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VOLUME 18 NUMBER 17


SEPTEMBER 1st, 2010


Abaco welcomes darts tournament participants

Two international darts tournaments are held


The opening ceremony of the fifth America's Cup Darts Tournament included the presentation of the participating members of each
of the 12 countries represented. Each group was escorted by a standard bearer with the country's flag. This ceremony was held on
August 21 with an enthusiastic audience in attendance at the Faith Convention Center in Marsh Harbour. Sixteen Bahamians are
competing in both the America's Cup and the Caribbean Cup Darts Tournament that will follow on August 24-29. Time has been
allowed in the schedule for our visitors to explore Abaco with trips planned to Hope Town and other interesting trips.


By Mirella Santillo
The official opening ceremony of the
fifth America's Cup Darts Tournament
took place on August 21 Faith Conven-
tion Center in Marsh Harbour before the
commencement of the games. The Hon.
Charles T. Maynard, Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture, performed the sym-
bolic darts throw that officially opened the
tournament.
Mr. Maynard offered his best wishes to
all the players, admitting however that he
had a favorite team (no need to mention
which one)! He jokingly asked the visitors
to leave some of their belongings behind in
order to make space for a few gifts to take
home. "Have fun while you compete," he
advised. In spite of claiming to be nervous,
he did very well, managing to throw all
three darts within the board.
Perfectly rehearsed and performed,
the ceremony unrolled as the participat-
ing teams were called to the stage in turn.
First, the various participating countries'
teams marched to the podium preceded
by a bearer carrying the country's flag, as
MC Julieth McCafferty called the names
of each player. The men and women from
Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Trinidad
and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, the United
Please see Darts Page 7


Crown Haven residents

learn about subdivision


School administrators attended a two-day motivational seminar. Keynote speaker was
Rev. Carla Culmer, well known to many as she previously served here as pastor of
three Methodist churches. Her talk was well appreciated as she guided the audience to
realize its opportunity to influence the next generation. The administrators were given
guidelines in effective leadership. The new school year begins for government schools
on August 30 and teachers are already preparing. Other schools will open on Septem-
ber 6. See story on page 6.




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The Hon. Kenneth Russell, Minister of Housing, left, is discussing government's plans
to make 154 lots available in Crown Haven for Bahamians 18 years and older and
who do not have homes piu, .crii The cost of the lots will depend on the cost of put-
ting in utilities. Following the meeting, he spoke with individuals with questions. On
the wall is the land plat showing lots i,,, cil occupied and those that will be made
available. All vacant land in the area is Crown land.


Residents of Crown Haven nearly
filled the Anglican Church to hear the
Minister of Housing, the Hon. Kenneth
Russell, outline the new subdivision with
154 lots being made available. There are
114 applications on file already.
Although referred to as a subdivi-
sion, this project is making use of vacant
Crown Land in Crown Haven, much of


which is intermingled with existing resi-
dences. Some roads will have to be con-
structed along with expansion to power,
phone and water service.
The lots range in size from 6,000 to
15,000 square feet and are available to

Please see Crown Haven Page 5


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School administrators

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Tournament reception brings friends together


By Mirella Santillo
By August 20 six of the eight interna-
tional teams participating in the America's
Cup Tournament, the first of two darts
tournaments scheduled to start the next
day, had arrived on Abaco where the event
was being held for the first time. The play-
ers from Belize had to stay in Nassau be-
cause of incorrect travel programing. The
team from Florida which is entering only
the Caribbean Cup was not due to arrive
until the following week.
An informal welcome party was held at
Abaco Towns that Friday evening. The at-
mosphere was laid back and relaxed, allow-
ing the visitors to renew their friendships
with each other and get acquainted with the
locals. They enjoyed Bahamian flavor and
hospitality. Many Bahamian officials attend-
ed including the Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture, the Hon. Charles T. Maynard.


The reception was organized by the Min-
istry of Tourism with music by the New En-
try band, drinks sponsored by Burns House
and food prepared by Merissa Catering. It
drew a large crowd of visitors and locals
who gathered around the swimming pool,
enjoying the drinks and chatting.
Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism for
the Northern Bahamas, offered a short but
warm welcome to the visitors and invited
them to see as much of Abaco as they could
during their stay, describing for them some
points of interest.
Practice lanes had been set up inside in
the bar area and some of the players got in
a little practice.
After dinner the Spring City Rockers
Junkanoo group made their appearance,
rushing through the crowd in their colorful
costumes. Dancing and socializing occupied
the guests for the reminder of the evening.


The Spring City Rockers Junkanoo group put on a great show as part of the entertainment
at the reception for the tournament guests. Many people assisted in organizing all facets
of this event including the Ministry of Tourism.

COB offers athletic scholarships


A welcoming reception was held at Abaco Towns on August 20 for the particants of the
darts tournaments. Many of the competitors brought fiinly and friends for the event.
Since many of them attend these events regularly, they get to know each other well so the
reception was a time to renew these friendships. 1S/ ,. are Edison Key, MP, and wife,
center, at the beautiful buffet.


By Samantha V. Evans
The College of The Bahamas is now
developing its athletic department as it
strives to obtain university status, and one
of the incentives it is offering is athletic
scholarships.
This will bring further recognition to the
college and offer scholarships to students
who are talented in various areas of sport
so that they can further their studies abroad.
According to Charlene Smith, assistant
coach of the women's basketball department,
the department is still developing so there are
a great number of opportunities available for
athletes that qualify for scholarships. She
stated that interested persons can attend the
college to play sports, then advance their
play abroad at other colleges. COB is in the
process of putting a good program together
to provide scholarships for players coming


out of high school. She encourages students
to focus on their grades as well as the skills
they need to qualify for such scholarships.
Jeff Rodgers Sr., host of basketball camps
in The Bahamas for the past 23 years, plans
to bring NBA players to Abaco next year to
see the talent the kids have. He sees his bas-
ketball camp as an opportunity not only for
kids to learn the skills of basketball but as a
stepping stone for them to gain scholarships
and thus pursue additional education when
they complete high school.
Parents were encouraged to let their
girls play as they, too, can receive scholar-
ships to play basketball at the college and
university level with the possibility of mak-
ing it to pro ball status.
Scholarships from the College of the Ba-
hamas athletic department are also avail-
able in other areas.


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HOPETOWN I ELBOW CAY #3763 HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #3967 HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #5288
220 FT OF POWDER WHTE SAND- 6 bed/7bath FAR NIENTE MOVE INI 4 bed/5 bath, OCEAN VIEW Newlyredcrated andspacious 4/4
nanny's apt., guest cottage, garage, 5,000 sq. ft. on excellent swimming beach, on stunning beach in prime location just moments
fully furnished. $2,575,000, near public dock, turnkey. US$2,490,000. from the village.Dockoplion. US$2,400,000.
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SUMMERWINDS LUXURY BEACHFRONT HOME in
DorrosCcav3bt2bnewlrenwatedtasted decoatd.
Dock slip with liftatTahti Beach US$1,250,000.
KerrySullivan@SothebysRealty.com


HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #5234
HoPETOWNVILLAGE 2 bed 2 bath and detached
efficiency. Quaint and cozy. it even has a
pool. Steps from public dock. $950,000.
Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com


HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #5158
PLANE TO SEA HARBOUR FRONT- 414 With
105 ft of protected deep water & 130t f dockage.
One of a kind.Trades welcome. US$1,300,000.
Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com

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HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #4827
AERIE OCEANVIEWS Why wait? Buyyour island
getaway,3bedcottagenestledinthedunes,easybeach
access.dockslip.greatrental history. US$695,000.
Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com


HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #5230
VALENTINE'S Historic 3 bed 2 bath with
ligthouse views. Steps to public dock short walk
to beach. Good rental history. US$500,000.
Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com


nurPE IUWIN I LBUW AuI W4O
NORTH STAR -WATERFRONT Island style 2 bed 2
bath homewith breezewayconnection,very private,
shaded decks, steps to beach. US$1,200,000.
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HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #5408
DUNAWANDERIN The perfect little coWag in the
heart of Hope Town. 3/2 built in 1890, completely
renovated & restored, like new. US$499,000.
Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com


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ALLAMANDA updated interior. 2 bed 2
bath plus upstairs apartment. Oversized
lot with tropical foliage. US$480,000.
Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com










HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #5407
Romrs HOSE -W.mTE SOUND 3 bed 2 bath
starter home. Spacious verandah with
beach access around the corner. $295,000.
Jane.Patterson@SothebysReally.com


HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #4270
SEA SALT -NEWLY BUILT 1.600 sq.ft. 3
bed 2 bath. One block off the ocean,
near Sea Spray Marina. US$459,900.
Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com


L'ILL HOPE 2 bed/2bath Loyalist cottage
across from the Mission House.Walkto shops
& restaurants, good rental. US$475,000.
Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com


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ToP OF THE WORLD OCEAN VIEW White
Sound 2 bed, 1.5 bath, bonus room, retail space
on main floor, short walk to beach. US$400,000.
Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com


HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #5707
VERDE VISTA BUTTONWOOD BAY- Partially
finished 2000 sq. ft., 2 storey home. Close to
shared dock,Village & beaches. $399,000.
Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com


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HERON VIEW SEA OF ABACO VIEWS -
18,000 sq. ft. wooded lot on North End:
US$216,000. Dock slip option: $50,000.
Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com


HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #4246
SURFER'S REST LOT 8 Oceans views,
near White Sound, close to the
ocean beach & public dock. $149,000.
Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com


LUBBERS QUARTERS #4516
SUMMIT IMPRESS YOUR GUESTS when you entertain
in this spacious, well-appointed home with 360
degree views. Deeded dock slip. US$690,000.
Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com


LUBBERS QUARTERS #5409
SUNSET VIEW 2 bed I bath beachfront
cottage nestled in the trees with large
deck and private boat basin. $575,000.
Laurle.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com


LUBBERS QUARTERS #5284 LUBBERS QUARTERS #4939 TILLOO CAY #4464
HUMMINGBIRD COTTAGE & GARDEN COTTAGE GETAWAY -ABAco OcEAN CLUB Cozy I bed I A WENCH'S VIEW WATERFRONT 4 bed
Two cottages with total 3 bed 2 bath, deeded bath cottage withA/C on the water. Community 4 bath immaculate retreat with 97' dock.
dockage and beach across the street $480,000. dock. Extra lotavailable.$349,000. 360 degree ocean views. US$3,500,000.
Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com


TILLOO CAY #4921
REEL DRAG WATERFRONT Extensive
docks & boat lifts. Fabulous newly
built 4 bed 3 bath. US$1,200,000.
Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com


TILLOO CAY #4317
WATERFRONT BEACHWOOD COTTAGE -
Enjoy picturesque sunsets from this cozy
waterfront cottage. US$339,000.
Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com


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TILLOO CAY #4947
TOP-A-TILLOO Where can you get brand
new construction with views for this price?
Short walk to beach & dockage.US$235,000.
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HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY
#4161 Atlantic Dream Dorros Cove oceanfrontdock slip 20,000 sqt$450,000. Kerry Sullivan
#5029 Big Rock Hill One acre oceanfront 140 on theAtlantic.US$665,000. Kerry Sullivan
#2969 Big Point Lot I I 1/2 acre beachfront building site. US$450,000. Kerry Sullivan
#5404 HeronView Sea ofAbacoViews 18,000 sq. ft. on North End: US$216.000.
Dock slip option: $50,000. Kerry Sullivan
#4905 Ocean Bluff Dorros Cove oceanfront. dock slip, highest elevation
in area,view ofTilloo Cut &Atlantic. $475,000. Kerry Sullivan
#4313 New Settlement Hillside lots w/ underground utilities and concrete roads in quiet
residential community. Access to beach, Starting at: $140,000. Kerry Sullivan
#4825 North End Lot 5 la OceanView, 10.042 sq.ft. $185,000. Jane Patterson
#5236 North End -LotSlb OceanView, 12,351 sq.ft. $195,000. Jane Patterson
#4826 North End Lot 66 -Almost 1/2 acre lot Underbrushed. $189,000. Jane Patterson
#3207 Seagrape -White Sound Oceanfront building site. 10 ft.on theAdantic,near
public dock. $375,000. Kerry Sullivan
#4395 Shepherd Needle Hill 3.7 acres. 140' on deep water coastline, views of the
Atlantic Ocean, Sea of Abaco. &Tahiti Beach. US$995,000. Kerry Sullivan.
#3824 Pink Sand Best beachfront property on the island. $990.000. Kerry Sullivan

LUBBERS QUARTERS
#4940 Abaco Ocean Club Lot 18 Steps to water, dockage available. $180,000. Laurie Schreiner
#4433 Abaco Ocean Club Lot 46 Large waterfront lot Stunningviews. $298.000. Laurie Schreiner
#3947 Abaco Ocean Club Lot 143 Approximately I 1,450 sq.ft. $150,000. BillAlbury
#4606 Abaco Ocean Club Lot 152 NEW PRICE dockage. $119,900, Laurie Schreiner
#5049 Lot 4 EastView 11.181 sq.ft with designated dock sip. $165,000. Jane Patterson
#4713 North End Lots 2 &4 Beachfront $180,000 each. Laurie Schrelner
#4714 Interior Lots 14.295 sq.ft $59,500 $62000 each. Laurie Schreiner

TILLOO CAY
#4482 Fabulous Beachfront Lot. Best Beach Location. NEW PRICE $375,000. Stan Sawyer
#4671 SeaViews.high elevation, 1/2 acre. FURTHER REDUCED $135,000. Stan Sawyer
#1836 Tilloo Beach Subdivision Hillside lots, shared dock. From $150.000. Laurie Schreiner
#3738 Tilloo Beach Subdivision Lot 10 Beachfront lot. NEW PRICE $270,000. Laurie Schrelner
#4558 Tilloo Beach Subdivsion Lot 22Waterfront. $335.000. Laurie Schreiner
#5128 Tilloo Beach Subdivision Lot 27 Superior elevation, shared dock. $115,000. Kerry Sullivan
#3792 OneWaterfrontAcra Great elevation, room for dock. $290,000. Laurie Schreiner


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Little arbour
12,399 sq.ft. lot with amazing views
overlooking the peaceful community of
Little Harbour. Amazing building site.
Foundation for guest house completed,
$120,000- Ref#7176
mailin@coldwellbankerbahamas.com


treasure Lay
2 bed 2 bath condo within the presti-
gious resort community of Treasure Cay.
Features lovely harbour views manicured
grounds and close to all amenities.
$325,000 Ref#7195
shirley@coldwellbankerbahamas.com


Private Island Peninsula Treasure Cay
This 12 acre peninsula is the most 2 bed/2 bath unique villa close to the
elevated property on the island and has beach in prestigious Treasure Cay. This
over a half a mile of waterfront with villa is offered fully furnished and corn-
over 1000' in the protected harbour. mands views of the beach.
795,000- Ref#7051 $449,500 Ref#7247
colin@coldwellbankerbahamas.com shirley@coldweHbankerbahamas.com


Cherokee Sound
34,922 sqft. lot located on "The Hill".
Features huge rain water cistern and
overlooks the shallow banks and sea.
Extremely private and tranquil location.
$275,000- Ref#7238
mailin@coldwellbankerbahamas.com


Summerwind
Guana Cay 2 bed/2 bath cottage situ-
ated in Guana Sea Side Village. Access
to the Sea of Abaco and only steps from
the ocean.
$299,000 Ref#7196
mailln@coldwellbankerbahamas.com


Joe Bookie's Bay
Bookie's Bay 2 bed/2 bath home on
4 acres of natural unspoiled property.
Features 130' of beachfront and com-
manding views.
$500,000- Ref#7079
mallin@coldwellbankerbahamas.com


Leisure Lee
3 bed/2 bath home on double lot.
Features an open floor plan. Screened
in wrap around porch offers the best in
outdoor entertainment.
$280,000 Ref#5366
maailn@coldwellbankerbahamas.com


Schooner Bay
3 bed/3 bath Verandah Bungalow Cottage
to be built. Price includes all permits,
land, cottage, appliances, landscaping and
more.
$799,000- Ref#7164
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Marsh Harbour
Income producing property. Triplex
comprising two 1 bed/1 bath apt and one
2 bed/2 bath apt Centrally located and
well maintained.
$399,000 Ref#7122
malln@coldwellbankerbahamas.com


Cedar Cottages Lots on Private Cay
Hope Town 3 bed/2 bath cottage only Private beachfront lots on secluded cay.
minutes away from the ocean. Additional Close to Green Turtle Cay. Both lots
cottage, oceanfront and harbour front land feature 1 acre of property and over 100"
available, of waterfront.
$595,000 Ref#7038 $150,000 Each Ref#7201
pleasants@coldwellbankerbahamas.com mailln@coldwellbankerbahamas.com


Pelican Shores Hope Town Simmon's Place
Marsh Harbour 2 bed/2.5 bath, 2,400 Oceanfront lot in the heart of the settle- Marsh Harbour 4 commercial spaces
sqft waterfront home on a 12,250 sq.ft. ment with beautiful beach and snorkel- and 2 rental units on main tourist strip.
lot. Lovely views of the sea. Quiet ing reef. Steps away from all of Hope 8,760 sq.ft. total of investment op-
neighborhood. Town's amenities. portunity.
$1,200,000 Ref#6965 $560,000 Ref#7095 $495,000- Ref#6766
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VACANT LAND


Bahama Coral Island 10,000 sq.ft. slightly elevated. $22,500
Bahama Palm Shores Residential lots available. From $30,000
Yellowwood Hilltop lots w/views of Cherokee Creeks. From $88,500
Long Beach 1/4 acre lots in quiet community. From $50,000
Bahama Coral Island 3 lots 9,000 sq. ft. each, 30+ ft elevation. $25,000
Tllloo Cay 1.86 acre seafront lot. Amazing views. $ 350,000


Schooner Bay Little Bridge Beach oceanfront lot. $365,000
Sand Banks Creek 1.2 acres. 64' of rocky shoreline. $85,000
Lubbers Quarters Waterfront lot, 100 x 200. $199,500
Lubbers Quarters 4.5 Acres Sea to Sea. Rocky Shoreline. $995,000
Little Abaco Waterfront lot 0.711 acres with power. $39,500
Hope Town Oceanfront lot 55' of ocean. $950,000


Schooner Bay Harbour Coppice waterfront lot. $175,000
Dundas Town 9,000 sq.ft. lot on Christie Street. $40,000
Murphy Town Residential lots. Financing available. From $45,000
Little Abaco -Waterfront lot. 8,150 sq. ft. $39,500
Sandy Point Beachfront lot on main road. 70 x 108. $75,000
Hope Town Harbourfront lot. Views of the lighthouse. $850,000


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September 1 2010


The Abaconian


Section A Page 5


Subdivision lots open in Crown Haven


Crown Haven From Page 1
Bahamians 18 years and older who do not
presently have a house or property. These
lots are not a gift but must be purchased,
either with cash or by way of a conven-
tional mortgage.
Prices have not been determined as this
will depend on the cost of installing elec-
tricity, phone and water. The cost of this
infrastructure will be divided among the
entire Phase I lots.
A government project several years ago
regularized the property of those persons
who had essentially lived there all their
lives but did not have proper land docu-
ments.
Residents of many of Abaco's northern
towns were settled on Crown Land with
government assistance after severe hurri-
canes in the 1930s. Although moved there
by government, proper land documents
were not processed until recently.
These additional lots will be available
to those with low- and mid-level incomes
who do not presently own a house.
All the vacant land in Crown Haven and
the other towns in Little Abaco is Crown
Land so there is no conflict in government
making lots available between existing
houses.
A posted plan showing the lots to be
made available in Phase I indicates another
230 lots that could be undertaken in Phase
II if there is sufficient demand. Most of the


AA and Al Anon
Meetings
The AA (Alcoholics Anomyous)
group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays
and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh
Harbour Community Library.
Al-Anon in Marsh Harbour meets by
request. Call 357-6511.
The AA group in Hope Town meets
Monday and Wednesdays and Fridays
at 6 p.m. at the Hope Town Library.
The AA group and the AlAnon group
meet in the Treasure Cay Community
Center on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.
Please call 357-6511 for additional
information.


lots in Phase II are in areas not presently
served by roads.
It will be up to individual purchasers to
build their houses either by themselves or
by using a contractor. Mortgages for hous-
es can be through a commercial bank or
through the Bahamas Mortgage Corpora-
ton. Qualified buyers can begin with the
Bahamas Mortgage Corporation with as
little as five percent down and the balance
by mortgage.
The proposed development includes
commercial lots for businesses. Provision
has been made for duplexes and triplexes,
and these can be financed through the Ba-
hamas Mortgage Corporation with a pri-
mary requirement that the owner of the
building lives there.
To a question from a resident who felt
he needed a larger piece of land than be-
ing offered, Mr. Russell suggested that he
make an application to Crown Lands which
makes land available when circumstances
warrant.


A Fox Town resident asked if similar
lots could be made available in his town.
Mr. Russell is aware of 94 applications on
file from Fox Town
persons and appreci-
ated their desire to re-
main in Fox Town. He
felt that this could be
accommodated.
Then it was brought
out that about 30 per-
sons in Cedar Harbour
were interested in a
similar program. The
Minister promised to
look into that.
This offering is dif-
ferent from the typical
lots made available in
Central Abaco where
raw forested land is Mr. Kenneth Rus:
converted into a resi- to the residents o
dential subdivision, questions. 51/,n ,
This program does not and daughter star


lend itself to the settlements of Guana Cay,
Elbow Cay or other towns where virtually
all the land is privately owned.


sell presented the plan of the new subdivision
f Crown Haven. He then listened to all their
is Delgarnas Parker, who asked if his son
ending with him would qualify for lots also.


This is the map of Crown Haven showing the existing private property and the 154 lots being offered in Phase I of a government plan
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By Canishka Alexander
The Abaco Department of Education
has adopted the theme Pursuing Excellence
in Challenging Times for the 2010-2011
school year. School administrators held a
motivational workshop on August 18 and
19 at the Education office in Marsh Har-
bour. Rev. L. Carla Culmer facilitated the
first of two sessions on August 18 while
Cardinal Woods led the session on August
19. During her remarks, Rev. Culmer in-
structed the administrators to be passionate
and to have a love for what they are ac-
complishing at their schools.
Ever an engaging speaker, she soon led
them to consider the road less travelled
as written by Robert Frost as they seek to
make a difference in the lives of their staff
and students. Before she introduced the
principles of leadership and team building,
she emphasized the importance ensuring
that their staff has the resources they need
to do their jobs and to develop themselves.
Rev. Culmer said the six principles of


leadership include the power of self mas-
tery, focus, people, persuasive communi-
cation, execution and the power of giving.
Leaders must give of their time and re-
sources on many occasions, but one thing
is certain, "Giving is a gift that always
gives back," she said.
As for team building, Rev. Culmer said
that leaders must lead by example and
build up their staff. She challenged the
administrators to develop a legacy and to
make a difference in the lives of people
they come in contact with.
Beatrice Moxey of Central Abaco Pri-
mary was touched by what was said. She
told her colleagues that as administrators
they have the potential to impact students
in a positive or negative way. She de-
scribed it as "touching eternity."
Dr. Lenora Black, District Superinten-
dent, could attest to what was being dis-
cussed as she recalled a recent conversa-
tion with one of her former students who
had searched for her over the years. She


had served as his primary school teacher.
Now that he was in his last year in high
school, he extended an invitation for her to
become his high school teacher because of
her positive influence in his life. Needless,
to say, it is one of the greatest and most
memorable highlights of her career.
Candace Key, principal of Hope Town
Primary, was asked to give the vote of
thanks. She recognized that Rev. Culmer is
comfortable being who she is and believes


in herself, which are valuable attributes
that all administrators must have.
"She said that there are some people
who meet blessings wherever they go, and
I think she's achieved that. I really think
that Carla is the kind of person who has
achieved the comfortableness with herself,
and she does meet blessings where she
goes. She's unbelievable isn't she? She's
down to earth; she's not talking to us -
she's talking with us," Mrs. Key said.


Tagging bonefish will reveal

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The Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Asso-
ciation is working with the Bonefish and
Tarpon Trust to conduct a first of its kind
tagging program on Abaco the week of Oc-
tober 17. The goal is to have guides and
anglers catch, measure, weigh and tag hun-
dreds of bonefish with spaghetti tags. As
these fish are re-caught in the near future
and information about size and location
changes are put into a database, we will
begin to learn about the habits of bonefish.
There will also be dozens of fish im-
planted with sonic tags so scientists can
learn about bonefish movement in relation


to their spawning habits. Learning about
where Abaco's bonefish live, how quick-
ly they grow and where they spawn will
give us the information to design effective
management and conservation plans so that
healthy bonefish fisheries are maintained
here for years to come.
Any angler wishing to become part of
history by helping to close the gaps in our
knowledge about bonefish can partici-
pate in the tagging program by contact-
ing mick@tarbone.org for information on
single, three day or six day all inclusive
bonefish tagging trips.


School administrators met for a two-day seminar prior to the opening of school. Most
schools will open on August 30 iile a few private school will open on September 6. The
administrators meet monthly during the school year to discuss common problems and
keep up with the Ministry's plans and goals.




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long standing policy with respect to illegal
entry into its territory from all countries
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Darts Tournaments had a grand opening


Darts From Page 1
States stood in turn upon the stage in the
midst of welcoming applause which be-
came loud hurrays and cheers as the Baha-
mian team made its appearance.
Malcom Spicer, President of the World
Darts Federation, Americas Region, ex-
plained that The Bahamas was chosen to
be the host country after Jamaica gave up
its place in February. He acknowledged
all the committees and government agen-
cies that lent their support. He announced
the creation this year the first America's
Region Youth Tournament. For the first
time three young men, Laseton Glinton,
a Bahamian; Shaun Naraine, a Canadian;


and twelve-year-old Arek Archibold from
the Cayman Islands, will compete for the
Darts Youth Cup.
Edison Key, MP for South Abaco, gave
a brief history of how a Darts Federation
was founded in The Bahamas and congrat-
ulated the local committee for its efforts in
organizing the event.
Eight members of Rev. Charles Carey's
Abaco Culture Club, provided a welcome
interlude as they performed traditional Ba-
hamian dances, inviting members of the
audience to join in.
The large auditorium of the Faith Con-
vention Center where the ceremony took
place was air-conditioned and beautifully
adorned with Bahamian flags, decorations


in Bahamian colors and many live plants.
Set up with a stage, it was lined on each
side with the darts lanes to be used for the


two international tournaments being held
during the next few days.


The large auditorium at the Faith Convention Center on Don MacKay Boulevard was the
venue for the two darts tournaments. The room accommodated the crowd for the grand
opening ceremony. 5,imr are some of the officials. Administrator Cephas Cooper and
Mrs. Cooper; Mrs. Kathy Key and Mr. Edison Key; MP, the Hon. Charles Maynard,
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture; Malcolm Spicer, who holds top positions in na-
tional and international darts associations; Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism for the
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The Editor Says


Nearly 200 contestants, family and
friends are in Marsh Harbour for two darts
tournaments being held back-to-back: the
Americas Cup followed by the Caribbean
Cup. The players have come from loca-
tions as far away as Canada and Brazil.
Between these two extremes are teams
from the United States, Central America
and many Caribbean islands.
The tournaments had been scheduled
to be hosted by Jamaica. However, early
in the year Jamaica cancelled and the Ba-
hamas was asked to host the event. The
president of the Bahamas Darts Associa-
tion quickly spoke to several key persons
on Abaco who would be critical to hosting
a successful international event in Marsh
Harbour. They were enthusiastic, and the
word went back that the tournament would
be held here in late August. The Minis-
try of Tourism and the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture threw their weight into
the effort. It may have helped that the
President of the Bahamas Darts Associa-
tion is our own Malcolm Spicer of Aba-
com Computer Store in Marsh Harbour.
The key to success for an event like this
is having people capable of organizing and
who follow through to see that everything
gets done in a timely way. Several of our
communities have those persons who are
capable organizers and excel at seeing to
the myriad of details necessary to stage a
successful event.
Late August was chosen for ease in
securing the necessary rooms. Regat-
tas and Abaco Towns have the bulk of
the delegates with Island Breezes, Conch
Inn, Lofty Fig and Pelican Shore Villas
absorbing the overflow. The tournament
organizers worked with Larry Williams,
owner of Faith Convention Center on Don
MacKay Boulevard to complete the large
room in this building for the opening cer-
emonies and the 20 dart boards.
Bringing this competition to Abaco was
a natural for Malcolm Spicer, who holds
several executive positions in national and
international darts organizations. He has
attended and arranged for many competi-
tions in other places so putting this event


Darts


together drew from his knowledge and ex-
perience with other darts tournaments.
Assisting were several working commit-
tees tending to the myriad of details, trav-
el, accommodations, food and drink, the
tournament itself and others. We under-
stand that teams of volunteers worked day
and night getting the main hall into shape.
We were told that people were working
virtually until the opening ceremony. The
building's interior was finished just in time
for the opening ceremonies and was well
received by the delegates. The facility is a
credit to the area.
The players are enjoying their stay here
and many have extended their return reser-
vations as they want to see more of Abaco
before returning home. Several free days
are scheduled between and during the
competitions. One player wrote a note that
this was the best organized tournament that
he had attended, not only for the tourna-
ment itself but for the warmth and atmo-
sphere of the surrounding Marsh Harbour
area.
The darts competitions had the advan-
tage of needing only a large room which
could hold 20 dart boards on the sides with
sufficient center space for team managers.
Now that Abaco has successfully hosted
an international event, we should look for
other relatively small events that could be
successfully held here.
Other programs that could function with
similar space requirements might be bridge
or other card competitions, chess or other
board games, poker competitions and bin-
go. Small conventions and business meet-
ings are another area to explore. Small


give an econ

music concerts are a definite possibility
but might require a larger space for the
audience. There are probably other events
that could be hosted here. All of these have
the advantage of not requiring a stadium
or playing field, bleachers or changing
rooms.
Well organized community festivals are
common on Abaco. Committees of local
persons do an excellent job with these home
grown events. Later, the Abaco Tourism
office expanded and became a partner in
many of these larger productions. Tour-
ism's subsequent involvement has elevated
these events to a higher level. The pride
Abaco people have for their island is ap-
parent when these events are staged.
In the past year mention has been made of
hosting an international Little League tour-
nament or possibly an international track
meet. Field sports such as these require
extensive ground facilities and bleachers
which are presently not available, at least
to international standards. To host any of
these larger field sports will require ma-
jor capital investment in grounds and fa-
cilities. The immediate future for funding
sporting facilities does not look promising.
It is expensive to meet the standards and
expectations that would be required for an
international event.
The Ministry of Tourism and the Min-
istry of Youth, Sports and Culture must
now assess these darts tournaments in
terms of the promotional value or exposure
for Abaco, the economic impact the event
contributed to the area, the potential for
return visits by the participants and most


iomic boast

importantly, what other events fall within
the parameters shown to work for the darts
tournament.
During some portions of the year,
Marsh Harbour's visitor facilities are full,
and during these seasons it would not be
appropriate to attempt hosting several hun-
dred delegates. However, we suspect that
our guest facilities would welcome groups
in late August, September, October, early
November and possibly January when tra-
ditional occupancies are way down.
The success of this event has opened
our eyes and hopefully the eyes of oth-
ers. Marsh Harbour, Abaco's commercial
center, does not have the quaint charm
offered by Hope Town or Green Turtle
Cay. However, those cays do not have
the facilities to host events with several
hundred participants. Hope Town, and
perhaps similar settlements, have hosted
small groups such as foreign instructors
who brought their art students for practical
lessons. These are mini-groups of 10 20
persons, and this type of tourism should
be encouraged.
We are suggesting that Marsh Har-
bour's tourism potential should be revis-
ited and expanded. Marsh Harbour has the
capability of having small international
events. These events will affect all of Ab-
aco as the participants explore the island.
It is doubtful that Marsh Harbour will
ever match the popularity of Hope Town
or similar settlements. However, the Ba-
hamas' third city may have a bright future
for visitors if the focus is shifted and pre-
sented differently.


Settles to the gditok


A letter to BEC
Wenzel Jones, Manager: BEC Abaco
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Dear Mr. Jones:
Enclosed find my invoice to BEC for
two months supply of propane for a gener-
ator that I had to install because of BEC's
inadequacies.
I am not submitting a bill of the pur-
chase and installation costs of $25,000 for
the generator but only for the fuel neces-
sary to prevent further mildew damages to
furniture, clothing, books and food spoil-
age which greeted us on return to our home
in Treasure Cay in mid-July.
My BEC bill is paid in full through June
2010 as presented. I request the cost of the
fuel, $2,189.42, to be applied to my BEC
account, #269101-313843, before the next
BEC invoice is issued.
I understand a rate hike is going into ef-
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Saddened by death
Dear Editor,
It is with sincere sadness that we recent-
ly heard of the passing of Sammy Albury.
We met Sammy at his shop on Man-O-
War four winters ago and had several very
informative discussions of boat building on
Abaco and specifically those built on Man-
O-War. Last winter we had put together a
short DVD slide show of Man-O-War-built
boats including the Lady Di which Sammy
built in the 1990s and gave Sammy a copy.
Of course, Sammy was most appreciative
and reciprocated by giving us a couple of
his handmade key chains.
Sammy was a true gentleman we'll
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S/V Shearwater

Contractor cheats

two homeowners
Dear Editor:
The Abaco community is growing and
over the past five years has grown sub-
stantially as more and more persons are
building homes. My husband and I were
amongst those persons who decided to
build on the island.
When we started to build our home, it
was exciting. What made it even more ex-
citing is that a friend of mine and her hus-
band were using the same contractor we
had. It took him awhile to get started on
our home. When we inquired about the de-
lay, he stated that he had everything under


control. When work began, we noticed that
money was constantly being received from
the bank by the contractor, but very little
work was being done at our home.
During this same time we learned that
he was building his own home and that of
his girlfriend. Still we did not suspect any-
thing until he started providing the same
invoices for the bank covering items pur-
chased and declared previously in an at-
tempt to justify the funds being received.
This did not work and a battle ensued. As
this battle continued my friend and her hus-
band fired the contractor for misusing the
funds received from the bank. The quality
of the work done on their duplex was so
poor that most of it had to be redone while
other mistakes were so profound that they
have to live with them.
In an attempt to get some answers, a
meeting was held with the bank to discuss
the spending of the funds on our home.
When this meeting was over, work on the
house continued and as we thought, the
contractor was making progress.
However, besides putting the windows
and doors in place, he totally destroyed
our kitchen cabinets and counter tops. The
contractor was subsequently fired. Most of
our items went missing out of the house.
The items were never retrieved.
Another company had to be hired to
complete the work. It took us an entire
year before we were able to move into our
home. After firing the contractor, we later
learned that the experience my friend and
her husband had was almost identical to
ours. When the contractor received money
from the bank, it was spent, but no work
was done on their home for weeks either.
When work began, it was slow. What
made matters worse in both of our cases is
that the contractor was rarely on site. We

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Letters From Page 8
spotted numerous problems as our house
was being built, but he was not around to
show them to him. Since he was building
other homes including his own, he had to
be tracked down at one of these sites.
Numerous other problems developed in-
cluding workers complaining of not being
paid. When the contractor was confronted
about this matter, he told us to stop talking
to the workers and not to visit our home
site again. Of course, we told him no and
continued to monitor the site. We were
not informed when this man was going to
the bank to receive money as he was the
professional. But after being lied to about
our shipment that never came and missing
money not being accounted for, we in-
formed the bank of all that was happening.
This contractor was heartless and had
no remorse for what he did. He walked
away with money from both families along
with items that should be in our homes.
We trusted him with the biggest investment
of our lives, and he stole the joy from us,
took advantage of us, misused our funds
and lied to hide the fact that he was steal-
ing from us.
This incident was extremely stressful
and put un-needed strain on our relation-
ships. It is so strange that after all that took
place this contractor took it upon himself to
seek legal action against us. In my case we
hired a lawyer and the case was dropped.
From my investigations this seems to be
the practice of a great number of the con-
tractors on the island. We are tired of it
and decided to speak out.
I am concerned for unsuspecting per-
sons who may not have knowledge of such
unethical and unprofessional practices tak-
ing place at the hands of those who present
themselves as building contractors. I have
learned further that some of the banks keep
these persons on their list of builders which
is an unethical practice as well.
Building practices need to be regulated.
Contractors should be required to receive
training and monitoring so that if anything
like what I described happens again, the
watch dogs will catch it immediately and
take their license away permanently. Right
now there is no board, committee or min-
istry to fight such complaints for us, result-
ing in dishonest contractors like ours run-


ning off with our money and possessions
while leaving us with incomplete homes
and lots of bills.
I appeal to the Prime Minister and those
who are in the appropriate ministries to put
an end to such unscrupulous business and
save those of us who have no knowledge of
shady building contractors from becoming
victims in the future.
Fed up and disgusted homeowners
Robbed Contractor
Sue Local Ministry
Part II
Dear Reader:
Since the termination of my contract,
I have had to face several lawsuits, per-
sonal financial crisis and being arrested.
I am being sued by suppliers for money
owed and am behind in my own personal
expenses with some $10,000 being owed
on my mortgage. I need immediate res-
titution. I owe Standard Hardware some
$106,000 and the Paint Place $2, 598.95.
However, there is still a great abundance
of money owed to me by this Ministry that
I am in desperate need of at this time. As a
husband and father, it has been very hard
for me to function under these conditions
because of lack of finances.
Additionally, I have been made aware
that the uncle of the local office manager
was given the contract to complete the re-
maining four houses but the twist in this
saga is that the company is owned by the
office manager. This, as far as I am aware,
is nepotism, which is prohibited in busi-
ness.
On June 18 I was arrested as a result of
money owed by a former worker on this
same job. A court order stated that I was to
pay him the full amount owed. But he and
I came to another agreement. Since I was
not working and could not make the second
arranged agreement, he took this to mean
that I was ignoring him so he went to the
police station and had me arrested. It was
my character that saved me from having to
stay in jail. To this date, I am grateful to
the officer who knew me well enough to
speak to his boss on my behalf.
I got an opportunity to meet with the
Minister of this Ministry and the Perma-
nent Secretary on June 23 at the local of-
fice at which time it was stated that the
termination of my services was a mistake.


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Prior to this date, there had not been any
effort made to compensate me for the mon-
ey lost as a result of this mistake. In fact,
I was told by the Minister at this meeting
that I owe this Ministry money for what?
I do not know! Even before this meeting,
the office manager made the same state-
ment which I do not understand.
To add, I have all of my documents to
support my claim of money received and
that which is owed. Also present for this
meeting was the local office manager and
his secretary. The reason this meeting was
held was because I gave these parties sev-
en days to respond to me before I took this
matter public.
I was paid a little over $13,000 for
the house I completed after this meeting
took place. They stated that they would
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stage four of the house that was 95 percent
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The second week of July, I spoke with
the Prime Minister who may or may not
have had knowledge of this case but was
quite interested in what I was stating. He
gave me his fax number. I faxed him the
information on July 23.
A few days later I went into Nassau
with hopes of meeting with him but was
unable to. But I was able to meet with the
Permanent Secretary of this Ministry. At
this meeting, she stated that there is no
record of any money being owed to me.
I asked her to provide me with proof of
this but was told that they do not have to
provide me with any proof. I even asked if
she wanted to see the pay slips for money I
received but she said no! She then invited a
co-worker into the meeting who she stated
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which they have not done to this date.
On August 3 I gave this Ministry an
ultimatum to pay me the balance owed to
me for the work already done on the four
remaining houses prior to my termination
which totaled a little under $21,000 or I
would go public. Well, the fact that you
are reading this indicates that I am yet to
hear from them.
The Prime Minister asked them to look
into this matter. So I called this office back
but they are still stating that there is no in-
dication of money owed. It is clear to me
that someone is hiding something. I am not
about to be used so that someone can pock-
et money I worked hard to earn.
Well, all I can say is that it appears as if
I have to sue this Ministry and all parties
concerned because the money owed to me
just disappeared. I cannot afford to work
for free so I am demanding my money
right now!
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Building contractor
Abaco
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Housing Minister Inspects Spring City


By Timothy Roberts
The Hon. Kenneth Russell, Minister
of Housing, toured Spring City's newest
phase of government housing to view the
progress made, announcing that infrastruc-
tural work is to start at the beginning of
September this year to provide these hous-
es with power, phones and water.
Mr. Russell was interested to see the
progress of the buildings and to get an idea
of the time line for completion so they can
get BEC, BTC and Water and Sewerage
coordinated to install the necessary utilities


to the 35 homes that are part of Phase II of
the Ministry's housing project.
The plans call for numerous commer-
cial lots as well as an area for a park, and
government will be offering about 100 lots
for sale where purchasers can either have
the government build the house for them
with one of the present plans or build their
own. He said the houses being built in the
current phase are even better than the ones
built during Phase I and that the "little
touches have made it even more special."
He added, "The people who will live here
are going to get a very nice house at a very
nice price."
Mr. Russell, who was very pleased with
the progress, said, "This subdivision is the
most beautiful one ever built in The Com-
monwealth of The Bahamas." When it is
Please see Spring City Page 21


The Hon. Kenneth Russell, Minister of Housing, far right, is examining the quality of the
carpentry in the government-built houses in Spring City. With him are Ms. Lorraine Arm-
brister, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Housing; Litfield Rolle, First Assistant
Secretary, Housing; and Kevin Mclntosh, Abaco Housing official.


One of the contractors building houses in
Spring City put in a cathedral ceiling with
a real wood. Ms. Lorraine Armbrister, is
admiring the ceiling. The same contractor
is making high quality cabinets also. The
workmanship of the houses is very good.


A few of the new houses in Spring City are on a cul-de-sac n cd opened up as part of Phase II of government's project of building
affordable houses for low income families. The Hon. Kenneth Russell was impressed with the quality of the construction work and the
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Central Abaco News
Brown's Bay Gets frozen lemonade. Since this summer has is able to meet the needs of shoppers. The Abaco Island
been extremely hot, patrons have surely campaign will end in October. The winners
Further Upgrades enjoyed these frozen treats. The treats will be announced shortly after the promo- Pharmacy is moving
By Samantha V. Evans range in price from $3 to $5 each. His ton ends. The Chemist Shoppe also sells By Jennifer Hudson
The Dundas Town Local Government business is open Monday to Saturday 11 school and lunch bags. Both stores have The Abaco Island Pharmacy, which is
Committee has been working hard in their a.m. to 8 p.m. He is looking forward to great prices on back to school items that presently located in Dove Plaza, is moving
community since their election two years extending his business hoursto Sunday af- parents can afford. to a new location. It will be opening in Sep-
ago, and now they are working to ensure ternoons from 2-6 p.m. Ma Designs & Art tember in the building between Batelco and
that the residents have a safe place to go Merchants offer back- Every Child Counts. Pharmacist Ricardo
for family fun and relaxation. To provide Center opens Miller opened the Abaco Island Pharmacy
such a place, Brown's Bay was further to-school promotions By Samantha V. Evans eight years ago. The business has grown
enhanced and fixed up to add to what the By Samantha V. Evans A few weeks ago Shamsi Cartwright and the current premises are no longer
previous committee had done. According It is time for parents to make back-to- opened her own business, Ma Designs adequate for its needs. The new location,
to Chairman Cay Mills, a few months ago school preparations and to make this easy and Art Center, a place where children which is still central and convenient, will
some additional work was started which is during these tough economic times, two can have lots of fun, be creative and make more than double the interior space and has
just about completed. The focus this time local merchants offered back-to-school wonderful new things. Children will be ample parking. The interior has had a ma-
was the completion of the seawall, bath- promotional initiatives. Bellevue Business able to explore their talents by painting, jor renovation and is bright, spacious and
room tiling, adding outdoor showers and Depot has an initiative where it gives away t-shirt painting, bead making, scrap book- very nicely appointed with the welfare of
garbage drums and the construction of prizes and cash. To enter parents have ing, cross stitching, cutting and pasting, customers in mind. As Mr. Miller stated,
benches under the cabanas. The cost of the to spend $50 or more at which time the holiday decorating and much more. Par- "The majority of time people who come in
material and labor is donated by Scurvy they will become eligible to win wonder- ents can drop their children off for an hour here are feeling unwell so we want to try
Few Motorcycle Club. These benches will ful prizes. The grand prize is a Dell mini or more for a small fee. and lift their spirits."
allow families a nice place to have a family laptop and the second prize is a Nintendo In September she will launch her after- The bigger space will allow for a much
picnic, eat lunch or just have a quiet place DS Console. Other smaller prizes will be school program and care center which will larger inventory of over-the-counter mer-
to sit and watch the sunset. given out as well which include school operate from 2-6 p.m. A registration fee chandise and for a greatly expanded phar-
Aj's Daiquiris opens items. Bellevue is well stocked with back will be charged for all school students. Ad- macy area. The line of homeopathic medi-
By Samantha V. Evans to school items. This promotion will run ditionally schools can take their students cations will be expanded as Mr. Miller has
Albert Johnson, a veteran bartender of through September. The drawing of the top to the center for a day of fun while they noted that his customer base is changing,
20 years, opened AJ's Daiquiri next door prizes will be on September 25 at the store improve their art and design skills. Ses- and people are becoming much more inter-
to Shell Service Station in Dundas Town. in Marsh Harbour. sions can also be personalized to meet the ested in homeopathic solutions. He will be
According to Mr. Johnson, he opened for For several years now, the Chemist needs of groups. continuing blood pressure readings with a
business three weeks ago and so far busi- Shop has offered its back-to-school promo- Thursday is the day set aside for group one dollar donation each time going to the
ness has been good. He stated that business tion. Since many parents are planning to lo- sessions which are by appointment only. Abaco Cancer Society and also cholesterol
in the hotels is slow now so there is not call again this year, this campaign will be Birthday parties and church groups are and blood sugar testing.
much work. He did an assessment of what very easy on the pockets of many parents. hosted at the design and art center. The new pharmacy will be complying
was missing in the community and opened To enter, shoppers spending $20 or more It is located on Don MacKay Boulevard with the new National Insurance Prescrip-
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with the plan the Ministry of Health has
put in place to bring health care in The
Bahamas more in line with the rest of the
Caribbean. "This will bring in a new client
base, and we are looking forward to as-
sisting these people with the monitoring of
their health care regimen."
Mr. Miller is assisted by his pharmacist
wife, Avalon Miller. They remind custom-
ers that they are trained to give advice and
make recommendations as to whether cus-
tomers need to see a doctor.

SSI provides
security for Abaco
By Samantha V. Evans
Security System International has
opened an office upstairs in the B & V Plaza
in Marsh Harbour on August 9. On August
16 Chuck Lobosky, Abaco Manager, and
Nolan Carey, Marketing Manager, were
on hand to answer questions from potential
customers. Even though this company is
now opening an office on Abaco as a solo
company, it has been doing business on the
island through Seaside Securities. Some of
the clients this company has served for the
past seven years include several banks and
Batelco.
SSI offers many services but the two
services they are promoting on Abaco
are home and business alarm systems and
closed circuit television. With the alarm
system, the customer can feel safe knowing
that they have 24-hour monitoring. When
a customer purchases this package, he can
get fire alarm systems, access control, sur-
veillance cameras, automated gates, police


notification and 24-hour technical support.
Wireless systems can be purchased with
the same features.
Executives from the company will be
on Abaco again soon to further promote
their services. To find out more about the
services and the cost to get one of these
packages, persons can call 367-5300 from
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Ministry of Works'

safety initiative
By Samantha V. Evans
A few weeks ago workers from the Min-
istry of Works began repainting the zebra
crossings (also known as pedestrian cross-
ings) to ensure that the kids are safe when
the new school year begins. According to
Abaco's resident Works' engineer, John
Schaefer, this is an initiative they are do-
ing in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club
of Abaco. His crew started by putting
one crossing on Forest Drive for Central
Abaco Primary School students and one at
the Abaco Shopping Center. Both are busy
streets so they placed the crossings in these
two locations first. They have plans to put
crossings in front of all public and private
schools starting in Central Abaco, then
they will branch out to north and south Ab-
aco. They plan to work with the Kiwanis
Club to put up speed limit, school zone and
other safety signs so that drivers and walk-
ers can be safe on the streets of Abaco.
Mr. Schaefer would like to see the sec-
ond traffic light in Marsh Harbour opera-
tional. But since it was not paid for by his
Ministry, he cannot address the matter un-
til allowances are made for it in the next
road improvement project budget. He does


not know when that will be. He stated that
to make the traffic light legal there will
need to be turning lanes on Don MacKay
Boulevard. He realizes that speeding is a
problem on Abaco but wants the commu-
nity to know that his Ministry will do what
it can to alleviate this once authorization is
given from Nassau.
He encouraged locals to drive carefully
as with limited zebra crossings and speed
bumps, drivers are not adhering to speed-
ing laws as they should. The speed bumps
that are on the island were put in privately
so he cannot say if his Ministry will sanc-
tion his team to put any in place. However,
he is hoping that this safety initiative will
help drivers abide by the law.
Changes to the home
inspection regulations
By Samantha V. Evans
Many persons in the Abaco communi-
ties are constructing homes or businesses
and others are applying for plan approvals
but sometimes there are delays as the Town
Planning Board does not meet on a regular
basis. As a result of this, John Schaeffer,
Abaco's engineer with Works is seeing a
number of homes going up illegally.
To prevent such illegal construction,
he hopes that Town Planning will approve
plans for building in a timely fashion. He is
seeing many building problems as well, es-
pecially when it comes to persons not set-
ting their building back sufficiently from
the road. He stated that buildings being
constructed on the highway should be 80-
100 feet from the road and those in settle-
ments can be nearer. To know how far back
their building should be, owners should get


a survey done which will tell them where
their boundaries are. He added that it is
the responsibility of the homeowner. But
where necessary, the Ministry of Works
will have it done. However, this is not al-
ways the case so property owners should
do all of their homework before building.
Builders should know that the Ministry
of Works has taken over the electrical in-
spection from BEC which is required for
owners to get electrical service for their
home. Additionally, this Ministry now has
a three-phase electrical inspector who is
a part of the building control department.
This person has been here for three weeks
and does all final inspections for this Min-
istry. Mr. Schaefer wants to remind build-
ers that they are now required to have a
riser diagram which is to be completed
by a licensed electrician as a part of their
plans. He is seeing too many plans com-
ing in without it. This has to be in place
for them to get their inspection certificate.
This riser will show the load sharing and
lets BEC know what system it needs to
have in place to provide adequate service
for the building. To apply for this inspec-
tion, 48-hour notice is needed and a form
must be completed. A licensed electrician
should be present when this inspection is
being done. These changes may seem like
a lot for some persons, but it is important
that all builders comply so that there will
not be any delays in them meeting final
inspection requirements.


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Cherokee Sound
By Lee Pinder
Trouble on the reef
A 62-foot luxury yacht named the Bella
Veloca from Miami was returning to its
home base after cruising Abaco waters.
Those aboard decided to spend the night
anchored off Little Bay near Cherokee
Sound. On board were the captain and
owner of the vessel.
During the night the anchor shifted and
the heavy boat drifted up onto the reef in
front of Cherokee Sound. The wave action
tore quite a few dangerous gashes into the
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This is the envelope of a letter sent by Lor-
raine Pinder of Cherokee Sound to Na-
tional Bellas Hess in 1945. It was found
on E-Bay by a person who had met Ms.
Pinder and who sent it to Ms. Pinder as
a keepsake.


hull and threatened to flounder the boat.
After some advice from one of our local
fishermen, an immediate S.O.S. was sent
out to a salvaging company in Freeport and
a rescue vessel was soon enroute.
It wasn't long before they moved the boat
off the reef, but there was still work to be
done before they could attempt the ocean
crossing. All in all, it took about two and a
half days, but temporary repairs were made,
and they were once again on their way.
Living so close to the sea and being a
community of fishermen, word quickly gets
around when a boat is in peril on the reef,
and everyone is concerned for their safety.
We can only surmise that once they
pulled away heading south they completed
their journey successfully. But for a short
while Cherokee residents kept a constant
watch from along the shoreline, waiting,
anticipating the worst, yet hoping for the
best.
Long lost Cherokee
letter found on E-Bay
They say you can find almost anything
you want on E-Bay and I guess "they" are
right.
Actually Cherokee is hardly more than
a fly speck on the world map and prob-
ably 99 percent of the world's population
couldn't even find us. But someone look-
ing for rare stamps found an old envelope
with a return address simply marked Lor-
raine Pinder, Cherokee Sound, and dated
November 15, 1945. That is 65 years ago.
The coveted stamps were Bahamian
George VI stamps valued in English
pounds (our currency of the day). Each


pound equaled several U.S. dollars with
20 shillings to the pound and 12 pence to
each shilling. In addition, there were two
half-penny stamps and two penny stamps
in that particular George VI Postal Issue in
1938. So it works out that her stamps cost
her perhaps 12 cents, a huge decrease from
today rate of postage rates.
What is amazing is that the buyer of
the stamps just happened to have visited
Cherokee and had met Lorraine. What a
coincidence! Because they knew Lorraine,
they returned a copy of the envelope to her
and her family as a keepsake.
Remember, World War II had just
ended in May of that year and things were
just starting to get back to normal. As far
as Lorraine can remember, being one of
Cherokee's pretty young teenagers, she
was probably looking for a new outfit for
the holidays that she could wear on a Sat-
urday afternoon when all the unmarried
young ladies strolled the streets around
town with the idea of catching themselves
a beau. After many long years of ration-
ing and having to do without "for the war
effort," she had placed an order with Na-
tional Bellas Hess, one of the popular mail
order businesses in New York that would
ship merchandise to The Bahamas. Other
well known mail order houses were Mont-
gomery Ward and Sears Roebuck & Co. In
Chicago, Illinois.
Lorraine would have purchased a postal
order from the Post Office in Cherokee to
cover the cost of her order. I wonder if it
may also been lost in some filing cabinet
somewhere? It just may turn up someday
too.


Whether you were living on a farm in
the U. S. or a remote island in the West
Indies, everyone looked forward to receiv-
ing those catalogs that would bring some
of the outside world right to your door.
Back then they were referred to as "Dream
Books." There certainly was not an E-Bay
back then, but still, I guess they served the
same purpose.
How thoughtful of that person who pur-
chased the envelope to think of Lorraine
and get in touch with her and bring back
some memories of a simpler sweeter time
in her childhood.
Storytelling Day
Almost nothing can ever compare with
our first Cherokee Day, and people are still
talking about it almost 25 years later.
However, the most memorable part of
that day in January 1986 was the renewal
of old friendships and the experience of
stepping back in time to visit a place of
one's childhood, as many persons with
Cherokee roots came back for a visit.
We were once described as coming up
"out of the doldrums." There is no doubt
about the fact that today's Cherokee is dif-
ferent in lots of ways, and yet, it's still the
same.
Before 1954 we were cut off from the
mainland like many of the other settlements
and the only mode of transportation was
by mail boat. We had a little more contact
when J.B. Crockett pushed through a road
to Big Mangrove. Big Mangrove was on
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from Cherokee. But then we could ride a
pick-up truck into Marsh Harbour.
Even with the road pushed all the way
through to Cherokee, for better or worse,
we are still a pretty remote little piece of
Abaco. We are definitely unique, but our
residents like it that way. Some hope it will
never change, especially our second home
residents.
Every once in awhile we get a chance to
re-live some of those moments out of our
past and on October 11 we will do it again.
We're hoping some of Cherokee's best
"Storytellers" will be here to help reminis-
cence about some of those long forgotten
"good old days." We are going to show
off some of our local talent. There will be
an art exhibition, a display of local artists
with works that have never been viewed by


the public and some new and unique crafts
items. Some will be on sale. We feel this is
one day you won't want to miss.
The plan is to bring back many of the
games and competitions remembered from
the old Empire Day celebrations. And
our quilting ladies, under the direction of
Joanne Sturrup, a Cherokee roots' person
herself, will be raffling off another of their
beautiful handmade quilts. You could be
the lucky winner with the purchase of only
one ticket.
A bake stall will offer lots of homemade
goodies, conch salad, conch fritters and
homemade ice cream. The grill will be
kept going all day with delicious hamburg-
ers.
We can't possibly compete with any of
the bigger fairs and fund raisers held around
the island these days, but our aim is for ev-
eryone to come and enjoy an afternoon of
fun and relaxation with fellow Abaconians.
Any funds
raised will
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The wedding of Jennifer Stevenson and Thomas Ramsey was a special
one. It was held on the beach at Casuarina Point where the bride's
grandparents had lived in the mid to late 1960s. Bob Chandler and his
wife, left, moved to Casuarina when Mr. Chandler was made manager
of the Owens Illinois sugar operation on Abaco. Their daughter, Sue,
second from right, was just a toddler at the time. The bridesmaid, Julia,
is the bride's sister. The family wanted to return to the place that they
had enjoyed years before.


A historic wedding in
Casuarina Point
By Jennifer Hudson
The thunderclouds rolled back, the rain
stopped and the sun shone for a beautiful
and rather historic wedding on the beach at
Casuarina Point on August 9. Jennifer Ste-
venson and Thomas Ramsey were joined
in matrimony by Vernon Malone with her
11-year-old sister, Julia, as bridesmaid.
What made the wedding so historically
special was the fact that her grandfather,
Bob Chandler, worked as Project Manager
for Bahamas Agricultural Industries Lim-
ited (BAIL), a subsidiary of the Owens Il-
linois Company at Snake Cay in the 1960s.
He started coming here in 1965 in prepara-
tion for a move in 1966 to assist in estab-
lishing the sugar cane operation.
Since then he has spent many hours
over the years relating interesting stories
to his family of his enjoyable time spent
living at Casuarina Point. So when his
granddaughter became engaged last year,
she immediately asked her parents if she
could get married at Casuarina Point. Her
mother, having spent several years here
as a child and absolutely loving it, readily
agreed.
In 1966 Bob Chandler arrived from
the United States with his wife and four
young children, aged four, six, seven and
eight years, to take up residence in one of
the cottages owned by the Owens Illinois
Company at Casuarina Point. When the
subdivision of Casuarina Point in South
Abaco was first developed, the developer
built five small cabins on spec along the
shoreline. Owens Illinois bought these cab-
ins as residences for its company manag-
ers, thus providing a starting point for their


business operation.
Jennifer's (the bride's) mother, Sue, was
four years old at the time. This was the first
family here and there was no water or elec-
tricity. Later Owens Illinois started build-
ing regular homes and a total of 53 were
completed, 35 on the ocean side and 18
across the road for managers, supervisors
and specialists. Bob Chandler soon built his
own house, the first private home built in
Casuarina Point, hoping to encourage other
managers to build their own homes. Teach-
ers were hired by Owens Illinois from the
United States and Canada to start a school
for the children of the employees living in
Casuarina Point and so the first school for
mangers' children was begun in Casuarina
Point in a porta-camp.
Bob Chandler, his wife Naomi, and their
four children lived in Casuarina Point until
1969 when the sugar cane operation closed
down. The family loved the years spent in
Casuarina Point and have many fond mem-
ories. They said that the area was magnifi-
cent and was maintained to the nth degree
by the company with all of the properties
beautifully landscaped. When they returned
for a visit 10 years later, they were sad to
see that the homes deteriorated. During
the 1970s they made a couple more return
trips to Casuarina Point, one of them for a
Service Awards Banquet for long term em-
ployees. Their last visit prior to the wed-
ding was 10 years ago.
The Chandler family have noted sev-
eral changes since they lived in Casuarina
Point, the main ones being the number of
new homes, some of them much larger, and
the presence of a canal running through the

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_ People in the News


Ironman competitor
vacations on Abaco
By Canishka Alexander
Ironman Jeff Glasbrenner zipped
through downtown Marsh Harbour head-
ing for the airport road at top speed. In
most cases, seeing a person running in
soaring high temperatures throughout the
day would not be remarkable. However,
seeing a man run with a prosthetic leg is
simply astonishing unless, of course, you
witnessed Glasbrenner in action.
Born on Jan. 20, 1973, he was eight
years old when his life was changed for-
ever. While on his family's farm in Wis-
consin, his pant leg became entangled in a
hay cutter, and sawed his leg off in the pro-
cess. Tragic, yes, but Glasbrenner refused
to wallow in self pity. Instead, he soon be-
came involved in the sport of wheelchair
basketball.
He didn't stop there.
The triathlon event soon caught his atten-
tion because of its challenging nature. He
first competed in the 2006 Ironman World
Championship in Kona, Hawaii, and since
then he has been recognized as the most
valuable player on several occasions. He
has earned many sportsmanship awards,
and he has acquired countless medals.
On May 1 he completed his 8th Ironman
competition at the Ironman St. George in
Utah. The event is considered as one of the
toughest Ironman competitions. It incor-
porates 8,000 feet of climbing on the bike
course and an exceptionally difficult run-
ning course.
Despite his many accomplishments,
however, life has humbled him. As he pre-
pared to head back into Marsh Harbour, he
was fortunate to find a bench convenient-
ly located under the shade of a tree. He


quickly removed the prosthetic leg, deftly
wiping sweat from his leg, and reattached
the leg. With an easy smile, Glasbrenner
shared that life has been good to him, so
much so that he is a motivational speaker
when at home in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Waving goodbye and giving a thumbs
up sign, he headed back into town to meet
his family, who was vacationing with him
on Abaco.
Regina Parotti earns
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explained that a black belt can be awarded
in two categories: fighting and coaching.
A young man of 15 years was the other re-
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while Mrs. Parotti won hers for coaching.
She was very proud to have finally earned
her black belt after participating in the
sport for 32 years and termed it "a major
achievement."


Mrs. Parotti began learning the art of
Judo as a young Girl Guide when she took
it up in order to earn her Sea Rangers Self
Defense badge. She fell in love with the
sport immediately as she found that she
could do this sport well. "I enjoy the struc-
ture of the sport and the science of how to
use leverage," she stated.
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People From Page 76
After Mrs. Parotti moved to Abaco 18
years ago, she helped Sensei Toote for a
while, then met Sensei Rahming, who ini-
tiated the Abaco Judo Club under the Ba-
hamas Judo Federation, which has classes
every Saturday morning in St. Francis de
Sales School during the school year. She
has been coaching for him since May of
2009. She has recently been assisting three
young lads for a prestigious international
competition in Nassau on August 7.
There are two things Mrs. Parotti would
like to see change on Abaco regarding the
Judo classes. One is to see more females
joining. Her second wish is for Judo to be
a year-round sport. She would like for the
Judo Club to have a building where they
could hold summer camps and not have to
close during school holidays.
Congratulations to Mrs. Parotti for her
years of dedication to the sport and finally
achieving the honour of a black belt. "It
is a sport which combines structure, dis-
cipline, science, self defense and is a fat-
burning sport which induces good physical
fitness," she says, and strongly encourages
young people to join.
Maritime
student travels
By Canishka Alexander
Tevon Strachan is an Abaco Marine Ca-
det who has already travelled to a number
of provinces of China. Now we learn that
he has applied to the Maine Maritime Col-
lege in the hopes of attending that institu-
tion next year.
In the meantime, he will leave for sea


some time in
September
with Camp-
bell Ship-
ping, but he
is uncertain
about the
countries
they will
travel to.
Tevon Strachan
He has al-
ready worked with Campbell Shipping and
completed a three-month contract with the
company earlier this year.
He is fascinated about the maritime in-
dustry because it has become a career for
him. "It's now a passion; something I en-
joy doing," he said. "I am doing my best to
be an example for all of the other Abaco-
nian Cadets and maybe even students that
are interested in the career. If I leave for
sea in September, I will be at sea for ap-
proximately six months after which I will
return home to rest. Now is the best time
to join the industry because it's growing!"
He said that the world depends on the
maritime and shipping industry to transport
goods and cargo from country to country.
He added that it is the only way to trans-
port bulk cargo overseas.
"The industry will not die, and it pro-
vides an opportunity to travel and experi-
ence diverse cultures as well as being an
extremely lucrative career," he said, en-
thusiastically.
After graduating from St. Francis de
Sales School, Tevon went to Suny Mari-
time College in New York. Next, he com-
pleted his captain's license course where
he acquired his B Captain's License and


then the A Captains License all accom-
plished by the time he was 18 years old.
Tevon attended Holland College in Can-
ada where he became certified in bridge
watch, basic marine, first aid, and earned
a standard training certification in watch
keeping. He was selected as the top leader
in his class.
His plans are to major in marine trans-
portation and minor in global studies and
marine affairs, and he eventually hopes to
become a master sergeant.
Abaco Girl Excels
By Jennifer Hudson
Eighteen-year-old Zinia Miller is a
young lady for whom dedication and hard
work are paying off in a big way, and she
is a role model for all young people. Zinia
graduated in June from the Florida Air
Academy in Melbourne, Florida, where
she excelled not only in academics but also
in athletics. While in 10th Grade at Forest
Heights Academy she was offered a full
scholarship to the Florida Air Academy
when a recruitment officer attended her
school and noted her outstanding grades
and athletic involvement.
When she graduated from the Florida
Air Academy in June, Zinia had A grades
in five of her six subjects and had served
as teacher's assistant. Although Zinia
found it tough transitioning from family
to boarding school, she was grateful for
the experience saying that it taught her a
lot of independence and the ability to make
decisions.
Zinia's athletic prowess was discovered
when she was in 4th Grade. She began as
a distance runner but a coach soon discov-
ered that she could jump, and high jump


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Junior CAC
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the Bahamas
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mingo and
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in coming
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Guadeloupe. There, as a 15-year-old she
competed in high jump against 17-year-
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but it paid off," she said.
While at Florida Air Academy, she
made history by being the first female to
represent the school at the state level of
competition and won silver medals in all
her events which were high jump, long
jump and 200 metres. Just four days be-
fore graduating the University of Iowa
called her with the great news. "We want
to make you a Hawk Eye." She left Abaco
on August 14 on a full four-year athletic
scholarship to the University of Iowa.
While at university Zinia has set herself
goals to increase her height in high jump
from five feet eight inches to six feet and
her distance in the long jump from 18 feet
five inches to 20 feet. Zinia intends to re-
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Police Crime Report


Stealing From A Vehicle On August
10 a resident of Murphy Town reported
that someone forced entry to the trunk of
his car and stole two speakers valued at
$830 and an amplifier valued at $200. The
person named a suspect.
Threats of Death On August 10 a
resident of Spring City was approached
by a man he knew, also from Spring City,
who pulled a cutlass on him and threaten
to kill him. This incident took place at a
service station in Marsh Harbour.
House Breaking On August 12 a
contractor from Fire Road reported that
someone stole building materials from his
construction site in Spring City. The value
of these items totaled $3,984.04.
Stealing On August 12 a resident of
Cedar Harbour reported that someone
stole 10 sheets of green board Sheetrock
valued at $150 from his home under con-
struction in Wood Cay.
Disorderly Behavior, Assaulting a Po-
lice Officer, Causing Damage On Au-
gust 14 a Murphy Town woman was ar-
rested in the parking lot of a bar in Murphy
Town after she popped a gold neck-chain
off a police officer. It is estimated to cost
$148 to repair. She was later released on
$1,500 police bail, agreeing to appear in
the Magistrate's Court in Marsh Harbour
on August 18.
House Breaking On August 15 a visi-
tor from Italy staying at Mariners Cove in
Treasure Cay reported that someone stole
$1,100 U.S. cash and $350 Euros from the
top drawer of the night stand in his bedroom.
Vagrancy Arrest Report -On August
15 a man was arrested near a bar in Trea-
sure Cay and was charged with vagrancy
after he was unable to give a satisfactory
account of himself.
Assault On August 17 a minor of
Murphy Town was taken to the police after
he was assaulted and beaten by a male also


from Murphy Town. The assailant was ar-
rested.
Shop Breaking & Stealing On August
18 someone broke a window at a restaurant
in Fox Town and stole six cartons of ciga-
rettes, one bottle of gin and one bottle of
vodka altogether valued at $50.
Stealing By Reason of Employment -
On August 13 an employee of a business
in Marsh Harbour stole $19,614.45 from
the safe. The employee admitted to taking
the deposit and returned all the cheques
and $2,620 in cash leaving a balance of
$2,777. The employee admitted to the of-
fence, was charged with stealing and was
released on bail.
Sudden Death (Suspicious Circum-
stances) On August 20 an unknown black
male was found laying on the road in Cen-
tral Pines Estates. He appeared to be intox-
icated. He later died at the Marsh Harbour
Government Clinic. He was later identified
as a resident of Central Pines Estates. A
check of the body did not show any vis-
ible signs of injuries. As a result of police
officers inquiring about the man from his
neighbours, it appears that he was involved
in an altercation with a neighbour who was
questioned. An autopsy will be performed
to determine the exact cause of death.
Housebreaking & Stealing On Au-
gust 21 a house in Central Pines Estates
was broken into and two sets of bedroom
furniture and one set of living room furni-
ture were stolen. Value is unknown.
Stolen Vessel On August 21 a 33-foot
Pursuit with twin 250 HP Yamaha engines
was stolen from a private dock on Guana
Cay. The boat was later found afloat two
miles north of Guana Cay and was recov-
ered. The boat was stolen a second time
from the dock. This time it was found on
the rocks a short distance from the dock.
The ignition switch had been tampered
with.


Stealing From a Vehicle On August
20 a car belonging to a resident of Cedar
Harbour was broken into and an assort-
ment of fishing and diving equipment was
stolen from the trunk. The owner had left
her car on the S.C. Bootle Highway near
the Cedar Harbour dump as she had me-
chanical problems.
Assault On August 22 a resident of


By Samantha V. Evans
In an effort to keep the communities of
Dundas Town and Murphy Town informed
as to what is happening in their areas, the
Royal Bahamas Police Force hosted a town
meeting at the Dundas Town Burial Society
on August 11. This meeting was the first
of many to be hosted by the police depart-
ment.
Each of the officers in charge of the var-
ious divisions gave updated reports to the
residents and it was revealed that though
there have been some incidents, crime on
Abaco from January 1 to June 30 has been
minimal, which can be credited to the of-
ficers beefing up patrols and the commu-
nities working together to help the Police
Force keep the neighborhoods safe.
After some presentations by various of-
ficers such as Sgt. Johnson, who offered
fire prevention and general safety tips for
the hurricane season, Supt. Noel Curry
spoke to the meeting at length. He is proud
of the work his officers are doing on Abaco
and is pleased with the level of dialogue
that has taken place between police and res-
idents of the community. He said that even
though they are short-staffed, with only 50
police officers in the whole of Abaco, they
have fine leaders at the helm of the various


Bahamas Star Farm reported that a person
known to him went to his him and hit him
in his face with a rock.
Causing Damage On August 21 a po-
lice officer reported that a tire on his truck
had been punctured while it was parked at
his residence. Later five juveniles of Sandy
Point were arrested.


departments and in the north, central and
south districts.
In the second half of this year, Supt.
Curry explained that they plan to continue
with many of the initiatives started earlier
in the year, including school patrols and
visits, neighborhood visits and community
walk-a-bouts, dialogue with the media as
well as training and retraining staff. He
assured residents that they would see im-
provements in the manner in which the
police address the public and said he was
looking forward to a rejuvenation of the
community youth marching band.
He is looking into the force acquiring
new police cars so that they can respond
more speedily to complaints and patrol
the communities better. He hopes to attain
some more motorcyclists in the traffic de-
partment who can help to minimize traffic
infractions.
According to Sgt. Henfield from the
Traffic Department, 273 traffic infractions
have already been reported for the year
and police are appealing to the Abaco com-
munity to abide by the traffic regulations.
Otherwise, they will be penalized.

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Police From Page 18

At the end of the presentation, several
residents asked questions and made sug-
gestions. Some of the concerns were clos-
ing down drug houses and penalizing traf-
fic offenses. Residents showed a desire for
increased police presence at the airport


on weekends, increased police patrols of
streets and a speedy turn-around in reports.
The police force will continue the
Thursday morning show on the Bahamas
Christian Network to apprise the public of
what is going on. It is likely to become a
call-in show in the coming months.


The police held a community meeting for residents ofDundas Town and Murphy Town to
inform them of their work and to ask for cooperation. They gave reports of their activi-
ties for the first half of this year and discussed their goals for the remainder of the year.


South From Page 15

area which was excavated in the 1980s.
The family now lives in Northern Mich-
igan but loves to reminisce over old times
here. Sue, the youngest daughter, has al-
ways wanted to come back and has kept
in touch and shared stories via the Abaco
message board. Her daughter, Jenny, has
always wanted to visit Casuarina Point
with her parents and grandparents to see
where they lived as she has seen pictures of
Casuarina Point around the house and has
heard many old time stories. She got her


wish when her grandparents, parents and
brother and sister all came down here for
her wedding. They stayed in the house just
three doors down from the house Bob and
Naomi built for their family in the 1960s.
Talking to me about their time in Ca-
suarina Point brought back so many won-
derful memories for the family that they
told me later when I attended the wedding
that they had stayed up that night talking
and reminiscing late into the evening about
their wonderful time in Casuarina Point.
They definitely want to come back again,
they say.


By Mirella Santillo
This year's Boy Scout season was a very
successful one, according to Kim Cansler,
director of The Bahamas Sea Base. Boy
Scout troops come to Abaco with their
Scout leaders for a one-week trip, staying
on a sailboat to learn sailing techniques and
navigation. August 10 marked the end of
the 23rd Scout season on Abaco, which
this year saw 1300 Scouts visiting Abaco
from February to August.
Mrs. Cansler replaced Capt. Joe Mag-
gio last year as Director of the Sea Base
program. Capt. Maggio still works for the
Sea Base, but now in the capacity of Ma-
rine Superintendent.
During their week-long stay, the Scouts
took trips through the Sea of Abaco from
their Marsh Harbour base. These trips
were sometimes challenging, said Mrs.
Cansler, as the visitors some from the
East Coast but most from the Mid-West -
had never been near the sea before. They
were taught sailing, snorkeling and respect
for the reefs and the environment.
This year there were nine boats in the
fleet used for the program, including the
catamaran Shear Water, which took the
place of the famous William H. Albury,
sold last year and now based in Jamaica.
The Shear Water, a center-cockpit vessel,


was captained by Bruce Ost, who had the
help of a first mate this year, 15-year-old
Will Claridge. The Shear Water can ac-
commodate 22 Scouts and a crew of two.
Their daily journeys took them to Man-
O-War, where they discovered Out Island
hospitality at the home of Miss Lola, while
enjoying her famous cinnamon buns. They
received a dose of local culture and history
when they visited the Hope Town Museum
and excitedly climbed the lighthouse.
Mrs. Cansler mentioned that each group
of visitors was asked for an evaluation at
the end of their stay and a recurring an-
swer was how welcome they had felt and
how appreciative they were of the Abaco
community. She personally appreciated the
help of Mr. Leland Russell and Mr. Troy
Mills at the Port Authority for facilitating
the process of licensing the Captains and
the nine boats of the fleet.
The Sea Base program has been major
contributor to the local economy over the
years and the director thinks that, in spite
of a slight slow down in spring compared
to previous years, this season's contribu-
tion to the Abaco economy was over a
$1,300,000.
Mrs. Cansler thinks that, according to
the reservation records, next year's atten-
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By Mirella Santillo
A three-day training seminar was held in
Marsh Harbour on August 17-19 address-
ing the problem of human trafficking. The
training was geared to the personnel of
government agencies with the understand-
ing that they would in turn train others and
spread awareness on human trafficking in
their communities.
Most people attending were aware of
smuggling, but many did not know that
human trafficking was rampant in the Ca-
ribbean with people from Haiti, Domini-
can Republic, Jamaica, Guyana and other
countries being lured to travel to other
countries or even within their own country
for exploitation. The Bahamas in particu-
lar is one of the top destinations for human
trafficking, perhaps because of the higher
per capital income compare to other Carib-
bean countries. The class was introduced to
the three "P's" prevention, protection and
prosecution.
The first point brought to the attention of
the participants was the difference between
"smuggling" and "trafficking." Smuggling
involves facilitating entry in a country ille-
gally with the agreement of the person be-
ing smuggled. It is a crime against a state.
Trafficking involves mobilizing or recruit-
ing a person by means of abduction, fraud
or false promises for the purpose of servi-
tude, forced labor or sexual exploitation.
Human trafficking is a crime against the
individual. Poverty, lack of employment,
gender discrimination and lack of informa-
tion are some of the causes for individuals
to be lured. Demand for inexpensive labor
and restrictive immigration laws fuel the
crime together with monetary reward for
the traffickers.
Because it joined the United Nations'


Convention regarding human trafficking,
The Bahamas enacted The Trafficking
in Persons (Prevention and Suppression)
Act in 2008. The training group handed
out a copy of the Act of which Elsworth
Johnson, a legal representative from the
Etienne Dupuch School of Law, outlined
the most important points. They included
acts linked to trafficking such as unlawful
withholding of identification papers and
transporting or housing a person for the
purpose of exploiting such as prostitution.
The Act covers the restitution to the victim
and sentencing guidelines. It provides as-
sistance and protection for the safety of the
victims and addresses prevention.
However, in spite of The Bahamas be-
ing a member of the United Nations' Con-
vention and its adherence to the United
Nations' Protocol, there is no national task
force or national plan of action in place
addressing human trafficking, hence the
need to inform the public and to bring
awareness through seminars and training
to achieve prevention and possible pros-
ecution.
Since 2005 Chissey Mueller, a present-
er from the International Organization for
Migration, has been partnering with the
Women's Bureau through a series of semi-
nars held in New Providence and Grand
Bahama.
Lynn Symonette, a representative of the
Women's Bureau who has been involved
in the training, stated that The Bahamas,
being involved in international law, is
obligated to take steps to dismantle any
form of violence and trafficking. Since the
enactment of the Trafficking in Persons
Act, no one has been prosecuted so far.
Pressure is being put on The Bahamas,
she said, but a strong case is needed to


reach prosecution. "Human trafficking has
to be determined and at what level." For
human trafficking to exist, an adult has to
be recruited, coerced and forced into some
work or situation they cannot get out of
easily. In the case of children only recruit-
ing and forced labor are sufficient to prove
human trafficking; coercion is not neces-
sary. She mentioned that more and more
not only women and children were submit-
ted to exploitation through trafficking, but
also men who are lured into near slavery
on the hope of bettering their material situ-
ation.
The role of the Women's Bureau is to
bring awareness, hence the partnership with
the International Organization for Migration
which has helped with training key people.
Because the trainees were expected
to spread the awareness through public
speaking, for example, in town or church
meetings, they were given guidelines on
how to put together a scenario for public


information, from planning the topic, to
how to dress, behave and talk to hold an
audience captive and interested. During
the three days the participants divided in
groups to rehearse various cases that they
acted in front of the others, either on an
individual basis or as a tag-team, as demon-
strated by two of the presenters, Ms. Muel-
ler and Gayle Outten Moncur, a represen-
tative of NEMA who relayed each other
during most of the seminar.
As the end of the seminar, the partici-
pants were asked what they would do with
the information they had collected. They
all agreed that they would organize first a
town meeting and several church meetings
in order to spread the information rather
going through a training process. Police
Investigator Oswald Moore from Cooper's
Town said that being the only policeman

Please see Seminar Page 21


A two-day seminar was held to inform those in government departments and other inter-
ested persons of the problem of human trafficking and human smuggling that is prevalent
throughout the Caribbean and The Bahamas. Many of aspects of the problems were dis-
cussed and the Bahamian laws covering these problem were explained. Si, n is Chissey
Muellerfrom the International Organization for Migration. She is part of a group orga-
nizing a series of seminars in New Providence and Grand Bahama.


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September 1 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 21


Seminar From Page 20 tend by the Department of Social Services
_which was coordinating the event. Alto-
attending, he would be expected to brief gether 25 persons participated represent-
other members of the force on what he had ing many government departments.
learnt. Many persons mentioned that from
now on they
will look on
certain persons
in a different
light, trying to
learn about the
person before
judging.
It was agreed
that the first
number to call
to report pos-
sible cases of
human traffick-
ing was the po-
lice who in turn
would alert
other agencies.
Members of
various agen- Chrissey Mueller, one of the presenters at a seminar on Human Traf-
cies had been picking, is enjoying a conversation with Millie Dawkins of Tourism and
invited to at- Charlemae Fernander of Social Services.
invited to at-


Spring City From Page 10

all done, he added, "it will probably be the
best planned subdivision on Abaco. We are
about to let the contracts go out to bid on
the roads for Spring City, the power lines
and the water very soon."
When the contracts for the roads, lights
and water have been dealt with, the appli-
cations for purchasing the homes will be
dealt with "vary rapidly" so that as soon
as everything is completed, persons will be
able to move in almost immediately.
Mr. Russell said, "What I've seen in
Spring City so far is the lack of care to the
lawn and landscaping. I hope that changes
with the new inhabitants raising the level


with nicely landscaped yards." He was
pleased with the yards of several homes
that were built in Phase I and would like
to see the same done throughout the com-
munity.
Government will be speaking with the
few residents of Spring City that live in
houses dating to the logging days on Grand
Bahama to encourage and possible assist
them to have their homes upgraded or have
a new one built, giving them the opportuni-
ty to have a better home as the sub-division
expands.
Water and Sewerage has already been
contracted to provide more water to the
area via a pipe from Marsh Harbour, ac-
cording to Mr. Russell, with work expect-
ed to begin shortly.


A $300 cart carries $30 to


$50 worth of groceries


Many government departments were represented at the seminar on human trafficking and
human smuggling. Some of them are shown here.


Grocery stores bear the expense of having to replace grocery carts as many walk away
as shown here. These carts cost $300. So the customers have to absorb the cost of every
cart that is taken from the store and not returned. No wonder our groceries cost so much!


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Bahamahost program has been revamped


By Jennifer Hudson
The 31st Bahamahost session for Abaco
opened on August 16 in the Ministry of
Tourism Training Centre. Dushinka Rob-
erts, who is in charge of Abaco's Baha-
mahost Programme, was very pleased with
the number of persons who signed up to
participate which meant that they have a
full class. "I am pleased that so many peo-
ple share the vision and see the importance
of the Bahamahost programme," she said.
Ms. Roberts stated that although the Ba-
hamahost programme has been running for
30 years, this year's course is number one
of a completely revamped format so this
year's Bahamahost participants are making
history. The Ministry of Tourism and Avi-
ation and its partners have made significant
changes to make the course more relevant
to today's needs. In the past the focus has
been on the memorization of cultural and
historical facts, but now the course is more
customer-service oriented. Ms. Roberts
stated that the change came about because
Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Vin-
cent Vanderpool Wallace, felt that while a
knowledge of Bahamian history and culture


is still important, he saw the need for more
customer-service skills. A survey was car-
ried out to find out what visitors want to
know, see and experience. This led to the
newly revamped Bahamahost programme.
Consultants were brought in to assist with
the preparation of the new curriculum.
Previous Bahamahost programmes con-
sisted of a series of 30 lectures but now
there are four separate modules:
"My Bahamas" Product Knowledge
Professional Service Excellence
Sustainable Tourism
Leadership Excellence.
Instructor for the first session was Du-
shinka Roberts, and instructors for the
remaining workshops were Juliette Mc-
Cafferty, Athena Russell and Simmone
Bowe. A very attractive and helpful book-
let has been designed for each workshop.
This new programme is very interactive.
Whereas before if someone missed a
week, he could get the facts from a friend
and just learn them. Now they have to be
there to take part. A tour of Marsh Har-
bour was included in the first workshop.
History, geography, flora and fauna will


now only take up the first workshop and
further sessions will address more person-
al topics such as attitude check, personal
image and branding of oneself, customer
diversity, the visitors' voices and tourists'
health and safety.
Ms. Roberts stated, "The Ministry
wants us to see how we can maintain our
edge. People here are lackadaisical, and
we need to get back to where we used to
be. We need the right people for the ser-
vice industry. Although the Bahamahost
programme is mandated for only taxi driv-
ers, it is beneficial to everyone; and I en-
courage people to sign up."
The revamped Bahamahost offers a cor-
porate training component and the goal is
to have 60 percent of employees certified


By Samantha V. Evans
The 2nd Annual Summer Reading Book
Club took place at Friendship Tabernacle
Church Hall on July 13 August 6. The
program was geared towards improv-
ing students' overall reading skills. This
year, however, the focus was somewhat
different in that the program was aimed
at reaching lower primary students rather
than all school-age children. This allowed
more progress to be made for the students
involved.
This year the students received attention


so that visitors will know that service here
is exceptional.
A new high school training programme
is also being offered. The course is be-
ing offered in schools in Nassau and the
Ministry is hoping to offer it in schools on
Abaco. "There is definitely a need for it
here, and we would like to see all of the
students coming out of high school with the
Bahamahost certification.
Ms. Roberts is very excited about the
new programme. "It is a wonderful pro-
gramme and is much better now," she
says. "Tourism is everyone's business,
and we all have to do our part. Our visitors
have spoken and the new programme ad-
dresses the things they need."


in problem areas. Math sessions are pro-
vided. The Summer Reading Book Club
used special books along with level readers
targeting the child's current reading level
to improve fluency and comprehension
skills. The cost was $30 per week with half
price tuition given for siblings.
The coordinator of this program was
Theodora Fernander, who is a teacher at
Central Abaco Primary School. About 20
students were involved in the program and
got a chance to benefit from individual as
well as group reading sessions.


The Abaco office of the Ministry of Tourism offered the Bahamahost course for the 31st
time. However, this time it is a completely revised course, emphasizing service. 5/, I, is
presenter Athena Russell instructing the group.


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Spanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083
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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 VHFCh 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
Abaco 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
Locar Fort Lauderdale 1-800-205-0730
Regional- Freeport 367-0446
Sky Bahamas- Nassau 367-0996
Southern Air Nassau 367-2498
Twin Air Calypso Fort Lauderdale 367-0140
Western Air Nassau 367-3722
Yellow Air Taxi Ft Lauderdale 367-0032
Local air charters serving Bahamas &
S.Florida
Abaco Air 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 Tow n..................................... ...... ..... 366-0431
Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay.......................................... 365-8571
Brendal's Dive, Green T. Cay ........................ .......... 365-4411
Dive Guana.......................................................... ...... ..... 365-5178
Man-0-W ar Dive Shop .................................... ...... ....... 365-6013

Taxi Cab Fares one or two passengers
Extra $3 for each passengers above two
SMarsh Harbour Airport to (effective Dec 08)
Clinic, Downtown, Regattas, $10
Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore close, Ferry $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 Airport, G Turtle ferry $80
Treasure Cay Resort $85
Fox Town $185
Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and:
Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel $10
Nat Ins Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr Cistern $10
Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour
Children under three free Caged pets as people
Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea.

Treasure Cay Airport to: Effective Dec085
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 $85
Crown Haven $90
Marsh Harbour airport $80

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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Ferry Schedules Departure times shown Daily service unless noted
Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-0-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 40 minutes
Albury's Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 VHF Ch. 16 Hope Town & Man-O-War from Crossing Bch
Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 7:15 am 9 10:30 12:15 pm* 2 4 5:45
Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 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 12:15pm 4 5:45 Nt
Return 8 am 11:30 1:30 pm 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 holidays
Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45
Fare Adult prepaid oneway $15 / open return $25, Kids 6-11 half, Under 6 free (Phone after hours 359-6861)
Green Turtle Ferry Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Ch 16 Ten minute ride
Green T Cay to Treasure Cay Airport 8 am 9 II 12:15 1:30 3 4:30
T Cay Airport to Green T Cay 8:30 am 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5
New Plymouth one way adult $10 (Children $7) Round trip $15 Extra to some G T Cay docks
Abaco Adventures Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16
Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday Lv 12 & returns 4:45 p.m. $25 RT
T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $35 RT
T Cay to Guana Cay Sunset Cruise Fr $25, call for time

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

Bahamas Ferries Sandy Point to Nassau under 4 Hr. Call Sandy Point 366-4119
or Marsh Harbour 367-5250 for sailing dates Adults $95 RT, $55 OW Cars & trucks
The Great Abaco Express Marsh Harbour charter bus to N Abaco Call 367-2165, Group tours
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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 ............................... 365-8582
Triple J Car Rentals ........................... 365-8761
Abaco Adventures Kayaks ..............365-8749


All phones use area code 242 unless noted


Bonefish Guides
Sandy Point
Patrick Roberts .. 366-4286
Nicholas Roberts
Derrick Gaitor
Ferdinand Burrows 366-4133
Vernal Burrows
Kendall White
Anthony Bain ......366-4107
Floyd Burrows .... 366-4175
Links Adderly ...... 366-4335
Valentino Lightbourne
Ricky Burrows .... 366-4233
Marsh Harbour
Jody Albury ......... 375-8068
Richard Albury..... 367-0367
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-0-War
or Guana Cay Its an adventure


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Visitors' Guide
Restaurants Services Transportation


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 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
Abaco's Nature Adventure 559-9433
Above & Below Marsh Harbour 367-0350
Adventure on Prozac T Cay 365-8749
Brendals Dive Green Turtle Cay 365-4411
C & C Charters Treasure Cay 365-8506
Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour 367-2787
Excursion boat* Froggies* Hope T 366-0024

Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone
Green Turtle Cay
Bluff House ................45....... F......365-4200
Green Turtle Club ......32....... F......365-4271
Black Sound Marina...15................365-4531
Other Shore Club.......12....... F......365-4195
Abaco Yacht Service..10....... F......365-4033
Treasure Cay
Treasure Cay Marinal50 ...... F......365-8250
Man-O-War
Man-O-War Marina ...26....... F......365-6008
Marsh Harbour
Boat Harbour Marinal83....... F......367-2736
Conch Inn...................75....... F .....367-4000
Harbour View Marina .36....... F .....367-2182
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
Bakers Bay Marina...158....... F......365-5802
Guana Hide-aways ....37................577-0003
Orchid Bay .................64 ...... F......365-5175
Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay,
Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour


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 Cafe .........................$ ............. 367-6444
Jam ie's Place.....................$ .............367-2880
Jib Room .........................$$ .............367-2700
Kentucky Fried Chicken..................367-2615
Mandarin Chinese..............................367-0544
Mangoes ......................$$$ .............367-2366
Pinacle ....................... $ ..... ......
Pop's Place ........................$ .....+....367-3796
Sea Shells .........................$ .............367-4460
Snack Shack .....................$ .....+....367-4005
Snappas.............................$ ........367-2278
Signatire Sub Sandwiches................ 367-3664
W allys .......................... $$$ .............367-2074
Hope Town
Abaco Inn .....................$$$ .............366-0133
Cap'n Jacks .......................$ .............366-0247
Harbour's Edge............... $$ ...........366-0087
H T Harbour Lodge .......$$$ .............366-0095
Munchies ........................... +.. ......366-0423
OnDa Beach ......................................366-0558
Sea Spray ......................$$ ..... :.....366-0065
Sugar Shack .... ............. ..... ..366-0788
Little Harbour
Pete's Pub..................................... 366-3503
Lubber's Quarter
Cracker P's................................. 366-3139
Man-O-War
Drop'n Dine........................365-6008
Hibiscus Cafe ...........................365-6380
Island Treats Snack Bar.....................365-6501
Guana Cay
Grabbers ........................$$$ .............365-5133
N ippers ..........................$$$ ............365-5143
Orchid Bay .....................$$$ .............265-5175
Treasure Cay
Florence's Cafe ................$
Coconuts......................
Harbour Cafe ....................$.............365-8635
Hudson's Delight ......... $ ............365-8648
Spinnaker Restaurant ...$$$.............365-8469
Traveller's Rest .......................... 365-8654
Touch of Class .............$$$ .............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
Miss Emily's Restaurant.....................365-4181
New Plymouth Inn ............................365-4161
Pineapples .................................... 365-4226
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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95,832 s.f-2.2 Acre, 100' Atlantic, 100' Sea ofAbaco. 2 .2l 'I w(i 1
7.385 Acre300' ofAtlantic beach fri.rmiage lii' of Sea of -.haco frontage.
Newly built dock great family estate
-#GGV 1143-S895,000.-2250,000,
* "WIND N'SE4"- Fabulous waterfront building site -T. parcels
containing a total of 69,197 sf. 1588 Acres 241' of Sea of -.baco
Frontage great elevations to 42' above sea level -#GGVI 112- S850.000
* "AERIE" Parcel # 58 Orchid Bay 174,775 sf. 4.11 I 2.cr-:
Orchid Bay amenities.- One of the Highest Points in Orthid Ra.
Fabulous Panoramic Views. #GGV1077 -NEW PRICE S70il.flO.
* "BLACK JACK'SREST- 32.750 s. 0.751 Acre Lot #33 in
Orchid Bay with amenities, 120.41' Se of Abaco Frontage, available to
build dock -Private community -GGVI147 NEW 5667.1U il-,
*LOT78DOLPIINBE4CHIESTATES -31299 s.f -03.18 Acre
-110' on Pristine Atlantic Beachfront Up to25' elevations paved
road and electricity in place. Access to shared dock. Can be combined
with "Lost Shaker" for a total of68,138 s.f 1.56 Acre site.
Available-#GGV 1156 NEW -S674,8-17.

* "CLAIRE'S BEACH"- Beachfront Building Site 31,243 s.f. -
0.717 Acre 117' Beach Frontage Dock Access Good Elevation -
SuperbOcean Views-#GGVI006- NEW PRICE $478uS.u'1i.


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beach-front parcel 36,839 s.f. 0.8457 Acre 65' of Beach-front
Good elevations for superb ocean views. Lush Native Vegetation.
# GGV1000 NVEW PRICE- S-til.lllui.


* "PARADISE"- 12,141 s.- 0.278 Acre lot with views of Atlantic
ocean. One lot from beach great value- 15' elevation |
easement to beach. #GGV 1138 NE' $199,000. .


* "MIRABELLA" 15,174 s.f 0.384 Acre lot, one of Guana's highest
eevationswith panoramic views of the Atantic and Sea
of Abaco. Paved road and underground electric in
place. Deeded rights to a shared dock in Susan's
Cove. #GGV1153 NEW $129.000.


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"MADEIRA HILL" -65208 s.f.- 1.497 Acre- Dock Access -
Beach Access Good Elevation. 4GTVI009 $395,000.
"CONCHED OUT" 30.361 s.f. 0.697 Acre 125' of Atlantic
Beach frontage 12' Elevations Beautiful Ocean Views Very Private
Area Additional Acreage available. #GTV 1008 S379,000.
"LONG BAYBEACH" Incrediblebeach parcel 26,589
Sq.t 0.6103 acres 60' of spectacular beach frontage Private gated
entrance Affordable building site for cottage or beach cabana.
*GTV1121 NEL $325,000.
"LONG BAYSOUND" Back to nature. Seduded 24,565 Sq ft
0.5639 acres 105 of Black Sound frontage Ideal home site Dock
site possible. #GTV1122 NEW $325,000.
"OCEANVIEWLOT" -22,141 s.f. -0.508 Acres- ovedooks
pristine beachfront on Atlantic side Snorkeling reef just off shore Great
views dose proximity to Green Turtle Club. ~GTV 1157
N EWH 5294,500.
"CASUARINA" 8,126 s.. 0.1865 Acre Comer lot Prime building
site Central location Short walk to Bita Bay Beach Snorkel right offshore
#GIVI074 $59,000.

"OCO BAYBREEZE" Two Prime Building Sites -.2699 Acre
22.' -cre- inder Contractt onl I left Dock Access Beach Access.
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*"BOUNTIFULLY BLESSED" 2 Bedroom, 15 Bath 800 s.
residence 3.75 Acre, sea to sea 109'" of frontage on Sea of Abaco 106' on
Atlantic Boat basin with lift 170' ofdoct- Swinummig Pool Approved plans
for 312 New England cottage #TLH1086 -NXEUPRICE 1,350,000.

MANOWAR CAY
"SUMMERPLACE" Prime Building Site 10,719 s.f. 0.246 Acre
Over 150' of Sea ofAbaco frontage Concrete Sewall on Sea ofAbaco -
103' x 6' private dock on Man-O-War harbour Fabulous Sea of Abaco
views. MWV1 082 -NEW PRICE S233,11I I.
SCOTLAND CAY
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access. Aircraft Landing Rights and Boat Slips available
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VOLUME 18 NUMBER 17


SEPTEMBER 1st, 2010


Maxwell's is impressing everyone

Abaco's supermarket rivals the best anywhere


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IA very large variety of produce is uaii, c iily displayed at the new Maxwell's Supermarket, even with trays of cut-up fruit ready-
to-eat. All departments have large selections with many new products available, and read-to-eat foods are available to make meal
preparation easy. The store equals any supermarket in the States.


By Jennifer Hudson
Where Shopping Is a Pleasure is a catch-
phrase used by a large supermarket chain in
America with which we are very familiar.
However, that same slogan would indeed
be true of our very own new Maxwell's
Supermarket here on Abaco. I shopped in
the new store yesterday, and it was truly
a pleasure not only for me but obviously
for everyone else shopping there for all the
customers had big smiles on their faces as
they pushed around their carts piled high
with goodies.
From stepping out of the car in the
beautifully landscaped car park to walking
in and experiencing the whole new store,
it does indeed feel as if some magic has
taken place and one is now across the Gulf
Stream shopping in the United States. Just
about every customer I spoke with made a
similar comment.
It is 22 months since the previous Max-
well's burnt down, and we have had to
deal with maneuvering our carts round
narrow isles congested with packing boxes
and lads trying to keep the shelves stocked
in the inadequate space which was Price
Right. Chad Sawyer made a valiant effort
to provide for the community in that small
space while a new Maxwell's was being

Please see Maxwell's Page 2


BEC's new plant is

nearing completion


Cacique nominations

are wanted now
See page 8 for details


Toni Seymour, a mechanical engineer who is working at the new Wilson City power
plant representing Bahamas Electricity Corporation, is showing how the new equip-
ment is monitored closely by computer. She is learning about all the complicated sys-


teams being put in place there.
By Timothy Roberts
The power plant at Wilson City is near-
ing completion and one generator may
be put online as early as the first week
of September, according to MAN Diesel's
site manager, Carlos Escobar, who said
that the $105 million station is about 70
percent complete.
As they prepare to bring one of the gen-
erators online, Mr. Escobar said that they
have been running preliminary tests in or-
der to ensure that the engines and auxil-


lary equipment are in good order as well
as fine tuning the voltages for output. The
majority of work left to be done is in gen-
eration and distribution. However, the
fuel storage is now complete.
During a recent visit to the plant, Toni
Seymour, Site Manager for the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation (BEC), led mem-
bers of the media on a tour of the facil-
ity and noted the progress that has been
Please see Wilson City Page 4


Proposed Elbow Cay Club

development is controversial


The Hope Town District Council met with the Hon. Earl Deveaux, Minister of the Envi-
ronment, to discuss the plans proposed for the Elbow Cay Club property by developers.
Many residents of Elbow Cay feel that the proposed marina extends too far out into
the Sea of Abaco and Fry's Mangrove, restricting the navigable water. They also feel
the density is too high and will put too much demand on the infrastructure of the cay.
Dr. Deveaux did a site inspection of the property with Council members. 5,i' 11 on the
far left is Administrator for South Abaco, Benjamin Pinder. Those studying the plan
are Dr. Deveaux; Lorraine Cox, BEST Commission engineer and with the Ministry of
the Environment; Councillor Harold Malone; Ronald Thompson, Permanent Secretary
with the Ministry of the Environment; Councillor Walter Sweeting; and Chief Council-
lor Jeremy Sweeting. See story on page 6.


Now


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Maxwell's offers wide variety and good service


Maxwell's From Page 1

built and now at last the long awaited day
has arrived when we can shop in comfort
and enjoy the magnificent new building
which is Maxwell's new store. As he says,
"Good things come to those who wait." No
more crashing into other people with a cart
since the aisles in the new store are ex-
tremely spacious and the interior is bright
and airy. That is what strikes one on enter-
ing the store, its openness and size (after
getting over the sight of the magnificent
floor which is buffed to such a beautiful
shine one almost needs sunglasses!)
The store opened on Friday, August 13,
so one presumes owner Chad Sawyer is not
superstitious, but it was a special and ap-
propriate day on which to open as it is his
wife's birthday. This is the second store
he has opened on her birthday. Although
the store is so vast, Chad says that he has
hardly had to employ any additional staff
as he kept on all of the previous Maxwell's
staff after the fire. George Harris, the gen-
eral manager, told me of the long hours
staff had put in leading up to the store's
opening day. "For the past three weeks ap-
proximately 30 40 people have worked 20
hours a day seven days a week putting in
all the merchandise. On the day before the
store opened, members of staff from Chad
right on down began working at 7 a.m. and
did not leave until 3 a.m. on opening day,
feverishly working to get everything fin-
ished and cutting up fruit salads until the
early hours of the morning."
When asked if he felt relieved now that
the store was finally open, Chad said that
although the main part of the work is done,
he still has a lot of finishing touches to


do and every day is a learning experience.
As Chad stood at the front of the store
surveying the scene, he looked justifiably
proud but admitted, "It all looked so nice
that when we had finished stocking and the
doors opened and people began to come in
and start taking things off the shelves, I
almost wanted to go up to them and tell
them they couldn't do that because it was
spoiling the arrangement!"
All of the staff looked so proud and
expressed their delight at working in the
new store saying how they were enjoying
its spaciousness and great organization and
layout. I thought all of the staff looked es-
pecially smart in their uniform polo shirts.
I asked one young man wearing a pale blue
shirt what each of the colours signified
and I was told, "Light blue is for the shelf
staff, yellow for the cashiers, green for of-
fice staff, dark blue for morning packing
people and white for after school packers."
All of the staff are extremely courteous,
and with nine cashiers, checking out is
swift. Even on opening day when the car
park was full with so many shoppers eager
to view the new store, there were no long
check-out lines. Two motorized carts are
provided for persons for whom walking
around the store is a problem, and there
are several well marked handicapped park-
ing spaces in the car park.
All of the aisles are clearly marked and
there are even attractive hanging illustra-
tive banners ensuring that items are very
easy to locate. The selection of goods in
the store is huge, and food items range
from the higher priced specialty brands to
the very affordable Flavorite brand. The
choice is almost mind-boggling, and it is
exciting to once again find certain items on
the shelves which have not been available


for years.
In a corner at the front of the store can
be found healthy fresh salads and fruit sal-
ads, ideal for lunch. Next to those are the
very convenient rotisserie chickens. Run-
ning the length of the side wall is a cooler
with attractively displayed fruits, cheeses,
milk and other dairy products. Facing that
is a fresh vegetable section where produce
items can be bought singly if desired. This
is especially appreciated by persons who
live alone and do not want to buy huge
packs which spoil before they can use
them.
At the back of the store are a deli, a
huge meat section and vast array of frozen
foods. The frozen foods continue down the
far aisle which is a dessert lovers' delight,
well stocked with cakes, pies and an im-
pressive array of ice creams. A good se-


election of specialty items includes interna-
tional products, several different types of
flour including gluten free and a range of
organic products.
A large alcove accommodates a house-
wares section where one can find a wide
array of bathroom and kitchen accessories
and yet another section houses all the toi-
letries, cosmetics, vitamins and first aid
items plus the largest selection of sun-
glasses I think I have ever seen. Garden,
automotive, sporting and play equipment,
pet needs and large household items such
as storage units, televisions, safes and air
conditioners round out the massive variety
of merchandise.
Furniture Plus, which is almost ready to
open its doors to shoppers, has an entrance

Please see Maxwell's Page 13


Nine check-out counters mean that no long lines form even when the store is busy. The
store has included the best features that other stores have developed.


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$844.990I


THE CAYS
Dorros Cove Residential Lot
Guana Cay Lot 28B
Guana Cay Lot 93A
Guana Cay- Lot 920
Guana Cay, Lot 28
Guana Cay- Lot 28B
Guana Cay Coconut Thyme
Guana Cay 2.5 acres waterfront

MARSH HARBOUR
Sunrise Bay L 12 -13,266 sq. ft. Hilltop
Sweetings Village Lot 45
Sweetings Village Lot 54 & 56
Sweetings Village Lot 55 & 57.
Royal Harbour Lot 26
Pelican Shores Waterfront
"NEW" 5 Residential Lots on
Stede Bonnet Road starting at
New commercial 2.05 acres next to Maxwell's

SOUTH ABACO
Casuarina Pointets 90 & 91
B.PS. Lots 5 & 6 Sec 4
Long Beach Lots 316 & 418
Long Beach.Lots 316 & 418
Long Bach Lot 247
Long Beach Lots 412,413, & 414
Long Beach Lots 373 & 374
Long Beach Lot 31
Yellow Wood Cottage

NORTH ABACO
Bahama Coral Island
L ei'sre Lee 4 Lots from
Joe's Creek Lot


$475,000
$120,000
$129,000
$129,000
$245.000
$120,000
$569,000
$950,000


$238,000
.$47,500
$125,000
$125,000
$249,000
$1.225 M

$78,000
$245,000


$45,000
$30,000 each
$50,000 each
$50,000 each
$57,500
$79,000 each
$90,000 each
$115,000
$229,000


$16,000
$43,000
$49,500


Joyless roini i.oro acre
peninsula 1.000 waterfront
$475,000


CONTACT:
Bill Thompson or Elaine Thompson
www.abacobahamas.com
Tel: (242) 367-2719 Cell: (242) 477-5712


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MARSH HARBOUR #5233
ST.CHARLES PLACE SUNRISE BAY Stunning 4
bed 4 bath home with direct beach access
and private dock slip. US$2,500,000.
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com


ew Prices New Listings Great Value




Now


MARSH HARBOUR #5155
WATERFRONT HIDEAV ,Y Sea to sea .150' dock
& beat lift. Main house with I 1/2 bed I 1/2 bath
guest quarters with 2 bed 2 bath.US$1,795,000.
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com


MARSH HARBOUR #5159
SKr VEW 4 bed, 360 degree views, swimming
pool, recreation room, wrap around covered
porches. $1,750,000.
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com


MARSH HARBOUR #5232
WATERFRONT 3 bed 3 bath on Eastern Shores with
2 docks, boat lifts,swimmingpool. US$985,000.
Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com


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


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MARSH HARBOUR #5162
WATERFRONT SUR LA MER EASTERN SHORES
2 bed 2 bath plus bonus room & decks. Desirable
neighbourhood. Steps to beach.US$840,000.
Lydia. Bodamer@Sothebys Realty com


illnnArl lARnovun # 3Od
THOMPSON HOUSE BARRACUDA LANE
3 bed 3 bath newly built with modern
kitchen, high end appliances. $492,000.
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com


TREASURE CAY #5290
CAMELOT BEACHFRONT 7,793 sq. ft., 2
bed 2 bath guest cottage. & pool overlooking
Treasure Cay beach. US$5,800,000.
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealtycom


T RESASU RtiJ A #875,O
CANALFRONT 5 bed 4 bath beautiful
huge 5.500 sq.ft, family home with
100' dock on 5 lots. US$1,990,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com


TREASURE CAY #4969
BEST PRICED CANALFRONT HOME IN TREASURE
CAY Fully furnished 3 bed 3 bath on 90 ft. of
canal. Fully serviced dock. US$1,200,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com


TREASURE CAY #5129
BEACHFRONT Luxurious, upscale.
spacious 3. 4 & 5 bed condos. First-rate
rentals.Greatprices.Call forthedeal ofthedayl
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com


TREASURE CAY #3877 TREASURE CAY #5405
ROCK POINT LANDING 3 bed 3 bath situated ROYAL PALM 2321 End unit 2 bed/2
atthe entrances to bothTreasure Cayand bath condo on marina with dock,
also Gun Powder Creek. $1,100,000. boatlift, storage shed. $489,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com


TREASURE CAY #3897
PAPI'S PALACE Great value home on TC
beach. Furnished, new 3 bed 2 bath 2 storey
home. Excellent for rentals. $795,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com


SKRHAS U KC AYI 34UL
ATLANTIS 2207-CANAL FRONT CONDOMINIUM
Two storey comfortable 2 bed 2 bath with dock
and garage. Pool. Great views. $465,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com


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HOPE COTTAGE 4 bed 4 bath home in
Ritz Carlton's Winding Bay with every
imaginable option included. US$1,800,000.
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com


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


SGHOUNER BAY #5672
LOT #7, BLOCK S, LITTLE BRIDGE
This lot faces southeast onto Little
Bridge Beach and is approximately
60 ft. wide by 84 ft. deep. $375,000.


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SCHOONER BAY #5671
WATERFRONT LOT HARBOUR ISLAND
52 ft on harbour facing Schooner Bay Village.
Developer will design build home. Enjoy a
seaside golf cart community. $160,000.


GREEN TURTLE CAY #4776
SUMNER ESTATE Impressive64 acres with 6,000 ft of
waterfrontfortheperfect development.Beaches.prime
land.prctected harbusdeep water US$5,900,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com


GREEN TURTLE CAY #4936
GILLIAM BAY ESTATE -1.7 acres. Best price
on Green Turtle Cay Beach. Highly desirable
neighbourhood. Exsting2 bed home. US$700,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com


WATERFRONT ORCHID BAY 5 bed 3 bath
home. Access to pool, tennis & beach. Fishing,
snorkeling off private 65' dock US$1,550,000,
Christopher.Albury@SothebysRealty.com


George Damlanos Kerry Sullivan
Broker. Owner Broker
t242.362.421 1 t242.366.0163


GUANA CAY #5350
ORCHID BAY Enjoy panormaic views Luxury 5
bed 4.5 bath on 4 acres. Highest point in Orchid Bay
Patio& pool for private sunbathing. US$2,250,000.
ChristopherAlbury@SothebysRealty.com


GUANA CAY #5686
5.75 ACRES Deepwater access.
Protected boat basin. The ultimate in
privacy with beach access. US$995,000.
Christopher.Albury@SothebysRealty.com


Laurie Schreiner Jane Patterson
EstateAgent EstateAgent
t 242.367.5046 t 242.366.0035


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t242.577.0298 t 242.367.5046


GUANA CAY #4964
BELLAVITA BEACHFRONT 3 bed 3 bath home
plus 5 extra lots. Snorkeling outside your door,
short walk to amenities. USS2,250,000.
Jane. Patterson@Sothebys Realty.com


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ANNE BONNY WATERFRONT Charming
down east 3 bed cottage with 360 degree views.
40 ft of frontage. 16.959 sq.ft. US$725,000.
Christopher.Albury@SothebysRealty.com


Lydia Bodamer ChrlsAlbury
EstateAgent Estate Agent
t 242.367.5046 t 242.367.5046


MAINLAND
#4071 BAHAMA PALM SHORES Lot 43 Good residential area. $30,000. BillAlbury
#4632 MARSH HARBOUR High Rocks waterfront lot. High elevation,views. $599k BillAlbury
#4888 TURTLE ROCKS 10AcresWateraccess.good elevations. $349,000. Lydia Bodamer
#5157 TURTLE ROCKS NEW PRICE Hill top 16,969 sq. ft. $69,900. Lydia Bodamer

TREASURE CAY
#4803 Choice Canalfront Lot. $270,000. Stan Sawyer
#5116 3 bed 3 bath home with 130ft of beachfront. $850,000. Stan Sawyer
#5601 Ocean Blvd Lot 82. Block 2. 10560 sq.ft. $90,000. Stan Sawyer
#5607 NEW LISTING Rock Point Lot 4 $320,000. Stan Sawyer
#5114 Beach Townhouse steps to beach. End Unit. $389,000. Stan Sawyer
#2516 Crosswinds -4 bed 3 bath home on large lot. $710,000. Stan Sawyer

OTHER CAYS
#4493 GREEN TURTLE CAY LeewardYacht Club Lots & house packages. From $275,000.
Stan Sawyer
#4533 GUANA CAY Dolphin Beach Estates. Lot 68 HilltopView. $180,000. BillAlbury
#5121 GUANA CAY Lot 32/32ATwo elevated lots total 23.000 sq.ft. 90 ft of waterfront with a
dock. $500,000. Jane Patterson
#5237 GUANA CAY Paradise Cove -Waterfront, dock plans included. $165,000. Kerry Sullivan






#5053 GREAT CISTERN 3B/2.5B Sea ofAbacoWaterfront. $1,500/mo.
#5055 EASTERN SHORES 4B/4B with pool & shared dock. $4,000/mo.
Lydia.Bodamer@SothebysRealty.com





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September 1 2010


New power plant is 70% complete


Wilson City From Page 1
made. With most of the other areas of the
plant complete, the focus is primarily on


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This is the incinerator intended initially to
sludge remaining after purifying bunker C f
will now dispose of used crankcase oils. Un
not configured to accept hazardous or other


the generators themselves at this point.
While there is optimism about getting
the generators online soon, there are still a
number of issues remaining before the in-
frastructure can handle the full load of even
one generator. Mr. Es-
cobar confirmed that
the power lines from
the Marsh Harbour
Power Station cannot
handle more than about
15 MW, and the trans-
formers are limited to
10.7 MW. He said this
is the perfect time for
BEC to upgrade vari-
ous parts of their infra-
structure.
In the weeks fol-
lowing the Prime Min-
ister's visit on July
24, the Wilson City
Power Plant received
telephone service from
Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Corporation
(BTC) and has been
connected for electric-
ity from the present
grid. It has received
120,000 gallons of die-
sel which is necessary
o dispose of the for testing the genera-
fuel. However, it tors and getting them
fortunately, it is ready to be put into
waste material. service.


This is the heat exchanger area where hot engine water is cooled in huge heat exchangers
using ground water which is taken from and returned to the ground. The coolant in the
engines does not enter our water system.







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The 12.25 MW generators, according
to Mr. Escobar, are very efficient and
will each burn about 6000 gallons a day;
at present the Marsh Harbour plant which
runs about 22 MW consumes 20,000 gal-
lons a day. He said that when the plant
starts running full time they would keep a
60-day supply at the site.
The Prime Minister said during his July
24 visit that plans to install a pipeline to
the shore would continue, saying that it is
a "scatterbrained idea" to truck diesel from
the dock in Murphy Town to the new site;


however, no work is known to have started
on this yet.
Mr. Escobar said they would be test-
ing two engines together on August 20,
synchronizing them. If all went well, they
would test 2 MW on the power grid. He
said that, if all went according to plan and
there were no issues, they could have one
online at its rated capacity by the first week
of September.

Please see Wilson City Page 15


Each of these tanks will hold one million gallons of diesel. A third tank will hold an ad-
ditional half a million gallons. At this time fuel has to be trucked from Murphy Town.
However, the plans call for a dock to be built on the east coast of the Wilson City peni-
sula. But construction of the dock has not begun yet.


4CoC OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES 30
Sales, Rentals and Property Management
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.com
ON GREEN TURTLE CAY:
UNDER CONTRACT! Three master suite furnished cottage known as "Ted's
Place."
NEW!!! Rustic furnished two bedroom two bath cottage sea to sea on White
Sound and the Sea of Abaco. A/C in bedrooms. Kit/liv/dining great room. Share in
private dock. Great swimming and sunsets. Very private. Only accessible by boat.
Located a mile from the historic town of New Plymouth. Asking price $660,000
Great price on land!!! Lot No. 1 located just steps from Atlantic Ocean Beach.
9,000+ sq.ft. Located close to tarred road and power.
FURTHER PRICE REDUCTION $40,000
SOLD! Waterfront lot with dock on Black Sound
"Beau Soleil" Immaculate waterfront furnished home with guest apartment and
separate guest cottage. Total four bedrooms five baths. 1/2 acre. Large swimming
pool. Dock. Beach. Many amenities. Commanding views of White Sound Harbour.
Price reduced to $1.3M
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. Fea-
tured in Volvo commercial in conjunction with "Pirates of the Caribbean." Many
amenities. Asking price $1.5 m
NEW PRICE!!! House overlooking Settlement Creek Two air conditioned master
bedroom suites. Kit/liv/din. Short walk to town. Dock. $415,000
New Price!!! Roberts' House in historic settlement of New Plymouth. Waterview.
Furnished. 3 beds 3 baths. Immaculate. Owner moving. $450,000
Boch Property: Secluded Bahamian estate. Over two acres with 1,000 ft. of wa-
terfront 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 21/2 acres sea to sea from Coco
Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. Gorgeous beach and dock. Furnished cottage with work
shop and garage. Very private. $1.2 million
Summer Breeze: Recently remodeled furnished two story three bed 21/2 bath home
located on waterfront in the heart of New Plymouth. A/C. Satellite TV. W/D. Golf
cart garage. Established rental history. New Price $550,000
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
Beachfront; waterfront; and inland lots on Green Turtle Cay and Munjack Cay.








September 1 2010 The Abaconian Section B Page 5


Marcellus Roberts Everett Pinder
Broker Sales Associate


Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay Specialists

For details and pictures visit our web page at http://www.treasurecayrealestate.com
Phone: (242) 365-8538 Phone/ Fax: (242) 365-8587


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 $595,000 + 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
"Palm Bay" Unit #3 4 bed/ 3/2 bath fully fur
nished Town House with garage and boat
slip with 20' beam. Located at Palm Bay
Development 2,000 +/- sq. ft.
$856,250 EXC + 7.5%

"Palm Bay" Unit #5 Waterfront Townhouse
fully furnished. Lower level 2 bed/ 2 bath
with garage. Upper level master bed with
ensuite bath/living/dining/kitchen/lanai,
powder room. Dock, 25' Carolina skiff
w/250 HP Evinrude engine GEO Tracker,
golf cart
$1,200,000 + 7.5%
Anchorage Estates Multi-family Lots 128'
water front, 22,448 sq. ft. Good investment
Price $474,000 EXC


"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
STORAGE/ GARArC '" 1' 6" deep, 11'
8" wide UND sale at the low
price CONtLC
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
TREASURE LANDING
Unit #4 Upstairs 3 bed/2bath fully furnished,
direct beach access. Good rental investment
EXC. $334,825 + 7.5%
MARINER'S COVE
Townhouse condos with on- site tennis, heated
pool, office, laundry
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 with marina view.
12 ft. boat slip with 12,000 lb. lift. Never
rented. EXC $655,950 FGS
TREASURE HOUSE
Ocean front luxury octagonal units with lagoon/
pool/waterfall. Good rental potential.
Unit #7 Two storey 2 bed/ 2 bath home.
MLS $545,000 + 7.5% closing
BAHAMA BEACH CLUB
Resale condos available in first completed project.
Ready to go. Both units never rented but definite
potential. MUST SEE PROPERTIES.
Downstairs unit 3 bed / 2 bath with den/
optional 4th bed. Completely and tastefully
furnished with many extra features including
garage and Ford Taurus $742,000 + 14%
ATLANTIS
Canal front condo with on-site pool.

"Dolphin House" comfortable, well designed,
fully furnished CBS home has 2 bed / 2 baths
with large kitchen/ living/ dining facing the
deep water canal. Includes dock, a 34' Ribov
ich, a bonefish skiff and a Chevy van.
$822,875 + 7.5%


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


OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION
Just Listed by Original Owner
2 bed/ 2 bath villa facing garden and pool
area. Tropical privacy hedge offers real home
atmosphere. Steps from the beach. Fully fur
nished. Many special features
EXC $368,875 + 7.5%
Second row beach ,'" cean access.
Great view. UNDE T ny special
features. ML CONTRA'I $460,000 FGS
GALLEON BAY ESTATES
"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


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
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
Canal Front Beginning at $350,000 FGS
Rock Point Waterfront, bulkheaded
Beginning at $430,000 FGS
Golf Course / Interior
Beginning at $60,000 FGS


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


September 1 ,2010


The Abaconian Section B Page 5









Minister inspects dump and development site


The Hope Town District Council re-
jected the revised plan for the Elbow Cay
Club property at an extraordinary Council
meeting August 12.
This followed a visit and inspection of
the property by the Hon. Dr. Earl De-


veaux, Minister of the Environment, at the
request of the Council.
Contrary to the Council members' ex-
pectations, the Minister did not make any
definitive statements for or against the
project although his attitude appeared to


be one of moderation. He did not feel that
constructing a marina would set a prece-
dent for more marinas all along the west-
ern shore of Elbow Cay which concerned
Council members.
He asked what would come of the la-
bourers now living in the rooms of the
closed resort if the development moves for-
ward. Council members felt that it would
be up to the seller and purchaser to resolve
this issue. It is believed that the tenants are
of Haitian origin and are paying rent to the
property owner.
While on Elbow Cay, Dr. Deveaux vis-
ited the nearby public dump and was im-
pressed with the organization and overall
cleanliness of the site. He was impressed
with a huge mulching machine converting


yard waste, trees and branches into mulch.
This material is expected to be used on
the island. Mulching this yard waste will
greatly reduce the amount of trash put into
containers and barged to Marsh Harbour.
He concluded his visit with a private
meeting with Council members, then ex-
cused himself, allowing the members to
debate and vote on the Elbow Cay Club
proposal. They rejected the proposal stat-
ing that Elbow Cay could not support fur-
ther development at this time.
Accompanying Dr. Deveaux were staff
members Lorraine Cox, an environmen-
tal engineer who also serves on the BEST
Commission, and Permanent Secretary
Ronald Thompson.


Dr. Deveaux and group are looking at the area of a proposed marina on the Elbow Cay
Club property. The marina will extend out into the Sea of Abaco and Fry's Mangrove
shown here in the background.


C & C Waste has brought in this large mulching machine. Grinding up yard debris, bush
and trees will greatly decrease the amount of trash that has to be sent to the landfill on
mainland Abaco. Elbow Cay now has a small-size compacting garbage truck that can
maneuver the narrow streets of Hope Town.


The Hon. Dr. Earl Deveaux was impressed with the clean state of the Elbow Cay dump.
Management of the dump has ic caril been taken over by C & C Waste that won the
contract for garbage collection and dump management. Thomas Bethel, with a cap, is
showing the group before and after pictures of the dump. 51, 'i ,1 are Permanent Secretary
Ronald Thompson, Dr. Deveaux, Administrator Benjamin Pinder, Mr. Bethel, Lorraine
Cox, BEST Commission engineer, and Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting.


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Central Pines #1076 New
2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home.
$275,000 gross


Great Cistern Duplex #277 One 3
bed, 2bathand one wo 2bed,1 bath
apts $305,000 gross


Triplex #813 One 3 bed, 2 bath,
and two 2 bed 1 bath apartments
$424,000 gross
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Great Buiness Opportunity#506 A
restaurant that's ready to go with sea
views REDUCED $424,000,


Marsh Harbour #790 Vacant
I otenclosed and gated. $139,200 gross


Duplexin Central Pines #1092 Two
2 bed, 1 bath apartments $250,000
Gross


Murphy Town #387, 2 bed, 2 bath
home with an attached 1 bed 1 bath
apt. $258,277gross


Dundas Town House and Duplex
#786 & 784 Two 2 bedroom 1 bath
apartmentsanda 2bed I bath home
both for $315,000 gross


NEW LISTING Duplex Central
Pines #796 two 2 bed, 2 bath apts,
beautifully landscaped. New building
$293,800 gross


Murphy Town Triplex #009 three
two bedroom one bathroom apts.
$295,000


Dundas Town Duplex #1094 two 2
bed,1 bath apts $250,000 gross


p
Murphy Town #002 three bedroom
two bathroom home $172,250


EME!!- .
Three Unit Town House #711
Three 2 bed, 1 bath w/ocean view,
13,690 sq, ft, lot $320,000


NEW LISTING Duplex in Central
Pines #903 One 3 bedroom 2 bath-
room and a 2 bedroom 1 bath apt
REDUCED $241,875 gross


NEW LISTING Marsh Harbour
#1093 5 bed, 3 bath Home on large
property $750,000 gross


Home Off Forest Drive #7783 bed
2 bath home on lot 90131 ready to
move in, $190,400 gross


Murphy Town Triplex #012 three
one bedroom one bathroom apts
$160,000
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Forest Drive Quadraplex #829
Two 2 bed,1 bathaptsandtwo bed,
1 bath apts. $365,000 gross


Murphy lown apartment #uu0
two 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apts,
$160,500
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Forest Drive MurphyTown Duplex
#810 two 2 bd rm, 2 bth fully fur-
nished. NEW PRICE $257,600 gross


Bahama Palm Shores #164 four
bed & four bath home with grand
entrance and carport $375,000 gross


Central Pines #914 two 2 bed,
1 bath brand new, never lived in.
$254,250 gross






NEW LISTING Marsh Harbour
Duplex #1028 two 2 bedroom one
bath on huge lot REDUCED $395,000


Triplexin Great stern #902Two 2
bedroom,1 bath & one 1 bedroom, 1
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School News


It was an exciting morning when the small
plane from Vero Beach, Florida, touched
down in Marsh Harbour on August 18. Chan-
dler MacWilliam was bringing school supplies
for the Hope Town School. She and her friend
Alexa Mercil spent their summer raising mon-
ey and receiving donations of supplies for the
school as their Senior Project. The supplies
will be distributed to all Abaco schools.
The MacWilliam family and Alexa visit-
ed Hope Town in June on one of their many
trips to Abaco and visited the Hope Town
School. Principal Candace Key showed
them through the recently renovated, his-
toric 115-year-old school. Chandler re-
membered the damage done to the school
by the hurricanes, and they were pleased to
see the condition now. The girls said they
wanted to collect school supplies for our
school as their Senior Project. All summer


long they corresponded by e-mail with Mrs.
Key. They put up signs about their project,
sold their used clothes, pet sat and dedicated
their summer to this project. Last week they
were ready to deliver and had a friend who
would fly them over with the supplies. They
had been so successful that Mrs. Key was
able to share with all the Abaco schools!
This project is just an example of a
goodwill gesture between the Florida com-
munity and Abaco. Jeritzan Outten, Di-
rector of Tourism for the Northern Baha-
mas, and Leslie Rolle, Education Officer,
thanked the girls and Mrs. Key presented
the hard-working girls with a canvas bag
(donated by the Hope Town Lodge) filled
with goodies from the Ministry of Tourism
and Hope Town School.
The best of luck in your Senior Year,
Chandler and Alexa!


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The nomination categories include
Transportation, Human Resources De-


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Events, The Clement T. Maynard Lifetime
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categories and criteria, contact the Abaco
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deadline of Cacique nominations is Sep-
tember 24, 2010.


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Hope Town School; Chandler MacWilliam; Jamie Rardin, Chandler's sister; Jeritzan
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Back to School

Helpful Hints for Parents
1. Teach your child to make wise decisions.
2. Support your child by attending PTA meetings, visiting teachers,
requesting homework and examination schedules.
3. Maintain proper hygiene (body).
4. Ensure that your child gets healthy meals, enough sleep and good
exercise every day.
5. Ensure that your child conforms to the rules and guidelines of the
school (dress code, school hours, etc).
6. Provide the necessary materials for class.
7. Display the characteristics that you want your child to have (com-
passion, honesty, generosity and openness, etc.)
8. Be a good listener, ask questions and encourage your child to do
the same.
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September 1 2010







September 1 2010


The Abaconian Section B Page 9


. . ..Sports News.


Top athlete holds

track clinic
By Mirella Santillo
Tonique Williams Darling hosted a
two-day track clinic in Central Abaco the
beginning of August. She wanted to teach
track and field to aspiring athletes. It was
held at the track in Murphy Town.
Mrs. Darling was the 2004 Olympic
Gold Medalist for the 400m and later won
several other awards internationally.
She arrived in Marsh Harbour on Au-
gust 12 accompanied by Peter Pratt, long-
jump coach; Edward Clarke, sprint coach
at the College of The Bahamas; Joseph P.
Johnson, President of VIP Services Inter-
national; and Pia Rolle, a friend and for-
mer model who is part of TWD Athletics
organization.
The group visited the Ministry of Educa-
tion's office and Radio Abaco to announce
their arrival on the island. They explained
the advantages of participating in track and
field activities and invited parents to take
their children to Murphy Town Park the
following day.
Mrs. Darling reminded the public that
athletics could contribute to education in
the form of scholarships and could offer
opportunities to those dedicated to make


"lots of money."
Because the following day's workshop
was not attended as well as anticipated,
it was moved from the morning to the af-
ternoon. A group of about 14 children at-
tended both days and were guided by the
three coaches through a series of exercises
aimed at teaching them proper body posi-
tions and developing the muscles necessary
to perform at competitive level.
At the end of the last session the par-
ticipating athletes were rewarded with
a certificate of attendance. Three of the
children, Connor Alexander, Brenae Bain
and Dylan Christensen, received an extra
award for the enthusiasm and the interest
they showed during the training.
Mrs. Darling explained that after see-
ing the reaction of the 40 kids who "were
thrilled to see me" on Moore's Island in
November, she had wanted to impart her
knowledge of athletics to more children of
Abaco.
Before leaving Abaco on August 14
Mrs. Darling said that TWD Athletics will
try to organize another workshop in Marsh
Harbour in the fall. She is hoping that the
mid-term break in October will offer the
opportunity for more students to partici-
pate.


Abaco wins in

national Judo

competition
By Jennifer Hudson
The three Abaco lads who have been in
Nassau for the past five weeks on an in-
tensive Judo training course, working out
seven hours a day five days a week and
four hours on Saturdays, had all their hard
work greatly rewarded on August 7.
"Their performance in The Bahamas
Judo Federation Open Tournament on Au-
gust 7 was a spectacular success, and the
boys came back with four medals," stated
Albert Lill, one of their coaches who was
extremely excited with their accomplish-
ments.
Fourteen-year-old Ashton Forbes won
a gold medal in the boys' middleweight
division with 15-year-old Ozeke Swain
winning silver in the same class. Thirteen-


year-old Levaughan Forbes won a bronze
medal in the boys' lightweight division.
Because of Ashton's standard of fight-
ing, he was allowed to fight in the men's
Caribbean Cup International Division and
was awarded the bronze medal. "This was
a remarkable feat," according to Mr. Lill,
"since Ashton had to fight adults, some of
whom were brown and black belts. Ashton
won the bronze medal in that class which
is a remarkable accomplishment. He is
clearly the best junior fighter in the Carib-
bean."
Ashton said that he enjoyed fighting in
the men's division. Even though fighting
adults is much harder, he enjoys the chal-
lenge. He was justifiably very proud of his
achievements.
In order to keep in tip-top physical con-
dition the three lads must stick to a very
strict diet which many young people would

Please see Sports Page 10


Tonique Williams Darling held a track clinic in Murphy Town. She and the coaches who
came with her taught the youth exercises and properform for being successful at develop-
ing their track talents.


Tonique Darling, Olympic gold medalist in track, center, held a track clinic for the chil-
dren of Central Abaco the beginning of August. She is shown here on her arrival. They
are Ishmael Morley, Edward Clarke, Kandy Anderson, Pia Rolle, Mrs. Darling, Melinda
Williams, Peter Pratt, Vogel Willams and Joseph Johnson. Mrs. Darling expects to re-
turn to Abaco to hold another clinic in the fall.


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Sports From Page 9
find hard to do. These three are so dedicat-
ed to their sport that they are quite willing
to give up all junk foods, fast foods, pizza,
sodas and juice.
After the tournament, since they had
stuck so rigidly to their routine, trained
so hard and done so well, they were taken
by their coach for a special treat of pizza
and soda. But after that it was straight back
onto their strict diet.
Judo coaches on Abaco are looking
for more per-
sons to take
up the sport
and join the
classes which
take place at
St. Francis de
Sales School
every Satur-
day. Mr. Lill
stressed that
not everyone
who takes up
Judo has to
go onto the
strict diet, so
they should
not be put off
by that. The Three Abaco youth have I
diet is only for preparing for the Bahan
the contestants three did very well, earr
at national and Ashton Forbes, who woi
international Levaughan Forbes, who
levels who are nescu of the International
quite willing their coaches on Abaco.


to follow the diet to improve their fitness
levels and ultimately improve their fight-
ing skills.
Perry Cooke All Abaco
Swim Meet a Success
By Candace Key
The annual Perry Cooke Memorial Aba-
co Schools Swim meet was held once again
at the metered community pool in Hope
Town. Ten schools, primary and high
school, traveled to Hope Town to enjoy a


,een training in Judo in Nassau for five weeks
ias Judo Federation Open Tournament. All
ring medals in their age groups. 5,.i are
n gold; Ozeke Swain, who won silver; and
won bronze. They are shown with Vlad Ma-
l Judo Federation and Regina Parotti, one of


day of competition. It was pleasing to see
that Angel's Academy entered for the first
time this year.
The meet is held in memory of Perry
Cook, who was so instrumental in pro-
moting sports, especially swimming, on
Abaco. His wife Cheryl and daughter
Jessica are always on hand for the meet.
The meet is an all-day affair with com-
munity members and teachers acting as
lane coaches, timers, coaches and score
keepers. Great food is also a part of the
exciting day.
As the afternoon drew to a close and the
awards ceremony began, soon the clang-


ing of medals around swimmer's necks
was deafening! All schools returned home
sporting many ribbons and medals but in
the end it was Hope Town School that tri-
umphed to win the Primary Division and
Forest Heights that won the High School
Division. High Point Swimmers in dif-
ferent age categories came from several
schools. High Point Trophy winners
Jack Butler and Braydon Dam tied for
the 6 & Under High Point trophy. Both at-
tend Agape Christian

Please see Sports Page 11


The Hope Town community swimming pool is the site of competitions as it is half the
length of an Olympic pool. The students look forward to the days when they can enjoy
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6 & under girls Stella Higgs, Hope Town
8 & under girls Katie Pinder, Angels Aca.
8 & under boys Brady Pinder, Angels
10 & under girls Albury Higgs, Hope Town
10 & under boys Joshua Wong, Agape
Christian
12 & under girls Ashley Louis, Hope Town
12 & under boys Christopher Albury, Hope T
14 & under girls- Natasha Albury, Forest Hts
14 & under boys Ashton Kemp, Cyber
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15 & over girls Jennifer Cooke, Agape
Christian
15 & over boys Brian Higgs, Forest Heights


Sisters Excel at

National Swim Meet
By Candace Key
The colour gold kept showing up for the
Higgs sisters, Albury and Lilly, as they
competed in the Bahamas National Swim
Meet in Nassau recently.
The girls are still members of the Swift
Swimming Club in Nassau with whom they
swam for years before their move to Abaco
nearly two years ago.
The sisters practice daily for long hours,
rain or shine, warm or cold, either in Hope
Town or Marsh Harbour. That is clearly
what it takes to be winners!
The girls' relay team, which included


Albury and Lilly as well as Charlotte Reed
and Lauren Knowles, blew past all other
relay teams in all strokes and lengths to
win gold in all their relays. For those who
watched the three-day meet on television,
it seemed as though the girls were always
on the medal stand.
Albury, who came in second as the
High Point winner for her age category,
just graduated from Hope Town Primary
and will be attending Forest Heights Acad-
emy this fall. She also won the second run-
ner up position in May at the Bahamas Pri-
mary School Student of the Year Awards
in Nassau. Ironically, the boy who won the
Student of the Year Award from Nassau
was also a fellow swimmer. It appears that
the dedication needed to train to be a suc-


cessfully competitive swimmer also teach-
es successful school subject discipline!
Albury and Lilly's proud parents are
Chris and Pleasants Higgs of Hope Town.
Championship
games end summer
basketball camp
By Canishka Alexander
The weekend of July 15 to July 17 was
an action-packed weekend for basketball
fans. Teams represent North, South and
Central Abaco competed in a basketball
camp organized by Ishmael "Stretch"

Please see Sports Page 12


The Perry Cooke Memorial Swim Meet brought students from 10 schools together for the
annual competition. It is a day of fun along with the friendly competition. All the schools
went home with m, ,'. and medals.


Two sisters from Hope Town competed in the Bahamas National Swim Meet as part of the
Swift Swim Club that they belonged to before they moved to Abaco. Albury Higgs and Lil-
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Sports From Page 77 Basketball camp is Mr. Rodgers described her as one of the ketball games were held at Grace Gym at
best coaches he has and one of the top fe- which time the kids showcased for their
Morley and others. held for second year male basketball players in The Bahamas. parents and relatives the skills they had
Among the players were Leon Gideon, By Samantha Evans The camp focused on basic basketball learned. After the games were played, the
Livingston Cornish Jr. and Vonrico Toote, Coach Jeff Rodgers, who has been host- skills, life skills and discipline. The camp- children were given their certificates fol-
who are either looking to attend college, ing Basketball Camps in Nassau for the ers learned drills and the fundamentals of lowed by a game played by the Nassau
play professional basketball or return home past 23 years, has now committed himself the game such as how to stand, shooting, coaches and the Dundas Town basketball
to benefit their community at a later date. to assisting the youth of Abaco in develop- focus and how to hold te ball correctly. team.
Mr. Morley worked with Coach Wayde ing their undiscovered skills. On the first day they learned drills, Golf Cam for Kid
Adderley, Coach Penn and Coach Godfrey At the beginning of August, youth played defense and moved without the Gof Cam p for Kids
Rolle to coordinate the program, which across Abaco got a chance to improve ball; on day two they started to handle the at W finding Bay
was created for the purpose of offering the their basketball skills at the second an- ball and engaged in footwork and passes; By Mirella Santillo
youth of Abaco something constructive to nual Jeff Rodgers Basketball Camp. The on day three they began to focus more on A large group of Central Abaco Prima-
do during the summer. camp was held at Grace Gym from Au- ball handling and each day after try School and Abaco Central High School
On July 15 Game One was played by gust 2 to 6 with a basketball jamboree and learned something new. students met early on the morning of Au-
Treasure Cay and Crossing Rocks. Game closing ceremony held on the evening of Mr. Rodgers Sr. stated that drills be- students met early on busesthe morning of Au-
come more extensive for the children as gust 9 awaiting buses that would bring
Two featured the Young Boys vs. the Mur- August 7. c them to the Abaco Club at Winding Bay
phy Town Stoppers. Although many at- Organizer of the camp, William Davis, they get older. The campers were divided for a week-long "golf camp."
into three groups: under 10 years, 11-14 for a week-long "golf camp.
tended the games on Friday, more spec- was not sure that the camp would happen ree gThe weather did not look favorable that
tators attended on Saturday when the this year as it is quite expensive to pull years, and 15 years and up. Rodgers de-era briefing from Head Coach,
Treasure Cay Sporting Club competed off; but due to his commitment to commu- scribed these kids as smart, keen and quick day, bu after a brley" Hiefing from Head a welomach,
against the Marlins. Treasure Cay won nity development, he took a leap of faith at learning. from the Director of Golf and Community
with 26 points, while the Marlins scored to host it again. Mr. Rodgers explained that what keepsts, Justin Norvell, the weather had
22 points. This year Mr. Rodgers brought five him going is the knowledge that the camp cleared sufficiently for the group to pro-
In the under 16 boys' game Treasure coaches from last year's camp, Mitch helps many of the kids to make something ceed to the driving range.
Cay continued its winning as they beat the Johnson, Kramer B. Taylor, Leonardo positive of their lives. He tries every year The camp started with a total of 32 boys
Youth in Action team with a score of 29 to Morris, Harrison Moxey and Jeffrey Rod- to improve the camp so that the players ad grs. Sme of the o children such
19. However, the Youth in Action under gers Jr., along with a new coach Charlene will be more physically prepared and play a nd girls. Some of the older children such
17 boys team broke Treasure Cay's win- Smith. All of the coaches are experienced better basketball. Further, he tries to stay hrsto omith had already participated
ning streak by defeating them 37 to 33. and work in the field on a consistent basis. up-to-date with technology so the coaches Chris topher Smith had already participated
The senior boys were represented by Mitch Johnson was recently drafted can improve the game for the players in p previous ced for nearly two hrs ago.
the Dundas Town and Young Boys teams. by the 76ers NBA team D league which He would like to appeal to the Abaco the coaches, Mr. Hield and Mr. Frank
The young men sizzled the basketball court is known as their "farm club." As a part community to support this camp by spon-Austin,could already notice who among
with their defensive plays and three-point of this team, he will get to play various scoring one child whomaynot e abe the paroti pants had th ie r r positi on,
shots. Unfortunately, the game was inter- countries and has a great chance of being therwse atend. o ate, one Abaco the proper swing and the proper eyes to
erupted with only two minutes left in the picked from this group to join their NBA youth has attended college on an athletic ome a real golfer
game when it began to rain. Although no team. scholarship, and Mr. Rodgers is certain become a real golfer.
game when it began to rain. Although no team. athletic After working on their position and grip
winner was declared, Mr. Morley revealed Charlene Smith is presently the coach that with community support more athletic
that Dundas Town was ahead of the Young of the female national basketball team and scholarships will be granted. Pa
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More Sports News _


Sports From Page 12
for the first couple of days, the youngsters
were introduced to shot techniques. Mr.
Hield demonstrated which club to use de-
pending on the shot one wanted to throw.
By the end of the camp, 13 children re-
mained to take part in the final skill com-
petition. These were divided into two age
groups, 14 and over and 13 and under, and


were given two chances to accumulate the
points that would determine the winner and
runner-ups in each age group.
When the points were tallied, nine-year-
old Connor Alexander was declared the
winner for the under 13 age group, mak-
ing his mother, Canishka Alexander, very
proud. He was followed by Teo Smith
in second position. In third place came
Chelshiano Adderley, and in fourth place


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learned techniques and the various kinds of clubs. 5/win 1 are Ishmael Morley, Austron
Johnson, Kevin Deveaux, Clementino Burrows, Connor Alexander, small boy in front
Brenae Bain, behind him Chelshaino Adderley, at the back Sebastian Andrews, Teo
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came Brenae Bain, the youngest of the
contestants.
Clementino Burrows, a very positive
young man who had declared he would be
the winner, did indeed claim the first place
in the 14 and over age group. He was fol-
lowed by Sebastian Andrews who missed
by very little. Kevin Deveaux came third.
Austron Johnson, the previous camp's
winner, placed in fourth position.
Ishmael "Stretch" Morley, the coordi-
nator for the program, is hoping that there
will be enough interest among the parents
of the participating students to create a ju-
nior golf club that would enable the more
dedicated youth to practice regularly, per-
haps with the help of other Abaco golf
clubs.

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constructed
By Samantha V. Evans
Work began in July at the Central Aba-
co Primary School field for the construc-
tion of a full-size professional tennis court.
Since more persons are now interested in
the sport for exercise and the kids do it for
recreation, the committee was prompted to
begin work on this court as the courts now
on Abaco are all private. The field will
come equipped with all amenities needed
and the committee will try to get some ten-
nis equipment as well. Bobby Russell will
be the instructor for the tennis program
which will be offered free to the kids in
the community. He will make private les-
sons available for those persons interested
in learning to play the sport. The court will
be sand-sealed (a surface one grade next to
asphalt) which is better than concrete as it


is less harsh on the joints. For this reason
it is a highly recommended surface for this
type of court. This field is expected to be
completed sometime in September.


M axwell's From Page 2

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quick checkouts, brightness, pleasant ap-
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There are even sparkling restrooms for
the convenience of customers and hand
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to feel embarrassed for our visitors having
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at home. I heard a group of visitors say, as
they entered Maxwell's yesterday, "Cool,"
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the air conditioning. Maxwell's is certainly
a place of which we all on Abaco can be
very proud and can enjoy.
Price Right closed its doors at 3 p.m.
on August 16, just three days after Max-
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be completely cleared out, cleaned up and
repainted, then opened as a store selling
non brand name items for those wishing to
shop on a restricted budget. Sav-A-Lot will
become a wholesale store and warehouse
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ObifiaiicA of Jaimily and j}idndA


The funeral for Florence "Baby Flo"
Stuart, 52, of Murphy Town was held on
August 14 at Zion Baptist Church in Mur-
phy Town. Rev. Christopher Dean offici-
ated, assisted by Rev. Everette Strachan.
Interment was in the Murphy Town Public
Cemetery.
She is sur-
vived by her
sons Marlon
and Kadeem;
adopted son
Jerod Doug-
las; grand-
son Jordan;
dau g h ter Florence Stuart
Jevina; sis-
ters Dedrie, Cindy, Vernie and Sharon;
brothers Leslie and Alexander; sister-in-
law Velma Stuart; brother-in-law Clem-
ment Clarke; aunts Edith Clarke, Wilamae
and Isamae Dawkins, Leonie and Minerva
Davis; uncles Lebon, Kenneth, Hencel
and Ronald Davis; nieces Shanique, Max-
ine, Zoe, Ciara, Gia, Kemi and Lauren;
nephews Lindsey, Dwight, Leslie, James,
Maxwell, Jerome, Akeem, Kyle and Tre;
cousins Patricia, Misty, Carla, Donna,
Lisa, Timmy, Ray, Rozena, Violet, Ollie,
Mispha, Weldon, Rodney, Eddison, Ed-
diemae, Helen, Barbara, Lillian, Vergil,
Patsy, Aaron, Jermaine, Marrietta, Bust-
er, Kenneth, Rinsor, Annamae, Austin,
Loretta, Theresa, Bridgette, Henriletta,
Bill, Annie Darville, Madene McBride,
Antoinette, Anosh, Olga, Nathaniel, Eliza-
beth, Daniel, Jason, Gilbert, Dale, San-
dra, Cleveland, Micheal, Ruth, Norma,
Hank, Wendy, Cardinal, Prince, Bobbie-
mae, Cindy, Gwendolyn, Terrance, Na-
dia, Cheryl, Sharman, Rozena, Rhonda,


Tamika, Dornell, Juliet, Rochelle, Wenta,
Gwendolyn, Emma, Misty, Millie, Erica
Theagen, Terry Stuart, Zelma Alladice,
Patrick, Slyvia, Ruthamae, Rebecca,
Rosiemae, Sean, Luden, Joshua, Shanell,
Tasha, Henley Vandyke, Doric, Pamela,
Maureen, Royette and Judith, Quincy, Sa-
mantha Jones, Milton, Malita, Lil Sil, San-
dy, Felix, Edley and Desmond; god sisters
Barbara and Porsha; and many other rela-
tives and friends.
The funeral for Bertram Joseph Reck-
ley, 59, formerly of Green Turtle Cay was
held on August 14 in Nassau. Interment
was also in
Nassau.
He is sur-
vived by his
wife Mary
Reckley;
mother Jen-
nie Reckley;
son Jeron
Reckley;
daughters Bertram Joseph Reckley
daughters
Maria and Jonique Reckley; sisters Valerie
Thompson, Susan Jones, Maureen Gibson
and Sarah Roberts; daughter-in-law Shane-
ka Reckley; sisters-in-law Euphemia Poiti-
er and Jannine Ann Lauriston; brothers-
in-law Wenzel Poitier and Richard Jones;
uncles Leroy, Leon and George Reckley,
James Curry, Brian Russell and Rev. Eu-
len McIntosh; aunts Viola Curry, Roberta
Russell, Barbara Reckley and Adline;
nieces Stephanie Charlton, Jenna Gibson,
Abigail Jones, Kobie Roberts, Kenji and
Kimanthi Poitier, Mackinta Orne, Lucy
Lauriston and Charmaine Searcy; niece-
in-law Chakita Archer; nephews Jarrod,
Dwight and Daniel Jones, Terrance Jr.,


Travis Gibson, D'Vaughn and D'shawn
Knowles, Craig Smith Jr., Mackinson,
Michael, Frank, Ferdnand, Quinton, Clint
Lauriston and Drumeco Archer; nephew-
in-law Quinton Charlton; grand-nieces and
nephews Quitel, Tanisha, Tamara, Quiton
Jr., and Stephon Charlton, Althera and
Michelle Willie, Mackel Sands, Lina and
Logan Lauriston, Reagan Searcy, Isaiah
and Khalil Orne, Khassidi, Khamaran and
Khaylan Laing, Katia and Dylan Archer;
and many other relatives and friends.
The funeral for Samuel David Albury,
63, was held on August 20 at the Man-O-
War Gospel Chapel. Bro. Tom Roberts,
Bro. Freddy Pinder, Bro. Glenn Albury,
Bro. Mark Lacey and Evangelist Frank
Perry officiated. Interment was in the
Man-O-War Public Cemetery.
He was
married to
Arlene Key
of Hope
Town. He
wore many
occupational
hats, from
a fisherman
to restau-
rant owner Samuel Albury
to boat builder. And his most recent ven-
ture was a gift shop where he displayed his
handmade woodwork.
He is survived by his wife Arlene;
daughters Melissa, Lenora, Samantha and
Mary-Lou; sons-in-law George Phillpot,
Stephen Sweeting, Jay Sands and Dale
Hill; granddaughters Adrianna, Stephanie,
Alexzandra, Dayna, Abigail and Kelsey;
grandsons Andrew, Caleb and Ryder;
brothers Hartley, Roland, Joe, David and
Jeff; sister Betty Kroon; sisters-in-law An-
drea Albury, Charlotte Albury, Mary-Ann
Albury, Sharon Albury and Phyllis Al-
bury; brother-in-law Richard Kroon; aunts
Movena Russell, Mary Albury, Florrie;


numerous nieces and nephews; and many
other relatives and friends.
The funeral for Deacon Vernal Bur-
rows, 49, of Sandy Point was held on
August 21 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in
Sandy Point. Rev. Dr. Michael Symonette
officiated
assisted by
Rev. Napo-
leon Rob-
erts. Inter-
ment was
in in Sandy
Point Public
Cemetery.
He is
survived by Vernal Burrows
his sisters Dafinette Bain and Diana Cole-
brooke; nephews Ranaldo, Darron, Lenard
and Lavon; nieces Sherville, Lenaire and
Asia; grandnephew Malik Burrow; uncles
Vincent and George Burrows, Bob and Ner-
on Greene; aunts Winifred Brown, Vernita
Darville, Louise Green, Rita Davis, Marga-
ret and Irene Burrows; grandaunt Dorothy
Burrows; brother-in-law Lensworth Bain;
godmother Bernice Wells; cousins; and
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Friends is pleased with

repeat attendance at camp


Many enjoy Baker's Bay

eighth Sail Away


By Mirella Santillo
The eighth Baker's Bay Sail-Away held
on August 15th was once more a great suc-
cess. The event seemed to be doomed as
heavy thunder clouds hung threateningly
over the horizon most of the day. But the
weather never got bad, and the people who
joined the beach party enjoyed a comfort-
able temperature and a great social event,
which is a fund raiser for Every Child
Counts and Friends of the Environment.
The committee members bringing the
supplies, President "Li'll Bill" Albury with
his wife and son, Kristin Williams, Ashley
Sands and Maria Silvester, arrived at Bak-
er's Bay by mid-morning. This year they
were directed to a different beach. They
were met by the resort staff who brought a
large barbecue grill, charcoal and ice and
stayed to help set-up.
By noon everything was set up for the
party. By 1 p.m. 17 boats had arrived in-
cluding a small ferry equipped with a gen-
erator captained by Raymond Lowe. The
ferry served as a music station all through
the day with James Malone and Leigh Da-
vis acting as DJ's.
By 3 p.m. over 40 boats lined the bay,
the crowd had disembarked hanging out by
the refreshments area, walking the beach,
swimming and socializing. It was a family


affair with children and parents having fun
in the sea with balls and frisbees and dogs
running along the beach.
The sun never made an appearance until
after six at which time the drinks dropped
to half price, and the volunteers started
packing what was left since the hamburg-
ers, the T-shirts and some of the drinks
had been sold out. By sunset the beach was
once more deserted.
According to Mrs. Williams, the event
was very successful with over 200 persons
attending. The committee and the majority
of people who frequented the party liked
the location better as it was away from the
resort and more private.
The results were comparable to previ-
ous years with close to $6000 collected,
even though there were no business spon-
sors this year. However, the food, the al-
cohol and the T-shirts had all been donat-
ed. Some of the sponsors included Snappas
Bar & Grill, Sky High Spirits, Sands Beer,
Sawyer Soft Drinks, Abaco Groceries,
Abaco T-shirt & Design, F&V, Nippers,
the Art Caf6, Hope Town Harbor Lodge as
well as Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club.
The proceeds were divided and distrib-
uted to Friends of the Environment and
Every Child Counts the following week.


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By Canishka Alexander
Although Friends of the Environment's
executive director Kristin Williams did not
have an official count of the children that
attended camp this year, she was pleased
that not only were the camps all full, sev-
eral were repeat campers.
This year marks the fourth year that
Friends has offered the summer camp,
and the children are treated to a number of
exciting learning experiences. However,
camp was only offered in Marsh Harbour,
Sandy Point and Cooper's Town. Last
year, Moore's Island was also included.
Junior camp was held for children ages
seven to nine on July 13 to July 16; camp
was held the following week for the senior
children aged 10 to 13 on July 19-23. All
camps are free of charge.
Mrs. Williams said the camp is struc-
tured to allow the children to spend time
in the classroom learning about Abaco's
environment. Then the children go on field
trips to reinforce what they have learned in


the classroom.
One of the most exciting experienc-
es for campers is their snorkeling trip at
Mermaid's Reef. Mrs. Williams said their
reaction is often one of amazement when
they see the coral reefs and the different
types of fish swimming around them. The
experience is always unforgettable.
The campers were given opportunities
to learn about coral reefs, mangroves and
their importance to the Bahamian wetlands,
blue holes, the pine forest, and the Abaco
parrot among other species of birds. They
are taught general conservation efforts,
which include recycling, waste manage-
ment, litter prevention and beautification.
Mrs. Williams thanked Disney Cruise
Line for its continuous support of the
camp because feeding and transporting the
children to various locations can become
costly.
At the end of the camps the campers in
Central Abaco enjoyed a beach clean-up
and lunch at the Crossing Beach.


Wilson City From Page 4

There are a few BEC technicians cur- provide the necessary auxiliary power in
rently in training with MAN Diesel, and the case of zero power on site. They have
the company is contracted to remain on site installed lightning rods to mitigate against
for one year after completion and will con- lightning strikes and the plant should not
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that time. MAN Diesel, headquartered in rent plant has when struck.
Germany, also has locations in Canada and The Wilson City site has an extensive
nearby in Fort Lauderdale, fully equipped fire protection system in place including a
to handle sales, parts, services and train- 30,000 gallon water tank with fire hydrants
ing. It is noteworthy that many cruise ships and nozzles placed strategically around the
that port in Miami use these same engines plant. They have on the way a FM200 wa-
and are supplied from the nearby branch. terless fire suppression system which will
The generators can be controlled manu- be installed in the computer and electrical
ally or by a computerized system that can control rooms. FM200 is a gas that is non
start and stop all equipment from a room toxic to humans but can suffocate flames in
that overlooks the engines. This system a matter of seconds while leaving no resi-
provides valuable information as it moni- due.
tors the engines, alerting if oil is low, pres- The site has been designed to allow for
sures or temperatures are wrong and when future expansion with the present facili-
service is needed. ties covering little more than half the land
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Burial Societies were important in the past


By Jennifer Hudson
Last year the old pink Burial Society
building which had stood on the seashore
in Dundas Town since the 1940s and which
had become rather dilapidated was refur-
bished by Local Government and trans-
formed into a smart, modern sage green
and white building. The original building
was constructed a few years after the peo-
ple moved to Dundas Town from Old Place
after the devastating hurricane of 1932. It
was a meeting place for the Dundas Town
Burial Society and for the laying out of
the dead The building was badly damaged
during Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and stood
unused ever since. Now that it has been re-
furbished, it is used not only for meetings
of the Burial Society but also for Local
Government and other community meet-
ings. Keeping up with modern times, there
is now also a computer lab for students to
use for their projects and homework.
The refurbishment of this old build-
ing led to an interesting piece of research
on the Burial Societies on Abaco. I was
surprised to discover how many there are
and interested to learn of the work of these
societies. Burial Societies are a form of
Friendly Society. These historically exist-
ed in England for the purpose of providing


by voluntary subscription for money to be
paid upon the death of a member or for fu-
neral expenses of a husband, wife or child
of a member or widow of deceased mem-
ber. They also looked after the needs of
the dying. The Dundas Town Society actu-
ally began in Cornish Town, a settlement
between Blackwood and Fire Road, before
the 1932 hurricane which caused the set-
tlers there to have to move.
First in command of the Dundas Town
Burial Society today is Field Marshall Le-
rnis Cornish. He tells the fascinating story
of how after the hurricane of 1932 every-
one was presumed dead by people outside
the settlement. But one day a plane was
heard flying overhead so a man began to
wave a white flag. The seaplane landed and
found many survivors. These survivors
were moved to land granted them by the
government.
After residing there for a few years the
people rejuvenated the Burial Society hold-
ing their meetings first in a tent and then
in a building which they built. The Dundas
Town Burial Society has been dormant for
some time, but Lernis Cornish and second
in command, Colin Swain, are trying to
resurrect the society though they are find-
ing it difficult to interest the young people.


This is the c'w cuih renovated Burial Society building in Dundas Town. The original
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cwri The Dundas Town Committee is be commended for restoring it and adding an
extension to it. It now serves as the local government office, a place for community meet-
ings, even a computer lab for students as well as a meeting place for the Burial Society.


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Mr. Bill Swain, who was President of
the Murphy Town Burial Society for 25
years from 1979 making him its longest
serving President, gave me a very interest-
ing overview of the work of the Burial So-
ciety. The people of Bluff Point were also
moved out after the devastating hurricane
of 1932 and formed the community of
Murphy Town in 1942. About two years
later a group of residents came together to
form a union for the development of Mur-
phy Town and the Burial Society was a
result of this community effort.
Original founders were Thomas Swain
(deceased), Sheddy Simms, William
Simms, Preston Swain, Eamon Curry
and Eamon Swain. Membership currently
stands at 120 and the current committee
consists of President Della Davis, Vice
President Peter Swain, Treasurer Salathial
Swain and trustees.
Mr. Swain explained the purpose and
tasks of a Burial Society as a group of
people who come together to assist each
other whenever there is a death of any
of its members. Dues are paid and so the
family is assisted financially. There is also
a committee for visiting the terminally
ill. Whenever a member is very sick and
not expected to live, if a family member is
not able to be with them at all times, then
the society makes sure that there is always
someone from the society to sit with that
person day and night until they pass.
"The task of the Burial Society today is
the same as the system used in Bluff Point,
that is to cut the grave and bury the casket.
When I was President, it was customary to
always have two open graves in case a per-
son died suddenly," explained Mr. Swain.
"All members pay dues, but the gravedig-
gers do not pay dues. For a funeral, the
members march in procession from the
church to the cemetery, the women wear-
ing all white and the men in black wearing
their badges. When someone dies there is
a 'setting up' or a 'wake.' Family mem-
bers and friends gather at the home and sit
up all night singing hymns and get up and
reminisce about the deceased."
The first society building, which was
the Gospel Hall Church, was brought from
Bluff Point in sections on the vessel Arena
through Sand Banks and reconstructed in


Murphy Town. This building was used for
25 years. The society now owns a build-
ing on Amon Drive and meetings, which at
one time were held monthly, are now held
quarterly.
The Cooper's Town Burial Society has
been active ever since its inception in 1900
though its format has changed slightly.
Albert Bootle formed the society in 1900
just for family members, but it has since
been opened to all members of the North
Abaco area. It is a large society with 300
members at present and meets in the gov-
ernment school just once a year. President
Clayton McIntosh feels that while mem-
bers should visit the sick and dying, the
Cooper's Town Society only assists with
the burial. Instead of quarterly or yearly
dues, a Death Tax is collected when some-
one dies. The Cooper's Town Society in-
cludes members living all the way from
Treasure Cay and north to Black Wood
and Fire Road and Cooper's Town. Green
Turtle Cay has its own society.
Wood Cay has the most northerly Burial
Society and is the only one on Little Aba-
co. It was started in 1948/9 when just the
equivalent of $2 was collected to start it
(those days money was still in pounds ster-
ling). "This Burial Society was first started
as a Friendly Burial Society where families
of the community came together to help
each other, but over the years it has grown
so greatly that now it is governed by 37
by-laws," stated Secretary and Vice Chair-
man Burnell Parker. Originally named the
Wood Cay Burial Society, the society has
now been named The Saint Thomas Burial
Society after the church in Wood Cay. The
society currently has 45 up to date mem-
bers from as far as Dundas Town to Grand
Bahama and Nassau. Members meet in the
church four times a year unless an emer-
gency requires an extra meeting.
The Saint Thomas Burial Society up-
holds the policy of visiting its sick mem-
bers in the community. There is a male
sick committee for visiting the men and a
female for the women. If a person is des-
ignated to sit with a sick person and can-
not go, then their penalty is to pay another

Please see Burial Societies Page 17


NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF ANTHONY ADDERLEY
a.k.a. ANTHONY EUGENE ADDERLEY
a.k.a. EUGENE ADDERLEY
a.k.a. ANTHONY E. ADDERLEY
domiciled and late of Spring City,
Abaco, The Bahamas, deceased


NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim
or demand against or interest in the above Estate should
send same duly certified in writing to the undersigned
on or before 30th September, 2010 after which date the
Administratrix will proceed to distribute the assets of
the Estate having regard only to the claims, demands or
interests of which she shall then have had notice AND all
persons indebted to the above Estate are asked to settle
such debts on or before 30th September, 2010.

V.M. Lightbourn & Co.
Attorneys for the Administratrix
P.O. Box AB 20365
Bay Street, Marsh Harbour
Abaco, The Bahamas


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person to go and work in their place. "This
is a very strong society and is one of the
strongest on Abaco," stated Mr. Parker.
"We pay $3,500 per death." Chairman is
Rev. Elon McIntosh and Ms. Araminta
Curry has been made President Emeritus
as she ran for so many years.
At the opposite end of the island lies
Sandy Point which has its own Burial So-
ciety overseen by Chairman Benjamin Pin-
der. "This group was started in 1929 and
was concerned with providing for the fish-
ermen who had no means of burying their
dead individually. The society has contin-
ued without interruption to this day and
presently has about 270 members. Mem-
bers are expected to meet quarterly in the
society hall though it is difficult to get them
to turn out," lamented Mr. Pinder. Dues
are very small at only $6 per year with
a death tax of $7 payable when a person
dies. "When the society first began, mem-
bers would sit with a dying person until the
end. But over the years it has become more
and more difficult to get people to sit like
that, though people do still visit the very
sick. Today we mainly help with burial


costs. I would like to see the benefits in-
crease, but some people are finding it hard
to even pay the dues as they are. These
days the older persons are keeping up the
payments for their children as the younger
persons do not seem to see the need," said
Mr. Pinder.
Also in the South is the settlement of
Cherokee Sound with its Burial Society run
by Kenneth Albury, who has been its Pres-
ident for 25 years. Mr. Albury believes
that the Cherokee Burial Society has been
in existence since the 1800s though the ac-
tual written records in its possession only
go back as far as 1942. It has 140 members
which include not only people from Chero-
kee but also others who now live away but
would like to be buried in Cherokee. The
Cherokee society does not hold meetings
but Mr. Albury goes once a year to the
homes of all the members to collect the
$12 annual dues. "We help with the sick
and the dying; we help buy the casket and
see to the burial," said Mr. Albury. An
interesting snippet of history is that chil-
dren only were always buried in the old
cemetery by the spit, but now people of

Please see Burial Societies Page 18


Achievements for
Man-O-War School
Eighty-three percent of our students
achieved the Honour Roll for the 2009-
2010 school year.
Two of our students were recognized na-
tionally at the Minister's Literacy Awards
Ceremony as top students in Literacy. In
addition, three of our classes were given
trophies for scoring the highest as a class
in the district in both Literacy and Math.
A grade four student won first place in
the piano solo for her division in the Na-
tional Arts Competition.
Students from grades one and two won
the district spelling competitions.
Our students took second and third in
their divisions at the Earth Day Science
Competition.
Nine students joined the swim team and
brought home ribbons and medals.
Students from grades 3-6 formed a Sand
Watch Club to monitor a local beach.
Our General Knowledge Team partici-
pated against the big schools and come in
6th out of 12 teams.
Most students chose to eat healthy
breaks for the entire school year.
Several students earned high scores on
their GLAT exams.

Accomplishments

of Every Child

Counts
For the first time and with their own
determination and the dedication of their
teachers and volunteers, selected ECC stu-
dents sat the BJC exams with encouraging
results despite their learning disabilities, a
shorter than normal study period and few-
er resources than regular schools. All the
students who sat the Art exam passed the
exam and many of the others had passes
in Math and English and Religion three
with B's and C's.
Due to fund raising efforts, we were able
to expand our job coaching positions again


and 25 students took part in local weekly
apprenticeships for the year. This included
our link with Emerald Organics Farm for
skill training in agriculture and animal hus-
bandry after cognitively impaired students
participated in our own agriculture pro-
gram at school.
Our micro-business initiative was ex-
panded with older more disabled students
in assembling and selling individual utensil
packets. Many local businesses and indi-
viduals are purchasing these packets with
Snappas Restaurant being our biggest and
steadiest customer.
Our basketball team of learning disabled
students participated in the Abaco Sports
League and won second place overall for
the season.
Over 30 of our more developmentally
disabled students participated in Special
Olympics in Nassau and won numerous
gold, silver and bronze medals. Two stu-
dents, Patrick Darville and Deangela Mur-
ray, participated in the Caribbean region-
als in Puerto Rico and brought home gold
medals in bocce and track.
Progressive Reading Stream students
produced a DVD of their original drama
about students with learning and other dis-
abilities on Abaco. This was done with
the assistance of students from the media
department of Rollins College who visited
ECC during the school year.
We expanded of our life skills curricu-
lum including our cooking program in or-
der to prepare students for independence
and jobs in food preparation. Cooking
classes began to prepare lunches for their
schoolmates three days per week.
Expansion of our sensory integration
program for students with sensory defen-
siveness and focusing issues has proved ex-
tremely beneficial along with our leveled
behavior system in enhancing improved
and responsible behavior throughout the
school.
Four students received alternative diplo-
mas from ECC in June and are working
as productive members of our community.


Most settlements on Abaco formed a Burial Society to assist families who had members
that passed away. This is the building in Hope Town. Most Burial Societies had members
who would stay with the dying to help the families.


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Mother Merle Remembered


By Jennifer Hudson
The name Merle Louise Williams may
not "ring a bell" with everybody. But if,
instead, this remarkable lady is referred to
by her affectionate title of "Mother Merle,"
then instantly she was well known to most.
Mother Merle was born on October
23,1929, in Cornish Town to Cecilie But-
ler from Cornish Town and Alfred Rolle of
Cooper's Town. She was the youngest of
four girls and three boys. She enjoyed her
childhood in the small settlement of Cornish
Town located on the south side of North
Abaco close to the settlement of Fire Road.
Life was simple in those days with the men
earning a living from fishing, sponging and
farming while the women kept house and
helped their men folk on the farms.
The women set aside each day of the
week for a different chore bread mak-
ing day, sewing day, visiting day, wash
day and ironing day and when those
tasks were completed, they went off to the
farms. To preserve fish and meat in the
heat without the luxury of refrigeration or
ice, it was salted and hung on a line to dry
and cure. This way it would last a very
long time. When the time came for it to be
eaten, it was placed in water to soak.
"I loved living there," reminisced Moth-
er Merle. "They were the good old days.
People were more loving so the community
was better. Everyone was equal and every-
one helped each other out." Life was not
without its challenges. If one was sick, the
only way to reach a doctor was to go by
boat to see Dr. Kendrick on Green Turtle


Cay. If a person needed to be hospitalized,
the only thing to do was to wait for a boat
going into Nassau. While on the boat, the
patient could be on the sea an entire week
and often would not survive.
During the terrible hurricane of 1932,
all of the homes in Cornish Town were
destroyed. "When a plane flew over after
the hurricane, the pilot said that the area
looked just like a lumber yard. The land
was too low, and there was a pond in the
back so water from the sea went right over.
Several people drowned and one family
was swept right out to sea. Thatch houses
were built to live in after the hurricane,"
remembers Mother Merle.
In 1940 at the age of 11 years, Mother
Merle moved to Dundas Town with the rest
of the survivors from Cornish Town. The
government granted land to the residents
of Cornish Town on which to build homes
as it was not practical for them to continue
to live in such an unsafe location. The men
went first to build the houses and then their
families followed when the homes were
complete. "I missed my old home at first,"
lamented Mother Merle, "but after a while
I got used to the new place."
She attended the Marsh Harbour All
Age School until the school leaving age
of 14. About two years later she moved to
Nassau with her parents who went looking
for work as there was none on Abaco at
that time. After a while her parents moved
back to Abaco, but young Merle Louise
stayed in Nassau and carved out a good ca-
reer for herself in the hospitality industry,


Mother Merle
working at several upscale establishments
and becoming a "chef extraordinaire." In
1965 she returned home to Abaco with Ce-
cil Williams from Turks Island whom she
had married in 1964 and the couple made
Abaco their home. It was soon after this
that Merle Louise Williams went to work
for Dr. Ejnar Gottlieb and before long the
doctor's older son, Cay, gave her the af-
fectionate name "Mother Merle" which
has stuck to this day.
On May 24, 1967, Mother Merle
branched out and opened her own estab-
lishment in Dundas Town the famous
Mother Merle's Fishnet Restaurant which
became well known both nationally and
internationally. Over the years several
of Mother Merle's seven children (all of
whom she taught to cook) helped her run
this 150-seat restaurant, and she herself
worked there until 2001, the year her hus-
band died. After that her grandchildren ran
the restaurant for her with her daughter,
Angela, as chief cook. Mother Merle at-
tributed her culinary skills to her mother
who was a very good cook and to watching
other people. However, probably the big-
gest secret to her tasty cooking is in her
statement, "I put plenty of love in it."
Mother Merle was honored by the Ro-
tary Club at a banquet in 2009 and pre-
sented with an award for her outstanding
contribution of more than 65 years to the


hospitality industry of Abaco and the Com-
monwealth of The Bahamas.
Later, Mother Merle was limited in her
ability to get around due to surgery she un-
derwent in 2009 which confined her to a
wheelchair, but her spirit was undaunted.
Although she loved to read, her favourite
thing was to travel. She traveled a lot with
her family to the United States where there
are other family members and had hoped
to go to Canada to visit even more family.
Mother Merle was a dedicated member
of St. Andrews Methodist Church and her
favourite Bible verse was in Galatians The
fruit of the spirit is love. "I always preach
love to my children," she said. "Life to-
day is very different from how it used to
be," she lamented and was saddened by the
factt, "Everyone these days is too busy for
each other." This cheerful octogenarian
lived by her testimony. "My joy in life is
to make people happy."
She passed away quietly on May 12,
2010, a legend that needs to be remem-
bered.

Burial Societies From Page 17

all ages are buried in the Assembly of God
Church Cemetery.
Hope Town has sustained a Burial Soci-
ety for more than 70 years and was started
as a family affair when people could not af-
ford to foot the expense of burial. Accord-
ing to President Suzanne Bethel, the major-
ity of Hope Town residents were members
at one time as well as some second hom-
eowners who desired to be buried in Hope
Town. But the society is presently not ac-
cepting any new members as the cemetery
is full and they are waiting for Council to
find more land for burials. A very small
yearly fee is collected from each member
which covers the casket, digging of grave,
burying of casket and church service. Hope
Town resident Winer Malone, well known
for his crafting of Abaco dinghies, builds
and varnishes the caskets.
There are two Burial Societies on
Moore's Island.


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Tourism's goal of advertising several Out Islands as separate destinations. Abaco will
be one of those promoted individually. She is shown with Cubell Davis, Chief Councillor
for Central Abaco; Wynsome Ferguson of the Abaco Tourist office; Steve Pedican, Chief
Councillor for North Abaco; Ms. Walkine; Michael Albury, President of Abaco's Cham-
ber of Commerce; Preston Roberts, Chief Councillor for South Abaco; and Administrator
Cephas Cooper.


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Are you interested in

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Monthly bird watching trips are being organized for both North
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The first Saturday in September Dr. Woody Bracey will conduct a
tour in North Abaco. Anyone interested should be at the junction of
Treasure Cay Road and Great Abaco Highway at 7 a.m. For more
information call 365-8305.
Reg Patterson will conduct a tour in Central and South Abaco on
the third Saturday in September. Anyone interested should be at the
Friends office at 7 a.m. For more information call 367-2721.


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Three Influential Women Speak at Rotary


By Mirella Santillo
The Rotary Club of Abaco can boast
of inviting influential and knowledgeable
speakers, so it is no wonder that three well
learned women, albeit in completely dif-
ferent fields, took the stage recently.
Caroline Stahala, a researcher from
the University of Florida, who has been
studying and monitoring the Abaco par-
rot population in the Abaco National Park,
gave a detailed presentation, sharing with
the club members the results of months of
study. Her presentation was aimed at dem-
onstrating the importance of the parrot in
the environmental and economical impact
of the island.
As she had previously suspected, she
confirmed that the last recent tests she
performed on the birds confirmed that the
Abaco parrot was endemic of Abaco and
not related, as previously assumed, to its
southern cousin, the Inagua parrot. She of-
fered the opinion that as such, the Abaco
parrot had not only a symbolic value, a
bio-diversity value as it shares the same
habitat, the coppice, with other species but
also an economic value for the island as a
potential attraction for bird-watchers.
Because of her passion for the Abaco
parrot, Ms. Stahala would like to raise
the awareness of the residents about its


importance and its fragility. The popula-
tion of approximately 2600 seems to be
steady. However it is vulnerable to sev-
eral dangers. The Abaco parrot nests in
ground cavities which leaves its eggs and
its chicks threatened by a variety of preda-
tors, among them snakes, feral cats, rac-
coons and poachers. A more insidious
threat to the parrot population is the loss of
habitat because of development. She sug-
gested protective zoning and satellite parks
be created in order to help reduce the loss
of habitat of the parrots.
The next speaker, as passionate about
her completely different topic as the previ-
ous presenter, was Simmone Bowe, Vice-
President of Human Resources for Baker's
Bay Resort and Ocean Club. The subject
of her presentation addressed literacy, first
with Project Read, an endeavor target-
ing persons who cannot read, especially
adults, a problem that she was made aware
of through her job.
Project Read was introduced in 1991 by
the Rotary Club of East Nassau, one of the
reasons for Ms. Bowe to enroll the support
of the Rotary Club of Abaco in her efforts
to launch the program. Project Read would
operate as a non-profit organization which
would function through the help of volun-
teers previously trained to teach people to


read on a one-to-one basis and in complete
anonymity. Ms. Bowe is hoping to have
the program operational soon.
Project Read is not Ms. Bowe's only vi-
sion addressing literacy and learning issues
in the community. Her second approach
to literacy is through the foundation of a
school, Horizons Academy.
This would be an alternative school for
at risk students. Ms. Bowe is hoping that
volunteers in the community will support
both of her projects.
Rosnell Simmons, a Director of the
Chamber of Commerce and the owner of
North Rock Water Company, was the third
influential woman. She was there to let it
be known that the Chamber of Commerce
is not for certain people only and is not just
a show. She wanted to bring visibility and
publicity to the new directors and let peo-
ple understand that the Chamber of Com-
merce was for everybody. "It is an entity
that promotes the interest of its members,"
she assured.
The yearly membership fee has been re-
duced to $100 in order to get more mem-
bers and bring diversity to the organiza-
tion. The board members are encouraging
small businesses to join and voice what
changes they would like to see. She gave a
brief overview of how the two umbrellas of


the Chamber of Commerce operate.
The ambassadorial umbrella deals in
service and in trying to reach the average
person in order to make a change. Local
people with local knowledge who have inti-
mate experience of what has to be changed
to better service the community are in-
vited under that umbrella. The idea is to
organize workshops to educate businesses,
particularly small businesses which are the
backbone of a community, explained Mrs.
Simmons.
The Island Planning Umbrella liaises
with local and central government regard-
ing issues concerning Abaco, creating an
opportunity to change things on the island,
especially changing labor policies.
She invited all businesses to join. "If we
form a larger group, we will have a louder
voice," she insisted, reminding the assem-
bly that the local Chamber of Commerce
office is aligning itself with its Nassau par-
ent, which is opening itself to the Family
Islands.
Information on two business awards, the
Mike Malone Award and the Derek Lee
Entrepreneur Award, created to recognize
small businesses and what they do for the
community, will be announced by the Ro-
tary Club in September.


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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



Grande Cherokee 2002. White. Low mileage.
68,000 miles. $9,000 OBO. Call 367-0707 or
458-2930

:BeOATSA INDMAR IN
ITEM SBFOR SAL


15' Nautica '01 w/'01 90HP Yamaha, VHF,
well maintained, full cover, survey available,
$10,000. Phone 242-577-0392


18' Man-O-War Boat, new gelcoat, new Rub
Rail, almost new 85HP Yamaha engine. Ev-
erything in excellent condition. $14,000 OBO.
Call 365-5148
18.5' Albury Bros. Heavy duty Bimini top, 40
gal main gas tank, 30 gal forward tank, 115 HP
mere w/ handle. 365-6205


:LeBOATS AND MAi ~R~i:1~INE
ITES ORSAE


19' Bayliner w/ cabin (toilet) 135HP Mercury,
CD player, radio, depth finder, ladder, 6 seats,
good condition. DUTY PAID $14,500. Call
Buddy Roberts 242-365-6152


20' Whaler Hull party boat with Bimini and
trailer, 90HP Johnson, 2K just spent on en-
gine, bathing ladder, large cooler, perfect for
fishing, swimming or just chilling out. $5,750.
458-0525


25' Parker, sports cabin, Volvo diesel en-
gine, on-board toilet, fresh water tank, re-
conditioned Bimini top, $17,500 OBO. Call
367-2848


25' Mako, T-top, new engines, tank & elec-
tric etc. $25,000. Contact 901-682-3651 or
hagen peters@yahoo.com


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26' Paramount w/ twin 150 Evinrudes, all
new upholstery. T-top canvas, fresh water
wash down. Asking $28,000. Offers welcome.
Call 477-5308.


26' Custom Fiberglass Commercial Fishing
Boat by Florida Marine, twin 200 HP Yamahas
220 gal gas, 25 gal water, 85 gal circulating
well, hydraulic steering, VHF, depth finder
& GPS, stereo, T-top, rocket launcher, raised
bow platform, all cushions, extensive dry stor-
age, rod holders. DUTY PAID. A great deal at
15K. Call 242-366-0122 or 242-577-0722


29' Mirage with twin Mercury 250 outboards
and outriggers. DUTY PAID. In good shape.
Needs TLC. Errol at 242-367-6156


L BOATS AND MARINE
ITEMSl FO1~ii~R SALE I


31' LaI LiiIU w/ 5 cyliner rerKms liesel
engine. Cruises @ 15 kts. Use as a ferry or
fishing boat. Interested call Thomas at 365-
4019/475-8195


32' Black Fin tournament rigged, low hours,
Raytheon electronics inc. radar, 700 HP, dual
stations, Lee fighting chair, single spreader
riggers, sleeps 4, stove, fridge, A/C, lectra
flush head, shower, full enclosure for bridge,
spare props, fresh & salt washdown, safety
equip, and much much more. Please call JB at
978-697-5657 $47,500 US or BRO


45' Hatteras, 1973, DUTY PAID $50,000
as is. Needs generator and forward clutch on
one engine. In Treasure Cay. Contact hatter-
as4sale@all.net or call 561-228-1424 or 242-
365-8057







Page 20 Section B The Abaconian


September 1 2010


LUXURY HOMES PRIVATE ISLANDS BEACHFRONT PROPERTY RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT APPRAISALS


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WINDING BAY
Stunning estate residence located
on Ritz-Carlton's golf course. 9,970
sq. ft. with 7 bedrooms & 8.5 baths.
$9,750,000. Ref. AS11098


MARSH HARBOUR
Sea view 2 bedroom condos and 3
bedroom penthouses in a gated de-
velopment with pool and dock.
Starting at $595,000. Ref. AS10903


HOPE TOWN
Beach front lot near entrance of har-
bour with fantastic views of light-
house. Walking distance to beach.
$265,000. Ref. AS11433


LUBBERS QUARTERS
'The Big House" is a 2 storey beach
house, with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths,
80ft of beachfront and a dock slip.
$549,000. Ref. AS11471


MARSH HARBOUR TILLOO CAY
Dreamy and colorful turn-key canal A stunning parcel of elevated land
front residence in Great Abaco Club. with 75 ft. of shoreline and 180 de-
4 bedrooms all with ensuite baths. gree views of the Sea of Abaco.
$920,000. Ref. AS11449 $125,000 Ref. AS11309

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LUBBERS QUARTERS: 8,660 sq, ft, with 80ft, of beachfront in Abaco Ocean Clibl
and a private dock slip at community dock. $225,000. Ref. AS11475
BRIGATINE BAY: 10,000 sq. ft. lot located in Treasure Cay, near stunning beach, oilr
course, marina and restaurants. Starting at $85,000. Ref. AS11385 or AS11387 or
AS11257
LUBBERS QUARTERS: Abaco Ocean Club hilltop lots #39 and #40. Offering gr- L:
views of the Sea of Abaco, Close to Marsh Harbour and Hope Town. $80,000 each
or $150,000 for both. Ref. AS10705
REDUIED GUMELEMI RIDGE, ELBOW CAY: 10,494 sq. ft. lot with great elevations
$120,000. Ref. PS10603
GUANA CAY: Half acre building site with views, underground utilities and lo.s of
palm trees. Located on the peaceful Southern tip, $175,000. Ref. PS10624
LUBBERS QUARTERS: Beachfront lot with 80 ft. of beachfront, lush tropical land
scaping and private slip at community dock $225,000. Ref. AS11475
NEWI BUSTIC BIGHT: 1.3 waterfront acres just 10 minutes from Marsh Harboil
Unrestricted zoning. $149,000. Ref. AS11488
LITTLE HARBOUR: Private waterfront lot on coveted peninsula. 160ft on the w. ei
ideal for a dock. $249,000. Ref. AS11389
REDUCEDM WINDING BAY: 1.775 acres with 200 ft, of beachfront on one ofAbacc s
most stunning beaches. Enjoy all the luxurious amenities of the Ritz-Carlton n. ai
aged Abaco Club. $2,500,000. Ref. AS10803
TREASURE CAY: In a gated community and walking distance from one of the wc Id s
most beautiful beaches. Purchase 1 lot, or 3 lots combined to total 33,900 sq rt
$50,000 for 1 or $120,000 for 3 parcels. Ref. AS11400 orAS11401 or AS11402
PRIIED TO SEL! JOE'S CREEK: Almost one acre of land between Marsh HarL .jji
and Treasure Cay. $54,990. Ref AS11455










LUBBERS QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERS
Lovely 2 storey cottage, located in 'Sea View Cottage' boasts stunning
Abaco Ocean Club, just steps from water views from every room. Fully
the beach with a private dock slip. equipped with private dock slip.
$325,000. Ref. AS11474 $880,000. AS11450


ELBOW CAY
3 bedroom, 2 bath home just across
from the beach, offering a large pool
and deck space for entertaining.
$749,000. Ref. PS10665


MARSH HARBOUR
Situated on a double lot this canal-
front home has a spacious floorplan
with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths.
$1,350,000. Ref. AS11270


CORNISH CAY, ABACO
34 acres in Abaco's idyllic fishing and
boating waters, this private island is
the perfect playground.
$7,000,000. Ref. AS11258


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BAHAMA CAY
A new and affordable private island
development. 1 bedroom and 3 bed-
room units. Luxury amenities.
Starting at $279,990. Ref. AS11336


TREASURE CAY
2 bedroom, 2 bath beachfront condo.
Open floorplan with all amenities
nearby including pool and golf.
$494,000. AS11363
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LUBBERS QUARTERS
Set on 1.6 acres of lush grounds this
home has 1 bedroom, 1 bath and of-
fers great views and total privacy.
$599,000. Ref. AS11473


MARSH HARBOUR GREEN TURTLE CAY
Spacious and luxuriouslyfurnished4 Enchanting 2 bedroom, 2 bath cot-
bedroom, 4 bath canalfront home tage with 140 ft. of beach in Long
with pool and 42 ft. on the canal. Bay near New Plymouth settlement.
$1,199,000. Ref. AS10843 $1,095,000. Ref. AS11322


ELBOW CAY
'TreEscape' is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath
home on the hilltop among the trees.
Ocean views in quiet subdivision.
$798,000. PS10596

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GUANA CAY
A tucked away retreat with 2 bed-
rooms and 2 baths. Lush landscap-
ing and walking distance to beach.
$299,000. Ref. AS10648

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ISLAND BREEZES MOTEL
This recently renovated motel is lo-
cated in Marsh Harbour and is a
great small business investment.
$580,000. Ref. AS11282


LITTLE HARBOUR
A quaint cottage with 150 ft. of pris-
tine beachfront. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath
on 1.4 acres of elevated land.
$595,000. Ref. AS11353


THE BLUFF AT WINDING BAY
A unique parcel of land with dramatic
views comprising 17,000 sq. ft. near
the club house.
$500,000. Ref. AS11263


LUBBERS QUARTERS
A rare opportunity! 2 lots sold together
with private dockage in Abaco Ocean
Club. Total land is 28,317 sq. ft.
$245,500. Ref. PS10664

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LUBBERS QUARTERS
A 2 bedroom, 2 bath, unique beach-
front home with living and dining up-
stairs to fully enjoy the ocean views.
$525,000. Ref. AS11472


VISITUSONLINE


CHRISTIE"S


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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 18 NUMBER 17 SEPTEMBER 1st, 2010 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 RequestedAbaco welcomes darts tournament participantsTwo international darts tournaments are held School administrators hear motivational talkCrown Haven residents learn about subdivisionPlease see Darts Page 7 By Mirella Santillo The official opening ceremony of the fifth America’s Cup Darts Tournament took place on August 21 Faith Conven tion Center in Marsh Harbour before the commencement of the games. The Hon. Charles T. Maynard, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, performed the symbolic darts throw that officially opened the tournament. Mr. Maynard offered his best wishes to all the players, admitting however that he had a favorite team (no need to mention which one)! He jokingly asked the visitors to leave some of their belongings behind in order to make space for a few gifts to take home. “Have fun while you compete,” he advised. In spite of claiming to be nervous, he did very well, managing to throw all three darts within the board. Perfectly rehearsed and performed, the ceremony unrolled as the participat ing teams were called to the stage in turn. First, the various participating countries’ teams marched to the podium preceded by a bearer carrying the country’s flag, as MC Julieth McCafferty called the names of each player. The men and women from Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, the United The opening ceremony of the fifth America’s Cup Darts Tournament included the presentation of the participating members of each of the 12 countries represented. Each group was escorted by a standard bearer with the country’s flag. This ceremony was held on August 21 with an enthusiastic audience in attendance at the Faith Convention Center in Marsh Harbour. Sixteen Bahamians are competing in both the America’s Cup and the Caribbean Cup Darts Tournament that will follow on August 24-29. Time has been allowed in the schedule for our visitors to explore Abaco with trips planned to Hope Town and other interesting trips. The Hon. Kenneth Russell, Minister of Housing, left, is discussing government’s plans to make 154 lots available in Crown Haven for Bahamians 18 years and older and who do not have homes presently. The cost of the lots will depend on the cost of putting in utilities. Following the meeting, he spoke with individuals with questions. On the wall is the land plat showing lots currently occupied and those that will be made available. All vacant land in the area is Crown land. School administrators attended a two-day motivational seminar. Keynote speaker was Rev. Carla Culmer, well known to many as she previously served here as pastor of three Methodist churches. Her talk was well appreciated as she guided the audience to realize its opportunity to influence the next generation. The administrators were given guidelines in effective leadership. The new school year begins for government schools on August 30 and teachers are already preparing. Other schools will open on Septem ber 6. See story on page 6. Residents of Crown Haven nearly filled the Anglican Church to hear the Minister of Housing, the Hon. Kenneth Russell, outline the new subdivision with 154 lots being made available. There are 114 applications on file already. Although referred to as a subdivision, this project is making use of vacant Crown Land in Crown Haven, much of which is intermingled with existing residences. Some roads will have to be con structed along with expansion to power, phone and water service. The lots range in size from 6,000 to 15,000 square feet and are available to Please see Crown Haven Page 5

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.comBy Mirella Santillo By August 20 six of the eight interna tional teams participating in the America’s Cup Tournament, the first of two darts tournaments scheduled to start the next day, had arrived on Abaco where the event was being held for the first time. The players from Belize had to stay in Nassau because of incorrect travel programing. The team from Florida which is entering only the Caribbean Cup was not due to arrive until the following week. An informal welcome party was held at Abaco Towns that Friday evening. The at mosphere was laid back and relaxed, allow ing the visitors to renew their friendships with each other and get acquainted with the locals. They enjoyed Bahamian flavor and hospitality. Many Bahamian officials attend ed including the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Charles T. Maynard.Tournament reception brings friends togetherThe reception was organized by the Min istry of Tourism with music by the New En try band, drinks sponsored by Burns House and food prepared by Merissa Catering. It drew a large crowd of visitors and locals who gathered around the swimming pool, enjoying the drinks and chatting. Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism for the Northern Bahamas, offered a short but warm welcome to the visitors and invited them to see as much of Abaco as they could during their stay, describing for them some points of interest. Practice lanes had been set up inside in the bar area and some of the players got in a little practice. After dinner the Spring City Rockers Junkanoo group made their appearance, rushing through the crowd in their colorful costumes. Dancing and socializing occupied the guests for the reminder of the evening. A welcoming reception was held at Abaco Towns on August 20 for the particants of the darts tournaments. Many of the competitors brought family and friends for the event. Since many of them attend these events regularly, they get to know each other well so the reception was a time to renew these friendships. Shown are Edison Key, MP, and wife, center, at the beautiful buffet. The Spring City Rockers Junkanoo group put on a great show as part of the entertainment at the reception for the tournament guests. Many people assisted in organizing all facets of this event including the Ministry of Tourism. By Samantha V. Evans The College of The Bahamas is now developing its athletic department as it strives to obtain university status, and one of the incentives it is offering is athletic scholarships. This will bring further recognition to the college and offer scholarships to students who are talented in various areas of sport so that they can further their studies abroad. According to Charlene Smith, assistant coach of the women’s basketball department, the department is still developing so there are a great number of opportunities available for athletes that qualify for scholarships. She stated that interested persons can attend the college to play sports, then advance their play abroad at other colleges. COB is in the process of putting a good program together to provide scholarships for players coming out of high school. She encourages students to focus on their grades as well as the skills they need to qualify for such scholarships. Jeff Rodgers Sr., host of basketball camps in The Bahamas for the past 23 years, plans to bring NBA players to Abaco next year to see the talent the kids have. He sees his bas ketball camp as an opportunity not only for kids to learn the skills of basketball but as a stepping stone for them to gain scholarships and thus pursue additional education when they complete high school. Parents were encouraged to let their girls play as they, too, can receive scholar ships to play basketball at the college and university level with the possibility of mak ing it to pro ball status. Scholarships from the College of the Bahamas athletic department are also avail able in other areas.COB offers athletic scholarships

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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 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 We handle all your aircraft ground handling service needs the way you want. P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : fboinfo@cherokeeair.com P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : info@cherokeeair.comCherokee Air Cherokee Aviation Bahamians 18 years and older who do not presently have a house or property. These lots are not a gift but must be purchased, either with cash or by way of a conven tional mortgage. Prices have not been determined as this will depend on the cost of installing elec tricity, phone and water. The cost of this infrastructure will be divided among the entire Phase I lots. A government project several years ago regularized the property of those persons who had essentially lived there all their lives but did not have proper land docu ments. Residents of many of Abaco’s northern towns were settled on Crown Land with government assistance after severe hurricanes in the 1930s. Although moved there by government, proper land documents were not processed until recently. These additional lots will be available to those with lowand mid-level incomes who do not presently own a house. All the vacant land in Crown Haven and the other towns in Little Abaco is Crown Land so there is no conflict in government making lots available between existing houses. A posted plan showing the lots to be made available in Phase I indicates another 230 lots that could be undertaken in Phase II if there is sufficient demand. Most of the Crown Haven From Page 1 Subdivision lots open in Crown Havenlots in Phase II are in areas not presently served by roads. It will be up to individual purchasers to build their houses either by themselves or by using a contractor. Mortgages for hous es can be through a commercial bank or through the Bahamas Mortgage Corpora tion. Qualified buyers can begin with the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation with as little as five percent down and the balance by mortgage. The proposed development includes commercial lots for businesses. Provision has been made for duplexes and triplexes, and these can be financed through the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation with a primary requirement that the owner of the building lives there. To a question from a resident who felt he needed a larger piece of land than be ing offered, Mr. Russell suggested that he make an application to Crown Lands which makes land available when circumstances warrant. A Fox Town resident asked if similar lots could be made available in his town. Mr. Russell is aware of 94 applications on file from Fox Town persons and appreciated their desire to remain in Fox Town. He felt that this could be accommodated. Then it was brought out that about 30 per sons in Cedar Harbour were interested in a similar program. The Minister promised to look into that. This offering is different from the typical lots made available in Central Abaco where raw forested land is converted into a resi dential subdivision. This program does not lend itself to the settlements of Guana Cay, Elbow Cay or other towns where virtually all the land is privately owned. bahamian cuisine on Hope Town’s waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner Daily Appetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m ICE RENTAL BIKESABACO FREIGHTCOURIER SERVICESOcean Air 6671 W Indiantown Rd, Suite 50-453 Jupiter, Florida 33458 Walk-in and special handling nick@abacofreight.com Nick Mazzeo, owner manager This is the map of Crown Haven showing the existing private property and the 154 lots being offered in Phase I of a government plan to make more land available for both homes and businesses.The plan also shows the additional 230 lots that can be made available if the need warrents. The lots in Phase I will have roads, water, electricity and phones. The price of the lots will depend on the cost of putting in the infrastructure. This cost will be divided among all the lots. Mr. Kenneth Russell presented the plan of the new subdivision to the residents of Crown Haven. He then listened to all their questions. Shown is Delgarnas Parker, who asked if his son and daughter standing with him would qualify for lots also.Crown Haven AA and Al Anon MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. Al-Anon in Marsh Harbour meets by request. Call 357-6511. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays and Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at the Hope Town Library. The AA group and the AlAnon group meet in the Treasure Cay Community Center on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Please call 357-6511 for additional information. Lorraine Armbrister, PS Litfield Rolle, with Russell

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 By Canishka Alexander The Abaco Department of Education has adopted the theme Pursuing Excellence in Challenging Times for the 2010-2011 school year. School administrators held a motivational workshop on August 18 and 19 at the Education office in Marsh Har bour. Rev. L. Carla Culmer facilitated the first of two sessions on August 18 while Cardinal Woods led the session on August 19. During her remarks, Rev. Culmer instructed the administrators to be passionate and to have a love for what they are ac complishing at their schools. Ever an engaging speaker, she soon led them to consider the road less travelled as written by Robert Frost as they seek to make a difference in the lives of their staff and students. Before she introduced the principles of leadership and team building, she emphasized the importance ensuring that their staff has the resources they need to do their jobs and to develop themselves. Rev. Culmer said the six principles of leadership include the power of self mas tery, focus, people, persuasive communi cation, execution and the power of giving. Leaders must give of their time and re sources on many occasions, but one thing is certain, “Giving is a gift that always gives back,” she said. As for team building, Rev. Culmer said that leaders must lead by example and build up their staff. She challenged the administrators to develop a legacy and to make a difference in the lives of people they come in contact with. Beatrice Moxey of Central Abaco Primary was touched by what was said. She told her colleagues that as administrators they have the potential to impact students in a positive or negative way. She de scribed it as “touching eternity.” Dr. Lenora Black, District Superinten dent, could attest to what was being dis cussed as she recalled a recent conversa tion with one of her former students who had searched for her over the years. She had served as his primary school teacher. Now that he was in his last year in high school, he extended an invitation for her to become his high school teacher because of her positive influence in his life. Needless, to say, it is one of the greatest and most memorable highlights of her career. Candace Key, principal of Hope Town Primary, was asked to give the vote of thanks. She recognized that Rev. Culmer is comfortable being who she is and believes in herself, which are valuable attributes that all administrators must have. “She said that there are some people who meet blessings wherever they go, and I think she’s achieved that. I really think that Carla is the kind of person who has achieved the comfortableness with herself, and she does meet blessings where she goes. She’s unbelievable isn’t she? She’s down to earth; she’s not talking to us – she’s talking with us,” Mrs. Key said.School administrators learn leadership techniques School administrators met for a two-day seminar prior to the opening of school. Most schools will open on August 30 while a few private school will open on September 6. The administrators meet monthly during the school year to discuss common problems and keep up with the Ministry’s plans and goals. There has been a noticeable increase in the number of Haitian migrants attempting to gain entry illegally into The Bahamas over the past six months and, in particu lar, during the last few weeks. The government wishes to remind the public of its long standing policy with respect to illegal entry into its territory from all countries including Haiti. Following the January 12 earthquake, the government was understanding and responsive by temporarily suspending its apprehension exercises with respect to Haitians residing illegally in its territory. Further the Department of Immigration issued permits “To Reside” to 102 persons who were detained at The Bahamas Detention Centre. Having regard for the recent heightened infringement of Bahamas Immigration Law, notice is hereby given that with immediate effect, all illegal immigrants are requested to leave The Bahamas voluntarily. All persons who are here illegally are in contravention of the laws of The Bahamas, and are advised to return to their country of origin or be subject to appre hension and deportation. Persons who are found to be in The Ba hamas illegally will be repatriated forthwith. þ 12th Augu st, 2010 Notice to Illegal ImmigrantsBahamas Immigration Department The Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Asso ciation is working with the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust to conduct a first of its kind tagging program on Abaco the week of Oc tober 17. The goal is to have guides and anglers catch, measure, weigh and tag hun dreds of bonefish with spaghetti tags. As these fish are re-caught in the near future and information about size and location changes are put into a database, we will begin to learn about the habits of bonefish. There will also be dozens of fish im planted with sonic tags so scientists can learn about bonefish movement in relation to their spawning habits. Learning about where Abaco’s bonefish live, how quick ly they grow and where they spawn will give us the information to design effective management and conservation plans so that healthy bonefish fisheries are maintained here for years to come. Any angler wishing to become part of history by helping to close the gaps in our knowledge about bonefish can partici pate in the tagging program by contact ing mick@tarbone.org for information on single, three day or six day all inclusive bonefish tagging trips. their movements and habits Guana Freight Services Regular Frei ght Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 577-0474 577-8833 Great Guana Cay guanafreight@hotmail.com

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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 Darts Tournaments had a grand opening States stood in turn upon the stage in the midst of welcoming applause which be came loud hurrays and cheers as the Baha mian team made its appearance. Malcom Spicer, President of the World Darts Federation, Americas Region, explained that The Bahamas was chosen to be the host country after Jamaica gave up its place in February. He acknowledged all the committees and government agen cies that lent their support. He announced the creation this year the first America’s Region Youth Tournament. For the first time three young men, Laseton Glinton, a Bahamian; Shaun Naraine, a Canadian; Darts From Page 1 and twelve-year-old Arek Archibold from the Cayman Islands, will compete for the Darts Youth Cup. Edison Key, MP for South Abaco, gave a brief history of how a Darts Federation was founded in The Bahamas and congrat ulated the local committee for its efforts in organizing the event. Eight members of Rev. Charles Carey’s Abaco Culture Club, provided a welcome interlude as they performed traditional Bahamian dances, inviting members of the audience to join in. The large auditorium of the Faith Con vention Center where the ceremony took place was air-conditioned and beautifully adorned with Bahamian flags, decorations in Bahamian colors and many live plants. Set up with a stage, it was lined on each side with the darts lanes to be used for the two international tournaments being held during the next few days. Members of the Abaco Culture Club demonstrated their agility as they performed tra ditional Bahamian dances. They involved members of the audience including Malcolm Spicer shown here. Mr. Spicer holds top positions in several of the national and interna tional darts organizations and was the coordinator of all the planning for the two darts tournaments held in Marsh Harbour on August 20 to 30. The large auditorium at the Faith Convention Center on Don MacKay Boulevard was the venue for the two darts tournaments. The room accommodated the crowd for the grand opening ceremony. Shown are some of the officials. Administrator Cephas Cooper and Mrs. Cooper; Mrs. Kathy Key and Mr. Edison Key; MP, the Hon. Charles Maynard, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture; Malcolm Spicer, who holds top positions in national and international darts associations; Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism for the Northern Bahamas; and Tyrone Sawyer, Director of Sports and Aviation in Tourism. Sid’s Food StoreGroceries . Toiletries . SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area þ . Fresh Fruits & Vegetables þ þ þ . Frozen Meat þ . Dry and Canned Goods þ . Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian þ 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, Timothy Roberts, þ þ V ernique Russell, Mirella Santillo Editing Assistant: Annabella Marquis Contributors: Annabelle Cross, 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 #8 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 þ $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA þ $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface The Editor Says . . . Darts give an economic boast Letters to the EditorA letter to BECWenzel Jones, Manager: BEC Abaco Marsh Harbour, Abaco Dear Mr. Jones: Enclosed find my invoice to BEC for two months supply of propane for a gener ator that I had to install because of BEC’s inadequacies. I am not submitting a bill of the pur chase and installation costs of $25,000 for the generator but only for the fuel neces sary to prevent further mildew damages to furniture, clothing, books and food spoil age which greeted us on return to our home in Treasure Cay in mid-July. My BEC bill is paid in full through June 2010 as presented. I request the cost of the fuel, $2,189.42, to be applied to my BEC account, #269101-313843, before the next BEC invoice is issued. I understand a rate hike is going into effect as of July 2010. I fail to understand why consumers are being required to pay more for less and less adequate or reliable electric service. þ Sincerely, þ Elwood D. Bracey, M.D. þ Treasure Cay, Abaco Saddened by deathDear Editor, It is with sincere sadness that we recent ly heard of the passing of Sammy Albury. We met Sammy at his shop on Man-OWar four winters ago and had several very informative discussions of boat building on Abaco and specifically those built on ManO-War. Last winter we had put together a short DVD slide show of Man-O-War-built boats including the Lady Di which Sammy built in the 1990s and gave Sammy a copy. Of course, Sammy was most appreciative and reciprocated by giving us a couple of his handmade key chains. Sammy was a true gentleman we’ll miss seeing him this winter! Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sammy and his family and friends. þ Tom and Kaye Assenmacher þ S/V Shearwater Contractor cheats two homeowners Dear Editor: The Abaco community is growing and over the past five years has grown sub stantially as more and more persons are building homes. My husband and I were amongst those persons who decided to build on the island. When we started to build our home, it was exciting. What made it even more exciting is that a friend of mine and her hus band were using the same contractor we had. It took him awhile to get started on our home. When we inquired about the de lay, he stated that he had everything under control. When work began, we noticed that money was constantly being received from the bank by the contractor, but very little work was being done at our home. During this same time we learned that he was building his own home and that of his girlfriend. Still we did not suspect any thing until he started providing the same invoices for the bank covering items pur chased and declared previously in an at tempt to justify the funds being received. This did not work and a battle ensued. As this battle continued my friend and her hus band fired the contractor for misusing the funds received from the bank. The quality of the work done on their duplex was so poor that most of it had to be redone while other mistakes were so profound that they have to live with them. In an attempt to get some answers, a meeting was held with the bank to discuss the spending of the funds on our home. When this meeting was over, work on the house continued and as we thought, the contractor was making progress. However, besides putting the windows and doors in place, he totally destroyed our kitchen cabinets and counter tops. The contractor was subsequently fired. Most of our items went missing out of the house. The items were never retrieved. Another company had to be hired to complete the work. It took us an entire year before we were able to move into our home. After firing the contractor, we later learned that the experience my friend and her husband had was almost identical to ours. When the contractor received money from the bank, it was spent, but no work was done on their home for weeks either. When work began, it was slow. What made matters worse in both of our cases is that the contractor was rarely on site. We Please see Letters Page 9 Nearly 200 contestants, family and friends are in Marsh Harbour for two darts tournaments being held back-to-back: the Americas Cup followed by the Caribbean Cup. The players have come from loca tions as far away as Canada and Brazil. Between these two extremes are teams from the United States, Central America and many Caribbean islands. The tournaments had been scheduled to be hosted by Jamaica. However, early in the year Jamaica cancelled and the Ba hamas was asked to host the event. The president of the Bahamas Darts Associa tion quickly spoke to several key persons on Abaco who would be critical to hosting a successful international event in Marsh Harbour. They were enthusiastic, and the word went back that the tournament would be held here in late August. The Minis try of Tourism and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture threw their weight into the effort. It may have helped that the President of the Bahamas Darts Associa tion is our own Malcolm Spicer of Aba com Computer Store in Marsh Harbour. The key to success for an event like this is having people capable of organizing and who follow through to see that everything gets done in a timely way. Several of our communities have those persons who are capable organizers and excel at seeing to the myriad of details necessary to stage a successful event. Late August was chosen for ease in securing the necessary rooms. Regat tas and Abaco Towns have the bulk of the delegates with Island Breezes, Conch Inn, Lofty Fig and Pelican Shore Villas absorbing the overflow. The tournament organizers worked with Larry Williams, owner of Faith Convention Center on Don MacKay Boulevard to complete the large room in this building for the opening cer emonies and the 20 dart boards. Bringing this competition to Abaco was a natural for Malcolm Spicer, who holds several executive positions in national and international darts organizations. He has attended and arranged for many competi tions in other places so putting this event together drew from his knowledge and ex perience with other darts tournaments. Assisting were several working commit tees tending to the myriad of details, travel, accommodations, food and drink, the tournament itself and others. We understand that teams of volunteers worked day and night getting the main hall into shape. We were told that people were working virtually until the opening ceremony. The building’s interior was finished just in time for the opening ceremonies and was well received by the delegates. The facility is a credit to the area. The players are enjoying their stay here and many have extended their return reservations as they want to see more of Abaco before returning home. Several free days are scheduled between and during the competitions. One player wrote a note that this was the best organized tournament that he had attended, not only for the tourna ment itself but for the warmth and atmo sphere of the surrounding Marsh Harbour area. The darts competitions had the advantage of needing only a large room which could hold 20 dart boards on the sides with sufficient center space for team managers. Now that Abaco has successfully hosted an international event, we should look for other relatively small events that could be successfully held here. Other programs that could function with similar space requirements might be bridge or other card competitions, chess or other board games, poker competitions and bin go. Small conventions and business meet ings are another area to explore. Small music concerts are a definite possibility but might require a larger space for the audience. There are probably other events that could be hosted here. All of these have the advantage of not requiring a stadium or playing field, bleachers or changing rooms. Well organized community festivals are common on Abaco. Committees of local persons do an excellent job with these home grown events. Later, the Abaco Tourism office expanded and became a partner in many of these larger productions. Tour ism’s subsequent involvement has elevated these events to a higher level. The pride Abaco people have for their island is apparent when these events are staged. In the past year mention has been made of hosting an international Little League tour nament or possibly an international track meet. Field sports such as these require extensive ground facilities and bleachers which are presently not available, at least to international standards. To host any of these larger field sports will require ma jor capital investment in grounds and facilities. The immediate future for funding sporting facilities does not look promising. It is expensive to meet the standards and expectations that would be required for an international event. The Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture must now assess these darts tournaments in terms of the promotional value or exposure for Abaco, the economic impact the event contributed to the area, the potential for return visits by the participants and most importantly, what other events fall within the parameters shown to work for the darts tournament. During some portions of the year, Marsh Harbour’s visitor facilities are full, and during these seasons it would not be appropriate to attempt hosting several hun dred delegates. However, we suspect that our guest facilities would welcome groups in late August, September, October, early November and possibly January when traditional occupancies are way down. The success of this event has opened our eyes and hopefully the eyes of oth ers. Marsh Harbour, Abaco’s commercial center, does not have the quaint charm offered by Hope Town or Green Turtle Cay. However, those cays do not have the facilities to host events with several hundred participants. Hope Town, and perhaps similar settlements, have hosted small groups such as foreign instructors who brought their art students for practical lessons. These are mini-groups of 10 20 persons, and this type of tourism should be encouraged. We are suggesting that Marsh Harbour’s tourism potential should be revis ited and expanded. Marsh Harbour has the capability of having small international events. These events will affect all of Ab aco as the participants explore the island. It is doubtful that Marsh Harbour will ever match the popularity of Hope Town or similar settlements. However, the Ba hamas’ third city may have a bright future for visitors if the focus is shifted and pre sented differently.

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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Order The Abaconian Today Apr 2006Name Address Address City þ St. Postal code þ + þ Country E-mail (or Fax) þ (for renewal) þ þ þ þ þ US$95 UK, Europe Surface þ þ If you want to renew this gift next year, Why subscribe spotted numerous problems as our house was being built, but he was not around to show them to him. Since he was building other homes including his own, he had to be tracked down at one of these sites. Numerous other problems developed in cluding workers complaining of not being paid. When the contractor was confronted about this matter, he told us to stop talking to the workers and not to visit our home site again. Of course, we told him no and continued to monitor the site. We were not informed when this man was going to the bank to receive money as he was the professional. But after being lied to about our shipment that never came and missing money not being accounted for, we informed the bank of all that was happening. This contractor was heartless and had no remorse for what he did. He walked away with money from both families along with items that should be in our homes. We trusted him with the biggest investment of our lives, and he stole the joy from us, took advantage of us, misused our funds and lied to hide the fact that he was steal ing from us. This incident was extremely stressful and put un-needed strain on our relation ships. It is so strange that after all that took place this contractor took it upon himself to seek legal action against us. In my case we hired a lawyer and the case was dropped. From my investigations this seems to be the practice of a great number of the contractors on the island. We are tired of it and decided to speak out. I am concerned for unsuspecting persons who may not have knowledge of such unethical and unprofessional practices tak ing place at the hands of those who present themselves as building contractors. I have learned further that some of the banks keep these persons on their list of builders which is an unethical practice as well. Building practices need to be regulated. Contractors should be required to receive training and monitoring so that if anything like what I described happens again, the watch dogs will catch it immediately and take their license away permanently. Right now there is no board, committee or min istry to fight such complaints for us, result ing in dishonest contractors like ours run -Letters From Page 8 Letters to the Editor ning off with our money and possessions while leaving us with incomplete homes and lots of bills. I appeal to the Prime Minister and those who are in the appropriate ministries to put an end to such unscrupulous business and save those of us who have no knowledge of shady building contractors from becoming victims in the future. Fed up and disgusted homeownersRobbed Contractor Sue Local Ministry Part II Dear Reader: Since the termination of my contract, I have had to face several lawsuits, personal financial crisis and being arrested. I am being sued by suppliers for money owed and am behind in my own personal expenses with some $10,000 being owed on my mortgage. I need immediate restitution. I owe Standard Hardware some $106,000 and the Paint Place $2, 598.95. However, there is still a great abundance of money owed to me by this Ministry that I am in desperate need of at this time. As a husband and father, it has been very hard for me to function under these conditions because of lack of finances. Additionally, I have been made aware that the uncle of the local office manager was given the contract to complete the re maining four houses but the twist in this saga is that the company is owned by the office manager. This, as far as I am aware, is nepotism, which is prohibited in busi ness. On June 18 I was arrested as a result of money owed by a former worker on this same job. A court order stated that I was to pay him the full amount owed. But he and I came to another agreement. Since I was not working and could not make the second arranged agreement, he took this to mean that I was ignoring him so he went to the police station and had me arrested. It was my character that saved me from having to stay in jail. To this date, I am grateful to the officer who knew me well enough to speak to his boss on my behalf. I got an opportunity to meet with the Minister of this Ministry and the Perma nent Secretary on June 23 at the local of fice at which time it was stated that the termination of my services was a mistake. Prior to this date, there had not been any effort made to compensate me for the mon ey lost as a result of this mistake. In fact, I was told by the Minister at this meeting that I owe this Ministry money for what? I do not know! Even before this meeting, the office manager made the same state ment which I do not understand. To add, I have all of my documents to support my claim of money received and that which is owed. Also present for this meeting was the local office manager and his secretary. The reason this meeting was held was because I gave these parties seven days to respond to me before I took this matter public. I was paid a little over $13,000 for the house I completed after this meeting took place. They stated that they would also look into the money owed to me for stage four of the house that was 95 percent finished which I am still waiting to hear from them on. The total amount still owed to me is $145,498.65. The total has in creased due to interest added onto the bal ance owed by Standard Hardware and their removing the contractor’s discount. This is unfair but it is what it is. This amount also includes money owed for National In surance payment, to the cabinet builder, workers, plumber, mason, electrician and other workers. The second week of July, I spoke with the Prime Minister who may or may not have had knowledge of this case but was quite interested in what I was stating. He gave me his fax number. I faxed him the information on July 23. A few days later I went into Nassau with hopes of meeting with him but was unable to. But I was able to meet with the Permanent Secretary of this Ministry. At this meeting, she stated that there is no record of any money being owed to me. I asked her to provide me with proof of this but was told that they do not have to provide me with any proof. I even asked if she wanted to see the pay slips for money I received but she said no! She then invited a co-worker into the meeting who she stated would look into my financial grievance which they have not done to this date. On August 3 I gave this Ministry an ultimatum to pay me the balance owed to me for the work already done on the four remaining houses prior to my termination which totaled a little under $21,000 or I would go public. Well, the fact that you are reading this indicates that I am yet to hear from them. The Prime Minister asked them to look into this matter. So I called this office back but they are still stating that there is no indication of money owed. It is clear to me that someone is hiding something. I am not about to be used so that someone can pock et money I worked hard to earn. Well, all I can say is that it appears as if I have to sue this Ministry and all parties concerned because the money owed to me just disappeared. I cannot afford to work for free so I am demanding my money right now! þ Brent Brooks þ Building c ontractor þ Abaco þ To be con tinued [Ed. note: We regret that Brent Brooks’ name was on the wrong letter in our Au gust 15 issue. 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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 By Timothy Roberts The Hon. Kenneth Russell, Minister of Housing, toured Spring City’s newest phase of government housing to view the progress made, announcing that infrastructural work is to start at the beginning of September this year to provide these hous es with power, phones and water. Mr. Russell was interested to see the progress of the buildings and to get an idea of the time line for completion so they can get BEC, BTC and Water and Sewerage coordinated to install the necessary utilities to the 35 homes that are part of Phase II of the Ministry’s housing project. The plans call for numerous commer cial lots as well as an area for a park, and government will be offering about 100 lots for sale where purchasers can either have the government build the house for them with one of the present plans or build their own. He said the houses being built in the current phase are even better than the ones built during Phase I and that the “little touches have made it even more special.” He added, “The people who will live here are going to get a very nice house at a very nice price.” Mr. Russell, who was very pleased with the progress, said, “This subdivision is the most beautiful one ever built in The Com monwealth of The Bahamas.” When it is Housing Minister Inspects Spring City A few of the new houses in Spring City are on a cul-de-sac recently opened up as part of Phase II of government’s project of building affordable houses for low income families. The Hon. Kenneth Russell was impressed with the quality of the construction work and the progress being made. One of the contractors building houses in Spring City put in a cathedral ceiling with a real wood. Ms. Lorraine Armbrister, is admiring the ceiling. The same contractor is making high quality cabinets also. The workmanship of the houses is very good. The Hon. Kenneth Russell, Minister of Housing, far right, is examining the quality of the carpentry in the government-built houses in Spring City. With him are Ms. Lorraine Arm brister, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Housing; Litfield Rolle, First Assistant Secretary, Housing; and Kevin McIntosh, Abaco Housing official. Please see Spring City Page 21

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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 Central Abaco News Brown’s Bay Gets Further Upgrades By Samantha V. Evans The Dundas Town Local Government Committee has been working hard in their community since their election two years ago, and now they are working to ensure that the residents have a safe place to go for family fun and relaxation. To provide such a place, Brown’s Bay was further enhanced and fixed up to add to what the previous committee had done. According to Chairman Cay Mills, a few months ago some additional work was started which is just about completed. The focus this time was the completion of the seawall, bath room tiling, adding outdoor showers and garbage drums and the construction of benches under the cabanas. The cost of the material and labor is donated by Scurvy Few Motorcycle Club. These benches will allow families a nice place to have a family picnic, eat lunch or just have a quiet place to sit and watch the sunset.Aj’s Daiquiris opens By Samantha V. Evans Albert Johnson, a veteran bartender of 20 years, opened AJ’s Daiquiri next door to Shell Service Station in Dundas Town. According to Mr. Johnson, he opened for business three weeks ago and so far busi ness has been good. He stated that business in the hotels is slow now so there is not much work. He did an assessment of what was missing in the community and opened a daiquiri stand. Daiquiris come in a vari ety of flavors including strawberry, pina colada, mango and many others. Custom ers can also get combination flavors and frozen lemonade. Since this summer has been extremely hot, patrons have surely enjoyed these frozen treats. The treats range in price from $3 to $5 each. His business is open Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. He is looking forward to extending his business hoursto Sunday afternoons from 2-6 p.m.Merchants offer backto-school promotions By Samantha V. Evans It is time for parents to make back-toschool preparations and to make this easy during these tough economic times, two local merchants offered back-to-school promotional initiatives. Bellevue Business Depot has an initiative where it gives away prizes and cash. To enter parents have to spend $50 or more at which time the they will become eligible to win wonderful prizes. The grand prize is a Dell mini laptop and the second prize is a Nintendo DS Console. Other smaller prizes will be given out as well which include school items. Bellevue is well stocked with back to school items. This promotion will run through September. The drawing of the top prizes will be on September 25 at the store in Marsh Harbour. For several years now, the Chemist Shop has offered its back-to-school promo tion. Since many parents are planning to lo cally again this year, this campaign will be very easy on the pockets of many parents. To enter, shoppers spending $20 or more are instantly entered to win many great priz es. The Chemist Shoppe sells school sup plies year round but for back to school, it ordered additional supplies to ensure that it is able to meet the needs of shoppers. The campaign will end in October. The winners will be announced shortly after the promo tion ends. The Chemist Shoppe also sells school and lunch bags. Both stores have great prices on back to school items that parents can afford.Ma Designs & Art Center opens By Samantha V. Evans A few weeks ago Shamsi Cartwright opened her own business, Ma Designs and Art Center, a place where children can have lots of fun, be creative and make wonderful new things. Children will be able to explore their talents by painting, t-shirt painting, bead making, scrap book ing, cross stitching, cutting and pasting, holiday decorating and much more. Parents can drop their children off for an hour or more for a small fee. In September she will launch her afterschool program and care center which will operate from 2-6 p.m. A registration fee will be charged for all school students. Ad ditionally schools can take their students to the center for a day of fun while they improve their art and design skills. Sessions can also be personalized to meet the needs of groups. Thursday is the day set aside for group sessions which are by appointment only. Birthday parties and church groups are hosted at the design and art center. It is located on Don MacKay Boulevard in the Abaco Shopping Center in the new section and is open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The phone number is 5548534.Abaco Island Pharmacy is movingBy Jennifer Hudson The Abaco Island Pharmacy, which is presently located in Dove Plaza, is moving to a new location. It will be opening in Sep tember in the building between Batelco and Every Child Counts. Pharmacist Ricardo Miller opened the Abaco Island Pharmacy eight years ago. The business has grown and the current premises are no longer adequate for its needs. The new location, which is still central and convenient, will more than double the interior space and has ample parking. The interior has had a ma jor renovation and is bright, spacious and very nicely appointed with the welfare of customers in mind. As Mr. Miller stated, “The majority of time people who come in here are feeling unwell so we want to try and lift their spirits.” The bigger space will allow for a much larger inventory of over-the-counter merchandise and for a greatly expanded phar macy area. The line of homeopathic medi cations will be expanded as Mr. Miller has noted that his customer base is changing, and people are becoming much more inter ested in homeopathic solutions. He will be continuing blood pressure readings with a one dollar donation each time going to the Abaco Cancer Society and also cholesterol and blood sugar testing. The new pharmacy will be complying with the new National Insurance Prescription Drug Plan. Mr. Miller is impressed Please see Central Page 12

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Page 12 Section A The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 More Central Abaco News with the plan the Ministry of Health has put in place to bring health care in The Bahamas more in line with the rest of the Caribbean. “This will bring in a new client base, and we are looking forward to assisting these people with the monitoring of their health care regimen.” Mr. Miller is assisted by his pharmacist wife, Avalon Miller. They remind custom ers that they are trained to give advice and make recommendations as to whether customers need to see a doctor. SSI provides security for Abaco By Samantha V. Evans Security System International has opened an office upstairs in the B & V Plaza in Marsh Harbour on August 9. On August 16 Chuck Lobosky, Abaco Manager, and Nolan Carey, Marketing Manager, were on hand to answer questions from potential customers. Even though this company is now opening an office on Abaco as a solo company, it has been doing business on the island through Seaside Securities. Some of the clients this company has served for the past seven years include several banks and Batelco. SSI offers many services but the two services they are promoting on Abaco are home and business alarm systems and closed circuit television. With the alarm system, the customer can feel safe knowing that they have 24-hour monitoring. When a customer purchases this package, he can get fire alarm systems, access control, sur veillance cameras, automated gates, police Central From Page 11 notification and 24-hour technical support. Wireless systems can be purchased with the same features. Executives from the company will be on Abaco again soon to further promote their services. To find out more about the services and the cost to get one of these packages, persons can call 367-5300 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday.Ministry of Works’ safety initiative By Samantha V. Evans A few weeks ago workers from the Min istry of Works began repainting the zebra crossings (also known as pedestrian crossings) to ensure that the kids are safe when the new school year begins. According to Abaco’s resident Works’ engineer, John Schaefer, this is an initiative they are doing in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of Abaco. His crew started by putting one crossing on Forest Drive for Central Abaco Primary School students and one at the Abaco Shopping Center. Both are busy streets so they placed the crossings in these two locations first. They have plans to put crossings in front of all public and private schools starting in Central Abaco, then they will branch out to north and south Abaco. They plan to work with the Kiwanis Club to put up speed limit, school zone and other safety signs so that drivers and walk ers can be safe on the streets of Abaco. Mr. Schaefer would like to see the sec ond traffic light in Marsh Harbour opera tional. But since it was not paid for by his Ministry, he cannot address the matter un til allowances are made for it in the next road improvement project budget. He does not know when that will be. He stated that to make the traffic light legal there will need to be turning lanes on Don MacKay Boulevard. He realizes that speeding is a problem on Abaco but wants the commu nity to know that his Ministry will do what it can to alleviate this once authorization is given from Nassau. He encouraged locals to drive carefully as with limited zebra crossings and speed bumps, drivers are not adhering to speed ing laws as they should. The speed bumps that are on the island were put in privately so he cannot say if his Ministry will sanc tion his team to put any in place. However, he is hoping that this safety initiative will help drivers abide by the law. Changes to the home inspection regulations By Samantha V. Evans Many persons in the Abaco communi ties are constructing homes or businesses and others are applying for plan approvals but sometimes there are delays as the Town Planning Board does not meet on a regular basis. As a result of this, John Schaeffer, Abaco’s engineer with Works is seeing a number of homes going up illegally. To prevent such illegal construction, he hopes that Town Planning will approve plans for building in a timely fashion. He is seeing many building problems as well, es pecially when it comes to persons not set ting their building back sufficiently from the road. He stated that buildings being constructed on the highway should be 80100 feet from the road and those in settle ments can be nearer. To know how far back their building should be, owners should get a survey done which will tell them where their boundaries are. He added that it is the responsibility of the homeowner. But where necessary, the Ministry of Works will have it done. However, this is not al ways the case so property owners should do all of their homework before building. Builders should know that the Ministry of Works has taken over the electrical inspection from BEC which is required for owners to get electrical service for their home. Additionally, this Ministry now has a three-phase electrical inspector who is a part of the building control department. This person has been here for three weeks and does all final inspections for this Min istry. Mr. Schaefer wants to remind build ers that they are now required to have a riser diagram which is to be completed by a licensed electrician as a part of their plans. He is seeing too many plans com ing in without it. This has to be in place for them to get their inspection certificate. This riser will show the load sharing and lets BEC know what system it needs to have in place to provide adequate service for the building. To apply for this inspec tion, 48-hour notice is needed and a form must be completed. A licensed electrician should be present when this inspection is being done. These changes may seem like a lot for some persons, but it is important that all builders comply so that there will not be any delays in them meeting final inspection requirements. Advertise in The Abaconian

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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 Abaco 242-677-5333 Nassau 242-324-1476 www.serenitypoint.com Breathtaking Beach Front & Hill Top Home Sites in an Intimate Setting Full-Service Beach Club, Tennis Courts, and Luxe Concierge Services Conveniently located adjacent to the new Schooner Bay Harbour Village Home Sites from $230,000A Newly Available Island Community On Schooner Bay Beach in South Abaco Cherokee Sound By Lee PinderTrouble on the reefA 62-foot luxury yacht named the Bella Veloca from Miami was returning to its home base after cruising Abaco waters. Those aboard decided to spend the night anchored off Little Bay near Cherokee Sound. On board were the captain and owner of the vessel. During the night the anchor shifted and the heavy boat drifted up onto the reef in front of Cherokee Sound. The wave action tore quite a few dangerous gashes into the hull and threatened to flounder the boat. After some advice from one of our local fishermen, an immediate S.O.S. was sent out to a salvaging company in Freeport and a rescue vessel was soon enroute. It wasn’t long before they moved the boat off the reef, but there was still work to be done before they could attempt the ocean crossing. All in all, it took about two and a half days, but temporary repairs were made, and they were once again on their way. Living so close to the sea and being a community of fishermen, word quickly gets around when a boat is in peril on the reef, and everyone is concerned for their safety. We can only surmise that once they pulled away heading south they completed their journey successfully. But for a short while Cherokee residents kept a constant watch from along the shoreline, waiting, anticipating the worst, yet hoping for the best.Long lost Cherokee letter found on E-BayThey say you can find almost anything you want on E-Bay and I guess “they” are right. Actually Cherokee is hardly more than a fly speck on the world map and prob ably 99 percent of the world’s population couldn’t even find us. But someone look ing for rare stamps found an old envelope with a return address simply marked Lorraine Pinder, Cherokee Sound, and dated November 15, 1945. That is 65 years ago. The coveted stamps were Bahamian George VI stamps valued in English pounds (our currency of the day). Each pound equaled several U.S. dollars with 20 shillings to the pound and 12 pence to each shilling. In addition, there were two half-penny stamps and two penny stamps in that particular George VI Postal Issue in 1938. So it works out that her stamps cost her perhaps 12 cents, a huge decrease from todays rate of postage rates. What is amazing is that the buyer of the stamps just happened to have visited Cherokee and had met Lorraine. What a coincidence! Because they knew Lorraine, they returned a copy of the envelope to her and her family as a keepsake. Remember, World War II had just ended in May of that year and things were just starting to get back to normal. As far as Lorraine can remember, being one of Cherokee’s pretty young teenagers, she was probably looking for a new outfit for the holidays that she could wear on a Sat urday afternoon when all the unmarried young ladies strolled the streets around town with the idea of catching themselves a beau. After many long years of rationing and having to do without “for the war effort,” she had placed an order with Na tional Bellas Hess, one of the popular mail order businesses in New York that would ship merchandise to The Bahamas. Other well known mail order houses were Mont gomery Ward and Sears Roebuck & Co. In Chicago, Illinois. Lorraine would have purchased a postal order from the Post Office in Cherokee to cover the cost of her order. I wonder if it may also been lost in some filing cabinet somewhere? It just may turn up someday too. Whether you were living on a farm in the U. S. or a remote island in the West Indies, everyone looked forward to receiv ing those catalogs that would bring some of the outside world right to your door. Back then they were referred to as “Dream Books.” There certainly was not an E-Bay back then, but still, I guess they served the same purpose. How thoughtful of that person who pur chased the envelope to think of Lorraine and get in touch with her and bring back some memories of a simpler sweeter time in her childhood. Storytelling DayAlmost nothing can ever compare with our first Cherokee Day, and people are still talking about it almost 25 years later. However, the most memorable part of that day in January 1986 was the renewal of old friendships and the experience of stepping back in time to visit a place of one’s childhood, as many persons with Cherokee roots came back for a visit. We were once described as coming up “out of the doldrums.” There is no doubt about the fact that today’s Cherokee is dif ferent in lots of ways, and yet, it’s still the same. Before 1954 we were cut off from the mainland like many of the other settlements and the only mode of transportation was by mail boat. We had a little more contact when J.B. Crockett pushed through a road to Big Mangrove. Big Mangrove was on the mainland and a dinghy boat ride away South Abaco News Please see South Page 15 This is the envelope of a letter sent by Lorraine Pinder of Cherokee Sound to National Bellas Hess in 1945. It was found on E-Bay by a person who had met Ms. Pinder and who sent it to Ms. Pinder as a keepsake.

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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 Abaco Marine Props Propellers 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 AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas from Cherokee. But then we could ride a pick-up truck into Marsh Harbour. Even with the road pushed all the way through to Cherokee, for better or worse, we are still a pretty remote little piece of Abaco. We are definitely unique, but our residents like it that way. Some hope it will never change, especially our second home residents. Every once in awhile we get a chance to re-live some of those moments out of our past and on October 11 we will do it again. We’re hoping some of Cherokee’s best “Storytellers” will be here to help reminis cence about some of those long forgotten “good old days.” We are going to show off some of our local talent. There will be an art exhibition, a display of local artists with works that have never been viewed by South From Page 14 More South Abaco News the public and some new and unique crafts items. Some will be on sale. We feel this is one day you won’t want to miss. The plan is to bring back many of the games and competitions remembered from the old Empire Day celebrations. And our quilting ladies, under the direction of Joanne Sturrup, a Cherokee roots’ person herself, will be raffling off another of their beautiful handmade quilts. You could be the lucky winner with the purchase of only one ticket. A bake stall will offer lots of homemade goodies, conch salad, conch fritters and homemade ice cream. The grill will be kept going all day with delicious hamburg ers. We can’t possibly compete with any of the bigger fairs and fund raisers held around the island these days, but our aim is for ev eryone to come and enjoy an afternoon of fun and relaxation with fellow Abaconians. Any funds raised will benefit the W.W.Sands Community Center Restoration and Maintenance Fund in Cherokee. So, mark your calen dars NOW for October 11, 2010, and come to Cherokee.A historic wedding in Casuarina PointBy Jennifer Hudson The thunderclouds rolled back, the rain stopped and the sun shone for a beautiful and rather historic wedding on the beach at Casuarina Point on August 9. Jennifer Ste venson and Thomas Ramsey were joined in matrimony by Vernon Malone with her 11-year-old sister, Julia, as bridesmaid. What made the wedding so historically special was the fact that her grandfather, Bob Chandler, worked as Project Manager for Bahamas Agricultural Industries Lim ited (BAIL), a subsidiary of the Owens Illinois Company at Snake Cay in the 1960s. He started coming here in 1965 in prepara tion for a move in 1966 to assist in estab lishing the sugar cane operation. Since then he has spent many hours over the years relating interesting stories to his family of his enjoyable time spent living at Casuarina Point. So when his granddaughter became engaged last year, she immediately asked her parents if she could get married at Casuarina Point. Her mother, having spent several years here as a child and absolutely loving it, readily agreed. In 1966 Bob Chandler arrived from the United States with his wife and four young children, aged four, six, seven and eight years, to take up residence in one of the cottages owned by the Owens Illinois Company at Casuarina Point. When the subdivision of Casuarina Point in South Abaco was first developed, the developer built five small cabins on spec along the shoreline. Owens Illinois bought these cab ins as residences for its company manag ers, thus providing a starting point for their business operation. Jennifer’s (the bride’s) mother, Sue, was four years old at the time. This was the first family here and there was no water or elec tricity. Later Owens Illinois started build ing regular homes and a total of 53 were completed, 35 on the ocean side and 18 across the road for managers, supervisors and specialists. Bob Chandler soon built his own house, the first private home built in Casuarina Point, hoping to encourage other managers to build their own homes. Teach ers were hired by Owens Illinois from the United States and Canada to start a school for the children of the employees living in Casuarina Point and so the first school for mangers’ children was begun in Casuarina Point in a porta-camp. Bob Chandler, his wife Naomi, and their four children lived in Casuarina Point until 1969 when the sugar cane operation closed down. The family loved the years spent in Casuarina Point and have many fond mem ories. They said that the area was magnifi cent and was maintained to the nth degree by the company with all of the properties beautifully landscaped. When they returned for a visit 10 years later, they were sad to see that the homes deteriorated. During the 1970s they made a couple more return trips to Casuarina Point, one of them for a Service Awards Banquet for long term em ployees. Their last visit prior to the wed ding was 10 years ago. The Chandler family have noted sev eral changes since they lived in Casuarina Point, the main ones being the number of new homes, some of them much larger, and the presence of a canal running through the The wedding of Jennifer Stevenson and Thomas Ramsey was a special one. It was held on the beach at Casuarina Point where the bride’s grandparents had lived in the mid to late 1960s. Bob Chandler and his wife, left, moved to Casuarina when Mr. Chandler was made manager of the Owens Illinois sugar operation on Abaco. Their daughter, Sue, second from right, was just a toddler at the time. The bridesmaid, Julia, is the bride’s sister. The family wanted to return to the place that they had enjoyed years before. Please see South Page 19

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 ROCK imported & local SAND imported & local Abaco’s cornerstone to construction AIR COMPRESSOR AVAILABLE FOR RENT Murphy Town Water Front beside Parker’s Landing FOR RENT Ironman competitor vacations on AbacoBy Canishka Alexander Ironman Jeff Glasbrenner zipped through downtown Marsh Harbour head ing for the airport road at top speed. In most cases, seeing a person running in soaring high temperatures throughout the day would not be remarkable. However, seeing a man run with a prosthetic leg is simply astonishing unless, of course, you witnessed Glasbrenner in action. Born on Jan. 20, 1973, he was eight years old when his life was changed forever. While on his family’s farm in Wis consin, his pant leg became entangled in a hay cutter, and sawed his leg off in the process. Tragic, yes, but Glasbrenner refused to wallow in self pity. Instead, he soon be came involved in the sport of wheelchair basketball. He didn’t stop there. The triathlon event soon caught his atten tion because of its challenging nature. He first competed in the 2006 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, and since then he has been recognized as the most valuable player on several occasions. He has earned many sportsmanship awards, and he has acquired countless medals. On May 1 he completed his 8th Ironman competition at the Ironman St. George in Utah. The event is considered as one of the toughest Ironman competitions. It incor porates 8,000 feet of climbing on the bike course and an exceptionally difficult running course. Despite his many accomplishments, however, life has humbled him. As he pre pared to head back into Marsh Harbour, he was fortunate to find a bench convenient ly located under the shade of a tree. He quickly removed the prosthetic leg, deftly wiping sweat from his leg, and reattached the leg. With an easy smile, Glasbrenner shared that life has been good to him, so much so that he is a motivational speaker when at home in Little Rock, Arkansas. Waving goodbye and giving a thumbs up sign, he headed back into town to meet his family, who was vacationing with him on Abaco.Regina Parotti earns Black Belt in JudoBy Jennifer Hudson Regina Parotti was recently awarded her black belt in Judo during a ceremony in Nassau. She was one of two persons achieving this honour at the ceremony and explained that a black belt can be awarded in two categories: fighting and coaching. A young man of 15 years was the other re cipient and won his in the fighting category while Mrs. Parotti won hers for coaching. She was very proud to have finally earned her black belt after participating in the sport for 32 years and termed it “a major achievement.” Mrs. Parotti began learning the art of Judo as a young Girl Guide when she took it up in order to earn her Sea Rangers Self Defense badge. She fell in love with the sport immediately as she found that she could do this sport well. “I enjoy the struc ture of the sport and the science of how to use leverage,“ she stated. People in the News Regina Parotti has earned her Black Belt in Judo. H.G. Christie Ltd. honored its top real estate agents for 2009 at a luncheon recently held in Nassau. John Christie, Vice President of H.G. Christie Ltd. said, “Despite 2009 being a tough economic year, we’re excited to announce the exceptional achievements of our top producing agents.” The agents included Dwayne Wallas of the Marsh Harbour office. Gifts were presented to each of them including an all-inclusive trip to the 2010 National Association of Realtors Conference being held in November in New Orleans. Mr. Wallas said, was a tough year for anyone who works in the business. Over the past fourplus years since my relocation from Nassau, I’ve put significant effort into making con tacts and networking within my new home, the Abaco community. Additionally, I focused on building solid relationships with good friends and keen colleagues. These efforts seem to have started to pay off.” Shown are the top producing agents Samara Albury, Donna Laing Jones, Cara Christie, John Christie and Dwayne Wallas.H.G. Christie honours its top agentsPlease see People Page 17

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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 Ph: 367-2222 Fax: 367-2888 NASSAU UNDERWRITERS COLE ALBURY LTD.INSURANCE AGENCY BAHAMAS FIRST General Insurance Company Limited Bahamas First General Ins. Co. Ltd.Monday Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.After Mrs. Parotti moved to Abaco 18 years ago, she helped Sensei Toote for a while, then met Sensei Rahming, who ini tiated the Abaco Judo Club under the Ba hamas Judo Federation, which has classes every Saturday morning in St. Francis de Sales School during the school year. She has been coaching for him since May of 2009. She has recently been assisting three young lads for a prestigious international competition in Nassau on August 7. There are two things Mrs. Parotti would like to see change on Abaco regarding the Judo classes. One is to see more females joining. Her second wish is for Judo to be a year-round sport. She would like for the Judo Club to have a building where they could hold summer camps and not have to close during school holidays. Congratulations to Mrs. Parotti for her years of dedication to the sport and finally achieving the honour of a black belt. “It is a sport which combines structure, dis cipline, science, self defense and is a fatburning sport which induces good physical fitness,” she says, and strongly encourages young people to join.Maritime student travels By Canishka Alexander Tevon Strachan is an Abaco Marine Cadet who has already travelled to a number of provinces of China. Now we learn that he has applied to the Maine Maritime Col lege in the hopes of attending that institu tion next year. In the meantime, he will leave for sea More People in the News People From Page 16 some time in September with Camp bell Shipping, but he is uncertain about the countries they will travel to. He has al ready worked with Campbell Shipping and completed a three-month contract with the company earlier this year. He is fascinated about the maritime in dustry because it has become a career for him. “It’s now a passion; something I en joy doing,” he said. “I am doing my best to be an example for all of the other Abaco nian Cadets and maybe even students that are interested in the career. If I leave for sea in September, I will be at sea for ap proximately six months after which I will return home to rest. Now is the best time to join the industry because it’s growing!” He said that the world depends on the maritime and shipping industry to transport goods and cargo from country to country. He added that it is the only way to trans port bulk cargo overseas. “The industry will not die, and it provides an opportunity to travel and experi ence diverse cultures as well as being an extremely lucrative career,” he said, en thusiastically. After graduating from St. Francis de Sales School, Tevon went to Suny Mari time College in New York. Next, he com pleted his captain’s license course where he acquired his B Captain’s License and then the A Captains License – all accom plished by the time he was 18 years old. Tevon attended Holland College in Canada where he became certified in bridge watch, basic marine, first aid, and earned a standard training certification in watch keeping. He was selected as the top leader in his class. His plans are to major in marine transportation and minor in global studies and marine affairs, and he eventually hopes to become a master sergeant.Abaco Girl ExcelsBy Jennifer Hudson Eighteen-year-old Zinia Miller is a young lady for whom dedication and hard work are paying off in a big way, and she is a role model for all young people. Zinia graduated in June from the Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Florida, where she excelled not only in academics but also in athletics. While in 10th Grade at Forest Heights Academy she was offered a full scholarship to the Florida Air Academy when a recruitment officer attended her school and noted her outstanding grades and athletic involvement. When she graduated from the Florida Air Academy in June, Zinia had A grades in five of her six subjects and had served as teacher’s assistant. Although Zinia found it tough transitioning from family to boarding school, she was grateful for the experience saying that it taught her a lot of independence and the ability to make decisions. Zinia’s athletic prowess was discovered when she was in 4th Grade. She began as a distance runner but a coach soon discov ered that she could jump, and high jump has now be come her favourite event. At 14 she com peted in the Junior CAC games for the Bahamas in Santa Domingo and was very successful in coming 3rd overall. She went on to compete in Carifta in Guadeloupe. There, as a 15-year-old she competed in high jump against 17-yearolds. “I did a lot of hard training for that but it paid off,” she said. While at Florida Air Academy, she made history by being the first female to represent the school at the state level of competition and won silver medals in all her events which were high jump, long jump and 200 metres. Just four days be fore graduating the University of Iowa called her with the great news. “We want to make you a Hawk Eye.” She left Abaco on August 14 on a full four-year athletic scholarship to the University of Iowa. While at university Zinia has set herself goals to increase her height in high jump from five feet eight inches to six feet and her distance in the long jump from 18 feet five inches to 20 feet. Zinia intends to remain devoted to her academic studies with her sights set on becoming a veterinarian. Tevon Strachan Zinia Miller

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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 Marsh Harbour Contact Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact c/o Palm Beach Steamship 158 B East Port Road Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Nassau Contact þ 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 Dean’s Shipping Co M/V LEGEND M/V LEGACY CURRY’S FOOD STORE Customer docking Homemade bread vegetables Green Turtle Cay Located on the harbour frontfrom Murphy Town. The assailant was ar rested. Shop Breaking & Stealing On August 18 someone broke a window at a restaurant in Fox Town and stole six cartons of ciga rettes, one bottle of gin and one bottle of vodka altogether valued at $50. Stealing By Reason of Employment On August 13 an employee of a business in Marsh Harbour stole $19,614.45 from the safe. The employee admitted to taking the deposit and returned all the cheques and $2,620 in cash leaving a balance of $2,777. The employee admitted to the of fence, was charged with stealing and was released on bail. Sudden Death (Suspicious Circum stances) On August 20 an unknown black male was found laying on the road in Central Pines Estates. He appeared to be intox icated. He later died at the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic. He was later identified as a resident of Central Pines Estates. A check of the body did not show any visible signs of injuries. As a result of police officers inquiring about the man from his neighbours, it appears that he was involved in an altercation with a neighbour who was questioned. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death. Housebreaking & Stealing On Au gust 21 a house in Central Pines Estates was broken into and two sets of bedroom furniture and one set of living room furni ture were stolen. Value is unknown. Stolen Vessel On August 21 a 33-foot Pursuit with twin 250 HP Yamaha engines was stolen from a private dock on Guana Cay. The boat was later found afloat two miles north of Guana Cay and was recovered. The boat was stolen a second time from the dock. This time it was found on the rocks a short distance from the dock. The ignition switch had been tampered with. Stealing From a Vehicle On August 20 a car belonging to a resident of Cedar Harbour was broken into and an assort ment of fishing and diving equipment was stolen from the trunk. The owner had left her car on the S.C. Bootle Highway near the Cedar Harbour dump as she had me chanical problems. Assault On August 22 a resident of Stealing From A Vehicle On August 10 a resident of Murphy Town reported that someone forced entry to the trunk of his car and stole two speakers valued at $830 and an amplifier valued at $200. The person named a suspect. Threats of Death On August 10 a resident of Spring City was approached by a man he knew, also from Spring City, who pulled a cutlass on him and threaten to kill him. This incident took place at a service station in Marsh Harbour. House Breaking On August 12 a contractor from Fire Road reported that someone stole building materials from his construction site in Spring City. The value of these items totaled $3,984.04. Stealing On August 12 a resident of Cedar Harbour reported that someone stole 10 sheets of green board Sheetrock valued at $150 from his home under con struction in Wood Cay. Disorderly Behavior, Assaulting a Police Officer, Causing Damage On August 14 a Murphy Town woman was ar rested in the parking lot of a bar in Murphy Town after she popped a gold neck-chain off a police officer. It is estimated to cost $148 to repair. She was later released on $1,500 police bail, agreeing to appear in the Magistrate’s Court in Marsh Harbour on August 18. House Breaking On August 15 a visi tor from Italy staying at Mariners Cove in Treasure Cay reported that someone stole $1,100 U.S. cash and $350 Euros from the top drawer of the night stand in his bedroom. Vagrancy Arrest Report -On August 15 a man was arrested near a bar in Trea sure Cay and was charged with vagrancy after he was unable to give a satisfactory account of himself. Assault On August 17 a minor of Murphy Town was taken to the police after he was assaulted and beaten by a male also By Samantha V. Evans In an effort to keep the communities of Dundas Town and Murphy Town informed as to what is happening in their areas, the Royal Bahamas Police Force hosted a town meeting at the Dundas Town Burial Society on August 11. This meeting was the first of many to be hosted by the police department. Each of the officers in charge of the various divisions gave updated reports to the residents and it was revealed that though there have been some incidents, crime on Abaco from January 1 to June 30 has been minimal, which can be credited to the of ficers beefing up patrols and the commu nities working together to help the Police Force keep the neighborhoods safe. After some presentations by various officers such as Sgt. Johnson, who offered fire prevention and general safety tips for the hurricane season, Supt. Noel Curry spoke to the meeting at length. He is proud of the work his officers are doing on Abaco and is pleased with the level of dialogue that has taken place between police and res idents of the community. He said that even though they are short-staffed, with only 50 police officers in the whole of Abaco, they have fine leaders at the helm of the various departments and in the north, central and south districts. In the second half of this year, Supt. Curry explained that they plan to continue with many of the initiatives started earlier in the year, including school patrols and visits, neighborhood visits and community walk-a-bouts, dialogue with the media as well as training and retraining staff. He assured residents that they would see improvements in the manner in which the police address the public and said he was looking forward to a rejuvenation of the community youth marching band. He is looking into the force acquiring new police cars so that they can respond more speedily to complaints and patrol the communities better. He hopes to attain some more motorcyclists in the traffic de partment who can help to minimize traffic infractions. According to Sgt. Henfield from the Traffic Department, 273 traffic infractions have already been reported for the year and police are appealing to the Abaco community to abide by the traffic regulations. Otherwise, they will be penalized. Bahamas Star Farm reported that a person known to him went to his him and hit him in his face with a rock. Causing Damage On August 21 a po lice officer reported that a tire on his truck had been punctured while it was parked at his residence. Later five juveniles of Sandy Point were arrested.Police Crime Report Police Holds Town Meeting in Dundas TownPlease see Police Page 19

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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 At the end of the presentation, several residents asked questions and made sug gestions. Some of the concerns were clos ing down drug houses and penalizing traffic offenses. Residents showed a desire for increased police presence at the airport Police From Page 18 area which was excavated in the 1980s. The family now lives in Northern Mich igan but loves to reminisce over old times here. Sue, the youngest daughter, has always wanted to come back and has kept in touch and shared stories via the Abaco message board. Her daughter, Jenny, has always wanted to visit Casuarina Point with her parents and grandparents to see where they lived as she has seen pictures of Casuarina Point around the house and has heard many old time stories. She got her South From Page 15 By Mirella Santillo This year’s Boy Scout season was a very successful one, according to Kim Cansler, director of The Bahamas Sea Base. Boy Scout troops come to Abaco with their Scout leaders for a one-week trip, staying on a sailboat to learn sailing techniques and navigation. August 10 marked the end of the 23rd Scout season on Abaco, which this year saw 1300 Scouts visiting Abaco from February to August. Mrs. Cansler replaced Capt. Joe Mag gio last year as Director of the Sea Base program. Capt. Maggio still works for the Sea Base, but now in the capacity of Marine Superintendent. During their week-long stay, the Scouts took trips through the Sea of Abaco from their Marsh Harbour base. These trips were sometimes challenging, said Mrs. Cansler, as the visitors – some from the East Coast but most from the Mid-West – had never been near the sea before. They were taught sailing, snorkeling and respect for the reefs and the environment. This year there were nine boats in the fleet used for the program, including the catamaran Shear Water, which took the place of the famous William H. Albury, sold last year and now based in Jamaica. The Shear Water, a center-cockpit vessel, was captained by Bruce Ost, who had the help of a first mate this year, 15-year-old Will Claridge. The Shear Water can ac commodate 22 Scouts and a crew of two. Their daily journeys took them to ManO-War, where they discovered Out Island hospitality at the home of Miss Lola, while enjoying her famous cinnamon buns. They received a dose of local culture and history when they visited the Hope Town Museum and excitedly climbed the lighthouse. Mrs. Cansler mentioned that each group of visitors was asked for an evaluation at the end of their stay and a recurring an swer was how welcome they had felt and how appreciative they were of the Abaco community. She personally appreciated the help of Mr. Leland Russell and Mr. Troy Mills at the Port Authority for facilitating the process of licensing the Captains and the nine boats of the fleet. The Sea Base program has been major contributor to the local economy over the years and the director thinks that, in spite of a slight slow down in spring compared to previous years, this season’s contribu tion to the Abaco economy was over a $1,300,000. Mrs. Cansler thinks that, according to the reservation records, next year’s atten dance should be back to normal.The Boy Scouts had a good sailing season The police held a community meeting for residents of Dundas Town and Murphy Town to inform them of their work and to ask for cooperation. They gave reports of their activi ties for the first half of this year and discussed their goals for the remainder of the year. on weekends, increased police patrols of streets and a speedy turn-around in reports. The police force will continue the Thursday morning show on the Bahamas Christian Network to apprise the public of what is going on. It is likely to become a call-in show in the coming months. wish when her grandparents, parents and brother and sister all came down here for her wedding. They stayed in the house just three doors down from the house Bob and Naomi built for their family in the 1960s. Talking to me about their time in Ca suarina Point brought back so many wonderful memories for the family that they told me later when I attended the wedding that they had stayed up that night talking and reminiscing late into the evening about their wonderful time in Casuarina Point. They definitely want to come back again, they say. Support the Cancer Society Donate Used Items to Be Sold in

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 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 Email: abacocustoms@batelnet.bs Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax : 366-2022Mon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm l Sat 7:30am-7pmThe Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food FairBy Mirella Santillo A three-day training seminar was held in Marsh Harbour on August 17-19 address ing the problem of human trafficking. The training was geared to the personnel of government agencies with the understand ing that they would in turn train others and spread awareness on human trafficking in their communities. Most people attending were aware of smuggling, but many did not know that human trafficking was rampant in the Ca ribbean with people from Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Guyana and other countries being lured to travel to other countries or even within their own country for exploitation. The Bahamas in particu lar is one of the top destinations for human trafficking, perhaps because of the higher per capita income compare to other Caribbean countries. The class was introduced to the three “P’s” prevention, protection and prosecution. The first point brought to the attention of the participants was the difference between “smuggling” and “trafficking.” Smuggling involves facilitating entry in a country ille gally with the agreement of the person being smuggled. It is a crime against a state. Trafficking involves mobilizing or recruit ing a person by means of abduction, fraud or false promises for the purpose of servi tude, forced labor or sexual exploitation. Human trafficking is a crime against the individual. Poverty, lack of employment, gender discrimination and lack of informa tion are some of the causes for individuals to be lured. Demand for inexpensive labor and restrictive immigration laws fuel the crime together with monetary reward for the traffickers. Because it joined the United Nations’ Convention regarding human trafficking, The Bahamas enacted The Trafficking in Persons (Prevention and Suppression) Act in 2008. The training group handed out a copy of the Act of which Elsworth Johnson, a legal representative from the Etienne Dupuch School of Law, outlined the most important points. They included acts linked to trafficking such as unlawful withholding of identification papers and transporting or housing a person for the purpose of exploiting such as prostitution. The Act covers the restitution to the victim and sentencing guidelines. It provides assistance and protection for the safety of the victims and addresses prevention. However, in spite of The Bahamas being a member of the United Nations’ Convention and its adherence to the United Nations’ Protocol, there is no national task force or national plan of action in place addressing human trafficking, hence the need to inform the public and to bring awareness through seminars and training to achieve prevention and possible prosecution. Since 2005 Chissey Mueller, a present er from the International Organization for Migration, has been partnering with the Women’s Bureau through a series of semi nars held in New Providence and Grand Bahama. Lynn Symonette, a representative of the Women’s Bureau who has been involved in the training, stated that The Bahamas, being involved in international law, is obligated to take steps to dismantle any form of violence and trafficking. Since the enactment of the Trafficking in Persons Act, no one has been prosecuted so far. Pressure is being put on The Bahamas, she said, but a strong case is needed to reach prosecution. “Human trafficking has to be determined and at what level.” For human trafficking to exist, an adult has to be recruited, coerced and forced into some work or situation they cannot get out of easily. In the case of children only recruit ing and forced labor are sufficient to prove human trafficking; coercion is not neces sary. She mentioned that more and more not only women and children were submit ted to exploitation through trafficking, but also men who are lured into near slavery on the hope of bettering their material situ ation. The role of the Women’s Bureau is to bring awareness, hence the partnership with the International Organization for Migration which has helped with training key people. Because the trainees were expected to spread the awareness through public speaking, for example, in town or church meetings, they were given guidelines on how to put together a scenario for public information, from planning the topic, to how to dress, behave and talk to hold an audience captive and interested. During the three days the participants divided in groups to rehearse various cases that they acted in front of the others, either on an individual basis or as a tag-team, as demon strated by two of the presenters, Ms. Muel ler and Gayle Outten Moncur, a represen tative of NEMA who relayed each other during most of the seminar. As the end of the seminar, the partici pants were asked what they would do with the information they had collected. They all agreed that they would organize first a town meeting and several church meetings in order to spread the information rather going through a training process. Police Investigator Oswald Moore from Cooper’s Town said that being the only policeman A two-day seminar was held to inform those in government departments and other inter ested persons of the problem of human trafficking and human smuggling that is prevalent throughout the Caribbean and The Bahamas. Many of aspects of the problems were dis cussed and the Bahamian laws covering these problem were explained. Shown is Chissey Mueller from the International Organization for Migration. She is part of a group orga nizing a series of seminars in New Providence and Grand Bahama. Please see Seminar Page 21

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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 attending, he would be expected to brief other members of the force on what he had learnt. Many persons mentioned that from now on they will look on certain persons in a different light, trying to learn about the person before judging. It was agreed that the first number to call to report possible cases of human traffick ing was the police who in turn would alert other agencies. Members of various agen cies had been invited to at-Seminar From Page 20 Chrissey Mueller, one of the presenters at a seminar on Human Traf ficking, is enjoying a conversation with Millie Dawkins of Tourism and Charlemae Fernander of Social Services. Many government departments were represented at the seminar on human trafficking and human smuggling. Some of them are shown here. tend by the Department of Social Services which was coordinating the event. Altogether 25 persons participated represent ing many government departments. all done, he added, “it will probably be the best planned subdivision on Abaco. We are about to let the contracts go out to bid on the roads for Spring City, the power lines and the water very soon.” When the contracts for the roads, lights and water have been dealt with, the appli cations for purchasing the homes will be dealt with “vary rapidly” so that as soon as everything is completed, persons will be able to move in almost immediately. Mr. Russell said, “What I’ve seen in Spring City so far is the lack of care to the lawn and landscaping. I hope that changes with the new inhabitants raising the level Spring City From Page 10 with nicely landscaped yards.” He was pleased with the yards of several homes that were built in Phase I and would like to see the same done throughout the com munity. Government will be speaking with the few residents of Spring City that live in houses dating to the logging days on Grand Bahama to encourage and possible assist them to have their homes upgraded or have a new one built, giving them the opportuni ty to have a better home as the sub-division expands. Water and Sewerage has already been contracted to provide more water to the area via a pipe from Marsh Harbour, ac cording to Mr. Russell, with work expect ed to begin shortly.A $300 cart carries $30 to $50 worth of groceriesGrocery stores bear the expense of having to replace grocery carts as many walk away as shown here. These carts cost $300. So the customers have to absorb the cost of every cart that is taken from the store and not returned. No wonder our groceries cost so much!

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Marn 10 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 Club 12 units 365-4247 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 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 904-982-2762 Ruth SAnds 9 hse 365-5140Hope 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 367-3980 Living Easy 16 hse 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 effic 367-0148 HG Christie 11 hse 367-4151Moore’s IslandMoore’s Is Bonefish Camp 8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeisha’s Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Rickmon’s Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Island Dreams + 45 hse 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort 95 rms 365-8801 Mark’s Bungalows 4 units 365-8506 Abaco Estate Services 365-8752Wood 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.go-abacos.com + agents with multiple cottages and houses http://www.abacos.com http://www.oii.net http://www.bahamas.com By Jennifer Hudson The 31st Bahamahost session for Abaco opened on August 16 in the Ministry of Tourism Training Centre. Dushinka Rob erts, who is in charge of Abaco’s Baha mahost Programme, was very pleased with the number of persons who signed up to participate which meant that they have a full class. “I am pleased that so many peo ple share the vision and see the importance of the Bahamahost programme,” she said. Ms. Roberts stated that although the Ba hamahost programme has been running for 30 years, this year’s course is number one of a completely revamped format so this year’s Bahamahost participants are making history. The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation and its partners have made significant changes to make the course more relevant to today’s needs. In the past the focus has been on the memorization of cultural and historical facts, but now the course is more customer-service oriented. Ms. Roberts stated that the change came about because Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Vin cent Vanderpool Wallace, felt that while a knowledge of Bahamian history and culture is still important, he saw the need for more customer-service skills. A survey was car ried out to find out what visitors want to know, see and experience. This led to the newly revamped Bahamahost programme. Consultants were brought in to assist with the preparation of the new curriculum. Previous Bahamahost programmes consisted of a series of 30 lectures but now there are four separate modules: Instructor for the first session was Dushinka Roberts, and instructors for the remaining workshops were Juliette Mc Cafferty, Athena Russell and Simmone Bowe. A very attractive and helpful booklet has been designed for each workshop. This new programme is very interactive. Whereas before if someone missed a week, he could get the facts from a friend and just learn them. Now they have to be there to take part. A tour of Marsh Har bour was included in the first workshop. History, geography, flora and fauna will now only take up the first workshop and further sessions will address more person al topics such as attitude check, personal image and branding of oneself, customer diversity, the visitors’ voices and tourists’ health and safety. Ms. Roberts stated, “The Ministry wants us to see how we can maintain our edge. People here are lackadaisical, and we need to get back to where we used to be. We need the right people for the ser vice industry. Although the Bahamahost programme is mandated for only taxi drivers, it is beneficial to everyone; and I en courage people to sign up.” The revamped Bahamahost offers a cor porate training component and the goal is to have 60 percent of employees certified so that visitors will know that service here is exceptional. A new high school training programme is also being offered. The course is be ing offered in schools in Nassau and the Ministry is hoping to offer it in schools on Abaco. “There is definitely a need for it here, and we would like to see all of the students coming out of high school with the Bahamahost certification. Ms. Roberts is very excited about the new programme. “It is a wonderful pro gramme and is much better now,” she says. “Tourism is everyone’s business, and we all have to do our part. Our visitors have spoken and the new programme ad dresses the things they need.”Bahamahost program has been revamped The Abaco office of the Ministry of Tourism offered the Bahamahost course for the 31st time. However, this time it is a completely revised course, emphasizing service. Shown is presenter Athena Russell instructing the group. By Samantha V. Evans The 2nd Annual Summer Reading Book Club took place at Friendship Tabernacle Church Hall on July 13 August 6. The program was geared towards improving students’ overall reading skills. This year, however, the focus was somewhat different in that the program was aimed at reaching lower primary students rather than all school-age children. This allowed more progress to be made for the students involved. This year the students received attention in problem areas. Math sessions are provided. The Summer Reading Book Club used special books along with level readers targeting the child’s current reading level to improve fluency and comprehension skills. The cost was $30 per week with half price tuition given for siblings. The coordinator of this program was Theodora Fernander, who is a teacher at Central Abaco Primary School. About 20 students were involved in the program and got a chance to benefit from individual as well as group reading sessions. Summer Reading Book Club Motivates Kids to Read Check out The Abaconian online atwww.abaconian.com

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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 Dive Shops Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour þ. ............................. 367-2963 Above & Below, Marsh Harbour þ. .......................................... 367-0350 Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour ..................................... 367-2787 Froggies, Hope Town þ. ......................................................... 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay þ. ............................................. 365-8571 Brendal’s Dive, Green T. Cay þ. ............................................ 365-4411 Dive Guana þ. ........................................................................ 365-5178 Man-O-War Dive Shop þ. ....................................................... 365-6013 Carts Rentals * Marsh Harbour þ. 367-2655 þ. 367-7368 þ. 367-0500 þ. 367-3910 þ. 367-5570 þ. þ. 367-2979 þ. 367-4602 þ. 367-4643 þ. 367-2742 þ. 367-2513 þ. 367-4887 Green Turtle Cay þ. þ. þ. 365-4084 365-4655 365-4119 þ. þ. 365-4145 þ. 375-8055 Guana Cay þ. 365-5195 þ. 365-5178 þ. 354-5175 Man-O-War þ. 365-6502 þ. 365-6072 þ. þ þ. Hope Town þ. 366-0380 þ. 366-0064 þ. 366-0448 þ. 366-0282 þ. 366-0361 þ. 366-0023 þ. 366-0069 Treasure Cay þ. 365-8749 þ. 365-8193 365-8771 þ. 365-8248 þ. 365-8623 þ. 365-8582 þ. 365-8761 þ. 365-8749 Sandy Point þ. 366-4286 þ. þ. 366-4107 þ. 366-4175 þ. 366-4335 þ. 366-4233 Marsh Harbour þ. 375-8068 þ. 367-0367 þ. 367-4464 þ. 366-2163 þ. 367-3526 þ. 367-3577 þ. 367-3941 Man-O-War þ. 365-6059 Crossing Rocks þ. 366-3259 Cherokee þ. þ. þ. 366-2107 þ. 366-2284 Casaurina Point þ. 366-3058 Hope Town þ. 366-0234 North Abaco þ. 477-5037 þ. 477-5894 þ. 365-0125 þ. 365-0120 þ. 365-0024 Green Turtle Cay þ. 365-4261 þ. 365-4070 þ. 365-4040Visitors’ Guide Restaurant Guide + Picnic tables & restroom only Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour þ. þ. þ. 367-2158 þ. þ. 367-2002 þ. 367-4444 þ. þ. 367-7272 þ. þ. 367-2301 þ. þ. 367-6444 þ. þ. 367-2880 þ. þ. 367-2700 þ. þ. 367-2615 þ. 367-0544 þ. þ. 367-2366 þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. 367-3796 þ. þ. 367-4460 þ. þ. þ. 367-4005 þ. þ. 367-2278 þ. þ. þ. 367-2074 Hope Town þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. 366-0087 þ. þ. 366-0095 þ. þ. þ. 366-0423 þ. 366-0558 þ. þ. þ. 366-0065 þ. þ. þ. 366-0788 Little Harbour þ. 366-3503 Lubber’s Quarter 366-3139 Man-O-War Drop’n Dine þ. ........................... 365-6008 Hibiscus Cafe þ. 365-6380 þ. Guana Cay þ. þ. 365-5133 þ. þ. 365-5143 þ. þ. 265-5175 Treasure Cay þ. þ. þ. þ. 365-8635 þ. þ. 365-8648 þ. þ. 365-8469 þ. 365-8654 þ. þ. 365-8195 Green Turtle Cay þ. 365-4200 þ. þ. 365-4200 þ. þ. 365-4271 þ. þ. 365-4389 þ. þ. 365-4287 þ. þ. 365-4625 þ. 365-4181 þ. 365-4161 þ. 365-4226 þ. 365-4234 þ. þ. þ. 365-4066 þ. 365-4060 Sandy Point þ. þ. þ. 366-4119 þ. 366-4477Everyone reads The Abaconian Emergency Services B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers þ Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Dundas Town 367-2935 or 4935 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 þ 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 þ. þ þ. 367-0020 þ. 367-0049 þ. 367-2510 þ. 365-8288 þ. 365-0300 þ. 365-4028 366-0108 þ. 366-4010 þ. 365-2172Compliments of The Abaconianwww.abaconian.com Abaco Marinas Green Turtle Cay 45 F þ. 365-4200 þ. 32 F þ. 365-4271 þ. 15 365-4531 þ. 12 F þ. 365-4195 þ. 10 F þ. 365-4033 Treasure Cay þ. þ. F þ. Man-O-War þ. 26 F þ. 365-6008 Marsh Harbour þ. 183 F þ. 367-2736 þ. 75 þ. 367-4000 þ. 36 þ. 367-2182 þ. 29 367-2366 þ. þ. Hope Town þ. 16 366-0003 366-0224 þ. 6 F þ. 366-0154 þ. 60 F þ. 366-0065 Spanish Cay þ. 75 F þ. 365-0083 Guana Cay þ. 158 F þ. 365-5802 þ. 37 þ. F þ. 365-5175 Tours & Excursions Airlines Serving Abaco þ. 367-2266 þ. 367-2231 þ. 367-2095 þ. 367-3415 þ. þ. 367-0446 þ. þ. 367-2498 þ. 367-0140 þ. þ. Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida þ. 367-2266 þ. 367-3450 Taxi Cab Fares (effective Dec 08) þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Effective Dec 085 þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. þ. Attractions Albert Lowe Museum þ. ....................................... Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits þ. ....... Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden þ. .......................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum þ. ........................ Hope Town Elbow Cay Light Station þ. ........................................... Hope Town Walk to & swim on Mermaid Reef off M Harb. þ. .. Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole þ. ............. Treasure Cay farm road Art studio & working foundryþ. ........................ Little Harbour Working boatyards þ. ........................................... Man-O-War cay Pocket beaches Miles of beach are generally on ocean exposures Items of interest ask tourism 367-3067To Abaco by land and sea from Florida Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised 15 Jul 10 Albury’s Ferry Service Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 7:15 am 9 10:30 12:15 pm* 2 4 5:45 þ Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm* 3 4 5 6:30 Marsh Harbour > White Sound Contractor’s special Mon Fri 7 am Return 5 pm Marsh Harbour > Man-O-War 10:30 am 12:15 pm 4 5:45 þ Return 8 am 11:30 1:30 pm þ 5 Marsh H. > Guana Cay (& Scotland Cay with advance notice) from Conch Inn (6:45am Union Jack Dock) 10:30 þ 1:30 pm þ 3:30 þ þ Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 þ 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 Treasure Cay to Guana Cay T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town þ T Cay to Guana Cay Sunset Cruise 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 þ þ Bahamas Ferries Sandy Point to Nassau under 4 Hr. Call Sandy Point 366-4119 The Great Abaco Express * Not on Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 40 minutes 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 Charter Boats þ

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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 Maxwell’s is impressing everyone By Jennifer Hudson Where Shopping Is a Pleasure is a catchphrase used by a large supermarket chain in America with which we are very familiar. However, that same slogan would indeed be true of our very own new Maxwell’s Supermarket here on Abaco. I shopped in the new store yesterday, and it was truly a pleasure not only for me but obviously for everyone else shopping there for all the customers had big smiles on their faces as they pushed around their carts piled high with goodies. From stepping out of the car in the beautifully landscaped car park to walking in and experiencing the whole new store, it does indeed feel as if some magic has taken place and one is now across the Gulf Stream shopping in the United States. Just about every customer I spoke with made a similar comment. It is 22 months since the previous Max well’s burnt down, and we have had to deal with maneuvering our carts round narrow isles congested with packing boxes and lads trying to keep the shelves stocked in the inadequate space which was Price Right. Chad Sawyer made a valiant effort to provide for the community in that small space while a new Maxwell’s was being Abaco’s supermarket rivals the best anywhere BEC’s new plant is nearing completion Please see Maxwell’s Page 2 The Hope Town District Council met with the Hon. Earl Deveaux, Minister of the Envi ronment, to discuss the plans proposed for the Elbow Cay Club property by developers. Many residents of Elbow Cay feel that the proposed marina extends too far out into the Sea of Abaco and Fry’s Mangrove, restricting the navigable water. They also feel the density is too high and will put too much demand on the infrastructure of the cay. Dr. Deveaux did a site inspection of the property with Council members. Shown on the far left is Administrator for South Abaco, Benjamin Pinder. Those studying the plan are Dr. Deveaux; Lorraine Cox, BEST Commission engineer and with the Ministry of the Environment; Councillor Harold Malone; Ronald Thompson, Permanent Secretary with the Ministry of the Environment; Councillor Walter Sweeting; and Chief Council lor Jeremy Sweeting. See story on page 6. By Timothy Roberts The power plant at Wilson City is near ing completion and one generator may be put online as early as the first week of September, according to MAN Diesel’s site manager, Carlos Escobar, who said that the $105 million station is about 70 percent complete. As they prepare to bring one of the gen erators online, Mr. Escobar said that they have been running preliminary tests in order to ensure that the engines and auxil lary equipment are in good order as well as fine tuning the voltages for output. The majority of work left to be done is in gen eration and distribution. However, the fuel storage is now complete. During a recent visit to the plant, Toni Seymour, Site Manager for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC), led mem bers of the media on a tour of the facil ity and noted the progress that has been Please see Wilson City Page 4 A very large variety of produce is attractively displayed at the new Maxwell’s Supermarket, even with trays of cut-up fruit readyto-eat. All departments have large selections with many new products available, and read-to-eat foods are available to make meal preparation easy. The store equals any supermarket in the States. Toni Seymour, a mechanical engineer who is working at the new Wilson City power plant representing Bahamas Electricity Corporation, is showing how the new equip ment is monitored closely by computer. She is learning about all the complicated systems being put in place there. VOLUME 18 NUMBER 17 SEPTEMBER 1st, 2010Proposed Elbow Cay Club development is controversial Cacique nominations are wanted nowSee page 8 for details

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 built and now at last the long awaited day has arrived when we can shop in comfort and enjoy the magnificent new building which is Maxwell’s new store. As he says, “Good things come to those who wait.” No more crashing into other people with a cart since the aisles in the new store are ex tremely spacious and the interior is bright and airy. That is what strikes one on entering the store, its openness and size (after getting over the sight of the magnificent floor which is buffed to such a beautiful shine one almost needs sunglasses!) The store opened on Friday, August 13, so one presumes owner Chad Sawyer is not superstitious, but it was a special and appropriate day on which to open as it is his wife’s birthday. This is the second store he has opened on her birthday. Although the store is so vast, Chad says that he has hardly had to employ any additional staff as he kept on all of the previous Maxwell’s staff after the fire. George Harris, the general manager, told me of the long hours staff had put in leading up to the store’s opening day. “For the past three weeks ap proximately 30 40 people have worked 20 hours a day seven days a week putting in all the merchandise. On the day before the store opened, members of staff from Chad right on down began working at 7 a.m. and did not leave until 3 a.m. on opening day, feverishly working to get everything fin ished and cutting up fruit salads until the early hours of the morning.” When asked if he felt relieved now that the store was finally open, Chad said that although the main part of the work is done, he still has a lot of finishing touches to do and every day is a learning experience. As Chad stood at the front of the store surveying the scene, he looked justifiably proud but admitted, “It all looked so nice that when we had finished stocking and the doors opened and people began to come in and start taking things off the shelves, I almost wanted to go up to them and tell them they couldn’t do that because it was spoiling the arrangement!” All of the staff looked so proud and expressed their delight at working in the new store saying how they were enjoying its spaciousness and great organization and layout. I thought all of the staff looked es pecially smart in their uniform polo shirts. I asked one young man wearing a pale blue shirt what each of the colours signified and I was told, “Light blue is for the shelf staff, yellow for the cashiers, green for of fice staff, dark blue for morning packing people and white for after school packers.” All of the staff are extremely courteous, and with nine cashiers, checking out is swift. Even on opening day when the car park was full with so many shoppers eager to view the new store, there were no long check-out lines. Two motorized carts are provided for persons for whom walking around the store is a problem, and there are several well marked handicapped parking spaces in the car park. All of the aisles are clearly marked and there are even attractive hanging illustra tive banners ensuring that items are very easy to locate. The selection of goods in the store is huge, and food items range from the higher priced specialty brands to the very affordable Flavorite brand. The choice is almost mind-boggling, and it is exciting to once again find certain items on the shelves which have not been available for years. In a corner at the front of the store can be found healthy fresh salads and fruit sal ads, ideal for lunch. Next to those are the very convenient rotisserie chickens. Running the length of the side wall is a cooler with attractively displayed fruits, cheeses, milk and other dairy products. Facing that is a fresh vegetable section where produce items can be bought singly if desired. This is especially appreciated by persons who live alone and do not want to buy huge packs which spoil before they can use them. At the back of the store are a deli, a huge meat section and vast array of frozen foods. The frozen foods continue down the far aisle which is a dessert lovers’ delight, well stocked with cakes, pies and an im pressive array of ice creams. A good se lection of specialty items includes interna tional products, several different types of flour including gluten free and a range of organic products. A large alcove accommodates a house wares section where one can find a wide array of bathroom and kitchen accessories and yet another section houses all the toi letries, cosmetics, vitamins and first aid items plus the largest selection of sun glasses I think I have ever seen. Garden, automotive, sporting and play equipment, pet needs and large household items such as storage units, televisions, safes and air conditioners round out the massive variety of merchandise. Furniture Plus, which is almost ready to open its doors to shoppers, has an entrance Please see Maxwell’s Page 13 Maxwell’s offers wide variety and good service Nine check-out counters mean that no long lines form even when the store is busy. The store has included the best features that other stores have developed. Maxwell’s From Page 1

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Sales, Rentals and Property ManagementON GREEN TURTLE CAY: Place.” Sound and the Sea of Abaco. A/C in bedrooms. Kit/liv/dining great room. Share in prvate dock. Great swimming and sunsets. Very private. Only accessible by boat. Located a mile from the historic town of New Plymouth. Asking price $660,000 9,000+ sq.ft. Located close to tarred road and power. þ FURTHER PRICE REDUCTION $40,000 separate guest cottage. Total four bedrooms five baths. 1/2 acre. Large swimming pool. Dock. Beach. Many amenities. Commanding views of White Sound Harbour. Price reduced to $1.3M 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. Fea tured in Volvo commercial in conjunction with “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Many amenities. Asking price $1.5 m bedroom suites. Kit/liv/din. Short walk to town. Dock. $415,000 Furnished. 3 beds 3 baths. Immaculate. Owner moving. $450,000 terfront on Bluff Harbour and the Sea of Abaco. Three bed three bath home. Dock with lift. Beautiful sunsets. $2.1 million Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. Gorgeous beach and dock. Furnished cottage with work shop and garage. Very private. $1.2 million located on waterfront in the heart of New Plymouth. A/C. Satellite TV. W/D. Golf cart garage. Established rental history. New Price $550,000 Ocean Beach. Excellent rental even in these tough times. 90’ on beach. $995,000 made. With most of the other areas of the plant complete, the focus is primarily on Wilson City From Page 1 New power plant is 70% complete Each of these tanks will hold one million gallons of diesel. A third tank will hold an ad ditional half a million gallons. At this time fuel has to be trucked from Murphy Town. However, the plans call for a dock to be built on the east coast of the Wilson City peni sula. But construction of the dock has not begun yet. the generators themselves at this point. While there is optimism about getting the generators online soon, there are still a number of issues remaining before the infrastructure can handle the full load of even one generator. Mr. Escobar confirmed that the power lines from the Marsh Harbour Power Station cannot handle more than about 15 MW, and the transformers are limited to 10.7 MW. He said this is the perfect time for BEC to upgrade various parts of their infrastructure. In the weeks following the Prime Min ister’s visit on July 24, the Wilson City Power Plant received telephone service from Bahamas Telecommu nications Corporation (BTC) and has been connected for electric ity from the present grid. It has received 120,000 gallons of diesel which is necessary for testing the generators and getting them ready to be put into service. The 12.25 MW generators, according to Mr. Escobar, are very efficient and at present the Marsh Harbour plant which runs about 22 MW consumes 20,000 gal lons a day. He said that when the plant starts running full time they would keep a 60-day supply at the site. The Prime Minister said during his July 24 visit that plans to install a pipeline to the shore would continue, saying that it is a “scatterbrained idea” to truck diesel from however, no work is known to have started on this yet. Mr. Escobar said they would be test ing two engines together on August 20, synchronizing them. If all went well, they would test 2 MW on the power grid. He said that, if all went according to plan and there were no issues, they could have one online at its rated capacity by the first week of September. Please see Wilson City Page 15 This is the incinerator intended initially to dispose of the sludge remaining after purifying bunker C fuel. However, it will now dispose of used crankcase oils. Unfortunately, it is not configured to accept hazardous or other waste material. This is the heat exchanger area where hot engine water is cooled in huge heat exchangers using ground water which is taken from and returned to the ground. The coolant in the engines does not enter our water system.

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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 CONDOMIUM DEVELOPMENTS þ 1. CARLETON LANDING þ Prestigious Canal Front Development offering þ þ Carriage House units in blocks of four plus þ þ individual cottages. Both offer docks/ boat þ þ slips as well as golf cart or car garages. þ Prices start at $680,000 + 14% þ 2. NEW LUXURY WATERFRONT CONDOS þ þ WITH DOCKS! þ “PINEAPPLE POINT RESORT” Luxury þ þ gated community Treasure Cay’s newest þ þ waterfront development. 2 bed/ 2 bath þ þ and 3 bed/ 3 bath condos with availability þ þ of private boat slips. Pre-construction price þ þ starting at $529,000 net (plus closing þ þ costs). MUST SEE! Great investment opporþ þ tunity and a great location in Treasure Cay! þ þ 3. THE COTTAGES þ Now the newest oceanfront development þ þ on Treasure Cay beach comprising 10 þ individual luxury units þ Starting at $595,000 + 12% closing þ 4. BAHAMA BEACH CLUB þ Luxury condominium project on Treasure þ þ Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / onþ þ site pool and many other features þ Starting at $907,500 Plus 14% closing þ 5. ROYAL POINCIANA TOWNHOUSES þ On-site pool and tennis, newly completed þ þ luxury townhouse units directly on þ þ Treaure Cay each totalling 3 bed/ 4 1/2 þ þ baths plus loft bedroom/ den þ G round floor garage, 2 bed/ 2 bath with þ þ ocean front patio þ First floor open concept living / dining/ þ þ kitchen plus master bedrom suite, all þ þ ocean views with patio/ balcony þ Loft bedroom/ den with ocean view þ þ MLS $2,075,000 + 7.5% Closing þ 6. PALM BAY DEVELOPMENT þ “Palm Bay” Unit #3 4 bed/ 3 bath fully fur þ þ nished Town House with garage and boat þ þ slip with 20’ beam. Located at Palm Bay þ þ Development 2,000 +/sq. ft. þ $856,250 EXC + 7.5% þ “Palm Bay” Unit #5 Waterfront Townhouse þ þ fully furnished. Lower level 2 bed/ 2 bath þ þ with garage. Upper level master bed with þ þ ensuite bath/living/dining/kitchen/lanai, þ þ powder room. Dock, 25’ Carolina skiff þ þ w/250 HP Evinrude engine GEO Tracker, þ þ golf cart þ þ $1,200,000 + 7.5% Anchorage Estates Multi-family Lots 128’ þ þ water front, 22,448 sq. ft. Good investment þ þ Price $474,000 EXC “NEW” STORAGE UNITS, centrally located in þ þ Treasure Cay town centre. Storage units come þ þ in assorted sizes for boats, cars, golf carts and þ þ ”stuff.” EXC. Starting at $25,000 FGS þ STORAGE / GARAGE UNIT , 21’ 6” deep, 11’ þ þ 8” wide. Listed for a quick sale at the low þ þ price of $29,750.00 EXC MARINA VIEW VILLA þ Recently completed delightful villa with great þ þ marina view and access. Modern 2 bed/ 2 þ þ bath CBS fully furnished home, 1020 sq. þ þ ft. plus porches and garden area. Must see to þ þ appreciate. FGS $479,000 EXC TREASURE LANDING þ Unit #4 Upstairs 3 bed/2bath fully furnished, þ þ direct beach access. Good rental investment þ þ EXC. $334,825 + 7.5% MARINER’S COVE þ Townhouse condos with onsite tennis, heated þ þ pool, office, laundry þ Marina view, 2 bed/ 2 bath and unit fully þ þ furnishedstorm shuttersgood rental þ 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 þ Canal front condos with on site tennis and pool þ 2 bed/ 2 bath lower unit with marina view. þ þ 12 ft. boat slip with 12,000 lb. lift. Never þ þ rented. EXC $655,950 FGS TREASURE HOUSE þ Ocean front luxury octagonal units with lagoon/ þ þ pool/waterfall. Good rental potential. þ Unit #7 Two storey 2 bed/ 2 bath home. þ þ MLS $545,000 + 7.5% closing BAHAMA BEACH CLUB Resale condos available in first completed project. þ þ Ready to go. Both units never rented but definite þ þ potential. MUST SEE PROPERTIES. þ Downstairs unit 3 bed / 2 bath with den/ þ þ optional 4th bed. Completely and tastefully þ þ furnished with many extra features including þ þ garage and Ford Taurus $742,000 + 14% ATLANTIS þ Canal front condo with on-site pool. þ þ “Dolphin House” comfortable, well designed, þ þ fully furnished CBS home has 2 bed / 2 baths þ þ with large kitchen/ living/ dining facing the þ þ deep water canal. Includes dock, a 34’ Ribov þ þ ich, a bonefish skiff and a Chevy van. þ $822,875 + 7.5% OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION þ Just Listed by Original Owner þ 2 bed/ 2 bath villa facing garden and pool þ þ area. Tropical privacy hedge offers real home þ þ atmosphere. Steps from the beach. Fully fur þ þ nished. Many special features þ þ EXC $368,875 + 7.5% þ þ Second row beach with direct ocean access. þ þ Great view. 2 bed / 2 bath, many special þ þ features. MUST SEE EXC. $460,000 FGS GALLEON BAY ESTATES þ “Fish Tales” unique canal front 3 bed / 3 bath þ þ home on 2 full lots, 180’ waterfront with 118’ þ þ serviced dock, deep water, great for larger þ þ boat. MUST SEE! MLS$1,725,000 + 7.5% LEEWARD BEACH ESTATES þ “Trident”/”Turquoise Seas” You cannot be more þ þ “on the beach” than in this special home. þ þ Offering 3 bed / 3 1/2 bath in the main house þ þ with detached garage / bed / bath / attic plus þ þ storage. Vast deck oceanside with widow’s þ þ walk. WOW! MLS $1,999,000 + 7.5% closing þ “Cross Winds” Split level CBS home extra large þ þ lot across from 2 beach greenways. Private. þ þ Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 þ þ bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ þ þ dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1bed/ 1 þ þ bed, living kitchen, enclosed patio. Plus! Plus! þ þ Plus! MLS $755,000 + 7.5% closing þ WINDWARD BEACH ESTATES þ “Dream Point” Special CBS split level home þ þ located on a corner lot near “The Point” with þ þ two choices of direct beach access. Upper þ þ level has master bedroom with ensuite bath þ þ plus two guest bdrooms and bath. On the þ þ split level there is the main entry into a large þ þ open living/dining area, modern well þ equipped kitchen. All rooms open onto a þ þ wrap-around partially covered deck overlook þ þ ing the garden. Ground level has an extra þ large garage/ workshop with lots of storage. þ EXC. $996,300 FGS POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT PROPERTY þ 6.667 acres on the highway between Treasure þ þ Cay Resort and Treasure Cay airport. Running þ þ from highway north to the sea of Abaco. 180’ þ þ on water front and 165’ roadside, 1500’ road þ þ to water. Prime property that can be subdivid þ ed, commercial and housing/condos or þ þ subdivided into lots, commercial and residen þ þ 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 þ þ Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. Sand Piper Beach þ þ þ þ Beginning at $430,000 FGS þ þ þ þ þ 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 Marcellus Roberts Broker Everett Pinder Sales Associate UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 Minister inspects dump and development site The Hope Town District Council re jected the revised plan for the Elbow Cay Club property at an extraordinary Council meeting August 12. This followed a visit and inspection of the property by the Hon. Dr. Earl De veaux, Minister of the Environment, at the request of the Council. Contrary to the Council members’ ex pectations, the Minister did not make any definitive statements for or against the project although his attitude appeared to be one of moderation. He did not feel that constructing a marina would set a prece dent for more marinas all along the west ern shore of Elbow Cay which concerned Council members. He asked what would come of the labourers now living in the rooms of the closed resort if the development moves for ward. Council members felt that it would be up to the seller and purchaser to resolve this issue. It is believed that the tenants are of Haitian origin and are paying rent to the property owner. While on Elbow Cay, Dr. Deveaux visited the nearby public dump and was im pressed with the organization and overall cleanliness of the site. He was impressed with a huge mulching machine converting yard waste, trees and branches into mulch. This material is expected to be used on the island. Mulching this yard waste will greatly reduce the amount of trash put into containers and barged to Marsh Harbour. He concluded his visit with a private meeting with Council members, then ex cused himself, allowing the members to debate and vote on the Elbow Cay Club proposal. They rejected the proposal stat ing that Elbow Cay could not support further development at this time. Accompanying Dr. Deveaux were staff members Lorraine Cox, an environmen tal engineer who also serves on the BEST Commission, and Permanent Secretary Ronald Thompson. The Hon. Dr. Earl Deveaux was impressed with the clean state of the Elbow Cay dump. Management of the dump has recently been taken over by C & C Waste that won the contract for garbage collection and dump management. Thomas Bethel, with a cap, is showing the group before and after pictures of the dump. Shown are Permanent Secretary Ronald Thompson, Dr. Deveaux, Administrator Benjamin Pinder, Mr. Bethel, Lorraine Cox, BEST Commission engineer, and Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting. Dr. Deveaux and group are looking at the area of a proposed marina on the Elbow Cay Club property. The marina will extend out into the Sea of Abaco and Fry’s Mangrove shown here in the background. C & C Waste has brought in this large mulching machine. Grinding up yard debris, bush and trees will greatly decrease the amount of trash that has to be sent to the landfill on mainland Abaco. Elbow Cay now has a small-size compacting garbage truck that can maneuver the narrow streets of Hope Town. www.abaconian.comThe Abaconian’s Web Site

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas : þa : -` Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas : þa : -` VHF 16www.seahorseboatrentals.comComplimentary Pick Up & Delivery Department of Education Abaco DistrictBack to School 1. Teach your child to make wise decisions. 2. Support your child by attending PTA meetings, visiting teachers, requesting homework and examination schedules. 3. Maintain proper hygiene (body). 4. Ensure that your child gets healthy meals, enough sleep and good exercise every day. 5. Ensure that your child conforms to the rules and guidelines of the school (dress code, school hours, etc). 6. Provide the necessary materials for class. 7. Display the characteristics that you want your child to have (com passion, honesty, generosity and openness, etc.) 8. Be a good listener, ask questions and encourage your child to do the same. 10. Set a regular time and place for schoolwork. During this time, there will be NO television, NO radio, NO phone calls. School News It was an exciting morning when the small plane from Vero Beach, Florida, touched down in Marsh Harbour on August 18. Chan dler MacWilliam was bringing school supplies for the Hope Town School. She and her friend Alexa Mercil spent their summer raising mon ey and receiving donations of supplies for the school as their Senior Project. The supplies will be distributed to all Abaco schools. The MacWilliam family and Alexa visit ed Hope Town in June on one of their many trips to Abaco and visited the Hope Town School. Principal Candace Key showed them through the recently renovated, his toric 115-year-old school. Chandler re membered the damage done to the school by the hurricanes, and they were pleased to see the condition now. The girls said they wanted to collect school supplies for our school as their Senior Project. All summer long they corresponded by e-mail with Mrs. Key. They put up signs about their project, sold their used clothes, pet sat and dedicated their summer to this project. Last week they were ready to deliver and had a friend who would fly them over with the supplies. They had been so successful that Mrs. Key was able to share with all the Abaco schools! This project is just an example of a goodwill gesture between the Florida community and Abaco. Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism for the Northern Baha mas, and Leslie Rolle, Education Officer, thanked the girls and Mrs. Key presented the hard-working girls with a canvas bag (donated by the Hope Town Lodge) filled with goodies from the Ministry of Tourism and Hope Town School. The best of luck in your Senior Year, Chandler and Alexa!Florida girls donate school supplies Chandler MacWilliam and her friend Alexa Mercil spent their summer raising money to purchase school supplies that will be distributed to all Abaco schools. A friend flew her and the supplies on his plane to Marsh Harbour. Shown are Leslie Rolle, Senior Educa tion Officer; Stephanie MacWilliam, Chandler’s mother; Principal Candice Key of the Hope Town School; Chandler MacWilliam; Jamie Rardin, Chandler’s sister; Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism for the Northern Bahamas; and Ray Comparetta, pilot. Not pictured is Alexa Mercil, who worked with Chandler MacWilliam in organising every thing but could not come on the trip. By Michelle Mikula Do you have a star employee or know of a talented individual whose performance or product has positively impacted the de velopment of Bahamian tourism? If you do, the Abaco Tourist Office is pleased to announce that they are now accepting nominations for the 2010 Cacique Awards. The nomination categories include Transportation, Human Resources Development, Creative Arts, Sustainable Tourism, Handicraft, Sports, Leisure & Events, The Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award and The Minister’s Award. To find out more about the nomination categories and criteria, contact the Abaco Tourist Office at 367-3067. Submission deadline of Cacique nominations is September 24, 2010.Cacique Nomination Time is Here

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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 Top athlete holds track clinic By Mirella Santillo Tonique Williams Darling hosted a two-day track clinic in Central Abaco the beginning of August. She wanted to teach track and field to aspiring athletes. It was held at the track in Murphy Town. Mrs. Darling was the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist for the 400m and later won several other awards internationally. She arrived in Marsh Harbour on Au gust 12 accompanied by Peter Pratt, longJohnson, President of VIP Services Inter mer model who is part of TWD Athletics organization. The group visited the Ministry of Education’s office and Radio Abaco to announce their arrival on the island. They explained the advantages of participating in track and field activities and invited parents to take their children to Murphy Town Park the following day. Mrs. Darling reminded the public that athletics could contribute to education in the form of scholarships and could offer opportunities to those dedicated to make “lots of money.” Because the following day’s workshop was not attended as well as anticipated, it was moved from the morning to the af ternoon. A group of about 14 children at tended both days and were guided by the three coaches through a series of exercises aimed at teaching them proper body posi tions and developing the muscles necessary to perform at competitive level. At the end of the last session the participating athletes were rewarded with a certificate of attendance. Three of the children, Connor Alexander, Brenae Bain and Dylan Christensen, received an extra award for the enthusiasm and the interest they showed during the training. Mrs. Darling explained that after see ing the reaction of the 40 kids who “were thrilled to see me” on Moore’s Island in November, she had wanted to impart her knowledge of athletics to more children of Abaco. Before leaving Abaco on August 14 Mrs. Darling said that TWD Athletics will try to organize another workshop in Marsh Harbour in the fall. She is hoping that the mid-term break in October will offer the opportunity for more students to partici pate.Abaco wins in national Judo competitionBy Jennifer Hudson The three Abaco lads who have been in Nassau for the past five weeks on an in tensive Judo training course, working out seven hours a day five days a week and four hours on Saturdays, had all their hard work greatly rewarded on August 7. “Their performance in The Bahamas Judo Federation Open Tournament on Au gust 7 was a spectacular success, and the boys came back with four medals,” stated Albert Lill, one of their coaches who was extremely excited with their accomplish ments. Fourteen-year-old Ashton Forbes won a gold medal in the boys’ middleweight division with 15-year-old Ozeke Swain winning silver in the same class. Thirteenyear-old Levaughan Forbes won a bronze medal in the boys’ lightweight division. Because of Ashton’s standard of fighting, he was allowed to fight in the men’s Caribbean Cup International Division and was awarded the bronze medal. “This was a remarkable feat,” according to Mr. Lill, “since Ashton had to fight adults, some of whom were brown and black belts. Ashton won the bronze medal in that class which is a remarkable accomplishment. He is clearly the best junior fighter in the Carib bean.” Ashton said that he enjoyed fighting in the men’s division. Even though fighting adults is much harder, he enjoys the chal lenge. He was justifiably very proud of his achievements. In order to keep in tip-top physical con dition the three lads must stick to a very strict diet which many young people would Sports News Tonique Darling, Olympic gold medalist in track, center, held a track clinic for the chil dren of Central Abaco the beginning of August. She is shown here on her arrival. They are Ishmael Morley, Edward Clarke, Kandy Anderson, Pia Rolle, Mrs. Darling, Melinda Williams, Peter Pratt, Vogel Willams and Joseph Johnson. Mrs. Darling expects to re turn to Abaco to hold another clinic in the fall. Please see Sports Page 10 Tonique Williams Darling held a track clinic in Murphy Town. She and the coaches who came with her taught the youth exercises and proper form for being successful at develop ing their track talents.

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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 Rich’s Boat RentalsAbaco’s Best Rental FleetAt the Head of the HarbourRental Rates March, April, May þ Daily þ 3-day þ W eekly 21’ Boat þ $170 þ $475 þ $790 26’ Boat þ $250 þ $650 þ $1200 Rental Rate June, July þ Daily þ 3-day þ W eekly 21’ Boat þ $170 þ $475 þ $790 26’ Boat þ $250 þ $700 þ $1300 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and floors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site:abacomarbleandgranite.comP.O. Box AB 20757, Marsh Harbour, Abaco find hard to do. These three are so dedicat ed to their sport that they are quite willing to give up all junk foods, fast foods, pizza, sodas and juice. After the tournament, since they had stuck so rigidly to their routine, trained so hard and done so well, they were taken by their coach for a special treat of pizza and soda. But after that it was straight back onto their strict diet. Judo coaches on Abaco are looking for more persons to take up the sport and join the classes which take place at St. Francis de Sales School every Satur day. Mr. Lill stressed that not everyone who takes up Judo has to go onto the strict diet, so they should not be put off by that. The diet is only for the contestants at national and international levels who are quite willing Sports From Page 9 More Sports News to follow the diet to improve their fitness levels and ultimately improve their fight ing skills.Perry Cooke All Abaco Swim Meet a SuccessBy Candace Key The annual Perry Cooke Memorial Abaco Schools Swim meet was held once again at the metered community pool in Hope Town. Ten schools, primary and high school, traveled to Hope Town to enjoy a day of competition. It was pleasing to see that Angel’s Academy entered for the first time this year. The meet is held in memory of Perry Cook, who was so instrumental in pro moting sports, especially swimming, on Abaco. His wife Cheryl and daughter Jessica are always on hand for the meet. The meet is an all-day affair with com munity members and teachers acting as lane coaches, timers, coaches and score keepers. Great food is also a part of the exciting day. As the afternoon drew to a close and the awards ceremony began, soon the clang ing of medals around swimmer’s necks was deafening! All schools returned home sporting many ribbons and medals but in the end it was Hope Town School that tri umphed to win the Primary Division and Forest Heights that won the High School Division. High Point Swimmers in dif ferent age categories came from several schools. High Point Trophy winners Jack Butler and Braydon Dam tied for the 6 & Under High Point trophy. Both at tend Agape Christian Remember to Buckle Up The Hope Town community swimming pool is the site of competitions as it is half the length of an Olympic pool. The students look forward to the days when they can enjoy the competitions. Please see Sports Page 11 Three Abaco youth have been training in Judo in Nassau for five weeks preparing for the Bahamas Judo Federation Open Tournament. All three did very well, earning medals in their age groups. Shown are Ashton Forbes, who won gold; Ozeke Swain, who won silver; and Levaughan Forbes, who won bronze. They are shown with Vlad Manescu of the International Judo Federation and Regina Parotti, one of their coaches on Abaco.

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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 The Perry Cooke Memorial Swim Meet brought students from 10 schools together for the annual competition. It is a day of fun along with the friendly competition. All the schools went home with ribbons and medals. More Sports News Sports From Page 10 6 & under girls Stella Higgs, Hope Town 8 & under girls Katie Pinder, Angels Aca. 8 & under boys Brady Pinder, Angels 10 & under girls Albury Higgs, Hope Town 10 & under boys Joshua Wong, Agape Christian 12 & under girls Ashley Louis, Hope Town 12 & under boys Christopher Albury, Hope T 14 & under girlsNatasha Albury, Forest Hts 14 & under boys Ashton Kemp, Cyber Learning 15 & over girls Jennifer Cooke, Agape Christian 15 & over boys Brian Higgs, Forest HeightsSisters Excel at National Swim MeetBy Candace Key The colour gold kept showing up for the Higgs sisters, Albury and Lilly, as they competed in the Bahamas National Swim Meet in Nassau recently. The girls are still members of the Swift Swimming Club in Nassau with whom they swam for years before their move to Abaco nearly two years ago. The sisters practice daily for long hours, rain or shine, warm or cold, either in Hope Town or Marsh Harbour. That is clearly what it takes to be winners! The girls’ relay team, which included Albury and Lilly as well as Charlotte Reed and Lauren Knowles, blew past all other relay teams in all strokes and lengths to win gold in all their relays. For those who watched the three-day meet on television, it seemed as though the girls were always on the medal stand. Albury, who came in second as the High Point winner for her age category, just graduated from Hope Town Primary and will be attending Forest Heights Acad emy this fall. She also won the second runner up position in May at the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards in Nassau. Ironically, the boy who won the Student of the Year Award from Nassau was also a fellow swimmer. It appears that the dedication needed to train to be a suc cessfully competitive swimmer also teach es successful school subject discipline! Albury and Lilly’s proud parents are Chris and Pleasants Higgs of Hope Town.Championship games end summer basketball campBy Canishka Alexander The weekend of July 15 to July 17 was an action-packed weekend for basketball fans. Teams represent North, South and Central Abaco competed in a basketball camp organized by Ishmael “Stretch” Two sisters from Hope Town competed in the Bahamas National Swim Meet as part of the Swift Swim Club that they belonged to before they moved to Abaco. Albury Higgs and Lil ly Higgs, both on the left, did very well in a relay with two Nassau swimmers, Charlotte Reed and Lauren Knowles. This relay team won gold in every category they competed in. Please see Sports Page 12

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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 More Sports News Morley and others. Among the players were Leon Gideon, Livingston Cornish Jr. and Vonrico Toote, who are either looking to attend college, play professional basketball or return home to benefit their community at a later date. Mr. Morley worked with Coach Wayde Adderley, Coach Penn and Coach Godfrey Rolle to coordinate the program, which was created for the purpose of offering the youth of Abaco something constructive to do during the summer. On July 15 Game One was played by Treasure Cay and Crossing Rocks. Game Two featured the Young Boys vs. the Mur phy Town Stoppers. Although many at tended the games on Friday, more spec tators attended on Saturday when the Treasure Cay Sporting Club competed against the Marlins. Treasure Cay won with 26 points, while the Marlins scored 22 points. In the under 16 boys’ game Treasure Cay continued its winning as they beat the Youth in Action team with a score of 29 to 19. However, the Youth in Action under 17 boys team broke Treasure Cay’s win ning streak by defeating them 37 to 33. The senior boys were represented by the Dundas Town and Young Boys teams. The young men sizzled the basketball court with their defensive plays and three-point shots. Unfortunately, the game was inter rupted with only two minutes left in the game when it began to rain. Although no winner was declared, Mr. Morley revealed that Dundas Town was ahead of the Young Boys by at least eight points.Sports From Page 11 Basketball camp is held for second yearBy Samantha Evans Coach Jeff Rodgers, who has been host ing Basketball Camps in Nassau for the past 23 years, has now committed himself to assisting the youth of Abaco in develop ing their undiscovered skills. At the beginning of August, youth across Abaco got a chance to improve their basketball skills at the second an nual Jeff Rodgers Basketball Camp. The camp was held at Grace Gym from Au gust 2 to 6 with a basketball jamboree and closing ceremony held on the evening of August 7. Organizer of the camp, William Davis, was not sure that the camp would happen this year as it is quite expensive to pull nity development, he took a leap of faith to host it again. This year Mr. Rodgers brought five coaches from last year’s camp, Mitch Johnson, Kramer B. Taylor, Leonardo Morris, Harrison Moxey and Jeffrey Rodgers Jr., along with a new coach Charlene Smith. All of the coaches are experienced and work in the field on a consistent basis. Mitch Johnson was recently drafted by the 76ers NBA team D league which is known as their “farm club.” As a part of this team, he will get to play various countries and has a great chance of being picked from this group to join their NBA team. Charlene Smith is presently the coach of the female national basketball team and a coach at the College of the Bahamas. Mr. Rodgers described her as one of the best coaches he has and one of the top fe male basketball players in The Bahamas. The camp focused on basic basketball skills, life skills and discipline. The camp ers learned drills and the fundamentals of the game such as how to stand, shooting, fouls and how to hold the ball correctly. On the first day they learned drills, played defense and moved without the on day three they began to focus more on ball handling and each day after that they learned something new. Mr. Rodgers Sr. stated that drills become more extensive for the children as they get older. The campers were divided into three groups: under 10 years, 11-14 years, and 15 years and up. Rodgers de scribed these kids as smart, keen and quick at learning. Mr. Rodgers explained that what keeps him going is the knowledge that the camp helps many of the kids to make something positive of their lives. He tries every year to improve the camp so that the players will be more physically prepared and play better basketball. Further, he tries to stay up-to-date with technology so the coaches can improve the game for the players. He would like to appeal to the Abaco community to support this camp by spon soring one child who may not be able to otherwise attend. To date, one Abaco youth has attended college on an athletic scholarship, and Mr. Rodgers is certain that with community support more athletic scholarships will be granted. On the final evening the closing-out bas ketball games were held at Grace Gym at which time the kids showcased for their parents and relatives the skills they had learned. After the games were played, the children were given their certificates followed by a game played by the Nassau coaches and the Dundas Town basketball team.Golf Camp for Kids at Winding BayBy Mirella Santillo A large group of Central Abaco Prima ry School and Abaco Central High School students met early on the morning of Au gust 9 awaiting buses that would bring them to the Abaco Club at Winding Bay for a week-long “golf camp.” The weather did not look favorable that day, but after a briefing from Head Coach, Malcus “Marley” Hield, and a welcome from the Director of Golf and Community Footprints, Justin Norvell, the weather had cleared sufficiently for the group to proceed to the driving range. The camp started with a total of 32 boys and girls. Some of the older children, such as Austron Johnson, Kevin Deveaux and Christopher Smith had already participated in a previous camp two summers ago. As they practiced for nearly two hours, the coaches, Mr. Hield and Mr. Frank Austin, could already notice who among the participants had the proper position, the proper swing and the proper eyes to become a real golfer. After working on their position and grip Please see Sports Page 13

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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 The Abaco Club at Winding Bay hosted a golf camp for the youth of Central Abaco. They learned techniques and the various kinds of clubs. Shown are Ishmael Morley, Austron Johnson, Kevin Deveaux, Clementino Burrows, Connor Alexander, small boy in front Brenae Bain, behind him Chelshaino Adderley, at the back Sebastian Andrews, Teo Smith, Coach Marley Hield and Justin Norvell. More Sports News for the first couple of days, the youngsters were introduced to shot techniques. Mr. Hield demonstrated which club to use de pending on the shot one wanted to throw. By the end of the camp, 13 children re mained to take part in the final skill competition. These were divided into two age groups, 14 and over and 13 and under, and were given two chances to accumulate the points that would determine the winner and runner-ups in each age group. When the points were tallied, nine-yearold Connor Alexander was declared the winner for the under 13 age group, making his mother, Canishka Alexander, very proud. He was followed by Teo Smith in second position. In third place came Chelshiano Adderley, and in fourth place came Brenae Bain, the youngest of the contestants. Clementino Burrows, a very positive young man who had declared he would be the winner, did indeed claim the first place in the 14 and over age group. He was fol lowed by Sebastian Andrews who missed by very little. Kevin Deveaux came third. Austron Johnson, the previous camp’s winner, placed in fourth position. Ishmael “Stretch” Morley, the coordi nator for the program, is hoping that there will be enough interest among the parents of the participating students to create a ju nior golf club that would enable the more dedicated youth to practice regularly, per haps with the help of other Abaco golf clubs.Tennis Court being constructed By Samantha V. Evans Work began in July at the Central Aba co Primary School field for the construc tion of a full-size professional tennis court. Since more persons are now interested in the sport for exercise and the kids do it for recreation, the committee was prompted to begin work on this court as the courts now on Abaco are all private. The field will come equipped with all amenities needed and the committee will try to get some ten nis equipment as well. Bobby Russell will be the instructor for the tennis program which will be offered free to the kids in the community. He will make private les sons available for those persons interested in learning to play the sport. The court will be sand-sealed (a surface one grade next to asphalt) which is better than concrete as it is less harsh on the joints. For this reason it is a highly recommended surface for this type of court. This field is expected to be completed sometime in September.Sports From Page 12 finger lickin’ good15 Dec 09 a We do chicken right15 Dec 09 b finger lickin’ good15 Dec 09 cDrinks & Milkshakes Happy Hour 2 4 P.M. Monday Thursday Sunday directly from Maxwell’s so that people can access the furniture store without even having to go outside. The great size of Maxwells new store was brought into focus by one shopper who, when asked what was his impression of the store, replied, “Well, I have lost my wife!” All of the comments I received were glowing, with people remarking on the variety, amount of stock, wide aisles, quick checkouts, brightness, pleasant ap pearance and large attractive parking lot. There are even sparkling restrooms for the convenience of customers and hand sanitizer dispensers. No more do we have to feel embarrassed for our visitors having to shop in conditions they are not used to at home. I heard a group of visitors say, as they entered Maxwell’s yesterday, “Cool,” and I don’t think they were just referring to the air conditioning. Maxwell’s is certainly a place of which we all on Abaco can be very proud and can enjoy. Price Right closed its doors at 3 p.m. on August 16, just three days after Maxwell’s opened. According to Chad it will be completely cleared out, cleaned up and repainted, then opened as a store selling non brand name items for those wishing to shop on a restricted budget. Sav-A-Lot will become a wholesale store and warehouse for the other two stores.Maxwell’s From Page 2

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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 Monarch Air Group 5535 NW 23 Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 954.958.0445 954.958.0447 (fax)On Demand Aircraft Charter ServicesCost effective small and large cargo aircraft, operated by experienced flight crews Linked to US Customs via AMS for goods shipped to the U.S. Call Us Today! Your Cargo Specialists The funeral for Stuart , 52, of Murphy Town was held on August 14 at Zion Baptist Church in Mur phy Town. Rev. Christopher Dean offici ated, assisted by Rev. Everette Strachan. Interment was in the Murphy Town Public Cemetery. She is survived by her sons Marlon adopted son Jerod Dougdaughter and Isamae Dawkins, Leonie and Minerva nephews Lindsey, Dwight, Leslie, James, cousins Patricia, Misty, Carla, Donna, Lisa, Timmy, Ray, Rozena, Violet, Ollie, Mispha, Weldon, Rodney, Eddison, Ed diemae, Helen, Barbara, Lillian, Vergil, Patsy, Aaron, Jermaine, Marrietta, Bust er, Kenneth, Rinsor, Annamae, Austin, Loretta, Theresa, Bridgette, Henriletta, Bill, Annie Darville, Madene McBride, Antoinette, Anosh, Olga, Nathaniel, Eliza beth, Daniel, Jason, Gilbert, Dale, Sandra, Cleveland, Micheal, Ruth, Norma, Hank, Wendy, Cardinal, Prince, Bobbie mae, Cindy, Gwendolyn, Terrance, Nadia, Cheryl, Sharman, Rozena, Rhonda, Tamika, Dornell, Juliet, Rochelle, Wenta, Gwendolyn, Emma, Misty, Millie, Erica Theagen, Terry Stuart, Zelma Alladice, Patrick, Slyvia, Ruthamae, Rebecca, Rosiemae, Sean, Luden, Joshua, Shanell, Tasha, Henley Vandyke, Doric, Pamela, Maureen, Royette and Judith, Quincy, Samantha Jones, Milton, Malita, Lil Sil, Santives and friends. The funeral for Bertram Joseph Reck ley , 59, formerly of Green Turtle Cay was held on August 14 in Nassau. Interment was also in Nassau. He is sur vived by his wife Mary mother Jen son Jeron daughters Thompson, Susan Jones, Maureen Gibson uncles Leroy, Leon and George Reckley, James Curry, Brian Russell and Rev. Eu nieces Stephanie Charlton, Jenna Gibson, Abigail Jones, Kobie Roberts, Kenji and Kimanthi Poitier, Mackinta Orne, Lucy Dwight and Daniel Jones, Terrance Jr., Travis Gibson, D’Vaughn and D’shawn Knowles, Craig Smith Jr., Mackinson, Michael, Frank, Ferdnand, Quinton, Clint nephews Quitel, Tanisha, Tamara, Quiton Jr., and Stephon Charlton, Althera and Michelle Willie, Mackel Sands, Lina and Logan Lauriston, Reagan Searcy, Isaiah and Khalil Orne, Khassidi, Khamaran and and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Samuel David Albury, 63, was held on August 20 at the Man-OWar Gospel Chapel. Bro. Tom Roberts, Bro. Freddy Pinder, Bro. Glenn Albury, Bro. Mark Lacey and Evangelist Frank Perry officiated. Interment was in the Man-O-War Public Cemetery. He was married to Arlene Key of Hope Town. He wore many occupational hats, from a fisherman to restau rant owner to boat builder. And his most recent venture was a gift shop where he displayed his handmade woodwork. daughters Melissa, Lenora, Samantha and Stephen Sweeting, Jay Sands and Dale brothers Hartley, Roland, Joe, David and drea Albury, Charlotte Albury, Mary-Ann Albury, Sharon Albury and Phyllis AlBertram Joseph Reckley Florence Stuart Samuel AlburyObituaries of Family and Friends Vernal Burrows other relatives and friends. The funeral for Deacon Vernal Bur 49, of Sandy Point was held on August 21 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Sandy Point. Rev. Dr. Michael Symonette officiated assisted by Rev. Napo leon Roberts. Inter ment was in in Sandy Point Public Cemetery. He is survived by his sisters Dafinette Bain and Diana ColeVincent and George Burrows, Bob and Ner Darville, Louise Green, Rita Davis, Marga many other relatives and friends. 1(242) 365-8053

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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 Located in the Abaco Shopping Center, Marsh HarbourTel: (242) 3673-202 Fax: (242) 367-3201 eMail: abacoprint@batelnet.bsBackpacks Calculators Clocks Computer Bags / Portfolios Coolers Ice Desk Accessories Drinkware Executive Toys Key Holders Mp3 / Radios Note Holders Stress Relievers Technology Tools Totes / Duffels Travel / Leisure Writing Instruments Promote your business Why & How? Attract new customers Increase repeat business Inspire customer loyalty Improve client relations Reactivate old accounts Build an image By Canishka Alexander Although Friends of the Environment’s executive director Kristin Williams did not have an official count of the children that attended camp this year, she was pleased that not only were the camps all full, sev eral were repeat campers. This year marks the fourth year that Friends has offered the summer camp, and the children are treated to a number of exciting learning experiences. However, camp was only offered in Marsh Harbour, Sandy Point and Cooper’s Town. Last year, Moore’s Island was also included. Junior camp was held for children ages was held the following week for the senior children aged 10 to 13 on July 19-23. All camps are free of charge. Mrs. Williams said the camp is struc tured to allow the children to spend time in the classroom learning about Abaco’s environment. Then the children go on field trips to reinforce what they have learned in the classroom. One of the most exciting experienc es for campers is their snorkeling trip at Mermaid’s Reef. Mrs. Williams said their reaction is often one of amazement when they see the coral reefs and the different types of fish swimming around them. The experience is always unforgettable. The campers were given opportunities to learn about coral reefs, mangroves and their importance to the Bahamian wetlands, blue holes, the pine forest, and the Abaco parrot among other species of birds. They are taught general conservation efforts, which include recycling, waste manage ment, litter prevention and beautification. Mrs. Williams thanked Disney Cruise Line for its continuous support of the camp because feeding and transporting the children to various locations can become costly. At the end of the camps the campers in Central Abaco enjoyed a beach clean-up and lunch at the Crossing Beach.Friends is pleased with repeat attendance at campThere are a few BEC technicians cur rently in training with MAN Diesel, and the company is contracted to remain on site for one year after completion and will con tinue to provide hands-on training during that time. MAN Diesel, headquartered in Germany, also has locations in Canada and nearby in Fort Lauderdale, fully equipped to handle sales, parts, services and train ing. It is noteworthy that many cruise ships that port in Miami use these same engines and are supplied from the nearby branch. The generators can be controlled manu ally or by a computerized system that can start and stop all equipment from a room that overlooks the engines. This system provides valuable information as it monitors the engines, alerting if oil is low, pres sures or temperatures are wrong and when service is needed. A separate 500 KW generator is used to start all fuel, oil and water pumps and Wilson City From Page 4 By Mirella Santillo The eighth Baker’s Bay Sail-Away held on August 15th was once more a great suc cess. The event seemed to be doomed as heavy thunder clouds hung threateningly over the horizon most of the day. But the weather never got bad, and the people who joined the beach party enjoyed a comfortable temperature and a great social event, which is a fund raiser for Every Child Counts and Friends of the Environment. The committee members bringing the supplies, President “Li’ll Bill” Albury with his wife and son, Kristin Williams, Ashley Sands and Maria Silvester, arrived at Bak er’s Bay by mid-morning. This year they were directed to a different beach. They were met by the resort staff who brought a large barbecue grill, charcoal and ice and stayed to help set-up. By noon everything was set up for the party. By 1 p.m. 17 boats had arrived including a small ferry equipped with a gen erator captained by Raymond Lowe. The ferry served as a music station all through the day with James Malone and Leigh Da vis acting as DJ’s. By 3 p.m. over 40 boats lined the bay, the crowd had disembarked hanging out by the refreshments area, walking the beach, swimming and socializing. It was a family affair with children and parents having fun in the sea with balls and frisbees and dogs running along the beach. The sun never made an appearance until after six at which time the drinks dropped to half price, and the volunteers started packing what was left since the hamburg ers, the T-shirts and some of the drinks had been sold out. By sunset the beach was once more deserted. According to Mrs. Williams, the event was very successful with over 200 persons attending. The committee and the majority of people who frequented the party liked the location better as it was away from the resort and more private. The results were comparable to previ ous years with close to $6000 collected, even though there were no business spon sors this year. However, the food, the al cohol and the T-shirts had all been donat ed. Some of the sponsors included Snappas Bar & Grill, Sky High Spirits, Sands Beer, Sawyer Soft Drinks, Abaco Groceries, Abaco T-shirt & Design, F&V, Nippers, the Art Caf, Hope Town Harbor Lodge as well as Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club. The proceeds were divided and distrib uted to Friends of the Environment and Every Child Counts the following week.Many enjoy Baker’s Bay eighth Sail Away Many Marsh Harbour boaters anticipate the Sail Away held annually in August. The casual family atmosphere is a great climax after a busy summer season. The Sail Away is held on a beach at Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club. provide the necessary auxiliary power in the case of zero power on site. They have installed lightning rods to mitigate against lightning strikes and the plant should not be subjected to the same problems the current plant has when struck. The Wilson City site has an extensive fire protection system in place including a 30,000 gallon water tank with fire hydrants and nozzles placed strategically around the plant. They have on the way a FM200 wa terless fire suppression system which will be installed in the computer and electrical control rooms. FM200 is a gas that is non toxic to humans but can suffocate flames in a matter of seconds while leaving no resi due. The site has been designed to allow for future expansion with the present facili ties covering little more than half the land space provided.

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Page 16 Section B The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 NOTICEIN THE ESTATE OF ANTHONY ADDERLEY a.k.a. ANTHONY EUGENE ADDERLEY a.k.a. EUGENE ADDERLEY a.k.a. ANTHONY E. ADDERLEY NOTICE P.O. Box AB 20365 Ron-Paul Cabinets Plus 20 oz. Commercial Carpet $11 sq. yd Ph: 367-0546Carpet & Mattress SpecialsC all or visit our showroom acy By Jennifer Hudson Last year the old pink Burial Society building which had stood on the seashore in Dundas Town since the 1940s and which had become rather dilapidated was refur bished by Local Government and trans formed into a smart, modern sage green and white building. The original building was constructed a few years after the peo ple moved to Dundas Town from Old Place after the devastating hurricane of 1932. It was a meeting place for the Dundas Town Burial Society and for the laying out of the dead The building was badly damaged during Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and stood unused ever since. Now that it has been refurbished, it is used not only for meetings of the Burial Society but also for Local Government and other community meet ings. Keeping up with modern times, there is now also a computer lab for students to use for their projects and homework. The refurbishment of this old build ing led to an interesting piece of research on the Burial Societies on Abaco. I was surprised to discover how many there are and interested to learn of the work of these societies. Burial Societies are a form of Friendly Society. These historically exist ed in England for the purpose of providing by voluntary subscription for money to be paid upon the death of a member or for fu neral expenses of a husband, wife or child of a member or widow of deceased mem ber. They also looked after the needs of the dying. The Dundas Town Society actu ally began in Cornish Town, a settlement between Blackwood and Fire Road, before the 1932 hurricane which caused the settlers there to have to move. First in command of the Dundas Town Burial Society today is Field Marshall Lernis Cornish. He tells the fascinating story of how after the hurricane of 1932 everyone was presumed dead by people outside the settlement. But one day a plane was heard flying overhead so a man began to wave a white flag. The seaplane landed and found many survivors. These survivors were moved to land granted them by the government. After residing there for a few years the people rejuvenated the Burial Society holding their meetings first in a tent and then in a building which they built. The Dundas Town Burial Society has been dormant for some time, but Lernis Cornish and second in command, Colin Swain, are trying to resurrect the society though they are finding it difficult to interest the young people. Mr. Bill Swain, who was President of the Murphy Town Burial Society for 25 years from 1979 making him its longest serving President, gave me a very interest ing overview of the work of the Burial So ciety. The people of Bluff Point were also moved out after the devastating hurricane of 1932 and formed the community of Murphy Town in 1942. About two years later a group of residents came together to form a union for the development of Murphy Town and the Burial Society was a result of this community effort. Original founders were Thomas Swain (deceased), Sheddy Simms, William Simms, Preston Swain, Eamon Curry and Eamon Swain. Membership currently stands at 120 and the current committee consists of President Della Davis, Vice President Peter Swain, Treasurer Salathial Swain and trustees. Mr. Swain explained the purpose and tasks of a Burial Society as a group of people who come together to assist each other whenever there is a death of any of its members. Dues are paid and so the family is assisted financially. There is also a committee for visiting the terminally ill. Whenever a member is very sick and not expected to live, if a family member is not able to be with them at all times, then the society makes sure that there is always someone from the society to sit with that person day and night until they pass. “The task of the Burial Society today is the same as the system used in Bluff Point, that is to cut the grave and bury the casket. When I was President, it was customary to always have two open graves in case a person died suddenly,” explained Mr. Swain. “All members pay dues, but the gravedig gers do not pay dues. For a funeral, the members march in procession from the church to the cemetery, the women wear ing all white and the men in black wearing their badges. When someone dies there is a ‘setting up’ or a ‘wake.’ Family mem bers and friends gather at the home and sit up all night singing hymns and get up and reminisce about the deceased.” The first society building, which was the Gospel Hall Church, was brought from Bluff Point in sections on the vessel Arena through Sand Banks and reconstructed in Murphy Town. This building was used for 25 years. The society now owns a build ing on Amon Drive and meetings, which at one time were held monthly, are now held quarterly. The Cooper’s Town Burial Society has been active ever since its inception in 1900 though its format has changed slightly. Albert Bootle formed the society in 1900 just for family members, but it has since been opened to all members of the North Abaco area. It is a large society with 300 members at present and meets in the gov ernment school just once a year. President Clayton McIntosh feels that while mem bers should visit the sick and dying, the Cooper’s Town Society only assists with the burial. Instead of quarterly or yearly dues, a Death Tax is collected when some one dies. The Cooper’s Town Society in cludes members living all the way from Treasure Cay and north to Black Wood and Fire Road and Cooper’s Town. Green Turtle Cay has its own society. Wood Cay has the most northerly Burial Society and is the only one on Little Aba co. It was started in 1948/9 when just the equivalent of $2 was collected to start it (those days money was still in pounds ster ling). “This Burial Society was first started as a Friendly Burial Society where families of the community came together to help each other, but over the years it has grown so greatly that now it is governed by 37 by-laws,” stated Secretary and Vice Chair man Burnell Parker. Originally named the Wood Cay Burial Society, the society has now been named The Saint Thomas Burial Society after the church in Wood Cay. The society currently has 45 up to date mem bers from as far as Dundas Town to Grand Bahama and Nassau. Members meet in the church four times a year unless an emergency requires an extra meeting. The Saint Thomas Burial Society up holds the policy of visiting its sick mem bers in the community. There is a male sick committee for visiting the men and a female for the women. If a person is des ignated to sit with a sick person and can not go, then their penalty is to pay another Burial Societies were important in the pastPlease see Burial Societies Page 17 This is the recently renovated Burial Society building in Dundas Town. The original building was badly damaged by Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and stood derelict until re cently. The Dundas Town Committee is be commended for restoring it and adding an extension to it. It now serves as the local government office, a place for community meet ings, even a computer lab for students as well as a meeting place for the Burial Society.

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At the opposite end of the island lies Sandy Point which has its own Burial So ciety overseen by Chairman Benjamin Pin der. “This group was started in 1929 and was concerned with providing for the fish ermen who had no means of burying their dead individually. The society has contin ued without interruption to this day and presently has about 270 members. Mem bers are expected to meet quarterly in the society hall though it is difficult to get them to turn out,” lamented Mr. Pinder. Dues are very small at only $6 per year with a death tax of $7 payable when a person dies. “When the society first began, mem bers would sit with a dying person until the end. But over the years it has become more and more difficult to get people to sit like that, though people do still visit the very sick. Today we mainly help with burial costs. I would like to see the benefits in crease, but some people are finding it hard to even pay the dues as they are. These days the older persons are keeping up the payments for their children as the younger persons do not seem to see the need,” said Mr. Pinder. Also in the South is the settlement of Cherokee Sound with its Burial Society run by Kenneth Albury, who has been its Pres ident for 25 years. Mr. Albury believes that the Cherokee Burial Society has been in existence since the 1800s though the ac tual written records in its possession only go back as far as 1942. It has 140 members which include not only people from Cherokee but also others who now live away but would like to be buried in Cherokee. The Cherokee society does not hold meetings but Mr. Albury goes once a year to the homes of all the members to collect the $12 annual dues. “We help with the sick see to the burial,” said Mr. Albury. An interesting snippet of history is that children only were always buried in the old cemetery by the spit, but now people of Burial Societies From 16 Most settlements on Abaco formed a Burial Society to assist families who had members that passed away. This is the building in Hope Town. Most Burial Societies had members who would stay with the dying to help the families.Burial Societies were neighbours helping neighbours Achievements for Man-O-War School Eighty-three percent of our students achieved the Honour Roll for the 20092010 school year. Two of our students were recognized na tionally at the Minister’s Literacy Awards Ceremony as top students in Literacy. In addition, three of our classes were given trophies for scoring the highest as a class in the district in both Literacy and Math. A grade four student won first place in the piano solo for her division in the Na tional Arts Competition. Students from grades one and two won the district spelling competitions. Our students took second and third in their divisions at the Earth Day Science Competition. Nine students joined the swim team and brought home ribbons and medals. Students from grades 3-6 formed a Sand Watch Club to monitor a local beach. Our General Knowledge Team partici pated against the big schools and come in 6th out of 12 teams. Most students chose to eat healthy breaks for the entire school year. Several students earned high scores on their GLAT exams.Accomplishments of Every Child Counts For the first time and with their own determination and the dedication of their teachers and volunteers, selected ECC stu dents sat the BJC exams with encouraging results despite their learning disabilities, a shorter than normal study period and few er resources than regular schools. All the students who sat the Art exam passed the exam and many of the others had passes in Math and English and Religion – three with B’s and C’s. Due to fund raising efforts, we were able to expand our job coaching positions again and 25 students took part in local weekly apprenticeships for the year. This included our link with Emerald Organics Farm for skill training in agriculture and animal hus bandry after cognitively impaired students participated in our own agriculture pro gram at school. Our micro-business initiative was ex panded with older more disabled students in assembling and selling individual utensil packets. Many local businesses and indi viduals are purchasing these packets with Snappas Restaurant being our biggest and steadiest customer. Our basketball team of learning disabled students participated in the Abaco Sports League and won second place overall for the season. Over 30 of our more developmentally disabled students participated in Special Olympics in Nassau and won numerous gold, silver and bronze medals. Two stu dents, Patrick Darville and Deangela Murray, participated in the Caribbean regionals in Puerto Rico and brought home gold medals in bocce and track. Progressive Reading Stream students produced a DVD of their original drama about students with learning and other dis abilities on Abaco. This was done with the assistance of students from the media department of Rollins College who visited ECC during the school year. We expanded of our life skills curricu lum including our cooking program in order to prepare students for independence and jobs in food preparation. Cooking classes began to prepare lunches for their schoolmates three days per week. Expansion of our sensory integration program for students with sensory defen siveness and focusing issues has proved extremely beneficial along with our leveled behavior system in enhancing improved and responsible behavior throughout the school. Four students received alternative diplo mas from ECC in June and are working as productive members of our community.Abaco schools excel in many areasPlease see Burial Societies Page 18 Police reminder to motorists: Slow down and live. Obey the speed limits. The life you save may be your own.

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Page 18 Section B The Abaconian September 1 , 2010 Business Service Directory Big Cat EquipmentRentals: Services: Abaco Island Pharmacy 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 or Adele McDonald P.O. Box AB 20432, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Abaco Glass CompanyWindow Glass and Mirrors Cut and Installed Screens Made and Repaired Installed and ReplacedYale WindowsDon MacKay Blvd. 367-2442 By Jennifer Hudson The name Merle Louise Williams may not “ring a bell” with everybody. But if, instead, this remarkable lady is referred to by her affectionate title of “Mother Merle,” then instantly she was well known to most. Mother Merle was born on October 23,1929, in Cornish Town to Cecilie But ler from Cornish Town and Alfred Rolle of Cooper’s Town. She was the youngest of four girls and three boys. She enjoyed her childhood in the small settlement of Cornish Town located on the south side of North Abaco close to the settlement of Fire Road. Life was simple in those days with the men earning a living from fishing, sponging and farming while the women kept house and helped their men folk on the farms. The women set aside each day of the week for a different chore bread making day, sewing day, visiting day, wash day and ironing day and when those tasks were completed, they went off to the farms. To preserve fish and meat in the heat without the luxury of refrigeration or ice, it was salted and hung on a line to dry and cure. This way it would last a very long time. When the time came for it to be eaten, it was placed in water to soak. “I loved living there,” reminisced Moth er Merle. “They were the good old days. People were more loving so the community was better. Everyone was equal and everyone helped each other out.” Life was not without its challenges. If one was sick, the only way to reach a doctor was to go by boat to see Dr. Kendrick on Green Turtle Cay. If a person needed to be hospitalized, the only thing to do was to wait for a boat going into Nassau. While on the boat, the patient could be on the sea an entire week and often would not survive. During the terrible hurricane of 1932, all of the homes in Cornish Town were destroyed. “When a plane flew over after the hurricane, the pilot said that the area looked just like a lumber yard. The land was too low, and there was a pond in the back so water from the sea went right over. Several people drowned and one family was swept right out to sea. Thatch houses were built to live in after the hurricane,” remembers Mother Merle. In 1940 at the age of 11 years, Mother Merle moved to Dundas Town with the rest of the survivors from Cornish Town. The government granted land to the residents of Cornish Town on which to build homes as it was not practical for them to continue to live in such an unsafe location. The men went first to build the houses and then their families followed when the homes were complete. “I missed my old home at first,” lamented Mother Merle, “but after a while I got used to the new place.” She attended the Marsh Harbour All Age School until the school leaving age of 14. About two years later she moved to Nassau with her parents who went looking for work as there was none on Abaco at that time. After a while her parents moved back to Abaco, but young Merle Louise stayed in Nassau and carved out a good ca reer for herself in the hospitality industry, working at several upscale establishments and becoming a “chef extraordinaire.” In 1965 she returned home to Abaco with Ce cil Williams from Turks Island whom she had married in 1964 and the couple made Abaco their home. It was soon after this that Merle Louise Williams went to work for Dr. Ejnar Gottlieb and before long the doctor’s older son, Cay, gave her the af fectionate name “Mother Merle” which has stuck to this day. On May 24, 1967, Mother Merle branched out and opened her own estab lishment in Dundas Town the famous Mother Merle’s Fishnet Restaurant which became well known both nationally and internationally. Over the years several of Mother Merle’s seven children (all of whom she taught to cook) helped her run this 150-seat restaurant, and she herself worked there until 2001, the year her hus band died. After that her grandchildren ran the restaurant for her with her daughter, Angela, as chief cook. Mother Merle at tributed her culinary skills to her mother who was a very good cook and to watching other people. However, probably the big gest secret to her tasty cooking is in her statement, “I put plenty of love in it.” Mother Merle was honored by the Ro tary Club at a banquet in 2009 and pre sented with an award for her outstanding contribution of more than 65 years to the hospitality industry of Abaco and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Later, Mother Merle was limited in her ability to get around due to surgery she underwent in 2009 which confined her to a wheelchair, but her spirit was undaunted. Although she loved to read, her favourite thing was to travel. She traveled a lot with her family to the United States where there are other family members and had hoped to go to Canada to visit even more family. Mother Merle was a dedicated member of St. Andrews Methodist Church and her favourite Bible verse was in Galatians The fruit of the spirit is love. “I always preach love to my children,” she said. “Life to day is very different from how it used to be,“ she lamented and was saddened by the factt, “Everyone these days is too busy for each other.” This cheerful octogenarian lived by her testimony. “My joy in life is to make people happy.” She passed away quietly on May 12, 2010, a legend that needs to be remem bered.Mother Merle Rememberedall ages are buried in the Assembly of God Church Cemetery. Hope Town has sustained a Burial Soci ety for more than 70 years and was started as a family affair when people could not af ford to foot the expense of burial. Accord ing to President Suzanne Bethel, the major ity of Hope Town residents were members at one time as well as some second homeowners who desired to be buried in Hope Town. But the society is presently not ac cepting any new members as the cemetery is full and they are waiting for Council to find more land for burials. A very small yearly fee is collected from each member which covers the casket, digging of grave, burying of casket and church service. Hope Town resident Winer Malone, well known for his crafting of Abaco dinghies, builds and varnishes the caskets. There are two Burial Societies on Moore’s Island. Mother MerleMonthly bird watching trips are being organized for both North Abaco and Central Abaco. The first Saturday in September Dr. Woody Bracey will conduct a tour in North Abaco. Anyone interested should be at the junction of Treasure Cay Road and Great Abaco Highway at 7 a.m. For more information call 365-8305. Reg Patterson will conduct a tour in Central and South Abaco on the third Saturday in September. Anyone interested should be at the Friends office at 7 a.m. For more information call 367-2721.Are you interested in Bird Watching? Vernice Walkine, Director of Tourism, center, was on Abaco on August 17 to discuss Tourism’s goal of advertising several Out Islands as separate destinations. Abaco will be one of those promoted individually. She is shown with Cubell Davis, Chief Councillor for Central Abaco; Wynsome Ferguson of the Abaco Tourist office; Steve Pedican, Chief Councillor for North Abaco; Ms. Walkine; Michael Albury, President of Abaco’s Chamber of Commerce; Preston Roberts, Chief Councillor for South Abaco; and Administrator Cephas Cooper. Tourism is promoting Abaco as a destinationBurial Societies From Page 17

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September 1 , 2010 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 w/ twin 150 Evinrudes, all new upholstery. T-top canvas, fresh water wash down. Asking $28,000. Offers welcome. Call 477-5308. Commercial Fishing Boat by Florida Marine, twin 200 HP Yamahas 220 gal gas, 25 gal water, 85 gal circulating well, hydraulic steering, VHF, depth finder & GPS, stereo, T-top, rocket launcher, raised bow platform, all cushions, extensive dry stor age, rod holders. DUTY PAID. A great deal at 15K. Call 242-366-0122 or 242-577-0722en with twin Mercury 250 outboards and outriggers. DUTY PAID. In good shape. Needs TLC. Errol at 242-367-6156 w/ 8 cylinder Perkins diesel engine. Cruises @ 15 kts. Use as a ferry or fishing boat. Interested call Thomas at 3654019/475-8195 tournament rigged, low hours, Raytheon electronics inc. radar, 700 HP, dual stations, Lee fighting chair, single spreader riggers, sleeps 4, stove, fridge, A/C, lectra flush head, shower, full enclosure for bridge, spare props, fresh & salt washdown, safety equip. and much much more. Please call JB at 978-697-5657 $47,500 US or BROen 1973, DUTY PAID $50,000 as is. Needs generator and forward clutch on one engine. In Treasure Cay. Contact hatter as4sale@all.net or call 561-228-1424 or 242365-8057 Grande Cherokee 2002. White. Low mileage. 68,000 miles. $9,000 OBO. Call 367-0707 or 458-2930 BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE w/ cabin (toilet) 135HP Mercury, CD player, radio, depth finder, ladder, 6 seats, good condition. DUTY PAID $14,500. Call Buddy Roberts 242-365-6152 with Bimini and trailer, 90HP Johnson, 2K just spent on en gine, bathing ladder, large cooler, perfect for fishing, swimming or just chilling out. $5,750. 458-0525 , sports cabin, Volvo diesel engine, on-board toilet, fresh water tank, reconditioned Bimini top, $17,500 OBO. Call 367-2848en , new engines, tank & elec tric etc. $25,000. Contact 901-682-3651 or hagen_peters@yahoo.com BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE w/ 90HP Yamaha, VHF, well maintained, full cover, survey available, $10,000. Phone 242-577-0392 new gelcoat, new Rub Rail, almost new 85HP Yamaha engine. Ev erything in excellent condition. $14,000 OBO. Call 365-5148 . Heavy duty Bimini top, 40 gal main gas tank, 30 gal forward tank, 115 HP merc w/ handle. 365-6205 BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Items for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats By Mirella Santillo The Rotary Club of Abaco can boast of inviting influential and knowledgeable speakers, so it is no wonder that three well learned women, albeit in completely different fields, took the stage recently. Caroline Stahala, a researcher from the University of Florida, who has been studying and monitoring the Abaco parrot population in the Abaco National Park, gave a detailed presentation, sharing with the club members the results of months of study. Her presentation was aimed at dem onstrating the importance of the parrot in the environmental and economical impact of the island. As she had previously suspected, she confirmed that the last recent tests she performed on the birds confirmed that the Abaco parrot was endemic of Abaco and not related, as previously assumed, to its southern cousin, the Inagua parrot. She offered the opinion that as such, the Abaco parrot had not only a symbolic value, a bio-diversity value as it shares the same habitat, the coppice, with other species but also an economic value for the island as a potential attraction for bird-watchers. Because of her passion for the Abaco parrot, Ms. Stahala would like to raise the awareness of the residents about its importance and its fragility. The popula tion of approximately 2600 seems to be steady. However it is vulnerable to several dangers. The Abaco parrot nests in ground cavities which leaves its eggs and its chicks threatened by a variety of preda tors, among them snakes, feral cats, raccoons and poachers. A more insidious threat to the parrot population is the loss of habitat because of development. She sug gested protective zoning and satellite parks be created in order to help reduce the loss of habitat of the parrots. The next speaker, as passionate about her completely different topic as the previ ous presenter, was , VicePresident of Human Resources for Baker’s Bay Resort and Ocean Club. The subject of her presentation addressed literacy, first with Project Read, an endeavor target ing persons who cannot read, especially adults, a problem that she was made aware of through her job. Project Read was introduced in 1991 by the Rotary Club of East Nassau, one of the reasons for Ms. Bowe to enroll the support of the Rotary Club of Abaco in her efforts to launch the program. Project Read would operate as a non-profit organization which would function through the help of volunteers previously trained to teach people to read on a one-to-one basis and in complete anonymity. Ms. Bowe is hoping to have the program operational soon. Project Read is not Ms. Bowe’s only vi sion addressing literacy and learning issues in the community. Her second approach to literacy is through the foundation of a school, Horizons Academy. This would be an alternative school for at risk students. Ms. Bowe is hoping that volunteers in the community will support both of her projects. Rosnell Simmons, a Director of the Chamber of Commerce and the owner of North Rock Water Company, was the third influential woman. She was there to let it be known that the Chamber of Commerce is not for certain people only and is not just a show. She wanted to bring visibility and publicity to the new directors and let people understand that the Chamber of Com merce was for everybody. “It is an entity that promotes the interest of its members,” she assured. The yearly membership fee has been re duced to $100 in order to get more mem bers and bring diversity to the organiza tion. The board members are encouraging small businesses to join and voice what changes they would like to see. She gave a brief overview of how the two umbrellas of the Chamber of Commerce operate. The ambassadorial umbrella deals in service and in trying to reach the average person in order to make a change. Local people with local knowledge who have inti mate experience of what has to be changed to better service the community are in vited under that umbrella. The idea is to organize workshops to educate businesses, particularly small businesses which are the backbone of a community, explained Mrs. Simmons. The Island Planning Umbrella liaises with local and central government regarding issues concerning Abaco, creating an opportunity to change things on the island, especially changing labor policies. She invited all businesses to join. “If we form a larger group, we will have a louder voice,” she insisted, reminding the assem bly that the local Chamber of Commerce office is aligning itself with its Nassau par ent, which is opening itself to the Family Islands. Information on two business awards, the Mike Malone Award and the Derek Lee Entrepreneur Award, created to recognize small businesses and what they do for the community, will be announced by the Rotary Club in September.

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