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January 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 1 JANUARY 1st, 2012 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 Santa makes his annual trip to Cherokee SoundChildren are delighted with their special giftsThis year Santa was accompanied by Mrs. Claus in his stop in Cherokee Sound. Arriving in a sleigh, he made more than children happy as he gave out special gifts for some adults as well. Cherokee has kept this Christmas tradition for many years as this is the 65th year that Santa has made his visit to this small settlement. Helping him by reading out names was Hartis Pinder. By Lee Pinder Its Christmas Eve. The children are not snuggled in their beds, but sitting wideeyed with hopeful anticipation in a semicircle on the grass waiting for Santa to arrive in Cherokee Sound. We are always the first stop on his list, every 24th of December, and the children cannot wait for him to arrive. The community Christmas tree is excep tionally beautiful this year, decorated with old familiar ornaments, some handmade, lights and lots of tinsel. It is a native pine cut down earlier in the day by a group of Cherokee men and women who were once themselves gathered on the same grass waiting for Santa when they were small children. This same group has made the trek into the pine forest to get a tree year after year, like their fathers before them. This is a Cherokee tradition that has gone on unbroken since the early 1940s, except for one year during WWII, just before the war ended. Our little settlement of Cherokee, off the beaten track, at the end of a peninsular down a long and winding road (accessible only by boat until 1986) and many times excluded from local maps, has many traditions like this one, traditions we South Abaco opens its PLP headquarters Miss Abaco is a beauty from Moores Island The Progressive Liberal Party named its candidate for South Abaco at the opening of its constituency office in Marsh Harbour on Decemmber 10. Gary Sawyer will carry the banner for the party during the next election to be held in 2012. On Abaco for the occasion were several party leaders shown here. They included Obie Wilchcombe, PLP candidate for West End and Bimini; Bedell Russell, PLP candidate for Central Grand Bahama; Mr. Sawyer; the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, PLP leader; Philip Brave Davis, Deputy Leader of the PLP; and Renardo Curry, PLP candidate for North Abaco. See story on page 5. Please see Santa Page 2 By Samantha V. Evans The Miss Abaco Pageant was held at Abaco Beach Resort on December 18, the first such pageant held in many years on Abaco. Amid much anticipa tion and excitement the winner of the Miss Abaco Pageant was announced NeVandria Rolle from Moores Island. The first runner up was Vanessa Cornish while the second runner up was Shandi Lowe. Other winners were an nounced. The Miss Fitness Award was presented to Nyisha Tilus, the Best Body Award also went to Nyisha Tilus, Spokes Model Award went to NeVandria Rolle, Miss Popu larity Award went to Shandi Lowe, Miss Photogenic Award went to Junata Ance, Miss Congeniality Award went to Shandi Lowe and the Evening Gown Award went to NeVan dria Rolle. Miss Abaco will receive a multitude of prizes. She will travel to China for one month to represent the Ministry of Please see Pageant Page 6 NeVandria Rolle was crowned the new Miss Abaco in a ceremony on December 18. She will represent Abaco at a number of national and international events including being the first Bahamian to com pete in the Miss Tourism International Pageant.


Page 2 Section B The Abaconian January 1, 2012 are working hard to hold onto. This is one of the reasons people come back here ev ery year because it reminds them of their childhood. Santa arrives with pomp and circum stance on a motorized and lighted sleigh. This year he brought Mrs. Claus along with him as well as a jolly green Elf to escort him. The children are all agog, chil dren that range in age from six months to 60 years or more. Whispers abound and everyone cheers, Santa has arrived. He and Mrs. Claus climb down from their gaily decorated sleigh and quickly take their appointed seats at the side of the tree. Around the foot of the tree are hundreds of brightly-wrapped gifts which obviously Santa delivered earlier in the day anticipat ing his visit to Cherokee. Sitting in the midst of all the bright-eyed and excited children, is our friend, Dave Ralph. He has secured this prize location Santa From Page 1 so that he could be in the perfect position to capture a photo of the children as they come to collect their gifts. The name of the child is called out by Santas helper, Hartis Pinder, and his helper, Timothy Pinder. As a native son, Hartis comes back every year to help Santa to keep this tradition alive. One-by-one the gifts disappear from under the tree and cries are heard, Mommy, can I open my gift? Friends are catching up with friends, and everyone is enjoy ing themselves. With a light breeze, the weather is balmy and pleasant. I mention our lovely weather just to make our sec ond-home residents sick with envy, let ting them know that we are thinking of them and know they will be coming from up North as soon as they can. As I walk through the crowd, I see so many familiar faces and many new ones. I see people from Marsh Harbour, Yellow Wood, Ba hama Palm Shores, Casuarina Point, Lit tle Harbour, Bookies Bay, Treasure Cay, Man-O-War, Hope Town, Guana Cay, the U.S., Canada and parts unknown. After the last gift is given out, a big Hip, hip, hurrah is raised for Mr. and Mrs. Claus as they climb onto their sleigh and are whisked away. We get the feeling they do not want to leave us, but they are anxious to begin a very impor tant journey on this very important night of the year. However, the line has already formed and a lot of people are waiting patient Santa and Mrs. Claus received many hugs from appreciative children who received gifts from them during their visit to Cherokee Sound on Christmas Eve.Santas visit maintains Cherokees long traditionly outside the W.W. Sands Community Center across the street for the doors to open. Dinner is served. There is chicken souse, turkey, ham, stuffing and gravy, potato salad, baked macaroni n cheese (done only the way Bahamian cooks can do it), cabbage casserole, baked beans, cranberry jelly and a whole table of de licious desserts, sodas and waters. We estimate that well over 200 persons were served that night and Im sure no one went away hungry. Cherokee wants to thank Santa for continuing to make Cherokee First on his list. We also thank all those who worked so hard to make this event hap pen. But most of all we want to thank our loyal friends who make each year more memorable than the last. We are so glad you came, and we hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas.Progress continues on the new terminal The construction of the new terminal building at the Marsh Harbour airport continues. Along with the terminal building, the FES Con struction company is building a control tower and fire service building on the south side of the runway. The company has improved the road and parking areas so our visitors and residents are not in a constant quagmire. The road leading to Abaco Air and Cherokee Air is now being re-routed and paved. The new terminal is due to be completed late in 2012.


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January 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 By Timothy Roberts Despite intentions to close the chapter of his life in front-line politics, Gary Sawyer reconsidered when he was encouraged to run as Progressive Liberal Party candidate for Central and South Abaco by persons of all political persuasions and because of his concern with the direction the country is headed in. During the official opening of the PLPs Central and South Abaco constituency headquarters on December 10, Mr. Sawyer was joined by fellow party members who addressed the crowd of about 400. Mr. Sawyer vowed to bring true representation to Central and South Abaco, outlining a plan to move the constituency into the 21st Century and ensure that Aba conians get what is ours. He said that Abaco needs strategic planning for the organized development of our island com munities. Additionally, Abaco needs to review how we do business with local and foreign entrepreneurs to ensure that Bahami ans play a meaningful role. Mr. Sawyer said that the tax structure relating to imports, exports, second hom eowners, utilities and airlift to and from Aba co need to be reviewed and analyzed. And finally Abaco needs the creation and support of education and training initiatives to address the ability of our youth and adults to fully participate in our economy as well as to prevent the increase of unemployment and crime in the commu nities. We must en sure an even playing field for Bahamians in the local workplace, he said. Mr. Sawyer will bring a plan to the people that will include their ideas and their input that will help move Abaco toward the 21st century as he promised that he will be a voice in Parliament for Cen tral and South Abaco. Mr. Sawyer remind ed the audience that during the PLPs last administration, it was responsible for the cre ation of over 500 jobs on Abaco through the signing of deals with Bakers Bay and Wind ing Bay (The Abaco Club). Mr. Sawyer said the PLP has a proven track record. He added that he knows the peo ple of Abaco will make the right choice and every little thing will be alright! Mr. Sawyer, as well as other speakers, spoke about the downgrades to The Bahamas economic ratings by international groups, adding that the present govern ments fiscal policies have negatively im pacted families across the country. Party Leader, the Rt. Hon. Perry Chris tie, speaking to the excited crowd, said that Bahamians are looking for a party that be lieves in them, and that the PLP is that par ty. He told the crowd confidently that the PLP will form the next government of The Bahamas and encouraged Abaconians to be a part of that change. Mr. Christies echoed the sentiments of Mr. Sawyer, saying that the youth of the country are the future of our nation and they will be encouraged to succeed under a PLP lead government. Deputy Leader of the PLP, Philip Brave Davis, said that the PLP will introduce an aggressive policy to develop the Gary Sawyer highlights plans for Abaco Gary Sawyer, PLP candidate for the South Abaco Constitu ency, is surrounded by supporters. Long time supporter of the PLP, Virginia Russell was chosen to cut the ribbon to officially open the PLP South Abaco office in Marsh Harbour. Behind her is the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie and shown beyond her is Gary Sawyer. Gary Sawyer and Party Leader Perry Christie assured the crowd at the opening of the party headquarters in Marsh Har bour that they will bring changes if they win the election later this year. Please see PLP Page 22


Page 6 Section B The Abaconian January 1, 2012 The theme for the pageant was Island Gems and the young ladies were adorned in colors that depicted their various stones. Ju nata Ance, Miss Tanzanite, was sponsored by Abaco Shopping Center. Rayvonne Campbell, Miss Topaz, was sponsored by Mi Bonita Familia. Vanessa Cornish, Miss Sapphire, was sponsored by North Abaco Power Boat Race. MaryAnda Fenelon, Miss Pearl, was sponsored by Faces by Empress. Chandi Lowe, Miss Emerald, was sponsored by Snappas. NeVandria Rolle, Miss Turquoise, was sponsored by CelePay. And finally, Nyisha Tilus, Miss Opal, was sponsored by Infinity No Limit. The ladies dazzled the audience with their display of beauty and talent in the poise and on stage interview events, evening gown competition and swimsuit parade. In preparation for this event, the seven contestants took part in the swimsuit com petition on December 11 when Miss Pearl, 16-year-old Mary Anda Fenelon, was named Miss Top Model. She won this title and sash because she had the best walk at the swimsuit competition. She will travel to Germany next year to compete to become the top model. She received her sash and trophy final pageant event on December 18. On December 16 a float parade was held at which time the contestants paraded through the streets of Central Abaco in an effort to let the Abaco community know who they were with hopes of seeking their votes and support at the pageant on the following night. The hostess for the event was Shelly Austin and the MC was Perez Clarke from Nassau. The audience was entertained by the dance group Snap Back and well as music and interludes by Mr. Clarke and Ms. Austin. The main sponsor of this event was U Dazzle Me Boutique of Nassau. The judges were Shannals Johnson, Shantel Sands, Cecil Simon, Lisa Scott and Domi nique Rolle Tjay Stubbs, President of Abaco Pag eantry Systems, announced that the pageant organizers have adopted Central Ab aco Primary School and they plan to build a computer lab for the school over the next three years. Mr. Stubbs presented Neules sa Major with the Guardian Angel Award stating that she made sure that all the pag eant events ran smoothly. He named her the Director of Pageantry Affairs. He pre sented Rayvonne Campbell with the Direc tors Award which was won by the girl who had the greatest transformation from start to finish. A reception was held after the pageant for the VIP ticket holders and contestants at Pelican Beach Villas.Moores Island beauty wins Miss Abaco Beauty PageantSeven beautiful girls competed in the Miss Abaco Pageant. A series of events and competitions led up the culminating Pageant held at Abaco Beach Resort on December 18. They are Junata Ance, Vanessa Cornish, Mary-Anda Fenelus, Chandi Lowe, Rayvone Campbell, NeVandria Rolle and Nyisha Tilus. Beautiful NeVandria Rolle from Moores Island is the new Miss Abaco. Tourism to compete in Miss Tourism International. Miss Abaco will be the first female from The Bahamas to take part in this pageant. Additionally, she will compete in the Miss Bahamas Pageant 2012. Some of her prizes include a $4000 scholarship to The College of the Bahamas, $1000 cash prize, make-up packet, luggage set, one year gym membership, laptop, digital camera, Blackberry, one year nail care, $5000 photo shoot and a travel wardrobe. NeVandria is a 17-year-old freshman at the College of the Bahamas and the daughter of Ruthamae Rolle of Moores Island. Shandi Lowe will travel to Asia next year to compete in the Queen International Pageant and Vanessa Cornish will compete in Miss Earth Bahamas 2012. Pageant From Page 1


January 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINASpecial Discounted Dock Rates September 1 February28 WATERFRONT VILLAS For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : www.seasprayresort.comBoat House RestaurantBahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun. Enjoy a delicious dinner with usSea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Happy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pm Open Year RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor bar Showing football games on Sundays 1-6 Free appetizers Fredericks Agency Ltd.Customs Brokers By Timothy Roberts Bahamas Telecommunications Corpo ration (BTC) held a cocktail party for its corporate clients on December 14 to show appreciation of its customers and thank them for their patience. The event was attended by Geoff Houston, Chief Executive Officer of BTC, along with other executive mem bers of the company who mingled and conversed with local business men and women. Responding to being asked when 4G will be available on Abaco, Mr. Houston said that we can look forward to the next generation cellular service to be ready by June 2012 at the latest. He indicated that an announcement with a clearer time frame will be made in January. Abaco can look forward to an upgrade in the internet speed and other services. Mr. Houston said the evenings event was to show the companys thanks to its customers for doing business with BTC. As persons arrived they were asked to write their name on a piece of paper and place it in a basket in order for them to draw names for prizes. Prizes award ed included Nokia and Blackberry Cell Phones and two round-trip tickets on Ba hamas Air. Customers were treated to an open bar and finger foods while Brown Tip pro vided the nights entertainment. The cus tomers enjoyed the evening mingling and engaging in casual talk with BTC execu tives and friends.BTC hosts Appreciation Party for corporate customers Geoff Houston, center, CEO of the Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation, hosted an appreciation party for corporate customers at Abaco Beach Resort on December 14. He is shown here speaking with Terah Swain, Area Vice President of BCPOU, and Tellis Symonette, BTC Senior Vice President, Commercial and Family Islands. A number of top executives of BTC were present at the appreciation party. Shown are Arlene Clarke, Senior Manager on Abaco, Tellis Symonette, and Antonio Stubbs, Senior Vice President of Technical Services. Mr. Symonette is well known on Abaco as he is a past senior manager for Abaco. Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and floors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web


Page 8 Section B The Abaconian January 1, 2012 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 Did Mum leave? I heard my daughter ask her husband. She was here a minute ago, he re plied. Im down here on the kitchen floor, I shouted. I heard the pad of footsteps from the di rection of the sitting room and looked up to see the couple gazing down at me. Mum, what on earth are you doing? I slid a little closer to the sink on my belly. Im trying to open this cupboard. There seems to be something wedged in the top. I pointed to a slither through which I was trying to reach the offending object. Contorting my body into a position never before assumed and never to be re peated, I panted. Almost got it! Mum? Yes? Move aside, please. She leaned over me, inserted her finger in the top of the cupboard and pressed down on a small piece of plastic. The door flew open. Its a child-proof lock, she said. Isnt it a bit premature? I questioned. I mean, Tylers only three weeks old. I know they grow up fast but The child locks were here when we moved in, she replied. Thats handy, I said, and I can attest that they are not only child but adult proof. In fact, so many things are today. I clambered to my feet, feeling six inches high and embarked on a lengthy dis course about how unwrapping consumer and household items is becoming increas ingly difficult, and how frustrating it is at times. She listened dutifully. Theres actually a syndrome called wrap rage, I informed her. Theres a syndrome for everything today, she said. Maybe if you cleaned your glasses, Mum. Nothing to do with my eyesight or my age, I protested. Its machine hard, no nigh impossible to open some packaging, all that clamshell stuff, vacuum-sealed shrinkwrap and metal-bound twist ties. Youre really on a roll, she said. Not done by humans and not meant to be undone by them. The other day I carried a jar of marinara sauce out into the street in Hope Town and asked the first guy I saw if he could open it for me, I said. She laughed. I suppose thats the beauty of island life, she said. There arent many places you could do that. Too true, I said. Was he a local? she enquired No, never set eyes on the man in my life, but he obliged. In fact, he was very sympathetic to the fact that I had tried ev erything from running it under warm water to jamming it in the door. Were you embarrassed? she asked. No, not at all. I had to ask someone. Otherwise dinner would have been delayed by an hour. I suppose when he freed the lid, he said that you must have loosened it. I smiled. Actually, he said those exact words. Sparing your ego, she commented. If my ego rests on whether or not I can open objects which are too tightly wound in the first place, then perhaps I am, too. Fortunately, it doesnt, I asserted. I heard a little chuckle from my sonin-law who had observed the scene with amusement and was enjoying the banter. Shes your mother! he mumbled, returning to the sitting room. I have cupboards in my house, ones I can open! Crammed full of release-defying household and consumer items. I have ev erything from aspirin bottles with barely decipherable dots which have to be lined up to open to vacuum-packed coffee pack age which is an upper body workout to ac cess. The other day I bought a sachet of deep penetrating hair conditioner with which I struggled for what felt to be an eternity in the shower. I probably had soap in my eyes so could not see the tiny, almost non-exis tent indent. I finally resorted to biting the end, then almost choking on the contents.In my humble opinion Adult-proof Packaging The Editor Says . Our history portends a good futurePlease see Humblestone Page 21 sugar quota and other factors, the mill was closed in 1970. That cleared acreage is now the foundation for an expanding agri cultural sector. The wood-cutting operation overshad owed J.B. Crockett and his 2,000-acre farm which began in the mid 1950s. His farm was the first major project to expand Abacos economy. Since then agriculture has played an important part in Abacos growth with farms, large and small, suc ceeding and failing. It looks as though ag riculture is about to boom again. That closure of the sugar mill was a severe blow to Abacos economy. However, several projects paved the way for a more diversified economy. The Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay airports both opened in 1958 or 1959, providing easier access for tourists to arrive. Several small resorts opened during these early years. The New Plymouth Inn with four rooms on Green Turtle Cay and New Hope on Elbow Cay opened in 1954 within weeks of each other. A yachtel opened in Guana Cay in 1957, later to become the Guana Harbour Club. The Hope Town Harbour Lodge opened its doors in 1959. These were all quite small. In 1960 the Great Abaco Club opened with 20 rooms, followed by the Treasure Cay Hotel in 1961. Unfortunately, the Treasure Cay Hotel burned down shortly before it was sched uled to open. Visitor traffic was initially slow but slowly increased as more accommodations appeared and air service expanded. Boat ing, fishing, beaches and quaint island settlements were all natural draws for our visitors. From our perspective, tourism arrivals began to increase steadily in the 1970s, helping to pick up the slack to the economy from the closing of the sugar mill. Our waterways and maritime settlements have consistently appealed to our expand ing second homeowner population who can be viewed as seasonal tourists. Their pres ence has proved to be good socially and economically. Government has recently, but reluctantly, acknowledged their contri butions to our economy. Tourism is now the main engine driving our economy. Commercial fishing plays a significant role but is a relatively silent industry without the visible elements generated by tourism. The 2000 national census showed that Abacos population had grown by 32 per cent during the previous ten years. Growth for the period ending in 2010 was lower at a 22 percent increase for a total population of slightly over 16,000. This figure does not include real or estimated figures for il legal persons here. This steady growth has been a challenge for government to provide the necessary schools, roads, electricity, water, communications and other services. Abacos growth, with a heavy second ho meowner and rental house component, has proved to be a solid model with no single development controlling the economy. The failure of any hotel or resort would be tragic but Abacos economy would march on. Looking at the present and near fu ture, government is making infrastructure improvements to serve us in the coming years. The government administration building should be occupied this spring. The new airport terminal and control tower in Marsh Harbour should be functional by the end of 2012. The new highway from the airport to the administration building will be in service in a few more months. BEC has a new plant at Wilson City that could provide double the power that Abaco needs at this time. If problems can be re solved that cause our constant outages, we have the potential of having steady elec tricity. Central Abaco is told to expect the fol lowing improvements by government in 2012: extensive road resurfacing, piped water into Sweetings Village, possible construction of a small hospital and pos sibly the construction of a shore road on Marsh Harbours east side. Coopers Town should see progress on a port being developed north of town. An open bridge replacing the causeway to Little Abaco may get underway soon. This will rejuvenate a large fish nursery on the south-side marles. Abaco has experienced remarkable development in the past 50 years. It has gone from basically being a subsistence econo my to a thriving one with residents enjoying a very high standard of living. History is a good indicator of the future. Abaco can expect that the next 50 years will be amazing. Present developments are expanding, large scale farming is underway and new developers are in a holding pattern, just waiting for economic conditions to improve. The Marsh Harbour airport, already the countrys second busiest, can be expected to see larger aircraft using this facility bringing more visitors. Although Grand Bahama has about three times the population of Abaco, we are told that Abaco is a larger contributor to the Treasury than Grand Bahama. Compared to the rest of The Bahamas in these chal lenging economic times, we have a vibrant economy and a bright future. In summary Abaco is an amazing is land. Kathleen and I arrived separately on Ab aco 52 years ago. I was working for Ow ens Illinois, the company cutting pulpwood on Grand Bahama. The company sent me from its Riding Point operation on Grand Bahama to Abaco in October 1959 to han dle the growing payroll as wood cutters and their families were being transferred to Abaco from the Grand Bahama operation. Kathleen had been teaching in Freeport, at that time just a construction camp. She was hired by Owens Illinois to open a school for the children of the supervisory staff who would be returning to schools in the States. She arrived on Abaco on Janu ary 1, 1960. It is strange that we both lived and worked 40 miles apart for more than a year on Grand Bahama without meeting each other. Our subsequent years together on Abaco have witnessed significant changes to Abaco and its society. The Snake Cay dock was the hub of the pulpwood activity. Although now showing its age, the dock is still used occasionally by various freight operators. In December 1959 the renovated steamboat Robert Fulton was towed from Riding Point to Snake Cay. It arrived with a huge grocery store bringing a wide variety of meats, produce and dairy products that had been basically unavailable in local shops. Milk and ice cream were now available on Abaco. The Owens Illinois project was a highly visible component to Abacos growth with the grocery store, bulldozers opening the island with new roads and trucks with tan dem trailers of pulpwood on the highway. For the first time Abaco had an industry that could provide steady year-round em ployment. The new roads allowed people to move around the island easily. Up until that time each town was isolated. The pulpwood operation left Abaco in 1966 and moved to cut the pine forest on Andros. However, the companys invest ment in roads, dock and housing remained on Abaco and was used to support a sugar mill with 20,000 acres of sugarcane fields. Sugar was produced, but world sugar prices plummeted from 20 cents to 2 cents per pound. Coupled with the loss of a U.S.


January 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 Order The Abaconian Today Apr 2006Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$65 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 990 Old Dixie Hwy, #8, Lake Park, FL 33403 or: P.O. Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribeReceiving the Abaconian regularly will keep you informed Letters to the Editor Have a nice day!Dear Editor, Have A Nice Day A gift or annoyance? Last Tuesday had been a most frustrating day for me until a checkout woman at Maxwells reminded me to Have a nice day. It was something I had forgotten to do since early morning and my day had been filled with frustration. The depth of sincerity in her invitation was of no impor tance. Her invitation was of considerable value. My response to her was sincere. Thank you. I replied and followed with, I might as well. It is the only day I have. As is the case most of the time confusion showed up on her face, and I continued, Yesterday is gone and tomor row isnt here yet. This is the only day we have. Seems foolish and a waste not to enjoy it. Even though this simple realization has been pounded into my resistant brain by some of the most gifted spiritual teachers of the last century, it is something I still struggle with. I welcome the reminder whenever it comes my way and sometimes my reply at Maxwells and elsewhere sinks in and helps others to enjoy their days whatever comes, moment by moment. Bill Durrell A visitor thrilled with Dear Editor, I caught a very large bonefish on De This 10-pound plus bonefish was caught on the oceanside of Abaco by visiting angler David Govus of Ellijay, Georgia, while fishing with guide Maitland Lowe of Hope Town. Mr. Lowe is holding the fish. cember 1 while fishing with the guide Mai tland Lowe of Hope Town. I have bone fished in The Bahamas for 30 years, and this is the largest bonefish that I have ever caught. I thought that perhaps you might want to place this picture in your most ex cellent paper. Mr. Lowe is a very talented guide. Regards, David Go vus Background of Cuffy Memorial CemeteryDear Editor, Please allow me a few inches of your newspaper to bring to the residents of Abaco and The Bahamas in general the his tory of the Cuffy Memorial Cemetery in Marsh Harbour. Some people on Abaco and local government have made efforts to nullify and deny with impunity the history, heritage and legacy and integrity of a very real person, Henry Cuffy Johnson. Cuffys daughter, Grace, married Joshua Archer, youngest son and child of Thomas and No gie Archer. Cuffy worked in Man-O-War Cay and when his son died there he was not allowed to bury him there. So, with grieving heart but with strength and courage, he brought the decaying remains of his son home and buried him on his property, then generously allowed the Archers and other residents to be buried on his property. White and black people have been buried there. They knew the story and shared in the generous spirit of Cuffy Johnson and this historical plot. Now people of re cent history in and to Marsh Harbour who do not know or care to know about the history assert that they have a right to be buried in the graveyard and choose their spot even though it may have been the grave of another person. This, despite the fact that the government has in recent time allotted five acres of land in Central Pines as a graveyard. Local government needs to insist that that particu lar burial ground be used by the public. In 2003 descendants of the Archers and direct descendants of Henry Cuffy Johnson on Abaco formed a committee to give a sense of direction for generational perpetu ity for this cemetery so that our loved ones can be buried here. The past is our noble history; the past is our strength. We cannot forget Henry Cuffy Johnson, his integrity, magnanimity, his integrating spirit. This cemetery connects us to the generous spirit of this humble man who gave his property so that others would not be humiliated. Therefore, others who would like to be in terred here or others who would like for their loved ones to be buried here must share that same generous spirit and pay a fee. Cuffy did. He gave his property. We treasure the memory of him and his gen erosity. Nadene BenebyA message in a bottleDear Editor, I would like to share my story with the readers of The Abaconian. During a recent visit to Abaco Island re siding at the Villas at Palmetto Beach, Turtle Rocks, there was a message in a bottle that washed ashore on October 29 along with lots of seaweed. How exciting is that? Upon breaking the bottle to free the large laminated message, we began to read it. The message was not dat ed, and I felt the person who launched the message was a young boy. When I returned to the United States several avenues of communication were tried to find Nathan. A month later, Thanksgiving Day, I gave up hoping Nathan would respond to my Facebook mes sages. But before I left the house to go to my daughters for our Thanksgiving meal, I checked Facebook one more time. There was a new message on Facebook. It was from Nathans uncle who was a commer cial fisherman of Ogunquit, Maine, at the time. He had encouraged his son and Nathan to each launch a message in a bottle Cuffy Memorial Cemetery in the western part of Marsh Har bour is a private cemetery. The property for the cemetery was donated by Henry Cuffy Johnson, an early settler in Marsh Harbour. Please see Letters Page 21


Page 10 Section B The Abaconian January 1, 2012 Central Abaco News Sand Dollar Shoppe holds Open House By Bradley Albury The Sand Dollar Shoppe in Marsh Harbour held its annual holiday Open House on three Fridays leading up to Christmas. On the nights of the 9th and the 16th holi day shoppers visited the shoppe for re freshments, gift-hunting and to socialize with friends. One night featured a visit from the competing Miss Abaco beauty pageant contestants. Everyone who purchased an item filled out a raffle ticket. The prizes included two $500 Maxwell Supermarket gift cards, an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2. The grand prize, which was awarded to one lucky Christmas shopper, was a round trip ticket to West Palm Beach for two which included a five-night hotel booking and car rental. The drawing for this prize took place on December 23. When asked how this years Open House compared to recent seasons, the owners indicated there was a much better turnout in 2011. Retail sales, an important component of Abacos tourist industry, has been one of the hard hit sectors in the financial downturn. Recovery throughout Abaco and The Bahamas has been uneven and fragile. While one retail boutique hav ing higher sales over a two-week period may not be the trumpeting herald of an economic turnaround, it is a positive sign that things may be on the mend. The Sand Dollar Shoppers Open House played host to visitors and local alike. With native Abaconians begin ning to open their wallets again in the pursuit of high-end gifts for friends and loved ones, it is tempting to draw conclu sions about the state of Abacos economy. It is important to remember, however, that reaching the financial security Ab aco enjoyed prior to the recession will take more effort from all areas of the market and a focus on the future. Lessons from hard times is noth Please see Central Page 14 Shoppers had a wide variety of gifts to choose from that the Sand Dollar Shoppe offered during three nights of special sales during December. Sand Dollar Shoppe employees were kept busy serving cus tomers during its three nights of special shopping. Hors doeuvres and drinks were served on the porch. The Dundas Town Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony included a service at Grace Baptist Church followed by a dinner reception at St. Andrews Methodist Church Hall. About 200 enjoyed the dinner. ALL YOU NEED UNDER ONE ROOFPH: (242) 367-2170Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour, AbacoThank You For Your Patronage! We at Abaco Hardware would like to wish our patrons a New Year of Happiness & Success!2012DRAWING WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE JANUARY 15 NEWSPAPER


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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian January 1, 2012 ing new to Bahamians. But for the Sand Dollar Shoppe and the recipients of their prizes and gifts, it was a merry Christmas.Abaco Hardware holds Appreciation DayBy Samantha V. Evans Every year Abaco Ace Hardware hosts an annual Customer Appreciation Day to say thank you to the community for its patronage over the year. During this time the store offered a store-wide sale with increased discounts on December 17, the day of the Customer Appreciation event. The sale extended to all areas of the store except the lumber yard. Refreshments were served including meatballs, wings, sandwiches, fruit and Central From Page 10 More Central Abaco News mini hot dogs. Persons spending $100 or more were entered to win one of three prizes: a GE washer, a gas grill, and a Dewalt table saw. From the beginning of the day to the conclusion of the event persons came in to take advantage of the bargains. The raffle was drawn on Christmas Eve at the store.Dundas Town holds Tree Lighting ceremonyBy Samantha V. Evans On December 8 the Dundas Town Tree Lighting Service was held at Grace Baptist Church in Dundas Town. The Christmas tree was lit by Pastor Le rnis Cornish and Bishop Clifford Henfield, who are the two longest serving pastors living in the community. They will be celebrated in 2012 by the Committee for the foundational work they did towards the development of the community and the building of ministry. During the service Town Committee Chairman Faron Newbold gave an overview of what the Committee has done since it was sworn in as members. He spoke about the Committees plan for the New Year to begin the work on the Cultural Center at Ocean View Park. Although the economy is somewhat stagnant, he asked everyone to pray that it will be short lived and that crime ceases. Administrator Cephas Cooper stated that Christmas is a wonderful time and one of his favorite times of the year. It brings families and communities together, people give and receive gifts, Junkanoo is held and many other fun activities are organized. But he stressed that Jesus is the reason for the season. Christmas is also the time of renewal. This is a time of new beginnings in spite of sins and past challenges. He added that Christmas time is a re minder that we all can start again. He hopes that everyone will experience this time of renewal and refreshing. He encouraged persons not to let the buzzing election season cause them to forget that we are brothers and sister; we are all Bahamians. After praise and worship led by the praise team of the host church, Pastor Shawn Robbins, spoke about the best gift ever given which is the gift of Jesus Christ Please see Central Page 15 Abaco Hardware held its Customer Appreciation Day by offering discounted prices on its merchandise and substantial snacks on December 17. Shown is Carol Lowe serving customers. A variety of locally made jams, sauces, drinks and baked goods as well as farm produce were offered at da Market held at the Bahamas National Trust office in Marsh Harbour. Although winter produce was limited, many gift items were available. Selling here are Schemell Weech and Lauren Riviere.


January 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 More Central Abaco News on Christmas morning. He told the youth that just as God used Mary to be the moth er of Christ, God can use them, too. He challenged Abaconians to not let the world celebrate Christmas more than the church does. Everywhere there are parties or cel ebrations but he stated that it is time for this to change. They must take pride in this gift and receive it as it is needed to move from time to eternity. A reception followed at St. Andrews Methodist Church Hall where a scrump tious meal was prepared for 200 persons. Afterwards, the kids were given goodie bags and enjoyed the bouncing castle. BNT celebrates the season at Da Market By Canishka Alexander Kaderin Mills, Administrator for the Bahamas National Trusts Abaco office in Marsh Harbour, organized the final Da Market for the year on December 17. Ac cording to Lynn Gape, BNTs Deputy Ex ecutive Director, 14 vendors were present and were anxious to participate in the event again this month. However, she noted that she would have liked to see more people support the event and described the flow of customers as slow and steady. A special holiday refreshment stand served as a thank you message to its members and supporters. Were very happy to be doing Da Market and offering people who do home made jams and jellies, vegan food and conch salad, Mrs. Gape said. Were very, very happy to be offer ing them an opportunity to partici pate in an event like this. Huel Moss of Fruity Freddie Farms said they did fairly well with packaged items of pepper sauces, barbecue sauces and jams for Christ mas gift giving, fever grass iced tea and slices of cheesecakes. He was proud to show off his daughters display of crafts that she had made while at Abaco Ceramics. Theresa Haynes of PH & Bs Delights Co. Ltd. is always a familiar face among the vendors, and unlike Mrs. Gape, she thought more people came out because of the Christmas season. She added that it was nice to see people visit all of the vendors booths and that everything had gone well for her. Also on hand were vendors including Nadeen Beneby and Jennifer and Michael Lightbourn of Lightbourn Family Farm selling vegetables and plants, Angie Lowe with Cause for Paws, Om Grown Greens with Rachael Aberle selling spouts, Shan ishka Bain of Living Well Naturally, Love ly Reckleys Lovelys Island Tings, Billy Gates, Kim Sturrup, and Edgburt Tinker Jr.Secret Gardener awards Best Kept Yard Canishka Alexander In November the Secret Gardener an nounced that he would be hosting a com petition for the Best Kept Yard of Dundas Town. Residents whose homes lined the route from the Marsh Harbour Police Station to Smiths Memorial School were eligible. In an effort to promote the beau tification of our surroundings, and by extension our island, the Secret Gardener promised to reward the person chosen as the winner just before the holidays. On December 20 Ruth Smith was select ed as the winner and received an orchard plant as her prize. She was delighted to re ceive the orchard because it is one of the plants that she loves to grow. The Secret Gardener has been particularly impressed Central From Page 14 Rachel Aberle is now growing and selling sprouts. She is demonstrating grinding them to make nutritious drinks. She is marketing them under the name Om Grown Greens. On the right is her husband, Neil Aberle. Ruth Smith, left, was named winner of the Best Kept Yard competition in Dundas Town by the Secret Gardener. She is being presented with her prize, an orchid plant, by Canishka Alexander. Please see Central Page 18


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January 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 ABACO ESTATE SERVICESREAL ESTATE SALESACATION RENTALSPrime Real Estate Listings Throughout AbacoMembers Bahamas Real Estate AssociationWe Exceed Client Expectations! .abacoestateservices.comJAN. 1, 2012 (B)Please contact us for additional details on this sampling of our featured listings or for information on our other prime properties throughout Residential Parcels # 1845 11,531 s/f canal lot, 100 canal frontage, boat slip, dock, ramp, 12,000lb boat lift, electrical power & water. Accommodates up to 80 boat. $275,000. # 704 10,400 s/f elevated canal lot w/104' deep weater canal frontage. Sea views, walk to beach. $239,500. # 1080 12,100 s/f canal parcel with 110' sea walled canal frontage. Boat davits installed. Reduced $197,500. # 1593 10,590 s/f canal lot with 120' of bulkheaded seawall installed. All utilities available. $199,000.TURTLE ROCKS LEISURE LEEBeach Front Parcel # 714 45,343 s/f parcel, 100' ocean beach frontage. Electricity available. Ideal site for permanent residence or vacation home. $325,000. BAHAMA PALM SHORESInland Lot Near Beach # 1176 Large 21,450 s/f level lot on main street, electricity & telephone available. $49,500. Beach Home 1532 3 bed, 3.5 bath elevated 2 level semi furnished home on 0.89 acres, 93' sandy beach frontage. Panoramic sea views. $799,990. "Sea View" Great Abaco Club # 1203 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 1,880 s/f furnished sea view home, plus 280 s/f of open deck on 4,918 s/f parcel. Well maintained, gated community, great rental income potential. Includes private deep water dock. $699,000. Pelican Shores Harbourfront Home # 1563 5 bed, 4.5 bath, 5,600 sq. ft. tastefully furnished home with pool & dock. Well maintained, superior quality construction, many extras. 1 acre+/landscaped, 115' water frontage. $3,495,000. Brigantine Bay # 1173 & 1174 2 adjacent deep water canal parcels, each 11,200 s/f, 80' bulk head, 140' depth. Cleared, utilities available. EACH $299,950. Galleon Bay # 1473 Approx. 10,000 s/f canal parcel,100'+ of sea-walled protected water frontage. utilities available. Easy access to sea. $349,950. Brigantine Bay # 1494 18,807 s/f cleared parcel 120' deep water bulk-headed frontage. $270,000. Treasure Cay Canal Parcels Galleon Bay # 1441 28,072 s/f cleared parcel, 64' of bulkhead with dock & dock house. $498,500. Brigantine Bay # 1559 16,108 s/f level, cleared parcel with 164' of bulk headed & protected water frontage. Dock & dolphin pilings installed. $599,000. TREASURE CAYBrigantine Bay # 1598 Cleared lots 1 & 2A, 19,300 s/f 130' bulkheaded frontage, new dock. $495,000. GUANA CAY"Secret Beach"# 1267/1268 Ocean Front Elevated Parcels 9A (19,190 s/f ) & 9B (16,144 s/f) lots, each with 100' +/of Atlantic Ocean rocky shoreline & sand beach frontage. Prime building sites. EACH $199,000. Orchid Bay Beachfront Parcel 25 #1530 1.173 acre Atlantic Ocean lot, 130' sandy beach frontage. Excellent elevations, spectacular ocean views. Orchid Bay amenities include utilities, marina, restaurant, pool, tennis courts, beach pavillion, paved roads. $1,499,000. MARSH HARBOURBrigantine Bay # 1662 Two adjoining single family residential lots, 13,602 s/f total with combined 144 of sea-walled frontage. All utilities available. Superb water views. $785,000.Sales Team of Ed Newell Broker Cindy Newell Sales Agent James Moir Nassau OceCoco Beach #1676 Newly built 3 bed, 3 bath, 3 level fully furnished beachfront home, 1,700 s/f under air, 1,290 s/f open patios. 0.93 acre parcel with 101 sandy beachfront, plus dock and boat lift. Sensational sea views from virtually every room. $999,000. Windward Beach Drive Beach Parcel #1693 Oversized 17,000 s/f parcel with 100 powder sand beach frontage & 2 tier sea wall. All utilities available. Suberb sea views. $599,000. MembersTreasure Cay Harbourfront Lot #1804 13,678 s/f landscaped parcel, 153 of bulkheaded seawall,140 of lay-along docks, garage, water & electricity $499,000. Commercial Bldg. #1792 6,000 s/f retail & warehouse bldgs on 20,000 s/f parcel in heart of town. 4 tenants, monthly rental income. $499,000. Summer Dreams # 1814 -Furnished 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2.5 storey oceanview home on 7,408 s/f parcel. 2,000 s/f under air, 1,000 s/f covered porches. Dock slip included. MOTIVATED SELLER! $595,000. Ocean Ridge Estates # 594 7 ocean & sea view residential lots from 7,686 sq. ft. to 16,740 sq. ft. Underground electrical infrastructure in place, dockage available in Boat Harbour, ocean & sea common community areas. Lots from $155,500. Regattas of Abaco # 27 #1853 2 bed, 2 bath, 825 s/f 2nd level turn-key furnished condo near to beach, shops, marina, etc. $184,900. Canalfront Home #1865 2 bed, 2 bath furnished home, recently built in 2003. 11,378 s/f parcel, 120 bulk-headed canal frontage, 78 lay-along dock. $549,000. Galleon Bay # 422 Prime 10,295 s/f cleared canal lot, 88+ protected canal frontage. Sea-walled, plus dock & davit pilings. All utilities available. $350,000 Turtles Rock 1833 2 bed, 2.5 bath elevated furnished beach home, 1,100 s/f under air, 1,866 s/f under roof, open decks,0.94 acres, 90 beach. $875,000. Beach Lot # 1815 0.94 Acre beach parcel with 120 of Sea of Abaco sandy beach frontage. Electricity & telephone available, great water views. $225,000. # 602 Large 15,344 s/f cleared & level lot with 197 of fully seawalled, protected canal frontage. Water installed, other utilities available. $269,000. Inland Lots 17 & 18, Blk. 4 # 1868 2 adjoining lots of 10,000 s/f each. Short walk to beach. Each at $27,500. CASUARINA POINTCasuarina Cottage # 1866 2 bed, 1 bath, 816 s/f semi-furnished cottage on 14,000 s/f lot with 127 of canal frontage with boat ramp. $175,000. Inland Lots 11 & 12 #1661 2 adjoining lots, 9,600 s/f each in Sect.4. Short walk to Atlantic beach. Electricity available. Each $24,600. # 811 10,400 s/f sea view corner lot with 194' of road frontage. Walk to beach. All utilities available. $89,950. Ocean View Lot # 168 # 1854 9,680 s/f lot close to beach. All utilities available. $60,000. #1902 Leisure Lee Inland Lot # 170 Sea view parcel with 13,459 s/f Near Beach REDUCED TO $75,000. # 1846 Yellowbird 2 bed, 2 bath, turn-key furnished elevated canalfront home. 1,900 s/f under roof. 80 lay-along dock, plus boat slip, ramp & lift. OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE $550,000. Treasure Cay Drive Inland Lot #1692 Prime residential lot # 3 less than 200 from Treasure Cay Beach. All utilities available. 10,000 s/f $77,850. "Ridge Runner" # 11856 bed, 4 bath, 3,100 s/f furnished home-main house, separate master suite, guest cottage, pool & dock. 1.74 elevated acres, 330' shoreline. Superb panoramic water views. $1,995,000. REDUCED GREAT CISTERN CAY# 1787 Rivendell Rustic 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,284 s/f. furnished beach cottage on 2 building lots total 41,800 s/f 236 sandy beach frontage & 2 garages. $599,000.GREEN TURTLE CAYLot A The Bluff # 1910 15,600 s/f Sea of Abaco waterfront lot, 89 hard rock shoreline, 30 elevations, Near Bluff House, great sea views $491,000. Treasure Cay Sea Views Lots 10 & 11. #1908 2 adjoining inland lots on Windward Beach Drive. Total 21,600 s/f. All utilities available. EACH $74,995. Brigantine Bay # 1622-1632 A selection of 11 adjoining level & cleared canal lots ranging in size from 11,673 s/f to 19,068 s/f with deep water canal frontages from 74 to 173. All lots with bulkheaded sea walls installed. All utilities available. Great water views along sheltered Brigantine Bay. Listing # 1632 also includes 2 finger docks installed. From $266,000. to $753,000. Superb Beachfront Parcel # 1362 Treasure Cay Blvd. Level & cleared beach lot, 12,600 s/f 90' fabulous sandy beach frontage. Breath-taking sea views. $1,275,000. Windward Beach Beach Parcel #1470 23,151 s/f parcel with 101' of stone wall & sandy beach on Sea of Abaco. All utilities available. $843,000. Beachfront Parcel Ocean Blvd. # 876 1.5 acres with 100' of beach frontage, on spectacular Treasure Cay Beach. All utilities available Gorgeous beach & sea views. $1,195,000. Beach & Canal Lot Package #941Windward Beach lot of 17,542 s/f with 100' of beach frontage on Sea of Abaco, PLUS Galleon Bay lot of 17,955 s/f wi th approx. 76' of sea-walled canal frontage. $1,446 ,000.Vacant LandOcean Blvd. Beach Parcel #1842 Exceptionally oversized 1.26 acre beach lot, 165 beach frontage. All utilities available. $1,499,000. R E D U C E D Treasure Cay Beach Parcels Boiling Hole Lot 18 # 1827 Sea of Abaco waterfront lot, 17,472 sq. ft. with 100 hard rock shoreline & magnificent sea views. All utilities available. $79,000.NORTH ABACOTreasure Cay Inland Lot # 12, Block 194 #1954 10,980 s/f cleared & level lot ready for building, all utilities available. Brigantine Bay Views. $69,000. Blackwood Waterfront Parcel # 1521 38,514 s/f parcel,167' of deep water Sea of Abaco frontage and highway frontage. Topography well suited for a marina site. Utilities available $98,500. NEW LISTINGREDUCED Multi-family Residential Lot #1774 21,826 s/f parcel zoned multi-family near Treasure Cay Beach. Close to shops, restaurants, etc. Ideal for guest villas. $499,000. R E D U C E D REDUCEDUNDER CONTRACTSand Banks Creek Acreage -#1988 24 acres at Treasure Cay entrance, 539 water frontage, 1,060 road frontage, good elevations. Ideal for commercial development. $995,000.NEW LISTINGOcean Blvd. Lot 90, Block 2 #1992 Unusually large beachfront lot with 140 of sandy beach frontage. Ideal for estate home. Sensational sea views! All utilities available. $1,499,000. Treasure Cay Inland Parcels Brigantine Canal # 1971 17,300 s/f parcel, 123 sea walled frontage, All utilities available, Sea of Abaco views. $199,000.NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Treasure Cay Area Development ParcelREDUCED REDUCED REDUCED# 1844 2 adjoining deep water, sheltered canal lots, 9,900 s/f each, 50 x 50 shared dredged boat slip, 150 lay-along docks each. Near beach. EACH REDUCED TO $149,000.REDUCEDRegattas of Abaco 408 #2009 2 Bed, 2 bath 2nd level 1,200 sq. ft furnished condo. Well maintained, great harbour views. Near to town & beach $289,000.NEW LISTING


Page 18 Section B The Abaconian January 1, 2012 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 More Central Abaco News with Mrs. Smith because she keeps her yard beautiful year round. I enjoy nature, and thats the beauty of God and His love that I try to exhibit every day, Mrs. Smith said. I just want to thank whoever that secret person is and to just en courage us all to make around us more beau tiful. When we do that, we enlighten and bring love and cheer to so many persons.Holistic Medical Center By Samantha V. Evans December is the season for gift giving. It is the time when kids old and young look to receive the latest in toys, gadgets, cloth ing, and footwear. But one business gave the gift of health and wellness this Christ mas. Holistic Family Medical Center of fered gift certificates which are good for one doctor visit. Persons can purchase them individually or in whatever quantity they desire and give them as gifts to their loved ones. This Holistic Gift Certificate was be ing offered by Dr. Carnille Farquharson, who is a medical doctor and a Family Medicine Specialist. Parents, grandparents and godparents have all year long to purchase toys for the kids. But since none of us knows when sickness will come upon us, it is good to try something new this year and give this unique gift. To find out more about how this process works, call the Medical Center at 367-1305 or visit the clinic in Dove Plaza in Marsh Harbour. Garden Club holds last meeting of yearBy Mirella Santillo The Horticultural Society of The Baha mas Abaco Branch held its last meeting of the year at the home of Viola Gordon in Marsh Harbour. It was the perfect setting for the occasion. The large patio comfortably accommodated the tables for brunch that was served and the garden background with mature trees hung with bromeliads and orchids complimented the large assort ment of orchids that Coolidge Cartwright had brought from Nassau. Central From Page 18 Coolidge Cartwright from Nassau brought orchid plants to sell at the December meeting of the Abaco Horticultural Society. They sold rapidly to the group meeting at the home of Viola Gordon in Marsh Harbour. Christmas Eve, December 24, was a very active day as many persons could be seen shopping for last minute gifts and groceries to ensure that they had all that was needed to make Christmas Day complete. PLP Candidate for North Abaco Renardo Curry, right, was busy at his headquarters in Dundas Town as he distributed gifts so many kids could receive a gift this Christmas season. He purchased 200 gifts for boys and girls ages 12 and under. Throughout the day parents brought their kids to collect gifts and had a hotdog, sandwich and drink. Some kids even stayed to play outside, watch television and play games on the Internet. Christmas music could be heard playing for miles as Mr. Curry wanted to get residents in the Christmas spirit. Adults were given an offi cial Christmas card from the candidate and his family wishing the constituents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Mr. Curry gave gifts in the Fox Town area as well.PLP candidate for North Abaco gives gifts to kidsPlease see Central Page 19


January 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 More Central Abaco News President Anita Knowles announced that the Christmas Festival had been a great success, netting the club $500 after expenses. Guest speaker, David Long, President of the Freeport Garden Club, specializes in growing plants in hanging baskets, with a collection of well over 100 in his garden. Mr. Cartwright finally set out the or chid plants that he had bought to sell. The prices ranged from $5 for Phalaenopsis with one spike of buds up to $45 for rarecolored Phalaenopsis. It was a bargain sale with people buying not one but several of the popular species. When the purchases were over, very few plants remained. Finger food and dips, raw vegetables and desserts awaited to be washed down with an orange punch. Everything was ap petizing and delicious. But the treats were not over. The Society meeting ended by Treasurer Barbara Foreman giving each member a pin decorated with the Society logo along with a large mug for drinks.Murphy Town lights its Christmas TreeBy Mirella Santillo Murphy Town Christmas Tree Light ing Ceremony took place on December 6, but indoors instead of outside the Burial Society because of the threat of rain. The change of venue did not take away from the unrolling of the event which ended up being more intimate with approximately 50 people who enjoyed themselves by partici pating in the festivities. Two senior ladies, Emmaline Butler and Emma Clarke, had the honour this year of making the tree come alive with lights. The evening included carol singing by the five Dawkins sisters and by Lakeisha Knowles. Two guest speakers, Admin istrator Cephas Cooper and Pastor A.B. Lewis, addressed the audience. In his remarks Mr. Cooper expressed his joy at seeing so many young people in the group. His talk took people back in time when Christmas was a family time because thats how it started, as a family, Joseph, Mary and Jesus. All of us should strive to reinforce family ties this Christmas, he urged. He reminisced on the times of his youth when people did not have as many material comforts but were closer to each other, a time when children were cared for by the whole community. I would like to go back to the time when it took a village to raise a child, he said. In his address Pastor Lewis encouraged people, reinforcing their faith in God. Reading from the Bible, he asked people to gather as a family this Christmas and to celebrate the glory of Jesus. Committee Chairman DeShawn Simms announced that the Committee had purchased $50 gift certificates at Maxwells for the senior citizens which he distributed to the older people in the assembly or their representatives. He informed the audience that a Town Meeting will be held in Janu ary and urged people to attend as he had important information to communicate. The evening ended with refreshments while the Dawkins Sisters interpreted a fi nal Christmas song.Quality Star opens new parts and service storeBy Timothy Roberts For many years Quality Star has been one of four gas stations serving the publics fuel needs in Marsh Harbour, and for many of those years it has also provided automotive parts and services. As demand for parts and service grew, more and more the need for a larger, sepa rate and expanded parts and service store was realized by father and son owners, Philip and Andrew Albury. In December Quality Star Auto Parts and Service opened its doors to the pub lic, offering more than just engine parts. The new store now offers auto parts, accessories, lighting, electrical, interior and exterior accessories, parts manu als, hubcaps, batteries, tires and much more. Andrew Albury said they moved the parts and service section from the gas station to the new store, making it a one-stop shop for tire sales and repair, Central From Page 18 ROCK imported & local SAND imported & local 8 CONCRETE BLOCKS 50LBS BAGS ROCK & SAND Abacos cornerstone to construction AIR COMPRESSOR AVAILABLE FOR RENT Visit our modern facility on the Murphy Town Water Front beside Parkers Landing bahamian cuisine on Hope Towns waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner Daily Appetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m ICE RENTAL BIKESPlease see Central Page 20 The Dawkin Sisters provided some of the entertainment at the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Murphy Town. They are Emma and Millie Dawkins, Gwendolyn Curry, Rochelle Brice and Misty Davis. Two senior residents, Emmaline Butler and Emma Clarke of Murphy Town were selected to turn on the lights of the towns Christmas Tree at the Burial Society. For Reservations: Bahamas 242.365.8500 USA/Canada 800.284.0382 Spacious 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom rentals Voted: Best Beach in the Caribbean Two resort restaurants oceanfront dining Two fresh water pools and Jacuzzis Nearby 18 hole Golf course and 150 slip marina Free WiFi & long distance calls to the USA & Canada real luxury. real bahamas.A BEACHFRONT VILLA... FOR THE PRICE OF A HOTEL ROOM!


Page 20 Section B The Abaconian January 1, 2012 parts sales and installation and more. The move gave them a 3600-square-foot showroom to display a greater variety of prod ucts and accessories. The store now features a full line of high quality mechanic tools, floor mats, bug shields and rain guards. It offers free wind shield wiper installation with purchase and will soon have free alternator, starter and battery testing in shop. Mr. Albury said they are intent on set ting themselves apart from other stores by offering Quality Parts and Quality Service The new store is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and the new phone numbers are 367-0212 and 3670213.Central From Page 19 More Central Abaco News New Businesses New Classy Boutique Opens By Samantha V. Evans Juliette McCafferty and her sister Judith Henfield opened a classy boutique on De cember 10 with an open house. The shop sells clothes for men and women, high fashion shoes and accessories. The sisters wanted to open a boutique that would meet a need for modern fashion with a vintage and classy touch like that of Marilyn Mun roe. Juliette stated that she loves to shop and for a long time has had to contend with not being able to find sizes in clothing and footwear to match her physique. Mrs. McCafferty explained that their main motivation for opening the store was to present unusual sizes in shoes and cloth ing. Her aim is to provide persons with a keen sense of style with unusual sizes. Customers can rest assured that they will only bring in two of each style in items so their concern for someone else wearing the same outfit or accessories have will be minimized. These sisters are committed to keeping the store stocked with fashion that is trendy and current. Juliette stated that she has a passion for fashion, but they will keep the prices very affordable so that any one would be able to look good and remain trendy. The store is located next to Iggy Biggy in Marsh Harbour.Mario Carey Realty By Samantha V. Evans In October of this year, the Mario Carey Realty office opened in the Abaco Shopping Plaza. Mario Carey is known for selling luxury, and the franchise holders of this Abaco branch plan to do just that. The motto they adapted is We Provide Ex cellent Service in the Spirit of Excellence. They specialize in educational services, appraisals, sales and property manage ment. The office is managed by Annstacia Sweeting-Storr, who is an Estate Agent with 11 years of experience in the business. Presently employed at this site are a technical person and a receptionist. The licensed realtor of this office is Terrence Strachan. New houses of Spring City are closer to occupancyGovernment continues construction on the newest group of 38 low cost houses in Spring City. Hurricane Irene did some damage that is being repaired. Roads are now being paved. Just before Christmas keys were given to the first few residents of this new section. Please see Central Page 21 Quality Star Auto Parts and Service opened in December with a large array of products. The new, large, well lit display room complements the enlarged service department that will serve the needs of motorists.


January 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 21 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 Central From Page 20 At this office, the staff prides itself in being able to provide its clients with all of the information necessary for them to find the type of home or property desired. The office is located between A & W Travel and Fidelity in Abaco Shopping Center. The office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone contact is 367-0053. All of the offices listings can be viewed on the companys website at www.mariocar Healthy Way provides quality food productsBy Canishka Alexander Healthy Way opened the first time in February of 2005. According to Isaac Col lie, owner, the idea for a health food store came about as a response to providing while fishing 20 to 30 miles east of Ogun quit, Maine, in the Sea of Maine. Ogun quit, Maine, is north of New York City. He thought the bottles were launched in the summer of 2003. That bottle was in the water for eight years. There was a second Facebook message. This one was from Nathan who apologized for the slow response. Nathan was 11 when the message was launched. He is now 19, graduated from high school in May and is attending the University of Maine. As per the salutation in Nates message Your New Friend. When I vacation on Abaco Island the next time, I will be looking for Nates cousins message in a bottle. What are my chances of discovering it? Memories of Abaco Island Gayrene C hambers Sussex, W isconsin Letters From Page 9 My husband was not thrilled when I took a knife to a packet of three captive light bulbs destined, it seemed, never to see the light of day. In this particular case one of them did not; it sadly did not sur vive my slashing. Just trying to help, I said apologeti cally. I appreciate it, but brute strength was not called for, he said. Nice to know I still have it, I quipped. Ill reserve it for less fragile items in future. This morning I decided to give coffee a miss. The canister was empty, and I did not feel like an early morning pectoral stretch. What I fancied was a nice cup of tea, not the regular black kind but a gentle herbal infusion. I found exactly what I was looking for in the back of the cupboard, the wholesome, guilt-free, little used section! It was a small gold filter bag of caffeine-free Calm by Tazo which boasted to be a comforting blend of chamomile, rose petals and sooth ing herbs. To make it more attractive, it was translated into French. I put on the kettle and began the lengthy process of trying to open the packet which had no indent on any of its four corners or along its edges. I tried tearing it, but it was tightly glued. Finally, I took a pair of scissors and cut a slit along the top and inadvertently through the bag. Tea spilled out everywhere. It had a pleasant aroma, but there was Humblestone From Page 8 the people of Abaco with an option to eat healthier and therefore improve their diets. Customers are provided with tasty veg etarian meals, and they can purchase whole grain products, natural drinks, textured proteins and books. To continue improv ing their service to customers, new customers expressed their needs for inventory increases. I think the way the business has grown shows that it was needed in the commu nity, he said. From day one the business was set up as a service to the community, and the business has done well. Everyone I talk to enjoys the lunches and are happy to get necessary products locally. The store is managed by Shevia Gomez and is open five days a week. The phone contact for Healthy Way is 367-0575. The business is located next to Island Care Wireless in the old Barclays Building. For three days begin ning on December 23 Estin Sawyer serenaded shoppers outside Maxwells Supermar ket in Marsh Harbour. According to one of the managers, it was done in an effort to further get people in the Christmas spirit. Mr. Sawyer greeted persons as he sang and wished them a Merry Christmas. This was a unique touch on behalf of the management of Maxwells one that was appreciated by shoppers.Estin Sawyer serenades shoppers at Maxwells nothing comforting or soothing about the experience. I felt much better after a large cup of caffeine-loaded coffee. The other day I cut my finger butcher ing my way into a vacuum-sealed, shrinkwrapped CD. I cracked the case to boot and never got to hear the tape. I promptly went in search of a band aid and first aid cream only to find that one needed two hands and all fingers opera tional to ease both from there imprisoned packets. Who are these packers? What planet do they live on?Police reminder to motorists: Slow down and live. Obey the speed limits. The life you save may be your own.


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Abaco Towns) 32 effic 367-0148 HG Christie + 11 hse 367-4151Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp 8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 4 units 365-8033 Island Dreams + 45 hse 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort + 95 rms 365-8801 Marks Bungalows 4 units 365-8506 Abaco Estate Services 365-8752Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villa 365-2222Web Sites with Abaco Information http.// http.// + agents with multiple cottages and houses By Mirella Santillo Two cooperative representatives vis ited Abaco at the beginning of December to meet with local members of the fishing co-op in North Abaco and with members of the agriculture co-op in Central Aba co. Stephanie Missick-Jones, Manager of the Bahamas Cooperatives League, and Nathaniel Adderley, Director of Coop eratives for The Bahamas, held the first meeting in Fox Town on December 6 to address the needs and the future of the fishing co-op directed by Leon Pinder. Mrs. Jones explained that the co-op league is a regulatory agency which rep resents co-ops in the country. Its role is to share impact on the activities of the co-ops and to help develop more co-ops. It offers training assistance at the managerial level as well as technical assistance. Because it appears that financial co-ops such as credit unions are progress ing but the other types of co-ops are having a hard time getting ahead, the delegates are meeting with coop members in sev eral Family Islands in an effort to strengthen and revitalize the con cept. For example, to purchase lobsters from the fishermen as the co-op in North was doing is not re alistically feasible as there is too much competition from oth er buyers. So during the meeting held in Fox Town, the rep resentatives together with a group of ap proximately twelve co-op members and fishermen tried to find an alternative so lution. A subsequent meeting took place in Marsh Harbour the following day. During that meeting some of the points discussed the previous evening were reiterated and Two Co-op Representatives visit AbacoNathaniel Adderley, left, Director of Cooperatives from Nas sau, and Stephanie Missick-Jones met with members of the two coopertives on Abaco. They are shown with Leon Pinder, who heads the fishing co-op in North Abaco. explained by the delegates. Mrs. Jones mentioned that for a co-op to work, you need the combination of a group of peo ple with some business experience but also willing to work together. The representatives were to meet that same evening with farmers and members of the agricultural co-op directed by Pas tor Lenny Etienne. agriculture and fisheries industries with special focus on technology and innovation aimed at increasing the production, quality and marketability of locally grown goods. PLP National Chairman, Bradley Roberts, focused on job creation reminding Abaconians that the PLP knows how to create jobs. Twenty-two thousand jobs were created during the 2002-2007 period. Our proposed Venture Capital Fund and micro loan programs will go a long way in stimulating economic growth and creating jobs on Abaco, he said. With Gary as our man and your representative in Central and South Abaco, you can be assured that Abaco will receive its fair share of funding for small, medium and large business enterprises.PLP From Page 5 Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! 9 am 5 pm Mon. Thurs. 9 am 3 pm Fri.


January 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 23 Dive Shops Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour . ............................. 367-2963 Above & Below, Marsh Harbour . .......................................... 367-0350 Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour ..................................... 367-2787 Froggies, Hope Town . ......................................................... 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay . ............................................. 365-8571 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay . ............................................ 365-4411 Dive Guana . ........................................................................ 365-5178 Man-O-War Dive Shop . ....................................................... 365-6013 Cart Rentals Marsh Harbour . 367-2655 . 367-7368 . . . . 367-2979 . . . . . Green Turtle Cay . . . . Guana Cay . . . Lubbers Quarters Man-O-War . . . Hope Town . . . . . . . Treasure Cay . 365-8623 . 365-8582 . . Visitors Guide Restaurant Guide + Picnic tables & restroom only Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour . . . . . . . 367-7272 . . . . 367-3778 . . . . . . . . 367-2366 . . + . 367-3796 . . 367-2278 . . Hope Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . + . Little Harbour Lubbers Quarter Man-O-War . ................................. . Guana Cay . . . . . . Treasure Cay . . . . Green Turtle Cay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sandy Point Everyone reads The Abaconian Emergency Services B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 Fire Man-O-War 365-6911 Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue 365-9112 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 Medical Services . . . . . 365-8288 . . . . Abaco Marinas Green Turtle Cay . . 32 . . . . . . Treasure Cay . . . Man-O-War . 26 . Marsh Harbour . . . 75 . . 36 . . 29 . . Hope Town . . 6 . . . Spanish Cay . 75 . Guana Cay . . . 37 . . Tours & Excursions Airlines Serving Abaco . 367-2266 . . . . . . . . Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida . 367-2266 . Taxi Cab Fares ffective Dec 08 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Effective Dec 08 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Attractions Albert Lowe Museum . ....................................... Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits . ....... Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden . .......................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum . ........................ Hope Town Elbow Cay Light Station . ........................................... Hope Town Walk to & swim on Mermaid Reef off M Harb. . .. Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole . ............. Treasure Cay farm road Art studio & working foundry. ........................ Little Harbour Working boatyards . ........................................... Man-O-War cay Pocket beaches Miles of beach are generally on ocean exposures Items of interest ask tourism 367-3067Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised 16 Nov 11 Compliments of The Abaconianwww.abaconian.comAlburys Ferry Service Marsh Harbour>Hope Town 7:15am 9:00am 10:30am 12:15pm 2:00pm 4:00pm 5:45pm Return: 8:00 am 9:45am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 5:00pm 6:30pm Marsh Harbour>Man-O-War 10:30am 12:15pm 2:30pm 4:00pm 5:45pm Return: 8:00am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:15pm 5:00pm Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay From Conch Inn (6:45am Union Jack Dock) 10:30am 1:30pm 3:30pm 5:45pm Return: 8 am 11:30am 2:30pm 4:45pm 6:30pm Note: During the month of August through December there are some adjustments made to the schedule. You are advised to contact the office for the changes. 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 Treasure Cay Casaurina Point Cherokee Crossing Rocks Green Turtle Cay Hope Town Man-O-War


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January 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 1 JANUARY 1st, 2012 By Bradley Albury St. James Methodist Church in Hope Town presented its annual Christmas play to residents and visitors as part of the churchs mission outreach. Titled Christ mas: Where, When and Why, the musical ran through December 14 to the 16 and showcased performances of more than 50 youth from the community. While the young actors, aged between four and 15, must be commended for their perfor mance, the parents and volunteers were critical to shows success. St. James uses the proceeds raised through its Christmas production to support the Bilney Lane Childrens Home in Nassau. Under the direction of Carrie Cash and Jane Engle, each of the kids performing had a chance to shine. For three nights the audience was entertained by song and dance, all choreographed by Mrs. Engle and Yvette Pinder over 10 weeks of re hearsals. The community effort necessary for this Hope Town holiday tradition was tireless and required many, such as An drea Gottlieb and Simone Russell, to fill visit to Man-O-War Upcoming Events Several of the main characters of the Wizard of Oz confer about their strategy to have an audience with the Wizard. Shown are the Cowardly Lion (Christopher Sawyer), Dorothy (Makayla Marshall), the Tinman (Sarah Stapley) and the Scarecrow (Sondley Cajoe). This the fourth production that was organized by Elaine and Andre Pelon. See story on page 15. Santa Claus visited Man-O-War as he does every year, thrilling the youngsters. All the children received a package of candy from Santa, then received another gift. The morning visit by Santa is followed by a community meal. This event is held in the school yard. Please see Hope Town Play Page 2 Elaborate costumes, extensive backdrops, specialty lighting plus hours and hours of rehearsals result in an outstanding production that brings meaning to the Christmas season to the residents of Elbow Cay. This year the musical play Christmas: Where, When and Why was performed three times, packing St. James Methodist Church each time. The production is a joint effort of locals and second homeowners. At approximately 7:13 p.m. on Decem ber 9 the community of Marsh Harbour received an terrible shock as 44-year-old Claude Collins was shot multiple times outside his home in Sweetings Village. According to the police report Mr. Col lins succumbed to his wounds and was officially pronounced dead at the Marsh Har bour Government Clinic later that night. On December 11 the report said that six persons were taken into custody, quesPlease see Page 21 Approximately 300 persons gath ered on the court behind the Man-OWar Primary School to expand on the simple Christmas tradition begun in 1938 by early sec ond homeowners, the Zwickles, who gave out Christmas candy to the chil dren. Seventy-three years later the cel ebration includes a visit by Santa, gifts for the children and a breakfast feast. A vast variety of food, sweets and bever Please see Cays Page 6


Page 2 Section B The Abaconian January 1, 2012 more than one role. The stage hands, under the management of Ashley Knowles, provided seamless transitions between scenes Hope Town Play From Page 1 allowing the focus to remain on the actors. The plays first act focused on a small group of kids being led by their grandma to fulfill their school project of interview ing town residents about their favorite Christmas memory. This leads them to the Christmas Tree Farm where we are introduced to Tan N. Baum, played by Luke Albury, his sib lings, played by Kora Wilhoyte and Summer Aberle, and their holiday-themed farm helpers. Between song and dance the kids start piecing their school project together, but not before running into the typical Christmas Grinch in the character of Evan-Neezer, played by Lavelle Arnett. While watching the youth reminisce about their favorite Christmas memory was entertaining, it echoed an unsaid sentiment shared by many in the audience. For many, Christmas has more emotion attached to it than any other time of the year. It is not just the memory of a favorite gift received as a child or a rosy flashback to decorat ing a tree for the first time as newlyweds. It is this promise that you will relive your favorite memory again in some small way each Christmas and that your kids and grand-kids will share in it and carry it on. It is potent, and Mrs. Cash, along with the other show-runners, manages to capture it each year and put it on display inside the small church. The second act found us in familiar sur roundings as far as Christmas pageants go. A living nativity scene with small children dressed as adorable livestock, the three wise men, Mary, Joseph and a beat-box ing camel. As the play came closer to its finish, the dance numbers became more elaborate and the singing more energetic as the entire glitter-covered choir was now on stage reprising the opening medley. This was, of course, the presentation of the best Christmas memory: Jesus birth and the tidings of peace and goodwill to mankind. At the shows close, Peggy Thompson presented each actor and crew member for the final bow of the performance. Mrs. Thompson, herself being a driving energy for the Christmas play each year, deserved applause as well. The Bilney Lane Chil drens Home was again brought to the audiences attention. The Christmas play, being the churchs main fundraiser for the year, is always highly anticipated. It de -The two-act musical play produced by the community of Hope Town was performed in St. James Methodist Church three times. The annual play is so popular that those wanting to attend have to previously get a ticket to be admitted. However, the tickets are free. The wise men enter bearing gifts for the infant Jesus. In the second act, the nativity scene dominates with the the story of the the birth of Jesus being reacted. There is an appeal for the audience to support the churchs outreach program that sends children from a home to summer camp each year. Please see Hope Town Play Page 15


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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian January 1, 2012 By Rashida Murray On December 10 dedicated patrons streamed onto Treasure Cay Primary grounds for food, fun and festivities at the 4th Annual North Abaco Christmas Cel ebration. The Celebration offered a variety of Bahamian cuisine, specialized gifts and holiday decorations. Appetites were more than satisfied with the combination of na tive dishes on sale. The food vendors included Full Gospel Assembly and the Holy Saviors Church that catered in effort to raise funds for their church. With the as sistance of Chef Noel St. Claude, the Students With Ambitious Goals, SWAG, S.C. Bootle Highs J. A. Company, marketed seasonal dcor items and delectable sugary treats. Among the holiday trinkets, Nadine Rolles ever popular Bahamian crafts had Androsian prints popping out in various colors. To kick off events, the sound of sirens beckoned the arrival of Santa Claus in a mo torcade of fire trucks. Santas blazing entry drew tons of dreamyeyed boys and girls to show their excitement. Eagerly the little ones lined up to receive a gift from Santa for be ing good this year. It was not too long after that the man of the hour dressed in a red suit was whisked away by a caravan of firemen. The magic of the mo ment ensued with the emergence of Dora, Diego and Sponge Bob on scene. The children were completely enam ored by the whimsical characters and they surrounded the three Disney characters. Trumping this expe rience was the lighting of the Christmas tree by the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham. The twinkle in the eyes of the young and old gathered under the lights was indeed a spectacle! Evenings festivities included Christmas carols, poetry and dramatics softly playing into the merriment of the moment. The Youth Vibe Steppers of St. Andrews Baptist Church, the New Di rection of Full Gospel Assembly and the pulsating beats of the Brown Tip Rake N Scrapers raised the tempo of the celebra tions. Climaxing with the main feature, Her Majestys Prison Pop Band was fol lowed by the Treasure Cay Junkanoo pa rade. The 4th Annual North Abaco Christmas Celebration was a family experience en joyed by all. The Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham flipped the switch that turned on the lights of the Christmas tree at the North Abaco Christ mas Celebration held on December 10 at the Treasure Cay schoolyard. These two youngsters enjoyed dancing to the lively music at the Celebration. The children had lots to do for entertainment. The Prime Minister greeted everyone. Monarch Air Group 5535 NW 23 Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 954.958.0445 954.958.0447 (fax)On Demand Aircraft Charter ServicesCost effective small and large cargo aircraft, operated by experienced flight crews Linked to US Customs via AMS for goods shipped to the U.S. Call Us Today! Your Cargo Specialists


January 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 By Bradley Albury Residents and guests in Hope Town were treated to carols, tradition and snacks during its annual tree lighting ceremony. Pastor Vernon Malone started the evening in prayer and addressed the crowd gath ered in Jarrett Park. After the introduction, Don Cash delivered Chief Councilllor Jer emy Sweetings personal address as he was unable to attend that evening. The signifi cance of the holiday season and the contin ued work of the Hope Town Council were the key points of Mr. Sweetings address. Several classic, beautiful Christmas car ols were sung by the congregation in the cool evening air. Kristen Powers led the makeshift choir with an acoustic guitar as the service progressed. After several Christmas favorites were sung, young Ma lie Bethel officially lit the beautiful town tree. After the tree was lit and a haunting rendition of O Holy Night was delivered by the gathered crowd, children of all ages were asked place their own special ornaments on the tree. The service ended with the residents and visitors being invited to several tables of refreshments. The sandwiches, sweets and treats were enjoyed by the crowd as they mingled and wished each other seasons greetings. Hope Town visitors joined with residents to celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree. Shown is a group that is leading the singing of traditional Christmas carols before the tree was lit. Once again the Elbow Cay lighthouse is in her full Christmas regalia. The Hope Town Harbour Rats under the leadership of Mark Kopp decorated her on December 8. This photo shows the Up Top crew. They are Rick Judge, Kim Rody-Kopp, Kristen Powers, Lisa Fleetwood, Mark Kopp, and Ann Gooding. The ground crew (not in photo) were Paul Gooding, Carol and Dave Pahl and Betsy and Doug Moody. A variety of food was offered at the Hope Town tree lighting ceremony that took place outside the library.


ages had been prepared in the many ManO-War kitchens. This year, following a short reason for the season Bible reading, prayer and car ols with Glenn Albury introducing the key players of the program, Santa was sum moned loudly by the children. He came on a golf cart with a sack of candy and took his place on a chair by the Christmas tree. Approximately 40 children lined up and reached into Santas sack to retrieve a candy bag. Later they received other gifts. Not to be put off by this diversion, the adults lined up to fill their plate from a long food table with a generous assortment of food. Native residents mingled with second homeowners to renew friendships and Cays From Page 1 catch up on happenings while school boys entertained themselves by lighting fire crackers.Guaua Cay lights By Samantha V. Evans The chill of Christmas time is in the air and one can surely feel it on Great Guana Cay. On December 10 the Christmas tree lighting ceremony was held on Guana Cay where residents and second homeowners gathered for this event. Councillor Glenn Laing opened the service and Rev. James Mosley covered the event with a prayer reminding all of the reason for the season which is the birth of Christ. A beautiful poem was read by Bronson Sands, who compared Jesus to Santa. He encouraged us to put Christ back in Christmas. Edison Key, MP for South Abaco, com mended the team for beautifully decorating the area for the event. He felt privileged to have been invited to all three of their tree lighting services. He is happy that he always sees so many second homeowners here to share the occasions with the locals. He, too, reiterated that Christmas is about Christ so we must take the time to give thanks for all our blessings and for this beautiful country where we live. He noted that so many people travel to The Bahama Islands daily and many express their desire to reside here which speaks to the time and effort the Lord put into creating this para dise we all call home. He told parents to remember those who made Great Guana Cay great and to share the history of this cay with their children. Finally, he reminded residents to remem ber the shut-ins and elderly who cannot always get out. This is the season to visit them and to show them love. The tree was lit by Chorene Fording, followed by the sharing of a wonderful meal prepared by locals. After everyone ate, Santa posed for pictures with the chil dren and gave them treat bags. The finale of the night was a talent com petition organized by the kids themselves. The winning group was Crazy Dancers who received a cash prize. The Christmas tree lighting was sponsored by Guana Harbour Grocery. A special thank you is extended to Marlena Please see Cays Page 7 The Man-O-War Christmas community breakfast is a very substantial meal. This year Santas visit and the meal were held on December 26, the official Christmas holiday. The event is a great time to see friends and neighbours and welcome visitors and second homeowners. The community Christmas tree on Great Guana Cay was lit by Chorene Fording. Oth ers in the picture are Councillor Glenn Laing and Donna Sands assisting Mrs. Fording.


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The Council partnering with the So jer Day Committee hosted the event that brought the community together on December 8 at the volleyball court. Master of Ceremonies Arthur Elden opened the ceremony with a welcome and the sound of Christmas carols rang in the evening air as the crowd sang together. Bro. Glenn Albury opened the evening with prayer. A short devotion was given by Pastor David Savage on the Christmas story along with a scripture reading. The crowd was entertained when Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting then hosted Name that Tune game where persons had to guess the musician who was singing the Christmas melodies playing in the background. The Chief Councillor then brought Christmas greetings on behalf of the District Council. Mr. Sweeting escorted Mary Albury to light the Christmas tree. The organiz ing committee selects a senior citizen each year to light the tree. After a 10-second countdown, Mary Albury lit the beautiful tree. The tree shone brightly. Then the sur rounding lights were turned out so only the lights from the Christmas tree illuminated the area. The community then sang Silent Night. It was truly a peaceful moment. The ceremony closed with a prayer of fered by Pastor Randy Crowe. Refresh ments capped off a perfect evening and many lingered around fellowshipping and enjoying the genuine spirit of Christmas.Hope Town District By Timothy Roberts The continued erosion of the upper Dune Road and the potential danger were the main concerns for the Hope Town District Council during its meeting on De comply. In response to the complaints that Lighthouse Marina got after putting up its new boat rack, the owner has agreed to take down boat racks that are obstructing the view of the lighthouse. The owner has agreed to rebuild them in a different loca tion on site and they will not be as tall. The Elbow Cay Associations request for an approval for a gazebo for the Low and funded by the association, was ap proved in principle but will need approval from the Port Authority. Chris Prewitt, along with homeowners on the North End of Elbow Cay sought assistance from the Council as they carry out much needed repairs to the North End Road, which in some areas is even difficult for a bicycle. The homeowners requested some financial assistance and meowners are all contributing to the work and doing their share BEC staff will be in Hope Town on De cember 19 to put up 18 street lights, many of which were destroyed during Hurri cane Irene in August.An earlier report on the Hope Town District Council made reference to Joes Cay development as having financial problems. This is not correct. It is be lieved that any remark of this nature ap plied to another pending development. We apologize for the error.Cays From Page 6 cember 15 as Christmas and New Years Day were just around the corner. Members of the Council discussed the possibility of getting more pallets and stacking them higher on the eastern side of the road. Members believe if work does not commence soon the road may need to be closed. The dune road was undermined due to the storm surge and waves during Hurricane Irene in August and has since eroded to a single lane road. to restore the dune road south of Abaco before work commenced the need to re store and secure the dune road north of the money had to be re-purposed and a new scope of works done. Concerns were raised about someone who is building a structure which was ap proved by the Council in the White Sound area that is bigger than approved plans. The person was given an approval for a 16-foot by 16-foot storage shed. It is now ing built too close to the boundary of the property. It is now being partitioned as if it were a house. The Council has a stop work order against it and will send a letter to the builder telling him to comply with the plans which were approved and move it 15 feet back from the property boundary or the building will need to be removed. The builder is being given two weeks to North Abaco By Woody Bracey MD Early in December a storm-displaced homing pigeon decided to make Royal ond home. He became attached to the won derful loft of Jules and Judy Farinhas and their pet poodle. Attempts to relocate him to a bird feeding site one mile away could not convince him to live elsewhere. Anne Albury offered Rico a fine ac commodation in a more rural setting five miles away late one afternoon when it was too dark for him to fly anywhere. But next line. Owners Farinhas had to depart for Florida so the food source was disappear ing just as neighbors Bill and Lorna First brook arrived from Canada with their fully clawed cats Dienie and Chloe. To date Rico has managed to avoid them and is receiving food handouts from people in Mariners Cove and Pineapple Point as well as Royal Palm. Based on the numbers and letters on his bright green right leg band, I was able to go online and, via the International Rac ing Pigeon Federation, contact the young Puerto Rico. Because of the prohibitive expense and regulations of airline-assisted international bird travel, it seems Rico will have to find his own way home if so in clined. Meanwhile, we are enjoying his neighborly flights and will be delighted if he continues to prefer Treasure Cay. Puerto Rico


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James and Donna Rees BROKERSRENTALS Casaurina Point 2 bed/2 bath Happy Holidays! CURRYS FOOD STORE Located on the harbour front South Abaco News By Lee Pinder On December 10 a small group met at the Abaco Club at Winding Bay on the road to Cherokee Sound. Included in the group were Edison Key, MP for South Abaco and Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural ick Munnings, Chairman of Community Footprints Committee/ Abaco Club. This meeting was arranged so that The Abaco Club could officially donate a three-modu lar office complex to BAICs. new Farm ers Market project in Marsh Harbour now under construction. The Abaco Club told us that the office for an anticipated expansion of the Development Department, which never material ized due to the prolonged economic downturn. The complex has never been used and is still like brand new. Each modular conditioned offices complete with toilets, showers and a kitchenette. Originally purfaced with shipping the offices back to the States for re-sale in a still uncertain mar ket. Instead it was decided to offer the office complex to the Bahamian government for use by the local community. The Min istry of Finance recently gave its approval for the transfer to government to be used as a craft center/office of BAIC at the new Farmers Market in Marsh Harbour. Mr. Key accepted the donation on be half of BAIC and the government and said that it would make a welcome addition to Abacos first permanent Farmers Market. He plans that the modules will be situated where the old Works Department building now stands that will soon be torn down. BAIC will be responsible for the transport ing of the modules to Marsh Harbour a permanent foundation is in place. Mr. Key said that the modules will undoubtedly draw more people to the park area as a Craft Center/Office with so many talented local artists who would then have a place to display some of their work. This generous gift from The Abaco Club at Winding Bay is another donations that has taken place on Abaco over the years. Besides wanting to be good neighbours and trying to stay involved as permanent resi dents in The Bahamas, they, too, want to see a successful and thriving community which will, in turn, enhance their own suc cess. Work has begun. Rudy Pinder has donated his trencher, his helpers and his own time to get the work started on the new clinic project in Cherokee Sound. Rudy was born in Cherokee and his family still owns property here. I imagine he can re member his mother taking him or one of his brothers or sisters to the old clinic for an emergency when they were just small children and the government doctor came to Cherokee on his monthly visit. I have personally heard about some of these emergencies and wonder to myself how the patients survived. Mr. Pinder also real izes how important a clinic will be to our older residents today. Im sure everyone appreciates his help and wants to thank him for his generosity. Our second home residents, family and friends in Cherokee always come through for us. No matter what we are trying to do for the settlement, they come to our rescue, probably because they all have such fond memories of growing up in this unique Out Island settlement. Sadly, times have changed, but you cant fault us for trying to retain that uniqueness. In talking with some of the older resi dents in Cherokee I can remember their referring to the rebuilding of the Method ist church after one very devastating hur ricane. The women were proud of the fact that they carried sand from the beach so that the next day the men could mix the cement to lay the blocks. They did it in the nighttime after they had finished their bak ing, cooking, washing, ironing and housework and gotten the children to bed (and back then they had large families of eight the work was but reminded me that it was for the good of Cherokee. That told me all I needed to know. It was a matter of civic pride. But then you have to have known some of these women. They were without a doubt some of the strongest women I have ever met. Alone for five and six weeks at a time while their men folk were off fish The Abaco Club at Winding Bay generously donated three modular buildings to govern ment to be used at the new BAIC Farmers Market site in Marsh Harbour. Accepting the donation was Edison Key, Chairman of the Board of BAIC, shown here in the center. Accompanying him were his daughter Lorna Russell and his wife Kathy. Donating the buildings were Ron Parker, General Manager, and Fred Munnings, II, Director of Human Resources, both of the Abaco Club. Please see South Page 9 These are the three modular buildings that will eventually provide offices and restrooms for the Farmers Market in Marsh Harbour. They will replace the old Works Department building that will be torn down.


January 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsMon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm Sat 7:30am-7pmThe Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food Fair More South Abaco News South From Page 8 ing, they did what they had to do and much of it would be considered too strenuous for women to accomplish today, but they did it. It is not an accident that our visitors re fer to us as one of the cleanest and neatest little settlements in all of Abaco. This is truly a little piece of heaven down below and as I heard those women remark on sev eral occasions all those many years ago. Our community needs a clinic, and we all need to do our part to make it happen. I am not professing that the women volun teer to help with the construction, but just point out that volunteers are needed. As the overseer, Andrews Fry of the Abaco Club at Winding Bay is volunteering his time and services. Why not give him a call at ther with your time or a donation. A build ing fund account has been set up at Royal Bank and I am sure that the Committee Treasurer will be giving periodic reports on receipts of donations and expenditures. The Silver Forrest was a Christmas play directed by Peggy Albury and sponsored by CMI Aftershock Ministry. It took place in the W.W. Sands Community Center in Cherokee Sound on December 10. Afterwards the ladies put on quite a Christmas feast featuring many delicious breads and foods traditionally prepared at this time of the year in other countries. The presentation was a musical per formed by our local students playing the parts and singing the songs aimed at telling others about JESUS since He is the real reason for our Christmas celebrations. And even though there have been many Christ mas plays in Cherokee over the years, this is only the second time that Andy and Sherry Lowes Aftershock group have got ten involved. It took weeks of rehearsals and many long hours of practice. It played to a packed house with standing room only and was enjoyed by all. We congratulate those who took part in putting this beautiful Christmas Program together, adults and children alike.The childrens Bible study group at Epworth Methodist Church put on its semiannual Kids Korner Program on Decem ber 11. The children sang some of their favourite songs and recited passages from the Bible for the enlightenment and enter tainment of family and friends. Cookies, hot cocoa, punch and cookies were served at the back of the church afterwards. It is always an uplifting program, and we think Rudy Pinder is making trenches for the foundation for the new clinic to be built in Chero kee Sound. The community thanks Mr. Pinder for donating the work he did. On December 17 volunteers filled potholes on the paved roads at Bahama Palm Shores. Materials were purchased by the Palm Shores Owners Association. The trailer pictured here is owned by the Association and available for use to its members. All residents of Bahama Palm Shores are invited to join the Association for a pot luck supper and general meeting to be held at the fire house on January 21 at 3 p.m.Please see South Page 10


Page 10 Section B The Abaconian January 1, 2012 Ron-Paul Cabinets PlusC all or visit our showroom Marsh Harbour GE 1.1 Microwave EMMERSONSS Front1.1 Microwave Bunk Beds Mattress Box Springs Bed Frames GE 4.5 CU. FT. Refrigerator IGLOO 1.7 CU. FT. Refrigerator SOLID WOODDressers $750 Chest $450 & $525Commercial Carpet $12.50 sq.yd. Padding $5.50 sq.yd. Queen Regular Mattress....$240 Box Spring..............................$165 Queen Orthopedic Mattress.$285 Box Spring..............................$180 Queen Pillow Top Mattress..$550 Box Spring..............................$190 the children did a wonderful job. You missed out if you missed the week before Christmas in Cherokee. There were carolers who strolled through the streets of Cherokee singing Christmas carols. The Candlelight Service was held on Sunday evening, December 18, to a packed house. The lighting of the community Christmas Tree with a visitation from Santa took place on Christmas Eve as it does every year with the usual Christmas feast served afterwards at the W.W. Sands Community Center after Santa had finished handing out all the gifts. And, of course, for those hardy souls, Fore-Day Meetings took place at 5 a.m. on Christmas Eve morning and Christmas morning as well as Watch Night Services on New Years Eve. And strange as it may sound, Cherokee folks burn Guy Fawkes effigies on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. These are all traditions that have been taking place in Cherokee since the 1940s and still attract quite a crowd including second homeowners, residents from near by Yellow Wood, Winding Bay and Little Harbour as well as many with Cherokee roots who live in other places. Its a time of well wishers and family get-togethers. Christmastime in Cherokee has always been a special time of the year. Another year has come and gone. We have all lost friends, neighbours and loved ones. But it has also been a time to reflect South From Page 9 More South Abaco News on all the blessings we have received dur ing this same time period. Here is hoping you had a very Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year. By Mirella Santillo It was an overcast morning that greeted the bird watchers as they met at dawn at the Y on Capt. Ernest Dean Highway. Sixteen people gathered on that December 17 to participate in the annual Audubon So ciety Christmas Bird Count. The bird count, aimed at keeping track of the population of migrants and native birds on the island, has also become a social event with ornithologists from other islands of The Bahamas and regular visitors volunteering once a year to do the count. Seventy-five species were recorded this year, which is fewer than previous years. The record number of species for this and number of participants influenced the results as well as the number of birds to be counted. Hurricane Irene may have had some influence on our fewer number this year. Three groups dispersed to different lo cations. Four people led by David Knowles disappeared in the Abaco National Park. Reginald Patterson and his team proceeded towards Crossing Rocks while Dr Woody Bracey with the reminder of the partici pants took off for Sandy Point. Because of the wide area covered and the variety of habitats, almost all species of endemic and migrant birds usually found at this time of the year can be recorded. The pine forest usually abounds with warblers while one can observe coppice and water residents around Crossing Rocks. Sandy Point at low tide is the perfect location for shore birds. Dr Braceys group was treated to watching a brown pelican that put on a diving show. Another exciting sighting for Dr Bracey was that of feathered resident is very shy, so seeing one is always a thrill. No parrots were seen in the for est, although a distant squawking was heard. But some little Bahama woodstar hummingbirds were observed high in the pine trees, an un usual occurrence as they usually fre quent much lower flowering bushes. For some on the count a couple of red-tailed hawks and an immature white ibis were the highlights of the trip. P.O. Box AB-20180, Marsh Harbour, AbacoMammograms OfferedFor Appointments Call 367-0020Extended Care (After Hours) Call 577-0113A General Practioner is on staff Monday through SaturdayFor a free mammogram, contact the Cancer Society or Mrs. Marjolein Scott at 367-3744 to find out the criteria. Dr. Bodie Gynecologist/ Obstetrician January 7, 2012 Dr. Ohueyi Dermatologist/Internist January 7, 2012 Dr. Neely Physical Therapy January 7, 2012 Ms. Sandra Watson Ultrasound Technician, Echocardiogram January 7, 2012 Dr. Elaine Lundy General Practioner January 9 January 13, 2012 Dr. Keith Lewis Chiropractor January 9 January 13, 2012 Dr. Ronald Knowles Obstetrician / Gynecologist January 11, 2012 Dr. Winston Campbell, Ears, Nose & Throat Specialist, Sleep Apnea January 12, 2012 Dr. Frumentus Leon Obstetrician / Gynecologist January 14, 2012 Dr. Michael Caplia Optometrist January 18, 2012 Dr. Paul Hunt Pediatrician, Asthma and Allergy Testing January 21, 2012 Ms. Nikeia Watson Mammogram January 21, 2012 Dr. Duranda Ash Ophthamologist January 28, 2012 Abaco Marine Props Propellers Reconditioned & RehubbedPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless AluminumSandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas The Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count for South Abaco was held on December 17. A total of 75 species was recorded. Shown are three of the observers diligently searching the trees. Please see South Page 14


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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian January 1, 2012 IN ADDITION TO THE TRANSFER FEE, WESTERN UNION MAKES MONEY WHEN IT CHANGES YOUR MONEY INTO FOREIGN CURRENCY. Prices subject to change without notice. 2011 Western Union Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Use your Western Union Card when you send the gift of cash to Haiti. Stay connected with loved ones back home Away from family too lonG Send money to Haiti and get FREE BTC Phone cards outreach partyBy Clint Kemp Environmental stewardship and creativ ity came together at Schooner Bay this weekend. Pari Kemp, a 10th grade student at Lyford Cay School, along with Antoinious Roberts led a group of 5th and 6th graders from Crossing Rocks and Sandy Point on a day of discovery and fun, pick ing up beach plastic and other items of trash that would be transformed into trea sures. The purpose of the activity was to bring awareness to the staggering problem of South From Page 10 More South Abaco News Schooner Bay hosted the children of Crossing Rocks and Sandy Point to a day of fun and learning. The children collected plastic from the beach, then used it to create art work. This is part of an educational thrust to develop an awareness of our environment and the need to protect it. plastic in our oceans and on our beaches. Pari has chosen this issue as a personal project and invited the students from South Abaco to join in. The day was full of beach combing and the discovery of the prolific amount of plastic that covers our beaches. As plastic takes hundreds of years to break down it just keeps breaking into smaller pieces. On close observation the students discovered that the beach is actually a mix ture of sand and millions of tiny pieces of ground up plastic. The group observed the beauty of the environment and the natural habitat. One of those discoveries was a juvenile logger head turtle that had been washed up on the beach and was struggling to survive. Glen Kelly, Town Manger at Schooner Bay who is also a marine biologist, suggested that the turtle be taken to Atlantis in Nas sau for treatment. A few phone calls later and plans were in place to transport the wounded turtle to the care of the Atlantis aquarium team. After collecting beach trash, the after noon became an art workshop in making dream catchers and Christmas ornaments from what was found. By Mirella Santillo Four young tennis players from Abaco, Robert Russell, Ivan Curry, Nardo Lowe and Christian Fox, made it to the semifinals and finals in the Fall Classic Tennis Tournament held in Nassau in November. Tennis Pro Bobby Russell took nine Nassau to participate in the beginners and intermediate categories of the Fall Classic Tournament. It was an opportunity to get the kids exposed to better players, ex plained Mr. Russell. He was pleased with the results of the games. His son Robert placed first in the intermediate category while Ivan Curry took the second place. Nardo Lowe and Christian Fox, both under 10 years old, went all the way to the Tennis Pro Bobby Russell took a group of nine players to compete in a tennis tournament in Nassau. Four of them made it to the semi-finals and finals. Please see Tennis Page 15


January 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 livers entertainment not just to the Hope Town community, but also financial sup port to the orphaned children who will once again be able to experience a summer camp thanks in large part to the efforts of the young actors, their parents and the en during support and work of the volunteers.Hope Town Play From Page 2 By Canishka Alexander In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz, the Marsh Harbour Dance Theatre presented its latest performance on December16 at Agapes Grace Gym. According to Elaine Pilon, artistic di rector and producer, Abaco has lots of tal ent. Everybody loves the Wizard of Oz, she remarked. Its a classic. Her husband, Andre Pilon, designed a spectacular set with sound effects and light ing for the cast to perform on as Makayla Marshall as Dorothy and her dog Toto get caught in the path of a tornado and are swept away to the Land of Oz. Along the way Dorothy meets fascinating friends and foes on her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz, played by Philip Hall. Margo Albury was a convincing Wick ed Witch of the West while Christopher Sawyer added humour as the Cowardly Lion. Also accompanying Dorothy on her journey were the Tinman played by Sarah Stapley and the Scarecrow played by Sondley Cajoe. Mrs. Pilon commended Denton Gay for his performance as a guest dancer as well as Garnell Stuart, a classical pianist, who entertained during the intermission. Mrs. Pilon discovered the talent of Sondley Cajoe, who played the Scarecrow, while offering dance classes at Central Abaco Primary School. She described him as a great actor, singer and scholar adding that he is a talented boy who will go a long way. The first production by the Marsh Harbour Dance Theatre was the Nutcracker, followed by Annie, Cinderella and then The Sound of Music. Elaine Pilon, center, was the producer of the musical play the Wizard of Oz. She is rec ognizing them here after the performance. The Munchkins greeted Dorothy on her arrival in the Land of Oz and were delighted that she had gotten rid of the Wicked Witch of the West. The Munchkins were the youngest of the dancers to perform. semi-finals in the beginners category. those two levels of ability Mr. Russell added that he was im pressed to see how well they played in a setting they were not used to. He took advantage of the trip to expose the children to some fun activities such as bowling and sightseeing. Since June Bobby Russell who teaches tennis at the Abaco Club at Winding Bay, has been holding a tennis clinic several times a week at the tennis court in Dundas Town for more than The journey to Nassau was made possible thanks to the many sponsors, most of them local construction companies, and the McKormick family, who is supporting his work with the children. His next goal is to organize a trip to a tennis camp in the United States to further reinforce their competitive skills.Tennis From Page 14 These are two of the women who worked hard to make the Hope Town musical a suc cess, Peggy Thompson and Carrie Cash. Support the Abaco Cancer Society


The funeral for Solomon McBride, 77, formerly of The Bight, Moores Island, was held on Decem ber 10 in Freeport. Interment was also on Grand Ba hama. He is sur vived by his wife of 54 grandchildren Gaynell, Althea, Gabrielle, Genae, Gianina, Gayland Jr., Lakeisha, Ethel Fox, Rowena Fawkes, Monica Fox in-law Nina Carey McBride and Shavonne Celstine Swain, Eucylene Hunt, Sandra, Tyra, Samuel, Edison, Rodney and Anderson Davis, Adline and Betty Johnson, An nalee Knowles, Katie, Antonette, Kendal, Salathiel, Eugene and Ronnie McBride, Princess and Kent Fawkes, Sebastan, Al exandria and Nicola Lewis, Desiree, Me lissa, Michaela, Gary, Brinton and Deshon Fox, Fefica Dean, Fertina Turnquest and Charmine Bootle, Ethlyn and Peggie and friends. The funeral for Dorothea Christine Thompson 85, of Nassau, who died at her residence on December 5, was held in Nassau on December 13. Interment was in Nassau. She was predeceased by her husband, Roscoe W. Thompson, son, Ross Thompson. She is survived by her daugh ter, Bonnie son-inchildren, Roscoe Thompson III, Jason Thompson, Jeffrey Thompson and Rick Hazlewood, Whit Hazlewood, Matthew Reid, Sofia Reid, Alex Thompson, Rocky Thompson, Dylan Thompson, Kimberly Rivet, Britini Thompson, Alyse Thompson and Leah Thompson. The funeral service for Diana Jane Wells, 63, of Fox Town was held on De cember 17 at St. Annes Anglican Church in Crown Haven. Fr. DeAngelo Bowe officiated assist ed by Fr. Dwight Rolle and Erskine Wells. Inter ment was in St. Chads Church Cemetery. She is survived by her children Troy Mill Jr., Andre Diaz, Alisa Diaz, Raneke and Robanish Taylor and Parker, Randy and Herbert, Tony Rolle, Jerry Butler, Anthony Wells Jr., Lionel Arlene McIntosh, Idella Mills, Shirley Wright, Barbara Williams, Valarie Rolle Charlie Mills, Alphonso Wright, Augus tine Williams, Whitney Rolle, Welling ton Burrows, Daniel, Cedric, Fred, Eric, Calmon, Elvern, Elton and Wayne Parker ronica, Virginia and Lillian Wells, Lillian, Josephine Melrose, Cynthia, Patrice and Andrea Parker, Doris Thompson and May ews Garnet and Marilyn Edgecombe, Riko, Pricilla Jollyan, Coretta, Daniel, Vangie, Walter, Pevan, Carlton, Livinia, Elvis and Tamara McIntosh, Rodney and Freti ma Parker Jr., David and Sharon Jones, Tina Wells, Anita and Donnie McIntosh, Indira Wells, Edmond, Tamara, Rodney, Charmaine, Frisco, Demetries, Trenaire, Nadra and Millisa Wells, Mark Henry, Danny, Zerma and Chris Russell, Tommy, Tamara Rolle, Charlene, Ivan, Trevor, Tasha, Ulesse and Cheryl Mills, Gary, Ateka Maurin, Hanson, Kadera Gardiner, Fonzie and Tristan Wright, Omar, Keora Archer, Alex, Alexis Davot, Christina and Austinique Williams, Desmond Collie Jr., Rosanne Laterio, Allentino Antonia, An thony Wells, Kayla, Withnevann, Valene, Wendell and Caleb Rolle, Wellio and An dequeon Burrows, Bishop Burnell Parker, Delgarna Parker, Shirley Parker-Smith, Rosnell Parker-Simmons and Sherry ins Shirley Greenslade, Darnell Ferguson, Sherry Nixon, Edison, Zilbert Russell, Rejoina Gray, Eva Bullard, Leroy, Eric, Anthony Curry, Disase Collie, Gretal, Et tame, Williame Martin, James and Joel Wells, Noamie McIntosh, Sonia Godet Darnell, Jeletta, Kirk Allardyic, Carolyn, Vanda and Patrica Rolle, Jonathan and Gen Russell, Ethel Charlton, Whitfield Russell, Verona Archer, Evelyn Wilson, Leroy Thompson, Bernard Thompson, Joey Rusand friends. The funeral service for Capt. Paul Thom as Curry 87, of Green Turtle Cay, who died at his residence on December 3, was held on December 17 at St. Peters Anglican Church on Green Turtle Cay. Fr. DeAnge lo Bowe officiated assisted by Fr. Dwight Rolle. Inter ment was in the Green Turtle Cay Public Cem etery. He is sur vived by his children Margue rita Levarity, Nothalee Cash, Angela Bodie, Rita Rob Obituaries of Famiy and Friends Capt. Paul Thomas Curry Solomon McBride Dorothea Thompson Diana Jane Wells Please see Obituaries Page 17


Guana Freight Services Regular Frei ght Runs to Guana Cay & Scotland Cay Office Phone 242-365-5190 Great Guana Cay FOR RENTWe sell Septic Tanks and other concrete products 367-0303 or 577-4801Fax: 367-2354 children Arnold and Verona Newbold, Kenvin Jones, Rose Johnson and Anthony law Michael Levarity, Everett Cash, Perry nis and Lisa, Rontonia Sr. and Emily Cindy Levarity, Anwar and Evette Moss, Kevin and Carla Gilbert Theodore and Almeta, Otis and Edris, Brad and Tashura, Reggie Clint, Shawn, Wilfred, Bernard, Dario and Garlyn Curry, Marie and Marvin Cash, Alicia Bodie, Marco and Tamara, Samuel, Coralee Roberts, Palmadge and Hichi Fer dren Kera Sears, Sheena Johnson, Amber Crystal, Dreson, Christen Samantha, Dani elle, Rontonio Jr., Dennis Jr., Levarity, Darenique and Cyniquetra Ford, Rickie Jr. and Randol North, Dashia and Anwarnique Moss, Calista Gilbert, Sharine, Paulette, Diajah Cierra, Theodore Jr., Quadrey, Tayshawn, Britney, Reggie Jr., Natalie and Claire Curry, Makai and Makayden Cash, Kirkland McIntosh Jr., Palmadge Jr., Isaac and Tashura Ferguson, Taria Mariah and Shasse Roberts, Renardo Cooper, Jade and Edwina Smith and family, Eudene Thomp son and family, Faye Major and family, Angela Bullard and family, Mary, Zorene and Brenhilda Curry, Jocelyn Smith and family, Kathrine Cooper and family, Ge nieve Woods and family, Therea Humes and family, Jacqueline Wylard and fam Grashon, John, Jonathan, Kenneth, Brent, Craig Curry and family, Winkie, Wilson, Jennie Reckley and family, Jane and Ers kine Curry and family, Degrandal Franks and family, Flora Sawyer and family, Movina Clarke and family, Pat, Fritz and Jackie Bootle and family, Evie Babbs and family, Felix Sawyer and family, Veronica Sidney Gaitor Taylor and friends. The funeral service for Virginia Igalee Pinder, 63, of Mount Hope and formerly of Wood Cay was held on December 17 at New Hope Baptist Church in Mount Hope. Pastor John McIntosh officiated, assisted by Rev. Jackie Curry. Interment was in the Fox Town Public Cemetery. She is survived by her husband Rudolph ton Sr., Donald and Garvin Pinder, Lavina Rudolph III, Rashad, Wellington Jr., Mataio, Deandra and Akeila Pin der, Leon ardo and Lavaro Dar ville, Nelli sha Roberts, Lavisco and Latonia King, Selina McIntosh, Shequita McKenny, Valencia Wright and Orita Munroe, Erma Duncombe, Jennymae Ferguson, Glencina Curry, Linda Mills, Maureen Brown, Marilyn Johnson, Ar ers Samuel and Austine Mills, Talbot and Beecham Johnson: brothers-in-law Joy Dun combe, Hiram Munroe, Bertram Ferguson, in-law Monica and Fredamae Mills, Patsy Johnson, Ludean Clark and Regina Saun dora Johnson, Priscilla Ferguson, Shenequa Russell, Valderine Gervis, Tamara and Mar guerita Duncombe, Charity Bennett, Max ine, Coreisa, Talbertha and Aprilla Johnson, Alexis and Albertha Ferguson, Patrana Dun combe, Valarie and Karen Laroda, Gener ose, Denise, Samantha and Austine Mills, Shantia and Carmell, Wendy King, Katrina, Deanya Thompson, Alecia and Courtney Clark, Jamarla and Star, Tasha Russell, La vern Lowe, Ann Pinder and Zelerine Adder Kranston and Sandal Key, Reuben, Octavous and Keith Russell, Kendrick and Dandrick Ferguson, Ryan Laroda, Samuel Jr., Curtis Mills, Leroy Sweeting, Elkenny Bar, Ste venson Griffin, Melvington Saunders, Carol Russell, Okeyno Thompson, Decarlo Rus other relatives and friends. The funeral for Sidney Gaitor Taylor 75, of Marsh Harbour was held on Decem in Marsh Harbour. Bro. Mervyn Drakes of ficiated. Internment was in the Marsh Har bour Public Cemetery. He is sur vived by his wife, sister, daughters, grandchil dren, greatgrandchild, nephew, niece, step children and many other relatives and friends. Brendalee Mills Cornish was born to Vi ola and Bertram Mills in 1961. She received her education at the Dundas Town All Age School and was in the first class to graduate from Abaco Central High School in Spring City. In 1989 she married George Cornish and the couple had three children. Brenda worked in the family business at Island Bakery. She was talented in the kitch en creating her own recipes for many of her delights. After a long illness she passed away on December 14 at the age of 50. Her funeral istries. Pastor Samuel Cornish officiated assisted by Pastor Clifford Henfield. Burial was in the Dundas Town Cemetery. She is survived by her husband George Virginia Igalee PinderObituaries From Page 16 Cornish, Pastor Sam uel (Car nish, Margue rita Cornish, Rosalie Cor nish-Jones and Ernes Alma, Dorothy Mills, Nora Smith, Edna Deveaux, Mildred Williamson, Sybil McK inney, Ethlyn Williams, Catherine, Clara and Francis McPhee, Mary McKinney and Cleola Sawyer, Cecil, Durward and Lofton Mills, Joel McPhee, Evangelist McPhee, es and nephews Odel, Bonica, Oneil (Tri Genesta, Adora and Daylene Mills, Teneil Rhema, Shiloh and Shalom Mills, Niwano inseya, Livingstone, Jr., and Anitra Cornish, Timothy and Anneisha Jones, Ashana, Alfre cousins Eunice, Janet, Judy, Francis, Ha zel, Maguerita, Rosemary, Wensilee, Nor ma, Maydawn, Debbie, Henza, Stephanie, Donna, Connie, Kayla, Aretha, Vanessa, Indira, Tanya, Tishura, Marquita, Anika, Melanie, Carolee, Sharon, Linda, Becky, Verna, Dean, Marilyn, George, Ross, Elvis, Michael, Troy, Dave, Fabian, Cay, Brian, Richard, Barry, Owen, Paul, Wayde, Glen, Don, Carl, Bradley, Lofton Jr. Gurlena, Berthamae, Earlston, Ian, Hexin, Sidney, Amos, Carlton, Flossie, Bridgette, Idella, Medlelo, Brian, Steven, Carol, Kayla, Crys tal, Elva, Vernique, Perry, Lanette, Eloise, Sybil Ferguson, Sylvia Smith and Patsy and tives and friends.More Obituaries of Famiy and FriendsBrendalee Cornish


Page 18 Section B The Abaconian January 1, 2012 People in the News Civil servant is By Canishka Alexander the Department of Marine Resources dis covered that in his haste that day he had that were not bad enough, the money did not belong to him. After retracing his steps, Mr. Saunders went back to the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic. Unbelievably, all of the money was accounted for. Denise Wallace, an em ployee, had found the money and returned it to the head nurse. If you were to ask me about the levels of honesty and integrity found in our country and more specifi cally here on Abaco, my answer would be somewhat despondent even though I know that there are persons on Abaco who still exemplify and exhibit what goodness represents, Mr. Saunders recalled. That Monday I experienced the highest plateau of honesty and integrity imagined. Before arriving at the clinic, Mr. Saun ders had already begun to think how some one had found the money and was smiling ear to ear during this holiday shopping pe riod. When he thanked Ms. Wallace from the bottom of his heart, it was hard to control his emotions as he was given the rare opportunity to look into the face of an honest woman. On December 19 he visited the clinic again to present a gift certificate and poinsettia arrangement to her. Both he and Ms. Wallace shared a tearful exchange as he presented her with the gifts. Visibly surprised, Ms. Wallace could only say, May God continue to bless you. Thank you.Bill Albury is Top William Lil Bill Albury has been named Producer for Abaco by Damianos Sothebys International Realty. Damianos honours its agents with outstanding sales records in each area annually. Representing buyers and sellers throughout Abaco for the past seven years, Lil Bill has consistently deliv ered to his clients a high level of profes sional service. A recent client feedback stated, The effort that you extended and the professionalism you carried through out the purchase process was beyond any thing we have experienced. Your assis tance and genuine helpfulness was beyond the call of duty. The Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Fame induction ceremony on November 5 at Government House in Nassau. Arthur Vincent David El den was one of 15 new members. Arthur has been in bodybuild ing for over 50 years, beginning his training in 1957. He en tered his first competition in 1960. won the Masters over 60 at the West Palm Beach Championship. The com ing year will see Arthur compete for the last time in the over 60 class as he will begin competing in the over 70 class in October. With his induction to the Hall of Fame, Arthur is the first person from Abaco to have this honour. In attendance was the Governor Gen eral, His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Lady Foulkes and the Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture, the Hon. Charles Maynard. Abaconian filmmaker Matthew McCoy was recently honored at the Fort Lauder dale International Film Festival with the Spirit of Independents Award for his docu mentary Andros: Living off the Land and Sea. Produced by The Nature Conservancy, this documentary explores the natural re sources of largest island in The Bahamas Please see People Page 19 Denise Wallace was rewarded for returning $1500 to Jeremie Saunders after he misplaced it. He gave her a gift certificate and a poinsettia for her honesty. Bill Albury Arthur Elden Matt McCoy


January 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 Best Investment in Little Harbour $279,000 1-419-610-6336 including its land crab population, fresh water reserves and the third largest barrier reef in the world and explores its poten tial to become an international eco tourism mecca. It was screened in Fort Lauderdale as well as the extension festivals on Grand Bahamas and Amelia Island. Mr. McCoys work can be seen on Conch Salad TV,, a video website that explores life in The Bahamas.Miss Teen Abaco By Samantha V. Evans On December 17 the reigning Miss Teen Abaco Daughters of Royalty, Rose-mike Charles visited children of the Sand Banks community in Treasure Cay. The teen queen thought it fitting during this season to spread love and joy and who better than to share it with children! Miss Teen Abaco reminded the children of the true reason for this season which is Jesus the Christ by reading to them the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Following the story time, Miss Teen distributed 45 Christmas gifts and candy canes to all the children, wishing them a merry Christmas and bringing smiles to their faces. The gifts were donated by the Miss Teen Abaco Daughters of Royalty Pageant Committee. Parents and other adults of the community stood by in support of the teens gesture and wished her well as she continues her reign. By Canishka Alexander Tyler Johnston of Little Harbour won the First Look Award at the 9th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival held on December 6-9. The short film called Five Bones was directed by Mr. Johnston and tells the story of a group of children from an underprivileged community with little money and few resources who cre ated their own entertainment by building kites out of the most basic materials. The music accompanying the three-minute long film was played by Maxine Lincoln, Mr. Johnstons cousin. Mr. Johnston was visibly excited about the win and was pleased to represent Abaco as a filmmaker. He is the son of Pete John ston of Johnstons Studios and Art Gallery and grandson of internationally acclaimed bronze sculptor, Randolph Johnston.People From Page 18 More People in the News Congratulations toRacquel SmithDaughter of Ricardo & Margel Smith of Marsh Harbour, on successful completion of all parts of the Uniform CPA examination on the first attempt. We are so proud of you. To God Be The Glory!!! Miss Teen Abaco, Rose-mike Charles, brought Christmas cheer to the children of Sand Banks immigrant community at Treasure Cay. She is shown here with some of the happy children. Groceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area WIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Green Turtle Cay Cancer research The Cancer Society of Abaco invites the public to attend an important meet ing. The meeting will be held on Janu ary 10 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Forest Heights Academy, Room 103. New information has been released that was announced at a Dallas, Texas, symposium for cancer research. Every resident of Abaco will want to know about the newest research.


Page 20 Section B The Abaconian January 1, 2012 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 No. 15 & 17, portion of Orchid Bay Subdivi sion Property comprises of 7,500 square feet. Appraised $90,000 for both or $45,000 per lot. Marsh Harbour Multi-purpose commer cial building known as Faith Convention Cen ter. Multipurpose $1.7 millionMarsh Harbour octagon buildings. Three single storey buildings and two two-storey buildings. Known as Simmons Place. Appraised $491,000 For conditions of sale and any other information, please contact: The Commerical Credit Collection Unit at 242-502-1320 or 242-356-1685 or 242-502-0929 or 242-356-1608 Fax: 242-356-1638 Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to: The Manager, The Commercial Credit Collection Unit P.O. Box N 7518, Nassau, Bahamas Two Storey Commercial Building comprises of First Floor 4 (1) bed 1 bath and six Main Rd. Appraisal TBAMarsh Harbour Two Storey Commercial Building Complex contains 10 commercial units Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Har bour. Appraisal $953,970 LEGAL NOTICE Allen), Threats of Death & Causing Harm on December 16 a resident of Dundas Town reported that someone attached him and another male beat him and threatened to kill him while at a bar in Marsh Harbour. Suspect arrested On December 17 both suspects were arrested. On De cember 16 it was reported to the police that a former employee of a gift shop in Marsh Harbour had taken goods from the store for the goods. Housebreaking On December 15 a residence in Marsh Harbour was broken into and the person stole an assortment of Suspect Arrest ed On December 17 a resident of Pigeon Peas was arrested in this matter. Disorderly Behaviour On December 15 police officers arrested to residents of Dundas Town for Disorderly Behaviour. Stealing from a Vessel On December 11 a resident of Fire Road reported that someone had stolen his 30 HP Yamaha outboard from his 14-foot Mitchel boat that was docked on the south side of Fire Road Shopbreaking one broke into a school in Marsh Harbour and destroyed some books. On December 18 a resident of the Mud died as a result of a traffic accident that occurred near Royal Bank in Marsh Harbour. Housebreaking On December 15 a resi dence in Treasure Cay was broken into and jewelry was stolen Suspect Arrested A suspect from Treasure Cay was arrested and was arraigned in Magistrate Court and remanded to prison. Housebreaking On December 16 a residence in Treasure Cay was broken into and an assortment of jewelry was stolen. Suspect Arrested A Treasure Cay resident was arrested in this case. He was ar raigned in Magistrate Court and remanded to prison in Nassau. Illegal Immigrants arrested On De cember 18 police officers were informed about a go-fast boat containing illegal im migrants. The officers arrested 11Haitian immigrants and seized the 33-foot vessel named Legal Eagle. The immigrants were turned over to the Immigration Officers for further processing. Causing Harm 17-year old boy of Murphy Town was as saulted by a Jamaican man he knows only by face. The man hit him with a piece of stick on his right shoulder causing pain. arrested and later charged. He pleaded guilty in Magistrates Court and was fined Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Disorderly Behavior, Obscene Language, Causing Damage On December for Disorderly Behavior, Obscene Language, Assaulting a Police Officer and Causing Damage. He was arrested in the area of a restaurant in Marsh Harbour. He was charged and released on police bail. Robbery member of a freight boat at the port was walking back to the boat and was near the basketball court in Marsh Harbour when he was accosted by three men who demanded Threats of Harm & Causing Harm Town reported that while he was playing poker at a restaurant in Dundas Town, the man he was playing against got upset and threw a chair at him. He then threatened to shoot him. Stealing & Causing Damage On Dereported that someone smashed the passen ger door glass of his Cadillac and stole his By Canishka Alexander Shermal Hart was arraigned before Magistrate Ancella Evans-Williams on December 19 and charged with two counts of housebreaking. According to Det. Sgt. Christopher Farquharson, between Octo served a number of housebreakings in the ABACO FREIGHTCOURIER SERVICESOcean Air 6671 W Indiantown Rd, Suite 56-453 Jupiter, Florida 33458 Walk-in and special handling Doug Wiseman, MGRM Nick Mazzeo Stolen Vessel (Recovered) On Decem the shoreline in Coopers Town. It was towed to Marsh Harbour. A resident of Man-O-War reported that he had a Ventura stolen from a private dock. It was valued the boat in Marsh Harbour. Treasure Cay area. After conducting an investigation, offi cers arrested Hart, who has now been remanded to Her Majestys Prison until his court date in February. It is estimated that Hart allegedly stole the two homes.Marc Binard, MD, Board Certified Internal Medicine,will be at Integrated Medicine on January 10-24 Call 367-1304 for an appointment


January 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 21 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR LEASE FOR SALE FOR SALE We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS FOR RENT OR SALE WANTED TO BUYWanted to Buy: Commercial Properties or Acreage in Abaco. Fast CASH buyer. Send location and asking price to AbacoLand@hotmail. com. Bahama Palm Shores, lot for sale, 100 x 150, at main entrance, water well complete Cherokee Hill Top, lot # 16, approximately 10,000 square feet. Call 357-6883 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSCasuarina Point, bath house, central air, beach views, 15 mins Green Turtle Cay, houses on the Sea of Abaco with excellent Guana Cay, Specialist A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Marsh Harbour, bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, Marsh Harbour, AND Both are furnished, central A/C, washer & dryer and dishwasher. Located Little Orchard sub-division. Call 367-3186 Marsh Harbour, Gov Sub apt central A/C, newly renovated, fully furnished. 5086 after 5 p.m Best Houses and Land, rentals at last remaining unCall 366-0707 or email Little Abaco, Abaco. REDUCED DEAL! Call Marsh Harbour, 4,000 sq. ft. triplex for sale with harbour view. Near Boat Harbour. Treasure Cay, Canal Lot, well protected. 90 on the canal and 137 to the road. Lot features a rare elevated ridge 9 above water mark. Lot has dock and davits. No Brokers or Real Estate inquires welcomed. Call 365-8117 or email: Treasure Cay Canal front property with 111 dock, boat lift, davits, & cleaning station. REDUCED TO Treasure Cay, Ocean Blvd, ft of frontage, 10,440 sq.ft. Great Location. Treasure CayBeach Villa #646. Near Beach, seller. Brokers welcome. View and contact at Marsh Harbour, fully furnished with modern furnishings, A/C, water included. Quiet & secure central loca Marsh Harbour, Regattas, looking pool, with tennis courts & beach ac tact Donna at Island Properties 367-0737 Marsh Harbour, fully furnished washer & dryer, A/C, har Marsh Harbour, Pelican Shores, water view, bath, furnished, 1,500sf, inground pool, SF home, avail Jan 1, non-smoker only, Treasure Cay, beach cottage, fully furnished, A/C & W/D. Call 365-4105. Treasure Cay, ft. canal front home with tropical decor, pool, dockage for two boats and only a two min. walk Office Space Available, extra large two room office space with bathroom. New Home Fab month. Serious inquires only. Call Nakia at 367-6003 luxurious beach front home, fully furnished. 4 bed, 3 Casuarina Point, beach for sale or rent. Fully furnished & laun dry facilities included. Price negotiable. Call Gordon Carey at 366-3007 tioned and subsequently released. It was later learned that Wayde Collins, brother of the deceased, told United States authorities following his arrest that his brother had been shot and killed in The Bahamas by several Haitians because of the missing cocaine, according to a U.S. federal court document. According to a criminal complaint that was filed in a Federal Court in Florida, Wayde Collins, 35, of Marsh Harbour, was arrested in Florida earlier this month and has since been charged before a U.S. judge with aiding and abetting the importa tion of cocaine. Authorities allege that Wayde Collins helped import about 600 pounds of cocaine into the United States. The drugs were rethat Wayde Collins allegedly helped tow from The Bahamas into the United States, according to the document. Wayde Collins appeared in a Federal court on December 16 where it was re caller relayed a tip to the Drug Enforce were coming from The Bahamas to West Palm Beach or Stuart, Florida, on a 37foot Grady White fishing vessel. The caller claimed that the vessel might still be at the marina. Authorities went to the marina and found the fishing vessel which was attached to a large red tow boat called Sorrel. At that From Page 1 time the K-9 unit was alerted to the pres ence of cocaine on the Sorrel, but no con traband was found. However, returning on December 1 law enforcement officials with a K-9 unit found what appeared to be a hidden compartment, the court document said. According to the document Wayde Col lins met with U.S. investigators on December 14 after he was contacted in reference to the drugs, and it was said he told federal authorities that his brother, Claude Col lins, was one of two men who allegedly imported the drugs. Wayde Collins said he helped another man, whose name is being withheld, tow the Sorrel, which was not working, and tached to a fishing boat in Whale Cay Channel. According to the documents he said he helped the other man untie the Sor rel from the fishing vessel, then helped tie the Sorrel to another vessel, which then towed the Sorrel to Florida. Wayde Collins said that he and two friends followed behind in their boats, add ing that they arrived at a Florida marina owned the drugs traveled on another boat, the document said. Claude Collins, who had flown to Florida, picked up Wayde Collins and his two friends, according to the court document, which said that a few days later Claude Collins returned to Abaco. On December 9 Wayde Collins received a call from family in The Bahamas indicating that his brother had been shot and killed in The Bahamas by several Haitians because of the missing cocaine. The family stated that these individuals were threatening to kill more family mem bers if their cocaine was not returned, the document added. According to persons who arrived at the murder scene, it appeared Claude Collins had stepped outside his home to have a cig arette when he was attacked. The sounds of five to six shots were heard, and it was foot. The court document said that Wayde Collins claimed that he did not know that drugs were on the boat until after it arrived in the United States. He said his brother told him afterward. However, U.S. inves tigators believe he knew the drugs were onboard the boat before it left The Baha mas. If convicted, Wayde Collins could face a minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison. The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club will be conducting a Health and Safety Seminar in the Marquis at Abaco Beach nar has been designed to provide an overview of the health, safety and emergency services available to boaters and second homeowners while visiting Abaco. According to Margo Caldy, Commo dore, A series of informative presenta tions will be given by representatives of lo of particular interest to boaters, represen tatives of BASRA, the Bahamian Defense Force and the United States Coast Guard will each present an overview of their respective search and rescue operations. The Ministry of Tourism has worked closely with RMHYC over the years, added Wynsome Ferguson of the Abaco Tourist Office, and we see this seminar as being particularly valuable to those visiting our family islands for the first time. There is no charge to attend. Visiting boaters and second homeowners are encouraged to attend.Yacht club will present Remember


Page 22 Section B The Abaconian January 1, 2012 Heath HiggsPast President In Memory of Our Brother By Canishka Alexander The Present is the Future is Agape Christian Schools latest production, and it was presented just in time for the holidays early in December. Written by Katie Combs, Drama Teacher Courtnee Romer explained that she bought the rights to the Christmas musical production and directed it. The Christmas program came about because it was decided that it would be nice for students of Grades 4 to 6 to do some thing for Christmas. Traditionally, the old er children showcase their extraordinary talents during their spring productions. Mrs. Romer described the production as a contemporary play where the students were given clues to help them figure out the true meaning of Christmas. Added to that, they incorporated songs and choreographed performances that fit nicely between the scenes. So we just blended a bit of the old by using characters like the shepherds and the angels with these kids who were in a myste rious mansion looking for what Christmas means, she said. What is it all about? Is it about getting gifts? No. Is it a story about the kings and the shepherds and the angels? No. Its about God sending his son to die for our sins. So its life changing. Although there was a large crowd at the afternoon showing on December 6, Mrs. Romer said their evening shows are always the best. She proudly commended everyone who showed their support of the Christmas production because the students had been working on the play for six weeks. The more the merrier because the kids are so enthused, and they did work hard, Romer commented. It really was a team effort.Culprits steal laptops, By Canishka Alexander In mid-December, it was reported that unknown persons entered Every Child Counts and destroyed some of the schools books. Added to that, Principal Lyn Major said that there had been four break-ins at the school that occurred within a two-week period and laptops were stolen. Needless to say, these thefts left tremen dous pressure on Mrs. Major as she and her staff looked forward to the closing of school for the Christmas holidays. Donations and volunteers who help out The large cast of the Christmas play The Present is the Future is shown here. The play was on by students of Grades 4, 5 and 6 of Agape Christian School. Large crowds at tended both performances. School News at the school have been an integral part of its survival. Mrs. Major was disheartened to know that someone would commit such a cruel act to a school that assists the com munity so greatly in caring for its children with special needs.ECC celebrates at By Canishka Alexander A great gathering of volunteers and community stakeholders attended Every Child Counts annual Christmas Program on December16. Despite inclement weath er, the students and staff were in an upbeat mood as Deangela Murray, moderator, in troduced each class that performed. Ms. Beths class led in the performances with the singing of Jingle Bells, and Ms. Mels class complimented hers with three more songs. The school choir then entertained their guests by offering a melodious collection of solos, duets and trio perfor mances. Finally, students of Mr. David and Ms. Pams class performed a Bahamian ver sion of the Christmas story where Mary received news that she had found favour in Gods eyes and would give birth to a son called Jesus. Mary Gottlieb closed the program with the announcement of three fundraisers which she said are an integral part of the school raising funds. The first is a Bingo event, which will take place on January. showcase a Broadway-styled performance By Mirella Santillo Angels Academy celebrated the Christ mas season with a gathering of parents, family members and friends invited to wit ness performances by the students and to partake in lunch afterwards. The schools Director Barbara Johnson orchestrated the gathering which started with a welcome address by the Pre-K and Kindergarten children. Each grade stu there was even a Karaoke session by three students. Their sing-along and mimic of the words were so good as to have the au dience laughing and the parents taking photographs and videos. The teachers took part in the show form ing a choir of eight, rendering a nice inter pretation of a few Christmas songs. Kathy Key was the guest speaker. She expressed her gratitude for the invitation as she always like to participate when chil dren are concerned. We need children in our lives, she said, quoting Hillary Clin ton. They keep our imagination going and our hearts young. She congratulated the parents and the school for doing such a good work with the students. The gathering ended in the kitchen where people crowded to sample the dishes and many displays on the counters. By Samantha V. Evans On December 17 the Church of Christ held its end of year party in the activity center of the church in Marsh Harbour. This event is held each year during this time when the kids are given gifts and those who attended Bible classes on Sun day mornings are given certificates of at tendance. Approximately 50 kids were treated to lots of fun on this day includ ing a bouncing castle, fun games and all of the food they could eat. The pastor of this church is Evangelist Jason Quashie.


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