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VOLUME 18 NUMBER 20 OCTOBER 15th, 2010

Swimmers competed in 5K open water meet

7th annual meet brought swimmers from G.Bahama & Nassau
By Mirella Santillo
A~BAC OPE WEI Nature could not have put on a bet-
i, 'Yter day for the swimmers who gathered
E Tl i at Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour on
'. October 2 to participate in the annual 5 K
"wVe UFIN RD) OIIO(three miles) Open Water Swim Competi-
W.7ADtion. There was not a breath of air so the
CE.",sea was as calm as a lake. It was a little
-'g ZP A1muggy for the spectators but they cooled
down with the various drinks offered by
: m the vendors ranging from water, Gatorade
": and sodas to strawberry or banana daiqui-
ris, beers and "breezers."
.All together 37 swimmers attempted
to complete the 5 K course. Thirteen of
them succeeded, among them, 11-year-
Sold Christina Pyform, who placed first in
her age category swimming the course in
... 1 hour 35 minutes, the best time among
all the female swimmers. Another Abaco
Swim Club youth, Solomon Lee, achieved
the best time for the club, 1 hour 28 min-
utes, placing second in the boys 13 to 17
S, ' category. Another 11-year-old club mem-
" ." her, Joshua Wong, managed to swim the
. ", -5K in 1 hour 39 minutes. The three of
them made their parents and coaches very
The Abaco Swim Club held its annual 5K Open Water Swim Competition on October 2 at Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour. Thirty- proud. In spite of the tremendous achieve-


seven swimmers competed in five age groups as well as relays. The youngest swimmers competed in a half mile race. The Abaco
Swim Club offers swimming lessons for various age groups and various ability levels during much of the year. At present the members
use the pool at Long Bay School for their lessons. One of their projects is to raise money for building a community swimming pool.


Please see Swim Meet Page 2


Save the Date!
North end of Treasure Cay 7th Annual Abaco Christmas Festival

beach is eroding away Saturday, December 4, 2010
All individuals, businesses, schools and Tourist Office for an application. Note that
organizations that want a booth at the 7th there are limited booths and the deadline
Annual Abaco Christmas Festival in Marsh to submit your application is November 1.
Harbour are asked to contact the Abaco Call 367-3067 for more information.

Cherokee celebrates

L: -and honours its past





The public beach on the northwest end of the Treasure Cay beach has continued to t
erode during the past few months. The gazebos constructed there for the enjoyment
of residents of North Abaco are threatened, and no one seems to know the cause. The
erosion has occurred quite rapidly during the past few months. The Prime Minister
was allocated money to be spent as he saw fit in his constituency, and he made the im
provements to this public park, building restrooms, these gazebos and a paved parking
area. See story and more photos on page 6.


Cherokee Day was very well attended on October 11 and offered many interesting
j exhtbut.\ as well as greatfood that Cherokee women are notedfor. Additionally, there
pe1senbeI were games, story telling, a raffle and many handcrafted items for sale. People from
eo!Mues
6t7 ON ;!WJed e6ueqo many communities on Abaco enjoy these special days that Cherokee Sound offer and
H1O~ ~.~ H9V-L667I_7 'leni9 find it a great time to socialize.
IalVd@I eAVjdnoJ 3IS Z9L By Jennifer Hudson came to join with the residents in enjoy-
3EviSOd sn Ioul qe9 ienis What a happy day of celebration it was ing the day set aside to honour its heri-
/sJiSIId ue!uooeqv qL in the small settlement of Cherokee Sound Please see Cherokee Page 5
"MOlaq laqel ail) uL UMoys alep uoalej!dxa ail a ojaq uoniduosqns mnoA aua on October 11 as people from far and wide _________PlaseseeCheokePae


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Swimmers won many awards at meet


Swim Meet From Page 1
ment of the local swimmers, the star of the
meet was 15-year- old Derek Gibbs from
Freeport, who swam the course in 1 hour 8
minutes and contributed to placing his male
relay team in first place.
This year a half-mile category for chil-
dren under ten was added. Sixteen kids en-
tered that competition. Coming in first was
Logan Thompson, second was Jenna Al-
bury, third was Roman Pinder and fourth
was Alexis Cooke. All the children who
participated finished the course.
The function was well attended by par-
ents and relatives, who not only enjoyed
the competition, but also the socializing.
Food was organized to benefit the Abaco
Swim Club.
The Abaco Swim Club board members
thought the event was a great success, a
tribute to the hard work of all the volun-


teers who supported the club by teaching
the kids to swim and the ones who contrib-
uted their time by cooking and organizing
fund-raising events.
The overall results were as follows:
Girls 12 and under
First, Christina Pyform, medal, Rebekah
Higgs
Boys 12 and under
Joshua Wong, the only competitor in his
age group
Girls 13 to 17
First, Miranda Albury, Second, Jennifer
Cooke
Boys 13 to 17
First, Derek Gibbs, Second, Solomon Lee
Women 18 to 35
First, Erika Lowe, Second, Jessica Cooke
Men 18 to 35
Lee McCoy
Men over 36


First, Andy Knowles, Second, Laurence
Higgs
Female Relay team
First Christina Pyform, Monica Higgs,
Kylie Pinder, Second Samie Williams,
Rhiannon Bethel, Anna Albury
Male Relay team
First: Derek Gibbs, Andrew Smith, Nicho-
las Van Albedhill, Second, Solomon Lee,
Sean Heystek, Brian Higgs, Third, Trent


Albury, Brent Cartwright, Brady Pinder
Mix Relay team
First, Chris Higgs, Lilly Higgs, Albury
Higgs, Second, Andy Knowles, Percy
Knowles, Nancy Knowles, Third, Jessica
Cooke, Wendy Sims, Troy Sims
Awards were presented by Melinda Wil-
liams of the Ministry of Tourism that part-
nered with Abaco Swim Club in organizing
the event.


Swimmers assembled in the waters at Crossing Beach preparing for the start of the 5K or
3-mile open water race. The water was calm and the day perfect for this annual event.


The well organized open water swim meet held on October 2 attracted swimmers from
several communities on Abaco as well as swimmers from Grand Bahama and Nassau.

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HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #3763
SHEREE'S WAY 220 FT OF POWDER WHITE
SAND 6 bed/7 bath nanny's apt., guest
cottage, garage, fully furnished. $2,575,000.
Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com


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HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #3967
FAR NIENTE MOVE IN! 4 bed/5 bath,
5,000 sq. ft. on excellent swimming beach,
near public dock, turnkey. US$2,490,000.
Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com


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NORTH STAR -WATERFRONT Island style 2 bed 2
bath home with breezeway connection,very private,
shaded decks, steps to beach. US$1,200,000.
Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com


n'Jmn IUtYvIN I tLBDtVv IGAti 34tUO
DUNWANDERIN The perfect little cottage in the
heart of Hope Town. 3/2 built in 1890, completely
renovated & restored, like new. US$499,000.
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.
lane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com


n1UPE IV(vvr I hBU^VVY t1 #t42/5
SUMMERWINDS LUXURY BEACHFRONT HOME in
DorrosCova3b/2b,newly remvatedtastefully decorated.
Dock slip with lift atTahiti Beach. US$1,250,000.
Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com


HlUJVC ItJSIVN I CLDBWVV .il #7/Lz
CLOUD NINE- 2 bed/2 bath home on North End.
Near great beach for snorkeling, I 0 min golf cart
ride to all amenities in HopeTown. US$485,000.
Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com











HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #5047
ROBins HOUSE WITE SOUND 3 bed 2 bath
starter home. Spacious verandah with
beach access around the corner. $295,000.
jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com


HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #5288
OCEAN VIEW Newly redecorated and spacious
4/4 on stunning beach in prine location just moments
from the village. Dock option. US$2,400,000.
Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com

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HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #5391
FLAMINGO VILLAS 2 homes, 2b/2b each,
pool, shared deck, overlooking the lighthouse.
Private dock, 45kw generator. $2,149,000.
Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com


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tiC l1Y-VVIN I LDU^VVY (-Al tJ # J2
CLIFFORD SAWYER HOUSE 2 bed 2 badi and
detached efficiency. Quaint and cozy,iteven has a
pool. Steps from public dock. $950,000.
Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com











HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #4920
ALLAMANDA updated interior. 2 bed 2
bath plus upstairs apartment. Oversized
lot with tropical foliage. US$480,000.
Laurie.Sc hreiner@SothebysRealty.com


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HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #4827
AERIE -OCEANVIEWS Why wait? Buy your island
getaway,3 bed cottage nestled inthe dunes.easy beach
access,dock slipgreat rental history US$695,000.
Jane. Patterson @SothebysRealty.com





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HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #5699
LIL HOPE 2 bed/2 bath Loyalist cottage
across from the Mission House.Walk to shops
& restaurants, good rental. US$475,000.
Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com


HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #5404 LUJBBERS QUAKTERS #4516
HERON VIEW SEA OF ABACO VIEWS SUMMIT- IMPRESS YOUR GUESTS when you entertain
18,000 sq. ft. wooded lot on North End: in this spacious, well-appointed home with 360
US$216,000. Dock slip option: $50,000. degree views. Deeded dock slip. US$690,000.
Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com


HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY #5158
PLANE TO SEA HARBOUR FRONT- 4/4 with
105 ft of protected deep water & 130 ft of doclage
One of a kidnd.Trades welcome. US$1,300,000.
Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com


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


flkJ Ol IttLN ifltlBOV '.AYX #2584
ToP OF THE WORLD OCEAN VIEW White
Sound 2 bed, 1.5 bath, bonus room, retail space
on main floor, shortwalk to beach. US$400,000.
Kerry.Sullivan@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.
Laurie.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 with A/C on the water. Community 4 bath immaculate retreat with 97' dock.
dockage and beach across the street $399,000. dock. Extra lot available.$349,000. 360 degree ocean views. US$3,500,000.
Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com Laurie.Sc hreiner@SothebysRealty.com


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TILLOO CAY #4921 TILLOO CAY #4317
REEL DRAG WATERFRONT Extensive WATERFRONT BEACHWOOD COTTAGE -


docks & boat lifts. Fabulous newly
built 4 bed 3 bath. US$1,200,000.
Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com


George Damianos Kerry Sullivan
Broker, Owner Broker
t242362.4211 t242.366.0163


Enjoy picturesque sunsets from this cozy
waterfront cottage. US$339,000.
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Laurie Schreiner Jane Patterson
Estate Agent Estate Agent
t242.367.5046 t 242.366.0035


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.
Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com


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Estate Agent EstateAgent EstateAgent
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HOPE TOWN I ELBOW CAY
#4161 Atlantic Dream Dorros Cove oceanfront; dock slip, 20,000 sq.ft $450,000. Kerry Sullivan
#5029 Big Rock Hill One acre oceanfront, 140' on the Atlantic. US$665,000. Kerry Sullivan
#2969 Big Point Lot II 1/2 acre beachfront building site. US$450,000. Kerry Sullivan
#5404 Heron View North End lot with Sea of Abaco views protected by restrictive
covenants, 18,000 sq. ft.. Lot: US$216,000. Dock Slip: US$50.000. Kerry Sullivan
#5753 HopeTown Point Lot 70A NEW LISTING I 1.350 sq. ft. building site on the north
end. One block off the Sea ofAbaco. Close to sandy beach. B$ 165,000. Kerry Sullivan
#5754 Hope Town Point Lot 70B NEW LISTING 12,640 sq. ft on the north end. Build
up for views of the Atlantic. Beach across the street. B$ 185,000.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 Ocean View, 10,042 sq.ft. $185,000. Jane Patterson
#5236 North End Lot 5 Ib Ocean View, 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, excellent elevation, 101 ft.
on the Atlantic, 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 ofAbaco,& Tahiti Beach. US$995,000. 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 Stunning views. $298,000. Laurie Schreiner
#3947 Abaco Ocean Club Lot 143 Approximately 1 1,450 sq. ft $150,000. Bill Albury
#4606 Abaco Ocean Club Lot 152 NEW PRICE dockage. $119,900. Laurie Schreiner
#5049 Lot 4 EastView 11,181 sq.ft with designated dock slip. $165,000. Jane Patterson
#4713 North End Lots 2 & 4 Beachfront. $180,000 each. Laurie Schreiner
#4714 Interior Lots 14,295 sq. ft $59,500 $62,000 each. Laurie Schreiner


S 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 Schreiner
#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 One Waterfront Acre Great elevation, room for docle $290,000. Laurie Schreiner
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Uitfle Harbour
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Pelican Shores
Marsh Harbour 2 bed/2.5 bath, 2,400
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lot. Lovely views of the sea. Quiet
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Joe Boolkie's Bay
Bookie's Bay 2 bed/2 bath home on
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Features 130' ofbeachfront and com-
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Cherokee Sound
34,922 sq.ft. lot located on "The Hill".
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Lubbers Quarters Waterfront lot, 100 x 200. $199,500


Yellowwood Hilltop lots w/views of Cherokee Creeks. From $88,500 Little Abaco Waterfront lot 0.711 acres with power. $39,500
Long Beach 1/4 acre lots in quiet community. From $45,000 Hope Town Oceanfront lot 55' of ocean. $950,000
Bahama Coral Island 3 lots 9,000 sq. ft. each, 30+ ft. elevation. $25,000 Hope Town Harbourfront lot. Views of the lighthouse. $850,000


Schooner Bay Harbour Coppice waterfront lot. $175,000
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Cherokee Day brought hundreds from many towns


Cherokee From Page 1
tage and rejoice in the present. Each year
this is a popular event and this year it drew
record crowds. Cherokee people have the
reputation of being very good cooks and
lunch time proved to be very busy with
people enjoying the various delicious en-
trees, cakes and pastries. Throughout the
day a variety of events provided something
for everyone. The children had fun com-
peting in an assortment of games but unfor-
tunately, were not able to enjoy the bouncy
castle as it had a leak. Stalls selling plants,
crafts, food and "white elephant" items
all helped raise funds for the upkeep and
refurbishment of the community centre as
did a beautiful quilt made by the local la-
dies' quilting group which was raffled off.
Cherokee's first ever art show was held
in the community centre and was an in-
teresting collection of work by both local


residents and second homeowners. Seven
talented artists displayed their work which
consisted of sea life in acrylic, landscapes
and seascapes in oil and local scenery in
water colours. In addition to the traditional
matted paintings, many other interesting
objects such as oars, window shutters,
driftwood, water buckets, floats and bot-
tles had been adorned with artwork which
was quite beautiful. Some of the artwork
was done by artists who had never shown
their work in public before, and several
pieces were available for purchase.
One was invited to "Walk Back Thru
Time" in the tiny building which many
years ago housed Cherokee's telegraph of-
fice before the advent of the telephone to
the settlement. Here was a very interest-
ing display of old family photographs and
newspaper cuttings from the past featuring
important occasions in the life of the vil-
lage such as the opening of its first self-


Cherokee Day offered games for the children. The young ones
enjoyed .iirr-h.',t,',1 races, egg-on-spoon races and other
games. The games provided great entertainment for the adults
as well.


service food store and
restaurant. There was
a also a display of old
bottles found on Abaco
and Pine Ridge, Grand
Bahama, and various
artifacts one of which
was a very old and
well worn cookbook
with the delightful title
Settlement Cook Book:
the Way to a Man's
Heart.
Cherokee native,
Patrick Bethel, who
is a great story teller
and has a remarkable
memory, presented
Story Time during
which he kept people


amused with various stories of times gone
by in Cherokee, some of which he knew
to be true and some of which he admit-
ted may have involved a little bit of fic-
tion. He also gave a special presentation to
honour the late Harcourt Rodney "Rusty"
Bethel, a fellow citizen of Cherokee Sound
and one of its most famous native sons.
Rusty as he was called due to the colour
of his hair, became known as "The Father
of Radio Broadcasting in The Bahamas."
After trying a couple of other careers,
Rusty launched into the field of commu-
nication, eventually becoming manager of
ZNS, the only radio station in the country
at that time. He commentated many
important events during the 40s 50s
and 60s including visits of royalty
and presidents. But his familiar and
folksy broadcasting voice is prob-
ably best remembered for one of his
most famous sales pitches, "If it's
O.K. Flour, it's O.K."
Discovery Day in Cherokee
Sound was certainly a fun-filled, in-
teresting and educational day. Twi
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First raffle prize was the quilt that pair
was handmade by the ladies of Cher- probe
okee won by Jessica Bethel. is h
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Albury.
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cashier and good friend of Cherokee, San-
dra Albury.
Winner of the Colouring Contest be-
tween the five- and six-year-old students
of Cheroker Sound Primary School were:
First Prize Ribbon went to Rachel Sands
and an Honourable Mention Ribbon re-
ceived Mathew Wong. Actually all the
children's colouring was exceptional.
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October 15th, 2010


Treasure Cay Public Beach is eroding


By Canishka Alexander
It has been an ongoing issue at the Trea-
sure Cay Public Beach, and it is an issue
that is steadily becoming worse. The beach
is literally vanishing and is threatening to
take the trees and cabanas, too.
Residents, homeowners and developers
suggest that a solution be found soon or
the beach will be no more. In the last two
months a generous portion of the beach has
already been lost.
Steve Pedican, Chief Councillor for
North Abaco, was touring the beach on
October 9, and he agreed that something
needs to be done. He said that over the
past couple of weeks the storms have
caused tidal surges and rip currents that
have escalated the erosion at the beach.
Although some have suggested groins and
water breaks, they have not yet decided
which direction they will move in. He and
his Council members are in contact with
coastal engineers to come up with a viable
solution. In the meantime, however, he
said they will have to make do with what


he calls a "band-aid effect" to treat the
problem.
"At the moment we're attempting to do
a quick fix in front of some of the cabanas
where the washout is. We're going to put
some one-ton sandbags around them just to
prevent the washout, but it's just a band-aid
effect right now," Mr. Pedican explained.
"Hopefully soon, the experts will give us
an idea of what needs to be done because
a lot of money has been invested here. It's
a beautiful project that is going on, and we
need to get on it very quickly so that all
the buildings are not compromised by the
erosion."
Even as he spoke, workers were gath-
ering several one-ton sand bags to line
against the cabanas to slow down the ero-
sion of the beach. With regard to the co-
conut trees that are threatened to topple
because of the erosion, he said they had
equipment that would be used to prop the
trees back up, put sand back around them
along with sandbags until they figure out
what to do.


As for those who own property along
the beach, they are frustrated with what
is going on. Not only is the beach wash-
ing away, but so is their investment. Ac-
cording to residents, one homeowner has
already replaced his porch for a second
time, and the wall that protects his low-
lying home is beginning to crumble. When
he sought to build a wall to retain the sand,
he was stopped by several government of-
ficials. Even though he was told that they
would soon contact him, that was four
months ago.
Adjacent to his property, is a private
beach club called Treasure Sands develop-
ment. Even though this particular property
is a good distance away from the beach,
the owner has seen what has happened
over the months.
Taking into consideration their concerns


as well, Mr. Pedican said that when it is
determined how the problem will be ad-
dressed, the property owners will be al-
lowed to follow the same procedure. He
said those who wanted to put groins and
sea walls on their property were not al-
lowed to do so because it would affect the
beach area even more adversely by esca-
lating the erosion.
As for swimmers and beach-goers, this
is not a safety issue. Nevertheless, Mr.
Pedican did offer some sound advice.
"The beach will still be open, but we just
want to caution anyone using the beach to
be careful of rip currents because the rip
currents could pull somebody under. Any-
one having kids out here, we're saying to
them just pay attention. If you see three
to four foot waves, just be careful."


This is the same gazebo as pictured on page 1 but photographed on November 23, 2008,
- I /it/ the structures were under construction. The buildings are set well back from the
beach. The casuarinas were removed some time ago so were not a factor in the erosion.


These are the same buildings photographed on May 19, 2010. Comparison with the photo
on page one shows the rapid change that has occurred at the beach.

Possible causes of erosion


Accelerated beach erosion over the past
six months at the Treasure Cay public
beach threatens the recently constructed
pavilions. Attempts are underway to find
out how to halt or reverse the erosion.
There are several reasons for beaches to
change. Storms and hurricanes are the most
common causes for rapid sand movement.


But other changes to seashores occur over
extended periods of time. Changes in wind
patterns affect wave patterns which in turn
affect shorelines. Changes in water cur-
rents are more subtle and not obvious to
the common observer, but these currents
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The Abaconian October 15th, 2010


The Editor


Says.


Our future is bright, indeed, if our land
developers are a reliable economic barom-
eter. These investors are injecting large
amounts of money in their developments
with the anticipation of selling to new own-
ers and making a profit.
Even government is beginning to under-
stand that Abaco's growth is not a flash-
in-the-pan phenomena. The worldwide
recession is real, and we are feeling the
effects like everyone else. However, our
inland waterway and offshore cays with
timeless heritage settlements have proven
to be a desirable combination for second
home growth.
Government welcomes private develop-
ments as they bring foreign funds into the
country and all require employees, both
initially during construction and long term
as new residents buy groceries and main-
tain their properties.
Large developments include the follow-
ing which are either functioning or sub-
stantially underway.
Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club on
Guana Cay marina, residences, rental
units and golf
Matt Lowes Cay moving to a high
end resort
Orchid Bay on Guana Cay- residences
and marina
The Abaco Club at Winding Bay -
rental units and residences
Sand Banks Landing near Treasure
Cay -hotel, marina, golf and residences
Schooner Bay north of Crossing Rocks
- residences and marina
Serenity Point adjoining Schooner Bay
- residential
Angel Fish Point has an impressive
web site showing two marinas, hotel, golf
and residential areas, but it is unclear of its
current status.
The owners of Walker's Cay hotel and
marina are negotiating with buyers to reno-
vate and reopen this northern-most island
resort.
Smaller developments, either underway
or pending approvals include:
Elbow Cay Club, pending approval -
hotel, marina and residences
Joe's Cay, part of Elbow Cay, pend-


0 0


Our island's future looks secure


ing an appeal residences
Lynyard Cay, pending approvals- ma-
rina and residential development
In addition to developments encouraging
tourism, other private projects are in the
final planning stages.
One of these is Auskell Clinic that has
made an initial public disclosure for a
three-story medical clinic and mini-hospital
building to be constructed on Don MacKay
Boulevard in Marsh Harbour. Further an-
nouncements are expected soon.
The Teachers and Salaried Workers Coop-
erative Credit Union has unveiled plans for a
two-story administrative building in Dundas
Town to be followed by the construction of a
large shopping and office complex.
Government has several projects of its
own either under construction or in an ad-
vanced planning stage.
The BEC 48Mw power plant at Wil-
son City is close to going on line with BEC
staff now receiving training there.
The government's two-story adminis-
tration building is rising alongside the port
bypass road in Marsh Harbour and may
open by the end of 2011. Many govern-
ment offices will relocate there including
the post office.
A new terminal and tower for Marsh
Harbour's International Airport are in the
advanced drawing stage with architects.
Bids are expected late this year. Construc-
tion should begin in early 2011.
In the communications field, Batelco
is continually upgrading as technology ad-
vances. However, it is facing competition
from Cable Bahamas which is purchasing
the Indigo wireless phone service and IP
Solutions International. Both are expand-
ing their presence on Abaco.
North Abaco was scheduled to have an
inland port constructed on the coast north
of Cooper's Town. Planned to boost the
North Abaco economy, this project ap-
pears to be temporarily shelved pending an


upturn in the economy.
This is not a comprehensive list of the
developments either underway or planned
for Abaco but is representative of where
we are headed.
All in all, these projects represent a
huge investment in Abaco by private and
government funding. Collectively, these
show a high level of confidence in Abaco's
growth and economy.
Coupled with these developments are the
opportunities for Bahamians in contracting
and in service businesses. Government has
been responsive to our native population
growth by making inexpensive land avail-
able to first time homeowners. Govern-
ment has only recently seen the wisdom of
offering low-cost land and housing in par-
allel with private real estate development.
In some areas low cost housing has been
made available through either government
or private financing. Private land in the de-
veloping areas of Abaco is quite expensive
and is priced out of reach for most young-
er Bahamians. Only government has vast
quantities of undeveloped land that can be
converted to residential use.
Since these new housing areas are gen-
erally outside established towns, care must
be taken that they are not isolated bedroom
communities but are the beginning of func-
tioning towns. A few of these new resi-
dential areas are incorporated into existing
towns on vacant Crown Land.
New low cost subdivisions are under-
way throughout the length of Abaco. Lots
in Central Pines were originally sold in the
$14,000 range, and we are told they are
now selling for $40,000 by individuals if
any can be found for sale. Approximately
100 houses have been built in Spring City
with more underway for first time hom-
eowners. Government subdivisions are
either underway or well into the planning
stage for settlements from Crown Haven
to Sandy Point. Even Green Turtle Cay is


getting low cost lots for first time property
owners on a piece of government land out-
side the settlement.
It is interesting to note that most ar-
eas offering low cost lots or housing are
completely subscribed by applicants. This
shows the pent up demand and the con-
struction potential these purchasers pres-
ent as mortgages are approved.
Abaco may be only a small dot on the
world map, but we have been attracting
North American visitors and others for 50
years or more. This attraction is authen-
tic and not the result of advertising hype
or color pictures in slick magazines. Even
government is beginning to recognize that
Abaco's economy is growing due to its ap-
peal. Its attraction to foreign developers and
individuals must be considered as a natural
resource. It has a home-grown appeal that
creates jobs and brings foreign exchange
and investment. Abaco provides a substan-
tial revenue stream to The Treasury.
The Ministry of Tourism is preparing
to market Abaco and the other Out Islands
as individual destinations. Abaco has had
a booming tourism sector and Tourism's
new thrust should make it even better. We
have heard many in the travel industry ex-
claim that the new runway and compan-
ion terminal will attract commercial jet
service bringing even more visitors direct
from distant cities. The airport is now the
second busiest in the country.
Although we can nurture our appeal,
government must provide the infrastruc-
ture to support our growth. This applies to
the utilities, roads, schools, police, airport
and trash handling to name some of the
bigger issues. Since all tax revenue goes
to the Treasury, it is only central govern-
ment that has the funds to install and main-
tain the larger infrastructure elements.
We can only hope that government will
appreciate the potential of our growth and
will plan accordingly and not react to a crisis.


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for them since I already paid you? I went
to Yvette and she told me she couldn't give
me a refund. She say it had to be you, but
you don't answer me. Why you doing this
to us?
I expect an answer.
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Response from
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Not satisfied with reply
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have been ignored. You can read the reply
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and they have not had any flight into Aba-
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almost the middle of September. They
need to stop treating us like this.
Wanting refund
Gov. employees
accused of exploiting
Bahamians
Dear Editor,
Thank you for allowing us space in The
Abaconian to share what has been happen-


ing to us over the last few months. This
particular ordeal has shown me that there
are government employees operating in
Abaco with the intention of exploiting the
Bahamian people. To think that we've had
to pay at least four times more than others
requiring the same service. We must admit
that we have had a terrible experience deal-
ing with Abaco's Ministry of Works' rep-
resentatives and a member from the Town
Planning Board whom we believe are out
to rob us.
Our issue concerns our being over-
charged for a riser diagram, which is one
of the items requested for the construc-
tion of our home. We later discovered that
the most that could be charged for a riser
diagram is $250. However, the certified
electrician charged us $1,000 total $400
for signing on the meters and $600 for the
riser diagram itself.
To make matters worse, we were told
that we couldn't be shown a copy of the
diagram until the entire sum owed to the
electrician was paid. Who pays for some-
thing they cannot see? The issue has been
ongoing since June of this year even
though we've met several times with those
involved, and we have yet to see a resolu-
tion. When we went to visit the Ministry of
Works office, a copy of the riser diagram
was nowhere to be found.
In the meantime, we have become more
and more disturbed over what is happening
because we are hardworking Bahamians,
who deserve to have a home. Even though
we've wasted a lot of time and money, we

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Letters From Page 8
plan to stand up for our rights as citizens of
The Bahamas and see this to the end.
Frustrated
Confused by BEC's
diesel costs
Dear Sir:
I am somewhat befuddled by BEC chair-
man Michael Moss's statement (Nassau
Tribune, September 23rd) that BEC con-
sumers on other islands will have to partly
finance Abaco's "higher" fuel costs when
the Wilson City plant goes on line. Mean-
while, Carlos Escobar, MAN Diesel site
manager for the plant, claims (Abaconian,
September 1st) that the new generators will
be almost twice as fuel-efficient as the ex-
isting ones 6000 gallon per day for 12.25
Mw as opposed to 20,000 gal. for 22 Mw.
(To save you doing the math, this works
out to 480 gallon per Mw at the new plant,
909 gallon per Mw at the existing plant.)
This being the case, everyone should
see a major reduction in their power bills,
rather than the threatened increase.
Yours sincerely,
Alison Ball
Thanks for
show of support
On August 27, 2010, I officially retired
after 33 years of public service. I was at-
tached to several government departments
and ministries in Nassau, Freeport and


Marsh Harbour through the years, the last
of these being the administrator's office in
Marsh Harbour.
I shall miss the daily opportunity to
serve the public and to work with so many
interesting people, but everything has a
season and one must recognize the time to
move on.
Friends organized a retirement party that
was a moving and gracious affair full of pleas-
ant surprises and generous words of praise.
I want to express deep appreciation to
all my family and friends as well as the
government representatives who made the
party a success. I want them all to know
that as I think of them, I will ask God's
blessings on each one. I am grateful for the
love and support and I will never forget.
C. Anna-Maria Fernander Cote
Farewell to a very
special teacher
It was a bittersweet day for the S.C.
Bottle family. On 24th September the ad-
ministrators, staff, student body and facil-
ity managers gathered at a general assembly
to say farewell to Lyndon Scott. Mr. Scott
wove himself into the fabric of Abaco hence
his 12 years on the island. He was mainly
an Agricultural Science teacher, but he was
also versatile in the coaching of students for
the various sporting activities.
The students poured their hearts out in
speeches and songs to let him know that he
would surely be missed for all that he did for
them. One student said Mr. Scott was like a


father to her, and she would always remem-
ber him for his encouraging words. They
all bid him goodbye and wished him all the
best. The facility managers assured him in
song that "God will take care of him."
Mr. Scott was moved with emotion, but
he managed to respond to the students.
He told them he loved them, but he has
to leave and that they would always have
a special place in his heart. A request was
made for him to sing his famous song,
"Guyana Me Come From." This he did
much to the enjoyment of the children after
which the assembly was brought to an end.
During the lunch break, the administra-
tors and staff of S.C. Bootle gathered to-
gether to say their final farewells to Mr.
Scott. He was presented with a basket of
all Bahamian goodies as a parting gift.
Speeches were given and memories relived.
Mr. Scott responded by saying he would
definitely remember S.C. Bootle and en-
couraged those left behind to keep up the
good works. He hinted that he would like to
be back next year for the graduation of the
2011 class. Mr. Scott will surely be missed
and remembered for a long time to come.
The Dynamic Dolphins wish him all the
best wherever life takes him.
Lynette Cooper
S. C. Bootle High Teacher


Local Contractor
Destroys Two Homes
Dear Editor:
The Abaco community is growing and
over the past five years has grown substan-
tially as more and more persons are build-
ing 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 husband were
using the same contractor we had. It took
him awhile to get started on our home. When
we inquired about the delay, he stated that
he had everything under control. When work
began, we noticed that money was constantly
being received from the bank by the contrac-
tor, 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 anything
until he started providing the same invoices
for the bank covering items purchased and
declared previously in an attempt to justify
the funds being received. This did not work
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A Tribute to a Special Man -


My Father
I am writing this letter in Daddy's in his opinion, despite his or her status in
memory as one who often sat at his kitch- life, was beyond his boundary of giving,
en table while he wrote to The Abaconi- as he gave lovingly and passionately. In
an, one of his favourite pastimes. Never so doing, he was always rewarded for his
being able to view another one of his kindness. In essence, Daddy, Mommy
Letters to the Editor which expressed his and all four daughters never found them-
brazen thoughts, humorous comments or selves in want for anything.
great ideas will be greatly missed. My daddy gave without even thinking
Daddy loved his island home, Man-O- twice. If someone knocked on the door
War Cay, his country, and he felt pas- at his home during meal time, he would
sionate about trying to change everything often say, "Come in, sit down and join
around him, if he could, for the better. us." Sometimes I thought of the parable
He would often say that it does not take in the Bible where five barley loaves and
a college education to make a difference. two small fish fed the multitude and com-
Therefore, he would use his grade-school pared this miracle to the pot of food that
education to try to bring about positive had been cooked in Daddy's home, as it
change. never seemed to become empty.
As Daddy would often call me and If there was only one thing to be said
read his proposed contribution for the about Daddy, it would be that Daddy
next issue of The Abaconian, because of lived, loved and gave with all of his heart.
his passing I will certainly miss the sound It seems unbelievable that the same heart
of his voice as it was priceless! Sam Al- that served him well for 63 years stopped
bury had opinions and made them known beating on the night of 17 August, 2010.
quite easily through his letters, many If we, the family, can say anything of en-
of which were read by Bahamians and couragement to the readers, it would be
foreigners. Now, when we open a new that once Daddy's heart stopped beating,
issue of The Abaconian, we will sadly he was immediately in the hands of his
miss seeing another letter there, so boldly Father in heaven. He was allowed to be
signed, SAMUEL D. ALBURY! ours for a long time and then God wanted
Daddy lived his life to the fullest, wak- him to come home to be with Him. So,
ing up every morning with a bucket list of my friends, cherish your time here on
things that he had to do on his mind. He earth with your loved ones and do not get
never stopped to rest, but if by chance he too busy in the hustle and bustle of life to
did, he fell asleep from exhaustion. He forget to say, "I love you." Even though
had a heart of pure gold as he often gave Daddy was ALWAYS moving, he some-
very generously. He visited the elderly how ALWAYS had time to make one feel
on many islands, not just his own, and loved.
he shipped fish and everything else he As I bring this letter to an end, I find
harvested from the sea to many including it very difficult, as it makes me feel as
preachers all over The Bahamas, police if it is another good-bye, but it is not.
officers with whom he had made friends, Maybe, from time to time, we, Daddy's
widows and widowers whom he felt loved ones, will write in and express that
could no longer get the things they dearly which is on our minds, just as Daddy
loved. Even the former Prime Minister, would have done!
the Rt. Hon. Perry. G. Christie, was a Lenora Sweeting (daughter)
recipient of my daddy's giving. No one,


October 15th, 2010


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Central Abaco News

James Catalyn and "We want to keep people up to date script. Little did we know that he had been Marsh Harbour School of Dance, Gym-
with what's happening in the country and busily writing backstage during the perfor- nasties and Yoga by the traffic light, she
Friends: Summer Madness what's hot in the news," says show direc- mance. realized that it is very difficult for children
By Jennifer Hudson tor, Omar Williams. Mr. Catalyn expects, The audience showed its appreciation of to get there after school as their parents
What a wonderful treat James Catalyn "Some corns will be mashed and bunions a great fun-filled evening by giving a rous- are working and many children have no
and Friends brought to the people of Abaco stepped on and maybe even a few noses put ing, standing ovation which was thorough- way of getting there. Therefore, in order
on September 25. The Faith Convention out of joint," but his goal is just to get Ba- ly deserved. Mr. Catalyn said how pleased to provide the opportunity for as many
Centre was packed with audience members hamians to look at themselves and "laugh he and the group had been by the reception children as possible to participate in dance
eager to enjoy this year's Summer Mad- at we se'f." And laugh people did until they received on Abaco and the large audi- classes, she has formed the Central Abaco
ness Revue. The founder and power behind their sides and jaws ached. ence. They have decided to bring the show Primary Dance Theatre which children
the group is James Catalyn, a renowned Skits during the evening touched on to Abaco again next year the weekend fol- can attend at their own school immediately
writer, poet and actor who takes great such topics as the judicial system, Baha- lowing the show's closing in Nassau. That following the end of the day's lessons.
pride in keeping Bahamian culture alive. mas Electricity Corporation, crime in the is certainly good news and a date to watch "The response was overwhelming,"
A famous quote of his implores people to schools, immigration, the church, gam- for in September. If you missed it this year stated Mrs. Pilon following registration,
"Guard our heritage! speak Bahamianese! bling and politics. The actors, most of you won't want to miss it next year. and numbers had to be limited to a class
use English only when necessary!" Sum- whom are young people, are very talented New Dance size of between 40 and 45. Girls and boys
mer Madness has been presented in Nassau and showed great versatility. One of the are learning both ballet and ethnic Carib-
for the past 28 years and recently played in highlights was a take-off of Prime Minister Outreach Programme bean dance about which they are very ex-
Nassau. Following the close of the Nassau Ingraham performed by Chigozie Ijeoma, By Jennifer Hudson cited. "This is a disciplined programme
performances, the cast made a quick deci- which was so authentic it was like listening A new opportunity for learning and life in which they learn musicality and tim-
sion to come to Abaco the following week- to the man himself. enrichment has been added this term for ing. The boys are also learning drumming
end. They managed it through a flurry of All of the skits were very well acted and the young students of the Central Abaco which they really love. Instead of having
activity and we are glad they did! Summer were very funny but the alarming thing is Primary School. Students in Grades 3 to to purchase expensive drums, they bring
Madness is the group's annual revue of that they were so true to life. The finale, 7 have been invited to attend dance class in pails or old paint and compound buck-
"typical, topical and timely topics present- entitled The Newscast, read by "Silber- each Monday and Wednesday after school. ets which they make into drums and which
ing a satirical look at everyday aspects of tha Mills." very cleverly wove names of Elaine Pilon, instructor, offers classes at work really well," explained Mrs. Pilon.
Bahamian life from politics to religion and people in the audience whom Mr. Cata- the school as part of her outreach pro- Please see Central Page 11
other social commentary." lyn knew and had seen walking in into the gramme. Although she already runs the


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Central From Page 10

Her goal for these young students is to
be able to put on a Christmas programme
for parents and then early next year to be
ready to enter the National Arts Festival
when the adjudications are held on Abaco.
Mrs. Pilon is offering another outreach
programme at St. Francis de Sales School
on Friday also after school.
Children Receive
Free Eye Exams
By Jennifer Hudson
Hundreds of schoolchildren attended
the Auskell Medical Clinic between Sep-
tember 24-26 to take advantage of free
eye testing. So many were eager to benefit
from this excellent opportunity that par-
ents and children were lined up outside the
clinic late into the evening when space ran


out inside.
The clinics were offered by Dr. Du-
randa Ash, an ophthalmologist from Free-
port who has been coming to the Auskell
Clinic once a month since 1995. Dr. Ash
wanted to give back to the community and
so offered two and a half days of free eye
examinations to all primary and secondary
school students with a discount on frames
for any child needing glasses.
On the first day alone Dr. Ash com-
pleted 60 eye examinations beginning at
5 p.m. with the last patient leaving at 10
p.m. The following day when I saw her
she had begun at 8 a.m. and was willing
to stay until whatever time she finished
which, she thought, might well be 10 p.m.
again judging by the turnout. She had al-
ready tested 75 children by noon. By the
time she returned to Freeport on the Sun-
day she expected to have seen more than


300 patients.
"This has been a joy for me and quite
an experience," she said. "Schools may
have a child labeled as 'slow' when their
problem is that they need glasses." One
ten-year-old boy who was thought to have
severe learning problems as he was not do-
ing well in school was found by Dr. Ash
to be legally blind. No one had known that
it was lack of sight preventing him from
progressing with his lessons. When he was
fitted with glasses, he was so excited that
he could actually see and that things were
no longer just a blur. His mother was so
relieved and appreciative for this discov-
ery. She said that her son was so excited
that she didn't think she would be able to
get him to take the glasses off to go to bed.


Many tests were routine and the children
were either confirmed with good vision or
provided with a prescription for eyeglasses
and could then select frames at a discounted
price. Unfortunately, one girl was not so
lucky as it was found that she had a growth
on her optic nerve; it was fortunate, howev-
er, that due Dr. Ash's generous free clinic
the problem was identified.
Thanks to this very generous joint effort
by Dr. Ash and the Auskell Clinic many
children were able to have eye problems
resolved and are now able to do a lot better
in school and experience a better quality of
life.

Please see Central Page 12


Elaine Pilon is offering dance lessons to the students at Central Abaco Primary. They are
learning ballet and ethnic Caribbean dance. Mrs. Pilon expects that the students will be
able to put on a Christmas programme in December.


Dr. Duranda Ash, an ophthalmologist who comes regularly to Auskell Medical Clinic,
offered free eye exams to all school children attending any school on Abaco. The re-
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More Central Abaco News


Central From Page 11
Angie Collie, Director of the clinic,
would like to give special thanks to Dr.
Ash and her eye technician, Roslyn Hall,
who came from Freeport to assist her.
Abaconians Enjoy
Entertainer David Wallace
By Samantha V. Evans
Bahamian entertainer David Wallace
was on Abaco on October 2 to bring Aba-
conians good clean fun in his one-man
show entitled The Return of Say 99. Mr.
Wallace was a parliamentarian for some
six years and after his defeat in 2002, he
recalls having to moderate a graduation
at a school in Freeport which started the
journey of his pursuing his more humor-
ous side. The speaker at that event was
Michael Pintard, who is now a senator.
He remembers having seen Mr. Pintard in


his one-man show Still Standing and was
inspired.
Mr. Wallace always had a passion to
make people laugh and after the 2002
election he approached Mr. Pintard about
working with him on a production. Mr.
Pintard has the gift of writing and he knew
that he could make people laugh. He had a
goal in mind to reach 1000 people but the
production was so successful that it was
sold out for all 38 showings, which far ex-
ceeded their expectation. Later they wrote
Election 2007: Count it Again Man Count
it Again which sold out every showing as
well.
Wallace believes that after elections,
it is good to be able to laugh especially
since it takes such a major emotional toll
on the lives of those who run for office.
He first performed Say 99 ten years ago,
and it was a success. Now he is taking the
Return of Say 99 on the road. It is a cul-


mination of all of his jokes from the 1970s
to the present day. He started the Family
Island tour two weeks ago in Freeport and
he plans to take the show to many Family
Islands. His only motive is to make people
laugh. Mr. Wallace stated that the country
is going through tough economic times so
it is important that people are able to laugh
as it is good medicine amidst tough stress-
ful times.
The opening act for Abaco was Shelly
Austin, who has proven herself to be an
entertaining island gal. The show was
sold out as the hall was packed with per-
sons seeking a good laugh. Mr. Wallace
was most entertaining. Many believe that
Christians are not to have fun but nothing
could be further from the truth. He stated
that God expects his people to enjoy life.


In fact, his show was clean adult fun which
was a welcome change from the usual adult
entertainment.
He told Administrator Cephas Cooper
that he plans to bring the black circus to
Abaco next year which is clean entertain-
ment for the entire family.
Garden club holds
first fall meeting
By Mirella Santillo
"Gardener Jack" Hardy's home was
the venue for the first meeting of the Hor-
ticultural Society of The Bahamas- Abaco
Branch that took place on October 8. Ap-
proximately 25 members gathered on that

Please see Central Page 15


David Wallace, a popular entertainer, presented his show to an enthusiastic crowd on
October at the Anglican Hall in Marsh Harbour. He is a former Parliamentarian who
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balmy Saturday morning to hear Gardener
Jack's talk about the best way to grow a suc-
cessful vegetable garden in one's back yard.
The new president of the society, Anita
Knowles, introduced the new board mem-
bers. She informed the audience that one
of her goals was to increase the number
of club members and challenged all pres-
ent to enroll at least one new member.


More members would mean a bigger and
stronger club. The added manpower would
allow the club to organize plant shows or
other functions. She announced the venue
of the November meeting, Mike Light-
bourn's farm in South Abaco.
Before giving his guests a tour of his
vegetable plots, Mr. Hardy proffered a few
tips on home gardening. First, he said that
one of the most important factors is "loca-
tion." A north-south orientation which al-


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lows all parts of the plant to receive sun
light would be the best.
The second crucial feature is the soil
composition. Most areas of Abaco only of-
fer a few inches of soil. Therefore, the soil
depth has to be increased by adding store-
bought soil, shredded newspaper which he
recommended to place at the bottom of the
plot and cow manure for composting rocky
soil. If you are lucky enough to have sandy
soil, only add peat moss.
He suggested creating a compost with
organic house refuse such as raw vegetable
or fruit discards to add to the soil. Plants
are hardy, he said; they will grow even
in poor conditions. However, they will not
produce prize winning offspring you ex-
pect if you do not fertilize them. But he
warned against fertilizing too much and


advised to use liquid fertilizer rather than
the granular type which could saturate the
soil with too much salt.
The group toured Gardener Jack's
back yard which is a gardener's delight of
herbs, vegetables, fruit trees and ornamen-
tals. Already growing in plots secured by
cement blocks were tomatoes, snap beans
and pepper seedlings. Many fruit trees are
already producing, among them a caram-
bola loaded with fruit.
The popular auction was next, conduct-
ed as usual by Gardener Jack.. The good-
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Private Health
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By Jennifer Hudson
The Auskell Medical Clinic, in partner-
ship with the Baptist Health Centre of Mi-
ami, held a community meeting last month
at the Anglican Parish Hall to create an
awareness of what the two institutions of-
fer in the way of private health care. Dr.
George Charite, Director of the Auskell
Medical Clinic, stated Auskell's commit-
ment to reevaluating medical care on Ab-
aco and spoke of its partnership with the
Baptist Health Centre for patients needing
to travel overseas for medical care.
On hand from the Baptist Health Inter-
national Centre were Lawrence Cole, Vice
President of the International Department
of the Baptist Health Centre. Mr. Cole re-
minded the audience that health is the most
important factor in their lives because one's
quality of life all depends upon one's health.
He described the Baptist Health Centre as,
"a community organization reaching out
internationally offering a dynamic blend
of leading edge medical care and an old-
fashioned commitment to the community.
It is the largest not-for-profit health care
organization in South Florida which means
that profits are invested back into the orga-
nization to provide the best health care pos-
sible. The organization, which comprises


seven hospitals with 1,500 beds and over
2,000 physicians, offers world-class medi-
cal care. For emergencies it coordinates air
ambulance and appointments, reserves ho-
tels for persons accompanying the patient
and even arranges pick-up for transporta-
tion to the hospital. Executive health and
wellness physical for a complete analysis
of one's health are available in one day."
International service representatives are on
call 24 hours a day at 786-596-2373.
Dr. Charite spoke about Auskell's plans
for the future. Three acres of land on Don
MacKay Boulevard have been leased from
government and construction is due to be-
gin on the new Auskell Medical Centre by
the end of this year.
Dr. Charite displayed the plans for the
new private hospital which will be built in
three phases. The first phase will be the
construction of a three-story building.
The first floor will contain reception and
all specialty areas, the second has been
upgraded from previous plans to contain
15 beds, two surgical suites and a chapel
while the third floor will house a confer-
ence area, mini spa and completely com-
puterized archives. The second phase will
see the construction of a cafeteria and more
beds and the third phase will house a con-
valescence centre to care for people with
special needs. Future plans provide for a
proper facility for the elderly so that they
can be taken care of 24 hours. A dialysis
centre will be set up so that dialysis pa-
tients will no longer have to go to Nassau
but can receive their treatments right here
on Abaco. An overflow corridor will hold
an additional 12-15 beds if necessary.
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future, Dr. Charite returned to a report on
the clinic's present work, stating that many
improvements have been made during the
last couple of months. More professional
services have been added with 35 special-
ist doctors now coming to Auskell. The
Surgical Centre has been opened for minor
surgical procedures and as a trauma centre.
He spoke of the network Auskell maintains
with many facilities within the Bahamas
and internationally, especially Florida. "If
we can't do it, we will obtain the expertise
for you," assured Dr. Charite.
"Auskell Clinic is the only facility in the
Bahamas offering a concierge service a
24-hour call line by which a patient can
have actual contact with a physician at any
hour of the day or night," informed Dr.
Charite. He concluded his informational
talk by stating, "Auskell is a family; our
patients are our family."
Scotiabank supports
Breast Cancer
Awareness Month
By Canishka Alexander
Customers entering Scotiabank's Marsh
Harbour branch on October 8 were in for
a pleasant surprise. The staff of Scotiabank
was clad in pink T-shirts, and the bank was
decorated in shades of pink in support of
Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
While staff members declined to make
a statement, their support of such a wor-
thy cause was sufficient. Many who came
to bank that day were pleased with what
they saw as they looked around and nodded
their heads in approval. A representative
from British American was present, and
was responsible for the sale and distribu-
tion of the Breast Cancer T-shirts.
October is designated as Breast Cancer
Awareness Month, and other than health
facilities, schools and various churches,
Scotiabank appears to be among the first to
support such a major cause.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an
annual international health campaign or-
ganized by major breast cancer charities
every October to increase awareness of the
disease and to raise funds for research into
its cause, prevention and cure. Information


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and support are offered to those affected
by breast cancer, and the campaign pro-
vides a platform for breast cancer charities
to raise awareness of their work and of the
disease. The campaign provides an excel-
lent opportunity to remind women and men
to be aware of breast cancer for earlier de-
tection.
Older persons
attend service
By Canishka Alexander
The Department of Social Services held
its annual church service at the Bahamas
Christian Network on October 5 in recog-
nition of the department's Older Persons
Month, which takes place each October.
This year's theme was Older Persons and
the Achievement of the Millennium Devel-
opment Goals. Bishop Anthony Campbell
of the Dundas Town Church of God was
the moderator for the event, and he spoke
on how safe God has kept the residents
of The Bahamas over the years. Bishop
Lernis Cornish, pastor of the Marsh Har-
bour Church of God, opened the service
in prayer and was followed by Sgt. Rachel
Metelus, who read the Scripture.
Vernon Malone lightened the mood of
the audience by sharing a few jokes about
the elderly as he began his message. He
pointed out that the plight of the elderly
in most cases is becoming a sad one. But
there is hope based on what the Scriptures
say. He said Christ calls the church to a
different attitude and that the book of 1
Timothy tells the church how God wants
them to treat the elderly in their midst.
Mr. Malone said the best way to honour
an elderly person is to put them to work
because some of the most productive years
of a person's life are during their retire-
ment years. He supported this statement
by giving examples of Moses, who was in
his 80s when God called him to lead His
people out of Egypt, and Socrates, who
gave the world his best philosophy at the
age of 70.
He said it is the church's responsibil-
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Local Government at Work


Central Abaco District
Town Planning Board September 27
By Timothy Roberts
Board members expressed frustration
over a take-away "hut" built on Crockett
Drive in Marsh Harbour without permis-
sion and the lack of cooperation they have
received from the owner in complying
with regulations.
The hut in question, being built by
Lavern McQueen on property owned by
Ricky Albury, was completed in Septem-
ber after Board members told her to cease
construction. Ms. McQueen was given a
letter by Town Planning after its last meet-
ing instructing her to submit an applica-
tion to Town Planning, to provide proof
of ownership or permission to occupy, and
to remove the building within two days of
receipt of their letter. At the time of this
meeting it was noted that the building had
not been removed.
It was noted that a Town Committee
chairman had told Mr. Albury to continue
contrary to the intent of the Town Plan-


ning Committee. The Board sought advice
from Administrator Cephas Cooper on
what steps to take as the Board felt that it
did not receive the desired results from the
Ministry of Works.
Mr. Cooper suggested that the applica-
tion for the take-away be further deferred
until there was compliance and clarifica-
tion, noting that at present it seems that
"any Tom, Dick or Harry can build with-
out permission without consequence."
Various homes and additions were ap-
proved totaling about $1.2 million includ-
ing a 720-square-foot auto parts store.
The application, submitted by Quality Star
Texaco requested approval in principal for
the store to be built on its property on Don
MacKay Boulevard adjacent to the gas sta-
tion. The Board saw no problems with the
plans and granted the approval.
During the meeting blueprints for the
Marsh Harbour Community Library were
reviewed and deferred because there were
no electrical or plumbing risers accompa-
nying the plans.


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government. Mr. Malone stated that re- It was announced at the end of the ser-
gardless of the church one attends, we are vice that a luncheon will be held for older
all family and no one should have to carry persons at the Dundas Town Church of
their burden alone, especially the elderly. God on October 23 at noon. The follow-
He concluded his remarks by quoting a ing week on October 27 a senior citizens'
popular adage that says that the test of a movie and luncheon will be held at Friend-
people is shown in how they behave to- ship Tabernacle Church which the Rotary
ward the elderly. Club of Abaco has partnered with the De-
Charlamae Fernander, assistant direc- apartment of Social Services again this year.
tor of the Department of Social Services Correction on business name
thanked all who had participated in the See Ma Design is full name of the busi-
service and was grateful to everyone who ness located in Central Abaco.
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The flu kills thousands of people each
year in the United States, but it is an ill-
ness that is not well understood. This is
flu season again so I would like to help
everybody understand what we are dealing
with. In this article I will talk about how
you catch the flu.
On Abaco the common cold is what
most people call the "flu." The flu is
caused by a virus just like the common
cold, but the flu virus is much more ag-
gressive, and the illness you get from the
flu virus can be very severe. Many people
on Abaco feel you can catch the flu from
the rain, cold weather or even going into
a cold house when they are sweating. You
can only catch the flu from other people
who are infected.
There are three main ways in which you
can get the flu: by somebody coughing or
sneezing directly into your face (this is
what our wonderful children love to do to
us), by inhaling air after somebody coughs
or sneezes in the same room you are in;
from direct contact with an infected person
or object that person has touched. Believe
it or not, you can get the flu from some-
body before either of you know they are
sick.
So what do you need to do this flu sea-


son to help protect yourself? One of the
biggest things a person can do is NOT
touch your face with your hands! The av-
erage person does not realize how bad this
is. If you rub your eyes or nose and have
any flu virus on your hands, then you will
get sick. Everybody needs to get into the
habit of cleaning your hands often. If you
need to touch your face, then clean your
hands and use hand sanitizer.
Try to stay away from people who are
coughing, sneezing or sick. If somebody
in your family has the flu and they are
staying home, you can wear a face mask
when you go into their room. I know that
sounds cold but remember getting sick
yourself will not help anybody but could
hurt you.
For your protection it is really impor-
tant to get a flu shot. You can catch the flu
in so many different ways that is hard to
avoid getting it if you are around people
who have the flu. I will write another ar-
ticle about the flu shot and how it works,
and if you do get the flu, what you can
expect and also what you can do about it.
This column on health matters will be
a regular feature and is being provided
by Dr. James Hull of the Marsh Harbour
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Fred Smith & RDA Lose Judicial Review Against BEC


By Timothy Roberts
Although opponents of the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation's (BEC) $105 mil-
lion Wilson City power plant had "genuine
complaints" about the granting of the proj-
ect's permits, the Supreme Court dismissed
the action, finding that the applicants took
too long to file the their complaints against
the corporation.
While Justice Hartman Longley dis-
missed the Judicial Review action by Re-
sponsible Development for Abaco (RDA),
he did agree with its attorney, Fred Smith
QC, that "many procedures were ignored
or bypassed" and that if the project had
been undertaken by the private sector it
would "have been stopped sooner" by
the government's regulatory agencies for
building without the necessary permits.
In Justice Longley's judgment the ap-
plicants had a genuine complaint about the
way the permits were granted. He said that
MAN Diesel was obligated under contract
to obtain the necessary permits.
"They went at 'break neck' speed, no
doubt conscious of the need to complete
the plant as soon as possible. But, in doing
so, many procedures were ignored or by-
passed and, in one instance, a 'stop work'
order had to be issued so that the proper
permits could be obtained," Justice Long-
ley said.
Fred Smith QC, the Callenders & Co
partner who represented RDA in the action


against BEC and the government, said the
case turned on Justice Longley's finding
that his clients should have brought their
case within six months of the government's
December 2007 signing of the contract to
build the Abaco-based power plant.
That meant Judicial Review proceed-
ings should have been brought by June
2008 or November 2008 at latest. Justice
Longley found that, based on the evidence,
Matthew McCoy, RDA's principal and the
second applicant bringing the action, had
by his own admission learnt of the Wilson
City decision through attending a speech
given to Abaco's Chamber of Commerce
by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham in
May 2008. "They did not bring the appli-
cation until December 2009, more than 18
months later, by which time construction
of the plant was continuing," Justice Long-
ley found in his ruling.
He found that RDA had offered no suit-
able reason for the delay in bringing Ju-
dicial Review proceedings between May
2008 and December 2009, apart from
claiming "ignorance of the decision to
construct the plant before that date."
Justice Longley found, "The construc-
tion contract signed [by BEC] was a Juris-
tic Act that immediately created rights and
obligations.
Mr. Smith said at the time minimal de-
tails and information were known other
than that the government had decided to


construct the BEC power plant, and any
opposition would have not known which
agencies to challenge and the permits that
had been granted.
Mr. Smith said, "It's a Catch 22, and
what this does again is it highlights the
desperate need for regulatory legislation
about Freedom of Information, an Envi-
ronmental Protection Act, Environmental
Impact Assessments, strengthening local
government and transparency in invest-
ment applications."
"In the RDA case, we also challenged
on constitutional grounds, saying the se-
cret process of development approvals in
The Bahamas was unconstitutional, but the
judge also ruled against us on this issue,"
Mr. Smith said.
Mr. Smith said that RDA was "very
disappointed with the outcome" of its Judi-
cial Review action and that both he and his
clients would assess the judgment before
deciding whether to appeal. He added that
the judge "thankfully, found the citizens of
Abaco were not mischievous busybodies,
that we did have standing and did have a
right to be consulted."
"All in all, it's another dark moment
for the citizens of Abaco in trying to
have a say on central government diktats
as to what happens on their home turf. It
seems that local government, in the face
of central government decision-making,
is powerless."
"The applicants have contributed might-
ily to this debate about the pros and cons of
having the plant located at Wilson City and
to the type of fuel it should burn," Justice
Longley ruled. "They have drawn attention


to the fact that the construction was go-
ing ahead without the necessary permits in
violation of the law, thus requiring [gov-
ernment] to issue a stop work order."
He said, "They have produced profes-
sionally done reports which call into ques-
tion the EIA," adding, "Their role has,
in my judgment, been very constructive.
In fact, their participation should be wel-
comed by the respondents and cause a re-
view of the protocols for the future when
projects of this nature are put on the draw-
ing board."
"There is no question that had they not
highlighted the fact that necessary per-
mits were not obtained, which probably
brought embarrassment to the respon-
dents, the project might have been mov-
ing along, in the words of Mr Smith, as
a "runaway train." Even now, the project
is proceeding with conditional approvals in
some cases."
Justice Longley said the situation turned
on whether the process was "meaningful
and adequate," given that evidence showed
such a process did happen. He found that
it was especially, "the most significant in-
dicator that the consultation process was
both meaningful and adequate."
Because BEC backed down from the
use of Bunker C fuel and the pipeline, the
RDA's arguments that they were not prop-
erly consulted by BEC and the government
were dismissed by Justice Longley. "It
seems to me the adequacy [of the consulta-
tion] is determined not so much by the fruit
it bears, but by the impact it has on the
decision maker," he said.


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Credit Union will build


By Jennifer Hudson
An exciting and impressive proposal for
a multi-purpose complex for Abaco was
unveiled by Leroy M. Sumner, one of the
speakers at the Abaco Business Outlook
Seminar held last month. Mr. Sumner
is Treasurer of the Teachers and Salaried
Workers Cooperative Credit Union. He
displayed an architectural rendering for
an attractively designed complex in Cen-
tral Abaco to be constructed by the Credit
Union which is scheduled to include space
for cinemas, fast food restaurants, fam-
ily entertainment, bowling alley, shopping
mall and more.
"This proposed expansion on Abaco
will receive an injection of $10-$12 mil-
lion dollars. The entire complex will cover
an area of 62,286 square feet which will
include 10,000 square feet of office space,
41,000 square feet of rental space and
10,000 square feet for a stand alone Credit
Union Building. Space will be provided for
13 retail stores, food store and supermar-
ket, and there will also be parking space
for 202 cars.
The impressive architectural drawings
are already completed and the plans are
currently awaiting approval. It is hoped
that the project will go out to bid before
year's end so that construction can begin
in the first part of 2011. The complex is
expected to be completed within 12-18
months of start date.
"This displays the level of confidence the
Credit Union has in the future development
of Abaco, and all we ask is that you em-
brace this new project and assist in its de-
velopment. It will offer multiple opportuni-
ties for local entrepreneurs to rent space in
the complex and operate and manage their
own businesses. Persons can apply now


for spaces,"
said Mr.
Sumner.
Mr. Sum-
ner gave an
explanation
of Credit
Unions and
their role in
the future Leroy Sumner
development
in the domestic economy of Abaco. "Most
financial institutions have been severely
impacted by the recession, but Abaco has
not felt the same degree of shock as other
islands due to its thriving tourism indus-
try, large second homeowner market and
a fairly buoyant yachting industry. The
proposed construction of the new airport,
the power plant at Wilson City and multi-
million dollar government complex has po-
sitioned Abaco to feel the recovery sooner
than other islands. Therefore the Credit
Union is looking to increase its visibility
and play a more meaningful role on Abaco.
"Credit Unions are not-for-profit orga-
nizations and therefore are more resilient.
They are born of tough economic circum-
stances for people to help each other co-
operatively. Since the Credit Unions are
owned by the members, the people are
owners, not customers. They earn divi-
dends on their savings and can borrow at
lower rates than the banks offer. There are
presently ten Credit Unions in The Baha-
mas with 34,170 members. The largest of
these is the Teachers and Salaried Work-
ers Credit Union which holds 50 percent of
the assets. This union is not just for teach-
ers but is open to any salaried worker,"
stressed Mr. Sumner.
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fastest growing economy and wanted vey was done amongst members to deter-
be a part of that growth. We wanted to mine what they would like to see most in
fer an alternative financial institution to the future development of their community
- everyday Abaconian of modest means, and they expressed their ideas of what they
oviding them loans for homes, taxis and would like to have in the new complex."
urches to make sure that the people here Mr. Sumner concluded by saying that
Snot left out of the economic opportuni- this exciting new complex is something
s. The growth spurt on Abaco has been the like of which has not yet been seen
enomenal over the last two years. The for the modernization of Abaco and the
edit Union here now has 1,114 members Credit Union looks forward to an increased
i is a household name throughout Aba- visibility on Abaco and to becoming good
and the cays. In looking to now expand partners with the whole of Abaco.


This is the artist's conception of the building that will house the Teachers and Salaried
Workers Cooperative Credit Union. It will be on the comer of a large tract that will
have a complete shopping center with shops, offices, restaurants and a supermarket. The
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The Abaconian


October 15th, 2010


Dri(twood speaks

Forty from five just doesn't compute


By John Hedden
What a thought; recently produced by
one of our more esteemed Bahamian public
figures while expounding at a recent on-air
discussion group in Nassau.
What was he talking about? Farming, of
course, and to be specific earning a com-
fortable $40,000 a year from a five-acre
farming plot intensively cultivated. Culti-
vated with what?
Coca? Indian hemp? Neem? Maybe
more mundane crops like rice maybe, or
perhaps potatoes. Possibly noni even.
In reality, folks farming in The Bahamas
right now is a thankless task, physically
demanding, requiring a maximum of four
hours sleep at night, knowledge of every
skill under the sun, including bookkeeping.
UGH! And to top it all off, at the end of
that 20-hour day you just can't move your
onions.
You see they don't have that branding
like "Vidalia" or "sweet yellow" or a label
saying "imported."
So at the end of that very same day, not
only are you tired, you are also reward-
ed with the knowledge that you are more
broke now than yesterday. What better re-
sult could you ask for!
Farming in The Bahamas has never been
a profitable business. Look at the original
Arawaks and Lucayans; they lived mainly
off the sea which they never had to sow.
They also lived off the wild fruits and ber-
ries, herbs and coontie, none of which they
had to sow. They never sold anything. In
fact, the only sale that took place was that
of themselves by the white Europeans, who


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transported them to Hispaniola to work in
the mines and as pearl divers.
Following behind these native peoples
came the early settlers who had to be sent
emergency supplies by their U.S. mainland
compatriots in the Carolinas. This literally
prevented them from starving to death in
their new found islands of freedom.
Then after the U.S. war of indepen-
dence, an inundation of Loyalists arrived
with their plantations on their backs or
rather on the backs of their slaves. This
all under Crown encouragement because
Britain was convinced that if these lazy
new Bahamian people were prepared to do
a little bit of work, then they could make
a success of agriculture. That way they
wouldn't be doing all these pastimes of ill
repute like drinking and trading in illicit
items and prostitution and robbing the high
seas, unless, of course, they were licenced
by the Crown.
Well, the plantation system didn't work
either, and the only thing remaining to this
day is the "plantation mentality" which, of
course, is why we blame everything on co-
lonialism, even though our children don't
have the foggiest idea of what that means.
In fact, I am not sure that they know what
anything means, except, of course, "more
money." So all the slaves got sold off or
earned their freedom or took their freedom
because their masters were so destitute they
couldn't afford to keep them any longer.
So next in this saga came another wave
of now liberated people trying to eke out
a way of surviving on the very same land
that broke the backs and the wallets of their


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masters. Of course, it didn't take long to
realise that a life of drinking, trading,
prostitution and arms and liquor running
were much more profitable and less likely
to lead to heat stroke, no matter what the
Crown had to say about it.
Boating and boat building were the
means to survival for black and white Ba-
hamians alike; and we forget today that
some of our finest sailing boats came out
of Andros and other now forgotten islands.
Also some of the finest sailors hailed from
The Bahamas though never officially
recognized. That maybe was because they
weren't recognized as officially English.
So they all went sponging. And we still do,
but in these times, off the mainly North
American tourists who visit our shores.
But I forget, I was talking about farm-
ing. So back to it.
By the latter part of the 19th century The
Bahamas was again pretty destitute. Cot-
ton had failed miserably after a few years
of exceptional production in the more
southern islands especially. Sisal never
really took off and labour was becoming
expensive thanks to these liberated slaves,
now called apprentices who wanted more
money for the skills they offered. Boating
won out again simply because it paid more
money for regular work. But pineapples
and citrus became the vogue in a now
wealthier North America. Europe was just
too far away for the sugarloaf pineapple
to arrive as a fruit instead of a fermenting
juice. Then, of course, these darned Baha-
mians discovered pineapple wine and how
to make it. Happy times are here again.
Well, of course, these tiefing new Ameri-
cans discovered that they could grow pine-
apples in Hawaii and citrus in California
and Florida, being, of course, new parts
of the United Republic. That quickly put
paid to our meagre success of controlling
the world markets in these items for a few
years. Maybe a few more than two.
Well, what better way to work the land,
as the Crown still wanted us to, than to
go away to farms in the U.S. and work
as essentially migrant farm labour on the
"contract." At least, we didn't starve and
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which are now a worldwide major source
of revenue for impoverished countries.
Those males that did return from the con-
tract were often given the label "Ameri-
can Boy" which they then bore proudly on
their persona.
Of course, the second World War took
place and every piece of metal, and espe-
cially steel and iron, was removed from
our shores for the war effort and the smelt-
ing pots of the arms factories of Britain.
Destitute again.
At last, the war was over and everybody
throughout the colonies of British rule
were trying to figure out how to make it,
when lo and behold the colonial govern-
ment arrives with this really bright idea of,
what else but, farming. They sent teams to
Andros and Eleuthera to establish projects
for export produce to earn foreign revenue,
and so help pay off some of that American
debt incurred during the war years.
So what happened? Well, Andros at-
tempted to grow export produce in the
swamps behind Fresh Creek, and if it
wasn't for the rainy season the venture may
have been successful. Also, of course, the
Bahamians used to sneak off to the settle-
ments and get drunk. These darned peo-
ple never seem to learn. And, of course,
the pineapple growing areas of South
Eleuthera were ploughed and worked by
the new Caterpillar tractors so that these
darned drunken farmers could at least try
to put their plants in a straight line instead
of weaving everywhere. But somewhere
along the way the tractors eliminated the
valuable red soils from the area, and never
a pineapple was seen to grow here again.
Well, after this the Colonials abandoned
us to our drunken ways and moved on to
help other islands like Montserrat. Here
they planted citrus trees on one side of the
mountain and built the packing sheds and
processing plant on the other side. How-
ever, they forgot to put a road in to con-
nect the two. After this they pretty much
gave up on the Caribbean as a sorry lot and
decided to move to the African countries
to see what havoc they could wreak on the
eastern side of the Atlantic.
Still, we didn't give up and people like
Levy came into Eleuthera and Crockett
into Abaco. A succession of operators
went into Andros. None was a really suc-
cessful long-term farming operation, and I
always think that we must have appealed to
their philanthropic spirit in some way. In
fact, to this day we still have our hand out
begging from some rich sucker who passes
our way.
And now we move into the modern era
of information technology, tourism and
international banking. Still we keep our
liquor-sodden and pirating ways, and al-
most everybody to a soul is trying to figure
out the easiest way to scam our neighbour.
So much the better if they happen to be a
foreigner.
What is the end result? It seems that our
government has been catching up on co-
lonial history, because they want us to go
back into farming. What else?
Of course, there are no incentives. Oth-
er countries offer subsidies and marketing,
extension services and financing, insur-
ance programmes and price guarantees.
But Bahamian farmers don't need any
of these things because wiser minds than
mine have decreed how easy it is to make
$40,000 a year off five acres of farm land.
Just ask my farmer friend, Mr. Wells. He
has a broken disc and has been waiting
for over a month to get duty free conces-
sions on the emergency repair parts. Like
he says at least if he beats his head with a
stone, he knows he will see blood.


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The Abaconian


Section A Page 21


National Voter Registration

Drive began October 4


Registration centres opened throughout
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on
October 4 to begin a new Voter Register.
Registration of voters will take place at
the Administrator's offices in the Family
Islands. The Registration Centres will be
opened from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
through Friday.
Parliamentary Commissioner Errol
Bethel said the current Register, which
came into force in April 2007 is due to ex-
pire "on its anniversary date in 2012" or
on an earlier date that may be named by the
Governor-General.
Law requires the Parliamentary Com-
missioner prepare a Register in Readiness
(a new register) every five years to replace
the current register when it expires.
"Bahamians should be aware that in or-
der to be able to vote when the time comes,
they must be registered," Mr. Bethel said.
The law is "very clear" in defining those
persons qualified to register to vote.
Applicants for registration must be citi-
zens of The Bahamas of full age and not
subject to any legal incapacity and must
ordinarily be resident in the constituency
for a period of at least three months imme-


diately preceding the day of registration.
Persons applying for registration must
present a valid Bahamian passport or a
birth certificate as proof of citizenship. A
valid Bahamian passport will serve as the
"principal document" that will be accepted
for registration. "If a person does not have
a valid passport, he/she should present a
birth certificate," Mr. Bethel said.
"Please bear in mind the fact that all
documents that people may present do not
prove citizenship," Mr. Bethel continued.
"Documents such as the old voter's card,
an affidavit, a baptismal certificate, or a
certificate of identity do not prove citizen-
ship. Even the birth certificate in some in-
stances does not prove citizenship."
"The public is reminded that not only
is it the right of every eligible citizen to
vote, it should be taken as a most impor-
tant civic obligation," the Parliamentary
Commissioner said. "In order to exercise
this right to vote and to meet this most im-
portant civic obligation, however, eligible
persons have to register. I therefore invite
early participation in the National Voter
Registration Drive," Mr. Bethel added.


BAIC is encouraging farming

and craft production
By Timothy Roberts The intention is for Bahamians to farm
Ronald Darville, Deputy Director of that land and tap into some of that $500
The Bahamas Industrial and Agricultural million per annum and create an avenue
Corporation (BAIC) said the corporation for small and medium businesses to have a
has focused efforts on training Bahamians stake in the national economy.
to manufacture goods to sell such as items "We see it as our responsibility to not just
sold in straw markets and tourist shops in continually bring these opportunities to the
hopes sav- attention of Bahamians but provide incen-
ing the $300 tives for them to take advantage of them,"
million spent said Mr Darville. If Bahamians could pro-
outside the duce at least half of the food product we
country on now purchase overseas, it would return up
those items. to $250 million to the local economy and
Mr. Dar- provide numerous job opportunities.
ville, speak- Mr. Darville said that it is well known
ing at the that visitors prefer authentically produced
Ronald Darville Business handicrafts and suggested that opportu-
Outlook, said nities "abound" for the start-up of small
manufacturing handicrafts for sale locally and medium-sized businesses that cater to
is a huge opportunity to spawn small and tourists. "Armed with our best handicraft
medium-sized industries and capture mil- trainers, we have been throughout the is-
lions of dollars spent on imported souve- lands instructing Bahamians in the fine art
nirs. of souvenir production." he said. "utiliz-


He noted additionally that about $500
million is spent yearly on imported food
products, which BAIC hopes to change
with its agricultural initiatives. "To that
end BAIC has opened thousands of acres
of prime farm land on Abaco, Andros and
Eleuthera to Bahamians," he said.


ing just the things found in our local envi-
ronment."
Mr. Darville said that when the new
Marsh Harbour Farmers Market is com-
plete, there will be adequate accommoda-
tions for Abaconian artisans.


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The North Abaco Constituency Association held a meeting of its members on October
7 at the Treasure Cay Primary School. The guest speaker was Carl Bethel, National
Chairman who told the 30persons present that the country is holding its own with Abaco
doing much better than the rest of the country. Members were asked to pay their annual
association dues of $12, one dollar per month, to enable them to be financial members
in good standing and vote at the next meeting for association officers. Members were
asked to be prepared with nomination names at the November meeting. Refreshments
were served at the close of the 7p.m. meeting. 5/,i 11 are C/ll//v Williams, Eric Collie,
Leon Pinder, National Chairman Carl Bethel, Steve Pedican and Kirk Reckley


Abaco Club employees attend orientation


By Canishka Alexander
On October 4 employees of the Abaco
Club on Winding Bay attended a Relaunch
Registration which Freddie Munnings of
Human Resources said was an in-house
orientation for staff members. Scores of
cars were parked at Faith Convention Cen-
ter, and from the looks of those lined up


for lunch, the orientation appeared to be
well attended.
Mr. Munnings said the Abaco Club
would re-open on October 8, and that the
orientation was expected to last throughout
the week. He said the event was not pub-
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Letters From Page 9
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 be lived
with.
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
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 invest-
ment 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 stealing 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 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 any-
thing 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 ministry to fight such complaints for
us, resulting in dishonest contractors like
ours running off with our money and pos-
sessions 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 knowl-
edge of shady building contractors from
becoming victims in the future.
Fed up and disgusted homeowners


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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 -Hope Town VHF Ch 16
Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133
Fire Man-O-War 365-6911
Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue 365-9112
BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16
Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh 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


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Brendal's Dive, Green T. Cay............................................ 365-4411
Dive Guana.............................. 365-5178
Man-O-War Dive Shop ............................... ............... 365-6013

Taxi Cab Fares one or two passengers
Extra $3 for each passengers above two
Marsh 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 Dec 085
Green Turtle Cay ferry dock $10
Madeira Park $20
Sand Banks $25
Treasure Cay Resort $30
Leisure Lee $45
Black Wood $20
Fire Road & Cooper's Town $40
Cedar Harbour $60
Wood Cay $70
Mount Hope $80
Fox Town $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


Visitors' Guide
Restaurants Services Transportation


j" Compliments of The Abaconian

www.abaconian.com

Ferry Schedules Departure times shown Daily service unless noted
Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 40 minutes
Albury's Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 VHF Ch. 16 Hope Town & Man-0-War from Crossing
Bch
Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 7:15 am 9 10:30 12:15 pm* 2 4 5:45
Return 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 7:15am 10:30 2:30 pm 4 5:45
Return 8 am 11:30 3:15 5 on
Marsh H. > Guana Cay (& Scotland Cay with advance notice) from Conch Inn Sundays
(6:45am Union Jack Dock) 10:30 1:30 pm 3:30 or
Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 holidays
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 nde
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 & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 Hour
Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 Adults $95 RT, $55 OW Call for car & truck rate
The Great Abaco Express Marsh Harbour bus for group tours Call 367-2165
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Everyone reads The Abaconian

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

Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars &
Carts
Rentals Marsh Harbour
A& P Car Rentals .......................... 367-2655
B & B Boat Rentals ......................... 367-7368
Bargain Car Rentals........................ 367-0500
Blue Wave Boat Rentals ................... 367-3910
Concept Boat Rentals ..................... 367-5570
Power Cat Boat Rentals ................................
Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco) ..... 367-2979
Rainbow Boat Rentals .................. 367-4602
Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars 367-4643
Rich's Boat Rentals ....................... 367-2742
Sea Horse Boat Rentals ................... 367-2513
Sea Star Car Rentals ..................... 367-4887
Green Turtle Cay
Bay Street Rentals + ........ 477-5300 365-4070
Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental...365-4411
C & D Cart Rental .......................... 365-4084
D & P Cart Rental ........................... 365-4655
Donnie's Boat Rentals.......................365-4119
New Plymouth Cart Rentals.. 365-4188 or 4149
Reef Boat Rentals .......................... 365-4145
Sea Side Carts & Bikes................... 365-4147
T & A Cart Rentals........................... 375-8055
Guana Cay
Donna Sands Cart Rentals ............... 365-5195
Dive Guana Boats & Bikes.............. 365-5178
Orchid Bay Cart rentals................... 354-5175
Man-O-War
Conch Pearl Boat Rentals............... 365-6502
Island Treasures Cart Rentals ........... 365-6072
Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals............... 365-6024
Waterways Boat Rental ..357-6540 & 365-6143
Hope Town
Cat's Paw Boat Rentals .................. 366-0380
Hope Town Cart Rentals ................... 366-0064
Island Cart Rentals ........................ 366-0448
Island Marine Boat Rentals ............ 366-0282
J R's Cart Rental ............................. 366-0361
Sea Horse Boat Rentals .................... 366-0023
T & N Cart Rentals.......................... 366-0069
Treasure Cay
Adventure on Prozac Kayak............. 365-8749
Alison Car Rent .............................. 365-8193
Cash's Carts.................................... 365-8771
Claridge's Cart Rentals .................. 365-8248
Cornish Car Rentals........................ 365-8623
JIC Boat Rentals ............................ 365-8582
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
Sidney Albury...... 477-5996
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-O-War or Guana Cay Its an adventure


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Page 23


Attractions
Albert Lowe Museum.................................. Green Turtle Cay
Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits....Green Turtle Cay
Memorial Sculpture Garden ................... Green Turtle Cay
Wyannie Malone Historical Museum.................. Hope Town
Elbow Cay Light Station......................................... Hope Town
Walk to & swim on Mermaid Reef off M Harb. Pelican Shore
Drive to & swim in Blue Hole .......Treasure Cay farm road
Art studio & working foundry- ................. Little Harbour
Working boatyards .......................................... Man-O-War cay
Pocket beaches Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour
Witches Point 3 miles S. of Marsh Harbour
Little Harbour 20 miles S. of Marsh Harbour
Cherokee 23 miles S of Marsh Harbour
Miles of beach are generally on ocean exposures
Treasure Cay Green Turtle Cay Guana Cay Elbow Cay
Man-O-War Cay Casuarina Point Bahama Palm Shore
Sandy Point & more
Items of interest Man-O-War boat yards Black-
wood 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 Marina150 ...... F......365-8250
Man-O-War
Man-O-War Marina ...26....... F......365-6008
Marsh Harbour
Boat Harbour Marina183....... F......367-2736
Conch Inn...................75....... F .....367-4000
Harbour View Marina .36....... F .....367-2182
Mangoes Marina ........29............. 367-2366
Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700
Hope Town
Hope Town Marina..... 16 ................ 366-0003
Hope Town Hideaways................ 366-0224
Lighthouse Marina .......6....... F......366-0154
Sea Spray ..................60....... F......366-0065
Spanish Cay
Spanish Cay Marina...75....... F......365-0083
Guana Cay
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 : Provides ride from
town
Marsh Harbour
Anglers........................ $$$ ...........367-2158
Blue M arlin .........................$ ............ 367-2002
Curly Tails ......................$$$ .........$$$ .... 367-4444
Gino's .................................$ ........ 367-7272
Golden Grouper ..............$............. 367-2301
Island C afe.........................$ ............. 367-6444
Jamie's Place.....................$ ............. 367-2880
Jib Room .........................$$ ............. 367-2700
Kentucky Fried Chicken............... ...367-2615
Mandarin Chinese ........................... 367-0544
Mangoes ......................$$$ ............. 367-2366
Pinacle .......................$.. ..... ... ....
Pop's Place ........................$ .....+....367-3796
Sea Shells .........................$ ............. 367-4460
Snack Shack .....................$ .....+....367-4005
Snappas.............................$ ........ 367-2278
Signatire Sub Sandwiches ................ 367-3664
Wallys ..........................$$$ ............. 367-2074
Hope Town
Abaco Inn ...................$$$ .............366-0133
Cap'n Jacks .......................$ ............. 366-0247
Harbour's Edge............... $$............. 366-0087
H T Harbour Lodge .......$$$ ............. 366-0095
Munchies ................. .....$ .....+....366-0423
OnDa Beach ................................... 366-0558
Sea Spray ...................... $$ ..........366-0065
Sugar Shack ......................$ .....+....366-0788
Little Harbour
Pete's Pub....................................... 366-3503
Lubber's Quarter
Cracker P's...................................... 366-3139
Man-O-War
Dock'n Dine .................................365-6008
Hibiscus Cafe ................................. 365-6380
Island Treats Snack Bar.................. 365-6501
Guana Cay
Grabbers............ $$$ ............. 365-5133
Nippers ........................$$$ ............ 365-5143
Orchid Bay .....................$$$ .........$$$ .... 265-5175
Treasure Cay
Florence's Cafe .............$...$
Coconuts..........................
Harbour Cafe ....................$............. 365-8635
Hudson's Delight ...............$............ 365-8648
Spinnaker Restaurant ...$$$............. 365-8469
Traveller's Rest ............................... 365-8654
Touch of Class .............$$$ .............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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VOLUME 18 NUMBER 20 OCTOBER 15th, 2010


Cadets complete Foreign Language program

Four cadets perform at graduation ceremony
By Jennifer Hudson
This year's four foreign language cadets
HI; were presented with their certificates of
completion of the Ministry of Tourism's
2010 Foreign Language Cadet Programme
during a ceremony held in the St. Andrews
Methodist Church Hall on October 9. This
marked the culmination of a three-phase
,programme 1) Language in action 2) In-
Sternship with a tourism related establish-
ment 3) Study abroad. The students re-
turned in August from a month's study in
ig Mexico and Costa Rica.
.. .The four cadets, Lyndeisha Curry of
.....7 _Forest Heights Academy, Tirshatha Eti-
enne of Long Bay School, Sherlycia McK-
enzie of St. Francis de Sales Catholic
School and Yvonne Lopez of S.C. Bootle
High School, all took an active part in the
ceremony offering the opening prayer,
welcome remarks and introduction of
keynote speaker in both Spanish and Eng-
\ lish. The group also presented a delightful
Spanish dance beautifully choreographed
..and costumed.
An interesting multimedia presentation
allowed the audience of educators, friends
and parents to "Meet the 2010 Abaco
The four Foreign Lanuage cadets displayed dances that they learned during their month in Costa Rica or Mexico. They reported on F renLa ge etThis o
their experiences at their graduation held at the Methodist Church Hall in Dundas Town on October 9. They are Tirshatha Etienne of highlights of the month-long study abroad
Long Bay School, 51,, I, ti McKenzie of St. Francis de Sales School, Lyndeisha Curry of Forest Heights Academy and Yvonne Lopez through photographs taken by the studabroentsad
of S. C. Bootle High School. They completed a three-part program that included living with a Latin American ,iit Ilv for a month i l t he, mth sdalso ten lynted
themselves and also competently narrated


Please see Cadets Page 19


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livelihood of man
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Virus is affecting Auskell Medical Clinic Announces

iny lobster juveniles Free Eye Exams for students
October 23 9am 7 pm Dr. Ash
P ^ aRTS BAR Auskell Medispa offers Luxury with a Purpose October 23-24
Point Ab'aco, Bahamas I Discounts on facials scrubs, peels, Swedish massage with Kristal Allen
2)366. ,19
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a identified that affects juvenile spiny lobsters, killing some of them. I
d problem could affect one of our major industries. Two scientists
samples from adult crawfish on Abaco for on-going studies. 5, ,, is --- -- .
-s, left, Abaco's Superintendent of Fisheries, who assisted the scien-
tired professor Dr. Bill Hermrnkind and Dr. Mark Butler, Professor of u C i
ce at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.a -
nothy Roberts aco from September 30 to October 3 to
covered virus is killing collect 100 samples from crawfish in The
bbean spiny lobsters and Bahamas as they do further research into
tress on an already trou- this virus called PaV1 (Panulirus argus
trce which supports the Virus #1).
ny Bahamian fishermen. Dr. Butler spoke to a group of fisher- This is the view of the marina at Sand Banks development just north of the entrance
ler, Professor of Biologi- man in Sandy Point on October 1 high- to Treasure Cay. The marina will have 88 boat slips and will accommodate boats up
)ld Dominion University lighting the need to detect this virus. He to 150 feet. The plans include a 20-room hotel, 57 condos, 23 marina front estates


ginia, assisted by retired
11 Herrnkind, visited Ab-


Please see Lobster Page 19


1.5 eacn front lots as well as nine townhouses. mhis picture was taken in May. prince
then the breakwater has been extended to give protection to the marina. Work on the
marina is almost complete.


autenUgal classMes ari l tearing auout oJ Ith culture J Ilr h osI si Luntry, all I!l t 1li lt spakLing oy SpaUnihLsn. i ils is 1i!JourgIn group
of students from Abaco to be included in this program offered by the Ministry of Tourism.










South Abaco News


Cherokee Sound a break, and that was after they had put in a from one end of The Bahamas to the other, Or maybe he was under the supervision of
full day's work at their own daytime jobs. from Bimini to Eleuthera and from Grand one of the many "Monitors" of the day
By Lee Pinder It's hard to describe their music. It's Bahama to Great Inagua Island, but never who were given the responsibility to assist
They are back again calming, it's relaxing, inspirational and it's more so than right here in Cherokee Sound and teach the younger children. This one-
Those beautiful "Rain Flowers," also obviously straight from the heart. There where he was born. His name is one that roomed schoolhouse was called an all-age
known as August Flowers, (but don't ask are no other words but to say it was re- can often be heard in conversation and school for a reason with students attend-
me why) are back again. Some yards are so ally lovely and certainly entertaining. The reminiscences of the past because he is one ing from first through eighth grade with no
full of them that they appear as if a blan- applause was loud and boisterous, and the of our most famous native sons. further opportunity for any higher learning
ket of pink, white, yellow, salmon or deep audience let them know their songs were He was born during hard and difficult on Abaco.
pink has been spread out where the lawn appreciated. Requests were thrown out and times, in the middle of a recession when Rusty's father tried going to sea but
used to be. They only last a few days and they tried to play them all with patience most of the island men were struggling to found it too difficult to provide for his wife
they are gone. But while they are here we and grace. make a living for their families by spong- and young son and he moved the family
can all enjoy them, at least, until they mi- With much effort, Daniel said, "The ing or fishing. Back then they did not have to Miami, Florida, probably not long af-
raculously come again. Lord has put in my Heart to say a few GPS's, Fish Finding sonar or even motors ter Rusty had started school here. Then
Benefit concert words" and he told of his recent problems on their fishing smacks. Rusty began his six years later the family returned to The
There was standing room only when and all the encouragement he has had from education here in this school and may even Bahamas to live in Nassau where he con-
Ted Pearce and David Lowe began to play friends like Ted and David and he thanked have been taught by Walter Sands, who tinued his education by attending Victoria
Ted Pearce and David Lowe began to play
their guitars October 1 at the Assemblies them all. The evening's Love Offering was then 24 years old, a very young Head-
of God Church in Cherokee Sound. They took in over $4,600 with promises of more master at Cherokee Sound All-Age School. Please see South Page 4
to come that I'm sure will go a long way to
came to Cherokee to help a longtime friend,
Daniel Sawyer, raise some much needed pay his medical expenses.
funds to help him in his time of need with New name will be added
a little Christian charity. They played non- On the 1lth of October Cherokee Sound r i
stop for over one and a half hours without honoured a Harcourt Rodney "Rusty"
Bethel, who became known as "The Father
of Radio Broadcasting
:, *. -in The Bahamas. The
S. ..record books show that
it was a stormy day,
Sthe 29th of May 1913,
4%when Harcourt Rodney
S- ,Bethel was born to Ada
and Alfred Bethel, lat-
er to be more familiar-
-ly known as "Rusty"
because of the colour
of his hair. This name
and the sound of his Ted Pearce and Dave Lowe performed in a concert for the residents of Cherokee Sound
Rain Flowers or August Flowers are filling many yards. The distinct voice would as a fund raiser to assist in the medical expenses of Daniel Sawyer. The concert was held
annuals show up in late summer in a variety of colors. later be recognized in the Assembly of God Church.


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nign iocKs 4 Bteaia Bain large
landscaped/fenced yard, great
location $673,000. "Must See"


- 9uu sq. ft. o unis all rente -
turn key. $585,000
THE CAYS
Dorros Cove Residential Lot
Guana Cay Residential Lot#10
Guana Cay Lot 28B
Guana Cay Lot 93A & 92B
Guana Cay Coconut Thyme
Guana Cay 2.5 acres waterfront
Lubbers Abaco Ocean Club Lots 39&40


$475,000
$ 75,000
$120,000
$129,000 each
$569,000
$950,000
$110,000 for both


MARSH HARBOUR
Sunrise Bay Lot 12 13,266 sq. ft. Hilltop $238,000
Sweetings Village Lot 45 $47,500
Sweetings Village Lot 54 & 56 $125,000
Sweetings Village Lot 55 & 57 $125,000
"NEW' 5 Residential Lots on
Stede Bonnet Road starting at $78,000
New commercial 2.05 acres next to Maxwell's $245,000


peninsula 1 000 waterfront
$475,000
SOUTH ABACO
Casuarina Point Lots 90 & 91
B.P.S. Lots 5 & 6 Sec 4
Long Beach Lot 247
Long Beach Lot 31
Yellow Wood Cottage
Bahama Palm Shores one acre 100' be
NORTH ABACO
Bahama Coral Island
Leisure Lee 4 Lots from
Joe's Creek Lot
Treasure Cay Lot #8 Block 190
Treasure Cay Lot #9 Block 190
Treasure Cay Lot #8 & 9 together
9.6 Acres dust North of Treasure Cay


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(CEAN REEF'PRESERVE
Now Offering Only 6
Residential Lots at
Predevelopment Prices
Lot#9 $ 49,900
Lot#8 $ 49,900
Lot#7 $ 59,900
Lot#6 $ 59,900
Lot#5 $139,900
Lot#4 $149,900

$45,000
$30,000 each
$57,500
$115,000
$229,000
.ach $249,000


$16,000
$43,000
$49,500
$68,000
$79,000
$128,000
$229,000


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


MARSH HARBOUR #4989
WATERFRONT -New 4b/3b home
with dockage. Gorgeous pool with
sea views. Guest Cottage. US$995,000.
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OWL'S NEST-THE RESIDENCES-ABACO WATERFRONT HIDEAWAY Sea to sea ,150' dock
BEACH RESORT 4bed4bathbeautifulfllyfumished. & boat lift Main house with I I/2 bed I 1/2 bath,
World class marina. Best Value. $2,300,000 guest quarters with 2 bed 2 bath.US$1,795,000.
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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@SothebysRealty.com


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


MARSH HARBOUR #5771 MARSH HAKBOUR #5772
THE CHALET 3 bed/2 bath main home with YELLOWELDER-Oversized lacrelot&3b/2bhouse.
2 bed/ll bath apartment and lbed/lbath Best priced lot per sq. footage on Sea of Abaco
apartment. 4,200 sq.ft. total. US$775,000. 150'frontage near Marsh Harbour US$775,000.
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MARSH HARBOUR #5232
WATERFRONT3 bed 3 bath on Eastern Shores with
2 docks, boat lifts,swimming pool. US$985,000.
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TREASURE CAY #2875
CANALFRONT 5 bed 4 bath beautiful
huge 5,500 sq.ft. family home with
100' dock on 5 lots. US$1,990,000.
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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$1,275,000.
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WINDING BAY #5701
HOPE COTTAGE 4 bed 4 bath home in
Ritz Carlton's Winding Bay with every
imaginable option included. US$1,800,000.
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TREASURE CAY #5129
BEACHFRONT Luxurious, spacious
3, 4 & 5 bed condos. First-rate rentals.
Great prices. Call for the deal of the day!
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com


TREASURE CAY #3877
ROCK POINT LANDING 3 bed 3 bath
situated at the entrances to both Treasure
Cay and also Gun Powder Creek. $940,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com


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WINDING BAY #5235
THE AeACO CLUE LOT #30 Best
priced beachfront estate lot available.
Over 1.5 acres. US$1,750,000.
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com


GUANA CAY #5350 GUANA CAY #5758
ORCHID BAY Highest elevation with panoramic CRAWL BIGHT 7.3 acres Sea to Sea with a
views. Luxury 5 bed 4.5 bath on 4 acres. Patio & private dock in a natural cove. US$2,200,000.
pool for private sunbathing. US$2,250,000. BEACHFRONT LT- 100 ft by 900ft. $795,000.
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GUANA CAY #4202
SEA SHORE VILLAS 3 townhouse villas with
private swimming pool. 250' dock, cabanas,
gift shop & laundromat. US$1,200,000.
Ch ristopher.Albury@SothebysRealty.com


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Broker, Owner Broker
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GUANA CAY #4081
ART CAFE PRIME HARBOURFRONT COMMERCIAL
PROPERTY Established business. Fully
equipped. Price Reduced. US$825,000.
Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com


Laurie Schreiner Jane Patterson
Estate Agent Estate Agent
t242.367.5046 t242.366.0035


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


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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.


GUANA CAY #5351
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


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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


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GREEN TURTLE CAY #4776
SUMNER ESTATE 64 acres of prime land, ideal for
development, 6,000 sq.ft. of waterfront, beaches,
protected harbours, deep water. US$5,900,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com


TREASURE CAY #5402
ATLANTIS2207 -CANAL FRONTCONDOMINIUM
Two storey comfortable 2 bed 2 bath with dock
and garage. Pool. Great views. $450,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com


GREEN TURTLE CAY #4936
GILLIAM BAY ESTATE 1.7 acres. Best price
on Green Turtle Cay Beach. Highly desirable
neighbourhood.Existing2 bed home.US$700,000.
Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com


MAINLAND
#4071 BAHAMA PALM SHORES Lot 43 Good residential area. $30,000. Bill Albury
#4689 CEDAR HARBOUR NEW PRICE 2 acres, deeded water access. $50k Lydia Bodamer
#4632 MARSH HARBOUR High Rocks waterfront lot High elevation,views. $599k Bill Albury
#4888 TURTLE ROCKS I OAcres.Water access, good elevations. $349,000. Lydia Bodamer
#5157 TURTLE ROCKS NEW PRICE Hill top 16,969 sq. ft. $69,900. Lydia Bodamer

TREASURE CAY
#4803 MARINA ENTRANCE Choice canalfront Lot $270,000. Stan Sawyer
#5116 BEACHFRONT 3 bed 3 bath home with 130' of beach. $850,000. Stan Sawyer
#5601 OCEAN BLVD. Lot 82, Block 2. 10,560 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
#4505 ROYAL PALM 2321 End unit 2 bed condo on marina with dock & boatlif$489,000.Stan Sawyer

OTHER CAYS
#4533 GUANA CAY Dolphin Beach Estates. Lot 68 Hilltop View. $ 180,000. Bill Albury
#5121 GUANA CAY Lot 32/32A 90' of waterfront with a dock $500,000. jane Patterson
#5237 GUANA CAY Paradise Cove.Waterfront, dock plans included. $165,000. Kerry Sullivan
#5237 GUANA CAY Paradise Cove.Waterfront, dock plans included. $165,000. Kerry Sullivan
#5237 GUANA CAY Paradise Cove Waterfront, dock plans included. $165,000. Kerry Sullivan
#5774 GUANA CAY Crawl Bight Lot Sea to Sea, 90ft of frontage. $795,000. Chris Albury
#5775 GUANA CAY Crawl Bight 7.3 acres Sea to Sea with I bed cottage. $2.2 mil. Chris Albury




#5053 GREAT CISTERN 3 bed/2.5 bath, Sea ofAbaco waterfront.$1,500/mo,
#5055 EASTERN SHORES 4 bed/4 bath with pool and shared dock $4,000/mo.
#4986 HIGH ROCKSThe Chalet 3 bed/2 bath home. $3,400/mo.Water view, generator.
includes I bed I bath apartment subletting is allowed with restrictions.
#4983 HIGH ROCKS Yellow Elder 3 bed 2 bath home. Waterfront & generator. $3,000/mo.
HIGH ROCKS Seamagine 2 bed 2 bath duplex.Waterviews $1,800/mo.
HIGH ROCKS Seamagine 2 bed I bath duplex. Waterviews $1,100/mo.


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School on East Bay Street.
After graduating he worked at the Roy-
al Bank of Canada's main branch on Bay
Street (the only bank operating in The Ba-
hamas at that time). Living through uncer-
tain and trying times with a war raging in
Europe, young men were anxious to get
involved and were looking for ways to pro-
tect their homeland.
Rusty decided to learn wireless telegra-
phy and obtained a First-Class Operator's
License and this then helped to launch
him into the world of communications and
eventually his long career in broadcasting
beginning in June of 1938.
Referred to as "Crystal Sets," radios
needed large batteries that had to be re-
turned to Nassau for re-charging, and
even they were an oddity around this time.
There were very few of these instruments
in the Out Islands. People would gather
around one central location to listen to the
morning and evening news not only to hear
about their fellow-Bahamians, but to keep
abreast of what was happening in the war.
Snce the mail boats running between the
islands and Nassau ran only every other
week (weather permitting), radios were
how people kept up with the news of the
day. We can only imagine what a veritable
lifeline the radio was during WWII for these
isolated settlements when many young Ba-
hamian men were serving in the Canadian
armed forces. What a comfort it must have
been when they recognized a familiar voice
coming over the wires as another Chero-
kee man keeping them informed of what
was happening in the world beyond their


shores.
Rusty
Bethel was
known
throughout
The Baha-
mas for his
individual
announcing
talents and
evlentua Harcourt "Rusty" Bethel
eventually
became the General Manager of ZNS, the
only radio station within The Bahamas at that
time, and remained with them till his retire-
ment in 1970. He married Kathleen Agatha
Albury in 1944 and they had two children,
Randy and Shiela. A loving and devoted hus-
band, he and Kathleen remained together till
his death.
Rusty had a familiar and folksy broad-
casting voice and probably best remem-
bered for his reporting on the arrival of
the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in 1940
when they took up the duties of the Gover-
norship. He kept his listeners up-to-date on
all the latest investigations on the mysteri-
ous murder of Sir Harry Oakes, a promi-
nent Nassau resident and internationally
known businessman. He was there for both
visits by Queen Elizabeth II and H.R.H.,
the Duke of Edinburgh, and, the visit of
Her Royal Highness, Princess Margaret.
He reported on the arrival of President
John F. Kennedy from the United States,
Harold Mc Millan, Prime Minister of Great
Britain and the Hon. John Diefenbaker of
Canada for the famous "Nassau Talks" in
1962. Even today many can still remem-
ber hearing one of his most famous sales
pitches: "If it's O.K. Flour, it's okay!"
that was heard during his regular scheduled


programming on ZNS for many years.
Rusty personally recalled that his sad-
dest assignment was the reporting of the
ill-fated sinking of the cruise ship Yar-
mouth Castle off Great Isaac lighthouse
on November 13, 1965. He said it was
an especially difficult assignment since he
knew many of the Bahamian passengers on
board.
He returned to Cherokee Sound with his
daughter, grandson and son-in-law in 1986
to once more visit his birthplace and stop
by his grandparent's grave. There were not
many of his childhood pals left at that time,
but it didn't diminish his thrill of walking
the familiar streets and drawing from his
memory of how it used to be. Even though
he was not a young man, he was still very
sprightly and was able to make the long
trek by foot up to the top of Cherokee Hill.
And even though it was another drizzly
and rainy day, he said he wanted to see the
beautiful clear waters and the famous Long
Dock he still remembered so well "just one
more time."
The Bahamas lost one of itsr most no-
table and distinguished citizens when Har-
court Rodney Bethel died many years later
just one week shy of his 89th birthday on
May 22, 2002. His son, Randy, had passed
away before him. However, his wife Kath-
leen survived him for a short period, and
his daughter, Shiela Ashton, still lives in
Freeport, Grand Bahama.
The City of Nassau and The Bahamas
government re-named Third Terrace East,
Centerville. on New Providence to Har-


court "Rusty" Bethel Drive. Now Chero-
kee has added him to its Wall of Heroes
so he will always be remembered in his
birthplace.
Cherokee's Fun Day
Well, one thing was certain, everyone
seemed to be having fun on the Discovery
Day holiday held in the schoolyard in Cher-
okee Sound. The weather was sunshine all
day with a slight breeze; and if you found a
shady spot under the almond trees, people
were reluctant to move. Everyone caught
up with old friends they maybe hadn't seen
in years, and everyone was catching up on
what had happened since the last time they
had seen each other.
The addition of Rusty Bethel, a promi-
nent and well known local figure, was
made to Cherokee's Wall of Heroes, and
a brief presentation was made by Patrick
Bethel. Rusty's daughter, Shiela Ashton,
was on hand for the festivities.
Patrick also entertained a small crowd
of interested persons with some humor-
ous and historical antidotes of past local
residents with his storytelling, stories that
will soon be forgotten because there are
so few who still recall how they were told
to them.
People were really impressed by some
of the local art work displayed in the Art
Exhibit and had no idea we had such tal-
ented persons in our midst. Those who
found their way to The Walk Back in Time
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A display of old photographs and other memorabilia was displayed in the old telephone
station in Cherokee. The tiny room was the main link the residents had to the outside
world from many years as the telephone allowed them to know what was going on out-
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Marcellus Roberts Q Everett Pinder
Broker ^It 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/ 31/2 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 / GARAr-C 1' 6" deep, 11'
8" wide UNDO -T sale at the low
price cOt4 _Ac..
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.
$799,000 + 8.5%


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 with r;rect ocean access.
Great ,,;'- SOLD / 2 bath, many
special ... wviUST SEE
EXC. $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 waterfront 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


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School News


Environmental visit is

made by U.S. school
By Jennifer Hudson
Twenty-three senior students from The
Pine School in Hobe Sound, Florida, ac-
companied by three staff members, spent
the week of September 27 October 2 on
Abaco as part of their school's Service
Learning Experience. "Each year all stu-
dents in Grades 7-12 leave the campus and
travel to various places for one week as
part of the school's off-campus education
programme." All of the projects in which
the students participate involve community
service and the environment. "We have a
very large environmental initiative because
of our location and the land the school oc-
cupies in Florida," explained Debbie Law-
ton, Senior Class Advisor.
The group stayed at Camp Abaco for


the week and carried out a clean-up of the
premises. The goal of their visit was to
do beach clean-ups to aid the environment
for both The Bahamas National Trust and
Friends of The Environment. This, they
felt, was most appropriate since they were
here during International Coastal Clean-up
Week. The seas proved to be too rough
for the students to be able to do much of a
beach clean-up of invasive species for the
Bahamas National Trust on their first day
but they were able to carry out a very suc-
cessful clean up of the Man-O-War beach
in conjunction with the students of the
Man-O-War School. They also did a beach
clean up at Bahama Palm Shores.
During the week the students met with
Kristin Williams, President of Friends, to
learn about its environmental work and
with Nancy Albury, Branch Manager and
Curator of Paleontology for the National


Twenty-three students of Pine School in Hobe Sound, Florida, visited Abaco as part of
a school program to participate in environmental work. They cleaned beaches, learned
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Museum of The Bahamas, who gave a talk
on the Blue Holes of Abaco. The students
spent time visiting some environmentally
interesting areas such as the Blue Hole at
Sawmill Sink and the parrots at Bahamas
Palm Shores and watched boat building on
Man-O-War.
"The trip was very interesting, and I
enjoyed learning about the culture of the
island. But the tropical depression Noel
messed up our plans," stated student Chris
Irvine. Myrthe Doedens has been visiting
Abaco for many years since her parents
own a home on Lubbers. But she was ex-
cited about this trip as she saw more of
Abaco than she had ever seen before and
enjoyed her first time riding the ferry (al-
ways before she had crossed in her par-
ents' boat). Student Addison Gropp, who
is a keen photographer, was busily taking
photographs throughout the trip. "I really
enjoyed this visit as I am a wildlife person
and a big advocate for a clean environ-
ment," he stated.
"This was a great experience for the
kids," said Ms. Lawton who added that
two of the students intend to come back in
the Spring to do projects with the Friends
and Nancy Albury.

Forest Heights Academy

celebrates 20 years
On August 30, 2010, Forest Heights
Academy opened its doors for its 20th
learning season, and it is clear that it is not
content to rest on its laurels. Led by Princi-
pal James Richard, the school is changing
with the times in many ways.
Of course, a school is only as success-
ful as its infrastructure, and Forest Heights
has indeed upgraded its operating system.
This year you will see both hardware and
software improvements beginning with
the ever-improving website expanding to
a new system called Edline, which makes
it as easy as remembering a password for


parents to monitor the student's progress
and receive all types of memos. As we all
learn to use this system, it will enhance the
communication between parents, teachers
and students; this relationship is a neces-
sary tool to build the foundation of a good
education. In addition, the wireless system
has been expanded to all classrooms to en-
able expansion of information to the digital
projectors and laptops positioned in each
classroom.
However, all of the fancy gadgets avail-
able cannot take the place of an upgraded
curriculum. With so many students going
on to science, medicine and research and
development, it has become more appar-
ent that chemistry needs to be added to
supplement the current science curriculum
for those students who are college bound.
This has been put into place beginning with
this year's tenth grade class. Furthermore,
students from grade ten and up continue to
prepare for PSAT and SAT exams which
are given at Forest Heights at regular in-
tervals.
In order to round out the curriculum,
Forest Heights adheres to the old adage
that "all work and no play makes Johnny a
dull boy." For this reason extra-curricular
activities are highly encouraged through
school. This year Craft, Drama, Interact,
Publishing, Governor General's Youth
Award, Toastmasters and Junior Achieve-
ment Clubs are being held during and after
school. Also important is the intra-mural
sports program which will begin with vol-
leyball this year.
Despite all of these improvements, one
aspect never changes at Forest Heights
Academy, and that is the success of our
students in both the government exams and
their endeavors after they leave our school.
This past year has been no exception. The
BGCSE and BJC exams had highly suc-

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cessful results, with two seniors, Amy
Mackey and Evelande Gedeon, passing ten
exams at C or above and five ninth graders,
Alexzandra Phillpot, Rebecca Strachan,
Adrianne Kelly, Pedro Maycock and Aisha
Jones, achieving five A's. However, what
really makes us proud is how our alumnae
continue to be successful in universities and
right here on Abaco as we see their faces
in so many of the integral businesses which
make Abaco the wonderful Family Island
it is.
So as a final note may we say to all
of you, Congratulations, and watch for a
spring event to celebrate these amazing 20.
We look forward to many more!
Long Bay School honors
outstanding students
By Samantha V. Evans
After a very productive 2009-2010
school year, Principal Jacqueline Collie and
the staff of Long Bay School gathered at the
school on September 16th to honor those
students who excelled throughout the year.
Principal Collie gave an overview of all of
the accomplishments of the school over the
2009-2010 school year. The students ex-
celled especially in the Spelling Bee with
Durene Etienne and Christian Hield placing


2nd and 3rd in the Grade 3 Spelling Bee re-
spectively, Duane Johnson placing 1st for
grade 4 and Tirshatha Etienne placing 3rd
in the Rotary Club Speech Competition.
The school participated in numerous oth-
er competitions and did well. The Parent
Teacher Association took the teachers to
Winding Bay for Teacher's Appreciation
Week where the staff had a grand time.
Mrs. Collie was very pleased with
the accomplishments of the students and
knows that this year they will exceed last
year's accomplishments. She told them to
aim to be extraordinary as these types of
people do not settle for mediocrity, and
they do not waste time. She added that the
24 students who made the honor roll did so
because they fashioned in their mind that
they would be better than the rest. These
students achieved a 3.5 GPA or better
which is magnificent.
Mrs. Collie spoke of some of the charac-
teristics that make a student extraordinary
such as having a vision, being focused,
having values, being passionate about life,
having emotional intelligence, being bal-
anced and resilient. She told them to use
their gifts and talents wisely as these have
been given to them by God.
The principal commended Ashley Ara-
nha for having the highest BJC passes
and Leann Albury for having the highest


BGCSE scores for Long Bay School. Both
of them passed with scores C and better.
The students receive trophies, certificates
and/or plaques for their achievement. The
highest performing students for each grade
level for the 2009-10 school year were
Jaheem Smith, grade 2; Durene Etienne,
grade 3; Kyle Newbold, grade 5; Giovan-
ni Morris, grade 6; Mikinchina Etienne,
grade 7; Javara McIntosh, grade 8; Alei-
sha Gomez, grade 9; Cicely Gomez, grade
10; and Tirshantha Etienne, grade 11.
Sujith Swarna wins
District Spelling Bee
By Samantha V. Evans
Sixteen students representing seven
schools took part in the Abaco District
Spelling Bee on October 5 at the Method-
ist Hall in Dundas Town. Twelve rounds
were spent on the seen list after which time
five contestants remained to take on the un-
seen list. It was quick and painless as Su-
jith Swarna, a grade eight student of Forest
Heights Academy, was named the winner
after the remaining two competitors spelt
their words incorrectly. That left two S.C.
Bootie High School students to battle for
second and third place. After several more
rounds the second place spot was claimed
by Chelsea Ramotar and third place went
to Dearsharay Brown. There were some
great performers in this competition but
the spellers from James A. Pinder were so
good that they deserve mentioning. Two
of them remained as the final round of the
seen list took place, leaving one to battle
with the remaining four junior high stu-
dents. These two youth, Ashanti Duncan-
son and Crisel Clarke, deserve commenda-


tion and the judges look forward to seeing
them at the competition at their respective
grade levels.
World Teachers Day was
celebrated on October 1
By Samantha V. Evans
World Teachers Day is held on Octo-
ber 5th every year but due to the fact that
this date fell on a Tuesday, the Ministry
of Education allowed teachers to celebrate
on October 1st. The theme chosen for this
year was Recovery Begins with Teachers.

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Sujith Swarna


The students of Long Bay School on the honour roll were recognized at a ceremony on
September 16th. They are Vashti Goff, Cicely Gomez, Mesha Smith, Milton Dean Odessa
Cooper and Tirshatha Etienne.


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At the lunch and fun day held at the Angli-
can Parish Hall in Marsh Harbour on Oc-
tober 1st, Yolanda Curry, Area Vice Presi-
dent for the Northern Bahamas, addressed
the teachers. She told them that the nation
is going through economic challenges right
now so it is up to them as teachers to make
a difference. The nation and the world are
depending on teachers to lead the way for
recovery. She stated that this recovery can
take any form as there are many disasters
being experienced and school violence is
on the rise.
In order for recovery to begin with teach-


ers, Ms. Curry stated that all of them must
acknowledge that they are leaders. Many
teachers and a few administrators were in
attendance and they enjoyed games, good
Bahamian music and food.
Students attended an
All Male Service
By Canishka Alexander
From the start of the Department of
Education's All Male Service, it was evi-
dent that the male students were in for a
treat. Students moderated the service, lead
the prayer, read the Scripture reading and
welcomed to those who attended.
Supt. Noel Curry of the Marsh Harbour


S.C. Bootle's PTA elects new board members I


Police Station showed two videos of how
easy it is for people to hide weapons on
them. One of the videos showed how one
individual was able to conceal 12 weap-
ons under his clothing. He encouraged the
churches to pray for police officers even as
they pray for themselves. He sadly noted
that The Bahamas' murder count is at 70,
which includes one incident from Abaco
that could have been avoided.
Administrator Cephas Cooper outlined
some of the ways males fall short in soci-


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Bootle students


ety, and a lot of it has to do with peer pres-
sure. He told the students to do a character
check-up each day as they check to see that
their physical appearance is in good order.
The drama demonstrated by Leroy
Thompson and students from Central Aba-
co Primary School was a humorous yet so-
bering one as it illustrated the bad choices
our young men make with regard to por-
nography, drugs and violence. However,
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rental involvement in school activities and in their children's education in recent years
at the school. In light of those encouraging changes, Mr. Moss said it is anticipated
that this trend will continue under the leadership of the newly-elected board. 5i, '11 are
Felton Pritchard, Asst. Chaplain; Jenson Edgecombe, Vice-President; Clyde Cornish,
Asst. Treasurer; Berkley Roberts, Treasurer; Eric Collie, President; Huel Moss, school
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at the end, Thompson showed that Jesus is
the best choice.
Pastor Duerre Thomas, guest speaker,
delivered a powerful message after an
equally powerful song that was presented
by Pastor Desmond Sturrup of the Seventh
Day Adventist Church.
Diagnosed with lupus at the age of 11,
his face and head covered in lesions, Pas-
tor Thomas said it was one of many things
that society used to place a death sentence
on him and bury him. He talked about the
tumultuous life that has brought him to
and prepared him for where he is now.
His theme Young man, it's time to rise up
was taken from the biblical story about the
death of the widow of Nain's son.
He admonished the males to follow six
steps to get out of every coffin that so-
ciety has built for them. First, one must
respect themselves and others; next, the
males were encouraged to work hard; and
this was followed by honesty as the best
policy. The
fourth step
was watching
the friends
they keep;
and the fifth


ter what life throws at you because when
you have God, you do not lose your value.
Commonwealth Bank
donates to school
By Canishka Alexander
According to Principal Huel Moss Jr. of
S.C. Bootle High School, Commonwealth
Bank continues to exemplify good corpo-
rate citizenship. The new bank manager,
Wallace Taylor, recently visited the school
campus in Cooper's Town to make a pre-
sentation of a laptop computer and an LCD
projector.
"Both pieces of equipment are much
needed as all of the school's laptops were
stolen last year during a break-in at the
school," Mr. Moss said. "The laptops and
projectors are used as major teaching tools
by the staff at the school."
Earlier in the school year, Mr. Moss
expressed gratitude to the staff of Com-
monwealth Bank for the new backpacks
that were given to the school. The back-
packs were stocked with an assortment of


was remnenm-
bering that
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nificant. The
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tant because it
dealt with the
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and keep-
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primarily by those students who performed
well academically. However, with this lat-
est donation, the entire school body will
benefit from the use of the equipment.
Pastor speaks at S.C.
Bootle's assembly
By Canishka Alexander
The students and staff of S.C. Bootle
High School were visited by Pastor Des-
mond Sturrup of the Marsh Harbour Sev-
enth Day Adventist Church recently. He
admonished the students to strive for high
moral standards, to be committed to truth
and to have respect for self and others.
General assemblies usually last about 20
minutes and are held weekly.
According to Principal Huel Moss Jr., it
was Sturrup's first visit to the school. He
was well-received by all who were present
many of whom are members of his church.


Pastor Sturrup ended his presentation
with a beautifully rendered song that he had
written. He promised to be a regular visi-
tor at the school and to assist the school's
Student Christian Movement in any way he
can. The Christian Movement is made up
of students along with faculty advisors who
meet weekly to fellowship, discuss current
issues and counsel each other all from a
Christian perspective. Pastor Sturrup met
with the student president of the club.
Teachers incorporate
technology into teaching
By Canishka Alexander
Rudolph Kawalram, mathematics and
science coordinator at S.C. Bootile High
School, is well acquainted with the use of
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Christian Movement during the year.


Commonwealth Bank generously donated electronic equipment to S. C.
Bootle High School. Principal Huel Moss, left, and Vice-Principal Sa-
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from Mr. Wallace Taylor, Manager of the Marsh Harbour Branch of
Commonwealth Bank.


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board. Promethean is described as a global
leader for interactive learning technology.
Principal Huel Moss Jr. said that Mr.
Rudolph Kawalram recently conducted a
Promethean-board workshop for teachers
at the school. Even more beneficial is that
the teachers were already familiar with the
Promethean interactive whiteboard tech-
nology.
That is because the school is currently
outfitted with four whiteboards which are
large interactive displays that connect to a
computer and projector. As the projector
displays the computer's desktop onto the
board's surface, the users manage the com-
puter using a pen, finger or other device.
"Most teachers at the school have em-
braced and incorporated this new and ex-
citing tech-
nology as a
teaching aid
in their in-
structional
and teaching
strategies.
The teachers
are finding
that students
are respond-
ing extremely
well to the use
of these learn-
ing aids in the
classroom es-
pecially as it Two teachers at S.C. Boot
relates to the ing the Promethean board
teaching of that schoolfind helpful. Th
traditionally Kawalrum has held works


difficult concepts," he explained.
Abaco Central High
has a new PTA Board
By Samantha V. Evans
The first meeting of the PTA of Abaco
Central High School was held on Septem-
ber 16th with a packed classroom of par-
ents who came to meet the new principal
and their children's teachers as well as
hear plans for the new school year. Presen-
tations were made by Dr. Lenora Black,
Abaco's school superintendent; Albert
Jones, school principal; and guest speak-
ers from the Christian Counseling Center.
The election of new officers was held
during this meeting and the results of the
election are as follows: President, Bishop
Anthony Campbell; Vice President, Ja-


le High School demonstrate their skills at us-
], an interactive board that many teachers at
he school has four of the boards. Mr. Rudolph
hops to train the teachers in their use.


son Quashie; Secretary, Samantha Evans;
Asst. Secretary, Rachel Metelus; Treasur-
er, Bernadette Murray; Asst. Treasurer,
Lavaughn Stubbs; Public Relations Of-
ficer, Devis Mercius; Asst. Public Rela-
tions Officer, Lisa Scott; Chaplain, Dennis
Hall; and Asst. Chaplain, Frank Hepburn.
Bishop Campbell stated that he has been
on Abaco for nine years and has been in-
volved with this school for the past nine
years. He is happy to be able to serve and
hopes that the PTA will make a difference.
He told the perants that more of them need
to get involved in the education of their
children so that their performance can im-
prove. He encouraged parents to do right
by their children, especially when it comes
to the way they send them to school. He
added that it will take everyone working


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of the students.
Vice president Quashie stated that he is
prepared to work hard for the children as
he wants to see the lives of Abaco children
change for the better. He is firmly for dis-
cipline so hopes that the students will be
disciplined as children need guidance and
boundaries. Further, he hopes that parents
will continue to teach their children to re-
spect elders, self and peers.
S.C. Bootle places 2nd,
3rd in Spelling Bee
By Canishka Alexander
This year's District Spelling Bee was
held on October 5 at St. Andrews Meth-

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odist Church Hall in Dundas Town and
the competition was intense. According to
Principal Huel Moss Jr. after 11 rounds of
stiff competition, only six contestants re-
mained, and they were then presented with
words from the unseen list. Among the six
were two from his school.
Although the students from S.C. Bootle
did not take home a first place win, Mr.
Moss was pleased with their representation
of the school and their performance. The
two contestants to place were Chelsea Ra-
motar, who placed second, and Dearsharay
Brown, who finished in third place.
Mr. Moss said that S.C. Bootle having
won the District Spelling Bee twice in the


last three years, the school continues to
show that "it is a force to be reckoned with
in this arena as students have once again
proved their worth."
He congratulated Chelsea and Dearsha-
ray for a job well done.
Parents Entertained at
Back to School Night
By Samantha V. Evans
Every year the staff of Central Abaco
Primary School plan a Back to School
Night for parents so that they can meet
their child's teacher and learn about the
plans for the new school year. This year
the night took on a new face as the staff
from each grade level put on a skit to in-
form the students of some of the major


concerns they have at the school. The fo-
cus of the night was on parents and how
they can partner with the teachers so that
learning can be a more fun experience for
the students. The parents were encouraged
to praise their children, especially for the
little things they do and their accomplish-
ments.
Supt Lenora Black motivated the par-
ents. She told them that teachers change
the face of time and eternity but they can't
do it alone. They work with parents as
they are an important part of the education
of their children. In fact, they are more
important than the teachers.
She is pleased to see that more interest
in being placed on education both in the
United States and here in The Bahamas.
Children are so precious, she explained,
so they all ensure that they do right by the
children because one day they will have to
give an account for what they do.
Central Abaco Primary School is a large
school with an enrollment of over 800 stu-
dents. Dr. Black said that regardless of the
size of the school, her role is to ensure that
excellence is attainable by all students. She


encouraged parents to make every moment
a teachable one and gave them examples of
how they could do this in the supermarket,
as they drive on the road and as they watch
television. In order for the district to have
great schools, each school must have great
students, great teachers and great commit-
ted parents who are involved.
After her presentation, the staff put on a
Back to School Skit to inform the parents
of the needs they have, challenges faced
and ways they can become partners with
the school. The teachers acted like the stu-
dents and some of the parents they see on
a regular basis. The whole idea behind the
skit was to make the parents laugh but also
to let them know that educating their chil-
dren is not easy but it can become easier if
they all work together.
In Principal Ruthamae Rolle's address,
she spoke of the characteristics of an eagle
having excellent vision, never eating dead
things, flying above the storm and being
gentle and attentive to their young. She

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told the parents that her team has a great
vision for the students and that is to see
them all succeed. They have fresh ideas
that will help take the school to another
level of excellence.
Parents were encouraged to motivate
students to succeed and to celebrate their
achievements, help them set goals they can
achieve and assist them to accomplish the
goals they set. Ms. Rolle plans to create a
warm, friendly, safe environment for stu-
dents, staff and parents. Further, she plans
to promote healthy living, critical thinking,
problem solving and resolving conflicts.
Finally, she hopes to increase opportuni-
ties for parents to become more involved
at the school as well.


Bahamian history film
shown to students
By Canishka Alexander
Joan Albury of The Counselors Ltd.,
a marketing agency in Nassau, showed
a documentary to students from several
schools. It was shown at Abaco Central
High on September 21 and was centered
around Sir Stafford Sands, who is known as
one of The Bahamas' founding forefathers.
Our country has sometimes been described
as the Sir Stafford Sands model because of
his contributions to the tourism industry
and for his part in developing the structure
of the modern Bahamian economy. There
was some discussion on whether or not Sir
Stafford could be considered a racist.
The documentary continued with the


Currency Act of 1965, and the initiation
and accomplishments of the Progressive
Liberal Party and Free National Movement
political parties. It was agreed that the PLP
was formed to address the social inequi-
ties and welfare of those who were being
exploited.
The documentary went on to show how
the government made the decision to place
the images of Bahamians who have made
significant contributions to The Bahamas
on currency.
A future beyond ECC
By Mirella Sanitllo
Worried about the future of some of her
students after they graduate from Every
Child Counts, Lyn Major, the director of
the school, formed a group comprised of
parents, teachers, students and other sup-
portive community members to determine


whether it was possible to found a home
for these students as they graduated and
grew older.
Mrs. Major met representatives of
L'Arche in the United States and thought
its model of community life for people
with challenges could be applied on Abaco.
Two years ago one of its representatives
from Washington, DC, visited the school
and talked about the Arche concept. He
mentioned the possibility that the home on
Abaco could be built under its umbrella.
As time went by and more monthly
meetings were held to ask for God's guid-
ance and develop a vision of what the home
should be, it was agreed that although the
concept met what they had in mind, be-
coming part of L'Arche might be restric-

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Joan Albury of The Counselors Ltd. showed a documentary to students from several high
schools that told the story of Sir Stafford Sands and the origin of the PLP and FAM po-
litical parties.


Retires from Commonwealth Bank


Mr. William B. Sands, Jr., President & CEO on behalf of the Board of Directors announced the
retirement of Ms. Jacquelyn Estevez, Manager, Abaco Branch, effective September 30, 2010.


Ms. Estevez began her career with Cominoiiwealth Bank in June
1992, over 18 years ago during which time she held various positions
within the Bank. She was transferred to the Marsh Harbour Branch
in 1998 as Assistant Manager and promoted to Branch Manager in
2005. She served in the capacity of Manager of the Abaco Branch
for 5 years. Ms. Estevez retired from Commonwealth Bank after
spending 44 years in the Banking sector.


Mr. Sands noted that the Board of Directors and Executive
Management deeply appreciate her long, loyal years of service
and congratulate her for her outstanding contributions which have
assisted in making Commonwealth Bank the success it is today.


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BTC's Call Center


Committed To Providing


Exceptional Customer Service


By BTC PR
Department

Answering an average
of 1900 incoming
calls on a regular day

busy days, BTC's
Call Center located
on Poinciana Drive
is a testimony of
the company's
commitment to
providing ex-
ceptional cus-
tomer service
to its valued
residential
and busi-
ness cus-
tomers.


including services, products or features.
They can also assist persons with billing
queries or requests for re-connection of
their services. Customers can contact the
Call Center by dialing CALL BTC, which
translates to 225-5282.

BTC's Customer Care Representatives are
universally trained and can assist the cus-
tomer right on the spot in resolving a par-
ticular query rather than transferring the
customer from one department to the next.
For instance all of the agents are trained
to add or remove features on a customer's
mobile or home phone. The Call Center
is also able to track a customer's concern
from the time the call is made to when the
problem is resolved.

"First call resolutions is what we are striv-
ing towards," commented Ms. Michelle
Sturrup, Senior Manager for the Call
Center at BTC who noted that over the
years BTC has made tremendous im-
provements in developing its Call Center
which has been benchmarked against
companies such as Cable & Wireless in
Jamaica and Sprint in Canada.


spending their hard earned money and we
have to be in the position to respond to
them and to be able to ensure that we have
happy customers, otherwise we would not
have customers."

Franklyn Winder, BTC's Senior Manager
with responsibility for Customer Service
noted that the Center which initially per-
formed basic job functions in terms of
answering calls and registering faults has
now grown to be fully functional. "Cer-
tainly it is not the end, we have some more
improvements to make, we plan to take it
to the next level by developing a Super
Call Center," Winder commented.

One of the many benefits of the Call
Center is the fact that it's operational 24
hours a day. For instance a BTC customer
who encounters a challenge with their
voicemail box can call the Call Center at
11:00pm at night and get their voice mail-
box reset as well as have a feature acti-
vated on their mobile phone.

In addition the Call Center provides BTC
customers with ease and convenience in


We recognize that providing exceptional customer serv-
ice is important simply because people are spending
their hard earned money and we have to be in the posi-
tion to respond to them and to be able to ensure that
we have happy customers, otherwise we would not have
customers.
Franklyn Winder,
Sr. Manager Customer Services


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The Call Center is open 24-hours of
the day, every day of the week and
serves as a dedicated customer touch
point.

BTC's Call Center is manned by a
professional and well-trained team of
Customer Care representatives whose
sole responsibility is to provide assist-
ance, information and a very personal-
ized level of service to BTC custom-
ers via the telephone. The Customer
Care Representatives are available to
answer calls on a wide range of areas


BTC's Vice President of Marketing, Sales
and Business Development, Mr. Marion
Johnson indicated that in today's com-
petitive environment customer service is
key; "BTC has monopoly status in mobile
services. All of our other areas are sub-
ject to competition today, not tomorrow,
but today. So we realize that as the com-
petition intensifies and as we approach the
end of our monopoly on mobile services
BTC will have to ensure that it is doing
everything it can to optimize customer
satisfaction."

Johnson continued, "We recognize that
providing exceptional customer service
is important simply because people are


that they can receive assistance from the
comfort of their on homes or offices with
in a matter of seconds.

The process for calling the call center

Once a customer calls the Call Center
telephone number, which is CALL BTC,
which translates to 225-5282, they will
receive an automated voice prompt that
will guide them into six main areas, which
include Repairs, Wireless, Internet, Land
Line, Credit and Reconnection as well as
other services. Once you select the area
that you need assistance, a Call Centre
Representative will be delighted to take
your call.






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tive and slow in actualizing. A location
was also a problem.
Earlier this year two members of the
group offered a location. Liann Kaighin
with Emerald Organic Farm proposed us-
ing some of her farm land, provided the
government gave its approval, and Angie
Collie from Auskell Medical Clinic offered
a lot next to the clinic. By the end of the
school year, the pros and cons of the two
locations were discussed, without any con-
clusive decision reached.
At the first meeting this fall on Octo-
ber 5, everyone agreed that it was time to
make a decision. In order for the delibera-
tions to be followed by positive actions,
four committees were formed comprised
of the people present at the meeting. Some
members agreed to be in charge of infra-
structure and land procurement, others
agreed to coordinate training at one of the
L'Arche locations, others volunteered for
fund raising and projection of monetary
needs. The members of the last commit-
tee would promote the concept and bring
awareness to the community.
More than 100 children now attend
ECC. Many of the students can become
active members of the community after
graduating from the school, working and
able to live independently. Others, how-


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supervised and assisted. They would be as-
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develop their sense of self-worth, and they
would be surrounded by the compassion
and love of the people caring for them.
Such is the concept of ECC now, the
concept of L'Arche and the concept that
the promoting group would like to see in
the proposed facility on Abaco, whether
it be on farm land where there would be
more environmental possibilities or in
town next to a medical center, a worthy
consideration, too.
Parenting was
topic of seminar
By Samantha V. Evans
Parenting has been described as the
number one job in the world, yet many
parents are failing miserably at it. To offer
parents resources and tools to help them
get better at this job, the Christian Coun-
seling Center in collaboration with the Na-
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She realizes that if we are to have great
schools then we need great students, great
teachers and great parents. Parents play
a foundational role in the development of
their children because by the time kids go
to school at age 5, they would have learned
60 percent of what they will learn in life.
Margaret Smith, manager of the Abaco
Christian Counseling Center, stated that
parenting is very important during the first
five years of life as it is during this time
that children are affirmed, learn behav-
iors and develop personalities. Parents are
challenged today but there are resources
available and skills they can learn to im-
prove their parenting skills. She encour-
aged parents to just seek and accept help as
it is available Parenting requires strength
and wisdom from God who does not re-
quire perfect parents. God only requires
parents to be good, who love and care for
their children.
The main speaker was Cheryl Carroll,
who is a senior probation officer and 24-
year social worker. She is a trained par-
enting facilitator with the Department of
Rehabilitation and Welfare Services. She
stated that parents have a great responsibil-
ity to shape the future. She defined effec-
tive and ineffective families and some of
those qualities that fit each. Mrs. Carroll's
presentation was most informative and in-
formal as she used personal examples to
help participants relate to the various top-
ics she discussed.
In order for parents to train children
deliberately and purposely it will require
planning. She appealed to parents not to
become too busy with other things and
neglect to carry out their responsibilities


toward their children. She reminded them
that they are the most influential persons in
the lives of their children so they must not
shirk their duties and responsibilities.

Passport Office urges
Bahamians to take
advantage of slow period
Officials at the Passport Office are urg-
ing Bahamians to take advantage of the
slow period before the Thanksgiving and
Christmas rush to apply for the Machine
Readable Passport or e-Passport. This plea
comes as Bahamians are being required to
produce a valid passport when voters reg-
ister for the next General Election.
Donald Cash, Undersecretary at the
Passport Office, appealed to the public that
they take in photocopies as well as their
original documents, three recent photo-
graphs, National Insurance card and other
relevant documents to verify that they are
Bahamians.
Chief Passport Officer Franklyn Dames
said a reason to get the ePassport is that it
is becoming more convenient to have the
ePassport should you travel beyond the
United States as most countries have in
place facilities to read the electronic docu-
ment.
Since the inception of the E-passport in
December, 2007, more than 100,000 doc-
uments have been produced. The modern
passport is being upgraded to a more se-
cure one with biometrics features includ-
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I .Churc.h News


Welcome to Rev. Will-
ish Nottage-Johnson
By Jennifer Hudson
Rev. Willish Nottage-Johnson arrived
on Abaco on September 1 with her hus-
band and two-year-old daughter to take
up the post
of Priest in
Charge of
the Parish
Churches
of St. John
the Baptist
Anglican
Church in
Marsh Har-
bour and St. Rev. Willish Nottage-
Martins An- Johnson
glican Church in Sandy Point. She former-
ly served for five years as Assistant Curate
at St. Andrews Anglican Church in George
Town, Exuma, where she was also Chap-
lain of the St. Andrews Anglican School.
Rev. Johnson says that she is treading
new waters for the Anglican Diocese as
she is the first Bahamian Rector of a parish
in the entire Diocese of the Bahamas and
Turks and Caicos Islands. "I am looking
forward to serving in this capacity and to
seeing how I can build participation and re-
lationships within the community. I have a
passion for young people and look forward
to outreach and evangelism while foster-
ing an awareness of being good stewards of
creation," she said. Rev. Johnson and her
husband were in the process of forming an
environmental association on Exuma and
look forward to working closely with the
Bahamas National Trust and Friends of


the Environment on Abaco. "Life is more
richly rewarding through service given
to others. It is a blessing to see how God
helps us grow through opportunities and
challenges," she stated.
Welcome to Rev. Ja-
cinta Marie Neilly
By Jennifer Hudson
An Induction Service for Rev. Jacin-
ta Marie Neilly was held at St. Andrews
Methodist Church in Dundas Town on
September 12. This service of welcome
was well attended by members from all of
the churches
in the East-
ern Method-
ist Confer-
ence which
includes
St. James
Church
in Hope
Town, and
E p w o r t h Rev. Jacinta Marie Neilly
Chapel in Cherokee as well as St. An-
drews. The Methodists were joined by
members of their sister church, Kirk of the
Pines. The service was conducted by Rev.
Carla Culmer, of The Bahamas Confer-
ence of The Methodist Church and the Act
of Induction was performed by Mrs. Elme-
na Bethell, Vice President of the Bahamas
Conference of The Methodist Church, who
also preached a sermon on Hearing the
Call of God. Following this heartwarming
service a welcome reception was held in
the church hall.
Rev. Neilly took up her new post as


Minister in Charge of the Eastern Abaco
Region of The Bahamas Conference of the
Methodist Church on August 27 following
the departure of Rev. Jean Seme Joseph.
Rev. Neilly came to Abaco having served
for the past six years in North Eleuthera.
She served as Ministerial Moderator for
the Eleuthera region and was in charge
of five churches which included Current,
Current Island, Lower Bogue, the Bluff
and Harbour Island.
Rev. Neilly is excited about her posting
to Abaco. "It is a new beginning in a dif-
ferent field with different people but is still
a continuation of my ministry," she said.
She believes that, although Abaco presents
a new experience since she lives within the
business sector in the middle of town, she
will in time achieve that same feeling of
closeness.
Grace Baptist gets a
new senior pastor
By Samantha V. Evans
The Shift is On was the theme chosen
for the installation ceremony of Shawn
Robbins to the position of Senior Pastor of
Grace Baptist Church held on September
26th at the church in Dundas Town. The
church was packed as friends and family
came to share this grand occasion with
them.
Apostle Gilbert Rolle of Gateway Out-
reach Ministries in Bimini was the guest
preacher and delivered a very encouraging
and motivating charge to Pastor Robbins
stating that now that he is the senior pastor
of this church he must still use the wisdom
of Bishop Henfield to help him excel the
ministry at Grace Baptist Church. Minis-


ters are not called to popularity but rather
to stand and work for the kingdom of God
so Pastor Robbins must decide to stand for
righteousness and all that is holy. He stated
that as a servant of God, he must not com-
promise and that there is a purpose for the
call on Pastor Robbins' life because God
has a great assignment for him to fulfill.
Bishop Anthony Campbell led the instal-
lation part of the service. He gave the new
pastor three things to ponder. Firstly, he
told him to build a solid relationship with
God. Secondly, he should pay more atten-
tion to positive things that are working and
not concern himself too much with those
things that are not working. Finally, he
told him that he will be judged by those
things he finishes, not what he starts.
Bishop Henfield told Shawn that the past
26 years in ministry have not been easy for
him that God has called Brother Robbins
to pastor and he will equip him with all
he needs to succeed. Pastor Robbins has
been with Bishop for 15 years and he has
been humble the entire time and followed
the decisions every time. He told Shawn to
renew his relationship with God daily, give
himself as needed, and preach with truth.
He prayed with him then presented him to
the members of the church. Pastor Shawn
and his wife gave brief remarks followed
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Realtor earns
CRS status
Island Properties Bahamas is pleased
to announce that Donna Rees, Broker has
successfully completed all of the require-
ments for the Certified Residential Spe-
cialist. She has achieved this title throu h
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years of ser-
vice in the
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Iggy Biggy, 1-242-367-0737.
Winding Bay names
new general manager
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay has
named Ronald Parker as the new general
manager. In his new role, Parker will over-
see daily operations for The Abaco Club.
He has 28 years experience with Ritz


Carlton, the

managing
the Winding
Bay club.
Mr. Park-
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both field
and corpo-
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recently,
he held the
edditionay o Ronald Parker
position of
general manager at The Ritz-Carlton Club
on St. Thomas. Prior to that, he served as
vice president of purchasing for the Ritz-
Carlton Hotel Company in Chevy Chase,
Maryland.
Mr. Parker possesses extensive expe-
rience in the field including working at
several Marriott properties including the
those in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New
York, New Jersey, and Atlanta, Georgia.
Additionally, in 1995 Mr. Parker was hon-
ored with the award of Rooms Manager of
the Year.
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Morin, 38, Guy Derilus, 54, and Al-
phonse Pierre, 32, for their participation
in a failed drug and alien smuggling op-
eration.
William Roberts from Abaco was
charged with alien smuggling. If convict-
ed, he faces up to 10 years in prison fol-
lowed by up to three years of supervised
release. Luckson Morin and Guy Deri-
lus, both of Ft Lauderdale, were charged
with attempting to transport illegal aliens
and could face the same sentence.
Additionally, Morin and Alphonse
Pierre, a Haitian national, are individu-
ally charged with possession with the
intent to distribute more than five kilo-
grams of cocaine. They face a minimum
of 10 years and a maximum of up to life
in prison, followed by up to a lifetime of
supervised release.
The defendants made their initial ap-
pearances in federal court on September
28 in Ft Pierce, Florida. All four defen-
dants were temporarily detained as flight
risks and dangers to the community, with
their arraignment scheduled for October
8.
According to the criminal complaint,
on September 26 a U.S. Customs and
Border Protection vessel encountered the
motor vessel Who Cares in the St Lu-


cie Inlet in Martin County. The officers
boarded the vessel and found five per-
sons claiming to be Haitian nationals.
The officers also found four pad-
locked carry-on pieces of luggage, which
contained 78 bricks of a white powdery
substance that field-tested positive for
cocaine. Each brick weighed approxi-
mately one kilogram.
Also according to the complaint, Al-
phonse Pierre, one of the passengers on
the boat and Morin's cousin, possessed
the keys to open the luggage that con-
tained the cocaine.
The complaint alleged that boat cap-
tain, William Roberts, claiming to be a
Bahamian national, was taking the others
to the United States for the purpose of
financial gain and had been coordinating
the delivery of the five individuals with
someone known to Roberts as "Nixon,"
later identified as Luckson Morin.
On September 27 an undercover spe-
cial agent accompanied Roberts to a
meeting with Morin at the Sailfish Ma-
rina in Stuart, Florida, to complete the
delivery of the foreign nationals. Guy
Derilus accompanied Morin at this meet-
ing. During the meeting, Morin prom-
ised Roberts $3,000 per kilogram of
cocaine for his unwitting transportation
of the cocaine from The Bahamas, after
which Morin and Derilus were arrested
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News of the Cays


Shark Attack in
Hope Town
By Timothy Roberts
A woman from Hope Town was seri-
ously wounded by a shark while surfing
outside of Hope Town on October 2.
Hope Town resident, Jane Engle, was
attacked by what is believed to have been
a lemon shark while surfing with her hus-
band and some friends on the north side of
Elbow Cay on October 3. Ronald Engle,
Jane's husband, said his wife was in shock
after the attack, having received bite marks
between her left ankle and knee.
The wounds to Mrs. Engle's leg re-
quired about 100 stitches. While it is bad,
Mr. Engle said there is no danger of her
losing her leg. "The wound is bad, but it
could have been a lot worse," he said.
"Luckily, the shark bit down a couple of
times and let go." He said the medical per-
sonnel at Hope Town deserve much credit.
Mr. Engle believes the attack was an
isolated incident. The shark appeared to be
yellowish brown in color and was between
five to six feet long though it was only
spotted after the attack.
"Luckily we had a couple of my buddies
there who helped transport her," he said.
She had to be transported by boat from
Hope Town to Marsh Harbour and then on
to the medical center.
According to Mr. Engle, there has
never, in recent memory, been any shark
attack in Hope Town. "Sometimes these
smaller sharks are a little more aggressive,
but we have surfed this whole area for the


last 30 years and have never had a problem
before. We think it's an isolated event,"
Mr. Engle said.
Little Miss Abaco
is crowned
By Canishka Alexander
The crowning of the Little Miss Abaco
beauty ambassador took place on October
2 at the Bahamas Christian Network studio
Madisyn was accompanied by her mother,
Kathleen Albury; her grandmother, Linda
Cole; and Candace Key, her principal.
Poise, talent and beauty were the attri-
butes that were sought after by the beauty
organization's members. It was obvious


Madisyn Cole


that Madisyn possessed them all.
"Hailing from a small town, we have
officially crowned a young lady who's an
honour roll student; she's very talented;
she is a role model for the youth of her
community; and she is an outstanding
student in her classroom and the entire
community of Hope Town," Dixon said,
appreciatively. "I am very proud that we
have chosen a young lady from our coun-
try, from our island the beautiful island
of Abaco.
"I would like to present to you our of-
ficial ambassador for Abaco Little Miss
Madisyn Cole."
Dixon said Madisyn is Abaco's most
beautiful ambassador, and she will go on


to represent Abaco in Nassau on Novem-
ber 21. She is confident that Madisyn will
win the crown for the Little Miss Bahamas
Pageant and have a chance at competing in
the 2011World Little Beauty Pageant. The
Bahamas is scheduled to host the interna-
tional event which is expected to bring ap-
proximately 200 contestants to our shores.
"We know for sure that Madisyn will be
one of the queens chosen to represent our
country as a beauty ambassador," Dixon
declared.
The nine-year-old beauty's eyes were
as radiant as her smile as she introduced
herself as a fourth grade student at Hope
Town Primary School. She was "very ex-
cited" about being selected.


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The Abaconian Section B Page 17










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Bernice Anne Smith, 79, of Cape Cor-
al, Florida passed away on June 10 at her
residence
in the arms
of her hus-
band, Fr.
Don Smith.
Mrs. Smith
was born
February
23, 1931, in
Bridgeport, Bernice Anne Smith
Connecticut,
a daughter of the late Andrew Joseph and
Eunice Decker Smith. She was a Marine's
wife who followed her husband nearly
around the world as he served the United
States of America until he retired and they
moved to Rochester, New York, where
he graduated from Divinity School as an
Episcopal priest. A registered nurse, Ber-
nice and her husband moved to the Baha-
mas and she became the Nurse Practitioner
for government clinics in Dundas Town,
Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay and Key's
Farm. They returned to the States in 1990
and resided in Florida. She was very active
in community affairs at Lake Arrowhead in
North Fort Myers.
She is survived by her husband of 62
years, Rev. Donald Hedges Smith of Cape
Coral, Florida; children Bonnie Doell of
Sarasota, Florida, Michael Smith of Ontar-
io, New York, Karen McIntosh of Green
Turtle Cay, Abaco, and Patricia Burns of
Webster, New York; sons-in-law Luke
McIntosh and Bob Burns; daughter-in-
law Sharon Smith; grandchildren; great-
grandchildren; sister Lois Feldmann; many
nephews and nieces; and godson Nathan
Bootile of Great Cistern, Abaco.
The funeral service was held at All


Soul's Episcopal Church in North Fort
Myers on June 12.
A special Memorial Service was held in
Nurse Smith's honour for all her Abaco
family, friends and colleagues at St. Pe-
ter's Anglican Church on Green Turtle Cay
on October 9. The congregation joined Fr.
Smith at this special service.
On September 3 in his hometown of
Blenheim, Ontario, Canada, the ashes of
Bill Thorndycraft were interred. The me-
morial service was held in accordance with
the rites of the Anglican Church. The short
service duplicated the same Bible readings,
eulogy, poem and flowers that were pres-
ent at the funeral service in Marsh Har-
bour. The Service of Committal was fol-
lowed by a reception at the home of Bill's
oldest friends, John and Florence Bell. It
was attended by family members, includ-
ing his widow Sandra and close friends.
The funeral service for Arah Napoleon
Brown, 23, of Murphy Town who passed
away on September 13th was held on Oc-
tober 2 in Nassau. Interment was also in
Nassau.
He is
survived by
his parents
Hettiemae
Mackey
and Keith
Bro wn;
brothers

and Diargo
B r o w n Arah Napoleon Brown
Dyvonne Woodside and Akeem Mackey;
sisters Naffeteria, Chenda, Shaketra and
Makeda Brown, Eugena and Breanna
Mackey; grandmother Doreen Brown;
uncles Charles (Danielle), Eric, Phillip


(Pandora), Tyrone and Pastor Andrew
Brown (Naquel), George (Dorinda), Al-
vin( Alice), Hiram (Naomi) and Vincent
Mackey; aunts Maureen Bain (Harold
Bain), Yvonne Johnson (Matthew John-
son), Jacqueline Loden, Nadine Morris
(Ken Morris), Rhonda Carrington, Myrtis
and Chanelle Brown; granduncles Randall
and Sybrone Mackey; nephews Tamarco
Jr., Edward Jr., Tarico, Tanico, Dwayne
Jr, Keshon, Emmanuel Jr, Oneal, Jac-
quahn and Marcel Brown; nieces Falesha,
Crystal, Sirena, Mandria, Quintera, Ta-
neal, Kiarra, Dwaynicka, Santasia, Shata-
vinique, Shantae, Shanaye and Azeria;
brother-in-law Jeffrey Smith; sister-in-law
Jacqueline Brown and many other relatives
and friends.
The funeral service for Pastor Michael
Lucian Curry, 62, of Murphy Town was
held on October 9 at Change Ministries in
Murphy Town. Pastor Stephen Knowles
officiated, assisted by Pastor Deanza Cun-
ningham.
Interment
followed in
the Murphy
Town Pub- '
lic Cem-
etery.
He is sur-
vived by his
wife Phil-
ipa Curry; Michael Lucian Curry
lipa Curry;
daughters Meredith Mingo, Lucinda Hem-
mings and Alexanria James; sons Kermit and
Renardo Curry and Pierre Martin; grandchil-
dren Zenia, Ariel, Domonique, Reko, Ker-
mesha, Kamea, Reniah, Reniqua, Jazmine,
Renardo, D'Lamor and Perez; stepmoth-
er Hilma Curry; sisters Beverley Davis,
Prescola Edgecombe and Lucy Symonette;
stepsister Roxy Davis; brothers Erskin, Bel-
tram and Edward Curry; stepbrother Earlin
Ward; nieces Veronica, Monique, Shanell,
Jessy, Camille, Cara, Calea, Della, Sha-


kera, Junenia, Jewel, Kashia and Keandrea;
nephews Frank, John, Eddie, Tony, Paul,
Jacob, Craston, Steven, Simeon, E.J., Ed-
ward, Ryan, Elvis Jr., Emil and Kyle; aunt
Ena Swain; uncle Ernal Swain; mother-in-
law Orie Rolle; daughters-in-law Nadia and
Temeka Curry; sons-in-law Lucine Mingo
and Joel Hemmings; sisters-in-law Nadine,
Cheryl and Dandilee Curry, Freda and Fran-
cine Rolle, Portia Ferguson and Virginia
Russell; brothers-in-law Pastor Stafford Sy-
monette, Hershal Davis, Hansel, Carmon,
Obrian, Holmes and Alexander Rolle and
Elvis Curry; aunts-in-law Alice Rolle, Idell
Ferguson, Pastor Bertha Walker, Unah and
Marjorie Walker; uncles-in-law Wildred
Rolle, Campbell, Elkenah and Elijah Walker
and Fergie Ferguson and many other rela-
tives and friends.
Janice Maudie Marshall nee Russell,
61, of Marsh Harbour passed away at her
home in Marsh Harbour on October 8. The
funeral service will be held at Grace Gym
in Marsh
Harbour
on October
17. Pastor
David Cart-
wright will
officiate and
interment
will fol-
low in the
MarshHar- Janice Maudie Marshall
Marsh Har-
bour Public Cemetery.
Mrs. Marshall was predeceased by her
parents, Pratt and Maudie Russell. She is
survived by her husband Rowland F. Mar-
shall II; her daughter Carmen Roberts; her
son Rowland F. Marshall III and his wife
Claire; grandchildren Mikayla and Kelsey
Marshall and Kaylee and Liam Roberts;
and many other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to Agape Christian School in memo-
ry of Janice Marshall.


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October 15th, 2010 The Abaconian Section B Page 19


Lobster From Page 1
explained that they will conduct a survey
of adult lobsters to assess the prevalence of
the virus. While he expressed concern of
the impact of the virus on the spiny lobster
fisheries, he said it does not infect or hurt
people.
The virus was first discovered in 1999
by Don Behringer, Assistant Professor
at the University of Florida's Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Butler
and Jeffrey Shields with the Virginia Insti-
tute of Marine Science. They showed that
the disease primarily kills juvenile spiny
lobsters, though some only become carri-
ers. This is the first known virus to affect a
lobster of any species.
Discovering whether the virus is dis-
persed through long distances by lobster
larvae is imperative. Infected spiny lob-
sters have been found everywhere from the
Florida Keys and Mexico to Belize and St.
Croix. It is believed that the transmission
of the virus occurs as the larvae travel hun-
dreds of miles carried by the Gulf Stream.
The PaV1 virus attacks the blood cells
and tissues of the spiny lobster, causing
most to die from metabolic depletion, a
condition characterized by loss of energy.


While the effects are often lethal on juve-
nile lobsters, adult lobsters seem largely
unaffected by it.
The survey required that a small piece
(25-30mm) of the leg be collected from
100 live adult lobsters. These tissue sam-
ples will be evaluated for the presence of
the virus at Old Dominion University.
Jeremie Saunders, Fisheries Superin-
tendent for Abaco, assisted the scientists
in acquiring the samples which have now
been collected from locations across The
Bahamas including Andros, Long Island
and Abaco. "We anticipate getting the re-
sults of the samples in the spring 2011."
Mr. Saunders said.

Cadets From Page 1
by them.
Wynsome Ferguson, Manager of Ab-
aco's Tourism office, presented an over-
view of the fourth annual Abaco Foreign
Language Cadet Programme. She said
how proud the Ministry of Tourism is to
join hands in this venture for the future of
the nation. She praised the motivated and
focused young individuals who had par-
ticipated and thanked the programme co-
ordinator for Abaco, Millie Dawkins, for


all her long hours of work. "Even during
the economic recession, the Ministry of
Tourism has maintained its commitment
because our youth are our future and our
commitment with the foreign language col-
laborators will remain until the speaking
of a foreign language is commonplace,"
stated Ms. Ferguson.
The keynote address was given by Dr.
James Hull, who told the cadets, "How you
plan for your future will determine wheth-
er you succeed or fail." He compared the
past when communications with another
country took days to the present with all its
inventions such as the internet, cell phones
and satellite television and asked the cadets
if they are ready to move forward with it.
"I believe that there is no one right place
for one person for their whole life. With a
foreign language you will have a greater
opportunity and you are walking in the
right steps to secure your future. You will
be in demand because you are bilingual,"
he told them and congratulated them and
wished them many more successes.
Jerutha Etienne, mother of Cadet Tir-
shatha, spoke on behalf of the cadets' par-
ents and admitted that, while they were
glad for the experience for their daugh-


ters, there were some initial fears about
seeing their children going off to a foreign
country that they knew nothing about. She
thanked the Ministry of Tourism on behalf
of all the parents for giving their daughters
the opportunity to expand their horizons
and for taking such good care of them.
Following the presentation of certifi-
cates to the graduates by Ms. Ferguson,
a vote of thanks was offered by Ms.
Dawkins.


MINISTRY OF FINANCE


THE REAL PROPERTY TAX ACT, 1969


Pursuant to Section 7(2) of the Real Property Tax Act, 1969, as amend-
ed, the Chief Valuation Officer hereby gives notice:

(a) that copies of the assessment list are available as required by
subsection (4) of Section 7 of the Real Property Tax Act, 1969 (herein-
after in this notice referred to as the Act) and may be in inspected at the
Valuation Office or the Treasury, on or after 15th October, 2010.

(b) that a Notice of Assessment addressed to each owner of property
liable to tax under the Act is available at the Valuation Office, located at
Frederick House, Frederick Street and may be collected therefrom by or
on behalf of the owner of such property during normal working hours;

(c) that pursuant to subsection (3) of Section 7 of the Act, upon the
expiration of five (5) days after the publication of this notice, a Notice
of Assessment shall be deemed to have been served on every owner of
property liable to tax under the Act;

(d) that without prejudice to the provision of subsection (3) of Sec-
tion 7 of the Act, the Chief Valuation Officer may at any time after the
publication in the Gazette of this notice send by post, a Notice of As-
sessment addressed to any owner of property liable to tax under the Act;

(e) That pursuant to Section 9(1) any person aggrieved by a notice
of assessment deemed to have been served under this Act may object
thereto by serving on Chief Valuation Officer within thirty days after the
date on which the notice of assessment is deemed to have been served,
a notice in writing of such objection stating the grounds upon which he
relies.

(f) that pursuant to Section 16 of the Act (but subject to provisions
of Section 10 (3)* of the Act) the tax in respect of property will be due
and payable by the owners of property not later than sixty days after
the date on which notice of assessment is deemed to have been served.
Accordingly, it is the duty of each taxpayer to ensure that he receives a
Notice of Assessment;

(g) that the exemption has been allowed for 2008 on those prop-
erties which have been declared as owner-occupied residencies., and
have satisfied the conditions under Section 3(ii) of the Real Property Tax
(amendment) Act 2002. However, the owners are by law, required to
disclose to the Chief Valuation Officer any change in the circumstances
of occupation which does not entitle the property for the exemption al-
lowed. *(Section 40 is reproduced below);

(h) that pursuant to Section 7 (3) of the Act, persons receiving a No-
tice of Assessment and Demand Note for the first time should therefore
examine the columns marked "Tax payable for the year"and "Tax for
period to ," as it would indicate the amount
due for current and prior years.


(i) that if you are a Bahamian citizen/company and own improved
property situate in New Providence or a non-Bahamian citizen/company
(less than 60 percent of shares beneficially owned by citizens of The
Bahamas) and own property situate in the Commonwealth of The Baha-
mas and have never received a Notice of Assessment and Demand Note,
you are required by Section (8) of the Act to make a declaration of your
property not later than 31 st December, 2010. Declaration forms for this
purpose are available at the Valuation Section and should be returned
accompanied by documentary proof of Bahamian citizenship and in the
case of a Bahamian Company, a copy of the Company's latest annual
statement of return.

* Section 10 (3) is as follows:

"The Chief Valuation Officer shall dismiss any such objection unless
the whole of the tax payable under the Notice of Assessment shall have
been deposited with him or for good cause, the Chief Valuation Officer
determines that the objector shall be relieved of the requirements of this
subsection in whole or in part and is satisfied that the objector has com-
plied with any such determination which gives partial relief only."

Section 40 is as follows:

(1) Any owner who is granted an exemption under the provisions of
Section 42(l)(f), by reason of the property qualifying as owner-occupied
property, shall where he is aware of any circumstances or facts which do
not entitle the property to the exemption disclose to the Chief Valuation
Officer those circumstances or facts;

(2) Any owner who knowingly fails to comply with the requirements of
subsection (1) is guilty of an offense and liable on summary conviction
to a fine of one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of three
months or to both such fine and imprisonment; and the court shall upon
conviction of an offender, in addition to any other penalty imposed, or-
der the offender to pay to the Treasurer a sum equivalent to twice the
amount of the tax which 'would have been payable but for the exemp-
tion had the disclosure been made;

(3) No limitation as to the time within which proceedings may be
brought for the prosecution of a summary offense shall apply to pro-
ceedings under subsection (2)."


David Cates

CHIEF VALUATION OFFICER/
CONTROLLER OF INLAND REVENUE (ACTG.)
MINISTRY OF FINANCE


The Abaconian Section B Page 19


October 15th, 2010










I.P. Solutions will give Abaco Triple Play service


By Timothy Roberts
Edison L. Sumner, Chief Operations
Officer of the Montague Group and Presi-
dent of I.P. Solutions International Limit-
ed, gave an overview of how his company
is seeking to compete against both Cable
Bahamas and BTC in the Abaco market
providing a "triple play" offering of televi-
sion (including SD and HD television and
video on demand), internet and telephone
(VOIP) wirelessly, giving consumers a
quality alternative.
The company has a "go live" date for
Abaco by the end of the year with over $2
million already put into this venture with
$6 million more to come, all of which has
been provided by founding shareholders.
The company is waiting for its distribution
towers, which are already on their way
and will be placed in strategic locations to
serve Abaco.
Mr. Sumner commented that Abaco's
tremendous growth, which has seen a
population rise of 50 percent since 2002,
20 percent higher than the rest of The Ba-
hamas, positions the island to be the first
to come out of the economic depression,
adding that he expects to see explosive eco-
nomic growth.
This he perceives as being the result of
hard-working entrepreneurial citizens, a vi-
brant tourism product and a large percent-
age of second homeowners. The island is
still expanding with such high end establish-
ments as Orchid Bay, Baker's Bay, Schoo-
ner Bay and Serenity Point which places
great demands on the services provided and
provides challenges to networking.
"Our endeavor is to work intelligently
and meticulously to develop a network
infrastructure that fulfills the true needs
and desires of the people of Abaco and to


meet the de-
mands of an
expanding
population,"
he said. Ac-
cording to
Mr. Sum-
ner, the
company
Edison Sumner will employ
15 to 20
qualified Bahamians initially with an op-
portunity for spin-off employment for val-
ue-added package resellers and outsourced
technical services.
I.P. Solutions asked itself, "What can
I provide that will bring better efficiency
to the market?" It vows to provide turn-
key digital solutions with leading edge
digital and broadband technology, include
high speed internet, television and video
and VOIP telephone services. The com-
pany plans to bring these technological ad-
vances to targeted regions and has already
signed contracts with international carriers
and been in discussions with BTC.
While the bandwidth demand for the
services will be enormous, Mr. Sumner
is sure the network will be able to allow
video services from the "back office to
the home," as well as mobile television
and managed television, which has been
the main driver of traffic on the network.
"This compelling service infrastructure
must handle high volume, multicast and
uni-cast traffic while meeting the high de-
mand required," he said.
I.P. Solutions has been granted a full
individual operations and spectrum license
by Utilities Regulation and Competition
Authority which allows for the provision
of a full slate of services throughout The


Bahamas. It is a fully inclusive Bahamian
company offering public and private sector
partnerships and career opportunities for
Bahamians .
I.P. Solutions has already established a
partnership on Abaco, setting up a state-
of-the-art fibre optic office for Baker's Bay
which made them its technology company
of choice. A hurricane-proof centre for
I.P's equipment is already set up on the
Baker's Bay property.
The company intends to service North,
South and Central Abaco, Treasure Cay,
Hope Town and all the surrounding areas
including Marsh Harbour. Mr. Sumner es-
timates that 65 percent of the local popula-
tion of Abaco lives within a 15 mile radius
of Marsh Harbour and is not covered by
cable or reliable telephone service.


Mr. Sumner stated, "There are pres-
ently three network operators on Abaco
offering VOIP, internet and television,
all of whom are less than satisfying with
highly inefficient service in several areas.
A survey was done of the customer base
which cited both Cable Bahamas and BTC
as providing poor service with frequent to-
tal loss of service at a cost that is too high.
Cable Bahamas does not even have an of-
ficial presence on the island, and it is often
necessary to wait weeks for a technician."
"I.P. solutions has studied and ad-
dressed these concerns, and we have em-
ployed a strategy to provide reliable ser-
vice to Abaco. This will provide cheaper
and expanded service and a viable alterna-
tive to the existing providers incumbent in
The Bahamas today," he concluded.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs

outlines US Visa requirements


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes
to remind Bahamian citizens that a United
States visa is normally required for travel
to the United States.
Note that a valid United States visa is
required for traveling under the following
conditions:
If you are departing The Bahamas
from Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay or an
airport other than Freeport or Nassau;
If you are going on a cruise that leaves
from a seaport in the United States or Puer-
to Rico. For example, traveling to Fort
Lauderdale to board a cruise ship sailing to
the Caribbean; and,
If you are traveling to the United


States to connect with another flight that
will take you to another country. For ex-
ample, traveling to Miami to board the
American Airlines flight to Trinidad and
Tobago, or traveling to New York to go to
London, or to Atlanta to go to Ghana.
Bahamian citizens planning to work or
study in the United States also require a
visa and should apply at the Embassy of
the United States of America at Queen
Street in Nassau.
Information on the application process
can be found at the website of the U.S.
Embassy in Nassau http://www.nassau.
usembassy.gov or www.nassau.usembas-
sy.gov.


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The Abaconian Section B Page 21


Police News


26 Police officers

are recognized for

exemplary service
By Samantha V. Evans
On October 7th at the Dundas Town
Burial Society, 26 police officers were
honored for their excellent service to the
Royal Bahamas Police Force. Supt. Noel
Curry stated that every month he and his
executive team selected officers worthy of
honor for work done in the various dis-
tricts. These officers used their keen train-
ing and sense of discernment to locate
uncontrolled substances, weapons, arrest
unlawful citizens or made significant ar-
rests. He stated that even though the of-
ficers are paid to do their job, he believes
in showing appreciation to his staff to keep
them motivated and on the right side of the
law.
He further stated that he knows that
they do not have to do as much as they
do, especially those officers who show up
to work on their day off to lend a hand.
This shows dedication, commitment and a
love for what they do. Each of the offi-
cers was given a certificate of honor and a


check for $25 which is a part of the money
made from their cook-out held recently.
Supt. Curry explained that all of the money
raised will be used for his officers and to
assist the community.
The 26 officers of distinction were Sgt.
Darville, Sgt. Dorsett, Sgt. Minnis, W/Sgt.
Metelus, Sgt. Farquharson, Sgt. Knowles,
Cpl. Colebrooke, Cpl. Boyd, Cpl. Higgs,
Cpl. Smith, W/Cpl. Brown, Cpl. Beneby,
W/Cpl. Colebrooke, PC. Farrington, DC
Johnson, PC Deveaux, PC Duncombe, PC
Moss, PC Agenor, WPC Russell, R/Sgt.
Newbold, VPR Bootle, VPR Albury, VPR
Lightbourne, VPR Burrows, and VPR/
Cpl. Bascom. Even though some of these
officers were on much needed vacation,
the office in charge of their areas received
their certificates and checks in their ab-
sence.

Police present cheque

to Sybil's House
By Canishka Alexander
On September 23 Police Supt. Noel
Curry was accompanied by Sgt. Rachel
Metelus and Elizabeth Williams, human re-
sources officer of the Marsh Harbour Police


These are some of the police officers who were recognized for outstanding service. They
each received a certificate and a check for $25.


Station, during his visit to Sybil's House to
present a cheque to owner James Williams.
Sybil's House is a home for senior citizens
that has been open since 1995 and is located
in Dundas Town. There are currently three
residents living at the home.
Supt. Curry told Mr. Williams that after
holding a police steak-out on September
18, they wanted to find a way to give back
to the community through the funds they
had raised.
He added that the police had held a re-
cent walk-about in the area, and he remem-
bered the hospitality of Mr. Williams. "As
we walked through, you opened up your
heart to us, and we wanted to give some-
thing back to you in the form of a cheque
for $200 to assist you with running your
home. We have a number of things that
we want to do for the Abaco community in
time, and so we wanted to start here first,"
Supt. Curry said, appreciatively.
However, Mr. Williams hastened to
point out that Sybil's
House was his first
wife's dream. Al-
though he is retired, he
is committed to keep-
ing her dream alive.
He explained that when
he can no longer keep
the home going be-
cause he is also getting
up in age, he will turn
Sybil's House over to
his daughter, Dr. Ivy
Maycock, who cur-
rently works in the
prison system. "This
is a family legacy, and
I believe Ivy will do a
good job." Supt. Noel Curry
Mr. Williams re- to assist with the
ceives ongoing assis- for elderly person
tance from people in man Resources


the community, and students help out as
part of their community service require-
ments. For those wishing to give assistance
to Sybil's House, the telephone number is
367-2071.

Police will continue

school programs
By Samantha V. Evans
The Royal Bahamas Police Force is
committed to ensuring that Abaco schools
are safe for all students to learn this school
year. According to coordinator of commu-
nity policing, Sgt. Raquel Metelus, school
visits and the school policing programs
will continue. While on school visits, the
focus will be on conflict resolution, anti-
drug campaign and being a good student.
Every morning and afternoon, an officer
can be seen patrolling the grounds near

Please see Police Page 23


', center, presented a check to James Williams
* expense of managing Sybil's House, a home
ns. Assisting him is Elizabeth Williams, Hu-
Officer.


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Environmental News I


International
Coastal Cleanup
By Kristen Williams
This September marked the 25th anni-
versary of International Coastal Cleanup
Month. Approximately half of the world's
population lives within 200 km of a coast
and we, especially those of us living in The
Bahamas, rely on these areas for food, wa-
ter, recreation and business. Therefore, the
cleanliness of the coast can directly affect
our livelihood.
During the month of September ap-
proximately 350 students and community
members participated in coastal clean-ups
on Abaco. Among the schools participat-
ing were Angels Academy, Every Child
Counts, Hope Town School, S.C. Bootle
High School and Man-O-War School. Ab-
aco Hardware donated all of the gloves and
trash bags for the cleanup.
As part of the Coastal Cleanup effort,
volunteers report the amount and type of
marine debris collected. These records
will contribute to a global database which
informs local as well as international con-
servation efforts. This information easily
identifies the most common marine debris
in each participating area helping local
groups to effect change.
Based on the data from previous years,
the most common type of debris found in
The Bahamas originates from shoreline
and recreational activities with the biggest
culprits being plastic bottles, glass bottles
and aluminum cans. The second most com-
mon type of debris originates from dump-


ing activities. These are both issues that
are tangible and can be solved.
In order to make a change in your com-
munity, make a personal pledge to prop-
erly dispose of your trash and recycle as
much as possible. Imagine the difference
we can make if everyone pitches in!
Size Matters campaign
continues education
By Timothy Roberts
Pleased with the progress that has been
made this year, Size Matters' campaign
manager D'Shan Maycock believes there
is still much work to be done toward mak-
ing The Bahamas' lobster industry more
sustainable.
"For the most part the fisherman are
following the Catch Certification program;
however, there are still some who are pri-
vately selling undersized crawfish or giving
them to family or friends," she said. With
this in mind Friends of the Environment
will seek to implement a new program that
will promote sustainable practices.
Mrs. Maycock said Friends will encour-
age restaurants not to buy any undersized
crawfish and she intends to promote this
through a Sustainable Menu promotion.
Qualifying restaurants will receive a seal
signifying their compliance to the program
which they can use on their menus and sig-
nage.
Mrs. Maycock said a follow-up meeting
will possibly be held that will introduce a
new log book to make it easier for fisher-
men to fill out their catch information. The
forms in the log book will feature images


to assist those who are not able to read.
So far the fishermen have "only been giv-
ing data on lobster catches;" however, they
need to log everything they catch.
Seeking to continue the education cam-
paign, Mrs. Maycock revealed that Friends
is in the process of putting up four-foot by
six-foot wooden signs in various parts of
Abaco to remind people that Size Mat-
ters. One has been placed at the entrance
of the Abaco Shopping Center in Marsh
Harbour, with three more being placed in
Sandy Point, Moore's Island and Cooper's
Town. She said that Friends wants to con-
tinue to "get the message out to the wider
community" and that the signs would be
"a constant reminder to support sustainable
fishing practices."
Wild and Scenic Film
Festival Coming to Abaco
By Timothy Roberts
The largest environmental film festival
in the United States will be bringing its
tour to Abaco in late November, holding
two events highlighting nature and envi-


ronmental short films in both Hope Town
and Marsh Harbour.
Wild and Scenic Film Festival, an envi-
ronmental film festival started in Nevada
City, California, is a gathering of story-
tellers and story-makers with an on-tour
program hosted by environmental groups
in over 115 communities across the United
States and internationally.
This will be only the second film festi-
val hosted outside the U.S. and is the first
such event in The Bahamas. Kristin Wil-
liams, Executive Director of Friends of
the Environment said they were able to do
this because of a grant they received from
Patagonia, an outdoor clothing company,
that is subsidizing all the costs of hosting
the group.
Mrs. Williams said that they want to
use the film festival as an inspiration for
high school students where they can "learn
about the power of film." Friends plans to

Please see Friends Page 23


Students of St. Francis de Sales cleaned along Don MacKay Boulevard as theirparticipa-
tion in the International Coastal Cleanup.


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South From Page 4
set up in the old Telephone Station really
enjoyed seeing the old photographs that
had been collected and took their time to
reminisce on the past.
The children were sorely disappointed
when the Bouncy Castle was found to be
damaged and could not be used. But the
atmosphere of the day just couldn't be
dampened. There were smiles on every
face, and it was obvious a good time was
had by all.
We had a "slight" problem with commu-
nication and calming the crowd was prob-
ably one of the biggest problems because
people could not hear the announcements
and were reluctant to give up their place in
the shade so did not take advantage of all
that was available for their entertainment.
We appreciate the continued support
Cherokee always has whenever we have
our little get-togethers. Not only do so
many people come from off "The Place,"
but they are always so generous with their
donations. Fun Day was not necessarily
to raise money, but more for everyone to
have a good time. There was no charge for


many of the items on the program. Those
who took the opportunity to see them en-
joyed them. The final figures have not yet
been calculated, but the monies raised will
go to the W.W.Sands Community Center
for its continued up-keep and repairs.
Again, thank you to all who came and to
all who donated their time and efforts and
their hard earned money with us to keep
our little piece of history alive.


Friends From Page 22

have a competition between high school
students to come up with proposals for a
nature or environmental film.
The proposals will be reviewed by inde-
pendent judges, and the winner will get an
opportunity by the spring of 2011 to put his
ideas into a film which will be submitted
to the Bahamas International Film Festival
and to Wild and Scenic Film Festival.
The event, which Mrs. Williams said
will also serve as a membership drive for
Friends, will feature 90 minutes of short
films which will touch and inspire the au-
dience.


Police From Page 21

Abaco Central High School and Central
Abaco Primary School to ensure that the
environments are safe. After school at the
high school, ASP Noel Curry has been
seen directing traffic so that students can
safely cross the street.
Additionally, an officer can be seen
regularly on the compound of the high
school to prevent those students who come
to school with the wrong mind set from en-
gaging in deviant acts or behavior.
Thepolice plan to partner with the Ani-
mal Coalition to get messages out on pet
care and cruelty to animals. Sgt. Metelus
stated that there are numerous studies that
prove that cruelty to animals by kids is di-
rectly correlated to violent behavior.
Finally, the police community band has
begun practice at Central Abaco Primary
School. Sgt. Metelus stated that they have
a great plan in place for the revitalization
of the community marching band.


Friends' film will be

shown in Nassau
Friends of the Environment's Lionfish
film, produced and filmed by Matt McCoy
of Loggerhead Productions in Hope Town
and featuring local Bahamians Gary Rich-
ardson and Thomas Bethel, has been sub-
mitted to the Bahamas International Film
Festival and will be seen at the event in
Nassau in early December.
Mrs. Williams said it is "very exciting"
as the film from Abaco will be displayed
before an international audience of famous
film makers and actors.


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New Holland Skid Steer 72" LS180, 1,100
hours. Dirt bucket & pallet forks included.
Well maintained. DUTY PAID. Located in
Hope Town. Make offer. Leave message 242-
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15' Freeport Skiff, 75 HP Etec Evinrude, 2
yrs. old, one owner. $9,800. Call 458-3716,
458-6722


18' Man-O-War Boat, new gel coat, new rub
rail, almost new 85 HP Yamaha engine, SS Bi-
mini top Everything in excellent condition.
$14,000 ONO 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. $12,000. Call 365-6205


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


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20' Proline Fisherman w/trailer, center con-
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outboard on bracket. Needs attention. Not used
two years. $3750. Call 242-458-0525


21' Wellcraft, 250 HP Johnson, w/ trailer.
Excellent condition. $13,500 OBO Call 577-
0770 or 458-7930


23' Mako, 150 HP Mercury engine. 2 years
old, low hours, new fuel pumps. $8,000 OBO
Call (242)577-0704
25' Delta dive boat, 10' beam, pilot house,
cuddy, inboard engine. $2500. Call 365-6067


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-
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15K. Call 242-366-0122 or 242-577-0722


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$9,750,000. Ref. AS11098 $249,000. Ref. AS11433


MARSH HARBOUR
Beachfront 2 bedroom condos and 3
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MARSH HARBOUR
Dreamy and colorful turn-key canal
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4 bedrooms all with ensuite baths,
$785,000. Ref. AS11449


ELBOW CAY MARSH HARBOUR
3 bedroom, 2 bath home just across Situated on a double lot this canal-
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and deck space for entertaining, with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths.
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GREEN TURTLE CAY
A brand new and very private 4 bed-
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$351,000. Ref. AS11513


LUBBERS QUARTERS: 8,660 sq. ft. with 80 ft. of beachfront in Abaco Ocean Club, and a
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TREASURE CAY: 10,000 sq. ft. lot located near the stunning beach, golf course, marina and
restaurants. Starting at $85,000. Ref. AS11385 or AS11387 orAS11257
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NEWI DORROS COVE: One of the few lots available in this coveted private residential
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PS10577
GUMELEMI RIDGE: 10,494 sq. ft. lot with great elevations in Elbow Cay. $120,000. Ref.
PS10603
GUANA CAY: Half acre building site with views, underground utilities and lots of palm
trees. Located on the peaceful Southern tip. $175,000. Ref. PS10624
LUBBERS QUARTERS: Beachfront lot with 80 ft. of beachfront, lush tropical landscaping
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NEW! BUSTIC BIGHT: 1.3 waterfront acres just 10 minutes from Marsh Harbour. Unre-
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LITTLE HARBOUR: Private waterfront lot on coveted peninsula. 160 ft. on the water, ideal
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WINDING BAY: 1.775 acres with 200 ft. of beachfront on one of Abaco's most stunning
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$2,500,000. Ref. AS10803
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PS10659
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NEW! LITTLE POINT: Great lot with ocean views and next to Turtle Hill beach near Hope
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$880,000. Ref. AS11450


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$494,000. Ref. AS11363


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$599,000. Ref. AS11473


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and a large wrap-around porch.
$643,500. Ref. AS11511
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$1,250,000. Ref. AS11514 $561,500. Ref. AS11477


GUANA CAY
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$4,250,000. Ref. AS11503


ELBOW CAY
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$798,000. Ref. PS10596


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$595,000. Ref. AS11353 $245,500. Ref. PS10664


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October 15th, 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 18 NUMBER 20 OCTOBER 15th, 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 RequestedBy Mirella Santillo Nature could not have put on a bet ter day for the swimmers who gathered at Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour on October 2 to participate in the annual 5 K (three miles) Open Water Swim Competi tion. There was not a breath of air so the sea was as calm as a lake. It was a little muggy for the spectators but they cooled down with the various drinks offered by the vendors ranging from water, Gatorade and sodas to strawberry or banana daiqui ris, beers and “breezers.” All together 37 swimmers attempted to complete the 5 K course. Thirteen of them succeeded, among them, 11-yearold Christina Pyform, who placed first in her age category swimming the course in 1 hour 35 minutes, the best time among all the female swimmers. Another Abaco Swim Club youth, Solomon Lee, achieved the best time for the club, 1 hour 28 min utes, placing second in the boys 13 to 17 category. Another 11-year-old club mem ber, Joshua Wong, managed to swim the 5K in 1 hour 39 minutes. The three of them made their parents and coaches very proud. In spite of the tremendous achieve The Abaco Swim Club held its annual 5K Open Water Swim Competition on October 2 at Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour. Thirtyseven swimmers competed in five age groups as well as relays. The youngest swimmers competed in a half mile race. The Abaco Swim Club offers swimming lessons for various age groups and various ability levels during much of the year. At present the members use the pool at Long Bay School for their lessons. One of their projects is to raise money for building a community swimming pool. The public beach on the northwest end of the Treasure Cay beach has continued to erode during the past few months. The gazebos constructed there for the enjoyment of residents of North Abaco are threatened, and no one seems to know the cause. The erosion has occurred quite rapidly during the past few months. The Prime Minister was allocated money to be spent as he saw fit in his constituency, and he made the im provements to this public park, buiding restrooms, these gazebos and a paved parking area. See story and more photos on page 6. North end of Treasure Cay beach is eroding away7th annual meet brought swimmers from G.Bahama & NassauSwimmers competed in 5K open water meetCherokee celebrates and honours its past All individuals, businesses, schools and organizations that want a booth at the 7th Annual Abaco Christmas Festival in Marsh Harbour are asked to contact the Abaco Tourist Office for an application. Note that there are limited booths and the deadline to submit your application is November 1. Call 367-3067 for more information. Save the Date! 7th Annual Abaco Christmas FestivalSaturday, December 4, 2010Please see Swim Meet Page 2 Please see Cherokee Page 5 By Jennifer Hudson What a happy day of celebration it was in the small settlement of Cherokee Sound on October 11 as people from far and wide Cherokee Day was very well attended on October 11 and offered many interesting exhibits as well as great food that Cherokee women are noted for. Additionally, there were games, story telling, a raffle and many handcrafted items for sale. People from many communities on Abaco enjoy these special days that Cherokee Sound offer and find it a great time to socialize. came to join with the residents in enjoying the day set aside to honour its heri -

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian October 15th, 2010 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.comment of the local swimmers, the star of the meet was 15-yearold Derek Gibbs from Freeport, who swam the course in 1 hour 8 minutes and contributed to placing his male relay team in first place. This year a half-mile category for chil dren under ten was added. Sixteen kids entered that competition. Coming in first was Logan Thompson, second was Jenna Al bury, third was Roman Pinder and fourth was Alexis Cooke. All the children who participated finished the course. The function was well attended by parents and relatives, who not only enjoyed the competition, but also the socializing. Food was organized to benefit the Abaco Swim Club. The Abaco Swim Club board members thought the event was a great success, a tribute to the hard work of all the volun -Swim Meet From Page 1 teers who supported the club by teaching the kids to swim and the ones who contrib uted their time by cooking and organizing fund-raising events. The overall results were as follows: Girls 12 and under First, Christina Pyform, medal, Rebekah Higgs Boys 12 and under Joshua Wong, the only competitor in his age group Girls 13 to 17 First, Miranda Albury, Second, Jennifer Cooke Boys 13 to 17 First, Derek Gibbs, Second, Solomon Lee Women 18 to 35 First, Erika Lowe, Second, Jessica Cooke Men 18 to 35 Lee McCoy Men over 36 First, Andy Knowles, Second, Laurence Higgs Female Relay team First Christina Pyform, Monica Higgs, Kylie Pinder, Second Samie Williams, Rhiannon Bethel, Anna Albury Male Relay team First: Derek Gibbs, Andrew Smith, Nicho las Van Albedhill, Second, Solomon Lee, Sean Heystek, Brian Higgs, Third, Trent Albury, Brent Cartwright, Brady Pinder Mix Relay team First, Chris Higgs, Lilly Higgs, Albury Higgs, Second, Andy Knowles, Percy Knowles, Nancy Knowles, Third, Jessica Cooke, Wendy Sims, Troy Sims Awards were presented by Melinda Wil liams of the Ministry of Tourism that part nered with Abaco Swim Club in organizing the event. Swimmers won many awards at meetSwimmers assembled in the waters at Crossing Beach preparing for the start of the 5K or 3-mile open water race. The water was calm and the day perfect for this annual event. The well organized open water swim meet held on October 2 attracted swimmers from several communities on Abaco as well as swimmers from Grand Bahama and Nassau.

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October 15th, 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 Cherokee From Page 1 tage and rejoice in the present. Each year this is a popular event and this year it drew record crowds. Cherokee people have the reputation of being very good cooks and lunch time proved to be very busy with people enjoying the various delicious entrees, cakes and pastries. Throughout the day a variety of events provided something for everyone. The children had fun com peting in an assortment of games but unfortunately, were not able to enjoy the bouncy castle as it had a leak. Stalls selling plants, crafts, food and “white elephant” items all helped raise funds for the upkeep and refurbishment of the community centre as did a beautiful quilt made by the local la dies’ quilting group which was raffled off. Cherokee’s first ever art show was held in the community centre and was an interesting collection of work by both local Cherokee Day brought hundreds from many townsresidents and second homeowners. Seven talented artists displayed their work which consisted of sea life in acrylic, landscapes and seascapes in oil and local scenery in water colours. In addition to the traditional matted paintings, many other interesting objects such as oars, window shutters, driftwood, water buckets, floats and bottles had been adorned with artwork which was quite beautiful. Some of the artwork was done by artists who had never shown their work in public before, and several pieces were available for purchase. One was invited to “Walk Back Thru Time” in the tiny building which many years ago housed Cherokee’s telegraph of fice before the advent of the telephone to the settlement. Here was a very interest ing display of old family photographs and newspaper cuttings from the past featuring important occasions in the life of the vil lage such as the opening of its first selfservice food store and restaurant. There was a also a display of old bottles found on Abaco and Pine Ridge, Grand Bahama, and various artifacts one of which was a very old and well worn cookbook with the delightful title Settlement Cook Book: the Way to a Man’s Heart. Cherokee native, Patrick Bethel, who is a great story teller and has a remarkable memory, presented Story Time during which he kept people amused with various stories of times gone by in Cherokee, some of which he knew to be true and some of which he admit ted may have involved a little bit of fic tion. He also gave a special presentation to honour the late Harcourt Rodney “Rusty” Bethel, a fellow citizen of Cherokee Sound and one of its most famous native sons. Rusty as he was called due to the colour of his hair, became known as “The Father of Radio Broadcasting in The Bahamas.” After trying a couple of other careers, Rusty launched into the field of commu nication, eventually becoming manager of ZNS, the only radio station in the country at that time. He commentated many important events during the 40s 50s and 60s including visits of royalty and presidents. But his familiar and folksy broadcasting voice is probably best remembered for one of his most famous sales pitches, “If it’s O.K. Flour, it’s O.K.” Discovery Day in Cherokee Sound was certainly a fun-filled, in teresting and educational day.First raffle prize was the quilt that was handmade by the ladies of Cher okee won by Jessica Bethel. Cherokee Day offered games for the children. The young ones enjoyed three-legged races, egg-on-spoon races and other games. The games provided great entertainment for the adults as well. Twins, Myron and Jason Bethel, sons of Jessica and Dale Bethel, show off their faces that were painted by Beth Sweeting. Cherokee Day had probably the largest crowd ever, and everyone is looking foward to the next time that the town has one. Second raffle prize was the ariel photograph of Cherokee Sound won by Jennifer Albury. Third raffle prize was one of our First Abaco Cooks cookbook won by the day’s cashier and good friend of Cherokee, San dra Albury. Winner of the Colouring Contest be tween the fiveand six-year-old students of Cheroker Sound Primary School were: First Prize Ribbon went to Rachel Sands and an Honourable Mention Ribbon received Mathew Wong. Actually all the children’s colouring was exceptional. Congratulations to all the winners.ABACO 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

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian October 15th, 2010 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 This is the same gazebo as pictured on page 1 but photographed on November 23, 2008, while the structures were under construction. The buildings are set well back from the beach. The casuarinas were removed some time ago so were not a factor in the erosion.Treasure Cay Public Beach is erodingThese are the same buildings photographed on May 19, 2010. Comparison with the photo on page one shows the rapid change that has occurred at the beach. Accelerated beach erosion over the past six months at the Treasure Cay public beach threatens the recently constructed pavilions. Attempts are underway to find out how to halt or reverse the erosion. There are several reasons for beaches to change. Storms and hurricanes are the most common causes for rapid sand movement. By Canishka Alexander It has been an ongoing issue at the Treasure Cay Public Beach, and it is an issue that is steadily becoming worse. The beach is literally vanishing and is threatening to take the trees and cabanas, too. Residents, homeowners and developers suggest that a solution be found soon or the beach will be no more. In the last two months a generous portion of the beach has already been lost. Steve Pedican, Chief Councillor for North Abaco, was touring the beach on October 9, and he agreed that something needs to be done. He said that over the past couple of weeks the storms have caused tidal surges and rip currents that have escalated the erosion at the beach. Although some have suggested groins and water breaks, they have not yet decided which direction they will move in. He and his Council members are in contact with coastal engineers to come up with a viable solution. In the meantime, however, he said they will have to make do with what he calls a “band-aid effect” to treat the problem. “At the moment we’re attempting to do a quick fix in front of some of the cabanas where the washout is. We’re going to put some one-ton sandbags around them just to prevent the washout, but it’s just a band-aid effect right now,” Mr. Pedican explained. “Hopefully soon, the experts will give us an idea of what needs to be done because a lot of money has been invested here. It’s a beautiful project that is going on, and we need to get on it very quickly so that all the buildings are not compromised by the erosion.” Even as he spoke, workers were gathering several one-ton sand bags to line against the cabanas to slow down the erosion of the beach. With regard to the coconut trees that are threatened to topple because of the erosion, he said they had equipment that would be used to prop the trees back up, put sand back around them along with sandbags until they figure out what to do. As for those who own property along the beach, they are frustrated with what is going on. Not only is the beach wash ing away, but so is their investment. According to residents, one homeowner has already replaced his porch for a second time, and the wall that protects his lowlying home is beginning to crumble. When he sought to build a wall to retain the sand, he was stopped by several government officials. Even though he was told that they would soon contact him, that was four months ago. Adjacent to his property, is a private beach club called Treasure Sands develop ment. Even though this particular property is a good distance away from the beach, the owner has seen what has happened over the months. Taking into consideration their concerns as well, Mr. Pedican said that when it is determined how the problem will be ad dressed, the property owners will be al lowed to follow the same procedure. He said those who wanted to put groins and sea walls on their property were not allowed to do so because it would affect the beach area even more adversely by esca lating the erosion. As for swimmers and beach-goers, this is not a safety issue. Nevertheless, Mr. Pedican did offer some sound advice. “The beach will still be open, but we just want to caution anyone using the beach to be careful of rip currents because the rip currents could pull somebody under. Any one having kids out here, we’re saying to them – just pay attention. If you see three to four foot waves, just be careful.” But other changes to seashores occur over extended periods of time. Changes in wind patterns affect wave patterns which in turn affect shorelines. Changes in water currents are more subtle and not obvious to the common observer, but these currents account for much sand movement.Possible causes of erosion Support the Cancer Society Donate Used Items to Be Sold in

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian October 15th, 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 Vernique Russell, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abaco’s most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates (U.S. address 990 Old Dixie Hwy #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 . . . Our island’s future looks secure Letters to the EditorWhere is my money?Dear Editora, To any employee at Yellow Air Taxi Where is my money? I paid almost $800 to fly with my two children and you can celed the flight and you never answer your phone. Where is my money? I sent a message to The Abaconian. You guys need to stop doing this because you took my money two weeks ago; then you canceled all my flights and now you don’t answer to get me a refund. I talked to people at the airport and they said all your flights have been canceled for three weeks now. They say Yellow Air Taxi is out of business with no flight for three weeks. What type of business is this? You take people’s money even though you are not flying? I had to buy three tickets on Twin Air to get back. Are you going to pay for them since I already paid you? I went to Yvette and she told me she couldn’t give me a refund. She say it had to be you, but you don’t answer me. Why you doing this to us? I expect an answer. þ Darlene Response from Yellow Air Taxi Don’t know offhand about this...Let me pull res up and she may have spoken to me but so have so many folks...I honestly don’t recall....will advise asapThis is the response from Yellow Air Taxi. You see, so many of us have called about getting a refund and so many of us have been ignored. You can read the reply for yourself. I think it is unfair that Yellow Air Taxi is selling tickets and collecting money if all their flights are canceled. If they are out of business, they should just say it and stop stealing our money. I have confirmed with other people at the airport, and they have not had any flight into Abaco, Marsh Harbour or Treasure Cay since almost the middle of September. They need to stop treating us like this. þ Wanting refund Gov. employees BahamiansDear Editor, Thank you for allowing us space in The Abaconian to share what has been happen ing to us over the last few months. This particular ordeal has shown me that there are government employees operating in Abaco with the intention of exploiting the Bahamian people. To think that we’ve had to pay at least four times more than others requiring the same service. We must admit that we have had a terrible experience deal ing with Abaco’s Ministry of Works’ representatives and a member from the Town Planning Board whom we believe are out to rob us. Our issue concerns our being overcharged for a riser diagram, which is one of the items requested for the construc tion of our home. We later discovered that the most that could be charged for a riser diagram is $250. However, the certified electrician charged us $1,000 total $400 for signing on the meters and $600 for the riser diagram itself. To make matters worse, we were told that we couldn’t be shown a copy of the diagram until the entire sum owed to the electrician was paid. Who pays for some thing they cannot see? The issue has been ongoing since June of this year even though we’ve met several times with those involved, and we have yet to see a resolu tion. When we went to visit the Ministry of Works office, a copy of the riser diagram was nowhere to be found. In the meantime, we have become more and more disturbed over what is happening because we are hardworking Bahamians, who deserve to have a home. Even though we’ve wasted a lot of time and money, we Please see Letters Page 9 Our future is bright, indeed, if our land developers are a reliable economic barom eter. These investors are injecting large amounts of money in their developments with the anticipation of selling to new own ers and making a profit. Even government is beginning to understand that Abaco’s growth is not a flashin-the-pan phenomena. The worldwide recession is real, and we are feeling the effects like everyone else. However, our inland waterway and offshore cays with timeless heritage settlements have proven to be a desirable combination for second home growth. Government welcomes private develop ments as they bring foreign funds into the country and all require employees, both initially during construction and long term as new residents buy groceries and main tain their properties. Large developments include the follow ing which are either functioning or substantially underway. Guana Cay marina, residences, rental units and golf end resort and marina rental units and residences Cay -hotel, marina, golf and residences residences and marina residential web site showing two marinas, hotel, golf and residential areas, but it is unclear of its current status. marina are negotiating with buyers to renovate and reopen this northern-most island resort. Smaller developments, either underway or pending approvals include: hotel, marina and residences ing an appeal residences rina and residential development In addition to developments encouraging tourism, other private projects are in the final planning stages. One of these is Auskell Clinic that has made an initial public disclosure for a three-story medical clinic and mini-hospital building to be constructed on Don MacKay nouncements are expected soon. The Teachers and Salaried Workers Coop erative Credit Union has unveiled plans for a two-story administrative building in Dundas Town to be followed by the construction of a large shopping and office complex. Government has several projects of its own either under construction or in an ad vanced planning stage. son City is close to going on line with BEC staff now receiving training there. tration building is rising alongside the port bypass road in Marsh Harbour and may open by the end of 2011. Many govern ment offices will relocate there including the post office. Harbour’s International Airport are in the advanced drawing stage with architects. Bids are expected late this year. Construc tion should begin in early 2011. is continually upgrading as technology ad vances. However, it is facing competition from Cable Bahamas which is purchasing the Indigo wireless phone service and IP Solutions International. Both are expand ing their presence on Abaco. inland port constructed on the coast north of Cooper’s Town. Planned to boost the pears to be temporarily shelved pending an upturn in the economy. This is not a comprehensive list of the developments either underway or planned for Abaco but is representative of where we are headed. All in all, these projects represent a huge investment in Abaco by private and government funding. Collectively, these show a high level of confidence in Abaco’s growth and economy. Coupled with these developments are the opportunities for Bahamians in contracting and in service businesses. Government has been responsive to our native population growth by making inexpensive land avail able to first time homeowners. Govern ment has only recently seen the wisdom of offering low-cost land and housing in par allel with private real estate development. In some areas low cost housing has been made available through either government or private financing. Private land in the developing areas of Abaco is quite expensive and is priced out of reach for most younger Bahamians. Only government has vast quantities of undeveloped land that can be converted to residential use. Since these new housing areas are generally outside established towns, care must be taken that they are not isolated bedroom communities but are the beginning of func tioning towns. A few of these new resi dential areas are incorporated into existing towns on vacant Crown Land. way throughout the length of Abaco. Lots in Central Pines were originally sold in the $14,000 range, and we are told they are now selling for $40,000 by individuals if any can be found for sale. Approximately 100 houses have been built in Spring City with more underway for first time homeowners. Government subdivisions are either underway or well into the planning stage for settlements from Crown Haven to Sandy Point. Even Green Turtle Cay is getting low cost lots for first time property owners on a piece of government land out side the settlement. It is interesting to note that most ar eas offering low cost lots or housing are completely subscribed by applicants. This shows the pent up demand and the con struction potential these purchasers present as mortgages are approved. Abaco may be only a small dot on the world map, but we have been attracting years or more. This attraction is authen tic and not the result of advertising hype or color pictures in slick magazines. Even government is beginning to recognize that Abaco’s economy is growing due to its ap peal. Its attraction to foreign developers and individuals must be considered as a natural resource. It has a home-grown appeal that creates jobs and brings foreign exchange and investment. Abaco provides a substan tial revenue stream to The Treasury. The Ministry of Tourism is preparing to market Abaco and the other Out Islands as individual destinations. Abaco has had a booming tourism sector and Tourism’s new thrust should make it even better. We have heard many in the travel industry exclaim that the new runway and compan ion terminal will attract commercial jet service bringing even more visitors direct from distant cities. The airport is now the second busiest in the country. Although we can nurture our appeal, government must provide the infrastruc ture to support our growth. This applies to the utilities, roads, schools, police, airport and trash handling to name some of the bigger issues. Since all tax revenue goes to the Treasury, it is only central govern ment that has the funds to install and main tain the larger infrastructure elements. We can only hope that government will appreciate the potential of our growth and will plan accordingly and not react to a crisis.

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October 15th, 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) 24 issues US$ or B$ þ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class þ $25 Bahamas via surface þ $20 to Abaco þ US$65 Canada via Airmail þ US$95 UK, Europe Surface þ Mail to: 990 Old Dixie Hwy, #14, Lake Park, FL 33403 þ or: P.O. Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribeReceiving the Abaconian regularly will keep you informed I am writing this letter in Daddy’s memory as one who often sat at his kitchen table while he wrote to The Abaconi an, one of his favourite pastimes. Never being able to view another one of his Letters to the Editor which expressed his brazen thoughts, humorous comments or great ideas will be greatly missed. Daddy loved his island home, Man-OWar Cay, his country, and he felt pas sionate about trying to change everything around him, if he could, for the better. He would often say that it does not take a college education to make a difference. Therefore, he would use his grade-school education to try to bring about positive change. As Daddy would often call me and read his proposed contribution for the next issue of The Abaconian, because of his passing I will certainly miss the sound of his voice as it was priceless! Sam Al bury had opinions and made them known quite easily through his letters, many of which were read by Bahamians and foreigners. Now, when we open a new issue of The Abaconian, we will sadly miss seeing another letter there, so boldly signed, SAMUEL D. ALBURY! Daddy lived his life to the fullest, wak ing up every morning with a bucket list of things that he had to do on his mind. He never stopped to rest, but if by chance he did, he fell asleep from exhaustion. He had a heart of pure gold as he often gave very generously. He visited the elderly on many islands, not just his own, and he shipped fish and everything else he harvested from the sea to many including preachers all over The Bahamas, police officers with whom he had made friends, widows and widowers whom he felt could no longer get the things they dearly loved. Even the former Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry. G. Christie, was a recipient of my daddy’s giving. No one, in his opinion, despite his or her status in life, was beyond his boundary of giving, as he gave lovingly and passionately. In so doing, he was always rewarded for his kindness. In essence, Daddy, Mommy and all four daughters never found them selves in want for anything. My daddy gave without even thinking twice. If someone knocked on the door at his home during meal time, he would often say, “Come in, sit down and join us.” Sometimes I thought of the parable in the Bible where five barley loaves and two small fish fed the multitude and com pared this miracle to the pot of food that had been cooked in Daddy’s home, as it never seemed to become empty. If there was only one thing to be said about Daddy, it would be that Daddy lived, loved and gave with all of his heart. It seems unbelievable that the same heart that served him well for 63 years stopped beating on the night of 17 August, 2010. If we, the family, can say anything of en couragement to the readers, it would be that once Daddy’s heart stopped beating, he was immediately in the hands of his Father in heaven. He was allowed to be ours for a long time and then God wanted him to come home to be with Him. So, my friends, cherish your time here on earth with your loved ones and do not get too busy in the hustle and bustle of life to forget to say, “I love you.” Even though Daddy was ALWAYS moving, he somehow ALWAYS had time to make one feel loved. As I bring this letter to an end, I find it very difficult, as it makes me feel as if it is another good-bye, but it is not. Maybe, from time to time, we, Daddy’s loved ones, will write in and express that which is on our minds, just as Daddy would have done! Lenora Sweeting (daughter) A Tribute to a Special Man My Father plan to stand up for our rights as citizens of The Bahamas and see this to the end. þ Frustrated Confused by BEC’s diesel costsDear Sir: I am somewhat befuddled by BEC chairman Michael Moss’s statement (Nassau Tribune, September 23rd) that BEC consumers on other islands will have to partly finance Abaco’s “higher” fuel costs when the Wilson City plant goes on line. Mean while, Carlos Escobar, MAN Diesel site manager for the plant, claims (Abaconian, September 1st) that the new generators will be almost twice as fuel-efficient as the ex isting ones 6000 gallon per day for 12.25 Mw as opposed to 20,000 gal. for 22 Mw. (To save you doing the math, this works out to 480 gallon per Mw at the new plant, 909 gallon per Mw at the existing plant.) This being the case, everyone should see a major reduction in their power bills, rather than the threatened increase. þ Yours sincerely, þ Alison Ball Thanks for show of supportOn August 27, 2010, I officially retired after 33 years of public service. I was at tached to several government departments and ministries in Nassau, Freeport and Letters From Page 8 Marsh Harbour through the years, the last of these being the administrator’s office in Marsh Harbour. I shall miss the daily opportunity to serve the public and to work with so many interesting people, but everything has a season and one must recognize the time to move on. Friends organized a retirement party that was a moving and gracious affair full of pleas ant surprises and generous words of praise. I want to express deep appreciation to all my family and friends as well as the government representatives who made the party a success. I want them all to know that as I think of them, I will ask God’s blessings on each one. I am grateful for the love and support and I will never forget. þ C. Anna-Maria Fernander Cote Farewell to a very special teacherIt was a bittersweet day for the S.C. Bottle family. On 24th September the ad ministrators, staff, student body and facil ity managers gathered at a general assembly to say farewell to Lyndon Scott. Mr. Scott wove himself into the fabric of Abaco hence his 12 years on the island. He was mainly an Agricultural Science teacher, but he was also versatile in the coaching of students for the various sporting activities. The students poured their hearts out in speeches and songs to let him know that he would surely be missed for all that he did for them. One student said Mr. Scott was like a father to her, and she would always remem ber him for his encouraging words. They all bid him goodbye and wished him all the best. The facility managers assured him in song that “God will take care of him.” Mr. Scott was moved with emotion, but he managed to respond to the students. He told them he loved them, but he has to leave and that they would always have a special place in his heart. A request was made for him to sing his famous song, “Guyana Me Come From.” This he did much to the enjoyment of the children after which the assembly was brought to an end. During the lunch break, the administra tors and staff of S.C. Bootle gathered to gether to say their final farewells to Mr. Scott. He was presented with a basket of all Bahamian goodies as a parting gift. Speeches were given and memories relived. Mr. Scott responded by saying he would definitely remember S.C. Bootle and en couraged those left behind to keep up the good works. He hinted that he would like to be back next year for the graduation of the 2011 class. Mr. Scott will surely be missed and remembered for a long time to come. The Dynamic Dolphins wish him all the best wherever life takes him. þ Lynette Cooper þ S. C. Bootle High Teacher Local Contractor Destroys Two Homes Dear Editor: The Abaco community is growing and over the past five years has grown substan tially as more and more persons are build ing 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 husband were using the same contractor we had. It took him awhile to get started on our home. When we inquired about the delay, he stated that he had everything under control. When work began, we noticed that money was constantly being received from the bank by the contrac tor, 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 anything until he started providing the same invoices for the bank covering items purchased and declared previously in an attempt to justify the funds being received. This did not work and a battle ensued. As this battle contin ued my friend and her husband fired the More Letters to the Editor Please see Letters Page 22

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian October 15th, 2010 James Catalyn and Friends: Summer Madness By Jennifer Hudson What a wonderful treat James Catalyn and Friends brought to the people of Abaco on September 25. The Faith Convention Centre was packed with audience members eager to enjoy this year’s Summer Mad ness Revue. The founder and power behind the group is James Catalyn, a renowned writer, poet and actor who takes great pride in keeping Bahamian culture alive. A famous quote of his implores people to “Guard our heritage! speak Bahamianese! use English only when necessary!” Sum mer Madness has been presented in Nassau for the past 28 years and recently played in Nassau. Following the close of the Nassau performances, the cast made a quick deci sion to come to Abaco the following week end. They managed it through a flurry of activity and we are glad they did! Summer Madness is the group’s annual revue of “typical, topical and timely topics present ing a satirical look at everyday aspects of Bahamian life from politics to religion and other social commentary.” Central Abaco News “We want to keep people up to date with what’s happening in the country and what’s hot in the news,” says show direc tor, Omar Williams. Mr. Catalyn expects, “Some corns will be mashed and bunions stepped on and maybe even a few noses put out of joint,” but his goal is just to get Ba hamians to look at themselves and “laugh at we se’f.” And laugh people did until their sides and jaws ached. Skits during the evening touched on such topics as the judicial system, Baha mas Electricity Corporation, crime in the schools, immigration, the church, gam bling and politics. The actors, most of whom are young people, are very talented and showed great versatility. One of the highlights was a take-off of Prime Minister Ingraham performed by Chigozie Ijeoma, which was so authentic it was like listening to the man himself. All of the skits were very well acted and were very funny but the alarming thing is that they were so true to life. The finale, entitled The Newscast, read by “Silbertha Mills.” very cleverly wove names of people in the audience whom Mr. Cata lyn knew and had seen walking in into the script. Little did we know that he had been busily writing backstage during the perfor mance. The audience showed its appreciation of a great fun-filled evening by giving a rous ing, standing ovation which was thoroughly deserved. Mr. Catalyn said how pleased he and the group had been by the reception they received on Abaco and the large audi ence. They have decided to bring the show to Abaco again next year the weekend fol lowing the show’s closing in Nassau. That is certainly good news and a date to watch for in September. If you missed it this year you won’t want to miss it next year.New Dance Outreach ProgrammeBy Jennifer Hudson A new opportunity for learning and life enrichment has been added this term for the young students of the Central Abaco Primary School. Students in Grades 3 to 7 have been invited to attend dance class each Monday and Wednesday after school. Elaine Pilon, instructor, offers classes at the school as part of her outreach programme. Although she already runs the Marsh Harbour School of Dance, Gym nastics and Yoga by the traffic light, she realized that it is very difficult for children to get there after school as their parents are working and many children have no way of getting there. Therefore, in order to provide the opportunity for as many children as possible to participate in dance classes, she has formed the Central Abaco Primary Dance Theatre which children can attend at their own school immediately following the end of the day’s lessons. “The response was overwhelming,” stated Mrs. Pilon following registration, and numbers had to be limited to a class size of between 40 and 45. Girls and boys are learning both ballet and ethnic Carib bean dance about which they are very ex cited. “This is a disciplined programme in which they learn musicality and tim ing. The boys are also learning drumming which they really love. Instead of having to purchase expensive drums, they bring in pails or old paint and compound buck ets which they make into drums and which work really well,” explained Mrs. Pilon. Please see Central Page 11

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October 15th, 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 More Central Abaco News Central From Page 10 Her goal for these young students is to be able to put on a Christmas programme for parents and then early next year to be ready to enter the National Arts Festival when the adjudications are held on Abaco. Mrs. Pilon is offering another outreach programme at St. Francis de Sales School on Fridays also after school.Children Receive Free Eye ExamsBy Jennifer Hudson Hundreds of schoolchildren attended the Auskell Medical Clinic between Sep tember 24-26 to take advantage of free eye testing. So many were eager to benefit from this excellent opportunity that parents and children were lined up outside the clinic late into the evening when space ran out inside. The clinics were offered by Dr. Du randa Ash, an ophthalmologist from Free port who has been coming to the Auskell Clinic once a month since 1995. Dr. Ash wanted to give back to the community and so offered two and a half days of free eye examinations to all primary and secondary school students with a discount on frames for any child needing glasses. On the first day alone Dr. Ash com pleted 60 eye examinations beginning at 5 p.m. with the last patient leaving at 10 p.m. The following day when I saw her she had begun at 8 a.m. and was willing to stay until whatever time she finished which, she thought, might well be 10 p.m. again judging by the turnout. She had al ready tested 75 children by noon. By the time she returned to Freeport on the Sun day she expected to have seen more than 300 patients. “This has been a joy for me and quite an experience,” she said. “Schools may have a child labeled as ‘slow’ when their problem is that they need glasses.” One ten-year-old boy who was thought to have severe learning problems as he was not do ing well in school was found by Dr. Ash to be legally blind. No one had known that it was lack of sight preventing him from progressing with his lessons. When he was fitted with glasses, he was so excited that he could actually see and that things were no longer just a blur. His mother was so relieved and appreciative for this discov ery. She said that her son was so excited that she didn’t think she would be able to get him to take the glasses off to go to bed. Many tests were routine and the children were either confirmed with good vision or provided with a prescription for eyeglasses and could then select frames at a discounted price. Unfortunately, one girl was not so lucky as it was found that she had a growth on her optic nerve; it was fortunate, howev er, that due Dr. Ash’s generous free clinic the problem was identified. Thanks to this very generous joint effort by Dr. Ash and the Auskell Clinic many children were able to have eye problems resolved and are now able to do a lot better in school and experience a better quality of life. Please see Central Page 12 Dr. Duranda Ash, an ophthalmologist who comes regularly to Auskell Medical Clinic, offered free eye exams to all school children attending any school on Abaco. The re sponse was overwhelming with the line extending outside when there was no more space inside. Elaine Pilon is offering dance lessons to the students at Central Abaco Primary. They are learning ballet and ethnic Caribbean dance. Mrs. Pilon expects that the students will be able to put on a Christmas programme in December.

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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian October 15th, 2010 More Central Abaco News Angie Collie, Director of the clinic, would like to give special thanks to Dr. Ash and her eye technician, Roslyn Hall, who came from Freeport to assist her.Abaconians Enjoy Entertainer David Wallace By Samantha V. Evans Bahamian entertainer David Wallace was on Abaco on October 2 to bring Aba conians good clean fun in his one-man show entitled The Return of Say 99. Mr. Wallace was a parliamentarian for some six years and after his defeat in 2002, he recalls having to moderate a graduation at a school in Freeport which started the journey of his pursuing his more humor ous side. The speaker at that event was Michael Pintard, who is now a senator. He remembers having seen Mr. Pintard in Central From Page 11 his one-man show Still Standing and was inspired. Mr. Wallace always had a passion to make people laugh and after the 2002 election he approached Mr. Pintard about working with him on a production. Mr. Pintard has the gift of writing and he knew that he could make people laugh. He had a goal in mind to reach 1000 people but the production was so successful that it was sold out for all 38 showings, which far ex ceeded their expectation. Later they wrote Election 2007: Count it Again Man Count it Again which sold out every showing as well. Wallace believes that after elections, it is good to be able to laugh especially since it takes such a major emotional toll on the lives of those who run for office. He first performed Say 99 ten years ago, and it was a success. Now he is taking the Return of Say 99 on the road. It is a cul mination of all of his jokes from the 1970s to the present day. He started the Family Island tour two weeks ago in Freeport and he plans to take the show to many Family Islands. His only motive is to make people laugh. Mr. Wallace stated that the country is going through tough economic times so it is important that people are able to laugh as it is good medicine amidst tough stress ful times. The opening act for Abaco was Shelly Austin, who has proven herself to be an entertaining island gal. The show was sold out as the hall was packed with persons seeking a good laugh. Mr. Wallace was most entertaining. Many believe that Christians are not to have fun but nothing could be further from the truth. He stated that God expects his people to enjoy life. In fact, his show was clean adult fun which was a welcome change from the usual adult entertainment. He told Administrator Cephas Cooper that he plans to bring the black circus to Abaco next year which is clean entertain ment for the entire family. Garden club holds By Mirella Santillo “Gardener Jack” Hardy’s home was the venue for the first meeting of the Hor ticultural Society of The BahamasAbaco Branch that took place on October 8. Ap proximately 25 members gathered on that The first meeting of the Horticultural Society of The BahamasAbaco Branch was held at the home of “Gardener Jack” Hardy in Central Pines. He spoke on back yard gardening. This was followed by a tour of his yard where fruit trees, vegetables and decorative plants all are growing in abundance. Please see Central Page 15 David Wallace, a popular entertainer, presented his show to an enthusiastic crowd on October at the Anglican Hall in Marsh Harbour. He is a former Parliamentarian who finds some of his humour in elections and politics.

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October 15th, 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 balmy Saturday morning to hear Gardener Jack’s talk about the best way to grow a successful vegetable garden in one’s back yard. The new president of the society, Anita Knowles, introduced the new board mem bers. She informed the audience that one of her goals was to increase the number of club members and challenged all pres ent to enroll at least one new member. More members would mean a bigger and stronger club. The added manpower would allow the club to organize plant shows or other functions. She announced the venue of the November meeting, Mike Light bourn’s farm in South Abaco. Before giving his guests a tour of his vegetable plots, Mr. Hardy proffered a few tips on home gardening. First, he said that one of the most important factors is “loca tion.” A north-south orientation which al -Central From Page 14 More Central Abaco News lows all parts of the plant to receive sun light would be the best. The second crucial feature is the soil composition. Most areas of Abaco only offer a few inches of soil. Therefore, the soil depth has to be increased by adding storebought soil, shredded newspaper which he recommended to place at the bottom of the plot and cow manure for composting rocky soil. If you are lucky enough to have sandy soil, only add peat moss. He suggested creating a compost with organic house refuse such as raw vegetable or fruit discards to add to the soil. Plants are hardy, he said; they will grow even in poor conditions. However, they will not produce prize winning offspring you expect if you do not fertilize them. But he warned against fertilizing too much and advised to use liquid fertilizer rather than the granular type which could saturate the soil with too much salt. The group toured Gardener Jack’s back yard which is a gardener’s delight of herbs, vegetables, fruit trees and ornamen tals. Already growing in plots secured by cement blocks were tomatoes, snap beans and pepper seedlings. Many fruit trees are already producing, among them a caram bola loaded with fruit. The popular auction was next, conduct ed as usual by Gardener Jack.. The good ies included several varieties of peppers, bromeliads, herbs, trees such as allspice, wax jambu, mamey, sour orange as well as Please see Central Page 16 The main refuse cell at the landfill is approaching the top of the retaining dyke and is scheduled to rise approximately 30 feet higher. In the foreground is the plumbing to facilitate pumping the leachate, or waste liquid that drains out of the main cell, to sprinklers that will wet the cell with the liquid to assist in evaporating the leachate and hastening the decomposition of the refuse. However, the leachate system has not been activated yet. This is the leachate pond at the landfill located inland from Snake Cay. Leachate is the liquid that has drained out of the main cell where trash is compacted. It is diluted by rainwater. The liquid is toxic so is contained in a lined pond.

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian October 15th, 2010 Central From Page 15 cacti and succulents. The garden club meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month. For more information call Mrs. Knowles at 367-2721.Private Health Care for AbacoBy Jennifer Hudson The Auskell Medical Clinic, in partner ship with the Baptist Health Centre of Mi ami, held a community meeting last month at the Anglican Parish Hall to create an awareness of what the two institutions of fer in the way of private health care. Dr. George Charite, Director of the Auskell Medical Clinic, stated Auskell’s commit ment to reevaluating medical care on Ab aco and spoke of its partnership with the Baptist Health Centre for patients needing to travel overseas for medical care. On hand from the Baptist Health Inter national Centre were Lawrence Cole, Vice President of the International Department of the Baptist Health Centre. Mr. Cole re minded the audience that health is the most important factor in their lives because one’s quality of life all depends upon one’s health. He described the Baptist Health Centre as, “a community organization reaching out internationally offering a dynamic blend of leading edge medical care and an oldfashioned commitment to the community. It is the largest not-for-profit health care organization in South Florida which means that profits are invested back into the organization to provide the best health care pos sible. The organization, which comprises seven hospitals with 1,500 beds and over 2,000 physicians, offers world-class medical care. For emergencies it coordinates air ambulance and appointments, reserves hotels for persons accompanying the patient and even arranges pick-up for transportation to the hospital. Executive health and wellness physicals for a complete analysis of one’s health are available in one day.” International service representatives are on call 24 hours a day at 786-596-2373. Dr. Charite spoke about Auskell’s plans for the future. Three acres of land on Don MacKay Boulevard have been leased from government and construction is due to be gin on the new Auskell Medical Centre by the end of this year. Dr. Charite displayed the plans for the new private hospital which will be built in three phases. The first phase will be the construction of a three-story building. The first floor will contain reception and all specialty areas, the second has been upgraded from previous plans to contain 15 beds, two surgical suites and a chapel while the third floor will house a conference area, mini spa and completely com puterized archives. The second phase will see the construction of a cafeteria and more beds and the third phase will house a convalescence centre to care for people with special needs. Future plans provide for a proper facility for the elderly so that they can be taken care of 24 hours. A dialysis centre will be set up so that dialysis pa tients will no longer have to go to Nassau but can receive their treatments right here on Abaco. An overflow corridor will hold an additional 12-15 beds if necessary. Having talked of Auskell’s plans for the future, Dr. Charite returned to a report on the clinic’s present work, stating that many improvements have been made during the last couple of months. More professional services have been added with 35 special ist doctors now coming to Auskell. The Surgical Centre has been opened for minor surgical procedures and as a trauma centre. He spoke of the network Auskell maintains with many facilities within the Bahamas and internationally, especially Florida. “If we can’t do it, we will obtain the expertise for you,” assured Dr. Charite. “Auskell Clinic is the only facility in the Bahamas offering a concierge service a 24-hour call line by which a patient can have actual contact with a physician at any hour of the day or night,” informed Dr. Charite. He concluded his informational talk by stating, “Auskell is a family; our patients are our family.” Scotiabank supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month By Canishka Alexander Customers entering Scotiabank’s Marsh Harbour branch on October 8 were in for a pleasant surprise. The staff of Scotiabank was clad in pink T-shirts, and the bank was decorated in shades of pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While staff members declined to make a statement, their support of such a worthy cause was sufficient. Many who came to bank that day were pleased with what they saw as they looked around and nodded their heads in approval. A representative from British American was present, and was responsible for the sale and distribu tion of the Breast Cancer T-shirts. October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and other than health facilities, schools and various churches, Scotiabank appears to be among the first to support such a major cause. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention and cure. Information and support are offered to those affected by breast cancer, and the campaign provides a platform for breast cancer charities to raise awareness of their work and of the disease. The campaign provides an excel lent opportunity to remind women and men to be aware of breast cancer for earlier de tection.Older persons attend service By Canishka Alexander The Department of Social Services held its annual church service at the Bahamas Christian Network on October 5 in recog nition of the department’s Older Persons Month, which takes place each October. This year’s theme was Older Persons and the Achievement of the Millennium Devel opment Goals. Bishop Anthony Campbell of the Dundas Town Church of God was the moderator for the event, and he spoke on how safe God has kept the residents of The Bahamas over the years. Bishop Lernis Cornish, pastor of the Marsh Har bour Church of God, opened the service in prayer and was followed by Sgt. Rachel Metelus, who read the Scripture. Vernon Malone lightened the mood of the audience by sharing a few jokes about the elderly as he began his message. He pointed out that the plight of the elderly in most cases is becoming a sad one. But there is hope based on what the Scriptures say. He said Christ calls the church to a different attitude and that the book of 1 Timothy tells the church how God wants them to treat the elderly in their midst. Mr. Malone said the best way to honour an elderly person is to put them to work because some of the most productive years of a person’s life are during their retire ment years. He supported this statement by giving examples of Moses, who was in his 80s when God called him to lead His people out of Egypt, and Socrates, who gave the world his best philosophy at the age of 70. He said it is the church’s responsibil ity to take care of the elderly and not the More Central Abaco News Please see Central Page 17

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October 15th, 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 Man-O-War HardwareAn Extensive Selection of Brass, Stainless & MonelBolts, Nails & Screws Hinges & Barrel BoltsStainless Steel Hurricane ClipsPlain & Pressure TreatedPine, Fir, Cypress Teak & MahoganyInterior, Exterior & Marine For quotes or information Call Walter Sweeting l Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, BahamasPh: (242) 365-6011 l Fax (242) 365-6039 government. Mr. Malone stated that re gardless of the church one attends, we are all family and no one should have to carry their burden alone, especially the elderly. He concluded his remarks by quoting a popular adage that says that the test of a people is shown in how they behave to ward the elderly. Charlamae Fernander, assistant direc tor of the Department of Social Services thanked all who had participated in the service and was grateful to everyone who continues to support them.Central Abaco District Town Planning Board September 27 By Timothy Roberts Board members expressed frustration over a take-away “hut” built on Crockett Drive in Marsh Harbour without permis sion and the lack of cooperation they have received from the owner in complying with regulations. The hut in question, being built by Lavern McQueen on property owned by Ricky Albury, was completed in Septem ber after Board members told her to cease construction. Ms. McQueen was given a letter by Town Planning after its last meet ing instructing her to submit an applica tion to Town Planning, to provide proof of ownership or permission to occupy, and to remove the building within two days of receipt of their letter. At the time of this meeting it was noted that the building had not been removed. It was noted that a Town Committee chairman had told Mr. Albury to continue contrary to the intent of the Town Plan ning Committee. The Board sought advice from Administrator Cephas Cooper on what steps to take as the Board felt that it did not receive the desired results from the Ministry of Works. Mr. Cooper suggested that the applica tion for the take-away be further deferred until there was compliance and clarifica tion, noting that at present it seems that “any Tom, Dick or Harry can build with out permission without consequence.” Various homes and additions were ap proved totaling about $1.2 million includ ing a 720-square-foot auto parts store. The application, submitted by Quality Star Texaco requested approval in principal for the store to be built on its property on Don MacKay Boulevard adjacent to the gas sta tion. The Board saw no problems with the plans and granted the approval. During the meeting blueprints for the Marsh Harbour Community Library were reviewed and deferred because there were no electrical or plumbing risers accompa nying the plans. It was announced at the end of the ser vice that a luncheon will be held for older persons at the Dundas Town Church of God on October 23 at noon. The follow ing week on October 27 a senior citizens’ movie and luncheon will be held at Friend ship Tabernacle Church which the Rotary Club of Abaco has partnered with the De partment of Social Services again this year.Correction on business nameSee Ma Design is full name of the busi ness located in Central Abaco.Central From Page 16 Local Government at Work By Dr. James Hull The flu kills thousands of people each year in the United States, but it is an ill ness that is not well understood. This is flu season again so I would like to help everybody understand what we are dealing with. In this article I will talk about how you catch the flu. On Abaco the common cold is what most people call the “flu.” The flu is caused by a virus just like the common cold, but the flu virus is much more ag gressive, and the illness you get from the flu virus can be very severe. Many people on Abaco feel you can catch the flu from the rain, cold weather or even going into a cold house when they are sweating. You can only catch the flu from other people who are infected. There are three main ways in which you can get the flu: by somebody coughing or sneezing directly into your face (this is what our wonderful children love to do to us), by inhaling air after somebody coughs or sneezes in the same room you are in; from direct contact with an infected person or object that person has touched. Believe it or not, you can get the flu from some body before either of you know they are sick. So what do you need to do this flu sea son to help protect yourself? One of the biggest things a person can do is NOT touch your face with your hands! The average person does not realize how bad this is. If you rub your eyes or nose and have any flu virus on your hands, then you will get sick. Everybody needs to get into the habit of cleaning your hands often. If you need to touch your face, then clean your hands and use hand sanitizer. Try to stay away from people who are coughing, sneezing or sick. If somebody in your family has the flu and they are staying home, you can wear a face mask when you go into their room. I know that sounds cold but remember getting sick yourself will not help anybody but could hurt you. For your protection it is really impor tant to get a flu shot. You can catch the flu in so many different ways that is hard to avoid getting it if you are around people who have the flu. I will write another article about the flu shot and how it works, and if you do get the flu, what you can expect and also what you can do about it. 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While Justice Hartman Longley dis missed the Judicial Review action by Responsible Development for Abaco (RDA), he did agree with its attorney, Fred Smith QC, that “many procedures were ignored or bypassed” and that if the project had been undertaken by the private sector it would “have been stopped sooner” by the government’s regulatory agencies for building without the necessary permits. In Justice Longley’s judgment the ap plicants had a genuine complaint about the way the permits were granted. He said that MAN Diesel was obligated under contract to obtain the necessary permits. “They went at `break neck’ speed, no doubt conscious of the need to complete the plant as soon as possible. But, in doing so, many procedures were ignored or by passed and, in one instance, a ‘stop work’ order had to be issued so that the proper permits could be obtained,” Justice Longley said. Fred Smith QC, the Callenders & Co partner who represented RDA in the action against BEC and the government, said the case turned on Justice Longley’s finding that his clients should have brought their case within six months of the government’s December 2007 signing of the contract to build the Abaco-based power plant. That meant Judicial Review proceed ings should have been brought by June 2008 or November 2008 at latest. Justice Longley found that, based on the evidence, Matthew McCoy, RDA’s principal and the second applicant bringing the action, had by his own admission learnt of the Wilson City decision through attending a speech given to Abaco’s Chamber of Commerce by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham in May 2008. “They did not bring the appli cation until December 2009, more than 18 months later, by which time construction of the plant was continuing,” Justice Long ley found in his ruling. He found that RDA had offered no suit able reason for the delay in bringing Judicial Review proceedings between May 2008 and December 2009, apart from claiming “ignorance of the decision to construct the plant before that date.” Justice Longley found, “The construc tion contract signed [by BEC] was a Juris tic Act that immediately created rights and obligations. Mr. Smith said at the time minimal de tails and information were known other than that the government had decided to construct the BEC power plant, and any opposition would have not known which agencies to challenge and the permits that had been granted. Mr. Smith said, “It’s a Catch 22, and what this does again is it highlights the desperate need for regulatory legislation about Freedom of Information, an Envi ronmental Protection Act, Environmental Impact Assessments, strengthening local government and transparency in invest ment applications.” “In the RDA case, we also challenged on constitutional grounds, saying the secret process of development approvals in The Bahamas was unconstitutional, but the judge also ruled against us on this issue,” Mr. Smith said. Mr. Smith said that RDA was “very disappointed with the outcome” of its Judicial Review action and that both he and his clients would assess the judgment before deciding whether to appeal. He added that the judge “thankfully, found the citizens of Abaco were not mischievous busybodies, that we did have standing and did have a right to be consulted.” “All in all, it’s another dark moment for the citizens of Abaco in trying to have a say on central government diktats as to what happens on their home turf. It seems that local government, in the face of central government decision-making, is powerless.” “The applicants have contributed might ily to this debate about the pros and cons of having the plant located at Wilson City and to the type of fuel it should burn,” Justice Longley ruled. “They have drawn attention to the fact that the construction was go ing ahead without the necessary permits in violation of the law, thus requiring [gov ernment] to issue a stop work order.” He said, “They have produced professionally done reports which call into ques tion the EIA,” adding, “Their role has, in my judgment, been very constructive. In fact, their participation should be wel comed by the respondents and cause a review of the protocols for the future when projects of this nature are put on the drawing board.” “There is no question that had they not highlighted the fact that necessary per mits were not obtained, which probably brought embarrassment to the respon dents, the project might have been mov ing along, in the words of Mr Smith, as a “runaway train.” Even now, the project is proceeding with conditional approvals in some cases.” Justice Longley said the situation turned on whether the process was “meaningful and adequate,” given that evidence showed such a process did happen. He found that it was especially, “the most significant in dicator that the consultation process was both meaningful and adequate.” Because BEC backed down from the use of Bunker C fuel and the pipeline, the RDA’s arguments that they were not prop erly consulted by BEC and the government were dismissed by Justice Longley. “It seems to me the adequacy [of the consulta tion] is determined not so much by the fruit it bears, but by the impact it has on the decision maker,” he said.Fred Smith & RDA Lose Judicial Review Against BEC

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October 15th, 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 By Jennifer Hudson An exciting and impressive proposal for a multi-purpose complex for Abaco was unveiled by Leroy M. Sumner, one of the speakers at the Abaco Business Outlook Seminar held last month. Mr. Sumner is Treasurer of the Teachers and Salaried Workers Cooperative Credit Union. He displayed an architectural rendering for an attractively designed complex in Cen tral Abaco to be constructed by the Credit Union which is scheduled to include space for cinemas, fast food restaurants, fam ily entertainment, bowling alley, shopping mall and more. “This proposed expansion on Abaco will receive an injection of $10-$12 mil lion dollars. The entire complex will cover an area of 62,286 square feet which will include 10,000 square feet of office space, 41,000 square feet of rental space and 10,000 square feet for a stand alone Credit Union Building. Space will be provided for 13 retail stores, food store and supermar ket, and there will also be parking space for 202 cars. The impressive architectural drawings are already completed and the plans are currently awaiting approval. It is hoped that the project will go out to bid before year’s end so that construction can begin in the first part of 2011. The complex is expected to be completed within 12-18 months of start date. “This displays the level of confidence the Credit Union has in the future development of Abaco, and all we ask is that you em brace this new project and assist in its de velopment. It will offer multiple opportuni ties for local entrepreneurs to rent space in the complex and operate and manage their own businesses. Persons can apply now for spaces,” said Mr. Sumner. Mr. Sumner gave an explanation of Credit Unions and their role in the future development in the domestic economy of Abaco. “Most financial institutions have been severely impacted by the recession, but Abaco has not felt the same degree of shock as other islands due to its thriving tourism indus try, large second homeowner market and a fairly buoyant yachting industry. The proposed construction of the new airport, the power plant at Wilson City and multimillion dollar government complex has po sitioned Abaco to feel the recovery sooner than other islands. Therefore the Credit Union is looking to increase its visibility and play a more meaningful role on Abaco. “Credit Unions are not-for-profit organizations and therefore are more resilient. They are born of tough economic circum stances for people to help each other co operatively. Since the Credit Unions are owned by the members, the people are owners, not customers. They earn divi dends on their savings and can borrow at lower rates than the banks offer. There are presently ten Credit Unions in The Bahamas with 34,170 members. The largest of these is the Teachers and Salaried Work ers Credit Union which holds 50 percent of the assets. This union is not just for teach ers but is open to any salaried worker,” stressed Mr. Sumner. “The Credit Union moved into Abaco in 2004. Abaco was selected as the first Fam ily Island branch because we saw this as the fastest growing economy and wanted to be a part of that growth. We wanted to offer an alternative financial institution to the everyday Abaconian of modest means, providing them loans for homes, taxis and churches to make sure that the people here are not left out of the economic opportuni ties. The growth spurt on Abaco has been phenomenal over the last two years. The Credit Union here now has 1,114 members and is a household name throughout Aba co and the cays. In looking to now expand more on Abaco, it was decided to build the new multi-purpose complex here. A sur vey was done amongst members to deter mine what they would like to see most in the future development of their community and they expressed their ideas of what they would like to have in the new complex.” Mr. Sumner concluded by saying that this exciting new complex is something the like of which has not yet been seen for the modernization of Abaco and the Credit Union looks forward to an increased visibility on Abaco and to becoming good partners with the whole of Abaco.Credit Union will build a shopping complex Leroy Sumner This is the artist’s conception of the building that will house the Teachers and Salaried Workers Cooperative Credit Union. It will be on the corner of a large tract that will have a complete shopping center with shops, offices, restaurants and a supermarket. The complex will be located on Forest Drive just beyond Central Pines. North Abaco Bird Watching Trip Junction of Treasure Cay Road and Great Abaco Highway

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian October 15th, 2010 By John Hedden What a thought; recently produced by one of our more esteemed Bahamian public figures while expounding at a recent on-air discussion group in Nassau. What was he talking about? Farming, of course, and to be specific earning a com fortable $40,000 a year from a five-acre farming plot intensively cultivated. Culti vated with what? Coca? Indian hemp? Neem? Maybe more mundane crops like rice maybe, or perhaps potatoes. Possibly noni even. In reality, folks farming in The Bahamas right now is a thankless task, physically demanding, requiring a maximum of four hours sleep at night, knowledge of every skill under the sun, including bookkeeping. UGH! And to top it all off, at the end of that 20-hour day you just can’t move your onions. You see they don’t have that branding like “Vidalia” or “sweet yellow” or a label saying “imported.” So at the end of that very same day, not only are you tired, you are also reward ed with the knowledge that you are more broke now than yesterday. What better re sult could you ask for! Farming in The Bahamas has never been a profitable business. Look at the original Arawaks and Lucayans; they lived mainly off the sea which they never had to sow. They also lived off the wild fruits and berries, herbs and coontie, none of which they had to sow. They never sold anything. In fact, the only sale that took place was that of themselves by the white Europeans, who transported them to Hispaniola to work in the mines and as pearl divers. Following behind these native peoples came the early settlers who had to be sent emergency supplies by their U.S. mainland compatriots in the Carolinas. This literally prevented them from starving to death in their new found islands of freedom. Then after the U.S. war of indepen dence, an inundation of Loyalists arrived with their plantations on their backs or rather on the backs of their slaves. This all under Crown encouragement because Britain was convinced that if these lazy new Bahamian people were prepared to do a little bit of work, then they could make a success of agriculture. That way they wouldn’t be doing all these pastimes of ill repute like drinking and trading in illicit items and prostitution and robbing the high seas, unless, of course, they were licenced by the Crown. Well, the plantation system didn’t work either, and the only thing remaining to this day is the “plantation mentality” which, of course, is why we blame everything on colonialism, even though our children don’t have the foggiest idea of what that means. In fact, I am not sure that they know what anything means, except, of course, “more money.” So all the slaves got sold off or earned their freedom or took their freedom because their masters were so destitute they couldn’t afford to keep them any longer. So next in this saga came another wave of now liberated people trying to eke out a way of surviving on the very same land that broke the backs and the wallets of their masters. Of course, it didn’t take long to realise that a life of drinking, trading, prostitution and arms and liquor running were much more profitable and less likely to lead to heat stroke, no matter what the Crown had to say about it. Boating and boat building were the means to survival for black and white Ba hamians alike; and we forget today that some of our finest sailing boats came out of Andros and other now forgotten islands. Also some of the finest sailors hailed from The Bahamas though never officially recognised. That maybe was because they weren’t recognised as officially English. So they all went sponging. And we still do, but in these times, off the mainly North American tourists who visit our shores. But I forget, I was talking about farm ing. So back to it. By the latter part of the 19th century The Bahamas was again pretty destitute. Cot ton had failed miserably after a few years of exceptional production in the more southern islands especially. Sisal never really took off and labour was becoming expensive thanks to these liberated slaves, now called apprentices who wanted more money for the skills they offered. Boating won out again simply because it paid more money for regular work. But pineapples and citrus became the vogue in a now wealthier North America. Europe was just too far away for the sugarloaf pineapple to arrive as a fruit instead of a fermenting juice. Then, of course, these darned Baha mians discovered pineapple wine and how to make it. Happy times are here again. Well, of course, these tiefing new Americans discovered that they could grow pine apples in Hawaii and citrus in California and Florida, being, of course, new parts of the United Republic. That quickly put paid to our meagre success of controlling the world markets in these items for a few years. Maybe a few more than two. Well, what better way to work the land, as the Crown still wanted us to, than to go away to farms in the U.S. and work as essentially migrant farm labour on the “contract.” At least, we didn’t starve and our families back home received a portion of our wages in the original remittances, which are now a worldwide major source of revenue for impoverished countries. Those males that did return from the contract were often given the label “American Boy” which they then bore proudly on their persona. Of course, the second World War took place and every piece of metal, and espe cially steel and iron, was removed from our shores for the war effort and the smelt ing pots of the arms factories of Britain. Destitute again. At last, the war was over and everybody throughout the colonies of British rule were trying to figure out how to make it, when lo and behold the colonial govern ment arrives with this really bright idea of, what else but, farming. They sent teams to Andros and Eleuthera to establish projects for export produce to earn foreign revenue, and so help pay off some of that American debt incurred during the war years. So what happened? Well, Andros attempted to grow export produce in the swamps behind Fresh Creek, and if it wasn’t for the rainy season the venture may have been successful. Also, of course, the Bahamians used to sneak off to the settle ments and get drunk. These darned peo ple never seem to learn. And, of course, the pineapple growing areas of South Eleuthera were ploughed and worked by the new Caterpillar tractors so that these darned drunken farmers could at least try to put their plants in a straight line instead of weaving everywhere. But somewhere along the way the tractors eliminated the valuable red soils from the area, and never a pineapple was seen to grow here again. Well, after this the Colonials abandoned us to our drunken ways and moved on to help other islands like Montserrat. Here they planted citrus trees on one side of the mountain and built the packing sheds and processing plant on the other side. However, they forgot to put a road in to con nect the two. After this they pretty much gave up on the Caribbean as a sorry lot and decided to move to the African countries to see what havoc they could wreak on the eastern side of the Atlantic. Still, we didn’t give up and people like Levy came into Eleuthera and Crockett into Abaco. A succession of operators went into Andros. None was a really successful long-term farming operation, and I always think that we must have appealed to their philanthropic spirit in some way. In fact, to this day we still have our hand out begging from some rich sucker who passes our way. And now we move into the modern era of information technology, tourism and international banking. Still we keep our liquor-sodden and pirating ways, and al most everybody to a soul is trying to figure out the easiest way to scam our neighbour. So much the better if they happen to be a foreigner. What is the end result? It seems that our government has been catching up on co lonial history, because they want us to go back into farming. What else? Of course, there are no incentives. Oth er countries offer subsidies and marketing, extension services and financing, insurance programmes and price guarantees. But Bahamian farmers don’t need any of these things because wiser minds than mine have decreed how easy it is to make $40,000 a year off five acres of farm land. Just ask my farmer friend, Mr. Wells. He has a broken disc and has been waiting for over a month to get duty free conces sions on the emergency repair parts. Like he says at least if he beats his head with a stone, he knows he will see blood. Driftwood speaks

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October 15th, 2010 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 Registration centres opened throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on October 4 to begin a new Voter Register. Registration of voters will take place at the Administrator’s offices in the Family Islands. The Registration Centres will be opened from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel said the current Register, which came into force in April 2007 is due to expire “on its anniversary date in 2012” or on an earlier date that may be named by the Governor-General. Law requires the Parliamentary Com missioner prepare a Register in Readiness (a new register) every five years to replace the current register when it expires. “Bahamians should be aware that in order to be able to vote when the time comes, they must be registered,” Mr. Bethel said. The law is “very clear” in defining those persons qualified to register to vote. Applicants for registration must be citi zens of The Bahamas of full age and not subject to any legal incapacity and must ordinarily be resident in the constituency for a period of at least three months imme diately preceding the day of registration. Persons applying for registration must present a valid Bahamian passport or a birth certificate as proof of citizenship. A valid Bahamian passport will serve as the “principal document” that will be accepted for registration. “If a person does not have a valid passport, he/she should present a birth certificate,” Mr. Bethel said. “Please bear in mind the fact that all documents that people may present do not prove citizenship,” Mr. Bethel continued. “Documents such as the old voter’s card, an affidavit, a baptismal certificate, or a certificate of identity do not prove citizen ship. Even the birth certificate in some in stances does not prove citizenship.” “The public is reminded that not only is it the right of every eligible citizen to vote, it should be taken as a most impor tant civic obligation,” the Parliamentary Commissioner said. “In order to exercise this right to vote and to meet this most im portant civic obligation, however, eligible persons have to register. I therefore invite early participation in the National Voter Registration Drive,” Mr. Bethel added.National Voter Registration Drive began October 4By Timothy Roberts Ronald Darville, Deputy Director of The Bahamas Industrial and Agricultural Corporation (BAIC) said the corporation has focused efforts on training Bahamians to manufacture goods to sell such as items sold in straw markets and tourist shops in hopes saving the $300 million spent outside the country on those items. Mr. Darville, speak ing at the Business Outlook, said manufacturing handicrafts for sale locally is a huge opportunity to spawn small and medium-sized industries and capture mil lions of dollars spent on imported souve nirs. He noted additionally that about $500 million is spent yearly on imported food products, which BAIC hopes to change with its agricultural initiatives. “To that end BAIC has opened thousands of acres of prime farm land on Abaco, Andros and Eleuthera to Bahamians,” he said. The intention is for Bahamians to farm that land and tap into some of that $500 million per annum and create an avenue for small and medium businesses to have a stake in the national economy. “We see it as our responsibility to not just continually bring these opportunities to the attention of Bahamians but provide incentives for them to take advantage of them,” said Mr Darville. If Bahamians could pro duce at least half of the food product we now purchase overseas, it would return up to $250 million to the local economy and provide numerous job opportunities. Mr. Darville said that it is well known that visitors prefer authentically produced handicrafts and suggested that opportunities “abound” for the start-up of small and medium-sized businesses that cater to tourists. “Armed with our best handicraft trainers, we have been throughout the is lands instructing Bahamians in the fine art of souvenir production,” he said, “utiliz ing just the things found in our local envi ronment.” Mr. Darville said that when the new Marsh Harbour Farmers Market is com plete, there will be adequate accommoda tions for Abaconian artisans.BAIC is encouraging farming and craft productionRonald Darville The Moorings Yacht ChartersThe Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class crewed yacht charter The Conch Inn Resort Curly Tails The Conch Inn Resort and Marina Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you. The Conch Inn Marina Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina November 2010 Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new sailing yachts 36 ft. mono hull or 38 ft. catamaran SAILING VACATIONS Sunsail

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian October 15th, 2010 Rev. Juln 10 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Island-wide Abaco Listings Abaco Vacations + þ 800-633-9197 Abaco Vacation Planner + þ 25 hse þ 367-3529 Bahamas Vacations + þ 800-462-2426 Cherokee Lee Pinder + þ 3 hse þ 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages þ 5 cottages þ 366-2075 Grand Cay Rosie’s Place þ 352-5458 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House Club þ 12 units þ 365-4247 Cocobay Cottages þ 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club þ 35 rm þ 365-4271 Island Properties + þ 34 hse þ 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn þ 9 rm þ 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties + þ 34 þ 365-4636 Other Shore Club þ 365-4226 Roberts Cottages þ 3 cott þ 365-4105 Guana Cay Dive Guana þ 11 hse þ 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort þ 4 rm 10 cott. þ 365-5137 Donna Sands + þ 12 hse þ 365-5195 Guana Beach Resort þ 6 units þ 365-5133 Guana Seaside þ 8 rm 7 cott þ 365-5106 Ocean Frontier þ 519-389-4846 þ Ward’s Landing þ 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth SAnds þ 9 hse þ 365-5140 Hope Town Abaco Inn þ 22 rm þ 366-0133 Club Soleil þ 6 rm 1 cott þ 366-0003 Crystal Villas þ 7 villas 888-812-2243 Elbow Cay Prop + þ 53 hse þ 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge þ 25 rm þ 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways + þ 63 hse þ 366-0224 Hope T Villas + þ 3 hse þ 366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals þ 4 cott þ 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages + þ 3 hse þ 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort þ 6 villas þ 366-0065 Tanny Key + þ 43 hse þ 366-0053 Turtle Hill þ 4 villas þ 366-0557 Hotels and House Rental AgentsLubbers Quarters Sea Level Cottages þ 4 hse þ 366-3121 Man-O-War Island Home Rentals + þ 8 hse þ 365-6048 Schooner’s Landing þ 5 condos þ 365-6072 Marsh Harbour area Abaco Beach Resort þ 82 rms þ 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate + þ 6 hse þ 367-2719 Alesia’s þ 3 rms þ 367-4460 Ambassador Inn þ 6 rms þ 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort þ 8 rms þ 367-3980 Conch Inn þ 9 rms þ 367-4000 D’s Guest House þ 6 rms þ 367-3980 Living Easy þ 16 hse þ 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel þ 8 rms þ 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas þ 6 eff þ 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas þ 6 cott þ 367-3600 Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) þ 32 effic þ 367-0148 HG Christie þ 11 hse þ 367-4151 Moore’s Island Moore’s Is Bonefish Camp þ 8 rm þ 366-6334 Sandy Point Oeisha’s Resort þ 366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort þ 14 rm þ 366-4119 Rickmon’s Bonefishing þ 10 rm þ 366-4477 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort þ 18 rm 6 hse þ 365-0083 Treasure Cay Bahama Beach Club þ 88 units þ 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas þ 4 units þ 365-8033 Island Dreams + þ 45 hse þ 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort þ 95 rms þ 365-8801 Mark’s Bungalows þ 4 units þ 365-8506 Abaco Estate Services þ 365-8752 Wood Cay Tangelo Hotel þ 19 rm 3 villa þ 365-2222 Web Sites with Abaco Information http://www.abaconian.com http://www.abacoinet.com http.//www.abacoinfo.com + agents with multiple cottages and houses http://www.abacos.com http://www.oii.net http://www.bahamas.com 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 be lived with. 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 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 Letters From Page 9 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 invest ment 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 stealing 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 any thing 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 ministry to fight such complaints for us, resulting in dishonest contractors like ours running off with our money and pos sessions 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 knowl edge of shady building contractors from becoming victims in the future. Fed up and disgusted homeowners The North Abaco Constituency Association held a meeting of its members on October 7 at the Treasure Cay Primary School. The guest speaker was Carl Bethel, National Chairman who told the 30 persons present that the country is holding its own with Abaco doing much better than the rest of the country. Members were asked to pay their annual association dues of $12, one dollar per month, to enable them to be financial members in good standing and vote at the next meeting for association officers. Members were asked to be prepared with nomination names at the November meeting. Refreshments were served at the close of the 7 p.m. meeting. Shown are Chubby Williams, Eric Collie, Leon Pinder, National Chairman Carl Bethel, Steve Pedican and Kirk Reckley FNM party holds meeting for North Abaco members By Canishka Alexander On October 4 employees of the Abaco Club on Winding Bay attended a Relaunch Registration which Freddie Munnings of Human Resources said was an in-house orientation for staff members. Scores of cars were parked at Faith Convention Cen ter, and from the looks of those lined up Abaco Club employees attend orientationfor lunch, the orientation appeared to be well attended. Mr. Munnings said the Abaco Club would re-open on October 8, and that the orientation was expected to last throughout the week. He said the event was not pub licized because the orientation involved only those employed at the Abaco Club.

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October 15th, 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. ............................. þ. ............................ þ. ........................... þ. ................... þ. ........................ þ. ................................... þ. ..... þ. ..................... þ. þ. .......................... þ. ................... þ. ........................ Green Turtle Cay þ. ........ þ. ... þ. ............................. .............................. ......................... þ. .. þ. ............................. þ. ...................... .............................. Guana Cay þ. ............... þ. ................. þ. ...................... þ. .................. þ. ........... þ. .................. þ þ. .. Hope Town þ. ..................... þ. ................... þ. ........................... þ. ............... þ. ................................ þ. .................... þ. ............................. Treasure Cay þ. ............. þ. ................................. ....................................... þ. ..................... þ. ........................... þ. ............................... þ. ........................... þ. .............. Sandy Point þ. .. þ. þ. ...... þ. .... þ. ...... þ. .... Marsh Harbour þ. ......... þ. ...... þ. ..... þ. .... þ. ....... þ. ...... þ. ..... þ. ........ þ. ....... Crossing Rocks þ. ....... Cherokee þ. ............. þ. .......... Noel Lowe þ. ............... þ. ......... Casaurina Point þ. ........... Hope Town þ. ........ North Abaco þ. .. þ. ....... þ. ...... þ. ....... þ. .......... Green Turtle Cay þ. ............. þ. ....... þ. .......... 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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 -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 Harbour 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 Medical Services þ. ... þ þ. ............. þ. ................ þ. ......... þ. ................... þ. ......... þ. ..... ................ þ. ............. þ. ................. Abaco Marinas Green Turtle Cay ................ ....... þ. ...... þ. ...... ....... þ. ...... þ. ... ................ þ. ....... ....... þ. ...... þ. .. ....... þ. ...... Treasure Cay þ. þ. ...... þ. ...... þ. ... ....... þ. ...... Marsh Harbour þ. ....... þ. ...... þ. ................... ....... þ. ..... þ. . ....... þ. ..... þ. ........ ................ þ. þ. 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Taxi Cab Fares : (effective Dec 08) þ. ......................................... þ. ........... þ. ....... ......... ........................................ þ. ...................................................................... þ. ............................................................... ............................ þ. ....................................................... þ. ............................................................. þ. .................................................................. Leisure Lee 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. 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Leisure Lee 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 interestwatching ask tourism 367-3067To Abaco by land and sea from Florida Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised 1 Oct 10 All phones use area code 242 unless notedCompliments of The Abaconianwww.abaconian.com Albury’s Ferry Service Bch 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 7:15am 10:30 2:30 pm 4 5:45 þ Return 8 am 11:30 3:15 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 Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday Lv 12 & returns 4:45 p.m. $25 RT T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $35 RT þ 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 þ þ Bahamas Ferries Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 Hour 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 information. Email: dswain@bahamas.com Charter Boats þ

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October 15th, 2010 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 18 NUMBER 20 OCTOBER 15th, 2010 By Jennifer Hudson This year’s four foreign language cadets were presented with their certificates of completion of the Ministry of Tourism’s 2010 Foreign Language Cadet Programme during a ceremony held in the St. Andrews Methodist Church Hall on October 9. This marked the culmination of a three-phase programme 1) Language in action 2) In ternship with a tourism related establish ment 3) Study abroad. The students re turned in August from a month’s study in Mexico and Costa Rica. The four cadets, Lyndeisha Curry of Forest Heights Academy, Tirshatha Etienne of Long Bay School, Sherlycia McKenzie of St. Francis de Sales Catholic School and Yvonne Lopez of S.C. Bootle High School, all took an active part in the ceremony offering the opening prayer, welcome remarks and introduction of keynote speaker in both Spanish and Eng lish. The group also presented a delightful Spanish dance beautifully choreographed and costumed. An interesting multimedia presentation allowed the audience of educators, friends and parents to “Meet the 2010 Abaco Foreign Language Cadets.” This showed highlights of the month-long study abroad through photographs taken by the students themselves and also competently narrated Cadets complete Foreign Language programFour cadets perform at graduation ceremonyThe four Foreign Lanuage cadets displayed dances that they learned during their month in Costa Rica or Mexico. They reported on their experiences at their graduation held at the Methodist Church Hall in Dundas Town on October 9. They are Tirshatha Etienne of Long Bay School, Sherlycia McKenzie of St. Francis de Sales School, Lyndeisha Curry of Forest Heights Academy and Yvonne Lopez of S.C. Bootle High School. They completed a three-part program that included living with a Latin American family for a month while attending classes and learning about of the culture of their host country, all the while speaking only Spanish. This is the fourth group of students from Abaco to be included in this program offered by the Ministry of Tourism. Please see Cadets Page 19 A virus has been identified that affects juvenile spiny lobsters, killing some of them. This widesperead problem could affect one of our major industries. Two scientists collected tissue samples from adult crawfish on Abaco for on-going studies. Shown is Jeremie Saunders, left, Abaco’s Superintendent of Fisheries, who assisted the scien tists. They are retired professor Dr. Bill Herrnkind and Dr. Mark Butler, Professor of Biological Science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. This is the view of the marina at Sand Banks development just north of the entrance to Treasure Cay. The marina will have 88 boat slips and will accommodate boats up to 150 feet. The plans include a 20-room hotel, 57 condos, 23 marina front estates 13 beach front lots as well as nine townhouses. This picture was taken in May. Since then the breakwater has been extended to give protection to the marina. Work on the marina is almost complete.Construction continues at Sand Banks Virus is affecting spiny lobster juvenilesBy Timothy Roberts A recently discovered virus is killing off juvenile Caribbean spiny lobsters and placing further stress on an already trou bled marine source which supports the livelihood of many Bahamian fishermen. Dr. Mark Butler, Professor of Biologi cal Science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, assisted by retired professor Dr. Bill Herrnkind, visited Abaco from September 30 to October 3 to collect 100 samples from crawfish in The Bahamas as they do further research into this virus called PaV1 (Panulirus argus Virus #1). Dr. Butler spoke to a group of fisher man in Sandy Point on October 1 high lighting the need to detect this virus. He Please see Lobster Page 19 Auskell Medical Clinic AnnouncesFree Eye Exams for students Auskell Medispa offers Luxury with a Purpose

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian October 15th, 2010 Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderThey are back again Those beautiful “Rain Flowers,” also known as August Flowers, (but don’t ask me why) are back again. Some yards are so full of them that they appear as if a blanket of pink, white, yellow, salmon or deep pink has been spread out where the lawn used to be. They only last a few days and they are gone. But while they are here we can all enjoy them, at least, until they mi raculously come again.There was standing room only when Ted Pearce and David Lowe began to play their guitars October 1 at the Assemblies of God Church in Cherokee Sound. They came to Cherokee to help a longtime friend, Daniel Sawyer, raise some much needed funds to help him in his time of need with a little Christian charity. They played nonstop for over one and a half hours without a break, and that was after they had put in a full day’s work at their own daytime jobs. It’s hard to describe their music. It’s calming, it’s relaxing, inspirational and it’s obviously straight from the heart. There are no other words but to say it was really lovely and certainly entertaining. The applause was loud and boisterous, and the audience let them know their songs were appreciated. Requests were thrown out and they tried to play them all with patience and grace. With much effort, Daniel said, “The Lord has put in my Heart to say a few words” and he told of his recent problems and all the encouragement he has had from friends like Ted and David and he thanked them all. The evening’s Love Offering took in over $4,600 with promises of more to come that I’m sure will go a long way to pay his medical expenses. On the 11th of October Cherokee Sound honoured a Harcourt Rodney “Rusty” Bethel, who became known as “The Father of Radio Broadcasting in The Bahamas.” The record books show that it was a stormy day, the 29th of May 1913, when Harcourt Rodney Bethel was born to Ada and Alfred Bethel, later to be more familiar ly known as “Rusty” because of the colour of his hair. This name and the sound of his distinct voice would later be recognized from one end of The Bahamas to the other, from Bimini to Eleuthera and from Grand Bahama to Great Inagua Island, but never more so than right here in Cherokee Sound where he was born. His name is one that can often be heard in conversation and reminiscences of the past because he is one of our most famous native sons. He was born during hard and difficult times, in the middle of a recession when most of the island men were struggling to make a living for their families by sponging or fishing. Back then they did not have GPS’s, Fish Finding sonar or even motors on their fishing smacks. Rusty began his education here in this school and may even have been taught by Walter Sands, who was then 24 years old, a very young Headmaster at Cherokee Sound All-Age School. Or maybe he was under the supervision of one of the many “Monitors” of the day who were given the responsibility to assist and teach the younger children. This oneroomed schoolhouse was called an all-age school for a reason with students attend ing from first through eighth grade with no further opportunity for any higher learning on Abaco. Rusty’s father tried going to sea but found it too difficult to provide for his wife and young son and he moved the family to Miami, Florida, probably not long af ter Rusty had started school here. Then six years later the family returned to The Bahamas to live in Nassau where he con tinued his education by attending Victoria Please see South Page 4 Rain Flowers or August Flowers are filling many yards. The annuals show up in late summer in a variety of colors. Ted Pearce and Dave Lowe performed in a concert for the residents of Cherokee Sound as a fund raiser to assist in the medical expenses of Daniel Sawyer. The concert was held in the Assembly of God Church.

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School on East Bay Street. After graduating he worked at the Royal Bank of Canada’s main branch on Bay Street (the only bank operating in The Bahamas at that time). Living through uncer tain and trying times with a war raging in Europe, young men were anxious to get involved and were looking for ways to protect their homeland. Rusty decided to learn wireless telegra phy and obtained a First-Class Operator’s License and this then helped to launch him into the world of communications and eventually his long career in broadcasting beginning in June of 1938. Referred to as “Crystal Sets,” radios needed large batteries that had to be returned to Nassau for re-charging, and even they were an oddity around this time. There were very few of these instruments in the Out Islands. People would gather around one central location to listen to the morning and evening news not only to hear about their fellow-Bahamians, but to keep abreast of what was happening in the war. Snce the mail boats running between the islands and Nassau ran only every other week (weather permitting), radios were how people kept up with the news of the day. We can only imagine what a veritable lifeline the radio was during WWII for these isolated settlements when many young Bahamian men were serving in the Canadian armed forces. What a comfort it must have been when they recognized a familiar voice coming over the wires as another Cherokee man keeping them informed of what was happening in the world beyond their South From Page 2 shores. Rusty Bethel was known throughout The Baha mas for his individual announcing talents and eventually became the General Manager of ZNS, the only radio station within The Bahamas at that time, and remained with them till his retire ment in 1970. He married Kathleen Agatha Albury in 1944 and they had two children, Randy and Shiela. A loving and devoted hus band, he and Kathleen remained together till his death. Rusty had a familiar and folksy broad casting voice and probably best remem bered for his reporting on the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in 1940 when they took up the duties of the Governorship. He kept his listeners up-to-date on all the latest investigations on the mysteri ous murder of Sir Harry Oakes, a prominent Nassau resident and internationally known businessman. He was there for both visits by Queen Elizabeth II and H.R.H., the Duke of Edinburgh, and, the visit of Her Royal Highness, Princess Margaret. He reported on the arrival of President John F. Kennedy from the United States, Harold Mc Millan, Prime Minister of Great Britain and the Hon. John Diefenbaker of Canada for the famous “Nassau Talks” in l962. Even today many can still remem ber hearing one of his most famous sales pitches: “If it’s O.K. Flour, it’s okay!” that was heard during his regular scheduled programming on ZNS for many years. Rusty personally recalled that his sad dest assignment was the reporting of the ill-fated sinking of the cruise ship Yarmouth Castle off Great Isaac lighthouse on November 13, 1965. He said it was an especially difficult assignment since he knew many of the Bahamian passengers on board. He returned to Cherokee Sound with his daughter, grandson and son-in-law in 1986 to once more visit his birthplace and stop by his grandparent’s grave. There were not many of his childhood pals left at that time, but it didn’t diminish his thrill of walking the familiar streets and drawing from his memory of how it used to be. Even though he was not a young man, he was still very sprightly and was able to make the long trek by foot up to the top of Cherokee Hill. And even though it was another drizzly and rainy day, he said he wanted to see the beautiful clear waters and the famous Long Dock he still remembered so well “just one more time.” The Bahamas lost one of itsr most notable and distinguished citizens when Har court Rodney Bethel died many years later just one week shy of his 89th birthday on May 22, 2002. His son, Randy, had passed away before him. However, his wife Kath leen survived him for a short period, and his daughter, Shiela Ashton, still lives in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The City of Nassau and The Bahamas government re-named Third Terrace East, Centerville. on New Providence to Har court “Rusty” Bethel Drive. Now Chero kee has added him to its Wall of Heroes so he will always be remembered in his birthplace.Well, one thing was certain, everyone seemed to be having fun on the Discovery Day holiday held in the schoolyard in Cher okee Sound. The weather was sunshine all day with a slight breeze; and if you found a shady spot under the almond trees, people were reluctant to move. Everyone caught up with old friends they maybe hadn’t seen in years, and everyone was catching up on what had happened since the last time they had seen each other. The addition of Rusty Bethel, a promi nent and well known local figure, was made to Cherokee’s Wall of Heroes, and a brief presentation was made by Patrick Bethel. Rusty’s daughter, Shiela Ashton, was on hand for the festivities. Patrick also entertained a small crowd of interested persons with some humor ous and historical antidotes of past local residents with his storytelling, stories that will soon be forgotten because there are so few who still recall how they were told to them. People were really impressed by some of the local art work displayed in the Art Exhibit and had no idea we had such tal ented persons in our midst. Those who found their way to The Walk Back in Time A display of old photographs and other memorabilia was displayed in the old telephone station in Cherokee. The tiny room was the main link the residents had to the outside world from many years as the telephone allowed them to know what was going on out side their settlement. Lee Pinder, who organized the event, is shown at far right. Please see South Page 23 Harcourt “Rusty” Bethel

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October 15th, 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 Gr ound 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 $799,000 + 8.5% 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 bSOLDed / 2 bath, many þ þ special features. MUST SEE þ 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 For 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 CONTRACT

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian October 15th, 2010 Extended Care (After Hours) Call 577-0113P.O. Box AB-20180, Marsh Harbour, AbacoFor Appointments or further infor mation Call 367-0020A General Practioner is on staff Monday through Saturday Dr. David Allen Psychiatrist Ocotber 22, 2010 Dr. Marcus Cooper Gastroenterologist October 29 , 2010Health Fair Hope TownOctober 30, 2010 Environmental visit is By Jennifer Hudson Twenty-three senior students from The Pine School in Hobe Sound, Florida, ac companied by three staff members, spent the week of September 27 October 2 on Abaco as part of their school’s Service Learning Experience. “Each year all stu dents in Grades 7-12 leave the campus and travel to various places for one week as part of the school’s off-campus education programme.” All of the projects in which the students participate involve community service and the environment. “We have a very large environmental initiative because of our location and the land the school oc cupies in Florida,” explained Debbie Law ton, Senior Class Advisor. The group stayed at Camp Abaco for the week and carried out a clean-up of the premises. The goal of their visit was to do beach clean-ups to aid the environment for both The Bahamas National Trust and Friends of The Environment. This, they felt, was most appropriate since they were here during International Coastal Clean-up Week. The seas proved to be too rough for the students to be able to do much of a beach clean-up of invasive species for the Bahamas National Trust on their first day but they were able to carry out a very suc cessful clean up of the Man-O-War beach in conjunction with the students of the Man-O-War School. They also did a beach clean up at Bahama Palm Shores. During the week the students met with Kristin Williams, President of Friends, to learn about its environmental work and with Nancy Albury, Branch Manager and Curator of Paleontology for the National Museum of The Bahamas, who gave a talk on the Blue Holes of Abaco. The students spent time visiting some environmentally interesting areas such as the Blue Hole at Sawmill Sink and the parrots at Bahamas Palm Shores and watched boat building on Man-O-War. “The trip was very interesting, and I enjoyed learning about the culture of the island. But the tropical depression Noel messed up our plans,” stated student Chris Irvine. Myrthe Doedens has been visiting Abaco for many years since her parents own a home on Lubbers. But she was ex cited about this trip as she saw more of Abaco than she had ever seen before and enjoyed her first time riding the ferry (al ways before she had crossed in her par ents’ boat). Student Addison Gropp, who is a keen photographer, was busily taking photographs throughout the trip. “I really enjoyed this visit as I am a wildlife person and a big advocate for a clean environment,” he stated. “This was a great experience for the kids,” said Ms. Lawton who added that two of the students intend to come back in the Spring to do projects with the Friends and Nancy Albury.Forest Heights Academy celebrates 20 yearsOn August 30, 2010, Forest Heights Academy opened its doors for its 20th learning season, and it is clear that it is not content to rest on its laurels. Led by Principal James Richard, the school is changing with the times in many ways. Of course, a school is only as success ful as its infrastructure, and Forest Heights has indeed upgraded its operating system. This year you will see both hardware and software improvements beginning with the ever-improving website expanding to a new system called Edline, which makes it as easy as remembering a password for parents to monitor the student’s progress and receive all types of memos. As we all learn to use this system, it will enhance the communication between parents, teachers and students; this relationship is a neces sary tool to build the foundation of a good education. In addition, the wireless system has been expanded to all classrooms to enable expansion of information to the digital projectors and laptops positioned in each classroom. However, all of the fancy gadgets avail able cannot take the place of an upgraded curriculum. With so many students going on to science, medicine and research and development, it has become more apparent that chemistry needs to be added to supplement the current science curriculum for those students who are college bound. This has been put into place beginning with this year’s tenth grade class. Furthermore, students from grade ten and up continue to prepare for PSAT and SAT exams which are given at Forest Heights at regular intervals. In order to round out the curriculum, Forest Heights adheres to the old adage that “all work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy.” For this reason extra-curricular activities are highly encouraged through school. This year Craft, Drama, Interact, Publishing, Governor General’s Youth Award, Toastmasters and Junior Achieve ment Clubs are being held during and after school. Also important is the intra-mural sports program which will begin with volleyball this year. Despite all of these improvements, one aspect never changes at Forest Heights Academy, and that is the success of our students in both the government exams and their endeavors after they leave our school. This past year has been no exception. The BGCSE and BJC exams had highly suc Twenty-three students of Pine School in Hobe Sound, Florida, visited Abaco as part of a school program to participate in environmental work. They cleaned beaches, learned about Blue Holes and learned about boat building on Man-O-War. Please see School Page 7

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School From Page 6 cessful results, with two seniors, Amy Mackey and Evelande Gedeon, passing ten exams at C or above and five ninth graders, Alexzandra Phillpot, Rebecca Strachan, Adrianne Kelly, Pedro Maycock and Aisha Jones, achieving five A’s. However, what really makes us proud is how our alumnae continue to be successful in universities and right here on Abaco as we see their faces in so many of the integral businesses which make Abaco the wonderful Family Island it is. So as a final note may we say to all of you, Congratulations, and watch for a spring event to celebrate these amazing 20. We look forward to many more!Long Bay School honors outstanding students By Samantha V. Evans After a very productive 2009-2010 school year, Principal Jacqueline Collie and the staff of Long Bay School gathered at the school on September 16th to honor those students who excelled throughout the year. Principal Collie gave an overview of all of the accomplishments of the school over the 2009-2010 school year. The students excelled especially in the Spelling Bee with Durene Etienne and Christian Hield placing 2nd and 3rd in the Grade 3 Spelling Bee respectively, Duane Johnson placing 1st for grade 4 and Tirshatha Etienne placing 3rd in the Rotary Club Speech Competition. The school participated in numerous other competitions and did well. The Parent Teacher Association took the teachers to Winding Bay for Teacher’s Appreciation Week where the staff had a grand time. Mrs. Collie was very pleased with the accomplishments of the students and knows that this year they will exceed last year’s accomplishments. She told them to aim to be extraordinary as these types of people do not settle for mediocrity, and they do not waste time. She added that the 24 students who made the honor roll did so because they fashioned in their mind that they would be better than the rest. These students achieved a 3.5 GPA or better which is magnificent. Mrs. Collie spoke of some of the charac teristics that make a student extraordinary such as having a vision, being focused, having values, being passionate about life, having emotional intelligence, being bal anced and resilient. She told them to use their gifts and talents wisely as these have been given to them by God. The principal commended Ashley Ara nha for having the highest BJC passes and Leann Albury for having the highest The students of Long Bay School on the honour roll were recognized at a ceremony on September 16th. They are Vashti Goff, Cicely Gomez, Mesha Smith, Milton Dean Odessa Cooper and Tirshatha Etienne. BGCSE scores for Long Bay School. Both of them passed with scores C and better. The students receive trophies, certificates and/or plaques for their achievement. The highest performing students for each grade level for the 2009-10 school year were Jaheem Smith, grade 2; Durene Etienne, grade 3; Kyle Newbold, grade 5; Giovan ni Morris, grade 6; Mikinchina Etienne, grade 7; Javara McIntosh, grade 8; Alei sha Gomez, grade 9; Cicely Gomez, grade 10; and Tirshantha Etienne, grade 11. By Samantha V. Evans Sixteen students representing seven schools took part in the Abaco District Spelling Bee on October 5 at the Method ist Hall in Dundas Town. Twelve rounds were spent on the seen list after which time five contestants remained to take on the un seen list. It was quick and painless as Su jith Swarna, a grade eight student of Forest Heights Academy, was named the winner after the remaining two competitors spelt their words incorrectly. That left two S.C. Bootle High School students to battle for second and third place. After several more rounds the second place spot was claimed by Chelsea Ramotar and third place went to Dearsharay Brown. There were some great performers in this competition but the spellers from James A. Pinder were so good that they deserve mentioning. Two of them remained as the final round of the seen list took place, leaving one to battle with the remaining four junior high stu dents. These two youth, Ashanti Duncan son and Crisel Clarke, deserve commenda tion and the judges look forward to seeing them at the competition at their respective grade levels. celebrated on October 1By Samantha V. Evans World Teachers Day is held on October 5th every year but due to the fact that this date fell on a Tuesday, the Ministry of Education allowed teachers to celebrate on October 1st. The theme chosen for this year was Recovery Begins with Teachers . Please see School Page 8 Sujith Swarna

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian October 15th, 2010 ROCK imported & local SAND imported & local 8” CONCRETE BLOCKS 50LBS BAGS ROCK & SAND Abaco’s cornerstone to construction AIR COMPRESSOR AVAILABLE FOR RENT Visit our modern facility on the Murphy Town Water Front beside Parker’s Landing At the lunch and fun day held at the Angli can Parish Hall in Marsh Harbour on Oc tober 1st, Yolanda Curry, Area Vice Presi dent for the Northern Bahamas, addressed the teachers. She told them that the nation is going through economic challenges right now so it is up to them as teachers to make a difference. The nation and the world are depending on teachers to lead the way for recovery. She stated that this recovery can take any form as there are many disasters being experienced and school violence is on the rise. In order for recovery to begin with teach -School From Page 8 ers, Ms. Curry stated that all of them must acknowledge that they are leaders. Many teachers and a few administrators were in attendance and they enjoyed games, good Bahamian music and food.Students attended an All Male ServiceBy Canishka Alexander From the start of the Department of Education’s All Male Service, it was evi dent that the male students were in for a treat. Students moderated the service, lead the prayer, read the Scripture reading and welcomed to those who attended. Supt. Noel Curry of the Marsh Harbour Police Station showed two videos of how easy it is for people to hide weapons on them. One of the videos showed how one individual was able to conceal 12 weap ons under his clothing. He encouraged the churches to pray for police officers even as they pray for themselves. He sadly noted that The Bahamas’ murder count is at 70, which includes one incident from Abaco that could have been avoided. Administrator Cephas Cooper outlined some of the ways males fall short in soci ety, and a lot of it has to do with peer pres sure. He told the students to do a character check-up each day as they check to see that their physical appearance is in good order. The drama demonstrated by Leroy Thompson and students from Central Abaco Primary School was a humorous yet so bering one as it illustrated the bad choices our young men make with regard to pornography, drugs and violence. However, According to Principal Huel Moss Jr. of S.C. Bootle High School, the PTA of S.C. Bootle High School elected a new board to serve for the next two years during a meeting held at the school on September 23. He said there has been a gradual increase of parental involvement in school activities and in their children’s education in recent years at the school. In light of those encouraging changes, Mr. Moss said it is anticipated that this trend will continue under the leadership of the newly-elected board. Shown are Felton Pritchard, Asst. Chaplain; Jenson Edgecombe, Vice-President; Clyde Cornish, Asst. Treasurer; Berkley Roberts, Treasurer; Eric Collie, President; Huel Moss, school Principal; Christine Curry, Chaplain; Selva Sawyer, Asst. Secretary; Nurse Charmine Cornish, Secretary; and Sylvia Poitier, Public Relations.Please see School Page 9 Many in the community wondered if the banking institutions on Abaco would be dis tributing school supplies this year. Last year, most of the banks were able to assist with school supplies. However, Huel Moss Jr., principal of S.C. Bootle High School, ex pressed his gratitude to Commonwealth Bank on behalf of the staff and students. Com monwealth Bank gave approximately 20 new backpacks that were fully stocked with supplies to the school, and Mr. Moss said the students were jubilant and appreciative. “Students showed off their new backpacks, courtesy of Commonwealth Bank, Marsh Harbour. Honor Roll students, students who performed well during the recent BJC Examinations and other specially-identified students were rewarded with these supplyfilled back-packs. The staff and students of S.C. Bootle say thanks to Commonwealth Bank for this generous, motivational gesture,” he said. Bootle students school supplies

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Coming Soon! Port of Call MarinaAordable dockage in the heart of Marsh Harbour Oering a gated entrance and well lit dock Options: Water & Secure Parking For more information please contact Julie Gates Abaco Bookkeeping 367-4022 School From Page 8 at the end, Thompson showed that Jesus is the best choice. Pastor Duerre Thomas, guest speaker, delivered a powerful message after an equally powerful song that was presented by Pastor Desmond Sturrup of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Diagnosed with lupus at the age of 11, his face and head covered in lesions, Pas tor Thomas said it was one of many things that society used to place a death sentence on him and bury him. He talked about the tumultuous life that has brought him to and prepared him for where he is now. His theme Young man, it’s time to rise up was taken from the biblical story about the death of the widow of Nain’s son. He admonished the males to follow six steps to get out of every coffin that so ciety has built for them. First, one must respect themselves and others; next, the males were encouraged to work hard; and this was followed by honesty as the best policy. The fourth step was watching the friends they keep; and the fifth was remem bering that they are sig nificant. The sixth step was most impor tant because it dealt with the fear of God and keep ing His com mandments. He said that it does not mat ter what life throws at you because when you have God, you do not lose your value. donates to school By Canishka Alexander According to Principal Huel Moss Jr. of S.C. Bootle High School, Commonwealth Bank continues to exemplify good corporate citizenship. The new bank manager, Wallace Taylor, recently visited the school campus in Cooper’s Town to make a pre sentation of a laptop computer and an LCD projector. “Both pieces of equipment are much needed as all of the school’s laptops were stolen last year during a break-in at the school,” Mr. Moss said. “The laptops and projectors are used as major teaching tools by the staff at the school.” Earlier in the school year, Mr. Moss expressed gratitude to the staff of Commonwealth Bank for the new backpacks that were given to the school. The back packs were stocked with an assortment of school supplies. The donation was enjoyed primarily by those students who performed well academically. However, with this lat est donation, the entire school body will benefit from the use of the equipment. Bootle’s assembly By Canishka Alexander The students and staff of S.C. Bootle High School were visited by Pastor Des mond Sturrup of the Marsh Harbour Seventh Day Adventist Church recently. He admonished the students to strive for high moral standards, to be committed to truth and to have respect for self and others. General assemblies usually last about 20 minutes and are held weekly. According to Principal Huel Moss Jr., it was Sturrup’s first visit to the school. He was well-received by all who were present many of whom are members of his church. Commonwealth Bank generously donated electronic equipment to S.C. Bootle High School. Principal Huel Moss, left, and Vice-Principal Sa brina Russell, right, received the LCD projector and laptop computer from Mr. Wallace Taylor, Manager of the Marsh Harbour Branch of Commonwealth Bank. Pastor Sturrup ended his presentation with a beautifully rendered song that he had written. He promised to be a regular visi tor at the school and to assist the school’s Student Christian Movement in any way he can. The Christian Movement is made up of students along with faculty advisors who meet weekly to fellowship, discuss current issues and counsel each other – all from a Christian perspective. Pastor Sturrup met with the student president of the club.Teachers incorporate technology into teaching By Canishka Alexander Rudolph Kawalram, mathematics and science coordinator at S.C. Bootle High School, is well acquainted with the use of Promethean software, an interactive white The students of S.C. Bootle High School enjoyed the talk given by Pastor Desmond Sturrup at their assembly. He related well with them and will be working with their Students Christian Movement during the year. Please see School Page 10

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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian October 15th, 2010 board. Promethean is described as a global leader for interactive learning technology. Principal Huel Moss Jr. said that Mr. Rudolph Kawalram recently conducted a Promethean-board workshop for teachers at the school. Even more beneficial is that the teachers were already familiar with the Promethean interactive whiteboard tech nology. That is because the school is currently outfitted with four whiteboards which are large interactive displays that connect to a computer and projector. As the projector displays the computer’s desktop onto the board’s surface, the users manage the com puter using a pen, finger or other device. “Most teachers at the school have embraced and incorporated this new and ex citing tech nology as a teaching aid in their instructional and teaching strategies. The teachers are finding that students are responding extremely well to the use of these learn ing aids in the classroom especially as it relates to the teaching of traditionally School From Page 9 difficult concepts,” he explained. Abaco Central High By Samantha V. Evans The first meeting of the PTA of Abaco Central High School was held on Septem ber 16th with a packed classroom of par ents who came to meet the new principal and their children’s teachers as well as hear plans for the new school year. Presen tations were made by Dr. Lenora Black, Abaco’s school superintendent; Albert Jones, school principal; and guest speak ers from the Christian Counseling Center. The election of new officers was held during this meeting and the results of the election are as follows: President, Bishop Anthony Campbell; Vice President, Jason Quashie; Secretary, Samantha Evans; Asst. Secretary, Rachel Metelus; Treasurer, Bernadette Murray; Asst. Treasurer, Lavaughn Stubbs; Public Relations Of ficer, Devis Mercius; Asst. Public Rela tions Officer, Lisa Scott; Chaplain, Dennis Hall; and Asst. Chaplain, Frank Hepburn. Bishop Campbell stated that he has been on Abaco for nine years and has been in volved with this school for the past nine years. He is happy to be able to serve and hopes that the PTA will make a difference. He told the perants that more of them need to get involved in the education of their children so that their performance can im prove. He encouraged parents to do right by their children, especially when it comes to the way they send them to school. He added that it will take everyone working together to make a difference in the lives of the students. Vice president Quashie stated that he is prepared to work hard for the children as he wants to see the lives of Abaco children change for the better. He is firmly for discipline so hopes that the students will be disciplined as children need guidance and boundaries. Further, he hopes that parents will continue to teach their children to re spect elders, self and peers. 3rd in Spelling BeeBy Canishka Alexander This year’s District Spelling Bee was held on October 5 at St. Andrews Meth Two teachers at S.C. Bootle High School demonstrate their skills at us ing the Promethean board, an interactive board that many teachers at that school find helpful. The school has four of the boards. Mr. Rudolph Kawalrum has held workshops to train the teachers in their use. S.C. Bootle High School Spelling Team did very well in the District Spelling Bee held on October 5. Those competing were Ashvonn Russell; Johnlee McIntosh; Spelling Coach Lynette Cooper; Dearsharay Brown, 3rd place winner; and Chelsea Ramotar, 2nd place winner. Please see School Page 11

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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian October 15th, 2010 told the parents that her team has a great vision for the students and that is to see them all succeed. They have fresh ideas that will help take the school to another level of excellence. Parents were encouraged to motivate students to succeed and to celebrate their achievements, help them set goals they can achieve and assist them to accomplish the goals they set. Ms. Rolle plans to create a warm, friendly, safe environment for students, staff and parents. Further, she plans to promote healthy living, critical thinking, problem solving and resolving conflicts. Finally, she hopes to increase opportunities for parents to become more involved at the school as well.School From Page 11 By Canishka Alexander Joan Albury of The Counselors Ltd., a marketing agency in Nassau, showed a documentary to students from several schools. It was shown at Abaco Central High on September 21 and was centered around Sir Stafford Sands, who is known as one of The Bahamas’ founding forefathers. Our country has sometimes been described as the Sir Stafford Sands model because of his contributions to the tourism industry and for his part in developing the structure of the modern Bahamian economy. There was some discussion on whether or not Sir Stafford could be considered a racist. The documentary continued with the Currency Act of 1965, and the initiation and accomplishments of the Progressive Liberal Party and Free National Movement political parties. It was agreed that the PLP was formed to address the social inequi ties and welfare of those who were being exploited. The documentary went on to show how the government made the decision to place the images of Bahamians who have made significant contributions to The Bahamas on currency.A future beyond ECCBy Mirella Sanitllo Worried about the future of some of her students after they graduate from Every Child Counts, Lyn Major, the director of the school, formed a group comprised of parents, teachers, students and other sup portive community members to determine whether it was possible to found a home for these students as they graduated and grew older. Mrs. Major met representatives of L’Arche in the United States and thought its model of community life for people with challenges could be applied on Abaco. Two years ago one of its representatives from Washington, DC, visited the school and talked about the Arche concept. He mentioned the possibility that the home on Abaco could be built under its umbrella. As time went by and more monthly meetings were held to ask for God’s guidance and develop a vision of what the home should be, it was agreed that although the concept met what they had in mind, be coming part of L’Arche might be restric Joan Albury of The Counselors Ltd. showed a documentary to students from several high schools that told the story of Sir Stafford Sands and the origin of the PLP and FNM political parties. Please see School Page 14

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Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 366-0023 Fax: (242) 366-0189 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-5460 Fax: (242) 367-2516VHF 16www.seahorseboatrentals.comComplimentary Pick Up & Delivery tive and slow in actualizing. A location was also a problem. Earlier this year two members of the group offered a location. Liann Kaighin with Emerald Organic Farm proposed us ing some of her farm land, provided the government gave its approval, and Angie Collie from Auskell Medical Clinic offered a lot next to the clinic. By the end of the school year, the pros and cons of the two locations were discussed, without any conclusive decision reached. At the first meeting this fall on Octo ber 5, everyone agreed that it was time to make a decision. In order for the delibera tions to be followed by positive actions, four committees were formed comprised of the people present at the meeting. Some members agreed to be in charge of infrastructure and land procurement, others agreed to coordinate training at one of the L’Arche locations, others volunteered for fund raising and projection of monetary needs. The members of the last commit tee would promote the concept and bring awareness to the community. More than 100 children now attend ECC. Many of the students can become active members of the community after graduating from the school, working and able to live independently. Others, how-School From Page 12 ever, because of more severe challenges, cannot function alone in today’s world. The home would offer a family life-style environment where the residents would be supervised and assisted. They would be as signed tasks and responsibilities that would develop their sense of self-worth, and they would be surrounded by the compassion and love of the people caring for them. Such is the concept of ECC now, the concept of L’Arche and the concept that the promoting group would like to see in the proposed facility on Abaco, whether it be on farm land where there would be more environmental possibilities or in town next to a medical center, a worthy consideration, too. topic of seminar By Samantha V. Evans Parenting has been described as the number one job in the world, yet many parents are failing miserably at it. To offer parents resources and tools to help them get better at this job, the Christian Coun seling Center in collaboration with the Na tional Parenting Program, launched Par enting with a Purpose on September 16th at the Dundas Town Burial Society. The one-day event began with remarks by edu cation superintendent, Dr. Lenora Black. Even though the news today may be grim, Dr. Black has hope for a brighter future. She realizes that if we are to have great schools then we need great students, great teachers and great parents. Parents play a foundational role in the development of their children because by the time kids go to school at age 5, they would have learned 60 percent of what they will learn in life. Margaret Smith, manager of the Abaco Christian Counseling Center, stated that parenting is very important during the first five years of life as it is during this time that children are affirmed, learn behaviors and develop personalities. Parents are challenged today but there are resources available and skills they can learn to improve their parenting skills. She encouraged parents to just seek and accept help as it is available Parenting requires strength and wisdom from God who does not re quire perfect parents. God only requires parents to be good, who love and care for their children. The main speaker was Cheryl Carroll, who is a senior probation officer and 24year social worker. She is a trained parenting facilitator with the Department of Rehabilitation and Welfare Services. She stated that parents have a great responsibil ity to shape the future. She defined effec tive and ineffective families and some of those qualities that fit each. Mrs. Carroll’s presentation was most informative and informal as she used personal examples to help participants relate to the various top ics she discussed. In order for parents to train children deliberately and purposely it will require planning. She appealed to parents not to become too busy with other things and neglect to carry out their responsibilities toward their children. She reminded them that they are the most influential persons in the lives of their children so they must not shirk their duties and responsibilities. Bahamians to take Officials at the Passport Office are urg ing Bahamians to take advantage of the slow period before the Thanksgiving and Christmas rush to apply for the Machine Readable Passport or e-Passport. This plea comes as Bahamians are being required to produce a valid passport when voters register for the next General Election. Donald Cash, Undersecretary at the Passport Office, appealed to the public that they take in photocopies as well as their original documents, three recent photo graphs, National Insurance card and other relevant documents to verify that they are Bahamians. Chief Passport Officer Franklyn Dames said a reason to get the ePassport is that it is becoming more convenient to have the ePassport should you travel beyond the United States as most countries have in place facilities to read the electronic docu ment. Since the inception of the E-passport in December, 2007, more than 100,000 doc uments have been produced. The modern passport is being upgraded to a more se cure one – with biometrics features includ ing facial characteristics and fingerprinting. Each E-passport holder is required to have a National Insurance Number in order to facilitate the new passport.

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October 15th, 2010 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 By Jennifer Hudson Rev. Willish Nottage-Johnson arrived on Abaco on September 1 with her hus band and two-year-old daughter to take up the post of Priest in Charge of the Parish Churches of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Marsh Harbour and St. Martins An glican Church in Sandy Point. She former ly served for five years as Assistant Curate at St. Andrews Anglican Church in George Town, Exuma, where she was also Chaplain of the St. Andrews Anglican School. Rev. Johnson says that she is treading new waters for the Anglican Diocese as she is the first Bahamian Rector of a parish in the entire Diocese of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. “I am looking forward to serving in this capacity and to seeing how I can build participation and re lationships within the community. I have a passion for young people and look forward to outreach and evangelism while fostering an awareness of being good stewards of creation,” she said. Rev. Johnson and her husband were in the process of forming an environmental association on Exuma and look forward to working closely with the Bahamas National Trust and Friends of the Environment on Abaco. “Life is more richly rewarding through service given to others. It is a blessing to see how God helps us grow through opportunities and challenges,” she stated. cinta Marie NeillyBy Jennifer Hudson An Induction Service for Rev. Jacin ta Marie Neilly was held at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas Town on September 12. This service of welcome was well attended by members from all of the churches in the East ern Methodist Confer ence which includes St. James Church in Hope Town, and Epworth Chapel in Cherokee as well as St. An drews. The Methodists were joined by members of their sister church, Kirk of the Pines. The service was conducted by Rev. Carla Culmer, of The Bahamas Conference of The Methodist Church and the Act of Induction was performed by Mrs. Elme na Bethell, Vice President of the Bahamas Conference of The Methodist Church, who also preached a sermon on Hearing the Call of God. Following this heartwarming service a welcome reception was held in the church hall. Rev. Neilly took up her new post as Minister in Charge of the Eastern Abaco Region of The Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church on August 27 following the departure of Rev. Jean Seme Joseph. Rev. Neilly came to Abaco having served for the past six years in North Eleuthera. She served as Ministerial Moderator for the Eleuthera region and was in charge of five churches which included Current, Current Island, Lower Bogue, the Bluff and Harbour Island. Rev. Neilly is excited about her posting to Abaco. “It is a new beginning in a dif ferent field with different people but is still a continuation of my ministry,” she said. She believes that, although Abaco presents a new experience since she lives within the business sector in the middle of town, she will in time achieve that same feeling of closeness.Grace Baptist gets a By Samantha V. Evans The Shift is On was the theme chosen for the installation ceremony of Shawn Robbins to the position of Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church held on September 26th at the church in Dundas Town. The church was packed as friends and family came to share this grand occasion with them. Apostle Gilbert Rolle of Gateway Outreach Ministries in Bimini was the guest preacher and delivered a very encouraging and motivating charge to Pastor Robbins stating that now that he is the senior pastor of this church he must still use the wisdom of Bishop Henfield to help him excel the ministry at Grace Baptist Church. Ministers are not called to popularity but rather to stand and work for the kingdom of God so Pastor Robbins must decide to stand for righteousness and all that is holy. He stated that as a servant of God, he must not com promise and that there is a purpose for the call on Pastor Robbins’ life because God has a great assignment for him to fulfill. Bishop Anthony Campbell led the instal lation part of the service. He gave the new pastor three things to ponder. Firstly, he told him to build a solid relationship with God. Secondly, he should pay more atten tion to positive things that are working and not concern himself too much with those things that are not working. Finally, he told him that he will be judged by those things he finishes, not what he starts. Bishop Henfield told Shawn that the past 26 years in ministry have not been easy for him that God has called Brother Robbins to pastor and he will equip him with all he needs to succeed. Pastor Robbins has been with Bishop for 15 years and he has been humble the entire time and followed the decisions every time. He told Shawn to renew his relationship with God daily, give himself as needed, and preach with truth. He prayed with him then presented him to the members of the church. Pastor Shawn and his wife gave brief remarks followed by a reception in the church hall. Rev. Willish NottageJohnson Rev. Jacinta Marie Neilly It Pays toAdvertise

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Page 16 Section B The Abaconian October 15th, 2010 CHIROPRACTIC & SPINAL REHABILITATION SERVICES www.HealthyLifeDoctors.com www. BodyShapeWeightLoss.com Call Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic For Appointment2010October 19-23 November December (Call for dates) (242) 367-0020 Dr. Matthew Orem, DC þ Dr. Keith Lewis, DC þ DABAAHP, FAAIM, BCIMDoctors Email: Info@HealthyLifeDoctors.com On September 27 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations special agents arrested William Roberts, 50, Luckson Morin, 38, Guy Derilus, 54, and Al phonse Pierre, 32, for their participation in a failed drug and alien smuggling op eration. William Roberts from Abaco was charged with alien smuggling. If convict ed, he faces up to 10 years in prison fol lowed by up to three years of supervised release. Luckson Morin and Guy Derilus, both of Ft Lauderdale, were charged with attempting to transport illegal aliens and could face the same sentence. Additionally, Morin and Alphonse Pierre, a Haitian national, are individu ally charged with possession with the intent to distribute more than five kilo grams of cocaine. They face a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of up to life in prison, followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release. The defendants made their initial ap pearances in federal court on September 28 in Ft Pierce, Florida. All four defendants were temporarily detained as flight risks and dangers to the community, with their arraignment scheduled for October 8. According to the criminal complaint, on September 26 a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vessel encountered the motor vessel Who Cares in the St Lucie Inlet in Martin County. The officers boarded the vessel and found five persons claiming to be Haitian nationals. The officers also found four padlocked carry-on pieces of luggage, which contained 78 bricks of a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine. Each brick weighed approximately one kilogram. Also according to the complaint, Alphonse Pierre, one of the passengers on the boat and Morin’s cousin, possessed the keys to open the luggage that contained the cocaine. The complaint alleged that boat cap tain, William Roberts, claiming to be a Bahamian national, was taking the others to the United States for the purpose of financial gain and had been coordinating the delivery of the five individuals with someone known to Roberts as “Nixon,” later identified as Luckson Morin. On September 27 an undercover spe cial agent accompanied Roberts to a meeting with Morin at the Sailfish Ma rina in Stuart, Florida, to complete the delivery of the foreign nationals. Guy Derilus accompanied Morin at this meet ing. During the meeting, Morin promised Roberts $3,000 per kilogram of cocaine for his unwitting transportation of the cocaine from The Bahamas, after which Morin and Derilus were arrested by special agents.Abaco man is arrested in Florida for human smuggling Realtor earns CRS statusIsland Properties Bahamas is pleased to announce that Donna Rees, Broker has successfully completed all of the require ments for the Certified Residential Specialist. She has achieved this title through completing the required courses and years of ser vice in the real estate field. She is amongst only a few to achieve this level in Real Estate in Abaco. Congratulations, Donna! If you need an accredited realtor in Abaco Donna Rees should be up for your con sideration. Her office is on Bay St, Marsh Harbour opposite The Conch Inn next to Iggy Biggy, 1-242-367-0737.Winding Bay names The Abaco Club on Winding Bay has named Ronald Parker as the new general manager. In his new role, Parker will oversee daily operations for The Abaco Club. He has 28 years experience with Ritz Carlton, the company managing the Winding Bay club. Mr. Parker’s experi ence with the company has included both field and corporate posi tions. Most recently, he held the position of general manager at The Ritz-Carlton Club on St. Thomas. Prior to that, he served as vice president of purchasing for the RitzCarlton Hotel Company in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Mr. Parker possesses extensive experience in the field including working at several Marriott properties including the those in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York, New Jersey, and Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, in 1995 Mr. Parker was hon ored with the award of Rooms Manager of the Year. Mr. Parker and his wife, Pamela, are excited about relocating to Abaco. Donna Rees Ronald Parker Check out The Abaconian online at

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Out Islands Finest Vacation Homes Rentals & Sales1 Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Chris & Peggy Thompson, Proprietors Shark Attack in By Timothy Roberts A woman from Hope Town was seri ously wounded by a shark while surfing outside of Hope Town on October 2. Hope Town resident, Jane Engle, was attacked by what is believed to have been a lemon shark while surfing with her hus band and some friends on the north side of Elbow Cay on October 3. Ronald Engle, Jane’s husband, said his wife was in shock after the attack, having received bite marks between her left ankle and knee. The wounds to Mrs. Engle’s leg required about 100 stitches. While it is bad, Mr. Engle said there is no danger of her losing her leg. “The wound is bad, but it could have been a lot worse,” he said. “Luckily, the shark bit down a couple of times and let go.” He said the medical personnel at Hope Town deserve much credit. Mr. Engle believes the attack was an isolated incident. The shark appeared to be yellowish brown in color and was between five to six feet long though it was only spotted after the attack. “Luckily we had a couple of my buddies there who helped transport her,” he said. She had to be transported by boat from Hope Town to Marsh Harbour and then on to the medical center. According to Mr. Engle, there has never, in recent memory, been any shark attack in Hope Town. “Sometimes these smaller sharks are a little more aggressive, but we have surfed this whole area for the last 30 years and have never had a problem before. We think it’s an isolated event,” Mr. Engle said.Little Miss Abaco By Canishka Alexander The crowning of the Little Miss Abaco beauty ambassador took place on October 2 at the Bahamas Christian Network studio Madisyn was accompanied by her mother, Kathleen Albury; her grandmother, Linda Cole; and Candace Key, her principal. Poise, talent and beauty were the attri butes that were sought after by the beauty organization’s members. It was obvious that Madisyn possessed them all. “Hailing from a small town, we have officially crowned a young lady who’s an honour roll student; she’s very talented; she is a role model for the youth of her community; and she is an outstanding student in her classroom and the entire community of Hope Town,” Dixon said, appreciatively. “I am very proud that we have chosen a young lady from our country, from our island – the beautiful island of Abaco. “I would like to present to you our of ficial ambassador for Abaco – Little Miss Madisyn Cole.” Dixon said Madisyn is Abaco’s most beautiful ambassador, and she will go on Madisyn Cole The Upper Dock in Hope Town is a very attractive dock for our visitors and residents. Freight is no longer piled on it with vehicles driving out to meet the freight boat. Instead an attractive gazebo with benches is a comfortable place for ferry passengers to wait. The improvements were made by the Hope Town District Council. to represent Abaco in Nassau on Novem ber 21. She is confident that Madisyn will win the crown for the Little Miss Bahamas Pageant and have a chance at competing in the 2011World Little Beauty Pageant. The Bahamas is scheduled to host the interna tional event which is expected to bring ap proximately 200 contestants to our shores. “We know for sure that Madisyn will be one of the queens chosen to represent our country as a beauty ambassador,” Dixon declared. The nine-year-old beauty’s eyes were as radiant as her smile as she introduced herself as a fourth grade student at Hope Town Primary School. She was “very ex cited” about being selected.Don’t look back you’ve already been there

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Page 18 Section B The Abaconian October 15th, 2010 Padding $3.75 sq ydMarsh Harbour Carpet & Mattress October SpecialsC all or visit our showroom We have kitchen cabinets at reasonable prices Are you building or remodeling your kitchen? 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 Bernice Anne Smith , 79, of Cape Coral, Florida passed away on June 10 at her residence in the arms of her hus band, Fr. Don Smith. Mrs. Smith was born February 23, 1931, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, a daughter of the late Andrew Joseph and Eunice Decker Smith. She was a Marine’s wife who followed her husband nearly around the world as he served the United States of America until he retired and they moved to Rochester, New York, where he graduated from Divinity School as an Episcopal priest. A registered nurse, Bernice and her husband moved to the Baha mas and she became the Nurse Practitioner for government clinics in Dundas Town, Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay and Key’s Farm. They returned to the States in 1990 and resided in Florida. She was very active in community affairs at Lake Arrowhead in North Fort Myers. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Rev. Donald Hedges Smith of Cape Coral, Florida; children Bonnie Doell of Sarasota, Florida, Michael Smith of Ontario, New York, Karen McIntosh of Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, and Patricia Burns of Webster, New York; sons-in-law Luke McIntosh and Bob Burns; daughter-inlaw Sharon Smith; grandchildren; greatgrandchildren; sister Lois Feldmann; many nephews and nieces; and godson Nathan Bootle of Great Cistern, Abaco. The funeral service was held at All Soul’s Episcopal Church in North Fort Myers on June 12. A special Memorial Service was held in Nurse Smith’s honour for all her Abaco family, friends and colleagues at St. Pe ter’s Anglican Church on Green Turtle Cay on October 9. The congregation joined Fr. Smith at this special service. On September 3 in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario, Canada, the ashes of Bill Thorndycraft were interred. The me morial service was held in accordance with the rites of the Anglican Church. The short service duplicated the same Bible readings, eulogy, poem and flowers that were pres ent at the funeral service in Marsh Har bour. The Service of Committal was fol lowed by a reception at the home of Bill’s oldest friends, John and Florence Bell. It was attended by family members, includ ing his widow Sandra and close friends. The funeral service for Arah Napoleon Brown , 23, of Murphy Town who passed away on September 13th was held on Oc tober 2 in Nassau. Interment was also in Nassau. He is survived by his parents Hettiemae Mackey and Keith Brown; brothers Tamarco and Diargo Brown, Dyvonne Woodside and Akeem Mackey; sisters Naffeteria, Chenda, Shaketra and Makeda Brown, Eugena and Breanna Mackey; grandmother Doreen Brown; uncles Charles (Danielle), Eric, Phillip (Pandora), Tyrone and Pastor Andrew Brown (Naquel), George (Dorinda), Alvin( Alice), Hiram (Naomi) and Vincent Mackey; aunts Maureen Bain (Harold Bain), Yvonne Johnson (Matthew Johnson), Jacqueline Loden, Nadine Morris (Ken Morris), Rhonda Carrington, Myrtis and Chanelle Brown; granduncles Randall and Sybrone Mackey; nephews Tamarco Jr., Edward Jr., Tarico, Tanico, Dwayne Jr, Keshon, Emmanuel Jr, Oneal, Jac quahn and Marcel Brown; nieces Falesha, Crystal, Sirena, Mandria, Quintera, Taneal, Kiarra, Dwaynicka, Santasia, Shata vinique, Shantae, Shanaye and Azeria; brother-in-law Jeffrey Smith; sister-in-law Jacqueline Brown and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Pastor Michael Lucian Curry , 62, of Murphy Town was held on October 9 at Change Ministries in Murphy Town. Pastor Stephen Knowles officiated, assisted by Pastor Deanza Cun ningham. Interment followed in the Murphy Town Public Cem etery. He is sur vived by his wife Phil lipa Curry; daughters Meredith Mingo, Lucinda Hem mings and Alexanria James; sons Kermit and Renardo Curry and Pierre Martin; grandchil dren Zenia, Ariel, Domonique, Reko, Ker mesha, Kamea, Reniah, Reniqua, Jazmine, Renardo, D’Lamor and Perez; stepmoth er Hilma Curry; sisters Beverley Davis, Prescola Edgecombe and Lucy Symonette; stepsister Roxy Davis; brothers Erskin, Bel tram and Edward Curry; stepbrother Earlin Ward; nieces Veronica, Monique, Shanell, Jessy, Camille, Cara, Calea, Della, Sha kera, Junenia, Jewel, Kashia and Keandrea; nephews Frank, John, Eddie, Tony, Paul, Jacob, Craston, Steven, Simeon, E.J., Ed ward, Ryan, Elvis Jr., Emil and Kyle; aunt Ena Swain; uncle Ernal Swain; mother-inlaw Orie Rolle; daughters-in-law Nadia and Temeka Curry; sons-in-law Lucine Mingo and Joel Hemmings; sisters-in-law Nadine, Cheryl and Dandilee Curry, Freda and Fran cine Rolle, Portia Ferguson and Virginia Russell; brothers-in-law Pastor Stafford Sy monette, Hershal Davis, Hansel, Carmon, Obrian, Holmes and Alexander Rolle and Elvis Curry; aunts-in-law Alice Rolle, Idell Ferguson, Pastor Bertha Walker, Unah and Marjorie Walker; uncles-in-law Wildred Rolle, Campbell, Elkenah and Elijah Walker and Fergie Ferguson and many other rela tives and friends. Janice Maudie Marshall nee Russell, 61, of Marsh Harbour passed away at her home in Marsh Harbour on October 8. The funeral service will be held at Grace Gym in Marsh Harbour on October 17. Pastor David Cartwright will officiate and interment will follow in the Marsh Harbour Public Cemetery. Mrs. Marshall was predeceased by her parents, Pratt and Maudie Russell. She is survived by her husband Rowland F. Mar shall II; her daughter Carmen Roberts; her son Rowland F. Marshall III and his wife Claire; grandchildren Mikayla and Kelsey Marshall and Kaylee and Liam Roberts; and many other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Agape Christian School in memo ry of Janice Marshall. Obituaries of Family and Friends Bernice Anne Smith Arah Napoleon Brown Michael Lucian Curry Janice Maudie Marshall

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Pursuant to Section 7(2) of the Real Property Tax Act, 1969, as amend (a) þ that copies of the assessment list are available as required by subsection (4) of Section 7 of the Real Property Tax Act, 1969 (herein after in this notice referred to as the Act) and may be in inspected at the (b) þ that a Notice of Assessment addressed to each owner of property Frederick House, Frederick Street and may be collected therefrom by or (c) þ that pursuant to subsection (3) of Section 7 of the Act, upon the of Assessment shall be deemed to have been served on every owner of (d) þ that without prejudice to the provision of subsection (3) of Sec publication in the Gazette of this notice send by post, a Notice of As þ of assessment deemed to have been served under this Act may object date on which the notice of assessment is deemed to have been served, relies. (f) þ that pursuant to Section 16 of the Act (but subject to provisions and payable by the owners of property not later than sixty days after the date on which notice of assessment is deemed to have been served. þ erties which have been declared as owner-occupied residencies., and of occupation which does not entitle the property for the exemption al þ examine the columns marked “Tax payable for the year”and “Tax for period þ __________ to __________,” as it would indicate the amount due for current and prior years. (i) þ that if you are a Bahamian citizen/company and own improved þ property situate in New Providence or a non-Bahamian citizen/company Bahamas) and own property situate in the Commonwealth of The Baha mas and have never received a Notice of Assessment and Demand Note, purpose are available at the Valuation Section and should be returned accompanied by documentary proof of Bahamian citizenship and in the case of a Bahamian Company, a copy of the Company’s latest annual statement of return. the whole of the tax payable under the Notice of Assessment shall have determines that the objector shall be relieved of the requirements of this þ property, shall where he is aware of any circumstances or facts which do not entitle the property to the exemption disclose to the Chief Valuation conviction of an offender, in addition to any other penalty imposed, or der the offender to pay to the Treasurer a sum equivalent to twice the amount of the tax which ‘would have been payable but for the exemp þ David Cates CHIEF VALUATION OFFICER/ CONTROLLER OF INLAND REVENUE (ACTG.) MINISTRY OF FINANCEMINISTRY OF FINANCE by them. Wynsome Ferguson, Manager of Ab aco’s Tourism office, presented an overview of the fourth annual Abaco Foreign Language Cadet Programme. She said how proud the Ministry of Tourism is to join hands in this venture for the future of the nation. She praised the motivated and focused young individuals who had par ticipated and thanked the programme co ordinator for Abaco, Millie Dawkins, for Cadets From Page 1 explained that they will conduct a survey of adult lobsters to assess the prevalence of the virus. While he expressed concern of the impact of the virus on the spiny lobster fisheries, he said it does not infect or hurt people. The virus was first discovered in 1999 by Don Behringer, Assistant Professor at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Butler and Jeffrey Shields with the Virginia Insti tute of Marine Science. They showed that the disease primarily kills juvenile spiny lobsters, though some only become carri ers. This is the first known virus to affect a lobster of any species. Discovering whether the virus is dis persed through long distances by lobster larvae is imperative. Infected spiny lob sters have been found everywhere from the Florida Keys and Mexico to Belize and St. Croix. It is believed that the transmission of the virus occurs as the larvae travel hundreds of miles carried by the Gulf Stream. The PaV1 virus attacks the blood cells and tissues of the spiny lobster, causing most to die from metabolic depletion, a condition characterized by loss of energy. Lobster From Page 1 While the effects are often lethal on juve nile lobsters, adult lobsters seem largely unaffected by it. The survey required that a small piece (25-30mm) of the leg be collected from 100 live adult lobsters. These tissue sam ples will be evaluated for the presence of the virus at Old Dominion University. Jeremie Saunders, Fisheries Superintendent for Abaco, assisted the scientists in acquiring the samples which have now been collected from locations across The Bahamas including Andros, Long Island and Abaco. “We anticipate getting the re sults of the samples in the spring 2011.” Mr. Saunders said. all her long hours of work. “Even during the economic recession, the Ministry of Tourism has maintained its commitment because our youth are our future and our commitment with the foreign language col laborators will remain until the speaking of a foreign language is commonplace,” stated Ms. Ferguson. The keynote address was given by Dr. James Hull, who told the cadets, “How you plan for your future will determine wheth er you succeed or fail.” He compared the past when communications with another country took days to the present with all its inventions such as the internet, cell phones and satellite television and asked the cadets if they are ready to move forward with it. “I believe that there is no one right place for one person for their whole life. With a foreign language you will have a greater opportunity and you are walking in the right steps to secure your future. You will be in demand because you are bilingual,” he told them and congratulated them and wished them many more successes. Jerutha Etienne, mother of Cadet Tir shatha, spoke on behalf of the cadets’ parents and admitted that, while they were glad for the experience for their daugh ters, there were some initial fears about seeing their children going off to a foreign country that they knew nothing about. She thanked the Ministry of Tourism on behalf of all the parents for giving their daughters the opportunity to expand their horizons and for taking such good care of them. Following the presentation of certifi cates to the graduates by Ms. Ferguson, a vote of thanks was offered by Ms. Dawkins.

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Page 20 Section B The Abaconian October 15th, 2010 By Timothy Roberts Edison L. Sumner, Chief Operations Officer of the Montague Group and Presi dent of I.P. Solutions International Limit ed, gave an overview of how his company is seeking to compete against both Cable Bahamas and BTC in the Abaco market providing a “triple play” offering of televi sion (including SD and HD television and video on demand), internet and telephone (VOIP) wirelessly, giving consumers a quality alternative. The company has a “go live” date for Abaco by the end of the year with over $2 million already put into this venture with $6 million more to come, all of which has been provided by founding shareholders. The company is waiting for its distribution towers, which are already on their way and will be placed in strategic locations to serve Abaco. Mr. Sumner commented that Abaco’s tremendous growth, which has seen a population rise of 50 percent since 2002, 20 percent higher than the rest of The Ba hamas, positions the island to be the first to come out of the economic depression, adding that he expects to see explosive eco nomic growth. This he perceives as being the result of hard-working entrepreneurial citizens, a vi brant tourism product and a large percent age of second homeowners. The island is still expanding with such high end establish ments as Orchid Bay, Baker’s Bay, Schoo ner Bay and Serenity Point which places great demands on the services provided and provides challenges to networking. “Our endeavor is to work intelligently and meticulously to develop a network infrastructure that fulfills the true needs and desires of the people of Abaco and to meet the de mands of an expanding population,” he said. Ac cording to Mr. Sumner, the company will employ 15 to 20 qualified Bahamians initially with an op portunity for spin-off employment for val ue-added package resellers and outsourced technical services. I.P. Solutions asked itself, “What can I provide that will bring better efficiency to the market?” It vows to provide turn key digital solutions with leading edge digital and broadband technology, include high speed internet, television and video and VOIP telephone services. The com pany plans to bring these technological ad vances to targeted regions and has already signed contracts with international carriers and been in discussions with BTC. While the bandwidth demand for the services will be enormous, Mr. Sumner is sure the network will be able to allow video services from the “back office to the home,” as well as mobile television and managed television, which has been the main driver of traffic on the network. “This compelling service infrastructure must handle high volume, multicast and uni-cast traffic while meeting the high de mand required,” he said. I.P. Solutions has been granted a full individual operations and spectrum license by Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority which allows for the provision of a full slate of services throughout The Bahamas. It is a fully inclusive Bahamian company offering public and private sector partnerships and career opportunities for Bahamians . I.P. Solutions has already established a partnership on Abaco, setting up a stateof-the-art fibre optic office for Baker’s Bay which made them its technology company of choice. A hurricane-proof centre for I.P’s equipment is already set up on the Baker‘s Bay property. The company intends to service North, South and Central Abaco, Treasure Cay, Hope Town and all the surrounding areas including Marsh Harbour. Mr. Sumner es timates that 65 percent of the local popula tion of Abaco lives within a 15 mile radius of Marsh Harbour and is not covered by cable or reliable telephone service. Mr. Sumner stated, “There are pres ently three network operators on Abaco offering VOIP, internet and television, all of whom are less than satisfying with highly inefficient service in several areas. A survey was done of the customer base which cited both Cable Bahamas and BTC as providing poor service with frequent to tal loss of service at a cost that is too high. Cable Bahamas does not even have an of ficial presence on the island, and it is often necessary to wait weeks for a technician.” “I.P. solutions has studied and addressed these concerns, and we have em ployed a strategy to provide reliable ser vice to Abaco. This will provide cheaper and expanded service and a viable alternative to the existing providers incumbent in The Bahamas today,” he concluded. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to remind Bahamian citizens that a United States visa is normally required for travel to the United States. Note that a valid United States visa is required for traveling under the following conditions: from Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay or an airport other than Freeport or Nassau; from a seaport in the United States or Puerto Rico. For example, traveling to Fort Lauderdale to board a cruise ship sailing to the Caribbean; and, States to connect with another flight that will take you to another country. For ex ample, traveling to Miami to board the American Airlines flight to Trinidad and Tobago, or traveling to New York to go to London, or to Atlanta to go to Ghana. Bahamian citizens planning to work or study in the United States also require a visa and should apply at the Embassy of the United States of America at Queen Street in Nassau. Information on the application process can be found at the website of the U.S. Embassy in Nassau – http://www.nassau. usembassy.gov or www.nassau.usembas sy.gov. Edison SumnerMinistry of Foreign Affairs outlines US Visa requirements Make a differenceOrganize a clean –up in your neighbourhood

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October 15th, 2010 The Abaconian Section B Page 21 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 Har bour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-3673677 APARTMENTSCasuarina Point, tastefully furnished 3 bed 2 bath house, central air, beach views, 15 mins from Marsh Harb. $1,500/mon. Ph. 367-2431. Green Turtle Cay 2 long term rental properties: New 3 bed 2 bath with georgeious views and a 2 bed 3 bath close to Green Turtle Club and public dock. Contact 365-8288 Hope Town Specialist . A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or hopetown.com Marsh Harbour Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, water included, $1100/mo. Call Mrs. Green at 3672660 Marsh Harbour Gov sub apt, 2 bed/2 bath, central A/C, newly renovated, fully furnished. Serious inquiries call 9-5 367-2951 or 5775086 after 5 p.m. Marsh Harbour 2 bed/1 bath furnished, close to town. $1000/mo. Call 367-3472 Marsh Harbour, 2 bed, 2 bath, fully fur nished, A/C, ready to move in. Call for avail ability. 475-8152 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALEPrice Reduction WPB Condo Furnished 2 bed/ 1 bath. A/C, internet ready. Ideal for student/s. Security on grounds. Bus stop at entry. 15 min from PB Community College. Short walk to major shopping & restaurants. Call 242-365-4636 days, 242-365-4218 eve nings. Reduced from $75,000 to $65,000 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Casuarina Point Large canal lot, great views, all utilities to lot. $100,000 net. Call 458-6028 or email rarees55@gmail.com Elbow Cay’s Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales. Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Little Abaco waterfront lot for $20,000. Call 366-0797 or 242-427-5316 Sandy Point 2 bed 2 bath home. Contact Ruth at 367-4712 Treasure Cay Pineapple Point Resort. Ex clusive Luxury Waterfront 2 & 3 bedroom condos & 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath 2600 sq. ft. townhouse all with deep water docks & garag es! Perfect location at the entrance to Treasure Cay Marina. Prices starting in the low $500’s www.pineapplepointresort.com 242-458-3521 or 1800-545-0395 Come see us at the end of Marina View Dr. Luxury Holiday Vacation RENTALS also available! APARTMENTS MOBILE HOME FOR SALEPalm Beach Colony/Hometown America. Mobile home 2/2 with enclosed porch that could be use as a 3rd bedroom or office. 1990 in perfect condition. Asking price $18,000 OBO. Call 561-248-9408 or 561-429-4266 Marsh Harbour, Sweeting Village, 1 bed/ 1 bath house, fully furnished, central A/C. $800/ month. Call 475-4848 or 367-5867 Marsh Harbour, Sweeting Village 1 bed 1 bath apt. Call Amos at 367-3965 Treasure Cay, Windward Beach luxurious beachfront home, fully furnished, 4 bd, 3 ba, office & den for L.T. lease. Call 242-477-5056 or 843-278-0277 www.treasurecayrentals.com Price Lowered Yellowwood (Near Wind ing Bay) 2 bed/1 bath furnished cottage, built 2008, new appliances. A/C. $750/mo. Includes water. Available now. neilhingle@ gmail.com or call 359-6201 or 386-453-7495 Casuarina Point , newly renovated & fully fur nished 3 bed, 2 bath house w/ laundry room, extra room, screened patio, carport, fenced yard. Serious inquires call 242-324-5839/ 242 324 1230 or 366-3300 FOR RENT OR SALE Buying? Selling?Want more business? can bring fast results are recognized for exemplary service By Samantha V. Evans On October 7th at the Dundas Town Burial Society, 26 police officers were honored for their excellent service to the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Supt. Noel Curry stated that every month he and his executive team selected officers worthy of honor for work done in the various districts. These officers used their keen train ing and sense of discernment to locate uncontrolled substances, weapons, arrest unlawful citizens or made significant arrests. He stated that even though the officers are paid to do their job, he believes in showing appreciation to his staff to keep them motivated and on the right side of the law. He further stated that he knows that they do not have to do as much as they do, especially those officers who show up to work on their day off to lend a hand. This shows dedication, commitment and a love for what they do. Each of the offi cers was given a certificate of honor and a check for $25 which is a part of the money made from their cook-out held recently. Supt. Curry explained that all of the money raised will be used for his officers and to assist the community. The 26 officers of distinction were Sgt. Darville, Sgt. Dorsett, Sgt. Minnis, W/Sgt. Metelus, Sgt. Farquharson, Sgt. Knowles, Cpl. Colebrooke, Cpl. Boyd, Cpl. Higgs, Cpl. Smith, W/Cpl. Brown, Cpl. Beneby, W/Cpl. Colebrooke, PC. Farrington, DC Johnson, PC Deveaux, PC Duncombe, PC Moss, PC Agenor, WPC Russell, R/Sgt. Newbold, VPR Bootle, VPR Albury, VPR Lightbourne, VPR Burrows, and VPR/ Cpl. Bascom. Even though some of these officers were on much needed vacation, the office in charge of their areas received their certificates and checks in their ab sence.Police present cheque to Sybil’s HouseBy Canishka Alexander On September 23 Police Supt. Noel Curry was accompanied by Sgt. Rachel Metelus and Elizabeth Williams, human resources officer of the Marsh Harbour Police Station, during his visit to Sybil’s House to present a cheque to owner James Williams. Sybil’s House is a home for senior citizens that has been open since 1995 and is located in Dundas Town. There are currently three residents living at the home. Supt. Curry told Mr. Williams that after holding a police steak-out on September 18, they wanted to find a way to give back to the community through the funds they had raised. He added that the police had held a re cent walk-about in the area, and he remem bered the hospitality of Mr. Williams. “As we walked through, you opened up your heart to us, and we wanted to give some thing back to you in the form of a cheque for $200 to assist you with running your home. We have a number of things that we want to do for the Abaco community in time, and so we wanted to start here first,” Supt. Curry said, appreciatively. However, Mr. Williams hastened to point out that Sybil’s House was his first wife’s dream. Al though he is retired, he is committed to keep ing her dream alive. He explained that when he can no longer keep the home going be cause he is also getting up in age, he will turn Sybil’s House over to his daughter, Dr. Ivy Maycock, who currently works in the prison system. “This is a family legacy, and I believe Ivy will do a good job.” Mr. Williams re ceives ongoing assis tance from people in These are some of the police officers who were recognized for outstanding service. They each received a certificate and a check for $25. the community, and students help out as part of their community service requirements. For those wishing to give assistance to Sybil’s House, the telephone number is 367-2071. school programs By Samantha V. Evans The Royal Bahamas Police Force is committed to ensuring that Abaco schools are safe for all students to learn this school year. According to coordinator of community policing, Sgt. Raquel Metelus, school visits and the school policing programs will continue. While on school visits, the focus will be on conflict resolution, antidrug campaign and being a good student. Every morning and afternoon, an officer can be seen patrolling the grounds near Supt. Noel Curry, center, presented a check to James Williams to assist with the expense of managing Sybil’s House, a home for elderly persons. Assisting him is Elizabeth Williams, Human Resources Officer. Please see Police Page 23

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Page 22 Section B The Abaconian October 15th, 2010 FOR RENTWe sell Septic Tanks 367-0303 or 577-4801Fax: 367-2354 P.O. Box AB 20757, Marsh Harbour, Abaco 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 Timothy or Adele P.O. Box AB 20432, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! 9 am 5 pm Mon. Thurs. 9 am 3 pm Fri. International Coastal Cleanup By Kristen Williams This September marked the 25th anni versary of International Coastal Cleanup Month. Approximately half of the world’s population lives within 200 km of a coast and we, especially those of us living in The Bahamas, rely on these areas for food, wa ter, recreation and business. Therefore, the cleanliness of the coast can directly affect our livelihood. During the month of September ap proximately 350 students and community members participated in coastal clean-ups on Abaco. Among the schools participat ing were Angels Academy, Every Child Counts, Hope Town School, S.C. Bootle High School and Man-O-War School. Abaco Hardware donated all of the gloves and trash bags for the cleanup. As part of the Coastal Cleanup effort, volunteers report the amount and type of marine debris collected. These records will contribute to a global database which informs local as well as international conservation efforts. This information easily identifies the most common marine debris in each participating area helping local groups to effect change. Based on the data from previous years, the most common type of debris found in The Bahamas originates from shoreline and recreational activities with the biggest culprits being plastic bottles, glass bottles and aluminum cans. The second most com mon type of debris originates from dump ing activities. These are both issues that are tangible and can be solved. In order to make a change in your community, make a personal pledge to prop erly dispose of your trash and recycle as much as possible. Imagine the difference we can make if everyone pitches in!Size Matters campaign continues educationBy Timothy Roberts Pleased with the progress that has been made this year, Size Matters’ campaign manager D’Shan Maycock believes there is still much work to be done toward mak ing The Bahamas’ lobster industry more sustainable. “For the most part the fisherman are following the Catch Certification program; however, there are still some who are privately selling undersized crawfish or giving them to family or friends,” she said. With this in mind Friends of the Environment will seek to implement a new program that will promote sustainable practices. Mrs. Maycock said Friends will encourage restaurants not to buy any undersized crawfish and she intends to promote this through a Sustainable Menu promotion. Qualifying restaurants will receive a seal signifying their compliance to the program which they can use on their menus and signage. Mrs. Maycock said a follow-up meeting will possibly be held that will introduce a new log book to make it easier for fisher men to fill out their catch information. The forms in the log book will feature images to assist those who are not able to read. So far the fishermen have “only been giv ing data on lobster catches;” however, they need to log everything they catch. Seeking to continue the education cam paign, Mrs. Maycock revealed that Friends is in the process of putting up four-foot by six-foot wooden signs in various parts of Abaco to remind people that Size Mat ters. One has been placed at the entrance of the Abaco Shopping Center in Marsh Harbour, with three more being placed in Sandy Point, Moore’s Island and Cooper’s Town. She said that Friends wants to con tinue to “get the message out to the wider community” and that the signs would be “a constant reminder to support sustainable fishing practices.”Wild and Scenic Film Festival Coming to AbacoBy Timothy Roberts The largest environmental film festival in the United States will be bringing its tour to Abaco in late November, holding two events highlighting nature and envi Students of St. Francis de Sales cleaned along Don MacKay Boulevard as their participa tion in the International Coastal Cleanup. ronmental short films in both Hope Town and Marsh Harbour. Wild and Scenic Film Festival, an envi ronmental film festival started in Nevada City, California, is a gathering of story tellers and story-makers with an on-tour program hosted by environmental groups in over 115 communities across the United States and internationally. This will be only the second film festi val hosted outside the U.S. and is the first such event in The Bahamas. Kristin Wil liams, Executive Director of Friends of the Environment said they were able to do this because of a grant they received from Patagonia, an outdoor clothing company, that is subsidizing all the costs of hosting the group. Mrs. Williams said that they want to use the film festival as an inspiration for high school students where they can “learn about the power of film.” Friends plans to Please see Friends Page 23

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Call 242-366-0122 or 242-577-0722 26’ Bertram Sport Convertible , 1983 semi custom rare boat with factory built open transom. Twin 175 Johnsons. Fabulous deep V smooth ride and fast. Excellent original condition, w/beautiful teak. Fully equipped w/ new electronics, Rupp Outriggers, Pipeweld ers tower. See more at www.bertram26.com. DUTY PAID $25K Call: 561-441-3673, email: sjmarinak@gmail.com 30’ Hunter sloop 1981, 13 HP Yanmar en gine. DUTY PAID Call Keith 365-6006/ 3656140 31’ Island Hopper, 1990, CAT 3208 engine. Garmin GPS/Chart Plotter. Furuno Depth Sounder. Great work or fishing boat. Excel lent condition, runs great, cruises at 25mph. DUTY PAID. Can be seen at Marsh Harbour Boat Yard. Make offer. Leave message 242366-0755 or elaine@willdrill.com. ITEMS FOR SALE ITEMS FOR SALE15’ Freeport Skiff, 75 HP Etec Evinrude, 2 yrs. old, one owner. $9,800. Call 458-3716, 458-6722 18’ Man-O-War Boat, new gel coat, new rub rail, almost new 85 HP Yamaha engine, SS Bi mini top . 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Call Buddy Roberts 242-365-6152 ITEMS FOR SALE Items for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats 2000 Dodge Ram 1500, 2 wheel drive,cruise control, am/fm/cd radio, air conditioning needs work. $5000 OBO. 242-577-0704 Club Car golf cart, batteries only 1 years old. $1800 OBO 577-0704 VEHICLES FOR SALE 48 pc snorkel gear set $2400 , 48 U.S. Divers Snorkels, 48 U.S. Divers dive masks, 48 assorted Mares Dive fines, 9 pairs (11-12), 10 pairs (9.5-10.5), 8 pairs (8.5-9), 8 pairs (7.5 -0), 7 pairs (6-7), 6 pairs (4.5-5.5) 48 pc Stearns Life Jacket sets $1300 , 4 child size, 4 youth size, 40 adult size, Total Pack age for Snorkel & Jackets $3500 Serious in quires only 242-422-9348, 242-554-6166 GE Super Capacity Washer 1 year old, like new. $550 Call 577-1585Must Sell40’ x 60’ Canvas Tent, 3 years old, needs mi nor repair. Great for church activities, large meetings, community events. Best Offer. Ph 365-0065, 365-0007, 475-3226 New Holland Skid Steer 72” LS180, 1,100 hours. Dirt bucket & pallet forks included. Well maintained. DUTY PAID. Located in Hope Town. Make offer. Leave message 242366-0755 or elaine@willdrill.com. Established Souvenir Business in Marsh Harbour within walking distance of all major hotels, marinas and restaurants. Contact us at (242) 367-4822 BUSINESS FOR SALE EQUIPMENT FOR SALE Buying? Selling?Want more business? can bring fast results set up in the old Telephone Station really enjoyed seeing the old photographs that had been collected and took their time to reminisce on the past. The children were sorely disappointed when the Bouncy Castle was found to be damaged and could not be used. But the atmosphere of the day just couldn’t be dampened. There were smiles on every face, and it was obvious a good time was had by all. We had a “slight” problem with commu nication and calming the crowd was prob ably one of the biggest problems because people could not hear the announcements and were reluctant to give up their place in the shade so did not take advantage of all that was available for their entertainment. We appreciate the continued support Cherokee always has whenever we have our little get-togethers. Not only do so many people come from off “The Place,” but they are always so generous with their donations. Fun Day was not necessarily to raise money, but more for everyone to have a good time. There was no charge for South From Page 4 many of the items on the program. Those who took the opportunity to see them en joyed them. The final figures have not yet been calculated, but the monies raised will go to the W.W.Sands Community Center for its continued up-keep and repairs. Again, thank you to all who came and to all who donated their time and efforts and their hard earned money with us to keep our little piece of history alive. have a competition between high school students to come up with proposals for a nature or environmental film. The proposals will be reviewed by independent judges, and the winner will get an opportunity by the spring of 2011 to put his ideas into a film which will be submitted to the Bahamas International Film Festival and to Wild and Scenic Film Festival. The event, which Mrs. Williams said will also serve as a membership drive for Friends, will feature 90 minutes of short films which will touch and inspire the audience. Friends From Page 22 Abaco Central High School and Central Abaco Primary School to ensure that the environments are safe. After school at the high school, ASP Noel Curry has been seen directing traffic so that students can safely cross the street. Additionally, an officer can be seen regularly on the compound of the high school to prevent those students who come to school with the wrong mind set from engaging in deviant acts or behavior. Thepolice plan to partner with the Ani mal Coalition to get messages out on pet care and cruelty to animals. Sgt. Metelus stated that there are numerous studies that prove that cruelty to animals by kids is di rectly correlated to violent behavior. Finally, the police community band has begun practice at Central Abaco Primary School. Sgt. Metelus stated that they have a great plan in place for the revitalization of the community marching band.Police From Page 21 Friends of the Environment’s Lionfish film, produced and filmed by Matt McCoy of Loggerhead Productions in Hope Town and featuring local Bahamians Gary Rich ardson and Thomas Bethel, has been submitted to the Bahamas International Film Festival and will be seen at the event in Nassau in early December. Mrs. Williams said it is “very exciting” as the film from Abaco will be displayed before an international audience of famous film makers and actors. Cut your BEC bill Turn your A/C off and