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September 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 19 NUMBER 17 SEPTEMBER 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 By Mirella Santillo A record number of boats, more than 60, attended the annual Bakers Bay Sailaway that was held on August 14th on the northernmost beach of Great Guana Cay, part of Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club. It was the initial location of the first sailaways that provided shade and a beautiful sheltered cove with limpid water, perfect for swimming or childrens water games. The drink and food tables were set under a huge buttonwood tree which lent its shade to whoever wanted to get out of the sun. Bakers Bay supplied the grill, charcoal, garbage containers, ice and manpower under the friendly supervision of a resorts representative, Geoff Jones, who made sure throughout the day that things were running smoothly. By noon boats arrived from Marsh Har bour and other settlements of the mainland and cays. Soon people were frequenting Bakers Bay Sail-away is a local beach party Guana Cays northernmost beach was the site of a party that brought locals together for a day of fun. Organized by Bill Albury, Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club assists to create a great time to end the summer. By Timothy Roberts With a view to restoring and protect ing the historical monuments that are well over a century old, Dave Gale and Annie Potts sought the help of professionals to assess the work needed to bring back the luster of Abacos two old lighthouses. Mr. Gale is the President of the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society. Steve Varhola, a historical construc tion mechanic, and Gary Nappenberger, a metal fabricator, visited Abaco for several days to study the Elbow Reef Lighthouse (known as the Hope Town lighthouse) and the Hole-in-the-Wall Lighthouse to assess what is needed to repair and restore them. Both men were contacted because of their work on the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse which in recent years has been beautifully restored and turned into a major tourist attraction. Mr. Gale said that due to the advent of GPS and other electronic devices, light houses no longer have the same relevance as they did before such equipment. Gov ernments all over the world are trying to figure out what to do with lighthouses as Lighthouses need restoration and protectionThe Hole-in-the-Hole lighthouse, the oldest Imperial Lighthouse in The Bahamas that was built in 1863, has suffered from neglect and vandalism. A group experi enced in lighthouse preservation visited it to analyze how it could be preserved. Please see Sail-Away Page 13 Please see Lighthouses Page 14 Baseball game pits sons against their parentsTwo Sea Scout Troops are active in Central and Soutth Abaco. The Scouts, under the leadership of Lee Johnson, are active, working toward earning badges and doing com muinity service. On August 13 the Sea Scout Troops played a baseball game against their parents in a very spirited game. Mothers and fathers both participated with the boys winning the game. By Timothy Roberts Since recommencing in 2001 the work started over two decades ago by Rosemary Gnam, the research of the Abaco parrot done by Caroline Stahala has yielded a number of significant improvements, but there is still more research to do and more progress to be made. This year Ms. Stahala, an MS Florida State University researcher, has been furthering the work on the management component of the Abaco parrot program, which includes predator control and monitoring their habitats.Parrot Research ProgressesPlease see Parrots Page 12 By Jennifer Hudson The First Bahamas, Marsh Harbour, and 10th Bahamas, Sandy Point, Sea Scouts came together with their parents Please see Scouts Page 16


Page 2 Section A The Abaconian September 1, 2011 August 22, 2011 BEC announces the on-time comple tion of the 11 miles of overhead lines and underground cables linking the Wilson City and Marsh Harbour Power Stations. The project which commenced April 2011 was an important part of the power expansion project in Abaco. The recently installed transmission line can transfer in excess of 60 megawatts of electrical power, which exceeds the existing installed capacity at Wilson City Power Station. There are presently four units at Wil son City with a total capacity of 48 mega watts. This means that the new transmis sion line will allow us to utilize the full capacity at Wilson City. Additionally, we have enough spare capacity on the line to accommodate future expansion, shared BEC General Manager Kevin Basden. The completion of the line is consid ered the final component in the Abaco electrical expansion project which began with the construction of the Wilson City Power Station in 2008. It also means that the Wilson City Power Station via the new transmission network will be able to provide electricity to the entire island and also accommodate projected popula tion growth. As one of the fastest growing econo mies outside New Providence, BEC remains committed to the provision of a reliable source of electricity in Abaco. In addition to the Wilson City Power Station, for the immediate future, the Corporation intends to keep the existing generators at the Marsh Harbour Power Station as a back-up. Eventually those generators, which have been recently overhauled, will be redeployed to other family island power stations. The Corporation is pleased that it has completed the power expansion project to provide Abaco with the standard of electricity that they not only demand but deserve.Press Release from BEC BEC completes installation of transmission lineSeveral large spools of heavy underground cable finally arrived from Brazil, allowing BEC to complete the transmission line connecting the new Wilson City power plant with the Marsh Harbour power plant. This special cable was required for the underground section of the transmission line that was on the east end of the Marsh Harbour airport. Before the new transmissino line was complete, the existing line could not carry sufficient electricity to service Abaco. The new line can transmit up to 60 mega watts of power. See story to the right. Discovery Cruise Lines will make its last trip between Fort Lauderdale and Freeport on September 6. This was a very popular service for residents of Grand Bahama because it was an inexpensive way to get freight into The Bahamas. In itself, this does not affect Abaco. However, those few persons who are adverse to flying and rely on the arduous land and sea route to Florida will have to consider other travel methods. The Discovery boat serving Freeport was the final link to Florida for those Aba co persons driving to Crown Haven, taking the ferry to McLeans Town and then the bus into Freeport. A ferry service from Miami into Free port is being contemplated. We hear that there may be a business group in Freeport studying the feasibility of resuming service into Fort Lauderdale. We will advise our readers if we hear of another ferry link between Freeport and Florida.Discovery cruise boat stops Freeport/Lauderdale runOld issues of The AbaconianArchive issues of The Abaconian are online at through the courtesy of the University of Florida and its digital library of the Caribbean. Enter Abaconian in the search box and select the newspaper box. About 120 of back issues are now online with more being recorded as time permits. Current issues may be viewed at the following: which has additional material related to Ab aco, photos, maps, history and other items. Hints for Helping Our EnvironmentWater Conservation ment more than 12 cars drving


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September 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 Auskell hold Health FairsBy Samantha V. Evans Auskell Medical Center is one of the leading healthcare facilities on the island and it has proven in many instances that it is all about keeping the community healthy and fit. On August 20 Auskell Medical Center held a Back-to-School Health Fair in Marsh Harbour. The focus was on stu dents who were able to get their height and weight measurements, and school supplies including book bag, Auskell key chain, pencils, rulers, erasers, composition books and coloring books. They were also given free hot dogs, water and fruit drinks. Ac cording to Managing Director Angie Col lie, this is the first time they are doing this and they saw over 100 kids which to her was a great success. Kids were waiting for them very early and the first set of participants got the book bags which were the first to go. Each child got a goody bag with special gifts as well. Infinity No Limit Outlet joined Auskell in the back-to-school fair. Barber Owen Taylor offered free haircuts to male students, kids enjoyed the bouncing castle, live music and ate hot dogs. Parents were given the pick of free cloth ing for themselves and for their kids. Accord ing to owner Bekera Taylor, the event was geared towards offer ing parents a little help during these tough economic times and to just give back. Barber Tay lor cut the hair of 24 boys during this time. On July 30 Auskell Medical Center held a Health Fair for taxi drivers and fishermen at the clinic. More taxi drivers than fishermen attended because many fishermen had left to go to sea for crawfish work, and got had their weight and blood pressure checks done. Each person seen was given free pens, t-shirts and caps. This initiative was suggested by Cay Mills, who stated that Auskell was holding Health Fairs for everyone but had done nothing for taxi drivers. It was held at the clinic in Marsh Harbour. On May 20 An gie Collie presented the third participant at the Health Fair, Debbie Roldan, with a 700 VIP Auskell Card and a free chiro practor treatment. She was so surprised by the honor that she screamed in happiness. Auskell Medical Center has taken its Health Fairs to other settlements across Abaco, all in an effort to promote good health practices and encourage residents to take care of themselves. A Health Fair has been held on Moores Island, Chero kee Sound, Hope Town and Guana Cay. Central Abaco News Auskell Medical Clinic holds special Health Fairs targeting various groups of people. On August 20 it held a Back-to_ School Health Fair, offering free health tests while providing students with book bags and lots of goodies. Barber Owen Taylor of Infinity No Limit offered free haircuts to students during Auskells Back-to-School Health Fair. The buildings at the BAIC Farmers and Craft Market are nearing completion. The old Ministry of Works building will be converted into BAIC offices and restrooms. Edison Key, MP for South Abaco and Chairman of BAIC, expects the work to be complete by the end of the year.Farmers Market is taking shapeseason. The persons received free chiropractor exam, free PSA test, free blood Please see Central Page 6


Page 6 Section A The Abaconian September 1, 2011 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 RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor bar Showing football games on Sundays 1-6 Free appetizers It held Health Fairs at Batelco and BEC as well. Angie Collie hopes to take the Health Fair to Green Turtle Cay and Murphy Town later this year. These Health Fairs are free of charge and well attended by residents. In October the clinic will have Breast Cancer Awareness Month activi ties. Last year it gave 300 free eye exams to students and 20 free mammograms and More Central Abaco News Central From Page 5 hopes to do the same this year. She thanks the public for supporting all of their events and asks that they keep the clinic in prayer as construction begins on the new center later this year. The project is expected to take two years to complete.Salvage operators are forming an associationBy Canishka Alexander Salvage operators held a meeting on August 8 to hold an election of officers. According to Cleola Pinder, the association was formed following governments ban on the exportation of scrap metal. Some felt the ban was unfair to legiti mate salvage operators. Before the elec tions took place, Mrs. Pinder listed the rules and requirements for licensed operators and gave an update on the export approval to get everyone up to speed on what was happening. They are expecting to receive an approval based on a recommen dation that persons who currently have contain ers to be shipped and the correct paperwork be allowed to export. Additionally, Mrs. Pinder mentioned why documentation is so important and recommended that opera tors practice leaving a paper trail behind. They were advised to get identification and a permission slip from the person extract ing the scrap metal and to take pictures of the items. The election results were announced by Mrs. Pinder. Sherilyn Cooper was elected as association president; Paul Mills, vice president; Kathleen Knowles, secretary; Brian Williams, treasurer; and Scott Wil son, director. In order to be a part of the association, Mrs. Pinder said that each operators must be licensedBAIC donates fruit treesBy Samantha V. Evans BAIC received a shipment of 180 trees in this week that they distributed to Stephen Knowles of South Abaco Farmers Associa tion, Stafford Symonette of North Abaco Farmers Association and other persons who have farms. The trees received were 62 avocados, 89 mango trees, 14 sugar ap ple trees, 29 sour sop and 14 guava. This is just the first shipment of fruit trees as there is more to come. Eleven months ago Residents of the Mud are clearing up the ballfield adjacent to their community so it can be used for soccer practice. After 12 years of lying in the still waters of Coconut Tree Bay, a fishing boat was raised from the site on August 6. It was removed by a local heavy equipment company because of the environmental impact to the area and the danger it imposed on fishermen making their way to the boat ramp situated there. The large vessel, which measured at approximately 65 feet, was once called Seahawk and belonged to James Venable Go mez of Murphy Town. This summer Mr. Gomez was amazed to learn that his beloved Seahawk had been discovered. He recalled that in 1999 the boat had been tied to the government dock, but the turbulent weather caused by Hurricane Floyd made the boat drift away. He said that the boat had only taken two fishing trips when the hurricane swept it away.Fishing boat removed from Coconut Tree BayArnold Dorsett, BAICs Assistant General Manager for Agriculture, is overseeing the distribution of fruit trees to farmers on several Family Islands. On Abaco the trees are being distributed through the two farmers associations, one in North Abaco and one in South Abaco. Please see Central Page 10


September 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 BAIC brought in 3000 plantain, bananas and other such trees which they distributed between the two farmers associations on the island. Two weeks ago, according to Ejnar Cornish, Manager of Abacos BAIC office, it gave pineapple slips to both as sociations as well. In a few weeks the cor poration will have more pineapple slips, More Central Abaco News Central From Page 6 Persian limes and other trees shipped here which his office will also distribute. This project is an attempt to assist farmers by adding to their mix of fruit trees, said BAIC assistant general manager for agriculture, Arnold Dorsett. This is an attempt to bring back some of the native varieties that we have grown accustomed to. These will be available for budwood for persons who want to graft trees of different varieties, he said. Hopefully, we will be able to diversify our variety of fruit trees. Once farmers start multiplying these fruit trees, they can expand as much as they want. Mr. Cornish stated that they are here to help the farming industry grow so they do all they can to provide trees and land to those interested in farming. He wants the public to know that BAIC still has land available too so those wanting to get in volved in the agricultural industry can apply for land allowances.Edna Kemp donates to School By Canishka Alexander Edna Kemp of Kemps Maid Service made a decision that this year she would give back to the community. As a result, she purchased a number of school supplies and separated them into eight individual packages to distribute to the students of Central Abaco Primary School. Each pack age contained a variety of school supplies. Ms. Kemp explained that after two years of being in business and because of the blessing she has received from God during that time, she wanted to reach out to those parents who are experiencing hard times. She has pledged that she will con tinue to make donations to the school on an annual basis.Junovias Diner is openBy Samantha V. Evans Jnovias Diner opened last fall offer ing a unique palate mix for Marsh Har bour. This diner, owned and operated by the Henfield Sisters, was the dream of Genova Henfield-Wilmore, the oldest Henfield sister. She has a long history of working as a cook, beginning at age 17 at A fire in the lowest hold of the Duke of Topsail brought out many firemen of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department. Four trucks were on site and the first firemen on scene had to don BAs, or self-contained breathing apparatus as seen in the picture, to enter the heavily smoky area. A couple of pallets of rope had caught fire by sparks from welding that dropped down a ventilator shaft. The fire was extinquished quidkly with almost no damage to the ship. Fire aboard the Duke was quickly extinguishedPlease see Central Page 11 Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 Tickets Brochures NCR Forms FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS!Business Cards Laminations Menus ...More Open 9-5 Mon Thurs 9-3 Fri


Page 8 Section A The Abaconian September 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 The Editor Says . Priorities may change after IreneBy Stephanie Humblestone Consider this scenario. You have just purchased a second hand vehicle from either a private individual or a reputable local dealer. You have all the papers for your new pride and joy sitting on the passengers seat. You have no con cerns. After all, this is Abaco its a small island and you have faith in local goodwill and fairness. Everyone knows everyone and most people are related. No one would sell you a lemon? Surely no one would dare. You are in hog heaven-but not for long. The engine splutters. Warning lights flicker and droning noises announce that all is not well. You remember the big AS IS written across the bill of sale. You were told there were a few minor glitches and thats what you believed. An Abaco sale was warranty enough. A gentlemans agreement, a handshake, was sufficient. God speed you, the seller says and he doessafely to the side of the road where your new car exhales it last. You have been taken for a ride but now have no ride home. Moreover, you have no recourse, no one to turn to. You have bought a lemon and The Bahamas, unlike the United States, has no Lemon Laws, no protection for the duped buyer. You can try throwing yourself on the mercy of the seller. But in all probability he will merely point out those two big let ters AS IS and family and friends will remind you of Caveat Emptor BUYER BEWARE. You are stranded up a creek without a paddle and miserable. You wish now you had not just one but two mechanics check it out. You bought from a trustworthy individual or so you thought who is respected within the com munity. You took his word that the car was in good condition. You now realise that there is no real guarantee and even the seller may have been unaware of the prob lem. When selling the car, he may not have bothered with checking the vehicle. It may be that he sold it quickly and in good faith because he needed the money for a replace ment one hopefully for him, a better deal than you purchased! You have spent your savings which may be money set aside for a vacation, a down payment on another purchase or, worse still, a college fund. Now you have nothing to show for it except a piece of junk which will have to be driven to the scrap yard precisely where the seller should have taken it in the first place. To compound your misery you dare not part with your present car which now sits in the driveway bearing a For Sale sign. It is both good and bad that we do not have Lemon Laws in the Bahamas. The less litigation the better, but it means we have to be more vigilant when buying. The other day someone said to me, I dont know anyone called Sue here. I echo that, especially seeing how out-of-hand suing has become elsewhere in the world. Many years ago I slipped on some oily substance at a well known buffet chain restaurant in the United States. Suddenly a mass of caring, or so I thought, staff mate rialized from the woodwork and surrounded me. I was touched by their attention. Yes, I am fine, I insisted. As I staggered to my feet, a piece of pa per and a pen were pushed under my nose. Please sign here, a worried employee beseeched. Whats this? I questioned, at that time nave about litigation and new to the Unit ed States. Its a disclaimer, came the anxious reply. Of course, I did sign. It was an accident. No ones fault, except maybe mine for not looking where I was treading. When we left the restaurant, my friends told me it was all about possible litigation. You could have taken them to the cleaners, I was informed. In England and The Bahamas we took only clothes to the cleaners. A few years ago I did a repeat performance in a local bank in Marsh Harbour. This time it was a tiny circle of residual cleaning fluid on the floor to the side of the roped customer line. Miraculously, my feet found it! The two slips were not re lated, decades apart and in no way reflect my general ability to remain vertical or my intake of alcoholic beverages! However, the second accident was treated in a very different manner. The tellers expressed genuine concern. Instead of being presented with a disclaimer, the bank manager sent me a bouquet of flowers and called the house to check on me. Back to our hypothetical proud new car owner who is on his way home to remove the For Sale sign from his old car which, fortunately, is still in good work ing order. Had this situation occurred in the United States this aggrieved individual could have contacted a Lemon affiliate to explore possible recourses. As this legal avenue does not exist here on Abaco, it is incumbent on the buyer to exercise good judgment and to remember Buyer Beware. To get a good deal on Abaco is a big deal, especially when involving a vehicle which appears too good to be true. Choices are limited here. Import duties are high. Together these two facts sometimes cause buying frenzy. People clamber, believing they have an amazing find. Competition is fierce. Responses are perhaps faster than elsewhere. Transactions are swifter. This opportunity might not come again, and of ten it does not. If you are driving a lemon car, truck, van, SUV, motorcycle, boat or dealing with a lemon consumer product, you have learned a hard lesson and one which may Please see Humblestone Page 22 Central Abaco is slowly moving forward with improvements to its infrastructure. Roads are scheduled to be paved, many with hot-mix, and sidewalks are now going in along Forest Drive in Dundas Town and Murphy Town. Sidewalks may not sound like much but when 600 high school students and 700 pri mary school students get out of school and walk home at 3 p.m., the sidewalks should make it much safer for our school children and also improve vehicular traffic on the roadway. Additionally, many town roads in Cen tral Abaco are to be re-paved with hot mix. Hopefully, re-paving will include improve ments to many areas of marginal shoulders. Getting a wheel off the pavement in some places can be a catastrophic event. Even the Sweetings Village area is sched uled for water lines and paving. The underground cable for the transmis sion line that passes the end of the Marsh Harbour runway has finally arrived, and the new transmission line is now complete. BECs press release was emphatic that the line was now complete but it stopped short of telling us that it is supplying all of our power. Testing this new line should not take long. Several of the generators at the existing plant on the S.C. Bootle Highway have been overhauled and will remain here for a while. Eventually, these redundant genera tors will be sent to other islands. The BEC compound on the S.C. Bootle Highway will remain as an important part of the BEC operation as the majority of its distribution to the various parts of Abaco emanates from this location. The Ministry of Works may share space at this site when the Wilson City plant comes online with the full electrical load. Works presently has a small workspace in the building beside the new BAIC Farm ers Market in Marsh Harbour. However, the present Works building will be vacated and assigned to BAIC to be renovated into offices and rest rooms for the Farmers Market. The two open structures on the BAIC park are progressing nicely and are intend ed to be occupied by farmers and crafts men. Outdoor space has been left for pub lic functions. A multi-purpose gymnasium for Central Abaco has been announced with construc tion plans being drawn now by the architect. This will be located west of the new government administration building scheduled for completion at the end of the year. This is on a portion of the 138 acres un der development at the eastern border of Dundas Town. The gym will accommodate 1500 spectators seated on folding bleach ers for indoor sports. With the bleachers folded against the walls, a stage at one end will allow the interior to be used for cul tural or banquet events. Construction could begin at the end of this year or in the early months of next year. Equipment has begun clearing the site for the new airport terminal building in Marsh Harbour. Although it is difficult to see, work has begun on clearing the area for the control tower on the other side of the airfield. As this is being written, the contract was scheduled to be publicly signed on August 25 for the terminal and control tower. However, Hurricane Irene has chosen to visit Abaco on that day so the public contract signing will probably be the following week. At the moment, Irene looks to be a repeat of Hurricane Floyd which went the length of Abaco in 1999 causing much damage. We are working to assemble this paper and get it to the printer prior to Irenes arrival. Typically, Abaco will be out of power for several days. BEC is to shut the system down when winds reach 40 miles per hour or when the system trips twice in rapid succession. After the storm passes, the system is restored gradually as the various feeders and sub-stations are checked for damage. In general terms, they work to restore the power to the larger population centers first. Communications may be non-existent or spotty after the storm passes. A hand ful of satellite phones are on the island so the world will know immediately how we survived. But it may be several days before a semblance of normal communications is restored. Hurricane Irene seems poised to travel the length of The Bahamas from south to north and may pass a bit east of Nassau. Depending on the damage throughout the islands, government will have to re-prior itize its budget. This happened after Hur ricane Floyd with several capital projects scheduled for Abaco, Eleuthera and other islands postponed as government funds were spent on reconstruction. This will probably happen again. Initial hurricane reports tell of severe structural damage to buildings on Crooked Island and Acklins Island. Progress on the airport terminal is prob ably too far advanced to be cancelled. But the gymnasium and road paving could be affected. Nothing will be known of govern ments intentions until the storm passes and damage assessments are consolidated and reviewed. It is near midnight on Wednesday, Au gust 24, and still relatively peaceful. To morrow we are expected to feel winds in the 130 mile per hour range. At dawn on Friday, we can remove storm shutters and see what the landscape looks like. After Hurricane Floyd, there was no vegetation and buildings stood out miles away that vegetation had previously hid. Storm dam age to vegetation is natures equivalent of a bad haircut. We pray that no lives are lost and that property will be minimal.Wake up and smell the lemonsIn My Humble Opinion


September 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 Letters to the Editor The public needs access to Mermaid ReefDear Editor, There have been one or two letters before in connection with the attempt to block off the long-standing right of way leading to Mermaid Reef at the Pasco property on Pelican Shores. A gate was erected with a seldom locked padlock in place. This, in my view, is intended to intimidate tourists in particular and to discourage locals from continuing to use this access. I would encourage the new owners to remove the gate entirely to eliminate the intimidation factor and to continue to provide easy access to the public since they have acquired this right from over 40 years of uninterrupted use. Should they fail to do so, I am sure there would be at least 20, possibly 30, people who can swear affidavits to this uninterrupted use. What confuses me is that owners should have had competent counsel. But it appears that they were not advised properly. Or perhaps the owners are ignoring this good advice? An Abaco nian Support for Education SuperintendentDear Editor, We the Community of Green Turtle Cay wish to express our gratitude for our Dis trict Superintendent, Dr. Lenora Black. Dr. Black is doing a great job for the schools on Abaco. We appreciate her greatly for the vision and hard work she has done and will continue to do to improve our educa tional system. We stand in support of Dr. Black to remain as our District Superinten dent for Abaco. We know that her work here is not finished. It has just begun. Thanking you in advance, The Community of Green Turtle Cay Signed by 124 residents of Green Turtle Cay Cherokee Sound supports Dr. BlackDear Sir, We have recently become aware of the fact that our District Superintendent, Dr. Lenora Black, has been notified of her transfer from Abaco before the next school year. This is not good news for our school, our community or our island. Dr. Black has done an amazing job as District Su perintendent in our district. She is a lovely individual with a caring soul. She is an inspiring, passionate leader for principals, teachers and students. To know her is to aspire far beyond ordinary. We here at Cherokee Primary ask the power that be to please reconsider their decision to transfer Dr. Black. Yours sin cerely, Michelle L owe Principal, Cherokee Sound Access to Mermaid Reef is being deniedDear Editor, I was very disappointed to see a lock has been placed on the gate leading to the waterfront at the Pascoe property on Peli can Shores I strongly urge residents take legal ac tion to maintain the long standing right of way they have acquired over the past 40 years. It is indeed unfortunate that the new owners appear not to respect that right. Pelican Sh ores resident Marsh Harbour is a No Wake Zone!Dear Editor, Ill make it short. Ive recently read the articles about your captains disregard for Marsh Harbour being a No Wake Zone; they should be licensed captains and should know this. I have watched and experienced the captains disregard for us. This total disregard for OUR HARBOUR has gone on far too long! You have the two dark blue boats (I be lieve they are Hinkleys), the large red boat (I was told this was a Hinkley also), your various Alburys Ferry boats that bring your employees back and forth multiple times per day, the green outboard boat with the name Starfish, and several oth er outboard boats all as part of your fleet. In simple terms, sit your captains down and tell them in no uncertain terms that if they do not respect Marsh Harbour and continue to race through our harbour and destroy our shore line, they will be dis missed and you will find someone else who understands the Rules of the Road. They all are under your control and work for you. Thank you Do you love The Bahamas?Dear Editor, It makes me sad when I drive down the highway and see garbage in an almost uninterrupted line along the side of the road. I cannot understand what is in the minds of the people that just drop or throw things out of their cars and trucks. I wonder, Do these people love their country? I talk to Bahamians and for the most part they are very patriotic; they seem to love their country. So why is it that too many of them do not feel the pride in living in a clean garbage-free country? It is not a very dif ficult thing to take the wrapper, bottle, Sty rofoam container, Kentucky box or what have you and put it into a receptacle when you get to your destination. Even worse are the big piles of household, construction and other debris that fill many of the side roads that one passes. Maybe there needs to be a better strategy for waste manage ment on the island? Maybe there need to be more places for people to put their trash? I dont know what the answer is. I do see receptacles from time to time. Most of them are full and overflowing. This means many people are trying to put their waste in the right place, but unfortunately the main tenance of these receptacles is not being done on a regular basis. A few days ago I saw two young ladies walking down the street. They were eating a snack, and one just dropped the wrap per as they walked. One was carrying a shopping bag and could have just put the wrapper in it and carried it until a proper place for disposal was available. Would that same young woman like it if someone came into her home and just dropped their trash on the floor of her living room? I think not. I saw a man toss a bottle into the brush. As well as being just more mess, it could start a fire. All the people out there that throw stuff out their car windows, drop stuff on the side of the road, leave garbage on the beach, think about what you are do ing. This is your home. Would you drop garbage on the floor of your house? If you kept doing that, you would have nowhere to live. You would be under a big pile of garbage. The outdoors is your home as well. Treat it like the home you love. New to, b ut loving Abaco Robin Termath Critical of Immigration policyDear Editor, I am very disappointed to say that am a Bahamian for the mere fact, that for the past year I have been unemployed whereas Abaco construction company and other business entities take it upon themselves to hire undocumented workers, undermining the Bahamian work force. I have Bahamian children that I have to send to school in the month of September with loans and utility bills to pay. But how can I pay these bills when the money that I was supposed to be making is being earned by people who ship the money out. If we have an Immigration department thats earning the public money and is not doing their job or think they dont have immigrants to detain or employ ers that employ undocumented workers, then lay them off because clearly they have nothing to do. It is shameful of our government to let this country become the port of entry for foreigners to come as they please. The Haitian boats come in and out as they please to The Bahamas. I am convinced that some in Immigration, Customs and the Defense Force benefit from these ille gal activities, but at the same time render the country to many diseases and criminal element. The Minister of Immigration and the Prime Minister need to do the job they were elected to do. Or do the next best thing leave office because their approach to immigration has not benefitted me or my family because most construction jobs and business on Abaco employ the cheap immi grant labor and refuse to hire Bahamians. Thats unacceptable. The leader of the DNA had the right ap proach to this very awful situation but was not given a chance to deliver on his du ties. If having an Immigration Department that is ineffective, shut it down completely because, in my opinion, it has been shut down for two years on Abaco as immi grants have poured on the island with little or no regards for our laws. This country has laws and policies to govern this nation. But what saddens me is that our own Ba hamian businessmen break these laws and arent being held accountable causing the country millions of dollars in lost revenue each year. By this action employers who hire these undocumented workers dont contribute to National Insurance. This has to stop because the money is being shipped out. These actions by our people make me sick to my stomach. As a Bahamian I urge the Minister of Immigration to do your job so that Baha mians can find work. Or let someone else do it because the immigrant cant vote you back to power. As for the MP for South Abaco, he is almost none existent in his constituency. But election is very near. We are not the same Bahamians of old that will vote for you because we went to school together or are a friend of one of your family members. We vote now based on what you have done for the constituency in which you represent. Please see Letters Page 13


Page 10 Section A The Abaconian September 1, 2011 Work has begun on the site of the new terminal building at the Marsh Harbour Interna tional Airport. The round-about with the flag pole is being torn up and clearing is taking place in several areas. Shown is surveying being done preparatory to laying out the roads and building. Ground work is begun for airport terminal More Central Abaco News Central From Page 7 Conch Inn and then moved over to Wal lys where she spent over 25 years. She explained that even though her ability to cook was influenced and inspired by her aunt and grandmother, she knows that it is a gift. She added that the dream to open the diner came about five years ago but she waited for the right opportunity to branch out. The diner opens daily at 7 a.m. and is open through the dinner hour every day but Sunday when it is open only for breakfast. The breakfast menu on some days includes stew fish, chicken souse, boil fish, stew conch, sheep tongue and pig feet, all served with johnnycake. The dinner menu includes other Bahamian specialties. The special dessert is Mother Henfields carrot cake. Discounts are given to senior citizens and taxi drivers. The sisters are grateful for the warm welcome and support they have received from the Abaco community. Patrons come from North, South and Central to enjoy their meals. Visitors have been especially supportive. Jnovias website will be up and running so that persons can see the daily specials and place orders. The name Jnovia is a unique one as it is a combination of Genova (the eldest sis ter) and Julia (the youngest sisters) names. The diner is located next to the B & L Pla za in Marsh Harbour.DNA opens South By Timothy Roberts On August 17 the candidate for the Democratic National Alliance in South Abaco, Roscoe Thompson III opened the South Abaco Constituency office. The informal event allowed persons from the community to meet Mr. Thompson as well as ask questions of the candidate and about the new political party. Mr. Thompson was pleased with the turn-out and the support offered to him. A grand opening is expected to be held on September 2 when people from all of Abaco are invited to hear from as well as talk to DNA Party Leader Branville Mc Cartney ad well as Mr. Thompson and other DNA candidates.High electric bill drives resident away By Canishka Alexander After living on Abaco for the past five years, Earl Leiffer left the island in August for good because of the high electric bills he received from BEC. According to Mr. Leiffer, who has a small home and dock in Pelican Shores, a recent monthly bill he received was $3,200. The next months bill he received on August 12 was for $4,400. Shockingly, $2,800 of the bill was the fuel surcharge. Mr. Leiffer said the charges are unreasonable. Im upset with Bahama Electric enough that Im leaving, and I wont be back. I wont say I cant afford almost $5,000 a month, but Im not going to put up with it, he said. I have a $4,800 deposit, and three months ago they came out here to cut my power off for a $900 bill only because we werent here. Sometimes its two and half months to three months before I even get the bill. I got this one today because I went by and asked for it. Lieffer added that although the Abaco BEC staff is sympathetic, he thinks there needs to be some serious consideration of what is going on in Marsh Harbour. He pointed out that the marina he uses in Day tona only charges $500 a month for total electricity costs, which is a far cry from the $4,400 he has had to spend for one month on Abaco. Please see Central Page 11 ABACO FREIGHTCOURIER SERVICESOcean Air 6671 W Indiantown Rd, Suite 56-453 Jupiter, Florida 33458 Walk-in and special handling Nick Mazzeo


September 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 BEC was to blame for A Supreme Court judge has ruled that the fire that destroyed Golden Harvest Supermakret in June 2001 was caused from negligence by BEC. A BEC trans former located in a vault at the back of the store was defective and was supposed to have been replaced. When the heavy oil of the transformer leaked, it caught fire and the fire spread to the food store. The supermarket was one of the busi nesses owned by Abaco Markets Ltd. The judge said, From the evidence, the installation of the transformers in the vault that existed was certainly care less. Saving costs cannot be the deriding factor when dealing with the supply of electricity. BECs conduct is tied to the damage suffered by the plaintiff. Had Central From Page 10 More Central Abaco News the vault complied with codes, it would not have been where it was in. And any fire in the vault would not have spread to the store.Abaco Contractors Association Update By Samantha V. Evans The Contractors Association of the Bahamas has a new president, Godfrey Forbes, who, like the former president, has great plans to see the Association Bill take effect so that contractors can provide more jobs for laborers in various catego ries of construction and protect the inter ests of all relevant parties. According to the president of the Ab aco Contractors Association, Frank Hep burn, the bill is expected to go to Parlia ment this year. The bill will have many benefits attached to it but will benefit only those who are members of a contractors association. When the bill is passed, the associations will be registered by the gov ernment. Contractors will be brought in at three possible levels. Those who can prove that they have at least five years of ex perience will be grannied in at various levels. They can be brought in at Level 3, Level 2 or Level 1, which will determine their square footage limits. Those com ing in at Level 3 can build under 3000 square feet, those coming in at Level 2 can build a structure under 10,000 square feet (including two levels), and persons coming in with Level 1 certification can build structures more than 10,000 square feet and multi-leveled. Contractors must have a license to qualify at each level. Licensing exams will be done through the association. The membership response on Abaco has been great with more contractors joining on a daily basis. Mr. Hepburn explained that the construction industry is made up of many areas and there are skilled workers on Abaco in the majority of these areas. The Abaco Association is in the process of preparing an Abaco Contractors Work Bank of qualified persons for employment. Workers will be required to provide proof to verify the quality of work they have done. It is now the Contractors Work Bank for Bakers Bay. Mr. Hepburn encourages persons who are getting ready to build or those doing renovations to contact the Association for reputable qualified persons in the construc tion field. Second homeowners can also call for contractor recommendations. The work that the Association is doing along with the proposed bill will regulate em ployment within the construction industry in The Bahamas. The Association will be hosting seminars to educate specialists on relevant information. One of the major areas of concern is finding good deals on materials. Mr. Hep burn noted that if they can save their cli ents $10,000 or even $20,000, that would be a great benefit for them all. The Association will monitor those they recommend for work to ensure that the reputation of the Association remains se cure. Those who are not members before the bill is passed will have to take an exam at Level 3. He further said that the membership fee will increase within the year. He is very happy that regulations are now being put in place because account ability is needed in this industry. This will protect builders and homeowners. The Association meets once every month at the Anglican Hall in Marsh Harbour. Those interested in joining the Association can contact any of the execu tive members. They are Frank Hepburn, president, 475-1118; Fritz Bootle, vice president, 475-8000; Michael Lundy, sec retary, 554-8335; Tim Duggan, treasurer, 359-6533; and Curtis Cooper, chaplin, 475-1932. Work continues on the construction of a round-about on S.C. Bootle Highway where the airport bypass and the port road will meet. Airport to port bypass road is progressingPolice reminder to motorists: Slow down and live. Obey the speed limits. The life you save may be your own.


Page 12 Section A The Abaconian September 1, 2011 We know that the critical period in the adult parrots life is the breeding period, she said. She added that during this time the parrot is in its most vulnerable state and historically they have seen predation on the parrots as high as 27 percent during this time. Because of this the Bahamas National Trust has set up a predator control system to reduce the impact of predators on the Abaco parrot. Ms. Stahala says the predator control program is effective with no -Parrots From Page 1 ticeable results. To date this year she has not found any nest among those they are monitoring that has been preyed upon by a feral cat. Of approximately 350 known parrot nests, Ms. Stahala is monitoring about 50 nests. On several of these nesting sites (the Abaco Parrot nests in holes in the ground) they have installed a chicken wire fence around the perimeter and hooked it up to a battery charged by a solar panel. The objective is to keep out cats, rats and rac coons primarily, and the thought is that a small electric shock will discourage them. At these sites they also installed motion sensor cameras to capture activity at the en trance to the parrot nests. She said that an interesting side effect has been observed. It appears that the cats are discouraged from getting close to the nests because of the blinking light on the camera. Ms. Stahala said they will be seeking to purchase more cameras. Ms. Stahala is still working on getting the Abaco parrot officially recognized as a separate sub-species from the Inagua parrot. Previously both were scientifically known as the Bahama parrot (Bahamensis Amazonas); however due to the research of Ms. Stahala (genetic and behavioral) and Professor William Hayes of Loma Linda University (morphology and vocal ization), they have a lot of data to support their case and may soon be granted their designations. That would mean that the Abaco par rot exists only on Abaco and that what happens to this population depends on what we do on Abaco and not anywhere else, she said. They continue their research in order to better understand the parrot so they can build better management strategies. Ms. Stahala has been studying their social behavior and also to understand their patterns. They are looking at small nesting neighborhoods in the Abaco National Park and are compar ing their survivability with parrots that nest on the periphery of the forest away from groups. She is banding baby parrots which will help them to track their movements and to figure out the relationship of the par rots found in Bahama Palm Shores with the ones at the National Park as well as what they do in summer versus winter. She says as they better understand how they migrate (the Abaco parrot is a local mi gratory bird meaning that it will only move from one area to another on the same island) and why they nest where they do. This will help in understanding the limitations of the parrot population and what is necessary for their survival. It can also be used to control encroachment by developers. The Trust has been working to make the park more accessible to people. The Trusts new park warden, Marcus, has Parrot research will show how to protect them The fledging parrots are banded for future identification. A parent bird watches Caroline Stahala. The birds are somewhat tolerant of people. Fledging parrots shown here are in various stages of develeop ment. Please see Parrots Page 13


September 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 13 If this letter has offended anyone in anyway, good. Thats the whole intent of writing it to expose those that dont respect their own country and laws but expect the foreigner to do so. Please! See you on election day. Very much looking forward to it. Devon TaylorLetters From Page 9 the food and drink area while children were playing in the water or building sand castles; even a dog or two could be seen enjoying a swim with their owners in the warm water. Best of all, the weather held up until evening. The annual Bakers Bay Sail-away is a fund raising event operated by volunteers. It began nine years ago under the leader ship of Bill Albury, who continues to head the organizing committee. All supplies were donated by local businesses, and the funds raised are shared between two lo cal organizations: Every Child Counts and Friends of the Environment. According to Kristin Williams, Execu tive Director of Friends and a member of the Sail-away Committee, approximately $7,000 was collected this year. Fifty per cent of the money was presented to Lyn Major, Director of ECC.Sail-away From Page 1 cleared a trail off the Hole-in-the-Wall road that will take visitors through an area frequented by parrots. The trail leads up to a high ridge that gives a breathtaking view of the National Park. He also cleared a picnic area along the trail making it a very nice nature trail. Ms. Stahala emphasized that while the pine forest, which makes up the Abaco Na tional Park, is necessary for the survival of the Abaco parrot, the hardwood coppice is just as vital. The parrots spend time in the pine forest only during their nesting season, but the rest of their time is spent in the coppice areas. With the last census of the parrots tak ing place almost ten years ago in 2002; Ms. Stahala said that along with their con tinuing evaluation of nests and predation, she will be endeavoring to do a census in 2012. The present population is at about 2600 parrots, and it is believed that they are continuing to do well. Ms. Stahala welcomes people to contact her if they would like more information or if they have questions. She can be reached through the Trust, Friends of the Environ ment or The Abaconian. She appreciates all the support that has been given to the project over the years. By Jennifer Hudson Dr. David Allen, renowned psychiatrist, presented his third in a series of seminars on Relationships at the Christian Counsel ing Centre during a lunch hour session on July 22. He announced that domestic violence has started to rage again within the last two months and much of this can be put down to possession and jealousy. Signs of violence to watch out for are ex treme jealousy, stalking and calling a per son too many times a day to check up on them. There are always hints before an act of domestic violence takes place but people do not pay attention to the hints, he warned. Too much time spent away from a partner or spouse can be an issue, stated Dr. Allen who added that Facebook jeal ousy is becoming common. He even mentioned someone he knew recently got a di vorce because her husband was spending too much time on Facebook. People are becoming concerned that their spouses are spending time on Facebook communicat ing with another member of the opposite sex instead of spending time with them. As technology improves it is throwing a new slant on relationships and causing spouses to feel neglected, he said. Another situation which is caus ing pathological jealousy is work soul mates, stated Dr. Allen. In days gone by women would find company in the milk man or the postman but nowadays they are finding people in the workplace with whom they can have lunch and talk about such things as books they have read which their husbands might not be interested in talking about. Are these relationships acceptable? Dr. Allen asked the group. They felt that these situations were dangerous as they had the potential to grow into affairs. People do not communicate as well after a while, they become tired but one needs to trust ones spouse, stated Dr. Allen. A commitment involves a decision of the mind and the feeling of the heart resulting in Real Love which is a mutual giving and serving of each other. Some tips Dr. Allen gave for preserving healthy relationships include: but an achievement. work through issues. from each others autobiographies. gether. praying together. Situations that can lead to violence can occur through a mans failure on the job; his wife feels let down. If there is disrespect for a spouse it causes feelings of rejection which in turn produce feelings of abandonment which produce anxiety, anger, alienation and addiction. If this continues, then according to what type of person you are it can lead to narcissistic despair leading to deep self hurt through drinking and drugs and eventually suicide. Or it can lead to narcissistic rage which results in homicide. Dr. Allen states that a shift must be made from anger and shame to love by: love and someone who loved you uncondi tionally as a child ness to. Dont let the sun go down on your an ger, he advises. Use the shift above to move from anger to love.A Guide to Relationships, Part IIIParrots From Page 12 You Can Make a Dierence!Pick up litter when you see it.


Page 14 Section A The Abaconian September 1, 2011 1 New Message FromCommunications Solutions Your Northern Bahamas Master Distributors [wholesaler] of Prepaid Phone Cards & the NEW EZ-TOP Prepaid AirtimeInvites you to one of our service locations: Abaco: K & S Auto 3 6 7 2 6 5 5 3 6 7 2 5 8 7 Abaco: Communications Solutions Bimini: MalmartGrand Bahama: Bargains Galore Ad by Abaco Ignited 3 5 2 8 2 7 1 3 4 7 3 3 2 3 they are no longer necessary. But no one wants to see them torn down or left to ruin, Mr. Gale said. Historically, a lighthouse was a great source of information to a sailor. Each lighthouse within 700 miles had a distinct flash pattern and a competent sailor with a lighthouse guide could tell where he was as well as whether it posed a danger or guided him to safe harbour. Both of Abacos lighthouses are coastal lighthouses which mean they guided sailors safely away from them, Mr. Gale said. Other lighthouses are positioned to guide boats safely into a harbour or inlet.Lighthouses From Page 1 Mr. Gale said they knew they needed more professional help. When they found out about the Jupiter Inlet lighthouse and its restoration he contacted them. Ms. Potts said the people at Jupiters lighthouse were more than glad to share the experi ence of restoring the lighthouse and gave them names of people who could help. Mr. Varhola and Mr. Nappenberger were excited to come to Abaco to see what they could do. They will be giving the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society and the Bahamas government their assess ment on the scope of work that needs to be done as well as suggestions on how to secure them from vandalism. Vandalism has taken as grave a toll on the Hole-in-the-Wall lighthouse as time and weather have. Aside from numerous pieces of brass fixtures, knobs and handles that are now missing, the solar panels bat teries that keeps the light operational have been stolen. Mr. Gale says it is necessary to get the community and the government to work together in order to ensure the lighthouse is not only restored but protected and main tained. Several agencies are concerned with the preservation and running of the lighthouses including the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society that ensures that the lights function, the Port Department charged with the duty to make sure all lighthouses are functioning and Antiquities Monuments and Museums Association that is charged with overseeing any building over 50 years old. The Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society is a non-governmental organiza tion. This is the view from the top of the Hole-in-the-Wall lighthouse showing the southernmost tip of Abaco, the actual hole in the wall, a hole through the rock washed out by wave ac tion. This lighthouse is in severe disrepair. It is hoped that interested persons will devote energy and money to restore it. Experts assess work needed on lighthousesDave Gale, left, founder of the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society, is discussing the Hole-in-the-Wall lighthouse with two professionals who came to analyze what was needed to restore them. In the center is Gary Nappenberger. Oon the right is Steve Var hola, both with experience at restoring and maintaining lighthouses. www.abaconian.comThe Abaconians Web SiteCheck Out


September 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 By Timothy Roberts A Japanese film crew from NHK, a Japanese television station similar to BBC, is on Abaco filming underwater footage of the blue holes with a view to highlighting their beauty and importance. The film crew, including two of Japans top divers, has been on Abaco since the be ginning of August. The divers, Shigeru Furushima and Katsumasa Hara, needed ad ditional time to train with local cave diver, Brian Kakuk with Bahamas Underground. Even with years of diving experience, cave diving requires further training due to the inherent dangers associated with it. Tadahiro Konoe, project assistant, said that the divers are amazed at the beauty of the formations in the caves. They have been diving professionally for the last 30 years and have filmed all sorts of things around the world, but he says this is the best ever. They have never seen anything quite as beautiful as what they have seen down there. The program, called The Great Nature is a 90-minute weekly documentary series that started this April and focuses on the beauty of nature, though the program does cover a certain amount of history and sci ence behind the nature. This particular issue being filmed is on the Blue Holes of The Bahamas and is ex pected to air on October 1, 2011. Mr. Ko noe said the film will focus on the beauty of the blue holes but will also highlight some of what has been found in these un derground cave systems. The Director, You Ohnuki, said he hopes to show why the blue holes are so important. He said the divers have already taken some incredible footage, and they were most impressed with an area called the Glass Factory where many stalactites and stalagmites create a beautiful crystal line display. The crew plans to visit Grand Bahama to see the Lucayan remains found there; however, the majority of the filming is tak ing place in Abacos blue holes. Nancy Albury, Antiquities Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) rep resentative for Abaco, said it is hoped that more exposure will assist them in getting the support needed to protect the blue holes on Abaco. Mrs. Albury said the NOVA special which aired in 2010 as well as the National Geographic magazine article brought at tention to our blue holes and having the crew from NHK solidifies the exposure and importance of the blue holes. Mr. Kakuk added that the more expo sure the blue holes get will help the gov ernment see how important they are, and that the notoriety of Abacos blue holes will move the government to protect them as valuable assets for the tourism industry. Mr. Kakuk was excited with the qual ity of the filming. He said, Some of the shots taken, nobodys been able to get those shots before, and they are amazing! This is going to be stunning! The Japanese film crew dived the Sawmill Sink, a blue hole in South Abaco. The group will be making a documentary to be aired in October. The crew has made some remark able footage and they hope the film will emphasize the need for protecting them. By Leigh Termath Despite several suspected cases in Marsh Harbour, Abaco remains free of the mosquito-borne virus. The Marsh Harbour government clinic has sent tests of persons claiming some of the symptoms to Nassau to be evaluated several weeks ago but has not been advised that any of them had Den gue Fever. The Bahamas Ministry of the Environment put an advisory out that advised there are cases of Dengue Fever occurring in New Providence, with reports that it may also have surfaced in several other islands. Dengue Fever is carried by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. Dengue Fever can spread quickly, affecting many people and resulting in illness and loss of life. The fe ver may cause severe flu-like illness which can affect both children and adults. Signs of Dengue Fever are sudden high fever, severe headaches, pain behind eyes, muscle and joint pains, loss of appetite, measles-like rash over chest, nausea and vomiting. Preventing dengue fever is as easy as eliminating possible breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Cover water containers tight ly, turn empty containers face down, seal septic tanks, dispose of garbage quickly, and remove water from plant pot plates. Nurse Manager for Abaco, Maxine Brown, confirmed that several people have come into the Marsh Harbour Clinic with symptoms of Dengue Fever. It is noted that officials have said previously that the strain of dengue fever that is seen locally is not the fatal form of the illness, although its danger could increase in persons who are already suffering from other illnesses.No cases of Dengue Fever on Abaco


Page 16 Section A The Abaconian September 1, 2011 bahamian cuisine on Hope Towns waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Happy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner Daily ICE RENTAL BIKES Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax : 366-2022lThe Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food Fair ROCK imported & local SAND imported & local 8 CONCRETE BLOCKS 50LBS BAGS ROCK & SAND Abacos cornerstone to construction AIR COMPRESSOR AVAILABLE FOR RENT Parkers Landing in a friendly baseball game on August 20 at the new baseball park in Murphy Town. This was the result of a dream of Skipper Lee Johnson, Scout leader, to see the boys and parents interacting in a fun and positive way. Mothers and fathers took part even though some had not participated in sports for years. Mr. Johnson jokingly called the game, Sea Scouts versus Geriatrics. The emphasis was totally on coming together to get kids and parents interacting and vari ous rules were bent a little for, as Mr. Johnson stated, This is a friendly game and our rules are kind of relaxed. George Mills, a Little League baseball coach who was invited to call the game as he was a neutral party, did a good job de spite all the hilarity of the game. Shelley Austin, who is well known on Abaco as a very lively master (mistress) of ceremo nies, kept the fun rolling with her lively and very original commentary of the game. In fact, it was remarked that she was hav ing the most fun of anyone there. I am not a baseball fan and admit I really know nothing of the game but as this friendly match wore on I was really get ting into it and thoroughly enjoyed the fun. It was so nice to see the camaraderie Scouts From Page 1 Scout program is active in Central and South Abacobetween both sides and to see how much all the players were enjoying themselves cheered on by a handful of spectators from the church. This close game ended in a win for the Sea Scouts 8-7. They won by the skin of their teeth, stated announcer Shelley. The teams then lined up and gave each other high fives. We will have a revenge match but we will wait until the winter, quipped the parents as they mopped their brows. Telanna Newbold, President of the Marsh Harbour Sea Scouts Parents Association, who played an admirable game, said that everybody was very enthusiastic about coming together for the game, and they are looking forward to many more. We are going to get bigger and better and hope fully next time the public will come out and support us, she stated.Marsh Harbour Sea Scout Troop is formedBy Jennifer Hudson The new scouting organization consist ing of the first Marsh Harbour and 10th Sandy Point Sea Scouts Company will cel ebrate its first anniversary next month. The new Scouting Troop is under the leadership of Scout Master Lee Johnson, who made the decision to begin a Sea Scout company here rather than a Land Scout Troop due to the proximity to the sea. The skills the Scouts learn will not only make them competent on the water but could also lead to a career at sea. During this year the company has been officially uniformed and registered with the Scouting Association and the World wide Body of Scouts whose head office is in Geneva, Switzerland, and we strictly follow all its laws and protocols, stated Skipper Johnson. Patrol Leader Bradley Russell assists in Marsh Harbour and a leader has been identified for Sandy Point who will be named later. A parents committee helps with the overall organization of the two companies. Mr. Johnson is looking for more people to step up and assist. He is wanting to get parents and the community really involved. The boys are willing and we need to give them a positive outlet. This is a great op portunity to change lives at a time when all hope seems to be lost, he says. People may not have a lot of money but can volun teer their time. Great things can happen if we have more leaders. I was a Manager for Shell in Exuma and I can honestly say that I find more satisfaction in doing this than a tenth of what I found in doing that. I have my reward in seeing the boys develop, he remarked. We do both theory and practical and have a very practical hands on approach. For instance, when the scouts learn how to tie the various knots, they then learn how to use them at sea. We like to encourage them to go on and see how far they can take something they have learned. Skipper Johnson would like to get a word out to the community for assistance in several ways. Professionals are needed to give talks to the boys, and donations are needed of anything which would be useful as a teaching tool. There is a need for lots of equipment such as life vests, goggles, snorkels and helmets. If someone gives something to the Scouts, the boys must give back, he says. They must earn it by scrubbing boats, sweeping a porch or some other way as they have to learn that they cannot get something for nothing. We want the boys to leave the Scouting programme as responsible and productive citizens of this world. Ways are being sought to broaden the boys horizons with field trips. One such trip Skipper Johnson would like to make with the boys is to Man-O-War Cay for them to see the boat building and rope making. They need to be exposed to know who they are, to give them a sense of self worth. We need to make them proud of their ancestors and to value the place they have, he said. Our goal is to change the world one boy at a time. We have to better our generation, and we want the boys who graduate from this troop to be not just ordinary but cutting edge in their careers. Mr. Johnson says that he is looking for leaders so that the troop can expand. Lead ers must undergo a background check as rules are very strict. Anyone who thinks he may be able to assist either as a leader, making donations of equipment or giving a talk, should call Mr. Lee Johnson at 3672518 or 367-3300.Scouts earn their Swimmers BadgesBy Leigh Termath The skies cleared on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Treasure Cay so that the Abaco branch of the Scout Association of the Bahamas could complete their Swimmer Staged Activity Badge, Swimmer 1 Level. There are 35 Scouts at present in this Aba co troop and 23 of them participated in the Swimmer Staged Activity Badge. Scouts must demonstrate the ability to learn and perform safety and survival techniques. Interestingly enough, not all of the boys knew how to swim, but they still had the chance to earn a badge. Scout Master Lee Johnson said this group is actually Sea Scouts and this badge was just the beginning of all of the training they would be doing in the future. Howev er, their swim training has been hampered The baseball game on August 20 between the Boy Scouts and their parents was a lively competition that they all enjoyed. Mothers and well as fathers were involved in an after noon of camaraderie and bonding. It took place at the Murphy Town park. Please see Scouts Page 17


September 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 Call for appointments with these doctors Dr. Winston Campbel Dr. Lockhart Dr. Durand Ash Mammograms OfferedFor Appointments Call 367-0020Extended Care (After Hours) Call 577-0113A General Practioner is on staff Monday through Saturday Ms. Nikeia Watson Mammogram Dr. Ohueyi Dr. Frumentus Leon Obstetrician Gynecologist Dr. Michael Caplia Optometrist Ms. Nikeia Watson Mammogram Dr. Paul Hunt Pediatrician, Asthma and Allergy Testing Dr. Keith Lewis -Chiropractor Dr. Matthew Orem -Chiropractor Dr. Elaine Lundy -General Practioner Dr. Ronald Knowles -Obstetrician / Gynecologist September 21, 2011 Dr. Edwin Demeritte, Neurologist / Neurophysiologist (Adults & Children) Dr. Hall Swim Coach Vanessaca Carroll worked with Boy Scout troops from Central and South Abaco to assist them in qualifying for their Swimmers Badges. She worked with them at the Treasure Cay beach as they do not have access to a swimming pool. By the end of the afternoon session, 20 boys had qualified. by lack of supplies and facilities. We really need some life jackets and floatation devices, said Johnson. Also, we were not able to get access to a pool for training for this badge. Much of the training has been theoretical and only today are we able to be out at this beach to do the practical part of the badge testing. We have had a tremendous show of support today, how ever, by several people. First, he named Vanessaca Carroll, the coach for the Abaco Swim Club who donat ed her time that afternoon to lead the boys through the training and testing required. She observed all boys for swimming abil ity and then put them through the paces for the badge. Her encouragement was evident when the boys challenged themselves to paddle, tread water and do things they may have been afraid to do. Mrs. Carroll is a true swim professional, having competed in many Carifta Games, Junior Olympics and swam for her college. She worked closely in the water with all the scouts and marked them for their achievements, based on the requirements for the test. Ensuring that all remained safe dur ing this exercise was Colin Albury, who is the Chief for the Treasure Cay Abaco Crash, Fire & Rescue. He was on hand at the beach with some of his team including Captain Roland Roberts, firefighters Nixon Joseph and Shaquille McDonald and volunteer Nicole Eckler. Also on hand at this event and all other scouting activities were members of the Parents Committee, headed by Talenna Newbold. Scout Master Lee Johnson sang the praises of this group. Because I am the only Scout leader, he said, the Parents Committee takes care of everything else from making meals and snacks for the boys, to organizing fund raising activities such as the movie night we had recently and the parents baseball game coming up soon. He emphasized that they are a ma jor part of the success of the local Scout troop. By 5 p.m. all boys had completed the challenge. Twenty scouts passed and will Scouts From Page 16 Scouts work toward badges and do community servicebe receiving their Swimmers Badge. Of particular note on this afternoon, swim coach Carroll was impressed to find that quite a few of the boys had very good swimming skills. Their parents were on hand and were advised that their boys should be encouraged to work on their swimming as they had the talent for it.Scouts begin their sailing lessons By Leigh Termath The Abaco Sea Scouts summer adven tures continued with a four-hour sailing trip on August 15. Many people know that the Boys Scouts of America have sent scores of boys to Abaco on sailing adventures. This program is called the Boy Scouts of America High Adventure Sea Base Bahamas Program and was started by Capt. Joe Maggio about 30 years ago, to offer unique education al aquatic programs to the Scouts. Capt. Maggio still remains involved with the program. From February to August 100 Scouts weekly spend a week aboard one of nine catamaran sailing vessels. The Scouts learn to sail as well as focus on teamwork. The organizers offered to give the Ab aco Sea Scouts a taste of the experience. Nine boys participated. Kim Cansler is the Director of the Bahamas Program and worked with local Scout Master Lee Johnson to take the local boys onboard Shearwater, a large catamaran with Capt. Bruce Ost at the helm. He was assisted by A group of Boy Scouts sailed aboard the Shearwater to begin their sailing lessons. They were able to put into practice the lessons that they had learned ashore. The group of nine pose with their captain moments before setting sail on a four-hour voyage. At far left is local Scout Master Lee Johnson. Also shown are Kim Cansler, director of the High Ad venture Sea Base Bahamas Program, crewman Patricia French and Captain Bruce Ost. Please see Scouts Page 19


Page 18 Section A The Abaconian September 1, 2011 Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries Souvenirs Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Frozen Meat Dry and Canned Goods Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 The funeral service for Yvonne Leona Lee Pratt 45, formerly of Lake City, who died on July 30, was held on August 13 in Nassau. Interment was also in Nas sau. She is survived by her husband Carlington; sons Brandon and Co rey; parents Melfred and Gretel Mar tin; brothers James, George Sr., and Rufus Martin; sis ters Gwendolyn Martin, Flora Fernander and Lillian Martin; mother-in-law Delmeta Pratt; sisters-in-law Joanne Martin, Rashel Martin, Trainette Martin, Paulette Pratt, Sharon Pratt, Karen Pratt and Patricia Pratt; brothers-in-law George Fernander, Raymond, Kenneth and Jerry Pratt; uncles James Mullings, Simon Mullings, Ralph and Orthniel Martin, Hermis, Harold and Joel Pratt; aunts Susan Mullings, Irene Mullings, Rosalyn Mullings, Joyce Martin and Debra Martin; nieces Deondrea, Lachelle, Kiara, Tremeice, Trainae, Candice, Katie, Brittany, Jayda, Jillian, Lakeisha and Shonte; nephews James Jr., George Jr., Sheldon, Dikembe, Shaquille, Shaqueme, Myles, Trae, Jodi, Maleek, Raymond Jr., Jamaal, Jermaine and Nor man Jr.; cousins Dorothy, Beatrice, Lou ise, Frank, Telford, Joseph, Wellington, Isaac, Ruby Ann, Robert, Harvey, Bert, Lincoln, Collette, Shawnette, Vernita, Paul, Sherwin, Emily, Ellen, Edith, Cleve land, Sylvia, Zenith, Emmanuel, Bren dalee, Claramae, Evan, Samuel, Phillip, Dimple, Ronald, Willie, Queena, Butch, Claxton, Denise, Wellington, Geraldine, Ruth-Mae Martin, Valerie Louise, George and Gwen Martin, Beverly Forbes, Keanu and Unleeka Martin, Randolph Pratt Jr., and Margaritta Pratt-Glass; and many oth er relatives and friends. The funeral service for Dorothy Sands 65, of Coopers Town was held on August 13 at Revival Time Pentecostal Church of God in Coopers Town. Bishop Ced ric Bullard officiated, assisted by Tyrone Mills and Bishop Archilus Cooper. Inter ment was in the South Side Ceme tery in Coo pers Town. She is survived by her husband Le roy Sands; daughters Eulean and Santana Sands and Lavanda Simms; sons Jackie Simms, Kevin and Demetrius Sands; grandchildren; sisters Rebecca McKenzie and Mabel. Joseph; brothers Bishop Hen ry Wright, Joseph, Lofton, Erskine and Alphonso Wright; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Pheobe Eliza beth Cox Taylor 67, formerly of Sandy Point who died on August 9, was held on August 20 in Nassau. Interment was in Nassau. She is survived by her husband: Edwin Taylor; father William Cox; sons Robert and Prince Taylor; daughters Claudine Roberts, Clara Taylor and Rose Fawkes; stepson Vincent Ingraham; stepdaugh ter Eula Gaitor; adopted sons Bradley, Dion, Shawn and Clay Smith; sister Viv ian Reckley; brother Glen Cox; stepsis ters Lillian Foxx, Val erie Miller, Betty Rus sell, Jenny Hinsey and May Thompson; stepbrothers Carl, Tyrone and Glen Miller; grandchildren Michael Humes, Rose, Edwina and Rossann Roberts, Raven and Rod win Fawkes, Prince Jr. and Trinity Taylor, Vindeanna and Vindette Ingraham, Bonji, Julian and Jacinta Gaitor; nieces Lemesha, Crystal, Takeria, Tamara, Yarnina, Ashar ki and Montana Cox, Laurinel Poitier, Sharon and Mildred Deveaux, Rose, Sandra, Terry and Barbara; nephews Ray and Roderick Reckley, Rio Cox, Julian Gaitor, Marvin, Eddy Benjamin, Steven and Ber tram Fox, Jason Deveaux, Franklyn, Leo and Richard; grandnieces Arianna, Ange lina Reckley, Christen Cox and Vonya; grandnephew Alex Reckley; sons-in-law Ross Roberts, Rodrique Fawkes and Van Gaitor; daughters-in-law Loretta Taylor and Dena Ingraham; sisters-in-law Jane Poitier, Elcita Fox, Elsaita Brown, Pren etta Deveaux, Valerie Parelle and Maize Poitier; brother-in-law Richard Poitier; uncle-in-law Qbel Sweeting; god-children Sebastian, Melanie and Timothy; cousins; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Effie CarrollWalker 78, of Crossing Rocks was held on August 20 at St. Marks Baptist Church in Crossing Rocks. Rev. Dr. Carrington Pinder officiated assisted by Pastor Mar vin Burrows and Rev. Napoleon Roberts. Interment was in the Crossing Rock Public Cemetery. She is survived by her chil dren Lorene Walker, Elizabeth Dean, John ny Walk er, Erskin Walker, PC Jackson Walker, Sgt. Jimmy Walker, Eula Williams, Joan Russell, Michael Walk er, Tina Nesbitt; grandchildren Gaylene Davis, Sharmine Walker, Princess Wil liams, Shaneak and Janice Dean, Doreen Bain, Carissa, Vanessa, Kimberley and Sophie Russell, Althineak Russell, Shan tell, Shanell and Carlisa Nesbitt, Ketisha Russell, Tameka, Jasmine, Chadarzea, Cherish and Vanillan Walker, Eulisha Williams, Tyrone, Trone, Rickey, Alvin, Thomas, Marshall, Jackson, Jamico, Reg gie, Marvin, Johnny Jr. and Jamal Walker, Carl and M.J. Nesbitt, Arthur, Frisco and Quintience Williams; great-grandchildren Crystal, Raquel, Tracey, Andrea, Gabrielle, Michaela, Janahje, Quonnesha, Akia, Patyra, Towanda, Kelis, Kedisa, Jade, Michelle, Miranda, Marisha, Carsey, Jas mine, Tomeisha, Kevana, Kietra, Thali yah, Tajahnique, Charranique, Jamico, Khalib, Davontae, Jaheem, Ronnardo, Patrick, Marvin Jr., Jude and Theophilus; sister Elease McKinney; brother Charles Carroll; nieces Learleen Hepburn, Sandy Edwards, Beulah Walker, Juliette and Janice Carroll, Yolanda Basden; neph ews Romeo, Lewis and Theodore Carroll, Kennith, Stanley and Nenders McKin ney, Charles, Floyd, Chester and Douglas Walker; daughters-in-law Marilyn Davis, Vernetta Walker, Rosslyn, Lisa and Che mise Walker; sons-in-law Hesperl Rus sell, Carl Nesbitt, Lloyd Walker and Israel Williams; sister-in-law Myrtle Carroll; godchild David Williams; cousins Hanna Martin, Glenn McKinney, Junior McKin ney, Augusta McKinney, Pastor Mervin Burrows, Viola Parker, Alice Williams, Dec. Joyce Williams, Leo, Leland and Si mon Russell; and many other relatives and friends. Jaden McIntosh-Curry, 3, formerly of Fox Town, died in Nassau on August 13. He is survived by his mother Leslyn Gib son; grandmothers Joycelyn McIntosh and Sayann Cornish; grandfa thers Lester Gibson and Gregory Curry; and many other relatives and friends. Mariah Alice Lowe was born on April 7, 1921, in the settlement of Hope Town, the third of six children born to Stanley and Alice Malone. Hope Town has been her home her entire life, and she would not have had it any other way. At the age of 17 she married Dewitt Lowe. They began their fam ily which turned out to be a family of girls. Mariah devoted her life as a wife, mother, and dear friend to many. Shortly after her 90th birthday in 2011 her health started to decline. She spent the last three months of her life in the care of her daughters and sons-in-law. On August 10 Mariah, surrounded by her family, went home to the loving arms of her Saviour and was reunited with her loved ones who went before her. Her funeral service was held on August 12 at St. James Methodist Church in Hope Town. Rev. Marie Neilly officiated assisted by Vernon Malone. Mariah Lowe is survived by her sister Martha Pinder; daughters and sons-in-law Marina Dekle, Annette and John Kouvaras, Belle and Floyde Albury, Kathy and Barry Whiting, Darnelle and Keith Strat ton, Clara and Andy Stratton. Ishmael Davis of Murphy Town died of natural causes on August 18 at his resi dence.Obituaries of Family and Friends Yvonne Leona Lee Pratt Dorothy Sands Jaden McIntosh-Curry Mariah Alice Lowe Effie Carroll-Walker Pheobe Elizabeth Taylor


September 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 Capt. Steve Cansler and Patricia French. The boys started learning right from the dock how to untie and properly store the mooring ropes and how to maneuver safely aboard the boat. As they got underway, the Captain began explaining the different kinds of sails and the colour-coded lines and how they would have to work as a team in order to Scouts From Page 17 sail around the islands. The boys had a marvelous adventure. Mrs. Cansler and Mr. Johnson hoped that they will have more involvement with the Abaco Scouts and perhaps participate in a full week-long sailing adventure on their own. This requires funding and Mr. John son is working on several fund raising ac tivities so that his boys will be able to fully participate next year. On a recent Saturday morning the Sea Scouts of Abaco, headed by Scout Master Lee Johnson, decided to serve the police as a thank you for the work the Abaco police have done in the community. Johnson stated, The boys must perform community service and who better to serve but those who spend time serving others. Both Scouting groups, the Cub Scouts and the older Sea Scouts, worked together at the police station to get the cleaning done. Ensuring that the work was done correctly was Sgt. Ashley Hepburn, who is the Station Administrator. He gave the boys a pep talk after their work was complete. Also making themselves available for the day and who have been very supportive of the Scouts were Supt. Noel Curry and ASP Bruce Arnett. The Scouts are being taught that they must give back, that they cannot expect to get something for nothing.Boy Scouts serve the policeDonate dog food or money to Pops Animal Shelter By Victoria Albury Often when speaking with new custom ers, I hear their reluctance to set goals. It is important to MEASURE where we are currently (assessing our current financial position) and VISUALIZE our future (de termine our goals). The path between the two is the individual process of building your financial house. Consider why we need our finances to be in order. ments (bill collectors, disconnection of services) fidence Every goal we have costs money. By effectively setting our goals, we can budget for them in our daily life. Once achieved, we can set new goals. Goals can be short term (less than one year), mid term (one to three years) and long term (more than three years). In each range some goals are more important to you than others. Here are some examples.Short term (in order of priority) Mid term Long term deposits, mutual funds) pendent on you Your goals may vary from those above, depending where you are in life. Talk with your financial mentor to determine your goals and the cost of each. Create a bud get to achieve these goals. You must to stay focused on your goals. Dont be lured away or become lazy. Financial success is possible. Measuring your achievements and setting goals will help you get there from here. Any questions? Your Financial GoalsFinancial Fitness PlanAbaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Business Cards Letterheads Programs


Page 20 Section A The Abaconian September 1, 2011 By John Hedden In previous articles I have discussed the existing and historic status of agriculture as a part of Bahamian culture and food pro visions. We have examined the fact that farming and farmers, in spite of the political rhetoric, are nothing more than the outside children of the modern Bahamian economy. If we look at our large neighbour, the U.S.A., we will see that some 200 thousand people are active farmers, and these feed the population of some 330 million souls. Furthermore, the majority of these are small homestead-type holdings. Ag ricultural production in the United States easily feeds its population and leaves large excesses to be exported to other countries. Contrast this with The Bahamas. Here we have some 2,000 registered farmers and a total food bill of some $700 million dollars of imported product annually for a population of some 330 thousand souls. In the United States two farmers feed 3,300 people adequately. In The Bahamas two farmers cannot feed 330 people at all. I have drawn the above comparison to roughly illustrate the present capability of local production in feeding its own people. I expect politicians and pundits will argue their case and justify their rational in coun tering my statistics. No matter. What mat ters is the question below. So what is the existing national gov ernment policy towards agriculture? And where will this policy lead us? Self sufficiency? Sustainable agriculture? The most apt answer to this was pre sented by the Minister of Agriculture in August 2010 (one year ago) when he announced the five-year plan for agriculture in The Bahamas. He presented a sevenfold strategy for agriculture which would result in the foundation for sustainable growth and development of the sector. This in cluded education, marketing information, technology transfer, institutional strength ening at the Ministry, research and de velopment improvements, legislation and regulation improvements and upgrading the physical infrastructure. In other words he has stated that in 2010 agriculture was in a serious state of disre pair. In 2011 it still is. Now some questions. What is the status of BARTAD (now BARC)? This was a multimillion dollar project funded by the U.S. Government as a gift to the people of The Bahamas in the 1970s. The purpose of this project was for Bahamas Agricultural Research Training And Development. The Americans handed a fully equipped and fully functional insti tution with an excellent reputation over to the Bahamian government. Within a few years the whole project had collapsed. What has happened to the Potters Cay Produce Exchange? This was set up to assist with marketing for the local farmers. Whatever happened to the feed mill set up at CAS (now GRAC)? Whatever happened to the Bahama Breed of sheep, designed and bred specif ically for good meat production in our cli mate? This breed from CAS In the 1980s no longer exists. Why? What has happened to the packing house network specifically set up and fully equipped to deal with product grading, packing, and shipment from the islands to New Providence where the market is? What has happened to the island exten sion services, the fish and farm supply store, the fruit and vegetable variety trials, the plant propagation unit, the pasture tri als and on, and on, and on? Why is the Ministry of Agriculture attempting to reinvent institutions and infra structure that should already be in place? Have we been wasting taxpayers money all these years? What about the staffing of the Agriculture Department? Are these the same staff of those lost years? I believe the estimated cost of this plan is some $40 million, which is about the same that was allocated for the now forgotten and failed projects. Is this an example of sustainabil ity? Are we in for another lost investment by the taxpayer? As usual there is much talk, but no ac tion. We are now into year two of this miracle plan. According to the plan, in year one some improvements should be the following: practice (GAP). it access. educate consumers. losses. duction systems. problems of the country. would demonstrate the progress in these areas with facts, and not words. I am sure the farming sector would appreciate being directly involved in this wonderful pro gramme. I wont even begin on what is meant to happen in this present year two. The only move towards improved agricultural production and marketing seems to be coming from BAIC, which is working outside of the plan or the direct support of the ministry. Maybe the answer is to fire the ministry and let BAIC take over? At least we will save the $40 million and the attenuating salaries for hundreds of staff. Any effective policy for agriculture must involve the private sector in every decision process, implying that the people with their feet in the soil should be culti vated and harvested for ideas and innova tions. In my opinion the plan requested by the government to the Food and Agricul ture Organisation, and since adopted by cabinet, says absolutely nothing new. It is simply a rehash of what has been well known for at least 40 years. In terms of sustainable agriculture and food security, we need to get real. Our climate is good; our soils are not. Our water resources are limited and very fragile. Our labour is expensive and poorly productive. Our land fetches more as real estate. We have no natural agricultural in puts to make us competitive. As long as we understand that all of our inputs will have to be imported and that we need a good solid permanent agricultural policy includ ing access to land, we will then be able to lower our food import bill and provide an opportunity to genuine farmers to make a living and develop a sense of pride. Along with this we need a dedicated, well educated, and well practiced support team from the Ministry of Agriculture that do not need an air conditioned working environment. Farming takes place in the fields, not in the office. The real answer lies in the institutional adoption of a definitive agricultural policy that is written in stone, being impervious to political manipulation no matter the poli tics of the day and which Prime Minister is king. Until agriculture is treated as an inside child and given a share of the table and the bed, nothing will change. The only self-sufficient facet of farming in the country to date is the amount of hot air produced that could and should be diverted to the sustainable curing of our annual onion crop. Now that is innovation.An effective agricultural policy? Viewpoint


September 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 While many of us are asleep at night, two hard working Abaconians are busy throughout the hours of darkness keeping the lighthouse at Hope Town shining its beam out to sea. Three hundred sixty-fice nights a year Jeffrey Forbes, 37, and Sam McPhee, 36, the light keepers at the Elbow Reef Lightstation at Hope Town, man this famous lighthouse which was built by the British in 1864. Few of us ever see Jeffrey and Sam at work, yet every dark night we see the results. The five flashes from the lighthouse are such a part of every night in the Hub of Abaco that they have almost become subliminal, like the sound of the waves in the Atlantic or the feeling the touch of the tradewinds. What Jeffrey and Sam do is remarkable, but what makes them even more unique is the tradition they are following. Not only are they keepers of one of the last three hand-wound keroseneburning lighthouses in the world, they are also second genera tion light keepers, each of whom bears his fathers name. Jeffrey Forbes Sr. was a Bahamian light keeper for 37 years until he retired and returned to his home on Ack lins Island. Sam McPhee Sr., originally from Smiths Hill, Andros, was in the ser vice until his premature death at age 49. Presently, there are four active light keepers maintaining the last three manned lighthouses in The Bahamas: Jeffrey and Sam at Elbow Reef Light Station, Isaiah Lightfoot at San Salvador Light and Wil fred Wilson at the Inagua Light Station in Matthew Town, Great Inagua. There are also retired keepers alive who continue to pass their experiences on to the younger generation of keepers. Jeffrey and Sam learned their responsibilities from working alongside their fathers. Eleven lightstations were originally built by the British between 1836 and 1887; one was decommissioned in 1934, seven have been automated and three are still hand-wound. Jeffreys and Sams fathers manned most of the original Bahamian lightstations before automation. But in order for their children to continue to get a formal education, they moved their whole families only to the stations with nearby settlements. Jeffrey Forbes is one of seven children, and Sam McPhee is one of five. As children, they lived at the light stations at San Salvador and Inagua. The three remaining manned lighthouses are international treasures. They are visually beautiful. But what sets them apart from all other lighthouses in the world is their method of operation. Both Sam and Jeffrey learned about this early in their childhood. They continue to climb long steps each night, carry heavy jugs of kerosene up to the fuel tank landing and hand-wind the turning mechanism as part of their jobs. The true artistry, how ever, lies with their skill at keeping a Hood Petroleum Vapour Burner burning. This burner, a device designed in the 1920s, burns pressurized kerosene. At Hope Town a small mantle, pressurized kerosene and the beautiful first-order Fresnel lens and the burner produces a steady and brilliant flame, visible 15 miles out to sea. Certainly there are 21st century methods of producing a reliable light. That is not the point. There is some thing very special about being able to maintain a tradition passed down through generations. Sam and Jeffrey know this. They, like the other keepers, are pas sionate about keeping their lighthouse func tioning just as it does. They clean the Fresnel lens, polish the brass, clean the burner just as their fathers did. Under the direction of Captain Leland Russell, the Head of the Port Department in Marsh Harbour, and his assistant, Richard Cunningham, the lightkeepers work hard to as sure repairs are carried out and to insure that a supply of kerosene is available each evening. The Elbow Reef Light burns two and an half gallons of kerosene per night. Dave Gale, Founder and President of the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation So ciety, coordinates international expertise from lighthouse experts throughout the world who are also interested in seeing these last lights survive. If you know Jeffrey Forbes or Sam McPhee or other members of the fami lies of the last Bahamian lightkeepers, you know how good they will feel about that possibility.The lighthouse at Hope Town may be the most photographed building in The Bahamas. Locally, it can be seen from land and sea and its presence is noticed by everyone who visits Abaco. Many of those who live here express a profound love of this structure. All the lighthouses of The Bahamas inspire us with their construction, but the hand-wound kerosene burning lights do more than that. They remind us all to be conscious of the traditions that surround us before we lose them through oversight or neglect. With hope, 21st century skills will help secure the existence of these 19th century wonders so they will continue to shine out to sea as they are now and far beyond our own lifetimes and those of our children. Two lighthouse keepers carry on family tradition These are the two lighthouse keepers presently at the Elbow Cay Lightstation. Jeffrey Forbes and Sam McPhee are special in that they are the second generation to be lighthouse keep ers. Both of their dads served in this capacity


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The AA and the Al-Anon group meets in the Treasure Cay Community Cen ter on Mondays at 7:30 pm Please call 367-6619 for additional information. By Canishka Alexander Two teams from Abaco attended the Hoytes Labour Day Classic Basketball Tournament in Freeport. Agape Christian School and Abaco Central High School were the only two school teams whereas the other players from Abaco in attendance represented club teams which are com prised of all the best players. Agape Coach Wayde Adderley and Abaco Central Coach Shantell Penn took a 12to 13-year-old team and a 14to 15-year-old team. Agape players made it to the championships in their respective divisions, according to Coach Adderley, and played very well. However, Coach Penn said that the 14to 15-year-old group got knocked out of the tournament while the 12-to 13-year-old group advanced to the championship round. Even though the loss to Abaco Cen tral was bittersweet, Coach Adderley was happy for them. After all, he had predicted that Coach Penn and her team would expe rience a breakthrough that weekend. Little did he know that they would beat Agape to do just that and win the12to 13-year old championships. Weve never beaten Agape, so to beat them in Freeport that was a big thing, Coach Penn said. The score was 27 to 35. Coach Penn said the trip to Bimini in April may have sharpened the skills of the her players because they played against the under 17 players. Undoubtedly, the experience prepared them for the Hoytes tournament, so she is already planning to travel more next year to give the students expo sure. In some ways frequent travel will be a daunting task because she has to coach three teams, the senior girls team and the under 17 boys and under 15 boys teams. As for Coach Adderley he is planning to continue building the basketball program at Agape. Although he is not from Abaco, he is looking to reverse the trend of send ing players to Freeport and allow them to remain on Abaco. He offers a scholarship program that gives players the opportunity to attend prep school or go to college to further their education while playing basketball. In fact, three of his eleventh grade students have been assured that they will be at prep school or playing college bas ketball. Its about guys furthering their educa tion through basketball and getting them to be high character guys, Coach Adderley said. Through the support of the school and the community, were going to get there. And despite being rival schools, Coach Adderley and Coach Penn are commit ted to working together because they are working toward the same goal. Were working together to teach these kids some good values, and hopefully some of them may go off to college, she said.Three Abaco teams compete in FreeportPolice reminder to motorists: Obey the speed limits. 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September 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 . . . . . . . . . . . Green Turtle Cay . . . . Guana Cay . . . Lubbers Quarters Man-O-War . . . Hope Town . . . . . . . Treasure Cay . . . . Visitors Guide Restaurant Guide + Picnic tables & restroom only Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . + . . . . . Hope Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . + . Little Harbour Lubbers Quarter Man-O-War . ................................. . Guana Cay . . . . . . Treasure Cay . . . . Green Turtle Cay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sandy Point Everyone 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 Marinas Green Turtle Cay . . . . . . . . Treasure Cay . . . Man-O-War . . Marsh Harbour . . . . . . . . . Hope Town . . . . . Spanish Cay . . Guana Cay . . . . . Tours & Excursions Airlines Serving Abaco . . . . . . . . . Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida . . Taxi Cab Fares ffective Dec 08 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Effective Dec 08 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 Marsh Harbour North Abaco Sandy Point Casaurina Point Cherokee Crossing Rocks Green Turtle Cay Hope Town Man-O-War


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September 1 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 19 NUMBER 17 SEPTEMBER 1st, 2011 By Jennifer Hudson. It was certainly a feel good day for all who attended the Open House Benefit for Isaiah Russell on August 20. People felt good about supporting the event which had been organized to raise funds to help offset the enormous medical expenses incurred by Isaiahs condition since birth and the further surgeries which are still needed. They were already happy to be assisting this worthy cause but had not realized the treat which awaited them once inside the gates of the beautiful Villa Tatutina on Pelican Shores, home of John and Donna Milanowski, hosts and organizers of the event. What a wonderful gift by the Mela nowskis to open their property for this spe cial occasion. The event ran from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and, while some people stayed for a shorter time, many spent the entire day there en joying a wonderfully relaxing day out. Eva Adderley, who was there with her grand son and granddaughter, enjoyed cooling off in the beautiful swimming pool along with her grandchildren and many other parents Open House raises money for handicapped child Second homeowners assist needy familyThe opulent estate of John and Donna Milanowski was the site of an all-day open house to raise funds for the medical expenses of Isaiah Russell, handicapped son of Terrell and Leona Russell. The swimming pool was popular with children and adults alike as they frolicked in the water or lounged around the pool house enjoying live music, hamburgers with all the fixings, desserts and drinks. The occasion was to help the Russells as Isaiah needs multiple surgeries and medical procedures. Please see Open House Page 2 By Jennifer Hudson Voter registration has been progressing steadily in most polling divisions throughout Abaco although there are still a couple of divisions in which numbers are down. Cephas Cooper, Administrator for Central Abaco, said that he is very pleased so far with how voter registration has been going and his only real concerns are for polling divisions 4 and 5 in Central Marsh Har bour where numbers are still way down compared to other divisions. Division 6 in Marsh Harbour has experienced good vot er registration. Mr. Cooper said that regis tration has been especially good in Dundas Town polling divisions 9 and 10 and Murphy Town polling divisions 8 and 11 but there are still some people yet to register. Other areas where registration turnout has been good are Spring City and from Don MacKay boundary to Dundas Town. Reg istration in the cays has been going well with the majority of persons registering. The registration drive is continuing with many options of time and location to make it as convenient as possible for the public. Registration takes place evenings from 6-9 p.m. at the Magistrates Court in Marsh Harbour and during daily office hours Monday through Friday at the Administra -Voter Registration continues Little Miss Abaco entrants display their trophiesNine girls competed in the Little Miss Abaco competition to see which one will continue to the Little Miss Bahamas contest to be held in Nassau in November. These girls have worked hard as the competition began in July with segments of the competition. They have trained for nine weeks in modeling, dance and etiquette. They are, top, Vanisha Etienne, Tanyia Cambronne, Neisly Jean-Relus and Lovely Salon. Bottom are Krystal Alvarez, Lorvincia Oval, Antonyah Mackey Winner, Mikell Dawkins runner up, and Marvinique Altidor. See story on page 16. The Hope Town District Council meets monthly to make decision affecting Great Gua na Cay, Man-O-War Cay and Elbow Cay as well has other sparsely populated cays in Central Abaco. Since the Council is a Schedule III Council, it does the work of Town Planning, Port Board and Hotel Licensing. At its meeting on August 18 the members signed several contracts for garbage, dump management and road cleaning. Shown around the table from the left are Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting, Harold Malone, Donnie Carey and Don Cash, all members of the Council. The other two are Christian Wilhoyte and Clay Wilhoyte who are signing the garbage pick-up and dump contracts. See story on page 15. Hope Town District Council signs contracts Please see Registration Page 4 By Timothy Roberts Bahamas Telecommunications Com pany moves steadily forward with its Next Generation Network nearly completed and the 4G mobile network just around the cor ner, poising the company to bring more robust communications to its customers. In an August interview with Arlene Clarke, manager of Abacos BTC operation, she revealed that Abaco customers will be able to experience 4G in 2012 as it will be initially deployed in Nassau and Grand Bahama by December 2011 and afterwards deployment will start in Abaco. What this will do is give our custom ers the fastest, most cutting edge mobile network in the region, she said. 4G will BTC prepares for the Next GenerationPlease see BTC upgrades Page 4


Page 2 Section B The Abaconian September 1, 2011 and kids who were making the most of a variety of floats and noodles. This has been a fabulous family-oriented day, she enthused. Isaiah Russell was there on his special day, obviously very happy splash ing his feet in the water and experiencing all the excitement going on around him. An all you can eat buffet provided de licious food all day long. Terrell Russell, Isaiahs father, who is an excellent chef, was kept very busy at the outdoor grill bar bequing the very tasty hamburgers and hot dogs along with several other helpers who relieved him from time to time. It was a lovely opportunity to sit and relax poolside and chat with friends while enjoying a cold drink and appreciating the lovely surroundings and harbour view. Tours of the Milanowskis beautiful man-Open House From Page 1 sion with its main house and guest cottages were given at intervals by Perry Thomas, friend of the Milanowskis who, along with his wife, Kevie, and fiends Desmond and Audra Bootle assisted John and Donna in the planning of the event. This wonderful estate is truly impressive and there was much oohing and aahing by guests as they were shown through the magnificent buildings. A large silent auction offered a great variety of items for bidding including gift vouchers for restaurant meals, spa pack ages, jewelry, pictures, gift baskets and much more while a live band kept the at mosphere upbeat. The lucky winner of the raffle draw will be able to enjoy a paradise family getaway an all inclusive weekend at the fabulous Villa Tatutina. John and Donna Milanowski put a huge amount of time and work into pulling off this major event which John deemed to be very successful and worthwhile. He said that he first became involved in wanting to help Terrell, his wife Leona and their seriously challenged child, Isaiah, when he learned that due to their escalating medical bills they had been unable to pay their elec tricity bill, and BEC had turned off their electricity. We saw a real need and wanted to help, he stated. We have had a terrific response from people, stated John. Some young people who particularly impressed him were the packing boys at Maxwells with whom he was very impressed as they generously gave two or three dollars from their hard earned tips to help Isaiah when he and Donna were collecting in Maxwells foyer. John would also like to give a very big thank you to Ian Roberts of Abaco Groceries and Gurth Russell and Keith Stratton of Marsh Harbour Exporters and Importers for their generosity. Leona Russell, Isaiahs mother, was quite overwhelmed and emo tional at the huge turnout of people who supported the event. Her husband, Terrell, wished, on behalf of himself, his wife and Isaiah, to thank all those who came out and partici pated in the Open House. In addition to all the guests he especially wanted to thank John and Donna Milanowski for hosting the event, all the business houses who donated, Pastor Silbert Mills and BCN and all the workers who came out to help. John Milanowski estimated that about 400 people attended the event. That ticket money along with donations he received from several of the guests and the money raised from the silent auction should go quite some way to helping ease the bur den of the huge medical costs though these costs will be ongoing. An account has been opened at First Caribbean International Bank with the name The Isaiah Russell Medical Fund for anyone wishing to con tinue to support this needy childs ongoing medical expenses. Deposits can be made to Account # 201616094.Handicapped child will get medical assistance The fund raising for Isaiah Russell was an all-day event. Money was raised from ticket sales, from a silent auction and from donations. Isaiah will be needing many surgeries that are all expensive. Volunteers assisted all day manning this table at the entrance. Guests were offered food, drinks and the use of the pool. Isaiah Russell is shown with his mother, Leona Russell. Support the Abaco Cancer Society


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 Dr. Matthew Orem September 19-26Man-O-War Clinic August 16 Hope Town Clinic Pendingtors offices. Another visit for voter reg istration will be made to Hope Town on August 27 and to Man-O-War Cay on Sep tember 3. Administrator Cooper stated that after the announcement was made that the old Voters Register would be closed on July 14, many people thought that that was the cut off date and therefore the last day for registration and that brought them out in droves. However, he wishes people to un derstand that the new register is now open so people can still register for the upcom ing election. We have had pretty good results from registration which has taken place at Max wells on Saturdays. We have also made ourselves available at churches, business es, government departments and banks, stated Mr. Cooper who added, Business es can still call if they have more than ten Registration From Page 1 allow customers to access the internet on their phones at landline speeds and will provide internet access to laptops. This will enable BTC to deliver television to your telephone with an expected 20 channels in the initial stage. The roll out of 4G and Mobile TV will be conducted in phases beginning at the end of the year. While 4G is the most well known and anticipated upgrade that BTC customers are looking forward to, another large in frastructural upgrade that BTC has been working for several years now is NGN (Next Generation Network), a completely IP (internet protocol) based network that will not only provide faster internet speeds (8mbs) for the customer, but also provide the framework for the initial launch of Triple-play and Quad-play. Triple-play and Quad-play refer to the delivery of POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service), Data (internet), Mobile and Video. In the upgrade to NGN, BTC will be putting the equipment closer to the cus tomer which Ms. Clarke said makes it so theres less of a chance for breaks in service.BTC Upgrades From Page 1 Staff of the Administrators office in Marsh Harbour has been registering voters at Maxwells Supermarket weekly. persons who still want to register. We will send a team as we want to make voter reg istration more convenient to the public. The following figures show the number of voters who have registered in each poll ing division. North Abaco Grand Cay 203 Crown Haven, Fox Town, Mount Hope 246 Cedar Harbour, Wood Cay 99 Coopers Town 339 Blackwood, Fire Road 205 Treasure Cay 275 New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay 267 Murphy Town 327 Dundas Town 586 Dundas Town 319 Murphy Town 346 Total for North Abaco to date for 2012 election 3,212 Total for North Abaco for last election 3,812 South Abaco Guana Cay 82 Man O War 125 Hope Town 151 Marsh Harbour 218 Marsh Harbour 204 Marsh Harbour 400 Spring City 193 Cherokee 131 Bahama Palm Shores, Casuarina Point 86 Crossing Rocks 155 Sandy Point 256 Moores Island 310 Total for South Abaco to date for 2012 elec tion 2,311 Total for South Abaco for last election 2,910 Administrator Cooper would like to stress to the public how important it is to register if they want to participate in the upcoming 2012 election. Persons cannot vote if they are not on the new register so I urge all who have not already done so to come out and register, he advised.Government urges all voters to registerBTC recently updated its IP network to benefit Blackberry Customers. She said the BTC should notice faster BBMing and internet speeds. On July 18 BTC had the soft launch for EZ-Top Up, allowing customers to now electronically add minutes to their phone. Traditionally pre-paid cellular users had to buy a pre-paid card. Now, at participating locations such as gas stations and super markets, you can buy minutes from as little as $1 up to $99 and the cashier sends it electronically directly to your phone. BTC has had technicians on Abaco iden tifying dead-spots in the mobile network. When the evaluation is over, the company will shore up its coverage. BTC is also op timizing the 2G network, giving it a speed boost, until 4G comes online. BTC is promoting One Number aware ness. There is now a single number that you can call for anything you need. You can get queries settled, top up your cell, you can add or remove features from your home phone, customer service and more can be dealt with by calling 225-5282. We are looking to give the customer more ways to top up their phone as well as to do anything they would come to our office for by phone or by internet, Ms. Clarke said. We want to maximize the amount of things the customer can do with out having to leave home or their office. She added that the company is seeking to speed up service call resolution times. BTC has improved its website and resolved issues with some features giving its cus tomers the ability to do more online.BTC will introduce new services Arlene Clarke Conservation Tips fluorescent bulbs


September 1 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 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 By Susan Ferguson The shutters swing open, the doors are opened and within seconds over 50 chil dren, ages from five to 16, have found a community of friends and adults to share the next three and half hours with. The Hope Town Sailing and Sports Camp, sponsored by the Hope Town Sailing Club, has begun! For one month each summer Jim Laughlin and his wife Marjie plan a multitude of indoor and outdoor activi ties for the islands kids to participate in at no cost. With the help of volunteers from across the continent, boys and girls learn to windsurf, sail and swim. They compete in friendly games of soc cer, four-square and capture the flag. Children try their hands at beadwork, lanyard weaving and other crafts. If you happened upon these camp ers at Nathans Bay, in the ocean or on the ballfield you would likely see and hear their engagement in each activ ity. Laughter, enthusiasm and plain old fun. Older campers helping younger campers in foot races and sand castle building contests. Counselors are as involved and happy as the campers. While each day is fun-filled, there are a few truly special days. A half-day visit to Mermaid Reef off Marsh Harbour on the mainland with Froggies. The trip out and back on the boat The Last One is an adventure in itself. Next, envision doz ens upon dozens of snorkels popping out of the water, accompanied by the oohs and ahs, upon sighting glorious fish and corals. How lucky these children are! Lunch at Cracker Ps on Lubbers Quarter is another high point for the kids. Af ter a morning spent at Tahiti Beach on Elbow Cay, everyone piles in boats and crosses over to a delicious barbecue at this local restau rant. This year over 80 burgers and dogs were grilled and served with all the fixins, chips and drinks. After pic nicking, appreciative, ketchup-faced kids thanked Patrick Stuart and his wife Linda and headed back to Hope Town harbour. Day after day the campers return. They come to participate in sports, to have Anne Adair teach them to windsurf, have Ron Engle teach sailing, to learn how to make creative crafts, but most importantly to spend time with friends and counselors that make each long lazy summer day memo rable. As always, the camp would like to thank the local businesses and families for their support. Learning to sail in an Optimist is one of the activities of the summer camp sponsored by the Hope Town Sailing Club for Elbow Cay youth. This month-long camp is organized by Jim Laughlin and his wife who bring counselors to assist. The Hope Town Summer Camp offers many activities including balancing on a strap. Pho tos by Jessica Mann Charters Earlier this year a donation from The Rotary Club of Abaco was made to ECC. Pictured is Lyn Major, founder and administra tor of Every Child Counts, as she accepted a cheque for $9,000, after she made a presentation about ECC to the Rotary Club of Abaco. She explained that the schools mission was to pro vide alternative education for children with learning, devel opmental or physical disabilities regardless of financial, family or social restraints and to maximize each childs ability to become a productive, successful and inde pendent citizen. She thanked the Club for its support and partnership in fund raising, and for the cheque which represented partial proceeds from the 2011 Treasure Cay Rotary Golf Tournament. With 100 students and 22 staff, financial help is always welcome, she said, especially as most of the money to operate the school comes from donations such as that given by the Rotary Club of Abaco.Rotary donates to ECC


By Samantha V. Evans The Abaco District Education Superin tendent, Dr. Lenora Black, held a press conference on August 10 to announce the results of the standardized test scores. The Minister of Education, the Hon. Desmond Bannister, stated in August that there was an improvement seen in the BJC scores na tionally with a slight decline in the BGCSE scores nationally. But Abaco has been see ing increases in scores on an annual basis. In spite of this, Dr. Black stated that even though math continues to be a challenge for the district, some improvements have been seen. She noted that the social sci ences remain strong with S.C. Bootle High continuing to receive great scores, but she added that Abaco Central High School is catching up. The scores in Music, Tech nical Studies and Modern Languages are also good. Dr. Black said that what her office has been trying to do is to monitor trends. In 2007 she explained that they were con cerned about the number of missed exams as 20 percent of students were not report ing to exams. She then set a plan in place to make that number a single digit and this year she stated that the number was reduced to seven percent. Her office has been monitoring the number of exams stu dents were sitting with the average being 3.5 in 2007. Her plan was to raise that number to have students write the two core subjects along with two or three electives. This year the district had grade nine stu dents sitting an average of 5.3 BJC subjects and grade twelve students sitting an aver age of 5.5 BGCSE exams. Dr. Black added that when students pass five or more BGC SE subjects including Math and English, they will receive a full scholarship to the College of the Bahamas. At Abaco Central High School three students met that bench mark and at S.C. Bootle eight students met that benchmark. She proudly proclaimed that Abaco is gaining momentum in the right direction. Six of the top performers in the BGCSE were at this press conference and shared their achievements. Nickles Saintil was the top male achiever at Abaco Central High School. Giovanni Coakley from For est Heights Academy received the highest score for males on the island. Lyndeisha Curry of Forest Heights Academy was the top achiever for the island. Others with outstanding scores were Karen Curry of Agape Christian School, Kyvonne Lopez from S.C. Bootle and Shanae Knowles of St. Francis de Sales. These students spoke of the hard work they had to put into achiev ing these grades with some of them surprising themselves with such great achieve ments. Nickles Saintil believes that all of his accomplishments were possible because he decided to buckle down in grades 11 and 12 and focus on his education. He as well as the other students are looking forward to beginning college in the coming months. Dr. Black stated that the official celebra tion of these students accomplishments will begin now and end in January 2012 with the National Awards in Nassau. She noted that several of the high schools were challenged but spoke of how they were as sisted by those schools that were able to assist. She expressed gratitude to S.C. Bootle that helped the Moores Island All Age School students with their Social Sci ence subjects in the absence of a teacher in this area. Vice Principal Sabrina Russell travelled to Moores Island on numerous occasions to ensure that the students were prepared. This school had 13 out of 14 passes without an onsite teacher. Another school with an encouraging sto ry is Abaco Central High School that did not have an electrical installation teacher but had students interested in the subject. The students received assistance from Agape Christian School and received 75 percent passes. Dr. Black stated that 20 students from Abaco Central High School obtained five BGCSE subjects or more and at least 25 students from S.C. Bootle received five or more BGCSEs. The number of students receiving the lowest grades are being re duced annually, and she plans to see them dwindle down to a minute number very soon. She agrees that all teachers, techni cal officers and parents must continue to work together to find ways that the children learn well. Dr. Black presented Anna Albury with the first installment of braille text books so that she can begin to prepare for the BJC exams at Forest Heights Academy. She thanked Maria Deleveaux of the School for the Blind in Nassau for her assistance. Anna thanked Dr. Black for all that she has done to help her and encouraged students to not let their disabilities hold them back. School News Abacos schools continue to excel in academics, in winning national essay and speech competitions, in sports and in extra curricular projects. We are very proud of their accomplishments. This is the second year that The Abaconian is highlighting some of these achievements. We hope to bring to you the accomplish ments of the remainder of Abacos schools in the September 15 issue.Hope Town Primary Schoolbury, topped 115 other top Grade 6 stu dents from government and private schools throughout The Bahamas to win the pres tigious honour of the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year. She won a scholarship to high school, a computer and has appeared several times on national tele vision and radio for interviews. She had the honour of being the only student to be asked to speak at the 38th National Independence Festival in Nassau and received a standing ovation from the 10,000 persons gathered for that event. awarded first place in the Upper Primary Division and second place for the Lower Primary Division at the annual Earth Day Science Fair sponsored by Friends of the Environment. This years topic was Conserving Our Fresh Water Resources third place in the National Coastal Aware ness Competition for her life-size Can Man made of re-cycled cans and other discarded Our schools are excelling Education announces exam resultsmaterials The competition was sponsored by BREEF, Bahamas National Trust and the Ministry of Tourism. Six other students entered the competition using discarded items or items found as trash along the beach. Madisyn was selected as Little Miss Abaco and competed in Nassau for Little Miss Bahamas. in the Primary Division in the Perry Cooke District Swim Meet. Our school is privi leged to have community volunteer swim instructors and other community volunteers to aid our school. victorious from the Bahamas National Swim Meet in Nassau with gold, silver and bronze medals. Other Hope Town School swimmers Donte Richard and sister Khalea Richard represented Abaco Swim Club and Hope Town School. School traveled to Nassau to receive trophies and honours at the Minister of Educations Annual Award Ceremony. They received their awards for being a Top Scorer in the National Literacy and Numeracy Exams given to all children in Grades 2, 4 and 5 in The Bahamas. These winners are Lilly Higgs, Anna Albury, Samantha (Charlie) Cash, Bessie Lowe, Summer Ab erle, Alexis Cook, Molly Richens and Cal vin Gorman. large three-tiered garden. The project was Please see School Page 7 This years Education themeFostering competence, character and citizenship in the pursuit of excellence in education. Guana Freight Services Regular Frei ght Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 577-0474 577-8833 Great Guana Cay Dr. Lenora Black, Education Superintendent, was proud to announce the results of the national exams given last Spring. Abaco schools showed improvement in many areas.


September 1 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 It is with a great sense of commitment to the children of this District and by ex tension those of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas that I greet you on the eve great possibilities for our children. For the duration of the past year, ad ministrators, teachers, technical officers, parents/guardians and concerned stake holders have combined forces to ensure the success of our children. What a great success this past year has been! Know, however, what we experienced in the year 2010/2011 is only but a min ute glimpse of what is possible when we combine our efforts in pursuit of a common goal. That goal, Abaco, must of necessity be undergirded by the fact that the student as a learner is the only reason for the very existence of schools in our nation. With the former in mind, then we must continue to reach farther and do what is necessary right now so as to ensure the continued growth and development of our various communities beginning first with our children. Confident of your continued support of the varied initiatives of our depart ment, kindly accept our gratitude for your on-going assistance as we seek to render our schools and communities stron ger, more productive and civilized despite the challenging times in which we live. Given the superb performances of many students of our district during the past school year, permit me to express thanks on the behalf our district office and school personnel who highly value the support of parents and the Abaco community. As a district at large, we have every right to be extremely pleased with the performance of our students in both government main tained and private schools throughout Ab aco. While we rightly celebrate, know that there are yet many opportunities which we must embrace to further advance our educational system. I, therefore, pause to encourage all par ents to ensure that each home becomes an extension of the school. Parents and guardians alike must seek to create a sta ble, nurturing environment where learn ing can take place beyond the four walls of the classroom. Parents and guardians are further en couraged to become actively involved in the varied activities at their childs/chil drens school thereby building a strong bond with teachers and administrators. This, parents/guardians, could only hasten the attainment of the districts One Goal of Excellence for Each Student in Each Classroom in Each School to become a reality indeed. Further, I am hopeful that all stakeholders in the Abaco district will make an enduring commitment to the success of this nation by playing an even greater role in the success of our schools. Kindly remember, partners, the future will out live all of us. However, we will all be duty-bound to live in the future that each of us creates. Finally, I charge all students to seize every opportunity to maximize their God-given potential. Know that there is full access to education in our Bahama land. Therefore, there is no excuse for anyone not to do well. Realize that the future of our country belongs to those who diligently take the time to prepare for it today. By the grace of Almighty God, I have all confidence to believe that the new school year 2011 2012 will be a bright one indeed as we seek to Foster competence, character and citizenship in pursuit of excellence in education. That the Abaco District will continue to achieve great successes, I have no doubt! Lenora J. Black (Ph.D.) District SuperintendentMessage from Dr. Lenora Black, Education Superintendent More School News Please see School Page 8 partnered with several community helpers. Students sold produce from the garden and donated the proceeds to charitable orga nizations. We called the garden our Give Back Garden. ing in District Spelling Bees in grades 1 through 6, Rotary Club Speech Contest, Track and Field event, Big Hill Box Cart Derby, National Arts Festival, Broad Creek Environmental Restoration Project, participated in the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the UNESCO/Bahamas Partnership Conference in Nassau with our Sandwatch project, coastal clean-ups, eight students entered the Commonwealth Writers Competition and partnered with a school in Newfoundland doing environmental projects. enjoyed two dances and our Parents Breakfast, which all the students partici pated in cooking. tional field trips to such places as Eleuthera, Green Turtle Cay Heritage Festival, the Circus, South Abaco (bat cave and Bahama parrots), Elbow Reef Lighthouse for PreSchool 100 Days Smarter and a local Ocean Hole with sea life for Grades 1 and 2. bassador visit our school to present each student with life jackets after an education al talk from the U.S. Coast Guard about water safety. School From Page 6


Page 8 Section B The Abaconian September 1, 2011 Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and floors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web Abaco Marine Props Propellers Reconditioned & RehubbedPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless AluminumSandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas achieved the best BJC results of any school in the District during the 2010 Examina tions. had the highest number of students making the honor role and the highest percentage of students overall achieving a GPA of at least 2.0. ence Competitions for the third year in a row. tary District Speech Competition. that participated in the Integrated Building Services Build a Bridge Competition in Nassau where students were challenged to build a bridge using graphical, engineer ing and physics skills using less than 100 popsicle sticks. Model United Nations Sessions in Nassau where we represented the nation of New Zealand. Abaco Districts Debate Competition and represented Abaco in the Nationals in Nas sau where the team made it to the quarter finals. representing Abaco in the Young Chefs Competition in Nassau in both the Junior and Senior Divisions. Both competitors placed fourth. However, Jaquelle Edgecombe placed second in the Graduating Class Category and won a $24,000 schol arship to Munroe College in New York. the Class of 2011 to complete the purchase of a 10-unit computer system with internet access for the schools nedia which com pletes its electronic upgrading initiative. Program was reestablished under the direc tion of Rudolph Kawalram. Our Maritime Cadets, Defense Force Rangers Programs, Discovery Club and Teacher Cadets continue to grow from strength to strength. pleted a Basic Conversational Creole Course, workshops in Electronic Grading and Integration of Technology in Teaching Strategies. tricts Inter-School Track & Field Compe tition, third in Basketball and won several medals at the Nationals in Nassau. Amy Roberts Primary School Grade 4 District Spelling Bee ney 2nd and 3rd Place Winners of Grade 3 Spelling Bee Nicola Roberts, Shelby Sawyer and Tianna McIntosh 2nd Place Winners of District Math Competition Friends of the Environment Science Com petition Rayvyn McKinney, Willard Demeritte, Hannah Lowe, Connor Lowe Grade 3 Winners of Ministers Literacy Award along with Shelby Sawyer Grade 4 Win ner of Ministers Literacy Award. Elias Cooper, Christian Levarity, Dar enique Ford & Kashmir ReckleyTop (6) students with 3.0 GPA from Grade 6 Win ners of Outstanding Students Award. gan Roberts, Shelby Sawyer & Nathan Roberts Abaco District Top Academic Achievers Grades 2-6 for 2009-2010. dent of the Year Nominee. Drama in the National Arts Festival 2011. Swim Meet on Hope Town. Forest Heights Academy line gradebooks and Edline which provide simple online contact between parents, stu dents and teachers. to celebrate meeting their BJC goals. Club, Drama Club, GGYA, Toastmas ters Student Leadership Program, Junior School News Please see School Page 9 The government and private schools on Abaco have outstanding students that we can be proud of. These students of Amy Roberts Primary School on Green Turtle Cay won second place in the Earth Day Science Competition sponsored by Friends of the Environment. They are in Grades 4 and 5. 3 student, Summer Aberle, won First Place in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Es say contest in the 7-9 age category for her poem titled Field of Words. She will receive her cash prize and an award at Government House this fall.Guana Cay Primary School lenge Tree Lighting Ceremony, December 2010 emony, January 2011 Recipients Chloe Bethel, Grade 3, Kayrene McLennon, Grade 2 Look Alike Parent/Student Competition Grade 3 Kayrene McLennon Spelling Bee Competition Participants Ghannen Lowe, Chloe Bethel pants Kayrene McLennon, Ghannen Lowe, Hayden Roberts Assessment: Grade 4Sherlin C. Bootle High School Nation in BJC Results at the Ministry of Educations Examination Award Ceremo ny for 2010. Student Terrannise Taylor School From Page 7


September 1 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 Achievement, Publishing and Interact gave students the opportunity to build relation ships and achieve success outside of the classroom. curriculum. launched at lunchtime twice a week, pair ing older students with younger students. present staff joined together in the spring for Falcon Fest, a celebration of FHAs 20th Anniversary. in the Rotary Speech Competition Senior Division and Andrew Hanna, Gr. 8, placed first in the Junior Division. Junior Math/Science Competition while the Senior team placed second. We took first place in the Police Forces General Knowledge Competition. Junior Minister of Tourism competition. co District Spelling Bee, the Bahamas National Spelling Bee and travelled to Wash ington, DC, to compete in the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee.Central Abaco Primary School mary Division Place na Saunders, DQuan Pinder, Lorenze Carter, Amelia Gomez, Twanesha Light bourne, Hanisha Russell, Brandon Alexis, Antonia Mackey, Candon Farrington mary Choral Verse Speaking Group Dis tinction Knowledge Competition ree and Field Student 3rd grade Language Arts & Writand Sidney DeciusAgape Christian School scores in the nation for Language Arts BJC 2010. the high schools first Deputy Head and did a fantastic job. team placed fourth out of 32 teams at Father Marcian Peters Tournament in Nas sau and our Eagles mens senior basketball team placed eighth out of 24 teams at the Hugh Campbell Tournament in Nassau while both divisions won their areas in our first ever basketball invitational against teams like the Panthers from Nassau and other teams from Bimini and other islands. enth in the nation in the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation. fourth in the National Track and Field Competition in shot putt with our largest high school team to ever travel to Nassau to compete. pionship and was second on Abaco in vol leyball. Competition for upper primary. Allayna Payne earned second place in the Grade Two Spelling Bee. Jenna Williams taking third place in the Rotary Speech Competi tion. Inter-school Swim Meet with Hope Town Primary in the Primary division, taking several divisions overall and the relays. nual Art Explosion with local artists from across Abaco including our own student and faculty artists selling their wares. graduate from Agape with 16 graduates and the first ever double 4.0 GPA students to graduate. ductions, Noahs Ark by the lower primary and Daniel in the Lions Den written, pro duced and directed by Courtnee Romer.Cherokee Sound Primary School dent in our district in grade 2 in the 2009 More School News School From Page 8 Please see School Page 10 These 3rd and 4th grade students of the Amy Roberts Primary School were winners of the Ministers Literacy Award. They are Corinna DeMario, Robert Demario, Rayvyn McKin ney, Willard Demeritte, Hannah Lowe, Connor Lowe and Shelby Sawyer. FOR RENT Best Investment in Little Harbour $279,000 1-772-519-9925


Page 10 Section B The Abaconian September 1, 2011 2010 Literacy and Numeracy Exams and received awards. representing our school at the Bahamas Student of the Year awards in New Providence. giving Dinner was a great success. den Sands was recognized and selected as notable entries by the National Arts Festival. dous success with the students doing an awesome job. responsibilities with organising and accomplishing successful fund raisers and events for the school. We are so proud of them for sharing their time and ideas with us and for recognizing that everyone has skills and ideas that can be used to the bet terment of the school and community. their reading incentives this year. Some students read more than 400 books.Moores Island All Age sette Green Thompson won 1st Place in the Sir Gerald Cash National Distinguish Teachers Award All Age Category Senior Division Bee Competition Grade 7 Competition Grade 5 Competition Senior Division high school relays in Nassau bronze medals bronze medalsNational Champions High School Nationals bronze medal. The 4x1 relay team broke the record that had been set for 19 years and set a new record. Relays in the USA 2011 Trevon Green GamesSt. Francis de Sales School of Tourism Chock Competition. The prize was a trip to Florida with Tourism offi cials. the eight finalists of the Martin Luther King Essay Competition sponsored by the American Embassy. The prize was a 3-day trip to Atlanta accompanied by American Embassy officials. Junior Achievment Speech Competition Junior Achievement National Speech competition Bahamas Rotary National Youth Lead ership Awards Friends of the Environment Science Fair high school. Students Octavia Dean-McIntosh, Kardera Curry, Tremiece Martin, Quitel Charlton, Marie Ajero lower primary. Students Uriel Simms, Talia Davia, Leota Davis, Rachel Rolle Quitel Charlton 3rd Place $3000 Scholar ship Place Kristy Evans Quitel Charlton ment Quitel Charlton Top Junior Achieve ment Performer at End of Year Awards Banquet Prizes: 4-year col lege scholarship, $1,000 cash for books, laptop computer, gift basket, trophy and framed certificate Crossing Rocks Primary School92 percent of the students gained grade point averages of D and above. Six students were honored by the Abaco District for outstanding performance in academics. Crossing Rocks Primary placed first in the Junior Junkanoo held in February. Students of Grades 2-5 participated in the Abaco District Spelling Bees. In the Grade 4 competition we placed 8th and 9th out of 28 spellers. Alexis Williams of Grade 5 placed 4th in the Police Spelling Bee. Grades 5 and 6 competed in the Abaco District Math Competition and did very well. Our golden boys and girls participated in the Primary School Track Meet. Our athletes performed outstandingly, gaining School From Page 9 More School News This is relay team from the Moores Island All Age School came in 7th among 651 school at the Penn Relays in the U.S. Please see School Page 11 Josette Thompson


September 1 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 two first places and a second place. Crossing Rocks was honored to wel come the audience at the Pre-Independence Service held at Central Abaco Primary. Alexis Williams did an excellent job on very short notice.School Books for SaleBy Leigh Termath One parent has created a business to as sist parents as they struggle to buy all the supplies for their children to go back to school. Judith Knowles, an involved parent with a child at St. Francis de Sales School, was asked several years ago to put together the text book order for that school. This made it much easier for parents as theys previously had to get many of the books from Nassau or Freeport. Textbooks are expensive and the travel just added to the cost. Mrs. Knowles brought in the required books and sold them at a modest profit. Then parents with children from other schools started buying from her stock and asked her to bring in their schools specific books. Mrs. Knowles made a presentation to the other schools on the island, specifically Abaco Central High School and Central Abaco Primary School, explaining More School News School From Page 10 keep in touch with your childs teacher. for your child. homework done (find homework help for your child if needed) information the school sends home. Re member to keep track of events through out the school year. education to your children. game, and Internet use. helps children in all school subjects. It is the key to life long learning. and work independently. are going and who theyll be with. Get to know your kids friends-and their parents so youre familiar with their activities. ue system. Display compassion, honesty, generosity and openness you want your child to have. sequences of breaking them. you neglect to set boundaries, they are go ing to test the waters (drugs, sex, eating poorly, alcohol, etc.) school rules regarding skirt length, braids, jewelry, make-up, proper footwear, and boys pants worn properly above the hips. to their children about violence. Parents should also review and understand the schools policy on bullying and violence. the necessary skills for adolescence. ity and self-confidence operating with others with family and peers ing problems and making healthy decisions and drug use We cannot always build the future of our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. -Franklin D. RooseveltDepartment of Education Abaco DistrictBack to school tips for parents Judith Knowles is shown in her trailer that is specially laid out to display textbooks that she has available for sale. This service is a real convenience for parents as it is difficult to get the necessary textbooks from Nassau. Mrs. Knowles stocks books for most Abaco schools. what she was doing and they gave her their blessing. Today Mrs. Knowles has a portable trailer that looks like a mini bookstore when you walk in. It is very tidy and the books are laid out on shelves according to subject and grade level. This is a seasonal business, says Mrs. Knowles, So the trailer helps me keep the operating costs down so I can offer the books at an affordable price. Currently the trailer is on site at St. Francis de Sales School on Don MacKay Boulevard. She can also be reached at 3675089 or 465-3064.Change Preparatory School has Open HouseBy Samantha V. Evans Change Preparatory School will open ing on September 5 for the start of the school year and will welcome enrollment of babies, toddlers and early learners up to grade one. The school is located in Mur phy Town in the Change Ministries Inter national building. An open house was held on August 22 so that the public could view the attractive environment that has been prepared for the children who will be enrolling. The teachers were busy preparing each classroom that is very colorful and filled with educa tional posters and gadgets which are sure to stimulate learning. The school will have a nursery where the ratio of babies to care giver will be 3 to 1. There will be two K-2s, one K-3, one K-4 and a grade one. The classes will be small with a maximum of 15 students. Each class will have a teacher and an aide to ensure that maximum instruction takes place. Thirteen teachers are on staff includ ing the nursery teachers all of whom will be taking their teacher certification and/or pre-school education degrees through Ter reve College in Freeport. The school is ex pecting an enrollment of 100 students for this school year but has space provided up stairs in the building if it needs additional classrooms as it will not exceed the class size stated. All classrooms will use manipulative devices along with workbooks, and the babies will be stimulated with songs, carpet play, colors and shapes. They will follow the Ministry of Education curriculum and standards for pre-schools. The staff will Please see School Page 12


Page 12 Section B The Abaconian September 1, 2011 Specializing in the Gems of Abaco Great Guana Cay Green Turtle Cay Hope Town Man O War Cay Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Chris Plummer Broker Faron Sawyer Bill Johnston Silbert Mills Tara Claridge Chris Claridge Sarah Sams James Pleydell-Bouverie Please view all of our exclusive listings at Contact us at: 242-365-4648 242-365-4648 242-367-3450 242-577-6674 242-367-2935 242-359-6201 242-375-8558 242-365-4648 242-365-6417 More School News work hard to meet the needs of all students attending their school. Toddlers will be introduced to pre-reading skills as early as age two and potty train them too. They will encourage students to become independent, vocal and well-rounded in their own right. The school day will begin with a devo tion and facility hours will be 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. with after-school care beginning at 3:15pm and ending at 5:15pm. This after-school care is open to the public and will include homework assistance and supervised play in a safe environment. The School From Page 11 fee for this service is $70 monthly. They will be offering a healthy lunch program for $20 each week. School supplies and books for the year is $150. The school fees for the school are as follows: nursery to K-3 $700 per term and K3 to Grade 3 $650 per term. Registration closes on August 31. Students will wear a dark purple t-shirt and navy blue bottom. The grade one stu dents will wear the dark purple polo shirt with the navy skort for girls and long pants for boys. The director of the school is Charmica Curry. Further information about the Pre paratory School can be obtained by calling office manager Sherry Lowe at 367-2972. By James Hull, MD I am sitting here having a hard time writing this article. As I am typing, Hur ricane Irene is closing in on Abaco and could cause severe damage to our beloved island. When you all read this, Irene will have already passed, and we will be deal ing with the aftermath. I have been on Abaco for many hurri South Carolina for this one. It is an odd feeling being in a safe environment when so many you love and care for are not. Since I cant be there to help before the storm, possibly my words can help you be safe after the storm. I want to talk about a few hazards I can think of that can kill or hurt people after the storm has passed. If there is an automatic generator at a building which has turned on in the storm, then you need to make sure that there is no standing water that could be connected to the an outlet which could electrocute you. It is better to wait until the building is dry or the generator runs out of fuel than to risk electrocution. The heavy rains can cause septic tanks and weeping fields to run over which means some of the standing water can be contaminated with fecal material. This can cause serious infections from skin lesions to pneumonia to meningitis. The latter two can cause death. The standing water will lead to increased mosquito breading areas. With the dengue fever that we have, this increases the risk to having the mosquitoes that can transmit the disease. Please spray for mosquitoes and wear mosquito repel lant when you are outside. With all that is going on right now, please make sure you look after yourself when you are working hard outside. The average person in the islands loses almost one gallon of water, primarily in the form of sweat and urine, during a day. If you are working hard in the yard to clean up the af ter the storm, then you will lose even more fluids. You need to keep up with the losses you will experience by drinking water and fluids like Gatorade. Trees that have been shaken violently in a storm may need to be cut down. Trees that have fallen may need to be removed. People usually use chain saws for the re moval of any trees. I have seen many chain saw accidents. So please use them with care and make sure that nobody is around when you cut down any trees. Please make sure that you use care not to cut or injure yourself and ALWAYS use safety glasses. I am out of space for this article so my last words to the community are please be safe, take care and God bless you, your family and The Bahamas.Your Health Safety tips for after a hurricane Murphy Town CommitteeBy Mirella Santillo Murphy Town Township Committee met on August 22 with Chairman Shawn Simms leading the meeting. Contracts and tenders were the first topics of discus sion. Mr. Simms announced that Michael Dawkins would now be in charge of the Great Cistern Road. He mentioned having received a tender from Bahama Waste for a bi-weekly garbage collection of the whole Murphy Town area. However, the com mittee decided to keep the present contract owner, Trevor Mills, for the next three years. Desmond Swain will take care of Bahama Coral Island. Since the combined tenders amounted to more that the one from Bahama Waste, Mr Simms agreed to renegotiate Mr. Mills contract. Mr. Simms suggested canceling Paul Mills contract by eliminating the dump sters at the Burial Society and at Coco nut Tree Bay and replace them with two drums. The motion was accepted, allowing the township to save approximately $900 per month. The greater part of the meeting was ded icated to discussing the renovation of the Burial Society that was briefly mentioned at the Julys meeting. Mr. Simms went over what he thought should be done to the building. The Chairman familiarized the committee members with the quotes he had gotten. He explained that the money for the renovation could come from the grants account and from the monthly savings produced by the cancelled garbage contract. It was agreed that an air conditioning unit should be installed after the renova tion was completed. Administrator Cooper suggested that the Committee allocate an amount for the repairs and work with it. He suggested that the renovation be done in stages and that the Committee establish a scope of work for each stage and complete each phase with the money coming in. The need to redo the bathroom at Coconut Tree Bay prompted the Administrator to offer that the Chairman be allowed an amount to deal with emergencies arising in between meetings. It was agreed that the amount should be up to $500. One member brought forward the idea that a Committee member should be involved in the management of the Murphy Town Park. Mr. Cooper reminded the members that the parks were under the ju risdiction of the Council and that the Min istry of Youth, Sports and Culture was in the process of establishing a Management Committee to oversee the recently built baseball field. Addressing concerns about the soccer games taking place at the park, he suggested that the Chairman meet with the President of the Soccer League. He reminded the members that the Committee was responsible to make sure that the township was prepared for the emergency brought about by Hurricane Irene and that the residents should know about the designated hurricane shelters. Mr. Cooper proposed that a Committee member should be given the responsibility to inspect the sidewalks on Forest Drive as they were being built.Local Government at WorkRemember Conservation begins with YOU


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Outboard Sales & Service By Timothy Roberts With the goal of training newly elected Local Government practitioners the first steps in economic development, the Min istry of Lands and Local Government on July 28 spearheaded a training seminar in Nassau under the theme Empowering Lo cal Government Practitioners to Enhance Economic Development, attracting 64 chief councillors and deputies and representing 32 local government districts Since the inception of the elected form of Local Government, the same persons were generally offering themselves for of fice with very few new candidates getting involved at the community level, said the Hon. Byron Woodside, Minister of Lands and Local Government. I am pleased to see new faces at the helm of local govern ment. However, we cannot forget those who served before. I wish to recognize Chief Councillors like Abner Pinder, Brian Cleare, Ian Knowles, David Dean, and Jeremy Sweeting for their commitment and dedication to their respective commu nities. The seminar offered an accelerated course to teach the basic financial and legal guidelines necessary for a successful Local Government system. The emphasis was on commitment, accountability, transparency, integrity and communication. Practitioners were exposed to relation ship building techniques to establish the role of Local and Central Government agencies to build a partnership in coop eration for community development. They focused on important statutory responsi bilities that affect socio-economic develop ment. Jeremy Sweeting, Chief Councillor of the Hope Town District Council, enjoyed the seminar/workshop and said it was very well organized. I highly commend the local government minister and the office of the prime minister for putting it together. He said that though this was his third time to such a workshop, he still found new ideas that he learned from the two-day seminar. Like reading a book, each time you read it, you find something you didnt notice before. George Cornish, Chief Councillor for Central Abaco District Council, agreed saying the seminar was great, the speakers were dynamic, but the presen tations though were kind of short. The information we got was overwhelming and the presenters, even though their time was short, gave a lot of good in formation. Both Mr. Cornish and Mr. Sweeting said the highlight of the seminar was the Ministerial Roundtable where ministers make themselves available for questions from the group of councillors. They had ministers representing Education, Envi ronment, Health, Housing, Tourism and Aviation and others including the Prime Minister, Hubert Ingraham, himself. Our local representatives said it was worth the trip just for this event alone. Mr. Cornish said the seminar covered subject like control on buildings, Minis try of Works, Port Authority, Hotel Li censing, NEMA, the roles of a Justice of the Peace and talked about dealing with finances with the theme of that discus sion being Integrity, Fairness and Pro fessionalism. Mr. Sweeting said one thing that was stressed to the councillors is that they are not to engage in employing a lot of people. There were reports that councils were hiring to be popular or to benefit family or friends. Their salaries were taking up so much of their budgets that they were not able to carry out some of their mandated duties. Mr. Cornish added that it was also discussed that employees being hired by Local Government will be put on annual contracts. Both councillors agreed that the experi ence of meeting with the other chief coun cillors was great. While the seminar was great and the information we got from the seminar was great, it was nothing compared to being able to talk and share ex periences with the chief councillors from other islands, Mr. Cornish said. Mr. Sweeting said the Minister of En vironment, the Hon. Earl Deveaux, had him meet the chief councillor from Exu ma to met him because Exuma faces sim ilar challenges with dump management. They are arranging sometime in the near future to visit with the Hope Town Coun cil and see what they have done in Hope Town and Man-O-War with waste man agement. Mr. Cornish noted the defined empha sis during this seminar on cutting spending because budgets are tight. They were re minded that the councils are held account able for the money that is spent. The Local Government Act states that if the admin istrator sees the money is not being spent appropriately, he has the power to shut the council down. The auditors are auditing every penny so you have to be diligent and responsible with your budget. It was noted that Abaco was the only island to have started a Chief Council lors Association and other islands were encouraged to get together and form their own. There was a presentation made to bring together Chief Council lors from across the islands in a group called Bahamas Association Local Gov ernment Authorities (BALGA). The as sociation is seeking to have an election of officers at the end of August. Local Government leaders attend workshop in Nassau


September 1 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 Damage Sometime in the afternoon or evening of August 9, the driver-side win dow was smashed on a car parked on the domestic side of the Marsh Harbour Port area. Assault The police were asked to respond to a domestic fight at a Dundas Town residence. When the police arrived, they found a woman who had been punched in the face whom they advised to seek medi cal attention. Shop Breaking About noon on August 11 a clothing store on Don MacKay Bou levard in Marsh Harbour was discovered to have been broken into and clothing was stolen valued over $15,000. Causing Damage A Crown Haven pa tron at a Marsh Harbour bar left about 2:30 a.m. on August 12 after having an altercation with a woman he identified. She followed him to his friends house in Murphy Town where she slashed all four tires, scratched the drivers side of his car and said as she left, See you in court. Housebreaking & Stealing While absent from her Central Pines home in Dundas Town during mid-Sunday on August 21, a resident discovered that someone had pushed in a screen and entered through a window. Stolen were cash, a Toshiba lap top computer and a black Nike school bag. Stealing from a Vehicle A Fox Town resident left Abaco on August 1 and re turned on August 21 to discover that while his truck was parked at the Marsh Harbour airport, a window had been smashed and a DVD/CD player had been stolen. Stealing A construction container at the kidney dialysis center under construction on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour was broken into during the night of August 16. Tools valued at $3,600 were stolen. House Breaking A Treasure Cay resi dence was broken into between August 13 and 16 through a bathroom window with $350 in U.S. cash stolen. A suspect was arrested on August 21. Stolen Vessel ( Recovered) A 23-foot Dusky with a 200 HP Yamaha motor was stolen between August 7 and 15 while docked at a private dock in Marsh Harbour. The boat, valued at $16,000, was subsequently recovered. Stolen Vessel During the night of August 17 a 30-foot Contender valued at $186,000 was stolen from a second homeowners boat lift on Guana Cay. The police have leads on the boats location. Stolen Vessel During the night of August 17, a 33-foot Grady White with two 250 HP Yamaha outboard engines, valued at $300,000, was stolen from a private dock in Treasure Cay. The boat was soon recovered in the Treasure Cay area without the engines. About noon on August 20 both engines were recovered at a residence on the S.C. Bootle Highway. Five suspects were arrested, one from Wood Cay, two of Treasure Cay, one of S.C. Bootle Highway and one of Marsh Harbour.Police Crime Report Check out The Abaconian By Timothy Roberts During the Councils monthly meeting on August 18 Chief Councillor of the Hope Town District Council, Jeremy Sweeting, expressed a measure of frustration over sev eral matters that are continuing to happen despite those persons being told to stop. One such case is illegal dumping on a property in Hope Town by a resident. This resident has continued for about a year after the Council has told him to remove it from the property where he is dumping it and carry it to the transfer station as every one else is required to. During the meeting the Council spoke to Kim Wells at the Department of Environmental Health by phone concern ing it. She said at their last inspection he was only making mulch (wood chipping) on his property, and the garbage had been removed. Council members visited in past couple of weeks and said that they saw gar bage still being dumped. Council members will revisit the site. If the problem still ex ists, they will contact Ms. Wells again. Patrick Stuart met with the Council seeking approval in principal for a master plan for the expansion of Cracker Ps on Lubbers Quarters to include up to 18 rental cottages. Mr. Stuart owns a 7.5-acre strip of land from sea to sea. He wants approval in principal so he can begin arranging finances to carry out his plans. I would be only the second Bahami an-owned resort in Hope Town area. After reviewing the plan, the Council said it had no problem with the proposal and gave its approval in principal. The Council discussed issues concern ing the Hope Town lighthouse. Presently the keeper is often not there and tourists are left to look on their own without a guide. It was suggested that the Council talk with Dave Gale to discuss a way for the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society to collect a donation from visitors towards upkeep and ensuring that a keeper/tour guide is always available. The Council felt that if the tens of thousands of visitors donated even just a dollar, it would go a long way towards maintaining the building. A dock extension on Guana Cay was awarded to Robert Lew Sweeting several months ago allowing him to extend the present dock on his property up to 120 feet. It has been discovered that the dock was built up to 160 feet, and it appeared as though he was going to build even longer, violating the specifications of the plans that were approved by the Council. The Coun cil decided that the 40 additional feet needs to be removed within 30 days. During the meeting contracts were signed for garbage collection, the cleaning of the clinic, the cleaning of post office, upkeep of grounds and verges and other town upkeep contracts. To save time and travel costs for the signing of contracts on Guana Cay and Man-O-War, Mr. Sweet ing went to the cays to sign the contracts rather than have all the individuals come to Hope Town. The Council reviewed plans submitted by Abaco Inn to rebuild three cottages, which they approved pending posting. They also reviewed and approved an ap plication for three additional golf carts for Donnas Cart Rentals in Guana Cay. Looking at a time in October to hold a Town Meeting in Hope Town as they felt it would be better attended at that time. The Council extended its condolences to the family of Moriah Lowe, who recently passed away. She had recently turned 90 years old and was considered to be one of the oldest residents of the cay. Mr. Sweeting shared information from his recent trip to the Local Government Seminar in Nassau, telling the Council of the benefits of the knowledge shared.Hope Town District Council meets


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: Monarch Air Group 5535 NW 23 Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 954.958.0445 954.958.0447 (fax)On Demand Aircraft Charter Services Call Us Today! Your Cargo Specialists By Samantha V. Evans The Little Miss Abaco Pageant was held on August 7 at the Anglican Hall in Marsh Harbour. Nine young ladies from eight to 11 years old were ready to convince the judges that they are the best person to represent Abaco at the Little Miss Bahamas Pageant in November 2011. The winner, Little Miss Abaco for 2010-2011 was Antonyah Mackey, who represented the community of Central Pines. The first runner up was Little Miss Dundas Town, Mikell Dawkins. The sec ond runner up was Little Miss Leisure Lee, Krystal Alvarez. The third runner up was Little Miss Man-O-War, Lorvincia Oval. In fourth position was Little Miss Hope Town, Marvinique Altidor. These top five winners received a trophy and the winner received flowers. The winner will go to Nassau every week beginning in October until the Little Miss Bahamas Pageant in November. If the winner cannot travel, then the runner up will take that spot. Other categories were awarded. The Miss Photogenic Award went to Antonyah Mackey, the Best Talent Award went to Lovely Solon, the Spokesperson Award went to Tanyia Combronne, the Punctu ality Award went to Neisly Jean-Relus, the Float Queen Award went to Antonyah Mackey, Miss Popularity Award went to Mikell Dawkins, Float Costume Original ity Award went to Lorvincia Oval, the Evening Gown Award went to Krystal Alvarez, Judges Interview Award went to Antonyah Mackey, Best Model Award went to Lovely Solon and the National Costume Award went to Lorvincia Oval. There was a second and first runner up for each award category and each young lady received a medal. All awards were provided by the Little Miss Abaco Organization. The contestants have been preparing for some time for this grand finale. On July 30 the contestants took part in the float parade when they were driven through Central Abaco in their princess costumes. Some of the young ladies wore a beautiful dress while others dressed in costumes depicting Tinker Bell, Jasmine and Cinderella. On July 31 they took part in the talent competition, the judges interview, national costume and hobby competitions held at Abaco Beach Resort. Over the course of the nine weeks of training the contestants took part in etiquette training, modeling and dance classes and community service. They had a swimsuit photo shoot and table manners training at Abaco Beach Resort as well. On the pageant day the contestants performed their opening dance to Junkanoo music, modeled in their evening gowns and answered the final interview question. The reigning Queen Madisyn Cole read a poem she wrote and dedicated to her late grandmother who helped her through the pageant. Her grandmother passed away soon after the Little Miss Bahamas Pageant in November 2010. The costumes worn by the girls depicted things Bahamian such as the Flamingo, Androsia Doll, Market Woman, Bahamian Flag, Defense Force, Customs Officer, Police Officer, and a Sisal Doll. Madisyn Cole did her final walk and thanked everyone who supported her. Director Olive Dixon presented her with flowers. She stated that it has been won derful and she is proud of all that she has been able to learn and accomplish. Madi syn presented the awards. Mrs. Dixon told the young ladies that Antonyah Mackay is crowned Little Miss Abacothey must continue to let their light shine even after today. They must let their light shine and others will too. She stated that even though she is strict, the training is es sential for them to compete nationally and internationally. The judges for this competition were Wynsome Ferguson, Calvon Edgecombe, Claudia Knowles, Mildred Rolle and Shazara Bootle. By Samantha V. Evans In The Bahamas we are a blessed na tion and as a part of being blessed we en joy great weather year round. This makes The Bahamas a sought after destination by millions of tourists who do not have the luxuries we enjoy here in the countries where they reside. This results in millions of persons visiting our shores on an an nual basis. Abaco is one of those sought after desti nations and the jury is still out on whether Abacos revenue has surpassed that of the second city. Abaco is acknowledged as the boating capital of The Bahamas, which makes this island open to receiving a di verse group of guests. If this is the case, I wonder why Abaco does not yet have a state-of-the-art airport. There has been much talk about it, but no work has been started as yet. When some one visits the Marsh Harbour airport, it is scary to see the congestion in that little building and the conditions under which the employees have to work. There are at least ten agent stalls, and none of them has room to fully entertain their passen gers without bumping into each other. None of them can form a straight check-in line without having to borrow space from a fellow agent. It is offensive to see the way we have allowed this problem to be come so bad that it can affect our number one income tourism. As I visited the airport recently, I was concerned about how persons felt having to work and check-in passengers under such conditions. I asked some of the per sons who were open to giving comments, and I listened to some of what our guests were saying as they waited and waited and waited for service. Yes, it was that bad. While at the airport there was a female passenger who was trying to get home by traveling on one of the small airlines but was told that she had to pay additional money in order to fly. The lady was so up set that she walked off cursing but the last thing she stated was that she is so pissed that she will not be returning to The Bahamas. The agent did not know how to han dle the client, especially when she became hostile. When we talk about excellent customer service, employees need to be trained in how to handle hostile or difficult employ ees. If the agent had the skills to deal with this person, a visitor experience could have been saved. Also on this day, many of the airlines were short staffed resulting in long lines and slow service. Hence, the congestion was out of control. Finally, when another visitor and his wife had checked in, they asked the agent for the waiting lounge, and she stated that they would have to wait outside. The guest was gracious in his response, but customer response training is needed as well. I am sure we all realize that everything is not going to be perfect even when the new airport is built. But words are powerful. When em ployees are trained on how to positively use words, they will know how to make residents and guests feel appreciated and respected. It is so important that more persons seek employment because they are interested in establishing a career and not simply because they need a job. The attitude displayed by the latter persons is evident in many business places on Abaco, and that needs to change immediately or our number one industry is in serious trouble. The experiences shared above are only some of those that I was able to hear in less than an hour at the airport. Similar inci dents took place on other days as well. As a citizen of The Bahamas and a resident of Abaco, I am very concerned about the messages we are sending to those who en ter and leave our country via this airport. The lackadaisical attitude of many of the workers is scary to say the least. There are too many people sitting around around instead of contributing to the smooth running of the airport. Agents have to look for their porters to take bags which further delays service. The airport is not the ideal building but there is so much that can be done to make it more inviting such as ensuring that the agent booths are presentable and that the air conditioning is working well. Too many persons complained about the condi tions they have to work under. This too may add to the not-so-great service many of them are giving. In whatever way the management of the airport can assist the agents with making them more comfortable, it would be wise to do so because every guest that leaves our shores unhappy with us or disappointed with our service will affect all of us directly or indirectly in years to come.Congestion and poor service at Marsh Harbour airport need to be addressedViewpoint


September 1 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 Nurse Practioner at Corbett ClinicBy Jennifer Hudson Since the departure of Dr. John Shedd from the Corbett Medical Centre in Treasure Cay, the clinic is now being man aged by a Nurse Practitioner along with Dr. James Hull, who travels from Marsh Harbour twice a week. Mrs. Darlene Hiatt (nee) Higgs has been full time Nurse Prac titioner there since April and is thoroughly enjoying her work. Darlene is the daughter of Patricia and Rowan Higgs of Marsh Harbour and is now back on her home island after 10 years of study in the United States. She left Marsh Harbour at the age of 16 to pursue a career in the medical field, first obtain ing her bachelors in nursing at the Valdosta State University in Georgia and then her masters in nursing from the University of Tampa, Florida. She spent a year gaining experience as a cardiac nurse in a hospi tal in Clearwater, Florida. When the op portunity of a job on Abaco with Dr. Hull arose, Darlene was delighted at the opportunity and began working with him in Marsh Harbour in March before taking up her post in Treasure Cay one month later. Nurse Practitioner Hiatt explained the role of a Nurse Practitioner as beginning with a regular bache lors degree in nursing which is then followed by additional advanced training in assessment, diagnosis and medical management of diseas es which takes another two to three years to complete. In the United States a Nurse Practitioner is allowed more autonomy. They are allowed to have their own practice, can write prescriptions and order diagnostic tests. However, in The Ba hamas a Nurse Practi tioner works under the nursing license of The Bahamas which stipu lates that they work under a physician. Therefore, everything Nurse Practitioner Hiatt does goes through Dr. Hull. This works really well, she says, since everything is electronically charted so that either one can pull up a patients records with all of their background information. Dr. Hull can see whatever I chart. It is very easy to communicate as there are so many electronic means of communicat ing such as instant messaging and smart phones which can send pictures and X-rays in an instant. A pharmacy is on hand in the Treasure Cay clinic with all the basic and regular ly used medications so that Dr. Hull can phone down a prescription at any time. Emergency medications, IV fluids and se lect injections are all kept in stock. Nurse Practitioner Hyatt says that she is on call at all hours for emergencies, especially for established patients. During her nursing rotations in the Unit ed States, Nurse Practitioner Hiatt gained experience in family medicine, pediatrics, dermatology and gynecology as well as cardiac care. She loves the family practice at the Treasure Cay clinic as she gets to ex perience all of this variety. She also loves the small community of Treasure Cay. I can take care of people from 0 to 100 years with whom I come into contact daily which is very personal and rewarding, she says. I see a much broader patient base than I would in the United States where there are so many specialists and all children see a pediatrician. Nurse Practitioner Hiatts husband, Anthony, whom she married in April, trained as an EMT in the United States so he will volunteer with Colin Alburys Emergency Medical Services in Treasure Cay. Colins wife, Patti, has worked at the Corbett Clin ic for 15 years. We all make a great team in Dr. Hulls office, stated Nurse Practi tioner Hiatt. She hopes to begin organizing educational seminars and promoting more preventative care.Abaco student attends Environmental SummitBriana Maxwell, a Forest Heights student and Friends of the Environment intern, attended an Environmental Lead ership Summit during June 25 and 26 at Farmers Cay in Exuma where youths were encouraged to become stewards of the environment and shape the future of The Bahamas. The summit is a program of the Young Marine Explorers group (formerly known as Young Bahamian Marine Scientists) based in Nassau. The program seeks to develop leadership skills through workshops, games and exercises while giving them time to ex plore the Exuma Cays through the eyes of a scientist, visit the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, survey coral reefs, traverse man grove creeks and swim in blue holes. While at the summit, participants learned more about their host island, Farmers Cay, through exploration and interaction with community members. Bri ana said, Some locals took us fishing, and we were able to enjoy what I think is the real Bahamas. Even coming from a Family Island, their way of life floored me. Our northern islands have developed so much compared to the south. Briana noted that the people on Farm People in the News Darlene Higgs Hiatt, right, is a nurse practioner working at the Corbettt Clinic in Treasure Cay. She took up the position in April. She is shown with Dr. James Hull, who is the physi cian in charge of the clinic, and Patti Albury, who has worked at the clinic for many years. Please see People Page 18


Page 18 Section B The Abaconian September 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 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 ers Cay depend very much on the sea. Men spend their mornings fishing while women plait leaves by the sea. In the af ternoon socializing is based on the clean ing of the mornings catch which will later become dinner for many. Everyone lives with the bare necessities and are quite con tent to do so. Briana said that one of the most insight ful projects was a group role-play where attendees took on civilian roles in a dispute on development for a fictional island. I sure began to understand the difficul ties in such a situation. Especially when you need to save your environment, but you have hundreds of people unemployed with no way to feed their families. About her trip, Briana said, It was an amazing experience, one I would not trade People From Page 17 More People in the News for the world. When I think about my trip, the first word that pops into my mind is insightful, and it truly was. I became so much more aware of my environment and community. This trip is one I will surely never forget!New Head Nurse is at Government ClinicBy Jennifer Hudson Nurse Maxine Brown took over from Nurse Romer as Nurse Manager for the Abaco District and Nurse in Charge of the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic on June 16. Before taking up her appointment in Marsh Harbour, Nurse Brown was sta tioned in Nassau. Prior to that she served in Spanish Wells and Grand Bahama. Nurse Brown served as Midwifery Team Leader and also worked at headquarters as National Family Planning Coordinator and Coordinator of Adolescent Health. Nurse Brown is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, certified Critical Care Nurse, Health Visitor and Community Health Nurse. While on Abaco she will conduct supervisory visits to the other clinics and act as a resource person for them. She received her training at The Bahamas School of Nursing, The College of The Bahamas and the Intensive Care Unit of the Princess Margaret Hospital. While working on Abaco there are many changes Nurse Brown would like to see implemented. She would like to see restructuring so that a national program will be implemented at the local clinic. She would like to develop the Family Planning and Child Health Clinics to become more structured. Another goal of hers is to take nursing back into the community through Community Health Nursing, giving out information and focusing on prevention. People can learn how to treat minor ail ments at home so that the government health service can be utilized more effec tively and efficiently, she suggested. She would also like to see the TB surveillance team strengthened by training received from Nassau. Another programme Nurse Brown would like to focus on is the non-communicable diseases programme. It is important to get people to comply with taking their medica tions and get regular check-ups as this can prevent emergencies occurring from com plications of these conditions, she stated. Yet another of her interests is in promoting active aging. Nurse Brown would like to see older people planning to age grace fully. There are too many senior citizens who have become inactive and have just hung up the towel waiting to die when they could be out being mobile and active in the community, she lamented. Every social issue that there is, Ab aco has, stated Nurse Brown. Teen pregnancy, early sexual activity, drug abuse and violence a programme needs to be developed to speak to each of these things. Nurse Brown would like to see partnerships formed with other agencies but knows that all of these plans will re quire patience. The support of the staff has been great so far and they have been open to ideas. I know that I must introduce change slowly as people are resistant to change, she added. Nurse Brown volunteered to come to Abaco as she wanted to be stationed some where stable instead of moving around so often and is enjoying her time on Abaco very much although she does not have much time to spare. She has a sister who is a teacher in Treasure Cay and a young niece whom she likes to have stay with her. Perhaps Nurse Browns greatest wish is to turn the Marsh Harbour clinic into a mini-hospital.Singspiration raises funds for medical ex penseBy Jennifer Hudson A singspiration was held on August 13 at New Vision Ministries as a fund raiser for 6-year-old Aimee Hamilton with roots in Cherokee Sound who has, in her short lifetime, accumulated enormous medical bills. This is the third fund raiser which has been held recently for her. Not only does Aimees mother have to face already mounting medical bills, but another costly surgery is scheduled for Aimee. Briana Maxwell attended the Invironmental Leadership Summit on Exuma that combined environmental studies and exploration of Exumas reefs, caves, blue holes and creeks. Nurse Maxine Brown The Seventh Day Adventist choir was included in the program of a Singspiration held at New Vision Ministries to raise funds for Aimee Hamilton, a child with a congenital heart condition that has required mulitple surgeries. She will soon undergo another operation. Please see People Page 21


September 1 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 Office Of The Prime Minister Commonwealth of The Bahamas Island of New Providence Notice of Possession Given Under The Acquisition of Land Act Chapter 233 Whereas by Declaration of Intended Acquisition dated 16 th day of June AD, 2011 and published In the Extraordinary Gazette dated 21st day of June AD., 2011, the Minister responsible for the Acquisi tion and Disposition of Lands, the Promoter, declared that it was his intention to acquire the lands described in the Schedule for a public purpose namely for Construction of middle Income housing, public parks and open green spaces, a public dock, public roads, construc tion of other public facilitles and for uses related, thereto. And whereas the Minister responsible for Acquisition and Disposition of Lands, is of the opinion that possession of the said lands should be obtained before payment is made to the rightful claimants thereto. Now therefore It is hereby declared that the said lands have been appropriated by the Minister, responsible for Acquisiton and Disposi tion of Lands for the purpose mentioned In the said Declaration of Intended Acquisition with effect from the date hereof. Dated this 8 th Day of August AD., 2011 Hubert A. Ingraham Minister Responsible for The Acquisition and Disposition of Lands Schedule (Annexed) Schedule 25.589 acres AN that certain piece. parcel or lot of land containing by admeasure ment Twenty-Five and Five Thousand and Sixty Fire Hundredths Acres or thereabouts and shown on Plan 2188AB on record in the Department of Lands & Surveys situate south of S. C. Bootle High School and West of New Coopers Town Subdivision in the Settle ment of Coopers Town in the island of Abaco in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas ABUTTING and bounding towards the North West by S. C. Bootle High School and partly on privately-owned land, towards the North East by the S. C. Bootle High School and partly by privately-owned land, towards the South on the sea towards the South East by the New Coopers Town Subdivision and partly by Privately-owned land and towards the North West on the sea or how ever else the same may abut and bound which said lot piece or parcel of land is/are more particularly delineated and shown coloured pink on the plan of the area hereto annexed. Schedule 7.81 acres All that certain lot piece or parcel of land containing by admeasurement Seven and Eighty One Hundredths of an Acre or thereabouts and shown on Plan 2189AB on pers Drive (south Side Road) and approximately 1275 feet South of the Main Public Highway in the Settlement of Coopers Town in the Island of Abaco in the Common wealth of The Bahamas, abutting and Bounding toward the North West on Coopers Drive (South Side Road) towards the North East on Government Land, towards the South West on the sea or however else the same may abut and bound which said lot piece or parcel of land is/are more particularly delineated and shown coloured pink on the plan of the area hereto annexed. Notice of Possession Given Under The Acquisition of Land Act Chapter 233 Whereas by Declaration of Intended Acquisition dated 6th day of December A.D., 2010 and published In the Extraordinary Gazette dated 10 th day of Decem ber A.D., 2010, the Minister responsible for the Acquisition and Disposition of Lands, the Promoter, declared that the land described in the Schedule hereto was required for a public purpose, namely, construction of public utilities infrastruc ture and for uses related thereto. And whereas the Minister responsible for Acquisition and Disposition of lands, is of the opinion that possession of the said land should be obtained before payment is made to the rightful claimants thereto. Now therefore it is hereby declared that the said land have been appropriated by the Minister responsible for Acquisition and Disposition of Lands for the purpose mentioned in the said Declaration of Intended Acquisition with effect from the date hereof, Dated this 8th Day of August AD. 011 Hubert A, Ingraham Minister Responsible for The Acquisition and Disposition of Lands schedule (Annexed)


Page 20 Section B The Abaconian September 1, 2011 Vacation Bible School hits record attendance By Canishka Alexander Approximately 116 children attended the Vacation Bible School held at the Marsh Harbour Church of Christ on August 8-12. According to Evangelist Jason Quashie, it was the best attendance recorded so far since the group from Greenville Avenue Church of Christ in Texas started coming to Abaco four years ago. This years theme was Believe It or Not, Its in the Bible as children heard biblical stories about David, Ezekiel and the Dry Bones, how God used Gideon to conquer an enemy camp and Balaam and the donkey that seemed too extraordinary to be true. Arnold and Raymond Christopher enjoyed their time and both agreed that it is the children that keep bringing them back year after year. There were 13 members in the group. New Rehoboth offers Vacation Bible Camp By Canishka Alexander Earlyn and Joan Baillou of New Re hoboth Ministries International held their annual Vacation Bible Camp from August 2-5 and focused on Facing Opposition as their theme. Throughout the week the teenagers en joyed various activities with Nakia Turner, who showed them how to create cushions, dolls made from yarn and pencil holders. However, the camp also incorporated life long lessons for those in attendance. Each day the teenagers had a Bible story followed by community leaders tell ing about various services offered in the community. On Day One John Pintard and Mr. Albury of the National Emergency Medical Services team gave a presenta tion about the service they provide on the island. On Day Two Linda Weatherford spoke about native plants, trees and flow ers. Lesson Three saw Sgt. Paul Johnson with Tim and Adelle McDonald informing the group about what to do in the event of a fire. They allowed the children to ride in the fire truck. Joan Baillou explained that the Vaca tion Bible School is very important for the youths because it teaches them the fundamentals of the Bible and allows them to develop social skills and acquire the edu cation required of productive citizens. She encouraged those offering summer camps to continue to do their part even when faced with financial difficulties and to be assured that another person or group would come along to make their own contribution.Bible School at 7th Day Adventist ChurchBy Samantha V. Evans The Go Fishin Mission Adventure Camp was held at the Marsh Harbour Seventh Day Adventist Church from July 25 to July 30. The camp was open to kids ages 3 to 12 and the focus was for them to learn how to become little missionaries for Jesus. Activities over the week included drama, games, learning about food from around the world, crafts, brain teasers, music, and skits. Approximately 40 kids attended the camp which was facilitated by seven teach ers and 13 assistants. The camp was or ganized by the North American Childrens Missionaries Department of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The childrens ministry at the church on Abaco organized and executed the camp. The skills the kids were exposed too included helpfulness, compassion, sharing, love, and leadership skills. All these skills were learned through the kids engaging in camp activities.Soul Saving Pastor celebrates anniversaryBy Samantha V. Evans Pastor Lawrence Arnett has been a pastor for more than 22 years, and on July 3 his church family celebrated his accom plishments. The theme chosen for this cel ebration was Focused on My Destiny with Faith, Courage, and Determination. The guest speaker for the event was Overseer Helen McPhee of Agape Full Gospel Bap tist Church in Nassau. Pastor McPhee spoke of the role of Christians including the way they dress and present themselves to the public. She encouraged Christians to be serious about serving God and not be pretenders. She wants to see unity among pastors instead of them competing with each other. Pastor Arnett recalled the many strug gles and challenges he and his church fam ily faced as they journeyed to establishing their church but thank God they now have a permanent home base. He stated that he is proud of the church leaders, followers, friends and their families for assisting with the fulfillment of this mission. They now have a renewed focus, one which unifies this ministrys efforts to ensure that people from every walk of life are rescued from the spiritual, social, economic, domestic or moral prisons in their lives. He was presented with a gift basket by the church.Teens are introduced to LIFE program By Canishka Alexander Whitney Bain, CEO of Whitsun Leader ship Group, visited with about 30 young people at the Beraca Baptist Church locat ed off the S.C. Bootle Highway. Bains or ganization is sponsoring the LIFE program which helps young people to develop a strong foundation and gives them a plan or vision for their lives. In essence, he said, it gives our young people structure. That structure allows them to have a better life because they know what theyre doing tomorrow, they know exactly what theyre doing next week, and they can actually plan ahead for their lives, Mr. Bain said. So it helps to bring some sta bility, strong foundation to their lives, and it helps them to really be able to achieve meaningful goals in life. He explained that LIFE is an acronym for Learning, Identifying, Executing and Facilitating. Through the LIFE program He emphasized the importance of their getting to know who they are, the benefits of working as a team and how to execute their plans. He was pleased to observe how perceptive and keen the group of youths were with the activities he gave them.Bishop Campbell is District Overseer By Samantha V. Black In March 2011 Bishop Anthony Campbell became the Church of God District Overseer for Abaco. This position comes with many responsibilities including his being the spokesperson for the seven churches on the island. He stated that he was recommended by Bishop Cooper to be his replacement and he graciously ac cepted. Bishop Campbell believes that they have a lot of work to do. They are dealing with a different generation of young people so it is important that they train and develop pastors for future ministry and provide them with leadership training. They will do their best to point them in the right direction. They must all work together to focus on the next generation. Church leaders must also realize that they have a different level of people who worship in churches today. They have de sages must be able to reach all levels of people. Finally, he would like to bring unity among the brothers in ministry so that they can work together to do Gods work. The district held its first convention June 6 through 12 in Coopers Town at the Faith Walk Church of God. Numerous speak ers preached throughout the week but the keynote address was delivered by Bishop George Peart from Fort Lauderdale, who is the former overseer for the Church of God in Toronto, Canada. He spoke about making the gospel simple without confus ing people. They must be prepared to build relationships, then friendships, then they can win that person for Christ. The district ladies conference will be held in September 21-23 at the Dundas Town Church of God. The keynote address will be delivered by Evangelist Carnetta Ferguson from Nassau. Victory Tabernacle Church News By Saman V. Black Victory Tabernacle was started in 2003 in a classroom at Abaco Central High School and six months later they were able to lease the building they currently wor ship in. The mission of the church was and still is to build a community for God that shapes the lives of men, women and chil dren through Agape love. To do this, the Church News Please see Church Page 21


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For information call 242-366-2013 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 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 Holi day Vacation and long term RENTALS also available! Condo Fur nished 2 bed/ 1 bath. A/C, internet ready. Ide al for student/s. Security on grounds. Bus stop at entry. 15 min from PB Community College. Short walk to major shopping & restaurants. Call 242-365-4636 days, 242-365-4218 eve nings. Reduced from $75,000 to $65,000 over looking the sound. House & lot, cottage & lot. Lots 100x100. OWNER FINANCING. Call 242-376-5422 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSTreasure Cay Charming 3 br 2 ba 1800 sq. ft. canalfront home with tropical decor, pool, dockage for two boats and only a two min. walk to Treasure Cays world renown beach. $2800/ month for 12 month lease. Call 242-477-5056 or 843-278-0277 church engages in a number of annual activities including prayer and fasting, reviv als, family day, and various conferences. Victory Tabernacle is in the process of building its own sanctuary which will be equipped to meet the needs of the commu nity inclusive of a rehabilitation center, a pre-school and a youth center. The pastors 22nd anniversary service is scheduled for October 6-9 culminating with a service on October 9. Pastor Lewis is very concerned about the crime in the Bahamas and the effect it is having on people all over the country. He encourages more youth to join civic or ganizations in the community where they live so that they can grow mentally and socially. They need to look at the bigger picture of what life means to us and to associate with persons who are positive and have a positive attitude. He hopes that as youth prepare to go back to school they will adapt a positive attitude and have confidence in themselves as he believes that in each person there is a leader. They are the future generation and future leaders. They have an obligation to equip themselves for tomorrow. Finally, he would like to see more of them put God first because He promised to direct their path.Church From Page 20 By Mirella Santillo The last two games of the soccer season which were to determine who the league champion was, were played on July 31. Abacom United and the Hope Town Showstoppers were in a tie with 29 points each and on that Sunday, Abacom United and the Showstoppers were in a tie for first place. Hope Town won their game. The females first place went to the Marsh Har bour Golden Girls. Because the Hope Town players had shown up at every scheduled game at the cost of traveling and had been so determine to win, the league President, Malcom Spic er thought it fair to hold the trophy presen tation ceremony in Hope Town. On August 13th a group left Marsh Harbour with the trophies to reward the victory of the Showstoppers. The trophy presentation took place at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. Each team member of both the winning and the second place teams received trophies. Special awards went to Abacom United players Max Therville for best goal keeper and to Kenny Fenelus for best Defender. The Golden Boot award went to Andrew Charles with the Show MVP award. Others who were acknowledged were Coach Jeffrey Victor and referees Wes ley Rombo Presner, Herve Tilus and Patrice Charles who received plaques for their dedication throughout the year. Hope Town Showstoppers Captain, Jamesen Cherisme was handed the victors cup. Head Coach Wilfred Pierre and coach Johnny Decius received the floating trophy. Both Coach Decius and the teams Secretary, Yvenet Alcime, boasting with pride, spoke about the challenges they en countered during the season and how their team spirit had helped overcome them. They thanked the Hope Town businesses and individuals who had sponsored them. They pledged to win again next year. Mr. Spicer congratulated the Hope Town players admitting that they had been the best this year and that they deserved to have won. He mentioned that 64 games were played during the season and that it had been one of the best season ever, with eight male teams and two female teams. Because none of the women was able to travel to Hope Town, a separate trophy presentation took place for them in Marsh Harbour. in the Soccer LeagueThe Hope Town Show Stoppers won first place in the Soccer League. Aimee was born with a congenial heart condition that has required several surgeries already. Her first surgery at three months cost $1.3 million. The Sir Vic tor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation assisted and was able to get sizeable dis counts. She has also been helped by the Ba hamas Heart Association, but the parents are expected to pay back by making a sizeable donation to the association every month. Her mother, Louann Johnson said, We will be paying for the rest of our lives. Fortunately, Aimee is now a happy, smart and very lively child who, according to her mother, is doing well. She is a little miracle, she said. The singspiration showcased a number of vocalists making for an interesting va riety. The Jesus male voice group, which has now increased in number from four to five, gave a very strong performance. They were followed by the 15 voice Seventh Day Adventist Choir, Roger Pinder with his unique country style, Kelia McK inney and a duet by her younger sister Ba sia and her friend, Allaira Johnson, both ten year olds. Dave Lowe and Ted Pearce, an ever popular duo who, as always gave an outstanding performance, were asked to return to the stage to perform another item by Master of Ceremonies, Frank Hepburn. Glenda Johnson, who has a very powerful voice, reached some extremely high notes. Basil Been dedicated one of his songs to Aimees mother who is a co-worker of his and then a real highlight of the programme was when Amy herself went onstage and touched the hearts of the audience as she sang a sweet little song encouraged by Ba sil Been. A closing prayer was offered by Amys grandfather, Brady Lowe, and the programme closed with refreshments on sale in the parking lot.People From Page 18 Support the Cancer Society Donate Used Items to Be Sold in Their Thrift Shop Visit their shop behind Abaco Groceris


Page 22 Section B The Abaconian September 1, 2011 Business Service Directory Big Cat EquipmentRentals Services: Abaco A & D Trucking Call us P.O. Box AB 20432, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Abaco Glass Company Screens Made and Repaired Yale Windows Dales Electric Co.Licenced Electrical Contractor Promote Your business Place a business classied Call Us For More Information 367-2677 or 367-3200 By Jennifer Hudson The benefits which the community of Abaco has received from the International Little League Baseball Tournament held here from July 15 -24 are enormous. At a time when many businesses are feeling the crunch from the downturn in the economy, this tournament provided a very welcome boost, and many of these benefits will be enjoyed for years to come. Malcolm Spic er, Chairperson of the Executive Commit tee who is greatly to be commended along with his committee for all the hard work they put in, stated that the event was Top class and a great success. It was most unfortunate that just as the day for the start of the tournament arrived so did Tropical Storm Brett. This caused the cancellation of two days of play which resulted in the loss of four sets of gate money amounting to $15,000. The torren tial rain caused the flooding of the outside warning track, turning it to mud. This had to be filled in with pea rock which cost an additional $5,000. However, despite this very unfortunate start, all worked out well in the end and the tournament brought untold benefits to Abaco. Approximately 300 people from South America, the Caribbean and Mexico as well as from other parts of The Bahamas were hosted here. The players, coaches and official delegates were housed at Camp Abaco while all the parents, fans and international media booked in at hotels, filling those establishments throughout Marsh Harbour and patronizing the restaurants and grocery stores. These visi tors rented cars, patronized souvenir stores and utilized taxis, giving them all a welcome boost. Airlines also benefitted. A primary objective was to give busi nesses on Abaco first preference for all ac tivities and purchases, stated Mr. Spicer. Food preparation for all of the persons at Camp Abaco had to be contracted out. Par ticipants were supplied with breakfast and dinner and a packed lunch wherever they were playing. Buses had to be organized for the transportation of the players and coaches, all of which was a huge undertak ing for the organizing committee but which greatly benefitted the providers, he said. The games were very well attended with all of the bleachers full every night and this was good news for the persons who ran concession stands for food, shirts and hats. The work on the making of the two ball parks, one in Murphy Town and the other in Coopers Town, injected about half a million dollars into the Abaco community with between $200,000 and $300,000 be ing paid to local contractors, stated Mr. Spicer. Builders, carpenters, heavy equip ment operators and landscapers all benefit ted though many companies generously donated their services free. The concession stand and scorers booth were donated by Coastline Construction, The Abaco Club donated the irrigation system, grassing and seeding, and Paul Baker in the north donated all of the grass sod for the Coopers Town park. Sugarland Nursery donated a large number of the plants and landscaping. BEC donated an excellent display of lights. There was tremendous government support from many agencies including the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, BAIC, BTC, the Ministry of Youth and Sports who were all noted as donating very generously. One of the valuable long term benefits is that the people of Abaco now have two excellent ballparks as a result of this tour nament. The committee members are cur rently trying to find people to look after the facilities. As a result of this tournament, interest in baseball, which was previously nil on Abaco, is now through the roof and coaches and players are all coming forward, said Mr. Spicer. A Little League programme will be started throughout the schools in September. Mr. Spicer mentioned that the doors to further education will be opened for young people through the many baseball scholarships which will be offered by colleges abroad. There is lots more we want to do, he continued. We want to take up the entire complex and utilize it for more sports including football. This is one of the biggest things I have ever done and the pressure has been huge, stated an exhausted Mr. Spicer. No one thought that we would be ready, but we worked through the night at the end to make sure it was ready. It was a fantastic success in which the community and the government really came together. Despite the fact that it was so exhausting and that his business suffered, Mr. Spicer said that it was all well worth it. He is thrilled at the result and what it means for the young people of Abaco who will have more activ ities to occupy them, excellent facilities to use and opportunities opening up for them. Abaco will also benefit for a long time to come from the exposure it has received in all of the countries which participated. News stories and videos were sent back daily to each of the countries and the visitors who came will tell friends and families of their excellent experience at the games and about the beautiful island of Abaco. Hopefully, many will want to come to see for themselves. Through this International Little League Baseball Tournament and the recent international Darts Tournament held in Marsh Harbour, Abaco is really doing its part towards Sports Tourism, which is now a burgeoning aspect of Tourism for the Bahamas. A full Treasurers Report on the Tournament is being prepared by Committee Treasurer Bryan Thompson and will be presented to the public so that full trans parency can be maintained.Little Leagues economic impact on AbacoBy Aisha Z. Jones On June 21 many persons got up early to get on a flight to Nassau to attend the clos ing ceremony for the Local Government Ju nior Council Pilot Program. At the airport the nine Local Government Junior Council ors from Abaco Central High School were met by various officials and friends, some of whom were there to travel with us while others were there to wish us well. This day was full of excitement, fun and laughter! The ceremony started at 11 a.m. with the entrance of the Governor General Arthur Foulkes and his wife Lady Joan Foulkes and other dignitaries. The theme chosen for this event was Forward, Upward and Onward to an Improved Local Government. Minister of State for Lands and Local Government Mr. Woodside told the youth leaders that their participation under the guidance of their hardworking coordinators and the Junior Local Government Secretariat allowed his office to successfully achieve the goals and objectives of this program. He added that this success has further encouraged them to implement the program in other districts. Our own council member Melik Moult rie gave a speech on what it was like be ing a part of the Pilot program and as a Junior Councillor. He stated that he was happy that his classmates trusted him with so much responsibility and power so he felt he had to work even harder so as to not disappoint them. Also during the ceremony, Insp. James Moss, Officer in Charge of the Berry Islands, was honored for his strong involve ment in the development of the Local Government Junior Council Pilot Project. Although not all 54 of the Junior Council lors were in attendance, they were all presented with a certificate. Special awards were given to the District Winners, one of whom was Alvonell Greene, our Junior Chief Councillor for the Abaco District. After the ceremony all of the Council lors were treated to a three course lunch with the Governor General. At the lunch we reminisced about our term in office and about what we would like to see happen if the program continued. Local Government Junior Councillors were awarded at Government House


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Our ship, the Serenity, was captained by Simon and Elizabeth Donnelly, who led us dutifully through Bahamian waters. Our crew consisted of Bryce McIntyre, Chan Moeller, Austin Soren, Christopher Noia, Matt McCormick and myself. We were accompanied by our respective fa thers: Scott McIntyre, Dave Moeller, John Davis, Mike Noia, Bruce McCormick, and John Meyers. Our first day was spent learning about the safety equipment and the terminology and actions associated with sailing. We proceeded to turn in early for sleep, as we had been traveling and awake for more than 24 consecutive hours. The next day, we set off for adventure. We explored many keys over the course of the next six days, in cluding Guana Cay, Elbow Cay, Man-OWar Cay and Fowl Cay amongst oth ers. We had a pig roast on Guana Cay and enjoyed exploring the beach and oceans. We snorkeled at Fowl Cay, seeing sever al reefs and a wide variety of sea life. At Elbow, we walked about Hope Town, get ting delicious ice cream at the Sugar Shack and getting buried in sand at the adjacent beach, where we also climbed trees to get coconuts, which we proceeded to crack open and drink. At Man-O-War Cay, we explored much of the island and got a gargantuan watermel on which we ate for dessert that night. Along with island hopping and explor ing, we learned about life on a sailing boat to an extent. We alternated cooking and cleaning between teams of two boys per shift. We took turns operating the sails, navigating and steering and assisting in working about the ship. We slept on the deck or down below. Our captains were very patient with us in ex plaining and giving examples of how to do things, even if it took us several tries to get it down. When we had down time, we slept, fished, read or swam in the water surround ing the boat. When day seven fi nally rolled around, we were all quite ac customed to life aboard a sailing vessel. We came into port and cleaned off the Serenity. That night we participated in the dedication of a unit of Sea Scouts. We had dinner at a fine dining restaurant and slept aboard for the final time. The next day, we said goodbye to our good captains and headed out. Four of us stayed in the Baha mas on Elbow Cay for another three days, lounging and enjoying the down time. In the end, it was one of the most enjoyable experiences Ive had in a long time. I dont believe I will ever forget what it was like to sail in the Bahamas. High Adventure in the BahamasA member of a Boy Scout Troop from California wrote his impressions of his week sailing Abacos waters. The troop is shown relaxing in Hope Town. This Scout program has been ongoing for many years, bringing more that 6,000 boys with their leaders to enjoy learning how to sail while having a great trip. The boys quickly learned the rudiments of sailing including the vocabulary. Their hosts were Captain Simon and Mate Eliza beth Donnelly on the Serenity. Correction We reported on the Friendly Catch Limited company requesting land for a proposed stone crab processing facility. The correct name is Friendliest Catch Limited and we apologize for the error. Cut your BEC bill Turn your A/C off and open windows. Enjoy cool fall air for free. to remove warm humid air.