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October 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 19 NUMBER 19 OCTOBER 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 RequestedBy Canishka Alexander The Minister of Housing, the Hon. Kenneth Russell, visited Spring City on Sep tember 7, accompanied by Kevin McIntosh of the Department of Housing, to view the progress made since his last visit. Mr. Rus sell was pleased with how swiftly things were moving and announced that homeowners would be able to move into this newest group of houses by the middle or end of October. He added that any minor damages from Hurricane Irene would be corrected and that they would do more cleaning up and landscaping. Overall, however, he expect ed that those moving into the new homes will be happy customers. I didnt expect for the water to be in already, and I didnt expect for the elec tricity to be so far along, Russell commented. I expected the road to be where it is based on what I was hearing, and I no ticed that the contractor is doing more for the existing road than we had anticipated. We asked him to re-pave the existing road, and he seems to be doing more of a recon struction. I think when they get through, Spring City will have a whole set of brand new roads. Provisions were being made for roads, Residents expect to move into Spring City houses this month Min. Kenneth Russell inspects Spring City houses Please see Russell Page 14 The Hon. Kenneth Russell, Minister of Housing, toured the area where government is constructing homes in Spring City. This latest group of houses will be completed for the new owners to move into later in October. Any damage caused by Hurricane Irene will be repaired before the houses are turned over to their new owners. This means that Spring City now has 182 houses. Additional lots in Spring City will be made available. The roads are being graded and prepared for paving that should begin in October. The road work is being done by Big Cat Equipment Company of Marsh Harbour. Mr. Russell also looked at the new lots that will soon be available in Central Pines Estates. The Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, former Prime Minister and Opposition Leader, second from left, and a group of leaders of the PLP political party were on Abaco on Septem ber 8 to veiw the damage caused by Hurricane Irene in North Abaco. They are shown here at lunch with local PLP supporters. Mr. Christie is talking with Renardo Curry, the PLP candidate for the North Abaco Constituency. While they were on Abaco, the group viewed the problems at the government clinic in Marsh Harbour, then went to Coopers Town and Little Abaco. See story on page 5. Irene destroyed the public dock in Coopers TownDiscovery Day Friday, October 14Since the Discovery Day holiday, October 12, falls on a Wednesday, it will automatically be observed on Friday. PLP leaders tour to see hurricane damageHurricane Irene made her mark on North Abaco, causing flooding, some roof damage and other destruction. This is the public dock in Coopers Town. The sea wall that was constructed after Hurricanes Francis and Jeane in 2004 held well. Most of the flooding was sea water that the wind blew in. The hurricanes that Abaco has experi enced, Floyd in 1999, Francis and Jeane in 2004 and Wilma in 2005, have made us conscious of the need for good construction practices and thorough preparation, help ing to minimize damage. See story and pictures on page 2. Photo by Jeffery Cooper.


Page 2 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2011 By Timothy Roberts The surge from Hurricane Irene flooded coastal roads along the communities in North Abaco. In some areas as much as two feet of water flooded the S.C. Bootle Highway, yet most homes escaped un scathed or with minor damages. Hurricane Irene passed over Abaco on August 25 bringing with her 115 mph winds and gusts up to 140 mph. Residents across Abaco fared well losing shingles and experiencing minor roof damage in general. Trees and landscaping seemingly fared the worst in this storm. North Abaco fared no different than the rest of Abaco, except for experiencing a bit more flooding in some areas. Water from the Sea of Abaco made its way across the road during the storm in long stretches near Blackwood and Fire Road. In Coopers Town docks on the shore were badly damaged as the storm surge and waves took their toll. However, the seawall stood its ground and weathered the storm with no apparent damage. Each home was missing various quan tities of shingles; some had almost none missing while others lost large portions. For most though, damage was negligible as Irene merely left behind a mess of debris to clean up. As we drove through Cedar Harbour and Wood Cay, there is little evidence that a storm had recently passed by. Mount Hope fared just as well. Fox Town and Crown Haven looked to be free of any significant damages, though a number of boats appeared to have been moved ashore during the storm. A few electrical poles along the way had an apparent lean but most appeared to be intact and according to BEC North Abaco, as are all areas, is back online. During the drive north there was noticeable tree damage, some apparently fell across the road and were moved while a number of pine trees scattered throughout the forests fell victim to violent gusts of wind throughout the storm.North Abaco bore the storm well This is some of the flooding that occurred in Treasure Cay. In the distance is the Treasure Cay Primary School that was flooded with about two feet of water. This is sea water that the wind blew inland from the marls. Photo by Jeffery Cooper. The Fox Town public dock lost most of its decking but structurally it is still sound. This is the S.C. Bootle Highway in North Abaco. The picture was taken from the left hand side of the road. The road can be determined by seeing the grass on the shoulders on both sides. This was sea water that the wind pushed inland. Photo by Jeffery Cooper. This is a blow-up of the fence in the picture be low. It shows the fence with trash left when the sea water receded. The trash indicates that the area probably had two to three feet of water.


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October 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 By Timothy Roberts Former Prime Minister and Opposition Leader, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, along with a group of fellow ministers of parliament visited Abaco on September 8 to assess the island in the wake of Hurricane Irene and to ensure that the government is assisting the people affected by the storm. It is important that people know that we, as the opposition, are sufficiently con cerned with their well being as the government is, and it is our duty as the opposition party to ensure that the government is providing relief to them, said Mr. Christie. He added, We are also preparing for governance because we anticipate we are going to win, so we want people to understand our reach as a government will come as far as Coopers Town which is the home of the Prime Minister. Renardo Curry, PLP candidate for North Abaco, said the group was pleased to see that Abaco had weathered the storm well as they traveled as far as Crown Haven in the North, visiting and speaking with the people of these communities. Mr. Curry said that the PLP has shown to be a caring government that looks out for the people. It is his philosophy that the representative should be close with his constituency and be approachable, adding that he would bring it back to people. When you have a representative who is not close to the people, he or she can not really know the concerns or what the people face on a day-to-day basis, Mr. Curry said. He added that because he lives here and works here, he knows what peo ple are going through, making him better equipped to bring more personal gover nance to the people. He said, It seems like we are losing a lot of our young people education-wise with a system that appears to be failing them. He proposes that a branch of BTVI (Bahamas Technical Vocational Institute) be brought to Abaco, and those students who are academically challenged in high school be given the opportunity to develop a craft or skill they can use to make themselves employable. He said the mindset of the peo ple needs to change and we need to hold our representatives account able. He noted that, as a former local government council member, there is a lack of respect for the lo cally elected representatives. I vow to respect the local govern ment and ensure that they are able to carry out the day-to-day operations because they know what people are saying, and they know the needs of the people, he said. Mr. Curry would like for Abaco residents to have more opportunities to win job contracts for construc tion projects in an open bidding process. I be lieve strongly that I will be able to win, he said. I have the support of the leader of the PLP and other MPs who have pushed for me. We have a large group of youth behind me and many who are just tired of business as usual. During their tour the group stopped at the Marsh Harbour govern ment clinic to view the conditions that pushed employees to stage a sitout two days prior. Can didate for Carmichael, Dr. Danny Johnson said, The closing of the Marsh Harbour clinic at this time of year is not a good sign. It shows a lack of plan ning and the absence of a preventive maintenance system. Health services are essential. If one centre is closed for maintenance, then redirect the patient load. Dr. Johnson said, We just wanted to visit with the gracious people of Abaco to let them know that we care and that were thinking about them. PLP leaders tour North Abaco The Hon. Ryan Pinder, MP, right, is talking with Faron Newbold, Chairman of the Dundas Town Committee. Several members of the Progressive Liberal Party accompa nied their leader, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, when he visited Abaco to view the damage caused by Hurricane Irene. Mr. Christie is wearing the dark cap. Others in the picture are the Hon. Shane Gibson, MP, and Minky Isaacs, First Vice Chair man of the PLP. In the back is the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, Deputy Leader. Mr. Christie, Leader of the Opposition is speaking with Jeremy Sweeting, Chief Councillor of the Hope Town District Council. Behind is Timothy Roberts.


Page 6 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2011 ROCK imported & local SAND imported & local 8 CONCRETE BLOCKS 50LBS BAGS ROCK & SAND Abacos cornerstone to construction AIR COMPRESSOR AVAILABLE FOR RENT Visit our modern facility on the Murphy Town Water Front beside Parkers Landing Central Abaco News Free Cancer Screening ClinicsBy Jennifer Hudson The Cancer Society of The Bahamas in conjunction with the Abaco Cancer Society offered free cancer screening clinics to the public on September 10 at the government clinics in Marsh Harbour and Coopers Town. Four doctors came from Nassau to conduct the Pap smears for women and PSA tests for men. Doctors stationed at the Marsh Harbour clinic were Dr. Jessica Moss and Dr. Simone Sealey assisted by Dr. Shirin Swarna and stationed at Coopers Town were Dr. Miles Poitier and Dr. Lyn Reyes. Two volunteers, Laverne Wildgoose and Michelle Horton from the Cancer Society in Nassau assisted with the paperwork along with Nurse Mills in Marsh Harbour and Nurse Cornish and other clinic staff in Coopers Town. Volunteers from the Abaco Can cer Society assisted in hosting the group from Nassau. Numbers of persons coming to the clinics for screening this year were disappointingly low. At the Marsh Harbour clinic 25 females and six males were seen while at Coopers Town only four females and 10 males were seen. The doctors were disappointed that so few people came out to take advantage of this opportunity. In previous years the turnout was good but this years low numbers could be at tributed to the fact that this year the clinics were held one month earlier than usual and many people had not heard the radio adver tisements or seen the posters. The Cancer Society hopes that next year more people will take advantage of this excellent offer of free testing for cervical cancer for women and prostate cancer for men. Early detection saves lives.Junkanoo Shack was destroyed by Irene By Canishka Alexander Following Hurricane Irenes trek through The Bahama, devastation and loss remained in its wake. For the Spring City Rockers Junkanoo group, they were disap pointed to find that the two-story Junkanoo Shack that had survived three previous hur ricanes lay in ruins after Irenes passing. Although the loss of the shack presents a minor setback to the Spring City Rockers, their leader, Colon Curry said they have already made plans to rebuild. He estimat ed that the cost of rebuilding would be ap proximately $3,500 depending on building materials. Interestingly, theirs was not the only shack to be demolished. The Junkanoo Shack in Dundas Town near the Thompson residence also collapsed. Still there was a silver lining to their dark cloud as they were able to salvage many of the materials for the costumes that were housed in the building, and Mr. Cur ry was hopeful that they would be ready for the upcoming Love Rush Junkanoo Parade in February. Among the materials sal vage was aluminum, which he said is very costly. We may not be as big as we want to Four doctors came to Abaco to condcut cancer screening tests at the government clinics in Marsh Harbour and Coopers Town. Pictured are the two doctors, Dr. Jessica Moss and Dr. Simone Sealey, who were at the Marsh Harbour government clinic. The woman in the center is Laverne Wildgoose, a vol unteer from Cancer Society of Bahamas in Nassau. Please see Central Page 10 This is the remains of the Junkanoo shack of the Spring City Rockers. Although suffering the loss of the building and much of the supplies in the shack, the group is planning to rebuild and be ready for the Junkanoo rush in February.


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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian October 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 By Stephanie Humblestone Many years ago a friend suggested that I reconsider living on a small island if I continued to refuse flying in small planes. You never know, she said, one day you might have to be flown out of Abaco by one if there is no other available large carrier. If thats the case, I will insist that I am knocked out before I am flown out, I re plied. I am not going up in the air in a tiny piece of metal which looks like it was made by a company which also manufac tures lawn mowers. Thats ridiculous, she laughed. Maybe so, but it doesnt change how I feel. Theres nothing more beautiful than flying low over Abaco and nothing safer than in a small plane which can come down anywhere, she assured me. Thats precisiely what I am afraid of, coming down anywhere, I replied. I meant in an emergency, she clari fied. Listen, I said, Lets agree to disagree. You can happily patronize your flimsy puddle-jumpers, and I will stick to my solid, tried and tested Dash 8s and trusty carrier Bahamasair. OK, she said, but you dont know what you are missing. Then if I dont know, I wont miss it, I quipped. Barely two weeks later this same friend and I accepted a last minute invitation to the preview of an art exhibition in Nassau. We were wait listed on a Bahamasiar flight from Marsh Harbour but unfortunately did not get on. Well, thats that, I said. I suppose we had better head back to the ferry. Not me, she replied. I am going to see if Cherokee Air has any available seats. She signaled to a little building across from the airport and then to a 5-seater Pip er Aztec on the tarmac opposite.In my humble opinionSit back and enjoy the ridePlease see Humblestone Page 22 The Editor Says . We need to plant more treesA month ago Hurricane Irene tore up the Abaco landscape. Bad haircuts grow out in a month or so, but Mother Nature takes much longer to restore the damage. Most of our residential properties and commercial accommodations are either back in operation or slated to open on or close to their normal fall opening dates. Many waterfront hotels and inns have had to work overtime to restore their facilities, but they expect to be on schedule. Employ ees that were routinely furloughed for the slow fall season have been called back to work to assist in the clean-up and neces sary repairs. Landscapes take longer to heal, but the bare trees of four weeks ago are now flush with new leaves. Empty spots remain where trees and mature shrubs were felled by Irenes winds. Nurseries will do well as businesses and homeowners look for replacement trees and shrubs to fill the gaps. Cleaning up the broken branches and removing the occasional felled tree has mostly been done. Now is a good time to take a critical look at your yard or the landscape side of your business, the part the public sees. Landscape improvements throughout the area will become visible in a month or two while planted trees may take years to reach their potential. Like watching your children grow, patience is required. Marsh Harbour is the economic capital of Abaco, but it is not noted for its verdant landscaping. There are a few bright spots, but for the most part it is quite baron and bleak. We are dismayed by the lack of shade trees throughout the business section of Marsh Harbour and many residential ar eas. Other towns on Abaco share this same deficiency, but as Abacos commercial capital continues to grow and expand, it gets hotter and bleaker as more landscape is converted to pavement or buildings. There are few trees on the roadside as you leave the airport and head into Marsh Harbour. Once on the fringes of town, in the area between the government clinic and the Anglican Church, the desolation begins. You wont need many fingers to count the trees in the next mile to the traf fic light. Take a mental or actual trip from the airport into Marsh Harbour on Don MacK ay Boulevard. Oleanders are the promi nent plant leading to the town. Allowed to grow, these will reach ten feet or so and be covered with blooms. However, our main tenance crews know better and continue to chop them down to three or four feet tall. Neither are they attractive nor do they bloom when continuously cut this way. They do provide employment as they grow and require further chopping. This would be an ideal stretch of road way for native shade trees: ficus, clusia, Madeira, mastic, gum elemi and others. Even a few neem trees and fruit trees, such as mango, avocado and sapodilla, could be added to the variety. Roadside trees are not there to be judged for prizes but to add shade and variety. Planting native trees is relatively cheap and easy. Small native trees are easy to plant and if done in a rainy spell, they will likely take root without much care. Our native trees un derstand our poor growing conditions and will grow in spite of being neglected. The main hazard to young trees along our road verges are the mowing machines. Coconuts and other palm varieties are favorite landscape trees as they typify the tropics. They are not expensive to plant and virtually maintenance free. The nuts or young palms are abundant and are pretty much guaranteed to grow without further attention. However, as they mature, their large fronds are abundant and messy and create many trips to the dump. We have yet to see a picnic table or bench under a coconut palm. Architects, particularly those commis sioned with large government projects, like to specify palms for their projects. This may relate to the availability of large palms that can be transplanted reasonably well. Architects want their finished build ing to really look finished with instant ma ture landscaping. If you pay enough money, you can get a quick finished look when using large palms. We talked recently to a friend who com plained that Hurricane Irene had toppled the palm trees he had recently planted in the courtyard of the new administration building. I asked why not plant native trees that would give shade to picnic tables. Well the architect specified large palm trees, and the plans do not include any pic nic tables. What a shame to have a picture-perfect courtyard that is not friendly to the hun dred or more staff who will spend their days cooped up inside. What an opportu nity to have a few picnic tables under shade trees in the courtyard where the captive staff can enjoy their lunch. The toppled palm trees will likely be replaced. Perhaps Ill be proven wrong, but I don t expect to see any picnic tables under the palm trees. In general, large shade trees are not easy to acquire or to transplant. They must usu ally be planted in smaller sizes, and then allowed to grow into mature trees. It is a similar process to raising children, al though trees grow a little faster. Trees cool the landscape and neigh boring buildings. They give protection to buildings during storms by buffering the wind. The gust that toppled the tree in your yard might have taken your roof if the tree had not been there. In fact, getting your house hit by a coconut tree will probably cause more damage than a toppled Madeira tree will cause out in the yard. Planting a few trees would be an ideal project for school students needing a com munity service project or a garden club or environmental organization looking to ex pand their awareness in the community. We are not implying that only Marsh Harbour could use trees. There is an equal need for trees from Sandy Point north to Crown Haven. School students are just as proficient as adults at tree planting. The practical side of a school agricul tural course could begin by starting a few native trees in pots for future transplanting. Planting a tree on public property such as a roadside or school yard does not require permission. The worst that might happen is when the mower finds it. Think of the potential for the taxi ride into town as the driver points out all of the different tropical trees to his guests from Iowa. Trees add a lot of beauty to our surroundings. And besides the esthetic appeal, they give us comfort on hot days. If you notice, people seek out shade trees when possible as the temperature under a tree is quite a few degrees cooler. These picnic tables are located under a shade tree as that is where people gravitate when outdoors. It is interesting to notice which parks in our towns are popular. They are the ones with shade, not the ones out in the open sun.


October 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 Why do we still have power outagesDear Editor, BEC spent more than ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS on a power plant and yet we do not have power continu ously. Why are we having power outages every day? I would like someone from BEC to explain that please. Thank you, Tired of sitting in the dark Hope Town light is being minimizedDear Editor. Hope Town, the goose that lays the golden eggs for Abaco and The Bahamas, is in the process of being mortally wounded by the monstrosity of a boat storage facility being constructed at Lighthouse Marina. The home of the Elbow Reef Light house, probably the most photographed lighthouse in the world, is now being in danger of being overshadowed by this steel behemoth right adjacent to it. The owners of the marina should be ashamed of themselves. Distressed in Hope Town Garbage Collection in Central AbacoDear Editor, I am so grateful for the garbage collection that the Local Government has af forded us. However, knowing that E & D Waste was given the contract yet again, their equipment is out of date and in poor condi tion. Whatever happen to the other com panies who can do the job just as well or better with the better equipment what happen to Bahamas Waste and Millers Fabrication? Did they even have a chance to bid on the job? I have noticed that a lot of bins that are owned by E & D Waste have holes in them that result in more rodents and dogs toting garbage around the area. I am a resident of Sweetings Village, and we have problems with rodents. Having a garbage bin that has holes big enough for dogs and rodents to get in makes this problem next to impos sible to control. Maybe they should consider upgrading their equipment, or is it that they know they will get the contract again? Concerned Resident Irate about foreigners taking businessDear Sir: I would appreciate you giving space to the following: As your readers are well aware Bahamas wide, yea, even worldwide businesses are struggling to survive and on Abaco there is no difference. For several years now a local trucking company (not mine) was engaged in deliv ering sod and fertilizers, etc. for a local grower until recently. Now the SHOCKER! Abaco Foods Limited, owned by a foreigner and has been given DUTY FREE on all his equip ment, has taken over the deliveries for this grower. Last week Alburys Trucking (my company) was engaged by BEC to pick up freight from the Fast Ferry at Sandy Point. When my driver arrived in Sandy Point, the foreigners truck was loading what my driver went to pick up. My driver informed his driver that if he took the freight, BEC was still going to have to pay him because he had been engaged to do so. The for eigners driver then offloaded the goods. I am deeply troubled that a foreigner (U.S. citizen) can come to this country supposedly to do farming, bring in ALL of his equipment DUTY FREE and go into UNFAIR competition with Bahamians who have to pay up to 85 percent duty while they pay NOTHING. I trust that the government will put a STOP to this foreigners involvement in the local trucking business. Maybe the Comptroller of Customs should look into collecting the duties since his equipment is being used to do other than what his approval was granted. UPDATE! On Monday, 19th September the foreigners truck collected fertilizer from the customs dock for the same sod grower while my trucks and those of the trucking company referred to earlier sat idly by with nothing to do. If the government does not step in and put an immediate end to this practice, the truckers on Abaco will not stand idly by and allow this to continue. Yours sin cerely, Jack Albu ry Irritated with BECDear Editor Thank you for allowing me space in your paper. I am a widow with limited funds who lives by myself in a 2 br/2ba house, who uses no a/c, uses power-saving fluorescent bulbs, energy efficient appliances, etc. I have taken heed to ALL ADVICE that BEC has given to lower my electricity bill and EVERY MONTH it increases. Might this be because they dont actually READ the meters? They just guesstimate because of the location, size of the home? I have tried numerous times over the past six years to speak with a manager at the office and I have YET to be able to do that. The excuses are always busy, in a meeting or not here. They are sup posed to be there for the Bahamian people who pay their salaries. Instead they are killing all of us with these outrageous bills! I have a foreign investor for a neigh bor that spent large amounts of money in our community (and planned on spending more), paid his bills on time and in full, brings in friends who also spend money but because of the high electric bills, has pulled out and promises never to return. If this keeps happening, things are bound to only get worse. What is BEC trying to do to our country? Do they not understand that these people are our bread and butter? Something has to be done! Are we being punished because some Abaconians disagreed with Bunker C? Maybe the ones that disagreed should take up the slack for the rest of us! If you watch the news, when the prices of the oil increase, our electric costs increase right away. BUT when they decrease, the costs never seem to follow that trend! Why is that? WE NEED ANSWERS! Disgusted with BEC Pauline Sa wyer Outnumbered in our countryDear Editor, Have you looked out of your car win dow recently at the communities and pass ersby? Have you ever caught yourself trying to decipher the conversation of those around you? Have you looked around in side your nearby grocery store while you were shopping? I mean really Looked, Observed. Well, have you? Do you see them? Can you count them? When was the last time you walked into Abaco Central High, Treasure Cay Primary or Sherlin Clarence Bootle and just sat down and observed? Have you noticed how the number of houses in the Mud and Pigeon Pea alone total to more than the houses in Murphy Town or Dundas Town? As an Abaconian and further, more im portantly, as a Bahamian, I find it absolute ly disgusting at how my country if practically being given away to the Haitians. The ratio of Haitian immigrants to Bahami ans on Abaco alone is more than enough to know that we Bahamians are outnumbered! We dont need the governments census, we dont need statistics, but using our own God-given eyes to look around our own God-given island can show us just that! Jobs and classroom seats occupied! As Bahamians, we should ask, What future will there be in this country for our children and future grandchildren? What Letters to the Editor The steel framing for a large metal storage facility is under construction at Lighthouse Marina. This structure will be prominent in photographs, detracting from the sentinel that Abaco is famous for. Please see Letters Page 21


Page 10 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2011 be because the building will take about a month to get together, and we had started some work. But were already behind with that now, he said. But we want to be there. Were small and competitive, and its just a setback. Were going to continue to keep the culture alive. As they go through the rebuilding process, Mr. Curry said that they will do some in-house work with the group members first before appealing to the public for help.BAF Financial Supports Denim Day By Samantha V. Evans Cancer Awareness Month is recognized in October each year and the first Friday in the month has been set aside as Na tional Denim Day. This year businesses and schools are being asked to make each Friday in October an extraordinary one as they wear pink t-shirts to make a powerful statement for an important cause: the fight against breast cancer. Those that sign on to support this cause will be giving added comfort and hope to millions of women who find out annually that they have breast cancer and others who are fighting to remain healthy after having their cancer treated. BAF Financial asks companies and schools to show support by wearing denim and a pink t-shirt as well as making a donation or matching corporate sponsorship. The support the company gets every year is always overwhelming and the money raised makes all of the work that the Abaco Cancer Society does more possible. The money is used to purchase medicine, help with plane tickets and treatments for those that are battling the disease. Nia Cooper, coordinator of the effort, invites schools and companies to register and order t-shirts by September 23. Tshirts for adults are $12 and range in size from small to 3XL. The kids t-shirts are $10 and range in size from 2 to 16. They also sell pink car magnets for $6, pink bands for $3 and squeeze bottles for $5.BAF Financial Introduces Cash-N-Go By Samantha V. Evans BAF financial introduced a new initia tive to Abaco recently called Cash-N-Go. As a part of this initiative, persons can apply for a school fee advance which will al low parents to pay off their childs school fees a year in advance so that they can have a hassle free year and receive any discounts the school offers for advance payment. To apply, persons must qualify the same way they would for a loan at a regular bank. But the turnaround time is much quicker and the payment term for a year. At the BAF Financial office persons can also send and receive money from anywhere in the world, purchase airline tickets, buy phone cards and apply for a US visa. For more information about this new service, call Nia Cooper Office Manager at BAF Financial at 367-5601.Living Easy Coffee ShopBy Jennifer Hudson Living Easy Coffee Shop, which has recently moved into its new location in Memorial Plaza, has expanded slightly and offers a cozy and comfortable setting for a light lunch, breakfast, mid-morning snack or afternoon tea. The Coffee Shop is open MondayFriday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Margot Albury and Diane Vixamar offer friendly and quick service with a smile All the food is homemade by Diane, who is a professional chef and caterer using many ingredients fresh from her own gar den. Margot bakes the brownies and des serts and organizes the drinks and gourmet coffees which include iced coffee. There is a large variety of delicious dishes to choose from, all at reasonable prices and lunch can be had for under $7. The food is light so is ideal for those who do not want heavy, starchy lunches, and daily specials are offered. Some of the tasty items to be enjoyed include various wraps, sandwich es, paninis, quiches, quesadillas, salads and johnnycake with such treats as fresh fruit smoothies and gourmet coffee shakes to finish off the meal. The atmosphere is charming and relaxing with island accents. Souvenirs, More Central Abaco News Central From Page 6 Please see Central Page 11 Union Jack dock is getting repairedEmployees of Star Fish, a company that is associated with Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club, is shown repairing the Union Jack dock in Marsh Harbour. The company uses this dock for their fleet of boats used to carry employees to and from the development. The men are replacing some of the decking.


October 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 More Central Abaco News Central From Page 10 which are for sale, enhance the dcor and all of the items are made on Abaco. For daily specials call 367-2202.Garden Club holds By Mirella Santillo Barely two weeks after the passage of Hurricane Irene, approximately 20 mem bers of the Horticultural Society of the BahamasAbaco Branch and guests met on September 10 at the home of James East wood for the re-opening of the season. The meeting went over the schedule for the coming season that includes several trips to other islands and special functions. The highlights include a plant sale at the Christmas Bazar in December, a trip to Nassau for a plant show, a visit to the Grand Bahama Horticultural Society, a possible trip to Eleuthera and, closer to home, trips to the Lightbourn Farm, to Emerald Organics Farm and to the Man-O -War Garden Club. The next meeting on October 8 will be held at Shirley Higgs home in Marsh Har bour. It will feature the use of native plants for landscaping and will be presented by Blaine Sweeting. Those interested in gardening are wel come. Call Anita Knowles at 366-2827 for more information.Making A DifferenceBy Timothy Roberts Seeing the young people, especially the young men, being lost to drugs and complacency, Uriel Delancy felt moved to provide a positive direction and a role model for the kids in his community of Spring City. Mr. Delancy, recently elected as a member of the Marsh Harbour/Spring City Town Committee, said he started this project near the end of last year. He said, Sometimes I would come out here and the kids are playing while some of the fellows are sitting on the bench smoking dope in front of them. It was at that point he felt God tell him he had to do something and get the kids away from the drugs and into positive things. He and Claudius Henchel spend most late afternoons at the basketball court in Spring City. What started out with a group of teenage boys has grown to include chil dren of all ages coming out and playing games together. He said, We come out and play games with them like ping pong, volleyball, basketball and more. He even has a group that comes to his house to do weight training. Uriel, known in the community as Big U, said that at the end of the day his goal is to see some of these kids, Id like for it to be all, but at least some of these kids get scholarships and go off to school be cause they got potential. They have great potential. I hear people say they aint this or they aint that, but they just need atten tion somebody to talk to and somebody to love them, he said. The new bypass road from the airport to S.C. Bootle Highway is well under way. It is a smooth, very wide road, the widest on Abaco. However, it appears that the new transmis sion line carrying power from the new Wilson City plant to the Marsh Harbour Power center in Murphy Town has several poles that are using the same right-of-way. New bypass road in Marsh Harbour is taking shapeUriel Delancy, assisted by Claudius Henchel, works with the young people of Spring City every afternoon, organizing basketball games, volley ball games as well as ping pong and other activities. In the past year since they have begun this program, they have seen a marked inprovement in the attitude and behavior of the youth. Please see Central Page 12


Page 12 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2011 As a young man he would never have thought it, but serving the community and helping young people has been its own reward to him. He knows it is a great responsibility as the young men look up to him and see him as a father figure. Since starting the daily activities at the Spring City Park, he has seen changes. The greatest thing Ive seen so far is that the drugs have stopped, he noted. He says the response from the parents have been real positive. Many parents cant stop thanking me. They thought I was charging a price or that the govern ment was paying me, he laughed. He said, This is my community and these are the kids in my community, so we just need Central From Page 11 More Central Abaco News to take time out. Just a week ago he came out to the park and met one of the teenagers sitting on the bench alone. I asked him, Whats up? He said, You know, Big U, if you werent doing this, Id be out here smoking dope. Thanks. When he first began, it was rough getting people to stop smoking in front of the kids, but now they know they can no lon ger do that. Its a rough road, but I dont feel the roughness in it.Clinic staff protest unsanitary conditionsBy Timothy Roberts Nursing and line staff staged a sit-out on September 6 citing unbearable heat and un sanitary conditions at the Marsh Harbour government clinic as the cause of their dis pleasure. The staff said that they have been dealing with heat, mold and mosquitoes for months, and no help has been sent. The clinic has three air conditioning units which cool different sections of the building. According to the staff one of these units failed at the beginning of the year and the other failed four months ago. The third one cooled the morgue and laun dry areas but was not working satisfacto rily. One nurse who wanted to remain anony mous said they are fed up with being left in the heat and said, We just wanted to let those persons in charge know that we cannot no longer work under these condi tions. We are tired. We are frustrated. Nurs es go home sick from the bacteria from the mold in the ceiling and we need help; please send help, another said. The staff pointed to a number of condi tions at the clinic that are in dire need of help. There is no air conditioning in the entire building as even the cooling unit in the morgue has stopped working. The roof is leaking; the tiles are coming loose; the toilets are backed up; and there is mold in the building. We are not taking any patients. We are turning everyone away. We cancelled the general clinic and the antenatal clinic to Whelma Colebrook, Abacos representative for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, held a meeting for committee members from North, Central and South Abaco on September 13 to organize activities for the upcoming Youth Month which will take place during October. The group is expected to meet again in late September to finalize plans for the event that celebrates youth and youth organizations. The nurses and other staff members of the government clinic in Marsh Harbour held a sit-out in protest of the bad conditions of the building. Two days after the sit-out, the air conditioning units were repaired and are now functioning. The nurses and line staff returned to work on September 8. Please see Central Page 15


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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2011 water and electricity for an additional 20 lots that will be adjacent to the constructed homes. Additionally, Mr. Russell said that with approximately 100 residents moving into the community, it is expected that up grades will be carried out on the existing basketball court and playground in Spring City. During his visit he toured the second phase of Central Pines where 56 more lots will soon become available. Again, he was pleased to announce that there are many people who are already lined up to pur chase them.Russell From Page 1 The funeral services for Leathia Dames, 69, formerly of Sandy Point, was held on September 10, in Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama. Interment was on Grand Bahama. She is survived by her husband Jo seph Dames; daughters Sophia Mill er and Steph anie Dames; sons James, Stephan and Mc Garrett Dames; grandchildren Alexan dria and Nigel Martin, Justin, Jammie, Samantha, Shorrell, Jorrell, Romon and Aaron Dames, Kenva Roberts, Matthew Davis, Rakeem, Orayn, Kaylam, Xavier and James Dames, Romeco Knowles and Gejavn Martin; great-grandchildren Jada, Jamaria and Crimson Dames; sister Lena Ferguson; brother Martin Dames; neph ew Lavar Laing; aunt Reminta McKen zie; daughters-in-law Valarie, Cheyenne and Lashawn Dames; sons-in-law Robert Miller; sisters-in-law Inez Stuart, Jessie mae Ferguson, Margaret Gibson, Ruth and Bethsheva Dames; brothers-in-law Edma nd Dames, Javan Ferguson, Richard Stuart and Charles Gibson; and many other rela tives and friends. The funeral service for Rosemary Wilson-Simms 51, formerly of Dundas Town, was held on September 10 on New Providence. Inter ment was on New Providence. She is survived by her three sons David Simms Jr., Travine Simms and Vin cente Deane, granddaughter Nana, brothers Richard Roberts Sr., John and Archery Wilson; adopted sisters Eldora Stuart and Natasha Edgecombe; daughter-in-law Ermione Simms; sister-in-law Latoya Riley Roberts; nephews Richard Roberts Jr,. Geovanni Roberts and Neville Wilson; nieces Ryshea Roberts and Dacota Rolle; uncles Bill William Davis and James R. Davis; god-children Jason Symonette Jr. and Natassia Edgecombe; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Ingrid Williams White, 60, of Sandy Point, was held on September 10 at the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Sandy Point. Rev. Napoleon Roberts officiated as sisted by Rev. Morris Bain. Inter ment was in the Sandy Point Public Cemetery. She is survived by daughters Stanya and Shamika; granddaugh ter Alexandria Albury; brothers Albert Jr., Archie, Kendal, Donald and Joseph Rigby; sisters Annamae Rigby-Delva; Zenniemae Rigby-Johnson, Ernestine Rigby, Annamae Cunnigham and Jacqueline Gibson; step mother Eloise Williams; uncles and aunts Bruce and Bernice Mortimer, Marge Wil liams and Annie Hall; nephew and nieces TVaughn, Ian, Valerio, Felicia, Cherelle Fowler, Leonardo, Monique and Abbey Gail, Shenique, Carmile, Barry, Bruce, Tyler, Lorenzo, Jonashia, Jolanda, Alex, Ashton, Tristian, Faith, Kimble, Matthew, Timothy, Julian; brothers-in-law Garthwell Johnson amd Sammy Delva; sisters-in-law Christine; cousins Roselyn and Norwood Rolle, Marcia, Maurice, Renbert and The resa Mortimer, ASP Theresa Hanna, Ber nice Willis, Bridget and Christopher Pratt, Michael, Bruce Jr., Joseph Mortimer, Julie and Gerald Hamilton; Rhonda and Rob ert Buckner; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Rev. Roland Swain J.P., 85, of Murphy Town and for merly of Bluff Point who died on Septem ber 4 was held on September 17 at Friend ship Tabernacle in Dundas Town. Rev. Wilbur Out ten offici ated assisted by Rev. Dr. Silbert Mills, Senior Pastor of Friend ship Taber nacle. Inter ment was in the Murphy Town Public Cemetery. He was predeceased by Audley Swain, II (grandson), Marco Swaby (grandson), Margaret Meeres (daughter). He is survived by wife Mary Swain; children Rev. Pastor Audley Swain (son) and Epsy Swain (daughter-in-law), Edley Swain (grandson), Shana Ruff (granddaughter), Bryant Swain (grandson), Joy Swain, Subusolah Swain Lasalle (grand daughters-in-law), Min. Dwayne Ruff (grandson-in-law), Latoya Swain (granddaughter-in-law), Anthony Lasalle (grandson-in-law); (great-grand children) Edley Swain Jr., Jayden Swain, Kenazz Swain, Audley Swain III, Folakemi Swain, Ashley Ruff, Amber Ruff, Dwayne Ruff II, Britt ni Swain, Breanna Swain and Brandace Swain; Rev. Floyd Swain (son) and Ginger Swain (daughter-in-law), Hadassah Swain, Tanya Carey, Honora Swain (granddaugh ters), Clifton Carey (grandson-in-law), (great-grandchildren) Christian Carey and Taylor Carey, Jason Swain (son), Erica Sawyer (granddaughter), Meltina Swain (daughter), Sasha Swain (granddaughter), Nathalie Knowles (daughter) and Rev. Kenneth Knowles (son-in-law), Nancy Seymour (granddaughter), Kareem Knowles (grandson), Pastor Henry Seymour (grandson-in-law) and Aquilla Knowles (granddaughter-in-law); (greatgrandchildren) Bryce Knowles, Donovan Knowles, Troy Seymour, Isaiah Seymour and Destiny Seymour; Rev. Rustin Swain (son) and Dora Swain (daughter-in-law), Lakenya Swain and Janelle Swain (grand daughters), Marsha (Zambrey) Whittam (daughter) and Martin Whittam (son-inlaw), Schvern Allen, Katherine Whittam, and Kimberly Whittam (granddaughters), Moon Taz Allen (grandson-in-law), and Kendal Meeres (son-in-law), Terrinique. Pennerman (granddaughter), Rev. Mark (Anthony) Swain (son) and Vernelle Swain (daughter-in-law), Mark Anthony Swain, Jr., and David (Jeremiah) Swain (grandsons), Amaya Swain (granddaughter), Shelrey Swain (son), Paul Swain (son) and Franceta Swain (daughter-in-law), Paul Swain, Jr. (grandson), Rev. John Swain (son) and Norma Swain (daughter-in-law), Jayna Swain (granddaughter), Ruth McIn tosh (daughter) and Rev. Pastor Clayton McIntosh (son-in-law), Crystal McIntosh (granddaughter), Clayton McIntosh Jr. and Anton McIntosh (grandsons), Hartley Swain (son) and Tiffany Swain (daughterin-law), Hartley Swain Jr. (grandson), Takedra Swain (granddaughter), and Joshua Swain (grandson), Nicole Swain (daughter), Candace Scott, Ikara Scott (granddaughters), and Lynwood Scott (grandson), Pamela Munroe (daughter), and Wayne Munroe (son-in-law), stepchil dren Virginia Albury, Mindrva Reckley, Tasha McKenzie, Daniel Minns, Simeon Minns, Cedric Minns, Leonard Minns and Bertram Minns, sister Lois Cornish. stepsisters Celia Davis and Williamae Dawkins, stepbrother-in-law Benjamin Dawkins, nieces Mary Mitchell, Martha Storr, Genevive Simms, Barbara Thurston, Portia Rolle, Priscilla Richardson, Patricia Baker and Tina Police, nephews Wenzel McBride, Oswald McBride, Junior Nottage, Roy Woodside and Charles Police; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Augustin Maxi, 72, of Pigeon Peas was held on Septem ber 17 at New Mission Baptist Church in Marsh Harbour. Rev. Edzer Meme officiated assisted by other ministers. He is survived by his wfe Christilia Ger trude Au gustin; sons Luck, Dany, Herold, Macelin and Jean Marck Augustin; daughters Luciene, Malene, Ju madelle, Maccilia, Madlene, Shidna, Malila, Nana, Evena, Sonia and Madlene; sisters Istinia and Velarie; grandsons Luckinson, Binson, Jean-Marck, Wiskinsly, Maxene, Romario and Zidane Augustin; granddaughters Dafnie Joseph, Mefthalie Valbrun, Merline Valbrin, AnnaVerline Sadline and Relanta Augustin; sisters-in-law Analia Julmiste, Selondieu Gue and Manna Gue; brother-in-law Duro zin Gue, Selondieu Gue and Manna Gue; nephews Lionel Julmiste, Ferdinand Augus tin, Boniface Augustin, Joseph Augustin, Roceny Augustin, Claude Augustin, Fran cois Gue, Dupaman Gue, Daniel Gue and William Julmiste, nieces Claimilia Augustin, Kattie Augustin, Rose-Mara Gue, Melia Gue and Judith Serafin; and many other relatives and friends.Obituaries of Family and Friends Leathia Dames Ingrid Williams White Rev. Roland Swain Augustin Maxi Rosemary Wilson-Simms


October 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 day. Anyone who knows anything about health care knows you need a cold envi ronment. The windows dont even open to allow circulation and ventilation. The fan is only blowing hot stink air. This is ridiculous. We will not work like this. According to the nurses, they had a meeting with the Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, and representa tives from the National Insurance Board last year to discuss their issues. They were promised the clinic would be reno vated. But eight months later nothing has happened. Despite the strike, doctors are still working but are taking only patients in emergency situations. There are two doctors at the clinic. All other patients are being referred to the clinic in Sandy Point, which is 45 miles away, or the one in Coopers Town 40 miles away. Roscoe Thompson, former Chairman of the Marsh Harbour Town Committee, said, I know from last year when Hu bert Minnis, [Minister of Health] came up, they promised they were going to do renovations from the ceiling to the paint ing. Mr. Thompson said that local govern ment was asked to hold off on painting the building, after the paint had already been purchased) because the National Insurance Board was going to do an as sessment of the clinic. Here it is eight months to a year later, and nothing has been done. The air conditioners are bro ken down and now the staff is not work ing. The air conditioners at the clinic are Central From Page 12 More Central Abaco News unacceptable. Do what you promised. Dont promise if youre not gonna do it, Mr. Thompson said.Abaco Ignited is new ad agency By Samantha V. Evans Bradley Albury is the proprietor of Abaco Ignited. He stated that he grew up watching his parents start and grow their business, Sea Spray on Elbow Cay, so he believes he got his business sense from them. Bradley recently graduated from college with a degree in Business Man agement and returned to Abaco to start a marketing, consulting and ad design business. He has a passion for Abaco and hopes that through his business, he can help move Abaco businesses to an other level of branding so that they can reach the right market. He can provide a number of services for businesses. He started his business in June and operates from his home office since his business takes him to the establishment of his cli ents where he can get a feel for what they want. Since Abaco is growing, he believes that this type of business is needed on the island. Abaco is booming and with that comes much competition. There fore, current businesses should consider advertising to help their business remain competitive and expand. Businesses need to make products more enticing, prices more affordable and the face of their business front more appealing to con sumers. He is currently only working with local businesses. He said that there are many creative things that can be done to revitalize a business. He wants busi nesses to realize that they can be sitting on a great marketing tool but due to lack of knowledge and the tools needed to em brace such opportunities, their business becomes stagnant. He is excited about this new venture to help Abaco grow. He is passionate about Abaco and will work hard to help clients grow their business. He can be reached at 577-2723. Abaco has an all natural hair and nail salon By Samantha V. Evans Nubian Styles Natural Hair and Nail Salon opened on Abaco in July on East Queen Elizabeth Drive. Its motto is Where We Keep Roots Strictly Natural. Nubian Styles is owned and operated by Micheline Edwards, who has been a hair stylist for seven years. She started out working with her sister in Nassau, then two years later was inspired to learn more. This resulted in her attending seminars in natural styles. According to Micheline, they selected the name because it stands for transform ing persons from the inside out. Mrs. Ed wards and her family are new to Abaco. Before she moved here, she was making trips here every two weeks to style peo ples hair. Now Micheline, her husband and their boys are here to provide regular service to those who love to wear their hair naturally. Nubian Styles are all into the natural and holistic life style. They sell natural jewelry made of conch shells, beads, and wood. Three stylists are on staff and a nail techni cian. They are all Ashtea certified which allows them to use those products. Micheline stated that now that she has a permanent store, she was able to lower prices tremendously. Since the salon opened, the response has been good, but Micheline knows that with reduced prices, the best is yet to come. The salon is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, on Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday is for walk-ins only. The phone contact is 367-0040 or 357-6578. Guana Freight Services Regular Frei Office Phone 242-365-5190 Great Guana Cay


Page 16 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2011 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 Murphy Town Committee Sept. 12 By Mirella Santillo Reviewing the July and August budget took the most of the September meeting of the Murphy Town Committee. In a previous meeting regarding the garbage collection, it had been decided to award the full contract to Desmond Swain. The members gave Mr. Swain a three-year contract. Administrator Cephas Cooper went over the past few months budget to adjust some discrepancies. The garbage collection had to be reconciled but should be corrected by the end of September. Starting October there should be a monthly credit of more that $600. The maintenance of the cemetery went over budget because of extra cleaning caused by the hurricane. And a one time expense of $2600 for removal of debris was allocated. The building of the sidewalks along Forest Drive is being done by central gov ernment so money allocated by the Town Committee for that will go toward either the building of the community center or a cultural village at Coconut Tree Bay. Chairman DeShawn Simms is planning to hold a Town Meeting the end of September to ask the residents which of the two projects they want first in their com munity. A cost analysis for the building of the community center will be presented at the Town Meeting together with the plans which have already been drawn. To address the issue of the garbage area on the Great Cistern Road, it was proposed to fill and level the area where the bin is located. A larger container will replace the present. A member will get a quote for a bin at the Community Center area to stop gar bage being thrown on the ground. A deci sion will be made at the next meeting. The issue of the wreck that was pulled out of Coconut Tree Bay was brought up. The Chairman explained that it is an on-go ing matter which is now in court since the Port Authority should have been contacted to remove the wreck. Mr. Simms announced his intention to reinstate the Murphy Town Association. The Association will function outside the Town Committee. Mr. Cooper suggested to letting the Murphy Town Association be autonomous but accountable to the Murphy Town Committee. A Murphy Town Committee member should sit on the Associa tion board. Funds for Junkanoo preparation were requested. The Committee will send an of ficial request for that purpose. Mr. Cooper mentioned that material to repair hurricane damage can be imported duty free. A form must be obtained at the Administrators office has to be submit ted together with an assessment report by either Social Services, the Ministry of Works or the Defense Force. Marsh Harbour Town Comme Sept. 14 By Timothy Roberts Yvonne Key, Marsh Harbour Town Committee Chairman, stated that the committee felt it was not getting the needed support of other government agencies in dealing with a variety of matters as the members try to carry out the business of the township. Since the Committees meeting in July the Marsh Harbour Town Committee sent out letters to several businesses asking that they take measures to hide or beautify the front of their properties. Because this is a tourist destination, it was suggested that properties that are poorly maintained or had derelict vehicles and heavy equipment visible, should make changes so that the areas visible from the main roads be made more pleasing to the eye. The Committee has received a poor re sponse and is having difficulty with getting derelict vehicles moved. Administrator Cephas Cooper suggested that the Committee take the matter to the Department of Environmental Health as it posed an en vironmental issue, and let them deal with the vehicles. The Committee also requested that the police stop the loitering of people around several liquor stores in the area, as they are creating a nuisance. A liquor shop license does not allow for persons to hang around like a bar. The Committee will continue to monitor the situation as it has grown to become a nuisance for neighboring shop owners and presents a hazard. It came to the committees attention that a camper had been set up in town and is now occupied. It was pointed out that it is illegal to bring in a camping trailer. The matter was reported to Department of En vironmental Health. After rejecting a proposed restaurant at Crossing Beach, having received letters of objection, Committee member said that he wanted it made clear that they want the area of Crossing Beach to be kept for a community park for the benefit of the people. It was suggested that the Committee ask the owner of the building next to the bathrooms at Crossing Beach if that person would be willing to donate the building to the community. Uriel Delancy indicated that he ran into a problem with bees while conducting re pairs to the community building in Spring City and requested assistance from the Committee. The Committee suggested get ting a beekeeper to take them away. A contract for the cleaning and main tenance of the streets in Spring City was awarded to Lamont Seymour, and he is expected to begin October 1. Mr. Delancy requested assistance with the road maintenance along the Ernest Dean Highway. The Committee felt that it could be dealt with through the Central Abaco District Council as the town budget is too tight. A letter was read to the Committee by a property owner that requested support for removing a conch vendor from the shoreline of their property. The Commit tee agreed that the property owner had the right to request that the conch vendor move and they will advise her on how to proceed. Hope Town District Council Sept. 15 By Timothy Roberts Waste management for Man-O-War Cay is facing a serious hurdle as the Hope Town District Council sought a resolution to avoid losing the shipping company that transported the garbage from Man-O-War to the Marsh Harbour landfill. Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting said that Abacays Carib Freight Management company has not been paid for the past 14 months. The company informed the Local Government at Work Please see Local Gov. Page 17


October 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 bahamian cuisine on Hope Towns waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner Daily Appetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m ICE RENTAL BIKESCouncil that if it is not paid by September 23, it will discontinue its service. When service is discontinued, there will be no bins available at the towns dump site. Mr. Sweeting said that a letter was sent to Minister of the Environment, The Hon. Dr. Earl Deveaux, requesting urgent res olution. It was pointed out that Abacays has no contract with the government for the transportation of garbage from Man-OWar Cay; however, the company has been operating on a verbal agreement with the Ministry for the past three years. Central government has requested that the Council ask for the money in its annual budget re quest but the Council has not received any allocation for the transportation until this current year. Council spoke with a representative at the Ministry of Local Government who as sured them the situation would be resolved. Concerning the erosion of the dune in White Sound, Clay Wilhoyte, a resident of Hope Town, informed the Council that he has an engineering background and offered to provide assistance with the White Sound restoration effort. Administrator Cephas Cooper said that $80,000 was approved for the repair of the dune road by the Prime Minister and that it is just a matter of the funds being made available to distribute in order to get re pairs underway. A Council member informed the Council that a second homeowner in Hope Town is interested in loaning the government $3 million to properly repair the road on the dune. The Council will pursue the offer and see if it can be worked out. Mr. Cooper informed the Council that assessment of hurricane damage is still on going by government agencies. The assess ment is expected to be completed by the end of September. He said that the Minister of Finance is interested in reimbursing the Council for clean up in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. In addition, the government is looking to give qualifying persons duty exemp tions for materials to repair their homes if they were damages by Hurricane Irene. They are seeking to arrange that hardware stores are reimbursed for products sold to victims of the hurricane. The navigational light at the entrance to Man-O-War harbour has not been func tioning since Hurricane Irene and needs to be corrected quickly as it is a necessary aid to getting into the harbour at night safely. Aaron Knowles, representing Hope Town Marina, sought approval in prin ciple from the Council for dredging the channel into Hope Town. The Council, that can only give its recommendation in Port Authority matters, said it will review the proposed dredging pending reviewing the EIA (Environmental Impact Assess ment). Mr. Knowles indicated that they are willing to truck the spoil from the dredg ing to the dune area to assist with repairs. The proposed dredging is a 50-foot wide channel starting at the entrance to Hope Town Harbour and extending west about 600 yards. A dock being built on Guana Cay was found to have exceeded the length provided for in the approved application. Leeland Russell of the Port Authority said he found the dock exceeds the approved length of 120 feet by 40 feet. He ordered the con struction to stop and for the owner to re move the part that was not approved. A motion was passed to place a mora torium on new moorings in Hope Town harbour. A mooring can be transferred to a new owner, but no additional moorings are to be placed at this time because of over crowding. The Council made arrangements to have Town Meetings on each of the cays dur ing which they will hear their constituents concerns. The meetings will be held in Man-O-War on October 3, Hope Town on October 5 and in Guana Cay on October 6.Local Gov. From Page 16 Local Government Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Frozen Meat Dry and Canned Goods Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderBridge is rebuiltThe bridge across the creek in Cherokee washed away with Irene, leaving no way to reach the Long Dock but to wade across the creek. However, it has now been put back in place with the help from about eight big husky volunteers and more than a little muscle provided by Simon Rodehn and his handy Bobcat, which, needless to say, have come to our rescue more than once since Irene passed this way. Almost every resident and all of the chil dren in our community get out to the Long Dock sooner or later and many on a regular basis, even daily, so the rebuilding of the bridge is essential to our day-to-day living. We are very appreciative to those who came out and helped to put it back so quickly. After almost every hurricane the men of Cherokee are used to doing repairs to the Long Dock and making it stable again. After this, we hope they will find time to tackle the work that needs to be done on our fa mous the Long Dock.Epworths Monthly Soup KitchenRev. Maria Neilly and her helpers prepared 33 cups of fresh fruit salad for the elderly and shut-ins of Cherokee. The recipients were also given a big slice of plain pound cake home made by Karen Eldon. There is no end to the words of praise these ladies receive when they knock on the senior citizens doors and they certainly are made to feel welcome and appreciated. Epworth Chapel would like to thank our contributors who donate food and/or money towards our cause, for without them we would find it difficult to have this outreach program. May God Bless You for your kindness and generosity.Prayer Quilt Charles Roberts is the latest Cherokee recipient to have been given a Prayer Quilt, our sixth so far. Eight-one knots were tied and a similar number of prayers said for Mr. Charless speedy recovery from re cent major surgery. He seems to progressing nicely and is beginning to look like his old self once more. Welcome back, Mr. Charles, We missed you while you were away. And thank you to the Saturday Af ternoon Ladies Quilting Group for making such a lovely quilt. South Abaco News Charles Roberts received the sixth prayer quilt lov ingly made by the Saturday Afternoon Ladies Quilt ing Group of Cherokee Sound.


Page 18 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2011 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 Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and floors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web Ministry of Works has an Electrical Inspector By Samantha V. Evans A year and a half ago, the Ministry of Works got its first residential Senior Electrical Inspector for Abaco. Darvin McQueen got involved in this field from his desire to fulfill a void on the island where he lived Andros. After high school, he got a job as an electrical help er so he could learn all he could about the field. He then went to Nassau where he attended BTVI to study electrical instal lation, then to The College of the Baha mas. He received his license, then stud ied to receive his three-phase Electrical Contractors License. This broadened the scope of work that he could perform. After obtaining these licenses, he pursued his solar interests. Has studied at the Solar Institute of Florida. He is now on Abaco and has responsibility for Abaco, Grand Cay, Walkers Cay and Moores Island. He is excited to be on Abaco and is working to ensure that the standards of electrical installation are in code with the Canadian Electrical Code Book. He noted that some short cuts are being taken and that the ground fault breaker is not being used. His job is to familiarize electricians with government policies and regulations. There was some resistance when he first came, but he has to enforce the law. Recently, Mr. McQueen was placed in charge of building control for the entire island. As a part of this, he is respon sible for all building inspections on the island, addressing concerns of the public related to inspection and grievances and issuing occupancy certificates. He wants the public to feel comfortable to visit his office if they are having any issue with contractors or getting permit numbers. The Ministry of Works is here to assist them. He realizes that too many mistakes have been made in the past so he is here to see to it that such mistakes and short cuts are ceased or minimized. He appeals to contractors to ensure that the work they do is done right and stop rushing or short cutting to get checks from the banks. He stated that when contractors do this, it hinders the homeowner from passing inspection and getting their oc cupancy certificate. The Ministry of Works office is locat ed upstairs in the building behind First Caribbean Bank and the phone number is 367-5227. By Dr. James Hull, MD I tend to get into political discussions with my friends. I would like to write about the recent events that have taken place at the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic. For those of you who did not know the clinic was closed, the staff is protesting the poor working conditions at the clinic. These conditions affect not only the staff but the patients who attend the clinic. I often say good medicine is not about buildings but the people who are in the buildings. This is something that most governments forget. It has been my experience that in order to get votes governments build clinics and hold wonderful ribbon-cutting ceremo nies and announce to the gathered crowd that they now have quality medical care. After the dignitaries leave, people realize that it was all a lie and that their care has not improved. At the Marsh Harbour clinic we have nurses and staff who have for years worked under conditions that are sub-standard. I worked at the clinic for two months almost 11 years ago, and it was in poor condition then. It is unacceptable that governments spend millions on clinics that do not im prove care and little or nothing on clinics that are trying to improve care. Whether you attend the government clinic or a pri vate clinic, the situation at the government clinic should outrage all of you. In any society we have people who have money and resources and those who dont. Everybody no matter what their resources are should have access to basic services in cluding health care. It is in societies best interest to care for all of its citizens. Of course, people must also be responsible for their own actions, but I believe a healthy, educated society is good for us all. Having said that, I believe everybody should be concerned with the closure of the Marsh Harbour clinic whether you use it or not. We should all be upset that this and previous governments have neglected the clinic. I was involved in a meeting where a former Minister of Health refused to ac cept a free x-ray machine because they did not have the budget to run it. The government needs to identify which clinics in the country it needs to support, their current state of disrepair and move to rectify the situation. I am sure I speak for most people in Abaco when I say we would rather have seen a new repaired clinic system and a better stocked system than a massive government building. Unless we see a change in how govern ment views our public health system, I am sure that I will be writing an article in the future about the disrepair and the lack of services at our soon-to-be-built mini-hos pital. It is about time that our government plans and builds a clinic that it can run properly. In the meantime it needs to fix what we have so that the people of Abaco who rely on the clinic and those who work in it do not suffer.The sad state of the Marsh Harbour ClinicYour Health People in the News 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 Road Safety Is Everyones Responsibility


October 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 By Jennifer Hudson Dave Gales recently published second book, Below Another Sky I found to be equally as enjoyable as his first, Ready About. Whereas his first was a collection of essays on his voyages throughout the Abaco cays, his second focuses on his lifes journey and takes the reader on this remarkable adven ture with his beloved wife, Phoebe. Always rather a misfit in school, Dave had youth ful dreams stirred by the magical paintings of Winslow Homer. These stirrings led Dave to Abaco in 1954 and a life changing decision. On flying into Hope Town harbour on a five-seat Grumman Widgeon seaplane, he decided that he never wanted to go back to the northern United States where he had grown up, a decision which was echoed very quickly by his dear Phoebe. I found the authors great philosophy on life and strong spiritual values to be very refreshing, and the hardships and experiences of building on a remote cay make for interesting reading. This book will certainly be of special interest to anyone with an intimate knowledge of Hope Town, its surrounding cays and people, but will also make for a very enjoyable read for visitors to the area whether first timers or repeat guests. It is a treasure trove of information which is interwoven into the fabric of the book along with many interest ing anecdotes which makes the book not only an endearing love story but also a compendium of life events, hair-raising boating rescues, hurricane experiences, lessons in the history and geog raphy of the region and a wealth of information on marine biology. The author describes his struggles, unique experiences, dangerous exploits, joys and achievements mixed with a whole lot of fun, laughter, love and friendship culminating in a great success story. Along the way we learn about the initial dream of Dave, Phoebe and their friends for the Newhope Lodge and Yacht Marina and the eventual establishment of the first full-time home on a private cay with no other residences, a boat dealership and marine hard ware store, marine gas station, a Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Unit and a ferry service for an airport, to name just a few of the remarkable achievements. Dave does this in an easy-going style laced with plenty of humour, making this book an enjoyable and informative read. Numerous old pho tographs, taken mostly from the authors own collection, greatly enhance the text, providing a very interesting pictorial, his torical background.Book Review Below Another Sky by Dave GaleDave and Photobe Gale, a real life love story By Jennifer Hudson As part of the Family Island Mammo gram Screening programme 22 women from Abaco recently benefitted from free screenings. On August 20 ten wom en were screened and 11 women were screened on September 17. The screen ing was done this year for the first time at the Auskell Medical Clinic and was completely free of charge to women who met the guidelines. Last year ap proximately 75 women were flown into Nassau on one-day trips for this pro gram and were screened at Doctors Hospital. The guidelines for this program are: Women age 35 or over who have nev er had a mammogram. Exceptions would be made if a wom an is 30 and has had a family history of breast cancer, then she would be eligible for screening but, only if she has NEV ER had a mammogram. It is not for a woman who has a lump in the breast. That individual needs to make an appointment to see a doctor promptly. This program is designed to assist per sons that do not have medical insurance and have NEVER had a mammogram. The Family Island Mammogram Screening programme is a campaign that is solely funded by Ride for Hope through the Cancer Society of the Ba hamas. The program was introduced in May 2009 to assist ladies in the Fam ily Islands that were not able to afford a mammogram test. This programme helps to promote a part of the Cancer Societys mission that early detection is key to saving lives. A questionnaire form has to be filled out and submitted for approval. Women who meet the guidelines can contact the Abaco Cancer Society for more information at 367-4744. The questionnaire form can be picked up from the Abaco Cancer Society Thrift Shop (behind Abaco Groceries) on Sat urdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Cancer Society offers mammogram programme CURRYS FOOD STORE Customer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Located on the harbour front


Page 20 Section A The Abaconian October 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 The ironies of farming What a thought! What to do?By John Hedden Farming, of course, and to be specific earning a comfortable living from a farm ing plot intensively cultivated. Cultivated with what? Coca? Indian hemp? poppies? Neem? Other high value crops? A money tree? Maybe more mun dane crops like rice or perhaps potatoes. Possibly noni even? In reality, folks, farming in Tthe Baha mas right now is a thankless task, physi cally demanding, requiring a maximum of four hours sleep at night, knowledge of every skill under the sun including bookkeeping, (not likely). And to top it all off, at the end of that 20-hour day you just cant move your onions. You see, we dont have that branding like Vidalia or sweet yellow or a label saying imported. Though maybe IM PORTED from Andros. So at the end of that very same day, not only are you dog tired, you are also dog broke. What better result could you ask for, broke and broken. Farming in The Bahamas has never been a profitable business to be in. Look at the original Arawaks and Lucayans; they lived mainly off the sea which they never had to sow. They also lived off of the wild fruits and berries, herbs and coontie, none of which they had to sow. They never sold anything. In fact, the only sale that took place was that of themselves by the white Europeans who arrived, hoodwinked and then transported them to Hispaniola to work in the mines and as pearl divers. Following behind these native peoples came the early settlers who had to be sent emergency supplies by their U.S. mainland compatriots in the Carolinas. This literally prevented them from starving to death in their new found islands of freedom. Then after the U.S. wars of indepen dence, an inundation of Loyalists arrived with their plantations on their backs, or rather on the backs of their slaves. This all under Crown encouragement because Britain was convinced that if these lazy new Bahamian people were prepared to do a little bit of work, then they could make a success of agriculture. That way they wouldnt be doing all these pastimes of ill repute like drinking, trading in illicit items, prostitution and robbing the high seas, un less, of course, they were licenced by the Crown. What better way to build character than good solid back-breaking work like turning rockland into farmland. Well, the plantation system didnt work either, and the only thing remaining to this day is the plantation mentality which, of course, is why we blame everything on colonialism, even though our children dont have the foggiest idea of what that means. In fact, I am not sure that they know what anything means, except, of course, more money. So all the slaves got sold off or earned their freedom or took their freedom because their masters were so destitute they couldnt afford to keep them any longer. So next in this saga came another wave of now liberated people trying to eke out a way of surviving on the very same land that broke their backs and the wallets of their masters. Of course, it didnt take long to realise that a life of drinking, trading, prostitution and arms and liquor running were much more profitable and less likely to lead to heat stroke, no matter what the Crown had to say about it. Boating and boat building were the means to survival for black and white Ba hamians alike; we forget today that some of our finest sailing boats came from Andros and other now forgotten islands. Also some of the worlds finest sailors hailed from The Bahamas though never officially recognised. That maybe because they werent recognised as officially Eng lish. So they all went sponging. And we still do, but in these times mainly off the North American tourists who visit our shores. But I forget; I was talking about farm ing. So back to it. By the latter part of the 19th century The Bahamas was again pretty destitute. Cotton had failed miserably after a few years of exceptional production in the more southern islands. Sisal never really took off, and labour was becoming ex pensive thanks to these liberated slaves, now called apprentices who wanted more money for the skills they offered. Boat ing won out again simply because it paid more money for regular work. But pine apples and citrus became the vogue in a now wealthier North America. Europe was just too far away for the sugarloaf pineapple to arrive as a fruit instead of a fermenting juice. So by this these darned Bahamians discovered pineapple wine and how to make it. Happy times are here again. Well, of course, the new Ameri cans in the U.S. discovered that they could grow pineapples in Hawaii and cit rus in California and Florida, being, of course, new parts of the United Republic and sober. That quickly put paid to our meagre success of controlling the world markets for those few years. Taxes are the end of the world for farmers, and sure enough one cent per fruit killed us and the trade. So back to the party. Well, what better way to work the land, as the Crown still wanted us to, than to go away to farms in the U.S. and work as migrant farm labour on the contract. At least we didnt starve and our families back home received a portion of our wag es in the original remittances, which are now a worldwide major source of revenue for impoverished countries. Those males that did return from the contract were of ten given the label American Boy which they then bore proudly on their persona. Of course, then the Second World War took place and every piece of metal and especially steel and iron, was removed from our shores for the war effort and the smelting pots of the arms factories of Brit ain. Destitute again. At last, the war was over, and every body throughout the colonies of British rule were trying to figure out how to make the price of bread, when lo and behold the colonial government arrives with this re ally bright idea of, what else but, farming. They sent teams to Andros and Eleuthera to establish projects for export produce to earn foreign revenue, and so help pay off some of that American debt incurred dur ing the war years. So what happened? Well, Andros at tempted to grow export produce in the swamps behind Fresh Creek, and if Please see Hedden Page 21


October 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 ever, they forgot to put a road in to con nect the two. After this they pretty much gave up on the Caribbean as a sorry lot and decided to move to the African coun tries to see what havoc they could wreak on that other side of the Atlantic ocean. Still, we didnt give up and people like Levy came into Eleuthera and Crockett into Abaco. A succession of operators went into Andros. None was really suc cessful long-term farming operations, and I always think that we must have appealed to their philanthropic spirit in some way. In fact, to this day we still have our hand out begging from some rich sucker who passes our way. And now we move into the modern era of information technology, tourism and international banking. Still we keep our liquor-sodden and pirating ways, and al most everybody to a soul is trying to fig ure out the easiest way to scam our neigh bour. So much the better if they happen to be a foreigner. What is the end result? It seems that our government has been catching up on colonial history because they want us to go back into farming. What else? Of course, there are no incentives. Other countries offer subsidies and mar keting, extension services and financing, insurance programmes and price guaran tees. But Bahamian farmers dont need any of these things. We get really encourag ing words from those such as Min. Larry Cartwright proclaiming recently, I imag ine after much deep thought. Bahamian farmers must become more competitive. Nah, it is much simpler and much more fun to go drinking, pirating, sponging and prostituting ourselves. Bring on the Bachannal! it wasnt for the rainy season, the ven ture may have been successful. Also, of course, the Bahamians used to sneak off to the settlements and get drunk. These darned people never seem to learn. And, of course, the pineapple growing areas of South Eleuthera were ploughed and worked by the new Caterpillar tractors so that these darned drunken farmers could at least try and put their plants in a straight line instead of weaving everywhere. But somewhere along the way the tractors eliminated the valuable winding red soils from the area, and never a pineapple was seen to grow here again. Well, after this the Colonials abandoned us to our drunken ways and moved on to help other islands like Montserrat. Here they planted citrus trees on one side of the mountain and built the packing sheds and processing plant on the other side. How -Hedden From Page 20 condition will our country be in in the ap proaching 10 to 20 years? I am tired of going to stores and com panies looking for an application for a job opening and being told, Sorry, we have no more, or Our employee staff is full. Where did all of the applications go? To Haitians? Oh, no! Im not discriminating, but I have proof, visible proof. Walk into Maxwells or SaveA-Lot and look at the cashier line, look at the workers in these stores. The majority of them are of Haitian nationality. Now, yes, we are all humans, we all have to eat. But I strongly believe that an application of an non-Bahamian should only be accepted in the absence of a quali fied Bahamian for that same position. Not only the cashier line, but other jobs as well. Construction, carpentry, etc. Friday evenings truckloads empty off Haitian immigrants to the bank while our fathers and brothers are struggling to find jobs to provide for their families. How is it possible that we Bahamians are suffering within our own country? Of course, we cannot point all of our fingers at the Haitians and at the persons who employ them. We also have to point them at ourselves. Ignorance can ruin a country as you can see. Rather than being vociferous, we sit and talk amongst our selves . and do nothing about it. Havent you heard that actions speak louder than words? Well, its true! These Haitians are stealing from us in numerous ways: our jobs, our childrens education, our own money! How? A past issue of the Abaconian newspaper had an article about a six-foot buried pipe used to illegally carry water into the nearly Haitian community that was being disconnected. Letters From Page 9 Where was this water coming from? That is not important. What is important is who is paying for it. A Bahamian! Electric ity lines illegally hooked up, Haitian-run stores place ridiculously high prices on suits, robbing us, making a living off us! Clinic pharmacies running out of medicine before we bring them our prescriptions. Bahamian females are no match in the child-bearing arena against their Haitian counterparts. Haitians intentionally give birth in The Bahamas. Breed to succeed. Our government needs to tie them off! For every one child in a Bahamian home is equivalent to two in a Haitian home. Never in all my years growing up in The Bahamas has the situation become as bad as it is today. They are everywhere, being a thorn in our side. What is the government doing? The police receive steady complaints about the garbage and noise coming from these communities, and they do nothing. Why are they so afraid of these people? The law, the ones who are sup posed to keep order within our society, afraid! Strip clubs, illegal bars, prostitution all happening in these shanty towns! These people are bringing their state of anarchy into our country, and nothing is being done about it. It starts with us Bahamians. But if the government is not forcibly doing anything to support us, Sit the Man Down. The Bahamas is a benison. The trash and dirty-looking areas of the Mud and Pi geon Pea while driving past is belly turning. What do our tourists think when they see all that garbage? To all readers, share this and cogitate on this article. Speak up! Take your country back! If not for you, for your children. In the words of the once familiar Bob Marley, Get up . Stand up . Stand up for your rights as a Bahamian. A furious young Bahamian AA and Al Anon MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mon days, Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. Al-Anon in Marsh Harbour meets by request. Call 357-6511. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays and Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at the Hope Town Library. The AA group and the AlAnon group meet in the Treasure Cay Community Center on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Please call 357-6511 for additional information.


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Apr 11 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Island-wide Abaco Listings Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426CherokeeLee Pinder + 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle Cay Bluff House Club 12 units 365-4247 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties + 34 hse 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties + 34 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 Guana CayDive Guana + 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Donna Sands + 12 hse 365-5195 Guana Beach Resort 6 units 365-5133 Guana Seaside 8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Ocean Frontier 519-389-4846 Wards Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands + 9 hse 365-5140Hope TownAbaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Club Soleil 6 rm 1 cott 366-0003 Crystal Villas 7 villas 888-812-2243 Elbow Cay Prop + 53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways + 63 hse 366-0224 Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages + 3 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key + 43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557Hotels and House Rental AgentsLubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages 4 hse 366-3121Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals + 2 hse 365-6048 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072Marsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate + 6 hse 367-2719 Alesias 3 rms 367-4460 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 Ds Guest House 6 rms 367-3980 Living Easy + 16 hse 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 effic 367-0148 HG Christie + 11 hse 367-4151Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp 8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 4 units 365-8033 Island Dreams + 45 hse 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort + 95 rms 365-8801 Marks Bungalows 4 units 365-8506 Abaco Estate Services 365-8752Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villa 365-2222Web Sites with Abaco Information http.// http.// + agents with multiple cottages and houses Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 366-0023 Fax: (242) 366-0189 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-5460 Fax: (242) 367-2516VHF 16www.seahorseboatrentals.comComplimentary Pick Up & Delivery By Canishka Alexander Based on the governments assistance to hurricane affected islands through its exigency order, Jeremie Saunders, Fish eries Superintendent at the Department of Marine Resources, sought to make the benefits listed in the order more relevant to fishermen on Abaco. Saunders said that based on his observation of several communities, the fishermen seemed to have been prepared for the most part. Nevertheless, he did recall at least one fisherman who had phoned the office to find out what benefits he would be privy to because his boat had run aground. At that time they had not yet received the information; however, he is happy that he now has good news to bring to the fishermen. He said that those who suffered hard ship or loss to property as result of Hur ricane Irene may apply for duty relief and be certified by the Director of Ma rine Resources Michael Braynen. Part C of the exigency order refers to those in the fishing industry and states that galvanized sheeting and other mate rials used in the construction of fishing habitats, fishing boats and fishing gear and apparatus may be brought in duty free. Further, for those making claims con cerning their losses, Saunders said they will need to submit their contact informa tion, a description of the hardship or loss sustained, the description, quantity and value of the items to be imported and the purpose for which the items will be used. Although the Ministry of Finance has not set a limit on claims, he urged fisher men to carry out damage assessments as soon as possible and send in their written claims for evaluation. He also suggested that the fishermen contact the officials in their respective communities for more assistance.Governments Exigency Count me out, I stated firmly. Sure, she replied, striding across to the charter companys office. A few min utes later she returned looking happy. They have two seats left. We are in luck. I said count me out, I repeated, plant ing my feet firmly on the ground. Fine, she said, picking up her bags. Ill call you from Nassau and tell you all about the preview. Wait a minute, I objected. The pilot, a young good-looking man in his late 20s, waved us over. Well be taking off in about five min utes, he said. Not me! I protested. I thought you purchased two tickets, he said to my friend. Yes, but she, pointing to me, cant get on the plane. He looked perplexed. Is there a problem? he asked, thinking I had some physi-Humblestone From Page 8 Honesty and Quality Brandon Thompson242-357-6532Dock ConstructionResidential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyleBoat LiftsSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsAnd Much More...Offering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experienceContact us today! Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 cal infirmity which prevented me from ascending the short steps. Just that you only have one engine, I said in a mildly accusatory tone. The pilot stared at me as if I had cast some ter rible aspersion on his manhood. Before he could speak, my friend intervened. One and two, she counted, signaling to the gleaming twin propellers. Yes, but She cut me off. Steph, please get in, sit back and enjoy the ride. To cut a long story short, I eventually boarded the plane with the terrified and resigned expression of one mounting the scaffold. I may have set a record in breath reten tion on take-off and my ashen face was matched only by my clutched and blooddrained hands. Once airborne and 6000 feet above Abacos coastline, I began to relax and felt surprisingly safe. Below us was breathtaking beauty. It was indeed a wonderful way to see the islands and to appreciate their turquoise waters and purple reefs. The flight was smooth with gentle takeoffs and landings. Everything I imagined it would not be. Since that maiden charter flight I have flown both Cherokee Air and Abaco Air on numerous occasions and also some of the newer charter companies. Times have changed since the late 60s when Gill Hensler, Jack Albury and Leon ard Thompson started the first charter company on Abaco with two Piper Aztecs. Back then small planes were used almost exclusively for medical emergencies. I remember Capt. Leonard, author of I Wanted Wings, and a legend in his own lifetime, telling me how he flew down to Elizabeth Point on Andros from Marsh Harbour to pick up a pregnant lady. Halfway to Nassau he heard the nurse say shes flaggin (meaning she is going into labour). A few moments later the healthy screech of a newborn filled the plane. It is said there is no greater zealot than a convert. I really love flying in charter planes over Abaco, and I like to spread the message. For the past two years my hus band and I have been taking a relatively new charter company AirGate Aviation from New Smyrna Beach to Marsh Harbour. I really cannot speak highly enough of their gracious service which includes welcoming our 62-pound Standard Poodle, Teddy. His maiden flight was, like mine, a decade and a half ago, a little traumatic but now he bounds up the steps of the powerful twin-engine Cessna 414 and curls up at the back alongside my seat. Last month I saw the unmistakable scaffold expression on a young girl in the AirGate Aviation departure lounge. I over heard her question her traveling compan ion about the size of the plane. Been there, done that, I thought.On board she looked frozen with fear. We talked and she told me it was her first time in a small aircraft. Its perfectly safe, I assured her. Just sit back and enjoy the ride! Eventually, she did. After awhile she was looking out of the cabin window and marveling at the beauty below. Another convert, I smiled to myself. Drive SafelyWatch for School Children


October 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 . 367-2655 . 367-7368 . . . . 367-2979 . . . . . Green Turtle Cay . . . . Guana Cay . . . Lubbers Quarters Man-O-War . . . Hope Town . . . . . . . Treasure Cay . 365-8623 . 365-8582 . . Visitors Guide Restaurant Guide + Picnic tables & restroom only Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour . . . . . . . 367-7272 . . . . 367-3778 . . . . . . . . 367-2366 . . + . 367-3796 . . 367-2278 . . 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 . . . . . 365-8288 . . . . Abaco Marinas Green Turtle Cay . . 32 . . . . . . Treasure Cay . . . Man-O-War . 26 . Marsh Harbour . . . 75 . . 36 . . 29 . . Hope Town . . 6 . . . Spanish Cay . 75 . Guana Cay . . . 37 . . Tours & Excursions Airlines Serving Abaco . 367-2266 . . . . . . . . Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida . 367-2266 . 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 367-3067 Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised 13 Sepl 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 From Conch Inn (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 Closed Aug 1 to Nov 1 Closed Mid Aug to 1st Nov Closed Jul 31 to Mid Nov


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October 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 19 NUMBER 19 OCTOBER 1st, 2011 Airport terminal construction is underway Terminal and control tower will be 60 weeks to completionFES Construction Company from Freeport won the bid for building the Marsh Harbour airport terminal, control tower and fire/crash rescue facility. The company was prompt in beginning work as the foundation was taking shape only three weeks after the contract was signed. The terminal is just west of the present terminal while the control tower and fire/rescue facility will be built to the south of the runway. The principals of the FES company are men from Coopers Town who developed a reputable construction company. 30 youth will learn building skills in National Job ProgramThe job training for the young men chosen to be trained in construction skills on the airport terminal building began with a one-day seminar on September 10 that taught them soft skills. This seminar was preparatory to their beginning work on site where they will spend the next year learning to be masons, carpenters, electricians and plumbers. The men on the right are the two principal owners of FES Construction Company, the winner of the bid for the construction of the terminal building and the control tower and fire rescue facility. The new terminal for the Marsh Harbour airport is underway with an impres sive start. Anyone using the present terminal can look a few feet to the west and see the foundation rising about four to five feet above the surrounding area. This 51,000 square-foot building and the control tower are expected to cost $27.3 million Perimeter blocks have been laid and crushed rock is filling the sub-floor voids. The final floor will be about five feet above the surrounding ground. This will ensure that the building will not be subject to flooding. Fill is being placed and graded between the building and the present roadway lead ing to the Abaco Air and Cherokee Air fixed base operations farther to the west. The new building will appear to be sitting on an earthen mound. Visible construction will appear to come to a standstill as plumbers, electricians and communication workers thread their ex tensive pipes and conduits throughout the sub-floor areas. Please see Terminal Page 16 By Timothy Roberts The Ministry of Finance began its first National Job Readiness and Training Programme session on Abaco on September 10 with a daylong course teaching soft skills to a group of 23 young men. The group of young men will be work ing with FES Construction Company as they embark on learning masonry, elec trical, carpentry and plumbing skills. One of the owners of FES, James Edgecombe, encouraged the young men to take advan tage of the programme and said that the construction business offered a real pay ing job when you know what youre do ing. The programme, which will last one year, pays a minimal weekly salary of $210 and is expected to provide 30 young men invited to take part with both the technical and soft skills needed to be em S.C. Bootle High welcomed students back to schoolThe staff of S.C. Bootle High School in Coopers Town welcomed students on the first day of school. They surprised the students by each of them greeting the students individually. Shown are teachers Rudolph Kawalram, Denise Gadsby and Curlain Coakley. ployable and remain employed. Barbara Bastian, programme coor dinator from the Ministry of Finance, said, We seek to eliminate the disconnect that exists between what employers need and the capacity that exists to fill those needs. It was explained that soft skills are the non-technical skills, abilities and traits that workers need to function produc tively and effectively in the work place. These include work ethics, positive at titude, aptitude, reliability, punctual ity, problem solving, social interaction, team work and time management. Em ployers agree about one common factor in successful recruitment efforts that is, employees must have sufficient soft skills not only to get hired but remain Please see Job Program Page 6 By Canishka Alexander During the opening of school on September 5 S.C. Bootle High School in Coopers Town held its first meet and greet session for current and newly en rolled students. Principal Huel Moss said that although students expected a typical day at school on the first day, the teach ers were determined to surprise the stu dents with the meet and greet session as a way of signifying a positive start to the new school year. Mr. Moss along with his staff stood at the gate to the school and warmly wel comed the students. Amongst the students there were some who had travelled as far away as Marsh Harbour and as far north as Crown Haven to attend S.C. Bootle. There were also several new teach ers: Sandra Alyenne, religious studies teacher; Felicity Simms, math teacher; and Tiffany Williams, art teacher. Mem bers of the PTA Board joined the staff as they welcomed the students. According to Mr. Moss, the reopen ing of school had begun previously with an annual prayer breakfast on August 30 when Bishop Archelus Cooper prayed for the school. During the school assem bly on September 5 Pastor Bullard of New Life Church spoke of peace for the students and faculty of the school.School From Page 7


Page 2 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2011 By Jennifer Hudson On the 12th of September 33 young men who are all part of a programme introduced by Prime Minister Ingraham to provide training and employment began work on the new terminal for the Marsh Harbour International Airport which is be ing built by FES Construction Company of Freeport. These young men range in age from 17 to 26 years, several having just recently graduated from high school, and they come from many settlements of Abaco from Spring City in the south to Wood Cay in the north. They have signed up to train as electricians, plumbers, carpenters and masons in the governments National Job Programme. Although they have no prior formal ex perience in these fields, the young men are all eager to learn these new skills. For some it will lead to a primary trade or career but for others, such as Jason Scott from Trea sure Cay, it is a jumping off point for a future career in architecture. During his first two days on site Mr. Scott learnt to do a slump test on concrete and do take-offs (block counting). Since he is working with the Safety Director, he is also learning record keeping of persons on site and how to keep everybody safe. I was shown around the site by FES Safety Director Corry Adderley, where I was able to observe these young men all busily working under the watchful eye of their foremen and three supervisors. Once they finish their training, they will have a very good knowledge of how con struction is operated. They will develop Government trainees work on new terminalskills and acquire a good idea of materi als, types of instruments, tools and formulae, stated Mr. Adderley. He explained that since this was only the first week of training, the trainees were just beginning to get their feet wet learning the ba sics such as tying steel, putting up forms and cleaning trenches. Some were working with the masons learning how to keep blocks straight, and one was working in the tool trailer taking inventory. The majority are working well and showing good interest, said Mr. Adder ley. Before they started, all of the trainees were told by Fletcher McIntosh, a princi pal of FES, You must dress neatly and be punctual. They will be outfitted with steel-toed safety boots, dust masks and a colour-coded hard hat system for safety. Mr. Adderley is planning to implement a mandatory safety orientation class in which the trainees will learn how to act with the equipment, how to utilize scaffolding and harnesses and how to act with other per sons in the work areas. Stephano Curry from Wood Cay is working in the tool trailer, taking inven tory and keeping track of the tools used while Shaquille Murray, also from Wood Cay, is hoping to learn carpentry. Since the building is not yet at the stage of car pentry work, he is presently doing steel work. Although I have helped family members with odd construction jobs, this is my first time on an actual job site. It is a good learning experience for me because I would like to do construction as a career, he said. Over the next 10 to 12 months I hope these young men will take a liking to con struction and want to become supervisors and contractors. I am very pleased with them and think they will do well under FES management and will all try to be safe and efficient, said Safety Director Adderley. Some of the trainees stopped their work to pose for the camera while others are working in the background. They are part of governments National Job Programme that is train ing youth in construction skills. These are working on the new airport terminal in Marsh Harbour under the direction of the foremen of the FES Construction Company. Construction on the new terminal is going ahead well. It will be raised about five feet, above the level of the present terminal, eliminating the danger of flooding. The roof of the present terminal can be seen on the left.


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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2011 Points are awarded as follows: 1-10 for fastest Downhill (gravity power only) 1-10 for fastest Slalom (less penalties) 1-10 for ShowmanshipCostumes, skits, decorated boxcarts, exploding confetti displays American Soapbox Derby wheels suggested for durability & speedTrophies & prizes awarded afterward To enter or for information contact Stafford Patterson 242-366-0023 or All proceeds go to the Hope Town Childrens PlaygroundPresents the 13th Annual King of the Hill may not be the fastest this year Haley Albury Alexis Albury Courtney Albury Taj Anderson Arielle Nicole Cash Chas Darville Shakita Deveaux Denton Gay Once again The Abaconian is pleased to present a listing of the Abaco students who are away at colleges and technical schools. They show a determination to better them selves and we wish them all success in their various fields. We congratulate their par ents and family members who are working hard and making sacrifices to give them the chance to further their education. We salute the families who support these young people in acquiring the knowledge and skills they need to make their lives more productive and satisfying. We realize there are many more students away and we want to list them in the next issue. We would appreciate family mem bers or friends calling us at 367-3200 with the information. Alexis Albury is in her third year at Northwood University in West Palm Beach where she is studying Account ing. Her parents are Alli son and Sid ney Albury of Marsh Harbour. She graduated from Forest Heights Academy in 2008. She has a partial academic scholarship. Courtney Albury is attending Nova Southeast ern Univer sity in Ft. Lauderdale where she is majoring in Psychology. This is her first year. She is a graduate of Forest Height Academy and she was honoured with the Bahamas Outstanding Stu dent Award for the last three years. Her parents are Jed and Erica Albury of Trea sure Cay. Haley Albury is in her first year at Palm Beach State Col lege in West Palm Beach, Florida. Hal eys major is Paralegal Studies. She recently graduated from Forest Heights Academy. She is the daugh ter of Doug and Mary Albury of Marsh Harbour. James Albury is in his first year Flor ida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, where he is taking basic courses with an emphasis on political science. James is the son of Ruth Albury of Marsh Harbour. His father, Monty Albury, is deceased. He graduated from Forest Heights Academy in 2011. Taj Anderson is currently finishing his second year at Palm Beach Atlan tic Univer sity in Palm Beach, Florida, where he is study ing Biology. Tajs parents are Marsha Roberts and Tyrone Anderson of Treasure Cay. He graduated from Forest Heights Academy in 2009. He worked this summer in the office of the Administrator. Arielle Nicole Cash is in her first year at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where she is studying Computer Networking and Technical Support. Her parents are Christopher and Angelique Cash of Bahama Palm Shores. She graduated from Agape Christian School in 2011. Cecily Claridge is currently in her third year at the University of Waterloo in Kitchener, Ontario. She is majoring in Psychology. She is a 2008 graduate of Agape Chris tian School. She is the daughter of Char maine and Robert Claridge of Marsh Har bour. Chas Darville is currently in his third semester of a two-year program at Florida Technical College in Orlando. He is majoring in wireless computer networking. Chas is an Abaco boy but graduated from a high school on Grand Bahama where he was on the Deans List. His mother is Vanria Anderson of Dundas Town. Shakita Deveaux is continuing her studies at the Uni versity of Buckingham in England where she is studying Law. She earlier obtained an associates degree at the College of The Bahamas. Her parents are Louis Deveaux and Sin dy Lowe of Murphy Town. She is a 2007 graduate of Forest Heights Academy. Denton Gay has entered his second year at Palm Beach Atlan tic Univer sity in West Palm Beach where he is majoring in Dance with a Minor in Business. He at tended Wesley College previously. His parents are Ancela and Wilfred Gay of These students are studying abroadJames Albury Please see Students Page 5 Support the Cancer Society Donate Used Items to Be Sold in


October 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: Daniel Higgs Brian Higgs Austin Koepp Hilarry Roberts Blair Saunders Blayne Saunders Lindsay Lowe Dundas Town. Denton has a promising dance career ahead of him and he hopes to be part of a prestigious dance troupe and teach dancing as well. Brian Higgs is one of the fortunate Bahamians attending Island School on Eleuthera. He is on a partial academic scholarship and will be studying Marine Biology and Aquaculture. Upon finishing this program, he is required to work for a year with a non-governmental or charity organization. His parents are Tim Higgs and Layna Cartwright of Marsh Harbour. He recently graduated from Forest Heights Academy. Daniel Higgs is in his final year at Valdosta State University in Georgia where he will be re ceiving a degree in Office Technology and Computers. He is on an international scholarship affiliated with the Wesley Foundation. His parents are Laurence and Monica Higgs of Marsh Harbour. He graduated from Forest Heights Academy in 2008. In his spare time he plays base guitar at the local Methodist Church in Valdosta and is also in a band called Rescue Blues. Austin Koepp has headed off to his sec ond year at the Universi ty of Tampa in Florida. He graduated from Forest Heights Academy in 2010. He is currently on a Abaco Pathfinders scholarship and a partial academic scholarship from the school. His parents are Glenn and Maureen Koepp of Marsh Harbour. Lindsay Lowe is in her final year of college at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach where she is studying Political Science. While at college she has been involved in many activities and received several honours including Frederik M. Supper Honors Program, Presiden tial Ambassador, Worship Leader, Peer Mentor, academic coach and Admissions Assistant. Lindsays parents are Larry and Nancy Lowe of Spring City. She is a grad uate of Agape Christian School in 2008. Julian McKenzie is attending the College of The Bahamas in Nassau studying Culinary Arts. This is his second year in the program. He graduated from St. Francis de Sales in 2009. His parents are Lisa Scott and Eugene McKenzie of Marsh Harbour. Kadesha McKenzie is attending the College of the Bahamas in Nassau where she is in her first year. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biochemis try. She is the daughter of Lisa Scott and Eugene McKenzie of Marsh Harbour. She graduated from Abaco Central High School in 2011. Hilarry Roberts is working on her degree in Elementary Education at the Hagerstown Commu nity College in Hag erstown, Maryland. The degree includes a minor in Math and she plans on becoming a teacher. She graduated from Agape Christian School in 2007. Her parents are Larry and Sandra Roberts of Man-O-War. Blayne Saunders completed his Private Pilot Licence in July with Airbourne Systems, Inc in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He is now furthering his training in Commercial Single and Multi Engine, Instrument Rat ing and Jet Transition Course at Profes sional Flight Training in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He resides in Cherokee Sound, South Abaco. He is a graduate of Agape Christian School in the class of 2010. Flying was always his dream and now that dream is becoming a reality. He is the son of Mi chael and Charmaine Saunders of Cherokee Sound. Blair Saunders is currently in Melbourne, Florida, in her first year at Brevard Community College. She is studying to obtain a Students From Page 4 These are pursuing their career dreamsPlease see Students Page 6 Julian McKenzie Kadisha McKenzieRoad Safety Is Everyones Responsibility In Office Dates October 10-18Donate dog food or money to Pops Animal Shelter


Page 6 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2011 Fredericks Agency Ltd.Customs BrokersCustoms Brokerage Services Air and Sea Import and Export Entries Serving all vessels from foreign portsQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email: Fletcher McIntosh, left, one of the principals of FES Construction Company, spoke to the boys who are being trained by his company under the governments National Job Programme. He did not mince words as he explained his expecta tions of them. Looking on is Admin istrator Cephas Cooper. employed. Mr. Edgecombe encouraged the group to be willing learners as his partner, Fletcher McIntosh, also encouraged them to be diligent and hardworking. We expect you to be honest, he said, and if you come to work an hour late, youll be sent Job Program From Page 1 Bachelors degree to become a Medical Lab Technician. She graduated from Agape Christian Academy in 2011. She is the daughter of Michael and Charmaine Saunders of Cherokee Sound. Jonathan Saunders is attending Everest University in Tampa, Florida, where he is taking Electrical Studies. In his first year in college he made the Principals List. His parents are Brendan and Ruth Saunders of Marsh Harbour. He graduated from Agape Christian School in 2010. Randall Sawyer is currently attending Wyotech at the campus in Ormond Beach, Florida. This is his first year and he is studying to be a marine mechanics specialist. Randalls parents are Randy and Ber nadette Sawyer of Green Turtle Cay. He graduated from Forest Heights Academy in 2010. Stephanie Sweeting Cody UnhjemStudents From Page 5 Jonathan Saunders Randall Sawyer Felicia Survance Felicia Survance is attending Indian River State College in Stuart, Florida, for her first year of college. She is studying Medicine with a minor in Biochem istry. This young lady is hoping to become a surgeon. Her parents are Jeff and Dawn Survance of Green Turtle Cay. She graduated from Forest Heights Academy in 2011. Stephanie Sweeting is currently in her second year at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, where she is studying Elementary Education with minors in three subjects, Graphic Design, Environmental Science and Spanish. She graduated from Forest Heights Academy in 2010. She has a scholarship from Abaco Pathfinders. Her parents are Stephen and Lenora Sweeting of Hope Town. Cody Unhjem is studying Computer Science at the College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri. He has partial scholarships from his college and a scholarship from Abaco Pathfinders. He began his college work in January 2011. He graduated Agape Christian School in 2010. Cody achieved many awards during his high school years, including Out standing Bahamian High School Student, awards for computers and accounting and Super Honour Roll.More students are studying away home. The session for that day was a part of phase one, which is an orientation initia tive to prepare workers to enter their jobs. The trainers, Andrew Albury and Kenyatta Nairn, told the young men how to be good employees and good co-workers. They were given a series of principles about good work ethics and how to have a positive mind set that will lead them to success. The sessions were interactive, and the young men were enthusiastic participants, sharing comments and asking questions. The young men came from as far North as Wood Cay and as far South as Spring City. One young man commented that he knew he could make more money in a week by other means but wants the opportunity to learn a skill that could give him a long term job in the future. Another said he wanted to take advantage of the opportunity as he seeks to become an electrician. Ms. Bastian told the young men, Take this opportunity to learn all that you can while in this programme. Embrace this opportunity; do not take it lightly Drive SafelyWatch for School Children


School News Crossing Rocks names its accomplishments By Samantha V. Evans Crossing Rocks Primary School got a new principal at the start of the New Year 2011and since then the school has been making great strides. The new principal, Simone Pinder, has made it her mission to ensure that the students get the exposure that others from the more central area on the island do. The school, even though located in Crossing Rocks, has been par ticipating in as many district based com petitions as Principal Pinder can get them ready to attend. They took part in the district spelling bees, the Police General Spelling Bee competition, Junior Junkanoo and attended special events such as the district awards ceremony and the preindependence service. The school has had several noteworthy accomplishments last school year. The stu dents took first place for the B school in Junior Junkanoo, placed in the top 10 in the Grade 4 Spelling Bee and placed 4th in the Police Spelling Bee. Now that the new school year has be gun, Principal Pinder is ready to take on another year as her students are ready to do well. She is appreciative of the parental support she has received and knows that they will continue to work alongside her so that their children can reap as many ben efits that are afforded them in the Abaco District.Highlights of Wesley Colleges school year During this past school year, Wesley College, the first private high school on Abaco, celebrated its 22nd Anniversary on February 27th. ogy in the learning process including more use of PowerPoint presentations in the classroom. Concert Band Division in the E. Clem ent Bethel National Arts Festival Performance. The school entered the Folk Dance Division for the first time. and ocean reef ecosystems as part of the Integrated Course Work Programme. high and upper primary divisions of the Friends of the Environment Annual Abaco Science Fair. dents in concert with the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, leading to a special relationship with the Abaco Division of the RBPF. grammes for challenged/marginalised students including speech therapy, dyslexia, ADHD management and at-risk male students. performance with Grade Eight obtaining A C in 100 percent of their BJC subjects taken. tional Primary School Spanish Spelling Bee. conjunction with the Abaco Foundation, the Bahamas Dance Theatre and Geogias School of Dance. Featured traditional Ba hamian dances. Culminated in one hour performance an Abacos Independence Celebrations.ABACO FREIGHTCOURIER SERVICESOcean Air 6671 W Indiantown Rd, Suite 56-453 Jupiter, Florida 33458 Walk-in and special handling Doug Wiseman, MGRM Nick Mazzeo Commonwealth Bank donates school bags By Canishka Alexander Commonwealth Bank donated school bags to students of S.C. Bootle High School for the new academic school year, just as it had last year. According to Prin cipal Huel Moss, those who received the donations were students who had made the honour roll in June and also those who had passed five or more of their subjects in their BJC examinations. The administration and staff of S.C. Bootle High School would like to express their gratitude to Commonwealth Bank for their timely donation, and we look forward for continued support in our quest to en hance education at our institution, Mr. Moss stated. The bags were fully stocked with a se lection of school supplies. The students who received them were very appreciative. Several officials from Commonwealth Bank visited the school to speak with teach ers and facility managers on making good financial decision in such tough economic times. He said that Mrs. Dorsette and Mr. Johnson were pleased to share practical tips with the staff on financial planning, budgeting, proper use of credit cards and investment. The financial session greatly benefitted the staff, he said.Grade level meetings held at S.C. BootleBy Canishka Alexander A series of meetings was held at S.C. Bootle High School for parents and stu dents in Grades 9, 10 and 12 recently to discuss important information that impacts Honour students of S.C. Bootle High School in Coopers Town received book bags loaded with school supplies that were donated by Commonwealth Bank. This is the second year that the bank has done this. Please see School Page 8


Page 8 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2011 More School News the students during such influential years. The meetings, which took place during the first two weeks of school, pertained to the Ministry of Education and the school objectives, BJC and BGCSE examinations, course work, graduation requirements, the selection of optional subjects, personal hygiene and study habits. Principal Huel Moss said that the meet ings gave parents the opportunity to meet with teachers and find out their childs cur rent status. They learned what is needed for their child to successfully complete the requirements. We are proud to say that all of the meetings were well attended, and the ad ministration and teachers say a big thank School From Page 7 you to the parents for making the effort and showing interest in your childs education, Moss said, appreciatively.Family Guardian Assists J.A PinderBy Jennifer Hudson The entire staff of the Family Guardian, Marsh Harbour office, spent the day of September 16 with the children of the J.A. Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point. The occasion was the companys second annual community outreach day, Founders Day Last year the staff chose to assist the Every Child Counts School by donating plants and helping with the school garden. This year, as a result of research to find another organization which needed help, they selected the J.A. Pinder School which was in need of help with its library. The eight staff members of Family Guardian began by putting up two new sets of shelves in the library and donating exer cise books, pens, pencils, backpacks and wa ter jugs to the pupils. They then organized a day of fun and games for the children which included egg and spoon and sack races, mu sical chairs and bobbing for apples. The 46 students of the school were all extremely ex cited and appreciative of their fun day. Fol lowing the games the Family Guardian staff treated the children to a lunch of hamburg ers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs. Alice Wells, Family Guardian Staff Manager, stated that the day was all about giving and having fun with the children. This is what Family in our name is all about, and we want to give them some of our love, she stated. School Principal Brenell Higgs said how appreciative she is for Family Guardian giving back to the community in this way by assisting in the development of the library. We are encouraging the children to read more so that their writing skills can improve. Since beginning the library last year, we have already seen an improvement in the students writing skills, she said while noting that the school is still in need of a television, DVDs and laptops. Ms. Higgs would like the children who are having difficulty with learning to read to be able to listen to read along CDs. The generosity of the Family Guardian staff does not end with this fun day as they have pledged to raise funds for more books for the J.A. Pinder library.Abaco Central High gets high marksAbaco Central High School is listed among the top 20 high schools in the country. It is one of seven governmentmaintained schools identified by Advisory Youth Council of The Bahamas based on academics, student body spirit and the schools reputation. The entire staff of the Marsh Harbour office of Family Guardian spent the day on Septem ber 16 at J.A Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point, improving the library and organiz ing a fun day for the 46 students of that school. The staff is shown here with some of the young students. Family Guardian has initiated Founders Day, its outreach program to assist schools in the area. Please see Schools Page 10


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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2011 More School News School From Page 9 Central Abaco Primary has a new principalBy Jennifer Hudson Rodney Smith took up the post of Principal at Central Abaco Primary School at the beginning of this school year in Sep tember and says that he is looking forward to a very productive school year. Although he has been away from Abaco for many years, he is an Abaconian by birth having started out life in Spring City attending local schools including Abaco Central High School when it was in Spring City. Upon leaving school in 1973, he began teaching at the Marsh Harbour Primary School as an untrained teacher and after two years was given an in service train ing award by the government to pursue a Teacher Training Certificate at the College of The Bahamas. In 1980 Mr. Smith returned to Abaco and taught for six years at the Man-O-War All Age School and then a further 11 years at the Dundas Town Primary School. Following that, he once again left Abaco to teach for two years in Rokers Point, Exuma. At this point in his career Mr. Smith returned to the College of The Bahamas to complete his Bachelor of Education de gree and remained in Nassau for two years teaching at the Gambier Primary School. After a further two years at the All Age School in Harbour Island and another sev en years at the Lewis Yard Primary School on Grand Bahama, Mr. Smith has now re turned to his home turf. It is nice to be home. I am happy to give service to this island again and plan to retire here, he stated. At Central Abaco Primary School Mr. Smith finds it a real delight that he has taught many of his present students parents during his days at the Dundas Town Primary School in the 80s and 90s. I am excited about being here, he says. There is lots to be done, and I hope to make real inroads and contributions to the education al system here. The Central Abaco Primary School is a very large school with an enrollment of 754 students and this number continues to grow with new registrations practically ev ery day. There are 28 general teachers and four specialist teachers so class sizes are already about 36 students per class. We cannot turn anybody away as we are a gov ernment school, explains Mr. Smith, who certainly has a wealth of experience behind him which stands him in good stead for this challenging task. I have immediate plans to ensure that the children work at or above their grade level. The school presently has some im portant needs such as a playing space and more furniture, but we are fortunate in having good communication with Local Government which is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the buildings. They are very supportive, he says. Mr. Smith is a staunch Anglican and plans to be very active in the St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Marsh Harbour where his father, Modesta Smith, has served as catechist for many years. He plans to join a civic organization to give service to the community. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, and he is an avid reader.Agape Christian raises funds for needy schoolsBy Samantha V. Evans Agape Christian School has a heart for others and even though school has just been open several weeks, they have got ten their students into the spirit of giving. According to Principal Cecile Albury, they decided to have a dress up day to raise money to help those schools on islands such as Harbour Island and Cat Island that were hardest hit by Hurricane Irene in late August. The primary school dress up day was on September 13 and the high school dress up on September 14. The students dressed up for a fee of $2.00. The money raised will be used to purchase school supplies and other needed items to help aide in their recovery.Horizons Academy enrollment was good By Samantha V. Evans Horizons Academy opened on Septem ber 8 in Memorial Plaza with 30 students which more than doubled their expecta tions. Horizons Academy is an alternative learning community that provides students with high hope, high character, high tech and high quality education. The school is based on the concept that all children have potential and learn in their own way as de signed by God. The founder and principal of the school, Simmone Bowe-Mullings, will be utilizing non-traditional teaching methods in an individualized learning environment geared towards meeting every child at his learning level. Horizons Academy has now taken on the challenge to provide Abaco with an Parents of students in grades 9, 10 and 12 at S.C. Bootle High School in Coopers Town were invited to meetings with the staff to learn more about the national exams, choices that the students have and what is expected of their children. The response by parents was very good. Principal Rodney Smith Please see School Page 12


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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2011 More School News alternative school. Many students who have been struggling in a regular school setting now have an opportunity to excel in a smaller environment that caters to their individual learning needs. Simmone Bowe-Mullings, founder and administra tor, wants the curriculum to not only meet the needs of the students but be based on a Christian curriculum. Mrs. Mullings will be using the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum. This educational system is different from traditional systems in that it focuses on individualization, mastery learning, char acter building, traditional values, and aca demic excellence. This program has been used for 40 years School From Page 10 and over that time, its has been helping children succeed. The program reflects high standards and is built upon a Biblical foundation. It utilizes multimedia and com puter technology, and encourages parental involvement. It is recognized worldwide for its high standards. The school has one trained teacher, Mrs. Mullings, two volunteers, a part-time Spanish teacher and an office assistant. The students are taught English, math, science, social studies, Spanish, art, and physical education. On Fridays they have a low key day where the students engage in fun ac tivities such as learning dance moves including Salsa. The school caters to students in grades 7 to 12 but due to overwhelm ing interest, she will soon be looking for a larger space to accommodate primary and high school students. Mrs. Mullings is a trained teacher of English as this was her first profession. She added that she worked in education at the junior and college levels. She explained that the facility is set up learning-center style which allows the students to engage in individual and group work. They use the Accelerated Christian Education Curricu lum to impart knowledge to the students. She was trained to use the program this summer in Nashville, Tennessee. When students enroll with the center, they re ceive a test before they are placed. Their curriculum is then ordered based on the level they test at which supports individu alized learning. Mrs. Mullings noted that the majority of the kids tested below average in most subjects with the exception of a few students who tested above average in spelling. Mrs. Mullings has a reward and dis cipline system in place which allows for merits and detention to be issued. She is excited about this new venture and already has a waiting list. She added that she has applied for registration with the Ministry of Education and has already received a conditional letter from Dr. Lenora Black stating that she has met all requirements and Ministry standards to operate as a private school. Mrs. Mullings stated that when the students complete the 12 levels at the school, they will receive a high school diploma recognized by the Ministry of Education. The school had a competition to allow the students an opportunity to compose the school song. The students had a lot of fun doing so but at the end of the com petition, Nathan Bootle was the student who wrote the lyrics to the winning song. The other members of his team were Co rey Jones, George Cornish Jr., and Ke ano Armbrister. Each of these students received 500 merits. According to Mrs. Mullings, the song will be perfected and learned in time for the official school opening. She plans to introduce a school newsletter and website and introduce the students to farming. Persons who are interested in register ing for the January 2012 term must do so on or before December 11, 2011. When she finds a new site, she hopes to accom modate a maximum of 50 students at the high school level, 25 at the primary school level and 25 at the kindergarten level. The office hours at Horizons Academy are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. School hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. After school services such as tutoring, homework supervision, and Project Read are held between 3:30 and 6 p.m. The phone numbers are 3673154 or 225-1853. No teacher shortages reported on Abaco By Samantha V. Evans It was an unusual start to the 2011 school year as Hurricane Irene ripped through The Bahamas just prior to the opening of school. This made it harder for teachers to prepare their classrooms and many parents wondering if the schools would be ready to open on September 5. Even though the storm delayed some of the teachers arriving on the island, school still started as usual. In previous years there were many com Change Ministries Preparatory School, one of two new schools to open in September, accommodates young children. Here is the first grade, a class of happy students. Please see School Page 13


October 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 2,3,4&5Bedroom BeachfrontRentalsTreasure Cay, Abaco, BahamasPhone: 242-365-8500 Fax: 242-365-8501www.BahamaBeachClub.comTollFreeReservations:800-563-0014 18HoleGolf Course,Tennis,BoatRentals, Scuba,IslandTours,Shopping&More!Best Beach in the CaribbeanCaribbean Travel &Life Magazine Six of the older students of Every Child Counts have been spending time at the Abaco Club on Winding Bay being trained in various work at the resort. This is part of Abaco Clubs Community Footprints program that works with local communities on various projects. On September 9 Frederick Munnings awarded the boys with a certificate and pay for their work since last spring. They are all eager to return to the resort. In the front is Lyn Major, Director of the school, and in the back is Mr. Munnings. ECC is a school for students that are unable to attend regular school. More School News School From Page 12 plaints about teacher shortages on the is land but this year we understand that all of the schools have a full complement of teachers. Even though some teachers left at the close of the new school year, a new slate of teachers arrived to replace most of them. Teachers in many instances are relieved that they can now get free periods during the day with the return of music and art teachers to schools that had been deprived of them for a long time. For those high schools that have been reported to have lost some subject teachers, those administrators are doing their best to shuffle teachers to make learning as productive as possible for students. This may result in some students having to select new electives but the students are graciously doing so and are ready for a great school year. Additionally, new teachers continue to arrive weekly for those schools that are still missing a specialist or general ist teacher. However, their absence has not had a negative impact on the start of school.ECC students train at the Abaco ClubBy Mirella Santillo Since the middle of March 2011 six students from Every Child Counts School have been going to the Abaco Club at Winding Bay to participate in a vocational and tutorial program sponsored by the Ritz Carlton. That program is under the um brella of Community Footprints, a global endeavor of Ritz Carlton to give back to the communities where its hotels and clubs are located. These students are Blake Rus sell, Davantio McIntosh, Terrance Davis, Roberto Darville, Reko Curry and Deon Nesbitt. The youth program involves not only tutoring and training young people for eventual jobs, but encourages them toward the possibility of obtaining scholarship through sports. The six teenagers, all over 17 except for Deon Nesbitt who is 15, have spent one day a week from March to the beginning of June and three days a week during the summer vacation learning vocational and life skills at the Club. The vocational skills they learned by training in the various fields which con tribute to the smooth running of a first class resort. The life skills they absorbed by being welcomed into the lives of sev eral employees including Frederick Mun ings, Chairman of the Community Foot prints Program, who involved them in their churches, introduced them to civic orga Please see School Page 14


Page 14 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2011 FOR RENT BIDS FOR TENDER The Bahamas Electricity Corporation are accepting tenders from suitably qualified persons for the maintenance and upkeep of the grounds at the following Substations: Murphy/Dundas Town Marsh Harbour Government Dock OPS PWD Marsh Harbour Power Station Marsh Harbour Stores Compound. This contract will entail cleaning, minor landscaping and mainte nance of the substation. Interested persons must possess a valid business license and be duly registered with National Insurance. You are invited to visit the BEC Marsh Harbour Office between the hours of 9am 4pm to schedule viewing of the Substation grounds. Tenders must be submitted to the attention of: Mr. Wenzel R. Jones Manager BEC Abaco Operations All tenders must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the words Tender Substation Maintenance clearly written on it. Tenders must be received by BEC Marsh Harbour business office no later than Friday, September 30, 2011. BEC reserves the right to reject any and all tenders. More School News nizations, took them fishing or just spent bonding time with them and discussing life issues. They were located in different depart ments where they were most comfortable. Blake Russell trained in the Human Re sources Department doing office work, Roberto Darville and DeVantio McIntosh worked on the golf course cutting the grass and taking care of the machines. Terrance Davis and Reko Curry did very well helping the chef in the kitchen and had the opportunity to cook some Ba hamian food for the staff. Deon Nesbitt took care of grounds maintenance and did some mechanic work as well as welcomed some of the guests. On September 9 Mr. Munings, who is Director of Human Resources at the Aba co Club, visited ECC to reward these six young men. Mr. Munings spoke to the older students at the school, explaining the program and the responsibilities involved in working in a resort such as the Abaco Club. A job there becomes a contract, not only with the employer but also with the guests, he said. The contract has to be respected: it involves working and not playing, which is the reason why this program relates to older students. It is an internship program, so in theory there is no pay. But because the six young men did such a good job, he wanted to reward them. He explained that a percentage of the money had been taken from their money and given to the school to buy their supplies. The balance was theirs to use as they wanted. Buy things you need or really want, but save some, he advised.School From Page 13 The young men were all thrilled by their experience at the Abaco Club and are all ready to go back. To quote Blake Russell, who worked with Mr. Munings, It was an eye opening experience. It was a good opportunity to experience working for such a big company, he said, adding that he is looking forward to become an employee there after his graduation from ECC. Mr. Munnings expressed his confidence that more opportunities will soon become available between October and December and hoped that the six students will return to the Abaco Club to continue with the program. Perhaps they could even become full time employees when they finish school, he suggested. He mentioned that there should be continued opportunities for the younger students as they get older. The youth program is just one aspect of Community Footprints which helps communities with grounds beautification, building renovating and other general in volvement when needed.Howard University offers scholarships A presentation was made at S.C. BootleBy Canishka Alexander Erica Hepburn, a recruiter for Howard University, came to Abaco for several days the beginning of September to encourage students to prepare well to assist them in getting scholarship. Ms. Hepburn visited S.C. Bootle High School in Coopers Town on September 7 to present an opportunity of a lifetime to students at the school. She urged the stu dents to broaden their outlook toward a college education. Parents were also in at tendance at the informative session. Ms. Hepburn challenged the students to aim for the top scholarship that requires a 3.75 or above GPA because, as she pointed out, the students have to prepare themselves to meet the demands of a global labour market. After determining the number of students who obtained a 3.0 GPA, Ms. Hep burn posed a soul-searching question: How do we make the transition of just be ing honour students to being able to com pete with others worldwide? She compared the amount of time spent on social networks like Facebook versus the time spent on school work and encour aged students to invest their time, money and abilities into obtaining high SAT scores, which is one of the ways they can guarantee a choice scholarship at the uni versity. Its important to know whats for you, have a plan of action and work that plan, Ms. Hepburn continued. Success is a mat ter of discipline, not only for yourself, but also for the betterment of ones people. She ended by outlining future plans for those students who are serious about at tending university to tour Howard Univer sitys campus. Erica Hepburn met with students at S.C. Bootle High School to encourage them to work hard to earn good grades so they can get scholarships for university. She is a recruiter for Howard University in Washington, DC, and now lives in Nassau. She found the response from the students to be very encouraging. Please see School Page 15


October 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 For ALL Your Business StationeryLetterheadsEnvelopesBusiness CardsAbaco Print ShopPhone 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 Hours Mon Thur 9 5 Hours Friday 9 3 Abaco Shopping Center Marsh Harbour ABACO INN Bahamas Electricity Corporation Abaco Operations Abaco Print Shop Marsh Harbour Sea Star Car Rentals Abaco Glass More School News Abaco Central High heard about Howard UniversityBy Mirella Santillo The students who attended Abaco Central High School on September 6 were treated to a presentation by Erica Hepburn on how to prepare for college with even with a possibility of a scholarship if their GPA and their SAT or ACT results were high enough. She assured her audience that she had connections with most of the uni versities in the Washington, DC, area. Approximately 100 students, including 14 from St. Francis de Sales School, lis tened to her reasons why students should forget about Facebook but rather spend time preparing for taking SAT or ACT examinations. Only Abaco Forest Heights Academy offers both of these exams. It welcomes outside students, but can accom modate only 70. Ms. Hepburn explained how universi ties recruit students based on the highest performance in those examinations and scholarships are awarded to the ones with the highest score on a first come, first served basis until the funds are exhausted. Most scholarships are renewable for three years providing that the required GPA and full enrollment are maintained. She had a video presentation of last Julys trip to the Washington DC area, during which students from Nassau vis ited Howard University. They lived in a dormitory, they sat in class, took examina tions and were given a budget to finance their stay. They visited with the Bahamian Ambassador to the United States and went to New York to talk to senators and toured the financial district. Last years five day trip cost $1,000. This year the trip will be extended to seven days and will cost a little more. She suggested that those interested start now to prepare on being accepted. The trip is offered to students in grades 9 to 12. Mrs. Hepburn is in The Bahamas and can be reached at 242 431 7059 or by email at: collegetour2012@yahoo.comParents were encourage to send their children to collegeMs. Hepburn, made a presentation to parents at Change Ministries International that was packed as parents came out in large numbers to hear about these oppor tunities. Even though Ms. Hepburn spoke on behalf of Howard University, she represented five other colleges that she could School From Page 14 The students listened attentively to Erica Hepburn when she made a presentation at Abaco Central High School encouraging the students to prepare for attending university. She discussed scholarships that were available and recommended books to help them qprepare for taking SAT and ACT exams. assist with students getting the information about. Howard University is a prestigious university that many well known African Americans have attended and now work in arenas such as politics, medicine, enter tainment and business. The university offers five different levels of scholarships that Bahamian students can Please see School Page 17


Page 16 Section B The Abaconian October 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 Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsThe Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food FairWe understand that considerable work has begun on the control tower and fire/ crash facility on the south side of the runway. The Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Vincent Vanderpoole-Wallace, recently remarked at the terminal contract signing that this airport is the second busiest in the country and is busier than the airports of some Caribbean countries.Terminal From Page 1 Recently Abaco lost one of its well re spected elders. Bishop Roland Swain was a well known patriarch of Murphy Town. The following was written after an inter view with the Bishop last year. By Mirella Santillo Bishop Roland Swain reminisced on the beginnings of Murphy Town and his reli gious career. In the late 1930s the residents of sev eral settlements of northwest Abaco were granted parcels of land on the outskirts of Marsh Harbour and encouraged by the government to relocate. Thus Dundas Town was established and soon Murphy Town followed. The reminiscing about the past by one of the oldest residents of Murphy Town, 84-year-old Bishop Roland Swain gives us a glimpse of the old settlement. Where houses and fruit trees now stand, including mangoes and coconut trees, the area was once pine forest and bracken. We cut the land with machetes, recalls Bishop Swain, who moved to Murphy Town from Bluff Point around 1938-1940 as a teenager. The residents of Bluff Point moved after several devastating hurricanes. Life was good in Bluff Point, according to Bishop Swain. There was a school and a church. People grew fruits and vegetables and dived for fish and sponges that they sold in Nassau or the United States. The main problem was the lack of communications; the community was cut off from the rest of Abaco and depended on boats that brought mail and supplies. So the offer to move closer to a larger settlement was sooner or later taken up by most of the Bluff Point inhabitants. The government granted these families parcels of five acres in what was to become Murphy Town and laid plans on each parcel for a small house 10 feet by 20 feet that the new owners built and paid back with money taken from their salary, explained the old gentleman. The land where his home is now located belonged to his grandfather who subsequently sold some of the original plot to build a larger house to accommodate his family. Bishop Swain remembers the stipend of two shillings and six pence per hour that the men were paid by Governor George Murphy for building the houses. The Governor hired a man from Nassau, Samuel Smith, to oversee a nursery so that each lot could be planted with coconuts, man goes and citrus trees. Mr. Smith found not only employment on Abaco, but also love, as he married a girl from Marsh Harbour, Cynthia Hudson. He stayed on the island till his death. Bishop Swain also found love on Abaco upon his return in 1947. He was in Florida for four years while he worked for during the war and after the war in the sugarcane fields. When he returned, he met the wom an who was to become his first wife. They were married in 1948. The union ended with her death 36 years later. He remar ried, this time to Rosemary Diana Swain. His call to religion came while he was abroad. When he got back to Murphy Town, he assisted his brother-in-law of ficiating in the first Zion Baptist Church that was erected in 1948. In August of that year, he met Bro. Paul Ford, who was a missionary at the Faith Chapel, located at the traffic light in the building now housing the Bed, Bath and Between shop. It was an association that was coincidental to his role in spreading the Baptist faith not only in Murphy Town but also in Dundas Town. At the end of 1948 he became the pas tor of Friendship Tabernacle. At the time the Church had a thatch roof and a cement floor, recalls Bishop Swain; it is not until 20 years later that a proper church building was built. The Baptist convention, formerly held in Coopers Town, was held there for the first time in 1971. He proudly recalls that in 1973, when the country became independent, he had to sign the document of incorporation on behalf of the American Mission. He turned the church over to his son-in-law, Kenneth Knowles, in 1985. His involvement with the church did not prevent him from holding a job at the Road Traffic Department for over 20 years. Upon retiring at 75, the pastor bought a taxi and started to drive. Most days you could find him at the ferry dock. He was still involved in church matters, overseeing the functioning of three Haitian churches, two in Marsh Harbour and one at the citrus farm near Treasure Cay. Many changes occurred in the decades following the settlement of Murphy Town. Were they for the best? When the town was built, people used to get together and keep the town, stated Bishop Swain. But things changed with time. He blamed the changes of attitude to people coming from other islands to work on Abaco, bringing with them different behaviors. Murphy Town has to change, he insisted. The young people have strayed from the spiri tual. They have to get back closer to God. Their bad attitude is creating problems for others. But I am still hoping for a bright future for our community, he concluded.Roland Swain: the patriarch of Murphy Town Bishop Roland Swain Your children away in college will appreciate a subscription to The Abaconian Keep them informed. See Section A page 9 for information


Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Har bour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALECasuarina Point, tastefully furnished 3 bed 2 bath house, central air, beach views, 15 mins from Marsh Harb. $1,200/mon. Ph. 367-2431 Cherokee Sound, 2 bed, 2 bath cottage in the heart of settlement. $1500 month + utilities. Call 242-366-2111 or 305-304-7757 Green Turtle Cay, 3 bed, 2 bath house plus office $2,500 a mo. Also 2 bed, 2 bath cottage $1,500 a mo. Call 242-365-4648 or Ocean Breeze Hope Town, Specialist A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or Marsh Harbour, 2 bed, 2 bath, central A/C, 13KW generator, newly renovated, very clean. Call Kim at 367-2655 (10am to 3pm) cell 577-0748 Marsh Harbour, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, water included, $1100/mo. Call Mrs. Green at 367-2660 Marsh Harbour, Gov Sub apt 2 bed/2 bath, central A/C, newly renovated, fully furnished. Serious inquiries call 9-5 367-2951 or 5775086 after 5 p.m Marsh Harbour, Two 2 bed apartments, fully furnished with modern furnishings, A/C, water included. Quiet & secure central loca tion. Ample parking. $1,100/m. Call 367-2598 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE FOR RENT OR SALECasuarina Point, 3 bed, 2 bath, kitchen, liv ing room, dining room, car garage, back patio and efficiency with 1 bed & living quarters. Call 242-324-5839 or 242-324-6634 Yellowwood, Price Lowered (Near Wind ing Bay) 2 bed/1 bath furnished cottage, built 2008, new appliances. A/C. $700/mo. In cludes water. OR For Sale $149K. Contact or call 359-6201 or 386-453-7495 WANTED TO BUYWanted to Buy: Commercial Properties or Acreage in Abaco. Fast CASH buyer. Send location and asking price to AbacoLand@hotmail. com. Marsh Harbour Sweetings Village, 3 bed, 2 bath spacious house for rent, well kept, fully furnished, central A/C, den, laundry facili ties, pantry, large yard, two covered porches. $1800 p/mth. Inquires call 554-8010 Murphy Town, 2 bed, 1.5 bath semi furnished apartment for rent $850 pm. Call 357-3664 or 445-2498 Treasure Cay, 2 bed, 2 bath unfurnished villa. Also for rent on Ocean Blvd 2 bed, 1.5 bath beach cottage, fully furnished, A/C & W/D. Call 365-4105. Treasure Cay, Windward Beach luxurious beach front home, fully furnished. 4 bed, 3 bath, office & den for $3,800/month for 12 month lease. Call 242-477-5056 or 843-2780277 Treasure Cay, Charming 3 bed 2 bath 1800 sq. ft. canal front 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 Bahama Palm Shores, 2 lots, side by side. Section 2, block 9. Call 242-554-9747 or 242367-3216 Cherokee Sound two cottages for sale, 2 bedroom and one bath one mile from the Ab aco Club. Extra lots available. Make an offer. For information call 242-366-2013 Elbow Cays 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 Murphy Town, 2 bd, 2 ba semi furnished house. 100 x 100 lot, enclosed with fencing. $165,000 Serious enquires only. Contact 225-1669 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! Price Reduction WPB, Florida Condo Furnished 2 bed/ 1 bath. A/C, internet ready. Ideal for student/s. Security on grounds. Bus stop at entry. 15 min from PB Community College. Short walk to major shopping & restaurants. Call 242-365-4636 days, 242-365-4218 eve nings. Reduced from $75,000 to $65,000 Yellowwood Area, over looking the sound. House & lot, cottage & lot. Lots 100x100. OWNER FINANCING. Call 242-376-5422 Marc Binard, MD, Board Certified Internal Medicine,will be at Integrated Medicine on Sept. 29 Oct. 8 Call 367-1304 for appointment qualify for. The Trans fer Scholar ship covers tuition only. The Leg acy Scholar ship covers tuition and fees and is offered on a first come, first serve basis. The Capstone Scholarship covers tu ition, fees and room. The Founders Scholarship covers room, board, tuition, fees, and a book voucher. The Presidential Scholarship offers a full scholarship including a stipend. These scholarships require a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, a very good SAT score and top graduation ranking to apply. Just as Howard University has scholar ship opportunities for students who excel School From Page 15 More School News in high school, so do many other colleges and universities. She wants to see the day that all grade 10 students take the PSAT and all grade 11 students take the SAT. She noted that these exams are just as im portant as the BJCs and BGCSEs which the country promotes. The PSAT and SAT exams are required by many colleges in the United States for admission. She strongly believes that pre paring for college and believes that plan ning is paramount. From her experience, poor time management for many Baha mians is the reason many students do not complete the standardized exams and meet scholarship and college criteria.College entrance exams are available on AbacoBy James Richard The following college entrance exams are available for Abaco students during this academic year. Please note that all ex ams take place at Forest Heights Academy.SAT I (Reasoning Test)The SAT I (Reasoning Test) is designed to evaluate a students mathematical and verbal skills. It consists mostly of multi ple-choice questions. The questions in the math sections cover arithmetic, algebra and geometry as well as logical reasoning, probability and counting. The questions in the verbal sections fall into the following categories: dents knowledge of the meanings of words and ability to see relationships in pairs of words. tions test a students knowledge of the meanings of words and the students abil ity to understand how different elements in a sentence fit together logically. measure a students ability to read a pas sage and think about it. For more information on the SAT tests, including registration and prepa ration information, visit www.colleg The cost is $78 (standby students please add $43). The Forest Heights Academy test center code is 89104. The SAT is offered on Decem ber 3, 2011, (deadline November 8) and May 5, 2012, (deadline April 6).ACT ExamThe ACT differs from the SAT I in that it is a subject-based test rather than an abil ity or aptitude test. It consists of multiplechoice questions covering four areas: (1) English (2) mathematics (3) reading (4) scientific reasoning. Although the SAT I is more popular, some students prefer to take the ACT instead because they feel more comfortable with its knowledge-based for mat. For registration information on the ACT test visit The cost is $61 for the No Writing ACT and $76.50 for the ACT plus Writing (no standby students allowed for any ACT examination). The Forest Heights Academy test center code is 865070. The ACT exam is only offered on Abaco on December 10, 2011, (deadline November 4). Erica Hepburn


Page 18 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2011 Business Service Directory Big Cat EquipmentRentals: Services: Abaco A & D Trucking Call us Timothy P.O. Box AB 20432, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Abaco Glass Company Screens Made and Repaired Com Yale Windows Specializing in Real Home Cooking! Daily Specials! Ice Cream & DessertsWe deliver locally (Min. order $25)Hours: Mon-Sa t 7:30am-5pm CThank you for your patronage! Check us out on FACEBOOKIsland Family Restaurant Promote Your business Place a business classied Call Us For More Information 367-2677 or 367-3200 SIMMONS Security & InvestigationsSecurity Guards Armored Van Security Cameras Burglar Alarms Private Investigations Credit CollectionsResidential Commercial MarineFreeportTel: (242) 351-8321 Fax: (242) 351-1460AbacoTel: (242) 367-0321 Fax: (242) 351-1460 Best Investment in Little Harbour $279,000 1-772-519-9925 Shop breaking During the night of September 9 the Tuck Shop at Abaco Cen tral High School was broken into and a variety of items was stolen. Housebreaking & Stealing Sometime between September 1 and 11, a house in Murphy Town was broken into and a small air conditioner was stolen. Unlawful Sexual Intercourse A 17 year old male was arrested in Central Aba co on September 10 for having sex with an eleven-year-old girl. Disorderly Behaviour, Obscene Language, Resisting Arrest and Assault of a Police Officer Two young men of the Mud were arrested September 9 for a variety of domestic complaints and assaults against the police. Causing Harm A Dundas Town woman was beaten by her boyfriend on September 9 when she advised him that she wanted to break up the relationship. Causing Harm A fight broke out in a Coopers Town bar just after midnight on September 10 resulting in two Coopers Town men each being stabbed in the stom ach. Two men of Fire Road were subse quently arrested. Armed Robbery While at the Little Abaco dump late in the afternoon of Sep tember 8, a Fox Town man was accosted and robbed by two masked men armed with a cutlass and a knife. They threatened to kill him and took a substantial sum of money during a struggle. The assailants fled the scene leaving their weapons behind that yielded fingerprints. Two young men from Fox Town were arrested about two hours later. Assault While at her Murphy Town residence before daylight on September 13, a woman was beaten by her sons father who was subsequently arrested. Stealing by service At the end of Au gust a Spring City couple paid a man to purchase a car for them. After many at tempts to get satisfaction they contacted the police on September 12 believing they had been scammed. A resident of the S.C. Bootle Highway near Treasure Cay was subsequently arrested. Causing Harm On September 14 an anonymous caller advised the police of a woman, who was beaten and bleeding, lying on the ground at Goombay Park beside the port in Marsh Harbour. On arrival, they found a pregnant Haitian woman be ing treated by EMS personnel. She was taken to the clinic and reported that her babys father beat her after an argument. The suspect was arrested at a Marsh Har bour food store later that day. Sudden Death On September 14 Alexander Williams, age 90, of Fox Town passed away and his body was taken to the morgue in the Coopers Town government clinic.Police Crime Report On September 5 Shavardo McPhee, 19, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Brendon Dion Strachan. Mr. Strachan, who worked as a cashier, was gunned down during an armed robbery at M & R Food Store on November 27, 2008. McPhee was convicted four months ago with his co-accused Lavardo Rahming, 26, who absconded during the trial in May. Ini tially, McPhee and Rahming were charged with three others. Dario Mills, 24, and Jermaine Russell, 22, were both charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, while Calvin Edgecombe, 24, faced charges of murder and armed robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm and ammunition. Although the prosecution dismissed the charge against Mills, and the case against Edgecombe was dropped in exchange for his becoming a witness for the Crown, a jury returned with a 7-5, non verdict against Russell, who is on $30,000 bail. Russell will learn if the matter will be retried when he returns to court on December 1. Acting Chief Justice Hartman Longley handed down a life sentence to McPhee, who will also have to spend eight years on the armed robbery account. The sentences will run concurrently. McPhee, who was 16 when he committed the offence, was not eligible to receive the death penalty; however, Rahming, now a fugitive, does qualify for the death penalty.Man sentenced to life for murder of Abaco manBy Samantha V. Evans Everyone has a right to patronize the business of choice on the island especial ly if certain stores are open late into the evening. Therefore, as a consumer, every person has the right to feel safe when they exit their vehicle to enter a business estab lishment. This writer has received several reports of a grocery store in Marsh Harbour where customers have been barked at, growled at and even attacked when they enter this establishment. Some persons have gone so far as to take sticks with them when they go to the store. I had opportunity to see this for myself as my son was also growled at and I had to chase the dog off before it attacked him. More recently a local pastor was pinned by a boat located in the parking lot by four dogs believed to be pitbulls. He was bitten and had to be treated at a clinic. The dogs are usually on top of the roof and some are on the ground but you never see all of them at one time which is scarier because you can be cornered if one starts barking or to attack you. This recent situation was so disturbing that I took my investigation further to find out how patrons felt especially since noth ing has been done to secure the dogs even after this vicious attack on a pastor. Some persons indicated that they do not understand why the dogs are not restrained especially since this is a business. They feel that it is senseless of the owners to put their customers in danger like this especially since some of the customers are children. A particular lady stated that she pulled up to the store one day. When she saw the dogs, she told her daughter not to open the car door and they left. As a writer, I do see this as a story of interest so that the relevant authority can speak with the owners of this store to ad vise them on what to do in this regard. I have stopped going to the store myself because I am afraid of being attacked. I drove by the store several times in Septem ber and the dogs are still loose. I find this very strange especially since someone was injured already at the jaws of four vicious dogs. I appeal to the store owners, on behalf of the public, to secure their dogs so that customers can feel safe when visiting their establishment in the future.Dogs attack customers at local store Remember to Buckle Up


October 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE SEEKING EMPLOYMENT BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE 20.2 Sailfish 206, 2005 Yamaha 150 HPDI with 205 hrs. T-Top, electronics box, Garmin 182c gps, Furuno 600L fish finder & VHF. Good Condition & runs perfect. DUTY PAID. Located at White Sound, Elbow Cay. Make offer. Email 23 Caravelle 2004 Honda 225HP, low hours. New Bimini top. REDUCED To $23,500 or best offer. Call 475-5559 26 Bertram Sport Convertible 1983 semi custom rare boat with factory built open tran som. Twin 175 Johnsons. Fabulous deep V smooth ride and fast. Excellent original con dition, w/beautiful teak. Fully equipped w/ new electronics, Rupp Outriggers, Pipeweld ers tower. See more at DUTY PAID. Asking $39K Call: 561-4413673, email: 26 Monza, 2010 Twin Yamaha. Located in Nassau. Asking $47,000.00 (includes Float on Trailer) Contact: Brooks or Steven at 1-242363-4458 or e-mail: 27 Jupiter 2003, twin 225 Yamaha 4 stroke 2003, Furuno chart plotter, Icom VHF, 150 gal tanks, T-top and outriggers $45,000. Call 242-365-4648 30 Century ,twin 225 four strokes. Located in Nassau. Asking $69,500.00. Contact: Brooks or Steven at 1-242-363-4458 or e-mail: brus 34 Venture, 2008 300hp Sazuki four Strokes. Located in Nassau. Asking $110,000.00. Con tact: Brooks or Steven at 1-242-363-4458 or e-mail: 42 Rivolta, 2006 twin 440hp Yanmars. Located: Nassau, Asking $260,000.00 Contact: Brooks or Steven Office: 1-242-363-4458 email: 45 Hatteras, 1973, needs generator & forward clutch on one engine. In Treasure Cay. DUTY PAID. Reduced to $38,500 as is. Contact hat, 561-228-1424 or 365-8057 48 Smith Boats, complete Refit in 2010. Located in Nassau. Asking $ 165,000.00. Con tact: Brooks or Steven at 1-242-363-4458 or e-mail: SERVICES WANTED TO BUYSanpin Motors Ltd, We have lots of SUVS. Priced from $9,800.00. CALL 242-325-0881 Sanpin Motors Ltd, 7 seater wagons. Priced at $9,800.00. CALL 242-325-0881 Sanpin Motors Ltd, cargo/passenger buses Priced from $9,800.00. CALL 242-325-0881 Sanpin Motors Ltd, Trucks 1/2 to 2 tons. Priced from $11,800.00. CALL 242-325-0881 Buying? Selling?Want more business? A low cost ad like thiscan bring fast results Items for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats Wanted To Buy! Small old wooden dingy (doesnt need to float), old wooden oars, old sails, (any size, any condition), old wooden water skis, old metal floats, and any other old nautical looking stuff. Call Stacy 242-4583521 or email MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE Husband & Wife Team, is looking for employment as a caretakers on the cays or main land. Call 475-4911, 367-3417 or email: Woman In Nassau, looking for temp/perm work. Preferrably as housekeeper and/or babysitter. Hardworking, virtuous. Able to cook. Resume/references available. Contact, 242-535-7204 or 242322-6483 VEHICLES FOR SALELa Clinica Espanola!! Reliable Spanish services, structured classes, BGCSE tutoring & translations. Please call 365-8292 1997 Range Rover HSE Ltd Hunter green with tan leather interior, V 8 engine, auto trans, in mint condition with only 38,560 miles. $14,500 Call 366-0029 or pdthomp Sanpin Motors Ltd, 4 Door Sedans. Priced from $4,800.00. CALL 242-325-0881 Pedal Boat, blue & white with blue canopy. L 93, W 65,H 24.5, weight 110 lbs, capacity 825 lbs. Comfortably seats 3 in front & 2 in back. Like new, used twice $1500. 475-7871 Having an event?, Inquire about a variety of liquor available at reduced prices. Call 242525-6761 By Jennifer Hudson As part of the Family Island Mammo gram Screening programme 22 women from Abaco recently benefitted from free screenings. On August 20 ten women were screened and 11 women were screened on September 17. The screening was done this year for the first time at the Auskell Medical Clinic and was completely free of charge to women who met the guidelines. Last year approximately 75 women were flown into Nassau on one-day trips for this program and were screened at Doc tors Hospital. The guidelines for this program are: Women age 35 or over who have never had a mammogram. Exceptions would be made if a woman is 30 and has had a family history of breast cancer, then she would be eligible for screening but, only if she has NEVER had a mammogram. It is not for a woman who has a lump in the breast. That individual needs to make an appointment to see a doctor promptly. This program is designed to assist per sons that do not have medical insurance and have NEVER had a mammogram. The Family Island Mammogram Screening programme is a campaign that is solely funded by Ride for Hope through the Can cer Society of the Bahamas. The program was introduced in May 2009 to assist la dies in the Family Islands that were not able to afford a mammogram test. This programme helps to promote a part of the Cancer Societys mission that early detec tion is key to saving lives. A questionnaire form has to be filled out and submitted for approval. Women who meet the guidelines can contact the Abaco Cancer Society for more information at 367-3744. The ques tionnaire form can be picked up from the Abaco Cancer Society Thrift Shop (behind Abaco Groceries) on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Cancer Societys Mammogram ProgrammeAbaco student is chosen as an internCreative Campus at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has selected 41 students to serve as interns for the 2011-2012 academic year. One of the students was Kurt Key, a senior from Marsh Harbour, majoring in restaurant and hospitality management. Since the start of the fall semester, the interns have been planning interactive projects. They are also engaged in a community arts proj ect, Beauty Amid Destruction, and an Arts Television Show.


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