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VOLUME 17 NUMBER 21


NOVEMBER 1st, 2009


American Eagle requires Treasure Cay fire truck


Marsh Harbour runway


The new runway at the Marsh Harbour International Airport was opened for one day, October 15,
officials approve its use for commercial flights. Another problem that the Marsh Harbour airport
an adequate fire truck at the airport when the American Eagle flight lands. The government fire tr
problems and has not been in operation since June. The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Departme
this time but it does not satisfy FAA requirements for the large American Eagle plane. Shown he
Eagle flight disembarking with the yellow government fire truck from the Treasure Cay airport in
the green Marsh Harbour government fire truck that is not in operation. It is expected that repair.


opens for one day
The new runway at the Marsh Harbour
International Airport was opened for one
day only on October 15. Bahamasair, Sky
S Bahamas, Western Air and several private
planes took advantage to use it. But the
runway had not been approved by Federal
Aviation Authority officials so commercial
flights from the U.S. could not use it. Pas
sengers were taken by taxi to Treasure Cay
to fly from that airport. The next day, Oc
tober 16, the new runway was closed and
all aircraft reverted to the old runway.
Government maintains fire trucks at both
international airports on Abaco, Marsh
Harbour and Treasure Cay. However, the
government fire truck at the Marsh Har-
bour airport has had mechanical problems
since June, and a truck from the Marsh
-ts oh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department has
been on standby every day since then.
The FAA in the States has standards that
apply to all commercial planes in the U.S.
The large American Eagle planes that land
but had to be closed again until FAI at Marsh Harbour have specific require-
t recently experienced was the lack of ments for firefighting equipment that must
-uck at the airport has had mechanical be on standby at the airport. It had come
ent has been manning a truck there all to light that the volunteer truck does not
re are the passengers of the American qualify for the larger planes. American


the background. Beyond that truck is
s will soon be completed.


Please see Airport Page 18


Career Fair attracts


high school students
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The Abaco Chamber of Commerce organized a Career Fair with a variety of about 20
different careers represented. High school students from most of Abaco's high schools
attended and showed great interest in many areas. They were curious about what edu
cation would be required and even more interested in the income they could expect.
Cliff Pinder, an accountant from Nassau who came specifically for the Career Fair, is
speaking with students of Long Bay School about careers in accounting while students
from S. C. Bootle examine brochures. Tables with representatives of uniformed services
were quite popular. See story on page 20.



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Hope Town Council hears

about three developments


The Hope Town District Council met on October 20 to hear about three proposed
developments for Lynyard Cay and Elbow Cay. They are examining plans for the
Hope Town Marina and Inn. Shown seated is Walter Sweeting with cap, Administra
tor Cephas Cooper, Chief Councillor Jeremy S,.i I i-.. and Deputy Chief Councillor
Lana Russell. Standing in the center are Bridget D'Isernia and Brian D 'Isernia,
who represented Hope Town Inn and Marina, and on the right is Jane Thompson, a
resident of Tilloo Cay. See story on page 2.


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Developers meet with Hope Town Council


By Canishka Alexander
On October 21 developers of the Hope
Town Inn and Marina and proposed Lyn-
yard Cay development met with members
of the Hope Town Council. The BEST
commission presented the EIA for the
Joe's Cay proposed development. There
were not as many fireworks as expected,
but the meeting was attended by all mem-
bers of the Hope Town District Council.
The meeting was chaired by Chief
Councillor Jeremy Sweeting. Other Coun-
cillors present were Lana Russell, Deputy
Chief Councillor; Glenn Laing, Coun-
cillor from Guana Cay; Harold Malone,
Hope Town Councillor; Walter Sweeting,


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Man-O-War Councillor; and Cephas Coo-
per, Senior Administrator.
Hope Town Inn
and Marina
The Hope Town Inn and Marina propos-
al concerns the property on the west side
of the harbour on the property formerly
known as Hope Town Marina and Club
Soleil. The plans presented to the Council
were for the marina and dock area only
and did not include plans for a future
small hotel and other shore facilities. The
marina will include 51 slips. Brian and
Bridget D'Isernia represented the Hope
Town Inn and Marina.


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This is a sketch of the proposed marina at Hope Town Inn and
Marina. The docks will extend out into Hope Town harbour and
will require dredging. Council members have made recommend
dations to the developers as to what is acceptable.


Clay Wilhoyte
of Hope Town ex-
pressed several con-
cerns about the ma-
rina with regard to
the removal of man-
groves, containment
of silt (increased tur-
bidity during dredg-
ing); footprint of new
docks in relation to
existing docks; bulk-
heading; and bound-
ary setbacks. Howev-
er, he had no problem
with development and
said many of his con-
cerns were addressed
after reviewing plans
for the marina. He
agreed that dredging
is necessary, but he
doesn't like the pro-
cess.
Jeremy Sweet-
ing's concerns were


with the length of the dock and the dock
application; the removal of the public dock
that servicesother property owners and if
accommodations would be provided to give
people access to their property. He told the
D'Isernias that the marina would have no
control over the existing community dock.
The dock would have to be situated 20
feet from the public road and 15 feet from
neighboring properties. They were re-
quired to update their application and state
that the concrete seawall would be finished
with rip rap. The height of the seawall was
also considered, and the council was told
that it would be three feet above the dock.
Mr. Sweeting questioned whether bigger
boats would be accommodated if dredging
was only four feet in some areas, but Mr.
D'Isernia said by the time it was completed
it would be at a finished depth of six feet.
Despite Mr. D'Isernia's explanation, Mr.
Sweeting told him that the Council's biggest
concern would still be how they addressed
the dredging issue. They were instructed to
put marker buoys out that day because the
Hope Town Council wanted to carry out a
site inspection. He told the D'Isernias that
if the Councillors were satisfied after their
inspection of the site, a recommendation


would be sent on to the Docks Committee
in Nassau.
Lynyard Cay
Development
The Lynyard Cay project concerns a de-
velopment for the central part of Lynyard
Cay that would include protected by a sea
wall and other amenities. Until recently
Lynyard Cay was under the jurisdiction of
the South Abaco District Council.
Mr. Dale Scott spoke on behalf of the
development and told the Hope Town
Council that he had already gotten a tem-
porary dock approval as well as approval
from the Foreign Investment Board. How-
ever, Mr. Sweeting questioned where Mr.
Scott had submitted his documents because
they had no record of them either at the
Administrator's Office or the Hope Town
District Council Office.
Mr. Sweeting told Mr. Scott that he
wanted to see recommendations before
dealing with applications for the devel-
opment. He reminded Mr. Scott that he
would need to make sure that Local Gov-
ernment is involved in the application pro-
Please see HT Council Page 5


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5SA,.A VITA BREArHFtQPT 3 bed 3 bath borne
plus 5 extra lots, Snorkeling outside yow
door. thort walk to Nippe's. U5$2.5S0,000.
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2 bed 2 bath, 2.400 sq ft,. includes studio Dorros Cove wrh dock slip, gest cotetage.r an
apartment, private dock and pool, $3,250,000. quarters, absolutely turnkey US$2,500,000.
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II OP. TOWN I eIl;BOW CAY &367-1
Asways SunarY WATrRFROW T charming 2 bed
2 bath cottage with private dock on the South
end of Elbow Cay. Lush gardens $1,675,000.
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AvRiE OCEAmVIEWS Why wait Buy your island
getway. 3 bed cottage nestled the dures.easy beach
access.dock tlip.great rental history. US$695,000.
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SwEme o's LANoIWG WATERFIWOT lmmraCulat
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Hu mNiGBLr COTTGE Charming historic 2 bed
home, ar suudo attached. hw floor a/c. in Hope
Town v.1i ig Was $800,000. Now US$S95,000.
jane.PattersoniSoiebyfRealty.com 242366.0035


I OltIE TOWN I El.IBOW CAY 461
NORTH STAR -WATrEFROINT Charming island style
2 bed 2 hath 'hme with breezeway coanceionvery
private.sttudeddds. sps tobeach. US$1,200,000.
Janr. Pzerons5ISlhbysRealiy.cOm 2423660035


"- NEW PRICE

ALLArIANoA Historlc Loyalist cottage with
updated interior, 2 bed 2 bath plus upstairs
apartment. Fruit ard vegetable Otree. US$595,000.
LaurieSchrtmerlSorhetysRealtyconi 24267.5046


IlOIl" TOWN I II.FlOW I AY 1 66
AeACO Run PUNCH OceAN Views Swimming
pool. 3 bed 2 bach home. All the exmrs Steps
from Sea Spray Marina. US$845 000.
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FImomi K-eenR OceAG VItw Adombl 2 bed
I.5 bath island cottage. One block off the beach In
White Sound. Newly Renovated. US$485,000.
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view, 100' on the water. grat location on dhe edge 4 bath immaculate retreat with 97' dock.
of town. private. close to shops. US$395,000. 360 degree ocean views. S$3.500,000.
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stunning compound on II acres Absoute pflv)acy,
Beach, docks, pool. lush garden. US$6.400.000.
Launrthren ebst corm 242.367JM546

LOTS C- ACREAGE
HOPF TOWN I EI,.B1(W CAY


'1111) CAY 00357
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and desirable island estate rn Abaco. 5 bed 6 bah.
Hangar. dockage for 80ft vesel. U554,850,000.
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#4161 Aarttic Dream MUST SELL Dorros Cove oceanfront, dock sllp i $4i'~. KX err Sullivan
#5029 Big Rock Hill I acre oceanfront building site with 140 on the Atlantic, US$6t65 C V-Yrry Sultivan
H2969 Big Point Lot II Half acre beachfroc bulldong ste. US$595.000. k-rry ul. ar
#4308 Coconut Dunes Beichfrcr. i.itrh rcat surf Partnerihip opportunity. $395,00. Kerry Sullwan
#5031 Harbour Hill UINDER CONTRACT Beachfront & excellent elevation U.S$395.00. Kerry Sullivan
4905 Ocean Bluff Dorros Cove Oceanfront.dock slip, highest elevation I area S650.000, $Key Sullivan
#4639 Lucayo Lot 6 NEW PRICE 5 rmnute walk to shared dock and beaci.$99,000. ane Patterson
#4236 Marnies Landing lot 3C NEWV PP ICE Dock slip and ocean view, $A59 9' 0 ( r.- r uli ~.
#4313 New Settlemfnt Hilside lots w/ underground uilltlies, Star.ing t 5140.100j r-rry SullI an
#4825 North End Lot 51 NEW USTING Ocean View, $370.000.Jane Pattersw
#4826 North End Lot 66 -Almost if2 acre Iot Lnd birudi.ld $189 30r( Jr.e Pte,.iaon
#3207 eagrape -White Sound 101 ft ndy beach.near public aoxk $45iJ00N Kerry Sullivan
#4395 Shepherd Needle Hill 3.7 acres. 140' o deep water coastline. US$995.000. Kerry Sullri-an
#4605 Ocean View Subdivision Lot 4 Ocean View 18,799 sq it. I2'0.000 Eill -41buri
#3824 Pink Sand Best beachfro property on the island. $990000, Kery Sullwvan
#4246 Surfers Rest Lot # 8 near White Sound Close to ocean $183,500. Jane Paterson
rlllA)(W CAY
#4482 Fabulous Beachfront Lot Best Beach Location. FURTHER REDUCED $375,000, Stan Sawyer
#4671 SeaVews.hlgh elevation, .: -acre fUhRTHER REDUCED $1 jS Oi0 St3., i-,a er
#1836TllToo Beach Subdivision Hillide lo.shared dock. From $150,000. Laurie Schelner
#3738Tiloo Beach Subdivision Lot 10 Beachfront lot. NEW PRICE $270,000. Laurie Schreiner
#455$Tiloo Beach Subdivsson Lot 22 WaterfrontL $35000-Laure Schreiner
#5128TIlloo Bch Subd Lot 27 NEW LISTING Superior eleatn, ired dock. 125.000. Kerry Sullivan
#3792 OneWatrfrontAtre Great elevation room for dock, $290,000. Laurie Schrner
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LIGHTBOURN REALTY

MARSH HARBOUR- Pelican Shores


T wo bedroom, two bath villa with shared dmok Itmp
Beauti ful harbour vicrws.
-- 17.(10l-REF #6835
Contact: Chris Farrington


SEA FO SEA property with lovely swimming beach.
deep water dock and studio style cottage.
S632.000-RI F #6898
Contact: Chris Farrington


L \.cpitllri.l *.lqll sq It 3 Ied .a bath home rwiti views'1 the Sea otAbaco. tJp to 4l Ii c ~altons, I'nIl I .md-
t.l.pcd garden Cottage Standby Generator Must see!.
S2,300,000.00-REF #6930
Contact: Mike I ighllbtLrn

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Green Turtle Ca. Sea to Sea. 8 bed X bath luxury home with ',pilctiLitl,.r ',ca .i i c 2 J o. k pir .lte hc.i I. gar-
dens boat house workshop .lnli Turn key.
%5.5110,lI(IO-REF #6596
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Green Turtle Cay. Elegant 4 b-c -1 5 bath home Deep
water dock Iminni> pool A: hot tub Breathtaking views
SILesigner kitchen Open II % til_ n1111iini room
S4.J4(It.lhMI- REF #6413
Contact: Chris Farrineton


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2 bed 5 bath, 2,400 sq.ft waterfront home on a
12, t-'Sis I1 lot. Lovely views rh' le Sea
S.I .24!lHl(l(l- F F 6965hf
Contact: Mailin Sands

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Sand Ianks 2 bed/2 bath home on 1.4 acres, running
I ronk highway to Sea of Abaco. 80' of afterr frontage
,-49VIII-RK : F #6582
Contact: 1.6ilii Sands

Balehfrrcnt iots-2 Int 100' widr on the tWhah-S tSM .n1nll cach
Beachfront lol -over I acre with 83' on the beach -475.000
Bahams Palm %shnere-RItidenlUIl lots frnim S0.t000
Sunrie Bay-Appron. 9750 4,- f. lot S250?.fO0
Swcetings Village-Approx 9,000 sq. fL lot S70,000
Marsh luhour-Vision HIeights. Lios from SlI 111
\ Ilun urdl -I IIi.~r hlts. Call fnr Prices
Murphy Town Lotls- lots from S45,000 call Lee
Long Beach-1/4 arer kets. S..llnHi-t50,(llI
Trvasonr Cay-Lot oer back from beach 1S05 I 00
Green Turtle F.'laics- luiti-rminly ioli Sl6il.,114
Dundlas Tcmn-9,0l sq. ft. road from lot -40,000
Sand Hunk.- 122 a rer reaside tot 585.W00 cull Mailin
S.C. Bootle Iligbway-J3 acre tot near T.C S'1,l,0II1 call
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Green Tour-t Cuv-iln2 acre beachlfrol lot $475.00


3 bed/2 bath home on triple lot. Open floor plan. Beach
access nearby
S370.f00I-REF #5366
Contact: Mailin Sands

SIMMON'S PLACE GREAT INVESTMIEN I'









4 commercial spaces and 2 rental units on main tourist
strip. S.7t; sq. It in total.
S630L,00-REF #6766
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INDIGO HOUSE REDLCED


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Dock %i nnmmieg pool 'l.-elullf furnished,
Priced from 564?l.0(HM REF M602.t
Contact: Clhris Farrinrgton


3 hAd 2 bath home on elevated 6 acre %alcrlfIronr
lot. Spc laLula. sea view
S6210,UIO-REF #6782
Contact: Shirlev Carroll

SL'MMI-NRPLACE REDUCED
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\l.in -O-H%.r C.(: 3 'd 2 bath home on historic front
street. 2,100 sq t11. landscaped yard with fruit trees. Near
town and the harbour.
5. 150,I000-RE-F F 4691
Contact: Mailin Sands

JENCO PLAZA


3,571i sq. II Co'i unlrciir:ial hulldin m n 1 ,( IIt 101 q. II. parcel
in centre of town. All spaces urrently rented
S579,000-REF #6427
(Contaci Mailin Sands

MARINA VILLAS

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2 bed2.5 villas in a marina setting with private dock slips
& 100fl of prime waterfront.
S650.000-SRS80.)00l
Contact: Chris Farrintton


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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section A Page 5

HT Council is asked for recommendation of projects


HT Council From Page 2
cess. Mr. Cooper promised that he would
contact the Foreign Investment Authority
to find out what had been done so far in
regard to the development so they could
know how to move forward.
Mr. Scott said that he had never been in-
formed to go through Local Government,
which is why he went directly through Nas-
sau. He described the process as a long
one with having to wait 18 months for an
environmental impact assessment. He was
still waiting on permits and had put in an
application for a subdivision, which he was
currently waiting an approval for. It was
clear that Nassau had not been communi-
cating with the Hope Town Council, which
disturbed the members because they had en-
countered the same issue with the develop-
ers from the Hope Town Inn and Marina.


Joe's Cay
Development
Philip Weech, Director of the BEST
Commission, delivered an Environmental
Impact Assessment based on two plans
submitted for a proposed development on
Joe's Cay. He was accompanied by Envi-
ronmental Officer Stacy Gray. Joe's Cay is
a small island near the entrance to White
Sound on Elbow Cay joined to the main
island by extensive mangroves.
Mr. Weech said the original master plan
for the Joe's Cay project included 19 fam-
ily residences, club house and common
areas, recreational beach, 22-slip harbour
and a manmade beach. He said the first
plan submitted included details on the mas-
ter plan including the boat basin and man-
made beach, a baseline description of the
site, infrastructure and utilities and envi-


ronmental impacts and mitigation. Impacts
to the environment would be the removal
of red mangrove that would be dredged to
accommodate a docking facility and the
dredging of 0.2 acres of sea grass to ac-
commodate ingress/egress channel.
However, BEST was originally con-
cerned about the significant alterations to
the site in regard to the creation of the beach
and the rock groynes used to stabilize the
manmade beach, the extensive dredging
needed for the boat basin, the lack of alter-
nate locations for the boat basin, sewerage
treatment and waste disposal, the disposal
of reverse osmosis by-product and the lack
of mitigation concerning environmental
impacts.


A second assessment was submitted
and changes were made. The developers
offered an alternate location for the boat
basin which would be relocated behind
the manmade beach. The relocation would
eliminate the need for dredging within
the mangroves. Additionally, no flushing
channel would be needed.
The BEST Commission then made the
following recommendations: no flushing
channel would be dredged, no dredging
for the temporary dock, sand for the man-
made beach would only be acquired from
sources approved by the relevant govern-

Please see HT Council Page18


The proposed project for Lynyard Cay will include 80 village lots, 57 one-acre estate
lots and a 150 slip marina. The project is in the right center of the graphic. The marina
would be protected with two seawalls. The dark area on the left is what the developers
would like to see made a protected park area. The Hope Town District Council heard the
developer's presentation but will not be making any statement on it at this time.


This is the plan for Joe's Cay that the BEST Commission presented to the Hope Town
District Council for their recommendation. The boat slips have been placed behind a
manmade beach, leaving the extensive mangroves intact. A ferry will transport people
to and from the cay, not via a bridge. A town meeting will be held to allow residents to
voice their opinions.


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November 1 2009


Central Abaco News


6th Annual Abaco
Christmas Festival
By Jennifer Hudson
Plans are well under way for a fun filled
6th Annual Christmas Festival which will
take place on December 5 from noon until
10 p.m. at the BAIC Craft/Farmers' Mar-
ket site on Don MacKay Boulevard. Chair-
person Brenda Sawyer has been working
extra hard this year as Jo-Ann Bradley and
Wynsome Ferguson, who normally assist
her, are off island for an extended period.
"But they are still doing what they can to
assist from afar," says Mrs. Sawyer, who
is very experienced at organizing the fair
for many years and is very calm with ev-
erything under control. She is being assist-
ed with public relations by Michele Mikula
from the Ministry of Tourism office and
a competent band of committee members
who help with staging, decorating the tree
and organizing the grounds.
"The whole of Abaco from north to
south and the cays looks forward to this
fair and it uplifts people's spirits, espe-
cially at this time when things are rather
slow," stated Brenda.
The event will begin with the blessing of
the festival followed by a DJ and live per-
formers every half hour. The whole pro-
ceedings will be kept lively by the dynamic
Shelley Austin as Mistress of Ceremonies.
Performances to watch for will be karate
displays, cultural skits, praise dancers,
schools, choirs and soloists. Other activi-
ties will include a bouncing castle, some-
thing for the dogs yet to be decided, a fash-
ion show by Philippa Farrington, belling
and drum competition, photos with Santa
by the Abaco Club, "Flasher" Bodie, var-


ied craft stalls, music by Estin Sawyer,
New Entry Band, Impact Band and a guest
performance by K.B. (Kirkland Bodie).
The traditional tree lighting ceremony will
be held and the festival will close with
the usual Junkanoo rush and distribution
of goodies and toys to kids donated by
Baker's Bay. Of course, a fair is never
complete without food and people will not
be disappointed. No one will need to go
home hungry.
For the first time this year a crafts
booth is being planned at which children
can make Christmas cards and ornaments.
Other possibilities are a talent competition
encompassing several different categories
and maybe a bingo stall. The Wesley Col-
lege Marching Band will perform, and it
is planned that either the Royal Bahamas
Defense Force Band or Royal Bahamas
Police Force Band will be present to dis-
play its skills which everyone looks for-
ward to. Since the Defense Force was
here last year, the committee is hoping for
the Police Band this year.
People wishing to participate in the fes-
tival in any way may collect application
forms from the Ministry of Tourism of-
fice. These must be returned by the No-
vember 6 deadline. Fees are $75 for art
and craft stalls, $100 for food stalls and
$150 for restaurants.
Ms. Sawyer is grateful for the full sup-
port that her committee gives her and says
that it is a "real team effort." Commit-
tee members are Laura Albury, Roscoe
Thompson, Ruth Smith, Ruth Flowers,
Ruth Saunders, Enid White, Melinda Pin-
der, Stretch Morley and all the members
of the Ministry of Tourism office.


Cheque Presentation to
Abaco Cancer Society
By Jennifer Hudson
On October 21 the Abaco Cancer Soci-
ety was the recipient of a donation result-
ing from Jeans Day or Denim Day which
was held throughout both government and
private schools on October 9. The presen-
tation was made by District Education Su-
perintendent for Abaco, Lenora Black, at
the commencement of the Abaco District
Summit of the Department of Education
held at the Central Abaco Primary School.
Mrs. Black told attendees that this Jeans
Day fund raiser was begun on Abaco by
Mrs. Josephine Kumar at the St. Francis


de Sales School several years ago when she
first became principal here. Three years
ago government schools were incorporated
into this effort which will be ongoing.
The cheque was received by the Presi-
dent of the Abaco Cancer Society, Ve-
ronica Saunders, who was accompanied by
joint President Mrs. Marjolein Scott. Mrs.
Saunders gave a summary of the work of
the Abaco Cancer Society. Presently, 38
patients are being assisted by the society.
At the beginning of 2009 there were 45 pa-
tients but seven have sadly succumbed to
the disease.

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Denim Day was celebrated in all Abaco schools. On this day students are allowed to
wear denim instead of their school uniforms if they make a donation to the Abaco Cancer
Society. The money raised goes to help cancer victims with their expenses of traveling to
receive treatments and for the treatments themselves. Shown here are Education Superin
tendent Lenora Black, left presenting the check to President of the Abaco Cancer Society,
Veronica Saunders. On the right is Co-President Marjolein Scott.


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More Central Abaco News


Central From Page 6
Ninety percent of the patients get mul-
tiple tickets and assistance. In addition to
air fares many patients are now assisted
with medications and with donations to
cook-outs. From January to September of
this year the sum of $13,011 was paid to
the Travel Spot, Cat Island Air and Abaco
Air with $10,991 going to other patient
expenses. Mrs. Saunders praised the hard
work of Mrs. Scott, who "works non-stop
24 hours a day nine days a week." She de-
scribed how she herself gets to speak with,
pray with and encoura ge patients and how
much they appreciate this personal touch
as well as the monetary help.
Mrs. Saunders presented a plaque to
Mrs. Black for her assistance, then asked
Mrs. Kumar to receive a plaque "as this
was initially her baby."
Other upcoming activities of the Abaco
Cancer Society will include a Silent Auc-
tion on December 12 at Mangoes Restau-
rant and Christmas Shop in the old John
Bull building next to Mangoes from De-
cember 1-24. Opening hours will be Mon-
day through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Art
and good quality "nearly new" gifts will
be on sale.
The Thrift Shop is ongoing each Sat-
urday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind
Abaco Groceries. It is well worth a visit
for in addition to clothes, household items
and books, there are always some unique
"treasures" to be found. Donations are al-
ways needed and may be dropped off at
the store during opening hours or for as-
sistance call 367-3744.


Art for the Parks will ben-
efit Abaco's national parks
Abaco Beach Resort's Art for the Parks
is a new partnership which brings together
the Bahamas National Trust and local art-
ists to support the national parks of Abaco.
Art for the Parks will premiere on January
30th and 31st, 2010, at Abaco Beach Re-
sort, and the event promises to bring some
of Abaco's most talented artists and arti-
sans together under one roof.
"We are delighted to partner with the
Bahamas National Trust with an event that
will raise much needed funding for the
five national parks and protected areas that
are on Abaco. Local artists approached us
and the BNT with the idea of taking our
Annual Abaco Art Festival and turning it
into a fund raiser for the national parks,"
said Emmanuel Alexiou, Director, Abaco
Beach Resort.
"Art for the Parks is the BNT's first
event on Abaco, and we are excited to have
the support of Abaco Beach Resort. Its mar-
quee is perfect for the festival, and we have
some new ideas for activities that we hope
over the next few years will turn the festival
into one of the major art events in The Ba-
hamas, said Lynn Gape, Deputy Executive
Director, BNT. This will be the 13th Art
Festival sponsored by Abaco Beach Resort
featuring local Bahamian artists.
"Community involvement in this event
is going to be key to its success," said
Kimberly Roberts of Bahama Dawn De-
signs. "We want to showcase art and high
end crafts, but we also will have a special
area for local charities to showcase their
good works."
Abaco is home to five national parks


and protected areas: Abaco National Park,
Black Sound Cay Reserve, Pelican Cays
Land and Sea Park, Tilloo Cay Reserve
and Walker's Cay National Park. All are
managed by the Bahamas National Trust.
Scotia Bank Celebrates
40 Years on Abaco
By Samantha V Evans
The week of October 5th-9th was put
aside for Scotia Bank Abaco to celebrate
having offered quality banking service to

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Abaconians for the past 40 years. Branch
Manager Matthew Sawyer stated that even
though the anniversary is October 7th, the
staff was doing something every day to say
thank you to clients. All week a table of
treats was set out for customers to enjoy
and on October 7th the bank had a live ra-
dio remote, had free give-a-ways and held
a cocktail reception at the bank that eve-

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Scotia Bank celebrated the 40th anniversary of the opening of its branch in Marsh Har-
bour during the week of October 5-9. They honoured the five persons who opened the
bank initially including Judy Johnston, the first female Scotia Bank manager. They also
homoured the long serving employees. Current bank manager Matthew Sawyer is shown.
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The Editor Says


Where is Abaco headed?


The world's economy may be sluggish,
The Bahamian economy may be slow.
But for developers looking at Abaco,
The mood seems to be "Let's go."
A broad view of the world's economy
is distressing. Businesses are retrenching,
employees are being laid off and hom-
eowners are defaulting on their mortgages.
The big picture is rather bleak.
Yet, here on Abaco the view is some-
what different. Although some projects
have scaled back a bit which is painful to
those workers laid off, we seem to be hold-
ing our own. Bankers, developers and gov-
ernment observers constantly express the
view that Abaco is holding its own better
than most of The Bahamas.
Even though some of Abaco's recent
projects may have slowed a bit, the trend
seems to be continued investment and ex-
pansion. Our two original resorts, Abaco
Beach Hotel and Treasure Cay Resort are
static in terms of expansion. However, new
projects keep coming. Several are well un-
derway; others have continued in a slower
mode and new developments are standing
in line waiting for approvals.
Recent and proposed developments
show a confidence in Abaco's future.
The Ritz Carleton Resort, the Abaco
Club on Winding Bay, is open and has a
magnificent golf course. This is located be-
tween Little Harbour and Cherokee.
Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club had
its marina operating for last summer's boat
traffic and its golf course is expected to be
ready by the end of this year. This is on
500 acres on the north end of Guana Cay.
Sand Bank Landing is excavating its
marina behind the Catholic Church just
outside the gate at Treasure Cay. Our last
information indicated it will offer 92 lots, a
20-room inn and 57 condominiums.
Schooner Bay, between Bahama Palm
Shores and Crossing Rocks, has slowed a
bit but continues to go forward. This proj-
ect will create a new town with a marina,
shops, town houses and residences de-
signed for golf carts or easy walking.
Serenity Point, just north of Schooner
Bay, is offering ocean front and interior
residential lots on paved roads with utilities


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in place. It is well on the way to offering
fully serviced lots to the public.
We hear rumblings that the Valencia
group is working to get its development
back in the pipe-line. This would be on the
undeveloped area between Crossing Rocks
and Hole-in-the-Wall.
On Elbow Cay several developments are
being pursued. In Hope Town harbour the
Hope Town Inn and Marina is improving
the Hope Town Marina property and get-
ting approvals so construction can begin
on its marina. A restaurant, inn and town
houses are expected to follow.
Joe's Cay developers are working on
their plans to get Hope Town's approval
for this small cay at the mouth of White
Sound. A small marina is positioned to
leave an extensive mangrove area undis-
turbed. This has been in the planning stage
for more than a year.
The 20-acre parcel of the Elbow Cay
Club is still under active consideration for
development with a groyne-protected ma-
rina, a small hotel and residential property.
Farther south of Hope Town on Lyn-
yard Cay, developers are presenting plans
for a 150-slip marina, 57 large estate lots
and 80 smaller village lots. Jurisdiction for
Lynyard Cay has recently been transferred
from the South Abaco District Council in
Sandy Point to the Hope Town District
Council.
A 15-20 cottage development slated for
Cornish Cay appears to have been can-
celled as the property is now listed for
sale. Cornish Cay is several miles south of
Snake Cay and west of the Pelican Cays
Land and Sea Park.
The Snake Cay developers have been si-
lent for more than a year, but we believe
they may be reorganizing for another pro-
posal on their large resort an marina plans.
Several smaller investments relate to our
popular appeal as a bonefishing destination.
The Delphi Club north of Crossing Rocks


is a new lodge catering to European fisher-
men. The Abaco Lodge, resurrected from
the Lazy Parrot north of Marsh Harbour,
caters to North American bonefishermen.
All of these present and proposed de-
velopments will increase the resident and
visitor population on Abaco. It all adds up
to more jobs, more meals sold, more gro-
ceries bought and the need for expanded
public infrastructure.
Several government projects are either
underway or on the drawing board. The
$100 million BEC generation expansion
has resumed construction although it ap-
pears to be threatened with impending judi-
cial action that may stall further progress.
It is unanimously agreed that Abaco needs
additional power generation, but some are
questioning the approval process or the
proposed fuel.
North of Cooper's Town a harbour is
underway to accommodate freight boats al-
lowing incoming freight to be off-loaded
closer to its destination. The harbour will
also serve fishermen and visiting yachts-
men who presently have no protected har-
bour along the North Abaco coastline.
To the far south on the coast by Sandy
Point, the Bahamas Fast Ferry is construct-
ing a ferry landing to serve their ferries
coming from Nassau.
Government is soliciting bids for a
50,000 60,000 square-foot administra-
tive building in Central Abaco to house
key government departments along with
the Post Office. Abaco is believed to be
the last Family Island that does not have
its key government players in one location.
The Auskell Medical Clinic in Marsh
Harbour recently unveiled expansion plans
for a comprehensive medical clinic on Don
MacKay Boulevard leading to the airport.
Will are all of these projects benefit
Abaco in the long term. Are they our best
path into the future? Some, like the BEC
and Auskell expansion are merely the nor-


mal growth of the service industry in keep-
ing up with society's demands.
Examining our past success points out
the benefits of small projects that continue
to appear on a regular basis. Second hom-
eowners build the economy one house at a
time and appear to be insignificant in the
overall picture. However, their cumulative
effect has often been overlooked in favor
of big cement structures that are easier to
photograph and whose employees can be
counted as they punch the clock.
Historically, it has been the large de-
velopments in the Family Islands that have
given the problems. Second home rentals
and the small inns scattered over Abaco
have proven to be resilient to economic
changes and are the basis for Abaco's
steady growth.
Since the small lodges and inns along
with the rental houses are broadly scattered
and not concentrated in one spot, there is
no pressure for new access roads or a huge
need for an instant power upgrade or the
need for a job fair seeking several hundred
employees. There is no pressure on govern-
ment for concessions and work permits. As
our capacity for visitors and second hom-
eowners grows, the capacity to provide the
required services also grows incrementally.
In the face of worldwide economic de-
clines, investors appear to be confident in
Abaco's future and are lined up to take
advantage of our popularity and success.
We must be very careful that our growth
is regulated to the extent that we can cope
with all the various aspects. This will
not be an easy task. Developers are very
good at presenting their project in glowing
terms. There is more involved than instant
employment. There should be lessons to be
learned from the Emerald Bay project on
Exuma which is not resuming operations
and looking to hire hundreds of employ-
ees. Is this type of resort in Abaco's best
interest?


Letters to the Editor


Resents illegals
flaunting Bahamian law
Dear Editor,
I am a Bahamian. I have two Baha-
mian parents. But I cannot build on land
that I cannot show proof of ownership of.
So, Mr. Hubert Ingraham, I would like to
know why you gave the Haitian people our
country. They have all the rights. We have
none. Do you think this is a fair thing to
do to us Real Bahamians? What you say?
They are Bahamians? They came to our
country illegally so they should not have
all the rights. But what do you care? You
do not have to put up with them.
Well, the Haitians are building onto
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do anything about it. But Local Govern-
ment just fixed Mud roads and Peas road.
This is OK. But they should have fixed
main roads first. All people use the main
road, not just Haitians. Us white people
have to put up with it also.
A concerned Bahamian
Protest against
power plant
Dear Editor,
Thanks for supporting our lawful public
demonstration to voice our opinion about
the location of our new power plant at Wil-
sons City.
First of all, this demonstration is not
about politics. I am not a politician, nor
do I aspire to be one, at least, not now!
This is not about politics or any particular
political party, so when I say "government
I mean the government of the Common-
wealth of The Bahamas not PLP, FNM,
UBP or any other. This demonstration is
about a consistent supply of electricity for
the people of Abaco without sacrificing our
public health or our tourism product in the
process of generating the electricity that
Abaco needs to sustain its residents, our
visitors/guests/second homeowners. I am
an individual that feels the time to speak
out about the issue is now, before we go
any farther and spend more of our tax dol-
lars on something we may regret later. So
this is my story and why I am here today:
During the recent holiday weekend as I
read the October 15th issue of The Abaco-
nian, among other articles I came across
a full page advertisement by Abaco Cares
and I read their ad. They asked how I felt


about the location of our new power plant
at Wilson City and I responded to the email
address printed in the ad that I welcomed a
new power plant for Abaco but about how
concerned I was that the emissions from
the proposed Wilson City location burn-
ing bunker C oil would disperse emissions
over Great Abaco the majority of the time
because the wind is out the easterly quad-
rant most of the time as well as the prox-
imity of the fuel dock to the Pelican Cays
National Park.
The old Normans Castle site seems like
a viable location. The emissions from that
site would disperse over the sea much like
the Clifton Pier site on New Providence
does most of the time and is not next to a
national park, same as Abaco Cares had in
their ad in the paper! What a coincidence!
We had the same thoughts, but they had
taken the step forward to go to the expense
to place a full page ad in the paper saying
so and I commend them for that.
We are both of the opinion that Bahamas
Electricity Corporation and the govern-
ment of the Commonwealth of The Baha-
mas should halt construction of the power
plant at Wilson City and look at the pos-
sibility of locating the power plant at the
old Normans Castle lumber mill site on the
northwest coast of Great Abaco. We would
have liked to have had the opportunity to
express our opinions to BEC/government
before they began the new power plant
project at Wilson City on our behalf.
This is the largest capital expenditure
ever of central government for the people

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More Letters to the Editor


Letters From Page 8
of Abaco, and it's only fair you give us,
the people of Abaco, a chance to input
on the project because we who live/visit/
have invested here are the ones who will
have to live with the final decision and con-
sequences going forward. The September
10th meeting with the public and BEC of-
ficials was only the first public meeting that
I know of about the subject and they, BEC/
government had already cleared bush and
were pouring concrete for the foundations,
without permits from local government be-
cause no one at BEC had bothered to follow
the procedures that Local Government on
behalf of central government encourages us
residents to follow when building something
new. What kind of example is that?
So they had no building permit and con-
struction was halted by the Prime Minister
right after the SeptemberlOth meeting till
BEC went through the permitting process.
Construction has now begun again on Oc-
tober 16th, only one month after being
stopped for no permit. One month seems
like pretty quick approval time to me for a
plan of this size.
I find that sometimes the government of
The Bahamas moves slowly on projects,
for example, the Marsh Harbour Interna-
tional Airport. For years we been hearing
from the Bahamas' government that the
Marsh Harbour airport was going to be
"expanded," a much needed thing. I re-
member when there were artists' drawings
hanging in the MH post office showing
possible configurations for a new airport
terminal building and asking for public in-
put on the drawings. Anyone remembers
those? They were there for several years.
Years. And talk about moving slowly, we
are still waiting for that new terminal as
well as for the new runway to be opera-
tional .......
But this demonstration is about the pow-
er plant, not the airport. Nor is it about the
fact that our Royal Bahamas Police Force
does not have enough staff, funds or re-
sources to properly combat crime here on
Abaco. That was also in the October 15th
issue of The Abaconian, too. No, this dem-
onstration is about where was the opportu-
nity given for Local Government as well as
the common man to give his opinion about
how we would like the power supply for
Abaco to be handled going forward.
So I heard some sip sip there was to be
a new power station for Abaco. They had
even surveyed an area around the Wilson
City area. But I guess because I have been
hearing from the Bahamas' government for
years about how they were going to expand
the Marsh Harbour International Airport
but nothing happened, so I expected the
same or worse concerning the power sta-
tion. What a surprise when I learned they
were clearing land and then pouring con-
crete. So how did government manage to
get this project going so fast?
Had our government and BEC better con-
sulted with our Local Government boards
and the people of Abaco before they began
to clear the bush and pour concrete out at
the Wilson City Buzzard Hill site, then we
would have had a chance to voice our opin-
ions before this expense has taken place.
We have written Letters to the Editor,
had one public meeting, more Letters to
the Editor. Yet there is still, in my opin-
ion, a lack of transparency in the whole
new power plant issue for Abaco. To BEC/
government I say why not halt construc-
tion at Wilson City till we can have proper
public dialogue about the issue. While we
are dialoging, fine tune the current power
plant to meet the demand for the next year
or two. While you do so, develop better
preventative maintenance procedures for


the extensive transmission and distribution
system that Abaco has as well as imple-
menting things such as power conservation
encouragement programs with consumers
as well as encouraging businesses and ho-
meowners to utilize solar and wind power
to supplement their dependence on the
"grid." Renewable sources of energy seem
to be the way we, as humans, will ease and
perhaps one day end our dependency on
fossil fuels.
No doubt the power station needs to be
moved from its current location, the sooner
the better, but I say to BEC and the gov-
ernment, let's not rush this new power sta-
tion and wish down the road we had taken
a closer look at all the options available to
us today for the benefit of all the people of
Abaco now and for the future. Remember,
it's never too late to do the right thing.
Thank you.
Stafford Patterson
Letter to the
Prime Minister
Dear Prime Minister Ingraham and every-
one else that this concerns,
I'm depressed. Have you watched the
You Tube video of the September 10th
meeting in Marsh Harbour about the BEC
power plant? Have you read the con-
cerned citizens of Abaco poster? In case
you haven't, I've forwarded attachments to
you under separate cover. I just took time
to watch the YouTube video and read the
poster, and yes, I'm depressed.
I first came to Abaco in 1957 to join
my soon-to-be husband in running a new
tourist facility, one of the first in Abaco.
My second daughter was born in Marsh
Harbour in 1959 attended by lovely and
capable government nurse Deems shortly
after the Marsh Harbour landing strip was
opened to commercial flights. Now, as a
grandmother of five young Abaconians,
three of whom are direct descendants of
the first loyalist settlers in Hope Town, I
am concerned about their future in Abaco.
Also, two of my grandchildren were Top
Primary Student of the Year winners and
are still winning awards in their secondary
school education. These five young people
are part of the future of these islands, and
it is my sincere hope they will want to
make their futures here in Abaco.
I have watched Abaco develop and be-
come a favorite tourist destination as I
worked in the tourist industry until I re-
tired five years ago. The visitors to Abaco
that I have met over the years fall in love
with the clean air and unpolluted waters,
the quiet that allows one to hear the breeze
in the trees, the sound of the ocean swish-
ing on the beach and the birds twittering in
the bush. Many come by boat and moor in
Abaco's lovely protected harbours. Many
arrive by plane and purchase property and
build vacation homes which they put on the
rental market until they retire and can be-
come winter residents and full members of
the community, putting their energies into
volunteering in countless ways to support
the community. Many families have been
spending their vacations in Abaco for sev-
eral generations, renting houses, staying in
hotels, getting married or honeymooning
in Abaco and returning for anniversaries.
And prosper Abaco has, and still is.
Please "don't kill the goose that lays
the golden egg!" If you haven't watched
the video or read the poster, please do. As
mentioned above, I have forwarded the at-
tachments.
You in government want us to listen
to you, and we need you to listen to us,
those of us who live, work and raise our
children in Abaco, and be willing to make
changes that will benefit us all. I want to
hear, soon, that you have made a decision


to build the new power plant at Norman's
Castle as has been suggested by those who
have been studying this matter, NOT at
such a frighteningly fragile spot as Wilson
City, and that more research is being done
on what fuels to use.
Offered in all sincerity,
Mary Balzac
Letter to Earl Deveaux,
Mon. of Environment
Dear Minister Deveaux,
I am deeply disappointed to see that The
Bahamas government has forged ahead
with plans to build the power plant at Wil-
son City without transparency, sufficient
public consultation and negligible input
from the citizenry. This continues to show
a government with no respect for its con-
stituents and a government which contin-
ues to treat its voters with utter contempt.
It was disclosed during the town meet-
ing on September 10, 2009, in Marsh Har-
bour that this plant was initiated by the for-
mer administration. It is unacceptable that
this government has known about this plant
for two full years, yet has chosen to keep
the communities of Abaco, and the wider
Bahamian community, in the dark. Before
any clearing or construction or approvals
were given, this project should have been
brought to the public with full disclosure
of future projects that may be coming on
stream to essentially double the generating
capacity of Abaco from 27 mega watts to
48 mega watts.
There are many kinds of Bunker C
heavy fuel oil. The refinery, region, mar-
ket or which oil well it comes from plays
a part in determining the toxicity of the oil,
its emissions and its effects on the envi-
ronment and nearby communities. In the
absence of supporting documentation, it is
impossible to accurately discuss the poten-
tial issues that the fuel used at any facility
may produce. Essentially, logic dictates
that we will get what we pay for if we
pay for the cheapest Bunker C option avail-
able, the chances are that there are going to
be some nasty consequences. I do not ac-
cept Minister of State Phenton Neymour's
argument that bunker C is acceptable just
because so many other island nations and
countries use it. That in and of itself does
not make it good does that make it the
best choice for producing power? Is it the
least polluting? Although the infrastructure


may be less expensive initially, the truth is
that our future generations will pay more
in energy and health costs into the future.
The use of Bunker C in other island na-
tions is irrelevant because it is fundamen-
tally an issue of sovereignty, not of joining
the masses, but of making a decision that
is right for The Bahamas as a leader in the
Caribbean. Our nation should be committed
to creating a policy for energy security and
energy independence. We do not have the
financial resources to continue to pay higher
and higher fuel prices going into the future
when the sun, wind and tides are free. Ob-
viously, there is an initial cost in develop-
ing the infrastructure necessary to harness
renewable energy sources, but this must be
outweighed by the national advantages into
the future. Is the government incapable of a
simple Rate of Return spreadsheet to prop-
erly discuss this with its citizens?
The You Tube documentary, entitled
Bunker C at Wilson City, Abaco, produced
by concerned Bahamians (and distributed
via the internet via Facebook and mass
mailing) was condemned as propaganda
in a blanket statement by Mr. Fred Got-
tlieb. This is laughable considering the fact
that the one point Mr. Gottlieb did make
was that the smoke emitted from similar
power plants was not black, it was brown.
Incidentally I was on Adelaide beach on the
Sunday after this meeting and the smoke
coming out of BEC's Bunker C plant at
Clifton was indeed very black.
I understand that my neighbour, Mr.
Pericles Maillis, also presented at the Ab-
aco meeting to defend the power plant and
to console the community downwind that
he never suffers from the Clifton plant's
proximity to his own home. He is actually
quite right, the prevailing winds are from
the south and southeast AWAY from his
home so his statements are grossly dis-
ingenuous and misleading, as he is trying
to use his influence as an "environmental-
ist" to tell the people downwind that they
don't have to worry any ill health from the
plant's proximity. For your information,
during my participation in a Clifton Park
clean up, the stench from the Clifton Pier
plant area (which is just around the bend)
was so bad that I felt nauseated, dizzy and
suffered from headaches for two days after
exposure, all of which are the side effects

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Central From Page 7
ning. The persons who were invited were
business clients who were with the bank
since it opened on Abaco and long serv-
ing employees. Several guests were given
mugs, t-shirts, bags and the winners of two
trivia questions received a gift certificate
each to John Bull.


The bank honored Ruby Albury, who has
been employed with the organization for 38
years. Unfortunately, she was not present
to receive her recognition as she is in the
hospital, but the branch organized a blood
drive at Auskell Medical Clinic on October
7th for persons wanting to donate blood.
Mr. Sawyer stated that banking has
evolved so much in terms of service since
Scotia Bank opened in The Bahamas.


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In a joint effort between Local Government and the Spring
City Development Committee, the community basketball court
is being improved. Other improvements include speed bumps
and a general clean-up.


Banking was once done
manually and now ev-
erything is computer-
ized. As a branch, they
have improved service
and now provide more
efficient service within
the branch through on-
line banking services,
ATM, credit cards
and now debit cards.
In fact, he recalls how
far banking has come
from cash only trans-
actions to checks to
credit cards and now
debit cards. He looks
forward to the day in
the near future when
his bank can approve
loans within 24 hours
which would be a great
accomplishment.
Persons who were
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Mr. Sawyer thanked the employees for
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encouraged those persons who are looking
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Spring City sees
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Through the dedi-
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recently. The first was
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speed bumps in the
area called Old Town
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bump in New Town.
Colin Curry of the 4 .
Marsh Harbour and .. '
Spring City Town
Committee said the
speed bumps were a ..-
part of Local Govern- One area in Go
ment's capital works Marsh Harbour
projects and were in- that goes between
stalled by persons in water will drain


the community. In the coming weeks there
are plans to install additional speed bumps.
"We had to really try to deter some of
the speeding in the community, and I think
it's doing its job," Curry pointed out. "It
has made a tremendous difference, and I'd
just like to say, 'Please don't go around the
speed bumps. Please slow down because
you're destroying the side verges now'.
He said that both areas are scheduled
to receive two more speed bumps and two
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Central From Page 10 Company packages Munroe at 242-448-1375. They
made presentations at Soul Sav-
more will be installed on Robert Ferguson healthier products ing Ministries and Bayview
Drive. By Canishka Alexander Restaurant.
Future capital works project include the Distributors of Organo Gold are pro- Maxwell's boasts
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ceived new basketball court equipment claim have significant health benefits based new floor finishing -
On October 7 Stretch Morley of the on their firsthand experiences and testimo- By Mirella Santillo
Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture; nies of customers who have sampled the After a few weeks of process-
Mr. Colin Curry and Edgburt Tinker from products that contain ganoderma. ing by Outstanding Floor Group
the Spring City Committee were assisted Commonly referred to as a magic herb LLC from Deerfield, Florida, ..'....
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ty with refurbishing the basketball court. Asia, ganoderma has been in existence for new Maxwell's Supermarket
Mr. Morley said the basketball uprights thousands of years. Those who reside on presently under construction
and rims were sponsored by the Ministry the western side of the world have a lot of will be one of the focal points of c,
of Youth, Sports and Culture. "We're try- catching up to do. Interestingly, the herb the new supermarket. .
ing to get the park here sorted out so that was just introduced to the United States In a little over a month, us-
we can get sporting activities going in the within the last year; The Bahamas just ing a new process involving
community with the help of some of the found out about ganoderma in the last five grinding machinery brought..
young boys, Morley explained. months. over from Florida, the crew This is one of the grinders used in putting a permanent
Mr. Curry said that in addition to refur- However, Linda Simms, an Organo transformed the new building's smooth impermeable surface on the floor of the new
bishing the basketball court there will be a Gold distributor and Abaconian, was intent rough concrete floor into a high Maxwell's Supermarket. The floor will require mini
major cleanup around the area to remove on travelling to Abaco with her colleagues sheen, decorated surface. mal maintenance.
overgrown shrubs and trees as part of the to unveil the company's products that are Outstanding Floor Group's
community project. enriched with ganoderma, and includes supervisor, Jorge Ramos, who came to in preparing and finishing the concrete
One of the young men assisting the com- capsules, hot chocolate, green tea and Abaco in mid-September with an original flooring.
mittee was Shavargo Bootle, who was hard three types of coffee: She was accompa- crew of five workers, patiently took me Please see Central Pae 14
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uprights were plumb. He was happy to see and Selena Sweeting all Organo Gold
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The first step was grinding the cement
with diamond-incrusted metal attachments
for a piece of equipment similar to heavy
commercial floor-polishing machines. As
the floor became smoother, the metal at-
tachments were replaced by finer and finer
attachments until the cement was complete-
ly polished, as smooth as a waxed floor.
Then came the application with the
sprayer of decorative pigments that were
chosen among 20 different finishes. The
powdered pigments diluted in acetone cre-
ated a liquid stain that was sprayed over
the floor. That liquid stain permeated the
concrete to give an unalterable color finish.
The one you will see on most of Maxwell's
floor is called the "salt and pepper" finish
because of smaller darker dots peppering
a background that reminds one of granite.
The process is very versatile. Adjoining
areas are finished with different color pat-
terns, thus creating wall-less separations
within one large store. In Maxwell's the
floor in the future produce section was fin-
ished in green.
After the liquid stain had been absorbed,


an application of extreme hardener made of
pure silica followed. That was the condi-
tioning and sealing step followed by another
very fine diamond buffing and finally by the
administering of the final protective finish.
According to the manufacturer's infor-
mation, the process increases the strength
and durability of the surface as well as am-
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spite of the sheen, it is a "no slip" surface
which can easily be maintained and cleaned
by regular mopping with water and soap.
The original crew has returned to Flor-
ida, but Mr. Ramos will stay in Marsh
Harbour working with locals to finish the
reminder of the building. He hopes that
people might take advantage of the equip-
ment being on the island to contract for


The Burial Society building in Dundas Town has been transformed into a well construct
ed attractive building. It was badly damaged by hurricanes earlier in the decade and was
never repaired. Now with capital funding from central government it has been made into
a Local Government Town Committee office, a meeting place for the Burial Society and
other groups and a study room with computers for the Dundas Town youth.


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By Samantha V Evans
Work on the Burial Society building in
Dundas Town began three months ago;
and when you drive on Front Street in
Dundas Town, you will be amazed at the
major transformation it has undergone.
According to the Deputy Town Committee
Chairman Faron Newbold, the building
will be utilized by the Burial Society and
the Dundas Town Committee. The build-
ing will be fully equipped with central air,
two bathrooms and a computer room and
homework center. The building is approxi-
mately 1500 square feet inclusive of the
exterior front porch. To accommodate the
porch, Mr. Newbold stated that the wall
on the eastern end had to be torn down.
The computer lab will be equipped with
three computers that will be purchased by
the Committee. They will be available for
use with the after school program. Beside
the burial society and local government
meetings that will be held there, the build-
ing will be available for meetings, semi-
nars and social gatherings, but no parties.
Persons interested in using the building
will have to get permission.
Residents will be pleased to know that
town meetings and the monthly Committee
meetings will be held at the hall. Since the
building is in the community, they expect
that crowds will come. When this happens,
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of the building.
The money for the renovations came
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Miller and the landscaping done by Com-
mittee member Wanda McIntosh. Faron
Newbold stated that the community is
extremely pleased with the work done as
this building holds a lot of meaning to the
senior residents. The building is scheduled
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Computer technician
joins computer company
Computer Creations, a computer service
company in Marsh Harbour, has announced
that Tad Sands of Man-O-War Cay has re-
cently acquired the CompTIA A+ Certi-
fication, that is the industry standard for
computer support technicians. This inter-
national, vendor-neutral
certification proves com-
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ing printers, faxes, mul-
tifunction machines and
digital copiers.
Red Cross
Distributes
Parcels to Fire
Victims
By Samantha V Evans
On October 15 the
Red Cross Abaco Branch
began its distribution of Barbara Johns
items to persons affected Red Cross, is
from the fire in the Mud. plies to Haitian
The members utilized Mud. Others in
sia Johnson an,


space in the Abaco Shopping Plaza gener-
ously donated by management. They gave
out food items, water, kitchen utensils and
hygiene kits to those persons who went
through the screening process. Those per-
sons were then given an identification card
to present in order to collect their items.
Only persons with cards could receive re-
lief items.
This was the only day that Barbara


Johnson and her team planned to distribute
items. However, depending on the needs
assessed, they will determine if more dis-
tribution days are warranted. The items
distributed on this day came from the Red
Cross head office in Nassau. Next week,
they will receive linens and clothing and
persons in need of those can collect them
from the Red Cross Office next to the Ab-
aco Motor Mall in Marsh Harbour. Dona-
tions of all items are needed and are being
accepted daily. They received items for
fifty families this week. The persons as-
sisting with the distribution were Willard
Cooper, Christine Lightbourn, and Henri-
sia Johnson. A police officer was also on
hand to ensure that the distribution was
done in an orderly fashion.
Furniture Plus update
By Smantha V Evans
Furniture Plus is known as one of the
elite furniture stores in The Bahamas and
presently they have stores in Nassau and
Freeport. Anyone who has been to either
of their stores can attest to the quality of
the furniture, accessories, appliances, and
trimmings they provide. The store that will


on, left, leader of the Abaco Branch of the
shown with her helpers who distributed sup
is that were displaced by the recent fire in the
' the picture are Christine Lightbourn, Henri
d Willard Cooper. XXXXXXXXXXX


be opened here is the third location of this
company and will provide the same high
quality items Bahamians have become ac-
customed to. It will be occupy part of the
building of the new Maxwell's Supermar-
ket on Pole Line Drive in Marsh Harbour.
According to Scott Ferguson, partner
from Freeport and overseer of the prepa-
rations of the Abaco Furniture Plus store,
much work has been done for the opening
of the store at the end of January 2010. He
stated that he is very pleased with the state-
of-the-art facility Chad Sawyer is building
and realizes that the Abaco community de-
serves such a fine store. He is delighted to
have found such an opportunity to become
a tenant of the site, occupying 20,000
square feet of space.
He explained that the company has ac-
tually been looking for a location on Ab-
aco for a while. In fact, the owners were
contemplating the Cost Right building but
realized that it was not suitable for their
needs. When they learned of the new store
that Mr. Sawyer was building, they were
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Central From Page 15
comfortable with the location. The fact that
it is built up especially in a flood zone and
that the quality of it was second to none,
they took the opportunity to open a store
there. The massive traffic that is expected
to frequent the location was a big plus as
well. Hence, this building is conducive to
what they are looking for.


Locals have been applying online for
employment and the company has been
pleased to date with the applications re-
ceived. An employment training session
will be held with new employees before
the store opens. This will be handled by
marketing and human resources director
Kristin Lee Darville from Nassau.
National beauty pageant


focuses on education
By Canishka Alexander
Four deserving girls from Abaco are
representing the island and their respec-
tive schools in the Miss Highs Abrave
Edubeauty Pageant Bahamas, which will
be held on Grand Bahama on January 2,
2010. The contestants will arrive at Our
Lucaya ballroom by horse and carriage.
The eleventh and twelfth-grade students
possess a balanced combination of beauty
and brains having already defied the stan-
dard of most beauty pageants. Represent-
ing Abaco in the competition are Felicia
Romer, Dawnishka Morley, Amanda Pin-
der and Faniesha Archer. They will com-
pete against girls from Grand Bahama and
Bimini.
Bethsheba Russell, pageant organizer,
said the competition promotes education,
builds character and challenges the contes-
tants mentally, so this was her reason for
choosing students with a minimum GPA
of 3.0 to enter the pageant. She acknowl-
edged the girls as top quality, adding that
she knows the judges will have a difficult


time choosing a winner.
The pageant represents a competition
where everyone involved will be rewarded
through the exposure and self development
it brings and, of course, the magnificent
prizes.
After attending many beauty pageants
throughout The Bahamas with her daugh-
ter, Ms. Russell was quite often disap-
pointed by what she saw taking place. So
she decided to raise the standard of pag-
eants by raising the quality of contestants
allowed to compete.
At the pageant the portfolio presentation
will garner the most points followed by the
contestants' self introduction and answers
to their questions. The least amount of
points will go toward the talent segment of
the competition.
Another compelling aspect of the pag-
eant is that the girls who do not secure the
traditional first, second and third runner-
up titles are considered as first runners-up

Please see Central Page 18


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Four girls from Abaco will compete in the Miss Highs Abrave Edubeat y Pageant Baha
mas to be held in Freeport on January 2. The emphasis of this pageant is on education as
well as beauty. They are Faniesha Archer, Amanda Pinder, organizer Bethsheba Russell,
Dawnishka Morley and Felicia Romer.


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November 1 2009


Sustainability and
conservation are
topics of essay
competition
By Canishka Alexander
The Bahamas National Trust and the
Inter-American Development Bank are
facilitating an essay competition for high
school students in celebration of both orga-
nizations' 50th anniversary this year. The
topic is Environmental Sustainability and
Conservation in The Bahamas: A Vision
for the Future. The competition, which
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high students between the ages of 11 to 13
years and seniors ages 14 to 17 years.
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The essays are judged on content or
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and style and presentation.
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to cof-cbh@iadb.org. Entries can also be
mailed to:
The IDB Office, Essay Competition Entry
P.O. Box N-3743
Nassau, Bahamas
The prizes include a Dell 250GB desktop
computer that will be given to the schools
of each first place winner. For individual
prizes, juniors will be awarded with a Dell
laptop for first place; an iPod touch 32 GB
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Central From Page 17
because the Miss Highs Abrave Edubeauty
Pageant will showcase the winner as Miss
Highs Abrave Valedict, followed by Miss
Highs Abrave Salutor and Miss Highs
Abrave Scholar.
The winner of the pageant will receive
a two-year scholarship to Success Training
College, a commemorative plaque for their
school, congratulatory ad on ZNS, round-
trip cruise to Fort Lauderdale on Disney
Cruise Line and various gift items among
other prizes.
Other pageant winners receive compa-
rably attractive prizes. Moreover, parents
of the winner are also rewarded. Ms.
Russell is hopeful that the standards of the
pageant will be a driving force for parents
to encourage their children to attain better
grades in schools so they, too, can be a
part of upcoming pageants.
At a meeting on October 8 with the con-
testants and their parents at St. Andrews
Methodist Hall, the girls were asked to
give a self introduction. Their reasons for
entering the pageant ranged from being
passionate about modeling to meeting new
people to being able to face and overcome
new challenges. The girls participated in a
photo shoot at the Lucayan National Park
on October 23.




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Airport From Page 1

Eagle cancelled its flight one day since the
firefighting equipment was discovered to
be not adequate. Since October 24 the gov-
ernment fire truck from the Treasure Cay
airport comes to Marsh Harbour each day
for the American Eagle flight. During this
interval the Treasure Cay airport is served
by the volunteer firemen from Treasure
Cay suing one of their fire engines.
The government fire truck at the Marsh
Harbour airport is being repaired and is
expected to be back in service soon. The
parts had to be fabricated as it was a recon-
ditioned truck.
No date has been set for the opening
of the new runway that is now completed
with necessary lights for nighttime flights.
The paving itself was completed late in the
summer of 2008. Other aspects were not
completed including lighting, markers, ob-
structions at the west end and documenta-
tion. The 6100-foot runway is paved with
asphalt, the first Family Island airport to
have a black top surface.


HT Council From Page 5
ment agency and a reverse osmosis plant
approved by the Water and Sewerage Cor-
poration would be required.
Mr. Weech told the Council that details
of the development were discussed during
a town meeting on September 11, 2008,
with Minister of the Environment Dr. Earl
Deveaux, who encouraged input from the
community. Min. Deveaux had promised
to hold another town meeting to address
modifications to the plan, but nothing has
occurred since then. Mr. Sweeting an-
nounced that on a personal note there was
no way he would put pen to paper to ap-
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Inland Lot Near Beach # 1176 Large 21,450 s/f
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Inland Lot Near Beach (Ref# 756) Large 13,000 s/f
lot near sandy Atlantic beaches, native vegetation,
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Beachfront Lot # 9A # 1379 21,565 s/f private &
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# 823 10,150 +- s/f canal lot w/130' frontage & 105'
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# 1258 9,000 s/f canal lot with 87' of water frontage,
160' of lay-along docks & shared recessed boat basin
$335,000.
# 602 15,334 s/f canal corer lot w/197' seawall.
$299,500.
# 1080 12,100 s/f canal parcel with 110' sea walled canal
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# 704 10,400 s/f elevated canal lot w/104' deep water
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# 811 10,400 s/f sea view corner lot with 194' of road
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# 998 13,459 s/f canal view corer lot, near beach
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TREASURE CAY
"Camelot" # 1234 Beachfront Estate. New custom
designed 4 bed, 4 bath Ocean Blvd home, plus 2 bed, 1
bath guest house. Total 7,793 s/f under roof on 1.5 acre
grounds Beachside pool, numerous enhancements.
OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE! $7,849,000.
Ocean Blvd. Beachfront Estate # 1455 -Exceptional 5
bed, 5.5 bath main house, separate 3 car garage and 1 bed,
1 bath guest suite. Total 7,160 s/f under roof. 2.50 acres
with 250' of sandy beachfront. Unfurnished. $5,725,000.
"ArgyllHouse" # 483 Elegantly furnished, elegant 4
bed, 5.5 bath, 6,900 s/f Ocean Blvd. estate on 1.6
landscaped acres with 153' beachfront. Includes vehicles
& 2 additional residential lots.
REDUCED TO $3,995,000.
"Another World"# 1007 Ocean Blvd. 4 bed, 4.5 bath,
3,500 s/f furnished beachfront home, pool, patio &
garage on 1.2 landscaped acres. Excellent rental income
history. $2,500,000.
"Sandpiper" # 1265 Ocean Blvd. 3,000 s/fbi-level
furnished home on 1.87 acres with 180' sandy beach
frontage. Adjacent lot also available. $2,357,000.
"Tranquility" # 1307 4 bed, 5 bath, furnished bi-level
Brigantine Canal home on 2 lots. 3,580 s/f under roof,
plus decks & balconies. 90' canal frontage, dock, boat
lift, plus sea views from virtually every room. Tastefully
decorated, excellent condition. $2,200,000.
"Trident House"# 317- 3 bed, 3.5 bath, furnished
3,500 s/f beach front home. Breath-taking beach & sea
views. Good rental income. NOW $1,999,000.
"Windward Palms" # 1454 Splendid 3 bed, 2 bath
furnished Windward Beach home. 2,500 s/f under roof
plus 1,600 s/f patios & walks on 16,000 s/f landscaped
parcel with 100' sandy beach. Meticulously maintained,
Many extras, superior sea views. $1,955,000.
"Flip Inn" Windward Beach # 1008 2 bed, 2 bath,
1,620 s/f under air beachmome, plus garage on 2 lots
totaling 28,252 s/f. lbently refurbished, tastefully
furnished. 180' sanfy beachfront. $1,725,000.
"Seascape", Windward Beach # 1469 -3 bed, 2 bath
2,050 s/f furnished beach home on spacious 26,125 s/f
parcel with 120' sandy beach. $1,379,000.
"Pilot House" Rock Point # 1380 2 level, 3 bed, 3
bath furnished waterfront home at entrance to Treasure
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Boat/plane ramp to sea. Great sea views. $1,160,000.
"ToadHall" # 1373 5 bed/4 bath, 4,000 s/f, 2 level
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OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE! $2,075,000.
Bahama Beach Club 2046 # 1009 3 bed, 3 bath, 2nd
level Phase 5, 2nd level, 1,750 s/f living space condo,
closest to beach, tasteful contemporary furnishings,
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Bahama Beach Club 2020 # 1139 3 bed, 2 bath,
1,650 s/f 2nd level beachfront condo, Stunningly
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ground level Phase 5 unit, 1,750 s/f living space condo,
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Atlantis Condo 2112- # 929- 4 bed, 4 bath 2,000 s/f 2
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Bahama Beach Club # 2031 #1485 3 bed, 2 bath
1,645 s/f furnished ground level condo plus private
garage. Fantastic sea & beach views. Community pool,
well maintained grounds. Excellent vacation rental or
personal get-away retreat. $862,000.
Bahama Beach Club # 2005- # 1370- 3 bed, 2 bath
ground level 1,645 s/f comfortably furnished condo.
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Bahama Beach Club # 2014 #1478 3 bed, 2 bath,
1,645 s/f 2nd level furnished beachfront condo. Great
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Royal Poinciana # 2511 # 1483 Deluxe 2 bed, 2 bath
ground level furnished 1,300 s/f beachfront condo. Well
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Royal Palm Condo #2424 # 1399 3 bed, 3 bath,
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Sand Dollar Condo # 7- #1456 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,000 s/f
ground level furnished beachfront condo. Wel
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Beach Villa 507 # 782 Newly renovated, 2 bed, 2
bath 1,150 s/f villa, plus 592 s/f patios. Tastefully
furnished. Many extras. Close to beach, marina, golf
course. $490,000.
Atlantis # 2215 # 1471 2 bed, 2 bath, 1000 s/f
furnished 2nd level "end unit" condo on Brigantine
Bay. Includes 2 storage units and finger dock. well
maintained, great water views. $485,000.
Atlantis Condo # 2202 # 987 2 bed, 2 bath, 2nd level
furnished waterfront unit, includes boat slip & golf cart
garage. "Turn-Key", Near Treasure Cay Beach.
$465,000.
Atlantis Condo # 2203 # 1000 2 bed, 2 bath, 2nd
level, 1,000 s/f furnished waterfront unit, includes fully
serviced boat slip & golf cart garage. Overlooks
Brigantine Bay, Near beach. $465,000.
Atlantis Condo # 2201 # 1175 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,000
s/f, 2nd level furnished waterfront condo. Recently
renovated, well maintained. Includes storage garage &
private boat slip/dock. Near beach. $460,000.
RoyalPalm # 2304 # 1472 2 bed, 2 bath, 950 s/f
furnished ground floor level condo overlooking
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Beach Villa 703# 1209 2 bed, 2 bath 885 s/f furnished
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# 1181 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 level, 1,650 s/f furnished harbour
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# 985 2 bed, 2 bath, 2 level harbour front end unit,
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#928-2 bed. 1 bath 2 level unit, overlooks harbour $249,000.
# 655 2 bed, 1 bath condo with marina view $249,000.
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Beach & Canal Lot Package #941- Windward Beach
lot of 17,542 s/f with 100' of beach frontage on Sea of
Abaco, PLUS Galleon Bay lot of 17,955 s/f with
approx. 76' of sea-walled canal frontage. $1,446,000.
Ocean Blvd. Jumbo SizedBeachfront Parcel# 1266 -
Approx. 52,575 s/f parcel (1.20 acres) with 115' sandy
beach frontage & 460' depth. Superior building lot. All
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Ocean Blvd. Beachfront Parcel # 1260 Splendid
44,600 s/f parcel on Treasure Cay Beach, 75' beach
frontage of suger-white fine sand. All utilities available.
Spectacular sea & beach views. $1,350,000.
Beachfront Parcel- Ocean Blvd. # 876 1.5 acres with
100' of beach frontage, on spectacular Treasure Cay
Beach. All utilities available Gorgeous beach & sea
views. REDUCED TO $1,295,000.
Windward Beach -Beachfront Parcel# 1283 Cleared &
walled 17,542 s/f parcel with 100' of sandy beach.
Sea of Abaco views. All utilities available. $1,024,000.
Windward Beach Beach Parcel #1470 23,151 s/f
parcel with 101' of stone wall & sandy beach on Sea of
Abaco. All utilities available. $843,000.

Windward Beach # 999 ,750 s/fBeachfront parcel with
85' of frontage on SeGek aco. All utilities available,
great building site. $599,950.
Windward Beach # 817 Half acre waterfront parcel
directly on Sea of Abaco, 124' beach frontage. Newly
installed sea wall. All utilities available. $482,000.
Galleon Bay # 744 19,256 s/f cleared canal parcel with
68' bulkheaded deep water frontage. All utilities
available. Superb views along Galleon Bay. $460,000.
Galleon Bay # 1356 24,732 s/f large canal front parcel
with 158' of bulkhead & sandy waterfront. All utilities
available. Panoramic water views. $399,950.
Galleon Bay # 422 Prime 10,295 s/f cleared canal lot.
88' + protected canal frontage. Sea-walled, plus dock &
davit pilings. All utilities available. $350,000.
Galleon Bay # 1473 Approx. 10,000 s/f canal parcel with
100'+ of sea-walled & protected water frontage. All
utilities available. Easy access to sea. $349,950.
Brigantine Bay # 1498 20,310 s/f canal parcel with 126'
ofsea-wallwed deep water frontage. Unobstructed views
along bay to marina. All utilities available. $322,000.
Brigantine Bay # 1173 & 1174 2 adjacent deep water
canal parcels, each 11,200 s/f with 80' bulk head &
generous 140' depth. Cleared, all utilities available.
EACH $299,950.
Galleon Bay# 1208 Large 20,920 s/f canal parcel with
sea wall & 90'+deep waeq PaM dolphin pilings. All
utilities availabl.fiiE mc building lot, spectacular
water view 'g Galleon Bay. $299,950.
Windward Beach Drive Sea ViewtParcel # 1353 -
Excellent 11,090 s/f reside ti-F tel. Level building
envelope, all util*i J*ftWa'le. Short walk to both
Windward BeaAW Treasure Cay Beach. $120,000.
St. Andrews Estates, Golf Course Lot # 1341 11,151
s/f residential parcel with 130' of golf course frontage.
All utilities available. Short walk to beach. $58,500.
MARSH HARBOUR
"Sea View" Great Abaco Club # 1203 3 bed, 2.5
bath, 1,880 s/f furnished sea view home, plus 280 s/f of
open deck on 4,918 s/f parcel. Well maintained, gated
community, great rental income potential. Includes
private deep water dock. $769,000.
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"Ridge Runner" # 1185- 6 bed, 4 bath, 3,100 sq. ft.
furnished home includes main house, separate master
suite, guest cottage, pool & dock situated on 1.74
elevated acres with 330' of shoreline. Superb panoramic
water views. $2,599,000.
Dolphin Beach Estates # 1412 Exceptional 20,000 s/f
waterfront parcel on Sea of Abaco with 145' of elevated
rocky shoreline. Utilities available. $549,000.
Atlantic Oceanfront Parcel #746 Approx. 1 acre
residential parcel, 154' elevated shoreline near Orchid
Bay community, great ocean views. $395,000.
"Secret Beach"# 1267/1268 Ocean Front Elevated
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Students excited about career opportunities


By Canishka Alexander
Career Day was a success. And ac-
cording to Leazona Richard of the Abaco
Chamber of Commerce and organizer of
the event, she is expecting an even greater
turnout next year. She was pleased with
the students' interest and responses at their
first attempt at Career Day. Many of the
professionals working at the booths said
that most of the questions they addressed
were the requirements needed for the re-
spective careers, why they chose their par-
ticular career and how much money could
be made. More than 20 businesses set up
shop at New Vision Ministries on October
15 encouraging students and informing
them on how to go about getting into the
careers that were offered at the site.
Students from Agape Christian School,
Forest Heights Academy, St. Francis de
Sales School, Cyber Learning Center,
Wesley College, Long Bay School, S.C.
Bootle High and Abaco Central High were
present.
At the police booth the students were
informed that the police force was a re-
warding career one that is certainly not
one-tracked but very diverse. Community
policing, forensic scientists and ballistic
experts were some of the areas available.
Students learned that they would be given
the opportunity to travel abroad and be
well paid.
Kim Reese-Miller, a welfare officer at
the Department of Social Services, deals
with the children and family service divi-
sion, and her duties include child protec-
tion, child welfare and juvenile court pro-
bation. The department has a community
support division which provides financial
assistance with regard to food, utility bills
and rent. She highlighted the need for male


social workers particularly when it comes
to juvenile court cases where there are cur-
rently only female workers.
Representing the nursing profession was
Nurse Williams, registered nurse, midwife
and nursing officer. She explained some of
the requirements of becoming a registered
nurse. "I tell people that the only reason
you should get into this profession is if you
really love it, especially on the Family Is-
lands. It's very time consuming. You're on
call, you're needed at any time and you
may be asked to go out on an emergency
flight at any time. However, the profession
- I love it, and I've been in it for over 20
years," she said, excitedly.
Nurse Williams said community health
nursing is one of the areas that they spe-
cialize in on Abaco. It requires nurses to
go to the homes of sick patients with con-
ditions like diabetes to assist and care for
them. Nursing is one of the professions
that is most needed all over the world and
emphasized the need for nurses on every
island in The Bahamas especially where
there are no doctors.
The staff at Restoration Salon and Spa
said their aim was to interest the students
in their field of cosmetology adding that
there are endless possibilities as it relates
to hair, nails and skin care. The salon of-
fers a full complement of staff and has a
massage therapist and aesthetician, salon
manager, nail technician, hair braider and
barber on hand. Sharman Davis, owner
of Restoration Salon and Spa, discovered
at the Career Day was that many students
were discouraged and being told to look at
doing hair and nails as a "side job," but
cosmetologists are some of the highest paid
people in The Bahamas.
Representatives from The Bahamas


Maritime Cadet Corps (BMCC) were
there. BMCC is a program that stems from
the Bahamas Maritime Authority and pre-
pares high school students in grades 10
through 12 for employment in the maritime
industry. Next to the Bahamas Maritime
Cadets booth was Bryan Russell of The
Moorings who said that they are looking
to bring more young people into the field
of marine mechanics which embraces elec-
tronic controls and computerized engines
and incorporates a hands-on approach.
The owner of Complete Care Air Con-
ditioning and Refrigeration Company said
air conditioning and refrigeration are vast
fields and fall under the categories of ma-
rine, automotive, commercial and resi-
dential. He said every year he and his son


travel to seminars in the U.S. to remain
up-to-date with technology. He also offers
private classes to educate young techni-
cians who are interested in the field.
Juanyette Curry of First Caribbean Bank
said the students were excited about a ca-
reer in finance and banking, so she gave
them a few tips on how to prepare their
resumes and what to expect during an in-
terview with special attention on how to
dress for success.
Bekera Taylor, events and celebra-
tions supervisor of Abaco Beach Resort,
announced that students who visited that
booth and filled out a form were entered
into a drawing. The lucky student would

Please see Career Fair Page 21


The Career Fair organized by the Abaco Chamber of Commerce was primarily for 11th
and 12th grade students. However, students in lower grades attended also. It gave them
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Career Fair From Page 20
be the proud recipient of a lunch for four
at the resort.
Viline Baptiste of Fidelity Bank's Mon-
ey Centre informed students of a giveaway
at the bank that would be awarded the fol-
lowing week. The bank offers standard
banking services as well as premium prod-
ucts like their money-back mortgage, Asue
account, Western Union service and food
transfer service to Haiti. She said students
can choose from sales, operations, custom-
er service, human resources, loan, market-
ing and technology departments.
Carrie Lowe of H.G. Christie Real Es-
tate Company explained what real estate is
and the regulated process of becoming a
real estate agent in The Bahamas.
Vanria M. Lightbourn said her profes-
sion as a lawyer has been a challenging
one, but it has been rewarding during her
10-year journey, which she started out on
as a legal secretary.
Dr. Theresa Bonamy of Agape Dental


was enthusiastic about her interaction with
the students. She said many of the ques-
tions varied from careers in dentistry to
what goes on inside the dentist's office.
Dentistry takes a lot of passion, commit-
ment and dedication and can be entered
from the government or private sector.
"Dentistry and passion; dentistry and pas-
sion those two go hand in hand," she
chanted.
Ricky Johnson of Baker's Bay Golf and
Ocean Club promoted fitness, which he
is just not exercising and entails well be-
ing and peace of mind; he said it is "good
health internally as well as externally. Fit-
ness outside is a reflection of what's on the
inside, so that's how it should be looked
at as an overall component rather than an
external outlook," he said. "Is fitness big?
Yes, it is."
There were also career opportuni-
ties and insight given in regard to Abaco
Neem, drinking water, entrepreneurship,
journalism, agriculture, pharmaceuticals
and hospitality.


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urgent meeting
By Canishka Alexander was disappointed to find that the gov-
Stephen Knowles, proprietor of SNK ernment could not match the amount of
Organic Farms, called a farmer's meeting money he has spent on his farm.
at the Murphy Town Burial Society build- There was an urgent call for the Farm-
ing on October 9 to discuss how serious er's Market and Craft Center to get un-
Abaco farmers are and to see if they were derway so it could be utilized as a mar-
open to the idea of a new farmers' associa- ketplace for those wanting to sell their
tion or organization. Of the 30-35 farmers products. One female farmer emphasized
present, most of them were females. marketing as a great tool to establish cus-
Early in the meeting, it was clear that tomers as well as to put them on alert for
farmers were disgruntled over a number the type of products each farmer offered
of issues. Some questioned if the Abaco and when they would be ready to go to
Cooperative Society was still in existence, market.
and if so, was it still functioning. The farmers represented those who
It was agreed that Bahamians must have have been in the agriculture industry for
a drive to farm. Backyard farming and more than 30 years to those who know
incorporating agriculture courses into the little to nothing about it.
educational curriculum were some innova- Mr. Knowles promised to call another
tive suggestions. It was pointed out that meeting as soon as he shared the views
Cuba has been quite successful with these and concerns of the Abaco farmers at a
types of initiatives, meeting he planned to attend with a num-
Some felt that while the government's ber of high-ranking agriculture officials.
leasing of the land is a good initiative, the Another local meeting was scheduled for
farmers still need equipment and materials October 23 to share valuable information
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More Letters to the Editor


Letters From Page 22

of exposure to Bunker C fuel.
It is distressing that instead of moving
forward with alternative energy and energy
conservation, The Bahamas government is
leading us down the same dirty path of
fossil fuel dependency which contributes
to health issues, climate change, global
warming and sea level rise. A recent World
Bank Study, The Impact of Sea Level Rise
on Developing Countries: A Comparative
Analysis, states, "When the results are ex-
amined at the country level, one notes very
significant differences within the region.
The Bahamas would experience the largest
percentage of impacted land. Even with a
one meter (3-foot) Sea Level Rise (SLR),
approximately 11 percent of the land area
of The Bahamas would be impacted."
What this government is essentially do-
ing is perpetuating the addiction of the com-
munities of Abaco to a commodity whose
prices are highly volatile and which are sure
to rise again, making Bahamians captive to
the oil industry well into the future.
Why has the government not aggressive-
ly marketed energy conservation, teaching
people how to use less so we have to im-
port less? Why can't the $105 million dol-
lars earmarked for the Wilson City plant
be spent on fixing the diesel generators
that are down to accept bio-diesel along
with installation of solar water heaters and
panels on the 4,000 homes there and edu-
cating our people on how to lower their
energy costs? That would certainly reduce
the demand on the existing, and for another
power plant.
It is sad and ironic that Abaco, the Cali-
fornia of The Bahamas, the most progres-
sive of our islands especially when it comes
to conservation, is being subjected to the
dirtiest fuel money can buy at the expense
of the environment, financial security and


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future generations.
In July 2009 the message that came
from the Caribbean Regional Sustainable
Energy Conference (CRSEC) hosted by
the US Embassy and The Bahamas gov-
ernment was loud and clear the way
forward in producing energy, reducing
our dependence on fossil fuels, keeping
millions of dollars in the country, lower-
ing our energy bills, creating new jobs,
protecting the environment from global
warming green houses gasses is to dive
straight into the renewable energy market,
not LNG, not coal, not oil.
The renewable energy market is said
to be the Third Industrial Revolution. Ac-
cording to Jeremy Rifkin, president of the
Foundation on Economic Trends in Wash-
ington, DC, and lecturer at the Wharton
School at the University of Pennsylvania,
"The great pivotal economic changes in
world history have occurred when new
energy regimes converge with new com-
munication regimes. When that conver-
gence happens, society is restructured in
wholly new ways...The third industrial
revolution is the end-game that takes the
world out of the old carbon and uranium-
based energies into a non-polluting, sus-
tainable future for the human race."
The government's mantra always centers
on creating jobs perhaps the government
and the private sector should think about
The Bahamas manufacturing solar panels
or solar water heaters that could supply
The Bahamas and perhaps the entire Carib-
bean. Moving the country into the alterna-
tive energy field could create thousands of
jobs that produce clean energy from sourc-
es that are naturally abundant: solar, tidal
and wind. Just to name a few.
Technology is no longer an issue; so-
lar, wind, bio fuels and tidal power are all
proven technologies that can provide The
Bahamas with power for present and fu-
ture generations. Dan Arvizu, Director of


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tory in the U.S., stated during his presen-
tation at the CRSEC in July 2009 that The
Bahamas has the wind and solar capacity
to generate enough energy to power the
entire Bahamas.
What of The Bahamas' commitment to
achieving the Millennium Development
Goals of sustainable development and the
United Nations Framework Convention
on Climate Change targets to reduce fossil
fuel emissions? Have we abandoned these
commitments?
The ball lies squarely at government's
feet. The Bahamas should follow New
Zealand's lead by forbidding any future
fossil fuel based projects including the
Wilson City plant and those in North
Eleuthera, New Providence, Hatchet Bay,
Eleuthera, Bimini and Cat Island now and
for the foreseeable future. The govern-
ment must now officially turn away the
LNG proposal put forward by AES and
any others that may be lurking in the shad-
ows. They should extricate The Bahamas
from all oil exploration licenses and make
compact fluorescent lights and solar water


heaters and other alternative energies duty
free. Laws must be changed that allow in-
dividuals to install alternative generating
power for their homes and businesses, and
they must vigorously pursue other initia-
tives that will secure our energy future
with available, clean, reliable, renewable
alternatives.
Surely as a government which claims to
be transparent and a government which pro-
fesses to care about its people, this plant must
be put on hold until full disclosure of all doc-
umentation to date is released to the public.
This should be followed by public meetings
that garner a response from the public as to
whether or not we wish for the construction
of this plant to continue. I would sincerely
appreciate your letting the Bahamian com-
munity know when all the documents will be
posted on the BEST web site.
The time is now and there's no looking
back. We need to start moving forward.
This is no time for Bunker C. This is the
time for alternative energy. Everyday we
delay, we affect future generations.
Sam and Tony Duncombe
reEarth, Nassau


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365-4247 Conch Inn 9 rms
365-5464 D's Guest House 6 rms 3
365-4271 Living Easy
365-4047 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms
365-4161 Lofty Fig Villas 6eff
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3 hse 366-0030
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Oeisha's Resort 366-4139
Pete & Gay's Resort 14 rm 366-4119
Rickmon's Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477
Spanish Cay
Spanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083
Treasure Cay
Bahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500
Island Dreams + 45 hse 365-8507
Treasure Cay Resort 95 rms 365-8801
Mark's Bungalows 4 units 365-8506
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Emergency Services
Police Marsh Harbour 367-2560 911
B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667
Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518
The following services are provided by volunteers
Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000
Fire Dundas Town 367-2935 or 4935
Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16
Fire- Green Turtle Cay 365-4133
Fire -Man-0-War 365-6911
Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue 365-9112
BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16
Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbour 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 .................365-2172


Tourism's People-to-People program
Be matched with a local person or family with a similar interest such
as Bird watching, Attending church, Foreign language, School class
visit, Environmental interest. Marine, Native plants, History, Humane
Society, etc. This is not a dating service or an offer for a free meal
or lodging but an opportunity to meet someone locally with similar
interests. Call Tourism's Doranell Swain at 367-3067 for more informa-
tion. Email: dswain@bahamas.com

Airlines Serving Abaco
AbacoAir Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is 367-2266
American Eagle Miami 367-2231
Bahamasar NassauW Palm B, Ft Laud 367-2095
Continental Connection Miami
Ft Laud and W Palm Beach 367-3415
Regional- Freeport
Sky Bahamas Nassau 367-0446
Southern Air Nassau 367-2498
Twin Air Calypso- Fort Lauderdale 367-0140
Yellow Air Taxi Ft Lauderdale 367-0032
Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida
AbacoAir 367-2266
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 Town 366-0431
Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay 365-8571
Brendal's Dive, Green T. Cay 365-4411
Dive Guana 365-5178
Man-0-War Dive Shop 365-6013

Taxi Cab Fares for one or two passengers
Plus extra for each passengers above two
Marsh Harbour Airport to (effective22 Dec08)
Clinic, Downtown, Regattas, $10
Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore, Pelican shore $15
Spring City $15
Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch $15
Murphy Town & Great Cistern $20
Snake Cay $35
Casuarina Point $60
Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour $80
Bahama Palm Shore $90
Crossing Rocks $105
Sandy Point $150
Leisure Lee $50
Treasure Cay Aorport, G Turtle ferry $80
Treasure Cay Resort $85
Fox Town $185
Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and:
Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel $5
Nat Ins Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr Cistern $10
Waiting time X$20 per hour, X$10 per half hour
Children under three free Caged pets as people
Luggage X$1.00 each over four, Surf boards X$4.00 ea.

Treasure Cay Airport to: Effective 22 Dec 085
Green Turtle Cay ferry dock $10
Madeira Park $20
Sand Banks $25
Treasure Cay Resort $30
Leisure Lee $45
Black Wood $20
Fire Road & Cooper's Town $40
Cedar Harbour $60
Wood Cay $70
Mount Hope $80
Fox Town $70
Crown Haven $90
Marsh Harbour airport $85

Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport $80

T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour X$65 + $10
T C Hotel to G Turtle Ferry (Blue Hole $24) X$18 + $5
T C Hotel to Bonefish Marles X$22 + $5
T C Hotel to Joe's Creek X$35 + $5
T C Hotel to Moxey X$16 + $5


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All phones use area code 242 unless noted

Ferry Schedules Departure times shown Daily service unless noted
Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-0-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 40 minutes
Albury's Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 VHF Ch. 16 Hope Town & Man-0-War from Crossing Bch
Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 7:15 am 9 10:30 12:15 pm* 2 4 5:45
Return 8am 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 2:30* 4 5:45 N
Return 8am 11:30 1:30 pm 3:15* 5 Sundays
Marsh H. > Guana Cay (& Scotland Cay with advance notice) from Conch Inn or
(6:45am -Union Jack Dock) 10:30 1:30 pm 3:30 5:45* holidays
Return 8am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 5:45
Fare Adult prepaid oneway $15 / open return $25, Kids 6-11 half, Under 6 free
Green Turtle Ferry Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Ch 16 Ten minute ride
Green T Cay to Treasure Cay Airport 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 5
New Plymouth one way adult $10 (Children $7) Round trip $15 Extra to some G T Cay docks
Abaco Adventures Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16
Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday Lv 12 & returns 4:45 p.m. $25 RT
T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $35 RT
T Cay to Guana Cay Sunset Cruise Fr $25 call for time
Pinder's Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -
Crown Haven, Abaco to McLean's Town, Grand Bah. -Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm
McLean's Town to Crown Haven return Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm
Fare $45 OW / $90 RT Children half fare Call Abaco 365-2356 for information
Bus between Freeport and McLean's Town Rental automobiles at both terminals.
Bahamas Ferries Sandy Point to Nassau under 4 Hr. Call Sandy Point 366-4119
or Marsh Harbour 367-5250 for sailing dates Adults $95 RT, $55 OW Cars & trucks
The Great Abaco Express Marsh Harbour charter bus to N Abaco Call 367-2165, Group tours


Attractions
Albert Lowe Museum Green Turtle Cay
Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits.......Green Turtle Cay
Memorial Sculpture Garden.......................... Green Turtle Cay
Wyannie Malone Historical Museum .......................Hope Town
Elbow Cay 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 i 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
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

Tours & Excursions
Abaco Eco Tours & Kayak rental 475--9616
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
Adventure on Prozac T Cay 365-8749

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 Marina183....... F......367-2736
Conch Inn...................75....... F .....367-4000
Harbour View Marina.36....... F .....367-2182
Mangoes Marina........29................367-2366
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 .................. 60....... 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


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Everyone reads The Abaconian

Charter Boats
Lucky Strike Hope T 366-0101
Sea Gull Hope Town 366-0266
A Salt Weapon Hope Town 366-0245
Down Deep 366-3143
Local Boy 366-0528
Back Breaker 365-5140

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
Adventure on Prozac Kayak .............365-8749
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
JodyAlbury ......... 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
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 to Freeport Bus to McLeans Town *
Ferry to Crown Haven Bus, taxi or rental car 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


Restaurant Guide
Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper
(Based on dinner entree range)
+ Picnic tables & restroom only t Provides ride from town
Marsh Harbour
Anglers...........................$$$ ....... ....367-2158
Blue M arlin .........................$ ............367-2002
Curly Tails ......................$$$ .............367-4444
G ino's .................................$ ............. 367-7272
Golden Grouper .............................367-2301
Island C afe.........................$ ............367-6444
Jamie's Place.....................$ ............367-2880
Jib Room .........................$$ .............367-2700
Kentucky Fried Chicken............... ...367-2615
Mangoes ......................$$$ .............367-2366
Pinacle ............ .......... .... ... .. ..
Pop's Place........................$ .....+....367-3796
Sea Shells .........................$ ............367-4460
Snack Shack .....................$.....+....367-4005
Snappas.............................$ .............367-2278
Wallys ..........................$$$ .............367-2074
Hope Town
Abaco Inn .....................$$$ .............366-0133
Cap'n Jacks .......................$ ............366-0247
Harbour's Edge............... $$.............366-0087
H T Harbour Lodge .......$$$.............366-0095
Munchies ..........................$ .....+....366-0423
Sea Spray ......................$$ ..........366-0065
Little Harbour
Pete's Pub
Lubber's Quarter
Cracker P's......................................... 366-3139
Man-O-War
Hibiscus ....................................... 365-6380
Island Treats Snack Bar.....................365-6501
Guana Cay
Docksiders .....................$$$ .............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
Mclntosh'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 Bonefish Lodge................... 366-4477


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VOLUME 17


NUMBER 21


NOVEMBER 1st, 2009


Second home rentals get tax break
Property managers learn of changes in tax law for second homeowners
Sj I About 20 property man
,iI "I iI ,. .. i ]! estate agents attended an A

,,, .. ij I iL i' sights on government's char


The Abaco Cini,,,l, of Commerce hosted a seminar on October 8for property managers on the new guest tax to be levied on second
homes that rent. Along with the guest tax will be a lowering of the property tax rates for those second homeowners who rent. It will
be the duty of property managers to collect the six percent guest tax and turn it into the Administrators' offices monthly. Many ques-
tions have arisen. The COin,,,ii, had Senior Administrator Cephas Cooper address the group and answer questions.


agers and real
baco Chamber
ssion to get in-
ages to the real


property tax schedule and the newly im-
posed six percent guest tax that now applies
to rental houses.
Changes to the property tax were ex-
plained by Joe Norris of the Inland Rev-
enue Department which is responsible for
property tax and business license collec-
tion. Administrator Cephas Cooper gave
information on the newly imposed six per-
cent guest tax recently assessed to guests in
rental houses. This matches the guest tax
that hotels must collect from their guests.
Persons who rent their houses during
their absence must now register as a hotel
and remit six percent of the rental income
to the Administrator's office by the 15th of
each month for the previous month. There
is no fee for registering as a hotel.
It was explained that it is the homeown-
ers' responsibility to collect and submit this
tax which is a tax against the guest, not
Please see Tax change Page 22


Social Services honour

seniors during October


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Events throughout October honoured senior citizens providing them with trips, meals,
movies and church services. Some of them are shown here outside the Social Services
office in Marsh Harbour with staff members. See story on page 17.


I Bunker C is concern


of these protesters


The concern about the pollution caused by bunker Cffuel continues. The new BEC plant
now under construction at Wilson City will burn this low grade fuel in four 12mw gen-
erators. Protesters are concerned for health reasons and feel that it could affect tour-
ism. Wilson City is the site of a lumber camp in the early 1900s. See story on page 19.


Parents and students

protest teacher shortage


The students and parents of S.C. Bootle High School are upset as they feel that the
school is short four teachers. This means that students will not be able to take some
BGCSE exams because they will not be adequately prepared for them. The national
high school exams require that work be done for three years as the grade is based on


course work as well as an exam.
By Canishka Alexander
Demonstrators gathered just outside
the Sherlin C. Bootle High School in
Cooper's Town on October 13 with co-
lossal posters demanding more teachers.
Parents were outraged that the school
still lacks at least four teachers so far into
the school year. They say the shortage
is greatly impacting the senior students
who are without teachers in specialized
subject areas like office procedures and
commerce.
According to parents and students the
school is about to lose their religious
knowledge teacher as well. One student
was dismayed because they have already
turned in their course work. Another par-
ent said it is frustrating for the students
who have taken specialized courses in the
tenth and eleventh grades to find that they
have to drop those courses in the twelfth
grade and choose from courses that are


available because there are no teachers to
teach the specialized courses.
Sylvia Poitier, PTA president, called
on the Abaco community and the govern-
ment to assist the school, promising that
if no change came by the end of the week,
they would take another course of action.
Ms. Poitier was joined by Timmesha Rus-
sell, head girl, and Fredricka McIntosh,
deputy head girl. Timmersha was visibly
upset with the government; she said they
had been told that the school would re-
ceive teachers, and up to that date they
had not even received one.
Sonith Lockhart of local government
was passing through the community when
he saw the crowd highlighted with their
posters. He said it is a shame what our
country's nation builders are faced with

Please see School Page 16


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Swine flu is topic of town meetings


By Navardo Saunders
Following a recent surge in H1N1 in-
fections in the country, officials from the
Department of Public Health conducted
town meetings throughout Abaco during
October to raise awareness about how to
prevent the spread of the disease.
Since the outbreak of Influenza A
H1N1, which is also called swine flu,
there have been 45 confirmed cases in The
Bahamas, according to Stephanie Dean of
the Ministry of Health's Disease Surveil-
lance Unit. "The first case of swine flu in
The Bahamas was discovered on May 25,
2009," she told residents at a town meeting
on October 6 at St. John's Anglican Parish
Hall in Marsh Harbour. "It was found in
a visitor from New York. The visitor was
treated and subsequently left the country."
After the initial case had been detected,
Ms. Dean said a number of other persons,
mostly Bahamians who had traveled out-
side the country, were diagnosed with
swine flu.
"The good news, however, is that there
have been no deaths in the country due to
HINI disease," she said. "And of the 45
persons who have been infected, only two
had to be put on a ventilator. Most of the
cases we have seen have been mild and
the persons have been treated and have
recovered. The bad news is that recently
we have seen an increase in the number
of people with the disease. There was a
lull for a time. But recently we've seen the
number of cases increase. This is cause for
concern because what we don't want is a
pandemic."
Ms. Dean explained that a pandemic
would have dreadful consequences for The
Bahamas as the country's number one in-
dustry, tourism, would be severely impact-


ed, leaving the country in a terrible state,
far worst than it is now due to the down-
turn in the global economy.
Influenza A H1N1 is a disease of the air
passages that is caused by the Influenza A
Virus, Ms. Dean told persons at the town
meeting. "Its symptoms are similar to
those of regular winter flu and is spread
like winter flu. The most common symp-
toms include fever, cough and sore throat,"
she said. "Other symptoms include body
aches, headache, runny nose, chills, tired-
ness, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea and
vomiting. Symptoms often last from a few
days up to a week or more."
Ms. Dean stressed that everyone is at
risk given the current trend of the disease.
"However, persons with medical condi-
tions such as asthma, diabetes, heart dis-
ease or weakened immune systems are at
increased risk of serious health problems
if they get influenza A H1N1. Pregnant
women, infants and young children may
also be seriously affected."
In fact, the majority of swine flu cases in
The Bahamas were found in children and
young adults. "We believe the reason for
this is because their immune systems aren't
as developed as someone who is older, and
they can't fight off diseases the same way.
Also they tend not to take as much precau-
tion as older persons do against disease,"
she said. "That is why it is extremely im-
portant that parents, teachers and the com-
munity educate our children about this dis-
ease."
It is a disease which, according to Ms.
Dean, changes from one state to the next.
"Currently the strain is fairly mild, but it
could become vile or maybe weaken," she
said. "We just don't know. We have to
wait and see. That is why a new vaccine


is needed every year to treat the disease
because it changes."
Ms. Dean explained that H1N1 is spread
by droplets that come out of the nose and
mouth during a cough or sneeze, making it
easy for flu to spread from person to per-
son. "Persons can spread the flu from one
day before symptoms appear to about one
week later," she said.
As with other types of airborne diseas-
es, Ms. Dean explained that the following
steps should be taken:
* Wash your hands with soap and water
often, especially after sneezing and cough-
ing, reading newspapers, after handling
money or using shared instruments and es-
pecially before eating
* Clean shared surfaces often
* Cover your nose and mouth with tissue
when coughing and sneezing or use your
sleeve
* Properly dispose of used tissue into a
garbage bin


* Do not touch any part of your face before
washing your hands
* Stay home if sick with the flu
* Alcohol-based sanitizers are useful if
soap and water are not available. Rub
hands together until sanitizer is completely
dry to ensure proper cleansing.
* Stay away from persons who are sick un-
less you are caring for them
* Get plenty of sleep, be physically active,
manage your stress, drink plenty fluids and
eat nutritious foods.
* Take a multivitamin
Mild cases of the flu often require no
treatment, Ms. Dean noted. "Persons
who are sick with the flu should get lots
of rest, drink extra fluids, eat healthy
meals and avoid contact with others," she
added. "Pain relievers and fever reducers
may also be required. Children and teens

Please see Flu Page 4


A series of town meetings by the Department of Public Health instructed people on the
seriousness of the swine flu, the symptoms, precautions that should be taken and when it
is necessary to get medical help. 5/wni here are presenters, from right, Ms. Stephanie
Dean, Ms. Balfour and Dr. Pearl McMillan .


www.abacoba
P.O.Box AB-20404, Mar
Tel: (242) 3(
Cell: (242) 4
GUANA CAY








$90,000
GUANA CAY





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NiS Gua na Cayome
$1,750,000 NOW $1,250,000
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"New" 2. acres 325'
of waterfront. $725,000
MARSH HARBO
Outrigger 2bed 1 bath house
Sunrise Bay lots from
Sweetings Village lot (REDUCED
Royal harbour Lot 26
Pelican Shores Harbour Front


hamas.com
rsh Harbour, Abaco
37-2719
77-5712


Lot# 28B $120,000


View Haven $2,650,000


ABACO REAL ESTATE AGENCY


GUANA CAY







Lotn 9 eac/9B $ 0stes
Lot 93A/92B $129,000


Luconut I yme
$569,000


"New" waterfront home Casuarina Point Home
3 beds 2 baths, fantastic $23
views. $750,000 $230,000


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$175,000
$250,000
$51,900
$279,000
$1,225,000


NORTH ABACO
Bahama Coral Island Lot (REDUCED) $16,000
Leisure Lee 4 lots (each) $43,900
Joe's Creek Lot 12 (REDUCED) $49,500
Treasure Cay Galleon Bay lot $95,000
SOUTH ABACO
Casuarina Point Lots 90 & 91 $45,000 each
B.P.Shores lots 5&6 section 4 $30,000 each


B.P.Shores lot 15 section 4
B.P.Shores Beachfront acre section 1
Long Beach Lots 316 & 418 (each)
Long Beach Lots 412, 413 & 414 (each)
Long Beach Lots 373 & 374 (each)
Long Beach Lots 31 (REDUCED)
Lynard Cay Lot 10
Dorros Cove Elbow Cay


Great Harbour Views
$239,000
MARSH if R


$16,000
$365,000
$50,000
$79,000
$90,000
$125,000
$199,000
$457,000
1st Septemeber. 2009


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November 1, 2009


The Abaconian Section B Page 3


SIRbahamas.com


GREEN TURTLE CAY #4936
GILLIAM BAY ESTATE BEACHFRONT 1.7 acres. Best
price on Green Turtle Cay Beach. Highly desirable
neighbourhood. Existing 2 bed home. US$800,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298


ew Prices t /ew Listings -


LUBBERS QUARTERS #4516 LUBBERS QUARTERS #4939
SUMMIT- IMPRESS YOUR GUESTS when you entertain in GETAWAY -ABACO OCEAN CLUB Escape from it all!
this spacious, well-appointed home with spectacular Cozy I bed I bath cottage with A/C on the water.
360 degree views. Deeded dock slip. US$775,000. Community dock. Extra lot available. $349,000.
Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046


(Yreat Values


MAN-O-WAR CAY #4336
WATERFRONT LOOKOUT HOUSE Stunning views
overlooking western harbour,2 bed I bath main house
with I bed I bath dockhouse cottage.$1,395,000.
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046


MARSH HARBOUR #4249
PERKY PELICAN PEUCAN SHORESWaterfront 4 bed,
4 bath with views of the Sea of Abaco.Value added,
new sea wall.Was $2,775,000. Now $2,300,000.
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046


MARSH HARBOUR #4989
R FANTASY -WATERFRONT GREAT CISTERN
New 4b/3b home with dockage. Gorgeous pool
with sea views. Guest Cottage. US$995,000.
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046


MARSH HARBOUR #4859
WATERFRONT GREAT ABACO CLUB #36
Spectacular home, pool & views. 4 bed 4 bath, 2,750
sq. ft. with dockage. Open to Offer. $1,599,000.
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046


NEW PRICE
MARSH HARBOUR #4658
WATERFRONT GRANDER GREAT ABACO CLUB
3 bed 2 bath, add your own finishing touches. Prime
area with 55ft dock. New Price. US$774,000.
Lydia.Bodamer@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046


MARSH HARBOUR #4657
WATERFRONT- THE STOWE AWAY-GREAT ABACO
CLUB 50 ft dock with lift, meticulously appointed
sea views, also extra lot available.US$1,499,000.
Lydia.Bodamer@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046


MARSH HARBOUR #4688
SOME R' HOME PELICAN SHORES.TWO 3B/2B
homes, sea & harbour views, pool. Rent will offset
mortgage. US$699,000. Or lease. US$2,795.
Lydia.Bodamer@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046


-4, .

NEW PRICE
MARSH HARBOUR #4736
SUNRISE BAY #7 Beautiful 3 bed 3.5 bath home
with pool, dock slip, beach access. Very desirable
family neighbourhood.Gated community.$950,000.
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046


TREASURE CAY #2875
FINAL APPROACH CANALFRONT 5 bed 4
bath huge 5,500 sq.ft. family home with
100' dock on 5 lots. US$1,990,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298


. -- ..a NL.W LISI'ING
TREASURE CAY #4969 TREASURE CAY #5129
TREASUREDTIMES- CANALFRONT-OPPORTUNITYTO BAHAMA BEACH CLUB BEACHFRONT
OWN outstanding3bed3bathhomeon2lots.157ft.on Luxurious spacious condos. Pool, spas & other
canal.Fullyserviced dock.Well priced. US$1,740,000. great club amenities. $81 0,000-$ 1,750,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298 Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298


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'1 NFNW PRICF
TREASURE CAY #4803
CANALFRONT LOT GALLEON BAY Build
your dream home and dock. Electricity
and utilities are at the road. $280,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298


;: NEW LISTING
WINDING BAY #5126 & #5127
THE ABACO CLUB World class beach offers
total privacy behind the gates of the unique Ritz
Carlton Club US$1,500,000. $2,500,000
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046


Irft.6
George Damianos Kerry Sullivan Laurie Schreiner Jane Patterson Stan Sawyer
Broker, Owner Broker Estate Agent Estate Agent Estate Agent
t242.362.4211 t242.366.0163 t. 242.367.5046 t 242.366.0035 t242.577.0298


Bill Albury Lydia Bodamer
Estate Agent Estate Agent
t242.557.2929 t242.577.0016


Member of the Bahamas MLS


Malu .mils y
Lots


Brigantine
Townhouse Beachfront
Cottage


NEW LISTING
TREASURE CAY #5115
BRIGANTINE INVESTMENT PROPERTIES BEACHFRONT
3b/2b cottage US$850,000. 2b/2b Townhouse
US$389,000. Multi-Family commercial Lots US$45,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298

LOTS & ACREAGE
LUBBERS QUARTERS


.. -. FOR IMMEDIATE SALE
TREASURE CAY #5057
CAROLINA DREAMING' Best home value on TC
Beach. Furnished New 3 bed 2 bath 2 storey
home, full lower walkout. Pool. $595,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298


#4578 ABACO OCEAN CLUB Lor 17 Gorgeous Water View. $225,000. Laurie Schreiner
#4940 ABACO OCEAN CLUB Lot 18 NEW LISTING- Steps to water. $180,000. Laurie Schreiner
#4433 ABACO OCEAN CLUB Lot 46 Large waterfront lot. $298,000. Laurie Schreiner
#4193 ABACO OCEAN CLUB LOT 87 Interior lot with high elevation. $125,000. Laurie Schreiner
#4580 ABACO OCEAN CLUB LOT 107 Community dockage available. $79,000. Laurie Schreiner
#3947 ABACO OCEAN CLUB LoT 143 Approximately I 1,450 sq. ft. $150,000. Bill Albury
#4606 ABACO OCEAN CLUB LoT 152 NEW PRICE dockage available. $ 19,900. Laurie Schreiner
#5049 LOT 4 EAST VIEW 11,181 sq.ft with designated dock slip. $165,000. Jane Patterson
#4713 NORTH END LOTS 2 & 4 Beachfront. $180,000 each. Laurie Schreiner
#4714 INTERIOR LOTS- 14,295 sq.ft. $59,500 $62,000 each. Laurie Schreiner
#4071 BAHAMA PALM SHORES LOT 43 Good residential area. $30,000. Bill Albury
#4493 GREEN TURTLE CAY LEEWARD YACHT CLUB Lots & house packages. From $275,000. Stan Sawyer
#4533 GUANA CAY DOLPHIN BEACH ESTATES. Lot 68 HilltopView. $180,000. BillAlbury
#4572 LITTLE HARBOUR .97 acre, 150 ft. harbourfront. $250,000. Laurie Schreiner
#4689 CEDAR HARBOUR 2 acre eco-friendly site with deeded water access. $59,950. Lydia Bodamer
#4632 MARSH HARBOUR High Rocks Waterfront Lot. High elevation & views. $599,000. Bill Albury
#4888 TURTLE ROCKS 10 ACREs Water access and good elevations. $349,000. Lydia Bodamer
#4803 TREASURE CAY -NEW PRICE Choice Canalfront Lot. $280,000. Stan Sawyer
FOR LEASE
#5050 CENTRAL PINES SEAGRAPE APT#1- 2B/2B duplex. $1,365/mo. Lydia Bodamer
#5053 GREAT CISTERN- 3B/2B Sea of Abaco Waterfront $ 1,965/mo. Lydia Bodamer
#4858 PELICAN SHORES 3B/2B with pool, sea & harbour views. $2,795/mo. Lydia Bodamer
#5055 EASTERN SHORES 4B/4B with pool & shared dock. $4,000/mo. Lydia Bodamer
SEE SECTION A, PAGE 3 FOR HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY & TILLOO CAY


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The Abaconian


November 1 2009


Flu From Page 2
should not use aspirin. Persons with severe
symptoms may require additional medica-
tion which will be prescribed by a doctor.
Antibiotics are not needed as they are not
effective against the flu. If your child is
experiencing flu-like symptoms, call your
doctor or local clinic. They will determine
whether you need to be seen."
Here on Abaco, the Department of Pub-
lic Health has advised doctors and nurses at
clinics to report suspected cases of H1N1
to the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic
immediately.
Of the 45 cases of swine flu detected
in The Bahamas, officials said that Abaco
is among the islands where persons have
been diagnosed with the disease but did not
disclose how many persons.
If individuals adhere to the advice of
healthcare providers regarding prevention, it
will reduce significantly the chances of con-
tracting the disease and causing a pandemic.


By Navardo Saunders
At a recent town meeting in Marsh Har-
bour officials from the Department of Pub-
lic Health told scores of concerned people
that it could take months before a limited
supply of H1N1 vaccines arrives in The
Bahamas.
But several days later Health Minister
Dr. Hubert Minnis announced that the gov-
ernment is hoping that the vaccines will be
in the country by the end of October, quell-
ing growing fears that the vaccinations may
come too late and result in a pandemic. He
said that the government is in talks with
the World Health Organization about the
provision of supplies of H1N1 vaccinations
and should get a response from the global
health body in two weeks.
Health officials led by Director of Public
Health Pearl McMillan and Stephanie Dean
of the Ministry of Health's Disease Surveil-


lance Unit, said at the town meeting at St.
John's Anglican Parish Hall that The Baha-
mas was not a priority because there have
been no deaths due to the H1N1 virus.
But Dr. Minnis pointed out that there
have been numerous laboratory confirmed
cases of the virus in The Bahamas and vac-
cines are needed to avoid a pandemic. He
said once received the government will fol-
low WHO guidelines for distribution.
WHO as well as other agencies recom-
mend that health workers be given high
priority for early vaccination.
The Center for Disease Control in the
U.S. recommends that pregnant women,
persons who live with or provide care for
infants less than six months of age, health-
care and e emergency medical personnel,
children and young adults between the ages
six months and 24 years and persons ages
25 to 64 who have medical conditions that


put them at higher risks for influenza-relat-
ed complications, all get vaccinated.
"We'll ensure that there is even distribu-
tion," said Dr. Minnis about the vaccines
when they arrive in the country. "We will
follow the guidelines in an effort to avoid
a pandemic."


Support the

Cancer Society
Donate Used Items
to Be Sold in
Their Thrift Shop
Visit their new shop
behind Abaco Groceris
Call 367-3744 for info


Capt. Perry Thomas
Realtor, Office Manager
Endless Summer #508, Eastern Shores, 2 story, 4 bedrooms, 3 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. Reduced from $1,675.000 to $ 1,412,500.00 gross
Great Business Opportunity #506 A restaurant that is ready to
go with all the necessary equip-
ment needed to operate this
lovely building, has sea views, is
on 100'x120'lot.
REDUCED $424,000.


Triplex in Great Cistern

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# 902 Two 2 bedroom I bath and one
I bedroom I bath, beautifully land-
scape and furnished. Lot size 17,250
sq. ft. $350,300 gross


Duplex in Central Pines New Listing #903 One 3 bedroom
2 bathroom and a 2 bedroom
I bath apt located in Central
Pines. Reduced to $241,875
gross
Home in Murphy Town #782 4 Bedroom, 2.5 bath, laudry rm
with a car port, lot
size 90x100 on Forest
Drive. Interior needs
renovation. $151,200
gross


New Listing Home in Casuarina Point #806 less
than 500 ft off the beach, this
gorgeous rustic design with a
flare of elegance, 2 br, 2/2 bth,
living area 14 ft above ground,
pine wood floors, cypress ceiling,
open floor plan, a/c, 200 sq ft of
covered balcony. A perfect beach
house for someone who enjoys beachcombing or swimming with no crowds.
Price $349,900 gross
Forest Drive Murphy Town Duplex #810 two 2 bd rm,
2 bth and a three unit building
that is 75% completed. Can be
completed for commerical or as
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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


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Sales Agent


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Realtor


Dundas Town House and Duplex #786 & 784 Two 2 bed-
fi room I bath apartments and a
two bed one bth home both for


Home Off Forest Drive #778 3 br 2bth home on lot 90x131
5R -t'4K1 ready to move in $190,400 gross


New Listing Duplex Central Pines # 796 two 2 br, 2 bth
I ~ db napts, beautifully landscaped.
I SU New building $293,800 gross


New listing Home off Forest


Drive, Dundas Town
#798 3 br, 2 bth, laun-
dry rm, tv rm, living &
dinning rm, single carport
and covered front porch.
$299,450 gross


lex Central Pines two 2
br,lbr brand new never lived in
$254,250.00 gros


Murphy Town #0387, a 2 bed, 2 bath home with an
attached I bed I bath apt, with
central a/c and a huge fenced-in
yard 200 ft length and 70 ft in
depth. $258,272 gross
Three Unit Town House #0711 3 two bedroom one bath
all with beautiful ocean view
from upstairs balcony. Property
13,690 sq. ft. $320,000


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New listing Duplex Marsh Harbour # 800 two 2 br,
I bth apts near M&R Food Store $156,600 gross
Duplex #0713 & 0715 2 bedroom, I bath and I bedroom, I bath
house in Dundas Town $260,000

Home in Murphy Town #792 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, laundry
rm, two car garage $330,000
Sandy Point #510 waterfront 3 bedroom 3 bathroom 2,000
sq. ft. home with sunken living room, TV room, dining room and large
kitchen on a lot over 26,000 sq. ft. of land. $265,000
Triplex for s, UNvER n #502 2 one-bedroom,
one-bath and I tw cO145,000
Reduced oceanfront lot on Tilloo Cay with beach access
and shared do ck. Lot size sq ft 0.73 acres 103ft on water and 315 ft.
Best price on Tilloo Cay, will not last long. Must sell, owner leaving island.
Further reduced from $278,400 to $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.
For sale three lots located on South Lubbers Quarters in the
Abaco Ocean Club Estate. Lots number II, 44, 112. These lots are
priced individually. 11,022 sf. $88,000 gross
Lot #44 13,307 sf $98,000 gross Lot # 112 20,485 sf. $175,000 gross
Two lots 84 ft. x 100 ft. near Treasure Cay, one
mile northwest of Treasure Cay School. $49,500 each
Best prices in Yellowwood big lots on hillside with views near
Winding Bay and the Abaco Club
Lot# 7 G3 size 12,600 s.f. $57,200 gross
Lot # 7 G4 size 12,600 s.f. $57,200 gross
Best prices on vacant lots in Marsh Harbour.
4 lots 10,286.1 sq. ft. $59,659 each 2 lots 12,086.1 sq. ft. $70,099
each
4 lots in Murphy Town, water view, across from
Abaco Block and Concrete, commercial. Sold separately 3 lots $48,614
each, I at $48,730
Central Pines SOLD sq ft cleared and footing dug
for a two 2br 2bth p-rreuplans $34,000 gross
Off Forest Drive lot with Foundation for a 2br/2bth
house. Price $28,500 gross
Bahama Coral Island lot size 10,066 sq ft corner lot $29,434
gross
Bahama Coral Island lot size 10,330 sq ft with foundation that
is 80% finished. $34,200 gross
Hillside lot wi N R Dundas Town #502
$18,600 gross C OlNtRACi

New listing Large Vacant lot Central Pines 22,047
sq ft. $43,320 gross


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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
Prestigious Canal Front Development offering
Carriage House units in blocks of four plus
individual cottages. Both offer docks/ boat
slips as well as golf cart or car garages.
Prices start at $680,000 + 14%
2. NEW LUXURY WATERFRONT CONDOS
WITH DOCKS!
"PINEAPPLE 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 a great 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 bedroom 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 EXC
Anchorage Estates Multi-family Lots 128'
water front, 22,448 sq. ft. Good investment
Price $474,000 EXC
STORAGE / GARAGE UNIT, 21' 6" deep, 11' 8"
wide. Listed for a quick sale at the low price of
$29,750.00 EXC
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 $479,000 EXC


TEASURE LANDING
Unit #4 Upstairs 3 bed/2bath fully furnished,
direct beach access. Good rental investment
EXC. $514,250 FGS
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 features.
MUST SEE FGS $295,000
Marina view, 2 bed/ 2 bath and unit fully
furnished- storm shutters- good rental
potential $271,500 + 7.5% closing
Marina view, 2 bed/ 1 1/2 bath fully, furnished
including garage plus vehicle. Good rental
potential. EXC $300,000 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
2 bed/ 2 bath lower unit with marina view,
12' boat slip $425,000 + 7.5% EXC
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
Unit #9 two storp" 2 bath home
E, SO O) FGS
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 $785,000 + 14%
ATLANTIS
Canal front condo with on-site pool. Bldg 4.
downstairs, 2 bed, 2 bath, totally redone, 12'
wide slip. $459,675.00 + 7.5% closing EXC
OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION
Second row beach with direct ocean access.
Great view. 2 bed / 2 bath, many special
features. MUST SEE EXC. $460,000 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 $1,999,000 + 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 bedrooms 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
Apartment four-plex. ) )rey CBS building,
each level S O-. artments with 2 bed,
1 bath, livin, ... g/kitchen. Great rental
investment. MUST SEE! EXC. $400,000 FGS
POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT PROPERTY
6.667 acres on the highway between Treasure
Cay Resort and Treasure Cay airport. Running
from highway north to the sea of Abaco. 180'
on water front and 165' roadside, 1500' road
to water. Prime property that can be subdivid
ed, commercial and housing/condos or
subdivided into lots, commercial and resident
tial $833,375 FGS, EXC
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


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November 1, 2009


The Abaconian Section B Page 5










Sports News


Little League steering
committee is formed
By Samantha V. Evans
The steering committee for the establish-
ment of Little League Baseball met on Oc-
tober 13th at the courthouse in Marsh Har-
bour to discuss the plans for its formation.
The brainchild for this league is Deputy
Administrator Whelma Colebrooke. She
stated that the league will cater to students
5-18 years of age. She has already identi-
fied a site and has gotten permission from
the Ministry of Education to use the play-
ing field at Central Abaco Primary School.
Patty Toler, a 24-year resident of Aba-
co, is in charge of seeking corporate spon-
sors for the league. She met Ms. Cole-
brooke when she visited her church a few
Sunday ago, and they began talking. Mrs.
Toler stated that she has already identified
a sponsor for the equipment and when the


list of other needs has been prepared, she
will get the assistance required. Addition-
ally, she is prepared to find a suitable loca-
tion to store the items when they arrive.
Leslie Rolle, Senior Education Officer
with the Ministry of Education, stated that
Little League was here before but due to
infrastructural challenges, it did not sur-
vive. While active, the league travelled to
tournaments to Freeport and the kids had
a great time.
This new league will be open to kids
all across Abaco including Moore's Island
and the cays. Ms. Colebrooke has contact-
ed all major stakeholders from cross sec-
tions of Abaco to invite to be a part of the
steering committee. She was pleased and
encouraged by the response.
When the League gets off the ground,
an association will be formed. She added
that letters will be sent to all of the schools


to inform the principals. A baseball clinic
is scheduled for October 31st.. The Com-
missioner for Little League Baseball of
Freeport, Edward Claude will be in atten-
dance. The clinic is expected to be held
at Central Abaco's playing field on Forest
Drive. The members of the steering com-
mittee to date are Faron Newbold, George
Cornish, Enid White, Leslie Rolle, Bar-
bara Johnson, Ishmael Morley, Hosea
Torres, Mark Douglas, Preston Roberts,
Thomas Sawyer and Donnie Adderley.
Swim Club
competes in Nassau
The Abaco Swim Club travelled to Nas-
sau on October 24 for the Dolphin Swim-
ming Club's Meet. It was a special occa-


sion because that club was celebrating its
40th anniversary as a swim club. Abaco
had five swimmers, Jennifer Cooke, Sol-
omon Lee, James Boyce, Christina Py-
from and Kylie Pinder, along with Coach
Laurence Higgs, his wife Monica Higgs,
Coach Brenda Sawyer, Cathy Pinder and
Rosalie Pyfrom.
The swimmers from the Abaco Swim
Club all did very well. Christina Pyfrom
received 2nd Place in 50 Meters Freestyle,
4th Place 50 Meter Breaststroke, 5th Place
50 Meter Butterfly, 7th Place 100 Meter
IM. Kylie Pinder received 4th Place 50
Meter Backstroke, 7th Place 50 Meter
Freestyle and 12th Place 100 Meter IM.
Please see Sports Page 7


A steering committee has been formed to establish a Little League Baseball association.
The group is hoping to have teams in all communities and develop competitions. Heading
the committee is Deputy Administrator Whelma Colebrooke.



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Five swimmers of the Abaco Swim Club competed in the Dophin Swimming Club's meet
in Nassau on October 24. They all did exceptionally well and returned home with medals
and trophies.




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Swine flu prevention is

everyone's responsibility


Sports


From Page 6


Jennifer Cooke received 1st Place 50 Me-
ter Butterfly, 1st Place 50 Meter Breast-
stroke, 2nd Place 50 Meter Freestyle, and
3rd Place 100 Meter IM. James Boyce
received 1st Place 50 Meter Breaststroke,
2nd Place 50 Meter Freestyle, and 3rd
Place 50 Meter Butterfly. Solomon Lee re-
ceived 4th Place Breaststroke, 5th Place
50 Meter Butterfly, 9th Place 50 Meter
Freestyle, 12th Place 50 Meter IM.
Congratulations to all the swimmers
who participated in the meet.
Upcoming events that are scheduled for
the Abaco Swim Club this year will begin
with a Swim-a-thon at Long Bay School
on November 1st beginning at 3 p.m. The
next event is a meet in Hope Town sched-
uled for November 7th beginning at 9 a.m.
The Club plans to travel to Freeport for the
Freeport Aquatics Club meet on November
21st. The members are very excited about
this meet because they are planning to
take some of their younger Learn to Swim
swimmers to this event.
Community Track
Program is underway
By Samantha V. Evans
Deputy Administrator Whelma Cole-
brooke started a free community track
program for the youth of Abaco. Being
an accomplished athlete herself, one who
still holds the Bahamas national record in
the 800M after 16 years, is giving back
by helping the youth of today. Since she
has been on Abaco, she has seen the many
talents that the youth have in the area of
athletics, and she will help harness those


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abilities.
The program meets at the Murphy Town
Park Monday to Thursday from 4-5:30
p.m. She plans to begin speed workouts
in Treasure Cay when the students have
done sufficient conditioning training. Her
goal is to help athletes to be competitive
in track within The Bahamas, then even-
tually try out for the Carifta Games. She
would like to enter them in meets in Nas-
sau and Freeport, but initially her plan is
to get them ready for school meets. So far
students have come from several schools in
Central Abaco. Parents are encouraged to
let their children attend so that they can de-
velop a love for this competitive fun sport.
She wants parents and students to know
that once they are good at track, they can
obtain scholarships to attend college to run
as she did. Students from grades 4 through
12 are welcomed to participate.
She ran track all of her life and loves it.
In fact, she has her 4 a.m. fitness program
that she spearheads in addition to this com-
munity track program. She stated that she
is promoting healthy life styles, but per-
sons who come out must be disciplined.
In fact, she promotes the four D's: desire,
discipline, dedication and determination.
Once they have these, they will be able to
achieve their goals.
For part of the program the students will
learn conditioning skills which they will
do from September to December, weight
training which they will do throughout
program, and track workout at which time
they will learn speed and race techniques.
Persons who have experience in the area

Please see Sports Page 23


By Navardo Saunders
Everyone must take action to avoid
a H1N1 pandemic, Director of Public
Health Dr. Pearl McMillan said at a town
meeting in Marsh Harbour to raise aware-
ness of how to prevent the spread of the
global edpidemic.
A member of the audience asked if he
should be concerned about the virus being
spread through contact on the basketball
court or any other sport. Director of Pub-
lic Health, Dr. Pearl McMillan, explained
that the virus is not caught by skin to skin
contact, so there is nothing to be con-
cerned about regarding contact in sports.
A customs officer expressed concern
about having to be in close contact with
people all day. "It's scary," the customs
officer said. "We come in close contact
with people who travel all around the
world. When they come in front of us,
some of them have some of the symptoms
you describe. I am ready to put on one of
those surgical masks you talked about."
Dr. McMillan said putting on the mask
may be offensive to some visitors. Instead
she suggested at the first sign that someone
is exhibiting symptoms, they be given a tis-
sue. She advised that customs officers and
others dealing with large numbers of the
public keep alcohol-based sanitizers nearby.
Dr. McMillan said that the public
should be aware that nurses and doctors
may wear surgical masks when dealing


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with some patients.
"Don't be offended by it," she said.
"It's important that they do this because if
the patient is sick the nurse or doctor has
to protect themselves. If our doctors and
nurses become infected we would have a
serious problem in that there would be no
one to administer treatment and that could
lead to what we fear a pandemic."
Dr. McMillan urged mothers of young
babies to breast-feed them. "I can't stress
enough how important it is to breast-
feed," she said. "The antibodies in breast
milk helps fight against viruses."
Dr. McMillan said career women,
such as doctors, with newborns should
pump milk from their breasts and store it
for when the baby needs it if they aren't
around to breast-feed. "So let your sis-
ters, mothers, girlfriends, let every wom-
an who has a baby know that it is impor-
tant that they breast-feed," she said. "If
the mother gets the flu shot, it's just like
the baby got the shot if the baby is breast-
fed and mother and baby are protected
from the virus."
Dr. McMillan was happy to hear that
Superintendent of Education Lenora
Black has banned school children from
taking towels to school.
Dr. McMillan hopes everyone under-
stands that in order to prevent a pandemic
they must do their part to prevent the
spread of the disease.


November 1, 2009


The Abaconian Section B Page 7











People in the News


She dreamed of working
at the United Nations
By Canishka Alexander
Becoming a part of the United Nations
is not simply a job for Abaconian Youn-
nique McDonald. Having already attained
a bachelor's degree in political science
with a focus in international relations, she
is on her way to completing her MBA in
marketing come January 2010.

for Youn-
nique it has
always been
her dream
to work at
the United
Nations. "It
was proph-
Younnique McDonald esied years
ago that God
was going to do something tremendous
in my life, but I wanted to know where I
would fit it," she said.
One thing she was certain about, though,
that she was called to serve. "The only in-
ternational organization that gave me an
opportunity to serve would have been the
United Nations," she stated confidently.
"Because of the prophecy, I was convinced
that was the target that was where God
wanted me to be."
After applying for a position in the or-
ganization, Younnique sat a recruitment
exam, was called for an interview and was
eventually hired. Enthusiastic, excited and
anxious after going through such a whirl-
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our faults, and who we are, and He keeps
his promises. I am just in awe of the awe-
someness of God," she confided.
Her duties began on Octoberl9 in New
York, and she will undergo training at that
time and be told which area she will be
working in. Committed to maintaining in-
ternational peace and security, promoting
social progress, better living standards and
human rights, the United Nations also fo-
cuses on fundamental issues that deal with
counter terrorism, sustainable develop-
ment and disaster relief. While those issues
do spark her interest, Younnique said that
being a minority and as a woman, she is
most interested in women's issues. She is
the first Bahamian to serve within the orga-
nization. "It's one of my greatest joys be-
ing able to take my island of Abaco to the
world and show them that we care, too,"
she emphasized.
August Wedding
By Jennifer Hudson
Janet Harding, a native of Long Island,
Bahamas, and Charles W. Klemme of
Tampa, Florida, were joined in holy mat-
rimony in a ceremony on the Sea of Abaco
on August 2. The bride is a realtor in the
office of Adler Realty in Marsh Harbour,
and the groom works for American Bridge.
Janet is also the owner of Island Gal Char-
ters and the ceremony took place on Island
Gal II, a 40-foot Hunter. Pastor Derek
Benjamin performed the ceremony which
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ceremony were the couple's children and
grandchildren who had flown in from the
United States. The groom's daughters,
Tracy and Brandi Klemme, were brides-
maids while his five-year-old grandson,
Nathan Jordan, was his best man and ring
bearer. The bride was given in marriage by
her nine-year-old grandson, Jake Moody,
and her daughter, Jamie Hounshell, was
maid of honour.
Following the ceremony, the boat came
into harbour and the wedding party all
threw their bouquets of orchids and calla
lilies into the water. The new bride and
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P's. Once the family members left Abaco,
Mr. and Mrs. Klemme enjoyed a further
two days of boating and snorkeling.
BREA Abaco members
attend convention
The Bahamas Real Estate Association,
Abaco Chapter, recently sent a delegation
to the North Carolina Association of Real-
tors Convention held in Savannah, Geor-
gia. All of the states in the Southeastern
U.S. are a proven source of vacation home
investment on Abaco.
Seven agents and two contributing
spouses attended the three-day event which
covered relevant topics on communica-
tions, transaction management and eth-
ics. In addition, John Cash took a forward
thinking course on Green Building and do-
nated a prize to the on-site charity raffle.
Chris Roberts participated in an advanced
seminar for appraisers. Molly Roberts was
impressed with the high-level technology
courses she took.
Bill Johnston and Faron Sawyer attend-
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their satisfaction with the organization and
quality of the event.
In anticipation of the Bahamas forming
a Certified Residential Specialist Chapter,
Sandra Evans attended the Board meeting
of the North Carolina CRS Chapter.
BREA Abaco was an exhibitor on the
Trade Show floor. Their booth was very
well received with lots of interest shown
by other participants. The flyers and bro-
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FNM holds a souse-out


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From Page 8


Retired Administrator Hart
heads BAIC on Exuma
Retired Senior Administrator Everette
Hart has been named Bahamas Agricultur-
al and Industrial Corporation's Domestic
Investment Officer for Exuma.
"I have taken on this position because
I want to help," said Mr Hart. "And the
Chairman (Edison M Key, MP) and his
team are serious about agriculture. I know
Mr. Key very well and I know of his inter-
est in agriculture," said Mr. Hart. "He is
really trying to inspire the nation toward
food security, and I want to see him suc-
ceed. In whatever way I can contribute to
this success, then I will do that."
He explained that for years the assis-
tance coming from the Ministry of Agri-
culture "has not been what was expected. I


think what it did, as opposed to encourag-
ing people, it has been discouraging peo-
ple. The only evidence of any assistance in
agriculture right now looks like it is com-
ing from BAIC, thanks to Mr. Key."


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The Abaconian Section B Page 9






Page 10 Section B The Abaconian


By Can
The Ministry
workshop for ele
glican Parish Hal
dance representing
were John Schac
thony Strachan,


November 1 2009


Electrical contractors attend workshop
ishka Alexander monplace in Nassau. report it to BEC so that the company would power, then it falls under BEC's jurisdic-
of Works and BEC held a "I am sure that about 99 percent of the disconnect the power supply before any tion. He reminded them that they are gov-
,ctrical contractors at An- electricians on Abaco are sitting in this mishap occurred. erned by two codes: the Bahamas Building
l1 on October 6. In atten- room right now. Nothing is supposed to As a general rule, Mr. Coley told them Code and the Canadian Electrical Code.
ng the Ministry of Works happen on Abaco unless all of you agree. that if they run into issues with a building While the codes enforce the minimum stan-
efer, area engineer; An- This is your opportunity now to come to- that is not connected, then it is an issue for dards, he advised them to improve upon
acting assisting building gether, form yourselves and go across the Ministry of Works. But if the building has the standards and not go below them.


control officer; and Allison Coley, senior
electrical inspector. Terrance Strachan,
planning assistant, and Leonard Knowles,
electrical inspector, represented BEC.
The workshop agenda included a de-
tailed discussion on the electrical inspec-
tion process, samples of electrical inspec-
tion forms, electrical coding and problems
encountered by electrical inspectors.
One of the inspectors' main concerns
was people occupying homes who have a
temporary electrical supply connected to
their building. They were told that tempo-
rary supplies are valid for six months and
are for building purposes only. Occupancy
is not allowed on a temporary supply con-
nection. Anyone found doing so will be
fined $500 per day in addition to having
the power supply disconnected. For build-
ing projects that take more than two years
to complete, a re-inspection of the building
will take place after the initial six months.
Another concern was foreigners com-
ing to The Bahamas to carry out electrical
work when there are many qualified and
certified electricians here. Anthony Stra-
chan suggested they form a committee to
combat the issue that he said is also com-


board when it comes to pricing your jobs
and things like that, so that everyone can
be on one page. You can only be strength-
ened by doing that," Mr. Coley explained.
"So when the foreigner comes in no one
can sign for him. Your first response is to
make a report to the Ministry of Works,
and we'll send an inspector to stop the
work."
Terrance Strachan reminded the group
that no licensed electrician had the right
to tamper with meters; the meters were to
only be broken or removed by BEC per-
sonnel. Broken seals are an indication that
electricity is being stolen. He instructed
contractors to get their paperwork in on
time.
Mr. Coley said some electricians re-
quest an inspection the same day they sub-
mit their specs. He informed them that by
law, 48 hours advanced notice is required
from the builder or contractor for an in-
spection.
He told the electrical contractors that at
the end of the day, they were responsible
for the protection of property and life. If
work or alterations were carried out after
they had completed a job, their duty is to


Electrical contractors attended a workshop organized by Ministry of Works and BEC to
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Market Now Under Way
By Jennifer Hudson relaxation with walkways and rock gardens.
Clearing of the land on Don MacKay All of the natural trees have been left in this
Boulevard opposite the BEC office began area and cabanas will be built with thatched
a few weeks ago for the much anticipat- roofs for people to relax in the shade.
ed Craft/ Farmers' Market. Although the The finished area will have a picket
entire project will not be completed until fence with nice little wooden buildings
adequate funds are available, Edison Key, with porches around the perimeter for rent
Chairman of BAIC, plans to have the first by craft vendors who will be permitted to
stage of the site completed well in time for sell only native products. A portion will be
the Christmas Bazaar. The bazaar was held for farmers to sell their fruits and vegeta-
there for the first time last year when it bles. In addition, there will be a building as
was offered by Mr. Key for use since the a food restaurant which will sell snacks and
former site was unavailable. Work was conch salad, and a platform will be built
quickly done to put up lighting and the fair for events. Trees will eventually be add-
was able to go ahead, to the delight of the ed to decorate the area, according to Mr.
community. Key, who further stated, "I want this to be
This year improvements will have been a recreation area for locals and tourists to
made to the area, thanks to the attention of enjoy and a place the whole town can be
Mr. Key. He was able to procure $60,000 proud of. If I had enough funding, I would
from his $100,000 Constitutional Fund for finish it all at one time but until all of the
the year. According to Mr. Key, $53,000 funding is in place it will have to be done
will be paid to Bahamas Hot Mix for this in stages."
stage of the work which includes paving of Mr. Key hopes that when the Ministry
a 30-foot length from the corner to the St. of Works vacates the building on the cor-
John the Baptist Anglican Church, leveling ner, he will be able to arrange for the re-
the entire area and cutting out all of the un- furbishment and design of the 75-foot-long
derbrush in the back. building. The outside he hopes to finish
The entire area consists of approximately with Hardiboard, put in a new floor and
four acres which the government turned make an office, board room and reception
over to BAIC for the development of a small area for BAIC.
park. The paving which is being done in the "The balance of $7,000 after the
front along the roadside will be for parking $53,000 was paid to Bahamas Hot Mix for
of vehicles, the middle area which has been their work, was used for cleaning up," stat-
leveled will be covered with topsoil ready ed Mr. Key, who further explained that the
for sod when money is available, remainder of the $100,000 Constitutional
All of the heavy equipment, garbage and Fund for the year was spent thus: $10,000
junk has been removed from the area in the to each of the constituencies of Moore's
back which has also been cleared of under- Island, Sandy Point, Crossing Rocks and
brush and will be made into an area for Cherokee for Local Government use.


6th Annual Abaco Christmas

Festival is planned


By Jennifer Hudson
Plans are well under way for a fun filled
6th Annual Christmas Festival which will
take place on December 5 from noon until
10 p.m. at the BAIC Craft/Farmers' Mar-
ket site on Don MacKay Boulevard. Chair-
person Brenda Sawyer has been working
extra hard this year as Jo-Ann Bradley and
Wynsome Ferguson, who normally assist
her, are off island for an extended period.
"But they are still doing what they can to
assist from afar," says Mrs. Sawyer, who
is very experienced at organizing the fair
for many years and is very calm with ev-
erything under control. She is being assist-
ed with public relations by Michele Mikula
from the Ministry of Tourism office and
a competent band of committee members
who help with staging, decorating the tree
and organizing the grounds.
"The whole of Abaco from north to
south and the cays looks forward to this
fair and it uplifts people's spirits, espe-
cially at this time when things are rather
slow," stated Brenda.
The event will begin with the blessing
of the festival followed by a DJ and live
performers every half hour. The whole
proceedings will be kept lively by the dy-
namic Shelley Austin as Mistress of Cer-
emonies. Performances to watch for will
be karate displays, cultural skits, praise
dancers, schools, choirs and soloists.
Other activities will include a bouncing
castle, something for the dogs yet to be
decided, a fashion show by Philippa Far-
rington, belling and drum competition,
photos with Santa by the Abaco Club,
"Flasher" Bodie, varied craft stalls, mu-


sic by Estin Sawyer, New Entry Band,
Impact Band and a guest performance by
K.B. (Kirkland Bodie). The traditional
tree lighting ceremony will be held and
the festival will close with the usual Junk-
anoo rush and distribution of goodies and
toys to kids donated by Baker's Bay. Of
course, a fair is never complete without
food and people will not be disappointed.
No one will need to go home hungry.
For the first time this year a crafts
booth is being planned at which chil-
dren can make Christmas cards and or-
naments. Other possibilities are a talent
competition encompassing several differ-
ent categories and maybe a bingo stall.
The Wesley College Marching Band will
perform, and it is planned that either the
Royal Bahamas Defense Force Band or
Royal Bahamas Police Force Band will be
present to display its skills which every-
one looks forward to. Since the Defense
Force was here last year, the committee
is hoping for the Police Band this year.
People wishing to participate in the
festival in any way may collect applica-
tion forms from the Ministry of Tourism
office. These must be returned by the No-
vember 6 deadline. Fees are $75 for art
and craft stalls, $100 for food stalls and
$150 for restaurants.
Ms. Sawyer is grateful for the full
support that her committee gives her and
says that it is a "real team effort." Com-
mittee members are Laura Albury, Ros-
coe Thompson, Ruth Smith, Ruth Flow-
ers, Ruth Saunders, Enid White, Melinda
Pinder, Stretch Morley and all the mem-
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Philip "Brave" Davis addressed PLP leaders of N. Abaco


By Navardo Saunders
Newly elected Deputy Leader of the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party Philip Brave Davis
said Abaco is being neglected under the Free
National Movement administration notwith-
standing the overwhelming support the gov-
erning party has been given over the years
and the outstanding contributions the island
continues to make to our nation's economy
even in these tough economic times.
Mr. Davis, the Member of Parliament
for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador,
stated this at a meeting in Dundas Town
where he addressed PLP stalwart council-
lors and delegates days before the PLP'S
national convention, which was held Octo-
ber 21-23 in New Providence.
While trying to persuade the group to
vote for him, Mr. Davis, who beat former


Tourism Minister and West End Bimini
MP Obie Wilchcombe and Senator Jerome
Fitzgerald by a landslide for the deputy
leadership post, likened Abaco to an or-
phan under the present government.
"Despite all the support Abaco has
given this administration, despite all the
money you have pumped into this economy
this government would not even show you
appreciation by at least fixing your roads,
many of which are in deplorable condi-
tions," said Mr. Davis. "Surely they could,
even in this recession which is hitting the
country hard, fill those gaping holes in the
middle of the roads," he said. "But they
won't even do that. It's a shame. On this
island where the government enjoys great
support there are many things that this gov-
ernment is capable of doing to make life


better for the people, but they aren't doing
anything. They have neglected you. It is
quite evident they don't care and they don't
deserve your support."
Mr. Davis also slammed the govern-
ment for not having widespread consulta-
tion on the controversial Bunker C fuel
power plant at Wilson City, stating that the
government acted arrogantly and irrespon-
sibly in that situation.
He also slammed the government for
cancelling the student loan programme.
"It's one of the most ridiculous things they
could have done," he said. "What our chil-
dren need more than ever in this increas-
ingly global competitive job market is to
get a good education. But they took that
away from many of our children. It's a
shame."


Mr. Davis said if given the chance he
would right the wrongs that the FNM has
done throughout the country. While still
in opposition his main focus will be to
strengthen the PLP, which in recent times
has been embroiled in internal conflict.
"Our party needs to be cleansed," he
said. "We need to deal with our issues and
move forward. We need more people to
play a role in the growth and development
of our great party. We need more youth
involvement so that we can prepare young
people to lead when their time is right. I
pledge to you all tonight to do my best to
strengthen our party and help the PLP win
the general elections in 2012 because the
country cannot afford another term under
the current administration.


Philip Brave Davis, Deputy Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party, addressed the stal-
wart councillors and delegates of North Abaco on October 8 at Jimmy Williams's Bay
View Restaurant in Dundas Town. Sh, i' with him are Jimmy Williams, Anderson Wilm-
ore, Randy Pettie, Wenzil McBride, Rob McKinney, Melfred Martin, Philip "Brave"
Davis, William Swain, Samuel Robert and George Burrows. Mr. Davis kept his position
with overwhelming support at the PLP convention held in Nassau on October 21-23.


WHAT DO YOU SEE FOR ABACO?

"The BUNKER C POWER PLANT they are building
Under at Wilson City is 1/4 mile from The Bight of Old

High Tide The Bight of Old Robison IS the most diverse and
i ecological sensitive area in all of Abaco according
to many experts.
*NEAREST BLUE HOLE LESS THAN 3/4 MILE AWAYI
iIS b *Spill would damage the area including reefs, mangroves, juvenile
nurserlies for marine life, animal, bird and plant life.
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November 1 2009


Rotary Club of Abaco held Presentation Dinner


By Jennifer Hudson
Three outstanding citizens of Abaco
were recognized during a dinner entitled
A Sapphire Affair at the Abaco Beach Re-
sort on October 17. David Ralph, Merle
Williams and Michael Malone were hon-
oured with a Paul Harris Award, the high-
est honour the Rotary Club can bestow
upon a person for their exceptional and
longstanding service to the community of
Abaco. Recipients are Rotarians and com-
munity professionals who exemplify the
highest ideal in Rotary, Service Above
Self. Bryan Thompson, Past President of
the Rotary Club of Abaco, who served
as Master of Ceremonies, referred to the
three awardees as "giants in the communi-
ty." A short biography of each of the hon-
orees was read; Dave Ralph's by Rotarian.
Jacqueline Collie, Merle Williams' by Sgt.
At Arms Frederick Gottlieb and Michael
Malone's by Secretary Travis Spicer.
Honoree David Ralph has resided in the
Bahamas since 1957, initially on Grand
Bahama, then moving to Abaco in 1959.
He worked as an accountant for the Owens
Illinois Lumber Company, then purchased
a marina in Hope Town where he gained
valuable insight into the tourism industry
managing second homeowner properties
which were rented to guests.
Mr. Ralph and his wife, Kathleen, have
been involved with the popular Summer
Regatta Time in Abaco since the mid 1970s
which draws hundreds of visitors to Abaco
each year. They have being recognized
for their contribution to Tourism by being
awarded the Ministry of Tourism's coveted
Cacique award. Mr. Ralph is presently Re-
gatta Commodore.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph have published The
Abaconian newspaper from their home in
Marsh Harbour for the past 15 years. At
first a monthly publication, the newspa-
per is now published twice a month and is
distributed free of charge throughout the
length of Abaco.
A 4-page report on the impact of second
homeowners and their rental houses on the
Abaco economy composed by Mr. Ralph
has moderated the opinion of government
in this regard and has been used to explain
developments in other communities in the
Bahamas.


Merle Louise Williams (affectionately
called Mother Merle) was born in 1929 in
Cornish Town (Old Place) Abaco, relo-
cating to Dundas Town in 1940 with her
family. After completing her education,
Mother Merle migrated to Nassau where
she found her niche in the hospitality in-
dustry. Whilst in Nassau Mother Merle
served at upscale properties such as the
White Gate Guesthouse, New Providence
Restaurant and later at the Carlton House
Hotel. She honed her skills as a chef ex-
traordinaire and through her excellence
rose to second-in-command of the kitchen
at Carlton House serving as the assistant to
the head chef.
Mother Merle returned to Abaco in
1965 where she worked with Mr. Augustus
Cash and shortly thereafter with Dr. and
Mrs. Ejnar Gottlieb before venturing on


Mother Merle Williams of Dundas Town
was one of three who were honoured by
the Rotary Club of Abaco for her out-
standing service to her communtiy. She
is shown here with her daughter, Lenora
Black, Abaco's Education Superinten-
dent.


her own as the owner/proprietor of Mother
Merle's Fishnet located in Dundas Town,
known both nationally and internation-
ally for mouthwatering pan-fried chicken,
homemade fries and peas and rice. This
establishment is credited as being one of
the first local eateries to cause the tourism
industry to have a profound impact on the
then tranquil settlement of Dundas Town.
After more than 65 years in the hospital-
ity industry Mother Merle is saluted as a
pioneer of the first order for her outstand-
ing contribution to the hospitality industry
on Abaco and the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas at large.
Mr. Frederick Gottlieb spoke lovingly
of Mother Merle whom he referred to as
his second mother. Once a skinny boy be-
fore Mother Merle came to assist at his
house, he says that he soon became a fat
boy and has been ever since. Mr. Gottlieb
stated that even though Mother Merle has
undergone serious medical challenges, in
keeping with her character she has risen
above them. "It was my brother Cay who
came up with the name "Mother Merle.
We love you," he stated.
Born in Cherokee Sound, Rotary Presi-
dent Mike Malone was educated at Hope
Town All Age School and at Queens Col-
lege, Nassau. He married Deborah Weath-
erford in 1974 and the couple has two
daughters Kristal and Rayanne. Mr. Malo-
ne had a long and industrious career in the
shipping industry in Nassau before moving
back to the island of his roots, Abaco.
Whilst on Abaco President Mike was in-
volved in the restaurant and construction/
repair business, served in local government
with distinction and was passionate about
his community through civic organizations
which he joined such as Scurvy Few, Carl-
ton Lodge, Abaco Chamber of Commerce,
Forest Heights Academy PTA, All Abaco
Regatta Committee and the Rotary Club
of Abaco. He spearheaded the relief assis-
tance after the passage of Hurricanes Mitch
and Floyd, rebuilding homes throughout
Abaco for those who were most affected
by these natural disasters.
As President of the Rotary Club of
Abaco 2008/2009, President Mike served
with distinction living the club's motto
of Service Above Self until he became ill


midway through his presidency. "We sa-
lute this gentle giant of a man who was
called to rest from all his good works in
July 2009 at the end of his presidency."
Present from Nassau for the occasion
was Assistant District Governor Felix
Stubbs. He said how delighted he was to
be present to celebrate the life and work
of three great citizens of Abaco and how
pleased he is with what is happening with
the Rotary Club of Abaco in recognition
of persons who have given unselfishly to
the community. As a member of Rotary,
he knew Mike Malone well and described
him as a role model president. "I was so
impressed with what he did, and the things
that he did for this community amazed
me," he stated.
The Paul Harris Awards were presented
to the honourees by Assistant District Gov-
ernor Stubbs. Mother Merle was present
to accept hers but Mr. Ralph will receive
his at a later date as he was unavoidably
off the island at the time. Mike Malone's
wife and one of his daughters accepted his
award.
A silent auction was held during the
evening to raise funds for Rotary and those
prizes were presented along with many
door prizes to lucky winners. Formali-
ties closed with a vote of thanks by Past
President Brian Thompson, Fund Raising
Director 2009/2010.
After everyone had enjoyed a delicious-
ly prepared dinner, they were invited to
dance the night away to the music of the
New Entry Band in the colorful Sapphire
Affair themed pavilion.


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Cherokee Sound who have to live with it all year long look more important to keep our tourists happy. Caves and Garden of the Groves were the
for and appreciate a little "cold snap" once So let the sun shine on. highlights of the trip as well as a visit to a
By Lee Pinder in awhile. Then, again, some of us com- School News bowling alley, all things the students haven't
Don't you feel the change in the weath- plain when it's too "hot," but we also tend In October the students of Cherokee had an opportunity to see or do on Abaco.
er? What a welcome relief it is that the long to complain when it's too "cold." I guess Primary celebrated Kindness to Animals Like Ms. Black, the DEO, observed recent-
hot summer may be coming to an end. Our the old saying is true, "You can't please all Week with various activities and a free ly, field trips expand the students knowledge
tourist loves it and look forward to basking the people all the time. And I believe it is dress day when the children brought dona- and experiences and let them meet new peo-
on the beach in the warm sunshine, but we tons to be given to AARK (Abaco Ani- ple and visit new places. So far our students
mals Require Kindness). Besides having have visited Andros, Eleuthera, Grand Ba-
Shad various types of pets in the classroom hama and New Providence, places some of
in the past, most of the children have their the parents haven't even visited.
own pets at home and this exercise helped Big Yard Sale
Sto teach them understanding, responsibility Cherokee's community-wide Yard Sale
., and kindness towards animals plus empa- held on October 12th proved to be very
Sthy for the many animals that don't have a successful. The crowds just kept coming.
home or anyone to care for them. All the food and drink stalls sold out com-
A Denim Day was celebrated and do- pletely and the stalls with household items
nations were collected to be given to the afforded the buyers some really great bar-
Abaco Cancer Society. gains. I believe everyone enjoyed them-
The recent field trip to Grand Bahama selves. The sun shone brightly and the
was a great success. Everyone came back weather stayed nice all day.
SC tired but saying they'd had a good time. The


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and something needs to be done to correct
this issue.
Meanwhile Lenora Black, District Su-
perintendent, expected the demonstration
to take place when it did, adding that the
school had adequate staff and that it would
be hard to replace teachers in specialized
areas because there were not many Baha-
mians studying those subjects.
Many parents
attended PTA meeting
By Canishka Alexander
A PTA meeting was held on Septem-
ber 29 to address staffing concerns at S.C.
Bootle High School, which has an enroll-
ment of approximately 300 students. The
large gathering of concerned parents was
described as the largest the school has seen
in years. Because of the number of people
in attendance, the crowd overflowed into
the hallway. Sylvia Poitier, PTA presi-
dent, said she estimated about 70 parents
showed up at the meeting.
Many of the parents were displeased
with their children not having certain
teachers especially those with students in
the twelfth grade who are getting ready to
sit the BGCSE examinations.
The PTA board wrote a letter to Le-
nora Black, District Superintendent, and
subsequently met with her in relation to
the shortage of teachers. However, they
were not happy with the results and wrote a
second letter which was also forwarded to
Lionel Sands, Director of the Department
of Education, and Prime Minister, the Rt.
Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham.
On October 7 Mrs. Poitier was await-


ing word from the Director of Education so
that she would have information to report
to the parents at another PTA meeting that
was scheduled for October 8. She said the
school lacks four teachers. It has already
been relayed that if the school does get any
replacements, it would more than likely be
a religion teacher. That would leave the
students without an art, science and office
procedures teacher.
Mrs. Black said art, commerce and
computer courses are considered special-
ized areas. Although there were teachers
available to teach the junior students those
particular subjects, it is the senior students
who lack the teachers.
Students elected
Head Girl
By Canishka Alexander
It was an intriguing competition to see
who would secure the position of head girl
at Sherlin C. Bootle High School on Sep-
tember 21. The candidates were Fredricka
McIntosh, Tyronisha Stuart and Timmesha
Russell. They were all required to give
campaign speeches.
Principal Huel Moss said Timmesha
managed to disrupt her contenders' cam-
paign. Never once boasting of her ac-
complishments, she delivered an English
version of her speech and concluded her
platform by repeating her speech in Cre-
ole. This served to distance her from the
other participants and demonstrate that she
was a leader for all.
"Her campaign was led with an enthused
stomp-'n-da-yard performance that incited
the crowd. "After the last speaker's presenta-
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walked off stage, she received a congratula-
tory handshake from her competitors."
Mr. Moss said the campaign was the
most compelling by far as he recalled the
long line of students, facility managers,
teachers and administrators who went to
the polling stations on October 1 to get
their registration cleared for voting. Bal-
lots boxes were collected by Ms. Rashida
Murray, the guidance officer, and secured
for counting by the head administration.
On October 5 anticipation was building
at the morning's assembly for the election


Three girls competed for the title of Head
Girl of S.C. Bootle High School. They
campaigned actively, planning their strat-
egy. Voters had to be verified before be-
ing allowed to vote. The ballot boxes were
protected until the votes were counted.
The winner was Timmesha Russell, right,
and her Deputy, Fredricka Mclntosh, was
one of her opponents.


results. The new Head Girl for the 2009
-2010 school year is Timmesha Russell
and Fredricka McIntosh was chosen as the
Deputy Head Girl.
October is Career
Awareness Month
By Samantha V. Evans
The Department of Education declared
October as Career Awareness Month and
the theme for this year is "Empowerment
Today for Our Destiny Tomorrow." This
is the second year that this is being done
and the purpose of this month is to expose
students to various careers and preparation
tools needed to help them make the right
choices. During this month, school coun-
selors spoke to students about the many
challenges they will face in the world
economy and various industries that they
plan to pursue.
There are four counselors on the island
of Abaco and all of them have taken up the
challenge to expose students to careers and
career development. On Moore's Island
Carl Johnson invited speakers to come
to speak with the grade twelve students.
Dwayne Jennings from the United States
spoke to them about career choices and
scholarships. He also invited Tonique Wil-
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Social Services observes Older Persons Month


By Samantha V. Evans
The month of October has been declared
Older Persons Month and the Department
of Social Services all across the Bahamas
has planned activities for them to engage
in. This is the 20th year they are honor-
ing and recognizing this special group in
conjunction with the United Nations. The
theme for this year is Celebrating the 10th
Anniversary of the International Year of
Older Persons: Towards a Society for All
Ages.
On Abaco Assistant Director Charlamae
Fernander and her team have prepared a
calendar of activities to honor the seniors.
She stated that her department offers a lot
of assistance to older persons through the
community support division. They can get
food assistance, home repairs (if they own
their own home), prescription assistance,


travel assistance to doctors' appointments
off island, clothing assistance, utility bill
and cooking gas assistance and legal as-
sistance through the court. Social Services
has a home helper service with five per-
sons to help seniors run errands, shop and
clean up. All of this is provided to ensure
that they enjoy an adequate standard of liv-
ing. During this month they will also help
to educate seniors on all the resources that
are available to them.
Ms. Fernander would like to see the
grocery stores get more involved and offer
discount cards to seniors. She is pleased
to announce that Ted Pierce of The Chem-
ist Shop now gives a 10 percent discount
to seniors on over-the-counter medicines
and 20 percent on prescriptions. Ricardo
Miller of the Island Pharmacy is offer-
ing seniors free glucose testing during


this month. Hair, Body and Soul, Options
Beauty Salon, and Hair Express have all
given beauty coupons for seniors to be
pampered this month.
On October 9th the first activity was
held for the seniors. They were taken on a
tour of various communities that they have
not seen in a while or may not have every
visited. The seniors from the north were
taken on a tour of the south, then treated
to lunch at Pete and Gay Restaurant. The
seniors from the south were taken on a
tour of the north and treated to lunch at
Ritchie's Restaurant.
During the second week, Ms. Car-
lene Farquaharson, attorney at Alexiou,
Knowles, & Co. Abaco Office, was on
Bahamas Christian Network to educate the
seniors about the importance of preparing a
will. She stated that once they do, this will
limit or eliminate the fussing that develops
over possessions when someone dies. Dur-
ing this week, the department distributed
fruit baskets to older persons all across
Abaco.
The week ended with a church service
held and recorded on BCN to be aired later
in the month. About 30 older persons were
in attendance, dressed in their finest attire.
The older persons serenaded the audience


with singing songs from yesteryear.
The sermon was delivered by Pastor Sil-
bert Mills, who spoke on the topic Well
Done. God gives everyone gifts and talents
but they do not all use them. He stated
that he is proud that this group honored
God by using their gifts and talents. Pas-
tor Mills told them that he is happy they
raised their children with godly principles
and standards. All the blessings they enjoy
came from God and all their earthly pos-
sessions came from God. He encouraged
today's parents to discipline their children
like these seniors did and to not let children
run the house.
Also performing on the program were
students Ashtin Roberts from Abaco Cen-
tral High who led a trumpet solo, Patrick
Darville, Madeline Auguste, Valencia Du-
vra, and Karen Swain, who recited poems
for the elderly that they wrote, and Ginelle
Longley and Kadesha Canton from Cen-
tral Abaco Primary School, who recited a
poem written by Roberta Lindsay.
Charlamae Fernander was very pleased
with the service and thanked all of the
community partners for sharing this occa-
sion with them. She told all that the seniors
contributed greatly to the development of
the Bahamas and must not be forgotten.


The Department of Social Services planned a number of events during October to honour
the older persons of Abaco. The group shown here is from Central Abaco and enjoyed a
movie and lunch at Friendship Tabernacle Church in Dundas Town.






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More School News


Please see School Page 16

At S. C. Bootle Rashida Murray took
the senior students to various businesses
while persons with the Ministry of Tour-
ism spoke to the junior students about vari-
ous careers available in that industry. She
took the grade six students from Cooper's
Town Primary School on a field trip to the
Cooper's Town Clinic.
The Department of Education is com-
mitted to ensuring that students in the Ba-
hamas are exposed to activities that will
prepare them for career opportunities of
tomorrow so that the Bahamas can have a
dynamic workforce. This event is geared
towards doing just that.
world Teachers'
Day is observed
By Samantha V. Evans
World Teacher's Day is celebrated on
October 5th annually but in The Bahamas,
it was observed on October 2nd. This day
gave educators an opportunity to lobby
for the level of education to be improved
and the role of teachers within society to
be acknowledged as pivotal. Hence, the
2009 theme is Build the Future: Invest in
Teachers Now. This theme was deemed
fitting by the president of the American
Federation of Teachers as teachers are na-
tion builders.
Teachers around the world face the
same challenges those in The Bahamas. It
is hoped that those who fight for the rights
of teachers and maintaining of the quality of
education will continue their efforts as their
support is needed more today than ever as
the world faces economic challenges.
On Abaco teachers within the public


school system were given a free day to cel-
ebrate World Teachers Day and on Octo-
ber 10th a beach picnic was held to provide
the teachers with a day of fun to unwind.
This event was planned by the Bahamas
Union of Teachers area vice president and
school shop stewards.
BGCSE classes are
being offered
By Canishka Alexander
Ruby Rolle began offering an English
Language BGCSE class on Oct. 31 at the
Church of Christ adjacent to K and S Auto
Station in Marsh Harbour. The classes are
offered every Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8
p.m. and cost $100 per month. A diction-
ary, thesaurus and Comprehensive Eng-
lish Course CXC book are needed for
the classes. Rolle said the book is sold
for $29.95 in Nassau, and she is willing
to purchase books for those interested. A
BGCSE booklet is also needed for the class
and costs $25.
Application forms will be available at
Roderick's Convenience Store, Native Hut
and M & R Foodstore. She will accept a
maximum of 25 persons, and depending on
the response from persons in the commu-
nity, a math course will also be available.
Ruby Rolle can be contacted at 367.2617
for further information.
Educators attend
professional seminar
By Samantha V. Evans
October 20th and 21st were work-
shop days for public school educators on
Abaco and on the first day principals of
each school held sessions at their respec-
tive schools. On the second day, October


21st, they all met at Central Abaco Prima-
ry School for training sessions held in the
school's multi-purpose room. Representa-
tives from the private schools were invited
to attend this session as well.
The session was planned by the Depart-
ment of Education office under the leader-
ship of Lenora Black. The focus of the
morning session was on the ten-year plan
proposed by the Ministry of Education. On
Abaco to make the presentation to the edu-
cators was Sharon Poitier, Chairperson of
the Ten-Year Plan Committee.
Mrs. Black stated that for years many
papers and reports have been written with
the intent to give structure to and improve
the educational system in The Bahamas,
but no plan has ever been presented in such
a comprehensive and detailed way. This
ten-year plan seeks to improve the quality


of education presently being offered and to
prepare students for careers that have not
yet come on stream.
Ms. Poitier discussed the plan with
the educators. Initially a small commit-
tee was formed by the Ministry of Educa-
tion and now the plan has been expanded
and there is much demand to get the tasks
done. Since a written plan is in place she
stated that they are seeking feedback from
educators and stakeholders. To help them
formulate an educational plan for the Ba-
hamas, the committee referred to strategic
plans from different regions including the
United States and the West Indies. The
plan covers all levels of education to en-
sure that the quality of education is secure.

Please see School Page 19


Teachers from all over Abaco assembled to hear a presentation of a ten-year plan to im-
prove the quality of education offered in our schools. Sharon Poitier came to Abaco for
the one-day seminar on October 21 to record the feedback from the teachers. They met
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November 1 ,2009








Social Services

Assists Fire Victims


Protesters gather against

the Wilson City BEC Plant


By Mirella Santillo
A small group of protesters, most of
them from Hope Town, assembled in front
of the Post Office in Marsh Harbour on
October 23rd to protest against the con-
struction of the Bahamas Electric Corpora-
tion plant at Wilson City.
It was a peaceful event with the protest-
ers voicing their concern through the help
of banners which either quoted verses of
the Bible about man's duty to protect the
earth, stating the protesters' view on which
way progress was heading on Abaco "One
step forward, two steps backwards," or re-
minding the public of the negative econom-
ic and environmental impact they thought
the new power plant would bring.
Around 11 a.m., one of the demonstra-
tors, Clint Kemp, took the microphone for
a public prayer in which he stated again
that Man was the conservator of the Earth
and expressed his hopes that the govern-
ment would be made aware of the concern
of the people who wanted to preserve the
island's environment not only for them-
selves but for future generations.
Stafford Patterson, who organized the
demonstration, addressed the assembly
with a message that stated that the protest
was not about politics but was an effort at
voicing people's opinion about what was
happening on Abaco.
Although the new plant was welcomed
and needed, he said, the location and the
kind of fuel chosen were wrong. He sug-
gested that a better location would be Nor-
mans Castle on the northwest coast and
that the type of energy used should be wind


or solar powered.
The protesters who rallied behind an
organization called CARES (Concerned
Abaco Residents) are worried that the con-
struction of the plant is moving too fast and
that not enough research was done. Not
only do they think that the pipeline going
through the delicate mangrove eco-system
of the coastal surroundings will have a
negative effect on the nearby reefs and the
land and sea park, but also they worry that
the emissions produced by the plant will
drop over the nearby settlements and farm-
ing areas, affecting the population's health.
Members of Friends of the Environment
were present, not as demonstrators, but
more as supporters. The Executive Direc-
tor of Friends of the Environment, Kristin
Williams, stated that she was proud to see
the community taking a stand.

School From Page 18
Principals were given a copy of the plan
at the beginning of the school year and
teachers were given one at this session.
Ms. Poitier made her presentation, then
answered questions. Later, the educators
were divided into groups to study the plan
further and gave input as to how the goals
can be achieved.
All suggestions made will be forwarded
to the National Committee for consider-
ation.


By Samantha V. Evans
After the fire in the Mud destroyed nu-
merous homes, many persons visited So-
cial Services and the Red Cross seeking
assistance. Social Services Assistant Di-
rector Charlamae Fernander stated that
50 persons have been assisted so far and
the Red Cross has assisted 71 persons.
They have given food parcels, toys and
clothing. They are in need of these items
as well. Even though it was reported that
no one was injured, Ms. Fernander stated
that they have assisted two men who sus
trained burns, obtaining medical care for
their injures while others suffered from
hypertension and a number of persons
suffered from smoke inhalation. Pastor
Dieon Gibson of First Assembly of God


assisted them with food as well.
Ms. Fernander stated that all persons
affected lost everything so they will need
assistance for a while. Presently, they are
staying with other families in the Mud as
they have nowhere else to go. They are in
need of beds, stoves and clothes in addi-
tion to food. She encourages persons who
are in a position to help to please do so.
It is important for residents to note that
many of the persons who were affected
are legal. Social Services and the Red
Cross are presently alternating weeks to
provide food. Ms. Fernander expressed
gratitude to her staff who gave of their
own time to assist those in need.
A total of 12 or 13 houses were de-
stroyed causing 76 people to be homeless.


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The Abaconian Section B Page 19






Page 20 Section B The Abaconian


By Jennifer Hudson
The Anglican Church Men of the St.
John the Baptist Anglican Church in Marsh
Harbour held a steak-out on October 17,
their second for the year. They normally
hold a cookout in Spring and Fall of each
year. The Spring event is to raise funds
for the men to attend the Anglican Church
Men's conference held in a different region
of The Bahamas each year. Their October
steak-out is normally to raise funds to as-
sist various organizations in the commu-
nity or someone in the church who needs
help with medical bills.
This year, however, the funds were be-
ing raised to fund a trip to Guyana. The An-
glican Church Men will be attending the or-
dination of Bahamian Archdeacon Cornell
Moss, who will be ordained Bishop of Guy-
ana on December 8. Approximately eight
to 10 men from the Anglican churches of
St. John the Baptist in Marsh Harbour and
St. Martins, Sandy Point, will attend the
service which will be held in Georgetown,
Guyana. "We will spend one week there,
during which time we plan to meet with
other branches and make contacts for future
joint ventures," explained Lukie Innocent,
President of the Anglican Churchmen.
An average of 400 tickets were sold
for steak and chicken dinners and an ex-
tra 150 were allowed for walk-ins. This is
an amazing effort by the men's group and
Mr. Innocent said that this is the only An-
glican church in the entire Bahamas where
the men take the lead. In all others it is the
women who are in the forefront.
The steak-out which began at 11 a.m.
went on until late and the men stayed until
all dinners were sold. Several men worked
very hard barbequing and they deserve


high praise for their dedication to the
cause, toiling all day in such intense heat
and smoke. Malfred Martin and Richard
Gibbs are the two longest standing grill-
ers, having dedicated 15 years to barbe-
quing at these cook outs. The men were
assisted by some ladies from the Anglican
Church Women's group and a few other
friends of the church.
Mr. Innocent, said, "Officers and
members of the ACM would like to thank
the general public for all the years of com-
mitment and their contributions to the
branch."


Tme Anglican Churcn Men of Marshn Har-
bour have two Steak-outs annually to raise
funds for various projects. These meals
are anticipated as these men are pros at
grilling steak.


Living Longer with a Healthy Life

Diabetes: 10 Tips to

Lower Your Blood Sugar


By Dr. Keith Lewis
BS,DC, DABAAHP, FAAIM
1. Know your numbers blood sugar,
hemoglobin A1C, blood pressure
2. Cut back on "white" foods white
sugar, white flour, white potatoes, white
rice
3. Increase whole grains and dietary fi-
ber
Eat complex carbohydrates, whole fruits,
whole vegetables
4. Cut back on fruit juice
Instead, eat the WHOLE fruit, also a
great source of fiber
5. Drink plenty of water
6. Exercise Walk Walk Walk
7. Eat a protein with a carbohydrate
So, if you eat bread for breakfast, eat an
egg or meat with it.
8. Keep an ideal weight for your height
9. Avoid foods with high fructose corn
syrup as these foods disrupts insulin me-


tabolism
10. Take nutritional supplements that aid
in the control of blood sugar. These in-
clude chromium polynicotinate, magne-
sium, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, omega 3,
n-acetyl cystiene, gymnema sylvestre
Remember to always consult with a
health care professional before taking any
supplements. If you would like to have
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Keith Lewis at Auskell Advanced Medi-
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Medicine and is also Board Certified in
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not only with a chiropractic adjustment,
but also with the proper combination and
choice of dietary supplements to improve
your health. If it is not a problem that
Dr. Lewis can help you with, he will re-
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The Abaconian Section B Page 21


Police Cadet programme is started


By Navardo Saunders
Sgt. Rachel Metelus strongly believes in
the popular saying It Takes a Village to
Raise a Child.
And she along with fellow police officer
Datus Farrington are doing their part to
help raise young people on Abaco the right
way, teaching them values, manners and
respect for themselves and others.
Ms. Metelus, who is attached to the
community relations division of the police
force, has established a cadet programme
for young people. She quickly points out
in an interview with The Abaconian that
while instilling discipline and respect are
the main focus of the program, it is not
just for delinquent youth. "We encourage
young men and women who want to join
the police force to become a cadet. It's the
first step in the process of becoming an
officer. I'm a product of the police cadet
program. I had the privilege of being one
of the first 25 female cadets back in 1987
or 88. So I have personal knowledge of the
impact the program can have on the lives
of young people."
Ms. Metelus and Farrington have part-
nered with Pastor Clifford Henfield of
Grace Baptist Church to provide for young


people on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
"Those persons who have conflict reso-
lution problems, not only those persons but
like I said persons who want to join the
police force the programme is for them,"
she said. "We're inviting anyone between
the ages of 14 and 17 to become a part of
the programme if they have difficulty re-
solving conflict or if they simply want to
be an officer."
There are scholarships available for
individuals who enroll in the cadet pro-
gramme, particularly those who want to
become police officers. "We can recom-
mend young people who show promise for
scholarships," she said. "That's one of the
major benefits the cadets programme."
From July to the present, Ms. Metelus
said the young people in the cadet pro-
gramme have only done drills. But she says
soon counseling will be available. "We
have spoken to a guidance counselor at one
of the schools who is a former cadet, and
she will offer counseling to the cadets. We
also intend to bring in motivational speakers
and we have a teacher who will be helping
the cadets with their math and English."
Ms. Metelus would like to form an al-
liance with the principals of all the local


schools, public and private, so that when
the principals have identified a student with
behaviourial problems they can direct them
to the cadets programme. "We also want
to work with the principals to show them
ways to deal with delinquent students,"
Metelus explained.
Since July Metelus said between nine and
15 young people take part in each session.
She said crime statistics show that more
young people should be involved in the
programme. "There are a lot of young
people getting into serious trouble gangs,
drugs, violence, having sex too early, and
they are the ones who need to be in the
programme," she said. "This programme
is geared toward saving them from them-
selves. Saving them from going behind
bars or from dying prematurely."
Neglect is a major cause for many young
people getting involved in negative things.
"Many parents neglect their children," she
said. "Many children are lacking attention
and what they do is become disruptive.
They get involved in a lot of negative activ-
ity. Sexual relationships with people they
shouldn't be involved with. They shouldn't
be having sexual relations, period. Drugs,
gang violence all that anti-social behavior
I think the major cause for that is neglect.
"We want the community to know that
while seeking to become the best employee
or employer or seeking higher education,
they have to remember they are neglecting
their children and they are the ones growing
up and creating so much problems. That's
something I want the community to realize.
Pay more attention to your children."


Ms. Metelus warned there are laws
against child neglect. "The community
needs to know that parents can be charged
with child neglect. I'm going to produce
a brochure to make parents aware of of-
fenses relating to child neglect. And if
they chose not to get their acts together,
they will be prosecuted because neglect is
one of the root causes for all these social-
ills in the community."
Many people believe that single par-
enting is the root cause of social-ills, but
she doesn't believe that's the case. "You
can be a single parent, love your child to
death and be that role model that makes
the best child," she said. "Because I think
if you go the House of Assembly, you
will find people who were raised in single
parent homes."
Ms. Metelus, a mother of two, is mo-
tivated by a desire to see every child suc-
ceed. "Like I want my child to succeed, I
want everyone else's child do the same,"
she said. "It makes for a better, stronger
community where crime and violence is
down and people are focused on doing
something positive with their lives, helping
to build their community and the country."
Anyone from the community who
would like to donate to the Cadet Corps,
whether money, snacks or time, can con-
tact her at 367-5623/4. "We would appre-
ciate any assistance because what we plan
to do is take the children on field trips, get
the marching band going again and get the
young people involved in other activities
and we need the help of the community in
order for this to happen.


Sgt. Rachel Metelus has begun a Police Cadet program in Central Abaco. The youth meet
with her weekly to do marching drills but she will soon expand the program to develop
the young people in other areas.


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drier, water included. $1000/ mo. Call Mrs.
Green at 367-2660
Marsh Harbour Gov Sub Apt, 2 bed/ 2 bath,
central A/C, newly renovated, fully furnished.
Serious inquires call 9-5 367-2951 or 577-5086
after 5 pm
Marsh Harbour Cove Estates very spacious 2
bed apt, fully furnished, central A/C, washer &
dryer, water included. Ph. 367-0209
Marsh Harbour 2 bed, 2 bath fully furnished
house overlooking Sea of Abaco. Close to town.
$1800/ mo. Call 367-7653
Marsh Harbour, sea view, bed & bath. Close
to town. $75 nightly, $500 weekly. Call 367-
7652
Murphy Town apartment, fully furnished.
$800/ month. For further info call 357-6876


Treasure Cay, Dormy Villa, 2 bed, 2 bath apt.,
fully furnished, includes washer/dryer, central
air condition. Call 577-6953
2 bed/ 1.5 bath cottage, partly furnished, A/C,
washer, dryer, very secluded with ocean views.
$1150 monthly & utilities. Contact 367-0124
or 475-1279




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
Guana Cay, Sea of Abaco, 1+ acre with eleva-
ton, 400 + ft. waterfront. Brokers welcome. www.
guanawaterfront.com
Guana Cay, dramatic ocean & Sea of Abaco
views, three sides floor to ceiling glass, incred-
ible sunset views from covered deck, 2 bed/2
bath w/ Jack & Jill shower. Purchase includes
additional lot ensuring unobstructed views. New
roof 2008. Purchase includes all furnishings.
Purchase price $299,000 net to seller. View
property at www.greatguanarentals.com. Call
Danny 404-846-1666 or email dl@atlantaindus-
trialproperties.com


Treasure Cay Pineapple Point Resort.
Exclusive Luxury Waterfront 2 & 3 bedroom
condos & 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath 2600 sq ft town-
houses all with deep water docks & garages!
Perfect location at the entrance to Treasure
Cay Marina. Prices starting in the low $500's
www.pineapplepointresort.com 242-458-3521
or 1-800-545-0395 Come see us at the end of
Marina View Dr. Model open M-F 9-4:30 pm
or by appointment.
Treasure Cay beautiful one-bedroom ground
level condo, marina view, completely redeco-
rated and fully furnished, heated pool, tennis
courts, new hurricane shutters. $195,000 705-
295-6141 templeman@nexicom.net
WPB Condo Furnished 2 bed 1 bath; A/C;
Internet ready. Ideal for students. Security
on grounds. Bus stop at entry. 15 min from
PB Community College. Short walk to major
shopping & restaurants. Price reduced $75,000.
Call 242-365-4636 days, 242-365-4218 evenings
Mobile Home Double Wide in Palm Beach
Colony 2 bed, 2 bath cathedral ceilings, screened
porch, covered garage, separate laundry room
includes all appliances and furniture. Serious
inquiries only. Call 366-2301. Nights 366-2164







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November 1 2009


Tax Change From Page 1

against the homeowner. However, there is
nothing to prevent homeowners from in-
corporating this tax in their rental charge
and not burdening the guest further.
Along with this newly imposed guest tax
was a reduction in the property tax sched-
ule. All property owners are allowed an
exemption on the first $250,000 of prop-
erty value if they live in the house full time
or seasonally. Values between $250,000
and $500,000 are taxed at three quarters
of one percent (.75%). Amounts exceeding
$500,000 but less than $5 million are taxed
at one percent (1%). All remaining values
above $5 million are taxed at one- quarter
of one percent (.25%).
These rates apply whether a house is
rented or not. However, only one owner
occupied residence is allowed the exemp-
tion and receives the benefit of the tax con-
cession.
Other houses a person may own and
rent incur the commercial tax rate of one
percent on values up to $500,000 and two
percent on values above $500,000. Vacant
land is taxed at one percent up to values of
$1 million and at two percent on all values
above $1 million.
At this time Bahamians in the Family
Islands are exempt from paying property
tax. It is not clear if the guest tax applies to
houses occupied seasonally by Bahamians
and rented to visitors in the owner's ab-
sence. Bahamians are subject to filing the
annual business license tax on any rental


income they may receive.
These tax changes were effective last
summer but it is not expected that retroac-
tive collection will be enforced. It was un-
derstood that registration of rental houses
as hotels should begin immediately with
any October guest taxes due by November
15 along with monthly statistic forms.
It is expected that rental house agents
and caretakers will handle most of the pa-
perwork and be responsible for submitting
the revenue each month. Homeowners can
do this if they choose to.
An October 15 deadline for registering
had been mentioned. Those who registered
by that date should see the new tax rate ap-
pear on their tax bills. Others who register
after that date will get the benefit of the
new schedule but this will not appear on
their tax bill.
Forms for registering as a hotel and for
submitting monthly with the tax collected
are available online at: www.tourismto-
day.com/prelim/oohr (owner occupied
house rental)
Persons who might have more than one
rental house must register, collect and
remit for all houses. However, only one
house can qualify as owner occupied and
get the reduced property tax rate.
One of the agents attending said they
were responsible for 70 houses and anoth-
er was responsible for 40 houses. These
rental properties comprise a large part of
Abaco's visitor accommodations and col-
lectively far surpass the capacity of our
hotels in terms of capacity.


By Navardo Saunders
The attorney who represents a number
of Abaco residents opposed to the bunker
C fueled power station under construc-
tion at Wilson City has accused Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham of hypocrisy
following comments he made at the Unit-
ed Nations' Summit on Climate Change.
Fred Smith, a partner in the law firm
Callendars and Co. and attorney for a
group of residents that strongly oppose
the power plant, said Mr. Ingraham
should be "commended" for his com-
ments to the Summit on Climate Change
but suggested if he is truly committed to
preserving and protecting the environ-
ment, he would put an end to construc-
tion of the power plant and move to put
legislation in place that put a limit on
pollutants.
In a pre-recorded message to the re-
cent Summit attended by scores of world
leaders and diplomats, Mr. Ingraham said
climate change poses a "serious threat to
our economic viability, social develop-
ment and territorial integrity." He said
the world, especially low-lying areas of
The Bahamas face "serious challenges
as a result of climate change and called
on countries to come to a global accord
in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December


that will involve ambitious, legally-bind-
ing targets to reduce the greenhouse gas
emissions that contribute to it.
Mr. Ingraham added that The Baha-
mas is "committed to collaborating with
the family of nations to ensure our own
survival of humankind in a sustainable
development model for Planet Earth."
But Mr. Smith said Mr. Ingraham
needs to "put his money where his mouth
is," adding that it is hypocritical for him
to state such a commitment to climate
change whilst supporting the construc-
tion of the Wilson City plant and also
failing so far to make good on a pledge
in his party's 2007 election manifesto to
advance laws to protect the environment.
"We cannot on the one hand be pro-
moting cleaner air environments whilst
at the same time building power plants
that are the worst polluters," Mr. Smith
said. He again threatened to take le-
gal action against the government for
a number of points, including starting
construction of the power plant without
all the proper or necessary permits hav-
ing been issued and before widespread,
comprehensive consultation with the
residents of Abaco.


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


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


Sunday
Prayer Meeting 6:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship I1:00 a.m.
Evening WorShin 6:00 p.m.
Jesus( Saves


We exist to: '
Reach, Develop,
Train, Love 9 _-
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
S St. James
Methodist
Hope Town
Sunday Services
9:30 & 11
nMission 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


Abaco A & D Trucking
Call us
Timothy
or Adele
McDonald
Phone 577-0184 577-0220
SRO. BoxAB 20432, Marsh Harbour Abaco


Mike Cornish
24 Hour Mobile Tire
Servicing the entire Abaco
With dependable service
Office Location: Forest Drive
Cell Phone: 458-0692


Big Cat Equipment
Rentals: Backhoe Dump Trucks
* D3, D5 & D8 Tractors Payloaders
* Excavators
Services:
* Land clearing
* Fill, rock, sand, soil
* Trenching Foundations
Tel: 242-367-2655 Fax: 242-367-2464
Cell: 242-577-5322 242-359-6839


Abaco slandPharmacy
Prescriptions Testing
Beauty Supplies Vitamins
Ricardo Miller, Pharmacist
Hours 8:30 am 6 pm
Sunday 9 am 12 Noon
Ph. 367-2544
Cell 554-8183
Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb.
Fax 367-6544
islanpharmacy@yahoo.com
www.abacoislandpharmacy.com


Clean Sweep Cistern Cleaning

The MODERN way to clean your cistern
Water stays in the tank, no loss of water
Super filtration of all your water
Vacuums the bottom of your cistern

Results:
Sparkling clean cistern!
Sparkling clean water!
Call CLEAN SWEEP 475-1389 (Hope Town)


BEC may face


judicial review







November 1, 2009


Local Government at Work


Murphy Town Committee October 5
By Mirella Santillo
At the October Murphy Town month-
ly meeting held on October 5, the main
topic was the capital projects which were
put on hold because the total funding re-
quested had not been received.
Chairman Renardo Curry informed
the members and residents who attended
the meeting that he had sent a letter to
the Prime Minister and to the Minister of
Lands and Local Government to reiterate
the request for the balance of the funds.
When that amount is received, the first
capital project on the Committee's agenda
will be the development of the Murphy
Town Cultural Village. Mr. Curry stressed
that this endeavor will help residents be-
come entrepreneurs as they will have the
opportunity to rent a parcel of land within
the Cultural Village for a small monthly
fee on which to build a commercial struc-
ture.
The second project already discussed at
several of the previous meetings is the con-
struction of a Community Center on Forest
Drive.
As an alternative to not receiving the
balance of the funds, the Chairman sug-
gested asking each Murphy Town work-
ing resident for a one time contribution of
$50 to go towards the Cultural Village.
Mr. Curry informed the group that he
met with the road maintenance contrac-
tors and they accepted taking half pay for
the month of November to help the Com-
mittee pay outstanding bills.
The garbage contract for Murphy Town
is now held by MAR Rentals, a company
located in Dundas Town. Two large open
bins have been placed on the Great Cis-


tern Road and at the Bahama Coral Island
Road. Paul Mills retains a contract for
two bulk garbage containers, one located
at Coconut Tree Bay and the other at the
Burial Society.
The Committee is hoping that these
bins will help curb illegal dumping within
the township and that this additional ex-
pense will bring positive results on the
overall appearance of the area.
The next meeting is scheduled for No-
vember 2nd.
Dundas Town Committee October 6
By Samantha V. Evans
A Dundas Town Township meeting
was held on October 6th at the Local Gov-
ernment office in Dove Plaza. Chairman
Cay Mills was present for a short while
and they discussed upcoming projects.
The various committees gave updates on
present projects.
They decided that the work on Brown's
Bay will have to go out to tender as the
water continues to damage the sea wall.
They agreed that the seawall needs to be
extended to the Methodist Church so that
they can refill the area with sand. By in-
stalling a barrier wall, this will prevent
sand from washing away into the sea.
They further decided that to get the water
turned on at Ocean View Park they need
to pay the overdue bill which is in the
hundreds of dollars.
They are continuing to work in the
Central Pines community to keep the area
clean and to prevent the brush from over-
growing in the area of the school and the
highway. No contract has been awarded
for this work as yet but the committee
will ensure that someone maintains it un-
til a contract is awarded.


The Abaconian Section B Page 23


By Samantha V. Evans
As the Department of Public Health pre-
pares for the onset of the flu season, it calls
on parents and adults to be mindful that
the H1N1 flu is a deadly flu. It has a list
of suggestions to prevent the spread of this
flu. Prevention is the goal. To avoid get-
ting the flu, persons are asked to practice
good health habits.
* People should cover their mouth and
nose when they cough or sneeze.
* They should cough into a tissue or sleeve
rather than into hands.
* They should avoid using cloth towels or
handkerchiefs.
* They should avoid touching eyes, nose or
mouth with dirty hands.
* Germs are spread when an infected person
touches another person so hand sanitizers
should be used to prevent the spread of germs.

Sports From Page 7

of track training are welcomed to assist.
To date she is assisted by Edric Poitier,
Barbara Johnson, Patrice Charles and Ish-
mael Morley. Ms. Colebrooke wants to
remind residents of the cays and Moore's
Island that this program is open to them as
well, and she will be happy to see them.
She plans to introduce a program in North
Abaco in the near future. If there is a coach
in that area that would be prepared to work
with the kids under the umbrella of the
Community Track Program, they are wel-
comed to contact her at the administrator's
office in Marsh Harbour.
{Ed note: The October 15 issue of
The Abaconian had an article about Ms.
Colebrooke. Unfortunately, the articles
mentioned that she would like donations
of money and time. She wants to make it
clear that she is not asking for donations
of money.}


* Persons should practice washing their
hands for at least 15 seconds, especially
after sneezing or coughing.
* Hands should be dried with a paper tow-
el and discarded.
* Hands should be washed after reading
the newspaper, magazines, handling mon-
ey or using shared equipment.
* Social distance should be practiced espe-
cially when persons are sick.
* Persons who are ill should not go to
work and sick children should be kept
home to avoid the spread of the flu.
The symptoms of the swine flu are the
same as the regular flu. The main symp-
toms are fever and cough, respiratory ill-
ness, headaches, sore throat and aching
muscles.
Abaco is one of the Department of Pub-
lic Health's reporting sites as some positive
cases have been found here. Subsequently,
persons are asked to be mindful that N1H1
as well as the normal seasonal flu are both
becoming prevalent now so early detection
is key.


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Items for Sale. Commercial Service. Cars & Boats


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



Now hiring Executive Chef, prior fine dining
culinary experience a must. Email resume to
abacolodge@gmail.com
Seeking gardener. Contact 365-5146



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
Used office furniture, desks, chairs, confer-
ence table and book shelves. Call 367-5415 for
more info.
Gorgeous wood floor 300 sq. ft. maple wood,
4%4" wide, tobacco color, cork & adhesive.
$1500. Call 904-349-8740
Maytag Microwave model mmv4205, black.
1150 watts $200. Frigidaire Freezer model
LFFCO924DWI $300. GE Gas Clothes Dry-
er DBXR463GDICC $400. Eureka Vac, The
Boss Smart Vac, $150
410 Pump Shotgun for sale..PLease call 367-
4185 for further information


Dock space up to 60' in Treasure Cay, water &
electric included. Well protected, great location.
Call 904-349-8740
Yanmar Diesel Engine, 170 hp, low hours,
no transmission, perfect for outdrive. Asking
$8000. OBO. Call Keith at 365-6006


B T& RET


26' Mako w/ twin 130 HP Johnsons. Asking
$12,000. Call 366-0065


18' Manta, 1999 Yamaha 150, vey low hours
(appox. 200), 4 blade S/S prop, Lenco S/S
Sport trim tabs Sea Star hydraulic steering.
Clarion stereo system. Sport Gauges/Steering
Wheel. Boat was redone in Oct. '06, all ac-
cessories new then. Completely turn key. Very
fast (50+ mph). Asking $8,500 OBO. Call 359-
6019 or e-mail at ryan@abacoconstruction.com


26' Intrepid '91, 2 Johnson 175 HP ('98) Good
condition, A/C, generator, new batteries and
trailer. DUTY PAID. Asking $25,000. Contact
Capt Charles Jones 242-365-0438,


Mature woman seeking a position as nanny or care-
taker of property. Contact 458-7598 or 367-0378


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Sym Jet 100cc Euro-x Scooter, #1
scooter in The Bahamas, great gas
mileage, reliable, powerful (up to 50
mph), say good-bye to traffic. Sale price
$2,295. Tel:393-0155/394-4823, Abaco
1-242-367-2453(bike)


How to Keep Healthy and


Prevent the Swine Flu







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Charming residence designed with
two 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartments,
a large 2 car garage and utility room.
$580,000. Ref. AS11158



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MARSH HARBOUR
Sea view 2 bedroom condos and 3
bedroom penthouses in a gated de-
velopment with pool and beach.
Starting at $595,000. Ref. AS10890


ELBOW CAY
3 bedroom, 2 bath home, just across
from the beach, offering a large pool
and deck space for entertaining.
$795,000. Ref. PS10665


ELBOW CAY
Serene 3 bedroom, 3 bath home on
the beach, comprised of 2 buildings
connected by a wrap-around deck.
$1,390,000. Ref. PS10616


MARSH HARBOUR
4 bedroom boater's haven featuring
10 ft. ceilings, a large covered patio,
dock pier, and a relaxing ambience.
$850,000. Ref. AS11006







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HOPE TOWN
Well appointed, turn-key, 4 bedroom,
4 bath harbour front residence is a
boater's dream with private dockage.
$1,799,000. Ref. AS11242


LONG BEACH
Brand new beach home has 5 bed-
rooms, 3 baths, high ceilings, veran-
dah, rec room, and garage/workshop.
$795,000. Ref. AS10905


ELBOW CAY
Two harbour view villas totalling 4
bedrooms and 4 baths with large
deck, pool, and private dockage.
$2,415,000. Ref. AS11127







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MARSH HARBOUR
Private 2 bedroom, 2 bath house
with a relaxing deck, large workshop,
and central air. Near all amenities.
$228,500. Ref. AS11141









THE ABACO CLUB, WINDING BAY
Immaculate turn-key, 3 bedroom, 3
bath home with stunning water views
and luxury amenities.
$1,725,000. Ref. AS11259





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SCOTLAND CAY
On a quiet island paradise, this
ocean view home has 4 bedrooms,
2 baths, and a garage.
$799,000. Ref. AS11241
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PRIVATE ISLAND, PELICAN CAYS
34 acre private island in Abaco
Sound. Marina,house, guest houses,
boats. Ideal for retreat/development.
$9,000,000. Ref. AS11258


THE ABACO CLUB, WINDING BAY
Stunning estate residence has 7
bedrooms and 8.5 baths on 1.4
acres in this exclusive golf retreat.
$11,750,000. Ref. AS11098


THE ABACO CLUB, WINDING BAY
A unique beauty, this 4 bedroom, 4.5
bath home has exquisite finishes
and exclusive Club amenities.
$3,995,000. Ref. AS10701


THE BLUFF AT WINDING BAY
2.09 acre property with dramatic
cliffs, gorgeous vistas, 'blow hole',
and nearby luxury amenities.
$4,900,000. Ref. AS11130


WHITE SOUND, ELBOW CAY: 13,770 sq. ft. lot near beach. $215,000. AS11205
NORTH END, ELBOW CAY: 19,974 sq. ft. oceanfront lot with 120 ft. of beach
and foundation for a 2,600 sq. ft., 4 bedroom home. $695,000. Ref. AS11144
BREEZY HILL, ELBOW CAY: 10,494 sq. ft. elevated lot. $132,000. PS10603
TREASURE CAY: 22,574 sq. ft. lot with 10 ft. elevations, 100 ft. of water-
frontage, and easy access to all amenities. $120,000. AS11061
AUNT PAT'S BAY, ELBOW CAY: 14,914 sq. ft. corner lot with 35 ft. elevations.
Community dockage. Nearby Tahiti Beach and Hope Town. $364,000. PS10661
TILLOO CAY: 16,000 sq. ft. homesite on a private island community. Near the
community dock. Electricity available. $150,000. PS10630
CENTRAL ABACO: 5 acre beachfront tract between Marsh Harbour and Treas-
ure Cay. Good elevations and utilities. $650,000. AS10756
MARNIE'S LANDING, ELBOW CAY: Half acre building sites in a private waterfront
community with electricity, dock slip, and beach access. $595,000. PS10659
MARSH HARBOUR: 9,750 sq. ft. sea view lot in gated Sunrise Bay. All ameni-
ties nearby. $249,900. AS11026
LUBBERS QUARTERS: 10,489 sq. ft. homesite in the Abaco Ocean Club. Near
the community dock. $77,000. AS10969
BAKER'S HEIGHTS: 41.6 acre sea view tract. $1,040,000. AB5178
THE ABACO CLUB, WINDING BAY: Superb 1+ acre beachfront, oceanfront, and
golf course estate lots. Starting at $1,900,000
GUANA CAY: 6,811 sq. ft. sea and oceanview lot within the Shipwreck Subdi-
vision. Nearby the new community dock and beaches. $125,000. AS10891
TREASURE CAY: 15 acre estate with elevations to 70 ft. and 630 ft. on the Sea
of Abaco. $1,400,000. AS10886
DOLPHIN BEACH ESTATES: Collection of homesites within a beachfront com-
munity. Hilltop lots starting at $150,000. Waterfront lots starting at
$395,000. Beachfront lots starting at $595,000.
GREAT ABACO CLUB: 7,630 sq. ft. canalfront lot in a gated community. Nearby
amenities including pool, tennis courts, and beach. $225,000. AS10731

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This newly built, 1,600
sq. ft. residence featuring
3 bedrooms and 2 baths,
occupies an ample 5,595
sq. ft. homesite with
panoramic ocean views.
$579,000. PS10640


ELBOW CAY
9,826 sq. ft. lot just
south of Hope Town Set-
tlement. Ideal as a
homesite, and is one of
the rare properties avail-
able here suited for com-
mercial development.
$90,000. AS11109


THE ABACO CLUB RITZ-
CARLTON, WINDING BAY
1.626 acre beachfront es-
tate offering 200 ft. of
beach, seclusion and pri-
vacy with the 5-star re-
sources of The Abaco
Club just minutes away.
$1,795,000. AS10802


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MARSH HARBOUR


GREAT GUANA CAY
Cozy 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage fea-
turing a screened-in Bahama Room
and sundeck.
$150,850. Ref. AS11033




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1.5 acres. Great investment.
$795,000. Ref. AS11118




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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 17 NUMBER 21 NOVEMBER 1st, 2009 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAIDWEST PALM BCH FLPermit NO 4595Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian Stuart Web Inc. 5675 SE Grouper Ave Stuart, FL 34997 Change Service Requested Set Clocks Back One Hour November 1Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. on November 1. Set your clocks back one hour either at bedtime on Saturday evening, October 31 or on Sunday morning, November 1. American Eagle requires Treasure Cay Þ re truck The new runway at the Marsh Harbour International Airport was opened for one day only on October 15. Bahamasair, Sky Bahamas, Western Air and several private planes took advantage to use it. But the runway had not been approved by Federal Aviation Authority officials so commercial flights from the U.S. could not use it. Passengers were taken by taxi to Treasure Cay to fly from that airport. The next day, October 16, the new runway was closed and all aircraft reverted to the old runway. Government maintains fire trucks at both international airports on Abaco, Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. However, the government fire truck at the Marsh Harbour airport has had mechanical problems since June, and a truck from the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department has been on standby every day since then. The FAA in the States has standards that apply to all commercial planes in the U.S. The large American Eagle planes that land at Marsh Harbour have specific requirements for firefighting equipment that must be on standby at the airport. It had come to light that the volunteer truck does not qualify for the larger planes. American Marsh Harbour runway opens for one dayThe new runway at the Marsh Harbour International Airport was opened for one day, October 15, but had to be closed again until FAA officials approve its use for commercial flights. Another problem that the Marsh Harbour airport recently experienced was the l ack of an adequate fire truck at the airport when the American Eagle flight lands. The government fire truck at the airport has had me chanical problems and has not been in operation since June. The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department has been manning a truck there a ll this time but it does not satisfy FAA requrements for the large American Eagle plane. Shown here are the passengers of the Ame rican Eagle flight disembarking with the yellow government fire truck from the Treasure Cay airport in the background. Beyond that tr uck is the green Marsh Harbour government fire truck that is not in operation. It is expected that repairs will soon be completed. Please see Airport Page 18 Hope Town Council hears about three developmentsThe Hope Town District Council met on October 20 to hear about three proposed developments for Lynyard Cay and Elbow Cay. They are examining plans for the Hope Town Marina and Inn. Shown seated is Walter Sweeting with cap, Administrator Cephas Cooper, Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting, and Deputy Chief Councillor Lana Russell. Standing in the center are Bridget D’Isernia and Brian D’Isernia, who represented Hope Town Inn and Marina , and on the right is Jane Thompson, a resident of Tilloo Cay. See story on page 2. Career Fair attracts high school students The Abaco Chamber of Commerce organized a Career Fair with a variety of about 20 different careers represented. High school students from most of Abaco’s high schools attended and showed great interest in many areas. They were curious about what education would be required and even more interested in the income they could expect. Cliff Pinder, an accountant from Nassau who came specifically for the Career Fair, is speaking with students of Long Bay School about careers in accounting while students from S.C. Bootle examine brochures. Tables with representatives of uniformed services were quite popular. See story on page 20.

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 By Canishka Alexander On October 21 developers of the Hope Town Inn and Marina and proposed Lynyard Cay development met with members of the Hope Town Council. The BEST commission presented the EIA for the JoeÂ’s Cay proposed development. There were not as many fireworks as expected, but the meeting was attended by all members of the Hope Town District Council. The meeting was chaired by Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting. Other Councillors present were Lana Russell, Deputy Chief Councillor; Glenn Laing, Councillor from Guana Cay; Harold Malone, Hope Town Councillor; Walter Sweeting, Man-O-War Councillor; and Cephas Cooper, Senior Administrator.Hope Town Inn and MarinaThe Hope Town Inn and Marina proposal concerns the property on the west side of the harbour on the property formerly known as Hope Town Marina and Club Soleil. The plans presented to the Council were for the marina and dock area only and did not include plans for a future small hotel and other shore facilities. The marina will include 51 slips. Brian and Bridget DÂ’Isernia repres ented the Hope Town Inn and Marina. Clay Wilhoyte of Hope Town expressed several concerns about the marina with regard to the removal of mangroves, containment of silt (increased turbidity during dredging); footprint of new docks in relation to existing docks; bulkheading; and boundary setbacks. However, he had no problem with development and said many of his concerns were addressed after reviewing plans for the marina. He agreed that dredging is necessary, but he doesnÂ’t like the process. Jeremy SweetingÂ’s concerns were with the length of the dock and the dock application; the removal of the public dock that servicesother property owners and if accommodations would be provided to give people access to their property. He told the DÂ’Isernias that the marina would have no control over the existing community dock. The dock would have to be situated 20 feet from the public road and 15 feet from neighbouring properties. They were required to update their application and state that the concrete seawall would be finished with rip rap. The height of the seawall was also considered, and the council was told that it would be three feet above the dock. Mr. Sweeting questioned whether bigger boats would be accommodated if dredging was only four feet in some areas, but Mr. DÂ’Isernia said by the time it was completed it would be at a finished depth of six feet. Despite Mr. DÂ’IserniaÂ’s explanation, Mr. Sweeting told him that the CouncilÂ’s biggest concern would still be how they addressed the dredging issue. They were instructed to put marker buoys out that day because the Hope Town Council wanted to carry out a site inspection. He told the DÂ’Isernias that if the Councillors were satisfied after their inspection of the site, a recommendation would be sent on to the Docks Committee in Nassau.Lynyard Cay DevelopmentThe Lynyard Cay project concerns a development for the central part of Lynyard Cay that would include protected by a sea wall and other amenities. Until recently Lynyard Cay was under the jurisdiction of the South Abaco District Council. Mr. Dale Scott spoke on behalf of the development and told the Hope Town Council that he had already gotten a temporary dock approval as well as approval from the Foreign Investment Board. However, Mr. Sweeting questioned where Mr. Scott had submitted his documents because they had no record of them either at the AdministratorÂ’s Office or the Hope Town District Council Office. Mr. Sweeting told Mr. Scott that he wanted to see recommendations before dealing with applications for the development. He reminded Mr. Scott that he would need to make sure that Local Government is involved in the application pro-Developers meet with Hope Town CouncilPlease see HT Council Page 5 This is a sketch of the proposed marina at Hope Town Inn and Marina. The docks will extend out into Hope Town harbour and will require dredging. Council members have made recommendations to the developers as to what is acceptable.

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 cess. Mr. Cooper promised that he would contact the Foreign Investment Authority to find out what had been done so far in regard to the development so they could know how to move forward. Mr. Scott said that he had never been informed to go through Local Government, which is why he went directly through Nassau. He described the process as a long one with having to wait 18 months for an environmental impact assessment. He was still waiting on permits and had put in an application for a subdivision, which he was currently waiting an approval for. It was clear that Nassau had not been communicating with the Hope Town Council, which disturbed the members because they had encountered the same issue with the developers from the Hope Town Inn and Marina.HT Council From Page 2 JoeÂ’s Cay DevelopmentPhilip Weech, Director of the BEST Commission, delivered an Environmental Impact Assessment based on two plans submitted for a proposed development on JoeÂ’s Cay. He was accompanied by Environmental Officer Stacy Gray. JoeÂ’s Cay is a small island near the entrance to White Sound on Elbow Cay joined to the main island by extensive mangroves. Mr. Weech said the original master plan for the JoeÂ’s Cay project included 19 family residences, club house and common areas, recreational beach, 22-slip harbour and a manmade beach. He said the first plan submitted included details on the master plan including the boat basin and manmade beach, a baseline description of the site, infrastructure and utilities and environmental impacts and mitigation. Impacts to the environment would be the removal of red mangrove that would be dredged to accommodate a docking facility and the dredging of 0.2 acres of sea grass to accommodate ingress/egress channel. However, BEST was originally concerned about the significant alterations to the site in regard to the creation of the beach and the rock groynes used to stabilize the manmade beach, the extensive dredging needed for the boat basin, the lack of alternate locations for the boat basin, sewerage treatment and waste disposal, the disposal of reverse osmosis by-product and the lack of mitigation concerning environmental impacts. A second assessment was submitted and changes were made. The developers offered an alternate location for the boat basin which would be relocated behind the manmade beach. The relocation would eliminate the need for dredging within the mangroves. Additionally, no flushing channel would be needed. The BEST Commission then made the following recommendations: no flushing channel would be dredged, no dredging for the temporary dock, sand for the manmade beach would only be acquired from sources approved by the relevant govern-HT Council is asked for recommendation of projects This is the plan for JoeÂ’s Cay that the BEST Commission presented to the Hope Town District Council for their recommendation. The boat slips have been placed behind a manmade beach, leaving the extensive mangroves intact. A ferry will transport people to and from the cay, not via a bridge. A town meeting will be held to allow residents to voice their opinions. The proposed project for Lynyard Cay will include 80 village lots, 57 one-acre estate lots and a 150-slip marina. The project is in the right center of the graphic. The marina would be protected with two seawalls. The dark area on the left is what the developers would like to see made a protected park area. The Hope Town District Council heard the developerÂ’s presentation but will not be making any statement on it at this time. Please see HT Council Page18

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 Central Abaco News 6th Annual Abaco Christmas FestivalBy Jennifer Hudson Plans are well under way for a fun filled 6th Annual Christmas Festival which will take place on December 5 from noon until 10 p.m. at the BAIC Craft/Farmers’ Market site on Don MacKay Boulevard. Chairperson Brenda Sawyer has been working extra hard this year as Jo-Ann Bradley and Wynsome Ferguson, who normally assist her, are off island for an extended period. “But they are still doing what they can to assist from afar,” says Mrs. Sawyer, who is very experienced at organizing the fair for many years and is very calm with everything under control. She is being assisted with public relations by Michele Mikula from the Ministry of Tourism office and a competent band of committee members who help with staging, decorating the tree and organizing the grounds. “The whole of Abaco from north to south and the cays looks forward to this fair and it uplifts people’s spirits, especially at this time when things are rather slow,” stated Brenda. The event will begin with the blessing of the festival followed by a DJ and live performers every half hour. The whole proceedings will be kept lively by the dynamic Shelley Austin as Mistress of Ceremonies. Performances to watch for will be karate displays, cultural skits, praise dancers, schools, choirs and soloists. Other activities will include a bouncing castle, something for the dogs yet to be decided, a fashion show by Philippa Farrington, belling and drum competition, photos with Santa by the Abaco Club, “Flasher” Bodie, varied craft stalls, music by Estin Sawyer, New Entry Band, Impact Band and a guest performance by K.B. (Kirkland Bodie). The traditional tree lighting ceremony will be held and the festival will close with the usual Junkanoo rush and distribution of goodies and toys to kids donated by Baker‘s Bay. Of course, a fair is never complete without food and people will not be disappointed. No one will need to go home hungry. For the first time this year a crafts booth is being planned at which children can make Christmas cards and ornaments. Other possibilities are a talent competition encompassing several different categories and maybe a bingo stall. The Wesley College Marching Band will perform, and it is planned that either the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Band or Royal Bahamas Police Force Band will be present to display its skills which everyone looks forward to. Since the Defense Force was here last year, the committee is hoping for the Police Band this year. People wishing to participate in the festival in any way may collect application forms from the Ministry of Tourism office. These must be returned by the November 6 deadline. Fees are $75 for art and craft stalls, $100 for food stalls and $150 for restaurants. Ms. Sawyer is grateful for the full support that her committee gives her and says that it is a “real team effort.” Committee members are Laura Albury, Roscoe Thompson, Ruth Smith, Ruth Flowers, Ruth Saunders, Enid White, Melinda Pinder, Stretch Morley and all the members of the Ministry of Tourism office.Cheque Presentation to Abaco Cancer SocietyBy Jennifer Hudson On October 21 the Abaco Cancer Society was the recipient of a donation resulting from Jeans Day or Denim Day which was held throughout both government and private schools on October 9. The presentation was made by District Education Superintendent for Abaco, Lenora Black, at the commencement of the Abaco District Summit of the Department of Education held at the Central Abaco Primary School. Mrs. Black told attendees that this Jeans Day fund raiser was begun on Abaco by Mrs. Josephine Kumar at the St. Francis de Sales School several years ago when she first became principal here. Three years ago government schools were incorporated into this effort which will be ongoing. The cheque was received by the President of the Abaco Cancer Society, Veronica Saunders, who was accompanied by joint President Mrs. Marjolein Scott. Mrs. Saunders gave a summary of the work of the Abaco Cancer Society. Presently, 38 patients are being assisted by the society. At the beginning of 2009 there were 45 patients but seven have sadly succumbed to the disease. Please see Central Page 7 Denim Day was celebrated in all Abaco schools. On this day students are allowed to wear denim instead of their school uniforms if they make a donation to the Abaco Cancer Society. The money raised goes to help cancer victims with their expenses of traveling to receive treatments and for the treatments themselves. Shown here are Education Superintendent Lenora Black, left presenting the check to President of the Abaco Cancer Society, Veronica Saunders. On the right is Co-President Marjolein Scott.

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 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. Happy Hour Daily 2 for 1 Happy Hour on Sundays and Wednesdays Prime Rib on select Friday nights call us Breakfast Buffet & Omelette Station on select Sundays Call us for details is a private charter plane company providing safe, reliable transportation to and from the islands of the Bahamas and southeastern Florida.has its new facility at the Marsh Harbour International Airport. We are a full service FBO with Customs, Immigration, Fuel, VIP Lounge and many other Þ ve star services. We handle all your aircraft ground handling service needs the way you want. CHEROKEE AVIATION • Tel.# 242-3671900 • Fax.# 242-3671901 / 0526 US toll free 800-920-9970 • VHF 122.80P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : fboinfo@cherokeeair.comCHEROKEE AIR Tel.# 242-367-1920 • Fax.# 242-367-1921 / 3451 US Toll Free 800-920-9971 • US 561-277-1124 • Nassau 242-396-1136P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : info@cherokeeair.comCherokee Air Cherokee Aviation Central From Page 6 Ninety percent of the patients get multiple tickets and assistance. In addition to air fares many patients are now assisted with medications and with donations to cook-outs. From January to September of this year the sum of $13,011 was paid to the Travel Spot, Cat Island Air and Abaco Air with $10,991 going to other patient expenses. Mrs. Saunders praised the hard work of Mrs. Scott, who “works non-stop 24 hours a day nine days a week.” She described how she herself gets to speak with, pray with and encoura ge patients and how much they appreciate this personal touch as well as the monetary help. Mrs. Saunders presented a plaque to Mrs. Black for her assistance, then asked Mrs. Kumar to receive a plaque “as this was initially her baby.” Other upcoming activities of the Abaco Cancer Society will include a Silent Auction on December 12 at Mangoes Restaurant and Christmas Shop in the old John Bull building next to Mangoes from December 1-24. Opening hours will be Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Art and good quality “nearly new” gifts will be on sale. The Thrift Shop is ongoing each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind Abaco Groceries. It is well worth a visit for in addition to clothes, household items and books, there are always some unique “treasures” to be found. Donations are always needed and may be dropped off at the store during opening hours or for assistance call 367-3744.Art for the Parks will bene Þ t Abaco’s national parksAbaco Beach Resort’s Art for the Parks is a new partnership which brings together the Bahamas National Trust and local artists to support the national parks of Abaco. Art for the Parks will premiere on January 30th and 31st, 2010, at Abaco Beach Resort, and the event promises to bring some of Abaco’s most talented artists and artisans together under one roof. “We are delighted to partner with the Bahamas National Trust with an event that will raise much needed funding for the five national parks and protected areas that are on Abaco. Local artists approached us and the BNT with the idea of taking our Annual Abaco Art Festival and turning it into a fund raiser for the national parks,” said Emmanuel Alexiou, Director, Abaco Beach Resort. “Art for the Parks is the BNT’s first event on Abaco, and we are excited to have the support of Abaco Beach Resort. Its marquee is perfect for the festival, and we have some new ideas for activities that we hope over the next few years will turn the festival into one of the major art events in The Bahamas,” said Lynn Gape, Deputy Executive Director, BNT. This will be the 13th Art Festival sponsored by Abaco Beach Resort featuring local Bahamian artists. “Community involvement in this event is going to be key to its success,” said Kimberly Roberts of Bahama Dawn Designs. “We want to showcase art and high end crafts, but we also will have a special area for local charities to showcase their good works.” Abaco is home to five national parks and protected areas: Abaco National Park, Black Sound Cay Reserve, Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park, Tilloo Cay Reserve and Walker’s Cay National Park. All are managed by the Bahamas National Trust.Scotia Bank Celebrates 40 Years on Abaco By Samantha V. Evans The week of October 5th-9th was put aside for Scotia Bank Abaco to celebrate having offered quality banking service to Scotia Bank celebrated the 40th anniversary of the opening of its branch in Marsh Harbour during the week of October 5-9. They honoured the five persons who opened the bank initially including Judy Johnston, the first female Scotia Bank manager. They also homoured the long serving employees. Current bank manager Matthew Sawyer is shown. center, with his staff. Abaconians for the past 40 years. Branch Manager Matthew Sawyer stated that even though the anniversary is October 7th, the staff was doing something every day to say thank you to clients. All week a table of treats was set out for customers to enjoy and on October 7th the bank had a live radio remote, had free give-a-ways and held a cocktail reception at the bank that evePlease see Central Page 10 More Central Abaco News

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 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: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Julian Lockhart, Vernique Russell, Mirella Santillo, Navardo Sunders Contributors: Lee Pinder Phone 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 surface The Editor Says . . . Where is Abaco headed? Letters to the EditorResents illegals ß aunting Bahamian lawDear Editor, I am a Bahamian. I have two Bahamian parents. But I cannot build on land that I cannot show proof of ownership of. So, Mr. Hubert Ingraham, I would like to know why you gave the Haitian people our country. They have all the rights. We have none. Do you think this is a fair thing to do to us Real Bahamians? What you say? They are Bahamians? They came to our country illegally so they should not have all the rights. But what do you care? You do not have to put up with them. Well, the Haitians are building onto their houses every day. Nobody comes to do anything about it. But Local Government just fixed Mud roads and Peas road. This is OK. But they should have fixed main roads first. All people use the main road, not just Haitians. Us white people have to put up with it also. A concerned BahamianProtest against power plantDear Editor, Thanks for supporting our lawful public demonstration to voice our opinion about the location of our new power plant at Wilsons City. First of all, this demonstration is not about politics. I am not a politician, nor do I aspire to be one, at least, not now! This is not about politics or any particular political party, so when I say “government I mean the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas not PLP, FNM, UBP or any other. This demonstration is about a consistent supply of electricity for the people of Abaco without sacrificing our public health or our tourism product in the process of generating the electricity that Abaco needs to sustain its residents, our visitors/guests/second homeowners. I am an individual that feels the time to speak out about the issue is now, before we go any farther and spend more of our tax dollars on something we may regret later. So this is my story and why I am here today: During the recent holiday weekend as I read the October 15th issue of The Abaconian, among other articles I came across a full page advertisement by Abaco Cares and I read their ad. They asked how I felt about the location of our new power plant at Wilson City and I responded to the email address printed in the ad that I welcomed a new power plant for Abaco but about how concerned I was that the emissions from the proposed Wilson City location burning bunker C oil would disperse emissions over Great Abaco the majority of the time because the wind is out the easterly quadrant most of the time as well as the proximity of the fuel dock to the Pelican Cays National Park. The old Normans Castle site seems like a viable location. The emissions from that site would disperse over the sea much like the Clifton Pier site on New Providence does most of the time and is not next to a national park, same as Abaco Cares had in their ad in the paper! What a coincidence! We had the same thoughts, but they had taken the step forward to go to the expense to place a full page ad in the paper saying so and I commend them for that. We are both of the opinion that Bahamas Electricity Corporation and the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas should halt construction of the power plant at Wilson City and look at the possibility of locating the power plant at the old Normans Castle lumber mill site on the northwest coast of Great Abaco. We would have liked to have had the opportunity to express our opinions to BEC/government before they began the new power plant project at Wilson City on our behalf. This is the largest capital expenditure ever of central government for the people Please see Letters Page 9 The world’s economy may be sluggish, The Bahamian economy may be slow. But for developers looking at Abaco, The mood seems to be “Let’s go.” A broad view of the world’s economy is distressing. Businesses are retrenching, employees are being laid off and homeowners are defaulting on their mortgages. The big picture is rather bleak. Yet, here on Abaco the view is somewhat different. Although some projects have scaled back a bit which is painful to those workers laid off, we seem to be holding our own. Bankers, developers and government observers constantly express the view that Abaco is holding its own better than most of The Bahamas. Even though some of Abaco’s recent projects may have slowed a bit, the trend seems to be continued investment and expansion. Our two original resorts, Abaco Beach Hotel and Treasure Cay Resort are static in terms of expansion. However, new projects keep coming. Several are well underway; others have continued in a slower mode and new developments are standing in line waiting for approvals. Recent and proposed developments show a confidence in Abaco’s future. The Ritz Carleton Resort, the Abaco Club on Winding Bay, is open and has a magnificent golf course. This is located between Little Harbour and Cherokee. Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club had its marina operating for last summer’s boat traffic and its golf course is expected to be ready by the end of this year. This is on 500 acres on the north end of Guana Cay. Sand Bank Landing is excavating its marina behind the Catholic Church just outside the gate at Treasure Cay. Our last information indicated it will offer 92 lots, a 20-room inn and 57 condominiums. Schooner Bay, between Bahama Palm Shores and Crossing Rocks, has slowed a bit but continues to go forward. This project will create a new town with a marina, shops, town houses and residences designed for golf carts or easy walking. Serenity Point, just north of Schooner Bay, is offering ocean front and interior residential lots on paved roads with utilities in place. It is well on the way to offering fully serviced lots to the public. We hear rumblings that the Valencia group is working to get its development back in the pipe-line. This would be on the undeveloped area between Crossing Rocks and Hole-in-the-Wall. On Elbow Cay several developments are being pursued. In Hope Town harbour the Hope Town Inn and Marina is improving the Hope Town Marina property and getting approvals so construction can begin on its marina. A restaurant, inn and town houses are expected to follow. Joe’s Cay developers are working on their plans to get Hope Town’s approval for this small cay at the mouth of White Sound. A small marina is positioned to leave an extensive mangrove area undisturbed. This has been in the planning stage for more than a year. The 20-acre parcel of the Elbow Cay Club is still under active consideration for development with a groyne-protected marina, a small hotel and residential property. Farther south of Hope Town on Lynyard Cay, developers are presenting plans for a 150-slip marina, 57 large estate lots and 80 smaller village lots. Jurisdiction for Lynyard Cay has recently been transferred from the South Abaco District Council in Sandy Point to the Hope Town District Council. A 15-20 cottage development slated for Cornish Cay appears to have been cancelled as the property is now listed for sale. Cornish Cay is several miles south of Snake Cay and west of the Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park. The Snake Cay developers have been silent for more than a year, but we believe they may be reorganizing for another proposal on their large resort an marina plans. Several smaller investments relate to our popular appeal as a bonefishing destination. The Delphi Club north of Crossing Rocks is a new lodge catering to European fishermen. The Abaco Lodge, resurrected from the Lazy Parrot north of Marsh Harbour, caters to North American bonefishermen. All of these present and proposed developments will increase the resident and visitor population on Abaco. It all adds up to more jobs, more meals sold, more groceries bought and the need for expanded public infrastructure. Several government projects are either underway or on the drawing board. The $100 million BEC generation expansion has resumed construction although it appears to be threatened with impending judicial action that may stall further progress. It is unanimously agreed that Abaco needs additional power generation, but some are questioning the approval process or the proposed fuel. North of Cooper’s Town a harbour is underway to accommodate freight boats allowing incoming freight to be off-loaded closer to its destination. The harbour will also serve fishermen and visiting yachtsmen who presently have no protected harbour along the North Abaco coastline. To the far south on the coast by Sandy Point, the Bahamas Fast Ferry is constructing a ferry landing to serve their ferries coming from Nassau. Government is soliciting bids for a 50,000 60,000 square-foot administrative building in Central Abaco to house key government departments along with the Post Office. Abaco is believed to be the last Family Island that does not have its key government players in one location. The Auskell Medical Clinic in Marsh Harbour recently unveiled expansion plans for a comprehensive medical clinic on Don MacKay Boulevard leading to the airport. Will are all of these projects benefit Abaco in the long term. Are they our best path into the future? Some, like the BEC and Auskell expansion are merely the normal growth of the service industry in keeping up with society’s demands. Examining our past success points out the benefits of small projects that continue to appear on a regular basis. Second homeowners build the economy one house at a time and appear to be insignificant in the overall picture. However, their cumulative effect has often been overlooked in favor of big cement structures that are easier to photograph and whose employees can be counted as they punch the clock. Historically, it has been the large developments in the Family Islands that have given the problems. Second home rentals and the small inns scattered over Abaco have proven to be resilient to economic changes and are the basis for Abaco’s steady growth. Since the small lodges and inns along with the rental houses are broadly scattered and not concentrated in one spot, there is no pressure for new access roads or a huge need for an instant power upgrade or the need for a job fair seeking several hundred employees. There is no pressure on government for concessions and work permits. As our capacity for visitors and second homeowners grows, the capacity to provide the required services also grows incrementally. In the face of worldwide economic declines, investors appear to be confident in Abaco’s future and are lined up to take advantage of our popularity and success. We must be very careful that our growth is regulated to the extent that we can cope with all the various aspects. This will not be an easy task. Developers are very good at presenting their project in glowing terms. There is more involved than instant employment. There should be lessons to be learned from the Emerald Bay project on Exuma which is not resuming operations and looking to hire hundreds of employees. Is this type of resort in Abaco’s best interest?

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Order The Abaconian Today Apr 2006Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$65 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 990 Old Dixie Hwy, #14, Lake Park, FL 33403 or: P.O. Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribeReceiving the Abaconian regularly will keep you informed on issues such as: • Resort & hotel development • Improvements to roads, airport, docks, schools, etc. • Phone and electric company changes • Fishing, boating & sporting activities • Immigration, taxes or duty changes • Changes to laws and regulations • Community events • New business ventures • Changes in airline service • Actions by local government of Abaco, and it’s only fair you give us, the people of Abaco, a chance to input on the project because we who live/visit/ have invested here are the ones who will have to live with the final decision and consequences going forward. The September 10th meeting with the public and BEC officials was only the first public meeting that I know of about the subject and they, BEC/ government had already cleared bush and were pouring concrete for the foundations, without permits from local government because no one at BEC had bothered to follow the procedures that Local Government on behalf of central government encourages us residents to follow when building something new. What kind of example is that? So they had no building permit and construction was halted by the Prime Minister right after the September10th meeting till BEC went through the permitting process. Construction has now begun again on October 16th, only one month after being stopped for no permit. One month seems like pretty quick approval time to me for a plan of this size. I find that sometimes the government of The Bahamas moves slowly on projects, for example, the Marsh Harbour International Airport. For years we been hearing from the Bahamas’ government that the Marsh Harbour airport was going to be “expanded,” a much needed thing. I remember when there were artists’ drawings hanging in the MH post office showing possible configurations for a new airport terminal building and asking for public input on the drawings. Anyone remembers those? They were there for several years. Years. And talk about moving slowly, we are still waiting for that new terminal as well as for the new runway to be operational……. But this demonstration is about the power plant, not the airport. Nor is it about the fact that our Royal Bahamas Police Force does not have enough staff, funds or resources to properly combat crime here on Abaco. That was also in the October 15th issue of The Abaconian, too. No, this demonstration is about where was the opportunity given for Local Government as well as the common man to give his opinion about how we would like the power supply for Abaco to be handled going forward. So I heard some sip sip there was to be a new power station for Abaco. They had even surveyed an area around the Wilson City area. But I guess because I have been hearing from the Bahamas’ government for years about how they were going to expand the Marsh Harbour International Airport but nothing happened, so I expected the same or worse concerning the power station. What a surprise when I learned they were clearing land and then pouring concrete. So how did government manage to get this project going so fast? Had our government and BEC better consulted with our Local Government boards and the people of Abaco before they began to clear the bush and pour concrete out at the Wilson City Buzzard Hill site, then we would have had a chance to voice our opinions before this expense has taken place. We have written Letters to the Editor, had one public meeting, more Letters to the Editor. Yet there is still, in my opinion, a lack of transparency in the whole new power plant issue for Abaco. To BEC/ government I say why not halt construction at Wilson City till we can have proper public dialogue about the issue. While we are dialoging, fine tune the current power plant to meet the demand for the next year or two. While you do so, develop better preventative maintenance procedures for More Letters to the EditorLetters From Page 8 the extensive transmission and distribution system that Abaco has as well as implementing things such as power conservation encouragement programs with consumers as well as encouraging businesses and homeowners to utilize solar and wind power to supplement their dependence on the “grid.” Renewable sources of energy seem to be the way we, as humans, will ease and perhaps one day end our dependency on fossil fuels. No doubt the power station needs to be moved from its current location, the sooner the better, but I say to BEC and the government, let’s not rush this new power station and wish down the road we had taken a closer look at all the options available to us today for the benefit of all the people of Abaco now and for the future. Remember, it’s never too late to do the right thing. Thank you. Stafford PattersonLetter to the Prime MinisterDear Prime Minister Ingraham and everyone else that this concerns, I’m depressed. Have you watched the You Tube video of the September 10th meeting in Marsh Harbour about the BEC power plant? Have you read the concerned citizens of Abaco poster? In case you haven’t, I’ve forwarded attachments to you under separate cover. I just took time to watch the YouTube video and read the poster, and yes, I’m depressed. I first came to Abaco in 1957 to join my soon-to-be husband in running a new tourist facility, one of the first in Abaco. My second daughter was born in Marsh Harbour in 1959 attended by lovely and capable government nurse Deems shortly after the Marsh Harbour landing strip was opened to commercial flights. Now, as a grandmother of five young Abaconians, three of whom are direct descendants of the first loyalist settlers in Hope Town, I am concerned about their future in Abaco. Also, two of my grandchildren were Top Primary Student of the Year winners and are still winning awards in their secondary school education. These five young people are part of the future of these islands, and it is my sincere hope they will want to make their futures here in Abaco. I have watched Abaco develop and become a favorite tourist destination as I worked in the tourist industry until I retired five years ago. The visitors to Abaco that I have met over the years fall in love with the clean air and unpolluted waters, the quiet that allows one to hear the breeze in the trees, the sound of the ocean swishing on the beach and the birds twittering in the bush. Many come by boat and moor in Abaco’s lovely protected harbours. Many arrive by plane and purchase property and build vacation homes which they put on the rental market until they retire and can become winter residents and full members of the community, putting their energies into volunteering in countless ways to support the community. Many families have been spending their vacations in Abaco for several generations, renting houses, staying in hotels, getting married or honeymooning in Abaco and returning for anniversaries. And prosper Abaco has, and still is. Please “don’t kill the goose that lays the golden egg!” If you haven’t watched the video or read the poster, please do. As mentioned above, I have forwarded the attachments. You in government want us to listen to you, and we need you to listen to us, those of us who live, work and raise our children in Abaco, and be willing to make changes that will benefit us all. I want to hear, soon, that you have made a decision to build the new power plant at Norman’s Castle as has been suggested by those who have been studying this matter, NOT at such a frighteningly fragile spot as Wilson City, and that more research is being done on what fuels to use. Offered in all sincerity, Mary Balzac Letter to Earl Deveaux, Mon. of EnvironmentDear Minister Deveaux, I am deeply disappointed to see that The Bahamas government has forged ahead with plans to build the power plant at Wilson City without transparency, sufficient public consultation and negligible input from the citizenry. This continues to show a government with no respect for its constituents and a government which continues to treat its voters with utter contempt. It was disclosed during the town meeting on September 10, 2009, in Marsh Harbour that this plant was initiated by the former administration. It is unacceptable that this government has known about this plant for two full years, yet has chosen to keep the communities of Abaco, and the wider Bahamian community, in the dark. Before any clearing or construction or approvals were given, this project should have been brought to the public with full disclosure of future projects that may be coming on stream to essentially double the generating capacity of Abaco from 27 mega watts to 48 mega watts. There are many kinds of Bunker C heavy fuel oil. The refinery, region, market or which oil well it comes from plays a part in determining the toxicity of the oil, its emissions and its effects on the environment and nearby communities. In the absence of supporting documentation, it is impossible to accurately discuss the potential issues that the fuel used at any facility may produce. Essentially, logic dictates that we will get what we pay for – if we pay for the cheapest Bunker C option available, the chances are that there are going to be some nasty consequences. I do not accept Minister of State Phenton Neymour’s argument that bunker C is acceptable just because so many other island nations and countries use it. That in and of itself does not make it good – does that make it the best choice for producing power? Is it the least polluting? Although the infrastructure may be less expensive initially, the truth is that our future generations will pay more in energy and health costs into the future. The use of Bunker C in other island nations is irrelevant because it is fundamentally an issue of sovereignty, not of joining the masses, but of making a decision that is right for The Bahamas as a leader in the Caribbean. Our nation should be committed to creating a policy for energy security and energy independence. We do not have the financial resources to continue to pay higher and higher fuel prices going into the future when the sun, wind and tides are free. Obviously, there is an initial cost in developing the infrastructure necessary to harness renewable energy sources, but this must be outweighed by the national advantages into the future. Is the government incapable of a simple Rate of Return spreadsheet to properly discuss this with its citizens? The You Tube documentary, entitled Bunker C at Wilson City, Abaco, produced by concerned Bahamians (and distributed via the internet via Facebook and mass emailing) was condemned as propaganda in a blanket statement by Mr. Fred Gottlieb. This is laughable considering the fact that the one point Mr. Gottlieb did make was that the smoke emitted from similar power plants was not black, it was brown. Incidentally I was on Adelaide beach on the Sunday after this meeting and the smoke coming out of BEC’s Bunker C plant at Clifton was indeed very black. I understand that my neighbour, Mr. Pericles Maillis, also presented at the Abaco meeting to defend the power plant and to console the community downwind that he never suffers from the Clifton plant’s proximity to his own home. He is actually quite right, the prevailing winds are from the south and southeast AWAY from his home – so his statements are grossly disingenuous and misleading, as he is trying to use his influence as an “environmentalist” to tell the people downwind that they don’t have to worry any ill health from the plant’s proximity. For your information, during my participation in a Clifton Park clean up, the stench from the Clifton Pier plant area (which is just around the bend) was so bad that I felt nauseated, dizzy and suffered from headaches for two days after exposure, all of which are the side effects Please see Letters Page 22

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 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 sides, 4 biscuits and 2 large drinks $20.95 Now Open Until 7 P.M. Sunday Thursday 11 P.M. Friday and Saturday Chicken • Fish • Shrimp • Sandwiches Sides • Milkshakes • Soft Serve Abaco Shopping Center • Marsh Harbour • 367-2615 We do chicken right! Þ nger lickin' good15 Sep 09Half Price on all Drinks & Milkshakes2 4 P.M. Happy Hour Monday Friday & All Day Sunday Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday thru Friday • Charters & Water available on request Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 577-0474 375-8833 Great Guana Cay guanafreight@hotmail.com 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 One area in Government Sub floods with heavy rains. The Marsh Harbour Town Committee has now installed a drain that goes between two pieces of private property. The excess water will drain into Nogie Swamp. More Central Abaco News ning. The persons who were invited were business clients who were with the bank since it opened on Abaco and long serving employees. Several guests were given mugs, t-shirts, bags and the winners of two trivia questions received a gift certificate each to John Bull.Central From Page 7 The bank honored Ruby Albury, who has been employed with the organization for 38 years. Unfortunately, she was not present to receive her recognition as she is in the hospital, but the branch organized a blood drive at Auskell Medical Clinic on October 7th for persons wanting to donate blood. Mr. Sawyer stated that banking has evolved so much in terms of service since Scotia Bank opened in The Bahamas. Banking was once done manually and now everything is computerized. As a branch, they have improved service and now provide more efficient service within the branch through online banking services, ATM, credit cards and now debit cards. In fact, he recalls how far banking has come from cash only transactions to checks to credit cards and now debit cards. He looks forward to the day in the near future when his bank can approve loans within 24 hours which would be a great accomplishment. Persons who were recognized that evening were Sidney Albury, Noreen Albury, Janeen Sawyer and Judith Johnston. Mrs. Johnston was the first female manager of Scotia Bank in the entire Bahamas. These persons are four of the five original staff members to open the bank on October 7th, 1969. Mr. Sawyer thanked the employees for giving their best on a daily basis and customers for being dedicated to the bank. He encouraged those persons who are looking for a bank home to consider joining the Scotia Bank family.Spring City sees improvementsBy Canishka Alexander Through the dedicated efforts of both Local Government and Spring City Development Committee, the community has undergone many changes recently. The first was the installation of two speed bumps in the area called Old Town where the Department of Housing has its subdivision and one speed bump in New Town. Colin Curry of the Marsh Harbour and Spring City Town Committee said the speed bumps were a part of Local Government’s capital works projects and were installed by persons in the community. In the coming weeks there are plans to install additional speed bumps. “We had to really try to deter some of the speeding in the community, and I think it’s doing its job,” Curry pointed out. “It has made a tremendous difference, and I’d just like to say, ‘Please don’t go around the speed bumps. Please slow down because you’re destroying the side verges now’.” He said that both areas are scheduled to receive two more speed bumps and two In a joint effort between Local Government and the Spring City Development Committee, the community basketball court is being improved. Other improvements include speed bumps and a general clean-up. Please see Central Page 11

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 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 DiggingCentral From Page 10 More Central Abaco News more will be installed on Robert Ferguson Drive. Future capital works project include the erection of 17 street signs. Spring City received new basketball court equipment On October 7 Stretch Morley of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture; Mr. Colin Curry and Edgburt Tinker from the Spring City Committee were assisted by a number of youths in their community with refurbishing the basketball court. Mr. Morley said the basketball uprights and rims were sponsored by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. “We’re trying to get the park here sorted out so that we can get sporting activities going in the community with the help of some of the young boys,” Morley explained. Mr. Curry said that in addition to refurbishing the basketball court there will be a major cleanup around the area to remove overgrown shrubs and trees as part of the community project. One of the young men assisting the committee was Shavargo Bootle, who was hard at work mixing cement and ensuring that the uprights were plumb. He was happy to see the new basketball rims. “It’s been a long time, but it’s mainly for the youngsters so that they will have something,” he proudly stated. He is the chairman of the development committee. “Our philosophy is that we don’t need to wait for the government to do everything, and we just want to do some things for our community,” he said. In celebration of the Discovery Day holiday, Mr. Tinker invited residents of Spring City to join them at a family fun day on the basketball court.Company packages healthier productsBy Canishka Alexander Distributors of Organo Gold are promoting a number of products that they claim have significant health benefits based on their firsthand experiences and testimonies of customers who have sampled the products that contain ganoderma. Commonly referred to as a magic herb and the “mushroom of immortality” in Asia, ganoderma has been in existence for thousands of years. Those who reside on the western side of the world have a lot of catching up to do. Interestingly, the herb was just introduced to the United States within the last year; The Bahamas just found out about ganoderma in the last five months. However, Linda Simms, an Organo Gold distributor and Abaconian, was intent on travelling to Abaco with her colleagues to unveil the company’s products that are enriched with ganoderma, and includes capsules, hot chocolate, green tea and three types of coffee: She was accompanied by Myrtle Munroe, Veronica Styles and Selena Sweeting – all Organo Gold distributors. Ganoderma is known to build the immune system, oxygenate the body and it is full of antioxidants and assists with a wide range of health-related issues. Not only are the Organo Gold products affordable, great-tasting and beneficial to your health, they also give locals the opportunity to become distributors as well. As distributors, extra income can be earned. Interested persons can contact Linda Simms at 242431-4512 and Myrtle Munroe at 242-448-1375. They made presentations at Soul Saving Ministries and Bayview Restaurant.Maxwell’s boasts new ß oor Þ nishingBy Mirella Santillo After a few weeks of processing by Outstanding Floor Group LLC from Deerfield, Florida, the bare concrete floor of the new Maxwell’s Supermarket presently under construction will be one of the focal points of the new supermarket. In a little over a month, using a new process involving grinding machinery brought over from Florida, the crew transformed the new building’s rough concrete floor into a high sheen, decorated surface. Outstanding Floor Group’s supervisor, Jorge Ramos, who came to Abaco in mid-September with an original crew of five workers, patiently took me through the multi-step operation involved This is one of the grinders used in putting a permanent smooth impermeable surface on the floor of the new Maxwell’s Supermarket. The floor will require minimal maintenance. in preparing and finishing the concrete flooring. Please see Central Page 14

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Page 12 Section A The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 Entertainment Capital of the Abacos! V e t e r a n ’ s D a y Veteran’s Day P o o l s i d e P a r t y Poolside Party Saturday, November 7, 2009 7 pm 10 pm € Poolside Live entertainment by New Entry Band $32.00 per adult $16.00 per child (prices include gratuity)Tickets are available at Abaco Beach Resorts Front Desk Reservations and pre-payment are required by 6:00pm on Friday, November 6, 2009Bahamian Seafood Grill Menu € Smoked Fish Dip € Fresh Conch Salad € Citrus Slaw Salad € Assorted Fresh Grouper € Roasted Fresh Conch and Vegetables € Coconut Rum Chicken € Guava Du “ P r i m e T i m e ” N i g h t “Prime Time” Night Enjoy a mouthwatering Prime Rib dinner with friends and family..... every Saturday night Anglers Restaurant 6 pm 10 pm Live music by Stephen Colebrook.Ž S t e p h e n C o l e b r o o k Stephen Colebrook Enjoy the contemporary piano music and rich soulful vocals of the wonderful Stephen ColebrookŽ performing in Anglers Restaurant Wednesday Sunday 6:30pm untilƒ?, at the Pool Bar Thursday Saturday 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm and during our Gospel Sunday Lunch 1 pm to 3 pm G o s p e l S u n d a y L u n c h Gospel Sunday Lunch Join us for a great lunch with popular Gospel music performed by Stephen ColebrookŽ every Sunday 1 pm … 3 pm in Anglers Restaurant K a r a o k e Karaoke Come and show o your vocal talents every Tuesday night by the Pool Bar starting at 8 pm. C o u n t r y a n d W e s t e r n Country and Western Come and enjoy our savory, mouth-watering Country & Western themed family-style dinner every Wednesday night from 6 pm … 10 pm Live music by Stephen Colebrook.Ž T a l e n t S h o w c a s e Talent Showcase Join the sta of Abaco Beach Resort and Stephen Colebrook in showing o your entertaining talents every Thursday in Anglers Restaurant starting at 8 pm … Until...? J a p a n e s e F r i d a y N i g h t Japanese Friday Night S u s h i F e v e r Sushi Fever Enjoy a variety of Sushi rolls every Friday night in Anglers Restaurant from 6 pm … 10 pm R a k e n ’ S c r a p e Rake n’ Scrape Dance the night away at our Pool Bar every Friday night to the upbeat sounds of Brown TipŽ starting at 8:30 pm.For more information on any of the upcoming events, please contact our Concierge via telephone 367-2158 ext. 6021 or email Concierge@abacobeachresort.com.www.AbacoBeachResort.com

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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 “Honesty and Quality You Can Count On”Brandon Thompson242-357-6532Dock ConstructionResidential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyleBoat LiftsSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsAnd Much More...Offering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experienceContact us today! www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 The first step was grinding the cement with diamond-incrusted metal attachments for a piece of equipment similar to heavy commercial floor-polishing machines. As the floor became smoother, the metal attachments were replaced by finer and finer attachments until the cement was completely polished, as smooth as a waxed floor. Then came the application with the sprayer of decorative pigments that were chosen among 20 different finishes. The powdered pigments diluted in acetone created a liquid stain that was sprayed over the floor. That liquid stain permeated the concrete to give an unalterable color finish. The one you will see on most of Maxwell’s floor is called the “salt and pepper” finish because of smaller darker dots peppering a background that reminds one of granite. The process is very versatile. Adjoining areas are finished with different color patterns, thus creating wall-less separations withing one large store. In Maxwell’s the floor in the future produce section was finished in green. After the liquid stain had been absorbed, Central From Page 11 More Central Abaco News an application of extreme hardener made of pure silica followed. That was the conditioning and sealing step followed by another very fine diamond buffing and finally by the administering of the final protective finish. According to the manufacturer’s information, the process increases the strength and durability of the surface as well as ambient light because of a reflective effect. In spite of the sheen, it is a “no slip” surface which can easily be maintained and cleaned by regular mopping with water and soap. The original crew has returned to Florida, but Mr. Ramos will stay in Marsh Harbour working with locals to finish the reminder of the building. He hopes that people might take advantage of the equipment being on the island to contract for similar jobs. Outstanding Floor Group LLC can be contacted at 866-812-9319.Dundas Town Burial Society nears completion By Samantha V. Evans Work on the Burial Society building in Dundas Town began three months ago; and when you drive on Front Street in Dundas Town, you will be amazed at the major transformation it has undergone. According to the Deputy Town Committee Chairman Faron Newbold, the building will be utilized by the Burial Society and the Dundas Town Committee. The building will be fully equipped with central air, two bathrooms and a computer room and homework center. The building is approximately 1500 square feet inclusive of the exterior front porch. To accommodate the porch, Mr. Newbold stated that the wall on the eastern end had to be torn down. The computer lab will be equipped with three computers that will be purchased by the Committee. They will be available for use with the after school program. Beside the burial society and local government meetings that will be held there, the building will be available for meetings, seminars and social gatherings, but no parties. Persons interested in using the building will have to get permission. Residents will be pleased to know that town meetings and the monthly Committee meetings will be held at the hall. Since the building is in the community, they expect that crowds will come. When this happens, they will move meetings to the larger area of the building. The money for the renovations came from capital funds allocated by Central Government. The Committee will furnish the entire building. The Committee is pleased with the work done by Derek Miller and the landscaping done by Committee member Wanda McIntosh. Faron Newbold stated that the community is extremely pleased with the work done as this building holds a lot of meaning to the senior residents. The building is scheduled to be complete by November 13th. Please see Central Page 15 The Burial Society building in Dundas Town has been transformed into a well constructed attractive building. It was badly damaged by hurricanes earlier in the decade and was never repaired. Now with capital funding from central government it has been made into a Local Government Town Committee office, a meeting place for the Burial Society and other groups and a study room with computers for the Dundas Town youth.

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 2,3,4&5Bedroom BeachfrontRentalsTreasure Cay, Abaco, BahamasPhone: 242-365-8500 Fax: 242-365-8501www.BahamaBeachClub.com TollFreeReservations:800-563-0014 18HoleGolf Course,Tennis,BoatRentals, Scuba,IslandTours,Shopping&More!Best Beach in the CaribbeanŽCaribbean Travel &Life Magazine J M J J M J E l e c t r i c a l C o n t r a c t o r s Electrical Contractors LIGHTING SHOWCASE & ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES Tel: 367.5145 Fax: 367.5144US: 561.283.3744 Email: abacobill30@yahoo.com D o n M a c k a y B l v d n e x t t o W o o d Y o u F u r n i t u r e Don Mackay Blvd next to Wood You Furniture Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen Foods Phone or Fax : 366-2022Mon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm l Sat 7:30am-7pm The Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food Fair More Central Abaco News Central From Page 14 Computer technician joins computer company Computer Creations, a computer service company in Marsh Harbour, has announced that Tad Sands of Man-O-War Cay has recently acquired the CompTIA A+ Certification, that is the industry standard for computer support technicians. This international, vendor-neutral certification proves competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. CompTIA A+ validates excellent customer service and communication skills to work with clients. Mr. Sands is a factorytrained technician for Brother products including printers, faxes, multifunction machines and digital copiers. Red Cross Distributes Parcels to Fire Victims By Samantha V. Evans On October 15 the Red Cross Abaco Branch began its distribution of items to persons affected from the fire in the Mud. The members utilized Barbara Johnson, left, leader of the Abaco Branch of the Red Cross, is shown with her helpers who distributed supplies to Haitians that were displaced by the recent fire in the Mud. Others in the picture are Christine Lightbourn, Henrisia Johnson and Willard Cooper. XXXXXXXXXXX space in the Abaco Shopping Plaza generously donated by management. They gave out food items, water, kitchen utensils and hygiene kits to those persons who went through the screening process. Those persons were then given an identification card to present in order to collect their items. Only persons with cards could receive relief items. This was the only day that Barbara Johnson and her team planned to distribute items. However, depending on the needs assessed, they will determine if more distribution days are warranted. The items distributed on this day came from the Red Cross head office in Nassau. Next week, they will receive linens and clothing and persons in need of those can collect them from the Red Cross Office next to the Abaco Motor Mall in Marsh Harbour. Donations of all items are needed and are being accepted daily. They received items for fifty families this week. The persons assisting with the distribution were Willard Cooper, Christine Lightbourn, and Henrisia Johnson. A police officer was also on hand to ensure that the distribution was done in an orderly fashion.Furniture Plus update By Smantha V. Evans Furniture Plus is known as one of the elite furniture stores in The Bahamas and presently they have stores in Nassau and Freeport. Anyone who has been to either of their stores can attest to the quality of the furniture, accessories, appliances, and trimmings they provide. The store that will be opened here is the third location of this company and will provide the same high quality items Bahamians have become accustomed to. It will be occupy part of the building of the new Maxwell’s Supermarket on Pole Line Drive in Marsh Harbour. According to Scott Ferguson, partner from Freeport and overseer of the preparations of the Abaco Furniture Plus store, much work has been done for the opening of the store at the end of January 2010. He stated that he is very pleased with the stateof-the-art facility Chad Sawyer is building and realizes that the Abaco community deserves such a fine store. He is delighted to have found such an opportunity to become a tenant of the site, occupying 20,000 square feet of space. He explained that the company has actually been looking for a location on Abaco for a while. In fact, the owners were contemplating the Cost Right building but realized that it was not suitable for their needs. When they learned of the new store that Mr. Sawyer was building, they were Please see Central Page 17

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 Live Music Every Saturday Night 7 pm until in season White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA• 60 Deepwater Slips • Fuel/ Oil/ Bait/ Ice • Fresh Water • Garbonzo Reef BarWATERFRONT VILLAS• One, two & three bedroom units • On the ocean & harbour • Full kitchen/ air cond/ sat TVFor local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : info@seasprayresort.com www.seasprayresort.comBoat House RestaurantBahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun. Enjoy a delicious dinner with usSea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Every Sunday Jamin’ Jan Live5:30 9 pm at bar side 2 for 1 drinks Long day in the boat? Too much sun? Too much fun?What’s for Dinner? Let us deliver your dinner! Delivery Available 6:30 pm 9 pm From Pizzas to a Full Meal Tahiti Beach to the Post Of Þ ce Dock30% off 2009 Villas rates through November 30 Special Dockage Rates September 1 through February 28Boats up to 49’ $500 monthly with metered water and electricityBoats over 49’ $700 monthly with metered water and electricity Open through the Fall Open Tuesday Sunday 11:30 a.m. 10 p.m. On Don MacKay Boulevard • Call 367-0566 Mandarin Fine Dining RestaurantChinese Cuisinedine-in Special BUY two dinners Third dinner half price comfortable with the location. The fact that it is built up especially in a flood zone and that the quality of it was second to none, they took the opportunity to open a store there. The massive traffic that is expected to frequent the location was a big plus as well. Hence, this building is conducive to what they are looking for. Central From Page 15 More Central Abaco News Locals have been applying online for employment and the company has been pleased to date with the applications received. An employment training session will be held with new employees before the store opens. This will be handled by marketing and human resources director Kristin Lee Darville from Nassau.National beauty pageant focuses on educationBy Canishka Alexander Four deserving girls from Abaco are representing the island and their respective schools in the Miss Highs Abrave Edubeauty Pageant Bahamas, which will be held on Grand Bahama on January 2, 2010. The contestants will arrive at Our Lucaya ballroom by horse and carriage. The eleventh and twelfth-grade students possess a balanced combination of beauty and brains having already defied the standard of most beauty pageants. Representing Abaco in the competition are Felicia Romer, Dawnishka Morley, Amanda Pinder and Faniesha Archer. They will compete against girls from Grand Bahama and Bimini. Bethsheba Russell, pageant organizer, said the competition promotes education, builds character and challenges the contestants mentally, so this was her reason for choosing students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 to enter the pageant. She acknowledged the girls as top quality, adding that she knows the judges will have a difficult time choosing a winner. The pageant represents a competition where everyone involved will be rewarded through the exposure and self development it brings and, of course, the magnificent prizes. After attending many beauty pageants throughout The Bahamas with her daughter, Ms. Russell was quite often disappointed by what she saw taking place. So she decided to raise the standard of pageants by raising the quality of contestants allowed to compete. At the pageant the portfolio presentation will garner the most points followed by the contestants’ self introduction and answers to their questions. The least amount of points will go toward the talent segment of the competition. Another compelling aspect of the pageant is that the girls who do not secure the traditional first, second and third runnerup titles are considered as first runners-up Please see Central Page 18 Four girls from Abaco will compete in the Miss Highs Abrave Edubeat y Pageant Bahamas to be held in Freeport on January 2. The emphasis of this pageant is on education as well as beauty. They are Faniesha Archer, Amanda Pinder, organizer Bethsheba Russell, Dawnishka Morley and Felicia Romer.

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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 Eagle cancelled its flight one day since the firefighting equipment was discovered to be not adequate. Since October 24 the government fire truck from the Treasure Cay airport comes to Marsh Harbour each day for the American Eagle flight. During this interval the Treasure Cay airport is served by the volunteer firemen from Treasure Cay suing one of their fire engines. The government fire truck at the Marsh Harbour airport is being repaired and is expected to be back in service soon. The parts had to be fabricated as it was a reconditioned truck. No date has been set for the opening of the new runway that is now completed with necessary lights for nighttime flights. The paving itself was completed late in the summer of 2008. Other aspects were not completed including lighting, markers, obstructions at the west end and documentation. The 6100-foot runway is paved with asphalt, the first Family Island airport to have a black top surface.Airport From Page 1 ment agency and a reverse osmosis plant approved by the Water and Sewerage Corporation would be required. Mr. Weech told the Council that details of the development were discussed during a town meeting on September 11, 2008, with Minister of the Environment Dr. Earl Deveaux, who encouraged input from the community. Min. Deveaux had promised to hold another town meeting to address modifications to the plan, but nothing has occurred since then. Mr. Sweeting announced that on a personal note there was no way he would put pen to paper to approve a plan for such a development.HT Council From Page 5 Central From Page 17 because the Miss Highs Abrave Edubeauty Pageant will showcase the winner as Miss Highs Abrave Valedict, followed by Miss Highs Abrave Salutor and Miss Highs Abrave Scholar. The winner of the pageant will receive a two-year scholarship to Success Training College, a commemorative plaque for their school, congratulatory ad on ZNS, roundtrip cruise to Fort Lauderdale on Disney Cruise Line and various gift items among other prizes. Other pageant winners receive comparably attractive prizes. Moreover, parents of the winner are also rewarded. Ms. Russell is hopeful that the standards of the pageant will be a driving force for parents to encourage their children to attain better grades in schools so they, too, can be a part of upcoming pageants. At a meeting on October 8 with the contestants and their parents at St. Andrews Methodist Hall, the girls were asked to give a self introduction. Their reasons for entering the pageant ranged from being passionate about modeling to meeting new people to being able to face and overcome new challenges. The girls participated in a photo shoot at the Lucayan National Park on October 23.Sustainability and conservation are topics of essay competitionBy Canishka Alexander The Bahamas National Trust and the Inter-American Development Bank are facilitating an essay competition for high school students in celebration of both organizationsÂ’ 50th anniversary this year. The topic is Environmental Sustainability and Conservation in The Bahamas: A Vision for the Future. The competition, which began on September 30, is open to junior high students between the ages of 11 to 13 years and seniors ages 14 to 17 years. The essay must be written in Standard English at a length of 300-350 words for junior high students and 500 words for senior high school students. Students are allowed to submit one essay into the competition on or before November 20, 2009. The essays are judged on content or subject, creativity, grammar and structure, and style and presentation. A completed registration form must be submitted along with the essay by email to cof-cbh@iadb.org. Entries can also be mailed to: The IDB Office, Essay Competition Entry P.O. Box N-3743 Nassau, Bahamas The prizes include a Dell 250GB desktop computer that will be given to the schools of each first place winner. For individual prizes, juniors will be awarded with a Dell laptop for first place; an iPod touch 32 GB for second place and third place offers an iPod touch 8 GB. The senior high school students are given a Mac book for first place, second-place winners receive an iPod touch 64 GB, and third place secures an iPod touch 32 GB. Your children away in college will appreciate a subscription to The Abaconian Keep them informed. See page 9 for informationIsland ShuttersServing All of Abaco Call 242-475-3632 Treasure Caywww.abacoshutter.comInstalled by Drexco Enterprises Drexel Bootle, owner Shutter Experts Direct Factory Connection Check out The Abaconian at www. abaconian.com

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 By Canishka Alexander Career Day was a success. And according to Leazona Richard of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce and organizer of the event, she is expecting an even greater turnout next year. She was pleased with the students’ interest and responses at their first attempt at Career Day. Many of the professionals working at the booths said that most of the questions they addressed were the requirements needed for the respective careers, why they chose their particular career and how much money could be made. More than 20 businesses set up shop at New Vision Ministries on October 15 encouraging students and informing them on how to go about getting into the careers that were offered at the site. Students from Agape Christian School, Forest Heights Academy, St. Francis de Sales School, Cyber Learning Center, Wesley College, Long Bay School, S.C. Bootle High and Abaco Central High were present. At the police booth the students were informed that the police force was a rewarding career – one that is certainly not one-tracked but very diverse. Community policing, forensic scientists and ballistic experts were some of the areas available. Students learned that they would be given the opportunity to travel abroad and be well paid. Kim Reese-Miller, a welfare officer at the Department of Social Services, deals with the children and family service division, and her duties include child protection, child welfare and juvenile court probation. The department has a community support division which provides financial assistance with regard to food, utility bills and rent. She highlighted the need for male social workers particularly when it comes to juvenile court cases where there are currently only female workers. Representing the nursing profession was Nurse Williams, registered nurse, midwife and nursing officer. She explained some of the requirements of becoming a registered nurse. “I tell people that the only reason you should get into this profession is if you really love it, especially on the Family Islands. It’s very time consuming. You’re on call, you’re needed at any time and you may be asked to go out on an emergency flight at any time. However, the profession – I love it, and I’ve been in it for over 20 years,” she said, excitedly. Nurse Williams said community health nursing is one of the areas that they specialize in on Abaco. It requires nurses to go to the homes of sick patients with conditions like diabetes to assist and care for them. Nursing is one of the professions that is most needed all over the world and emphasized the need for nurses on every island in The Bahamas especially where there are no doctors. The staff at Restoration Salon and Spa said their aim was to interest the students in their field of cosmetology adding that there are endless possibilities as it relates to hair, nails and skin care. The salon offers a full complement of staff and has a massage therapist and aesthetician, salon manager, nail technician, hair braider and barber on hand. Sharman Davis, owner of Restoration Salon and Spa, discovered at the Career Day was that many students were discouraged and being told to look at doing hair and nails as a “side job,” but cosmetologists are some of the highest paid people in The Bahamas. Representatives from The Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corps (BMCC) were there. BMCC is a program that stems from the Bahamas Maritime Authority and prepares high school students in grades 10 through 12 for employment in the maritime industry. Next to the Bahamas Maritime Cadets booth was Bryan Russell of The Moorings who said that they are looking to bring more young people into the field of marine mechanics which embraces electronic controls and computerized engines and incorporates a hands-on approach. The owner of Complete Care Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Company said air conditioning and refrigeration are vast fields and fall under the categories of marine, automotive, commercial and residential. He said every year he and his son travel to seminars in the U.S. to remain up-to-date with technology. He also offers private classes to educate young technicians who are interested in the field. Juanyette Curry of First Caribbean Bank said the students were excited about a career in finance and banking, so she gave them a few tips on how to prepare their resumes and what to expect during an interview with special attention on how to dress for success. Bekera Taylor, events and celebrations supervisor of Abaco Beach Resort, announced that students who visited that booth and filled out a form were entered into a drawing. The lucky student would Students excited about career opportunitiesPlease see Career Fair Page 21 The Career Fair organized by the Abaco Chamber of Commerce was primarily for 11th and 12th grade students. However, students in lower grades attended also. It gave them all an opportunity to find out more about careers they may be interested in pursuing.

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 By Canishka Alexander Stephen Knowles, proprietor of SNK Organic Farms, called a farmer’s meeting at the Murphy Town Burial Society building on October 9 to discuss how serious Abaco farmers are and to see if they were open to the idea of a new farmers’ association or organization. Of the 30-35 farmers present, most of them were females. Early in the meeting, it was clear that farmers were disgruntled over a number of issues. Some questioned if the Abaco Cooperative Society was still in existence, and if so, was it still functioning. It was agreed that Bahamians must have a drive to farm. Backyard farming and incorporating agriculture courses into the educational curriculum were some innovative suggestions. It was pointed out that Cuba has been quite successful with these types of initiatives. Some felt that while the government’s leasing of the land is a good initiative, the farmers still need equipment and materials to assist them along the way. One farmer was disappointed to find that the government could not match the amount of money he has spent on his farm. There was an urgent call for the Farmer’s Market and Craft Center to get underway so it could be utilized as a marketplace for those wanting to sell their products. One female farmer emphasized marketing as a great tool to establish customers as well as to put them on alert for the type of products each farmer offered and when they would be ready to go to market. The farmers represented those who have been in the agriculture industry for more than 30 years to those who know little to nothing about it. Mr. Knowles promised to call another meeting as soon as he shared the views and concerns of the Abaco farmers at a meeting he planned to attend with a number of high-ranking agriculture officials. Another local meeting was scheduled for October 23 to share valuable information with farmers.Farmers attend an urgent meetingbe the proud recipient of a lunch for four at the resort. Viline Baptiste of Fidelity Bank’s Money Centre informed students of a giveaway at the bank that would be awarded the following week. The bank offers standard banking services as well as premium products like their money-back mortgage, Asue account, Western Union service and food transfer service to Haiti. She said students can choose from sales, operations, customer service, human resources, loan, marketing and technology departments. Carrie Lowe of H.G. Christie Real Estate Company explained what real estate is and the regulated process of becoming a real estate agent in The Bahamas. Vanria M. Lightbourn said her profession as a lawyer has been a challenging one, but it has been rewarding during her 10-year journey, which she started out on as a legal secretary. Dr. Theresa Bonamy of Agape Dental was enthusiastic about her interaction with the students. She said many of the questions varied from careers in dentistry to what goes on inside the dentist’s office. Dentistry takes a lot of passion, commitment and dedication and can be entered from the government or private sector. “Dentistry and passion; dentistry and passion – those two go hand in hand,” she chanted. Ricky Johnson of Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club promoted fitness, which he is just not exercising and entails well being and peace of mind; he said it is “good health internally as well as externally. Fitness outside is a reflection of what’s on the inside, so that’s how it should be looked at as an overall component rather than an external outlook,” he said. “Is fitness big? Yes, it is.” There were also career opportunities and insight given in regard to Abaco Neem, drinking water, entrepreneurship, journalism, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and hospitality.Career Fair From Page 20 Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201• Flyers • Tickets • Brochures • Certi Þ cates • NCR Forms • Wedding/Funeral Programs FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS!• Business Cards • Laminations • Envelopes • Menus • Labels • ...More Open 9am 5pm Mon. Fri.

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Island-wide Abaco Listings Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426CherokeeLee Pinder + 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075Grand CayRosie’s Place 352-5458Green Turtle Cay Bluff House 30 rm 365-4247 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 365-5464 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties + 34 hse 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties + 34 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 Guana CayDive Guana 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 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 Landing 4 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 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 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 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key + 43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557Hotels and House Rental AgentsLubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages 4 hse 366-3121Man-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 Alesia’s 3 rms 367-4460 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 D’s Guest House 6 rms 3 367-3980 Living Easy 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 ef Þ c 367-0148Moore’s IslandMoore’s Is Bone Þ sh Camp 8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeisha’s Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Rickmon’s Bone Þ shing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Island Dreams + 45 hse 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort 95 rms 365-8801 Mark’s Bungalows 4 units 365-8506Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villa 365-2222Web 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 + agents with multiple cottages and housesRev. Oct 09 The leading provider of automotive, household, hardware, and industrial products and services in The Bahamas.Make NAPA your choice for all of your automotive parts and service needs. AUTO & Home CenterNo one can match NAPA's products, services, and commitment.Don MacKay Blvd. € Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone : (242) 367-2 0 17 ROCK imported & local SAND imported & local 8” CONCRETE BLOCKS 50LBS BAGS ROCK & SAND • Delivery from Crown Haven to Sandy PointAbaco’s cornerstone to construction AIR COMPRESSOR AVAILABLE FOR RENT Visit our modern facility on the Murphy Town Water Front beside Parker’s Landing Sid’s Food StoreGroceries . Toiletries . SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area . Fresh Fruits & Vegetables . Frozen Meat . Dry and Canned Goods . Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 of exposure to Bunker C fuel. It is distressing that instead of moving forward with alternative energy and energy conservation, The Bahamas government is leading us down the same dirty path of fossil fuel dependency which contributes to health issues, climate change, global warming and sea level rise. A recent World Bank Study, The Impact of Sea Level Rise on Developing Countries: A Comparative Analysis , states, “When the results are examined at the country level, one notes very significant differences within the region. The Bahamas would experience the largest percentage of impacted land. Even with a one meter (3-foot) Sea Level Rise (SLR), approximately 11 percent of the land area of The Bahamas would be impacted.” What this government is essentially doing is perpetuating the addiction of the communities of Abaco to a commodity whose prices are highly volatile and which are sure to rise again, making Bahamians captive to the oil industry well into the future. Why has the government not aggressively marketed energy conservation, teaching people how to use less so we have to import less? Why can’t the $105 million dollars earmarked for the Wilson City plant be spent on fixing the diesel generators that are down to accept bio-diesel along with installation of solar water heaters and panels on the 4,000 homes there and educating our people on how to lower their energy costs? That would certainly reduce the demand on the existing, and for another power plant. It is sad and ironic that Abaco, the California of The Bahamas, the most progressive of our islands especially when it comes to conservation, is being subjected to the dirtiest fuel money can buy at the expense of the environment, financial security and Letters From Page 22 future generations. In July 2009 the message that came from the Caribbean Regional Sustainable Energy Conference (CRSEC) hosted by the US Embassy and The Bahamas government was loud and clear the way forward in producing energy, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, keeping millions of dollars in the country, lowering our energy bills, creating new jobs, protecting the environment from global warming green houses gasses is to dive straight into the renewable energy market, not LNG, not coal, not oil. The renewable energy market is said to be the Third Industrial Revolution. According to Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, DC, and lecturer at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, “The great pivotal economic changes in world history have occurred when new energy regimes converge with new communication regimes. When that convergence happens, society is restructured in wholly new ways…The third industrial revolution is the end-game that takes the world out of the old carbon and uraniumbased energies into a non-polluting, sustainable future for the human race.” The government’s mantra always centers on creating jobs perhaps the government and the private sector should think about The Bahamas manufacturing solar panels or solar water heaters that could supply The Bahamas and perhaps the entire Caribbean. Moving the country into the alternative energy field could create thousands of jobs that produce clean energy from sources that are naturally abundant: solar, tidal and wind. Just to name a few. Technology is no longer an issue; solar, wind, bio fuels and tidal power are all proven technologies that can provide The Bahamas with power for present and future generations. Dan Arvizu, Director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the U.S., stated during his presentation at the CRSEC in July 2009 that The Bahamas has the wind and solar capacity to generate enough energy to power the entire Bahamas. What of The Bahamas’ commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals of sustainable development and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change targets to reduce fossil fuel emissions? Have we abandoned these commitments? The ball lies squarely at government’s feet. The Bahamas should follow New Zealand’s lead by forbidding any future fossil fuel based projects including the Wilson City plant and those in North Eleuthera, New Providence, Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, Bimini and Cat Island now and for the foreseeable future. The government must now officially turn away the LNG proposal put forward by AES and any others that may be lurking in the shadows. They should extricate The Bahamas from all oil exploration licenses and make compact fluorescent lights and solar water heaters and other alternative energies duty free. Laws must be changed that allow individuals to install alternative generating power for their homes and businesses, and they must vigorously pursue other initiatives that will secure our energy future with available, clean, reliable, renewable alternatives. Surely as a government which claims to be transparent and a government which professes to care about its people, this plant must be put on hold until full disclosure of all documentation to date is released to the public. This should be followed by public meetings that garner a response from the public as to whether or not we wish for the construction of this plant to continue. I would sincerely appreciate your letting the Bahamian community know when all the documents will be posted on the BEST web site. The time is now and there’s no looking back. We need to start moving forward. This is no time for Bunker C. This is the time for alternative energy. Everyday we delay, we affect future generations. Sam and Tony Duncombe reEarth, NassauMore Letters to the Editor

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 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 Adventure on Prozac Kayak .............365-8749 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 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 ..........365-4040Visitors’ GuideRestaurants • Services • Transportation Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) + Picnic tables & restroom only ‡ Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour Anglers ...........................$$$ ....... ....367-2158 Blue Marlin .........................$ .............367-2002 Curly Tails ......................$$$ .............367-4444 Gino’s .................................$ .............367-7272 Golden Grouper ..............$ .............367-2301 Island Cafe .........................$ .............367-6444 Jamie’s Place .....................$ .............367-2880 Jib Room .........................$$ .............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken ............... ...367-2615 Mangoes ........................$$$ .............367-2366 Pinacle ..............................$ ............................ Pop’s Place ........................$ .....+ .....367-3796 Sea Shells .........................$ .............367-4460 Snack Shack .....................$ .....+ .....367-4005 Snappas .............................$ .............367-2278 Wallys ............................$$$ .............367-2074 Hope Town Abaco Inn .....................$$$ .............366-0133 Cap’n Jacks .......................$ .............366-0247 Harbour’s Edge ............... $$ .............366-0087 H T Harbour Lodge .......$$$ .............366-0095 Munchies ..........................$ .....+ .....366-0423 Sea Spray ......................$$ .....‡ .....366-0065 Little Harbour Pete’s Pub Lubber’s Quarter Cracker P’s.........................................366-3139 Man-O-War Hibiscus ..........................................365-6380 Island Treats Snack Bar .....................365-6501 Guana Cay Docksiders .....................$$$ .............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 Emergency ServicesPolice Marsh Harbour 367-2560 • 911 B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 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 Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue 365-9112 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 .................365-2172Compliments 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 Mangoes Marina ........29................367-2366 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 ..................60.......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 Eco Tours & Kayak rental 475--9616 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 Adventure on Prozac T Cay 365-8749 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 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach .........................367-3415 Regional Freeport ............................................................... Sky Bahamas Nassau ........................................367-0446 Southern Air Nassau ..........................................367-2498 Twin Air Calypso Fort Lauderdale .....................367-0140 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 • Marsh Harbour Airport to : (effective 22 Dec 08)Clinic, Downtown, Regattas, .........................................$10 Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore, Pelican shore $15 Spring City $15 Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch .........$15 Murphy Town & Great. Cistern ........................................$20 Snake Cay ......................................................................$35 Casuarina Point ...............................................................$60 Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour............................$80 Bahama Palm Shore .......................................................$90 Crossing Rocks .............................................................$105 Sandy Point ..................................................................$150 Leisure Lee .....................................................................$50 Treasure Cay Aorport, G Turtle ferry .............................$80 Treasure Cay Resort .......................................................$85 Fox Town ......................................................................$185 • Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel ..................................$ 5 Nat. Ins. Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr. Cistern ........................$10 Waiting time X$20 per hour, X$10 per half hour Children under three free • Caged pets as people Luggage X$1.00 each over four, Surf boards X$4.00 ea. • Treasure Cay Airport to: Effective 22 Dec 085 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock ............................................$10 Madeira Park ...................................................................$20 Sand Banks ....................................................................$25 Treasure Cay Resort .......................................................$30 Leisure Lee .....................................................................$45 Black Wood ....................................................................$20 Fire Road & Cooper’s Town ............................................$40 Cedar Harbour ................................................................$60 Wood Cay .......................................................................$70 Mount Hope .................................................................... $80 Fox Town ........................................................................$70 Crown Haven ..................................................................$90 Marsh Harbour airport ....................................................$85 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport ............................$80 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour ...........................X$65 + $10 T C Hotel to G Turtle Ferry (Blue Hole $24) ........X$18 + $ 5 T C Hotel to Bone Þ sh Marles ................................X$22 + $5 T C Hotel to Joe’s Creek ......................................X$35 + $5 T C Hotel to Moxey ..............................................X$16 + $5 Attractions Albert Lowe Museum .......................................Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits .......Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden .......................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum ........................Hope Town Elbow Cay 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 Items of interest • Man-O-War boat yards • Blackwood blue hole & sisal mill • Cedar Harbour plantation ruins need guide • Hole-inWall lighthouse last mile very rough road • Abaco wild horses by appointment 367-4805 • Bird watching ask tourism 367-3067To Abaco by land and sea from Florida • Take Discovery Cruise Line (954-971-7347) from Ft. Lauderdale to Freeport •Bus to McLeans Town • Ferry to Crown Haven • Bus, taxi or rental car 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 Please bring errors & revisions to our attention Rev 15 Jun 09 All phones use area code 242 unless noted Albury’s Ferry Service • Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 • VHF Ch. 16 • Hope Town & Man-O-War from Crossing Bch Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 7:15 am 9 10:30 12:15 pm* 2 4 5:45 Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 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 2:30* 4 5:45 Return 8 am 11:30 1:30 pm 3:15* 5 Marsh H. > Guana Cay (& Scotland Cay with advance notice) from Conch Inn (6:45am Union Jack Dock) 10:30 1:30 pm 3:30 5:45* Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 5:45 Fare • Adult prepaid oneway $15 / open return $25, • Kids 6-11 half, Under 6 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, Group tours * Not on Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 40 minutesFerry Schedules • Departure times shown • Daily service unless noted Tourism’s People-to-People program Be matched with a local person or family with a similar interest such as Bird watching, Attending church, Foreign language, School class visit, Environmental interest. Marine, Native plants, History, Humane Society, etc. This is not a dating service or an offer for a free meal or lodging but an opportunity to meet someone locally with similar interests. Call Tourism’s Doranell Swain at 367-3067 for more information. Email: dswain@bahamas.com Charter Boats Lucky Strike Hope T 366-0101 Sea Gull Hope Town 366-0266 A Salt Weapon Hope Town 366-0245 Down Deep 366-3143 Local Boy 366-0528 Back Breaker 365-5140

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 17 NUMBER 21 NOVEMBER 1st, 2009Second home rentals get tax breakThe Abaco Chamber of Commerce hosted a seminar on October 8 for property managers on the new guest tax to be levied on second homes that rent. Along with the guest tax will be a lowering of the property tax rates for those second homeowners who rent. It will be the duty of property managers to collect the six percent guest tax and turn it into the AdministratorsÂ’ offices monthly. Man y questions have arisen. The Chamber had Senior Administrator Cephas Cooper address the group and answer questions. Property managers learn of changes in tax law for second homeowners Social Services honour seniors during October Parents and students protest teacher shortage Events throughout October honoured senior citizens providing them with trips, meals, movies and church services. Some of them are shown here outside the Social Services office in Marsh Harbour with staff members. See story on page 17.Bunker C is concern of these protesters The concern about the pollution caused by bunker C fuel continues. The new BEC plant now under construction at Wilson City will burn this low grade fuel in four 12mw generators. Protesters are concerned for health reasons and feel that it could affect tourism. Wilson City is the site of a lumber camp in the early 1900s. See story on page 19. The students and parents of S.C. Bootle High School are upset as they feel that the school is short four teachers. This means that students will not be able to take some BGCSE exams because they will not be adequately prepared for them. The national high school exams require that work be done for three years as the grade is based on course work as well as an exam. By Canishka Alexander Demonstrators gathered just outside the Sherlin C. Bootle High School in CooperÂ’s Town on October 13 with colossal posters demanding more teachers. Parents were outraged that the school still lacks at least four teachers so far into the school year. They say the shortage is greatly impacting the senior students who are without teachers in specialized subject areas like office procedures and commerce. According to parents and students the school is about to lose their religious knowledge teacher as well. One student was dismayed because they have already turned in their course work. Another parent said it is frustrating for the students who have taken specialized courses in the tenth and eleventh grades to find that they have to drop those courses in the twelfth grade and choose from courses that are available because there are no teachers to teach the specialized courses. Sylvia Poitier, PTA president, called on the Abaco community and the government to assist the school, promising that if no change came by the end of the week, they would take another course of action. Ms. Poitier was joined by Timmesha Russell, head girl, and Fredricka McIntosh, deputy head girl. Timmersha was visibly upset with the government; she said they had been told that the school would receive teachers, and up to that date they had not even received one. Sonith Lockhart of local government was passing through the community when he saw the crowd highlighted with their posters. He said it is a shame what our countryÂ’s nation builders are faced with Please see School Page 16 About 20 property managers and real estate agents attended an Abaco Chamber of Commerce sponsored session to get insights on governmentÂ’s changes to the real property tax schedule and the newly imposed six percent guest tax that now applies to rental houses. Changes to the property tax were explained by Joe Norris of the Inland Revenue Department which is responsible for property tax and business license collection. Administrator Cephas Cooper gave information on the newly imposed six percent guest tax recently assessed to guests in rental houses. This matches the guest tax that hotels must collect from their guests. Persons who rent their houses during their absence must now register as a hotel and remit six percent of the rental income to the AdministratorÂ’s office by the 15th of each month for the previous month. There is no fee for registering as a hotel. It was explained that it is the homeownersÂ’ responsibility to collect and submit this tax which is a tax against the guest, not Please see Tax change Page 22

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 By Navardo Saunders Following a recent surge in H1N1 infections in the country, officials from the Department of Public Health conducted town meetings throughout Abaco during October to raise awareness about how to prevent the spread of the disease. Since the outbreak of Influenza A H1N1, which is also called swine flu, there have been 45 confirmed cases in The Bahamas, according to Stephanie Dean of the Ministry of Health’s Disease Surveillance Unit. “The first case of swine flu in The Bahamas was discovered on May 25, 2009,” she told residents at a town meeting on October 6 at St. John’s Anglican Parish Hall in Marsh Harbour. “It was found in a visitor from New York. The visitor was treated and subsequently left the country.” After the initial case had been detected, Ms. Dean said a number of other persons, mostly Bahamians who had traveled outside the country, were diagnosed with swine flu. “The good news, however, is that there have been no deaths in the country due to HINI disease,” she said. “And of the 45 persons who have been infected, only two had to be put on a ventilator. Most of the cases we have seen have been mild and the persons have been treated and have recovered. The bad news is that recently we have seen an increase in the number of people with the disease. There was a lull for a time. But recently we’ve seen the number of cases increase. This is cause for concern because what we don’t want is a pandemic.” Ms. Dean explained that a pandemic would have dreadful consequences for The Bahamas as the country’s number one industry, tourism, would be severely impacted, leaving the country in a terrible state, far worst than it is now due to the downturn in the global economy. Influenza A H1N1 is a disease of the air passages that is caused by the Influenza A Virus, Ms. Dean told persons at the town meeting. “Its symptoms are similar to those of regular winter flu and is spread like winter flu. The most common symptoms include fever, cough and sore throat,” she said. “Other symptoms include body aches, headache, runny nose, chills, tiredness, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting. Symptoms often last from a few days up to a week or more.” Ms. Dean stressed that everyone is at risk given the current trend of the disease. “However, persons with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or weakened immune systems are at increased risk of serious health problems if they get influenza A H1N1. Pregnant women, infants and young children may also be seriously affected.” In fact, the majority of swine flu cases in The Bahamas were found in children and young adults. “We believe the reason for this is because their immune systems aren’t as developed as someone who is older, and they can’t fight off diseases the same way. Also they tend not to take as much precaution as older persons do against disease,” she said. “That is why it is extremely important that parents, teachers and the community educate our children about this disease.” It is a disease which, according to Ms. Dean, changes from one state to the next. “Currently the strain is fairly mild, but it could become vile or maybe weaken,” she said. “We just don’t know. We have to wait and see. That is why a new vaccine is needed every year to treat the disease because it changes.” Ms. Dean explained that H1N1 is spread by droplets that come out of the nose and mouth during a cough or sneeze, making it easy for flu to spread from person to person. “Persons can spread the flu from one day before symptoms appear to about one week later,” she said. As with other types of airborne diseases, Ms. Dean explained that the following steps should be taken: • Wash your hands with soap and water often, especially after sneezing and coughing, reading newspapers, after handling money or using shared instruments and especially before eating • Clean shared surfaces often • Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when coughing and sneezing or use your sleeve • Properly dispose of used tissue into a garbage bin • Do not touch any part of your face before washing your hands • Stay home if sick with the flu • Alcohol-based sanitizers are useful if soap and water are not available. Rub hands together until sanitizer is completely dry to ensure proper cleansing. • Stay away from persons who are sick unless you are caring for them • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty fluids and eat nutritious foods. • Take a multivitamin Mild cases of the flu often require no treatment, Ms. Dean noted. “Persons who are sick with the flu should get lots of rest, drink extra fluids, eat healthy meals and avoid contact with others,” she added. “Pain relievers and fever reducers may also be required. Children and teens Swine ß u is topic of town meetings A series of town meetings by the Department of Public Health instructed people on the seriousness of the swine flu, the symptoms, precautions that should be taken and when it is necessary to get medical help. Shown here are presenters, from right, Ms. Stephanie Dean, Ms. Balfour and Dr. Pearl McMillan . Please see Flu Page 4

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 Ph: 242-367-3231 • Fax: 242-367-3233 • Cell: 242-577-0553 • US: 954-586-7603 • Sea Star Building • Marsh Harbour Capt. Perry Thomas Realtor, Of Þ ce ManagerOsbourne Stuart, CRS, CRES, BRI, SVC Broker, Appraiser, President with 21 years experiencePerry Thomas, BRI Cell 577-0553 Tina Wells Cell 475-3669 • Janet Harding Cell 577-0284 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, 3 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. Reduced from $1,675.000 to $ 1,412,500.00 gross Great Business Opportunity #506 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. REDUCED $424,000. Triplex in Great Cistern # 902 Two 2 bedroom 1 bath and one 1 bedroom 1bath, beautifully landscape and furnished. Lot size 17,250 sq. ft. $350,300 gross Duplex in Central Pines New Listing #903 One 3 bedroom 2 bathroom and a 2 bedroom 1 bath apt located in Central PInes. Reduced to $241,875 gross Home in Murphy Town #782 4 Bedroom, 2.5 bath, laudry rm with a car port, lot size 90x100 on Forest Drive. Interior needs renovation. $151,200 grossNew Listing Home in Casuarina Point #806 less than 500 ft off the beach, this gorgeous rustic design with a flare of elegance, 2 br, 2½ bth, living area 14 ft above ground, pine wood floors, cypress ceiling, open floor plan, a/c, 200 sq ft of covered balcony. A perfect beach house for someone who enjoys beachcombing or swimming with no crowds. Price $349,900 gross Forest Drive Murphy Town Duplex #810 two 2 bd rm, 2 bth and a three unit building that is 75% completed. Can be completed for commerical or as a triplex. Price for both places $316,400 grossVisit our other Þ ne properties at: www.adlerrealtyltd.comMarsh Harbour #790 Vacant lot with beautiful walls, huge entrance gate with brick pavers at two entrances, landscaped with sprinkler system, fresh water from drilled well and two small pump & storage houses with electric power. This lot ready for a beautiful home to be built. $139,200 grossDundas Town House and Duplex #786 & 784 Two 2 bedroom 1 bath apartments and a two bed one bth home both for $315,000 gross Home Off Forest Drive #778 3 br 2bth home on lot 90x131 ready to move in $190,400 grossNew Listing Duplex Central Pines # 796 two 2 br, 2 bth apts, beautifully landscaped. New building $293,800 gross New listing Home off Forest Drive, Dundas Town #798 3 br, 2 bth, laundry rm, tv rm, living & dinning rm, single carport and covered front porch. $299,450 grossNew Listing # 914 Duplex Central Pines two 2 br,1br brand new never lived in $254,250.00 gros Murphy Town #0387, a 2 bed, 2 bath home with an attached 1 bed 1 bath apt, with central a/c and a huge fenced-in yard 200 ft length and 70 ft in depth. $258,272 grossThree Unit Town House #0711 3 two bedroom one bath all with beautiful ocean view from upstairs balcony. Property 13,690 sq. ft. $320,000New listing Duplex Marsh Harbour # 800 two 2 br, 1 bth apts near M&R Food Store $156,600 gross Duplex #0713 & 0715 2 bedroom, 1 bath and 1 bedroom, 1 bath house in Dundas Town $260,000 Home in Murphy Town #792 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, laundry rm, two car garage $330,000Sandy Point #510 waterfront 3 bedroom 3 bathroom 2,000 sq. ft. home with sunken living room, TV room, dining room and large kitchen on a lot over 26,000 sq. ft. of land. $265,000 Triplex for sale Murphy Town #502 2 one-bedroom, one-bath and 1 two-bedroom, one-bath. $145,000 Reduced oceanfront lot on Tilloo Cay with beach access and shared do ck. Lot size sq ft 0.73 acres 103ft on water and 315 ft. Best price on Tilloo Cay, will not last long. Must sell, owner leaving island. Further reduced from $278,400 to $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. For 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 grossTwo lots 84 ft. x 100 ft. near Treasure Cay, one mile northwest of Treasure Cay School. $49,500 eachBest prices in Yellowwood big lots on hillside with views near Winding Bay and the Abaco Club Lot# 7 G3 size 12,600 s.f. $57,200 gross Lot # 7 G4 size 12,600 s.f. $57,200 gross Best prices on vacant lots in Marsh Harbour . 4 lots 10,286.1 sq. ft. $59,659 each 2 lots 12,086.1 sq. ft. $70,099 each 4 lots in Murphy Town, water view, across from Abaco Block and Concrete, commercial. Sold separately 3 lots $48,614 each, 1 at $48,730Central Pines large lot 14,400 sq ft cleared and footing dug for a two 2br 2bth apt includes approved plans $34,000 gross Off Forest Drive lot with Foundation for a 2br/2bth house. Price $28,500 gross Bahama Coral Island lot size 10,066 sq ft corner lot $29,434 gross Bahama Coral Island lot size 10,330 sq ft with foundation that is 80% finished. $34,200 gross Hillside lot with waterviews in Dundas Town #502 $18,600 grossNew listing Large Vacant lot Central Pines 22,047 sq ft. $43,320 grossTina Wells Sales Agent Janet Harding Realtor® SOLD UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT 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 should not use aspirin. Persons with severe symptoms may require additional medication which will be prescribed by a doctor. Antibiotics are not needed as they are not effective against the flu. If your child is experiencing flu-like symptoms, call your doctor or local clinic. They will determine whether you need to be seen.” Here on Abaco, the Department of Public Health has advised doctors and nurses at clinics to report suspected cases of H1N1 to the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic immediately. Of the 45 cases of swine flu detected in The Bahamas, officials said that Abaco is among the islands where persons have been diagnosed with the disease but did not disclose how many persons. If individuals adhere to the advice of healthcare providers regarding prevention, it will reduce significantly the chances of contracting the disease and causing a pandemic.Flu From Page 2 By Navardo Saunders At a recent town meeting in Marsh Harbour officials from the Department of Public Health told scores of concerned people that it could take months before a limited supply of H1N1 vaccines arrives in The Bahamas. But several days later Health Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced that the government is hoping that the vaccines will be in the country by the end of October, quelling growing fears that the vaccinations may come too late and result in a pandemic. He said that the government is in talks with the World Health Organization about the provision of supplies of H1N1 vaccinations and should get a response from the global health body in two weeks. Health officials led by Director of Public Health Pearl McMillan and Stephanie Dean of the Ministry of Health’s Disease Surveillance Unit, said at the town meeting at St. John’s Anglican Parish Hall that The Bahamas was not a priority because there have been no deaths due to the H1N1 virus. But Dr. Minnis pointed out that there have been numerous laboratory confirmed cases of the virus in The Bahamas and vaccines are needed to avoid a pandemic. He said once received the government will follow WHO guidelines for distribution. WHO as well as other agencies recommend that health workers be given high priority for early vaccination. The Center for Disease Control in the U.S. recommends that pregnant women, persons who live with or provide care for infants less than six months of age, healthcare and e mergency medical personnel, children and young adults between the ages six months and 24 years and persons ages 25 to 64 who have medical conditions that put them at higher risks for influenza-related complications, all get vaccinated. “We’ll ensure that there is even distribution,” said Dr. Minnis about the vaccines when they arrive in the country. “We will follow the guidelines in an effort to avoid a pandemic.”H1N1 vaccine delayed for Bahamas Support the Cancer Society Donate Used Items to Be Sold in Their Thrift Shop Visit their new shop behind Abaco Groceris Call 367-3744 for info

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 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 Prestigious Canal Front Development offering Carriage House units in blocks of four plus individual cottages. Both offer docks/ boat slips as well as golf cart or car garages. Prices start at $680,000 + 14% 2. NEW LUXURY WATERFRONT CONDOS WITH DOCKS! “PINEAPPLE 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 a great 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 EXC Anchorage Estates Multi-family Lots 128’ water front, 22,448 sq. ft. Good investment Price $474,000 EXC STORAGE / GARAGE UNIT , 21’ 6” deep, 11’ 8” wide. Listed for a quick sale at the low price of $29,750.00 EXC 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 $479,000 EXC TEASURE LANDING Unit #4 Upstairs 3 bed/2bath fully furnished, direct beach access. Good rental investment EXC. $514,250 FGS 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, 2 bed/ 2 bath and unit fully furnishedstorm shuttersgood rental potential $271,500 + 7.5% closing Marina view, 2 bed/ 1 1/2 bath fully, furnished including garage plus vehicle. Good rental potential. EXC $300,000 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 2 bed/ 2 bath lower unit with marina view, 12’ boat slip $425,000 +7.5% EXC 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 Unit #9 two storey 2 bed/ 2 bath home EXC $450,000 FGS 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 $785,000 + 14% ATLANTIS Canal front condo with on-site pool. Bldg 4. downstairs, 2 bed, 2 bath, totally redone, 12’ wide slip. $459,675.00 + 7.5% closing EXC OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Second row beach with direct ocean access. Great view. 2 bed / 2 bath, many special features. MUST SEE EXC. $460,000 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 $1,999,000 + 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 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 POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT PROPERTY 6.667 acres on the highway between Treasure Cay Resort and Treasure Cay airport. Running from highway north to the sea of Abaco. 180’ on water front and 165’ roadside, 1500’ road to water. Prime property that can be subdivid ed, commercial and housing/condos or subdivided into lots, commercial and residen tial $833,375 FGS, EXC 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 Summer Special All Single Family Lots 7% off

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 Little League steering committee is formed By Samantha V. Evans The steering committee for the establishment of Little League Baseball met on October 13th at the courthouse in Marsh Harbour to discuss the plans for its formation. The brainchild for this league is Deputy Administrator Whelma Colebrooke. She stated that the league will cater to students 5-18 years of age. She has already identified a site and has gotten permission from the Ministry of Education to use the playing field at Central Abaco Primary School. Patty Toler, a 24-year resident of Abaco, is in charge of seeking corporate sponsors for the league. She met Ms. Colebrooke when she visited her church a few Sundays ago, and they began talking. Mrs. Toler stated that she has already identified a sponsor for the equipment and when the list of other needs has been prepared, she will get the assistance required. Additionally, she is prepared to find a suitable location to store the items when they arrive. Leslie Rolle, Senior Education Officer with the Ministry of Education, stated that Little League was here before but due to infrastructural challenges, it did not survive. While active, the league travelled to tournaments to Freeport and the kids had a great time. This new league will be open to kids all across Abaco including MooreÂ’s Island and the cays. Ms. Colebrooke has contacted all major stakeholders from cross sections of Abaco to invite to be a part of the steering committee. She was pleased and encouraged by the response. When the League gets off the ground, an association will be formed. She added that letters will be sent to all of the schools Sports News A steering committee has been formed to establish a Little League Baseball association. The group is hoping to have teams in all communities and develop competitions. Heading the committee is Deputy Administrator Whelma Colebrooke. to inform the principals. A baseball clinic is scheduled for October 31st.. The Commissioner for Little League Baseball of Freeport, Edward Claude will be in attendance. The clinic is expected to be held at Central AbacoÂ’s playing field on Forest Drive. The members of the steering committee to date are Faron Newbold, George Cornish, Enid White, Leslie Rolle, Barbara Johnson, Ishmael Morley, Hosea Torres, Mark Douglas, Preston Roberts, Thomas Sawyer and Donnie Adderley.Swim Club competes in NassauThe Abaco Swim Club travelled to Nassau on October 24 for the Dolphin Swimming ClubÂ’s Meet. It was a special occasion because that club was celebrating its 40th anniversary as a swim club. Abaco had five swimmers, Jennifer Cooke, Solomon Lee, James Boyce, Christina Pyfrom and Kylie Pinder, along with Coach Laurence Higgs, his wife Monica Higgs, Coach Brenda Sawyer, Cathy Pinder and Rosalie Pyfrom. The swimmers from the Abaco Swim Club all did very well. Christina Pyfrom received 2nd Place in 50 Meters Freestyle, 4th Place 50 Meter Breaststroke, 5th Place 50 Meter Butterfly, 7th Place 100 Meter IM. Kylie Pinder received 4th Place 50 Meter Backstroke, 7th Place 50 Meter Freestyle and 12th Place 100 Meter IM. Five swimmers of the Abaco Swim Club competed in the Dophin Swimming ClubÂ’s meet in Nassau on October 24. They all did exceptionally well and returned home with medals and trophies. Please see Sports Page 7

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-561-283-3781 • Telephone/Fax 1-242-365-4636 E-mail: oceanblu@batelnet.bs • www.oceanblueproperties.comSales, Rentals and Property ManagementON GREEN TURTLE CAY: • NEW! Unique spacious one story, two bedroom one bath furnished home with loft set on lushly landscaped one acre parcel on the the bonefish flats on the Sea of Abaco. Home is converted airplane hangar with special touches by the artist/owner. Featured in Volvo commercial in conjunction with “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Many amenities. Asking price $1.5 m • SOLD! New 4 bed 3½ bath home on bluff overlooking Sea of Abaco. Swimming pool. • New! House overlooking Settlement Creek Two air conditioned master bedroom suites. Kit/liv/din. Short walk to town. Dock. $495,000 • New Price!!! Roberts’ House in historic settlement of New Plymouth. Waterview. Furnished. 3 beds 3 baths. Immaculate. Owner moving. $450,000 • Leeward Yacht Club: “Pretty in Pink” Newly built 4 bed 3½ bath two story colonial style home. Interior to be finished to buyer’s preference. On waterfront at Black Sound. Dock slip available. $1.6 million • Leeward Yacht Club: “Yellow House” Newly built 3 bed 2½ bath completed home in high end neighborhood. Access to dock. $1.05 million • Boch Property: Secluded Bahamian estate. Over two acres with 1,000 ft. of waterfront on Bluff Harbour and the Sea of Abaco. Three bed three bath home. Dock with lift. Beautiful sunsets. $2.1 million • On north end: “The Pink Cottage” Approximately 2½ acres sea to sea from Coco Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. Gorgeous beach and dock. Furnished cottage with work shop and garage. Very private. $1.395 million • Coco Bay: Smith Property. Immaculate two bed one bath furnished home on 1/3 acre just steps away from Coco Bay Beach. Large garage is ready to convert to guest house. $399,000 • Turtle Landing: Two bed two bath furnished home on waterfront at White Sound. Dock possible. Large screened in porch and deck. Only home on cay with 3 bay garage easily converted to guest house. $995,000 • Summer Breeze: Recently remodeled furnished two story three bed 2½ bath home located on waterfront in the heart of New Plymouth. A/C. Satellite TV. W/D. Golf cart garage. Established rental history. $650,000 • Tranquility: Two bed two bath furnished contemporary home sitting on Atlantic Ocean Beach. Excellent rental even in these tough times. 90’ on beach. $995,000 • Green Turtle Estates: Newly built 4 bed 3 bath house near beach and public dock. Closed in with electric already in. Large standing shed. Firm B$247,800 • Beachfront; waterfront; and inland lots on Green Turtle Cay and Munjack Cay. By Navardo Saunders Everyone must take action to avoid a H1N1 pandemic, Director of Public Health Dr. Pearl McMillan said at a town meeting in Marsh Harbour to raise awareness of how to prevent the spread of the global edpidemic. A member of the audience asked if he should be concerned about the virus being spread through contact on the basketball court or any other sport. Director of Public Health, Dr. Pearl McMillan, explained that the virus is not caught by skin to skin contact, so there is nothing to be concerned about regarding contact in sports. A customs officer expressed concern about having to be in close contact with people all day. “It’s scary,” the customs officer said. “We come in close contact with people who travel all around the world. When they come in front of us, some of them have some of the symptoms you describe. I am ready to put on one of those surgical masks you talked about.” Dr. McMillan said putting on the mask may be offensive to some visitors. Instead she suggested at the first sign that someone is exhibiting symptoms, they be given a tissue. She advised that customs officers and others dealing with large numbers of the public keep alcohol-based sanitizers nearby. Dr. McMillan said that the public should be aware that nurses and doctors may wear surgical masks when dealing with some patients. “Don’t be offended by it,” she said. “It’s important that they do this because if the patient is sick the nurse or doctor has to protect themselves. If our doctors and nurses become infected we would have a serious problem in that there would be no one to administer treatment and that could lead to what we fear – a pandemic.” Dr. McMillan urged mothers of young babies to breast-feed them. “I can’t stress enough how important it is to breastfeed,” she said. “The antibodies in breast milk helps fight against viruses.” Dr. McMillan said career women, such as doctors, with newborns should pump milk from their breasts and store it for when the baby needs it if they aren’t around to breast-feed. “So let your sisters, mothers, girlfriends, let every woman who has a baby know that it is important that they breast-feed,” she said. “If the mother gets the flu shot, it’s just like the baby got the shot if the baby is breastfed and mother and baby are protected from the virus.” Dr. McMillan was happy to hear that Superintendent of Education Lenora Black has banned school children from taking towels to school. Dr. McMillan hopes everyone understands that in order to prevent a pandemic they must do their part to prevent the spread of the disease.Swine ß u prevention is everyone’s responsibilityJennifer Cooke received 1st Place 50 Meter Butterfly, 1st Place 50 Meter Breaststroke, 2nd Place 50 Meter Freestyle, and 3rd Place 100 Meter IM. James Boyce received 1st Place 50 Meter Breaststroke, 2nd Place 50 Meter Freestyle, and 3rd Place 50 Meter Butterfly. Solomon Lee received 4th Place Breaststroke, 5th Place 50 Meter Butterfly, 9th Place 50 Meter Freestyle, 12th Place 50 Meter IM. Congratulations to all the swimmers who participated in the meet. Upcoming events that are scheduled for the Abaco Swim Club this year will begin with a Swim-a-thon at Long Bay School on November 1st beginning at 3 p.m. The next event is a meet in Hope Town scheduled for November 7th beginning at 9 a.m. The Club plans to travel to Freeport for the Freeport Aquatics Club meet on November 21st. The members are very excited about this meet because they are planning to take some of their younger Learn to Swim swimmers to this event.Community Track Program is underway By Samantha V. Evans Deputy Administrator Whelma Colebrooke started a free community track program for the youth of Abaco. Being an accomplished athlete herself, one who still holds the Bahamas national record in the 800M after 16 years, is giving back by helping the youth of today. Since she has been on Abaco, she has seen the many talents that the youth have in the area of athletics, and she will help harness those Sports From Page 6 abilities. The program meets at the Murphy Town Park Monday to Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. She plans to begin speed workouts in Treasure Cay when the students have done sufficient conditioning training. Her goal is to help athletes to be competitive in track within The Bahamas, then eventually try out for the Carifta Games. She would like to enter them in meets in Nassau and Freeport, but initially her plan is to get them ready for school meets. So far students have come from several schools in Central Abaco. Parents are encouraged to let their children attend so that they can develop a love for this competitive fun sport. She wants parents and students to know that once they are good at track, they can obtain scholarships to attend college to run as she did. Students from grades 4 through 12 are welcomed to participate. She ran track all of her life and loves it. In fact, she has her 4 a.m. fitness program that she spearheads in addition to this community track program. She stated that she is promoting healthy life styles, but persons who come out must be disciplined. In fact, she promotes the four D’s: desire, discipline, dedication and determination. Once they have these, they will be able to achieve their goals. For part of the program the students will learn conditioning skills which they will do from September to December, weight training which they will do throughout program, and track workout at which time they will learn speed and race techniques. Persons who have experience in the area More Sports News Please see Sports Page 23

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 Check us out on Face Book Doug Wiseman, MGRM doug@abacofreight.com Nick Mazzeo Operations Manager nick@abacofreight.com ABACO FREIGHTCOURIER SERVICESDestination Abaco by Ocean and Air 6671 W. Indiantown Rd. Suite 56-453 Jupiter, Florida 33458 Walk in and special handling deliveries by appointment at 2532 Old Okeechobee Rd Ste 23www.abacofreight.comPhone: 561-689-1010 • 561-346-7994 Diamante Dental ClinicDr. J. Denise Archer , D.D.S. Garnett Archer Mem. Bldg., Suite #6 Queen Elizabeth Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Website: www.diamantedental.comTel: 242-367-4968 Fax: 242-367-0725Email:dentalspecialistabaco@yahoo.com• Dr. J. Denise Archer • Dr. Christopher Varga Mondays Saturdays • Dr. S. André Rollins Orthodontics (Braces) Call 242-328-5000 for November date WE ACCEPT DENTAL INSURANCEwww.landandsearealty.com • Telephone 242-367-4962 E-mail: lesliepinder@hotmail.com or leslie@landandsearealty.comIf We Don’t Have It, We Will Find 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 For all your rental needs call Kim Sawyer 367-2655 / 367-3755 PELICAN SHORES Elevated Lot on the Harbour. Great views Call for Info EXCLUSIVE HIGH ROCK 3 bed / 2 bath home, furnished, central air, 2,000 sq. ft. EXCLUSIVE $750,000 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 People in the News She dreamed of working at the United NationsBy Canishka Alexander Becoming a part of the United Nations is not simply a job for Abaconian Younnique McDonald. Having already attained a bachelor’s degree in political science with a focus in international relations, she is on her way to completing her MBA in marketing come January 2010. However, for Younnique it has always been her dream to work at the United Nations. “It was prophesied years ago that God was going to do something tremendous in my life, but I wanted to know where I would fit it,” she said. One thing she was certain about, though, that she was called to serve. “The only international organization that gave me an opportunity to serve would have been the United Nations,” she stated confidently. “Because of the prophecy, I was convinced that was the target – that was where God wanted me to be.” After applying for a position in the organization, Younnique sat a recruitment exam, was called for an interview and was eventually hired. Enthusiastic, excited and anxious after going through such a whirlwind of events, she revealed that she is still humbled. “You know, God looks beyond our faults, and who we are, and He keeps his promises. I am just in awe of the awesomeness of God,” she confided. Her duties began on October19 in New York, and she will undergo training at that time and be told which area she will be working in. Committed to maintaining international peace and security, promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights, the United Nations also focuses on fundamental issues that deal with counter terrorism, sustainable development and disaster relief. While those issues do spark her interest, Younnique said that being a minority and as a woman, she is most interested in women’s issues. She is the first Bahamian to serve within the organization. “It’s one of my greatest joys being able to take my island of Abaco to the world and show them that we care, too,” she emphasized.August WeddingBy Jennifer Hudson Janet Harding, a native of Long Island, Bahamas, and Charles W. Klemme of Tampa, Florida, were joined in holy matrimony in a ceremony on the Sea of Abaco on August 2. The bride is a realtor in the office of Adler Realty in Marsh Harbour, and the groom works for American Bridge. Janet is also the owner of Island Gal Charters and the ceremony took place on Island Gal II, a 40-foot Hunter. Pastor Derek Benjamin performed the ceremony which he found exciting as it was the first he had performed on a boat. “The weather was beautiful,” said the bride. “We took the boat out into the Sea of Abaco and just let her drift with the current. Then we were married on the bow of the boat.” Present on the boat for the ceremony were the couple’s children and grandchildren who had flown in from the United States. The groom’s daughters, Tracy and Brandi Klemme, were bridesmaids while his five-year-old grandson, Nathan Jordan, was his best man and ring bearer. The bride was given in marriage by her nine-year-old grandson, Jake Moody, and her daughter, Jamie Hounshell, was maid of honour. Following the ceremony, the boat came into harbour and the wedding party all threw their bouquets of orchids and calla lilies into the water. The new bride and groom took their families sailing for five days to Guana Cay and around the cays and all enjoyed a full moon party at Cracker P’s. Once the family members left Abaco, Mr. and Mrs. Klemme enjoyed a further two days of boating and snorkeling.BREA Abaco members attend convention The Bahamas Real Estate Association, Abaco Chapter, recently sent a delegation to the North Carolina Association of Realtors Convention held in Savannah, Georgia. All of the states in the Southeastern U.S. are a proven source of vacation home investment on Abaco. Seven agents and two contributing spouses attended the three-day event which covered relevant topics on communications, transaction management and ethics. In addition, John Cash took a forward thinking course on Green Building and donated a prize to the on-site charity raffle. Chris Roberts participated in an advanced seminar for appraisers. Molly Roberts was impressed with the high-level technology courses she took. Bill Johnston and Faron Sawyer attendees to a real estate convention, expressed their satisfaction with the organization and quality of the event. In anticipation of the Bahamas forming a Certified Residential Specialist Chapter, Sandra Evans attended the Board meeting of the North Carolina CRS Chapter. BREA Abaco was an exhibitor on the Trade Show floor. Their booth was very well received with lots of interest shown by other participants. The flyers and brochures on display, and the able staffing by Bill Thorndycraft gave U.S. agents a chance to learn about our part of the world and how they can legally participate in sales here. Younnique McDonald Skeet LaChance and Debbie Curry were married on October 3rd at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Deerfield Beach, Florida. They were both business people in Marsh Harbour for many, many years as well as being involved in community efforts. As a personal note they commented, “We miss everyone in Abaco very much.”MH couple wed in FloridaMr. and Mrs. Klemme Please see People Page 9

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 Overweight? Stressed? Depressed? Your Hormones could be the problem!Common Symptoms of Hormonal ImbalanceFacial Hair • Mood Changes • Weight Gain Depression • Hopelessness • Infertility Fatigue • Sleep Problems • Hot Flashes Affordable Hormone Testing Treatment Is Available • Chiropractic • Physical Therapy • Pain Management www.HealthyLifeDoctors.comDr. Lewis is Board Certified by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Keith Lewis has been helping patients for 26 years. He currently practices in the United States as well as The Bahamas.Call Today for AppointmentNovember 17-24 (242) 699-9014 appointment line(242) 367-0020 Auskell Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic, Marsh Harbour Dr. Keith Lewis BS DC DABAAHP, FAAIM Several Abaco real estate agents attended the North Carolina Association of Realtors Convention. Shown here are Chris Roberts, Bill Thorndycraft, Sandra Evans, Faron Sawyer and Bill Johnston. Also attending were Molly Roberts, John and Cathi Cash, and Judy Johnston. People From Page 8 Retired Administrator Hart heads BAIC on Exuma Retired Senior Administrator Everette Hart has been named Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation’s Domestic Investment Officer for Exuma. “I have taken on this position because I want to help,” said Mr Hart. “And the Chairman (Edison M Key, MP) and his team are serious about agriculture. I know Mr. Key very well and I know of his interest in agriculture,” said Mr. Hart. “He is really trying to inspire the nation toward food security, and I want to see him succeed. In whatever way I can contribute to this success, then I will do that.” He explained that for years the assistance coming from the Ministry of Agriculture “has not been what was expected. I think what it did, as opposed to encouraging people, it has been discouraging people. The only evidence of any assistance in agriculture right now looks like it is coming from BAIC, thanks to Mr. Key.” Everette Hart FNM holds a souse-outThe Free National Movement held a souse-out on October 10 at the AID parking lot in Marsh Harbour. Shown here are Michael Foulkes, Deputy Treasurer Brian, Edison Key, MP for South Abaco, and Jack Albury. People in the News Frank Knowles Hope Town 242-577-0339 D D DD D o n n a M . D a r v i l l e Donna M. Darville M a r s h H a r b o u r Marsh Harbour 2 4 2 3 6 7 7 6 5 3 242-367-7653 The Abaco Real Estate Specialists! donna@paradisebahamas.com frank@paradisebahamas.com Shop our lisings online at www.ParadiseBahamas.com Call us for all your property sales and rental needs

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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 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 Phone: (242) 323-5702 Fax: (242) 322-3451 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 Replace your old countertops with locally made tops of Marble & Granite Call 242-367-4726(Abaco Ace Hard ware) Marsh Harbour, Abaco abacomarbleandgranite.com By Canishka Alexander The Ministry of Works and BEC held a workshop for electrical contractors at Anglican Parish Hall on October 6. In attendance representing the Ministry of Works were John Schaefer, area engineer; Anthony Strachan, acting assisting building control officer; and Allison Coley, senior electrical inspector. Terrance Strachan, planning assistant, and Leonard Knowles, electrical inspector, represented BEC. The workshop agenda included a detailed discussion on the electrical inspection process, samples of electrical inspection forms, electrical coding and problems encountered by electrical inspectors. One of the inspectors’ main concerns was people occupying homes who have a temporary electrical supply connected to their building. They were told that temporary supplies are valid for six months and are for building purposes only. Occupancy is not allowed on a temporary supply connection. Anyone found doing so will be fined $500 per day in addition to having the power supply disconnected. For building projects that take more than two years to complete, a re-inspection of the building will take place after the initial six months. Another concern was foreigners coming to The Bahamas to carry out electrical work when there are many qualified and certified electricians here. Anthony Strachan suggested they form a committee to combat the issue that he said is also commonplace in Nassau. “I am sure that about 99 percent of the electricians on Abaco are sitting in this room right now. Nothing is supposed to happen on Abaco unless all of you agree. This is your opportunity now to come together, form yourselves and go across the board when it comes to pricing your jobs and things like that, so that everyone can be on one page. You can only be strengthened by doing that,” Mr. Coley explained. “So when the foreigner comes in – no one can sign for him. Your first response is to make a report to the Ministry of Works, and we’ll send an inspector to stop the work.” Terrance Strachan reminded the group that no licensed electrician had the right to tamper with meters; the meters were to only be broken or removed by BEC personnel. Broken seals are an indication that electricity is being stolen. He instructed contractors to get their paperwork in on time. Mr. Coley said some electricians request an inspection the same day they submit their specs. He informed them that by law, 48 hours advanced notice is required from the builder or contractor for an inspection. He told the electrical contractors that at the end of the day, they were responsible for the protection of property and life. If work or alterations were carried out after they had completed a job, their duty is to report it to BEC so that the company would disconnect the power supply before any mishap occurred. As a general rule, Mr. Coley told them that if they run into issues with a building that is not connected, then it is an issue for Ministry of Works. But if the building has power, then it falls under BEC’s jurisdiction. He reminded them that they are governed by two codes: the Bahamas Building Code and the Canadian Electrical Code. While the codes enforce the minimum standards, he advised them to improve upon the standards and not go below them.Electrical contractors attend workshop Electrical contractors attended a workshop organized by Ministry of Works and BEC to update them on current problems and issues. They met in the Anglican Hall on October 6. “A Unisex Salon”Manicures & Pedicures Ofra Cosmetics Matrix, Redkin and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Monday Saturday • 9am 5pm In Memorial Plaza • 367-3623

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 By Jennifer Hudson Clearing of the land on Don MacKay Boulevard opposite the BEC office began a few weeks ago for the much anticipated Craft/ Farmers’ Market. Although the entire project will not be completed until adequate funds are available, Edison Key, Chairman of BAIC, plans to have the first stage of the site completed well in time for the Christmas Bazaar. The bazaar was held there for the first time last year when it was offered by Mr. Key for use since the former site was unavailable. Work was quickly done to put up lighting and the fair was able to go ahead, to the delight of the community. This year improvements will have been made to the area, thanks to the attention of Mr. Key. He was able to procure $60,000 from his $100,000 Constitutional Fund for the year. According to Mr. Key, $53,000 will be paid to Bahamas Hot Mix for this stage of the work which includes paving of a 30-foot length from the corner to the St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, leveling the entire area and cutting out all of the underbrush in the back. The entire area consists of approximately four acres which the government turned over to BAIC for the development of a small park. The paving which is being done in the front along the roadside will be for parking of vehicles, the middle area which has been leveled will be covered with topsoil ready for sod when money is available. All of the heavy equipment, garbage and junk has been removed from the area in the back which has also been cleared of underbrush and will be made into an area for relaxation with walkways and rock gardens. All of the natural trees have been left in this area and cabanas will be built with thatched roofs for people to relax in the shade. The finished area will have a picket fence with nice little wooden buildings with porches around the perimeter for rent by craft vendors who will be permitted to sell only native products. A portion will be for farmers to sell their fruits and vegetables. In addition, there will be a building as a food restaurant which will sell snacks and conch salad, and a platform will be built for events. Trees will eventually be added to decorate the area, according to Mr. Key, who further stated, “I want this to be a recreation area for locals and tourists to enjoy and a place the whole town can be proud of. If I had enough funding, I would finish it all at one time but until all of the funding is in place it will have to be done in stages.” Mr. Key hopes that when the Ministry of Works vacates the building on the corner, he will be able to arrange for the refurbishment and design of the 75-foot-long building. The outside he hopes to finish with Hardiboard, put in a new floor and make an office, board room and reception area for BAIC. “The balance of $7,000 after the $53,000 was paid to Bahamas Hot Mix for their work, was used for cleaning up,” stated Mr. Key, who further explained that the remainder of the $100,000 Constitutional Fund for the year was spent thus: $10,000 to each of the constituencies of Moore’s Island, Sandy Point, Crossing Rocks and Cherokee for Local Government use.BAIC Craft /Farmers’ Market Now Under WayBy Jennifer Hudson Plans are well under way for a fun filled 6th Annual Christmas Festival which will take place on December 5 from noon until 10 p.m. at the BAIC Craft/Farmers’ Market site on Don MacKay Boulevard. Chairperson Brenda Sawyer has been working extra hard this year as Jo-Ann Bradley and Wynsome Ferguson, who normally assist her, are off island for an extended period. “But they are still doing what they can to assist from afar,” says Mrs. Sawyer, who is very experienced at organizing the fair for many years and is very calm with everything under control. She is being assisted with public relations by Michele Mikula from the Ministry of Tourism office and a competent band of committee members who help with staging, decorating the tree and organizing the grounds. “The whole of Abaco from north to south and the cays looks forward to this fair and it uplifts people’s spirits, especially at this time when things are rather slow,” stated Brenda. The event will begin with the blessing of the festival followed by a DJ and live performers every half hour. The whole proceedings will be kept lively by the dynamic Shelley Austin as Mistress of Ceremonies. Performances to watch for will be karate displays, cultural skits, praise dancers, schools, choirs and soloists. Other activities will include a bouncing castle, something for the dogs yet to be decided, a fashion show by Philippa Farrington, belling and drum competition, photos with Santa by the Abaco Club, “Flasher” Bodie, varied craft stalls, music by Estin Sawyer, New Entry Band, Impact Band and a guest performance by K.B. (Kirkland Bodie). The traditional tree lighting ceremony will be held and the festival will close with the usual Junkanoo rush and distribution of goodies and toys to kids donated by Baker‘s Bay. Of course, a fair is never complete without food and people will not be disappointed. No one will need to go home hungry. For the first time this year a crafts booth is being planned at which children can make Christmas cards and ornaments. Other possibilities are a talent competition encompassing several different categories and maybe a bingo stall. The Wesley College Marching Band will perform, and it is planned that either the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Band or Royal Bahamas Police Force Band will be present to display its skills which everyone looks forward to. Since the Defense Force was here last year, the committee is hoping for the Police Band this year. People wishing to participate in the festival in any way may collect application forms from the Ministry of Tourism office. These must be returned by the November 6 deadline. Fees are $75 for art and craft stalls, $100 for food stalls and $150 for restaurants. Ms. Sawyer is grateful for the full support that her committee gives her and says that it is a “real team effort.” Committee members are Laura Albury, Roscoe Thompson, Ruth Smith, Ruth Flowers, Ruth Saunders, Enid White, Melinda Pinder, Stretch Morley and all the members of the Ministry of Tourism office.6th Annual Abaco Christmas Festival is planned

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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 By Navardo Saunders Newly elected Deputy Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party Philip Brave Davis said Abaco is being neglected under the Free National Movement administration notwithstanding the overwhelming support the governing party has been given over the years and the outstanding contributions the island continues to make to our nation’s economy even in these tough economic times. Mr. Davis, the Member of Parliament for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador, stated this at a meeting in Dundas Town where he addressed PLP stalwart councillors and delegates days before the PLP’S national convention, which was held October 21-23 in New Providence. While trying to persuade the group to vote for him, Mr. Davis, who beat former Tourism Minister and West End Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe and Senator Jerome Fitzgerald by a landslide for the deputy leadership post, likened Abaco to an orphan under the present government. “Despite all the support Abaco has given this administration, despite all the money you have pumped into this economy this government would not even show you appreciation by at least fixing your roads, many of which are in deplorable conditions,” said Mr. Davis. “Surely they could, even in this recession which is hitting the country hard, fill those gaping holes in the middle of the roads,” he said. “But they won’t even do that. It’s a shame. On this island where the government enjoys great support there are many things that this government is capable of doing to make life better for the people, but they aren’t doing anything. They have neglected you. It is quite evident they don’t care and they don’t deserve your support.” Mr. Davis also slammed the government for not having widespread consultation on the controversial Bunker C fuel power plant at Wilson City, stating that the government acted arrogantly and irresponsibly in that situation. He also slammed the government for cancelling the student loan programme. “It’s one of the most ridiculous things they could have done,” he said. “What our children need more than ever in this increasingly global competitive job market is to get a good education. But they took that away from many of our children. It’s a shame.” Mr. Davis said if given the chance he would right the wrongs that the FNM has done throughout the country. While still in opposition his main focus will be to strengthen the PLP, which in recent times has been embroiled in internal conflict. “Our party needs to be cleansed,” he said. “We need to deal with our issues and move forward. We need more people to play a role in the growth and development of our great party. We need more youth involvement so that we can prepare young people to lead when their time is right. I pledge to you all tonight to do my best to strengthen our party and help the PLP win the general elections in 2012 because the country cannot afford another term under the current administration.Philip “Brave” Davis addressed PLP leaders of N. Abaco Philip Brave Davis, Deputy Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party, addressed the stalwart councillors and delegates of North Abaco on October 8 at Jimmy Williams’s Bay View Restaurant in Dundas Town. Shown with him are Jimmy Williams, Anderson Wilmore, Randy Pettie, Wenzil McBride, Rob McKinney, Melfred Martin, Philip “Brave” Davis, William Swain, Samuel Robert and George Burrows. Mr. Davis kept his position with overwhelming support at the PLP convention held in Nassau on October 21-23. FOR RENT367-0303 or 577-4801Fax: 367-2354 Crane Truck • Concrete Pump

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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 Rich’s Boat RentalsAbaco’s Best Rental FleetAt the Head of the HarbourRental Rates March, April, May Daily 3-day Weekly 21’ Boat $170 $475 $790 26’ Boat $250 $650 $1200 Rental Rate June, July Daily 3-day Weekly 21’ Boat $170 $475 $790 26’ Boat $250 $700 $1300 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour By Jennifer Hudson Three outstanding citizens of Abaco were recognized during a dinner entitled A Sapphire Affair at the Abaco Beach Resort on October 17. David Ralph, Merle Williams and Michael Malone were honoured with a Paul Harris Award, the highest honour the Rotary Club can bestow upon a person for their exceptional and longstanding service to the community of Abaco. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals who exemplify the highest ideal in Rotary, Service Above Self. Bryan Thompson, Past President of the Rotary Club of Abaco, who served as Master of Ceremonies, referred to the three awardees as “giants in the community.” A short biography of each of the honorees was read; Dave Ralph’s by Rotarian. Jacqueline Collie, Merle Williams’ by Sgt. At Arms Frederick Gottlieb and Michael Malone’s by Secretary Travis Spicer. Honoree David Ralph has resided in the Bahamas since 1957, initially on Grand Bahama, then moving to Abaco in 1959. He worked as an accountant for the Owens Illinois Lumber Company, then purchased a marina in Hope Town where he gained valuable insight into the tourism industry managing second homeowner properties which were rented to guests. Mr. Ralph and his wife, Kathleen, have been involved with the popular Summer Regatta Time in Abaco since the mid 1970s which draws hundreds of visitors to Abaco each year. They have being recognized for their contribution to Tourism by being awarded the Ministry of Tourism’s coveted Cacique award. Mr. Ralph is presently Regatta Commodore. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph have published The Abaconian newspaper from their home in Marsh Harbour for the past 15 years. At first a monthly publication, the newspaper is now published twice a month and is distributed free of charge throughout the length of Abaco. A 4-page report on the impact of second homeowners and their rental houses on the Abaco economy composed by Mr. Ralph has moderated the opinion of government in this regard and has been used to explain developments in other communities in the Bahamas. Merle Louise Williams (affectionately called Mother Merle) was born in 1929 in Cornish Town (Old Place) Abaco, relocating to Dundas Town in 1940 with her family. After completing her education, Mother Merle migrated to Nassau where she found her niche in the hospitality industry. Whilst in Nassau Mother Merle served at upscale properties such as the White Gate Guesthouse, New Providence Restaurant and later at the Carlton House Hotel. She honed her skills as a chef extraordinaire and through her excellence rose to second-in-command of the kitchen at Carlton House serving as the assistant to the head chef. Mother Merle returned to Abaco in 1965 where she worked with Mr. Augustus Cash and shortly thereafter with Dr. and Mrs. Ejnar Gottlieb before venturing on her own as the owner/proprietor of Mother Merle’s Fishnet located in Dundas Town, known both nationally and internationally for mouthwatering pan-fried chicken, homemade fries and peas and rice. This establishment is credited as being one of the first local eateries to cause the tourism industry to have a profound impact on the then tranquil settlement of Dundas Town. After more than 65 years in the hospitality industry Mother Merle is saluted as a pioneer of the first order for her outstanding contribution to the hospitality industry on Abaco and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas at large. Mr. Frederick Gottlieb spoke lovingly of Mother Merle whom he referred to as his second mother. Once a skinny boy before Mother Merle came to assist at his house, he says that he soon became a fat boy and has been ever since. Mr. Gottlieb stated that even though Mother Merle has undergone serious medical challenges, in keeping with her character she has risen above them. “It was my brother Cay who came up with the name “Mother Merle. We love you,” he stated. Born in Cherokee Sound, Rotary President Mike Malone was educated at Hope Town All Age School and at Queens College, Nassau. He married Deborah Weatherford in 1974 and the couple has two daughters Kristal and Rayanne. Mr. Malone had a long and industrious career in the shipping industry in Nassau before moving back to the island of his roots, Abaco. Whilst on Abaco President Mike was involved in the restaurant and construction/ repair business, served in local government with distinction and was passionate about his community through civic organizations which he joined such as Scurvy Few, Carlton Lodge, Abaco Chamber of Commerce, Forest Heights Academy PTA, All Abaco Regatta Committee and the Rotary Club of Abaco. He spearheaded the relief assistance after the passage of Hurricanes Mitch and Floyd, rebuilding homes throughout Abaco for those who were most affected by these natural disasters. As President of the Rotary Club of Abaco 2008/2009, President Mike served with distinction living the club’s motto of Service Above Self until he became ill midway through his presidency. “We salute this gentle giant of a man who was called to rest from all his good works in July 2009 at the end of his presidency.” Present from Nassau for the occasion was Assistant District Governor Felix Stubbs. He said how delighted he was to be present to celebrate the life and work of three great citizens of Abaco and how pleased he is with what is happening with the Rotary Club of Abaco in recognition of persons who have given unselfishly to the community. As a member of Rotary, he knew Mike Malone well and described him as a role model president. “I was so impressed with what he did, and the things that he did for this community amazed me,” he stated. The Paul Harris Awards were presented to the honourees by Assistant District Governor Stubbs. Mother Merle was present to accept hers but Mr. Ralph will receive his at a later date as he was unavoidably off the island at the time. Mike Malone’s wife and one of his daughters accepted his award. A silent auction was held during the evening to raise funds for Rotary and those prizes were presented along with many door prizes to lucky winners. Formalities closed with a vote of thanks by Past President Brian Thompson, Fund Raising Director 2009/2010. After everyone had enjoyed a deliciously prepared dinner, they were invited to dance the night away to the music of the New Entry Band in the colorful Sapphire Affair themed pavilion. Rotary Club of Abaco held Presentation Dinner Mother Merle Williams of Dundas Town was one of three who were honoured by the Rotary Club of Abaco for her outstanding service to her communtiy. She is shown here with her daughter, Lenora Black, Abaco’s Education Superintendent. Recycle Aluminum CansBin located next to Every Child Counts

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned & RehubbedPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless AluminumSandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCerti Þ ed Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE 2009RENT A BOATFOR ONE DAY Second day is FREE!!We have Kayak, Fishing Rods and Snorkel Set FOR RENTOther discounts are available CONACT US FOR DETAILS*Some restrictions applyHope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 366-0023 Fax: (242) 366-0189 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-5460 Fax: (242) 367-2516 VHF 16 www.seahorseboatrentals.comComplimentary Pick Up & Delivery Cherokee SoundBy Lee Pinder Don’t you feel the change in the weather? What a welcome relief it is that the long hot summer may be coming to an end. Our tourist loves it and look forward to basking on the beach in the warm sunshine, but we who have to live with it all year long look for and appreciate a little “cold snap” once in awhile. Then, again, some of us complain when it’s too “hot,” but we also tend to complain when it’s too “cold.” I guess the old saying is true, “You can’t please all the people all the time. And I believe it is more important to keep our tourists happy. So let the sun shine on.School NewsIn October the students of Cherokee Primary celebrated Kindness to Animals Week with various activities and a free dress day when the children brought donations to be given to AARK (Abaco Animals Require Kindness). Besides having had various types of pets in the classroom in the past, most of the children have their own pets at home and this exercise helped to teach them understanding, responsibility and kindness towards animals plus empathy for the many animals that don’t have a home or anyone to care for them. A Denim Day was celebrated and donations were collected to be given to the Abaco Cancer Society. The recent field trip to Grand Bahama was a great success. Everyone came back tired but saying they’d had a good time. The South Abaco News Caves and Garden of the Groves were the highlights of the trip as well as a visit to a bowling alley, all things the students haven’t had an opportunity to see or do on Abaco. Like Ms. Black, the DEO, observed recently, field trips expand the students knowledge and experiences and let them meet new people and visit new places. So far our students have visited Andros, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama and New Providence, places some of the parents haven’t even visited.Big Yard SaleCherokee’s community-wide Yard Sale held on October 12th proved to be very successful. The crowds just kept coming. All the food and drink stalls sold out completely and the stalls with household items afforded the buyers some really great bargains. I believe everyone enjoyed themselves. The sun shone brightly and the weather stayed nice all day. The big event on Discovery Day was a Community Yard Sale in Cherokee Sound. It was a great opportunity for people to get together to socialize. A huge assortment of goodies of all types was offered at bargain prices. Lee Pinder, left, made sure that everything went off as planned.

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Page 16 Section B The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 Frederick’s Agency Ltd.Custom’s BrokersCustoms Brokerage Services Air and Sea Import and Export Entries Serving all vessels from foreign portsQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2333 • Fax 242-367-3136 Email: abacocustoms@batelnet.bs Bahamas Development BankAbaco Properties for Sale Please contact the Marsh Harbour office Ph: 367-2489 • Fax 367-4735 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh Harbour!!Great Deals for Investments Don’t Miss Out!! 1. Vacant portion of Lot #42 (6,000 sq.ft.) Archer’s Hill, Dundas Town, Abaco (Appraised Value $35,000) 2. Vacant lot #6 (2 acres) Fox Town, Abaco (Appraised Value $50,000) 3. Portion of lot #51 (15,000 sq.ft.) w/building, Granville Davis Pl, Murphy Town, Abaco (Listed Value $80,000) 4. Portion of lot #69 (15,000 sq.ft.) w/foundation, Murphy Town Blvd & Southside Rd, Murphy Town, Abaco (Appraised Value $29,250) 5. Lot #55 (6,900 sq.ft.) w/building Shell Rd, Murphy Town, Abaco (Appraised Value $82,075) 6. Lot #45 (60’ x 160’) w/14 room motel 3,900 sq.ft, Sandy Point, Abaco (Appraised Value $485,700) 7. Waterfront Lot (87,120 sq.ft.) w/4 cottages & 1 storage building totaling 4,186 sq.ft, Sand Banks, Treasure Cay, Abaco (Appraised Value $449,000) School News and something needs to be done to correct this issue. Meanwhile Lenora Black, District Superintendent, expected the demonstration to take place when it did, adding that the school had adequate staff and that it would be hard to replace teachers in specialized areas because there were not many Bahamians studying those subjects.Many parents attended PTA meetingBy Canishka Alexander A PTA meeting was held on September 29 to address staffing concerns at S.C. Bootle High School, which has an enrollment of approximately 300 students. The large gathering of concerned parents was described as the largest the school has seen in years. Because of the number of people in attendance, the crowd overflowed into the hallway. Sylvia Poitier, PTA president, said she estimated about 70 parents showed up at the meeting. Many of the parents were displeased with their children not having certain teachers especially those with students in the twelfth grade who are getting ready to sit the BGCSE examinations. The PTA board wrote a letter to Lenora Black, District Superintendent, and subsequently met with her in relation to the shortage of teachers. However, they were not happy with the results and wrote a second letter which was also forwarded to Lionel Sands, Director of the Department of Education, and Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham. On October 7 Mrs. Poitier was awaiting word from the Director of Education so that she would have information to report to the parents at another PTA meeting that was scheduled for October 8. She said the school lacks four teachers. It has already been relayed that if the school does get any replacements, it would more than likely be a religion teacher. That would leave the students without an art, science and office procedures teacher. Mrs. Black said art, commerce and computer courses are considered specialized areas. Although there were teachers available to teach the junior students those particular subjects, it is the senior students who lack the teachers.Students elected Head Girl By Canishka Alexander It was an intriguing competition to see who would secure the position of head girl at Sherlin C. Bootle High School on September 21. The candidates were Fredricka McIntosh, Tyronisha Stuart and Timmesha Russell. They were all required to give campaign speeches. Principal Huel Moss said Timmesha managed to disrupt her contenders’ campaign. Never once boasting of her accomplishments, she delivered an English version of her speech and concluded her platform by repeating her speech in Creole. This served to distance her from the other participants and demonstrate that she was a leader for all. “Her campaign was led with an enthused stomp-‘n-da-yard performance that incited the crowd. “After the last speaker’s presentation the fanfare received clarified the crowd’s choice,” he continued. “As Timmesha walked off stage, she received a congratulatory handshake from her competitors.” Mr. Moss said the campaign was the most compelling by far as he recalled the long line of students, facility managers, teachers and administrators who went to the polling stations on October 1 to get their registration cleared for voting. Ballots boxes were collected by Ms. Rashida Murray, the guidance officer, and secured for counting by the head administration. On October 5 anticipation was building at the morning’s assembly for the election results. The new Head Girl for the 2009 –2010 school year is Timmesha Russell and Fredricka McIntosh was chosen as the Deputy Head Girl.October is Career Awareness Month By Samantha V. Evans The Department of Education declared October as Career Awareness Month and the theme for this year is “Empowerment Today for Our Destiny Tomorrow.” This is the second year that this is being done and the purpose of this month is to expose students to various careers and preparation tools needed to help them make the right choices. During this month, school counselors spoke to students about the many challenges they will face in the world economy and various industries that they plan to pursue. There are four counselors on the island of Abaco and all of them have taken up the challenge to expose students to careers and career development. On Moore’s Island Carl Johnson invited speakers to come to speak with the grade twelve students. Dwayne Jennings from the United States spoke to them about career choices and scholarships. He also invited Tonique Williams-Darling to speak with the athletes at the school about the opportunities available in track and field. Please see School Page 18 Three girls competed for the title of Head Girl of S.C. Bootle High School. They campaigned actively, planning their strategy. Voters had to be verified before being allowed to vote. The ballot boxes were protected until the votes were counted. The winner was Timmesha Russell, right, and her Deputy, Fredricka McIntosh, was one of her opponents. School From Page 1

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 By Samantha V. Evans The month of October has been declared Older Persons Month and the Department of Social Services all across the Bahamas has planned activities for them to engage in. This is the 20th year they are honoring and recognizing this special group in conjunction with the United Nations. The theme for this year is Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Older Persons: Towards a Society for All Ages. On Abaco Assistant Director Charlamae Fernander and her team have prepared a calendar of activities to honor the seniors. She stated that her department offers a lot of assistance to older persons through the community support division. They can get food assistance, home repairs (if they own their own home), prescription assistance, travel assistance to doctorsÂ’ appointments off island, clothing assistance, utility bill and cooking gas assistance and legal assistance through the court. Social Services has a home helper service with five persons to help seniors run errands, shop and clean up. All of this is provided to ensure that they enjoy an adequate standard of living. During this month they will also help to educate seniors on all the resources that are available to them. Ms. Fernander would like to see the grocery stores get more involved and offer discount cards to seniors. She is pleased to announce that Ted Pierce of The Chemist Shop now gives a 10 percent discount to seniors on over-the-counter medicines and 20 percent on prescriptions. Ricardo Miller of the Island Pharmacy is offering seniors free glucose testing during this month. Hair, Body and Soul, Options Beauty Salon, and Hair Express have all given beauty coupons for seniors to be pampered this month. On October 9th the first activity was held for the seniors. They were taken on a tour of various communities that they have not seen in a while or may not have every visited. The seniors from the north were taken on a tour of the south, then treated to lunch at Pete and Gay Restaurant. The seniors from the south were taken on a tour of the north and treated to lunch at RitchieÂ’s Restaurant. During the second week, Ms. Carlene Farquaharson, attorney at Alexiou, Knowles, & Co. Abaco Office, was on Bahamas Christian Network to educate the seniors about the importance of preparing a will. She stated that once they do, this will limit or eliminate the fussing that develops over possessions when someone dies. During this week, the department distributed fruit baskets to older persons all across Abaco. The week ended with a church service held and recorded on BCN to be aired later in the month. About 30 older persons were in attendance, dressed in their finest attire. The older persons serenaded the audience with singing songs from yesteryear. The sermon was delivered by Pastor Silbert Mills, who spoke on the topic Well Done. God gives everyone gifts and talents but they do not all use them. He stated that he is proud that this group honored God by using their gifts and talents. Pastor Mills told them that he is happy they raised their children with godly principles and standards. All the blessings they enjoy came from God and all their earthly possessions came from God. He encouraged todayÂ’s parents to discipline their children like these seniors did and to not let children run the house. Also performing on the program were students Ashtin Roberts from Abaco Central High who led a trumpet solo, Patrick Darville, Madeline Auguste, Valencia Duvra, and Karen Swain, who recited poems for the elderly that they wrote, and Ginelle Longley and Kadesha Canton from Central Abaco Primary School, who recited a poem written by Roberta Lindsay. Charlamae Fernander was very pleased with the service and thanked all of the community partners for sharing this occasion with them. She told all that the seniors contributed greatly to the development of the Bahamas and must not be forgotten.Social Services observes Older Persons MonthThe Department of Social Services planned a number of events during October to honour the older persons of Abaco. The group shown here is from Central Abaco and enjoyed a movie and lunch at Friendship Tabernacle Church in Dundas Town.

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Page 18 Section B The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 Ron-Paul Cabinets PlusMattresses • Box Springs • Bed Frames Solid Wood Kitchen CabinetsNovember Specials8.3 mm Laminate Flooring from $3 sq ft Commercial Carpets from $13 sq yd • Residential from $18 sq yd Berber Carpets from $16 sq yd Padding • Tack Strip • Seaming Tape • Carpet Metal Carpet InstallationMarsh Harbour • Ph: 367-0546 More School News At S. C. Bootle Rashida Murray took the senior students to various businesses while persons with the Ministry of Tourism spoke to the junior students about various careers available in that industry. She took the grade six students from Cooper’s Town Primary School on a field trip to the Cooper’s Town Clinic. The Department of Education is committed to ensuring that students in the Bahamas are exposed to activities that will prepare them for career opportunities of tomorrow so that the Bahamas can have a dynamic workforce. This event is geared towards doing just that.World Teachers’ Day is observed By Samantha V. Evans World Teacher’s Day is celebrated on October 5th annually but in The Bahamas, it was observed on October 2nd. This day gave educators an opportunity to lobby for the level of education to be improved and the role of teachers within society to be acknowledged as pivotal. Hence, the 2009 theme is Build the Future: Invest in Teachers Now. This theme was deemed fitting by the president of the American Federation of Teachers as teachers are nation builders. Teachers around the world face the same challenges those in The Bahamas. It is hoped that those who fight for the rights of teachers and maintaning of the quality of education will continue their efforts as their support is needed more today than ever as the world faces economic challenges. On Abaco teachers within the public Please see School Page 16 school system were given a free day to celebrate World Teachers Day and on October 10th a beach picnic was held to provide the teachers with a day of fun to unwind. This event was planned by the Bahamas Union of Teachers area vice president and school shop stewards.BGCSE classes are being offeredBy Canishka Alexander Ruby Rolle began offering an English Language BGCSE class on Oct. 31 at the Church of Christ adjacent to K and S Auto Station in Marsh Harbour. The classes are offered every Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and cost $100 per month. A dictionary, thesaurus and Comprehensive English Course CXC book are needed for the classes. Rolle said the book is sold for $29.95 in Nassau, and she is willing to purchase books for those interested. A BGCSE booklet is also needed for the class and costs $25. Application forms will be available at Roderick’s Convenience Store, Native Hut and M & R Foodstore. She will accept a maximum of 25 persons, and depending on the response from persons in the community, a math course will also be available. Ruby Rolle can be contacted at 367.2617 for further information.Educators attend professional seminar By Samantha V. Evans October 20th and 21st were workshop days for public school educators on Abaco and on the first day principals of each school held sessions at their respective schools. On the second day, October 21st, they all met at Central Abaco Primary School for training sessions held in the school’s multi-purpose room. Representatives from the private schools were invited to attend this session as well. The session was planned by the Department of Education office under the leadership of Lenora Black. The focus of the morning session was on the ten-year plan proposed by the Ministry of Education. On Abaco to make the presentation to the educators was Sharon Poitier, Chairperson of the Ten-Year Plan Committee. Mrs. Black stated that for years many papers and reports have been written with the intent to give structure to and improve the educational system in The Bahamas, but no plan has ever been presented in such a comprehensive and detailed way. This ten-year plan seeks to improve the quality of education presently being offered and to prepare students for careers that have not yet come on stream. Ms. Poitier discussed the plan with the educators. Initially a small committee was formed by the Ministry of Education and now the plan has been expanded and there is much demand to get the tasks done. Since a written plan is in place she stated that they are seeking feedback from educators and stakeholders. To help them formulate an educational plan for the Bahamas, the committee referred to strategic plans from different regions including the United States and the West Indies. The plan covers all levels of education to ensure that the quality of education is secure. Teachers from all over Abaco assembled to hear a presentation of a ten-year plan to improve the quality of education offered in our schools. Sharon Poitier came to Abaco for the one-day seminar on October 21 to record the feedback from the teachers. They met at Central Abaco Primary School in Dundas Town. Please see School Page 19

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 CURRY’S FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour frontEleventh AnnualTOYS-FOR-TOTS Saturday December 12 11 am to 6 pmAcross from Memorial PlazaSANTAWill Be There Bouncing Castle • Food • Drinks Cotton Candy • Face PaintingWe really need your support this year so please come by Drop off a toy • Make a donation By Mirella Santillo A small group of protesters, most of them from Hope Town, assembled in front of the Post Office in Marsh Harbour on October 23rd to protest against the construction of the Bahamas Electric Corporation plant at Wilson City. It was a peaceful event with the protesters voicing their concern through the help of banners which either quoted verses of the Bible about man’s duty to protect the earth, stating the protesters’ view on which way progress was heading on Abaco “One step forward, two steps backwards,” or reminding the public of the negative economic and environmental impact they thought the new power plant would bring. Around 11 a.m., one of the demonstrators, Clint Kemp, took the microphone for a public prayer in which he stated again that Man was the conservator of the Earth and expressed his hopes that the government would be made aware of the concern of the people who wanted to preserve the island’s environment not only for themselves but for future generations. Stafford Patterson, who organized the demonstration, addressed the assembly with a message that stated that the protest was not about politics but was an effort at voicing people’s opinion about what was happening on Abaco. Although the new plant was welcomed and needed, he said, the location and the kind of fuel chosen were wrong. He suggested that a better location would be Normans Castle on the northwest coast and that the type of energy used should be wind or solar powered. The protesters who rallied behind an organization called CARES (Concerned Abaco Residents) are worried that the construction of the plant is moving too fast and that not enough research was done. Not only do they think that the pipeline going through the delicate mangrove eco-system of the coastal surroundings will have a negative effect on the nearby reefs and the land and sea park, but also they worry that the emissions produced by the plant will drop over the nearby settlements and farming areas, affecting the population’s health. Members of Friends of the Environment were present, not as demonstrators, but more as supporters. The Executive Director of Friends of the Environment, Kristin Williams, stated that she was proud to see the community taking a stand.Protesters gather against the Wilson City BEC PlantPrincipals were given a copy of the plan at the beginning of the school year and teachers were given one at this session. Ms. Poitier made her presentation, then answered questions. Later, the educators were divided into groups to study the plan further and gave input as to how the goals can be achieved. All suggestions made will be forwarded to the National Committee for consideration.School From Page 18 By Samantha V. Evans After the fire in the Mud destroyed numerous homes, many persons visited Social Services and the Red Cross seeking assistance. Social Services Assistant Director Charlamae Fernander stated that 50 persons have been assisted so far and the Red Cross has assisted 71 persons. They have given food parcels, toys and clothing. They are in need of these items as well. Even though it was reported that no one was injured, Ms. Fernander stated that they have assisted two men who sus tained burns, obtaining medical care for their injures while others suffered from hypertension and a number of persons suffered from smoke inhalation. Pastor Dieon Gibson of First Assembly of God assisted them with food as well. Ms. Fernander stated that all persons affected lost everything so they will need assistance for a while. Presently, they are staying with other families in the Mud as they have nowhere else to go. They are in need of beds, stoves and clothes in addition to food. She encourages persons who are in a position to help to please do so. It is important for residents to note that many of the persons who were affected are legal. Social Services and the Red Cross are presently alternating weeks to provide food. Ms. Fernander expressed gratitude to her staff who gave of their own time to assist those in need. A total of 12 or 13 houses were destroyed causing 76 people to be homeless.Social Services Assists Fire Victims Remember Conservation begins with YOU Can you Juggle, Jiggle or just Wiggle Sing, Dance, or Play an instrument Or otherwise entertain us Step forward and strut your stuffLocal talent wantedPrizes for Surprizes Judges will decide if Abaco has talentChristmas Bazaar December 5All amateurs welcome Call Marsh Harbour’s Tourism Office by November 25 We need to know how many to expect And how to divide the performers by age and talent. Children ten and older, teen and adult, Second homeowners and visiting boatersAll are welcome Make the Bazaar specialSpace may be limited Call Tourism now Tourism phone 367-3067

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Page 20 Section B The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 P.O. Box AB-20180, Marsh Harbour, AbacoMammograms OfferedFor Appointments Call 367-0020Extended Care (After Hours) Call 577-0113Rudell Hall-Farrington Dual Therapist & Beauty Practitioner, Facial & Massage Therapy Dr. Akazie Mon & Fri Dr. Carnille Farquharson Wed Ms. Sandra Watson Ultrasound Technician, Echocardiogram November 7, 2009 Dr. Shananique Bodie OB/ GYN, General Practiioner, Surgeon November 7, 2009 Dr. Elaine Lundy General Practioner November 9, 2009 Dr. Duranda Ash Opthamologist November 14, 2009 Dr. Keith Lewis Chiropractor November 17-24, 2009 Dr. Michael Caplia Optometrist November 18, 2009 Dr. K.J.A. Rodgers Ophthamologist November 19, 2009 Dr. Ronald Knowles Obstetrician / Gynecologist November 21 , 2009 Dr. Paul Hunt Pediatrician, Asthma and Allergy Testing November 21, 2009 Ms. Antoinette Lightbourne Ultrasound November 21, 2009 Ms. Diane Davis Mammogram RadiographerTechnologist November 21, 2009 Dr. Lockhart Orthopedic Surgeon November 27, 2009 Dr. Edwin Demeritte, Neurologist / Neurophysiologist (Adults & Children) November 28, 2009 A General Practioner is on staff Monday through Saturday Dr. George Charite Tues, Thurs & Sat Dr. Timothy Williams Every other Sat. Call for appointments with these doctors Dr. Leon, OB / GYN Dr. Campbell, ENT Surgeon Dr Armbrister, Natural Chinese Medicine By Jennifer Hudson The Anglican Church Men of the St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Marsh Harbour held a steak-out on October 17, their second for the year. They normally hold a cookout in Spring and Fall of each year. The Spring event is to raise funds for the men to attend the Anglican Church Men’s conference held in a different region of The Bahamas each year. Their October steak-out is normally to raise funds to assist various organizations in the community or someone in the church who needs help with medical bills. This year, however, the funds were being raised to fund a trip to Guyana. The Anglican Church Men will be attending the ordination of Bahamian Archdeacon Cornell Moss, who will be ordained Bishop of Guyana on December 8. Approximately eight to 10 men from the Anglican churches of St. John the Baptist in Marsh Harbour and St. Martins, Sandy Point, will attend the service which will be held in Georgetown, Guyana. “We will spend one week there, during which time we plan to meet with other branches and make contacts for future joint ventures,” explained Lukie Innocent, President of the Anglican Churchmen. An average of 400 tickets were sold for steak and chicken dinners and an extra 150 were allowed for walk-ins. This is an amazing effort by the men’s group and Mr. Innocent said that this is the only Anglican church in the entire Bahamas where the men take the lead. In all others it is the women who are in the forefront. The steak-out which began at 11 a.m. went on until late and the men stayed until all dinners were sold. Several men worked very hard barbequing and they deserve Anglican Church Men Held Steak Outhigh praise for their dedication to the cause, toiling all day in such intense heat and smoke. Malfred Martin and Richard Gibbs are the two longest standing grillers, having dedicated 15 years to barbequing at these cook outs. The men were assisted by some ladies from the Anglican Church Women’s group and a few other friends of the church. Mr. Innocent, said, “Officers and members of the ACM would like to thank the general public for all the years of commitment and their contributions to the branch.” The Anglican Church Men of Marsh Harbour have two Steak-outs annually to raise funds for various projects. These meals are anticipated as these men are pros at grilling steak. By Dr. Keith Lewis BS,DC, DABAAHP, FAAIM 1. Know your numbers blood sugar, hemoglobin A1C, blood pressure 2. Cut back on “white” foods white sugar, white flour, white potatoes, white rice 3. Increase whole grains and dietary fiber Eat complex carbohydrates, whole fruits, whole vegetables 4. Cut back on fruit juice Instead, eat the WHOLE fruit, also a great source of fiber 5. Drink plenty of water 6. Exercise Walk Walk Walk 7. Eat a protein with a carbohydrate So, if you eat bread for breakfast, eat an egg or meat with it. 8. Keep an ideal weight for your height 9. Avoid foods with high fructose corn syrup as these foods disrupts insulin metabolism 10. Take nutritional supplements that aid in the control of blood sugar. These include chromium polynicotinate, magnesium, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, omega 3, n-acetyl cystiene, gymnema sylvestre Remember to always consult with a health care professional before taking any supplements. If you would like to have “your numbers checked,” contact Dr. Keith Lewis at Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic. He is a Fellow in Integrative Medicine and is also Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and can assist you not only with a chiropractic adjustment, but also with the proper combination and choice of dietary supplements to improve your health. If it is not a problem that Dr. Lewis can help you with, he will refer you to a proper specialist. You may contact him at 242-699-9014 or email him at drlewis@1cbs.net.Living Longer with a Healthy LifeDiabetes: 10 Tips to Lower Your Blood Sugar It Pays to Advertise

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section B Page 21 Abaco Glass CompanyWindow Glass and Mirrors Cut and Installed Screens Made and Repaired Commercial Store Fronts Installed and ReplacedYale WindowsIn Marsh Harbour on Don MacKay Blvd. 367-2442 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per lineDisplay classi Þ ed $18 per column inchWe 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 Casuarina Point tastefully furnished 3 bed 2 bath house for rent, central air with beach views. $950 month. Ph. 367-2431 Dundas Town 2 bed, 1 bath apt. off Forest Dr. A/C, washer & dryer, water and cable included. Asking $1000 monthly. Contact 242-395-1658 Great Cistern 3 bed, 2 ½ bath, 3 story with water view. Please call 475-4848 or 367-58 67 Guana Cay 2 bedroom apt. harbour view $900/ mo. long term. Also available weekly. Call 904-982-2762 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR RENT 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. $1000/ mo. Call Mrs. Green at 367-2660 Marsh Harbour Gov Sub Apt, 2 bed/ 2 bath, central A/C, newly renovated, fully furnished. Serious inquires call 9-5 367-2951 or 577-5086 after 5 pm Marsh Harbour Cove Estates very spacious 2 bed apt, fully furnished, central A/C, washer & dryer, water included. Ph. 367-0209 Marsh Harbour 2 bed, 2 bath fully furnished house overlooking Sea of Abaco. Close to town. $1800/ mo. Call 367-7653 Marsh Harbour , sea view, bed & bath. Close to town. $75 nightly, $500 weekly. Call 3677652 Murphy Town apartment, fully furnished. $800/ month. For further info call 357-6876 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS Retail/ Office space available for lease at Royal Harbour Village. Spacious first floor unit and charming second floor space. Available now. Call 367-3262 Treasure Cay Pineapple Point Resort. Exclusive Luxury Waterfront 2 & 3 bedroom condos & 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath 2600 sq ft townhouses all with deep water docks & garages! Perfect location at the entrance to Treasure Cay Marina. Prices starting in the low $500’s www.pineapplepointresort.com 242-458-3521 or 1-800-545-0395 Come see us at the end of Marina View Dr. Model open M-F 9-4:30 pm or by appointment. Treasure Cay beautiful one-bedroom ground level condo, marina view, completely redecorated and fully furnished, heated pool, tennis courts, new hurricane shutters. $195,000 705295-6141 templeman@nexicom.net 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. Price reduced $75,000. Call 242-365-4636 days, 242-365-4218 evenings Mobile Home Double Wide in Palm Beach Colony 2 bed, 2 bath cathedral ceilings, screened porch, covered garage, separate laundry room includes all appliances and furniture. Serious inquiries only. Call 366-2301. Nights 366-2164 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 Guana Cay, Sea of Abaco, 1+ acre with elevation, 400+ ft. waterfront. Brokers welcome. www. guanawaterfront.com Guana Cay, dramatic ocean & Sea of Abaco views, three sides floor to ceiling glass, incredible sunset views from covered deck, 2 bed/2 bath w/ Jack & Jill shower. Purchase includes additional lot ensuring unobstructed views. New roof 2008. Purchase includes all furnishings. Purchase price $299,000 net to seller. View property at www.greatguanarentals.com. Call Danny 404-846-1666 or email dl@atlantaindustrialproperties.com Treasure Cay, Dormy Villa , 2 bed, 2 bath apt., fully furnished, includes washer/dryer, central air condition. Call 577-6953 2 bed/ 1.5 bath cottage, partly furnished, A/C, washer, dryer, very secluded with ocean views. $1150 monthly & utilities. Contact 367-0124 or 475-1279 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS By Navardo Saunders Sgt. Rachel Metelus strongly believes in the popular saying It Takes a Village to Raise a Child. And she along with fellow police officer Datus Farrington are doing their part to help raise young people on Abaco the right way, teaching them values, manners and respect for themselves and others. Ms. Metelus, who is attached to the community relations division of the police force, has established a cadet programme for young people. She quickly points out in an interview with The Abaconian that while instilling discipline and respect are the main focus of the program, it is not just for delinquent youth. “We encourage young men and women who want to join the police force to become a cadet. It’s the first step in the process of becoming an officer. I’m a product of the police cadet program. I had the privilege of being one of the first 25 female cadets back in 1987 or 88. So I have personal knowledge of the impact the program can have on the lives of young people.” Ms. Metelus and Farrington have partnered with Pastor Clifford Henfield of Grace Baptist Church to provide for young people on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. “Those persons who have conflict resolution problems, not only those persons but like I said persons who want to join the police force the programme is for them,” she said. “We’re inviting anyone between the ages of 14 and 17 to become a part of the programme if they have difficulty resolving conflict or if they simply want to be an officer.” There are scholarships available for individuals who enroll in the cadet programme, particularly those who want to become police officers. “We can recommend young people who show promise for scholarships,” she said. “That’s one of the major benefits the cadets programme.” From July to the present, Ms. Metelus said the young people in the cadet programme have only done drills. But she says soon counseling will be available. “We have spoken to a guidance counselor at one of the schools who is a former cadet, and she will offer counseling to the cadets. We also intend to bring in motivational speakers and we have a teacher who will be helping the cadets with their math and English.” Ms. Metelus would like to form an alliance with the principals of all the local schools, public and private, so that when the principals have identified a student with behaviourial problems they can direct them to the cadets programme. “We also want to work with the principals to show them ways to deal with delinquent students,” Metelus explained. Since July Metelus said between nine and 15 young people take part in each session. She said crime statistics show that more young people should be involved in the programme. “There are a lot of young people getting into serious trouble gangs, drugs, violence, having sex too early, and they are the ones who need to be in the programme,” she said. “This programme is geared toward saving them from themselves. Saving them from going behind bars or from dying prematurely.” Neglect is a major cause for many young people getting involved in negative things. “Many parents neglect their children,” she said. “Many children are lacking attention and what they do is become disruptive. They get involved in a lot of negative activity. Sexual relationships with people they shouldn’t be involved with. They shouldn’t be having sexual relations, period. Drugs, gang violence all that anti-social behavior I think the major cause for that is neglect. “We want the community to know that while seeking to become the best employee or employer or seeking higher education, they have to remember they are neglecting their children and they are the ones growing up and creating so much problems. That’s something I want the community to realize. Pay more attention to your children.” Ms. Metelus warned there are laws against child neglect. “The community needs to know that parents can be charged with child neglect. I’m going to produce a brochure to make parents aware of offenses relating to child neglect. And if they chose not to get their acts together, they will be prosecuted because neglect is one of the root causes for all these socialills in the community.” Many people believe that single parenting is the root cause of social-ills, but she doesn’t believe that’s the case. “You can be a single parent, love your child to death and be that role model that makes the best child,” she said. “Because I think if you go the House of Assembly, you will find people who were raised in single parent homes.” Ms. Metelus, a mother of two, is motivated by a desire to see every child succeed. “Like I want my child to succeed, I want everyone else’s child do the same,” she said. “It makes for a better, stronger community where crime and violence is down and people are focused on doing something positive with their lives, helping to build their community and the country.” Anyone from the community who would like to donate to the Cadet Corps, whether money, snacks or time, can contact her at 367-5623/4. “We would appreciate any assistance because what we plan to do is take the children on field trips, get the marching band going again and get the young people involved in other activities and we need the help of the community in order for this to happen.Police Cadet programme is started Sgt. Rachel Metelus has begun a Police Cadet program in Central Abaco. The youth meet with her weekly to do marching drills but she will soon expand the program to develop the young people in other areas.

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Page 22 Section B The Abaconian November 1 , 2009 Business Service Directory Big Cat EquipmentRentals : • Backhoe • Dump Trucks • D3, D5 & D8 Tractors • Payloaders • Excavators Services: • Land clearing • Fill, rock, sand, soil • Trenching Foundations Tel: 242-367-2655 • Fax: 242-367-2464 Cell: 242-577-5322 • 242-359-6839 Abaco 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@yahoo.com www.abacoislandpharmacy.com Abaco A & D Trucking Call us Timothy or Adele McDonaldPhone 577-0184 • 577-0220 P.O. Box AB 20432, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Mike Cornish 24 Hour Mobile TireServicing the entire Abaco With dependable service Office Location: Forest Drive Cell Phone: 458-0692 Clean Sweep Cistern CleaningThe MODERN way to clean your cistern • Water stays in the tank, no loss of water • Super filtration of all your water • Vacuums the bottom of your cisternResults: • Sparkling clean cistern! • Sparkling clean water!Call CLEAN SWEEP 475-1389 (Hope Town) Church If you would like your church listed here, call 367-2677Listing Dundas 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 367-5565 Bishop Anthony Campbell 242-367-4718 or cell phone 242-457-5565 • Dtcog@coralwave.comJesus Saves We exist to: Reach, Develop, Train, Love and SendWeekdays (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 against the homeowner. However, there is nothing to prevent homeowners from incorporating this tax in their rental charge and not burdening the guest further. Along with this newly imposed guest tax was a reduction in the property tax schedule. All property owners are allowed an exemption on the first $250,000 of property value if they live in the house full time or seasonally. Values between $250,000 and $500,000 are taxed at three quarters of one percent (.75%). Amounts exceeding $500,000 but less than $5 million are taxed at one percent (1%). All remaining values above $5 million are taxed at onequarter of one percent (.25%). These rates apply whether a house is rented or not. However, only one owner occupied residence is allowed the exemption and receives the benefit of the tax concession. Other houses a person may own and rent incur the commercial tax rate of one percent on values up to $500,000 and two percent on values above $500,000. Vacant land is taxed at one percent up to values of $1 million and at two percent on all values above $1 million. At this time Bahamians in the Family Islands are exempt from paying property tax. It is not clear if the guest tax applies to houses occupied seasonally by Bahamians and rented to visitors in the owner’s absence. Bahamians are subject to filing the annual business license tax on any rental Tax Change From Page 1 income they may receive. These tax changes were effective last summer but it is not expected that retroactive collection will be enforced. It was understood that registration of rental houses as hotels should begin immediately with any October guest taxes due by November 15 along with monthly statistic forms. It is expected that rental house agents and caretakers will handle most of the paperwork and be responsible for submitting the revenue each month. Homeowners can do this if they choose to. An October 15 deadline for registering had been mentioned. Those who registered by that date should see the new tax rate appear on their tax bills. Others who register after that date will get the benefit of the new schedule but this will not appear on their tax bill. Forms for registering as a hotel and for submitting monthly with the tax collected are available online at: www.tourismtoday.com/prelim/oohr (owner occupied house rental) Persons who might have more than one rental house must register, collect and remit for all houses. However, only one house can qualify as owner occupied and get the reduced property tax rate. One of the agents attending said they were responsible for 70 houses and another was responsible for 40 houses. These rental properties comprise a large part of Abaco’s visitor accommodations and collectively far surpass the capacity of our hotels in terms of capacity. By Navardo Saunders The attorney who represents a number of Abaco residents opposed to the bunker C fueled power station under construction at Wilson City has accused Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham of hypocrisy following comments he made at the United Nations’ Summit on Climate Change. Fred Smith, a partner in the law firm Callendars and Co. and attorney for a group of residents that strongly oppose the power plant, said Mr. Ingraham should be “commended” for his comments to the Summit on Climate Change but suggested if he is truly committed to preserving and protecting the environment, he would put an end to construction of the power plant and move to put legislation in place that put a limit on pollutants. In a pre-recorded message to the recent Summit attended by scores of world leaders and diplomats, Mr. Ingraham said climate change poses a “serious threat to our economic viability, social development and territorial integrity.” He said the world, especially low-lying areas of The Bahamas face “serious challenges as a result of climate change and called on countries to come to a global accord in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December that will involve ambitious, legally-binding targets to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to it. Mr. Ingraham added that The Bahamas is “committed to collaborating with the family of nations to ensure our own survival of humankind in a sustainable development model for Planet Earth.” But Mr. Smith said Mr. Ingraham needs to “put his money where his mouth is,” adding that it is hypocritical for him to state such a commitment to climate change whilst supporting the construction of the Wilson City plant and also failing so far to make good on a pledge in his party’s 2007 election manifesto to advance laws to protect the environment. “We cannot on the one hand be promoting cleaner air environments whilst at the same time building power plants that are the worst polluters,” Mr. Smith said. He again threatened to take legal action against the government for a number of points, including starting construction of the power plant without all the proper or necessary permits having been issued and before widespread, comprehensive consultation with the residents of Abaco.BEC may face judicial review

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November 1, 2009 The Abaconian Section B Page 23 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 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 BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classi Þ ed AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats 22’ Rosborough Sea Skiff , 1997, Honda 90, 291 hrs. trailer, DUTY PAID. well equipped. at Outboard Shop. Asking $25,000. Call 519671-6354 26’ Mako w/ twin 130 HP Johnsons . Asking $12,000. Call 366-0065 26’ Intrepid ‘91, 2 Johnson 175 HP (‘98) Good condition, A/C, generator, new batteries and trailer. DUTY PAID. Asking $25,000. Contact Capt Charles Jones 242-365-0438, EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Dock space up to 60’ in Treasure Cay, water & electric included. Well protected, great location. Call 904-349-8740 Yanmar Diesel Engine, 170 hp, low hours, no transmission, perfect for outdrive. Asking $8000. OBO. Call Keith at 365-6006 2005 Caribe Boat, w/ 2005 20 HP Honda engine w/ 21 hrs. Boat cover, SS cable for lifting boat. $7500 Contact 365-5295 18’ Manta, 1999 Yamaha 150 , vey low hours (appox. 200), 4 blade S/S prop, Lenco S/S Sport trim tabs Sea Star hydraulic steering. Clarion stereo system. Sport Gauges/Steering Wheel. Boat was redone in Oct. ‘06, all accessories new then. Completely turn key. Very fast (50+ mph). Asking $8,500 OBO. Call 3596019 or e-mail at ryan@abacoconstruction.com MERCHANDISE FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE 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 Used office furniture, desks, chairs, conference table and book shelves. Call 367-5415 for more info. Gorgeous wood floor 300 sq. ft. maple wood, 4¾” wide, tobacco color, cork & adhesive. $1500. Call 904-349-8740 Maytag Microwave model mmv4205, black. 1150 watts $200. Frigidaire Freezer model LFFCO924DWI $300. GE Gas Clothes Dryer DBXR463GDICC $400. Eureka Vac , The Boss Smart Vac, $150 410 Pump Shotgun for sale . PLease call 3674185 for further information Now hiring Executive Chef , prior fine dining culinary experience a must. Email resume to abacolodge@gmail.com Seeking gardener. Contact 365-5146 SERVICES AVAILABLE Mature woman seeking a position as nanny or caretaker of property. Contact 458-7598 or 367-0378 Sym Jet 100cc Euro-x Scooter, #1 scooter in The Bahamas, great gas mileage, reliable, powerful (up to 50 mph), say good-bye to traffic. Sale price $2,295. Tel:393-0155/394-4823, Abaco 1-242-367-2453(bike) Murphy Town Committee October 5 By Mirella Santillo At the October Murphy Town monthly meeting held on October 5, the main topic was the capital projects which were put on hold because the total funding requested had not been received. Chairman Renardo Curry informed the members and residents who attended the meeting that he had sent a letter to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Lands and Local Government to reiterate the request for the balance of the funds. When that amount is received, the first capital project on the Committee’s agenda will be the development of the Murphy Town Cultural Village. Mr. Curry stressed that this endeavor will help residents become entrepreneurs as they will have the opportunity to rent a parcel of land within the Cultural Village for a small monthly fee on which to build a commercial structure. The second project already discussed at several of the previous meetings is the construction of a Community Center on Forest Drive. As an alternative to not receiving the balance of the funds, the Chairman suggested asking each Murphy Town working resident for a one time contribution of $50 to go towards the Cultural Village. Mr. Curry informed the group that he met with the road maintenance contractors and they accepted taking half pay for the month of November to help the Committee pay outstanding bills. The garbage contract for Murphy Town is now held by MAR Rentals, a company located in Dundas Town. Two large open bins have been placed on the Great Cistern Road and at the Bahama Coral Island Road. Paul Mills retains a contract for two bulk garbage containers, one located at Coconut Tree Bay and the other at the Burial Society. The Committee is hoping that these bins will help curb illegal dumping within the township and that this additional expense will bring positive results on the overall appearance of the area. The next meeting is scheduled for November 2nd. Dundas Town Committee October 6 By Samantha V. Evans A Dundas Town Township meeting was held on October 6th at the Local Government office in Dove Plaza. Chairman Cay Mills was present for a short while and they discussed upcoming projects. The various committees gave updates on present projects. They decided that the work on Brown’s Bay will have to go out to tender as the water continues to damage the sea wall. They agreed that the seawall needs to be extended to the Methodist Church so that they can refill the area with sand. By installing a barrier wall, this will prevent sand from washing away into the sea. They further decided that to get the water turned on at Ocean View Park they need to pay the overdue bill which is in the hundreds of dollars. They are continuing to work in the Central Pines community to keep the area clean and to prevent the brush from overgrowing in the area of the school and the highway. No contract has been awarded for this work as yet but the committee will ensure that someone maintains it until a contract is awarded.Local Government at Work of track training are welcomed to assist. To date she is assisted by Edric Poitier, Barbara Johnson, Patrice Charles and Ishmael Morley. Ms. Colebrooke wants to remind residents of the cays and Moore’s Island that this program is open to them as well, and she will be happy to see them. She plans to introduce a program in North Abaco in the near future. If there is a coach in that area that would be prepared to work with the kids under the umbrella of the Community Track Program, they are welcomed to contact her at the administrator’s office in Marsh Harbour. {Ed note: The October 15 issue of The Abaconian had an article about Ms. Colebrooke. Unfortunately, the articles mentioned that she would like donations of money and time. She wants to make it clear that she is not asking for donations of money.}Sports From Page 7 By Samantha V. Evans As the Department of Public Health prepares for the onset of the flu season, it calls on parents and adults to be mindful that the H1N1 flu is a deadly flu. It has a list of suggestions to prevent the spread of this flu. Prevention is the goal. To avoid getting the flu, persons are asked to practice good health habits. • People should cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze. • They should cough into a tissue or sleeve rather than into hands. • They should avoid using cloth towels or handkerchiefs. • They should avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with dirty hands. • Germs are spread when an infected person touches another person so hand sanitizers should be used to prevent the spread of germs. • Persons should practice washing their hands for at least 15 seconds, especially after sneezing or coughing. • Hands should be dried with a paper towel and discarded. • Hands should be washed after reading the newspaper, magazines, handling money or using shared equipment. • Social distance should be practiced especially when persons are sick. • Persons who are ill should not go to work and sick children should be kept home to avoid the spread of the flu. The symptoms of the swine flu are the same as the regular flu. The main symptoms are fever and cough, respiratory illness, headaches, sore throat and aching muscles. Abaco is one of the Department of Public Health’s reporting sites as some positive cases have been found here. Subsequently, persons are asked to be mindful that N1H1 as well as the normal seasonal flu are both becoming prevalent now so early detection is key.How to Keep Healthy and Prevent the Swine Flu Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Open 9 am 5 pm Mon. Fri.

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