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Abaconian
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Keep Abaco Beautiful held award ceremony


School, groups and individuals were recognized
By Jennifer Hudson
Several people were recognized for their
commitment to beautifying the environment
at an awards ceremony on September 26 at
the New Vision Ministries Centre. Receiv-
ing the Educational award was Hope Town
Primary School with the S.C. Bootile High
School in second place. The Friends of the
Environment award went to the settlement
of Cherokee with the Sandy Point Beau-
tification Committee in second place and
the Rotary Club of Abaco in third. Receiv-
ing the Volunteer award was Tom Hazel of
the Hope Town with Randy Key in second
place and Yvonne Key in third. Mr. Key
and Mrs. Key are both residents of Marsh
Harbour. Special awards were presented to
the Hon. Earl Deveaux for his support and
passion for Abaco and to Charity Armbris-
ter for whom this would be the last visit to
Abaco in her present official capacity.
Mr. Jim Richard, President of Friends
of the Environment, welcomed nominees
and visitors to the First Annual Keep Aba-


The Hope Town Primary School won first place in the school div
dance Key, is in the foreground on the right. The school has many programs of beautification, clean-up and recycling.


Please see KAB Page 2


growth and
By Jennifer Hudson
The 5th Annual Abaco Business Outlook
Seminar was held on September 25 at the
New Vision Ministries Centre. The theme
for this year was Understand the PRES-
ENT; Plan for the FUTURE. Twelve speak-
ers, both national and local, shared their
knowledge and expertise to shed light on
the current influences on Abaco's economy
and to suggest ways forward. The speakers
covered a wide range of topics from en-
vironmental issues to infrastructural needs


challenges
and business opportunities. The forum was
opened by Mr. Michael Albury, President
of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce, who
presented an official welcome. In speaking
of "the evil cancer of crime which has in-
fected the Abaco community," he pleaded
with the business community to help come
to grips with crime to assure the success of
Abaco's long-term economy.

Please see Seminar Page 10


Royal Bahamas Defence Force

Band entertained in concertI


The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band with 44 members performed a concert at
the Abaco Beach Resort that was outstanding. The program included some of their
talented members who entertained wih vocal numbers and even a comedian, Ms. Sy-
mone Beneby.
By Jennifer Hudson. Hon. Tommy Turnquest, Minister for
The Band of the Royal Bahamas De- National Security; Commodore Clifford
fence Force provided a rare treat for Scavella, Commander of the Defence
Abaconians on September 27 when it per- Force and Mr. Edison Key, Member of
formed in concert at the Abaco Beach Re- Parliament for South Abaco.
sort in a programme entitled Our Defin- The band thrilled the audience with
ing Moment. The concert was under the its wide variety of genres ranging from
distinguished patronage of the Rt. Hon. classical and military to contemporary
Hubert A. Ingraham and Mrs. Ingraham
and drew a full house which included the Please see Band Page 4

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Seminar studied Abaco's


University group suggested

future enhancements of towns


This is the suggested waterfront along the creek at Sandy Point as depicted by the
students of Andrews University. They did a planning exercise to show possibilities of
future enhancement of that town. The group of 25 students along with several profes-
sors did much field work for a study to improve Marsh Harbour's waterfront, the Mud
and Sandy Point. Their complete work will be available by the end of the year. They
stressed going back to old Bahamian architecture and making the waterfront the spe-
cial feature of each town. See story on page 16.


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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian


Keep Abaco Beautiful wants to improve Abaco


KAB From Page 7
co Beautiful Awards Ceremony sponsored
jointly by the Ministry of Tourism and the
Friends of the Environment. He informed
that last year the Keep Abaco Beautiful pro-
gramme was recognized by Keep America
Beautiful which brings many advantages.
The focus of the programme is on
Litter prevention
Beautification
Waste Reduction and Education
Mr. Don Cornish, Director of Tourism
for Abaco, in presenting his report, out-
lined the goals of the Keep Abaco Beautiful
programme as
Conservation
Preservation
Changing the mindset of the people
Promoting a positive image of Abaco


Better management of the environment
Several ways to assist in the beautifica-
tion of the environment were suggested.
Adopt an area Areas still needing
attention are the S.C. Bootle Highway,
Crossing Beach, Union Jack dock, Don
MacKay Boulevard and Forest Drive.
Litter prevention which encompasses
litter from events, promoting proper dis-
posal, receptacle drive and sponsoring of
bins.
Beautification opportunities through
group and community efforts. Suggestions
are the following: Best Kept Yard competi-
tion; planting community gardens, remov-
ing derelict buildings and cars, community
clean-ups, removal of graffiti.
Mr. Cornish entreated, "Let's make
this a place to be proud of," and offered
various suggestions of how to get involved


Cherokee Sound won first place as the community most committed to the environment.
Mrs. Kathyann Sawyer is holding a plaque and certificate for the town. Shown here are
Capt. and Mrs. Michael Bethel of Cherokee, Cha Boyce of Friends of the Environment,
Mrs. Sawyer, Mrs. Lee Pinder, Mrs. Jo-Ann Bradley and Mrs. Peggy Albury, all of
Cherokee Sound.


and help which in-
cluded the following:
corporate sponsorship,
individual donations,
in kind contributions,
volunteer efforts,
adopt an area such as
roundabouts, parks or
beaches. He made a
plea for the reduction
of waste through re-
cycling of aluminum
cans, batteries, scrap
metal, old appliances
and bottles stating that
there are recycling de-
pots in Marsh Harbour
and recycle bins are
available from Friends
of the Environment for
events.
Ms. Charity Arm-
brister, Tourism's Di-
rector of Out Islands,
highlighted some of the
many accomplishments
of Keep Abaco Beauti-
ful which included cer-
tification by the Keep
America Beautiful
program, the first Best
Kept Yard competition,


Mr. Tom Hazel of Hope Town won first place for Volunteer
services and was presented with his certificate by the Hon.
Earl Deveaux. His efforts as manager of the Hope Town Har-
bour Lodge earned him this distinction. The Lodge uses all
biodegradable disposable products, uses seaweed for mulch,
uses low energy light bulbs and has other policies that are
friendly to the environment.


partnership with


local government for "Welcome" signs in-
corporating natural stone finish, and ongo-
ing initiatives such as littering and clean-up
campaigns. She thanked Bernadette Hall
for her passion for the programme and
Winsome Ferguson for her assistance.
Keynote speaker, Mr. Deveaux, was in-
troduced by Mr. Earlston McPhee, Direc-
tor of Sustainable Tourism, as competent,
committed and passionate. Min. Deveaux


shared some of the concerns and issues we
grapple with. "Global issues are now be-
ginning to crash in on our community," he
stated and mentioned two in particular.
Global climate change. Rising energy
costs are affecting everyone in the world.
Climate change is impacting Hope Town
and Man-O-War even more. The Bahamas

Please see KAB Page 73


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HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY
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HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #3125
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Page 4 Section A The Abaconian


October 15, 2008


Concert thrilled audience with a variety of music


Band From Page 1
and jazz. They Saluted Henry Mancini,
paid Tribute to Glen Miller and wandered
down memory lane with KC and the Sun-
shine Band in rousing renditions. They got
everybody's feet tapping with some lively
Rake and Scrape.
Not only are the members of the band
talented instrumentalists but most are also
gifted vocalists. Several joined in a pow-
erful performance of Total Praise while
two soloists performed items of a lighter
nature. Woman Marine Angel Reckley
gave a commanding performance of the
Ella Fitzgerald song A Tisket a Tasket and
who would ever had guessed that it was the
band's drummer singing the Stevie Won-
der song, Superstition? He not only sound-
ed like Stevie but even looked like him and
was brought to the stage very convincingly


guided by another Defence Force officer.
In a more subdued mood the band per-
formed two favourites, My Heart Will Go
On and One Moment In Time in which they
were joined by seven young members of
the bands of Wesley College and Abaco
Central High School. On each island they
visit, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force
Band invites talented musicians to join
them for a couple of pieces. These young
people were chosen and received the music
two weeks before the concert to practice
and then rehearsed with the band the day
before the performance. They certainly did
themselves, their schools and Abaco proud
with their competent performance and it
must certainly have been a wonderful-nev-
er-to-be-forgotten experience for them. As
a result, perhaps some of them may even
consider later joining the band as a career.
The band's absolute defining moment


A Royal Bahamas Defence boat, the HMBS Nassau, brought the band members direct to
Marsh Harbour while a bus and a truck for ground transportation for band members and
their instruments came into Sandy Point on the Fast Ferry.


for me was when they performed military
selections as I felt that this was their fin-
est forte. The Royal Air Force March Past
was magnificent and sent shivers down the
spine. Poinciana, a military march with a
Bahamian twist, was written and arranged
by Bahamian musician Oscar Dames.
As an added bonus to all of the great
entertainment of the evening, the audi-
ence was treated to a comedy performance
during the intermission by Ms. Symone
Beneby. She is one funny lady and had the
audience holding their sides.
As a prelude to the concert, a video was
shown depicting defining moments in the
life of our country and a history of the
band leading up to its
own defining moment,
narrated by Petty Offi-
cer Kevin Moss.
It takes much or-
ganization and a huge
amount of money to
take the band to the is-
lands and put on a con-
cert of this magnitude.
But if ever the Royal
Bahamas Defence
Force Band comes to
Abaco again, be sure
not to miss it.
A Press
Conference at
Radio Abaco
By Jennifer Hudson
A press confer-
ence was held at Ra-
dio Abaco on Septem- T R
The Royal Baha
ber 24 as a prelude to e wih
the concert. Arriving dience with voca
ahead of the rest of the multiple talents.
tempo.


band were Sub Lt. Bertram Bowleg, Band
Director, two other bandsmen and three
bands women. Mr. Bowleg stated that the
band has taken on a new initiative in their
drive to take the band to all of the Family
Islands and that this would be their debut in
concert on Abaco. "People have seen the
Marching Band before but this will be the
first time they have seen the concert band
here," he stated. "It will be a very elegant
night," he continued, "featuring jazz, gos-
pel, military, Bahamian and classical mu-
sic, in fact, everything you love."

Please see Band Page 9


mas Defence force oana entertained ts au-
Il music as many of the band members have
The music was lively and rhymthic with a fast


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Seminar looked at Abaco's growth and future


Min. Deveaux stressed control of

growth for sustained development


Seminar From Page 1
Sustainable Management of the Natural
Resources Environment of the Bahamas
was the topic of the keynote speaker, the
Hon. Dr. Earl Deveaux, Minister for the
Environment, who told his audience that
The Bahamas is facing a number of chal-
lenges. "We have one of the most diverse
ecosystems in the world and our terrestrial
and marine resources are important to the
Caribbean region. We have major fisheries
and fishing is second only to tourism. The
proximity of The Bahamas to the United
States coupled with our climate and en-


vironment have kept us in demand as the
most ideal cruise and vacation destination
in the world.
"Marinas have a negative impact on our
environment. Public education and forward
planning are needed and must be accompa-
nied by a plan to preserve our ecosystems.
The flats of The Bahamas have been rated
among the best in the world for fly fish-
ing, sport fishing, boating and canoeing.
We must promote and develop sustainable
outdoor experiences. Our marine resources
and mangroves are all under stress. Our
Bahamian forest is consistently underval-
ued and is of inestimable value so aware-


ness needs to be restored.
"As far as agriculture, we have never
been abreast of world standards and be-
cause of our failure to adapt, business went
elsewhere. Resources and education will
be crucial to the sustainable development
of our natural resources in order to become
self sustainable. Work ethics and poor at-
titudes must be addressed."
Min. Deveaux emphasized the impor-
tance of education and the need for dis-
ciplined, trained minds and trained sci-
entists. "We must invest in learning to
continue to grow; this is necessary for our
own survival. We must explore alternative
energies; and we must have sound business
investment. We need trusted partnership
between the public and business sector and


partnerships with environmental groups."
He offered some specific suggestions for
Abaco. "Marsh Harbour needs to refurbish
instead of expand. People must help make
the environment more healthy. The use of
the new energy efficient light bulbs and
solar water heaters will greatly reduce the
amount of energy used. The Schooner Bay
Development is a good model and Baker's
Bay and Hope Town are living models of
the precepts I am outlining."
Min. Deveaux ended his talk by saying
how richly blessed we are with our natu-
ral resources, especially our marine envi-
ronment which we must protect. We must
practice environmental stewardship of the
resources which will improve our quality
of life.


The Hon. Earl Deveaux, Minister of the Environment, right, was the keynote speaker at
the Abaco Business Outlook Seminar held on September 25 at New Vision Ministries. He
stressed the need for protecting our environment, particularly our marine resources. He
is talking with Mr. John Schaeffer and William Johnson, Abaco's resident engineers.




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Mr. Romauld Ferreira, an Environmen-
tal Consultant and lawyer, focused his talk
on environmental law and began by stat-
ing that he feels that The Environmental
Health Services Act of 1987 is the best
piece of legislation. "There is a need for
The Bahamas to have national and local
regulations and environmental procedures.
Unsanitary conditions are a no-no. What
are we doing about it? We need regulations
to measure up but these are lacking. These
regulations must be clearly outlined to po-
tential investors and must be standardized
by law. Potential investors must be told up
front about our environmental laws. Dif-
ferent things are required of Bahamian and
foreign investors and this leads to feelings
of victimization."
Mr. Ferreira spoke of the challenges


facing eco-tourism. "Eco-tourism is not
just aesthetics but we must think five gen-
erations ahead. The impact of tourism can
be devastating; we must be careful to man-
age the impact of tourism, and we must
strengthen planning procedures and poli-
cies. Government is trying. Every large
project must undergo an Environmental
Impact Assessment (EIA) but what about
smaller projects? We need a mandatory
list for who must undergo an EIA and pru-
dence must prevail."
In speaking of Abaco specifically, Mr.
Ferreira referred to Marsh Harbour as the
nation's second city. "Abaco offers all of
the eco-systems The Bahamas has to of-

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fer plus all
of the eco-
nomic activi-
Sties. There
is a wide
gamut of
pressure on
the ecosys-
tems. Make
no mistake
Mr. Romauld Ferreira about it, the
investors are here for the coastline; we
must be careful or the beaches will all be-
come private property. The areas which
are most important, such as the beaches,
mangroves and coppice, are the least pro-
tected and must be seriously looked at."
Mr. Ferreira touched briefly on envi-
ronmental liability saying that charges can
be pressed on two counts:
Nuisance public and private (if you
own the land)
Negligence for example, if a non-natu-
ral substance comes onto your property.
In closing, Mr. Ferreira stated that our
greatest challenge is that we need develop-
ment, but that it must be sustainable for all
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Tourism facts and figures about


Abaco were
The topic presented by Mr. Frank J.
Comito, Executive Vice President of the
Bahamas Hotel Association, was the fo-
cus of the entire seminar, Understand the
Present: Plan for the Future. "Planning is
nothing without management," he stated.
In underlining the point that Abaco life de-
pends on tourism, he presented many im-
portant figures.
Over the past four years there has been
a 20 percent increase in air arrivals.
Sea stopovers are down due to a rash
decision by the former government to im-
plement a policy without consultation re-
garding fishing regulations which resulted
in people going someplace else. This has,
fortunately, now been rectified.
In 2007 air stopovers from private air-
craft were up which is something only seen
on Abaco.
The number of vacation homes is up.
Abaco has 20 percent of the nation's
boats and marina slips.
The number of nights stayed is higher
than the national average so visitors are
spending more money here.
Many people are visiting more than
five times which is only happening here.
Nationally about 90 percent of people
say they are likely to recommend The Ba-
hamas but 99 percent say they are likely
to recommend Abaco. This is incredibly
strong and is exceptional globally.
Competitive edge according to visitors:
* Incredible natural beauty of sun, sand,
sea, the people, culture and proximity to
the United States
* Competitive edge anecdotal


encouraging
* Multi island destination
* We draw on the talent of many expatriates
* Self sufficient entrepreneurial community
* Diversity of what attracts.
"We cannot rest on our laurels," warned
Mr. Comito. Bad things visitors say about
Abaco are:
It is more expensive.
Taxi fares are highway robbery.
Places are closed when they need some-
thing to eat.
Food on the menu is not available.
Power and water are off every day; the
infrastructure needs fixing.
Things that are ugly on Abaco:
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"This is all correctible," stated Mr. Co-
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growth. Maybe a short term impact along
with the vulnerability of the airline indus-
try. Abaco is appealing to the 'high end'
market. There is continued growth in vaca-
tion home ownership and continued marina
development."
What does this tell us?
Abaco is on an upward growth trend
line. Tourism related growth Implications
are the following:
* Demands on physical infrastructure -
Electricity, water, waste treatment and
disposal, roads, airports, seaports, schools
and public facilities
* Development of our people Education,
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This year two university groups have
given professional advice on our growth
and expansion a student group from Mas-
sachusetts Institute of Technology this
summer and a second student group from
Andrews University in Michigan in late
September. It is not clear at this time if
these two groups are making parallel stud-
ies or if each has different objectives.
Twenty-five students from Andrews Uni-
versity School of Architecture in Michigan
just returned to their school after spending
an intensive ten days here. During their
limited time they focused on four issues:
the Marsh Harbour business district, the
settlement of Sandy Point, undeveloped ar-
eas of South Abaco and, for good measure,
they made some suggestions on improving
conditions in the Mud and Pigeon Peas.
Their lead person, Assistant Professor An-
drew von Maur, gave five public presenta-
tions on their work as it progressed, two in
Sandy Point and three in Marsh Harbour.
The students and their professors ex-
pect to release a comprehensive study and
analysis in December which will be avail-
able in its entirety on the Internet. This will
include more than innovative sketches of
land use. They are expected to make sug-
gestions for legislation and regulations for
Central and Local Government to consider
in managing growth issues. There may be
suggestions related to Local Government's
involvement in the long range issue of town
planning. There is much room for Local
Government to be more aggressive in our
long range planning process.
The students were appalled at Marsh
Harbour's chaotic traffic situation. Their
sketches and suggestions frequently point-
ed to the need for more cross streets and
additional roads to give motorists more op-
tions and provide access to more undevel-
oped property.
During presentations in Sandy Point and
Marsh Harbour, they gently chided the au-
diences for not taking better advantage of
their waterfronts. They felt that both towns
had much waterfront potential that was be-
ing overlooked.
The undeveloped Atlantic coast of
South Abaco, in their view, lends itself to


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limited development using small residential
clusters, each separated by a mile of native
vegetation. These would be self sustain-
ing, off the utility grid, using wind or so-
lar energy sources. In many respects, this
concept follows Abaco's traditional growth
which has been in small incremental steps
as opposed to single massive resort devel-
opment which seems to be coming into
style now. Perhaps the current financial
crunch will put a damper on some of these
larger projects.
Much of their presentation focused on
preservation of the environment by build-
ing smaller on available vacant sites in our
present communities. In support of this,
they showed examples of Hope Town,
Green Turtle Cay and Harbour Island
which all have a much higher building den-
sity than Marsh Harbour, yet all are con-
sidered as being desirable and acceptable.
For those interested, a glimpse into the
Andrews University student's ten days here
can be seen by visiting their web site www.
planningabaco.org.
We are not sure when the results of the
MIT study will be released.
The expanding role
of local government
Abaco's explosive growth has been a
challenge to both central government and
local government. Laws, regulations and
rules are in place but enforcement is incon-
sistent. Furthermore, our diverse boards,
committees and councils, which pass
judgement or make recommendations are
generally looking at satisfying immediate
issues and are not considering the effect as
the area continues to grow,


Uiewpwini
By Julian Lockhart
I would have never thought in my life
time I would have seen a black man or
woman nominated as the presidential can-
didate for a major political party in the
United States of America.
However, history was made on August
28th, 2008, when Barack Obama officially
accepted the Democratic nomination for
president in front of over 70,000 screaming
fans at Invesco Field in Denver, Colorado.
Obama's speech came 40 years to the date of
the "I have a dream" speech by Dr. Martin
Luther King and has proven that race rela-
tions in America have drastically changed.
No one will be foolish enough to say that
racism in America is a thing of the past as
Obama has received hate mail, threats and
even national media houses have expressed
their discontent with him as the future lead-
er of the country based on his supposed re-
ligious background, name or race.
Obama has been preaching hope and
change from day one on his campaign trail
and has brought together people from all
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Another constraint on realistic future
planning is a lack of continuity in the lo-
cal political process. Town committee
members and area councils are subject to
change every three years and the statutory
boards are subject to change within a one,
two or three year term, at their council's
discretion.
Additionally, Abaco is divided into sev-
en local government districts which have
had no particular reason to act together for
any common cause. On October 1 a his-
toric first occurred when five of Abaco's
seven chief councillors met in Marsh Har-
bour to discuss common issues. They felt
it was beneficial and hope to meet several
times a year. Common issues might in-
clude traffic, trash handling, tourism and
environmental issues.
The laws and regulations imposed by
central government apply equally to the en-
tire island. Some districts apply their will
and their interpretation of the regulations
rather stringently while other districts are
more lax.
Many issues which relate to a commu-
nity's growth are not rigidly defined and
must be resolved by common sense and a
view to present and future community val-
ues. This is not an easy task.
There seems to be a growing movement
by central government to encourage local
government to take more control over local
issues and become more responsible. Local
government members must learn to use the
authority they have been given.
Town planning regulations are under re-
view and we suspect that recommendations
by these two universities may find practi-


... Changing
been rapidly growing over the past 18
months.
In Obama's acceptance speech he out-
lined how as president he will change the
economy of America, responsibly end the
war in the Middle East and change the
world's perception of American foreign
policy.
He stated that as president his govern-
ment will cut taxes for 95 percent of the
working class, stop giving tax breaks to
companies that send jobs overseas and give
those breaks to American companies that
create and keep jobs at home.
If Obama is elected as president and he
stands by his economic plan to up lift the
middle class and create a stronger U.S.
dollar, it will only benefit The Bahamas
as a whole. With a stronger middle class
more Americans will have the disposable
income to travel and thus take vacations to
The Bahamas.
If 1,000,000 more Americans travel
to the Bahamas next year, then that is
$15,000,000 more added to the paupers
through departure tax alone, which will
lead to more money to spend on new
schools and better infrastructure.
The Bahamian dollar value is predicated
on the value of the American dollar and a
stronger U.S. dollar will lead to a more
stable economy both in the United States
and The Bahamas.
Obama stated than he has a 10-year plan
to end America's dependence of foreign oil
and with that and the ending of the war it
will lead to a drop in oil prices and thus a
drop in gasoline prices. There is a not a
Bahamian who cannot benefit from a drop
in gasoline prices as gas has risen to over
$6 a gallon on Abaco.
The ending of the war will also lead to
a surplus in the economy as the billions
of dollars that have been pumped into the
war will now be able to build up a dying
U.S. economy. All of this will lead to a
more stable U.S. economy and thus more


o's growth

cal applications. It is difficult to write a
uniform set of regulations for our diverse
settlements. Regulations appropriate for
Nassau are not always suitable for Fam-
ily Island situations. Conditions appropri-
ate for Hope Town or Grand Cay would
not be valid for a commercial center like
Marsh Harbour. Likewise, the minimum
waterfront setback on a sandy ocean beach
should not be equated to an acceptable wa-
terfront setback in a protected harbour. It
is expected that revised Town Planning
Regulations may give better guidelines for
many of these issues.
However, it is expected that local com-
mon sense must always be involved. It is
the leeway allowed when applying com-
mon sense by local government which ag-
gressive developers, contractors and prop-
erty owners try to exploit in their attempt
to deviate from the normal.
Our present local government bodies
have been mainly concerned with the day-
by-day issues facing their towns and com-
munities. They have not been asked, had
the resources or interest to get involved in
long range issues.
For instance, recognizing that an addi-
tional road might be an asset, local govern-
ment bodies have neither the funding, the
expertise or the authority to make a new
road. They must now give some thought to
these issues and lobby to see them imple-
mented.
Central government is finding Abaco's
growth to be an interesting phenomena and
appears to be quietly experimenting with al-
lowing more local authority to prevail. We
should show that we are up to the task.


Attitudes

Americans traveling and spending money
abroad.
Abaco's second home market will once
again pick up with more of the wealthy de-
ciding they can buy more toys because of
a stronger market and more balance in the
economy.
However, if we move beyond the eco-
nomical benefits of Obama becoming presi-
dent and just look at the racial and social
implications of his being nominated as the
presidential nominee for the Democratic
party, Bahamians can learn a thing or two.
During the Bahamian elections in 2007 a
number of Bahamians did not want to vote
for the Free National Movement because
Brent Symonette, a white Bahamian, was
running as deputy prime minister. Mr. Sy-
monette probably has dreams of one day
being the leader of the FNM and thus run-
ning as the leader of the Bahamas.
I have heard a number of Bahamians
say they would never vote for a white man
to be prime minister of The Bahamas and
that The Bahamas is not ready for it. But
if America is ready for a black president,
why isn't The Bahamas ready for a white
prime minister?
At the end of the day it comes down to
which individual is best for the job, wheth-
er they are white or black, male or female.
So it is time for Bahamians to take note of
these developments and realize it is time
to take a step forward in our relations with
each other and a person is Bahamian no
matter the color of their skin.
Obama may not win the 2008 president
election. But the fact that he has been put
in position to win the race for the White
House and so far is the leading candidate to
do so, it proves that we as people are mov-
ing beyond color barriers finally.
History will look back on this time as
the beginning of a new future, and it can
also be a new future for The Bahamas as it
will affect The Bahamas economically and
socially.


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Seminar portrayed Abaco's good economy


Seminar From Page 7
* Environmental considerations Regula-
tory framework, impact assessments, stan-
dards framework.
"The business community needs to step
up and be more engaged in shaping the fu-
ture and government needs to be receptive
to their message," advised Mr. Comito.
"How can we effectively shape the future?
Government wants facts and a compel-
ling argument, so do your research. You
also need linkages; problem solve with
other groups and organizations. The Abaco
Chamber of Commerce can be a vehicle for
change," informed Mr. Comito in closing.


Dr. Livingstone Marshall is Senior Vice
President, Government/External Affairs
for Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club,
with many years of professional research
experience in marine systems focusing on
restoration, ecosystem monitoring, conser-
vation and environmental policy. His topic
Family Island Developments; A Model For
The Future encompassed environmental
stewardship and the role government will
play in this. "We must diversify our econ-


Band From Page 4
Mr. Bowleg praised his band members and a number of tickets were given away
describing them as multi-talented peo- to people who called in and were able to
ple. "Most play two or three instruments answer questions about the Defence Force
and some are also vocalists," he stated. and its band. During the broadcast woman
"Whenever we perform on the islands we Marine Duncombe sang a short solo and
always find local bands and select the best Woman Marine Reckley performed a short
to sing and play with our band. For the jazz piece on saxophone to give listeners a
Abaco concert we have invited seven stu- taste of what they could look forward to at
dents from the Wesley College and Abaco the concert.
Central High School Bands to join with Band Director Bowleg reported that the
us in a couple of pieces. They were sent remainder of the 44 band members with
the music two weeks in advance to prac- all of their instruments were scheduled to
tice and a rehearsal is scheduled with the arrive at the Marsh Harbour Port Depart-
Defence Force band the day preceding the ment on September 26 aboard the Defence
concert," informed Mr. Bowleg. "It is an Force vessel, HMBS Nassau which would
esteemed pleasure to be here and have the remain in port until the band's return to
young people play with us," he said. Nassau early Sunday morning.
The press conference was broadcast live

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omy but not at the detriment to
the environment," he warned.
He then described three variants
that must be followed:
Local participation The par-
ticipation of Bahamians is cur-
rently lacking. We need to be
drivers and shakers and be at
the table shaping and driving
the process from the beginning.
We need individuals who share
our ideas.
Environmental Steward-
ship We must be committed to
maintaining the health of our en-
vironment and the beauty of our
natural areas. We must discour-
age non-natural landscapes and
must have native plants and spe-
cies in our streets. We must in-


corporate Bahamian influences and styles
in our buildings and capture the island feel
and look. Water conservation efforts must
be made along with efforts to utilize low
emission transportation such as golf carts.


Dr. Marshall Livingston, Vice President of the Envi-
ronment of Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club, left,
spoke at the seminar on developments in the future
of Abaco and the need to control them. He is shown
with Mr. Keith Bishop of Islands by Design, an envi-
ronmental consulting firm in Nassau, who is involved
with the Schooner Bay project.


Need for government partnership and
transparency The production of an A-Z
steps guide book with a few simple ideas
which have to be part of the considerations
for future model developments.


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Abaco Junior Sailors compete in national championships


James Pleydell-Bouverie
The Abaco Junior Sailing Association,
only recently formed, took five junior sail-
ors from Man-O-War, three from Guana
Cay and one from Hope Town to the Na-
tional Championships held on September
27-28 in Nassau.
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and thanks to Ron Engle, Kevin Albury
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junior sailors were escorted to Nassau on
September 26 by Rhiannon Thomas along
with James and Ann Pleydell-Bouverie
and Kevin Albury. The sailors represent-
ing Abaco were Tristan Albury from Hope
Town, Alton Janes, Janice Roberts, Ariel
Malone, Emilio Bethel and Jeremy Pley-
dell-Bouverie from Man-O-War and Cata-
lina Albury, Bronson Sands and Jared Col-
lison from Guana Cay.
These kids were soon to find out that when
you are participating in a Championship
challenge you have to be prepared for long
hours and a rigorous schedule. The sailors
rigged and prepared their boats on their day
of arrival and on Saturday were then ready
for an 8:30 a.m. skippers meeting.
The course was set off Montague Beach
and the race was adjudicated by the Baha-
mas Sailing Association who strictly ad-
heres to the international sailing rule book.
Each race was expected to last around one
hour which meant that with waiting time the
kids were sailing their boats for approach-
ing 12 hours over the two days of racing.
The 84 Optimist boats, the largest fleet ever
assembled for a Bahamas Championship,
were divided into a "Championship" fleet
of 38 boats and a "Green' fleet of 46 boats.


The "Green" fleet was made up of the less
experienced and younger sailors and sailed
a shorter course. The boats came from as
far away as Long Island, Eleuthera, Grand
Bahama, Nassau and Abaco.
On Saturday the winds were light and
variable, allowing only three races to be
completed. One extra race was run. But
the lack of wind caused the time limit to
be exceeded so it had to be cancelled. A
shame as one of the Man-O-War sailors
was 3rd across the line in that race. On
Sunday the winds picked up, and four rac-
es were completed. With a minimum of
six races completed, each competitor was
able to throw out his worst race before fi-
nal positions were tallied. An award cer-
emony followed the last Sunday race with
Sir Durward Knowles, the most famous
of Bahamian Olympic sailors, handing out
the prizes. Abaco made a very impressive
showing with five sailors in the top 15 in
the "Green" fleet, and two sailors in the
top half of the "Championship" fleet.
For most of them, this was their first
Regatta experience. They took on the
challenge, performed magnificently and
came home with medals. They exceeded


Sir Durward Knowles, a Bahamian Olympic award winner, presented the awards to the
winners of the 2008 Bahamas National Championship winners. Most of the Abaco junior
sailors had not competed in a large championship before but they all did very well.


their own personal expectations and gained
a huge amount of experience. They rep-
resented Abaco in the best possible way,
and with great pride we salute each one of
them for a job very well done. Junior sail-


ing is on the move in Abaco, and with this
performance we have now issued a warn-
ing to the other islands, "Set the challenge,
and we can and will compete with the best
of you!"


Eight-four Optimist sailboats competed in the 2008 National Championship held in Nassau the end of September. Nine junior sailors
from Guana Cay, Man-O-War and Hope Town competed in the series of six races over two days. The boats are lined up on the beach
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Lovely Reckley studied embroidery in China


By Jennifer Hudson
Lovely Reckley is now back home in
Marsh Harbour after a "once in a lifetime"
three-month visit to China. When I spoke
with her just a few days after her return,
she was still struggling with jet lag and try-
ing to come back down to earth after her
wonderful experience. "At first, it took a
while to get adjusted to everything in Chi-
na, especially the food. It wasn't easy, but
it was well worth it," she stated.
Mrs. Reckley was one of 50 persons
from 25 countries attending the 2008 In-
ternational Training Course on Machine
Embroidery in Changsha, China. She was
sponsored by the Chinese Embassy and
nominated for this course by Mr. Edison
Key, Chairman of BAIC. The course be-
gan on June 5. Although Mrs. Reckley was
unable to get there until June 10 and was
the last to start, she was actually the first to
finish, which she achieved a whole month
in advance of the others.
"We attended classes every day from
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There was supposed
to be a lunch break from 12 noon to 2.30
p.m. but I always went back as soon as
I had finished my lunch and worked 9-10
hours each day," she enthused. "We had
classes every day except Saturday which
was supposed to be a rest day but I never
took much rest because I was enjoying the
work so much and I wanted to get it right.
Interpreters were on hand to translate what
the instructors said but I was able to pick
up a few basic words of Chinese."
Each participant was required to com-
plete 20 pieces for graduation including
two tablecloths with napkins, a baby set
with pillow case and sheet, a full sheet set,
scarf, place mats, cushion and pillow cov-
ers, apron and wall hanger. Mrs. Reckley


was so enthusiastic that she actually com-
pleted a further 12 pieces after class.
Mrs. Reckley learned several differ-
ent stitches, all worked in cotton or rayon
thread using a treadle sewing machine. She
showed me pieces she had embroidered and
pointed out
all of the dif-
ferent stitch-
es which in-
cludedcloud,
straight,
round, fish
scale and
skip stitch.
Lovely Reckley "The most
difficult
stitch for me was skip stitch; that was a
real challenge," she stated. Mrs. Reckley
obviously rose superbly to the challenge
since her embroidery work is absolutely
magnificent. I was amazed when I saw
the standard of work she has produced.
She also learned how to blend threads and
colours which adds an exquisite quality to
her work. All of her pieces are very varied
and truly outstanding in their beauty. Her
favourite pieces to work on are wall hang-
ings. She is in the process of having several
of these framed at the Blue Sky Gallery.
Despite the fact that Mrs. Reckley spent
so much of her time in perfecting her
work, she did get the chance to do some
sightseeing. She enjoyed a four-day tour to
places of interest. The one she found most
outstanding was one of the fastest growing
cities in the world which is home to the
world's tallest building opened just two
weeks prior to her visit. "China is a beau-
tiful country, they grow lots of flowers and
the landscaping is outstanding," she stated.
"There is a lot of poverty and a great con-


trast between rich and poor but they all
really take pride in their environment and
even the poorest areas are well kept."
One thing Mrs. Reckley didn't enjoy
was the food. "I didn't like it but I had to
eat it," she bemoaned. "They served rice
for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chicken
eggs were also served for breakfast, lunch
and dinner and were cooked every way
imaginable including deep fried." When
asked what she had found to be the worst
food she replied, "Fried frogs but I did not
eat them." She was also turned off by dried
snakes, grilled sea horse, scorpions, silk
worms, all types of bugs and beetles and
dog ribs.
The hospitality of the Chinese people
made a lasting impression on Mrs. Reck-
ley. "I admire the people of China tremen-
dously," she said. "Everywhere they made
us feel so much at home. In the stores they
would put themselves out of the way for
us. If they did not have what you wanted,
they would offer to take you somewhere
else to find it."
Mrs. Reckley arrived back in Marsh
Harbour on September 5th after unexpect-
edly having to spend two nights in New


York due to the hurricanes. "I can't even
describe the feeling of getting back; it is
so good to be home," she said. "I thank
God for the opportunity, the government
for giving me the chance and my hus-
band for allowing me to be away for three
months."
The president of the association which
organized the course offered Mrs. Reck-
ley a personal invitation to return next year
for a further course on hand embroidery
and drawn work. When asked if she would
be accepting the invitation she replied,
"I could not leave my husband for three
months again next year."
Mrs. Reckley is already well known for
her attractive straw work. But as soon as
she is able to get a treadle sewing machine
here and make the few minor adjustments
necessary, she will begin creating and sell-
ing a variety of beautiful machine embroi-
dered articles from her shop adjoining her
husband's business Trinity Customs Bro-
kerage on Queen Elizabeth Drive. It will
be well worth going in to see her designs
which make lovely gifts as well as being
something one would love to have in one's
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China hosted two Bahamian administrators


By Jennifer Hudson
Senior Administrator Cephas Cooper
spent three weeks early in the summer in
China studying Town Government Man-
agement for Developing Countries. He
attended at the invitation of the Minister
of Commerce of the People's Republic of
China, and his visit was fully sponsored
by the Chinese government so that all air-
fares, accommodation, food and tours cost
the Bahamian government absolutely noth-
ing. Mr. Cooper and Senior Administrator
for Inagua, Mr. Preston Cunningham, the
only persons attending from The Bahamas,
joined a delegation of approximately 45
persons from 24 other developing coun-
tries throughout the Caribbean, Pacific and
Indian Ocean regions.
The first 10 days were spent in Beijing at
the Accounting Institute of Beijing and then
three days of extensive tours were spent in


Xian City, Hangzou City and Ningbo City
before returning to Beijing for the closing
ceremony. In Beijing the delegates were
able to see the Olympic Stadium, Olympic
Village and other areas specifically pre-
pared for the Olympic Games as part of
their tour.
"The purpose of the entire visit was to
show China's system to developing coun-
tries," stated Mr. Cooper. "They have be-
gun a policy of reform in China because
of all the negative publicity over the last
several years. They are now opening to
the outside world for government officials
and want to dispel some of the myths about
their policies. They wanted the delegates
to see how their system at local and central
levels is working. We looked at the system
through a series of lectures which were all
in Chinese with translators, and then the
following day we would tour the cultural


-
Abaco Senior Administrator Cephas Cooper spent three weeks in China
seeing its form of local government. His hosts aslo showed him many
sights throughout the country incluing the Olympic stadium and Olympic


sights. We were able to focus on the basic
trends of development of towns and cit-
ies over the past 20 years and also looked
at the environmental potential, what their
challenges are and how they are dealing
with them. We also noted their concept of
city and land management and socio-eco-
nomic development of towns.
"What came out very strongly in the
four cities we visited was evidence of long
term planning. The Chinese have a very
structured system with well organized de-
velopment. Their level of development
and standard of architecture is extremely
impressive, and everyone commented on
the mind boggling amount of construction
taking place. This emphasized the need
for developing countries to plan both for
the short term and long
term. This is something
we can emphasize in
The Bahamas: the need
for town planning for
sustainable future de-
velopment."
Another aspect of
Chinese towns and cit-
ies which very much
impressed Adminis-
trator Cooper was the
cleanliness of the en-
vironment. "It seems
that in all the places we
went the streets were
so tidy and the verges
were well cared for and
full of flowers. In spite
of China's 1.3 billion
people, there was NO Mr. Cooper was
litter. The mind set is ing the Great Ch
instilled into children was going on. Hi
from an early age to everywhere, no li


keep the environment clean.
"Yet another factor which came out was
how well the Chinese people have been able
to tap into tourism by focusing on culture.
They have made the ancient culture of Chi-
na work for them. About 30,000 tourists on
a daily basis pay to visit places like Tianan-
men Square, the Forbidden City where the
Emperor lived, the Ming Tombs, National
Museum, Temple of Heaven and the Great
Wall. Tourism is culture at work.
"We received a very warm reception,
not just from the organizers but from all
who assisted us taxi drivers, store keep-
ers and market stall holders. They really

Please see Cooper Page 13


impressed with many things in China includ-
hina Wall. Everywhere he went construction
s one lasting impression was how clean it was
hitter or garbage in sight.


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Cooper From Page 12


a national
local pla


know how to treat tourists and have a good ning and
sense of how to be warm and friendly. We Touri,
were impressed with how well the students our histo
perform in the schools and even the little We must
7-8 year olds spoke English well. to see the
"This has been a very good and really up histor
important experience for me and some- see them
thing else I take from it on a very personal Auton
level is the meeting with 45 such different in China
people from around the world. I have es- and use tl
tablished linkages with different countries more aut
and broadened perspectives.
"The 13-hour non-stop
flight from New York to
Beijing on China Air was
quite an exciting experi-
ence as it is the first time I"
have ever flown on a dou-
ble decker airplane. While
in China another exciting
experience was that I was
able ride on the Hangzhou
Bay Bridge, the longest
bridge in the world. The
bridge is 36 kilometers
long and took 25 minutes
to cross. It was opened
only four weeks before my
arrival.
Administrator Cooper re-
turned to Abaco with many
areas in mind on which he
would like to focus. Mr. Cooper and one oth
Planning: "This is an ton Cunningham, were
area I will focus very highly the trip. They are shown
on. We need to plan towns costume. Mr. Cunningha
and communities. We need




The Outboard Shop
Marsh Harbour, Abaco


al plan which can be tied into as a
n. We must focus on town plan-
town management."
sm: "We must tie small parts of
ry into something big for tourism.
Promote and sell people will pay
e sights. In The Bahamas we open
ical sights but there is no charge to
. People are willing to pay."
omy: "We saw this in local towns
where they are able to levy taxes
hem for the community and we need
onomy over local affairs here."


er Bahamian, Administrator Pres-
among the 45 people invited for
n here with a lady in full Chinese
am served at Abaco on one time.


Administrators saw


Chinese local gov.


"This was a once-in-a-lifetime experi-
ence and I would love to go back to China
one day on a vacation and be able to take
my wife and family," concluded Adminis-
trator Cooper.

KAB om Page 2
is the most unique archipelagic system in
the world and waste affects the quality of
our environment.
Price of oil. Too many products are
using oil that have alternative sources.
We should limit the
use of oil to only
those things it cannot
replace.
Min. Deveaux chal-
lenged the children to
travel all around with-
in the next six months
and take a good look
at Abaco. He told
them that they will see
all of the challenges
and see all of the solu- I f
tions for what Abaco
faces using natural re-
sources.
A delightful med- Sandy Point was
ley of Bahamian songs ronmentally most
was presented by the senting Savannah
children of the Hope town.


the second place winner of the town envi-
sensitive and clean. Mrs. Cha Boyce is pre-
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with colorful Androsia fabrics.
Following the formalities and pre-
sentation of awards, there was a time
for refreshments and the opportunity to
browse the booths which had been set up
by companies whose businesses affect
the environment in some way. These in-
cluded the Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
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LUBBERS QUARTERS
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










MARSH HARBOUR
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. AS10890


ELBOW CAY
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


HOPE TOWN
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


LUBBERS QUARTERS
Amazing 3.64 acre property featur-
ing three separate cottages totaling
3 bedrooms, a private dock, and
views over the Sea of Abaco, Tahiti
Beach and Tilloo Cut.
$999,000. Ref. AS10889


GREEN TURTLE CAY
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


GREAT GUANA CAY
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


ELBOW CAY
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


ELBOW CAY
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.
$799,000. Ref. PS10640


ELBOW CAY
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


LONG BEACH
Brand new, two story home with 5
bedrooms and 3 baths in 4,000 sq.
ft. of well-appointed space. Set on
an 18,700 sq. ft. lot overlooking an
incredible beach.
$899,000. Ref. AS10905


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


ELBOW CAY
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


ELBOW CAY
Elevated 2 bedroom, 2 bath home
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MARSH HARBOUR
Offered with brand new tasteful fur-
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large covered patio, dock pier, and
a relaxing ambience.
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MARSH HARBOUR
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Planning group offered ideas for two towns


By Jennifer Hudson
A ten-day planning charrette was con-
ducted by graduate students of Andrews
University School of Architecture in Ber-
rien Springs, Michigan, from September
21 to October 1. This consisted of an in-
tense, concentrated and collaborative de-
sign workshop to bring people together
to articulate a vision and set of guiding
principles through a series of design ses-
sions. The goal was to shape a vision for
the future of Great Abaco Island and to
identify guiding principles and planning
mechanisms to help pursue such a vision
which would only be meaningful through
effective public participation.
"How will we know what Abaco needs
and wants? By working with local citizens
and local government," stated Mr. Andrew
von Maur, Assistant Professor of Archi-
tecture. The focus was placed on South
Abaco and Central Marsh Harbour con-
centrating on how to prepare South Abaco


for sustainable development, how to shape
Marsh Harbour neighbourhoods, how to
prepare Sandy Point and Crossing Rocks
for growth opportunities and how to help
Great Abaco avoid urban sprawl through
planning and design.
The undertaking was sanctioned by the
Hon. Earl Deveaux, Minister for the Envi-
ronment, and local collaborative organiza-
tions included the Bahamas National Trust,
Friends of the Environment, Bahamas Hu-
man Rights Network, Islands By Design
Limited, Town Planning and the Adminis-
trator's office.
A complete working office was estab-
lished in the Below Decks room at the Ab-
aco Beach Hotel where the public was in-
vited at any time to interact with the design
students to discuss ideas. Several public
meetings were held in Sandy Point at the
J.A. Pinder Primary School and in Marsh
Harbour at the Anglican Church Hall.
At the introductory meeting in Marsh


Harbour on October 23, Mr. von Maur
opened by stressing that one of the most
important aspects of the venture would be
public input and feedback. He gave a brief
introduction of the 25 students involved in
the project and stated that while the uni-
versity had been involved in many urban
design projects within the United States
and had won awards for their Urban Re-
newable designs, Abaco was the first com-
munity they had worked with outside of the
country so this would be a challenge to
them.
Mr. von Maur stated that the students
had studied Bahamian planning in settle-
ments and had looked at all conditions and
culture in considering how they can pre-
pare South Abaco for sustainable develop-
ment through planning and design. It was


stated that in the south, growth opportu-
nities exist within existing towns such as
Sandy Point and that the team is mindful of
the fact that whatever happens will have a
huge impact on the ecology of the area.
In Marsh Harbour the questions would
be where to put new growth and what hap-
pens to old growth? The team vowed to try
various solutions as they were cognizant of
the fact that Marsh Harbour is affected by
the immigrant community of the Mud. As
a long term vision they put forward some
questions they would be considering such
as: "Must we develop outside a town and
abandon it or use the town and develop
around what is there? What will this proj-
ect seek to accomplish?" They promised to

Please see Andrews Page 78


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October 15, 2008


Bahamian architecture was encouraged


Andrews From Page 76
look at the transportation problem in Marsh
Harbour which, they stated, is a network
issue and also the parking problem at the
ferry dock. Recommendations would be
made providing clear and principled guid-
ance on the following:
* Fundamental planning principles
* Specific illustrative planning proposals
* Proposal for legal mechanism for imple-
mentation
The students researched and worked
intensively on their presentations during
the next ten days. The targeted areas in
the south and city of Marsh Harbour were
visited and studied and many aerial pho-
tographs were taken. Their illustrative de-


The team from Andrews Univeristy set up th
the Below Decks room at Abaco Beach Reso
their book knowledge to a real life situatio
towns and specifically the waterfront areas c
more attractive that will please residents and


signs were displayed at the final meeting
to be viewed and discussed by the public.
They had obviously worked very hard to
produce the amount of quality work pre-
sented and their designs were interesting
and attractive, offering some innovative
and valuable ideas for Abaco.
Final Review
On September 30 at the final public re-
view meeting Mr. von Maur gave an over-
view of the project and cited the example of
Dunmore Town in Harbour Island from the
planning perspective as an excellent exam-
ple of urban design which could serve well
as a model. "All Bahamian towns should
have a waterfront," he stated and encour-
aged the development of Front Street in
Marsh Harbour into an attractive area for
Tourists. In considering
the future development
(/ of Marsh Harbour, Mr.
r Maur said, "We should
make it a lovable place
With Bahamian archi-
tecture which would be
cooler and cut down on
air conditioning costs,
a city on the water with
spaces between the
buildings which would
make people want to
stay and would be good
for tourism. It should
have walk-abilty and be
designed so that people
do not have to drive. It
ieir workshop in should be planned for
?rt. They applied livability and made at-
n, showing how tractive for a range of
an be made much demographics, high end
Sdraw tourists. to low end and for all


types of people.
Regarding the traffic dilemma, Mr.
von Maur stated that the vehicular traffic
problem will not be solved by road widen-
ing; roads need to be connected and a road
network is necessary for traffic to flow
smoothly. Other ferry terminal locations
were looked at in order to reduce traffic
congestion at Crossing Beach and an alter-
nate location was suggested for the Hope
Town and Man-O-War ferries on the east-
ern side of the island with the Guana Cay
ferry relocating to Goombay Park.
"Bay Street presents an economic issue.
It must be made attractive where people
will want to spend time and money, and
the Goombay Park area should be made
into a park for festivals and community
gatherings.


"Don MacKay Boulevard is not ef-
ficient; it becomes clogged with traffic
which is undesirable. In time, we may see
people moving out with Don MacKay be-
coming abandoned. So we need to adopt a
new model. It is not walk-able so tourists
do not want to spend time there. It needs
to be retrofit to urban configurations with
sidewalks, civic buildings and a straw mar-
ket in the town centre.
"We are trying to put the issue of the
Mud on the table. But the issues in the
Mud go way beyond planning, and phas-
ing will be necessary," stated Mr. Von
Maur. "It may not be a long term solution
to move people of the Mud somewhere else
Please see Andrews Page 79


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Andrews From Page 18
so the area has the opportunity to grow into
something else." The drainage issue in the
Mud was addressed. "There is presently
no drainage there and we have proposed a
drainage concept for the area. It is gener-
ally considered that there is a density prob-
lem in the Mud, but the students work-
ing on plans for the Mud have calculated
that density of buildings in the Mud is not
much different from that in Hope Town,
Cherokee and New Plymouth, and that the
problem is a crowding issue due to several
families living in one house, not a density
issue."
The question was asked by a member of
the audience as to why the focus was only
on South Abaco. Mr. von Maur gave the
reply that due to resource limitations they
were unable to do the whole island. In the
future if it was possible, they would love
to come back to work on the remainder of
the island. In the meantime, however, the
designs they proposed could be adapted to
communities anywhere.
At the close of the presentation the stu-
dents divided into four groups and persons
present were invited to spend time with the
different groups to ask questions and dis-
cuss the plans they had come up with.
After the completion of the ten-day
charrette the students returned to Michigan
where they will continue working on their
proposals in order to produce their final
submission by the end of the year. It will
be presented to Mr. Earl Deveaux and the
public. "This is just the beginning of some-
thing much larger and the final document
will be of great value to the people of Ab-
aco," assured Mr. von Maur. "However,
what happens after we leave depends on lo-
cal leadership which includes citizens, de-
velopers and businessmen. Building towns
is a community effort."


By Jennifer Hudson
Among the twenty-five students from
Andrews University in Berrien Springs,
Michigan, who were on Abaco to par-
ticipate in the ten-day planning charrettte
was one Bahamian student. Lionel John-
son graduated valedictorian and Head Boy
from St. John's College in Nassau and
spent one year studying at the College of
The Bahamas before entering the School of
Architecture at Andrews University where
he earned his Bachelor of Science degree
in Architecture. He is now in the one-year
graduate Urban Design Studio in which
graduate students assist with issues to aid
in the future development of communities.
Lionel was very pleased to have the op-
portunity to be on Abaco to help with the
long-term planning. "At Andrews Univer-
sity it teaches you to build according to the
culture of a place. Whereas others import
the American way of design into the Baha-
mas, we are allowed to incorporate Baha-
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me to see the value of this immediately and
validates what I have learned. I am very
gratified," he stated. Regarding the project
for Abaco, he felt that it is very interesting
with a lot of potential but so big.
"It gives me a sense of pride that our
university could be bold enough to take on


the project and step outside our borders to
see a community that needs help and which
is willing to put forth a change."
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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian


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By J.F. Hedden
The modern Bahamas does not encourage
or foster the development of local entrepre-
neurship beyond services and merchandis-
ing simply because the Bahamian economy
is geared towards foreign capital invest-
ments and attraction of the US dollar, spe-
cifically in hospitality and financial servic-
es. All well established global economies,
however, have a sound footing in industries
that revolve around primary production, as
seen in the United States, Japan, the Euro-
pean Union, Australia, South America and
Canada. Underdeveloped economies, how-
ever, tend to rely on imported essential ba-
sic commodities for one reason or another,
these including the majority of the Carib-
bean states and many countries in Africa.
One of the main characteristics of devel-
oped nations' dominance in the agricultural
sector is the continued use of agricultural
subsidies to bolster industrialised agricul-
ture. The lesser developed nations cannot
afford to replicate these practices and so
suffer at the marketplace, both domesti-
cally and internationally.
Diversification of national economies is
essential for provision of some insulation
from global slowdowns and recessions. A
country such as The Bahamas, which re-
lies almost totally on imported essential
products, thus becomes an easy target for
changes in global economic health. The
Bahamas presently relies on a basic eco-
nomic model designed over 50 years ago
and does not take into account any sense of
the need for national security, be it in food,
culture, education or even energy. We do
make a pretense at localised production of
agricultural products, all of the production
inputs being imported, but the overall eco-


Agricultural production


needs to be encouraged


nomic chain is not beneficial to the local
entrepreneur.
The agricultural sector in The Bahamas
has steadily declined over the last century
and continues to do so for many reasons.
These include the lack of a definitive gov-
ernmental policy towards the sector and
the mental image of farming in the Baha-
mian mind. Until these are addressed no
real advance in the sector's development
will take place and the perception of agri-
cultural production will continue to be the
realm of the "ignorant," the out islands,
welfare and subsistence survival. Some
of these perceptions may be real because,
apart from ornamentals, there does not ex-
ist today any example of successful agri-
cultural enterprise within the country.
With recent changes in global circum-
stances the world has seen several im-
portant threats to lifestyles including the
increased cost of energy and food, a world-
wide recession, the start of climate change
and an increased threat to the natural envi-
ronment. All of these factors will have a
significant impact on world food produc-
tion and food availability. Many countries
have already seen food related violence in
the form of riots and population displace-
ment. It should be pointed out that The
Bahamas is not immune to external forces
and, as such, needs to begin making se-
rious inroads into these areas in order to
mitigate some of the threats.
The most immediate and devastating of
these forces are the cost of energy and of
food. Unfortunately, the Bahamas finan-
cial and monetary policies do not favour
the poor and indigent sectors of our popu-


lation, with these investing a much higher
percentage of their income in food and
transportation than the better financially
equipped members of Bahamian society.
The Government of the Bahamas (GOB)
needs to address the looming food crisis in
the form of an immediate approach and the
use of long term planning in order to avert
perceived supply shortfalls in the popu-
lation centres. Ironically the Out Island
communities are still relatively resistant
because vacant land is still available and
the technique of subsistence food produc-
tion has not yet been totally lost.
Short term strategies do not imply the
need for long term implementation but
should include a contribution from both
GOB and the merchandising sector. Gov-
ernment can and should remove all excise
and import associated taxation from basic
and essential food and health products.
This in itself will lower the cost of essential
items at the port of entry by several per-
centage points. The private sector should
also be encouraged to lower percentage
mark up on these products to a level where
their bottom line is not affected, and a sav-
ings can be passed on to the consumer.
This will further lower the retail price and
hopefully take some burden off the cost of
living for those in lower wage brackets.
Longer term strategies will be much
harder to implement, but out of necessity
require the GOB to put together and imple-
ment a rock solid Agricultural Policy (AP)
which will encourage more investment in
primary production. It is essential that we
begin to diversify now rather than procras-
tinate in order to retain some of our dollar


earnings within our borders. Foreign cur-
rency inputs to our economy will surely
not be maintained during a world wide
recession. Primary production has been in
need of rescusitation for the last 50 years
and the present is an ideal time to start. By
no means would I imply that we will move
towards self sufficiency with any food pro-
duction programme, but certain areas can be
improved. These include seasonal fruit and
vegetable production and an increase in the
production of small ruminants such as sheep
and goats. This will only happen when GOB
puts together the agricultural policy.
Incorporated into the agricultural policy
should be the facets listed, as well as others
that I have failed to note. These include
Land tenure
Labour
Infrastructure
Education
Grades and standards
Access to capital
Environmental enhancements
Government investment through excise
exemptions
Each of the above needs to be examined
and thoroughly researched preferably by a
private enterprise group such as the agri-
cultural sector and farmers associations,
and results and recommendations for-
warded to the GOB for implementation.
The GOB needs to be prepared to make
substantial investments in infrastructure
and concessions in order to equate an es-
sential economic resource to the presently
over encouraged anchor project schemes
existing today.
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By Jennifer Hudson
Persons building new homes or re-
modeling are able to get excellent quality
marble and granite work done right here
on Abaco. Mr. Hector Espinosa and Mr.
Darren Albury began the Abaco Marble
and Tile Company four years ago but until
recently few people seemed to know about
it. It has now, however, taken off in a big
way. Many homeowners not only from the
mainland but also from the cays are now
having beautiful counter tops installed by
Abaco Marble and Granite. Mr. Espi-
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for many years. He takes a lot of pride in
his work and says, "You cannot even get
marble and granite work done in the Unit-
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here on Abaco." Customers are extremely
pleased with his work and he even goes to
Nassau to do work for clients as they find
the work done on Abaco to be superior to
that done in Nassau. His work graces the
New Providence home of the Rt. Hon. Hu-
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workmanship of the finished product.
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slabs come in two thicknesses 2 cm or 3
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and patterns to choose from. The darker
the material the more expensive it is and
the "black absolute" and "blue pearl" are
the most expensive while the lighter co-
lours are more affordable. "Granite comes
in three grades," explained Mr. Espinosa.
"It can be first, second or third class but
all the granite we use here on Abaco is first
class. We only offer fist class materials and
first class service," he proudly stated.
"Once a customer has decided that she
would like a counter top crafted by Abaco
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price quote from Darren Albury at Abaco
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soon as a down payment is made, we get
to work on it," said Mr. Espinosa. "We
go to the home to measure up and make a
wood template which only takes about one
hour. Then we bring that back and put that
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chosen and cut. We make the whole piece
without any seams if possible.
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and then polished with diamond pads or
sometimes with stone. The edges are fin-
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There are many different types of edge to
choose from. If the client has a particular
edge which she has seen somewhere else or
in a magazine, then I will do that for them
if they bring me a picture of the design.
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explained Mr. Espinosa, who has devel-
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stalled to keep them from cracking. Expert stone mason, Mr. Hector Espinosa, expertly
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YEAST Institute tells about program for boys


By Samantha V. Evans
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one-year leadership program that is on An-
dros.
The leaders of this organization held a
meeting on September 15th at Central Ab-
aco Primary School so information could
be shared with parents of incoming males
to the program and those seeking to learn
more about what it has to offer. A small
group assembled for the meeting that was
very informative. The main presenter for
the evening was Chief Petty Officer Law-
son Clarke, the Academy Operations Man-
ager, who gave an overview of the pro-
gram. This program focuses on developing
the character, leadership and life skills of
young men ages 12-19 and is not a boot
camp. It was designed to restore the digni-
ty into young men who struggle with self-
esteem and self-image, developing positive
attitudes and learning marketable skills
to make them self-reliant, productive and
useful citizens of The Bahamas.
The YEAST Institute was established
in 1987 in conjunction with the Catholic
Diocese. In September 1999 the Royal
Bahamas Defense Force got involved and
helped to develop an off-island program
on James Cistern, Eleuthera, called The
Character, Leadership and Skills Devel-
opment Academy. In 2004 the organizers
of this Academy were asked to pilot the
restoration segment of the National Youth
Service Program which they did. As of
2005 YEAST became known as the Ba-
hamas National Youth Service Restorative


Petty Officer Christopher Collie, Incoming
Academy Director; Mrs. Margaret Thomp-
son, Office Manager in the Nassau office;
and Andrew Albury, Student Services Co-
ordinator. A similar meeting was held in
Sandy Point on September 16.


Program for teenage males. The program
now operates in North Andros. The pro-
gram is nationally recognized and operates
a one-year leadership program designed
to address the behavioral and attitudinal
potential of male students. The core cur-
riculum is structured around academic and
vocational courses divided into several
components. The curriculum includes self-
awareness, family life education, physical
education, counseling, health education,
numeracy, leadership training, civic, lit-
eracy, arts and crafts, electrical installa-
tion, survival skills, marine boating, scuba
diving, driving, plumbing, carpentry, and
spirituality. The current success rate of the
Academy is 83 percent.
The program for this year is scheduled
to begin October 4 on Andros. One hun-
dred boys are expected to enroll with ap-
proximately ten of them scheduled to come
from Abaco. The students age 12-15 are in
the Junior Life Program for nine months
and students ages 16-19 are in the Senior
Life Program for six months. Males in this
country are struggling to conform to the
rules of society, Officer Clarke noted. Ac-
cording to the statistics from Dr. Elliston
Rahming released this month, 1330 males
are presently in prison and 60 of them did
not graduate from high school. The major-
ity of them, who did graduate, cannot read
or write functionally. This is alarming and
every day males continue to involve them-
selves in activities that are not contribut-
ing to the sustain-ability of our economy.
YEAST Academy hopes to address some
of these needs at the Andros site.
However, they do have some challenges
that need to be addressed, especially at the
school level because there is presently no
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males matriculate back into the school en-
vironment. There is no consistent commu-
nication with school counselors to ensure
that these students continue to receive the
guidance and counseling needed to keep
them on the right track, and the attitude of
teachers and students toward these males
have to change to one that is supportive
and not condemning. Additionally, hu-
man services agencies need to work more
closely together and share information so
that we do not lose any more of our young
men to the streets or death. Officer Clark
hopes that these matters can be addressed
quickly so that the integrity of the program
remains in tact, and the progress of these
male students is not put in jeopardy.
Enrolling a child in the YEAST Acad-
emy is a process that has to be done at the
Nassau office. Parents are encouraged to
find out everything that needs to be done
to get their child enrolled within a timely
fashion. They are advised that a consent
form must be signed by them releasing the
student to the Academy, and a male sponsor
must be identified to help steer the child in
the right direction, to attend progress meet-
ings and to assist with providing care pack-
ages and other needs. The office is located
on Deveaux Street in Nassau and the phone
number is 326-5781 or 322-8335. Informa-
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Services and public schools where there is
a Guidance Department. The other persons
on the agenda for this meeting were Chief


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The funeral service for retired nurse evan- lic Cemetery. Valencia, Karis, Leonard Jr, Mattea, Cae-
gelist Vernell McBride, 65, formerly of He is survived by his mother Evelyn lin, Daniel, Gendaia., Taejon, Neko and
Moore's Island, was held at in Nassau on Burrows; grandfather Marcus Edgecombe; Shenae Edgecombe, Monique and Kevin
September 27. Interment was also in Nassau. uncles Leonard, Matthew, Daniel, Samuel, McCartney, Shantelle, Patrick, Gabrielle
She is survived by her daughter Sheron Jonathon and Eric Edgecombe, Sinclair, and Abbey Russell; godparents Cathechist
Lightbourne-Gedeon; son Clifton Light- Vincent and Claudius Burrows, Roland Benjamin and Virginia Pinder and Donald
bourne; adopted son Wellington Albury; "Fred" Burrows, Herklyn Rolle, Kermit Pinder Jr.; and many other relatives and
six grandchildren Shanice Delancy, Dean- McCartney and Patrick Russell; aunts Re- friends.
ka Lightbourne, Leshan Lightbourne, Cliv- becca Saunders, Elizabeth Russell, Lou- Lavern Russell, 67, formerly of Cross-
anche Burrows, Clifton Lightbourne Jr. ise McCartney, Rose, Ruth, Charmaine, ing Rock died on September 29 in Nassau.
and Malike Gedeon; great-grandchildren Kayla, Carlene and Thedra Edgecombe, He is survived by his wife Gertrude Rus-
Alexia Dorsett, Cynara Gibson and Deanna Lula, Jerona, and Evelyn Burrows, and sell; sons Alvin, Adrian and Derek Russell;
Dorsett; son-in-law Jean Claude Gedeon; Marion Rolle; grandaunts Mable Burr- daughters Vandra Babbs, Rocelia Russell
daughter-in-law Lesia Lightbourne; grand- rows and Ethel Edgecombe; cousins Brian and Oshe Rahming; sister Edna Russell;
aunt Pastor Geneva Williams; and many and Vaughn Rolle, Rose Roberts, Angela nieces; nephews; and many other relatives
other relatives and friends. Johnson, Rowena Pinder, Jerona Curry, and friends.
The funeral service for Cameron Allen Raquel Armbrister, Min. Jerome Burrows
Burrows, 26, of Sandy Point was held on Jr., Maxine and William Burrows Jr., Otis
October 4th at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Fox, Danielle, Brent, Damela, Deangelius, r tT
Rev. Napolean Roberts, Rev. Morris Bain Penny, Pam, Gatnell, Katherine, Patricia,
and Rev. Fr. Earl Hepburn officiated. In- Bunny, Gina, Mary, Stevie, Peter, Ed-
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South Abaco News


Cherokee Sound
By Lee Pinder
Keep Abaco Beautiful Award
We have been hearing it for a long time.
"Cherokee, you have such a neat and tidy
little community." Especially from our
first-time visitors, but now it's official.
The settlement of Cherokee Sound has
won the First Annual Keep Abaco Beauti-
ful Award, which came with a certificate
and a traveling plaque. A committee of six
judges, all Abaconians, chose our com-
munity for the Friends of the Environment
Award for 2008 in a ceremony on Sep-
tember 26. Sponsors and partners in this
new venture include Pete's Pub & Gallery,
Colette Rolle, Stephen Knowles, Abaco
Print Shop, Albury's Ferry Service, The
Snap Shop and Three D Customs Signs and
was all brought together by Tourism. In
addition to the award we won there were
two other distinguished awards given for
Volunteer Leadership, won by Tom Hazel,
and another given for Education, won by
Hope Town Primary School, both very de-
serving applicants. We thank Jo Bradley
for submitting the settlement of Cherokee
to the committee for consideration and ap-
proval.
The meeting started off with Don Cor-
nish, local Director for Tourism in Abaco
presenting the goals of the "Keep Abaco
Beautiful" program which has been set
up in conjunction with the Keep America
Beauitful foundation. The keynote speak-
er was The Hon. Earl Deveaux, Minister
of Environment, who came from Nassau
to make the presentation. In his remarks,
which he specifically aimed at the youth


of Abaco, he highlighted the many natu-
ral assets we possess in Abaco, and The
Bahamas, and how we must concentrate
on maintaining and preserving them for
future generations. Part of the program
included Hope Town Primary School
students who performed a medley of Ba-
hamian calypso songs, which were very
entertaining.
There are so many little things we can
all do to help the environment and we need
to commit ourselves, our schools and our
communities to do whatever it takes to al-
ways Keep Abaco Beautiful.
School News
Welcome to Mrs. Catherine Owens who
has already made herself at home and be-
coming a valuable addition to Cherokee
Sound Primary School. Friends of the
Environment sent representatives to our
school on the 2nd of September to give a
presentation on the importance of Coastal
Cleanup and what it means to our environ-
ment.
The first phase of our local Coastal
Cleanup Project has been completed. Clean
up of the Long Dock took place on the 20th
of September with a further cleanup of the
creek area to follow.
We would like to thank community
members, parents and students who are
still depositing aluminum cans into the bins
at the dump. You are doing a valuable ser-
vice for our community, our Bahamas and
our world. Keep up the good work.
We are so proud that we won the first
place in the contest held by Friends of the
Environment and The Ministry of Tourism
for our settlement who has "built and sus-
tained an environmentally conscious pro-


gram with exceptional success". This is
our reward for the mountain of garbage we
have picked up over the years.
One of our students said just a few days
ago that they saw garbage on the way to
Marsh Harbour. "You'd think people
would learn!" This is a comment from
a child! We couldn't agree with them
more!
Are you part of the solution or part of
the problem?
Thank you to all the former students
and present students and thank you to all
the parents, grandparents and community
members who have come to cleanup after
cleanup.
Our Newest Arrival
Congratulations to Dirinda and Keven
Sweeting of Yellow Wood on the birth
of their second daughter, Alexis Kayley,
born in Nassau, Bahamas.
Parrot Report
We in the settlement of Cherokee always
get excited when we hear the parrots are
back in town. They fly overhead searching
for food in the local fruit trees. Of course,
they are always too high and two fast for us
to get any type of a clear photo even if we
wanted too, but they usually linger for sev-
eral minutes at each stop and we are able
to get look at them and observe their feed-
ing habits from the ground. They are truly
one of natures most beautiful wonders and
we are glad they choose to keep visiting us
here in Cherokee.


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Nurse Estelle Pinder Retired
On August 31 Sandy Point held an ap-
preciation service to honour Nurse Estelle
Pinder, who
retired af-
ter nursing
for 40 years
17 year of
which were
in Sandy
Point. The
service was
held in St. Nurse Estelle Pinder
Martin's
Anglican Hall in Sandy Point. The service
included special music, a performance and
remarks by government people and a nurs-
ing officer.
Mrs. Pinder was born on Grand Turk but
moved to Jamaica when she was 12 years
old. She received her nursing training in
Kingston's School of Nursing and com-
pleted it in 1967. She migrated to Grand
Bahama where she worked until she was
transferred to Sandy Point. While she was
on Grand Bahama, she took time to pursue
a course in midwifery in Jamaica.
While in Sandy Point, she met and mar-
ried Donald Pinder. She has a large family
of step children, birth children and many
grandchildren. She is an active member of
the St. Martin's Anglican Church Wom-
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By Jennifer Hudson
A Family Fun Fair is scheduled for No-
vember 15 to raise funds in an effort to
finally complete the Marsh Harbour Vol-
unteer Fire Department building. Plans for
this building began in 1999 right after the
Abaco Markets fire and yet it is still, un-
fortunately, far from completion. The fair
will take place on the grounds of the par-
tially constructed Fire Department building
behind the Marsh Harbour Public Library
across from Lowe's Plaza.
The idea of holding a fair to raise funds
for the Fire Department took root in the
mind of David Dorsett, member of the
Carlton Masonic Lodge, several weeks
before the fire at Maxwell's Supermar-
ket. "The Masons work on community
projects on a regular basis though it not
always publicized," stated Mr. Dorsett.
"While assisting at the Maxwells' fire, I
began talking about my idea for a fair with
Roscoe Thompson, Chairman of the Marsh
Harbour/ Spring City Town Committee,
who was also helping out. Mr. Thompson
decided to assist the Masons on the project.
Since then, even more people have come
on board including the Rotary Club of Ab-


aco and the fire department."
All monies from the fair will go towards
finishing the fire department building which
is still in need of much work. According
to Fire Chief John Hall approximately
another $100,000 is needed to finish the
building. "A few people have donated con-
siderable sums and local business people
have been very generous in donating items
for the raffle. Price Right has donated the
concrete floor for the entire building which
is a very sizeable donation. We want to
get the whole community involved as we
want to get this station finished; the trucks
standing outside are being destroyed by the
weather," stated Mr. Dorsett.
Mrs. Yvonne Key and other volunteers
have, for the past few weeks, been holding
a fund raising drive for the Fire Depart-
ment at the Marsh Harbour traffic light.
They ask people to donate only their loose
change which they collect in firemen's
boots, but people have been extremely
generous donating far more than just their
loose change. On the first day under the
light Mrs. Key raised $1,500 within four
hours.
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ment. There will be games of hoop toss,
lollipop pull, balloon darts, a Chinese auc-
tion and many other fun activities with
prizes. There will also be a raffle with lots
of good prizes including an alarm system
for home or business, $500 grocery cer-


tificates and the grand prize of two return
tickets to West Palm Beach on Abaco Air.
"It will be a fun day. We want to drum up
interest in the Fire Department and get the
kids involved," stated Mr. Thompson and
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Homeowners within the communities of
Murphy Town and Dundas Town will have
the opportunity to vie for the Best Kept
Yard title again.
The Best Kept Yard Competition cen-
ters on community pride and beautifica-
tion which encourage communities to
undertake practices that would improve
their surrounding environment. Last year's
competition proved to be a great success as
homeowners from within those two com-
munities cleaned up and beautified their
neighbourhoods and their private yards.
The committee that comprises of the
Abaco Tourist Office, Friends of the Envi-
ronment and Local Government is hoping
to gain the same support and spirit of the
people as they received in last year's com-
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Abaco Inn 22rm 366-0133
Club Soleil 6 rm I cott 366-0003
Crystal Villas 7villas 888-812-2243
Elbow Cay Prop + 53 hse 366-0035
Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 3660095
Hope T Hideaways + 63 hse 366-0224
Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0030
Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154
Sea Gull Cottages + 3 hse 366-0266
Sea Spray Resort 5 villas 366-0065
Tanny Key + 43 hse 366-0053
Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557


Lubbers Quarters
Sea Level Cottages 4 hse


82 rms 367-2158
6 hse 367-2719
367-3529
3 rms 367-4460
6 rms 367-2022
8 rms 367-3980
9 rms 367-4000
6 rms 3 367-3980
12 hse 367-4151
8 rms 367-3776
6eff 367-2681
6 cott 367-3600


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


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

Spanish Cay Resort

Bahama Beach Club


367-0148

366-6334

366-4139


14 rm 366-4119
ing 10 rm 366-4477
Spanish Cay
18 rm 6 hse 365-0083
Treasure Cay
365-8500


Island Dreams + 45 hse 365-8507
Treasure Cay Resort 95 rms 365-8801
Wood Cay
Tangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villa365-2222
Web Sites with Abaco Information
http://www.abaconian.com
http://www.abacoinet.com
http.//www.abacoinfo.com
http://www.abacos.com
http://www.go-abacos.com
http://www.oii.net
http://www.bahamas.com


366-3121


Rev. Apr 08


IFADY IMIX CONCIREE


Man-0-War
Island Home Rentals + 8 hse 365-6048
Schooner's Landing 5 condos 365-6072
Marsh Harbour area


October 15, 2008







October 15, 2008 The Abaconian


Section A


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 VHFCh 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 toAmmons Dr .......... $12+ $3
Bristol Cellers thru A. Beach Hotel or Gov't dock thru ..........
D und as Tow n .................................................. $ 10 + $3
Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyer's Market ..........$10 + $2
Gov't Clinic thru Western 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 nake C ay ... ...... ....... ... ................. $35 + $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
S andy P oint ............................................... .... $ 135 + $ 10
Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and:
Ab Beach Hotel thru Wally's & Eastern Shore ......$ 2 each
J ib R o o m ................................. ......... ......... $ 3 e a c h
Solom on's Super Center .............. ...... ............$5 + $3
Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Gov't dock ....................... $ 6 + $3
Governm ent Freight Dock ....................... ........... $ 7 + $3
Gov.Clinic, 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 P ark ............... .. .. .................. $14 + $4
G reen Turtle Cay ferry dock ....................................$8 + $4
M o x y .................................... .................. $ 1 8 + $ 5
Baham as Star farm .................... ..................... $24 + $5
S an d B a n ks ........................................................... $ 2 4 + $ 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
F ox Tow n ........................... ................. $7 0 + $5
C row n Haven ...... .. .. ...... ... .................. $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 M arles.................................. $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


Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida
A b aco A ir ............................................................ 367 -226 6
Cherokee Air Charters .............. ......................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........................ .............................. 366-043 1
Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay........................... ..........365-857
Brendal's Dive, Green T. Cay .......................... .............. 365-44 1 1
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

www.abaconian.com
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 from Crossing Beach
Marsh Harbour to Guana Cay 40 minutes
Abaco Ferry Service VHF Ch 16 Scheduled service discontinued until Nov 1, 2008
Avaialable for charter service


Albury's Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 VHF Ch. 16
Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 7:15 am 9 10:30 12:15 pm* 2
Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm*
Marsh Harbour > White Sound Contractor's special Mon Fri 7 am
Marsh Harbour > Man-O-War 10:30 am 12:15 pm
Return 8 am 11:30 1:30 pm
Marsh H. > Guana Cay (& Scotland Cay with advance notice) from Conch Inn
(6:45am Union Jack Dock) 10:30 1:30 pm 3:30
Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 Dm 4:45


4 5:45
3 4 5 6:30
Return 5 pm


* Not on Sundays
or holidays


Same day fare Adult prepaid oneway $16 / Round Trip $22, * 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, G roup 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
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
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-War 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


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 & A Cart Rentals.............................. 375-8055
Guana Cay
Donna Sands Cart Rentals ............... 365-5195
Dive Guana Boats & Bikes................. 365-5178
Orchid Bay Cart rentals...................... 354-5175
Man-O-War
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
Man-O-War
David Albury .......365-6059


Crossing Rocks
Tony Russell .......366-3259
Cherokee
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
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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
Hummingbird....................$$.............367-2922
Island Cafe.........................$ .............367-6444
Jam ie's Place.....................$ .............367-2880
Jib Room .........................$$ .............367-2700
Kentucky Fried Chicken ..................367-2615
Mangoes ......................$$$ .............367-2366
Pop's Place ........................$ .....+....367-3796
Poppa Georgio's ................$
Sea Shells .........................$ .............367-4460
Snack Shack .....................$ .....+....367-4005
Snappas.............................$ .........367-2278
Subway ............... .................... 367-2798
W allys .......................... $$$ .............367-2074
Dundas Town
Mother Merle's .................$$

Hope Town
Abaco Inn ...................$$$ .............366-0133
Cap'n Jacks .......................$ .............366-0247
Harbour's Edge............... $$.............366-0087
H T Harbour Lodge .......$$$ .............366-0095
Munchies ........................... +.. ......366-0423
Sea Spray .................$$ ..... :.....366-0065
Lubber's Quarter
C racker P's.........................................366-3139
Man-O-War
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 .................$
Coconuts......................
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 ................$$....... ....365-4066
Sundowners ..................... H Cafe Open Nights Only
Wrecking Tree Restaurant
Sandy Point
Nancy's .........................
Pete & Gays .................$$$ ............366-4119
Rickmon Bonefish Lodge................... 366-4477


Please bring errors & revisions to our attention Rev 6 Jun08


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Visitors' Guide
Restaurants Services Transportation


Airlines Serving Abaco
Abaco Air- Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is....
A m erican Eagle M iam i ..................................
Bahamasair Nassau,W Palm B, Ft Laud ......
BaerAir Melbourne/Treasure Cay ................3
Continental Connection Miami
Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach.....................
Craig Air Service Jacksonville, Datona........ 9(
S outhern A ir N assau .....................................
Twin Air Calypso Fort Lauderdale .................
Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B. (clos
Yellow Air Taxi Ft Lauderdale .........................


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....367-2266
.. 367-2231
....367-2095
21-453-2605

....367-3415
04-641-0300
....367-2498
....367-0140
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3-mile Open Water Swim Meet

Swimmers from Nassau joined locals at Crossing Beach
By Mirella Santillo
The fifth Annual Open Water Swim was
a great success for the local kids. Out of
42 swimmers who entered the Open Water
Swimming Competition on October 4th 22
came from Nassau. Of the remaining 20
from Abaco, half were kids under 17 from
Marsh Harbour or Hope Town who had
been practicing with Abaco Swift Swim-
ming. Our local champion, 15-year-old
Brian Higgs repeated last year's perfor-
mance by winning the three miles route
in on hour 29 minutes and placing third in
the male relay with Noah Albury and Ash-
ton Kemp from Hope Town. Brian said he
achieved that feat without having had the
time to practice much.
This year the entire event took place at
Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour where
n water swim meet was held on October 4 at Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour. Forty-two swimmers competed in participants and supporting fans gathered


several divisions. The meet was organized by a swim club in Nassau, Swift Swimmers, that works closely with local people. The I
competitors swam a three-mile course. I


Please see Swim Meet Page 4


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Favor of Baker's Bay Project
Statement provided by Baker's Bay case. In her ruling, Justice Evans made
attorneys for the Baker's Bay project clear that the initial decision should not
Save Guana Cay Reef Association have been granted without hearing from
iCRA) returned to the Supreme Court all parties. Justice Evans also denied the
18th September 2008 to hear the verdict association's request for an injunction to
case brought by the SGCRA. The As- stop work at the Baker's Bay project. Mr.
ation was seeking to commence judicial Fred Smith, attorney for the SGCRA has
ew procedures against Baker's Bay, indicated that the Association will continue
eral Government agencies and depart- to pursue the case despite this ruling.
its, The Royal Bahamas Police Force, The Baker's Bay project has indicated
)e Town District Council, Attorney that they are very pleased with the ruling.
leral and the Minister of Maritime Af- They have also stressed that despite the cur-
s and Labor relating to various permits rent challenging financial times and slowed
nted to the Baker's Bay project. Acting economies they continue to make signifi-
reme Court Justice Estelle Gray ruled cant development progress at Baker's Bay.
favor of the Baker's Bay project and the The project is still employing hundreds of
ve named respondents, setting aside the Bahamians and is in full compliance with
al decision by Acting Supreme Court Bahamian laws while providing maximum
ice Peter Maynard that granted the environmental stewardship for Great Gua-
CRA permission to proceed with their na Cay and The Bahamas.


INEMA accepts donation for Inagua


The community of Marsh Harbour raised $22,300 to assist in the Inagua hurricane
relief effort. The funds were presented to Commander Stephen Russell, Interim Director
of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, on September 26. "We have
had our share over the last several years and the rest of The Bahamas came to our res-
cue. We feel honoured to be in a position to come to the aid of our brothers and sisters
in Inagua with the amount of $22,300," stated School District Superintendent Lenora
Black. She added that the public and private schools raised more than $10,000 in cash,
school supplies and non-perishable items. Pictured are Gary Smith, Superintendent of
Customs, Abaco; Roscoe Thompson III, Chairman of the Marsh Harbour/Spring City
Town Committee; Commander Russell; Senior Administrator Cephas Cooper; Mrs.
Lenora Black, Abaco's Superintendent of Schools; Ms. Michelle Gardiner, Finance Of-
ficer, NEMA; Ms. Elaine Martinborough, who was with NEMA on Abaco in the past;
and Bryan Thompson, past president of the Rotary Club of Abaco.


Representatives from the Royal Bank in the Caribbean and the Central Bank of The Ba-
hamas were on hand for the opening of the new Royal Bank of Canada building on Don
MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour on October 2. Shown inside the new building
are Mr. Cephas Cooper, Abaco's Senior Island Administrator; Mrs. Joyce Coleby-Riv-
iere, Area Manager for the Family Islands; Mr. Nathaniel Beneby, Jr., Vice President
and Country Head, Royal Bank; Mrs. Wendy Craig, Governor of the Central Bank of
The Bahamas; Mr. Ross McDonald, Head of Caribbean Banking, Royal Bank; and
Mr. Antonio Eyma, Manager of the Abaco Branch of Royal Bank.


By Jennifer Hudson
The modern, state-of-the-art new
premises of the Royal Bank of Canada
recently constructed on Don MacKay
Boulevard were officially opened on Oc-
tober 2 with a ribbon cutting performed
by Mrs. Wendy Craigg, Governor of the
Central Bank of The Bahamas. Several
top executives from the Royal Bank of
Canada participated in the Grand Open-
ing Ceremony which was attended by lo-
cal dignitaries and clients of the bank.
In her words of greeting, Mrs. Joyce


Coleby-Riviere, Area Manager for the
Family Islands, welcomed everyone to
the new premises and expressed appre-
ciation to the bank's many valued clients,
management and staff.
Prior to cutting the ribbon, Mrs. Wen-
dy Craigg praised Royal Bank for under-
standing the importance of being close
to its customers. "The Family Islands
require a more personalized approach to

Please see Royal Bank Page 2


Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night

Family Fun Night
Saturday November 8 6:30 10 p.m.
Guy Contest Great Food Family Fun


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Royal Bank triples original Abaco bank size


Royal Bank From Page 7

banking," she stated. "The refurbishment
of the Marsh Harbour branch is part of the
ongoing plan to enhance banking in The
Bahamas."
Mrs. Craigg sought to allay people's
fears about what the effects of the eco-
nomic crisis in the United States could
be for banking in The Bahamas. "Local
banks are insulated from developments
in the United States and your deposits are
safe here. There are no sub-prime loans in
The Bahamas; banks here originate their
own loans and ensure that borrowers are
able to pay back. This is prudent for both
the bank and the borrower. Borrowers on
Abaco have no need to worry; our banking
system is very liquid," she assured. "The
conditions in the United States do have


implications for the outlook of the tourism
and construction sectors so personal situ-
ations could be impacted. However, the
community of Abaco has every reason to
be confident in its banking sector." In clos-
ing, Mrs. Craigg congratulated the Royal
Bank of Canada and expressed her hope
that the newly expanded premises will
mean expanded business for the bank and
the residents of Abaco.
Mr. Ross McDonald, Head of Caribbean
Banking, Royal Bank of Canada, described
The Bahamas as the 'Crown jewel in our
Caribbean empire." It is part of the global
bank of 16 million clients, 1.6 million of
whom are in the Caribbean. He mentioned
the United States' financial crisis indicat-
ing that our economy has been slowing and
will continue to slow during the remainder
of 2008 but that he hopes to see it pick


up in 2009. Mr. MacDonald stated how
pleased he was to be at the opening cer-
emony that he termed "the largest and best
banking facility in the country" which he is
sure will continue to invest and give back
to the people of Abaco.
Mr. Nathaniel Beneby, Jr., Vice Presi-
dent and Country Head, Royal Bank of
Canada for The Bahamas and Turks and
Caicos Islands, gave a brief history of the


Royal Bank in the Bahamas stating, "No-
vember 2 will mark 100 years of faithful
and unbroken service to the people of The
Bahamas. The first office on Abaco was
opened in 1988 and the $1.4m invested in
this project shows the bank's confidence
in Abaco and The Bahamas. Abaco is the
third largest contributor to the revenue of

Please see Royal Bank Page 11


Royal Bank's new, large, airy facility is a great improvement over their previous loca-
tion. The bank has served Abaco since 1988 and is pleased with the support that it has
received from the business community and individuals on Abaco.


Mrs. Wendy Craigg, Governor for the Central Bank of The Bahamas, had the honour
of cutting the ribbon at the opening of the new Royal Bank building in Marsh Harbour.
Assisting her was Mr. Ross McDonald, head of Caribbean Banking. Looking on are Mr.
Nathaniel Beneby, Vice President, Bahamas, Royal Bank; Mr. Antonio Eyma, Abaco's
Royal Bank Manager; Mrs. Joyce Coleby-Riviere, Area Manager for Family Islands; and
Administrator Cephas Cooper.


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Fax: 242-367-3233
Cell: 242-458-2446
Sea Star Building
(beside Maxwell's)
Marsh Harbour
Perry Thomas
Endless Summer #508, Eastern Shores, 2 story, 4 bedrooms, 2 bath-
rooms. 210' water frontage, 80'
dock, 6' low water, 9,000 lb.
boat lift. Cypress ceiling and in-
terior walls, laundry room, single
car garage, carport, 15 KW back-
up generator. $1.5 million net
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
$434,600
Duplex and house #507 two 2-bedroom one-bath apartments
and house with 2 bed and I
bath. Sold together. Priced at
$307,400


y #506 for someone wanting to
purchase a restaurant that
is ready to go with all the
necessary equipment needed to
operate this lovely building, has
sea views, is on 100'xl20' lot.
. stamp tax and own legal fees.
house, #505 with covered back
patio, covered entryway with
huge columns. House is 4,000
sq. ft. situated on 1/4 acre
of property in Bahama Palm
Shores. Central air condition-
ing, Jacuzzi tub in master bath.


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 $270,000 net. Person purchasing this will have an instant business.
Three bedroom, two bathroom home, #500 fully furnished,
central air conditioning, on 9,000
sq. ft. Landscaped with beautiful
trees and lawn. Rented. REDUCED
$185,000. Can be sold separately
or with above property.


Duplex Murphy Town #501 2 story, 2 bedroom I bath up and
down. $160,000 net






Three unit townhouse #502 each unit is 1500 sq ft and
fully furnished. Located behind
John Bull in Marsh Harbour.
g Great rental income. Sale price
$650,000 net.



Duplex, 2 I-bed, I-bath apts. off Forest Drive in Dundas Town
$140,000


Appraised at $600,000 REDUCED $402,800

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Great Cistern Estates Nine lots for sale in new gated
community in Great Cistern, Abaco. Residential only
Lot A 8,491 sf $67,928 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 $69,408 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. 11,0221 SOLD |
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.
Triplex 3 I bed/I bath in Murphy Town $160,000
Two lots 84 ft. x 100 ft. near Treasure Cay, one mile
northwest of Treasure Cay School. $55,000 each net
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
Duplex for sale off Forest Drive in Murphy Town
2 two bedroom, one bath $185,500 net
Triplex for sale Murphy Town 2 one-bedroom, one-bath and
I two-bedroom, one-bath. $145,000 net
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
5 lots in Murphy Town, water view, across from Abaco
Block and Concrete, could be commercial, 56,260 sq. ft. Sold together
$253,171
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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8 MILE BEACH #4327 GREEN TURTLE CAY #4493
BEACHFRONT HIDE-A-WAY Secluded cottage, LEEWARD YACHT CLUB is a historical revival
perched 30 feet above sea level, breathtaking ocean community with dock and marina. Lots and home
views from every room, US$350,000. packages available. From $275,000. $1,350,000.
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NEW LISTING
LITTLE HARBOUR #4572
TOM CURRY'S POINT LOT I I Rare opportunity in
this premium location, breathtaking views, 150 ft' of
harbouifrontto build a dock, .97 acre lot. $275,000,
Laurie.Schrein er@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046


LUBBERS QUARTERS #4516
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.
Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046


LUBBERS QUARTERS #2425
MANCROLA SEA VIEWS Beautifully landscaped 3
bedrooms 3 baths, close to Marsh Harbour and
HopeTown, 200 feet from sandy beach.$606,000.
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LUBBERS QUARTERS #3851
SEA BREEZE -VIEW OF THE SEA OF ABACO Newly
constructed 2 bed I bath home. Steps to beautiful
beach. Situated on 1,5 acres with a dock, $349,000.
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LUBBERS QUARTERS #4495
RETREAT This I bed I bath home lives up to its name.
Secluded with spectacular sunsets. 135'waterfrontage,
lush landscape and private dock. $290,000.
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MAN-O-WAR CAY #4336
LOOKOUT HOUSE Stunning views overlooking
western harbour, 2 bed I bath main house with I
bed I bath dockhouse cottage, $1,395,000.
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MARSH HARBOUR #4229 MARSH HARBOUR
PERKY PELICAN PELICAN SHORES Charming 4 bed, WATERFRONT LOT IN HIGH ROCKS Approx
4 bath with gorgeous verandahs and commanding I acre with 90 ft on the Sea of Abaco. Good
views of the Sea ofAbaco. $2,775,000. elevation. Views of Man-O-War.$599,000.
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NEW LISTING
SANDY POINT #4575 TILLOO CAY #3657
SANDS COVE SUBDIVISION Fabulous FARSIDE-WATERFRONTthe mostunique and desirable
new 3 bed, 3.5 bath home with high end property in Abaco. 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, hangar
finishes, 3,800 sqft & garage.$550,000, and dockage for 80-foot vessel. US$S,950,000.
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TILLOO CAY #4482 TILLOO CAY #4317
BEACHFRONT LOT with about one hundred feet BEACHWOOD COTTAGE WATERFRONT I bed I
of beach frontage and the property depth is bath cottage with a dock. Conveniently located
about four hundred and eighty feet. $580,000. to Hope Town and Marsh Harbour.$365,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298 Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046


TILLOO CAY #3738
LOT 10 BEACHFRONT. Located in
a protected cove in Tilloo Beach Subdivision
with a community dock. $299,000.
Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.comr 242.367.5046


NEW LISTING
TILLOO CAY
SEAVIEWS from 1/2 acre lot with high elevation.
Secluded location, close to beautiful Tahiti Beach.
Close to Marsh Harbour and HopeTown.$ 180,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty co m 242.577.0298


TREASURE CAY #1600
FABULOUS BEACHFRONT LOT in prime location,
on Ocean Blvd. 140 feet on the beach, 600 feet
deep. Fully landscaped and irrigated. $1,750,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298


TREASURE CAY #4448
BAHAMA BEACH CLUB-BEACIIFRONT #2066
4 Bedroom, 3 Baths with spacious vaulted ceilings
perfectly located on the second level. $1,100,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298


TREASURE CAY #2516
CROSSWINDS SEA VIEWS 4 bed 3 bath,
2,800 sq. ft. furnished family home with
apartment, central A/C, generator. $775,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.co m 242.577.0298


.. . ... N E W L I S T I N Gr
TREASURE CAY
WINDWARD HOUSE-CANAL VIEWS Brand
new 3 bed 2 bath with wood floors, wrap-
around porches, and central A/C. $599,000.
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LOTS & ACREAGE
#3989 BAHAMA PALM SHORES Si:crlo 2 Block I, Lot 5. $ 182,000. Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046
#4071 BAHAMA PALM SHORES LOT 43 Good residential area.$30,000. Bill Albury: 242.367.5046
#3031 GREEN TURTLE CAY Coco BAY Lot. $650,000. Stan Sawyer 242.577.0298
#4533 GUANA CAY Dolphin Beach Estates. Lot 68. $200,000. Bill Albury: 242.367.5046
S #4572 LITTLE HARBOUR. Lot .97 acre, 150 ft. harbourfront. $275,000. Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046
Bill Albury Ronala Higgins MARSH HARBOUR NEW LISTING High Rocks Waterfront Lot. $599,000. Bill Albury, 242.367.5046
t242.367.5046 anger Abaco #4203 TREASURE CAY SANDS BANKS 2 waterfront to hwy lots. $95,000. ea Stan Sawyer 242.577.0298
t 242.367.5046 SEE SECTION A, PAGE 3 FOR HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY & VACANT LAND LISTINGS






Page 4 Section B The Abaconian


Abaco youth did well at Swim Meet


Swim Meet From Page 1
early that Saturday morning to witness
the race. And there, just a little after ten
o'clock the three-mile swimmers and the
first leg of the relay swimmers were off.
It was not until after one p.m. that the
last swimmer, Mrs. Monica Higgs, re-
turned to the dock tired but proud to have
finished the three miles. Besides her and
Brian Higgs, the other two people from
Abaco to complete the entire course were
Jennifer Cook and Coach Laurence Higgs.
Among the visitors, 11-year-old Abi-
gail Lowe's performance in swimming the
whole distance in one hour 37 minutes must
be mentioned as well as David Morley's
accomplishing his last year's feat by only
30 seconds more. Many swimmers men-
tioned having taken a little longer this year
to swim the same distance. Perhaps the
tide which was coming in as the swimmers


went away to the first leg of the course had
something to do with the slower time.
The father-son team of Percy Knowles
and Andy Knowles from Nassau swim-
ming with Richard Curry came second in
the male relay. The female relay was won
by a team from Nassau which raised a con-
troversy since one of the swimmers used a
snorkel, cutting her time by nearly a third.
After much debate they were pronounced
first over the Abaco team of Monica Higgs,
Judy Albury and Maria Silvester, who took
second place. One of the organizers stated
that the use of snorkel will be absolutely
forbidden next year.
The youngest participants were Joshua
Wong, who swam two miles of the mix re-
lay with Christina Pyform.
While the race was taking place, food
was being prepared under tents set on the
beach. Everyone partook of a Bahamian
luncheon followed by the announcement


of the results and the distribution of the
trophies presented by Mrs. Brenda Sawyer
of the Swift Swimming Abaco club, Mr.
Andy Knowles of the Swift Swimming club
of Nassau and representatives of the Min-
istry of Tourism, Ms. Dushinka Roberts,
Ms. Wynsome Ferguson and Mrs. Candy
Anderson.


Originally the event took place at Abaco
Beach Resort. Last year the location was
changed because of contrary winds, the
first year that Crossing Beach was used as
a departure point. This year all the profit
from sale of food and drink for the grow-
ing Abaco swimming association.


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Swimmers are shown here in the water at the start of the race. The course was a total of
three miles.


Most of the Abaco entrants in the Swim Meet held in Marsh Harbou on October 4 were
young people. The youth shown here are wearing the medals that they won.


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(BTC) wishes to advise the public that in light of the
deadline for TDMA customers to switch to GSM, it has
extended its operating hours in Marsh Harbour. As of
Wednesday, October 1st, through Friday, October 31st,
the Company's Marsh Harbour Office will be opened
Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am 8:00 pm.

BTC reminds customers who are making the switch
to present proof of ownership of the TDMA number,
such as a passport, driver's license or voter's card.

Additionally, BTC advises that if the person request-


ing the switch is not the owner of the TDMA number,
he or she must provide a letter of authorization from the
owner of the number along with the owner's identifica-
tion and his or her identification as well.

BTC Abaco further advises the Abaco Public that it
is performing switches to GSM for any TDMA number
from any island on any day. Therefore, persons need
not wait for an announcement of a special switch date
for his particular number.

BTC urges the public to make the switch now in or-
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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian


October 15, 2008


School News


New School Year
By Jennifer Hudson
Schools opened for the 2008/2009 school
year during the first week of September.
All Principals sounded very positive about
their campuses and programmes for the up-
coming year with only a few reporting a
lack of staff.
Moore's Island All Age School Princi-
pal, Ms. Ruthamae Rolle, stated that due
to challenges with staffing, students cannot
be offered Spanish or Computer Studies
this year. However, they will continue to
benefit from technology through the inte-
gration of computers into some of the other
subjects. "Regardless of the challenges we
face, our intention is to do all we can to
remain focused on our goal of improved


student achievement," she stated.
The school's enrollment of 165 students
is almost the same as last year. The pri-
mary department has six teachers and the
high school has four. They are delighted to
have on staff for the first time a Guidance
Counselor. During the summer classrooms
were painted and various repairs and up-
grades carried out. A new staff bathroom
is being added.
The Man-O-War Primary School is also
facing a staffing challenge. "We have no
new staff but wish we had," stated Princi-
pal Mrs. Kellie Janes. The school has two
teachers and 20 students. There have been
no major changes to the school building but
painting and maintenance has taken place
and the addition of a new trophy case.


The two education staff of Friends of the Environment, Mrs. D'Shan Maycock and Mr.
Enzil Cooper, have been visiting schools promoting anti-littering and clean-up. Here Mr.
Cooper is addressing students of the upper grades at Central Abaco Primary School.


The Mary E. Albury High School on
Man-O-War Cay is a private high school
which opened last year with nine students
in Grade 7. This year there are 11 students
in Grades 7 and 8. The school has only one
full time teacher and some volunteers. A
Community Service Programme has been
started in which students must perform 24
hours of community service each school
year.
The Amy Roberts Primary School on
Green Turtle Cay retains the same enroll-
ment of 53 students and five staff members.
They are excited to have had two of the
classrooms carpeted and a new playground
installed. They also have a resource and
computer room and are awaiting the arriv-
al of three computers which is their prize
from their Junkanoo win. "We are moving
forward with our Literary Challenge, en-
couraging children in the number of books
read," stated Mrs. Sawyer, the school's
principal.
Hope Town Primary School began its
school year glad to be settled into its newly
refurbished building. The school had been
displaced for some considerable time hav-
ing to hold classes in the Methodist Mis-
sion House while renovations took place.
Last year they had to spend the first four
days of school moving into the newly re-
furbished building. "This year during the
summer staff spent time setting up the
school library, and it is a whole lot better
organized for going back this year," stated
Principal Candice Key. There is an enroll-
ment of 60 students which is the same as
last year but two new families with chil-
dren will be arriving in January.
Treasure Cay Primary School has one


new staff member, Mrs. Schaeffer, who
replaces Mrs. Ann Bootle, now in full re-
tirement. The enrollment remains steady.
During the summer, the library was air
conditioned. There is now a full computer
lab but that needs a teacher. Principal Myr-
tis Russell stated that this year she will be
holding some PTA meetings at the Bahama
Star Farm to accommodate those parents
who are unable to get to the school. Fol-
lowing Hurricane Hanna, the grounds of
the Treasure Cay School retained a lot of
water but, fortunately, the storm did not
damage the building at all.
Agape Christian School has a larger
enrollment this year and. according to
Principal Cecile Albury, the 7th and 10th
grades are the largest ever. The school said
goodbye to seven members of staff who
had been at the school for two or three
years but they have welcomed several new
teachers from The Bahamas, United States
and Canada. A physical education teacher
is still being sought. "We are excited to
have veteran teacher of ten years, Mr. Ben
Albury, as principal of the high school,"
stated Mrs. Albury. Her position will be
high school Administrator and Principal of
Grades K3-6.
During the summer a new fence was
installed on the small children's play area
and an overhang constructed in front of
the primary school campus to provide a
cool place for the children to eat lunch. A
new sports floor was installed in the Grace
Gymasium and the gym is presently being
used for classrooms by the high school.
"We plan to break ground for our new high
Please see School Page 8


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with dock for owners. Reserve your lot TODAY!

Pelican Shores Marsh Harbour
Ref#: 4501
Price: $795,000
Agent: June Russell


This vacant lot has recently been cleared and landscaped and is ready
for development. The property includes 60ft of protected dockage in
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Coconut Creek, Marsh Harbour
Ref#: 4093
Price: $65,000
Agent: June Russell
Situated in Sweeting's Village, Marsh Harbour this spacious 9,000
square foot lot offers all utilities, and beach access.


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Cell: 242-577-6819
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Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club
Ref#: 3887
Price: $2,950,000
Agent: June Russell

Baker's Bay offers 100ft of ocean direct oceanfront and is 20ft above
sea-level. Breathtaking views of the Great barrier reefjust outside your
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Southern Breeze Lubbers Quarters
Ref#: 3502
Price: $625,000
Agent: Patti Love I


Overlooking the Sea of Abaco, this charming 3 bed/3 bath
cottage on the island of Lubbers offers the island life you've been
searching for.

Vacant Land Available
* Ref# 3984 Treasure Cay 8,900 sqft vacant property just 1
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"NEW" STORAGE UNITS, centrally located in
Treasure Cay town centre. Storage units come
in assorted sizes for boats, cars, golf carts and
"stuff." EXC. Starting at $25,000 FGS
CONDOMIUM DEVELOPMENTS
1. CARLETON LANDING
Newest opportunity
Canal front condo and cottage units with
available boat slips
Starting at $680,000 + 14%closing
2. NEW LUXURY WATERFRONT CONDOS
WITH DOCKS!
"Pineaple Point Resort" Luxury gated
community Treasure Cay's newest
waterfront development. 2 bed/ 2 bath
and 3 bed/ 3 bath condos with availability
of private boat slips. Pre-construction price
starting at $529,000 net (plus closing
costs). MUST SEE! Great investment oppor-
tunity and the most spectacular location in
Treasure Cay

3. THE COTTAGES
Now the newest oceanfront development
on Treasure Cay beach comprising 10
individual luxury units
Starting at $900,000 + 12% closing
4. BAHAMA BEACH CLUB
Luxury condominium project on Treasure
Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / on-
site pool and many other features
Starting at $907,500 Plus 14% closing
5. ROYAL POINCIANA TOWNHOUSES
On-site pool and tennis, newly completed
luxury townhouse units directly on
Treaure Cay each totalling 3 bed/4 1/2
baths plus loft bedroom/den
Ground floor garage, 2 bed/ 2 bath with
ocean front patio
First floor open concept living / dining/
kitchen plus master bedrom suite, all
ocean views with patio/ balcony
Loft bedroom/ den with ocean view
MLS $2,075,000 + 7.5% Closing
6. PALM BAY DEVELOPMENT Unit #3
4 bed/ 31/ bath fully furnished Town
House with garage and boat slip with 20'
beam. Located at Palm Bay Development
2,000 +/- sq. ft. $907,500
Anchorage Estates Multi-family Lots 128'
water front, 22,448 sq. ft. Good investment
Price $474,000
MARINER'S COVE
Townhouse condos with on- site tennis, heated
pool, office, laundry
Marina view, 2 bed/ 1 1/2 bath, fully furnished,
never rented, extra feathures.
MUST SEE FGS $295,000
Marina view, 1 bed / 1 bath upstairs good
rental potential $220,150 FGS
Marina view, 2 bed/ 2 bath and unit fully
furnished- storm shutters- good rental
potential $271,500 + 7.5% closing


MARINA VIEW VILLA
Recently completed delightful villa with great
marina view and access. Modern 2 bed/ 2
bath CBS fully furnished home, 1020 sq.
ft. plus porches and garden area. Must see to
appreciate. FGS $555,400
TEASURE LANDING
Unit #4 Upstairs 3 bed/2bath fully furnished,
direct beach access. Good rental investment
EXC. $514,250 FGS
ROYAL PALM
Canal front condos with on site tennis and pool
2 bed / 2 bath lower unit marina view. Good
rental income EXC $526,350
2 bed/ 2 bath lower unit with marina view. 12
ft. boat slip with 12,000 lb. lift. Never rented.
EXC $655,950 FGS
TREASURE HOUSE
Ocean front luxury octagonal units with lagoon/
pool/waterfall. Good rental potential.
Unit #7 Two storey 2 bed/ 2 bath home.
MLS $545,000 + 7.5% closing
BAHAMA BEACH CLUB
Resale condos available in first completed project.
Ready to go. Both units never rented but definite
potential. MUST SEE PROPERTIES.
Downstairs unit 3 bed / 2 bath with den/
optional 4th bed. Completely and tastefully
furnished with many extra features including
garage and Ford Taurus $1,002,000 FGS
ATLANTIS
Canal Front Condos with o -se Pool
Bldg 4 Down D bed / 2 bath,
totally redone, e--
EXC. $468,000 FGS
SAND DOLLAR
Unit #3 Ocean front, downstairs 2 bed/2 bath,
fully furnished. $640,000 FGS
ROYAL POINCIANA
Ocean Front Condos with on site pool and
tennis
3 bed / 3 bath upper unit, fully furnished,
beach front, with good rental potential.
Priced to sell. $865,000 + 7.5%
SANDPIPER BEACH
"Lacey Daze" Spectacular 4 bed/ 3 1/2 bath,
fully furnished, CBS home with panoramic
ocean views and direct beach access from
every room but one via decks and patios. The
main house has living/dining/ kitchen/ master
bedroom suite, two guest bedrooms with
bath, powder room, double garage and
u tility/workshop area. Included with its own
entrance is a private king size 1 bedroom/ 1
bath apartment with an open living/ dining/
kitchen with its own deck.Many features.
MUST SEE. MLS $1,990,000 + 7.5% Closing

OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION
Second row beach with direct ocean access.
Great view. 2 bed / 2 bath, many special
features. MUST SEE EXC. $485,500 FGS


Treasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches
Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information
We not only sell here, we live here and love it.
Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
E-mail: info@treasurecayrealestate.com


GALLEON BAY ESTATES
"Gramling House" newly built, 2 storey home
located on Galleon Bay canal with a 45'
dock. Upper level has 4 bed/ 2 bath. Open
living/ dining/ kitchen. Lower level has 2
bed/ 1 bath, laundry room pl us covered
open boat/ car storage MUST SELL
VERY MOTIVATED SELLER EXC $790,000
"Fish Tales" unique canal front 3 bed / 3 bath
home on 2 full lots, 180' waterfront with 118'
serviced dock, deep water, great for larger
boat. MUST SEE! MLS$1,725,000 + 7.5%
LEEWARD BEACH ESTATES
"Trident"/"Turquoise Seas" You cannot be more
"on the beach" than in this special home.
Offering 3 bed / 3 1/2 bath in the main house
with detached garage / bed / bath / attic plus
storage. Vast deck oceanside with widow's
walk. WOW!
MLS $2,200,000 + 7.5% closing
"Cross Winds" Split level CBS home extra large
lot across from 2 beach greenways. Private.
Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2
bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/
dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1bed/ 1
bed, living kitchen, enclosed patio. Plus! Plus!
Plus! MLS $755,000 + 7.5% closing
"Surf Shack" This CBS totally renovated two-
storey luxury modern home is located on a
large corner lat in the prestigious area of Lee
ward Beach and Sunrise Point. Both levels
include 4 bed / 3 1/2 bath plus above ground
pool with wrap around deck. many, many
more features, i.e. hurricane shutters and
generator. "A definite must see!"
$1,403,600 EXC
WINDWARD BEACH ESTATES
"Dream Point" Special CBS split level home
located on a corner lot near "The Point" with
two choices of direct beach access. Upper
level has master bedroom with ensuite bath
plus two guest bdrooms and bath. On the
split level there is the main entry into a large
open living/dining area, modern well
equipped kitchen. All rooms open onto a
wrap-around partially covered deck overlook
ing the garden. Ground level has an extra
large garage/ workshop with lots of storage.
EXC. $996,300 FGS
ROCK POINT
"Pilot House" special unique location with a
commanding, enviable view of the Sea of
Abaco. Water front home, 2 storey, CBS/
frame. Upstairs master and guest bed, 2 baths,
large living/ dining/ open kitchen; lower level
1bed / 1 bath, 2 car garage plus 1 car/boat
garage. MLS $1,160,000 + 7.5% closing
Apartment four-plex, CBS building,
each level ha SO lents with 2 bed,
1 bath, living/ !ri-chen. Great rental
investment. MUST SEE! EXC. $400,000 FGS

VACANT LOTS AVAILABLE
Ocean front properties
Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd.
Sand Piper Beach
Sunrise Point Beginning at $1,250,000 FGS
Canal Front Beginning at $350,000 FGS
Rock Point Waterfront, bulkheaded
Beginning at $430,000 FGS
Golf Course/ Interior
Beginning at $60,000 FGS


ABBREVIATION CODE
EXC Exclusive listing FGS Full gross or all-inclusive price MLS Multiple Listing, list price plus buyer's closing


October 15, 2008


The Abaconian


Section B


Page 7







Page 8 Section B The Abaconian


October 15, 2008


More School News


School From Page 6

school this year," stated Mrs. Albury.
Mrs. Albury is proud of the students'
academic success during the past year.
Agape students received an overall B- av-
erage in the BJC examinations with 100
percent passes in mathematics at grade C
or above and 95 percent of social studies
at C or above. For the first time ever on
Abaco two Agape students took the exami-
nation in electrical installation.
"We are also excited that Ms. Elaine's
ballet class is now being held at Agape
School," stated Mrs. Albury.
Forest Heights Academy has added
three new staff members for biology/sci-
ence, P.E./social studies and Spanish. The
student enrollment is up especially in the
lower grades. All of the computers in the
computer lab were replaced during the first
week of term.
A new Prefect in Training programme
has been introduced in Grade 11 to prepare
those students to take on the responsibility
of a full prefect in Grade 12.
An exciting new venture for Forest
Heights is that it has become a pilot school
in the Eco School programme which is
sponsored by BREEF in Nassau. The stu-
dents look for practical ways to make the
campus more environmentally friendly and
reduce the use of energy. The aluminum
recycling which was already in place at the
school is being expanded and other recy-
cling is being introduced. Each student was
given a hard plastic water bottle at the be-
ginning of term which they refill and bring
to school each day. They are also experi-
menting with ways to reduce the amount


of air conditioning and lights used. "The
children are all very much behind this,"
stated Mr. Jim Richard, School Principal,
who is a very keen environmentalist.
The students began the school year with
a fund raiser to purchase school supplies
and special equipment for the students
of the Inagua All Age School which was
badly damaged by Hurricane Ike. Students
raised funds from a free dress day and do-
nations and the sum of over $2,600 was
raised in one day.
Boys Reading
Challenge Launched
The Boys Reading Challenge will be
held October 1-31 at Central Abaco Prima-
ry School to promote reading among male
students in grades 4-6. Last year a writing
component was added which allowed the
students to explain, in their own words,
how the book read relates to the theme.
The Challenge was initially opened to stu-
dents in grades 3-6 but because many of the
students in grade three seemed to struggle
through the process, they were excluded.
They will be added to the Challenge held
in February for the lower primary school.
Registration for the Challenge was held in
September when 110 boys registered for the
competition. During the month of October,
the Challenge Coordinator, Ms. Samantha
Evans, will explain the theme in detail to
the students and motivate them throughout
the month to read as much material related
to the theme as they can find. Parents are
asked to read to and with their children so
that at the end of this competition, they
will not only win cool prizes, but they will
see great improvement in their reading and


writing skills. Persons interested in spon-
soring gifts for the Challenge are invited to
call the school.
Friends of the Environment
Speaks to Students
By Samantha V. Evans
Throughout the month of September,
education officers from Friends of the
Environment spoke to students at schools
across Abaco about the International Coast-
al Clean Up. Under the theme Let's Make
a Sea Change, Mrs. D'Shan Maycock and
Mr. Enzil Cooper educated students about
the importance of protecting the environ-
ment. The focus of the presentation was
to sell this idea to them by showing the
students that they can be super heroes at
cleaning their environment. This initiative
was designed for them to pick up trash
and get information on the environment
and how to protect it. The clean up makes
the environment healthier by getting rid
of nesting places for pests like mosquitoes
and rats. Fewer pests mean fewer diseases.
This clean-up also makes the sea safer for
animals because when persons litter in the
ocean, it makes the sea unsafe for animals
to live. The main items left in the sea that
hurt and kill animals are cut fishing lines.
Coastal clean-ups are important because
they keep the islands beautiful especially
since The Bahamas is a tourist destination.
Seventy-five percent of the residents work
in the tourism sector so it is essential that
the island is kept clean.
First aid training held
By Samantha V. Evans
September 17 and 18 were set aside to
give the custodial staff at the public schools


in Central and Northern Abaco First Aid
Training. In an effort to keep the school en-
vironment safe, first aid training began in
this district last school year. Staff members
of each school were given first aid kits for
the offices or classrooms. The first training
was held at Central Abaco Primary School
and the second meeting was held a public
schools in the north. First Aid has been de-
fined as the care given to a victim imme-
diately following an accident. The person
is trained to keep the victim stable until
professional help arrives. The trainees are
expected to protect themselves at all times.
They were reminded to know their limita-
tions and when to utilize the professionals.
The group was taken step by step through
the 911 process including which incidents
to refer to the professionals for help. Some
of the common emergencies discussed dur-
ing this training were breathing problems,
choking, heart attack or chest pain, faint-
ing, diabetes and low blood sugar, seizures
and fits, visible bleeding (including nose
bleeds), burns and injuries to bones, joints
and muscles. They were told what to do
and what not to do in cases of emergency.
Five new teachers at
Central Abaco Primary
By Samantha V. Evans
At the beginning of the new school year,
five teachers joined the staff of Central
Abaco Primary School. They are Clarinda
Ramsey, Simone Pinder, Celestine Bethel,
Anistacia Seymour-Dawkins, and Elspeth
Jackson. Each teacher brings with her a
uniqueness that helps to further enhance

Please see School Page 9


Marsh Harbour Area
MLS # 1101 Regattas of Abaco 2/2 Condo's 4 to choose from $315,000
MLS # 1003 Lookout House Eastern Shores Waterfront $1,395,000
MLS # 1005 Royal Harbour Lot 26 $299,000
MLS #1006 Sunrise Bay Subdivision Lot 31 Includes Dock Slip $310,000
"NEW" Sweeting's Village $60,000
MLS #1067 Pelican Shores Waterfront Property with Dock $1,225,000
MLS #1115 Great Abaco Club Luxury Canal Pool House $1,995,000
"NEW" Sunrise Bay lot 14 with boat slip $365,000

North Abaco
MLS #1102 Leisure Lee Several Interior Lots from $34,800
MLS #1193 Leisure Lee Lot 35 Waterfront $129,000 CONTRACT PENDING
MLS #1100 Joe's Creek Lot 13 Good Elevation $43,000 SOLD
NEW MLS #1220 Red Rock Point 15 min. N. of Marsh Harbour
42 acres, 1000' +/- feet waterfront $2,150,000

South Abaco
MLS #1008 Long Beach Lots 316 & 420 $50,000 each
MLS #1008 Long Beach Lots 413 & 414 $89,000 each
MLS #1008 Long Beach Lots 412 $83,000
MLS #1012 Bahama Palm Shores Several Lots from $30,000

The Cays
MLS #1062 Guana Cay Interior Lot / Great Views Now $97,000
MLS #1150 Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates Lots 93A & 92B
$179,000 each "NEW PRICE"
MLS #1102 Guana Cay Sea of Abaco Waterfront Now $299,000
MLS #1149 Guana Cay" Beach" Reduced $214,000 UNDER CONTRACT
MLS #1149 Guana Cay 22,232 sq. ft. ocean view lot $124,000 UNDER CONTRACT
MLS #1097 Guana Cay Sea of Abaco Estate Property $850,000
MLS #1103 Guana Cay Coconut Tyme Great Rental $590,000
MLS #1063 Guana Cay Estate Waterfront Home $1,995,000
MLS #1064 Guana Cay Sea Shore Villas & Harbour View Haven $3,500,000
MLS #1066 Lubber's Abaco Ocean Club 2 Interior Lots $99,000 each

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Brent Cartwright, Broker, BRI
Phone 367-0080


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Hope Town 1374 Best priced sandy beach lot
on island. Beautifully landscaped and ready
for building.
S Marsh Harbour 1458 4/4 Executive home.
Large landscaped lot, private beach, too many
Maria Silvester, BRI wonderful features to list. Call today.
Phone 367-0080 The Abaco Club 1363 Two adjacent beach lots
With unobstructed views of Winding Bay.
Yellowwood Hillside ocean view lot. Electricity
and water now available.
Guana beachfront home 1256- 3/2 on high dune,
Rhiannon Thomas endless views. Great rental history.
Phone 365-5003 Marsh Harbour home 1364 2/2 on lovely land-
scaped lot. Centrally located. $206,000
Sea Glass 1337 3/2 home on Guana Cay with
beach access just steps away. $439,000
Watching Bay 1392 Fabulous hill top lot with
great views. Short walk to beach.
Giselle Mclntosh Turtle House on Guana harbour 2/1 with
Phone 365-4655 private dockon harbour. Great views and rental
potential. NEW PRICE
White Sound Two adjacent beach lots with
150' of beachfront and 100 ft. private dock on
White Sound.
Junior Mernard Great Cistern Triplex 1393 Great investment in
Phone 366-0361 a newly built triplex. Excellent rentals
Casuarina Point home 1439- 2/2 home on large
landscaped lot. Dock approval in place.
Bahama Palm Shores A large selection of interior
and beach lots starting at $30,000
Kristin Williams The Great Abaco Club 1189 Jaffa is a 3/3 home
Phone 367-0080 on a double lot positioned to capture views from
Every room.


Nikhil Shah
Phone 367-0080


Royal Harbour waterfront lots Two waterfront
lots, both offering great dockage.
Sweetings Village Residential lot in fast growing
community


Fax: 242-367-0081
email: brent@aisleofpalmrealty.com
website : wwwaisleofpalmrealty.com


Regattas Penthouse unit 1334 The only 3/3
init in complex. Very spacious, wonderful
kitchen, double patio, huge master bath. A
must see unit.
Marsh Harbour pool home 1422 3/2 home on
large landscaped lot with pool and spacious deck-
ing and patio, central a/c, central location.
Marsh Harbour executive home 1421 k
Spacious home with 3/2 on three levels, along
with 2/2 and I/I apartments. Pool and large
landscaped lot.
Cove Estates home 1377 Well designed 2/2
offering cathedral ceilings, a/c, large patio,
lovely lot.
Watching Bay Three adjacent lots near the
entrance of this new subdivision just outside the
settlement of Cherokee.
White Sound 1476 Oceanfront lot Great ocean-
front lot just south of Sea Spray $727,000.
The cook Estate at Turtle rocks Almost 5 acres
offering 3 homes & four other buildings. Sea
views. Call for info.
The Abaco Club Hope Town Cottage 1437
- 4/4 turn-key hilltop cottage overlooking the
18th green and Atlantic Ocean. $3,175,000
Guana Cay Two bay lots starting at
$370,000,
Two ocean lots starting at $399,000, Beach
lots starting at $599,000
Interior lots starting at $190,000
Hope Town Conch Quest Oceanfront home
just south of Sea Spray Resort in White
Sound. $694,000
Black Sound Lot Almost an acre with 100+
feet of protected deep water shoreline. GREAT
VALUE $499,900

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School From Page 8
the diverse talent that is already there.
Clarinda Ramsey is a first year teacher
who began her teaching career at Cooper's
Town Primary School at the end of the last
school. She stated that her experience there
was a great start to her teaching career as
she learned a great deal and is looking for-
ward to the challenges at this new school
site. She has always had a passion for
teaching. When she entered high school,
one of her teachers encouraged her to fol-
low her dream. She is a grade two teacher
at this school.
Simone Pinder is a veteran teacher of 17
years having taught on Inagua and Abaco.
She enjoys working with the younger chil-
dren and especially enjoys teaching grade
three-a GLAT grade. Her students have


always received excellent passes in this
exam and she plans to continue this excel-
lent streak. Her passion for education has
helped her rear her own children who per-
form well in school. Ms. Pinder was rede-
ployed from J.A. Pinder Primary School
and was excited to make the change and to
face any challenges that may come along.
Elspeth Jackson enjoys teaching and was
redeployed from the high school to teach
art. She has worked in Nassau and now
Abaco and plans to teach her students to
appreciate the beauty of their surroundings
and to duplicate this beauty on paper.
Celestine Bethel is a first year teacher
having recently completed her studies at
the College of the Bahamas with a Bache-
lor's degree in Primary Education. She has
been assigned to teach grade five, which
she enjoys. Ms. Bethel stated that she was
determined to become a teacher. As she


Success Training College continues to offer college level courses on Abaco. Classes
began the end of September for returning students and the beginning of October for new
students. Their orientation was held on September 26.


grew older,
her love for
working with
children grew
and she knew
that she had
to accomplish
this goal. She
is excited to
finally be liv-
ing out her
dream and
is extremely
happy to be
on Abaco.
Anistacia
Dawkins is a
Dawkins is a Mrs Enid Whyte was pre.
veteran teach- College for her dedication
er of 15 years
an ba hr on Abaco. She is in the cei
and began her
career in Nas- of this program, and Ms.
career in Nas-
sau but spent the majority of her teaching
years on Abaco. She taught in Hope Town,
Guana Cay, Cherokee Sound and Central
Abaco Primary. Her posting for the past
three years was in Cherokee and she is
happy to be back in Central Abaco. Ms.


sented with a plaque from Success Training
Sto the advance of educational opportunities
nterjoined by Mrs. Sharon Rolle, coordinator
Rachel Sands of the Abaco school office.
Dawkins loves working with children. Her
main goal is to promote holistic learning,
to inspire them to develop national pride

Please see School Page 16


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The Abaconian Section B Page 9






Page 10 Section B The Abaconian


"SCHOONER BAY

TAKES THE BEST FROM THE PAST

AND THE BEST FROM THE FUTURE

TO CREATE THE PLACE

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discovered for this vision to become reality. Lo-
cated on the beautiful island of Abaco some twenty
five miles south of Marsh Harbour, the 220 acres of
Schooner Bay have I 1/4 miles of oceanfront and
I 1/4 miles of harbour front... with one of the best
beaches in The Bahamas.
With a reverent respect for environment,
design and community, Bahamian developer and
community builder Orjan Lindroth and his team of
local and international architects, engineers, and
consultants have been planning the new Schooner
Bay community.
Inspired by the architectural and cultural his-
tory of The Bahamas and guided by the design phi-
losophy of New Urbanism, the team has crafted a
small harbour town that will become the model for
development in the region. Unprecedented in the
history of Bahamian development, Schooner Bay
will be the first planned and open community de-
signed to attract Bahamian families to live, work,
and play in a setting that incorporates the best of
our past with the hopes of our future.


Schooner Bay will include a state-of-the-art
primary and middle school where principles of ho-
listic life and art will integrate into the fabric of
students' education. New economic opportunities
and community development will make Schooner
Bay a hub for commerce and culture in South
Abaco.
Life at Schooner Bay will be centered around
the new 14-acre harbour with its mix of shops,
restaurants, offices and boutique inns. A range
of housing in types, sizes, and prices will all be
in close proximity and the village will be closed
to cars making walking the preferred means of
transportation.
Recognizing the intrinsic values of biodiversity
and natural ecosystems, Schooner Bay has made
a fundamental commitment to the protection and
preservation of all natural resources. Careful build-
ing practice guided by LEED principles means that
Schooner Bay will produce most of the construc-
tion aggregate on site, recycle soil for the entire
landscape program and use the seedlings from the
preserved Broadleaf coppice to supply landscape
material for streets and homes. Sixty percent of the


220 acre property will be preserved as green space
and common area to be shared by the community
and the indigenous wildlife of South Abaco. At the
approach to Schooner Bay there is an extensive ag-
ricultural realm to provide food for the village and
a greenway of native coppice is designed through
the middle of Schooner Bay in order to create a
corridor for the resident Bahama parrots that fly
through and forage in this area.
At The Commons adjacent to Schooner Bay
Village Plaza, the Schooner Bay community is
building a regional sports complex with two sports
fields, basketball and tennis along with a library
center and community hall. The hall will serve as
a fortified hurricane shelter with its own water,
power and communications system in an emer-
gency. The fire truck will be available for area
forest protection. The hall will also be a center for
island activities such as functions, weddings and
education. The virtual library hopes to link in with
the Nassau library system allowing users to log in
making every laptop a virtual library. The Farmer's
Market provides an area for craftsmen and farmers
to hold events and sell their products. The waste


water treatment system will provide re-use water
for the common farms along with soil from the
solid waste treatment and composting system.
At completion, Schooner Bay will have 570
homes and over 50 businesses all of which will be
committed to a minimal ecological footprint. The
community is developing many alternative energy
systems including ground-source water-cooling in a
common loop for the village air conditioning. The
buildings are all required to have water collection
cisterns and must employ architectural techniques
that reduce cooling and lighting energy demand
load. The architectural team recently published an
award winning book A Living Tradition Bahami-
an Architecture, which outlines many of the design
principles to be used at Schooner Bay. The strategy
for waste management at Schooner Bay will imple-
ment an unprecedented recycling program for all
solid waste and the capturing and treatment of
waste water. All solid waste will be recycled, reused
as compost, or incinerated. This commitment to
best practices in environmental design will make
Schooner Bay an environmental model for The Ba-
hamas and the region.


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BNT calls for a total ban

on the harvesting of sea turtles


Provided by the BNT
The Bahamas National Trust urges the
government of The Bahamas to immedi-
ately implement a ban on the harvesting
of sea turtles.
As a signatory to international agree-
ments which protect wildlife, including
the Convention on Biological Diversity,
the harvesting of these endangered spe-
cies sends a confusing message to the
conservation community. Allowing the
harvesting also damages our interna-
tional image and has negatively impact-
ed our Tourism Industry. The desire to
protect sea turtles has sadly created a
dark economic incentive for fishermen
as they play on the sympathies of the
public, forcing them to pay large sums
of money to rescue captured turtles.
The sea turtles in The Bahamas are a
regional resource their extensive mi-
grations means turtles move through the


waters of many nations throughout the
Caribbean. Increasingly, Caribbean na-
tions have banned the harvest of sea tur-
tles in their waters. The Trust feels The
Bahamas should join with our neighbors
in protecting this shared resource.
The Bahamas must recognize and
honor the pledge it made by signing the
Convention on Biodiversity, which was
that we work to avoid the extinction of
any more Bahamian species. The taking
of sea turtles a globally endangered
species -violates the spirit of that pledge.
The BNT joins The Bahamas Sea Turtle
Conservation Group, The Nature Con-
servancy, The Bahamas Humane So-
ciety, Friends of the Environment and
BREEF in the call for a total ban on the
harvesting of sea turtles in The Baha-
mas.


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fessional team in Marsh Harbour and this
new and very improved facility. He made
a point of encouraging first time home and
property owners to take advantage of the
government's amendment to the Stamp Tax
effective on July 1 which offers Stamp Tax
exemption to first time buyers for homes
under $500,000.


The ceremony opened with a delightful
and unique rendition of the National An-
them performed by three talented Royal
Bank of Canada staff members. During
the proceedings the audience was treated
to three varied and enjoyable performances
by the Every Child Counts School and a
boys' choir and a combined choir from
the Central Abaco Primary School. Both
schools were presented with a cheque from
the Royal Bank of Canada.
Following the ribbon cutting guests were
invited on a tour of the spacious new fa-
cility after which they enjoyed a reception
with entertainment.


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- 2,212 sf. Residence "HARBOUR LIGHT" Dickie's Cay 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths -
- 848 s.f. Covered Decks. 1,560 s.f Residence 1,040 s.f Verandahs 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Guest
-Land 9,700 s.f. house 1.824 Acres Entire S.E. Point of Dickie's Cay Private
-2CentralA/CUnits Dock. Auxiliary Generator Superb Views Furnished.
- Storage, Generator Shed # IWH1099 $2,200,000.
-12 KWAux. Generator
-IncomeProducing "VITING" -Dickie's Cay 5 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Baths. 3,360 s.f
- Ocean View Residence 1,200 s,f Covered Deck 0.24 Acres Sea-to-Sea Private
#GGH1105 $491,00. 136' Dock Auxiliary Generator Superb Harbour Views Furnished.
#IVMWH1001 $1,995,000.
Green Turtle Cay "FRESH W IVD LANDING" -Dickie's Cay 3 Bedrooms, 3 1/2
- 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Baths 2,460 s.f. Residence 1,400 s.f. Porches-Decks 1 Bed, 1
- 1,455 sq.eR LuxuryVilla
- Coverd Screened Porches bath Snore Box 7,500 sf. Land Private 93' Dock. 40 KW Aux,
- Lnd 7,554 sq.ft Generator Superb Harbour Views #MWIV 1107 $1,200,000.
Deeded Dock Boat Lift
- Golf Cart Garage "SCHOONER'S LANDING" Five Oceanfront Condominiums
- Complete Renovation 2007 -Three 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath- Two 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath with Bunkroom.
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- m2 B B-2Bedrooms, 1 BBsh.
- 2 Bedrooms 2 Baths -660 s.f.Residence.
-1,030 s.f Residen2e 240 s.f. Studio
- 1,290 s.f Covered Deck ] DockHouse
- 0.877 Acres -and-Sea-to-Sea
82' Ocean Frontage 36,775 s.f -.8442Acre
- Semi-Private Dock.,- 100' Ocean Beach Front
- Superb Ocean views ivate Dock On Oreek
#MWH.1076- $1,550,000. Fabulous# Views
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Man-O-War Cay
-2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths.
-1,921 s.f Residence.
-2 Bedroom, 1 Bath
400 s.f. Guest Cabin
-172' Ocean BeachFront
- 1.189 Acres
-Beautifully Landscaped
Semi -Private Dock
-Fabulous Views
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- 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths.
- 1,200 s.E Residence.
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- 17 KWAux.Generator
- Beautifully Landscaped
- Partially Furnished

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Settlement
-4 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths.
-1,240 s.f. Residence.
-0.3213Acre 14,000 s.f
-Hillsidefor great Ocean
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-Beautifully Landscaped
-Fully Furnished &
Equipped.
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-4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths
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-0.3394 Acre- 14,787 s.f.
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North Abao News


By Vernique Russell
Town Meeting Held
Minister of State in the Ministry of
Finance, the Hon. Zhivargo Laing, and
his team recently held a town meeting in
Cooper's Town at the S.C. Bootle High
School to discuss the advantages and clear
up misconceptions of The Bahamas join-
ing the Economic Partnership Agreement
(EPA). Minister Laing did an excellent job
in conveying the information to those at-
tending the meeting. Many left feeling con-
fident that when the Bahamas joins, it will
be beneficial to the people. Chief Council-
lor for North Abaco, Mr. Steve Pedican,
is pleased about the Bahamas joining this
partnership and thinks that this change will
be good for the country.
New Restaurant
Opens in Treasure Cay
Heavenly Manna will be the newest
restaurant in Treasure Cay when it opens
later this month. It will feature a variety of
cuisine from all over the world including
Chinese, Italian, Jamaican and Bahamian.
The restaurant is in the Brent Lowe Plaza
near the Treasure Cay airport and will be
open from Monday to Sunday.
Beach Party
The North Abaco Summer Festival &
Power Boat Race committee invites the
general public to join them this Discovery
Day at the Public Beach in Treasure Cay
for another exciting Beach Bash. The com-
mittee will once again host one of its excit-
ing beach parties to raise funds for next
year's summer festival. The beach party
will be held on October 13th beginning at
Noon. The committee is looking forward


to seeing you on the beach.
Fair Announcement
There will be a fair on October 13th at
the Cabana by Spanky's in Treasure Cay
beginning at 11 a.m. The public is invited
to stop by and feast on the scrumptious de-
lights that will be for sale.
School News
Coastal Clean Up
International Coastal Clean Up Day was
observed by schools in North Abaco that
participated by cleaning their local costal
areas and their surroundings. The staff
and students of the El Shaddai Christian
Academy took to the streets of Dormy
Villas where they conducted a clean up
campaign. The students of the Cooper's
Town Primary School collected many bags
of garbage from along the water front in
Cooper's Town and the students of Sherlin
Bootle High School were busy beautifying
the Public Beach above Blackwood that the
school adopted last year. Mrs. Laura Da-
vis, one of the organizers of the clean up
effort, is appealing to residents of North
Abaco to please keep their surroundings
clean. We are all responsible for the well
keeping of our area. Mrs. Davis thanks the
schools and individuals that participated in
the clean up effort.
Treasure Cay Primary Assists
Residents in Inagua
Principal Myrtis Russell of the Treasure
Cay Primary School and her staff are lend-
ing a helping hand to the residents of Ina-
gua, the island that was struck and badly
damaged by vicious Hurricane Ike. With
this in mind the school is reaching out to
help by collecting funds to send to assist


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Sales
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Centrally located mixed-use 100x100 property. $79,000
Prestigious waterfront building site. $525,000.
Deluxe waterfront home, cottage & dock. $1.499m
Waterfront 3/4 acre in seaside community. $208,500.
Family style building site on outer cay. $69,000.
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Fantastic value waterfront home & dock. $499,000.
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Hospitality business in downtown area. $649,000.
Atlantic Ocean beachfront property. $99,000.
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in any way possible. The school is leading
by example and is demonstrating what it
means to be our brother's keepers.
PTA President Resigns
Mr. Clayton McIntosh of Cooper's
Town has served as PTA president at the
Sherlin Bootle High School for several
years now. He and his team have achieved
many accomplishments. But he is now re-
signing to allow another person a chance to
serve. Mr. McIntosh thanks the parents for
their support and wants them to support the
school and work with the new president.
Seminar
The Principals, Teachers and Facility
Management Teams of North Abaco were
given some sound motivational tips by
Master Motivator, Mr. Spence Finlayson,
from the Phoenix Institute in Nassau. Ev-
eryone present at Treasure Cay Communi-
ty Center on August 28th enjoyed the pre-
sentation and certainly must be motivated
for the new school year.
Fun Run & Walk
El Shaddai Christian will host a Fun,
Run and Walk competition on October
18th to promote a healthy lifestyle among


persons of all ages beginning at 7 a.m. and
will be followed by a short You and Your
Health Education session. The starting
point will be at the parking lot at Golden
Harvest. Free blood pressure and glucose
testing will be offered and a breakfast will
be served. The entry fee for children under
the age of 10 is $5 and for those between
the ages of 11 and 17 it is $8. Registration
fee for adults is $15. The registration fee
includes a free T-shirt and a water bottle
container. There will be lots of prizes and
giveaways. For further information please
contact the school at 242-475-7247.
Church News
Church Opened for Prayer &
Counseling
Cities of Refuge Non Denominational &
Restoration Ministries announces that its
doors are opened for prayer and counsel-
ing weekly. Midday services are held on
Tuesday and Fridays between 11 a.m. and
2 p.m. Persons can visit the church be-
tween these hours to pray and seek God or

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for godly counsel. Pastor Bridgette Mills
is inviting people who are burdened and
depressed to stop by and experience a fresh
touch from the Master.
Prayer Breakfast
Realizing that without God nothing is
possible, the staff of S.C. Bootle High
School started the school year once again
by invocating the presence and guidance
of God at that institution. It was back-to-
school time again and the faculty began
with a prayer breakfast held on August
26th. Prayers were offered for students
and staff by various ministers from North
Abaco. Afterwards everyone enjoyed a
reception that served scrumptious chicken
souse.
Outreach Service Held
The monthly outreach service that unites
the churches in Treasure Cay was held on
September 6th at the United Baptist Church.
The well attended service was an outpour-
ing of the power of God and intimate wor-
ship experience for the worshippers. The


outreach service is a monthly worship ex-
perience that was formed to reach the lost
souls of the community. The next service
was held on October 4th at the Don Corbett
Basketball Court.
Men's Conference
End Time Harvest and its affiliate
churches celebrated their 10th Annual
Men's Conference at the church in Crown
Haven under the leadership of Senior Pas-
tor Bishop Tyrone Mills. Speakers for this
year's conference included ministers from
local and national churches. The highlight
activity for the conference was a gospel
concert featuring the Singing Prophet,
Bishop Lawrence Rolle, of Nassau. The
conference began on September 22nd and
climaxed on September 28th.
Full Gospel Celebrates
Its Silver Jubilee
Senior Pastor Stafford Symonette and
the members of the Full Gospel Assembly
of God Church in Treasure Cay cordially
invite the public to join them for their 25th
Church anniversary events that will be on-
going during the month of October. The


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organizing committee has planned lots of
exciting events. On October 25 the com-
mittee will host a Gala Banquet in the Spin-
naker Restaurant. The committee members
are selling tickets for the event. Dedicated
and long serving members will be honored.
That Sunday a special church service will
climax the month of celebrations. For fur-
ther information, persons can contact the
church office at 365-8097.
Congratulations
Ms. Rochelle Gibson and Mr. Remano
Bain exchanged vows and committed their
selves to being lifetime partners at St.
Mark's Baptist Church in Crossing Rock
on September 13th. The ceremony was
followed by a beautiful reception at Alice
Bar. The couple will reside in that settle-
ment. Congratulations to the couple on
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North From Page 15
and to have a sense of belonging. This year
her main focus is to teach the children how
to become good stewards of the environ-
ment.
Students were
welcomed back
On September 12 St. Francis de Sales
School held an opening mass to welcome
the students back to school and to encourage
them to give of their very best this school
year. The focus of the service was on St.
Paul who encouraged hundreds of persons
to change their lives and to serve God. He
was chosen as someone for the students to
emulate. Principal Kumar and Counselor
Johnson gave the students the some serious
advice for this new school year.
* Decide to do their very best at all times.
* Remember the school motto and honor
it.
* Avoid getting into trouble with class or
schoolmates.
* Take part in the exciting school activities
and competitions.
* Avoid negative peer pressure.
On September 16 and 17 parents and
their children gathered at St. Francis de
Sales Church to discuss ways for them to
motivate and support their children this
school year. Teachers told parents about
requirements for the school year, difficul-
ties and challenges they noticed the stu-
dents presently have, and the importance
of students following the school rules. The
teachers assured the students and parents
that deviant behavior or non-compliance
would not be tolerated. Parents were given
the opportunity to ask questions and address


P ARTY


the concerns they may have. The evening
was very interactive which gave teachers
and parents an opportunity to meet and to
discuss pertinent issues at the beginning of
the school year.
Parent Night was held
By Samantha V. Evans
Every year Central Abaco Primary
School holds Back-to-School Night at which
time parents get to meet the teacher of their
children. On September 22 the school ad-
ministrators provided parents with an op-
portunity to do just that. However, before
they met with the teachers, Principal Eunice
Mills and Senior Master Leroy Thompson
spoke to the parents about issues of con-
cern. Even though this was not a Parent
Teacher Association meeting, the principal
told the parents that students are expected
to abide by the school rules including the
uniform rule, which some students have
been breaking. She gave them several al-
ternatives to utilize until physical education
uniforms arrive. She told them that regular
uniform must include a crest, which can be
purchased from the school. Since it is still
very hot, she told them that the school has
exempted ties until the weather changes.
Additionally, parents were reminded that
the school day begins at 8:45 a.m. and not
9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. Ms. Mills encouraged
parents to comply with this rule.
Mr. Thompson told the parents to check
with the office before they enter the school
premises. He explained that the school has
the responsibility to ensure the safety of
students and teachers so they are asked to
not visit classroom unannounced or dur-
ing instruction time. Parents were asked
to dress appropriately when they visit


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the school grounds so that they will not
be a distraction to teachers and students.
Thompson assured parents that all of these
requests are to comply with creating an
environment that is conducive to s tudent
learning. At the end of this brief session,
parents were introduced to the teaching
staff and directed to the classrooms of their
children.
Success Training College
Held Orientation
By Samantha V. Evans
After months of promoting the programs
offered by the extended learning program
of Success Training College, Mrs. Sha-
ron Rolle, coordinator of this program,
and Ms. Rachel Sands from her office on
Abaco held an orientation meeting with
new, returning and prospective students on
September 26 at Central Abaco Primary
School. More than 40 adults were in at-
tendance with more than half them ready
to begin the fall semester as new students
and the remaining students about to begin
their second year.
Mrs. Rolle who told the adult students
that they have made a big decision to pursue
a degree and that Success Training College,
through this extended learning program, is
the best college to help make this happen.
She assured them that Success Training
College has an excellent track record of
producing lawyers, bankers, business peo-
ple and engineers all across The Bahamas.
She stated that the first year on Abaco had
been very successful. Numerous persons
expressed interest in the Computer Infor-
mation Systems program, the Accounts
program, and the Early Childhood Educa-


tion program. Since all of the students take
the same basic courses for the first year, all
programs would be entertained at this time.
Ms. Rolle explained that at the beginning
of their second year, if they do not have a
local quota for all three programs, they can
either change their major or travel to Nas-
sau to complete the remaining months of
study. However, the school will continue
to promote all three programs with hopes
that all of them will be offered. The second
Business Administration program has a full
contingent of students and both groups will
complete their studies on the island.
Ms. Rolle told the students that knowl-
edge expands their knowledge base and
vision as well as strengthens their mind.
Classes will be on Saturdays from 12 noon
to 6 p.m. at Abaco Central High School
unless otherwise changed by the coordina-
tors or instructors. The coordinators are
Mrs. Enid Whyte and Ms. Barbara Wil-
liams, who work extremely hard to ensure
the success of this program.
At the end of the meeting, students reg-
istered for the Fall Semester classes and
learned when their classes will begin.
Classes for the returning students began on
September 27 and classes for the new stu-
dents began on October 4th. Students who
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or Ms. Samantha Evans.
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Abaco Primary School
By Samantha V. Evans
Every year the Ministry of Education
makes repairs to the public schools to
make them as inviting as possible for the
students. This school year attempts were
made to do the same thing but as usually
the budget dictated what could be done.
In an interview with Mr. Colon Curry,
who was in charge of the repairs for gov-
ernment schools, he outlined the work
that was done at Central Abaco Primary
School. This included painting the exterior
of the building, purchasing and installing
window cranks for all classroom windows,
installing lighting around the school build-
ing, fixing the water problem to ensure that
all bathrooms are working and replacing
door knobs and other fixtures. Mr. Curry
explained that even though the teachers
would have liked the classrooms to be
painted, this is something that is done ev-
ery two years and not every year, so he en-
couraged them to keep the classroom walls
and baseboards as clean as possible.
Additionally, the school custodians can
play a very important role in keeping the
school classrooms and environment in bet-
ter condition by wiping the walls and base-
boards to remove scuff marks, removing
spider webs, removing dirt from window
panes and sills, cleaning the counters and
cabinets and using clean water to mop each
classroom. It is his hope that the school
building and classrooms will be kept in bet-
ter condition so that the same repairs will
not have to be made every school year.
College Entrance Exams


Available on Abaco
The following college entrance exams
are available for Abaco students during
this academic year. Please note that all
exams will take place at Forest Heights
Academy.
SAT I (Reasoning Test)
The SAT I (Reasoning Test) is designed
to evaluate a student's mathematical and
verbal skills. It consists mostly of multi-
ple-choice questions. The questions in the
math sections cover arithmetic, algebra,
and geometry, as well as logical reasoning,
probability and counting. The questions in
the verbal sections fall into the following
categories:
Analogies These questions test a stu-
dent's knowledge of the meanings of words
and ability to see relationships in pairs of
words.
Sentence completions These questions
test a student's knowledge of the meanings
of words and the student's ability to under-
stand how different elements in a sentence
fit together logically.
Critical reading These questions mea-
sure a student's ability to read a passage
and think about it.
For more information on the SAT tests,
including registration and preparation in-
formation, visit www.collegeboard.com.
The cost is $71(standby students please
add $38). The Forest Heights Academy
center code is 89104. The SAT is offered
on December 6, 2008 (deadline November
5) and May 2, 2009 (deadline March 31).
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that it is a subject-based test, rather than
an ability, or aptitude, test. It consists of
multiple-choice questions covering four ar-
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Police Crime Report


Stealing A boat trailer was stolen from
the Ambassador Inn sometime between
July 24 and 27.
House breaking and stealing An apart-
ment in Murphy Town was broken into
during the day of July 31. A satellite re-
ceiver and laptop computer were stolen.
Drug possession A Dundas Town man
was arrested after midnight on August
when found near the Surf Side Bar with
11 packages believed to hold cocaine and
$1344 in cash.
House breaking A resident of Central
Pines awoke during the night of July 31 to
discover a tall dark man searching her bed-
room. He fled when she screamed.
Shop breaking and stealing Mangoes
Restaurant was broken into during the
night of July 31. Eleven bottles of liquor
were stolen.
Shop breaking and stealing The Fish-
eries office in Cooper's Town was broken
into and ramshacked sometime between
July 17 and August 4. Two air compres-
sors seized by Fisheries Officers were sto-
len. Documents were destroyed by bleach
being thrown about the office.
Threats of death A customer of the
Fourth Quarter Sporting Bar was threat-
ened with death about midnight on August
3 causing him to fear for his life.
Threats of death About sundown on Au-
gust 4 a young lady of Marsh Harbour was
threatened with death by her ex-boyfriend
who wanted to continue a relationship.
Stolen vessel A 32-foot Regulator
boat with twin 250 HP Yahama engines
was stolen from Sea Spray Marina on El-
bow Cay during the night of August 4. A
tracking device alerted the owner's family
in the United States as to the boat's loca-


tion and the U.S. Coast Guard was noti-
fied. The boat was subsequently found
near McLean's Town on Grand Bahama
by Freeport Harbour Patrol. The boat was
beached and a suspect fled into the woods.
House breaking A Sandy Point house
was broken into during the night of August
4. Over 500 pounds of lobsters were sto-
len. Subsequently, three men were arrested
near the Winding Bay resort when found
by police discarding bags of lobsters in the
bushes. Two were from Dundas Town and
the third was from Sandy Point.
Attempted stealing A Marsh Harbour
man was found in a docked rental boat at
Rich's Rental in Marsh Harbour at 1 a.m.
on August 6 and appeared to be trying to
steal it. Two men fled the scene but were
followed, allowing the police to arrest a
Marsh Harbour resident. A second Marsh
Harbour man was later arrested .
Burglary A Spring City woman awoke
about 2 a.m. on August 7 when an intruder
attempted to raise her night dress. He fled
when she shouted.
Shop Breaking During the night of
August 7 a burglar broke into a grocery
store on Elbow Cay and stole a small sum
of money.
Shop Breaking The Abaco Inn on El-
bow Cay was broken into during the night
of August 7 although nothing appeared to
have been taken.
Shop breaking Vernon's Store in Hope
Town was broken into during the night of
August 7 and the cash register was stolen.
Unlawful Sex A Moore's Island moth-
er reported that her teen age daughter dis-
appeared during the night of August 4 for
several hours. The girl denied having sex
but a subsequent medical exam confirmed


the possibility.
Stealing from a vessel While at the
Conch Inn Marina on August 8, the yacht
Magnolia was boarded sometime after
midnight and the owner's wallet was stolen
along with a cell phone.
Stealing from a vehicle Four rims and
tires were stolen during the night of August
8 from a car parked at an apartment build-
ing in Murphy Town.
Causing harm A little after midnight on
August 11 a man entered the Marsh Har-
bour Government Clinic with an apparent
stab wound to his face. It was subsequently
determined that his girlfriend in the Mud
had chapped him on his face during an ar-
gument.
Unlawful Sex The police were called
to investigate a 15-year-old girl who ap-
peared to be having a miscarriage at 3 a.m.
on the morning of August 11. She admitted
to having sex with a man of the Mud after
running away from her stepfather's home.
House breaking On returning home Au-
gust 11 after a 30-minute errand, a Marsh
Harbour woman found two people who she
identified leaving her house who then fled
on being seen. A check inside found items
missing. Two young men from Dundas
Town were subsequently arrested.
Vehicle fire At 1:30 a.m. on August
12 a car was found on fire in front of the
owner's residence in Dundas Town. The
fire was extinguished, but the vehicle suf-
fered major damage.
Arrests for shop breaking On August 13
three men were arrested for previous bur-
glaries in Hope Town to Vernon's Store,
Abaco Inn and Sweeting's Grocery. Those
arrested were residents of Hope Town.
Stealing from a Vessel At sundown


while docked at the Jib Room Marina on
August 12, a yacht owner visiting others
noticed two persons leaving his nearby
yacht with items in hand. He subsequently
found two expensive fishing rods missing.
Building fire A building on the S.C.
Bootle Highway was found to be on fire
about midnight on August 13. Firemen ex-
tinguished the flames and the police do not
suspect arson.
Shop breaking Lowe's warehouse on
Crockett Drive was broken into during the
night of August 14 although nothing ap-
peared to have been taken.
House breaking A Dundas Town resi-
dence was broken into during the day or
night of August 13. Burglars stole cameras
and a cell phone.
Threats of death A taxi driver received
death threats while at the Crossing Beach
ferry dock before noon on August 16. An
employee of Albury's Ferry was later ar-
rested for making the threats.
Attempted suicide In mid-afternoon on
August 16, a woman under stress in the
Mud apparently attempted suicide by tak-
ing an overdose of pills. She was treated at
the Government Clinic, then taken to Nas-
sau for observation.
Stealing from a vehicle At 4 a.m. on
August 17, a patron of Tardie's nightclub
on the S.C. Bootle Highway had her car
broken into and her purse was stolen.
Burglary A house in the farm allot-
ments on the S.C. Bootle Highway near
the BEC power plant was broken into dur-
ing the evening of August 16. Stolen were
satellite electronics, a TV set and lawn-
mower.

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Police Crime Report, con't


Crime From Page 18
Unlawful Sex A Dundas Town woman
returned home in the afternoon of August
18 and found her 14-year-old daughter
missing. However, on returning home the
daughter had a lot of hickies on her neck
suggesting that she had sex. She admit-
ted to leaving with a young man who took
her to the Crossing where he attempted to
have sex which she resisted stating that her
younger sister witnessed this. It was during
this time that she received the hickies.
House breaking During the night of
August 18, a house in Central Pines Estates
was broken into and jewelry was taken.
Stabbing A BEC employee from Dun-
das Town was treated at the Government
Clinic mid-morning on August 19 for stab
wounds. He was flown to Nassau for fur-
ther treatment and later was reported to
be in stable condition. Apparently he was
walking down the stairs of his apartment
when an assailant, hiding under the stairs,
attacked him with 12-inch knife. He was
stabbed several times before the assailant
escaped. He got into his truck but soon re-
alized that his injuries were more serious
than first thought and he sought help to get
medical attention. On realizing the extent
of the man's injuries, the person sped up
to get to the clinic faster but overturned the
car. The victim was taken to the clinic by


another bystander.
Stolen vessel During the weekend
from August 15 to 19, a 24-foot Formula
boat was stolen from a residential dock in
Marsh Harbour.
Shop breaking During the night of Au-
gust 18 a resident of Blackwood had his
storage shed broken into and 350 pounds
of crawfish were stolen.
Shop breaking A door was smashed
on Fashion Center in Dove Plaza, Marsh
Harbour, during the night of August 20.
Assorted clothing was stolen.
Stealing A Spring City woman left
hr car with her Murphy Town mechanic
in May for repairs. She has recently dis-
covered that the car has been stripped of
parts.
Threats of harm About 9 p.m. on
August 21 a patron of the Fourth Quar-
ter Sports Bar in Marsh Harbour was
approached by three men who he knew
vaguely. They threatened him with bottles,
a knife and a bat leaving him in fear for
his life.
Assault On refusing to talk to a young
man, a 14-year-old girl in Murphy Town
was slapped on her face about midnight on
August 21.
Stealing from a dwelling A town house
on Marsh Harbour's Eastern Shore was
burglarized during the day or evening of
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House breaking On returning from
vacation on August 22, a Cooper's Town
resident found that his house had been bur-
glarized. Missing were two television sets,
a DVD player and an air conditioner.
Assault with a deadly weapon A resi-
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him in fear of his life. This happened about
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Stealing from a vessel A catamaran
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Stealing A clerk in the Island Grocery
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By J.F. Hedden
The last few weeks on Abaco have been
very fast moving, motivating and varied.
The Abaco Business Outlook Confer-
ence highlighted Abaco's growth and di-
rection with relevant presentations by the
Minister for the Environment, the Hon.
Dr. Earl Deveaux; hotelier Frank Comito;
and local publisher Dave Ralph. All three
approached the subject of sustainable de-
velopment from very different and relevant
angles.
Days later the population was regaled
with public discussions on the mechanics
of physical planning and development with
special attention to conserving space and
energy through building design and town
planning. Presentations were made in San-
dy Point and Marsh Harbour by a group
of architectural students from Andrew's
University, Michigan. This group is work-
ing with the developers of the Schooner
Bay project designed to present a complete
town with business space through environ-
mentally conscious living accommodations,
educational, agricultural, infrastructural
and leisure systems all in one place.
The crescendo came with the collapse of
the U.S. banking system, closely followed
by the rest of the developed and industri-
alised world, and, of course, the impact on
the Bahamian economy. It has not stopped
yet. This is serious stuff, and the implica-
tions are huge, especially for us.
The U.S. economy in its present form
is finished. No more an alchemy of wealth
and capital creation through speculation,
debt trading, paper transactions and con-
tinuous refinancing. Next time round the
U.S. economy will have to restart with
solid investment, genuine rock solid pro-
ductivity and obviously slower growth.


This means more regulation and controls
by governments and independent watch
dogs. It also means less available high fly-
ing capital for investments in the mega re-
sort developments that have been resurgent
in The Bahamas over the last few years.
It is interesting to note that the Baha-
mian islands are littered with the failed
foreign investment projects of the last 60
years, including Andros, Eleuthera, Grand
Bahama, Mayaguana, and, of course, New
Providence. Today's ongoing projects
throughout the islands are threatened by
the recent failures of their financial back-
ers. The only thing sustainable about this
seems to be their eventual collapse. And I
thought only us Bahamians were too "big
eye."
Of course, all this means that we have
to change our approach to economic devel-
opment throughout the islands. We must
also realise that as the unrecoverable debt
eventually overtakes the financial wizardry
of the last 30 years, the value of the dollar
will sink lower and lower along with our
lifestyles. We, therefore, have to do some-
thing different and create a more appealing
market.
The Bahamas has to rethink and refloat
its economy, its job market and its produc-
tivity. We have to develop alternative sec-
tors of the economy; we have to rethink the
environment; we have to rethink our use of
infrastructure, services, space and energy.
We have to rethink education, culture
and our unique qualities. In other words,
we have to become more attractive and
hence more marketable. We as Bahami-
ans understand our own qualities, so we
need to develop them ourselves. To date
we have allowed and encouraged foreign
investment to dictate our economic model


along their needs and conditions, not ours.
This has to change if we are to realise long
term sustainable growth. Every developed
country worldwide dictated its own growth
strategy without foreign control. The sad
thought is that to date we have not valued
our own resources. Our history, thrown
away. Our culture, discarded. Our archi-
tecture, allowed to rot and decompose.
Our intellect, on a flight to Miami. Our
resourcefulness, scheming to get it in cost
free from Miami.
The hospitality industry will have to
change course and move away from the
cheap day-tripper product offered to the
cruise ship passenger. The industry will
have to concentrate less resources on the
huge million dollar a job resort develop-
ments which do not pump real long term
value into the local economy. Bahamians
will have to move away from being em-
ployed to being the employer, the entrepre-
neur, the developer, the investor.
Golf courses and opulence and luxuri-
ance do not make money for The Baha-
mas, but they do consume huge amounts
of resources and infrastructural inputs that
could be better used elsewhere in local sec-
tors. The creation of lots of low value jobs
does nothing for the growth of The Baha-
mas, in fact, it hinders it. What we need
now is good, well planned local investment
along smaller scale projects that intimate-
ly involve our own communities with the
product offered to our visitors. It's called
"value for money."
We need better services and trades de-
velopment, a higher quality educational
base, a more valuable productivity mental-
ity, a more ethical approach to our prod-
uct, more involvement and motivation,
more honesty and dignity within ourselves


and more respect for our surroundings and
environment. Look at how we live. We
are nasty, dirty and lazy; just look at our
yards, our forests and wilderness areas,
our sea floor and our beaches. We have
become fat and complacent.
Maybe Abaco has already started this
trend with its approach to growth and sus-
tainability, especially in the cays. Abaco
has very few actual hotel rooms for visi-
tors and guests, but it does have volumes
and volumes of accommodations in cottag-
es, settlements, rental second home, boat
charters and the like. Not only that, people
stay a lot longer and they participate in
and interact with the community. Want to
know why? They are our guests! We try to
make them feel at home. And guess what?
They want to come back again, and again,
and again!
When I was a little kid in Nassau, people
were always talking about Hope Town. It
was only after I moved to Abaco that I un-
derstood why. We don't have tourists here;
we have guests and visitors from away.
Nationwide we need to encourage in-
ternal investment, change from debt and
finance to production base, develop trades
and services, improve educational oppor-
tunities.
Tourism must move into a different are-
na, away from the impersonal mega resorts
and into the local cottage residential-style
accommodations which are smaller, op-
erator managed, culturally integrated and
intimately involve the local communities.
This will lead to greater visitor and guest
satisfaction and inject real value back into
the settlements through participation, com-
munication, interaction and involvement.
Please see Viewpoint Page 21


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Viewpoint From Page 20

We need a smaller model which takes into
account our own surroundings, economy,
culture, history, personality and charac-
ter. The small ecotourism units exploiting
their immediate environment are a good
example.
We also need to develop the support
industries such as small scale farms and
market gardens, landscaping ventures and
nurseries using local product, local handi-
crafts and souvenirs, local repair and trade
shops, cabinet and furniture manufactur-
ing, all of which produce a competitive
and high value product. We must be able
to provide seasonal fruit and vegetables for
the visitors' table along with native meats,
fish and desserts. This way we circulate
the money in our own economy rather than
exporting the 85 percent that we presently
do. As a spin off, we will achieve much
greater satisfaction for our guests, our op-
erators, our producers, our technicians and
our workers.
Only then will we be able to provide a
truly sustainable product.


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The Abaconian


Crime From Page 19

argument ensued and the man threw a dish
of hot grits on her thigh causing pain. The
man was later arrested, charged with caus-
ing harm and subsequently given bail of
$1500.
Unlawfully Carrying Arms A Cen-
tral Pines Estates man was arrested in the
Marsh Harbour port during the morning of
August 22 for carrying a 7-inch knife.
Causing boat damage During the night of
August 23, a 42-foot boat docked at the Marsh
Harbour Marina was entered and someone
attempted unsuccessfully to pry open a closet
door leaving the area damaged.
Stealing from a vessel During the
night of August 21, someone entered a
boat docked at Boat Harbour Marina while
guests and staff were asleep. Stolen were a
camera, a watch, a laptop computer, cash
and a cell phone.
Burglary An apartment at Regattas in
Marsh Harbour was broken into during the
early morning hours of August 25. Stolen
were a laptop computer and an Apple I-Pod.
Stealing A walk-in freezer in Wood
Cay was broken into during the day or
night of August 24 and 83 pounds of craw-
fish were stolen.
Stealing Sometime prior to August 20,
a fence was cut at the Abaco Club on Wind-


ing Bay and copper wires were stolen.
Stealing BEC had three tires stolen
sometime during the morning of August 22.
Credit by fraud Armed with a search
warrant, a house on Crockett Drive in
Marsh Harbour was searched on August
27. A laptop computer, cell phone and I-
pod were found which were alleged to have
been purchased fraudulently on credit. In-
vestigations are underway by the Commer-
cial Crime Section in Nassau.
Causing Harm A resident of the Mud
was attacked by three men in the evening
of August 27. He received lacerations to
his face when chopped with a cutlas, and
he lost three teeth when punched in the
mouth. He was treated at the Government
Clinic and advised to see an oral surgeon
for dental work.
Damages After dropping his ex-girl-
friend off in Spring City, a Cooper's
Town man found that she had slashed his
four tires and cracked his windshield by
throwing a stapler at it. This event took
place about 10 p.m. on August 23.
Attempted burglary A Murphy Town
man awoke about 2 a.m. on August 29
when he heard someone trying to break
in through a bathroom window. He threw
items at the arm protruding through the
window which caused the intruder to flee.


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Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale


Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9
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




Hope Town Specialist. A collection of upscale
homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for
special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope
Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or
hopetown.com
Marsh Harbour Sky Developers 2 bed/ 1 bath,
furnished, wtih A/C, with washer and drier,
water included. $1350/ mo. Call Mrs. Green
at 367-2660
Marsh Harbour, Gov. Subdivision. 2 b/ 1 b
duplex, washer & drier, central air, furnished,
water. $1500/ mon. First and last month's
rent and $1000 security. Call 365-4097 or
342-6064


Elbow Cay's Best Houses and Land, rentals
and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242-
366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet
at www.hopetown.com
Elbow Cay lot Dorros Cove, deeded dock slip
at Tahiti Beach. Panoramic views. $259,900
Net. Call Steve at 770-331-8197
Elbow Cay hilltop lot in Lucayos (North Road)
across from Treescape, 10,000 s.f. or 100' x
124'. $159,000 Call 386-212-0101
Guana Cay, Sea of Abaco, 1+ acre with el-
evation, 400+ ft. waterfront. Brokers welcome.
www.guanawaterfront.com
Guana Cay house for sale. Dramatic ocean & Sea
of Abaco views, three sided floor to ceiling glass,
incredible sunset views from covered deck. 2 bed/
2 bath/ Jack & Jill shower. Purchase includes ad-
ditional lot ensuring unobstructed views. New roof
2008. Purchase includes all furnishings. Purchase
price $350,000 net to seller. Brokers protected.
View property www.greatguanarentals.com Call
404-846-1666 or dl@alantaindustrialproperties.
com


Great Guana Cay 2 interior lots in from the
ocean. $140,000 includes dock slip for a 40' boot.
* 3 lots 100' xl00' Place for community dock.
$90,000 each Lots on Ocean Ridge Estates start-
ing at $139,000. Call for details 242-365-5181
Moraine Cay available for rent or sale. For
info go to morainecay.com
Scotland Cay Private island with runway golf
carts, spa, pool table, internet, TV, fireplace.
Turnkey. Bruce Burgess cell 954 632 4966,
home 954 566 6096, Details at
www.summercampabacos.com
Scotland Cay Atlantic beach, 3600' paved run-
way, marina slip available, 125' beach by 260'
deep, private island. Call 970-389-0236


Classified Ads

Bring Results

Call 367-2677


Minister is

installed















Min. Deion Gibson was installed and
ordained in a special service on May
25 and is now serving as senior pastor
of the First Assembly of God in Marsh
Harbour. He has served this church since
November 2007 when he moved to Marsh
Harbour with his wife Anette and children
Diazhanee, D'Ondre, Judah and Jabez.
The service included special musical
selections and greetings from several
ministers including Rev. Stafford Sy-
monette, General Presbyter; and Rev.
Robert Lockhart, Grand Bahama District
Presbyter.


Treasure Cay Pineapple Point Resort.
NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION! Exclusive
luxury waterfront condos with deep water docks
& garages! The ultimate location in Treasure
Cay in protected harbour with spectacular, un-
obstructed views. Available July 2008! www.
pineapplepointresort.com 242-475-7464 or
1-800-545-0395 Come & see us at the end of
Marina View Dr. Office Open M-F 9-4:30 pm
or by appointment.
Treasure Cay gated community Galleon Bay
canal lot, 122 ft. water frontage, 19,000 sq.
ft., sea walls, protected deep water, near golf
course and beach, deep discount! $269,000. Ph:
1-678-705-2505
WPB Condo Furnished 2 bed 1 bath; A/C;
Internet ready. Ideal for student/s. Security on
grounds. Bus stop at entry. 15 min from PB
Community College. Short walk to major shop-
ping & restaurants. $90,000. Call 242-365-4636
days, 242-365-4218 evenings






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October 15, 2008


Island Angels help save Beanie


Sometimes things go wrong even in
"paradise," and you are forced to call in
"the angels" for a rescue. This is what
happened in August when we were staying
on Elbow Cay with our little dog, Beanie,
who injured his back and had to be flown
to the US for major medical care. Thanks
to my "team" of angels, all the pieces to
this difficult puzzle fell into place and
Beanie is now healing comfortably at home
in Florida.
By mid-afternoon on a Friday Beanie
was showing serious signs of pain, shaking
and not wanting to move. My first stop was
Parrot Cay where friends made VHF radio
and telephone calls on Beanie's behalf. Af-
ter numerous frantic calls I contacted Baer
Air in Merritt Island, Florida. Carla Baer
organized a charter and we had to rush to
be headed back to the US before dusk. A
fast boat made the trip to Marsh Harbour
and my husband and I were off.
As the sun turned orange and began to
drop, we saw the plane taxi to the empty
airport. Mr. James Davis's crew cleared
the plane and we were off to the States.
The plane went directly into Melbourne
which was less than 10 minutes from the
Animal Critical Care Unit. At about 10
p.m. Dr. Beale had Beanie on the table and
determined that Beanie had a ruptured disk
in his back. Dr. Beale gave him a big shot,


sent me home with pills.
Beanie is now slowly improving. He
will hopefully get well and be back playing
on Parrot Cay next summer. God bless my
angels.


Sudoku puzzle No math required
The numerals 1-9 must appear only once in:
* each 9-block square 7 1
* each row
* each column 7 1 6 3
The answer will appear in the next issue of this paper.
Our first 12 puzzles are rated as easy. 2 4
Every Sudoku game begins 4 6 9 7 2 1 8 5 3
with a number of squares al- 5 2 3 4
ready filled in, and the diffi- 1 7 8 5 6 3 2 9 4
culty of each game is largely a 5 2 3 9 8 4 1 7 6 2 7 3
function of how many squares 7 -- 6
are filled in. The more squares 12
that are known, the easier it 2 3 5 6 1 7 4 8 9 8 7 9 2
is to figure out which num- 6 9 4 8 3 2 7 1 5
bers go in the open squares. 8 5 7 3 4 6 9 2 1 9 7
As you fill in squares cor-
rectly, options for the remain- 9 4 2 1 7 5 6 3 8 4 1 3 9
ing squares are narrowed and 3 1 6 2 9 8 5 4 7
it becomes easier to fill them ----- .
in. Answer to previous puzzle 1 4


Church


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

H-- h e r b Dundas Town Church of God
HA Where Everybody Is Somebody and Jesus Is Lord!


WORSHIP 11:00 '
CHILDREN'S CHURCH AVAILABLE)
R 6:;45PM
LIFE IN THE WORD @ 7:45PM
THE WORD CHRISTIAN
BOOK STORE
BI TUESDAY-THURSDAY : 10AM-3PM
F]ST LAitY CAIMa N rl FRIDAY-SATURDAY: IOAM-6PM
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Sunday
Prayer Meeting 6:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Worhin 6:00 p.m.
Jesus j Saves


We exist to:
Reach, Develop, I ll
Train, Love ',
and Send '
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
Methodist
S Hope Town
Sunday Services
9:30 & 11
Mission House
366-0400

St. Andrews
Methodist
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
366-2249


business service directory


Big Cat Equipment
Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor,
Payloader, Dump Truck
Services: Land clearing, Trenching
Foundations
Fill, rock and sand

S Fax: 242-367-2464
Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250
Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839


Trppicml Seuvenirs
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


morainecay.com


C lafrine ObIurn rs
Marine Surveying & Consulting
CaptainCyril Roke Navigation & Seamanship
Captain Cyril Roker
B.Sc. Maritime Transportation
2nd Master- Unlimited Tonnage
Marine Surveyor / Nautical Inspector -. .
P.O.Box FH 14283, Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: 242-367-0052 / 577-6204
Email: cyrilroker@hotmail.com


Sick Copier?
Call the Copier Doctor
We make house calls!
Most brands serviced
We make business quality rubber stamps:
Deposit Stamps, Daters, Address Stamps
Self-inking and traditional styles
Call 367-4709

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


Abaco Island Pharmacy
Prescriptions Testing
Beauty Supplies Vitamins
Ricardo Miller, Pharmacist
Hours 8:30 am 6 p
Sundays 9 am 12 Noon
Ph. 367-2544
Cell 554-8183
Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb.
Fax 367-6544
aislanpharmnacy@comyahoo
www.abacoislandpharmacy. com

YourAd Could
Be Here
Call 367-3202


l baco Print Shop
Abaco Shopping Center p ,inxess
Progr8 Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 Leetteads

FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS!


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Three fiberglass hulls Sea n' Sport Boats

2 16' hulls at $5000 ea.
1 15' hull at $4800
Boats are set up for
tiller steering.
Located at Roberts Marine
Green Turtle Cay

Call Jimmy at 367-4249 for more info


SuICab IIIuU c nUV i LLIO I IIILCI

ItAms for Sale_ Cnmmereial Service Cars & Rnats


Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9
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




Graphic Artist wanted. Knowledge of Photo-
shop and InDesign preferable Phone 367-2677




For all your vertical and mini-blind needs con-
tact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031
Can't find blinds to fit your regular and odd
sized windows? Call 367-0546. We sell and
install 2" custom blinds. Ask for Ronnie
Bookkeeeping services through financial
statements, filing system, record keeping. 30
yrs. experience. Tel 367-3166 Ask for Mary
Mechanic Services Now Available in Hope
Town. We can accomodate automotive service
and repair at reasonable prices. Also available
- small engine repair (lawn & garden equip-
ment, small generators, etc.) Call today to set
up an appointment. Tel: 366-0040
Bookkeeping and acounting up to and includ-
ing Financial Statements available. Hourly
fees. Contact Ruth at 475-8700



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
information
Brownie 3rd lung model F280X Honda 4 HP.
Call Greg 713-724-7065 or gletsos@letsos.
com $1500
I-phone 36 unlocked, brand new. $1100 OBO
Call 458-1162
4 sets of PGT double French doors, 1 PGT
single door $6995 for all. Still crated. Call
367-2452 for more info
3 piece couch set, tan with palm tree print
$800
2 table end and coffee table $100
4 seater wicker dinette with extra coffee table
$250
4 seater wooden dinette $200
4 white bar stools $120
2 twin beds with box spring and mattress -
$200
1 deep freezer $150 white
Please call 357-6836
35 KW generator, 2000 Cummins Onan Gen-
erator, 120 hr, 35 KW, 60 HZ, 1800 RPM,
120-208 voltage. Great for home or business
use. Looking for $12,000. Call 813-810-5412.
Located in FL, will deliver to Port of Palm
Beach to be sent to you.
20 KW Generator, 2000 Cummins Onan
Generator, 180 hrs. 20 KW, 60 HZ, 1800
RPM, Great for home or business use. Look-
ing for $8,000. Call 813-810-5412. Located in
FL, will deliver to Port of-Palm Beach to be
sent to you.


Cherry Wood Dining Set includes table, 6
chairs and china cabinet. Asking $1,300. Call
365-8674 if interested.
Electric Range Asking $750. Call 456-9988
or 367-4049




89 Suzuki Sidekick 45,000 miles, great on
gas. $1000 OBO Call 616-296-0165
90 Cadillac Deville. Asking $2500 Call for
info 475-1929
93 Lincoln Continental. Asking $2000. Call
for info 475-1929
97 Buick LeSabre. Asking $4000 OBO 367-
2107 or r2 A46;_nQO71


07 Chevy Silverado, one owner, low mileage.
Call 367-3197 after 6 pm or 242-465-0971
$19,000 OBO

97 Crown Victoria, low mileage, power ev-
erything, green, leather interior, premium
sound system, chrome rims. Serious inquiries
only. Tel: 367-0497

1998 Honda Accord EX 4 door, in good
condition, automatic, clean interior, AC, CD
player. With or without chrome rims. Contact
365-8867 after 6 p.m. evenings or 375-8840
daytime.

Golf cart, 2002 Club Car Villager, gas, 2
passenger. US $4,000 Call 367 -3262





13' Boston Whaler w/ 30 HP Yamaha, 2005,
nood enndition $4500 ORD 477-5991


19.5 Spanish Wells built 2004, 115 HP Yama-
ha. $27,000 OBO cell 359-6890, Ph 365-4402
or 365-4033

22' CDM boat hull w/ 70 gal gas tank, fresh
water tank, dive board, Bimini top, VHF radio.
Asking $8000 Call 365-6143, 357-6540


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L.3 IviaKO, 13U -H1 Mercury uptimax, only Zu
hrs. Stall has factory warranty for 30 months,
wash down pump, VHF, radio, fish finder,
duel gas tanks and trailer. Call 475-1672 or
577-0313


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za' Fibergiass null w/ mnoara rora alesel.
New depth finder, GPS, Bimini top, drop cur-
tains. Asking $7000. Call for info 365-4133/
458-1715
26' Carver, open cockpit w/ 140 HP Evinrude,
2 burner stove, kitchen sink, sleeps 4, bathroom,
head and face basin, fly bridge. $14,500 Call
475-0266


26' Trojan Cruiser Yacht, 318 cu. in. single
inboard Chrysler, 60 gal fuel tank, great wood-
work, A/C, stereo, fridge, sleeps 2, head w/
porta potty, comes with steel dual axle trailer,
view at lot behind Bahamas Realty, registered
in Abaco, DUTY PAID $12,000 OBO Josh or


26' Shamrock w/ Cummins 210 Diesel, RE-
DUCED! Runs great, very reliable, cuddy
cabin, extras. OWNER MUST SELL! $15,000
ONO 366-0722 or 577-0277


26' Pursuit w/ Twin 200 HP Yamahas. w/
aluminum trailer. Asking $16,500. Call 367-
2700
28' Custom Michael Fitz, center consul day
express, w/ tower and dive platform, single
screw 250 HP Cummins diesel (Over Heated).
Located in Green Turtle. Asking $12,000 Call
772-419-5119 or danny@mobymarine.com
31' Bayliner Ciera 3055/ 1999 lying Abaco
$35,000 More info www.frankboat.ch


31' Sloop Gilmer design (Southern Cross). Well
appointed, DUTY PAID. $29K Currently in FL.
will deliver to Abaco. 321-723-3394 tilloo@
earthlink.net


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FO6 AL


32' Luhrs 2000, twin Cummins 330 HP ca. 5
KW Kholer generator, A/C, fridge, microwave,
new TV/DVD combo, XM radio, all new canvas
enclosure, new drop curtain and aft curain, new
Icom VHF. Call 365-5195 or 577-0332
-- --- 7


34 PaceMaker w/ 2 350 HP Chevy engines.
runs great, VHF & radar. $13,000 Call 366-
0430 for info.


37' Intrepid, 3 250 HP Mercs, 2004, low
low hours. looks brand new. $180,000 OBO
359-6720


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
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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 16, NUMBER 20 OCTOBER 15th, 2008PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 992 SE 9th Terr Hialeah, FL 33010 Forward and Address Correction Keep Abaco Beautiful held award ceremony By Jennifer Hudson Several people were recognized for their commitment to beautifying the environment at an awards ceremony on September 26 at the New Vision Ministries Centre. Receiving the Educational award was Hope Town Primary School with the S.C. Bootle High School in second place. The Friends of the Environment award went to the settlement of Cherokee with the Sandy Point Beautification Committee in second place and the Rotary Club of Abaco in third. Receiving the Volunteer award was Tom Hazel of the Hope Town with Randy Key in second place and Yvonne Key in third. Mr. Key and Mrs. Key are both residents of Marsh Harbour. Special awards were presented to the Hon. Earl Deveaux for his support and passion for Abaco and to Charity Armbrister for whom this would be the last visit to Abaco in her present official capacity. Mr. Jim Richard, President of Friends of the Environment, welcomed nominees and visitors to the First Annual Keep Aba-School, groups and individuals were recognizedThe Hope Town Primary School won first place in the school division in the Keep Abaco Beatiful recognition ceremony. The studen ts are shown here with the Hon. Earl Deveaux, Minister of the Envrionment, shown in the center. Principal of the school, Mrs. Candance Key, is in the foreground on the right. The school has many programs of beautification, clean-up and recycling. Please see KAB Page 2 By Jennifer Hudson. The Band of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force provided a rare treat for Abaconians on September 27 when it performed in concert at the Abaco Beach Resort in a programme entitled Our Defining Moment . The concert was under the distinguished patronage of the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham and Mrs. Ingraham and drew a full house which included the Hon. Tommy Turnquest, Minister for National Security; Commodore Clifford Scavella, Commander of the Defence Force and Mr. Edison Key, Member of Parliament for South Abaco. The band thrilled the audience with its wide variety of genres ranging from classical and military to contemporary Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band entertained in concertThis is the suggested waterfront along the creek at Sandy Point as depicted by the students of Andrews University. They did a planning exercise to show possibilities of future enhancement of that town. The group of 25 students along with several professors did much field work for a study to improve Marsh Harbour’s waterfront, the Mud and Sandy Point. Their complete work will be available by the end of the year. They stressed going back to old Bahamian architecture and making the waterfront the special feature of each town. See story on page 16. University group suggested future enhancements of towns Please see Band Page 4 The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band with 44 members performed a concert at the Abaco Beach Resort that was outstanding. The program included some of their talented members who entertained wih vocal numbers and even a comedian, Ms. Symone Beneby. By Jennifer Hudson The 5th Annual Abaco Business Outlook Seminar was held on September 25 at the New Vision Ministries Centre. The theme for this year was Understand the PRESENT; Plan for the FUTURE . Twelve speakers, both national and local, shared their knowledge and expertise to shed light on the current influences on Abaco’s economy and to suggest ways forward. The speakers covered a wide range of topics from environmental issues to infrastructural needs and business opportunities. The forum was opened by Mr. Michael Albury, President of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce, who presented an official welcome. In speaking of “the evil cancer of crime which has infected the Abaco community,” he pleaded with the business community to help come to grips with crime to assure the success of Abaco’s long-term economy.Seminar studied Abaco’s growth and challenges Please see Seminar Page 10

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2008 co Beautiful Awards Ceremony sponsored jointly by the Ministry of Tourism and the Friends of the Environment. He informed that last year the Keep Abaco Beautiful programme was recognized by Keep America Beautiful which brings many advantages. The focus of the programme is on • Litter prevention • Beautification • Waste Reduction and Education Mr. Don Cornish, Director of Tourism for Abaco, in presenting his report, outlined the goals of the Keep Abaco Beautiful programme as • Conservation • Preservation • Changing the mindset of the people • Promoting a positive image of Abaco KAB From Page 1• Better management of the environmentSeveral ways to assist in the beautification of the environment were suggested. • Adopt an area Areas still needing attention are the S.C. Bootle Highway, Crossing Beach, Union Jack dock, Don MacKay Boulevard and Forest Drive. • Litter prevention which encompasses litter from events, promoting proper disposal, receptacle drive and sponsoring of bins. • Beautification opportunities through group and community efforts. Suggestions are the following: Best Kept Yard competition; planting community gardens, removing derelict buildings and cars, community clean-ups, removal of graffiti. Mr. Cornish entreated, “Let’s make this a place to be proud of,” and offered various suggestions of how to get involved and help which included the following: corporate sponsorship, individual donations, in kind contributions, volunteer efforts, adopt an area such as roundabouts, parks or beaches. He made a plea for the reduction of waste through recycling of aluminum cans, batteries, scrap metal, old appliances and bottles stating that there are recycling depots in Marsh Harbour and recycle bins are available from Friends of the Environment for events. Ms. Charity Armbrister, Tourism’s Director of Out Islands, highlighted some of the many accomplishments of Keep Abaco Beautiful which included certification by the Keep America Beautiful program, the first Best Kept Yard competition, partnership with local government for “Welcome” signs incorporating natural stone finish, and ongoing initiatives such as littering and clean-up campaigns. She thanked Bernadette Hall for her passion for the programme and Winsome Ferguson for her assistance. Keynote speaker, Mr. Deveaux, was introduced by Mr. Earlston McPhee, Director of Sustainable Tourism, as competent, committed and passionate. Min. Deveaux Keep Abaco Beautiful wants to improve Abaco Cherokee Sound won first place as the community most committed to the environment. Mrs. Kathyann Sawyer is holding a plaque and certificate for the town. Shown here are Capt. and Mrs. Michael Bethel of Cherokee, Cha Boyce of Friends of the Environment, Mrs. Sawyer, Mrs. Lee Pinder, Mrs. Jo-Ann Bradley and Mrs. Peggy Albury, all of Cherokee Sound. Mr. Tom Hazel of Hope Town won first place for Volunteer services and was presented with his certificate by the Hon. Earl Deveaux. His efforts as manager of the Hope Town Harbour Lodge earned him this distinction. The Lodge uses all biodegradable disposable products, uses seaweed for mulch, uses low energy light bulbs and has other policies that are friendly to the environment. shared some of the concerns and issues we grapple with. “Global issues are now beginning to crash in on our community,” he stated and mentioned two in particular. Global climate change. Rising energy costs are affecting everyone in the world. Climate change is impacting Hope Town and Man-O-War even more. The Bahamas Please see KAB Page 13

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Page 4 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2008 Band From Page 1 and jazz. They Saluted Henry Mancini , paid Tribute to Glen Miller and wandered down memory lane with KC and the Sunshine Band in rousing renditions. They got everybody’s feet tapping with some lively Rake and Scrape. Not only are the members of the band talented instrumentalists but most are also gifted vocalists. Several joined in a powerful performance of Total Praise while two soloists performed items of a lighter nature. Woman Marine Angel Reckley gave a commanding performance of the Ella Fitzgerald song A Tisket a Tasket and who would ever had guessed that it was the band’s drummer singing the Stevie Wonder song, Superstition ? He not only sounded like Stevie but even looked like him and was brought to the stage very convincingly guided by another Defence Force officer. In a more subdued mood the band performed two favourites, My Heart Will Go On and One Moment In Time in which they were joined by seven young members of the bands of Wesley College and Abaco Central High School. On each island they visit, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band invites talented musicians to join them for a couple of pieces. These young people were chosen and received the music two weeks before the concert to practice and then rehearsed with the band the day before the performance. They certainly did themselves, their schools and Abaco proud with their competent performance and it must certainly have been a wonderful-never-to-be-forgotten experience for them. As a result, perhaps some of them may even consider later joining the band as a career. The band’s absolute defining moment for me was when they performed military selections as I felt that this was their finest forte. The Royal Air Force March Past was magnificent and sent shivers down the spine. Poinciana , a military march with a Bahamian twist, was written and arranged by Bahamian musician Oscar Dames. As an added bonus to all of the great entertainment of the evening, the audience was treated to a comedy performance during the intermission by Ms. Symone Beneby. She is one funny lady and had the audience holding their sides. As a prelude to the concert, a video was shown depicting defining moments in the life of our country and a history of the band leading up to its own defining moment, narrated by Petty Officer Kevin Moss. It takes much organization and a huge amount of money to take the band to the islands and put on a concert of this magnitude. But if ever the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band comes to Abaco again, be sure not to miss it.A Press Conference at Radio AbacoBy Jennifer Hudson A press conference was held at Radio Abaco on September 24 as a prelude to the concert. Arriving ahead of the rest of the band were Sub Lt. Bertram Bowleg, Band Director, two other bandsmen and three bands women. Mr. Bowleg stated that the band has taken on a new initiative in their drive to take the band to all of the Family Islands and that this would be their debut in concert on Abaco. “People have seen the Marching Band before but this will be the first time they have seen the concert band here,” he stated. “It will be a very elegant night,” he continued, “featuring jazz, gospel, military, Bahamian and classical music, in fact, everything you love.” Concert thrilled audience with a variety of music A Royal Bahamas Defence boat, the HMBS Nassau, brought the band members direct to Marsh Harbour while a bus and a truck for ground transportation for band members and their instruments came into Sandy Point on the Fast Ferry. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force band entertained its audience with vocal music as many of the band members have multiple talents. The music was lively and rhymthic with a fast tempo. Please see Band Page 9 The helpful place. AbacoHardware Full Range of Hurricane ShuttersAluminum Shutters Roll-A-Way Storm & Security Shutters Tel : 242-367-2170 Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour, Abaco ers FISHING • DIVING • HUNTING COME SEE OUR NEW INVENTORY OF CAMOUFLAGE PORTABLE & STANDBY, GAS & D I ESEL GENERATORS

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2008 Unforgettable celebrations inside our doorstep, adventure outside our doorstep a stress-free atmosphere and access to unforgettable activities. We’ll refresh your body, soothe your mind and feed your soul. We can’t wait to have you drop by. Elbow Cay | Abaco | Bahamas 1.800.468.8799 | 242.366.0133 | AbacoInn.comPrime Rib Every Friday Night Sunday Breakfast Buffet & Omelette Station Tuesday is Locals’ Night . DJ Music Happy Hour Daily 5-6pm TAN YOUR TOES IN THE ABACOS Relax. Rejuvenate. Enjoy the view. Sustainable Management of the Natural Resources Environment of the Bahamas was the topic of the keynote speaker, the Hon. Dr. Earl Deveaux, Minister for the Environment, who told his audience that The Bahamas is facing a number of challenges. “We have one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world and our terrestrial and marine resources are important to the Caribbean region. We have major fisheries and fishing is second only to tourism. The proximity of The Bahamas to the United States coupled with our climate and environment have kept us in demand as the most ideal cruise and vacation destination in the world. “Marinas have a negative impact on our environment. Public education and forward planning are needed and must be accompanied by a plan to preserve our ecosystems. The flats of The Bahamas have been rated among the best in the world for fly fishing, sport fishing, boating and canoeing. We must promote and develop sustainable outdoor experiences. Our marine resources and mangroves are all under stress. Our Bahamian forest is consistently undervalued and is of inestimable value so awareness needs to be restored. “As far as agriculture, we have never been abreast of world standards and because of our failure to adapt, business went elsewhere. Resources and education will be crucial to the sustainable development of our natural resources in order to become self sustainable. Work ethics and poor attitudes must be addressed.” Min. Deveaux emphasized the importance of education and the need for disciplined, trained minds and trained scientists. “We must invest in learning to continue to grow; this is necessary for our own survival. We must explore alternative energies; and we must have sound business investment. We need trusted partnership between the public and business sector and Please see Seminar Page 7Seminar looked at Abaco’s growth and futureMin. Deveaux stressed control of growth for sustained development The Hon. Earl Deveaux, Minister of the Environment, right, was the keynote speaker at the Abaco Business Outlook Seminar held on September 25 at New Vision Ministries. He stressed the need for protecting our environment, particularly our marine resources. He is talking with Mr. John Schaeffer and William Johnson, Abaco’s resident engineers. Mr. Romauld Ferreira, an Environmental Consultant and lawyer, focused his talk on environmental law and began by stating that he feels that The Environmental Health Services Act of 1987 is the best piece of legislation. “There is a need for The Bahamas to have national and local regulations and environmental procedures. Unsanitary conditions are a no-no. What are we doing about it? We need regulations to measure up but these are lacking. These regulations must be clearly outlined to potential investors and must be standardized by law. Potential investors must be told up front about our environmental laws. Different things are required of Bahamian and foreign investors and this leads to feelings of victimization.” Mr. Ferreira spoke of the challenges partnerships with environmental groups.” He offered some specific suggestions for Abaco. “Marsh Harbour needs to refurbish instead of expand. People must help make the environment more healthy. The use of the new energy efficient light bulbs and solar water heaters will greatly reduce the amount of energy used. The Schooner Bay Development is a good model and Baker’s Bay and Hope Town are living models of the precepts I am outlining.” Min. Deveaux ended his talk by saying how richly blessed we are with our natural resources, especially our marine environment which we must protect. We must practice environmental stewardship of the resources which will improve our quality of life.How environmental issues can by impacted by the lawfacing eco-tourism. “Eco-tourism is not just aesthetics but we must think five generations ahead. The impact of tourism can be devastating; we must be careful to manage the impact of tourism, and we must strengthen planning procedures and policies. Government is trying. Every large project must undergo an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) but what about smaller projects? We need a mandatory list for who must undergo an EIA and prudence must prevail.” In speaking of Abaco specifically, Mr. Ferreira referred to Marsh Harbour as the nation’s second city. “Abaco offers all of the eco-systems The Bahamas has to ofSeminar From Page 1

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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 Seminar From Page 10 Please see Seminar Page 9Abaco must have say in future development fer plus all of the economic activities. There is a wide gamut of pressure on the ecosystems. Make no mistake about it, the investors are here for the coastline; we must be careful or the beaches will all become private property. The areas which are most important, such as the beaches, mangroves and coppice, are the least protected and must be seriously looked at.” Mr. Ferreira touched briefly on environmental liability saying that charges can be pressed on two counts: Nuisance public and private (if you own the land ) Negligence for example, if a non-natural substance comes onto your property. In closing, Mr. Ferreira stated that our greatest challenge is that we need development, but that it must be sustainable for all generations to come, And for this we must have a regulatory framework. Mr. Romauld Ferreira The topic presented by Mr. Frank J. Comito, Executive Vice President of the Bahamas Hotel Association, was the focus of the entire seminar, Understand the Present: Plan for the Future. “Planning is nothing without management,” he stated. In underlining the point that Abaco life depends on tourism, he presented many important figures. • Over the past four years there has been a 20 percent increase in air arrivals. • Sea stopovers are down due to a rash decision by the former government to implement a policy without consultation regarding fishing regulations which resulted in people going someplace else. This has, fortunately, now been rectified. • In 2007 air stopovers from private aircraft were up which is something only seen on Abaco. • The number of vacation homes is up. • Abaco has 20 percent of the nation’s boats and marina slips. • The number of nights stayed is higher than the national average so visitors are spending more money here. • Many people are visiting more than five times which is only happening here. • Nationally about 90 percent of people say they are likely to recommend The Bahamas but 99 percent say they are likely to recommend Abaco. This is incredibly strong and is exceptional globally. Competitive edge according to visitors: • Incredible natural beauty of sun, sand, sea, the people, culture and proximity to the United States • Competitive edge anecdotal • Multi island destination• We draw on the talent of many expatriates• Self sufficient entrepreneurial community• Diversity of what attracts. “We cannot rest on our laurels,” warned Mr. Comito. Bad things visitors say about Abaco are: • It is more expensive. • Taxi fares are highway robbery. • Places are closed when they need something to eat. • Food on the menu is not available. • Power and water are off every day; the infrastructure needs fixing. Things that are ugly on Abaco: • Stray dogs • Garbage, trash. litter • Airport is a disgrace • Clerks and restaurant employees have indifferent attitudes and are rude. “This is all correctible,” stated Mr. Comito. “The trend shows steady, healthy growth. Maybe a short term impact along with the vulnerability of the airline industry. Abaco is appealing to the ‘high end’ market. There is continued growth in vacation home ownership and continued marina development.” What does this tell us? Abaco is on an upward growth trend line. Tourism related growth Implications are the following: • Demands on physical infrastructure Electricity, water, waste treatment and disposal, roads, airports, seaports, schools and public facilities • Development of our people Education, training, professional development Tourism facts and Þ gures about Abaco were encouraging THE EXTERMINATORSLIMITEDMarsh Harbour, AbacoTent Fumigation • Pest Control Soil Treatment45 Years ExperienceTony Kemp • Tel: 367-3021

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2008 Dave RalphThe Editor Says . . . Challenges of Abaco’s growth The Abaconian David & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Julian Lockhart, Vernique Russell, Mirella Santillo Contributors: John Hedded, Michele Mikula, Lee PinderPhone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abaco’s most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates (U.S. address) 990 Old Dixie Hwy #14 Lake Park, FL 334037,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moore’s Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surfaceThis year two university groups have given professional advice on our growth and expansion a student group from Massachusetts Institute of Technology this summer and a second student group from Andrews University in Michigan in late September. It is not clear at this time if these two groups are making parallel studies or if each has different objectives. Twenty-five students from Andrews University School of Architecture in Michigan just returned to their school after spending an intensive ten days here. During their limited time they focused on four issues: the Marsh Harbour business district, the settlement of Sandy Point, undeveloped areas of South Abaco and, for good measure, they made some suggestions on improving conditions in the Mud and Pigeon Peas. Their lead person, Assistant Professor Andrew von Maur, gave five public presentations on their work as it progressed, two in Sandy Point and three in Marsh Harbour. The students and their professors expect to release a comprehensive study and analysis in December which will be available in its entirety on the Internet. This will include more than innovative sketches of land use. They are expected to make suggestions for legislation and regulations for Central and Local Government to consider in managing growth issues. There may be suggestions related to Local Government’s involvement in the long range issue of town planning. There is much room for Local Government to be more aggressive in our long range planning process. The students were appalled at Marsh Harbour’s chaotic traffic situation. Their sketches and suggestions frequently pointed to the need for more cross streets and additional roads to give motorists more options and provide access to more undeveloped property. During presentations in Sandy Point and Marsh Harbour, they gently chided the audiences for not taking better advantage of their waterfronts. They felt that both towns had much waterfront potential that was being overlooked. The undeveloped Atlantic coast of South Abaco, in their view, lends itself to limited development using small residential clusters, each separated by a mile of native vegetation. These would be self sustaining, off the utility grid, using wind or solar energy sources. In many respects, this concept follows Abaco’s traditional growth which has been in small incremental steps as opposed to single massive resort development which seems to be coming into style now. Perhaps the current financial crunch will put a damper on some of these larger projects. Much of their presentation focused on preservation of the environment by building smaller on available vacant sites in our present communities. In support of this, they showed examples of Hope Town, Green Turtle Cay and Harbour Island which all have a much higher building density than Marsh Harbour, yet all are considered as being desirable and acceptable. For those interested, a glimpse into the Andrews University student’s ten days here can be seen by visiting their web site www. planningabaco.org. We are not sure when the results of the MIT study will be released.The expanding role of local governmentAbaco’s explosive growth has been a challenge to both central government and local government. Laws, regulations and rules are in place but enforcement is inconsistent. Furthermore, our diverse boards, committees and councils, which pass judgement or make recommendations are generally looking at satisfying immediate issues and are not considering the effect as the area continues to grow, Another constraint on realistic future planning is a lack of continuity in the local political process. Town committee members and area councils are subject to change every three years and the statutory boards are subject to change within a one, two or three year term, at their council’s discretion. Additionally, Abaco is divided into seven local government districts which have had no particular reason to act together for any common cause. On October 1 a historic first occurred when five of Abaco’s seven chief councillors met in Marsh Harbour to discuss common issues. They felt it was beneficial and hope to meet several times a year. Common issues might include traffic, trash handling, tourism and environmental issues. The laws and regulations imposed by central government apply equally to the entire island. Some districts apply their will and their interpretation of the regulations rather stringently while other districts are more lax. Many issues which relate to a community’s growth are not rigidly defined and must be resolved by common sense and a view to present and future community values. This is not an easy task. There seems to be a growing movement by central government to encourage local government to take more control over local issues and become more responsible. Local government members must learn to use the authority they have been given. Town planning regulations are under review and we suspect that recommendations by these two universities may find practical applications. It is difficult to write a uniform set of regulations for our diverse settlements. Regulations appropriate for Nassau are not always suitable for Family Island situations. Conditions appropriate for Hope Town or Grand Cay would not be valid for a commercial center like Marsh Harbour. Likewise, the minimum waterfront setback on a sandy ocean beach should not be equated to an acceptable waterfront setback in a protected harbour. It is expected that revised Town Planning Regulations may give better guidelines for many of these issues. However, it is expected that local common sense must always be involved. It is the leeway allowed when applying common sense by local government which aggressive developers, contractors and property owners try to exploit in their attempt to deviate from the normal. Our present local government bodies have been mainly concerned with the dayby-day issues facing their towns and communities. They have not been asked, had the resources or interest to get involved in long range issues. For instance, recognizing that an additional road might be an asset, local government bodies have neither the funding, the expertise or the authority to make a new road. They must now give some thought to these issues and lobby to see them implemented. Central government is finding Abaco’s growth to be an interesting phenomena and appears to be quietly experimenting with allowing more local authority to prevail. We should show that we are up to the task. Viewpoint . . . Changing AttitudesBy Julian Lockhart I would have never thought in my life time I would have seen a black man or woman nominated as the presidential candidate for a major political party in the United States of America.However, history was made on August 28th, 2008, when Barack Obama officially accepted the Democratic nomination for president in front of over 70,000 screaming fans at Invesco Field in Denver, Colorado. Obama’s speech came 40 years to the date of the “I have a dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King and has proven that race relations in America have drastically changed.No one will be foolish enough to say that racism in America is a thing of the past as Obama has received hate mail, threats and even national media houses have expressed their discontent with him as the future leader of the country based on his supposed religious background, name or race. Obama has been preaching hope and change from day one on his campaign trail and has brought together people from all creeds and races in a movement that have been rapidly growing over the past 18 months. In Obama’s acceptance speech he outlined how as president he will change the economy of America, responsibly end the war in the Middle East and change the world’s perception of American foreign policy. He stated that as president his government will cut taxes for 95 percent of the working class, stop giving tax breaks to companies that send jobs overseas and give those breaks to American companies that create and keep jobs at home. If Obama is elected as president and he stands by his economic plan to up lift the middle class and create a stronger U.S. dollar, it will only benefit The Bahamas as a whole. With a stronger middle class more Americans will have the disposable income to travel and thus take vacations to The Bahamas. If 1,000,000 more Americans travel to the Bahamas next year, then that is $15,000,000 more added to the paupers through departure tax alone, which will lead to more money to spend on new schools and better infrastructure. The Bahamian dollar value is predicated on the value of the American dollar and a stronger U.S. dollar will lead to a more stable economy both in the United States and The Bahamas. Obama stated than he has a 10-year plan to end America’s dependence of foreign oil and with that and the ending of the war it will lead to a drop in oil prices and thus a drop in gasoline prices. There is a not a Bahamian who cannot benefit from a drop in gasoline prices as gas has risen to over $6 a gallon on Abaco. The ending of the war will also lead to a surplus in the economy as the billions of dollars that have been pumped into the war will now be able to build up a dying U.S. economy. All of this will lead to a more stable U.S. economy and thus more Americans traveling and spending money abroad. Abaco’s second home market will once again pick up with more of the wealthy deciding they can buy more toys because of a stronger market and more balance in the economy.However, if we move beyond the economical benefits of Obama becoming president and just look at the racial and social implications of his being nominated as the presidential nominee for the Democratic party, Bahamians can learn a thing or two.During the Bahamian elections in 2007 a number of Bahamians did not want to vote for the Free National Movement because Brent Symonette, a white Bahamian, was running as deputy prime minister. Mr. Symonette probably has dreams of one day being the leader of the FNM and thus running as the leader of the Bahamas. I have heard a number of Bahamians say they would never vote for a white man to be prime minister of The Bahamas and that The Bahamas is not ready for it. But if America is ready for a black president, why isn’t The Bahamas ready for a white prime minister? At the end of the day it comes down to which individual is best for the job, whether they are white or black, male or female. So it is time for Bahamians to take note of these developments and realize it is time to take a step forward in our relations with each other and a person is Bahamian no matter the color of their skin. Obama may not win the 2008 president election. But the fact that he has been put in position to win the race for the White House and so far is the leading candidate to do so, it proves that we as people are moving beyond color barriers finally. History will look back on this time as the beginning of a new future, and it can also be a new future for The Bahamas as it will affect The Bahamas economically and socially.

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He is shown with Mr. Keith Bishop of Islands by Design, an environmental consulting firm in Nassau, who is involved with the Schooner Bay project. Seminar portrayed Abaco’s good economy Seminar From Page 7Family Island Developments: A Model for the FutureMr. Bowleg praised his band members describing them as multi-talented people. “Most play two or three instruments and some are also vocalists,” he stated. “Whenever we perform on the islands we always find local bands and select the best to sing and play with our band. For the Abaco concert we have invited seven students from the Wesley College and Abaco Central High School Bands to join with us in a couple of pieces. They were sent the music two weeks in advance to practice and a rehearsal is scheduled with the Defence Force band the day preceding the concert,” informed Mr. Bowleg. “It is an esteemed pleasure to be here and have the young people play with us,” he said. The press conference was broadcast live Band From Page 4 and a number of tickets were given away to people who called in and were able to answer questions about the Defence Force and its band. During the broadcast woman Marine Duncombe sang a short solo and Woman Marine Reckley performed a short jazz piece on saxophone to give listeners a taste of what they could look forward to at the concert. Band Director Bowleg reported that the remainder of the 44 band members with all of their instruments were scheduled to arrive at the Marsh Harbour Port Department on September 26 aboard the Defence Force vessel, HMBS Nassau which would remain in port until the band’s return to Nassau early Sunday morning.Check out The Abaconian online atwww.abaconian.com omy but not at the detriment to the environment,” he warned. He then described three variants that must be followed: Local participation The participation of Bahamians is currently lacking. We need to be drivers and shakers and be at the table shaping and driving the process from the beginning. We need individuals who share our ideas.Environmental Stewardship We must be committed to maintaining the health of our environment and the beauty of our natural areas. We must discourage non-natural landscapes and must have native plants and species in our streets. We must incorporate Bahamian influences and styles in our buildings and capture the island feel and look. Water conservation efforts must be made along with efforts to utilize low emission transportation such as golf carts.• Environmental considerations Regulatory framework, impact assessments, standards framework. “The business community needs to step up and be more engaged in shaping the future and government needs to be receptive to their message,” advised Mr. Comito. “How can we effectively shape the future? Government wants facts and a compelling argument, so do your research. You also need linkages; problem solve with other groups and organizations. The Abaco Chamber of Commerce can be a vehicle for change,” informed Mr. Comito in closing. Need for government partnership and transparency The production of an A-Z steps guide book with a few simple ideas which have to be part of the considerations for future model developments. A high percentage of Abaco’s 13,000 population reads this paper, plus about 700 interested subscribers read about Abaco. It pays to advertise.

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2008 James Pleydell-Bouverie The Abaco Junior Sailing Association, only recently formed, took five junior sailors from Man-O-War, three from Guana Cay and one from Hope Town to the National Championships held on September 27-28 in Nassau. Much logistical preparation was needed, and thanks to Ron Engle, Kevin Albury and Chris Thompson, a “trailer load” of boats was dispatched via Sandy Point and the Bahamas Fast Ferry to await the sailors’ arrival at the Nassau Yacht Club. The junior sailors were escorted to Nassau on September 26 by Rhiannon Thomas along with James and Ann Pleydell-Bouverie and Kevin Albury. The sailors representing Abaco were Tristan Albury from Hope Town, Alton Janes, Janice Roberts, Ariel Malone, Emilio Bethel and Jeremy Pleydell-Bouverie from Man-O-War and Catalina Albury, Bronson Sands and Jared Collison from Guana Cay.These kids were soon to find out that when you are participating in a Championship challenge you have to be prepared for long hours and a rigorous schedule. The sailors rigged and prepared their boats on their day of arrival and on Saturday were then ready for an 8:30 a.m. skippers meeting.The course was set off Montague Beach and the race was adjudicated by the Bahamas Sailing Association who strictly adheres to the international sailing rule book. Each race was expected to last around one hour which meant that with waiting time the kids were sailing their boats for approaching 12 hours over the two days of racing. The 84 Optimist boats, the largest fleet ever assembled for a Bahamas Championship, were divided into a “Championship” fleet of 38 boats and a “Green’ fleet of 46 boats. The “Green” fleet was made up of the less experienced and younger sailors and sailed a shorter course. The boats came from as far away as Long Island, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, Nassau and Abaco.On Saturday the winds were light and variable, allowing only three races to be completed. One extra race was run. But the lack of wind caused the time limit to be exceeded so it had to be cancelled. A shame as one of the Man-O-War sailors was 3rd across the line in that race. On Sunday the winds picked up, and four races were completed. With a minimum of six races completed, each competitor was able to throw out his worst race before final positions were tallied. An award ceremony followed the last Sunday race with Sir Durward Knowles, the most famous of Bahamian Olympic sailors, handing out the prizes. Abaco made a very impressive showing with five sailors in the top 15 in the “Green” fleet, and two sailors in the top half of the “Championship” fleet. For most of them, this was their first Regatta experience. They took on the challenge, performed magnificently and came home with medals. They exceeded Abaco Junior Sailors compete in national championshipstheir own personal expectations and gained a huge amount of experience. They represented Abaco in the best possible way, and with great pride we salute each one of them for a job very well done. Junior sailing is on the move in Abaco, and with this performance we have now issued a warning to the other islands, “Set the challenge, and we can and will compete with the best of you!” Eight-four Optimist sailboats competed in the 2008 National Championship held in Nassau the end of September. Nine junior sailo rs from Guana Cay, Man-O-War and Hope Town competed in the series of six races over two days. The boats are lined up on the beach here between races. Sir Durward Knowles, a Bahamian Olympic award winner, presented the awards to the winners of the 2008 Bahamas National Championship winners. Most of the Abaco junior sailors had not competed in a large championship before but they all did very well.

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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 By Jennifer Hudson Lovely Reckley is now back home in Marsh Harbour after a “once in a lifetime” three-month visit to China. When I spoke with her just a few days after her return, she was still struggling with jet lag and trying to come back down to earth after her wonderful experience. “At first, it took a while to get adjusted to everything in China, especially the food. It wasn’t easy, but it was well worth it,” she stated. Mrs. Reckley was one of 50 persons from 25 countries attending the 2008 International Training Course on Machine Embroidery in Changsha, China. She was sponsored by the Chinese Embassy and nominated for this course by Mr. Edison Key, Chairman of BAIC. The course began on June 5. Although Mrs. Reckley was unable to get there until June 10 and was the last to start, she was actually the first to finish, which she achieved a whole month in advance of the others. “We attended classes every day from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There was supposed to be a lunch break from 12 noon to 2.30 p.m. but I always went back as soon as I had finished my lunch and worked 9-10 hours each day,” she enthused. “We had classes every day except Saturday which was supposed to be a rest day but I never took much rest because I was enjoying the work so much and I wanted to get it right. Interpreters were on hand to translate what the instructors said but I was able to pick up a few basic words of Chinese.” Each participant was required to complete 20 pieces for graduation including two tablecloths with napkins, a baby set with pillow case and sheet, a full sheet set, scarf, place mats, cushion and pillow covers, apron and wall hanger. Mrs. Reckley was so enthusiastic that she actually completed a further 12 pieces after class. Mrs. Reckley learned several different stitches, all worked in cotton or rayon thread using a treadle sewing machine. She showed me pieces she had embroidered and pointed out all of the different stitches which included cloud, straight, round, fish scale and skip stitch. “The most difficult stitch for me was skip stitch; that was a real challenge,” she stated. Mrs. Reckley obviously rose superbly to the challenge since her embroidery work is absolutely magnificent. I was amazed when I saw the standard of work she has produced. She also learned how to blend threads and colours which adds an exquisite quality to her work. All of her pieces are very varied and truly outstanding in their beauty. Her favourite pieces to work on are wall hangings. She is in the process of having several of these framed at the Blue Sky Gallery. Despite the fact that Mrs. Reckley spent so much of her time in perfecting her work, she did get the chance to do some sightseeing. She enjoyed a four-day tour to places of interest. The one she found most outstanding was one of the fastest growing cities in the world which is home to the world’s tallest building opened just two weeks prior to her visit. “China is a beautiful country, they grow lots of flowers and the landscaping is outstanding,” she stated. “There is a lot of poverty and a great contrast between rich and poor but they all really take pride in their environment and even the poorest areas are well kept.” One thing Mrs. Reckley didn’t enjoy was the food. “I didn’t like it but I had to eat it,” she bemoaned. “They served rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chicken eggs were also served for breakfast, lunch and dinner and were cooked every way imaginable including deep fried.” When asked what she had found to be the worst food she replied, “Fried frogs but I did not eat them.” She was also turned off by dried snakes, grilled sea horse, scorpions, silk worms, all types of bugs and beetles and dog ribs. The hospitality of the Chinese people made a lasting impression on Mrs. Reckley. “I admire the people of China tremendously,” she said. “Everywhere they made us feel so much at home. In the stores they would put themselves out of the way for us. If they did not have what you wanted, they would offer to take you somewhere else to find it.” Mrs. Reckley arrived back in Marsh Harbour on September 5th after unexpectedly having to spend two nights in New York due to the hurricanes. “I can’t even describe the feeling of getting back; it is so good to be home,” she said. “I thank God for the opportunity, the government for giving me the chance and my husband for allowing me to be away for three months.” The president of the association which organized the course offered Mrs. Reckley a personal invitation to return next year for a further course on hand embroidery and drawn work. When asked if she would be accepting the invitation she replied, “I could not leave my husband for three months again next year.” Mrs. Reckley is already well known for her attractive straw work. But as soon as she is able to get a treadle sewing machine here and make the few minor adjustments necessary, she will begin creating and selling a variety of beautiful machine embroidered articles from her shop adjoining her husband’s business Trinity Customs Brokerage on Queen Elizabeth Drive. It will be well worth going in to see her designs which make lovely gifts as well as being something one would love to have in one’s own home. Lovely Reckley Lovely Reckley studied embroidery in ChinaQuality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDSWe stock a wide variety of parts and tyres. If you need an item that is not in stock, we will quickly import it for you Open 7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979

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Page 12 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2008 Sea Spray Resort & Marina comprises six acres of well kept grounds bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Sea of Abaco on the other, just three miles from Hope Town on Elbow Cay. The marina serves as resort headquarters and furnishes boat dockage to Sea Spray Resort guests.Sea Spray Resort & Marina, White Sound, Elbow Cay, Abaco BahamasPhone 242-366-0065 • Fax 242-366-0383 • US Phone 717-718-8267 E-mail: info@seasprayresort.com • Website: wwws.seasprayresort.com Villas range from 3 bedrooms, 2 baths to a 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Our villas have full kitchens, central air, satellite TV, internet available, express laundry service and views of the harbour or Atlantic Ocean. Our 60-slip full service marina accommodates boats of all sizes and offers fresh water, electricity, gasoline, diesel and ice. Resort amenities include a fresh water pool, Garbonzo Bar and Boat House Restaurant.Stay in Paradise for the Best Rate in TownOpen Year RoundDiscounted Dock Rates September1st January 31st. Up to 40’ boats $400 per month • 50’ boats and more $600 per month By Jennifer Hudson Senior Administrator Cephas Cooper spent three weeks early in the summer in China studying Town Government Management for Developing Countries. He attended at the invitation of the Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, and his visit was fully sponsored by the Chinese government so that all airfares, accommodation, food and tours cost the Bahamian government absolutely nothing. Mr. Cooper and Senior Administrator for Inagua, Mr. Preston Cunningham, the only persons attending from The Bahamas, joined a delegation of approximately 45 persons from 24 other developing countries throughout the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. The first 10 days were spent in Beijing at the Accounting Institute of Beijing and then three days of extensive tours were spent in Xian City, Hangzou City and Ningbo City before returning to Beijing for the closing ceremony. In Beijing the delegates were able to see the Olympic Stadium, Olympic Village and other areas specifically prepared for the Olympic Games as part of their tour. “The purpose of the entire visit was to show China’s system to developing countries,” stated Mr. Cooper. “They have begun a policy of reform in China because of all the negative publicity over the last several years. They are now opening to the outside world for government officials and want to dispel some of the myths about their policies. They wanted the delegates to see how their system at local and central levels is working. We looked at the system through a series of lectures which were all in Chinese with translators, and then the following day we would tour the cultural sights. We were able to focus on the basic trends of development of towns and cities over the past 20 years and also looked at the environmental potential, what their challenges are and how they are dealing with them. We also noted their concept of city and land management and socio-economic development of towns. “What came out very strongly in the four cities we visited was evidence of long term planning. The Chinese have a very structured system with well organized development. Their level of development and standard of architecture is extremely impressive, and everyone commented on the mind boggling amount of construction taking place. This emphasized the need for developing countries to plan both for the short term and long term. This is something we can emphasize in The Bahamas: the need for town planning for sustainable future development.” Another aspect of Chinese towns and cities which very much impressed Administrator Cooper was the cleanliness of the environment. “It seems that in all the places we went the streets were so tidy and the verges were well cared for and full of flowers. In spite of China’s 1.3 billion people, there was NO litter. The mind set is instilled into children from an early age to keep the environment clean. “Yet another factor which came out was how well the Chinese people have been able to tap into tourism by focusing on culture. They have made the ancient culture of China work for them. About 30,000 tourists on a daily basis pay to visit places like Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City where the Emperor lived, the Ming Tombs, National Museum, Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall. Tourism is culture at work. “We received a very warm reception, not just from the organizers but from all who assisted us taxi drivers, store keepers and market stall holders. They really China hosted two Bahamian administrators Please see Cooper Page 13Abaco Senior Administrator Cephas Cooper spent three weeks in China seeing its form of local government. His hosts aslo showed him many sights throughout the country incluing the Olympic stadium and Olympic Mr. Cooper was impressed with many things in China including the Great China Wall. Everywhere he went construction was going on. His one lasting impression was how clean it was everywhere, no litter or garbage in sight.

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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section A Page 13 know how to treat tourists and have a good sense of how to be warm and friendly. We were impressed with how well the students perform in the schools and even the little 7-8 year olds spoke English well. “This has been a very good and really important experience for me and something else I take from it on a very personal level is the meeting with 45 such different people from around the world. I have established linkages with different countries and broadened perspectives. “The 13-hour non-stop flight from New York to Beijing on China Air was quite an exciting experience as it is the first time I have ever flown on a double decker airplane. While in China another exciting experience was that I was able ride on the Hangzhou Bay Bridge, the longest bridge in the world. The bridge is 36 kilometers long and took 25 minutes to cross. It was opened only four weeks before my arrival. Administrator Cooper returned to Abaco with many areas in mind on which he would like to focus. Planning: “This is an area I will focus very highly on. We need to plan towns and communities. We need a national plan which can be tied into as a local plan. We must focus on town planning and town management.” Tourism: “We must tie small parts of our history into something big for tourism. We must promote and sell people will pay to see the sights. In The Bahamas we open up historical sights but there is no charge to see them. People are willing to pay.”Autonomy: “We saw this in local towns in China where they are able to levy taxes and use them for the community and we need more autonomy over local affairs here.” Administrators saw Chinese local gov. Cooper From Page 12 Mr. Cooper and one other Bahamian, Administrator Preston Cunningham, were among the 45 people invited for the trip. They are shown here with a lady in full Chinese costume. Mr. Cunningham served at Abaco on one time. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I would love to go back to China one day on a vacation and be able to take my wife and family,” concluded Administrator Cooper. Sandy Point was the second place winner of the town environmentally most sensitive and clean. Mrs. Cha Boyce is presenting Savannah Naomi Lightbourn with a certificate for that town. is the most unique archipelagic system in the world and waste affects the quality of our environment.Price of oil. Too many products are using oil that have alternative sources. We should limit the use of oil to only those things it cannot replace. Min. Deveaux challenged the children to travel all around within the next six months and take a good look at Abaco. He told them that they will see all of the challenges and see all of the solutions for what Abaco faces using natural resources. A delightful medley of Bahamian songs was presented by the children of the Hope KAB om Page 2Town School whose outfits were adorned with colorful Androsia fabrics. Following the formalities and presentation of awards, there was a time for refreshments and the opportunity to browse the booths which had been set up by companies whose businesses affect the environment in some way. These included the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Water and Sewerage, Abaco Neem and a company from Hope Town which offers eco kayaking tours. Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Family Fun NightSaturday, November 8 • 6:30 10 p.m. Guy Contest • Great Food • Family Fun Note Corrected Date

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2008 By Jennifer Hudson A ten-day planning charrette was conducted by graduate students of Andrews University School of Architecture in Berrien Springs, Michigan, from September 21 to October 1. This consisted of an intense, concentrated and collaborative design workshop to bring people together to articulate a vision and set of guiding principles through a series of design sessions. The goal was to shape a vision for the future of Great Abaco Island and to identify guiding principles and planning mechanisms to help pursue such a vision which would only be meaningful through effective public participation. “How will we know what Abaco needs and wants? By working with local citizens and local government,“ stated Mr. Andrew von Maur, Assistant Professor of Architecture. The focus was placed on South Abaco and Central Marsh Harbour concentrating on how to prepare South Abaco for sustainable development, how to shape Marsh Harbour neighbourhoods, how to prepare Sandy Point and Crossing Rocks for growth opportunities and how to help Great Abaco avoid urban sprawl through planning and design. The undertaking was sanctioned by the Hon. Earl Deveaux, Minister for the Environment, and local collaborative organizations included the Bahamas National Trust, Friends of the Environment, Bahamas Human Rights Network, Islands By Design Limited, Town Planning and the Administrator‘s office. A complete working office was established in the Below Decks room at the Abaco Beach Hotel where the public was invited at any time to interact with the design students to discuss ideas. Several public meetings were held in Sandy Point at the J.A. Pinder Primary School and in Marsh Harbour at the Anglican Church Hall. At the introductory meeting in Marsh Harbour on October 23, Mr. von Maur opened by stressing that one of the most important aspects of the venture would be public input and feedback. He gave a brief introduction of the 25 students involved in the project and stated that while the university had been involved in many urban design projects within the United States and had won awards for their Urban Renewable designs, Abaco was the first community they had worked with outside of the country so this would be a challenge to them. Mr. von Maur stated that the students had studied Bahamian planning in settlements and had looked at all conditions and culture in considering how they can prepare South Abaco for sustainable development through planning and design. It was stated that in the south, growth opportunities exist within existing towns such as Sandy Point and that the team is mindful of the fact that whatever happens will have a huge impact on the ecology of the area. In Marsh Harbour the questions would be where to put new growth and what happens to old growth? The team vowed to try various solutions as they were cognizant of the fact that Marsh Harbour is affected by the immigrant community of the Mud. As a long term vision they put forward some questions they would be considering such as: “Must we develop outside a town and abandon it or use the town and develop around what is there? What will this project seek to accomplish?” They promised to Planning group offered ideas for two towns This shows one concept suggested by the Andrews University group for South Abaco development. Clusters of homes and condos of about 30 units could be constructed around a central business area. This could form a nucleus or unit. In the distance can be seen two other similar clusters, each dotting the coast about a mile apart. Please see Andrews Page 18 Andrews University students and professors held three public meetings in Marsh Harbour and two in Sandy Point to let the public know what they were doing and to encourage getting input. Mr. Andrew von Maur, Assistant Professor of Architecture, was the spokesman and conducted the meetings. The last two meetings featured Power Point presentations that showed conceptual drawings of their ideas.

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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2008 look at the transportation problem in Marsh Harbour which, they stated, is a network issue and also the parking problem at the ferry dock. Recommendations would be made providing clear and principled guidance on the following: • Fundamental planning principles • Specific illustrative planning proposals • Proposal for legal mechanism for implementation The students researched and worked intensively on their presentations during the next ten days. The targeted areas in the south and city of Marsh Harbour were visited and studied and many aerial photographs were taken. Their illustrative designs were displayed at the final meeting to be viewed and discussed by the public. They had obviously worked very hard to produce the amount of quality work presented and their designs were interesting and attractive, offering some innovative and valuable ideas for Abaco. Final ReviewOn September 30 at the final public review meeting Mr. von Maur gave an overview of the project and cited the example of Dunmore Town in Harbour Island from the planning perspective as an excellent example of urban design which could serve well as a model. “All Bahamian towns should have a waterfront,” he stated and encouraged the development of Front Street in Marsh Harbour into an attractive area for tourists. In considering the future development of Marsh Harbour, Mr. Maur said, “We should make it a lovable place with Bahamian architecture which would be cooler and cut down on air conditioning costs, a city on the water with spaces between the buildings which would make people want to stay and would be good for tourism. It should have walk-abilty and be designed so that people do not have to drive. It should be planned for livability and made attractive for a range of demographics, high end to low end and for all types of people. Regarding the traffic dilemma, Mr. von Maur stated that the vehicular traffic problem will not be solved by road widening; roads need to be connected and a road network is necessary for traffic to flow smoothly. Other ferry terminal locations were looked at in order to reduce traffic congestion at Crossing Beach and an alternate location was suggested for the Hope Town and Man-O-War ferries on the eastern side of the island with the Guana Cay ferry relocating to Goombay Park. “Bay Street presents an economic issue. It must be made attractive where people will want to spend time and money, and the Goombay Park area should be made into a park for festivals and community gatherings. “Don MacKay Boulevard is not efficient; it becomes clogged with traffic which is undesirable. In time, we may see people moving out with Don MacKay becoming abandoned. So we need to adopt a new model. It is not walk-able so tourists do not want to spend time there. It needs to be retrofit to urban configurations with sidewalks, civic buildings and a straw market in the town centre. “We are trying to put the issue of the Mud on the table. But the issues in the Mud go way beyond planning, and phasing will be necessary,” stated Mr. Von Maur. “It may not be a long term solution to move people of the Mud somewhere else This is a conceptual development for the Lanternhead area of South Abaco showing a small self-sufficient cluster of residential buildings independent of public utilities. This is suggested for the edge of private property that adjoins a strip of Crown Land along the southern coast, leaving that land in its native form close to the beach. Please see Andrews Page 19 Andrews From Page 16Bahamian architecture was encouraged The team from Andrews Univeristy set up their workshop in the Below Decks room at Abaco Beach Resort. They applied their book knowledge to a real life situation, showing how towns and specifically the water front areas can be made much more attractive that will please residents and draw tourists.

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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 so the area has the opportunity to grow into something else.” The drainage issue in the Mud was addressed. “There is presently no drainage there and we have proposed a drainage concept for the area. It is generally considered that there is a density problem in the Mud, but the students working on plans for the Mud have calculated that density of buildings in the Mud is not much different from that in Hope Town, Cherokee and New Plymouth, and that the problem is a crowding issue due to several families living in one house, not a density issue.” The question was asked by a member of the audience as to why the focus was only on South Abaco. Mr. von Maur gave the reply that due to resource limitations they were unable to do the whole island. In the future if it was possible, they would love to come back to work on the remainder of the island. In the meantime, however, the designs they proposed could be adapted to communities anywhere. At the close of the presentation the students divided into four groups and persons present were invited to spend time with the different groups to ask questions and discuss the plans they had come up with. After the completion of the ten-day charrette the students returned to Michigan where they will continue working on their proposals in order to produce their final submission by the end of the year. It will be presented to Mr. Earl Deveaux and the public. “This is just the beginning of something much larger and the final document will be of great value to the people of Abaco,” assured Mr. von Maur. “However, what happens after we leave depends on local leadership which includes citizens, developers and businessmen. Building towns is a community effort.” Andrews From Page 18 By Jennifer Hudson Among the twenty-five students from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, who were on Abaco to participate in the ten-day planning charrettte was one Bahamian student. Lionel Johnson graduated valedictorian and Head Boy from St. John’s College in Nassau and spent one year studying at the College of The Bahamas before entering the School of Architecture at Andrews University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. He is now in the one-year graduate Urban Design Studio in which graduate students assist with issues to aid in the future development of communities. Lionel was very pleased to have the opportunity to be on Abaco to help with the long-term planning. “At Andrews University it teaches you to build according to the culture of a place. Whereas others import the American way of design into the Bahamas, we are allowed to incorporate Bahamian ways and to consider how the building refers to its urban context. Coming to Abaco to design as part of this project has enabled me to see the value of this immediately and validates what I have learned. I am very gratified,” he stated. Regarding the project for Abaco, he felt that it is very interesting with a lot of potential but so big. “It gives me a sense of pride that our university could be bold enough to take on The Planning Charrette had a Bahamian connectionthe project and step outside our borders to see a community that needs help and which is willing to put forth a change.” Lionel has three years of internship before he receives his license which he will probably do in the United States. After that he definitely plans to come back home to The Bahamas to work. Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Open 9 am 5 pm Mon. Fri. bahamian cuisine on Hope Town’s waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner DailyLunch 11:30 am 3 pm • Dinner 6 9 pm Appetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m Call 366-0087 • 366-0292 • VHF Ch 16ICE RENTAL BIKES

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2008 By J.F. HeddenThe modern Bahamas does not encourage or foster the development of local entrepreneurship beyond services and merchandising simply because the Bahamian economy is geared towards foreign capital investments and attraction of the US dollar, specifically in hospitality and financial services. All well established global economies, however, have a sound footing in industries that revolve around primary production, as seen in the United States, Japan, the European Union, Australia, South America and Canada. Underdeveloped economies, however, tend to rely on imported essential basic commodities for one reason or another, these including the majority of the Caribbean states and many countries in Africa. One of the main characteristics of developed nations’ dominance in the agricultural sector is the continued use of agricultural subsidies to bolster industrialised agriculture. The lesser developed nations cannot afford to replicate these practices and so suffer at the marketplace, both domestically and internationally. Diversification of national economies is essential for provision of some insulation from global slowdowns and recessions. A country such as The Bahamas, which relies almost totally on imported essential products, thus becomes an easy target for changes in global economic health. The Bahamas presently relies on a basic economic model designed over 50 years ago and does not take into account any sense of the need for national security, be it in food, culture, education or even energy. We do make a pretense at localised production of agricultural products, all of the production inputs being imported, but the overall economic chain is not beneficial to the local entrepreneur. The agricultural sector in The Bahamas has steadily declined over the last century and continues to do so for many reasons. These include the lack of a definitive governmental policy towards the sector and the mental image of farming in the Bahamian mind. Until these are addressed no real advance in the sector’s development will take place and the perception of agricultural production will continue to be the realm of the “ignorant,” the out islands, welfare and subsistence survival. Some of these perceptions may be real because, apart from ornamentals, there does not exist today any example of successful agricultural enterprise within the country. With recent changes in global circumstances the world has seen several important threats to lifestyles including the increased cost of energy and food, a worldwide recession, the start of climate change and an increased threat to the natural environment. All of these factors will have a significant impact on world food production and food availability. Many countries have already seen food related violence in the form of riots and population displacement. It should be pointed out that The Bahamas is not immune to external forces and, as such, needs to begin making serious inroads into these areas in order to mitigate some of the threats. The most immediate and devastating of these forces are the cost of energy and of food. Unfortunately, the Bahamas financial and monetary policies do not favour the poor and indigent sectors of our population, with these investing a much higher percentage of their income in food and transportation than the better financially equipped members of Bahamian society. The Government of the Bahamas (GOB) needs to address the looming food crisis in the form of an immediate approach and the use of long term planning in order to avert perceived supply shortfalls in the population centres. Ironically the Out Island communities are still relatively resistant because vacant land is still available and the technique of subsistence food production has not yet been totally lost. Short term strategies do not imply the need for long term implementation but should include a contribution from both GOB and the merchandising sector. Government can and should remove all excise and import associated taxation from basic and essential food and health products. This in itself will lower the cost of essential items at the port of entry by several percentage points. The private sector should also be encouraged to lower percentage mark up on these products to a level where their bottom line is not affected, and a savings can be passed on to the consumer. This will further lower the retail price and hopefully take some burden off the cost of living for those in lower wage brackets.Longer term strategies will be much harder to implement, but out of necessity require the GOB to put together and implement a rock solid Agricultural Policy (AP) which will encourage more investment in primary production. It is essential that we begin to diversify now rather than procrastinate in order to retain some of our dollar earnings within our borders. Foreign currency inputs to our economy will surely not be maintained during a world wide recession. Primary production has been in need of rescusitation for the last 50 years and the present is an ideal time to start. By no means would I imply that we will move towards self sufficiency with any food production programme, but certain areas can be improved. These include seasonal fruit and vegetable production and an increase in the production of small ruminants such as sheep and goats. This will only happen when GOB puts together the agricultural policy.Incorporated into the agricultural policy should be the facets listed, as well as others that I have failed to note. These include • Land tenure • Labour • Infrastructure • Education • Grades and standards • Access to capital • Environmental enhancements Government investment through excise exemptions Each of the above needs to be examined and thoroughly researched preferably by a private enterprise group such as the agricultural sector and farmers associations, and results and recommendations forwarded to the GOB for implementation. The GOB needs to be prepared to make substantial investments in infrastructure and concessions in order to equate an essential economic resource to the presently over encouraged anchor project schemes existing today. If we don’t act now there shortly may be a large number of angry, hungry people on the streets.Agricultural production needs to be encouragedViewpoint . . . Wouldn’t you like to have a healthier, quieter and more ef Þ cient home? 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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 is a private charter plane company providing safe, reliable transportation to and from the islands of the Bahamas and southeastern Florida. has opened it’s new facility at the Marsh Harbour International Airport. We are a full service FBO with Customs, Immigration, Fuel, VIP Lounge and many other five star services. We handle all your aircraft ground handling service needs the way you want. CHEROKEE AVIATION Tel.# 242-367-0525 Fax.# 242-367-0526 VHF 122.80P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : fboinfo@cherokeeair.comCHEROKEE AIR Tel.# 242-367-3450 Fax.# 242-367-3451P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : info@cherokeeair.comCherokee Air Cherokee AviationBy Jennifer Hudson Persons building new homes or remodeling are able to get excellent quality marble and granite work done right here on Abaco. Mr. Hector Espinosa and Mr. Darren Albury began the Abaco Marble and Tile Company four years ago but until recently few people seemed to know about it. It has now, however, taken off in a big way. Many homeowners not only from the mainland but also from the cays are now having beautiful counter tops installed by Abaco Marble and Granite. Mr. Espinoza is an expert in the business having run his own company in the United States for many years. He takes a lot of pride in his work and says, “You cannot even get marble and granite work done in the United States these days as good as we do it here on Abaco.” Customers are extremely pleased with his work and he even goes to Nassau to do work for clients as they find the work done on Abaco to be superior to that done in Nassau. His work graces the New Providence home of the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, Prime Minister. The office and showroom of Abaco Marble and Granite are located in the old Sawyer’s Market building. Upon entering, one’s eyes are immediately drawn to the floor which is an impressive mosaic of off cuts from all of the jobs completed carefully laid out and polished to a beautiful shine. There is also a room containing a kitchen counter top and table showing the beautiful workmanship of the finished product. Mr. Espinosa gave me a tour of his work area and explained the whole process from start to finish. In the yard at the back are numerous slabs of raw marble and granite from countries such as Italy, Spain and Brazil which have been imported via the United States and arrive here in large containers. Each slab measures 7.5 feet by 10 to 13 feet and weighs 2,000 pounds. The slabs come in two thicknesses 2 cm or 3 cm. There is a large assortment of colours and patterns to choose from. The darker the material the more expensive it is and the “black absolute” and “blue pearl” are the most expensive while the lighter colours are more affordable. “Granite comes in three grades,” explained Mr. Espinosa. “It can be first, second or third class but all the granite we use here on Abaco is first class. We only offer fist class materials and first class service,” he proudly stated. “Once a customer has decided that she would like a counter top crafted by Abaco Marble and Tile, the first stage is to get a price quote from Darren Albury at Abaco Hardware, telephone 367 2170. Then as soon as a down payment is made, we get to work on it,” said Mr. Espinosa. “We go to the home to measure up and make a wood template which only takes about one hour. Then we bring that back and put that against the slab which the customer has chosen and cut. We make the whole piece without any seams if possible. “The slab is cut using diamond blades and then polished with diamond pads or sometimes with stone. The edges are finished according to the customer’s choice. There are many different types of edge to choose from. If the client has a particular edge which she has seen somewhere else or in a magazine, then I will do that for them if they bring me a picture of the design. The process takes three or four days, and the counter top is then ready to be installed, providing that we do not have too many power cuts during that time which set us back. The finished pieces are transported by truck which has a special “A frame” for carrying them. If going to the cays, the pieces have to be transferred onto a charter freight boat and the contractor at the other end meets the freight boat with his truck,” explained Mr. Espinosa, who has developed some very large arm muscles to deal with the terrific weight of these pieces. “Five to seven days after the down payment the kitchen is completely installed. “Not only do we make counter tops but also vanities, coffee tables, night tables and, in fact, anything a customer desires. Granite is the best material to use,” he explained. “Marble is more porous so is not used for countertops as it stains easily. It is sometimes used for vanities but people are going more for granite for vanities now as well as for counter tops as granite is forever.” “I am training some assistants to learn this trade and am trying to teach them to have pride in their work,” stated Mr. Espinosa, whose own pride in his work was clear throughout the tour he gave me and was evident in the first class workmanship of the finished product.Marble and Granite Work Available on Abaco Very large slabs of marble and granite are brought into Abaco Marble and Tile Company to be custom made into countertops, coffee tables and vanities. The slabs of rock weigh about 2,000 pounds but have to be handled very carefully until the finished piece is installed to keep them from cracking. Expert stone mason, Mr. Hector Espinosa, expertly cuts the stone, then finishes the edge to whatever style the customer wants. This is another example of Abaco businesses being able to accommodate the wishes of all its residents. 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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2008 By Samantha V. Evans The Youth Empowerment and Skills Training Institute (YEAST) is a national initiative to assist troubled young men to gain self esteem and educational skills to become productive adults in society. The organization accepts 100 boys into the one-year leadership program that is on Andros. The leaders of this organization held a meeting on September 15th at Central Abaco Primary School so information could be shared with parents of incoming males to the program and those seeking to learn more about what it has to offer. A small group assembled for the meeting that was very informative. The main presenter for the evening was Chief Petty Officer Lawson Clarke, the Academy Operations Manager, who gave an overview of the program. This program focuses on developing the character, leadership and life skills of young men ages 12-19 and is not a boot camp. It was designed to restore the dignity into young men who struggle with selfesteem and self-image, developing positive attitudes and learning marketable skills to make them self-reliant, productive and useful citizens of The Bahamas. The YEAST Institute was established in 1987 in conjunction with the Catholic Diocese. In September 1999 the Royal Bahamas Defense Force got involved and helped to develop an off-island program on James Cistern, Eleuthera, called The Character, Leadership and Skills Development Academy. In 2004 the organizers of this Academy were asked to pilot the restoration segment of the National Youth Service Program which they did. As of 2005 YEAST became known as the Bahamas National Youth Service Restorative Program for teenage males. The program now operates in North Andros. The program is nationally recognized and operates a one-year leadership program designed to address the behavioral and attitudinal potential of male students. The core curriculum is structured around academic and vocational courses divided into several components. The curriculum includes selfawareness, family life education, physical education, counseling, health education, numeracy, leadership training, civic, literacy, arts and crafts, electrical installation, survival skills, marine boating, scuba diving, driving, plumbing, carpentry, and spirituality. The current success rate of the Academy is 83 percent. The program for this year is scheduled to begin October 4 on Andros. One hundred boys are expected to enroll with approximately ten of them scheduled to come from Abaco. The students age 12-15 are in the Junior Life Program for nine months and students ages 16-19 are in the Senior Life Program for six months. Males in this country are struggling to conform to the rules of society, Officer Clarke noted. According to the statistics from Dr. Elliston Rahming released this month, 1330 males are presently in prison and 60 of them did not graduate from high school. The majority of them, who did graduate, cannot read or write functionally. This is alarming and every day males continue to involve themselves in activities that are not contributing to the sustain-ability of our economy. YEAST Academy hopes to address some of these needs at the Andros site. However, they do have some challenges that need to be addressed, especially at the school level because there is presently no follow-up system in place to see how the males matriculate back into the school environment. There is no consistent communication with school counselors to ensure that these students continue to receive the guidance and counseling needed to keep them on the right track, and the attitude of teachers and students toward these males have to change to one that is supportive and not condemning. Additionally, human services agencies need to work more closely together and share information so that we do not lose any more of our young men to the streets or death. Officer Clark hopes that these matters can be addressed quickly so that the integrity of the program remains in tact, and the progress of these male students is not put in jeopardy. Enrolling a child in the YEAST Academy is a process that has to be done at the Nassau office. Parents are encouraged to find out everything that needs to be done to get their child enrolled within a timely fashion. They are advised that a consent form must be signed by them releasing the student to the Academy, and a male sponsor must be identified to help steer the child in the right direction, to attend progress meetings and to assist with providing care packages and other needs. The office is located on Deveaux Street in Nassau and the phone number is 326-5781 or 322-8335. Information can be obtained locally from Social Services and public schools where there is a Guidance Department. The other persons on the agenda for this meeting were Chief Petty Officer Christopher Collie, Incoming Academy Director; Mrs. Margaret Thompson, Office Manager in the Nassau office; and Andrew Albury, Student Services Coordinator. A similar meeting was held in Sandy Point on September 16.YEAST Institute tells about program for boys

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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 It’s Christmas in October Spend $200 and get 20% offEnd of Season Sale 75% offFull line of Tropical and Resort Wear • Bahama Hand Prints • Bimini Bay Art Gallery featuring the best local fine artists Register to win a Free Family Holiday Dinner for up to 10 People At the entrance of Abaco Beach Resort Hours: 10 am 5 pm • Phone 242-367-0197 Boutique & Art Galleryon selected items while supplies lastAll Jewellery • Gold • Sterling Silver • Gifts • Clothing ABACO EXPRESSYOUR PERSONAL MAIL PLANE YOUR CHARTERED SEAT YOUR CARGO PLANE PICK UP AND COURIER SERVICEPassengers / Freight / Mail to Abaco2532 Old Okeechobee Road Ste.11 West Palm Beach / Marsh Harbour email :abacoexppbi@bellsouth.netPh: 561-689-1010 Fax: 561-689-9454 Bah: 242-367-3450The funeral service for retired nurse evangelist Vernell McBride , 65, formerly of Moore’s Island, was held at in Nassau on September 27. Interment was also in Nassau. She is survived by her daughter Sheron Lightbourne-Gedeon; son Clifton Lightbourne; adopted son Wellington Albury; six grandchildren Shanice Delancy, Deanka Lightbourne, Leshan Lightbourne, Clivanche Burrows, Clifton Lightbourne Jr. and Malike Gedeon; great-grandchildren Alexia Dorsett, Cynara Gibson and Deanna Dorsett; son-in-law Jean Claude Gedeon; daughter-in-law Lesia Lightbourne; grandaunt Pastor Geneva Williams; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Cameron Allen Burrows , 26, of Sandy Point was held on October 4th at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Rev. Napolean Roberts, Rev. Morris Bain and Rev. Fr. Earl Hepburn officiated. Interment was made in the Sandy Point Public Cemetery. He is survived by his mother Evelyn Burrows; grandfather Marcus Edgecombe; uncles Leonard, Matthew, Daniel, Samuel, Jonathon and Eric Edgecombe, Sinclair, Vincent and Claudius Burrows, Roland “Fred” Burrows, Herklyn Rolle, Kermit McCartney and Patrick Russell; aunts Rebecca Saunders, Elizabeth Russell, Louise McCartney, Rose, Ruth, Charmaine, Kayla, Carlene and Thedra Edgecombe, Lula, Jerona, and Evelyn Burrows, and Marion Rolle; grandaunts Mable Burrrows and Ethel Edgecombe; cousins Brian and Vaughn Rolle, Rose Roberts, Angela Johnson, Rowena Pinder, Jerona Curry, Raquel Armbrister, Min. Jerome Burrows Jr., Maxine and William Burrows Jr., Otis Fox, Danielle, Brent, Damela, Deangelius, Penny, Pam, Gatnell, Katherine, Patricia, Bunny, Gina, Mary, Stevie, Peter, Edward, Martin, and Chris Burrows, Teron, Valencia, Karis, Leonard Jr, Mattea, Caelin, Daniel, Gendaia., Taejon, Neko and Shenae Edgecombe, Monique and Kevin McCartney, Shantelle, Patrick, Gabrielle and Abbey Russell; godparents Cathechist Benjamin and Virginia Pinder and Donald Pinder Jr.; and many other relatives and friends. Lavern Russell , 67, formerly of Crossing Rock died on September 29 in Nassau. He is survived by his wife Gertrude Russell; sons Alvin, Adrian and Derek Russell; daughters Vandra Babbs, Rocelia Russell and Oshe Rahming; sister Edna Russell; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends.Obituaries of Family and FriendsHints to save on your electric bill• Clean the coils behind or underneath your refrigerator with a brush to keep it running efficiently. • Put your computer to sleep. Save $75 or more by using the system standby or hibernating feature, • Plug electronics into a power strip so that you can turn them all off at once. • Lower water heater temperature to 120 degrees from 130 degrees and insulate hot water pipes to reduce your energy bills up to 5 percent. • Control outdoor lights with sensors or timers so that fixtures stay off during the day.

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Page 24 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2008 Cherokee SoundBy Lee Pinder Keep Abaco Beautiful AwardWe have been hearing it for a long time. “Cherokee, you have such a neat and tidy little community.” Especially from our first-time visitors, but now it’s official. The settlement of Cherokee Sound has won the First Annual Keep Abaco Beautiful Award, which came with a certificate and a traveling plaque. A committee of six judges, all Abaconians, chose our community for the Friends of the Environment Award for 2008 in a ceremony on September 26. Sponsors and partners in this new venture include Pete’s Pub & Gallery, Colette Rolle, Stephen Knowles, Abaco Print Shop, Albury’s Ferry Service, The Snap Shop and Three D Customs Signs and was all brought together by Tourism. In addition to the award we won there were two other distinguished awards given for Volunteer Leadership, won by Tom Hazel, and another given for Education, won by Hope Town Primary School, both very deserving applicants. We thank Jo Bradley for submitting the settlement of Cherokee to the committee for consideration and approval.The meeting started off with Don Cornish, local Director for Tourism in Abaco presenting the goals of the “Keep Abaco Beautiful” program which has been set up in conjunction with the Keep America Beauitful foundation. The keynote speaker was The Hon. Earl Deveaux, Minister of Environment, who came from Nassau to make the presentation. In his remarks, which he specifically aimed at the youth of Abaco, he highlighted the many natural assets we possess in Abaco, and The Bahamas, and how we must concentrate on maintaining and preserving them for future generations. Part of the program included Hope Town Primary School students who performed a medley of Bahamian calypso songs, which were very entertaining. There are so many little things we can all do to help the environment and we need to commit ourselves, our schools and our communities to do whatever it takes to always Keep Abaco Beautiful.School NewsWelcome to Mrs. Catherine Owens who has already made herself at home and becoming a valuable addition to Cherokee Sound Primary School. Friends of the Environment sent representatives to our school on the 2nd of September to give a presentation on the importance of Coastal Cleanup and what it means to our environment. The first phase of our local Coastal Cleanup Project has been completed. Clean up of the Long Dock took place on the 20th of September with a further cleanup of the creek area to follow. We would like to thank community members, parents and students who are still depositing aluminum cans into the bins at the dump. You are doing a valuable service for our community, our Bahamas and our world. Keep up the good work. We are so proud that we won the first place in the contest held by Friends of the Environment and The Ministry of Tourism for our settlement who has “built and sustained an environmentally conscious program with exceptional success”. This is our reward for the mountain of garbage we have picked up over the years. One of our students said just a few days ago that they saw garbage on the way to Marsh Harbour. “You’d think people would learn!” This is a comment from a child! We couldn’t agree with them more! Are you part of the solution or part of the problem? Thank you to all the former students and present students and thank you to all the parents, grandparents and community members who have come to cleanup after cleanup.Our Newest ArrivalCongratulations to Dirinda and Keven Sweeting of Yellow Wood on the birth of their second daughter, Alexis Kayley, born in Nassau, Bahamas. Parrot ReportWe in the settlement of Cherokee always get excited when we hear the parrots are back in town. They fly overhead searching for food in the local fruit trees. Of course, they are always too high and two fast for us to get any type of a clear photo even if we wanted too, but they usually linger for several minutes at each stop and we are able to get look at them and observe their feeding habits from the ground. They are truly one of natures most beautiful wonders and we are glad they choose to keep visiting us here in Cherokee. South Abaco News Sandy PointNurse Estelle Pinder RetiredOn August 31 Sandy Point held an appreciation service to honour Nurse Estelle Pinder, who retired after nursing for 40 years 17 year of which were in Sandy Point. The service was held in St. Martin’s Anglican Hall in Sandy Point. The service included special music, a performance and remarks by government people and a nursing officer. Mrs. Pinder was born on Grand Turk but moved to Jamaica when she was 12 years old. She received her nursing training in Kingston’s School of Nursing and completed it in 1967. She migrated to Grand Bahama where she worked until she was transferred to Sandy Point. While she was on Grand Bahama, she took time to pursue a course in midwifery in Jamaica. While in Sandy Point, she met and married Donald Pinder. She has a large family of step children, birth children and many grandchildren. She is an active member of the St. Martin’s Anglican Church Women’s group. Nurse Estelle Pinder Remember to Buckle Up

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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section A Page 25 By Jennifer Hudson A Family Fun Fair is scheduled for November 15 to raise funds in an effort to finally complete the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department building. Plans for this building began in 1999 right after the Abaco Markets fire and yet it is still, unfortunately, far from completion. The fair will take place on the grounds of the partially constructed Fire Department building behind the Marsh Harbour Public Library across from Lowe’s Plaza. The idea of holding a fair to raise funds for the Fire Department took root in the mind of David Dorsett, member of the Carlton Masonic Lodge, several weeks before the fire at Maxwell’s Supermarket. “The Masons work on community projects on a regular basis though it not always publicized,“ stated Mr. Dorsett. “While assisting at the Maxwells’ fire, I began talking about my idea for a fair with Roscoe Thompson, Chairman of the Marsh Harbour/ Spring City Town Committee, who was also helping out. Mr. Thompson decided to assist the Masons on the project. Since then, even more people have come on board including the Rotary Club of Abaco and the fire department.” All monies from the fair will go towards finishing the fire department building which is still in need of much work. According to Fire Chief John Hall approximately another $100,000 is needed to finish the building. “A few people have donated considerable sums and local business people have been very generous in donating items for the raffle. Price Right has donated the concrete floor for the entire building which is a very sizeable donation. We want to get the whole community involved as we want to get this station finished; the trucks standing outside are being destroyed by the weather,” stated Mr. Dorsett. Mrs. Yvonne Key and other volunteers have, for the past few weeks, been holding a fund raising drive for the Fire Department at the Marsh Harbour traffic light. They ask people to donate only their loose change which they collect in firemen’s boots, but people have been extremely generous donating far more than just their loose change. On the first day under the light Mrs. Key raised $1,500 within four hours. Everyone is encouraged to come to the fair to support our volunteer fire department. There will be games of hoop toss, lollipop pull, balloon darts, a Chinese auction and many other fun activities with prizes. There will also be a raffle with lots of good prizes including an alarm system for home or business, $500 grocery cerThe Moorings Yacht Charters• The Best Sailing Vacations In The World! • Prestige Class crewed yacht charter • Sailing Sloops and cats 35 ft. 47 ft. • Power catamarans 37 ft.The Conch Inn Resort• Hotel rooms on the harbour front • Curly Tails restaurant and bar on the waterfront See their ad • Dive Abaco a complete dive facility The Conch Inn Resort and MarinaPO Box AB20469, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph 242-367-4000 • Fax 367-4004 Email: themoorings@batelnet.bsCome and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you. The Conch Inn Marina• Full service docks with power • Cable TV connections • Texaco fuel station Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new sailing yachts 36 ft. mono hull or 38 ft. catamaran SunsailSAILING VACATIONS Tide North Bar ChannelNovember 2008 Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new sailing yachts 36 ft. mono hull or 38 ft. catamaran SunsailSAILING VACATIONSFair will bene Þ t Marsh H. Fire Department tificates and the grand prize of two return tickets to West Palm Beach on Abaco Air. “It will be a fun day. We want to drum up interest in the Fire Department and get the kids involved,” stated Mr. Thompson and Mr. Dorsett. Conservation begins with YOU

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Page 26 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2008 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseIsland-wide Abaco ListingsAbaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Casuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott 366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder + 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages5 cottages366-2075Grand CayRosie’s Place 352-5458Green Turtle Cay Cocobay Cottages 6 cott365-5464 Island Properties +34 hse 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties +34365-4636 Roberts Cottages3 cott 365-4105Guana CayDive Guana 11 hse365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 Donna Sands +12 hse 365-5195 Guana Beach Resort 6 units 365-5133 Guana Seaside 8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Ocean Frontier 519-389-4846 Ward’s Landing4 units 904-982-2762Hope TownAbaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Club Soleil 6 rm 1 cott 366-0003 Crystal Villas 7 villas 888-812-2243 Elbow Cay Prop + 53 hse366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways +63 hse366-0224 Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages +3 hse366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key +43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse 366-3121Hotels and House Rental AgentsMan-O-WarIsland Home Rentals +8 hse 365-6048 Schooner’s Landing 5 condos 365-6072Marsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate +6 hse 367-2719 Abaco Vacation Planner + 367-3529 Alesia’s 3 rms 367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 D’s Guest House 6 rms 3367-3980 Great Abaco Club + 12 hse 367-4151 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 effic 367-0148Moore’s IslandMoore’s Is Bonefish Camp8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeisha’s Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Rickmon’s Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club 365-8500 Island Dreams + 45 hse 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort 95 rms 365-8801Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villa365-2222Web Sites with Abaco Informationhttp://www.abaconian.com http://www.abacoinet.com http.//www.abacoinfo.com http://www.abacos.com http://www.go-abacos.com http://www.oii.net http://www.bahamas.com + agents with multiple cottages and housesRev. Apr 08 Boats equipped with:VHF • Bimini Top • Cooler Anchor & Lines • Compass Dive Ladder • Life Jackets Paddle • Flares • Flashlight Fire Extinguisher • First Aid Kit30 Boats to Choose From All Meticulously Maintained35% off all rentals through February 11Weekly Rates: 26’ Paramount $1435 23’ Albury Bros $1155 22’ Boston Whaler $1050 20’ Albury/Hydra $1015 18’ Privateer $ 735 Rates do not include gas Open 7 days 8am 5pmLocated in Hope Town & Marsh Harbour Call (242) 367-2513 • Fax (242) 367-2516 www.seahorseboatrentals.com Homeowners within the communities of Murphy Town and Dundas Town will have the opportunity to vie for the Best Kept Yard title again. The Best Kept Yard Competition centers on community pride and beautification which encourage communities to undertake practices that would improve their surrounding environment. Last year’s competition proved to be a great success as homeowners from within those two communities cleaned up and beautified their neighbourhoods and their private yards. The committee that comprises of the Abaco Tourist Office, Friends of the Environment and Local Government is hoping to gain the same support and spirit of the people as they received in last year’s competition. Winning the title and the prizes in the Murphy Town District was Paula Rolle and in the Dundas Town District was Frederick Jones. The competition is opened to individuals who own a home in Murphy Town or Dundas Town. Many factors will be taken into account for the judging of the competition including • absence of litter/debris, derelict vehicles, etc• landscape design • driveway design • use of native plants • hedges trimmed and groomed • mowed lawn • garbage area neat and tidy • structures well painted Entry forms are now available at the Abaco Tourist Office and Friends of the Environment for persons wanting to participate in this year’s competition. Entry deadline is November 15th, 2008Enter the Second Annual Best Yard Competition ROCK imported & local SAND imported & local 8” CONCRETE BLOCKS 50LBS BAGS ROCK & SAND • Delivery from Crown Haven to Sandy Point Abaco’s cornerstone to construction AIR COMPRESSOR AVAILABLE FOR RENT Visit our modern facility on the Murphy Town Water Front beside Parker’s Landing

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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section A Page 27 Abaco Ferry Service VHF Ch 16 • Scheduled service discontinued until Nov 1, 2008 Avaialable for charter service Albury’s Ferry Service • Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 • VHF Ch. 16 Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 7:15 am 9 10:30 12:15 pm* 2 4 5:45 Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 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 4 5:45 Return 8 am 11:30 1:30 pm 5 pm Marsh H. > Guana Cay (& Scotland Cay with advance notice) from Conch Inn (6:45am Union Jack Dock) 10:30 1:30 pm 3:30 Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 pm Same day fare • Adult prepaid oneway $16 / Round Trip $22, • • Kids 6-11 half, Under 6 freeGreen Turtle Ferry • Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 • VHF Ch 16 • Ten minute rideGreen T Cay to Treasure Cay Airpor t 8 am 9 11 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 5New Plymouth one way adult $10 (Children $7) • Round trip $15 • Extra to some G T Cay docks Abaco Adventures • Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16Treasure 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, G roup tours Dive Shops Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour .............................367-2963 Above & Below, Marsh Harbour ..........................................367-0350 Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour..................................... 367-2787 Froggies, Hope Town ......................................................... 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay .............................................365-8571 Brendal’s Dive, Green T. Cay ............................................ 365-4411 Dive Guana ........................................................................ 365-5178 Man-O-War Dive Shop .......................................................365-6013 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 & A Cart Rentals..............................375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals ...............365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & Bikes .................365-5178 Orchid Bay Cart rentals ......................354-5175 Man-O-War 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 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 Man-O-War David Albury .......365-6059Bone Þ sh GuidesCrossing Rocks Tony Russell .......366-3259 Cherokee 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 McIntosh ..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 Visitors’ GuideRestaurants • Services • TransportationRestaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) + Picnic tables & restroom only ‡ Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour Anglers ...........................$$$ ....... ....367-2158 Curly Tails ......................$$$ .............367-4444 Gino’s .................................$ .............367-2002 Golden Grouper ..............$ .............367-2301 Hummingbird ....................$$ .............367-2922 Island Cafe .........................$ .............367-6444 Jamie’s Place .....................$ .............367-2880 Jib Room .........................$$ .............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken ............... ...367-2615 Mangoes ........................$$$ .............367-2366 Pop’s Place ........................$ .....+ .....367-3796 Poppa Georgio’s ................$ Sea Shells .........................$ .............367-4460 Snack Shack .....................$ .....+ .....367-4005 Snappas .............................$ .............367-2278 Subway ..............................................367-2798 Wallys ............................$$$ .............367-2074 Dundas Town Mother Merle’s .................$$ Hope Town Abaco Inn .....................$$$ .............366-0133 Cap’n Jacks .......................$ .............366-0247 Harbour’s Edge ............... $$ .............366-0087 H T Harbour Lodge .......$$$ .............366-0095 Munchies ..........................$ .....+ .....366-0423 Sea Spray ......................$$ .....‡ .....366-0065 Lubber’s Quarter Cracker P’s.........................................366-3139 Man-O-War Hibiscus ..........................................365-6380 Island Treats Snack Bar .....................365-6501 Guana Cay Docksiders .....................$$$ .............365-5230 Grabbers ........................$$$ .............365-5133 Nippers ..........................$$$ ............365-5143 Orchid Bay .....................$$$ .............265-5175 Treasure Cay Florence’s Cafe .................$ Coconuts .............................. Harbour Cafe ....................$ .............365-8635 Hudson’s Delight ...............$ ............365-8648 Spinnaker Restaurant ...$$$ .............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 McIntosh’s Restaurant ....$$ .............365-4625 Plymouth Rock Cafe ..........................365-4234 Rooster’s Rest ................$$ ....... ....365-4066 Sundowners .......................................365-4060 Wrecking Tree Restaurant Sandy Point Nancy’s ................................ Pete & Gays .................$$$ ............366-4119 Rickmon Bone Þ sh Lodge ...................366-4477Everyone reads The Abaconian Please bring errors & revisions to our attention Rev 6 Jun 08 Emergency ServicesPolice 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-O-War 365-6911 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbou r 367-3752 Guana Cay 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 ................................ Compliments of The Abaconianwww.abaconian.com 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 Marina 150 ......F ......365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina ...26.......F ......365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina 183.......F ......367-2736 Conch Inn ...................75.......F .....367-4000 Harbour View Marina .36.......F .....367-2182 Marsh Harbour Marina 52 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 ......365-5175Boats 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 Airlines Serving AbacoAbaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ........367-2266 American Eagle Miami ......................................367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud ..........367-2095 BaerAir Melbourne/Treasure Cay ................321-453-2605 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach .........................367-3415 Craig Air Service Jacksonville, Datona ........904-641-0300 Southern Air Nassau ..........................................367-2498 Twin Air Calypso Fort Lauderdale .....................367-0140 Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B. (closed 18 Jul 08) Yellow Air Taxi Ft Lauderdale .............................367-0032 Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air ..............................................................367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters .........................................367-3450 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 + $2 Gov’t Clinic thru Western Auto ................................$ 6 + $2 Gov. freight dock through Dundas Town ................$10 + $3 Murphy Town 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 Great Cistern .........................................................$20 + $5 Spring City .............................................................$15 + $5 Snake Cay ...........................................................$35 + $10 Treasure Cay .....................................................$60 + $ 10 Casuarina Point ...................................................$60 + $10 Treasure Cay Airport or Bah Palm Shores ........$70 + $ 10 Little Harbour or Cherokee ...................................$80 + $10 Crossing Rocks .................................................$100 + $10 Sandy Point .......................................................$135 + $10 • Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wally’s & Eastern Shore ........$ 2 each Jib Room ................................................................$ 3 each Solomon’s Super Center .........................................$5 + $3 Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Gov’t dock .......................$ 6 + $3 Government Freight Dock .......................................$ 7 + $3 Gov.Clinic, W. Auto or Nat. Insurance ...................$ 9 + $3 Mother Merle 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 Madeira Park ..........................................................$14 + $4 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock .....................................$8 + $4 Moxy ......................................................................$18 + $5 Bahamas Star farm .................................................$24 + $5 Sand Banks ...........................................................$24 + $5 Joe’s Creek, Leisure Lee .....................................$44 + $10 Black Wood ...........................................................$18 + $5 Fire Road & Cooper’s Town ...................................$37 + $5 Cedar Harbour .......................................................$55 + $5 Wood Cay ..............................................................$60 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $65 + $5 Fox Town ...............................................................$70 + $5 Crown Haven .........................................................$75 + $5 Marsh 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 Bone Þ sh Marles ..................................$22 + $5 T C Hotel to Joe’s Creek ........................................$35 + $5 T C Hotel to Moxey ................................................$16 + $5 T C Hotel to Banyan Bch Club XX ............................$6 + $3 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport .................$75 + $10 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-O-War 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-O-War Cay • Casuarina Point • Bahama Palm Shore • Sandy Point & more H Cafe Open Nights Only 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-O-War or Guana Cay • Its an adventure Area code 242 unless noted otherwise* Not on Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes from Crossing Beach Marsh Harbour to Guana Cay 40 minutes Ferry Schedules • Departure times shown • Daily service unless noted Items of interest • Man-O-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

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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 16, NUMBER 20, October 15th, 2008 3-mile Open Water Swim Meet Swimmers from Nassau joined locals at Crossing BeachThe annual open water swim meet was held on October 4 at Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour. Forty-two swimmers competed in several divisions. The meet was organized by a swim club in Nassau, Swift Swimmers, that works closely with local people. The competitors swam a three-mile course. By Jennifer Hudson The modern, state-of-the-art new premises of the Royal Bank of Canada recently constructed on Don MacKay Boulevard were officially opened on October 2 with a ribbon cutting performed by Mrs. Wendy Craigg, Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas. Several top executives from the Royal Bank of Canada participated in the Grand Opening Ceremony which was attended by local dignitaries and clients of the bank. In her words of greeting, Mrs. Joyce Coleby-Riviere, Area Manager for the Family Islands, welcomed everyone to the new premises and expressed appreciation to the bank’s many valued clients, management and staff. Prior to cutting the ribbon, Mrs. Wendy Craigg praised Royal Bank for understanding the importance of being close to its customers. “The Family Islands require a more personalized approach to Royal Bank opens new premises Please see Royal Bank Page 2 Representatives from the Royal Bank in the Caribbean and the Central Bank of The Bahamas were on hand for the opening of the new Royal Bank of Canada building on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour on October 2. Shown inside the new building are Mr. Cephas Cooper, Abaco’s Senior Island Administrator; Mrs. Joyce Coleby-Riviere, Area Manager for the Family Islands; Mr. Nathaniel Beneby, Jr., Vice President and Country Head, Royal Bank; Mrs. Wendy Craig, Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas; Mr. Ross McDonald, Head of Caribbean Banking, Royal Bank; and Mr. Antonio Eyma, Manager of the Abaco Branch of Royal Bank. The community of Marsh Harbour raised $22,300 to assist in the Inagua hurricane relief effort. The funds were presented to Commander Stephen Russell, Interim Director of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, on September 26. “We have had our share over the last several years and the rest of The Bahamas came to our rescue. We feel honoured to be in a position to come to the aid of our brothers and sisters in Inagua with the amount of $22,300,” stated School District Superintendent Lenora Black. She added that the public and private schools raised more than $10,000 in cash, school supplies and non-perishable items. Pictured are Gary Smith, Superintendent of Customs, Abaco; Roscoe Thompson III, Chairman of the Marsh Harbour/Spring City Town Committee; Commander Russell; Senior Administrator Cephas Cooper; Mrs. Lenora Black, Abaco’s Superintendent of Schools; Ms. Michelle Gardiner, Finance Officer, NEMA; Ms. Elaine Martinborough, who was with NEMA on Abaco in the past; and Bryan Thompson, past president of the Rotary Club of Abaco. Statement provided by Baker’s Bay Attorneys for the Baker’s Bay project and Save Guana Cay Reef Association (SGCRA) returned to the Supreme Court on 18th September 2008 to hear the verdict in a case brought by the SGCRA. The Association was seeking to commence judicial review procedures against Baker’s Bay, several Government agencies and departments, The Royal Bahamas Police Force, Hope Town District Council, Attorney General and the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Labor relating to various permits granted to the Baker’s Bay project. Acting Supreme Court Justice Estelle Gray ruled in favor of the Baker’s Bay project and the above named respondents, setting aside the initial decision by Acting Supreme Court Justice Peter Maynard that granted the SGCRA permission to proceed with their case. In her ruling, Justice Evans made clear that the initial decision should not have been granted without hearing from all parties. Justice Evans also denied the association’s request for an injunction to stop work at the Baker’s Bay project. Mr. Fred Smith, attorney for the SGCRA has indicated that the Association will continue to pursue the case despite this ruling. The Baker’s Bay project has indicated that they are very pleased with the ruling. They have also stressed that despite the current challenging financial times and slowed economies they continue to make significant development progress at Baker’s Bay. The project is still employing hundreds of Bahamians and is in full compliance with Bahamian laws while providing maximum environmental stewardship for Great Guana Cay and The Bahamas.Supreme Court Again Rules in Favor of Baker’s Bay Project NEMA accepts donation for Inagua Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night Family Fun NightSaturday, November 8 • 6:30 10 p.m. Guy Contest • Great Food • Family FunBy Mirella Santillo The fifth Annual Open Water Swim was a great success for the local kids. Out of 42 swimmers who entered the Open Water Swimming Competition on October 4th 22 came from Nassau. Of the remaining 20 from Abaco, half were kids under 17 from Marsh Harbour or Hope Town who had been practicing with Abaco Swift Swimming. Our local champion, 15-year-old Brian Higgs repeated last year’s performance by winning the three miles route in on hour 29 minutes and placing third in the male relay with Noah Albury and Ashton Kemp from Hope Town. Brian said he achieved that feat without having had the time to practice much. This year the entire event took place at Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour where participants and supporting fans gathered Please see Swim Meet Page 4

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2008 Ph: 242-367-3231 Fax: 242-367-3233 Cell: 242-458-2446 Sea Star Building (beside Maxwell’s) Marsh Harbour Perry ThomasOsbourne Stuart, CRS, CRES, BRI, SVC Broker, Appraiser, President with 19 years experiencePerry Thomas, BRI Salesman and Rentals, Marsh Harbour branch with 10 years experience Call Adler Realty to have your next appraisal done Rent your apartment or Þ nd an apartment to rent. We can help. Endless Summer #508, Eastern Shores, 2 story, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. 210’ water frontage, 80’ dock, 6’ low water, 9,000 lb. boat lift. Cypress ceiling and interior walls, laundry room, single car garage, carport, 15 KW backup generator. $1.5 million net Triplex #504 , one three-bedroom two-bathroom that is 1950 sq ft on the top floor and 2 Twobedroom one-bath apartments on the bottom floor, property is 90 x 100 Appraised at $ 440,000 This month sales price $434,600 Duplex and house #507 two 2-bedroom one-bath apartments and house with 2 bed and 1 bath. Sold together. Priced at $307,400 Great Business Opportunity #506 for someone wanting to purchase a restaurant that is ready to go with all the necessary equipment needed to operate this lovely building, has sea views, is on 100’x120’ lot. Priced $424,000. Buyer will pay 5% gov. stamp tax and own legal fees. Four bedroom, 4 bathroom house, #505 with covered back patio, covered entryway with huge columns. House is 4,000 sq. ft. situated on 1/4 acre of property in Bahama Palm Shores. Central air conditioning, Jacuzzi tub in master bath. Appraised at $600,000 REDUCED $402,800 Visit our other Þ ne properties at: www.adlerrealtyabaco.com 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 $270,000 net. Person purchasing this will have an instant business. Three bedroom, two bathroom home , #500 fully furnished, central air conditioning, on 9,000 sq. ft. Landscaped with beautiful trees and lawn. Rented. REDUCED $185,000. Can be sold separately or with above property. Duplex Murphy Town #501 2 story, 2 bedroom 1 bath up and down. $160,000 net 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 $650,000 net. Duplex, 2 1-bed, 1-bath apts. off Forest Drive in Dundas Town $140,000Great Cistern Estates Nine lots for sale in new gated community in Great Cistern, Abaco. Residential only Lot A 8,491 sf $67,928 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 $69,408 gross Lot I 10,474 sf $83,792 gross Lot E 12,010 sf $96,080 grossFor sale three lots located on South Lubbers Quarters in the Abaco Ocean Club Estate. Lots number 11, 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 grossFor 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. Triplex 3 1 bed/1 bath in Murphy Town $160,000 Two lots 84 ft. x 100 ft. near Treasure Cay, one mile northwest of Treasure Cay School. $55,000 each net Two lots for sale located on hillside in Yellowwood Property 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 Duplex for sale off Forest Drive in Murphy Town 2 two bedroom, one bath $185,500 net Triplex for sale Murphy Town 2 one-bedroom, one-bath and 1 two-bedroom, one-bath. $145,000 net 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 5 lots in Murphy Town, water view, across from Abaco Block and Concrete, could be commercial, 56,260 sq. ft. Sold together $253,171 Sold separately 3 lots $48,614 each, 1 at $48,730, 1 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 SOLD Royal Bank From Page 1 banking,” she stated. “The refurbishment of the Marsh Harbour branch is part of the ongoing plan to enhance banking in The Bahamas.” Mrs. Craigg sought to allay people’s fears about what the effects of the economic crisis in the United States could be for banking in The Bahamas. “Local banks are insulated from developments in the United States and your deposits are safe here. There are no sub-prime loans in The Bahamas; banks here originate their own loans and ensure that borrowers are able to pay back. This is prudent for both the bank and the borrower. Borrowers on Abaco have no need to worry; our banking system is very liquid,” she assured. “The conditions in the United States do have implications for the outlook of the tourism and construction sectors so personal situations could be impacted. However, the community of Abaco has every reason to be confident in its banking sector.” In closing, Mrs. Craigg congratulated the Royal Bank of Canada and expressed her hope that the newly expanded premises will mean expanded business for the bank and the residents of Abaco. Mr. Ross McDonald, Head of Caribbean Banking, Royal Bank of Canada, described The Bahamas as the ‘Crown jewel in our Caribbean empire.” It is part of the global bank of 16 million clients, 1.6 million of whom are in the Caribbean. He mentioned the United States’ financial crisis indicating that our economy has been slowing and will continue to slow during the remainder of 2008 but that he hopes to see it pick up in 2009. Mr. MacDonald stated how pleased he was to be at the opening ceremony that he termed “the largest and best banking facility in the country” which he is sure will continue to invest and give back to the people of Abaco. Mr. Nathaniel Beneby, Jr., Vice President and Country Head, Royal Bank of Canada for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, gave a brief history of the Royal Bank in the Bahamas stating, “November 2 will mark 100 years of faithful and unbroken service to the people of The Bahamas. The first office on Abaco was opened in 1988 and the $1.4m invested in this project shows the bank’s confidence in Abaco and The Bahamas. Abaco is the third largest contributor to the revenue of Royal Bank triples original Abaco bank size Royal Bank’s new, large, airy facility is a great improvement over their previous location. The bank has served Abaco since 1988 and is pleased with the support that it has received from the business community and individuals on Abaco. Mrs. Wendy Craigg, Governor for the Central Bank of The Bahamas, had the honour of cutting the ribbon at the opening of the new Royal Bank building in Marsh Harbour. Assisting her was Mr. Ross McDonald, head of Caribbean Banking. Looking on are Mr. Nathaniel Beneby, Vice President, Bahamas, Royal Bank; Mr. Antonio Eyma, Abaco’s Royal Bank Manager; Mrs. Joyce Coleby-Riviere, Area Manager for Family Islands; and Administrator Cephas Cooper. Please see Royal Bank Page 11

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2008 The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTC) wishes to advise the public that in light of the deadline for TDMA customers to switch to GSM, it has extended its operating hours in Marsh Harbour. As of Wednesday, October 1st, through Friday, October 31st, the CompanyÂ’s Marsh Harbour Office will be opened Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am 8:00 pm. BTC reminds customers who are making the switch to present proof of ownership of the TDMA number, such as a passport, driverÂ’s license or voterÂ’s card. Additionally, BTC advises that if the person requestNOTICE TO TDMA CELL PHONE CUSTOMERS ing the switch is not the owner of the TDMA number, he or she must provide a letter of authorization from the owner of the number along with the ownerÂ’s identification and his or her identification as well. BTC Abaco further advises the Abaco Public that it is performing switches to GSM for any TDMA number from any island on any day. Therefore, persons need not wait for an announcement of a special switch date for his particular number. BTC urges the public to make the switch now in order to safeguard their number. early that Saturday morning to witness the race. And there, just a little after ten oÂ’clock the three-mile swimmers and the first leg of the relay swimmers were off. It was not until after one p.m. that the last swimmer, Mrs. Monica Higgs, returned to the dock tired but proud to have finished the three miles. Besides her and Brian Higgs, the other two people from Abaco to complete the entire course were Jennifer Cook and Coach Laurence Higgs. Among the visitors, 11-year-old Abigail LoweÂ’s performance in swimming the whole distance in one hour 37 minutes must be mentioned as well as David MorleyÂ’s accomplishing his last yearÂ’s feat by only 30 seconds more. Many swimmers mentioned having taken a little longer this year to swim the same distance. Perhaps the tide which was coming in as the swimmers Swim Meet From Page 1 Abaco youth did well at Swim Meetwent away to the first leg of the course had something to do with the slower time. The father-son team of Percy Knowles and Andy Knowles from Nassau swimming with Richard Curry came second in the male relay. The female relay was won by a team from Nassau which raised a controversy since one of the swimmers used a snorkel, cutting her time by nearly a third. After much debate they were pronounced first over the Abaco team of Monica Higgs, Judy Albury and Maria Silvester, who took second place. One of the organizers stated that the use of snorkel will be absolutely forbidden next year. The youngest participants were Joshua Wong, who swam two miles of the mix relay with Christina Pyform. While the race was taking place, food was being prepared under tents set on the beach. Everyone partook of a Bahamian luncheon followed by the announcement of the results and the distribution of the trophies presented by Mrs. Brenda Sawyer of the Swift Swimming Abaco club, Mr. Andy Knowles of the Swift Swimming club of Nassau and representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, Ms. Dushinka Roberts, Ms. Wynsome Ferguson and Mrs. Candy Anderson. Originally the event took place at Abaco Beach Resort. Last year the location was changed because of contrary winds, the first year that Crossing Beach was used as a departure point. This year all the profit from sale of food and drink for the growing Abaco swimming association. Most of the Abaco entrants in the Swim Meet held in Marsh Harbou on October 4 were young people. The youth shown here are wearing the medals that they won. Swimmers are shown here in the water at the start of the race. The course was a total of three miles.Subscribe toThe AbaconianTo Keep up with All the News of the Island

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2008 New School YearBy Jennifer Hudson Schools opened for the 2008/2009 school year during the first week of September. All Principals sounded very positive about their campuses and programmes for the upcoming year with only a few reporting a lack of staff. Moore’s Island All Age School Principal, Ms. Ruthamae Rolle, stated that due to challenges with staffing, students cannot be offered Spanish or Computer Studies this year. However, they will continue to benefit from technology through the integration of computers into some of the other subjects. “Regardless of the challenges we face, our intention is to do all we can to remain focused on our goal of improved student achievement,” she stated. The school’s enrollment of 165 students is almost the same as last year. The primary department has six teachers and the high school has four. They are delighted to have on staff for the first time a Guidance Counselor. During the summer classrooms were painted and various repairs and upgrades carried out. A new staff bathroom is being added. The Man-O-War Primary School is also facing a staffing challenge. “We have no new staff but wish we had,” stated Principal Mrs. Kellie Janes. The school has two teachers and 20 students. There have been no major changes to the school building but painting and maintenance has taken place and the addition of a new trophy case. The Mary E. Albury High School on Man-O-War Cay is a private high school which opened last year with nine students in Grade 7. This year there are 11 students in Grades 7 and 8. The school has only one full time teacher and some volunteers. A Community Service Programme has been started in which students must perform 24 hours of community service each school year. The Amy Roberts Primary School on Green Turtle Cay retains the same enrollment of 53 students and five staff members. They are excited to have had two of the classrooms carpeted and a new playground installed. They also have a resource and computer room and are awaiting the arrival of three computers which is their prize from their Junkanoo win. “We are moving forward with our Literary Challenge, encouraging children in the number of books read,” stated Mrs. Sawyer, the school’s principal. Hope Town Primary School began its school year glad to be settled into its newly refurbished building. The school had been displaced for some considerable time having to hold classes in the Methodist Mission House while renovations took place. Last year they had to spend the first four days of school moving into the newly refurbished building. “This year during the summer staff spent time setting up the school library, and it is a whole lot better organized for going back this year,” stated Principal Candice Key. There is an enrollment of 60 students which is the same as last year but two new families with children will be arriving in January. Treasure Cay Primary School has one new staff member, Mrs. Schaeffer, who replaces Mrs. Ann Bootle, now in full retirement. The enrollment remains steady. During the summer, the library was air conditioned. There is now a full computer lab but that needs a teacher. Principal Myrtis Russell stated that this year she will be holding some PTA meetings at the Bahama Star Farm to accommodate those parents who are unable to get to the school. Following Hurricane Hanna, the grounds of the Treasure Cay School retained a lot of water but, fortunately, the storm did not damage the building at all. Agape Christian School has a larger enrollment this year and. according to Principal Cecile Albury, the 7th and 10th grades are the largest ever. The school said goodbye to seven members of staff who had been at the school for two or three years but they have welcomed several new teachers from The Bahamas, United States and Canada. A physical education teacher is still being sought. “We are excited to have veteran teacher of ten years, Mr. Ben Albury, as principal of the high school,” stated Mrs. Albury. Her position will be high school Administrator and Principal of Grades K3-6. During the summer a new fence was installed on the small children’s play area and an overhang constructed in front of the primary school campus to provide a cool place for the children to eat lunch. A new sports floor was installed in the Grace Gymasium and the gym is presently being used for classrooms by the high school. “We plan to break ground for our new high School News Please see School Page 8 The two education staff of Friends of the Environment, Mrs. D’Shan Maycock and Mr. Enzil Cooper, have been visiting schools promoting anti-littering and clean-up. Here Mr. Cooper is addressing students of the upper grades at Central Abaco Primary School.

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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 Broker Marcellus Roberts Sales Associate Everett Pinder (242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax“ NEW” STORAGE UNITS, centrally located in Treasure Cay town centre. Storage units come in assorted sizes for boats, cars, golf carts and ”stuff.” EXC. Starting at $25,000 FGS CONDOMIUM DEVELOPMENTS 1. CARLETON LANDING Newest opportunity Canal front condo and cottage units with available boat slips Starting at $680,000 +14%closing 2. NEW LUXURY WATERFRONT CONDOS WITH DOCKS! “Pineaple Point Resort” Luxury gated community Treasure Cay’s newest waterfront development. 2 bed/ 2 bath and 3 bed/ 3 bath condos with availability of private boat slips. Pre-construction price starting at $529,000 net (plus closing costs). MUST SEE! Great investment opportunity and the most spectacular location in Treasure Cay 3. THE COTTAGES Now the newest oceanfront development on Treasure Cay beach comprising 10 individual luxury units Starting at $900,000 + 12% closing 4. BAHAMA BEACH CLUB Luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / onsite pool and many other features Starting at $907,500 Plus 14% closing 5. ROYAL POINCIANA TOWNHOUSES On-site pool and tennis, newly completed luxury townhouse units directly on Treaure Cay each totalling 3 bed/ 4 1/2 baths plus loft bedroom/ den Ground floor garage, 2 bed/ 2 bath with ocean front patio First floor open concept living / dining/ kitchen plus master bedrom suite, all ocean views with patio/ balcony Loft bedroom/ den with ocean view MLS $2,075,000 + 7.5% Closing 6. PALM BAY DEVELOPMENT Unit #3 4 bed/ 3½ bath fully furnished Town House with garage and boat slip with 20’ beam. Located at Palm Bay Development 2,000 +/sq. ft. $907,500 Anchorage Estates Multi-family Lots 128’ water front, 22,448 sq. ft. Good investment Price $474,000 MARINER’S COVE Townhouse condos with onsite tennis, heated pool, office, laundry Marina view, 2 bed/ 1 1/2 bath, fully furnished, never rented, extra feathures. MUST SEE FGS $295,000 Marina view, 1 bed / 1 bath upstairs good rental potential $220,150 FGS Marina view, 2 bed/ 2 bath and unit fully furnishedstorm shuttersgood rental potential $271,500 + 7.5% closing MARINA VIEW VILLA Recently completed delightful villa with great marina view and access. Modern 2 bed/ 2 bath CBS fully furnished home, 1020 sq. ft. plus porches and garden area. Must see to appreciate. FGS $555,400 TEASURE LANDING Unit #4 Upstairs 3 bed/2bath fully furnished, direct beach access. Good rental investment EXC. $514,250 FGS ROYAL PALM Canal front condos with on site tennis and pool 2 bed / 2 bath lower unit marina view. Good rental income EXC $526,350 2 bed/ 2 bath lower unit with marina view. 12 ft. boat slip with 12,000 lb. lift. Never rented. EXC $655,950 FGS TREASURE HOUSE Ocean front luxury octagonal units with lagoon/ pool/waterfall. Good rental potential. Unit #7 Two storey 2 bed/ 2 bath home. MLS $545,000 + 7.5% closing BAHAMA BEACH CLUB Resale condos available in first completed project. Ready to go. Both units never rented but definite potential. MUST SEE PROPERTIES. Downstairs unit 3 bed / 2 bath with den/ optional 4th bed. Completely and tastefully furnished with many extra features including garage and Ford Taurus $1,002,000 FGS ATLANTIS Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool Bldg 4 Downstaris end unit 2 bed / 2 bath, totally redone, 12’ wide slip EXC. $468,000 FGS SAND DOLLAR Unit #3 Ocean front, downstairs 2 bed/2 bath, fully furnished. $640,000 FGS ROYAL POINCIANA Ocean Front Condos with on site pool and tennis 3 bed / 3 bath upper unit, fully furnished, beach front, with good rental potential. Priced to sell. $865,000 + 7.5% SANDPIPER BEACH “Lacey Daze” Spectacular 4 bed/ 3 1/2 bath, fully furnished, CBS home with panoramic ocean views and direct beach access from every room but one via decks and patios. The main house has living/ dining/ kitchen/ master bedroom suite, two guest bedrooms with bath, powder room, double garage and u tility/workshop area. Included with its own entrance is a private king size 1 bedroom/ 1 bath apartment with an open living/ dining/ kitchen with its own deck.Many features. MUST SEE. MLS $1,990,000 + 7.5% Closing OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Second row beach with direct ocean access. Great view. 2 bed / 2 bath, many special features. MUST SEE EXC. $485,500 FGS GALLEON BAY ESTATES “Gramling House” newly built, 2 storey home located on Galleon Bay canal with a 45’ dock. Upper level has 4 bed/ 2 bath. Open living/ dining/ kitchen. Lower level has 2 bed/ 1 bath, laundry room pl us covered open boat/ car storage MUST SELL VERY MOTIVATED SELLER EXC $790,000 “Fish Tales” unique canal front 3 bed / 3 bath home on 2 full lots, 180’ waterfront with 118’ serviced dock, deep water, great for larger boat. MUST SEE! MLS$1,725,000 + 7.5% LEEWARD BEACH ESTATES “Trident”/”Turquoise Seas” You cannot be more “on the beach” than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 3 1/2 bath in the main house with detached garage / bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widow’s walk. WOW! MLS $2,200,000 + 7.5% closing “Cross Winds” Split level CBS home extra large lot across from 2 beach greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1bed/ 1 bed, living kitchen, enclosed patio. Plus! Plus! Plus! MLS $755,000 + 7.5% closing “Surf Shack” This CBS totally renovated twostorey luxury modern home is located on a large corner lat in the prestigious area of Lee ward Beach and Sunrise Point. Both levels include 4 bed / 3 1/2 bath plus above ground pool with wrap around deck. many, many more features, i.e. hurricane shutters and generator. “A definite must see!” $1,403,600 EXC WINDWARD BEACH ESTATES “Dream Point” Special CBS split level home located on a corner lot near “The Point” with two choices of direct beach access. Upper level has master bedroom with ensuite bath plus two guest bdrooms and bath. On the split level there is the main entry into a large open living/dining area, modern well equipped kitchen. All rooms open onto a wrap-around partially covered deck overlook ing the garden. Ground level has an extra large garage/ workshop with lots of storage. EXC. $996,300 FGS ROCK POINT “Pilot House” special unique location with a commanding, enviable view of the Sea of Abaco. Water front home, 2 storey, CBS/ frame. Upstairs master and guest bed, 2 baths, large living/ dining/ open kitchen; lower level 1bed / 1 bath, 2 car garage plus 1 car/boat garage. MLS $1,160,000 + 7.5% closing Apartment four-plex, 2 storey CBS building, each level has 2 full apartments with 2 bed, 1 bath, living/dining/kitchen. Great rental investment. MUST SEE! EXC. $400,000 FGS Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay SpecialistsFor details and pictures visit our web page at http://www.treasurecayrealestate.com VACANT LOTS AVAILABLE • Ocean front properties Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. Sand Piper Beach Sunrise Point Beginning at $1,250,000 FGS • Canal Front Beginning at $350,000 FGS • Rock Point Waterfront, bulkheaded Beginning at $430,000 FGS • Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $60,000 FGS ABBREVIATION CODE EXC Exclusive listing •FGS Full gross or all-inclusive price • MLS Multiple Listing, list price plus buyer’s closingTreasure Cay has one of the world’s best Beaches Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it. Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: info@treasurecayrealestate.com SOLD SOLD

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2008 Marsh Harbour AreaMLS # 1101 Regattas of Abaco 2/2 Condo’s 4 to choose from $315,000 MLS # 1003 Lookout House Eastern Shores Waterfront $1,395,000 MLS # 1005 Royal Harbour Lot 26 $299,000 MLS #1006 Sunrise Bay Subdivision Lot 31 Includes Dock Slip $310,000 “NEW” Sweeting’s Village $60,000 MLS #1067 Pelican Shores Waterfront Property with Dock $1,225,000 MLS #1115 Great Abaco Club Luxury Canal Pool House $1,995,000 “NEW” Sunrise Bay lot 14 with boat slip $365,000North AbacoMLS #1102 Leisure Lee Several Interior Lots from $34,800 MLS #1193 Leisure Lee Lot 35 Waterfront $129,000 CONTRACT PENDINGMLS #1100 Joe’s Creek Lot 13 Good Elevation $43,000 SOLD NEW MLS #1220 Red Rock Point 15 min. N. of Marsh Harbour 42 acres, 1000’ +/feet waterfront $2,150,000 South AbacoMLS #1008 Long Beach Lots 316 & 420 $50,000 each MLS #1008 Long Beach Lots 413 & 414 $89,000 each MLS #1008 Long Beach Lots 412 $83,000 MLS #1012 Bahama Palm Shores Several Lots from $30,000The CaysMLS #1062 Guana Cay Interior Lot / Great Views Now $97,000 MLS #1150 Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates Lots 93A & 92B $179,000 each “NEW PRICE” MLS #1102 Guana Cay Sea of Abaco Waterfront Now $299,000 MLS #1149 Guana Cay “ Beach” Reduced $214,000 UNDER CONTRACTMLS #1149 Guana Cay 22,232 sq. ft. ocean view lot $124,000 UNDER CONTRACTMLS #1097 Guana Cay Sea of Abaco Estate Property $850,000 MLS #1103 Guana Cay Coconut Tyme Great Rental $590,000 MLS #1063 Guana Cay Estate Waterfront Home $1,995,000 MLS #1064 Guana Cay Sea Shore Villas & Harbour View Haven $3,500,000 MLS #1066 Lubber’s Abaco Ocean Club 2 Interior Lots $99,000 eachCall BILL THOMPSON @ 477-5712 ABACO REAL ESTATE AGENCY Phone: (242) 367-2719 Fax: (242) 367-2359www.abacobahamas.com More School News school this year,” stated Mrs. Albury. Mrs. Albury is proud of the students’ academic success during the past year. Agape students received an overall Baverage in the BJC examinations with 100 percent passes in mathematics at grade C or above and 95 percent of social studies at C or above. For the first time ever on Abaco two Agape students took the examination in electrical installation. “We are also excited that Ms. Elaine’s ballet class is now being held at Agape School,” stated Mrs. Albury. Forest Heights Academy has added three new staff members for biology/science, P.E./social studies and Spanish. The student enrollment is up especially in the lower grades. All of the computers in the computer lab were replaced during the first week of term. A new Prefect in Training programme has been introduced in Grade 11 to prepare those students to take on the responsibility of a full prefect in Grade 12. An exciting new venture for Forest Heights is that it has become a pilot school in the Eco School programme which is sponsored by BREEF in Nassau. The students look for practical ways to make the campus more environmentally friendly and reduce the use of energy. The aluminum recycling which was already in place at the school is being expanded and other recycling is being introduced. Each student was given a hard plastic water bottle at the beginning of term which they refill and bring to school each day. They are also experimenting with ways to reduce the amount Please see School Page 9 School From Page 6 A i s l e o f P a l m R e a l t y . c o m Aisle of Palm Realty.com Rhiannon Thomas Phone 365-5003 Giselle McIntosh Phone 365-4655 Kristin Williams Phone 367-0080 Maria Silvester, BRI Phone 367-0080 Junior Mernard Phone 366-0361 Nikhil Shah Phone 367-0080 P h : 2 4 2 3 6 7 0 0 8 0 Ph: 242-367-0080 Fax: 242-367-0081email: brent@aisleofpalmrealty.com website : www.aisleofpalmrealty.com15 Mar 08Hope Town 1374 Best priced sandy beach lot on island. Beautifully landscaped and ready for building. Marsh Harbour 1458 4/4 Executive home. Large landscaped lot, private beach, too many wonderful features to list. Call today. The Abaco Club 1363 Two adjacent beach lots with unobstructed views of Winding Bay. Yellowwood Hillside ocean view lot. Electricity and water now available. Guana beachfront home 1256 3/2 on high dune, endless views. Great rental history. Marsh Harbour home 1364 2/2 on lovely landscaped lot. Centrally located. $206,000 Sea Glass 1337 3/2 home on Guana Cay with beach access just steps away. $439,000 Watching Bay 1392 Fabulous hill top lot with great views. Short walk to beach. Turtle House on Guana harbour 2/1 with private dockon harbour. Great views and rental potential. NEW PRICE White Sound Two adjacent beach lots with 150’ of beachfront and 100 ft. private dock on White Sound. Great Cistern Triplex 1393 Great investment in a newly built triplex. Excellent rentals Casuarina Point home 1439 2/2 home on large landscaped lot. Dock approval in place. Bahama Palm Shores A large selection of interior and beach lots starting at $30,000 The Great Abaco Club 1189 Jaffa is a 3/3 home on a double lot positioned to capture views from every room. Royal Harbour waterfront lots Two waterfront lots, both offering great dockage. Sweetings Village Residential lot in fast growing communityBrent Cartwright, Broker, BRI Phone 367-0080Regattas Penthouse unit 1334 The only 3/3 init in complex. Very spacious, wonderful kitchen, double patio, huge master bath. A must see unit. Marsh Harbour pool home 1422 3/2 home on large landscaped lot with pool and spacious decking and patio, central a/c, central location. Marsh Harbour executive home 1421 k Spacious home with 3/2 on three levels, along with 2/2 and 1/1 apartments. Pool and large landscaped lot. Cove Estates home 1377 Well designed 2/2 offering cathedral ceilings, a/c, large patio, lovely lot. Watching Bay Three adjacent lots near the entrance of this new subdivision just outside the settlement of Cherokee. White Sound 1476 Oceanfront lot Great oceanfront lot just south of Sea Spray $727,000. The cook Estate at Turtle rocks Almost 5 acres offering 3 homes & four other buildings. Sea views. Call for info. The Abaco Club Hope Town Cottage 1437 4/4 turn-key hilltop cottage overlooking the 18th green and Atlantic Ocean. $3,175,000 Guana Cay Two bay lots starting at $370,000, Two ocean lots starting at $399,000, Beach lots starting at $599,000 Interior lots starting at $190,000 Hope Town Conch Quest Oceanfront home just south of Sea Spray Resort in White Sound. $694,000 Black Sound Lot Almost an acre with 100+ feet of protected deep water shoreline. GREAT VALUE $499,900 Aisle of Palm Realty, POB AB20900, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas of air conditioning and lights used. “The children are all very much behind this,” stated Mr. Jim Richard, School Principal, who is a very keen environmentalist. The students began the school year with a fund raiser to purchase school supplies and special equipment for the students of the Inagua All Age School which was badly damaged by Hurricane Ike. Students raised funds from a free dress day and donations and the sum of over $2,600 was raised in one day.Boys Reading Challenge LaunchedThe Boys Reading Challenge will be held October 1-31 at Central Abaco Primary School to promote reading among male students in grades 4-6. Last year a writing component was added which allowed the students to explain, in their own words, how the book read relates to the theme. The Challenge was initially opened to students in grades 3-6 but because many of the students in grade three seemed to struggle through the process, they were excluded. They will be added to the Challenge held in February for the lower primary school. Registration for the Challenge was held in September when 110 boys registered for the competition. During the month of October, the Challenge Coordinator, Ms. Samantha Evans, will explain the theme in detail to the students and motivate them throughout the month to read as much material related to the theme as they can find. Parents are asked to read to and with their children so that at the end of this competition, they will not only win cool prizes, but they will see great improvement in their reading and writing skills. Persons interested in sponsoring gifts for the Challenge are invited to call the school. Friends of the Environment Speaks to Students By Samantha V. Evans Throughout the month of September, education officers from Friends of the Environment spoke to students at schools across Abaco about the International Coastal Clean Up. Under the theme Let’s Make a Sea Change, Mrs. D’Shan Maycock and Mr. Enzil Cooper educated students about the importance of protecting the environment. The focus of the presentation was to sell this idea to them by showing the students that they can be super heroes at cleaning their environment. This initiative was designed for them to pick up trash and get information on the environment and how to protect it. The clean up makes the environment healthier by getting rid of nesting places for pests like mosquitoes and rats. Fewer pests mean fewer diseases. This clean-up also makes the sea safer for animals because when persons litter in the ocean, it makes the sea unsafe for animals to live. The main items left in the sea that hurt and kill animals are cut fishing lines. Coastal clean-ups are important because they keep the islands beautiful especially since The Bahamas is a tourist destination. Seventy-five percent of the residents work in the tourism sector so it is essential that the island is kept clean.First aid training heldBy Samantha V. Evans September 17 and 18 were set aside to give the custodial staff at the public schools in Central and Northern Abaco First Aid Training. In an effort to keep the school environment safe, first aid training began in this district last school year. Staff members of each school were given first aid kits for the offices or classrooms. The first training was held at Central Abaco Primary School and the second meeting was held a public schools in the north. First Aid has been defined as the care given to a victim immediately following an accident. The person is trained to keep the victim stable until professional help arrives. The trainees are expected to protect themselves at all times. They were reminded to know their limitations and when to utilize the professionals. The group was taken step by step through the 911 process including which incidents to refer to the professionals for help. Some of the common emergencies discussed during this training were breathing problems, choking, heart attack or chest pain, fainting, diabetes and low blood sugar, seizures and fits, visible bleeding (including nose bleeds), burns and injuries to bones, joints and muscles. They were told what to do and what not to do in cases of emergency. Five new teachers at Central Abaco PrimaryBy Samantha V. Evans At the beginning of the new school year, five teachers joined the staff of Central Abaco Primary School. They are Clarinda Ramsey, Simone Pinder, Celestine Bethel, Anistacia Seymour-Dawkins, and Elspeth Jackson. Each teacher brings with her a uniqueness that helps to further enhance

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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2008 The time has come and the property has been discovered for this vision to become reality. Located on the beautiful island of Abaco some twenty five miles south of Marsh Harbour, the 220 acres of Schooner Bay have 1 1/4 miles of oceanfront and 1 1/4 miles of harbour front... with one of the best beaches in The Bahamas. With a reverent respect for environment, design and community, Bahamian developer and community builder Orjan Lindroth and his team of local and international architects, engineers, and consultants have been planning the new Schooner Bay community. Inspired by the architectural and cultural history of The Bahamas and guided by the design philosophy of New Urbanism, the team has crafted a small harbour town that will become the model for development in the region. Unprecedented in the history of Bahamian development, Schooner Bay will be the first planned and open community designed to attract Bahamian families to live, work, and play in a setting that incorporates the best of our past with the hopes of our future.“S CHOONER BAY TAKES THE BEST FROM THE PAST AND THE BEST FROM THE FUTURE TO CREATE THE PLACE WE ALL LONG FOR TODAY”Schooner Bay will include a state-of-the-art primary and middle school where principles of holistic life and art will integrate into the fabric of students’ education. New economic opportunities and community development will make Schooner Bay a hub for commerce and culture in South Abaco. Life at Schooner Bay will be centered around the new 14-acre harbour with its mix of shops, restaurants, offices and boutique inns. A range of housing in types, sizes, and prices will all be in close proximity and the village will be closed to cars making walking the preferred means of transportation. Recognizing the intrinsic values of biodiversity and natural ecosystems, Schooner Bay has made a fundamental commitment to the protection and preservation of all natural resources. Careful building practice guided by LEED principles means that Schooner Bay will produce most of the construction aggregate on site, recycle soil for the entire landscape program and use the seedlings from the preserved Broadleaf coppice to supply landscape material for streets and homes. Sixty percent of the 220 acre property will be preserved as green space and common area to be shared by the community and the indigenous wildlife of South Abaco. At the approach to Schooner Bay there is an extensive agricultural realm to provide food for the village and a greenway of native coppice is designed through the middle of Schooner Bay in order to create a corridor for the resident Bahama parrots that fly through and forage in this area. At The Commons adjacent to Schooner Bay Village Plaza, the Schooner Bay community is building a regional sports complex with two sports fields, basketball and tennis along with a library center and community hall. The hall will serve as a fortified hurricane shelter with its own water, power and communications system in an emergency. The fire truck will be available for area forest protection. The hall will also be a center for island activities such as functions, weddings and education. The virtual library hopes to link in with the Nassau library system allowing users to log in making every laptop a virtual Iibrary. The Farmer’s Market provides an area for craftsmen and farmers to hold events and sell their products. The waste water treatment system will provide re-use water for the common farms along with soil from the solid waste treatment and composting system. At completion, Schooner Bay will have 570 homes and over 50 businesses all of which will be committed to a minimal ecological footprint. The community is developing many alternative energy systems including ground-source water-cooling in a common loop for the village air conditioning. The buildings are all required to have water collection cisterns and must employ architectural techniques that reduce cooling and lighting energy demand Ioad. The architectural team recently published an award winning book A Living Tradition Bahamian Architecture, which outlines many of the design principles to be used at Schooner Bay. The strategy for waste management at Schooner Bay will implement an unprecedented recycling program for all solid waste and the capturing and treatment of waste water. All solid waste will be recycled, reused as compost, or incinerated. This commitment to best practices in environmental design will make Schooner Bay an environmental model for The Bahamas and the region.SCHOONER BAY . . .A BEAUTIFUL, SUSTAINABLE, COMMUNITY.WWW.SCHOONERBAYBAHAMAS.COM

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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 The Bahamas and is the Royal Bank’s most profitable Family Island branch. This is a very exciting day for all in the Royal Bank of Canada, and we will continue investing in the community to make it stronger.” Remarks were also presented by Mr. Cephas Cooper, Island Administrator, who stated how proud he is of the young professional team in Marsh Harbour and this new and very improved facility. He made a point of encouraging first time home and property owners to take advantage of the government’s amendment to the Stamp Tax effective on July 1 which offers Stamp Tax exemption to first time buyers for homes under $500,000. Royal Bank From Page 2BNT calls for a total ban on the harvesting of sea turtlesProvided by the BNTThe Bahamas National Trust urges the government of The Bahamas to immediately implement a ban on the harvesting of sea turtles. As a signatory to international agreements which protect wildlife, including the Convention on Biological Diversity, the harvesting of these endangered species sends a confusing message to the conservation community. Allowing the harvesting also damages our international image and has negatively impacted our Tourism Industry. The desire to protect sea turtles has sadly created a dark economic incentive for fishermen as they play on the sympathies of the public, forcing them to pay large sums of money to rescue captured turtles. The sea turtles in The Bahamas are a regional resource their extensive migrations means turtles move through the The ceremony opened with a delightful and unique rendition of the National Anthem performed by three talented Royal Bank of Canada staff members. During the proceedings the audience was treated to three varied and enjoyable performances by the Every Child Counts School and a boys’ choir and a combined choir from the Central Abaco Primary School. Both schools were presented with a cheque from the Royal Bank of Canada. Following the ribbon cutting guests were invited on a tour of the spacious new facility after which they enjoyed a reception with entertainment. waters of many nations throughout the Caribbean. Increasingly, Caribbean nations have banned the harvest of sea turtles in their waters. The Trust feels The Bahamas should join with our neighbors in protecting this shared resource. The Bahamas must recognize and honor the pledge it made by signing the Convention on Biodiversity, which was that we work to avoid the extinction of any more Bahamian species. The taking of sea turtles a globally endangered species -violates the spirit of that pledge. The BNT joins The Bahamas Sea Turtle Conservation Group, The Nature Conservancy, The Bahamas Humane Society, Friends of the Environment and BREEF in the call for a total ban on the harvesting of sea turtles in The Bahamas. Offering casual & elegant lifestyles throughout the islands and worldwide through our Global Network of Real Estate Affiliates & Partners Invest in Your FutureRoyal Harbour Village, Marsh Harbour Tel: 242-367-3262 Fax: 242-367-3260 Mobile: 242-577-5155 www.bahamasrealty.bs Serving The Bahamas since 1949 Sales & Appraisals, Site & Residential Inspections Select PropertiesBahama Palm Shores! Turnkey home on double fenced lot. Pool, workshop, fenced, hurricane shutters. 2 blocks to Eight Mile Bay beach. Great buy! Ref. #563340. $295,000 Bahama Palm Shores! REDUCED Nicely secluded home site, close to power and beach. Invest in your future. All offers considered. Ref#: 563013. $30,000 Bahama Palm Shores! Elevated home site with Atlantic views! Power nearby. Invest in your future! Ref. #563016. $34,000 Bahama Palm Shores! REDUCED Beachfront with 100’ of frontage on Eight Mile Bay. Nicely elevated and forested .85 acres. Ref#: 10202. $335,500 Dundas Town! Rare offering! ¾ of an acre Sea of Abaco frontage. Perfect for commercial venture, small waterfront resort, etc. Ref#: 563449. $200,000 Guana Cay! JUST REDUCED Lovely elevated 15,174 s.f. home. Great sea-to-sea views! Dock access. Ref#: 563326. $175,000 Lubber’s Quarters! Jack’s Jungle. Great price! Lovely 1+ acre home site, power, lush vegetation. Deeded dock slip! Ref. #563604. $105,000. Pinehurst JUST REDUCED! Commercial lot, great opportunity! Get in on the ground floor of the south Abaco boom! Ref#: 563475. $20,000 Scotland Cay! Lovely residence and select home sites with Sea of Abaco frontage. Private airstrip, beaches, marina, secluded island living at its best! Call for info. Tilloo Cay! Two gorgeous and select residences in Lower Harbour area, deep water docks, sea-to-sea! Ref#’s: 563522 and 563376. Call for info. Treasure Cay! JUST REDUCED Best price on the beach! 3 bed/2 bath, fully furnished home with good rental record. Ref. #563121. $1,200,000

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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2008 Man-O-War Hardware Non-Corrosive HardwareAn Extensive Selection ofBrass, Stainless & MonelBolts, Nails & Screws Hinges & Barrel BoltsStainless SteelHurricane Clips#1 LumberPlain & Pressure TreatedPine, Fir, Cypress Teak & MahoganyInterior, Exterior & MarinePLYWOOD For quotes or information Call Walter Sweeting l Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, BahamasPh: (242) 365-6011 l Fax (242) 365-6039 Located in the Abaco Shopping Center, Marsh HarbourTel: (242) 3673-202 Fax: (242) 367-3201 eMail: abacoprint@batelnet.bsBackpacks Calculators Clocks Computer Bags / Portfolios Coolers Ice Desk Accessories Drinkware Executive Toys Key Holders Mp3 / Radios Note Holders Stress Relievers Technology Tools Totes / Duffels Travel / Leisure Writing Instruments Promote your business Why & How? Attract new customers Increase repeat business Inspire customer loyalty Improve client relations Reactivate old accounts Build an image By Vernique RussellTown Meeting Held Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, the Hon. Zhivargo Laing, and his team recently held a town meeting in CooperÂ’s Town at the S.C. Bootle High School to discuss the advantages and clear up misconceptions of The Bahamas joining the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Minister Laing did an excellent job in conveying the information to those attending the meeting. Many left feeling confident that when the Bahamas joins, it will be beneficial to the people. Chief Councillor for North Abaco, Mr. Steve Pedican, is pleased about the Bahamas joining this partnership and thinks that this change will be good for the country.New Restaurant Opens in Treasure CayHeavenly Manna will be the newest restaurant in Treasure Cay when it opens later this month. It will feature a variety of cuisine from all over the world including Chinese, Italian, Jamaican and Bahamian. The restaurant is in the Brent Lowe Plaza near the Treasure Cay airport and will be open from Monday to Sunday.Beach PartyThe North Abaco Summer Festival & Power Boat Race committee invites the general public to join them this Discovery Day at the Public Beach in Treasure Cay for another exciting Beach Bash. The committee will once again host one of its exciting beach parties to raise funds for next yearÂ’s summer festival. The beach party will be held on October 13th beginning at Noon. The committee is looking forward to seeing you on the beach.Fair Announcement There will be a fair on October 13th at the Cabana by SpankyÂ’s in Treasure Cay beginning at 11 a.m. The public is invited to stop by and feast on the scrumptious delights that will be for sale. School News Coastal Clean UpInternational Coastal Clean Up Day was observed by schools in North Abaco that participated by cleaning their local costal areas and their surroundings. The staff and students of the El Shaddai Christian Academy took to the streets of Dormy Villas where they conducted a clean up campaign. The students of the CooperÂ’s Town Primary School collected many bags of garbage from along the water front in CooperÂ’s Town and the students of Sherlin Bootle High School were busy beautifying the Public Beach above Blackwood that the school adopted last year. Mrs. Laura Davis, one of the organizers of the clean up effort, is appealing to residents of North Abaco to please keep their surroundings clean. We are all responsible for the well keeping of our area. Mrs. Davis thanks the schools and individuals that participated in the clean up effort.Treasure Cay Primary Assists Residents in InaguaPrincipal Myrtis Russell of the Treasure Cay Primary School and her staff are lending a helping hand to the residents of Inagua, the island that was struck and badly damaged by vicious Hurricane Ike. With this in mind the school is reaching out to help by collecting funds to send to assist in any way possible. The school is leading by example and is demonstrating what it means to be our brotherÂ’s keepers.PTA President ResignsMr. Clayton McIntosh of CooperÂ’s Town has served as PTA president at the Sherlin Bootle High School for several years now. He and his team have achieved many accomplishments. But he is now resigning to allow another person a chance to serve. Mr. McIntosh thanks the parents for their support and wants them to support the school and work with the new president.SeminarThe Principals, Teachers and Facility Management Teams of North Abaco were given some sound motivational tips by Master Motivator, Mr. Spence Finlayson, from the Phoenix Institute in Nassau. Everyone present at Treasure Cay Community Center on August 28th enjoyed the presentation and certainly must be motivated for the new school year. Fun Run & WalkEl Shaddai Christian will host a Fun, Run and Walk competition on October 18th to promote a healthy lifestyle among persons of all ages beginning at 7 a.m. and will be followed by a short You and Your Health Education session. The starting point will be at the parking lot at Golden Harvest. Free blood pressure and glucose testing will be offered and a breakfast will be served. The entry fee for children under the age of 10 is $5 and for those between the ages of 11 and 17 it is $8. Registration fee for adults is $15. The registration fee includes a free T-shirt and a water bottle container. There will be lots of prizes and giveaways. For further information please contact the school at 242-475-7247.Church NewsChurch Opened for Prayer & CounselingCities of Refuge Non Denominational & Restoration Ministries announces that its doors are opened for prayer and counseling weekly. Midday services are held on Tuesday and Fridays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Persons can visit the church between these hours to pray and seek God or North Abao News Please see North Page 15

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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 Sales Service WarrantyAppliance CentrePh. (242) 367-3186 • E-mail: marcoac@batelnet.bsMini-Split A/C systems Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour Wall & Window A/C Units3/4 Ton $ 599 1.0 Ton 699 1.5 Ton 999 2.0 Ton 1199Goldstar 5,000 $178 York 5,000 $209 York 8,000 $359 York 10,000 $429 York 12,000 $559 York 18,000 $699 BTU1 July 2008 Well Done Drilling ServicesCall us today for a free consultation!Ph: (242) 367-4842 l Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasWell Drilling: Water Wells, Drainage Wells, Septic Disposal Wells Trenching: Trenching for underground utility services Piling Holes: Piling Holes for home foundations and utility poles planted Excavator Rental: Specialized Excavator Foundation Drilling for home foundations in sand and Excavator Digging for godly counsel. Pastor Bridgette Mills is inviting people who are burdened and depressed to stop by and experience a fresh touch from the Master. Prayer BreakfastRealizing that without God nothing is possible, the staff of S.C. Bootle High School started the school year once again by invocating the presence and guidance of God at that institution. It was back-toschool time again and the faculty began with a prayer breakfast held on August 26th. Prayers were offered for students and staff by various ministers from North Abaco. Afterwards everyone enjoyed a reception that served scrumptious chicken souse. Outreach Service HeldThe monthly outreach service that unites the churches in Treasure Cay was held on September 6th at the United Baptist Church. The well attended service was an outpouring of the power of God and intimate worship experience for the worshippers. The outreach service is a monthly worship experience that was formed to reach the lost souls of the community. The next service was held on October 4th at the Don Corbett Basketball Court.Men’s ConferenceEnd Time Harvest and its affiliate churches celebrated their 10th Annual Men’s Conference at the church in Crown Haven under the leadership of Senior Pastor Bishop Tyrone Mills. Speakers for this year’s conference included ministers from local and national churches. The highlight activity for the conference was a gospel concert featuring the Singing Prophet, Bishop Lawrence Rolle, of Nassau. The conference began on September 22nd and climaxed on September 28th. Full Gospel Celebrates Its Silver Jubilee Senior Pastor Stafford Symonette and the members of the Full Gospel Assembly of God Church in Treasure Cay cordially invite the public to join them for their 25th Church anniversary events that will be ongoing during the month of October. The organizing committee has planned lots of exciting events. On October 25 the committee will host a Gala Banquet in the Spinnaker Restaurant. The committee members are selling tickets for the event. Dedicated and long serving members will be honored. That Sunday a special church service will climax the month of celebrations. For further information, persons can contact the church office at 365-8097.Congratulations Ms. Rochelle Gibson and Mr. Remano Bain exchanged vows and committed their selves to being lifetime partners at St. Mark’s Baptist Church in Crossing Rock on September 13th. The ceremony was followed by a beautiful reception at Alice Bar. The couple will reside in that settlement. Congratulations to the couple on their union. North From Page 14 More North Abao News AA and Al Anon MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AlAnon group of Marsh Harbour meets the third Tuesday each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays and Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at the Hope Town Library. The AA group and the AlAnon group meet in the Treasure Cay Community Center on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Please call 357-6511 for additional information.

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Page 16 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2008 DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST Caribbean Marine Constructionl COMMERCIAL DOCKSl BOAT LIFTSl PRIVATE DOCKSl SEA WALL CONSTRUCTIONl DOCK DEMOLITION & REMOVALOffice Tel: 367.4842 Cellular: 357.6564P.O.Box AB-20757, Marsh Harbour Don’t Forget October 31st IsHappy HalloweenShop Our Huge Selection for Adults & Children Costumes • Decorations • CandyParty Time A Large Selection of Cards for Everyday and Seasonal OccasionsBalloons • Toys Gift Items For All Your Party SuppliesFor All OccasionsStore Hours Monday Friday 9 am 5 pm Saturday 9 am 4 pm • Tel 367-2785and to have a sense of belonging. This year her main focus is to teach the children how to become good stewards of the environment. Students were welcomed backOn September 12 St. Francis de Sales School held an opening mass to welcome the students back to school and to encourage them to give of their very best this school year. The focus of the service was on St. Paul who encouraged hundreds of persons to change their lives and to serve God. He was chosen as someone for the students to emulate. Principal Kumar and Counselor Johnson gave the students the some serious advice for this new school year. • Decide to do their very best at all times. • Remember the school motto and honor it. • Avoid getting into trouble with class or schoolmates. • Take part in the exciting school activities and competitions. • Avoid negative peer pressure. On September 16 and 17 parents and their children gathered at St. Francis de Sales Church to discuss ways for them to motivate and support their children this school year. Teachers told parents about requirements for the school year, difficulties and challenges they noticed the students presently have, and the importance of students following the school rules. The teachers assured the students and parents that deviant behavior or non-compliance would not be tolerated. Parents were given the opportunity to ask questions and address the concerns they may have. The evening was very interactive which gave teachers and parents an opportunity to meet and to discuss pertinent issues at the beginning of the school year. Parent Night was heldBy Samantha V. Evans Every year Central Abaco Primary School holds Back-to-School Night at which time parents get to meet the teacher of their children. On September 22 the school administrators provided parents with an opportunity to do just that. However, before they met with the teachers, Principal Eunice Mills and Senior Master Leroy Thompson spoke to the parents about issues of concern. Even though this was not a Parent Teacher Association meeting, the principal told the parents that students are expected to abide by the school rules including the uniform rule, which some students have been breaking. She gave them several alternatives to utilize until physical education uniforms arrive. She told them that regular uniform must include a crest, which can be purchased from the school. Since it is still very hot, she told them that the school has exempted ties until the weather changes. Additionally, parents were reminded that the school day begins at 8:45 a.m. and not 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. Ms. Mills encouraged parents to comply with this rule. Mr. Thompson told the parents to check with the office before they enter the school premises. He explained that the school has the responsibility to ensure the safety of students and teachers so they are asked to not visit classroom unannounced or during instruction time. Parents were asked to dress appropriately when they visit the school grounds so that they will not be a distraction to teachers and students. Thompson assured parents that all of these requests are to comply with creating an environment that is conducive to s tudent learning. At the end of this brief session, parents were introduced to the teaching staff and directed to the classrooms of their children.Success Training College Held OrientationBy Samantha V. Evans After months of promoting the programs offered by the extended learning program of Success Training College, Mrs. Sharon Rolle, coordinator of this program, and Ms. Rachel Sands from her office on Abaco held an orientation meeting with new, returning and prospective students on September 26 at Central Abaco Primary School. More than 40 adults were in attendance with more than half them ready to begin the fall semester as new students and the remaining students about to begin their second year. Mrs. Rolle who told the adult students that they have made a big decision to pursue a degree and that Success Training College, through this extended learning program, is the best college to help make this happen. She assured them that Success Training College has an excellent track record of producing lawyers, bankers, business people and engineers all across The Bahamas. She stated that the first year on Abaco had been very successful. Numerous persons expressed interest in the Computer Information Systems program, the Accounts program, and the Early Childhood Education program. Since all of the students take the same basic courses for the first year, all programs would be entertained at this time. Ms. Rolle explained that at the beginning of their second year, if they do not have a local quota for all three programs, they can either change their major or travel to Nassau to complete the remaining months of study. However, the school will continue to promote all three programs with hopes that all of them will be offered. The second Business Administration program has a full contingent of students and both groups will complete their studies on the island. Ms. Rolle told the students that knowledge expands their knowledge base and vision as well as strengthens their mind. Classes will be on Saturdays from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at Abaco Central High School unless otherwise changed by the coordinators or instructors. The coordinators are Mrs. Enid Whyte and Ms. Barbara Williams, who work extremely hard to ensure the success of this program. At the end of the meeting, students registered for the Fall Semester classes and learned when their classes will begin. Classes for the returning students began on September 27 and classes for the new students began on October 4th. Students who are interested in enrolling in any of the four programs mentioned should contact Mrs. Enid Whyte, Mrs. Barbara Williams, or Ms. Samantha Evans.School Repairs at Central More School News Please see School Page 16 North From Page 15

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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 Daily Specials 10 pc. Leg & thigh $16.95 6 pc. Leg & thigh w/2 sides, 2 biscuits 15.95 8 pc. Mixed family meal w/2 large sides4 biscuits $20.95 Mon Thu 10 am 7 pm Fri & Sat 10 am 9 pm • Sun 11 am-4.30 pm Chicken • Fish • Shrimp • Sandwiches Sides • Milkshakes • Soft Serve Abaco Shopping Center • Marsh Harbour • 367-2615 We do chicken right! finger lickin’ good Laptop DrawingEnter to win with each $10 purchase One Drawing Each Month15 Oct 08Abaco Primary School By Samantha V. Evans Every year the Ministry of Education makes repairs to the public schools to make them as inviting as possible for the students. This school year attempts were made to do the same thing but as usually the budget dictated what could be done. In an interview with Mr. Colon Curry, who was in charge of the repairs for government schools, he outlined the work that was done at Central Abaco Primary School. This included painting the exterior of the building, purchasing and installing window cranks for all classroom windows, installing lighting around the school building, fixing the water problem to ensure that all bathrooms are working and replacing door knobs and other fixtures. Mr. Curry explained that even though the teachers would have liked the classrooms to be painted, this is something that is done every two years and not every year, so he encouraged them to keep the classroom walls and baseboards as clean as possible. Additionally, the school custodians can play a very important role in keeping the school classrooms and environment in better condition by wiping the walls and baseboards to remove scuff marks, removing spider webs, removing dirt from window panes and sills, cleaning the counters and cabinets and using clean water to mop each classroom. It is his hope that the school building and classrooms will be kept in better condition so that the same repairs will not have to be made every school year. College Entrance Exams Available on AbacoThe following college entrance exams are available for Abaco students during this academic year. Please note that all exams will take place at Forest Heights Academy.SAT I (Reasoning Test)The SAT I (Reasoning Test) is designed to evaluate a student’s mathematical and verbal skills. It consists mostly of multiple-choice questions. The questions in the math sections cover arithmetic, algebra, and geometry, as well as logical reasoning, probability and counting. The questions in the verbal sections fall into the following categories: Analogies These questions test a student’s knowledge of the meanings of words and ability to see relationships in pairs of words. Sentence completions These questions test a student’s knowledge of the meanings of words and the student’s ability to understand how different elements in a sentence fit together logically. Critical reading These questions measure a student’s ability to read a passage and think about it. For more information on the SAT tests, including registration and preparation information, visit www.collegeboard.com. The cost is $71(standby students please add $38). The Forest Heights Academy center code is 89104. The SAT is offered on December 6, 2008 (deadline November 5) and May 2, 2009 (deadline March 31).ACT Examination The ACT differs from the SAT I in More School News School From Page 16 that it is a subject-based test, rather than an ability, or aptitude, test. It consists of multiple-choice questions covering four areas: (1) English; (2) mathematics; (3) reading; (4) scientific reasoning. Although the SAT I is more popular, some students prefer to take the ACT instead because they feel more comfortable with its knowledgebased format. For registration information on the ACT test please visit www.act.org. The cost is $56 (no standby students allowed). The Forest Heights Academy center code is 865070. The ACT is only offered on February 7, 2009, (deadline January 6).It Pays to Advertise Selected Imported Produce Always Fresh • Excellent Quality You can’t beat our prices FRUIT & VEGETABLE SALES Having a party? Fruit & Vegetable plattersAll sizes • Reasonably priced Tel: 242.367.4337Open Monday Saturday 9 am 5 pm Marsh Harbour behind Pine Woods Nursery Are you interested in Organic Fruits and Vegetables? We can special order for you. Come and see us. Large selection available to orderA great place to shop for all your Home Grown Fruits & Vegetables

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Page 18 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2008 The Bahamas Electricity Corporation AbacoMain Office, Don MacKay Boulevard Marsh Harbour Procedure for Claiming DamagesStep 1 A Customer must report damage to BEC Power Station within 48 hours of receiving damages. Telephone numbers are: 367-2727 or 367-2846 Step 2 A Claim Form must be completed in full and delivered or mailed to BECÂ’s Office for damages to equipment. Claims must be in writing and signed by the Customer. It is important that the claimant have an account with BEC and indicate this information on the form for processing. (Forms may be obtained at any of BECÂ’s Offices Step 3 An ElectricianÂ’s report stating their findings should be attached along with Invoices for reimbursement. Step 4 A Claim will be processed in a timely manner once the form is completed properly and the necessary documents are attached. PLEASE NOTE: The information requested by BEC is not an indication that BEC has accepted any liability whatsoever. The information is requested to enable BEC to investigate and assess the validity of the claim being made to the Corporation.DO NOT discard damaged equipment as it may be necessary for BECÂ’ Technicians to inspect it. P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Ph. 242-367-4962 www.landandsearealty.com E-mail: lesliepinder@hotmail.com or leslie@landandsearealty.com Leslie Pinder Regattas of Abaco CONDO 2 bed / 2 bath upstairs unit , fully furnished, security, swimming pool. Only $312,000 EXCLUSIVE Regattas of Abaco CONDO 2 bed / 2 bath, downstairs unit, overlooking Marsh Harbour, fully furnished, swimming pool, tennis courts. $320,000 EXCLUSIVE B & D Building, Downtown, across from Commonwealth Bank, 1800 sq. ft. upstairs / 1800 sq. ft. downstairs. EXCLUSIVE Call from info. Bahama Palm Shores Block 7 Section II $45,000 SOLD High Rock 2 acres on the sea. Call for info HIGH ROCK Beautiful waterfront home 4 bed / 4 bath on two acres of nicely landscaped property, swimming pool, fully furnished, boat house and dock, fantastic views EXCLUSIVE Price upon inquiry www.landandsearealty.com Telephone : 242-367-4962E-mail: lesliepinder@hotmail.com or leslie@landandsearealty.com HIGH ROCK 3 bed / 3 bath home, fantastic views of Marsh Harbour, Hope Town and Lub-berÂ’s Quarters, 2 car carport, central air, beautifully landscaped lot, Exclusive 1.08 acres, 50 ft. above sea level CALL for INFO EXCLUSIVE15 May 2008 High Rock 3 bed / 2 bath home, furnished, central air, 2,000 sq. ft. EXCLUSIVE $750,000 Don MacKay Blvd. Prime commercial property downtown Marsh Harbour, approx 2.5 acres $2.5 million EXCLUSIVE Pelican Shores Elevated Lot on the Harbour. Great views Call for Info EXCLUSIVE Bahama Palm Shores Section I Lot 100Â’ x 150Â’ Price $60,000 EXCLUSIVE Eves of Nassau, Cable Beach condo, gated, private beach, designed grounds. $1.4 million SOLD For all your rental needs call Kim Sawyer 367-2655 / 367-3755 Stealing A boat trailer was stolen from the Ambassador Inn sometime between July 24 and 27. House breaking and stealing An apartment in Murphy Town was broken into during the day of July 31. A satellite receiver and laptop computer were stolen. Drug possession A Dundas Town man was arrested after midnight on August 1when found near the Surf Side Bar with 11 packages believed to hold cocaine and $1344 in cash. House breaking A resident of Central Pines awoke during the night of July 31 to discover a tall dark man searching her bedroom. He fled when she screamed. Shop breaking and stealing Mangoes Restaurant was broken into during the night of July 31. Eleven bottles of liquor were stolen. Shop breaking and stealing The Fisheries office in CooperÂ’s Town was broken into and ramshacked sometime between July 17 and August 4. Two air compressors seized by Fisheries Officers were stolen. Documents were destroyed by bleach being thrown about the office. Threats of death A customer of the Fourth Quarter Sporting Bar was threatened with death about midnight on August 3 causing him to fear for his life.Threats of death About sundown on August 4 a young lady of Marsh Harbour was threatened with death by her ex-boyfriend who wanted to continue a relationship.Stolen vessel A 32-foot Regulator boat with twin 250 HP Yahama engines was stolen from Sea Spray Marina on Elbow Cay during the night of August 4. A tracking device alerted the ownerÂ’s family in the United States as to the boatÂ’s location and the U.S. Coast Guard was notified. The boat was subsequently found near McLeanÂ’s Town on Grand Bahama by Freeport Harbour Patrol. The boat was beached and a suspect fled into the woods. House breaking A Sandy Point house was broken into during the night of August 4. Over 500 pounds of lobsters were stolen. Subsequently, three men were arrested near the Winding Bay resort when found by police discarding bags of lobsters in the bushes. Two were from Dundas Town and the third was from Sandy Point. Attempted stealing A Marsh Harbour man was found in a docked rental boat at RichÂ’s Rental in Marsh Harbour at 1 a.m. on August 6 and appeared to be trying to steal it. Two men fled the scene but were followed, allowing the police to arrest a Marsh Harbour resident. A second Marsh Harbour man was later arrested . Burglary A Spring City woman awoke about 2 a.m. on August 7 when an intruder attempted to raise her night dress. He fled when she shouted. Shop Breaking During the night of August 7 a burglar broke into a grocery store on Elbow Cay and stole a small sum of money. Shop Breaking The Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay was broken into during the night of August 7 although nothing appeared to have been taken. Shop breaking VernonÂ’s Store in Hope Town was broken into during the night of August 7 and the cash register was stolen.Unlawful Sex A MooreÂ’s Island mother reported that her teen age daughter disappeared during the night of August 4 for several hours. The girl denied having sex but a subsequent medical exam confirmed the possibility. Stealing from a vessel While at the Conch Inn Marina on August 8, the yacht Magnolia was boarded sometime after midnight and the ownerÂ’s wallet was stolen along with a cell phone. Stealing from a vehicle Four rims and tires were stolen during the night of August 8 from a car parked at an apartment building in Murphy Town. Causing harm A little after midnight on August 11 a man entered the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic with an apparent stab wound to his face. It was subsequently determined that his girlfriend in the Mud had chapped him on his face during an argument. Unlawful Sex The police were called to investigate a 15-year-old girl who appeared to be having a miscarriage at 3 a.m. on the morning of August 11. She admitted to having sex with a man of the Mud after running away from her stepfatherÂ’s home. House breaking On returning home August 11 after a 30-minute errand, a Marsh Harbour woman found two people who she identified leaving her house who then fled on being seen. A check inside found items missing. Two young men from Dundas Town were subsequently arrested. Vehicle fire At 1:30 a.m. on August 12 a car was found on fire in front of the ownerÂ’s residence in Dundas Town. The fire was extinguished, but the vehicle suffered major damage. Arrests for shop breaking On August 13 three men were arrested for previous burglaries in Hope Town to VernonÂ’s Store, Abaco Inn and SweetingÂ’s Grocery. Those arrested were residents of Hope Town. Stealing from a Vessel At sundown while docked at the Jib Room Marina on August 12, a yacht owner visiting others noticed two persons leaving his nearby yacht with items in hand. He subsequently found two expensive fishing rods missing. Building fire A building on the S.C. Bootle Highway was found to be on fire about midnight on August 13. Firemen extinguished the flames and the police do not suspect arson. Shop breaking LoweÂ’s warehouse on Crockett Drive was broken into during the night of August 14 although nothing appeared to have been taken. House breaking A Dundas Town residence was broken into during the day or night of August 13. Burglars stole cameras and a cell phone. Threats of death A taxi driver received death threats while at the Crossing Beach ferry dock before noon on August 16. An employee of AlburyÂ’s Ferry was later arrested for making the threats. Attempted suicide In mid-afternoon on August 16, a woman under stress in the Mud apparently attempted suicide by taking an overdose of pills. She was treated at the Government Clinic, then taken to Nassau for observation. Stealing from a vehicle At 4 a.m. on August 17, a patron of TardieÂ’s nightclub on the S.C. Bootle Highway had her car broken into and her purse was stolen. Burglary A house in the farm allotments on the S.C. Bootle Highway near the BEC power plant was broken into during the evening of August 16. Stolen were satellite electronics, a TV set and lawnmower. Police Crime Report Please see Crime Page 19

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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 367-0364 • 367-5642 Fax Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 844-5387 M/V Legacy c/o Palm Beach Steamship 158 B East Port Road Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Nassau Contact (242) 393-4371 • 393-3829 394-7529 • Fax 394-0057 Western End Potter’s Cay Dock Nassau, New ProvidenceServing Marsh Harbour Weekly with Freight Service from Nassau and Palm BeachLEGEND Loading Monday in Palm Beach Arriving Tuesday in Marsh Harbour LEGACY Loading Tuesday in Nassau Arriving Wednesday in Marsh Harbour Leaving Thursday for Nassau Both ships serving Green Turtle Cay Charter freight stops en route on request Dean’s Shipping Co Dean’s Shipping of Þ ce at the Marsh Harbour dock M/V LEGEND M/V LEGACY Frank Knowles Hope Town 242-577-0339 Donna Darville Marsh Harbour 242-367-SOLD (7653)The Abaco Real Estate Specialists!donna@paradisebahamas.com frank@paradisebahamas.com Featured PropertiesShop our lisings online atwww.ParadiseBahamas.com Rentals and Property Management AvailableNORTH ABACO #2075 2 bedroom 2 bath cottages, great income producing property. 3 units can be purchased individually starting at $125,000 or all units $350,000 TREASURE CAY #1434 “Colette’s Cottage” $200,000 BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND #2250 Lots starting from $25,000 MARSH HARBOUR • #699 Triplex $425,000 • #2081 “Sunrise Bay” Lot #2. $250,000 • #698 2 bedroom/ 2 bath home in private loca tion, awesome view of Sea of Abaco and Hope Town light house. $650,000 YELLOW WOOD #759 corner lot $82,000, interior lot $71,000 “CASUARINA COTTAGE” #1873 2 bed 1 bath cottage on the canal. $200,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORES • #1975 Lots starting from $25000 • #1795 2 bed 1 bath house with cottage, steps from the beach. Reduced from $295,000 Now $235,000 PINEHURST Lots available for $20,000 LONG ISLAND #1994 interior lot 75’ x 100’ $40,000 SOLDUnlawful Sex A Dundas Town woman returned home in the afternoon of August 18 and found her 14-year-old daughter missing. However, on returning home the daughter had a lot of hickies on her neck suggesting that she had sex. She admitted to leaving with a young man who took her to the Crossing where he attempted to have sex which she resisted stating that her younger sister witnessed this. It was during this time that she received the hickies. House breaking During the night of August 18, a house in Central Pines Estates was broken into and jewelry was taken. Stabbing A BEC employee from Dundas Town was treated at the Government Clinic mid-morning on August 19 for stab wounds. He was flown to Nassau for further treatment and later was reported to be in stable condition. Apparently he was walking down the stairs of his apartment when an assailant, hiding under the stairs, attacked him with 12-inch knife. He was stabbed several times before the assailant escaped. He got into his truck but soon realized that his injuries were more serious than first thought and he sought help to get medical attention. On realizing the extent of the man’s injuries, the person sped up to get to the clinic faster but overturned the car. The victim was taken to the clinic by another bystander. Stolen vessel During the weekend from August 15 to 19, a 24-foot Formula boat was stolen from a residential dock in Marsh Harbour. Shop breaking During the night of August 18 a resident of Blackwood had his storage shed broken into and 350 pounds of crawfish were stolen. Shop breaking A door was smashed on Fashion Center in Dove Plaza, Marsh Harbour, during the night of August 20. Assorted clothing was stolen. Stealing A Spring City woman left hr car with her Murphy Town mechanic in May for repairs. She has recently discovered that the car has been stripped of parts. Threats of harm About 9 p.m. on August 21 a patron of the Fourth Quarter Sports Bar in Marsh Harbour was approached by three men who he knew vaguely. They threatened him with bottles, a knife and a bat leaving him in fear for his life. Assault On refusing to talk to a young man, a 14-year-old girl in Murphy Town was slapped on her face about midnight on August 21. Stealing from a dwelling A town house on Marsh Harbour’s Eastern Shore was burglarized during the day or evening of August 18. Cash and an I-pod were stolen.House breaking On returning from vacation on August 22, a Cooper’s Town resident found that his house had been burglarized. Missing were two television sets, a DVD player and an air conditioner. Assault with a deadly weapon A resident of the Sand Banks community was shot at when he was near the Treasure Cay cemetery. He knew the assailant who put him in fear of his life. This happened about 6:30 p.m. on August 16. The assailant was subsequently arrested. Stealing from a vessel A catamaran boat docked at Harbour View Marina in Marsh Harbour was entered about 4:45 a.m. by someone who stole a crew member’s handbag containing cash and documents. A police report was filed at 4:50 a.m. The bag and documents were later found behind a light pole but the cash was missing. Stealing A clerk in the Island Grocery store in Dundas Town reported that her cell phone was taken about 6 p.m. on August 22. Causing harm A Marsh Harbour woman was stopped mid-afternoon on August 23 in Murphy town by her ex-boyfriend who asked for and was given a ride. An Please see Crime Page 21 Crime From Page 18 Police Crime Report, con’t

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Page 20 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2008 954-359-8266 Twin Pacs Are Back! On Sale Until October 15, 2008 or While Supplies Last 20 one-way Tickets Valid for 1 year Abaco $2,700 + Bahamian Departure TaxesEleuthera $ 3,000 By J.F. Hedden The last few weeks on Abaco have been very fast moving, motivating and varied. The Abaco Business Outlook Conference highlighted Abaco’s growth and direction with relevant presentations by the Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Dr. Earl Deveaux; hotelier Frank Comito; and local publisher Dave Ralph. All three approached the subject of sustainable development from very different and relevant angles. Days later the population was regaled with public discussions on the mechanics of physical planning and development with special attention to conserving space and energy through building design and town planning. Presentations were made in Sandy Point and Marsh Harbour by a group of architectural students from Andrew’s University, Michigan. This group is working with the developers of the Schooner Bay project designed to present a complete town with business space through environmentally conscious living accommodations, educational, agricultural, infrastructural and leisure systems all in one place. The crescendo came with the collapse of the U.S. banking system, closely followed by the rest of the developed and industrialised world, and, of course, the impact on the Bahamian economy. It has not stopped yet. This is serious stuff, and the implications are huge, especially for us. The U.S. economy in its present form is finished. No more an alchemy of wealth and capital creation through speculation, debt trading, paper transactions and continuous refinancing. Next time round the U.S. economy will have to restart with solid investment, genuine rock solid productivity and obviously slower growth. This means more regulation and controls by governments and independent watch dogs. It also means less available high flying capital for investments in the mega resort developments that have been resurgent in The Bahamas over the last few years. It is interesting to note that the Bahamian islands are littered with the failed foreign investment projects of the last 60 years, including Andros, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, Mayaguana, and, of course, New Providence. Today’s ongoing projects throughout the islands are threatened by the recent failures of their financial backers. The only thing sustainable about this seems to be their eventual collapse. And I thought only us Bahamians were too “big eye.” Of course, all this means that we have to change our approach to economic development throughout the islands. We must also realise that as the unrecoverable debt eventually overtakes the financial wizardry of the last 30 years, the value of the dollar will sink lower and lower along with our lifestyles. We, therefore, have to do something different and create a more appealing market. The Bahamas has to rethink and refloat its economy, its job market and its productivity. We have to develop alternative sectors of the economy; we have to rethink the environment; we have to rethink our use of infrastructure, services, space and energy. We have to rethink education, culture and our unique qualities. In other words, we have to become more attractive and hence more marketable. We as Bahamians understand our own qualities, so we need to develop them ourselves. To date we have allowed and encouraged foreign investment to dictate our economic model along their needs and conditions, not ours. This has to change if we are to realise long term sustainable growth. Every developed country worldwide dictated its own growth strategy without foreign control. The sad thought is that to date we have not valued our own resources. Our history, thrown away. Our culture, discarded. Our architecture, allowed to rot and decompose. Our intellect, on a flight to Miami. Our resourcefulness, scheming to get it in cost free from Miami. The hospitality industry will have to change course and move away from the cheap day-tripper product offered to the cruise ship passenger. The industry will have to concentrate less resources on the huge million dollar a job resort developments which do not pump real long term value into the local economy. Bahamians will have to move away from being employed to being the employer, the entrepreneur, the developer, the investor. Golf courses and opulence and luxuriance do not make money for The Bahamas, but they do consume huge amounts of resources and infrastructural inputs that could be better used elsewhere in local sectors. The creation of lots of low value jobs does nothing for the growth of The Bahamas, in fact, it hinders it. What we need now is good, well planned local investment along smaller scale projects that intimately involve our own communities with the product offered to our visitors. It’s called “value for money.” We need better services and trades development, a higher quality educational base, a more valuable productivity mentality, a more ethical approach to our product, more involvement and motivation, more honesty and dignity within ourselves and more respect for our surroundings and environment. Look at how we live. We are nasty, dirty and lazy; just look at our yards, our forests and wilderness areas, our sea floor and our beaches. We have become fat and complacent. Maybe Abaco has already started this trend with its approach to growth and sustainability, especially in the cays. Abaco has very few actual hotel rooms for visitors and guests, but it does have volumes and volumes of accommodations in cottages, settlements, rental second home, boat charters and the like. Not only that, people stay a lot longer and they participate in and interact with the community. Want to know why? They are our guests! We try to make them feel at home. And guess what? They want to come back again, and again, and again! When I was a little kid in Nassau, people were always talking about Hope Town. It was only after I moved to Abaco that I understood why. We don’t have tourists here; we have guests and visitors from away. Nationwide we need to encourage internal investment, change from debt and finance to production base, develop trades and services, improve educational opportunities. Tourism must move into a different arena, away from the impersonal mega resorts and into the local cottage residential-style accommodations which are smaller, operator managed, culturally integrated and intimately involve the local communities. This will lead to greater visitor and guest satisfaction and inject real value back into the settlements through participation, communication, interaction and involvement. Viewpoint . . . Sustainable development and Abaco Please see Viewpoint Page 21

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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section B Page 21 Replace your old countertops with locally made tops of Marble & Granite Call 242-367-4726(Abaco Ace Hard ware) Marsh Harbour, Abaco abacomarbleandgranite.com Telephone: 242-577-0102 • 367-0830argument ensued and the man threw a dish of hot grits on her thigh causing pain. The man was later arrested, charged with causing harm and subsequently given bail of $1500. Unlawfully Carrying Arms A Central Pines Estates man was arrested in the Marsh Harbour port during the morning of August 22 for carrying a 7-inch knife. Causing boat damage During the night of August 23, a 42-foot boat docked at the Marsh Harbour Marina was entered and someone attempted unsuccessfully to pry open a closet door leaving the area damaged.Stealing from a vessel During the night of August 21, someone entered a boat docked at Boat Harbour Marina while guests and staff were asleep. Stolen were a camera, a watch, a laptop computer, cash and a cell phone.Burglary An apartment at Regattas in Marsh Harbour was broken into during the early morning hours of August 25. Stolen were a laptop computer and an Apple I-Pod. Stealing A walk-in freezer in Wood Cay was broken into during the day or night of August 24 and 83 pounds of crawfish were stolen. Stealing Sometime prior to August 20, a fence was cut at the Abaco Club on WindCrime From Page 19 Viewpoint From Page 20 We need a smaller model which takes into account our own surroundings, economy, culture, history, personality and character. The small ecotourism units exploiting their immediate environment are a good example. We also need to develop the support industries such as small scale farms and market gardens, landscaping ventures and nurseries using local product, local handicrafts and souvenirs, local repair and trade shops, cabinet and furniture manufacturing, all of which produce a competitive and high value product. We must be able to provide seasonal fruit and vegetables for the visitors’ table along with native meats, fish and desserts. This way we circulate the money in our own economy rather than exporting the 85 percent that we presently do. As a spin off, we will achieve much greater satisfaction for our guests, our operators, our producers, our technicians and our workers. Only then will we be able to provide a truly sustainable product. Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 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 Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale Classi Þ ed Advertisements RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS Elbow Cay’s Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Elbow Cay lot Dorros Cove , deeded dock slip at Tahiti Beach. Panoramic views. $259,900 Net. Call Steve at 770-331-8197 Elbow Cay hilltop lot in Lucayos (North Road) across from Treescape, 10,000 s.f. or 100’ x 124’. $159,000 Call 386-212-0101Guana Cay, Sea of Abaco, 1+ acre with elevation, 400+ ft. waterfront. Brokers welcome. www.guanawaterfront.com Guana Cay house for sale. Dramatic ocean & Sea of Abaco views, three sided floor to ceiling glass, incredible sunset views from covered deck. 2 bed/ 2 bath/ Jack & Jill shower. Purchase includes additional lot ensuring unobstructed views. New roof 2008. Purchase includes all furnishings. Purchase price $350,000 net to seller. Brokers protected . View property www.greatguanarentals.com Call 404-846-1666 or dl@atlantaindustrialproperties. com Hope Town Specialist. A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or hopetown.com Marsh Harbour Sky Developers 2 bed/ 1 bath, furnished, wtih A/C, with washer and drier, water included. $1350/ mo. Call Mrs. Green at 367-2660 Marsh Harbour, Gov. Subdivision . 2 b/ 1 b duplex, washer & drier, central air, furnished, water. $1500/ mon. First and last month’s rent and $1000 security. Call 365-4097 or 342-6064 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Great Guana Cay • 2 interior lots in from the ocean. $140,000 includes dock slip for a 40’ boot. • 3 lots 100’ x100’ Place for community dock. $90,000 each • Lots on Ocean Ridge Estates starting at $139,000. Call for details 242-365-5181Moraine Cay available for rent or sale. For info go to morainecay.com Scotland Cay Private island with runway golf carts, spa, pool table, internet, TV, fireplace. Turnkey. Bruce Burgess cell 954 632 4966, home 954 566 6096, Details at www.summercampabacos.com Scotland Cay Atlantic beach, 3600’ paved runway, marina slip available, 125’ beach by 260’ deep, private island. Call 970-389-0236 Treasure Cay Pineapple Point Resort. NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION! Exclusive luxury waterfront condos with deep water docks & garages! The ultimate location in Treasure Cay in protected harbour with spectacular, unobstructed views. Available July 2008! www. pineapplepointresort.com 242-475-7464 or 1-800-545-0395 Come & see us at the end of Marina View Dr. Office Open M-F 9-4:30 pm or by appointment. Treasure Cay gated community Galleon Bay canal lot, 122 ft. water frontage, 19,000 sq. ft., sea walls, protected deep water, near golf course and beach, deep discount! $269,000. Ph: 1-678-705-2505 WPB Condo Furnished 2 bed 1 bath; A/C; Internet ready. Ideal for student/s. Security on grounds. Bus stop at entry. 15 min from PB Community College. Short walk to major shopping & restaurants. $90,000. Call 242-365-4636 days, 242-365-4218 evenings PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Classi Þ ed Ads Bring Results Call 367-2677ing Bay and copper wires were stolen. Stealing BEC had three tires stolen sometime during the morning of August 22.Credit by fraud Armed with a search warrant, a house on Crockett Drive in Marsh Harbour was searched on August 27. A laptop computer, cell phone and Ipod were found which were alleged to have been purchased fraudulently on credit. Investigations are underway by the Commercial Crime Section in Nassau. Causing Harm A resident of the Mud was attacked by three men in the evening of August 27. He received lacerations to his face when chopped with a cutlas, and he lost three teeth when punched in the mouth. He was treated at the Government Clinic and advised to see an oral surgeon for dental work. Damages After dropping his ex-girlfriend off in Spring City, a Cooper’s Town man found that she had slashed his four tires and cracked his windshield by throwing a stapler at it. This event took place about 10 p.m. on August 23. Attempted burglary A Murphy Town man awoke about 2 a.m. on August 29 when he heard someone trying to break in through a bathroom window. He threw items at the arm protruding through the window which caused the intruder to flee.Min. Deion Gibson was installed and ordained in a special service on May 25 and is now serving as senior pastor of the First Assembly of God in Marsh Harbour. He has served this church since November 2007 when he moved to Marsh Harbour with his wife Anette and children Diazhanee, D’Ondre, Judah and Jabez.The service included special musical selections and greetings from several ministers including Rev. Stafford Symonette, General Presbyter; and Rev. Robert Lockhart, Grand Bahama District Presbyter. Minister is installed Advertise in The Abaconian

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Page 22 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2008 Business Service Directory Big Cat Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 • 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 • 359-6839 Sick Copier?Call the Copier DoctorWe make house calls! Most brands serviced We make business quality rubber stamps: Deposit Stamps, Daters, Address Stamps Self-inking and traditional stylesCall 367-4709 Your Ad Could Be Here Call 367-3202Abaco Island PharmacyPrescriptions • Testing Beauty Supplies • Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 8:30 am 6 pm Sundays 9 am 12 Noon Ph. 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. Fax 367-6544 islanpharmacy@comyahoo www.abacoislandpharmacy.com Marine SurveyorsMarine Surveying & Consulting Navigation & Seamanship Captain Cyril Roker B.Sc. Maritime Transportation 2nd Master Unlimited Tonnage Marine Surveyor / Nautical Inspector P.O.Box FH 14283, Nassau, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-0052 / 577-6204 Email: cyrilroker@hotmail.com Moraine Cay is availablemorainecay.com Straw Baskets • Shirts • Hats Casual Wear • Gifts • Souvenirs Androsia FabricLocated Don MacKay Blvd. and Airport Phone 367-2431 • Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 • Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard AcceptedTropical Souvenirs Abaco Carpets Ron-Paul Cabinets PlusKitchen Cabinets • 2” Faux Blinds Commercial & Residential Carpets Carpet Accessories & Installation Laminate Flooring Opp. Lowe’s Pharmacy Phone 367-0541 • 367-0546Church If you would like your church listed here, call 367-2677 ListingDundas Town Church of GodWhere Everybody Is Somebody and Jesus Is Lord!Sunday Prayer Meeting 6:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Evening Worship 6:00 p.m. For Transportation call Rev. Jerry Cornish at 367-2457 or 367-4719 (church) or contact Bro. Val Nesbitt at 367-5565Bishop Anthony Campbell 242-367-4718 or cell phone 242-457-5565 • Dtcog@coralwave.comJesus Saves We exist to: Reach, Develop, Train, Love and Send 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 Eastern Abaco Region ofThe Methodist ChurchSt. James MethodistHope Town Sunday Services 9:30 & 11 Mission House 366-0400Epworth ChapelCherokee Sound Sunday Services 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Mission House 366-2249St. Andrews Methodist Dundas Town Sunday Services 11 a.m & 7 p.m. Of Þ ce 367-3050 Manse 367-4647All are welcome to worship with us The numerals 1-9 must appear only once in: • each 9-block square • each row • each column The answer will appear in the next issue of this paper. Our first 12 puzzles are rated as easy.Sudoku puzzle No math requiredEvery Sudoku game begins with a number of squares already filled in, and the difficulty of each game is largely a function of how many squares are filled in. The more squares that are known, the easier it is to figure out which numbers go in the open squares. As you fill in squares correctly, options for the remaining squares are narrowed and it becomes easier to fill them in. Answer to previous puzzle Sometimes things go wrong even in “paradise,” and you are forced to call in “the angels” for a rescue. This is what happened in August when we were staying on Elbow Cay with our little dog, Beanie, who injured his back and had to be flown to the US for major medical care. Thanks to my “team” of angels, all the pieces to this difficult puzzle fell into place and Beanie is now healing comfortably at home in Florida. By mid-afternoon on a Friday Beanie was showing serious signs of pain, shaking and not wanting to move. My first stop was Parrot Cay where friends made VHF radio and telephone calls on Beanie’s behalf. After numerous frantic calls I contacted Baer Air in Merritt Island, Florida. Carla Baer organized a charter and we had to rush to be headed back to the US before dusk. A fast boat made the trip to Marsh Harbour and my husband and I were off. As the sun turned orange and began to drop, we saw the plane taxi to the empty airport. Mr. James Davis’s crew cleared the plane and we were off to the States. The plane went directly into Melbourne which was less than 10 minutes from the Animal Critical Care Unit. At about 10 p.m. Dr. Beale had Beanie on the table and determined that Beanie had a ruptured disk in his back. Dr. Beale gave him a big shot, sent me home with pills. Beanie is now slowly improving. He will hopefully get well and be back playing on Parrot Cay next summer. God bless my angels.Island Angels help save Beanie Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Business Cards Letterheads Flyers Programs

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October 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section B Page 23 Abaco Carpets Ron Paul Cabinets Plusopposite Lowe’s PharmacyPhone: 367-0541, 367-0546 • Kitchen Cabinets • 2” Faux Blinds • Commercial and Residential Carpets • Carpet Accessories and Installation • Laminate Flooring Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classi Þ ed $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 COMMERCIAL SERVICES BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE MERCHANDISE FOR SALE For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031 Can’t find blinds to fit your regular and odd sized windows? Call 367-0546. We sell and install 2” custom blinds. Ask for Ronnie Bookkeeeping services through financial statements, filing system, record keeping. 30 yrs. experience. Tel 367-3166 Ask for Mary Mechanic Services Now Available in Hope Town. We can accomodate automotive service and repair at reasonable prices. Also available small engine repair (lawn & garden equipment, small generators, etc.) Call today to set up an appointment. Tel: 366-0040 Bookkeeping and acounting up to and including Financial Statements available. Hourly fees. Contact Ruth at 475-8700 BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classi Þ ed Advertisements Items for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & BoatsBuying? Selling?Need Quali Þ ed Help? Want More Business A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201 32’ Luhrs 2000, twin Cummins 330 HP ca. 5 KW Kholer generator, A/C, fridge, microwave, new TV/DVD combo, XM radio, all new canvas enclosure, new drop curtain and aft curain, new Icom VHF. Call 365-5195 or 577-0332 34 PaceMaker w/ 2 350 HP Chevy engines. runs great, VHF & radar. $13,000 Call 3660430 for info. 37’ Intrepid, 3 250 HP Mercs, 2004, low low hours. looks brand new. $180,000 OBO 359-6720 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. $149,000 or will trade for open fisherman. Located in Man-O-War harbour. Call Andrew 561-389-8891 or e mail andrewwhymanb@aol.com VEHICLES FOR SALE 13’ Boston Whaler w/ 30 HP Yamaha, 2005, good condition. $4500 OBO 477-5991 19.5 Spanish Wells built 2004 , 115 HP Yamaha. $27,000 OBO cell 359-6890, Ph 365-4402 or 365-4033 22’ CDM boat hull w/ 70 gal gas tank, fresh water tank, dive board, Bimini top, VHF radio. Asking $8000 Call 365-6143, 357-6540 23’ Mako, 150 HP Mercury Optimax, only 20 hrs. Stall has factory warranty for 30 months, wash down pump, VHF, radio, fish finder, duel gas tanks and trailer. Call 475-1672 or 577-0313 Graphic Artist wanted . Knowledge of Photoshop and InDesign preferable Phone 367-2677 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES 89 Suzuki Sidekick 45,000 miles, great on gas. $1000 OBO Call 616-296-0165 90 Cadillac Deville . Asking $2500 Call for info 475-1929 93 Lincoln Continental . Asking $2000. Call for info 475-1929 97 Buick LeSabre. Asking $4000 OBO 3673197 or 242-465-0971 07 Chevy Silverado, one owner, low mileage. Call 367-3197 after 6 pm or 242-465-0971 $19,000 OBO 97 Crown Victoria, low mileage, power everything, green, leather interior, premium sound system, chrome rims. Serious inquiries only. Tel: 367-0497 1998 Honda Accord EX 4 door, in good condition, automatic, clean interior, AC, CD player. With or without chrome rims. Contact 365-8867 after 6 p.m. evenings or 375-8840 daytime. Golf cart, 2002 Club Car Villager , gas, 2 passenger. US $4,000 Call 367 -3262 BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE 25’ Fiberglass hull w/ inboard Ford diesel. New depth finder, GPS, Bimini top, drop curtains. Asking $7000. Call for info 365-4133/ 458-1715 26’ Carver, open cockpit w/ 140 HP Evinrude, 2 burner stove, kitchen sink, sleeps 4, bathroom, head and face basin, fly bridge. $14,500 Call 475-0266 26’ Trojan Cruiser Yacht, 318 cu. in. single inboard Chrysler, 60 gal fuel tank, great woodwork, A/C, stereo, fridge, sleeps 2, head w/ porta potty, comes with steel dual axle trailer, view at lot behind Bahamas Realty, registered in Abaco, DUTY PAID $12,000 OBO Josh or Sarah 367-0398 26’ Shamrock w/ Cummins 210 Diesel, REDUCED! Runs great, very reliable, cuddy cabin, extras. OWNER MUST SELL! $15,000 ONO 366-0722 or 577-0277 26’ Pursuit w/ Twin 200 HP Yamahas . w/ aluminum trailer. Asking $16,500. Call 3672700 28’ Custom Michael Fitz , center consul day express, w/ tower and dive platform, single screw 250 HP Cummins diesel (Over Heated). Located in Green Turtle. Asking $12,000 Call 772-419-5119 or danny@mobymarine.com 31’ Bayliner Ciera 3055/ 1999 lying Abaco $35,000 More info www.frankboat.ch 31’ Sloop Gilmer design (Southern Cross). Well appointed, DUTY PAID. $29K Currently in FL. will deliver to Abaco. 321-723-3394 tilloo@ earthlink.net 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 information Brownie 3rd lung model F280X Honda 4 HP. Call Greg 713-724-7065 or gletsos@letsos. com $1500 I-phone 36 unlocked , brand new. $1100 OBO Call 458-1162 4 sets of PGT double French doors, 1 PGT single door $6995 for all. Still crated. Call 367-2452 for more info 3 piece couch set , tan with palm tree print $800 2 table end and coffee table $100 4 seater wicker dinette with extra coffee table $250 4 seater wooden dinette $200 4 white bar stools $120 2 twin beds with box spring and mattress $200 1 deep freezer $150 white Please call 357-6836 35 KW generator, 2000 Cummins Onan Generator, 120 hr, 35 KW, 60 HZ, 1800 RPM, 120-208 voltage. Great for home or business use. Looking for $12,000. Call 813-810-5412. Located in FL, will deliver to Port of Palm Beach to be sent to you. 20 KW Generator, 2000 Cummins Onan Generator, 180 hrs. 20 KW, 60 HZ, 1800 RPM, Great for home or business use. Looking for $8,000. Call 813-810-5412. Located in FL, will deliver to Port of Palm Beach to be sent to you. Cherry Wood Dining Set includes table, 6 chairs and china cabinet. Asking $1,300. Call 365-8674 if interested. Electric Range Asking $750. Call 456-9988 or 367-4049 MERCHANDISE FOR SALE Three Þ berglass hulls Sea n’ Sport Boats2 16’ hulls at $5000 ea. 1 15’ hull at $4800Boats are set up for tiller steering. Located at Roberts Marine Green Turtle CayCall Jimmy at 367-4249 for more info Civic OrganizationsPilot Club of Abaco Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Central Abaco Primary, Dundas Town, 367-3457Pilot Club of South Abaco Last Thursday, monthy, J.A. Pinder School, Sandy Point, 366-4001Rotary Club of Abaco Tuesdays, 6 p.m., weekly at Mangoes Restaurant

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