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Festival drew crowds to hear Defence Band

The Royal Bahamas D

New venue gave more space for larger Festival
By Samantha V. Evans
For the fifth year Abaco held its Christ-
mas Festival, this year on December 13th
but it was held at a new site, the future site
of a farmer's market and Bahamian cultural
craft and straw market are across from the
BEC office in Marsh Harbour. The festival
honored the memory of the late John and
Roslyn Roberts, whose property across
from Memorial Plaza was the site of the
Festival for the first four years.
The opening ceremony was very exten-
sive as numerous dignitaries were on hand
to thank the committee for organizing this
wonderful event and the community for
its annual support. Numerous performers
were on the program including a Baker's
Bay choir and Adrianne Kelly, the national
winner of the Conde Nast Essay Competi-
The official declaration of the festival
to be open came from the Prime Minister,
the Hon. Hubert Ingraham. He was so im-
pressed with his first visit to the festival
last year that he has asked that the festival
to be duplicated all over The Bahamas. As
)efence Force Band made its appearance on Abaco at the Christmas Festival on December 12. This is only a result several other Family Islands are

the second time this band has performed on Abaco. Although planned very quickly, the Festival was a very successful, probably the
largest Abaco has seen. This event is attended by more people than any other event throughout the year. Here the drum major is
shown dancing with one of the spectators.

Please see Festival Page 2

National Geographic is

studying Sawmill Sink

I Santa gave out gifts

in Marsh Harbour

By Mirella Santillo
On December 10 Friends of the Envi-
ronment held at meeting that began with a
short presentation by Mrs. Nancy Albury,
Director of the Antiquities, Monuments and
Museums Corporation's branch on Abaco.
She spoke on findings of skeletons of many
animals previously unknown in The Baha-
mas that have been found in the Sawmill
Sink. The findings are so relevant scientifi-

cally that the National Geographic Society
is providing a grant for a more extensive
in-depth study of the findings. A team of
divers from that highly esteemed organiza-
tion included micro-biologists, geologists
and even a slime specialist who came to
Abaco to do more research. Dr. Kenneth

Please see Sawmill Page 21

Annual Cantata included

Thristmas carols and readings

The choir of the Marshn aroour Gospel Chapel presents a Cnristmas Cantata annu-
ally. This anticipated program was presented on December 10 at the Community Cen-
'er in Treasure Cay and on December 14 in Marsh Harbour. It is under the direction
of Kevin Sawyer. See story on page 6.

mendous effort to provide a delightful
Christmas experience for the residents of
Central Abaco. Santa visited, giving out
gifts to children whose parents had previ-
ously delivered them.

A special holiday event made its
debut on December 20 when Pris-
cilla and Peter Pinder opened their
yard in Marsh Harbour to the pub-
lic and arranged for Santa to make
a visit. This visit was followed by
an entertaining program of music
and recitations. Besides the Christ-
mas program, the yard is decorated
as a Christmas wonderland.
The Pinder's annual extensive
yard decoration expanded this year
into a holiday program lasting sev-
eral hours. A few minutes after 6
p.m. Santa arrived to take his place
on the stage. He was joined by
four young ladies dressed as elves
who assisted in giving out the gifts
brought previously by parents. The
elves picked gifts randomly while
children came to the stage to sit on
Santa's lap to receive their gift.
After the gifts were given out, Pastor

Please see Santa Page 20

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Fifth annual Christmas Festival was successful

Festival From Page 7
holding such festivals this year as well as
at four sites in Nassau. He announced that
a similar festival would be held in Treasure
Cay on December 22.
Bringing remarks initially was Don
Cornish, Director of Tourism for Abaco,
who thanked the Hon. Edison Key, MP for
South Abaco, for arranging for the Festival
to be on this new site.
Mr. Key stated that, thanks to BEC
and Bahamas Hot Mix, the grounds were
prepared in such a short period of time.
He explained that notice was given to the
committee after last year's festival that
they would no longer be allowed to use the
property. However, thanks to the efforts
of the community leaders and all the hard

working committee members, this event
was being held. He was proud to state that
this event is the first cultural event to be
held on this site set aside for a farmer's
market and for Bahamian cultural events.
He stated that Abaco is on the move with
housing developments, food production,
and others projects that are contributing to
its success.
Senior Island Administrator Cephas
Cooper stated that this season is the time
to reflect and to give thanks to God for all
has been good with Abaco. He is looking
forward to the future with great hope and
optimism. However, he encouraged Aba-
conians to focus more on strengthening
family ties, especially with so much social
and moral decay within the society.

Popular entertainment for the festival
was provided by the Royal Bahamas De-
fence Force Band and numerous local en-
The event was filled with lots of fun,
food, crafts and gift-giving for the kids.
Baker's Bay and Winding Bay both sup-
ported the community in their own ways.
Baker's Bay made its appearance at the
festival to give out toys to the kids. It also
gave toys to other community agencies
including Heal Our Land and Social Ser-
vices. This is one of the things Baker's Bay
values and one of the many ways it gives
back to the community. David Dean was
dressed as Santa and assisted with the gift

Winding Bay took free pictures of the
kids with Santa. The kids had fun in the
bouncing castle, on pony rides, playing
hoop-la and by purchasing fun toys from
Flashers. For the older kids and adults a
wonderfully colorful fashion show was
held showcasing trendy fashions as well as
a karate demonstration.
More than 20 food vendors served food
with items from native Bahamian dishes to
Haitian dishes to unusual dishes such as
cracked and stuffed lobster, wild boar, jerk
chicken, various salads including cassava
and ham, crab, fruit and sweet cassava
as well as native desserts and cakes. The

Please see Festival Page 79

Every Festival includes a Junkanoo rush out and this year was no exception. The Spring
City Rockers entertained the crowds with their distinctive rhythm. The costumes were
exceptionally stunning.

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The crowds at the Christmas Festival were enthusiastic and thrilled that it was not can-
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January 1, 2009

January 1, 2009 The Abaconian

Section A

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Festival offered entertainment for everyone

By Mirella Santillo
The fifth annual Christmas Festival "that
nearly did not happen" turned out to be one
of the most successful yet. The venue was
the grounds of the future farmers market and
craft and straw market across from the BEC
office in Marsh Harbour. It was spacious
enough to hold not only the large perfor-
mance stage but many tents of the food and
crafts vendors and some tents for the crowds
to sit to eat or enjoy the entertainment. It
drew a large crowd as early as noon, a crowd
that kept swelling as the day advanced.
Santa Claus was prominent as he gave out
gifts to all the children who attended. The
gifts were given out thanks to the generos-
ity of Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club.
All the children had photos taken with Santa
that they were then given. This was courtesy
of The Abaco Club of Winding Bay. Nu-
merous vendors participated, selling food,

drinks, baked goods, households necessities,
toys, crafts items, lighted nick-knacks and
more. There was entertainment galore, from
school choirs, soloists, bands including the
Wesley College Band, dancing by the chil-
dren of the Dance School, a fashion show
organized by Abaco Central High School's
teacher, Ms. Phillipa Farrington and an im-
pressive martial arts demonstration by the
kids of Churton Toote's karate class.
One of the highlights was Christmas
music performed by the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force Band. Even cartoon charac-
ters were present in costume. Well known
Abaco musicians and dancers including
Estin Sawyer, the New Wave Dancers and
New Entry Band topped the evening w ith
their performances.
Over 30 arts and crafts and games vendors
including three Juniors Achievers groups
displayed an array of crafts items. A few

Man-O-War artists brought their wares in-
cluding Andy Albury, who displayed some
of his boat models made of local woods.
Crissyle Elden had a display of glass bead
jewelry and Mandy Sands had a large selec-
tion of items made of Androsian fabrics.
Marsh Harbour's versatile craft artist,
Lovely Reckley, had a stand with her straw
and shell work as well as embroidered pic-
tures, a craft learnt during her recent three-
month long trip to China. A relative was
minding her shop while she was cooking
delicious conch fritters. Justina Winder,
another local artist, had a collection of un-
usual mirrors decorated with tiny shells, al-
most like sand. And, of course, there were
all kinds of Christmas ornaments offered
for sale. Besides the handcrafted items,
one could find retail goods, such as shoes,
hand bags, comforters and home decora-
tion objects. Several stalls offered toys and
other items for under the Christmas tree.

The attention of the festival-goers was
caught by the karate demonstration tak-
ing place in front of the stage. Eight chil-
dren practiced karate moves led by Sensei
Churton Toote or Sensei Agatha Curry.
The group first demonstrated basic moves;
then there was a solo by brown belt Lech-
elle Lightbourn. Black belt Joshua Wong,
the youngest black belt in The Bahamas,
led his classmates into more martial arts
moves. The final performance had Joshua
Wong jump-rolling over four kneeling
people, a feat also undertaken by Sensei
Agatha Curry. Ms. Curry is the first per-
son on Abaco to receive a black belt.
Another attention drawing performance
was the Royal Bahamas Defense Force
Marching Band which paraded on Don
MacKay Boulevard. The crowd rushed to
line each side of the road, reveling in the
Christmas songs and the marching effects
of the performers.

Marsh Harbour's tree lighting ceremony took place during the Festival. Mr. Lewis Key
had the honour of switching the lights on. He is shown here with Mrs. Kathy Key, wife
of the Hon. Edison Key.

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Marsh Harbour, Abaco

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Wesley College Band under the direction of Rev. Charles Carey provided entertainment
at the Festival. Many groups performed during the day.



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January 1, 2009

Central Abaco News

Evening Cantata at Marsh
Harbour Gospel Chapel
By Mirella Santillo
A festive ambiance prevailed at the
Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel on the eve-
ning of December 14th. Not one seat was
left unoccupied, people waiting eagerly but
reverently for the program to commence.
Mr. Kevin Sawyer orchestrated the eve-
ning while his wife and son announced the
program which started with a video of the
Nativity from the announcement to Mary
to the birth of Jesus.
After the projection, the Marsh Har-
bour Gospel Choir walked to the stage to
perform the annual Christmas Cantata. In-
cluded in the program were several solos
accompanied by the choir while in between

carols the story of Christmas was narrated
by Mr. Sawyer's son, Christopher.
The Christmas offering of several well
known carols ended the performance by
the 23 members of the choir. The eve-
ning ended with Mr. Sawyer stating his
Christmas message and well wishes to the
audience. "We want to share with people
the message of hope and love. Christmas
is about God's son. When you open your
presents, think about the true meaning of
Christmas." he reminded the assembly.
He mentioned that the choir performed
on Great Guana Cay the previous evening
and would be in Treasure Cay on Decem-
ber 17th to spread that same message. It
was a serene and joyous event which con-
veyed the message of Christmas to the
many who attended.

Abaco Hardware held an Open House on December 20 in appreciation of its customers.
Big discounts storewide encouraged shoppers to buy at great savings. In the afternoon a
discount of 27percent acknowledged their serving the community for 27years. A variety
of finger food was available along with sodas.

Abaco Hardware
held Open House
By Samantha V. Evans
The last shopping Saturday before
Christmas was a grand celebration day at
Abaco Hardware as it took time to have
a Customer Appreciation Open House.
According to Talana Newbold, the store
extended its hours to accommodate the
Abaco community and to say thank you
to them for 27 years of patronage. For
the entire day, December 20th, custom-

ers were given 20 percent off store wide
from 9 a.m. to noon, and from Noon to 3
p.m. they received 27 percent off in cele-
bration of the company being in business
for 27 years. At 11:30 a.m. there was a
live remote with Radio Abaco from the
store to further draw in the crowd. Cus-
tomers were given refreshments and cool
beverages and were able to get purchased

Please see Central Page 7

Heal Our Land donates to needy families
Heal OurLand
Family Cri-
sis Center in
Murphy Town
distributed 91
turkeys and
I (48 hams to
the elderly
and to those
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Central Abaco
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cost. Persons
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Secretary; Rev. Lawrence Arnette, Director; Kathie McIntosh, Volunteer; and Rev. Ed
Armbrister, Volunteer. Heal Our Land received assistance from the Treasure Cay Com-
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items gift-wrapped free. Some of the
items that were hot this holiday season
were inflatable yard decorations includ-
ing waving Santas, bicycles for all ages,
candles and household goods. Customers
could purchase those long awaited items
at remarkable savings as the employ-
ees ensured that all of the shelves were
stocked for today's event. Finally, cus-
tomers had several opportunities to win
prizes from the live radio remote. The
management and staff of Abaco Hard-
ware thank all of their valued customers
for their business and wish all of them
a Merry Christmas and a blessed New

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Dundas Town held
Tree Lighting
By Samantha V. Evans
Dundas Town Committee held its second
annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony
on December 10th at Brown's Bay Park.
Chairman Cay Mills stated that his Com-
mittee plans to make the Dundas Town
community better during the two years that
they are in office. He would like to leave it
better than they met it. He stated that Dun-
das Town has a lot of waterfront property
so the Committee plans to improve and de-
velop that area. On one site, he explained,
they plan to make a replica of Arawak Cay
in Nassau so that the residents and tour-
ists will have somewhere to go to enjoy
Bahamian culture and food. He further
a problem

explained that he is so proud and happy
that the dump was moved from its previ-
ous location especially at such a speedy
rate which bought much needed relief to
the residents of Central Pines.
He told the residents to know and em-
brace the true meaning of Christmas rather
than focusing on fashion and getting gifts.

He would like to see more persons giving
a gift to others this Christmas rather than
expecting to receive. Finally, he explained
that the committee would have liked to
light up the community with more Christ-
mas lights but due to budget constraints,
Please see Central Page 9

Customs held an auction at the freight dock in Marsh Harbour to clear unclaimed or for-
feited freight from their warehouse. Two staff members from Nassau, Bernadette Fergu-
son and Bernadette Knowles, both shown here, conducted the auction, frequently asking
for a minimum bid. Occasionally they accepted lower bids. The two ladies are examining
a box with bedding. It turned out that it containedfour pillows. Several automobiles were
auctioned later in the day with one going for $100.

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Abaco begins a new year clouded with
economic u ncertainties. Central govern-
ment, local government and the private
sector are all looking for ways to econo-
mize and make do with reduced revenues.
The economy of the Abaco business com-
munity is dependent on a continuous flow
of visitors, both transient and the longer
staying second homeowners. Current in-
dications are that their numbers will be
down this season with government and the
private sector looking at incentives to keep
visitor arrivals up.
Those in the front line of the tourism
industry, hotels, second home rentals and
marinas, are reporting lower bookings for
the upcoming season. It is hoped that many
persons are waiting until the last minute to
make travel plans and that our Christmas
season will approach normal activity. Oc-
cupancy over the Christmas holidays tradi-
tionally approaches 100 per cent.
Of a greater concern are our occupancy
levels for the spring and summer. An in-
crease in visitor numbers over the holidays
would be welcome but may not be an in-
dication that our visitor traffic through the
spring and summer will return to normal
levels. It will be into January before the
local Christmas figures are tabulated and
we get a clearer picture of Abaco's visitor
activity. Worldwide, the month of Janu-
ary has proven to be to be a poor month
for travel activity. Hopefully, activity will
pick up after January.
A cold Stateside winter is always good
for us and this year may be no exception.
Just as our feathered birds migrate south
for the winter so do the northern residents
head south for warmer climates. However,
with strained budgets many of the persons
who would normally come here will now
look for a more economical place where
the weather is warm that is, if they travel
at all. This is not in our favor as we are
not an economical destination, either in air
fares or living expenses.
It behooves us to put on our best effort
of hospitality, friendliness and helpfulness.
We must make a concentrated effort to
give our visitors value for their presence
here. Our concern is to see that they have

.Economic dow
a pleasant experience here. We must not
take them for granted. We need to make
our visitors feel that they are getting their
money's worth while here.
Our extensive base of second-home
rentals bodes well for Abaco as there are
several hundred individual homeowners
and many additional rental house agents
all using their own methods of attracting
occupants. Furthermore, the promotional
demands of a rental house are less severe
as each owner or agent needs only a few
guests or family per house as opposed to a
hotel that needs many guests each week.
Abaco's marine heritage and boating
appeal is augmented by our 100-mile pro-
tected waterway which the visiting boaters
love. It is a generally accepted fact that
Abaco leads the nation in boating activity
with more marinas, more boat yards and
more private docks than any other Baha-
mian island.
However, our North American boating
visitors who are feeling the current eco-
nomic crunch can reduce their expenses
by foregoing boating activities. Boats left
in their home port or stored in Florida do
not generate any revenue on this side. The
boating side of Abaco's hospitality indus-
try needs to work with government to find
ways to encourage boating visitors. They
are an important part of our economy.
We are aware of efforts by the Out Island
Promotional Board, Tourism and others to
develop incentives and other programs to
increase visitor arrivals.

nturn will requ
Any promotions or concessions that
might be targeted to boaters are hampered
by the normal delay in getting the word
out through appropriate media. It is a rare
boater who can pack a suitcase, jump on
his boat and take an excursion as an air
arrival might do. Boaters have to make
long range plans, then may be thwarted
for weeks by temperamental weatherkeep-
ing them in Florida ports. Boaters are not
spur-of-the-moment travelers.
This is a good time for everyone on
Abaco to come together to make our island
a more desirable destination. The private
sector, particularly those in the front line
of tourism activity along with Tourism and
other relevant government agencies, should
develop incentives and strategies to maintain
visitor traffic. We need to be pro-active and
innovative in our approach to our economic
problems. Working together will bring out
new concepts to develop and implement.
Abaco is noted for innovation and for its
problem solving abilities. The island has
faced economic challenges in the past and
has been able to overcome hardship. We
must find ways to do it again.
Abaco lost two avia-
tion pioneers in 2008
2008 was significant because of the
passing of two of Abaco's pioneers, Capt.
Leonard Thompson and Colyn Rees, both
of whom died in the latter part of the year.
Both were involved in the early days of
air travel throughout the islands following

ire innovation
World War II. Their view from the aircraft
cockpit inspired each of them to develop
and expand our sparse early economy.
They each recognized Abaco's sleeping
potential as world conditions changed after
the war.
Abaco's first hotel, the New Plymouth
Inn, was begun by Mr. Rees in the mid
1950s to accommodate visiting fishermen
who came in the flying boats he piloted.
He was a professional photographer and
used his unique position in the air to docu-
ment Abaco as he found in the late 1940s
and beyond. His black and white enlarge-
ments can be seen in many of our business
establishments. While in his 80s, he mas-
tered the computer and the art of printing
large color photographs creating stunning
ariel photographs of the island scenes he
recorded 50 years earlier.
Capt. Thompson held similar but more
expansive views of Abaco. He was intrigued
by the beauty of the Sand Banks spit of land.
He got a government lease for the land and
partnered with others to develop Treasure
Cay. Successive investors eventually pushed
him aside. Moving on, he bought the closed
Great Abaco Hotel in Marsh Harbour and
expanded that facility which has subse-
quently grown into the Abaco Beach Resort
we see today. Mr. Thompson also served
for 20 years as Abaco's Member of Parlia-
ment from 1949 1969.
Both of these men are greatly missed
but they have left their mark which will
endure throughout the years.

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Supports a National
Park designation
Dear Sir,
In my humble opinion, the question
of whether or not to designate the Angel
Cays, Bight of Old Robinson, and Chero-
kee Sound creeks as national park areas is
a no-brainer. Bahamas National Trust has
promised that everyone will still be able to
fish, hunt, dive, kayak and grow dubious
cash crops in these areas as they have al-
ways done. But if a commercial enterprise
wants to bulldoze, dredge or otherwise "de-
velop" the area, BNT will have the author-
ity to stop them. No longer will developers
be able to wave a suitcase of money at the
nearest politician and be given permission
to destroy yet another irreplaceable part of
John Hedden suggests that zoning would
achieve the same thing. But zoning can be
changed all too easily or simply ignored
- while park status carries a lot more
weight and permanence. Just the mere act
of writing "National Park" on the map
will discourage most developers from even
considering that area as a possibility. So
let's do it while we have the chance.

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And yes, John, I have walked the Cay
Road a dozen times, spent countless happy
hours poking around in the back of the Bight
in a kayak, waded up the length of Suck-
ingfish Creek and paddled down Yellow-
wood Creek from the end of Little Harbour
Road to Cherokee Sound and back. I love
these creeks with all my heart and pray that
we will take this opportunity to save them
for future generations to enjoy.
Yours sincerely,
Alison Ball
Little Harbour
Dredging was stopped
Dear Editor,
The Bahamas National Trust has appar-
ently alerted the Ministry of the Environ-
ment to the dredging work being done next
to the shoal in front of the new condomin-
ium project at Crossing Beach in Marsh
Harbour. It certainly is a pleasure to see
our national shoreline bird (the back hoe)
disappear from those shallow waters. The
BNT certainly deserves credit for its ac-
I took the opportunity of walking out
onto the newly created rock bar and observ-
ing the huge hole dug out and the turbid-
ity of the water. I wondered how this new
marine formation would affect tidal flows,
currents, wave action and sand movement
along the shoreline. I am sure no one really
knows the answer.

I will be interested to observe the chang-
es, if any.
J.F. Hedden
Job security at
Treasure Cay
Dear Editor,
In the past I've spent Tueday mornings
picking up litter by the roadside from the
round about to the gatehouse at Treasure
Cay, usually picking up three to five bags.
May I say the bags were supplied by Trea-
sure Cay and that I received complete sup-
port from the manager. much to my great
When Bea and I arrived on November
2, I found the roadside to be litter free. I
said to our cab driver, "I've lost my job,"
as I explained to him my job. He said with
pride, "Clean, Green and Pristine," so I
figured Silbert's weather "Intro" regarding
litter on Abaco is having positive results.
Unfortunately, too good to be true! The
following Monday on the way to the golf
course I noticed the usual weekend litter
and by Tuesday I'm back on the job. only
a two-bagger day but enough to give me
job security. Now may I say I don't need
the job...the pay is lousy, working condi-
tion not the best, but the benefits are spec-

Please see Letters Page 15

This is the north side of Crossing Beach looking toward The Crossing, a condominium
development under construction. The development has dredged out from the shore, leav-
ing the spoil groyne shown in this photo. The dredging has been stopped.

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they could only put up a few. Hopefully,
next year they will be able to do more.
The guest speaker for this ceremony was
Pastor Mildred Ferguson, who spoke about
the importance of having a light in one's
life and letting it shine so that everyone
can see their path clearly. She stated that
even though the economy is going through
a recession, residents are reminded to keep
Christ in Christmas and to stay away from
drinking this holiday season. Rather, she
explained that they should get plugged into
Christ. She is concerned about the number
of persons who are complaining but will
not give God thanks. She told the residents
to not focus on the gifts this Christmas but
rather focus on love and peace.
At the end of the ceremony, the three
top finishers in the Best Kept Yard com-
petition held for Dundas Town were an-
nounced by Ms. Millie Dawkins of the
Ministry of Tourism. The winner this year
was Nikia Williams, who received $250
from the Dundas Town Committee. The
second place finisher was Freddie Jones,
who received $250 from First Caribbean
Bank. The third place finisher was Mrs.
Lenora Black, who received $150 from
Commonwealth Bank. Ms. Dawkins told
the residents that it was difficult to find
persons to enter the competition and en-
couraged them to take pride in beautifying
their yard. She stated that this is their com-
munity so they should want to do their part
to make it look good. She encouraged them
to enter next year so that this initiative can
get bigger and better.
The two oldest persons in Dundas

Town, Wilfred Cornish and Joyce Smith,
were presented with gifts from the Dun-
das Town Committee. Numerous residents
and church groups participated on the pro-
gram. Special thanks were extended to
Sonith Lockhart, Ferris Hamilton, Geleta
Sawyer, Price Right and the organizing
committee led by Wanda McIntosh and
Maggie Cornish.
Iggy Biggy held
Open House
By Jennifer Hudson
The Iggy Biggy store in Marsh Harbour
was abuzz with shoppers during its Open
House on December 6. This year the store
seemed to be packed even fuller than ever
with a large variety of stock and every
available square inch was full of interest-
ing finds.
Iggy Biggy is known for its neat gift
items, and it was a virtual Pandora's Box
of things from which to choose. Its wide
selection of jewelry was proving very
popular with many customers while others
savored the new lines of women's dresses
and yet others browsed amongst the col-
orful nick knacks and home d6cor items.
The Haitian tin art pieces are always very
colorful, and they were joined this year
by a line of very vibrant photo frames of
tropical parrots. Always popular on Abaco
are nautical-themed items, and Iggy Big-
gy had a wide range of beautiful ceramic
ware pieces for kitchens and bathrooms.
Welcome signs and beach signs offered a
quirky touch for any home. A large variety
of men's, women's and children's casual
wear, sandals, beach bags, back packs and
travel bags in addition to all of the accent

pieces for the home made it easy to find
gifts for virtually everyone on any Christ-
mas list. Also available were gourmet cof-
fees in several delicious flavours and Mai-
son Creole Seasonings.
The assistants were certainly kept busy
attending to all of the customers who
seemed to be in the Christmas spirit and
delighted with their purchases. As a thank
you to customers and to keep them going
during their shopping spree, refreshments
were served.
Bahama Bee
By Samantha V. Evans
Barbara Foreman, a jelly maker, was
on hand at the Wm H Building giving
free samples of her hot pepper jelly and
lime date chutney. She has been making
her products for nine years beginning in
Nassau and continued making when she
came to Abaco. She sells her products
at the Jollification Festival every year in
Nassau. This year, she introduced a new
mango and lime jelly at the festival which
she plans to perfect before putting on the
wider market. Her products are good with
lamb, ribs, turkey or any meat dish. They
are also good served on crackers for appe-
tizers. Presently these products are sold at
Monkey's Uncle, Abaco Neem and Native
Creations on Green Turtle Cay.

Satori Health Strategies
By Samantha V. Evans
Satori, which means enlightenment, spe-
cializes in preventative and maintenance
physical care and a healthy lifestyle. Own-
er Patricia French has been in the field for
over 18 years having worked most of those
years in Boston before moving to Nassau
for a few years. Now she is on Abaco and
opened her business on the second floor of
the Wm H building in Marsh Harbour in
December. Ms. French specializes in acu-
puncture, massage therapy and yoga class-
es. Presently, she offers yoga classes in the
morning but will extend times in the new
year. She caters to the well and sick and all
ages but hopes that more persons will take
advantage of the services offered so that
they can enjoy prolonged good health. She
can be contacted at 557-3218 or by email
at tricia@triciafrench.com.
Cancer Society held Art
Show and Silent Auction
By Mirella Santillo
The Abaco Cancer Society's Art Show
and Silent Auction held on December 12th
at Mangoes Restaurant was a fantastic suc-
cess, according to the organizers and the

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SF uted one or two pieces to be auctioned. At 7 p.m. the bids were stopped and Lauren Riviere, who helped during the
Central From Page 9 The function was held at Mangoes Res- people soon found out if their offer had event, the highest bid brought $500. Co-
artists who participated. Approximately taurant and Boutique that donated the din- bought them one or more of the many items president of the Abaco Cancer Society,
15 well known local artists participated. ing room for the event. As early as 5 p.m. that had been donated. Some of the items Mrs. Marjolein Scott, helped with organiz-
Among them Mrs. Marjolein Scott, one persons had already arrived and soon the were art work and included photos by Mr. ing the arts and crafts section of the show
of the organizers, displayed her silk paint- room was brimming with people. Hors Lou Schneider or Mr. Timothy Higgs, a while Co-president, Ms. Veronica Saun-
ings, Mr. Bob Zwickel his water colors, d'oeuvres and finger food, donated by bronze sculpture by Mr. Don Wood, and ders took care of the food and drinks.
Mrs. Kim Roberts exhibited her silk patch either Mangoes or friends of the Society, fabric work by Bahama Dawn. Other items It was great exposure for the artists who
work pillows and Mrs. Linda Wiltgang her were passed around while co-organizer, included dinner for two at Mangoes Res- contributed not only in donating some of
jewelry and Christmas decorations. Under- Ms. Veronica Saunders, poured the first taurant, Christmas Eve dinner and New their work for the auction, but also part
water photographer Timothy Higgs had an glass of wine to each new comer, compli- Year's Eve dinner at the Abaco Beach Re- or all of the proceeds of their sales to the
array of colorful photographs and Mr. Don ments of the Cancer Society. sort, water transportation to Guana Cay, a Cancer Society.
Wood was back in town showing his jewel- People circulated around the tables ex- spa session and lunch for four, compliment Murphy Town Christmas
ry pieces, sculptures and woodwork. Straw amining the art work, putting a bid down of Baker's Bay, leather goods from the
work was represented by Mrs. Linda Cash. or buying some of the many items offered Brass & Leather shop, a basket from John Tree Lighting Ceremony
Each artist who entered the show contrib- for sale by the artists. Bull and many more great items bringing By Mirella Santillo
much needed dollars to the non-profit or- Most of the Murphy Town residents and
ganization which helps people with cancer many people from the adjoining towns at-
with travel expenses to go for treatment.
According to one of the members, Ms. Please see Central Page 1I

The Abaco branch of the Cancer Society of The Bahamas held an Art Show and Silent
The Abaco branch of the Cancer Society of The Bahamas held an Art Show and Silent Mrs. Ena Swain, one of the older women of Murphy Town, was chosen to light the Christ
Auction on December 12 at Mangoes Restaurant in Marsh Harbour. Fifteen artists dis-
mas tree in Murphy Town in a ceremony held on December 9. She is shown here to the
played their art for sale, each of them donating some of their art for the auction. The right of the tree. Others taking part in the ceremony were Cubell Davis, Town Committee
right of the tree. Others taking part in the ceremony were Cubell Davis, Town Committee
event was organized by Marjolein Scott and Veronica Saunders, Co-chairman of the member; Administrator Cephas Cooper; Bradley Swain; Ms. Swain; Sonith Lockhart and
organization. The well attended event has given the group necessary funds that they use Don Bootle, both Committee members; and Renardo Curry, Chairman of the Murphy
for paying transportation costs for cancer patients to go for treatments. Town Committee.



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There was a lot of carol singing, a solo not attend. But a friend of hers, Mrs. Bar- greeting card that were distributed at ran-
rom e by Mrs. Judy Dawkins, selections by the bara Thurston, volunteered on her behalf dom to recipients among the crowd.
tended the Christmas Tree Lighting Cer- Murphy Town Children's Choir and a spe- to receive the check for $350 offered by Wm. H. Building
emony that took place on December 9th cial performance by the Bluff Point Choir the Town Committee.
at the Burial Society in Murphy Town, a at the request of Administrator Cephas Mrs. Susan Knowles, also absent that Open House
heralding of the forthcoming celebrations Cooper. Mr. Cooper complimented the evening, placed second and was awarded By Samantha V. Evans
that mark the month of December. new Chairman, Mr. Curry. and the Com- a check for $250 presented by Mr. Kermit On December 10th the businesses in the
It was a beautiful evening and seating mittee for the improvement on the general Curry, compliments of Royal Bank of Can- Wm. H. Building in Marsh Harbour held a
had been arranged outside to accommodate appearance of the town. The Christmas tree ada received on her behalf by her niece, Christmas Open House. The businesses fea-
the invited officials. The Town Committee was officially lighted by Mrs. Ena Swain, Ms. Charlene Gomez. Mrs. Gwen Carey tured were Monkey's Uncle, H.G. Chris-
Chairman, Mr. Renardo Curry, welcomed one of the oldest ladies in town. placed third and was rewarded with a gift tie, Higgs & Johnson, Tupps Fine Wines
the assembly and proffered Season's Greet- The Committee chose the occasion to certificate of $150 from AID, accepted on and Satori Health Strategies. Manager of
ings on behalf of the Committee. He ex- make a special presentation to the people her behalf by Ms. Misti Davis. Monkey's Uncle, Kathy O'Kelleher, stated
pressed the wish to see the people of Mur- who had distinguished themselves in the As the ceremony ended, people social- that it was offering a 10 percent store wide
phy Town working together for a common Best Kept Yard Competition. This year's ized and exchanged wishes before partak- sale for the Open House. It had its monkey
goal and urged the residents to apply the winner for the second time in a row was ing of the food prepared and served by la- cheese, pepper jelly and chutney for sale.
standards of the past generations for the Mrs. Paula Rolle, who because she cel- dies from the community.
betterment of the town. ebrated her anniversary on that day, could The Town Committee had prepared sev- Pease see Central Page 14
eral gift bags packed with groceries and a

This group of Murphy Town ladies call themselves the Bluff Point Choir, named after
the town on the west side of Abaco where their families originally lived. The residents The businesses in the Wm. H. Building in Marsh Harbour held an Open House on De-
were moved to Murphy Town after a strong hurricane damaged their Bluff Point homes cember 10. Shown here is Kathy OKelleher, right, in Monkey's Uncle assisting a cus
severely. These ladies enjoy harmonizing as they sing songs from the past. tomer with a purchase. This shop offered many interesting locallymade products for its

EST. 1955

New Year's Eve Celebration
Two seatings for this event
Ist seating- 5:30 pm ~ 7:30 pm
New Year's Eve Family Dinner ~ Anglers Restaurant
Featuring a limited A La Carte Menu
Entertainment by
Gary McDonald of The Impact Band
Reservations Only

New Year's Eve Dinner & Show
2nd seating ~ 8:30 pm to Midnight ~ Anglers Restaurant
Featuring Complimentary Split Champagne
Entertainment by The Impact Band with a
Salute to Motown
Menu: Choose one item from each course
Soup: Lobster Bisque or Chilled Strawberry
Appetizer: Abaco Crab Cake "Rush" or Bruscetta: diced
tomatoes, onions, garlic, Parmesan cheese, basil and olive oil served
on toasted baguettes
Salad: Fresh Spinach Salad with a warm Bacon Vinaigrette or
Stacked Caprese: Buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and basil
Entree: Surf n' Turf (Filet & Lobster) served with
Duchess Potatoes and fresh vegetables or
Rack of Lamb served with Saffron Risotto and fresh vegetables
Dessert: Cherries Jubilee Flambe
Price: $250 per couple (gratuities included)
Advance Reservations and Pre-payment required

New Year's Day Celebration
Recovery Champagne Brunch
Featuring a M A S H Theme Party
Includes: One complimentary "Mimosa" or "Bloody Mary"
Entertainment by Pianist and Vocalist Stephen Colebrook
Buffet Price: $23.95 per adult; 11.95 per child
(Does not include gratuities)
Advance Reservations Recommended

Sweetheart Weekend
February 13-14, 2009
Friday, February 13-14, 2009
Enjoy a Romantic Dinner
Featuring an A La Carte Menu
Entertainment by Pianist and Vocalist Stephen Colebrook
In Anglers Restaurant
Friday, Feb 13th 2009
Advance Reservations Recommended

Sweetheart Ball Package
Saturday Februaryl4, 2009
"Optional Vow Renewal"
Includes a Champagne Strawberry Cocktail
In the Marquee
Time: 6:30pm-7:OOpm

Sweetheart Ball Dinner and Show
Featuring International Wine Tasting
Entertainment: 7 pm 8 pm Luther Vandross Classics
Best "Love Songs" ever recorded
8 pm until ... New Entry Band with a Salute to "Motown"
Hors d'oeuvres will be passed
All Sea Food: Seared Ahi Tuna on wonton skins with wasabi cream,
Smoked Salmon Mousse, Lobster en croute
Salad: Mixed Baby Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette
Entrees: Grilled Angus Beef Filet Oscar served with three jumbo Shrimp,
sauteed spinach and bearnaise sauce and
Marquise potatoes and fresh asparagus
Dessert: Brandy Flamed Cherries Jubilee with Vanilla Ice Cream
Price: $150.00 per couple (gratuities included)
Advance Reservations and pre-payment required

The Art Festival has been postponed until March
or April and will feature a "new twist"!
Stay tuned for the announcement.


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Dupuch Real Estate


Marsh Harbour Office
20340, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 367-0288 Fax: (242) 367-0289
e-mail: jamesanddonna@erabahamas.com

Fabulous 2.45 acre private estate with
beach. Located at the entrance to beau
ti ful Little Harbour, this property fea-
tures unparalleled views including the
Sea of Abaco and Atlantic Ocean.
Three pods connected with verandahs,
comprise over 3,500 sq. ft. of living


This offering includes 14+ acres of
property situated on Bookies Bay with
335 ft. of sandy beach frontage.
Perched upon the hilltop this cottage
enjoys unparalled views of the Atlantic.
Just 1/3 mile north of the prestigious
Abaco Club at Winding Bay. Near
Pete's Pub & Cherokee Sound.
#13515 Price: $4,250,000

Price: $4,700,000

Treed hilltop lot with Atlantic &
Harbour views. Steps away from
beach. Flats fishing & deep sea fish-
ing. Dockage. Can be subdivided.
#13914 Price: $370,000

Hillside, treed lot. Unparalleled
Atlantic Ocean views and beach
access. 1.34 acres. Minutes from
Pete's Pub and Winding Bay
#13660 Price: $330,000

South Abaco seaside community. Offering
beachfront, ocean view & hilltop lots.

Homesites starting at...............US$ 30,000
Homes available starting at...US$275,000

148 ft. of shoreline, 728 ft. deep.
Lovely beach, flat rock shoreline.
Beautiful views. Phone, cable, elec-
#13150 Price: $495,000

3 bed, 2 bath harbour view home.
Spectacular 360 degree views of
Little Harbour & Sea of Abaco.
Private dock & harbour mooring.
#13494 Price: $640,000

Beachfront DUPLEX. Fully fur-
nished, 2 bed, 2 bath each side.
Direct Atlantic Ocean views..All util-
ities. Fenced yard. Turnkey.
#2818 Price: $530,000

Lovely well maintained CBS home featur-
ing 3 bed, 2 bath, on corner lot, 90 x 150.
Enclosed & landscaped property with
secluded garden.
#2837 Price: $350,000

Very nice 2 bed, 2 bath home with
open concept living, sits on 1.75
acres. Can be subdivided. Great
investment opportunity.
#13475 Price: $305,000

2 plus acres with 135 ft. of direct
water frontage on Little Harbour.
Private, gated access.


Price: $495,000

2 bed, 2 bath cottage, fully furnished.
Built in 2008. Great views, beach
access. All utilities, cable, etc.
#13821 Price: $350,000

1 & 2 acre estate beachfront lots in sea
side community. Good elevations, gor-
geous Atlantic Ocean views.


Price: $295,000

Opportunity awaits! 40 acres of
untouched property with nice coppice
growth. Hilltop & waterfront Ideal for res-
idential development.
#13558 Price: $490,000

Just under one acre of direct ocean
front property. Fantastic Atlantic
Ocean views. Power available. Good
elevations. Cleared & ready to build.
#13604 Price: $330,000

Multi-family unfinished duplex.
Concrete block construction. 2,464
sq. ft. total. Solid structure. Good
investment opportunity.
#13935 Price: $150,000

Great canal front homesite, lot 164 on
Palm Dr. Sea-walled, cleared and ready to


Price: $249,000

8+/-acres of beachfront 90'elevations
with35'dunes.Fabul ousviewsof
Atlantic&Cherokee Sound 3 miles to
the Abaco Club.Can be sub-divided.
#13482 Price: $1,980,000


Bahama Coral Island Lots starting at.......................... ....................... $25,000
Bahama Palm Shores Interior lot, Section 1...........................................$33,000
Bahama Palm Shores Interior lot, Section 2...........................................$37,000
Bahama Palm Shores Interior lot, Section 2...........................................$55,000
Green Turtle Cay 1.5 acre beachfront parcel.......................................$665,000

* Hope Town Centrally located, oceanfront lot......................................$210,000
* Leisure Lee Canal lot, seawalled...... ..........................................$249,000
* Long Beach Many interior lots starting at...........................................$ 30,000
* Treasure Cay Interior lot............................................................ $ 90,000
* Treasure Cay Waterfront lot........................................................ $350,000



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Section A Page 13


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Stunning 10,000 sq. ft. hilltop prop-
erty with views of the Sea of Abaco
and surrounding cays. This 2,500
sq- ft. home includes 2 bedrooms, 3
baths, and numerous decks.
$995,000. Ref. AS10926

Collection of 2 bedroom condos and
3 bedroom penthouses overlooking
the sea in a gated development of-
fering a pool and private beach.
Starting at $595,000
Ref AS10890R

Waterfront property featuring a two
storey, furnished 3 bedroom main
house, 2 bedroom cottage, garage,
shared boat dock, lots of patios, and
a generator.
$2,999,000. Ref. AB114

Waterfront estate with 85 ft. on the
Sea of Abaco and comprising a two
storey building totalling 5 bedrooms
in 2 separate units. Ideal rental
business or private family retreat.
$899,000. Ref. PS10645

3 bedroom, 3 bath hilltop cottage
enjoys overlooking Hope Town and
its famous lighthouse. Completed
by a private 140 ft. dock. Ideal fam-
ily home or vacation getaway.
$2,395,000. Ref. PS10662

Luxurious Caribbean style beach-
front villa on 0.84 acres. This 5,750
sq. ft. home has 5 bedrooms, 4
baths, fully equipped kitchen, and
wrap around porches.
$2,545,000. Ref. TS10581

Immaculately maintained 2 bed-
room, 2 bath island retreat complete
with generator, tools, and utility ve-
hicle. Near the beach, restaurants
and shopping.
$349,000. Ref. AS10648

Well located waterfront home fea-
turing 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a well
equipped kitchen, large living area,
wrap-around deck, amazing views
and possible dockage.
$1,190,000. Ref. PS10565

Brand new 3 bedroom, 2 bath home
of 1,600 sq- ft. This two storey villa
is highlighted by a private balcony,
ocean view deck, and is just one lot
away from the beach.
$699,000. Ref. PS10640

Fun-filled 3 bedroom, 3 bath, turn-
key home on 21,089 sq. ft. over-
looking the ocean with decks,
loft/office, "widows walk", workshop
area, 2 car garage, and 2 dock slips.
$1,395,000. Ref. PS10700

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Elevated 3 bedroom, 3 bath water-
front home with a 130' dock, relax-
ing decks, pool, cabana, guest
apartment, and a 2 car garage.
Nearby a white-sand beach.
$3,900,000. Ref. PS10639

Charming 2 bedroom, 1 bath ocean
view home set high on a hillside.
Features include high quality fin-
ishes, modern kitchen, a screened-
in covered porch, and sun deck.
$475,000. Ref. AS10968

Charming 3 bedroom, 3 bath home
hidden amid lush trees and vegeta-
tion. Enjoy views of the sea, ac-
cess to the Lucayos dock and the
nearby beach.
$798,000. Ref. PS10596

Elevated 2 bedroom, 2 bath home
with a 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment
below. Set on an acre of land with
gorgeous sea views. A community
dock is just steps away.
S1,295,000. Ref. PS10649

Two storey cean view residence
converted into a 1 bedroom suite
upstairs and 2 bedroom apartment
downstairs. Large screened-in Ba-
hama Room and oceanside patio.
$550,000. Ref. AS10808

Offered with brand new tasteful fur-
nishings, this 4 bedroom boater's
haven features 10 ft. ceilings, a
large covered patio, dock pier, and
a relaxing ambience.
$1,000,000. Ref. AS11006

Centrally located 4 bedroom, 4 bath
canalfront home with dock pier,
brand new tasteful decor, a large
modern kitchen, and a spacious
covered back porch.
$950,000. Ref. AS10917

11,000 sq, ft. lot in an up-and-
coming neighbourhood near the
beach. Electricity is available. Build
a two storey home and enjoy views
of the Atlantic Ocean.
$27,000. Ref. AS11063

5 acre beachfront tract situated be-
tween Marsh Harbour and Treasure
Cay. Good elevations provide sce-
nic sea vistas. Utilities are available
at the nearby highway.
$650,000. Ref. AS10756

Wonderful 22,574 sq. ft. lot at Boil-
ing Hole, just 10 miles north of the
Treasure Cay Airport. 10 ft. eleva-
tions, 100 ft. of water frontage, and
easy access to all amenities.
$125,000. Ref. AS11061



Gorgeous 15,500 sq. ft. beachfront
lot with 75 ft. of amazing water
frontage, endless views of the
ocean, and views of White Sound
and Seaspray Resort.
$299,000. Ref. PS10618

Stunning 14,914 sq. ft. corner lot
with 35 foot elevations providing pic-
turesque views of the Atlantic Ocean
and White Sound. Community
dockage available.
$364,000. Ref. PS10661

16.000 sq. ft. homesite on a quiet
and private island community just
minutes to Marsh Harbour. Nearby
a large community dock. Electricity
to be completed soon.
S150,000. Ref. PS10630

Luxurious 5 bedroom,
4 bath vacation home
within a spectacular
waterfront estate. Is-
land Paradise Main
sleeps 10 comfortably
and includes boat
dockage for boats to
55 ft. and a shared
pool with bbq. area.
Ref. AR10563


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More Central Abaco News

Central From Page 77
On this night the shop featured native arts
and crafts that are made in-house and oth-
ers made by local artists. Ms. O'Kelleher
especially wants the public to be aware
that the shop sells organic hand and body
products, books autographed by the local
authors, native soaps (including oatmeal
soap), hand blown glass, locally made jew-
elry, African art, famous Monkey's Uncle
t-shirts, and items by ECC including their
coloring books.
H.G. Christie Real Estate and Higgs &
Johnson, a law firm, took part in the open
house as well because the companies are a
tenants of the building. What these busi-
nesses provide is different from the oth-

ers as they offer services rather than sell
products. Never-the-less, they were both
excited to be a part of this night to mix
and mingle with co-occupants and guests. I
was given a complete tour of H.G. Christie
Real Estate and learned more about the ser-
vices offered by Higgs & Johnson. Senior
Partner of this office, Earl Cash, stated
that the company handles real estate, com-
mercial development and litigation cases.
Iti is the first Bahamian law firm to merge
with a Cayman Island firm so its services
now extend to the Caribbean particularly
with the Truman Bodie Council-at-Law.
Presently, the lawyers who come here ro-
tate on a weekly basis along with Mr. Cash
and Abaco partner, Stephen Melvin. The
company's main goal is to serve the Abaco

community as they are committed to long
term growth here on the island.
Tupps had a full house as they featured
all of their new wines and gourmet gift
items. Satori Health Strategies gave guests
an opportunity to win a free massage.
Spring City Tree
Lighting Ceremony
By Mirella Santillo
On December 16th the residents of
Spring City were treated to Christmas Tree
Lighting ceremony for the first time. Or-
ganized by Colon Curry and Roger Delan-
cy, members of the Marsh Harbour Town
Committee, the event was held in a clear-
ing surrounded by mature pine trees under

a starry sky. Tents had been set up to ac-
commodate the audience and the food.
Guest speaker for the event was the
Hon. Edison Key, MP for South Abaco,
who expressed his thanks to the organizers
for inviting him. He took advantage of the
occasion to announce the allocation of 640
acres south of Spring City to be used for
agricultural purposes and the opening of a
500-acre industrial park in the north. Mr.
Key had the honour of lighting the tree.
After lighting the tree he announced a sur-
prise, a $8,000 Christmas gift to the com-
munity of Spring City.
The moderator, Mr. Emory Curry, pre-

Please see Central Page 75

The Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, talked with local men at the Christ-
mas Festival. Shown here are Don Cornish, Abaco's Tourism office Director, Mr. In-
graham, Senior Administrator Cephas Cooper, and Administrator for South Abaco, Mr.
Benjamin Pinder. Mr. Cornish will be leaving Tourism early in January to train in Nas-
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The Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Spring City was the occasion when the Hon.
Edison Key announced that he was giving the community $8000 from his discretionary
fund. He was chosen to light the tree. Another special item in the program was a duet
sung by Administrator Cephas Cooper and his wife.

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Central From Page 14

sented each guest speaker, Rev. Hepburn,
who blessed the event, Mr. Colon Curry,
who welcomed the audience, and Admin-
istrator Cephas Cooper, who bestowed his
season's greetings and reminded people to
go back to family values. Mr. Cooper in-
vited his wife, Mrs. Laverne Cooper, to
join him in carol singing, the two beauti-
fully in tune with each other. They were
accompanied at the keyboard by Mr. Ar-
thur Moxey, who performed throughout
the ceremony.
After the lighting people crowded
around the tree socializing and partook
of the food and drinks that were offered
while waiting for the Junkanoo Rush-out
that topped the ceremony.

Letters From Page 8

tacular. It's wonderful to see the waves,
thumb's up and smiles as people pass me
by, but more wonderful is to see the beau-
tiful flowers and plants that beautify our
roadside without bottles and cans, phone
cards, plastic bags and boxes and would
you believe? Libby's Vienna Sausage cans
by the dozens. "Clean, Green and Pris-
Now, you may ask, "What kind of a nut
spends Tuesday morning picking up litter?"
Well, I put my trousers on one leg a time,
have great love and respect for my Abaco
brothers and sisters, think that this is the
most beautiful island in the ocean, marvel
at the sand beaches and emerald waters
and believe that we've found paradise. So
let's all keep Abaco "Clean, Green and
Pristine" and put me out of a job.
Dewey Chase, Treasure Cay

Trash situation at the
dumpster at Great Cistern
Dear Editor,
The dumpster on the Great Cistern Road
has been overflowing for several weeks;
garbage is deposited on top of the bin or
piled in front of it to be spread around fur-
ther by dogs. The bin is supposed to be
emptied twice a week, but it seems that
the schedule has not been maintained, a
problem now that second homeowners are
On Christmas Eve a resident took it upon
himself to burn whatever had piled in front
of the bin, solving the problem of rodents
and unsightliness but unfortunately creat-
ing in the process a very polluting smoke.
And the bin is still full.
Whoever is in charge, please take care
of this problem. With the holidays coming,
more people will be in town, there'll be
parties, more trash produced and nowhere
to dispose of it.
A concerned resident
Because of you,
they come
Dear Editor,
With the current economic environment
it is easy to listen to the doom and gloom
and convince ourselves that everything is
crashing down around us. News reporters
and editorials thrive on the negative, and
too many others repeat this same negativ-
ity at every opportunity. It is no wonder so
many are walking around with frowns on
their faces.
During my active working years, I had
a sales manager that had the reputation of
being someone difficult to work for. I had
been laid off from a job and was looking
for work, but I turned down two opportu-
nities to interview for a position with the

sales managers' company. I am not sure if
it was desperation or the fact that he called
me at home one night asking that I meet
with him to discuss accepting a position
that he was hoping to fill, but I agreed to
meet with him and shortly thereafter took
the job.
George was a gruff old fellow. He had
been with the company some 15 years and
continued to gain confidence with his su-
periors for continuously increasing sales in
his district. I often found it difficult to un-
derstand the guidelines he suggested, even
though he said they would lead to success.
But in short order I learned to put away my
own ideas, imagining that George would
be my mentor and a path to my fame and
We were in a hotel conference room
when he placed an hour glass on the table
and asked, "What do you see?" At the
time it seemed like a ridiculous question.
He then put an empty glass of water on
the table and filled it half-full with water.
"What do you see now?" I wanted to say a
glass of water, but somehow knew better;
so I paused, awaiting his comment.
George went into this dissertation, which
I later learned he had done with my prede-
cessors, many times before. He explained
that there were two ways to look at each
of the items on the table. The hour glass
and the glass could both be considered
half-empty, or one could interpret that they
were half-full. After a few minutes I was
able to decipher his meaning. As we face
the economic turmoil around us, that is our
life today. Individually, we have the ability
to choose to look positively or negatively
at each of the situations around us.
As we traveled by boat to The Bahamas
this season, there were hotels and marinas
that were virtually desolate. We exchanged
cruising plans with a multitude of cruisers;
and while a major topic of our discussions

revolved around fuel prices, everyone was
excited about their return.
I once told my old friend Don Cornish of
the Abaco Tourism office that the first time
you come to Abaco it is for the blue skies,
crystal waters and the white sand beaches.
But when you return, it is the love of the
people that attracts you. For eight years we
have returned to Marsh Harbour during the
off-season, and each year it is because of
the friends we have made over the years.
I guess what I am saying is, when we
look at the glass half full we need to see
that there is room for more. There are op-
portunities for expansion and growth. Even
in this down turning economy, there are
some positives. Let's face it, we all depend
upon each other in some way or other, and
we need to focus on the good that can come
out of our relationships.
Now that the surprise of this summer's
economic downturn is over, and there are
still signs of rising prices and slow downs
in business, we need to recognize there
are those who are returning to Abaco. For
them it is not because the economy affected
them any less, but because they have made
the sacrifices that enable them to return.
We need to welcome these people with
open arms. They are here because it is our
lifestyle and our people that have caused
them to "come back to the islands." So,
when you see these visitors walking around
town, let them know how much you ap-
preciate them choosing this area to visit,
and in all of your conversations continue to
focus on the bright side of things.
My dad used to sing a song that had the
words, "If you can't tell the world she's
a good little girl, then just say nothing at
all." That is what we all need to do. Turn
off the negativity, focus on the positive and
let all of our words lift the spirits and en-
courage one another.
Robert Wilson

White Sound, Elbow Cay



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North Abaco News _

New reported by Vernique Russell
Gulfstream held customer
appreciation party
Gulf Stream Airlines hosted its annual
customer and employee appreciation party.
This year the party was held at the Spin-
naker Restaurant in Treasure Cay. Loyal
customers joined the manager of the Ab-
aco Operations, Sharon Smith, and her
staff for an evening filled with surprises.
On hand for the party were partners and
executive members of the company board.
Abaco was dubbed as the backbone of the
company's success, stating that although
the airland provides services to other island
in The Bahamas, the Abaco operation is
their best performing one, according to the
human resources director. He told the cus-
tomers that they will never know the value
of their loyalty to the company, and it was
a pleasure for the company to host an eve-
ning of appreciation in their honor.
During the evening a door raffle was
held. Guests were given tickets that were
raffled off following the party. Round trip
tickets were given away as well as week-
end get-a-aways, four nights and five days
stays at local resorts and inclusive clubs,
dinners for two at local restaurants and gift
certificates. Following the cocktail party
at the Spinnaker a staff party was hosted
at Ms. Smith's residence where a scrump-
tious meal was served as the staff and in-
vited guests danced the night away. These
Christmas parties are hosted annually by
the airlines as a token of their apprecia-
tion, and this year the venue was rotated to
Treasure Cay.

Cay Events
Christmas Offering
The Cay Events Committee hosted a
Christmas offering that featured the songs
of the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel
Choir. It was held on December 10th at the
Treasure Cay Community Center. Those
who attended were treated a numerous
selections rendered by the guest perform-
ers. They performed both original and tra-
ditional pieces that awarded them with a
standing ovation. Each year the committee
features the awesome music of the Marsh
Harbour Gospel Chapel Choir to ring in
the joy of the holidays. Following the
event, sweet treats were provided for those
in attendance.
Jazz Fest is planned
The Cay Events Committee invites the
public to join them for an evening with a
guest pianist who will perform at the Trea-
sure Cay Community Center on January
2nd to begin at 7 p.m.. The pianist is Jeff
Berth. The events has been dubbed a jazz
fest and promises to be a magical musical
experience. The committee is encouraging
everyone to come and be a part of this mu-
sic celebration.
Farm road is
under construction
The road that leads to Norman's Castle
is getting some much needed attention and
is currently under construction. Prior to
the work, the road was in terrible condition
that made it very hard for cars to travel
without damage to their cars. Concerned
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were finally heard and help is on the way.
The residents are grateful for the work that
is being carried out and say thank to the
people who made it possible.
School News
Cooper's Town
Primary went caroling
The staff and students of the Cooper's
Town Primary School hosted an evening
of caroling on December 11th. They went
throughout the community of Fire Road
and Cooper's Town singing the songs that
bring the joy of Christmas alive. With the
current status of the economy and the vast
amount of bad news of the last few months
the caroling set the mood and brought the

Christmas feeling to the community. The
residents were overjoyed to have the car-
olers and were appreciative to the school
for their kind gesture to spread yuletide
El Shaddai Christian Academy
Christmas production
The El Shaddai Christian Academy
school hosted its first Christmas produc-
tion under the theme, A Tropical Christmas
to Remember.The students and the staff
portrayed the true meaning of Christmas
through music, songs and dance. The high-
light of the evening was the rendition of the
Christmas song O Come All Ye Faithful in

Please see North Page 17

A major development that has begun construction is location just outside the reasure
Cay Resort. A sign recently installed announces that the Sand Bank Landing will be sell-
ing property beginning in 2009. A map on the sign has the layout of Phase One. Eventu-
ally, the developers expect the project will encompass property across the main road.
Dredging the harbour to accommodate 88 slips with a controlling depth of 12 feet will be
the first construction.

January 1, 2009 TheAbaconian SectionA Page 17

Uiawpoini ... Football should be emphasized North

By Julian Lockhart
Hundreds if not thousands of football fa-
natics lounge around in front of the televi-
sion on Saturdays and Sundays throughout
the fall and into the early winter screaming
for their favorite football team. Football is
one of the most viewed sports in the world,
and it instills a crazed following from its
There are 32 professional football teams
in the US and over 100 division one col-
lege football teams and hundreds of more
division two, three and junior college teams
throughout America. Baseball may be con-
sidered America's sport; it is football that
garners the fanatical fans and following from
thousands, men, women, young and old.
Despite the popularity of the sport on
Abaco, besides a few pick-up games or a
couple of flag football games between the
high schools, the sport is not played on the
island. Football is played in New Providence
and Grand Bahama through the Common-
wealth American Football League and there
are youth leagues throughout The Bahamas.
Anyone can play football no matter how
small they are or how big they are, actually
the bigger the athlete the better they can be
at football.
The Bahamas has produced a couple
of top college football players and has a
few playing in the NFL. However, these
athletes, for the most part, grew up in the
United States, trained there and learnt the
sport in programs abroad.
Young boys throughout Abaco and The
Bahamas dream of being in the NBA or be-
coming the next great Bahamian sprinter.
These young athletes try their best through
high school teams and national teams to get
those elusive college scholarships to play
or compete abroad. Each college basket-
ball team only has 15 scholarships avail-
able and the track and field scholarships

vary depending on the program. Football
programs on the other hand have 75 schol-
arship athletes and offer five times as many
opportunities to receive a free education
and a chance to play professional sports.
Bahamians are naturally athletic, can
run, jump and move fluidly. Take those
jumping and running skills, with the fluid
hips and put them on a football field and
they can dominate. Those six-foot tall bas-
ketball players who are just too short to
make it at the next level but can run and
jump out of the gym could translate those
God given talents to the football field.
Football is a very expensive sport with
helmets, pads and uniforms that run into
the hundreds per player and that isn't even
insurance added in. It also can be very
dangerous sport with the possibility of se-
rious injuries. However, as many career-
threatening injuries occur on the basketball
court, baseball diamond or soccer pitch.
It is time for youth football to be imbed-
ded into the Abaco sporting culture, as it
will offer so many more opportunities to stu-
dent athletes to gain a college education and
possibly make a career out of the sport.
It can start with a proper flag football
league where these student athletes are
taught the nuisances of the sport how to
run routes, catch the ball, defend, block and
throw the ball. Tackling and taking a hit
can be learnt later as they develop and learn
the fundamentals. It will help young men
release their pent up aggression on the field
of play instead of on each other. Football
teaches skills, keeps you in shape, instills
discipline and is one sport where one player
can't dominate. It builds team spirit.
It will not be easy, but a proper youth
program will only pay dividends in the
future. Investing in the youth of Abaco
should never be stopped because of finan-
cial reasons.

From Page 16

Spanish and then in English. The audience
was treated to recitals, poems and dance
of traditional and original pieces. The pro-
gram was held at the Treasure Cay Com-
munity Center on December 1lth.
PTA meeting announcement
The El Shaddai Christian Academy asks
parents to attend a very important PTA
meeting on January 14th to begin at 7 p.m.
Parents are urged to attend as important
matters will be discussed and are asked to
be on time. A special guest in be in atten-
dance and light refreshments will be served
following the meeting.
Fair announcement
A mini-fair will be held at the Treasure
Cay Primary School grounds on January
17th. Menu will include chicken, ribs, fish
and steamed conch. There will be bounc-
ing castle and games for the children.
Come and dance to the sounds of a special
guest DJ. This event will begin at 11a.m.
The public is invited to come and feast on
scrumptious meals and bring the family
along for wholesome fun.
After Glow Service
Revival Time Pentecostal Church in
Cooper's Town will host its first annual

After Glow Service on January 1st, 2009.
The service will begin at midnight imme-
diately following the ringing in of the new
year. The theme for this event is Who is
left among you that saw this house in her
first glory? And how do you see her now?
with scripture reference in Haggai 2:1.
The evening will feature a play entitled
What Kind of Church is Dis? that is sure to
bring lots of laughter with a touch of real-
ity. There will also be lots of prizes and
surprises. Following the service will be a
Holy Ghost Junkanoo Rush Out around the
town featuring the youth of that ministry.
The Junkanoo will begin at 5 a.m. The
public is invited to join the ministry for a
time of fellowship, laughter and drama.
Revival 2009
Revival Time Ministries in Crown Ha-
ven is inviting the public to join them for
Revival 2009. The services will be held
January 1st through 9th with the theme Re-
deeming the Time. Speakers includes host
pastor Bishop Burnell Parker, Bishop Ce-
dric Bullard Rev. Jackie Curry and Min.
Christine Curry. Services will begin at 7:15
p.m. nightly and will be held at the church
in Crown Haven. If you are in search of a
healing for your circumstances or an inti-
mate worship experience, the place to be is
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.. BNT defends its position

Ed. Note: This is a response to an article in the
December 15th, 2008, Edition of The Abaconian
By the Bahamas National Trust
The Bahamas faces many challenges
trying to balance the development needs of
the country. On the one hand development
must be encouraged in order to provide
jobs and prosperity for our people, but on
the other and equally important is the need
to establish protected areas to ensure sus-
tainability of natural resources and to pro-
tect places of natural beauty and of histori-
cal importance as heritage sites.
In 1959 the Bahamas National Trust was
created to manage areas that were impor-
tant because of their natural beauty or his-
toric significance and to provide protection
for ecologically important plant, animal
and marine life. Today nearly 50 years lat-
er, the BNT manages over 700,000 acres
of land and sea as part of The Bahamas'
national park system. Conservation has
changed over the years no longer is it ac-
ceptable to designate an area on paper and
lock it way from further use. That system
is outdated and not the way in which the
BNT today manages national parks.
The Bahamas National Trust is embark-
ing upon an effort to develop effective
management plans for all national parks.
The process employs broad public consul-
tation and stakeholder engagement to de-
velop these management plans. The first
management plan was developed for the
Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, and this
process has now been applied to other na-
tional parks. The management plan for the
Abaco National Park was recently com-
pleted and shared with the public.
In his recent article, Mr. Hedden ques-
tioned whether BNT's plan to create a
national park of the creek system from
Snake Cay to O'Neil's Creek was a sound
objective. He suggested it wasn't and rec-
ommended other less formal protection
mechanisms. The very knowledgeable Mr.

Hedden agrees that the area needs to be
protected from rampant development but
suggests that national park status would
deny public use and access to the area.
This could not be further from the intended
use for this proposed national park. Just as
the Abaco National Park is still an impor-
tant recreational area for many Abaconi-
ans, including hunters, it is our intent that
the Snake Cay National Park would be a
similar multi-use area. There never was
any intent not by BNT nor FRIENDS to
exclude people and public use.
In seeking protected status for any area,
a number of steps are followed to prepare a
proposal for government. Public consulta-
tion is the critical step considered by today's
conservationists as the most important. Ex-
tensive consultation with stakeholders who
use the area and its resources are now stan-
dard practice. Input from the consultation
informs of the type of protection to be ap-
plied to the area and the various conserva-
tion zones to be designated to effectively
manage the park AND ensure continued
public use. Through the consultative pro-
cess and assessment of the resources of the
area, there will likely be some places that
are considered to be ecologically sensitive
and may be designated for more controlled
access. Similarly, there may be some man-
agement limits placed on the take of certain
resources, but this area is not intended to
be declared a no-take, restricted use zone.
Not every marine protected area will be
designated a "no take zone" as in the case
of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.
While some national parks restrict visita-
tion and usage, other parks are zoned for
recreational activities and in some cases
consumptive activities can be allowed. In
the case of the West Side National Park
on Andros, the BNT allows the use of the
area for catch and release fishing. We also
work with sponge fishermen to continue to
allow the taking of sponges using sustain-

able fishing methods.
The Trust is committed to a consulta-
tive process with local stakeholders when
it comes to establishing any new national
parks. Further to that, as exemplified by
the Abaco National Park General Manage-
ment Plan, goals and objectives for the
plan are identified in consultation with lo-
cal stakeholders. This process as outlined
above would be strictly adhered to in de-
termination management objectives for the
Snake Cay creek system.
We certainly agree with Mr. Hedden
that there are areas such as the West Side
of Abaco that need to be considered for
protection. As we continue our work and
especially our dialogue with the commu-
nity, this will likely emerge as an area that
is important for conservation. We will fol-
low a similar process to seek protection for
that area in due course. We will work with
FRIENDS to build public support, develop
a proposal, refine it with further input and
take it forward to government.
The Trust would also like to clarify two
points which the writer remarked on in
his letter. Firstly, Mr. Hedden repeats an
error made in a recent newspaper article
wherein a comment attributed to the BNT
implied that we have fallen nearly $100
million short in our fundraising efforts
over the past decade. We wish to clarify
that the $100 million figure is looking a de-
cade into the future. The Bahamas National
Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Depart-
ment of Marine Resources, environmental
NGOs, the Ministry of Finance and other
relevant agencies recently collaborated
to produce a Master Plan for The Baha-
mas National Protected area system. This

master plan was built on the results of an
Ecological Gap Analysis, Rapid Assess-
ment and Prioritization of the Protected
Area Management Capacity (RAPPAM),
Capacity Assessment and a Financial Gap
Analysis. This is a very important tool to
assisting national agencies in planning for
the effective management and funding of
protected areas over the next ten years.
The Financial Gap Analysis identified
that approximately $100 million would be
needed to effectively manage the national
park system and other protected areas to
be established to meet the goals of The Ba-
hamas' protected area system. The BNT is
now working with the government of The
Bahamas and other conservation agencies
to begin to implement some of the fund-
ing strategies to support the protected area
Secondly, we would like to address
another point made in Mr. Hedden's ar-
ticle and clarify the BNT's position with
regards to Abaco National park boundary
infringements. In May of 2007 a developer
proceeded to illegally reopen one of the old
forest logging roads in the Abaco National
Park. The Trust investigated and notified
the police, and met with the developers,
expressed concerns and opened communi-
cations to prevent future such occurrences.
The BNT has published its position on the
activities of that developer as they affect
the Abaco National Park and has through
the Office of the Prime Minister communi-
cated to the developer the parameters for
any activity which affects the boundaries

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BNT Responds From Page 78
of the park.
The Bahamas National Trust has had its
challenges we have made mistakes over
the years but then which organization is
perfect? As we have started moving our
organization forward, we have once again
begun to regain the support of our constit-
uents. As an example, the government of
The Bahamas has shown increased confi-
dence in the BNT by doubling the area pro-
tected in national parks in 2002, increasing
its subvention to the BNT from $50,000
to $1 million in 2007. The Bahamas Na-
tional Trust is making significant strides in
its efforts to manage the Abaco National
Park System. BNT hired an experienced
conservationist to head its new BNT Abaco
Office. David Knowles is now the face of
BNT on the ground on Abaco and is eager
to advance national park management on
Abaco. We will be hiring another warden
specifically to assist with marine protected
areas as soon as additional funding re-
sources become available.
Our progress on Abaco is a replica-
tion of progress we are making in other
national parks in The Bahamas. We are
working to provide greater public access to
national parks as exemplified by the build-
ing of boardwalks at Harrold and Wilson
Ponds National Park on New Providence
and the new bridge and boardwalk at the
Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama.
The Bahamas National Trust is commit-
ted to developing a broad constituency for
long term conservation and sustainable
economic growth. We welcome the oppor-
tunity to work with the people of Abaco
to identify the areas that should be added
to the national park system and to create
management plans that allow for recreation
and sustainable use of resources protected
in your national parks.

By Julian Lockhart
The Annual Christmas Festival com-
mittee went from cancelling the festival to
putting on their biggest and best one ever
on December 13th at the new Bahamas Ag-
riculture and Industrial Corporation field.
Brenda Sawyer, Winsome Ferguson and
Jo-Ann Bradley along with staff of the Ab-
aco Tourist Office and a lot of volunteers
worked a miracle on short notice to ensure
that the festival would go off without a
hitch, and they did an amazing job with the
overall set up.
Because of the move from the field op-

Festival From Page 2
conch salad man was on hand serving his
famous salad all day and night. The cuisine
was wonderful and unique as vendors pro-
vided a large variety to satisfy everyone's
Numerous service and youth groups had
booths at the festival either to provide a
service or to showcase and sell various
products. The Interact Club of St. Francis
de Sales had a Game Booth again this year.
The kids jumped on the opportunity to play
Wii, PS-2, X-box, and Game Cube.
All of the four Junior Achievement
companies were at the festival dressed in
their company t-shirts. Mangoes company
sponsored Tropical Expression that sold
cotton candy. BEC sponsored Click that
sold peanuts and Christmas candy. Batel-
co sponsored The VIBE and sold numer-
ous products including seasonal Christmas
candy mugs and candy crackers. Its main
products were picture frames, shell hair
barrettes and jewelry boxes. Water and
Sewerage's company also sold numerous
products as well.

Wynsome Ferguson

Brenda Sawyer

posite Memorial Plaza, the committee had
more space to work with and thus were
able to spread out, add more tents and have
a more free flowing feel to the festival. It
gives them a permanent home for the fu-
Ms. Ferguson said, "It was a bit diffi-
cult. But once you deal with people who
know what to do, it became very easy. We
rallied the troops, brought everybody to-
gether and we made it happen. Once the
proper infrastructure is put in place, this
gives an opportunity to do this bigger and
better every year. We can map it out and
lay it out properly. It definitely will make
it easier doing it at this site. We are going
to plan now for next year, and we have
to make it happen. It makes it easier with
tourism backing us.
This year the festival had 42 food ven-
dors, six sweets vendors and 35 craft and
merchandise vendors to go along with pony
rides and two tents serving soft drinks and
alcoholic beverages.

B erlin s

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throughout the day and into the night with
entertainment from various groups, bands,
churches and the Defense Force Marching
Band. A number of patrons expressed their
delight and appreciation for everything the
committee did in pulling off the Festival
and continuing the annual event.
Mrs. Sawyer said, "It was definitely
better and more permanent for us now,
hopefully a permanent and beautiful lo-
cation. We are very happy. We had a lot
more vendors this year. I didn't realize
how many people would miss the Christ-
mas Festival until we cancelled it, and now
we realize how much everyone appreciates
it," she concluded.

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian

By Julian Lockhart
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay eques-
trian program and Janine Walker joined
forces to help raise funds for the Abaco Hu-
mane Society with pony rides at the Abaco
Christmas Festival. Ms. Walker boards her
pony at The Abaco Club and along with
Donna Albury, who runs the equestrian
program at the club, did 70 rides for ex-
cited children accompanied by a trainer, for
most the first opportunity to be close to a
horse. All funds were donated to the Abaco
Humane Society as each ride cost $5.
Ms. Walker said, "We are doing this
on behalf of the Abaco Humane Society to
help them raise funds for their program. It
is just essential that we keep raising funds
to take care of all the stray animal popula-
tion on the island," she added.

Abaco, like most of The Bahamas, has
a serious stray dog epidemic that is leading
to the formation of packs, can create health
issues and is affecting the local tourism
product. Fund raisers like this one is the
only way they can raise extra funds.
Molly Roberts, president of the Abaco
Humane Society, said, "It brings attention
to animals other than dogs, which we know
is have a big problem with and people no-
tice. On Abaco and The Bahamas in gen-
eral people don't notice the potcakes and
starving, abandoned dogs. Every penny
helps because we do spay and neuter, we
send puppies to the States to new homes
and right now all the funds come out of
my pocket and pockets of other members.
What we need is more volunteers and we
have very few people who are active all the

time. I would love government backing,
but I would also like the new animal regu-
lation to be put into affect," she added.
Children lined up throughout the day
for their chance to ride and pet the horses.
Parents said this was the best part of the
Festival as it gave their children an oppor-
tunity to do something they never would
have a chance to do. The Abaco Club al-
ready gives back to the community through
a program where students from the Every
Child Counts school come to the club and
work with the horses.
Ms. Walker said she wants to start her
own riding school on Abaco because the
excitement of the children proves that there
is a need for something more on Abaco and
it will give the children a chance to ride
and learn about horses. The only stable on
Abaco is at The Abaco Club.
Ms. Walker said, "This is amazing for
kids on Abaco because most of them don't
know what a horse is and the opportunity
for them to interact with safe, kind horses
and actually have that experience is price-
less. There are almost no activities for kids
to do on the island. A riding school teaches
discipline and confidence, and it is a future
career for these kids. This will help break
some of the fears kids and adults have of
horses if it is done in the right environ-
ment. A riding school would enhance the
community and help the kids' confidence
and there would be more competition be-
tween the other islands to help foster rela-
tionships," she concluded.


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so this was a new experience for them. The money raised was given to the Abaco Humane
Society to assist with the expense of its spay and neuter program and other programs, all
supported entirely by donations.

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Santa From Page 1
David Cartwright with his talking puppet,
told the Christmas story of the birth of Je-
sus. Poems were then read, solos were sung
and a Christmas recitation was performed
by a young children, The stage program
lasted over two hours. During the evening
a food booth was busy selling hamburg-
ers, cookies, cakes and othe snacks to the
crowd estimated at 300 to 400 people.
The yard next to the Pinder's home had
been transformed into a Christmas wonder-
land in a month long process begun the end
of October. This is in addition to the ex-
tensive decorations they have traditionally
displayed in their front yard. Included in
the exhibit area was a tent with an extensive
display of puppets and dolls, traditional
Christmas characters and cartoon charac-
ters, most of them animated. Additionally,
the yard had an extensive array of inflat-
able characters and displays. Seating was
provided for parents and guests to watch
the program unfold on stage. Picnic tables
were provided for those having a snack.
The yard was opened for public viewing
the end of November after a month of set-
ting up all the displays and will remain on
exhibit through New Year's. The Pinders
anticipate making this an annual event.
Priscilla and her husband Peter along with
numerous helpful family members, neigh-
bours and friends are to be commended for
the month-long display and the program.
This joins several other Christmas tradi-
tions on Abaco. Cherokee has a traditional
custom of gifting giving with Santa visiting
that town on Christmas Eve followed by a
dinner. This is a tradition for more than 50
years. Santa personally visits Man-O-War
each year on Christmas morning to give out
presents. This tradition has been ongoing
for about 57 years begun by Vernon Al-
bury. Santa really takes care of the children
of Abaco as he has visited Treasure Cay
annually for more than 30 years. This tradi-
tion was begun by Bill Hertz, who brought
gifts to children in Treasure Cay and sev-
eral other North Abaco communities.

January 1, 2009

Grant helps scientists study Sawmill Sink

Sawmill From Page 7
Broad made a short presentation before the
group had to go back to the lab to take care
of material retrieved earlier in the day. He
expressed his approval and appreciation of
the work Mrs. Albury and Friends of the
Environment were doing in support of the
blue holes and the creeks. He said the blue
holes on Abaco were most amazing and
explained the specimens recovered as well
as the geological construction of the cave


chambers would be a great help towards tortoise shells, some with crocodile bites This layer effectively sealed the lower ar-
establishing sea level fluctuations and pro- on them. Human bones were also found as eas of the cave from oxygen, enhancing the
viding information on climate changes. well as evidence of flightless rails, birds preservation of the skeletons. Neither the
A Power Point presentation of pho- that were not known to have existed in The chemistry nor many of the artifacts being
tos taken during some of the diving ses- Bahamas. Remains of a bat entombed in discovered had been observed or found be-
sions, both in The Bahamas and in Florida, the rock and a new micro-organism that re- fore. A photo was shown of a large glob
showed the formation of various caves, mained alive in the lab for six months were of sediment or mud that was washed and
beautiful stalactite formations and rock also discovered in that blue hole. filtered. It yielded hundreds of small bones
strata of different color. Recent discoveries in the Sawmill Sink of land animals and birds.
Mrs. Albury updated the audience on have expanded the knowledge of The There has also been the discovery of
some of the bones found in the Sawmill Bahamas' past both historically and geo- several shrimp-like creatures that live in
Sink such as the remains of 11 crocodiles, logically, yielding information on past sea total darkness.
levels and animal life that was previously Mrs. Albury explained that the holes are
unknown. Some of these caves have sub- interconnected allowing fresh water move-
merged stalactites that are formed only in ment. Throwing garbage and trash in a
dry atmospheres. blue hole will lead to a general pollution
The scientists are fascinated with the of our water supply. The blue holes sup-
unique chemistry found in the Sawmill port the creek system and should be kept
Sink which has not been observed before. clean. At the close of the presentation she
The decomposition of vegetative matter concluded that all the blue holes should be
created a layer of water rich in hydrogen protected.
sulfide about 30 feet below the surface.

This is an interesting blue hole just south of Black Wood. The road is well traveled as
it leads to a beach that the public frequents regularly. The students of S.C. Bootle High
School have had several campaigns to clean up the beach. There is a dense coppice
swampy area to the east of the hole. It is near the location of sisal mill and some of the
heavy mill equipment is still in the bush. Unfortuately, it seems to be an illegal dump as
can be seen by all the debris along the road in the foreground. Refrigerators and oither
garbage have beeen thrown in blue hole as well. Photo by Nancy Albury

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By J.F. Hedden
The issue over the Angel Cays creek
system seems to have brought out a polari-
sation of views held by the environmental
groups here on Abaco. Also is the issue, in
my own slow-to-understand mind, of the
question of public perception and public
cooperation with the earth groups, facing
key issues for our approach to the natural
environment around us.
I will further point out that I claim no af-
filiation with any group over environmen-
tal and ecological issues, other than my
own interest and concerns over the future
of land and marine systems around us, and
hence our own welfare.
In trying to move forward I would like
to point out a few well known facts.
1] Historically the population of Abaco
has been able to harvest from the seas
and the land everything they needed and
wanted with no apparent negative effect on
2] Over the last 50 years, as the wealth
and population increased, the impact on the
environment became more intense as the
infrastructure improved, harvesting meth-
ods improved, storage ability improved,
and accessibility to wild populations went
through the roof.
3] Just about everybody on Abaco today
is aware of the shrinkage of edible marine
and land based resources, and they are
concerned about it.
4] Just about everybody native to Abaco
is concerned about the future of the wild-
life and the wilderness areas of Abaco and
don't want to see them disappear.
5] Those Abaconians who still com-
mercially fish and exploit the environment
hold a deep concern over the threats to
their livelihood from shrinking harvestable

6] The perception by the majority of Ab-
aconians is that there is a huge physical and
psychological gap between the membership
of Friends of the Environment (FOE), the
Bahamas National Trust (BNT) and the na-
tive Abaconian population. In fact, many
Abaconians do not trust either of them.
There are so many more listings I could
make, but I think these few may have be-
gun to illustrate my point. Now there are a
few that I would make personally.
When I first came to Abaco, there was
a strong interest from local people in the
BNT, and quite a number become mem-
bers. However, because of a systemic
blindness from the New Providence con-
tingent towards the "Out Island member-
ship," and the lack of full participation in
the activities of the Trust, the members
here quickly became disillusioned and mis-
trusting. That mistrust still exists today.
When FOE first started up and became
very active in Hope Town, the perception
on the mainland was one of disconnect.
After several years FOE moved its opera-
tions centre over to the mainland but never
managed to remove that disconnect. It still
exists today.
It is a sad situation when public meet-
ings do not truly reflect the demographics
of the settlements and towns. Meetings are
well attended by the choir, and that group
is uniform. The rest of us are too remote.
I am not trying to detract from very real
work and efforts because the two groups
have made very significant impacts with
scientific studies and research, involve-
ment and success with Antiquities and
Monuments, archeological finds, the Sci-
ence Alliance seminars, exploration of
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hole systems, blue holes, Cross Harbour
creek restoration, coral reef protection,
educational programmes, the parks and
many, many more. BNT and FOE have
achieved a lot.
But both organisations are still too re-
mote from the rest of us! That disconnect
is still there, it seems constant, it won't go
Now to deal with the Angel Cays and
their creeks with some basic observations.
The creeks between Snake Cay and Wil-
son City are healthy, they are full of marine
life and shoreline life. They are clean, and
no garbage is left behind by the Bahamians
who use the area. Fish populations range
from mature to immature. Turtles abound,
bonefish are plentiful. No trash is found
along the shores where I often travel.
These same creeks and land systems are
used extensively by Bahamians and ex-
ploited by Bahamians for fishing and food
for the table. That tells me something about
the people who use these creeks. They are
taking care of their heritage, they are not
over-exploiting or destroying the area. In
other words, they value this resource and
are proud of it. The only threat to this area
comes from two sources:
The development of Snake Cay for a
commercial mega resort, marina, and multi

dollar purposes
The perceived threat and damage al-
ready done by BEC to the Wilson City
That does not mean the creek system
needs to be made into a national park. The
local people already treat it with respect
and manage it well. It needs to be protect-
ed from the wrong type of development.
It needs to be declared an area of special
ecological interest, and the creek system
itself set aside. Simple as that.
Lastly, I would like to point out that the
art of listening to what the public has to say
seems to have become lost along this partic-
ular road. The initial meetings did not fully
expound on alternatives for protection of
the creeks. The public voiced but the BNT
and FOE did not listen. There was and is
misrepresentation of public opinion and
statements, and the draft report for BNT
protection does not reflect sound scientific
accountability, the true results of census
taking or a tolerance of alternative views.
Both the BNT and FOE need to examine
their relationship with the general public
here on Abaco, address and rectify these
issues and become more involved with lo-
cal communities.
Only then will you begin to earn the
trust of the local Bahamian population.


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Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages
Grand Cay

Rosie's Place
Bluff House
Cocobay Cottages
Green Turtle Club
Island Properties +
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Ocean Blue Properties
Roberts Cottages
Dive Guana
Dolphin Bch Resort
Donna Sands +
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Abaco Inn
Club Soleil
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Hope T Hideaways +
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35 rm
34 hse
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uana Cay
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Marsh Harbour area
366-2150 Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms
Abaco Real Estate + 6 hse
366-2053 Alesia's 3 rms
366-2075 Ambassador Inn 6 rms
Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms
352-5458 Conch Inn 9 rms
D's Guest House 6 rms 3
365-4247 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms
365-5464 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff
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4 rm 10 cott.365-5137
12 hse 365-5195
6 units 365-5133
8 rm 7 cott 365-5106
4 units 904-982-2762
ope Town
22rm 366-0133
6 rm I cott 366-0003
7 villas 888-812-2243
53 hse 366-0035
25 rm 3660095
63 hse 366-0224
3 hse 366-0030
4 cott 366-0154
3 hse 366-0266
5 villas 366-0065
43 hse 366-0053
4 villas 366-0557

Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 effic
Moore's Island
Moore's Is Bonefish Camp 8 rm
Sandy Point

Oeisha's Resort
Pete & Gay's Resort
Rickmon's Bonefishing

Spanish Cay Resort


Bahama Beach Club





14rm 366-4119
10 rm 366-4477
18 rm 6 hse 365-0083

Island Dreams + 45 hse 365-8507
Treasure Cay Resort 95 rms 365-8801
Wood Cay
Tangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villa365-2222
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Rev. Nov 08

.. A broader consensus is needed

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Emergency Services
Police Marsh Harbour 367-2560
The following services are provided by volunteers
Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000
Fire Dundas Town 367-2935 or 4935
Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16
Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133
Fire Man-0-War 365-6911
BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16
Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbour 367-3752
GuanaCay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749

Medical Services
Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour...367-2295
Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic .............367-0020
Marsh Harbour Medical Centre................367-0049
Government Clinic Marsh Harbour .........367-2510
Corbett Clinic Treasure Cay ..................365-8288
Government Clinic Cooper's Town .........365-0300
Government Clinic Green Turtle Cay .....365-4028
Government Clinic Hope Town ................366-0108
Government Clinic Sandy Point .............366-4010
Government Clinic Fox Town .........................

Taxi Cab Fares for one or two passengers
Plus extra for each passengers above two
Between Marsh Harbour Airport and:
Ferry Dock or Murphy Town to Ammons Dr ...........$12 + $3
Bristol Cellers thru A Beach Hotel or Gov't dock thru..........
Dundas Town $10 + $3
Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyer's Market ..........$10 + $2
Gov't Clinic thru W estern Auto .............................. $ 6 + $2
Gov freight dock through Dundas Town ................ $10 + $3
M urphy Tow n to Shell Sta ..................................... $14 + $4
Pelican Shores to Frankie Russel house ................$14+ $4
Eastern Shores to Peas & Rice house ...................$14 + $4
Beyond Russell house or Peas & Rice house........$16+ $5
G reat C istern .... ....... .. ...... ... .............. .. $20 + $5
S pring C ity ............................................. $ 15 + $ 5
S n ak e C ay ........................................................... $ 3 5 + $10
Treasure C ay .......... ... ..... ................ $60 + $ 10
C asuarina Point ................................................. $60 + $10
Treasure Cay Airport or Bah Palm Shores ........ $70 + $10
Little Harbour or Cherokee ...................................$80 + $10
C rossing Rocks .................... ..................... $100 + $10
Sandy Point ....................... .................. $135 + $10
Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and:
Ab Beach Hotel thru Wally's & Eastern Shore ........$ 2 each
Jib R oom ................................ $ 3 each
Solom on's Super Center ............ .....................$5 + $3
Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Gov't dock..................... $ 6 + $3
Governm ent Freight Dock .......................................$ 7 + $3
GovClinic, W Auto or Nat Insurance $ 9 + $3
M other M erle restaurant ........................................$10 + $3
Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour
Children under three free Caged pets as people
Luggage $1.00 each over four, Surf boards $4.00 ea.
Between Treasure Cay Airport and: Effective 13 Nov 05
Treasure Cay Resort ................. .....................$20 + $5
M adeira Park ............... .. .. ................ $14 + $4
Green Turtle Cay ferry dock ....................................$8 + $4
M o x y .................................... .................. $ 1 8 + $ 5
Baham as Star farm .................... ..................... $24 + $5
Sand Banks ................................ $24 + $5
Joe's Creek, Leisure Lee ...................................$44 + $10
B lack W ood ............. ....... .. ... ................ $ 18 + $5
Fire Road & Cooper's Town ...................................$37 + $5
Cedar Harbour ....... .. .. .................. $55 + $5
W ood Cay .... ...... .................. $60 + $5
M ount Hope ...... .... ................ $65 + $5
Fox Tow n ............................. $70 + $5
C row n H aven ......................................................... $75 + $5
M arsh Harbour Airport .............. .....................$75 + $10
T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour ............................. $65 + $10
T C Hotel to G Turtle Ferry (Blue Hole $24) ..........$18 + $ 5
T C Hotel to Bonefish Marles.................................. $22 + $5
T C Hotel to Joe's Creek ............... .....................$35 + $5
T C H otel to M oxey ..................... ..................... $16 + $5
T C Hotel to Banyan Bch Club XX............................ $6 + $3
Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport ................. $75 + $10

Airlines Serving Abaco
Abaco Air- Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is........ 367-2266
A m erican Eagle M iam i ....................................367-2231
Bahamasair Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud .......... 367-2095
Continental Connection Miami
Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach .........................367-3415
Southern A ir- Nassau ........................................367-2498
Twin Air Calypso- Fort Lauderdale .....................367-0140
Yellow Air Taxi- Ft Lauderdale ............................. 367-0032
Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida
A baco A ir .................................. .. ........ 367-2266
C herokee Air C harters .............. .....................367-3450

Dive Shops
Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour............................. 367-2963
Above & Below, Marsh Harbour.......................................... 367-0350
Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour..................................... 367-2787
Froggies, Hope Tow n........................ ............................. 366-0431
Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay............................................. 365-8571
Brendal's Dive, Green T. Cay ............................................ 365-441 I
Dive Guana.......................................................... ...... ..... 365-5178
Man-0-W ar Dive Shop ...................... .............................365-6013

Items of interest Man-0-War boat yards Blackwood
blue hole & sisal mill Cedar Harbour plantation ruins need
guide Hole-in- Wall lighthouse last mile very rough road *
Abaco wild horses by appointment 367-4805 Bird watching ask
tourism 367-3067

Compliments of The Abaconian

Area code 242 unless noted otherwise

Ferry Schedules Departure times shown Daily service unless noted
Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-0-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 40 minutes
Albury's Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 VHF Ch. 16 Hope Town & Man-O-War from Crossing Bch
Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 7:15 am 9 10:30 12:15 pm* 2 4 5:45
Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 130 0 pm* 3 4 5 6:30
Marsh Harbour > White Sound Contractor's special Mon Fri 7 am Return 5 pm
Marsh Harbour > Man-O-War 10:30 am 12:15 pm 2:30* 4 5:45 t
Return 8 am 11:30 1:30 pm 3:15* 5 Sundays
Marsh H. > Guana Cay (& Scotland Cay with advance notice) from Conch Inn or
(6:45am Union Jack Dock) 10:30 1:30 pm 3:30 5:45* h ays
Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 5:45
Fare Adult prepaid oneway $15 / open return $25, Kids 6-11 half, Under 6 free
Green Turtle Ferry Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Ch 16 Ten minute ride
Green T Cay to Treasure Cay Airport8 am 9 II 12:15 1:30 3 4:30
T Cay Airport to Green T Cay 8:30 am 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5
New Plymouth one way adult $10 (Children $7) Round trip $15 Extra to some G T Cay docks
Abaco Adventures Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16
Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday Lv 12 & returns 4:45 p.m. $25 RT
T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $35 RT
T Cay to Guana Cay Sunset Cruise Fr $25, call for time

Pinder's Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -
Crown Haven, Abaco to McLean's Town, Grand Bah. -Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm
McLean's Town to Crown Haven return Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm
Fare $45 OW / $90 RT Children half fare Call Abaco 365-2356 for information
Bus between Freeport and McLean's Town Rental automobiles at both terminals.

Bahamas Ferries Sandy Point to Nassau under 4 Hr. Call Sandy Point 366-4119
or Marsh Harbour 367-5250 for sailing dates Adults $95 RT, $55 OW Cars & trucks
The Great Abaco Express Marsh Harbour charter bus to N Abaco Call 367-2165, Group tours

Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone
Walker's Cay
Walker's Cay -.................................. Closed
Green Turtle Cay
Bluff House ................45....... F......365-4200
Green Turtle Club ......32....... F......365-4271
Black Sound Marina...15................365-4531
Other Shore Club.......12....... F......365-4195
Abaco Yacht Service..10....... F......365-4033
Treasure Cay
Treasure Cay Marinal50 ...... F......365-8250
Man-O-War Marina ...26....... F......365-6008
Marsh Harbour
Boat Harbour Marinal83....... F......367-2736
Conch Inn...................75....... F .....367-4000
Harbour View Marina .36....... F .....367-2182
Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700
Hope Town
Hope Town Marina.....16................366-0003
Hope Town Hideaways...................366-0224
Lighthouse Marina .......6....... F......366-0154
Sea Spray ..................50....... F......366-0065
Spanish Cay
Spanish Cay Marina...75....... F......365-0083
Guana Cay
Orchid Bay.................64 ...... F......365-5175
Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay,
Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour

Tours & Excursions
Abaco Island Tours Marsh Harbour 367-2936
Above & Below Marsh Harbour 367-0350
Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour 367-2787
Brendals Dive Green Turtle Cay 365-4411
Excursion boat Froggies Hope T 366-0024
Hope Town historic walking tour 458-4670

Points of Interest
Albert Lowe Museum ....................................... Green Turtle Cay
Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits.......Green Turtle Cay
Memorial Sculpture Garden.......................... Green Turtle Cay
Wyannie Malone Historical Museum........................Hope Town
Elbow Cay Light Station........................................... Hope Town
Walk to & swim on Mermaid Reef off M Harb. ..Pelican Shore
Drive to & swim in Blue Hole .............Treasure Cay farm road
Art studio & working foundry- ....................... Little Harbour
Working boatyards..................... ............ Man-0-W ar cay
Pocket beaches Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour
* Witches Point 3 miles S. of Marsh Harbour
* Little Harbour 20 miles S. of Marsh Harbour
* Cherokee 23 miles S of Marsh Harbour
Miles of beach are generally on ocean exposures
* Treasure Cay Green Turtle Cay Guana Cay Elbow Cay
* Man-0-War Cay Casuarina Point Bahama Palm Shore
* Sandy Point & more

Please bring errors &
revisions to our atten-
tion Rev 1 Dec 08

Everyone reads The Abaconian

Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts
Rentals Marsh Harbour
A& P Car Rentals ........................ 367-2655
B & B Boat Rentals............................ 367-7368
Bargain Car Rentals........................... 367-0500
Blue Wave Boat Rentals ................... 367-3910
Concept Boat Rentals........................ 367-5570
Power Cat Boat Rentals ...........................
Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco) ..... 367-2979
Rainbow Boat Rentals ..................... 367-4602
Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars 367-4643
Rich's Boat Rentals .......................... 367-2742
Sea Horse Boat Rentals ................... 367-2513
Sea Star Car Rentals ........................ 367-4887
Green Turtle Cay
Bay Street Rentals + ........477-5300 365-4070
Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental ...365-4411
C & D Cart Rental ............................. 365-4084
D & P Cart Rental .............................. 365-4655
Donnie's Boat Rentals.........................365-4119
New Plymouth Cart Rentals..365-4188 or 4149
Reef Boat Rentals ..................... 365-4145
Sea Side Carts & Bikes...................... 365-4147
T &ACart Rentals.............................. 375-8055
Guana Cay
Donna Sands Cart Rentals .............. 365-5195
Dive Guana Boats & Bikes................. 365-5178
Orchid Bay Cart rentals...................... 354-5175
Conch Pearl Boat Rentals.................. 365-6502
Island Treasures Cart Rentals ........... 365-6072
Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals.................. 365-6024
Waterways Boat Rental ..357-6540 & 365-6143
Hope Town
Cat's Paw Boat Rentals ..................... 366-0380
Hope Town Cart Rentals ................... 366-0064
Island Cart Rentals .................... 366-0448
Island Marine Boat Rentals ............... 366-0282
J R's Cart Rental ......................... 366-0361
Sea Horse Boat Rentals .................... 366-0023
T & N Cart Rentals............................. 366-0069
Treasure Cay
Alison Car Rent ................................. 365-8193
Cash's Carts..................................... 365-8771
Claridge's Cart Rentals ..................... 365-8248
Cornish Car Rentals........................... 365-8623
JIC Boat Rentals ............................... 365-8465
Triple J Car Rentals ........................... 365-8761
Abaco Adventures Kayaks ..............365-8749

Bonefish Guides
Sandy Point
Patrick Roberts .. 366-4286
Nicholas Roberts
Derrick Gaitor
Ferdinand Burrows 366-4133
Vernal Burrows
Kendall White
Anthony Bain ......366-4107
Floyd Burrows .... 366-4175
Links Adderly ...... 366-4335
Valentino Lightbourne
Ricky Burrows .... 366-4233
Marsh Harbour
Jody Albury ......... 375-8068
Terrance Davis.... 367-4464
Buddy Pinder.......366-2163
Justin Sands ......367-3526
Danny Sawyer.....367-3577
Jay Sawyer ........367-3941
David Albury .......365-6059

Crossing Rocks
Tony Russell .......366-3259
Theodore Sawyer ... 366-2111
Will Sawyer............. 366-2177
Marty Sawyer.......... 366-2115
Noel Lowe ...............366-2107
Randy Sawyer .........366-2284
Casaurina Point
Junior Albury ...........366-3058
Hope Town
Maitland Lowe ........366-0234
North Abaco
O'Donald Mclntosh..477-5037
Pope McKenzie .......477-5894
Orthnell Russell ......365-0125
Alexander Rolle.......365-0120
Edward Rolle ..........365-0024
Green Turtle Cay
Rick Sawyer.............365-4261
Ronnie Sawyer .......365-4070
Jeff Survance ..........365-4040

To Abaco by land and sea from Florida Take Discovery Cruise
Line (954-971-7347) from Ft. Lauderdale or CloudX ferry (866-473-3779) from
West Palm Beach to Freeport Bus to McLeans Town Ferry to Crown Haven
* Bus to Green Turtle Ferry or Marsh Harbour *Taxi to Marsh Harbour ferry
dock Ferry to Hope Town, Man-0-War or Guana Cay Its an adventure

Visitors' Guide

Restaurants Services Transportation

Restaurant Guide
Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper
(Based on dinner entree range)
+ Picnic tables & restroom only t Provides ride from town
Marsh Harbour
Anglers.........................$$$ ....... ....367-2158
Curly Tails ......................$$$ .............367-4444
G ino's.................................$ ........ 367-2002
Golden Grouper ..........................367-2301
Island C afe .........................$ .............367-6444
Jam ie's Place.....................$ .............367-2880
Jib Room .........................$$ .............367-2700
Kentucky Fried Chicken ............ 367-2615
Mangoes ......................$$$ .............367-2366
Pop's Place ........................$ .....+....367-3796
Sea Shells .........................$ .............367-4460
Snack Shack ........... $..... .....+...367-4005
Snappas.............................$ ........367-2278
W allys .......................... $$$ .............367-2074
Hope Town
Abaco Inn ...................$$$ .............366-0133
Cap'n Jacks .......................$ .............366-0247
Harbour's Edge............... $$.............366-0087
H T Harbour Lodge .......$$$ .............366-0095
Munchies ................... ........ ....366-0423
Sea Spray ......................$$ ..... f.....366-0065
Little Harbour
Pete's Pub
Lubber's Quarter
Cracker P's.................................366-3139
Hibiscus .................................. 365-6380
Island Treats Snack Bar.....................365-6501
Guana Cay
Docksiders ...................$$$ .............365-5230
Grabbers......................$$$ .............365-5133
Nippers ..........................$$$ ............365-5143
Orchid Bay .....................$$$ .............265-5175
Treasure Cay
Florence's Cafe .................$
Harbour Cafe ....................$ .............365-8635
Hudson's Delight ...............$............365-8648
Spinnaker Restaurant ...$$$.............365-8469
Touch of Class .............$$$.............365-8195
Green Turtle Cay
Bluff House.....................$$$ .............365-4200
Jolly Roger Bistro.............$$ .............365-4200
Green Turtle Club ..........$$$ .............365-4271
Harvey's Island Grill.........$$.............365-4389
Laura's Kitchen .............$$ .............365-4287
Mclntosh's Restaurant ....$$.............365-4625
Plymouth Rock Cafe ..........................365-4234
Rooster's Rest ................$$....... ....365-4066
Wrecking Tree Restaurant
Sandy Point
N ancy's ................................
Pete & Gays .............$ H Cafe Open Nights nly
Rickmon Bonefish Lodge...................366-4477


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ArBeacr eto-en
Central, Convenient
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SPrivFabulous Ocean ViewsCoco Bay
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G reen Turtle Cay

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath
,5977 s.f Ridlence
Cov ered Seaed Sea
I- LOndon Coco say
DeedePrivae Dock on Coco Bay
Golf Ca15K Garage
GTH- Copl97- Four Possibl Sale7
Opions- Frtno: $848,000- for
"Sonn Light" to S3,49000 at Ibr, entio Est

Green Tastefully Coratedy
-2 Bedroom, 2 Sath
,455ui sl xury Villator
-Covered Screened Porches

-Golf-Carl Garage
Complete R tenovaion 2007
Tastefillly Decorated
Auxiliary Generator
No Expense Spared
larina Villa#4 GTI1098 S995,000.

IMan-O-War Cay -
-4 Bedroomlis, 1.5 Baths.
1,240 s.f. Residence.
0.3213 Acre 14,000 s.ff
Hillside for great Ocean
Beautifully Landscaped
Fully Furnished &

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We wish everyone a fabulous 2009.

Great Guana Cay
-12.5 Acre Estate
-2 Bedrooms. 2 Bath
1,760 s.f, Residence
-Covered & Open Decks
..... .. -593' of Ocean Beach
664' on Sea of Abaco
F- abulous Ocean Views
Private Boat Basin

rL r ii #GGH 10o96 -$8,995,000.
Great Guana Cat"-
Settlarent- Commercia
S-at Main Public Dock
Best Location in town
1,900 s.f. Colonial Bldg.
400 s.f Cov. Verandah
-Commercial Grade
Land- 96'x84'- 8.064 s..
Great Reataurant or Retai
"art Cae)" #GHHI1109 -58675900.
Great Guana Cay -
Dolphin Beach Estates
3 Bedrooms. 2 Baths
-1,150 s.f. Residence
760 s.tI Covered Porch
-I Bedroom, I Bath
4908 s.f, Apartment
Great Views
Near Settlement
"unkanoo ash"#GGH015- 55000.

Great GuanD Cay -
5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths.

848 s.f. Covered Decks,
Land 9,700 s._f.
2 Central A/C Units
Storage Generator Shed
12 KW Aux. Generator
Income Producing
Ocean View
"Garden Walk" #G i 05 $491,000.

Man-O-War Car
-2 Bedrooms, I Bath.
S- 660 sf. Residence.
240 s.f Studio
Dock House
-Lantd Sea-to-Sea
36,775 s.f. .8442 Acre
-100' Ocean Beach Front
Private Dock On Creek
Fabulous Views
"Botnie Dun#MW111018 -$1,212 000.
Man-O-War Cay -
3 Bedrooms. 1.5 Baths.
1.200 s.Y Residence.
192 s.f. Studio Snore 13Box
Sleeps 4.
0.23 Acre 10.056 s.f.
17 KW Aux.Gencrator
Beautifully Landscaped

"Paw-P n Patch" #MW IHo24- S499.000
Scotland Cay
41 Bedroom, 2 Bathlls
1600 s.E. of residence
785 s.t. wrap around porcl
23.938 sf. .549 Acre lanu
180 degree views
250' to the Atlantic Beach
240 s. garage
28,000 gallon cistern
Fully furmished
Runway & Dock access

Man-O-War Cay
- 2 Bedrooms 2 Baths-
- 2.664 s.f Residence.
- 2 Bedrooms. I Bath.
- 838 s.f Guest House
- Land Sea-to-Sea
S43,800 s.f.- I.I Acres
- 98' Ocean Beach Front
- Private Dock On Creek
- Fabulous Views
MWHI 116 3,750,000.
Man-O-War Cay
Eastern lHarbour
2 Bedrooms 2 Balhs
1,030 s.f. Residence -
1290 sf. Covered Deck
0.877 Acres
82' Ocean Frontage
Semi-Privale Dock,,
Superb Ocean Views

iiMWH1076- S1,550,000.

* "HARBOUR LIGHT" Dickie's Cay 2 Bedrooms. 2 Baths -
1,560 sf, Residence 1040 s.f. Verandahs 1 Bedroom, I Bath Guest
house 1.824 Acres Entire S.E. Point of Dickie's Cay Private
Dock. Auxiliary Generator Superb Views Furnished.
#MWH 1099 $2,200,000.
* "VIKING" Dickic's Cay 5 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Baths. 3,360 s.f.
Residence 1,200 s.f. Covered Deck 0.84 Acres Sea-to-Sea Private
136' Dock Auxiliary Generator- Superb Harbour Views Furnished,
#MWH1001 $1,995,000.
* "FRESH WIND LANDING" -Dickie's Cay 3 Bedrooms, 3 1/2
Baths -2,460 sf. Residence 1,400 s.f Porches-Decks 1 Bed, 1
bath Snore Box 7.500 s.f Land Private 93' Dock. 40 KW Aux.
Generator Superb Harbour Views #MWI 11107 $1,200,000.
* "SCHOONER'S LANDING" Five Oceanfront Condominiums
- Three 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Two 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath with Bunkrooni.
-Central A/C- Fully Furnished Equipped Fresh Water Pool
On-Island Management Great Rental Property.
#MWIH1069 73 from: $395,000 to S455,000.

Man-O-War Cay
- 2 Bedrooms. 2 Baths,
- 1,921 s.f Residence.
- 2 Bedroom. I Bath
400 s.f Guest Cabin
- 172' Ocean Beach Front
- 1. 189 Acres
- Beautifully Landscaped
- Semi-Private Dock
- Fabulous Views
#MWHIO 19 S,l165000.
Man-O-War Cay -
I Bedroom. I Bath
Sleeping Loft
410 sf Cottage
0.217 Acre- 9.452 sf.
160 s. Shed -Workshop
Beautifully Landscaped
Fully Furnished &
=MWH114- $340,500
Tilloo Cay
-2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath
- 800 s.f. residence
- 3.75 Acre, sea to sea
S-109' of frontage on Sea
of Abaco 106' on Atlantic
- Boat basin with lift
- 170' ofdock
- Swiinanig Pool
- Approved plans for 3/2
New England Style cotlage
ITl.H 1086 S1,595,000.



* "BLUE LAGOON" Parcel # 45 Orchid Bay 43,480 s.f -
0.9982 Acre 190.88'on Sea of Abaco frontage- prime building site /-
15' elevations Orchid Bay amenities Allows for private deeded dock -
mature trees. #GGV1087 $940,000.
* "112-112A" Fabulous waterfront building site Two
parcels containing a total of 69,197 s.f. 1.588 Acres 241' of
Sea of Abaco Frontage great elevations to 42' above sea level
GGV1112 NEW LISTING $850,000.
* "AERIE" Parcel 4 58 Orchid Bay 174,775 s.f. 4.012 Acres -
Orchid Bay amenities.- One of the Highest Points in Orchid Bay -
Fabulous Panoramic Views, #GGV1077 $850,000.
* "CLAIRE'S BEACH"- Beachfront Building Site 31.243 s.f -
0,717 Acre 117' Beach Frontage Dock Access Good Elevation -
Superb Ocean Views Lush Vegetation, #GGV 1006 $790,000.
* "SECRET BEACH" 16,500 s.f. over 1/3 Acre 100' of Ocean
shoreline Over 200' of deplh Prime Occan-frolm building site Good
elevations Deeded dock access. #GGV1092 $375,000.
* "CAPTAIN'S COVE" -6,653 s.f. --0152 Acre- 45.A7'ofSea ofAbaco
frontage Prime building site can carry a private dock 180 degree views -
underground electric and paved road. #GGV1091 $375,000.
"Cottage Parcel # 10" Orchid Bay 14,574 s.f. 0.3346 Acre -
82.20' on Ihe Sea of Abaco Great Views Orchid Bay amenities,-
#GGV1077 NEW LISTING $366,000.

* "CONCHED OUT" offered in I to 4 prime sites 100' 460' of
water frontage Atlantic Beach and Sea ofAbaco frontage available -
10'-32' elevations 360' views Very private Area
SGTV1008 $546,000. $3,000,000.
* "PLAYING HOOKY"- 15.948 sf 0,3661 Acre Prime Building
Site Unobstructed views of Coco Bay Public Dock Access Beach
Access 50' from Coco Bay Beach. #GTV 1080 $625,000.
* "COCO BAY VIEW" 32.690 s.f. 0.7567 Acre Dock Access -
Beach Access Good Elevation. #GTV1009 $291,000.
* "COCO BAYBREEZE" -- 19.558 s.f. 0.4490 Acre Prime
Building Site Dock Access Beach Access. #GTV1007 $167,500.
* "CASUARINA 8,126 s.f 0.1865 Acre Corner lot Prime building
sile Central location Short walk to Bita Bay Beach Snorkel right offshore
#GTV 1074 $112,500,
* "LYNYARD PALMS" 42.906 sf. 0.985 Acre +/- 134' of Sea of
Abaco frontage Prime Building Site Build private dock
- Well established Coconut trees Views of Sea of Abaco and Atlantic
Ocean. #LCV1090 $274,000.
* "GRAND BOIS" Rare Prime Ocean-front building site 0.51
Acre 125' Atlantic Ocean frontage Central Location Fabulous Ocean
Views Lush Native Foliage. #MWV1081 $695,000.

* "SUMMERPLACE" Prime Building Site 10,719 s. f 0.246 Acre
-Over 150' of Sea ofAbaco frontage Concrete Sewall on Sea of Abaco -
103' x 6' private dock on Man-O-Wr harbour Fabulous Sea of Abaco
views. #MWVI082 $395,000.
* GREATABACO CLUB Parcels # 6A and # 7A # 6A -
9.243 sq.ft. 7A 13,845 sq.fi Private Dockage Great Sea of Abaco
Views. # 6A-#MHV1102 $970,000. # 7A #MHVI103 $1,455,000.
#6A & #7A $2,182,000.
SGREAT ABACO CLUB Parcels # 48 and # 49
- # 48 7,548 sq.ftr # 49 7,117 sq.ft 50' of Boat Basin Frontage.
Semi-Private Docks Ridge Parcels Good Elevation.
#48-#MHV1100 5667,000. #49-#MHV1101 S667,000.
* "Sand Banks Creek # 2" 47,524 s.11. 1.091 Acres. 108'
of frontage on Sand Banks Creek, 540' in Depth. 80- on S.C.
BootleHighway- #ACV 113- NEW LISTING- $108,000
*"141 Hillside Developer Parcels" Over 1/2 Acre with beach
access. Aircraft Landing Rights and Boat Slips available
NEW LISTING Priced from: $170,000 $438,000
"Block Q Parcel # 1" Fabulous one-half acre building site -
25,658 sql.A. 0.5890 Acre 172.61' on Sea of Abaco Ilillside -
great elevations and superb views of the Sea ol'Abaco Shoreline
protected by small cay.
#SCVIll7-NEW LISTING $485,000.



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Hope Town Council tours Baker's Bay

Councillors view construction and marina

Construction continues at Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club with the marina approaching completion while several large townhouse
buildings are taking shape. The one building, a four-bedroom house, will house the sales office temporarily although the house will
be occupied over the holiday period. The Councillors check on the progress periodically. Shown here are Walter Sweeting, Jeremy
Sweeting and Glenn Laing, all Councillors, and Mark Spears, Senior Vice-president of Development with Baker's Bay who showed
the group around.

The Hope Town District Council mem-
bers were invited to inspect the progress
at the Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club
on Guana Cay. It had been about one year
since their previous tour as a group. Coun-
cils members Jeremy Sweeting and Walter
Sweeting of Man-O-War and Glenn Laing
of Guana Cay were able to visit the proj-
ect on December 16. They were escorted
by Mark Spear, Senior Vice-president of
Baker's Bay has between 250 and 300
persons employed. This number includes
their 160 employees and their contractors'
employees. Work continues on the marina
which is nearly completed. Several large
impressive building are in various stages of
construction along the marina's edge. The
Square House, a 4700 square foot, four-
bedroom house in Marina Village, is com-
pleted and had its first occupants over the
Christmas holiday, a family of Discovery
Land members. When it is not occupied by
members, the sales staff will use it for a
sales office as the Marsh Harbour sales of-
fice has been closed.
Most of the building construction at
this time is taking place in Marina Vil-

Please see Baker's Bay Page 2

By Mirella Santillo
On December 10th Friends of the En-
vironment held the fourth community
meeting regarding the establishment of a
national park along a coastal area located
between Snake Cay and Wilson City. This
area consists mainly of creeks which are
frequented by local fishermen. Many of
them were in attendance.
This meeting was aimed at gathering
the opinion of the audience regarding the
Friend's national park proposal. The idea

of creating a national park had sprung from
concern about a proposed resort develop-
ment at Snake Cay. Friends of the Envi-
ronment, the Bahamas National Trust and
stakeholders held several meetings during
which it was suggested that the area be
proposed as a park. "This park is not to be
a "no take" area stated one of the present-
ers, but it is aimed at saving lands for the

Please see Angel Cays Page 4

Resort employees complete

Tourism's hospitality seminar

'.. 2 -1t

Bahama Palm Shores

acquires a fire truck

The residents of Bahama Palm Shores now have their own fire truck that was dedi-
cated on December 7. Fire Chiefs Bruce Smith and Steve Knowles discuss the new
truck with other volunteers. See story on page 12.

A group of employees of Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club and ihe Abaco Club at
Winding Bay attended a hospitality seminar offered by the Ministry of Tourism. The
seminar trained these so they could return to their work prepared to train their co-
workers. This was the first time this seminar was offered on Abaco. The graduation
ceremony was held at The Abaco Club on December 17. See story on page 12.

Anglican Archbishop

held official services

By Mirella Santillo
The Rev. Archbishop Drexel W. Gomez
of the Anglican Diocese in The Bahamas
visited Abaco during the weekend of De-
cember 14th for his last official visit as
archbishop of the Diocese. During his stay
he took part in the celebration of masses
at St. Martin Anglican Church in Sandy
Point, St. John the Baptist Anglican Church
in Marsh Harbour and at St. Simon's by
the Sea Anglican Church in Treasure Cay.

At St. John the Baptist Church Arch-
bishop Gomez delivered the sermon and
assisted Father Hepburn in the rite of con-
firmation for nine young parishioners from
Central Abaco. When he took the pulpit,
the Archbishop announced his retirement
and stated that Bishop Laish Boyd would
succeed him at the end of the month. He
thanked the congregation for its support
Please see Church Page 7

A plan for Angel Cays

was presented

Page 2 Section B The Abaconian

January 1, 2009

Construction continues at Baker's Bay

Baker's Bay From Page 1

lage, facing the marina. Several town-
houses are under construction and are
built to withstand hurricane force winds.
The reinforced poured concrete two-
story buildings are very attractive and
much effort is now going into landscap-
ing, even to pathways made of imported
quarried limestone.
The first food facility, the Conch Shack,
is expected to open a little after Easter of-
fering light foods. The developers expect
the marina to open later in the spring.
The construction of custom homes around
the golf course should begin in about two
months, one of which will have an area of
about 12,000 square feel.
Work is underway on the golf course.
The land is being shaped and grass is being

planted. It is expected that members will
be able to play golf there by the end of No-
vember 2009. The entire development will
be serviced with electricity, phones by fiber
optic cable, water from a reverse-osmosis
plant, internet and WiFi service. Fire hy-
drants are already installed. At this time
the project is making its own electricity but
will eventually connect with BEC and will
keep the generators for back-up service.
The developers are working to make
the 165-slip marina a first rate facility.
Each slip will be serviced with electrici-
ty, phone, water and a pump-out connec-
tion. Eventually they expect to qualify as
a Blue Flag certified marina, a designa-
tion that takes about one year to achieve.
The developers were required to put in a
flushing channel which is now operation-
al and indications are that it is working

well. They are pleased with the results as
the marina water is becoming clear.
The Marina Village will have a Market
Place, a general store and chandlery with
food, hardware items and general mer-
chandise to service the town house area.
It will initially be operated by Baker's Bay
but eventually it will be turned over to pri-
vate enterprise.
The tent village near the golf course is
still being used for promotional purposes.
The accommodations there were also oc-

cupied by guests over the holidays and into
the beginning of January. Another Discov-
ery Land member is staying at the marina
aboard his catamaran.
Baker's Bay is presently removing all
residential garbage generated on the entire
island at their expense. The garbage is taken
to a large commercial dock located on the
Baker's property nearest to the Guana Cay
settlement. The development arranges for
the garbage to be taken to Marsh Harbour.

The Square House, a 4700 square foot, two-story house, is complete and available for
guests to use. When not in use as a home, the sales staff will use it as its office. This
luxury house has four bedrooms and has a commanding view of the marina and the Sea

Ph: 242-367-3231
Fax: 242-367-3233
Cell: 242-458-2446
US: 954-586-7603
Sea Star Building
Marsh Harbour
Perry Thomas
Owner and Agent
Endless Summer #508, Eastern Shores, 2 story, 4 bedrooms, 2 bath-
rooms. 210' water frontage, 80'
Y dock, 6' low water, 9,000 Ib.
boat lift. Cypress ceiling and in-
terior walls, laundry room, single
car garage, carport, 15 KW back-
up generator. $1.695 million

Triplex #504, one three-bedroom


two-bathroom that is 1950 sq ft
on the top floor and 2 Two-
bedroom one-bath apartments
on the bottom floor, property
is 90 x 100 Appraised at $
440,000 This month sales price

Turtle Rocks #525 beautifully built 3 bedroom 1/2 bath on over
27,000 sq. ft of property
REDUCED 201,600

Great Business Opportunity #506 A restaurant that is ready to
go with all the necessary equip-
ment needed to operate this
lovely building, has sea views, is
on I00'x120' lot.
REDUCED $291,500.

Agape Villa Murphy Town #503 Two free standing structures
containing four one-bedroom,
one bathroom apartment units
that are fully furnished with
central air conditioning. Sits
on 15,000 sq. ft. Landscaped.
All units are rented. REDUCED $227,900 Person purchasing this will have
an instant business.

The landscape on North Guana Cay is changing as two-story townhouses are under
construction. The buildings are all overlooking the marina that is nearing completion.
Discovery Lands, the developing company, feels it can weather the bad economic situa-
tion during the new year.

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Three bedroom, two bathroom home, #500 fully furnished,
central air conditioning, on 9,000
sq. ft. Landscaped with beautiful
trees and lawn. Rented. REDUCED

Murphy Town #517 beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath 900 sq. ft home built
on 10,000 sq. ft. of property,
S fenced in, beautiful landscaping
wo $164,000

Sandy Point #510 waterfront 3 bedroom 3 bathroom 2,000 sq. ft.
home with sunken living room,
TV room, dining room and large
kitchen on a lot over 26,000
sq. ft. of land. $265,000

Three unit townhouse #502 each unit is 1500 sq ft and
fully furnished. Located behind
John Bull in Marsh Harbour.
Great rental income. Sale price

Turtle Rocks Lot #519 $40,700
Lot on Treasure Cay Golf Course $99,000
Lot on Galleon Bay, Treasure Cay $275,000
Duplex, 2 I-bed, I-bath apts. off Forest Drive in Dundas Town

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Salesman and Rentals, Marsh Harbour branch with 10 years experience
Call Adler Realty to have your next appraisal done
Rent your apartment or find an apartment to rent.We can help.

Great Cistern Estates Nine lots for sale in new gated
community in Great Cistern, Abaco. Residential only
Lot A 8,491 sf $30,000 gross Lot F 11,741 sf $93,928 gross
Lot B 11,759 sf $94,072 gross Lot G 10,868 sf $86,944 gross
Lot C 8,800 sf $70,400 gross Lot H 12,514 sf $100,112 gross
Lot D 8,676 sf $34,700 gross Lot I 10,474 sf $83,792 gross
Lot E 12,010 sf $96,080 gross
For sale three lots located on South Lubbers Quarters in the
Abaco Ocean Club Estate. Lots number I 44, 112. These lots are priced
individually. 11,022 sf. $88,000 gross
Lot #44 13,307 sf $98,000 gross Lot # 112 20,485 sf. $175,000 gross
For sale 15 acres of land at Baker's Heights near
Leisure Lee off the Treasure Cay Highway. Priced at $450,000, this property
will go fast. Call today.
Two lots 84 ft. x 100 ft. near Treasure Cay, one mile
northwest of Treasure Cay School. $49,5 00 each
Two lots for sale located on hillside in Yellow-
woodProperty adjacent to The Abaco Club on Winding Bay
Lot# 7 G3 size 12,600 s.f. $63,000 gross
Lot # 7 G4 size 12,600 s.f. $63,000 gross
Triplex for sale Murphy Town 2 one-bedroom, one-bath and
I two-bedroom, one-bath. $145,000
6 lots in Marsh Harbour off Don MacKay Blvd.
4 lots 10,286.1 sq. ft. $59,659 each
2 lots 12,086.1 sq. ft. $70,099 each
4 lots in Murphy Town, water view, across from Abaco
Block and Concrete, commercial, 56,260 sq. ft.
Sold separately 3 lots $48,614 each, I at $48,730, I at $106,745
Hillside lot in Yellow Wood with view of Winding Bay Beach
and ocean view, lot size 120 x 90. Gross price $145,000

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LEEWARD YACHT CLUB is a historical revival
community with dock and marina. Lots and home
packages available. From $275,000. $1,350,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298

SUMMIT STRESS FREE LIVING with 360 degree view
of the pristine waters of the Sea ofAbaco, 2,000 sq ft
home. Deeded dock slip.Turnkey. $875,000.
Lau-ie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046

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BEACHFRONT COTTAGES Two 2 bed 2 bath with
a cozy deck and dock. Don't let this affordable
beach getaway slip by. $295,000. each
Laurie.Schreiner@-SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046

MANGROLA SEA VIEWS Beautifully landscaped 3
bedrooms 3 baths, close to Marsh Harbour and
HopeTown, 200 feet from sandy beach.$606,000.
Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046

constructed 2 bed I bath home. Steps to beautiful overlooking western harbour,2 bed I bath main house
beach. Situated on 1.5 acres with a dock. $295,000. with I bed I bath dockhouse cottage.$ 1,395,000.
Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 Bill.Albury@SodiebysRealty.co m 242.367.5046

1.5 bath in the settlement, 3rd bedroom/ 4bed,4bathwithgorgeousverandahsandcommanding
study. 3 minutes walk to beach. $395,000. views of the Sea ofAbaco. Price upon Request.
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealtycom 242.367.5046 Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046

for marina or small development. Deep
water with dredged canal. $1,900,000.
Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty com 242.367.5046

Choose the finishes for this spacious 3 bed 2
bath home with a dock and garage.$859,000.
Lydia.Bodamer@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.3529

3 Bath upper condo. High end finishes, access to
club amenities. Good Rental History, $1,100,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298

ABACO CLUB Majestic 3 bed 3 bath, 44
ft private dockage with lift.$1,499,000
Lydia.Bodamer@SotlrebysRealty.com 242.367.3529

2 bath houses. 1,500 sq.ft. each. Shared Pool.
Water views. Great Rental Opportunity.$699,000.
Lydia.Bodamner@So tlebysRealty.com 242.367.3529

2,800 sq. ft. furnished family home with
apartment, central A/C, generator, $755,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298

WATERFRONT THE CROSSING New SUNRISE BAY Beautiful 3 bed 3 bath home with
3 bed 3.5 bath penthouses with dock pool, dock slip, beach access.Very desirable family
slip. Panoramic Views $645,000 745,000. neighbourhood. Gated community. $1,350,000.
BillAlbury@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046

new 3 bed, 3.5 bath home with high end feet of sandy beach. Modern 2 storey, 4 bed
finishes, 3,800 sq.ft & garage.$5S0,000. 4.5 bath, 5,039 sq. ft. home. $3,900,000.
BillAlbury@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298

#2286 Two SHAn ro SA LorTS deep water, 4.527 acres. $975,000. Laurie Schreiner
#4577 Mun.Itu KEY LT 1-2 close to beach. $62,500. Laurie Schreiner
#4579 LOT 11 Abaco Ocean Club $88,000. Laurie Schreiner
#4578 LOT 17 Abaco Ocean Club. Gorgeous WaterView. $225,000. Laurie Schreiner
#4433 LOT 37 Abaco Ocean Club.Very Private Interior Lot. $75,000. Laurie Schreiner
:#4433 Lot 46Abaco Ocean Club. Large waterfront lot. NEW PRICE $303,000. Laurie Schreiner
#4193 LOT 87 Abaco Ocean Club. Interior lot with high elevation, $125,000. Laurie Schreiner
#4580 LOT 107Abaco Ocean Club. Community dockage available. $79,000. Laurie Schreiner
#3947 LOT 143 Abaco Ocean Club approximately 11,450 sq.ft. $150,000. Bill Albury
#4606 LOT 152 Abaco Ocean Club. Sea views, dockage available. $145,000. Laurie Schreiner
#4713 LOTs 2 & 4 -NEW LISTING Beachfront $180,000. each Laurie Schreiner
#4714 INITaKIOiLLOTS NEW LISTING 14,295 sq.ft $59,500 62,000. each Laurie Schreiner

Kerry Sullivan Laurie Schreiner Jane Patterson Stan Sawyer Bill Albury Lydia Bodami
Estate Agent Estate Agent Estate Agent Estate Agent Estate Agent Estate Agent
t242.366.0163 t242.367.5046 t242.366.0035 t242.577.0298 t242.557.2929 t242.367.3529

#3989 BAHAMA PALM SHORES SEcno1 2 Block 1, Lot 5. $182,000. Laurie Schreiner
#407 BAHAMA PALM SHORES LOT 43 Good residential area.$30,000. Bill Albury
m #4533 GUANA CAY NEW PRICE -Dolphin Beach Estates. Lot 68. $180,000. Bill Albury
#4572 LITTLE HARBOUR .97 acre, 150 ft. harbourfront $275,000. Laurie Schreiner
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Page 4 Section B

The Abaconian

January 1, 2009

National park proposal was discussed

Angel Cays From Page 1
future for Bahamians."
The main concern of the fishermen was
that if the area became a national park, it
would become a "no take zone." However,
they were reassured several times during
the evening by Mrs. Lindsey McCoy, Mrs.
Kristin Williams and Ms. Olivia Patterson,
all of Friends, and Mr. David Knowles,
Warden for Abaco's national parks, that
fishing would be allowed in the creeks. A
similar meeting had been held at Cherokee
Sound the previous evening in an effort to
gather all the comments of the nearby com-
Before the meeting, a survey had been
taken to establish the present use of the area
by nearby residents. Ms. Patterson said that
74 people responded. Boating, fishing and
snorkeling were among the most popular

activities held there. Furthermore, people
believed that the area is responsible for over
$50,000 a year in revenue to local business-
es for bonefishing, boat rentals, kayak trips,
snorkeling and diving operations.
People were invited to express their
views and their concern and questions.
These included the need for revenue to
fund area expenses. Who should pay the
fees to manage the park? Where were the
boundaries? Could the law be changed to a
"no-take zone" once the park was open?
The consensus was that everyone using
the park should contribute towards the park
management, perhaps through an entrance
fee. Boundaries was a topic that raised a
lot of comments. The initial boundary was
to include Wilson City, but the majority of
the audience voted to limit the park to the
public area or Crown Land which stops at
Black Rock, south of Buckaroon Bay.

The creation of a buffer zone to con-
trol encroaching development was brought
up. It was said that there was private land
around and within the area. Mrs. Mc Coy
answered that people could still build on
their properties, but they would have to
consult with the Bahamas National Trust
first. The idea was to maintain the park
serene and untouched which raised the
point by Mr. John Hedden on how the park
would be monitored. The reply came from
Mr. David Knowles, who said that because
of limited personnel, he as a warden hoped
to rely on the public to keep him informed
of infractions.
Another environmental issue voiced by
many in the room was the construction of
the BEC power plant at Wilson City. Mrs.
Williams assured the audience that the
Minister of the Environment had already
been informed of the residents' concern
and that the Bahamas National Trust was
fighting the location of the project.
Participation was strong and many at-
tendees expressed their opinion. Mrs.
Anne Pinder was concerned that the park
could become a "no take area," but apart
from that, she stated, "the area had to be
protected and the people wanted Snake Cay
creek left as it was."
Mr. Hedden wondered several times
why the area had to be a national park.
There were other ways to protect land, he
said. It could be bought, it could be de-
clared a historical or archeological site or
it could be deemed an area of special inter-
est. The later he thought most appropriate
for this area. He was told, however, that

the national park concept had already been
chosen and the area would become a na-
tional park if the proposal was accepted by
The fact that the "take zone" might be
subsequently changed to a "no take zone"
remained the main issue for many. That
the law might be passed without the people
of Abaco knowing was disturbing to some,
but again they were assured that it will not
happen. Ms. Patterson invited the public
to stop by at Friends of the Environment's
office to pick up a book of the by-laws. No
further changes will be made, she insisted,
without consulting the community.
Dr. Keith Tinker, Director of Antiqui-
ties, Museums and Monuments Corpora-
tion who was present at the meeting, said
that his office could not get involved unless
the area was of archeological significance
or of historical interest.
The comments and concerns of the eve-
ning were registered, and there will be more
meetings in January 2009, one at Cherokee
Sound, one in Little Harbour and a final
one on January 28th at Friends of the Envi-
ronment before the final proposal is sent to
the Prime Minister for consideration.

Hints for Helping Our
Energy efficient tips
Lower the temperature on
your water heater. It should be set
at "warm" so the water will be no
more than 120 degrees.

Friends of the Environment has held several meetings to hear the opinions of the public
on what should be done to protect the creek area of the Angel Cays. Shown here is Frank
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January 1, 2009

The Abaconian Section B Page 5

Page 6 Section B The Abaconian

BTC employees attended counciling seminar

By Mirella Santillo
During the first week of December Ba-
hamas Telecommunications Corporation
employees attended a seminar aimed at
preparing them for the up-coming priva-
tization of the company. The work force
was divided into two groups of 17 employ-
ees each to attend one of the sessions of
psychological evaluation and preparation
administered by Nassau-based psycholo-
gist, Dr. Wayne Thompson, who had been
contracted by BTC to provide emotional
and financial counseling.
In a friendly but straightforward way,
Dr. Thompson told the audience that priva-
tization had to occur because of the non-
productive attitude of the staff. "Wake
up to reality," he urged, "BTC has to be
privatized because government employees
cannot be fired, the reason for poor ser-

Practical steps must take place for the
workers to prepare themselves for a new
environment, informed the speaker as
he explained how the health of the mind
translates in the work place. Family life,
spouse, kids, finance, even social issues in
the country have to be handled in a way not
to create stress at work.
By describing three types of employees,
engaged, disengaged and actively disen-
gaged, he led them to understand why the
government corporation had to resort to
privatization. "We need all employees to
be engaged," he explained, "but you can-
not be if your private life is in disarray;
only people with a balanced life can com-
mit to work." He explained that 80 percent
of overtime is caused by disengaged people
who are therefore abusing the system. He

described actively disengaged employees
as people who criticize the company they
wok for, "who cannot see good in anybody
except themselves." Dr. Thompson links
negative behavioral problems at work to a
lack of self-esteem. A well balanced per-
son should be able to address confrontation
at work, to answer customers inquiries or
complaints with the proper attitude. Yes,
the boss has the right to confront an em-
ployee, and yes, the customers have the
right to have their problems addressed
properly. If an employee takes what a cus-
tomer says personally, he or she has to
work on identity issues.
He advised the participants to read about
customer service on line and told them they
should engage in a job they love, to try to
have the opportunity to do what they do
best. He accused two-thirds of the work
force of wanting a job but not a career.
To adapt to the demands of a new em-
ployer, employees should work on their

identity, establish self worth and develop
a strong point. However, the fault does not
rest entirely on the employees. Managers
who ignore their staff risk a 40 percent
chance of having disengaged employees.
Managers must have the human touch.
In conclusion, employees and supervi-
sors were advised to become more engaged
in their jobs and provide more respect and
attention to the consumer if they want to
adapt and fit in the surrounding a new em-
ployer would require.

Hints for Helping Our
Energy efficient tips
Use compact flourescent
light bulbs. They use only one-
third the elecricity and last up to
10 times longer

Dr. Wayne Thompson led a seminar for BTC employees to prepare them for the privatiza-
tion process. It was explained that working for a private company rather than government
was different and the goal of this seminar was help them change their mind set. It was
held the beginning of December as the privatization is expected in a few months.

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Church News

Church From Page !
during his tenure.
In the sermon Archbishop Gomez
preached about Paul's letter to the Romans
which offered practical advice on how to
live in relationship with God, an advice
that he especially wanted to share with the
candidates to confirmation. "Do not be-
come the slave of public opinion. Don't
order your life according to the standard of
the world," he warned. He humourously
said that Bahamians like to follow fashion,
a way of thinking that had caused many
"to mash up their lives," by going with the

flow in the wrong direction. The apostle
said there is another way: the transforma-
tion that was brought about by Jesus. The
change that Jesus brought is a change of
mind, a change of heart that leads to trans-
formation, a transformation that starts with
forgiveness. He advocated to practice the
true Christian ways, to truly love one an-
other by being concerned and caring.
Abaco was the last island to be visited
by Archbishop Gomez, who paid farewell
calls throughout The Bahamas during the
year to the 151 churches that comprise the
Anglican Diocese.

Kirk of the Pines at Work

Archbishop Drexel W. Gomez of the Anglican Diocese in The Bahamas was on Abaco in
mid-Decemer for his last official visit. He is shown here, left, participating in the mass at
St. John the Batpist Anglican Chruch in Marsh Harbour. In the center is Fr. Earl Hep-
burn, the rector for South Abaco, and on the right is Ms. Elaine Martinborough.

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Although it has previously given to those in need, the Presbyterian Kirk of the Pines in
Marsh Harbour launched its new program The Kirk at Work by distributing 48 Christmas
hams throughout the community. The congregation, which averages 40people, currently
meets at Forest Heights Academy but is actively raising funds for its own building. Its
efforts have included the first annual ticketed Christmas luncheon and the on-going Buy-
a-Block campaign. Shown are volunteers Cheryl Key Clarke, Stuart Ballard, David Cote,
Al Quigley, Elder Bill Thorndycraft and Marge Hamilton.

Audobon Christmas Bird Count
Treasure Cay January 3
Corner Treasure Cay Road and S.C. Bootle Highway 7 am
Take Binoculars, Water, Lunch, Snacks
South Abaco January 10
Friends Office 6 am or "Y" south of Crossing Rocks 7 am
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Realtor Anne Albury
is honoured
December 10th marked a special day for
Mrs. Anne Albury of Treasure Cay. She
was honored for her 33 years in the real
estate industry by the Abaco Chapter of the
Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA)
at its annual Christmas luncheon, this year
held at the Spinnaker Restaurant. She

Anne AIury of I reasure cay was recently no
at a BREA meeting for her many years as a
in Treasure Cay. Here Marcellus Roberts,
worker, is presenting a plaque to her.

served as a broker at Treasure Cay Real
Estate, has given outstanding service to her
clients and customers and is now semi-re-
tiring. Everyone who has had the privilege
to work with Mrs. Albury can attest to her
high ethics, friendly nature and to her be-
ing a pure joy to be around.
The picture shows her long-time co-
worker, Marcellus Roberts, presenting
Mrs. Albury with a plaque for her many
years of dedicated service. Chris
Roberts, BREA Abaco's recent
past president, also presented
Mrs. Albury with a hand crafted
wooden bowl with an engraved
plague. However, Mrs. Albury
does still plan to do work from
home. She welcomes anyone to
give her a call to ask for advice
or any questions regarding the
S real estate business.
The Bahamas Real Estate As-
sociation, Abaco Chapter, says
thank you to Mrs. Albury for
her outstanding service to this
industry and hopes that she will
keep the smile on her face that
is such a trait of her wonderful
Chairman Chris Roberts ex-
tended a special welcome to the
President of the National BREA
board, William Wong for his
presence and participation. In
his talk Mr. Wong called Mrs.
Albury a legend in the industry
and referred to a landmark court
poured case won by her and Treasure
realtor Cay Ltd. National BREA sup-
her co- ported Anne and the outcome

was welcome as the case challenged the
Real Estate Act and the position of brokers
and their companies.
An election of officers was held and the
following persons were elected. Chairman,
Sandra Evans; Co- chairman, Dwayne
Wallis; Secretary, Cindy Newell; Trea-
surer, Bill Thorndycraft; Director, Chris
Plummer; Director, Mailin Sands; Direc-
tor and Past Chairman, Chris Roberts.
Don Cornish is
leaving Tourism
By Julian Lockhart
Tourism on Abaco will change when
Don Cornish steps down as Director of the
Abaco Tourism Office the endof the year to
pursue the position of island administrator
within Local Government. Mr. Cornish's
last day on the job is January 1st and he
will begin training for his new chapter in
his life in New Providence. He will leave a
vacancy in the Abaco Tourism Office that
will be hard to fill. It has been two and
a half years since Mr. Cornish took over
as director and he has helped create a new
niche for the destination.
Mr. Cornish said, "It is not so much
leaving tourism but it is pursuing a new
challenge. There were certain things I
wanted to do in order to grow in the service
I provide to the community. I believe pub-
lic administration is a natural step for me
because it is something I wanted to do for
a long time. Having this opportunity avail-
able, I thought this was a good time to take
that step forward, away from tourism and
broaden my challenges. Public administra-
tion involves more than just one sector. The
services I provide will be assisting the gov-

that the
people I
serve in
the fu-
ture will
have an
tunity to
get ef-
service /
and the
m e n t Don Cornish
will be improved through the taxes," he
added. Mr. Cornish said there are many
things that assist in one's growth and helps
in service to country. If it means moving,
then it is something he is open to.
Member of Parliament for South Abaco,
Mr. Edison Key, said whenever a leader
moves on there is always a replacement
and he feels Mr. Cornish did an excellent
job and he wishes him the best. Mr. Key
said the Mr. Cornish will be missed, but he
is sure that he left a very capable group of
persons who can continue doing a great job
of selling Abaco as the number one desti-
nation of choice.
No one has been named to take over for
Cornish as yet by the Ministry of Tour-
ism and they very well could promote from
within. Mr. Cornish said he can't speak to
the fact that someone from his office will
take over for him, but there is an opportu-

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nity for that to happen. It depends on what
direction the ministry takes. He added that
he has no doubts there are persons capable
of doing so.
Mr. Cornish said, "I think the success
has been in the development of the staff
and to see the staff grow. The best quality
of a leader is to what happens to the per-
sons that are your subordinates and how
they benefit from your leadership. We are
in good shape as an office in terms of our
philosophy and business plan; and it makes
sense for the destination and positions the
destination well to improve our product of-
fering. When I look at where we are,
it is simply a matter of building the
skill set so that we have the persons
on our staff that will be beneficial to
the destination.
As to where Mr. Cornish will be .
working as an island administrator is
up in the air as he has to do his train-
ing and wait for his posting. He would
like to move back to Abaco and said
it would be nice to be at home. How-
ever, it can also be bad because of
the familiarity between him and the
people he is supposed to be serving.
Cornish said, "Who wouldn't want
to live home? I think it will be a great
challenge and being from Abaco pres-
ents challenges because people think
they know who you are. That in itself
is something to look at. In terms of
establishing myself for the future, it will
be wonderful to do so on the island that
I am from. In the service of your country
you are asked to do service elsewhere," he
By Mirella Santillo
Many of you might have noticed one

stand that has been present at many of the
local commemorative events, whether po-
litical or commercial and that is Flashers.
You may have bought a T-shirt or a hat at a
political rally, a flashing Bahamian flag dur-
ing the Independence celebrations or seen
the lighted booth at last year's Christmas
Festival. It is usually packed with children
attracted by all the lighted nick-knacks.
Once again, Mr. Charles Bodie of
"Flasher" attended both Christmas Festi-
vals in Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay
with his wife Michelle and some of his
children. As usual kids crowded around his
booth where an array of flashing-light items
were displayed. From plastic shoes with

flashing light soles to batons, flags, paci-
fiers or swords, there was something for all
ages. Ninety percent of the merchandise is
lighted material. Other items included silly
spray, blow-up toys and fart bags.
Mr. Bodie, who lives in Freeport, men-
tioned that he attends all the festivals in-
cluding elections or inaugurations. Even
the United States Presidential inaugura-

By Julian Lockhart
Mr. Edison Key, MP for South Abaco,
has a grand vision for a farmers' market in
Marsh Harbour and got a glimpse of this
reality when the annual Christmas Festi-
val was held on the site on December 13.
Mr. Key, who is also the executive chair-
man for the
and Indus-
trial Corpo-
ration, hand
picked the
parcel of
land across
from the
The Hon. Edison Key Bahamas
Electrical Corporation Office for the new
farmers' market.
He said when he found out the Festi-
val would be cancelled this year because
of the lack of a site to host it, he real-
ized this site would be a perfect spot and
would speed up the development of his
plans. Mr. Key said, "We will develop
a farmers market, craft center and a park
for the community. Hopefully, in a few
years we will have this like a theme park,
like Disney World.
"Ministry of Works will be relocated,
and this property will be finished off. We

tion was addressed this year with Barrak
Obama T-shirts and a life-size placard of
the president-elect.
Abaco is not the only island frequented
by Flashers. The whole Bodie family trav-
els together participating in the business,
do business on Bimini, Eleuthera, Exuma

will put down a lawn, a native rock wall
around it. In the back under the native trees
we will under-wood it and there will be trails
where people will come and sit on benches
and enjoy their time. This will be a theme
park when I am finished," he added.
The plan is to have permanent ven-
dor stalls throughout the property with
running water and electricity; bathroom
facilities will be built. The grounds will
be covered in grass to combat the dust.
Lights have already been put in place.
Vendors will be able to sell fresh fruit,
fish and wares throughout the week and
give locals and visitors an opportunity to
mingle with each other and have some-
where to go that is safe and fun.
The plan by Mr. Key is to have a
theme park feel. One local vendor said
it is just great to have an opportunity to
have somewhere to sell their goods where
everyone will know where to come and
their overhead won't be that high.
Mr. Key said, "The whole idea is for
us to have stalls out here and vendors can
be here every day, weekends especially.
We are putting the heavy lights in here
and any functions we have in the commu-
nity can be done right here. These tents
are only a temporary thing. All these will
be put into permanent buildings and so
on," he concluded.

and in Nassau. Next year there will be one
more destination, said Mr. Charles Bodie,
the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Before the end of the year Flashers will
be on Grand Bahama the following Saturday
to show his "Let there be light" display.


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Rollins College participated in environmental clean-up

By Mirella Santillo
During a previous visit to Abaco, facul-
ty members of Rollins College of Orlando,
Florida, expressed their desire to help re-
solve some of the island's problems, es-
pecially those connected with environmen-
tal issues. During that visit they met with
Friends of the Environment and agreed to
come back before the year was over if that
organization could find a project for them.
There was one: the restoration of Coco-
nut Tree Bay in Murphy Town, which the
Committee members of the town had de-
cided to turn into a public park. On the
invitation of Friends and the settlement of
Murphy Town, students and staff returned
to Abaco for several days in December.
Dr. Michael Gunther and Mr. Doug
Little, director of the freshman program,
landed in Marsh Harbour accompanied

by 19 students on December 10th. They
were welcomed by Ms. Millie Dawkins
on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and
the Murphy Town Beautification Commit-
tee. When they went to the Friends' office,
they were welcomed by Mrs. Kristin Wil-
liams and were given a presentation about
the island, some of the issues and the work
of the organization.
The cleaning of Coconut Tree Bay was
the main purpose of their visit, but their
schedule left the group enough time to tour
the island and socialize with the locals.
The students and their chaperons visited
the three settlements of Central Abaco and
took trips to Schooner Bay, a development
underway in the South of the island to be
built according to strict environmental
The Florida group found time to take a

trip to the Abaco National Park with Mr.
David Knowles as a guide looking for par-
rots and visiting caves and Hole-in-the-
However, in between trips, the students
and their professors spent many hours ev-
ery day hauling trash out of the creek at
Coconut Tree Bay, cutting down casuarina
trees, cleaning the beach and planting new
trees. When they finished, a huge dump-
ster was filled with trash, debris, old appli-
ances, even a rust-eaten bath tub and many
cut trees.
The final product was amazing. Neem
trees, buttonwood trees and coconut palms
were planted around the creek, replacing
the casuarina trees. The trees left along
the shore were thinned to create shade
for benches or picnic tables. The seaweed

removed from the beach was piled to be
rinsed out that will eventually used as fer-
tilizing mulch for the new trees.
The evening of December 12th was
dedicated to community mingling and edu-
cating, an event that was held at Zion Bap-
tist Church in Dundas Town. The Rollins
students introduced themselves and talked
about the project. explaining why they
were participating. Environmental concern
and removal of invasive species was their
main reason, subjects associated with their
curriculum. Mr. Renardo Curry, Chairman
of the Town Committee attended as well as
Chief Councillor, Mr Cubel Davis. Mrs.
d'Shan Maycock represented Friends. Din-
ner was offered after the meeting. Pastor
Everett Strachan was the host for the eve-


Students from Rollins College in Orlando, Florida, were on Abaco for several day before
Christmas to help clean Coconut Tree Bay park in Murphy Town. They cut many casua-
rina trees and filled a large dumpster with trash including a cast iron bath tub. Shown
here is Renardo Curry, Chairman of the Town Committe, who was very pleased with the
results of their clean-up.

The group of students from Rollins College spent one night getting aquainted with the
residents of Murphy Town. The meeting was held at Zion Baptist Church. Shown in the
center of the photo are d'Shan Maycock from Friends of the Environment and Cubell
Davis, Chief Councillor of the Central Abaco District.

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Two schools receive Junkanoo material

By Mirella Santillo
A few days before the Christmas vaca-
tion, the principals of two schools received
various Junkanoo material to be used for
costumes for the February parade.
On behalf of the Junkanoo Committee,
Ishmael "Stretch" Morley and Colon Cur-
ry, both of the Junkanoo Committee, hand-
ed out paint, crepe paper, glue and wire
to Ms. Vanessa James, Principal of Abaco
Central High School, and to Ms. Eunice
Mills, Principal of Central Abaco Primary
School, on December 12.
In spite of attending a workshop in Oc-
tober, many schools were undecided as to
whether to participate in the Junkanoo pa-
rade to be held in February.
Because of the schools' indecision to

compete in the parade, the Junkanoo Com-
mittee decided that the schools could par-
ticipate on a non-competitive status. So
far seven schools have agreed, Central
Abaco Primary School, Amy Roberts Pri-
mary School, Sandy Point Primary School,
Fox Town Primary School, Treasure Cay
Primary School, Abaco Central High and
S.C. Bootle. The Wesley College Band
was invited to play, but has not confirmed
its participation yet.
William "Tony" Davis, head of the
Abaco Junkanoo Committee, explained
that he sees the February 2009 parade as a
Weekend Explosion that will include a Ju-
nior Junkanoo demonstration at the Goom-
bay Park on Thursday during a "fish fry"
cook out. There will be welcoming parties

Senior Junaknoo groups received funding

in Sandy Point and Crown Haven for peo-
ple visiting from Nassau and Freeport by
ferry. The junior parade will take place on
the Friday night and on Saturday there will
be various attractions leading to the senior
parade in the evening.
It will be a signature event, he explained,
attended by the Minister of Youth and Cul-
ture, the Hon. Charles Maynard.
Because the Junkanoo festivities on the
other islands will be over, Mr Williams is
hoping that the Abaco parade will bring
many visitors to the island. These plans
will be considered and finalized during the
first Committee meeting of the new year.
Six senior groups are presently official-
ly registered. Veterans such as the Spring
City Rockers, the Motown Shockers, the
Supreme Dancers and the Goombay Boys
will compete along with two new groups,
one from Green Turtle Cay and the other
from Treasure Cay.

Several senior Junkanoo groups received money to be applied toward the expense of
making costumes for the Junaknoo parade to be held in February, 2009. Giving out the
checks was Administrator Cephas Cooper, far right. Heading the Junaknoo committee is
Chairman William "Tony" Davis, far left.

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Tourism offered training program for trainers

The Ministry of Tourism held the Cer-
tified Hospitality Department Trainer
(CHDT) Program in Marsh Harbour on
October 6 10. This was the first session
held on Abaco and included 20 participants
from the Abaco Club on Winding Bay and
the Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club.
The Certified Hospitality Department
Trainer Program provides participants with
the skills and knowledge necessary to train
supervisory employees with responsibili-
ties for training staff. This was a train-the-
trainer seminar and was conducted by Ms.
Jacqueline W-Ramsey, General Manager,
Small Hotels Unit, and Mrs. Sherry Collie,
Senior Manager, Training & Education of
the Ministry of Tourism.
This workshop utilized a combination of
lectures, discussions, demonstrations, role
plays, presentations and videos as teaching
aids. At the end of the session participants
were able to design a training session us-

I1 ViaN SNul^

ing the principles they had learned, select
and use training aids and carry it out. The
program was held for six days from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. At the end of the course partici-
pants were required to conduct a 15 minute
presentation along with another colleague
incorporating the skills learnt during the
workshop. They were also required to take
the CHDT Examination and had to have a
passing score of at least 70 percent.
A graduation ceremony was held for the
successful participants of the program on
December 17 at the Abaco Club on Wind-
ing Bay. At the ceremony graduates were
presented with a certificate and a lapel pin.
They can now use the CHDT designation
after their name.
The Certified Hospitality Department
Trainer (CHDT) designation recognizes
those individuals who have demonstrated
exemplary performance skills and abili-
ties within the hospitality training arena.
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Select employees of The Abaco Club on Winding Bay and Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean
Club recently took a course offered by Tourism on how to train staff. Twenty participated
and graduated in a ceremony held in the Club House at The Abaco Club on December
17. The course is recognized worldwide and means that the person is competent and well

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High Banks dec
By Jennifer Hudson
High Banks (Bahama Palm Shores) Vol-
unteer Fire Service dedicated its new fire
truck in a short ceremony at the esplanade
in Bahamas Palm Shores on December 7.
The new tanker was looking very resplen-
dent after receiving a little TLC since its ar-
rival from Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. This
1985 Ford F800 Tanker, weighing 31,000
pounds, GVW, is powered by a 370 4V
8 cylinder gasoline engine and holds 2,000
gallons of water which is pumped by a 250
GPM Gorman Rupp PTO pump.
The truck was purchased on the internet
after Colin Albury, Fire Chief for Treasure
Cay Crash Rescue, tipped off High Banks
Fire Chief, Bruce Smith, that he thought he
had seen just what they were looking for on
a particular website. Indeed it was and the
Lawrenceburg Fire Department agreed to
hold the truck until High Banks had raised
enough money to purchase it. As a result
of fund raisers, the truck arrived at High
Banks at the end of June. "It was in very
good condition when we received it, and
we have just done some modifications to it
so that it is now more suited to our Abaco
conditions. We have added sides to hold
hoses and modified the compartments. The
arrival of this new truck is very timely as
the previous truck which we had received
some time ago from the Marsh Harbour
Fire Department is now really old and is
no longer running," stated Mr. Smith.
The dedication ceremony was conduct-
ed by Mr. Smith with an opening dedica-
tory prayer by Pastor Jason Quashie. Mr.


petent, respected professionals who are
knowledgeable in their positions.

icated fire truck
Smith thanked the many businesses and in-
dividuals who had helped sponsor the new
truck, the shipping company and Mr. Gary
Smith, Superintendent of Customs, for his
invaluable assistance. "Things grow from
small seeds," said Mr. Bruce Smith and
expressed his appreciation to Rex Albury
and Bro. Bob Cornea of the Casuarina
Fire Department for getting them started
with the old truck. Thanks were also ex-
pressed to Mr. Louis Schneider, who was
described as "a wizard with Ford trucks'
and who gave a lot of assistance with the
overhauling of the engine.
A good sized group of well wishers was
present from Bahama Palm Shores in ad-
dition to the High Banks Fire Fighter vol-
unteers. These were joined by fire fighters
from Casuarina Point, Sgt. Johnson from
the Marsh Harbour Police/ Fire Depart-
ment and Colin Albury from Treasure Cay
Crash Rescue who brought up two vehi-
"We have a corps of three or four vol-
unteers in our fire department here, but
whenever there is a fire everyone joins
in and helps," said Mr. Smith. Following
the dedication all of the firefighters pres-
ent were given a 'tour' of the vehicle and
shown all of its 'bells and whistles.' Mr.
Smith then started the engine to prove to
onlookers that it could start first time, and
he gave a demonstration of the power of
the water jet with assistant High Banks
Fire Chief Stephen Knowles manning the

The Hope Town District Councit would like to wisFt our
residents in Hope Town, Man-O-War Cay, Great Guana Cay
and the wider A6aco community a Happy New Tear.

We wouflf life to tFank youfor your support and commu-
nity participation over tiheyears. WFten Local Government part-
ners witFtyou, tFie residents, on community projects, mucF is
accompfisFied, and we are able to see Local Government at its

We foo forward to working witFt and serving you in this
upcoming year, and in doing so wilC continue to make our dis-
trict an even better place.

May GodcfBess You in 2009!

on chatf of the Council,

Jeremy T. Sweeting
Chief CounciTor
Hope Town District

Jeremy Sweeting
Cfief Councilor

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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian

By J.F. Hedden
I have often drawn allusion to Snake
Cay and its need to remain in the hands
of the Bahamian public. I have often re-
flected on the necessity of preventing its
transfer to private ownership. The existing
proposal for the privatisation and resort de-
velopment of the area seems to have fallen
by the wayside, but I am sure another pro-
posal will come forward in time. Cheap
publicly-owned land is so enticing to de-
velopers. Remember Winding Bay. It must
be prevented from happening here a few
years down the road.
The only way this will happen is by pub-
lic participation over the management and
development of the area. This area must not
only be kept by the public, but perceived
to be kept for the public. With that in mind
the Abaco Public Conservancy is actively
discussing the idea of getting together with
all members of the population of Abaco to
form a cooperative which will then manage
and develop Snake Cay. A major priority
being environmentally sound ideas and
If and when the core cooperative is being
formed, management will be able to negoti-
ate with the Bahamian government to lease
and operate the facility. At the same time
have it all declared an area of special eco-
logical interest with the appropriate trap-
pings. That way it will remain under public
ownership and, perhaps more importantly
to the government certainly, revenue will
begin to be generated for the treasury.
The potential for the area is huge, and
just a few ideas come to mind.
* Docking facility for local freight and
heavy equipment, rock and sand and con-
* The inland area is ideal for an industrial
park development
* Recycling facility and car crushing and
shipment along with the two transfer sta-
tions north and south
* Environmentally conscious residential
construction using the already existing
slabs and roadways
* Moorings and short term tie up for small
boats and safe harbour
* Fish landing
* Retail outlets and restaurants


* Arts and crafts workshops and retail centre
* Marine museum and show site
* Eco-tourism growth and development
* Native landscaping and sales
* Marine, ecological research affiliations
and education
* Public monitoring of the creek system
* Environmentally friendly energy genera-
tion and demonstration
* Leisure and recreational activities
And many, many more.
* The public will benefit through use and
participation in development.
* The Treasury purse will benefit through
leases and royalties.
* The area will benefit.
* Cooperative members will benefit.
* A semblance of proper planning for the
area will begin to take place.
* Employment will be generated and entre-
preneurs encouraged.
* The public will have continued access
and use of the area under the existing laws
and regulations.
Finally, I would reinforce the idea that
public ownership through a cooperative al-
lows every member of the public (of adult
age) to have the opportunity to invest in and
have ownership and more control over the
activities on and around Snake Cay. Every
member has just one vote, so everybody
has a say on management practices, and,
in fact, management is directly answerable
to the membership.

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Despite the tough economic times and
the dip in tourist numbers in the final half
of 2008, Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club
still decided to put a smile on hundreds of
children's faces with its annual Christmas
gift giveaway. Instead of doing the usual
carol service and toy giveaway, Baker's
Bay joined with the Abaco Tourist Office
to give toys at the annual Christmas Fes-
Baker's Bay Director of Human Re-
sources and Training, Simone Bowe,
said, "It was a decision that we felt was
an important one because we always think
it is crucial that we are an important part
of the community and it is important to
give back. We believe in the principle that
what you give comes back. We thought it
very important not to disappoint the kids
this year. Because of the economic times
we are looking at ways we can be more
effective with our spending. We usually
will have our own carol service, but we
are also a partner with the Abaco Tourist
Office and we try to work together. So we

treated the children attending the Christmas Festival
Santa's helper emptied box after box as children lined

thought it fitting to join forces with them
because we are all trying to do the right
thing," she added.
Ms. Bowe said it was easier giving away
the gifts at the Christmas Festival, but they
still miss their own carol service and being
able to make their impact that way as well.
However, a small group of the Baker's Bay
choir did entertain the crowd at the Festi-
val with a sing.
Hundreds of children got an early Christ-
mas gift and were walking around either
grasping tightly onto their gifts or ripping
them open with glee. The gifts were not
cheap dollar store toys either, but qual-
ity toys that even parents were surprised
Ms. Bowe said, "The kids are very hap-
py that Christmas came early and I see that
a lot of them have opened the gifts too. We
got some really nice toys for the kids and
we actually got four different categories.
We got for small girls and boys under the
age of seven and for kids above the age of
seven," she concluded.

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The Abaconian Section B Page 15

Two Abaconians attended International Maritime Conference

By Jennifer Hudson
Maritime Cadet Tevon Strachan of
Treasure Cay, accompanied by Mrs.
Glender Knowles, attended a major Inter-
national Maritime Conference and Trade
Show in Freeport on November 18-21.
The theme for the show was Opportunities
in Maritime and Trade Services and this is
the first time that this conference has been
hosted in The Bahamas. The Bahamas
Maritime Authority was a major sponsor
of this event which was very important for
The Bahamas as its aim was to showcase
The Bahamas to the world; to promote it
as a hub of international trade, to high-
light the benefits and advantages of The
Bahamas Ship Registry and to draw atten-
tion to the latest developments and mari-
time opportunities in The Bahamas. The
Bahamas has held the third largest ship's
registry in the world since 1976 and has
now surpassed the 50 million gross ton-
nage mark.
The conference was opened by the
Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt.
Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham, and was at-
tended by the Minister of the Environ-
ment, the Hon. Earl Deveaux, and many
other dignitaries. The Secretary General
of the International Maritime Organiza-
tion, Mr. Ifthimios Mitropoulos, was
slated to be guest speaker but due to the
urgency of the pirating situation in Soma-
lia requiring his presence the address was
given instead by the Director of the Envi-
ronmental Marine Division, Mr. Miguel
Palomeres. "The conference was huge
and was attended by over 200 delegates
from 11 countries," stated Ms. Glenda
According to Mrs. Knowles, the con-
ference discussed many situations per-

taining to the maritime industry including
new maritime laws and regulations to the
industry as well as focusing on getting
students into the industry by offering jobs
and internships to cadets.
Mr. Dudley Martinborough, Director
of The Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corps,
stated that 244 high school students have
graduated from its Seafarers Training,
Certification and Watchkeeping pro-
gramme and 205 students are presently in
the system. Twenty students are currently
studying for degrees in marine transporta-
tion or engineering at California Maritime
Academy, State University of New York
(SUNY) Marine Academy and Massachu-
setts Marine Academy.
Tevon Strachan was excited to have
had the opportunity to attend the confer-
ence. He graduated from St. Francis de
Sales School last June as Head Boy and an
honours student. He was the only student
from Abaco attending the IMO conference
along with three from Grand Bahama and
twelve from Nassau. Tevon is a cadet in
the STCW programme under the umbrella
of the Nassau group. There is presently no
group on Abaco although they would like
to see a branch here and Ms. Knowles is
doing her best to get one started.
Tevon is planning a career in the mari-
time industry having always been interested
in the sea. "I grew up around the sea, fish-
ing and diving with my father," he stated.
As a result of his marine interest and very
high grades at school, Tevon won a grant
to study at the SUNY Marine Academy
last June. "This opened my eyes to career
options in the maritime industry," he said.
He learned at the conference that such
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Tevon was very excited about his expe-
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were able to do a lot of networking and
dialoging with stakeholders of the vari-
ous companies. "I received a lot of ad-
vice from Bahamas Port Controller Capt.
Anthony Allens on choosing maritime ca-
reers, and he told me that there is a great
demand for people within the industry,"
stated Tevon. This young cadet is hoping
to begin attending Maritime College next
year and has been offered the opportunity
for some excellent hands-on training. At
the conference he was offered a job with
a launch boat company in Freeport which
he hopes to take up very shortly and which
will provide him first rate experience to
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The funeral service for Brendon Kion
Strachan, affectionately called "DD," 24,
of Marsh Harbour was held on December
13 at New Vision Ministries in Marsh Har-
bour. Rev. William Miller assisted by Pas-
tor Andrew Major, Pastor David Caskey
and Pastor Jason Quashie officiated and
interment followed in the Coffey Memo-
rial Cemetery in Marsh Harbour. His is
survived by his mother Exilia Lionel; fa-
ther Roderick Strachan; stepmother Marie
Strachan; grandmothers Lilla Strachan and
Claire Latouche; brothers Brennen Sr.,
Melvin and Rodney Strachan; sisters Vir-
ginia Roberts, Megan and Diana Strachan,
Eve Nicole and Ashley Joseph; adopted
sister Carmelle Baptiste; uncles Herbert
Strachan, Kermey Brown, Francisco Chan-
dler and Leslie Rolle; aunts Greta Culmer,
Ruby Rolle, Courtney Chandler, Melody
McWilliams and Serena Simms; nephews
Shavez Roberts and Brennen Strachan Jr.;
adopted niece Alexandria Baptiste; adopted
nephews Evensky Baptiste and Kareem Ed-
wards; grandaunts Bernice Brown, Estelle
McIntosh, Eva and Rena Adderley, Ruby
Fox, Ethlee Cleare, Nell Strachan, Har-
riett Archer, Gleaka Campbell and Sybil
Archer; brothers-in-law Shavalo Roberts
and Donte Rahming; cousins Carlington
Stuart and family, Jamari Rolle, Gregory
Strachan, Ricardo Chandler, Darren Rus-
sell, Benjamin Allen, Philipa Strachan and
family, Canishka Alexander and family,
Velma Strachan and family, Isabella and
Gabriell Strachan, Marisa Allen, Shazah
and Leandra Rolle; and many other rela-
tives and friends.
The funeral service for Leona Wells
Russell, 77, formerly of Fox Town was
held on December 13th in Nassau. Rev.
Fr. Rodney Burrows, Rev. Fr. Ivan Eldon,
Rev. Fr. Colin Saunders and Archdeacon
James Palacious officiated. Interment was
in Nassau.

She is survived by sons and daugh-
ters Silbert Sr., Eddison, Wendall, Erick
Jr., Anthony (Tony), Keith Sr., Carl-
ton Sr., Michael Russell, Shirley Russell
Greenslade, Darnell Russell Ferguson and
Sherry Nixon; grandchildren Philip Sr.,
Yvette Cooper Johnson, Godfrey Sr., and
Allen Cooper, Silbert Jr., Anthony, Tiano,
Lawrence, Eddice, Eunika, Banca, Donell,
Don, Russchellea, Chasity, Wendy Rus-
sell, Jason, Samatha Major, Gregory, Shir-
gregor Saunders, Edourado Greenslade,
Jermaine, Toneika, Latonya Russell, Re-
naldo (Alph) Munnings, Preston Ferguson
Jr, Lakeisha, Keith Jr., Anfernee Russell,
Shervante, Perdallion Nixon Jr., Chels,
Chad, Chariot, Carlton Jr., (Thunder) and
Shantel Russell; great-grandchildren Na-
than, Keven Thomas, Jenell and Reychard
Harris, Jade and Ken Roker, Rajay, Ra-
shad, Rashicp, Matthais, Ainsely, Ahe-
jah, Antonio, Ashanti, Jaheim, Philiesha,
Kythasia, Phillease, Phillip Jr. and God-
frey Jr.; adopted daughters Mickey Bodie,
Deborah Butler, Amanda Knowles, Fan-
nie Roker, Barbara Saunders and Denis
Denny; adopted son Lionel Mills; sister
Olga Russell; son-in-law Earl Greenslade;
daughters-in-law Patricia Cooper, Marga-
ret, Linda, Sedricka, Linda, Elizabeth and
Janice Russell; sisters-in-law Ruth Wells,
Jeletta Armbrister and Tarma Rolle;
grandsons-in-law Dr. Mark Thomas, Craig
Roker and Kirk Johnson; granddaughters-
in-law Kenisha Major, Isadell, Therea and
Brenda Cooper; and many other relatives
and friends.
The funeral service for Lawrence "Old
Law" Swain, 80, was held on Moore's
Island on December 13. Pastor Genuia
Williams assisted by Pastor Nixon Simms,
Pastor Preston Knowles amd Pastor An-
thony Williams officiated. Interment was
in the Moore's Island Public Cemetery.
He is survived by his daughters Christine

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grandsons-in-law Stephen Alleyne, Ronel-
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granddaughter-in-law Glenda Staurt; god-
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McBride, Lorenzo Stuart; and many other
relatives and friends.
The funeral service for Dr. Catherine
Prendiville, 83, of Sandy Point was held
at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in
Marsh Harbour on December 13th. Father
Roger Madrazo officiated.
She is survived by her son Daniel Prendi-
ville; daughter-in-law Pascale Prendiville;
daughter Dierdre Prendiville; grandchil-
dren Katherine, Patricia, Jennifer and Ol-
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and friends.
The funeral for Richard Tweedie
Sweeting, Jr, 64, formerly of Man-O-War
Cay was held in Nassau on December 12.
Bishop Philemon Wilson, Bishop Thomas
Sands and Dr. Jay Simms officiated. Burial
was in Nassau.
He is survived by his brother Patter-
son Sweeting; sister Minnie Simms; sis-
ters-in-law Elva Sweeting and Margaret
Sweeting; nephews Elvis, Ricky, Terry
and Steve Sweeting; nieces Wendy, An-
gela, Penny, Gloria, Yvonne, Maxine and
Juanita Sweeting; and many other relatives
and friends.
The funderal for Italia Jean Mary, 54,
of Marsh Harbour was held at Feed My
Sheep Church of God in Marsh Harbour on
December 14th. Pastor Licane Renald of-
ficiated assisted by Pastor Oslin Dervil and
Bro. Timothee Renold. Internment was in
the Marsh Harbour Public Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband Pierre
Chgancy; children Enok, David, Guedline,
Isaak, Elimane and Pierre Chancy; nieces
and nephews Abela Jeane, Lesly and Clo-
dia Alcuis, Chedno and Chedna Choute
and China Sumeus; and many other rela-
tives and friends.
The funeral service for Stewart Au-
gustus Sands, 79, of Cherokee Sound
was held at Epworth Methodist Church in
Cherokee Sound on December 17th. Rev.
Seme Joseph officiated. Burial was in the
Public Cemetery.

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Obituaries From Page 16
He is sur-
vived by his
wife Corel-
la Sands;
Vonda Beth-
el; son Rex
Sands; son-
in-law Dar-
ren Bethel;
daughter-in- Stewart Sands
law Naomi Sands; granddaughters Elise
Bethel, Kayleigh Sands and Julianne Sands;
grandson Lance Bethel; stepmother-in-law
Leona McDonald; aunts Bemicer Albury
and Dolly Roberts; uncle Hilbert Pinder;
brother Winer Sands; brothers-in-law Van
McDonald and Wallace McDonald; sis-
ters-in-law Denise McDonald and Ann
McDonald; nieces Berline Elden, Yvonne
Knowles, Stephanie Sands-Sherman, Car-
lene Martin, Monique Martin, Elizabeth
Key, Iva Mae Russell, Charmaine Albury
and Madeline Albury; nephews Chester
Sands, Robert Sands, Clayton Sands, Ste-
phen Sands, Earl Sands, Timothy McDon-
ald and Haziel McDonald; grandnephews;
grandnieces; great-grandnephews; great
-grandnieces; and many other relatives and
The funeral service for George Albert
Albury, 94, of Marsh Harbour was held at
New Vision Ministries on December 20th.
Bro. David Cartwright officiated. Burial
was in the Public Cemetery.
He is survived by sons Ernest and Leslie
(Bookie) Albury; daughters Bessie Pinder,

Lela Bethel
and Ma-
rie Pinder;
and Berchi-
nal Albury;
sister Adina
in-law San- Albert Albury
dra, Donna and Maria Albury; sons-in-
law Thomas (Tommy) and Willie Pinder;
grandchildren Rosie Malone, Barbara
Kemp, Beverly Sawyer; Annette Long,
Sheila Pinder, Danny Pinder, Frankie
Bethel, Calvin Pinder, Lenora Pinder,
Devin Pinder, Brice Albury, Monique
Collins, Robert Albury, Angus Pinder,
Clarice Roberts, Carla Albury, Becky Al-
bury, Clive Albury, Albert Albury, Ernie
Albury, Donavan Albury, Nettia Albury;
grandsons-in-law Kenny Long, Montague
Sawyer, Joel Roberts, Alex Albury; grand-
daughters-in-law Michelle Albury, Conya
Pinder, Jennifer Albury, Lynn Pinder,
Raquel Pinder; great-grandchildren Dana
Malone, Jessica Spicer, Sheyna Sawyer,
Camiel Long, James Kemp, Macy Long,
Martin Malone, Lisa Hall, Carlos Malo-
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Club News

Horticultural Society of The
Bahamas, Abaco Branch, 2nd
By Mirella Santillo
The Horticultural Society of The Baha-
mas, Abaco Branch, met for the second
time at the home of Mrs. Sandra Evans in
Marsh Harbour on December 13th. In spite
of being held on the day of the Christmas
Festival, more than 25 people came to hear
Mr. Jack Hardy talk appropriately about
plants associated with the Christmas sea-
son. The group met on the lawn at the back
of Mrs. Evans' house surrounded by many
full trees and interesting plants.
Mr. Hardy started his presentation by
talking about a Bahamian favorite decora-
tive plant for this time of the year, Bra-
zilian pepper, which got him a couple of
frowns from people considering that tree
an invasive species. Use Brazilian pep-
per for decoration, advocated Mr. Hardy,
since it represents the colors of Christ-
mas, but make sure you contain the seeds
and dispose of them securely to avoid the
spreading of that tree which is very prolific
and could be a threat to native species.
Mr. Hardy accompanied the description
of each item with anecdotes or legends on
how the plant became introduced as a fa-
vorite which added spice to the presenta-

ton. We learnt that an all time Christmas
favorite, the poinsettia, originated from
Mexico, where it grew as a cane. Mr. Joel
Roberts Poinsett, a politician, physician,
diplomat and also botanist, was appointed
the first United States Minister to Mexico
in 1825. He brought the plant back to the
States which was named after him.
Subsequently, in the early 1900 another
botanist, Mr. Paul Ecke, found a way to
make it the bushier ornamental that we
now find in the nurseries around Christmas
time. To illustrate the story, a handsome
full plant with several white flowers was
on display, waiting to be auctioned later.
Poinsettias also come in red and white,
pink and other variations.
Another specimen on show was a crab
cactus more generally called a Christmas
cactus. This succulent is known to produce
blooms in many different colors at this
time of the year. The one we looked at was
a bright pink. It also comes in white, red
and a lighter shade of pink.
A native tree found in many gardens
around town is the Christmas palm, so
called for the many red berries it produc-
"Gardener Jack" did not limit his pre-
sentation to the provenance and description
of the various plants he talked about, he
also mentioned tips on how to grow them.

Poinsettias should be dunked in water and
drained thoroughly. If transplanted in a
garden, they should be placed in full sun
and pruned several times until August, but
not after that. Christmas cacti do not like
too much watering, he warned.
Mr. Hardy was not only the presenter
but also the auctioneer. Varied and inter-
ested species were offered that day, from
tall growing trees such as the African tu-
lip to vegetables such as eggplant or herbs
such as mint. Also auctioned were Mexi-
can sunflowers, black berries lilies, irises,
ferns and fruit trees including guava and
lime. They were all rapidly grabbed by the
avid gardeners who, in some instances,
paid top dollars for their purchase!
The next meeting will take place on Jan-
uary 10 at the home of Mrs. Judy Johnston
in Little Orchard in Marsh Harbour.
RMHYC held
Christmas social
By Rita Wieczorek, Rear Commodore
The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club
held its December social at the Abaco
Beach Resort. During the evening Santa
surprised everyone when he came for
a visit to the dinner party. One hundred

two members and four guests attended the
event. Cocktails were served on the deck
and regalia were available for purchase in
the restaurant bar.
Jim Fenn, Master of Ceremonies, ac-
knowledged the staff and presented the
chef and his assistant with a Royal Marsh
Harbour Cook Book in appreciation of a
lovely dinner.
The only business addressed by Com-
modore Robert Wilson was the resignation
of Margo Clady, Vice Commodore of the
Club. Margo's husband Dennis had a se-
ries of surgeries planned this fall and win-
ter which lead to their decision to stay in
Florida and visit Abaco when Dennis is on
the road to recovery. We wish Margo and
Dennis the best. Commodore Wilson, after
consulting with the Bridge, appointed Jim
Fenn, the Vice Commodore for Margo's
remaining term. It was a great evening and
a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday
The chairpersons for the event were
Judy Williams, Kathy Fenn and Kathy
Sales. They decorated the tables with Santa
and little wrapped gift packages. A draw-
ing was held at the end of the evening with
the winners receiving the centerpieces.

The officers of the Horticulural Society of The Bahamas, Abaco Branch, are shown here.
Sandra Evans, Vice Chairman; Anita Knowles, Secretary; Eleanor Phillips, speaker at
the November meeting representing The Nature Conservancy; Shirley Higgs, Chairman;
and Jack Hardy, Treasurer.

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2009, at 12 noon

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The Abaconian Section B Page 19

Fall Birding on Abaco is Fantastic

By Dr. Woody Bracey
August, September and October finds
great numbers of birds move South for the
winter. Many come through Abaco even
though we're well East of the main mi-
gration route. It even begins in July when
shorebirds finish breeding in the Arctic and
begin to move adults leave first with their
young remaining several weeks to mature
and feed on the dwindling food supply.
How do they know where to go with no
parents to show them the way? It's all in
their genes-they just know!
The sand spit on the southern tip of
Green Turtle Cay is one of the best shore-
birding spots in The Bahamas. Endangered
Red Knots and Piping Plovers are seen
there regularly along with 24 other species
of Sandpipers and Plovers if one includes
the colorful American Oystercatchers.
In mid-September I got a call from
Bruce Purdy on Grand Bahama that two
very rare shorebirds had landed there-
American Golden Plover(only a couple of
Bahamian records) and Ruff, a Eurasian
stray. I flew over to Freeport in time to
catch the Golden Plover but the Ruff had
gone. Grand Bahama does better than Ab-
aco during migration because they have
more freshwater lakes (mainly as water
hazards on the numerous golf courses) and
because they're closer to mainland US and
the mainstream of migration.
During migration and midwinter the to-
tal number of birds as well as the number of
different species doubles in The Bahamas.
Some are only here very briefly during
passage, and one must get out almost daily
to have a chance of seeing all of these. This
year I was fortunate to have three intense
birders here from Scotland who pushed me
to spend a lot of time in the field observ-
ing. As a result we saw all of the expected

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species and several of the more illusive
ones. The wood warblers represent one
of the most challenging families of birds
this time of year because there are so many
possible varieties and most are in confus-
ing fall plumage as they go through.
To date (mid-October) 28 different spe-
cies have been seen here this fall. Just
today my wife Betsy and I found a few
new ones Chestnut-sided and Black-
poll warblers in Crown Haven a special
place where exhausted migrants first make
landfall after their trip across the ocean.
Five Bobolinks, a Blue Grosbeak, a male
Hooded Warbler (one of our most beau-
tiful), two Zenaida Doves and a Merlin
(mid-sized bird-killing falcon) were here
also. Earlier in the morning the lush hard-
wood forest at Angelfish Point yielded two
Magnolia, a Nashville, Prarie, Cape May,
Yellow, Black and White Warblers, Oven-
bird, Northern Waterthrush, Common and
Bahama Yellowthroats and several Greater
Antillian Bullfinches. This property and the
one at Sunset Ridge and adjoining nursery
owned and maintained by the conservation-
minded Mr. Tommy Roberts of Nassau are
real magnets for migrating and wintering
birds on Abaco.
The South of Abaco has some great
birding spots as well. Hole-in-the-Wall
and its lighthouse and Sandy Point serve
as jumping off places for birds continuing
their journey south and big populations
build up here during inclement weather.
On the way south Snake Cay, Bahama
Palm Shores, Crossing Rocks and its
ponds and shoreline and Abaco National
Park are other prime spots. Abaco Parrots
breed in the park but are more easily seen
at Bahama Palm Shore in the early morn-
ing and late afternoon feeding in the exotic
fruiting trees.
A most pleasant
outing at this time of
.^ year is to start out at
- first light to reach Ba-
z t hama Palm Shores be-
tween 7 and 8 a.m. to
see the Parrots, check
the ponds and shore at
Crossing Rocks, look
into the Abaco Nation-
al Park at the "Y" for

migrants and pinewoods species and then
proceed to Sandy Point and its tidal flats
for wading birds.
Flamingoes and Roseate Spoonbills have
been seen here on occasion in addition to
many wading birds at low tide. Nancy's
Restaurant in Sandy Point is an excellent
place for lunch before the long drive back
to Marsh Harbour and other points north.
Bird activity slows up during the hottest
part of the day but resumes in the late af-
Even the built up areas have avian sur-
prises. Red-tailed hawks commonly soar
over Marsh Harbour, and the woods around
Treasure Cay teem with migrants during
a "fallout" when the high flyers literally
fall out of the sky to seek shelter from bad
weather or unfavorable winds. Small birds
usually migrate at night to avoid predators
like Merlin and Peregrine Falcons. One
can tell in the morning if such a fallout has
occurred. Our Scottish friends were treated
to such an event with thousands of small
birds flitting about in the trees close to the
Treasure Cay town center busily feeding
to refuel for their continuing voyage -some
going as far as South America.
If one is serious about maximizing the
total number of species to be seen, then

dumps and sewage outfalls are a must. The
flies attract warblers and other insect eaters
and the worm and bug infested waters bring
in such waders as Pectoral and Stilt Sand-
pipers, Long-billed Dowitchers and White-
rumped Sandpipers, the last migrating all
the way to Tierra del Fuego at the southern
tip of South America. The scenery won't
be pretty at the dump, but the bird life is
amazing! The larger birds such as Hawks,
Limpkins, Yellowlegs and Snipes are more
easily seen in these wide open spaces.
A spotting scope is most helpful in open
locations like this as well as mudflats and
marl overlooks. The field marks can be
studied in this way and proper identifica-
tion made without disturbing the birds. The
challenge of bird identification and appre-
ciation of their beauty can be a lot of fun.
To share in this avian spectacle join
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a.m. the first Saturday of each month or
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School News

ECC Children Visit
Organic Farm
By Mirella Santillo
A few days before the Christmas vaca-
tion, Mrs. Liann Kaighin took a group of
students from Every Child Counts School
on a field trip to her farm on the Chero-
kee Road. The school is for children with
special needs. The nine children were ac-
companied by their teacher, Ms. Amanda
Pennell, teacher's aide Ms. Kerline Blanc
and two other volunteers including Ms.
Astrid Stratton.
Besides visiting the farm and learning
about the various animals living there, they
were to complete an art project, the paint-
ing of an enclosure wall.
Paint and brushes were distributed and
the students immediately became absorbed
in the painting of the different trees, flow-
ers, fruits and vegetables that had been

drawn ahead of time by Mrs. Kaighin.
Soon the wall became alive with a poin-
ciana, pomegranates, colorful red cher-
ries and pumpkins. A purple sugar apple
and banana flower caught one's attention.
Shortly before lunch time, the mural was
done, an array of bright colors.
It was time for a visit to the sheep and
a tour of the farm which is not only the
home of beautifully patterned chickens,
but also of ducks and geese. The children
gathered freshly laid eggs all differently
colored. While the students walked around
the property, a grill was lit and lunch was
Soon everyone was enjoying hotdogs on
a freshly baked bun. The chickens joined
the party, grabbing the crumbs that were
thrown at them.
Adults and kids enjoyed the activities
and the peacefulness of the country. The

Nine students from the Every Child Counts School in Marsh Harbour visited Mrs. Liann
Key's organic farm where they painted a mural on a farm shed.


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only sounds were the chirping of birds and
the crowing of roosters.
St. Francis Celebrated
By Samantha V. Evans
The Real Meaning of Christmas is Christ
was the theme under which St. Francis de
Sales Catholic School held their Christmas
Concert on Thursday evening December
18th at 6:30pm at the Catholic Church. Stu-
dents from all grade levels sang, danced, or

performed Christmas carols on musical in-
struments, all declaring the birth of Christ.
The grade 2 class recited a poem that re-
minded all of us of Jesus' love for us and
the peace that He desires for us to have on
this earth. The recorder group performed
the rosy, cheery Christmas song Joy to the
World that got the littlest voices singing.
The grade 6 students performed a Baha-
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More School News

School From Page 20 on the program were the grade 10-12 Span-
ish students and the preschool students and
brought much humor to the packed church grade one who performed a wonderful
hall. However, at the end of the program, Junkanoo rush out at the start of the con-
we were all reminded to keep Christ at the cert. The organizers of this event were Mr.
center of Christmas, to live a life of peace, Elmer Bongon and Mr. Jose Magno.
and to love one another. Also performing St. Francis de Sales Walk-

By Samantha V.
I On December
12 St. Francis de
Sales School held
its annual walk-a-
followed by a mini-
fun day for the stu-
dents. Only those
students with se-
l curity helmets and
knee pads were al
lowed to ride their
bicycles on this
day. This event is
one of the major
On December 18th students of the Anchor and Interact Clubs of Parent-Teacher's
St. Francis de Sales School visited Social Services along with Mr. Association fund
Cecil Simon to donate boxes of non-perishable goods. Mr. Simon raisers for the
stated that these are goods the students donated to the school as a school year. Par
part of the Thanksgiving celebration held in November. The goods ents assisted with
are to assist Social Services with feeding needy families this holiday keeping the stu-


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The PTA of St. Francis de Sales School in Marsh Harbour held a walk-a-thon/ bike-a-
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dents safe on the walk and provided water
for them. At the school the PTA presi-
dent, teachers and parents assisted with the
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students had numerous forms of entertain-
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days, 242-365-4218 evenings

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Karate students received trophies

By Mirella Santillo
On December 10th, Karate instructor
Sensei Churton Toote presented trophies to
the students who had distinguished them-
selves in his class.
Eighteen-year-old Agatha Curry just re-
ceived her First Degree Black Belt. Ms.
Curry has been a student for five years and
became a black belt recipient over one and
half year ago. She has helped Sensei Toote
with teaching the class for the last three
years since holding her purple belt.
The second student, nine-year-old Black
Belt Joshua Wong was recognized for hav-
ing won the State of Florida Championship
for his age category.
The Karate class now comprises ap-

proximately 30 students ranging from four-
year-old Decklon Bethel, a new addition to
the class and a very promising youngster,
to 13-year-old boys and girls. The follow-
ing children received trophies for outstand-
ing achievements in class: Joshua Penn,
aged 8; Dylan Darville, aged 7; his sister
Hayleigh Darville, aged 10. Sandra Wells,
aged 13, an outstanding student, became a
green belt holder. Eleven-year-old Angelo
Escarmet became Purple Belt and eight-
year-old Lechelle Lightbourn climbed to
Brown Belt status while Jeron Stuart, aged
6, graduated to Yellow Belt.
Karate classes are held Monday and
Wednesday above Abacom from 5:30 to
7:00. Classes will resume the second Mon-
day in January.

Sensei Churton Toote is shown with the his students who received trophies or other hon-
ours for their accomplishments in Karate. He holds classes weekly.


If you would like your church listed here, call 367-2677


ER @ 6;45PM

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Dundas Town Church of God
Where Everybody Is Somebody and Jesus Is Lord!

We exist to:
Reach, Develop,
Train, Love
and Send

Prayer Meeting 6:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Worshin 6:00 p.m.
Jesus Saves

Weekdays (Prayer Meeting)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 5:00 a.m.
Monday Night 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday Night F.T.H. 7:00 p.m.
Friday Youth Night 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday Family Night

For Transportation call Rev. Jerry Cornish at 367-2457
or 367-4719 (church) or contact Bro. Val Nesbitt at 367-5565
Bishop Anthony Campbell
242-367-4718 or cell phone 242-457-5565 Dtcog@coralwave.com


Eastern Abaco Region of
The Methodist Church
All are welcome to worship with us
St. James
Hope Town

Sunday Services
9:30 & 11
Mission House


St. Andrews
Dundas Town
Sunday Services
11 a.m & 7 p.m.
Office 367-3050
Manse 367-4647

Epworth Chapel
Cherokee Sound
Sunday Services
11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Mission House




Reivax Trucking 242-351-8640
Engines: 03 3.5 Altima, 03 2.2 Eco Tech,
97 Avalon
Transmission: Expdetiion, Toyota Windon, 03
Altima 3.5 Gear Box, 03 Cavalier gear box
Interior: Leather, Taurus, Malibu, Cadillac
Cars for sale: 01 Malibu, 02 Lesabre, 01 Tauru
Dump Trucks: $12,000 ea, 40' flat bed, $1200 ea
Motor Bike: 600 Katana
Used Parts: All Makes, All Models

Tropical $uvenirg
Straw Baskets Shirts Hats
Casual Wear Gifts Souvenirs
Androsia Fabric
Located Don MacKay Blvd. and Airport
Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour
Mon- Sat7:30 -5 Sun 10- 5
Visa and MasterCard Accepted


I Phone 577-0184 577-0220
PO. BoxAB 20432, Marsh Harbour Abaco

Big Cat Equipment
Rentals: Backhoe Dump Trucks
SD3, D5 & D8 Tractors Payloaders
- Excavators
* Land clearing
* Fill, rock, sand, soil
* Trenching Foundations
Tel: 242-367-2655 Fax: 242-367-2464
Cell: 242-577-5322 242-359-6839

Abaco Carpets
Ron Paul Cabinets Plus
opposite Lowe's Pharmacy
Phone: 367-0541 367-0546
Kitchen Cabinets 2" Faux Blinds
Commercial and Residential Carpets
Carpet Accessories and Installation
Laminate Flooring

Abao Island Pharmacy
Prescriptions Testing
Beauty Supplies Vitamins
Ricardo Miller, Pharmacist
Hours 8:30 am 6 pm
Sundays 9 am 12 Noon
Ph. 367-2544
Cell 554-8183
Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb.
Fax 367-6544

B's Sunrise
Souvenirs Cuban Cigars Casual Clothing
TShirts Venus Swimwear Jewelry
Children's Clothing and lots more ...
Located in Simmon's Plaza next to Snack Shack
Mon -Sat 9 -5 Phone:(242) 367-4822

Employment Opportunity
with a progressive company

Manager Needed
with Bachelor's Degree and
at least 5 years experience in business
Requires marketing and staff management skills
Send resume to Manager, P.O. Box SS 6140, Nassau, Bahamas

January 1, 2009

January 1, 2009 The Abaconian

Section B Page 23


has won again
The South Florida Bodybuilding, Fitness
and Figure Championships was held on
November 29 in Hialeah, Florida. Veteran
bodybuilder Arthur Elden competed and
won the Heavyweight Division of the mas-
ters over 60. This was the last show for the
year. Arthur competed in three shows in
the US, placing first in the Southern States,
third in the East Tennessee and now first
in the South Florida show. Traveling with
Arthur was his wife Sally. This was the
first show she has attended in 25 years.
Arthur did an interview with John Haw-
ley on his 51 years in bodybuilding. This
will be on www.musclepopa.com in the
coming weeks.

Council members were given a short pre-
sentation by Mr. Frank Knowles, who pro-
posed to offer guided Segway tours on Elbow
Cay and wanted Council's approval in prin-
ciple for the concept. Segway is a two-wheel
transportation device allowing a person low
speed transportation. Apparently these are be-
ing used in Nassau for this purpose. Ques-
tions arose over licensing requirements which
were not answered. These battery powered
devices allow a person to travel on sidewalks
or roadways at speeds slightly above a normal
walking speed. Information is to be provided
on the Nassau operation and how they were
accepted there.

Extensive discussion centered on expansion
of the graveyard which is essentially at its ca-
pacity. A vacant piece of land has been found
close to town with a clouded title, and it was
proposed to ask government if this could be
reserved for a future cemetery.
It was disclosed that $10,000 was given
to the Man-O-War community by Mr. Edi-
son Key, MP for South Abaco, for repairs to
a public dock. However, the repairs would
have cost much more than this. The funds
were shared between the ball field and a new
private school. The renovations to the public
dock will be done when sufficient funding is
available, probably later in 2009.

Local Government at Work

Hope Town District Council 18 Nov 08

.i assinTeu uver l 5eme T niu;

Items for Sale. Commercial Service. Cars & Boats

Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10
Picture and 4 lines $25
Additional lines at $2 per line
Display classified $18 per column inch
We can take the photo within the Marsh
Harbour area or use your photo.
Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677

Office Clerk Position
for Abaco Office
All applicants should possess the following:
* Strong computer skills
* Experience using a switchboard
* A pleasant personality
* The ability to liaise and interact with cus-
tomers in a professional manner
* Excellent communications and teamwork
* The ability to multi-task
Messenger Position
for Abaco office
All applicants should possess the following:
* A valid Driver's License
* A professional safe-oriented attitude
* The ability to handle sensitive and confiden-
tial documents
* The ability to communicate professionally
with office and clients
* To maintain accurate records of packages
picked up and dropped off.
Procurement & Assets Assistant
for Abaco Office
All applicants should be able to do the fol-
* Inventory control
* Purchasing & ordering of equipment parts
* Licensing of vehicles
* Truckers' control
* Equipment movement control between the
three offices
* Bitumen tanks tracking
* Service department tracking and scheduling
preventive services
* Strong computer skills
* Dealing with Customs Brokers on shipping
and cost effective ways of moving freight
* Soliciting Quotes from vendors
Please fax resumes to:
Human Resources manager
Wanted PADI Divemaster or Rescue diver
to work for small out island dive company.
Only drug free Bahamian applicants need ap-
ply. Accommodations provided. Send resume
to diveguana@yahoo.com or fax to 365-5121
Wanted young person with boating experi-
ence and good swimming ability to train to
work as crew on dive boat. Only drug free
Bahamian applicants need apply. Accommoda-
tions provided. Send resume to diveguana@
yahoo.com or fax 365-5121

For all your vertical and mini-blind needs con-
tact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031

Wholesale Diapers Available starting at $28
per case. All name brands. We will ship to Out
Islands. Call toll free 242-300 1213 for more
4 sets of PGT double French doors, 1 PGT
single door $6995 for all. Still crated. Call
367-2452 for more info
Washer/Dryer Frigidaire Gallery heavy duty,
extra large capacity. Front loader, never used,
in plastic. Duty paid. Available for viewing
Dec. 19th thru Jan. 7th (Lubbers Quarters)
Call 242-458-4246 or email nataliegoff@bell-
south.net after Jan 7.

87 Volkswagen Cabriolet Convertible $3500
OBO. Call 365-8417 or 365-8507 or email
92 Ford Ranger. Asking $4,500. Call 367-
2895/ 477-5644
02 Ford F250 Super Duty 7.3L power stroke
diesel, automatic, 4WD, A/C, power windows
and locks, tool box, etc. Very clean & solid
truck. $21,000 Call Billy 577-6211 or 366-
2806 after 6 pm
05 Ford F-150 pick up, black, standard shift,
$9,995. Call 367-2452
05 Honda Recon 250, 4 wheeler, low hours.
Asking $4,000 Call 365-6143/ 365-6115

07 Chevy Silverado, one owner, low mileage.
Call 367-3197 after 6 pm or 242-359-6354 or
365-6193 after 6. $19,000 OBO
Golf cart, 2002 Club Car Villager, gas, 2
passenger. US $4,000 Call 367 -3262


16' Wahoo 1985 Boston Whaler copy, 70
HP 1994 Yamaha, trailer, poling platform to
bonefish, rigged & ready, runs great, dutied
$4500 Call 561-248-1098 or 359-6699

17' Maverick Flats Boat, 97, 90 HP Yamaha,
200 hours, trailer, excellant condition $10,000.
Phone 561-743-4732 or neandrossest@att.net.
Boat in Treasure Cay
17' Boston Whaler w/ trailer. Asking $9,000
Call 367-2895/ 477-5644

'- -

19' Boston Whaler, '96, very well maintained,
center console, w/ T-top (side & front wind
screen) outriggers (new) 120 HP Johnson,
twin batteries, full electronics (new in boxes
$2,000+) full cover, trailer, and + + +, docu-
mented, DUTY PAID. $15,000 E-mail lex-

19.5' Spanish Wells built 2004, 115 HP
Yamaha. $27,000 OBO. Cell 359-6890, Ph.
365-4402 or 365-4033

22' Com Boat, 96, includes Bimini top, dive
board, ladder, VHF radio, cooler & fresh water
tank. Asking $7,000 Call 365-6143/ 365-6115

24' Glasstream 2007 beautiful like-new hull
for sale, only $28K. See at National Marine in
MH or call 577-0534


20' anamrocK w/ Cummms 210 Diesel, RE-
DUCED! Runs great, very reliable, cuddy
cabin, extras. OWNER MUST SELL! $15,000
c)NT/ iAA 7-^ 'i C7n7'7-none

2 rGJauy VVIILe hallInisi, tWL I amiaiia L2z
HP engines, mint condition, cuddy cabin w/
head & sink. A/C at shore power. $43,900 OBO
Call 577-0004 or email camydm3@aol.com
28' Custom Michael Fitz, center consul day
express, w/ tower and dive pla tform, single
screw 250 HP Cummins diesel (Over Heated).
Located in Green Turtle. Asking $12,000 Call
772-419-5119 or dannv@mobvmarine.com

28' Bertram SF twin diesel, Port engine needs
work. Have parts to fix. $15,500 Will trade for
open fisherman w/ outboard. Ph. 242-366-2065
or 577-0356

39' Carver Motor Yacht, 2005, loaded, Volvo
350 HP diesels, Zodiac Rib on a hydraulic lift
included, under 500 hrs, 2 beds/2 baths, great
shape, ready to go. Must see at slip 11 at the
Conch Inn. $395k. Call 386-679-7170

44' Sea Ray 44eb 1996, twin low hr 350hp cats,
8.0k Westerbeke genset, beautiful condition
throughout. $129,000 or will trade for open
fisherman. Located in Man-O-War harbour.
Call Andrew 561-389-8891 or e mail

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The Abaconian January 1, 2009


Private estate perfect for entertain-
ing. Highlighted by a fully furnished
5 bedroom residence, free-form
pool, and 10 ft. ceilings. Ideal re-
tirement home or vacation villa.
S1,250,000. Ref. AS11005

Unique 23,358 sq. ft. hilltop lot with
access to luxury amenities and
views across the Ritz Carleton man-
aged Abaco Club at Winding Bay,
golf course, and ocean.
$2,925,000. Ref. AS10647

Half acre building sites within a pri-
vate waterfront community. Fea-
tures include underground electricity,
private dock slip, beach access, and
views of the Sea of Abaco.
$595,000. PS10659

Beautiful 8 acre parcel on pristine
Basin Harbour Cay perfect for a se-
cluded getaway or an eco-resort if
purchased and combined with adja-
cent 9+ acre tract
$249,000. Ref. PS10700

Unique 9,750 sq. ft. property with
sea views in the popular gated com-
munity of Sunrise Bay. Additionally,
a private dock slip can be acquired.
All amenities nearby.
$249,900. Ref. AS11026

Lovely 10,489 sq. ft. homesite in the
quiet Abaco Ocean Club. Just steps
to the Western shoreline and a short
walk or golf cart ride to the commu-
nity dock.
$84,500. Ref. AS10969

Last chance to obtain a homesite in 41.6 acre tract comprising rolling
the prestigious and gated Great hills and views to the Sea of Abaco
Abaco Club. This 7,630 sq. ft. canal and surrounding area. Ideal site for
lot has easy access to pool, tennis development purposes or as a pri-
courts, and beach. vate estate.
$260,000. Ref. AS10731 $1,040,000. Ref. AB5178

Enjoy cool breezes and panoramic
vistas from this elevated 1.267 acre
estate site overlooking the 7th and
8th holes within the luxurious Ritz-
Carlton Abaco Club.
$1,900,000. Ref. AS10995

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