodley &Verneque Thompson; Other Ministers: Bishop Kendal Simmons, Bishop Romeo & Minister Beatrice Ferguson, Evangelist Herbert & Patricia Forbes, Minister Donna Delancy, Pastor Maurice & Annavee Simms; Other Members & Ministry: Sister Delmeta Seymour & the Ladies Fellowship Choir; Cynthia Ferguson, Inell Williams & the Noon Day Prayer Ministry; Antoinette Collie Smith & the Geriatric Ministry; AlMarie Delancy Smith & the Youth Group; Isadora Burrows. Jonathan McIntosh age 70 years of #7 Mutton Fish Drive and formerly of Coopers Town, Abaco died at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Sunday, November 12th, 2017. He is survived by his Wife: Faye Bootle-McIntosh; Sons: John, Wellington and Roneo McIntosh; Daughters: Erica, Malarie and Johnalee McIntosh; Sisters: Othlese, Bernice and Maggie McIntosh; Brothers: Jackson, Timothy, Michael, Gordan, Brian and Nevilin McIntosh and other relatives and friends. The Memorial Celebration for Graham B Jones will be held at The Hope Town Harbour Lodge. December 12th from 3pm until 6pm. Margaret Josephine "Josie" Weatherford (of Great Guana Cay, Abaco) July 12, 1932 November 6, 2017 Predeceased by her parents; Ritchie and Muriel Sands, her beloved husband of 56 years; Percival Weatherford, son; Michael Weatherford, daughter; Cara Weatherford, brothers; Gordon, Alton, and Englis (& Delores) Sands, sister; Enid Sands, son-in-law; Mike Malone, nephew; Basil Sands, sisters-in-law; Movena Malone, Geneva Weatherford, niece; Clarice Baldwin. Survived by her sons; Sidney and Robert Weatherford, daughter; Deborah Malone, adopted daughter; Kathy Sands, daughters-in-law; Iantha and Patricia Weatherford, brothers; Leonard (& Kathy) and Ritchie Jr. (& Teressa) Sands, grandchildren; Theresa Grant, Neil (& Sacha), Mikell (& Rosandi), Daniel, and Michael Weatherford, Kristal Malone, Melanie Weatherford-Jeantilus, Rayanne Malone-Brown, great-grandchildren; Kalina, Jeremiah, Malikai, Mekia and Mekhi Weatherford, Maliq Kersaint, Kaden Malone, Alicia Nesbitt, Melia Sime, Cayson Jeantilus, Jesse Sweeting (& Fred), Tiffany Rankine, Kayla Grant, nephews; Steve, Jimmy, Jeffrey, Ted, Todd, Ray, Alton, Henry, Douglas, Christopher and Craig Sands, and their families, nieces; Rosalee Sands, Kathleen Masselle, Barbara Frank, Rita Assaid, Gina and Tiffany Roberts, and their families, and many other family members and friends. OBITUARIES OBITS


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