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August 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 19 NUMBER 15 AUGUST 1st, 2011 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAIDWEST PALM BCH FLPermit NO 4595Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian Stuart Web Inc. 5675 SE Grouper Ave Stuart, FL 34997 Change Service Requested Power boat races thrill spectators Chef competition raises money for scholarships Cherokees old clinic comes down for a replacementThe Abaco Scholarship Fund sponsored a Chefs Competition to raise money for stu dents going abroad for study. The overall winner of the competition was Chef Antonio Huyler of the Abaco Club on Winding Bay, shown third from right. The winner of the Peoples Choice Award was Chef Neil Albury from Bradleys on the Harbour in ManO-War. The two on the left, Oliver Saucy of Cafe Maxx in Pompano Beach, Florida, and Paul Gerrard of Soho House in New York City, were both judges. Team Winding Bay was composed of Devon Cooper, Mr. Huyler and Antonio Cardosa. On the right is Jeritzan Outten, Tourisms Director for the Northern Bahamas. The old clinic building in Cherokee Sound, not used for about 25 years, was demol ished on July 21 because Cherokee will be getting a new building. On site to view the event were members of the committee who are spearheading this project. The Abaco Club will be donating materials while the committee is hoping that volunteers will help with the labour. Shown are John Hudson and Preston Roberts, both with local govern ment, Frederick Munnings with the Abaco Club, Reginald Albury and Kenneth Albury, both with local government, and Ron Parker, General Manager, and Andrew Fry, Director, both with the Abaco Club on Winding Bay. See story on page 6. 6th annual North Abaco Festival and Power Boat Races is heldThis years races featured Abaco boats only. Shown are the two top finishing boats, the Lee Lee from Grand Cay out front followed by the Changes n LAttitude from Marsh Harbour. The two-day festival included many shore activities that kept everyone enter tained. A major attraction was all the delicious foods and drinks offered. By Timothy Roberts Hundreds gathered at the Treasure Cay ferry dock during the 6th Annual North Abaco Festival and Power Boat Race to watch a speedboat race and to enjoy live Bahamian music and good food on July 22 and 23. The event brought together a bevy of Bahamian music with Ira Storr and Spank Band, Kirkland Bodie KB and Colin McDonald opening the festival on Friday night, delighting the crowd with popular songs and lively entertainment. Saturdays entertainment included Dillon McKenzie, Stiletto and the always popular Spank Band. The lone race of the day featured six boats competing for the top prize which was captured in grand fashion by Yen Wendall Saunders and his son Wong from Grand Cay in Lee Lee, a red Cigarette boat with twin 250 horsepower engines. Mr. Saunders had hoped to pit his boat against Leon L.O. Pinders this year. However, Mr. Pinder was in Scotland. Mr. Saunders said last year he had to exit the race early due to an overheating engine. Please see Boat Races Page 2 By Canishka Alexander Abaco experienced welcome rain and increased wind on July 17 and 18 caused by Tropical Storm Bret that formed just north of Abaco, bringing much needed rain to most of the island. The depression was about 45 miles north of Fox Town with winds of 35 mph increasing to 45 mph when weathermen began watching it. The storm developed slowly as it left The Bahamas, moving northeast off into the Atlantic. As it moved away from The Bahamas, it strengthened into a Tropical Tropical storm Bret forms over AbacoPlease see Tropical Storm Page 14


Page 2 Section A The Abaconian August 1, 2011 Boat Races From Page 1 He added that it felt great to come out on top, especially when I knew I would! Following in second place was Randy Key and his sons from Marsh Harbour, who trailed close behind Lee Lee for the entire race. Third place went to Edison Russell of Blackwood. All boats competing were twin engine boats. Clifton Bootle, the event organizer, hopes to see more boats entered next year. Mr. Bootle said the event turned out well, noting that this is the first year the race took place with only Abaco boats com peting. We know Abaco has the boats, and we just need to get them together, he said. He expects after watching this years race that next year more people will want to take part. He said the Grand Bahama and Nassau boats were not invit ed this year because shouldering the cost of shipping and room and board was becoming too high. We wanted to be able to have this event and have enough left over to donate back into the commu nity, Mr. Bootle said. Locals and visitors alike enjoyed the fes tive atmosphere and partook of the various treats which included the Bahamian fare of conch fritters and fried chicken but also included jerk chick en, crab and dough and other Bahamian delicacies. A number of booths were set up for HIV testing organized by a group of medi cal professionals from Nassau and the Marsh Harbour clinic encouraging people to Know Your Status. The group tested for glucose, cholesterol and blood pres sure. Know Your Status includes an inno vative approach to HIV testing that offers free, confidential, rapid HIV tests. The program was funded by the U.S. Presidents Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief.North Abaco Festival drew manyThe winner of the race was Wendell Yen Saunders of Grand Cay. He is shown here on the right being presented with the trophy by the Hon. Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for Utilities. On the right is Mr. Saunders son Wong Saunders. The winning boat was a Cigarette named Lee Lee. Only one class of boats raced, those with two outboards. This years boats were all from Abaco. By Canishka Alexander The 6th Annual North Abaco Summer Festival and Power Boat Race did not disappoint this year as domestic and interna tional visitors came out in sizeable num bers to attend the event during the weekend of July 21-24. While the day was reserved for the excitement of the boat race, when it was ended, it was time to enjoy the enter tainment and onshore activities provided. Ira Storr & the Spank Band were the house band for Friday and Saturday night and provided lively Bahamian music for those who mixed and mingled in the crowd. On Friday Colin McDonald and Bahamian Superstar KB engaged the audience with their invigorating, rhythmic tunes. Then on Saturday the lineup included Colin McDonald, Stileet, Tony Tony and Dillon McKenzie. At least a thousand people were there to witness the elaborate stage performances particularly by Stileet, who is nicknamed Mr. Energy for his delivery of high-energy entertainment that incorporates rake n scrape, soul, dub, R&B and dance. Mixed in with all of the stage perfor mances were a hula hoop and watermelon eating contest that sparked the interest of several participants. For those who wanted to capture the moment, Nelson Ranger, a professional photographer of Images by Alexander Photography, had a temporary studio set up on the grounds for people to have their photos taken and purchase souvenir shots of the event. Food vendors lined the grounds serving everything imag inable. The Flashers booth was also avail able for toys to be purchased. The shore activities and entertainment kept the crowd happy during the day and well into the night. It was a great time for socializing. Onshore activities entertained at North Abaco Summer Festival


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August 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 By Jennifer Hudson The pavilion at Abaco Beach Hotel was buzzing with activity and excitement on the evening of July 17 as people gathered to watch Abacos best chefs Battle with Spice and Fire to see who would emerge as Aba cos Top Chef for 2011. The seven chefs vying for the title were Chef Antonio Huyler from the Abaco Club at Winding Bay; Chef Neil Albury from Bradleys on the Harbour, Man-O-War; Chef Noel St. Cloud of Treasure Cay Re sort; Chef Charles Smith of Abaco Beach Resort; Chef Richardson Pata of Firefly Sunset Resort, Hope Town; Chef Carlton Lebrun of Sea Spray, Hope Town and Chef Roscoe Burrows of the Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club. At 6.30 p.m. the first chef was given the signal to begin cook ing while the others followed at five minute intervals. Each was allowed 30 minutes to cook his signature dish and what a frenzy of hard work followed as the specially se lected ingredients were transformed into mouth-watering delicacies. People gath ered around each of the chefs to watch them at their craft, some calling out words of encouragement to their favourites. At the end of the allotted time each chef presented five elegantly presented plates, four to be sampled by each of the judg es and one to go on display. Judges for the event included three highly renowned chefs: Paul Gerard from New York, Oliver Saucy from Pompano Beach, Florida and Elijah Bowe, Executive Chef at Graycliff Hotel and Resort in Nassau. All are inter nationally acclaimed, have won numerous top awards and been featured on various television shows. The fourth judge was lo cal resident John Haestad, who was assist ed by his wife Aubin. Mr. Haestad bid in an auction at the beginning of the evening for the spot as fourth judge and won with a winning bid of $700. After sampling all four dishes he and his wife agreed that they were all delicious, and it was very hard to decide on a winner. Each dish had a different appeal and taste, and presentation had to be taken into account also, said Mrs. Haested. Her husband said that since they found it possible to eat only a small amount of each dish, they let their three daughters eat the leftovers. I got my $700 worth, he joked. Professional judge, Paul Gerard, said that they all had a tough time making their decision and the results were very close. But overall the winning chef was Chef Antonio Huyler of Winding Bay with his spe cial creation Fish in a Blanket. Winner of the Peoples Choice Award was Chef Neil Albury. This award was for the hors doeuvres voted best by all people present who enjoyed the opportunity to go around to each table and sample the tasty treats the chefs had prepared in advance. Neil had prepared a grouper mix served on a special bread. A silent auction was held during the evening with some incredible prizes including vacations and romantic getaways both at home and abroad, airline tickets, antiques, fishing trips, boat and golf cart rentals, decorations and original artwork. Present for the event was Deanne Gib son, Culinary Tourism Manager from the Ministry of Tourism in Nassau. This Top Chef Competition is a one of a kind in The Bahamas and has been recognized by the Bahamas Culinary Association, she stated. It has great potential for draw ing visitors as people travel a lot for food events, for example the South Beach Food and Wine Fair which is now a huge event. Abaco hosts Top Chef CompetitionChef Neil Albury, right, of Bradleys on the Harbour in Man-O-War, was the winner of the Peoples Choice award. The Peoples Award was based on hors doeuvres while the judges based their award on an entree. Seven chefs entered the competition that was held at Abaco Beach Resort. By Jennifer Hudson Congratulations to Antonio Huyler, Sous Chef at the Abaco Club on Winding Bay, who emerged the winner in Abacos first Top Chef Competition held at the Abaco Beach Resort on July 17. Antonio was very enthusiastic about entering the competition since he first heard about it several months ago and Chef Antonio Cardoso, Executive Chef at the Abaco Club, was very support ive of his decision. Although I assisted him on the night, all the focus was on Chef Huyler, stated Chef Cardoso. When asked about his feelings prior to the beginning of the competition, Chef Huyler said that while everyone expected him to be nervous, he was not at all, just excited to be able to show what he could do. I was prepared and confident about the dish I was going to prepare, he stated. The time factor was not an issue for me as my key factor was to keep my dish simple and nice. Chef Huylers winning creation was Fish in a Blanket which consisted of Ahi Tuna wrapped in native plantain with lemon and spinach risotto, roasted toma toes and pepper coulis. It was a great moment for me when it was announced that I was the winner. I was proud to be a part of a team and to Antonio Huyler is Abacos top chefPlease see Competition Page 16 Top Chef From Page 14


Page 6 Section A The Abaconian August 1, 2011 South Abaco News Cherokee SoundCherokee will have a new clinicBy Jennifer Hudson The old government clinic in the settle ment of Cherokee Sound which had stood derelict for 25 years was finally demol ished on July 21. Demolition began at 8:30 a.m. and one hour later the former clinic had been reduced to a pile of rubble by Curtis Sands, who donated his services and equipment. The remains of the old clinic will now be put to good use as fill. Several residents, local government representatives from South Abaco and persons from the Abaco Club on Winding Bay were present to witness this memorable event which was just the start of what will be a very exciting project. July 21 marks the beginning of the re birth of the clinic which has been closed for over 25 years, stated Ron Parker, General Manager of the Abaco Club on Winding Bay, who gave the following overview of the conception and rebirth of the facility. Several months ago a group consisting of District Council members for South Abaco, Dr. Margo Seymour from the Sandy Point government clinic and persons from the Abaco Club met to talk about ideas which could benefit the community and visitors to the area and also showcase the club. The subject of the old Cherokee clin ic was brought up and much enthusiasm was shown. The group met at the clinic and asked themselves several questions: Is it possible to demolish and rebuild? Are there historical aspects and land rights to consider? Four months later a Cherokee Clinic Proj ect Committee was formed with the goal of reopening the clinic for the use of residents of Cherokee Sound, Casuarina Point, Yellow Wood, Bahama Palm Shores and other residents in South Abaco. Draftsman Michael Wheeler voluntarily designed the blueprint for a new stateof-the-art clinic with Dr. Seymour being instrumental in the design of the interior. While the old clinic was only 900 square feet in size and very basic, the new build ing will be 2,500 square feet and will in clude a doctors surgery room, treatment room, nurses room, waiting room, pharmacy, kitchen and offices. Attached will be a carport for an ambulance. This community effort is being spear headed by Mr. Parker, who says that his role is to keep everyone focused and on track and to pull together the right resourc es. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has been advised of this initiative and sent his team which included Dr. Pearl McMil lan, Director of the Department of Public Health, Benjamin Pinder, Administrator for South Abaco, and two other persons from Nassau to survey and discuss the project. Edison Key has had a vested interest in the project from the beginning. A developer of the Abaco Club on Winding Bay is donating the majority of building materials for the new clinic. The community is now in the process of identi fying skilled labour who will volunteer to build the facility. At a July 18 meeting six men with trade skills volunteered to participate in the rebuilding. The Government is very enthusiastic and supportive in wanting to see the clinic rebuilt and reopened. It is very important that the partnership is strengthened be tween the government and the community to ensure successful completion, stated Mr. Parker. A meeting of the Cherokee Clinic Project Committee is scheduled for July 27 when a build out schedule will be cre ated based on supplies received and plans developed to for continuing the work. The committee is looking for a project leader. Volunteer posters will be placed in Cherokee and other settlements in South Abaco for people to sign up to donate time and skills or financial assistance. For more information on this initiative please contact Mr. Ron Parker at telephone 366-3811 or 577-0039, Fax 367-2930 or email ronald. For volunteering please contact Vashti Albury at 366-2095 or 577-5634.Local Government members are sworn inBy Jennifer Hudson On July 15 the swearing in of several Town Committee members and Council members for townships in South Abaco took place at the Administrators office in Sandy Point. Firstly, officers were sworn in by Administrator for South Abaco, Benjamin Pinder, for the CheroPlease see South Page 7 Curtis Sands donated his time and his equipment to tear down and get rid of the the clinic building in Cherokee Sound. The new building will be a cooperative effort between the town and the Abaco Club. bahamian cuisine on Hope Towns waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner DailyAppetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m ICE RENTAL BIKES This is the plan for the new clinic building to be constructed in Cherokee Sound. It will be about three times bigger than the old buildng and will even have a carport for an ambulance.


August 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 The Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour has a limited number of Luxury CondominiumsFor SaleTHE HARBOUR RESIDENCESFor more information visit or call 242-367-2585 or 242-367-2158 These are the members of the Cherokee/Casuarina Point Town Committee. Shown on the left is Administrator for South Abaco, Benjamin Pinder. Vashti Albury and Kenneth Albury, second and third from the left, are the only two who nominated for the commit tee. Michael Knowles in the back was appointed for Cherokee Sound. In center front Jacqueline Estevez was appointed to represent Bahama Palm Shores and John Hudson, right, was appointed to represent Casuarina Point. At the Committees first meeting the members elected Mr. Hudson as Chairman and Ms. Estevez as Deputy Chairman. The Crossing Rocks Town Committee is composed of Chairman Israel Williams, Deputy Chairman Shevon Miller, Arthur Williams, Dianne Saunders and Keith Walker. Behind is the Administrator for South Abaco, Benjamin Pinder. More South Abaco News South From Page 6 kee Town Committee. Jacqueline Estevez was sworn in as representative for Bahama Palm Shores, John Hudson for Casuarina Point and Michael Knowles for Cherokee Sound. These three persons were appoint ed since no one nominated for Bahama Palm Shores or Casuarina Point and an other member was needed for Cherokee. Also present were Vashti Albury and Kenneth Albury, who had already been sworn in for Cherokee Sound as they went in un opposed on election day. Mr. Hudson was elected Chairman for the Cherokee Town ship and Jacqueline Estevez was elected as Vice Chairman. Councillors for the South Abaco District, Shevon Miller, Kenneth Albury, John Hudson, Israel Williams, Ron Fox and Stanley White were then sworn in. Administrator Pinder congratulated Stan ley White on being elected as Chief Coun cillor for South Abaco and Israel Williams as Deputy Chief Councillor. As a word of counsel to the newly sworn in members, Administrator Pinder advised that they must always see that the peoples business is taken care of. He stated that while some are new to local government, some have already served several terms. Mr. Williams has been a member since the inception of local government 15 years ago. I am looking forward to working with you and I urge you to stay within your bud get constraints and use the money wisely, stated Mr. Pinder, who then wished them all the best and Gods blessing.Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderTown Meeting A meeting was held with government officials, representatives from The Abaco Club at Winding Bay and local government to discuss replacing the old clinic. Government has made arrangements with an Abaco heavy equipment operator to remove the old building starting on July21 which is a blessing since the derelict structure was a constant eyesore to residents and visitors alike and has been neglected by the Ministry of Health for more than 25 years. They continued to keep the yard mowed which helped somewhat and kept the property presentable, but nothing was done to maintain the building itself. The Abaco Club at Winding Bay is donating a large portion of the materials Please see South Page 10


Page 8 Section A The Abaconian August 1, 2011 The Abaconian David & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos 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 Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface I have a dream today That there be functioning doors in the ladies rest room and that in all ways it resembles a powder room rather than a back street urinal. That no longer will passengers negotiate mounds of baggage as they make their way to check-in areas. That no more will they suffer bruised shins and frayed tempers. That pushing and cajoling no longer prevail. That all people will move peacefully to gether with respect and consideration. I have a dream today That one airline companys counter will no longer overflow into another. That confusion no longer reigns. That check-in agents of all carriers will be afforded space to operate an already stressful job. That the national flag carrier be award ed an area worthy of its name and track record. That photographs of Bahamian digni taries be beautifully framed as befits their worth. I have a dream today That check-in agents will no longer need to leave their posts and to wander into the hot, overcrowded seating area outside when departure announcement systems fail. That no longer will departing tourists and locals be forced outside but invited and accommodated inside the main termi nal. I have a dream today That passengers leave Abaco dry and not wearied and dampened by the oppres sive heat. That they no longer look like they have emerged from the shower or been caught in a torrential downpour but instead feel refreshed for the journey ahead rather than exhausted before embarking upon it. I have a dream today That newspapers, magazines, brochures and pamphlets will be displayed in a taste ful and orderly manner so that visitors may browse the many colorful and informative publications that Abaco has to offer. That an information stand be available to the public to assist travelers. That a booth housing a long distance telephone be an option for delayed pas sengers wishing to contact relatives and friends set to meet them the other side of the pond. I have a dream today That a variety of concession stands be available to both arriving and departing passengers. That local arts and crafts will be on sale in attractive kiosks. That indoor snack bars devoid of flies allow patrons to enjoy rather than endure food. That vending machines offer cold drinks. I have a dream today That an island band welcomes and bids a fond farewell to tourists of beautiful Abaco. That passengers no longer leave to eardeafening vehicular cacophony but island music, live or piped. That, in accordant mood, passengers saunter out to their awaiting aircraft rather than drag their feet. That hard-working taxi drivers be given By Stephanie Humblestone I have a dream That one day I will sit in an air condi tioned departure lounge at Marsh Harbour airport. That no longer will flies circle my sand wich nor balance on the edge of my Styrofoam coffee cup. I have a dream today That broken plastic bucket seats will be replaced with easy chairs so that all travel ers will be comfortable as they await arrivals and departures of aircraft from this recognized international airport. That curbside seating midst car fumes be something of the past. That brow mopping and sweltering under the hot Bahamian skies be a distant memory. That the word dump when referring to the airport will be forever erased from all peoples vocabulary.I Have A DreamIn my humble opinionPlease see Humblestone Page 22 Abaco has once again shown its resourcefulness in planning and carrying out a new event of international stature. The preparations required months of coordinating various organizations, government agencies and businesses to get two baseball facilities up to international standards. Sep arately, preparations were underway to ac commodate several hundred Little League players and support persons at Camp Abaco. Meals were provided and transporta tion was arranged to the Murphy Town and Coopers Town parks. The committee has much to be proud of. Camp Abaco was modified for its largest group ever, and two marginal ballfields were renovated to international standards with fencing, lights, bleachers and re strooms. The weather in the final days of preparations was a hindrance, but the committee persevered and several hundred players and guests were accommodated. Little League baseball teams arrived at the same time that Tropical Storm Bret was forming. However, the skies cleared, fans cheered and the games ended on schedule. The committee, volunteers and donors are all to be congratulated for making all the arrangements, and seeing to all the details. The ballparks caused the most concern and a few rough edges remain to be finished. But the foundation has been laid for two first class ball parks.Future problemsThe larger remaining issues relate to ownership and maintenance. The Murphy Town ballfield has been the responsibility of the Murphy Town Committee although the Committee has been plagued with a shortage of money for proper maintenance. Complaints are heard that the two ballfields were put in place without any consulta tion with local government and are being given to local government without thought for maintenance funding. Most towns and councils are operating on tight financial constraints and do not have surplus funds to work with. Budget requests by Central Abacos District Council submitted last spring made no provision for the maintenance of this new facility. If we get typical summer and fall rains, these fields will require regular mowing. For periods of drought, the grass should stay green as complete sprinkler systems are installed. Keeping these two ballfields will require regular maintenance, mowing, bathroom cleaning and surveillance against abuse when being used by the public. In fact, there is some talk that these new fields are too good to be allowed to fall into disrepair by public use and should be off limits to casual use. However, we want to encour age our youth and others to participate in sports and baseball is a great activity for them. Whether the gates to these parks will be open for public use or locked for exclu sive use remains to be seen. Another issue relates to monthly water and power bills. Members of the Central Abaco District Council were recently informed that councils and town committees must now pay the monthly electric bills for the various parks in their district or town. Parks that previously blazed with lights day and night will likely be dark unless an event is taking place. Another issue relates to the recovery of electric costs when these parks are used for sporting events or public concerts and fund raisers. It will soon be known what it costs to light these public parks for an hour or maybe for an evening. At this time, local government is not allowed to collect money so the cost of lighting a ballfield for a game cannot be charged to the organizers. We suspect a method will be devised allowing for a maintenance fee to be collected for using a facility. As required by every public restroom, daily cleaning will be needed, necessitating a cleaning person or service. The public restrooms at Marsh Harbours Crossing Beach require daily service. Less than a week after the games ended, members of the Central Abaco Council debated different approaches for increased funding for the Murphy Town park. We suspect that the caretakers of the Coopers Town park face similar financial chal lenges. Dundas Town recently completed a public tennis court. However, mainte nance there should be minimal as the court has no grass, lights or restrooms. Several towns have basketball courts with night lights and the light bills for these will have to be resolved. Problems aside, these and other sporting facilities should encourage young and old to engage in sporting activities, either as game participants or as coaches and other support persons. Money, staffing and responsibility will be resolved with time. The two ballparks are a welcome addition and should instill a sense of pride in the host towns. Chief Councillors AssociationInformation has come from Nassau that Abaco is the only island to have formed a Chief Councillors Association for the betterment of our island. Nassau is again recognizing Abaco as a leader, and it is expected that this Associations successful debut will be replicated on other islands with multiple districts. Representing Aba cos base population of 16,000 as elected representatives, their concerns should car ry some weight with Nassau officials. How our Chief Councillors Association makes itself known and works effectively with the power brokers in Nassau remains to be seen. The fact that Nassau is bragging on this group bodes well. We hope to hear more on their return to Abaco. Stone crab project requests recommendationThe Central Abaco District Council has been asked to make a recommendation for a stone crab project. A written proposal was read to the Council members at its July 4 meeting. No action was taken. At the July 26 Council meeting two principals of the proposed operation gave Council members a summary of the proj ect. The project will require 150 acres on west coast of Abaco west of Stink Pond for a stone crab farming and processing facili ty. The developers expect to export 16,000 pounds of stone crab claws per week when in full operation. Initially, the crabs would be harvested in local waters, but the goal is to graduate into a self-sustaining mari culture crab-growing operation. Phase one will require 20 acres on the shore. The National Economic Council in Nas sau requested the Councils recommenda tion on the proposal and its 20-acre leaseto-own land request. Being unfamiliar with an operation of this nature, Council members have deferred a decision and will ask Abacos Friends of the Environment for an opinion. This organization is host ing several marine scientists now who will be asked to review the proposal and make suggestions. This entire exercise is for Council to make local recommendations to Nassau who will make final decisions. It is not clear if this facility is in addition to a fisheries operation recently announced for Moores Island, or if that project wants to relocate to the mainland. Council members did ask questions but the Moores Island project was not mentioned. The Editor Says . Abaco does it again


August 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Order The Abaconian Today Apr 2006Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$65 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 990 Old Dixie Hwy, #8, Lake Park, FL 33403 or: P.O. Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribeReceiving the Abaconian regularly will keep you informed Thanks for supportDear Editor, The Green Turtle Cay Volunteer Fire Department would like to extend a sincere thanks to all those who supported its First Annual Fishing Tournament on July 16, 2011. A special thanks to Leeward Yacht Club & Marina for the venue and the Gully Roosters for the donation of entertainment. We are grateful to everyone that contrib uted to the success of the event and we look forward to such remarkable support in the future. Sincerely, Fire Chief Thomas Sawyer Green Tu rtle Cay Fire Dept. Dangerous wake damaged boat Dear Editor, We are leaving Marsh Harbour area today on our boat, one week before the time we planned to leave. The reason we are leaving is due to an incident that occurred in the harbour on July 5 when a thoughtless act caused damage to our boat, Priority II. At 9:20 a.m. we were docked at Linda and Tom Lefflers house on Pelican Shores to pick up our friends who were staying there. While we were docked, the boat Discovery, operated by Bakers Bay, went by us generating a very large wake. The Discovery is a big boat (about 60 feet long) that was going on plane when it passed us. The wake it generated smashed our boat against the dock several times. The damage caused by the impact with the dock cracked the fiberglass on the gunnels of our boat and pulled the rub rail away from the boat. The damage was substantial and will require fiberglass repairs. The incident could have been much worse as my wife and I were on the boat trying to fend it off the dock when the wake hit. Several persons witnessed the incident when it happened. We tried to hail the Discovery after the incident but there was no response from the Captain. As a consequence, we immediately filed a complaint with the Harbour Master per sonally and confirmed it by email. After filing the complaint, we took our boat to the Conch Inn where the Discovery had returned and was docked. We waited over an hour for the Discoverys Captain, who was having lunch, to come out. When I met with the Captain, he eventually apolo gized for the incident and called an agent in Florida who could get the fiberglass repairs to our boat completed. We then motored to Bakers Bay where we spoke with the General Manager there. He reiter ated that the repairs would be covered by Bakers Bay. Since we planned be in The Bahamas for two weeks, there was not enough time to have the repairs completed here. We spoke with the Bakers Bay agent in Flori da who said he will arrange for the repairs to be made in Florida. We will meet with the agent in Florida on July 12. The no wake zone in Marsh Harbour ex tends to the mouth of the harbour, so this incident should not have happened. This thoughtless act not only caused us to lose valuable vacation time in The Bahamas but also resulted in lost revenue for the Marsh Harbour Marina where we planned to stay. We were lucky that there were no se rious injuries. But if these types of inci dences continue to occur, it will only be a matter of time until someone gets seriously injured. Good boating practices and courtesy should be standard practice in the harbour. Part of these practices should be the post ing of no wake zone signs in the harbour to make everyone aware of these zones. Peter and Deborah Nellessen Causing wavesDear Editor, Why is it that Man-O-War and Hope Town havere no wake areas and have signs notifying the boaters. But in Marsh Har bour, also a no wake area, there are no signs posted, and this is the main port? Big boats like Alburys Ferry and Bakers Bay boats cause large and dangerous wakes. Try putting your boat on and off a lift when the red boat of Bakers Bay goes by or getting in a kayak when Alburys Ferry goes by. The Port Department says Marsh Harbour is a no wake zone, but these captains dont care whether it is or isnt. AND again, why dont we have signs posted! I witnessed the red boat for Bak ers Bay damage a sportfishing boat that was tied up at the end of a friends dock, causing a lot of damage. It could have been worse if they had little kids getting on the boat at the time and the parents grabbed them just in time. Or they could have been injured or killed if caught between the boat and dock. I understand Bakers Bay is pay ing for the damages caused to the boat. A boat can be replaced a life cannot! I guess this should be a wake up call for Alburys Ferry, Bakers Bay and other large boats. Im pretty sure Bakers Bay and Man-O-War wouldnt like boaters coming into their harbours making waves! Everyone, think and be cautious as you go by docks and slow down PLEASE! Concerned about public safety Cherokee really needs a clinicDear Sir, They say we are getting a new clinic in Cherokee. I hope so. It has been a long time coming. Our old clinic has not been in use since 1986 (or maybe before). We were told then that once the road was cut through in 1986 (access was only by boat before that) we could drive to Marsh Harbour in an emergency or for regular medical treatment (when most of us didnt and still dont have our own transportation nor is there any type of public transportation). Well, it wasnt long after that time that we lost a young boy who was bitten by a shark while out spearfishing. He bled to death before he made it to Marsh Harbour. And just the other day one of our senior citizens suffered food poisoning. He was taken to the government clinic in Marsh Harbour, 22 miles away, then the follow ing day had to be taken to Sandy Point, 45 miles away. He was in a lot of pain and could have also died. We have only praise for the government medical staff in Abaco. We just wish they werent so far away. Considering Little Harbour, Yellow Wood and Cherokee Sound including residents, second hom eowners and occasional visitors and boat ers, we are quite a sizeable community and need a better and more accessible medical facility. All up and down Abaco, I see newer and more modern clinics. We should have one, too. Lets hope we dont have to wait another 25 years to get it. Lee Pinde r A Cherokee Resident Letters to the Editor Honesty and Quality You Can Count OnBrandon Thompson242-357-6532Dock ConstructionResidential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyleBoat LiftsSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsAnd Much More...Offering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experienceContact us today! 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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian August 1, 2011 needed to build a new building. And local government is looking for local workers to do the labour. It is our understanding that when the new building is completed, a nurse or doctor will be on duty every day the same as at other government clinics, something that has been needed in our part of Abaco for a long time. Independence CelebrationAlong with the rest of rhe nation, Cherokee celebrated our 38 years of Indepen dence from the UK with an outdoor barbe cue on July 11, the public holiday. There were even a few fireworks to make the cel -South From Page 7 More South Abaco News ebration official. There was a good turnout (especially by some pesky flies). Even the weather cooperated and the sun shone brightly and everyone had a good time.Fun Day in CherokeeOn July 16 Cherokee folk came together for another Fun Day to help raise enough money to purchase airline tickets for our dart team, the best dart team in all The Bahamas, so the group can go to Ireland in September 2011 to compete for The World Cup in darts. The domino games went on all day as well as some other fun games. There was a short sprinkle of rain, but not enough to dampen anyones spirits and a good time was had by all who came. The final profit of the day was a little over $2,500, almost enough for one player to attend the World Cup. But we have two from Cherokee who are going so we will probably be doing this again before the summer is over. There was plenty food and everyone had a choice between fish, chicken or porkchop dinners with delicious sides. Then lots of homemade baked goods and even homemade ice cream was offered. A big thank you to all who supported this effort and to all the workers and con tributors. I feel sure that our boys will be coming back with that world cup. That will make us all proud.Two more prayer quilts are being made The Cherokee Saturday Afternoon La dies Quilting Group has made and given another Prayer Quilt. This time the quilt went to Daniel Sawyer, who is suffering from throat cancer, our fourth recipient and first male recipient. Our fifth Prayer Quilt is going to Iris Pinder, who has also had complications Please see South Page 11 The South Abaco District Council is composed of seven members, two from Cherokee/ Casuarina Point, two from Crossing Rocks and three from Sandy Point. Shown are Administrator Benjamin Pinder, Kenneth Albury and John Hudson representing the Chero kee/Casuaring Point Town Committee. Also behind are Deputy Chief Councillor Israel Williams representing Crossing Rocks and Ronn Fox from Sandy Point. In the front are Shevon Miller of Crossing Rocks and Chief Councillor Stanley White, Sandy Point. Miss ing is Arthur Lightbourn from Sandy Point, who was on vacation. This is the Sandy Point Town Committee. Pictured are Arthur Lightbourn, Valeria Light bourn, Chairman Stanley White, Preston Roberts and Deputy Chairman Ronn Fox. Standing behind is Administrator Benjamin Pinder. ALL YOU NEED UNDER ONE ROOF PH: (242) 367-2170Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour, AbacoThank You For Your Patronage! FULL RANGE OF HURRICANE SHUTTERSRoll-a-way and Aluminum Panels We have the supplies you need to keep your home safe! CRAWFISHING SEASON IS HERE & WE HAVE ALL THE GEAR YOU NEED!Diving Gear You Can Depend On! KEEP YOUR CRAWFISH CHILLED IN A GE CHEST FREEZER EXCLUSIVE GE DEALER RELIABLE POWER At Home or on The Job Site We Stock Gas & Diesel Generators for Home or for Business


August 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 More South Abaco News South From Page 10 and has suffered some life-threatening set backs during her treatments with cancer. Each Prayer Quilt is made from scraps of brightly coloured cotton materials sewn together by the quilting ladies, attached to a filler and a backing with thick cotton cro chet yarn which is then tied in a knot by persons saying the prayer on behalf of the recipients. When all the knots are tied, it is presented to the new owner. We trust the quilts are a comfort and a remembrance that they are not alone and not forgotten and that we are praying for their recoveryA change of menuEpworth Chapels Soup Kitchen has switched from soups to salads, at least for the hot summer months. And on July 12 the group made chicken salad with shell pasta and gave out 16-ounce cups to 34 recipients along with a pack age of soda crackers and chips. Everyone agreed it was a wel come change and, so far, we havent received any complaints. This outreach program by the church has been very well received by our senior citizens and shut-ins. Everyone receives a portion, regardless of their religious af filiation, or whether they have none at all. The aim is to bring a little smile and cheer to their otherwise mundane day and some thing different to their menu.A Singspiration is held The Assemblies of God Church along with family, friends and neighbours came together on July 23 for what we like to call a Singspiration, a community get together to sign praises to the Lord and bring inspi ration to the flock. The event had yet another purpose. It was to bring a Love Offering and money to a little girl who is in dire need of openheart surgery. Although Amy Hamilton does not live in Cherokee, some of her family were born here. People are basically good and the people of Cherokee often pull together to help one of their own, whether it is for life-saving surgery, assisting a neighbor with unbearable lawyers fees or by show ing our national pride by helping our dart team attend a world competition. This is just something we do, we help each other. The effort for little Amy took in a little over $3,000 with promises of more dona tions to come.Casuarina PointYoung visitors raise money for Abaco charitiesBy Jennifer Hudson Marion and Alan Watt and their two chil dren have been visiting Abaco from Scotland for the past four years. During this time they have stayed with Judy and Rex Albury of Casuarina Point while building their own home in that settle ment. Kimberley, who is now 14 years of age, and her brother Haydn, 12, learned of some of the needs on Abaco and decided to help. On May 15, 2011, Kimberley and Haydn kayaked a distance of 10 miles on the River Tweed in Scotland to raise money. They were sponsored by family, teachers and friends and proudly raised the sum of $440. The journey down the river took them four hours and, accord ing to their father who made the trip along side them, was no mean feat as they had to contend with rapids, sheer drops, weirs and very cold temperatures. At times they even had to carry their kayaks in places where the river was too treacherous but were very pleased to have completed the trip without capsizing. Kimberley and Haydn have been kaya king with their father, who is a canoeing instructor, since the age of three and have A dinner and fun day was held to raise funds to assist two dart players from Cherokee to attend the Darts Tournament in Ireland in September. Shown are Capt. Michael Bethel and Roscoe Thompson III enjoying a game of dominoes. Haydn and Kimberly Watt from Scotland recently raised mon ey for two of our Abaco organizations, the Casuarina Point Volunteer Fire Department and the Abaco Wild Horses Fund. They kayaked 10 miles on a Scottish river to raise the money. They are shown presenting their donation to Rex Albury of Casuarina Point. Please see South Page 14


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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian August 1, 2011 been kayaking solo since the age of ten. This was the longest distance they had ever covered, and they trained for it over a cou ple of months to build up their strength and technique. Haydn had heard about the voluntary work of the Casuarina Point Fire Department from Rex Albury, who is a fire fighter, and he decided to donate his half of the money raised to assist the work of the Fire Department. A cheque for $220 was presented to Mr. Albury at the Casuarina Point Fire House on July 15. I am so grateful to these young people for their efforts as the Fire Department is very low on funds. We are in need of money for gas, and there is maintenance needing to be done, he stated. Kimberley chose to South From Page 11 Tropical Storm From Page 1 Storm with top winds of 65mph. Weather conditions affected the arrival and departure of aircraft, and Tropical Storm Bret was blamed for the delay of the Little League Baseball Tournament. However, the rain was welcomed by the population because of the dry conditions experienced on the island. Chief meteorologist in Nassau, Basil Dean, said the heavy rainfall affected An dros as well as Abaco and Grand Bahama.Top Chef From Page 5 represent the Abaco Club and show what we can do on a daily basis. The competi tion showcased good talent and brought prestige to The Bahamas, said Chef Huyler, who is looking forward to competing again next year. The winning dish Fish in a Blanket has been served every night at the Abaco Club since the competition and will be come a new selection on the menu for the club house, stated Ronald Parker, Gen eral Manager of the Abaco Club, who ex pressed pride in his excellent chefs. Chef Huyler began his training as an ap prentice chef at the College of The Baha mas and is currently enrolled in the Uni versity of Phoenix studying Business and Hospitality Management. He has won nuMore South Abaco News donate her half of the money raised to the Abaco Wild Horses Fund and travelled to Treasure Cay the following day to present a cheque to Mimi Rehor, who cares for the wild horses. The Watt family plan to spend a little longer each year at Casuarina Point now that their house is completed. Kimberley and Haydn say that they are eager to raise funds for more Abaco charities and are already coming up with a different idea for raising funds next time.Moores Island Health Fair is held By Joy Cierrea Archer On May 14 not only was the Abaco Auskell Medical Center in Marsh Harbour abuzz with patients; so was the Moores Island government clinic. On that Saturday a crew from Auskell joined with representatives from the Sandy Point government clinic including Dr. Margo Seymour and Nurse Schemell Weech as well as a group from the Europ Assistance USA and CSA Travel Protection. Representa tives of the Abaco Cancer Society took useful information regarding Cancer Awareness and Prevention. The people in the two communi ties on Moores Island, who frequently have to travel to receive essential health care, were very welcoming to the medical team that spent half of the day providing medical care. The trip was long in planning and Mrs. Collie, President of Abaco Auskell Medi cal Centre, felt the trip was far over due. She extended requests to the com munity for sponsorships and manpower. As expected, a favourable response was given from several donors including the Rotary Club of Abaco and Shawn Nixon, who donated airline flights. Dr. Seymour and the staff of the Sandy Point Govern ment Clinic offered free pap smears. In addition, Dr. Keith Lewis, chiropractor at Abaco Auskell Medical Centre, provided gifts for the community including dolls, books, pens, key chains, skipping ropes and lollipops. The rewards did not end there because Kathie Backus of Europ Assistance USA and her team went with toothbrushes, toothpaste and books that were well received by the communities. Not only that, Ms. Backusshe donated a blood pressure machine and glucose ma chine to the Moores Island government clinic. The members from Abaco Auskell Medical Centre were fully prepared to offer free cholesterol, hemoglobin, glucose and other testing which was a much need ed gift to the population of approximately 700 persons. There is no doubt that the residents and medical staff on Moores Island were ap preciative for the services offered. It is Mrs. Collies hope that an initiative such as this one can be done once more for the Abaco island. A team of health care professionals from Auskell Medical Center and the government clinic in Sandy Point held a health fair on Moores Island. They offered free testing in several areas and counciled the patients who were very grateful. It is difficult and expensive for them to come to the mainland for medical care. merous gold, silver and bronze medals both at home and abroad. Chef Huyler loves cooking seafood and taking advantage of any opportunity to showcase and elevate Bahamian cuisine.


August 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 By Aaron Adams, Craig Layman and Zack Jud During the week of October 17 23, 2010, a group of scientists, guides and anglers worked together on Abaco to tag and track the movements of bonefish. The overall goal of the tagging effort was to identify bonefish movement patterns to determine the amount of area required by bonefish for survival, and whether Abaco bonefish undertake long distance spawning migrations. This information will be applicable to designing appropriate fisheries policies and habitat protections to ensure healthy bonefish populations. While previous tag and release results suggested that bonefish on Abaco occupy relatively small home ranges, these findings may have greatly underestimated the amount of space actual ly needed by bonefish in order to complete spawning migrations. We were particu larly interested in learning whether bone fish from the Marls on the western side of Abaco migrate the considerable distance to the southern end of the island in order to reproduce. If this type of long distance spawning migration was identified, it would suggest that additional habitat protection along the migration corridor and at the spawning location may be needed for bonefish conser vation on Abaco. Recent research on Eleuthera found that bonefish migrate long distances to specific locations, and then move offshore to spawn at night during a period spanning the new and full moons between October and May. Prior to spawning, the bonefish collect in large schools in shallow bays near deep water, and move offshore as a group at dusk. Because of the extremely wide, shallow shelf on the west side of Abaco, bonefish in the Marls would have to swim a considerable distance to the west or south in order to reach deep offshore spawning waters. Recent observations by Abaco guides suggested that bonefish may group to spawn in an area near Cross Harbour. Large schools of fish were seen in a shal low bay adjacent to deep water during peak spawning season, mirroring the observations made on Eleuthera. We used acoustic (sonic) tags to de termine whether bonefish from the Marls traveled to Cross Harbour. While stan dard passive tags (spaghetti tags) re quire the recapture of a tagged fish in order to identify movements, a combina tion of high tech acoustic tags and under water receivers allows movements to be detected and recorded without having to recapture the fish. The acoustic tags send out sonic pings (much like a submarine), which are detect ed by the underwater receivers at distances up to one thousand feet. Each tag has a unique code, allowing each fish to be in dividually identified. During the week of October 17 23, the group surgically im planted acoustic tags in 25 bonefish in the southern Marls and Cross Harbour. Prior to tagging, 22 underwater receivers were placed in and near Cross Harbour to detect bonefish movements. The expectation was that if bonefish from the Marls move to Cross Harbour to spawn, the receivers in Cross Harbour would detect one or more of the bonefish tagged in the Marls. We also expected that if bonefish spawn near Cross Har bour, we would see patterns whereby bonefish would be detected by the receiv ers (which were placed in shallow habi tats) during quarter moon periods, but would be absent during periods around the full or new moons. In May 2011 the underwater receiv ers were retrieved and taken back to the This is a map of South Abaco. The upper circle shows the Marls opposite Casuaring Point while the lower circle is marking Cross Harbour. Scientists are discovering that bonefish travel many miles from the Marls to the deep water off Cross Har bour to spawn. This knowledge is very important to show areas that need to be pro tected in order to preserve our fisheries. Please see Page 16 These are some of the people who assisted the scientists in carrying out the study on the tracking of bonefish. They included bonefishermen, guides, scientists and many other interested people.


Page 16 Section A The Abaconian August 1, 2011 lab to download the data. Twelve of the 25 bonefish implanted with acoustic tags were detected by the receivers in and near Cross Harbour between October 2010 and May 2011. One of the bonefish tagged in the Marls on October 17 (tag number 33353, a female, 18 fork length) was detected by receivers north of Cross Harbour on December 1, on the southern side of Cross Harbour on De cember 2, and in the bay where guides ob served a possible pre-spawning school of bonefish on December 3. This fish moved at least 37 miles from where it was tagged. The fish then moved out of range of the receivers. The new moon was on December 5, so the movements of this fish coincide with expectations for a fish migrating from the Marls to a spawning location. The fact that a bonefish tagged in the Marls was detected at Cross Harbour is a significant result of the study. Of the bonefish that were tagged in Cross Harbour, two fish exhibited behav iors that also suggested movement away from the shallow flats to spawn. These two bonefish (tags 33363 (a 17 male) and 33369 (a 17 female)) were detected by re ceivers in shallow water almost every day during the course of the study. However, both fish disappeared from the shallows for several days around the new moons of December 2010 and January 2011. Both fish disappeared December 4 7 (new moon was December 5), and then returned to the shallows. In January, fish 33363 dis appeared January 6 8, and fish 33369 disappeared January 5 9 (new moon was January 4) and then returned to the shal lows. Although we did not observe bonefish spawning during this time, and their exact locations during their periods of absence from shallow water are unknown, their movements mirror those reported by the researchers at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. In addition, the migration of a bonefish from the Marls was perfectly timed to correspond with the new moon in December, which suggests that the Cross Harbour area may be an important spawning loca tion for Abaco bonefish. Similar long-distance movements in as sociation with spawning have been docu mented on north Andros and Eleuthera. Even if this is not the case, this research has documented the long distance move ment of a bonefish on Abaco, and shown a connection between the Marls and Cross Harbour, underscoring the need for large scale conservation of bonefish habitats. This connectivity suggests that impacts to migrating and spawning bonefish outside Congratulations Chef Antonio Huyler!I think these chefs have done a wonderful job; it is a first time event and is first class. My vote would go to the chef with the most indigenous flair, she added. The event was co-sponsored by Abaco Pathfinders and the Abaco Community Tourism Foundation with all funds raised benefitting Abaco Pathfinders student scholarship fund. Each year Abaco Path finders adds another group of very wor thy students to the many they are already supporting in colleges for further educa tion abroad. This year is the largest group ever to be added with 17 students receiving scholarships. Michael Albury, Chairman of the Path finders Association, commented at the end of the evening that he felt everyone had done a grand job. I am so proud of them all and we have a house full of winners to night, he said. He was very pleased with the turnout for the event, and he hopes that next year second homeowners will stay over for it and that others will come espe cially for it. This is something which is going to get bigger and better each year, he promised.Competition From Page 5 From Page 15 By James Hull I have been trying to keep this article fresh and current so I find myself writing about a subject as it presents itself to me. Two subjects are top of mind right now; the start of lobster season and hurricane season. What they both have in common is that preparation will help you get through them both. Lobster season starts with a great flurry of activity on and below the water. Boats and the water need to be respected. The moment you lose that respect, you can get into trouble. With lobster season opening this week, I will talk about water safety in this article. The next time you hear from me we can talk about hurricane season. I have seen both experienced and ama teur fishermen using air compressors and having problems with them. The problems can be numerous from the compressor fail ing to the air being contaminated. I urge everybody to check your equipment. What I want people to think about is de compression sickness or the bends. What happens with the bends is that nitrogen is bubbling up in the blood. Nitrogen is in the air we breathe, and it is not used by our bodies. It is always in our system. But when you breathe pressurized air under water, even more nitrogen is put into our systems. Some people think this only happens when you have scuba tanks on, but, in fact, it happens whenever you breathe from any pres sure hose from a compressor as well. So when you are diving you must re member that the deeper you go the less time you have before you can suffer from the bends. The bends can cause you to be paralysed, and it can even lead to death so it not something to be taken lightly. After a fun-filled day of fishing and when everybody is heading home alcohol tends to be consumed and that is when ac cidents happen. An incident happened recently here on Abaco in which two boats collided and lucky for the people on board nobody was killed. Boating accidents claim many lives each year in The Bahamas. The most common time accidents occur is at night and when alcohol is involved. If you have consumed too much alcohol and are out in your boat, stay where you are or get a ferry ride home and get your boat the next day. If you are out on the water, please as sume that everybody will do the wrong thing and act accordingly. Watch for boats around you and make sure you stay far away from them. Over this holiday week end prepare and you will be safe.Your Health Diving incurs serious risksof the Marls could negatively affect the world class fishery found within the Marls. The goal now is to obtain additional funding to conduct a follow-up study, with intensive tagging of bonefish in the Marls with acoustic tags, and a redistribution of the receivers at Cross Harbour based on movements detected during this first study. This follow up study will better define the connection between the Marls and Cross Harbour, and identify the location used by the pre-spawning schools of bonefish. No study of this scope can be conducted without the help of a lot of people. We are very grateful for all of the help.


August 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 The Grand Cay District Council is composed of five members. They are Ronald Rolle, Wendell Cooper, Kennedy Russell, Chief Councillor Roosevelt Curry, Administrator Theophilus Cox and Deputy Chief Councillor Calvin Albury. The Coopers Town/Fire Road/ Black Wood Town Committee is pictured here. They are Eric Collie, Eulean Michelle Sands, Gary Smith, Chairman Garneth Edgecombe, Deputy Chairman Ejnar Cornish, Administrator Lavon Harris-Smith, Jenson Edgecombe, Clyde Cornish and Administrator Theophilus Cox. North Abaco News Grand CayBy Savannah Cooper A trip to the small island of Grand Cay was made by Administrator Theophilus Cox to swear in the Council members and help them elect their Chief Councillor and Deputy Chief Councillor. The five men chosen were delighted in their success in the election and are looking forward to a smooth sailing term. Mr. Roosevelt Curry was elated by the fact that he was elected Chief Councillor and would be spending another term as Chief. He previously served two terms and was happy to have his old position back. He told them of his views and ideas.Workshop is held By Canishka Alexander On July 13 dShan Maycock, Education Officer of Friends of the Environment, led a Fishermens Sustainable Catch Workshop at the Grand Cay All-Age School. After giving a brief history on the Size Matters Campaign, Mrs. Maycock talked about the importance of sustainable fishing practices and factors that contribute to and adversely affect biodiversity. Felicity Burrows of The Nature Conservancy discussed the Marine Stewardship Council Certification, the Illegal Unregulated and Unreported fishing assessment and the Catch Certificate Program. She also highlighted the Fisheries Improvement Program, which has four main objectives: data collection; outreach and edu cation; enforcement; and assessment and review. Jeremie Saunders, Fisheries Superintendent of the Department of Marine Resources, showed the fishermen how to fill out the Bahamas Catch Certificate forms for boats 26 feet and under as well as Mother ships 39 feet and larger. Addition ally, he offered statistics on the crawfish industry along with the laws and regula tions that govern it. David Knowles, Park Warden with the Bahamas National Trust, talked about the management of the Bahamas 27 marine parks and reserves. As he outlined the benefits and challenges of the job, he dis cussed the model adopted by the Belize fishermen, who have gone as far as to po lice their waters. He encouraged the fish ermen to become members of BNT. During the presentations, about 50 fish ermen listened attentively in the audience. They were receptive to what they heard and added valuable input to the conversa tion. However, their main concerns had to do with poaching and foreigners fishing in their waters. They were geared up for the upcoming season and excited about what they would bring back. Chief Councillor Roosevelt Curry was among the fishermen in attendance. This years workshop was the second for the Grand Cay residents. However, Curry has attended most of the meetings held on Aba co. He started out in the fishing business in Please see North Page 20


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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian August 1, 2011 Fredericks Agency Ltd.Customs BrokersCustoms Brokerage Services Air and Sea Import and Export Entries Serving all vessels from foreign portsQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email: P.O. Box AB-20180, Marsh Harbour, AbacoMammograms OfferedFor Appointments Call 367-0020Extended Care (After Hours) Call 577-0113A General Practioner is on staff Monday through Saturday Dr. Matthew Orem Chiropractor August 2-9, 2011 Dr. Ohueyi Dermatologist/Internist August 6, 2011 Ms. Nikeia Watson Mammogram August 6, 2011 Dr. Ronald Knowles Obstetrician / Gynecologist August 10, 2011 Ms. Kim Scriven Audiology Hearing aids, hearing testing August 12, 2011 Dr. Frumentus Leon Obstetrician / Gynecologist August 13, 2011 Dr. Keith Lewis Chiropractor August 13-23, 2011 Dr. Michael Caplia Optometrist August 17, 2011Students Back to School Health Fair August 20, 2011 Dr. Ronald Knowles Obstetrician / Gynecologist August 24, 2011 Dr. Winston Campbell, Ears, Nose & Throat Specialist, Sleep Apnea August 23, 2011 Dr. Lockhart Orthopedic Surgeon August 26, 2011 Dr. Bodie Gynecologist/ Obstetrician August 27, 2011 Dr. Edwin Demeritte, Neurologist / Neurophysiologist (Adults & Children) August 27, 2011 Call for dates for these: Dr. K.J.A. Rodgers, Ophthalmology Dr. Duranda Ash, Ophthalmology Ms. Sandra Watson, Ultrasound Dr. Elaine Lundy, Family Medicine Dr. Rosetta Ingraham Dermatology 1988 buying lobster, conch and scale fish from fishermen in Grand Cay, and then sold them to businesses in Grand Bahama, Nassau and Marsh Harbour. Now, he sells the crawfish to Marsh Harbour Exporters/ Importers. At the workshop, he was con cerned about what was required to obtain compressor licenses.An overview of the Grand Cay communityBy Canishka Alexander Founded in the late 1800s by Steven Miller, several families from North Abaco and Little Abaco relocated to Grand Cay. With a population of approximately 500 residents living there now, they rely sole -North From Page 17 More North Abaco News This is the Little Abaco Town Committee. Pictured are Yvonne Saunders, Deputy Chair man Marcus Laing, Chairman Leslie McIntosh, Juanita Russell, Pete Russell and Nor wood McDermott. Missing from the picture is Joycelyn McIntosh. The Treasure Cay Town Committee has five members. Pictured are Administrator Theophilus Cox, Chairman Kelphan Thurston, Deputy Chairman Cramston Symonette, Ryan Forbes, Administrator Lavon Harris Smith, Clifton Bootle and Steven Pedican. ly on the commercial fishing of crawfish, conch and scale fish to sustain the commu nity. Grand Cay has several restaurants, a ma rina, small grocery store, motel, church, school and clinic. The community is sup plied with electricity through BECs Abaco branch; BTC and Education are overseen by Freeport, and they enjoy good cellular phone reception, wireless Internet access and cable services. The community has daily airplane ser vices to Walkers Cay via Regional Air from Freeport, and Abaco Air runs charter services to Walkers Cay from Marsh Har bour. Mail boat services are handled by Ed Cooper, so they are able to regularly bring in groceries and freight from Nassau. Oth erwise, residents take their own boats over to Freeport to shop or catch the Discovery Cruise from Freeport to Fort Lauderdale. Residents travel to Fox Town occasional ly, especially when there are events taking place and because it is closer than the other nearby settlements when traveling by boat. Chief Councillor Roosevelt Curry has played an integral role in promoting em ployment and a stable economy for the Grand Cay residents through his businesses. Other than a considerable number of visitors that visit the island during the summer months, Mr. Curry said the fish ing industry is what drives Grand Cay. We get quite a few tourists coming in, and on the weekends we dont have any place to put them, he confessed. The Shark School is also located on Grand Cay and is managed by Dr. Erich K. Ritter, a shark behaviorist and avid con servationist. Its main purpose is to bring humans closer to sharks, focusing on how The North Abaco District Council is composed of three from Little Abaco, four from Coopers Town and two from Treasure Cay. Shown are Norwood McDermott, Garneth Edgecombe, Chief Councillor Gary Smith, Ejnar Cornish, Keplan Thurston, Ryan Forbes, Administrator Lavon Harris Smith, Pete Russell, Clyde Cornish, Leslie McIntosh and Adminstrator Theophilus Cox. Please see North Page 22


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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian August 1, 2011 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Island-wide Abaco Listings Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Cherokee Lee Pinder + 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075 Green Turtle Cay Barefoot Homes 14 hse 365-4332 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties + 34 hse 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties + 34 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 Guana Cay Dive Guana 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Donna Sands + 12 hse 365-5195 Guana Seaside 8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Ocean Frontier 888-541-1616 Wards Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands 9 hse 365-5140 Seashore Villas 7 units 365-5028 Hope Town Abaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Abaco Cottage + 366-0576 Crystal Villas 7 villas 888-812-2243 Elbow Cay Prop + 53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways + 63 hse 366-0224 Hope T Sea Glass 10 hse 366-0290 Hope Town Inn 6 rms 366-0095 Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0266 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages + 3 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key + 43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557 Hotels and House Rental AgentsLubbers Quarters Sea Level Cottages 4 hse 577-2000 Man-O-War Island Home Rentals + 2 hse 365-6048 Schooners Landing 3 condos 365-4469 Waterways Rentals 4 condos 365-6143 Marsh Harbour area Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Lodge 8rms 367-5909 Abaco Real Estate + 6 hse 367-2719 Alesias 3 rms 367-4460 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 Ds Guest House 6 rms 367-3980 Living Easy 16 hse 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 effic 367-0148 HG Christie 11 hse 367-4151 Sandy Point Oeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083 Treasure Cay Abaco Estate Services + 365-8752 Bahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 4 units 365-8033 Island Dreams + 45 hse 365-8507 Marks Bungalows 4 units 365-8506 Pineapple Point 16 units 458-3521 Treasure Cay Resort 95 rms 365-8801 Grand Cay Sheilas Bed & Breakfast 8 rms 353-1175 Web Sites with Abaco Information http://www http://www http.// http://www + agents with multiple cottages and housesRev. May 11 to interact with them and to emphasize their crucial position and importance in the ma rine realm. The school draws a number of divers including some from Germany. Mr. Curry said it is a big improvement for Grand Cay because people have to come from the mainland to get their scuba cer tification. And as far as Local Government is concerned, Mr. Curry said that everything is going well so far, and that he has a great team to work with.A message from Chief Councillor Gary SmithBy Savannah K. Cooper Chief Councillor Gary Smith was very North From Page 20 pleased with his victory, This is his very first time as Chief, and he looks forward to a very successful term in office. He told of what he hopes to accomplish while aspir ing to bring the Council closer to achieve their goals. He looks forward to working with his fellow Councilmen along with the North Abaco communities. He warned them that he is not for shady business taking place and hopes that the work done will remain honest and true. Mr. Smith told them that in his view, the job of the Council is to be profession ally equipped to assist in all areas and to make the lives and jobs of others easier. In conclusion Mr. Smith left this thought with his fellow members. You dont have to be the Chief Councillor to get the job done. It Pays to AdvertiseHumblestone From Page 8 space to maneuver outside the terminal and not vie with other traffic. I have a dream today That a large flat video screen continu ously plays panoramic views of the Abacos and her lovely cays. That the smell of fried food be replaced with the sweet fragrance of flowers and plants. That fresh winds of change no longer be a slogan of any political party but a reality. I have a dream today That Abaco assumes her rightful place in The Bahamas and the world and has an international airport she has earned and de serves. That pilots and passengers will talk among themselves and describe Marsh Harbour as one of the prettiest small air ports on the globe. That the physical state of the airport will match its helpful and wonderful staff who, through it all, stoically continue to smile. That Abaco, with the second highest air traffic volume in the Bahamas, receive her first renovation before Nassau has its third! That this dream be miraculously trans ferred to a drawing board and subsequent ly to a work site. That it becomes a reality. I was prompted to write this column when traveling from Marsh Harbour to New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on a small aircraft. We cleared U.S. Immigration in Daytona Beach. Severe thunderstorms prevented us from continuing our journey for an hour. The pilot apologized. I overheard a tourist say, I have no problem staying here; its not as if its Marsh Harbour. She went on to say how dreadful the airport conditions were. I was mortified; it was as if I had over heard a criticism of a disgraced family member. I suppose in a sense I had! On July 13 Mario Delancy, 28, was convicted of the lesser charge of man slaughter in the murder trial of Adam Ev ans and sentenced to 20 years in prison. During the trial, prosecutors alleged that Delancy along with five others brutally beat Evans in Spring City in July of 2010, Abaco man found guilty of manslaughterand a prosecution witness testified that he saw Delancy chasing Evans that morning. However, the case was dropped against the other five men. Nevertheless, Attorney V. Alfred Gray, who represented Delan cy, said that his client maintains his inno cence. Mr. Gray plans to appeal.


August 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 Dive Shops Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour . ............................. 367-2963 Above & Below, Marsh Harbour . .......................................... 367-0350 Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour ..................................... 367-2787 Froggies, Hope Town . ......................................................... 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay . ............................................. 365-8571 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay . ............................................ 365-4411 Dive Guana . ........................................................................ 365-5178 Man-O-War Dive Shop . ....................................................... 365-6013 Cart Rentals Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals . ............................. 367-2655 Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals................367-1035 B & B Boat Rentals . ............................ 367-7368 Bargain Car Rentals . ........................... 367-0500 Blue Wave Boat Rentals . ................... 367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals . ........................ 367-5570 Cruise Abaco...................................... 577-0148 Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco) . ..... 367-2979 Rainbow Boat Rentals . ..................... 367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars . 367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals . .......................... 367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals . ................... 367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals . ........................ 367-4887 The Moorings Boat Rentals.................367-4000 Green Turtle Cay Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental . ... 365-4411 C & D Cart Rental . ............................. 365-4084 Cruising Cart Rentals..........................365-4065 D & P Cart Rental .............................. 365-4655 Donnies Boat Rentals ......................... 365-4119 Kool Karts............................................365-4176 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 Lubbers Quarters Cruise Abaco................................321-220-8796 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals . .................. 365-6502 Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals . .................. 365-6024 Waterways Boat Rental . .. 357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Cats Paw Boat Rentals . ..................... 366-0380 Elbow Cay Cart...................................366-0569 Hope Town Cart Rentals . ................... 366-0064 Island Cart Rentals . ........................... 366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals . ............... 366-0282 J Rs Cart Rental . ............................... 366-0361 Sea Horse Boat Rentals . .................... 366-0023 T & N Cart Rentals . ............................. 366-0069 Treasure Cay Adventure on Prozac Kayak.............365-8749 Blue Marlin Rentals.............................365-8687 Cashs Carts ....................................... 365-8771 Cornish Car Rentals . ........................... 365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals . ............................... 365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals . ........................... 365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks . .............. 365-8749 Visitors Guide Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) + Picnic tables & restroom only Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour Abaco Pizza....................... $..............367-4488 Anglers . ........................... $$$ . ............. 367-2158 Blue Marlin . ......................... $ . ............. 367-2002 Curly Tails ...................... $$$ . ............. 367-4444 Ginos . ............................... .. $ . ............. 367-7272 Golden Grouper . .............. $ . ............. 367-2301 Island Family Rest . ............. $ . ............. 367-3778 Java Coffee House.............$..............367-5523 Jamies Place . ................... ..$ . ............. 367-2880 Jib Room . ......................... $$ . ............. 367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken . ............... . ... 367-2615 Mangoes . ........................ $$$ . ............. 367-2366 Pops Place . ........................ $ . ..... + . ..... 367-3796 Snack Shack.......................$..... +......367-4005 Snappas . ........................... $$ . ............. 367-2278 Wallys . ............................ $$$ . ............. 367-2074 Hope Town Abaco Inn . ..................... $$$ . ............. 366-0133 Capn Jacks . ..................... $$ . ............. 366-0247 Harbours Edge . ............... $$ . ............. 366-0087 H T Coffee House (B & L)...................366-0760 H T Harbour Lodge . ....... $$$ . ............. 366-0095 Munchies ...........................$...............366-0423 OnDa Beach.....................$$...............366-0558 Sea Spray . ...................... $$ . ..... . ..... 366-0065 Sugar Shack . ...................... $ . ..... + . ..... 366-0788 Little Harbour Petes Pub.........................$$..............366-3503 Lubbers Quarter Cracker Ps ......................................... 366-3139 Man-O-War Dockn Dine . ................................. 365-6139 Island Treats Snack Bar . ..................... 365-6501 Guana Cay Bakers Bay Market Place.................612-1021 Grabbers . .......................... $$ . ............. 365-5133 Nippers . ............................ $$ . ............ 365-5143 Orchid Bay . ..................... $$$ . ............. 365-5175 Treasure Cay Coco Beach Bar & Grill......$...............365-8470 Florences Cafe .................$...............365-8354 Spinnaker Restaurant . ... $$$ . ............. 365-8469 Touch of Class . ............. $$$ . ............. 365-8195 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House ..................... $$$ . ............. 365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro . ............. $$ . ............. 365-4200 Green Turtle Club . .......... $$$ . ............. 365-4271 Harveys Island Grill . ......... $$ . ............. 365-4389 Lauras Kitchen . ............... $$ . ............. 365-4287 McIntoshs Restaurant . .... $$ . ............. 365-4625 Miss Emilys Restaurant . ..................... 365-4181 New Plymouth Inn . .............................. 365-4161 Pineapple Restaurant Bar & Grill........365-4039 Plymouth Rock Cafe . .......................... 365-4234 Sundowners . ............................... ........ 365-4060 Sandy Point Nancys...............................................366-4120Everyone reads The Abaconian Emergency Services B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers 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 Integrated Medical Center.........................367-1304 Emergancy.......................................458-1234 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre . ................ 367-0049 Government Clinic Marsh Harbour . ......... 367-2510 Corbett Clinic Treasure Cay . ................... 365-8288 Government Clinic Coopers 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 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 Marina . 150 . ...... F . ...... 365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina . ... 26 ....... F . ...... 365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina . 183 ....... F . ...... 367-2158 Conch Inn . ................... 75 ....... F . ..... 367-4000 Harbour View Marina . 36 ....... F . ..... 367-2182 Mangoes Marina . ........ 29 ................ 367-4255 Marsh Harbour Marina . 52 . F 367 2700 Hope Town Hope Town Marina . ..... 16 ................ 366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways ................... 366-0224 Lighthouse Marina . ....... 6 ....... F . ...... 366-0154 Sea Spray . .................. 60 ....... F . ...... 366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina . ... 75 ....... F . ...... 365-0083 Guana Cay Bakers Bay Marina . ... 158 ....... F . ...... 365-5802 Guana Hide-aways . .... 37 ................ 577-0003 Orchid Bay . ................. 64 ...... F . ...... 365-5175Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Tours & Excursions Abaco Eco Tours & Kayak rental 475-9616 Abacos Nature Adventure 559-9433 Adventure on Prozac T Cay 365-8749 C & C Charters Treasure Cay 365-8506 Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour 367-2787 Airlines Serving AbacoAbaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is . ........ 367-2266 Air Gate Aviation Daytona/New Smyrna..............367-3636 American Eagle Miami . ................................... ... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud . .......... 367-2095 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach . ......................... 367-3415 Craig Air Center North Florida.............................367-3522 IBC Airways Ft.Lauderdale, W Palm Beach........367-1336 Locair Fort Lauderdale . ............................. 1-800-205-0730 Regional Freeport . .................................... ........... 367-0446 Sky Bahamas Nassau/Ft. Lauderdale.................367-0996 Twin Air Calypso Fort Lauderdale . ..................... 367-0140 Western Air Nassau . ................................... ........ 367-3722 Yellow Air Taxi Ft Lauderdale . ............................. 367-0032 Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air . ................................... ........................... 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters . ................................... ...... 367-3450 Taxi Cab Fares one or two passengers Extra $3 for each passengers above two : Effective Dec 08Clinic, Downtown, Stop Light, . ................................... .... $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 . ................................... ................................... $165 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 Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Effective Dec 08Green Turtle Cay ferry dock . ................................... ......... $10 Madeira Park . ................................... ................................ $20 Sand Banks . ................................... ................................. $25 Treasure Cay Resort . ................................... .................... $30 Leisure Lee . ................................... .................................. $45 Black Wood . ................................... ................................. $20 Fire Road & Coopers 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 ........................................$85 T Cay Hotel to G Turtle Ferry...........................................$25 T Cay Hotel to Blue Hole.................................................$30 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 Miles of beach are generally on ocean exposures Items of interest ask tourism 367-3067To Abaco by land and sea from Florida Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised 26 Jul 11 Compliments of The Abaconianwww.abaconian.comAlburys Ferry Service Marsh Harbour>Hope Town 7:15am 9:00am 10:30am 12:15pm 2:00pm 4:00pm 5:45pm Return: 8:00 am 9:45am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 5:00pm 6:30pm Marsh Harbour>Man-O-War 10:30am 12:15pm 2:30pm 4:00pm 5:45pm Return: 8:00am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:15pm 5:00pm Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay F (6:45am Union Jack Dock) 10:30am 1:30pm 3:30pm 5:45pm Return: 8 am 11:30am 2:30pm 4:45pm 6:30pm T Cay Airport>Green T Cay 8:30am 10:30am 11:30am 1:30pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 4:30pm 5:00pm Return: 8am 9am 11am 12:15pm 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:30pm Ph 365-8749 or 375-8123 VHF Ch 16 Charters AvailableTreasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday departs 11:00am & returns 3:30 p.m. $40 RT T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Saturday departs 9:30 am, $45 RT Pinders Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Crown Haven, Abaco to McLeans Town, Grand Bah. Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLeans Town to Crown Haven return Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Bahamas Ferries Summer Schedule only (April to Dec) Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 Hour Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 The Great Abaco Express Not on Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutes Tourisms 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 Tourisms Doranell Swain at 367-3067 for more informa tion. Email: 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 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 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh..477-5037 Alexander Rolle.......365-0120 Edward Rolle...........365-0024 Herbert Thurston.....365-2405 Sandy Point Valantino Adderley...366-4323 Anthony Bain...........366-4107 Derek Gaitor............366-4249 Nicholas Roberts.....366-4486 Casaurina Point Junior Albury............366-3058 Cherokee Noel Lowe................366-2107 Marty Sawyer...........366-2115 Randy Sawyer.........366-2284 Will Sawyer..............366-2177 Crossing Rocks Tony Russell............366-3259 Green Turtle Cay Rick Sawyer.............365-4261 Ronnie Sawyer.........365-4070 Hope Town Maitland Lowe..........366-0234 Man-O-War David Albury.............365-6059 Closed Aug 22 to End Oct Closed Sept & Oct Closed Aug 20 to End of Oct


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August 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 19 NUMBER 15 AUGUST 1st, 2011 Abaco hosts Little League competitionNine international teams plus two Bahamian teams competed in tournament By Mirella Santillo Eight Little League teams came to Abaco for the 12th annual International Little League World Series Tournament only to be interrupted by Tropical Storm Bret. However, by the end of the week lost time was made up and Venezuela was victorious over Panama. A break in the weather during the evening of July 15 was long enough to allow the organizers to proceed with the welcome reception they had planned for the visitors. The party took place on the grounds of Camp Abaco where the players and coaches of the 10 participating teams were staying. Our two national teams came from New Providence and Grand Bahama. The oth ers traveled much further, from Ecuador, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Aruba, Cura cao, St Marteen and St Thomas in the Vir gin Islands, quite an international gathering. Even though many dignitaries attended the party, there was a relaxed atmosphere Please see Little League Page 4 The winning Little League team from Venezuela is shown after its victory at the International Little League World Series Tourna ment held on Abaco on July 15 to 23. This team will now go on to the Little League World Series. Teams from eight Latin American and Caribbean countries and two Bahamian teams competed. Games were played at baseball fields in Murphy Town and Coopers Town. The event was organized by a committee chaired by Malcolm Spicer shown on the left. truck to Marsh HarbourThe Rotary Club of Abaco donated an additional fire truck to the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department. Firemen demonstrated the water cannon for the Rotarians who were present. Watching are Rotarians Reg Patterson, Jo-Ann Bradley and Bill Albury. The truck is parked near one of two ground wells that the Club had drilled near the Mud to supply water when a fire occurs in this immigrant community. See de tails of a an additional donation that Rotary made to the Fire Department on page 14. George Novak, known as the Barefoot Man, visited Abaco again this summer enter taining patrons at Nippers on Guana Cay on July 22 and 23. Accompanying him was the Sea n B Band that perfomed alone on July 24. His Caribbean calypso rhythm along with Abaco-oriented songs is popular with many on Abaco and his concerts are always very well attended. This year was no exception. Barefoot Man performs againBy Timothy Roberts In just its second year of hosting a group of summer events for locals and tourists alike, Sea Spray Resort of Elbow Cay kicked it up a notch closing out this years Goombay Summer with the likes of New Entry Band, Spank Band, T-rez Hepburn and the Baha mian Legend Ronnie Butler. The crowd grew as the night wore on as many came to hear Ronnie Butler, a Ba hamian cultural icon known for well loved songs like Burma Road, Age Aint Nothing but a Number and Going Back to the Island. The guests, made up of locals and visi tors, soaked up the fine Bahamian entertainment while enjoying a buffet meal and a variety of regular and exotic drinks. Buddy from North Florida said, The food is great. The music is great. Everything is just great! and promised he would be around for next years Goombay as well. The crowd pressed the stage as Ron nie Butler entered and began singing well know Bahamian classics to the obvious delight of the audience, accepting a whis pered request or two while he performed. He was followed by T-rez Hepburn, Goombay Summer ends with a bangPlease see Goombay Page 7 Remember No spawning female with eggsBy Robin Termath The much anticipated return of the Barefoot Man was met with a packed house on the patio of Nippers Beach Bar on Guana Cay on July 22. George Nowak, better known as the Barefoot Man, played an afternoon con cert to hundreds of fans who had eagerly awaited his return to the popular party place. This was the first of a three-day concert that featured George and his backup band, the Sea n B Band. In what might seem like an unlikely fit for his tropical style, George is German. He was born close to the Bavarian Alps but now makes the Cayman Islands his base. He first arrived in the Caribbean in the early 1970s and decided to make the area his home. He Please see Barefoot Page 5


Page 2 Section B The Abaconian August 1, 2011 Games took place at the Murphy Town Park and the Coopers Town Park with com petition keen among the teams. It was a challenge for Abaco to provide housing, food, transportation and other services. By Timothy Roberts Little League baseball came to Abaco in a big way as the 12th annual Little League Baseball Championship was hosted here on newly renovated fields from July 15 23. The tournament saw eight Latin American teams and two Bahamian compete for the regional title and the privilege to move on to the Little League World Series. After six days of intense competition Venezuela pulled off a win in the final game, beating Panama 5 to 4, sending Venezuela to the Little League World Se ries. Louis Perillo, a coach for the Ven ezuelan team said, We lost one game, but I knew with some rest we would win the game and the championship. Curacao took on Mexico and secured third place in the tournament. The other teams competing were Aruba, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Ecuador and two teams from The Bahamas. The Bahamian teams, one from Nassau and one from Grand Bahama, both walked away with two wins out of the four games played which was not enough to get them to the finals. Coach Kevin Thompson from Grand Bahama said that the tournament went well and that there was good com petition and camaraderie and everything went smoothly. The tournament, after some delays including Tropical Storm Bret began offi cially on July 18 with three games taking place each day at both the Murphy Town Park and Bakers Field in Coopers Town with the semi-finals and finals being held on July 22 and 23. The games were well attended, especially the night and weekend games, with many visitors and locals enthusiastically getting into the competitive atmosphere and cheering loudly for their teams. Mexico, it is believed, brought the most vocal cheering section making the games more lively with their chants and could be heard cheering for The Bahamas when not cheer ing for their own team. In keeping with tradition the vending booth inside the fence sold hotdogs and so das while the vendors located outside the fence in tents along the edge of the soccer field sold a wide variety of foods. They had everything from chicken wings and conch fritters to souse (including some wild pork) and fried chicken, meatloaf, barbeque ribs and more. The vendors said they had a good steady flow of traffic during the week and were pleased with the business they got during the week of the tournament. Many of the spectators came almost ev ery day and were pleased to see baseball being played. Its good for Abaco, said one fan. This is what our kids need. Another fan commented after the last game, We need to make sure we get Little League baseball going in Abaco, and Competition was keen among the 10 teamsThe Hon. Charles Maynard, Minister of Sports, threw out the first ball during the Opening Ceremony, officially opening the Little League Tournament Eight teams from foreign countries and two from The Bahamas paraded with their flags during the opening ceremony. Please see Games Page 4


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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian August 1, 2011 ROCK imported & local SAND imported & local 8 CONCRETE BLOCKS 50LBS BAGS ROCK & SAND Abacos cornerstone to construction AIR COMPRESSOR AVAILABLE FOR RENT Visit our modern facility on the Murphy Town Water Front beside Parkers Landing Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and floors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web on the camp grounds. Young people crowded the basketball court, coaches socialized among each other and local people mingled with the visitors. The New Entry band played meringue and salsa, accom panied by drums of thunder as the evening wore on. Soon a full moon appeared between dark clouds. It was not until the Spring City Rockers had ended their Junkanoo rush that the first drops of rain started to fall. The official Opening Ceremony, sched uled for noon on July 16 was postponed because of rain. But by 1:30 the sun had come out, blazing with vengeance. Finally, the grounds were dry enough, the flags were displayed and each team, led by a Wesley College student bearing that Games From Page 2 added that he would be willing to coach. In the end and despite delays and ob stacles, the Little League Championship games were played, and the teams enjoyed themselves and Abaco, even though Coach Perillo complained that the food was too spicy. It is hoped that the people of Abaco got a taste of baseball that will translate into a vibrant league on the island and championships in the future.White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINASpecial Discounted Dock Rates September 1 February28 WATERFRONT VILLAS For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : www.seasprayresort.comBoat House RestaurantBahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun. Enjoy a delicious dinner with usSea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Happy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pm Open Year RoundThe Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, watched parts of two games, one in Murphy Town and the other in Coopers Town, during a trip to Abaco on July 19. He is shown here with friends watching the game at Coopers Town. In the front are Ejnar Cornish with BAIC, Administrator Theophilus Cox, Chief Councillor Gary Smith, Etienne Farquharson with the Bahamas Baseball Federation and Councillor Clyde Cornish. In the middle row are Mr. Curling, Mr. Ingraham and Kevin McIntosh with the Ministry of Housing. Iin the top row are Alvin Smith, Speaker of the House, and Whelma Colebrook with the Ministry of Sports. countrys flag, paraded in front of the officials tent. They remained on the outfield during the ceremony, offering a display of colors by flags flying. The tournament was a major event for Abaco. Committee members involved in the organization took the stand, explain ing the challenges they encountered and expressing their pride at finally seeing the project coming together. The Committee Chairman, Malcolm Spicer, thanked the community members who had contributed towards the renovation and the upgrade of the baseball fields. Mr. Tyrone Sawyer, Director of Sports for Tourism, assured the Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture, the Hon. Charles Maynard, of Tourisms full sup port for future similar events. Abaco has shown that sports tourism can be fully developed through public and individual partnership, he concluded. The ceremony ended with Min. Maynard throwing the first symbolic pitch. The rainy weather that had contributed to the delay in getting the fields ready con tinued to create problems with the schedule of the games. It was not until July 18 that the games finally started. In order to make up, three daily games had to be played during the week, imposing a heavy toll on some of the players who ended up having to play two games the same day. By July 22 the quarter-final games took place on both fields according to plan. The championship game started at eight p.m. in the evening of July 23. Two top teams, Panama and Venezuela, were playing against each other for first place. The game was followed by an award ceremony that was held on the field after the victory of Venezuela. The Hon. Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for the Environment, acknowl edged the importance of sports and culture in the development of a nation. According to Min. Neymour, sports programs bring focus on youth and contribute to increased national pride when special athletes distin guish themselves. He urged parents to par ticipate in their childrens sports programs. During the awards distribution, each player of the four top teams, Mexico, Cu racao, Panama and Venezuela, received a certificate of participation and a medal. The coaches of the top three teams were presented with trophies. The event closed with players, coaches, officials and committee members posing for photographs.Little League From Page 1 Games were played at two venues Both the Murphy Town Park and the Coopers Town Park now have bleachers that will encourage spectators to enjoy games. It is hoped that baseball will become more popular on Abaco as a result of the recent in ternational tournament.


August 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 FOR RENT OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Sales, Rentals and Property ManagementON GREEN TURTLE CAY: waterfront. 148 dock.Two 2 bedroom one bath furnished cottages needing work. 18 elevation. Amazing views! A very special property. UNDER CONTRACT $1.7 million separate guest cottage. Total four bedrooms five baths. 1/2 acre. Large swimming pool. Dock. Beach. Many amenities. Commanding views of White Sound Harbour. PRICE REDUCTION to $1.25 M High elevation. 1600 ft. wrap-around deck with new 300 sq. ft. screened-in porch. New swimming dock and new dock with lift. Isuzu and golf cart included. Spec tacular setting! $1.5 million. on 5,000sq. ft. lot. New central A/C unit. W/D. Completely fenced in with lush landscaping. Just steps to two beaches and a public dock. $299,000 plus 8% to close co. Fourth bedroom suite has all round view of Green Turtle Cay. A/C. Swimming Pool. Designated dock slip. Great rental. PRICE REDUCTION $995,000 Coco Bay Beach. Public dock nearby. Ground floor will be 2 beds and 1 bath. Up per floor will be one bedroom one bath. Over 1,000 sq.ft. of living space on each floor. $895,000 Sea of Abaco. A/C in bedrooms. Kit/liv/dining great room. Share in prvate dock. Great swimming and sunsets. Very private. Only accessible by boat. Located a mile from the historic town of New Plymouth. Asking price $660,000 bedroom suites. Kit/liv/din. Short walk to town. Dock. $330,000 Furnished. 3 beds 3 baths. Immaculate. Owner moving. $395,000 terfront on Bluff Harbour and the Sea of Abaco. Three bed three bath home. Dock with lift. Beautiful sunsets. $2.1 million Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. Gorgeous beach and dock. Furnished cottage with work shop and garage. Very private. PRICE REDUCTION $899,000 located on waterfront in the heart of New Plymouth. A/C. Satellite TV. W/D. Golf cart garage. Established rental history. PRICE REDUCTION $495,000 is a musician and writer and is considered the Jimmy Buffet of the Caribbean. A regular favourite at Nippers, he has played there countless times over the years and has written many songs about Abaco and the island lifestyle, including the popu lar Layin Low in Abaco. Barefoot Man plays at Nippers twice a year now in what are some of the biggest social events of the year on that island. The July weekend event featured songs from Barefoot Mans new album One Way Ticket To The Beach, which he officially released at the concert and sold personally signed copies. Hundreds of faithful fans enjoyed the afternoon concert with many of them plan ning their holiday around this weekend. Soon after the concert began, people were dancing on the patio despite the blaz ing hot sun. Many jostled for position to get the best photo of their favorite musi cian. Many faithful fans were looking for autographs on t-shirts, hats and even body parts. Barefoot Man and the Sea n B band did not disappoint the crowd and performed many of their old favourites, interspersed with new songs from the CD. On Saturday night a Dinner and Dance Under the Stars was held. On Sunday, al ways the most popular day at Nippers, an all-day pig roast and concert by Sea n B Band entertained. Sea n B Band enjoys a following of its own, especially in the Cayman Islands, where it is based, and is popular in its own right with its recent CD Too Hot to Handle. If you did not get a chance to enjoy Barefoot Man this summer, he will be back for New Years at Spanish Cay.Barefoot From Page 1 The Green Turtle Cay District Council has been sworn in. Shown are Administrator Theophilus Cox, Chief Councillor William Curry, Administrator Lavon Harris-Smith, Deputy Chief Councillor Martha Cash, Adrian Lowe and Kenvin Jones. This is a Sched ule 3 council. The mem ber of the Green Tur tle Cay Dis trict Council missing from the pic ture below is Donald Out ten, the final Councillor to be sworn in. News of the Cays Crowds found their way to Nippers on Guana for another concert by the Barefoot Man. He gave an open concert on July 22 followed by a dinner concert on July 23. On July 24 the Sea n B Band entertained at the regular pig roast held at Nippers every Sunday. Lucky escape in a stormBy Leigh Termath Recent visitors to Elbow Cay had a lucky escape from serious danger when their 60foot yacht dragged its anchor in the middle of a stormy night on July 17. Their yacht, Helgas Car, was anchored off Tahiti Beach when it dragged about three-quarters of a mile to Lubbers Quarters. The boat came to rest against the dock of a second home owned by Scott Albury. The visitors staying at the house, David and Maria Warren of Freeport, had just arrived that day on their own boat. In the middle of the night they were awakened by the storm and went out to see the large yacht bobbing up against the dock near their own boat. It was a miracle that they (Helgas Car) docked perfectly against the dock at the house were staying at, said Mr. Warren. It missed the rocks and their dragging anchor narrowly missed my boat, which was already tied up at the dock, and came to rest perfectly at the dock. After yelling to awaken the people on the boat and alerting the caretaker, Darren Albury, they initiated rescue operations. BASRA was alerted to properly secure the yacht. While they were pulling up the an chor, a 10,000 volt power line was pulled up, but it is unclear as to whether there was any damage to the power line.Green Turtle CayFishing Tournament raised needed fundsBy Annabelle Cross The Green Turtle Cay Volunteer Fire & Rescue held its first annual fishing tournament and awards dinner on July 16. Pro ceeds from the event will help fund the Firehouse Building. Like other Abaco communities, Green Turtle Cay has a Volunteer Fire Department that is funded by donations and op erated by volunteers. The Volunteer Fire Fighters have now joined with the local Please see Cays Page 6


Page 6 Section B The Abaconian August 1, 2011 Best Investment in Little Harbour $279,000 1-772-519-9925 Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodslThe Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food FairVolunteer Emergency Rescue group to form the Green Turtle Cay Fire and Rescue Department. The group recently broke ground and began construction of a building to house the fire truck and other rescue equipment. It is up to the group to raise the funds to complete the building, so they organized a fun fishing tournament that they hope will become an annual event. Green Turtle Cay Volunteer Fire & Res cues first Annual Fishing Tournament and Awards Dinner was hosted by Leeward Yacht Club & Marina. The fun event was open to local as well as visiting fishermen who could try their luck at deep sea fish ing, spear fishing or handline fishing. Thirteen fishing crews signed up to compete in Please see Cays Page 5 More News of the Cays the category of their choice. It started out as a rainy day and was overcast until late afternoon, but the fishermen did not let the weather bother them. They returned to the weigh in with their days catch. After a day of fishing, an awards dinner was held at Leewards Lizard Bar. The event was well attended and guests enjoyed a delicious Bahamian dinner. After the din ner, the awards were presented and Robert Henderson and Judson Thompson of Team JAFA won the top prize. Volunteer Fire Chief Thomas Sawyer thanked everyone for helping to make the event a success including Doug Poland, Roy Boles and the Gully Roosters, all of whom donated generously. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful, humid summer night and supported a very worthy cause. Anna Albury receives yet another honourAnna Albury, the National Primary School Student of the Year for 2011, was recently invited to speak at the 38th Bahamas National Independence Festival held in Nassau. She was the only child to receive an invitation to speak. She with her mother, Theresa, and Candace Key, her principal, spent three days in Nassau, hosted by President of the Primary School Student of the Year Foundation, Dr. Ricardo Deveaux. Wherever she went she was recognized, congratulated and asked to have her picture taken with people. The National Independence Festival featured many of the nations top marching bands and many well known contemporary singers and bands, dramatic and gospel presentations. The 50 top students from New Providence schools marched onto the huge Clifford Park stage. Anna began her speech welcoming the huge gathered crowd to the Bahamas Birth day celebration. She finished by saying she was proud to be the 2011 Primary School Student of the Year and that she never let her being blind stop her from reaching for all her dreams and that everyone should go out and Light Their World. As she fin ished, the approximately 10,000 person audience gave her a standing ovation. It was a night to be remembered forever.Hope Town sisters win at swim nationalsSisters Albury and Lilly Higgs from Hope Town swam very successfully dur ing the Bahamas Swim Federations Na tional Competitions recently in Nassau and returned home proudly sporting many medals and ribbons. Older sister Albury, a student at Forest Heights, won 20 medals, one for each event she swam in, and her re lay team broke two time records. She won six gold medals, six silver medals and eight bronze medals. She placed fourth of all the Members of the Green Turtle Cay Volunteer Fire & Rescue are appreciative of all the support they are receiving from the community. Members are thanking Doug Poland and Roy Boles specifically for their support. Shown are Fireman Perry Bodie, Fireman Matthew Lowe, Doug Poland, Fire Chief Thomas Sawyer and Roy Boles. Swimming champions Albury and Lilly Higgs both did exceptionally well at the National Competitions in Nassau. Anna Albury was honoured by asking to speak at the National Independence Festival where she was given a standing ovation. She is shown with Dr. Ricardo Deveaux, organizer of the Festival, and her mother, Theresa Albury. swimmers in her age group. Not to be out done, sister Lilly, a student at Hope Town School, won five ribbons and around her neck were two gold, one silver and five bronze medals. Lilly finished third nation ally in her age group. The sisters swim for a swim club in Nassau. Please see Cays Page 7


August 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 Enjoy great dining at Anglers Restaurantor casual fare at our famous pool bar both at the waters edge in Marsh Harbour Karaoke Tuesday night by the Pool Bar starting at 8 pm. Rake n Scrape Dance with Brown Tip every Friday night starting at 8:30 pm. Calypso Night Clint Sawyer LIVE every Saturday night at 8:30 pm. Stephen Colebrook Enjoy Stephens versatile piano music and vocals Wednesday through Sunday.Contact us at Guana Freight Services Regular Frei ght Runs to Guana Cay & Scotland Cay Office Phone 242-365-5190 Great Guana Cay 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 who brought a couple of young male dancers, much to the delight of the la dies. Spank Band and Ira Storr also put on a good show, singing a number of well known Bahamian songs. Alburys Ferry, a sponsor of the Goom bay events, ferried locals from the main land to Elbow Cay to enjoy the nights entertainment which concluded with a fireworks display and the rhythmic native beat of the Murphy Town Junkanoo group. People lined the street rocking to the beat of the goatskin drums while others joined in the throng and danced along, getting pictures taken with the rushers in flamboy ant costumes. Junior Maynard, Manager of Sea Spray Goombay From Page 1 Cays From Page 6 Hope Town District Council MeetingBy Timothy Roberts The Hope Town District Council, meet ing on July 14, joined by two former Chief Councillors, Walter Sweeting and Suzanne Bethel, took time to reflect on recently departed Roscoe Ross Thompson, Jr., remembering his dedication and loyalty to Hope Town and his often unknown kindness and generosity. Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting conveyed sympathies on behalf of Council to the Thompson family. Mr. Sweeting officially welcomed the Council to a new session saying he feels they have assembled a team of immense talent that will take the district to new heights and he can already see that they will be a hardworking group. He would like to see the Hope Town District Council be the model others want to emulate and reminded the Councillors, We are here to be servants of the people we need to keep that focus. The Council reviewed its new budget which was increased by about $57,000, an increase provided for by Central Govern ment so that the Council is able to handle the Man-O-War Cay dump transportation contract directly, and made decisions on contracts. Mr. Sweeting noted that in the past 66 percent of budget dealt with waste manage ment (collection, maintenance and trans portation) and felt there is a need to peti tion government further for more money in order to sufficiently take care of the dump sites at each of the cays. Michael Albury suggested the use of a wood chipper as they need to explore all options in order to continue with the NO BURNING policy. Mr. Albury advised the group that they had already held discussions with the transportation company to seek ways they can reduce the cost. One suggestion is in reducing the frequency of pickups they charge by the trip, not load size. The Council agreed to look at possibilities of cutting costs as well as petitioning central government for a better budget allocation to help deal with it. The Man-O-War dump maintenance contract was discussed as they sought to get the best deal and reliability. Melanie Albury was once again awarded the contract as it was cited that since taking on the dump maintenance contract a few years ago they had made steady improvements and proved to be trustworthy. Mrs. Albury was also awarded the contract for Guana Cays collection. David Hanafourde sought the Councils approval in principal for proposed dock renovations at Lubbers Quarters saying that with 154 lots in the Abaco Ocean Club area, the present dockage is insufficient. He wants to form an association to handle dockage issues on Lubbers with the size of a future dock and number of slips to be determined based on the number of people interested in being a part of this associa tion. It was tabled by Mr. Sweeting, and the Councillors approved and signed, a memo randum of understanding that when the Ministry of Health sends a nurse to ManO-War Cay that the administration of the clinics premises would be turned over to their authority. Oversight of different areas of respon sibility was decided upon during the meet ing with Mr. Sweeting remaining in charge of overseeing waste management. Harold Malone will retain Port Authority oversight, with Don Cash handling road traffic matters, Donnie Carey taking on town planning, Michael Albury in charge of tourism and environment and Glenn Laing dealing with police. Resort, said they tried to raise the bar this year to make the event even better than last years, which he said has far exceeded our expectations. Previous Goombay Summer events over the last two months featured well known Bahamian acts such as K.B., Ancient Man, Elon Moxey and others. He said their objective was to bring Ba hamians and visitors together in one gath ering for a cultural experience and to just have a lot of fun. He also wants to see the event grow and for all of Elbow Cay to benefit from the events. I want to see it get to the point where families are plan ning their trips around it and that we have so many guests that the overflow will go to other hotels on the island, he said. My hope is that it will grow into an island-wide event that we all look forward to. More News of the Cays Road Safety Is Everyones Responsibility Sea Spray Resort held a series of Goombay celebrations ending with a festival featuring the New Entry Band, Spank Band, T-rez Hepburn and the Bahamian Legend Ronnie Butler shown above.


Page 8 Section B The Abaconian August 1, 2011 Dr. Matthew Orem August 2-61 Dr. Keith Lewis August 15-23 Man-O-War Aug 16 Central Abaco News Abaconians apply for Job Readiness Program By Leigh Termath With the promise of training and em ployment, over 200 persons were issued application forms at the Administrators office in Marsh Harbour for the National Job Readiness Program. This is part of the $25 million National Job Promotion strat egy included in the 2011/2012 budget. According to Administrator Cephas Cooper, of the 200 application forms is sued, over 120 came back by the deadline of July 22. However, due to the power outages on that day, the deadline was ex tended to the following Monday. This program will give successful ap plicants a years commitment by the government to training and job placement. The National Job Readiness and Training Program has three major components: job readiness, job training and job placement. The job readiness component is primari ly aimed at young, unemployed Bahamians 30 years and under, and this is the part that applications were processed last week. The job training will give people over 30 the chance to enhance their skills or gain new skills through study and work placement. The job placement will allow unemployed Bahamians to work in designated industries such as tourism, financial services and the industrial trades. Mr. Cooper said that a preliminary review of the Abaco applications indicated that the majority of respondents were fe male and under 30. This fits the demograph ics in the capital and on Grand Bahama. In addition, the majority of Abaco applications were inter ested in the clerical field and the De partments of Customs and Immigration. Mr. Coo per had ex pected there to be more appli cations, given the current un employment situation and the large num ber of recent high school graduates. This program, part of the budget that the Free National Movement has dubbed as the job budget, allows for some 3,000 peo ple nationally to be placed in jobs, primar ily in government.Abaco hosts best talent competition By Canishka Alexander Following the introduction of judges and contestants by Keino Clarke of Million Clarke Production Company, Abacos Best Talent Competition began on July 24 at the Abaco Beach Resort. Competing in the singing competition were Ashton Sawyer, Akeem Adderley, Lachelle Lightbourn, Nevandria Rolle and Sarah Higgs. Mermaid Reef is a very popular place for residents and visitors to enjoy the beach and the reef that is an easy swim from the shore. A few years ago Friends of the Environment made artificial reef balls to further enhance the reef. It is the one of the very few active healthy reefs easily available from the shore, and it is equally popular with boaters. Friends of the Environment holds summer camps each year in North, Central and South Abaco. These campers are all introduced to the underwater world by trips to this reef. Shown is one of this years group of campers. Campers enjoy Mermaid Reef The first building at the Farmers and Crafters Market in Marsh Harbour is taking shape. The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation is actively working to de velop farming and crafting in the Family Islands. BAIC building is under construction Five contestants entered the Best Talent Competition. Nevandria Rolle was the winner of the competition. The contestants were Akeem Adder ley, Nevandria Rolle, Lachelle Lightbourn, Ashton Sawyer and Sarah Higgs. Please see Central Page 9


August 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 Located in Marsh Harbour between Standard Hardware and Party Time Ph: 242-367-3006 or 242-367-3839 Email: wireless@abacoinet.comWireless Internet Keep in touch with the world and coverage maps: www.abacoinet.comInternet Cafe! More Central Abaco News Central From Page 8 Road construction is taking place at S.C. Bootle Highway in Marsh Harbour where the bypass road from the airport and the bypass road from the port need to join. Both bypass roads will be re-routed so that they go into a round-about to be constructed there. The road will be a new route to go from the airport to the new administration building and the center of Marsh Harbour without the congestion of Don MacKay Boulevard. Knowles Construction is the contractor doing the road work. Classes for a Class B Captains licence were offered by the Caribbean Mariners Train ing Institute from Nassau in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism office in Marsh Harbour. Capt. Ralph Saunders lectured the group on boating rules, emphasizing safety. As part of the course the Bahamas Red Cross instructed the group in first aid including CPR using Basic Buddy CPR training mannikins. This segment was conducted by Debbie Lightbourn. The class took the exam on July 22. Many of those attending the clsses were bonefish guides. They are shown here learning to use a cardiac defibulator. The shows five confident singers breezed through Round One gaining the approval and thunderous round of applause from approximately 40 people seated in au dience. The selection of songs chosen by the contestants ranged from gospel to R&B. As the songbirds prepared for the second round, there was a raffle and giveaway that offered free tickets to Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach aboard IBC Travel, one of the corporate sponsors. Abaco Beach Resort was another one of the major sponsors. Round Two served as the elimination round, so only three were chosen to go on to the final round. Before the final round, there were more ticket giveaways, and Charles Carey Jr. en tertained the audience with a few trumpet selections. Finally, the highly anticipated moment arrived as the three remaining contestants battled for the coveted title of Abacos best singer. Nevandria Rolle won first place and received a $1,000 cheque and two round trip tickets to Ft. Lauderdale while Akeem Adderley was offered a $100 cheque and $100 shopping spree at Price Right for his second place win. Mr. Clarke explained that the Abaco Best Talent competition is a first in a series of competitions that will take place. He said that the events provide opportunities for young people in The Bahamas, which is the organizations main goal. The judges were Risie Demeritte, Miss Bahamas Galaxy, Crystal Tinker and Gary McDonald. Ms. Demeritte observed that the contestants represented a great pool of talent and commented that she was im pressed with their singing ability.North Abacos By Timothy Roberts Renardo Curry, Progressive Liberal Party candidate for North Abaco, spoke to a full room of enthusiastic supporters and stalwarts thanking them for their loyalty and asking for their continued support at a meeting held at partys North Abaco Headquarters in Dundas Town on July 18. Mr. Curry expressed gratitude for the faith placed in him going into the next elec tion, and he gave special thanks and rec ognition to the long-time supporters of the party for their loyalty and dedication. The meeting was held to officially intro duce Mr. Curry to his supporters, especial ly the stalwarts. After being introduced by party chairman Jimmy Williams, Mr. Curry briefed the audience on the work he has begun in Abaco, reporting on the plac es he has already visited and the favorable response he has gotten in his travels since his nomination. He asked that they continue to encour age people to register and to vote and asked them to get involved in the PLPs campaign to win North Abaco. He gave special thanks for the role played by the long-serving members and the part they have played in the past and encouraged them to continue to support and encourage. The Progressive Young Liberals also at tended and were enthusiastic in their support of the North Abaco Candidate. It was announced that they will have a fund raiser on August 20 which will have Classes prepared for Class B Captains Licence Please see Central Page 10


Page 10 Section B The Abaconian August 1, 2011 National Marine has what you need, More Central Abaco News Central From Page 9 food and fun games for the entire family. All are invited to come and meet the North Abaco candidate.United to Transform team wants Abaco support By Canishka Alexander Katrina Marche and Dwain Stevens, with with the United To Transform team, are looking to make a positive change as members of the Bahamas Public Service Union. There are 10 members on the team. The two visited Abaco on July 21 with Mr. Marshall, an independent consultant, to meet with members and non-members of the union to address several issues facing A crew from the Ministry of Works was spotted in downtown Marsh Harbour on July 25 performing some much needed repairs on Don MacKay Boulevard in front of the First Caribbean International Bank. The pothole being repaired was particularly dangerous as vehicles would have to swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid it.Road patching crew at workMembers of the Marsh Harbour Town Committee were hard at work over the last weekend doing one of their last projects from the 2010/2011 budget, cleaning Crossing Beach. Councillors Yvonne Key and Henry Williams joined a crew of six workers to cut back the bush that had taken over the area. The project was estimated to take three days. On the first day, July 23, the group loaded and drove 11 truckloads of bush to the dump in the first wave of the cleanup. The plan is to use funds from the upcoming 2011/2012 budget to build 10 thatched cabanas on the beach for use by the public. Committee members hope to see this part of the project completed by the end of this year.Crossing Beach is cleaned upthe union. One of the most urgent matters has to do with the decline in union mem bership. However, Ms. Marche feels that the decline is due to the leadership. We realize that the Bahamas Public Service Union is in a serious state of de cline at this time because weve found that people are leaving the union as individu als and as groups. We have the Customs and Immigration officers that just separated from the union, and it is not because of the union itself but [because of] the leadership we are currently experiencing, she said. Ms. Marche feels that people need to know that there is good representation in Members of the Unit ed to Transform team were on Abaco seek ing support of govern ment employees. They are Dwain Stevens, UTT secretary gen eral; Katrina Marche, UTT president; and Mr. Marshall, consul tant. Union elections will be in September.Please see Central Page 14


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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian August 1, 2011 the union because Abaconians expressed that they do not feel connected and do not feel included. Some persons have been in the union for more than 15 years and have never heard anything from the BPSU. We know that these things have to change, she stated. So far, a commitment has been made for the members to meet in Abaco at least once a month, so they can hear their concerns. We believe in our organization, and we will bring the Bahamas Public Service Union back up to the level and far beyond More Central Abaco News Central From Page 10 that of which it is right now, Ms. Marche concluded. Mr. Stevens said their focus will also be on the Family Islands, which have often been neglected, so they will systematically put persons in place and partner with private entities to offer benefits to the mem bers. The union elections take place in Sep tember, and interested persons are encouraged to visit the United to Transform web site at: Ms. Marche is running for the position of union president and Mr. Stevens for union secre tary general. The Rotary Club of Abaco has assisted the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department in several ways. The Club had two wells dug in the Mud immigrant community for the Fire Department to be able to access water when there is a fire. This is one of those wells. The group shown here includes firemen and Rotarians who officially turned the wells over to the Fire Department. Ph: (242) 366-0023 Fax: (242) 366-0189 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-5460 Fax: (242) 367-2516Complimentary Pick Up & Delivery Rotary Club donates wells to the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department Craft class teaches shell jewelry makingLovely Reckley, right, recently taught a class of shell jewelry making. The 40-hour course helped the women create quality craftwork. Mrs. Reckley is skilled in many areas of craftwork and has been the instructor for classes offered by the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation.


August 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 2,3,4&5Bedroom BeachfrontRentalsTreasure Cay, Abaco, BahamasPhone: 242-365-8500 Fax: 242-365-8501www.BahamaBeachClub.comTollFreeReservations:800-563-0014 18HoleGolf Course,Tennis,BoatRentals, Scuba,IslandTours,Shopping&More!Best Beach in the CaribbeanCaribbean Travel &Life Magazine Central Abaco District Council July 14 By Timothy Roberts Marsh Harbour Town Committee Chairman Yvonne Key requested that each township receive a $20,000 increase to their respective budgets during the Central Abaco District Councils budget meeting on July 14. She said that it should be recognized that there are an additional 100 or more homes in Spring City that have been built in the past few years and are now oc cupied. Central Pines similarly is growing in the Dundas Town area. Chief Councillor George Cornish stated that the budget, which is the same as last years budget, would be very tight, and it is unlikely that the budget would allow for any extra money to be allotted to the com mittees. However, he said they could try to find extra while going through the budget. It was brought up that the situation will change when the government complex is completed. It may be possible there will be expenses the Council will not have after government agencies move into the new facility which the Council could put to use elsewhere. Dr. Lenora Black, District Education Officer, gave an update on the work be ing done on the government schools during the summer break. She is presently waiting for the Ministry of Works to complete its scope of work to get the preliminary assessment in. However, she said there are major plumbing and electrical concerns, especially at Abaco Central High and Cen tral Abaco Primary School (which needs the most work done). Dr. Black said the Ministry of Educa tion allots the district (all of Abaco) a budget of $100,000 to carry out repairs. With 14 schools in the district, that amounts to about $8,000 per school which in most cases cannot fully pay for the repairs. She noted, though, that many of the smaller schools do not face any major issues. Maintenance of the newly renovated baseball field in Murphy Town next to Abaco Central High was discussed with the suggestion put forward that Marcus Emmanuel be retained to oversee and maintain the field. One of the Councillors shared his disappointment that consideration was not made by the planners of the baseball field renovation to include them, and now they are expected to maintain a park they had no input into. It was requested that a letter be drafted to the Ministry of Finance for the Council to be allotted an additional $12,000 per year to cover the maintenance of the field and park. After some discussion and adjusting of some budgetary items the Council agreed to give $15,000 per year to the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department recogniz ing the importance of the unit to the whole district. The Council agreed to keep each town committees budget the same as last year. The amended budget was accepted without protest. Mrs. Key spoke on the conditions at the airport terminal telling the Council that the area is very dirty. She suggested that they hire three more janitresses bringing the to tal to eight. Mr. Cornish said there was no room in the budget to accommodate hiring three more persons. After much discussion it was agreed to hire one more person, bringing the total to six and have them work shifts. Stricter oversight would ensure that the terminal is kept in a cleaner condition. At the conclusion of the meeting a let ter was read with a proposal by Friendly Catch Ltd. for a stone crab claw processing facility on the western shore of Abaco opposite Stink Pond, No action was taken. Chief Councillors Association July 20 By Timothy Roberts Chief Councillors from across Abaco gathered together on July 20 for the first Chief Councillors Association meeting since the recent local government elections with the view to keep the group going and to put together a concerted voice for Abaco as they convene in Nassau and speak to central government. Attending the meeting were Stanley Israel Williams, Deputy Chief Council Sweeting, Chief Councillor, Hope Town, North Abaco and William Curry, Chief Councillor, Green Turtle Cay. Mr. Sweeting opened with a brief his tory of how the Association was formed and explained that a meeting of a group like this was provided for in the Local Government Act. Late in the year of 2008 they Local Government at Work Please see Local gov. Page 17


Page 16 Section B The Abaconian August 1, 2011 ABACO SUZUKI LTD. CRAWFISH SEASON!GET YOUR BOAT SERVICED ATOutboard Sales & Service Full service on all outboard engines Generator repairs Warranty service center Maintenance programs available Fuel dock Fiberglass repairsTel: 367-3695By John Hedden Third in a series In my previous article I touched upon the use of technology in Bahamian agricul successful (Andros), and why (education). In this article it will be natural to follow with the advantage of a strong infrastruc ture, both physical and logistical. First, I will deal with the physical side. This must include access to land, roads, transport and communications, utilities, energy and equipment. Access to land is obvious and essential. Access to private land is usually not feasi ble unless the farmer uses or rents land, in which case the competition in value from real estate sales will be real and tempting. An example can be seen next to us in Florida where the Homestead area has been changing from an agricultural community to residential/commercial. Why? Simply because landowners can earn more money by selling real estate than using the land for farming and the returns it generates. Here in The Bahamas that pressure is possibly even greater. So that leaves other types of land. In the coppice islands generation and commonage properties allow indigenous people access and use of the land but never outright title. This in itself is restrictive because of com petition for land from other members of the community. Again, these islands have little Crown land of agricultural value to offer for lease. In the northern islands many thousands of acres of pine and previously forested land are available for farming, and fortunately most of this is public (Crown) land. So thousands of acres of previously cleared and farmed land are available on Andros, Abaco and Grand Bahama where ample fresh water is easily accessible for irrigation. So why has all this land not been taken up by farming enterprises? The first hurdle comes with the lease of the land from the government through the Ministry of Agriculture. There is apparently no system in place for legal leases to be prepared and issued to farmers, and farmers are reluctant to invest in an agricultural enterprise without the relevant documentation in hand. Of those that do farm the land, fewer still are prepared to build and live on the farm without that essential piece of paper. This means that travel between the settlement and the farm can be time consuming and fuel ex pensive and leaves the property open to the two-legged critters come harvest time. In addition wild hogs, cattle and horses become a pest in some farming areas. So the end result is little investment is made, and farmers try to implement the in herited and traditional slash and burn sys tem of subsistence production on a 25-acre block of previously cleared land leased from the Crown. This is much, much larger than the traditional task or quarter acre used in previous times. It does not, and cannot, work. A more technologically advanced sys tem demands more efficient communica tion and access to information and physi cal inputs. Again, these are sorely lacking and unavailable to the small farmer. Farm roads are mostly in very poor condition and subject to the vagaries of the politics of the day. Inter-island shipping through the contracted mail carriers is inefficient and unable to deliver any volume of per ishable farm goods to the other end in good condition. The Ministry runs outlets such as the produce exchange and fish and farm store, both on Potters Cay, and sadly neither op erates in any way close to their intended purpose. Why? No real alternatives are presented, and the island packing house system has never functioned properly. For livestock production and process ing, the situation is even more miserable. It doesnt even exist. The abattoir is exactly what its name implies, a place where slaughter and processing are prehistoric and often considered barbaric. No institu tions exist in any of the Out Islands to even remotely accommodate animal husbandry. No veterinary services, no extension ser vices, no slaughter and processing facili ties, and no storage or marketing services. Access to utilities and energy is mostly absent in the designated farming areas. This naturally puts up farm operator costs and limits access to timely information needs. One example would be the need for on-farm power to access internet for market prices and accessibility. As for energy, the cost of fuel is ex orbitant for farmers using diesel for farm mechanisation and gasoline for transporta tion. These along with poor road condi tions puts more stress on potential farm prices due to operating and maintenance costs incurred. The use of equipment for farming is severely limited due to the lack of finan cial capabilities of operators. No land title means no collateral, means no financing, means no investment, means little income, means Big Problem. The cooperative system and government guaranteed loans have failed to help solve this because neither in stitution has been innovative towards agri cultural enterprise. Both could have provided much of the logistical and physical infrastructure needed. On the logistical side of infrastructure, farmer education and extension services are critical for advances in farming systems. Unfortunately, neither has been ad dressed, and information on basic physical inputs such as crop irrigation and fertility regimes are not available for farmer assis tance. Many islands including Abaco do not even have a viable extension officer. At the other end, the farmer must ac tively seek out markets which are often on another island where a population centre exists. This involves further expense with travel, accommodation and eventually ship ping costs. Again, no information is avail able concerning market demands, prices, seasonality due to consumer numbers and changes in product preference with time of year. For example, Bahamians do not eat vegetables, but foreign visitors usually do. And, by the way, macaroni and cheese is not a vegetable dish. So these are some of the problems presented to the Bahamian with farming in his blood. It is not therefore surprising to find minimal small farm production in the is lands even though there are several thousand registered farmers in the country. The obstacles to being successful as a farmer are immense and daunting. In addition, the lack of departmental support amplifies the difficulties. This merry-go-round results in a vi cious circle of negatives which actively prevent the establishment of any genuine home-grown. small farming sector, even though the potential is there and acces sible. Dont the politicians keep on point ing out to us that there is a $500 million a year ($500,000,000) market out there, and we need to do more about it? Talk of self sufficiency, food security, jobs, pride of production and endless platitudes to the farming sector. But my question remains. Where is the development of the infrastructural support systems for the agricultural industry? This can only come from the government, and it wont. We see periodic plans as with the latest five-year plan from the Ministry of Agriculture now going in to its second or third year. But nothing can be seen of this at ground level where most of us live. The only real impetus is coming from BAIC which is trying to streamline itself under the direction of its chairman, himself a successful agricultural businessman. Andros is leading in this respect and hopefully other islands will follow behind. As a final word in this article, I will say that the political rhetoric and the lip service paid to farming is huge, but un fortunately this does not translate to active input or support for the sector. Rather our politicians would seem to encourage the foreign investor with the big agribusiness programmes where Bahamians may be em ployed as with the mega resort projects still being promoted throughout the country. We havent yet lost that plantation mental ity. Big agribusiness has not yet proved to be permanent, good for sustainable production or even beneficial for the local entrepreneur. We still havent cottoned on to the idea that small business enterprises, including agriculture, are the lifeblood of any economy. In my next article I will present argu ments for and against the development of a viable agricultural sector including land usage (our one remaining untapped resource) and the deleterious effects of poorly man aged and monitored agriculture on land and ecological systems.Bahamian Agriculture Infrastructure


August 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 CURRYS FOOD STORE Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Located on the harbour front Marc Binard, MD, Board Certified Internal Medicine,will be at Dr. Charites office on August 8-15. Call 367-1304 for appointment More Local Government at Workformed the Association and elected the first officers and attendance remained strong meeting after meeting. Jeremy Sweeting, Chairman of the Chief Councillors Association previously, wanted to have the members elect officers and discuss issues important to Abaco as they will be going to Nassau on July 28 for a local government conference. He hopes that they can speak to the Minister of Local Government, the Hon. Byron Woodside, representing the whole of Abaco and have their voices heard and heeded. Administrator Cephas Cooper said the Association, which is the only Chief Councillors Association in The Bahamas, is being watched by Mr. Woodside, who is very complimentary of the group. He has hopes that this group can be used as a model for other such groups throughout The Bahamas. The Councillors present voted to delay electing officers until all members were in Local Gov. From Page 15 attendance and to retain Mr. Sweeting as in terim chairman of the Association until then. Mr. Sweeting wants to discuss problems related to the removal of the Business Li censing Board from the authority of local government stating, Local Government knows best what is needed in each district because they live and work there. He would also like to bring a training seminar to Abaco because it would be ben eficial to all the members, especially the new ones. Mr. Cornish put forward that they ask Central Government to provide more in put on projects, from hotels and land sales to road works, that central government is proposing on Abaco as local government has a better view of what the communitys needs are. He added, We are the voice of the people and I will not be a rubber stamp. We need to advise the government what Abaco needs. July 20 By Timothy Roberts A petition for Marsh Harbour and Spring City to be made its own inclusive Council was put forward and accepted on July 20 during the first Marsh Harbour Town Committee meeting of the newly elected group. Citing interference by way of rulings that ignore the will of the Marsh Har bour Town Committee and indicating that Marsh Harbour, because of the size and political boundaries (Dundas Town and Murphy Town are part of North Abaco and Marsh Harbour is a part of South Ab aco), ought to be separate. Chairman Yvonne Key said there is a petition presently being circulated for sig natures to support Marsh Harbour being separated from the Central Abaco Dis trict Council. They will be sending in a strongly worded letter sent to the Minis ter of Local Government, the Hon. Byron Woodside, requesting that the Committee be allowed to form its own Council. Candy Pinder suggested they get a pe tition circulated to have Calcutta Road opened. Administrator Cephas Cooper suggested that as the Minister of Works and Public Transport, Neko Grant will be in Abaco on July 28 and that they speak with him to get the road opened. During the meeting the Committee dis cussed their contracts, working with the budget of $282,000 which is the same as last years allocation. Mrs. Key suggested that contracts should have a stipulation that if they are not performed according to terms that they can lose it. She suggested that a contract be given for three years instead of every year and they would continue unless they violate their contract. The Committee dis cussed it but felt more comfortable keeping contracts on an annual basis. The Committee was advised that tenders for bids on contracts need to be in by August 10 for all areas, road maintenance and cleaning, garbage collection, etc. A full list can be seen at the Local Government office at Dove Plaza. Uriel Delancy requested that something be done with the bathroom at Spring Citys community building as it is in a deplorable state. The Committee agreed to supply new toilets and paint and said it needs to be maintained and controlled by Commit tee members. Mr. Delancy said the playground at the park in Spring City needs work. Carl Archer heard the Minister of Housing, the Hon. Kenneth Russell, say they would fix Please see Local gov. Page 17


Page 18 Section B The Abaconian August 1, 2011 MUST SELL Great Guana Cay Colonial style commerical build ing known as Art Cafe situate in the vicinity of the public dock in the settlement of Guana Cay. Appraised $656,000Vacant land lot No. 15 & 17, portion of Orchid Bay Subdivi sion Property comprises of 7,500 square feet. Appraised $90,000 for both or $45,000 per lot. Marsh Harbour Multi-purpose commer cial building known as Faith Convention Cen ter. Multipurpose $1.7 millionMarsh Harbour octagon buildings. Three single storey buildings and two two-storey buildings. Known as Simmons Place. Appraised $491,000 For conditions of sale and any other information, please contact: The Commerical Credit Collection Unit at 242-502-1320 or 242-356-1685 or 242-502-0929 or 242-356-1608 Fax: 242-356-1638 Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to: The Manager, The Commercial Credit Collection Unit P.O. Box N 7518, Nassau, Bahamas Crossing RocksTwo Storey Commercial Building comprises of First Floor 4 (1) bed 1 bath and six Main Rd. Appraisal TBAMarsh Harbour Two Storey Commercial Building Complex contains 10 commercial units Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Har bour. Appraisal $953,970 CongratulationsEllinor Elizabeth Mitchellgraduated from Lakeeld College School, Lakeeld Ontario, Canada June 18th, 2011. Spending four consecutive years at Lakeeld as an international boarding student, Ellie excelled in her studies & the various sport teams such as Varsity Girls Rugby & her 3 years on the Varsity Girls Rowing team. She completed her grade 12 year at Lakeeld with an average in 6 courses earning her the Ontario Scholastic Average Honor. Other experiences at Lakeeld took Ellie overseas during her spring break of 2011. She joined the Me to We Round Square Service Project, spending a month in the area of Masai Mara, Kenya. Along with the other students on the project, Ellie assisted in building a kitchen for a primary school. Ellie will be taking a gap year to work and travel abroad, then onto Ryerson University in Toronto the fall of 2012, pursuing Law. Ellies family is very proud of her accomplishments & we all look forward to her furthering her education! By Timothy Roberts In an effort to maintain better manage and carry out the wishes of their township, Yvonne Key, Chairman of the Marsh Harbour Town Committee said that they are sending a letter to the Minister of Lands and Local Government, the Hon. Byron Woodside, requesting that Marsh Har bour be made its own district, removing the town from the Central Abaco District Council. Mrs. Key said there are several reasons why the Town Committee is seeking this separation. The Committee believes that it is not logical that in local elections Marsh Harbour ties into a district that contains two towns that are considered to be a part of North Abaco when Marsh Harbour is considered to be a part of South Abaco during national elections. The Committee believes that Marsh Harbour matters should be left in the hands of the Marsh Harbour Town Committee, as likewise Murphy Town and Dundas Town should have control over what happens in their respective townships free from the in terference of those who are not living in the same area. She stated further that not only should Marsh Harbour seek to be its own district council, but that Dundas Town, currently being set as the new town center which will be heralded by the completion of the government complex due to be completed by January of 2012 should also be its own council and therefore the masters of its own fate. Mrs. Key said they are resolved to see this request through. They have circulated a petition for people in the township to sign to show their support and their wish to Marsh Harbour Town Committee seeks own councilbe governed by their own representatives and not have to be concerned that some one from an unrelated town can have a say in what happens or overturn a decision by Marsh Harbours representatives. The Committee seeks to become a Schedule 3 District Council. A Schedule 3 Council does not appoint statutory boards, but rather those elected deal with all mat ters of that district, including Town Plan ning, Port Authority and Hotel Licensing. Mrs. Key knows it will be a hard mea ever, with perseverance she believes the peoples wishes will be heard by government and Marsh Harbour will be granted the control of their own township. up the park in Spring City and suggested they petition him for the equipment. Mr. Archer said there is a need for some drainage wells in a number of areas throughout Marsh Harbour. Mrs. Key said the public dock at Cross ing Beach needs repairs and she spoke with Jeremy Sweeting, Chief Councillor of the Hope Town District Council. He has agreed to pay for half of the repairs. Mrs. Key said that Winding Bay is do nating a 30-foot by 60-foot pre-fabricated building for the Marsh Harbour library which is expected to arrive as soon as the duty free exemptions are granted. The Committee agreed to write letters to several businesses whose yards are full of vehicles or heavy machinery and salvaged and derelict machinery to create a buffer zone to hide that from the passing traffic in an effort to beautify road sides.Local Gov. From Page 17 68, formerly of Murphy Town died on July 16 in Free port. He is survived by sons Deacon Keith, Kirk, Kimuel, Kendal, Leonard Jr. and Dr. Sean daughters Tamaran other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends. Carroll Albury was born on July 26, 1935, in Marsh Harbour to Hubert and Ruth Albury. He was the second of 11 chil dren and the eldest son. He attended the Marsh Harbour Public School where he completed his primary schooling. On March 29, 1963, he married the love of his life, Bet tee Sawyer. This union was blessed with two children: Doug, born in 1964 and Sean born in 1967. At a young age he assisted his father who worked for J.B. Crockett. Later he went on to drive everything from heavy equipment to a 125 Harley Davidson. For a while he was the second engineer on the Nelvena Queen traveling as far as Venezu ela. After a number of years working for Mr. Crockett, Carroll opened the first ga rage in Marsh Harbour. He also owned one of the first cars on the island. Carroll operated Marsh Harbour Auto Parts until 2005 when he had health problems. But his health problems did not stop him from visiting the garage daily. After a short illness on July 21, 2011, Carroll sailed quietly and peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus. He is survived by his wife Bettee Al ceased), Vandel, Percy, Phillip, Glen and (deceased), Ethlyn and Marilyn, brothersin-law Victor, John (deceased), Walt and Yvonne, Tammy, Paula, Celia, Linda and non, Andrew, Darryl, Chad, Mike, Duane Ruby, Donna, Paulette, Heidi, Monica, Yvette, Kim, Tracey, Lauren, Lindsey, Keli, Audra, Melinda, Laura, Kristi, Lon and friends. Leonard Knowles Carroll AlburyObituaries of Family and Friends Recycle Aluminum Cans


August 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 Robbery On July 3 a resident of Nas sau was at a night club in Murphy Town when four men grabbed him and took his gold Gucci chain valued at $2,800, then drove away. Armed Robbery On July 3 the owner of a night club in Murphy Town reported that while he was closing his business he and an employee were accosted by two men, one armed with a cutlass and one armed with a handgun, who robbed them of $1,365 in cash and fled east on foot along S.C. Bootle Highway. Police recovered a bronze spent casing for evidence. Armed Robbery On July 2 a resident of Marsh Harbour reported that she was a accosted by two males while she was near a take-out in Marsh Harbour. One of them produced a handgun and robbed her of her handbag containing a set of keys, a cell phone valued at $300, a travel document and $60 cash. Causing Harm On July 3 a Hatian male from the Pigeon Peas went to the Marsh Harbour government clinic with a chop wound to the head. He reported that his brother from Man-O-War went to his residence with several injuries to the head. While he was in the Pigeon Peas, he was attacked by an unknown person. He received medical attention. On July 4 a resi dent of Treasure Cay was caught stealing from a business on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour. She was subse quently arrested, charged and released on bail. Causing Harm On July 11 a male went to the Marsh Harbour government clinic with a stab wound in his rib area that happened at a club in Dundas Town. The victim who was intoxicated at the time. Later that day officers arrested a resident of The Mud in reference to Causing Harm. Assault of a Police Officer On July 10 officers approached two young men on the road to the airport who were acting in a disorderly manner. One of them hit the officer on the side of the head with a bottle. Causing Grievous On July 11 a resi dent of Central Pines got into an altercation with a man he knew from Coopers Town while they were at a Fish Fry at the Trea sure Cay ferry dock. The many stabbed him in the left arm with a knife. The victim was airlifted to New Providence for medi cal assistance. On July 11 a sus pect was arrested in reference to Causing Grievous Harm. On July 10 a 34-foot Contender with two 300 HP Yamahas was found drifting in the area of Green Turtle Ferry Dock. The owner from Florida was a guest at a Green Turtle Cay resort. On July 10 a 23-foot Parker with one 250 HP Yamaha that was tied to a dock near a Green Turtle Cay Resort and is suspected to be stolen. The owner is a resident of Treasure Cay. Housebreaking On July 13 a resident of Crossing Rock reported that someone broke into his house and stole about $1,000 in 25 cent pieces that were in a PVC pipe container, a gold hand chain valued at $400, $292 cash from a church box and about $150 cash from a wallet. Total value was $1,842. Grievous Harm On July 18 a resident of The Mudd was attacked by two males while he was near the softball field He suf fered lacerations to his head. He was treated at the Goverment Clinic and referred to Nassau for further medical treatment. Vagrancy On July 16 three young men from Dundas Town and Murphy Town were arrested in the area of Alburys Ferry dock in Marsh Harbour. When they could not give an explanation of why they were there, they were charged with Vagrancy and released on $500. On July 18 a Ford truck was broken into and the ignition switch and steering column were damaged. of the same. On July 19 a resident of New Providence reported that someone cut her Caterpillar D8-Bull dozer and stole parts off it while it was left parked at Bahama Coral Island. It was val ued at $47,000. Officers found that it had extensive cut damage and missing parts. The officers then found a yellow arm to a bulldozer with identical cut marks at a residence on S.C. Bootle Highway. While there, a tow truck approached with a male on the back and a generator and other tools. The vehicle sped off when spotted. The of ficers intercepted the truck in the Bahama Coral Island area. The driver fled. However, the suspect on the back of the truck was arrested and a skill saw and other tools were seized as evidence. Later that day the other suspect was arrested for Stealing & Causing Damage. On July 21 a father found his under aged stepdaughter in bed nude with an adult male who was subsequently arrested.Police Crime Report


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August 1, 2011 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 242-367-3677 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALECasuarina Point, tastefully furnished 3 bed 2 bath house, central air, beach views, 15 mins from Marsh Harb. $1,200/mo. Ph. 367-2431 Central Pines, 2 bedroom, 2 bath apt. Fully furnished, central A/C. Call 426-4698 or 4585466 Green Turtle Cay, 3 bed, 2 bath house plus office $2,500 a mo. Also 2 bed, 2 bath cottage $1,500 a mo. Call 242-365-4648 or Ocean Breeze Specialist A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or Marsh Harbour, 2 bed, 2 bath, central A/C, 13KW generator, newly renovated, very clean. Call Kim at 367-2655 (10am to 3pm) cell 5770748 Marsh Harbour, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, water included, $1100/mo. Call Mrs. Green at 367-2660 2 lots, side by side. Section 2, block 9. Call 242-554-9747 or 242367-3216 Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales. Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at Little Abaco, 6.25 acre waterfront lot in north Abaco. Asking $49,000. A GREAT DEAL! Call 366-0797 or 242-427-5316 Man-O-War Cay, 3 bed, 2 bath home, metal roof with some ocean views. 9x 50 covered front porch & 7x13 covered back porch. 30KW diesel generator, central A/C, 13x103 driveway. 2 min walk to Atlantic beach, 3 min walk from harbour. Furniture included. Ask ing $295,000. Call 365-6051 or 477-5171 7,000 sq ft lot for sale on main highway, across from big gate. Call 365-6051 or 477-5171 Treasure Cay Canal front property with 111 dock, boat lift, davits, cleaning station, $375,000. Call 305-245-6043 or hquin1902@ Treasure Cay Pineapple Point Resort. Exclu sive Luxury Waterfront 2 & 3 bedroom condos with docks. Perfect location at the entrance to Treasure Cay Marina. Prices starting in the low $500s 242-458-3521 or 1-800-545-0395 Come see us at the end of Marina View Dr. Luxury Holiday Vacation and long term RENTALS also avail able! 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 evenings. Reduced from $75,000 to $65,000 over looking the sound. House & lot, cottage & lot. Lots 100x100. OWNER FINANCING. Call 242-376-5422. PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE FOR RENT OR SALE Buying? Selling?Want more business? A low cost ad like thiscan bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201 Casuarina Point, 3 bed, 2 bath, kitchen, living room, dining room, car garage, back patio and efficiency with 1 bed & living quarters. Call 242-324-5839 or 242-324-6634 WANTED TO BUYWanted to Buy: Commercial Properties or Acerage in Abaco. Fast CASH buyer. Send location and asking price to AbacoLand@hotmail. com. 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, Two 2 bed apartments, fully furnished with modern furnishings, A/C, water included. Quiet & secure central loca tion. Ample parking. $1,100/m. Call 367-2598 Marsh Harbour Short term, daily & weekly rental. Located near Great Abaco Beach Re sort. Contact 367-0333, 559-8538 or 458-5137 Treasure Cay, 2 bed, 2 bath unfurnished villa. Also for rent on Ocean Blvd 2 bed, 1.5 bath beach cottage, fully furnished, A/C & W/D. Call 365-4105. Getting your finances in order is like visiting the doctor. If you are serious about shaking the sickness called the excessive debt syndrome, you need to lay out all the facts, good and bad, to make a plan forward. You may not like visiting a Financial Doctor, but fixing the problem now (even though you think it may be too late) is better then never fixing it. Commit to the process to achieve financial success. Any person with income (receiving money) and expenses (spending money) should make regular assessments of their finances to be able to set and achieve goals. Getting Started mitted so the process can succeed. (which I can provide) and some uninter rupted quiet time. lar salary). If you have a second regular job, include only half of this salary. The second salary may vary so you shouldnt consider the full amount. with mandatory deductions, then other expenses for housing, food, school, utilities, car/gas, insurance. Include any other regular monthly expenses. Is the amount of your income higher than your expenses? Great! You should be on a savings/ investment program. Put your money to work for you for the long term. Not on a program yet? Get it done! In many cases, though, expenses are greater than income (you are operating at a loss each month). One of those expenses is not getting paid. Lets cure the sickness. Take action. The excessive debt syndrome eventually kills your dreams, denies your goals and delays your retire ment! Seek out a financial mentor who can guide you in the ways of finance. The answer is to evaluate your financial situa tion and plan a way forward. Your mentor needs to be able to guide you along this path. It takes time and commitment from you both. Next week, we will use the in formation from your financial assessment (listed above) to set your financial goals with a view to you achieving financial success. Any questions? Email us at financialfit Fittness PlanBy Mirella Santillo Quitel Charlton, a Junior Achiever from Abaco, won the national Most Dis tinguished Achiever title in a competition in Nassau. This was the first time that a competition took place on a national level. Nominees from six islands participated. They were the Junior Achievers who won the Most Distinguished Achiever of the Year award for their island. They wrote an essay on why they should be the Most Distinguished Achiever of The Bahamas and had to two interviews. Quitel won with flying colors. She was acknowledged on July 1 in a ceremony in Nassau that took place at Government House where she was awarded with a medal and a trophy and presented with a computer. Quitel was greeted like a star by friends and family members on her return from Nassau on July 8. This was followed by a reception held at the BEC office in Marsh Harbour. The JA advisors of the BECsponsored company, BEC CO

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Ice Cream & DessertsWe deliver locally (Min. order $25) Call: 367-3778 Thank you for your patronage!Island Family Restaurant SC HOOL UNIFORMS!ALL ABACO SCHOOLS Pants, skirts, jumpers, blouses, shirts, P.E. Uniforms, Socks, Knee Highs, Thigh HighsEVERYTHING YOU NEED 4 SCHOOL! By Timothy Roberts Friends of the Environment has been awarded a grant through a United Nations program with the goal of continuing the Size Matters campaign to promote sustainable fishing practices among local fishermen. Within the goals of this program The Bahamas is wanting to be able to attain Marine Stewardship Certificate (MSC) qualification which is crucial to maintain the countrys status in the world market for crawfish. Program Coordinator, dShan Maycock, said that the grant is to conserve the local lobster population by training fishermen in sustainable catch workshops. We have been doing full day workshops, targeting four of the main fishing communities here on Abaco: North Abaco, Sandy Point, Moores Island and Grand Cay, she said. She explained that said there is a list of things that has to be done in order for The Bahamas to be qualified as a sustainable fishery and be able to maintain access to markets in the United States and across the world. Mrs. Maycock said, Although crawfish are not on any endangered species list, reports from our fisherman indicate there is a decline, and this is a cause for concern. She said this will be used as a demon stration site to show not only what can be done in The Bahamas but throughout the Caribbean and even the world. Any program that the Global Environment Facility (GEF) supports, they like to know that it What GEF does is allow for a small or ganization like Friends of the Environment to qualify for a grant which will be in a four-year cycle. The Bahamas is a signatory on the Con vention of Biological Diversity and are a member country of the United Nations. can be replicated in other places. The re sults of the program can be used to affect changes in policy. GEF is the umbrella organization that gives funding out to different countries. The United Nations Development Program is the organization that funds GEF who then distributes it through programs like the Small Grants Program (SGP). GEF has five areas that they focus on: Climate Change, Bio-diversity, Interna tional Waters, Reduction of Pollutants and Prevention of Land Degradation. We were able to qualify under the area of BioDiversity which supports sustainable liveli hoods, she said. We started the Size Matters campaign in 2008 with input from a variety of stake holders in the community, not just fisher men. The campaign officially launched in 2010 meeting with fisherman encouraging that they catch only legal-sized crawfish. We intended to do the campaign for only one year, but now it is becoming a part of a much bigger move as the government of The Bahamas seeks to adapt the campaign and do it in other parts of The Bahamas. All this is being done in order to attain the Marine Stewardship Certificate qualifica tion required in order to continue to sell to the United States and other participating countries. Initially GEF worked only with govnon-government organizations are able to qualify.Size Matters program receives grantBy Mirella Santillo For the consecutive year, Friends of the Environment has organized a fund raising auction to support its free summer camp which in July 12. This year the event took place at Petes Pub in Little Harbour on June 17. The people enjoying drinks and the company of friends while enjoying listening to Jamming Jan playing oldies on her guitar. Many items were offered at the auction including art work, household items, beach gear, drinks, jams, plants and more. They were displayed for people to bid on their favorite things. The live auction started first and was conducted by auctioneer Michael Albury, who enticed people to bid. The first lot, a huge bag of fresh crab claws, went to a lucky bidder for $100. Homemade cakes and pies were next. Last but judging by the fierce battle it unlatched between the auc tioneer and another bidder, John Haestad, was a painting by Walt Bartman represent ing a hog fish. Mr. Haested finally won the fight after several minutes of bartering. Kristin Williams commented that they did not quite reach the amount needed to support the summer camp but she was grateful for all the beautiful items that had been donated. Friends camps are held in three locations: Sandy Point, Marsh Har bour and Coopers Town with sessions for juniors and seniors. This year one camp session was held on Moores Island for children aged 7 and over.Auction raises funds for summer campsBy Mirella Santillo The Abaco darts team won the Bahamas Darts Federation Champs Cup with a blaz ing victory, making the Abaco Darts Association undefeated this year. In February the Abaco team won the Gold Cup that was held in Marsh Harbour and later placed first and fourth in the National Masters, qualifying for the World Cup. The Champs Cup took place in Freeport the weekend of June 17 to 18. The D n R Snipers won that cup for the second time in a row, beating the Grand Bahamas Elimi nators. The winning team was comprised of seven players, six men and a woman, with Marc Albury as team captain. The other players were Robin Albury, Lakisha Albury, Shane Sawyer, Lloyd Deveaux, Junior Albury and Lionel Dee Albury. Teams from three other islands traveled to Grand Bahama for the Champs Cup. New Providence placed third and Eleu thera placed fourth. Robin Albury, who placed first in the National Masters competition, and Shane Sawyer, who placed fourth, will travel to Ireland in September with the National Team to represent The Bahamas in the Darts World Cup. The Champs Cup is the team compe tition that has the winning teams of each association come together to play for the championship.The Abaco Darts Association remains unbeaten


August 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 23 We can take the photo within the photo. BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE SEEKING EMPLOYMENT center console, steering cables, completely redone from bow to stern with Awl-Grip. Has rigging for Yamaha. $4,700 OBO. Call 477-5991 with a 140 HP Evinrude. DUTY PAID, $3,500. Contact Outboard Shop at 3672703 2005 Yamaha 150 HPDI with 205 hrs. T-Top, electronics box, Garmin 182c gps, Furuno 600L fish finder & VHF. Good Condition & runs perfect. DUTY PAID. Located at White Sound. Make offer. Email Twin 200 Suzukis, low hours. Just serviced. $36,000 ONO. Call Aba co Suzuki at 367-3695 or 242-477-4168 fiberglass fast sailing hull. Solid rod rig. Various sails & spinnaker. Sleeps 5. Newer 15hp Honda. DUTY PAID. $4,900. call 850-519-1990 twin 225 Yamaha 4 stroke 2003, Furuno chart plotter, Icom VHF, 150 gal tanks, T-top and outriggers $45,000. Call 242-365-4648 Needs generator & forward clutch on one engine. In Treasure Cay. DUTY PAID. Reduced to $38,500 as is. Contact hat, 561-228-1424 or 365-8057 twin diesels A/C, generator. REDUCED 50% for quick sale. Willing to accept property as part pay ment. Call 242-375-1317 VEHICLES FOR SALE SERVICES WANTED TO BUY SANDPIN MOTORS LTD 4 DOOR SEDANS PRICED FROM $4,800.00 CALL 242-325-0881 SANDPIN MOTORS LTD WE HAVE LOTS OF SUVS PRICED FROM $9,800.00 CALL 242-325-0881 SANDPIN MOTORS LTD 7 SEATER WAGONS PRICED AT $9,800.00 CALL 242-325-0881 SANDPIN MOTORS LTD CARGP/PASSANGER BUSES PRICED FROM $9,800.00 CALL 242-325-0881 EMPLOYMENT Buying? Selling?Want more business? A low cost ad like thiscan bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201 Items for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats Wanted To Buy! Small old wooden dingy (doesnt need to float), old wooden oars, old sails, (any size, any condition), old wooden water skis, old metal floats, and any other old nautical looking stuff. Call Stacy 242-4583521 or email MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE looking for temp/perm work. Preferrably as housekeeper and/or babysitter. Hardworking, virtuous. Able to cook. Resume/references available. Contact, 242-535-7204 or 242322-6483 SANDPIN MOTORS LTD TRUCKS 1/2 TO 2 TONS PRICED FROM $11,800.00 CALL 242-325-0881 Divers Compressor, Bauer 8 CFM 5000 PSI Yanmar Diesel, two fill whips, 5 hrs total, new condition. Electric compressor also available. Any questions contact Les at 407-679-1212 or apt size, white, only one year old. Good condition. $250 OBO. Call Elizabeth at 367-2605 at the Abaco Inn. Email resume to theabacoinn@ or fax to 366-0113 Help Wanted: Please fill out an application form at creations or stop by Computer Creations on Don Mackay Blvd to pick one up. with software designed just for you. FREE 30 day trial. Email In response to widespread theft of copper and various metals, effective im mediately the Government of The Baha mas is placing a temporary ban on the export of scrap metal for a 90-day period and a permanent ban on the export of copper. These measures have been taken as a divides phase one and phase two which, Mr. Bishop said, is primarily to provide a flight path for the Abaco parrots which feed and live in the coppice areas on the southern end of the island. Near the beginning of June the exca vation of hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of material and the completion of 6,000 lineal feet of seawall was completed. This allow Schooner Bay to successfully open the harbour entrance to the sea, mak ing it fully tidal. Mr. Bishop said Schooner Bay was given some Crown Land on perpetuity, which, in return for it, they have to invest in building a community center, hurricane shelter and similar community-oriented fa cilities.Schooner From Page 20 By Timothy Roberts On July 10 BTC cellular customers were given an Independence day gift as BTC gave customers the freedom to call any where in The Bahamas without incurring long distance charges on mobile phones only. According to CEO Geoff Houston, For these customers, making a call from one island to the next will cost the same as call ing their next-door neighbour. No long dis tance charges apply whether calling from one cell phone to another or from a cell phone to a fixed line. Mobile users will have the ability to call and text from their cell phone using seven, ten or eleven digits, making it much more convenient for BTC customers to call or text their business contacts, family and friends as they move through the islands. BTC is pleased to launch this first phase of rate reductions this week just in time for Independence, Mr. Houston said. According to Mr. Houston, the two upgrades go hand-in-hand. The reduction of mobile calling rates throughout the country and the new simplified calling and texting structure enable our cell phone customers to communicate how they want to, when they want to whether it is for business or to family, friends or loved ones, he said. While normal air time charges still ap ply, mobile customers will be able to make island-to-island calls without the additional 18 cents per minute domestic long distance charge as of July 10. Charges for land line to land line, land line to mobile and international long distance still apply.BTC eliminates long distance rates on mobile phones Government takes action on scrap metalsresult of the impact such theft has had on major industries and utilities whose services have been disrupted. The Government is assessing the scrap metal industry and will engage with various stakeholders and legitimate businesses with a view to better regulat ing and monitoring the industry.


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