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July 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 19 NUMBER 14 JULY 15th, 2011 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAIDWEST PALM BCH FLPermit NO 4595Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian Stuart Web Inc. 5675 SE Grouper Ave Stuart, FL 34997 Change Service Requested An ecumenical service commemorates Independence 38th anniversary of Independence is celebratedAn ecumenical service was held at Friendship Tabernacle on July 10, Independence day. The service included praise and worship expressed by many individuals and music provided by a variety of local musicians. Shown in the center is MP for South Abaco, Edi son Key, with his wife Kathy. Next to Mrs. Key is Administrator Cephas Cooper with Mrs. Cooper. On the right is Officer Musgrove of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in charge of Abaco. Flag raising replicates Man-O-Wars celebration includes a greasy poleMan-O-War holds a day of activities and competitions to celebrate Independence. The highlight of the day is the competition on the greasy pole. This tradition goes back many years as the young men cling precariously to the pole, hoping that they will be the lucky one to win the prize cash and a trophy. Other activities include swimming, diving, conch breaking and field competitions. See story on page 21. Upcoming events Little League CompetitionGoombay at Sea SprayNorth Abaco Summer Festival and Power Boat Races From Grand Cay to Moores Island ev ery fisherman on Abaco has been prepar ing for the crawfish season due to open on August 1 and will remain open until March 31, 2012. All crawfish tails must have a length of 5 inches or more. Whole crawfish must have a carapace length of 3 inches. This is measured from the base of the horns to the end of the shell. Females with eggs, seen as red berries under the tail, must not be disturbed. The local Department of Marine Re sources has several boats and the staff is all expected to be out on the water looking for infractions, both out-of-season catches and undersize crawfish after the season opens. Non-Bahamians should be aware that there are severe restrictions on the daily bag limits. See Section B page 21 for an abbreviat ed list of fishing regulations for foreigners.Please see Church Service Page 5 By Samantha V. Evans On July 10 the Independence ecumeni cal church service was held at Friend ship Tabernacle. This was a service of celebration as much heartfelt singing and worshiping took place. The Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force together formed a band that led the singing of the national anthem. A police officer presented the flag. Several people brought remarks and comments on Independence. Edison Key, MP for South Abaco, com mended everyone for a wonderful job but expressed disappointment in the poor at tendance of locals to the service. He rem inisced about all that took place on July 10th, 1973, and the struggles and challeng es that took place thereafter. The Bahamas has grown tremendously, he noted, but not Abacos primary celebra tion of Independence was held in Marsh Harbour on July 9. It was an eve ning of cultural talent displayed in song, dance and skits that showcased our local musi cians and dancers. Near mid night the Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band performed, assisted by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, other uni formed agencies and Rangers. In a solemn ceremony a Police officer raised the flag at midnight, just as it was raised 38 years ago when Independence was granted. The evening concluded with fireworks and a Junkanoo rush-out. See story on page 2.


Page 2 Section A The Abaconian July 15, 2011 By Samantha V. Evans An Independence Cultural Explosion was held on Saturday night, July 9, at Dove Plaza in Marsh Harbour. The theme chosen for this years celebrations was 38 Years United in Love and Service. To cel ebrate Independence, the show was packed with lots of cultural performances in the form of dancing, singing, skits and the in troduction of the 2011 Little Miss Abaco Contestants. This event was exciting from start to finish as this was the first year that performances filled the entire program showcasing Abacos diverse talent. The national anthem was melodically sung by Abacos own Anitra Cornish followed by solos by Nikera Saunders, Kevin Sawyer, and Ashton Sawyer. Each of them sang songs that gave thanks to the Almighty God for bringing us to this point in history Abaconians celebrate 38 years of Independencewhere we can still be free to congregate, worship and learn. Members of The Bahamas Dance Theatre and Wesley College Band entertained the audience with a variety of lively dance routines that were performed to either recorded or live Bahamian music. In light of the underlying theme, the folk dances were clearly very popular as the dancers incorporated the Quadrille, Heel and Toe, Conch Style and Sculling dances expertly swinging from partner to partner in an ex tended line formation. Dynamic dance performances were given by the Hanna Dance Troop and the Ba hamas Dance Theatre from Nassau. Sisters Raven and Raysheca Hanna taught Abaco youth the popular dance song Put Your Flags Up by Visage. Julieth Stuart-McCafferty, mistress of ceremonies, congratulated the group on their upbeat performance before calling the Zion Baptist Praise Team to the stage. Lead singer Chervain Stuart and her sing ers started their selection with the popular hit song This We Bahamian Praise. While they were performing on stage Pastor Stephen Knowles of the Abaco Christian Council, Administrator Cephas Cooper and MP for South Abaco Edison Key stood to their feet with Bahamian flags in hand as they marched and waved to the beat of the music. The local talent continued with performances by the gospel group Genesis and Music Man Estin Sawyer as the Independence celebrations continued. The Murphy Town Super Stars Junkanoo group entertained the crowd at the Independence celebration with their lively beat and elaborate costumes. They performed after the mid night raising of the Bahamian flag at the cultural celebration on July 9. Edison Key, Member of Parliament for South Abaco, reviewed the uniformed government agencies during the Independence ceremony on July 9. He was escorted by members of the Police Force and Defence Force. Abaconians were treated to a beautiful fireworks display at the close of the Inde pendence celebration. The fireworks were supplied by the Marsh Harbour Town Committee and Abaco Shopping Center. Please see Independence Page 5


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July 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 without pain and challenges. He noted that crime is rampant but mainly in the capital. Those on the Family Islands still go to bed to the sounds of nature rather than sirens from ambulances or police cars. For this, we are blessed. He encouraged the youth to have national pride and do their part to sustain the value of this countys existence. Administrator Cephas Cooper stated that even though the country has many problems, we have many reasons to be proud. He encouraged Bahamians to be grateful and thank God for the blessings that the country has experienced over the past 38 years. He paid tribute to all agen cies of government that give service to this beloved country on a daily basis. Others bringing remarks were Jer emy Sweeting, Chief Councillor of Hope Town; George Cornish, Chief Council lor of Central Abaco; and Ejnar Cornish, Deputy Chief Councillor of North Abaco. The Prime Ministers message was read by Abacos Quitel Charlton, national JA Church Service From 1 Independence celebration brings Abaconians togetheraward winner. This message spoke of the progressive and economic blessings of the Bahamas and even though challenges have been faced due to the decline in the econo my, there is still much to be thankful for. Troy Seymour of the Ranger program read the message of the Governor General, Sir Arthur Fawkes, that reminded Bahamians that in spite of diversity of enterprise, cul tures and races, we are one Bahamas. He encouraged Bahamians to aim for excel lence and show love and unity at all times so that we can continue to progress. The Independence Day message was de livered by Pastor Stephen Knowles, Presi dent of the Abaco Christian Council, who felt that we appear to be losing passion for things of God. He stated that more Baha mians must be prepared to serve. He noted that anyone who wants to lead must first be prepared to serve. As a Christian na tion, he proclaimed, we should be willing to help those in need. He asked everyone to unite and work together to make this coun try better for generations to come. A walk/run was held on July 9 as the first activity to commemorate Independence. The particpants went from Crossing Beach to the Airport Round-about and back to Crossing Beach. The combined Royal Bahamas Police Force and Defence Force Band provided music for the ecumenical service held on July 10. An officer ceremoniously presented the flag dur ing the service. A variety program at the Independence celebration included singing, bands and dance per formances. The two lead dancers in the picture are from the Hanna Dance Troup in Nassau who came to train Abaco youth for three weeks. All other dancers are Abaco youth.


Page 6 Section A The Abaconian July 15, 2011 The Dundas Town Committee was sworn in on June 27 at the Dundas Town Burial Soci ety. They are Deputy Chairman Marguerita Cornish, Christine Bostwick, Raquel Thur ston, Cecil Ingraham, Chairman Faron Newbold and George Cornish. Cay Mills was elected but chose not to be sworn in during the ceremony on June 27. The Murphy Town Committee was sworn in on June 27 at the Murphy Town Burial Society. They are Eugene Dawkins, Paul Curry, Deputy Chairman Don Boodle, Gilbert Davis, Glen McDonald, Bryan Reckley and Chairman DeShawn Simms. After this picture was taken, Glen McDonald resigned. The two who will be representing Murphy Town on the Central Abaco District Council will be Mr. Simms and Mr. Boodle.Murphy Town swears in new CommitteeBy Mirella Santillo The seven members of the Murphy Town Committee elected on June 23 were sworn in by Administrator Cephas Cooper in an informal ceremony that took place at the Burial Society on June 27. The Committee decided who would be the Chairman and Deputy Chairman and within minutes they elected DeShawn Simms as Chairman and Don Bootle as Deputy Chairman. Both men will represent their town on the District Council. Mr. Cooper reminded the Committee members of their solemn oath and informed them that they may go to Grand Bahama from August 10 to 13 for official training. He offered them his assistance and support as most of them are new to public service. On June 29 the two Council representa tives were officially sworn in as Council members in a ceremony that took place in the Court House. Bootle was elected Deputy Chief Councillor. Dundas Town has a new Committee By Samantha V. Evans After weeks of campaigning, the day fi nally came for the seven committee mem bers of the local government for Dundas Town to be sworn in. On June 27 the cere mony was held at the Dundas Town Burial Society. Before the ceremony began, Cay Mills opted not to be sworn in on this day and left. This left only six of the committee members to be sworn in. The swearing-in ceremony was led by Administrator Cephas Cooper. After the others were sworn in, they privately elected their leaders. The Chair man will be Faron Newbold, the Deputy Chairman will be Marguerita Cornish. The Council members will be the Chairman, Mr. Newbold, and George Cornish and Cecil Ingraham. Mr. Cooper noted that Mr. Mills has a window in which to be sworn into office. Mr. Cooper believes that this is a good team and together they will carry the town ship to another level. He pledged his full support to the team. Chairman Newbold stated that the out come of this election was divine as he could not ask for a better team to work with. He feels that the Committee has much work to do and he is excited to get started. He stated that there is no challenge too great for this team to overcome. The Dundas Town Committee has big plans. The group plans to turn Ocean View Park into a cultural center that will have native food stalls, native arts and crafts, straw works and fruit and vegetable stands. The cultural center will serve as a one-stop Bahamian cultural experience for visitors and locals alike to enjoy. The Committee is considering hosting mini-regattas and homecomings there as well. They believe that the creation of this cultural center could provide a minimum of 30 jobs for Bahamians. The Committee has plans to construct a 400M track near Central Abaco Primary School along with an Olympic-size swim ming pool, offer computer classes, archi tectural classes, BGCSE and BJC classes, all free of charge, offer free health seminars and drill drains on Forest Drive to al leviate flooding.Local Government begins a new term


July 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 Independence From Page 2 Mr. Cephas Cooper stated that this year the committee wanted to make the festival more convenient for attendees by moving the vendors closer to the audience. The vendors were offering a variety of food and drink along with T-shirts and memo rabilia in a vacant lot across from First Caribbean Bank. The area was well lit and proved to be a good decision. The singing group Genesis and Estin Sawyer were the last selections before the bands took over the stage. Whether it was T-Time Rake & Scrape, Gary McDonalds Band, New Entry Band or Stone McE wan and Thunder, the bands reminded us of what being Bahamian is all about with those tunes that will forever be our favor ites and make us proud. The Central Abaco District Council was sworn in on June 29 They are Cecil Ingraham, DeShawn Simms, Carl Archer, Administrator Cephas Cooper, Chief Councillor George Cornish, Deputy Chief Councillor Don Boodle, Lowell Albury, Dale Hill and Faron New bold. Missing from the picture is Yvonne Key. The Marsh Harbour Town Committee saw several incumbents as well as four people new to local government. Shown seated are Committee Chairman Yvonne Key and Dep uty Chairman Carl Archer. Standing are Administrator Cephas Cooper, Candy Pinder, Samuel Walter Williams, Henry Williams, Lowell Albury, Dale Hill, Uriel Delancy and Danny Sawyer. By Canishka Alexander Nine Councillors recently elected for the Central Abaco District Council took part in a swearing-in ceremony conducted by Administrator Cephas Cooper on June 29 at the Magistrates Court. Those representing Marsh Harbour are Lowell Albury, Carl Archer Sr., Dale Hill and Yvonne Key. Faron Newbold, Cecil Ingraham and George Cornish are the Council members from Dundas Town. Don Boodle and DeShawn Simms are representing Murphy Town. All of them took the oath of office as Councillors before meeting privately to elect their leaders. George Cornish was elected Chief Councillor and Don Boodle as the Deputy Chief Councillor. After the swearing-in, Chief Council lor Cornish was also sworn in as a Justice of the Peace. Both Mr. Cornish and Mr. Boodle believe that their success has come about through their faith and trust in God. All of the members pledged to work as a team to make great things happen for the Central Abaco district. Its a good day, Cornish declared. Were looking forward to the challenge, and I know that we are ready to work.Central Abaco Council is formedLate in the evening the Royal Bahamas Police Marching Band joined by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band performed, always a very popular item. This band was later joined by the other uniformed ser vices, Immigration officers and Customs officers along with Defence Force Rangers for the March Pass. The flag raising ceremony and the singing of the national anthem took place at midnight which was overseen by Edison Key MP for South Abaco. A large Independence cake was ceremoniously cut followed by a spectacular fireworks display. The fireworks show, provided by the Marsh Harbour Town Committee and Abaco Shopping Center, was great and especially enjoyed by the kids. At the end of the display, the Junkanoo rush-out followed which was a crowd pleaser. Notice The Abaconian will be including all the other committees and councils on Abaco in future issues. We want you to know the people who are representing you in Local Government and making decisions about your town.


Page 8 Section A The Abaconian July 15, 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 What do you have there? my husband asked. Dont looks so pained, I replied, brushing multiple layers of dust from the circular wiring of the object I was holding. Its a dart board. I would have thought that was obvious. Yes, I know that, but what are YOU doing with it? he questioned as if it and I were mutually exclusive. I dug it out of the attic. I just heard Abaco now has a world class dart team. Thinking of joining? he chuckled I very well might, but I need to practice, and I cant find any darts. Any idea where they are? It could be, he replied, that the board and the darts were put in two sepa rate places maybe even separate countries by me or the children in case you ever decided to practice in Hope Town. I scoffed. Oh, so you know where they are? And if I did, I wouldnt tell you before evacuating a large area around the house and putting a general alert over the VHF. I think the settlement should be advised. It happens in life that our nearest and dearest do not always allow us to move on, and this was one such occasion. I know what you are thinking, I said, raising my hand in the air to ward off ref erences to our last two visits to England. It was a one off, I protested. A one off! he laughed. Your brother and I were scared to show our faces in sev eral of the local pubs. Its true, I admitted. Those people sitting near the dart board did get up and leave. They took cover, and one off? he said. It was more like many times off the wall, mimicking the trajectories of my darts, many of which missed the dart board by a very wide margin. He went on to give a graphic description of how on another occasion an elderly man scurried to the other side of the bar followed by several concerned relatives. I was having a bad day, I stated. One bad day? he queried. Well, a couple. It was my arm, my in jured one. I lifted my left arm and pointed to the scar. Good try, Steph, but you are righthanded. Yes, but that injury threw my whole body out of alignment. Medically impossible, he countered. Another thing, he said, The feath ers are supposed to stay on the dart, not remain in your hand, land on the floor or in someones drink glass. I now looked pained. They were hard to put back together, I complained. I had to literally stuff the feathers back on to the arrow head. He shuddered at such mutilation. Theyre not supposed to come apart at every throw. And if they do, they usu ally do so in the same room. We had to go looking for dart parts in the adjoining games room in one pub. He took a big breath. Before I could get a word in, he continued. Even when your brother demonstrated how to hold the dart and the direction to throw it, you missed. It was as if you had your eyes closed. He looked from me to the board and grinned. You know it might have been better if you had. Thats not fair, Jay, I said. I will have you know that I was a hot little num ber at darts in my college days. Hot little number, maybe, he laughed, but certainly not at darts. Now I was annoyed, and I am not sure if I was offended by the maybe or his opinion of me as a teenage dart player. You just wait, I said. I am going to phone Rella. Rella, who? He questioned. Angela Burrows in Marsh Harbour, I replied. A look of relief spread across his face. Yes, darling. Its better you go have your hair done than continue looking for those darts. I placed my hands on my hips. Two things, I replied. Firstly, Rella is not just a first rate hairdresser, but like so many people on Abaco, she has many strings to her bow. As it happens, shes also an expert dart player. Arrows to her quiver, that might be a better analogy, he suggested. And secondly, I know you hid those darts. You and the children were all in ca hoots. Its a conspiracy, but Ill show you all. Ill borrow some from Rella. Dont bank on that, he replied. If Rella is a competitive player, she wont let you near her darts. And if she does, she will make sure they dont come into con tact with a board. I thanked him for his vote of confidence and I stormed off. Oh, ye of little faith! I arranged to meet Rella the next day at her house. Somewhere in my subconscious I re member Abaco having a dart team, and I knew it was started by Malcolm Spicer, owner of Abacom, many decades ago. It was hardly surprising that a born and bred Englishman would be responsible for intro ducing and fostering darts on Abaco. Darts is a traditional British pub game which in volves two or more players, each taking it in turns to throw three darts at numbers on the board, the final target being the bulls -In My Humble Opinion . Off the wallPlease see Humblestone Page 22 For much of The Bahamas, particularly the Family Islands, summer is a slow sea son in terms of visitors, not to be compared with the more active December March period experienced throughout the coun try. Abaco is an exception as our summer visitor activity exceeds our winter season. Abaco is bustling with its busiest time of the year. Major events overlap one anoth er, keeping Abaco very active for a couple of months. Most of the activities are visitor-oriented but several are distinctly for Bahamians. Several factors help our summer visitor season. Abacos sheltered waterway offers 80 to 100 miles of protected boating and heritage island settlements on the barrier islands of Green Turtle Cay, Guana Cay, Man-O-War and Hope Town that are pic turesque destinations. Our premier tourism event of the year, Regatta Time in Abaco, just concluded, having entertained more than 50 sailboat crews along with a substantial number of landlubbers and power boaters who follow the social events. You can see by the pictures in Section B that power boaters turn out in large numbers for Regatta activities. Since the goal of the Regatta is to encourage tourism, all events are open to everyone. The Regatta has a large following of landlubbers and power boaters who plan their vacations around the Regatta dates. The reason the Regatta moves to different locales for each race and has social events at a different venue each night is to give our visitors a variety of towns to enjoy and to give these towns the boost in their economies that comes from the hundreds who follow the races. The 400 to 500 persons moving through Abaco for 10 days may not be overly lav ish in their spending, but collectively they make a substantial impact to our economy. The wholesale outlets, liquor dealers and grocery suppliers as well as restaurants and shops see a definite increase in sales during this period. Tourism associated with our maritime heritage has proven to be good for Aba co. We have more marinas, more private docks and more boat storage yards than any other island in The Bahamas. This at tests to the attraction Abaco presents to a boater or those who just enjoy the salt air. Going to Green Turtle Cay or Hope Town or other cays requires a boat ride. Summer weather coupled with our su perb boating area less than 200 miles from South Florida, the major boating area of the United States, brings the boaters. They have the boats and we have the playground. Abaco offers other summer activities. In the weeks before the Regatta began, Tour ism sponsored two Junkanoo evenings in the waterfront park by the port in Marsh Harbour. Spray Resort on Elbow Cay of fers bi-weekly Junknaoo evenings through the summer months. While the sailing Regatta was underway, celebrations were begun for commemorat ing our 38th year of Independence. These celebrations included a six-hour cultural program on July 9. Dancers, musicians and a combination marching band of Police and Defense Force musicians entertained the crowd. Accompanied by fireworks, the Bahamian flag was raised at midnight in recognition of the moment The Bahamas became an independent nation. The eve ning cultural program was followed the next afternoon by a church service. As you read this, the Bahamas Inter national Little League Tournament is underway with 12 international teams play ing here. With the players are coaches, umpires, translators and family members. Teams and accompanying officials will account for about 200 persons. Family and friends accompanying the teams are expected to bring the total figure to between 300 to 400 persons. Players and team officials are being housed at Camp Abaco while parents and friends are staying in accommodations in Marsh Harbour. Day and evening games will be played at the ballfields in Murphy Town and Coo pers Town. The teams will be bussed but relatives and friends will be renting cars or taking tour busses. Our restaurants and food vendors will be busy for ten or more days. The baseball games will consume much of the guests time while here, but a free day will allow limited exploring. Extensive renovations to both ballparks have brought them up to international stan dards. The legacy of this tournament will be the many years our baseball teams and fans will enjoy these two facilities. On the concluding day of the Little League tournament, July 23, the North Abaco Summer Festival and Power Boat Races are held off the Treasure Cay ferry landing. That single days event can eas ily draw 1,000 or more spectators in the course of the afternoon and evening. A few foreign visitors will attend the festival and races, but the event draws heavily on Bahamians from Abaco, Freeport and Nas sau. Hotel rooms, rental cars and airplane reservations will be in short supply that weekend. Nassau and Freeport people with an Abaco connection consider that week end to be a homecoming event for renewing contacts with friends and family. Eve ning highway traffic leading to the ferry landing will be heavy. Fishermen are setting their artificial shelters, called condos, hoping for a good crawfish season that opens on August 1. The August crawfish opening always brings boaters for the States and land visitors anxious to get their bag limit of 10 crawfish. During all of this public July activity, a new term of local government is taking shape without fanfare. Town committees and district councils are forming and re viewing their allotted budgets. Local government is only 15 years old and is in ef fect only in the Family Islands. The Abaco calender will be busy for another month. We can look for another four to six weeks of activity before schools reopen and our visitor count plummets to inconsequential numbers. Lets hope that our slow fall season is not marred by storm activity.The Editor Says . Abacos full summer calendar


July 15, 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 Visitor brags on his Abaco vacation Dear Editor, My wife and I had the pleasure of visit ing Marsh Harbour and Abaco during the week of June 13. Thirty years ago we visited Treasure Cay for our honeymoon. Things have changed, but not the people. They are still dedicated to the enjoyment of making tour ists have the best possible time as they did 30 years ago. Our special thanks goes to Chris Smith for being our special guide to places of interest in the city and out in the countryside including the plantation of Neem trees and the processing facility. While there, we dined on wonderful lobsters caught locally as well as grouper fingers and conch frit ters. Best of all, we were treated to the Junk anoo Festival at Goombay Park held on our last night there. Back home we described the festival as being a mini-Mardi Gras. What fun we had from the wife getting out and dancing, listening to the Royal Baha mas Police Band and Mr. Action Jackson limbo-ing with the wife through a wall of fire. Yes, we did enjoy our stay. The local division of Tourism should be proud of the efforts it put forth to make us all feel so welcome. Maybe it wont be another 30 years before we come back. Sincerely, Judy and Jack Burk Thanks for the gazebo at Mermaid ReefDear Editor, This is to thank the new owners of the Pascoe property on Pelican Shores for building a cabana for the use of the public for locals and tourists alike. There are lim ited leisure activities in the Marsh Harbour area and the cabana puts a wonderful touch to the access to Mermaid Reef. Another Pelican Shores resident Praises great service at Auskell ClinicDear Editor, Im a second homeowner on Guana Cay and have visited the Auskell Clinic on two occasions. Several years ago I tripped on my porch steps and felt that an x-ray would make sense. I took the 11:30 ferry to Marsh Harbour, arriving at Auskell at 12:15 p.m. The receptionists were very cheerful and helpful. I filled out a new patient form and within minutes I was called in to visit with Dr. Francis Binney. He x-rayed my foot and diagnosed it as a sprain only. I was able to return to Guana on the 1:30 ferry. Super, super service. Two weeks ago I developed an infection near my eye which could have been a serious problem due to my having a prior staff infection. Again I arrived unannounced at 12:15. The young and very pleasant young ladies at the front desk found my prior medical record within minutes. I sat down and not even having the time to open a magazine, I was called in to meet with Dr. Binney. He did some minor surgery, cleaned the wound and gave me instruc tions on care. I again was able to return to Guana on the 1:30 ferry. I wont mention the pricing for these services, but they were unbelievably inex pensive, beyond being prompt and cheer ful. Never in the States would I receive this kind of service, not even considering their reasonable prices. Ive already mentioned my experience to many on Guana Cay, and hopefully, some will utilize the Auskell fa cility as the staff and Dr. Binney are the absolute best. Letters to the Editor Judy and Jack Burk enjoyed their Abaco vacation that included one night of Junk anoo. Mrs. Burk is shown here with Res. Cpl. David Knowles. The new owners of the Pascoe property on Pelican Shores in Marsh Harbour are building a gazebo on the beach overlooking Mermaid Reef. This reef is a very popular attraction for visitors and Bahamians alike as it is easily accessible by boat or by land. Many visi tors walk from town to snorkel there. The boats are anchored with their crew swimming on this popular reef. Thanking you in advance for publishing my commentary. Lynn Borrow Great Gua na Cay Waterspout is caught on cameraDear Editor We are visiting your lovely islands for a few weeks out on Great Guana Cay. We are staying in a house on the hill above Grabbers Bar in Fishers Bay. The at tached photo was taken from the second floor deck of this house, pretty much due southwest. You can see the funnel formed between Great Abaco Island (seen in the far distance) and the largest of the Fish Cays (visible in the foreground). Believe this was around 6:45 p.m. on July 1, short ly before the power went out across Great Guana Cay. Thanks an d regards, John Baud rexl This waterspout was spotted by a visitor staying on Guana Cay. It was over the wa ter between the Fish Cays and the mainland.


Page 10 Section A The Abaconian July 15, 2011 Central Abaco News BTC hosts a cocktail reception By Samantha V. Evans Bahamas Telecommunications Corporations new CEO and President, Geoff Houston, hosted a cocktail reception at Abaco Beach Resort on June 30 to promise a revitalized telephone and mobile industry for The Bahamas. Mr. Houston was assigned to The Bahamas by Cable and Wire less, the international company that recently purchased 51 per cent of the BTC shares and he will be managing the corpora tion. Henry Romer, Vice President for the Northern Bahamas, pre sented Mr. Houston and assured the public that it will be pleased with the changes that are coming on stream. Mr. Romer in troduced BTCs new leader as one who has a rich history in the cable and wireless industry having worked in many parts of the world including the Ca ribbean, Bermuda, Africa, and Korea. He continued that Mr. Houston has a wealth of knowledge to share with The Bahamas and looks forward to sharing his experi ence with the employees and consumers. Mr. Houston was a very easy going man who has a rich Irish culture. He has spent nine months in The Bahamas preparing for this opportunity. His company, Cable and Wireless, is pleased to be in The Bahamas. The company has committed $4 million to introducing the 4G network across The Bahamas. Initially the company committed three years to have this done but has now reduced it to two years. No Bahama Island will be left out of this conversion. The 4G network refers to the fourth generation of wireless standards. It is the successor to BTCs current 3G and prom ises to bring a broad range of services in cluding high-speed broadband internet allowing users to browse the web and even watch streaming video like youtube on cell phones. Mr. Houston stated that their objective is to keep listening to the consumers to make service better, including reducing the mobile prices. He continued that BTC is a much more consumer-friendly com pany than before, and things will get even better in the future. He did note that there is a lot of work to do, but he is up to the challenge. Marlon Johnson, press liaison for BTC, stated that the company is much more cus tomer focused now, and they have been traveling The Bahamas to note concerns. They came to Abaco to deepen partnerships with all consumers and to share their plans with them including implementation of the 4G network. Conversion will begin in New Providence, then move to Grand Bahama, Abaco and the other Family Islands. In addition, new promotions will begin in July, including give backs. The retail stores will be updated with expanded busi ness services. Mr. Johnson stated that their new CEO made time to meet with all employees to hear their views. Referencing the much publicized packages that employ ees have been offered, Mr. Johnson said it is important to know that Cable and Wire less is not firing anyone. The packages are very generous, and employees have until July 1 to accept the packages offered. Tellis Symonette, Senior VP of Fam ily Islands, was with the group that came to Abaco. Mr. Symonette and Mr. Romer are well known on Abaco as they both have been here as managers of the Abaco operation. Please see Central Page 11 Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation is now under the management of Cable and Wireless. Geoff Houston, right, is the CEO and President. He hosted a reception in Marsh Harbour to acquaint himself with the people and problems of Abaco. He is shown with Arlene Clarke, Manager of BTC on Abaco.


July 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 More Central Abaco News Central From Page 10 Bank staff participate in Bankers Fun Day By Canishka Alexander Bankers from Commonwealth Bank, First Caribbean International, Royal Bank of Canada and Scotiabank Ltd. came to gether for a Bankers Fun Day on June 25 at the Murphy Town Park. The fun-filled sporting event began with an opening ceremony just before noon with Leslie Rolle as the moderator. He outlined a number of events that the competitors could choose from to represent their place of employ ment. Track and field coaches Vogel Wil liams and Patrice Charles assisted with the races and the enforcement of rules. One of the most challenging yet excit ing races was the womens and mens dress race which required the contenders to com pletely dress themselves in pants, shirts, socks and shoes before crossing the finish line. After each race, the first, second and third place winners were rewarded, and their supporters cheered loudly for them. However, no points were tallied that day so no overall winner was chosen. The softball throw was the only field event offered. As the adults took a break before the last set of races, the children were invited to race and display their ath letic talents. At the end of the day Rolle invited representatives from each of the banks to make comments. They all agreed that it had been a rewarding day and that the Bankers Fun Day will become an an nual event.Auskell introduces new serviceBy Samantha V. Evans A unique partnership was started be tween Auskell Medical Center and Medi cal Air Services Association (MASA), a company that provides emergency flights. Between the two companies they can pro vide locals with better medical service. To introduce this new initiative to Abaco, an open house was held on July 2 at Alders gate Methodist Church in Marsh Harbour. The presentation began with a review of Auskells history and outlined its plans for the future. Angie Collie, Managing Director, stated that the property on Don MacKay Boulevard next to the church is the future site of Auskell Medical Center. The site is being cleared and footings are the phase. The building will be 28,000 square feet and the new center will employ 50 persons. When the foundation is finished, they will begin to sell bonds. Per sons who invest will have their money se cured for seven years. Mrs. Collie expects to double the return on each bond sold. Mr. Owen Burrows from MASA spoke about the new initiative with Auskell. MASA has been in business since 1974 and has been in the Bahamas for 17 years. Its office on Abaco is above the Auskell Medical Center. Mr. Burrows spoke of the benefits of Staff of the four private banks on Abaco joined together for a day of fun on June 25. They enjoyed friendly competition in many games and activites. The staff of Auskell Medical Clinic presented a new service it is providing, an arrange ment with Medical Air Services Association to offer emergency flights for its patients. Angie Collie, Managing Director of Auskell, is center in the back while Owen Burrows of MASA is far right in the back. Please see Central Page 14


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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian July 15, 2011 Central From Page 11 membership with MASA including free air ambulance flights, U.S. citizens fly free direct to Florida, a family member flies free with the patient in the air ambulance, free ground ambulance service, a chaperone for kids of a sick parent while oversees, the body of a member is returned home if that person dies outside the country. He empha sized that even though the call center is in Texas, MASA provides fast and efficient service to all members regardless of where they are in the world. Joy Archer introduced the Auskell VIP Card which is not an insurance card but will allow persons to see the doctor for a $25 co-payment. Cardholders will get an annual complimentary physical and receive discounts from numerous local businesses. They get complimentary blood tests for both women and men. Ms. Archer advised that those who sign up at the onset will re ceive the most benefits, as the benefits may More Central Abaco News change at a later date. The Auskell Emergency Card will come on stream in August and will be the one connected to MASA. Mrs. Collie stated that Abaco statistically flies out the most emergencies among the Fam ily Islands. Auskell alone flies out an average of 20 persons each month, and the government clinic flies out about 30 persons each month. She hopes that these new services will assist locals with their medical coverage.Save-A-Lot opens a new store By Samantha V. Evans On July 1 Save-A-Lot opened its new est store in the old Price Right building in Marsh Harbour. It is now a bright, well lit store with attractive displays. The layout is similar to the store previously but with wide aisles and a spacious check-out area. An extensive produce department is in a cool room while freezers are along two walls of the main part of the store. A vari ety of fresh and frozen meats is available. According to manager Telford Roberts, this store will provide the retail deals that customers may not be able to find in either of their other stores. The goal is to bring less expensive but good quality products to customers. He stated that they look for deals for their customers by introducing discounted brands. Some top brand com panies have introduced new products to the market which are just as good as their main brand but under a different name. He noted that some items they have brought in have already been completely sold out. This is a good sign that indicates that the products are good and the prices reasonable. The store has expanded some areas such as cleaning supplies and has introduced new detergents. They have expanded their ce real line, too. Mr. Roberts stated that they are eager to bring the best deals to their customers so they will bring in any product that the Abaco community accepts and likes. The store is set up in a way that all items are easy to access and priced for convenience. Presently, there are 20-25 persons em ployed by the store. The hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. They are closed on Sundays.World Champion Ring Toss at Snappas By Samantha V. Evans The World Champion Ring Toss was held at Snappas in Marsh Harbour over a two-day period, July 5 and 6. On the first day eight players entered and played Save-a-Lot opened, looking fresh and bright and with merchandise that will help stretch the food budget. The store sells brands that are economical, yet the quality is equal to the name brands. The store carries a full line of groceries, produce, meats, cleaning supplies and pet supplies in a spacious, comfortable atmosphere. Please see Central Page 15 This land on Don MacKay Boulevard is being prepared for construction of a new building for Auskell Medical Clinic that will offer many services that are not available on Abaco at this time. Auskell brings in many specialists on a monthly basis who provide care for many patients, saving them much expense, time and effort.


July 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 Farmers and crafters market is underwayConstruction has begun on two buildings to be built on the BAIC property on Don MacKay Boulevard to be a farmers and crafters market. The two open buildings are being donated to Abaco by Paul Baker, who has a big farming project underway in North Abaco. 13 games. The winner of the first day of the tournament was Richard Fredeking. On day two, 10 players took part and played 20 games. The winner of that tournament was Sid Dawes. The winners of the two tournaments played for the championship title which was held on the second night as well. At the end of the ring toss finals, Richard was declared the World Ring Toss Champion and won the $750 prize. Sid settled for the runner-up spot and received $250. The event was hosted by Snappas and sponsored by Bahamian Brewerys Sands Beer and Panama Jack. This was the first time that the tournament was held on Aba co but organizer Sid Dawes hopes to make it an annual event. He plans to have a few mini tournaments throughout the year. They are pleased with the participation this year but would have welcomed more participants. They are appreciative of all of the persons who came out to view the tournament and give their support. The tournament was organized by Sid Dawes.Voter registration at Maxwells By Samantha V. Evans As the time draws near for the closing of voter registration, officials from the administrators office in Marsh Harbour have increased their mobile registration to ensure that every Bahamian has an opportunity to register to vote in the next general elections scheduled to be held in 2012. On July 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. officials were at Maxwells to register lo cals to vote. Since this initiative was adver tised days in advance, the response was great not only from staff of the shop but patrons as well. Appreciation is expressed to the man agement of Maxwells for supporting this ini tiative.Central From Page 14 More Central Abaco News Snappas held ring toss competitions for two nights finally naming the Champion, Sid Dawes. Competitors are shown practicing. Work progresses on installing new transmission lines between the new plant at Wilson City and the current plant in Murphy Town. Transmission cable is being strung pole to pole.


Page 16 Section A The Abaconian July 15, 2011 News of the Cays Funds are raised to By Stephanie Humblestone Shes seen some rough times over the decades and made them better for all she touched. Now she strands alone but not forgotten in the parking lot of the Abaco Inn in White Sound on Elbow Cay. She is the 1965 Spitfire Hope Town fire engine which, as the photo attests, has seen better times. Some good-hearted souls on the island have decided that even if she never functions again in a rescue ca pacity, she will be restored to her original condition. Spearheading this project is the Abaco Inn which has been working for many months to gather sufficient funds to make this a reality. She needs a new chassis and extensive bodywork, said manageress Judy Forten berry. The latest fundraiser was on July 4, American Independence Day. Advertised as a Star Spangled Fundraiser, the event attracted many American tourists who, al though being away from home, were made to feel at home with commemoration Stars and Stripes flags and banners. Under sunny skies and with the cool est of breezes people lunched by the pool, listened to DJ music and wandered from room to room of the inn where a large se lection of Silent Auction donations was on display. Local restaurants, businesses and individuals gave generously. The biggest and most impressive was an album of the Rybovich story with an estimated value of $700 above which the Abaco Reef Sea and Air video played continuously. A bouncy castle, hoopla and many games amused children on the deck overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Ice cream cones, popcorn and candied apples were avail able with them in mind but were equally enjoyed by a number of adults. The Marsh Harbour band Fire and the Goat Peppers played all evening and was enjoyed by a record number of guests, ac cording to the inns accounting manager, Katy Cash, who reported that the proceeds amounted to $4,000. Together with other fundraising ef forts we now have $7,000 so all we need is $3,000, the targeted amount to fix the truck. If we had to thank any one individual among the many who contributed, it would be second homeowner Harry Weldon, who is our last minute go-to guy for every thing, said Tina Malone of the Abaco Inn.Disaster at seaBy Stephanie Humbelstone On July 6 around midnight a sailboat named the Lovely Lady wrecked on the east side of Lynyard Cay en route to Eleuthera. Owned and operated by Miami residents John Smith and Kathy Diaz, the 56-foot vessel floundered in heavy seas at high tide, quickly breaking up, taking with it everything on board but sparing the lives of John and Kathy who managed to get to shore and sleep on the beach. At first light This is the first fire truck on Abaco, a truck that government pro vided for Hope Town in 1965. Although it has seen much better days, the residents hope to restore it as a display item. A fundraiser held at Abaco Inn on July 4 raised funds being accummulated for its restoration. Lovely Lady ended her life on the shosre of Lynyard Cay. Rough seas coupled with engine trouble and auto pilot problems caused this disaster. The two aboard, John and Kathy Diaz, escaped without injury and got ashore safely where they spent the night. They were rescued the next morning but were unable to salvage anything from the boat. Please see Cays Page 17


July 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 Enjoy great dining at Anglers Restaurantor casual fare at our famous pool bar both at the waters edge in Marsh Harbour Karaoke Tuesday night by the Pool Bar starting at 8 pm. Rake n Scrape Dance with Brown Tip every Friday night starting at 8:30 pm. Calypso Night Clint Sawyer LIVE every Saturday night at 8:30 pm. Stephen Colebrook Enjoy Stephens versatile piano music and vocals Wednesday through Sunday.Contact us at White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA 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 More News of the Cays Cays From Page 16 they found an abandoned house and sheltered there for a while. In the morning they hitched a white shirt to a stick Robinson Crusoe style and wandered along the beach. David Reid and his wife, who had been in Little Harbour for the night, were headed north to the regatta activities when they stopped on the north end of Lynyard to walk the beach. They found fresh marine debris float ing by and went back along the island until they found the couple on the porch of second home. They called Bahamas Air Sea Rescue and Ron Engle responded. Also assisting with the rescue was BASRA member Chris Prewitt. Registered Nurse and BASRA Patti Gonsalves volunteer went to the scene to rescue them and took them back to Lubbers Quarters where she and her husband Mark are long-time residents. They had engine difficulties and auto pilot trouble, and they lost their location, said Patti. They had nothing, no possessions, money or passports. They lost everything, said Mark, who was impressed by how helpful everyone was in assisting the couple to return home on Friday morning, two days later. From BASRA and the Marsh Harbour Police Force to the U. S. Warden Brent Bass and generous neighbours Keith and Debbie Tuten, who opened their home to them, everything went smoothly, he said. Mark and Patti Gonsalves bought them a tick et back to the States, gave them money and saw them safely on to the plane. This is a very special community, and it is why I live here and choose to be part of BAS RA, said Patti. John Smith is a seasoned sailor and well ac quainted with local waters. He served as a Mi ami firefighter for 25 years and was enjoying his retirement when the tragedy struck. He built the Lovely Lady 20 years ago.Hydroponics has a new lookBy Stephanie Humblestone Outside Vernons Store in Hope Town is an intriguing structure which has attracted attention from visitors and locals alike. It is a single unit multi-layered tower called MYFOODY which occupies only two feet in area on the ground. However, its layers support thirty-eight plant sites. This is a neat and innovative method of vertical farming which was introduced into The Bahamas by Hope Town residents Trish and Peter Michie. Designed to be a space saving method of farming herbs and small vegetables, it is ideally suited to areas where space is a consideration. Because it operates hydroponically, it is also a solution for victims in disaster-struck situations where both space and soil are at a minimum. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water. Many centuries ago researchers discovered that plants absorb essential mineral nutrients as inorganic ions in water. In natural conditions soil acts as a mineral nutrient reservoir, but the soil is not essential to plant growth, The Michies have started a company FeedOur Inc. The tower is the second of two on Abaco. The other one is at Every Child Counts in Marsh Harbour. The Michies intend on bringing more of these interesting growing solutions to Abaco. On June 30 while in the area of No Name Cay, a female visitor on the sailing ves sel Seize the Day was injured and required emergency medical treatment. The ves sel docked at New Plymouth to wait for the arrival of the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard helicopter was able to land at Settlement Point and emergency person nel boarded the boat to assess the patient, who was suffering from a head injury. Green Turtle Cay Fire and Rescue volun teers assisted the Coast Guard in moving the patient from the boat to the waiting helicopter. The patient was transported to Doctors Hospital in Nassau for treatment. She was released from the hospital the fol lowing day and returned to GTC to enjoy the rest of her vacation.Coast Guard helicopter takes visitor to hospitalThis is a hydroponic container that can grow 38 plants. It is a design developed by Trish and Peter Michie of Hope Town, who will be importing them. online Please see Cays Page 20


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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian July 15, 2011 Man-O-War HardwareNon-Corrosive HardwareAn Extensive Selection of Brass, Stainless & MonelBolts, Nails & Screws Hinges & Barrel BoltsStainless Steel Hurricane Clips#1 LumberPlain & Pressure TreatedPine, Fir, Cypress Teak & MahoganyInterior, Exterior & MarinePLYWOOD For quotes or information Call Walter Sweeting l Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, BahamasPh: (242) 365-6011 l Fax (242) 365-6039 Located in Marsh Harbour between Standard Hardware and Party Time Ph: 242-367-3006 or 242-367-3839 Email: wireless@abacoinet.comWireless Internet Keep in touch with the world Check out our website for more info and coverage maps: www.abacoinet.comInternet Cafe! More News of the Cays Cays From Page 17 Barefoot Man Concert is coming upIts that time again the summer Barefoot Man Beach Concert. This year it will be a three day event on Guana Cay. In its 10th year the popular gathering of locals, yachties and Barefoot Man fans takes place at Nippers on Great Guana Cay on July 22 and 23. This year an additional day of entertainment will be added when the Sea n B Band take center stage on July 24. Sea n B, the Barefoot Mans backup band, has accumulated their own fan base over the years so they will have the stage on the 24th. On the 22nd the Barefoot Man starts around 1 p.m. On the 23rd its a dinner dance event with Barefoot under the Stars and on the 24th it is the famous pig roast with the Sea n B Band. That weekend the Barefoot Man will also be releasing his latest CD One Way Ticket to the Beach.Hope Town District Council is sworn inBy Timothy Roberts In an unprecedented display of openness and transparency, the Hope Town District Council held a completely open swearingin ceremony allowing the public to see the selection of Chief and Deputy Chief Councillors during the event on June 28 on Man-O-War Cay. Under normal circumstances the public is usually excluded from the election process, but, as Administrator Cephas Cooper said, We have here a good showing of democracy. At the end of the election process Jer emy Sweeting of Man-O-War was elected as Chief Councillor while Harold Malone of Hope Town was elected as Deputy Chief Councillor for the Hope Town District. Prior to the selection of Chief Council lor and Deputy Councillor each member took the oath of office. Mr. Sweeting and Mr. Malone additionally took the Oath of Allegiance for their position. As Chief Councillor, Mr. Sweeting can also act as a Justice of the Peace and so he took the Judicial Oath. Others on the Council are Don Cash and Donald Carey, both of Hope Town, Michael Albury of Man-O-War and Glenn Laing of Guana Cay. Mr. Sweeting is looking forward to a fresh start in a new term of local government with hope and optimism in what they can achieve. He outlined a few preliminary goals of the Council. The Ministry of Works has received bids for the re-paving of settle ment roads in Hope Town and he expects work to be completed by the fall period. Also for Hope Town the Council will build a gazebo on the Lower Public Dock similar to the one at the Upper Public Dock, and they will see to the reconstruc tion of the Library in Hope Town making it a more modern facility. They expect to give the Hope Town Council office a much needed face-lift, expanding the office to occupy the top floor and moving the post office downstairs. In Guana Cay the Council will re-plank the public dock as well as seek to re-pave some roads within the settlement. Mr. Sweeting will continue to hold the Ministry of Healths feet to the fire as the Council continues to petition for a nurse to be stationed on Man-O-War. I will not let up or give up until the nurse gets here, and she will arrive, make no mistake about that! The Council plans to hold town meet ings in the coming months to get each towns input and to hear their concerns and The swearing-in of the Hope Town District Council and the election of its leaders was all done during an open town meeting in Man-O-War. Jeremy Sweeting at the podium was elected Chief Councillor, beginning his second full term in this position. Harold Malone, seated second from left, is the Deputy Chief Councillor. Other members of the Council are Don Cash, Michael Albury, Glenn Laing and Donald Carey. bahamian cuisine on Hope Towns waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Happy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner Daily ICE RENTAL BIKESPlease see Cays Page 21


July 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 The Moorings Yacht ChartersThe Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class The Conch Inn Resort Curly Tails The Conch Inn Resort and Marina Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you. The Conch Inn Marina Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina Tide North Bar Channel August 2011 Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new sailing yachts 36 ft. mono hull or 38 ft. catamaran SAILING VACATIONS Sunsail More News of the Cays Cays From Page 20 suggestions. Mr. Sweeting made a plea for the people to join together with the Council as they seek to solve the issues that they face. Our ultimate goal is to leave our commu nities better than we found them. At present the Council is missing one representative for Man-O-War Cay.Man-O-War celebrates IndependenceBy Robin Termath It was a fine day for the activities on Man-O-War Cay celebrating the 38th an niversary of Independence. In the morn ing at the baseball field there was plenty of fun. The spectators enjoyed watching the kids participate in such competitions as egg and spoon race, sack races and running races. The climax of all the field events was the tug-o-war, with the ladies squar ing off first. The competition was between the over 40 women versus the under 40 women. The under 40 team won this year for the first time since 2008, according to judges Charmaine Albury and Chrystal Albury. Next were the men. It was a close battle that lasted quite some time with nei ther team willing to give an inch. Eventually the over 40 team outlasted the under 40s. Then the festivities moved to the harbour front with the crowd lining up for cool drinks and delicious food, includ ing sweets. The lines were quite long but moved quickly as everything was very well organized. Soon after everyone gathered, the swimming races began. The little ones first and the older ones after. There were some strong swimmers out there. The next event was the diving. The rules were simple: take a big breath of air and swim as far as you can under water without coming up for air. As the children got older, the distances got farther. In the adult category no women wanted to try, but the men were very impressive; the winner went almost to the middle of the harbour under water! Out of the water and on to events that tested the mens skills with tools. Sawing was first. The winner was able to saw through a 2 x 6 piece of lumber in 3.53 seconds! In the nail hammering competition the contestants had to nail six nails of different sizes into a piece of tim ber. It seemed many the men had trouble with the smallest nail as it was just too small to hold and line up for a hit of the hammer. The contestants had a brand new hammer this year and the winner nailed all six nails in 11.50 seconds. The Man-O-War Independence activities included competitions for all ages. Some required skills while others were physical such as these girls competing in a running race. Even the children enjoyed competing to see who could open a conch the fastest. Please see Cays Page 22


Page 22 Section A The Abaconian July 15, 2011 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Island-wide Abaco Listings Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Cherokee Lee Pinder + 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075 Green Turtle Cay Barefoot Homes 14 hse 365-4332 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties + 34 hse 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties + 34 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 Guana Cay Dive Guana 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Donna Sands + 12 hse 365-5195 Guana Seaside 8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Ocean Frontier 888-541-1616 Wards Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands 9 hse 365-5140 Seashore Villas 7 units 365-5028 Hope Town Abaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Abaco Cottage + 366-0576 Crystal Villas 7 villas 888-812-2243 Elbow Cay Prop + 53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways + 63 hse 366-0224 Hope T Sea Glass 10 hse 366-0290 Hope Town Inn 6 rms 366-0095 Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0266 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages + 3 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key + 43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557 Hotels and House Rental AgentsLubbers Quarters Sea Level Cottages 4 hse 577-2000 Man-O-War Island Home Rentals + 2 hse 365-6048 Schooners Landing 3 condos 365-4469 Waterways Rentals 4 condos 365-6143 Marsh Harbour area Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Lodge 8rms 367-5909 Abaco Real Estate + 6 hse 367-2719 Alesias 3 rms 367-4460 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 Ds Guest House 6 rms 367-3980 Living Easy 16 hse 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 effic 367-0148 HG Christie 11 hse 367-4151 Sandy Point Oeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083 Treasure Cay Abaco Estate Services + 365-8752 Bahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 4 units 365-8033 Island Dreams + 45 hse 365-8507 Marks Bungalows 4 units 365-8506 Pineapple Point 16 units 458-3521 Treasure Cay Resort 95 rms 365-8801 Grand Cay Sheilas Bed & Breakfast 8 rms 353-1175 Web Sites with Abaco Information http://www http://www http.// http://www + agents with multiple cottages and houses 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 FOR RENT Conch breaking tested every contestant this year as almost every one had a conch that just did not want to come out easily, (you cant blame the conch for that). Many contestants and even a couple visitors tried their skill at it. It was into the afternoon and time for the main event the greasy pole. This is truly the crowd favorite and this year did not disappoint. Once again Doug Albury was the winner of round one. They decided to do a second round. This time the piece of canvas was nailed on with four nails. The men kept trying, but it was too hard to get the canvas off so there was an intermission while a couple of the nails were pulled out. The guys were really starting to get tired after climbing the ladder, sliding on the pole, swimming back to the ladder and doing it again and again. Eventually Joel Sweeting managed to rip the canvas off and land with a splash in the sea. The evening activities included a cook out back at the ballfield and fireworks after dark.Cays From Page 21 eye. I had not realized just how popular it had become on Abaco. I found Rella at Snazzies, her salon on Key Club Road in Marsh Harbour. She was busy preparing for her next appoint ment between attending to phone calls and her two nephews. Her eyes lit up when I asked her about darts. Whats so special about it to you? I asked. Its really the people who make it, especially renewing contacts at tournaments. It transpired that Rellas dart career was almost as long as her nails. How do you play with them? I asked, pointing at her beautifully manicured nails and glancing down at my short ones. If I attempted to throw a dart with hers, it would land in the next town, not room! She smiled Oh, I cut them down for tournaments. Rella, like other dart players on Abaco, has a real passion for the game which is team oriented and fun at the same time. She has served seven seasons on the dart team and was the first lady on Abaco to make it to the Darts World Cup in 2007 in Amsterdam. She went on to tell me that when she first started, she was all over, or off, the board. Suddenly, I felt at home. The wall around the board looked like Swiss cheese, she said. I consoled myself that there was hope for me yet! But you have to practice, she said. We get together on an average of three nights a week.Humblestone From Page 8 For many years she was involved in the administration side of the Abaco Darts Club. Now Mark Albury is President and Ros coe Thompson III Vice President. The big thrill for them, members, their partners, significant others and friends is the upcom ing championship in Ireland in which eight players will represent Abaco. From hosting the Caribbean Cup this past summer to evenings practicing at DnR in Marsh Harbour, the Abaco Darts As sociation is very much alive, thriving and winning big time. So did you find any darts? my hus band asked when I got home. I shook my head. What did you decide? About what? I asked. About joining the dart team. I shuffled from one foot to the other, unwilling to answer the question. I probably need to observe a little more while I get back into my stride, Back to being a hot little number? I ignored this allusion. Meanwhile, I offered to be a dart fetcher. I never heard of those, he confessed. Not sure I have either, but I figured it would be like those ball boys they have at Wimbledon. So youll retrieve the darts from the board at competitions? Correct, I replied.. with an even tual view of being invited onto a team. I think he said, Dont hold your breath, but it was under his so I cant be sure! By Mirella Santillo Since January of this year Sonith Lockhart of Murphy Town has been traveling to Nassau to participate each month in bowling tournaments organized by the New Providence Bowling Association. He has placed in the top three each time, receiving enough prize money to pay for the travel with some left over. A veteran bowler who took up the sports in the 80s, Mr. Lockhart has since put his name on the international bowling roster. Since his first victory in 1999 when he became the Bahamas Bowling Champion, he has participated in numerous international and local bowling tournaments. His major achievement was to win a silver medal in the third Commonwealth Bowling Championship in Melbourne, Australia, in 2006 where he represented The Bahamas. In Nassau At home he placed at the top in several events that took place in 20072008 including the Legends Tournament where he finished third. In March 2010 he participated in the Bahamas National Bowling Championship in Freeport plac ing first in the Mens Division. His last results are no less impressive. Since the beginning of the monthly compe titions in Nassau, he placed third in Janu ary, second in February and March and first in April, May and June.Abaconian is a bowling champion


July 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 Dive Shops Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour . ............................. 367-2963 Above & Below, Marsh Harbour . .......................................... 367-0350 Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour ..................................... 367-2787 Froggies, Hope Town . ......................................................... 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay . ............................................. 365-8571 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay . ............................................ 365-4411 Dive Guana . ........................................................................ 365-5178 Man-O-War Dive Shop . ....................................................... 365-6013 Cart Rentals Marsh Harbour . . . . . . . . . . . Green Turtle Cay . . . . Guana Cay . . . Lubbers Quarters Man-O-War . . . Hope Town . . . . . . . Treasure Cay . . . . Visitors Guide Restaurant Guide + Picnic tables & restroom only Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . + . . . . . Hope Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . + . Little Harbour Lubbers Quarter Man-O-War . ................................. . Guana Cay . . . . . . Treasure Cay . . . . Green Turtle Cay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sandy Point Everyone reads The Abaconian Emergency Services B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 Fire Man-O-War 365-6911 Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue 365-9112 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 Medical Services . . . . . . . . . Abaco Marinas Green Turtle Cay . . . . . . . . Treasure Cay . . . Man-O-War . . Marsh Harbour . . . . . . . . . Hope Town . . . . . Spanish Cay . . Guana Cay . . . . . Tours & Excursions Airlines Serving Abaco . . . . . . . . . Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida . . Taxi Cab Fares ffective Dec 08 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Effective Dec 08 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Attractions Albert Lowe Museum . ....................................... Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits . ....... Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden . .......................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum . ........................ Hope Town Elbow Cay Light Station . ........................................... Hope Town Walk to & swim on Mermaid Reef off M Harb. . .. Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole . ............. Treasure Cay farm road Art studio & working foundry. ........................ Little Harbour Working boatyards . ........................................... Man-O-War cay Pocket beaches Miles of beach are generally on ocean exposures Items of interest ask tourism 367-3067To Abaco by land and sea from Florida Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised 1st Jul 11 Compliments of The Abaconianwww.abaconian.comAlburys Ferry Service Marsh Harbour>Hope Town 7:15am 9:00am 10:30am 12:15pm 2:00pm 4:00pm 5:45pm Return: 8:00 am 9:45am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 5:00pm 6:30pm Marsh Harbour>Man-O-War 10:30am 12:15pm 2:30pm 4:00pm 5:45pm Return: 8:00am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:15pm 5:00pm Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay F (6:45am Union Jack Dock) 10:30am 1:30pm 3:30pm 5:45pm Return: 8 am 11:30am 2:30pm 4:45pm 6:30pm T Cay Airport>Green T Cay 8:30am 10:30am 11:30am 1:30pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 4:30pm 5:00pm Return: 8am 9am 11am 12:15pm 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:30pm Ph 365-8749 or 375-8123 VHF Ch 16 Charters AvailableTreasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday departs 11:00am & returns 3:30 p.m. $40 RT T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Saturday departs 9:30 am, $45 RT Pinders Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Crown Haven, Abaco to McLeans Town, Grand Bah. Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLeans Town to Crown Haven return Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Bahamas Ferries Summer Schedule only (April to Dec) Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 Hour Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 The Great Abaco Express Not on Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutes Tourisms People-to-People program Be matched with a local person or family with a similar interest such as Bird watching, Attending church, Foreign language, School class visit, Environmental interest. Marine, Native plants, History, Humane Society, etc. This is not a dating service or an offer for a free meal or lodging but an opportunity to meet someone locally with similar interests. Call Tourisms Doranell Swain at 367-3067 for more informa tion. Email: Charter Boats Marsh Harbour North Abaco Sandy Point Casaurina Point Cherokee Crossing Rocks Green Turtle Cay Hope Town Man-O-War


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July 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 19 NUMBER 14 JULY 15th, 2011 Regatta Time begins with a beach partyHundreds enjoyed an afternoon of fun at Fiddle Cay Regatta Time in Abaco annually begins with the Cheeseburger in Paradise party at Fiddle Cay, an uninhabitied cay north of Green Turtle Cay. Bobb Henderson and his wife sponsor the party providing 1300 Bubba Burgers as well has hot dogs, margaritas and other drinks. As many power boaters as sailors enjoy the party, both visitors and locals. Shown on the left is part of the drink line. By Canishka Alexander A better day could not have been select ed than July 1 for the Cheeseburger in Par adise Party on Fiddle Cay. Sponsored by Bobb Hendersons Stranded Naked compa ny, the festive event signifies the beginning of Regatta Time in Abaco, and it is a great social event among power boaters as well as sailors, both visitors and locals. Shortly before noon, Bobb bellowed out that the bar and the food lines were open. The call did not have to be made twice as hundreds of people began to form an extended queue into the crystal water. Even the dogs were enjoying the day as they frolicked playfully in the water. This year Bobb and his wife Patricia served 1,300 Bubba Burgers which Bobb seemed particularly pleased about as he pointed out signs bearing the companys logo along with hundreds of hot dogs and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. He said that Bubba Burgers spon sored the burgers, drove them down from Please see Regatta Page 2 47 complete BahamaHost course in Central Abaco By Canishka Alexander During the past two months Jeremie Saunders of the Department of Marine Resources has been actively reminding com mercial fishermen and compressor divers to renew their licenses because the process takes a minimum of one week to complete. Mr. Saunders said that all sections of the compressor form must be completed. To date, Saunders said that they have not re ceived many applications. The number of applications is low when you consider that 350 certified fishermen register each year. Under the directive of the Michael Braynen, Director of the Department of Marine Resources, Mr. Saunders said that this year all fishermen must bring in proof that their boat is licensed with the Port De partment and that it is valid or current.Fishermen are advised to renew their licenses Sustainability workshop is helddShan Maycock with Friends of the Environment held workshops in four communities where fishing is a predominate way of life. Shown is the group in Sandy Point who at tended a workshop on July 5. Mrs. Maycock had presenters from several organizations inform fishermen of new regulations that are in effect. The regulations are designed to bring about sustainable practices to protect the fisheries. Workshops were also held on Moores Island, Grand Cay and Crown Haven. By Timothy Roberts In the effort to promote a sustainable fishery and remain competitive in the global market, Friends of the Environ ment held a workshop on July 5 in Sandy Point to educate and inform fishermen of new regulations and sustainable practices. They had speakers representing environmental groups, the government Please see Workshop Page 4 Please see Licence Page 5 Tourism is offering a revised BahamaHost program. Many on Abaco are taking advan tage of the opportunity to learn more about The Bahamas as well as learning how to be be better hosts to our visitors. Shown is the group from two BahamaHost sessions as well as a People to People course that was offered. See story on page 6. By Timothy Roberts At a press conference in Nassau on July 5 the Hon. Larry Cartwright, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, signed off on legislation banning commercial shark fishing in The Bahamas The lauded move came after a 10-month intensive campaign encouraging the protection of the essential apex predators by the Pew Environment Group and Bahamas National Trust. The campaign began when it became publicly known that a seafood export company on Andros planned to ex port shark meat and fins to Hong Kong. The Bahamas is considered the shark diving capital of the world, generating $78 million a year and contributing $800 mil lion to the Bahamian economy over the last 20 years. The ban affects approximately 250,000 square miles of the countrys waters as well as the sale, importation and export of shark products as of July 5. The government also increased shark-fishing fines from $3,000 to $5,000. The Bahamas is only the fourth coun try to ban the commercial fishing of sharks Commercial shark Please see Page 5


Page 2 Section B The Abaconian July 15, 2011 Cheeseburger in Paradise Party kicks off RegattaJacksonville, Florida, to Fort Lauderdale, and he flew them in. Besides the Bubba Burgers, he said that margarita and tequila sent a lot of giveaways that included Tshirts, hats and beach items. Jimmy Buffet songs playing in the background add to the ambiance. Its a great Regatta so far, and it seems like theres a lot of power boaters as well as sail boaters that are here today. Everybody seems to be having a great time, Bobb remarked. Thank goodness for the perfect weather. Its an unbelievable day here for the event. Everythings perfect, though, it really is. You couldnt expect to have a better place to have a party. People are really enjoying themselves, parents are bringing their kids here, its just a big family event, and everybodys having a great time. He thanked the Green Turtle Cay busi nesses for helping to set up and remove Regatta From Page 1 equipment needed for the event at Fiddle Cay, which takes a couple of days to pre pare and another couple of days to take down. His memory was that the event be gan initially on his houseboat back in 1989 and has been celebrated on Fiddle Cay for the past 15 years. Next year a new sign will be added at the top of the tent because the current one has suffered years of wind damage. The one thing that undergoes alterations every year is his famous Jimmy Buffet hat that gets unbelievably bigger and bigger. Our most missed guest for this party is definitely Jimmy Buffet, and hes definite ly seen my hat that we have at his concerts. We hope Mr. Buffet one day will show up. Well know that hes here if we see his bodyguard Charleston. Thats the reason we started this party as a tribute to Jimmy Buffets music. Its tied in with the Regatta and all the sailing, and thats what its all about and we have a great time. The playground area for the Fiddle Cay Cheeseburger in Paradise party is a sand bank extending out from the wide beach. Boats ring the sand, creating a large area for the party goers to enjoy the water with a variety of water toys. It is interesting to note that all the boats lining the sand bank area are power boats. More power boat visitors come to Abaco for the shore-based activities than sailors who compete in the races. The sailors arrived at Fiddle Cay in their dinghies that beach the waters nearby. Many of the boaters, both power and sail, come annually, helping to create the peak tourism season for Abaco. 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


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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian July 15, 2011 and the industry. The information was well received by the fishermen. As a part of the Convention for Biologi cal Diversity The Bahamas government is interested in supporting the continuation of the Size Matters campaign which recently received a grant from the Global Environment Facility, an independent financial organization that promotes global environmental issues. Workshops were also held in Moores Island, Crown Haven and Grand Cay. dShan Maycock, project manager of the campaign, spoke of the importance of biodiversity and how we depend on the habitat and resources for our survival. The lobster depends on its habitat which is needed to ensure it is kept safe. Lobster become ma ture at just less than 5 inches and not Fisheries From Page 1 taking them undersized ensures they have spawned at least once. Lionfish are also negatively impacting lobster populations. Glenn Pritchard, owner of Bahamas Sea Foods in Nassau, said they are campaign ing with hotels and restaurants, encourag ing them not to buy undersized crawfish. We are trying to close that loophole in the buyer chain. Felicity Burrows, representing The Nature Conservancy, a worldwide conservation organization, is working with the government on a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP). It is proactive in protecting the marine resources we have now. Ms. Burrows said, Everyone has to work together. It takes a diverse group of partners to get this done. The Bahamas has adopted the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards to attain certification for the Bahamian lobster. The Councils fishery certification program recognises and rewards sustainable fishing. The organiza tion works with fisheries, seafood compa nies, scientists, conservation groups and the public to promote the best environmental choice in seafood. She concluded, Ev eryone who has a stake in the industry is needed to effectively manage our fisheries. A pre-assessment was conducted by Marine Resources Assessment Group and a Fisheries Improvement Project was de veloped in order to take steps to meet the Councils certification because gaps were found. FIP is collecting data on the lobster industry and doing outreach, educa tion and enforcement and will assess and review where gaps and problems exist and address them. Abaco has been a leader in this campaign. Mia Isaacs, President of Bahamas Ma rine Exporters Association said, We are now working together to achieve Council Certification. We dont control the regula tions; the world market is putting demands on us. We have to meet those requirements or we will not have an industry. She said Dr. Paul Medley completed a Stock Assessment of Spiny Lobster in The Bahamas to determine the health of their population. This will allow the FIP to develop a harvest control rule and reference point. We have to do this in order to remain competitive and remain in the industry. If we find our fisheries reach a point where the sustainability becomes threatened, we will have to make difficult decisions, Ms. Isaacs said. Gurth Russell, owner of Marsh Harbour Importers and Exporters, encouraged the fishermen that if they know of other fisher men who are catching undersized crawfish to remember, They are not your friend they are threatening to take away your livelihood and your childrens livelihood. Mr. Pritchard spoke further on the Council Certification, saying that they set the standards in sustainable fisheries, and they cover anything that comes out of the sea. However, he noted that the MSC does not certify the fishery, they only set the standards, and another group will come in and do the assessment and certify you. Its all about management and sustain ability, he said. The Food and Agricul tural Organization (a part of the United Nations) adopted these rules from the MSC and are encouraging all member states to comply. The benefit of being MSC certified is that it will open access to markets (Walmart, Sams, Cosco and more), and will help to sustain the industry and im prove income while we will be able to better manage the fishery and enhance the marine environment. Jeremie Saunders, head of the local De partment of Fisheries, said that the European Union is the largest importer of fishery products in the world and they have been active in the fight against illegal fish ing. Since January 2010 The Bahamas is required to show proof/certification of all fish products entering the European Union. Because of these pressures from the global market, the Bahamas Catch Certifi cate program was developed. In order to ensure a catch is certified, Mr. Saunders said any fishermen using vessels over 20 feet in length must apply for a commercial fishing license. Also, to ensure all commercial fishermen are Sustainability workshop explained new regulationsdShan Maycock has worked for a couple of year in educating Abaco fishermen on the need to conserve our fisheries resources, most specifically crawfish. Her program, Size Matters, seems to be effective. Now she is working with fishermen to acquaint them with new international regulations and standards that The Bahamas must abide by if we want to export our fish and crawfish. Please see Workshop Page 5


July 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 Additionally, with changes taking place within the industry and throughout the world, international regulations have brought about a traceability requirement. This means that The Bahamas must be able to trace the source. For example, in the case of a lobster that is caught, there must be a record to trace the fisherman who catches it, the processor that buys it, the exporter that sends it, and the shipping company that delivers it.So this regulation concerning making sure that your boat is li -Licence From Page 1 after Palau, the Maldives and Honduras. Director of global shark conservation for the Pew Environment Group, Matt Rand, hopes the move will inspire others in the region. The Bahamas healthy shark population is attributed to the ban on longline fishing gear in 1993 and lack of commercial shark fishing to date. Mr. Cartwright said the amendments to the Fisheries Resources (Jurisdiction and Conservation) Act were in keeping with the governments commitment to pursue conservation policies and strategies to safeguard the environment and was in response to calls for strengthened protection of sharks in The Bahamas. Around 73 million sharks are killed an nually for their meat and fins, primarily to be served in the expensive Asian delicacy shark fin soup. But as sharks are slow to reproduce, these 400-million-year-old predators, critical to the health of reef eco systems and commercial fisheries, are at risk of becoming endangered. Shark Fishing From Page 1 licensed, the Department of Fisheries has introduced a new initiative. All compressor licenses will require the applicant to produce a boat license regardless of the size of boat. Any boat engaged in selling marine product must have a license. It must also have a business license, he said. The Catch Certificate will affect opera tors of fishing vessels, buyers, processors, exporters and the Department of Marine Resources. All operators of fishing vessels will be required to complete a daily landing form for each trip. He said a separate Catch Ccertificate is needed for each spe cies caught and for each customer that buys the product. David Knowles, Abaco Park Warden for the Bahamas National Trust talked to the fishermen about how marine park areas protect marine ecosystems and the marine life, enhance knowledge and support fisheries creating a sustainable marine envi ronment. The fish in these areas eventually spill out to the surrounding areas, benefiting the fisheries. These natural resources are there for our benefit, and we need to protect them so we can enjoy them and our children can enjoy them, he said. Enforcement can take place as a partnership between enforcement agencies and stakeholders. The new Forestry Act for the Trust gives wardens authority to act as po lice officers within parks, and they can also act as fisheries officers. Mrs. Maycock introduced a book for the fishermen to record their catch in. The documentation of catch is now required by law and all marine resources need to be re corded as well as the gear used. Workshop From Page 4 Public NoticeAll fishermen please be advised that the following areas are NOTAKE ZONES: censed is all a part of this new initiative where countries around the world are making changes to their regulations just to ensure that lobsters and scale fish are caught in a sustainable manner. The Department of Marine Re sources is located at the Port Administration Building in Marsh Harbour and is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those needing applications


Page 6 Section B The Abaconian July 15, 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 By Samantha V. Evans Implementing the newly revamped BahamaHost Program, the Ministry of Tour ism and Aviation recently completed training for 47 professionals on Abaco. BahamaHost is a programme designed to familiarize participants with correct and accurate information on our countrys his tory, geography, civics, economics and places of interest. A strong emphasis is placed on attitudinal training, teamwork and cooperation. It serves as a basic foun dation for all other industry training and is used to promote service excellence in The Bahamas. After nearly 30 years of existence, it was revamped in 2010 to reflect the changing tourism marketplace. The graduation in cluded participants from two sessions of the Ba hamaHost program and the People to People Ambassador training. With the theme Profes sional Service Excel lence, the graduation was held on June 27h at St. John the Baptist An glican Church in Marsh Harbour. Dushinka Roberts of Tourism spoke about the newly im proved BahamaHost Program. She stated that when companies are seen with the BahamaHost Seal, it means that they offer excellent service. She would like to see the day when companies see training as an investment in their business rather than it being the first thing they pull from their budget when business gets slow. The top graduates from each session told stories of their experience as BahamaHost participants. Debbie Roldan, who was a part of Session Two, affirmed that the program taught her how to treat guests, about the history, culture and places of interest in The Bahamas, team work and cooporation. Kenya Taylor, of Session One, stated that the course enhanced her Bahamian knowledge and people skills. It sensitized her to be more considerate and put service above self. Some of the graduates put on a dem onstration to show the difference between good service and bad service. This hu mourous presentation highlighted the type of service many locals experience from employees in the Bahamas. Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism for the Northern Bahamas, noted that The Ba hamas entertains world class guests so we all need to deliver world class service. She reminded the graduates that even though their BahamaHost training has ended, their work is just beginning. The keynote address was delivered by Charles Albury, Deputy Permanent Secre tary of the Ministry of Tourism. His pre sentation was high spirited and filled with many facts about the industry. He noted that training like this is important to ensure that the corporate community is partnering with the Tourism Ministry. Expanding past the traditional group of hoteliers and public service drivers, this graduating group was more diverse. The Bahamas welcome more than 5.24 million guests to these shores last year, which was the largest number ever. Mr. Albury advised the group to en courage visitors to gain an emotional at tachment to The Bahamas so that they feel compelled to return. Over the last five years, visitor satisfaction for Abaco has increased and training such as BahamaHost will support continued increases. The graduates received certificates pre sented by Administrator Cephas Cooper and trainers Raquel Cox and Belinda McIntosh. BahamaHost graduates 47Four automated air quality monitors will be installed by BEC and are expected to be in operation by early September. Bids are being requested now for an indepen dent contractor to monitor the system and collect the data. The four stations will record levels of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter of less than 10 microns in size. Additionally, the station at the Wilson City plant site will record basic weather data, wind speed and direction. The four automated monitors will transmit the data by satellite to the contractors office for processing. The equipment is on the way and each monitor will be contained in a six-footsquare prefabricated building. Concrete slabs are now in place at Cherokee Sound, the BEC Wilson City plant, Spring City and Marsh Harbour. A fifth manual monitor will be installed on Tom Currys Point in Little Harbour. The successful bidder must be qualified to maintain and calibrate the equipment as well as inspect the sites regularly to ensure that everything is working properly. Although this automated equipment is new on Abaco, BEC has been taking air samples manually for analysis elsewhere for about a year. These four air monitoring sites are an extension of the air quality monitoring program BEC manages in Nassau.BEC will install 4 air pollutant monitorsDuring the graduation ceremony for BahamaHost, some of the graduates gave a demonstration showing a taxi driver, shown on the right, with a bad attitude toward visitors, then how he changed his attitude and the positive effect it had on his pas sengers.


July 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 ABACO ChiropracticDr. Keith Lewis DC, DABAAHP, FAAIM, BCIM, DAAPM Dr. Matthew Orem DC, FIAMA Man-O-War Friday July 15 1 1am 1pm Gu ana Cay Health Fair: Saturday July 16 Dr. Lewis and Dr. Matt available for treatment at Guana Cay SchoolAuskell Medical Clinic: July 12 July 19 8 am 6 pm (Dr Lewis) (closed Thursdays)NEW PATIENTS WELCOME!Email: for an appointment!Coming soon to Hopetown! Dr. Keith Lewis will be on Abaco July 12-19 Call Auskell Today: 242-367-0020 Ask for Dr. Lewis or Dr. Matt Some of the health conditions we treat: Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and floors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site:abacomarbleandgranite.comBy Timothy Roberts Friends and family and visitors came together at the Coco Beach Bar in Treasure Cay to enjoy food and entertainment while celebrating the Bahamas 38th Indepen dence. Capping the night was an impres sive fireworks display on the beach. Treasure Cay Resort enticed guests to their fourth annual celebration with a se lection of Bahamian and American cuisine from conch soup to barbecued ribs or fish topped off with a delicious guava or pine apple treat, all bearing the name of an island or settlement of The Bahamas. This years theme A Taste of The Bahamas in Treasure Cay. While guests enjoyed their food and beverages, they were entertained by Thrill Pack, a local Abaco group who played popular American, Caribbean and Ba hamian songs. After the people finished their meal and enjoyed a few drinks, many took to the floor to dance and enjoy the rest of the night. Highlighting the entertainment of the night was Countess Pepper, a fire dancer who enthralled the crowd with her flaming hot routine. The crowd was amazed and amused while she performed and managed to pull some assistants from the audi ence to the enjoyment of onlookers. Countess Pepper was followed by the Crab Man, who performed a unique and unusual show which in cluded bending a machete with the pointed end against his throat, eat ing, walking and laying on broken glass along with fire breathing and displays of uncommon flexibility. The crowd watched with great inter est as he performed his various feats intertwining his routine with Bahamian Obeah lore. The entertainment was not done yet. The Junkanoo group came, filling the night air with the rhythm of drums to the delight of the guests, some of whom danced along with the group garbed in bright feathery costumes. Guests were treated to a brilliant display of fireworks which received cheers along with some oohs and aahs. Avis Miller of Treasure Cay Resort said, We are trying to make it bigger and better every year and give guests a celebration they can look for ward to. Ira Hall, a Miami Beach native, said he and his wife enjoyed it very much. The first time visitor said it was a fabulous expression of culture, patriotism and en thusiastic jubilation. He and his wife look forward to coming again. With the main entertainment completed, guests took to the floor and danced the rest of the evening away, enjoying good music, friends and festivities.PLP candidate visits two caysBy Samantha V. Evans Progressive Liberal Party candidate for North Abaco, Renardo Curry, has been traveling the North Abaco communities in troducing himself and hearing the concerns of residents. In June he visited Grand Cay and Green Turtle Cay as he believes that a representative should make time to listen to concerns of the people. On Grand Cay the concerns included the need to dredge the harbour, rejuvena tion of Walkers Cay and completion of the sea wall. The concerns of Green Turtle Cay were jobs, property concerns, boat theft and high taxes. Joining Mr. Curry on the Grand Cay visit was another PLP candidate, Tanisha Tynes, and Senator Michael Darville. On Green Turtle Cay he was accompanied by National Chairman Bradley Roberts and Ms. Thompson from Nassau. Special events are planned for the north ern constituency for which the party leader will be on island. A fund raiser is planned for July 16 at the North Abaco PLP head quarters in Dundas Town. The official open ing will be held later in the year. The next PLP meeting will be at the headquarters on July 18. All supporters are invited to attend as they have much business to discuss.Treasure Cay Celebrates Independence Countess Pepper charmed the crowd at the Coco Beach Bar as she performed at the fourth Independence celebration at the Treasure Cay Resort. Beach erosion appears to be haltedThe erosion at the western end of Treasure Cay Beach seems to be stopped and the beach is building up again. A groin was constructed out from Carlton Point parallet to the beach. Two of the gazebos have been taken apart and moved back from the shore. This is a public beach that is designed for community events.


Page 8 Section B The Abaconian July 15, 2011 By John Hedden In my previous article I discussed some of the history and myths of agriculture and ended with the perception of agriculture in a modern Bahamas. This article will attempt to deal with the subject of agricultural technology and its meaning for improvement of agricultural production. The original technology of food production through the islands would have been the most basic. It is more than likely that the Arawak were not farmers at all. It is likely that the produce from the land and the sea were harvested when necessary to provide an immediate source of food. There would have been little need for storage because the natural pantry was always open, and access to fresh fish and fruits cannot be surpassed, even today. These people lived in very close harmony with, and as part of, their natural environment. They reaped and never had to sow. It was only in later years when Europeans and Africans settled on the shores did a tech nology arrive that was alien to the islands. Agriculture is one of the most devastat ing practices to an environment because, firstly, foreign species of both plant and ani mal are introduced and, secondly, man actu ally alters the physical environment as much as possible to be able to get the best yields for his produce. A third reason may be con sidered where high yields are sought at the expense of natives in order to produce an excess for sale or barter. This latter was the intention of the plantation approach to farm production. Metal hand tools were used to clear large tracts and foreign species were then grown on this land. Cotton planting is a good example, and here the native species were cut out of the land and production of a single species on that same tract took place without any thought of soil strengthening, fertility or field rotations taking place. As we would expect, the result very quickly became a succession of poorer and poorer harvests, simply because this new technology was not able to take care of the most basic concern for a reasonable yield; water and soil fertility. Needless to say, the inheritors of these lands very quickly learned that continuing harvests would require a change in technol ogy. The one that became used throughout the islands was known as shifting cultiva tion with slash and burn land clearing and preparation. This allowed farmers to rough clear a task of land and plant a succession of specific crops in order to al low a follow harvest of beans and peas, corn, root crops, benny (sesame), corn and melons. Usually after two seasons the fields were allowed to revert to bush for at least three years before they could be used again for crop production. This change in farming technique did allow a subsistence type of production to take place. Any excess was usually stored for leaner years, and, of course, the seeds for follow planting were taken out first. Sometimes in a really good year enough would be harvested for either barter or sale to another settlement or island. Seaweed, cave earth and fish remnants were used to help the soil. Very little water was used in crop production, and so planting was done seasonally and with the moon in order to take full advantage of soil moisture for the young plants. Livestock production followed a similar tradition with animals often being tethered in an area and then moved frequently to another site. Cutting Bough was the normal practice with cinnecord, rams horn and other legumes being the favourite fod der because of their high protein content. Large livestock were not common and sheep, goat, yard chickens, and pigs were preferred. This system of food production contin ued for several hundred years and today is still practiced on many of the islands where mechanisation is not possible. Even the early commercial production of citrus and pineapples for the export trade followed this example with longer rotational times for land use being implemented. It was really only after the Second World War that agriculture saw a radical change in technology. The introduction of fertilis ers, pest control chemicals and machines are what established more modern farming practices, and the latter were limited to the northern Pine Islands and Eleuthera and Cat Island. The introduction of the crawler trac tor made us fall in love with the Caterpil lar D8. Land preparation was now possible where the surface could be broken up and a type of rocky soil produced. However, this soil proved to be very alkaline due to its high calcium content; plant nutrients were nonexistent and had to be added as fertilisers. This introduced a newer technology of farming to the islands and along with this came the expatriate farmers such as Levy and the Hatchet Bay products and the milk stands of Nassau. Others included Crock ett and Scott on Abaco, and Scott Madi son on Andros. Others eventually involved Gulf and Western, the Owens Illinois sugar plantation of 23,000 acres on Abaco, several large dairy operations in New Provi dence and fruit production in all three northern pine islands. So what is this new technology? It is, in fact, a newer approach to agricultural production where all aspects of crop production from crop grow-out to marketing are mapped out and planned before anything goes in the ground. Perhaps the two most important aspects of this are the use of irrigation and the use of fertilisers. Water alone can increase field harvest by 100 percent while a combination with fertility management can double the yield again. These two, along with mechanisation which reduces labour costs, pest control which increases the marketable yield and timely harvesting which improves quality, all make a significant contribution to bet ter farm earnings. The farmers of North Andros who are constantly on the media releases are a product of newer agricultural technology provided for them by the U.S. AID programme (BARTAD) of the 1970s. Under the present assistance provided by the government corporation BAIC, these farmers have been given access to the farm inputs they have been waiting for all these years. In addition, BAIC has assisted them with marketing seminars and direct access to clients through the BAIC website. Other farmers on the central and southern islands have never had access to the training, the relatively improved soils, available water and the immediate markets open just 25 miles away in New Provi dence. The very nature of the geology, cli mate and topography almost eliminates the use of mechanised farming on these more southerly islands. It must be remembered that a major drawback to improving soil quality through out the islands is the nature of the soil itself. We have no real soil profile. It is shallow, does not retain fertility or water. It will al ways be highly alkaline and so makes many nutrients unavailable to the crop. Organic matter must be incorporated constantly, be cause when it breaks down, it disappears without altering the chemical profile of the parent calcium carbonate. In other words, no amount of soil improvement practices will have any long term effect. Becoming ever more popular with the farming community are two highly spe cialised technologies: greenhouse produc tion and hydroponics. Both work by modi fying the impact of the native environment on the crops. The former modifies light, humidity and temperature while hydropon ics seeks to modify the root zone medium. Over the years several attempts have been made with these two systems, but seasonal ity improvements have usually been in the order of four weeks on normal harvest pe riods. If this can be improved substantially, then this technology will prove very useful. On the negative side only about two percent of agricultural land is watered and fertilised efficiently, and pest control is very poorly performed throughout the islands. Efficient transportation is not at hand and shipping costs are extremely high. So finally, I will point out that even though the technology has started to be come available to the farming community, very few are able to take full advantage of it. For rapid advances in technology to take place, support in the form of excellent extension services, physical infrastructure and good input sourcing must all be ac cessible. Farmer training is non-existent and access to capital is more than remote because most farmers have no collateral. In addition, farmers are like most of their fellow Bahamians, they are lousy business men and keep lousier records. Because of the general perception of agriculture in the psyche, few locals who have capital will invest. Financial and property interests are much more attractive. In my next article I will attempt to deal with land and infrastructure.Bahamian agriculture new technologies 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


July 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 July 4 By Timothy Roberts In a surprise move the Marsh Harbour Town Committee chairman, Yvonne Key, submitted no names on behalf of the Marsh Harbour Township to serve on the statuto ry boards appointed by the Central Abaco District Council during the new Councils first official meeting on July 4. The Central Abaco District Council is made up of three representatives from Dundas Town, two from Murphy Town and four from Marsh Harbour. It met for the first time since the local government elections to name persons to the statutory boards in order to move forward with the business of the district. Each town committee is asked to recom mend persons to serve on statutory boards; normally Dundas Town and Murphy Town each selects two persons and Marsh Har bour submits three names. These boards deal with Town Planning, Port Authority, Hotel Licensing and Road Traffic. Because the Marsh Harbour Town Com mittee did not name anyone to any board, Murphy Town and Dundas Town offered more names to fill the remaining positions. After naming the board members and se lecting their respective chairmen and depu ties, a motion was passed that the appointed boards would run for one year before the Council would review and possibly appoint new members. The members of the statu tory boards are listed below. Chief Councillor George Cornish chaired the meeting. He had been sworn in on June 29 when the Council members were sworn in. Don Boodle from Murphy Town was sworn in as Deputy Chief Councillor at the onset of this meeting. After dealing with statutory boards Council members were asked to accept oversight of one of eight areas of concern for the Council. In an unusual move Mrs. Key suggested that, due to the number of issues faced at the Marsh Harbour Inter national Airport, all four Marsh Harbour members take responsibility for the airport only. This suggestion was accepted by the Council. Mr. Cornish will be responsible for the oversight of employees, immigration and clinics. Deshawn Simms is tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the maintenance of school buildings and grounds in the district, while Cecil Ingraham will oversee the landfill and environmental issues. Don Boodle is responsible for overseeing tourism and each towns chairman will be responsible for the road works of their respective areas. Because the budget had not been released yet, the Council deferred a budget discussion until a meeting which they will hold on July 14. They determined that town committee meetings will occur in the following order: Murphy Town will meet on the second Monday of each month, Dundas Town on the second Tuesday and Marsh Harbour on the second Wednesday. Council member Dale Hill said that he was bothered that the Licencing Board was made redundant by the new Business Licence Act. He suggested that the Council take a stand to press the issue with central government because at present there is no posting of licences nor is there any way to review any licence granted for a town until after the fact. Councillors agreed and Faron Newbold added that when central government starts removing authority from local government, it is taking away from the critical voice of the local people and their being able to direct the growth of their respective townships. Mr. Hill said applications for licences should be posted prior to being approved and agreed to by each town committee. He suggested that the Council put forward a request to reinstate local government control and quipped, Whats next, Town Planning? Administrator Cephas Cooper reminded the Council that a previous effort was al ready made and that central government was aware that local government was not happy to lose the ability to decide on li cencing matters. The Council agreed to look into what could be done to rectify the issue. Malcolm Spicer and Colon Curry spoke to the Council about the Little League Latin American World Series to be held on Abaco starting on July 15 and the work that remains to be completed, which pri marily focuses on completion of the public bathrooms. They made a plea for finan cial assistance to complete the bathroom, which is expected to cost about $14,000 to finish. Lowell Albury recommended they help any way they could and suggested they commit half of the money needed. Mr. Newbold said that it is a critical situation and suggested the Council should provide the materials depending on credit being given by Abaco Hardware (because the Local Government at Work Please see Local Gov Page 10 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


Page 10 Section B The Abaconian July 15, 2011 budget was not available yet). This was agreed to and the motion was carried. It was then discussed that after the event there needs to be management of the field put in place so that the present investment and upgrade of the facilities does not go to waste. The Council agreed to deal with it after they receive their budget. The statutory boards and members are as follows: Port Authority: Pedro Maycock is Chairman, Sonith Lockhart is Deputy Chairman and members are Brian Reckley, Ryan Williams, Matthew Taylor, Tyrone Albury and Dwight McIntosh. Hotel Licensing Board: Millie Dawkins is Chairman and Christine Bostwick is Deputy Chairman along with members Wilson Saunders, Chris Nesbit, Karen An tonio, Sherry McIntosh and Tyra Swain. Road Traffic Board: Representatives sent to the island-wide board are Paul Curry, Wayde Archer, Fritz Bootle and Leslie Thompson.Town Planning: Eugene Dawkins is Chairman and Ellis Stuart is Deputy Chair man serving along with Gilbert Davis, Cubell Davis, Kelly Thurston, Freddie Jones and Andrew Russell. Local Gov. From Page 9 By Leigh Lightbourn Termath On July 6 120 tired youth rested in the school yard of Abaco Central High in Mur phy Town, having just arrived back from an adventure journey, part of the Governor General Youth Awards program. These young people, ranging in age from 14 to 23 years, began their journey on June 26. They left their homes in Nas sau, Grand Bahama, Exuma, Long Island and Crooked Island to travel to Abaco to complete the adventure element of the Governor Generals Youth Award. The GGYA was founded in the United Kingdom by HRH Prince Philip more than 40 years ago. Originally called the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme, it has since expanded to 125 nations, overriding linguistic and cultural barriers to promote the positive and universal development of young people. More than six million young adults between the ages of 14 and 25 have participated in or are currently working through the programme. The GGYA was re-established in the Bahamas in 1987, initially known as the Bahamas Duke Of Edinburghs Award Scheme and was renamed the Governor Generals Youth Award in 1996. The current Patron is His Excellency, the Hon. Sir Arthur Foulkes. More than 8,000 young Bahamians have engaged in community service, physical recreation, the apprenticeship of a new skill or hobby and attended adventurous journeys to achieve their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. This particular journey started out with a briefing and preparation for the adven ture ahead. Participants, in readying for the expedition, learned skills such as tent set-up, mapping and first aid. The group was split up according to their current skill level with the GGYA into Gold, Silver and Bronze groups. Several days were spent on preparing for the adventure. Days started early with 5:30 a.m. physical training and a strict schedule all through the day. After almost a week of preparation, the groups set out with the Gold team being the first out, being transported down to Sandy Point. The Silver and Bronze groups followed a few days later. During the next few days the youth had to set up camp in the wilds and navigate their way to the lighthouse at Hole-in-the-Wall. The youth, while accompanied by certi fied and trained leaders, including a medic, had to work on their own and together to survive in the wilds. This was an arduous adventure for all as they strived to achieve their goals. Many miles were covered on the expedition with the Gold Team racking up 50-60 miles trekked over five days, all the while carrying their back packs laden with tents, clothing and food. Jacquetta Lightbourne-Maycock is a Nassau-based volunteer who has been involved with the award programme for nearly a decade. She said that the youth learn valuable skills while out in the wilds. They learn to work as a team, with people they never knew before and many work to solve personal issues that may have imped ed their growth before. Most importantly, they learned that they can achieve what seems to be insurmountable goals. The youth learn that they can push themselves further than they thought possible, and the sense of accomplishment and success make them feel very proud and confident. It bodes well for their future as adults as they can use the skills learned in this pro gramme.GGYA youth complete adventure on AbacoOne hundred twenty youth from several islands that are members of the Governor Gen eral Youth Award program did their wilderness hike in South Abaco the beginning of July. By completing this project, they progress in the system, qualifying them for more advanced awards. CorrectionsWe would like to correct several errors in the July 1 issue of The ABaconian. The program to help teenage girls in Central Abaco should have been the Esther Meeting, not the Esther Network. The Cherokee resident who was selling watermelons in Marsh Harbour is Hank Weatherford. Rev. Willish Johnson was inducted as the first Bahamian woman rector in the Anglican Church. We regret these errors.


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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian July 15, 2011 Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay Specialists For details and pictures visit our web page at Marcellus Roberts Broker Everett Pinder Sales Associate ATLANTIS 2118 When entering this 2bed/2 bath unit you immediately feel a comfortable home-like atmosphere. Open living/dining/kitchen over looks the marina/dock. The covered patio offers a refreshing sea-breeze throughout this unit. $449,183 + 8.5% closing Beautiful decorated furnished. 12ft wide dock space, directly in front of condo. $440,825 + 8.5% closing CARLETON LANDING LOTS Starting at $550,000 DOLPHIN HOUSE Comfortable, well designed, fully furnished CBS home has 2 bed/ 2 baths with large kitchen/ living/dining room facing deep water canal. Includes dock REDUCED %699,000 + 8.5% closing FISH TALES Unique canal front 3 bed/ 3 bath home on 2 full lots, 180 waterfront with 118 serviced dock, deep water, great for larger boat. PALM BAY Unit 3 Located on Anchorage Estates. Fully furnished. Lower level 4 bed/ 3 bath attached garage. $856,250 plus purchasers closing fees Unit 5 Waterfront Townhouse fully furnished. Lower level 2 bed/ 2 bath with garage. Upper level master bed with ensuite bath/living/ dining/ kitchen/lanai, powder room. Dock, 25 Carolina skiff w/250 HP Evinrude engine GEO Tracker, golf cart $1,200,000 + 8.5% MARINA VIEW VILLA Recently completed delightful villa with great VACANT LOTSSALE! SALE! SALE!17.5% DISCOUNT ON ALL TREASURE CAY SINGLE FAMILY LOTS BEACH PROPERTIESBEACH VILLAS #583 Not only a 2 bed/2 bath unit but an entire room ad dition creating a living room area which allows a full dining space. Another feature is a large screened-in porch. #648 2 bed/2 bath Garden Villa located in the popular resi dential community of Beach Villa Subdivision, a short walk to the pool and the world famous Treasure Cay beach. REDUCED $286,250 + 8.5% closing BAHAMA BEACH CLUB bed/ 3 bath/Den/Lanai/onsite pool and many other features. Resale Downstairs unit 3 bed/ 2 bath with den/optional 4th features including garage and Ford Taurus. DREAM POINT Special CBS split level home located on a corner lot near The Point with two choices of direct beach access. Upper level has master bedroom with ensuite bath plus two guest bdrooms and bath. On the split level there is the main entry into a large open living/dining area, modern well equipped kitchen. All rooms open onto a wrap-around partially covered deck overlooking the garden. Ground level REDUCED $744,250 + 8.5% closing OCEAN VILLA 2 bed/ 2 bath villa facing garden and pool are. Tropical privacy hedge offers real home atmosphere. Steps from the beach. Fully furnished. Many special features. ROYAL POINCIANA TOWNHOUSES units directly on Treasure Cay beach each totaling 3 bed/ 4 1/2 baths plus loft bedroom/den. Ground floor garage,, 2 bed/ 2 baths with ocean front patio, First floor open concept living/dining/kitchen plus master bedroom suite, all ocean views with patio/balcony Lotf bedroom/den with THE COTTAGES Now the newest ocean front development on Treasure Cay Starting at $595,000 + 12% TREASURE HOUSE bath home. REDUCED MLS $350,000 + 8.5% TRIDENT/TURQUIOSE SEAS You cannot be more on the beach than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 3 1/2 bath in the main house with detached garage / bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widows walk. WOW! MLS $1,999,000 + 8.5% closing CROSS WINDS greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ util OTHER Lot 10, Block 182 16,660 sq. ft. steps from the beach $235,000 + 8.5% Potential Development Property Treasure Cay and T.C airport. Running from highway north to the sea. 180 on the water front and 165 roadside, 1500 road to water. Prime property that can be subdivided, commer cial and housing/condos or subdivide into lots, commercial and residential. ABBREVIATION CODE FGS Full gross or all-inclusive price MLS Multiple Listing, list price plus buyers closing Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information. We not only sell here, we live here and love it. marina view and access. Modern 2 bed/ 2 bath CBS fully furnished home, 1020 sq. ft. plus porches and garden area. Must see to appreciate. $399,000 +8.5% closing ROYAL PALM 2333 2 bed/ 2 bath lower unit with marina view. 12ft. Boat slip with 12,000lb lift. Never rented. $601,125 +8.5% closing 2481 Phase II, upper unit 3 bed/ 3bath fullyy CANALS END Located on Galleon bay canal this real island living rustic home comprises two storeys with 2980 combined sq. ft. Upper level 2 bed/2 bath office/3 bed option. Fully furnished. Lower level closed in presently garage/work shop. Seeing is believing. Many other features. $503,800 + 8.5% closing MARINA/CANAL PROPERTIES


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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian July 15, 2011 Abaco Sunday Thursday open until 7 pm Friday and Saturday open until 9 pm South Abaco News Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderFinal Figures for Cherokee Day 2011Cherokee Day 2011 raised $18,000 after expenses. This final figure is due to a less than expected turnout with extra expenses amounting to more than we anticipated. But, has anyone noticed that six new por table plastic banquet tables were purchased to replace some of the older damaged ones. The Committee also bought 40 new steel and cloth folding chairs for the W.W. Sands Community Center plus a second marble plaque on the front of the building honouring the committee members who took on the monumental task of rebuild ing the old school so that we could all enjoy it. Half the funds raised will go towards le gal fees incurred by one of our residents in a lawsuit. Some will be used to purchase a replacement barbecue grill for the commu nity and a commercial-size fogger to hope fully alleviate our troublesome mosquito problem (that some people say we have).Emergency fund is set upIn addition, at the present time the Cherokee Day 2011 Committee is seeking legal counsel in setting up an Emergency Medical Fund to help in life-threatening acci dent or major disaster cases. And because they are just starting this fund, it is impor tant that the public be aware that this fund cannot assist existing or on-going medical problems, but hopefully will be in place and solvent to assist our residents when the need arises should we experience a major weather disaster (such as happened in Haiti three years ago or the fire storm that raced through our own community in 1933 burning 17 homes to the ground). This fund cannot grow on its own and will have to be replenished and added to from time to time. However, the purpose of the Emergency Medical Fund is our trying to be prepared in some small way to help ourselves if a a disaster hits Cherokee and there may be no one to help us but ourselves. Cherokee has always been very fortu nate and has many friends, friends who have always come through for us. Many have some connection to Cherokee either through family or friends. But sadly we are losing many of these old friends. And, of course, we cannot forget our second ho meowners and annual visitors who keep coming back year after year who are as close as or closer than some of our family. But will todays visitors make a connection with the people of Cherokee or Abaco that our visitors of the past have experienced ? I wonder. And, as many of you know, new friends are not easy to find. Hopefully, we have told our old friends how much we have appreciated their support over the years and how they are part of the reason why Cherokee is such a neat and clean little community and why visitors stop al most every day to tell us that. They say its never too late to say thank you, and we want all our friends who helped us celebrate Cherokee Day 2011 know how much we still need and appreci ate them.Police Crime ReportStealing from a Shop On July 4 an unidentified female was caught stealing in a shop on Don MacKay Boulevard.. Later that day an officer arrested a Treasure Cay resident who was charged with the offence. She was released on bail. Road Safety Is Everyones Responsibility


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Page 16 Section B The Abaconian July 15, 2011 By Craig Layman and Jacob Allgeier Tidal creeks and wetlands, along with associated mangrove stands and seagrass beds, are woven deeply into the Bahamian ecological, economic and cultural fabric. They are critical nurseries for numerous invertebrate and fish species, providing the primary habitat for juvenile organisms to feed and grow before they migrate to coral reefs and other near shore environments as adults. For example, adult populations of Nas sau Grouper and crawfish would be criti cally depleted without existing wetland habitats. Adults of other important organ isms are also common in these wetland ecosystems. The bonefish recreational fishery alone may bring millions of dollars annually to Abaco, and conching is central to Bahamian culture. The other ecosystems services wetlands and mangroves provide are numerous, ranging from carbon storage (impor tant in the context of global warming) to shoreline protection during hurricanes. It would be easy to build a case that, along with coral reefs, these are the most impor tant ecosystems on Abaco and throughout The Bahamas. Yet tidal creeks and wetlands are in creasingly threatened by human activities. Primary threats include direct removal of mangroves for development, dredging for ports and marinas, pollution, and blocking tidal flow through road construction. The effects of these human activities are apparent to many on Abaco and have been sci entifically documented by scientists from Florida International University along with local partners Friends of the Environment, The Nature Conservancy and Bahamas National Trust. Much effort has focused on understand ing effects of blocking tidal creeks through road construction, as the subsequent de crease of tidal flow has been shown to drastically alter plant and animal commu nities. Blocked tidal creeks shift from func tioning as critical nursery habitats, to areas that only support trapped animals that can not provide offspring to support regional populations. To this end, restoration has become a critical component of conservation efforts in the country. In the context of blocked wetland systems, restoration involves adding culverts or bridges to allow for natural water flow and movement of organisms. Projects at Cross Harbour, Broad Creek near Camp Abaco and Little Abaco illus trate the opportunities and challenges inherent in such projects. The most successful restoration project in The Bahamas was completed in April 2006 in Cross Harbour near the Abaco National Park in southwest Abaco. This wetland system is absolutely critical for the function of the entire marine environment in this portion of the island. No other wetlands exist for dozens of miles, that is, from the Marls along the west side of the island to the Cherokee creek system on the east side. Decades ago a logging road was built along the north branch of the Cross Harbour Creek, blocking dozens of acres of wetland. Prior to the restora tion, the system was essentially a shallow swamp with just a few fishes trapped on the blocked side. Today, a quick walk through the previ ously blocked area will reveal hundreds, if not thousands, of juvenile snapper and blue crabs. Wading bird densities have increased substantially. Prior to the res toration, the historic channel was less than a foot deep; now, at high tide, one can kayak from the road all the way to the ocean. Using an acoustic fish-tagging technology, we have demonstrated fishes moving from above the road, through the culverts and out to the ocean (over a mile). In addition to a model for res toration success, Cross Harbour is a vi tal system for many other reasons. More than 75 species of fish have been identi fied in the creek itself, ranging from ju veniles of reef fishes to larger transient species such as permit and spotted eagle rays. Bonefish have been documented as moving from the Marls to the Cross Harbour area (over a 40 mile trip), pre sumably to spawn. Obviously, the Cross Harbour system is a national treasure and model ecosystem that deserves long-term protection. The most recent restoration project, Broad Creek at Witchs Point (near Camp Abaco), was a similar success, albeit in somewhat different ways. The formerly blocked upstream area was often colonized by fishes, presumably through underground connections. Yet these fishes were permanently trapped, and fish kills, i.e., large fish die-offs due to summer or winter temperature extremes, were common. Although the new tidal connection is not as deep as in the Cross Harbour project (because the elevation of the upstream portion of the creek is much higher than Abaco Creek Restoration: Please see Tidal Creeks Page 17 Two creek restoration projects in the past few years have included more than 600 students from local schools. The first project at Cross Harbour in South Abaco has made a dramatic difference in the number of species and the number of fish in the wetland. Shown here are students clearing mangroves so the water can flow as it did before a causeway cut off acres of a tidal creek. SU NSHI NE CLEANERSCarpet & Furniture Cleaning Vehicle Detailing Cleaning Products Pressure Cleaning Boat Interior Cleaning Commercial Cleaning Tile & Grout Cleaning Vinyl Flooring Care Window Cleaning SPECIALIZING IN:


July 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 at Cross Harbour), the increased connec tion between the tidal creek and the near shore environment has important implica tions. The connection will allow juveniles of many invertebrates and fish (namely blue crabs and shad) to utilize the new habitat, then move downstream of the road at high tide. These species are important food items for other animals and should enhance production of local snapper and bonefish populations. Increases in blue crab and shad prey will also help support one of the most diverse and abundant water bird communities on the island. On the highest of tides, snapper, tarpon and other fishes upstream will be able to move through the channel and out to the ocean. Finally, periodic fish kills should be less likely, as the new tidal con nection will help mediate temperature and other physical conditions. And dont worry if the upstream area is largely dry at times. This is exactly what would have been seen years before the road was built, as the upper reaches of tidal creeks are typically only flooded on high tides. Looking to the future, government has committed to carry out the largest proj ect to date replacing the causeway between Great Abaco and Little Abaco with a bridge. This is an exciting opportunity to, on a much larger scale, help reverse many of the negative impacts that were driven by the road construction (effects that local people have long discussed). Within just 100 yards of the road on the north side, 48 species of fish have been documented; less than a third of these species are found on the south side. The typical seagrass of The Bahamas turtle grass has been almost com pletely replaced by two other species on the south side, a floral shift clearly indica tive of human impact. The entire area has filled with sediment, decreasing water depths. And fish migrations through the channel obviously are now impossible; it is unknown what effect this had on impor tant species such as Nassau Grouper and mutton snapper. The restoration is an opportunity to remedy all of these undesirable outcomes. Yet, importantly, the restoration must be carried out in the appropriate manner to ensure ecological benefits are maximized. Dredge spoil and sediment that result from such a project may cause long term harm. It is critical that the spoil must be placed appropriately and damage to existing man grove and seagrass habitats minimized. In this sense, community involvement is extremely important to help ensure that this project has the appropriate environ mental oversight. After all, the primary goal of the project is to improve the local environment, not cause more harm. Primarily a result of such strong com munity support and participation, the previous Abaco projects have become a model for wetland restoration a model that has been recognized internationally and will influence conservation policy throughout The Bahamas and the entire Caribbean re gion. It is something everyone on the island can be proud of. The hope is that these projects serve as another reminder of the incredible natural resources that Abaco possesses as well as demonstrating the resilience of the coastal environment. The restorations are a clear example of how we can all make a dif ference in managing and protecting these critically important ecosystems. It is essential that wetland protection, conservation and restoration remain as top priorities as The Bahamas continues to develop in an environmentally-sustainable fashion. Students from Florida International University are looking north on the road to Little Abaco. Government is planning to replace the causeway with a bridge that will allow the natural flow of water. This should increase the fish population of the area. But it is important that damage is not done by the dredging. Student monitoring of the area will provide a baseline from which to assess the changes that follow the restoration project.Where we have been and where we are goingTidal Creeks From Page 16 Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour Open 7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm F riday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979


Page 18 Section B The Abaconian July 15, 2011 Mammograms OfferedFor Appointments Call 367-0020Extended Care (After Hours) Call 577-0113A General Practioner is on staff Monday through Saturday Dr. Matthew Orem -Chiropractor Dr. Paul Hunt Pediatrician, Asthma and Allergy Testing Dr. Frumentus Leon Obstetrician Gynecologist Dr. K.J.A. Rodgers Ophthamologist Dr. Duranda Ash Ophthamologist Dr. Neely -Physical Therapy Ms. Nikeia Watson Mammogram Fishermens & Taxi Drivers Health Fair July 30The funeral service for der 64, of Sandy Point was held on July 9 at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Sandy Point. Rev. Napoleon Roberts officiated assisted by other ministers. Interment was in the Public Cemetery in Sandy Point. He is survived by his daughters Cindy Russell, Samantha Swan, Lydia Wells, Can dice, Beryl and Donnette Pinder; sons Curtis, Ricardo and Donavan Pinder and Otis Greene; grandchildren Whitley and Adrian Russell, Jr., Cashmar, Kamir, Reckley, Tyshia, Aliyaah, Angelo, Chrissie, Esther, La Donrick, Sabrina and Camiron; sister Jennymea Garland; broth ers Shervin, Freeman and Phillip Pinder; uncles Morris Bain and Solomon Lightbourne; aunts Manvella Lightbourne, Re mella, Rosales, Rachel Garcia, Jean and Evelyn Bain; sister-in-law Lula and Loraine Burrows, Julia McKinney, Michelle Lightbourne and Marjorie Johnson; brothers-in-law Robert and Basil McKinney, Ar thur Lightbourne and Ivan Richard; sonsin-law Adrian Russell Sr., Gervais Swan and Allantino Wells; nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for 70, of Murphy Town who died at her resi dence on June 27, was held on July 9 at Bethany Gospel Chapel in Murphy Town. Bishop Bert Livingstone Williams Jr. offi ciated assisted by Rev. Christopher Dean. Interment was in the Public Cemetery in Murphy Town. She is survived by her daugh ter Adamae Deveaux Guillaume; granddaughter Tajah Deveaux; brother Theophilus Swain; nieces Geletha Archer, Christine Maingot, Michelle Da vis, Mavis McQueen, Era Gibson, Rose, Sylvia and Petline Green, Virginia Curry and Cathy Owen; nephews Rolston McKen zie, Lennox Greene, Hubert Russell, Ricky Riley, Alvin Strachan, Kenneth Bastian, Gary Alexis, Ricardo Brown, Ray Pratt and Leon Swain; aunt Edith Taylor; son-in-law Francis Guillaume; nieces; grandnephews; great-grandnieces and nephews; nieces-inlaw Maggie McKenzie, Kayla Riley, Sha ron Bastian, Rosea Alexis, Edith Brown and Jerry Pratt; nephews-in-law Wayne Archer, Oswald (David) Maingot, Athley Davis, Ernest Gibson and Errol Curry; god-children Karen Antonio and Lulamae Fritz; and many other relatives and friends. The late Ross, age 66 of Tilloo Cay, passed away on July 2 in Nassau. A memorial service will be held on at 4 p.m. on July 25 at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. Officiating will be Truman Major. He is predeceased by his father Roscoe W. Thompson Sr. He is sur vived by his mother Dorthea Thompson; wife Jane Thompson; sons Roscoe Thompson III, Jason Thompson and Jeffrey Thomp son; daughters-in-law Sophia Thompson, Lori Thompson and Sheena Thopmson; grandchildren Kimberley Rivet, Alex Thompson, Britni Thompson, Roscoe Thompson IV Rocky, Dylan Thompson, Alyse Thompson and Leah Thompson; sister Bonnie Hazelwood; brother-in-law Fred Hazelwood; sister-in-law Candace Key; nephew Rick Hazelwood; nieces Marnie Hazelwood Reid, Kristy Knowles, Rebecca Knowles, Peter and Tiffany Diamantis; uncles Chester Thompson and Roy Newbold, Sr.; aunts Tootise Thomp son and Joan Thompson; cousins Chris Thompson, Cathy OKelleher, Lenny Thompson, Terry Curry, Gail Schaper, Bill Thompson, Phillip Thompson, Janet Schill, Steven Thompson, Bruce Thomp son, Ricky Thompson, Sharon Johnston, Bridget Barsteller, Robin Thompson, Julie Anna Mahelis, Christina Cox, Sharon Roberts, Loree Sawyer, Roy Newbold Jr., Gaylord Newbold, Ray Pyfrom, Richard Pyfrom, Janie Pyfrom; and many other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum in Hope Town in remembrance of Roscoe Thompson, Jr., Ross. Donald Pinder Sylvia Swain Roscoe Thompson Jr. Obituaries of Family and Friends


July 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 News of the Youth 13 Little Miss Abaco contestants were unveiled By Samantha V. Evans Thirteen contestants ages 8 to 13 were unveiled as candidates in the Little Miss Abaco Pageant on June 26 at the Method ist Hall in Dundas Town. The Little Miss Abaco Pageant will take place on August 7 will crown one queen Little Miss Abaco. In preparation for today, the girls had two weeks of training with the focus being on self introduction and modeling. Their training will continue with etiquette training, talent, dance and modeling. They practice at Central Abaco Primary School every Thursday and Saturday.Liturgical Dance Training By Samantha V. Evans Liturgical Dance is popular in churches today as it is another way for persons to praise and worship. On June 28 teen danc ers Raven and Raysheca Hanna were on Abaco to engage in three weeks of Liturgi cal Dance Ministry Training. These teen agers have been dancing for many years and due to their gift of dance, their parents enrolled them in dance training. Be sides ballet and liturgical dancing they also dance hip-hop, Junkanoo and jazz. They taught the basic steps of ballet and praise dancing to students during their time of training. The students learned how to have proper posture and learn various moves for fast and slow songs. Their goal was to teach young people how to dance properly and to help improve their knowl edge of dancing on all levels. The dance training was held at Central Abaco Primary School on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.Business Exposure Camp By Samantha V. Evans In an effort to empower more young people who are undecided in their career choice, Bekera Taylor is hosting a Busi ness Exposure Camp August 1-5th at Camp Abaco. The program is open to all youth ages 14 to 18. After one week of camp there will be a one month job place ment for all persons who were a part of the program. Individuals that do well will be given job opportunities and scholarships to help in their advancement. The cost of the camp is $150 all inclusive. Campers will learn home econom ics, agriculture, money management, and gifts of the spirit. The presenters will be Princess Williams, Vashti Johnson, Clare Bastian and Cynthia Wood. Deadline to register is July 20th. Interested persons can call 458-6314.Abaco scores stunning victories at the Bahamas Open Judo TournamentThe Abaco Judo team stunned the Ba hamas judo world by winning five gold, five silver and seven bronze medals at the Bahamas Open held in Nassau on June 18. These results far exceeded that of any other team in the country and solidify Abacos position as the dominant team in the na tion. This accomplishment is even more impressive as no team member has more than two years of study. The Abaco players fought against much more experienced and higher ranked opponents in every division and were triumphant. Girls Super Light Deondra Wilkinson Gold John Pintard Silver Kevon Lockhart Gold, Brad Cooper Silver Jonathan Strachan Gold, Azzari Simmons Silver, Dekembe Wilkinson Bronze Jerone Burrows Bronze, Je rome Burrows Silver Desmondo Bootle Silver, Desmond Bootle Bronze Boys Middle Alex Nixon Silver, Maxi mus Andrews Gold Lavaughn Forbes Bronze, Ozeke Swain Bronze, Ashton Forbes Gold Rebecca Strachan Sil ver The Abaco Judo team amazed everyone with its wins in the Bahamas Open Judo Tourna ment. The training for this group began only two years ago, yet they came home with many medals.


Page 20 Section B The Abaconian July 15, 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 $656,000 Vacant 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 million Marsh 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 Rocks Two Storey Commercial Building comprises of First Floor 4 (1) bed 1 bath and six Main Rd. Appraisal TBA Marsh Harbour Two Storey Commercial Building Complex contains 10 commercial units Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Har bour. Appraisal $953,970 By Mirella Santillo For the past several months local entre preneurs have been collecting scrap metal around the island to have it shipped out. A barge loaded with five thousand tons of metal left Parkers Landing in Murphy Town last year, supposedly on its way to Tampa. Another large barge loaded with scrap metal that had been stored in Murphy Town left Parkers Landing on June 22 for Florida. The fires that blazed through the island in the spring have conveniently exposed a mul titude of pieces of discarded equipment valu able for recycling. Since then, scrap metal collection sites have developed throughout Abaco and trucks loaded with rusty metal have been seen driving along the highway on their way to either Snake Cay, Parkers Landing or the Treasure Cay ferry dock. As previously, local people are involved with collecting the scrap metal with bulldozers, then truck it to the ports. But the people involved on the shipping end and where the metal is being shipped seems to be a mystery. Rumors have it that foreign ers are involved. Ridding the island of the disabled appli ances, cars, trucks, backhoes, bulldozers, cranes and various pieces of equipment that have been abandoned over the years is a very commendable endeavor, all the more worth it if someone local is making money in the process. However, an un pleasant consequence has emerged from the process, a consequence that is affecting the whole community. Because the entities involved in recycling are buying the metal that is brought to them, especially copper and stainless steel, people have started stripping wires and stealing equipment for resale. Getting rid of all the junk metal scat tered over Abaco is going to be a long pro cess. We will see many more barges leav ing our shores. Scrap metal is being collectedThis barge left last month with a load of scrap metal probably headed to Florida. Al though operations such as this are ridding Abaco of much junk, there are more and more incidents that metal, especially copper, is being stolen. Five containers were broken into on at the site of Lindar Industries, a lumber mill that was being set up. The two containers in the picture were full of eqiupment and supplies that were stolen during the day. Their operation is on the road leading into the BAIC farm sites. The value of the stolen good is estimated at more than $100,000. The Lindar Industries lumber mill site south of Spring City was vandalized and thieves stole supplies and equipment in ex cess of $100,000. We were set to begin limited production of lumber at the end of July but due to the loss of equipment will not be able to do so, according to owner Rob Roman. Five trailers were broken into. Two of them were full of equipment essential to the sawmill operation including chain saws, dehydration units for the new kiln building, electric welder, test equipment, copper wire, generators, sawmill compo nents and much more The trailers were left almost empty. The theft occurred between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Some of the supplies weighed almost 3000 pounds so the thieves must have had equipment there to move the heavy items. 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 Lindar lumber mill was vandalized Remember Conservation begins with YOU


July 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 21 Best Investment in Little Harbour $279,000 1-772-519-9925 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 APART MENTS Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale RENTAL HOUSES AND APART MENTS PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR LEASE tastefully furnished 3 bed 2 bath house, central air, beach views, 15 mins from Marsh Harb. $1,200/mon. Ph. 367-2431 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 5770748 Marsh Harbour, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, water included, $1100/mo. Call Mrs. Green at 367-2660 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 Marsh Harbour, Sweetings Village, 2 bed/1bath private home call Lydia at 577-0016 Marsh Harbour Short term, daily & weekly rental. Located near Great Abaco Beach Re sort. Contact 367-0333, 559-8538 or 458-5137 2 lots, side by side. Section 2, block 9. Call 242-554-9747 or 242367-3216 Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales. Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at Little Abaco, 6.25 acre waterfront lot in north Abaco. Asking $49,000. A GREAT DEAL! Call 366-0797 or 242-427-5316 3 bed, 2 bath home, metal roof with some ocean views. 9x 50 covered front porch & 7x13 covered back porch. 30KW diesel generator, central A/C, 13x103 driveway. 2 min walk to Atlantic beach, 3 min walk from harbour. Furniture included. Ask ing $295,000. Call 365-6051 or 477-5171 7,000 sq ft lot for sale on main highway, across from big gate. Call 365-6051 or 477-5171 Canal front property with 111 dock, boat lift, davits, cleaning station, & 26 Mako with twin Yamaha 150, 4-stroke; $375,000. Call 305-245-6043 or hquin1902@ Pineapple Point Resort. Exclu sive Luxury Waterfront 2 & 3 bedroom condos with docks. Perfect location at the entrance to Treasure Cay Marina. Prices starting in the low $500s 242-458-3521 or 1-800-545-0395 Come see us at the end of Marina View Dr. Luxury Holiday Vacation and long term RENTALS also avail able! Condo Furnished 2 bed/ 1 bath. A/C, internet ready. Ideal for student/s. Security on grounds. Bus stop at entry. 15 min from PB Community College. Short walk to major shopping & restaurants. Call 242-365-4636 days, 242-365-4218 evenings. Reduced from $75,000 to $65,000 Yellowwood Area, over looking the sound. House & lot, cottage & lot. Lots 100x100. OWNER FINANCING. Call 242-376-5422. PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE FOR RENT OR SALE Buying? Selling?Want more business? A low cost ad like thiscan bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201 3 bed, 2 bath, kitchen, living room, dining room, car garage, back patio and efficiency with 1 bed & living quarters. Call 242-324-5839 or 242-324-6631 (Near Winding Bay) 2 bed/1 bath furnished cottage, built 2008, new appliances. A/C. $700/mo. Includes wa ter. OR For Sale $149K. Contact neilhingle@ or call 359-6201 or 386-453-7495 WANTED TO BUY Commercial Properties or Acerage in Abaco. Fast CASH buyer. Send location and asking price to AbacoLand@hotmail. com. for long term lease. Approx 1/3 acre, located on Pelican Shores next to Outboard Shop. In cludes boat ramp, dock space, office & work space. Ideal for boat rental, boat storage and repair. Available Aug 15, 11. Call 367-2833, 367-5958. 577-6943 or 577-6213 2 bed, 2 bath unfurnished villa for rent on Ocean Blvd Also 2 bed, 1.5 bath beach cottage, fully furnished, A/C & W/D. Call 365-4105. The following apply primarily to nonBahamians. The catch limit for migratory species has been increased to a maximum of 18 fish aboard a vessel at any time. This in cludes kingfish, dolphin, tuna, and wahoo. All billfish caught must be released unharmed back into the sea unless caught under the provisions of an approved sportfishing tournament. This includes marlin, sailfish and swordfish. Vessels holding a sportfishing license may now have six conch and ten craw fish on board. No turtle is allowed under any circumstances. Also allowed are 60 pounds or 20 fish, whichever is less, of demersal or bot tom feeding fish. This includes grouper, snapper, grunts and similar species. Fishery resources caught in an ap proved tournament may be legally taken out of the country. It is still illegal to use trigger-operated spear guns or to fish while using com pressed air or scuba equipment. Foreigners are advised to leave the crawfish drops or condos alone which are placed by Bahamian fishermen. Ba hamian fishermen are very possessive of their condos and do not take kindly to anyone plundering these artificial shelters. If in doubt, consult with a Fisheries officer in Marsh Harbour in the Port Administration building or in Coopers Town. Sportfishing licenses are normally received as part of the package foreign boaters obtain from Customs on entering The Bahamas. Those arriving by aircraft must obtain the license from the Marine Resources office either in Marsh Har bour or Coopers Town. opens August 1 By Canishka Alexander On June 21 Fisheries Officer Carroll Laing of the Departmet of Marine Re sources was accompanied by Cpl. Cole brooke when they spotted a Florida resi dent at Grand Cay in possession of eight whole fresh crawfish during the closed season. He was also found with four undersized crawfish. On the same day another Florida resi dent was found by Fisheries Officer Laing and P.C. Moss in possession of four whole crawfish during the closed season as well as four undersized crawfish. The men pled guilty to both charges and were each ordered to pay a $3,000 fine or face a one-year imprisonment at Her Maj estys Prison. On the second charge, they were cautioned.Foreigners are caught with Police reminder to motorists: Slow down and live. Obey the speed limits. The life you save may be your own.


Page 22 Section B The Abaconian July 15, 2011 Business Service Directory Big Cat EquipmentRentals: Services: Abaco A & D Trucking Call us Timothy or Adele McDonald P.O. Box AB 20432, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Want More BUSINESS? Then what are you waiting for? Promote your business by placing a business classied. Call Us For More Information 367-2677 or 367-3200 A CAUSE FOR PAWSSpay, Neuter & Adopt(Nicholas & Angie Lowe)We would like to share with everyone what we have done in the past six months. We have spayed and neutered 40 dogs, rescued 24 dogs that either were homeless or being abused, and we have rescued 75 puppies. At total of 139. We aim to continue to do as much as we can. We would like to encourage everyone to please spay and neuter your pets. If you need help doing this by transporting them to the vet or need help with the cost, we are happy to help. We are willling to help any and all animals in Abaco to get spayed and neutered. and saving more babies from being born to this hard life. Thanks to everyone who supported our fundraiser which we had this past March. We would like to say a special thanks to Craig Roberts at Bahama Beach Club and his staff for all the help! Donations are always needed and appreciated. If you would like to make a donation or need help getting your animals spayed or neutered, please call 365-8458 or 475-0695. Lung cancer has taken another one of my patients and a friend. I have had too many patients die from this terrible disease and I would like to talk about smoking in this article. Here are some interesting facts about cigarettes that I found. 1. Cigarettes contain arsenic, formal dehyde, lead, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia and 43 known cancer causing agents. 2. Urea, a chemical compound that is a major component in urine, is used to add flavour to cigarettes. 3. Half of all smoking-related deaths occur between the ages of 35 and 69 which translates into an average of roughly 23 years of life lost. 4. Each year more Americans die from smoking-related diseases than from AIDS, drug abuse, car accidents and homicides combined. 5. Smoking harms not just the smoker but also family members, coworkers, and others who breathe the smokers cigarette smoke. This is called second-hand smoke. These are some sad facts which so many people choose to ignore when they pick up a cigarette. In my experience smokers do not think about the effects of their choices on the loved ones around them. My father smoked and died at 67. Many smokers miss out on so many things. My father never saw my youngest son born, and my patient who just passed away will not see his grandson graduate primary school let alone get married. My children and so many other children will never have a grandfather or grandmother to talk to or learn from. Smokers claim to love their families. and yet they actively pursue a habit which will take them from those they love. On average a smoker will die years be fore they ever should. I dont know about you, but each day, month or year of life is a blessing. We should cherish every mo ment we can especially when we can experience the beauty of this world with those we love. Why take up a habit that will shorten your life? What most smokers do not think about is that we as children or loved ones have to watch them slowly die from a disease that did not have to happen. I can tell you there are many emotions you feel when you lose a parent to smoking, includ ing anger because they did not seem to love us enough to quit. A plea to all smokers out there Please quit! Spend just one second thinking about the long-term effects of what you are doing today. Cigarettes kill and that is a fact.Cigarettes kill please quit smokingYour HealthBy Canishka Alexander Nine Boy Scout Troops attended the brief ceremony for the Blessing of the Fleet on last month at the Moorings in Marsh Harbour. Capt. Kim Cansler was along side Pastor Robin Weatherford aboard his boat as he prayed a blessing over the Boy Scouts of Americas High Adventure ex pedition. The roster for the Sea Base Fleet 2011 lists nine vessels: Pellucid, Lazy Days, Shearwater, Natures Way, Sunshine, Observation, Serenity, Conch West and Kiskeedee The Sea Scouts of Central Abaco were present with their instructor Lee Johnson on the inauguration of their initial troop. Mr. Johnson was excited for the opportu nity of mingling with Boy Scouts of America and in creating a bridge to forge closer ties with each other. Getting the Bahamian and American Scouts to intermingle was one of Capt. Canslers goals, and the Bahamian Scouts will soon be given the opportunity to go on a sailing trip together. Capt. Cansler explained that the Bahamas High Adventure Sea Base was estab lished by Joe Maggio more than 25 years ago, and that she was currently in her third season as director. She and her husband Steve Cansler own a vessel, Natures Way, in the fleet. According to Capt. Cansler, the Bahamas High Adventure Sea Base season begins in February and continues until mid-August. So the Canslers see hundreds of scouts over the summer. In fact, Capt. Cansler said there are 100 scouts sailing on Abaco on average each week. Meanwhile, Bruce McCormick and Mike Noia of Granite Bay, California, were just wrapping up a week-long trip sailing Abacos waters coupled with a number of water activities. They had en joyed a father-son voyage with their sons, Matthew McCormick and Chris Noia, and eight others. Some of the crew were also Eagle Scouts, which meant that they had earned 21 merit badges, completed 200 hours of labour and taken on a leadership role with the planning and execution of a major project. Among the crew members of the Colo rado Springs-based Troop were Roger Duncan and his son Breighton Duncan. Roger said it was his first international experience in the 18 years he has been in volved in Scouts, and he pointed out that it was a great opportunity for the Scouts. These kids have the whole world in front of them, and scouting is going to help them see new things and get new experi ences theyre never going to get anywhere else and it will build future leaders. As for Breighton, he said, It was awe some; its one of the coolest adventures Ive ever been on. takes place for Boy Scouts The Bahamas High Adventure Sea Base is a Scout program that brings Scout troops to Abaco to live aboard a sailboat to learn sailing techniques. The Scouts enjoy water ac tivities and visiting the cays. This year the program is using nine boats with the program running six months, each week bringing nine Scout Troops. This picture shows Pastor Robin Weatherford blessing the fleet.


July 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 23 photo. BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE SEEKING EMPLOYMENT MISCELLANEOUS HOUSE CONTENTS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE with 2 yr old 60hp Mercury, trailer, Bimini top & lots of extras. Refurbished at Albury Bros boat building. A hard to find, great riding boat in excellent condition. $9,800. Call 577-2277 center console, steering cables, completely redone from bow to stern with Awl-Grip. Has rigging for Yamaha. $4,700 OBO. Call 477-5991 w/trailer. Sept 08 New Yamaha F150, 4-stroke, 67 hrs. 2009 New Baystar hydraulic steering & much more! Well maintained, DUTY PAID! $20,000. 3658046 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 for sale, without en gines available now, with engines available Aug 15, 11. Call 367-2833, 367-5958, 5776943 or 577-6213 Honda 225HP, low hours. New Bimini top. $30,000 or best offer. Call 365-5148 Twin 200 Suzukis, low hours. Just serviced. $36,000 ONO. Call Aba co Suzuki at 367-3695 or 242-477-4168 fiberglass fast sailing hull. Solid rod rig. Various sails & spinnaker. Sleeps 5. Newer 15hp Honda. DUTY PAID. $4,900. call 850-519-1990 twin 225 Yamaha 4 stroke 2003, Furuno chart plotter, Icom VHF, 150 gal tanks, T-top and outriggers $45,000. Call 242-365-4648 Needs generator & forward clutch on one engine. In Treasure Cay. DUTY PAID. Reduced to $38,500 as is. Contact hat, 561-228-1424 or 365-8057 twin diesels A/C, generator. 50% for quick sale. Willing to accept property as part pay ment. Call 242-375-1317 VEHICLES FOR SALE WANTED TO BUY 3200cc, diesel. Grtcond, 74,000 mls. Rt hand drive, auto, ABS, fully loaded. Strong, comfortable, economical 7-seater. PRICE REDUCED, $17,000 ono call 367-3748 or 559-9057. 1500 series, V-6, 4 door & covered bed. Fully loaded. Call 5770390 or 367-5354 EMPLOYMENT Items for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats 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 with fast turnaround time and competitive pricing. Wide Lender Approval List. Call 577-0333 or email APPRAISALS COURSES Beautiful 8 seater & 4 seater dinning tables w/chairs, $1,400 & $950. 2-seater patio swing with Canopy $190. Call 559-9057 MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE Boulders for Sale, approx 4x4x3 ft. Contact 367-2833, 367-5958, 577-6943 or 577-6213. 8 CFM 5000 PSI Yanmar Diesel, two fill whips, 5 hrs total, new condition. Electric compressor also available. Any questions contact Les at 407-679-1212 or box and 2,200 watt BAMF amp. Asking $700.00. Call 477-5991 Farmer Needed, to work on farm in Marsh Harbour. For more information please call 365-8571 or 551-4436 6 weeks 9am, 6 weeks -12pm, 6 weeks 3pm. All courses $250 each. Saturdays starting July 30th at Cyber Learning Center. All ages. Call 367-5757 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 1100 Triple. Needs some work, have parts to fix it. Duty Paid. $1000 or $1500 w/trailer. Call 458-0821 Dauntless, center con sole, custom Bimini top & cushions, 40hp Mercury. $9,000.00, OBO. 242-365-6327 By Canishka Alexander At the end of the Every Child Counts Commencement and Awards Ceremony, Principal Lyn Major announced that three of the schools students would be attend ing the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. The event took place from June 25 to July 4, and on July 7, Tyler Davis, Ashwell Murray, Deange la Murray and their teacher Nicole Denardin returned home. Ms. Denardin said it had been an ex citing experience and that the students had done well at the Special Olympics. Overall, they had claimed a gold in the girls 4 x 1 relay, a fourth place finish in boys basketball, a third place in the girls 200 meter run and an eighth place in the girls 100 meter run. Although they performed well, Ashwell Murray said that the competition had been hard as he recalled how their competitors towered over their heads. Deangelas most memorable experience was visiting a mu seum in Greece where there were lots of pictures, going to the mall and the people she met while Denardin had a fun time exchanging country pins. The Special Olympics welcomed 7,000 athletes from 190 countries. All in all, The Bahamas garnered 23 medals, which was an awesome feat. Now the students of ECC have another four years to prepare them selves for the Special Olympics in Los Angeles in 2015.ECC students compete at 2011 Special Olympics in Greece Deangela, a student at Every Child Counts,won gold in the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Picture by Nicole Denardin 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. from 8/1-8/15 to go to Cherokee, Duck Key, Treeless Key and immediate area. Also interested in renting multiple jet skis. Anyone having a boat in good condition and interested in renting, contact or call 703-944-7993. WANTED TO RENT


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