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December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 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 RequestedVOLUME 19 NUMBER 23 DECEMBER 1st, 2011 Sir Arthur Foulkes promotes One Bahamas Man-O-War students are encouraged by the Governor General The Governor General His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes spoke directly to the students of the Man-O-War Primary School and the Mary E. Albury High School on his trip to Abaco. The visit took place in the New Life Bible Church on November 10. Sir Arthur visited all government schools on Abaco including those on Moores Island and Grand Cay. He stopped briefly at other places of intereest. His wife, Lady Joan Foulkes, accompanied him. See story on page 2. The Governor General His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Joan Foulkes visited all government schools on Abaco the beginning of November. His visit was in commemoration of One Bahamas, a national concept to bring about pride and unity throughout the country. One Bahamas was conceived by Sir Orville Turnquest and Sir Durward Knowles, who co-chair the One Bahamas Foundation. They developed the idea in 1992 and Sir Orville visited Abaco schools several times during the following years in con nection with the program. Celebrations like One Bahamas inspire not only national unity, but encourage patriotism. While Sir Arthur and Lady Joan were on Abaco, they toured several government clinics, the new power plant at Wilson City, three historical museums and the Me morial Sculpture Garden on Green Turtle Cay. He was very impressed with the way Abaco is preserving its Loyalist heritage. He went to Johnstons Studio with its foundry and gallery at Little Harbour. Two sculptures in Nassau, Sir Milo Butler and the Bahamian woman, were created and cast in bronze at the Abaco foundry by the late Randolph Johnston. The Rotary Club of Abaco celebrated its 40th anniversary. As part of the celebration the Club named four persons who received a Paul Harris award for their service to the community. They are Marjiolane Scott, Angie Collie, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Veronica Saunders. The person on the left, Nadine Beneby, raised the money that the international club requires for a Paul Harris award, $1000 for each person. See story on page 7.Rotary Club awards four outstanding people Upcoming eventsChristmas Festival Marsh Harbour Christmas Festival Treasure CaySchool grounds on SC Bootle Highway Leaders of the PLP party were on Abaco to celebrate the grand opening of the PLP headquarters in Dundas Town on November 12. The crowd was excited as Renardo Curry, PLP candidate for North Abaco, arrived with his wife. The insert shows Mr. Curry with the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, leader of the PLP party, who was on Abaco to celebrate. See story on page 6. in North Abaco


Page 2 Section A The Abaconian December 1, 2011 At each school that the Governor General His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes visited, he promoted the One Bahamas theme and exhorted the students to stay in school and learn well. He is shown here at the Treasure Cay Primary School. The program that these students put on included a hilarious skit that entertained everyone. By Canishka AlexanderMan-O-War Cay Primary SchoolAt Man-O-War Primary Schools As sembly on November 10, Sir Arthur and Lady Joan Foulkes visited New Life Bible Church where the ceremony was held. During his remarks Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting of the Hope Town District Council recalled that two former governors general had visited the cay before Sir Arthurs visit. Students of Man-O-War Primary and Mary E. Albury High School sang several selections before remarks were made by Robert Sweeting, former MP for the South Abaco constituency. He spoke as a former student of the primary school and reflected on his time of knowing the Governor General. Sir Arthur thanked Edison Key, MP for South Abaco, and Mr. Sweeting for their invaluable service to Abaco and The Ba hamas. He went on to say that those who have not visited the Family Islands have not visited The Bahamas as he expressed his appreciation for Abacos preservation of its history and culture. As it was his first time visiting Man-OWar Cay, the Governor General told the residents that they truly were lucky to live on such a stunning cay as he remembered the words to the song Boat Launchin Day which was written by Pete and Dot Lund in honour of Man-O-Wars boat building heritage. Before leaving Man-O-War Cay, their Excellencies visited the Man-O-War Heritage Museum, Joes Studio and the Sail Shop.Treasure Cay Primary SchoolThe Governor General His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Joan Foulkes visited Treasure Cay Primary School and Amy Roberts Primary School on Novem ber 8. At Treasure Cay Primary he was treated to a series of musical, poetic and dramatic performances by the students be Sir Foulkes visited schools and places of interest The students of the Amy Roberts Primary School on Green Turtle Cay put on an impres sive program for Sir Arthur Foulkes, who is shown addressing them. Please see Sir Arthur Page 5 fore giving his One Bahamas message. He especially appreciated the skit called Old Bulla Claudy Funeral by the schools drama club, which was so humourous that it even put a smile on the deceased Bulla Claudys face. Added to his message of Bahamians as one people who are united CURRYS FOOD STORE Customer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front


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December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 in love and service, he admonished the older generation to be more understanding of the tremendous challenges faced by our nations youth and to encourage those who are doing the right thing.Green Turtle Cay Primary SchoolTheir Excellencies visit to Green Turtle Cay on November 8 was a memorable one as they made their first stop at the Albert Lowe Museum where they enjoyed a brief tour. They visited the historic Memorial Sculpture Gardens before heading to the Amy Roberts Primary School where an energetic ceremony had been prepared for them. Sir Arthur was especially impressed by the Sculpture Gar den and commented that even Nassau does not have anything com parable. Throughout the stu dents performances, the Governor General was constantly remind ed of the cays rich heritage and preserva tion of its culture as students gave a brief history of the school and its founders and sang songs written by their former and cur rent principals. It was here that Sir Arthur said he had been enter tained so royally that he extended an invita Sir Arthur From Page 2 Sir Arthurs vist included museums and clinicstion for the students to visit Government House, and he exercised his Royal Prerogative by instructing Education Superintendent Helen Simmons-Johnson and Principal Keva McIntosh to give the students a day off from school. He ended his visit with a luncheon at the Green Turtle Club where he enjoyed the company of the cays oldest resident, 92-year-old Floyd Lowe, as his honoured guest.Hope Town Primary SchoolThe students of Hope Town Primary School boasted of their island and schools heritage throughout their special ceremony in the songs and skits presented. Their hard work and preparation for the special day did not go unnoticed because Sir Arthur Foulkes commended the students on their enthusiastic performances. Continuing his One Bahamas message, The Governor General was very impressed with the Loyalist Memorial Sculpture Garden on Green Turtle Cay. He appreci ated the way Abaco residents are preserving their heritage. Hope Town children listened attentively as the Governor General talks about One Bahamas, a concept that he explained to them. Please see Sir Arthur Page 24


Page 6 Section A The Abaconian December 1, 2011 By Timothy Roberts The Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Leader of the Opposition, spoke to an excited crowd of over 500 supporters after marching to the stage amidst a Junkanoo rush during the official opening of the Progressive Lib eral Partys North Abaco Headquarters on November 12. He said to the crowd that he is not going to be around for much longer, and he is pleased to see young men like Renardo Curry taking a stand and being counted to represent the people of North Abaco. Before the ribbon cutting took place, Mr. Christie added, The next Prime Min ister of The Bahamas looks just like me. Mother Ida Swain, well known resident and long time PLP supporter, was wheeled up to the door in her wheelchair where she carefully cut the ribbon, declaring the office officially opened. Renardo Curry, PLP candidate for North Abaco, after expressing his grati tude for being afforded the opportunity to follow other great PLP stalwarts of the past, told the audience, We are in a fight for our lives, the lives of our children and by extension, a fight for the soul of this nation because the biggest failure of Hubert Ingraham and the FNM Government is their failure to believe in The Bahamas. Mr. Curry criticized the governments decision to raise taxes in the middle of a recession and the too little, too late response to this current crime scourge in the country. It was weak and it did not go far The honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the PLP office in North Abaco went to Ida Swain, a long time PLP supporter. She is shown with the Leader of the Opposition Perry Christie, assisting her while Renardo Curry, PLP candidate for North Abaco, and his wife look on. enough. He indicated that the millions of dollars being spent by the present government is not reaching into the homes of the local Bahamians but instead, it is given to out siders and foreigners. He said that there is a shocking wastage of the public funds. That must not be accepted, especially while thousands of Bahamians are suffering in this country. The vision cannot be about roads and sidewalks alone. What about people? Mr. Curry said, I have seen the silent take-over of these outside companies that carry close affiliations to alleged members of this FNM government, companies that have now moved into Abaco demanding every major contractual work on this is land and overshadowing every local con tractor. Companies like FES Construction that have been given a $27 million contract to build the Marsh Harbour airport, yet the tax payers are funding them with cheap labor under the disguise of the job readi ness program. Ive spoken to some of the young men who have become victims of this unfortunate scheme who said that the only thing theyre learning is how to labor manually like a slave. Offering solutions, Mr. Curry said that his platform will show changes. I want to bring this personal representation to North Abaco. To do this I have concentrated on five major areas; jobs, education, health care, crime and infrastructure. After highlighting some ways that he will accomplish his goals, he said, With Gods help, this is what I intend to embark upon for the next five years if I am elected. I want to give North Abaco that full-time and personal representation it deserves, to fight on your behalf, to change these bro ken systems and to put policies in place that can be beneficial to all the people of North 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


December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 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 BIKES By Mirella Santillo The Rotary Club of Abaco, founded in 1971, celebrated its 40th anniversary on November 12, 2011. It was a big affair un der the patronage of the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, who was one of four people inducted as a Paul Har ris Fellow that night. The function took place at Abaco Beach Resort. Lindsey Cancino, Rotary Assistant-Dep uty Governor, enlightened the guests about the Rotary Foundation, explaining its many programs overseas, assuring the group that every dollar they contributed went entirely to the charity they sup ported. Through the Rotary Foundation liv ing conditions around the world have been improved, matching grants for education and food have been issued and help provided to the disabled. Anoth er aspect of the Foundation is its focus on the concept of peace, acting as a mediating agent to resolve issues in a peaceful manner. Its primary endeavor has been to eradicate polio in the world. Only four countries have refused to accept the vaccine because of cultural or religious idealism. So polio is close to be complete ly eradicated from the world. President Jo-Ann Bradley announced that four people were being honored as Paul Harris Fellows. Nadeen Baneby, wife of Rotarian Basil Baneby, raised the required $1,0000 for each of the recipients of the award. The first recipient for her outstanding accomplishments in the health field, Angie Collie, was the first to be inducted. Veronica Saunders was honored for her participation in many charities, especially the Heart Foundation and the Abaco Can cer Society. The co-founder of the Abaco Cancer Society, Marjolein Scott, was next. Before introducing the next honoree, Mr. Cancino explained how the Paul Harris fellowship had been created. Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer, was one of the found ers of Rotary whose life demonstrated the motto of the Rotary Foundation, service above self. It is for their dedication to serve their communities that people are chosen as Paul Harris Fellows. Mr. Cancino then introduced Prime Minister Ingraham, who spent 30 years of his life in public service. The Prime Minis ter received his certificate from Mrs. Brad ley and was pinned by Mr. Cancino.Rotary Club celebrates its fortieth anniversary The Prime Minister is shown receiving his certificate showing him to be a Paul Harris Fellow. Giving him the certificate is Jo-Ann Bradley, President of the Abaco Club and Lindsey Cancino, the Rotary Assistant-Deputy Governor from Nassau. Guana Freight Services Regular Frei ght Runs to Guana Cay & Scotland Cay Office Phone 242-365-5190 Great Guana Cay


Page 8 Section A The Abaconian December 1, 2011 The Abaconian David & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaperInquire for advertising rates (U.S. address 990 Old Dixie Hwy #8 Lake Park, FL 334037,500 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface The Editor Says . Observations on Sir Arthurs VisitBy Stephanie Humblestone I am still in recovery mode after spend ing two and a half weeks driving in Nassau. My nerves are frayed and my legs weak. I vow never again to complain about the volume of traffic and road etiquette here in Marsh Harbour. Venturing across New Providence, an island 21 miles long by seven miles wide, is not just time-consuming but life threat ening. One never knows when a pedestrian will step nonchalantly off the curb and saunter across the road, often with babe in arms or infant in tow. With the scarcity of marked crossings, jaywalking is often the only option. Gentle beeping and when necessary loud honking has little effect. Pedestrians stroll out into the midst of fast moving traffic, placing an uncanny trust in careless and reckless drivers. Overtaking is arbitrary, whenever, wherever. If there is a small space to the left of a car, a motorbike will suddenly appear as if from nowhere and slither through it. You find yourself uttering, Where did that come from? then thanking the Heav ens above that both the driver and you survived. Double solid lines are at times ignored and passing on the brow of a hill is the norm rather than the exception. Jitneys come flying around corners at breakneck speed, skimming anything and everything in sight, cars, trucks, motorbikes and even horse-drawn tourist carriages. Its the imaginary third lane which fas cinates me, the one occupied not only by vendors selling phone cards but also any vehicle which can fit into this seemingly space-defying strip between the delineated two traffic lanes. What baffles me is the absence of road rage. In fact, drivers cut each other up with a nod, a wave and a smile! It is lit erally a free-for-all. A vacant spot on the road belongs to whoever reaches it first by fair or foul means. Driving east on Bay Street through the centre of town is a nightmare, especially when the cruise ships are in and tourists spill into the streets. It can take hours to get to the Eastern Road and the sheer volume of cars for a small island is frightening. Rush hour at the end of the day is bumper to bumper. My heart goes out to workers living outside of town who wrestle daily with bottleneck traffic. Having lived for many years in Nassau, I had the bright, or so I thought, idea of taking the back roads to where we were staying out east only to find that many were blocked off, under what Nassau Guardian columnist Philip C. Galanis described as irritating and eternal construction. One family member questioned why so many roads were being worked on at the same time. Why indeed? Why not finish one, open it up, then work on another. Never before had I ended up in so many blocked off streets. I prided myself on knowing Nassau like the back of my hand only to find on this last trip that I did not know it at all. I got lost on a number of occasions. It is great that the roads are being re paired and re-paved. But so often there are no signs indicating diversionary routes so going round in circles is not an unusual occurrence. This is amusing if you do not have to be anywhere on time. Leaving the house, one had to add at least half an hour to get to an appointment unless it is the middle of the night or the crack of dawn! The roads were the clearest I had seen them at 5 a.m. in the morning when I was driving to board the fast ferry to Marsh Harbour at Potters Cay. Family Island visitors to Nassau are not usually on a sightseeing trip or checking in to Atlantis. More often than not, it is for business or medical reasons. Government offices are spread out and traversing the island is a veritable obstacle race, fit only for the intrepid driver who soon discovers that to survive one has to be aggressive and defensive. I understand now why tourists fly into the Lynden Pindling Airport International Airport, take a taxi to Paradise Island and stay in Atlantis for their entire trip. I met a couple who did just that. What is there to see in Nassau and the traffic is so con gested? one of them said. I could have suggested the Fort, Ardastra Gardens, the Caves, the Botanical Gardens, Government House and many other sights, but they were loathe to sit in traffic half or all day. Quite understandably so. Most of my driving experience over the years has been in Nassau. In fact, I totaled it up and I have driven more in Nassau than anywhere else in my life so I was shocked when I actually felt uneasy behind the wheel. I calculated that when I lived there full time, between dropping the chil dren off to school at opposite ends of the island and working in Centreville, I drove 56 miles a day! I recall someone telling me 20 years ago that if I could drive in Nassau, I could In my humble opinionBraving the capitals roadsPlease see Humblestone Page 24 A recent visit to Abaco by Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor General of The Baha mas, just concluded with his having visited all our primary and secondary public schools. The theme of his tour was to promote the One Bahamas concept to the stu dents and tell them what that meant. You can infer from the pictures of his tour in this issue of The Abaconian that someone was out front holding the camera. That put us close to his presentation. His message to the children was straightfor ward and simple: regardless of your color, family origin or background, this is your country, respect it, take pride in it and pursue your education so you can do your part in its growth. The pursuit of education for the male students was a constant message to the students. Nationwide, girls are leading the lists of outstanding students while boys are falling behind. He implored the young men to stay in school and get all the education they can. It was interesting to hear his repetitious talk to the students, but it was even more fascinating to hear his presentation take on additional dimensions as the tour pro gressed. He was genuinely impressed with the preservation of Abacos heritage and his tory and the effort that many towns put into museums, heritage events and displays. His first exposure to Abacos heritage preservation was at the Loyalist Memorial Sculpture Garden and Albert Lowe Historical Museum in New Plymouth, saying that there was nothing in Nassau to compare to it. In fact, he implied several times that a similar garden should be replicated on the grounds of Government House in Nassau where he lives. As his tour progressed southwards, he visited the Man-O-War Heritage Museum, then later went through the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum in Hope Town. A school presentation in the reconstructed W.W. Sands Community Center in Cherokee Sound further registered as it shows how Abacos heritage is preserved as a living tribute to its founders. As his school visits progressed, the cen tral theme to the students was the same although his method changed. Schools with hundreds of students had a more formal presentation. With smaller schools, he left the stage, turned away from the adults with an apology and got close to the students. The cultural and heritage aspects that he found here became more prominent and were entwined with his original speech. Residents in our various communities take this cultural and heritage preserva tion in stride as a normal part of island life. Each town sees its effort at heritage preservation as a singular event. However, Sir Arthur did not see these as isolated expressions of a towns pride. During his eight-day visit, he experienced the effort of ambitious, hardworking people moving forward, actively remembering their past 200 years and proud of their heritage and country. The Abaco he saw fit perfectly into the One Bahamas concept. Although each of our towns is a separate entity, they are all united with a common heritage. We feel that Sir Arthur saw a collective pride and an effort at making our island an even better place. This is in keep ing with the One Bahamas theme of people united and working together to create an even better place as we move on. Over the years central government has tended to view Abaco as an independentlyminded, insolent outside child, reluctantly and marginally toeing the line, always complaining, always wanting better servic es and improved infrastructure. However, despite being neglected in the past, Abaco has progressed steadily, although slowly, through the past century. To a large extent, our growth has been accomplished without massive anchor de velopments and without long-range plan ning but we have been successful. The heritage events and museums visited by Sir Arthur have been locally initiated and fos tered without government help. The Min istry of Tourism has been impressed with our heritage promotions and has joined with town groups to get additional promotional value from the events. Recently, central government has begun to view Abaco as an important member of the nations archipelago. We are being recognized as progressive and industri ous, supplying central government with its second highest revenue after Nassau. Our airport is the second busiest in the country and handles more traffic than some Carib bean countries. BEC now has the capacity to supply Ab aco for ten or 15 years although it seems to have some distribution issues to solve. Soon after the holidays, government employees should begin moving into their new offices at the administration complex. This building is on a new road leading from the port area to the airport and should be open to traffic in 2012. A year from now, we should be moving into a new terminal at the Marsh Harbour airport with aircraft di rected by a control tower. All of these improvements are needed and welcome. However, none of these will change the attitude and outlook of those living in the Loyalist settlements. Life may be a bit more convenient when travelling or when visiting the city, Marsh Harbour, for business errands. Marsh Harbour will expand as the business and governmental capital of Abaco while the Loyalist settle ments also expand but in a different way and a diferent pace. We expect that when another Governor General visits Abaco, he or she will be as amazed as Sir Arthur was. The little settle ments will be bigger, but they will be just as conscious and protective of their history as Sir Arthur found them now. An important component of Abacos attraction is this heritage element. Marsh Harbour may have a museum some day, but it is not likely to be in a restored Loyalist house. It is more likely to be in a modern concrete building with lecture and display rooms staffed by paid employees. Government has just initiated a volun teer movement in Nassau to encourage people to take pride in their communities and give service in different areas of soci ety. It has just begun so details are sketchy. However, a list of Abaco charities, service organizations and NGO groups is quite impressive and in keeping with the community pride Sir Arthur observed while on his Abaco tour. Abaco is an interesting island and leads the nation in many areas. With a base pop ulation of only 16,000 in 2010, an Abaco score card would put us somewhere at the top.


December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Order The Abaconian Today Apr 2006Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) US$95 UK, Europe Surface If you want to renew this gift next year, Why subscribe Potholes are Dear Abaconian, Firstly, Id like to thank the Abaco nian for its fair and accurate treatment of the pothole situation in the November 1st edition. I would, however, like to make one correction. The Central Abaco road crew is responsible for the maintenance of all roads from Cherokee Sound and Sandy Point through to Leisure Lee/Joes Creek. The North Abaco crew in Coo pers Town is responsible for Leisure Lee/Joes Creek to Crown Haven. Secondly, I would like to respond to Mr. Pot Holers and Mr. Abaco Road Rages letters in the November 15th edi tion. After three months of waiting, we received on November 4th a load of road patching material and have since then filled 20 cubic yards worth of potholes. We have asked for another shipment and, when received, will continue patch ing until all roads are repaired. Please be patient as we have had an unusually high amount of precipitation since the pass ing of Irene. But once the drier weather arrives, the repair work will progress much faster, provided we have patching material. Finally, although somewhat con strained by limited staff and resources, I do take some pride in carrying out my responsibilities. However, as I do not want to be inundated by phone calls, I do welcome anyone to contact me directly by email at noproblem.j@ and share any complaints/issues they may have with the Department of Public Works operations on Abaco. This includes building control, road maintenance, your favourite pothole or whateve r. Note that all complaints will be dealt with in the strict est confidence. John Scha efer BEC, this is NOT a Fuel SurchargeDear Editor, For the last five BEC billing periods, May through August, the Fuel Surcharge has been a constant 0.2227455. This charge is supposed to reimburse BEC for exceptional fuel costs and should have some relationship to the cost of fuel. I do not believe that the cost of fuel has not changed for five months. Only twice before in the last 44 months that I have tracked these charges has the amount remained unchanged from one month to the next. It appears that the Fuel Surcharge is now just another charge that can be set to whatever amount sounds good to BEC. We deserve an honest explanation. Harry Weldon Dogs! Dogs! More Dogs! Too many stray dogsDear Editor, Unrestrained dogs rampaging through Casuarina Point, killing over two dozen ducks on the nearby Neem Farm; roaming dogs killing pet cats in Sweetings Village and downtown Marsh Harbour; packs of canines intimidating walkers in Murphy Town and creating hazards for cyclists and motorists; and dogs contributing to the creation of a third world unsightly and unhealthy landscape by strewing garbage throughout Central Abaco! These reports are neither new nor sporadic. Yet, appar ently some dog owners have no concern for the health and safety of their pets or the community by allowing their animals free rein. Local animal welfare societies such as Cause for Paws, AA RC, and The Trea sure Cay Humane Society have been formed to address the stray dog problem. They take care of found or unwanted animals for the short term, then arrange adoptive placement. Is it not now time for the entire com munity, rather than the dedicated few, to address this escalating issue? Mangy animals strolling along the highway or dead dog carcasses on the side of the road are not sights to attract tourists. Putting some teeth into preventative measures would be a start. The current legislation that requires owners to have their dogs licensed, tagged and kept in a fenced area should be strictly enforced. I am told it costs only $.25 annually to license a dog. The consensus of the people involved with rescuing animals on Abaco is that a legal entity which would be responsible for rounding up all free-roaming dogs, whether owned or otherwise, should be put in place. Such a body would hire staff trained to humanely trap and transport the animals to a holding kennel where they would be examined by a veterinarian..Un less medically unfit, the animals would be neutered and put up for adoption either locally or abroad, or returned to their legal owner. Lets not wait too long before we en force the law or move to put in place a governmental organization that would oversee the safe removal of dogs from our roads, A serious dog attack may result in much more drastic measures. Concerned Resident Business licencing process is not working Dear Editor While it may have been with the best intentions, the execution of the new Business License Act 2010 has met with many challenges. In fact, at least a month before the Act was to come into effect (January 2011), the government had already began making amendments. With a view to creating a more efficient process the government rearranged the Business License Act to make it more streamlined and less cumbersome. The idea was to reduce wait times for entrepreneurs and to make the overall environment more business-friendly. In many aspects the Act has succeeded in doing this very thing. In this Act are amendments that sought to introduce a less biased system into place, doing away with the local government ap pointed statutory board that reviewed busi ness license applications and gave the op portunity for public feedback. The word was that there were some local government committees (not on Abaco, according to the Hon. Zhiavago Laing) that were allow ing personal differences to affect their de cision-making and thereby denying certain persons their legal right to open a business. So beginning in January 2011 the local Business License Boards were no more. Letters to the Editor The Works crew that does road work in Central and South Ab aco has been busy filling potholes. They have already used up 20 cubic yards of road patching material, all that they have. More patching material has been ordered. Please see Letters Page 24


Page 10 Section A The Abaconian December 1, 2011 Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderFundraiser for the new clinicOn November 12 the community of Cherokee got together for its first fundrais er for our new clinic. There are always the skeptics and nay-sayers who ask, Why are we doing it. This is a job for the govern ment? The truth is that we are doing it for ourselves and our loved ones. Who knows when the time may come that we ourselves will be in dire need of immediate medical assistance. We all want it to be there for us when the time comes. It was a beautiful day, and we had an exceptionally large turn-out. Cherokee families and friends always support us. We served nearly 400 steak dinners, had lots of homemade baked goodies, conch fritters (worth waiting in line for) and home made ice cream (to die for). There were lots of games, prizes and activ ities like a Math Fair set up by the schoolchildren and Soldier Crab Races to keep everyone occu pied all day long. But most of all there were lots of other Abaconians to renew a friendship or catch up on old times. You can always find a familiar face when you visit Cherokee and this time Hubert Ingraham popped in for a short visit as well. He heard through the grapevine that Cherokee was hav ing a fundraiser and came by to show his support and get re acquainted with old friends. He is always welcomed warmly in Cherokee. We anticipate clearing over $10,000 for the day, which will give us enough funds to start the building project very soon. Of course, we will be looking for a few good volunteers, and we will keep the public informed by writing of our progress in The Abaconian. We look forward to a walk & bike-athon as our second fundraiser in January 2012. Participants will be looking for your help, and we hope you will be gen erous when they ask you to sponsor them in their efforts. Because we will be rais ing funds for our new clinic, we antici pate setting up a health check-up center along the route and will provide cool wa ter to quench the thirst of the entries. We hope to have a cook-out at the finish line to further add some coins to the coffers. We are serious about building this new clinic and plan to keep our eye on the finish line and what is needed to make this happen. We are counting on the resi dents and the public to help us achieve our goal.Repairs to our Long DockAgain, we have extensive repairs that need to be done to our Long Dock. Again, many say, Why do we continue to replace it? But they are probably some who never participate in anything the community tries to do. We say, Because it is us; it is our heritage; it is what we are famous for; its South Abaco News Please see South Page 11 Shown is Ron Parker, General Manager of the Abaco Club on Winding Bay, on the left, with the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, who visited Cherokee Sound on November 12 for a fundraiser for the new, highly antici pated clinic. The Abaco Club is taking a supervisory and supportive role in backing this project in Cherokee Sound which is a nearby neighbour. The new clinic will be a convenience for the Abaco Clubs many visitors and second-home residents. Soldier Crab Races were a popular pastime at the fundraiser for the new clinic at Chero kee Sound. Children got very excited as their crabs approached the finish circle. ABACO FREIGHTCOURIER SERVICES Ocean Air 6671 W Indiantown Rd, Suite 56-453 Jupiter, Florida 33458 Walk-in and special handling Doug Wiseman, MGRM Nick Mazzeo


December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 part of our identity. We are very proud of our Long Dock and use it often. We spend endless hours sitting near the water daydreaming, remembering good times we have had there and just plain relaxing. There is just something so comforting, so calming about the view, the surrounding beach area and the sounds of the water, something money cant buy and time can never replace. Some of our second homeowners, for eign visitors and local volunteers are again doing their part attempting to repair the Long Dock one more time. They are doing it for us because they wont visit our shores again for maybe another year. Whenever we get a chance, we should take the op portunity to thank them for their hard work and efforts.Church Soup KitchenThis month the ladies of Epworth Meth odist Chapel prepared and delivered 30 Corned Beef Casserole dinners to the el derly and shut-ins in Cherokee. This out reach ministry is a blessing for both the givers as well as the receivers.Assemblies of God plans Christmas PlayAgain, members of the community of Cherokee Sound and the Assemblies of God Church are put ting together another Christmas Play for the enjoyment of everyone who sees it. This is an annual event, and a lot of hard work and effort goes into the production. We com mend Peggy Albury, who usually writes, direct and makes the costumes for this program. All the actors work very hard putting in long hours of re hearsals and memoriz ing lines. It is always a joy for all who attend. This year it will take place on December More South Abaco News South From Page 10 10 in the W.W. Sands Community Center at 7 p.m. Be sure to come and see it, all are welcome.Missionary Auction is postponedEpworth Methodist Chapel in Cherokee planned its yearly auction on November 26 and the Mission ary Meeting on November 27. How ever, it seems the local calendar is overloaded at this time of the year. Since this event is always popular and draws a big crowd, it has been post poned until the early part of 2012. The fun day at Cherokee Sound to raise money for a new clinic offered a variety of games for both young and adults. This table top game Pucket was very popular with the young people. It is just the beginning, but the Long Dock has been put back together many times, and it will be repaired again. The Long Dock in Cherokee is a historical landmark, much loved and much used by residents and visitors alike. It is a long way to the end of the 780-foot dock where repairs are once again taking place after damage from Hurricane Irene. Fortunately, this time the piling were not swept away Stewart Pinder, a Cherokee widower, was one of 30 who was given corned beef casserole dinners prepared by the ladies of Cherokee Sound. Rev. Marie Neilly assisted in delivering them. Please see South Page 12


Page 12 Section A The Abaconian December 1, 2011 Epworth does not sponsor any other fundraisers during the year and the church depends entirely on the generosity of it congregation and adherents at this annual event and feel it would draw a bigger audience after the holiday season is over. South From Page 11 More South Abaco News Governor General Visits South AbacoBy Jennifer Hudson His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor General of the Bahamas, and Lady Foulkes, continued their busy sched ule with a tour of South Abaco on November 11. Their day began with a visit to the Cherokee Sound Primary School where they were greeted at the W.W. Sands Com munity Centre by the schoolchildren and their teachers, members of local government and the district education authority and members of the Cherokee community. The Governor General informed the gathering that he first came to Cherokee in The Governor General met with the students and residents of Cherokee Sound in the W.W. Sands Community Center. The building was the old schoolhouse until the 1960s. Sir Arthur was very impressed with the reconstruction of the old building that was done by the community and enjoyed the display of old coins, stamps and photos of Cherokees boat buildng heritage that hang on the walls. Pete Johnston, right, is showing the Governor General, left, sculptures that were cast in Little Harbour. Sir Arthur was interested is seeing where two statues in Nassau were cre ated and cast, those of Sir Milo Butler and the Bahamian woman. Also listening is Edison Key, MP for South Abaco, Lady Joan Faulkes and Administrator Benjamin Pinder. Please see South Page 16 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


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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian December 1, 2011 1958 for the launching of a boat as a rep resentative for the Tribune newspaper. In commenting on the boat building industry in Cherokee, he spoke of the communitys proud tradition of industry and craftsman ship and encouraged the schoolchildren to keep up this spirit of industriousness. He then passed on the message of One Ba hamas which he was taking to all schools throughout Abaco, encouraging the chil dren to be more conscious of their Baha mian heritage. Each child in the school More South Abaco News South From Page 12 participated in a short program for their Excellencies and presented them with gifts. A brief visit was made to Petes Pub and Art Gallery where the Governor General met with Pete Johnston, owner of the gal lery, and was able to view the many bronze items which had been cast in the on-site foundry, the same foundry where the 500-pound bronze statue of Sir Milo Butler, which now stands in Rawson Square, was cast by Petes father, sculptor Randolph Johnson. It was then onto the Bahamas Electricity Corporations new power plant at Wilson City where Sir Arthur Foulkes and his wife were taken on a tour of the plant by Toni Seymour, Assistant Engineer for Generation, Abaco. A very comprehensive tour took them past the tank farm, fire pump house, reverse osmosis plant and fuel pump house, mechanical and electrical workshops, fuel injec tor testing room, low and medium voltage room and finally the con trol room where their Excellencies were able to look out over the four new generators. Mrs. Seymour ex plained how to start and stop an en gine, read pressures and temperatures and view all systems on the computers. The Governor General was very impressed with both the vast knowledge of Mrs. Seymour and with the entire new power sta tion which he commented was a lot more sophisticated than any he had seen before. The busy schedule of Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Joan Foulkes included a visit to the settlement of Crossing Rocks. They are shown at the Crossing Rocks Primary School where the Governor enjoyed visiting with the children in their classrooms. He once again passed on his message that wherever they go in The Bahamas, they are still home because we are all one people. Toni Seymour, Assistant Engineer for Genera tion at the Wilson City plant, is explaining to the Governor General how the plant is using the latest technology to manage the electric generation. Ron-Paul Cabinets PlusC all or visit our showroom acyMarsh Harbour, Ph: 367-0546 GE 1.1 Microwave EMMERSON 1.1 Microwave GE 4.5 CU. FT. Refrigerator IGLOO 1.7 CU. FT. Refrigerator SOLID WOODDressers & Chest Carpet & Padding Mattress Box Springs Bed Frames Boys & Girls Bicycles Bunk Beds


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December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 Central Abaco News Fidelity thanks its customers By Samantha V. Evans Fidelity hosted Customer Appreciation Thanksgiving Luncheons on November 8, 9 and 10 at the Marsh Harbour office in Abaco Shopping Center. Victoria Albury, Branch Manager, stated that this is the sec ond year that she has held these apprecia tion luncheons. They are intended to be a thanks you to their loan customers. Each customer was given a personal invitation to attend the luncheon on one of the specified days. When they arrived, they were each given a grab-and-go lunch that consisted of fried chicken with all the sides and a beverage. At Fidelity the staff realizes that peo ple are busy so they pride themselves in offering excellent customer service. During this luncheon, they reminded their existing loan customers of some of the promotions, one of which allows them to receive cash for referring new loan customers. The promotion is cur rently being offered and will run until December 20. All new loan customers will receive a gift bag and benefit from an excellent banking system. Additionally, at Fidelity the staff prides themselves in offering same day service and personal banking which is harder for larger banks to offer due to their size.Cancer Society offers support servicesThe monthly meeting of the Abaco Can cer Society will be December 6th at 5:30 p.m. at Room 103 Forest Heights Acad emy. There will be an overview of support and services offered by the ACS, and a powerful presentation from two breast cancer survivors about overcoming the fear and terror of a breast cancer diagno sis. The meeting will end promptly at 6:30 p.m.Auskell Clinic offers speech therapy By Samantha V. Evans In the school system some students find it difficult to function due to difficulty with speech. Speech problems can come in various forms including stuttering, poor enunciation, not speaking in sentences, lisps and other such issues with speech or com munication. There are signs that parents The Size Matters campaign was begun by dShan Maycock under the guidance of RARE two years ago as a way to sensitize fishermen to the need to take only mature crawfish. Now Mrs. Maycock is expanding the program to impress the public on the need to con serve our marine resources, specifically crawfish. As part of her program, Mrs. Maycock had students paint a mural that is now installed on the end wall of the old Royal Bank building. Shown are the four artists, Rebecca Higgs, Branden Sands, Tyler Sawyer and Tiffany Albury, with their tutor, Jo-Ann Bradley, along with Mrs. Maycock. Please see Central Page 22 Size Matters mural decorates prominent wall During their visit to Abaco, the Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and his wife Lady Joan Foulkes walked through the Memorial Garden in Marsh Harbour and viewed the Wall of Heroes. They are shown with Chairman Yvonne Key, Chairman of the Marsh Harbour Town Committee.Sir Arthur views Wall of Heroes


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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian December 1, 2011 IBC and teachers can look for to determine if a child is having problems. To assist parents and teachers with diagnosing and treating speech disor ders, Speech Language Pathologist Mary Whylly now offers her services at Auskell Medical Center in Marsh Harbour. Her services are available by appointment. She specializes in language assistance for chil dren needing help with grammar whether it is verbal or written. Reading diagnos tics and remedial treatment is available. Teachers who may have children in their class with developmental language disorders are encouraged to provide opportunities for the child to speak more in class, engage the class in more oral and speech work, help boost the childs self-esteem, Central From Page 19 More Central Abaco News discourage other students from teasing the child and model good speech skills to stu dents. Together with speech pathology sessions, the child will soon begin to make progress in his or her area of difficulty. Mrs. Whylly encourages teachers to not speak negatively about disabilities but rather point out that no one is perfect. She stated that some kids may have problems but teachers are asked to promote the posi tive attributes in the child and ignore the childs speech defect or other problems. Interested persons can contact Mrs. Whyl ly at 475-9060.Water dispenser makes drinking waterBy Mirella Santillo A new water fountain which produces pure drinking water by pulling the mois ture from the air is now available for order on Abaco. airQua is an atmospheric water generator which produces unlimited pure, tasteless drinking water from the humidity of the air. The water dispenser is the size of a nor mal water dispenser for a five-gallon bottle. The appliance contains a harvesting chamber which condenses the moisture after passing it through a multi-layered anti-bacterial filter to prevent micro particles and dust from enter ing the appliance. The water is then dropped into a collection tank, filtered again, then sterilized by ultraviolet rays. The appliance can be seen at Abaco Neem where it was introduced by the distributor, Whitney Bain, on November 12. For further details Mr. Bain can be reached at 242-458-0675 or by email at www.whit Harbour Town Committee holds Town MeetingBy Timothy Roberts Concerns over the recently fenced-in property leading to Mermaid Reef was a major topic during the Marsh Harbour / Spring City Town Committees first Town Meeting of the year on November 7 as they The Marsh Harbour / Spring City Town Committee recognized several who have contrib uted to their community. The Committee members are shown with some of those recog nized. Shown are Administrator Cephas Cooper, Christopher Pind er, Marilyn Sawyer, Shannon Albury, Priscilla Pinder, Darrell Sawyer, Yvonne Key, Keith Stratton, Gurth Russell, Rex Albury, Chad Efinger, Carl Archer, Melford Martin, Sid Dawes and Candy Pinder. Please see Central Page 23 Spring City residents now have a beach at Snake Cay that they can enjoy. The two mem bers from Spring City on the Town Committee, Uriel Delancy and Samuel Walter Wil liams, arranged for Big Cat Equipment to clear an area near a beach for their community residents to use. Shannon Albury donated the work.


December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 More Central Abaco News Central From Page 22 listened to the concerns of the community. The meeting which took place at the Magistrates Court began with a presen tation honoring town members for their service to the community. Those honored were Scott Weatherford of Standard Hard ware, Jack Albury of Alburys Trucking, Daryl Sawyer of E and D Waste, Randy Key of Pinewoods Nursery, Frankie Rus sell of AID, Gurth Russell of Marsh Harbour Importers Exporters, Shannon Al bury of Big Cat, Priscilla Pinder of Abaco Custom Signs, Darren Albury of Abaco Hardware, Sid Dawes of Scurvy Few Mo torcycle Club, Patrick Bethel, Judy John ston and Melford Martin of Spring City. Several persons in the audience were upset with the fence that had recently been erected on property on Pelican Shores in an area that is frequented by tourists who snorkel on the nearby Mermaid Reef. Sid Dawes, owner of the Lofty Fig, said that he has been sending his guests to their area for over 40 years and that it is the only at traction that Marsh Harbour has. Town Committee Chairman, Yvonne Key, said that when the Committee met with the property owners lawyer several months ago, they agreed to leave a path of three feet on one side so that people would still have access to the shore. Mrs. Key said they will seek to have another meeting with the lawyer and work out a solution as no access is allowed at this time. Administrator Cephas Cooper will refer the matter to the Attorney Generals office to seek further advice on how to proceed. There was much discussion concerning the number of potholes and the lack of patching being done. Mr. Cooper ex plained that there had been issues with the Ministry of Works receiving the patching materials from Nassau. Deputy Chairman Carl Archer asked the audience what they would like to see at the Crossing Beach area community park. Persons expressed interest to see things for children to enjoy such as swings. Another in the audience expressed frustration over the loitering allowed at a liquor On November 9 thieves broke into Scotia Bank in Marsh Harbour. They hammered a hole in the back wall through the cement that was big enough to climb through. The hole was behind the automated teller machine. However, the machine was secure. The thieves were frustrated and managed only to set fire and destroy an office chair. The room was secure and did not give access to the rest of the bank. Damage was mostly nui sance items and smoke throughtout the bank. The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department re sponded to the fire and had problems in accessing the room where the smoke was originating. Thieves attempted a break-in of Scotia BankPlease see Central Page 24


Page 24 Section A The Abaconian December 1, 2011 CRAWFISH SEASON! service your engine at: Full service on all outboard engines Generator repairs Warranty service center Maintenance programs available Service while you wait (by appointment only) Fuel dock Service calls upon request Custom rigging and repower Electronics Fiberglass repairsTel: 367-3695Located on Front Street next to Union Jack Dock behind Bristol Cellars ABACO SUZUKI LTD. Outboard Sales & Servicestore in the middle of town. She knows the law states that they should not be allowed to drink on premises, yet it is allowed. Mrs. Key noted that the Committee had pursued the matter; however, it was being allowed to continue. Mr. Archer added that when the government took the review ing of licenses out of the hands of local government, they opened the doors to such problems. Further, it was bought out that someone in a triplex near Rodericks Store had received a liquor license and is operat ing a liquor store in one of the apartments. George Martin, a resident of Spring City, wanted to hear the Committees plans for Spring City as he has not seen anything done for the area in past years. Mrs. Key assured him that the two representatives from Spring City were, indeed, represent ing them well. They have recently cleared a beach access for them in Snake Cay and cleared an additional area around the Spring City community park. Central From Page 23 The power and discretion now lies fully in the hands of one man on Abaco: the head of the Business License Department. The changes as a result of this are as follows: There is no longer a 14-day posting of license applications, giving the public the opportunity to give their input. There is a mandate to grant the license within seven days of a completed application. There is a period of 21 days after the granting or denial of a license that it may be appealed to a Review Board. During the time of the application and following the granting or denial of the license there are no public no tices of any sort. Why is this important to bring up? It has become increasingly important as the issuance of licenses, and most particularly the issuance of liquor licenses, both retail and wholesale, has been carried out in such a way that has brought about controversy and public upset. There has been most recently a liquor license given to an individual who opened up a shop in one unit of a triplex. Accord ing to the Town Planning Act, there is a requirement to make application to re-purpose a building. Clearly, a triplex is resi dential and a liquor store is not. Beyond just the legal requirement, it shows on the part of the one granting such licenses a complete lack of care or concern for the township when things of this nature are done. It is obvious either due diligence is not being done by one or more parties (the applicant has to get stamps from Min istry of Works and Department of Health), or it shows there is no care or concern about what is sensible growth and need for a community. There are other license issues that are lacking enforcement. The Business LiLetters From Page 9 cense office is responsible for the enforce ment of compliance with the laws as it regards to license holders. There are li quor retail/wholesale stores throughout the area of Marsh Harbour that are flagrantly flaunting the law. According to the Liquor License Act, open alcoholic beverages are prohibited anywhere on the premises of a liquor store. Yet how many liquor stores do we see in this area openly breaking that law. The relevant authorities have been notified by Local Government and still it persists. The community complains, and the Town Committee members try to nudge the authorities to do something, yet the problem remains. Why do we need to force the agencies, such as Business Licensing, to do their jobs? Why should we have to tell the authorities it is not right or sensible to put a liquor store in a residential triplex? In a day when the people of The Bahamas seek to have their voices heard and respected, we are being ignored. In the end we the people lose because we are not vo cal enough. I encourage us all to see our MP and lodge a complaint. If we never care enough to fight for our community, our town, our island or our country, it will be lost to those who will do whatever they want. Thats what is hap pening now! S.T. Roberts the Governor General reminded the stu dents that no matter where they go in The Bahamas, they are home. They were re minded that they are to be one people unit ed in love and service as they practice re spect, manners and gratitude to each other. The male students were challenged to remain in school to obtain an education that would make them more knowledgeable and provide a better way of life for them. After their tour of the school, they left to enjoy a well prepared lunch at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge before heading to the Wyannie Malone Museum and meeting with Nurse Peggy Sands at the Hope Town Government Clinic. Sir Arthur From Page 5 Horizons Academy is now accepting applications for Kindergarten and Grades 1-6 for January 2012. There are limited spaces available for Grades 7-12. Applications and testing available in December 2011 at the school office Suite 110 Memorial Plaza. Tel. 367-3154 Humblestone From Page 8 drive anywhere. Now I understand. Noise was also a huge factor on the roads all over Nassau. The air was filled with screeching ambulances, Fox Hill pris oner buses flanked by loud escorts and police cars with blasting sirens driving at breakneck speed. It was unremitting. Needless to say, I was happy to be back on Abaco if not for the traffic alone. How ever, I still love Nassau as I would a wan ton child, but I hope not to be driving there any time soon again. I wrote this column just before leav ing for the United States on a direct flight from Marsh Harbour. As Fate would have it, the flight was cancelled, and we were diverted to Nassau and re-routed the fol lowing morning at 6 a.m. to Miami.. There was barely a car on the road at that hour. It was a beautiful drive along West Bay Street to the airport. I smiled to myself. I felt Nassau had made a liar of me, and I was forced to eat or at least partly retract my words. Look, she was saying, I am not all bad! In conclusion, I can only say that to drive in the nations capital, one has to be alert. In view of this, I was amazed when a friend told me that her grandfather in Nas sau renewed his drivers licence a couple of years ago. He was 98. 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Page 26 Section A The Abaconian December 1, 2011 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Island-wide Abaco ListingsAbaco Cottage + 114 hse 366-0576 Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529Cherokee Lee Pinder + 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075 Grand Cay Rosies Place 352-5458 Green Turtle Cay Barefoot Homes 14 hse 577-4092 Bluff House Club 8 suites 365-4247 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties + 34 hse 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties + 34 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 Guana Cay Dive Guana + 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Guana Sunset Beach 13 units 365-5133 Ocean Frontier 6 cott 519-389-4846 Wards Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands + 9 hse 365-5140 Hope Town Abaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Crystal Villas 5 villas 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Prop + 53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways + 63 hse 366-0224 Hope Town Inn 6 rm 4 Villas 366-0003 Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0266 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages + 4 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key + 43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557 Hotels and House Rental AgentsLubbers Quarters Sea Level Cottages 4 hse 366-3121 Man-O-War Island Home Rentals + 2 hse 365-6048 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072 Waterway Rentals + 14 hse 365-6143 Marsh Harbour area Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate + 6 hse 367-2719 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 Living Easy + 16 hse 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 effic 367-0148 HG Christie + 11 hse 367-4151 Sandy Point Oeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 800-628-1447Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083 Treasure Cay Abaco Estate Services + 365-8752 Bahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 4 units 365-8033 Marks Bungalows 4 units 365-8506 Pineapple Point Resort 16 suites 800-545-0395 Treasure Cay Resort + 95 rms 365-8801 Turtle Rock Villas at Palmetto Beach 3 villas 262-820-1900 Wood Cay Tangelo Hotel 14 rm 1 villa 365-2222 Web Sites with Abaco Information http.// http.// + agents with multiple cottages and houses http://www.bahamas.comRev. Dec 11 Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 366-0023 Fax: (242) 366-0189 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-5460 Fax: (242) 367-2516VHF 16www.seahorseboatrentals.comComplimentary Pick Up & Delivery By Mirella Santillo William Tony Davis, Chairman of the All Abaco Junkanoo Committee, an nounced the up-coming Junkanoo events. A Junkanoo competition will be held on Elbow Cay at Sea Spray Resort on Decem ber 29. Junior Mernard, Manager of Sea Spray, had previously presented the concept to the leaders of local junkanoo groups. The Spring City Rockers, the Treasure Cay Explorers, the Green Turtle Cay Slammers and the Murphy Town Superstars accepted the challenge. At the meeting Mr. Mernard explained that he wants to expose visitors to the culture and tradition of The Bahamas and have them experience the true feeling of Junkanoo. He hopes that this years pa rade will the first of an annual event. He announced that he had seed money for the leaders of the four groups. Dr Linda Moxey-Brown, Director of Culture, came to Abaco for this meeting and congratulated Sea Spray for inviting the groups to perform on Elbow Cay. She was excited about the event and was look ing forward to coming back in December. She expressed the hope that one day there will be a National Junkanoo Parade in Nas sau, in which all the islands of The Baha mas will be represented. Mr. Davis verified that the dates of the annual February Love Rush will be Febru ary 24, 2012, for school groups and Febru ary 25, 2012, for senior groups.. He also announced that Abaco junkanoo groups had been invited to parade in St. Augus tine, Florida, in May 2013. Philip Cooper, the National Junkanoo Committee Chairman, announced that Co lon Curry, leader of the Spring City Rockers, will be inducted in the Legends of Junkanoo Circle as well as Eddy Dames on December 13. The Legends of Junkanoo Circle is a club honoring the people who have dedicated their lives to promoting Junkanoo to keep it alive. Edison Dames has supported junkanoo on Abaco for a number of years and add ed that it was a challenge to keep parades alive on all the islands. But he said, To know that there will be a Junkanoo Fes tival in Hope Town, where I was born, means that all my wishes and hard work have been fulfilled. He promised to make sure that the festival happens and that all the senior and junior groups of Abaco will be supported. I look forward to returning home where my father is buried on Decem ber 29, he concluded.Upcoming Junkanoo events are announced The date and details of upcoming junkanoo events were announced at a meeting attended by several from Nassau. The big announcement was that Sea Spray Resort on Elbow Cay will be hosting a Junkanoo Competition on December 29. Four groups have accepted the challenge. Seed money was given to all the groups as the annual February Love Rush will again be held the end of February. Shown here are Gilbert Davis of the Murphy Town Superstars, Philip Cooper, National Junknoo Committee Chairman; Junior Mernard, Manager of Sea Spray Resort; Dr. Linda Moxey-Brown, Director of Culture; Colon Curry of the Spring City Rockers; William Davis, Chairman of the Abaco Junkanoo Com mittee; Vito Russell of the Treasure Cay Explorers; and Eddie Dames, junkanoo leader from Nassau. Alternative Christian school in Abaco is seeking to hire: Qualified teachers with teaching experience for the following grade levels: Kindergarten Grades 1-6 Grades 7-12 Part time counsellor If you are a dynamic, progressive Christian educator and believe in the holistic development of young people, do apply at the address below on or before December 1, 2011: The Administrator P.O. Box AB-20968 Abaco, Bahamas


December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 27 Dive Shops Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour . ............................. 367-2963 Above & Below, Marsh Harbour . .......................................... 367-0350 Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour ..................................... 367-2787 . ......................................................... 366-0431 . ............................................. 365-8571 . ............................................ 365-4411 . ........................................................................ 365-5178 . ....................................................... 365-6013 Cart Rentals Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals . ............................. 367-2655 Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals................367-1035 B & B Boat Rentals . ............................ 367-7368 Bargain Car Rentals . ........................... 367-0500 Blue Wave Boat Rentals . ................... 367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals . ........................ 367-5570 Cruise Abaco...................................... 577-0148 Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco) . ..... 367-2979 Rainbow Boat Rentals . ..................... 367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars . 367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals . .......................... 367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals . ................... 367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals . ........................ 367-4887 The Moorings Boat Rentals.................367-4000 Green Turtle Cay Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental . ... 365-4411 C & D Cart Rental . ............................. 365-4084 Cruising Cart Rentals..........................365-4065 D & P Cart Rental .............................. 365-4655 Donnies Boat Rentals ......................... 365-4119 Kool Karts............................................365-4176 Reef Boat Rentals . ............................. 365-4145 Sea Side Carts & Bikes . ...................... 365-4147 T & A Cart Rentals .............................. 375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals . ............... 365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & Bikes . ................. 365-5178 Orchid Bay Cart rentals . ...................... 354-5175 Lubbers Quarters Cruise Abaco................................321-220-8796 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals . .................. 365-6502 Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals . .................. 365-6024 Waterways Boat Rental . .. 357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Cats Paw Boat Rentals . ..................... 366-0380 Elbow Cay Cart...................................366-0530 Hope Town Cart Rentals . ................... 366-0064 Island Cart Rentals . ........................... 366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals . ............... 366-0282 J Rs Cart Rental . ............................... 366-0361 Sea Horse Boat Rentals . .................... 366-0023 T & N Cart Rentals . ............................. 366-0069 Treasure Cay Adventure on Prozac Kayak.............365-8749 Blue Marlin Rentals.............................365-8687 Cashs Carts ....................................... 365-8771 Cornish Car Rentals . ........................... 365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals . ............................... 365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals . ........................... 365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks . .............. 365-8749 Visitors Guide Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) Marsh Harbour Abaco Pizza....................... $..............367-4488 Anglers . ........................... $$$ . ............. 367-2158 Blue Marlin . ......................... $ . ............. 367-2002 Curly Tails ...................... $$$ . ............. 367-4444 Ginos . ............................... .. $ . ............. 367-7272 Golden Grouper . .............. $ . ............. 367-2301 Island Family Rest . ............. $ . ............. 367-3778 Java Coffee House.............$..............367-5523 Jamies Place . ................... ..$ . ............. 367-2880 Jib Room . ......................... $$ . ............. 367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken . ............... . ... 367-2615 Mangoes . ........................ $$$ . ............. 367-2366 Pops Place . ........................ $ . ..... + . ..... 367-3796 Snack Shack.......................$..... +......367-4005 Snappas . ........................... $$ . ............. 367-2278 Wallys . ............................ $$$ . ............. 367-2074 Hope Town Abaco Inn . ..................... $$$ . ............. 366-0133 Capn Jacks . ..................... $$ . ............. 366-0247 Harbours Edge . ............... $$ . ............. 366-0087 H T Coffee House (B & L)...................366-0760 H T Harbour Lodge . ....... $$$ . ............. 366-0095 Munchies ...........................$...............366-0423 OnDa Beach.....................$$...............366-0558 Sea Spray . ...................... $$ . ..... . ..... 366-0065 Sugar Shack . ...................... $ . ..... + . ..... 366-0788 Little Harbour Petes Pub.........................$$..............366-3503 Lubbers Quarter Cracker Ps ......................................... 366-3139 Man-O-War Dockn Dine . ................................. 365-6139 Island Treats Snack Bar . ..................... 365-6501 Guana Cay Bakers Bay Market Place.................612-1021 Grabbers . .......................... $$ . ............. 365-5133 Nippers . ............................ $$ . ............ 365-5143 Orchid Bay . ..................... $$$ . ............. 365-5175 Treasure Cay Coco Beach Bar & Grill......$...............365-8470 Florences Cafe .................$...............365-8354 Spinnaker Restaurant . ... $$$ . ............. 365-8469 Touch of Class . ............. $$$ . ............. 365-8195 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House ..................... $$$ . ............. 365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro . ............. $$ . ............. 365-4200 Green Turtle Club . .......... $$$ . ............. 365-4271 Harveys Island Grill . ......... $$ . ............. 365-4389 Lauras Kitchen . ............... $$ . ............. 365-4287 McIntoshs Restaurant . .... $$ . ............. 365-4625 Miss Emilys Restaurant . ..................... 365-4181 New Plymouth Inn . .............................. 365-4161 Pineapple Restaurant Bar & Grill........365-4039 Plymouth Rock Cafe . .......................... 365-4234 Sundowners . ............................... ........ 365-4060 Sandy Point Nancys...............................................366-4120Everyone reads The Abaconian Emergency Services Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Man-O-War 365-6911 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Medical Services Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour . ... 367-2295 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic . ............. 367-0020 Integrated Medical Center.........................367-1304 Emergancy.......................................458-1234 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre . ................ 367-0049 Government Clinic Marsh Harbour . ......... 367-2510 Corbett Clinic Treasure Cay . ................... 365-8288 Government Clinic Coopers Town . ......... 365-0300 Government Clinic Green Turtle Cay . ..... 365-4028 Government Clinic Hope Town ................ 366-0108 Government Clinic Sandy Point . ............. 366-4010 Government Clinic Fox Town . ................. 365-2172 Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Green Turtle Cay Bluff House ................ 45 ....... F . ...... 365-4200 Green Turtle Club . ...... 32 ....... F . ...... 365-4271 Black Sound Marina . ... 15 ................ 365-4531 Other Shore Club . ....... 12 ....... F . ...... 365-4195 Abaco Yacht Service . .. 10 ....... F . ...... 365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina . 150 . ...... F . ...... 365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina . ... 26 ....... F . ...... 365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina . 183 ....... F . ...... 367-2158 Conch Inn . ................... 75 ....... F . ..... 367-4000 Harbour View Marina . 36 ....... F . ..... 367-2182 Mangoes Marina . ........ 29 ................ 367-4255 Marsh Harbour Marina . 52 . F 367 2700 Hope Town Hope Town Marina . ..... 16 ................ 366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways ................... 366-0224 Lighthouse Marina . ....... 6 ....... F . ...... 366-0154 Sea Spray . .................. 60 ....... F . ...... 366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina . ... 75 ....... F . ...... 365-0083 Guana Cay Bakers Bay Marina . ... 158 ....... F . ...... 365-5802 Guana Hide-aways . .... 37 ................ 577-0003 Orchid Bay . ................. 64 ...... F . ...... 365-5175Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Tours & Excursions Abaco Eco Tours & Kayak rental 475-9616 Abacos Nature Adventure 559-9433 Adventure on Prozac T Cay 365-8749 C & C Charters Treasure Cay 365-8506 Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour 367-2787 Airlines Serving AbacoAbaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is . ........ 367-2266 Air Gate Aviation Daytona/New Smyrna..............367-3636 American Eagle Miami . ................................... ... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud . .......... 367-2095 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach . ......................... 367-3415 Craig Air Center North Florida.............................367-3522 IBC Airways Ft.Lauderdale, W Palm Beach........367-1336 Locair Fort Lauderdale . ............................. 1-800-205-0730 Regional Freeport . .................................... ........... 367-0446 Sky Bahamas Nassau/Ft. Lauderdale.................367-0996 Twin Air Calypso Fort Lauderdale . ..................... 367-0140 Western Air Nassau . ................................... ........ 367-3722 Yellow Air Taxi Ft Lauderdale . ............................. 367-0032 Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air . ................................... ........................... 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters . ................................... ...... 367-3450 Taxi Cab Fares one or two passengers Extra $3 for each passengers above two : EClinic, Downtown, Stop Light, . ................................... .... $10 Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore close, Ferry . ........... $15 Spring City . ....... $15 Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch ......... $15 Murphy Town & Great. Cistern ........................................ $20 Snake Cay . ................................... ................................... $35 Casuarina Point . ................................... ............................ $60 Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour ............................ $80 Bahama Palm Shore . ................................... .................... $90 Crossing Rocks . ................................... .......................... $105 Sandy Point . ................................... ............................... $150 Leisure Lee . ................................... .................................. $50 Treasure Cay Airport, G Turtle ferry . ............................... $80 Treasure Cay Resort . ................................... .................... $85 Fox Town . ................................... ................................... $165 Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel . ................................ $ 10 Nat. Ins. Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr. Cistern ........................ $10 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock . ................................... ......... $10 Madeira Park . ................................... ................................ $20 Sand Banks . ................................... ................................. $25 Treasure Cay Resort . ................................... .................... $30 Leisure Lee . ................................... .................................. $45 Black Wood . ................................... ................................. $20 Fire Road & Coopers Town . .................................... ........ $40 Cedar Harbour . ................................... ............................. $60 Wood Cay . ................................... .................................... $70 Mount Hope . ................................... ................................. $80 Fox Town . ................................... ..................................... $85 Crown Haven . ................................... ............................... $90 Marsh Harbour airport . ................................... ................. $80 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport . ............................ $80 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour ........................................$85 T Cay Hotel to G Turtle Ferry...........................................$25 T Cay Hotel to Blue Hole.................................................$30 Attractions . ....................................... . ....... . .......................... Wyannie Malone Historical Museum . ........................ . ........................................... . .. Drive to & swim in Blue Hole . ............. . ........................ Working boatyards . ........................................... Man-O-War cay Pocket beaches Miles of beach Items of interest ask tourism 367-3067Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised 16 Nov 11 All phones use area code 242 unless notedCompliments of The Abaconianwww.abaconian.comAlburys Ferry Service Marsh Harbour>Hope Town Marsh Harbour>Man-O-War Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay From Conch Inn (6:45am Union Jack Dock) 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 Treasure Cay to Guana Cay T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Pinders Ferry Service Crown Haven, Abaco to McLeans Town, Grand Bah. McLeans Town to Crown Haven return Bahamas Ferries The Great Abaco Express Not on Sundays or holidays Tourisms People-to-People program as Bird watching, Attending church, Foreign language, School class tion. Email: Charter Boats Lucky Strike Hope T 366-0101 Sea Gull Hope Town 366-0266 A Salt Weapon Hope Town 366-0245 Down Deep 366-3143 Local Boy 366-0528 Back Breaker 365-5140 Marsh Harbour Jody Albury..............375-8068 Sidney Albury...........477-5996 Richard Albury.........367-0367 Terrance Davis........375-8550 Buddy Pinder...........366-2163 Justin Sands............367-3526 Danny Sawyer.........367-3577 Jay Sawyer..............367-3941 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh..477-5037 Alexander Rolle.......365-0120 Edward Rolle...........365-0024 Herbert Thurston.....365-2405 Sandy Point Valantino Adderley...366-4323 Anthony Bain...........366-4107 Derek Gaitor............366-4249 Nicholas Roberts.....366-4486 Treasure Cay Capt. Joe Pritchard..559-9117 Casaurina Point Junior Albury............366-3058 Cherokee Noel Lowe................366-2107 Marty Sawyer...........366-2115 Randy Sawyer.........366-2284 Will Sawyer..............366-2177 Crossing Rocks Tony Russell............366-3259 Green Turtle Cay Rick Sawyer.............365-4261 Ronnie Sawyer.........365-4070 Hope Town Maitland Lowe..........366-0234 Tom Albury................366-3141 Man-O-War David Albury.............365-6059


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December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 19 NUMBER 23 DECEMBER 1st, 2011 Floyd Lowe of Green Turtle Cay celebrated his 92nd birthday with a party at the Green Turtle Club. He is shown here with family and friends that included the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, second from right. Mr. Lowe has contributed much to the economy of North Abaco and is a much loved patriarch. Friends came from all over Abaco as well as Nassau to celebrate with him. See story on page 4. Green Turtle Cay patriarch is honoured by 250 guests Immigrant boat runs aground with 40 illegalsRage seas ground Legacy on Lynyard Cay By Timothy Roberts After receiving information about a Haitian boat early in the morning, the Royal Bahamas Defense Force ended the day with capture of 40 Haitians on route to Abaco as their vessel ran aground in the shallow waters near Cornish Cay on November 12. Then 35-year-old Captain George Pdaex was charged in court in Nassau with knowingly assisting 39 Haitians to illegally land on Abaco without the per mission of an immigration official. He was denied bail because the magistrate believed the Bahamian-born Haitian to be a flight risk. It was revealed that Mr. Pdaex had previously applied for and is This is the scene aboard the Silvia Marie when BASRA and Defence Force officers boarded the boat that was grounded in shallow water near Cornish Cay. The boat had come through North Bar Channel even though a rage was only beginning to subside. The Haitians were taken to Nassau where they will be held until being repatriated. Captain Geroge Pdaex was charged with bringing illegal immigrants to The Bahamas. Photo by Petty Officer Greene of the Defence Force The Department of Marine Resources advises the public of the closure of the Nassau Grouper season for all of The Ba hamas commencing December 1, 2011, to February 29, 2012. The Department of Marine Resources advises that the taking, landing, processing and possessing of Nassau Grouper will be strictly prohibited. The ban is only for the Nassau Grouper species. Persons can capture and purchase any of the other species of groupers in The Nassau Grouper season closes throughout The Bahamas Bahamas. All groupers are to be landed head and tail intact to assist in the identifi cation of the species of grouper. To assist in the identification of the Nas sau Grouper species from the other grouper species, the Nassau Grouper is the grouper with the black band or saddle near its tail. The Department of Marine Resources requests the cooperation of the public by adhering to all of the fisheries laws of The Bahamas. Persons found in violation will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The Legacy, the mailboat that provides weekly service between Nassau and Abaco, was broadsided by a 13-foot wave as it attempted to enter North Bar Channel on November 9. The wave was caused by a severe rage that created huge waves that made all channels dangerous for more than one week. The waves continued to push the mailboat farther and farther ashore. Despite efforts to refloat the boat during the next few days, it was not until November 13 that two tugs were able to pull the boat off. The rage was the worst one that anyone has seen for more than 50 years. It was many days before it subsided. Photo by John Haestad By Timothy Roberts Laden with freight for Abaco and 18 souls onboard, the M/V Legacy ran aground as it attempted to enter the Sea of Abaco through North Bar Channel getting stranded on the northern tip of Lynyard Cay on November 9. The M/V Legacy left port early Wednes day enroute to Marsh Harbour on its weekly run when it ran into trouble. According to Calman Parker, a passenger aboard the boat, the Legacy was broadsided by a 13foot wave on the starboard side, then suc cessively a few more, effectively knocking the ship off course. Finally, a large wave from behind landed the freighter on the bar. In all the tumult no one was severely in jured; two women left with a few bruises and a sprain and a male passenger was treated for hypertension. When the ship became stranded, it was close enough to land to receive cellular signal and Ash Munroe, Captain of the Legacy was able to call Deans Shippings office in Nassau, the Police Department, Bahamas Air Sea Rescue and the U.S. Please see Legacy Page 2 waiting to receive naturalization papers. Supt. Noel Curry, Abacos Chief of Police, said that very early on Saturday morning, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force received information concerning the movement of a Haitian vessel and promptly sent a boat to patrol the area. The Police received a call shortly after 9 a.m. claiming that a vessel had sunk and that passengers were in the water. The police alerted BASRA and Sub Lieuten ant Cox of the Defence Force. The information was vague, and the search began in the area of Little Har bour. As they discovered nothing, they Please see Illegals Page 2 Defence Force and BASRA rescued them


Page 2 Section B The Abaconian December 1, 2011 Coast Guard all from aboard the boat. The U.S. Coast Guard came after dark and began to airlift the passengers to the Marsh Harbour International Airport where paramedics checked them. The Coast Guard returned with a second load, bringing all 18 passengers, nine crew, nine passengers, safely to land. After several days of unsuccessful at tempts to remove the boat from the north ern tip of Lynyard Cay, the Legacy was finally dislodged on November 13 when high tide, favorable weather conditions and the effort of two tugs/ barges prevailed. The freighter was subsequently towed to the Port in Marsh Harbour. Ernest Dean Jr., owner of Deans Shipping, said that he was pleased to have the boat free and now be able to offload their customers freight. Ac cording to Mr. Dean the gen erators were undamaged Legacy From Page 1 The nine passengers and nine crew members of the Legacy were res cued by a US Coast Guard helicopter. The helicopter brought everyone to the Marsh Harbour airport where medical personnel and the Red Cross were present to assist. Shown are Colin Albury of the Treasure Cay Volunteer Fire Department, the Coast Guard person who assist ed each person being raised into the helicopter, and a member of the Emergency Medical Service. and were able to run the refrigeration and keep the cold food items cold. Mr. Dean said the hull of the Legacy appeared to be in relatively good shape with no known leaks. Both rudders, he said, were completely damaged as well as the propellers. After the Legacy was unloaded, it was towed to Grand Bahama where it will undergo intensive evaluation and re pairs. Mr. Dean said that in the meantime he will have another boat substitute for a few weeks while the Legacy is under repair. The same schedule will be maintained. towed to Freeport for repairsextended their search northward where they came upon a 66-foot vessel named the Silvia Marie that had run aground in the vicinity of Cornish Cay. Upon boarding the vessel and searching below in the engine room, BASRA person nel found a total of 40 persons of Haitian descent including two young boys. With the Illegals From Page 1 This is the Silvia Maria, a 66-freight boat that arrived on Abaco with a captain and 39 undocumented Haitians. It is shown aground off Cornish Cay. The Royal Bahama De fence Force and BASRA rescued all aboard. They were in police custody until they were taken to Nassau to be repatriated. assistance of BASRA the immigrants were taken aboard the Defence Force vessel and transported to Marsh Harbour where they were processed, then sent to the Detention Center in Nassau the following day. Supt. Curry said they are still investi gating The Bahamas-registered boat to as certain ownership. This is the Legacy being towed into Marsh Harbour by a tug from Freeport. Another Freeport tug is at its stern. Its generators remained running so all refrigerated freight was still all right. When freight was offloaded, the tugs then towed the boat to Freeport for repairs. A substitute boat will service Abaco until the repairs are completed.


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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian December 1, 2011 News of the Cays Green Turtle CayBy Annabelle CrossAfter weeks of renovating and rebuilding, our community is once again buzzing with ac tivity as preparations are made for the holidays. Green Turtle Club, Leeward Yacht Club, Bluff House and most of the busi nesses in New Plymouth have reopened. Renovations continue at Miss Emilys Bar and Restaurant and hopefully these will be completed for the holidays. Amy Roberts Primary School held its annual Fall Fundraiser on November 4. Goblins and other scary characters took over the jail and only the very brave dared to take a tour! Screams could be heard as they came face to face with the monsters. The not-so-brave went on a hay ride which took them past other scary char acters. Chicken, macaroni, chili, conch chowder and desserts were on sale. The event was organized by the PTA and proceeds will benefit the students.92nd birthday is celebratedOn November 14 Floyd Lowe celebrat ed his 92nd birthday. His family organized a birthday celebration at the Green Turtle Club for 250 of Mr. Floyds relatives and friends. It was his wish to celebrate this milestone with his family, friends and business associates. Mr. Lowe personally called to invite many of the guests, provid ing transportation across the water. People came from all over Abaco and other parts of The Bahamas to spend the evening with Papa Floyd and four generations of the Lowe family. Guests enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner prepared by the staff of the Green Turtle Club, followed by birthday cake for dessert. After dinner guests gathered on the deck to watch a slide show presentation. This was followed by tributes to Mr. Lowe. First to pay tribute was the Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, who flew in to celebrate with Mr. Lowe. He spoke highly of Mr. Lowe and thanked him for his contributions to the community and country. This was followed by tributes from business associates and long time friends, Ezekial McIntosh and Alan Mills, who both spoke of his honesty, reliability and generosity, former Members of Parlia ment Robert Sweeting and Michael Light bourn, and many others. It was a lovely evening and a privilege to celebrate with Mr. Lowe. Mr. Floyd was born to Jerome and Al ice Lowe and grew up on Green Turtle Cay during very difficult times. Over the years, Mr. Lowe operated a number of businesses on Abaco including a whole sale grocery store, a used and new car business and even a chicken farm. Green Turtle Ferry Service and Abaco Seafoods are successful businesses that are operated by Mr. Lowe and his family. Mr. Lowe is a generous man, who does not seek or ex pect recognition for his generosity. He is respected in the community and has been honoured by the Government of The Bahamas for his contributions. It is hoped that God will bless him with many more years. Please see Cays Page 5 The Prime Minister, right, was among the guests who attended Floyd Lowes 92nd birth day party. Mr. Lowe, center, was humbled and overwhelmed by all the expressions of appreciation he received. On the left is Robert Sweeting, former MP for South Abaco, and standing is long-time friend Margaret Fox.


December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Sales, Rentals and Property ManagementON GREEN TURTLE CAY: ceiling in great room, fireplace, large decks. Central A/C. View of Coco Bay. Locat separate guest cottage. Total four bedrooms five baths. 1/2 acre. Large swimming pool. Dock. Beach. Many amenities. Commanding views of White Sound Harbour. High elevation. 1600 ft. wrap-around deck with new 300 sq. ft. screened-in porch. New swimming dock and new dock with lift. Isuzu and golf cart included. Spec co. Fourth bedroom suite has all round view of Green Turtle Cay. A/C. Swimming Coco Bay Beach. Public dock nearby. Ground floor will be 2 beds and 1 bath. Up per floor will be one bedroom one bath. Over 1,000 sq.ft. of living space on each Sea of Abaco. A/C in bedrooms. Kit/liv/dining great room. Share in prvate dock. Great swimming and sunsets. Very private. Only accessible by boat. Located a mile located on waterfront in the heart of New Plymouth. A/C. Satellite TV. W/D. Golf More News of the Cays Cays From Page 4 The Governor General visitsThe Governor General, Sir Arthur Foulkes, brought his One Bahamas message to Abaco during the month of November. His official tour of Abaco and its schools included Green Turtle Cay. On November 8 Sir Arthur and Lady Joan Foulkes were given a tour of New Plymouth including the Loyalist Memorial Sculpture Garden and the Albert Lowe Museum. They were the guests of honor at a ceremony at Amy Roberts Primary where the students entertained them with songs and the history of their school and presented them with gifts. Nicola and Kimberly Roberts, great grand daughters of Amy Roberts, were among the students making presentations. Sir Arthur spoke to the students, tell ing them that even though we may live on different islands and come from different backgrounds we are still One Bahamas! Sir Arthur explained that as Governor Gen eral, he represented Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Head of the Commonwealth. He was very impressed with the way the people of Abaco have preserved their his tory. Before leaving the school, Sir Arthur invited the students to visit him at Govern ment House and promised to treat them to tea and cookies. He then exercised his Royal Prerogative and declared that the students be given a day off! This brought cheers from the well behaved students. After a brief tour of the school, Sir Ar thur and Lady Foulkes enjoyed a luncheon at The Green Turtle Club. They were joined by members of the Green Turtle Cay District Council, Green Turtle Cays oldest resident, Floyd Lowe, and other members of the community.More news of residentsCongratulations to Breanna Lowe and Joshua Pinder who were married on Octo ber 22nd at New Plymouth Gospel Chapel. A reception followed at the Green Turtle Club. Breanna is the daughter of Larry and Una Lowe and Joshua is the son of Patricia Albury and John McIntosh. After a honey moon in Jamaica, the newlyweds are now residing on Green Turtle Cay. On a sad note our community was shocked by the sudden and tragic death years old. Omar spent most of his boy hood on Green Turtle Cay and returned to live on Abaco after a number of years in Freeport. Omar had a wonderful sense of humor and personality; and if you knew him, you immediately liked him. A funeral service was held on November 12 at St. Peters Anglican Church. Friends and relatives came from all over Abaco, Nassau and Grand Bahama to say goodbye. If you knew Omar, you will miss the big hug, the smile and the wise crack that were parts of his greeting! He is survived by his par ents, Whitlene Curry and John Penn, his sons Antoine, Ahmard and Lorenz, special friend Josefina Curry, siblings Natasha Curry, Nattel Russell, Joanne Penn, Nicky Wells and Ondrae Rolle and numerous relatives and friends. Merry Christmas to all and best wishes for a happy New Year!Ceremony honours WWII veteransBy Rev. Charles Carey The Boys and Girls Brigade Band led Remembrance Day Ceremonies at Green Turtle Cay on November 14. The ceremony was held at the Memorial Sculpture Garden. Selections were rendered by the Brigade Band under the direction of Rev. Charles Carey. Remembrance Day is observed in the Commonwealth on the second Sunday in November to commemorate the lives of those who lost their lives in the two World Wars and other conflicts. Remembrance Day is on 11 November. At one time the day was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War. Special services are held at war memorials and churches all over the Commonwealth. Numerous Bahamians fought in both wars, but only two Abaco survivors remain today, Chester Thompson of Hope Town and Donald Sands of Marsh Harbour. The Boys and Girls Brigade have led the Abaco celebrations for nearly two de cades. In recent years, due to the decline Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Pinder The Boys and Girls Brigade Band of Wesley College performed on Remembrance Day on Green Turtle Cay on November 14. The performance took place in the Loyalist Memo rial Sculpture Garden. Please see Cays Page 25


Page 6 Section B The Abaconian December 1, 2011 Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax : 366-2022Mon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm l Sat 7:30am-7pmThe Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food Fair School News Students learn about collegesBy Jennifer Hudson Grace Gym at Agape Christian School was crowded with students from all over Abaco on November 15, all eager to gain insight into what colleges have to offer. This is the second year that the college fair has been held at Agape School. Beverly Rolle in her position as coordinator stated how happy she was to see so many students taking advantage of this op portunity. Giving students a forum to learn about a variety of school and to ask ques tions of the college representatives allows them to make plans for their educational future. She welcomed for the first time students from the Mary E. Albury School on Man-O-War Cay and students from Moores Island All Age School. Twenty-two colleges from The Baha mas, United States and Canada were represented. Mrs. Rolle stated that she was pleased to see three Bahamian schools represented this year. The College of the Bahamas and the Bahamas Technical Vocational Institute have participated before but this was the first year for the Bahamas Baptist Community College. This year was also the first year that an all womens col lege, Bennett College, was represented. A large number of schools from Florida were represented since the majority of students are expecting to attend schools either at home or not too far away; though students did show some interest in schools from far ther north and Canada. This sentiment was echoed by Agape student Faron Newbold Jr., who was one of the students greeting and hosting the representatives. He is interested in study ing business management and stated that he is looking at colleges close to home as they are usually not as costly. He found the college fair to be very helpful with the representatives very accommodating in an swering questions and explaining how to start the application process. Mrs. Rolle stated that she is trying to expand the colleges represented to include maritime and flight schools, and she hopes that next year such colleges will be pres ent. The representatives were pleased with the questions which the students asked and with the large number of students who at tended. Helen Simmons Johnson, Educa tion Superintendent for Abaco, visited the fair. She would like to find a way to get parents to realize the importance of this event for their children, and she encourages parents to attend next year. The first Abaco College Fair was held in 2002 at New Vision Ministries and was opened in a ceremony featuring guest The annual College Fair was held at Grace Gym on November 15. Twenty-two colleges were represented and students from most high schools on Abaco including Moores Island had students who attended. This event allows students to talk with representatives, receive information and ask about scholarships, housing, majors or other topic. Fourteen students took part in the Grade Seven Spelling Bee that was held on November 18 at St. Andrews Method ist Church Hall in Dundas Town. The students were well rehearsed and began the compe tition in good spirits. In first place was Lazaria McIntosh of S.C. Bootle High School. In second place was Feli cia Roberts from Mary E. Albury High School and in third place was Lachelle Lightbourn from St. Francis de Sales School. Making an appearance for the first time at the Spelling Bee was Mary E. Albury High School that was represented by two students. All participants received certificates.S.C. Bootle student wins 7th grade Spelling BeePlease see School Page 7


December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Frozen Meat Dry and Canned Goods Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 More School News School From Page 6 speaker Clarence Carroll, former Deputy Director of the Grand Bahama District of Education. The fair was the brainchild of Benjamin Stubbs, Principal of Abaco Cen tral High School and was organized by Iso bel Sherman. Mrs. Sherman was responsible for organizing the fair for eight years through 2009. Students do community service project By Samantha V. Evans Twenty-five K-kids and Junior Anchors from grades 5 and 6 of Central Abaco Pri mary School came together on November 6 to take part in a community service proj ect which involved their beautifying the school grounds. The students dug holes, weeded, moved rocks, planted flowers and laid mulch. Their effort assisted the administrators as they worked hard to pre pare the grounds for the Governor Gen erals visit that took place on November 9. The students painted the front gates to the school which made the school very in viting for Sir Arthur and Lady Joan Foul kes visit. The children were supervised by teachers Neulessa Major, Melvina Black, and Clarinda Ramsey and Vice Principal Ruthamae Rolle. They were assisted by parent Kim Sands. At the end of the day they were treated to pizza. According to club overseer Neulessa Major, the students will take part in an independent fundraiser once per term and at least one with their parent club over the same period.Angels Celebrate One BahamasBy Mirella Santillo Angels Academy celebrated the culture and history of the country under the theme One Bahamas. Through their performance the students from Pre-K through to fifth grad ers reminded the assembly of parents and friends of the meaning of One Bahamas. The children sang, danced, performed skits and recited poetry, all poetry illus trating the varied culture of The Bahamas. Then, while two boys drummed, Laila Parotti, wearing an Androsia fabric dress, executed her own interpretation of Junk anoo. The entire program went like clockwork with no child forgetting a word or missing a beat. The dedication and hard work of the teachers showed through their perfect performance. Story telling used to be an integral part of Bahamian culture before television and computers. MC Shelley Austin took the audience on a journey to the past, telling Please see School Page 8 Twenty-five students of Central Abaco Primary School cleaned and improved the looks of their school prior to the visit of the Governor General to their school. They weeded, planted flowers and painted the front gates and cleaned up the school grounds. Students of Angels Academy produced a program for family and friends that promoted the One Bahamas theme. They all performed flawlessly and later offered a variety of Bahamian foods to their guests.


Page 8 Section B The Abaconian December 1, 2011 Best Investment in Little Harbour $279,000 1-419-610-6336 how life was 50 years ago. She reminisced about children, games, food, chores, dressing up, church and bush medicine. She had many in the assembly nodding in consent and adding their own comments. At lunch time everyone was invited into the kitchen where an array of Bahamian dishes awaited them. On entering, cones of homemade soursop ice cream were handed out. A choice of conch fritters, stewed or fried fish, crab n rice and more was offered. A huge pot of chicken souse and a spread of desserts from guava cake to pine apple upside down cake were all delicious. The food had been prepared by the school director, Barbara Johnson, with the More School News School From Page 7 help of parents. The first One Bahamas celebration was observed in December of 1992 in an effort to promote national unity, foster national pride and cultivate greater patriotism in terms of citizen service and respect for na tional institutions.Guy Fawkes is considered a successBy Allie Bethel and Victoria Bethel 10th grade students A starry-night was lit up by fireworks, as Forest Heights Academy held its 4th annual Guy Fawkes Night. For weeks the PTA of Forest Heights had been preparing for this night of fun. Students constructed creative guys that were burned on that evening. In addition, delicious food such as hotdogs, hamburgers, brats and sweets were pre pared by members of the community, The joyous laughter of guests penetrated the calm of the night. Children of the com munity playfully waved sparklers around the field. As the night continued, an elev enth grade student, Rebecca Strachan, retold the story of Guy Fawkes, Later, as the main event, the guys were thrown onto the sizzling bonfire. As the finale, a wide variety of color ful fireworks were shot into the sky. Many people enjoyed the light show and as said by one PTA representative, This night was considered a success and the fireworks were the best ever done by FHA. Forest Heights students assembled seven Guy Fawkes effigies for their annual bonfire and fundraising cookout. Students and par ents enjoyed a grilled hamburger and hot dog cookout with a variety of baked goods for sale. With stomachs filled, the crowd moved to the bonfire where the seven Guy effigies were tossed into the fire one by one to commemorate the Crowns success at foiling the plot to blow up the House of Lords in 1605. Forest Heights Academy and the Green Turtle Cay settlement both use this annual event for a fundraising party centered around a bonfire.PTA hears from Helen Simmons-Johnson By Canishka Alexander The PTA of S.C. Bootle High School Please see School Page 9 Helen Simmons-Johnson was the guest speaker at the PTA meeting of S.C. Bootle High School on November 1. She encouraged the parents to be interested in their childrens schooling to improve the academics.


December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 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 School News School From Page 8 held its second meeting for the term on No vember 1. The meeting was well attended by both parents and teachers. The new Education Superintendent, Helen SimmonsJohnson, was the speaker for the meeting. Mrs. Johnson was impressed with what she had seen when she visited the school on two previous occasions as she observed the manners of students and the cleanliness of the campus. As she congratulated the staff for the good work they are doing, she ex pressed that private schools are not better than public schools. Mrs. Johnson explained that her vision is excellence for all children and that she would like to see every child attend some institution of higher learning. She charged the teachers to go for 100 percent. She reminded the parents that they should work along with their children in order to make them better citizens who would take up the mantle and be leaders. She responded to questions from parents and closed by saying she would do everything in her power to make the process of educating the children easier. Principal Huel Moss said that they all look forward to working with Mrs. Johnson.S.C. Bootle events graduation raise funds By Canishka AlexanderWacky hair-do DayAmong the first set of events to be held was the Wacky Hair-Do Day organized by the graduating class of 2012. The event was held as a fundraiser for the upcoming graduation. Principal Huel Moss said that the students were encouraged to wear their wackiest hairstyle and compete for phone cards and cash prizes. At the end of the competition, Terranise Taylor and Elvado Curry were the two winners.Basketball uniformsSoon after the successful completion of the Wacky Hair-Do Day, Chef Noel St. Claude of Treasure Cay Resort, his wife and Scotia Bank Ltd. sponsored uniforms for the junior and senior boys and girls basketball teams. Chef Noel coaches the basketball teams and is a mentor for many of the young men. Staff and students of S.C. Bootle High School thanked Chef Noel in his capacity as a parent and friend of the school. Mr. Moss commented that it is this kind of participation that will propel the Dynamic Dolphins to higher heights.Kids learn about sexual abuse By Samantha V. Evans Abaco is growing rapidly. Along with this growth comes a number of negative activities that seem to have young female children as targets. To put this comment more into perspec tive, sexual abuse is gradually increasing and in most instances the abuse is caused by someone the child knows. To help kids in communities learn more about this type of abuse, the Depart ment of Social Services has started a campaign to partner with the schools to educate stu dents so that they can better keep themselves safe from predators or bad men who prey on young girls. Social Worker Javette Whylly-Evans is one of the officers who is educating school-aged children about sexual abuse. On November 11 she was at Central Abaco Primary School where she did an introductory talk with grade 5 and 6 students. She stated that their safety is of utmost importance so they must be wise when they make decisions. She told the children who walk to and from school to not be tempted to accept rides from strang ers but rather walk to remain safe. She gave them the telephone number of her of fice and told them to call if they ever feel unsafe or if someone approaches them in a bad way. These two students of S.C. Bootle High School, Terranise Tay lor and Elvado Curry, were the winners of the Wacky Hair-do Day. The fundraising will help pay the expenses of graduation. S.C. Bootles Grade 8 spelling team, made up of Romea Rolle, Yorline Auguste and Vanessa Jean, placed third at the Depart ment of Educations recent District Spelling Bee Competition. Mr. Moss congratulated the students on behalf of their parents and their Dynamic Dolphin family.S.C. Bootle spelling bee team places thirdRegister to Vote Today


Page 10 Section B The Abaconian December 1, 2011 News of the Youth Activities of the Sports Heritage WeekBy Timothy Roberts A variety of sports took place during National Sports Heritage Week, time set aside to remember and honor the achieve ments of Bahamians in sports, beginning on October 31 and ending November 5. Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, made the declaration on October 28 with young and old alike participating in sports throughout The Bahamas. Basketball games were played at Agape Christian Schools Grace Gym, bringing high school teams together and promoting competition and camaraderie. Junior base ball training continued to progress as the young boys engaged in playing ball at the Murphy Town Park under the direction of George Mills as well as in Coopers Town with Nigel Bootle supervising. The Shiloh Destroyers Softball team from Coopers Town competed in a roundrobin tournament with other teams of The Bahamas for the title of Bahamas Softball Champion. The Mad Sluggers Female Softball team went to Nassau as well to compete. Whelma Colebrook, Director of Youth and Sports for Abaco, said the Sports Heritage Week highlighted the growth of sports in The Bahamas and the level of talent on Abaco. She continues to strive to bring success to Abacos talented youth.Marine Explorers learn about the environmentBy Mirella Santillo Every Wednesday a group of high school students from Forest Heights Acad emy, Agape Christian School and Mary Albury School in Man-O-War participate in a workshop at Friends of the Environ ment aimed at educating and interesting them on local marine sciences. Often, the session turns into an art project that is con ducted by Lindsey Borsz, natural science teacher at Forest Heights Academy. On October 26 after a brief presentation by one of the students on hawkbill turtles, the reminder of the session was dedicated to making papier mache masks. It took three workshops for the students to com plete and decorate their masks while at the same time being acquainted with a science topic. The Young Marine Explorers program was conceived by Nikita Shiel-Rolle, who started the project in Nassau but wanted to extend it to the Family Islands. Olivia Pat terson and Ms. Borsz started the local pro gram in September, using the guidelines passed on by Mrs. Rolle. The students, eager to learn about their environment, belong to the club to learn about various scientific project each week such as the PH scale of different substances and the salinity and density of fresh and sea water. Each session comprises a power point presentation and hands-on activity. The program will run until the end of the school year. Please see Youth Page 11 Baseball has become a popular sport among our young people. These primary school boys enjoyed competitive games during Sports Heritage Week.


December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 Young people from three high schools meet weekly at the office of Friends of the Envi ronment to learn more about their environment. Each session includes a fun art project. Youth From Page 10 More News of the Youth A new JA group is formedBy Mirella Santillo Furniture Plus is a new corporate spon sor of a Junior Achievement group. The new group comprised of 13 students and four advisors met for the first time on No bers learned the rules and criteria regulating a JA group. A presentation was made by Advisor Brittney Smith, a former advisor who re cently joined the staff of Furniture Plus. She outlined the important points by which the Junior Achievers have to abide and gave a brief history about the formation of Junior Achievement in the United States where it was founded and in The Bahamas group chose the name Plush for the com pany. The store manager, Leanne Russell, who is also an advisor, said that Ishmael Morley, head of the Abaco JA Board, had approach her regarding a JA sponsorship because so many students were interested in joining but not enough companies were sponsoring them. She explained that Fur niture Plus is a civic-minded company and with former advisor Brittney Smith joining the staff, it was an easy decision to accept the challenge. Her goal is not only to instill corporate values into the students, but to introduce them to community service by aligning their group to other charity groups. Abaco now has six Junior Achievement groups.Miss Abaco Pageant will be in December By Samantha V. Evans Miss Abaco 2011-2012 pageant is sched uled for December 18 at Abaco Beach Refrom committee members. Eleven lovely girls are in the pageant ranging in age from two queens this year: Miss Abaco Bahamas and Miss Abaco Earth. Miss Abaco Earth will attend Miss Earth Bahamas Pageant and Miss Abaco Bahamas will attend Miss Bahamas and an International Pageant in Asia in 2012. Leading up to the pageant they will have the unveiling of the candi dates on November 20, the Top & Spokes Model on November 26, the Swim Suit competition on December 10, the Talent and Evening Gown competition on Deall leading up to the pageant on December an all-expense week for two in a luxurious hotel in Mexico, with complementary tick ets to the various recitals and shows. These young people with their advisors are forming the sixth JA group on Abaco. The club has chosen the name Plush as they are being sponsored by Furniture Plus. Donate Books to Your Commuinity Library


Page 12 Section B The Abaconian December 1, 2011 People in the News Chief Councillor attends a conference in TrinidadBy Timothy Roberts Representing The Bahamas at a Confer ence for Local Government Associations held in Trinidad on November 11-12, Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting of the Hope Town District learned of a European Union backed programme designed to as sist local government associations in the Caribbean region. The ARIAL programmes objective is to improve the quality of local government in the African, Caribbean and Pacific re gions. The program seeks to strengthen the quality of local government authorities through a proactive partnership to create a more effective and efficient representative. Mr. Sweeting, along with Adminis trators Alexander Williams and Gary Knowles from the Ministry of Lands and Local Govern ment and Chief Coun cillor April Crowther from Free port, attended the conference representing The Bahamas. The con ference saw members of local govern ment asso ciations from across the re gion including Trinidad, Ja maica, Domi nica, Guyana, Belize, and Barbados and included a representa tive of the Common wealth Local Government Forum from the United Kingdom. He said the ARIAL programme shared an initiative with the group of about 25 that will award money to qualifying local government associations to assist with a project for the betterment of their commu nity. The programme, contracted by the African Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat and funded by the European Union, is set to be awarded to local government asso ciations that qualify. Mr. Sweeting said the funds for such projects will be given provided the quali fying association shows the worthiness of the project and commits to a certain amount of finances for the project them selves. Over the course of the conference the programme was explained to the group as well as the various aspects of how to apply and to qualify. It was noted that a large regional group, such as the Caribbe an Association of Local Government Au thorities, could seek it as well as a smaller more local group such as the Abaco Chief Jeremy Sweeting, Chief Councillor of the Hope Town District Council, attended a Conference for Local Government Associations held in Trinidad. He found it beneficial as it showed him many different systems of local government. Shown are Administrator Gary Knowles of the Local Government office in Nassau; Joy Cooblral, Secretary to the ARIAL conference; the Chairman of the Mayors for Trinidad and Tobago; Mr. Sweeting; and Administrator Alexander Williams with the Department of Local Government in Nassau. Please see People Page 13 Challenged by Schooner Bays founder, Orjan Lindroth, after a trip to Maine, this local team shows that the art of dry stack walling is still done capably by Bahamians. It was the way the early settlers of Abaco made all their walls that are still found in the woods in many areas of the island. The men who made this wall are David Williams, Jr., Rev James Williams and Transport Gedeus. Schooner Bay is using dry stack walls


December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 People in the News People From Page 12 Councillors Association. Mr. Sweeting said the trip was very educational and his eyes were opened to the differences between local governments in various countries throughout the Caribbean. It was an experience of a lifetime getting to meet people from different coun tries and to learn the similarities and differ ences of our local government systems, he said. The benefit for The Bahamas of this programme is significant, he said. If The Bahamas can take it seriously and be prepared, it is a worthwhile opportunity.Abaco bodybuilder was inducted into National Hall of Fame The Hon. Charles Maynard, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, announced that 15 members would be inducted in the 2011 class of the National Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held on No vember 5 at Government House in Nassau. Arthur Vincent David Elden was one of the new members inducted. Arthur has been in bodybuilding for over 50 years, befirst competition in 1960. With his induction to the Hall of Fame, Arthur is the first person from Abaco to have this honour. In attendance were the Governor Gen eral, His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Lady Joan Foulkes and the Hon. Charles Maynard, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture. The Hall of Fame was begun in 1989 with the first inductees being Sir Durward Knowles and Cecil Cooke in sailing, Tommy Robinson in track & field, Elisha Obed in boxing and Andre Rodgers in baseball. With 15 new members, the hall will con sist of 52 members. In June 2011 Arthur completed and won the Masters over 60 at the West Palm Beach Championship. The coming year will see Arthur compete for the last time in the over 60 class, and in October he will During school hours Huel Moss, in the cap, is principal of S.C. Bootle High School. But in his off hours is a farmer extraordinaire, growing fruits and vegetables, producing juices, hot sauces, preserves, barbecue sauces, sapodilly cheesecakes and even wines. He is shown at a table offering his products for sale in the lobby of Maxwells Supermarket. A new Abaco resident Chris and Tara Clar idge are pleased to announce the arrival of their son, Tyler, born in Nassau on Novem ber 4. Proud grandmother is Stephanie Hum blestone Downey, who writes the In My Humble Opinion column. It Pays toAdvertise


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Page 16 Section B The Abaconian December 1, 2011 Honesty and Quality You Can Count OnBrandon ThompsonDock ConstructionResidential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyleBoat LiftsSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsAnd Much More...Offering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experienceContact us today! Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 By Samantha V. Evans Brides of the Caribbean Fashion and Comedy Show took place on November 20 at the Faith Convention Center in Marsh Harbour. The fashion show was held first followed by David Wallaces comedy show. All of the attire for the Bridal Show was provided by Infinity No Limit Outlet in Marsh Harbour. The majority of the models were students who wore formal wear for all persons in a bridal party includ ing the mother of the bride and the flow er girl. After the ladies showcased their clothes, the Boys to Men Collection was showcased. Throughout the show, various artists performed songs. The MC for the show was comedian David Wallace from Freeport, assisted by Glender Knowles. After the Bridal Fashion Show, David Wallace delivered two hours of dynamic clean fun that made the audience laugh un til they cried. This event provided whole some clean entertainment which was a treat for Abaco. The money raised will assist with the opening of mentoring and performing arts school slated for 2012.Seminar teaches make-up applications By Samantha V. Evans On November 20 local make-up artists attended a seminar held at the Faith Con vention Center in Marsh Harbour. Italia Williams and Jaconda Williams, the owners of a makeup store in Nassau were on Abaco to teach ladies the art of make-up application and some tips and tricks of the trade. The ladies showed the skills of makeup application, steps on getting started and best practices. All of these skills were shown on live model Joconda Williams, who looked like a beauty queen at the end of the application. When this part of the session was com pleted, each participant practiced applying make-up to a live model as well. Italia cri tiqued the work of the participants. When she gave her approval, the lady earned a Eye Candy Make-up Application certificate. The Williams sisters plan to return to Abaco to offer additional training and to provide services for weddings and special events. Italia offers this advice to ladies on makeup application for everyday life. There are simple things women can do to improve their overall image and attitude and look well polished.Fashion show highlights brides A fashion show held at the Faith Convention Center featured fashionable clothing for the entire bridal party. The show was followed by David Wallace entertaining the audience. Comedian David Wallace from Freeport performed on November 20 at the Faith Conven tion Center. He kept his audience lughing all through the two hour show.Road Safety Is Everyones Responsibility


December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 2,3,4&5Bedroom BeachfrontRentalsTreasure Cay, Abaco, BahamasPhone: 242-365-8500 Fax: 242-365-8501www.BahamaBeachClub.comTollFreeReservations:800-563-0014 18HoleGolf Course,Tennis,BoatRentals, Scuba,IslandTours,Shopping&More!Best Beach in the CaribbeanCaribbean Travel &Life Magazine Moores Island All Age SchoolBy Canishka Alexander Their Excellencies were greeted with salutes, a red carpet and rose petals on the school grounds of Moores Island All-Age School as they took their throne-like seats under a covered platform in front of the student body. The programs participants wooed the crowd with their melodious selections as they performed for their es teemed guests. By now, His Excellency appeared to be even more relaxed as he drew closer to the students with only a few handwritten notes to remind him of what he wanted them to remember most about his One Bahamas message. Before he began, though, he con gratulated them on the excellence of their performances and recitations. He talked about the beauty of our natural resources and how the entire Bahamas be longs to us and should be considered home. He asked that they be mindful of other cul tures, but not to imitate the bad they see oth ers doing but to remember that Bahamians are people who are respectful and mannerly. He ended by saying that he sees great things happening for our younger generation and that it is his belief that they will take our nation to even greater heights. A musical selection was sung by a group called Voices before the Hard Heel Boys rendered a cultural selection written by Bahamian music artist Geno D, who hails from Moores Island. But that was not all. As soon as the vote of thanks was given, it was time for the rush and the rhythm of the Junkanoo beat that left everyone in a festive mood. Sir Arthur and Lady Joan attended a luncheon organized by the islands District Council before touring the communities of Old Bight and Hard Bargain.Grand Cay All Age SchoolBy Canishka Alexander It was fitting that the Governor Gener als visit to Abaco ended in such a grand style on Grand Cay on November 15. Af ter spending the night at a private home on Big Grand Cay, His Excellency and his delegation travelled to Little Grand Cay for his visit to Grand Cay All-Age School. From the time he neared the dock on the mainland, school children lined the entire area patriotically waving their Bahamian flags. The entire community seemed to be in attendance as the small island resembled that of downtown Nassau on Boxing Day and New Years Eve with their animated Junkanoo celebration. In honour of their visit to Grand Cay AllAge School, their Excellencies received a welcome under the theme Celebration of Leadership in Honour of a Great Leader as they arrived at the school. As the cer The Govenor General Sir Arthur Foulkes trip to Abaco included a visit to Moores Island. He is shown in the middle with Education Superintendent Helen Simmons-Johnson on the far right. Sir Arthur poses here with the older students of the Grand Cay All Age School. This was the last school on his nine-day trip. Please see Sir Arthur Page 18 Sir Arthur visited Moores Island and Grand Cay


Page 18 Section B The Abaconian December 1, 2011 Sir Arthur From Page 17 Students performed for the Governor GeneralJames A. Pinder Primary SchoolOn November 14 Sir Arthur and Lady Joan Foulkes continued the last leg of their official visit to Abaco. The students at the James A Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point had prepared a number of musical and poetic selections as well as a series of Bahamian folk dances and the plaiting of the maypole. Students from Crossing Rocks Primary School were also in at tendance as His Excellency addressed the audience. During his One Bahamas message Sir Arthur spoke of our ancestry, the talent of our people and how the entire Bahamas belongs to us. He added one more component to that of acquiring education, that is the building of character. Because some of the students were too young to understand what he was refer ring to, the Governor General explained that character has to do with your reputation whether you are a good person or a bad person. If you practice making the right decisions throughout your life, you then develop your character. He asked that they be grateful to their parents and teachers who may have to discipline them at times, but that discipline also helps in building character. As always, the boys were told to stay in school for as long as they can and to learn as much as they can. Students of the James A. Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point were pleased to have the Governor General and his wife visit their school. emony began, the Governor General knew early on that an unforgettable celebration of his visit was in store. Students participated in a number of speaking and dancing selections, and the Gospel Moonlighters made a noteworthy contribution to the performances that took place during the ceremony. Sandra Edgecombe, Education Superintendent of Eastern Grand Bahama and the cays, described the school as a school of excellence and was honoured that the Gov ernor General had included Grand Cay in his official tour. In his address to the audience Sir Ar thur thanked the community for welcom ing him and his wife in such grand style. He explained to the students that he has been travelling all over The Bahamas with a message and that is the message of One Bahamas. Regardless of where you come from a small country, small island, Grand Cay, you can do grand things and wonderful things because other Bahamians have done it before you. Dont ever forget that, he said. Always have a heart of gratitude and a spirit of gratitude. Have gratitude to God Almighty for allowing you to live in this wonderful place and have gratitude to your society and your country. As he exited the school, Sir Arthur vis ited the Grand Cay Government Clinic and observed other government facilities on his tour of the island. Lunch was prepared and enjoyed at Rosies Place before the delegation headed back to Walkers Cay to return to Nassau onboard the Royal Baha mas Defence Force aircraft.


December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 Abaco Central High greets Sir Arthur By Samantha V. Evans The two largest public schools on the is land of Abaco welcomed Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Joan Foulkes onto their school campuses in grand style. This all took place on November 9, a day that will forever be etched in the hearts of these students and staff. At Abaco Central High School teachers and students welcomed them at the office and gate. The program provided great information and entertainment for the cou ple. This visit by the Governor General was a treat for all personnel. Principal Albert Jones recapped the ac complishments of the school this past year which were very impressive. The school aims to teach character, competency and citizenship in pursuit of excellence. The school choir sang several medleys, the drama team performed and a chorale reading was done. Sir Arthur Foulkes addressed the stu dents, stating that he is convinced that the youth have great potential. For centuries, he added, Abaco has contributed tremen dously to the economy of The Bahamas. Abaconians have always been known to use the resources of the land and sea to create great enterprise. He noted that the island adds much texture and flavor to The Bahamas. He told the young people to be aware of the culture of the Bahamas includ ing the food, music, national symbols, rich heritage and the great accomplishments of their forefathers. He told the students that their forefathers came from all over the world, repre senting various races, cultures and nation alities, but today we are all one people. He reminded the students of some of the things that make the Bahamas great and some of the famous Bahamians who have made a name for themselves and The Bahamas in sports, entertainment and acting. He told the students to respect each other. Sir Foulkes declared a free day for the school to be announced. The students en joyed the visit and being able to speak with him at the end of the program. Students from Agape Christian and Long Bay Schools were in attendance.Central Abaco Primary Welcomes Sir Arthur By Samantha V. Evans The Governor General made a short visit to Central Abaco Primary School. The assembly began with a welcome by the pre-school students followed by a play and dance. Sir Arthur told the group that this official tour is so he can talk to young people. He encouraged them to learn all they can every day and to live up to their theme of always being in pursuit of excel lence. They should remember the national pledge and aim to live in love and unity with everyone. The Bahamas is very dynamic as it is made up of people from all walks of life but we are all Bahamians. He reminded them that wherever they go in The Bahamas that they will be home. He encouraged them to keep the Bahamas clean and beautiful and to appreciate the richness that makes our culture unique. He encouraged them to have a spirit of gratitude. He told them that when he was in school that many young people had to leave at age 14 with only a few being allowed to go on to college. Today, they can pursue Sir Arthur visits Abacos two largest schoolsThe Governor General was impressed with the art work and crafts that the students of Abaco Central High School had made. He promptly modeled a hat that was on the table which his wife, Lady Joan Foulkes, admired. Please see Sir Arthur Page 20 Abacos largest school, Central Abaco Primary with over 800 students, welcomed the Governor General and his wife with a program.


Page 20 Section B The Abaconian December 1, 2011 FOR RENT By Timothy Roberts Promoting the message of One Bahamas to students at the Great Guana Cay Primary School, the Governor General, His Excel lency Sir Arthur Foulkes and his wife, Her Excellency Lady Joan Foulkes, visited the school. Addressing students, parents and mem bers of the community at the school, His Excellency told the children that their home, Abaco, is a beautiful island, but your home is bigger than Abaco. Your home is The Bahamas and it belongs to all of you. From Inagua in the south to Abaco in the north anywhere you go in The Bahamas is your home. The students of the school sang in honor of His Excellency and presented him with a wooden model of the Fendo, the first freight boat to service Guana Cay, made by Thomas Sands. Her Excellency also re ceived a gift. The Governor General is impressed with how Abaco cherishes and maintains its history and heritage. It shows how our ancestors came from all over the world, but today we are all one people. He shared that Bahamians are fortunate to live in a free society. We have access to education and health care and so many other nations are less fortunate. He told them, Always remember to be grateful and thank God for our many blessings. Before leaving the school, His Excel lency exercised his Royal Prerogative and granted the students a day off to commem orate his visit. During his visit on Guana Cay the Gov ernor General was given a tour of the de velopment of Orchid Bay, after which he was taken to Bakers Bay by boat where he was treated to lunch and a tour of the golf course and development there. ROCK imported & local SAND imported & local 8 CONCRETE BLOCKS 50LBS BAGS ROCK & SAND Abacos cornerstone to construction Visit our modern facility on the Murphy Town Water Front beside Parkers Landing an education to their doctorate degree. He asked the boys to promise him that they will stay in school as long as they can so that they can learn as much as they can. Girls are outshining the boys in all areas so they need to stay focused so that they too can obtain a good education. His Excellency exercised his Official Prerogative by giving the school a free day. Before leaving, he toured some of the classrooms. Students from Forest Heights Academy, Agape Christian School and Angels Academy were in attendance for the special assembly.Sir Arthur From Page 19 By Mirella Santillo The Rotary Club of Abaco and the Chamber of Commerce held a joint lun cheon on November 9 in honor of Gover nor General Sir Arthur Foulkes, who was visiting schools on Abacot. In his remarks the Governor jokingly said that he had not come to Abaco to speak to the adults but to the children. But he ad dressed adults problems when mentioning the global economic situation and the chal lenging times many of the worlds countries are going through, adding, however, that The Bahamas had survived many difficult times before and would do it again.Sir Arthur visits Guana school and developmentsGreat Guana Primary School, Abacos smallest school, was not neglected by the Gov ernor General. His visit was greatly appreciated by both the students, parents and com munity members. He reminisced on the previous times he had visited the island as a younger man and praised Abaco for keeping up with the cul tural heritage of The Bahamas, citing as an example the Loyalist Memorial Sculpture Garden on Green Turtle Cay. To illustrate the resiliency of Bahami ans, he mentioned many famous people who had put The Bahamas on the worlds map through their achievements in various fields, from sports to the stage. He ended by saying that he had been very impressed by what he saw in the schools so far: bright talented young people who will take The Bahamas even higher.The Rotary Club and the Chamber welcomes the Governor General


December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 21 Marc Binard, MD, Board Certified Internal Medicine,will be at Integrated Medicine on Dec. 14-21 Call 367-1304 for an appointment Why are they selling poppies, Mummy, selling poppies in town today? The poppies, child, are flowers of love for the men who marched away. But why have they chosen a poppy, Mummy, why not a beautiful rose? Because, my child, men fought and died in the fields where the poppies grow. But why are the poppies so red, Mummy? Why are the poppies so red? Red is the colour of blood my child, the blood that our soldiers shed. The heart of the poppy is black, Mummy. Why does it have to be black? Black, my child, is the symbol of grief for the men who never came back. But why, Mummy, are you crying so? Your tears are giving you pain. My tears are my fears, my child, for the world is forgetting again. Author unknown Thirteen men from Abaco served in the military during World War II. Only two are still surviving: Donald Sands and Chester Thompson. For the past 15 years Patrick Bethel has raised money to support these veterans Alfred Malone Hope Town Daniel Malone Hope Town George Roberts Green Turtle Cay Allen Russell Hope Town Mertland Russell Hope Town Thomas Sweeting Man-O-War Lucien Stratton Marsh Harbour Donald Sands Great Guana Cay Leonard Thompson Hope Town Chester Thompson Hope Town Hartis Thompson Hope Town Maurice Thompson Hope Town Ivor Thompson Hope TownRemembrance Dayby selling poppies. This year he raised $1000 through the sale. We need to remember that these were brave, yet forgotten men. We must honour them. These men from Abaco served in World War II These are the two Abaco veterans still living. Donald SandsChester Thompson In Office DatesDecember 12th-19thMan-O-WarDecember 13th242-367-0020 By Samantha V. Evans Public and private schools on Abaco have all been working hard to prepare their students to achieve excellence not only at their respective grade levels but nationally on standardized tests mainly the GLAT, the BJC, and the BGCSE examinations. To achieve this requires the dedication of teachers and the support of parents. Get ting parental support has proven challeng ing for some schools. The question has been asked: Why do parents attend PTA meetings at private schools in larger numbers than they do at public schools? Another issue has been raised concerning the purchase of school supplies and books which, too, seems to be purchased at the private schools and not so much at the public school levels. Both matters raise valid points as public school teachers do have more of a challenge get ting parents to purchase items needed for their children, attend PTA meetings and support school-based functions. Parents have to be mindful that children perform better when parents are involved and they have the tools they need to learn. Public high schools have highly skilled and trained teachers, but regardless of their abilities, teaching is hampered when stu dents attend school without the basic tools. This is a major challenge today resulting in an appeal to parents to support the schools where their children attend and to purchase the educational supplies needed. As a parent myself, I find it disturbing to hear that students do not want to attend school without new Clark Shoes and the top of the line uniform but have no work books or textbooks to learn from. This is ludicrous and must cease immediately. It doesnt matter whether the children are working to purchase these items them selves. They live in the homes of adults who seem to be allowing their children to control their homes. Parents, we are all aware of the crime rate in The Bahamas now. We have been fortunate on Abaco to still be able to live in peace and for the most part still believe in being our brothers keeper. Parents, if we want Abaco to remain progressive and not end up crime-ridden like the capital, that will require our chil dren be equipped with a quality level of education. The name brand shoes, pants or shirt your son wears to school means nothing if he cannot spell his name. The type of book bag, cell phone or shoes your daughter has does not matter if she only goes to school to meet boys and look cute. Parents, is that all we are teaching our children? Is this all you desire for them to achieve? I am sure that when they get to grade 12 and the day comes for that gradu ation list to be submitted, none of the ques tions asked will relate to the name-brand shoes they wore, the hair style they rocked or the amount of money they brought for lunch. So why then are you allowing your children to focus on these meaningless things that will not benefit them, not even a little bit, in the future. Please, parents, purchase your chil drens textbooks, seek help for them if they are struggling and affirm to them on a daily basis by telling them you love them, accept them and believe in them. Parents, teachers cannot achieve their goals in the classrooms without you. Please give your childrens school your unwavering support and take back control of your home from your kids. Parents are encouraged to get involved Viewpoint Hope Town Council meets the Governor GeneralWhile His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Joan Foulkes were in Hope Town, they met briefly with the Hope Town District Council. Shown are Don Carey, Don Cash, Glenn Laing, Sir Arthur, Lady Joan, Marjorie Chapman, Michael Albury and Harold Malone. Missing is Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting. Support the Cancer Society Donate Used Items to Be Sold in


Page 22 Section B The Abaconian December 1, 2011 By Liann Key Kaighin I stand here before you all today with great sorrow in my heart. It is a bittersweet cup that we drink from. Thank you for joining us today to remember and to celebrate the life of Capt. Lewis Augustus Key one of a kind son, brother, husband, father, friend and Uncle to so many! You are an im mense support to our family. A special welcome to the member of Parliament for South Abaco, Mr. Edison Key, Greg Roberts from the Nassau as sembly, Robbie Higgs, and all of you in the congregation. A bright beacon of light has left us. A life so filled with laughter and love that it overflowed onto all those around him, family, friends and strangers alike. We are all gathered here today to re member and to celebrate the life that our one-of-a-kind father Capt. Lewis Augus tuas Key, lived. And if you knew Lewis, you KNEW that he lived!! He woke ev ery morning with a smile, often whis tling as he dressed and prepared for the day ahead. A eulogy is supposed to be a summary of a life and herein this in stancewe are remembering a rich and varied life. So Make yourself comfortablewe have a lot of ground to cover. Lewis was born on April 24, 1935, in the settlement of Marsh Harbour, and he died at his home November 3, 2011, at the age of his home across the harbour on Pelican Shores. Lewis life his tory in a sense, is a documentary of The Bahamas as well. In the years of his life from 1935 to the present, the changes that have occurred on Abaco and throughout most of The Bahamas have brought Bahamians from hardship to a much more modern standard of living. Growing up in the pre World War II era on an out island with a mail boat that hopefully arrived every other week was a life filled with hardship. That hardship and learning to im provise would serve Lewis throughout his life. Lewis was born the fifth child of Lil lian Key, nee Bethel, and Bunyan Augus tus Key. He was the oldest surviving son from childhood. His ancestry traces back through the lineages of Abaco, and on both his mothers and his fathers sides of the family back to Wyannie Malone, the original settler of Hope Town. The Key family settled on Abaco in March of 1812 when Nathan Key left the colony of Virginia with Lord Dunmore. Lewis was a ball of energy as a boy and was awake before dawn, sunrise often finding him on the sea rocks with fishing line in hand. This love of fishing and providing, even at a very tender age, often put him in Mama Lillians sights. He would vanish, and she would go out doors and call him, with no response. Lewis was already over to old East side. One day in particular Lewis had the fish biting like crazyso he decided that was more important than returning home for school. Later in the morning when Lewis came walking towards the house with a pontop line full of lain snappers, Mama was waiting for him with the tama rind switch. Papa Bunyan said, Dear, dont you switch that boy for skipping schoolhes brought supper! This wonderful thoughtful way that Lewis had, even as a small lad, stayed with him through the course of his life. If there was one word we could sum up his nature with, it would be GENEROUS. If he knew someone was in real need, he would do whatever he could to help them and of tentimes help them anonymously in small ways if they needed it, and at other times, in very large ways. At the same time he found it hard to receive, and in later years we admonished him sometimes that he had to learn to receive as well as he could give! Lewis was so lovablehe made friends wherever he went in his travels, and he made lasting impressions on people. He also lived to have fun, and he always had a ready joke or two. In all that he did, he had a sharp wit and a sense of humour that was to the point. Sometimes it might of fend, but he did not take note of that. You always knew where you stood with Lewis. He never stopped making friends. He could charm everyone around him with his stories of adventure on the high seas and in the air. He was truly a great man. Even though he was my father, I am still compelled to say it. For others also, he was great. The Bahamas has lost one of its old salts, and unfortunately, I dont think they are growing them quite the same these days. It has been said many times by oth ers, He broke the mold when He made Lewis. He kept an American dime in his pocket all the time for chance encounters with little onesand he would make that dime disappear over and overand the child would look at him with wonderment and awe. How did he make that dime vanish? And the end result, another friend. A dear young one of the family remarked the other evening how much she would miss Uncle Lewis because he always remembered to speak to her and never forgot to produce a ready candy from his shirt pocket. His shoulders were broad, and he was a bastion of the community of Abaco. His gruff exterior was just thatan exterior, a faade that hid his compassion ate side. He was a true diamond in the rough. Once you got past that bravado and tough masculinity, he was as gentle as a little lamb. He had compassion for others and their suffering and earthly needs. Dad would not want us to have broken hearts over him. His life was full and varied. Whatever he put his hand to do, he did it with all his might as we are admonished to do in the book of Ecclesiastes. We should all take a page from his example. If each one of us started to pay it forward in lend ing a helping hand to those around us, close to home and in our own community, what a difference we could make on Abaco! Lewis attended the Marsh Harbour All-Age school. After finishing all the grades provided, he remained on as class monitor for a few years and continued his educa tion with the help of Bro. Burge Neilly. Even before his school days began, Lewis first saw the love of his life, Amarylis, and vowed that she would someday be his wife. He began courting her when they were quite young. Lewis asked Luciens permission to marry Ama rylis when she was 16 and he was 21. Lu cien said, You can marry her when you finish your house. On May 1, 1959, late in the afternoon, Lewis Augustus Key and Amary lis Annette Stratton were married. Robert Stratton performed the ceremony in the old Bible Truth Hall. Astrid, Mollie and Nellie were attendants and Ruthie was the flower girl. Honeymooning was a trip to Water Cay and camping under the causarinas and making their first meal together. On March 10, 1960, their first son was born, Robert Randall. On April 6, 1962, Alistair Lewis ar rived with his red curls and curiosity. Both boys were delivered at home in Marsh Harbour. On December rived, Liann Annette. Lewis faith in God was strong. He really lived the Masters instructionsto love your brother as your self. He came to the Lord in the spring of 1954 and travelled with Robert Stratton and Allan Lowe to Penn sylvania for a conference. His favourite way to share that faith was through song. He had a wonderful tenor voice and was the backbone of the singing in the services for so many years. He loved to pick his guitar, and we all loved to listen. He gave all of us, his children, grand children and only great-grand beautiful memories of playing and singing at fam ily gatherings. He would sing his favou rite hymns, some calypso tunes and the standard kids song about the hole in the bottom of the sea until he got tonguetied and couldnt sing any longer from laughing. Invariably, by then, we were all laughing, too! Lewis moved to Nassau for a brief time to work as a bookkeeper and righthand man for Mr. Sands at City Mar kets. The hustle and bustle of life in New Providence was more than Lewis could stand. That coupled with homesickness caused him to return to Abaco before a year had gone by. Lewis started his sea going days on the Crustacean with Capt. Charles Sawyer travelling on the tiny boat between Abaco and Florida. In 1955 the construction company of Seabreezes Ltd. was incorporated, and it helped to create much of the infrastruc ture of Abaco, Eleuthera, Normans Cay, Gorda Cay, Exuma, Long Island, and Inagua. Lewis began his work with Seabreezes operating the dragline and building the salt pans in Long Island. In Marsh Harbour and after that the main roads of the island of Abaco. Lewis studied to obtain his ship Cap tains license, and for a period of time he ran the Sandfly for Mr. Crockett. After that position, he captained the tugboat the Little Gold for Seabreezes which was used to tow the barge transferring equipment to the various islands where jobs were be ing completed. He was well known for going the extra mile to get the job done. The Little Gold was in Exuma, and Lewis got the call that equipment was needed in North Eleuthera for work on the Glass Windows bridge. Well, as it turned out, the call came later in the day. So Lewis, being the fearless man that he was, left to cross the treacherous shoal -ridden Lily banks in the nightfrom Exuma to Span ish Wells. Uncle C was waiting there on the dock at daybreak to help with the lines and asked him where had he just come from. Lewis said, We just crossed the Lily banks from Exuma. Uncle C replied with words that I cant repeat in church as to the state of Lewis mind in undertaking such a crazy feat.A Tribute to Lewis Key 1935 2011 Lewis Key, Robert Stratton and Allan Lowe, 1954 Lewis and Amarylis Lewis Key and the Biak Lewis Key


December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 23 He captained the Carol L for Marsh Harbour Power and Light company. Dad used to ferry fuel from Florida to the power and light plant here in Marsh Harbour and also to other power plants in Exuma and Eleuthera. After that post, he was hired by the Marsh Harbour Shipping company in between Abaco and Florida. Many good times were had by all who travelled on the boat. Fishing trips down the cays, conching, whelking, wild honey hunting and crabbing at Great Sales Cay. Samuel Kemp was the cook on board for many years, and he and Lewis always played good natured tricks on each other. Lewis, somebody done salted ma tea again. The Fendo became a bit small for the job. After a few close calls in Noreasters during winter months, the decision was made by the directors of the Marsh Har bour Shipping company that Abaco was ready for a larger boat. Lewis travelled chase the motor vessel Biak. This ship continued to make weekly trips servic day company, Abaco Shipping Two pur chased the motor ship Duke of Topsail. Another character trait that Lewis exemplified was one of excellence. Second best was never good enough for Lewis. Anything he turned his hand to, he was good at. And he had an insatiable desire for knowledge. He loved to read, and he was always learning or bettering him self in his work skills. He continued to improve his Captains license over the years, sitting harder and harder tests for larger tonnage ships. All through the Biak years, it was Dads drive and push that maintained a dependable service of freight delivery for Abaco along with the patient support of his loving and faithful wife, Amarylis, who kept the family se cure during his frequent absences. Through his father-in-law, Lucien Stratton, Lewis met Ed Whip of Mary land in 1965. Mr. Whip was an FAA-li censed instructor, and he came to Abaco in his Beechcraft Travellair N218 Echo Whiskey. He taught Lewis to fly, and Lewis bought his own new Cessna 150, N6141 Golf. For the remainder of his life Lewis continued to pursue his flying career. He held single engine, multi-en gine, private, seaplane, commercial, instrument and ATP ratings as well as his FAA and Bahamian licenses in aircraft maintenance and repair. I am sure there are some pilots here with us today and others throughout the Bahamian avia tion community. If you asked them right now to share some memories from their flying times with Lewis, they would all say that on every landing they make they can hear Unka Loo saying, Keep that stick coming back. Keep it coming back, hold it, hold it. Dont let her land Dont let her land. GOOD!! Now go around and lets do it again. Lewis was also a bit of a daredevil. He put his little Cessna through maneuvers she was never designed to with stand loop de loops, barrel rolls, flat spins nothing was out of his grasp. He purchased a Piper J5 Cub in later years for a fun trainer and could often be seen below the tree tops flying around the shoreline of Marsh Harbour and buzz ing the occasional house just for fun. On one occasion it was a particularly light air day. The local Sunfish fleet was holding a race, and the sailors were more than a bit perturbed with Lewis because he flew down among them on the race course and took the wind! Lewis drive and push carried over into his work ethic when he went seriously in to aviation with the incorporation of Zigzag Airlines. Lewis chartered with a fleet of three planes and numerous other Bahamian pilots worked for him, many of whom are now leaders in the field of aviation in the country. I would like to share with you a few words from a dear friend in New Zealand, Ron Harris. He wrote me a few days ago af ter hearing our sad news via email. He said the following: I cannot but see Lewis for the fine man that he was, multi-talented with a fearless spirit and a sharp wit but inside a very kind and caring heart. The time I spent with him in 1984 was one of lasting pleasur able memories and literally one of the high points in my life. The fun we had flying around in that little plane every day for sev eral weeks including a moonlit night dash to Nassau with an injured man from Sandy Point is still so vivid in my memory. Lewis was one of the pioneers in avia tion in Tthe Bahamas. He made untold life-flights, risking his own life in the pro cessand always returning to Marsh Har bour the same night whenever weather permitted. In the early days the only beacons he had were Hole in the Wall lighthouse, Hope Town light and then the headlights of Amarylis car to show him where the end of the runway was. No one knew what GPS was at that time. Lewis could even boast of having deliv ered a baby en route. On a night flight from Treasure Cay with Capt. Robbie Nixon ac companying him and the government nurse from the clinic in Coopers Town, a young mother was in labour, and the nurse needed assistance. Lewis told Robbie to handle the flying, and he went back to help the nurse. Upon arrival at Nassau International Airport, a bouncing baby boy was handed off with mother to the waiting ambulance. Lewis loved his boats and had many over the years. Too many to mention! He also loved to sail, and his favourite wind was a howling gale. Gurth Russell had purchased a 16-foot outrigger from Mr. LeBoutillier in Hope Town to sail in the winter series with the Marsh Harbour Sailing Clubs Sunfish. It was blowing like crazy. Lewis, Percy and Gurth launched the outrigger sailboat into the wind. Lewis was at the tiller, and he told Gurth to block her down and for the two crew to climb out onto the outrigger. Well, with 200 square feet of sail and 450 pounds of ballast at the end of that outrigger, the boat didnt make it very far. She split from stem to stern, and the outrigger sank. Lewis was left sitting high and dry in his portion of the now ruined boat, laughing his head off at Ole P and Gurth out in the cold winter sea with the begin nings of hypother mia. Lewis had a reputation for split ting sailboats in half. He said, Theyll take it or sink! He made the time to get off in his sailboat the Bandit with his close friends, John Dam and Morales Saintil, his children and grandchildren. At times, with some heavy persuasion, he would get Amarylis out on the sea as well for some sunset fishing. Lewis lived with diabetes for many years. About seven years ago he made the choice not to fly any longer for safety rea sons. Even so he still made weekly trips to Florida with Randy in the left seat, and his thoughtfulness in the little things was always there. He never forgot to bring home Moms favourite magazine. In retirement Lewis turned his hand to farming. He bought a small John Deere tractor and all the attachments for land clearing. In two years time he had acres, turning rough land into smooth pasture ready for sheep. He especial ly enjoyed the days of the week when the work study boys from Every Child Counts would come to the farm. He was quick to bestow nicknames on each one. His final mission in his new endeavor of farming was to grow a record-breaking pumpkin. He told us a few weeks ago he still had a lot of things to finish! All of these contributions were recog nized by Lewis receipt of the OBE pre sented to him from the Queen in Nassau on 13th day of June 2009. As usual, he was quite dismissive of this honour. But it provides a bar for oth ers to aim for. This is another legacy that he leaves us. Last Thursday at home Lewis passed away softly. It was his wish to go quickly and with no lingering illnesses. All his children around him, his loving wife of 52 years by his side, we told him that he had fought like a trooper. He was never ostentatious. He wanted a simple funeral. In fact, he used to joke with us, of course, to wind Mom up a bit, too, that we should just bury him in a sheet so that someone else could make use of the good suit! This banter covered the underlying theme of his life, want ing to help others, and literally wanting to give the shirt off of his back. Even though Dad could be rough and gruff, he had a heart of gold. He has left us deep footprints to follow in. I hope that we can all make him proud.A Long and Productive Life Lewis and Friends Lewis hard at work Lewis Key when he received his OBE with Randy Key


Page 24 Section B The Abaconian December 1, 2011 MUST SELL Great Guana Cay Colonial style commerical build ing known as Art Cafe situate in the vicinity of the public dock in the settlement of Guana Cay. Appraised $656,000Vacant land lot No. 15 & 17, portion of Orchid Bay Subdivi sion Property comprises of 7,500 square feet. Appraised $90,000 for both or $45,000 per lot. Marsh Harbour Multi-purpose commer cial building known as Faith Convention Cen ter. Multipurpose $1.7 millionMarsh Harbour octagon buildings. Three single storey buildings and two two-storey buildings. Known as Simmons Place. Appraised $491,000 For conditions of sale and any other information, please contact: The Commerical Credit Collection Unit at 242-502-1320 or 242-356-1685 or 242-502-0929 or 242-356-1608 Fax: 242-356-1638 Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to: The Manager, The Commercial Credit Collection Unit P.O. Box N 7518, Nassau, Bahamas Crossing RocksTwo Storey Commercial Building comprises of First Floor 4 (1) bed 1 bath and six Main Rd. Appraisal TBAMarsh Harbour Two Storey Commercial Building Complex contains 10 commercial units Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Har bour. Appraisal $953,970 Church News Founders of Grace Baptist are honored By Samantha V. Evans An appreciation service and banquet was held for Bishop Clifford Henfield and his wife, First Lady Elder Evelyn Hen field, the founders of Grace Baptist Church in Dundas Town. The service began with the sound of drums beating as the honorees walked down the church hall. The service was filled with praise and worship, musical tributes and remarks. The Henfields were surrounded by their family and friends who came from near and far to celebrate this honorary service with them. Remarks were first heard by Pastor Shawn Robbins, who told the Bishop that the church is in good hands. He recalled that after only two years of marriage to Jackie, Lady Evelyn told him that he would be the next pastor. He stands now as senior pas tor of Grace Baptist Church. Pastor Rob bins told Bishop Henfield that he will still need the Henfields wisdom and advice as he continues to pastor this church. Elder Lena Pratt, Elder Eleanor Darville and Pastor Silbert Mills all spoke of the great work that Bishop Henfield has done through the church. Pastor Mills recalled some very important times in the life of Bishop, especially when he chose be ing a preacher. Bishop Mills of End Time Harvest Ministries thanked Bishop Henfield for standing by him from the time he Bishop and Lady Henfield both spoke. It was clear after all of the years they have been together that they are still in love. in the ministry that he could not do it any more. He remembered when the land the church is located was only swamp and bush. He also remembered that he was given six months in ministry before he re still working for the Lord. Lady Henfield stated that it is always a blessing when fam ily can come together in love and unity. Pastor Shawn presented Bishop and Lady Henfield with a monetary award and a fruit basket as well has other gifts. The service ended with the sounds of junkanoo music by the Murphy Town Superstars. Church of Christ held its Mens Conference By Samantha V. Evans The Church of Christ in Marsh Harbour has been holding mens conferences for the past eight years. This year they included boys beginning at age ten since so many of the young boys were getting into destruc tive behavior. The conference was held at Camp Abaco from October 14 to 16 under the theme Foundation Builders According to Pastor Jason Quashie, the information shared equipped the younger men with in formation that would teach them to take the role as a male seriously. This year they introduced two new initia tives. The first one was that they encouraged young men to make a five-minute presenta tion on outstanding male characters of the Bible. They stated how they can apply the character learned to their lives. The second new initiative was a tour of the Neem Farm where they learned about the Neem fruit and how they can use it to keep their body healthy. Pastor Quashie said that this tour was eye opening as they realized the impor tance of taking better care of themselves. He noted three highlights from the con ference. The first one was that they should have love. When building a foundation, if they do not have love, it will result in chaos. Secondly, they were encouraged to remember what they are building with. If they use the wrong material to build their foundation, the building will fall. They were encouraged to use the best material so that when troubles, trails, and tribula tions come, they can handle them. Finally, they must have a plan. They must follow the plan so that the end result will not dif fer from the initial draft. Please see Church Page 25 Bishop Clifford Henfield, right, and Lady Evelyn Henfield, left, were honoured at an appreciation service at the church that Bishop Clifford started 27 years ago, Grace Baptist Church in Dundas Town. He is now stepping down, turning the church over to Pastor Shawn Robbins and his wife Jackie. Many praised the excellent work that Bishop Henfield accomplished, especially with young people.


December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 25 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR LEASE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES 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 Buying? Selling?Want more business? A low cost ad like thiscan bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201 WANTED TO BUYWanted to Buy: Commercial Properties or Acreage in Abaco. Fast CASH buyer. Send location and asking price to AbacoLand@hotmail. com. Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale Bahama Palm Shores, lot for sale, 100 x 150, at main entrance, water well complete Bakers Creek Lot# 42 (12,000 sq. ft.) Aproads, underground utilities, a community water supply, street lights, fire hydrants and 3604. Cherokee Hill Top, lot # 16, approximately vacant lot, 5 min golf cart ride to town, ocean views, beach SELLER. Call 242-366-0819 or 242-458-6515 Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales. Hope Town Hideaways. 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Condo Fur nished 2 bed/ 1 bath. A/C, internet ready. Ide al for student/s. Security on grounds. Bus stop at entry. 15 min from PB Community College. Short walk to major shopping & restaurants. Call 242-365-4636 days, 242-365-4218 evenings. REDUCED Marsh Harbour, Pelican Shores, 3 bed, 2 bath, furnished waterfront home. Available Jan Treasure Cay, 2 bed, 2 bath unfurnished villa. Also for rent on Ocean Blvd 2 bed, 1.5 bath beach cottage, fully furnished, A/C & W/D. Call 365-4105. Treasure Cay, Charming 3 bed 2 bath 1800 sq. ft. canal front home with tropical decor, pool, dockage for two boats and only a two min. walk luxurious beach front home, fully furnished. 4 bed, 3 Office Space Available, extra large two room office space with bathroom. New Home Fab month. Serious inquires only. Call Nakia at At the end of the conference all of the men gave an evaluation of the event which was all great. Twenty-eight males were in attendance at this years conference. Grace Baptist hosts Wholeman Conference By Mirella Santillo On November 11 Grace Baptist Church in Dundas Town organized a special assem bly, The First Annual Wholeman Confer ence under the theme B orn with a Purpose. The audience was honored that night by the Hon. Charles T. Maynard, Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture, and Dr. Linda Moxey-Brown, Director of Culture. Min. Maynard spoke to the congregation about the different careers he had em braced, thinking each time that he knew what his purpose was. But as he was attracted to different career fields, he real More Church News Church From Page 24 The Hon. Charles Maynard, Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture, was the guest speaker at a conference held at Grace Bapist Church in Dundas Town, the first Wholeman Con ference. He was joined by Dr. Linda Moxey-Brown, center, who is the Director of Cul ture. On the left is Whelma Colebrook, who represents the Ministry of Culture on Abaco. ized that even the position he holds now might not be his final purpose. You are a work in progress, he said. Only God knows your final purpose. Sometimes you fall. But get up and keep going. God put you in the journey to reach your final purpose. He was pleased to be part of this inau gural celebration and hinted that a member of the assembly might be the Prime Minis ter 25 years from now. The evening program continued with dances and singing. Min. Simmone BoweMullings performed a solo accompanied by the church choir. Dr. Brown, known to be an excellent soloist, could not refuse the request of the congregation asking her to sing, to which she graciously complied, singing two beautiful gospel songs. The guest speaker, Guido Rolle, was visiting from Bimini where he is currently the youth leader at Gateway Outreach Ministries. He attacked the present society which gives young people the freedom to lead dissolute lives. Addressing the youth of Abaco, he urged them not to fall to the temptations of an easy material life but to keep God in their lives. The celebration ended with more music and prayers for the Minister, not only for his health and safety but for him to con tinue the work he has undertaken with the youth of The Bahamas. of uniformed youth organisations, the cer emony has been relatively small. The Abaco ceremonies also pay tribute to four members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Austin Smith, Fenrick Sturrip, David Tucker, and Edward Wil liams, who were killed in the strafing of the HMBS Flamingo by a Cuban warplane in 1980. Williams was also an Officer of the Boys Brigade.Cays From Page 5


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December 1, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 27 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE MERCHANDISE FOR SALE SERVICES WANTED TO BUY Items for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats Wanted To Buy! Small old wooden dingy (doesnt need to float), old wooden oars, old sails, (any size, any condition), old wooden water skis, old metal floats, and any other old nautical looking stuff. Call Stacy 242-4583521 or email BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE EQUIPMENT FOR SALEDive Compressor, Honda 5.5HP. Complete with hose, regulators, floats & storage case. 10,800 gal capacity, four sections, top access hatch. Dimensions 15 diameter, 8 height. Make an offer. Call 366-0040 Boulders for Sale, approx 4x4x3 ft. 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Smiles were exchanged, but the conversation was confidential.Two politicians exchange greetingsWe Can Do It All!Church Programs Wedding Invitations Souvenir Booklets Full Color BrochuresAbaco Print ShopPhone 367-3202 Abaco Shopping Center Marsh Harbour Its been almost two years since our son was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma a nightmare that I wish on no parent. Our journey began in December 2009 when Andrew traveled to Canada with his Uncle, Aunt and Grandparents. It was his Christmas present along with a reward for doing well in school. On Christmas day Andrew get up saying, Mama, I need to see a doctor. He had what was believed to be the flu. In turn, he was car ried to the ER where they did a chest X ray, where they ordered a CT scan to be done the next day, only to tell the family that he had a mass in his chest. They advised that he needed a biopsy. That was done on January 14th, 2010. When we asked Doctor Sands what would cause this, we were told that it was nothing we did or nothing he had done, it just hap pened. At this time we meet with Dr. Singuee, who took over his case. She wanted a PET scan done, but this had to be done in Miami. This test came back that the cancer was only in the chest area. At this time Dr. Sinquee sat down with us to tell us the way she wanted to proceed with his treatment. We were told that we were looking at 18 to 24 months. And she wanted to start chemo on March 1st. We were look ing at 12 course treatment of chemo and she was not rul ing out radiation. On March 1st Andrew started chemo, which they said would be about six months with two treatments a month. This is when Andrew looked at them and said, I will only need six chemo treatments. The doctor looked at him, told him that she was the doctor and he was the patient. He told her that she will only do what the Good Lord allowed her to do. After his first treatment he returned home for a fund raiser. Long time friends Andrew PinderA very special thanks to one and all Audra Sawyer, Marilyn Sawyer, Me linda Pinder, Mailin Sands and Marjo rie Chapman put together the fund raiser in aid of his expenses. They were helped by so many friends and fami ly (sorry, I cannot name you all). Andrew returned to Nassau for the balance of his chemo, during which he was able to return home only a few times. He was always very thankful to see his family and friends. In June we were sent back to Miami for yet another PET scan. This time they were amazed at what they saw, or should I say, what they did not see. It was the answer to prayers. There was nothing that could be seen. Yet we were advised to go ahead with radiation due to the fact that it could be some thing underlying. Therefore the radiation began. On July 15th, 2010, he finished all the treatments that the doctors felt he needed. Today, November 2011, I am writing this with a thankful heart to our God, our family, our friends and to you for your prayers, love, support, whether it was a shoulder to cry on or a listening ear or financial help, help with the fundraiser, whatever you did to help us in our time of need. It means more to us than most of you will every know. A special thanks to New Vision Min istries, Forest Heights Academy, St. Frances de Sales School, the business community of Abaco, the Abaco Cancer Society and ASP Glenroy McKenzie (bet ter known as Uncle Glen) for providing us with a home and a car for the full time we were in Nassau. Andrew had all his tests run the first week of November 2011 and they are all clear. He is still cancer free. Once again we say THANK YOU. God does answer prayers. The Family of Andrew Charles Pinder


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